From A to Z with LeapStart

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Mar 262018
 

It has been a busy two months for our Sybbie: Not only did she started reception, her Opa and Oma also came all the way from The Netherlands to celebrate her 5th birthday with her! As you may remember Sybil made an early start at kindy due to her speech delay, fast forward 1.5 years and now we’re learning to read. It’s a shared effort between school (she is blessed with a lovely teacher) and home, where we make practising fun with LeapStart:

Developed by the toy specialists and educational experts at LeapFrog LeapStart is an exciting, versatile and interactive (yet screen free!) learning system for young learners aged 2-7 years old. The kid-tough LeapStart System opens up like a book, looks like a super cool toy and is easy for small hands to hold and manage. Simply insert your favourite LeapStart book and watch your child turn into a real bookworm, one page at a time.

So how does it work? A LeapStart story book is way more than just a book, when you touch the pages with the special LeapStart Stylus it really comes to live. You can hear the words, the page or the whole story, repeat it or spell it, listen to a song, play a fun activity and more. You can touch anything you see on each page, what an excellent way to make books exciting and keep boredom at bay. Get ready to explore!

It didn’t take long for Sybil to master the LeapStart System, even though she has read her current books many times already she is still discovering new activities every time. The letters are easy to read, she loves the pictures and seeing her recognise letters and words is absolutely heartwarming.

We bought her some pretty purple headphones so she can hear the stories and follow the instructions and you will often find her curled up in a comfy chair exploring one of the LeapStart books (of course one of her favourite titles is ‘Get up, Ted!’).

The ever-growing LeapStart Library has been developed by a team of learning experts who understand what kids love, how they learn best and what material is suitable for which age group and learning level. Each LeapStart book teaches different skills and is aimed at specific reading levels, this allows children to learn one step at a time (increasing confidence) and keeps it challenging and fun at the same time. With over 400 activities to do across the whole library LeapStart certainly knows how to keep new readers busy.

The books are sold separately so you can build your library at your own pace to suit your child’s development and interests. The alphabet, maths, animals, problem solving, music… LeapStart has the whole curriculum covered and even popular characters like Trolls and PJ Masks make an appearance. Sybil can’t wait to join Poppy and play dress up, create art and sing to her favourite Trolls tunes, it will make a great gift idea for the Easter holidays.

Loading your new title(s) onto your LeapStart System is a piece of cake, simply log into your LeapFrog parent account online and connect your device with the included USB cable to update the audio content. We’re ready to read!

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

Mar 242018
 

As a large family of eight going to the movies is not something we often do. To warrant a big expense like a trip to the cinema a movie would have to be REALLY good, so if I tell you that I took the oldest four to see our favourite little bear on the big screen you can be sure this movie is an absolute winner. We first fell in love with Paddington when reading the books, totally adored him in the first Paddington movie and we couldn’t wait to see what he got up to in Paddington 2:

After making the movie across the oceans to London and finding a new home with the Brown family, Paddington has well and truly settled into his new life. He still misses his Aunty Lucy and with her 100th birthday coming up Paddington sets off on a mission to find her the perfect gift.

He finds it in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop: A unique and very rare pop-up book that celebrates London’s most special spots. Unfortunately it is pricey so he decides to join the workforce and hopefully earn enough money to buy the book in time for the big event. Just as he is about to earn the final pounds the gift of his dreams is stolen, buy by who and why? The adventurous bear is not about to let go of the book that easily and is determined to get the books safely back in his hairy little paws.

There is no doubt about it, after watching Paddington 2 you will be licking your lips at the thought of a delicious slice of toast smothered in marmalade. Especially for hungry bears of all ages celebrity chef and dessert queen Anna Polyviou has created this scrumptious recipe for Paddington’s Pineapple Marmalade for you to try at home. Enjoy!

With the Easter long weekend just around the corner why not print off some of these beary cute Paddington colouring-in pages for your little artists? You can find Paddington Colouring-In Page 1 or Paddington Colouring-In Page 2 here, grab your markers, crayons and pencils and get creative.

Paddington 2 is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD at all good retail stores across Australia.

To take a closer look at Paddington 2 or other exciting new releases and to order your favourite titles online visit www.theviewinglounge.com.au.

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Mar 192018
 

Exisle Publishing

As a mum of six little ones I have experienced my fair shares of allergies, intolerances and sensitivities so I wasn’t exactly surprised to discover our little Ted is struggling in that department too. So far we are not having any luck finding a food he doesn’t react to (aside from breastmilk), with his chubby baby body covered in angry red rashes and dry patches after every try. Eczema runs in the family so I was super interested to get stuck into this eye-opening guide by Karen Fischer:

As a successful nutritionist and mother of an eczema-sufferer, and after working with eczema patients for more than 15 years, Karen Fischer knows first hand the impact eczema can have on your life, but also how much of a difference your diet can make in managing it. On a mission to ban nasty skin rashes and fight the eczema misery she has created The Eczema Detox (RRP $34.99), a life-changing book that combines the science behind food choices and the way they affect on your skin with delicious skin-happy recipes for eczema patients of all ages.

Filled with loads of healthy, nutritious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, snacks and even drinks changing to this low-chemical diet for eliminating skin inflammation is a piece of cake. The book will use some of your pantry staples but also introduce you to new flavours and ingredients that will help improve your skin and wellbeing. We’ve been testing some of  these treats at home and I can highly recommend the Steamed Salmon with Maple Dressing, the Protein Smoothie Bowl, the Sweet Potato Stack and Banana Carob Icy Poles.

Only released last month ‘The Eczema Detox’ has been such a huge hit that is already out of stock and currently undergoing a re-print. Don’t miss out on your chance to ditch the itch and pre-order your copy today, new stock is due to arrive in April.

To find out more about Exisle Publishing, to take a closer look at ‘The Eczema Detox’ and to order a copy online visit www.exislepublishing.com.au.

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Mar 082018
 

Long time Hip Little One readers will know by now that I am raising a tribe of little bookworms. From thick novels to massive encyclopaedias (not kidding!) to sweet picture books and wonderful pop-up stories, we can never get enough of reading. If, like my family, you are a big fan of Australian authors Alison Lester and Jane Godwin I am excited to share they’ve bundled their talents for a very special collaboration:

Inspired by and in partnership with the amazing children from the Royal Children’s Hospital Alison and Jane created The Silver Sea (RRP $19.99), a magical picture book that takes readers on a unique discovery trip of the ocean. Take a deep breath and dive under water and explore colourful creatures and eye catching nature like you have never seen before.

The rhyming story of a midnight adventure under the sea has been illustrated by the children of the hospital themselves, so much talent! The Silver Sea has allowed these children to momentarily forget about being patients, instead becoming real artists and seeing their very own art printed and enjoyed by many. The end result is a unique children’s book that will be read over and over again, there is so much to see and learn in the deep of the ocean.

As if we didn’t love The Silver Sea enough already, here’s the most fabulous thing about this beautiful book: All proceeds from The Silver Sea will go to the Education Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital! So if you are looking for a wonderful gift that keeps on giving this is it.

To find out more about Affirm Press, to take a closer look at ‘The Silver Sea’ and to order online visit www.affirmpress.com.au.

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Mar 012018
 

Well, what can I say? Life with 6 kids under 10 is hard work. It’s good our darling Ted has the most beautiful smile in the whole wide world as he sure is keeping us on our toes! We are still battling with reflux, severe lack of sleep and sadly our first attempts at solids indicate that we will be going down the food allergy route once again. To add to Ted’s misery (and ours) his first teeth seem to be on the way, so it’s rosy cheeks and sad faces all around. Thankfully distraction and relief has arrived from ONE.CHEW.THREE HQ:

Aussie mama Elisa knows all about those bothersome little toothy pegs and the trouble they cause for tiny babies (and their families), which is why she created ONE.CHEW.THREE. This gorgeous online boutique comes to the rescue with a wide range of designer teething products that bring comfort to teething babies and class to their mamas, double win!

When you are surrounded by many grabby hands and chomping teeth your fancy jewellery quickly ends up at the back of your drawer, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on accessorising. Featuring my favourite shades of timeless blue this pretty Ruby Nursing Necklace (RRP $22.95) is stylish, safe and super versatile, it goes with absolutely everything! It’s such an easy way to keep Ted happy when waiting at the shop, the doctor, at school or anywhere I am holding him.

Made with high quality, 100% food grade silicone beads all ONE.CHEW.THREE necklaces are safe for young children to chomp and chew to their heart’s content. They are completely free from nasties like BPA, lead, cadmium, phthalates, PVC and latex and they are mould, fungus and bacteria resistant too. The lovely wooden beads used in some of the designs are made from untreated natural beech wood that can be oiled or waxed if you wish (coconut oil, yum!).

Ted may be five months old already but my heart still skips a beat anytime I see his name somewhere, doesn’t Ted look super chuffed with his very own personalised Shapes Teether (RRP $26.95)? It turned out absolutely lovely and the different textures, shapes and angles really keep him busy.

I love that the ONE.CHEW.THREE range caters for everyone, there are lots of different designs and colours to choose from allowing you to create a piece that suits your style and personality perfectly. They make great gift ideas for new mamas and the turnaround is super quick.

Found a style you love? Right now Hip Little One readers enjoy FREE shipping Australia wide at ONE.CHEW.THREE, simply enter the code ‘HIPLITTLEONE’ at checkout for your discount to apply. Be quick, this offer is valid for a limited time only!

To find out more about ONE.CHEW.THREE, to browse the range and to order online visit www.onechewthree.com.au.

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