65% Off Selected Stationery Plus Clubcard Boost @ Tesco Direct

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 29 July, 2015 at 9:45 pm

65% Off Selected Stationery Plus Clubcard Boost @ Tesco Direct

We already wrote about the Clubcard Boost where you can double up your Tesco Clubcard Vouchers to spend on school uniform. Well, the offer is also now on School Stationery, and included in it are some items that are 65% off!

There are just a few items in this offer, but all are big sets reduced down from £20 a pack to just £7 - and if you use the Clubcard Boost you can get a set for just £3.50 worth of points! That's a fantastic offer for Tesco customers, and will be a huge help with the back to school expenses.

You could get a 28 Pack of Sharpie Markers, a 72 piece BIC Colouring Set, a Staedtler New Stationery Collection with pens, pencils, highlighters and more. There are also two different Pukka Pads sets at the same price.

I can't see myself ever splashing out £20 on a pack of stationery for my sons to lose bit by bit, but £3.50 in points? Now that's a different matter entirely. (Although I will never trust them with permanent markers).

As usual, you can click and collect these items for free from any Tesco store, or home delivery will add an extra £3.

Thanks to cookie_monster28 @ HUKD

Up To 70% Off Emma Bunton Clothing - now from £3.29 @ Argos

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 29 July, 2015 at 8:51 pm

Up To 70% Off Emma Bunton Clothing - now from £3.29 @ Argos

Today there have been lots of price cuts on clothing and footwear at Argos, mostly to make way for the new catalogue items I think, as the reductions have been massive so they must want to clear this stuff out!

The Emma Bunton clothing range has has the prices slashed by up to 70%, and prices now start at just £3.29, with almost everything being under £5!

For £3.29 you can get a Pink Tutu Skirt, or for £3.99 you can get jumpers, jeggings, dresses, onesies and joggers. At £4.99 there is a selection of dresses, a pair of shoes at £4.29, and a hoodie for £5.99.

Stock is very hit and miss with some of these clothing items, much more so than I would normally be happy posting, but at these low prices I thought it was worth a go, and hopefully some of you will get lucky.

Kids' Summer Holiday Luggage Contains Gadgets Worth £1.9 Billion

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 29 July, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Kids' Summer Holiday Luggage Contains Gadgets Worth £1.9 Billion

The humble bucket and spade are on borrowed time, according to a new survey conducted by family gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble, which reveals that tablets and smartphones are today's travel essentials for kids.

The survey of 1,000 UK adults revealed that children aged 16 and under will pack £466 worth of gadgets in their holiday luggage, with six in 10 (60.4%) under 17s packing tablets worth £160 and smartphones worth £185, and almost half (49.3%) packing cameras worth £118. More than a quarter (26.6%) will pack a laptop or netbook.

Even the under sevens will take high-tech toys abroad, with their electronic baggage being worth an eye-watering £364 per child. Half of kids under seven (49.5%) will carry tablets worth £91 each, while more than a third (35.5%) will pack smartphones worth £106.

All this means the luggage of a family of four – based on two adults and two children under 17 – will contain gadgets worth £2,125 on their travels over the summer months.

More than half (51.7%) will rely on these to keep their brood distracted while travelling to their destinations, but four in 10 (40.2%) parents wouldn’t dream of flying long haul without a tablet or a smartphone for their kids aged under seven to play with. Interestingly, mums are far more likely (59.4%) to use technology as a distraction technique than dads (39.2%).

But our tech reliance doesn’t end at our holiday destination. UK children will spend an average of two hours per day playing with gadgets on holiday, while almost one in seven (13%) will spend more than four hours per day.

All of which begs the question; do you rely on gadgets to help keep your kids occupied while you're travelling and / or on holiday, or are you firmly of the view that holidays should be about family time, not screen time? We'd love to hear your views over on our Facebook page.

This Bugaboo Runner Ad Has Got A BIG Reaction

by Lisa Hayes in Misc on 29 July, 2015 at 7:46 pm

This Bugaboo Runner Ad Has Got A BIG Reaction

A few days ago Bugaboo published an interview on their website with 23 year old Dutch model and "avid runner" Ymre Stiekema on how she uses the buggy in her fitness routine. So far, so blah. But to publicise the interview they published the picture above on their Facebook page, and the proverbial hit the fan.

Most parents who check out the Bugaboo Facebook page were not amused, and they did not hold back in their comments. To summarise the arguments most were upset about the use of a model in a bikini to sell a buggy - not exactly the way most parents push their buggy around the park is it? Exactly who were Bugaboo aiming the product at with an ad like this? And why was she not dressed more appropriately for running? 

Some comments concerned the undue pressure this was putting on mums to snap back into shape after giving birth, and that this was another example of an image that did not represent parents.

Others decided to find the whole thing laughable and concentrated on how unrealistic the picture was - "I prefer running naked with my children" being one of the most amusing.

If you read the original interview here you can see that the product is aimed specifically at those who want to run with their child strapped into a buggy as part of their fitness regime, and that it's a fairly specialised product. The other pictures in the article show Ymre wearing running clothing using the buggy. Have Bugaboo just picked this particular picture as a way of generating interest and publicity, because they have certainly got an awful lot of people talking about them!

What do you think about this Bugaboo Runner promotional image? Let us know in the comments or over on our Facebook page.

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Compatible Cassette (3 Pack) £8.25 @ Amazon

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 29 July, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Compatible Cassette (3 Pack) £8.25 @ Amazon

Ok, so this isn't the most exciting deal in the world, but it if a great big 40% off so it's a great price, even if talking about dirty nappies doesn't float your boat.

The Tommee Tippee Sangenic Compatible Cassette 3 pack is down to just £8.25 at Amazon, and that's the best price I think I have ever seen. The cheapest I can recall is £9.99, so I think it's worth stocking up while they're cheap.

If you are in that early stage of changing baby's nappy every five minutes (or does it just seem that way?) then these bins can save a lot of hassle with nappy wrapping, and means that you can make one or two trips out to the bin rather than countless ones day and night!

The bins themselves can be bought for £11.99 including the first cassette*, and with refills working our at less than £3 each it's not a lot of money to spend for the time saved and the convenience.

If you are an Amazon Family member, or have taken out the free trial, then these are included in the Save £15 When You Spend £60* offer, and that will mean you get free delivery as well.

Dora The Explorer Dive & Swim Mermaid Doll £8.99 @ Argos

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 29 July, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Dora The Explorer Dive & Swim Mermaid Doll £8.99 @ Argos

Argos are selling the Dora The Explorer Dive and Swim Mermaid Doll for only £8.99, when most other stores are selling it for around twice this price. Whether this is an error or not we don't know, but the RRP is £21.99 so the Argos price is a brilliant and really low one.

This Diving Mermaid Dora can jump off the side of the bath and into the water, then she she turns on her back and swims. Push her fin against the bath wall and Dora will kick off and start swimming. Sounds like a lot of bath time fun for little Dora fans.

Although this Mermaid Dora is showing as out of stock for home delivery the stock levels in stores are looking very high, so you shouldn't have too much of a problem finding one to reserve.

Thanks to Kittykim364 @ HUKD

Barbie Doll's Wardrobe £5.61 (was £34.99!) @ Amazon

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 29 July, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Barbie Doll's Wardrobe £5.61 (was £34.99!) @ Amazon

This really is a fantastic price for this Barbie Doll's Wardrobe at Amazon, as the last time we featured it was at £9.96, and this is now the lowest price it has ever been! The RRP is a daft £34.99, and other stores are selling it for nearer £20, but you can get this Barbie Wardrobe for a teeny tiny £5.61 from Amazon!

There's no doll or clothes included with this - it's the Wardrobe itself along with 2 hanging bars for clothes, 6 coat hangers to keep things tidy, and a mirror which opens out to give extra storage space for shoes, bags and all those other fiddly little accessories that Barbie's like to collect.

Reviews are great, saying that girls love using it to arrange clothes and dress up Barbie, and one reviewer saying that it had stopped tears as a result of lost shoes!

Home delivery is free for Prime customers and for orders over £20, but even if you have to pay the £3.30 postage and packing it's a brilliant price. This is definitely worth grabbing one for birthdays or even for Christmas at this price!

Thanks to fernandojo @ HUKD

Fisher Price Woodsy Friends Baby Bouncer £28.66 @ Boots & Amazon

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 29 July, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Fisher Price Woodsy Friends Baby Bouncer £28.66 @ Boots & Amazon

The Fisher Price Woodsy Friends Baby Bouncer is the Boots Baby Offer Of The Week from today, with a third off the price. It's down from £42.99 to £28.66, and what's more Amazon have matched the price as well!

This baby bouncer is suitable from birth, and has a new design with a really deep seat that cocoons baby for extra comfort. There is a removable hanging toy bar with cute toys for baby to pay with, a three point harness to keep them safe, and soothing vibrations. The seat cover can also be removed for easy cleaning and is machine washable.

If you order this from boots you can click and collect for free and you will also get £2.86 worth of Clubcard Points if you are a Parenting Club member. If you order form Amazon then you get free home delivery, so you just need to work out which retailer is better for you.

The Fisher Price Woodsy Friends Baby Bouncer is  only this reduced price for one week from today, after which it will revert back to it's full price.

12 HOUR OFFER: 30% Off All Full Priced Styles PLUS Free Delivery (with code) @ GAP

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 29 July, 2015 at 1:55 pm

12 HOUR OFFER: 30% Off All Full Priced Styles PLUS Free Delivery (with code) @ GAP

You have 12 hours to take advantage of this fab offer from Gap, from when it started at midday to 11.59pm tonight! Just enter the code TIME4GAP at the checkout and you get 30% off all full-priced styles, plus you also get free delivery with no minimum spend!

Click here to shop @ Gap*

  • Discount: 30% Off full-priced styles, and free delivery.
  • Minimum Spend: None.
  • Expires: 11.59pm Wednesday 29th July 2015
  • Code: TIME4GAP

I love a good free delivery code without a minimum spend as it means you can only pick up the one or two bits that you really want. Is there just one Gap item that you love? Get it today with 30% off the price and no delivery to add on and that's is a cracking bargain.

You can even use this code on the brand new 'sneak peek' autumn collections, like this gorgeous Stampede One-Piece* baby girl's outfit, or this Pleated Deer Dress*. The new baby collections have so many beautiful things that I would find it hard to resist if I had a baby to buy for.

The voucher code will work on ALL full-price styles on site, for adults, babies and children, and also the online only Maternity range. You have to place your order today to get the discount and free delivery.

You can find this Gap Voucher Code along with lots of other money saving codes for loads of other retailers over in our voucher section.

Pretty Pink Ice Cream Maker £9.99 @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 29 July, 2015 at 11:58 am

Pretty Pink Ice Cream Maker £9.99 @ Argos

Mmmm ice cream! Just because the weather has been abysmal so far, this summer doesn't mean you have to miss out on the good stuff. Argos have reduced the Pretty Pink Ice Cream Maker from £24.99 to just £9.99. Even when the sun doesn't shine, you can enjoy your favourite flavour of ice cream. I am so tempted to buy one of these but I fear I would replace all of my meals with ice cream.

The Pretty Pink Ice Cream Maker comes complete with a Paddle and one litre Freeze Bowl. It's mains powered so it's a step up from those ice cream shakers you get for the same price.

I would say that this is aimed at kids, although please note that Argos have put an age recommendation of 12 years old on this. The review suggest the machine itself is fine but the instructions are rubbish.

For just under £10, I think you will get your money's worth out of this. It can come out on rainy days and it's something affordable and fun to do with the kids.

You can Reserve and Collect the Pretty Pink Ice Maker for FREE from an Argos near you or pay £3.95 to have it delivered to your door.

Peppa Pig Girls' Pink Toddle Canvas Trainers £3.49 @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 29 July, 2015 at 10:32 am

Peppa Pig Girls' Pink Toddle Canvas Trainers £3.49 @ Argos

In my home, we adore Peppa Pig. We are not alone, PP has to be one of the most popular Children's television programmes of our time. If you know a little Peppa Pig fan then make them smile with these Peppa Pig Girls' Pink Toddle Canvas Trainers. Sold by Argos, they are reduced from £6.99 to just £3.49. What a bargain!

The Peppa Pig Girls' Pink Toddle Canvas Trainers come in four different sizes. Size 6 appears to be extremely limited so if that's the size you need then you might be lucky and bag a pair. Sizes 7,8 and 9 seem to be plentiful across the UK though.

These little shoes are very pink and feature lovely Peppa Pig detailing. My particular favourite bits are those PP toe caps. Very cute indeed. If you are looking for nursery shoes or something for your little one to wear out to play, then these are a good buy.

Check out the reviews. These PP shoes have a 4.8 star rating so I say these are a super duper bargain at just £3.49.

You can Reserve and Collect the Peppa Pig Girls' Pink Toddle Canvas Trainers for FREE from an Argos store near you. They are available for home delivery at a cost of £3.95.

BIG Savings On Own Brand & Pampers Nappies @ Tesco Direct

by Nada in Deals on 29 July, 2015 at 9:54 am

BIG Savings On Own Brand & Pampers Nappies @ Tesco Direct

Needing nappies? Be quick and head on over to Tesco Direct where many own brand and Pampers nappies are reduced by as much as 50%. They are selling out fast as you can imagine, so be quick or miss out. It's not often you see those everyday baby essentials so cheap so make the most of it and stock up.

Here's a list of what you can get your hands on:

... and loads more!

You can Click and Collect your Nappies order for FREE from a Tesco store near you or pay £3 to have it delivered to your front door.

Thanks to chefy99 @ HUKD

 

Save Those Baby Wipes Packets! 70% Off Items With Johnson's Baby Points

by Nada in Deals on 29 July, 2015 at 9:34 am

Save Those Baby Wipes Packets! 70% Off Items With Johnson's Baby Points

I am sat here raging with myself right now. Why? I did NOT know that you can save up points off of the back of Johnson's Baby Wipes and redeem them for baby items. Think of all the Baby Wipes Packets I have turfed in the bin over the years. I would have been a flaming points millionaire.

If you already knew, or have stacks of baby wipes get them out and enter those points in. Johnson's Baby Club have 70% off some of the items that you can buy with points. Be quick though as these reductions are only for another two days as it ends on 31 July.

Here's some of what you can get your mitts on: 'That's Not My...Books' was 270 points now only 70, Personalised Hooded Baby Towel was 420 points now 110, Sophie La Girafe Teething Comforter was 360 points now 70 and Floatee Bathtime Book was 210 now 50.

Even if you won't be able to accrue enough points for this offer this time. It's an ongoing thing however, you will have to use more points for those baby items. Now you know that you can get those baby goodies just by entering the points of something you buy anyway.

To find out how many points you get per packet, click here.

Thanks to billbennett1 @ HUKD

Up To 40% Off Selected Playmobil Toys @ Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 29 July, 2015 at 9:09 am

Up To 40% Off Selected Playmobil Toys @ Amazon

Playmobil is another one of those toys that has stood the test of time. It's still as popular as when I was a nipper and I reckon that's because it's simple. There's nothing complicated about it and children can use their imagination when playing with the various play set scenarios. Amazon have up to 40% off selected Playmobil Toys, so you can pick up a brilliant bargain.

There are 18 different Playmobil Play Sets to choose from in this deal and there are some cracking prices. I really think that if you have a little one that digs this 'ever-so-slightly retro' toy then now's the time to stock up on gifts for upcoming birthdays and even Christmas.

Here are my top picks: Playmobil 5432: Summer Fun Camp Site* now only £33.17, Playmobil Princess 5419: My Secret Play Box Princess Castle* now £13.49, Playmobil 5265: Summer Fun Large Furnished Hotel* only £59.99, Playmobil 5230: Dinos Volcano with T-Rex* just £32.49 and Playmobil 5487: City Life Beauty Salon* only £12.

Delivery is FREE when you spend £20+ or if you have Amazon Prime. If you don't wish to spend that much or don't have AP then delivery is £3.30.

Roadsterz 6V Electric Ride On Quad £35 Delivered @ Halfords

by Nada in Deals on 29 July, 2015 at 8:41 am

Roadsterz 6V Electric Ride On Quad £35 Delivered @ Halfords

Wow! Electric Ride On Toys generally don't come cheap, that's why we have gotten all in a tizz over these Roadsterz 6v Electric Ride On Quads. They are sold at Halfords and are currently half price, meaning that you can get them for only £35. Now, that to me is a great price. To be honest £70 isn't unreasonable for these if we look at similar elsewhere. As it is over £30, delivery is FREE.

The Roadsterz 6v Electric Ride On Quad comes in a choice of two colours: Green/Blue and Pink. This cool Quad features easy grip handles and four chunky wheels to prevent tipping.

They are powered by a 6V rechargeable battery that should last up to 60 to 90 minutes of driving. Don't worry about your child going to fast as this Quad has a top speed of 3km per hour. Battery and charger included and charging should take any longer than 8 to 10 hours.

You can Click and Collect the Roadsterz 6v Electric Ride On Quad for FREE from Halfords if you don't want it delivered.

VTech Baby Toot Toot Driver Garage Just £29.74 @ Tesco Direct

by Becky Barratt in Deals on 28 July, 2015 at 8:55 pm

VTech Baby Toot Toot Driver Garage Just £29.74 @ Tesco Direct

I have been keeping my eye on this VTech Baby Toot Toot Driver Garage for a while now as it always seems so expensive at around £40-£45 most places and my daughter absolutely loves this at her friends house. I have just spotted it down to a much better price of £29.74 at Tesco Direct, as they are currently offering 15% off selected indoor and outdoor toys. Might have to put it aside for Christmas at that price!

This interactive garage includes a tow-truck, petrol station, turntable winding ramp, a lift and car wash. It also has an exit gate that has a sensor which recognises the vehicle. The garage is musical, lights up and says educational phrases. The other cars are sold seperately.

What I think is great about this VTech toot toot range is that you can slowly add to the collection, perfect for at Birthday's or at Christmas when everyone asks what they can get your little one/s, you can ask for another addition to the toot toot range. This way you don't end up with lots of presents that your children may not enjoy as much.

Tesco offer a FREE Click and Collect service to your local store or you can have the item delivered to your home from £3.00.

Children's Bike Workshops For 7-11 Year Old's @ Halfords

by Becky Barratt in Freebies on 28 July, 2015 at 8:17 pm

Children's Bike Workshops For 7-11 Year Old's @ Halfords

If your kid's are off out on their bikes more and more over the Summer holidays it's likely they will need the tyre's pumping and lots of other essential maintenance. Basically, more jobs for Mum and Dad! Think how great it would be if the kids learnt how to look after their own bike's maintenance. Well Halfords are currently running Kids' Bike Workshops as part of their Halfords Bike Club throughout July and August to teach children just that.

The workshop is for children aged 7-11 years and aims to teach them basic bike maintenance. The workshops will take place every Wednesday in July for Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Nothern Ireland. For England and Scotland they will also be held every Wednesday in August too. You will need to book your place on the workshop via the link above. There will also be a search option to see which Halfords are running these workshops closest to you. Enjoy!

McDonald's Employee Takes Her Baby To Work

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 28 July, 2015 at 7:48 pm

McDonald's Employee Takes Her Baby To Work

Most working parents have moments when their childcare arrangements fall through - that's all part of the juggling act of being a working parent. But if your childcare provider let you down at the last minute, would you consider simply turning up to work with your baby in tow?

That's what a McDonald's employee did, according to the Independent. The newspaper reports:

A baby was left sitting behind the counter of a McDonald’s while his mother served customers because his childminder had cancelled.

Jesse Wright, 22, from the university town, took a photo of the child when buying breakfast at the counter, the Sun reports.

Mr Wright added that staff were quick to remove the child, who appeared to be eating a McDonald's meal, once he was spotted taking the photograph.

The newspaper also reports that the mother was sent home, and that the staff team have been advised that bringing a baby into the kitchen was a "wholly unacceptable" scenario.

Sigh. I feel kind of sorry for the mum in question. Granted, her superior should probably have explained that bringing her baby into work wasn't a sensible option in the face of a childcare crisis, but at least she made the effort to fulfill her work commitments.

In case you ever find yourself in this position, try checking out Emergency Childcare, the nationwide emergency childcare service provider. They can help you book local emergency childcare - whether it’s a nursery place or an emergency nanny - with as little as 30 minutes notice.

What's your view on this? And what's the most drastic action you've resorted to as a working parent when your childcare plans fell through? Come and tell us on our Facebook page.

Children's Wellies From £2.99 @ Argos

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 28 July, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Children's Wellies From £2.99 @ Argos

Last week Nada told us about the children's footwear bargains to be had at Argos, and it looks as though they have taken note of the awful weather and added some great priced welly boots too.

You can get several different styles from just £2.99, and seeing as welly boots are needed all year round in this country it's a good idea to get some while they are at such a low price.

For £2.99 you can choose from yellow JCB boots* or blue Mr Tickle*. For £3.99 there is a choice of Minnie Mouse*, and Monster High* character boots, as well as basic blue* or pink* wellingtons for £4.99.

The sizes that these boots come in varies by style, and stock availability is very good on all of them, both for free reserve and collect and for home delivery.

Remember to use the drop down size box to select the size you need as each one has a different item number and separate page on the Argos website.

Send A Friend A FREE Weaning Gift Pack @ Organix

by Lisa Hayes in Freebies on 28 July, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Send A Friend A FREE Weaning Gift Pack @ Organix

If you are already signed up to Organix emails from previous promotions or freebies then you may have received this offer by email as I have. They are offering Free Weaning Gift Packs for a friend, including a weaning guide, a porridge sample, a spoon and more.

It's nice and simple to get the free pack. You just click the link above, sign in or sign up, and let them know who to send the pack too. It's basically a 'recommend a friend' scheme, so you do need to ask your friend before you give their details to Organix, but all they get is freebies, vouchers and info by post, and if they want to un-subscribe they can do so at any time, as can you.

As an expectant and new mum I was happy to grab all the samples and freebies I could, as they came in so handy for days out or to pop in your changing bag.

You can click here to find our freebies, samples and vouchers for new parents.