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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.

Back to School: ScentCo

Published August 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Just a few more weeks until the new school year starts. Are you ready? Do you have everything your child needs? Uniform, shoes, coats, bags and their stationery bits? 


If you or your child love quirky funky stationery that’s a little bit different from the norm, then you may just love the ScentCo range as much as we do!


ScentCo are eco-friendly scented stationery products. They are made from biogradable materials and recycled newspaper. They all have cute animated designs and longlasting scents. 

There are various collectons includeD in the ScentCo brand which include Smencils, Smens, Scented notepads,  Smarkers and  Smencil Buddy pencil cases. The scents are meant to last for 2 years which is a long time of wonderful sweet scents.

Our “smencils” including coloured and graphite drawing/writing pencil packs. All made with 100% recycled paper. All really cutesy with characters. The pencils even come in plastic holding tubes which helps prevent them breaking and probably keeps the scents smelling better for longer. The pencil tops give an indication of what each pencil will smell like. 

These are the “Smens” which are glitter gel pens. Again in the special tubes. 


I absolutely love the scents on all of these products. The water melon is lush and we even have a pencil case in the water melon scent too.


Even the funky paper clips come with scents. It’s like scents ‘r’ us in this house right now. I could smell the ScentCo products before I even opened the package. They are just so lovely. Jordanna thinks so too because she can’t stop smelling them either. 


These are “Scratch & Sniff scented gel crayons” they glide really easy like a crayon but the finished result is more like a gel marker. Being chunky means they are easy to hold for little hands, and just look at those scents, bubble gum, pineapple, cotton candy, tangerine and watermelon. They smell good enough to eat. 


And with all these pens and pencils, my girls need something to write in.


And yes even this notebook has a scent, on every page too. The scent here is lollipop and I’m thinking it’s a blackcurrant or blackberry lollipop because we all think it smells like one of them. When you write on draw in the scented book, with any of the scented pens/pencils etc, you get double the scents and even more loveliness. These ScentCo products make me hungry and make me crave sweet foods. 

These would be lovely for back to school stationery. I think girls would probably prefer them to boys, mainly because they are bright, scented and have characters on, but the younger boys may enjoy them too. 

ScentCo products can be purchased from Amazon, Ryman, Smyths toys, and various other toy and stationery stores.

Back to School: Sambro

Published August 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This September will be Izebellas first year in “Big School”. She has been in nursery for 2 years and had no problems but going in to reception year means longer days, more children and the start of real school work. 

Although Izebella does not need her own stationery for school; as school supply this; I thought it would be a good idea to give her some of the stationery that Sambro UK sent over prior to starting school. Just so she didn’t feel left out with big brother and sister getting theirs. Plus we were sent a very lovely bundle that’s just perfect for her age.


Sambro stationery is all about the characters that younger children (& even grown ups) love. As you can see, we have a lovely mix up of well known characters from television and movies. Frozen, My little pony, Paw patrol, Despicable me, Miffy etc. Izebella is familiar with all of these.

Izebella was really happy with her gorgeous new My Little Pony bag, Im not surprised because I would of been ecstatic if I had got one when I was four.


It’s big enough to fit all her new stationery products inside too, as well as any homework or letters she gets from school. (I’m still baffled as to why they get homework in primary schools now?)

These character writing sets are adorable, Disney frozen gel pens with a shimmer & shine note book. A large Frozen stationery set with everything a little princess needs for writing and a Minion life lockable diary. Izebella has some strange fascination with diaries at the moment. 

And take a look at these amazingly cute erasers from the Disney Princess 12 pack.


12 erasers will last forever. I think Izebella may just get upset when these start to wear down.

And a pretty princess pencil case too. This opens up both sides to reveal two compartments. Plus it has an attached pencil sharpener so no need to worry about losing it. The Cinderella art work on this is just beautiful isn’t it?

And for the cold miserable rainy Summer days, a little painting set with Miffy. 


It’s a very simple set with 6 Miffy colouring sheets and a paint tray with brush. This would also make a good stocking filler or party prize.

And of course my little girl is thrilled with her brand new stationery and cannot wait to wear the new My little pony bag for her first day at big school. 

Back to School: BIC stationery 

Published August 14, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Well here we are again, the middle of August with just 3/4 weeks left to buy all the new school uniform and essentials. This can be costly but there are many choices out there to suit most budgets. 

For myself this year, I have one child going into year 9 (high school) plus one in year 6 (last year of primary) and my youngest starting big school in reception year. Therefore quite a lot of uniform and accessories to consider.

This week I will be featuring many “Back to  School” posts with many ideas of those essential or perhaps a little more funky school bits.

Today I start with a very well known brand!


Yes it’s Bic, who are very well known for their extensive selection of pens and writing materials. If I was ever asked to name a pen brand then the first answer to pop into my head would be Bic. 

Bic products can be purchased from almost anywhere that sells pens and stationery. 

We have a few new bits from Bic, which are great for the new school year. 


A good selection of pens here, including their 4 colour fun pens (the green loose pens) These seemed to be all the rage when I was at school, everyone wanted one and the majority had one. Bic sell their fun pens in many colours which contain an assortment of four fun colours. These are good for underlining, notes, doodling etc. 


Bic stylus double up as a 4 colour writing pen with black, blue, red, green colours to choose from. The other end of the pen acts as a tablet/phone pen. It saves the fingers a lot of work. 

Bic sell literally every type of pen, that includes the fountain pens too! Hands up if you begged Mum and dad for one of these at school? 🖐 Yes I did! But I never got one. They were always too expensive or not necessary and looking back I can’t even remember why I wanted one so much. But everyone else seemed to want one too. Well back in my school days, fountain pens were not really made with kids in mind anyway, unlike today where they are specifically designed with younger people in mind as they come in all sorts of colours and patterns, costing a whole lot less than they used to. 
Moving slightly away from writing materials, Bic also thinks about their young artists and their conté tins are perfect for keeping all the colouring items together. 


We have tins of Bic Conté felt pens, all with a 0.9mm tip and a tin of the Conté colouring pencils. Both sets come in small and large selections.


For the younger artists, Bic Kids have these magic felt pens.


There are ten coloured pens and two white pens. The white pens erase the colour meaning patterns can easily be created. 

 

And if a writing mistake occurs then it is jig a problem, because Bic even has its own correction fluids, like this correction pen. 

This correction pen gives 2 methods of correction application. A large foam wedge (like the old school tipp-ex days) or a more precise fine line. So no need for messy pages with huge crossed out lines or writing over writing. 

And there we have a few great school ideas from a famous well known brand. Prices vary from store to store on these products. 

Mc2 crayon make up science set 

Published August 10, 2017 by Bizzimummy


The Mc2 girls are back with a few cool and funky science sets for their girly fans. This one is a great set for girls who love their make up, and especially so lipstick. It also means they no longer need to pinch Mums! 


This set does not come with one of the dolls but is one of the MC2 science sets because that’s what the MC2 girls are all about. 

Inside the box is a crayon pallette with a lipstick tray, tubes and the maker which looks like some sort of plastic test tubes with a stand. 

Personally I never retaliated just how easy making lipstick could be. All we needed was coconut oil which is very easily purchased in most supermarkets. 

To make the lipstick, we use one of the coloured crayon segments with a small amount of coconut oil. This needs melting together until it’s liquified. The instructions say to do this in the oven, but microwaving works too. 

Once melted the stuff gets poured into the plastic device. 


This sets very very fast so we had to be quick pouring it. It’s also really hot, like candle wax so it is best that an adult does the heating and pouring part. 

Then leave the product to set. It’s tempting to think it’s done just because it’s no longer liquid but taking it out too soon can ruin it and make it fall apart. 


And this is one of our finished products. A real useable safe lipstick in the tube, just like you would buy from the shop. We can also make lip stick in the palette tray too which gets applied with a lip brush. 

The only slight problem for us was thinking that the product was not melting enough and needing more oil. Don’t be tempted to add more oil or the lipstick will just turn to greasy mush or be too greasy to apply. Half a tea spoon is enough. Tho this is totally our fault for trying to be clever.

For those extra pretty touches – Rock & Ruddle

Published August 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Us ladies, and the little ladies all love our quirky little beauty items, especially those items which are just a little more unique than others. We all need a good hair brush too, no matter if our hair is long, short, fine or thick, a hair brush that will brush through knots and tangles and that will last a while. 

Up until now, my two girls have pretty much just shared my collection of hair brushes. This isn’t a huge issue but they do tend to misplace them and even fight over who’s using which one. Well now they each have their own pretty little brush.


These brushes from Rock and Ruddle really are unique and pretty. When I was a little girl, we did have a few picturesque brushes around with all sorts of girly images on, but these days they seem to be hard to find. 

Rock and Ruddle have lots of unique colourful brushes, many with pictures on which come in sizes for both big and little ladies (and men if need be). The brushes are made using natural bristles with three bristle types to choose from. The soft bristle brushes are ideal for babies, the natural without nylon more suited to children and the bristles with nylon for thicker hair. 


I really love these small character brushes. They feel really sturdy and solid and the size and shape of them make them easier for my girls to grip, they both like brushing their own hair (and mine!) Jordanna now has the ballerina brush and Izebella has the fairy brush. 

Izebella has curly but fine/medium hair so I knew the brush would be fine for her. Jordanna has long curly and extremely thick hair which gets tangled often and is sometimes wirey. I was unsure whether the brush would go through her hair; as some small brushes don’t, but it goes through without problems, wet or dry. 


And of course they are so incredibly cute too. It makes me want one for myself. It may just be me borrowing their brushes in future. 

The small brushes cost £20 each and a larger (big girl) brush is £30. 

To see more brush styles; visit Rock and Ruddle online shop, where the brushes can be purchased directly. 

Epaderm Junior for skin conditions 

Published August 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy


I’m lucky to have near perfect skin, no dryness, no irritations. Unfortunately my ten year old daughter does suffer from dry skin and frequent irritations and strange spots, possible mild eczema (doctors words, not mine!). We have tried several creams and ointments, some work a bit, some don’t. 

This time we are trying the new Junior range from Epaderm. Epaderm are experts in emollients and emolients are moisturisers which soothe, hydrate and keep skin moist so it doesn’t itch as much. 


The Epaderm Junior range includes Epaderm Cream: a 2-in-1 emollient that can be used as a skin moisturiser and a skin cleanser; and Epaderm Ointment: a 3-in-1 emollient that can be used as a skin moisturiser, a cleanser, or added to a bath. 

The ointment has a similar consistency to Vaseline, tho not quite as thick, it’s oily but doesn’t feel greasy or sticky once applied.


The oily substance really helps to keep the skin from drying out and adds enough moisturiser for a twice a day application. I have used this on my skin too, I don’t have skin problems but I always test any child products on myself first. I can see how a product such as this can work to help with dryness and irritations, it contains no fragrant or anything that could irritate the skin further.

The Junior cream is a little lighter than the ointment and comes out as a white cream. It’s cool when applied and again no fragrances or anything else so this seems good for applying to very irritated or hot skin as the cool feeling is instant. This also doubles up as a soap when bathing. 

Both the cream and the ointment can be applied as many times as required throughout the day. Jordanna seems okay using both products daily by herself, mainly on her arms and legs which is where the skin seems especially dry, sometimes almost like sandpaper. 

The products packaging seems very child friendly too, with cute hippo and frog images. Thus encouraging the younger children to use the products too. 

As for the question on whether the Epaderm products work or not? Well this is difficult to answer. The products are not a miracle cure and nor do they claim to be. Jordanna may always suffer from dry skin problems which seem to worsen in Winter. These products simply help to provide relief and moisture for her skin, and yes that’s exactly what they do for her. Her skin does feel better after a few days of using them.

Buy from Boots, prices on their website. Epaderm also offer similar products for adult and teenage skin. 

Bedding for a princess

Published August 7, 2017 by Bizzimummy

As Izebella very recently went into a bigger bed, and both the girls have a brand new set of bunk beds in their room, it was time to jazz up the bottom bunk with a brand new duvet set from Ollie and Leila.

Ollie and Leila also sell some fab children’s beds with storage which are just perfect for even the smallest bedroom.

This is the Nordic pink duvet set which Izebella now proudly has on her big girl bed.

It’s pink and white and full of forest animals such as hedgehogs, rabbits and deers.

It’s a standard single size with one pillow case. On the opposite side of the duvet is a pink with grey geometric print so Izebella can choose either side to have.

It’s lovely cute and girly and pretty unique and costs £32 to buy direct from their website.

Memorable Toys Boutique 

Published August 4, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Memorable toys are a family-run online toy boutique based in Ireland. They sell quality wooden toys along with educational and traditional toys.Toys that children can create lasting memories with.
All of my children were each sent a lovely toy over suitable for their ages.

Izebella was absolutely thrilled with her new toy – A wooden lunch set! She loves this type of thing, ie pretend play, cooking, tea parties etc. This is one of Memorable toys wooden toy sets too. It contains 36 pieces and all but two are made with wood.


This set includes play food, a big plate, cutlery, napkin and a menu. The menu gives images and Izebella can find the correct pieces to go on the plates or she can just invent her own dishes. She has her own play cooker, fridge and sink sets but was lacking in play food so this set has really come in useful for her little kitchen arrangement.
Ryan, being the scientist in the house, has his very own Putty peeps lab kit. It comes with putty, colour dyes, glitters and containers.


This is for kids ages 8 and over. It’s a weird type of puttt that doesn’t dry out and can be stretched, shaped and pulled. When it’s left for a while it goes all slimy but not wet if that makes sense and then when it’s played with again it’s back to normal. Its strange stuff. 


The idea is to put it in the containers and add various colours and shiny effects to it. It’s not something I’d have a go at myself but Ryan of course loves it. 
Finally Jordanna has the Rory’s story cubes fantasy edition.


This is one of the newer editions to the Rory cube franchise. I have myself never played  the cubes before and was surprised at just how interesting the games can be.


There are nine cubes with 6 different images. In this set, the images are based on fantasy characters, homes and accessories so there are princesses and castles and also frogs and the odd ogre. 

There is no set rule on how to play this game and no limit on players. It’s for most ages too, even the younger ones can join in.

Each player throws all nine dice and then creates a story beginning with “once upon a time” using all nine images. It’s not as easy as it sounds but it’s fun and encourages kids to use their imagination, especially so with it being a fantasy edition. It can also get very silly at times. Just as there are no set rules, there are also no real winners or losers, unless you create a game where someone can win. 

The cubes all come in a cute little magnetic locking case too making it a great game for traveling or bedtime stories.

You can buy these toys and many more at Memorable toys. Prices are in Euros.

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Little Known Box review & giveaway

Published July 31, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This here is my Little Known Box. I'm guessing it's named that because the contents are unknown until opened. The box really is a mystery which I could not wait to open. A pretty wrapped black box of mystery indeed.

So what is the Little Known Box? Well it is of course a subscription box (yes yet another one I hear you cry!) This is one of those very nice subscription boxes as it contains a few little treats for ladies and mummy's like myself.

Inside this months box, I had five beauty items. None of which I had previously come across before and all of which I was very pleased with. I do love my beauty treats and my subscriptions, so combine them both and it's always a winner for me.

This box costs £14.95 monthly and the cost of the products will always be more than the box charge. When you sign up for the boxes, the form asks for information to tailor the boxes to yourself such as asking skin types and preference on products. There will be 5/6 products in each box.

In my box – I got a Zerrea foam shampoo, Merck handy face mist, Merumaya youth preservation moisturiser, Odylique lip liner & Cougar beauty 24 hour lipstick.

The lip liner alone cost £12.50 so the contents are certainly worth it. The products were all full size apart from the moisturise which is a travel size product (great for handbags) but there are no small samples here.

It's a lovely box for ladies everywhere and any age.

GIVEAWAY

Little Known Box are giving away a fabulous prize. The prize on offer today is a box of mixed beauty items to the value of £75. These will be a mixture of products from previous boxes and it sounds an amazing prize to win.

If you want to take part in this giveaway then just click the link below. Winner must be a UK resident. The giveaway will close on 21/08/2017

Enter here!

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