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Jul 072019
 

VTech

Now that the highly anticipated July toy catalogues have arrived all my children are busy taking notes, writing wish lists and circling favourites. I have started squirrelling away bits and pieces for the December month and our kids’ August/September birthdays (5 of them!) and also picked some well deserved rewards for the excellent report cards the kids brought home this week.

To her great disappointment poor miss Hattie is not old enough for a report card just yet but especially for the school holidays (and with mummy’s sanity in mind) she was treated to this magical VTech gift anyway. I have no doubt it will bring us plenty of smiles and entertainment these coming weeks, look at that happy face!

Brightly coloured and pretty as a picture the Magical Lights Unicorn (RRP $39.95, ages 18 months+) is sure to make the heart of any little unicorn lover beat a little faster. Just like a real unicorn she is full of magic and mystery and there are many different ways to play and learn with this beautiful creature. It always amazes me how quickly kids work out a new toy without needing a manual and this is no exemption, Hattie is having so much fun exploring.

Let’s start with her eye catching looks: The Magical Lights Unicorn is quite a large toy with rounded shapes and big buttons perfect for curious toddler hands. By touching the buttons on her side or her necklace you can interact with this mystical creature and hear words, short phrases and catchy songs. She has a luscious fabric rainbow mane, her pink hooves are fitted with smooth wheels for easy trotting around the house and when you squeeze her tail she even flaps her beautiful wings so you can make her fly through the sky.

The unicorn comes with 7 charms in different colours and shapes which can be placed onto three unique magic hearts on her body and head. By clicking a charm to a magic heart you trigger a special unicorn horn rainbow light show and the Magical Lights Unicorn even tells you which precious charm you’ve placed onto her crown and lights up in the matching colour, how clever is that? She loves testing your recognition skills by asking you to find a specific colour or shape and when you put the right charm in place you are rewarded with praise and songs.

If you really want to teach your child some impressive new skills you can put your unicorn in French mode, now that’s what you call an educational toy! She teaches French colours and phrases and even sing her ballads in the French tongue, Hattie may not understand all (or pretty much nothing) but that doesn’t stop her from trying to copy the words which is rather adorable to listen to.

A little note… We obviously love our Magical Lights Unicorn and I think any child will adore her, however from a mother’s point of view I feel I must mention my only small negative: While the 7 charms do come with a sweet purple plate, they do not actually click onto/attach to the plate which means they could get lost quite easily. We have solved this little issue by storing the heart plate and charms in a ziplock bag when not in use but it would have been great if the charms could click to the plate for easy and safe storage.

The Magical Lights Unicorn is exclusively available at Target stores across Australia and online.

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

Jul 022019
 

All stylish girls know there is no better feeling than a brand new hairdo. Super sleek or cute and curly, pretty plaits or cheeky buns, brightly coloured or perfectly platinum, the HairDooz salon has been busy creating a bunch of adorable new looks and they’re ready to show them off:

Wave 2, the second release of HairDooz (Ages 5+), has washed up 12 fresh new HairDooz collectibles. Each of the new Dooz is patiently waiting in her own pink bottle for someone to spin that rotating door, pull away her coloured hairdressing apron and be revealed in all her glory. With their gorgeous little faces and sweet poses they already won my girls over with Wave 1 so this new series has brought a lot of excitement to our household.

If you fell in love with HairDooz when the first wave hit, you will know that there are six different HairDooz girl groups: Pixie Pink, Sparkle Orange, Crystal Aqua, Lilly Green, Skye Blue and Candy Purple and each group has its own colour and chair. With the help of the included collectors guide HairDooz fans can collect or swap to complete their little girl groups one Doo at a time.

You’d think with four daughters, we’d have a good chance of unwrapping one of the rare and highly coveted colour change HairDooz but so far no luck. Wave 2’s leading lady is Twin Braidydoo who can change the colour of her beautiful braids with a dip in a nice warm basin. Now that’s a speedy makeover! However to the envy of her three sisters miss 10 did score the magical Unicorn PonyDoo, isn’t she delightful?

Not only can you store your HairDoo in her pink bottle, you can also use the included suction cap to transform her salon chair into a hanging window seat. This means you can take your salon squad along in the car or stick them onto your mirror, they make rather cute passengers on long drives.

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. There’s even a fabulous HairDooz Cutie Case featuring 4 Hairdooz (including 2 exclusive glitter Hairdooz!), 4 accessories to add some extra dazzle to your doo and a sparkly, glittery beauty cutie case. It looks absolutely marvellous and miss 8 immediately added one to her birthday wishlist for August. The HairDooz Cutie Case is available at Kmart and Big W.

What are you waiting for, go and find the Doo for you!

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

Jul 012019
 

When it comes to collectibles it’s generally our girls who join the latest trends, with our boy(s) twiddling their thumbs on the sideline. As fun as tiny dolls, cute kittens and sweet squishies may be, master 10 is a bit too cool for all those gorgeous goodies. You can imagine his excitement when I finally stumbled upon this rad racing range from Jasnor:

Micro Motorz (RRP $12.95, ages 3-8) are the newest collective trend and all the boys (and girls too) are bound to go gaga for it! These miniature cars are small in size but big in action, combining building with collecting and even competiting for multiple layers of fun.

Each Micro Motorz pack consists of three connected packs: Pack one holds the tuning tool while pack two contains a car accessory (engine/spoiler) and a launching plate. Saving the best for last pack three will unveil your lucky Micro Motorz ride in a neat launcher/display box.

I absolutely love the fact that Micro Motorz are a real hands-on toy. First car crazy kids are required to use their brains and exercise their fine motor skills when building their launcher. Once the construction is complete you can shoot your Micro Motorz vehicle at lightning speed or even hold a race with multiple vehicles. Why not get your friends together and see who crosses the finish line first!

Are you driving for team Speed Demonz, Hot Rodz, Nitro Chargerz or Monster Treadz? With 21 awesome cars to collect across the four different teams there is plenty of collecting to be done in Micro Motorz Series One. Will you complete your team, unwrap rivals or discover an ultra rare set of wheels? You never know what you will find, each Micro Motorz blind pack brings a new surprise. Keen fans can proudly store and show off each car in its own handy launcher turned display case, they even click together to create a cool stack display!

You can find Micro Motorz at Big W store, Toyworld, Toy Mate, Kidstuff, NewsXpress and other leading independent toy stores across Australia.

To find out more about Jason, to take a closer look at Micro Motorz and to locate a stockist near you visit www.jasnor.com.au.

For your chance to win a Micro Motorz prize pack (RRP $51.80, consists of 4 randomly selected Micro Motorz) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Jun 302019
 

VTech

It has taken her almost two whole terms but miss Sybbie is finally managing a tear-free and no-panic school drop off most days! We’ve worked very hard to get to this point and I am so proud of her (but also of myself) for persevering, there were so many tears and we even considered taking her out of school all together. I have to admit we pulled out all the bribes to win her over and Sybil has been rather spoilt but it was for a good cause. Who wouldn’t try their best when this gorgeous VTech gift is up for grabs?

With its pretty pink colour, swirly design and heart shaped window this VTech Secret Safe (RRP $69.95, ages 6-11) instantly brought a sparkle to Sybil’s eye. She’s been having loads of fun discovering this girly gadget and with 7 different activities and games there is still plenty more to learn. (In fact Sybil loves it so much that she’s been trying to sneak it to school several times, but of course this mama is not that easily fooled!

As the name suggests the ‘Secret Safe’ Diary Selfie Music is brilliant at keeping your secrets safe and secure. Protected with super smart facial technology and/or a number password only the true owner is able to unlock the magic, now that’s clever! Behind the sweet pink cover hides a full colour screen where you can write diary entries, record voice messages and (using the front/back cameras) take selfies, photos and videos so you can put together your very own special journal. You can even decorate your snaps with cool effects and cute add-ons.

Typing/spelling is not Sybil’s strongest point but her visual diary is coming along beautifully and I just love seeing our days from her perspective and sharing in her highlights and favourite moments. With the help of the clock and alarm she knows exactly what time to get up for school or when to get ready for an outing. Add to that a real ‘address book’ and she’s becoming quite the secretary, I guess you’re never too young to be organised.

But there is way more to discover and do than just keep a diary. The Secret Safe is fitted with a music player with 4 built-in songs (you can add your own too), you can raise three virtual pets, play one of eight different learning games and other fun activities. By playing the games kids can practice typing, solve a sudoku puzzle , do maths exercises, work on spelling and train other handy skills.

Sybil’s top three of things to do on her ‘Secret Safe’ Diary Selfie Music are playing fashion designer in the My Stylist app (it’s like stepping into a virtual dressing room and trying on all kinds of fancy clothes and accessories), caring for her pet puppy and singing along to all her High School Musical tunes. By adding in a microSD card we’ve given her even more storage for more secrets and more smiles.

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.

Jun 262019
 

During these chilly winter nights there is nothing I enjoy more than snuggling up in a nice warm bed with a good book. All evening I look forward to that wonderful moment of finishing my final chore of the day and sliding into bed. Although relaxing in bed sounds fabulous, when you know what’s hiding in your bedlinen it may not be such a good idea at all!

Australian company Linenly recognises not only the value of rest and relaxation, but also the importance of high quality organic materials and ethical production. Linenly has made it their mission to provide Australian families with beautiful 100% organic bamboo bedlinen that is both luxurious and loving for your health and the environment, ensuring you the sweetest of dreams night after night.

Carefully sourced by owner Luyang the entire Linenly range is made from silky soft 100% organic bamboo fibre which is completely free from nasty toxins or harmful substances (backed up by Oeko-Tex certification). Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic, breathable and anti-microbial which makes it the perfect choice for eczema sufferers and those with other sensitive skin conditions.

Fitted sheets, flat sheets, pillow cases and even quilt covers, single, double, queen or king, Linenly has every bedroom covered. With a range of classy colours to choose from there is a Linenly look to suit your style and decor perfectly. Prices range from $44.95 to $239.95.

Want to discover the many benefits of bamboo for yourself without breaking the bank? Right now you can save a massive 40% on all Linenly bamboo sheet sets, now that’s what I call a sale! Prices as marked.

As we recently upgraded to a king size bed this was the perfect opportunity to spoil myself with some Linenly luxury too. My new bamboo sheets have just arrived and I can’t wait to put them to the test. Obviously I’ll make sure to share my thoughts a little later so keep an eye out for my review. I am excited!

To find out more about Linenly, to browse the range and to order online visit www.linenly.com.au.

Jun 242019
 

paw-patrol

I regularly receive emails from both new and longtime readers asking me for advice on hip finds I shared in the past and one of the most popular questions is always: Does your family still love LeapFrog and which LeapPad should we get? I am working on a longer post about this (stay tuned) but our short and adamant answer is YES! Even after many years we still adore our LeapPads and I highly recommend them to everyone. We recently purchased a new LeapPad game for our littlest PAW Patrol fan and it is so much fun, I just had to give it a quick shout-out:

The LeapFrog PAW Patrol Collection learning game (RRP $34.99, ages 4-7) contains both a learning game and an eBook featuring your favourite PAW Patrol pups, offering kids two different ways to play and learn in one game cartridge. Although Miss Hattie is not four just yet and therefore a bit on the young side, she is very keen and the PAW Patrol: Ready for Action! learning game is definitely getting the wheels turning inside her little head.

The aim of the game is to solve practical problems, PAW Patrol style. On their way to find a bunch of missing kittens the brave rescue pups encounter a range of obstacles, time to put those brains to work and find the right pup and the right tool for each ‘problem’. From helicopters to fire trucks, from ladders to nets, from diggers to submarines, from hooks to hoses, this fun puzzle game helps develop reasoning skills, teaches cause and effect, practises problem solving and more and you even earn cool badges along the way.

Young readers can work on their literacy skills too with the PAW Patrol: The Great Robot Rescue eBook. Ryder has created a super clever Robo Dog, but when his antenna gets damaged by a fall Robo Dog is uncontrollable and turns the whole town upside down. Ryder and the pups work together to catch Robo Dog and put everything back in order. Kids can listen to the story while flicking the pages and reading along. This is an excellent way to help kids practise common sight words, they can point at individual words to hear them and trigger cool sounds/reactions by touching the pictures on each page.

Hip Tip: If you like quick and easy you can also download these cool apps directly from the LeapFrog App Centre, meaning you don’t even have to leave the house. As with all LeapFrog apps when you purchase the PAW Patrol: Ready for Action! learning game and/or the PAW Patrol: The Great Robot Rescue eBook online you can install them on multiple LeapPad devices yet you only pay once, perfect for large families like ours.

Another pawesome find is this flip-lid PAW Patrol Learning Watch (RRP $24.95, ages 3-6) which you can strap to your wrist and is filled with loads of interactive PAW Patrol fun. It is no surprise that Hattie had her heart set on Skye and proudly shows off her pink gadget to everyone she meets. I admit it is quite large in size so it can be a little tricky to combine with bulky winter coats but nothing will stop her wearing it anywhere and anytime.

Just like any good watch it tells the time, it has a timer/stopwatch and a working alarm. A little advice: Make sure you know how to turn the settings off or you’ll be woken by the cuckoo clock every hour, it took us a while to determine the source of the hourly cluck cluck and locate the noisy chicken! You can customise the look of your watch with 12 interchangeable digital clock faces and it even has a glowing light for midnight time checks.

Designed by the toy specialists at VTech the PAW Patrol Learning Watch is made with real children in mind so the design is not just practical but playful too. The watch plays sounds and phrases from the show and comes with four built-in PAW Patrol mini games that focus on different learning skills like making matches, basic addition and subtraction and problem solving. With only four different buttons the watch is surprisingly easy to master, which gives kids a great feeling of independence.

The PAW Patrol Learning Watch is available in Skye pink, Chase blue and Marshall red from your local Big W store and other good toy stores across Australia.

Sale Alert: A little birdie told me that the watch is currently on sale at BIG W for just $19, go and snap up a bargain!

No job is too big, no pup is too small. Whether you love Marshall, Chase or Skye, or adore Zuma, Rocky, Rubble or Everest, there is a perfect PAW Patrol pal for everyone.

Taking Off with VTech

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Jun 132019
 

At almost two our boy Ted is quite the busy bee, he never sits still (day or night!) and is always exploring and getting up to mischief. He may not be a keen talker but he loves copying sounds and songs so I am not surprised this awesome new VTech Baby toy was an instant hit:

This colourful VTech Push & Spin Helicopter (RRP $19.95, ages 9-36 months) instantly caught Ted’s eye and it’s been a great entertainer for the last few weeks. The big round buttons and chunky shapes are ideal for his chubby little hands and he is forever driving it across the hallway or flying it through the air. It can even roll all by itself if you successfully press the rotor blade on top of the helicopter, a skill Ted is proud to have mastered.

With 3 catchy songs, 10 melodies and a range of sounds and sentences the Push & Spin Helicopter is definitely encouraging Ted to find his voice and chat along. Good to know: Because VTech knows even the most patient mums are sometimes desperate for some peace and quiet there are two different volume levels or you can turn the sound of completely.

By pushing the buttons on the side little explorers can trigger the light-up window and enjoy a first introduction to colours (green and blue), animals (dog and bear), letters (ABC) and numbers (123) so there is both laughing and learning going on at the same time; double win!

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.