Aug 282015


With just 6 weeks (or maybe less?) to go until baby no.5 arrives I am starting to get very excited about meeting our new addition. I can’t wait to see if we’ve been blessed with a little boy or a little girl, what he/she looks like and introducing the baby to the four siblings. I know it is a lot less important but I’ll admit that I am also looking forward to not feeling/looking like a whale, finally being able to sleep on my belly and getting out of the house and back into shape.

As we are expecting a Spring baby I am planning to spend plenty of time outside, exploring the neighbourhood and getting fresh air whilst enjoying some (gentle!) exercise and hopefully building up to some running in the future. Outdoor specialist Thule, famous around the globe for its high quality transport gear, is on a mission to get parents off the couch and out the door with a fantastic all-round sports stroller perfect for our Aussie landscape.

The sleek and modern Thule Urban Glide is packed with great features that will make your outdoor experience fun, safe, smooth and hassle free:

Thule Urban Glide (Sybbie)
Sybil (2 years old) enjoying a comfy trip

Light weight:
The Thule Urban Glide is one of the lightest full-size strollers I have ever come across, weighing in at just 10.5kg it is extremely light to lift (yay for my poor back and post-delivery recovery) and a breeze to push. Don’t be fooled by the featherlight design though, there is absolutely nothing flimsy about the Urban Glide! It is strong, sturdy and solid and can hold up to an extremely generous weight of 34kg. This means that all four of our children, ranging from 2 to 7 years old, can enjoy a ride in the same pram, now that’s what I call an excellent investment that will really grow with your child.

Thule Urban Glide (Juliet)
Juliet (5 years old) hitching a ride

The clever designers at Thule have made sure the Urban Glide is very comfortable for both child and parent. The pneumatic tires and rear suspension guarantee a smooth, comfy ride even on bumpy terrain whilst the soft padded seat can be reclined to a near-flat position, making it an ideal pick for snoozes on the go. The ergonomic handlebar can be adjusted in height to suit anyone from petite, gorgeous mummies to tall and handsome dads and anyone in between, measuring close to 2m hip daddy is particularly grateful for this back-saving feature! I also love the multi-position sun canopy that comes down nice and low compared to other prams, keeping the bright (and harmful!) sun out of your little one’s eyes.

Thule Hood Down
The extra-generous sun canopy is ideal for bright, sunny days

Whether you are strolling, jogging or running, thanks to the strong, adjustable 5-point safety harness your little passenger will sit safe and snug in the Thule Urban Glide. You can keep a close eye on your precious cargo at all times by peeking through the handy view-in-roof window. The front wheel swivels for easy manoeuvrability as you navigate the shops or park and can be locked into place when you are jogging longer distances, of course the Urban Glide meets all safety standards.

Thule Urban Glide
Big sturdy wheels perfect for exploring the Aussie outdoors

With years of experience in the car industry hip daddy has come to know the Thule brand as a high quality, durable and reliable label. His expectations of the Thule Urban Glide were therefore very high and I am glad to say it did not disappoint. The frame is very solid and strong and everything clicks and slides into place easily and smoothly. Thule is so confident that their prams are built to last that they back up their design with an unbeatable 10-year frame guarantee, is that the ultimate peace of mind or what?

Thule Urban Glide Fold
Big in perfomance, small in storage

To save you time and energy the Urban Glide can be folded in a quick, effortless one-handed motion. Simply slide the folding mechanism, hidden under the seat and away from curious little hands, to the side to instantly collapse the pram to a compact fold for storing and transporting. If desired the wheels can be taken off to create an even smaller package.

Thule StorageThree of my favourite busy-mum features are the thick, strong fabric that is easy to wipe clean, the handy mesh pocket next to the seat that keeps your child’s drink bottle within reach and of course the large zippered basket that holds up to 4.5kg. I often do a quick shop on the way (usually ending up with more than planned) so I love the roomy storage. The basket cover is even water resistant in case you encounter a little shower on the way.

Thule Mesh CoverThere are quite a few Thule accessories available (sold separately) to help you make the most out of your Urban Glide, including a rain cover, mesh cover, snack tray and more. I am particularly excited about the Thule Infant Car Seat Adapter which is compatible with our chosen baby capsule, I can’t wait to share a snap of our new addition enjoying a Thule trip in just a few short weeks. I will make sure to share our experiences with the Thule and a newborn once the baby is here and we are ready to head outside.

The Thule Urban Glide (RRP $749, colours Dark Shadow, Mars or Thule Blue) is available at Baby Bunting, Babies’R’Us and leading independents retailers across Australia.

Thule Urban Glide

To find out more about Thule, to take a closer look at the Urban Glide and to locate a stockist near you visit www.thule.com.

Stay tuned, once our little bundle has arrived we will be sharing the Thule love and give away an awesome Thule Urban Glide to one of our fabulous Hip Little One readers too. Keep an eye on the blog or sign up to the Hip Little One newsletter so you don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Aug 272015

Wilderness Fairies

They may be twins but our 6-year old son and daughter are like chalk and cheese in many ways. Our son has been a big reader for as long as I can remember, yet for his sister the reading homework was always a chore she’d rather forget about. However a few months ago she finally caught the reading bug too and now she is always asking me for new books: ‘Can I have another novel Mummy?’ Her favourite themes are princesses, fairies and horses so I know this new title from the Wildnerness Fairies book series will be very welcome:

Daisy's Gift

Daisy’s Gift (RRP $9.99) is the 5th title in the Wilderness Fairies series, written by Australian author Jodie Wells-Slowgrove and illustrated by Kerry Millard. The time has finally come for fairy Daisy to join the other fairies at Hakea College. As Daisy is blessed with a special gift of being able to hear the thoughts of humans, she is learning to use this skill safely and wisely.

Impatient as she is Daisy refuses to wait and learn, and when an exciting opportunity arises she heads out unaccompanied and crosses The Borders to where the humans live… soon Daisy gets into big trouble, will she be able to hide from the humans and make it back to Hakea College safe and sound?

To find out more about the Wilderness Fairies series, published by Penguin Books Australia, to discover fun craft activities and to order online visit www.wildernessfairies.com.

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Aug 262015

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When? Until August 28, 2015
Where? www.daisyandmoose.com.au

Daisy & MooseHappy as Larry Designs
What? 30% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘BIRTHDAY BASH’ at checkout
When? Until August 31, 2015
Where? www.happyaslarrydesigns.com

What? 65% off children’s coverlets (Selected styles only)
How? Prices as marked
When? Until September 1, 2015
Where? www.freckles.com.au

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What? 9 Awesome Birthday Deals
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When? Until August 26, 2015
Where? www.brollysheets.com

PrintMilk & Love
What? Up to 70% off Feeling Fabulous Sale
How? Prices as marked
When? Limited time only
Where? www.milkandlove.com.au

WOW BabyWOW Baby
What? 10% off Philips Avent products
How? Enter the code ‘AVENT10’ at checkout
When? Until August 31, 2015
Where? www.wowbaby.com.au

Aug 252015


With Father’s Day just 1,5 week away time is quickly running out to find the perfect present for the special man in your life. Every year I try to put together a few different gifts for my hip hubby, making sure he receives something fun, luxurious, practical and tasty (after all, we all know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach). This year Aussie favourite Tooheys is making your Father’s Day gift shopping easier than ever with the release of the ultimate gift for guys of all ages:

The full-colour, hardcover Tooheys Cooking Handbook is written with real Aussie blokes in mind. It’s filled to the brim with tasty recipes that are sure to impress yet surprisingly simple to make. From pork to potatoes and from pasta to pies, from salmon to salad and from sausages to stir-fries, it contains delicious recipes to suit the whole family and thanks to the easy-to-follow, hands-on instructions even the biggest amateur-cook can give them a go.

Tooheys Cooking Handbook

I am blessed with a hubby that knows his way around the kitchen better than I do and he loves discovering new recipes so I know he will thoroughly enjoy cooking his way through this great read (whilst enjoying a beer or two). My guess is that he will first try his hand at the Finger Lickin’ Wings, something our little guinea pigs will be more than happy to taste test for him. Of course you can count on Tooheys to include a few beer-based recipes too, would you like to serve your mates some homemade Cheesy Beer Damper, Sticky Barbecued Ribs or Dark Ale Pate at your next BBQ?

So ladies, if you are looking for a cheeky way to get your man into the kitchen and in charge of dinner look no further than the new Tooheys Cooking Handbook.

Tooheys Cooking Handbook (RRP $39.99, 234 pages) is available for purchase at leading bookstores across Australia or online in the Tooheys Online Store.

To find out more about Tooheys, to take a closer look at the Tooheys Cooking Handbook and to order your copy today visit www.tooheys.com.au.

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Aug 242015

Disney Junior The Channel

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Disney Junior

Loyal Hip Little One readers will know by now that reading is very important to our family. We always enjoy discovering new books and I love sharing our favourite reads with you (and treating you to some excellent giveaways along the way!). This week schools all across Australia are celebrating Book Week and there are lots of different ways you can join in the reading fun:

Juliet reading Peter Pan

From bookstall to book week parade and from a visit to your local library to scheduling some extra family time reading before bed, how will you ignite a passion for reading in your little ones this week? Our kids love winding down with a bedtime story after a busy day and it’s one of my favourite moments of the day. Not only does it calm them down before bed, it is also a great opportunity to spend some precious family time and create memories that last a life-time.

Kate Mulvany

Disney Junior The Channel has kicked off Book Week in true Disney style with the launch of a magical new storytelling series called ‘Disney Junior’s The Book of Once Upon A Time’. They have teamed up with talented Australian actor and playwright Kate Mulvany who will bring a brand new Disney story to life every day in a heartwarming way that I can learn an awful lot from! From Snow White to Winnie the Pooh, from Aladdin to Frozen and many more, get ready to rediscover good old-fashioned bedtime stories through different voices, engaging play and the turning of pages (and of course it wouldn’t be Disney if they didn’t include some wise lessons and educational content too).

Australian families can experience the magic of ‘Disney Junior’s The Book of Once Upon A Time’ by tuning in every weekday at 7:10pm (AEDT) on Disney Junior The Channel, or anytime on the website http://mydisney.disney.com.au/story-room. Handy tip: If your family subscribes to Foxtel you can find Disney Junior The Channel on channel 709, make sure you save it under your favourites!

The Book of Once Upon a Time

The great thing about being able to watch ‘Disney Junior’s The Book of Once Upon A Time’ online is that the stories are available anytime and anywhere. This means kids can even enjoy story time while on holidays, share their special time with grandma during a sleepover and toddlers like our little Sybbie can sneak in an extra story (or two!) before nap time in the afternoon. We check out the website together and she loves picking a story herself with the click of a button. We check out the website together and she loves picking a story herself with the click of a button.

In case you can’t get enough of Disney story time: ‘The Book of Once Upon A Time’ features Disney stories that are available as eBooks from the Disney Story Central app, available for download from iTunes.

Aug 242015

After a long wait we finally enjoyed some beautiful sunny winter days this week, everyone and everything instantly looked a little brighter and happier. At least I can confidently say I have had lots and lots of wear out of my maternity winter wear this time, it has been boots and knits for pretty much the entire pregnancy! Lucky for me I have plenty of warm and cosy pieces to choose from, this comfy and casual outfit was just perfect for our Saturday walk up the local track:

Imanimo Yahli


Happy Family

Yahli Dress (RRP $99) by Imanimo Maternity
Maternity Leggings (Navy) by VidaVita
Top Down Mushroom Hi-tops by Reebok

Aug 232015

Whether you want to pick up a few extra garments to get the kids through the last chilly days of the season, need to buy some stylish gifts for those living in different climates or just want to stock up for next year, you are sure to pocket some very welcome savings in the current Eeni Meeni Miini Moh Autumn/Winter sale:

Eeni sale

I love how easy and quick it is to shop the Eeni Meeni sale. There is no need to line up, push your way to overflowing sale racks or dig deep in bargain bins hoping to find something suitable, simply select your child’s gender and size on the left et voila: a list of pieces that tick all your wishes is right in front of you! Be quick as styles and sizes are limited, sale ends August 25.

Eeni Meeni Sale

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