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Quirky gifts: Not for Ponies

Published December 1, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I so love receiving things for me rather than my children and especially when it’s something a bit more unusual, like this unique sweatshirt.

Of course I love unicorns so I sort of fell in love with this top when I saw it. I’m actually wearing it now too as I’m writing this.

My new unicorn top comes from a strangely named place called Not for Ponies. They have a few other animal themed tops for ladies like myself such a red panda and a cutie kitten but the unicorn did it for me. They don’t just stop at tops for ladies either as there are clothing items for both kids and men, including a few festive themed pieces and a few accessories to buy such as bags and purses.

As for my new unicorn sweatshirt- I love it.

I decided not to include my head or face as my hair was a mess.

I do find it hit or miss when getting the correct size clothing from the internet. For this top I went for the small fitting – 8/10 size. It fits surprisingly well, no tightness, snug but plenty of room left and warm but not so warm that I’m sweating. I do love the little unicorn motif too, so cute.

It costs £28 for one of these and they come in sizes small (8/10) to XXL (16-18)

LOTD fashion 

Published October 31, 2017 by Bizzimummy

LOTD is a new and upcoming fashion brand from Manchester. LOTD stands for “Look of the Day”. They sell fashionable trends for women at very affordable prices. I was able to get a full outfit including jeans, a top and boots for under £40.00.  



 
The Jeans
 

 I found these to be amazing value. It’s not often I can find a good pair of slim fitting jeans that I like for just £10. 


The size 10 fit for me is just perfect. The jeans do seem to be more grey in the bottom picture but it’s just a light trick. They are definitely blue.  


The top

Again a bargain at just £10. This eyelet top goes really well with the jeans. I chose black but it comes in other colours too. It’s off shoulder and cropped. 

This is Probably not something I’d wear for everyday use but more for dressing up, dates etc. It’s a lovely top. The lace does need tying or it could be a bit revealing.  


The Boots 

 And my boots finish my outfit off just perfectly. Big chunky heels and a velvet finish. Zip to the back. They are great for dancing, walking and go nicely with just about any outfit.


These boots cost £18.00 and also come in burgundy and grey.  


The outfit 

And here I am. This was taken at hotel prior to watching a show with the kids.
 

And all for under £40. 

It’s a bargain. The clothes are great quality too and vert fashionable  for ladies like myself. 

Visit LOTD and don’t forget to spin the wheel to get money off and discounts.



STRIVE! Comfortable seasonal footwear 

Published September 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Last season – Summer (or at least what we had of it) I reviewed a lovely comfortable pair of sandals from Strive footwear. Those sandals have been worn many times, unfortunately the poor sandals now have to go away to the land of shoe box for a few months as the awful colder weather and Autumn creeps in. 

Lucky for me,  a new pair of Strive shoes arrived to take their place. This time it’s a pair of Bamford boots. What lady doesn’t love her boots at this time of year? And especially so on a frosty morning when we have to leave for the school run or work. Us ladies and busy mums need a comfortable pair of boots in the colder weather to keep our feet warm and dry.


A real benefit of wearing Strive footwear is the instant comfort in my feet. Usually a new pair of shoes or boots takes a real toll on my sensitive feet and I end up enduring a week or two of aches and blisters whilst I get used to them. But not with Strive shoes. 


Strive footwear is made using special technologies that make the usual flat footbed contour to actual dimensions of the feet. This reduces the stress and improves foot posture meaning less aches and soreness.


The boots each have two zips either side, and are very easy to slip on and off. They are a really simple boot design without heel. They keep my feet dry in the rain and warm enough when it’s cold. 

I can wear them with pants, jeans, or a winter dress and tights. Black is one of two colour options, the other being charcoal grey. I think black goes with pretty much anything but the grey probably would too.


The boots cost £94.95 and are sold directly via the Strive website. This is quite a fair amount to shell out for one pair of boots, but if you do buy them then you certainly won’t regret paying that much as they really do provide maximum comfort. 

Saltrock fashion

Published June 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Saltrock started off in 1988 when two brothers, Angus and Ross, started printing t-shirts in order to fund their surf lifestyle. They are still producing cool t-shirts with great graphics almost 30 years later.

Saltrock is now a North Devon based beach lifestyle clothing brand which has 39 stores across the South West of the UK. If like me, you live no where near Devon or the South west of the country then don’t worry because they also have their online Saltrock store. Which currently has a big 75% sale on many items. 

We were invited to review Saltrock and I managed to purchase a fair few items of clothing for both myself and my children. This included a fair few of their T-shirts which start from just a few pound and many of which are included in a 3 for 2 offer. 

Saltrock have t-shirts amongst other items of clothing for both adults and children, women, men, boys and girls for the young and old. 

They also have vest tops for the really hot days. I was able to get this smoky grape vest top for Jordanna for an amazing sale price of £0.50, yes just 50p.

Izebellas t-shirt here was £5.00 but part of the 3 for 2 offer.

Ryan’s t-shirt was also included in our 3 for 2 offer. This one would normally be £7.50. 


And one for me too! 


Saltrock also have a great inexpensive selection of hoodies and jumpers for when it gets a bit cooler. 

I knew Jordanna would love this Halloween hoodie at just £10. Yes I know it’s months until Halloween but she did take a trip to the dungeon with it on, and also a ride on a ghost train. 


It’s pink and girly but pull the hood up and zip it all the way and my girl turns into a skeleton monster and she even glows in the dark with it on. She sure glowed up inside Blackpool dungeon. 

Izebella also got a cute hoody. Again just £10.00 and so very cute on her. 


And look we got more T-shirts plus a dress for me and pants for Ryan too! 

We just haven’t got around to wearing these yet but we will do soon.

Saltrock clothes are really great quality at really good prices. You can even earn £10 by inviting friends by generating your own unique share code on the website. 

The sizes are really generous, true to size but room to grow if that makes sense. I have size 10 t-shirts which fit me really well  with room to cover any of those baggy body bits. The kids sizes all for perfectly.

Also get 25% off your first shop by going to Saltrock UK via the clickable link.

I think we will certainly be shopping at Saltrock again very soon. 

Saltrock is amazing value for t-shirts and clothing for all the family.

Me&I kids clothing 

Published April 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

With a lot going on over the Easter holidays including – Ryan’s birthday, trips out, Easter, a christening and a few other birthdays, it was time to show off some new outfits with a little help from Me&I. They are a Swedish clothing company who make comfortable clothing items with unique designs. 

My girls both wanted a new dress each and Me&I have many lovely dress designs. These are the two we chose. 


Jordanna has the Doggie dress which costs £30. The dress is black with a lovely flary skirt, the type that lifts up when spinning. The pattern is multiple pink and green dog images which seem to glow slightly in the dark. 

It is very much a party dress and good with a simple black pair of shoes or sandals. It could also be worn as a summer dress. 
Izebella has the pink dandelion dress which costs £29. This one is really girly and possibly more suited to a younger girl than older. It falls just below the knee and the white circles all over it represent those white dandelion dead flowers that we all used to love blowing away as youngsters. 


Both dresses are lovely, good quality materials and stitching and they both wash well too with minimal ironing needed. 


Ryan was not left out either. I do struggle to find clothes for him as he’s now 13 and constantly growing. He’s too small for most men’s clothes and teenage sizes can be hit and miss. I spotted these jeans for him on the website which luckily were available in the larger size of 158/164 which converts to a 12/14 years. 


They seem good quality jeans and are actually slightly too long in the leg at the moment but should fit him better soon as he seems to be constantly growing. These jeans cost £35.

Now all three of my kids have something new to wear this Easter thanks to Me&I clothing.

Clearance XL – groceries for less

Published March 2, 2017 by Bizzimummy

A good way to save money on shopping is to head over to a website such as Clearance XL.  They sell many items including groceries, toiletries, clothing and even toys. Their products are really low cost and include end of line, excess stock, damaged packaging, near date foods and past sell by date products. Best before datdiffers greatly to Use by dates and is simply a date when most stores need to sell the goods by, most foods stay fine way past their by date but cannot be sold at full price in regular shops and supermarkets. Places like Clearance XL are able to sell these type of products on line. 

I was quite impressed with the selection of products available and that they even include clothes, shoes and toys too. I spent approximately £25 on the online store and got a huge box of products for it.  

I found snack items such as crisps, popcorn and chocolates a real bargain. Many of the crisps are sold in multipacks just like the supermarkets but Clearance XL sell 2/3 multipacks for just a pound. 

All this for £4!

And chocs all less than a fiver!

All of these snack products are either near the sell by date or passed the date but all were fine and the same quality as stuff within the sell by dates.

I managed to grab two packets of the Old El Paso stand and stuff taco kits which my kids love. They usually cost upwards of £2.50 each in shops but I got two packets for just a pound. Along with the cereal costing under 50p. 


These cans are known as Dr Fruit and come from Europe. 

It was just £3.00 for a pack of 24 cans. I was a bit hesitant about getting them as it’s not a drink any of us have heard of, but they taste really nice. It’s just fruit juices blended together and they went down well with my kids.
Being almost pancake day, I got one of these too. They usually cost more than a fiver but much less here.

And also many non food items too. 

Sparkly jelly shoes for Jordanna just a pound, white heel shoes for me which cost about £3/£4 and a purple fleece for Izebella which I think cost just £1.99. Absolute bargains and of course clothes and shoes don’t exactly have sell by dates or go off. 

And even the cats didn’t get left out as I was able to get a big tray of cat food tins for just £1.00 along with the lenor fabric conditioner just a pound too.

It’s quite easy to get carried away as all the products are so low cost, I could easily do all my cupboard grocery shopping on this website and for probably less than half of what I usually pay in supermarkets and I will certainly be ordering again. The postage costs are fairly low cost too and especially if ordering multiple items together. This page shows delivery costs which start at just £3.99 per box. 

To place an order, I did need to register for an account which does not take long, however I did find that my order disappeared once the account was created and worried that I’d have to do it all again. However I found that clicking the back button allowed me back on the checkout page and my order was there whilst still logged in, but it may be a good idea to register the account first. 

It is a really good website and I am glad I came across it. I don’t mind buying products and snacks past their sell by date because I know they are still good enough to eat and obviously try everything first before giving it my children. 

Clearance XL is definitely worth a look.

Mini street style clothing 

Published May 31, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Mini Street Style is a social fashion collection for kids (3 – 10) that is inspired by Street Style and key fashion trends. They only launched our first collection in December and it is designed to be seasonless and where possible unisex.

Each season new collections are created under 3 themes – Sports Deluxe, London Eccentric and Vintage 

My 2 girls are at either end of the sizing range and have both been sent some lovely pieces. 

These are Jordannas new pieces and form part of the new Sports deluxe collection. She has geometric triangle leggings and matching skirt and a pop print top in pink. The top matches both the skirt and leggings perfectly. The sizing is just right and seems a perfect fit. The materials are good quality. Jordanna is prone to being clumsy and falling and usually ends up with holes in leggings but so far these remain intact. 


Izebella also has a matching outfit and hers is from the London eccentric collection and combines the digi houndstooth skirt and leggings with a big heart top.


The 3/4 size is again a good fit for her. The top is long sleeved but quite airy and not too warm on. The patterns are strikingly bold and sure to stand out.


These outfits are lovely and can be worn for both day use and for going out or special occasions. The leggings can be worn under the skirts too to create a full street style outfit.


My girls love their new cool funky outfits. The full range can be found on the Mini street style website. Prices start from around £22.99 per item and yes they have many items for boys too, Ryan is just too old for their sizes.

Scruffs workwear 

Published March 16, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Scruffs are the UKs leading brand in work and safety clothing and shoes. They have providing clothing for tradesmen since 2003 and even have a women’s workwear section too. I was offered the chance to review one of their jackets.


This is their pro soft shell jacket. It is more for men than women and although it’s a really nice jacket it’s not the sort of thing I’d normally go for, for myself. However I do of course have a growing young man who is almost 12; so I asked for the small men’s size and it fits him just fine.


It is a technical work jacket with waterproof bonded fleece softshell fabric. It does not come with a hood but keeps him warm and body dry. It has  multiple secure pockets both inside and out to store accessories and also includes reflective detailing.


Ryan seems happy with his new work coat even tho he doesn’t do much work in it. The lack of a hood is not to big a problem but obviously if wearing for every day use its not so great in the torrential storms.

As well as being functional with all its pockets it also looks really smart. The jacket costs a reasonable £49.99 which is the amount I usually pay for a decent kids coat anyway.

See more at Scruffs UK

Muddy Puddles Snow Flurry suit

Published January 5, 2015 by Bizzimummy

The cold weather is here, wind, rain and even snow. It’s freezing but luckily Izebella has something to keep her nice a warm. Her new All in One Snow Flurry suit from Muddy Puddles.

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This fab little snowsuit comes with all these features too!

Fully waterproof – 5000
Fully breathable – 5000 – to stop little ones getting hot and sticky
Padded inner for extra warmth
Machine washable – 30 degrees
Elasticated hood and cuffs to stay in a place in a breeze
Inner storm flap to stop the rain getting in
Single zip for easy access
0-12mths – with boots and mittens for cosy fingers and toes.
Adjustable stirrups for1-3yrs

Izebella has the biggest size which is 2-3 years and has been testing it out throughout Christmas in the cold weather.
My first thoughts on receiving the snowsuit was that it looked very large. By looking at it I did think it would be way too long for her.

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I guess appearances must be deceptive as it does fit her albeit with lots of room to grow.

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The Snowsuit design is quite striking, it’s bold and bright with lots and lots of big spots. The spots seem to blend into each other if I stare at it long enough and in a funny way it even has a harlequin look to it too (or maybe I’m just imagining things!). The spots are in pink and blue and it’s just the type of pattern that looks so cute on tiny tots.

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It’s very easy to put on, I start with the legs upwards and finish with the hood. The zip runs all the way up. Mittens are attached too to keep little hands warm as are boots/booties/foot warmers which I found a little useless for Izebellas age as she walks and wears wellies when cold. I just took these off but I imagine they are more suited to younger babies.

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The hood is a lovely snug fit and stays up too. The inside of the coat is lined with fleece and also a handy name tag.

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Izebella enjoys wearing it. I tend to use it for the longer outings rather than short 5 minute shop trips. It keeps her very warm (she told me that herself) and the pattern certainly makes her stand out from the crowd. It seems a good quality all in one coat, good strong durable material and does exactly what it’s meant to do which is keep little ones warm and dry. I think it’s well worth the £35.00 and as it’s quite roomy I am hoping it may still fit her in the Autumn months of 2015 too.

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This gorgeous snowsuit along with another design can be purchased directly from Muddy Puddles

Kids Clothing from The Fableists

Published December 19, 2014 by Bizzimummy

A totally sustainable clothing company for kids.

The Fableists clothing items are utterly sweatshop and chemical free. All their clothes are made of 100% certified organic cotton and the factories they use are certified by Fair Wear or Fair Trade.

The Fableists are kind to the makers, to the planet and the skin of the kids who wear them.

I was contacted by the lovely people at The Fableists and sent some clothes for my children to test out. All 3 of them got something which made them all quite happy and no moans or fights.

Starting with the eldest, Ryan was sent a pair of much needed very smart jeans. These jeans are made from a dark heavy denim with no wear marks. They can be worn straight or rolled up with fat turn ups. The sizing for boys only goes up to 10 years and as Ryan is tall for his age I wasn’t too sure if they would fit as I tend to buy pants in size 11 for him. However these jeans are cut long to allow for growth and therefore fit him perfectly. They come with the adjustable waist band which is a feature I always look for when buying any sort of trousers or bottoms for all my children.

Ryan has been a little unwell recently which explains the grumpy worn out look he has in the photographs. He likes his new jeans tho and has even been wearing them to numerous Christmas parties. These jeans are currently priced at just £15.00.

 

 

Jordanna was sent this lovely Breton top. It’s French style and works well with pretty much anything. I believe boys can also wear these as well as girls. It’s made using Indian Organic cotton on farms in Odisha and it’s one of those tops that’s suitable to wear anytime. Very smart and casual at the same time.

It’s currently just £10 to buy and comes in sizes to fit 4-10 year olds. Jordanna has a 7-8 years which is a great fit on her with lots of room, but she is very skinny for her age. Personally I think it works best with a nice pair of skinny jeans or black leggings but Jordanna here had other ideas and wanted to wear her black & white patterned pants so excuse the slight clash!

 

Finally Izebella. Many of the Fableists items start from 4 years so would be a little too big for her as she has only just turned 2. However they did send her over a T-shirt in a 3/4 year size so that she didn’t feel left out.

This is the “Brain” design and it’s designed by Gregori Saavedra. It’s a limited edition print too so they will not be around forever.

It’s probably not something that I would of instantly gone out and bought but it’s certainly unusual and unique. It has that whole rock and rebel element to it and reminds me of a tattoo design.

Izebella seemed quire fascinated with her new top. She wanted to wear it straight away and so on it went.

Her funny “cheese” faces make me laugh, she does it with every photograph. It’s a little big and long on her but it is the next size up to what she normally wears. She looks like a mini rocker now I think. This T-shirt is £8.00. For all of these items and much more visit The Fableists website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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