Christmas Countdown – Day 17
What’s better than receiving a fabulous present on Christmas morning? Receiving one every quarter for a whole year! Extend the gift giving over the next year with a ABC4Kids magazine subscription featuring your favourite TV characters like Giggle & Hoot or the Octonauts:
Each Octonauts Magazine (RRP $5.95 per issue) is filled from cover to cover with fun ocean themed stories, games, puzzles, craft and much more. Go below sea level with the Octonauts crew and explore the magical underwater world, learn all about sea creatures and help your Octonauts friends solve mysteries. You also get more than 50 Octonauts stickers, perfect for decorating, an art project and to share with your friends.
Giggle & Hoot Magazine (RRP $5.95 per issue) is the perfect boredom buster for the school holidays. Our kids love receiving the latest magazine in the mail and Jimmy Giggle, Hoot, Hootabelle and all their other ABC4Kids friends keep them entertained for hours. The craft activities are always a big hit and I love that the magazine has something to offer for different age groups making it ideal for siblings to enjoy together.
Three: Time for a story or a sleepy time song. This sweet The Giggle Galaxy Board Book (RRP $12.99) board book is perfect for toddlers and will fit right into your 5 steps to bed routine. Join Jimmy Giggle, Hoot and Hootabelle on their Giggle Galaxy adventure, because the text is the same as the Giggle Galaxy song you may find you have to sing it instead of read it, you better get your best singing voice ready!
For your chance to win a $60 ABC4Kids Prize Pack containing a 1-year Giggle & Hoot magazine subscription, a 1-year Octonauts magazine subscription and a Giggle & Hoot Giggle Galaxy Board Book enter our giveaway below:
Christmas Countdown – Day 16
Two months ago our children had their first swimming lesson, quite an undertaking when you have four children (6 years and under) but also a lot of fun. Every week they count down the days until it is time for swimming again and now that it’s school holidays we will have more time to splash around in the pool or go to the beach. Get water ready and sun safe in style this Summer with White Soda:
Australian swimwear label White Soda, created by talented designer Caroline, caters for active boys and girls aged 0-8 who love to be in and around the water. Whether you prefer a rash top and brief, a one piece, tankini, swim shorts, board shorts or even a swim nappy, White Soda has got everyone covered (literally!) and well protected from the harmful sun.
Personally I feel a rash top is a must when swimming in the ocean or outside pool so all four of our children wear a long-sleeve rashie. All White Soda rashies are made with UPF 50+ chlorine, stretch and fade resistant material so I know it is the safest choice for my children’s skin and (not unimportant) a durable one for my wallet too. There are both long and short sleeve rash tops available.
For indoor swimming our little miss 4 has been wearing this gorgeous Turquoise Stripe One Piece, it looks fantastic on and thanks to the adjustable straps it’s always exactly the right fit. How cute are the bright orange ruffles? I have found White Soda swimwear to be strong and stretchy which is very important, there is nothing as annoying as thin, see through, stretched bathers after just a few swims.
Of course every little swimmer is different so within the range you can mix and match to suit your needs and taste, allowing your child to put together his/her ideal White Soda swim outfit. The White Soda Girls collection alone consists of 39 items and the White Soda Boys collection offers 26 pieces, with so many options it is not easy to pick a favourite! Prices start at $21.95 and postage is just $8.50 Australia wide.
To find out more about White Soda, to browse the range and to order online visit www.whitesoda.com.au.
For your chance to win a White Soda Swim Outfit (one piece OR top and bottom) in the style/size of your choice enter our giveaway below:
Christmas Countdown – Day 16
If you are lucky enough to be sporting a beautiful baby bump this Christmas you may be wondering where to go for a festive maternity frock that won’t cost a fortune. Three of our children were born in August so I missed out on a ‘pregnant Christmas’ those times, but with our youngest daughter I finally had the opportunity to show off my 8-month bump for this wonderful celebration in a gorgeous dress from Maternity Sale:
Australian store Maternity Sale is the home of Eve of Eden Maternity, a stylish range of maternity and nursing clothing that is high quality, affordable and on trend. From casual tops and pants to fabulous evening wear and from swimwear to underwear, if you are an expecting or breastfeeding mama Maternity Sale has got your wardrobe covered:
One of my personal favourites is this gorgeous Lace Spot Maternity Dress ($76, size 8-16), blue is my favourite colour and this is just the most stunning shade. The eye catching lace detail is very feminine, I think it’s the perfect dress for a Christmas party or New Year’s Eve gathering. Made from 95% super soft bamboo and a touch of spandex for extra stretch it is gentle against the skin (yes, even the lace!), particularly important for those pregnant ladies with sensitive skin.
Now I am a bit biased as I own this pretty Stripe Maternity Dress ($69, size 8-16) in a different colour from a previous season and love it, I used to get so many compliments when wearing it! This sweet new apricot colour way is nice and summery and would look lovely with some silver or white sandals. The cream belt visually breaks up the striped top from the plain skirt and accentuates your growing baby bump beautifully.
If you’re not into dresses and prefer a neat top that you can wear to work with a skirt or casual with jeans or shorts look no further than the classic White Print Maternity/Nursing Blouse ($53, size 8-16). The 100% cotton fabric is comfortable and breathable so it’s perfect for our Aussie summer. As this a maternity and breastfeeding friendly garment you will get lots of wear out of it making it a fantastic purchase at a bargain price.
Nice bonus: Like Maternity Sale on Facebook to get $5 off your first order.
To find out more about Eve of Eden, to browse the range and to order online visit www.maternitysale.com.au. Delivery is free Australia wide.
For your chance to win a $60 Maternity Sale gift voucher enter our giveaway below:
Christmas Countdown – Day 15
Now I know the kids usually get to unwrap the majority of gifts under the tree but (grand) parents deserve to be spoilt too. We have picked our top gift ideas for mums and dads from our wonderful friends at Remington and we even get to spoil one lucky lady with a fantastic prize pack too:
The awesome Blow Dry In A Box (RRP $69.95) contains all you need to create the ultimate salon style blow-dry in the comfort of your own home (and without breaking the bank!).
The powerful (yet ultra silent) Remington Salon Professional Hair Dryer (2300 watt) offers 3 different heat settings and 2 speed settings as well as a cool shot so can you can tailor your blow-dry to suit your hair perfectly. The innovative conditioning ionic technology will leave you hair soft and well conditioned whilst the tourmaline ceramic technology replaces unwanted frizz by a smooth and shiny finish. Also included are blow-dry must haves likes a handy radial brush and two section clips.
To achieve that magazine worthy blow-dry your hair needs to be healthy and well looked after which is why Remington’s Blow Dry In A Box contains a great selection of hair care products too. You can count on the popular Osmo trio Osmo Berber Oil Shampoo Rejuvenating Cleaner (50ml), Osmo Berber Oil Mask Restoration Therapy (50ml) and Osmo Wonder 10 (25ml) to get your hair in tip top shape and blow-dry ready.
Movember is done and dusted so it’s time to get rid of that prickly mo with the new Remington HyperFlex Golfer Pack (RRP $199.99). Hip daddy received the lithium powered HyperFlex Shaver as an early Christmas present (I couldn’t stand the stubble any longer!) a few weeks ago and he is very pleased with its smooth shaving results, I am too which is just as important.
Featuring a multi-directional pivoting neck the shaver head moves freely to adjust to your neck, chin and jawline and the ActiveContour shaving heads adjust automatically to the contours of your face to deliver a nice clean cut from any angle. Some hairs may be longer and others shorter but the Precision Ultra cutters cut both long and short hairs in fewer strokes, add to that the Stainless Steel Twin Track Blades which offer 50% more shaving coverage and you can see why the HyperFlex reduces your shaving time, leaving dad with more time to do the things he likes.
Whether you like to shave wet or dry, with shaving cream, shaving gel or without, at home, in the shower like my hubby or in the car, the Remington HyperFlex Rotary Shaver fits into your lifestyle and your schedule perfectly. With its cordless, 100% waterproof design, long lasting rechargeable battery and impressive 50 minute runtime it really is the perfect shaver for busy men on the go.
Now at Remington they know that buying for dad is tricky, how do you know he will love the Remington Hyperflex? Don’t worry, happy faces are guaranteed as your gift is backed up by Remington’s awesome 60 day money back guarantee. The Remington HyperFlex Golfer Pack includes: Shaver, charging stand with water drainage, storage pouch, protective head guard, cleaning brush and 3 TaylorMade golf balls.
As always Remington offers fantastic peace of mind with a generous 2 year (Hyperflex Golfer) and 3 year (Blow Dry in a Box) product warranty.
To find out more about Remington, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.remington-products.com.au.
For your chance to win Blow Dry In A Box (RRP $69.95) by Remington enter our giveaway below:
With just a few days of school left most families will be gearing up for a busy two months of holidaying. Whether you are exploring your own town, hitting the beach, camping in the outback, visiting the zoo or a theme park, the Out’n’About Nipper is the perfect smooth ride for your little traveller.
Especially for Hip Little One readers Out’n’About Australia has slashed prices across range, grab a bargain in the ‘Christmas Has Come Early’ Sale
- Nipper Single Hip Little One Price $449.99 (RRP $649.99, save $200)
- Nipper Double Hip Little One Price $599.99 (RRP $899.99, save $300)
- Nipper Sport Hip Little One Price $399.99 (RRP $699.99, save $300)
- Little Nipper Hip Little One Price $389.99 (RRP $589.99, save $200)
To take advantage of this exclusive offer contact Out’n’About Australia on (02) 8002 3726 to select model/colour of your choice and make payment. Shipping is $30 Australia wide and offer is valid until December 31, 2014.
As you know our Out’n’About Nipper was the ideal companion on our European holiday and the new Nipper V4 is turning out to be a fabulous buddy at home too.
We recently took it on a day out to our local wildlife park where it proved to be worth its weight in gold, it took us up hill, down the paths, across the kangaroo field, on the sandy tracks and over the bumpy footpaths without any effort.
Don’t forget about our Out’n’About giveaway, there are only two days left for your chance to win an Out’n’About pram of your choice. If you’re in a hurry you can take a shortcut and enter below:
Christmas Countdown – Day 15
For many families December is the most expensive month of the year: presents for loved ones, festive meals and gorgeous Christmas outfits for the whole family, it all adds up. When it comes to clothing is tempting to shop for the lowest prices, but without realising it you may be supporting unfair work conditions for employees (or even child labour!) through your brand selection. This Christmas (and all throughout the year) you can give the gift of a fair future by shopping Eternal Creation:
Australian label Eternal Creation works with Tibetan refugees and local Indians to produce fresh, vibrant and high quality certified Fair Trade fashion. Putting people before profit, garments are made in a supportive and fun working environment in the Indian Himalayas. I love seeing the happy faces of the talented Eternal Creation tailors who lovingly create these beautiful pieces, how awesome that we can all be a part of that!
Christmas is all about special traditions and for many families it wouldn’t be Christmas without some new pyjamas or a special nightie to wear on Christmas morning. These boys Bold Red Heron Pyjamas (RRP $44, size 12m – 12y) are comfortable in cut, practical to wash and wear and festive in colour, they would make an ideal gift from grandma and grandpa. The button up shirt and pull up shorts are a classic style that are popular year after year.
This gorgeous Perfect Pippen Romper (RRP $29, size 0-24m) is one of my favourite baby styles, I can just see our little miss Sybbie wearing this sweet summer suit. I love the pretty floral print and the delicate lace detail on the shoulders and being made with soft and breathable 100% cotton it is the perfect outfit for our warm Australian weather. To make nappy changes quick and hassle free you can simple open the suit at the bottom with three simple snap studs.
For my bigger girls this fabulous Ruffle Blouse (RRP $44, size 4-12) would be my number one Christmas pick. The vibrant tangerine colour, cute ruffle front and little cap sleeves make this a very pretty top that will become a favourite in your daughter’s wardrobe. It can be quite tricky to find lovely clothing for older girls that is age appropriate and classy so I am glad to see Eternal Creation has got tweens covered in style too.
Most Eternal Creation pieces are made to order with love in the Himalayan Tailoring Centre and the turnaround is quick, shipping charges depend on the weight on your order and can be viewed during the checkout process.
To enjoy a very welcome $10 off your next Eternal Creation order simply enter the code ‘HIP’ at checkout. Offer ends December 25, 2014.
To find out more about Eternal Creation, to browse the range and to order online visit www.eternalcreation.com.
For your chance to win 1 of 2 $50 Eternal Creation gift vouchers enter our giveaway below: