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May 082019
 


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It’s time to get your Mickey Mouse ears ready! The countdown is on until Disney On Ice twirls its way into Australia and Disney fans of all ages are starting to get very excited. The chilly weather has well and truly arrived here in Adelaide and there’s no better way to enjoy the cold than with ice skates on.

Last weekend we were lucky enough to get a little taste of the Disney magic to come when we hit the ice at Adelaide’s Ice Arena and got to meet Mickey Mouse up close… My girls’ hopes of ever becoming a Disney princess on ice skates may not be very likely to come true (staying upright was a lot harder than they expected!) but they had so much fun!

The real Disney On Ice cast is unbelievably talented and seeing them perform some of their mind-blowing moves was a fabulous treat. Where we were wobbly they were whirling, we were a little shaky and scared but they are simply spectacular… One thing is clear: the audience is in for an amazing experience with Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends!

If you haven’t booked your tickets just yet there is still time, thanks to the addition of extra shows throughout the country now even more people will be able to enjoy the magic of Disney On Ice. During the checkout process you can take a look at the seating plan of your local venue and select your family’s preferred seats (but of course there is plenty to see all around the rink so the view is great from every angle!). Children under 23 months are free if seated on their parents’ lap and concession tickets are available.

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

Perth – May 31 – June 3
Adelaide – June 7 – June 10
Wollongong – June 14 – June 16
Canberra – June 20 – June 23
Brisbane – June 28 – July 1
Melbourne – July 4 – July 8
Newcastle – July 12 – July 14
Sydney – July 17 – July 21

PJ Masks giveaway

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Apr 242019
 

Ahhh, school holidays! As fun as holiday outings are, pyjama days are rather popular in our house too. Cosy PJs, a yummy pancake breakfast, board games, puzzles, movies… some well deserved R&R is a welcome treat after such a long and exhausting first term. Don’t be fooled! If you thought PJs are boring you haven’t met PJ Masks yet:

A few months ago I told you all about Connor, Amaya and Greg (better known as Catboy, Owlette and Gekko) and it turns out many of you love this colourful trio! When most of us close our eyes at the end of a long day these night time adventurers put on their pyjamas, activate their animal amulets and turn into real superheroes. If you have a little PJ masks fan at home here are some great ‘rest & rescue’ finds for you:

Obviously every midnight adventure starts with the right outfit and there are plenty of new styles to keep you cosy and warm this Autumn season. Long sleeve tops, pyjama sets, track pants and of course real PJ Masks dress up costumes, PJ Masks has both rest and rescue covered. If you can’t make up your mind which PJ Masks character is your favourite this PJ Masks Team Sleep Set (Kmart, RRP $14) is your match. Featuring Gekko, Owlette and Catboy it’s Team PJ Masks for the win!

Even superheroes need to eat sometimes and there is no better start to the day than Catboy pancakes. Simply add water to your Green’s PJ Mask Blueberry Pancake Shake (Woolworths, RRP $2.75) to whip up delicious blueberry pancakes for your hungry tribe these school holidays. With 25% reduced sugar and no artificial colours or flavours these blue breakfast treats will get the thumbs up from both kids and their mamas.

Whether you’re off on an outdoor adventure, a park picnic, a trip to the cinema or prepping for daycare or kindy, PJ masks is looking after thirsty kids with a range of drink options including a PJ Masks Stainless Steel Bottle and PJ Masks Squeeze Bottle. Isn’t this PJ Masks Fun Float Sipper (Big W, RRP $9.99) the absolute perfect cup for movie nights? Juice, slushies, milk shakes… they’ll taste even better served by leading hero Catboy.

Thanks to our awesome friends at PJ Masks we will be spoiling one loyal fan with a fantastic prize pack filled with awesome PJ Masks gear (RRP $100+). The lucky winner will take home a stack of cool goodies including a PJ Masks tumbler, PJ Masks Stainless Steel Bottle, PJ Masks Fun Float Sipper, Green’s Blueberry Pancake Shake, PJ Masks Team Sleep Set (Size 3), PJ Masks Power Long-Sleeve Tee (Size 3), PJ Masks Long-Sleeve PJs (Size 3) and 2 pairs of PJ Masks track pants (Size 3, 1x grey and 1x navy). Let the night time adventures begin!

To find out more about PJ Masks, to meet the characters and to discover loads of fun PJ Masks activities visit www.pjmasks.com.au.

For your chance to win a PJ Masks prize pack (RRP $100) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter.

‘I Love My Mum Because’ giveaway

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Apr 142019
 

Pan Macmillan Australia

While everyone has their eye on school holidays, Easter and ANZAC Day it is easy to forget about Mother’s Day, which is rapidly creeping up on us. With only four weeks to go it’s time to start shopping, dropping hints for and/or creating the perfect gift for the special mum in your life or even just yourself! Personally I find nothing warms the heart like a handmade treasure and this is one unique gift that is guaranteed to make any mother melt:

Whether you have a mum, mama, mother or ma, a grandma, nan, oma or nonna, I Love My Mum Because (RRP $14.99) is the cutest keepsake book for all those special ladies. Go grab your crayons, pencils and markers and get started…

‘I Love My Mum Because’ invites little artists to become little authors, using their creative skills to tell the world why they love their mother. Across 31 pages children are encouraged to celebrate mum in ‘activity book’ style with colouring in pages (draw a picture of you and mum, decorate flowers for your mum, trace your hand, show your feelings in colours), little puzzles (spot the mum, match the mother-baby shapes) and of course write sweet notes to/about your mum (write a wish for your mum, describe your mum). The end result is a sweet gathering of personal love notes for mothers and no two books will ever be the same, just like mothers are all different too.

Thanks to the sturdy hardcover this precious book is sure to stand the test of time and will still be treasured by mums years from now. I think it makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift or birthday present: a joy to make and a joy to receive. Hip tip: If you’re a little softie like I am, keep a tissue box on hand when you read because you’ll need it!

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at ‘I Love My Mum Because’ by Petra James and Alissa Dinallo to order your favourite titles online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of I Love My Mum Because (RRP $14.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Eight Lives giveaway

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Apr 012019
 

In some less-than-fabulous situations it can be rather hard to try find anything positive, but I try anyway. A few weeks ago a mistake from an unexperienced hairdresser meant I had to return to the salon for a second 3-hour stint so the owner could (hopefully) correct their error as much as possible. Instead of focussing on the hair disaster I decided to stay upbeat, soak up the ‘bonus’ hours of quiet at the hairdresser the week after and settle into the chair with this exciting new Affirm Press read:

Like many other thrillers Eight Lives (RRP $32.99) starts with a death. In this case a dedicated and promising young doctor named David Tran is the unlucky one and you might think this book is just another search for a mysterious murderer. Think again…

Eight Lives combines suspense with science, you slowly get a (novice) understanding of the project David was working on and how his research ultimately led to his death. Don’t be scared by medical terms like mAbs, antibodies, a cytosine storm, hybridoma, immunology and other insider lingo, author Susan Hurley expertly talks you through it all and before you know it this medical thriller has you on the edge of your seat.

We delve deeper into David’s death, as seen through the eyes of five main characters. We discover how David, a former refugee, found his way to Australia and became a doctor in search of a life changing drug. We meet his assistant Rosa who watches his discovery take shape and knows all the fine details, his childhood friend and fellow doctor Miles who is forever in debt of David, his sister Ly who sees the little Vietnamese boy and loyal brother as well as the smart Australian doctor and Foxy, the man who looks after the rich and who is to help limit the PR damage David Tran’s death will cause. Each of the five characters plays a different role in Tran’s life, death and discovery and as the chapters continue the pieces of this complex puzzle are slowly falling into place…

I admit that initially I was a little overwhelmed by the scientific angle of this book, but I read on and loved how the suspense grew and simply had to know what happened! Every chapter you think that maybe you understand but the end still took me by surprise. Eight Lives is a fantastic thriller that was hard to put down.

To find out more about Affirm Press, to take a closer look at ‘Eight Lives’ by Susan Hurley and to order a copy online visit www.affirmpress.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of ‘Eight Lives’ hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter, good luck.

HairDooz: Find the Doo for You

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Mar 252019
 

Immunisations are never something I look forward to (especially when I have to take all six kids at once) but prevention is better than cure so it has to be done. On Saturday morning we checked into the GP surgery for the latest meningococcal jab and they all calmly did their duty without a squeak. Except for miss Hattie who made enough noise for all six of them.

I’ll be honest, in the lead up to our doctor’s appointment I had bribed the girls with a secret surprise sitting on our kitchen bench and they were super excited about unwrapping one of these adorable treasures once the job was done. HairDooz (ages 5+) are the cutest little dolls with big doos: smooth and shiny, buns and boofy, curly and colourful, plaits and ponytails, funky and fuzzy, quirky and classic… there is a perfect doo for every boo.

Carefully packaged in a blind bottle capsule you never know which HairDooz you get, which makes it extra fun. When you open your bottle and twist the salon door you will find your new boo waiting for you in her styling chair. Her unique doo smells super fruity and she even wears a hairdresser’s cape, my girls love giving their dolls makeovers with teeny hair ties and miniature brushes.

The girls particularly enjoyed taking their HairDooz along in the car, using the included suction cap to connect the salon seat to the car window. You can also stick your little stylista onto windows, mirrors, wardrobes and other suitable surfaces around the house. Just keep in mind that you need to slightly twist/screw the styling chair to pop it in and out of the suction cap/chair stand (our miss muscles Juliet learnt this the hard way).

If you are very lucky you’ll unwrap Skye with the Big Bow Ponydoo, a rare colour change HairDooz boo whose luscious locks change colour when you dip her doo in a nice warm bath. When you rins her strands under cold water the colour changes back, now that is clever. We haven’t found gorgeous Skye yet but I’ll let you know when we do (flu shots are around the corner so we might just have to adopt some more HairDooz!).

There are currently 24 different HairDooz to collect, you can view all the different girls, colours and hair styles in the Collector’s Guide inside the capsule and tick them off as your collection grows. You can find HairDooz right now at your local Target, Myer, Big W, Kmart, Coles and Woolworths store as well as leading toy retailers across Australia.

To find out more about HairDooz, to meet all the HairDooz and to locate a stockist near you visit www.hairdooz.net.

Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends

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Mar 202019
 


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The days are starting to get shorter and the nights are getting longer, the temperature is slowly dropping and leaves are starting to fall, big Disney fans will know that this can only mean one thing: Winter is on its way and so is Disney On Ice!

This year Disney On Ice is travelling the country with a chillingly (excuse the pun) magical show that is sure to give you goosebumps, and not just because of the cold. Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends presented by Feld Entertainment brings all your favourite Disney characters to life during a jam-packed show that will capture the hearts of young and old.

What can I say except “You’re welcome’ to join the adventure with Moana and Maui, discover true love with Anna and Elsa, jump in the toy box with Woody and his pals, experience the mystery of Fantasia, buckle up for an emotional roller coaster with Inside Out, travel the ocean with Dory and of course admire the dazzling outfits of all your beautiful Disney princesses Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Ariel and much much more.

Each year Disney On Ice entertains guests of all ages with a brand new and very spectacular performance and those who attend leave with precious memories to last a lifetime (be warned as Disney On Ice is quite addictive, once you have seen the show in all its glory you want to go back year after year!). Because the performers continuously move around on the ice all spectators get to share in the excitement no matter where they are seated, to determine your perfect spot you can view the venue map when booking your tickets online.

Your favourite Disney stars will put on their ice skates and slide onto the rink in Perth on May 31, 2019, and whirl their way past Adelaide, Wollongong, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and Newcastle to make their final bow in Sydney on July 21, 2019. If you want to treat the kids to an amazing experience and be part of the Disney magic this year book your tickets now to avoid disappointment, seats are limited and shows sell out fast so be quick!

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

Perth – May 31 – June 3
Adelaide – June 7 – June 10
Wollongong – June 14 – June 16
Canberra – June 20 – June 23
Brisbane – June 28 – July 1
Melbourne – July 4 – July 8
Newcastle – July 12 – July 14
Sydney – July 17 – July 21