Minecraft Posters £1 @ The Entertainer

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 21 November, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Minecraft Posters £1 @ The Entertainer

I'm always on the look out for Minecraft deals as my 5 year old is currently as obsessed with the game as everyone else's kids, so I thought that this would make a great little stocking filler.

It's a new item on The Entertainer website, so there appears to be loads of stock around.

It's available for Free Click & Collect, but not for Home Delivery.

These are the smaller size posters, 50cm x 40cm, but for £1 they're still great value compared to the prices being charged for them elsewhere.

There are 2 designs available, and unfortunately you cannot specify which one will be reserved for you, but if your kids are anything like mine they will be happy with either...or preferably both!

My Little Pony Equestria Vehicle £7 @ Amazon/Tesco

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 November, 2014 at 10:01 pm

My Little Pony Equestria Vehicle £7 @ Amazon/TescoAmazon have reduced the price of the Equestria Vehicle from My Little Pony to just £7. If you have to pay for shipping, that's an extra £3.30, bringing it to a total of £10.30, which is still half the price of places like Smyths and Isme. It is also reduced at Tesco, and is £7 there too, but stock is quite low - there you do have the click and collect option though, or delivery is £3, so it's about whatever suits you best!

Fans of My Little Pony will know and love this vehicle, and they'd be sure to love playing with it and adding it to their collections.

The Equestria Girls favourite record-spinning superstar can cruise along in style in the DJ Pon-3 Rockin’ convertible vehicle. This sweet ride will take DJ Pon-3 to the Rainbow Rocks concert for the biggest Equestria Girls jam ever.

The windshield of the convertible looks like Pon-3’s glasses and can be detached and worn.

This Equestria vehicle with music-note design details has a DJ booth in the trunk and seats up to 2 Equestria Girls dolls.

Kids Converse £13.99 @ Office Shoes eBay

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 November, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Kids Converse £13.99 @ Office Shoes eBayHead to Office Shoes on eBay right now for these kids Converse shoes for just £13.99 reduced from £26.99 and with free delivery, it's a fantastic offer.

There are three pairs available right now, two styles of Double Tongue Ox, and the All Star Low Youth.

At the time of writing the Kids Converse Double Tongue Ox Low Kids 12+ Months Blue/pink Kids VH5 are available in sizes infant 2 -10 and kids 11 - 2 and all are in stock.

The Low Youth Mediterranean Turquoise Kids VH5 are available in kids sizes 11 - 2.

Go quickly - they'll sell out fast.

Thanks to robs at HUKD

Paw Patrol Toys In Stock Now @ The Entertainer

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 21 November, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Paw Patrol Toys In Stock Now @ The Entertainer

We told you about the Paw Patrol Toys that are coming into Smyths Toys* from December 5th last week, but The Entertainer has some available already!

As these are some of the most eagerly awaited toys this Christmas here's your chance to tick them off your list early.

Not all of them are showing as in stock yet, but the Rescue Racers are £6 each and the Paw Patrol Pup Pals Soft Toys are £10. The Construction Vehicle With Rubble and the Swat Car With Chase are £13 each.

The Talking Soft Toys and other sets are still listed as "Coming Soon", and you can set up a stock alert for those ones.

Luckily each of the characters are listed individually, so you know which character you are getting as opposed to just one of a selection.This means you can get your kid's favourite character,whether it's Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Skye, Zoomer, Rocky or Ryder!

Thanks to auntjudey01 @ HUKD

15% Off Toys @ Argos This Weekend

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 November, 2014 at 8:40 pm

15% Off Toys @ Argos This WeekendArgos have 15% off toys this weekend, so if there's something on your wish list, make sure you get over there. It looks as though this will be on top of any other offers, so it could amount to some pretty decent discounts. The sale starts tomorrow, and runs until Tuesday, and is apparently on all toys. You won't need a discount code but it will be automatically applied at checkout.

What's not clear is whether you'll be able to reserve today and get items at discounted prices tomorrow or not, but there's no harm in trying, then just starting over if the prices aren't reflected.

Computer games are not usually included in 'toys' but again, they may surprise us.

It's also worth noting that Argos' free £10 voucher when you spend £100, and £5 voucher when you spend £50 is back on too, so I'm crossing my fingers that this will work in conjunction too. There are also a few toys that currently have 50% off, so again - quite hoping those remain.

(If you're heading to Argos anyway, remember to take some of the kids' old toys for the Barnardo's toy exchange and you'll get a £5 voucher to spend on purchases of over £35 too.)

We'll know more tomorrow morning when the sale starts!

Thanks to rooney10 at HUKD

WOW Toys Advent Calendars £14.99 @ Amazon (Lightning Deal)

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 November, 2014 at 7:34 pm

WOW Toys Advent Calendars £14.99 @ Amazon (Lightning Deal)A few weeks ago Amazon's lightning deals included the WOW Toys Advent Calendars, and we realised many of us had never even seen them before, but we found they were particularly popular with especially parents with younger kids. Well, they're JUST live again on Lightning Deals and you will have a couple of hours  to nab them, if they don't sell out first. These calendars are reduced from £19.99 to £14.99

If you'd like to avoid sweets or dairy or whatever your reason, but your little one is too small for LEGO calendars, we think these WOW toys advent calendars are a great alternative.

Each day in the lead up to Christmas the calendars reveal a cute figure which can be matched with the numbers on the fold down play scene to make your very own Christmas world. I also love that these WOW Toys Advent Calendars are pretty unisex and both boys and girls will love collecting new toys.

The WOW Wonderland Advent Calendar contains 24 toys including 1 push-along police car as well as a fun-filled activity booklet. The Toy Town Calendar also has 24 toys including 1 push-along Santa car and a fun-filled calendar. These are designed for pre-school years and suitable for children aged 1 - 5 and in a bonus for this time of year, they require no batteries.

Why I Put My Partner First - Before The Kids...

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Features on 21 November, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Why I Put My Partner First - Before The Kids...

For most mums there comes a moment in your life - sometimes many of them - when your loyalties are momentarily divided and you’re forced to choose between the needs of your kids or those of your partner.

Hopefully not in a burning-building-which-one-will-you-save-first way - God forbid - but more a situation where you have to decide who to prioritise. If you’re forced to choose, whose needs come first?

Click here to read more...

Should New Mums Be Bribed to Breastfeed?

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 21 November, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Should New Mums Be Bribed to Breastfeed?

According to a news story in today's Telegraph newspaper, the NHS is planning to "bribe' new mums to breastfeed, in a bid to tackle the low rates of breastfeeding in parts of the UK.

The paper reports:

"Trials which offered women up to £200 in shopping vouchers if they breastfed their children found half of those offered the initiative signed up for it, and two thirds breastfed for six weeks."

"Now researchers have expanded the controversial experiment."

"More than 4,000 women will now be offered the scheme, which pays out £120 in vouchers for those who breastfeed for six weeks, rising to £200 for those who reach six months."

It's hoped if that offering vouchers for breastfeeding will significantly increase what an expert called "stubbornly low breastfeeding rates" and be a "cost effective use of UK public funds".

Call me naive, but I just can't see that slinging wads of cash at women who would otherwise choose not breastfeed is really all it takes to make them change their minds.

But if it does, then I don't mind admitting that I'm in favour of the plan. If that's what it takes to help persuade mums to breastfeed their babies, then I can't really see what the fuss is about. Yes, it would be lovely if more mums felt inclined to breastfeed without there having to be a financial incentive for doing so, but it's a decision that does require support.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on this. If you didn't breastfeed, would you have considered doing so in return for shopping vouchers which could be spent on nappies, baby clothes, groceries and other essentials for the family?

Or are you a mum who did breastfeed but feels that the scheme is in some way inappropriate? Let the debate begin...

Image credit: Flickr/Sergio Maistrello

The Elf on the Shelf Boy Light Doll with Book £17.77 Delivered @ The Book Depository (Expired)

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 21 November, 2014 at 2:25 pm

The Elf on the Shelf Boy Light Doll with Book £17.77 Delivered @ The Book Depository (Expired)

If my recent post about the good old Elf On The Shelf got you thinking that you quite fancy investing in your very own Elf this year, then check out this Elf On The Shelf Boy Doll and Book - the set is £17.77 from The Book Depository right now with free delivery.

Here's what Heidi had to say about this set a few weeks ago :

Obviously it's not exactly cheap but given that you'll be cracking this open every year until - God forbid - your kids are too old to believe in the Elf On A Shelf, it's pretty much an investment in their childhood. Kinda.

And heck, I can imagine this becoming something that takes pride of place among the most prized Christmas decorations forever - who says you have to pack it away just because your kids will eventually twig that *gasp* the Elf is not real.

Free delivery, too!

With thanks to jenmumof5 @HUKD.

Magnetic Christmas Advent Calendar £3 @ JoJo Maman Bebe

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 21 November, 2014 at 2:18 pm

 Magnetic Christmas Advent Calendar £3 @ JoJo Maman Bebe

It's nearly time to start opening those Advent Calendars, and as an alternative to chocolates how about this cute Magnetic Advent Calendar from JoJo Maman Bebe?

You can pop it on your fridge (make a space between the kids artwork and the shopping lists!) and each day you and your little ones can add a different Christmas themed magnet to the display. Soon you'll have a beautifully decorated Christmas Tree, which you can use year after year.

It was originally selling for £8, but the new £3 selling price makes this a bit of a bargain.

It measures 39cm by 29cm, and is unsuitable for under 3s because of the small magnets.

There is also a Christmas Tree Advent Chest* reduced down from £15 to £10, with little boxes for you to fill with mini goodies. I love Calendars like this as you can personalise what you put in them (Lego mini figures for my 5 year old would go down a treat) and you can re-use them every year.

As always with JoJo Maman Bebe all items ordered on the website have Free Standard UK Delivery, so they should be here in time for the Festive Season.

Fine Fragrance Spend £30 Get £10 Off @ Rakuten

by Nada in Deals on 21 November, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Fine Fragrance Spend £30 Get £10 Off @ Rakuten

I am actually in my element right now. Who doesn't love perfume, and let's face it Christmas is when we buy it the most. Get yourself over to Rakuten, where if you spend £30 or over on ANY Health or Beauty product then you get £10 off. Lots of stuff has FREE shipping too, which is what we like to see. To get the £10 off, just simply make sure you are signed in, head to the checkout and enter Rakuten voucher code BEAUTY10 into the box provided.

For the voucher code to work, you must spend £30 at ONE retailer only on the site, it doesn't work when you use multiple sellers.

Here's an example of what you can get:

That's just some of the items I have found over on Rakuten, at great prices. These ones ALL include FREE delivery .

Thanks to Jjubb84 @ HUKD

20% Off Selected Gift Cards @ Tesco

by Nada in Deals on 21 November, 2014 at 11:41 am

 

20% Off Selected Gift Cards @ Tesco

Not sure what to get the other half or some other pain in the butt, for Christmas? Head to your local Tesco where you can get a very impressive 20% discount on selected gift cards. The gift cards included are for New Look, Monsoon, Accessorize, Pizza Express and H&M. Spend £50+ and get 150 clubcard points TOO!

This offer ends on the 23rd November, but obviously the balance on the gift cards will be approximately 12 months etc. You can only get 20% off on the selected brands and you must make your purchase in store as the offer is not online.

Here's a wee tip for you: If you have some Christmas gifts to buy from H&M, then buy this month's Glamour magazine as there's a 20% off discount card in there. It's the issue with the Nails Inc polish FREE. This means you would get 20% off of any full price items PLUS the saving you have already made by buying the gift card from Tesco.

You don't even have to give them as gifts, if you know that you will be doing some Christmas shopping in any of these featured stores, then it's a no brainer to grab one of these gift cards to save yourself some money.

Thanks to bigblackbird @ HUKD

20% Off ALL Baby Clothing (With Code) @ H&M

by Nada in Deals on 21 November, 2014 at 11:01 am

20% Off ALL Baby Clothing (With Code) @ H&M

Wow, wow wow! H&M seriously have to stop with the deals! I get parcels every other day from them. You can keep Next because H&M are both trendy and dirt cheap. There is a fantastic choice of clothing for kids, and their baby selection is to die for. Enter the H&M offer code 2299 and get a whopping 20% off, meaning you get items for next to nothing. Plus it works on reduced baby clothing too!

I will let you into a little secret, if you like something on the H&M site, buy it there and then. Once stuff sells out you have little hope of getting it, and people sell it on dearer on eBay, than what they paid.

I have selected a few bargains to show you, and here they are: These Penguin Hat and Mittens Sets* are nothing short of adorable at just £4.79 each, the Tuxedo Jersey Bodysuit* is also £4.79 when you use the code, and is perfect for this time of year.

How cute is this Minnie Mouse Ears Hat and Bib Set* for £3.99? Or these Glitzy Ballet Shoes* for only £4.79?

Delivery from H&M can be quite slow, so be prepared, and it costs £3.90 for your entire order. There is no click and collect option, but a little birdie told me that they should be launching that at the start of next year.

Lammily: The Realistic Doll With Cellulite, Acne & Stretchmarks

by Nada in Misc on 21 November, 2014 at 10:30 am

Lammily: The Realistic Doll With Cellulite, Acne & Stretchmarks

Do you think that Barbie and other fashion dolls create unrealistic expectations of what a woman should look like? Some people blame Barbie for eating disorders and low self-esteem. What if we gave our daughters a doll that was perhaps a bit more realistic?

Meet Lammily, the doll with the average 19 year old's body proportions. She was created by Nickolay Lamm, an artist from the USA.  You may have seen the images of a "fat" Barbie circulating social media sites like Facebook over the last few months. This was the beginning for Nickolay, to design a doll that shows that "average is beautiful".

Lammily, has proved to be a global sensation, due to her true-to-life presentation. Her hair is much more like human hair, and less like fishing wire. Now, you can get transfers for the Lammily doll, of tattoos, cellulite, stretchmarks, acne and freckles.

Is this doll a much better example of the "average" body? Personally, I see nothing wrong with Barbie. After all, she is a doll. I loved my Barbie dolls, but never ever aspired to be like her.

Which would you rather give to your little girl, a Barbie or a Lammily? Do you think Barbie dolls attribute to body image pressure in teenagers?  We want to know what you think, join the discussion, over on our Facebook page.

Xbox One Plus FIVE Games £349.99 Delivered @ eBay Seller/Shop To

by Nada in Deals on 21 November, 2014 at 9:40 am

Xbox One Plus FIVE Games £349.99 Delivered @ eBay Seller/Shop To

If you are on the look out for an Xbox with a few games, then you are going to be all over this deal like a bad rash. This is a cracking offer, although I will point out that the games are aimed at teens not young children. For just £349.99, you can get yourself an Xbox One with FIVE games from eBay seller Shop To. Holy moly! The console on its own is £309.99 from Zavvi, and we all know how expensive games are!

Right, so what exactly do you get for the £349,99?

Xbox One console, Xbox One Wireless Controller, 500GB Hard Drive, Xbox One Chat Headset, HDMI cable, Power Supply ,MGS V: Ground Zeroes, Titanfall, Battlefield 4, Wolfenstein, Forza 5. Basically everything you need to be in gamer heaven!

I seriously cannot get over how good this price is, and by the way you also get FREE delivery. If this is for a child at Christmas and the games just are too grown up for them, then consider trading them in at CEX or Game and getting something child friendly.

Thanks to coolboy101 @ HUKD

Plum Padstow Wooden Role Play Kitchen with Accessories £50 @ Amazon/Asda

by Nada in Deals on 21 November, 2014 at 9:25 am

Plum Padstow Wooden Role Play Kitchen with Accessories £50 @ Amazon/Asda

You know us PlayPennies ladies like to please our followers. You guys are still screaming out for the likes of wooden play kitchens, so here's a beauty. Head over to over to Amazon or Asda and you can bag yourself this wonderful Plum Padstow Wooden Role Play Kitchen with Accesssories for only £50. It's normal price is just under the £130 mark, so this is crazy cheap for it. Plus buy it from Amazon and get it delivered for FREE with their Super Saver delivery. Very impressive!

I must admit, this is a pretty funky looking play kitchen. Made from responsibly sourced timber, and due to it's size it does require self-assembly.  The kitchen includes hobs with click and turn knobs, taps and a removable sink, clock with movable hands, oven, washing machine and storage hooks and shelves. What more could one possibly want?

You also get some cool accessories, which means you don't have to go to the added cost of getting these on top of the price of the kitchen. It comes with a pot with lid, frying pan, knife, spoon and spatula.

You can click and collect the Plum Padstow Wooden Role Play Kitchen for FREE from your local Asda, if you can't then I suggest using Amazon to get the FREE delivery.

Audi Style Kids Ride On With Rechargeable Battery White Or Pink £69.99 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 20 November, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Audi Style Kids Ride On With Rechargeable Battery White Or Pink £69.99 @ AmazonA few weeks ago Amazon had a lighting deal on an Audi Style Kids Ride On that was so popular it sold out before the deal ended - well, it's back in stock now and you can bag yourself a ride-on Audi in either pink or white for £69.99 instead of £129.99 or the £118.55 it will go back to in just under two hours. It's also available in red, but unfortunately that's not in the lightning deals.

The Audi TT Style Kid's Ride On Car comes in a classic, white  or pink design.

It is made from durable, toughened plastic, finished in a high gloss. The Audi is battery powered and is rechargeable.

It is very easy to assemble and arrives with full instructions. As a safety feature the breaks automatically come on when the child's foot is off the pedal.  It also has a secure seat belt for safe driving - and I suppose it kind of helps to underpin the message that seat belts should be worn when you're in a car, no matter how small!

Free Video Message From Santa @ Portable North Pole

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 20 November, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Free Video Message From Santa @ Portable North Pole Well, it's official, Christmas is coming. I know this, because Portable North Pole have released their free video message this evening, just waiting for you to personalise it. I may have just felt a little tingling of Christmas cheer. And it's not even December yet, for shame.

To personalise this video, you will have to add some personal information. You start with the child's name, and you'll be asked to choose the right pronunciation, a little bit of attetion to detail that I think is fantastic. Then you'll need to add a photo of the child, either from Facebook or from your computer. Next you'll add their date of birth, where they live and your relationship to the child. 

You can get Santa to address the child as if they are 'nice', 'almost nice' or 'naughty' (but that seems a bit cruel to me!). You'll be asked to supply information like what jobs the child has had to focus on this year - I chose brush her teeth every night - and what toys they can expect for Christmas - I chose for it to be a surprise.

Once you've registered in the next step, you'll just have a few more clicks and ticks, and be able to watch, save and share your video.

It does take a few minutes to do, but it is quite lovely and very well done. Kids are sure to love it.

Bedtime Stories: If Only Kids Never Grew Out Of Them...

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 20 November, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Bedtime Stories: If Only Kids Never Grew Out Of Them...

I read a touching article in the paper this week about a mum's feelings when her daughter called time on bedtime stories read by mum and dad.

The mother writes in the Telegraph:

My husband, Carl, has also been summarily dismissed. “I’m big enough to read to myself,” she declared as she climbed into bed and handed him a battered edition of Lemony Snicket’s final offering the other evening. “When we’ve finished this I don’t want you to read to me anymore either.”

Gulp. It twanged at my heart strings because I still read to my children, who are 8 and 9, and neither of them show any signs of wanting that to stop any time soon.

Admittedly I've been so busy of late that 'no bedtime stories!' has been uttered a bit too readily as punishment for messing around at the dinner table when work deadlines have made my evening hours seem scarily short, but I can tell from my kids' reactions on those occasions that having me read them a bedtime story is very much still something they look forward to each night.

And long may that continue.

I don't know how I'll feel if my kids suddenly decide they're too old for me to read to them. I've sort of always assumed we'll just keep up this nightly tradition forever but - maybe I'm deluded.

Do you plan on reading bedtime stories until your kids demand that you stop?

And if you've got older children, at what age did they sack you as the official story-teller at bedtime?

And while we're on the subject, what's your all-time favourite book for bedtimes stories with your children?

Plum Camden Court Children's Wooden Dolls House with Accessories £30 @ Tesco Direct

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 20 November, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Plum Camden Court Children's Wooden Dolls House with Accessories £30 @ Tesco Direct

Tesco Direct have started a week of cyber deals on toys today with up to 50% off. As usual there’s the usual variety of items but if you look closely there are a few gems and I think this is one of them. Originally £79.99, this wooden house is 2 storey high and measures 61cm.

It comes with seven various bit and bobs too, including reception desk and table, vet figurine, wooden animal, studio flat furniture, wooden bed, sofa and wardrobe with doors that open and close. So everything you need to get started really.

Those other things I mentioned? There’s a couple of Barbie sets here* and here* for any fans, these were £20 each and are now £8, not bad at all.

You can check out the entire sale HERE*

You can collect from a Tesco store near you for free or opt for home delivery for £3.

Spending over £50? Don’t forget to check our voucher section, where you can save £5 when you spend £50 CODE TDX-HTPY on toys or £10 when you spend £100 CODE TDX-GWNT 

With the Boost that’s still going on, you could definitely grab a few bargains today!