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Six Back To School Lunchbox Filler Ideas

by Luschka van Onselen in Reviews on 26 August, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Six Back To School Lunchbox Filler IdeasI think we all know that the cheapest way to eat is by making food from scratch, but we also know that in parenting, things don't always work to plan. While I would love to be a mum who sends my kids off to their twice a week lunch club with bento box lunches with goldfish cut from cheese, and octopus peeled tangerines and what not, I consider the days I don't have to tear in to Tesco on the way a victory, quite frankly. For this reason I like to have a supply of lunch box fillers in the cupboards so that when needed, I can still make sure my children are getting healthy-ish snacks that aren't costing me the earth, and that they will actually eat.

Here are seven new to the market, or newly relaunched snacks and treats that we've been trying out over the summer to see if my kids would like to see them in their lunchboxes this year, and here's what made our short list...

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3 Free Personalised Songs Sung By Sesame Street's Elmo

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 25 August, 2014 at 10:40 pm

3 Free Personalised Songs Sung By Sesame Street's ElmoYou can get three free personalised songs for your child sung by Elmo from Sesame Street. All you need to do is enter the code myelmo at the link below and you'll be able to download the free tracks and save them to your computer.

You will need to enter the code and your email address, and leave or tick the promotions box.

Next step is to submit, then choose the name that closest resembles your child's name.

Click Next, then you'll be able to listen to the song and hear that the pronunciation is right.

You then click Next, and then "No thanks, I just want my free tracks".

To download your tracks, right click on them one at a time and save to your computer.

There is an option to buy the rest of the album, but you can just take your three and run.

You can only use your voucher once per name, but you should be able to use another email address for another name.

Thanks to goonertillidie at HUKD

Silver Cross Dolls' Classic Pram £25.64 @ Amazon (Expired)

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 August, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Silver Cross Dolls' Classic Pram £25.64 @ Amazon (Expired)Amazon are selling a traditional style deluxe pram including an under seat shopping basket, parasol and bag for £25.64 reduced from the RRP of £79.99.

Kids do love their prams, don't they?! The toy variety, I mean. There's something about prams that seems innate to them - even my daughter who never had a pram as a baby knew exactly what to do with one when she got to a friend's house and started pushing one around!

The Silver Cross Doll's Classic Pram features sprung chassis for smooth ride and folds down for compact storage. The handle bars are height adjustable with  max height of 88cm. It fits dolls up to 50cm and is suitable for 5 - 10 year olds.

Thanks to northerngal77 at HUKD

Free PCs When Taken With £1.75 PM Broadband

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 August, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Free PCs When Taken With £1.75 PM BroadbandSimplifydigital have teamed up with Getonline@Home to bring you anyone that's interested this offer.

You can get a free refurbished PC when you call Simplifydigital and sign up to a new broadband and phone deal from your choice of provider. As you can imagine there are a few terms and conditions.

What you get

You will receive a refurbished PC for FREE or a refurbished laptop for £59. You will receive your laptop or PC 30 days after your new Supplier has confirmed to that your broadband service is active (may take up to 90 days). Simplifydigital will help you find the best value broadband service that's right for you and will even arrange your broadband installation.

PC/ Laptop discounts are available when taking broadband from Plusnet, Sky, EE, Virgin Mobile, and TalkTalk.

Customers on eligible benefits will receive Microsoft Windows 7 Pro and Microsoft Home 2010. Customers not on eligible benefits will receive Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft

Eligible benefits include:
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker's allowance
  • Pension credit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance / Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Carer's Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit / Employment and Support Allowance
  • Disability element of Working Tax Credit

This exclusive offer is only available by calling broadband comparison experts Simplifydigital (click the link above). PC/ Laptop discounts are available when taking broadband from one of the featured suppliers as a new customer only.

An ideal offer if you're looking to change provider anyway!

Thanks to iolaxx at HUKD

Wooden Thomas The Tank Engine (And Jungle) Alphabet Letters 99p @ eBay

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 August, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Wooden Thomas The Tank Engine (And Jungle) Alphabet Letters 99p @ eBay

eBay seller Vinsani UK is selling wooden Thomas the Tank Engine Alphabet Letters at 99p each with a Thomas door plaque that matches for the same price. (Incidentally, they also have jungle and ocean animal letters that are equally cute for the same price!)

These wooden letters are really cute. They're a perfect naming day gift, or a gift for a little one learning their name. They're lovely for playing with, or for using as a name on a door, wall or wherever suits, really - a friend has them over the coat rails in her house so her kids all have a space for their coats/jumpers etc. It's a great and rather sweet idea.

Each letter is self adhesive, so you just peel and stick.

Delivery on these items is free, so your 99p per item is the whole price.

We love these. How about you?

Skylanders Sandwich Box 71p Delivered @ Internet Gift Store

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 August, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Skylanders Sandwich Box 71p Delivered @ Internet Gift Store Internet Gift Shop has reduced the price of this Skylanders sandwich box to £1.50. With the two well known discount codes FACEBOOK1 and ICLICKED you can reduce the price down to 85p, but then add the new code SCHOOL10 and you'll drop it further down to 71p, delivered, since there's free delivery till the end of August.

You can use the same codes to drop the £1.69 Barbie Snack Potdown to 87p delivered, or the Hello Kitty Pink And White Sandwich Containerfor £1.56.

Remember with IGS that they change prices as an item becomes popular, so get in there sooner rather than later.

Also remember that delivery is free, but if you try to pay by PayPal you may be charged delivery. If you change to card payments you should then have free delivery. That said I've never paid for delivery from them (during free delivery periods) and have always paid by Paypal so it seems to be hit and miss.

10% Off Annual Maths & English Worksheet Subscription @ Teach My Kids

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 23 August, 2014 at 2:05 pm

10% Off Annual Maths & English Worksheet Subscription @ Teach My KidsTeach My Kids are offering a 10% discount on an annual subscription of Maths and English worksheets. To claim the offer, you need to use the discount code below. The regular price at the moment is £14.99 for a year's subscription, so with the code below you'll pay just £13.49.

Click here to claim 10% off from Teach My Kids using the codes below*

  • Discount: 10% off annual subscription
  • Expires: 31 August 2014
  • Discount Code: BACKTOSCHOOL10

At just over £1.10 a month, you will have access to worksheet based on the National Curriculum. These have been devised by an experienced teacher. The worksheets have been organised to save parents time and help children make progress throughout the school year. Flexibility has been built in to allow your child to follow topics as they are covered at your child's teacher at school.

You will be able to choose the year you require, and off you go. There's also a free trial if you want to see if it's for you first.

For this and other discounts codes from Teach My Kids as they come up, have a look at our voucher page.

Update: ASDA Baby & Toddler Event Now Live

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 23 August, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Update: ASDA Baby & Toddler Event Now LiveAs promised yesterday, here's a quick update with links of things you  can find at the ASDA Baby & Toddler event. A recap for those who haven't been following: the sale is currently on online but if you're wanting to find it instore you'll have to wait till Monday. Click on each of the links below to be taken to these hot items that we think may go fast.

Johnson's Baby Essentials -  normally £20, now reduced to £10, this set included  Baby Lotion, Baby Oil, Baby Gold Shampoo, Cotton Buds, Baby Bath, Baby Top-to-Toe Wash, Baby Bedtime Bath, and Baby Gentle Cleansing Wipes, so if that's what you're in the market for, it's a good price.

The Tommee Tippee Bottle Set Colour My World Feeding Bottles *set with pink, purple and green bottles is £10, and there's another set with just blue and green bottles*, for the same.

The Red Kite Cotton Tail Travel Cot Playmatis reduced to £12 from £15 and the weaning spoons are £2.

I don't know what the Bento style lunch boxes* were priced at before, but they're currently £5, which could be great for parent or child lunch boxes!

There are loads of items in the sale and as it's just started stock levels are still good.

Tassimo Coffee Maker £35 Delivered @ Costa Tassimo

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 23 August, 2014 at 11:51 am

Tassimo Coffee Maker £35 Delivered @ Costa Tassimo

The Tassimo T4 Machine is on offer for £35 delivered. You also get 2 x £10 vouchers in the box to use in six weeks and four months, on minimum £25 spends, so you'll be able to stockpile till the next offer on pods comes around.

Click here to order your Tassimo

  • Discount: 75% off the price of a Tassimo machine
  • Voucher Code: COSTATASSIMO

I bought one of these with the last Tassimo offer, and I have absolutely loved it! I must admit I was mortified with the amount of plastic we generated in the first week, but I found a recycling centre locally, so I'm feeling a bit better about that.  It's definitely worth getting if you like your coffee special.

For this and other Tassimo Voucher Codes, visit our voucher page.

8 Baby Face Cloths £1.96 Delivered @ Toys R Us

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 23 August, 2014 at 11:34 am

8 Baby Face Cloths £1.96 Delivered @ Toys R UsToys R Us have a free delivery offer on this weekend, which is a brilliant saving if you're looking to buy from them. Often even their sales aren't great because of that delivery charge, so this is a bonus indeed. One of the items we spotted is a set of 8 wash cloths for £1.96 available in either pink or blue, and delivered free. Bargain.

As a mum who cloth nappied both her children, I must say that once you've used cloth wipes for a while, it's really hard going back to disposables. Even if you only use cloth wipes for wet nappies and the abundance of daily opportunities for wiping faces and hands,  you'll save yourself a fortune on wet wipes over the baby years, and 8 or 16 extra bits of cloth aren't going to add massively to your wash pile, whether you use cloth nappies or not.

You will however, save yourself a fortune in wipes, and a lot of chemical exposure on little skins too.

These cloths are supposed to be really soft, and one reviewer actually complains that they're a bit too fluffy. No pleasing everyone, I suppose. They have lovely designs and are nice, gentle colours too. Overall the reviewers love them, and at under 25p each you can't really complain about much!

Thanks to MissSaver at HUKD

Kids Toys On Sale And Free Delivery @ TK Maxx

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 23 August, 2014 at 10:29 am

Kids Toys On Sale And Free Delivery @ TK MaxxTK Maxx has some great prices on kids toys at the moment and with free delivery this weekend it's a great time to start thinking of - ahem - gifting occasions. But if you can get gifts they'll love at prices you love, why not.

We love the Bosch Coffee Percolator* for £6. The kids toy replica coffee maker has child friendly functions and a real water filling option, so you can actually wet you lips on all those pretend coffees you'll have to drink. These are around £12 on eBay so a great saving, especially considering the free delivery.

We're also loving the Fancy Dress sale*! There are 4 Disney Princess dresses to choose from- Jasmin is out of stock - but each of these is currently only available in one size option, so check to see if it fits your needs before adding to the basket. If they're the size you need £7.99 is just great. Stock does look limited on these though, so act quick if you want one.

Have you found anything you like?

Glitch! Any 2 Kid's Beach Towels for £12 Only £4 At Checkout @ Tesco (Expired)

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 22 August, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Glitch! Any 2 Kid's Beach Towels for £12 Only £4 At Checkout @ Tesco (Expired)Tesco has an offer on beach towels at the moment with £12 for any two towels. However, if you put two towels in your basket head to the checkout, it takes £4 off, giving you both for £4. I've just tried it on two Hello Kitty towels and it's worked for me. It's definitely also working on the 1 Direction towels and St George's Cross.

Not much to say here - there are a few different towels in the offer, and even if you don't put one of the £4 towels in your basket, it takes £4 off at the checkout.

I expect these will all be out of stock in no time though!

Thanks to fluffykitty79 and lisasolo1 at HUKD

Single Duvet Sets £5 @ Tesco

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 22 August, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Single Duvet Sets £5 @ Tesco Sales on single duvets seem to have done the rounds the last few weeks, and now it's Tesco's turn to drop the prices on kids single bed duvet sets. They are down from £9  or £7.50 to £5, and you can order online right now while they are still in stock and collect them in store tomorrow. Many of these also qualify for clubcard boost, so you can get them for even less.

These aren't 'character' duvets, but more unusual ones, with images like cute pets, owls, sharks and a zebra. There are bunnies, giraffes and graffiti sets as well as puppy dogs. All very cute and great for the non-character driven.

The duvet sets from Tesco are polyester and cotton and they come with a matching pillow case.

They are machine washable and safe to tumble dry, with 'little or no ironing required'.

Honestly, at this price, it's worth having spares in the cupboard!

Thanks to jullie7 at HUKD


Frozen Backpack £5.70 Free C&C @ The Entertainer

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 22 August, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Frozen Backpack £5.70 Free C&C @ The Entertainer

The Entertainer are selling a Disney Frozen backpack for £6 reduced from £12, and with the code KUV6GUA you can get 5% off that, making it £5.70.

You can buy online and collect for free from The Entertainer, or you can have it delivered for £2.99.

You can only buy two of these bags per customer, but hopefully that'll satisfy the Frozen-lust of your back pack wielding small person.

This is a 12 litre Frozen Backpack with padded straps for more comfortable wearing, and a hanging loop on this rucksack meaning you can hang it on a peg or carry it in your hand - or probably hang it on a scooter handle if need be. You know  you'll be carrying it all at some point anyway.

The backpack has a lovely image of Anna, Elsa and Olaf on the front and is an ideal gift for any Disney Frozen fan.

Thanks to iolaxx at HUKD

ASDA's August Baby & Toddler Event Start Tomorrow Online

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 22 August, 2014 at 6:53 pm

ASDA's August Baby & Toddler Event Start Tomorrow OnlineYou've heard murmurings about it, I'm sure, but ASDA's August Baby And Toddler Event starts tomorrow online and Monday in store, and here are some of the fabulous offers you'll be able to find.

According to the press release we were sent earlier today, some of the offers we think you'll be excited about are:

  • Johnson's Baby Skincare Essentials Box for £10
  • Tommee Tippee Colour My World 6 Pack for £10
  • Fairy Non Bio Liquitabs for £5
  • Little Angels Washable Breast Pads £2
  • The 4-pack sleep suits are currently £7 and are listed in the sale, but with no new price yet,
  • and the Mamas & Papas Suitcase is currently listed at £10 and out of stock, but hopefully that'll be sorted by tomorrow and they'll be available for less.
  • Booster seat for £10

The sale starts in store on Monday, but if you want to be sure you get to pick up a bargain, you may want to place your orders online first thing. Make sure you check back here as we update the offers in the morning!

Big Paw Sale 30 - 50% Off @ Build A Bear

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 August, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Big Paw Sale 30 - 50% Off @ Build A BearBuild A Bear's Big Paw Sale sees 30 - 50% off selected items from the Build a Bear range right now.

There's everything from the standard bear to pink butterflies and toothy sharks. They're all around £12, but if you hit the clearance section, there are some from £4.

The clothes are listed at £12 for 2 sets and then there's accessories for £6 for 2. While Build A Bear is pretty much expensive all the time, these are not overly crazy prices, and useful if you have a fan and need to stock up on surprise bits and pieces for gift-occasions.

I know the sequin handbags for £3 would adorn one of our many bears - maybe the viking? - quite beautifully.

Deliveries from Build A Bear are £3.25, and it doesn't say specifically whether the offer is available in store as well, but it may be worth peeking in if this is on your birthday-Christmas-any time of year list!

My First Twin Dolls £7.50 @ John Lewis

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 August, 2014 at 9:56 pm

My First Twin Dolls £7.50 @ John LewisJohn Lewis are offering a set of My First Twin Dolls for £7.50 for the two dolls. Delivery from John Lewis is £3, but you can collect from either John Lewis or Waitrose for free. 

I really like this set from John Lewis. Apart from the fact that you're getting two dolls for £7.50 - the My First Doll from ELC is £10 each, and the Baby Born at John Lewis is over £16  - and could split them if you needed a couple of gifts on the cheap, it's great value for money.

One of the twins is dressed in a pretty pink spotted sleepsuit, while the other wears a "fetching" blue striped one.

They say they are suitable from 2 years.. I'll leave that up to your discretion, really. 

The reviews on these are fantastic. The dolls are apparently soft to touch and the kids love them.  I think they look like a brilliant value for money gift, myself!

Character Shorts and Tights 2 Piece Set Infants £3.99 @ Sports Direct

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 August, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Character Shorts and Tights 2 Piece Set Infants £3.99 @ Sports DirectSports Direct have this lovely Character Shorts and Tights set on offer for £3.99 down from £15.99. Delivery from SD is £3.99 so if you're having it delivered it's well worth having a look at the other items and grabbing a few of the other bargains too, like shorts for £3, demin dress for £6 and so on.

The Dora Shorts and Tights set is a "simple yet fashionable design". The shorts feature an elasticated waist so no fiddly buttons to contend with, perfect for a fashionable youngster and it's ideal for this time of year - shorts for warm days, and tights for chillier weather.

The shorts have two pockets and are 100% cotton, and the tights have a cute polka dot design. Obviously - and I'm not sure why they feel the need to say this - but both items are machine washable.

The set is available in three sizes in ages 2-3, 3-4 and 4-5 and seems to be in good stock too.

Free! Back To School Guide

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 21 August, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Free! Back To School Guide

The Professional Association For Childhood And Early Years has released a free guide to help children and parents of children heading to school this year get ready for the big changes.

While it may be too late for those who've already started back, it's just in time for many of us with little ones starting school in a few weeks.

You can find all the information you need on the link above, but in brief, you can download the free guide with top tips on how to handle the first day at school or at a new school.

You can also download fact sheets on various aspects of school life, and if you're looking for a good way to introduce the topic, there's also an activity sheet for children to cut and colour.

Hopefully a little preparation can curb the first day of school jitters.

Thanks to pinkmelonsmr2 at HUKD

PlayPennies Exclusive: 15% Off @ My 1st Years

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 August, 2014 at 8:00 pm

PlayPennies Exclusive: 15% Off @ My 1st YearsMy 1st Years is offering PlayPennies readers 15% off all items site wide using the code below. There's free UK delivery on orders over £30, and all orders get free personalisation and are sent with a free gift box. If your spend is under £30, delivery will cost you £3 for recorded first class delivery.

Click here for your personalised baby gift with a free gift box from My 1st Years*

  • Discount: 15%
  • Valid: Site wide, including sale items
  • Expires: August 26th 2014
  • Discount Code: PLAYPENNY

The great thing about this offer is that it is valid on sale items, and I'm loving the look of the percussion set from My 1st Years. Normally £20, it's down to £14 in the sale, but with the discount it's £11.90 for the maracas and a tambourine in a personalised carry bag. I love this as a first birthday gift, especially.

Of course we know My 1st Years for their beautiful personalised clothing, and this lovely little romper and hat is on sale for £9, or £7.65 with the discount applied.

There are lovely bits to pick up at My 1st Years, and the sale is all the incentive I need!

For this and other My 1st Years Discount Codes, have a look at our voucher section.

PlayPennies Exclusive: 15% Off @ My 1st Years