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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. 

Seventh Generation skin friendly products & Giveaway

Published June 13, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Seventh Generation began across the Atlantic in the USA and are fairly new to the UK. Their items include household products for laundry and cleaning and are designed for people with skin allergies, eczema and other skin conditions.

In our house it’s my eldest daughter Jordanna who seems to randomly suffer with an array of undiagnosed skin problems. These include general skin dryness where patches of skin will feel rough like sandpaper, various sensitivities which the rest of us seem to be immune too (i.e flea bites) and random rashes and spots that appear from time to time. We just don’t know why or what causes any of it, except that her skin appears to be sensitive to many things. I can only guess that certain types of soaps, bath products, laundry detergents and household cleaners add to her skin problems so it can often be difficult to know what to use. 

The products from Seventh Generation are made without the usual harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances which can irritate skin. There are no dyes or artificial brighteners so the majority of the cleaning/laundry products will be fragrance free and colour free or clear liquids. 

Their packaging is made from 100% recycled bottles making the products kinder to the environment as well as the skin. 


These are the products which I have been using recently, all of which are available to buy in Tesco. I have two big laundry liquids.


Both of these do similar jobs – wash the clothes. There is not too much difference between them. They are both clear and free of dyes and fragrance. The differences being that the one on the left is super concentrated meaning I don’t need to use as much to wash clothes and it’s also much better on tougher stains such as chocolate, tomato, pizza and even blood. This one also comes in an unsusal container which looks a lot like cardboard on first glance. It’s actually repurposed fibre. This bottle can apparently be used as a plant starter once the liquid has gone. 
Seventh Generation also sent me two of their household cleaning products.


Again probably not much difference between the two. The green one is an all purpose cleaner meaning I can use it pretty much anywhere. The lack of harsh chemicals make it safer, not just for skin but for my furnishings which can become stained or damaged if using incorrect products. The all purpose cleaner is fine for kitchens, bathrooms, doors, window ledges and pretty much anywhere else that needs a clean, baby items included. There is however a picture of a cooker on the front of the bottle which may be slightly misleading. This product is fine for cleaning  my hob and the cooker exterior but I don’t think it is strong enough to clean inside the oven properly. Unfortunately I still need to use the very nasty stuff for that job. 

The blue cleaner on the right is more for glass products and surfaces. I have white units in my living room and a few mirrors around my home so this is a good product to get them clean and shiny without the awful cleaning smells. 
My final two products are a natural washing up liquid and natural toilet cleaner.


For those of us who don’t normally suffer from sensitive skin problems (myself included) have your hands ever itched, stung or felt slightly sore or dry after washing dishes? I know mine have a few times. I actually put it down to the water being too hot or not drying them correctly but I am now fairly sure that it’s the chemicals in the washing liquids, no matter how mild that cause the slight irritation. 

This natural free washing liquid does exactly the same job as all the other dish washing products and that is get the dishes clean. It still forms bubbles and still cuts through grease and tough dish and pan stains, even oven dishes. It just comes without the scent and added colour. 

The toilet cleaner is one of the products that does come with a slight scent. I suppose it has to really given that part of cleaning a toilet is also making it smell good rather than of what usually goes in it (YUK). The fragrance – Cypress and Fir is made purely from essential oils and botanical extracts. It smells totally different from the usual heavy bleach toilet cleaners, it can still cause skin irritation if it gets directly onto skin (as with most products) but is much safer than most other toilet cleaners. 

All of these products can be bought in Tesco. I am hoping they will bring in more of the range of products to the UK soon as the USA does have a bigger selection. 

GIVEAWAY

Seventh Generation are giving away two baskets full of their products (as above) to two lucky readers. Yes you get the basket too!


Taking part is easy peasy, just click the entry link below. 

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The giveaway will close on June 27th and 2 winners will be drawn at random. Entrants must be UK based and have valid working Facebook, twitter and email accounts.

The towel shop review & giveaway 

Published May 30, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I love the feel of brand new towels on my face and skin and I have a brand new towel bundle from The towel shop uk

I have the luxurious 6 piece bamboo towel bundle. They are (I think) called the bamboo bundle because they are made from 50% bamboo and 50% cotton. 

Six colour choices in total to match most bathroom decor. I chose cream which go well with pretty much anything. Other colours include white, charcoal grey and kingfisher which is a green/blue colour.


The six piece bundles include 2x face cloths, 2x hand towels, 1 bath towel and 1 bath sheet. Other bundles are available with more or less towels such as 4, 5, 10 and 12 piece and the towels can be purchased individually.

The 6 piece bundle costs £33.54 inc VAT (£27.95 without) 

These towels are lovely, very soft and fluffy and large in size. I have seen similar sized hand towels to the face cloths in this bundle. The towels also have some weight to them, tho not heavy but I can certainly feel the quality.

The towel shop also sell luxury bath robes available in one size and a choice of four colours. Again these are really good. I instantly felt warm when I put mine on for the first time after a bath. It is very comfy with lots of room, nice big sleeves and a deep pocket for a phone or bath accessories.

I have made a video with the gown on and showing the towel bundle (ignore my wet hair and the legs ha) 



                           GIVEAWAY                         

Yes this is your chance to win a prize from the towel shop. 

There is a choice of prize for one winner and the choices are…

4 piece bamboo towel bale (1 face cloth, 1 hand towel, 1 bath towel, 1 bath sheet)

• 1 Luxury dressing gown

The winner can choose either prize in a choice of colour (dependent on stock availability)

To take part please click the entry link below. 

ENTER HERE!


(This giveaway will close on June 13th 2017. It will run for a total of 14 days and one winner will be chosen at random by rafflecopter. The winner will be contacted by email both by myself and The towel shop U.K. The winner  must have a valid email address and reside in the U.K. A Facebook and twitter account are needed to complete entry)

Pairfum diffuser bell

Published May 2, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Continuing with my home accessories today, I have a lovely item that most ladies would love in their home. 


It is a large reed diffuser in the shape of a bell. It comes from Pairfum London

PAIRFUM London is for Lovers of Perfume! They offer naturally luxurious couture perfume that won’t be found in high street stores plus Organic skin care products and natural home fragrance. 

Pairfum is ideal for health conscious consumers, as it is created for the health & wellness of the senses.

This large reed diffusers has a long list of fragrance oils to choose from to make the home smell deliciously fragrant 24 hours a day. It is certainly much larger than any diffusers I have had before and can last up to 9 months complete with 250ml of oil and 10 large reed sticks. I turn the sticks twice a day, once in the morning and then before I go to bed, meaning I can smell the fresh fragrance when I get up. 

My fragrance is one of my favourite and is called innocent vanilla. It’s a lovely sweet scent. The PAIRFUM Reed Diffuser uses a highly fragrant and natural non-VOC oil serum. This is both non flammable and non toxic and contains more pure couture perfume than typical diffuser oils. 

A large diffuser bell costs £37.50 and saves the need for buying regular cans of freshener. It also looks really ornate on top of shelves and makes a lovely gift too. 

Making a house more of a home with The Windsor Browne/Melody Mason collection 

Published May 2, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Windsor Browne is a brand created by Melody Maison to showcase items with a more quirky, industrial, earthy or gentleman’s club style. 
There are all sorts of more vintage style items including furniture and accessories for the home. I have three items from this collection! 

The first is a Floral French metal jug.


This may just look like an everyday type plant watering jug from the outset, and yes it can be used for plant watering but it also makes a rather pretty centre piece decoration. Either stand alone or as a flower vase like I’ve done here.



As it’s made of metal, there is little chance of it breaking or cracking and I think it looks so much prettier than the usual glass vases. It costs just under £10 and makes a perfect accessory in my newly decorated hallway. 

Next is one product that I always need, but can never find. It’s a bottle opener, but one that is very unlikely to become lost. 

This bottle opener is wall mounted and has a retro pub theme to it. I don’t drink beer at all but I do enjoy the odd treat of Coca Cola in glass bottles so this will come in handy. It also looks quite quirky next to my fridge too. 

I did have a few problems getting this on the wall. There are two screw slots at the back but it does not come with any screws or bolts and everything I tried was either too big or too small or just did not work. In the end I had to drill a small hole through the top of it and hang it that way, but it’s up now and it’s not a huge problem.

Yes it does work, just attach a bottle lid to the metal hole and open as you would any other bottle. The metal tray thing at the bottom even catches the drips. I best make sure I remember to give it a wipe! 


I’ll never be searching for a bottle opener again now this is on my kitchen wall. This one is just £10.95 but it does not come with appropriate wall fixings. 

Finally a small heart wall mirror.


I have put this in my bedroom as I was lacking a wall mirror. It is fairly small at 25cms but still has quite an effect on the room. It’s frame is plastic but to look at it from a distance it looks more metallic. 

I did struggle a bit to get this mirror hung too. There are 2 small hooks on the back but these seem quite flimsy and move around a lot when trying to get them onto a wall hook. I was worried about applying pressure whilst hanging it as it is quite a dainty thing which could easily be cracked if I pressed too hard. But… I now have a nice wall mirror at least.

At just £5.95 it’s not a bad price at all. 

Melody mason have some many unique and very pretty items. It’s the sort of place that makes me want to buy everything. The prices are very reasonable and their items really help to turn a house into a home. 

Spring cleaning with humble stuff

Published April 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy


This is humble stuff, cleaning products from a small Scottish based company without the harsh chemicals. They sell a small selection of products but are multi surface meaning they can be used in any room and most surfaces and general uses around the home. I am always confused as to why supermarkets stock multiple cleaners for bathroom, kitchen, glass, wood etc but then next to all those are also bottles of multisurface products containing exactly the same stuff. 

Humble stuff products differ slightly from the usual supermarket shelf brands because they don’t contain the usual chemicals or bleaches. They contain, instead blends of bicarbonate of soda, and natural oils and fragrances yet still clean just as good. 

The multi-surface spray is great for worktop sides after food preparation and also the side where the kettle is which often ends up with tea bag drips on it. I also used it in my living room to give the units a quick clean and dining room table. 

The soft cleaning paste is a white paste which resembles a soft putty. This can be used where a more intensive clean is required. Think cookers, white furniture stains etc. It’s pretty good too considering it’s made mainly with bicarbonate of soda and no bleaching agents. I’ve found it works wonders on getting cups and mugs clean of those nasty tea and coffee stains. I just add a little all around the cup, leave for 20 minutes, scrub and thoroughly wash and have managed to get the majority of my cups looking white inside again. It can be used to clean cooker tops and I’ve read inside the oven too. I haven’t tried this as my oven was not long cleaned with oven cleaner (very harsh nasty stuff) but I will give it a go soon. It’s pretty useful in bathrooms as well and even in the toilet bowl. Again wipe on, leave and flush away. 

The biggest surprise I had using this paste tho is possibly one that this paste may not really be meant got at all. Therefore I would advise you to do this at your own risk. My daughter Jordanna had a new pink top. She managed to get several stains all down it. I think it was a mixture of chocolate, ice cream and possibly sauce (she’s very messy!) I washed it and the stains were still very much there, even after wash number 2.  It was looking like the pink favourite top was destined for the bin, and then I had a bright idea. I scooped a small handful of cleaning paste and applied it to the stains on the top, scrubbed a little and then put it in the machine on a 60 degree wash cycle. (I wish I had taken before and after pictures but just didn’t think) And low and behold it came out stain free and looking very clean indeed. This was a last resort before binning the top so again use this way with caution. 

Humble stuff also sell a toilet freshener too and all their products cost just £5.00 each or buy all 3 for just £12.00. 

House clean for 2017 with help from Vileda

Published December 29, 2016 by Bizzimummy

It’s almost time to leave 2016 behind and welcome in another new year. It’s out with the old and in with the new. I have been spending the past two days re-cleaning my home and trying my best to clear the bags of rubbish from Xmas day. I’m getting there slowely but by far the hardest thing to clean for me is the windows. Yes I have a window cleaner but what’s the point in clean windows outside but dirty or streaky inside? No matter what solution I use on windows, they always end up streaky and usually look even worse.  So……. when Vileda offered to send me one of their new Windowmatic cleaners, I was a little dubious as to whether it would do the job, or yet again leave a streaky mess. 


This is the device and there really isn’t much to it. It measures the length of my forearm and is easily stored away. The instructions state to give it 6 hours charge but I did find mine had a bit of charge in straight from the box. It’s already set up to use I just had to attach the nozzle part.


You don’t get any sort of glass cleaner with this, you clean the window with your usually cleaner and wipe with a clean sponge then the device hoovers up and swipes away the dirty water and remaining dirt which cause the streaks. When on it even feels like a small Hoover with a gust of air blowing. I find it best to start from the top and glide down as this way it all goes to the bottom and gets sucked up rather than clinging to the top or middle of the windows.

The nozzle part has a flexible neck meaning it can be bent for small windows and awkward edges. 

The dirty water collects in a see through tank which is easily removed for emptying. This can get a little smelly so it’s a good idea to wash it out after every use. 

The unit will clean a whole house of windows and more on just one charge and the results are much better than using a sponge or even newspaper as some recommend. I wouldn’t say it’s 100% streak free but then again neither is a window cleaner man. The streaking is minimal and the windows look much cleaner inside after use. 

Prices for the Vileda windowmatic start at about £40 and as it’s sale season if may be on offer for less. Vileda have a few videos of this in action on their website.

2Kewt cat ceramics 

Published August 9, 2016 by Bizzimummy

Recently I was contacted by the owner of a brand new product line names 2Kewt, as in “Too Cute” and when you see some of the product range it’s quite easy to sw why it is named so. These are cute ceramics for both the kitchen and bathroom. 


There is quite a selection of ceramics for both rooms all in a cute black and white cat design, I’m unsure if this cat character is in anyway based on a real cat at all but these items are certainly unusual. 


I guess you need be a cat lover to want these items or maybe just like cute and different looking things. The four items in the picture above are what I now have in my home and of course many of you may know that I do own a cat myself. 

This is the cookie jar and it’s unusual both in its design and the fact it’s ceramic.


The cats head comes off to reveal the biscuits hidden inside. It is possibly the quirkiest biscuit jar I have come across. It looks pretty good in my kitchen too and my walls are currently white and all the appliances are black.


I will say: it may be a good idea to reserve this for special “adult” cookies and biscuits. You know the expensive ones us mothers buy and hide until kiddies are in bed! It’s a lovely item and not a good idea for kids to handle and fight over.

If you looked at the photograph above of my four items and spotted the large spoon, you may be thinking its for ice cream or just me being greedy. Well it’s actually an unusual item – a spoon for spoons. I am hoping I’m using this correctly: but it’s for placing tea spoons on after making hot drinks and saves hot liquids dripping onto worktops.


The spoon simply rests on the spoon and all the drips end up on the cat spoon instead which can then be washed. I’m sure it could be used for other things too and it is quite decorative, there is even a hole to hang it up.

And for the bathroom – A soap dish!


If the soap is big enough and positioned correctly, it almost looks as though the cat is holding it. A soap dish is one thing I have been meaning to buy for a while. Soap is essential to keep clean but I hate the mess from soap stains on the sink. The problem is now solved with this pretty cat soap dish.


And finally – yes a ceramic cat toilet brush holder. It even comes with a toilet brush too. The brush fits in the back of the cat, or its butt even! . The brush itself is nothing great, but it does the intended job, obviously a new one will be needed after a few weeks of cleaning.


Again the cat seems to match the decor, I am beginning to think I need a little more colour in my home.


Cat does kind of look up at you whilst your using the bathroom. Almost like a lonely, stroke me face I think. I’m not too sure what the real cat thinks of this cat being all over my house tho.

2 Kewt is a brand new company and I have spotted their products at Gift ideas online, eBay and a few on Amazon. Prices differ per item.

Zoflora disinfectant

Published July 25, 2016 by Bizzimummy


I have been using Zoflora around my home for a while now. Many people will be familiar with Zoflora products. It is concentrated disinfectant. 

They come in several bottle sizes, the larger being 500ml. I do vaguely recall it being in glass bottles a while ago but I think they have now all been swapped to plastic.


The versatile, 3 in 1 action formula of Zoflora kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses that can cause illness and create bad odours. The fragrant solution offers all day freshness and fills your home with a beautiful long lasting scent.

Unlike regular disinfectants that come with the familiar strong cleaning solution scents, Zoflora instead smells of flowers and seasons and the scent lasts a long time too. 

It’s pretty strong stuff and can be dangerous if not used right. It needs diluting for most jobs as it could be flammable otherwise. It needs 40 parts of water per part of Zoflora so if you used 10mls of Zoflora then it would need 400mls of water tho it can be used neat in bathrooms and tough surfaces. It’s great for mopping floors, I tend to use it in a spray bottle diluted to clean kitchen sides. I do love the scents it leaves.

The one thing I don’t understand about Zoflora is that the bottles don’t seem to have safety catches on them, at least the bottles I have used don’t. This could be an issue around young children if it’s not stored away corectly. I store mine high up.

Zoflora is very cheap, often less than a pound per bottle and I see it everywhere from the big supermarkets to home bargains and even corner shops.

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