Jun 302013
 

Tad the Lost Explorer

If you’ve always wanted to introduce your child to the adventures of Indiana Jones but felt they were a bit too grownup I’ve got the answer for you, meet Tad the Lost Explorer.

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Tad the Lost Explorer DVDAs a child friendly builder Tadeo always dreamt of becoming a famous archaeologist like his hero Max Mordon but he gave up on that dream a long time ago. Now he spends his days working away at a construction site, nowhere near as exciting and adventurous as he thought his life would be. But life has a funny way of turning everything upside down and thanks to a case of mistaken identity Tad and his furry friend find themselves on their way to Peru, let the adventure begin…

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The key to this exciting development is an ancient stone tablet, it is said this tablet is the guide to the Lost City of Paititi where a mysterious treasure can be found. Soon Tad is joined by a stubborn little parrot, a typical tourist guide and the beautiful archaeologist Sara (who happens to be engaged to Max Mordon) and together the team is determined to break the code and find the Lost City.

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But they’re not the only ones hunting, sneaky Max Mordon cares more about money than preserving history and he doesn’t care if anyone gets hurt along the way. Will they discover the Lost City, and if so, who will get there first? What exactly is ‘the treasure’ anyway? I won’t give too much away but Tad does really find the Lost City and he may even find love too…

Tad the Lost Explorer is available on 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray Combo (RRP $29.95) and DVD (RRP $19.95) from leading retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Tad the Lost Explorer and to watch the trailer online visit www.transmissionfilms.com.au.

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And the little dog laughed (+ Save 20%)

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Jun 292013
 

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Five years ago Australian designer Kylie Platt decided to combine her love for beautiful fabrics, textures and colours and create her very own children’s clothing label. It didn’t take long for people to fall in love with ‘And the little dog laughed’ and soon stockists from all over the world wanted to add this gorgeous label to their range. The latest collection has just been released and if you’re quick you can order it with 20% off at Baby Donkie.

Save 20% storewide at Baby Donkie, simply enter the code ‘FLASH20’ at checkout. Hurry as offer ends Sunday June 30, 2013. Excludes gift cards and special edition ladybug ‘lil Fairy Doors.

Feather RomperThe beautiful new And the little dog laughed summer range is a delightful mix of whimsical, vintage inspired colours, fabrics and prints. You may think that summer is still ages away but when it comes to fashion you have to be fast or you’ll miss out, beautiful pieces like these will sell like hot cakes! This Floating Feather Romper ($31, size 0-3m up to 6-12m) features a dreamy all-over feather print complimented by a very sweet crochet flower detail.

Hand Crochet BlanketSpeaking of crochet, the stunning Hand Crochet Blanket ($74) is a hot favourite that comes back every season. This signature And the little dog laughed design is made with a beautiful combination of hand crochet in pure cotton, corduroy fabric and grosgrain ribbon trim. The blanket is available in two different colourways and would make a wonderful keepsake for a new arrival, isn’t this pink/grey creation just divine?

Party Anyone Tutu DressYour little lady is sure to steal the show this summer in this Party Anyone Tutu Dress ($43, sizes 1-7). Together the unique screen printed top, soft and fairylike tulle tutu and hand crochet flower decoration make for an eye catching party dress fit for a little princess. If this is just a tad too much pink you’ll be pleased to know that the same dress is also available with a blue tulle skirt, too cute!

To find out more about And the little dog laughed, to browse the range and to order online visit www.babydonkie.com.au.

Jun 282013
 

Cold Power

The most heartwarming smile, the tiniest fingers and toes, big sparkling eyes and a cute little nose, I just love everything about babies except the large amounts of washing they create. Somehow I thought that one little person extra wouldn’t make much difference when it came to my already huge laundry pile, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Just for fun I have collected all the washing I have done this week for the baby only (imagine all the winter washing from the other five of us on top of that!):

Tiny baby, big washing pile

Tiny baby, big washing pile

Cold Power Sensitive TouchCountless sets of clothes, bedlinen, wraps, towels and of course an enormous pile of burp clothes, our little Sybil is an expert at making dirty washing. Because of our experience with eczema in our older children we are very aware of the first symptoms and unfortunately it looks like Sybil may have inherited the same sensitive skin as the others. When it comes to skincare products and washing powder I try to avoid unnecessary ‘nasties’ that could irritate her delicate skin.

Because I do at least one wash every day we go through our detergent quite quickly so I was pretty happy to receive a bottle of the new Cold Power Sensitive Touch laundry liquid to try. Cold Power Sensitive Touch is hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested and is free from perfumes, something that often triggers irritation of both skin and airways. This ‘gentle’ promise is backed up by a partnership with the Eczema Association of Australasia so I felt confident it was a safe choice for our family. I have not noticed any difference in their breathing or skin so Cold Power has earnt a tick there.

We put it to the test: Approved!

We put it to the test: Approved!

Cold Power Sensitive Touch may be gentle on the skin but of course a laundry detergent is not very useful if the washing doesn’t come out clean. As the name suggests Cold Power stands out from other laundry products by its ability to deliver excellent results in cold water, saving you both energy and money. I will admit that I normally wash with warm water because my kids take out the no.1 prize when it comes to making stains and those stains don’t easily budge without hot water (or so I thought).

Cold Power SSI didn’t think they would but the cleaning results with Cold Power Sensitive Touch are identical to my ordinary washing powder, it looks like there are no more excuses for me not to go cold! A small number of really tough stains could not be lifted but to be fair my usual laundry detergent couldn’t get rid of them either (I tried!) so they needed a simple overnight soak, no problem at all.

Cold Power Sensitive Touch laundry detergent is available as a powder ($14.99, 2kg) and liquid ($14.99, 2L) and you can find it in the cleaning aisle of your local supermarket. One 2L bottle/2kg pack holds enough detergent for 44 washes (on average), that’s a lot even for a big family like ours. When you think of the energy and therefore money you save by using cold water I think Cold Power offers great value for money and of course it is better for the environment too. To find out how and how much you could save on your washing costs by washing smarter take the quick Shrink Your Bill test.

To find out more about Cold Power Sensitive Touch visit www.washsmarter.com.au.

This is a sponsored post for Cold Power and Digital Parents Collective. Cold Power Sensitive Touch provided complimentary samples 
for this post, however the opinions and content expressed within are completely my own.

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Save 20% storewide at Little Couture Company (+ FREE delivery!)

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Jun 272013
 

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I love it when a store goes the extra mile to bring Australian families a gorgeous and unique range and the team at Little Couture Company most definitely does go the extra mile(S). Melbourne mother Anne and Susie handpick their favourite designs all the way from Europe, well known for its stunning design and high quality materials and fit, and to keep it even more special they only stock a few of each style/size. Don’t walk with the crowd, stand out!

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To celebrate the launch of this gorgeous new store here’s a special offer exclusive to Hip little one readers:

To enjoy 20% off storewide at Little Couture Company as well as FREE delivery Australia wide simply enter the code ‘HIPLAUNCH’ at checkout. Offer ends July 17, 2013 or while stock lasts.

Crossed RomperThe first brand to arrive at Little Couture Company is French label Je Suis en CP!, offering vintage inspired fashion for children up to 6 years old. The range caters for boys and girls and I love how you can go for the complete retro look or combine it with ‘modern’ pieces from your child’s wardrobe and create your own style. This divine Crossed Romper with its sweet pink and purple dots is perfect for the upcoming summer, can you imagine the cute photos you can take?

Like Mummy DressFor older girls you can’t go past the Like Mummy Dress which is available in 4 different colours and fabrics. Girls will love the special ‘handbag’ just like mummy, ideal for storing little treasures and you can’t lose or forget it as it is stitched on, very handy. The handbag is different in fabric and shape depending on which dress you pick. I think this eye catching red number just screams Christmas Day, be quick if you want to get your hands on one.

Sailor PoloWe know that girls can pull of the retro look but little boys can too. My favourite for the boys is this classic Sailor Polo in versatile grey, so easy to mix and match and you can dress it up or keep it casual as you see fit. If only it was available in my son’s size, I can just picture him wearing this with a nice crisp white t-shirt, sleeved rolled up and a pair of cool jeans or beige trousers. All that’s missing are the boat shoes!

To find out more about Little Couture Company, to browse the range and to order online visit www.littlecouturecompany.com.au.

Sales & Savings – Week 26

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Jun 262013
 

Little Couture CompanyLittle Couture Company
What? 20% off storewide + FREE delivery Australia wide
How? Enter the code ‘HIPLAUNCH’ at checkout
When? Until July 17, 2013 (or while stock lasts)
Where? www.littlecouturecompany.com.au

Sammy & LolaSammy & Lola
What? 30% off storewide (Minimum spend $20)
How? Enter the code ‘2013EOFYS’ at checkout
When? Until June 30, 2013
Where? www.sammyandlola.com.au

Havoc Denim
What? 60% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘lovehavocdenim’ at checkout
When? Until July 1, 2013
Where? www.havocdenim.com

Shop 4 Mum and BubShop 4 Mum and Bub
What? Buy 1 pair of Lounge Pants + get the 2nd pair FREE
How? Free pair will be added to your order manually, if you want a different size/colour please mention in comment section
When? Until June 30, 2013 (or while stock lasts)
Where? www.shop4mumandbub.com.au

The Infant BoutiqueThe Infant Boutique
What? 20% off Aden + Anais
How? Prices as marked
When? Until June 30, 2013
Where? www.theinfantboutique.com.au

Kawaii Kids
What? 30% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘stocktake30’ at checkout
When? Until June 29, 2013
Where? www.kawaiikids.com.au

Red Nose Day

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Jun 252013
 

Red Nose Day

Only a few days left in June which means it is time to get ready for Red Nose Day. This annual event is the major fundraiser for SIDS and Kids who do amazing work within the Australian community. Most of us will know someone who has (or you may even yourself have) experienced the heartbreaking loss of a child which is were SIDS and Kids comes in.

Red NoseSIDS and Kids offers free bereavement services to Australian families who have experienced the death of a baby or child during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood regardless of the cause. Not only do they support families going through such a terribly sad event, they also work incredibly hard to saves little lives by raising awareness and educating people on the importance of safe sleeping.

On Annual Red Nose Day you can do you share to help SIDS and Kids help more families and save more precious lives, you can find a whole range of fundraising ideas on the Red Nose Day website.

imageOne very easy way to support this amazing cause is by purchasing Red Nose Baby Wipes, they are made right here in Australia by Aussie Wipes and 5% off all sales goes directly to SIDS and Kids. Red Nose Baby Wipes are the only baby wipes in Australia accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council supporting forest management and preserving wildlife habitats for future generations.

img1There are four different types of Red Nose Baby Wipes available and all are dermatologically tested and approved plus pH balanced and hypoallergenic. Find them at your local IGA store, purchase them in the SIDS and Kids Web Shop or buy in bulk and save on the Aussie Wipes website. If you’re quick you can even score a free Plum Sleeping Bag with your order, hurry as offer ends June 30. Conditions apply.

To learn more about Red Nose Day and to find out how you can support this fabulous cause visit www.rednoseday.com.au or follow Red Nose Day on Facebook.

Jun 242013
 

If there is one thing our 4-year daughter has enough of it is imagination. She is the queen of pretend play, always making up stories and taking her siblings along on special adventures that grown-ups just don’t understand. Like many other girls (and some boys too!) she loves fairies, if she’s not dressed up like one she is drawing, reading or talking about them. If your child is anything like mine the newly released book Forget-me-not Fairies published by Hinkler is sure to be a real hit. By the way, did you know today is International Fairy Day?

Forget-me-not FairiesForget-Me-Not Fairies ($19.99) is a beautifully illustrated storybook featuring a collection of whimsical fairy stories. Little readers will love joining sisters Sophie and Ellen on their adventures in Wishaway Wood, a magical land full of fairies, goblins, butterflies and lots of other interesting characters. The book contains 11 stories and while my girls are too young to read the book by themselves they have a fantastic time listening to me read and exploring the pictures, pointing out all the details and linking my words to the visual content.

With 192 full colour pages this hardcover book has hours of magical entertainment to offer, you can browse some of the pages here. But it is more than just a storybook, all it takes is a bit of imagination and a sprinkle of pixie dust for young children to enter the enchanted fairy world themselves. Within no time they’ll be singing along to ‘The Wishing Song’ (if you are musically gifted you can try your hand at playing it yourself, the sheet music is in the book) and the special Forget-me-not Fairies website also offers a sweet craft activity.

Dress Up Fashion DollsOf course you can count on Australian publisher Hinkler for plenty more fairy fun. Deluxe Fairy Collection, part of the Dress Up Fashion Dolls series, tells the story of a fabulous fairy garden party. Get hands on and dress the two stand up dolls in their pretty fairy costumes, then act out the store on a real pop-up stage. Once you’re done safely store your fairy friends in the special built-in pouch so they can rest up for the next garden party.

Seek and Find FairyHere’s my tip for the younger fairy fans: Seek and Find Fairy (or Seek and Find Princess if that’s more her thing). These books are so much fun and combine lots of learning areas. Our 2yo and 4yo can sit and ‘read’ these books for ages. Read the stories, look at the pictures, play the seek and find game on each page, practise counting… Add to that the bonus charm bracelet and you can see how these books add a sparkle to every little girl’s day.

To find out more Hinkler Books, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.hinkler.com.au.

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