May 312016
 

Lamaze

When I look at our beautiful Harriet I can’t believe she is 8 months old already, time is just flying by and her first birthday will be here before we know it. On the weekend I folded away tiny baby clothes that no longer fit her, packed up the bouncer and even replaced her capsule by a normal car seat, our baby is turning into a little girl. She may be growing out of a lot of things but her Lamaze toys are still getting their daily workout:

Space Symphony Play Gym

The Lamaze Space Symphony Motion Gym (RRP $99.95) is the perfect mix between a play rug, motion gym and tummy time mat, it’s a fantastic multifunctional design that provides hours and hours of fun for little ones from birth onwards.

Lamaze BoxThe soft, padded mat is round in shape and decorated with attractive, colourful patterns and pictures that are appealing to young eyes. Many babies are not very keen on tummy time so the key is to present them with lots of interesting things to look at and play with, that way they won’t even have time to get bored or upset. Tummy time is very important for baby’s development and can help avoid and relieve ‘flat head’ symptoms.

Lamaze Space ToysWhen your baby is on its back there is plenty to see too, pop up the quick snap arches and watch your baby as he follows and grabs the fun hanging toys and mirror. The toys and arches of the lightweight Space Symphony Motion Gym are detachable (handy for easy storage or transport) and the soft play mat is machine washable so you can remove little dribbles, food spills and other messy accidents. Nice bonus: The small toys are a great size for pram or car trips too.

With the added entertainment of sound and motion (3 AA batteries, not included) the Space Symphony Motion Gym is sure to put smiles on little faces whilst stimulating baby’s brains and encouraging hand/eye coordination.

Play & Gro

Lamaze Play & Grow toys (RRP $19.95 each) are cute, friendly soft toys that are made for little hands and inquisitive minds. Thanks to the handy pram clip there will be no tears about dropped/lost toys and baby will always have his/her favourite friend within reach. These lovely plush toys are suitable from birth onwards and even now at 8 months Harriet still loves her Plaw & Grow buddies, we take them everywhere!

Toots the ToucanPlay & Grow toys are designed with bright colours, quirky sounds, interesting textures and shapes and sometimes even vibrations so young children can discover while they play. Rusty the Robot, Jacque the Peacock, Bella the Bunny, Mortimer the Moose… there are more than 25 different designs to choose from so there is a perfect Play & Grow buddy for everyone. We have one in the pram, one in the car seat, one in her playpen and one in my nappy bag, can you tell we are fans?

Lamaze Developmental Toys are available at Target, Big W, Toys’R’Us, Baby Bunting and all good independent baby retailers across Australia.

Lamaze

To find out more about Lamaze and to browse the range visit www.lamazetoys.com.

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Memories on Monday

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May 302016
 

Wondering how to keep the kids happy when cold and windy weather is keeping them inside? Baking a yummy treat (and eating it afterwards) is always a big hit with our hungry bunch so this week we tried our hand at making a scrumptious carrot cake. They all did their bit in the baking preparations and the end result was totally amazing, this is definitely going to be a big family favourite from now on! (I have already requested it as my birthday cake for my next birthday) Recipe below:

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Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake
3 cups grated carrot (packed)
2 cups plain flour
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3 large eggs
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp bicarb soda

Cream Cheese Icing
250g Philadelphia cream cheese
50g unsalted butter
1/4 cup icing sugar

Instructions
1. Preheat your oven to 160C and prepare a 20cm round cake pan, we used a non-stick pan but if you don’t have non-stick you may want to grease and line your pan to make sure the cake comes out easily.
2. Mix carrot, sugar, oil and eggs together in a bowl until combined
3. In a separate bowl (large!) thoroughly mix flour, baking powder, bicarb soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.
4. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the carrot mixture. Stir until well combined and add the walnut pieces.
5. Pour your cake batter into your cake tin and bake for 50 minutes or until cooked.
6. To make your icing use an electric mixer to cream the butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the icing sugar and beat again until light and fluffy.
7. Cover top and sides of your cooled cake with a deliciously thick layer of cream cheese icing (or slice cake in two layers and use some of the icing to sandwich them together) and and enjoy!

Snuggle up with Dulcie & Banana

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May 292016
 

Dulcie & Banana

With 5 kids in tow I may look like the travelling circus but when possible I prefer to leave the car at home and walk to school instead. I really enjoy the relaxing walk, the fresh air and the casual chatter of my munchkins and I know they also love this time of talking about their day. Thankfully a bit of cold doesn’t scare us, we just dress up for the weather and head out!

Dulcie & Banana Blankets

If you’re planning to take your little bundle out this Winter make sure to pack a cosy blanket to keep him/her toasty warm on the journey. These beautiful blankets by Australian designer label Dulcie & Banana are stylish, soft and snuggly, making them the perfect travel companion for a day out in the cold.

Bloom BlanketMade from 100% cotton fabric Dulcie & Banana blankets are super cuddly and gentle against the skin, ensuring a comfortable snooze for your tiny traveller. There are several lovely designs to choose from, but this pretty Bloom Blanket (RRP $59.95, now $39.95) is my personal favourite. The fresh and fruity green colour is cheerful and bright and the cute pink crochet flowers add a sweet vintage touch, I might have to get one for our little Hattie to snuggle up with!

For a limited time only you can save up to 50% on the gorgeous Dulcie & Banana blanket range. Prices are as marked but you better run, a deal this good doesn’t hang around!

To find out more about Dulcie & Banana, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.dulcieandbanana.com.au.

May 282016
 

Crayola

Yippee, with exactly three months to go until our European holiday the countdown is finally on! By now we know what to bring to survive a very long plane trip with young children so I have started filling their backpacks with little bits and pieces already. To add to the excitement I wrap some of the items in pretty paper and of course I keep the contents a secret until the plane has taken off…

Crayola Paw Patrol

A new colouring book is always an excellent boredom buster and Crayola happens to have some ‘PAWesome’ new arrivals my kids will love:

Paw Patrol Color WonderWith this clever PAW Patrol Color Wonder (RRP $13.99) set you don’t have to worry about your budding artists leaving their colourful mark on the plane seat, fold-out tray, their outfits or even their own skin. Like magic the included Mess Free Markers only colour on the special Color Wonder paper, keeping the colour exactly where you want it. With 5 different markers and 18 colouring pages featuring the furry PAW Patrol friends there is plenty of decorating to be done.

On our last holiday we gave each child his/her own Color Wonder pack which worked a treat, together we had a rainbow of coloured markers and they could swap colouring pages to keep things interesting. Color Wonder is such a fabulous idea, enjoyable and intriguing for the kids and mess (and sanity) saving for mum!

Paw Patrol My First CrayolaEven the smallest puppy lovers can join the fun with PAW Patrol Color & Shapes Sticker Activities (RRP $4.99), part of the toddler-friendly My First Crayola range. This well-priced activity book is designed for ages 12 months+ and uses adorable PAW Patrol stickers to help young children practise shapes and colours through play. It is also an excellent tool for parents to work on fine motor skills with their child in a refreshing way, and the best part is that you can do it anytime and anywhere.

Crayola Paw Patrol GCPDue to their generous measurements (32 x 49cm) the PAW Patrol Giant Coloring Pages (RRP $8.49) are more of an at-home activity than an on-the-go entertainment, they’re absolutely huge in size and big in fun too. Decorating these large pictures of Chase, Marshall, Rocky and the rest of the PAW Patrol gang will keep the kids busy for ages. Once done why not stick them on your bedroom door or wall and turn them into your own unique PAW Patrol poster?

To find out more about Crayola, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.

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Save 30% on eeBoo

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May 272016
 

eeBoo

Winter may not officially be here just yet but we have most definitely seen a big drop in temperature over the last few weeks. No more heading out the door without a jacket and even the gumboots have met with quite a few puddles already. As much as the kids miss their outdoor play, they are just as excited to get out the boardgames and enjoying a good game or two in front of the cosy fireplace. If your games cupboard needs a bit of an upgrade ahead of Winter here’s your chance:

Gathering a Garden

Right now you can save a huge 30% storewide at Australian online store That’s My Toy with a great range of eeBoo games ready to be snapped up. Simply enter the code ’30Toy’ at checkout for your discount to be applied but be quick, this offer is valid for a limited time only.

Here at Hip Little One HQ we are huge eeBoo fans and we have quite a few of their lovely games in our cupboard. They are fun to play, beautifully designed, unique and educational at the same time, allowing children to learn basic skills while they play.

Gathering a GardenThis gorgeous Gathering a Garden Game (RRP $30, ages 5+) takes young players on a trip around to board to collect items from five garden-themed categories: Birds, Flowers, Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit Trees. Once you’ve collected all five pieces you better quickly return to your little garden, the first one back takes home first prize! The delightful illustrations make this game a real joy to play and look at.

eeBoo Make A Pie game As proud winner of Parents Magazine ‘Best Toy’ award the Make a Pie Game (RRP $30, ages 6+) is sure to be a hit with kids and parents alike. With the help of a colourful spinner, plates and some delicious looking pies cut in slices players will quickly master the tricky concept of fractions. Who said maths had to be boring? When you invite the toy specialists from eeBoo to the table children learn to solve with a smile.

Life on Earth BingoOther great games in the eeBoo range include the sweet Life on Earth Simple Bingo, the stylish Paper Doll Game, the cool Pin the Parrot on the Pirate, a Butterfly Matching Game and more. With current 30% off Storewide Sale now is the perfect time to put some of these timeless, high quality games away for upcoming birthdays or Christmas, hours of playing fun are guaranteed and prices like this are hard to beat.

To find out more about That’s My Toy, to browse the eeBoo range and to order online visit www.thatsmytoy.com.au.

May 262016
 

Boon Inc

Fancy designer clothes, stunning high heels, pretty little handbags, immaculate hairdos and perfect makeup… once you become a mum you’ll most likely have to wave goodbye to all of these (unless you are a celebrity of course).

Boon Inc. Drying Racks

Don’t worry, instead you can indulge in mountains of gorgeous baby clothes and put together an amazing nursery for your tiny trendsetter, you can even clean your baby’s feeding gear in style with these designer tools by Boon Inc.:

Boon Inc. GrassDitch your old-school, white wire rack and add a touch of colour to your kitchen bench with the Grass Countertop Drying Rack (RRP $29.95, 24 x 24cm), no mowing required. This fresh green patch of ‘grass’ holds your baby gear neatly upright so it can air dry and any excess water can drip down into the bottom tray. The rack is easy to clean and free from nasties like BPA, Phthalates and PVC so it’s both safe AND stylish!

Boon Inc. FlyYou don’t need green fingers to turn your strip of grass into a mini garden, just plant Fly, Stem or Twig (RRP $6.95 each) for an instant transformation. These funky accessories for your Grass, Lawn or Patch drying racks offer extra drying space for little items like dummies, teats, handles and other small components of bottles and sippy cups while leaving plenty of room underneath for bigger things.

Boon SudsIf you like the sound of less work and more play (or sleep!) you are sure to love the clever Suds Bottle Washer (RRP $19.95), a handy kitchen gadget designed to take the hassle out of cleaning baby bottles, toddler cups and even (wine) glasses. Doing the washing up is as simple as placing your bottle on the pump and pressing it down, now watch the water jets and spinning, scrubbing bristles do the hard work for you. Thanks to the flexible bristles Suds is suitable for most size baby bottles.

The base of the Suds keeps the soapy water neatly contained, but just in case a drop or two splashes out of the bowl you can conveniently sit Suds in your kitchen (or bathroom) sink. Like all Boon Inc. products this stylish scrubber is free from nasties like BPA, PVC and Phthalate and you can simply pop your Suds in the dishwasher (top-rack only) for a thorough clean.

Boon Grass

You can find your favourite Boon Inc. products at Baby Bunting, Toys ‘R’ Us, Bubs Baby Shop and Baby Village.

To find out more about Boon Inc. and to browse the range visit www.booninc.com.

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Sales & Savings – Week 21

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May 252016
 

Incy InteriorsIncy Interiors
What? 20% off storewide
How? Prices as marked
When? Until May 31, 2016
Where? www.incyinteriors.com.au

Minimee
What?
Up to 50% off Baby Expo Storewide Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Ends May 29, 2016
Where? www.minimee.com.au

JoieJoie Baby
What? Free shipping Australia wide
How? Discount automatically applied at checkout
When? Until May 31, 2016
Where? www.joiebaby.com.au

BabyographyBabyography
What? 20% off Grobags and Grobag Swaddles
How? Prices as marked
When? Until May 31, 2016
Where? www.babyography.net.au

WDYGT?Where Did You Get That?
What? 22% off storewide + $8 postage Australia wide
How? Enter the code ‘WHERE-EIGHT’ at checkout
When? Until May 31, 2016
Where? www.wheredidyougetthat.com.au

Cheeky Little SolesCheeky Little Soles
What? Free pair of Cheeky Socks with every order
How? Free gift will be added to your order automatically
When? Until May 31, 2016
Where? www.cheekylittlesoles.com.au