Kidkraft 65054 Chelsea Doll Cottage £62.83 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Kidkraft 65054 Chelsea Doll Cottage £62.83 @ AmazonAmazon is selling the Kidkraft Chelsea Doll Cottage for £62.83, reduced from £125.65, but it's available elsewhere around the web for upwards of £80.

This dolls house is no small purchase, and probably not an impulse buy, but isn't it a beauty? It should last for many years and be passed down through all the children in a family, I reckon.

The reviews on this product are fantastic, with the only negative being a review of Amazon, really, and not of the product itself.

The Chelsea Doll Cottage is filled with details kids are sure to love. The windows and doors open and close, and across the roof there's "adorable heart artwork".

This dollhouse also comes with 19 pieces of furniture, including a gorgeous grand piano and bunk beds with a ladder.

The house stretches over three floors, with two molded plastic staircases. It is large enough for more than one child to play at a time, and can be used with four-inch mini dolls.

Disney Frozen Gift Set £9.99 Delivered @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Disney Frozen Gift Set £9.99 Delivered @ AmazonAmazon seller ASVP Shop are selling this fab Disney Frozen Gift set for £9.99 delivered.

This is a great little gift set, I think, and the fancy dress - play opportunities are endless. I'm pretty sure any fan of the Frozen queen will love it.

There's only one review on the product:

Gloves and wand are pretty and 2 days in, no problem - tiara is a bit flimsy and 2 of the 'jewels' have come off and had to be superglued back on (I suspect others will follow). The plait and hair clip seem to be sturdy enough. Despite the problems, a very happy satisfied 5 year old!

It's certainly a fact that kids don't seem to see the negatives in products as much as we do, and I'm pretty sure my five year old would be beside herself with joy and excitement if I put this in front of her.

If you're taking any little princesses trick or treating next week, finish off the look with this costume!

Thanks to Sylvia on email

25% Off Frozen, Lego, Peppa Pig, Minecraft & More @ M&Co

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 8:26 pm

25% Off Frozen, Lego, Peppa Pig, Minecraft & More @ M&CoM&Co have a great offer for 25% off loads of children's character items with the code below. The code works on sale items, and there's free delivery on all items world wide.

Click here for 25% off character clothes & accessories @ M&Co*

  • Discount: 25%
  • Valid on: Everything, including sale
  • Expires: Unknown
  • Promotion Code: MISSYOU25

There are loads of character clothes to choose from at M&Co, including Frozen, Lego, Peppa Pig, Minecraft, Hello Kitty, Spiderman and a variety of Disney characters too.

Aside from just clothes, there's also a range of accessories - the Frozen cushions or ponchos are £10, or £7.50 with the code, t-shirts are £6, or £4.50 with the code.

For this and other discount codes from M&Co, check our voucher page.

Thanks to stout2212 at HUKD

How Your Body Changes After You Have Children

by Lucy Sweet in Features on 25 October, 2014 at 7:55 pm

How Your Body Changes After You Have ChildrenYour body used to be a temple. But since you had children, it’s more like an abandoned warehouse on an industrial estate in hell. What is this leaky, creaky, heffalump you’re dragging around with you? How come you have an extra arse on top of your original arse, and a jelly belly that puts Santa to shame?

Yes, a mother’s body is a strange place indeed, full of changes and not-very-pleasant surprises.

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Discontinued Don't Buy Child Car Seats: Check Out This Information From The Which? Team

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Discontinued  Don't Buy Child Car Seats: Check Out This Information From The Which? Team

It goes without saying that we love a bargain, but it doesn't always pay to skimp on price, and child car seats are one of those purchases where it's worth putting safety and reliability above cost.

So if you're shopping around for a car seat for a little one, it's worth checking out what the Which? guide has to say about them.

One Playpennies follower alerted us to the 'Don't Buy' guide from Which? - it's all part of their Child Car Seat Safety Campaign. It works like this - if a seat scores less than 40% in their car seat test then it features in their 'Don't Buy' guide which basically means they don't recommend purchasing it because it doesn't provide as good crash protection in their crash tests as other car seats.

Specifically, the Babystart Multi-Recline Group 0/1 car seat has just been added to the Which? 'Don't Buy' guide. Since their testing took place this particular car seat has been discontinued, but you might already own one or indeed spot them for sale on sites that sell second-hand baby goods.

It's worth stressing that you should never buy a car seat secondhand because it's impossible to tell whether it has been in an accident or sustained damage that's not obvious to the eye.

Which?has given this seat the lowest possible rating because it offers "very poor" frontal impact safety as a forward-facing Group 1 seat installed with the adult seat belt, and when in the reclined position the shoulder parts of the harness ripped out of the plastic seat shell as it broke, during our tests".

Scary stuff, but worth knowing. You can read more here.

Thanks to Corrine for sharing this on Facebook.

Bayer Design Doll Pram Trendy £19.19 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Bayer Design Doll Pram Trendy £19.19 @ AmazonAmazon are selling the Bayer Design Doll Pram from £19.19, delivered.  It's reduced from £31.99, but I can't find it for under £34 anywhere else, so if you're in the market for a dolls pram, look no further!

The 'Trendy' doll pram is a bright and vibrant colour, and should be much loved by little people. It is suitable for dolls up to 46cm and children from age 3 - though try to take it away from my 2 years old, should she get her hands on it!

The carry cot for this pram set can be taken out of the pram, so the doll can be carried anywhere the doll`s mummy wants to! The handle is adjustable so it can be used for a number of years and the pram itself can be folded up quickly and easily. 
The pram comes with a shopping basket, and a doll pram bag. The pram cover has a sweet little butterfly design, and the whole thing is just very cute.
Thanks to aimbo84 at HUKD

Disney Frozen Singing Olaf £11.99 Delivered @ Amazon

by Karen McGinn in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Disney Frozen Singing Olaf £11.99 Delivered @ Amazon

With an RRP of £19.99 and still £20 at The Entertainer and £18.99 from Toys R Us, this looks a great price for the hugely popular Olaf from Amazon. Especially as it comes with that all important free “Super Saver” delivery.

This plush Olaf does what Olaf from Frozen does best – sing! His choice of song is “In Summer” and his measurements are 12.7 x 15.2 x 31.8 cm. He requires 2 AA batteries which are included and this particular chap also has cracking reviews on Amazon UK. From four reviews, three left the maximum 5 stars, with the remaining leaving 4.

With lots of kids looking for Frozen merchandise this Christmas Olaf is as, if not more, popular than the two sisters, Anna and Elsa and as the weeks march on it could be a case of “Can we get what we want?” Frozen wise, rather than worrying about the price, so it makes sense to grab a bargain when we can.

Don’t forget as your purchase is over £10, you’ll not only receive free super saver delivery but you’ll also get a £2 code to spend in the Amazon Appstore. Every little helps as they say!

Frozen, sooo last year?! Not a chance!


12.5% Off Everything, Including Sale Items @ Mollie & Fred

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 6:01 pm

12.5% Off Everything, Including Sale Items @ Mollie & Fred

Mollie & Fred have 12.5% off everything at the moment, including sale items. I must say I do love Mollie & Fred. They sell gorgeous stuff, perfect gifts for people you don't know what to buy for.

Click here to browse Mollie & Fred*

  • Discount: 12.5% off everything
  • Expires: 26/10/2014
  • Code: 14BST12

The children's items are lovely things - these aren't cheap and cheerful plastic, but they are pretty and there are beautiful keepsakes.

The prices on kiddies goodies start at 86p, with the Egg Nogg Colour-In Pin the Pendant on the Princess* - perfect if you're planning a princess party anytime soon.

There's also the rather unique and unusual Rachel Ellen Happy Birthday Princess Jigsaw Cardfor £2.62, which is more than I'd normally pay for a kids' card, but it could be a nice one for a 'special' card that ends up in a memory box.

Again, unique and unusual, the Fairy Tale Crayon Gift Set* (£2.62) is very different and cute. Not mass market, but individual. Love it.

Up To 40% Off Leapfrog Toys @ Amazon

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Up To 40% Off Leapfrog Toys @ Amazon

There's discounts of up to 40% off selected Leapfrog toys at Amazon right now. Anyone would think Christmas was just around the corner!

Prices start from just £5.00 and when you spend £10 you'll get free delivery too, as per Amazon's usual policy.

Here's a run down of what's on offer:

Scribble & Write - Now £11.99 Was £19.99
My Discovery House - Now £8.99 Was £14.99
LeapReader Junior Scout Book Pal - Now £12.50 Was £24.99
Musical Rainbow Tea Party - Now £12.99 Was £19.99
Learn & Groove Music Player - Now £5.00 Was £9.99
Read With Me Violet - Now £17.99 Was £29.99
Read With Me Scout Green - Now £17.99 Was £29.99
My Own Leaptop - Now £13.39 Was £19.99
Poppin' Play Piano - Now £11.99 Was £19.99
AlphaPup - Now £11.38 Was £16.99
Lettersaurus - Now £9.24 Was £14.99
Sing & Play Farm - Now £10.04 Was £14.99
Chat & Count Phone - Now 38.70 Was £12.99
Farm Mash-Up - Now £10.04 Was £14.99
Mobile Med Kit - Now 312.05 Was £17.99
Peek-A-Shoe Talking Octopus - Now £23.25 Was £24.99
Roll & Go Rocking Horse- Now £8.70 Was £12.99

Get cracking though, those prices can't last long...

With thanks to missawhitten @HUKD.

Mr Men Complete Collection Box Set 50 Books £27 Delivered @ The Book People

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Mr Men Complete Collection Box Set 50 Books £27 Delivered @ The Book People

Until midnight on Monday you can get this box set of 50 Mr Men books for just £27 delivered at The Book People, using the voucher code mentioned below.

The price has already been dropped to £32 but if you use the voucher code MYGIFT you'll get a further £5 off when you spend £30 or more PLUS free delivery, which takes the price down to just £27 delivered.

That amounts to just 54p per book, delivered to your door for nothing. Pretty spectacular.

And of course you don't have to give the complete collection of Mr Men books to your lucky recipient right away.Why not squirrel them away and give them to a lucky little someone as 'just because' gifts as mentioned in this recent Playpennies post about why we should all spoil our kids a little more? Or use them for your very own Mr Men themed advent calendar, and give one book each day during December until Christmas Day. There's enough books here to do this for two lucky little Mr Men fans.

Don't forget that you need to order this before midnight on Monday, when the voucher code will expire. To use the code, just add this item to your basket and then head to the checkout, and pop the code into the relevant box when prompted at the basket checkout stage.

Now who's your favourite of all the Mr Men?

With thanks to tylersmama @HUKD.

Toddlers With Dummies: Why All The Fuss Over Harper Beckham?

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 25 October, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Toddlers With Dummies: Why All The Fuss Over Harper Beckham?

Certain tabloid newspapers seem to have lost their minds with incomprehension today over the startling discovery that Harper Beckham ‘still’ has a dummy. She’s three years old.

Frankly, I don’t understand why anyone (except perhaps David and Victoria) would care whether Harper has a dummy or not, but then the whole 'issue' of toddlers having dummies seems to be one of *those* topics that gets people - parents and non parents alike - all het up with opinionated fury.

And I can understand why - sort of. We’ve all seen kids walking around with dummies in their mouths well past the stage where that seems age-appropriate, and it’s certainly a bit disconcerting to have a conversation with a child whose words are completely obscured by a dummy dangling from between their (potentially misshapen) teeth. Indeed, I know people who vehemently believe that if a child can walk and talk then they’re way too old to have a dummy.

So they probably wouldn't be too impressed with my daughter. She's over a year old and she still has a dummy. Granted, we try to stick to a pretty strict rule of only using it when she's in her cot but now and again we find ourselves out and about around nap time or bed time, and when tiredness takes hold of her she 'needs' her dummy. I don't feel bad about that. Based on my experience with my older two children, who gave up their dummies of their own volition way before they were a year old, I sort of expected her to follow suit. It doesn't look like that's going to happen any time soon and so, despite being a parent to three children, I find myself at a bit of a loss as to where to go from here on the dummy front. I wonder if Victoria Beckham might feel something similar.

But I don't get why we have such an aversion to dummies. Yes, yes, I know all the stuff about the possibility of speech delay and misshapen teeth but I've yet to meet a child who actually has those issues as a result of dummy use. And there are distinct advantages to dummy use too, including a connecting between a lower risk of cot death among babies who use dummies while they sleep.

Granted, that's different to the pictures in the papers of Harper Beckham being carried out of a toy store at the age of three, sucking on a dummy. But after what was clearly an afternoon of fun and quality time with her Mum, maybe the tot was tired and heading for a meltdown. She's three; that happens. Does it really warrant a national media freak out? I think not.

If only we cared about things like the fact that approximately 22,000 children die from poverty around the world every day, as much as we do about the child of a famous couple using a dummy. Never mind dummies not being age appropriate for children over a certain age; I think it's time the rest of us grew up.

Image credit: Flickr/clappstar

20% Discount @ Nandos For Emergency Services

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 12:36 pm

20% Discount @ Nandos For Emergency Services There's a 20% Discount available at Nandos for Emergency Service staff, including police, fire, military and NHS. This is an ongoing promotion, nationwide and can be used on your whole order.

I used to work for the NHS, and as it happens there was a Nandos on my walk from work to home. The 20% discount came in handy more than once!  Ah, the good old days. Sadly, working for a deals website isn't the kind of emergency service Nando's means when they offer their discount to the hard working men and women.

When ordering your meal, you have show the cashier your ID with the official NHS, Police, Fire or Military logo. If your ID is not a photo ID you may get asked to show additional photo ID, such as a driving licence. The discount is for the cardholder’s starter, main meal, drink and dessert only. If you order a sharing platter the discount is for the whole platter but in my experience if you order a take-away meal, it applies to the whole meal - don't quote me on that though!

This discount is not to be used in conjunction with any other offer, except the Nando's Card scheme where you can still collect Chillies and redeem rewards in the usual way.

Every Emergency services employee may not be able to use this card every time, but it is useful for those who can when they can, and hopefully it helps you save those pennies.

Provisional Driving Licence, Driving Theory Test & Renewal Fee Price Drops @ DVLA

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 25 October, 2014 at 10:55 am

Provisional Driving Licence, Driving Theory Test & Renewal Fee Price Drops @ DVLAIf you're due for a driving licence renewal, or even if you are about to do your driving test for the first time, or want to do practice tests, hold off till the 31st of October, and you'll have new lower rate to pay, so it may be worth holding on.

At the moment your licence renewal will cost you £20. After next Monday, it will be down to £14. 

As part of the proposals, drivers who apply online for their first driving licence would see the fee drop from £50 to £34. Drivers who renew their licence after 10 years would see the fee drop from £20 to £14. All driver tachograph cards would fall from £38 to £32.

The new fees, representing price cuts of up to 32%, begin on 31 October.

Other fees being considered in the DVLA review include vehicle first registrations and duplicate registration, but there's no confirmed news on that at the moment.

I'm sure the price of something else will be going up soon, to counter the £18 million that drivers will be 'saving', but in the meantime, I've got £7 in my pocket when it comes to renewing my license next month.

Thanks to darren_scotland at HUKD

Free Halloween Spooktacular Activities TODAY @ ASDA

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 25 October, 2014 at 10:28 am

Free Halloween Spooktacular Activities TODAY @ ASDA

If you're looking for something to do with the kids today, ASDA are hosting a free Halloween hunt, where kids will be given clue sheets to guide them around the store and masks with "Monster Vision" to help them spot the "mischievous Fang and Fangle" hidden in red reveal floor stickers.

This event is on in ASDAs around the country from 10am- 4pm today, and you can click on the link below to see where the participating ASDAs are:

Once they’ve found Fang and Fangle with their stolen party treats and completed the hunt, the kids will be given a membership card to show they’re a fully-fledged member of the Spook Squad!

Using a handheld smart device with the Zappar app, kids will be able to “zap” their augmented reality mask, which will transform them into either Sir Spook or George-ina. Kids can also use the “Spook Swap” function to switch between characters.

ASDA will be giving out stickers with zap codes, which can be used to create a Halloween hunt at home if you want to extend the fun into the holidays.

Fisher Price Little People Disney Princess Palace £26.49 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 9:41 am

Fisher Price Little People Disney Princess Palace £26.49 @ Argos

Argos are selling the Fisher Price Little People Disney Princess Palace for £26.49, reduced from £52.99, which seems a great saving to me! It's currently still £41.99 at Smyths, and £42 at Very.

My children saw an advert on TV for (what I'm pretty sure was) this earlier today and they both shouted "I want that!" at the same time. After saying that we don't get things when we ask like that, I had a look at the price and lo and behold, here it is at half price at Argos. Perfect.

This interactive Disney Princess palace playset brings the princesses to life in a special way and features images from Disney films!

The playset comes with Snow White and Cinderella which is great for two children playing at the same time. When you place the princesses on the dance floor, it recognises that specific Princess and responds with her name, character phrases and a song from her movie.

It looks a cute little set, and at the price you can't really go wrong.

Thanks to pinderlota at HUKD

Crazy Bargains @ Claire's Accessories

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 24 October, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Crazy Bargains @ Claire's Accessories

There's never been a better time to stock up on stocking fillers, pass the parcel gifts, or other cheap and cheerful tidbits at Claire's Accessories. The clearance section has loads of items starting from 50p on sale, and when you get to the checkout there's an extra 30% of too. If you happen to fancy something from the full price section, you'll find 24% removed from your total on those at the checkout too, which makes for some pretty decent savings.

The extra 30% off is online only, so you won't find these prices in store.

Delivery is free if you order over £21, but otherwise is £1.99, which is the same price as click & collect.

Over on HUKD people are telling us that they've picked up things like 3 One Direction Mugs for £1.65 (£9 each reduced to £1.50 combined with the 3 for 2 offer and 30% off), or a One Direction bag reduced from £18 now £4 and an extra £1.20 off at checkout, making it £2.80.

If the boy bands aren't really your thing, there's also jewellery and accessories to choose from. At £5 a set they're okay, but at 3 sets for £7? Well, you can afford to treat someone! That's £5 each, with 3 for 2 makes it 3 sets for £10, minus 30% gives you a total of £7.

Thanks to babyblue at HUKD

Half Term Half Price Toys @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 24 October, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Half Term Half Price Toys @ ArgosArgos has a half term, half price toy sale on at the moment, with some brilliant prices on sought after and loved toys.

There are great offers for older or more active kids, like the Sportspower 10ft trampoline* which was £199.99 but is now £99.99. If you buy a Sportswear trampoline there's also a special offer of £10 off trampoline kit, for things like stairs and so on.

For something with a somewhat more indoor focus, there's £12.49 off the Barbie Endless Curls Doll*, making it cost the same again.

Boardgames are reduced too, with for example My Monopoly* costing £10.99 instead of £21.99.  I think this is pretty genius actually, as My Monopoly  includes blank tiles and stickers so you can make it your own. You can print out the sitckers to personalise your tokens, properties, and even Chance and Community Chest cards.

If it's your thing - or you know someone whose it is - there's a giant Star Wars Darth Vader Action Figurecurrently reduced to £19.99 too.

Thanks to edandhen at HUKD for that last one!

Silver Cross Roamer Dolls Pram £22.49 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 24 October, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Silver Cross Roamer Dolls Pram £22.49 @ ArgosArgos are selling the Silver Cross Roamer Dolls Pram for £22.49 reduced from £44.99. Delivery is £3.95, or you can click and collect for free.

Little kids, whether they've ever used a pram or not, seem to love playing with prams. Like most things in life, they love mimicking adult activities, from cooking in a play kitchen to caring for the baby.

This classic dolls pram has a fully adjustable comfort grip handle, with a maximum height of 74cm, which should give the pram a good life span.  They do recommend that the set is suitable for children over four years of age. There's also a 'shopping basket' to store the baby doll's accessories, and when not in play, the pram folds flat for easy storage.

The pram also comes with a coordinated shoulder bag, perfect for little madams!

The Silver Cross Roamer Dolls Pram will fit dolls up to 50cm, but the set doesn't come with a puzzle included.

I'm pretty sure this will make someone's day, no matter the day!

Halloween Crafting - Spooky Milk Jug Ghosts! We love these.. try it out!

by PP Admin in Misc on 24 October, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Halloween Crafting - Spooky Milk Jug Ghosts! We love these.. try it out!

Want an idea for some budget Halloween décor? Check out our Spooky milk jug ghosts!

What you need:

  • Empty milk jugs
  • A sharpie
  • Lights

Here's one we made earlier! To light them up, we used some neon-ice cubes we had from a party. You can use anything the kids have available, any light-up toys or little torches, even a string of Christmas lights. We think it's a fab idea for some cheap decorations.

Give it a try yourself or check out our other crafty ideas and Halloween discounts here

Are You Spoiling Your Child... ENOUGH?

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Features on 24 October, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Are You Spoiling Your Child... ENOUGH?

Credit: Flickr/dr_zoidberg

No parent wants to raise a spoiled brat. We’ve all known enough of those to understand that the kind of parenting that panders to a child’s every whim can back-fire spectacularly. So, to avoid that, we say ‘no’ a lot - perhaps more often than we say yes - and we limit sugary snacks and implement healthy boundaries and basically bend over backwards in a bid to strike the perfect balance between making our children feel secure and loved, but ensuring that they don’t end up entitled, whiny, spoiled little so-and-so’s.

But here’s a thought: perhaps should we worry less about spoiling our kids, and consider focusing our attention on spoiling them a whole lot more. Stick with me, here. I know it sounds bonkers, but I read a blog this week about just that - why we should spoil our kids more often - and it got me thinking.

Will my kids grow up to thank me for being a measured parent who never spoiled them? Or if I go a little wild and relax all the boundaries from time to time, will they grow up with a heart stuffed full of the kind of memories that make kids light up a little more than before on the inside?

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