Up To 50% Off Bikes & Scooters @ Smyths

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 31 October, 2014 at 9:00 am

Up To 50% Off Bikes & Scooters @ SmythsSmyths toy sale is still going on, and they have a lot of bikes and scooters in the sale. There's free delivery on orders over £39 from now until the 6th of November.

The lowest priced bikes here are balance bikes for £24.99, available in green and pink. In terms of 'normal' bikes, they are also selling the 12" Rocket* or 12" Glitterbug Bike* for £29.99, which seems a good price - it looks identical to one I saw in a shop for £65 last week!

At the other end of the scale is the 24in Procycle Sonic* bike for £199, reduced from £299.99, this bike is made for easier cycling and more speed, with a front zoom suspension to offer comfort and control when travelling on rough terrain.

There aren't as many sale scooters, but the Evo Pink Move n Groove Scooter* is on sale for £9.99, which I think is a great price!

Hopefully these sales will help you save some pennies on the bigger presents under the tree!

Are Jessica Biel And Justin Timberlake Expecting A Baby?

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Celebaby on 31 October, 2014 at 8:44 am

Are Jessica Biel And Justin Timberlake Expecting A Baby?

According to the Metro newspaper, Jessica Biel is expecting a baby with husband Justin Timberlake.

The celeb couple, who tied the knot two years ago, have yet to comment on the rumours circulating in the press about imminent parenthood, but a couple of weeks ago Justin posted this pic on his Instagram account, along with the caption:

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." --Ferris

Now I'm not saying that's a pregnancy announcement as such, but I reckon if you were contemplating new fatherhood and trying to keep it under wraps for a while, you might feel inclined to share a wistful reflection on the meaning of life.

Or, you know, I could be reading way too much into things.

What I really want to know, though, is who took this snap? Because what looks like a pretty idyllic couple moment clearly involved a spectator...


The Jolly Christmas Postman £3.99 @ The Book People

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 30 October, 2014 at 9:01 pm

The Jolly Christmas Postman £3.99 @ The Book PeopleThe Jolly Christmas Postman is £3.99 at The Book People right now, and delivery will cost you £2.95. If you are spending over £10 you can use the code FLASHDEL to get your delivery free. This price is apparently only till midnight though, so get in there while you can!

The Jolly Christmas postman is a really gorgeous, fun and interactive Christmas book. It's a great part of our book advent calendar because it's so interactive.

Jolly rhyming verses and charming illustrations from Janet and Allan Ahlberg give The Jolly Christmas Postman an irresistible appeal to both young and old readers.

Dotted throughout this book are envelopes with cards and 'presents' tucked away for the familiar characters in the book, including Humpty Dumpty.

My kids love this book and it really is a fun read for them, so from one mum to another, I heartily recommend it!

Mini Convertible Style Kids Ride On With Rechargeable Battery £59.99 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 30 October, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Mini Convertible Style Kids Ride On With Rechargeable Battery £59.99 @ AmazonAmazon are selling a Mini Convertible Style Kids Ride On With Rechargeable Battery for the amazing price of £59.99. It's RRP is £121.99, but for the next hour you can get it at this fabulous price.

The Mini convertible is a fully working ride on car with a rechargeable battery. It can go left and right and has a gas pedal for going forwards and backwards. The brakes are applied automatically when the child releases the pedal, and it has a seatbelt for safety too.

It has working lights and even an MP3 socket with pre-loaded  music. Apparently these are suited to children over 3 yrs with a maximum weight of 35kg.  One of the Amazon reviews says that it was bought for a 2 year old who was a perfect fit for it.

The reviews on it are good too, which always helps when you're buying an expensive toy!

Thanks to Jakirrr21 at HUKD

3 For 2 Gifts From 75p @ Wilko

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 30 October, 2014 at 8:13 pm

3 For 2 Gifts From 75p @ WilkoWilko has a sale on at the moment with 3 for 2 on gifts from 75p.  Delivery is from £3.50, depending on item size, but store delivery is free.

We love kids and kids stuff, here at PlayPennies, but we know that sometimes mums (and dads) need to buy gifts for other people too, so Wilko's 3 for 2 offer looks great to us for that!

The Wilko Garden Gift Cardboard Boxis 75p, which is a pretty cool way of giving a gift. There's soap for £1, the Classic Gent Mustache Grooming Kit* is a great Secret Santa gift too.

If you are after something for the kids though, there's a range of Frozen goodies - who doesn't have that these days! - with the lower priced items out of stock, but there's Glitter Bath Sprinklesfor £2. There are other Disney bits & pieces too, from £1.

Definitely the place you want to go to pick up stocking fillers and small gifts!

Thanks to goonertillidie at HUKD

Extra 18% Off For 18 Hours @ Claire's

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 30 October, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Extra 18% Off For 18 Hours @ Claire'sClaire's are offering an extra 18% off full priced items for 18 hours only. It does work on 3 for 2 sale items though, so you could pick up for example three sets of £5.50 earrings for £11, minus 18% makes for £9.47 for all three sets. Delivery is £1.99 on super saver, but you can get it free on orders over £21. The T&C's do say it doesn't work on 3 for 5 items though!

This also works on Frozen goodies, so you can find the Frozen Days of The Week Jewellery Setfor £3.28, or the Lambie Plush Soft Toyreduced from £9 to £7.38.

We've had a few offers from Claire's lately, and they are still available, but it's nice to find an offer on full priced items. While you've missed out on last minute delivery for Halloween items, (you can still collect in store) there are loads of other categories to choose from.

Thanks to lels at HUKD

Boo At The ZSL London Zoo This Weekend

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 30 October, 2014 at 3:09 pm
Boo At The ZSL London Zoo This Weekend
If you're anywhere near the ZSL London Zoo this week/end, they are hosting a fun week of spooky goings on for both half term and Halloween. Activities will run from 11 - 3 each day, and are included in the price of the ticket.

Boo at the Zoo will offer visitors a packed week of ghoulish animal treats that will see them howling with delight as they get up close and personal with mighty owls, enter the Black Widow’s Lair and face a mystery feely-box challenge. Putting on an extra brave face, visitors will travel through hair-raising activity stops, meeting rats, bats, spiders and owls, using their Boo at the Zoo activity passport to gain stamps.

They seem to be putting on a lot for the event, including a 'mysterious Mr Darkmire' hosting the Owl Emporium - a secret room lit by flickering lanterns. 

There's also the Bat Cave for some quiet time crafts and making treats for the Zoo's bats, and close encounters with the rodents.

Frozen Book & CD £4 Delivered @ Asda Direct (Released 6th November)

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 30 October, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Frozen Book & CD £4 Delivered @ Asda Direct (Released 6th November)

Updated : Looks like delivery is no longer free from Asda Direct.

Released 7 days from today, the Frozen book and CD is £4 from Asda Direct. Although Amazon have price matched, you do have to pay for delivery there, unless you have Amazon Prime, so Asda looks like the best option. The RRP is £5.99, so you’re saving 33% already and who knows what will happen price wise when it’s actually released.

There isn’t actually a lot of information on either website about this, although we do know the book is hardback and 32 pages long. The CD, features “original movie stars voices, thrilling sound effects and word-for-word narration” – could be good to keep little ones amused in the car, if the adults can take it of course!

Either way, this set looks like a great price for £4 delivered, think your little Frozen fan would like it as a stocking filler?

FREE Fabulous Family Fun Day & Kids Eat Free (No Purchase Necessary) @ Debenhams Oxford Street

by Karen McGinn in Freebies on 30 October, 2014 at 12:39 pm

FREE Fabulous Family Fun Day & Kids Eat Free (No Purchase Necessary) @ Debenhams Oxford Street

At a loose end today with the kids? Well Debenhams on Oxford Street are having a fun filled family day today (Thursday October 30th) between 11am and 5pm. Completely free, there will be face painting, balloon modelling and arts and crafts for the kids and they can also eat for free with no other purchase necessary.

Ah, a free day out and no dinner to make when you come home, it's got to be worth  popping in if you're in or around the Oxford Street store don't you think?

The Hulk & Batman Novelty Pyjamas From £3.99 @ Argos

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 30 October, 2014 at 11:57 am

The Hulk & Batman Novelty Pyjamas From £3.99 @ Argos

It says “boys” in the description over at Argos but we’re not buying that here at Playpennies!

The Hulk pyjamas are available in ages 2-3, 4-5, 6-7 and 8-9 and are now £3.99, reduced from £7.99, while Batman is available in 2-3, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 and are £4.49 from £8.99.

Make sure you change the size in the drop down menu to the one you need on the link.

Click here to buy The Hulk pyjamas from Argos*

Batman is here*

There is an unwritten rule among parents I know that the kids (or indeed the whole family) require new pyjamas for Christmas Eve. With the growing popularity of Christmas Eve boxes, this looks set to continue but either way, how cool are these?! Batman is my favourite I have to say, think it’s the mask, and at this price it’s a no brainer for me.

I’ve had a look around and stock levels look excellent for Batman, while The Hulk is more 50/50, at least in my local stores.

As always, you can reserve in store for free or opt for home delivery for an additional £3.95.

Electric Quad Ride-On Bikes From £26.25 @ Tesco Direct (Plus Boost)

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 30 October, 2014 at 11:01 am

Electric Quad Ride-On Bikes From £26.25 @ Tesco Direct (Plus Boost)

These caught my eye this morning as they look impressive. I don’t know about you but I always like to have at least one “big” present from Santa on Christmas morning and not only do these Quad Bikes fit the bill but the prices are attractive too as they’re all reduced and in the Clubcard Boost. With prices starting from £26.25, if you’re lucky enough to have some vouchers on your account you can boost, you can get a pretty impressive looking gift for half the price again!

The Evo Bikes were both £35 and are now £26.25, while the Tonka and Hello Kitty were £40 and are now £30.

If you've not had your Clubcard vouchers through the post yet don't despair, you can go into your account on Tesco and they should be there, so it's a simple case of adding them to your basket at checkout and seeing that price drop. Just be aware that when choosing your voucher, any unused funds will be re credited to your Clubcard account and won't be available to be used again until the next quarter when the vouchers are re issued. Not a huge issue but if you are wanting to use them for Christmas, it's just something to be aware of.

You can opt to collect these from a Tesco store near you for free or home delivery will cost an additional £3.

Robbie Williams And Ayda Field Announce Their Baby Boy's Name

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Celebaby on 30 October, 2014 at 10:40 am

Robbie Williams And Ayda Field Announce Their Baby Boy's Name

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field have revealed the name they've chosen for their second child, a baby boy, born on Monday.

The couple announced their son's name in another quirky video update - Robbie shared a series of videos on You Tube which he filmed in the delivery room during Ayda's labour.

You'll have to watch the video for yourself to see how the couple and their new little bundle of joy left the building, but the proud new Pop captioned the video:

"Charlton Valentine Williams has left the building... and Daddy is doing just fine."

Very funny, Rob. All I'm saying is it's a good job Ayda clearly has a sense of humour.

Baby Charlton already has a big sister - Theodora 'Teddy' Rose.

So welcome to the world, Charlton Valentine Williams!

Disney Princess Magic Dress Sleeping Beauty £15 Delivered @ Amazon

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 30 October, 2014 at 10:20 am

Disney Princess Magic Dress Sleeping Beauty £15 Delivered @ Amazon

This is another popular item for Christmas 2014 and on lots of lists. It’s been around the £25 mark until recently but today Amazon have dropped it to £15 which includes free super saver delivery.

If you’ve not spotted the adverts for this one yet, Disney Princess Magic Dress Sleeping Beauty has been created with the idea that the Fairy Godmothers can't decide what colour to make their princess' dress. A simple twist of her crown and her dress (bodice and skirt) will magically change from pink to blue.

Great reviews on this one too, with a typical one being :

A really beautiful doll, lovely size. My daughter was so excited when she discovered herself that when you turn her tiara her dress changes. She loves to watch Sleeping Beauty and have the doll ready for that moment where her dress keeps changing to play along with it and spin the tiara round!


She loves the film so this is a special novelty gift for her. The only slight downside is that her dress cannot be removed so she can't treat her like her other Barbies and change the outfit but then she realises that this one is different! The tiara also has to stay on her head as it is fixed so she tends to keep this doll to one side.


It is beautifully made and a bit different to the regular princess dolls - a lovely gift along with the DVD for any little girl.

That is something to be aware of perhaps, the fact the dress and crown can’t be removed. I can’t be the only one that views this as a positive rather than a negative though? Saves me hunting through a ton of dresses for the one my daughter is looking for.

Change the delivery option to free super saver delivery at checkout and you’ll save 40% on this, making it £15 total delivered to your door.

Thanks to ne0star @ HUKD!


Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Manual Breast Pump £7.99 Delivered @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 29 October, 2014 at 9:48 pm

Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Manual Breast Pump £7.99 Delivered @ AmazonIf you're expecting a baby sometime soon or indeed have a recent new addition to the family and are in need of a breast pump, then move quicketty-quick over to Amazon, where the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Manual Breast Pump is on special offer, reduced from £29.99 to £7.99. If you don't use Amazon Prime or want to buy anything else you'd expect to pay delivery, but in my basket it automatically applied free delivery, so I hope it does that for you too!

This manual breast pump comes complete with a 150ml Tommee Tippee Easi-vent bottle, one milk storage pot, six disposable breast pads and one microwave steriliser box.

Heidi used this pump in the past, and she says:

Breast pumps are such a personal item that it's really difficult to determine what makes one better than any other, but I've tried this one and found it very good. I particularly like that you can express straight into the storage pot without having to faff about pouring what you've expressed into some other sterile container, and I love that it comes with a bottle, breast pads and the steriliser. All in all I think this is a great little bargain, and definitely worth a punt if you're thinking of trying expressing.

I think at the price it's fabulous!

Sticky Mosaics Disney Frozen Anna And Elsa With Jewels £13.23 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 29 October, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Sticky Mosaics Disney Frozen Anna And Elsa With Jewels £13.23 @ AmazonAmazon are selling the Sticky Mosaics Disney Frozen Anna And Elsa With Jewels for £13.23 reduced from £19.99.

I love the idea of these Sticky Mosaics of Anna & Elsa, especially for slightly older fans of the sisters. It's a whole new take on the 'paint by number' pictures of my own childhood.

In this kit, you follow a numbered legend to add over 1200+ sparkling jewels and tiles to create 3 glittering pictures.

The pictures come with hanging tags so you can display them, and reviewers have rated it really highly. One person was annoyed that there were three pictures rather than four that other themes in the range have, but it's Frozen and they know most of us would pay it.

I think it's a lovely way to spend a rainy day away from a screen, and it'll be well loved by little fans!

Doll House With 50 Pieces ONLINE ONLY £25.98 Delivered @ Toys R Us

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 29 October, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Doll House With 50 Pieces ONLINE ONLY £25.98 Delivered @ Toys R Us This Doll House at Toys R Us is currently reduced online only to £29.99. That gives you free delivery if you want to buy just that, but if you add a small item - the lowest we could find was 99p - you can use the BIRTHDAY8 code to take £5 off your price, giving you the dolls house, plus a small item, delivered for £25.98.

I quite like that I can get the Doll House and a Digibird, making the Digibird which is currently reduced to £7.49 cost just £2.49.

This dolls house is fabulous.

The price is online only, and it comes with 50 pieces. It's a plain wooden house, so it can be decorated before it's assembled, or it can be left as is, which is fabulous if you want it for a little boy, specifically.

The house has 4 storeys, a hinged opening front and removable roof, and should be perfect for hours of play.

For this and other voucher codes from Toys R Us, visit our voucher page.

Thanks to lels and Bunnyhop at HUKD

The ‘Joy’ Of Cooking For Children

by Lucy Sweet in Features on 29 October, 2014 at 8:35 pm

The ‘Joy’ Of Cooking For Children

When people say they enjoy cooking, they’re usually talking about lovingly prepared slow roasted things with herbs and spices in them. When you put it on the table, your guests don’t make vomit faces (not in front of you anyway). Instead, you get the warm glow of appreciation washed down with loads of wine. Yep, after a bottle and a bit, even the most basic cook can kid themselves that they’re Nigella with better norks.

I’m pretty sure they’re not talking about cooking for kids. Which means separating frozen veggie burgers with a screwdriver while nursing a toddler through a meltdown because you turned off the telly halfway through the Aquabats. Then burning the burgers because you were trying to put a wash on and clean the bathroom at the same time.  Then cursing yourself because what kind of a mother gives their kids burnt vegetable protein discs for dinner anyway? You should be cooking Annabel Karmel’s 5 a day butternut squash bake in the shape of a clown’s face, you IDIOT!

Click here to

Up To 50% Off On HappyLand Play Sets @ ELC

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 29 October, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Up To 50% Off On HappyLand Play Sets @ ELCThe Mothercare / ELC Toy Spectacular is live and they have HappyLand play sets on offer with up to 50% off. And remember to use the Mothercare App to take £10 off if your spend goes to £50.

In the toy spectacular today there's up to 20% off on baby & toddler toys, and 30% off on the Rosebud dolls houses and accessories, but it's the 50% off on HappyLand play sets that's well worth checking out. 

There are prices from £1.60 for the surprise bag Happyland Toys, and then there's a range of toys reduced, although not at 50%.

In terms of half price items, there's the Happyland Musical Village Church* for £12.50, the Country Train* set for £25, the Village Sounds Playmat* for £12.50, Cherry Lane Cottage* for £25 and the Zoo* is down to £35.

There's free click and collect at ELC, but you can have items delivered for £2.95, unless your order is over £50, then it's free.

Jennifer Ellison Tells OK! Magazine About The Moment Her Son Stopped Breathing

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 29 October, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Jennifer Ellison Tells OK! Magazine About The Moment Her Son Stopped Breathing

In a touching interview with OK! magazine, actress and mum of three Jennifer Ellison relives the moment when her newborn baby boy stopped breathing.

Little Charlie is Jennifer's third son with her husband Rob Tickle - the couple have four-year-old Bobby and 15-month-old Harry, and Jennifer says she has no plans for any more children but is stopping at three before she ends up with a football team!

Baby Charlie was in his mother's arms when the heart-stopping moment happened.

OK reports:

'He started choking and then he turned blue,' Jennifer recalled. 

'It was the scariest thing that's ever happened to me. I thought he was dead. The whole thing went on for about ten minutes but it felt like hours.'

I've never experienced anything like this, although one of my children did suffer a febrile seizure when he was a toddler and we were whisked off to hospital in an ambulance. Like Jennifer, I feared the worst and will never forget the awfulness of that feeling. Or the absolute elation when a consultant gave us the all-clear and permission to go home!

So glad to hear that Jennifer's little one is fighting fit too.

Congratulations on the new arrival!

Disney Frozen Advent Calendar £15 @ Tesco

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 29 October, 2014 at 11:57 am

Disney Frozen Advent Calendar £15 @ Tesco


Tesco is selling gorgeous Disney Frozen Advent Calendars for £15. If you've been looking at the Lego calendars for the same price, you may want to consider this Disney Frozen set, since there's nothing quite like it for a little fan, and let's face it, it's a whole lot better than chocolate!

This uber cool Disney Frozen Advent calendar might not be the cheapest advent calendar you have ever seen but if you are after an alternative one, then you just have to check this out.

Beneath the 24 doors is a selection of Disney Frozen, Anna & Elsa themed make-up, nail polish and hair accessories. These "alternative" advent calendars are fast becoming THE advent calendar to buy. I guess it is fine if you don't want to give your children any more chocolate over the festive season.

I can imagine how much fun this will give a little Frozen fan, it's just a shame it's aimed at little girls. I am a bit bewildered as to why the backing is clear as it ruins the element of surprise.

Collect yours for FREE from your local Tesco store or pay £3 to have it delivered.

Thanks to doodledoo @ HUKD