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Christmas stocking fillers: Bic stationery

Published November 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Bic stationery have lots of inexpensive items that could be used as stocking fillers and small gifts this Christmas, as well as stocking up for the return to school in January.

These two packs of coloured pencils are both very different. The Bic Kids pack are made super solid with kids in mind. Easier to sharpen and no splinters, should they ever split. A perfect addition to any youngsters stocking.

The Conti coloured pencils double up as conventional pencils and watercolours. The watercolour effect is done by dipping the pencils in water. It gives a totally different effect when wet. These are probably more suited to older children, teens and artists.

Bic have pens and products to suit all ages and all occasions, such as school, college, work etc. In this picture I have 3 packs of different types of coloured pens.

Again beginning with the Bic Kids (kid couleur) pack. This contains 24 coloured block tip pens for colouring and writing. They are easy to wash off skin, clothes and furnishings. Combine them with a Christmas colouring book for an inexpensive small gift.

Bic intensity fine 20 pack, gives us 20 coloured fine liner pens. These are great for writing with as well as underlining and outlines.

Finally a huge pack of Bic permanent markers. It’s probably not a good idea to give these to young children unless you want to be redecorating in the new year. Permanent usually means just that and therefore very tough to remove if not impossible. These 36 coloured markers don’t just work on paper but on just about anything else – glass, plastic, foil, metal, wood, coated papers and even oily surfaces. Teenagers who enjoy lots of crafting and know how to look after markers like these would be the better recipients.

Bic products can be found in many supermarkets and all stationery stores. See more at Bic world UK.

Gifts for Girls: Gel-a-Peel

Published November 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Gel-a-Peel is still a fairly new product. It came out a few years back and my girls have enjoyed crafting with a few sets over the years.

 


Gel-a-Peel is a new way of crafting and combines a safe non toxic gluey substance with colours. Kids can they create all sorts of things, pictured. Jewellery, or decorating bags and other items.

The coloured gel comes in squeezy tubes along with applicators to attach. The gel comes out and then sets and sticks and goes harder.

One of the new sets is a special colour change kit. The coloured gel in this kit reacts to the light and will change colour.


 


This set contains 3 colour change gel tubes along with gel trays and templates. It’s easy to do but the finished designs don’t always resemble those pretty ones that appear on the box.

Gel-a-Peel kits vary in price. It keeps my girls busy for a while when the weather is too bad to play out. 


The kits are aimed at girls ages 8 and over. I allow Izebella to also use the kits with supervision as she does have a strange tendency to put things in her mouth at the age of 5.

 It doesn’t always work out how we intend it to. If the designs are too thin then they will just snap and fall apart. If they are made too thick, with too much gel then they take forever to dry and again end up breaking or never gelling properly so it does take practice to get better results. It can also get messy too so it’s best done on the floor, or on a cleanable sheet or surface.

 

Tiger Tribe Art & Craft Kits 

Published October 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Tiger Tribe is an Australian based company selling toys and craft kits. The craft kits have lots of lovely themes and are keeping my girls very busy during this cold weather.



Our kits look like books from the outset but when opened up, they all look similar to this one. 

They are open up boxes complete with everything my girls need for that particular craft. 

The one shown here is one the “How to Draw” kits. It comes with a blank drawing pad, coloured pencils, rubber, sharpener and a little book which shows my girls how to easily draw.

This is Izebellas first attempt at a cherry, which she was quite proud of. 

Using step by step easy shapes and lines, it builds up into a full image.  

The Foil art kit was very exciting. This kit contained carded images of grand dresses, with sheets of coloured foils.

The white bits of the dresses are stickers which lift off. The foils then stuck onto the sticky part. 

Adding different colours with each sticker layer eventually gives a very shimmery and pretty result which can then be hung on walls or maybe made into a card. 


Izebella also loves her new Forest Fairy colouring set which contains a colouring pad full of fairy pictures ready to colour in, felt pens and fairy themed stickers. 



What I like about these kits from Tiger Tribe is Just how welll presented they are. Everything has its place, boxes with lids to keeps pens and accessories with pads or cards in the other section and all firmly secured to the main kit box. The kit box then folds up and can be stored on a book shelf as they are a similar size to books. Also they are all really decorative with colourful patterns on all the boxes. Very simple to use and can bring hours of enjoyment. 

Play Doh kitchen creations from Hasbro

Published September 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If there is one type of toy that Izebella especially loves to play with then it’s probably Play doh. This stuff needs zero explanaton, it’s been around for years and years and will be here to stay for many more. It’s the stuff that kids love but parents fear, parts stuck or trampled into expensive carpets and that ever so familiar smell – it’s Play doh.

Hasbro have launched some new play doh sets known as kitchen creations. 


Kitchen creations give all the fun of cooking for young children but without the mess. We have two sets – The magical oven and a Sizzlin stovetop.

 Both sets need batteries as they both make cooking sounds and the oven lights up. 

The contents of the sets are similar, both containing several pots of coloured play doh and various play utensils and plates. 



Once everything is unpacked and batteries are in, it’s time to start making and creating. There are no real rules when it comes to play doh but my girls had no problems in realising that it’s a kitchen set and play doh food was  the main objective here.


The magic oven works via a magic lever which lifts the plate of food up towards the light to cook it. It also makes a ding sound when done. It opens and closes and has a fake time display so it does resemble the real thing in a way.


The sizzlin stovetop does not light up but makes a sizzling sound as if the food was cooking in pans. 


Both of these products work really well together and especially so with siblings together as there are lots of items in each one.  

I did make the unfortunate mistake of allowing my giddy 4 year old to open and begin to play with the play doh on my living room carpet, oops! It was quickly moved onto a large splash mat in another room.

Yes play doh does get stuck in carpets and especially so deep carpets. It is best played with on an easy clean surface, Lino or wooden floor, table or on a good washable floor covering. As long as parents protect their carpets then this stuff really is not anything to dread or be wary of. It does come out of the carpet with a bit of cleaning and is a safe fun product that most kids love. 
 

Both of these play doh sets are sold at many supermarkets and toy stores including Amazon and The Entertainer. Each set costing between £20-£25 each. 

Bobble It! 

Published August 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy


Bobble It, is a new type of creative play colourful material. It’s mess free and lots of fun.

It stretches, moulds and sticks just like play doh but looks and feels completely different. It’s a little like air clay meets kinetic sand, soft, mouldable and zero mess. No need to worry about bits sticking to carpets with this stuff. The appearance reminds me of those colourful little spog sweets that are usually found in a pack of liquorice all sorts.  

At the moment there are just two Bobble It play sets – A picture frame, and a vase with flowers (Famcy flower set) ; which is the set we have, plus individual Bobble It refill packs. 

In the vase and flower set we start off by putting together the vase, which is just 2 pieces of shaped plastic 
Unfortunately these need to be taped together, this is the one thing that let the set down, as sellotape with Bobble material don’t seem to bond so great.

By stretching the coloured material, then applying it to the vase, it can then be moulded to fit where it needs to go.

There were no instructions inside the box so we were left to our own imagination really and went off the images on the box cover to know what we had to do. 

   

My girls decided to use all of their colours to create stripes all around their vase. I helped too and it’s lovely easy stuff to work with. 

The flowers were also easy. There are several petal cutters or the petals could just be moulded onto the plastic flower bases.

 


The stuff sets with air after a few hours yet still feels soft and squishy to touch. 

 

Ours  doesn’t quite look as good as those on the box, but it’s not to bad for our first attempt I don’t think. And we still have a fair bit of the material left too to make whatever we like. 

My girls are already asking for more sets of this stuff so I’m hoping to get them the other set too and hopefully Addo may just bring out more.

Bobble IT is available from The Entertainer store. 

Aquabeads: Disney Princess playset 

Published July 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy


We have a new Aquabeads set just in time for the Summer holidays. This is a full mini set rather than just an additional add on or refill set. It contains a mini work station along with hundreds of coloured beads, water spray bottle, templates and an easy bead remover.

This set is themed around the popular Disney Princess’s. Unlike other sets which come with many varying design templates, this one comes with just 4 templates on 2 cards. With these templates we can make rapunzel, aurora, aerial or Belle.


I thought I would give this a go myself first as Izebella was very eager to have her own princess design and although I’m fine with her having a go herself, I know that she would become easily frustrated when the small beads don’t go her way, so I made one for her.


For some strange reason I actually found this large face design much easier and quicker to complete than some of the smaller designs from previous boxes. I completed this is just 15 minutes or so and allowed 20 minutes to dry.

The new pink easy lift tool is essentially just a piece of tough plastic with grips. It doesn’t look much but it seems to help to remove the bead designs in one piece and they don’t have to be completely dry to use this. As long as the beads are firmly stuck the tool can usually be used after 20 minutes of waiting. 


And our princess lifted off the design station perfectly without the loss of any beads. 

Once dry and stuck together, aquabead designs seem to stay that way and can be used as mini displays on windows and bedrooms. 

I found making this princess with the beads quite therapeutic this time round and not at all boring. Now my girls are busy making theirs too tho not quite as fast as mine.


This Disney Princess aquabeads set seems to vary in price across different stores that I have looked at. The price is usually between £15-£20.

Little Brian paint sticks & Giveaway!

Published June 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

There’s a whole new way to draw and colour for kids. Paint sticks look just like coloured glue sticks and are like a crayon and paint all in one. 

This may sound harsh but I am one of those mean mummies who won’t have lots of paint activities in my house. I may allow it once in a while and for homework purposes, other than that if they want to paint then they go outside. My house is not huge and I paid a lot for my carpets and furniture and even kids clothing. Paint can be so messy, even the water based stuff. Stains on floors, tables, clothes which does not always wash out, then letting the soggy paintings dry out and more stains. Then cleaning the equipment and yes more stains on the sink. It’s a very messy activity which kids seem to love.


Our new Little Brian paint sticks seem to eliminate the majority of the mess left by regular painting and also make painting activities much easier for little hands. 

The packs of paint sticks come in various sizes and we have a rather generous 12 pack. 

The results from the paint sticks do look like paint and it dries instantly too. Very minimal mess on hands and none on furnishings. Obviously I still make my kids use a hard flat surface underneath paper to protect flooring underneath. The paintsticks can be used on many surfaces too, including paper, plastics, glass including windows as it’s really easy to sponge off clean. 


When doing regular paintings such as on paper or an easel, adding a little water to the painting with a brush or sponge gives a blurring effect and slightly wetting the paint stick gives a deeper paint effect so we can play around with these to get different effects.


My two girls liked them instantly and ended up painting non stop the same night they got them. I very much like the reduced mess and not needing to find paintbrushes or having paint mixed up into awful muggy colours. 

And guess what? these paint sticks also have another really good use. Probably not what they were intended for; but:  I recently glossed my bathroom window ledge in bright red to match the wallpaper. The flossing went well but I put a orchid pot on the window thinking  the paint had dried properly. It hadn’t and I ended up taking a small patch of gloss paint off, revealing white patches underneath. I had no paint left. I used the red paint stick to fill in the gaps and now I cannot tell any difference. It blended in perfectly and has dried to match the gloss. Therefore they have many uses.

Little Brian have their own website but sell their paint sticks via Amazon and Asda stores plus a few more places. A 12 pack like this costs about £7.25 with a 6 pack being less. They will last a long time too.

GIVEAWAY 

If you like the look of the paint sticks then you can win a 12 pack for yourself and family. Simply click the enter link below.

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This giveaway will close on July 20th 2017 and is open to U.K. residents only. 

Inspirations box subscription 

Published June 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

My first subscription box of the week is Inspirations club.

These boxes contain a curated package of ribbons, fabric, materials, buttons and other craft type materials. 


Now I am usual hopeless when it comes to making anything and especially so when it comes to sewing, but this package seems to make it much easier for people like myself. 

As well as all the craft materials, several project ideas will be included each month. My box gave easy guides to making a cactus keyring, fabric pencil case and a cactus pin cushion. The boxes come with different themes each month, hence the many cactus ideas in this box. Of course if your good and better than me at crafting you could just make whatever you wish with all these items.


The fabrics in my box were the first thing to catch my eye as there are a fair few of them. The blue fabric underneath shows how big the fabrics arrive and they all feel very good quality. 

Inspirations club offer a number of monthly subscription packages beginning with their basic package which starts at just £10 per month. The higher priced subscriptions contain larger sheets of fabric and are more suited to those who regularly make things or run a small business. 

It has been a good experience trying this box as it certainly differs from the rest. 

Getting better at Aquabeaders!

Published April 28, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Our latest Aquabeader set is Cinderella themed, something which both my girls love. 


As well as lots more beads, this set also comes with a glass slipper to decorate with aquabeader creations. Don’t worry, the shoe is made of plastic, not real glass but I guess that’s what people will refer to it as. 

As always there are a few templates too with Cinderella themes both little and large.
My girls and their friends focused on the small patterns such as the bows and flowers.


I however decided to be a little braver than normal and attempt the big main design, being Cinderellas face. I must be getting better as I did not find it too difficult, more time consuming than anything and annoying when the beads won’t stay in place; but here is my completed and dried finished design.


I messed up ever so slightly on one of the eyes I think and I also seemed to somehow run out of the specific colour beads that I needed (I think Jordanna maybe used them for other things) but hey ho I got their in the end and finished it. 

This set costs about £10.00. You will need an Aquabead tray to use this set which can be purchased as part of a starter set or one of the studio sets which vary in price. 

Craftbox fairy charm jewellery 

Published April 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy


Both my girls love anything to do with fairies. Even my 9 year old who considers herself past playing with dolls still loves fairy things. They also both love jewellery and making things and this small craft set from Interplay UK enables my girls to make bracelets or necklaces with beads and fairy charms. 


Inside the box we get many colourful beads in bright princess style colours with coloured elastic string, fasteners and 12 metal charms. The charms are all fairy inspired with wands, crowns, rainbows, stars and more. 

No instructions came with our box but I do believe that these are meant to be included so I have no idea what happened to them. However it is really just a case of threading beads onto the string and adding charms. 

The bead holes are big enough for the elastic string to be easily threaded through, I even found this easy and my fingers are slightly larger than a childs. All sorts of designs can be made and as the string is very stretchy, even the smallest made bracelets will fit. 

This is just one little bracelet that my girls made for me.


If getting this craft kit then it’s a good idea to have a small tin or tub to keep the beads and charms in because once the box is opened there is nothing to keep them in place and they just fall out of the box.

It costs approximately £9.99 and will make 10 pieces of jewellery, possibly more. 

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