Sales & Savings – Leap Year Special

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Feb 292012
 

Inviteme
What? 29% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘LEAPSALE’ at checkout
When? Until February 29, 2012
Where? www.inviteme.com.au

Cushie Tushies
What? 25% off storewide
How? Discount automatically applied at checkout
When? Until February 29, 2012
Where? http://www.cushietushies.com.au

Denim Baby
What? 29% off all clothing
How? Enter the code ‘leapyear’ at checkout
When? Until February 29, 2012
Where? www.denimbaby.com.au

Budburst Kids
What? 29% off all Boon products
How? Enter the code ‘BoonDeal’ at checkout
When? Until February 29, 2012
Where? www.budburstkids.com

Gingersnaps Kidz
What? 29% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘LEAP’ at checkout
When? Until February 29, 2012
Where? http://www.gingersnapskidz.com

Emporio Bambini
What? 29% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘LEAP29’ at checkout
When? Until February 29, 2012
Where? www.emporiobambini.com.au

Mums 2 Be
What? 29% off maternity and breastfeeding clothing
How? Enter the code ‘feb29’ at checkout
When? Until February 29, 2012
Where? www.mums2be.com.au

Mini Sandcrabs
What? 29% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘Leap29’ at checkout
When? Until February 29, 2012
Where? www.minisandcrabs.com.au

Lottie & George
What? 29% off all orders over $29
How? Enter the code ‘LEAP INTO IT’ at checkout
When? Until February 29, 2012
Where? http://www.lottieandgeorge.com.au

The Baby Closet
What? Free shipping within Australia, no minimum spend
How? Enter the code ’29FEB’ at checkout
When? Until February 29, 2012
Where? www.thebabycloset.com.au

Sales & Savings – Week 9

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Feb 292012
 

Tinypeople
What? Up to 60% off in sale section
How? Prices as marked
When? Until stock lasts
Where? www.tinypeople.com.au

The Bees Knees Kids
What? Up to 70% off in sale section, prices starting at $3.88
How? Prices as marked
When? Until stock lasts
Where? www.thebeeskneeskids.com.au

Budburst Kids
What? 50% off all Mizzle products
How? Enter the code ‘MizzleDD’ at checkout
When? Until March 4, 2012
Where? www.budburstkids.com

A Little Bit of Cheek
What? Up to 80% off in sale section, prices starting at $4
How? Prices as marked
When? Until stock lasts
Where? www.alittlebitofcheek.com.au

Mint & Lilac
What? 20% off Woddlers lunchboxes
How? Prices as marked
When? Until March 6, 2012
Where? www.mintandlilac.com.au

Mamma Bella Maternity
What? Up to 64% off in sale section
How? Prices as marked
When? Until stock lasts
Where? www.mammabella.com.au

Feb 282012
 

As a regular reader of Hip little one you know by now that Australian label gr8x makes beautiful baby bags for hip mums, but have you checked out the rest of the range too? There are the famous gr8x single and double stretch wraps which are available in a range of beautiful colours and prints, as well some stylish accessories to take with you in your nappy bag like change mats and bottle travellers. The latest additions to the accessory range are the Arizona Bottle Pack and Change Wallet.

The Arizona Change Wallet is designed to replace the need for a regular nappy bag, offering a compact and convenient way to go out and about with baby. Because let’s be honest, most days there is nothing you need from your nappy bag but a nappy and some wipes! That is exactly what you can fit in the Arizona Change Wallet: some nappies and a travel pack of wipes. Just hang it from your pram and when change time comes simply fold it open to reveal a generous size change mat. So easy!

The Arizona Bottle Pack features an insulated compartment big enough to keep 3-4 bottles or food containers cool or warm, just the right amount for a day out. Aside from the insulated storage the Bottle Pack is also fitted with mesh pockets to store small items so you can really keep your hands free. You can choose to carry the pack on your shoulder (shoulder strap is adjustable) or simply attach it to your pram.

Both styles are available in store right now and cost $34.95 each. As you can see the gr8x team has chosen for a retro print in black and orange, unisex colours that are suitable for baby girls and boys and dad doesn’t have to embarrassed either. If these colours tickle your fancy but you prefer the extra space of a regular nappy bag you might want to check out the Madison Hobo Taupe nappy bag (one of my personal favourites).

To find out more about gr8x, to browse the range and to order your favourite go to www.gr8x.net or visit a retailer near you.

For your chance to win an Arizona Bottle Pack and Change Wallet (RRP $69.90) visit www.gr8x.net and answer the following question: What is the strangest place you’ve ever changed your baby?

Submit your answer by leaving a comment below, your email address will not be published.

If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends March 28, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.

Feb 272012
 

As you know the twins recently graduated from their high chairs and are now eating at the big dining table using their Toosh Coosh support seats. After more than 3 years their high chairs were looking rather battered and were broken in several places so this was the right time to say goodbye. I have written before about my regrets about the high chairs I purchased for them, a high chair is something you use every day (even multiple times a day) for several years and maybe multiple children too so you want to get it right. I know we have definitely got it right for the baby, who sits in a beautiful, sturdy, high quality high chair from Qtoys.

The Qtoys Frog High Chair is sure to add a bright and fun touch to mealtimes. The green frog seat looks very inviting and the baby is often trying to climb on even when it is not dinner time. The clever design is durable, versatile and timeless and it grows with your child, carrying up to 20kg. The tray is adjustable and removable with a non toxic finish so perfectly safe. Speaking of safe, it is also fitted with a five point safety harness and complies with the highest of Australian/NZ safety standards.

The Frog High Chair is beautifully made with eye for even the smallest details. All Qtoys product are made exclusively from plantation and/or recycled timber, which means you are making a brilliant choice for the environment. Except for the backrest and the feet the wood grain is left exposed instead of hidden by paint or stain, celebrating the true beauty of real wood and adding to the handcrafted look Qtoys is famous for.

There are a lot of things I love about this high chair, and for once I don’t have to compromise. The chair folds down nice and flat for storage yet is not flimsy and wobbly. The chair is safe for babies with a nice snug fitting five point harness and rounded corners yet it is also perfect for older children, who can use the chair with and without tray just like a dining chair. The wood is smooth, easy to clean and of course eco friendly, what else can you ask for?

If you are a big Qtoys fan just like we are make sure you check out the competition Qtoys is running at the moment. There are 5 fabulous prizes to be won and the first prize winner will take home this absolutely gorgeous Rocking and Bouncing Kangaroo valued at $160. On top of that 9 other people will win a prize too just for voting on the Qtoys Facebook page. A good reason to give their page the thumbs up!

To find out more about QToys, to take a closer look at the Frog High Chair ($119.50) and to locate a stockist near you visit www.qtoys.com.au.

Healthy habits, happy kids – Book a That! Hero visit for your school

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Feb 262012
 

We all know that recent studies have shown that the number of overweight (or even obese) children is growing at an alarming rate. The media is full of it and it really is a worry parents should take very seriously. It is important that parents realise there are lots of steps they can take to encourage their kids to be healthier and happier. Here are 7 ways to promote healthy habits for kids, put together by the ProPortion Foods team:

1. Sleep
Our kids need around 10 hours sleep per night to function, concentrate and be their most focused and productive. If your child struggles to go to bed early, why not try moving bedtime up by 10 minutes per night, so that they don’t even realise they are getting that extra shut-eye.

2. Balanced Diet
Even as adults, we feel the effects of a poor diet. Sometimes, life does get in the way and it is a real effort to ensure we are eating right. Our kids benefit from a balanced diet which includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, sufficient calcium and the right source of protein and carbohydrates. If you are time poor, a suggestion might be to prepare nutritious meals in bulk, grocery shop online and choose healthy canteen lunch options.

3. Involve the children with meal planning/cooking
Sometimes involving the children with nutritious meal planning or cooking makes them more interested in eating it because they played an active part in the preparation.

4. Play together
We all get a little pre-occupied with electronic gadgets. A great habit to get into is to turn off all electronic devices for an hour each day just to connect with each other as a family and really be present with one another. Use this time to play, be active and just talk to one another.

5. Socialise
There are benefits to forging and strengthening friendships. Friends uplift our moods and create pleasurable past-times. Children enjoy socialising just as much as adults. Strong social skills help increase confidence and self-esteem and those are attributes that we believe most parents would like their kids to develop.

6. Start an extra curriculum activity
It’s great if our children want to participate in a sport. It’s an opportunity for them to be more active as they interact with others that share the same interests. Other non-sport based activities benefit too as they all teach children new skills. Learning new skills develops our sense of mastery and self esteem. When children have a positive sense of self-worth it’s more likely they will feel more confident as well.

7. Spend more time outdoors
Encourage the kids to play outdoors for a set amount of time each day to enjoy the benefits of fresh air and a daily dose of vitamin D. It also a great break from the electronic gadgets that consume so much of our lives.

If you think this is an important message to get across you will love the That! Heroes program. The company behind the new That! Dairy Snack has teamed up with organisations such as the Victorian Institute of Sport to provide schools Australia-wide with free motivational talks. That! Heroes are a team of inspiring stars touring Australian schools with stories about the dreams they have been able to achieve with happy, healthy habits. To organise a visit from a That! Hero for your child’s school visit www.thatdairysnack.com.au.

In case you haven’t discovered That! Dairy Snack yet: These yummy dairy snacks ($1.95) are available at school canteens across Australia in Wild Chocolate and Cool Bananas flavour. That! Dairy Snack is developed to meet strict nutritional criteria and is a Healthy Kids Registered ‘Green’ Product. This means it has been identified as a healthier choice snack for children and includes important nutrients to assist in a child’s growth and development, in fact it provides 20% of the calcium your child needs each day. It contains no artificial flavours, colours or gluten, less than half the sugar of most fruit juices and less saturated fat and sugar than most yoghurts.

To find out more about That! Dairy Snack visit www.thatdairysnack.com.au and make sure you keep an eye on the That! Dairy Snack Facebook page for your regular dose of exciting news, special promotions and lots of great tips to get your kids happy and healthy.

Feb 252012
 

If you are using cloth nappies on your baby you have most likely discovered that not every nappy does what it is supposed to do. They all promise to provide an excellent fit and not leak but in reality that is not always the case. Maybe you tried them again and again, hoping that they would get more absorbent after a few washes (something that is recommended by many cloth nappy brands) but you still end up with a useless nappy that was a waste of money. I have experienced this scenario myself too but there is one brand that has never let me down, Close Parent.

I have been using Pop-In nappies for more than two years and in that time the nappies have been redesigned and improved several times, getting better and better each time. Although I was already very happy with the performance of the Pop-Ins I did understand the mums who said the pastel colours were a little plain and could do with a little ‘pop’. Close Parent has listened and the old pastel colours have made room for funky brights in the New Generation Pop-In.

The Pop-In’s are a one size fits all nappy designed for babies between 3-16kg so they will last (most babies) from birth all the way to potty training. The velcro closure and press studs at the front allow you to adjust the nappy for a perfect fit at any age and stage. Fitted with a double elasticised gusset the Pop-In offers excellent containment whilst still being soft, stretchy and comfortable (no nasty marks from tight gussets, even on my chubby baby).

There are two different Pop-In styles available, bamboo and minkee, and both come in a range of colours. The bamboo Pop-In is the perfect choice for people who love the extra absorbency of natural bamboo and how gentle it is on baby’s skin. The minkee Pop-In on the other hand is a tad faster in drying and the minkee fabric is extremely soft. Both styles are fantastic and it really is a personal choice.

The Pop-In system is super easy, even for dads and babysitters, as the nappy goes on in one piece just like a disposable. The nappy itself consists of three pieces: the outer shell (soft to touch and waterproof), an inner soaker and booster. As the wetting pattern of boys (front) and girls (middle to back) is different the booster can be adjusted accordingly. The three parts are all connected by press studs so they are easy to put together or change. To make it even easier you can leave all pieces connected during the washing (just undo one end to create a ‘chain’) so you don’t have to waste time searching for individual components afterwards. The washing tabs make sure the velcro tabs stay safely in place and won’t damage the other laundry in your machine.

I have been using the New Generation Pop-In’s since January so they have had a great work-out with plenty of washing and I can safely say that the new Pop-In is a real winner. I am not surprised that the performance is outstanding (no leaks) and the fit is great, nice and trim so not the bulky look you might expect from cloth nappies. My choice for night time is the bamboo Pop-In as it is a little more absorbent especially in combination with the night-time booster. For daytime with more regular nappy changes the minkee Pop-In are ideal as they dry in no time, especially in summer.

To find out more Close Parent, to browse the range and to locate your nearest stockist or consultant near you visit www.ozbabytrends.com.au.

For your chance to win one of two New Generation Pop-In’s watch the Pop-In video on www.ozbabytrends.com.au and answer the following question: What have you learned about the New Generation Pop-In?

Submit your answer by leaving a comment below, your email address will not be published.

If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends March 25, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.

Feb 242012
 

In September last year I wrote about the movie The Help, and how keen I was to go and see it at the movies. I am sure you can guess that that didn’t happen, it takes quite some preparation to go out without kids and before we knew it the movie was not being played anymore. For months I have been hanging out for the DVD release and last night I finally got to watch this inspirational story, it was even better than I expected and I loved it. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and would highly recommend it to others.

Based in a Mississippi town in the 1960’s aspiring journalist Skeeter (Emma Stone) lands her first job at the local newspaper, answering the every day cleaning questions of female readers in the Miss Myrna column. Just like many American families those days Skeeter grew up with a help so cleaning is not something she is familiar with, which is why she turn to her friend’s house maid Aibileen (Viola Davis) for advice.

We all know there was a time when skin colour determined the way people were treated and what their job was but do we REALLY know what it was like? Skeeter is determined to find out and to tell the world what really goes on behind the doors of ordinary American family homes. At first Aibileen is not so sure and scared of getting into trouble, but soon she decides that their side of the story is worth telling (provided she can stay anonymous).

Before long Minny (Octavia Spencer), another help and friend, joins in to share her experiences. Sometimes they are funny, other times they are sad, sometimes heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking. Skeeter’s friends are not so happy about her growing friendship with what they consider lower class, they are not ready or willing to accept that times are changing. When Skeeter’s book ‘The Help’ is finally released it becomes a huge hit, everyone is reading it until they realise the stories are a lot less funny when it is your household they are writing about!

This movie will definitely leave you hungry as Minny makes the most delicious food. Everyone loves Minny’s pie, well, not everyone… You have to watch the movie to get that one! Don’t worry, there is nothing secret about this The Help style recipe for yummy Cheesecake Pecan Pie.
Ingredients:
1 (15 oz) pkg refrigerated piecrusts
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese
4 large eggs, divided
¾ cup sugar, divided
2 tsp vanilla, divided
¼ tsp salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup light corn syrup
Directions:
1. Unfold and stack 2 piecrusts together. Gently roll or press together and fit into a 9-inch pie plate according to directions; fold edges under and crimp.
2. Beat cream cheese, 1 egg, ½ cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and salt at medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
3. Pour into piecrust and sprinkle with pecans.
4. Stir together corn syrup, 3 eggs, remaining ¼ cup sugar, and remaining 1 tsp vanilla and pour mixture over pecans.
5. Bake at 180°C for 50-55 minutes until set.

The Help is now available on Blu-ray and DVD at major retailers across Australia.

For your chance to win a copy of The Help on Blu-ray simply answer the following question: What would be your cleaning question for the Miss Myrna column?

Submit your answer by leaving a comment below, your email address will not be published.

If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends March 24, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.