Luschka van Onselen

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Monitor £46.50 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 27 October, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Monitor £46.50 @ AmazonAmazon have dropped the price of the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Monitor to £46.50, down from £64.99. It's currently £49 at Argos, but £64 and above everywhere else. Where you score on this one though is if you're shopping for anything else from Amazon, since if you spend £60 you can  get £15 off.

In my almost six years of parenting, now, I've used my bits of baby equipment, and this simple digital monitor was one of them. It isn't all singing and dancing, with video and breathing or heart monitors, but as far as simple monitors go, it's a good'un and it's not a bad price at all.

The DECT Sound Baby Monitor uses digital enhanced cordless technology to pick up your baby's slightest sounds. The monitor is simple to set up and use, and the clever talkback feature and nightlight enable you to soothe your baby from another room. The easy-to-read LCD display also displays the temperature in your baby's room.

The Digital Monitor has a range of up to 300 metres, and offers a 'talkback' feature - my daughter would often stir and just a 'shh shh shh' would get her back to sleep if I could do it quick enough, and that helped!

In the box you'll find a parent unit, baby unit, docking station, mains power adaptors and instructions leaflet.

Bedtime Tales 3 Book Box Set £3.99 C&C @ WHSmith

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 27 October, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Bedtime Tales 3 Book Box Set £3.99 C&C @ WHSmith

WHSmith are selling a 3 Book Bedtime Tales set for £3.99, reduced from £10. There's free click and collect with WHSmith, or you can have it delivered for £2.99

We took our children to see The Tiger Who came To Tea during Kids Week in London earlier this year, so when I saw this set it grabbed my attention. It was our first exposure to the fun and unexpectedly funny story, and I know my kids would love the book.

This book box set contains 3 tales by Judith Kerr: Mog the Forgetful Cat, One Night in the Zoo and The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

The stories are great bed time stories, and fabulous bed time story lengths - long enough for just one story, but not so long you fall asleep during it!

It comes in a nice little box too, so will make a sweet gift for a little fan.

Thanks to bex_red at HUKD

Win An XBox One Or 5 £20 Vouchers In Our Celebration Competition

by Luschka van Onselen in Comps on 27 October, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Win An XBox One Or 5 £20 Vouchers In Our Celebration Competition As PlayPennies reached 100,000 likes on Facebook today, we're launching a competition to thank our lovely readers for your support. If you'd like a chance to win an XBox One, or one of 5 £20 Amazon vouchers, tell us about a bargain you've found through PlayPennies, AND tag your at least three friends that don't follow us yet, to help them be pennywise in the run up to Christmas!

How To Enter:

Head back to our Facebook page, and in the comments for the competition, tell us about a bargain you've grabbed through PlayPennies, AND then tag at least three friend who don't follow PlayPennies yet.  Winners will be announced by Facebook message, so make sure to check your inboxes on Thursday night!


  • A winner will be randomly chosen from the comments on the competition thread on PlayPennies Facebook page using Woobox Facebook app. 
  • UK entrants only
  • Competition closes: 8pm 30 October 2014. 
  • One entry per person.
  • Competition subject to change and admins decision is final in all cases


Winners! Do make sure to message us from your Facebook profile to claim your prize!

Win An XBox One Or 5 £20 Vouchers In Our Celebration Competition

10 Easy Step By Step Face Painting Idea

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 26 October, 2014 at 3:30 pm

10 Easy Step By Step Face Painting IdeaAbout a year ago, someone bought my kids a face painting kit, and I may have audibly groaned. I put it in the toy cupboard and every now and again, my girls will come across it and ask me to paint their faces. I try to be more of a 'yes' mum than a 'no' mum when it comes to them asking me to spend time with them (I don't always succeed!) but honestly, I suck at face painting. Painting in general actually, but face painting specifically.

The best solution to these problems of course, is turning to Google, which is where I found 10 easy - ish - face painting ideas that even I could possibly get away with. Add a few accessories, and my kids may just want to go out in public with their fancy dress next weekend.

Mega Bloks First Builders Build 'n Learn Table £19.99 @ Toys R Us

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 26 October, 2014 at 11:45 am

Mega Bloks First Builders Build 'n Learn Table £19.99 @ Toys R UsToys R Us are selling the Mega Bloks First Builders Build 'n Learn Table for £19.99. Delivery from TRU is steep at £4.95, so you're almost better off finding another item at £10, so that you qualify for free delivery. Don't forget to add the code BIRTHDAY8 if you're spending £30 or more, you'll get £5 off and free delivery too. You can also click and collect, however, as TRU have a 20 minute promise - buy it now, and collect it in 20 minutes. You can't really ask for too much more!

This great play and go Mega Bloks First Builders 3-in-1 table provides little ones with endless construction possibilities! Take this table everywhere as it can be folded up to be portable and easy to store. Acts as a building platform, and comes with lots of different blocks and accessories for endless building fun!

The Mega Bloks First Builder Build 'n Learn Table is compatible with all Mega Bloks First Builders sets for endless building and play possibilities.

Included with the table you'll receive 20 blocks, building plates, decorated wall plates, a car and a Mega Bloks figure.

For the price, it seems like great value for money.

Thanks to pamelacodonawallis at HUKD

Bosch Toy Percussion Drill £12.25 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 26 October, 2014 at 11:03 am

Bosch Toy Percussion Drill £12.25 @ Amazon

Amazon is selling this fab Bosch Toy Percussion Drill for £12.25 delivered.  The only other place I can find it is on eBay, for £15.99 and up.

I guess this drill set is to little boys what a play kitchen is to little girls - that's not to say that girls and boys can't swap, of course. My daughter loves her play drill and tries hard to take their table apart from time to time!

This Bosch Toy Percussion Drill is a realistic replica drill with child compatible functions. The drill has a forward and reverse motion, and fast and slow speed settings.

It comes with exchangeable attachments, and is suitable for use with screws and accessories from the Technico and Klein ranges, though those are available seperately.

The toy version is battery powered, requiring  3x AAA-size batteries, which aren't included, but you can buy them here*.

I'm pretty sure this will be a perfect addition to any Bob the Builder or general handyman-to-be's Christmas gift basket.

Children's Helmets Half Price From £4 @ Tesco Direct

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 26 October, 2014 at 9:45 am

Children's Helmets Half Price From £4 @ Tesco DirectTesco has a half price offer on some children's helmets at the moment, with the lowest price being £4. You can click and collect for free from Tesco, or you can have it delivered for £3.

Children's helmets are a necessary and important part of cycling and scootering, and starting at £4, the is great value and has generally very good reviews.

There's a bit of a price jump then, with the next best sale price being on character helmets, like Thomas, Spiderman and Peppa Pig at £11. There are a few £10, full priced helmets in there too.

Helmets here go up to about £15.99 in the sale items.

None of the knee or elbow pads are included in the offer, which is unfortunate, but if you can save a few pennies on the helmet, that's a good start, I think. At least cycling and scooting is a great way of getting them active and keeping them busy and warm in the winter months!

Thanks to staceyellen at HUKD

Tonka Town Dump Truck £7.01/£10.31 Delivered @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 26 October, 2014 at 9:12 am

Tonka Town Dump Truck £7.01/£10.31 Delivered @ Amazon

Amazon are selling the Tonka Town Dump Truck for £7.01, a fabulous price for this fun toy. It's currently £19.99 at Toys R Us, and just gets more expensive from there. At Amazon, if you don't have Prime you'll have to add £3.30 for delivery, making it £10. 31, or you can add one of the Tonka Town figures* to top it over £10 and at least get something for your money.

This is a fab gift, I reckon. In your box you'll get a Tonka Truck, 8 boulders, and Kurt, the construction worker.

Press the truck down to switch the headlights on and hear the engine tick over, and when it's time to get to work, place Kurt in the driver's seat: now press down on the truck again to light the exhausts and hear the engine rev up. Now we can load the boulders onto the back of the truck and drive them to the dumping grounds, where we can raise the container to tip them out again.

To make this set work, you push down on the truck, activating lights and sounds. When Kurt hops in the truck, there are different lights and sounds. You need 3 AAA batteries to make it run, but they are included to get you started. 

Interestingly, there's a 'not for 3 years and younger, due to small parts' but the age recommendation is 3 months to 3 years. Go figure.

Thanks to windta1ker at HUKD

Kidkraft 65054 Chelsea Doll Cottage £62.83 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Kidkraft 65054 Chelsea Doll Cottage £62.83 @ AmazonAmazon is selling the Kidkraft Chelsea Doll Cottage for £62.83, reduced from £125.65, but it's available elsewhere around the web for upwards of £80.

This dolls house is no small purchase, and probably not an impulse buy, but isn't it a beauty? It should last for many years and be passed down through all the children in a family, I reckon.

The reviews on this product are fantastic, with the only negative being a review of Amazon, really, and not of the product itself.

The Chelsea Doll Cottage is filled with details kids are sure to love. The windows and doors open and close, and across the roof there's "adorable heart artwork".

This dollhouse also comes with 19 pieces of furniture, including a gorgeous grand piano and bunk beds with a ladder.

The house stretches over three floors, with two molded plastic staircases. It is large enough for more than one child to play at a time, and can be used with four-inch mini dolls.

Disney Frozen Gift Set £9.99 Delivered @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Disney Frozen Gift Set £9.99 Delivered @ AmazonAmazon seller ASVP Shop are selling this fab Disney Frozen Gift set for £9.99 delivered.

This is a great little gift set, I think, and the fancy dress - play opportunities are endless. I'm pretty sure any fan of the Frozen queen will love it.

There's only one review on the product:

Gloves and wand are pretty and 2 days in, no problem - tiara is a bit flimsy and 2 of the 'jewels' have come off and had to be superglued back on (I suspect others will follow). The plait and hair clip seem to be sturdy enough. Despite the problems, a very happy satisfied 5 year old!

It's certainly a fact that kids don't seem to see the negatives in products as much as we do, and I'm pretty sure my five year old would be beside herself with joy and excitement if I put this in front of her.

If you're taking any little princesses trick or treating next week, finish off the look with this costume!

Thanks to Sylvia on email

25% Off Frozen, Lego, Peppa Pig, Minecraft & More @ M&Co

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 8:26 pm

25% Off Frozen, Lego, Peppa Pig, Minecraft & More @ M&CoM&Co have a great offer for 25% off loads of children's character items with the code below. The code works on sale items, and there's free delivery on all items world wide.

Click here for 25% off character clothes & accessories @ M&Co*

  • Discount: 25%
  • Valid on: Everything, including sale
  • Expires: Unknown
  • Promotion Code: MISSYOU25

There are loads of character clothes to choose from at M&Co, including Frozen, Lego, Peppa Pig, Minecraft, Hello Kitty, Spiderman and a variety of Disney characters too.

Aside from just clothes, there's also a range of accessories - the Frozen cushions or ponchos are £10, or £7.50 with the code, t-shirts are £6, or £4.50 with the code.

For this and other discount codes from M&Co, check our voucher page.

Thanks to stout2212 at HUKD

Bayer Design Doll Pram Trendy £19.19 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Bayer Design Doll Pram Trendy £19.19 @ AmazonAmazon are selling the Bayer Design Doll Pram from £19.19, delivered.  It's reduced from £31.99, but I can't find it for under £34 anywhere else, so if you're in the market for a dolls pram, look no further!

The 'Trendy' doll pram is a bright and vibrant colour, and should be much loved by little people. It is suitable for dolls up to 46cm and children from age 3 - though try to take it away from my 2 years old, should she get her hands on it!

The carry cot for this pram set can be taken out of the pram, so the doll can be carried anywhere the doll`s mummy wants to! The handle is adjustable so it can be used for a number of years and the pram itself can be folded up quickly and easily. 
The pram comes with a shopping basket, and a doll pram bag. The pram cover has a sweet little butterfly design, and the whole thing is just very cute.
Thanks to aimbo84 at HUKD

12.5% Off Everything, Including Sale Items @ Mollie & Fred

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 6:01 pm

12.5% Off Everything, Including Sale Items @ Mollie & Fred

Mollie & Fred have 12.5% off everything at the moment, including sale items. I must say I do love Mollie & Fred. They sell gorgeous stuff, perfect gifts for people you don't know what to buy for.

Click here to browse Mollie & Fred*

  • Discount: 12.5% off everything
  • Expires: 26/10/2014
  • Code: 14BST12

The children's items are lovely things - these aren't cheap and cheerful plastic, but they are pretty and there are beautiful keepsakes.

The prices on kiddies goodies start at 86p, with the Egg Nogg Colour-In Pin the Pendant on the Princess* - perfect if you're planning a princess party anytime soon.

There's also the rather unique and unusual Rachel Ellen Happy Birthday Princess Jigsaw Cardfor £2.62, which is more than I'd normally pay for a kids' card, but it could be a nice one for a 'special' card that ends up in a memory box.

Again, unique and unusual, the Fairy Tale Crayon Gift Set* (£2.62) is very different and cute. Not mass market, but individual. Love it.

20% Discount @ Nandos For Emergency Services

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 12:36 pm

20% Discount @ Nandos For Emergency Services There's a 20% Discount available at Nandos for Emergency Service staff, including police, fire, military and NHS. This is an ongoing promotion, nationwide and can be used on your whole order.

I used to work for the NHS, and as it happens there was a Nandos on my walk from work to home. The 20% discount came in handy more than once!  Ah, the good old days. Sadly, working for a deals website isn't the kind of emergency service Nando's means when they offer their discount to the hard working men and women.

When ordering your meal, you have show the cashier your ID with the official NHS, Police, Fire or Military logo. If your ID is not a photo ID you may get asked to show additional photo ID, such as a driving licence. The discount is for the cardholder’s starter, main meal, drink and dessert only. If you order a sharing platter the discount is for the whole platter but in my experience if you order a take-away meal, it applies to the whole meal - don't quote me on that though!

This discount is not to be used in conjunction with any other offer, except the Nando's Card scheme where you can still collect Chillies and redeem rewards in the usual way.

Every Emergency services employee may not be able to use this card every time, but it is useful for those who can when they can, and hopefully it helps you save those pennies.

Provisional Driving Licence, Driving Theory Test & Renewal Fee Price Drops @ DVLA

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 25 October, 2014 at 10:55 am

Provisional Driving Licence, Driving Theory Test & Renewal Fee Price Drops @ DVLAIf you're due for a driving licence renewal, or even if you are about to do your driving test for the first time, or want to do practice tests, hold off till the 31st of October, and you'll have new lower rate to pay, so it may be worth holding on.

At the moment your licence renewal will cost you £20. After next Monday, it will be down to £14. 

As part of the proposals, drivers who apply online for their first driving licence would see the fee drop from £50 to £34. Drivers who renew their licence after 10 years would see the fee drop from £20 to £14. All driver tachograph cards would fall from £38 to £32.

The new fees, representing price cuts of up to 32%, begin on 31 October.

Other fees being considered in the DVLA review include vehicle first registrations and duplicate registration, but there's no confirmed news on that at the moment.

I'm sure the price of something else will be going up soon, to counter the £18 million that drivers will be 'saving', but in the meantime, I've got £7 in my pocket when it comes to renewing my license next month.

Thanks to darren_scotland at HUKD

Free Halloween Spooktacular Activities TODAY @ ASDA

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 25 October, 2014 at 10:28 am

Free Halloween Spooktacular Activities TODAY @ ASDA

If you're looking for something to do with the kids today, ASDA are hosting a free Halloween hunt, where kids will be given clue sheets to guide them around the store and masks with "Monster Vision" to help them spot the "mischievous Fang and Fangle" hidden in red reveal floor stickers.

This event is on in ASDAs around the country from 10am- 4pm today, and you can click on the link below to see where the participating ASDAs are:

Once they’ve found Fang and Fangle with their stolen party treats and completed the hunt, the kids will be given a membership card to show they’re a fully-fledged member of the Spook Squad!

Using a handheld smart device with the Zappar app, kids will be able to “zap” their augmented reality mask, which will transform them into either Sir Spook or George-ina. Kids can also use the “Spook Swap” function to switch between characters.

ASDA will be giving out stickers with zap codes, which can be used to create a Halloween hunt at home if you want to extend the fun into the holidays.

Fisher Price Little People Disney Princess Palace £26.49 @ Argos/Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 25 October, 2014 at 9:41 am

Fisher Price Little People Disney Princess Palace £26.49 @ Argos/Amazon

Argos are selling the Fisher Price Little People Disney Princess Palace for £26.49, reduced from £52.99, which seems a great saving to me! It's currently still £41.99 at Smyths, and £42 at Very. Amazon have just price matched and it's also £26.49 but with free super saver delivery!

My children saw an advert on TV for (what I'm pretty sure was) this earlier today and they both shouted "I want that!" at the same time. After saying that we don't get things when we ask like that, I had a look at the price and lo and behold, here it is at half price at Argos. Perfect.

This interactive Disney Princess palace playset brings the princesses to life in a special way and features images from Disney films!

The playset comes with Snow White and Cinderella which is great for two children playing at the same time. When you place the princesses on the dance floor, it recognises that specific Princess and responds with her name, character phrases and a song from her movie.

It looks a cute little set, and at the price you can't really go wrong.

Thanks to pinderlota at HUKD

Crazy Bargains @ Claire's Accessories

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 24 October, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Crazy Bargains @ Claire's Accessories

There's never been a better time to stock up on stocking fillers, pass the parcel gifts, or other cheap and cheerful tidbits at Claire's Accessories. The clearance section has loads of items starting from 50p on sale, and when you get to the checkout there's an extra 30% of too. If you happen to fancy something from the full price section, you'll find 24% removed from your total on those at the checkout too, which makes for some pretty decent savings.

The extra 30% off is online only, so you won't find these prices in store.

Delivery is free if you order over £21, but otherwise is £1.99, which is the same price as click & collect.

Over on HUKD people are telling us that they've picked up things like 3 One Direction Mugs for £1.65 (£9 each reduced to £1.50 combined with the 3 for 2 offer and 30% off), or a One Direction bag reduced from £18 now £4 and an extra £1.20 off at checkout, making it £2.80.

If the boy bands aren't really your thing, there's also jewellery and accessories to choose from. At £5 a set they're okay, but at 3 sets for £7? Well, you can afford to treat someone! That's £5 each, with 3 for 2 makes it 3 sets for £10, minus 30% gives you a total of £7.

Thanks to babyblue at HUKD

Half Term Half Price Toys @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 24 October, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Half Term Half Price Toys @ ArgosArgos has a half term, half price toy sale on at the moment, with some brilliant prices on sought after and loved toys.

There are great offers for older or more active kids, like the Sportspower 10ft trampoline* which was £199.99 but is now £99.99. If you buy a Sportswear trampoline there's also a special offer of £10 off trampoline kit, for things like stairs and so on.

For something with a somewhat more indoor focus, there's £12.49 off the Barbie Endless Curls Doll*, making it cost the same again.

Boardgames are reduced too, with for example My Monopoly* costing £10.99 instead of £21.99.  I think this is pretty genius actually, as My Monopoly  includes blank tiles and stickers so you can make it your own. You can print out the sitckers to personalise your tokens, properties, and even Chance and Community Chest cards.

If it's your thing - or you know someone whose it is - there's a giant Star Wars Darth Vader Action Figurecurrently reduced to £19.99 too.

Thanks to edandhen at HUKD for that last one!

Silver Cross Roamer Dolls Pram £22.49 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 24 October, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Silver Cross Roamer Dolls Pram £22.49 @ ArgosArgos are selling the Silver Cross Roamer Dolls Pram for £22.49 reduced from £44.99. Delivery is £3.95, or you can click and collect for free.

Little kids, whether they've ever used a pram or not, seem to love playing with prams. Like most things in life, they love mimicking adult activities, from cooking in a play kitchen to caring for the baby.

This classic dolls pram has a fully adjustable comfort grip handle, with a maximum height of 74cm, which should give the pram a good life span.  They do recommend that the set is suitable for children over four years of age. There's also a 'shopping basket' to store the baby doll's accessories, and when not in play, the pram folds flat for easy storage.

The pram also comes with a coordinated shoulder bag, perfect for little madams!

The Silver Cross Roamer Dolls Pram will fit dolls up to 50cm, but the set doesn't come with a puzzle included.

I'm pretty sure this will make someone's day, no matter the day!