Mama on Monday

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Aug 312015
 

Every time I wear this lovely Soon Maternity dress I receive the sweetest comments, this week’s favourite remark was that it looked glorious on me. It’s not a dress for the shy and secret because your bump is very much on show but I am savouring these moments while I still can, before we know it I’ll be missing my blessed round shape!

I wore the Sienna dress the day we told the inlaws that a new grandchild was on the way (when my bump was cute and tiny) and now in my last trimester it is still comfortable and flattering on my huge baby belly. It truly is a dress that grows with you throughout your pregnancy and it hugs (and stretches) in all the right places. As this style is currently on sale (reduced by 50%!) you have to be a little lucky with your sizes but I promise you it is an excellent buy that’s worth every dollar.

Soon Sienna Dress

Sienna Dress

JJ Cole Collections

Wearing:
Sienna Long Sleeve Dress (was $119.95, now $59.95) by Soon Maternity
Over Belly Style Leggings ($10) by Fertile Mind
Frampton Boots ($199.95) by Tony Bianco
Caprice Baby Bag (RRP $99.95) in Charcoal Trellis by JJ Cole Collections

Aug 302015
 

Roadshow Entertainment

It feels like yesterday that I was building block towers with my little boy, now he is seven and turning into a cool dude that jokes with his friends. If I can believe the boys at school the ‘in’ thing at the moment is a slightly cheeky tv craze called Rabbids Invasion, they think it is totally hilarious. If (like me) you’re not sure what all the giggles are about here’s your chance to join the fun:

Get ready for mayhem and mischief with ‘Rabbids Invasion: Omelette Party’, a DVD full of hilarious and ridiculous adrenaline-pumping escapades with the Rabbids!

Rabbids DVDThe Rabbids invasion has begun and they never neglect to drive innocent bystanders out of their mind. Their classic disruptions vary from disturbing an old man’s window-cleaning and driving an annoyed hitchhiker crazy to inadvertently causing commotion for a hunky lifeguard and wreaking havoc on mallgoers and workers in a super mall. Give the Rabbids any ordinary item and they are sure to cause chaos!

Everything from a vending machine and a photo booth kiosk to a drive-thru intercom and an alarm clock is a new and exciting discovery for the Rabbids. Don’t miss when the Rabbids cause a scene in an art museum, try desperately to get frozen food boxes out of a grocery store, interfere with a wedding, run amuck in an airport and more…

‘Rabbids Invasion: Omelette Party’ is available on DVD (RRP $19.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to read all about Rabbids Invasion and to order your copy online visit www.roadshow.com.au.

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Aug 292015
 

Penguin Australia

I don’t know about you but I try to stay up-to-date with what my kids are reading and always do a quick parent check of the books they bring home. On several occasions I have sent them back to the school library with the books they borrowed, simply because I felt they were not suitable. Strangely enough it’s the stories that are a little scary and very disgusting that are particularly appealing to kids, especially our son loves a bit of a thrill. If you’re looking for a kids read that satisfies that need for excitement yet is completely innocent look no further than Will Mabbitt‘s latest release:

Mabel Jones

In ‘The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones’ we follow Mabel, as she gets taken from her quiet bedroom in the midst of the night and is child-bagged by a bunch of quirky pirates. How did Mabel end up on board of the Feroshus Maggot you may wonder? Well, Mabel was spotted doing ‘the deed’: the ceremonial picking of her nose and consuming the retrieved bogeys. Her fate was determined by this simple action and now she is doomed to walk the greasy pole of certain death…

Mabel always says she is not scared of anything but will she still be so bold when meets the pirate crew?

To find out more about The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones (RRP $14.99) by Will Mabbit, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Aug 282015
 

Print

With just 6 weeks (or maybe less?) to go until baby no.5 arrives I am starting to get very excited about meeting our new addition. I can’t wait to see if we’ve been blessed with a little boy or a little girl, what he/she looks like and introducing the baby to the four siblings. I know it is a lot less important but I’ll admit that I am also looking forward to not feeling/looking like a whale, finally being able to sleep on my belly and getting out of the house and back into shape.

As we are expecting a Spring baby I am planning to spend plenty of time outside, exploring the neighbourhood and getting fresh air whilst enjoying some (gentle!) exercise and hopefully building up to some running in the future. Outdoor specialist Thule, famous around the globe for its high quality transport gear, is on a mission to get parents off the couch and out the door with a fantastic all-round sports stroller perfect for our Aussie landscape.

The sleek and modern Thule Urban Glide is packed with great features that will make your outdoor experience fun, safe, smooth and hassle free:

Thule Urban Glide (Sybbie)
Sybil (2 years old) enjoying a comfy trip

Light weight:
The Thule Urban Glide is one of the lightest full-size strollers I have ever come across, weighing in at just 10.5kg it is extremely light to lift (yay for my poor back and post-delivery recovery) and a breeze to push. Don’t be fooled by the featherlight design though, there is absolutely nothing flimsy about the Urban Glide! It is strong, sturdy and solid and can hold up to an extremely generous weight of 34kg. This means that all four of our children, ranging from 2 to 7 years old, can enjoy a ride in the same pram, now that’s what I call an excellent investment that will really grow with your child.

Thule Urban Glide (Juliet)
Juliet (5 years old) hitching a ride

Comfort:
The clever designers at Thule have made sure the Urban Glide is very comfortable for both child and parent. The pneumatic tires and rear suspension guarantee a smooth, comfy ride even on bumpy terrain whilst the soft padded seat can be reclined to a near-flat position, making it an ideal pick for snoozes on the go. The ergonomic handlebar can be adjusted in height to suit anyone from petite, gorgeous mummies to tall and handsome dads and anyone in between, measuring close to 2m hip daddy is particularly grateful for this back-saving feature! I also love the multi-position sun canopy that comes down nice and low compared to other prams, keeping the bright (and harmful!) sun out of your little one’s eyes.

Thule Hood Down
The extra-generous sun canopy is ideal for bright, sunny days

Safety:
Whether you are strolling, jogging or running, thanks to the strong, adjustable 5-point safety harness your little passenger will sit safe and snug in the Thule Urban Glide. You can keep a close eye on your precious cargo at all times by peeking through the handy view-in-roof window. The front wheel swivels for easy manoeuvrability as you navigate the shops or park and can be locked into place when you are jogging longer distances, of course the Urban Glide meets all safety standards.

Thule Urban Glide
Big sturdy wheels perfect for exploring the Aussie outdoors

Quality:
With years of experience in the car industry hip daddy has come to know the Thule brand as a high quality, durable and reliable label. His expectations of the Thule Urban Glide were therefore very high and I am glad to say it did not disappoint. The frame is very solid and strong and everything clicks and slides into place easily and smoothly. Thule is so confident that their prams are built to last that they back up their design with an unbeatable 10-year frame guarantee, is that the ultimate peace of mind or what?

Thule Urban Glide Fold
Big in perfomance, small in storage

Practicality:
To save you time and energy the Urban Glide can be folded in a quick, effortless one-handed motion. Simply slide the folding mechanism, hidden under the seat and away from curious little hands, to the side to instantly collapse the pram to a compact fold for storing and transporting. If desired the wheels can be taken off to create an even smaller package.

Thule StorageThree of my favourite busy-mum features are the thick, strong fabric that is easy to wipe clean, the handy mesh pocket next to the seat that keeps your child’s drink bottle within reach and of course the large zippered basket that holds up to 4.5kg. I often do a quick shop on the way (usually ending up with more than planned) so I love the roomy storage. The basket cover is even water resistant in case you encounter a little shower on the way.

Accessories:
Thule Mesh CoverThere are quite a few Thule accessories available (sold separately) to help you make the most out of your Urban Glide, including a rain cover, mesh cover, snack tray and more. I am particularly excited about the Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter which is compatible with our chosen baby capsule, I can’t wait to share a snap of our new addition enjoying a Thule trip in just a few short weeks. I will make sure to share our experiences with the Thule and a newborn once the baby is here and we are ready to head outside.

The Thule Urban Glide (RRP $749, colours Dark Shadow, Mars or Thule Blue) is available at Baby Bunting, Babies’R’Us and leading independents retailers across Australia.

Thule Urban Glide

To find out more about Thule, to take a closer look at the Urban Glide and to locate a stockist near you visit www.thule.com.

Stay tuned, once our little bundle has arrived we will be sharing the Thule love and give away an awesome Thule Urban Glide to one of our fabulous Hip Little One readers too. Keep an eye on the blog or sign up to the Hip Little One newsletter so you don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Aug 272015
 

Wilderness Fairies

They may be twins but our 6-year old son and daughter are like chalk and cheese in many ways. Our son has been a big reader for as long as I can remember, yet for his sister the reading homework was always a chore she’d rather forget about. However a few months ago she finally caught the reading bug too and now she is always asking me for new books: ‘Can I have another novel Mummy?’ Her favourite themes are princesses, fairies and horses so I know this new title from the Wildnerness Fairies book series will be very welcome:

Daisy's Gift

Daisy’s Gift (RRP $9.99) is the 5th title in the Wilderness Fairies series, written by Australian author Jodie Wells-Slowgrove and illustrated by Kerry Millard. The time has finally come for fairy Daisy to join the other fairies at Hakea College. As Daisy is blessed with a special gift of being able to hear the thoughts of humans, she is learning to use this skill safely and wisely.

Impatient as she is Daisy refuses to wait and learn, and when an exciting opportunity arises she heads out unaccompanied and crosses The Borders to where the humans live… soon Daisy gets into big trouble, will she be able to hide from the humans and make it back to Hakea College safe and sound?

To find out more about the Wilderness Fairies series, published by Penguin Books Australia, to discover fun craft activities and to order online visit www.wildernessfairies.com.

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Sales & Savings – Week 35

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Aug 262015
 

Daisy & MooseDaisy & Moose
What? Up to 70% off storewide
How? Prices as marked
When? Until August 28, 2015
Where? www.daisyandmoose.com.au

Daisy & MooseHappy as Larry Designs
What? 30% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘BIRTHDAY BASH’ at checkout
When? Until August 31, 2015
Where? www.happyaslarrydesigns.com

FrecklesFreckles
What? 65% off children’s coverlets (Selected styles only)
How? Prices as marked
When? Until September 1, 2015
Where? www.freckles.com.au

Brolly SheetsBrolly Sheets
What? 9 Awesome Birthday Deals
How? Prices as marked
When? Until August 26, 2015
Where? www.brollysheets.com

PrintMilk & Love
What? Up to 70% off Feeling Fabulous Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.milkandlove.com.au

WOW BabyWOW Baby
What? 10% off Philips Avent products
How? Enter the code ‘AVENT10’ at checkout
When? Until August 31, 2015
Where? www.wowbaby.com.au

Aug 252015
 

Tooheys

With Father’s Day just 1,5 week away time is quickly running out to find the perfect present for the special man in your life. Every year I try to put together a few different gifts for my hip hubby, making sure he receives something fun, luxurious, practical and tasty (after all, we all know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach). This year Aussie favourite Tooheys is making your Father’s Day gift shopping easier than ever with the release of the ultimate gift for guys of all ages:

The full-colour, hardcover Tooheys Cooking Handbook is written with real Aussie blokes in mind. It’s filled to the brim with tasty recipes that are sure to impress yet surprisingly simple to make. From pork to potatoes and from pasta to pies, from salmon to salad and from sausages to stir-fries, it contains delicious recipes to suit the whole family and thanks to the easy-to-follow, hands-on instructions even the biggest amateur-cook can give them a go.

Tooheys Cooking Handbook

I am blessed with a hubby that knows his way around the kitchen better than I do and he loves discovering new recipes so I know he will thoroughly enjoy cooking his way through this great read (whilst enjoying a beer or two). My guess is that he will first try his hand at the Finger Lickin’ Wings, something our little guinea pigs will be more than happy to taste test for him. Of course you can count on Tooheys to include a few beer-based recipes too, would you like to serve your mates some homemade Cheesy Beer Damper, Sticky Barbecued Ribs or Dark Ale Pate at your next BBQ?

So ladies, if you are looking for a cheeky way to get your man into the kitchen and in charge of dinner look no further than the new Tooheys Cooking Handbook.

Tooheys Cooking Handbook (RRP $39.99, 234 pages) is available for purchase at leading bookstores across Australia or online in the Tooheys Online Store.

To find out more about Tooheys, to take a closer look at the Tooheys Cooking Handbook and to order your copy today visit www.tooheys.com.au.

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