Heads Up! The Sainsbury's Up To Half Price Toy Sale Starts THIS WEEK!

by Nada in Deals on 20 October, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Heads Up! The Sainsbury's Up To Half Price Toy Sale Starts THIS WEEK!

We have it on good authority that the Up to Half Price Toy Sale starts this week. We have nothing concrete about what day it starts but my buddy in Sainsbury's reckons it is Wednesday and that MOST items INSTORE will be half price. Not everything of course will have the full 50% off, and if we go by recent years, you are better off nipping to your biggest nearest Sainsbury's store. When sales like this are online, you are battling with a lot of internet traffic to get that must have item.

Our guess, and it's only a guess, that toys like Barbie, Nerf, Peppa Pig and Mega Bloks will have the full 50% off but more popular items like Disney Frozen will have the bare minimum off. We hope we are wrong, and I know it's hard to believe but sometimes we are.

Sainsbury's Toy Sale normally lasts a week, but all the toys go first so be aware of that. What I am hoping for is that for once they will include a console or at least console games in it. Their sale tends to be a lot better than the other supermarkets and we are looking forward to it. Keep your eyes peeled on the blog, as we will share anything else we find out about this toy event ASAP.

Free Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns

by Nada in Freebies on 20 October, 2014 at 11:41 am

Free Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns

It's that time of year when we bombard the supermarkets for all things orange and black. Last year, we left it a bit late and ended up with some rather scabby, greenish pumpkins to carve. Every year I see Halloween growing in this country, and I LOVE it! It's yet another thing that delights the children. Sitting down to do pumpkin carving with your children is fun, providing they don't ruin your intricate design of a bat fasting on a fair maidens neck.

Get a helping hand and have the best Jack O'Lanterns with these FREE Pumpkin Carving Stencils that we have found for you. There's a few different sites offering them, all with different themes.

Fresh Family Meals are offering the chance to download some really cool children's character ones, here. Over two hundred in fact so you are sure to find one to please.

More spooky ones can be downloaded from Zombie Pumpkins, here and Orange and Black Pumpkins, here. For Disney themed ones, the best places are: Mommy Musings, here and Parentinginkky, here.

Pumpkin stencils are FREE from The Spreadit.com, over here, and UK site Party Delights.

Thank you to Goonertilidie @ HUKD

Xbox 360 500GB Special Edition Blue Bundle £179.99 @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 20 October, 2014 at 11:03 am

Xbox 360 500GB Special Edition Blue Bundle £179.99 @ Argos

A lot of you may be looking for an Xbox One, however if like me your children aren't very old, then you may wish to buy them the Xbox 360. It is one of the most successful gaming consoles of all time. My boys have one between them but the fighting is unreal, I am on the lookout for a second one and this is just the ticket. It's has 500GB storage and a special edition in the colour blue for just £179.99. This includes two games FREE but please check the age restrictions on these before allowing your children to play them. By the looks of it, it is sixteen years old.

The Xbox 360 may have a brand new brother console but he is in no way as popular yet, and there's still longevity in this one. You get one month FREE of Xbox Live, you will need this as it links your children up with others and they just love to scream and shout with their mates, I can assure you of that. The two games included are Toys Solders and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. You also get one controller and one headset.

Reserve and collect the Xbox 360 500GB Special Edition Blue Bundle from your local Argos for FREE or pay £3.95 for delivery. Argos are giving away a £10 voucher when you spend £100 or more, so you should also get one of those with your purchase.

Thanks to xrach14x @ HUKD

Mega Bloks Tiny N Tuff Race N Chase Rig £11 Delivered @ Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 20 October, 2014 at 10:33 am

Mega Bloks Tiny N Tuff Race N Chase Rig £11 Delivered @ Amazon

The Mega Bloks Tiny N Tuff Race N Chase Rig would cost you £29.99 at Toys R Us and Boots.com, go to Debenhams and it's £33!! Amazon have matched the price of it in the Tesco Toy Event, here* but you don't get the FREE Super Saver delivery, which is always a big PLUS in my eyes.

We had posted this before, but it was not this cheap. This really is great bargain, and here's why... the semi-truck is completely loadable and you get two race cars to ride on it. Flip the handle and the rig can morph into a ramp. Think of the fun the kids can have with that.

It's suitable from twelve months, as it doesn't have any small pieces to worry about. It's not some tiny little toy either, it's rather big for a little person and looks tremendous value for it's £11 price tag.

Mega Bloks are a favourite for many parents of young children, they are affordable and great construction toys. Especially as that first building toy buy.  Whether it's for Christmas or a birthday, this will be a gift that the kids will just love.

LeapFrog Scribble & Write £10 Delivered @ Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 20 October, 2014 at 9:42 am

LeapFrog Scribble & Write £10 Delivered @ Amazon

The LeapFrog Scribble & Write costs just £10 with FREE Super Saver delivery, when bought from Amazon. Get it elsewhere and you can expect to pay much more. It's £19.99 at Argos, £19.99 at Smyths and £18.89 from Tesco. As you can see, this is really a great price.

LeapFrog are renowned for their interactive, educational toys. This Scribble & Write device is not any different, it is really one of those toys that will benefit your little one no end.

It comes with a stylus so that your little one can learn to form and write letters of the alphabet and number 0-9. It's suitable for ages three to four and I think this would really help bring on the learning of numbers and writing skills. With three different modes, that are easy to flick through, your child can learn numbers or letters and work to their ability level.

The reviews online are really super for this toy, and at £10 I quite fancy buying one myself. My boys drive me crazy with their writing so maybe bringing them back to basics will help them.

Halloween Dracula Dress-Up Costume £3 @ F&F

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 19 October, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Halloween Dracula Dress-Up Costume £3 @ F&FF&F @ Tesco are selling this Dracula Dress-up costume for just £3, and while delivery will cost you £3.95, you still have plenty time to click & collect for free.  Tesco have been reducing fancy dress items here and there over the last few weeks, but a lot of it seems to have been in store only, so it's great to find some in stock, online and half price.

If you're heading out trick or treating this Halloween, you'll find a few treats at Tesco right now. At the moment they have the Dracula cape with an integrated waistcoat and Dracula mask for the complete scarer-look.

This item 'slips on', so it will be easy to get on and off and it's still available in 4 sizes for ages 3 - 10. At the moment there seems to be good stock on all sizes.

There's a question on the HUKD thread about the quality of these, and as one comment responded, it's really for one night, and costs £3, so it should last just fine, and any extra use is a bonus.

Thanks to devil109 at HUKD

Marvel Readers Collection 15-Book Slipcase £14.99 Delivered @ The Book People

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 19 October, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Marvel Readers Collection 15-Book Slipcase £14.99 Delivered @ The Book PeopleThe Book People  is selling the Marvel Readers Collection of 15 books for £14.99, and if you use the code SPEND10 you'll get free delivery too. If you buy a few more items and go over £15 or £20 you can also use the codes WINGS or AFLEMON for 10% off your order.

I love books that are all about encouraging young people to read, and this is just such a set, as it's designed with early readers in mind. It contains facts, stats and artwork that's age-appropriate for children aged 5 and over, and is bright, bold and engaging.

Superhero fans will be fascinated as they learn how Peter Parker developed his powers to become the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, discover the story of the X-Men, meet the Fantastic Four and the Avengers - the Earth's mightiest heroes.

Titles in this collection include The X-Men School, Spider-Man Worst Enemies, Spider-Man The Amazing Story, Meet the X-Men,  Greatest Battles, Amazing Powers, Spider-Man Amazing Powers, X-Men How It All Began, Fantastic Four Evil Adversaries , The Story of Spider-Man, Fantastic Four The World's Greatest Superteam, Avengers Assemble, The World's Mightiest Super Hero Team, Iron Man Friends and Enemies, The Rise of Iron Man.

Personally, I think these would be super party bag fillers!

Thanks to edandhen at HUKD

Peppa Pig On The Go Playset £20 @ ASDA

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 19 October, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Peppa Pig On The Go Playset £20 @ ASDAASDA are selling the Peppa Pig On The Go Playset for £20 reduced from £40. The set includes the Roundabout and Train as standard, but you will also received either the slide or car, but you don't seem to be able to choose.

For a pig this little girl has a lot of fans, I'm not even sure why! The playset gives you lots of play activities and opportunities and little ones should love them.

Peppa is a loveable, cheeky little piggy who lives with her little brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa’s favourite things include playing games, dressing up, days out and jumping in muddy puddles. Her adventures always end happily with loud snorts of laughter

Grandpa's Train is a free-wheeling train that doesn't require any batteries, and the roundabout moves too. It does connect to other Peppa Pig Playground playsets too, which is great for a build your own playground.

The Push and Go car is also free-wheeling and doesn't include batteries either.

The play set includes Peppa Pig, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig, Rebecca Rabbit and Mummy Rabbit, Suzie Sheep and Mummy Sheep, so it's a lot of toy for your money.

Thanks to lazyhead at HUKD

The Elf On The Shelf Presents An Elf's Story DVD £2.99 Delivered @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 19 October, 2014 at 12:36 pm

The Elf On The Shelf Presents An Elf's Story DVD £2.99 Delivered @ Argos

The Elf on the Shelf is one of the most requested items that we get on PlayPennies. If the whole Elf moving around your house, freaks you way too much, then you might like this. Argos have The Elf on the Shelf presents An Elf Story DVD for just £2.99. Plus you get FREE delivery.

This is such a good buy for those rainy days leading up to Christmas. I love sitting watching festive cartoons and films with my children, it really gets you in the spirit.

It would also make a really cheap but fantastic stocking filler. The Elf on the Shelf was virtually unheard of until recent years, and it has really took off. I don't know if this DVD follows the Elf on the Shelf story but it has been created by the same people who brought you the Christmas tale and toy.

An Elf Story only lasts approximately 23 minutes, which makes it ideal for little people who cannot sit still. This would be ace for Christmas Eve viewing as it would really get the kids excited!

Order yours now from Argos to benefit from FREE delivery!

My Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Taste-alike Traybake!

by Nada in Misc on 19 October, 2014 at 11:50 am

My Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Taste-alike Traybake!

There's two traybakes that I make on a regular basis, my Reese's Peanut Butter Taste-alike one and one we call Diabetes slice. This one is my particular favourite because I am American sweetie daft. Luckily, they are easier to get hold of now than ever before in the UK, but they are expensive. If you too have a passion for those salty sweet treats then, you will go daft for this recipe.

For the yummy peanuty centre:

  • 400g icing sugar
  • 400g smooth peanut butter
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 100g fine brown sugar

For the sweet chocolatey top:

  • 400g of milk chocolate ( I prefer Galaxy, but it's up to you)
  • One tablespoon of butter

This is so very easy to make. bung all of your peanut butter filling ingredients in a bowl and mix together. You will eventually have it into a smooth paste. Have a cheeky taste.....heaven or what?

Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper and pat down your peanuty mix into the bottom of each tray. I like to then stick mine into the fridge for 15 minutes, but you don't have to.

Melt your chocolate, I use the glass bowl over the pan of water technique as I use cheap chocolate and it burns very easily in the microwave. Don't forget to melt your butter into this too. Once melted, smear across the tops of your filling.

This is the hardest part of the whole recipe, put them straight into the fridge to cool down and set. I like to score mine when it's semi-set so it's easy to cut into squares. This recipe can be halved to make one tray, but I always make the two because it is ADDICTIVE!

Trust me it's yummy! Not suitable for those with nut allergies though as it contains lots of nuts. Psst....don't give it to children either as it is far too good for them!

Flip Balance Bike £22 (Was £70) @ eBay

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 19 October, 2014 at 11:00 am

Flip Balance Bike £22 (Was £70) @ eBay

For this weekend only you can get your hands on a Flip Balance Bike for just £22.00, down from the original price of £70 over at Kates Skates on eBay. Postage is free, too!

These seem like just the ticket if you know a little someone special who is hoping for some wheels from Santa this Christmas.

These balance bikes come in a range of different colours - pink, black, white or purple - and are suitable for children aged from 2 to 5 years old. The seat height is fully adjustable - there are three different settings to choose from, so it should 'grow' with your child for a fair while - and the steel frame is powder coated and lightweight, plus it has soft grip handles.

These fold away easily with just one click too, which is ideal if you'll be popping it in and out of a smallish car boot or if you're a bit tight for storage space, and it even comes with a two year warranty.

With thanks to Torivb1 @ HUKD.

#Glitch Two Fisher Price Little People Sets For Just £14 @ Very

by Nada in Deals on 19 October, 2014 at 10:49 am

#Glitch Two Fisher Price Little People Sets For Just £14 @ Very

Right folks, you need to be mega quick on this one. Buy the Fisher Price Little People Farm Market and the Little People Playground together and get them for just £14. They have been reduced at Very from £25 down to £12 EACH, plus they are included in the two for £40 deal, so an extra £10 is taken off at the checkout. TWO FISHER PRICE LITTLE PEOPLE PLAY SETS FOR £14!!!

The Fisher Price Little People Playground set comes with two figures, Sofie and Koby, with six fun activities. This set is suitable for children aged one year and over.

The Fisher Price Little People Farm Market is my favourite, I like the whole "from field to market" motto so this is right up my street.

These are a great buy and you can bypass the £3.95 delivery charge by opting to collect your Little People order from your local Collect+ outlet.

I say this about any deals we post at Very, remember and pay by debit or credit card unless you DO wish to open a credit account.

Huge thanks to Jane over on our Facebook page.

Selected Pillow Pets £7.50 @ Tesco Direct

by Nada in Deals on 19 October, 2014 at 9:52 am

Selected Pillow Pets £7.50 @ Tesco Direct

At this time of year, kids love coming in from the cold into their warm homes. They like anything soft and cuddly, shape it into a pillow and an animal, then you are onto a winner. These Pillow Pets have been halved in price over at Tesco Direct, from £15 to £7.50. This is a good price, but I am not sure they are worth the £15.

The Pillow Pets that are reduced are the Bumble Bee*, Dog*, Unicorn*, Ladybird* and my absolute favourite, the gorgeous Penguin*. Whilst these Pillow Pets are essentially another cuddly toy, they do function quite well as a travel pillow. All of my boys have one, and they really do save aches and pains caused by sleeping in the car.

They are suitable from age three years and above. I will warn you, if your kids are like mine when they sleep these will get covered in drool frequently. Not sure they advise to machine wash them, but I just have to or they'd be fit for the bin by now.

Each Pillow Pet is extremely soft for little perfect faces to rest on. They fold easily and fasten by velcro. They are fine to bundle in the car, without a bother.

You can collect your Pillow Pet for FREE from your local Tesco store or pay £3 to have it delivered.

Galt Toys Fairy Craft Sets £3 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 18 October, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Galt Toys Fairy Craft Sets £3 @ AmazonAmazon have reduced the price of some of their Galt toys to just £3. Obviously unless you have Prime, you'll have to spend over £10 for free delivery, but these are such great gifts to have on hand for birthday parties or other impromptu gift occasions.

The Shrinking Fairy Set lets you make cool fairy charm jewellery by colouring in the fairy charm pictures with the pencils provided. You then pop them in the oven and watch them shrink into hard plastic charms - my kids love watching them!

The charms can then be mounted on to earrings, a ring or hairclips and more.

The Fairy Sewing Kit is an ideal first sewing kit. Using the kit you can make an owl bag, a toadstool purse and a butterfly notepad. The kit lets you stitch the parts together and decorate it with stick-on gems. Galt suggest this gift is suitable from 5 years old.

Personally I'm buying four of these to take me over the £10 limit, and give me three nice little gifts for the myriad of birthday parties my girlie gets invited to.

10 Christmas Books £10 Delivered @ The Book People

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 18 October, 2014 at 8:59 pm

10 Christmas Books £10 Delivered @ The Book PeopleHave you seen the pictures of 'book advent calendars' that go round every year? If you've ever wanted to set one up for Christmas, the 10 book set from The Book People is £10, plus £2.95 delivery. If you spend over £10 the code TREAT10 should still give you free delivery, and if you spend over £15, the code WINGS gives you 10% off. Finally, the code  SPEND10 gives you free delivery on a £10 shop, making it work just fine on this order!

The way the book advent works is simple - you wrap up each book with a number and every day of December, you open the book corresponding to the number. Last year we went a step further and also had an activity calendar to match, so if the kids in the Christmas story went ice skating, we also went ice skating. If they made gingerbread men, so did we. Obviously I knew what was coming in advance, so that I could plan and book in advance and so on, but it was a very magical experience for myself and the kids and I can't wait to do it again this year.

The books in this set are :

  • Silent Night - Juliet Groom, Tim Warnes
  • Lost in the Snow - Linda Jennings, Alison Edgson
  • One Magical Christmas - Alice Wood
  • The Best Christmas Ever! - Marni McGee, Gavin Scott
  • Little Penguin Lost - Tracey Corderoy, Gavin Scott
  • The Little White Owl - Tracey Corderoy, Jane Chapman
  • I've Seen Santa - David Bedford, Tim Warnes
  • Is it Christmas Yet? - Jane Chapman
  • Grumpy Badger's Christmas - Paul Bright, Jane Chapman
  • Christmas With You - Julian Hubery, Victoria Ball

You may have to get creative - especially with Silent Night! But hopefully you'll be well on your way to your Book advent!

Find this and other The Book People codes over on our voucher page!

Jude Law's The Daddy... For The Fifth Time

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Celebaby on 18 October, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Jude Law's The Daddy... For The Fifth Time

British actor Jude Law is going to become a father again - for the fifth time.

The 41 year old father of four confirmed the news via his spokesperson, who released a statement which said:

I can confirm that Jude Law and Catherine Harding are expecting a child together in the spring.

The expectant mother, who is thought to be approximately five months into her pregnancy, is a singer / songwriter who also goes by the name Cat Cavelli.

The Daily Mail reports that 23-year-old Catherine spent six weeks on holiday with Jude in the Czech Republic earlier this year. The baby "will be Law's fifth child, by three different partners" according to the Mail.

The statement issued by Jude's spokesperson also confirmed that the couple are no longer in a relationship but that they both remain "wholeheartedly committed" to raising their child.

Jude and ex-wife Sadie Frost have three children together; sons Rafferty (18) and Rudy (12) and daughter Iris (14). He also had another daughter in 2008 with US model Samantha Burke, with whom he was not in a relationship at the time of the child's birth.

In 2009 Jude said in an interview with Parade magazine that fatherhood had changed him and was "what counts" in life. Claiming that getting up at 7am to get breakfast for his children instead of sleeping until noon was "not so bad", he added that having a daughter had made him realise that "if there’s anything that’s going to make a man of you, it’s having your will broken by a little girl".

Little Tikes Large Car Carrier £24.99 (Was £49.99 @ Toys R Us)

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 18 October, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Little Tikes Large Car Carrier £24.99 (Was £49.99 @ Toys R Us)

We've blogged about the Little Tikes Large Car Carrier before - we're huge fans of it in our house, and it's one of the very few items that still gets played with a good five or six years after we first bought it. And it still looks like new. Right now at Toys R Us you can pick one up for £24.99 - that's half price in their Half Term ½ Price Sale - and while it's not the cheapest we've ever seen it, it's still a pretty decent saving.

This is a practically indestructible toy - my kids regularly sat on ours and even rode it around the garden and it's still going strong. It's the kind of toy that's great for playing with when friends come over too, as it comes with two cars which makes it ideal for sharing, and it's big enough for more than one kid to get to grips with it at the same time.

It would make a pretty impressive Christmas present I think - it's bigger than I imagined it would be, and also kept my kids entertained outside for ages in the summer too - great fun if you have a sandpit!

It's available for delivery at an additional cost of £4.95, or you can use the free Click and Collect service to pick yours up at your nearest branch of Toys R Us in just 20 minutes' time!

Iron man 3 Walkies Talkies £10.98 Delivered (Was £14.99) @ Big Red Warehouse

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 18 October, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Iron man 3 Walkies Talkies £10.98 Delivered (Was £14.99) @ Big Red Warehouse

A walkie talkie set is one of the most popular pressies my lads have ever been given - they've literally had hours of fun shouting obscenities at one other (followed by 'over') from different parts of the house - and this Iron Man Walkie Talkie set is just £6.99 at Big Red Warehouse right now, reduced from the original price of £14.99.

This deal is only available until the 24th October - perfect timing if you need to stock up on Christmas pressies or stocking fillers.

These walkie talkies are the shape of Iron Man's mask, and they come with a belt clip for added cool factor. They can be used inside or outside. They'll cover a range of 1,000 feet / 300 metres.

They're suitable for children ages three years and older, and they require 2 x 9V batteries.

Standard delivery is free with orders over £40, otherwise it's £3.99.

With thanks to hitch22 @HUKD.

Oball Biggie £2 (Was £4.25 ) @ Tesco Direct

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 18 October, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Oball Biggie £2 (Was £4.25 ) @ Tesco Direct

If you haven't yet come across the Oball Biggie baby toy, it's well worth checking out - and right now you can pick one up for just

This is one of those must-have baby toys that every mum I know has ended up buying once their baby has discovered one at playgroup or while at a friend's house. It's made from plastic which is super flexible and it's full of holes - 32 to be precise - so that it's really easy for even the tiniest of fingers to get to grips with.

It's also dishwasher safe which is a major bonus as it's such a popular toy that you can pretty much guarantee that it'll be drooled over by every baby that comes to visit.

You can have it delivered for £3.00 or order online and collect at your nearest store for free.

With thanks to mobjw @HUKD.

Big Sister & Little Sister Dolls £15 @ Asda Direct

by Nada in Deals on 18 October, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Big Sister & Little Sister Dolls £15 @ Asda Direct

Now I am going to be brutally honest and say that the big dolls in this set freaks me out to the core. However, whilst this deal might not appeal to me, it will to a lot of children out there. Not to mention, it's a great buy. Head over to Asda Direct and this duo set of dolls is now only £15. It was originally £50, so you are saving a whopping £35!

The Big Sister doll measures in at a huge 31" (approx 79cm) tall and the Little Sister doll is 15.5" (approx 40cm). That's plenty of doll for £15. You also get a comb, brush and mirror.

Theses sister dolls come in matching outfits, zebra print leggings, tutus and tops saying "Big Sister & Little Sister". I do like the concept of these dolls but I just can't warm to them at all. Although, saying that, I bet I would have absolutely loved them as a child.

Collect the Big Sister and the Little Sister dolls for FREE from your local Asda store or pay £2.95 and have them delivered to your front door.