Nov 242017


Can you believe that little Ted is two months old already? On the one hand it feels like those two months have flown by, on the other hand I have felt every exhausting minute of it with our sad little boy crying for hours on end. He spends the majority of the day in the baby carrier because keeping him upright and close to mummy seems to bring some relief, but every now and then my back gets a few minutes rest when he is happy to kick away on the floor with VTech:

Make floor time fun with the Little Friendlies Glow & Giggle Playmat (RRP $89.95, ages Birth+), a gorgeous, brightly coloured play mat designed to grow with your baby, offering different ways to play as your little one develops new skills and reaches new milestones.

Right now Ted prefers to be on his back, while kicking his legs and watching the dangling toys. He is yet to reach for them but I don’t think it will be much longer! His little feet however are already super strong so when he kicks up a storm they hit the colourful ‘piano keys’ which magically turns on flashing lights and music. Depending on which of three modes you select it plays a range of tunes, animal sounds and sing-along songs and even teaches colours and shapes. It shows that you’re never too young to learn about cause and effect!

Unfortunately tummy time is not Ted’s favourite pastime so we’re keeping it short for now, but at least the padded Glow & Giggle Playmat is easy to wipe clean from all the sticky baby drool. Once he gets older and learns to sit up the mini piano can be turned and locked horizontally, that way he can sit and play the keyboard like a proper little musician. Miss 2 has been busy practising her musical skills so that she can teach her baby brother when he’s ready.

The Little Friendlies play mat may be a bit too big to take along (it doesn’t fold up, my only negative about the design), however you can easily unhook the four toys for some quick entertainment on-the-go. Using the connector rings you can attach the brightly coloured rattle, mirror, teether and crinkly toy to your pram or baby carrier to keep your baby happy and distracted when you’re away from home. With so many different ways to play and enjoy, this play mat is a fantastic investment (and great first Christmas gift idea) for young families.

VTech toys are available at major department stores, select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

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

Nov 232017

Call it baby brain or just being forgetful, but a little while ago I found myself crying on the doorstep after I locked myself (and the kids) out of the house. Generally I am quite good at remembering my house keys, but a combination of circumstances resulted in me closing the door behind me with my keys still sitting on my kitchen bench… que panic attack and big pregnancy tears!

We all know prevention is better than cure, so my best tip is to always store your keys in the same place. We put up one of these cute birdhouses right next to our kitchen door, that way I can hang my keys up as soon as I come home and grab them on my way out. You can purchase a single or double bird house and there are lots of different colour combinations to choose from.

If you do end up on the wrong side of a locked door a hidden key could instantly solve your problem. The days of hiding a spare key under your doormat or in the letterbox are long gone, but there are plenty of other sneaky hiding spots around the house (or you could just leave one at your trusty neighbour). I’ve seen wall thermometers with a hidden compartment, a magic pot plant with a double base or even a fake rock with a secret opening to slot your key in, how clever!

Of course a lost or forgotten key can happen to the best of us so be prepared and, depending on where in Australia you live, add Perth Locksmith (or another friendly rescuer that’s local to you) to your phone contacts. That way your helping hand is always just a phone call away, no matter what time of day emergency strikes, and they’ll have you safely back inside your home in no time.

Do you have a fabulous way to store, remember or hide your house keys? Let me know, I’d love to hear your tips.

Nov 222017

Peach Gallery
What? 30% off storewide + FREE shipping Australia wide
How? Enter the code ‘BLACKPEACH’ at checkout
When? November 24 – November 27, 2017
Where? www.peachgallery.com.au

Mum & Munchkin
What? Storewide Closing Down Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.mumandmunchkin.com.au

Cocoa and Vanilla
What? 20% off all Cocoa and Vanilla jewellery
How? Enter the code ‘xmas20’ at checkout
When? Until November 24, 2017
Where? www.cocoa-and-vanilla.com

What? 25% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘SPRING25’ at checkout
When? Until November 27, 2017
Where? www.deemde.com.au

Nature Lab
What? Free shipping Australia wide
How? Enter the code ‘XMASPOST’ at checkout
When? Until November 24, 2017
Where? www.naturelabskincare.com.au

Yogee ToysYogee Toys
What? Up to 30% off VTech Toys
How? Prices as marked
When? Until November 27, 2017
Where? www.yogee.com.au

Nov 212017


When people hear I am a mum of six, including a newborn, they often say ‘You have your hands full’ followed by ‘at least you have lots of helpers’. Of course all the kids love helping out with the new baby but miss 9 especially is always ready to assist with any chores big or small. Because she is a real bookworm and likes the responsibility of a ‘job’ she was super keen to help out with today’s blog post. After the success of Ickypedia kids can now enjoy another hilarious guide full of yucky creations by The Listies, check out our latest book review brought to you by my wonderful assistant Olivia:

Learn all gross foods from A-Z in Ickyfoodia (RRP $14.99)! From Bindigestion (which is to feel sick after eating something out of the bin) to Phlegmonade (which is the most disgusting soft drink ever), you can learn all gross foods that you’ve never heard of. Find out what “Fail chips” are or see all of the recipes to foods that will make you sick! Also includes disgusting poems, weird quizzes and gross games.

I thought this book was a bit crazy, interesting and gross. It has some strange words and their meanings, some silly stories and an episode of ‘The ultimate sandwich’. The recipes are weird, funny and interesting. I’m nine years old and I think the book is suitable for people the same age as me. I think it’s a funny book and I liked reading it.

To find out more about Penguin Books Australia, to browse the range and to order your favourite books online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Nov 202017

If you go all gooey inside at the sight of a puppy and if your feet start tapping and your hips start swinging as soon as you hear a catchy tune you are in for a real treat… Gather the family, grab your friends and head to your local HOYTS cinema for a family movie that will have you dancing in your seat:

Pup Star
Welcome to a world where dogs can not only talk — they can SING!

Tiny, a cute little Yorkie pup with a big voice, gets a chance to audition for the singing competition for dogs, “Pup Star.” After she earns a place in the finale, she’s suddenly dog-napped!

But with the help of her new friend, Charlie, a retired rock- and-roller, she escapes. Together they leave on an incredible journey through some of music’s most iconic cities. They meet Big Ears — a soulful Bassett Hound who teaches Tiny to belt out the blues, Murray — a spiritual shaggy dog who helps her find her inner rhythm, and Emily Rose — a country- singing shepherd who helps her learn to sing from her heart.

Most important of all, they all encourage Tiny to believe in herself and never give up on her dreams!

Filled with all-new songs and the biggest cast of talking and singing canines ever assembled, Pup Star is an incredible family film filled with fun, music, and heart.

Pup Star will arrive in theatres Australia wide on November 25 and will be available on DVD from December 6, 2017.

To find out more about Pup Star, to locate a HOYTS cinema near you and to book your tickets online visit www.hoyts.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 10 Pup Star family passes hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter, be quick as this super speedy giveaway ends on Thursday November 24, 2017.

Nov 192017


Living oceans away from your family is hard, really hard. Some days are better than others but when you’ve just had a baby and the Christmas season is coming up it’s extra tough. Thankfully after 11 years of marriage Hip Daddy knows how much I struggle this time of year, so he gave us an early surprise by booking us an amazing 5-week holiday with my family next year. I know it is still months away but the kids and I are already getting in the mood with BRIO:

Backpacks and suitcases, swimmers and sunnies, toys and books for on the plane and of course loads of presents for all our loved ones, at our house the planning and preparing is always part of the fun. If you’re planning to take your little ones on a plane trip this Summer the cute BRIO Airplane Boarding Set (Ages 3+) would make a perfect Christmas gift.

This 5-piece play set is sure to get little travellers excited about an upcoming holiday, I just love the wooden details. It includes a fabulous looking aeroplane, the pilot, a holiday maker with a suitcase and even a rolling staircase to lead passengers on and off the plane, just like in real life. The roof of the plane opens up to reveal three spots to fit your two figurines and a piece of luggage.

I love that you can use this toy plane to go on a pretend flight in the air, as well as ride it on the ground using the sturdy wheels that roll nice and smooth. The people can be posed to stand up or sit down and you can even move their arms to actually hold the suitcase or grab the railing of the staircase. Designed for small hands the Airplane Boarding Set is easy to hold and play with and its compact size makes it an excellent toy for on-the-go, it will fit perfectly in a kids backpack or suitcase.

Going on a plane trip can be quite scary for young children, which is where a fun, playful toy like this can really make a difference. Kids can use their imagination and act out little stories about going on a holiday, flying on a plane and how to board and onboard, so that when it’s time for take-off they feel more prepared and calm about the trip ahead. For our 2-year old this will be the first time she’ll fully understand and experience a flight (a 24 hour journey in fact) so we’ll definitely be using BRIO in our holiday preparations.

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the BRIO range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Nov 172017

If you are a big Christmas fan like I am, your festive season most likely isn’t complete without Mariah Carey. Year after year her hit song ‘All I Want For Christmas’ is one of the most played songs on radio, TV and in many households, I for one have already sang along several times this year and it’s only November! This week the world will discover a very different side of Mariah with the release of this magical Christmas movie:

The holiday season is the perfect time to snuggle up with the family and enjoy a fabulous feel-good movie that young and old will enjoy, get ready to fall in love with a little girl called Mariah and find out what she really desires for Christmas in Mariah Carey’s: All I Want for Christmas Is You.

When little Mariah (Breanna Yde) sees a darling puppy named ‘Princess’ at the pet store, she suddenly knows exactly what she wants for Christmas. But before her Christmas wish can come true, she must prove that she can dog-sit her uncle’s dog, Jack, a scraggly rascal; in fact, the worst dog in the county! Jack turns Mariah and her family’s perfect holiday preparations upside down in hilarious ways.

It wasn’t exactly the Christmas she wished for…, it was more than she ever wanted. Based on the iconic Christmas song and popular illustrated book of the same name, ‘Mariah Carey’s: All I Want for Christmas Is You’ featuring Mariah’s music and narration will be a family favourite for years to come.

‘Mariah Carey’s: All I Want for Christmas Is You’ is now available on DVD (RRP $29.95) at all good retail stores across Australia.

To find out more about Universal Sony Pictures Australia and to take a closer look at ‘Mariah Carey’s: All I Want for Christmas Is You’ visit www.theviewinglounge.com.au.

To help you get in the Christmas spirit our friends at Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have put together a fantastic prize pack for three lucky Hip Little One readers containing ‘Mariah Carey’s: All I Want for Christmas Is You’ on DVD, the ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ picture book and a cute Santa Hat. For your chance to win 1 of 3 prize packs enter our giveaway below:

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