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Animal Door Stoppers £2.40 Delivered @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 28 March, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Animal Door Stoppers £2.40 Delivered @ AmazonAmazon seller BeyondFashion is selling a set of four Baby Safety Door Stops with animal designs. With summer coming, we'll be opening doors and windows more, so these seem like a good way to stop little fingers getting trapped.

The reviews on these around the web are good considering the price, with people saying they do the job. You put these 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.

Cadbury's Easter Egg Trails @ National Trust Properties

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 22 March, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Cadbury's Easter Egg Trails @ National Trust PropertiesDon't forget, while you're planning your Easter weekend, that the National Trust has it's annual Easter Egg Trail happening again this year. What day, what times, and what activities are available will vary by location, so head over to the website below to see what's on where you are.  Regular entry fees apply, with £1.50 for the trail

If you're going as a family, make sure to check the membership rates for National Trust too, as sometimes you can end up spending not far off what you would for an annual membership. If you have young children it could be worth buying an Individual membership, for example, as your under 5's go free. If you have children under 12, the £30 annual fee for them may be cheaper than a few entries a year - depending on property.

The National Trust has changed a lot in recent years, and some of the best playgrounds we've been to have been in National Trust grounds. While you're there, pick up your 50 Things Things to Do Before You're 11 3/4 booklets too, and prepare for a cheap summer full of fun activities that don't have to cost you anything on the day.

Ladybird, Bat or Angel Toddler Safety Backpack With Harnesses Strap From £1.98 Delivered @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 22 March, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Ladybird, Bat or Angel Toddler Safety Backpack With Harnesses Strap From £1.98 Delivered @ AmazonFrom time to time these toddler rein backpacks come up here on PlayPennies, and they cause a lot of conversation, to say the least. Amazon have the Ladybird Toddler Safety Backpack with harnesses straps available for £1.98, with free delivery. The Bat version is £2.04, also delivered, and the Angel Wings are a little more at £4.91.

I used to be dead against putting toddlers on reins, until I had a toddler, and then two! I suddenly and quickly became a fan. I didn't have my girls in a pram, but I did have them close.

I have one of the ladybird backpacks, and I can tell you three things about it:

1) It's a really small backpack, in comparison to some better known brands. It's a great size for a very small toddler - like a two - three year old - as they can't put much in it. It's perfectly sized for their snacks on a day out though, or a nappy and small bag of wipes if you want to head out without bags.

2) It's perfectly functional, and it works well, but it's not sewn as well as some of the more expensive brands, but in two years of use, we've never had a problem with it.

3) If it's something you're going to use every day, you might want to invest in something more expensive, but if you're going to be using it occasionally, for a holiday, or just to have a spare one, they are superb, and at the price, I think you can't go wrong!

Uncle Milton Explore It - Rainbow In My Room £15.98 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 March, 2015 at 9:48 pm

Uncle Milton Explore It - Rainbow In My Room £15.98 @ Amazon

This is a new one on me, but the Uncle Milton Explore It 'Rainbow In My Room' from Amazon is reduced to £14.99, with 99p delivery. It's upwards of £20 everywhere else, and gets pretty good reviews.

This amazing product uses multi-coloured LED's to recreate the brilliant colours of a rainbow - nature's most beautiful light show.

You can transform your room into a magical and colourful wonderland by projecting the beautiful rainbow arc onto walls and ceilings.  The Rainbow in my Room includes an auto shut-off mechanism when not in use and an instruction sheet with fun rainbow facts.

The reviews on this are very mixed, but I think this one sums it up best:

If you are after a bright light to light up the room and a scientific piece of apparatus in the form of a prism then this is not for you. However, if you want something pretty that is atmospheric and comforting in a child's bedroom then this is perfect.

It sounds perfect for a nightlight or something soothing to get the little ones to sleep.

Hatching Dinosaur Egg £2.39 Delivered @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 March, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Hatching Dinosaur Egg £2.39 Delivered @ AmazonI'm loving these dinosaur eggs as an alternative to more sugary Easter eggs, and they'll give the kids something to occupy themselves with for a little while come the day too. The dinosaur egg toy is £2.39 delivered from an Amazon seller.

I'm still trying to find egg-like solutions for Easter that aren't chocolate, and I think these dinosaur eggs are a great idea. They're longer lasting than chocolate, vaguely educational, and quite fun.

Each hatching toy comes as an egg which you place in water and after 48 hours a dinosaur has hatched out. Full instructions on how to hatch each dinosaur are detailed on each box.

The dinosaurs are CE marked and not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts. This item is available in assorted designs.

2 For 1 Voucher To Flamingo Land

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 March, 2015 at 12:11 pm

2 For 1 Voucher To Flamingo Land The Daily Star has an offer on at the moment where you can use the voucher below for a 2 for 1 offer from Flamingo Land in Yorkshire.

Click here to download your voucher from Flamingo Land Resort

  • Discount: 2 For 1
  • Voucher Code: DS2FOR115

Head to the Flamingo Land website at the link above, and fill in your details. Add the voucher code above and you'll be emailed the voucher to use at Flamingo Land Resort.

On arrival you have to buy a general admission ticket for £37 and receive a second free of charge, with one free entry per voucher.

Thanks to weesiecodal at HUKD

PLAYTIVE JUNIOR Balance Training Bike £24.99 @ Lidl

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 21 March, 2015 at 11:41 am

PLAYTIVE JUNIOR Balance Training Bike £24.99 @ LidlOn the 26th of March - that's Thursday - Lidl will have the Playtive Junior Balance Training Bike on offer for £24.99. It's one of those when it's gone it's gone offers though, so if you're after one, you'll have to get in there as early as you can.

Available in blue and black, the Playtive Training Bike grows with your child, with the adjustable body heights of 96-120cm, which they reckon will take a child from about 3-6 years.

The maximum weight is 50kg which I'm pretty sure is way above the weight of the average 6 year old anyway. The stickers can be customised with a range of included stickers, and comes with  3M Scotchlite™ reflective material for improved visibility. Additionally there's a bell and a removable front basket included.

The bike comes with a 3 year manufacturer's warranty, so should at least cover the three years it's suitable for, and will probably last a lot longer anyway.

Thanks to suze.ro at HUKD

My Little Pony Rainbow Hair Styling Case £5.32 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 17 March, 2015 at 7:47 pm

My Little Pony Rainbow Hair Styling Case £5.32 @ AmazonAmazon have up to 50% off a selection of toys, and this My Little Pony Rainbow Hair Styling Case comes in at £5.32, with free delivery when you spend over £10. The same this is £8 excluding delivery at Tesco, and £10 excluding delivery at Argos, so it's a great price, especially if you buy one for the gift drawer.

For Rainbow Dash fans everywhere, this is a must buy. In fact, my 5 year old just saw this and said I had to get it for her birthday (which is in six month's time!). The case comes with a bracelet, hair comb, funky beads, a bead threader and hair bands, transfer sticker and two special pony mane hair clips.

It's not the biggest or best set in the world, but for fans, that won't matter at all.

In fact, it's the kind of thing that could help a whole lot with a reluctant hair brusher, letting the excitement of Rainbow Dash take their attention off the brush for a moment or two.

Free Trial On Amazon Prime Instant Video

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 17 March, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Free Trial On Amazon Prime Instant VideoDoes anyone else remember the days where you'd get in the car and drive down to your local Blockbuster or other DVD rental store? Or even further back - the video store? It's kind of freaky to know that that's not an experience my children are ever likely to have, since between all the instant movie streaming programs on the market, there's never a need to leave the house at all (we don't recommend this though - it's still good to get outside sometimes ;) )

If you haven't tried Amazon's Prime Instant Video's service yet, it's worth signing up for the FREE TRIAL. *

You have to sign up for a 30-day free trial, and you should definintely set yourself a reminder for those 30 days so that you can cancel the subscription if you don't want it to continue. If you want to, which you probably will, then fine, but we'd hate for you to get stung on subscription fees.

As a once off fee £79 a year does seem quite steep, but at £6.58 per month, it's not really that bad - especially when you get free next day delivery on Amazon orders and 4 free Kindle books a month into the deal. Even if you 'normally' just buy two or three movies through your TV subscriber a month, this works out cheaper, and gives you access to 15,000 movies and TV episodes.

In March they have and will be adding Defiance (S1), and Nashville (S2) as well as movies like The Love Punch, The Emperor's New Groove, and Crazy, Stupid, Love, just to name a few.

If you'd like to try out Amazon Prime Instant Video for the first time click here to go to Amazon*.

If you've tried Amazon Prime Instant Video before, you may be able to give it another go anyway, so no harm in trying.

Yankee Candle Limited Edition Large Jar £18.72 Delivered @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 16 March, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Yankee Candle Limited Edition Large Jar £18.72 Delivered @ AmazonThere's a whopping 6% - yes, that's sarcasm - off the Bunny Cake Yankee Candle at Amazon right now, making it £18.72 delivered. While it's not an amazing price, it is the cheapest around at the moment, and it's the 'right' candle for Easter time, if you're a Yankee Candle fan.

So what exactly does bunny cake smell like?  According to the Amazon blurb, it smells like sugary coconut, creamy vanilla and bright citrus. Hmmm... delish.  It's limited edition too though, so you'll have to get it while you can.

We know Yankee Candles don't really come cheap, but if you want to go the full distance with the aroma and atmosphere come Easter weekend, this is the way to do it, I'm told.

So, Yankee Candle fans... will you be getting this one?

12 Toy Filled Easter Eggs £6.87 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 15 March, 2015 at 9:08 pm

12 Toy Filled Easter Eggs £6.87 @ AmazonIf you're looking for an alternative to Easter eggs, and the fabulous Playmobil eggs aren't in budget, how about these 12 toy-filled Easter eggs from Amazon for £6.87 delivered.

I wasn't sure about these at first, but the reviews on them are pretty sparkly.  These eggs are ideal for Easter Egg hunts, with a pack of 12, containing 'pocket money' toys inside.

The toys are best suited for children over 3, with mini playing cards, a globe keyring, a dinosaur, bendy man, rubber, ink stamp and ring and so on. They are 'junk' toys, really, but the idea is great if you don't want to fill the kids with sugar on Sunday morning.

Perfect for preventing kids that can't have one of the many allergens from feeling left out come Easter weekend.

Toys R Us Autism Friendly Shopping Event Is Back!

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 11 March, 2015 at 8:00 am

Toys R Us Autism Friendly Shopping Event Is Back!The Toys R Us Autism Friendly Shopping Event is back, and the next one is scheduled for 29 March 2015.  The times of the events in England and Wales are 9am to 11am, Scotland 8am to 10am, and Northern Ireland is 11am to 1pm*. After these times, the stores will be open to the public. (Please note that you will not be able to pay for your shopping till  10am (Scotland), 11am (England & Wales) or 1pm (Northern Ireland) due to Sunday trading laws).

The main difference between this event - in honour of World Autism Awareness Week- and a regular shopping day is a 'relaxed shopping environment'. This means that on this day there will be reduced fluorescent lighting, no loud music or tannoy announcements and autism friendly signage, which are just some of the initiatives they'll be carrying out to ensure a more calming influence in store. 

Toys R Us promise a lovely event which has "helped so many families in encouraging their growing children to venture into a world that can sometimes be very scary, daunting and unnerving to them".

Due to Sunday Trading legislation, Toys“R”Us are unable to perform any sales transactions, process any Direct purchases or complete any Returns until the official store opening time at 10am (Scotland), 11am (England & Wales) or 1pm (Northern Ireland).
This may cause concerns to some families whose children may struggle with the patience of waiting between choosing their items and their parents being able to pay for them. Any parents, who wish to return later that morning to pay for shopping, will be offered this opportunity.

*Exceptional Times: Bayswater 10am to 12pm, Burton 9am to 10.30am Kingston 10am to 11am, Silverburn 8am to 10am, Stirling 9am to 11am.

Bedding Special Buys @ ALDI

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

Bedding Special Buys @ ALDIOn the 12th of March ALDI has a fantastic Special Buys offer on. Lisa told you about some of the travel beds a few days ago, but they also have a range of bedding on offer too, and it's well worth taking a trip to ALDI on Thursday 12th of March.

The Slumberdown range of pillows, duvets and mattress protectors are available for everything from single to king, and they are really superb for the price. They're 'like-down', without being anything like the price of down bedding.

We have a full set of these, and it's fantastic - like sleeping in a 'poofy' bed. Really quite lush.

Included in the sale is also a set of duvet covers, and bed throws - pretty much everything you need to give your room a fresh look, and give you that hotel feeling for a while!

Discount Vouchers @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 4 March, 2015 at 9:29 pm

Discount Vouchers @ AmazonAmazon have just launched a new coupons section with discounts and offers  on household, toiletry and every day items.

Unlike other voucher sites where you print your voucher and go to the store or buy from one of the big supermarkets, with Amazon's voucher section, you find the voucher you want, add it to your basket, then go to the item the discount is for, and add that to your basket. Your new, discounted price will automatically be applied.

Amazon will be adding new vouchers regularly, they say, so it's worth keeping an eye out for products you regularly buy anyway.

The vouchers available right now include discounts on laundry, washing up and condoms - useful things every family needs ;)

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Play Tent £9.99 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 4 March, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Play Tent £9.99 @ ArgosPop over to Argos for the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Play Tent, which is currently reduced to £9.99. Apparently it has previously been on sale for £11.99, but this is even better. To be honest, at under a tenner, it seems a steal to me!

Looking at the images this isn't a huge tent, but can fit two kids, so that's particularly good for indoor play, but it can obviously be used outside too. (A one man tent is a great way to separate the kids when they're having one of 'those' days... just saying).

The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse play tent  has bright and colourful Disney graphics and Mickey ears on top.It's a pop up tent so should be easy to put up, and a fold down door for easy access. There are also rear windows, in case you need to keep an eye without disturbing play! It folds up easily for quick storage too.

Thanks to ashopaholic123 at HUKD

Long Sleeved Pyjamas From £3.95 @ Lamaloli

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 2 March, 2015 at 9:16 pm

Long Sleeved Pyjamas From £3.95 @ LamaloliAs much as it pains me to say, winter's not over yet, so it's not time to break out the summer pj's just yet. My kids didn't get the memo that their Christmas nighties were to last them till next Christmas however, so it's great to find long sleeved pyjamas from £3.95 at Lamaloli.

There are some fantastic popular Disney characters at Lamaloli, like Sofia the First 2-piece pyjamas for £5.95, or Frozen for £6.95. The Minnie Nightgown is £3.95, and Monsters for £4.95.

Much to my daughter's delight, there's also both  My Little Pony and Mia & Me for £6.95 each.

If you need to top up for the spring months, check out Lamaloli's sale!

Free Easter Cooking Courses For Kids @ Selected Tesco Stores

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 2 March, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Free Easter Cooking Courses For Kids @ Selected Tesco StoresThis Easter, Tesco will be bringing back their free cooking course for children aged 5 - 11, like they did last summer. These were extremely popular last summer, so get in there quickly this time! While places in the South East of England are thin on the ground, there's a decent spread towards the middle of the country and Scotland has two participating stores too.

Tesco run permanent Let’s Cook courses in purpose-built kitchens all year round, but they'll be running extra pop-up courses all over the country during the Easter break.

The courses are said to be engaging, full of fun and will help give children the skills and confidence they need to get hands-on in the kitchen. They’ll learn about different ingredients, be taught a range of essential kitchen skills and cook some lovely healthy dishes.

The classes are aimed at two age groups: five to seven and eight to 11.

What's nice is that even though the courses are free, all the ingredients are provided on the day and kids will recive an apron and recipes to take home with them too.

Buy A Night In Heartlake City

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 28 February, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Buy A Night In Heartlake CityLegoland Windsor are beavering away in their off season right now, building a new suite of Premier themed rooms that I have no doubt will be extremely popular: you can now take your Friends loving daughters and sons to Heartlake City* folks. Yes, that's right. The new themed rooms are from the LEGO Friends series, and my girls would pretty much sell each other to go. And we'd just about have to make that sacrifice, because at £457.30 for a family of four for one night it's never going to happen.

We love Legoland. We used to live nearby and my kids had toddler passes and for £50 a year, we'd go frequently, up to 35 times, one year. Last year we picked up an amazing deal for my daughter's fifth birthday and spent a night at the Legoland Hotel in a Standard Pirate room. With breakfast it set us back about £90. Not too bad at all. In fact, you can go in the next three weeks and with the 'Winter Escapes'* package spend the night, splash about in the pool, and enjoy the free entertainment for £89 for two adults and two children, since you can't go into the park till it reopens later in March.

Book a night from the 27th of March though, and ask for a Friends room, and it will set you back  £457.30 for 2 adults and 2 children for one night, with breakfast and Legoland entry before and after.

We just love Legoland Windsor, but if I have £500 burning a hole in my pocket (remember, you've not paid for dinner or any snacks and drinks in the park yet!) I'm taking the kids abroad to Legoland Denmark, or even Paris Disneyland for much the same money!

How about you? Could you justify spending £500 on one night in a themed hotel?

Thinking About Mother's Day Gifts? What About Charity Gifts?

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 28 February, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Thinking About Mother's Day Gifts? What About Charity Gifts? It's yet another gift giving time of year, and this time us mothers are at the (well deserved) receiving end.

For some of us, that will mean making our own presents with the kids, or shopping for our breakfast in bed, which hopefully we wont have to make or clean up. For others it means total spoiling from sunrise to sunset. For some, Mother's Day brings a twinge of sadness, for either a lost mother, or a lost child. But whatever the day is to us, it normally comes with some token, a thought, of appreciation.

In recent years there's been a new trend, and we've seen it pop up a few times this year already: Charity Gifts. Rather than giving flowers that die, or chocolates that will make us moan about our thighs for the rest of the week, we could be the recipients of a donation in our name to someone else.

For example, your children could give you measles vaccines to protect 50 childrenwith UNICEF, or four trees planted in your name* with Save the Children, or even a promise of a safe labour and delivery for an underprivildged mum with Maternity WorldwideIf you prefer charity to start at home, Great Ormond Street hospital will let you buy a parent of a sick child a night's accommodation (£50), or baby ventilation (£100)  or therapy tools for an abused child with the NSPC.

There does seem to be divided opinion on the internet, however, about these gifts, with some saying they'd be gutted to receive one of these items as a gift, others saying they'd rather have chocolate and flowers, and others still saying they think it's a brilliant idea - who needs another "Best mum in the world" mug anyway?

So what do you think? Would you think it a thoughtful gift, or would you be disappointed to receive this with or in stead of your flowers?

Disney Princess Night Dress £3.99 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 27 February, 2015 at 7:57 pm

Disney Princess Night Dress £3.99 @ ArgosLast summer, these Disney Princess dresses from Argos were huge. They'd fly out of stock as soon as they were reduced and they were so popular we wrote about them regularly. It's been ages since they were last reduced though, and now Argos has the Disney Princess Girls' Pink Nightdress down from £9.99 to £3.99.

I'm pretty confident that if I give this to my little girl it will soon end up in the fancy dress box rather than the pyjama box, and will become a favourite play thing, but at the price, who can argue!

These Disney Princess Girls' Pink Nightdresses are a must have for Disney fans - my girls have a few different Disney princess dresses and they love them.

These dresses are 100% Polyester and are obviously machine washable at 40C so whether they are used for play or sleep, they can be kept nice and clean and royal-like. They last really well too - my girls are still in the ones we bought them last year. They keep their shape and they wash well.