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Mar 162019
 

Now that the scorching Summer weather is behind us (well, it is supposed to be!) Australians nation-wide are heading outdoors to enjoy the many festivals, events, celebrations and fairs that bring our communities together. As always there are some big favourites that will have fans lining up and Melbourne is in for a absolute treat with a visit from The Showmen, comic magicians Justin Williams and Sam Hume:

Their award-winning show The Greatest Magic Show has been delighting people all around the country with performances selling out rapidly time after time. As part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival the show is back in full glory featuring incredible illusions, escaping from 200m of Glad Wrap before being covered in a bucket of slime, incredible circus artistry and invisibly shooting a very special guest out of a cannon across the stage; these are just some of the things that make this family-friendly magic show, the GREATEST!

As proud winner of the ‘Best Children’s Show’ award The Greatest Magic Show is gearing up to once again wow the audience with energetic, unforgettable, jaw-dropping feats that have delighted revellers all over Australia, with a few new, added twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. The high-octane spectacle is filled with breathtaking illusions and loads of audience participation. If you take your family to see one show this season, this the one you can’t afford to miss.

The Greatest Magic Show will be performing at The Melba Spiegel Tent in Collingwood, Melbourne from April 13 until April 20, 2019. With only seven exclusive shows lined up bookings are absolutely essential, so grab your seats while you can. Family tickets are available. Sweet treat: Every single child attending The Greatest Magic Show will receive a free magic wand upon arrival, so the magic can continue long after the show has ended.

To find out more about ‘The Greatest Magic Show’, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.melbaspiegeltent.com.au.

For your chance to win a The Greatest Magic Show family pass (RRP $80, admits 4) for the Saturday 13th April (2pm) performance at The Melba Spiegeltent, hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page. Good luck!

Mar 072019
 

Isn’t it strange? As parents most of us are very cautious about the skincare we use on our children, yet we don’t look after ourselves nearly as well. With more and more serious concerns being raised about the potentially harmful ingredients in regular skincare products it is important to take a closer look at your bathroom cupboard and remove the nasties, skin-safe should be the norm for there whole family.

A super simple ‘nasties-to-natural’ swap is replacing your ordinary deodorant (a must in the sticky Australian weather) for an all natural alternative. Vegan-friendly skincare label MyAura ticks all the boxes with their gentle All Natural Roll-On Deodorant Stick, allowing you to enjoy that nice fresh feeling without the fear of applying something scary directly onto your skin.

The MyAura Organics Deodorant Stick (RRP $9) is completely free from worrying contents like aluminium, zinc, alcohol and synthetic fragrances and instead contains skin-safe aloe vera, Vitamin E, Shea butter and essential oils. Not only will your skin thank you for this healthy swap, the environment will too as MyAura products are cruelty-free, free from palm oil and produced in an eco-responsible facility using environmentally low-impact raw materials.

I recently ditched my regular aerosol anti-perspirant for MyAura and was pleasantly surprised. I will admit that it takes a bit of getting used to: When you have always relied on that sharp tingly sensation of a deodorant spray to make you feel fresh, a gentle roll of the MyAura Deodorant Stick initially may not feel like it will do the trick. However I really loved the smell and it almost felt as if I applied a nourishing cream, so I continued using it and (while on hot days you may want to apply it more than once) it definitely provided a nice clean feel. Remember that you only need a thin layer, as too much may result in a clumping (not that much of a problem as you can just rub it into your skin).

The MyAura Organics All Natural Deodorant is currently available in four delightful fragrances: Bergamot Lime Coconut, Rose Vanilla Jasmine, Lavender Sage Rosemary and Ylang Ylang Rose. You can find the range on the shelf of your local Coles or Woolworths supermarket, at selected pharmacies and online, how convenient is that?

To find out more about MyAura, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.myauraorganics.com.

Feb 282019
 

EK Books

Death and grief is hard enough for adults to accept and understand, let alone for young children. Saying goodbye is really difficult and often the first heartbreak a child will endure is the death of a much loved family pet. If you’re looking for a helpful tool that will start this conversation look no further, EK Books is here to help with this lovely new book:

Barkley is soft, small and very smart. He is furry, friendly and fabulous. Barkley is Olivia’s best friend and together they make the most amazing team, until the time comes for Barkley to hang up his superhero cape and retire… Saying Goodbye to Barkley (RRP $24.99) has put an end to exciting adventures and Olivia is feeling lost, her heart is heavy and she misses Barkley terribly…

After a while Olivia’s feelings slowly start to change, and she realises that Barkley would never want her to stop having fun or miss out on secret missions. Inspired by her buddy Barkley Olivia visits the local animal shelter and falls in love with a big white fluffy dog called Spud.

It turns out that Spud doesn’t actually like fighting crime or catching bad guys like dear old Barkley did. Olivia comes to accept that Spud is not Barkley, but that doesn’t make her any less loveable… just different and that’s perfectly OK too.

You can find ‘Saying Goodbye to Barkley’ 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 ‘Saying Goodbye to Barkley’ (RRP $24.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Grey-glasses-itis giveaway

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Feb 212019
 

EK Books

Many years ago someone told me (with nothing but love!) that I tend to ‘wear a black hat’ and see problems and worry wherever I go, something that has always stayed with me. Since then I try my best to leave off my black hat and not waste my time and energy on negative things. It’s a lesson that is valuable to people of all ages and this gorgeous EK Books read has been a wonderful way to teach my kids the importance of positivity, how we can influence our emotions and look at things differently:

Let’s start by saying that hats are out and glasses are in. In Grey-glasses-itis (RRP $19.99) we meet a Little Anxious Creature (LAC) called Loppy. As Loppy is using a rainbow of colours to make a beautiful painting he realises that different colours evoke different feelings: Blues are peaceful, yellows are cheerful and reds make him excited.

Then Curly comes along and invites Loppy to try on glasses with coloured lenses: Green lenses make Loppy feel relaxed and purple sparks creativity. But what happens when Loppy puts on the grey glasses? The grey glasses turn everything grey, the happy colours disappear and Loppy gets sadder and sadder… He no longer wants to paint.

Find out how Loppy overcomes this severe case of grey-glasses-itis and brings the colour back into his life and his mind. Grey-glasses-itis is a lovely conversation starter for families with young children, encouraging Little Anxious Creatures to take off their grey glasses and choose colour!

You can find Grey-glasses-itis 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 Grey-glasses-itis (RRP $24.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs giveaway

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Feb 142019
 

Pan Macmillan Australia

At almost 3.5 years old miss Hattie is getting very excited (and also a little nervous) about the prospect of starting kindy. She loves painting, craft and colouring but is not too keen to practicing her letters and numbers, so the trick seems to be to combine them. Over the last few weeks we’ve been working with this cool picture book by Paul Stickland, the hero of all dinosaur books:

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs (RRP $14.99) is a colourful picture book filled with cheeky dinosaurs. Hattie likes the bright colours and the different types of dinosaurs and she is learning to predict the rhyme. The sentences are short enough for her to remember and a few tricky words keep it challenging at the same time. We count down from ten, we describe the dinos and then we try to recreate them with paint or crayons which is good fun!

Did you know that all Dinosaur Roar books are endorsed by the Palaeontology Department of the Natural History Museum in London? This mean they are not only fun to read but educational too, treating your little bookworm to a host of interesting facts about each of these amazing dinosaurs.

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at ‘The World of Dinosaur Roar!’ and to order your favourite titles online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Ten Terrible Dinosaurs (RRP $14.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Feb 072019
 

EK Books

We all know the saying ‘three is a crowd’ and when it comes to kids play it’s often very true: three can be a tricky number. I try to teach our children that it is important to be inclusive and always invite others to join in their play, thankfully they do try most of the time! Sometimes inclusion takes a bit of creative thinking, like in this gorgeous new EK Books picture book:

The Box Cars (RRP $24.99) tells the story of best friends Liam and Kai. The two boys are inseparable and their handmade box cars take them on the most exciting adventures. Then one day a little girl wants to join in their play… three kids, two box cars… how will this work out?

First Liam and Kai try sharing the two cars with their new friend (but someone always has to sit out, which is not much fun). Then they try two passengers in one car, but the load’s too heavy for one little box car and they end up with just a pile of cardboard! A few old boxes and some creative thinking later prove that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Together they build a brand new box train with multiple carriages, ready to take the adventurous trio on a new adventure.

The Box Cars features short, simple sentences that are easy to read and sweet, colourful illustrations that really bring the story to life. It is a great book to teach young children about making friends, sharing, being welcoming to others and how to use creative thinking to come up with solutions.

You can find ‘The Box Cars’ 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 The Box Cars (RRP $24.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Dinosaur Roar! giveaway

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Feb 012019
 

Pan Macmillan Australia

For the last 25 years Dinosaur Roar! has been printed and reprinted over and over again, entertaining young dinosaur enthusiasts from all over the world with its catchy rhyme and gorgeous artwork. To mark this special milestone in style Pan Macmillan has released a celebratory edition of Henrietta and Paul Stickland’s dino classic and we’ve got three to give away:

From spiky and lumpy dinosaurs to sweet and grumpy ones, from clean and slimy giants to fat and tiny ones, Dinosaur Roar! 25th Anniversary Edition (RRP $14.99) has got them all! It will take only a few reads for your preschooler to learn the rhyme, allowing them to read along and predict what’s coming which makes reading so much more fun.

As a special treat for little dino fans this anniversary edition comes with a complimentary pull-out poster in the back of the book. You can hang it up on your bedroom door, a wardrobe or your playroom wall to read the story and look at all the different dinosaur characters as often as you like.

Did you know that all Dinosaur Roar books are endorsed by the Palaeontology Department of the Natural History Museum in London? This mean they are not only fun to read but educational too, treating your little bookworm to a host of interesting facts about each of these amazing dinosaurs.

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at ‘The World of Dinosaur Roar!’ and to order your favourite titles online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Dinosaur Roar! 25th Anniversary Edition (RRP $14.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!