"Unsafe" Loom Bands Charms From The Entertainer Recalled

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 29 August, 2014 at 9:54 pm

"Unsafe" Loom Bands Charms From The Entertainer Recalled

This summer will go down in history as the Summer of Frozen and/or Loom Bands, as I'm sure most parents across the country are all too well aware, but now it's come to light that some of the Loom Band charms that adorn the bracelets are actually being withdrawn because they contain overly high levels of pthalates of the banned variety.

What's the problem with the recalled loom band charms?

In order to make plastic flexible, a chemical called phthalates is added. Within the EU producers are legally allowed to add 0.1%  phthalates to plastic, but about seven phthalates have been banned under EU legislation for being potentially damaging due to their carcinogenic - that's cancer causing - properties.

While Phthalates can be found in cosmetics, pharmaceutical drugs, carpets and loads of other 'every day' things, it's about the levels, and if it's under the 0.1% limit, it's generally considered 'safe'. The problem here is that these were tested by the Birmingham Assay Office and found to have from 1% to 40% pthalates!

Tester Marion Wilson said: "Phthalates will get into your system through sucking and obviously a charm hanging off a bracelet is a very high risk item, a thing most likely to suck just as you're fiddling with it.

Is it all loom band charms?

"Unsafe" Loom Bands Charms From The Entertainer Recalled

Apparently it's not all loom band charms, but the Birmingham Trading Standards are investigating various samples across the city as well as liaising with colleagues in other local authorities.  The packets that have been identified so far had foreign writing on them and the CE stamp indicating they were within European safety law.

The primary seller for these is The Entertainer, who have now made it their priority to withdraw these from sale.

A spokesperson for RMS International, which supplies the loom bands, said:

"We would like to reassure the public that loom bands are entirely safe and this only involves a number of PVC loom charms. Any concerned consumers should return their product to the retailer from where they were purchased."

RMS International which supplies these loom band charms also sells to Tesco, Asda and Argos, however, these stores do not stock the PVC charms which are under investigation.

What do you think about these loom band charms making it onto our market in the first place? Join the discussion on our Facebook page!

Frozen Backpack & Lunch Box £9.50 Free C&C @ The Entertainer

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 29 August, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Frozen Backpack & Lunch Box £9.50 Free C&C @ The EntertainerThe Entertainer are selling the Frozen Backpack and the Frozen lunch bag for £9.50. Actually, the Lunch Bag is currently reduced to £4, and the backpack for £6, but if you use the code KUV6GUA you'll get 5% off your order, bringing the lunchbag to £3.80 and the backpack to £5.70, or £9.50 together.

Delivery is £4.99 which is pretty hefty, so if you can get this delivered to a store near you for free, that would be a much better idea.

If - like me - you've not actually started on any 'back to school' shopping yet, this is a great opportunity to get started! The Frozen lunchbag and backpack due is £9.50 and with free click and collect it's a great offer!

Remember to use the code above to get your 5% off!

Thanks to dai70 at HUKD for the heads up they're back in stock!

15'x10' Posters £3.96 Delivered & 70% Off Other Sizes Too @ Snapfish

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 29 August, 2014 at 8:13 pm

15'x10' Posters £3.96 Delivered & 70% Off Other Sizes Too @ SnapfishSnapfish have huge discounts on posters, panels and canvases at the moment with varying money off vouchers. The best offer is for 70% off posters. There's £1.99 for delivery, but the best deal is for the 15'x10' posters reduced to £1.97, or £3.96 delivered.

Click here to go to Snapfish*

  • Discount: 70% off
  • Coupon Code: WALL70

Go to Snapfish, upload the image you want printed, and place your order. In the checkout, enter the coupon code and your basket price will be updated.

These codes are great for getting some early Christmas presents sorted, or for grandparents presents too! I'm thinking of one of these for a nice 'first day of school' picture, that we can then add to frame.

For these and other snapfish coupon codes see our voucher pages

Stupid stuff you say to your kids...

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Features on 29 August, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Stupid stuff you say to your kids...


We’ve all been there. Especially towards the end of the summer holidays or when you’re struggling to cope with early starts once the kids are back to school. One minute you’re exasperatedly trying to persuade your kids to do as you ask, and the next you’re uttering one of the ridiculous phrases that peppered your own childhood. It’s a parenting rite of passage that comes to us all. 

Here are five of the silliest things from my own childhood that I’ve heard myself say to my own kids this summer…

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Small Foot Company Pink Wooden Tea Set £16.06 Was £24.99 @ Amazon

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 29 August, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Small Foot Company Pink Wooden Tea Set £16.06 Was £24.99 @ Amazon

With a daughter about to have her first birthday, I am an absolute sucker for cute tea party sets and other suitable first birthday presents right now. So check out this utterly adorable wooden Small Foot Company tea set, on offer at Amazon right now for £16.06 instead of £24.99 - with free delivery, too!

I can't stress the importance of nabbing this RIGHT NOW if you're thinking of buying one though - at this price these are going to literally fly off the shelves and if you check back in half an hour I can pretty much guarantee that these will either be out of stock, or those cheeky dudes at Amazon will have popped the price back up, wise to the fact that they'll be flogging loads of them after we've told you about them!

The reviews are fab - check this out:

"My granddaughter aged 2 absolutely loves this and spends hours making us cups of tea with the teabags and offering cookies to go. A very sturdy construction and very pretty colours. Would absolutely recommend."

The only less-than-glowing review mentions the fact that it arrives in very basic packaging which the buyer didn't think was ideal for a birthday present - but frankly that wouldn't put me off at this price.

Get A Free Benefit Mini They're Real Push Up Liner For Your Old Eyeliner @ Boots

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 29 August, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Get A Free Benefit Mini They're Real Push Up Liner For Your Old Eyeliner @ Boots

If you're a fan of Benefit make-up (and frankly you'd be mad not to love it) then get to the Benefit counter at your nearest branch of Boots where you can swap ANY old eye liner for a free mini version of their brand new They're Real deluxe push-up eye liner - for two weeks only!

Given that I have a drawer full of old make-up, this seems like a particularly brilliant deal to me.

I can't find any info about this particular offer online at Boots but it's advertised on the Benefit Facebook page -  just pop to the Benefit counter at your local Boots branch with any old eyeliner and exchange for your shiny new freebie! Read about the Benefit They're Real push-up liner here.

Priced at £18.50 for the standard version, this liner certainly ain't cheap but then if you've ever sampled Benefit cosmetics you'll know that they're also particularly excellent quality. So getting a mini version of the new product in return for your manky old liner? Well that strikes me as pretty excellent.

With thanks to bap97 @ HUKD.

Beaba 3 In 1 Bottle Preparer £39.99 @ TK Maxx

by Nada in Deals on 29 August, 2014 at 11:28 am

Beaba 3 In 1 Bottle Preparer £39.99 @ TK Maxx

You will have seen the Tommee Tippee machine that makes baby bottles of milk to just the right temperature. You will also have seen how expensive they are. If you like the idea but not the price then check out this Beaba 3 in 1 bottle preparer for only £39.99, from TK Maxx. The RRP for this is £80.

This Beaba 3 in 1 bottle preparer makes bottles in ninety seconds flat. Bottles are made to thirty seven degrees, which is said to be the ideal temperature for a baby's bottle of milk. Not only does it prepare formula, but it warms bottles, food and sterilises. Why do I not have one of these? Seems like the machine to have.

It can be used using one hand, and has a self-cleaning function. Seriously, I need this in my life. It seems to be lots of things rolled into one, and that in itself could save lots of £££.

If you are in the Midlands then you may be lucky enough to be eligible for FREE collection of the Beaba 3 in 1 bottle preparer from your local TK Maxx, as they are trialling this. For the rest of the United Kingdom delivery is the only option at £3.99 or free when you spend £50 or more.

Thanks to Rachel on Facebook

Disney's Doc McStuffins Pyjamas £5.99 @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 29 August, 2014 at 11:08 am

Disney's Doc McStuffins Pyjamas £5.99 @ Argos

We know know you guys all love that adorable Disney character Doc McStuffins. You will be happy to see that Argos have reduced their Disney's Doc McStuffins from £9.99 to only £5.99. They were £6.99 somewhere in between, but now have that extra £1 off.

Dress up just like Doc McStuffins with these cute pyjamas. Complete with a white pyjama top, a Doc McStuffins headband and polka dot pyjama bottoms, your daughter can be just like the caring Disney character and play doctor with all her toys and dolls!

These are made of 100% cotton and are really a dress up outfit that's sleep compatible. These can be machine washed at forty degrees. For £5.99, you get pyjamas and a matching headband. Any little Doc McStuffins fan would be over the moon to receive a pair of these.

The Disney's Doc McStuffins pyjamas were available in all of the stores I checked across the United Kingdom. Theres four sizes to choose from: 18-24 months, 2-3, 3-4 and 4-5 years old.

Take advantage of Argos' free reserve and collect service and pick up your Doc McStuffins PJ's from your local store. If you would like them delivered to your home then it's at a cost of £3.95.

Quick! Body Shop Glitch Get LOADS For £6.49 Delivered (EXPIRED)

by Nada in Deals on 29 August, 2014 at 10:36 am

Quick! Body Shop Glitch Get LOADS For £6.49 Delivered (EXPIRED)

Right, be quick on this one. It's an absolute cracker of a glitch. Get a Love Your Body Card, Shower Gel, Body Polish, Body Mist and Brush On Radiance for only £6.49 DELIVERED Read carefully to how to do this....

Firstly sign in to or create a Body Shop account. Then go to the home page and select the 30% off and free goodies, add the Love Your Body card, body mist, body polish, body mist and brush on radiance but not the shower gel, as this will be added automatically. Put another two random items into your basket.

In your basket, enter GIFT into the promo code box. Remove both of the random items and proceed to checkout. VOILA! £6.49 delivered for a massive amount of lovely Body Shop goodies.

So in simple steps :

1.  Create/login to body Shop Account first before putting
     anything in your bag.
2.  Go to home page and click on box which says 30% off and 
     free goodies
3.  Add Love your body card, body mist, body polish and brush
     on radiance (do not add shower gel as this is automatically
4. Add two seprate random items (these will be removed later)
5. Go to bag and at GIFT in promo code box
6.  Remove first random item (items will now be shown as full
7.  Remove second random item (discounts will now appear)
8.  Proceed to checkout

There's lots of different scents of the items mentioned so quit hanging around and get filling those baskets!

Check out our vouchers section for promo codes like this and lots more.

Huge thanks to Janey00 @ HUKD


Childrens Footwear from £2.99 Plus 5% Off (With Code) @ Halfcost

by Nada in Deals on 29 August, 2014 at 9:35 am

Childrens Footwear from £2.99 Plus 5% Off (With Code) @ Halfcost

Buying the kids shoes is a costly affair, but it's a must. Here's a deal to make footwear shopping purse friendly. Halfcost is one of those sites where really good bargains crop up. They even do brand names of shoe like Puma and Skechers. Starting from £2.99, you can't afford not to take a look. They are offering free postage and packaging when you spend over £5 until the end of August. Use code FF15 at the checkout and get 5% off.

For only £2.99, Halfcost are selling boys' black Fila Trainers. That is impressive, seriously what can you get for £2.99 these days? Right, so we are expecting them to be made out of cheap materials. WRONG! These are leather, REAL leather. I know, I can't believe it either. Sizes 3 and 4 are available, which is adult size.

Halfcost have the cutest little girls' Puma trainers for only £7.99. They are a very simple pink and white design, but are absolutely adorable. Available in a size 5 and 5.5.

My boys have been bought Skechers trainers by their Granny Blondie a fair few times, over the years. I can hand on heart say that they last. They are very tough on their shoes as well. Half Cost are selling Skechers boys trainers in red/black and camo colours. The camo ones are only £5.99 in a size 4 or 5. The black and red are £6.99 and only on offer in a size 4.

If you adore Hello Kitty, then you are certainly in luck. There's three very different pairs on offer at Halfcost. The first pair are the Snowdrop trainers, pink and black and very cute. These have size 6 in stock, and cost £4.99. The Hello Kitty Bohemian shoe is girly, and made out of shiny patent material. These are also only available in size 6 and are £4.99. The third pair is the Hello Kitty Wagtail, which is like a cute, black school shoe, for £5.99.

The wet weather is a daily occurrence, where I am now. Make sure you grab a pair of wellys now. If your child is a size 12, 13 or a 2 then there's some Moshi Monster ones for only £2.99.  If you have a daughter who happens to be a size 7 then, check out this pair of floral ones for £2.99, here*

Delivery is free when you spend over £5, so if your order is just under then you can add on cheap items from the Halfcost £1 shop, which can be found here*

Why not check out our vouchers section, where you can find codes like FF15 and much more.

Disney Characters Available To Help Get Little Ones To Bed

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 28 August, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Disney Characters Available To Help Get Little Ones To BedIf you have trouble getting your little ones to bed at night, Disney may have a little help for you. There's a new service launched this week whereby you can send a text to Disney and the character of your choice will ring you back and give your little one a 'go to sleep now' message. Disney's aim is apparently to help families get back in the swing of 'back to school'.

What you're getting is basically a recorded message, but when we tried it with my four year old earlier she was over the moon and thought it was the best thing ever.

How does it work? 

Well, to get a beloved character to call you, all you have to do is text either:

  • Mickey
  • Minnie
  • Cinderella
  • Jake

to 78000

A few seconds later you will receive a call with a message telling you to hand the phone to your child.

10 seconds will pass, and an automated message will start playing, telling the children to brush their teeth, and snuggle up in bed, before a message from 'a special friend of ours' starts playing.

It's really sweet and the kids love it!

How much does it cost

Your regular network fee will apply, but the service and the call back itself is free for up to 10 000 calls till the end of September.

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QUECHUA 3-in-1 Jacket £3.99 C&C @ Decathlon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 28 August, 2014 at 9:56 pm

QUECHUA 3-in-1 Jacket £3.99 C&C @ DecathlonDecathlon have an amazing offer on Quechua jackets, down from £22.99 to £3.99, and there's free click and collect if there's a store near you. If not, home delivery is £3.99, which still makes this jacket cost £7.98.

So what makes these three in one?

Well, the waterproof outer is just that, but it also has a removable inner fleece and the whole thing can be converted into a simple gilet in a matter of minutes.

Reviews on them are great too, saying they're properly waterproof and perfect for the price.

The purple is currently available in 12 months and 4 years, while the blue is available in 12 months, 18 months and 2 years. Grab it while there's stock. It's a brilliant price!

Thanks to Emma from Facebook

Osaga Tim B-2 Casual Trainers £8 @ Brantano

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 28 August, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Osaga Tim B-2 Casual Trainers £8 @ BrantanoBrantano are selling Osaga Tim B-2 Casual Trainers for £8, down from £16 with the code Deal7. They are still £16 at Amazon. Delivery is £2.95, but you can have it delivered to your nearest Brantano store for free collection.

Available in kids sizes 10 - 2, these trainers are reduced for one week only.

They are synthetic in material and have a fabric inner. They also have Velcro closures which I love for kids as they make getting themselves ready so much easier!

Not every rainy day calls for boots or wellies, so these are nice for keeping the toes warm and the kids active.

Make sure you remember to use the code - there's are a few different ones in the offer of the week, so check them out, and if you're in the market for more from Brantano, it's always worth checking to see what's available in our Brantano vouchers section.

Disney Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Boys' Pyjamas £4.99 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 28 August, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Disney Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Boys' Pyjamas £4.99 @ ArgosArgos is selling the Disney Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Boys Payjamas set for £4.99, reduced from £7.99. It's available for home delivery, but you'll have to pay for that, or you can pick it up from your Argos. I've checked the sizes at a few post codes and far as I can tell they're in good stock.

For fans of the whole 'to infinity and beyond' thing, these Buzz Lightyear pyjamas would be brilliant.  The reviews on them are good, and the parents seem to rate them as well as the kids do.

The detail on the top glows in the dark, and they're 100% cotton, which is fabulous. They are also machine washable at 40C.

These are available in ages 18 months to 5 years, and for under £5, they're a great gift, or just fun pyjamas or fancy dress.

Thanks to masesmum28 at HUKD

Chuggington Play Zone Fun Days @ (Selected) The Entertainer Store

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 28 August, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Chuggington Play Zone Fun Days @ (Selected) The Entertainer StoreChuggington and The Entertainer have teamed up to provide hours of action-packed fun for children across a number of UK shopping centres. Chuggington fans will be able to discover a world of traintastic adventures at the Chuggington StackTrack Play Zones.

Play Zones will tour:

  • 30th August - Harlow
  • 6th September – Newbury
  • 13th September – Barnsley
  • 20th September - Bexleyheath
  • 27th September – Cardiff
  • 4th October - Uxbridge
  • 11th October - Livingston

The Play Zone will run for the duration of each shopping centre’s opening hours within a close proximity to The Entertainer store and children will have the chance to engage with the huge range of Chuggington StackTrack toys stocked by the store. Families will also have the chance to win prizes and get scribbling with Chuggington themed activity and colouring sheets.

You will be able to collect free Chuggington Collector Posters from The Entertainer when you hand in vouchers from the Play Zone and there'll be a free Leaf Covered Brewster engine when you spend £10.

Fisher Price Baby's First Blocks £7.49 Was £12.99 @ Amazon

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 28 August, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Fisher Price Baby's First Blocks £7.49 Was £12.99 @ Amazon

Amazon has dropped the price on the Fisher Price Baby's First Blocks playset. Normally £12.99 at Amazon, it's now down to £7.49, saving you over a fiver.

If you're a prime customer you'll get free delivery and if not you still will if you spend £10 or more -  so it might be worth adding a little extra something to your basket.

My youngest isn't far off her first birthday and I keep thinking that I *must* remember to invest in a shape sorter for her - my younger children loved theirs at this age, and were kept entertained for ages as they worked out which blocks fitted into which shapes. There's also scope for teaching colours with this one. too. And it looks pretty portable, so great for taking to the grandparents' house or to wherever else your adventures take you.

Katie Price Reveals Baby Girl's 'Temporary' Name

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Celebaby on 28 August, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Katie Price Reveals Baby Girl's 'Temporary' Name

Katie Price You Gossip

Mother of five Katie Price has apparently given a 'temporary' name to her newest addition - a little girl born on the 4th of August - because she and husband Kieran can't decide on what to call her.

The Daily Mail reports:

"Katie - who has children Harvey, 12, from her relationship with Dwight Yorke and Junior, nine, and Princess Tiaamii, seven, from her marriage to Peter Andre - has admitted she still hasn't chosen a name for her newborn baby girl."

"The 36-year-old star and her husband Kieran Hayler have compiled a shortlist of their three favourite 'unusual' names, but are waiting until they register the birth to decide."

In her column for Now magazine, Katie writes that the couple have nicknamed their baby girl 'Runner Bean' because they can't decide on their favourite name from a short list of three possible names!

“We’ve even looked at combining all three but that doesn’t work, and we might have to save one in case we have another baby girl in the future. And yes, they’re all unusual names,” writes Katie.

She reckons that with an older sister called Princess, the new tot can't be saddled with a conventional moniker.

So any ideas on what Runner Bean's real name will be...? Place your bets now! I reckon Arendelle could be in with a chance... 

Yogurtini Cher Pear & John Lemon £7.49 Each @ Asda Direct

by Nada in Deals on 28 August, 2014 at 11:05 am

Yogurtini Cher Pear & John Lemon £7.49 Each @ Asda Direct

Do you remember Strawberry Shortcake dolls? What about Cabbage Patch Kids? Yes? Well, firstly, that means you are old (don't worry I am too) and secondly, these Yogurtini dolls are a 21st century fusion of the two. Asda Direct have these two fairly new versions of the doll, Cher Pear and John Lemon, for only £7.49. These are selling elsewhere for around the £15 mark, each.

These Yogurtini dolls are chubby and supposedly cute, in the same beady eyed way that Cabbage Patch Kids were. In other words, flaming hideous. I was a child of the 80's and I owned a Cabbage Patch Kid and loved her just like your wee one will love his or her Yogurtini. They are scented sweetly depending on which flavour they are.

The legs, arms and head are all moveable and you really need to see the packaging these come in. A little, see-through yogurt pot with the doll sitting in the middle. These would make lovely gifts for birthdays of even for Christmas. Each doll comes with an outfit and a pacifyer (dummy).

Why not take advantage of Asda's free collection service in your local store to save those extra pounds. If delivery is a must then it is at a cost of £3.

Fireman Sam Jupiter Drive & Steer Toy £17.66 Delivered @ Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 28 August, 2014 at 10:31 am

Fireman Sam Jupiter Drive & Steer Toy £17.66 Delivered @ Amazon

If you LOVE Fireman Sam, then you need to have a look at the amazing price Amazon have this Fireman Sam Jupiter Drive & Steer toy. They are offering it for only £17.66 with FREE DELIVERY. This costs £24.99 at Tesco Direct, Argos and Toys R Us, and that's without postage included. What are you waiting for?

This Fireman Sam remote controlled fire engine comes with a steering wheel to navigate Jupiter with. It can be manoeuvred back and forth, and directed with the turn of the wheel. If there is an emergency then worry not, the turbo mode can be activated along with a siren. If you don't fancy hearing the Fireman Sam theme tune fifty times in a row then all you have to do is press the mute button. Why don't all toys have this?

It is suitable for children aged one and a half and above. Toys like this are great for improving hand eye coordination in little ones. Be prepared for furniture to be bashed because my eight year old still manages to do this with every remote controlled toy he uses.

The Fireman Sam Jupiter Drive & Steer toy requires a mammoth eight AA batteries so don't forget to stock up on these before it arrives, or you will have one very disappointed child on your hands.

Clarks Boys' Zayne Smooth Boots £20 @ John Lewis

by Nada in Deals on 28 August, 2014 at 9:59 am

Clarks Boys' Zayne Smooth Boots £20 @ John Lewis

We love Clarks, and you guys love Clarks, so here's a great Clarks offer. These were £42 originally and were reduced to £21, now they are only £20. Good for you John Lewis, we just can't get enough of these better than half price Clarks goodies.

These Clarks boys' Zayne Smooth Boots have a leather upper and a fairly chunky rubber sole. If you still need to purchase those new school shoes then these are certainly a viable option. We all want shoes/boots to last longer than one term, and I am sure a lot of you will agree that Clarks shoes do tend to last longer than most. These boots are available is sizes three to five and a half (including half sizes), in F & G fittings.

Boots are always a good option at this time of year. Urgh! You should see the weather here, it's piddling down with rain. Do I want to give my sons wellies to go to school in? Nope! I do want them to have dry feet though, so leather boots like these are ideal for crappy weather.

Clarks have devised a method to measure your child's feet at home, you can see this by clicking here. Alternatively, John Lewis do offer an instore free foot measuring service.

These Clarks Zayne Smooth boots can be collected for free from you local John Lewis or Waitrose store. Delivery is an option at £3.