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Free Printable Easter Egg Templates

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 16 April, 2014 at 10:00 am

Free Printable Easter Egg Templates

I've seen a few people on Facebook and Twitter mention the count down of days till their kids are back at school already, and with almost a week to go in some areas, I thought you might like these free Easter Egg colouring templates from Twinkl. For a lot of the site you have to be a member to download the other bits, but these are free!

15 Free Autism Apps For iPhone and iPads

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 15 April, 2014 at 10:22 pm

15 Free Autism Apps For iPhone and iPadsAppcessible.org have a great post up at the moment that lists 15 Free Apps for iPhones and iPads specifically for  individuals with an autistic spectrum condition.  You can run through the list on Appcessible, and click through and download them directly from the site. 

Appcessible is all about apps that are designed to help users with additional needs. "Whether it’s an app to find the nearest disability friendly toilet or offer support around challenging behaviour, we want to list it."

The apps on this particular list are for Apple products, and you can access them directly from their page. There's no charge for using Appcessible and while some of the apps are chargeable, this list - as it says on the tin - is free.

There are some amazing looking apps here for children on the Spectrum, including one that helps children deal with emotions via gorgeous flash cards and interactive games, one that doesn't require any language or reading, and even options for totally non-verbal children and adults.

Even if this isn't something you yourself need, you may know someone who could benefit from them, and support Appcessible at the same time.

Free £5 Voucher From Mamas And Papas

by Luschka van Onselen in Freebies on 15 April, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Free £5 Voucher From Mamas And Papas From time to time we like to remind those who forgot, or let those of you who didn't know about the free £5 offer from Mamas and Papas, so here it is! If you register with Mamas and Papas and request their catalogue they'll give you £5 off your next purchase. As far as I can determine, if you are already registered, you can still request the catalogue and receive the same.

New and existing customers can take advantage of this freebie from Mamas And Papas, but it can only be redeemed once, so if you've done it before, you're going to have to get someone else to do it on your behalf.

To claim this freebie, you just sign in or register with the site and tick the ' I would like to receive a catalogue' box. Within a few days you will receive the catalogue in the mail, and with it a £5 voucher.

If you're already a member, you can still ask to receive the catalogue from your account page - it's towards the bottom.

Some people reported getting their Mamas and Papas catalogues really quickly, so hopefully you'll be shopping soon.

Enjoy your freebie. 

Cadbury's Creme Egg Cheesecake

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 15 April, 2014 at 10:30 am

Cadbury's Creme Egg Cheesecake

Is there a time of year more perfect for this Cadbury's Creme Egg Cheesecake? It's just delectable, and our likers over on Facebook have been loving it too! How many slices do you think you could manage of this baby?

Disney Sing Along Books £1.99 @ Argos

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 15 April, 2014 at 8:00 am

Disney Sing Along Books £1.99 @ ArgosArgos have reduced four different Disney Sing Along Books from £4.99 to £1.99, saving you a fabulous £3, although it has previously been sold for £2.99, so still a saving.  They aren't available for home delivery, so you'll have to pick them up in store, but since you can't choose which ones you want to buy online, if you're buying multiple  copies, you can at least check them and swap if you can before leaving the store.

Okay, 'fess up if you've already started buying Christmas presents? If you are, I'm guessing these will make absolutely fabulous stocking fillers. They look brilliant, and while there's only one review on the site so far, it's a good one.

These CD's have 'over 20 minutes' of listening time, and they come with some fun look and see activities, making them a great gift and interactive participation activity, for example on long drives.  Little ones can follow the words in the book, then turn back to the start of the book as the CD plays the Disney songs.

You will only receive one book in the offer, so if you're buying multiples, make sure to check them before you leave!

Kids Create Reward Stickers £1.13 Free Delivery @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 14 April, 2014 at 11:00 am

Kids Create Reward Stickers £1.13 Free Delivery @ Amazon

Amazon have a great price on the Kids Create  Reward Stickers, which are just £1.13, with free delivery included. They don't seem to be reduced or anything, just at that price, which is great because you can get them on eBay for £2.29, or from Party Delights for £1.99 with £1.50 delivery, so overall, the best price for reward stickers at the moment.

Reward stickers certainly have their place in the home. They worked really well instead of treats when my oldest was toilet training, and I know some people find them really useful for creating and instigating evening routines. I'm not crazy about the idea of 'reward' charts really, but they work for some children, definitely, even if not for all. If you're after reward stickers though, these seem a great buy.

The Kids Create Reward stickers come in sheets of 10 A4 pages. This gives you over 1000 stickers, so unless you run a military house, they should last you a good long time.

Looking at the picture, there are stickers to appeal to everyone too, with animals, stars, smiley faces and more.

Free FROZEN Printables And Party Ideas

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 14 April, 2014 at 10:00 am

Free FROZEN Printables And Party Ideas

Do you have a Frozen fan in the house? This website offers you 20 free Frozen printables including party invites, activity sheets and decor that's sure to make any fan's day, whether for a birthday party or just a movie day.

Voucher Code: Files And Organisers 15% Off @ Busy B

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 14 April, 2014 at 9:00 am

Voucher Code: Files And Organisers 15% Off @ Busy B

Busy B, formerly known as K Two have launched a new name, and a new look to go with it and as an incentive to get you over to their site, they're offering 15% off everything for your first order. If you're getting ready for some spring cleaning, Busy B is awesome for helping with among other things, all that paper work!

Head over to Busy B for 15% off spring cleaning and organising*

  • Discount: 15%
  • Except: First time orders only
  • Voucher Code: BB15

I loved K Two's stuff, and we had a few vouchers and offers, from them over the last few years, and browsing through their new website at their new look products, it's all very swish and swanky looking.

There are files for organising your recipes, planning your wedding, new baby keepsakes, thank you notes, journals, even a take away pamphlet organiser.

With the voucher code you can take 15% off your first order, and orders over £15 are delivery free of charge. Under £15, it will depend on the weight of the item.

You can find this Busy B Voucher Code along with many others in our voucher section too.

20 Spring Inspired Biscuits

by Luschka van Onselen in Misc on 13 April, 2014 at 1:00 pm

20 Spring Inspired BiscuitsThere are 20 Spring Inspired Biscuits in this blog post. If you have plenty of time on your hands there are some amazing Easter themed goodies you can make, and if you don't have a lot of time, you can still drool over the pictures and make simpler versions. Go on, have a look!

Little Tikes Classic Cozy Coupe Ride-on £40.00 @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 13 April, 2014 at 10:00 am

Little Tikes Classic Cozy Coupe Ride-on £40.00 @ AmazonAmazon have the Little Tikes Classic Cozy Coupe Ride-on for £40, reduced from £54.99. It's not the lowest price we've ever seen it, but it's still pretty decent. Delivery is free and should only take a couple of days. 

I'm still in two minds on this, if I'm honest. I love it, and the kids love it, but man alive, it's the children's equivalent of road rage! I've seen a child pull another child out through the back window! Or try at least. They're brilliant toys for home - maybe less so for the soft play center. And they just never go out of fashion.

This is the 30th Anniversary of the Classic Edition.

The Classic Cozy Coupe has a high seat back and storage in the rear. This version includes a removable floor to protect the child's feet and a handle on back for parent-controlled push rides. It also has special features like an "ignition switch" and an open-and-close petrol cap. Cozy rolls on rugged, durable tyres and the front wheels spin 360 degrees.

It's a great outdoor toy for summer!

Doc McStuffins Bargains @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 13 April, 2014 at 8:51 am

Doc McStuffins Bargains @ Amazon

Amazon have a whole bunch of Doc McStuffins toys on sale at the moment with as much as 68% off. Most of them are under £10 so if you don't have Amazon Prime you either need to factor £3.30 delivery in, or buy a  little more and cross that £10 threshold.

There's loads to choose from in the Amazon clearance of Doc McStuffins goodies, so if you're looking for chocolate alternatives for next week, or gift ideas or even the super organised who are already hunting out stocking fillers - you know who you are! - you can bag a good deal here! Here are some of the great current offers:

The Doc McStuffins Magical Friends Talking Plush Chit Chattin Stuffy is reduced from £19.99 to £6.31. Press the hands and Stuffy will say phrases from the show. Lambie is reduced to £9.99, and does the same, as does Doc, who is reduced to to £7.99.

Doc comes dressed in her doctors outfit, complete with white coat and stethoscope, while Stuffy and Lambie just come as is.

There's also the really sweet Swim Time Doc, reduced to just £3.52.

If you have a fan that would love these, pop over to Amazon and pick one up now.

 

Moshi Monsters Sale @ Amazon

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 12 April, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Moshi Monsters Sale @ Amazon

My kids have managed to just about avoid the Moshi Monster craze, with the exception of one little pink monster which spent a few weeks being clung to like the very lifeblood of toddlerhood flowed through her. If that Moshi-love is anything to go by, I'm sure those of your with real fans in the house will love these offers from Amazon's Easter Gifts for under £10 ideas.

There are a number of different options, and you'll have to search around in the £10 gift ideas section, but you should find some fabulous savings, like these below, and when combined you can have a pretty decent birthday gift or Easter gift for under £10 combined.

For example the Moshi Monsters Children in Need Tin reduced from £9.99 to £3. This tin includes 8 spotty Moshlings and comes with an exclusive collector tin to store it all. It includes Sooki Yaki, Fifi, Honey, Jeepers, Mini Ben, Oddie, Rocky and Shi Shi.

If spotty Moshis aren't your thing, there's also a gold box and a regular one.

The Moshi Monsters Moshling Treehouse (figures not included)  is reduced from £19.99 to £4.67. The Moshling Treehouse opens up to reveal a place to play with and also store your moshlings. There's a working basket lift for moshlings to play on and despite it saying figures aren't included, the treehouse comes with an exclusive Roxy Moshling.

Promotional Codes: Free Delivery And Extra 10% Off Sale Items @ Dorothy Perkins

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 12 April, 2014 at 11:00 am

Promotional Codes: Free Delivery And Extra 10% Off Sale Items @ Dorothy PerkinsDorothy Perkins have an extra 10% off sale items already reduced by 50% for this weekend only, and you can stack the code with this free delivery code below too. Dorothy Perkins seems to have loads of different offers and codes on at the moment, so before you rush in have a look at our voucher code page and see if there are any better ones there for you.

Click here to use your Dorothy Perkins promotional codes*

Use this promotional code for 10% off:

  • Discount: 10% off sale items
  • Promotional code: SALE10
  • Expires: 13 April 2014

And use this free delivery code:

  • Discount: Free Delivery
  • Promotional code: DPDELIVERY
  • Expires: 21st March 2014

Add these to the still current:

  • Discount: Free next day delivery
  • Promotional code: GETMEQUICK

And if it's your first purchase, don't forget:

  • Discount: 15% off for first time buyers
  • Promotional code: WELCOME15

Enter the Dorothy Perkins promotional code at checkout. I tried the code on a £15 top, which added £3.95 on shipping, making it £18.95. With the promotional codes, it was reduced to £13.50 with delivery.

You can find this and many other promotional codes on our Dorothy Perkins voucher page right here.

25% Off Tu Clothing @ Sainsbury's

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 12 April, 2014 at 9:00 am

25% Off Tu Clothing @ Sainsbury's

It's not available yet, but we knew that what with school holidays and Easter preparation you may need to pop it in your diary, so we're giving you an early heads up: The Sainsbury's 25% off TU Clothing sale starts on Tuesday 15th April. 

I sometimes look at my daughter and from one day to the next you can see how she's grown. She is blessed to come from a tall family and definitely making her way up the tape measure with speed. As a result, however, I seem to spend half my life buying new clothes for her and getting rid of her old clothes. It gets expensive, for sure.

Now, TU has this 25% off sale every so often, but for parents of children, it's never too often, is it! TU don't sell online, so you'll have to head in to the supermarket for your bargains, whether you want to start stocking up on school uniforms for September, or buy a few summer bits and pieces.

If you have any vouchers, remember to use them to double up your Nectar points, or get discounts on your fuel.

 

Playmobil Easter Eggs Review

by Luschka van Onselen in Reviews on 11 April, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Playmobil Easter Eggs Review

I love chocolate as the next person, but between Valentine's day, Mother's day, and Easter the first half of the year involves so much chocolate, I actually start worrying about my children when they pretty much expect it on any given day. Throw into that mix the crazy amount of birthdays we have this time of year, and I sometimes have to sit back and think really hard about when last my kids didn't have sugar! It's a far cry from the days of 'not my little sweetheart' that I once smugly held on to! (And I can just hear my friends with older kids laughing at me now!)

If you're like me and want to cut down on the Easter eggs without leaving your offspring feeling neglected come Easter Sunday, Playmobil offer an alternative I just love: The Playmobil Easter Egg.

Click here to read more...

Promotion Code: 20% Off @ Miss Selfridge

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 11 April, 2014 at 9:00 am

Promotion Code: 20% Off @ Miss Selfridge

Looking for a little something special to celebrate this Easter? Or maybe just a new frock or two for those late evenings sipping champagne this summer? Well, head to Miss Selfridge and they'll help you out with 20% off using the promotional code below.  Standard UK delivery on the site is normally £3.95. Although if you spend £50 or more you get free UK and international delivery.

Click here to use your promotional code at Miss Selfridge*

  • Discount: 20% off
  • Promotional code: PROMSHOP20
  • Expires: 15 April 2014

I tried the offer on a full price £39 dress and the promotional code reduced the dress to £31.90. I then went to the sale section and added another dress, reduced from £37 to £18, and the promo code worked there too, making it just £14. 40. What a bargain.

To use this voucher code just select the items you wish to purchase and then before you check out, enter the voucher code in the relevant box, and select apply. You'll see that your discount is applied automatically.

You can find this and all the other current Miss Selfridge voucher codes in our vouchers section.

Heroes Of The City Games, Books, Apps And DVD Review

by Luschka van Onselen in Reviews on 10 April, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Heroes Of The City Games, Books, Apps And DVD ReviewLike most preschoolers, my daughter goes crazy for fire engines and ambulances, but for reasons beyond me, is really afraid of policemen. Somewhere down the line, someone has told her that they're going to take her away and that's stuck with her. I decided it was time to introduce emergency services to her as a helpful, required service. I rung up our local fire station and arranged a visit with some friends, and they were awesome with the kids. The police weren't that interested, but we'll work something out. In the meantime, however, I discovered Heroes of the City and introduced my children to them.

Heroes of the City is an animated DVD, with books based on the same stories, little characters - we have the police car and the fire engine - and the apps for the books and the movies.

Heroes of the City follows Fiona Firetruck and Pauli Police Car and Calamity Crow as they go about life in their small town. There's always someone needing emergency services - often thanks to Calamity - and Fiona and Pauli are on the job.

There are 'real life' scenarios, like always keeping fires attended - and if you don't, the mouse family could lose their house - and never making prank calls - that's from the same story. The barn burned down because Fiona and Pauli were out on prank calls. There's one for camping, and one about a car race and a few others.

Like many children's stories these days, the movies have been turned into books too, which are equally nicely illustrated and great quality. My girls love them, and the books can withstand my girls! Yay.

For on the go entertainment, these are also available as apps through Google Play and the App Store.

Oh, and if you're interested, there are four free downloadable, printable activity books too.

I got these for my 4 year old, who loves them, but my 2 year old adores them too, and will often ask for Heroes! Heroes! so it definitely has wide appeal, and our little boy friends like it as much as the girls and their little girl friends do too.

It's not the same as anything I've seen on BBC or Disney or anything else, but is quite unique and even the theme tune isn't annoying. An all round win, we love Heroes of the City, and the lessons learned from it.

Frozen @ VUE Cinemas And Cineworld

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 10 April, 2014 at 11:00 am

Frozen @ VUE Cinemas And Cineworld

If you've not joined the Frozen phenomenon yet, you can do so this week still, at the much more bargain cinema ticket price of... well, that depends where you are and what memberships you have, but lets just say it's a whole lot less than your regular cinema ticket.

I took my daughters to see a fairy movie a few weeks ago, and specifically chose a time that coincided with my youngest's nap time, so that she would sleep and my oldest and I could enjoy the movie in peace. When I got to the front of the queue however, they wanted to charge me over £9 and my daughters over £7 each. Amid tears and agonising pleas we left the cinema and went for icecream instead.

So as far as I'm concerned, whether you pay the 'full price' of £1.75 for tickets at the VUE, or you pay a reduced price of £1.35 with a MyCineworld membership card, it's a much better deal to wait for the Kids AM movies.

If you book online you do have to pay a booking fee, which some have said make your movie-for-two cost nearer £7, but quite frankly I'd still pay that rather than the full whack.

At my local cinema, Frozen is on today, Wednesday and Thursday, but check the listings to see when it's on for you!

Promo Code: 10 Personalised Eggs With Free Delivery £25 @ Thorntons

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 10 April, 2014 at 9:00 am

Promo Code: 10 Personalised Eggs With Free Delivery £25 @ Thorntons

Use this Thorntons.co.uk promo code to get 10 small Easter eggs for £25, and have them delivered to your home free of charge. You can have them personalised too.

Click here to use your Thorntons promo code*

  •     Discount: Free personalisation and delivery
  •     Promotional code: SMLH
  •     Expires: 18 April 2014

Personalised Easter Eggs make great gifts, and if you're having an Easter Egg hunt and don't want to give the kids more than one egg each, personalising them is a fabulous idea. If you find an egg that doesn't have your name on it, put it back. Not just that though - you could use them for name place settings at  your dinner table too. So many ideas for personalisation, I love it.

With this offer, you're getting the eggs for £2.50 each. You can pick up Thorntons eggs elsewhere for as little as £1, but they aren't personalised, or delivered to you.

You must type in the promo code, rather than copy and pasting it, or it may not work.

Check out our vouchers section for loads of other promo codes, as well as all the promo codes for Thorntons.

Kids Eat Free - NO PURCHASE NECESSARY @ Debenhams

by Luschka van Onselen in Deals on 9 April, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Kids Eat Free - NO PURCHASE NECESSARY @ Debenhams

Yep, you read that right. Apparently kids eat free at Debenhams this Easter half term - starting yesterday, actually, and until the 27th of April, and more importantly, there's no purchase necessary.

My kids are still in that rather 'painful' phase when it comes to eating out so we choose 'family friendly' restaurants now that before kids used to make me cringe. Now I'm grateful for them, and the Debenhams restaurant is one of them.

They're especially ingratiating themselves to parents at the moment, because after long days in this beautiful weather, who feels like cooking? So you can head over to  Debenhams, and grab a dinner for free - even if you don't have one yourself. I suppose, however, that that's the catch. They know most of us will at least have a little something.

The kids eat free all day every day between the 8th and 27th of April. No purchase necessary at all but children must be accompanied by an adult - no free childcare here, I'm afraid. There's one free kids’ meal per child - including the children’s drink, treat, free fruit portion and so on, as selected from the bluezoo food children’s menu.