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Juratoys: Traditional playthings, just how toys are meant to be. 

Published March 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If I cast my mind back to my early childhood, I remember a fair few things. Such as things I did and things I had or didn’t have. When I was little a tablet was something you took when you was unwell. A phone was walking to a phone box or if you was slightly privelaged you may have a home phone attached to the wall. We had a video player eventually but not when I was really young. Listening to music meant placing a needle onto a vinyl disc or putting a cassette tape into a player. There were no mobiles, no games consoles (not until I was slightly older) and toys back then were real toys. Toys without plugs and without the internet and I don’t remember ever being bored playing with the toys I had. 

It’s a shame that things change so much and even children as young as Izebella seem more reliant on technology and devices. So when an opportunity comes along to try out more traditional type toys with my children, it’s always a good thing.

Izebella has been playing with two different toys from Jura toys. The first being a very traditional “old fashioned” style toy for little ones. The Janod story box circus. 

It contains 19 pieces in total, all of which are made from solid wood. It includes many familiar circus characters and props, including – elephant, tiger, clown, trapeze artists, ring master and even a monkey on a unicycle. 

There are no rules to play by, it is purely up to the child to use their imagination to create their own circus. 

All the pieces stand up and the sturdy strong box is also used as part of play as well as being used to store all the parts. The pieces are all really colourful and well designed. The horse even fits a rider and characters balance on the high beam. 

Izebella really likes her new circus set. She has been to a real circus show and remembers it well. She puts on voices for the characters and moves them all around.

This really does remind me of the type of toys I had when I was her age. 

This set costs about £21 and is currently selling over on Amazon.
As it’s almost Easter (next month), Izebella has also had an early Easter gift in the form of a very cuddly rabbit.


Our new cuddly bunny friend is the Kaloo rouge sandy beige rabbit. It comes in a few sizes and rabbit is very cuddly and fluffy and makes a good bedtime companion for Izebella. 

Cuddly toys always seem to make my little girl happy. It’s a good job she is soon upgrading her toddler bed to bunk beds so she has more room to put her new cuddly bunny, she does like him to have his own cover and little pillow at night time and she has named him “Mr Bunny”. 

Kaloo rabbit toys are also being sold on Amazon as well as a few other places and start from £20.00.

Unusual but delicious – Choc on choc 

Published February 6, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Once again, it’s the time of year where many people start thinking chocolate and chocolate gifts. After all it is nearly Valentine’s Day and then Mother’s Day and then Easter – chocolate all the way for the next few months! 

Many supermarkets are already full of chocolate hearts and chocolate eggs of many varieties. It does seem to be the same old chocolate products year after year; so if your wanting something chocolate but different it seems you have to look a little further and head to the good old internet to find a place such as Choc on choc.

The guys at choc on choc seem to beable to turn chocolate into pretty much anything. Many of their products don’t even look like chocolate and look fat too good to eat. Of course, we have had the great pleasure of sampling some of choc on choc creations.


From the outside this looks just like your regular box of eggs, but when we opened up, look what we discovered inside!


Yes not one, but six chocolate eggs. The eggs are the same size are regular eggs but I would say they weigh more. These are not hollow chocolate eggs, but instead a mass of solid milk and white chocolate and yummy gooey chocolate sauce. 


Now it is rather tempting to dunk a spoon or even a finger inside the eggs, but really there is no need to because the eggs don’t come alone! 


Is that toast? You may wonder! Well in a way, yes it is. It is shaped like toast and sliced like toast soldiers that get dipped into – boiled egg.

 

So; a double treat! Chocolate toast soldiers and big chunky chocolate eggs to dip in. Just delicious.

This chocolate treat would be excellent as an alternative to the usual Easter eggs this Easter. The chocolate is much better quality than regular Easter eggs, it is chunkier and lasts longer. I enjoyed my egg and toast with a hot drink just to melt and soften it a little. Of course my kids also loved their eggs too. 

The egg kit costs £15.00.

Continuing with alternative Easter treats is a Chocolate nest.

This one costs just £8.99. It may look smallish but once we took the nest out of the box, it’s easy to see why it has the price tag that it does. Apart from the lovely nest design, the chocolate is again really thick and chunky. One person would struggle to eat this on one sitting as the chocolate is really filling. This would also make a lovely Easter gift.

Bratz sweet style 

Published March 25, 2016 by Bizzimummy

The Bratz dolls are back with a brand new style all about sweets and chocolate. As its Easter these make a much better alternative to buying several chocolate eggs for our sweet princesses. 

 
The new range is called “sweet style” the collection comes with the choice of all 4 girls – Sasha, Yasmin, Jade and Cloe. Each one comes with accessories in the shape and style of sweets and chocolate. 

 

Cloe’s all about the sprinkles & icing – the best part of any cake! Her pet froyo pup feels the same. Jade’s got a major sweet tooth for mint chocolate chip and cotton candy and Yasmin’s fashion inspiration is her all-time favorite froyo topping: crushed peppermint candy.

This is Jade and Jade comes with a chocolate bag , ice cream cone boots, a cotton candy type top and other sweet accessories.  

 

Each of the dolls also comes with a little pet koala. Each one being in a different fruity colour. 

The dolls have moveable arms and legs. The boots and the clothes can be removed and swapped. Jordanna has a nice collection of bratz dolls and loves to swap the clothes as well as style the hair.

This is the “Sasha” doll, she too comes with lots of sweet inspired accessories. 

 
Sasha loves cherry flavours, hence her pink and red skirt and shoes, plus candy bow bag and necklace. 

These dolls are available in most toy stores and some larger supermarkets who sell toys, they are also on Amazon and each one costing between £15-£20 each depending on the shop.

So save the teeth and tummy ache this Easter with a bratz doll instead of an egg.

Easter crafting at Asda

Published March 23, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Now that (some) children have started their Easter holidays; it won’t be long until the boredom sets in. 

Asda have some very inexpensive craft sets and materials, all with a fun Easter theme. 

 
There are baskets, egg decorating kits, finger puppets, Easter egg hunt kits, stickers, craft supplies and even a little bit of Easter fancy dress such as the very cute bunny headbands. 

 
Everything is pretty easy to do and some obly requir minimal household items such as tape or glue. The finger puppets came with a plastic needle and string and are very simple and safe. 

 
Ryan took charge of setting up the Easter egg hunt which includes making Easter bags and putting signs around the house on the big day. 

  
  
I do find its little things such as these which keeps my kids busy for hours. Everything is very inexpensive, many things costing less than a pound. I have been quite impressed with what they have been able to male with their Easter crafts and also just for once, no arguments.

A selection of Easter crafts are available at Asda stores across the UK.

Easter at Hotel Chocolat

Published March 18, 2016 by Bizzimummy

It’s just over a week to go until the chocolate eggs and bunnys all come out. Easter certainly comes early this year and even earlier for me. 

My favourite chocolatiers have once again made me my quite happy with the arrival of their Easter goody bag.  

 
As always with Hotel Chocolat products the packaging is top notch luxury. This goody bag resembles one of those high class shopping bags and is of course packed full of chocolate goodies.  

  
  

As its Easter there are lots of bunnys in this, 9 in total split amongst 2 packs. The 6 pack are the city caramel bunnies and then a 3 pack of milk chocolate bunnies

 
There is of course some small eggs too, known as egglets. These are in a delicious raspberry flavour and in a little gift bag type thing. Some of these eggs come wrapped and some unwrapped. 


The Chocolate slab in salted caramel was the first thing I ate and loved it, tho I would of liked it to be a big bigger. My overall favourite from this goody bag are the trio of pralines. Unfortunately only 3 but I loved each one. Very creamy and indulgent. 

 
I have really enjoyed this goody bag, I did not save it for Easter as it was just too good. It costs £18.00 and Hotel Chocolat also have a lovely selection of Easter eggs and other yummy  Easter treats. The goody bag contents can also be purchased separately too in larger quantities for next time.
 

Fun for kids at Tesco

Published April 13, 2015 by Bizzimummy

Over the past few weeks we have received a few different kids items and products from Tesco. All of them for children of course which makes 3 little people very happy.

Last week we got some Easter craft packs through the post, although they did not arrive until the Tuesday after Easter weekend, we still had fun doing them throughout the school holidays.  

Tesco does of course sell many themed craft packs such as these for all sorts of occasions throughout the year. The packs start from just £1 each and all we needed for these was some glue (which is something I always seem to have in a drawer)  

My children were able to make Bunny glasses, decorate their own plastic eggs and also an Easter garland. It gives them something to do when the weather is not great. 

As well as crafts they were also sent some kids bathing products from the new character collection.  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Do you want to build a snowman?’ Well now you can build your very own Olaf at bath time with the newDisney Frozen Bath and Shower Bubbles, £2.00. The Bath and Shower Bubbles is hypoallergenic and has been designed specifically for children’s delicate skin and, with a hint of glitter, it adds a bit of fun to bath time. 

This of course went down very well with Jordanna and Izebella who are big fans of Frozen. It gives lots of lovely bubbles. 


And then there’s this! 

  

 

 Encourage your little minions to wash their hands with the newDespicable Me Hand Wash, £2.00. This cute little hand wash has been designed for children three years and over, features pictures of their favourite minion characters and, the best bit, it giggles every time they press it so kids won’t want to stop washing their hands!

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p class=”MsoNormal” style=”margin:0 0 .0001pt;”>Now when we got this I thought it’s just a normal handwash for kids, until Ryan spotted a pull out tab under the dispenser and that’s when the fun began. This thing giggles, sings, talks and has an evil laugh. We have found (mysteriously) that we don’t even have to touch the bottle sometimes. It seems to be motion or sound activated. Thus meaning when we get up in the night to go pee, the evil laugh starts. Just listen to this! 

It’s scared me a few times during the night ha but my kids seem to love it. 

All of these products and a whole lot more for the little ones can be purchased in Tesco stores and online.

Easter crafts and treats at Asda

Published April 3, 2015 by Bizzimummy

If the school holidays are already getting you down and everything seems to be costing the Earth, then perhaps take a trip down to your local Asda store where a whole load of pocket money Easter crafts and treats await you. 

This week started off horrendously with howling gale force winds and hammering rain. At one point I thought my window was going to go through it was so loud. This lasted days and of course meant no playing out for my kids. Well luckily Asda had already sent us over a few Easter bits to keep us from constant boredom.

In our pack – Easter bonnets, Bunny ears, Easter egg bags, mask making kit, Easter bonnet kit and an Egg decorating kit.  

Izebella looks incredibly cute in her little bunny ears. Whilst Jordanna made her own special Easter bonnet using the kit. This is really easy to make. The instructions suggest using glue which didn’t work so well so I used sellotape instead and it went together fine.  

  

Ryan made the “Decorate your own egg” kit. He had eaten the majority of it before I managed to get a photo of it – greedy get! The kit comes with a chocolate egg, icing and edible decorations.  

The masks are easy to make too. They are already pre made and just need the elastic tieing on. The cute little bags are really good for egg hunts.  

And inbetween crafts – some Easter snacks. Bunny shaped crumpets and the very traditional hot cross buns.  

Lots of Easter holiday fun, even without the sun!  

  

The crafting kits start from just £2.00. The bunny ears, bonnets and Easter bags are just £1.00 each. The egg decorating kit is just £4.00. 

All available at Asda stores.  

  

An alternative Easter Egg from Playmobil

Published March 19, 2015 by Bizzimummy

Just over 2 weeks to go and Easter weekend will be here. Yes it comes early this year and hasn’t this year gone so fast already I hear you all cry! 

Well my kitchen is already starting to pile up with chocolate eggs. They already have way too many between them and many more to come. So if like me you know you’re going to be fed up of the sight of chocolate eggs, or just want something different for the kids, then maybe consider one of these. 



These big bright eggs come from Playmobil. They are not chocolate nor edible but make a nice alternative or addition to Easter. There are 4 of them to choose from or even collect.  



Each one comes with its own theme. The theme being the contents inside. They remind me a bit of kinder eggs but on a much larger scale. Inside the plastic egg is a small playmobil kit. This will either be a Princess with Vanity station, Pirate with row boat, Fun at the beach or Boy with childrens tractor.

Ryan and Jordanna have one of these eggs each. Ryan has the red pirate one and Jordanna (of course) has the pink princess egg. 



The figures come with instructions but are really easy to put together. They do contain some small parts so aren’t suitable for younger children, toddlers or babies. 



The Pirate egg also comes with a mini chest full of treasure too. Once the figures are made they can be put on display or even dismantled and rebuilt. The plastic egg shell then doubles up as a money box with the coin slot on the bottom.

Unlike chocolate eggs. These can be kept and used over and over again. They cost £6.99 each and can be purchased from playmobil UK.

Tamagotchi Friends Party

Published April 18, 2014 by Bizzimummy

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Tamagotchi Friends from Bandai are digital little friends. They can grow from a baby to adult. The way they grow and develop will all depend on how well they are taken care of. The digital buddies need to be fed when hungry, given medicine when sick, potty trained, bathed and played with. The better care you take of your little friend, the more Gotchi points will be earned.
The new Tamagotchi friends feature a bump function. This works by connecting with other Tamagotchis and then sending text messages.
The virtual Tamagotchi friends provide literally weeks if not months of fun.

We were contacted by Bandai and asked if we would like to host a Tamagotchi themed Easter Party. Of course we said yes and we were able to host it on a date of our choice too. It was a sheer coincidence that Ryan’s birthday also fell right near Easter (April 16). As I had not made any huge birthday plans I decided to combine the two, rather than having two parties.
A large party box arrived. It was full of both Tamagotchi and Easter themed goodies.

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There were 4 Tamagotchi friends in the box with different patterns. Tamagotchi scribble pads, crayons, glue sticks, colour sheets, posters, lots of other craft pieces, mini chocolate eggs and sweets. Just perfect for our party.
Six children came and stayed (including my 3) and a few other children bobbed in and out throughout the day. I made some sandwiches and put a few other nibbles out. As it was also Ryan’s birthday his presents and cards were out too.

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We played a few party games in which two of the Tamagotchis were given as prizes. Ryan and Jordanna had one each too.

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It was a really hot day, the sun was shining and it was hard to keep all the kids in when they wanted be out. I therefore decided to take some craft supplies outside. Jordanna and her friend took to egg decorating. We were sent lots of colouring sheets too.

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Of course the food and treats went down well and I think we will be eating the mini chocolate eggs for a long time as we have a huge bowl full.

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Ryan enjoyed his presents too and we had a great party thanks to Bandai.

The Tamagotchi Friends are currently on offer for a special Easter price of just £20. That’s a saving of £5. The Tamagotchi friends can be purchased from Toy r Us, The Entertainer and other toy stores.
To find out more visit Tamagotchi Friends

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