Luschka van Onselen

Wales Councils Recommend Sending Kids To School Sick. Would You?

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 12 October, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Wales Councils Recommend Sending Kids To School Sick. Would You?You know how sometimes there's something in the news that just makes you shake your head? Well, yesterday the Daily Mirror reported that the a Welsh consortium have released a 'health guide' recommending that children should not take any days off school when they have a number of relatively contagious or serious conditions including tonsillitis and glandular fever.

The Consortium, which is a joint effort between Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend and Merthyr county councils, recommends that students suffering with (highly contagious!) hand foot and mouth disease, conjunctivitis, head lice, threadworm, slapped cheek and the aforementioned glandular fever and tonsillitis should not be taking any time off school.

They do recommend that parents should contact the NHS, and in some cases - like head lice and thread worms - treatment is required, but no time off school. Fair enough, but when it comes to tonsillitis and glandular fever, I couldn't imagine sending the kids packing off to school! I certainly wouldn't go to work with either of those!

The Guide ends with an ever so unhelpful threat - “If your child is frequently missing school due to illness, medical confirmation may be requested from your GP and/or a referral may be made to the Attendance and Wellbeing Service or Education Welfare Service.”

Parents who have received this 'guide' have not responded too positively - to the newspapers at least - with one saying that her daughter had Hand, Foot & Mouth disease, "“If she talked she would dribble as it was too painful to swallow her saliva, so there was no way she could have gone to school. Who makes up this rubbish?

Karen Roberts, Vice Chair of Governors Tonypandy Community College, was quoted as saying that children couldn't learn if they weren't at school, but as a parent and, well, a person I'm not how much they'll be learning with a raging temperature and sore and swollen glands either!

I know that I would never send my children to school if they were that unwell - I'm not talking about a runny nose in winter, I mean unwell - but would like to think that as  parent, that's  abdecision I would be able to make in the parenting of my children.

What do you think? Would you send your children to school with hand foot and mouth disease, conjunctivitis, head lice, threadworm, slapped cheek, glandular fever or tonsillitis?

Personalised Santa Stocking £2.48 Delivered @ eBay

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 11 October, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Personalised Santa Stocking £2.48 Delivered @ eBay

It's never to early to start planning for Christmas, especially if you're hoping to do it on a budget. If you head over to on the link below you'll find a personalised Christmas stocking for £2.48, delivered. Can't complain about that!

While you can pick up some pretty Christmas stockings at the Pound shop around Christmas time, these are personalised, making them great for baby's first Christmas, or to have matching ones for the whole family.

You can have any name you like embroidered on to the stockings, although they prefer first names only, but can make longer names in smaller text.

These stockings measure around 37 x 27 cm, so there's plenty of space for little gifts. They also come with a tag to hang them by.

To personalise, you need to leave a message with the name you require at the checkout.

Thanks to MrJinxy at HUKD

John Lewis Baby Plain Sleepsuits 3 Packs £3 @ John Lewis

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 11 October, 2014 at 10:01 pm

John Lewis Baby Plain Sleepsuits 3 Packs £3 @ John Lewis

John Lewis has 3-pack newborn and tiny baby sleepsuits or Farmyard babygrows on sale for £3, reduced from £10. Standard delivery is £3, or you can collect for free from John Lewis or Waitrose if you buy them online now.

As I said, these are available in 'Tiny Baby' and 'Newborn' sizes. and while the sleepsuits are practical, bright and colourful, the farmyard set is really gorgeous and cute. These babygrows are 100% cotton, and we don't think they'll stick around for too long!

The sleepsuits have integral scratch mitts included on sizes up to 3-6 months.

Know anyone who'd find these useful right now?

Thanks to CharlieRose at HUKD for this great find. 

Girl's Trainers From £4.99 Delivered @ Shoe Zone

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 11 October, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Girl's Trainers From £4.99 Delivered @ Shoe Zone

Shoe Zone is still declaring their sale a 'summer sale', as they have for months now, but don't be fooled - there's something perfect for this time of year: the girl's trainers are available from £4.99. First time buyers from Shoe Zone can also take 10% off their first order with the code welcome10.

Well, actually, there's only one pair for £4.99, but they're purple and black, my favourite combo, so that makes me happy. They're available in sizes 5,6,9, 12 & 13.

There are also three pairs available for £6.99 and if you want branded, there's Hello Kitty and Minnie Mouse for £7.99. These do all have a good range of sizes available at the time of writing.

I ordered slippers from Shoe Zone a few months back, and have since ordered other shoes too, and I must say I've been impressed with both the speed of delivery, and the products themselves. I've paid much more for shoes online in the past, and been very disappointed when straps have snapped on first wear, so I'm pleased with Shoe Zone. They've been great so far!

Since delivery is free from Shoe Zone, that's an added bonus too.

The Magical World of Disney Collection - 30 Book Slipcase £15.38 Delivered @ The Book People

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 11 October, 2014 at 7:59 pm

The Magical World of Disney Collection - 30 Book Slipcase £15.38 Delivered @ The Book People

The Book People are selling The Magical World of Disney Collection for £17.99. If you haven't used it yet, you can use the code AFLEMON for free delivery, and WINGS gives you 10% off orders over £15. PlayPennies Exclusive code AFFUCHSIA gives you an extra 5% off collections too, bringing the total down to £15.38, delivered.

From Mickey and Minnie Mouse through to fairy tale characters like Peter Pan and the Little Mermaid, as well as the modern Disney-Pixar classics like Brave, Toy Story and Cars, Walt Disney is one of the most reliable names when it comes to entertaining children of all ages.

This 30-book collection comes in a lovely slipcase, and the books have simple story lines that little ones will be able to follow.

Titles in this collection:

  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Peter Pan
  • Planes
  • Dumbo
  • The Jungle Book
  • Toy Story 3
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Bambi
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Brave
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Cars 2
  • The Lion King
  • Toy Story 2
  • Monsters University
  • Finding Nemo
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Toy Story
  • Cinderella
  • Pinocchio
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Minnie
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Frozen
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Tangled
  • Aladdin
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

For these and other voucher codes from The Book People, visit our voucher page!
Thanks to andywedge at HUKD

Playmobil Zoo £20 @ Amazon Or Happyland Zoo £35 @ ELC

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 10 October, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Playmobil Zoo £20 @ Amazon Or Happyland Zoo £35 @ ELC

There are two great play zoo options available at the moment, and which version you go for will depend as much on your budget as your space, and your collection penchants.

I think the two zoos hit a similar demographic, but which you prefer is up to you, really - I'm loving Playmobil at the moment.

It’s a fine day at the zoo, the whole family has come including Mummy with baby in a push chair. There are two large enclosures for the animals including an elephant and a stripy zebra. The keeper has the trailer loaded up and is pulling it with the tractor. Suitable for children aged eighteen months and over as small pieces are included.

The Happyland Zoo comes with loads of stuff too!

Make the monkey swing in the tree, drive the tour train around and help the zookeeper chat to the visitors about all the different animals. At the end of the day the visitors can go to the gift shop to buy souvenirs, and the zookeeper can feed the animals their dinner before the zoo closes.

(If you're buying more than one item, you can add something to the value of £15, and use the Mothercare App to take £10 off!)

Loads of choices, it's going to be a tough decision! (The hashtag #firstworldproblems comes to mind!)

Tassimo Machine & Kenco Colombian Blend T-discs £45 Delivered @ Tassimo

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 10 October, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Tassimo Machine & Kenco Colombian Blend T-discs £45 Delivered @ Tassimo

The Tassimo T4 Machine is on offer for £45 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: 60% off the price of a Tassimo machine
  • Voucher Code: KENCO2014

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.

Even though the pods cost more than 'normal' coffee, I save a fortune on Starbucks & Costa these days!

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

Rosebud Country Doll's House And Two Room Sets £100 (Or £90) @ ELC

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 10 October, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Rosebud Country Doll's House And Two Room Sets £100 (Or £90) @ ELCELC is selling the Rosebud  Country Doll's House for £100 - the normal price, really - but you get to choose two free room sets worth £30. Delivery is £2.95 on this order, and you can click and collect too. REMEMBER TO USE THE MOTHERCARE APP TO TAKE £10 OFF. FIND OUT MORE HERE.

The Rosebud House is a classic wooden dolls' house featuring a gorgeous sparkly roof, and beautiful bay windows making it the perfect home for any Rosebud family to live. The house features three storeys including an attic room at the top, and both the front of the house and the roof open allowing little ones to reach easily inside to help the Rosebud dolls move easily around their pretty home.

Apparently this lovely large how is easy to assemble, and is beautifully made, The furniture and family are generally separately available, but in this offer you can choose two free sets. Just add them to your basket, and they'll automatically come up as free.

This gorgeous house is suitable from 3 years old, and the dimensions are Height 63cm x Width 46cm x Depth 20cm, so a fab size to keep little ones happy.

Kids Clothes Price Drop Mid Season Sale @ Joules

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 9 October, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Kids Clothes Price Drop Mid Season Sale @ JoulesJoules have a mid season sale on at the moment, with price drops on girls, boys and baby clothes. Standard delivery from Joules is free, which is always a nice little bonus.

If you find items you'd like that aren't in the sale, you can use the code AF10 to get 10% off full priced items too.

Baby clothes from Joules go up to 3 years old, and girls & boys are from 3 - 11 years old.

The baby selection isn't huge and only goes as low as £12.95 for the BABYCARL Printed Chambray Shirt*. 

In girls, however, the JNR PICKLE Girls Long Sleeved Top* starts at £7.95, saving £5 but there are some absolutely beautiful dresses mostly for under £20.

For boys there's a more limited selection, starting at £9.95, but there are only shirts and jumpers.

Flash Sale Up To 90% Off @ The Book People

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 9 October, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Flash Sale Up To 90% Off @ The Book People

The Book People is offering up to 90% off in a flash sale that apparently ends at midnight tonight. We've seen a lot of sales from them the last few weeks, but this is definitely the highest percentage off we've seen! You can use the code AFFUCHSIA for 5% off your order, or if you're buying for over £10, use the code WINGS for 10% off. There's a £2.95 delivery charge unless you order over £25, so make sure to team up with a friend if you can!

Books start at just £1, but most of the kids books start around £2 - excluding the discount, that is.

There are some great titles available though, like 50 Rainy Day Activites*, How to Babysit a Grandadand Christmas Things to Drawall for £2 each.

In collections, Rastamouse Collection* 3 book collection is £2.50, and the Doc McStuffins Collectionis £3.50.

While not a kids book, I'm loving the Tiger Who Came to Tea 2015 Family Organiserfamily organiser, also for £3.

Loads of savings here, but only for a few more hours!

Free! Pirate-Themed Family Fun Day At Salford Quays, Manchester

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 9 October, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Free!  Pirate-Themed Family Fun Day At Salford Quays, Manchester
If you are in or around Manchester this weekend, pop down to Salford Quays for a free family fun day, as the whole area gets turned into a pirate adventure ground.

Presenters from CBeebies - including Dr Ranj, Cerrie Burnell, Mister Maker, Sid & Rebecca from Let's Play among others - will lead two days of free entertainment in preparation for their Christmas-time pantomime.

The family activities will run alongside the filming of the CBeebies Christmas Show,As part of the BBC Learning event, the tall ship, The Glaciere, will be docked in Salford Quays over the weekend when it will become the ‘CBeebies Jolly Roger’ allowing families on board.

There will be activities on the boat and on the quayside including storytelling in the cabin, run by Book Trust storytellers, and all featuring pirates, mermaids and adventures under the sea as well as exerts from Peter Pan.

Prates from Captain Hook’s ship will be showing children how to set sail - and families will also get to take part in treasures hunts and learn basic orienteering.

No tickets are required for the events in Salford Dock and the activities will run daily from 10am to 6pm on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11.

Thanks to everyone who let us know about the event via our Facebook page!

Clothing Up To 1/2 Price Sale @ Matalan

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 8 October, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Clothing Up To 1/2 Price Sale @ MatalanMatalan's half price sale went live today, and stock is moving fast. If you're in the market for new clothes, head over there now and grab a bargain. There's free delivery when you collect in store, or if you spend over £50 delivery is free, otherwise delivery is £3.95.

Most of the clothes are summery clothes, but they are also great for layering. Being indoors in the winter can be somewhat furnace-like!

There are some great finds here, like the Girls Frill Detail Mac down from £14 to £7. They're not in stock in all sizes, but it's a great buy for those who it suits!

There's also a Flower Jersey Dress With Headband that's £10 for the set, and that still has plenty of sizes available. Valcro Plimsoles are down to £1.50, as are a variety of t-shirts.

There are even lovely little dresses down to £3. 

There's plenty for boys too, starting from £1.

Happy shopping!

Free: Safer Seats Event @ Mamas & Papas

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 8 October, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Free: Safer Seats Event @ Mamas & PapasMamas and Papas are offering customers at selected stores a free event all around car seats, and car seat safety. To be able to attend, you need to email them (click on the link below) and book your place. You need to provide your name and the name of those going with you - up to three - and the name of the store you'd like to attend at. The event is on the 16th of October, from 6-8pm.

The participating stores for this event are Cardiff, Dublin, Farnborough, Hull, Thurrock, Nottingham, Stockton, Gateshead, Croydon and Aberdeen.

The event will offer timed demonstrations, qualified car seat experts on hand to answer questions, special offers, car seat fittings and if all the chattering gets exhausting, some refreshments too. There will also be a limited number of goody bags available.

This event would be ideal for first time parents unsure of what car seat to get, or those looking at upgrading and just not sure which way to go now.

Up To Half Off Toys @ Mothercare

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 8 October, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Up To Half Off Toys @ MothercareMuch like ELC, Mothercare's Half Price On Selected Toys event starts on Thursdays, but there's a 'Sneak Peak Preview' available online right now if you received an email from Mothercare. If you didn't, you won't be able to preview the new prices till tomorrow, however read on to see what will be included.

Apparently the reduced items will be:

- Happyland Zoo, was £70 now £35
- Happyland Cherry Lane Cottage, was £50 now £25
- ELC Lights & Sounds Buggy Driver, was £25 now £12.50
- ELC Build If Construction Starter Set, was £40, now £20
- Happyland Country Train Set, was £50 now £25
- Big City Carry Along City, was £40 now £20
- Singing Animal Keyboard, was £25 now £12.50
- Big City Wooden Garage, was £60 now £30
- Tea Trolley, was £30 now £15
- Soft Stuff Bumper Tool & Dough Set, was £25 now £12.50
- Wooden Rail Train Set, was £20 now £10
- ELC Manor House, was £160 now £80
- ELC Wooden Pirate Ship, was £40 now £20
- ELC Wooden Abacus, was £15 now £7.50
- ELC Frogs Frenzy Game, was £12 now £6
- ELC Collage Toolbox, was £15 now £7.50
- ELC Magic Maize Bumper Pack, was £15 now £7.50
- ELC Monkey Business Game, was £12 now £6
- ELC Jitterbugs Game, was £12 now £6
- ELC Cleaning Trolley, was £40 now £20
- ELC Rockin Robot Game, was £12 now £6
- Jumbo Number Cards, was £6 now £3
- ELC Honey Bee Tree Game, was £12 now £6
- ELC Make Your Own Foam Jewellery, was £12 now £6
- ELC Find The Opposite, was £4 now £2
- ELC Snap Animals, was £4 now £2
- Alphabet Pairs, was £4 now £2
- ELC Big City Gravity Loop, was £12 now £6
- ELC Flash Cards, was £4 now £2
- ELC Find The Picture, was £4 now £2
- Jumbo Alphabet Cards, was £6 now £3
- ELC Alphabet Pairs, was £4 now £2
- ELC Make Your Own Dinosaur & Cave, was £12 now £6
- ELC Make Your Own Pony & Stable, was £12 now £6
- ELC Spiral Art, was £10 now £5
- ELC Snap Numbers, was £4 now £2
- ELC Wooden Diner Kitchen, was £150 now £100
- Mothercare Freddy the Teddy, was £49.99 now £25
- Chicco Jonny Coupe Remote Control Car, was £29.99 now £15
- Chicco Fantasy Island, was £49.99, now £25
- Chicco Duo Baby Gym, was £69.99 now £35
- Cuddly Peppa Pig Toy, was £24.99 now £12.50
- Baby Einstein Nautical Play Gym, was £79.99 now £40
- ELC Ironing Playset, was £30 now £15
- ELC Colouring Pencils & Case, was £4 now £2

Big thanks to edandhen at HUKD for writing all those out!

So, remember, if you didn't get an email from Mothercare today, you won't see those prices till tomorrow, but if you did you should be able to go ahead and nab them now!

Disney Frozen Anna and Elsa Fleece £5.60 Curtains £12 @ Tesco Direct

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 6 October, 2014 at 11:54 am

Disney Frozen Anna and Elsa Fleece £5.60 Curtains £12 @ Tesco DirectTesco have some lovely exclusive Frozen merchandise at the moment, and when you combine it with the 20% off offer, it ends up quite a bargain too.  The Frozen Anna & Elsa Fleece is £5.60, and the curtains are down to £12. You get these prices by using the eCoupon code TDX-CVKP, but it's only valid today, so don't hold off making your purchase.

The fleece is beautiful, quite classical looking, and I'm finally using my remaining £6 clubcard vouchers, and buying two. That means the £14 for the two fleeces goes down to £11.20 due to the coupon, and lucky me, I get to pick up both for £5.20. What a bargain.

If you don't have clubcard vouchers to use, you can still enjoy the 20% off on both the fleece and the curtains.

Delivery is free if you collect from a store - and admittedly isn't delivery! But if you want it at home, it's £3 on top.

Little Tikes First Slide £19.99 Delivered @ Adventure Toys

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 6 October, 2014 at 11:11 am

Little Tikes First Slide £19.99 Delivered @ Adventure ToysIt may not be the season for outdoor toys, but that doesn't stop my kids from loving their slide and being out in the garden every chance they get.  The Little Tikes First Slide from Adventure Toys is currently £14.99 plus £5 delivery making for £19.99.

The Little Tikes Slide from Adventure Toys is a stable long first slide with easy grip handles for little fingers. It can can fold away for easy storage and is suitable for children from 18 months - 4 years.

The slide has a gentle slope, so it's safe and ideal for little explorers. As I said my daughter - who turned five this weekend - still gets on the slide every chance she can.

The price reduction here is due to a damaged box, so don't expect it to arrive looking new, but the product itself is still in perfect condition.

Thanks to Kazzaca at HUKD

Rosebud Village Wooden Tree House £20 @ ELC

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 6 October, 2014 at 10:16 am

Rosebud Village Wooden Tree House £20 @ ELC

ELC has an offer on the Rosebud Village Wooden Tree House which is for sale at £20, instead of £40 - which is what it currently costs at Debenhams. Home delivery will cost you £2.95, but you can buy online and collect in store for free.

This is such a lovely little playset, I think, and great for bringing the outdoors inside on wet and dreary days like today!

Your child can help the dolls climb the rope ladder, swing on the hoop, play on the seesaw and whizz down the slide. Your child can sit the dolls at the Rosebud Village Tree House picnic table for a tree-house feast, or bring them outside for a woodland picnic.

The Rosebud Tree House set includes a treehouse, seesaw, slide, swing, rope ladder, picnic table, four stools, two dolls and a hammock for relaxing in, so there's plenty to keep your little ones busy, and it's a great price too. 

27 Photo Magnets £19.98 @ Sticky9

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 6 October, 2014 at 9:22 am

27 Photo Magnets £19.98 @ Sticky9If you're one of the 150 million Instagram users on the planet, have you heard of Sticky9? They are an absolutely gorgeous way to bring your photos off the screen and into your life. They're also really beautiful to give as gifts, and right now Sticky9 are offering 3 for 2 until midnight tonight.  That means when you buy two sets of 9 photos - that's how they come - you will get a third set absolutely free. The offer is available on magnets, stickers and cases.

I reviewed Sticky9 back when it was called Stickygram, and I absolutely love them.

If you're wondering how you could use these, I think they are absolutely gorgeous thank you gifts - thank you for coming to my party - for example. Or you can use them as a normal, 9 part gift for grandparents, or family or friends. Since you don't need a lot of wall space for them, and they can go straight on the fridge, they're the ideal gift for someone who doesn't have a lot of space, or travels a lot.

You buy them in sets of 9, and each magnet is about the size of your average Instagram image, but you can mix and match them too - I've bought three sets, and will split them as gifts between  4 people, saving a few to add to my own collection.

Olaf Jumper For Adults £8.89 Delivered @ Denimaniaonline eBay

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 5 October, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Olaf Jumper For Adults £8.89 Delivered @ Denimaniaonline eBayIf you know an adult who can't get enough of Frozen - yes, I'm looking at you! - then head over to denimaniaonline eBay for the Olaf jumper in red, for £8.89 delivered. You can also click and collect free from Argos.

The Olaf jumpers are available for men or women, and are available in sizes small, medium, large and extra large.

They are 50% Cotton & 50% Acrylic and are unisex, so can be for men or women. They have an elegant crew neckline and long sleeves, with ribbed cuffs and hem. They are apparently very soft and comfy. 

Argos mention that the shade of red may be slightly different due to the 'difference in monitor colours', but it's not like it's going to come out in yellow.

Head over to Argos eBay to snap these up now!

Toys R Us Layaway Scheme To Help Spread Christmas Costs

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 5 October, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Toys R Us Layaway Scheme To Help Spread Christmas CostsDid you know that Toys R Us are offering a layaway scheme to help spread Christmas costs?

The way it works is that you fill your basket with the items you need, and head to the checkout where you tell them you want to do a layaway. You will need to complete a form that doesn't require ID or a credit check, but you will have to pay 20% of the total on the day.

You can add anything to a layaway, including video games, games consoles and toys or anything from the Babies R Us range. If you buy products on offer or at special prices, that will be the price you pay when you pick up your items.

There are three different payment schemes, but you can pay off your items and pick them up within seven days at any time, without penalty. If you need to cancel your purchases you will receive a full refund, minus a £10 administration, or 'cancellation fee'.

As for payments, you can choose to pay over 4, 8 or 12 weeks, according to the website, but in store they'll tell you you have up to 24 weeks. Your payments have to be at least monthly, but can be more frequent, but annoyingly, have to be done in store - as do your purchases. You can't actually do layaways online. 

So quick recap - You don't need a credit check, you don't need ID, you pay 20% on the day you select your items, you pay once a month or more if you wish.