Baby Bed Hogger Pillowcases @ Twisted Twee

by Lisa Hayes in Misc on 31 March, 2015 at 5:40 pm

Baby Bed Hogger Pillowcases @ Twisted Twee

The picture says it all doesn't it really? Whether you have decided that co-sleeping is right for your family, or you are a reluctant co-sleeper there aren't many of us who haven't found ourselves in this situation. How is it that someone so little takes up so much room in the bed?

The Baby Bed Hogger Pillowcases* are made and sold by Twisted Twee, and this is what they say about them:

These Pillowcases divide the bed into the customary and inevitable sections allocated to each family member. It is a sorry but universal truth of parenthood that those in need of most sleep are allotted the least space!

You can get two different sets, depending on which side of the bed the parents get, and each set of two is £26 and made of strong Egyptian Cotton. Maybe not the cheapest, but very funny.

Minecraft T-Shirt was £7.99, now £5.32 @ Argos

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 31 March, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Minecraft T-Shirt was £7.99, now £5.32 @ Argos

Minecraft clothing doesn't come cheap, but Argos have reduced this t-shirt from £7.99 down to only £5.32 which is a really good price. The price before the discount was one of the lowest you could find for Minecraft t-shirts already - I've been keeping a close eye on them for my eldest.

It comes in sizes between 6 and 11 years, is 100% cotton  and machine washable. There's not a lot else to say about a Minecraft T-shirt is there? Stock seems very widely available, and can be delivered where available from £3.99, or you can use the free reserve and collect service.

By the way it does say it's a 'Boys' t-shirt, but who cares about that? There are plenty of girls who like Minecraft too!

Survey Reveals Top Ten Things Parents Argue About

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 31 March, 2015 at 4:01 pm

Survey Reveals Top Ten Things Parents Argue About

Parenting isn't easy (understatement of the century...) and it's definitely the case that my partner and I argue more now than we ever did before we had kids.

But it seems we're not alone, according to a study commissioned by Care.com, which found that the average parent will argue with their other half EIGHT TIMES A MONTH over the kids.

The topic most likely to cause couples to argue? Can you guess? How to discipline their child.

Giving in to tantrums and one parent saying 'yes' to a child when the other just said 'no' are also among the top things parents are most likely to disagree over. Other common disagreements between parents stem from not following through on a threat of punishment, and one parent being too strict or shouting.  (Oh, these sound woefully familiar).

What really surprised me was that more than three quarters of parents admit to disagreeing or rowing with each other over the upbringing of their child - I've always been inclined to assume that everyone else's families were just sort of sailing along harmoniously, so it's weirdly reassuring to know that that's not necessarily the case.

TOP 10 THINGS PARENTS ARE MOST LIKELY TO DISAGREE ON:

  1. How to discipline their child
  2. Giving in to tantrums
  3. One parent saying yes to a child when the other had just said no
  4. One not following through on a threat of punishment
  5. One parent shouting or being too strict
  6. Whether to let a baby cry or self-settle
  7. How much to spend on children at birthdays and Christmas
  8. Immediately seeing to a crying baby
  9. Letting a child sleep in parents’ bed
  10. How to reward children

How much to spend on kids for birthdays or Christmas and how to reward children for good behaviour or work also made the list of row-worthy issues for mums and dads.

And on the topic of how such domestic disputes get resolved, would it surprise you to learn that 51 per cent of parents say they are willing to compromise, while 38 per cent of respondents say Mum is most likely to have the last word?

Interestingly, more than half of the parents polled say their own upbringing is a factor in why they argue with their other half.

“Don’t sweat every battle," advises Liz Fraser from Care.com. "Let some stuff go. But stick to the things you really believe in, and try to find a way to work together on them, not apart.”

Easier said than done, in the heat of the moment. Does any of this ring true for you? What's the number one kid-related issue you're likely to end up having words with your other half over?

Extra 25% Off Sale Plus Free Delivery @ Pumpkin Patch

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 31 March, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Extra 25% Off Sale Plus Free Delivery @ Pumpkin Patch

We know that Pumpkin Patch kids clothes always have some sort of sale on, so we only tell you when there's something EXTRA on, and this is it! Ready?

The first offer is 50% off ALL Full Price Clothing, and this discount is already shown, there's no code to apply. It includes over 500 styles for babies, girls and boys, in clothing, footwear and accessories.

Also everything in the online e-Sale has an extra 25% off the prices you see on the website, and the extra discount is taken off when you go to the checkout. There's less size availability on these styles, as they were already reduced by around half price or more, and they have been on sale for a while. Still, with a further 25% off the prices if you're lucky you could pick up some pretty huge bargains!

And you get free standard UK delivery on everything, with no minimum spend with the code UKBUNNY until 6th April as well!

The cheapest items I could find were accessories that came to 75p with free delivery, and the clothing wasn't much more than that either. This sale is definitely worth a look, as you'll not find much cheaper than this!

Personalised LEGO Bricks and Minifigures @ Fab Bricks

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 31 March, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Personalised LEGO Bricks and Minifigures @ Fab Bricks

I think everyone knows how daft I get about LEGO by now, but I wasn't the only one who was impressed when Heidi told the PlayPennies team about the Fab Bricks website this morning. They sell personalised Lego bricks, minifigures, key rings and more, and for something so unique and original their prices are fairly impressive too!

Click here to read more...

Easter Bakes: Bunny Cream Puffs

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Misc on 31 March, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Easter Bakes: Bunny Cream Puffs

How completely adorable are these Bunny Cream Puffs?

I saw them on Pinterest this morning and my heart leapt for joy because I usually feel woefully inadequate when I see stuff like this. Let's just say you're more likely to find me sharing pics of my epic cake fails than crowing about my culinary skills. But these seem EASY!

Click here to read more...

SoulCal Snug Crib Shoes £8.00 Was £19.99 @ Sports Direct

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 31 March, 2015 at 12:00 pm

SoulCal Snug Crib Shoes £8.00 Was £19.99 @ Sports Direct

It's snowing as I type this, so I am laughing my head off at the notion of it being Spring. If it's the same where you are, you might want to snap up these cute SoulCal Snug Crib Shoes - they're just £8.00 at Sports Direct right now, down from £19.99, saving you £11.99.

There are several sizes still available, and these have a handy slip-on design with touch and close fastenings at the side - so hopefully they'll stay put and help keep little toes cosy!

They seem to be fleece-lined with a luxurious faux fur trim at to the top of the boot, and a soft sole to help keep developing feet comfy.

My daughter had a pair of these when she was tiny and I was impressed by how well they stayed on - she seemed to wriggle out of virtually every other crib shoe I tried.

At this price, they might also make a cute pressie for someone who is expecting a baby in the Autumn or Winter.

Standard UK delivery is £3.99 and will take between three and five days.

Garage Play Set With Three Cars £4.97 Was £11.00 @ Asda Direct

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 31 March, 2015 at 11:14 am

Garage Play Set With Three Cars £4.97 Was £11.00 @ Asda Direct

This cute garage play set is a fabulous price at Asda Direct right now, down from £11.00 to just £4.97. And it comes with three cars, too!

It's apparently suitable for children aged 18 months and older, and the cars look like the perfect size for dinky little toddler hands. (Don't you just love those pudgy fingers and dimpled knuckles?!)

It even comes with stickers so that little ones can customise this themselves - I know my littlest would adore that part. Although I'm not sure that many stickers would actually end up on the garage.

Nice deal if you're looking for a little Easter gift that isn't a chocolate egg?

Standard UK delivery takes 3-5 days and costs £3.95 from Asda Direct. You can also use their free Click and Collect service to reserve one online using the link above, and then pop to your nearest branch of Asda to pick it up. Easy!

With thanks to malibu777 @HUKD.

Disney Cars Go Glow Clock Bedtime Trainer £5.89 (Was £19.99) @ Amazon

by Heidi Scrimgeour in Deals on 31 March, 2015 at 10:57 am

Disney Cars Go Glow Clock Bedtime Trainer £5.89 (Was £19.99) @ Amazon

Happy news for those of you who are struggling with the change in routine that comes from the clocks going forward. This Disney Cars Go Glow Clock Bedtime Trainer is on special offer at Amazon right now, down in price to just £5.89 from £19.99.

I've never tried one of these sleep trainer clocks but I've thought about it several times, and have heard really good things about them from friends. It strikes me as a clever move to add a Disney theme to the basic idea of a sleep trainer clock - I know when my kids were littler they would have been thrilled with any sort of accessory relating to Lightning McQueen.

Now, the reviews are a wee bit mixed on this so it's worth having a careful read of them to see if you think it'll meet your needs. I'm inclined to think it's worth a try at this price, despite the mixed bag when it comes to customer comments. Anything for a few more minutes of shut-eye in the mornings, right?

Delivery will be free if you're an Amazon Prime customer, otherwise you might want to add some bits to your basket to bring the total spend up to £10 to get free delivery.

If you get one of these or indeed already have one, we'd love to hear what you think of it. Share in the comments below this post, or pop a comment over on our Facebook page!

With thanks to danawhitmore54 @HUKD.

20% Off GroBag, Gro-Egg and more Plus Free Delivery with code @ Gro-store

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 31 March, 2015 at 10:10 am

20% Off GroBag, Gro-Egg and more Plus Free Delivery with code @ Gro-store

The Gro company's products like the Gr0Egg and GroBag are hugely popular, and you can get a nice big 20% off everything on their website with this voucher code! The code also gives free delivery so there are some really cheap prices to be had.

Click here to shop at The Gro-Store*

  • Discount: 20% off plus free delivery
  • Expires: Unknown
  • Code: GROMBSS15

The Gro-Egg room thermometer is a great little addition to a baby's nursery, and ours has lasted us through two children. It's an egg shaped thermometer that shows you at a glance if the temperature of the room is as it should be by changing colours, and it also acts as a night light. It's £14.99 just about everywhere, but with the voucher code it comes down to just £11.99 delivered, which is a brilliant price!

The code also seems to work on everything else on the site, and the sale items I tried it on worked as well. That means that if you want some baby sleeping bags they start at £15.20!

You can find this and otherGro Store voucher codes* over on our voucher pages.

Thanks to glennsafc @ HUKD

Half Price Children's Character Bikes now from £25 @ Tesco Direct

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 31 March, 2015 at 9:11 am

Half Price Children's Character Bikes now from £25 @ Tesco Direct

If you need a first bike for a learner then Tesco have a pretty great deal - 10" character kids bikes with stabilisers are down from £50 to £25!

There are ideal for a child's first training bike, have sturdy steel frames and adjustable saddles and handle bar height. You can choose from Peppa Pig, Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty, Postman Pat, Fireman Sam, Thomas & Friends and Doc McStuffins. All the details of the dimensions are on the link so that you can see if it this style is right for your child.

If you need a larger size bike then the 12" bikes with stabilisers are also reduced, down from £85 to £60. The characters you can get are a little different, and include Frozen, Disney Fairies and Mr Tumble. The 14" bikes are down from £100 to £75, and the 16" are reduced from £120 to £85.

All are available for free click and collect, or home delivery will cost from £3.

Thanks to eaglenisa11 @ HUKD

LEGO The Hobbit 3DS - £7.95 with Free Delivery @ The Game Collection

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 31 March, 2015 at 8:25 am

LEGO The Hobbit 3DS - £7.95 with Free Delivery @ The Game Collection

If you're looking for cheap games for your kid's 3DS collection, then this one is a great price. LEGO: The Hobbit for the 3DS is reduced from £13.95 to only £7.95 at The Game Collection, and to make it even better free delivery is included!

The game is based on the first two Hobbit movies, but it's not going to be as scary for kids - nothing is as scary when it's done in Lego bricks! It's suitable for ages 7 and over. Here's what you can expect:

The interactive game of LEGO The Hobbit allows gamers to play along their favourite scenes from the films and follows the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he is recruited by the Wizard Gandalf to aid Thorin Oakenshield and his Company of Dwarves. Bilbo leaves the comforts of the Shire on a journey through Middle-earth to help the Dwarves reclaim their lost Kingdom of Erebor within the Lonely Mountain. Along the way, he is introduced to ravenous Trolls, dangerous Orcs and, of course, Gollum and his precious Ring. Players will utilise and combine the Dwarves’ unique abilities – often with hilarious results – to solve the most diverse Quests of any LEGO videogame to date.

Lego games are loved by both kids and adults, and if you get this while it's on offer it might see you through until the new Lego Jurassic World game gets released in June!

Thanks to FantasyDeals @ HUKD

Tommee Tippee Explora Weaning Kit £7.46 @ Amazon

by Nada in Deals on 30 March, 2015 at 9:50 pm

Tommee Tippee Explora Weaning Kit £7.46 @ Amazon

The Tommee Tippee Explora Weaning Kit normally sells for around the £14.99 mark. That massive online retailer Amazon have slashed the price of this baby set to just £7.46. With weaning, little sets like this are handy. I always went down the plastic bowls and spoons route because you can bet your bottom dollar that baby will throw everything on the floor. It's bad enough cleaning your kitchen floor three times a day, having to replace all your crockery would be too much.

What's in the Tommee Tippee Explora Weaning Kit? A First Sips Cup, two First Weaning Spoons, a Cool and Mash Bowl with Lid and Spoon and two Pop-up Weaning Pots. Basically everything you need to start off your weaning journey.

Each piece of equipment are dishwasher, microwave and steriliser safe which is a Godsend for time saving and hygiene. The Cup is non spill and has a soft spout for those little mouths with their soft gums.

To get FREE delivery from Amazon you must spend £10 or more. That means that you need to spend another £2.54 on something like these Munchkin Caterpillar Spillers*.

Children's Character Clothing From £1.95 @ LamaLoLi

by Nada in Deals on 30 March, 2015 at 9:22 pm

Children's Character Clothing From £1.95 @ LamaLoLi

Never heard of LamaLoli? Neither had I until the start of the year, but I am glad as I would have been skint a long time ago. What do they sell? Adult and children's clothing, mostly character themed items, at teeny tiny prices. Seriously, get all the Minnie and Mickey, Skylanders etc for Sports Direct prices. This site is exactly what all us money-conscious parents have been waiting for.

With clothing starting from just £1.95, you just gotta have look. If like me you have more kids than sense then you will enjoy the fact that you can clothe them for very little in the way of money.  Let's face it they grow out of them so quickly so why not grab the cheap stuff?

Like those Disney Mouses? Check out this Minnie Mouse Nightdress* for just £4.95 or this Mickey Mouse Hoody* for £8.95. Shortie Pyjamas are great for those warm, balmy nights in the Summer, here's some in Spider-Man* for £5.95 or Minnie Mouse* for £4.95.

Spend over £20 and get FREE delivery or if you aren't planning on forking out that much (with I highly doubt when you see all those bargains) then postage is £5.95 (ouch!).

Chad Valley Inflatable Car Ball Pit & Paddling Pool: £9.99 delivered @ Argos ebay

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 30 March, 2015 at 8:48 pm

 Chad Valley Inflatable Car Ball Pit & Paddling Pool: £9.99 delivered @ Argos ebay

This is new to the Argos ebay outlet, and it's a bit of a bargain I think. The Chad Valley Inflatable Car is a ball pit and paddling pool, and it's for sale at £9.99 with free delivery included.

The weather here has turned cold and wet so I'm thinking ball pit might be the first use this one will get, and use it as a pool when we get some sunshine and warmth, not the snow we got this morning. :(

I know for sure that my toddler would love playing in this, whether there were balls in it, water in it, or just himself sat there making beep beep noises and pretending to drive. You can't really go wrong for less than a tenner delivered can you?

FREE Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday 4th April @ Smyths Toys

by Lisa Hayes in Freebies on 30 March, 2015 at 7:52 pm

FREE Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday 4th April @ Smyths Toys

This coming Saturday every Smyths Toys store in the country will be holding a FREE Easter Egg Hunt*!

Here's what they say will be happening:

The Easter Bunny has paid a visit to Smyths Toys Superstores nationwide with a whole bunch of yummy Easter Eggs up for grabs! Children are invited down to our branches nationwide from 10am-4pm* on Easter Saturday (April 4th) to complete the FREE Easter Egg Hunt with a whole bunch of delicious chocolatey treats up for grabs! Better be quick though as it’s only while stocks last and you’ll be hopping mad if you miss out!

Although the Easter Egg Hunt is due to be on between 10am and 4pm, it is while stocks last only, so if they get lots of children taking part there is the chance they may run out of chocolate eggs. It's only one egg per child who takes part though, so fingers crossed they have enough.

Sounds like a nice bit of free fun, as long as the kids are happy to just get the free egg and don't expect you to take home the rest of the shop... although they do have some good deals on at Smyths at the moment. ;)

FREE Disney Easter Activity Printables @ Disney Family

by Lisa Hayes in Freebies on 30 March, 2015 at 5:45 pm

FREE Disney Easter Activity Printables @ Disney Family

So, it's raining, and the kids are getting bored already (mine's at school still!). How about a spot of egg decorating? No, not just spots and flowers - Disney eggs!

Disney Family have lots of different templates that are free to download so that you can print and cut out the pieces to decorate eggs to look like your favourite Disney characters. You can choose from Buzz Lightyear, Eeyore, Pluto, Mickey, The Cheshire Cat, Goofy, Toy Story Aliens, and lots more. My favourites are Kermit and Piglet - I just think they look the most effective, but they are all really fab for Disney fans.

If egg decorating is not your thing, then there are colouring sheets, egg wrappers, cards, gift boxes, recipes, and lots more ideas of things to make and do. Everything is completely free to download and print, so all it will cost you is the paper and the ink in your printer.

Have fun Disney fans!

Make Your Own Easter Bonnet Kit: was £10, now £2.50 @Mothercare

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 30 March, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Make Your Own Easter Bonnet Kit: was £10, now £2.50 @Mothercare

There's still a few days to go until the Easter celebrations start, and if the weather continues like this we will need lots to keep the children busy indoors!

This Make Your Own Easter Bonnet kit was £10 and is now £2.50 at Mothercare. It includes a straw hat, with ribbon and accessories for decorating. It's a nice easy craft that is just a case of sticking and then wearing the hat, then the kids can have their own Easter parade.

If you think the decorations provided aren't enough then Mothercare also sell a set of Easter Foam Stickers for just 50p, so the hat could be made super sparkly with those.

You can click and collect for free, or home delivery is from £3.95.

Exclusive LEGO Marvel Super Heroes The SHIELD Helicarrier: Pre-order @ The Lego Shop

by Lisa Hayes in Misc on 30 March, 2015 at 2:57 pm

Exclusive LEGO Marvel Super Heroes The SHIELD Helicarrier: Pre-order @ The Lego Shop

This is not a deal. Not in any way. This Lego set is the full RRP, not reduced at all. BUT for any Lego fans this is just to share how magnificent this new Lego set is, so that you can gaze upon it in awe... then faint at the price tag.

The Lego Marvel Super Heroes The SHIELD Helicarrier is available for pre-order exclusively at The Lego Shop online, with an expected due date of 6th April. It has 2996 pieces, and is recommended for ages 16 and above. Yep, not for kids this one.

You get to build the huge Helicarrier with its two runways, microscale jets and ground support vehicles. There are 12 microfigures to display in the decks and the interiors, along with loads of teeny accessories. You also get 5 normal sized minifigures:  Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill.

This is a set that you don't want to let the kids near once you've built it, you'll have to cragle it together and keep in the basement. It's £269.99.

In The Night Garden Talking Upsy Daisy £6.74 @ Tesco / Amazon

by Lisa Hayes in Deals on 30 March, 2015 at 2:31 pm

In The Night Garden Talking Upsy Daisy £6.74 @ Tesco / Amazon

This In The Night Garden Talking Upsy Daisy toy looks like a great buy for only £6.74, and Tesco reduced it as part of their big toys sale, and Amazon have price matched.

She is 23cm tall, soft and cuddly and says phrases from the TV show when you squeeze her tummy. Seeing as it's really young children who love the show it's good to know that this toy is suitable from birth so it's safe for the toddler fans.

I know there have been no new In The Night Garden episodes for years, but CBeebies still show it at 6.20pm every evening, and the one time they moved it they were flooded with complaints. Lots of parents use the programme to wind down their toddlers before bedtime, and there are always new fans because of this. My youngest is just short a few weeks away from turning two, and he has just started to take a shine to In The Night Garden, but he's sticking to gender stereotypes and liking the Ninky Nonk rather than Upsy Daisy!

Amazon will delivery this for free if your total ordered is over £10, otherwise delivery charges will apply. You can click and collect from Tesco for free, or delivery charges are from £3.