Little Man Loves the New Thomas & Friends Read & Play App

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Little Man absolutely loves Thomas the Tank Engine and he has been obsessed with all things Thomas & Friends for the last couple of years – our Christmas this year is pretty much sponsored by Thomas! But, it can be easy to get sucked into Thomas toys that have no real educational benefit so when we were asked to test out the new Thomas & Friends Read & Play App I hoped it would help Little Man to learn whilst he plays.

The Thomas & Friends Read & Play App is perfect for any child who likes using a tablet or smartphone and who has even the smallest interest in Thomas. The app plays fun music from the show in the background which draws you instantly into the app and has so much to do once inside that any child will love to give it a try.

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A Great Way of Getting Jobs Done – Introducing S2DNT {Now Toptask}

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Since the time of writing S2DNT has rebranded to be Toptask – the same great platform just with a shiny new name.

Have you ever needed things doing and just not had the time? Or had something to plan and no idea where to start? Wanted help with something and not known where to turn? Well that’s where S2DNT comes in.

A Great Way of Getting Jobs Done - Introducing S2DNT

S2DNT is a great new app that finds a student who can do pretty much any job for you. This can be literally anything you need doing around your home or workplace or it can be jobs that they can do remotely. At the moment S2DNT is only available around London but to test out their service I decided to use S2DNT to get some remote work done.

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The Easy Way to Collect Money – Leetchi

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Have you ever had to organise a collection at work? For a leaving gift or a night out? Or maybe you’ve been in charge of collecting money for a hen weekend or a Birthday bash for a friend? Whatever it is, I know from experience that it turns into a nightmare.

Some people pay by Paypal or Paym, some want to do a bank transfer and some give you cash. Then, once you have all the money what do you do with it? You have to keep records of everything so it doesn’t get swallowed up with your bills and grocery shopping and it’s just such a big responsibility handling money that isn’t really yours.

This is where Leetchi comes in. Leetchi is a new website that does all the hard work for you. You can use it to collect money for literally anything, personalise it to suit your needs and invite friends to donate to your Leetchi money pot, ready to spend however you need to – on gifts, a night out or a weekend away.

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Starting to use Kidslox – a Parental Control App

LP and Little Man have been using tablets for a couple of years now – Little Man has pretty much always had tablets in his life. But, we have always been strict on the amount of time they can use them for but sometimes you forget what time they started playing or worry that they’re accessing the wrong things. This is where Kidslox comes in.

Starting to use Kidslox - a Parental Control App

Kidslox is an application available for iOS and Android devices that allows you to limit the time and access to other applications on the tablet or smart phone. This is very useful if your child doesn’t have their own device to play with, and are constantly wanting to have a go on yours.

As we all know, there are plenty of apps and games available through app stores that are aimed at children with their favourite brands and characters bought to life at the end of their finger tips. Kidslox basically acts as a safeguard against little ones accessing applications or content that you don’t want them to have access to. You can download their favourite games and once it’s activated and set up, you can give your child free reign of your device without fear of them seeing something unsuitable, inappropriate for their age or even downloading extra content that would normally be paid for via an in app purchase.

Starting to use Kidslox - a Parental Control App

Kidslox works in conjunction with the internationally recognised Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating system. ESRB assigns age and content ratings for video games and mobile apps, enforces advertising and marketing guidelines for the video game industry, and helps companies implement responsible online and mobile privacy practices. In short, if the industry recommends that a certain app is suitable for a certain age group, Kidslox picks up on the age rating and will let you decide if it is suitable for your child.

Starting to use Kidslox - a Parental Control App

Kidslox will also let you have the final say as to whether or not you think your child should have access to a particular app, regardless of the ESRB rating. You can tell Kidslox to allow access to whatever apps are installed on your device. This is also true for any other app that may be installed on your device. You could let your child have full internet browser access or make Kidslox filter out inappropriate websites or contents, such as video, chat sites, app stores, social media etc… You could even lock out access to the camera if, like me, you find after just a few seconds in your child’s possession your devices memory is chock a block with selfies!

Kidslox also allows you to set a time limit as to when it’s restrictions come into force at a certain time or on a particular day. You can even use Kidslox to manage your child’s device remotely over the internet. Particularly useful if they are playing up for a babysitter and won’t give up their device!

Starting to use Kidslox - a Parental Control App

Kidslox is so easy to set up and now we’re up and running we’ll be using it more with the children over the next few months and will be letting you know how we get on – as well as telling you more about the extensive range of features available. For now, if you’d like to find out more just check out the Kidslox website – and you can even trial Kidslox for yourself with a 14 day free trial.

Starting to use Kidslox - a Parental Control App

Disclosure: We were sent a tablet to use Kidslox on and compensated for our time however all opinions are out own.

Bargain Buys for Busy Mums

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Regular readers all know how much I love a bargain and love to save money on anything we buy. Over the years I have found many websites to help with my bargain hunting and my latest find is Bargain Buys For Busy Mums. This is so much more than a website – it’s a whole community and a Facebook group too.


The Bargain Buys for Busy Mums Facebook group is a one stop shop for anyone with children who want to save money by getting the best deals, offers and discounts, voucher codes and freebies. It has over 300,000 members and is growing every single day.

Members share their bargains and these are then shared on the website in dedicated categories – each one featuring literally thousands of bargains! They also feature a Bargain of the Day on the Facebook group too which showcases the biggest bargain of each day from the group.

The original Bargain Buys For Busy Mums Facebook group (BB4BM) was set up over two years ago by Jody Leggett, a busy mum of one. It was somewhere for her to help other local mums find online bargains and deals. Within just 12 months it had reached 120,000 members and the website was created to make bargains accessible to everyone – whether they had Facebook or not and since then both the website and the Facebook group have continued to grow.

The Bargain Buys for Busy Mums website lets you subscribe to receive daily or monthly newsletters, full of the best bargains, chances to win and exclusives. It’s a great way to keep up to date and you can read example newsletters online too to make sure they’re right for you.

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The Bargain Buys for Busy Mums website has a new feature that compares the prices of nappies to get the cheapest available. When the children were tiny I literally stockpiled nappies, buying them when they were on offer so this is such a great tool – and definitely one every parent could make use of! The two cheapest nappy types for each size are included in an easy to navigate table with links directly to the store – it couldn’t be easier, and it’s updated daily too.

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Another aspect I love about Bargain Buys for Busy Mums is their very own blog. Such an eclectic mix of content from interviews to free dating sites, recipes and more in depth posts about ways to save money. It’s great to read when you have spare time and it’s a great resource to dip in and out of too.

I love saving money and try to save money on everything we buy so this community is fantastic – and I wish I’d found it sooner. It’s been around for two years and I know that it will be around for many more years to come. It’s easy to see that Bargain Buys for Busy Mums is an incredibly worthwhile and much valued resource – and the member feedback speaks for itself on the What Our Members Say page.

If you’re a member of just one Facebook group it should be Bargain Buys for Busy Mums – and it should be on your favourites too. Easily searchable, it should be your go-to place when looking to save money.