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Num noms Crazy Creation

Published May 23, 2017 by Bizzimummy

It’s those Num Noms once again! Love them or hate them but it seems they are here to stay. Here are a few of the season 3 characters.


Again the little plastic collectables come with various bits, we get the Num and the nom but also lip balms, stamps and rubbers. 

Of course Num noms are all about food and crazy creations with food and the people behind Num noms have launched a new campaign #NumNomsCrazyCreation and so I was left to make a tasty but wacky food combination.

Now this is probably not to everyone’s taste and it may sound revolting to some of you. It’s not the type of thing I could eat often or eat a lot of but it did actual work together fairly well. 

This is my very own – Baconana nut sarnie! 


It’s a strange one but very easy to make. All I needed was – bread, bananas, peanut butter and bacon! Yes bacon with banana!!!

There are a few ways to put it altogether. The bread can be toasted first or the whole thing toasted under a grill together which is my preferred method.


It’s best to start with the peanut butter and use according to taste/preference. It’s a good idea to cook the bacon first before peeling and  chopping the banana as bananas tend to develop black spots quickly after chopping them. 

The banana slices go on top of the peanut butter and then add the bacon. Add as much as you like of each. I preferred more banana on mine where as Jordanna only wanted 6 slices and 2 bacon and a good helping of crunchy peanut butter.

I did not use any extra butter or spread on the bread and I cooked the bacon in a George Foreman machine to minimise the grease and fat. 

Once the sandwiches were built, they went under the grill for a few minutes each side in order to make it a crispy bite. 

And that is our #NumNomsCrazyCreation. 

SuperGeek heros animated series + competition 

Published May 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy


The SUPER GEEK HEROES are a unique group of super-kids… having fun in turn with a mission to learn! Their seven friendly ‘super-powers’ are derived from the three prime and four specific development areas of the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’. 

​These are… Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Understanding the World, Communication & Language, Literacy, Numeracy, Physical Development, and Creative Arts & Design.  

By introducing “superhero characters” to represent learning and development areas within EYFS, children (and adults) interact more effectively when they understand and relate to their meaning. The use of fun animated 3D characters in this way make children’s learning and development cool, exciting and interesting right through their early years and beyond.

The series is shown on You Tube via many short episodes. They have recently added ten new episodes and I imagine there will be many more to come. All of the episodes are short lasting between 3-7 minutes long. There are 7 main characters in the series and each one teaches children a different thing.

· Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Suzi Smiles

· Understanding the World – Peter Planet
· Communication & Language – Vicky Voice
· Literacy – Jake Jotter
· Numeracy – Mille Maths
· Physical Development – Ant Active
· Creative Arts & Design – Ronnie Rock

Today me and Izebella have been watching a few of the episodes on SuperGeek heroes channel. I think the episodes are perfect for Izebellas age. They encourage learning in a friendly way. The colourful characters each have their own name and personality which children will start to recognise.

The episodes are also really short meaning Izebella doesn’t lose interest in fact she wanted to watch more.

Izebella especially likes Milly Maths and Vicky voice. I think that’s because they are girls in pink/purple. 


Adults and kids can subscribe to SuperGeek heroes channel here. They have their own website too – http://www.supergeekheroes.com/.

COMPETITION 

Yes there’s even a giveaway here too. The prize on offer is – A free 6 month subscription to KidsCast APP where you can download and view Super Geek Heroes on the go or cast to your TV! There’s a bit of information about the app here.

To take part just click the link! This giveaway will close June 1st 2017. The winner must have a compatible smart device to use the app. 

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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! 

Beauty treats – Anatomicals

Published May 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Today’s treats come from Anatomicals who make bath and body beauty treats and gifts and they even have a small range for children too.

Anatomicals don’t sell their own products from the website but they do have a list of products and stockists on there.

Anatomicals products are recognisable by their distinct bright, colourful packaging which comes in all sorts of vibrant colours. Also their quirky text on every item which stands out so much in stores that it makes you just want to go over and read it.

This yellow tube of stuff is one of those products for children that I mentioned earlier, but of course is big kids can use it too if we want. 

Banana bath and shower gel, which can also be used on hair, just like a kids shampoo. It has lots of banana aroma and my girls love it. 

For us grown ups. We have huge bath bars. And when I say huge I don’t just mean slightly large. I mean this. 

(And just look at these colours too!) 


Lovely grapefruit fragrance and in pink which happens to be my favourite colour. This huge soap bar will last me a long long time. 

And when my face needs refreshing or my make up is a mess and needs wiping off, Anatomicals even has cleansing pads just right for the job.


I have no idea how many pads are in the pot and I’m not going to count them either but there’s a good few of them to keep me going for a while. Excellent for removing make up and also act as a daily cleanser. The glycolic acid in them is an exfoliator and helps remove any dead skin cells thus prepping the skin for tanning or enabling fresh make up to stay on for longer. 

Lovely products in lovely colourful packaging. 

L.O.L Surprise dolls + giveaway

Published May 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is not the first time we have had L.O.L dolls. We received some a few weeks ago but these dolls proved to be very popular in the shops and quickly sold out. They are now back in many toy stores, if you have not heard of these dolls then keep reading.


L.O.L dolls come as a wrapped up globe shape toy. The idea is to unwrap many layers of plastic packaging, each time revealing a small toy or sticker (hidden surprises)

It’s a bit like a solo version of pass the parcel without the passing. Eventually all layers will be off to reveal the main surprise inside! The L.O.L doll.


These dolls are the new collectable craze and there are many of them to collect. On this occasion Izebella found the roller sk8r L.O.L and she comes with a dummy, outfit and roller skates. 


Each one does different things, some of them drink, some change colour in water and other things. Girls will love them because there are so many to collect. 
GIVEAWAY

MGA Entertainment are giving away a L.O.L doll to one of my readers. To win one just click the link below. This giveaway will end on May 30th 2017

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The Amazing Mystery box

Published May 12, 2017 by Bizzimummy

*** £5 off a box using code BIZZIMUM***


I reviewed lots of subscription boxes from all over the world, containing all sorts of goodies and all at different prices. Some of them great, some okay and the odd few not so good. Of course I have my personal favourites from over the years and there’s a few which are unfortunately no longer in business. I am usually always happy with the majority of box contents but… it’s not that often that one of these boxes really makes me think….WOW!

“The Amazing mystery box is a WOW! type box”

When I saw the name of it – “Amazing mystery” and had a browse of the Amazing Mystery website (which tells me a little about what to expect) I wasn’t really expecting much. Yes the boxes are a complete mystery until you open them but the website will tell you that its character themed merchandise. They do have box choices – Star Wars, Dr who, post-watershed, kids characters etc so I was thinking “it’s another geek type box” which by the way I don’t mind whatsoever as I am a bit of a geek collector myself. However a big NO! I was wrong. 


So these are the boxes. They all look the same and don’t give much away at all.


Hmm yeah he’s getting curious too. I best get on with it and let him open it and show you all what’s inside. 

By the way, this is my first attempt at an unboxing video. I hate being videoed!! Pictures are fine but videos I just don’t do well so excuse the shaky footage and nervousness please. 

That was my son unboxing his Star Wars box and he absolutely loves it. He’s already asking how it works and if he can get another one.


This box contained about 12 items in total. The box costs £24.99 and as you can see the contents easily total much more than that. Everything is Star Wars themed and everything is brand new. Many of the boxes come with T shirts (this is clearly stated on their website too) and so when ordering a box you do get the option of a t shirt size. The amazing people behind this box got Ryan’s t shirt spot on, a perfect fit. 

The Star Wars themed box is available as a monthly subscription or as a one off taster box. 

As well as the Star Wars falcon box we also got another mystery box. Many of you will recognise this character. 


It is of course Thomas & friends. This is a one time gift type box rather than a subscription box and also costs £24.99. Again the contents are really impressive, some of them still with original price tags on so it’s easy to see this box is worth much more than what you pay. This box contained a book, straw sippy type cup, various Thomas figures, a backpack, wallet and various other items. 

A box like this would be perfect for a young child’s birthday, especially if struggling for ideas on what to get them. 

I have received two Amazing mystery boxes and I cannot fault this box subscription at all, in fact I am already trying to decide which of their boxes I wish to try next just to see what’s inside (like a big kid at Christmas). I may just have to purchase a different one each month to see the full variety of products. 

From a parents point of view. This is just the sort of subscription box I have been wanting for a while. The sort of box full of themed toys with choices for both girls, boys and teens. The boxes are amazing value for money with boxes starting at £19.99. Quality toys, stationery items and t-shirts with more items per box than I have seen in many other subscription boxes previously. Obviously as per all mystery type boxes there may be the odd item that you know your child won’t like, this can easily be put to one side and kept for kids parties or gifts to nieces, nephews at Christmas etc, thus saving even more money. 

The Amazing mystery box ranks extremely high in my long list of box reviews. I am sure that once people find out about their boxes, they will be around for a long time. 

If your reading this and feeling curious but unsure about a subscription,then take a look at their Buy it now shop and buy a one off box, once you open it you will no doubt (like me) be considering a subscription. Trust me, many of you know if I had any negatives about the boxes, I would say so – albeit in a nice sort of way but there is nothing negative to say this time.

Visit The Amazing mystery box for lots more info! 

And don’t forget it’s £5.00 off any box if you use code BIZZIMUM at checkout! 

Unicorn cushions + giveaway 

Published May 11, 2017 by Bizzimummy

If you or your little ones love unicorns just as much as we do, then take a look at this lovely little cushion. 


It comes in both pink and blue from The fox in the attic. As well as cushions just like this one, they also sell many stationery items, cards, toys and lots of other unique gifts. 


This is how our cushion arrived. Lovely packaging with string and labels. And this is the back of the cushion, which Izebella says looks like a shoe when placed top way up. 


A perfect pink accessory to my girls pink bedroom. Izebella likes to have it on her bed just like a pillow. 

This pillow costs £22.99 and here are a few other items from The fox in the attic. 


COMPETITION TIME!

If you liked the unicorn cushion as above, then you could be lucky enough to win one in either blue or pink. 

All you have to do is click the button below to be taken to the entry page. 

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This giveaway is for one unicorn cushion. It will close on June 1st 2017. Entrants must be UK residents and have valid email, Facebook and twitter accounts to take part. 

My Pocket money toy subscription box! 

Published May 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yeah it’s subscription box time once again, you all know how much I love my boxes, I think I’m perhaps a little addicted to them. Well this time the boxes were not for me, but for my girls. They were even addressed to my girls so no opening for me this time round. 


My pocket money toy box is a monthly subscription for boys and girls ages 3-10 years (hence the reason Ryan doesn’t have one). You can order one off boxes or subscriptions of 3, 6 or 12 months. The boxes are split into three age groups; 3-5, 6-7 and 8-10. Then a choice of boys, girls or gender neutral boxes. Jordanna has the 8-10 box and Izebella the younger 3-5 years box. 

Inside our boxes were toys which came wrapped like presents, sticker cards, colouring sheets and lots of sparkly packaging. 

Jordanna was very happy to take part in her own unboxing video. She had no idea that this box was arriving and no idea what was inside until she opened it.

The boxes come with various themes each month and this month seems to be all about dinosaurs and volcanoes which is really good timing because both my girls have been learning about them at school. Izebella even got on the front page of Bolton news with a big T-Rex.


Here is what’s inside Izebellas box. She’s perhaps a little too young for an unboxing video just yet, but she’s more than happy to show off the contents. 


She got a wind up walking dinosaur toy along with a large dinosaur jigsaw box which has 4 individual puzzles inside and a special volcano which magically changes into a dinosaur when placed in water. 

All the toys are good quality and certainly worth the subscription costs which start at £14.00 a month. The contents are different each month and I think as well as being good subscriptions for kids, they would also make a good birthday present for a child. All the box contents are age appropiate depending on the box age chosen. 

* GET 20% off a box using code BIZZI20 *

My girls are very happy with their box of goodies from My pocket money toys.

Our Ciao bimba doll – Anouk

Published May 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Even though I grew out of playing with dolls many years ago, I still get a sense of nostalgic excitement when I see one that’s unique and collectable. 

Ciao bimba dolls are certainly special and each one is produced in limited numbers. Ciao bimba dolls come made with all natural materials right down to what they wear. These materials include Guetermann Mara threads and polyester. All the dolls are made exclusively in the Bulgaria studio and sold on their own Ciao bimba website. You won’t find these dolls in your local toy stores. 
The dolls come in limited collections and although they are not necessarily one off productions, being handmade means they may vary slightly and therefore come with their own personality.

As well as different names, personalities and clothing; the dolls also come in slightly different sizes – Classic Ciao Bimba is 46cm (18in) tall, Darling Ciao Bimba is 48cm (19in) tall, and the smaller dolls are Mini Ciao Bimba, Baby Ciao Bimba and Mini Bambini.

We are very lucky and  very happy to now own a Ciao bimba doll of our choosing. This is how the doll will arrive. 


The dolls come in their own large box which we have kept, this also doubles up as a dolls bed as its strong and sturdy and makes a good safe place to keep the doll. 


I chose Anouk doll. The reason being because she has reddish colour hair which is curly and so it’s something my girls could relate to a little. I also loved her clothing and well she’s just so sweet isn’t she?


Anouk is a Classic Ciao Bimba doll. She stands 46 cm (18 in) tall. Anouk comes with her own jersey shirt, Tatum Liberty print dress, hat, underwear and shoes.

I was quite surprised at just how pretty this doll is. She is also very unusual and unique. She looks a little like a rag doll from a distance but feels much different and is also bigger. Our new friend Anouk is extremely good for cuddles. 


Her clothes are all fully removeable and can be washed. She is a similar size to a baby so may fit in baby clothes if we wish to change her. And look she even has a belly button! How cute. 


Izebella sure seems fascinated by our new little house guest. 

Now as you can probably guess! A handmade, natural limited edition doll is not going to come cheap, even if they are designed to be cuddly companions for little girls. Ciao Bimba is based in Bulgaria so all the prices are in Euros. The prices are different for each doll but for Anouk, she costs €204 which converts to about £173 or just under which is without a doubt a high price to pay for a doll.  If your a lover of dolls or a collector of dolls or nice things (like me) then it may be worth buying one. The Ciao Bimba website is lovely to browse and clearly indicates that their dolls are aimed at girls to play with, but if your a parent purchasing one for a young child then I imagine having big reservations about this doll being taken outdoors or to a friends etc after paying so much for one. 

Anouk is a beautiful doll which I’m sure will bring us all lots of happy play time and hugs. 

And incase you wanted to know – Ciao Bimba translates to Hello baby girl in Italian. 

Summer waterproofs from Didriksons

Published May 5, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Didriksons has become a firm favourite in our coat cupboard over the years with its broad collection of outdoor “All weather” clothing and shoes. It’s one of those brands that never seems to let us down.

Didriksons have lots of new products in their new Summer 17 collection including Summer waterproofs and jackets. All with bright Summer colours and designed for those unpredictable rainy moments. 

The Freneka softshell jacket is the one that stood out for me. 

It’s a very bright fuschia colour or there is a navy if preferred.  The hood is removeable and the high zip line acts as a chin guard. Inside the jacket is a thin line of fleece and there is one pocket on the front.

I think this is probably the first time I have come across the softshell material. It differs hugely from the usual waterproof coats. It does not feel waterproof to touch but it certainly keeps a bit of light  rain at bay. 


All of Didriksons products come with a specific weather system – Storm, breeze, thermal and Mo.ve. Each system giving different levels of protection from various types of weather and temperature. More about the system guides can be found here. The Freneka jacket come with the Breeze system. This means it is windproof and able to withstand wind and light rainfalls and therefore suitable for a British Summer. 


Izebella loves her new coat and especially so because it’s pink. I like it because it’s very light and can easily be folded into a small bag when not needed. It also keeps her dry during rainfalls and warm when the weather starts to get cooler. It is really breathable too and does not make her too hot or sweaty despite having a fleecy layer. 


Yes it can also withstand all sorts of hungry creatures too, and the odd bit of sand, with lots of wind. 


Or just playing about and a bit of silliness! 


I do tend to go for a size bigger than I normally would when it comes to jackets and outdoor wear. I got a European size 120 this time which converts to a UK 6/7 years. Izebella will be 5 this year. The jacket is a little long on the arms so I’m just rolling the sleeves back a little until her arms grow a bit. Apart from that it’s fine and does exactly what it says on the label – keeps her warm and dry but comfortable. 

The jackets do seem to differ in price, depending on where they are bought from. Many outdoor gear type stores sell Didriksons products and I have found this particular style of jacket at Alpine Trek, Snow + rock, Nipper skipper, Bootz, and Amazon with prices between £30-£45.

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