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Back to School: Find me a Gift

Published August 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Find me a gift are an online gift paradise with all sorts of weird, wonderful and novelty items and gifts. They also have a lovely Back to School section, with (as you can probably guess!) lots of weird & wonderful stationery pieces for the younger novelty lovers. 


Many of their gifts can be personalised, this is something that coma in extremely useful in my house and also at school. After all if stationery has your name on it, then no one can steal it and claim it as theirs (unless they share the same names that is!)


These personalised pencil sets start from £5.99. They arrive ready sharpened in packs of 12 with any child’s name on and little logos such as hearts and footballs.


My daughter Jordanna is now 10 and loves both stationery and make up. She was thrilled when she saw her new nail varnish highlighters.


They look just like my bottles of nail polish until they are opened and it’s actually a highlighter. There are 4 to a pack and these cost £4.99. Very cool and colourful indeed.

Finally, how gorgeous do these unicorns look!


We are all a fan of unicorns in this house and these are incredibly cute as well as being very practical. One of them a coloured pencil holder with 10 colouring pencils £8.99. The other is a coloured tape dispenser complete with two rolls of coloured tape £7.99. They both make great desktop pieces.  

Lovely products, which kids will love from Find me a Gift.

Back to School: Thinking Gifts 

Published August 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Thinking gifts sell book accessories and novelty stationery items. These are the sort of novelty items that I would not class a necessary school essentials, but more added fun extras to make going back to school just a little bit happier. 


Thinking gifts sell some great little notepads and sticky note sets. My kids love these as it means they can leave silly notes for myself and each other. I like them because I stick them on my front door for the parcel deliveries when I’m out. 

Just take a look at these! 


It’s hard to believe that these are all sticky notes. Very funky indeed. I love the little toaster. This comes with 2 sticky more pads looking like bread. It also has a pencil sharpener on the side. They come in red and blue and the coloured surface is even magnetic so it can hold paperclips or even fridge magnets. 

Everything on the cheese board is a sticky note pad. Even the board itself. The notes aren’t just colourful and patterned on the front page either, but all the way throughout.

Then the sticky note sandwich. This is pretty amazing, not only is it really colourful but each coloured page comes as part of a sandwich. Pink being ham, yellow being cheese and green being lettuce. You can make your own sandwich with the notes.


We also have a smiley emoji sticky notepad too.


Along with the octopus book holder. This gets attached to two pages of a book and holds the book open whilst you read. 

emoji line markers clip to pages magnetically and remind where I left off. 

The flexinlight is a bookmark which lights up. Great for night time reading and as you can see it’s pretty bright. 

These are lovely unusual novelty gifts which will no doubt have my children’s school friends asking “Where did you get those from?”

Visor Thinking gifts for more information and prices.

Ink drops subscription 

Published July 27, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Ink drops is a monthly subscription service which brings a packet of unified stationery items through the letterbox each month. 

It seems a good subscription for those who still enjoy good old fashioned letter writing as many of the packages seem to come with cards, stickers, pens and other bits that make letters more fun.

The contents obviously vary each month and come with different themes, each subscriber receiving the same items

The items don’t come in the usual cardboard box, but rather a pretty paper packet which sort of gives it the old fashioned feel.

Anyway here are the contents of the July ink drops. 


There are two glittery cards, one is a birthday card and the other blank. Two colourful lolly erasers which I’m assuming are from another country as I cannot understand the language. Then a moon notepad and a pack of coloured small highlighters.

The majority of the products all have foreign writing on, it looks Japanese but I could be wrong but it does mean that these items are more harder to come by.

Ink drop subscriptions cost £15.45 for the UK which includes shipping and slightly more for Europe and the rest of the world.

For this price I was expecting slightly more products than what was in the packet. I’m guessing that the price reflects sourcing the more unique products. I think I would be slightly disappointed paying the £15+ for this package myself, tho people who collect stationery or are looking for more unique cards and bits will probably enjoy this one. 

Indigo Nutrition chocolate making kit

Published July 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Indigo Herbs are all about healthier lifestyles, healthy eating, superfoods and food for vegans. We were recently asked to try out one of their raw chocolate making kits. We are not a vegan family but we all love our chocolate treats so of course we agreed and then this box arrived. 


The kits start from £19.99 and contain all the ingredients needed to make our own "pure raw chocolate"


Raw chocolate is more healthier than the milk alternatives. Being a food suitable for vegans does mean no milk or dairy products are used. Therefore the finished chocolate is dark, stronger cocoa percentage and slightly more bitter than regular chocolate but it stlll tastes good. 

Have you ever wondered what gives good chocolate that wonderful chocolate smell? Well it's all down to this stuff! 

This being our melting organic cacao butter, it is known by other names too including cocoa butter and kakaw. From the moment I opened the packet I could instantly smell chocolate. This butter is 100% pure natural cacao derived straight from the cacao plant. It is one of the main ingredients in most chocolate products and is the ingredient which makes chocolate smell so good.

The butter is like small lumps of rock to begin with, it needs melting down to liquid and slowly too or the nutrients will be destroyed if heated too fast. Once melted we added the packet of raw vanilla powder and then all the cacao powder. Then it looked a bit more like chocolate.

With this kit we also got several small cake cases, but we also already had a few unused baking moulds lying around in the drawers, so this was a good excuse to get them out.

The chocolate mixture is poured into the moulds and we added some nuts and goji berries which are also included in the kit. Then put the moulds straight into the freezer to set. As chocolate does not really freeze, there is no risk of it spoiling if left too long. 

Raw chocolate does not taste as good when melted or when cooking with it. It tastes much better when set and ready to eat, so best not to lick the spoons with this stuff. 

And once set!


And that's not all of our raw chocolate creations either. We also found a quick yummy recipe on the Indigo herbs website for salted peanut butter cacao cups. These are really really easy and we happened to have half a jar of peanut butter in the cupboard too that needed using up.

Using the made raw chocolate mixture and the included cake cases, we poured a small amount of chocolate into each case and immediately placed them in the freezer to harden a little. Then took them out and placed a layer of peanut butter onto each one.


Followed by another layer of raw chocolate on top and back in the freezer for more time to set. These are just delicious and now I know how to make them, I will certainly be making some more.


There are several other raw chocolate recipes on the website, most of which just require the chocolate making kit and a few basic ingredients.

I found one main thing that differs with this raw chocolate as opposed to regular chocolate types is that it seems to melt much quicker, almost instantly after removing it from the freezer. It doesn't turn to mush in your hand but I could feel it start to melt very quickly. It's probably best kept in the freezer or a cold part of the fridge until ready for eating or using.

These kits are great and we have all enjoyed making and eating the chocolate. They can also make lovely gifts too. 

Kids lighting from Ginger Snap & giveaway

Published June 26, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Ginger snap are a design led company specialising in unique gifts and light products. There range includes lights for kids or teenagers too, many of which come with an emoji theme like this happy little lamp. 


This happy smiley lamp runs off batteries so no need for trailing cables and has a simple on/off switch. Izebella uses this at night time in her bed to help keep the monsters and robots away. It does not get hot and gives a nice bright glow so she can see but still sleep as it’s not overly  bright. 


The same batteries have been in this lamp for a good few weeks now and it is used most nights for several hours. Therefore it does not use up much juice. One of these costs £25.00 and with most children and teens having a thing for emojis at the moment, it does make a good bedroom accessory. 

They also have emoji lightboxes too. These are plastic display boxes which come with letters, images, numbers and light up to display messages.


They come with 65 letters, numbers, symbols and 51 emoji symbols and images all on plastic see through cards. These don’t require a mains plug or wires either but it does need 6 AA batteries. 


The letters simply slot in on 3 rows and you can get up to 8 of the cards on one row. It does of course look much more effective when switched on in total darkness.


You can write whatever you wish using the included letters, such as birthday messages or even notes or just mess about with the emojis.


This light box costs £24.00. If I was to make a suggestion to improve this product then I would recommend adding some sort of a slot or pull out tray on the back so there is a space to put the many letters and cards, otherwise it means either keeping the box, or finding somewhere to store them all or them becoming lost. 

And if you like the light box then maybe you could win yourself one. 
GIVEAWAY

Ginger snap are giving away one of their light boxes. To be in with a chance of wining one, just click below.

 ENTER HERE!

The giveaway will end on July 24th 2017 and is open to residents of the UK only. 

Charbonnel et Walker 

Published June 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

What a lovely way to round off a week of posts. Charbonnel et Walker remains one of the oldest and finest chocolatiers of the UK. It’s hard to believe that their first shop opened way back in 1875 in London Bond Street. As for the name; it’s the surnames of the ladies behind the brand – Mrs Walker and MMe Charbonnel. 

I did visit the London store many many years ago. It is one of those very upmarket shops, the type where your wary of knocking anything over but a lovely luxury shop and certainly worth a visit if down that way. Charbonnel is a luxury brand and therefore as you can imagine; the chocolates come at a luxury price. These are not your everyday or weekly supermarket munchies but rather luxury gifts for very special occasions.

They sell just about every type of chocolate gift, be it boxes of truffles, hampers, chocolate selection boxes, even a chocolate shoe and a champagne set. I think the least expensive item is one of their 80g chocolate bars which cost £5.00 each one, so you get an idea of just how luxury this chocolate is. 

Like many other chocolatiers they have chocolates for everyone and for every occasion and even have themed chocolates for children. We have a few of their children’s chocolate products here.


Charbonnel’s children’s gifts include themes of Peter Rabbit and Alice through the looking glass. With a company like this; it is not just about the chocolate inside (which of course is exceptionally good) but the packaging too.  No one wants to pay extra for chocolate that comes in plain or not so nice wrappers as it’s just not as appealing. 


These are two of the Peter Rabbit products. The blue packet on the left is an 80g chocolate bar which costs £5.00. I would not normally pay this much for a bar of this size, but again this is a luxury brand. The Peter Rabbit box is part of a gift set costing £29.00. The set includes a Peter Rabbit book and a mixed box of chocolates. 


The box is fully reusable, made of tough board and could be used for small toys, trinkets, bobbles etc. I think if I was to pay £29 then I’d certainly want to keep the box too. The chocolate box can also be purchased alone, without the book for £25.00, but in my opinion you may as well pay the extra £4.00 and then at least there is something to show once the chocolates are gone.


These slim/mini  bars come as both the character theme packs. A seven bar pack is £6.95. If you’re wondering what an Un-birthday is; as it says on the larger pack then here is a short explanation which I spotted on one of the bars.


The chocolate inside is very good quality, a lovely creamy chocolate taste which sort of just melts in the mouth and we have too much of it! Yes I know, it is meant for my children but I’m a big kid at heart and this luxury stuff is just too good.

Here’s their website if you want some too, and you don’t like anywhere near London – Charbonnel et Walker.

And now I’ll get back to eating it all! 

Oh and of course my kids too! (Honest)

More than just a book! Themed book boxes; Book delights!

Published June 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I think all children love books, and even some adults too. The old classic tales never seem to fade out or get forgotten  like many of the more modern stories do.

Some books seem really magical but! Just imagine a book that is not only a book but a whole lot of other accessories and nice things based on that book. A package full of items based on a story that is also included. 

Just like these! 

These are just some  of the themed book boxes from Book delights and the boxes include well known titles such as Alice in Wonderland, famous five, Harry Potter plus many more.
This is the first time I have come across a themed box based on a book with the book included and I think it’s a lovely idea which will make a lovely gift. 

For Izebella I have the Beatrix Potter box. This comes with all of these items.


This particular box would make a great birthday/Christmas gift for a young child. There is a notebook, coloured pencils, a money tin, bookmark, postcard, jigsaw and the surprise wrapped gift. 


I really loved how one of the gifts was wrapped so nicely. Izebella couldn’t wait to see what was waiting inside the blue paper! 


Yes it was the classic book itself, The tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. A book that has been around for many many years and is still enjoyed by by many children today.  

The book boxes aren’t just for children either. They have book themed boxes for adults too which even includes an Alice in Wonderland box. The adult boxes are similar to the children’s boxes but have the addition of candles, tea bags and small jewellery items or similar which would not be suitable for a child. 

Each box costs £26.00. The value of the items in each box will be worth more than the £26 if bought separately. I think these boxes would help to encourage a child to read the actual book as everything is themed towards the one book included. 

The boxes can be purchased directly from Book Delights or from Etsy. You can get 10% off a box on the website using code bizzimummy10.

Father’s Day photo gifts from Snapfish 

Published May 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Snapfish is the home to personalised photo gifts and I have been a customer of theirs for many years. They sell all sorts of photo gifts including cups, cushions, phone cases, place mats, keyrings and so much more. They also do a photo print service and photographs can be uploaded via a mobile phone. 

As it’s Father’s Day next month. I have been asked to come up with some personalised gift ideas from Snapfish. 


I love my wall art and I’m sure most Dads would also love a nice canvas of their children to hang up, especially so the Father’s who don’t live with their children, so this was the first thing I chose to create. 

This photo was taken at Blackpool beach a few weeks back. I’m unsure where Ryan was but I think it’s a really good picture of the girls together. 


Snapfish have many different types and sizes of wall art such as canvases and posters. 

This one is a slim canvas and measures 12×8″. It was really easy to make, I just uploaded the photograph, did a bit of cropping and the canvas arrived within a few days. It is quite small, there are bigger sizes. It can be hung on a wall (hangers not included) or stood up on a unit. 

I think most Dads would love a gift like this for Father’s Day.

And if Dad likes having a lot of memories in one place, and he’s the sort of person who takes photos of the kids but never prints them off then photobooks also make really good gifts.

The smallest photobook starts at just £6.99 for a 6×4″ size. This one has 20 pages which can hold more than one photograph per page. For 8 more additional pages it’s just an extra £1.99. 


Many of the photobooks allow for text and greetings, making them even more personalised. These photobooks mean all Dads favourites pictures are kept in one special place rather than having multiple photo prints which usually end up in a cupboard somewhere. 

Again the photobook creation process is fairly straightforward. It can take a while for multiple photographs to upload depending on the size of the book chosen. Options include colours, texts and fonts plus deciding on the layout of photographs on each page. If like me you can’t be bothered adjusting page layouts then snapfish will do it for you and arrange the photographs on each page and if it does not look right then you can manually change it. 


Visit the Snapfish website for lots more Father’s Day gift ideas.

A whole lotta “Really Good” stuff here

Published May 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Really good stuff, yes it certainly is good stuff from Really Good UK. It’s just my kind of website with a very large spoilt for choice funky selection of bits and bobs, kids stuff, home stuff, fun stuff and gifting type stuff. All good. 


There’s all sorts of things in this one picture; but before I start on what they are, you all really really need to see this first, and especially so if you have young children. 


Yes I was pleasantly surprised/shocked when I first spotted this actual  naughty seat. No longer will I have to designate the bottom step or one of my own chairs as the naughty spot for Izebella. She now has her very own designated naughty stool for when she decides to throw her tantrums and scream and whatever else she feels like doing. 


Oh yes, this has been used a fair few times already for my little madam. This is no quirky fancy feature in our living room it is a working product and yes it works a treat. 

I think she saw it as a novelty thing at first until she realised that’s where she sits for x amount of minutes if she does something wrong. 
Well worth the £25.00 cost in my opinion. Small enough to store in a corner or under the table when she’s being good too.

This item also works well with the naughty chair. 

A behaviour book. Forget charts that get pulled down. This book is much better. Each page is a full week with plenty of space for notes and lots of sticker sheets too. 


Izebella isn’t that naughty to be honest. She is generally well behaved, she just has her tantrum moments. 

When Izebella stays with her dad, she likes to take a few toys and teddies, so a bag just like this comes in really useful. 

It has lots of space inside for toys and sweets and other bits of really good stuff and a friendly bear on the front. Perfect for a 4 year old sleeping out. 

And a smaller overnight type bag is this one. 

It’s a tired bunny pyjama bag. It looks like a swim/p.e bag with draw string fastening and is big enough for pyjamas, toothbrush and maybe a small teddy too. Or just put pyjamas inside so you know where they are. 

Also on the above photograph is a pencil case, a wooden door sign, which Ryan has on his door right now and a toy searchlight which is really unusual.

It looks like a small plastic wallet with a teddy bear picture on, but a press of a hidden button turns on a very bright torch light. Good for finding toys at night, maybe reading and seeing in the dark. It is really really bright, it’s probably not a good idea to shine it in the eyes. It only costs a fiver too, pocket money toys. 

And here’s something else that lights up! Four of them! 


These are showtime light up cards. Each one has our initials on and they even come in ages too. I’m glad we got the initial ones, I don’t want to show my age. Each one costs £5.00. They light up with a button press and turn off after about a few seconds  For a card they are very bright. The insides are blank to write own greeting and envelopes come included. They can also be put on a bedroom wall or by the side of the bed as a little light as well as given as cards.


Yes it’s a height chart. I don’t think it’s big enough to measure my height but it does go up to 4ft 9 so not too far off. These always look good on plain walls.

Finally a selection of funky tins.

A money tin and not the sort you have to destroy to get the coins out. A girly tin with a unicorn to keep girly type treasures away from nosey brothers and then the one that I would have loved when younger – The secret stuff tin, to hide from parents which comes complete with lock and key. I dread to think what sort of junk Ryan may keep in his over the next few years. 

Yes all these things and much more  can be purchased at the same Really good website place. Some very funny funky things to be found and I don’t think anything can beat the naughty seat. This face says it all! 

A “Totally funky” Gingerbread wallet & a competition too! 

Published May 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Well I’m a big kid at heart and love all sorts of weird, wonderful, silly and retro things. My favourite type of store (after clothing of course) is a geek/gadget type place just like Totally funky, who sell all sorts of totally funky gifts.

Now there’s a saying that good  things come in small packages or something along those lines, and just look at this for a new purse. 


I chose this for a few reasons. Firstly I was in need of a new one. The old one was plain looking and worn out, my cards kept getting lost inside huge holes and coins too. And secondly – who doesn’t love an old fashioned fairytale. Yes it’s a gingerbread man themed wallet/purse whatever you wish to call it. 


It is a fair bit smaller than the previous big purse thing I had but it has more than enough space to store my cards, money and small bits. There is a zip pocket inside with a few card slots and a pocket on the outside separate to the main purse part. 

The wallet is decorated all the way around, both inside and out with characters from the gingerbread man story and quotes. 

It is certainly unusual and also very funky. This gingerbread wallet is part of The Once Upon A Time range of bags and purses which  are based on childhood fairytales including Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White. The  enchanting designs feature simple illustrations, pretty bows, cute catchphrases and beautifubattention to detail. 

The gingerbread wallet costs £19.99 and a matching satchel is also available for £39.99. 


COMPETITION TIME

Totally Funky are giving away one of their very funky and rather sweet gingerbread wallets as above worth £19.99. 

The giveaway is run by rafflecopter and you can enter using the link below. You must have a valid twitter, Facebook and email account and be a UK resident to enter. The giveaway will close on May 29th 2017. Onewinner will be chosen at random to win the wallet. 

ENTER HERE!

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