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Make your home festive with Cox & Cox lighting 

Published November 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I really cannot wait to get my decorations down from the loft and up for Christmas this year. It always seems to cheer me up a little. Christmas decorations are so fun, it’s no wonder a house looks so bare when they are gone.

Lighting certainly adds to the whole warm festive look and there are so many Christmas lights and light up products to choose from.


 Cox and Cox have a great selection of festive lighting for both indoors and outside. I have picked  out a few of my favourites. 

This is the Wooden carnival star. It’s a simple piece which gives a huge effect. Placed on top of a unit or on the window sill, it would look quite stunning anywhere.






The candle tree lights make a big difference to the standard fairy lights. There are ten candles, each one clips to a tree branch and can be controlled with the included remote.



For those who like their outdoor decorations, this running deer would make quite a stand alone piece. It’s a little on the pricey side costing £75 but oh my how I’d love this in my garden. 



Finally these Naked wire icicle lights. These would be great for hanging in windows or over shelves and they can be used outdoors too.


 

See more fabulous festive lighting at Cox and Cox.

Christmas decoration at Melody Maison

Published November 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I cannot wait to put my huge Christmas tree up once again in just a few weeks time. I have a very large tree that measures almost 8ft. I tend to decorate when my children are not here, otherwise it gets too stressful. I have bags full of decorations in my loft, but this doesn’t stop me wanting more new bits every year. 

This year I’ve been sent some rather lovely items from Melody Maison who sell all sorts of wonderful items for the home. They have a Christmas product section on their website just full of beautiful products.
 


Christmas magic signs and gold instruments to hang from my large tree. I’m not one for following designated colour patterns on the tree, instead I like to add lots of unusual hanging decorations. These get a lot of people saying how lovely and old fashioned it looks. 

 This bright red wooden sleigh would look perfect on one of my cupboard tops with a cheeky elf inside.

The candy canes are made from foam and always look good hung on a tree!


 


And pretty silver sparkly bird cages with a place for a tea light!



The tea lights don’t come included, but if like me you are wary of using real tea light candles, then buy a battery operated one. Most stores sell these very cheaply. 
 And now I’m even more excited about putting the Christmas decorations up.

A Christmas bouquet 

Published December 14, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Flowers are lovely at any time of the year, tho sending bouquets does seem to be less popular at Christmas than other occasions. This is probably down to the weather, lack of sun and of course Xmas delivery dates. However if your wanting to send a festive bouquet then Prestige flowers are  delivering right up to Christmas including Christmas Eve. 

Christmas flowers are all about the right colours. For Christmas it’s vibrant reds so think roses and gerberas. Mix red flowers with a bit of festivity with pine cones and cinnamon sticks and this is what you get.


This is the festivity bouquet and it starts at £28.99. This is what I currently have on my window and I’ve had it over a week and it’s still blooming just fine.

For those not used to the whole internet flower process then it’s really simple. You choose the flowers to send, add a message, plus extras if you wish. Then fill out the details, pay, sit back and relax and wait for the “Thank you’s”. 

The flowers get courier delivered to the recipients door in a fairly large but lightweight box. 

I was quite surprised to see that the bouquet even came with a glass vase and a small box of truffles, which were lovely. 


The flowers were fresh and many i bloomed when I got them. There was even a packet of flower food stuff which goes in with water. I think this helps keep them fresh for longer.


I do love being sent flowers.

Festive Afternoon tea

Published December 16, 2014 by Bizzimummy

Me and Izebella have been very busy this morning both making and icing cupcakes. To help us get in the festive mood and to make our cakes ready for Santa, Creative-Tops sent over some lovely Christmas pieces from their Katie Alice Yuletide Sleigh ride collection. Our box including the Cake stand, napkins, cupcake cases and toppers, Time for tea gift set and a Fine China Tankard mug.

This collection does indeed look very festive with colours of red and frosty blue, all decorated with reindeers and Santa with lots of pretty snowflakes.

The first thing to do was put the cake stand up. It’s a 3 tier stand which will hold a fair few cakes. Very easy to put up its a few pieces of strong card which slot together and it can be carried via a handle at the top. Izebella seemed quire fascinated by the stand and she instantly knew it was for cakes. Miss Clever clogs.

Then we had to make some cakes. I already had a packet of cake mix in my cupboard which is super easy to make. I used the Katie Alice cupcake cases which come in a pack of 24 along with the festive cake toppers which come with the cases. In just 20 minutes the cakes were baked. Izebella poured icing on with a spoon which turned out a little messy but they taste good all the same.

 

I was only able to make 11 cakes with the packet I had so I still have plenty of cup cases and toppers for another batch before Christmas. Here are the finished festive cakes with toppers and on the stand. Perfect for Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve!
Of course Santa is not due for another 8 days and so many hours (my kids aren’t here to remind me of the exact countdown) and these cakes won’t keep until then so looks like mummy will have to start eating them instead. Obviously I have to sample them to make sure they taste ok don’t I!
This Time for Tea gift set is just perfect for a mini afternoon tea. In the box is a fine China mug, a tray and a cork coaster. It will probably hold 2 standard cups at a push or one cup with the coaster. Izebella has taken a shine to the tray and seems to think its hers for her biscuits tho. And of course we can’t have afternoon tea without napkins. These napkins are very festive indeed showing Santa in his sleigh.
Finally if your having a guest round for tea and they can drink a bit more than most. Then there is this beautiful large Christmas tankard. It’s a bigger version of the cup in the Time for Tea set above and again made from fine China.
This makes a big cup of tea or coffee but I have a feeling that on Christmas Eve this may just be getting filled with warm mulled wine and left out for Santa and the elves when they visit. I don’t want Santa too drunk tho so perhaps half full may be better.
All of these lovely products and more can be found to purchase at The English Table website.
I’m not sure there will be much cake left soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Wonderland Manchester

Published December 15, 2014 by Bizzimummy

On Saturday (13th December) me and the three took a trip to The Winter Wonderland event at Event City in Manchester. It's a yearly festive event which is hosted by the Bill Elms company and it wad our first visit there.

Tickets need to be booked online as it obvious,t sells out quickly. The event opened on Saturday and will run until January 4th so plenty of time to arrange a visit. The event is aimed towards families with children under 12 years. It is operated on a session basis and each session is for 4 hours this is to avoid huge queues and crowding, it was very busy when we went on Saturday.

The best way to describe the event is like a massive winter fun fair indoors. There are so many rides and I don't think we got round every single one. The rides vary from ones for the toddlers and younger children to small roller coasters for the older braver ones. All of them have height restrictions and some of them allow parents to ride with children. I wad relieved that every queue was minimal, hardly any waiting for any of the rides. This was quite surprising considering how many people were there.

The arena was magically decorated and lit up with Christmas trees, lights and festive decorations. Character elves were walking about and we even saw some very cute little baby reindeers near the entrance.

As well as the many rides there are also a few shows and attractions to watch at various intervals. First a Meet and Greet Elsa and Anna from Frozen. This is a short show with songs from the famous movie and afterwards the children can get photographs and meet the Princesses. This got very very packed to a point where it was very warm and we could barely move. We did not do the meet and greet afterwards as the queue got fairly long.

The Sooty show was amazing with the real puppets and Richard straight from the TV show, lots of fun, games and music. Izebella loved it as you can see here.

Unfortunately we just did not have time to visit the circus but I hear it's really good, maybe next year!

Of course no Christmas event would be complete without a visit to see the big guy (Father Christmas) himself and there is a grotto right near the entrance. I made sure we did the Santa visit first before anything else and I'm glad I did as when we came out the queue was huge. Visiting Santa is free but to receive a gift is £3 per child. A photograph is taken too by an elf and there is an option to buy either a photo, key ring or snow globe. Santa does not give the gifts his self, instead children can pick their own from a stall just outside the grotto. I'm undecided as to which option works best with Santa visits but my children all picked something they wanted and seemed pretty happy. The choices include various cuddly toys, teddies, cars and a few other things.

There are many places to get food and drinks. Prices are what I would expect at a normal outside fairground, not cheap but not ridiculously expensive. It's £3.50 for either a burger or hotdog and I think it was £2.50 for chips. Dinner for 4 of us with drinks came to just less than £15. Finding a table to sit is impossible but there is a carpeted flooring area to sit in too. The queue for the food was long and probably took over 10 minutes until I was served.

Just like a fairground there are lots of prize stalls everywhere. These cost extra and include hook a duck and ring toss.

We had an amazing day despite all 3 of my children feeling a little unwell, they all enjoyed it and it seemed to cheer us all up. It felt very festive and Christmassy. Lots of things to do and we even saw the snow.

I was so tired when I got home and it was freezing outside but well worth the visit if only to see my children so happy.

Four hours just wasn't enough for us. There were a few odd rides which we missed including the snow globe. We also did not have time for the circus.

Jordanna went missing whilst we were there. She had walked off whilst Izebella was on a ride. The staff were amazing and security guards raced around trying to find her. Luckily we found her safe and well thanks to the staff acting very quickly.

Tickets for Winter Wonderland cost £18.50 each for adults and children and children under 3 years go free. A family ticket for 4 costs £60.00. Tickets can be booked here and more information can also be found about the event along with images.

It's well worth a visit if you live in the North West. Event City is located next to the Trafford Centre.

 

 

 

Hotel Chocolat for Christmas

Published December 9, 2014 by Bizzimummy

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Just days to go until the big day and a house full of many things. Decorations, food, presents and …… Chocolate! Lots of yummy chocolate. Last week Father Christmas called early, cleverly disguised as a parcel delivery man so as not to blow his cover. He handed me a lovely package and inside the box was this rather pretty bag.

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This bag of course comes from my favourite all time chocolate store and that is Hotel Chocolat. Inside the bag, several festive chocolate treats greeted me.

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Once again Hotel Chocolat have put a very big smile on my face. The quality of their chocolate products, taste and detail never ceases to amaze. Although the products may cost a little more than standard supermarket chocolate, the quality certainly stands out and it’s worth the extra few quid to treat one self.

First the Enchanted Forest (£7.00) a delightful selection of 10 chocolate Christmas trees. Five of them in smooth caramel and the other five in mellow milk chocolate. Best tasting Christmas trees ever!

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Caramel Supanova selector Is a selection of delicious chocolate stars filled with caramel. Each one displaying the Hotel Chocolat logo and all for just £3.75.

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Finally and saving the best til last this time, it’s Dasher the reindeer. A big mound of delicious chocolate carefully carved into Santas reindeer Dasher. Lots of detail has gone into one of these including his facial features and scarf. This looks way to good to break up and eat.

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This happy looking reindeer is just £7.00.

Hotel Chocolat currently have several tempting offers on their stocking filler products including all the ones I mentioned above. If 3 or more products are bought then a discount is applied so they are well worth buying either as little gifts or stocking fillers or even for yourself if you love their chocolate as much as I do.

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