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20% Off Kids Fancy Dress For World Book Day @ Tesco F&F

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 16 February, 2015 at 6:16 pm

20% Off Kids Fancy Dress For World Book Day @ Tesco F&FWorld Book Day is coming up soon, and Tesco F&F have a 20% off offer right now. As far as we can tell, this is only an online sale, starting today and ending on Sunday at midnight. There's no code but the discount will be applied at the checkout.

The Tesco range of fancy dress contains just under 40 items, (if you don't count the Halloween themed head pieces as World Book Day themed). Prices start at £10 for the Where's Wally Dress-Up Costumereduced to £8 at checkout.

Tinkerbell lovers can choose from Fawn, Silvermist or Rosetta for £10, while more classical characters like Belle, Rapunzel, Cinderella and so on are £10 too.

Boys aren't left out this time, with Darth Vader, Optimus Prime and Batman, and there's even Pooh Bear and Mickey Mouse and so on for babies, though they're a little more expensive at £18 - but still dead cute.  Be mindful that not everything has 20% off, so you need to make sure before you buy.

A lot of these aren't originally books, I'm pretty sure, but hey ho, if it gets the kids excited, then why not.

15% Off Everything @ Homebase (Ends Today)

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 16 February, 2015 at 5:34 pm

15% Off Everything @ Homebase (Ends Today)Homebase has a 15% off sale at the moment, ending today, so if you want to do anything from spring cleaning, getting ready for planting or doing a bit of decluttering with added storage, pop over to Homebase for 15% off everything. This offer ended in store yesterday, but ends online tonight.

You don't need codes or anything, just select your items, add them to your basket and your 15% will be removed at the checkout.

Kids lights start from £2.50, and storage starts from £10.93 and there are loads of furniture options too.

Of course it's not just about the kids. Homebase sells everything from garden furniture to bedroom decor and everything in between. Fresh paint can do wonders for  a room, or adding a splash of colour with new cushions too. There's plenty to choose from, and the discount counts on sale items too, so you really can pick up a bargain.

£1 Clearance Sale @ Half Price Perfumes

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 16 February, 2015 at 3:13 pm

£1 Clearance Sale @ Half Price PerfumesHalf Price Perfumes have a great offer on at the moment as they're clearing out their virtual shelves. They have a range of items going for just £1. If it's your first order you may be able to use the code NEW15 to take 15% off too - although it may not work on some clearance lines.

One of my favourite items in the clearance is the Greetings Card & Lip Gloss Compact which is £1, obviously.  I think buying a bunch of these could be great for the plethora of 5 year old birthday parties we're due for this year.  It's a pretty unique birthday card idea, and I'm sure a lot of (let's face it, Annas & Elsas) will be pleased with it too!

There's also Little Me Organics Body Cream shh sleepy head 150ml, which is a good price for an organic body cream for babies (and mums). And speaking of mums, there's a lot there including waxing, mirrors, scented body lotions and more.

15% Off All Orders Over £50 @ GLTC

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 16 February, 2015 at 2:56 pm

15% Off All Orders Over £50 @ GLTCGreat Little Trading Company has a number of sales on at the moment, including up to 20% off play kitchens and 50% off in the clearance section. As well as that they also have 15% off everything when you use the code below.

Click here to visit the Great Little Trading Company*

  • Discount: 15%
  • Valid on: Everything, including clearance, when you spend £50
  • Discount Code: AQUA

I'm not sure about where you are, but here in my corner of the world, the rain is pelting down, which makes this the most accurate discount code I could wish for today! Aqua being water and all. My kids are happily playing away at their play kitchen, so while it lasts, we're enjoying relative peace. I'm sure someone will be using the one (out of 100) items of playfood the other wants soon enough!

What a great sale can give you, is more than enough for your little ones to play with. What it can't do is promote harmony among siblings. Alas.

Either way, 15% off a £50 spend is useful if you're in the market for toys, especially play kitchens and storage and other items out of the clearance section as it's a bonus discount then.

Chad Valley Fairyland Playset £4.99 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 15 February, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Chad Valley Fairyland Playset £4.99 @ ArgosThe Chad Valley Fairyland Playset is currently £4.99 at Argos, which seems like great value. It's normally £19.99 which seems a bit much, but again, there's a lot for a fiver here!

Our Fairyland Playset is perfect for active imaginations.

The Fairyland Play set includes 3 colourful castles for each set of characters to live in. It also comes with all three castles, and two people, mermaids and two ponies, as well a the internal bits for the houses. Judging by the image there are 18 accessories for the three palaces.

Overall it seems to be exceptionally good value for money, really, and will make a perfect present for a birthday party we have coming up soon!

Thanks to sparkleyskull at HUKD

Olaf 'Let It Go' Toilet Sticker £2.98 Delivered @ eBay

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 15 February, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Olaf 'Let It Go' Toilet Sticker £2.98 Delivered @ eBay

Is this really cute or totally tacky? Whatever I think, my 2 year old thinks its awesome, and she wants one to turn our toilet into an Olaf toilet. I'm not sure what Olaf would think about that, either! These Olaf 'Let it go' stickers are £2.98 at eBay, or there's an Olaf image only option for £2.95, also delivered.

Okay, I'm sure you won't find these stickers in the bathroom of your top hotels, but it's pretty cute if it encourages little ones to enjoy going to the toilet. Let's face it, most of us will take any help we can get it when it comes to potty training!

These 20cm stickers will stick to a clean toilet seat, and can be wiped over when you're cleaning your toilet too.

And for under £3 delivered, it's a bit of fun for the kids anyway. I can just imagine my daughter's face if she lifted the toilet seat to see Olaf there!

Allergy Friendly Pancake Day Alternatives

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 14 February, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Allergy Friendly Pancake Day AlternativesIf you're a parent to an allergic child - or an allergy sufferer yourself - then the onslaught of Valentine's Day followed by Pancake Day can be quite overwhelming. It's especially tough when everyone else is tucking in with delight, and you have to either explain to your child why he or she can't have any - and harder still if you refrain in solidarity. Here are a few recipe alternatives for Shrove Tuesday so you be the smug mum that pulls a suitable treat from the lunch box, and be a little bit your child's hero for the day. 

This recipe calls for some unusual ingredients that most of us are going to have to make a trip to the shops for - unless you're already a clued up allergy parent, I guess!

These free-from pancakes require gluten free plain flour, egg replacer, hemp milk, and oil, but they look about as close to regular pancakes as you could hope for.

Gluten free pancakes require pretty basic changes, using gluten free flower and baking powder.  In many recipes you can't simply substitute gluten free flour for regular, but in pancakes, it seems you can.

It turns out much the same can be said for dairy free pancakes. Simply substitute milk for the milk you'd regularly use, like hemp milk or coconut milk.  And the good thing is if you use the recipe below, you can make the batter up over the weekend, ready to go on Tuesday. It'll last just fine.

Egg free pancakes require a little extra creativity. You can use recipes like the one above that call for an egg replacer, or you can use a recipe like this one that simply leaves it out.  I quite like this vegan pancake recipe, though you could use regular milk & butter if you're not vegan or dairy free.

BUT, I think my all time favourite, no guilt at all pancakes are the 3 ingredient, Paleo pancakes here (and pictured)  Just egg and banana, and a little cinnamon and they are delicious and healthy. Yum yum yum.... bring on Tuesday!

Help Your Colicky Baby With Dr Brown Bottles Reduced To £6 @ Tesco (In Store)

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 14 February, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Help Your Colicky Baby With Dr Brown Bottles Reduced To £6 @ Tesco (In Store)

I was fortunate with my first baby that she had colic for a matter of days before we discovered baby massage, and the tummy massage sorted her out with no other interventions required. My second baby never even needed burping, however, so colic wasn't on our radar at all - and I do count myself blessed. In my previous existence as a baby massage instructor, I've had parents on the phone to me in tears asking for help as their babies struggled with painful colic.

One of the tips that comes up often for bottle fed babies is trying a different style of bottle, and I've had many parents tell me that these Dr Brown bottles were a godsend for colic and reflux, and while they may be a pain to clean, the results have been transformative.

Now, we know that every baby is different, and what works for one doesn't always work for another, but at this price, if you're dreading colic-hour it's well worth trying for the relief it may bring.

It looks like a number of Tesco stores around the country have reduced the Dr Browns Natural Flow 240ml Twin Pack bottle set to £6, where they are usually over £12.

P.S. You can also try the tummy massage. There are loads of Youtube videos that will tell you how to do it effectively.

Free Valentine's Day Printables From Toucan Box

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 13 February, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Free Valentine's Day Printables From Toucan BoxToucan Box have a eight free Valentine's Day printables for you to download and print out. With slogans like 'Owl be your friend forever', and 'You are so cool' and so on, they're fun for some Cupid inspired colouring.

Personally I'm thinking if I can print them out and set them up with some colouring pencils on the bedside table in my room, I may be able to grab an extra half hour or so snoozing semi-peacefully while my girls colour. But if that's wishful thinking, then there's at least the option of enticing them out of the kitchen by encouraging them to colour a picture for Daddy while I get a special breakfast sorted without my little 'helpers'.

Either way, free colouring in pages will never go to waste, and these are pretty sweet.

And if you're tempted to try out Toucan Box while you're there, you can have your first box free when you use the code A1014*

Valentine's Day Friends 2 For £25 And Select Outfits 2 For £12 @ Build A Bear

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 10 February, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Valentine's Day Friends 2 For £25 And Select Outfits 2 For £12 @ Build A BearBuild A Bear has a selection of Valentine's Day Friends and Outfits on offer at the moment, with the 'friends' coming in at 2 for £25 and outfits for 2 for £12.

These bears normally sell at £16.50 each, so you're getting £4 off each one.

The offer is valid on Huggable Hearts Kitty, Huggable Hearts Puppy, Pink Camo Bear and Strawberry Monkey. You can also combine this offer with the one for the outfits, meaning you save an additional - variable - amount. 

I have never really gotten to the bottom of why these are so popular, but they are, and we see it with every sale. You have some time still to get in store and collect these. While these are Valentine's themed, my five year old saw them and let me tell you, she won't mind what day of the year she's given them, so long as she gets the glittery dress to go with it.

Kids, eh?

Save £20 And More When You Spend £120 @ Waitrose Cellar

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 10 February, 2015 at 8:09 pm

Save £20 And More When You Spend £120 @ Waitrose have a great offer on if you're planning on going large for Valentines day - they have a bunch of stackable offers on the go right now:

If you use the code below you can save £20 when you spend £120, PLUS save 1/3 on over 200 offers, that include Bollinger, Waitrose Prosecco and Riverpath Sauvignon Blanc, with free delivery (over £150) or click and collect.

AND... if you buy 12 wines, you'll get another £5 off at the checkout too.  And in addition, Waitrose Cellars price check their drinks with Tesco, so you know you're not paying over the odds.

So okay, that may be for more than Valentine's Day (hopefully) but it sounds like a fun time for all involved.

Click here to go to Waitrose Cellar*:

  • Discount: £20 off £120
  • Expires: 20 February 2015
  • Discount Code: WFWINE20

Hope the hangover treats you well.

For this and other Waitrose Cellar Promotional Codes visit our voucher page!

Selection Of Toys Under £5 @ Smyths Instore

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 10 February, 2015 at 7:34 pm

Selection Of Toys Under £5 @ Smyths InstoreRemember last week when Lisa told you about the Smyths sale that's on at the moment? Well, this is a reminder that the sale will be coming to an end soon, with  most of the best items no longer available online. For those of us no where near a Smyths, that's a bummer, but for many of the rest of you, you have to opportunity to still grab some fabulous bargains for £5 or less.

This is one of those sales where you can really save yourself a fortune with a bit of forward planning. I have four birthday parties coming up in the next few weeks, and I'm pretty sure I could save myself some pennies if I could get to Smyths!

One that I know would be popular with a two year old little girl I know is the Peppa Pig Chef Carry Case*, down from £9.99 to just £1. It comes complete with 4 assorted spoons, a rolling pin, 2 bowl and a measuring jug. Make sure about stock levels before you head out though - it's pretty hit and miss.

Another that looks like great value if you can get it is the Art Studio Trunkreduced to £5, also from £9.99.  This trunk contains  150pieces of art accessories including water color cakes, crayons, chalks, color pencils, pencil sharpeners, markers, paint brush and 15 envelops and card plus lots of pre printed paper projects, all of which is stored together in a reusable trunk. Bargain.

There are a few other gems in there, so hurry on over and see what you can pick up.

Thanks to mumof3 at HUKD

Arc Meningitis Early Alert Pack £10.20 @ Boots / £7.47 Delivered @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 7 February, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Arc Meningitis Early Alert Pack £10.20 @ Boots / £7.47 Delivered @ AmazonBoots are selling an Early Alert Pack for Meningitis, containing expert information about the disease provided by The Meningitis Trust. The Arc Early Alert Pack is a comprehensive way to identify whether a rash and other symptoms are indicators of meningitis and septicaemia. The pack is also on sale from Arc at Amazon for just £7.47 delivered.

I'm not sure what I think about this, to be honest - is it going to make you a more paranoid parent, or will it help you feel prepared 'in case'?

According to the Boots website, over half of all parents in a recent survey (June 2006) could not name three symptoms of either viral or bacterial meningitis.

The Arc Early Alert Pack can help parents quickly identify early warning signs, and in particular help detect the most distinct sign of meningococcal septicaemia, a rash that does not fade under the 'press a glass on the skin' test.

The Arc Early Alert Pack can be easily stored in a medicine cabinet or first aid box, and comes with a reusable device to help identify the rash associated with meningitis and septicaemia as well as information on the early signs of meningitis and septicaemia and key emergency and support service contact numbers.

The device itself is a clear plastic that you press to the skin, with a dummies guide, it seems, so probably perfect for stressing parents.

So, do you own this? Does it reassure you?

VonShef Food Dehydrator & Dryer Machine £27.98 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 24 January, 2015 at 3:13 pm

VonShef Food Dehydrator & Dryer Machine £27.98 @ AmazonAmazon are selling the VonShef Food Dehydrator and Dryer Machine for £19.99, with a £7.99 delivery charge. If a dehydrator is on your wish list, this is an amazing price.

If you've never used a dehydrator, it's pretty simple: chop stuff up, put it in a dehydrator leave it for a few hours and out comes yummy 'chips'. Our favourite are over ripe strawberries - they make amazingly tasty strawberry chips that I have to hide from the kids or they'll finish them all in one go!

This Food Dehydrator is apparently reduced from £99.99, which is a massive saving.  You can use it for beef jerky, banana chips, dried fruits, fruit roll ups and many more, making ideal snacks for drying food for lunchboxes, snacking & grazing.

Dehydrating extracts moisture but retains nutrients, vitamins, minerals & taste, all the while preserving the foods for months.

The VonShef Food Dehydrator has 5 tiers of drying using a Flow-Drying system to slowly extract moisture & preserve foods, while the adjustable thermostat allows you to control the drying process (35-70°C).

A great way to use up extra, left over, or on it's way out fruit, and at a great price!

Warning: Glass In Home Bargains Frozen Cushions

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 20 January, 2015 at 9:27 pm

Warning: Glass In Home Bargains Frozen CushionsIf you're one of the obliging parents who've tried to appease the Disney Frozen monster, you may be in possession of the Frozen cushions from Home Bargains. They were found when their owner complained to her parents about a hole in the cushion with something sharp inside.

James Henry wrote this message on his Facebook page:

WARNING! If any of you have bought one of these Frozen cushions, we got this one from Home Bargains, but they have been on sale in other shops around town. Eryn just came down stairs saying there was a hole in the cushion and she could feel something sharp. We found these two shards of glass tangled in the stuffing. She has had this on her bed since Christmas day, she's lucky not to have been really hurt. Please share this post if you know anybody who may have bought one, don't want anybody getting hurt.

From there the message has been shared over 19,000 times with reports of other people finding the same.

While Joe Morris, operations director at Home Bargains, said: "We have requested that the customer returns the product to us, so we can fully investigate the incident", and trading standards from Darlington Borough Council are investigating the incident, parents who have bought these cushions are urged to check them closely, and report any issues to the stores they were purchased from.

Chad Valley BTL Double Buggy £5.99 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 19 January, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Chad Valley BTL Double Buggy £5.99 @ ArgosArgos have dropped the price on the Chad Valley BTL Double Buggy to £5.99 from £12.99. Standard delivery is £3.95 but you can click and collect for free too.

We know that double buggies can be really popular around here, and when they're under £10 delivered, doubly so! (No pun intended!)

This pretty pink twin doll stroller is suitable for one or two dolls up to 41cms tall.

Little ones will love pushing favourite toys around in this buggy, then it can be folded away when not in use - just like the real thing!

This buggy features dual safety locks, a shopping basket and soft-grip handle and should bring many hours of pretend play and fun to little people.

Thanks to kaykayrocks at HUKD

Boots 70% Sale NOW ON!

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 14 January, 2015 at 5:42 am

Boots 70% Sale NOW ON!

The much anticipated Boots 70% sale is now on online, and will be in store today too.

You can shop for gifts, toys, fragrance, beauty and electrical, and sale items are massively reduced. The fact is that most things are sold out online, so you'll have to drop the kids and get over to a Boots store near you as soon as you can.

If you're thinking of stocking up for the year's birthdays, this is definitely the time to do so. Mother's Day? Check. Father's Day? Check. Here's where to grab those bargains that save you a fortune the rest of the year.

As an example, the Sanctuary Spa Big Box of TLC* with five products that would normally cost you £25 is reduced to £7.50. And I added 20 to my basket (don't worry, I emptied it out again!) so there seems to be decent stock on it still.

The same for the Hello Kitty Shake It Up Bath Set*, normally £10, now £3 - surely a nice gift for one of those 'friend from school' birthday presents, and a price you can't complain about.

Hair dryers, a hot wand and trimmers are all down from £20-something to £7 and under, and lots, lots more. It won't last long though, so don't hang about.


Half Term Activities @ English Heritage Buildings

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 13 January, 2015 at 10:15 pm

Half Term Activities @ English Heritage BuildingsHalf term will be on us before you know it, and English Heritage buildings around the country have activities planned for members & non members, but obviously as members you pay once and have free access throughout the year.

Different locations have different events on different days, so you should be able to capatilise on a range of activities, especially if you live quite close to a few of the properties.

As an example, Brodsworth Hall and Gardens have a Victorian themed week with a hunt for fairies around the gardens. Kids will also be shown how to make a pinhole camera to help them get a better look.  This is free to members, but along with the entry fee, non members will be charged £1.

Framlingham Castle in Suffolk delivers deadly enemies and bitter battles, where kids can "choose their side and start their training".

Meanwhile at Darwin House in Kent, you'll be able to explore evolution at its birthplace as you "delve daringly into the mysteries of science".

Ever wondered why giraffes have long necks? Why a penguin can’t fly? Why a monkey has a tail? Discover all this and more as you grab your goggles and dust off your magnifying glass at Down House.

Use the link above to see what your nearest properties have to offer.

Trunki Ride-on Suitcase: Frieda the Cow £23.50 Delivered @ BG Nappies

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 13 January, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Trunki Ride-on Suitcase: Frieda the Cow £23.50 Delivered @ BG NappiesBG Nappies are back with another Trunki Ride-on deal: Frieda the Cow for £20, with a £3.50 delivery fee, making it £23.50. Frieda will cost you upwards of £32 and nearer £40 everywhere else you look, so this is a decent price.

We've done several trips to and from Australia in recent years, and my daughter's Trunki has come in very handy in that time. So much so that when my youngest daughter started paying full fares, we bought her a Trunki too, so now they each traverse the airport quite nimbly riding their dinosaur and princess Trunkis, which frees our hands up for all the bits we always seem to carry.

Frieda the Cow is ideal for holidays, weekend breaks, and playing at home. She's lightweight and durable and while fitting in airport hand luggage restrictions, is still quite generous at 18 litres - you'll be surprised what fits inside!

There's a 'secret' compartment - it's not really secret at all - and teddy bear seatbelts (the handles) as well as horn grips for kids to hold on to when it's a ride on.

We highly recommend Trunkis for travel with kids.

Thanks to rosiepea at HUKD

#TheChokeables New Video From St John's Ambulance

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 12 January, 2015 at 9:58 pm

Any parent or loving aunt that's ever rushed over to a choking baby will tell you how those ranked among the scariest moments of their lives, and according to St John's Ambulance, over 40% of us have witnessed our own baby choke. Scarily, almost 80% of people don't know what to do when a baby chokes either.

St John's Ambulance put together this short and hopefully memorable video, called The Chokeables to show people how to help a choking baby.

Featuring the voices of  David Walliams, David Mitchell, Johnny Vegas and John Hurt, the celebrities take on the characters of animated objects that could potentially choke babies: a small princess toy, a pen lid, a jelly baby and a peanut.

The idea behind the video is that you can learn how to save a choking baby in just 40 seconds.

Hopefully the video will help spread awareness, and save young lives.