Mar 252015

What? 25% off Arts & Craft and Toys & Play (Excludes special order and sale items)
How? Enter the code ‘HOLIDAYFUN’ at checkout
When? Until March 31, 2015
Where? www.scallyoop.com

Cradle Rock
What? Free shipping Australia wide for orders over $100
How? Enter the code ‘FREEBIE’ at checkout
When? Until March 29, 2015
Where? www.cradlerock.com.au

What? 60% off storewide (Excludes current season SS15 and AW15)
How? Prices as marked
When? Until March 26, 2015
Where? www.holsterfashion.com

Soon MaternitySoon Maternity
What? Free shipping Australia wide
How? Enter the code ‘FREEMARCH’ at checkout
When? Until March 31, 2015
Where? www.soonmaternity.com

Il TuttoIl Tutto
What? Free Il Tutto leather coin purse valued at $39.95 with every purchase over $100
How? Enter your preferred colour at checkout
When? Until March 31, 2014 or until stock lasts
Where? www.iltutto.com.au

What? Free shipping Australia wide for orders over $50
How? Enter the code ‘AUTUMN’ at checkout
When? Until March 26, 2015
Where? www.baobab.com.au

Mar 242015

Canvas Factory

A few weeks ago miss 4 was asked to bring a photo album of her family along to kindy to share with her class. She has 3 siblings, we have pets, we go on exciting holidays and fun outings, there really is plenty to talk about. The problem was that we did not have any (absolutely none!) photos printed of any of these special people or memories.

Canvas Collage Canvas Factory

This day and age it is easier than ever to take photos and most of us have a huge digital photo collection, yet when was the last time you actually chose some of your favourite snaps to print or display on your living room wall? Last week it took me all of five minutes to select some photos of our family and create this lovely Canvas Factory canvas collage, so much quicker and easier than I thought!

Canvas Collage Family

The Canvas Factory website is super easy to navigate and you can put together your unique canvas in just a few clicks. Simply choose the canvas size and design that suits your taste and decor, then drop in your chosen pictures and resize or zoom where needed and you’re done! You can even import your best snaps directly from your social media accounts, very handy if you are a Facebook or Instagram fan.

For a limited time only save a massive 75% storewide at Canvas Factory, an offer like this won’t last so dig up your favourite photos and create you own unique piece of art today.

If you’re an impatient person like me you’ll be pleased to know that orders are delivered in just 5-10 business days, my order took 6 business days to arrive and we popped it on the wall straight away. I think it looks absolutely lovely and at just $27.20 (in the current sale) it is a real bargain for something so unique and personal. With Mother’s Day coming up in May this would be a fantastic gift idea for yourself or grandma.

Canvas Factory Photo Collage

To find out more about Canvas Factory, to browse the options and to order your own canvas online visit www.thecanvasfactory.com.au, delivery is $14.95 Australia wide and orders over $100 ship FREE.

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Mar 232015


Disclosure: this is a paid post for RACV sponsored by Nuffnang

If you are a longtime reader of Hip Little One you have probably noticed that we love exploring our Aussie backyard and we regularly enjoy little family getaways in some beautiful parts of Australia. Not everyone gets excited about the prospect of a 9 hour drive with 4 young kids in the car but we love it, in fact our latest road trip was just 3 weeks ago!

The key is planning ahead, so here are our 5 top tips for making your next car trip with kids as stress free as possible:

  • Pack each child a small backpack with some books, games and a few single serve snacks so they can help themselves, it saves you turning around in your seat every 5 minutes
  • Let the kids bring their favourite soft toy, pillow and a blanket, especially when travelling at night, so they can get comfortable and snuggle up for the ride. In the unfortunate event that you get stranded this will also help keep kids warm and makes them feel at ease.
  • If you don’t have tinted windows, invest in a good sun shield for your side windows. Especially on long stretches children can get really hot, bothered (cranky!) and even sun burnt, which is not enjoyable for anyone
  • Keep a few kids CDs in your glove compartment and/or install a portable DVD player with kids movies. After a few hours you may run out of inspiration and this will keep the kids quiet for a bit longer (maybe even help them fall asleep)
  • Make sure you have an ‘emergency’ bag on hand with wipes, toilet paper, water, travel sickness tablets, sick bags and a big shirt from daddy (this will fit all kids and if a little accident leaves you wet, sticky and smelly anything that’s dry and comfortable is better than nothing!)

Of course no matter how much you prepare, not everything always goes to plan and you wouldn’t be the first family who finds themselves stranded at the side of the road. Fighting kids, a hot car, no toilet or fresh water in sight, smoke from under the bonnet, a car that refuses to drive another kilometre and no one to call. You’ll be pleased to know that you can prepare for those unexpected situations too: just call someone who cares, call RACV.

RACV Emergency Roadside Assistance is always on call to help stranded Aussies out and, unlike many other ‘helpful’ people you may encounter on the side of the road, they know exactly what they’re doing. Don’t get caught out these Easter holidays and make sure your RACV Membership is up-to-date, the ‘heaps more helpful’ RACV team will have you back on the road to your holiday destination in no time.

To find out more about RACV Emergency Roadside Assistance and to see how RACV could help you on your next road trip visit www.racv.com.au.

Mar 222015

Eeni Meeni logo

One upside of these cooler nights is that you can rug up in toasty warm pyjamas, preferably straight after coming home from school. We just love snuggling up on the couch with the whole family to read a book or watch a movie. This Easter relax in style with these gorgeous bunny pyjamas from Eeni Meeni Miini Moh:

Eeni Meeni Easter

Made from high quality 100% rib cotton this Eeni Meeni Miini Moh sleepwear range is super soft, comfortable and breathable, perfect for a restful night’s sleep. Can you believe our third girl is still wearing some Eeni pyjamas from our first daughter, that’s how well these jammies wash and wear!

Eeni Meeni Le Lapin PJ SetThe bunny (or in chic French: Le Lapin) pyjamas are available in size 6 months up to 12 years, I could just picture my three girl lined up wearing these! The smaller sizes consist of a bodysuit with pants, while the bigger size contain a top and pants. I absolutely love the wide cuffs on the ankles and wrists, just what you need to keep night time chills at bay. Buy one pair for $49.95 or stock up and purchase two or more pairs for $39.95 each.

To find out more about Eeni Meeni Miini Moh, to browse the range and to order online visit www.eenimeeni.com.

Mar 212015


Over the last few weeks I have provided you with a wide range of non-edible Easter gift suggestions, have you picked up a gorgeous bunny gift yet? I won’t lie, I know very well how hard it is to resist a yummy chocolate treat and sometimes it is like the Easter chocolate aisle is just calling your name and that’s okay (in moderation). The magical Cadbury Easter range is particularly tempting this year with the release of some fantastic new products:

Cadbury Marvellous Creations EggsIf you’re like me and enjoyed sampling all the Marvellous Creations blocks throughout the year you don’t want to miss the return of the special Marvellous Creations Easter flavour. Share the funky flavours of Popping Candy and Raspberry Chips, coated in Cadbury’s signature Dairy Milk chocolate, with your friends and tingle your taste buds with the Cadbury Marvellous Creations Egg Bag (RRP $4.69, 110g).

Cadbury Creme EggI think it will be a safe bet to say that the new Cadbury Crème Egg Jar (RRP $25, 464g) will be one of the biggest winners this Easter season. I know you can indulge in Cadbury Crème Eggs all year around but weighing it almost half a kilo this big egg containing a mix of delicious Cadbury Crème Eggs and Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate would have to be the ultimate creamy Easter gift.

Cadbury Old GoldOf course you can pick up a scrumptious Easter version of your other favourite Cadbury flavours too, score big brownie points and spoil your loved ones with an impressive Cadbury Old Gold Egg (RRP $20, 420g) or Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg (RRP $20, 420g). Thinking of treating your child’s teacher to a tasty treat to enjoy in the Easter holidays? Why not swap the traditional Cadbury Roses gift box for the new Cadbury Roses Egg (RRP 20, 420g).

Cadbury Easter BunnyYear after year it is Cadbury’s most popular Easter purchase and this year the famous Cadbury Dairy Milk Bunny (RRP $5.50, 150g) is back in a new boy and girl version. For kids a chocolate bunny is such a special treat, I remember savouring mine for days taking only a tiny nibble here and there to make it last as long as possible. Whether you enjoy it slowly and go all out, research has shown that most people start at the ears. How do you like your bunny?

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt PackAs always the annual Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic at Werribee Park sold out in a flash, which is great news for the Good Friday Appeal who will be the well deserving recipients of all proceeds. Don’t worry, you can still enjoy your very own Cadbury Easter hunt at home with this awesome Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt Pack (RRP $12, 258g). Each pack contains all you need for a yummy Easter hunt: Cadbury Dairy Milk and Caramello Easter Eggs, Easter hunt baskets and a fun activity booklet.

You can find the magical Cadbury products in store right now at leading supermarkets, discount department stores, independent grocery stores and petrol and convenience stores across Australia.

To find out more about Cadbury, to browse the range and to learn all about your favourite Cadbury products visit www.cadbury.com.au.

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Mar 202015


As a mum of four young children I know all too well the drama baby teeth can cause, for little ones but for parents too! Tiny chompers cutting their way through sore gums is a painful process but luckily there’s some welcome relief in the shape of the gorgeous Mizzie:

Mizzie the Kangaroo

She is soft, safe and squishy, she’s easy to hold, fun to play with and interesting to look at, she soothes and entertains… Join the fast growing group of fans all across Australia and get ready to fall in love with the adorable Mizzie the Kangaroo (RRP $25.95, 0 months+).

Mizzie the Kangaroo ToyMizzie is a 100% natural rubber teething and squeeze toy, designed right here in Australia by real parents like you and I. Not only is she made from 100% natural rubber from the Hevea Tree, she is also free from nasties like PVC, BPA, Nitrosamines and Phthalates and is finished with non-toxic food-grade dyes making her perfectly safe for little children to play with, smell and even chew on.

You’ll be surprised in how many ways this cute kangaroo toy is able to stimulate the senses of young children. Her colourful look and friendly face make her appealing to little eyes while her soft and rubbery texture is pleasant to touch. Mizzie’s gentle, and purely natural, rubbery scent will encourage baby’s smell and to stimulate baby’s hearing she sounds a funny squeak when you give her a squeezy hug. Every single Mizzie toy is individually handpainted, making each toy unique just like every baby is unique.

Mizzie Teething Toy

Measuring a generous 19cm in size and featuring interesting shapes like a long tail, legs and ears to meet those hard-to-reach molars at the back Mizzie offers plenty of teething relief, from the moment those first white buds start to appear up to the last chunky molars. Of course she meets Australian, European and American safety standards so parents can be sure they are purchasing a high quality, safe product.

If your child already owns a Mizzie the Kangaroo and loves her to bits (how can you not?) make sure to share your #mizziethekangaroophoto on the Mizzie the Kangaroo Facebook page for your chance to win a Mizzie Freezzie.

To find out more about Mizzie the Kangaroo, the browse the range and to order online visit www.mizziethekangaroo.com.

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Mar 192015

Modern Twist

If you’re a mum you no doubt know all about ‘mealtime madness’. It’s that crazy time of day where you try to prepare a healthy, delicious meal for hungry, fussy, impatient kids and battle your way through dinner with as little mess and as few arguments as possible. I won’t lie, our mealtimes are generally far from peaceful but there are some little tricks to help keep the peace. Check out these awesome placemats by Modern Twist:

Modern Twist Mark Mat

Of course this is not an ordinary placemat, the super cool Mark Mat is a printed silicone place mat that can be decorated over and over again with the use of washable or dry-erase markers. What an excellent way to keep little artists happy as they wait for dinner!

Treasure Chest Mark MatThe Mark Mat ($39.95, includes 4 dry-erase markers) is available in 7 fun designs to suit boys and girls of all ages. From animal ABC to traffic and from Australia to London via Paris, which one is your favourite? Personally I love the Treasure Chest Mark Mat with its great under water theme, our kids always enjoy learning about sea life so this would keep them entertained for ages.

Mark Mats are made from food grade, hand silk-screened silicone and are free from BPA, lead, latex, phthalates and other harsh chemicals. After play and dinner simply wipe clean and they’re good to go for the meal!

Mark Mat Paris NYC

You can find the Modern Twist Mark Mat range in store at Sweet Creations, shipping is $9.95 Australia wide.

To find out more about Sweet Creations, to browse the Modern Twist range and to order online visit www.sweetcreations.com.au.