Little Tikes Garden Cottage £49.99 @ Argos

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 31 July, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Little Tikes Garden Cottage £49.99 @ Argos

Originally £199.99, then £99.99, this is now half price again at £49.99. It’s home delivery only, so add that £8.95 to your total and it’s £58.94 delivered.

£200 may be a little steep, indeed ambitious on the part of Argos but at under £60 delivered this looks a good buy.

It’s described on Argos as

The Little Tike Garden Cottage playhouse is a miniature house of their very own. Kids will love the vivid colours and easy-fit conservatory extension. This inviting cottage style playhouse provides little ones the ideal place to play games and role-play.

Comes with a dutch door and shutters and also features a great easy-fit extension and measures H190, W104, D130cm.

No reviews that I can see to go on but at this price and it being Little Tikes, I think it’s worth the gamble.

What about you?

Thanks to onredbull @ HUKD!

Meet Your Favourite Characters @ The Entertainer This Summer

by Karen McGinn in Misc on 31 July, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Meet Your Favourite Characters @ The Entertainer This Summer

If you think your little one would enjoy meeting characters like The Minions, Poppet, characters from Power Rangers or Star Wars, check the link and see who’s coming to an Entertainer near you and when.

There’s lots of different locations and different dates with more being added all the time, hopefully there’s one near you!

Playmobil Nursery School £12.99 Was £29.99 @ Argos

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 31 July, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Playmobil Nursery School £12.99 Was £29.99 @ Argos

If you pop over to Argos right now you can pick up the Playmobil nursery school for just £12.99, reduced from £29.99.

Be warned; it's out of stock for delivery and stock levels are a little bit sketchy for collecting in store but if you're prepared to travel to your second or third nearest store you should be able to get your mitts on one. I've checked several variations of postcodes in different areas nearby and I can definitely find one within a reasonable travelling distance, given that it's half price.

I wouldn't usually be prepared to go to such great lengths to pick up a toy bargain but Playmobil is one of the few play items that I'd make an exception for; it's excellent quality, kids never tire of it, it resells at a brilliant price and it's rare to find a set on sale at half price. It's a really good sized set too - lots of bang for your buck, so well worth a bit of effort to snap one up, in my view.

This set includes the Playmobil teacher, 3 students and lots of other play accessories including a swing, a seesaw, a rocking horse and a sand castle slide.

With thanks to amh81 @ HUKD.

Free Craft Activities Every Friday For Kids @ Asda

by Karen McGinn in Freebies on 31 July, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Free Craft Activities Every Friday For Kids @ Asda

So I was in Asda last night grabbing some shopping, as you do, and heard a tannoy announcement stating that this Friday and for the next two Fridays Asda stores would be running free craft activities in store for the kids.

I checked online and found the link below. They are advertised as “Kids’ Fun Fridays” but to me the dates look a lot like Saturdays in August. I got in touch with Asda who confirmed these are indeed Friday activities, so guess, date wise, we can shave a day off the ones advertised below.

Running from 10am to 4pm this Friday will be Badge Making, next Friday will be Magic Modelling and the last Friday will be Face Painting.

The kids also get to take home what they’ve made and Asda will also be handing out free activity packs too.

It looks like it will be in most Asda stores but best to check yourself with your local before making a special trip.

Think you’ll take the kids along to this?

 

Celebaby: Peter Andre Buys Fiancee Eternity Ring... But Is It A Push Present?

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Celebaby on 31 July, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Celebaby: Peter Andre Buys Fiancee Eternity Ring... But Is It A Push Present?

Have you ever heard of a 'push' present? I hadn't, until my husband surprised me with a gift after I gave birth to our first baby, and a friend of mine described it as a push present - a gift bestowed on a new mum by her partner as some sort of thank you for bringing a baby into the world.

My push present was decidedly less glam than the average celebrity mum's though - a gorgeous pair of leather knee-high boots which I tried on when I was pregnant but, depressingly, couldn't zip up over my puffy pregnant ankles! I was delighted with my pressie and my husband scored major brownie points for the thoughtful gift, but personally I hate thinking of it as a 'push' present - I didn't need a gift-wrapped incentive to give birth to our baby, and while being spoiled a little bit after enduring labour is lovely, the idea of 'earning' a gift because you've given birth just kinda creeps me out a bit.

Anyway, I wonder if new mum Emily MacDonagh thinks of the eternity ring which fiancé Peter Andre recently gave her as a push present?!

Emily and Peter welcomed baby Amelia into the world six months ago, and Peter surprised his baby mama with the blinging gift for their wedding anniversary.

Peter took to Twitter to show off the sparkler, writing:

"Wanted to show you ems belated anniversary present. Eternity ring :))))"

Aw.

So what about you? Did you get a 'push' present from your other half after giving birth?!

Chad Valley Pink Kitchen Playset £9.99 @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 31 July, 2014 at 11:38 am

Chad Valley Pink Kitchen Playset £9.99 @ Argos

Argos are selling the Chad Valley pink kitchen playset for only £9.99 just now. It was originally £19.99, then was slashed in price down to £10.99 before becoming its current price.

This pink kitchen playset, made by Chad Valley, is a role play toy with features galore. The oven door opens, the toast pops up out of the toaster and there’s cooking sound effects. There’s even a sink for those dishes that will need done after your child has cooked you up a storm.

Chad Valley have included fifteen accessories with this kitchen set, like crockery, utensils and pans. Which means that although this is only £9.99, it contains everything required to fire up your child’s imagination.

Suitable for ages one and a half and over, which means there’s no tiny bits to be picking up. This is quite compact for a play kitchen, so suitable if your child’s bedroom/playroom has a limited amount of space.

This would make an affordable Christmas present, or a nice add on for someone’s birthday.

Reserve and collect the Chad Valley pink kitchen playset for free from your local Argos store or pay £3.95 to have it delivered to your front door.

Thanks to sanro @ HUKD

Anna Fancy Dress, Cutlery, Frozen Cushion & More @ Asda George

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 31 July, 2014 at 11:10 am

Anna Fancy Dress, Cutlery, Frozen Cushion & More @ Asda George

 

I'm not sure there's much (anything!) that hasn't been said about the film Frozen. It's taken the world by storm since it hit UK cinemas in December but that has only increased since the release of the DVD this Spring. While things seem to be more plentiful of late you do still have to be quick to grab them when they come into stock online.

The Anna dress is available in all sizes at the minute which are 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8. The smaller sizes are both £12.50, while 7-8 is £13.50. the cutlery sets are £3/£4 and the Frozen Cushion is £7.

You can collect for free from an Asda near you or opt for home delivery for an extra £2.95.

Minnie Mouse CuddleUpPet £7.56 (with code) @ Debenhams

by Nada in Deals on 31 July, 2014 at 11:09 am

Minnie Mouse CuddleUpPet £7.56 (with code) @ Debenhams

Heard of CuddleUpPets? Debenhams have the Minnie Mouse one of these for £8.40 in their sale. They reckon it had an original price of £28, but these sell for a much more realistic £19.99 elsewhere.

By using promotion code FV39 at the checkout you will receive a further 10% off this sale price, making this toy only £7.56.

They are a fusion of a puppet and a soft blanket. A soft toy that can function as a cosy cover for them. It has a bit for your child to stick their hand inside, so they can use as a proper puppet.

Children love anything they can snuggle into. My boys have lots of different cuddly blankets and toys. They just love them, I really fail to see the appeal, but they adore them.

With this being suitable from one and a half years old, these would make a great comfort toy/blanket for your little one. The only thing is I can’t see this being machine washable, but I might be wrong.

Collect your Minnie Mouse CuddleUpPet from your local Debenhams for free or pay £3.95 to have it delivered.

For this Debenhams promotion code and lots more then why not check out our vouchers section?

Thanks to mummyk123 @ HUKD

Boots Newborn Wide Necked Starter Set £1.67 @ Boots.com

by Nada in Deals on 31 July, 2014 at 10:21 am

Boots Newborn Wide Necked Starter Set £1.67 @ Boots.com

Be quick! Boots.com have the Boots newborn wide neck starter set for only £1.67 just now. This was originally £6.69, so that’s an impressive saving.

What’s in the Boots newborn starter set? Well, it really has the essentials, two wide neck 250ml bottles, two wide neck 90ml bottles, bottle brush and two extra teats (medium flow). The bottles included all have slow flow teats on them to accommodate your tiny one.

These can of course be used with formula or if you are expressing breast milk then these are suitable for that too.

Not a bad price at all for such a package. Take it from me, you do not need hundreds of bottles, so this would be an adequate start for baby feeding equipment. With them being wide neck they are much easier to clean.

Boots.com are also selling a cold water steriliser for only £2.51 with an original price of £10.04. This uses the old fashioned method of sterilising tablets or fluid. I know a fair few parents that still favour sterilising in this way.

You can collect the Boots newborn starter set and/or cold water steriliser for £1.95 from your local Boots store (free with a £20 or more spend) or pay £2.95 for delivery.

Boots Microwave Steam Steriliser £3.01 @ Boots.com

by Nada in Deals on 31 July, 2014 at 9:52 am

Boots Microwave Steam Steriliser £3.01 @ Boots.com

If you are on the lookout for an affordable steam steriliser then, today is your lucky day. Boots.com have a massive £9.04 off of the Boots Microwave Steam Steriliser, making it only £3.01.

The Boots Microwave Steriliser uses steam to make your baby’s bottles germ free. This can be used to sterilise breast pumps and can easily hold four wide neck bottles. From reading the reviews on Boots.com about this item, it seems like it can accommodate most brands of bottles.

It is compact so that it is easy to travel with. It’s fast and has equipment sterile in under ten minutes. With the built in steam vent, it allows excess steam to be released during sterilisation to prevent scalding when you open it.

If you are in need of a steriliser for at home, for Gran’s house or for going on holiday then this is worth a look. At £3.01, you will struggle to find one cheaper.

I wouldn’t hang about as this will sell fast. If you want it then get it in that basket and get it bought.

You can collect the Boots Microwave Steam Steriliser from your local Boots store for £1.95 (free is spending £20 or over) or have it delivered for £2.95.

Elsa Sparkle Doll, Anna Doll & The Frozen Figurine Set Back In Stock @ The Disney Store

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 31 July, 2014 at 9:09 am

Elsa Sparkle Doll, Anna Doll & The Frozen Figurine Set Back In Stock @ The Disney Store

The dolls are £15 each and the Figurine Set is £12.50. It's worth noting that if you spend £10 you get an Olaf Beach Towel* for £7.99 (usual selling price is £15)

The dolls:- Elsa especially goes out of stock very quickly when she appears online with the classic Anna not far behind. These are the Barbie style hard bodied dolls and cost £15 each. The Figurine set includes Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven, Hans and Kristoff and are 7cm to 9cm high. These are priced at £29.99 at Toys R Us but are never in stock and haven’t been for months. I love these ones though, we have them and they’re the truest to the characters in the film in my opinion.

You know the prices, the only real thing to add is that delivery from The Disney Store costs £4.95 unless you spend over £50, then it’s free.

Move quickly to grab these folks!

Milestone Baby Cards £12.99 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 30 July, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Milestone Baby Cards £12.99 @ AmazonThe Milestone Baby Cards at Amazon aren't on sale or reduced, but they're a cool new product and if I was about to have my babies I'd be all over it. The Milestone Baby Cards are £12.99 delivered.

In a thumbs up to the modern 'selfie' culture, these baby milestone cards give you a prop to put in pictures with your baby when you're photographing their milestones.

With the Milestone Baby Cards, you can capture your baby, the milestone and the date in one image.

The Milestone Baby Cards is a set of 30 illustrated cards in a gift box. The day your baby has a milestone moment, you take the matching Milestone Card, write the date on it, and take a picture of your baby.

This way, you will never forget the day your baby rolled over for the first time, ate solid food or said their first word - and  I know that with your first you think you'll remember the date forever, but you really wont, I promise!

The Milestone Baby Cards are made in The Netherlands on eco friendly certified paper and a special printing ink based 100% on vegetable oils, so non-toxic if it happens to land in a mouth too.

I think it's a perfect gift for any expecting or new parent. I know I'd have loved them!

Novi Stars Supa Nova Doll £4.99 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 30 July, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Novi Stars Supa Nova Doll £4.99 @ Argos

The Novi Stars Supa Nova Dolls at Argos are currently £4.99, which is down from the £19.99 RRP but in actual fact is about half the price you'll find them elsewhere. If you need them delivered you'll pay an extra £3.95 so it's ideal if you can pick them up in store.

So, these dolls are a bit weird, but they're also a little cool. My daughter has one with see-through legs, Anne Arctic, and she thinks it's brilliant.

There seems to be two you could end up with from Argos. There's Vera Tabray who is £11.99 on Amazon. She has wings that flutter and comes with her own pet. She also has three eyes, and glittery lashes.

They also have Mimi Merize who is £14.97 at Amazon, a mysterious alien with special hypnotizing eyes - just press her antenna to make them spin. 

It's one of those luck of the draw girls, but I'm sure if you go to collect you could specify which one you'd prefer!

Bestway Kiddie Play Centre Bouncy Castle £22.50 @ Very

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 30 July, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Bestway Kiddie Play Centre Bouncy Castle £22.50 @ Very

I would have said this was a pretty decent buy at £45 but it’s now half price at just £22.50 and you can have it delivered to a store local to you using the Collect+ service for free or opt for home delivery for an additional £3.95. Don’t forget to check out those Very Treats too, add code 4JRN4 in the promo box at checkout and you’ll get a 100ml Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Argan Oil Cream for FREE.

It’s described on Very as :

Bestway kiddie play Bouncy Castle centre is an action packed inflatable adventure for children. Picture a mini bouncy castle, featuring 6 split inflatable rings and a ball mounted on an inflatable pole; Kids can have hours of fun playing with the multitude of features included with this play centre.

Whether playing games of hoops with the split rings or having a bounce on the inflatable base, the kiddie play centre is ideal for inflating in the garden and setting up at kids' parties!

It has very mixed reviews, some people loved it while others didn’t seem so keen, have a read and then decide. I think at £22.50 your expectations may be slightly different than at full price? Personally although it states from age 6, to my mind this is for much younger kids.

There’s a few other decent prices on Very at the minute too, the pink Little Tikes First Slide* is £22, and  that’s also available in blue here*  while the Jumping Tube Bouncer Bouncy Castle* is also £22.50.

Don’t forget to add that code 4JRN4 in the promo box at checkout for your Very treat either.

What do you think?

Personalised Holiday Post Cards £1.49 Delivered @ Funky Pigeon

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

Personalised Holiday Post Cards £1.49 Delivered @ Funky PigeonFunky Pigeon are offering personalised post cards, delivered to your recipient for £1.49. What makes this different to the norm, is that you can download the app before you set off on holiday, snap a picture on the beach, edit the details and send - no searching for post cards, no hunting around for stamps or a post office - just enjoying your holiday, easy peasy.

If you click on this bottom link, you'll see it takes you to a bunch of pre-designed cards. You can click on any of those and then choose to add your own picture to it, so you can personalise everything down to the font and layout too.

If you download the app (the first link) you'll be able to do it all straight from your phone.

I love the idea of being able to send a personalised photo - the kids in front of the Eiffel Tower, us all in the blue waters of Dubrovnik - and it not costing much more (less, perhaps!) than a postcard plus stamp home, and taking no time off our travels at all.

Philips Avent Glow-In-The-Dark Night-Time Soothers £2.40 Add-On Item Was £4.90

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 30 July, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Philips Avent Glow-In-The-Dark Night-Time Soothers £2.40 Add-On Item Was £4.90

Philips Avent Glow-In-The-Dark Night-Time Soothers are an add-on item at Amazon right now. Priced at just £2.40 instead of £4.90, you can get them at this price when you buy at least £10 of eligible items, or if you buy at least five packs (the maximum number you can order) so that your basket total amounts to at least £10.

Click here to check out this deal at Amazon*

These Avent glow in the dark soothers are one of my personal 'must have' recommendations for new mums and dads. I know most of us say we'd prefer not to use dummies / pacifiers / soothers but as a mum of three, I'm long enough in the tooth to know that what you say about motherhood before you give birth doesn't always line up with what you do once your baby actually arrives - especially in the name of getting a bit of precious shut-eye.

My third child has used a dummy at night-time since her first night on the planet, so suffice it to say that the discovery of glow in the dark dummies pretty much saved our sanity. They put an end to those torturous nights of feeling around in the dark trying to locate the missing dummy.

They're BPA-free, have snap-on protective teats to keep them hygienic when not it use, and have orthodontic teats.

With thanks to nic0000 @HUKD

Mickey Mouse Fly 'N Slide Clubhouse £12.95 Was £29.99 @ Amazon

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 30 July, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Mickey Mouse Fly 'N Slide Clubhouse £12.95 Was £29.99 @ Amazon

How do you fancy more than £17 off the Mickey Mouse Fly 'n Slide Clubhouse? Hop over to Amazon right away if that sounds good, where you can nab one for just £12.95 instead of the normal price of £29.99, while stocks last.

Suitable for children aged from 6 months to 3 years, this is one of those toys that really seems to capture little imaginations, and keeps them occupied for ages.

It comes with two figures - Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, of course - which makes it a good toy for siblings to share or for keeping playmates happy on a play date.

The carry handle on top of the clubhouse makes it super-portable so it's great for taking to a friend's house, round to Granny's, or even on holiday! I think what really appeals about this item is all the little bits to fiddle with - there's a working trap door and a slide which you can pop Minnie and Mickey down, plus a detachable plane that can they can use to fly off on further adventures.

And as ever with Amazon purchases over £10, delivery will be free! Nice.

That's another item stashed away for Christmas!

With thanks to nic0000 @HUKD.

Mum Brains vs Dad Brains

by Lucy Sweet in Features on 30 July, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Mum Brains vs Dad Brains

Mothers have a very different mindset to fathers, don’t they? Very, VERY different.

This is how it works, as far as I can tell. Mothers have been told by society to take the burden of everyday nurturing. So we worry about everything from haircuts to whether shoes fit properly. We rush around washing and tidying things and wondering whether everyone’s getting their five a day or whether their development is stunted. We over-analyse our parenting and beat ourselves up for not being able to finish a sent—OMG WHAT IS THAT STAIN?

Dads, however, have a rather more relaxed attitude to parenting. Society has told them that as long as they come out of the pub five minutes before the birth and don’t drop the baby on the coffee table, they’re automatically in the top 10% of the best Dads in the Universe.

So Dads - who are great, by the way – do fatherhood however the hell they like. They throw their children into the air, merrily bashing their head off the ceiling. They take them out half dressed with toast crusts embedded into their hair. They fall asleep in front of the telly while their toddler does electric socket maintenance with a pair of kitchen scissors.

And somehow, mysteriously, it all works out fine. Nobody gets hurt, and everyone has a good time.

Now, of course, I know that every household is different. Some dads are get-up-and-go hygiene fiends, who can make a packed lunch and recite the Gruffalo while relaxed Mum lies in a bath strewn with rose petals, smoking a cigar. But let’s face it, most of the time, Mum’s gone to Iceland and she’s contemplating knocking herself out with a value pack of frozen burgers to end the burden of responsibility for 2 glorious, concussed minutes.

Here are just a few areas in which Mum attitudes and Dad attitudes differ. Feel free to add your own while glaring forcefully at your partner.

Click here to read more...

Moshi Monsters Children in Need Collectables Tin 99p (Was £9.99) @ Argos

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 30 July, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Moshi Monsters Children in Need Collectables Tin 99p (Was £9.99) @ Argos

Looks like plenty of stock around for this one, although that will no doubt change very quickly. It’s not available for home delivery.

So what do you get for your 99p here? You get 8 spotty moshlings and a limited edition collectors tin to keep them in.

The reviews are all glowing and indeed most are 5 star, as parents we probably know what we’re getting here but just for reference a typical review reads :

My 8yr old son brought this with his Christmas money and was very pleased with it. He is a Moshi Monsters fan and liked the added interest of them being Children in Need design. Although they are only small plastic figures, they can provide fun and imaginative play. My 4yr old daughter has also enjoyed them. Having the tin is also helpful for storage.

Ideal small gift for the kids, to put away for party bags or last minute party invites or even stocking fillers? Never too early really is it?

Thanks to Raz6 @ HUKD!

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Microwave Steriliser £9.71 @ Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 30 July, 2014 at 11:12 am

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Microwave Steriliser £9.71 @ Amazon

We have had a few Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature deals of late but not featuring the microwave steriliser. At Amazon just now you can pick up one for only £9.71. That is a super price as they are £15 at Asda and a whopping £26.99 at Argos.

A steriliser is one of those must have items for when you have a baby. Even when breastfeeding, if you choose to express, the breast pump and bottles must be sterile to prevent gastro illnesses. The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature range is a firm favourite of mine. As someone who combination fed my little baby, Daniel, I highly recommend their products.

If you don’t fancy using an electric steam steriliser then this would make a great alternative. They are very portable, so if you are lucky enough to get a child free night and baby is at your parents then you can take that along.

It holds four bottles and only takes an impressive four to eight minutes (dependant of microwave wattage) to sterilise. The bottles stay sterile for twenty four hours if unopened.

Along with the Tommee Tippee microwave steriliser, you get one closer to nature 150ml bottle, teat tongs and a dummy.

I realise this falls just short of the Amazon free delivery threshold of £10, so why not grab some Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature fast flow teats for only £1.75.

Thanks to Manda on Facebook