NPW Neon T-Shirt Graffiti Pen Set £2.50 @ Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 25 January, 2015 at 10:04 am

NPW Neon T-Shirt Graffiti Pen Set £2.50 @ Amazon

What to do with the kids when the weather is shocking and money is tight on this very long post-Christmas month? Grab a pack of these NPW Neon T-Shirt Graffiti Pen Set from Amazon for just £2.50. This is a great price for these and normally you would pay £5 or more for these.

Whether you let the kids use these on their own clothes or to make glamorous clothes for their dolls these will be great fun for the kids. Not to mention it will more than likely bring out their creative side.

In each set you will receive  eight neon coloured fabric pens. If you have an older child, one that is at secondary school or will be going after the summer holidays, then why not by a canvas bag and let them do their own design on it with these.

Once used on fabric, these pens can be left to dry at room temperature for twenty-four hours or ironed on to cure straight away. Once cured they will not wash away, in fact you can machine wash or dry clean your customised garment and it won't budge.

You do of course need to spend £10+ for Amazon's FREE Super Saver delivery, so why not buy four packs for a upcoming birthday party, buy some plain T-Shirts and let the kids doodle their own designs.

Turn Your Children's Drawings Into Toys

by Nada in Misc on 25 January, 2015 at 9:23 am

Turn Your Children's Drawings Into Toys

Have you got a special picture that your little one has drawn you? You could laminate it to keep it pristine, but it kind of loses it's effect some how. I have came across a fantastic American Site that will turn your child's drawings into a cuddly toy. What better way to display your child's work or to gift it to a grandparent.

I just had to share this with all of you because I am amazed. As much as it's a novelty service, by the looks of previous toys made, they are really good.

Standard Size Toys (28-33cm) are £48, and shipping is £9. Large Size Toys (38-40cm) are £57 , plus the shipping charge of £9. It's not cheap but it's not like you will be getting  every drawing by your child made into a toy.

They ship worldwide which is super. The three steps are as follows for the 1. Email a photo of your child's drawings to the company, 2. They will hand make your toy. 3. You will be sent your toy.

If you do have that special first drawing done by your child then this is ideal to make it into a reality and is a fantastic keepsake to have.

 

 

Mums Go FREE For Mother's Day Weekend @ Gulliver's Theme Park

by Nada in Deals on 24 January, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Mums Go FREE For Mother's Day Weekend @ Gulliver's Theme Park

Woo hoo! For once us mums get something for FREE. Of course we all deserve it. What is better than a day at a spa with a glass of champagne in your hand? A day out with the kids. I LOVE theme parks and they are never cheap so this deal is fantastic in my eyes and no doubt in yours to. On the 14th and 15th March, any mother can get FREE admission to Gulliver's Theme Parks when accompanied by one full paying person.  You can book the tickets now using the link below.

There's lots to do at Gulliver's Theme Parks, with attractions like Calamity Canyon and Jeep Safari. Don't worry about it being just for older kids as they cater for the whole family. What I will say is that if you are a lone parent with more than child, some rides require an adult to ride per child. I learnt that the hard way and had to borrow someone to ride with one of my sons.

And it doesn't just stop at Mother's Day, oh no, Father's Day gets the same kind of offer. You can see more details of that here*. What about Granny and Grandad? Don't worry they get in FREE come Grandparents' Day in September, look here*.

Thanks to andywedge @ HUKD

FREE Baby On Board Badge @ Transport For London

by Nada in Freebies on 24 January, 2015 at 9:21 pm

FREE Baby On Board Badge @ Transport For London

Public Transport and being pregnant can be about as fun as poking yourself in the eye. Swollen feet, a sore back or just general exhaustion, what ever the ailment when you have to stand for ten to twenty minutes getting shoved about it's just flaming awful. Not everyone is forthcoming when it comes to offer a pregnant woman a seat. This is for various reasons, they might just be an ignorant so and so or they may not want to offend by assuming that you are indeed pregnant.

That's why the Transport for London Board have teamed up with notonthehighstreet.com* to create an initiative to hopefully make people more likely to offer a seat to those with child. What is it? A badge that has the London Underground logo with the words "Baby on Board" written on it. It's completely FREE and it's just a matter of filling in a form. Oh, and you will get 10% of notonthehighstreet.com too.

These are for women that use transport in London only and the TFL stipulate this:

Baby on Board badges can be delivered to any address within the Greater London area, and South East England. For addresses outside these areas, badges are available at Tube station ticket offices.

Head over to their page if you are anxious about using public transport in London then it's worth having a look at Tranport for London's travel advice page, here.

Thomas, Sofia, Minnie or Mickey Party 48 Favour Packs - was £11.99, now £5.99 @ Argos

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 24 January, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Thomas, Sofia, Minnie or Mickey Party 48 Favour Packs - was £11.99, now £5.99 @ Argos

Kids parties can be an expensive affair, and one of the ways to make things cheaper is to grab things when you see them on offer and stash them away until Birthday time. Right now Argos have halved the price of four of their big party favour packs down from £11.99 to £5.99, so this looks like a good time to get some!

These are great value as there are 48 favours in each pack (40 if you get the Sofia one).  So for about 12p a piece you can get Thomas, Minnie Mouse or Mickey Mouse assorted goodies for party bags. The Sofia ones work out at nearer to 15p each, but I think that's still a really good price.

There are different items in each character pack, but you get things like packs of crayons, notepads, stickers, spinning toys, jewellery and lots of little toys that kids love.

Stock seems fairly widely available, and as always the Reserve and Collect service is free.

Thanks to kimbob09 @ HUKD.

Angelcare Movement and Sound Baby Monitor £49.99 with Amazon Family

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 24 January, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Angelcare Movement and Sound Baby Monitor £49.99 with Amazon Family

The Angelcare AC401 Movement and Sound Baby Monitor is currently £59.99 at both Amazon and John Lewis, but if you join Amazon Family, you can use the code BABYFAM10 to take £10 off, dropping the price to £49.99.

The RRP of this monitor is £99.99 and apart from John Lewis and Amazon who are price matching, the cheapest price around is nearer £70.

What makes this high tech monitor different is the use of pads which you place under the baby's mattress that monitor movement, and the sensitivity of the machine as it can even monitor breathing sounds and alert you if there is a change in the pattern.

It also has a temperature display so you don't need to get a separate thermometer, and it also acts as a night light. The reviews are very impressive, and at this price it seems well worth getting this rather than a lower spec model.

If I was in the market for a Baby Monitor I think I would be snapping this one up before it goes out of stock, as I'm pretty sure it will!

Delivery is also free, as the Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor is over the £10 minimum spend for Free Saver Delivery at Amazon.

Thanks to danawhitmore54 @ HUKD

FREE £10 Voucher @ TGI Fridays!

by Lisa Hayes in Freebies on 24 January, 2015 at 7:27 pm

FREE £10 Voucher @ TGI Fridays!

Do you want a £10 voucher for TGI Fridays? When you sign up to their mailing list and confirm your subscription you will be sent an email with a £10 Off voucher!

The voucher is valid on Monday to Thursdays in January, so it's only useful if you can go next week. It's one voucher per bill, per party, per visit, and your bill has to include one main meal. You just need to print off the email, or show staff the voucher on your phone. I'm looking forward to a fab meal out next week now!

It does say you need to allow 48 hours for the voucher to come through, but I just tested it and it was immediate, so unless we all try at once there shouldn't be too much of a delay.

You can check all the Terms and Conditions here.

Thanks to saraaaaaax @ HUKD.

Save Up To 40% Off Tickets to The Baby Show at ExCel London with Mothercare

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 24 January, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Save Up To 40% Off Tickets to The Baby Show at ExCel London with Mothercare

Mothercare customers can get tickets for The Baby Show at ExCel London with a great big discount, bringing the price down from £20 to £11.50. The show is on from 20th to 22nd February, and to get tickets at this reduced price you need to enter the code MCLW when you book your tickets.

The Baby Show is a massive event with thousands of products to try, test and buy from hundreds of exhibitors. There are exclusive offers, expert panels, and family friendly facilities.

There are free nappies and baby wipes in the changing facilities, free baby food, baby and toddler activities and fashion shows. You might even get some healthy eating tips from Annabel Karmel while you are there.

Click here to learn more about The Baby Show at ExCel London.

FREE 'Hairy Phonics' Learning App @ Google Play

by Lisa Hayes in Freebies on 24 January, 2015 at 4:54 pm

FREE 'Hairy Phonics' Learning App @ Google Play

The learning app 'Hairy Phonics' is currently FREE on Google Play for Android and IOS, and it is normally priced at £1.99

It's a phonics game for children aged 4 to 6 that teaches and reinforces 9 different two letter phonemes that children usually cover in Reception or Year 1.

In a fun way the players learn the different sounds, trace the letters, blend the sound to make words, put the letters in the right order to spell new words, and Save The Hairies!

I tested it on my son and he passed a happy few minutes making bridges out of letter blocks to get the hairy in his sledge across a ravine.

It's really simple, with fun animation and mini games, and  if you like this one then you can buy the others in the series for £1.99 each.

Thanks to jubblies @ HUKD

 

It's Back! Odeon Flash Sale - 2 Tickets For £10 This Weekend

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 24 January, 2015 at 3:42 pm

It's Back! Odeon Flash Sale - 2 Tickets For £10 This Weekend

Odeon Cinema's Flash Sale was such a success that they have decided to run it this weekend as well. Until Sunday you can get 2 tickets for £10 by entering your email on the Flash Sale page of the Odeon website, and they send you a voucher. You just present it at the box office when you are buying your tickets.

There's a huge amount of detail in the Terms and Conditions of the offer, and some of the main points are that it's valid for 2D showings only, are not valid within the M25, and are valid on standard seats only.

This is a great big saving for most of us, as city centre tickets in particular can be really expensive, and for many this works out at half normal price.

You can't pre-book with these, you need to buy your tickets at the box office, so make sure you get there nice and early if you think it might sell out!

You can read all the Terms and Conditions here*.

So, that's your evening out sorted again. You did ring the babysitter didn't you? Or you could get a voucher each and take the kids as well.

#datenight

VonShef Food Dehydrator & Dryer Machine £27.98 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 24 January, 2015 at 3:13 pm

VonShef Food Dehydrator & Dryer Machine £27.98 @ AmazonAmazon are selling the VonShef Food Dehydrator and Dryer Machine for £19.99, with a £7.99 delivery charge. If a dehydrator is on your wish list, this is an amazing price.

If you've never used a dehydrator, it's pretty simple: chop stuff up, put it in a dehydrator leave it for a few hours and out comes yummy 'chips'. Our favourite are over ripe strawberries - they make amazingly tasty strawberry chips that I have to hide from the kids or they'll finish them all in one go!

This Food Dehydrator is apparently reduced from £99.99, which is a massive saving.  You can use it for beef jerky, banana chips, dried fruits, fruit roll ups and many more, making ideal snacks for drying food for lunchboxes, snacking & grazing.

Dehydrating extracts moisture but retains nutrients, vitamins, minerals & taste, all the while preserving the foods for months.

The VonShef Food Dehydrator has 5 tiers of drying using a Flow-Drying system to slowly extract moisture & preserve foods, while the adjustable thermostat allows you to control the drying process (35-70°C).

A great way to use up extra, left over, or on it's way out fruit, and at a great price!

Love Your Body Cardholders: FREE 200ml Body Butter (Worth £13) @ The Body Shop

by Nada in Deals on 24 January, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Love Your Body Cardholders: FREE 200ml Body Butter (Worth £13) @ The Body Shop

The Body Shop have been knocking about for a long time and I must admit I have used them on and off through the years. There's one product and one product alone that keeps me coming back, and that's their Body Butters. The Body Shop Body Butters are one of their bestsellers and for a full size one you'd expect to pay £13. You can get one absolutely FREE if you have a Love Your Body Card. Keep a look out for your email from the Body Shop, and when you have completed the survey either print off or screenshot the voucher they send you. Pick your Body Butter, head to the checkout where you will be asked to show your LYB Card and then of you scoot to the lad of silky skin.

You MUST collect your FREE Body Butter between 9am on Wednesday 21st January until Wednesday 4th February. You will be asked to present your Love Your Body Card, so make sure you have it with you. Don't have one? Buy one for £5, just with this deal alone you will have made your money back.

See voucher for terms and conditions. Not valid in any of the Outlet Stores.

Thanks to coolfoufou @ HUKD

Chad Valley My First 100 Words Book 49p @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 24 January, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Chad Valley My First 100 Words Book 49p @ Argos

Do not under estimate the power of books like this Chad Valley My First Words Book from Argos. My son didn't say mum until he was two and it was books exactly like this that helped him along. With use at home and at the Speech Therapist he soon gained the confidence to start talking. Why not grab one of these for your little baby? They are only 49p each and it's never too early to start reading to your child.

The Chad Valley My First Words Book is a hardback which is always best for durability of children's reading material. It has thirty two pages, each filled with simple words and colourful illustrations to go with them.

Pictures are essential when it comes to teaching children words so that they can not only speak it but understand what the word means. I will be reserving one of these for my ten month old son as he already says cow when they cow appears on Baby Einstein.

You can reserve and collect the Chad Valley My First 1oo Words Book from your local Argos for FREE or pay £3.95 to have it delivered.

Thanks to LisaHayden from HUKD

70% And More Off Selected Children's Clothes @ Debenhams

by Nada in Deals on 24 January, 2015 at 11:18 am

70% And More Off Selected Children's Clothes @ Debenhams

Debenhams sell some beautiful baby and children's clothes but boy have they gotten very expensive. I know they do some designer collaborations for kids like Ted Baker's Baker Boy range etc but I struggle to see how they price their kids' clothing. At the moment you can grab some fab bargains in their Blue Cross Sale, and I hit the jackpot when I stumbled across 245 children's items reduced by 70% or more!

For really little ones I just adore this Boys' Blue Gruffalo Long Sleeved Top* at just £3.60. It's original price was £12, so that is quite a saving. Sizes are extremely limited but you might get lucky.

If you are needing to buy a gift for a new arrival and mummy is a bit of a glamour puss then this Bluezoo Leopard Print Babygrow Set* is ideal at just £3.30. It had been £11 and comes with a babygrow, matching hat and bib.

Just have a really good look like you would if you went in store, like I said there's 245 items to choose from so you are bound to find a bargain.

Save on the £3.99 postage fees and collect your order from your nearest Debenhams store for FREE.

MASSIVE Reductions On Maternity Wear: Starting From Just £6.65 @ Mamas & Papas

by Nada in Deals on 24 January, 2015 at 10:40 am

MASSIVE Reductions On Maternity Wear: Starting From Just £6.65 @ Mamas & Papas

When I was pregnant with my youngest I lived in my Mamas and Papas maternity clothes. They fitted perfect and they weren't too frumpy. They weren't the only maternity brand I used but were my ultimate favourite. If you are pregnant or know someone that is head over to the M&P site and you will find items starting from just £6.65. Some sizes are limited in certain styles but all in all there's plenty to choose from.

Every pregnant woman needs a comfortable dress to wear. Take it from me, it'll make you feel feminine instead of a waddling duck. This Knitted Lurex Dress* is now only £14, reduced from £48. It's pretty but not too over the top to wear during the day. Another good choice would be the Floral Printed Dress* which is now only £13, reduced from £45.

Shopping for jeans is hard work at the best of times, add in extra inches on the backside, gut and thighs and it's soul-destroying. I was a fan of M&P's denim. Check out these: Essential Bootcut Jeans* now only £9! Slim Jeans* reduced from £36 to just £11.

You can get FREE delivery on your order if it comes to £50 or over, if it's under then it costs £4.95. Some items are available for Click and Collect, but not all.

One Direction Boot Slippers £2.99 @ Argos

by Nada in Deals on 24 January, 2015 at 9:58 am

One Direction Boot Slippers £2.99 @ Argos

There pink and fluffy and only £2.99 from Argos. The One Direction Boot Slippers have been reduced from £9.99. These are a great bargain for those devoted Directioners, that's a 1D fan for all of you who aren't down with the kids like I am. On looking on these they aren't screaming One Direction so would most likely suit a non Directioner too.

These One Direction Boot Slippers in shoe sizes 2, 3, 4 and 5, which means you can pinch them too mum. They are heavily padded and look ever so comfortable. They are pink on the outside with silver heart 1D motifs all over them.

I am a fan of the boot type of slipper, they are so much more cosy than slip-ons. These ones have a grey faux fur lining and trim so will feel so soft on your weary tootsies at the end of the day. These may look like they can be machine washed but it's not advised. The padding might all gather up in one spot and make them uncomfortable.

You can reserve and collect these One Direction Boot Slippers from your local Argos for FREE, which means you don't have to pay for them until you go down or pay £3.95 for home delivery.

We Are All Doing It Right!

by Nada in Misc on 24 January, 2015 at 9:26 am

We Are All Doing It Right!

I came across a video online that I just found hilarious and very thought-provoking. If we are honest with ourselves we have all had a moment of thinking that our ways of bringing up children are better than others. It's so horrid being "judged" by another mum, so why do we do it?

This brilliant video shows us that we all have our own ways of looking after our little precious bundles. It doesn't matter what other parents are doing. It works for them and that is great. We don't need to point and judge because someone chooses to breastfeed or bottle-feed, we all have our own reasons for how we care for our children.

The common ground we all have is that we ALL love our little ones and we cherish them. This video highlights this more than anything in the world.

I am part of many online parenting forums and we are all there for the same reason because our children are our world and we want the best for them. There are frequent arguments as people tend to clash over issues like stock cubes. No joke. I know for a fact that any parent that is in a online group will get this video and relate to it fully.

Like this video? Come tell us over on our Facebook page, where you can watch the video too.

BIG Discounts On Hatley Children's Clothes: Items From £4.80 @ Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 24 January, 2015 at 9:10 am

BIG Discounts On Hatley Children's Clothes: Items From £4.80 @ Amazon

Hatley one of these brands like Joules that I used to see at Country Fairs and the like. Now, they are picking up pace and as popularity I never grows I bet we will see Hatley stores pop up everywhere. Amazon sells Hatley, which I never realised, and just now they have discounted most of the Hatley stock on their site. Items start at a very low £4.80, which is great for such a reputable brand.

What sort of items do Hatley make? They are most renowned for their bright raincoats and matching wellies, slippers and tops and bottoms.

With the weather still grotty these Hatley Umbrellas are fab for the kids at just £6.50, reduced from £13. Available in three designs: Party Bows*, Microscopic Creatures* and Bright Stars*. What about these Hatley Raincoats for only £16? Big Rig Trucks* in size 6, 7 and 8 years old, Party Bows* 2 years old only and Show Horses* in ages 2, 3 and 4 years old.

Their pyjamas are lovely with those funky prints that they use on all of the clothing they design. My favourites are Black Bear* and Polar Bear* starting at just £12.01.

You must spend £10 or over to be eligible for FREE Super Saver delivery from Amazon, but that should be hard since most of the items are over that.

Sofia The First Magical Talking Castle £36.10 @ Amazon

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 23 January, 2015 at 8:46 pm

Sofia The First Magical Talking Castle £36.10 @ Amazon

The Sofia the First Magical Talking Castle has an RRP of £64.99, and although most stores are selling it  for between £55 - £60 Amazon has by far the best price, beating the closest price by around £15. Add in the Free Delivery and that's a really good price for a big branded Disney toy.

The Sofia The First Magical Talking Castle is a two storey castle playset that comes with figures of Sofia and Clover the rabbit. When you place either of these figures on the castle's 'magic' base and you get to hear different phrases in the characters voice.

As well as this the castle has a ballroom and a bedroom along with lots of little features like a hide and seek window seat, a bed, throne, dining area, a mini toy castle in Sofia's room, a balcony, bridge and staircase.

You can also buy additional characters which will unlock different phrases and 'magically speak' when they are placed in the base in the castle, so the playset can be added to in the future.

Many Thanks to Martha on our Facebook Page for letting us know.

Kids' Birthday Parties: 5 Things You Shouldn't Do

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Features on 23 January, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Kids' Birthday Parties: 5 Things You Shouldn't Do

Now that the fuss has died down over whether it’s ever appropriate to invoice the parents of a child who fails to turn up to your little darling’s birthday party (it’s not, EVER), we thought we’d share five helpful tips for what not to do when it comes to little ones and their big days. So if you’re throwing a birthday bash any time soon, listen up…

1. Don’t ever send an invoice to those kids whose parents said they were coming but then failed to turn up. In fact don’t send an invoice to anyone EVER when it comes to a child’s party, unless you’ve made yourself available for hire as a party clown / Peppa Pig impersonator / balloon modeller - in which case invoices are ok. Always best to send them direct to the person who owes you the readies, though - never via an innocent third party. Like a classroom teacher. #Awkward

2. Don’t be surprised if some parents are conscientious objectors when it comes to your lovingly-prepared party food, on the grounds that their little darlings don’t 'do' sugar.
I’m looking at you, Alicia Duvall. Yes, you may have hand-whipped your home-made meringues for hours, seasoned them with pink Himalayan salt and sprinkled them with edible glitter to ensure that they*exactly* resemble the snowflakes on Elsa’s dress but no, that won’t win over those hipster parents who think sugar is basically granulated evil. Invariably the parents of those kids will merrily tuck into a huge slice of birthday cake while their deprived offspring is salivating mournfully in the corner, but don’t question them on it. Unless you’ve got a death wish. Those who would deprive children of sugar at parties are simply not to be reckoned with.

3. Don’t scrimp on the party bags
Woe betide the parent who decides that splitting a bag of Haribo and sharing out some balloons and pencils is all it takes to fill a party bag these days. How very foolish. Unless you’ve lovingly hand-crafted the contents (after weeks spent studying Pinterest, natch) or stuffed those infuriatingly small plastic bags with some really decent-grade loot, then you’re going to be talked about for weeks to come. Oh yes, the kids are all polite enough to pretend not to mind that you’ve fobbed them off with a tiny little plastic bag of rubbish, but they won’t forget. And as for the mums? Well, just don’t be surprised if the quality of the gifts your child gets at their next birthday party drops off dramatically. 

4. Don’t send a thank you note for gifts received from birthday party attendees.
Oh please, need I say more? Yes it’s polite and demonstrates excellent manners but it also just makes the rest of us look bad. None of the other mothers will be impressed; they’ll all just quietly hate you. The fact that you actually paid attention to the part where your child opened his presents, not to mention were tenacious enough to actually make a note of who gave what gift for the purposes of writing thank you notes later just makes us think we probably don’t have anything in common.

5. Don’t assume that your child is invited to the parties of all the kids who came to his.
There’s a dude in my kid’s class who routinely begs for an invite to every party going and yet not a single child in the class has ever been invited to his birthday bash, to my knowledge. He’s like a pint-sized birthday-themed version of a wedding crasher, and even the other kids have sussed that there's something of an imbalance here . It’s not cool, but it's what it is. So if you’re allowing your child to invite someone to his party, do it cos your kid likes that kid’s company, not cos you’re trying to even a score, buy some affection, or make a point. Parties with politics are just never any fun.