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Mid-Season Sale Kids & Baby Items From £3 @ M&S

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 26 September, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Mid-Season Sale Kids & Baby Items From £3 @ M&SAt 7pm tonight the M&S Mid Season Sale went live, with up to 50% off on clothes for kids and babies (among other offers). This means that the prices of clothes start from £3. Home delivery is £3.50 when you spend under £50, or free if you spend more. You can also collect clothing in store.

The good news is that since this sale just went live, there are still great stock levels.

For girls there's socks, tights, underwear and nighties from £3, tops, shirts, pinifores and dresses from £5, and bags, tutus and skirts from £7. In fact most items are under £10, with a few party dresses and shoes going up to £20. Definitely well worth a look though!

It's much the same for boys, with some gems like the Spiderman jumper from £4.50 and the Thomas elasticated belts for about the same. I particularly love the Spiderman shirt with cape for £6.

As is always the case, baby clothes are super cute, and from £3, the prices are great.

Get in there quickly while stock lasts!

Boots Star Gift: MICRO Pedi Power Gift Set with Nails Inc £29.99 @ Boots

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 26 September, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Boots Star Gift: MICRO Pedi Power Gift Set with Nails Inc £29.99 @ BootsThe song used to be, "Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat" but now we can change it to "Christmas is coming, Boots Star Gifts are on the shelves"... or something like that. I'm not much of a song writer, but I do know that the season is coming and last year you all loved the star gifts! The first one for this year is the Micro Pedi Power Set with Nails Inc, reduced from £79.99 to £29.99, saving £50.

The ever popular MICRO Pedi unit is branded with ‘on trend’ Nails Inc. to create a fabulous gift set this Christmas. This kit contains everything you need for fabulous feet in seconds. The electronic foot file powers mineral rollers to gently buff away hard skin plus three nails inc polishes.

The MICRO Pedi Technology is a battery operated foot file and hard skin remover. The micro-mineral rollers rotate 360 degrees, 30 times per second, and gently buffs away hard and rough skin, leaving your feet amazingly soft and smooth - a friend who owns this confirmed it for me!

Included in the gift set are three fabulous Nails Inc. polishes - Oxford Gardens, Uptown and High Street Kensington worth £34 themselves.

You will need to add 2 AA batteries, so grab those at the same time.

Minnie Mouse Twin Stroller £12.23 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 September, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Minnie Mouse Twin Stroller £12.23 @ AmazonAmazon have reduced the price of the Minnie Mouse Twin Stroller from £21.99 to £12.23. They're also available on eBay for around £18.99, so seeing as this is a delivered price, it's a pretty good deal for a light, fun play thing.

What is it with kids and strollers. As if they can't wait for adulthood and their own turn at babies, they do love playing with and emulating what they see, for sure. It's quite a good thing, actually when you're having  baby to let your little one have a go at being mummy or daddy to0. It's been really sweet for me, watching the development of that relationship between my two daughters, and how my oldest is so beautifully mothering towards my youngest.

If you have a little one that would love a twin stroller for her favourite dolls, this compact twin dolls stroller with side by side twin seats features adjustable hoods and a 40cm high grip handles and an umbrella fold for easy storage.

It is suitable for dolls up to 40cm and is supplied in fun Minnie Mouse Bow-Tique.

I'm sure it would make a big sister or brother to be very, very happy.

Extra 20% Off Sale Items @ Claire's

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 September, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Extra 20% Off Sale Items @ Claire'sI told you a few days ago about the 75% off at Claire's and it seems like they've upped the ante and added 20% off on the 75% off prices.

When you go through and choose your items, you'll see they're still at the 75% off prices, but once you go to the checkout, your extra 20% off will be automatically deducted, leaving you with a few pennies more in your pocket.

I just put 4 princess crowns in my basket for an upcoming birthday party, and while they were down to £3 each, coming to £12, there's £2.40 off now, making it £9.60 for a handful of party centerpieces. Fab.

The Lambie backpack is now down to £6.40 which is a bargain for anyone who loves the Doc McsStuffins character.

Deliver is £2.99, but Click & Collect is £1.99, so factor that in to your calculations, but either way, it should still be a steal.

Thanks to lauralou2014 at HUKD

VTech InnoTab 3 Blue With Case £34.99 @ The Entertainer

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 September, 2014 at 8:15 pm

VTech InnoTab 3 Blue With Case £34.99 @ The EntertainerIf you've been keeping your eye out for a tablet for the kids, the VTech InnoTab 3 is currently on sale at The Entertainer for £34.99 and comes with a case too. Amazon has the tablet for over £42, excluding the case which is normally another £7 or so, depending on where you buy it.

The new and improved InnoTab now has 2GB of memory, a 2 mega pixel camera and a D-Pad. The 12cm colour touch-screen and motion-sensor allows kids to read books and stories with the e-reader, play games and interact with their favourite characters using the D-Pad, take pictures with the 180 degree rotating camera and video recorder, draw, paint and colour in fantastic pictures with the art studio, listen to their favourite music with the MP3 player and create funny faces and photo frames with 55 fun effects. They can even use the built-in microphone to interact with games and record their voice.

The InnoTab 3 comes with 15 built-in apps and a free download and you can download additional games and apps from the VTech Learning Lodge Navigator website.

This easy-to-use tablet needs 4 x AA batteries and is suitable for kids aged three to nine. It has no internet access, but can be connected to a computer with the USB cable.

Thanks to MissGem at HUKD

Lego City / Lego Friends Advent Calendar £15.39/£15.99 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 24 September, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Lego City / Lego Friends Advent Calendar £15.39/£15.99 @ AmazonWe are storming full steam ahead to the end of September, and before you know it Halloween will have come and gone and it'll be the final countdown to the first of December, and to, well, the countdown to Christmas. Amazon are only to happy to oblige with Lego City and Lego Friends Calendars on sale for £15.39 and £15.99, delivered.

Build the holiday story as you follow Mia on a sledding adventure. Spot the wildlife in the forest on the way to her friend Ewa's house, then help them prepare a delicious Christmas dinner and share in the excitement as they open all their presents. Includes Mia and Ewa mini-doll figures with 24 buildable surprises in a calendar with 24 secret compartments.

I don't even have to look anywhere else. My daughter would be over the moon.

If you'd prefer something a little more unisex though, you may like the look of the Lego City with it's included seven minifigures with assorted accessories: a boy, woman, girl, crook, 2 policemen and Santa.:

Take the boy to post a letter to Santa, build a snowman, visit the Christmas market and go ice-skating with his friend. Play with an early Christmas gift of a duck built from LEGO bricks. Help the police to build an awesome sled to catch the crook who's stolen the presents. Then it's time for a celebration feast, exchanging gifts around the Christmas tree and a visit from a very special guest.

That sounds like a perfect Christmas too.

Kid-Sit Sitting Buggy Board £79/£64 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 24 September, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Kid-Sit Sitting Buggy Board £79/£64 @ Amazon

I'm in two minds over this here Kid-Sit buggy board. I can imagine that it would save a lot of moaning and whining after a long and tiring day at school while mum's having a chinwag at the school gates... but it's a lot of money to pay for something to sit on! At the same time,  a regular buggy board can cost you £40 - £60 at Tesco, so it's not that big a jump for something that can bring a little peace your way. Either way, the usually £99 Kid-Sit is currently at the best price it's been - I've been keeping an eye on it! - and is now £79.

If you're an Amazon Family member - you get free membership with Amazon prime - you can take £15 off when you spend £60 in the baby store, so this should reduce down to £64, which makes marginally more than the more expensive standing buggy boards at supermarkets.

I've been uhming and ahing over this contraption since I first saw it in the spring... I can see it being so useful. But then I don't use a buggy, so maybe I'm missing something. What do you think?

Baby Safety Animal Door Stop 90p Delivered @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 24 September, 2014 at 8:03 pm

 Baby Safety Animal Door Stop 90p Delivered @ AmazonAmazon seller fashionnewsun is selling a set of four Baby Safety Door Stops with animal designs. They have 5-star reviews, and are delivered free of charge, so there's no bad side to it, really!

Randomly, the details say a four-pack, but the image shows five, so the chance are you're going to get a random selection and kind of have to be happy with what you get.

The reviews are good though, with people saying they do the job - I believe you hood them over the top of the door, so that it can't slam shut - which is pretty much what you want from it. One person did comment that they aren't thick enough for the front or back doors, so I guess you have to allow for that: I use a baby gate when I don't want the kids to go out the front door!

You may notice others selling similar products at more or less prices - be sure to check the reviews, where they're shipping from (and how long it will take) and the merchant's feedback, so that you can have confidence in your purchase, and in little fingers being protected from pain.

Free! Create Your Own Personalised Map @ KLM

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 24 September, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Free! Create Your Own Personalised Map @ KLMI saw this awesome freebie and thought it would be a simply perfect way to present a birthday or Christmas present. It will take up to 28 days to be delivered, so it's really not too early to start thinking about doing this is if you are gifting someone with a trip abroad in the next few months.

To make this work, click on the link above, then choose the city you're heading to - it has to be on the KLM flight schedule though. You can send a request to your Facebook or Twitter friends in general, asking them to add tips to the map, or if you're trying to keep it a secret, you can ask specific friends who may have a knowledge of the place you're going to.

You type in an address, or a place name, and then you can add why that's a 'tip'. So if you happen to know that a place on Kilroy street in Melbourne has the best Fish & Chips in Melbourne (I have no idea. I'm making it up!) you can add that tip, and it'll be added to your map with a note - say "For when you're feeling homesick, go here for the best fish & chips!"

When you're done and ready, the map is sent to KLM, and they will send it to you within 28 days. Personally, I think this is an awesome way to say 'Bon Voyage', or to let someone know you're taking them on a holiday!

Two (£10) or Five (£20) Cinema Tickets @ Groupon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 23 September, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Two (£10) or Five (£20) Cinema Tickets @ GrouponAnother little heads up for your diary for later this week, Groupon will be selling Odeon tickets - not the kids showings, mind you, the real thing! - from Thursday or Friday. There are some T&C's to take into consideration, but read on and I'll tell you about it.

Firstly, you can purchase as many of these as you like, there are no limits. That's a bonus for regular movie goers. There are of course a few exceptions, like you can't use the tickets at ODEON Leicester Square and The Lounge at ODEON Whiteleys and it is only redeemable at the box office.

You can't use it for watching Interstellar before 21 Nov; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 before 5 Dec or The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (all showings). It is, however, valid for standard 2D or 3D film screenings (including Newbies and Club Seats) but not for Premier Seats, D-Box seats, Gallery performances, The Lounge performances, IMAX, BFI IMAX, iSense, Family tickets, ODEON Senior Screen, ODEON Kids, ODEON Plus, premieres, special events or events not open to the public - bummer that one ;)

There are loads of other restrictions, so do read the fine print, but the bottom line is, if you'd like to get a baby sitter and go watch a grown up movie with someone, you can, and you can do it for a great price of £4 - £5 per ticket.

Thanks to Chanchi32 at HUKD

Up To 70% Off @ Alex & Alexa - Items From £1.50

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 23 September, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Up To 70% Off @ Alex & Alexa - Items From £1.50

In what seems like a really great sale for stocking fillers, pass the parcel gifts and a gazillion similar things, including clothes, bags and hats Alex and Alexa have a sale on right now with items starting at £1.50. If it's your first order from them, you get free delivery too, but if it's not you'll have to add £2.95 for orders under £30.

Alex & Alexa have sets of socks, party confetti and gold stripe straws from £1.50. There are super cute Flavoured Owl Lip Glosscontainers for £2, and Woodland Erasers* for £2.50. 

If you want Fancy Dress that's not from supermarkets, definitely have a browse there, with items from £2 too.

They also have the LEGO Friends Heartlake Juice Bar* for £17 - it seems to be upwards of £25 everywhere else right now.

Alex & Alexa specialise in kids from ages 0 to about 14, in clothes, toys, and home and nursery accessories. If you've not shopped there before, grab a coffee and start browsing. I've just lost half an hour filling my basket myself!

Heads Up: M&S VIP Event

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 23 September, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Heads Up: M&S VIP EventM&S has a VIP - Very Important Prices - Sale starting tomorrow morning at 5:30. You'll be able to buy in store or online. Remember that the prices you see now are pre-sale. You'll have to come back in the morning for the sale prices.

If you check out the site right now you'll be able to see what will be on sale, but the prices aren't the sale prices, as those will only be available at 5:30 tomorrow morning.

The sale will be available until 28 September, or, I guess, until stocks last.

Marks and Spencer say that they are focusing a huge amount of their savings on the Beauty department, so you'll be able to pick up some fantastic offers - we're told - on gifts or pampering treats. They also say that there will be over 200 products "at very special prices".

There will also be a sale on kids items, including coats, snowsuits and dresses.

Unfortunately this sale can't be used with other offers, and it won't include items already in the clearance items section.

If you see anything you like, however, I'd say bookmark the pages now, open them first thing in the morning, and buy them before they go out of stock, as all items will only be on sale subject to availability.

Gift Packs For Expectant Mums

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 22 September, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Gift Packs For Expectant MumsEmma's Diary has been around for many years, but if you didn't know about it - I didn't with my first - you wont have benefited from it. However, expected mums can receive three gift packs from Emma's Diary.

What you have to do, is register with Emma's Diary on the link above. Log in to the website, and download the gift pack voucher, and then go to Argos or Boots to collect your free gift pack.  Included in the gift pack are £200 worth of Argos vouchers too.

There are three packs to pick up over the course of your pregnancy, in three stages. These are:

  1. Mum to Be Selections Gift Pack – in early pregnancy
  2. Bump to Baby Selections Gift Pack – from your 27th week
  3. New Family Selections Gift Pack – at baby's birth

When you sign up, you are also able to claim a free £15 photo book, and other freebies.

Thanks to Katiec1985 at HUKD

Free! Meningitis Checker App

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 22 September, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Free! Meningitis Checker App Apparently we're on the last day of Meningitis Awareness Week, and the Meningitis Research Foundation has released a free App to help parents recognize the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, along with providing details of your local A&E, latest news and, if you’re up to it a selection of fundraising challenges for you to choose from.

We're really lucky in Hampshire to have a free 111 service, that you can call at any time to get medical advice. This comes in really, really handy at 2am when your kids won't stop vomiting and you're not sure if you need to be worried or not. Unfortunately this is only a Hampshire based service, but if you have Meningitis concerns, it can be really useful to know what to look for!

The app ro the Meningitis Research Foundation includes the Bug Blast game, a virtual battle against bacteria.

Meningitis and septicaemia are life threatening diseases that can kill in hours, or leave survivors with potentially devastating after effects sometimes as severe as brain damage, amputations and epilepsy. The diseases can affect anyone of any age, but babies, young children, teenagers and young adults are most at risk.

At least if you download the app and have a browse, you'll know what to look for.

Christmas Pyjamas 2 For £10 @ Mothercare

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 22 September, 2014 at 10:50 am

Christmas Pyjamas 2 For £10 @ Mothercare


It still feels a little early, really, but if you're going to be shopping for Christmas pyjamas, getting in there early with the two sets for £10 is pretty good value.

Yesterday I ran to town to pick up a few tubs for kids toys, and I was shocked at just how much Christmas stuff there is on the shelves. It's happened over night! Well, if you're getting ready now so you're free to just enjoy Christmas when it comes these pyjamas are quite sweet.

Available in sizes from 12 months to 7 years, you can mix and match styles and sizes so the whole family can get decked out in Christmas cheer - well, the kids, anyway.

There's a lovely little Snowman two-pack too, but that's £14 - £16.

UK delivery from Mothercare is £2.95, but you can click and collect in store for free.

Thanks to lauralou2014 at HUKD

Electronic Red Lights And Sounds Childrens Kids Pretend Play Kitchen £34.99 Delivered @ eBay

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 22 September, 2014 at 9:46 am

Electronic Red Lights And Sounds Childrens Kids Pretend Play Kitchen £34.99 Delivered @ eBayVinsaniUK are selling an electronic play kitchen with lights and sounds for £34.99, down from £49.99. Delivery is free, so it's all yours for under £35.

Let your child be a little cook with the Intelligent Kitchen Play set, it comes with 36 kitchen accessories, allowing your child to be the cook of the day. The Kitchen play set releases real sounds, music and light, allowing you child to feel like the real cook. Helps develop your child’s imaginative, role play and social skills.

I really like that this kitchen comes with pots, pans, kettle and food accessories, so that you can play from the get go, without having to spend more money on accessories.

The kitchen is H 82cm x L 86cm x W 34cm which is fabulous for if two or more children want to play together. While I'm sure they'll find something to argue over, there's plenty of space for everyone to have a 'work surface'.

75% Off @ Claire's - Prices From £1

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 September, 2014 at 9:07 pm

75% Off @ Claire's - Prices From £1If you're looking for stocking fillers, 'add-on' gifts or just need to top up the accessory drawer, head over to Claire's right now for up to 75% off in their mid-season clear out.

Whether you're looking for goodie bag fillers or stocking fillers or just something for a pamper session with your small people, Claire's has a little bit of everything in this sale. From lovely head bands for £1.50 to Hello Kitty Jewellery at £2.50, from Sofia the First False Nails at £2.50 to ballet skirts for £4 or a Doc McStuffins 'Lambie' backpack for £8, there is a huge variety to pick from.

You can even pick up a Tinkerbell dress online only if you're quick, for £10.

There are unique butterfly hairclips for £4 or 1D keychains for £1. Honestly, a treasure trove of party accessories or alternative advent calendar goodies... pretty much fit for any occasion.

Home delivery is £2.99, while click and collect is £1.99 - you can always chance just picking up what you're after in store, but there are no guarantees, so order now to avoid disappointment, because at these prices, stock won't last.

Disney Frozen Wall Sticker £4.51 Delivered @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 September, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Disney Frozen Wall Sticker £4.51 Delivered @ Amazon I just love this Disney Frozen wall sticker, which is quite unusual, and really pretty! It's £3.51, but there's a £1 delivery charge, so it's £4.51 delivered.

I love the idea of this 'window' to look out of over the cold and wintery months when there's usually not very much to see outside our window anyway.

It's such a lovely picture of the Frozen cast too.

According to the information on the item, you can use it on any smooth surface of a bedroom, living room, bathroom or other wall. They say it's easy to apply, remove, re-position and reuse without leaving damage or residue.

This picture is 40x60cm, so it's a decent size, although not as big as they're making it out to be in the pictures and I'm sure it's something every Frozen fan will love.

Personally, I'm thinking of using it as decor for a Frozen party - nothing like your beloved characters looking in on the party (except them being there, I guess!) - or on the window of the conservatory. It may be too cold to use for most of the winter, but may as well still look pretty!

Shhhh! Argos 3 For 2 On All Toys

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 September, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Shhhh! Argos 3 For 2 On All Toys


Would you believe it, could it be? It's another toy sale. Well, we think so. Argos should be having their 3 for 2 toy sale coming up in the next few days - according to people who claim to work for them, it should start on Wednesday and run till either the following Tuesday or Friday, depending on which staff member you choose to believe.

The 3 For 2 sale is on all toys, and again, conflicting reports as to whether that will include tablets or computer games or not - one says yes, one says no. Mostly we're agreed that they don't really count as toys, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

There are still a few offers on at Argos right now, including 2 for £15 - I was really excited about this with the digibirds, but they've been out of stock forever! There's also 2 for £30 on toys and 2 for £20 on selected games at the moment, but we suspect these will end before the 3 for 2 starts, and it's also doubtful that it will work on clearance items.

It's a bit of hurry up and wait and see right now though - as with Smyths last week, there's loads of speculation and guess work, but we'll be sure to let you know as soon as we do!

And a great little tip from tiff2511 on HUKD: reserve anything you want the night before as you might notice a price increase

Thanks to Kat & Elaine on PlayPennies Facebook and mccmoo and MDH91 at HUKD

Kids AM, Movies For Juniors & Odeon Kids This Sunday

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 20 September, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Kids AM, Movies For Juniors & Odeon Kids This SundayIt's time for your weekly cinema round up, and below are this week's movie offerings from the leading cinemas:

Over at Cineworld prices start at £1.35 if you book online. They seem to have a variety of options depending on your cinema. My local is showing Tarzan.

While at Cineworld Cinemas a ticket will cost you from £1.50. You can still get the Cravendale fun pack with your ticket too. Movies here this week (at my local, may differ at yours) are The Muppetsand Free Birds*.

What you can see at the Vue cinemas seems to depend on which on is near you. All the current kids movies are showing though, and you should be able to find something you - or at least the kids - will love. They do seem to have the largest selection, week to week, and this week you will have either MaleficentPudsey The Dog: The MovieEarth To Echo or The House of Magic to choose from.