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!

Save 25% Off Sale Or 50% Off Full Price Kid's Clothes Plus FREE Delivery (With Code) @ Pumpkin Patch

by Nada in Deals on 20 November, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Save 25% Off Sale Or 50% Off Full Price Kid's Clothes Plus FREE Delivery (With Code) @ Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch nearly ALWAYS have a sale of some variety on, but this one will take some beating. You can get some very cheap children's clothing, when using Pumpkin Patch promo code UKMAT. This code will give you 25% off of sale items and 50% off any full price pieces, just simply pop it into the box at the checkout and your discount will be applied.

I have compiled an order together using some of the items on the picture above to show you how cheap you can get things for. Here it is: Baby Jumper with Mock Shirt* Was £21 Now £7.88, plus Boys' Suede Boot* Was £16 Now £7.50, plus Girls' Drop Waist Coat* Was £30 Now £11.25. Altogether using the promo code would cost £26.63 DELIVERED.

I am sure you will agree that is seriously impressive. Check out the baby girls' section, here* and the baby boys', here*.

Think of all the Christmas gifts you can stock pile with these amazing prices. If you are ordering for the festive season then I recommend ordering clothing items now, as I have seen me waiting ten to twelve days for a Pumpkin Patch delivery.

Freebie: iOS Draw With Curious George App @ iTunes

by Nada in Freebies on 20 November, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Freebie: iOS Draw With Curious George App @ iTunes

Here's a nice little FREEBIE for little children to enjoy. Click the link below to head over to iTunes, where you can download the iOS Draw with Curious George app for FREE.

So, what does this app do?

Here's iTunes description:

Does your playful little monkey love drawing on the walls? Have him draw with Curious George instead in this fun and entertaining coloring app! In Draw with Curious George children can color and draw for hours, with a selection of vivid colors, tools, stamps, and stickers.

It's compatible with the iPad and suitable for children aged five years old and under.  Apps like this are fantastic for little ones to learn who to have fun with technology, plus it gets them used to the device too.

We aren't sure how long this will be FREE for, so you may want to download it sooner, rather than later, to avoid disappointment.

Thanks to Dizy @ HUKD

Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll £34.99 @ Mothercare

by Nada in Deals on 20 November, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll £34.99 @ Mothercare

If this is on your little ones Christmas list, then you will appreciate how hard it is to buy one, irrespective of how much it costs. This Disney Snow Glow Elsa Doll may just be THE toy to have this Christmas. Get it NOW by clicking the picture above or the link in blue below. These will sell out FAST, so no hanging about. Get yours for £34.99 from Mothercare, with FREE click and collect or £2.95 to have it delivered.

I can see why this Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa is so popular. With her light up necklace and dress, she is just so enchanting. I would have loved a dolly like this when I was little.

By lifting her arm up, her necklace illuminates and she sings everyone's favourite Frozen song, "Let it Go". Press her necklace and she will say phrases from the film. In total, she can make fifteen different sounds and phrases.

This Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa doll is suitable for children aged three and above, but I doubt you'd be paying £34.99 for a doll for a toddler to chew on anyway.

Thanks to drkdtvngr @ HUKD

Love My Street Penpal Post Office With Counter £13.98 Delivered @ Big Red Warehouse

by Nada in Deals on 20 November, 2014 at 11:32 am

Love My Street Penpal Post Office With Counter £13.98 Delivered @ Big Red Warehouse

Toys like this Love My Street Penpal Post Office with Counter are always a safe bet for little ones. I'd say this one is probably aimed at girls with it's candy coloured theme. I can't get over what a great price this is, for what it is. This fantastic role play toy set is now just £9.99 plus £3.99 delivery charge. It has a suggested selling price of £34.99, and although I don't think it's worth that, it certainly looks like it would sell for around the £20 mark.

The Love My Street Penpal Post Office with Counter comes with the Post Office of course, the counter, bunting (because every post office has some, right?), a special post office stamp, a sheet containing thirty stamps, four envelopes and four postcards. That's a LOT for under £14 delivered.

This toy is self-assembly but I doubt it'll be too hard to put together. It looks to me like it's poles and fabric just like a wendyhouse. If it is, that's great as that means it'll be easy to put up and down.

When I was little I had my very own little Post Office and it was the BEST toy I ever had. I think this is an absolute bargain, and I would buy it had it not been so girly themed.

Thanks to stuartguest1 @ HUKD

Stocking Fillers From £2 Plus FREE delivery When You Spend £5+ @ The Body Shop

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

Stocking Fillers From £2 Plus FREE delivery When You Spend £5+ @ The Body Shop

Here's some great news, The Body Shop are offering FREE delivery on all orders of £5 and above. This means that you can get lots of stocking fillers sorted out for the kids, relatives, friends, or even get your Secret Santa gift. I just LOVE it when retailers offer FREE delivery, as it can make items really great buys. Plus spend £15+ and enter The Body Shop voucher code JOY and get 35% off plus a FREE gift which I can tell you is a Body Butter worth £13.

I like The Body Shop, I am a particular fan of their Banana Shampoo and Conditioner* at £4.50 each. Trust me, you will be sniffing your hair all day.

If you have a teenager to buy for that's into "doing their nails", then this Wild Raspberry Manicure Set* is lovely for £6 delivered. These cube treat sets are always very popular and at £6 delivered, no wonder. They come in strawberry*, shea*, coconut* and mango*. Each set contains three body care items.

For kiddies, you have got to love this Perry the Penguin Bath Sponge* at £5. You know how popular penguins are this Christmas due to John Lewis.

Disney Frozen Notepad & Pen £1 @ The Works

by Nada in Deals on 20 November, 2014 at 10:16 am

Disney Frozen Notepad & Pen £1 @ The Works

From now until Christmas Eve, you will get a LOT of posts from me, bleating on about Stocking Fillers. That's because I actually think they are the trickiest and most expensive part of Christmas. I just think you have to trawl about picking up lots of cheap bits that the kids will like and I find that a massive effort, at such a busy time of year. Anyway, back to this wonderful deal, the Disney Frozen Notebook and Pen is only £1 at The Works. Plus they offer FREE click and collect.

If you are wanting to grab a whole heap of stocking fillers at once then The Works is the place to go, and for today only use The Works Promo Code TODAY20 and get up to 20% off plus FREE delivery.

The Disney Frozen Notebook and Pen looks very much worth it's £1 price tag, in fact I'd be happy to pay a wee bit more. The pen is a roller ball pen and features Olaf, whilst the notepad has our favourite sisters, Anna and Elsa on it.

Check out these other Disney Frozen stocking fillers from The Works: Disney Frozen Glow Stick* 99p, Disney Frozen Sticker Pad* £1.99, Disney Frozen Colouring Set* 99p and Disney Frozen Play Pack* £1.99.

ELC Wooden Diner Kitchen £100 Delivered @ Early Learning Centre/Mothercare

by Nada in Deals on 20 November, 2014 at 9:26 am

ELC Wooden Diner Kitchen £100 Delivered @ Early Learning Centre/Mothercare

The ELC Wooden Diner Kitchen is one of the Early Learning Centre's best selling toys. It's normally £150, quite simply because it's HUGE. Just now you can get it from either Mothercare or the Early Learning Centre for just £100, plus FREE delivery. That's a third off or a great saving of £50, which ever way you want to put it. It's available in a unisex red colour or a rather girly pink. Order it through the Mothercare app and you may be able to save a further £10. Click here for details on how to do that.

Wooden toys are MEGA popular just now, and items like play kitchens in particular sell out ridiculously fast when they are at a reasonable selling price. I'd say £100 for one of these big ELC Wooden Diner Kitchens, is pretty good.

The pink coloured kitchen is a limited edition, and is only available for a short time, so it's worth noting that.

Both coloured kitchens require self-assembly, so bear that in mind. They have an oven, a two ring hob, microwave, chopping board, cupboard, sink, hanging rail, work surface, shelf space and a chalkboard.

These will certainly keep your children playing for hours on end, and it's a fabulous consideration if you have two young children. Get them it as a joint present.

Christmas Present Sacks, DIY Crackers & Decorations @ Poundland

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 19 November, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Christmas Present Sacks, DIY Crackers & Decorations @ PoundlandIf you have a Poundland near you, make sure you have a look at their seasonal displays, since they currently have Christmas present sacks and make your own crackers for, well, a pound.

I love making crackers and filling them with actual gifts around the table - little items of jewellery or mini liqueur bottles - it's a nice change at the Christmas table.

The DIY Crackers are really cute as they are though and come ready for proper personalisation too.

The present sacks are great too - they're nice for filling with lovely gifts.

The rest of what's available at Poundland is bound to make your Christmas shopping cheaper too - baking equipment, table decorations, and tree decorations to name a few.

Have a look at the link above and you'll see quite a nice looking range of Christmas accessories.

Thanks to FoX5 at HUKD

Barbie Fashion Design Maker £37.49 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 19 November, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Barbie Fashion Design Maker £37.49 @ ArgosArgos have an exclusive Barbie Fashion Design Maker reduced to £37.49 from £49.99, giving you a 25% saving. In a rather unusual stroke for Argos, there seems to be plenty of stock everywhere.

If you have a budding fashionista in your home, they may love the Barbie Fashion Design Maker.

With this Barbie Fashion Design Maker you can create trendy, customized fashions using your tablet or computer.

You can then use the sheets of printable fabric to make your design go from 2D to 3D.

Young designers can then take or upload photos for unique looks and store and display your creations in the portfolio.

The set comes with a Barbie doll is included, wearing a white slip, pink necklace and shoes - a perfect canvas for new designs.

The Beano Comic Subscription £20 For 20 Magazines

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 19 November, 2014 at 8:23 pm

The Beano Comic Subscription £20 For 20 MagazinesLove The Beano? Well, now you can have 20 magazines for £20 delivered, instead of the usual £40 for 25 or £67.50 for 51.

The Beano is a perfect comic for kids. Each issue is full of stories involving the Bash Street Kids, Gnasher, Minnie the Minx, Roger the Dodger as well as the red and black icon Dennis the Menace.

Beano readers will enjoy the pages full of colourful comic strips, puzzles and features.

Normally these magazines work out at up to £2.50 or £3.99 each, so to get them at £20 for 20 delivered, making them £1 each is pretty good going.

I think these are a great gift, since it's a gift that keeps on giving, and will keep young people busy for ages, especially in the aftermath of Christmas.

Thanks to clumsymum at HUKD

Organised Kids’ Activities That Parents Hate

by Lucy Sweet in Features on 19 November, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Organised Kids’ Activities That Parents HateDo you remember how your childhood seemed to last forever? All those long hours of learning to do wheelies, blowing the perfect Hubba Bubba bubble, smoking fags…Days and days of hide and seek and kickstone and people daring you to do things like climb trees and jump off the roof of the shed. Ah, the things we destroyed! The bones we shattered! Wasn’t it FUN?

Actually, we were bored to death, but that was ok. We learned that boredom was our friend. Now, boredom is a complete no no. In the age of technology and the Internet, a bored kid is a NIGHTMARE KID. The cry of ‘What can I do?’ whenever they have a spare millisecond can be heard all around the house. In answer to the question ‘what can I do?’, we all shout: ‘You’ve got a room full of toys, go and play with them!’ And they look at you like you just asked them to clean the bogs in a Siberian prison camp. Modern kids have no idea how to cope with it at all.

Click here to read more...

Black Friday Sales - What's Happening Where?

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 19 November, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Black Friday Sales - What's Happening Where? Black Friday, the annual deals frenzy that hits America and in recent years has been spreading to the rest of the world, is almost upon us again. Retailers are all climbing aboard as they vie for your attention – and your money – with ‘Black Friday’ sales staring days before 28 November, and some retailers starting as early as Monday 24th. Here’s a round up of some of the big players that we know are taking part:

Amazon

Amazon starts Black Friday Deals Week on Monday 24 November but they’re already increasing the number of Lightning Deals they are doing.  For the ‘official’ Black Friday savings on digital cameras, MP3’s, DVDs, video games and much more, however, keep an eye on Amazon’s Black Friday deals here*.

Argos

Argos seem to be reserving Black Friday sales for, well, Black Friday, but they’ll be holding an apparently huge sale on tech, toys, TVs and more. You can find out more when it’s live by checking for Argos’ Black Friday sales here*.

Very

Love them or hate them, Very are promising an amazing sale, with free returns and free next day delivery with Collect+. They are being pretty tight lipped about the offers you can expect. On the day, however, you’ll be able to find everything you need from Very’s Black Friday here*.

Currys

If it’s consumer technology and  household goods you’re after, get yourself to Curry’s on Black Friday – online of course… I wouldn’t be heading into a shop if you paid me. If you are braver than me though, stores open at 8am on Friday 28th and queues may form.  They’ll be doing offers throughout the day on Twitter too and will be discounting TVs, washing machines, cameras, tablets and more.  Make sure you don’t miss anything, by clicking here for Curry’s Black Friday sales*.

John Lewis

One to watch out for this year is John Lewis, who reckon they’ll be price matching their competitors, so if that’s more convenient for you, you’ll want to check out John Lewis’ Black Friday sales* as they are selling tablets, laptops, TVs and small and large electrical appliances too.

LEGO Shop

The LEGO Shop are giving their VIP buyers double points on purchases over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. If you spend £25 you’ll get a free exclusive 2015 calendar to collect in January, and if you spend more than £50 you’ll get a free exclusive Christmas set. Spend over £100 and you’ll get an additional 5% off. Not as great as last years 10%, but it’s rude to look a gift horse in the mouth, and all that. You’ll be able to find out more at The LEGO Store*

B&M Stores

I’ve never actually seen an in the flesh, so to speak, B&M Store, but we know they are popular with our readers. If you’re one of them, then you can enjoy 10% off everything at B&M Stores on 28 November, and they’ll be open till 10pm, apparently, to give you extra shopping hours. Head to B&M to find out more*

Internet Gift Store

Using the code FRIDAY15OFF on the 28th of November, you’ll be able to take 15% off all  orders at Internet Gift Store*. On Monday you’ll get the same again, but using the code CYBER15OFF. This is a good opportunity to pick up those not-on-the-highstreet gifts and stocking fillers. 

I'm sure we'll have more to share with you soon, so keep an eye on PlayPennies Facebook page for the latest offers!

12 FREE Personalised Christmas Cards @ Snapfish (£1.99 p&p)

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 19 November, 2014 at 7:13 pm

12 FREE Personalised Christmas Cards @ Snapfish (£1.99 p&p)

Is there anything doting grandparents like more than a Christmas card with their beloved grandchild on it? No, not that I’ve found and using the link below you can get 12 for just £1.99 delivered from Snapfish, saving £11.99.

At under 17p each these are great value I think. There’s no code required, simply follow the link and you can either place your order now or “bank” the code on your account but you have to do it by November 21st. You have to place your order by December 2nd, plenty of time to get the kids organised and those snaps uploaded.

New customers simply register and use or bank your code, while for existing customers it’s even easier, just sign in on the link.

The ordering process itself is pretty straightforward, just upload your photo, choose your card and text and wait for them to be delivered to your door.

Not bad for £1.99 all in?

Pricy baby gadgets: peace of mind or pointless gimmick?

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 19 November, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Pricy baby gadgets: peace of mind or pointless gimmick?

Would you invest in a baby monitor that could send you live data about your child's heart-rate, breathing and temperature?

The next generation of baby monitors are not yet available in the UK but they're already gaining popularity with parents across the pond.

But today the Independent reports that parents "should be aware that none of the existing products had been regulated as medical devices and therefore had not had to undergo trials of their effectiveness" which effectively means that they have "no proved use in safeguarding infants or detecting health problems, and they certainly have no role in preventing SIDS”.

Somehow I doubt that will be enough to put parents off these gadgets, since what we're surely really buying here is the promise of peace of mind, and you can't put a price on that.

I understand that infant heart-rate monitors might not actually deliver peace of mind if they're not technically able to do the clever things we think they can when we hand over the credit card, but I'm also a firm believer in the old 'if it works, it's in' approach to decision-making as a parent. So if a pricy monitor makes you feel more confident as a parent and you can afford to splash out on one, who am I to argue?

That said, I'm also a firm believer in the very old-fashioned practice of keeping an ear out for your kid, and periodically checking on them when they're sleeping.

What about you? Do you think price baby gadgets are worth every penny on the basis that they make you feel less anxious as a parent? Or do you think such things are gimmicky tricks that are best avoided in favour of an old-fashioned, common sense approach?

Image credit: Flickr/Doug Belshaw

Cheap Nintendo 2DS including New Super Mario Bros 2 @ £89

by PP Admin in Deals on 19 November, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Cheap Nintendo 2DS including New Super Mario Bros 2 @ £89

This is sure to be on plenty of Christmas lists this year!

The 2DS is great for little hands and rough and tumble kids, using the same games and hardware features as the typical 3DS but taking on a sturdier slate form.  It's on Tesco Direct just now for just £99, but if you're a new customer you can use this fab Tesco Direct Voucher to get a further £10 off.

Grab your 2DS bundle here and input code "TDX-7KPG" at checkout to get it for £89*

This great little box of tricks also comes with a 4GB memory card, pre-installed with New Super Mario Bros 2, so your little one can get gaming within minutes. It's also backward compatible meaning it can play older DS games and all current 3DS content, so if you're buying this as an upgrade you don't need to worry too much about forking out on a load of brand new games.

Looking for more ideas to check off your Christmas list? Jump over to our deals and make sure you watch this space to check out what's coming up on Black Friday!

Dora the Explorer Colour In Backpack £5.94 @ Amazon

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 19 November, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Dora the Explorer Colour In Backpack £5.94 @ Amazon

While the RRP of almost £20 on this may be rather ambitious, £5.94 looks like a great price from Amazon, considering you get the backpack and 5 markers (Purple, Pink, Yellow, Green and Blue)

If your little Dora fan makes a mistake on this or simply changes their mind, you can pop the backpack in the washing machine and the colours will come out, ready to start again.

As always with Amazon, if you don’t have Amazon Prime it can be annoying when you see things under £10 and know you have to either make up the spend to £10 or pay for delivery. At this time of year it’s not quite so bad, there are generally a few ways to beat the p&p and ordering two of these would do that.

Thanks to  grabbit @ HUKD!