Safety Warning On Dangerous Disney Frozen Snap Bands

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 26 November, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Safety Warning On Dangerous Disney Frozen Snap Bands
We're all trying to find the best deals we can for everything from Christmas gifts to stockings, but there really is value in making sure that the toys and accessories we're buying for our kids are up to the job. Today Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards warned parents to check the Disney Frozen snap bracelets bought from - in general - auction sites. When the pretty Frozen veneer is lifted, it looks like these 'kids accessories' have a dangerous inside, cut from a metal tape measure.

Now, I'm no DIY/handyman, but my dad used to have a metal tape measure and I've used them a few times. I'm not convinced that they're as dangerous as all that, but would I hand one to my children in the guise of a toy? Probably not. In general, really, you want toys that don't risk cutting your kids. I don't imagine using it as a snap itself is what will cause damage, but a child grabbing one from a sibling, or fighting over it - not only my kids, right? - could possibly cause a cut.

And even if the risk of that is really very small, that's kind of not the point: kids toys shouldn't be made with materials not fit for purpose. The Trading Standards office is urging consumers to think twice about buying products from within the EU that haven't been safety tested.

Further investigation from parents into other snap bracelets have shown similar problems. A PlayPennies Parent sent us these photos of a snap band her children were given at a safety event - oh the irony. When she opened them up to have a look, she found it to contain quite a sharp metal strip, also covered in thin plastic. Safety Warning On Dangerous Disney Frozen Snap Bands

So, the moral of the story - check the goodies you buy your kids! Don't get a gift that turns nasty.

Seven Year Old Girl Takes On Tesco For Gender Stereotyping... And Wins!

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 26 November, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Seven Year Old Girl Takes On Tesco For Gender Stereotyping... And Wins!

Do you ever get fed up of the way toys are marketed to kids on the basis of their gender? Well, one spirited little girl has had enough of it too, and her mother  this week took it upon herself to do something about it.

The Independent reports:

A 7-year-old girl has taught Tesco a lesson, after a photo of her looking disgruntled next to an advert for a superhero clock captioned: “fun gifts for boys” saw the supermarket agree to remove the sign from its stores.

Karen Cole, mother of the young girl, Maggie,  tweeted a photo of her daughter standing next to a Marvel Comics alarm clock at the Tower Park branch of Tesco in Poole, Dorset looking mightily unimpressed. The photo has since been retweeted over 11,000 times.

Karen Cole tweeted:

Seven Year Old Girl Takes On Tesco For Gender Stereotyping... And Wins!

She also tweeted her message to @LetToysBeToys - a campaign to take gender stereotyping out of the way that toys are marketed.

According to Tesco, the signs will be removed from all of their branches.

Go Maggie! A proper little superhero for our days.

3 For 2 on Hasbro Toys @ Toys R Us

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 26 November, 2014 at 4:42 pm

3 For 2 on Hasbro Toys @ Toys R Us

Toys R Us have started a 3 for 2 offer on Hasbro Toys both online and in store until 9th December. Hasbro make toys like Star Wars, Nerf, Transformers, My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop, and Playskool Heroes as well as others, so there's a wide range of toys to choose from.

My eldest would be so happy to get some Star Wars figures, but the best sellers seem to be the wide range of Transformers toys which start from £4.99. It also looks like there are going to be a lot of Nerf Blasters being fired at Dads this Christmas too, and prices on that range start at £3.99.

Toys R Us also have a few other toys on 3 for 2 offers at the moment. You cannot mix between the ranges but if you buy any three toys from Crayola, Play-Doh, True Heroes & True Legends, Schleich, Aqua Beads or LaLa Loopsy then the cheapest item will be free. The promotion dates vary, with some ending soon, and others continuing until Christmas Eve.

You can see all the current 3 for 2 Toys R Us offers here.

Boy's Character Pyjamas from £5.94 @ Argos

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 26 November, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Boy's Character Pyjamas from £5.94 @ Argos

Argos prices go up and down all the time, but I've been keeping my eye on the character nightwear as they often reduce it to really bargain prices. Right now they have Spiderman*, Superman* or Buzz Lightyear* Pyjamas for £5.99, or the Thomas & Friends* ones are £5.94.

The sizes vary according to the design between 18 months and 8 years.

As always with Argos stock levels are not guaranteed, but some of these look to widely available, especially the superheroes, and depending on your location can be delivered as well as collected from store.

The Spiderman* and Superman* ones look particularly good as they can be used for dressing up as well as nightwear - the Superman PJs come with a detachable cape, and the Spidey ones with a mask so your boys can run around being superheroes tiring themselves out nicely before bedtime.

There are also a couple of sets of Moshi Monsters* and Skylanders Giants Pyjama*s which have TWO pairs for only £6.49, but these appear to have much less stock around. Might be  worth checking your local stores for stock if your kids are fans of these as they are an even better bargain.

Free £20 Lego Gift Coupon When You Spend £75 On Lego Toys @ Toys R Us

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 26 November, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Free £20 Lego Gift Coupon When You Spend £75 On Lego Toys @ Toys R Us

This looks like a great offer from Toys R Us if you have some Lego on the Christmas Shopping list, and seeing as it's still one of the most popular toys in the world the chances are it IS on your list.

If you spend £75 on Lego Toys either in store or online before 21st December you will get a Free Gift Coupon for £20 to spend on Lego after Christmas!

The Gift Coupon can only be spent between Boxing Day and 16th January, and if your initial purchase was online then the coupon must be used online, with in store purchases the coupon can only be used in store.

Toys R Us have a huge range of Lego, more than 500 items are listed online, and some of them are reduced already, so you could well pick up a huge amount of Lego for your £75 and then even more with your Gift Coupon in the January Sales.

I like the Lego Duplo Number Train* which is selling at £9.44, cheaper than anywhere else I've seen it. The ever popular Minecraft Lego* sets are included in the deal but there's only stock in store at present. Let's hope you can some more gifts sorted with this offer.

With thanks to Poppytommy @ HUKD


#Headsup: Sainsbury's Black Friday Details

by Nada in Deals on 26 November, 2014 at 1:36 pm

#Headsup: Sainsbury's Black Friday Details

I am delighted to announce that Sainsbury's will be taking part in Black Friday, for the first time this year. We have a little sneaky heads up of what is definitely on offer from the Jamie Oliver endorsed retailer. We were given some prices too, so here's hoping the rest match up to those bargains.

This event will be happening in 485 stores, from Friday 28th November, from when stores open, and will last three days providing stock levels aren't depleted beforehand. There will be a one per item restriction.

In total there will be thirteen items at crazy prices.

  • Kindle Wifi 4GB Touch,for just £39.99 
  • Russell Hobbs Purifry just £49.99
  • Sony G-Tank Bluetooth Speaker & Lightshow £69.99
  • Dolce Gusto Krups Mini Me Coffee Machine £39.99
  • Blaupunkt 40" LED TV £149.99
  • Dyson DC24 Animal Vacuum £159.99
  • Digital Microwave 
  • Kenwood Stand Mixer
  • Earphones
  • Linx 8 Tablet
  • Goodmans Digital Radio
  • 16GB Micro SD Card for mobile
  • Blaupunkt 32" LED TV

Black Friday AND Saturday Details Revealed @ Asda!

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 26 November, 2014 at 12:57 pm


Black Friday AND Saturday Details Revealed @ Asda!

Asda had us all excited with their teasers over the mystery items that will be included in their massive Black Friday offers this year, and today they have revealed a little more info... but not everything!

What they have told us is that it will be INSTORE ONLY and that it be "NOT ONE DAY OF EARTH SHATTERING PRICES...BUT TWO!"

Different offers will be available from 8am Friday and 8am Saturday. The prices will be revealed tomorrow for Fridays offers, and on Friday for the offers that start Saturday.

On Friday the Barbie Fantasy Castle, Little Tikes Playhouse, Hot Wheels Track Set are the big Toy deals. There's also a Polaroid 40" TV, XBox 360, Beats Headphones and a Polaroid Tablet in the main offers.

If that's not crossed off everyone on your Christmas shopping list then on Saturday the big offers are an XBox One Pack, Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack, Little Tikes Crazy Coupe, Nerf Hailfire, plus another Polaroid TV, an Archos Tablet, a Blu Ray Player and a Black & Decker Drill!

The dedicated Black Friday page on the Asda website gives more details of these offers, a guide to help find your nearest participating store, and promises that there will be many more offers coming.

See anything you like yet? I think I may be waiting in line outside Asda for a Little Tikes Crazy Coupe. See you there!

You can see more about Black Friday offers here.

Disney Sofia The First Slippers £3.99 @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 26 November, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Disney Sofia The First Slippers £3.99 @ Argos

I try to buy the kids new pyjamas and slippers for Christmas. There's nothing better than getting all cosy for the cold winter mornings. Over at Argos, they have slashed the price of Disney Sofia the First Slippers from £9.99, to £5.99 and now to £3.99. What a great price for such a practical present.

Sofia the First, is a sensation in her own right. Okay, so we know of other Disney Princesses that are a bit more famous and a smidge more popular, but she is still a hit with the little ones. These slippers will put a smile on the face of any Princess Sofia fan, and you might actually stand a chance of getting your child to wear them.

Stock levels vary depending on size, but I ensured that I checked thoroughly and overall, there's stock in around 80% of UK stores. They are available in junior size six through to ten.

With a velcro fastening, they are ideal for tiny feet. They come in a pastel pink and purple colour with a Princess Sofia motif on the front.

To save on the £3.95 delivery cost, just reserve and collect your pair of Sofia the First Slippers for FREE from your local Argos store.

20% Off ALL Toys @ ELC/Mothercare

by Nada in Deals on 26 November, 2014 at 11:32 am

20% Off ALL Toys @ ELC/Mothercare

I AM EXCITED! Both the Early Learning Centre and Mothercare have launched 20% off ALL toys. This includes ones that have money off already. The bargains are incredible and I reckon I will be able to get a massive chunk of my toy shopping done. These retailers are certainly pulling out all of the stops this year for our hard earned cash. Discount is applied automatically at the checkou stage, so get shopping!

You have got to LOVE the Early Learning Centre and Mothercare for running such a super offer at this time of year. Items start cheap, so you really can stuff those stockings this year. Both retailers pretty much stock the same selection, but they don't share the stock levels, so if something sells out at one, you can bag it from the other.

Check out this Deal of the Day at the Early Learning Centre: the Fun Key Guitar was £25, but got reduced to just £12.50, take of todays automatic 20% discount and it's yours for just £10. It's available in pink* or red*.

Here's some of the bargains I have came across: Rosebud School* Was £60, then £30, today's price is £24! The Happyland Cherry Lane Cottage* is a popular toy and it's yours for just £20. This was originally £50.

If you are after some role play items for a play kitchen or wendy house, then you will love sets like this baking one* for just £8. Still to get that big present? Look no further, for £80 instead of £125 you can grab the Big City Wooden Rail Train Table*.

If you are ordering from Mothercare and planning on spending £50+, then click here to potentially save an extra £10. Avoid delivery charges and collect your toy order from your local ELC or Mothercare store.

Thanks to mummybaker @ HUKD

Stocking Fillers For Under £10 Delivered (With Code) @ The Book People

by Nada in Deals on 26 November, 2014 at 10:46 am

Stocking Fillers For Under £10 Delivered (With Code) @ The Book People

The Book People can have some amazing bargains, pair that with FREE delivery and you are onto a winner. I don't know about you but I always find it so frustrating when I see something cheap, but then you factor in postage charges and it's no longer a bargain. Today, if you enter The Book People promo code PARCEL at the checkout, will get your order delivered for FREE! There's heaps of bargains that would make GREAT stocking fillers for under £10, so get looking.

If you ever get Book Clubs at your children's school, then you will actually learn two things: children LOVE books and The Book People are cheap compared to most book retailers.

With this knowledge, here's some lovely finds from The Book People: The First Hippo on the Moon* is NOT my autobiography, but a hilarious book written by ever popular David Walliams. This fantastically illustrated book is aimed at a younger audience than his usual. Get it for just £5.99 delivered.

We couldn't have a post without mentioning Disney Frozen, could we? The Disney Frozen: Sister Like Me book* is the ideal gift at just £3.99 delivered, for ANY Anna & Elsa fan.

For those die hard Minecraft fans, this Mastering Minecraft book* at only £4.99. This will get any reluctant reader, reading. Trust me it's Minecraft, they will LOVE it!

If you want something for the younger reader, then I personally recommend both Five Minutes' Peace* for £4.99 and The Gruffalo Anniversary Edition Set* for £4.99.

Thanks to Michelle over on our Facebook page.

FREE Chocolate Coins From WH Smith With O2 Priority

by Nada in Freebies on 26 November, 2014 at 10:07 am

FREE Chocolate Coins From WH Smith With O2 Priority

Are you an O2 customer? If the answer to that is YES, then it's your lucky day. Sign up to O2 Priority and you can get FREE chocolate coins from your local WH Smith store. That's one less stocking filler to buy, or if you are a greedy, mildly selfish mother like myself, then you will have polished them off by the time you get back to the car.

Here's what you have to do, to bag those FREE chocolate coins:  

Sign up to O2 Priority (you must be an O2 customer), log in, get your code to redeem the offer of those FREE goodies, and nip down to your nearest WH Smith, thank the cashier for their generosity and skip down the road whilst scoffing your golden chocolate.

Oh and they are milk chocolate ones, in case you are wondering. Rumour has it that other offers at the moment include a FREE chocolate reindeer from Hotel Chocolat (YUM!) and a FREE hot drink from Caffe Nero. Get looking on your O2 Priority account to see what you can bag yourself.

Thanks to xdaminis @ HUKD

Children's Clothes: Everything Under £10 Plus FREE Delivery @ Pumpkin Patch

by Nada in Deals on 26 November, 2014 at 9:46 am

Children's Clothes: Everything Under £10 Plus FREE Delivery @ Pumpkin Patch

Here we go with the Pumpkin Patch, another "sale", but we don't mind that they are turning into the DFS of the children's clothing world. Keep giving us bargains, and we will continue to LOVE you Pumpkin Patch.  This time, EVERYTHING is under £10, plus enter the Pumpkin Patch promo code UKMAT for FREE delivery. This ends Saturday, but I'd get over there now to snap up the best bits. I am a fan of their footwear in particular, get that for under £10 delivered and your laughing.

Fancying buying some clothing to bulk out those Christmas presents? You really ought to have a looky over at Pumpkin Patch then, especially if you are on the hunt for some nice, affordable baby items*.

I mentioned this Baby Pink Drop Waist Coat* the last time I blogged about Pumpkin Patch, but it's now only £10 delivered. Sizes are limited but that is unbelievable value for a tenner!

Another girly item that caught my eye was the Corgi Sweater*, pictured above. It's bang on trend and it is yours for just £7 with FREE delivery, should you use that code.

The Mock Suede Sherpa Jacket* is another item for the fashion conscious child.  Get it for the bargain price of £10. A nice little addition for Christmas, perhaps?

Thanks to Plymouth1992 @ HUKD

Amazon Lightning Deals 26th November

by Nada in Deals on 26 November, 2014 at 8:57 am

Amazon Lightning Deals 26th November

We decided that because the Lightning deals on Amazon are selling out SO quick that we would link them all in here. The time next to the link is the time that the price is dropped on the item and the sale of it goes live. You must hurry, because it is unreal how fast things are selling. Click here for more Black Friday offers.

Paddington Bear Soft Toy & More From £5.99 @ eBay

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 November, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Paddington Bear Soft Toy & More From £5.99 @ eBayThere's a new Paddington Bear Movie coming out on Friday, and according to eBay, there's a search for Paddingtong Bear toy every 3 minutes. Apparently they've sold more in the last week than all of September, so if you're one of those parents looking for a Paddington Bear Toy to take to the movies with you this weekend, this eBay Seller has the bean toy for £5.99 delivered. There are also 22 and 30 cm soft toys, puzzles and a variety of other Paddington Bear toys to choose from.

There are actually loads of different styles available on eBay, but this one looks to be in good stock, and I'm a fan of free delivery myself! Plus if you want it in your hands before the weekend, you can Click and Collect from your nearest participating Argos.

Alternatively buy tonight and it should be with you before the 1st of December, also free of charge.

Hopefully your little Paddington Bear fan will enjoy snuggling up to this little guy.

Free Phone Call From Santa

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 25 November, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Free Phone Call From SantaThere are so many variations on this theme right now, and here we have another for you - a free app for a phone call from Santa.

This looks like a really cute app, and if you're looking for that one phone call from Santa that doesn't cost anything, this may be it.

It looks like it might be quite large - I am going to have to clear some space on my phone before I can install it, but it looks to be rather worth it.

You can watch a video on the website of the call. You can also choose the date and time of the call, and a 'unique' Santa message. You upload a photo of your child too, so that their picture appears on the screen during the call and Santa will mention their age, country and so on.

Thanks to boltonion at HUKD

Snow Glow Elsa £29.74 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 November, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Snow Glow Elsa £29.74 @ ArgosArgos have the Snow Glow Elsa in stock right now, and from where I'm sitting it looks like there's good stock around the country. Personally I'm glad this is online shopping - we'd hate to be responsible for a stampede! It looks as though these are being released in drips and drabs, as some places say available Friday, some say Saturday.

Elsa is currently £29.74, reduced from £39.99.

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.

We know the little ones love it, so go, go, go.

ghd IV Styler £79 @ Amazon/Look Fantastic

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 November, 2014 at 8:23 pm

ghd IV Styler £79 @ Amazon/Look FantasticAmazon are selling the ghd IV Styler for £79, reduced from £99. You'll find it for the same price at Look Fantastic too.

We've had a few pairs of ghd Stylers cross our paths over the last few weeks and they always sell out so fast, there's barely time for the proverbial ink to dry.

Hopefully there's good stock at these two merchants tonight so that everyone who wants one can grab one!

The styler comes with advance ceramic heaters, and a rounder barrel for perfect curls as well as a super straight look. There's a sleep mode that safely turns the heaters off if they're left unattended for 30 minutes and they have a universal wattage too, so you can use it on your travels.

This version has improved temperature control and the shiver mode kicks in when the room temperature is below 8°C, shutting it down to protect itself.

There are loads of good features - it's pretty good all round!

Maternity Clothes From £7 @ Mamas & Papas

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 November, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Maternity Clothes From £7 @ Mamas & PapasMamas & Papas have maternity clothes from £7, giving up to 70% discount in their Black Friday sales. Click and collect is available on a selection of items, and delivery is £4.95 on orders under £50 or free on orders over.

We all know how expensive maternity clothing can be, especially if you are in an office or front of house position and need to look good for it. While maternity wear is going to cost you something, for some expectant mums it can cost a bomb, so take advantage of this offer if that's you!

You'll find dual purpose maternity/nursing clothes from £7, Essential Bootcut Jeans for £9, and Slim Jeans for £9. Classic trousers are £9, and you'll be able to nab a drape dress for £10. Jumpers are from £12, which is a great price at this time of year.

Santa's Coming To ... Books £4.99 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 November, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Santa's Coming To ... Books £4.99 @ AmazonOne more Amazon offer for you tonight, but this one is too good to keep for tomorrow! Santa Is Coming To .... books are on sale right now at Amazon for £4.99.

The Santa's Coming To ... books are personalised to your area, so you can choose the town or county of your choice.

There are loads of options too, including Santa's coming to Wales, Scotland, London and most of the major cities around the country, so no one should be left out!

Have you been good? Are you ready to go to sleep? Then Santa is coming to your town! It's Christmas Eve. Santa's packed up all the presents and set the Santa-nav to {Insert Town Here}. So what could possibly go wrong? Discover how Santa dashes all over {your town} while you are safely tucked up in bed and fast asleep!

Strikes me as a lovely Christmas eve book to read to the kids.

Elsa & Anna Knock Barbie Off The Top Spot For Christmas

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 25 November, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Elsa & Anna Knock Barbie Off The Top Spot For Christmas

Is your Christmas shopping marked by Frozen fever this year?

Are you one of those parents who are feverishly refreshing Amazon's Lightning Deals every hour on the hour in the hopes of stumbling across a Frozen find, or do you stalk the Disney Store website and wonder if it's a step too far to actually camp outside one when whatever piece of Frozen merchandise you're after comes back in stock?

If so, it's definitely not just in your house because according to the National Retail Federation in the USA and their Holiday Top Toys survey, Barbie has been knocked off the top spot by those Let It Go girls.

The Daily Mail reports that Barbie has been top of the Christmas gift list for parents of girls for the past 11 years, and that this is the first time she's been beaten. No offence, Anna and Elsa, but I'd steer clear of Barbie this festive season just in case she's feeling a little put out.

Unsurprisingly, Lego is still number one on the present list for parents of boys, according to the survey.

So tell me, apart from Frozen dolls, what's the must-get item in your house this year when it comes to Christmas shopping for the kids?

My lot have reached an age where they're incredibly hard to buy for - and Frozen dolls definitely won't cut it - so I really need some inspiration.

What are the lucky little boys and girls in your lives going to be waking up to on Christmas morning?

And is ANYBODY still buying a Barbie?!