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Christmas decoration at Melody Maison

Published November 9, 2017 by Bizzimummy

I cannot wait to put my huge Christmas tree up once again in just a few weeks time. I have a very large tree that measures almost 8ft. I tend to decorate when my children are not here, otherwise it gets too stressful. I have bags full of decorations in my loft, but this doesn’t stop me wanting more new bits every year. 

This year I’ve been sent some rather lovely items from Melody Maison who sell all sorts of wonderful items for the home. They have a Christmas product section on their website just full of beautiful products.
 


Christmas magic signs and gold instruments to hang from my large tree. I’m not one for following designated colour patterns on the tree, instead I like to add lots of unusual hanging decorations. These get a lot of people saying how lovely and old fashioned it looks. 

 This bright red wooden sleigh would look perfect on one of my cupboard tops with a cheeky elf inside.

The candy canes are made from foam and always look good hung on a tree!


 


And pretty silver sparkly bird cages with a place for a tea light!



The tea lights don’t come included, but if like me you are wary of using real tea light candles, then buy a battery operated one. Most stores sell these very cheaply. 
 And now I’m even more excited about putting the Christmas decorations up.

My first “real” Christmas tree

Published December 7, 2015 by Bizzimummy

If your one of those people who waits until the 12th of December to put their tree up, then there’s still plenty of time to go out and buy one and if your artificial tree is looking a bit worse for wear after many years stuck in a dirty dusty loft then maybe consider a real tree. Not only a real tree but save the hassle of trying to get one home yourself and consider a delivery from Pines and Needles. They are a premier Christmas company and although based in London, they deliver their trees nationwide via courier and there is still plenty of time to order a real tree.

Trees are sold for both indoor and outdoor use and lots of information about where the trees originate and how they are grown can be found on the website. The indoor trees start at 3ft and go up to a huge 12ft (way to big for my low ceilings).

This year I had already purchased 2 artificial trees. I also have a curious toddler and a kitten so was a little wary on the bigger size trees. Instead I went for the smaller 3ft indoor tree.  

 The tree came by courier and was really well packaged. It took me half hour or more to remove all the packaging and clips. It was in good condition despite its journey. It arrived in a basic pot which has holes in it, luckily I had a big plastic square planter which had previously been used for shoe storage and seemed perfect.  

 
I haven’t got around to measuring the tree but for 3ft it’s a really good size and I’d say probably a bit over 3ft. It is really heavy so I’m glad I did not go for the bigger size as would struggle to move or lift. Unpacking is very messy, pine needles everywhere and dirty hands but once up the pine needle drop is minimal. 

 Being small means it’s easy to decorate which my kids were only too happy to do themselves. 

 
Like any plant they do need looking after and watering. Once Christmas is over they can probably be placed outside too.

Prices vary for length of tree. I was also given this cute little table top tree too. 

 

Led cherry blossom tree with lights

Published November 25, 2015 by Bizzimummy

Christmas is just over 4 weeks away. I can’t believe it’s almost here. Many people who live close to me already have their Xmas decorations up. I’m hopefully putting mine up next weekend but to give my home a bit of extra light I have one of these rather pretty Led blossom trees.  

 
This one from the Whitestores website is purple and the one I have is bright white. They do come in other colours too and all very pretty. They also come in various sizes.

They are artificial and work by mains plug.The trees arrive in a tall slim box and the box did make me worry slightly that there would be lots of fiddly assembly but there isn’t. Inside the box is a tree stand and the tree. 

 It’s a bit like a Christmas tree. Attach the tree to the stand, pull out the branches and switch on the lights which are already attached. The tree is in the shape of a zig zag with several branches. The good thing about these trees is that each of the branches is really flexible so they can be positioned anyway you like to suit the room. Pulling all the branches out does make the tree seem very large and wide and closing them in makes it look a little bare and almost like the wooden light up reeds.  

 There are up to 120 super bright LEDs on the tree and each light has a flower light cover. These tend to fall off very easily and especially so when removing from box and assembling. They are very easy to put back on and the box seems to contain lots of spare ones.

When plugged in and lit up it looks really beautiful and it can be turned and placed in any position. Adjusting the branches gives it different looks like this.  

 My tree currently sits in a big alcove in my living room which has no other lighting and the photos were taken with the living room lights off. 

It does give a lot of bright light and will look very effective once the main Xmas decorations go up. Here is a photograph taken at a distance. The other lights are from a card peg holder and picture on wall 

 You can see how much light alone is coming from the tree.

  They are very beautiful and can be used all year round not just for Christmas. The 1.2m tree costs £24.95 and comes with a 2 year guarantee. 

Christmas Photo Gifts from Snapfish

Published December 16, 2014 by Bizzimummy

I have been a big fan of Snapfish for many years. It’s great for uploading photographs and then with the click of a button have them arrive at the door days later. Snapfish always seem to have constant offers on for both their individual prints and gifts which is really good for saving money. I recall just after Izebella was I purchased 100 prints which came to less than £8.00 and I have always found the prints to be clear good quality.

 

Snapfish very kindly gave me so e credit to spend on their site on festive photo products. The list of products to choose from is endless. It’s amazing how photographs can now be put on almost anything. Toys, cups, phone cases, calendars etc.

 

I got a total of 4 items and the total cost for all of these was just over £30 with postage. Here is what I chose!

First a very special Christmas decoration which is already carefully placed on my tree. These pretty personalise decorations come in a choice of both shape and design, loads of designs to pick from too.

The front allows for a photograph and unfortunately I did not have a Christmassy one at the time but at least it shows the three of them which by itself is a rarity for my photographs. Then the back can be personalised with text and a message. I chose to just put all 3 names on along with the year (incase I forget in many years to come!)

 

Now for some children’s stocking fillers. Ryan and Jordanna both have a personalised mug/cup each. I really love these, means no fighting over cups anymore. The cup allows for a photograph and a name and some text. There are a few designs and patterns available and the text also comes with a choice of fonts and colours which is why it looks different on each cup. I may put these in a small stocking Christmas Eve for them along with some small bits.

Izebella is a little too young for a cup like this just yet but I have not forgot her and Snapfish has something for her too. Just look at this cute little teddy. Yes this was also purchased from Snapfish.

It’s a lovely little teddy and it’s legs bend into a sitting position. This photograph does not show the Teddy’s T-shirt which has a photograph on it of Izebella very well, so here it is a little clearer.

The child’s photograph is put on the top and I’m sure Izebella will be quite fascinated by this, seeing herself on her new teddy. I could not see an option to add any text tho I may have just missed it but it would make a good addition to have her name put on it too.

 

I love all thes lovely things and I am sure my children will too when they see them at Christmas. The gifts are fairly inexpensive as I said previously, all 4 came to less than £30. Prices for each vary with different options of designs and personalisation.

The process is fairly straight forward. You need to register for a free account first. Then create an album, upload the photographs which is very fast on my laptop and then create gifts or order prints. The whole process took me about 30 minutes and I uploaded just over 300 photographs in total. The only downside is that it needs flash player to work so it’s cannot be done on an Apple device. Maybe this will change in the future.

The last order date for Christmas gifts is tomorrow (December 17th) so still time to get those last minute very personal gifts purchased.

They have many other photo gift ideas for almost any occasion too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lovely Festive Decorations from Tesco

Published December 14, 2013 by Bizzimummy

Have you put your tree and decorations up yet or are you perhaps doing it this weekend? Mine went up a few days ago but was a real rush with us just moving house and I actually worried it wouldn’t get done. With a little helping hand from a Tesco and there fab Christmas product range I finally got there.
Tesco have lots of amazing Christmas decorations, whether you want something modern or traditional they will have something everyone likes.
The decorations are also very inexpensive. I spent just over £20 and for that I got a total of 16 items plus it was on express delivery on a day of my choice and delivered to my new house. It arrived all neatly packaged in a big box by a smiling delivery driver. What more could I ask for- no queuing or rushing around shops to find things I can just pick, click and wait for it.
So what did I get your wondering. Well firstly for the tree: all of this.

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Oh and not forgetting these as well.

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There are baubles, eggs, toadstools, candy canes, angels, Santas, cinammon sticks, icicles and crowns. I went for the rather traditional look with mostly red and gold colours. Finally a star for the top too.

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My house is new so the walls are bare however this is what my tree looks like
at the moment with everything on.

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I was very surprised at how many things I could buy for £20 and also just how lovely and unique the tree decorations are. I have had lots of people commenting on them and asking where they are from. I think they expect me to say some fancy expensive shop and seem rather surprised when I say Tesco.
I got more than just tree decorations too. I also bought this ornamental gingerbread house.

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Ryan put this small one on our dining table and decorated it his own way. I think he has more or less claimed it as his tree. These come in other colours and they measure 2ft 5 and cost just £3.50. They even come with a stand too and great for small / spare or extra rooms you wish to decorate. Finally I chose an Oval wreath just to hang on a door.

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I think these give any home that old fashioned Christmas touch with berries and leaves on it.
Now my home is decorated thanks to Tesco and all for just £20. Unbelievable really when many people spend so much more and get so much less.

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