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5 Must-Haves For Long Haul Flights

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 10 May, 2015 at 12:28 pm

5 Must-Haves For Long Haul Flights

If you're jetting off somewhere lovely this spring or summer, you may be feeling a little apprehensive about the flight to get there, and you're right to be so. Long haul flights with little children can make the strongest mum break - trust me, I've done six of them, with children aged between 12 months and five years old.

There are actually distinctive differences between flying with babies and children. Children are easy to entertain - my 3 year old watched 19 hours of Doc McStuffins on our last flight, minus some sleep, which - while not first class parenting, was easy enough.

Babies - and younger children - are harder to entertain, and trying to go to the toilet with a baby in your arms - well, that's the really tricky part.

There are some things though that can make the whole experience a little less traumatic.

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Who Knew Toilet Paper Could Be Fun?

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 10 May, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Who Knew Toilet Paper Could Be Fun?So it's Sunday morning and I'm browsing Amazon, looking for a fab deal, as you do, when I realised that toilet paper, it turns out, can be quite fun!

I have a five year old daughter and a three year old daughter, and much to my horror, they've recently discovered that any joke that has 'poo' as a punch line is hysterical. Even if it isn't. And here I thought that was just for boys.

But back to toilet paper - Amazon has toilet paper with Sodukuprinted on, or with jokesprinted on, or even a deep red colour*, if that fits your colour scheme.  Or how about a glow in the dark* roll? That could actually be quite useful! For the politically minded, there are various world leaders' faces you could use, and even a crime scene warning*!

As for dispensers, there's the Polaroid camera*, and the dog's backside*... my kids love the latter.

So these are all novelty items, for most people, I'm sure, but they gave me a smile on a Sunday - hopefully you will too!

Father's Day: Personalised Street Sign

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 10 May, 2015 at 10:38 am

Father's Day: Personalised Street SignThese are a rather sweet and unusual idea for Father's Day: a personalised street sign from eBay for £3.99. There's a £1.55 delivery charge too, so the total is £5.54. These are on offer at Amazon Local at the moment for £15, so it's a great price.

These 30cm x 20cm signs can be personalised with any street name or family name as well as the first part of your postcode and town. These steel street signs can be mounted indoors or outdoors, and can make a great addition to a man cave ;)

Of course you can add a street name, but you could also add dad's name, or any other personalised details you want. It's a different kind of keepsake, but it's better than socks and ties!

Slushy In Seconds £3 @ The Works

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 10 May, 2015 at 9:57 am

Slushy In Seconds £3 @ The WorksI'm sure you've seen other branded slushy makers, and we already have a couple of them - the kids love them - but I found this one at The Works and it's just £3, which is a huge price difference on the 'branded' ones. I find it useful to have one per child, and if you spend £10, you get free delivery and save 20% with the code SAVE20.  If you have the freezer space, it's great to just keep them in the freezer so they're good to slush at the drop of a hat.

Admittedly there may be a reason that these are so much cheaper than the better known brands, but in truth, kids don't really mind too much, do they?!

Slushy makers don't require ice or a blender. All you have to do is pour your favourite drink, add the magic freezer cubes provided, shake and enjoy.

You can make slush from soft drinks, energy drinks, chocolate milk and so much more. Yum yum!

Printable Burger King Vouchers

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 9 May, 2015 at 9:56 pm

Printable Burger King VouchersIt's been a while since we last brought you the Burger King vouchers to print and use, so here are the newly released vouchers for May and June for the fast food lovers (yes, that's my husband at the front of the queue!)

Print out these vouchers and stick them in your purse. When you need a quick dinner fix, whip them out and buy yourself a Chicken Royale or a Bacon Double Cheese Burger for £1.99, or grab a BOGOF on the Double Cheese Burgers.

Get two Whopper Meals for £8.49 or Chilli Cheese Bites for 99p.

A family meal of 2 Whoppers, 2 Burgers and 4 fries will cost you £9.99 and even vegetarians can eat their fill with a Veggie Bean Burger for £1.99.

Hope these vouchers help you out when the hungry hits!

Summer Mini Breaks: Premier Inn Super Saver Deals

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 9 May, 2015 at 9:32 pm

Summer Mini Breaks: Premier Inn Super Saver Deals

Over the last 12 months my family and I have visited 6 Premier Inn hotels around the South of England, as we've turned day trips into mini breaks in an attempt to explore some of the country. Premier Inn is one of those brands where you really benefit from planning ahead as Super Saver rooms are available at a wide range of places and on a wide variety of dates, with family rooms costing as little as £35 a night. Normally booking a hotel in the low end of the price range means staying in a rickety building with dodgy wall paper and a vaguely off smell, but as a family we have been really impressed with Premier Inn as a family hotel.

From Brighton to the Isle of Wight, London to Camberley we've had great experiences in every hotel. The family rooms are large, the king sized beds are generous and there's always enough for everyone in the room.

Come breakfast, two children eat free with every paying adult, so you can easily have a full breakfast for 3 for under £9. (Add the extra adult and breakfast for four becomes £18, which is still good value, even if not as huge a bargain.)

Whether you're planning a holiday away or even just a bunch of mini-breaks over the summer, look at the family holiday destination* section on Premier Inn's website - or search by city* if you prefer, and see if you can bag yourself a bargain break.

PlayPennies Exclusive: 10% Off Kids Rugs @ The Rug Seller

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 9 May, 2015 at 9:09 pm

PlayPennies Exclusive: 10% Off Kids Rugs @ The Rug SellerA rug is one of those simple, easy and quick ways to bring new life into a room, and with this 10% off code from The Rug Seller exclusively for PlayPennies readers, you can enjoy the benefits of a bit of money saving to boot.

Click here for the range of kids rugs from The Rug Seller*

  • Discount: 10% off
  • Discount CodeKIDSTEN

Whether you're looking for playful rugs, decorative, or educational The Rug Seller has something for every child's room.

I love this reversible rug with a farm yard on one side, and a road on the other. Reduced to £26.99 delivered, I think it offers great variety and use of space. It's not 'boyish' or 'girlish' but can be both, and saves you having two different landscapes in a cupboard somewhere.

And as far as rugs in general go, it's a great price anyway.

Have a browse at their selection for rugs for kids rooms - I think we're on to a winner.

For this and other children's floor rugs, see our coupon page for The Rug Seller

PlayPennies Exclusive: 10% Off Kids Rugs @ The Rug Seller

Belkin 200 Baby Monitor with Night Light and Talk Back Plus Free EU/UK Adaptor £18.99 @ The Hut

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 6 May, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Belkin 200 Baby Monitor with Night Light and Talk Back Plus Free EU/UK Adaptor £18.99 @ The HutThe Hut currently has a sale offer on the Belkin 200 Baby Monitor, which they're selling for a best-on-the-market £18.99. Unfortunately if you add the £1.99 postage fee for items under £20, it takes it to £20.98, which makes it more expensive than the £19.99 delivery at IWOOT and Zavvi. However, pop this in your basket and you'll find there's also a free EU/UK converter worth £9.99 added to your basket  - which brings you to over £20 and makes your delivery free. There's also an automatic discount applied, so your EU/UK converter is free, your shipping is free and you're getting the Baby Monitor with a night light and talk back features for £18.99.

The Belkin 200 Baby Monitor provides crystal clear, interference free monitoring with ultra reliable DECT technology and Hi-Definition sound.

It works with a range of up to 300m outdoors, and 50m indoors, and indicates if the rechargeable batteries are low, or you're out of range. As the name suggests, it also works as a nightlight and has the talk back option, so you can reassure baby that you're on your way, via the monitor. 

This also comes with a travel bag.

Wifi Activated iKettle £99.39 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 4 May, 2015 at 9:50 pm

Wifi Activated iKettle £99.39 @ AmazonAt first you may be thinking what the hell?  But the more you think about it, the more you'll want one of these kettles.

You know what it's like, right? You're crashed out on the sofa, the kids are finally asleep, and you really fancy a cuppa - but getting up to switch it on, then waiting two minutes that feel like five hours before you can even pour your tea? Pah! That's so 2014. Because now you can tell an app on your phone to switch the kettle on for you, and when the water's boiled and ready you can pop in to the kitchen, pour and be on your way. I love it.

There are other options too - your phone will message you when you get home, with a 'welcome home' message, asking if you want the kettle put on. And even better, your morning alarm will do the same. And there's a snooze option and a 'keep warm' option too. So much love.

These kettles aren't the cheapest on the shelf but they're not extortionate either, at £99.99 - Amazon have a 'sale' on at the moment that take 60p off it. Woop, I know, but let's face it - for gadget lovers, this is a winner, all round.

So? What do you think? The height of laziness or can you see the practical benefits?

Heads Up: 3 ODEON Cinema Tickets For £12 @ Groupon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 1 May, 2015 at 9:33 pm

Heads Up: 3 ODEON Cinema Tickets For £12 @ GrouponTomorrow Groupon will have an offer for movie lovers: You can pick up 3 cinema tickets for ODEON cinemas for £12 - not a bad deal!

The Groupon tickets can be used from 2 May – 17 June 2015 inclusive at the cinema box office to admit the authorised bearer to view any advertised performance of a standard 2D or 3D film showing at an ODEON cinema in the UK, except: ODEON Leicester Square, The Lounge at ODEON Whiteleys and BFI IMAX.

You can't use it to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron before the 15th May; or any showings of Jurassic World and Minions. You will also have to redeem your tickets at the cinema box office, not online or via the apps.

You don't have to use all three codes on the same day, and you don't have to use them all in the same visit - but you can. You can also use two in one and one at another time.

As far as I can tell there are no restrictions on using it over the Bank Holiday Weekend, so if you are looking for something to do on a rainy bank holiday, buy your tickets first thing!

50% Off All Pizzas When You Spend £15 From Monday @ Pizza Hut

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 1 May, 2015 at 8:57 pm

50% Off All Pizzas When You Spend £15 From Monday @ Pizza HutSpend £15 or more from Monday at Pizza Hut and you can take 50% off with the code below.  I think a wee takeaway could be a great way to end the bank holiday weekend, and the code will be valid for a week, so you could use it more than once.

Click here for the menu at Pizza Hut*

  • Discount: 50% Off Pizzas
  • Minimum Spend: £15
  • Expires: 10 May 2015
  • Discount Code: AF113H

Valid until 10th May at participating delivery restuarants, the 50% off applies to ALL Pizzas only when you spend £15 or more on full menu prices. All deals include pre-set recipes or create your own pizzas up to 4 toppings. It does however exclude double-up deals on sides, desserts and drinks including alcohol.

You have to mention the voucher code at time of ordering.

We don't have many takeaways but when the price is right, and half of you are eating for free, you gotta do it!

2 for £2.50 On Jackson Reece @ Boots

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 29 April, 2015 at 9:53 pm

2 for £2.50 On Jackson Reece @ BootsBoots have a great little offer on Jackson Reece wipes at the moment, where you can pick up 2 packs for £2.50. Normally £2 a pack, even bulk buying at Amazon will cost £1.80 per pack, so a pack for £1.25 is a great price.  Each pack contains 64 wipes, so you're essentially paying 2p per wipe. If it's easier for you, Sainsbury's has the same offer on at the moment.

If you've never used Jackson Reece wipes before, let me introduce you.

When my kids were small, these were the only disposable wipes we used as they were as close to natural as we could find and were the only ones that wouldn't cause them rashes and other discomforts.

These are really simple, and incredibly gentle on the skin with no parabens, chlorine or other chemicals. They're great wipes to use and unlike most other brands, are 100% biodegradable, so you're being kind to the world too.

If you haven't tried them yet, do. They are fantastic.

Thanks to fizzy_izzy at HUKD

Hello Kitty Elbow And Knee Wrist Pads £4.49 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 27 April, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Hello Kitty Elbow And Knee Wrist Pads £4.49 @ ArgosPop over to Argos for these cute Hello Kitty Elbow and Knee Wrist Pads, reduced from £12.99 to £4.49.  They also have a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Safety Set for £6.49. As far as we can tell the stock levels are good, I checked at a variety of postcodes, so here's hoping they're near you.

If you're getting small adventurers out and about this spring prepare them for the inevitable knocks that come with new experiences. The reviews on these are remarkably good, with 28 reviewers giving it 5 stars, so that's a good start.

In the set you'll receive knee, elbow and wrist pads that all pack away in to a Hello Kitty bag. They're good for skating, scootering and cycling. The maximum user weight is 25kg and it's suitable for children aged 3 and over.

I do love that they come in a little bag too though - it saves them lying all over the coat cupboard when not in use. Hopefully.

Thanks to NinurtaEnki at HUKD

Trofolastin Anti Stretch Mark £15.95 @ Carethy

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 26 April, 2015 at 9:03 pm

Trofolastin Anti Stretch Mark £15.95 @ CarethyRare to find, and cheaper than anywhere else, Trofolastin Anti Stretch Mark cream is available at Carethy for £15.95 and when you meet the minimum spend, there's a discount to be had too. You will have to buy three at a time for the discount below to be useful, or one with something else to make up the minimum.

Click here for the Trofolastin cream at Carethy*

  • Discount: 5%
  • Minimum Spend: £35.87
  • Discount Code: PLAYPENNIES

One of the many things that changes in our bodies after childbirth is the addition of stretchmarks, and while some see, and rightly wear them as a badge of honour, many of us really struggle to accept some of the changes!

While there are many products that promise one thing or another, there seems to be only one that has scientific research around it. While we haven't tried this product here at PlayPennies, we have a discount code for you. If you Google this Anti-stretch mark cream, people really do swear by it (but others say no creams can reach as deep as is needed, so you'll have to make up your mind for yourself).

Let us know how it works for you!

2-Pack Peppa Pig Nightdress £6.49 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 26 April, 2015 at 9:46 am

2-Pack Peppa Pig Nightdress £6.49 @ ArgosIf your little Peppa Pig fan is due some summer nighties, pick up a 2-pack Peppa Pig nightdress pack from Argos. They're currently reduced to £6.49, making it just under £3.25 per nightdress.

Your little girl is sure to have her beauty sleep with this set of two gorgeously girly Peppa Pig nighties. One features Peppa sporting her infamous golden boots, whilst the other has a fun print of the lovable pig. She'll find it difficult to pick a favourite between the two!

These are 100% polyester, which is kind of in the negative for me with my allergy prone kiddies, but if you don't have those problems it should be fine.

You can have these delivered for £3.95 or collect from your nearest Argos. I checked stock around a few post codes and they all had good levels.

Pregnant With Quadruplets At 65...

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 13 April, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Pregnant With Quadruplets At 65... I'm sure the 9 year old daughter of a woman in Germany who wanted a younger brother or sister wasn't the first child in history to persuade her mother to actually go for it and have another baby. I'm less sure, however, that the 65 year old and her 13th child guessed that this new sibling would actually end up being quadruplets.

According to Bild am Sonntag, a Sunday paper in Germany, the mum-to-be was initially shocked... well I never. I think most of us would be shocked at the news of quadruplets, irrespective of how many we already had, but at 65 - I'm surprised the news didn't kill her.

Now, I can hear my grandmother's voice in my head saying 65 is still a "spring chicken" but I'm not so sure.

‘After the doctor discovered there were four, I had to give it some thought to begin with,’ she said in an interview with Bild.

I can't imagine having 13 children, and 7 grandchildren, never mind throwing another 4 in the mix. And I can't help but wonder which of her children might end up raising these four.

Apparently the pregnancy had so far been without any major complications and that if everything went well, the babies were due in the summer.

Well, I wish Ms. Raunigk all the best, and as much as I enjoy motherhood and adore my children, I think rather her than me!

Angry Birds All-in-One Set Includes Onsie, Bag & Slipper Socks £4.49 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 12 April, 2015 at 9:56 pm

Angry Birds All-in-One Set Includes Onsie, Bag & Slipper Socks £4.49 @ ArgosI'll start by saying this is Argos, so stock is always a question, but I just tried these Angry Birds All-in-One Onesie, Bag & Slipper Socks in four different post codes, there was stock in every post code, so fingers crossed. For £4.49 you can get the onsie, a bag and slipper socks, with free click and collect - not bad at all, and a fab gift!

Available for ages 5 to 10 years these are great for kids who kick their blankets off all the time! At least with onsies I don't worry about my little ones getting cold in the night.

They're also 100% cotton which is good for breath-ability and comfort - although not the bag and socks, those are polyester.

I'm pretty sure these would be great for any fan!

Thanks to NinurtaEnki at HUKD

£5 For £10 To Spend On Hungryhouse Takeaway @ Groupon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 12 April, 2015 at 9:24 pm

£5 For £10 To Spend On Hungryhouse Takeaway @ GrouponNew customers can head over to Groupon for 50% off a Hungryhouse voucher for your mid-week takeaway using the hungryhouse app. Pay £5 for £10 to spend through the Android or iOS app which can be downloaded for free.

(Just make sure first that you do actually have participating takeaway a reasonable distance to you!)

Hungryhouse.co.uk is an online takeaway ordering platform that covers over 75 towns and cities nationwide. Over 10,000 restaurants offer over 40 different cuisine types, with everything from Caribbean and Mexican to Japanese and Lebanese delicacies available.

Once you've bought your voucher you need to download the free app and enter the voucher code at the checkout. This discount is only valid through the app, NOT through the website. The code can only be used once and it's only available on orders paid by credit/debit card.

You have till the end of June to use your £10, but I'm thinking Wednesday night curry, how about you?

10 Bedtime Stories For £10 And £5 Off £20 Spend @ The Works

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 11 April, 2015 at 10:22 pm

10 Bedtime Stories For £10 And £5 Off £20 Spend @ The Works

The Works has a great offer that they run from time to time - and I've used it many times myself as our bookshelf would attest - whereby you can get 10 books for £10. At the moment a lot of the books in the offer are bed time stories, which is a great time to stock up your night time reading. There's another offer at the moment too, with £5 off a £20 spend - this doesn't apply with the10 books for £10 offer unfortunately, but still, the 20 books in my basket right now saves £79!

Click here for savings from The Works*

  • Discount: £5 off £20 spend
  • Discount Code: SAVE5

As I said, there are a lot of bed time stories in the sale. Included in these are: Bedtime Little Bear*, The Star Of The Zoo*, Dinosaur Sleepover*, Before We Go To Bed*, Time For Bed Little One*, and many more.

Of course there are loads of others too and this is always a good deal to avail yourself of - it makes for great presents too!

For this and other discount codes from The Works head over to our voucher page!

Free Next Day Delivery For Students For 6 Months @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 11 April, 2015 at 9:38 pm

Free Next Day Delivery For Students For 6 Months @ AmazonStudents can get six months' FREE Amazon next day deliveries, which equates to £39.50 saving, when you sign up on this Amazon Student link trial below. After the trial ends, you can get 50% off full Prime membership- that for £39 a year while you're a student. Once you graduate or after four years, whichever comes first, the price will jump back up again to £79 a year.

While the trial is free, this is a subscription offer, so you'll need to enter card details and pop a date on your phone to cancel or you'll be charged once the trial ends - although I'd renew for half price, then put a reminder in for a year down the line if you don't want the £79 renewal.

The Amazon Student trial, while giving Amazon Prime free delivery, doesn't give you access to Prime Instant Video and Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. You'll only have access to this once you pay for membership.

To qualify as a student you must be a UK student aged 18+, with an .ac.uk email address. Or if you've not got one of those, send an email from the address that's linked to your Amazon account to: [email protected] giving proof of enrolment.

An added bonus is that even if you've already had an Amazon Prime or Amazon Family free trial, you can still take up this offer.

Thanks to Sam11387 at HUKD