Two (£10) or Five (£20) Cinema Tickets @ Groupon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 23 September, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Two (£10) or Five (£20) Cinema Tickets @ GrouponAnother little heads up for your diary for later this week, Groupon will be selling Odeon tickets - not the kids showings, mind you, the real thing! - from Thursday or Friday. There are some T&C's to take into consideration, but read on and I'll tell you about it.

Firstly, you can purchase as many of these as you like, there are no limits. That's a bonus for regular movie goers. There are of course a few exceptions, like you can't use the tickets at ODEON Leicester Square and The Lounge at ODEON Whiteleys and it is only redeemable at the box office.

You can't use it for watching Interstellar before 21 Nov; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 before 5 Dec or The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (all showings). It is, however, valid for standard 2D or 3D film screenings (including Newbies and Club Seats) but not for Premier Seats, D-Box seats, Gallery performances, The Lounge performances, IMAX, BFI IMAX, iSense, Family tickets, ODEON Senior Screen, ODEON Kids, ODEON Plus, premieres, special events or events not open to the public - bummer that one ;)

There are loads of other restrictions, so do read the fine print, but the bottom line is, if you'd like to get a baby sitter and go watch a grown up movie with someone, you can, and you can do it for a great price of £4 - £5 per ticket.

Thanks to Chanchi32 at HUKD

Up To 70% Off @ Alex & Alexa - Items From £1.50

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 23 September, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Up To 70% Off @ Alex & Alexa - Items From £1.50

In what seems like a really great sale for stocking fillers, pass the parcel gifts and a gazillion similar things, including clothes, bags and hats Alex and Alexa have a sale on right now with items starting at £1.50. If it's your first order from them, you get free delivery too, but if it's not you'll have to add £2.95 for orders under £30.

Alex & Alexa have sets of socks, party confetti and gold stripe straws from £1.50. There are super cute Flavoured Owl Lip Glosscontainers for £2, and Woodland Erasers* for £2.50. 

If you want Fancy Dress that's not from supermarkets, definitely have a browse there, with items from £2 too.

They also have the LEGO Friends Heartlake Juice Bar* for £17 - it seems to be upwards of £25 everywhere else right now.

Alex & Alexa specialise in kids from ages 0 to about 14, in clothes, toys, and home and nursery accessories. If you've not shopped there before, grab a coffee and start browsing. I've just lost half an hour filling my basket myself!

Heads Up: M&S VIP Event

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 23 September, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Heads Up: M&S VIP EventM&S has a VIP - Very Important Prices - Sale starting tomorrow morning at 5:30. You'll be able to buy in store or online. Remember that the prices you see now are pre-sale. You'll have to come back in the morning for the sale prices.

If you check out the site right now you'll be able to see what will be on sale, but the prices aren't the sale prices, as those will only be available at 5:30 tomorrow morning.

The sale will be available until 28 September, or, I guess, until stocks last.

Marks and Spencer say that they are focusing a huge amount of their savings on the Beauty department, so you'll be able to pick up some fantastic offers - we're told - on gifts or pampering treats. They also say that there will be over 200 products "at very special prices".

There will also be a sale on kids items, including coats, snowsuits and dresses.

Unfortunately this sale can't be used with other offers, and it won't include items already in the clearance items section.

If you see anything you like, however, I'd say bookmark the pages now, open them first thing in the morning, and buy them before they go out of stock, as all items will only be on sale subject to availability.

Celebaby: Naomi Watts Wishes She'd Had More Kids

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Celebaby on 23 September, 2014 at 7:36 pm


Celebaby: Naomi Watts Wishes She'd Had More KidsAs Celebaby stories go, this one made me feel a bit wistful.

According to People magazine, Australian actress Naomi Watts wishes she had more kids. The mag reports:

"The mom of sons Sasha, 7, and Kai, 5½, tells MORE that if she could redo one thing, she’d want a bigger brood."

"'I should have had more kids, started younger,' the actress says in the magazine’s October issue, on newsstands Tuesday."

Naomi also reckons her memory is a bit hazy when it comes to childbirth, and while some mums count themselves lucky for that very reason, Naomi says she'd love to relive the moment and soak up every detail this time around.

People reports:

"'I feel like the births of my children were so huge, but I don’t remember either of them well,' she explains. 'I wish I could have it all back but without the pain.'"

I kind of know what she means. Do you agree? Would you have a bigger brood if you could plan your time again? And are you thankful for the fact that memories of childbirth fade, or do you wish, like Naomi, that you could do it all again and this time savour every second for posterity?!

Evo Red & Blue Trike £13.50 @ Tesco Direct

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 23 September, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Evo Red & Blue Trike £13.50 @ Tesco Direct

I do love a good trike, and this cute red and blue Evo Trike is just £13.50 at Tesco Direct right now.

The Evo trike comes with chunky wheels and ergonomic grip handles for a smooth ride, plus a handy rear bucket for transporting toys. The parent handle is removable too, which is pretty cool for when your little rider decides he or she doesn't want you cramping their style at the park.

The reviews on this are pretty good too. Out of 58 reviews the vast majority of customers have rated this 4 or 5 stars out of a possible 5 stars, with just 5 customers giving it 3 stars or less. Everyone seems to agree that it's easy to assemble, and very sturdy too.

Happily, this particular item is available for the Tesco Direct free Click & Collect service, so you can order it now and pick it up at your local store tomorrow with no delivery charge! Alternatively, standard UK delivery is just £3, while express delivery is £5.95.

With thanks to Kazzaca @ HUKD.

Mothercare Sale Preview Up to 50% Off Starting From £1

by Nada in Deals on 23 September, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Mothercare Sale Preview Up to 50% Off Starting From £1

Wow! Did you know that Mothercare have launched their sale preview, today? Hurry, it's letting you purchase the best bargains now before the sale is officially launched. The site is experiencing high volumes of customers so it's running slow but that is always a sure sign of tremendous deals.

Baby clothes start at just £2, this 5 pack of multi coloured bright vests* are a good buy at £5, as are this 3 pack of bibs* now only £2. These winter hats are a steal at £2.50 now, they were £5, and come in two different designs a rabbit* and a dinosaur*.

Girls and Boys clothes start at £1. The choice and reductions are outstanding. What about this 5 pk of socks* for only £2? Or these denim leggings* for £3?

There's heap of great reductions on toys. Get these 110pc ELC Junior Blocks set* for only £15 from £30. This Little Cook's Play Kitchen in pink* or blue* is a great buy at £56. They were originally £7o, so that's a good saving right there.

Maternity wear is from £4. Check out this 3 piece starter set* for just £6 from £20. Believe me when I say leggings are a pregnant women's best friend.

Save more money by collecting your order for free from your local Mothercare store or pay £2.95 to have it delivered.

How To Apply For A Blue Peter Badge

by Nada in Misc on 23 September, 2014 at 12:54 pm

How To Apply For A Blue Peter Badge

I have wanted one of these since I was a little nipper. What is it, you ask? A Blue Peter badge of course! I remember those days when people that owned one of these highly coveted pins were seen as an exclusive club.

Here's a bit from the BBC on what a Blue Peter badge is:

A Blue Peter badge is a special award given to people who appear on the show, or in recognition of achievement. Applicants must be 6 to 15 years old. Badge owners can gain free entry into over 200 Blue Peter Badge Attractions around the country such as theme parks, zoos and castles.


Want to know how to get one? Simply send a letter in a minimum of 50 words explaining why you think you should be awarded a Blue Peter badge and of course, which badge you want. Click here to check out the different badges.

Remember, include anything that will support your reason for applying. Like photos, or a link to photos online of something you may have made. Send it along with your full name, date of birth, address and postcode. If it's a group application then each member must include their names, date of births and addresses.

Applications are to be sent to : MediaCityUK
M50 2BH

Good luck! Let us know if your child manages to get and what they did to achieve one.

Heads Up: Most Items Half Price Or Better Two Day Sale Starts This Saturday @ Next

by Nada in Deals on 23 September, 2014 at 11:13 am


Heads Up: Most Items Half Price Or Better Two Day Sale Starts This Saturday @ Next

It starts this Saturday, folks! Lasting only two days, the Most Items Half Price or Better sale will be as popular as ever. If you are a Next Directory customer, get looking to see if you have been emailed for your VIP slot. Most stores will open at 5 or 6 am on the Saturday. Be prepared to queue, although this end of summer sale isn't quite as popular as the post Christmas one, shoppers will still be there like a moth to a flame.

I am a massive Next fan and there's only one thing I love more than their stores, it's their sales. I can't get enough of their homeware, womens clothes and childrenswear. I know I am not the only one to feel this way, the volume of shoppers that attend the sale events confirms that. Save those pennies and get down there. Why not grab sizes above what your child is wearing just now? It'll mean better value in the long run. Or stock up on Christmas gifts.

Get down to your local Next store as early as possible as all the best stuff sells quickly. Most importantly let us know what bargains you find.

Half Price Or Buy Two Get One Free On Selected Toy Brands Plus Save £5 On £30 Spend (With Code) @ Toys R Us

by Nada in Deals on 23 September, 2014 at 10:57 am

Half Price Or Buy Two Get One Free On Selected Toy Brands Plus Save £5 On £30 Spend (With Code) @ Toys R Us

Head on over to Toys R Us today and you will see an abundance of offers on toys and fun goodies. Like buy two get one free (3 for 2) and half price offers. Chances are if you make use of the 3 for 2 you could well be spending a minimum of £30. If that's the case, then don't forget to use the £5 off coupon code BIRTHDAY7. Some of the brands included are Peppa Pig, Skylanders, Fisher Price, Thomas & Friends and many others.

The Peppa Pig Princess Palace is half price at £19.99, and is on offer at other retailers for £24.99. It's suitable for Peppa fans of three years and over and comes with a host of accessories. This is the sort of toy that will get played with until it's worn out.

Items start at £2.99 in the Thomas & Friends 3 for 2 offer. This adorable Percy* is only £2.99 add it to the Take Along Thomas* (£5.97) and the Take Along Dart* (£5.97) and you can get all three for only £11.94.

There's a LOT of bargains to be had. Don't miss out and get over to Toys R Us now! Remember to use coupon code BIRTHDAY7 if you are spending £30 or over. Click and collect for from your local store for free or pay £4.95 for delivery.

Head over to our vouchers section for Toys R Us coupon codes and lots for other retailers.

25% Off Tu Clothing Instore Starts Today @ Sainsbury's

by Nada in Deals on 23 September, 2014 at 10:18 am

 25% Off Tu Clothing Instore Starts Today @ Sainsbury's

It starts today, folks! The 25% off Tu clothing @ Sainsbury's. This isn't online, but nip down to your local store and you will find plenty of bargains. Like Disney's Frozen dress up outfits, and Halloween fancy dress. You really could save on those must have items.

Bear in mind that the colder weather is becoming much more frequent. Chances are last years winter clothing doesn't fit anymore. Well, nip down to Sainsbury's today to get the best of the reduced stock. The 25% is on until the 29th September, so you have until then, but you know all the good stuff will be out of stock by then.

Check out some of these bargains if you are unsure of what kind of style Tu clothing is. Like this Long Sleeved Deer top*, it's now only £2.63. That matches Primark prices, and ask me and I will tell you I really rate Tu clothing @ Sainsbury.  These girls' Brown Winter Boots* are a steal at only £10.50!

For the little boys in your life, I found these goodies: the Vintage Christmassy style jumper* now only £7.50, this cosy Parka style Coat* now only £12 instead of £16.

Remember folks it's instore only and excludes Sainsbury's Locals or Centrals.

Plum Products Single Swing Set £14.95 + Free Delivery (Was £34.99) @ Amazon

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 22 September, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Plum Products Single Swing Set £14.95 + Free Delivery (Was £34.99) @ Amazon

So here's the deal. You've been meaning to buy  swing set for the garden for a-g-e-s but just haven't ever quite got round to it. And every time you see one posted here at Playpennies you feel a pang of guilt 'cos your little 'un's childhood is slipping by you fast and before you know it they'll be back-packing round Thailand while you stand rocking in the garden at the spot where you never did put that swing. Do not let this situation continue. Snap up this Plum Products single swing set for just £14.95 with free delivery (reduced from £34.99) and end your swing-related guilt.

That's it. I've got nothing else for ya; I'm not about to witter on about why this is a good idea when you can just get clicking, and be swinging by the end of the week.

Ooh, but it also comes with a conditional 12 month manufacturer's warranty against rust and manufacturer defects.

Awesome, right? You can thank me later...

With thanks to Aiden1512 @HUKD.

Lego Duplo Creative Animals £8.99 @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 22 September, 2014 at 8:55 pm

Lego Duplo Creative Animals £8.99 @ Argos

Lego Duplo sets are always a good idea for Christmas. It can be hard finding something for a tot that isn't completely babyish. This Lego Duplo Creative Animals set sells for £12.99 from Toys R Us, £11.70 at Debenhams and £9.77 at Asda Direct. You can get this for only £8.99 if you nip over to the Argos site.

This Lego Duplo Animals set is suitable for age 18 months and over. These are chunky blocks so even if they do have a chew on them, which they will, they shouldn't be able to choke on them. This set is not only good as a construction toy but is good for teaching animals to your tot.

Included in this Creative Animals set are the Lego Duplo blocks to make a giraffe, bunny, dog and worm. How cute? The bricks are bright and colourful and would make a great addition to any other Lego Duplo set.

You can reserve and collect your Lego Duplo set from your local Argos store, which is a FREE service or pay £3.95 to have it delivered. The bonus of reserve and collect is that you don't have to pay until you go down to collect it.

Kidsaw Racing Car Bedside Unit £37 Delivered @ Asda Direct

by Nada in Deals on 22 September, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Kidsaw Racing Car Bedside Unit £37 Delivered @ Asda Direct

Don't you just love themed furniture for Children's bedrooms. I know I do! This Kidsaw Racing Car bedside unit is an absolute steal at only £37 at Asda Direct. It was £49 before and generally sells elsewhere for around the £50 mark. I often find themed furniture really expensive but this is such a great price for a fun piece of storage.

Check out this Kidsaw Racing Car bedside unit, it is a nifty bit of furniture. Enter code DELFREE at the checkout and get yours delivered for FREE. Not bad at all that paired with the £12 off makes this a very affordable bedroom item.

It looks just like a racing car toolbox and I just know that my boys would love something like this in their rooms. There's a false lock on it too.

What I like A LOT about this bedside unit is that it is self-assembly but requires no nails, screws or adhesives, it just slots together like a puzzle. It's red and grey in colour and made of MDF, so it'll be sturdy enough for a little one's room.

You can find DELFREE and other codes over at our vouchers section.

Teksta Pink Robotic Puppy £31.99 @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 22 September, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Teksta Pink Robotic Puppy £31.99 @ Argos

Kids keep pestering you for a dog? Buy one of these, the Teksta Robotic Puppy. It doesn't smell, you don't need to pick up it's poop and it won't sit in front of you licking it's bum whilst you watch Emmerdale. Get it from Argos and save yourself pounds, as it is now only £31.99. It has been £59.99, then £34.99. In fact the blue version still is £59.99 Grrr! The original price looks like the typical price of it, so grab one whilst the going is good!

Have you seen a Teksta Robotic Puppy before? I can see the appeal, it is ever so clever. Listen to this, the little canine responds to gestures, voice, sounds and even lights. In fact this clever little robot toy has over one hundred interactive features. That is impressive. Not sure even I have that many!

Now the downside, it still barks, whimpers and ...ahem, shares it's feelings with it's expressive eyes.  This Teksta Puppy comes with a ball and a bone, so that you can include them in play.

Reserve and collect your Teksta Pink Robotic Puppy from your local Argos store to save on delivery costs, or pay the £3.95 of you need it sent to your front door.

Gift Packs For Expectant Mums

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 22 September, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Gift Packs For Expectant MumsEmma's Diary has been around for many years, but if you didn't know about it - I didn't with my first - you wont have benefited from it. However, expected mums can receive three gift packs from Emma's Diary.

What you have to do, is register with Emma's Diary on the link above. Log in to the website, and download the gift pack voucher, and then go to Argos or Boots to collect your free gift pack.  Included in the gift pack are £200 worth of Argos vouchers too.

There are three packs to pick up over the course of your pregnancy, in three stages. These are:

  1. Mum to Be Selections Gift Pack – in early pregnancy
  2. Bump to Baby Selections Gift Pack – from your 27th week
  3. New Family Selections Gift Pack – at baby's birth

When you sign up, you are also able to claim a free £15 photo book, and other freebies.

Thanks to Katiec1985 at HUKD

Free! Meningitis Checker App

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 22 September, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Free! Meningitis Checker App Apparently we're on the last day of Meningitis Awareness Week, and the Meningitis Research Foundation has released a free App to help parents recognize the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, along with providing details of your local A&E, latest news and, if you’re up to it a selection of fundraising challenges for you to choose from.

We're really lucky in Hampshire to have a free 111 service, that you can call at any time to get medical advice. This comes in really, really handy at 2am when your kids won't stop vomiting and you're not sure if you need to be worried or not. Unfortunately this is only a Hampshire based service, but if you have Meningitis concerns, it can be really useful to know what to look for!

The app ro the Meningitis Research Foundation includes the Bug Blast game, a virtual battle against bacteria.

Meningitis and septicaemia are life threatening diseases that can kill in hours, or leave survivors with potentially devastating after effects sometimes as severe as brain damage, amputations and epilepsy. The diseases can affect anyone of any age, but babies, young children, teenagers and young adults are most at risk.

At least if you download the app and have a browse, you'll know what to look for.

Halfords Essentials Group 3 Booster Seat £5 Or £9 For Two @ Halfords

by Nada in Deals on 22 September, 2014 at 11:16 am

Halfords Essentials Group 3 Booster Seat £5 Or £9 For Two @ Halfords

Do you need booster seats? Perhaps, just an extra one to keep in the boot for those odd occasions, like when you pick up your child and their friend from school? I own three of these, one for each of my Sons that are old enough and one spare for any friends of their's. These are MEGA cheap at Halfords, only £5. Needing more than one? Then even better, get 10% off automatically when you buy two or more, meaning they work out at just £4.50 each.

The Halfords Essentials Group 3 booster seat does offer protection itself, but it makes your little child the correct height to position the seat belt in the car properly, should there ever be an accident. They are moulded plastic with a red cushion on top for comfort. You would only use one of these once your child is four and up to the age of twelve, providing your child isn't up to the minimum height requirement by then.

To get your Halfords Essential Group 3 booster seat you can order it using the link above and then collect your order in your local store or get it delivered for only £2.99.

Thanks to ro1stav @ HUKD

Christmas Pyjamas 2 For £10 @ Mothercare

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 22 September, 2014 at 10:50 am

Christmas Pyjamas 2 For £10 @ Mothercare


It still feels a little early, really, but if you're going to be shopping for Christmas pyjamas, getting in there early with the two sets for £10 is pretty good value.

Yesterday I ran to town to pick up a few tubs for kids toys, and I was shocked at just how much Christmas stuff there is on the shelves. It's happened over night! Well, if you're getting ready now so you're free to just enjoy Christmas when it comes these pyjamas are quite sweet.

Available in sizes from 12 months to 7 years, you can mix and match styles and sizes so the whole family can get decked out in Christmas cheer - well, the kids, anyway.

There's a lovely little Snowman two-pack too, but that's £14 - £16.

UK delivery from Mothercare is £2.95, but you can click and collect in store for free.

Thanks to lauralou2014 at HUKD

50% Off Brands Like Sophie La Girafe, Trunki & Much More (With Code) @ Wauwaa

by Nada in Deals on 22 September, 2014 at 10:47 am

 50% Off Brands Like Sophie La Girafe, Trunki & Much More (With Code) @ Wauwaa

Wauwaa, indeed! Get over to their site as quick as your fingers can click. They sell premium baby. kids and maternity brands, at better prices then at most retailers. Now. I will warn you now, delivery is SLOW, but it is worth it. Bear in mind, some brands already have money off, then factor this in, 50% off your entire order with this voucher code hrPKT8Fx. Brands included are Sophie La Girafe, Trunki, Cloud B and many, many more.

If you like baby or children's clothes that are a bit different from what you can get on the High Street, then you really need to take a look. For example, get this Ben Sherman polo shirt* for only £4.75, when you use the voucher code. How about this?  French Connection girls' coat* for only £13.39.

You will have heard of the world famous Sophie La Girafe, then check out this set here*. It includes the original Sophie teether plus a very cute Lazare the Cat toy for only £10 when you use the voucher code hrPKT8Fx.

Take it from me, this Cloud B Tranquil Turtle* is worth the £40.95 price tag, but yours for only £20.49. Grab a Freida The Cow Trunki for only £20, with the voucher code.

There's certainly lots of bargains to be had, even when you include the delivery charge of £3.95, you are still getting great buys.

Click over to our vouchers section, where you can find extra discounts off of many popular retailers, including Wauwaa.

Electronic Red Lights And Sounds Childrens Kids Pretend Play Kitchen £34.99 Delivered @ eBay

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 22 September, 2014 at 9:46 am

Electronic Red Lights And Sounds Childrens Kids Pretend Play Kitchen £34.99 Delivered @ eBayVinsaniUK are selling an electronic play kitchen with lights and sounds for £34.99, down from £49.99. Delivery is free, so it's all yours for under £35.

Let your child be a little cook with the Intelligent Kitchen Play set, it comes with 36 kitchen accessories, allowing your child to be the cook of the day. The Kitchen play set releases real sounds, music and light, allowing you child to feel like the real cook. Helps develop your child’s imaginative, role play and social skills.

I really like that this kitchen comes with pots, pans, kettle and food accessories, so that you can play from the get go, without having to spend more money on accessories.

The kitchen is H 82cm x L 86cm x W 34cm which is fabulous for if two or more children want to play together. While I'm sure they'll find something to argue over, there's plenty of space for everyone to have a 'work surface'.