Crazy Bargains @ Claire's Accessories

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 24 October, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Crazy Bargains @ Claire's Accessories

There's never been a better time to stock up on stocking fillers, pass the parcel gifts, or other cheap and cheerful tidbits at Claire's Accessories. The clearance section has loads of items starting from 50p on sale, and when you get to the checkout there's an extra 30% of too. If you happen to fancy something from the full price section, you'll find 24% removed from your total on those at the checkout too, which makes for some pretty decent savings.

The extra 30% off is online only, so you won't find these prices in store.

Delivery is free if you order over £21, but otherwise is £1.99, which is the same price as click & collect.

Over on HUKD people are telling us that they've picked up things like 3 One Direction Mugs for £1.65 (£9 each reduced to £1.50 combined with the 3 for 2 offer and 30% off), or a One Direction bag reduced from £18 now £4 and an extra £1.20 off at checkout, making it £2.80.

If the boy bands aren't really your thing, there's also jewellery and accessories to choose from. At £5 a set they're okay, but at 3 sets for £7? Well, you can afford to treat someone! That's £5 each, with 3 for 2 makes it 3 sets for £10, minus 30% gives you a total of £7.

Thanks to babyblue at HUKD

Half Term Half Price Toys @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 24 October, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Half Term Half Price Toys @ ArgosArgos has a half term, half price toy sale on at the moment, with some brilliant prices on sought after and loved toys.

There are great offers for older or more active kids, like the Sportspower 10ft trampoline* which was £199.99 but is now £99.99. If you buy a Sportswear trampoline there's also a special offer of £10 off trampoline kit, for things like stairs and so on.

For something with a somewhat more indoor focus, there's £12.49 off the Barbie Endless Curls Doll*, making it cost the same again.

Boardgames are reduced too, with for example My Monopoly* costing £10.99 instead of £21.99.  I think this is pretty genius actually, as My Monopoly  includes blank tiles and stickers so you can make it your own. You can print out the sitckers to personalise your tokens, properties, and even Chance and Community Chest cards.

If it's your thing - or you know someone whose it is - there's a giant Star Wars Darth Vader Action Figurecurrently reduced to £19.99 too.

Thanks to edandhen at HUKD for that last one!

Silver Cross Roamer Dolls Pram £22.49 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 24 October, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Silver Cross Roamer Dolls Pram £22.49 @ ArgosArgos are selling the Silver Cross Roamer Dolls Pram for £22.49 reduced from £44.99. Delivery is £3.95, or you can click and collect for free.

Little kids, whether they've ever used a pram or not, seem to love playing with prams. Like most things in life, they love mimicking adult activities, from cooking in a play kitchen to caring for the baby.

This classic dolls pram has a fully adjustable comfort grip handle, with a maximum height of 74cm, which should give the pram a good life span.  They do recommend that the set is suitable for children over four years of age. There's also a 'shopping basket' to store the baby doll's accessories, and when not in play, the pram folds flat for easy storage.

The pram also comes with a coordinated shoulder bag, perfect for little madams!

The Silver Cross Roamer Dolls Pram will fit dolls up to 50cm, but the set doesn't come with a puzzle included.

I'm pretty sure this will make someone's day, no matter the day!

Halloween Crafting - Spooky Milk Jug Ghosts! We love these.. try it out!

by PP Admin in Misc on 24 October, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Halloween Crafting - Spooky Milk Jug Ghosts! We love these.. try it out!

Want an idea for some budget Halloween décor? Check out our Spooky milk jug ghosts!

What you need:

  • Empty milk jugs
  • A sharpie
  • Lights

Here's one we made earlier! To light them up, we used some neon-ice cubes we had from a party. You can use anything the kids have available, any light-up toys or little torches, even a string of Christmas lights. We think it's a fab idea for some cheap decorations.

Give it a try yourself or check out our other crafty ideas and Halloween discounts here

Are You Spoiling Your Child... ENOUGH?

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Features on 24 October, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Are You Spoiling Your Child... ENOUGH?

Credit: Flickr/dr_zoidberg

No parent wants to raise a spoiled brat. We’ve all known enough of those to understand that the kind of parenting that panders to a child’s every whim can back-fire spectacularly. So, to avoid that, we say ‘no’ a lot - perhaps more often than we say yes - and we limit sugary snacks and implement healthy boundaries and basically bend over backwards in a bid to strike the perfect balance between making our children feel secure and loved, but ensuring that they don’t end up entitled, whiny, spoiled little so-and-so’s.

But here’s a thought: perhaps should we worry less about spoiling our kids, and consider focusing our attention on spoiling them a whole lot more. Stick with me, here. I know it sounds bonkers, but I read a blog this week about just that - why we should spoil our kids more often - and it got me thinking.

Will my kids grow up to thank me for being a measured parent who never spoiled them? Or if I go a little wild and relax all the boundaries from time to time, will they grow up with a heart stuffed full of the kind of memories that make kids light up a little more than before on the inside?

Click here to read more...

Heads Up: 25% Off ALL Tu Clothing Starts Tuesday @ Sainsbury's

by Nada in Deals on 24 October, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Heads Up: 25% Off ALL Tu Clothing Starts Tuesday @ Sainsbury's

A little birdie has told us that Sainsbury's are launching 25% off ALL of their Tu clothing, starting on Tuesday 28th October. This will be instore only, so if you happen to have a big Sainsbury's store near you then you should be able to scoop up all of the bargains. As far as we know, there will be no restrictions at all, meaning that if your local store has any reductions on any of the Tu clothing lines then you should still get your additional 25% off. Obviously, this is not set in stone but this is certainly how it's been in the past.

George clothing by Asda used to be my ultimate favourite when it came to "supermarket fashion" that was until Tu came on the scene. More and more their clothing items are being shown in women's magazines, which to me just mimics how I feel about the range.

In my opinion, Tu children's clothing is only beaten by Morrison's Nutmeg and that's only just. Never have I bought ANYTHING for the kids from Tu and it not washed well. The pricing of the baby clothes are very reasonable, so you can definitely pick up a bargain once this 25% off kicks in. If we find out anymore with regards to this promotion, we will let you know!

Thanks to our little birdie Helen over on our Facebook page.

Tesco Baby Event - 20% off with this code - WORKS ON CLEARANCE! Be Quick!

by PP Admin in Deals on 24 October, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Tesco Baby Event - 20% off with this code - WORKS ON CLEARANCE! Be Quick!

Whether you're stockpiling for Christmas or picking up essentials for your little one, you might want to check this out.

Tesco Direct's baby event just went live- if you're quick you can get 20% off tons of items, including clearance! There's limited stock in the clearance section, so you will need to get your skates on.

To get your discount, just add your items to basket, hit checkout and add code TDX-GTRH at checkout.

This finishes Sunday 26/10/14

Click here to grab the deal!*

Doc McStuffins & Sofia The First See-Through Shoppers Bag £3 @ Very

by Nada in Deals on 24 October, 2014 at 11:47 am

Doc McStuffins & Sofia The First See-Through Shoppers Bag £3 @ Very

These Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First See-through shoppers would make fabulous stocking fillers for those fashion conscious little ones. These have been reduced from £10 (really?) down to just £3, which is much more reasonable at Very.

We found these Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins  shopper bags and thought they were just great for Christmas. You can fill them with books, or how about sweets? If it's just a little extra for their stocking then just leave it empty, because you know they will fill it with junk and drag it out everywhere they go.

The Sofia the First bag is bright pink with a Sofia motif on the front. The handle is a rather nice Sofia themed, lilac colour. The Doc McStuffins one is clear and see-through with a Doc motif on it. The handle on this one is a bright pink.

They are NOT suitable for under three years old. As I say with ANY deal that we blog from Very, make sure that you opt for pay by card unless you want to have a credit account of course.

Skip the £3.95 delivery charge and collect your order for FREE from your local Collect+ outlet.

Deal Of The Day: VTech Toot Toot Sale @ Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 24 October, 2014 at 11:09 am

Deal Of The Day: VTech Toot Toot Sale @ Amazon

Today,and just for today, Amazon have slashed the price of VTech Toot Toot sets. In my eyes, these are the VTech equivalent to Fisher Price Little People. Any of the VTech Toot Toot toys that are over the £10 price point benefit from Amazon's FREE Super Saver delivery. There's some that have been reduced to below £10, but just make sure you bump up your order to avoid that delivery charge.

If your child is Fireman daft then you need to check out the VTech Toot Toot Drivers Big Fire Engine*, it was £22.99 and is now only £13.79 with FREE delivery included.  The VTech Toot Toot Fire Station* would make a great addition to this at only £14.99.

The VTech Toot Toot Drivers Garage in pink* is one of their highest rating toys in the range. This was £42.99 and is now only £29.99 including FREE delivery.

If you plan on spending £60 or more then why not save yourself an extra £15 by signing up to Amazon Family 30 day FREE trial? You can then enter the voucher code BABYFAM15 at the checkout and get the £15 discount.

 

Half Price Toys For Half Term @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 24 October, 2014 at 10:40 am

Half Price Toys For Half Term @ Argos

Why thank you Argos...half price toys for half term! We aren't going to ignore that. whilst there's lots of rubbish in it, there's a fair few gems too.

Want to see what goodies we have found in the Argos half price toys for half term? The My First Baby Annabell Doll with closing eyes* was £14.99 and is now only £7.49. This is a good price for such a popular dolly. She is pretty basic but would make an ideal first doll for a little person.

For any construction toy fanatics, there's the Meccano Gears Of War Halvo Persuit Set* that was £20.99 but has had a huge reduction and is now only £8.99 with FREE delivery. It's suitable for kiddies aged eight years old and above. You get two figures with it as well as all of the Meccano pieces to make the Halvo Bay building.

This Fisher Price Penguin Soother* is a fantastic toy for a tot and it is now reduced to only £7.99, down from £16.99. My baby loves his.

Some items include FREE delivery but for thse that don't you can collect them for FREE from your local Argos store, or pay £3.95 for delivery.

Ditch Fines And Prosecution For Families Who Take Term Time Holidays, Says LGA

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 24 October, 2014 at 10:10 am

Ditch Fines And Prosecution For Families Who Take Term Time Holidays, Says LGA

The current ban on taking children out of school to go on holiday during term-time should be done away with, says the Local Government Association (LGA).

Their reasoning? The ban 'does not recognise the complexities of family life,' reports the BBC. Instead, the LGA says 'common sense' is needed.

Currently parents who take children out of school during term-time face a fine, which increases if not paid within 21 days, followed by the possibility of up to three months in prison.

The rules may vary a bit depending on where you live, but schools can no longer permit families to take children out of school at the head teacher's discretion under the 'special circumstances' rule, and instead may only grant term-time holidays under 'exceptional circumstances'. There has been particular controversy around this, with some disagreement over what constitutes an exceptional circumstance. Some schools have denied permission for a child to be taken out of school to attend a parents' wedding. The LGA thinks time off during term-time should be a possibility to be considered by head teachers on a case=by-case basis for weddings, funerals and even once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, which presumably includes family travel and holidays.

Local authorities are 'obliged' to fine parents and 'enforce legal proceedings' if parents ignore the rules and take children on holiday during term-time in what amounts to an unauthorised absence, reports the BBC.

Where previously taking your kids out of school to go on holiday during term-time might have meant saving a significant chunk of cash compared to the cost of going abroad during the school holidays, the unauthorised absence rule now means that you could face a fine of up to £60 per child. And that's not even the worse case scenario - parents have been ordered by the courts to pay £1000 for taking their children on holiday during the school term. And if you're fined but refuse to cough up, you could find yourself facing a three-month jail stint.

The chairman of the LGA's children and young people board said the system required 'flexibility' and should not mean that family holidays "are just for the rich or indeed children aren't able to take time off in light of family bereavement".

Critics of the current ruling also say that pressure should be placed on travel companies, holiday firms and airlines to adjust their fares in order to make term-time holidays more affordable.

What do you think? Do you agree with the LGA that the decision to permit a family to take their child out of school during term-time should rest with head teachers?

Do you agree that it's too heavy handed to dish out fines and prosecutions for parents who take their children on holiday at term time?

How much money have you saved by going on holiday during the school term?

We'd love to hear from you on our Facebook page - particularly if you've been fined for an unauthorised absence...

Image credit: Flickr/deeknow

Lego Movie Cloud Cuckoo Palace £13.49 @ Tesco Direct/John Lewis

by Nada in Deals on 24 October, 2014 at 10:10 am

Lego Movie Cloud Cuckoo Palace £13.49 @ Tesco Direct/John Lewis

I WANT  NEED this Lego Cloud Cuckoo Palace. We are massive Lego Movie Fans in this house and I reckon there will be a lot of requests for The Lego Movie, Lego sets this Christmas. Let me tell you that this is the cheapest I have seen this, at only £13.49 from Tesco Direct. It sells for £17.97 at Asda Direct and £17.99 at Smyths. You can also get it from John Lewis for £13.49, if that suits you better.

First things first, you get the BEST Lego Minifigures EVER with this set: Executron, Wyldstyle and Emmet. Plus you get Snail and my very favourite UNIKITTY! This Lego Cloud Cuckoo set has 197 pieces with it which makes it a really good buy.

It's suitable for children aged seven to fourteen, and comes with instructions to make the Cloud Cuckoo Palace. This would be a great addition to any other The Lego Movie, Lego sets. Ideally, I'd love to build the whole city, just like Will Ferrell in the movie.

You can click and collect The Lego Movie Cloud Cuckoo Palace for FREE from your local Tesco store, or from John Lewis/ Waitrose if you wish to purchase it from there.

Baby & Toddler Shoe Sale @ Office

by Nada in Deals on 24 October, 2014 at 9:38 am

Baby & Toddler Shoe Sale @ Office

People use to always comment on my middle son's uber cool footwear and often ask how I was able to afford such luxuries as branded footwear. This was because I was a lone parent. Let me tell you that EVERY single pair of Converse, Puma and Adidas worn by my son was from Office shoe sales. You really can pick up a bargain, and they start at £5 a pair! A tip to avoid delivery charges is to order via the Office App, where deliver is ALWAYS FREE.

My little one is nearly eight months, but looking at this sale makes me want to stockpile the fashionable trainers. Here's my favourite bargains from the sale: These Converse Double Tongue Trainers* may come in pink but that does not mean these are for girls only. My eldest insists on lots of pink things because they are "cool". They were £29.99 and are now only £13.60.

If you have a little, trendy baby girl then you MUST buy these adorable Pink Adidas Crib Shoes* at only £11.20. Sizes are limited in these but you might get lucky. For toddlers, for £12.80, you can get the Adidas Racer Bahia trainers*. These look very smart indeed.

I say get yourself over to Office for a nosey at this tremendous baby and toddler shoe sale. Delivery is £3.50 on sale items.

Thanks to Alison G @ HUKD

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.