Julia Donaldson's Night Monkey Day Monkey With CD £1 @ Poundworld

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 23 October, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Julia Donaldson's Night Monkey Day Monkey With CD £1 @ PoundworldIf you have Poundworld near you, head over that way as soon as you can to see if you can pick up Night Monkey Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson, complete with CD for just £1.

Night Monkey Day Monkey is a story about two monkeys who think they don't have much in common. But when they each spend time in the other's opposite worlds, they learn a lot. And they also learn to be the best of friends.

One of the finest rhyming picture book stories from Julia Donaldson, the author behind The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and What The Ladybird Heard. Full of fun and food for thought, Night Monkey, Day Monkey is beautifully drawn by Lucy Richards, one of the most talented illustrators drawing today.

There are a few other titles in Poundworld too, including: One Mole Digging A Hole, Hippo Has A Hat, and One Ted Falls Out Of Bed, although these are books only and don't include the CD's.

Pop over and grab one if you can - and let us know which stores you find them in!

Thanks to tigersam at HUKD

£15 Off £20 Spend Free Delivery & Free Gift Using Code @ La Redoute

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 23 October, 2014 at 9:22 pm

£15 Off £20 Spend Free Delivery & Free Gift Using Code @ La RedouteThere's a brilliant offer at La Redoute at the moment where you can take £15 off a £20 spend, get your items delivered for free, and bag a free gift at the same time using the code below.

Click here to see what you can find at La Redoute*

  • Discount: Free Delivery, Free Gift & £15 off
  • Exclusions: It says full price items only but gave me a discount on the boxers anyway.
  • Minimum Spend: £20
  • Offer Code: 5015

I added a pair of boxer shorts for my other half to the basket, and they were reduced from £29 to £20.70.  In your basket there's a 'My Offer Code' box which is where you type the code. You're then given an opportunity to choose a free gift - it's a black glitter bag and purse - and £15 and delivery are taken from your order. In this case, a £29 set of boxer shorts is yours delivered for £5.30, and there's a nice little freebie thrown in too.

I decided boxers are boring, so added three girl's jersey dresses reduced to £7.50 each, and using the code above have bought all three, delivered for £7.50, and the free gift for myself.

Bargain!

Thanks to asc91 at HUKD

Up To 50% Off Toys @ The Entertainer

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 23 October, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Up To 50% Off Toys @ The Entertainer

The Entertainer has up to 50% off toys right now, climbing aboard the cheap toys train with great offers for those who still have Christmas shopping to do. Delivery from The Entertainer is free if you spend over £40, but under £40 it's £2.99.  You can also click and collect from the stores for free.

Some of the bargains you can find at The Entertainer include:

  • Power Rangers Megaforce Deluxe Gosei Great Megazord for £17.99, reduced apparently from £34.99, although it's £20.48 delivered at Amazon.
  • Disney Frozen - 52 Piece Art Case is reduced to £5, from £10 and is still £9.99 at Toys R Us.
  • VTech KidiGo in blue and pink - £24.99, reduced from £49.99 while elsewhere they seem to be almost £50 still.

There are loads to choose from, with categories in Disney Frozen, loom bands, interactive toys, games and more.

I must admit, at the rate of toy sales right now, there's no reason anyone needs to pay full price for anything, and you could be more than catered for well before December!

SAHMs: Would Affordable Childcare 'Tempt' You Back To Work?

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 23 October, 2014 at 3:00 pm

SAHMs: Would Affordable Childcare 'Tempt' You Back To Work?

Here’s a question for the stay-at-home mums among you.

Would greater availability of more affordable childcare make you consider ditching the life of a stay-at-home-mum in order to head back to the workplace? Or are you among those who deliberately opted to step off the career ladder in order to focus on your family?

I ask because George Osborne, the government’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, has today announced plan to provide £2million of childcare grants in a bid to entice mums back to work and ‘make Britain the female employment capital of Europe’.

Which is no bad thing, in itself. A lack of affordable childcare is undoubtedly one reason why studies consistently reveal that many mothers who, given the choice, would like to be working, are not in employment. Add to that the spiralling cost of childcare - one study showed that childcare costs have risen by a whopping 77% over the past decade, amounting to costs of more than £100 per week for the average childcare place - and it’s no wonder that so many mothers feel ‘priced out’ of the workplace by the prohibitive cost of childcare. We all know mums who would be worse off financially even if they worked full-time, simply because the ruinous cost of childcare would cancel out their income.

But of course, not all stay-at-home mums are out of work because they can’t afford to go back. Plenty are simply choosing to focus on raising their children, and they might feel compelled to argue that the government is effectively discriminating against stay-at-home mums instead of supporting their choice to invest in the next generation. 

What’s your view? Is the government wrong to prioritise getting mums back to work - with all the benefits that has for the economy - over incentivising them to raise their children?

Image credit: Flickr/https://www.flickr.com/gscsnj

One Direction Our Moment 50ml EDP £13.99 Get FREE 30ml @ Boots.com

by Nada in Deals on 23 October, 2014 at 1:29 pm

One Direction Our Moment 50ml EDP £13.99 Get FREE 30ml @ Boots.com

If you have a One Direction fan in your home, or perhaps you just fancy a new perfume yourself, then get on over to Boots.com. The One Direction Our Moment 50ml Eau De Parfum is now only £13.99. It was £28.50. That's a good saving but not good enough for us. When you buy this, Boots will also give you a 30ml bottle of One Direction Our Moment for FREE and that's worth £14.99! This is to good to miss!

As far as celebrity fragrances go, this one is really nice and would make an inexpensive everyday fragrance. At this price though, you could use as two separate presents for Christmas for example. The bottle is very pretty and would look nice in any girls bedroom.

If you are unsure what it smells like then here's how Boots describe it:

TOP: Pink Grapefruit, Wild Berries, Redcurrants.
MID: Jasmine Petals, Fresh Freesia, Frangipani.
DRY: Creamy Musk, Sheer Woods, White Patchouli.
You can collect your One Direction Our Moment EDP from your local Boots store for £1.95 or pay £2.95 to have it delivered.
Thanks to Kellie over on our Facebook page!

Festive Fun: Free Printable Letters From Santa Claus

by Nada in Freebies on 23 October, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Festive Fun: Free Printable Letters From Santa Claus

It's getting close to that time of year when I sit down with my boys and we write our letters to Santa Claus. We normally stick Christmas music on and make some festive bits and bobs. It's more for my pleasure than there's. It makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside. We have done the whole sending them off via Royal Mail, but as my children get older, their letters become nothing short of hilarious and I fancy keeping them from now on.

This site is the perfect solution, kids write letters, I pretend to post them, meanwhile keeping them hidden. A week or so later I print off these FREE letters from Santa Claus and post them through the door for the kids. Kids LOVE getting letters, more so when they are from good ole Saint Nicholas.

There is a choice of five different letters to customise, and each one is very sweet. Just follow the step by step instructions on freelettersfromsantaclaus.com and you will be able to print off lovely letters specially customised for your children. The best bit is that it is completely FREE and they joy it'll bring little one is immeasurable.

Thanks to AL1S0N @ HUKD

Mega Bloks Little Vehicles John Deere Tractor £5 Delivered @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 23 October, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Mega Bloks Little Vehicles John Deere Tractor £5 Delivered @ Argos

This is SO cute and a decent size too. The Mega Bloks Little Vehicles John Deere Tractor has nearly eight pound off and Argos have thrown in FREE delivery for good measure. That makes this lovely little agricultural vehicle replica very appealing I checked out how much it is elsewhere and it sells for around the £10 mark, so this at five pound and FREE delivery is great.

The Mega Bloks John Deere Tractor comes in three bits so that your little one can put it together themselves. The wheels are huge and are fully moving. You even get a little farmer figure to drive your tractor. All the pieces are chunky so it's suitable for children aged one to four years old.

This Mega Bloks Tractor is compatible with ANY other Mega Bloks John Deere set. It doesn't say it, but I reckon it'll go with ANY Mega Bloks set and not just the John Deere range. It's completely licensed and is a must for any little tractor enthusiast.

Delivery is completely FREE when you buy the Mega Bloks Little Vehicles John Deere Tractor from Argos.

George Boys' & Girls' £7 Introductory Price Range @ Asda George

by Nada in Deals on 23 October, 2014 at 11:40 am

George Boys' & Girls' £7 Introductory Price Range @ Asda George

Every now and then Asda launch a new range of George children's clothing. What we love is that they sell a selection at a special introductory price of £7. Which works out super when you consider that this deal include jackets, jeans and Christmas jumpers. I just bought my son a jacket for £7, saving myself £9.

There's slightly more of a choice for boys, which makes a change. The jacket I bought my son was this Hooded Sports one*. It only comes in Hot Orange, as the other two colours are £14-16. I am tempted to get these wintery, Christmassy items, the Ski Fairisle Onesie* and the Fairisle Jumper*.

For girls', I just love this Christmas Ski-ing Dog Jumper*, and these Dungarees* are adorable. This Neon Padded Coat* is a great deal for just £7, where can you get a coat for that price? I doubt even Primark sell them that cheap.

You can collect any of these items for FREE from your local Asda store or pay £2.95 to have it delivered to your door.

Thanks to bebo83 @ HUKD

FREE Chewable Vitamin D Tablets For Kids @ Asda

by Nada in Freebies on 23 October, 2014 at 11:00 am

FREE Chewable Vitamin D Tablets For Kids @ Asda

Asda are giving away FREE Chewable Vitamin D Tablets for kids. All you need to do is head down to one of the 225 Asda stores offering these from their instore pharmacies. You will receive thirty chewable raspberry flavoured tablets, which is a months supply.

Vitamin D is very important for the normal growth of bones in a child. Without it, conditions like osteoporosis and rickets can make development complicated.

Here's what Asda have to say:

A daily dose is recommended for children between six months and five years of age to prevent Vitamin D deficiency – and associated diseases such as rickets – throughout their development. A supplement of Vitamin D is also recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women as they need more, and the elderly whose skin make less Vitamin D.

Stocks are limited to one per customer, so bear that in mind if you have more than one child. I plan on getting these for my eldest as he is the worst for eating and I always panic that he isn't getting enough vitamins in his diet and he likes to sit in darkness on his Xbox avoiding sunlight at all costs.

Thanks to Preperationiskey @ HUKD

Mega Bloks First Builders Deluxe Building Bag £17 Amazon/Asda

by Nada in Deals on 23 October, 2014 at 10:19 am

Mega Bloks First Builders Deluxe Building Bag £17 Amazon/Asda

We blogged about these Mega Bloks First Builders Deluxe Bags selling for £17.50 earlier in the month. Asda have dropped the price from £34 down to £17, and the lovely Amazon have price matched it. I would lean towards buying from Amazon for the simple reason that you get FREE Super Saver delivery. You can of course opt to collect it from an Asda store for FREE should you buy from them.

The Mega Bloks First Builders Deluxe Building Bag contains a massive 160 pieces or "bloks" if you'd rather. It comes packaged in a handy storage bag and is suitable for little ones aged one to five. The bloks are big so they are safe for tots and their chew-everything mouths.

Construction toy sets like this are great for encouraging little imaginations. With 160 bloks, there's not a lot you couldn't make with these. Pssst...don't do what I did with my first born, and make a giant tower that fell on top of him, when he touched it. Bad mum alert, or what?

If you do choose to buy the Mega Bloks First Builder Deluxe Building Bag from Asda you don't have to collect it but can pay £3, but then you are better off getting it delivered for FREE from Amazon. This is an option if they sell out though.

Batman 6v Battery Operated Batmobile £89.36 Delivered @ Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 23 October, 2014 at 9:36 am

Batman 6v Battery Operated Batmobile £89.36 Delivered @ Amazon

This is the coolest 6v battery operated ride on I have EVER seen! You can keep your Mini, Range Rover and Porsche, this is what it's about. I cannot see this below £100 anywhere, in fact Halfords have it half price at £129. Nip over to Amazon and get it for £89.36 with FREE Super Saver delivery included. What an amazing price! These will sell fast, quite simply because they are AWESOME!

This uber cool Batman 6v Battery Operated Batmobile is jam packed with cool features! The frame is reinforced with metal to prevent your child cracking it. The battery takes eight to ten hours to fully charge and will last an hour to an hour and a half.

It can go forward and back via gears and a foot controlled accelerator pedal. It goes at a nice steady speed, at a maximum of 2.7 kilometres per hour. Ideal for little Batman wannabes from age three years and above.

My boys would fight like heck over this if I bought one. No wonder, this is really nice and different from other 6v battery operated ride ons. For this reason, it'll be mighty popular at this price, so don't hang about.

Half Term Half Price Sale @ ELC

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 22 October, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Half Term Half Price Sale @ ELCIt's ELC's half term half price toy sale at the moment, and if you're still looking for toys - there have been so many sales recently! - it's quite a good time to pick up a few more bargains.

Fans of Happyland Zoo* can nab it for £35, reduced from £70 . Suitable for 18 - 36 month olds (my five year old even still loves her little people!), this set contains a zookeeper, animals, visitors, a train and a shop, as well as a few other bits and pieces. 
The Rosebud Village Wooden Tree Houseis down to £20, and aside from the whole tree house, you also get a seesaw, slide, swing, rope ladder, picnic table, four stools, two dolls and a hammock for relaxing in to.
Other great offers include the Bosch Workbench with Sound*, the Hello Kitty Sweet Treats Food Barand the massive Manor House Wooden Dolls House*, all with 50% off.

Make sure to check out the Half Term Half Price sale from ELC!

 

 

 

 

New Categories Added To Tesco Vouchers For Christmas Clubcard Boost

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 22 October, 2014 at 9:27 pm

New Categories Added To Tesco Vouchers For Christmas Clubcard Boost

On 27 October 2014, the next Clubcard Boost at Tesco starts, and this time, rather than having to select a department to use your points in, shoppers will be able to use their boosted 'Christmas Boost Token' across all 10 boost departments. You will have until the 14th of December to do the exchange, and until the 24th of December to use them.

This means that you'll be able to buy items in:

  • Gaming
  • Toys & Bikes
  • Christmas Trees, Lights & Decorations
  • Phones & Accessories
  • Electricals
  • Health & Beauty Gift Sets
  • Clothing
  • Cook, Dine & Home
  • Opticians
  • Hudl 2 tablets & Accessories

According to members on the HUKD thread, in theory this means that you'd be able to double up your vouchers and use them against large items, like an xbox or even toys like bikes.

In the Boost you'll be able to exchange £5 in Clubcard vouchers into £10 vouchers to spend online or in store.

Thanks to Chanchi32 and hoperay at HUKD

Glitch! Very 2 For £40 Offer Working On Lower Priced Items - £15 For Two Megabloks Halo UNSC Flame Warthogs

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 22 October, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Glitch! Very 2 For £40 Offer Working On Lower Priced Items - £15 For Two Megabloks Halo UNSC Flame WarthogsVery has a special offer on at the moment where you can two items for £40, but it seems to be working on lower priced items too, which means you can make some serious savings. If you're a Very credit account holder, you can use the code 4R4WK to claim a free gift too. Delivery is £3.95.

As I said above, the 2 for £40 is working on lower priced items too, so you can, for example, buy two Megabloks Halo UNSC Flame Warthogs at £12.50 each, but in your basket it will remove £10, making it £15 for two, or £7.50 each, which is a brilliant price.

If you were to buy something for £25, and add the car for £12.50, you'd still get £10 taken off, giving you £37.50 worth of product for £27.50. It's a good one to play around with to see what you can do to make the best of your £10 saving.

I'm sure they'll fix this glitch soon enough, so get in there while you can!

Thanks to Tony from Facebook

Christmas Themed Finger Puppets £1.59 Delivered @ Amazon Seller NiceEshop

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 22 October, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Christmas Themed Finger Puppets £1.59 Delivered @ Amazon Seller NiceEshopLast time we shared finger puppets on PlayPennies, our readers seemed to love it, so when I saw these I thought you'd love them! Amazon seller NiceEshop are selling the Christmas finger puppets for £1.59, with free delivery.

These cute puppets are fab fairy tale and Christmas story props, or even stocking fillers so kids can make up their own stories.

They have elastic inside to keep the puppets on the fingers firmly and they say that they are suitable from 3 years and up.

You may not get exactly what you see in the pictures, but they should include a Santa finger puppet. The blurb makes it sound like you receive one puppet, but the reviews make it sound like you get more than one, which is what I'd hope for!

The reviews are good enough, with a few complaints about stitching - but for the price, it's not going to be the finest work ever. Most people are really pleased with them, and I think they'd be great - especially if you happen to have the animals and family characters too!

Disney Frozen Personalised Book £9.99 Delivered @ Buyagift.com

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 22 October, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Disney Frozen Personalised Book £9.99 Delivered @ Buyagift.comThere's £2.50 off the personalised Disney Frozen Book at Buyagift.com, making it £7.49. Add that £2.50 back in postage, and you get a fabulous and bound to be loved gift delivered for £9.99.

I think there are no prizes for guessing that recipients of this book would love it.

In this story, your child will be able to help Anna find her sister Elsa after Arendelle is trapped in snow. The story follows the movie, along with meeting Olaf and saving the kingdom.

When you're personalising the book, you add your child's name, and the names of three of their friends as those appear throughout the story.

My daughter has a personalised story book -  not this one, but a personalised story - and she has loved seeing her name in print. Add to that that it's a story that include the famous princess sisters, and the child's name... well, it's a perfect gift.

There aren't exchanges available on this, of course, since it's not really something that can be reused!

Thanks to likeabargin at HUKD

Pampers Active Fit Essential Pack Half Price In Store @ Boots

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 22 October, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Pampers Active Fit Essential Pack Half Price In Store @ Boots

We've had a tip-off that Pampers Active Fit Essential Pack nappies are half price in store at some Boots stores right now.

The price online shows as £4.99 which is still a decent saving off the original price of £9.99, and according to our bargain hunter the ticket price showed £9.99 in store, but the receipt came up showing at £3.75 for the 3+ size packs of 40 nappies. That works out at a bargain-tastic 9.3p per nappy.

Hot-foot it to Boots to see if you can grab some nappies at this price, and let us know over on our Facebook page if you get lucky!

You'll earn Advantage points, too, if you're a Boots Advantage Card holder.

With thanks to frickinusernames @HUKD.

50 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 22 October, 2014 at 2:00 pm

50 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

I find it really interesting that most Halloween Costumes in the UK are ghoulish and monstery - whereas my American friends come up with all sorts of creative, non-scary, non-mythical ideas for Halloween costumes. I much prefer that, I think, because I don't think the kids need extra things added to their night terrors!

Well, I found this collection of 'easy' DIY Halloween costumes, and while it's clear that some people have a very different idea of what 'easy' is - but at the same time, there are some fab costumes here: I love the jelly beans costume. Even I can blow up balloons and stick them in a bin bag!

A lot of these simply require a bit of creative gluing. Or is that attitude a sure why to get a #fail?

Should Kids Be Taught To Brush Their Teeth At School?

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 22 October, 2014 at 1:42 pm
Should Kids Be Taught To Brush Their Teeth At School?

Image credit: Flickr/Josh Kenzer

The UK's health watchdog NICE has today issued guidelines recommending that schools should teach children how to brush their teeth.

According to the Daily Mail, "shocking levels of decay" are affecting children, with tots "as young as three" facing the prospect of having all 20 of their baby teeth removed due to rotting.

The idea is that teaching staff at nurseries and primary schools should hold supervised sessions of teeth cleaning "at least once a day".

According to the Director of the Centre for Public Health at NICE, Professor Mike Kelly, many children "are being condemned to a life with rotten teeth, gum disease and poor health" because of a misunderstanding about how important it is to look after children's milk teeth and gums. He added that many children "eat too much sugar" and aren't brushing regularly with fluoride toothpaste. He also stressed the importance of giving children the best start in life.

Unsurprisingly, teaching unions and critics have hit back at the guidelinesasserting that it is the job of parents - not teachers - to take care of children's teeth.

Most worryingly, the guidelines state that some children are not issued with a toothbrush at home and are not taught how to brush their teeth.

What do you make of the NICE guidelines? Would you welcome the introduction of tooth-brushing sessions at your child's school or nursery, or do you think it's something we should not be tasking teachers with? And how do you encourage your children to brush their teeth? We'd love to hear about it if you've worked out some clever way to get your kids to take care of their pearly whites...

Barbie Junior Play Kitchen Set £16.99 (Was £39) @ Home Bargains

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 22 October, 2014 at 11:57 am

Barbie Junior Play Kitchen Set £16.99  (Was £39) @ Home Bargains

I can still remember exactly how I felt when I woke up on Christmas morning, aged 7, to discover that Santa had brought me an A La Carte Kitchen. They might not make those anymore but you can recreate a little of that magic with this Barbie Junior Play Kitchen set - it's just £16.99 at Home Bargains right now, reduced from the RRP of £39.00.

Included in this set is everything little Barbie fans will need to cook up a (pretend) storm, including toy cooking utensils. It measures 29.7" high incase you need to work out where it might fit, and it is suitable for little ones aged three and over.

I'm definitely going to investigate one of these for my little lady, although she's a bit too young for this particular toy kitchen. She's recently taking to obsessively opening and closing the doors on my desk - suffice it to say that's where we've found all manner of missing items in our house of late, including the car keys and the TV remote control - so I think she really needs a little toy kitchen to fiddle about with instead.

Home delivery will cost you £3.49.