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Mar 032020
 

Of course Teddy is not the only sibling who refuses to sit still. My girls are always looking for a willing customer to attempt a pretty braid, do a fancy fishtail plait or try out a new look but it turns out that it’s a lot more fun to be the stylist than the bored customer who is not allowed to move or cries with every stroke of the brush. Keeping all of my budding hairdressers and make-up artists happy has turned out to be a breeze with this cute find from Little Bubba:

Measuring a generous 27cm tall this life-size My Big Sister ‘Styling Head’ (Ages 3+, 10,6″) is the ideal client for any hairdressing or beauty bar, she is always happy to receive a fresh makeover, doesn’t wiggle and never complains when things look a little wonky. With her long blonde hair, big blue eyes and perfect skin this lovely model is a clean canvas waiting for a dedicated artist to give her a brand new look, you can change her style as many times as you like!

To help you set up your own salon the Styling Head comes with a whole heap of beauty and hair accessories: 6 royal crown hair clips, a heart-shaped brush, a pink hair comb, four rollers for gorgeous curls, face stickers and a make-up palette with lip, cheek and eye make-up in different shades.  The set contains everything to get you started, just use your imagination.

Miss 11 is our resident hairdresser and miss 9 is our wannabe make-up artist, so together they have a ball getting this blonde model looking magazine worthy. In our house it is most definitely the older girls who adore this styling kit most, the younger girls like it too but the older two are a bit better at the delicate application of make-up and have patience for the step-by-step process of tricky hair styles. A quick rinse with a baby wipe removes all the makeup, there are no stains and it washes off easily from hands and clothing too.

One small note: While the box does list all the make-up ingredients on the bottom, it does clearly say ‘for external application on dolls only’ so I am not sure how suitable it is for human skin. I have specifically instructed my girls not to apply it to their own skin but I can imagine some children will be keen to give themselves a makeover which may cause an allergic reaction.

To find out more about HeadStart, to take a closer look at the Little Bubba range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.headstartint.com.

Mar 022020
 

Over the past few months Ted has fast turned into a cheeky, independent toddler, which means his sisters can no longer treat him like their little baby. He won’t sit still, he doesn’t want to be dressed up and most definitely doesn’t want anyone to help him at mealtime. Thankfully the girls are very content with the closest thing to a real baby brother or sister: Meet Little Bubba by HeadStart!

We all know that newborns come in different sizes and so does Little Bubba: Whether you prefer a tiny 38cm baby girl, a cute 40cm doll or a huggable 42cm bundle of joy, there is a wonderful baby waiting for you. Each size has its own unique features, outfit and special skills making every new addition special in its own way. Young parents-to-be are guaranteed to instantly fall in love with Little Bubba’s lifelike appearance, realistic sounds and interactive functions.

Let’s start with the smallest of the girls, a cuddly little lady in a sweet pink jumpsuit. During her awake time My Interactive Baby (Ages, 3+, 15″) likes to suck her dummy or pretend to drink from her bottle (she even moves her mouth and makes drinking sounds) and when you tickle her soft tummy she giggles. Like all babies she does cry sometimes but none of that matters when you hear her say ‘mama’. Come nap time she will close her eyes and peacefully suck her thumb, isn’t she a perfect baby?

Up next is My Real Baby ‘Magic Potty’ (Ages 3+, 16″), a summer baby with a bird print onesie and a matching hat. Unlike her softer, smaller buddy this quiet, content baby has a plastic tummy with arms and legs than can be posed, quite important when it comes to potty time! Once your baby has eaten her meal and finished her bottle of water she can actually use the potty and do a wee, after all you are never too young to start toilet training. With a push of the button the interactive potty will be rinsed and you can put your baby’s nappy back on, time to lay her down so she can close her eyes and have a snooze.

Last but not least, say hello to My Ultimate Interactive Baby (Ages 3+, 16,5″). With 12 impressive functions this delightful baby is sure to delight any new mum or dad. Gurgles and giggles, sad sobs, sweet snores, thirsty drinking or a first ‘mama’, this baby is full of interesting sounds. She can move her mouth to drink from her bottle and wee on the pink potty afterwards. You can also move her arms and legs so can she can sit on your lap, use a high chair or sit in pram just like a real baby (don’t forget to attach her dummy chain so she doesn’t lose her pacifier). We love it when she blinks her beautiful blue eyes, we think she is adorable!

To make the parenting experience extra realistic all Little Bubba dolls come with a range of must-have baby accessories like a dummy, a refillable drink bottle, a baby potty, a nappy, a dummy chain, a beanie, socks and even mealtime utensils (accessories vary per design). Go on, pick your favourite girl, decide on a name and get to know your new family member!

To find out more about HeadStart, to take a closer look at the Little Bubba range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.headstartint.com.

Feb 142020
 

I know it is hard to believe but in the almost fourteen years I have lived in South Australia, Australia’s Festival State, I have not once made it to the Adelaide Fringe. Things are about to change as we’re planning to celebrate Sybil’s birthday in style this weekend with a visit to a Fringe performance full of giggles, gasps and good old-fashioned family fun:

This year Lost in Translation, one of the UK’s leading contemporary circuses, is making its Adelaide Fringe debut combining theatre, comedy and music in one amazing show that is guaranteed to please the crowds. Hotel Paradiso is a winning mix of thrillingly spectacular and daring circus skills including incredible acrobatics, clowning and juggling, theatrical storytelling, slapstick and physical comedy, it certainly ticks all our boxes! They even use a person as a skipping rope, this has to be seen to be believed…

Come along to meet Madame and the charming staff of the quirkily ineffective Hotel Paradiso. Gathered from countries around the globe the Lost in Translation cast of six highly skilled acrobats, clowns and jugglers will tell the story of how the tenants battle to save their home and livelihood from ‘the Banker’. With thrills, gasps, laughs and drama there’s plenty for both adults and children to enjoy and the glowing reviews are coming in thick and fast: “Easily the best family show at the Fringe!”

Hotel Paradiso at Gluttony is suitable for ages 5 and up and it’s on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so check your calendar and lock in those seats.

To find out more about the Adelaide Fringe, to take a closer look at Hotel Paradiso and to order your tickets online visit www.adelaidefringe.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 2 Hotel Paradiso family passes (RRP $85, each pass admits 2 adults and 2 children OR 1 adult and 3 children) for the Sunday February 16 (2.50pm) performance hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page. Good luck!

Save the koalas with Ty Beanie Boo

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Jan 172020
 

Talking to children about tragedies is never easy. We try to shield our children from as much pain as we can, but sometimes disaster strikes close to home and it is important to help children understand what is happening. The bushfires that are currently impacting many parts of our beautiful country are destroying lives, homes and nature and there’s simply no hiding from it. My gorgeous kids are trying to wrap their little heads around it all and want to help, here’s a gorgeous way for small people to do their bit:

The fabulous team at Ty Beanie Boos has jumped into action with a fantastic initiative that will warm the hearts of every little animal friend across the globe… Adopt Katy Koala and help saves the koalas!

100% of global profits from the sale of the adorable new Ty Beanie Boo ‘Katy Koala’ will be donated to WIRES (Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation), raising much needed funds for Australian wildlife AND raise awareness around the world for our bushfire crisis. What a fantastic opportunity to talk to your Ty Beanie Boo fan about this important cause! My girls are very keen to ‘donate’ some of their pocket money to WIRES and adopt Katy Koala in return as a reminder of their gift.

You can find Katy Koala Beanie Boo at your favourite Beanie Boo retailer from April 2020 and she will be available worldwide.

To find out more about Big Baloon, to take a closer look at the Ty range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.bigballoon.com.au.

Dec 232019
 

Smiggle

After spending the last 1.5 week cooped up inside with miserable kids surrounded by sick buckets I am very much feeling the Christmas stress. So much to do, so little time and only two sleeps left until the big day! So where does one go for awesome children’s gifts that are a guaranteed success? Smiggle of course!

At Smiggle they know exactly what’s hip and hot among the cool kids and this Christmas it’s all about the return of Anna and Elsa in Frozen 2. Whether you are team Anna or team Elsa, Smiggle has you covered with a wonderful range of Disney Frozen 2 goodies that is sure to make even the coldest of hearts melt in an instant:

Backpacks, lunchboxes, diaries, wallets… thanks to Smiggle you can take Anna and Elsa along wherever you go. It’s a close call between Anna’s pink and gold glitter hues or Elsa with her ice blue and silver shades, who is your favourite? If Elsa is your queen you can start the new school year in true Frozen style with the awesome Frozen 2 Elsa Pop Out Pencil Case (RRP $26.95).

Forget about boring pencil cases, this limited edition design is full of surprises. It has loads of secret slide-out drawers, flip-out flaps, blue buttons and cute compartments to store all your stationery. You can open the the top, the bottom and the sides and it even has a built-in pencil sharpener and calculator for those tricky math questions! Our miss 6 thinks the sparkling ‘melted ice’ in the top lid is pretty magical.

Smiggle’s 12-pack Scented Colouring Pencils (RRP $16.95) makes a great starting point for filling up that pencil case. Whip up a fragrant Christmas card for your family, create a welcome back artwork for your new teacher or record your holiday adventures in your diary using these 12 lovely colours. Each pencil has a unique scent that’s bursting to come out, simply rub to activate delicious fragrances like watermelon, donut, fairy floss and cinnamon.

Obviously the average temperature here in Australia is a little higher than in Arendelle, so hydration is an absolute must. With this pretty Frozen 2 Elsa Drink Bottle (RRP $19.95, 650ml) you will always have a fresh drink of water on hand, my kids pick transparent bottles so they can instantly see when it needs refilling (and I can see when it’s dirty). Mums love this bottle too because it has a removable straw for easy cleaning and is completely free from harmful BPA.

To find out more about Smiggle, to locate a Smiggle store near you or to order online visit www.smiggle.com.au.

For your chance to win a Smiggle ‘Frozen 2’ Prize Pack (RRP $63.85) containing the three products featured above (subject to availability) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Think outside the square with RockIt Twist

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Dec 212019
 

Turn or twist it, press or pull it, flip or flick it… Whether it’s at home on a hot summer day or on the way to your holiday destination, this funky new gadget is guaranteed to keep the kids’ brains and hands busy. Knowing how much our tribe enjoys using their other LeapFrog devices I immediately knew the RockIt Twist would be a winning Sinterklaas gift and it was an instant success:

Heralded as this year’s hottest Christmas gift the RockIt Twist (RRP $89.95, ages 4-10) has already made an appearance on many a wish list (including that of my own children). Is it a miniature game console? Could it be an oversized Tamagotchi-style virtual pet or possibly a fancy fidget toy? We’ve put it to the test and can confirm it’s all of the above and it is FUN!

Featuring a range of coloured buttons, arrows, wheels and switches the RockIt Twist instantly captured the attention of my curious kids. It is definitely no ordinary handheld console, with so many quirky angles it takes quite a bit of brain action to master this cool game system. Different games, different sides, different controls, the RockIt Twist keeps you on your toes and secretly you’ll be learning as you rotate and play…

Your RockIt Twist comes preloaded with 12 games that, just like we have come to expect and love from LeapFrog, cover a range of learning areas including literacy, maths, problem solving, science and creativity. Thanks to the three different difficulty levels our 4-year old, 6-year old and 9-year old are all able to play and enjoy the RockIt Twist at their own level. Especially the younger kids like that the games are bite-size, long enough to learn how things work and succeed at it yet short enough to hold their attention, try several games in a row or have a quick play before bed.

The device is also home to three cute virtual pets that are impatiently waiting to be hatched. Once brought to life you can play, feed and care for your new pet and watch it grow with to your expert TLC. Find your pet’s favourite food or give it a good scrub and a rinse in the tub, brush its teeth with a fruity tooth paste or play together to earn hearts. If you look after your pet properly you can raise it all the way from baby to child to teenager to adult as you fill the ‘birthday’ meter. Our kids thought it was hilarious that their teenager got braces!

The RockIt Twist does not require an internet connection and is rechargeable, so you can play it anywhere and anytime. You can even upload some cool MP3 tunes to the device and listen to your own tracks on the go (with or without headphones), what’s your favourite summer hit? Your RockIt Twist allows for three different player profiles, so siblings can share the same device and still care for their own virtual pet and work on their own game progress.

For even more RockIt Twist fun you can add additional games using the RockIt Twist Game Packs (sold separately). Each Game Pack comes with a download card (to install the game and a new pet to your device) as well as a toy egg so you can ‘hatch’ your own keyring pet. There are currently three different Game Packs to choose from: Party Time with Poppy (Trolls), Penelope Penguin: Pet Detective and Dinosaur Discoveries.

Handy hints and useful tips: To ensure your RockIt Twist game system runs on the latest software simply connect it to your computer and follow the prompts to create/log in to you LeapFrog Connect account. The included USB cable is also your charging cable, so no messing around with expensive batteries. You can connect up to five RockIt Twists to the same parent account and they can all share the same Game Pack, now that’s budget friendly!

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

For your chance to win a LeapFrog RockIt Twist prize pack (RockIt Twist Game System and 3 RockIt Twist Game Packs, RRP $135) hop on over to the LeapFrog Australia Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Christmas with Peppa

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Dec 152019
 

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Whether you’re planning a quick Christmas getaway, a long Summer road trip or a traditional family visit, Peppa Pig is the perfect Christmas companion for young travellers. My two little ones absolutely adore this little pink piggy which is why Sinterklaas spoilt them with some fabulous Peppa gifts just in time for our holiday adventures:

Now that miss Hattie has had a first taste of kindy life she is super excited about the school year ahead. Learning to write her letters is quite tricky but Peppa knows how to make it fun with the Peppa Pig Scribbles & Sounds Doodle Board (RRP $24.95, ages 2+). Forget scrunched up paper or blunt pencils, don’t worry about leaking markers or messy crayons, this travel size doodle board has everything you need for drawing and writing on the go.

Scribble, write, trace and draw as much as you like and when you’re done you simply pull the lever to erase everything and start all over again. Using the chunky toddler-proof stylus and three sturdy plastic stencils little Peppa fans can create all the letters of the alphabet or even learn how to draw Peppa or George.

The real magic is in the smart interactive technology, allowing the doodle board to recognise which letter or character you are tracing. How clever is that? The board is a perfect combination of doodling and development: Across four different modes kids can learn letters and hear the sounds they make (W makes the sound w), play a scavenger hunt (Can you find the letter U for Umbrella? That’s brilliant), listen to music (Draw to keep the music playing) or use their imagination and make up stories (S is for Suzy Sheep, Suzy likes to be a nurse).

When not in use the three coloured stencils can be stored on the back of the board and the stylus is securely attached to the board, so there won’t be any missing pieces.

Our little two don’t always get along but they definitely bond over their love for Peppa, who would have thought Hattie and Ted could read a book together without fighting? Admittedly there is so much to see and do in the Peppa Pig Learn & Discover Book (RRP $29.95, ages 2+) that there is no time to argue. They are way too busy exploring pages and pictures, letters and lights, stories and sounds and more.

Designed for little hands this colourful book has large buttons and 14 easy-to-turn pages full of Peppa Pig fun. As young readers grow and develop new skills they can make their way from single letters to recognising words and even read them in short sentences eg. L, L is for Lake, Then we flew a kite by the lake and M, M is for Milk, We bought milk and noodles with Mummy at the supermarket.

The many functions of this Learn and Discover book make it an exciting and educational read for different stages. Our 2-year old loves flicking pages, humming along to familiar tunes in Music Time or listening to the sounds of Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig and George. Our 4-year old is more intrigued by learning her letters in ABC mode or hearing the short stories in Story Time. She also enjoys the challenge of Search and Find (Can you find the letter N? Let’s look for the Onions? Well done!), but only if she gets it right!

Now that he is finally finding his voice there is no stopping Ted. He is always pointing at things in books, singing his favourite songs and chatting to Daddy or one of his Peppa friends on this super sized Peppa Pig Let’s Chat Learning Phone (RRP $19.95, ages 2+).

He can hear simple messages from George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig, see them on the LCD screen and listen to tunes from the TV show. His favourite entertainment is blowing up George’s balloon by blowing in the microphone. Usually toy phones quickly lose their charm as toddlers get older but not this one! I love that the Let’s Chat Learning Phone also caters for curious preschoolers like our Hattie with simple math games featuring the numbers 0-9.

Three built-in games are guaranteed to get little minds working as Peppa introduces kids to counting, number recognition and basic addition. Make a batch of cupcakes with Daddy Pig and count them, catch the falling leaves and build a leaf collection with Peppa Pig or count your happy jumps in muddy puddles, but don’t forget your boots!

To find out more about VTech, to browse the Peppa Pig toy range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.vtech.com.au.