Aug 312019
 

As you can probably imagine a busy home like ours is never quiet. As if six children don’t make enough sound, chatter and noise just yet we also have a piano (the four older kids get lessons at home) and three of them are learning the violin too! He may be the smallest of the family but Ted sure enjoys adding his fair share of volume so this musical LeapFrog toy comes in real handy:

The Learn & Groove Mixmaster Scout (RRP $34.95, ages 12-36 months) is the cutest toddler turntable you have ever seen. Future DJs can bop to the beat as they join puppy pal Scout to create their own unique tunes using a range of instruments, rhythms, sounds and background tracks. With colourful buttons to press, switches to flick, wheels to spin and lights to flash the Mixmaster instantly takes your little musician from cot to club.

I’ll admit, at this stage it looks like Ted is mainly out to make as much noise as possible but there is more to Mixmaster Scout than meets the eye. Not only is mixing your own music secretly a fabulous fine-motor skills exercise for chubby toddler hands, kids are also getting a fun and funky introduction to numbers, colours and instruments and learn to sing along to the catchy ABC song and other melodies.

As kids get older they come to understand the cause and effect principle and learn what the different buttons, switches and play modes (alphabet, numbers and colours) do and the sounds they make, giving them more control over their personal toddler tracks. You’re never too young to become a musician, so get those hands clapping and toes tapping with Mixmaster Scout.

The LeapFrog Learn & Groove Mixmaster Scout is now available from Big W, good toy stores across Australia and online.

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

Aug 282019
 

People all over the country have been getting up close with a range of prehistoric giants in Jurassic Unearthed while at the same time soaking up the circus magic thanks to Silver’s Circus. It is clear that the masterminds at Silver’s Circus know all about winning combinations and they’ve lined up a brand new circus treat that is sure to capture the hearts of young and old:

Showtime Attractions and Silvers Circus have joined forces to bring to Australia an exciting show filled with entertainment for the whole family, meet Sesame Street Circus Spectacular by Silvers. Get ready to see Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all your favourite Sesame Street characters like you have never seen them before. Together with a range of talented circus performers from around the world they will treat the audience to a unique, authentic Sesame Street experience in a heartwarming 90-minute big top spectacular.

Little fans will love watching their Sesame Street heroes, recognising their voices and seeing their personalities shine through in each element of this brilliant production. And the audience is invited to join in too as they learn to draw Sesame Street characters, dive in for some ball-pit fun and pose for a photo with the loveable Big Bird after the show. Silver’s Circus and Showtime Attractions have successfully created an engaging family entertainment experience that is inviting, interactive and captivating for all.

As this amazing production travels around Australia the Sesame Street Circus Spectacular by Silvers will put up its brand new 1000-seat tent in the following locations (subject to change):

Burnley – September 11 to October 13, 2019
Hobart – January 7 to February 2, 2020
Launceston – February 5 to February 23, 2020
William’s Landing – February 28 to March 21, 2020
Warnambool – March 25 to March 29, 2020
Mount Gambier – April 1 to April 5, 2020
Adelaide – April 9 to – May 10, 2020

If you want to be guaranteed a slice of the Sesame Street fun be quick and secure your favourite seats through Ticketmaster, tickets for all locations will be added as they become available.

To find out more about Sesame Street Circus Spectacular by Silvers, to take a closer look at the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.sesamestreetcircus.com.au.

Thanks to our generous friends at Silver’s Circus and Showtime Attractions one lucky family will win 2 adult tickets and 2 children’s tickets (Red Elevation, total RRP $140) to enjoy the Sesame Street Circus Spectacular by Silvers at their preferred location across Australia. Please note that the tickets are only valid for the opening show at the chosen venue. For your chance to win hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page, good luck!

‘Dad Hacks’ giveaway

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Aug 242019
 

Pan Macmillan Australia

Who needs weekends with pubs and clubs when you can have Friday nights on the couch with Better Homes and Gardens? I love starting the weekend with some recipe inspiration, my girls always enjoy the craft ideas and secretly we all wish for our very own Rob Palmer to lend a hand around the house. I may not be able to give you Rob, but with this cool book of tricks your own hubby is sure to become your favourite handyman:

Especially for his first book Dad Hacks (RRP $29.99) Australia’s favourite DIY guru Rob Palmer has handpicked 101 of his best tradie tips, household hacks and savvy savings that will help Aussie families save time and money.

Whether dad’s an amateur cook (cook a scrumptious scone or boil the perfect egg), a fun family-man (build a backyard slingshot or play supermarket hide-and-seek), an outdoor guy (pull out a tree stump or light a fire with corn chips) or a tool trainee (fix a sticky lock or drill into tiles), with these and many more Dad Hacks Rob Palmer has all types of fathers covered. Everyone knows kids like to believe their dad knows all and can do everything and this great guy guide is exactly what dads need to keep up the image.

With Father’s Day just around the corner ‘Dad Hacks’ would make a perfect gift for the special man in your life (and the rest of the family can reap the benefits too!).

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at ‘Dad Hacks’ Rob Palmer and to order your favourite titles online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Dad Hacks (RRP $29.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Aug 232019
 

If you are a regular Hip Little One reader you may remember Jess Racklyeft’s gorgeous picture book ‘There’s Only One Mum Like You’, one of our favourite 2019 Mother’s Day finds. So many (grand)mothers were spoilt with this beautiful book and the story is being read and loved over and over again in homes all around the country. But what about the dads? Don’t worry, Affirm Press has them covered too:

‘There’s only one dad like you, Dad.
Caring, daring and wise.
Fixer of all that is broken;
builder of the best surprise’

There’s Only One Dad Like You (RRP $19.99) is a warm celebration of the special father (figures) in our lives. The fathers that fix, the papas who play, the protectors and problem solvers, the cooks and the craftsmen, the heroes and the helpers, no two dads are the same yet this book treasures them all.

Featuring Jess’ eye-catching water colour illustrations, a unique lay-out and delightful rhyme this picture book is guaranteed to speak to the children who read it and warm the hearts of the dads that receive it. You have one week left to get your hand on a copy, be quick!

To find out more about Affirm Press and to take a closer look at ‘There’s Only One Dad Like You’ by Jess Racklyeft visit www.affirmpress.com.au.

To find out more about Affirm Press, to take a closer look at ‘There’s Only One Mum Like You’ by Jess Racklyeft and to order a copy online visit www.affirmpress.com.au.

Grandpa’s Noises giveaway

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Aug 222019
 

EK Books

This month marks 13 years since I left my home country, my family and my loved ones behind to move to Australia. Time really does fly and the saying ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ is totally true as well. My old Opa is now 96 years old and I would give a small fortune to be able to visit him today. Whether you have a grandpa, a poppy, an opa or a pa, this gorgeous EK Books release celebrates the funny side of them all:

Go on, put on your best listening ears and come along for a visit to Grandpa. Giggles are guaranteed as you learn to recognise Grandpa’s Noises (RRP $24.99)!

He may not be a man of many words, but that definitely doesn’t mean Grandpa is quiet… A day with Grandpa is filled with lots of interesting noises, you could call them his signature sounds. From his crunching knees and creaking back to his slurping lips and his peaceful purring when he sleeps, the more time you spend with Grandpa, the better you get to know his repertoire of noises.

Reading ‘Grandpa’s Noises’ quietly in your head is obviously not an option, this book simply demands to be read out loud with each sound turning into a real performance. Our youngest readers thoroughly enjoy the show and love predicting and joining in the different noises. What a lovely family book!

You can find ‘Grandpa’s Noises’ in leading book stores across Australia.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Grandpa’s Noises head over to the Hip Little One Facebook page, good luck!

Lounging in Luxury with Linenly

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Aug 112019
 

A few weeks ago I introduced you to Australian company Linenly, home to the most beautiful organic bamboo bedlinen. I have been so excited to discover their range and even more so to dive into a bed freshly made with bamboo goodness! After impatiently stalking the postman for my order I quickly gave my new linen its first wash and manage to swap my sheets just in time for bed…

Because many of you are new to bamboo I promised to share my thoughts on this luxurious range and I made sure to spend a good month trying it out. I slept on it and under it, I washed it and dried it, I ironed it (low setting!) and even squeezed in a few sleep-ins which is very rare for me! There is a lot I want to say about Linenly, but in short let’s just say we are very impressed.

My Linenly order arrived quickly, it was delivered in a matter of days and carefully wrapped for safe transport and delivery. As you can see even the packaging is eco friendly: this nice fabric bag (which matches the colour of your new sheets) holds all your new linen and if you’re a master folder you may even be able to store everything back in there whilst not in use. It would most certainly make it easy to keep the sheets and pillow cases neatly together in your linen cupboard.

The sheets are silky soft and you instantly notice the high quality. All Linenly bamboo sheets have a rich 400 thread count and have been made with a premium sateen weave, it feels like sliding into a deluxe hotel bed every single night. Even after washing our sheets several times the smooth, silky feeling remains, which confirms the quality and durability of this bamboo fabric. For more fabulous facts about bamboo check out my earlier post about Linenly.

Keeping our old sheets onto our extra thick king size mattress was a daily cause of frustration but the Linenly fitted sheets are a generous 40cm deep (and stretchy) and therefore stay perfectly in place. I was so pleased with how the ‘forest’ colour matched with the headboard of our new King Living bed, it looks really clean and calming. Rest assured, there are eight stunning colours to choose from so there is a perfect shade for every bedroom.

If you are keen to give bamboo a go now is the time, with Linenly offering a massive 40% discount on all Linenly bamboo sheet sets. Prices are as marked, Australia-wide delivery is free for orders over $150.

To find out more about Linenly, to browse the range and to order online visit www.linenly.com.au.

Surprise in a Bottle: Baby Secrets

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Aug 032019
 

Now that she is turning 4 our miss Hattie is turning into quite the little helper. She attempts to feed Ted breakfast, brushes his hair, puts on his favourite songs and is always the first one to helpfully report a possible ‘nappy situation’… if I let her she would even try to change his nappy too! To be on the safe side I do the real nappy checks while she takes care of her own baby’s messy business:

The adorable new Baby Secrets Bottle Surprise (Ages 4+) collection has taken the gender reveal fun of the original Baby Secrets range and turned it into a great miniature baby play set that young parents-to-be are guaranteed to love.

As the name suggests the Baby Secrets Bottle Surprise is shaped like a large pink and aqua blue baby bottle. When you open the bottle door you are greeted by the cutest Surprise Baby in its own little nursery. On the flip side of the nursery you’ll find a baby bottle for your hungry friend and a teeny potty, because everyone needs a toilet break sometimes.

To reveal your baby’s gender simply fill the included bottle with icy cold water, feed your little one and check the inside of its nappy where a pink or blue star will appear, how cute is that? When you remove the nappy, pop your baby on the potty and give it another drink you can even spot a number 1 or 2 in the potty, if only toilet training was that easy in real life!

Measuring ca. 9cm tall the new Baby Secrets characters are larger in size than the original babies, they have arms and legs that can be posed so you can sit your baby down or stand it up independently. You can click both the baby and its bottle securely into the storage bottle to keep the pieces safe and the bottle play set is an ideal size for car trips and back packs. (I know shaking your baby is not usually recommended but in this case it’s a must to prevent leftover water from staying inside)

There are currently six adorable Bottle Surprise babies to collect and one of my lucky ducks already adopted the shimmery sparkle edition so we’re off on a good start. A Rollerskater Baby, a Chef Baby, a College Baby… you never know who will be waiting for you!

You can find the Baby Secrets ‘Bottle Surprise’ range right now at Mr. Toys and Catch.com.au and it’ll soon make its way into Big W stores across Australia and online too.

To find out more about Baby Secrets, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.babysecretshq.com.