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Xupo review & giveaway 

Published May 24, 2017 by Bizzimummy

This is Xupo (pronounced Zupho) 


It is a really basic device that comes in useful for finding possessions such as lost keys and precious lost toys. It is really small, just a small plastic disc shaped device with a hole to put a key ring through. 


They are probably designed with lost keys in mind but I think they could be used on anything that a keyring clips on to. 

It works via a mobile app which is free, and by Bluetooth connection. Setting up takes seconds. When keys are lost with a xupo on, A button can be pressed on the mobile device which will start a sound on the xupo. The sound doesn’t stop until the button is pressed again. It also works the other way around too. If I misplace my phone which happens often then I can press the xupo button on my keys and a noise will sound on my phone until I locate it. 

I have tested Xupo both ways with both xupo keys and my phone in different rooms and upstairs/downstairs and it works really well. How well, depends on the Bluetooth range on the mobile device I imagine. 

No more lost keys or phone for me now! 

Xupo is a new product and was featured on Dragons den earlier this year. Therefore it is not widely available in stores just yet. I’m not too sure on price either at the moment but I can’t see it being expensive. More info can be found on the UK website. And there is also an opportunity to win your own xupo.

GIVEAWAY 

Yes Xupo are giving away one of their devices and all you need to do is CLICK HERE! to take part.  This giveaway will end June 21st.

Brownie bar Yum Yum! 

Published May 22, 2017 by Bizzimummy

After a hectic few days, it was time to put my feet up with a nice hot cup of tea and a big gooey yummy brownie from Brownie bar

The brownie bar is a unique subscription box which I came across over on Cratejoy. It is a monthly subscription which starts at £14.50. Each month bringing a selection of delicious brownie to your door. Each month with a new delicious flavour too. 


And there is my large bar of brownie. Baked to perfection just as a brownie should be – like sponge cake on the top and all soft and gooey in the middle. We got 8 smaller individual slices from this. 

Brownie bar must have read my mind as they sent me salted caramel flavour which happens to be one of my favourites. The top even came sprinkled with gold. 


And just look how thick these brownies are! 


And they are so filling too. Just one of the slices was enough to fill my belly for a while. They are very sweet, very gooey and just incredibly delicious. What more can I say? 

The brownie subsctipton can be ordered via Cratejoy or directly from the Brownie bar website. They deliver to addresses in the U.K. They have a choice of normal brownie box or gluten free and nut free boxes. If you don’t want to sign up for a subscription straight away then individual brownie bars with 8 square pieces can also be purchased. 

You can also find Brownie bar here on Facebook.

Father’s Day photo gifts from Snapfish 

Published May 19, 2017 by Bizzimummy

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

Beauty treats: [M]botanicals beauty balm 

Published May 18, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Today is a little pot of gold; literally. It is the hydrating beauty balm from [M]botanicals.


These are not the sort of products I would find in a supermarket or every day beauty store. The packaging whilst fairly simplistic speaks for the product inside. It looks expensive, it also looks very old fashioned and the type of thing found in a botanical factory. No gimmicks on the label and no big promises. The product inside is all natural.

And yes it’s gold! 


This does look like a product made with honey or from bees but it’s actually made with olive wax and coconut butter with an infusion of various essential oils. These oils include rose hip, evening primrose and borage. 

It’s a solid oil type product when scooped in my fingers it feels oily, and slightly grainy. The fine grain particles obviously do a lot for exfoliating whilst the overall product doubles up as both a beauty and skin healing product. 

Although it does feel a little greasy/oily when first applied, the product dries and absorbs remarkably fast leaving hardly any oily residue. It really helps with dry and itchy skin as my 9 year old daughter is finding out. It’s multiple natural properties can also help with facial lines and signs of aging and it can be used all over the body. 

Now I did say before that this is not a cheap product. It does not look like one and certainly does not work like a cheap product. It costs £28.00 for a 60g pot.

Find out more about thishydrating beauty balm on the website.

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

ENTER HERE!

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. 

ENTER HERE!
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. 

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. 

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

Published May 8, 2017 by Bizzimummy

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


COMPETITION TIME

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

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

ENTER HERE!

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