hiplittleone

May 222018
 

©Disney. All Rights Reserved

If you have a family full of little (and big) Disney fans like I do you will find that picking a Disney favourite is tricky. Rarely do they all agree on who is the funniest, the cutest or the prettiest Disney character and which Disney movie should be watched over and over again. Thankfully there is no need to argue when it comes to Disney On Ice, as this year’s show will feature all your most loved Disney stars:

In a dazzling 2-hour experience the public will become part of the legacy of Disney in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. Are you madly in love with Aladdin? Get excited by the adventure of The Lion King? Adore the love story of Beauty and the Beast? Love the ocean journey of Finding Nemo? Young or old, boy or girl, every single guest is in for a treat when Disney’s biggest hits slide onto the ice guided by Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse.

Having seen Disney On Ice before I just love how the characters move around the entire stage so that every spectator, no matter where they sit, gets a great view of their personal faves. You’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat, determined not to miss a second of the action while singing along to all the familiar tunes. This Winter Disney On Ice has lined up more than 30 songs so you better start warming up those vocal cords!

Get ready to be amazed by a magical mix of dancing and singing, jaw dropping stunts and mind-blowing costumes, if you’ve every had the joy of seeing Disney On Ice you know it is a memory that will be treasured forever. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this legendary Disney celebration, book your seats before they’re all gone! Make sure you arrive on time so you don’t miss Zootopia duo Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde solve a mystery…

To say the Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic schedule is jam-packed is an understatement. There is no time for rest as the show slides onto the rink in Perth on June 15 and whirlwinds through Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle with the curtains closing in Sydney on July 23, 2018. More popular than ever the Disney On Ice shows are booking out in record time, so they even added some new performances to make sure everyone gets a chance to enjoy the magic. Booking tip: There are still great seats available for Melbourne spectators for the Thursday 7pm, Friday 7pm and Monday 3pm shows.

To find out more about Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online via Ticketek visit www.DisneyOnIce.com.au.

Want to treat a special little person to a magical evening of fabulous frosty fun? Thanks to our wonderful friends at Disney On Ice one lucky Hip Little One reader will win 2 A Reserve tickets to see Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic on Thursday 5th July 2018 (7pm) at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena (RRP $96). Travel to/from the venue is not included, two entry tickets only.

For your chance to win this amazing prize enter our giveaway below. By entering you agree to these Terms and Conditions:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

May 212018
 

Now that Ted has finally accepted the Neocate formula prescribed by the allergy specialist he is reducing his breastfeeds. Not only does this make me a little sad, it also increases my risk of mastitis which is something I am rather prone to. Knowing how horrendous mastitis is I am well prepared and making sure blocked milk ducts are dealt with promptly and effectively thanks to LaVie:

As the name suggests the LaVie Lactation Massager (RRP $49.95, rose or teal) is a clever little massage tool specifically designed for breastfeeding and pumping mothers. It is compact, it is clean, it is effective, it is waterproof and it is incredibly versatile! If you have ever experienced the pain and discomfort of clogged ducts or struggled to completely empty your breasts during a feed the LaVie may well be the life-saver you are looking for.

The rechargeable LaVie massager has a unique shape that is easy to hold in one hand while you can use your other hand to hold/feed your baby or to keep your breast in the right location for targeted massaging. Using the LaVie is simple and starts by charging the device at the power point. Once fully charged you can turn it on and push the button to select the massaging/vibrating pattern that suits your needs best.

You can then point, move, press and rotate either the narrow tip, long side or the wider end of the LaVie massager directly on those hard-to-reach problem areas in your breasts. The quiet vibration will help unblock those painful blockages and improve milk flow, without all the hard work of a manual massage and you can do it anytime and anywhere. You can even pop the LaVie in your bra before a feed to improve milk let down, so handy!

Obviously every mother and each situation is different and therefore results may vary. Personally I was very pleased with the results and will definitely continue using the LaVie. I use my favourite heat bag (a lavender filled MyOKi) to warm up my sore breast before feeding, then feed Ted from one breast while working on the painful areas on the other side with the LaVie. Being waterproof you can also massage in the shower when you are relaxed and the hot water helps milk flow easier.

Handy tip: If your shoulders get a little achy from breastfeeding your baby (or in my case sometimes two children at once!) you should try to use the pointy end of the LaVie massager on your shoulder. It works a treat!

To find out more about LaVie, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.laviemum.com.au.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

May 192018
 

EK Books

You may not expect it (coming from someone who moved to the other side of the world for love) but I am actually a real homebody, I love staying close to home and I don’t like change. I am at my best when I am at home, in a familiar, safe, comfortable environment where I know everything and everyone. Our little miss Sybbie is just like her mama and she would prefer to stay with me every day which does get a bit tricky sometimes, so I was very excited to discover this gorgeous new EK Books title:

In Scaredy Book we visit the local library, filled with fun, exciting, adventurous books who love being borrowed and going on special outings with the children who borrowed them. Except for Book, a quiet book that prefers the safety of the library shelf. Its pages are still clean and neat, why risk them getting bent, smudged or even ripped out during an ‘outing’? What if he gets lost? But Book’s safe life is also a little boring and it would be nice to see the wide world out there. Then one day Emma visit the library, now its Book’s time to be brave!

If your precious little one needs some encouragement to step out of his/her comfort zone, if you have big holiday or excursion coming up or if you just want to teach your child about being brave, confident and giving things a go, Scaredy Book is a must-read. Written by Devon Sillett and illustrated by Cara King the book is filled with gorgeous illustrations, the story-line relatable and it is both fun for children to read or listen to. Scaredy Book has been a really welcome addition to our book shelf.

You can find Scaredy Book (RRP $24.99) 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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Apr 122018
 

While it is many years ago I still remember the excitement of unpacking our first game console. Discovering the different characters in each game, mastering special skills, exploring secret worlds, discovering valuable treasures and fighting bad guys, it was so much fun! But what if you found yourself on the other side of the screen and became the avatar in your own game? Get ready for a brand new Jumanji adventure:

A boring shift of detention is about to become a whole lot more exciting when four students find an old video console in the basement. As they plug in to play Jumanji they find out that this is a game like no other: You don’t just play Jumanji, Jumanji plays you…

Transported to the jungle of Jumanji the students are shocked to discover that they have been turned into the avatars of the game. Jumanji is no longer just an innocent computer game, for these four players it becomes a dangerous adventure, a fight for survival and a journey that teaches them a lot about themselves and each other. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’; will they make it out alive or will it be game over?

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD at all good retail stores across Australia.

To take a closer look at Jumanji or other exciting new releases and to order your favourite titles online visit www.theviewinglounge.com.au.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Apr 052018
 

When people look at our oldest son the first thing they say is that he looks like his dad. Not only does he have the same dark hair and beautiful brown eyes, they also share some of the same interests. Both my husband and our boy love anything rhythmic, as soon as they hear music I see their fingers moving and their feet start tapping. If you’re a fan of rhytm too you are sure to enjoy STOMP:

For more than 25 years STOMP has been travelling around the globe with an award-winning show that binds people together. No matter how young or old you are or where in the world you live, the wordless combination of rhythm, dance, comedy and theatre gets everyone excited. The eight talented STOMP performers use non-traditional instruments (everything from supermarket trolleys to Zippo lighters, plastic bags to garbage can lids and even the kitchen sink) to create the most amazing rhythms that will have you bouncing on your seat.

After their spectacular performance at the London 2012 Olympics STOMP is now more popular than ever so shake those hands, warm up your feet and get ready because STOMP will soon be back on Australian shores for another mind-blowing tour. It has been almost five years since Hip Daddy first took our son to see STOMP and it has made a really big impression, he can’t wait to see them back on stage again later this year.

Arriving in Australia next month STOMP will travel around the country, treating fans in Melbourne, Adelaide, The Gold Coast and Sydney to a smashing show filled with awesome musical delights, unique choreography and fancy routines. You never know, it may even give you some inspiration for an act of your own when you get home! STOMP is a unique experience that is guaranteed to captivate from start to finish.

To find out more STOMP, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.stomptour.com.au.

Want to experience the rhythmic sensation of STOMP yourself? Thanks to Lunchbox Theatrical Productions we are giving you the chance to win 1 of 2 STOMP double passes (RRP $179.80 each), enter below for your chance to win:

1x double pass to see STOMP at Comedy Theatre, Melbourne on May 1 at 7pm
1x double pass to see STOMP at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide on June 6 at 8pm

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Apr 012018
 

Most years it feels like Easter sneaks up on us, but this year there has been so much bunny hopping that we can’t pretend we didn’t see it coming. Last week Peter Rabbit and his friends popped into cinemas around the country with the heartwarming Peter Rabbit movie, winning the hearts of people of all ages and getting everyone in the Easter spirit at the same time.

Easter might be over in a matter of days, but if you can’t get enough of Peter and his exciting adventures you can enjoy them over and over again with this gorgeous Peter Rabbit bumper DVD box:

The Peter Rabbit: Adventure Seeker Collection consist of four separate DVDs: One Big Adventure, Brave and Strong, I’ve got a Plan and The Tale of The Missing Egg. Together they hold 27 Peter Rabbit tales based on the works of the talented Beatrix Potter, get ready for well over 5 hours of forest fun for the whole family.

From (hazel)nutty troubles to meeting friendly and not-so friendly characters, from daring escapes to secret plans and from last minutes rescues to valuable lessons, there is no time to be bored when Peter is around! My little ones love seeing Peter in action, they think there is no cuter rabbit than Lily Bobtail and they adore Benjamin Bunny, I think you can safely call the Peter Rabbit: Adventure Seeker Collection the ultimate Easter gift.

‘Peter Rabbit: Adventure Seeker Collection’ is now available as 4-DVD pack (RRP $24.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more about ABCkids get social with ABC for Kids for Parents on Facebook and to order your copy of ‘Peter Rabbit: Adventure Seeker Collection’ visit the ABC Shop online.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

From A to Z with LeapStart

 Toys, Books & Movies  Comments Off on From A to Z with LeapStart
Mar 262018
 

It has been a busy two months for our Sybbie: Not only did she started reception, her Opa and Oma also came all the way from The Netherlands to celebrate her 5th birthday with her! As you may remember Sybil made an early start at kindy due to her speech delay, fast forward 1.5 years and now we’re learning to read. It’s a shared effort between school (she is blessed with a lovely teacher) and home, where we make practising fun with LeapStart:

Developed by the toy specialists and educational experts at LeapFrog LeapStart is an exciting, versatile and interactive (yet screen free!) learning system for young learners aged 2-7 years old. The kid-tough LeapStart System opens up like a book, looks like a super cool toy and is easy for small hands to hold and manage. Simply insert your favourite LeapStart book and watch your child turn into a real bookworm, one page at a time.

So how does it work? A LeapStart story book is way more than just a book, when you touch the pages with the special LeapStart Stylus it really comes to live. You can hear the words, the page or the whole story, repeat it or spell it, listen to a song, play a fun activity and more. You can touch anything you see on each page, what an excellent way to make books exciting and keep boredom at bay. Get ready to explore!

It didn’t take long for Sybil to master the LeapStart System, even though she has read her current books many times already she is still discovering new activities every time. The letters are easy to read, she loves the pictures and seeing her recognise letters and words is absolutely heartwarming.

We bought her some pretty purple headphones so she can hear the stories and follow the instructions and you will often find her curled up in a comfy chair exploring one of the LeapStart books (of course one of her favourite titles is ‘Get up, Ted!’).

The ever-growing LeapStart Library has been developed by a team of learning experts who understand what kids love, how they learn best and what material is suitable for which age group and learning level. Each LeapStart book teaches different skills and is aimed at specific reading levels, this allows children to learn one step at a time (increasing confidence) and keeps it challenging and fun at the same time. With over 400 activities to do across the whole library LeapStart certainly knows how to keep new readers busy.

The books are sold separately so you can build your library at your own pace to suit your child’s development and interests. The alphabet, maths, animals, problem solving, music… LeapStart has the whole curriculum covered and even popular characters like Trolls and PJ Masks make an appearance. Sybil can’t wait to join Poppy and play dress up, create art and sing to her favourite Trolls tunes, it will make a great gift idea for the Easter holidays.

Loading your new title(s) onto your LeapStart System is a piece of cake, simply log into your LeapFrog parent account online and connect your device with the included USB cable to update the audio content. We’re ready to read!

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