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JYSK AGERBY & Torrig dining set

Published November 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I believe meal times should be family time. A time for parents and children to sit and eat together and talk about the days events. Sadly not many families sit together for meals these days. This could be for a variety of reasons such as time or technology taking over; or through the lack of a nice dining table. Before JYSK got in touch. I had a very small table and worn out chairs; which wasn’t great for all four of us to sit around. However now I have this:

Yes it’s beautiful and creates a rather eye catching centrepiece to my kitchen/diner. This is the AGERBY & TORRIG dining set. It comes with a solid oak and tempered glass table and four TORRIG natural chairs which are made from Banana leaves and solid wood.
The dining table arrived in two parts. The solid oak frame in a long box and the glass top in another. The chairs luckily arrived ready assembled.
It was obvious from the outset that the table frame was good quality sturdy wood.

There weren’t a lot of pieces either, so getting it together was a little like a big wooden jigsaw with the pieces slotting inside each other. Despite one false start – I somehow aligned the pieces the wrong way – it did not take me long to correct things.

Getting the round glass top onto the frame requires two people as it is heavy and, being circular, needs a couple of safe pairs of hands to get everything snuggly fitted. This is quite a substantial round table top with a 119cms diameter. The table is secured to the frame via tiny suction cups which have a sticky side, however the weight of the glass top seems to hold itself in place just fine without them. 

The table frame is really unusual, being untypical from the usual four legs. It’s more like a star shape, the sort that would usually be found on more expensive coffee tables. 
I love how natural these chairs look. On first glance they may look more stylish than comfortable with their rattan/wicker effect – but they are actually very comfy to sit on. The natural effect seems to blend well with any decor.

Kids and glass tables don’t always sound like the best mix (what if they climb on it, throw something at it, slam something down too hard etc) but this is a tough, high-quality heavy table top and I think it would take a lot more than normal kid behaviour to crack it. 
 
Once you’ve chosen a glass table top, then it’s worth making sure it’s kept clean – choosing the best glass cleaners and buffing thoroughly to remove any smears. Or, if the kids are involved, the addition of a waterproof tablecloth is an excellent means of child-proofing! Glass is much easier to remove food marks and stains from than a wooden table and help create a feeling of additional space – which is great for smaller areas.

My dining set is much larger than anticipated but it slots in nicely in my dining area. It means we can now all sit and eat together and enjoy more family time. The chairs look great with the glass table, but would look just as good paired with a natural wood table.

This full dining set currently costs just over £300. It is fairly easy to assemble and gives plenty of room for four people with the potential to add smaller chairs for extra children, for those special occasions if need be, that’s one of the beauties of a round table. It will certainly make our Christmas dinner more special. Have a look at JYSK’s great range of dining tables and chairs at http://www.JYSK.co.uk  #chooseJYSK.

 

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.

Mu worldwide travel adaptor 

Published November 3, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Many are familiar with this scenario. You go on holiday, you need to charge your phone. You have your regular charger and plug, but then you realise – Different country means different shape of plug, usually a 2 pin plug as opposed to the UK 3 pin. The hotel is in the middle of no where and the one shop there doesn’t sell UK adaptors! What a nightmare.

Well it won’t be for me and my family as we have one of these!


This is the worlds thinnest universal charger. It doesn’t look much from the outset but it’s one handy little gadget that frequent travellers won’t want to be without. 

This charger has three popular plug heads, our 3 pin UK plug, USA and European. It also has 2 x 1.2 amp dual USB blocks meaning any device usually charged via a USB lead can be charged on this. This includes most devices such as smart phones, tablets, MP3 players and even some cameras. 


The plug heads all seem to fold and blend into the device so fro the outset it doesn’t look much like a plug. 

Inside the device is a clever little chip which enables the Mu device to identify the connected device and deliver the correct charge. 

It’s not the cheapest charging device, costing £30 upwards but it does save on buying various international adapters each time you go away. 

Mu UK have many other types of charging devices on their website. 

JYSK Bedroom Hygge!

Published October 25, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Do you remember me telling you about JYSK not so long ago? Well I’m now extremely happy to say that my chosen items have arrived.


JYSK’s Feel the Happiness #chooseJYSK campaign part of a celebration of the Scandinavian store group’s 2,500th store opening involved asking people “what makes you happy at home?” For me, the thing that makes me happiest is my bed. My bed is my place to relax after a busy day with the kids. Whatever worries I may have throughout the day; my bed is the place that takes them away.

JYSK has many mattresses to suit all bed sizes and most budgets, have a look here http://www.JYSK.co.uk. Mattresses can be very very expensive, usually much more than the bed frame itself, so it’s worth looking at JYSK’s range which offers great quality and value.
 I strongly believe if you want a good night’s sleep on a comfortable mattress then you have to pay a bit more for luxury. The phrase “you get what you pay for” seems to ring true in this department. The wrong mattress, can not just affect sleep but cause all sorts of health problems with backs and joints.
It’s always a good idea to invest a bit more on something you will be using every day.

This is my new Plus 25 mattress. I have king size which costs £225. Compared to many similar mattresses on the market, this is actually relatively inexpensive. I paid more for my old mattress from a very well known mattress brand and it was nowhere near as comfortable as this one.
 This has to be the thickest, bounciest mattress I have ever owned. It is 32cms thick, that’s almost a third of a metre!


This boasts 325 springs and padded with pressure relieving memory foam. To say I get a good night’s sleep on this is an understatement. I have been sleeping like a baby since it arrived.




It wasn’t the easiest thing to manoeuvre onto my bed. The lovely delivery guys took it upstairs for me, but I had to lift the old mattress off the bed first and then get this new one through my bedroom door and onto my bed alone! It weighs a whopping 47kg, it’s not far off my weight and it’s big. I was glad to find handles on either side of the length which really helped.

 I was not the only one, amazed by the sheer size of it. As soon as my girls saw it, they were straight on it, testing out how soft and bouncy it is. Izebella told me it was like a trampoline.


I like the overall top pattern too, it reminds me of old style white wallpaper. I could just sleep on this mattress by itself, no bedding needed as it is just so amazingly comfy.

I think teddy likes his new bed too! 


 Of course, I don’t sleep on it alone. I’d be too worried about marks or bits of make up/perfume rubbing off and it looking grubby, plus I would no doubt get a bit cold during the night with no bedding. 

 As well as lots of furniture items, both big and small; JYSK also has lots and lots of lovely accessories and soft furnishings including some bedding items to make my bed fit for a queen.


First; and most importantly – the duvet.

 



The ULVIK duvet, again in king size. When I just picked up this duvet up, my thoughts were that it felt too light to be suitable for Winter. It is a 10.5 too but it’s really deceptive. The filling inside is airy siliconised spiral shaped hollow fibre so it seems to weigh much less than its discount store counterparts. Once on my new mattress however, my thoughts completely changed. It felt much much heavier over me than it did lifting it.




It keeps me warm, it does not make me over heat. It keeps me a just the right temperature. I have no idea how it does, but believe me it does. Again just look at the floral pattern on this duvet and the quilted effect just says luxury. However this duvet (king size) costs just £20. 

Not wanting to spoil my duvet in any way. I also have a new duvet cover set too.


I feel it’s important to get a duvet set that matches the room decor. White of course always blends well with anything so it’s a good choice.
 The Nell Sateen duvet set costs £30.00 and it certainly looks great on my bed.



Soft and luxurious, combined with my new duvet and mattress. It feels like heaven sleeping in this bed.

The set includes the duvet cover and two pillow cases.


And that’s not all. With my bed being my happy place. I just had to add a few more little extras.



My added touches are fake fur throws and cushions from JYSK Lotus range. The cushions are £5.00 each and the throws £15 each. They come in the brown, which I have, and also a silver option.



Yes they do appear more white than brown. The brown is the under layer of the throws and a base layer for the cushions with white fake fur over it. The two colours really blend so well.



You can see here, the brown showing through in the light, it almost appears as gold.


The feel of fake fur on my arms at night is amazing. It’s a light throw too, and therefore doesn’t feel heavy. I just love having one on my bed.


The cushions can of course be used on sofas too. The colour shades blend well with a black background.



The throw can be washed if needed but unfortunately the cushions cannot. The fake fur covers do not come off and putting them in a washing machine would no doubt ruin them. They can be wiped clean with care, but it’s probably best to just try to keep them clean and away from sticky hands and substances. 
 

Well I will certainly be enjoying my very comfortable nights sleeps from now on, thanks to my amazing mattress and bedding from JYSK.
























Luci Light

Published October 25, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is the new Luci Light. It may just come in useful for Halloween and Christmas as a nice decorative feature but it’s also really good for the dark evenings or nighttime.

It does not look like a light to begin with. It’s inflatable so I had to manually blow our up. No batteries are needed for this light as it runs off solar power. Placing it by a window during day time (even if minimal sun) should be enough to make it last the majority of the night.

It’s a nice soft glow with two modes. A still light and a flickering candle like mode. My children thought the light was faulty when they saw it flickering but this is part of its features that imitate a candle. The only downside is the air vent at the top which makes the light look a bit strange. This would be much better elsewhere.

As well as a cool Xmas and Halloween decoration, this would be a good product for camping as it does not need any power source other than the sun and takes up no space.

Luci lights are available via First Ascent

A rather “royal” street sign

Published October 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Take a look at my new sign, proudly hanging on my hallway wall for all to see!

 

That’s correct – The palace of err… Me!

This very special and rather quirky sign has had many of my guests amused and even wanting one for themselves. Oakdene designs are the people who designed it for me. They can make the signs with any personalisation. Family names, palace of, castle of, cave of, street of, literally anything you can think of. It doesn’t need to be something of either. Basically if it fits then it can go on.

The sign also allows for place marks, cities, towns, postcodes etc, again anything you choose as long as it fits.

 

They are made of metal, with various options: different colours, sizes, frames, boxes etc, plus an option to add mounting tabs so it can easily be hung on the wall without any screws or any drilling.

They start from £17.50 and will certainly have visitors talking.

JYSK “Feel the Happiness” Campaign

Published September 29, 2017 by Bizzimummy

JYSK is celebrating its 2,500th store internationally. To mark the occasion, the Scandinavian furniture retail store group that sells everything for the home aims to find out what makes us happy at home. I’m going to be reviewing some of the Danish home expert’s Scandi-vibe items as part of its ‘Feel the Happiness’ campaign and have partnered JYSK with a great competition for you too.

You’ll find JYSK in 48 countries with 15 stores in the UK and sells online at www.JYSK.co.uk. From furniture including bed frames, wardrobes, mattresses and sofas to soft furnishings like cushions and decorative accessories – a whole house can easily be furnished with JYSK.

JYSK is expert in HYGGE – “the Scandi art of making your home make you happy”. HYGGE (pronounced Hugar) focuses on cosiness, comfort and making time and space for relaxation and interaction with friends and family.

JYSK has one main question for this campaign; so I’ll be asking you to enter the competition and share….

“What makes you happy at home?”

JYSK’s aim is to arrive at the top 25 things that people love, that make them happy, at home. By this they mean the little HYGGE type things such as throws, a comfy mattress, a nice chair or cheerful cushions rather than the big things such as family, pets and love.

I am of course taking part in this campaign along with a select few bloggers across the UK. The campaign will involve me featuring several JYSK products and even attempting to assemble the odd few (that should be fun to watch!). And the best bit for all my lovely readers and followers –is that amazing competition which will start Monday October 2nd!

I don’t want to give too much away but this will be for a JYSK furniture product and may just be my largest giveaway so far.

Yes it’s all very exciting and I cannot wait to see the JYSK range in my own home.
With a link to JYSK ‘LET’S CELEBRATE’ 2,500 store video.

Culti Odarosae room spray 

Published September 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Imagine a room spray that leaves a room smelling like actual flowers or perfume? Well this is it!


This room spray by Culti can be purchased from Rooi who also sell scented candles and many homeware accessories. 
It is a glass bottle spray as opposed to an aerosol and it comes in a gift box too.

 

The aromas are very much rose and not the cheap rose scent that other sprays give, but more like the real rose oil which can be quite expensive to buy. There is also a slight fruity aroma with the rose, possibly blackberry but I’m not too sure. Anyway a couple of sprays of this stuff leaves all my rooms smelling of roses. It hides any nasty smells really well as it’s really strong. The scents also last longer than other room sprays and air fresheners and despite using it daily, the bottle is still almost full so I know this will last for quite a while. 

 It costs £34.00 for a 100ml glass bottle. This is much more than what I’d normally pay out for this type of product but obviously it’s 10-20 times better than the cheaper stuff, stronger aromas and lasts longer too. 

It would make a nice gift also for the ladies who love their scented products. 

Command strips: Mess free hanging

Published August 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Are you one of those people who love having family photographs hung up on wall around your home? Or perhaps a bit of art work or even a few hooks here and there! Well I do too, but I hate putting them up. They never seem to hang easy, the holes either too big or small or not in the right place, or the hanging hooks won't go in or something else. Plus holes make the walls look awful after a while too.

Luckily all that hanging fuss is now a thing of the past for me , since I discovered the range of 3M Command strips.

These save the need for screws, hooks, drills and nails. They can be purchased in supermarkets, diy stores and Amazon. They come in many different forms for multiple uses both inside and outside the home. They include hooks, clips, picture hanging strips and more.

Hanging pictures, no matter the size is now super easy. The hanging strips even come in various sizes with weight guidance on the packets. The size and weight of the picture to be hung determines how many strips are needed. The lighter pictures need just one.

The strips come in pairs, both parts of the strip need joining together, they have like a plastic clip together part and peel off sticky sides. One side goes on the back of the picture like this.

Then the other side is peeled and the picture attached to the wall, press for 30 seconds and then you need to carefully remove the picture so that the strip can bond to the wall, then reconnect the picture. This sounds slightly complicated but it really isn't.

And Ta-Da! The picture is on the wall and there is probably much less chance of it falling off than if it was hung the more traditional way with hooks.

The strips can even be removed from the wall easily when no longer required by way of a special pull tab. I have not tried to remove so I can't comment on how easy this is. But at least it doesn't leave an unsightly hole or cause any damage to the wall plaster.

Command strips can be used on many surfaces including painted walls and even outside surfaces on some packs. They aren't really suitable for walls with wallpaper and I wouldn't risk trying it on mine as I paid a fair bit for the wallpaper I have.

These decorating clips are being saved for Halloween or Christmas.

They look perfect for hanging decorations or holding small lights, something I really struggle with yearly! I hate sore thumbs from those awful drawing pins and the very thought of standing on one! Ouch!!!

The hooks look good for coats or kitchen bits too and there are many more command strip products viewable on Command UK website.

Products vary in price.

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. 

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