Jul 242014

Penguin Australia

As someone who moved to the other side of the world I know how hard it is to settle in, to find that feeling of belonging and to make new friends. Australian author and illustrator Caroline Magerl has captured these feelings beautifully in her very first book called Hasel and Rose:

Hasel and Rose

Hasel and Rose is a beautifully illustrated hard cover picture book about a sweet girl named Rose who has recently moved house. She is feeling a little lost in this new home, in this new street and in this new town without familiar faces, her family tries to distract her but nothing works. At night she looks out the window with her cardboard telescope, searching but not finding.


Some place far far away a little rabbit called Hasel starts a long journey, sitting in an old brown box she travels. Down hills, up mountains, through the sky and over water, in windy, stormy weather where is Hasel going?


One night Rose is out searching for that special something when, through the eye of her cardboard telescope, she spots a weathered brown box bobbing on the water. Could it be that the journeys of Rose and Hasel are to come together here at the beach? Will Rose find the special something she has been looking for?

To find out more about Hasel and Rose (RRP $24.99) by Caroline Magerl, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Jul 232014

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When? Until July 31, 2014
Where? www.wheredidyougetthat.com.au

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Jul 222014

Clovis by MeiKen

As I was wandering around the Adelaide PBC Expo a few months ago there was one little stand that immediately caught my eye. Beautiful children’s clothing that was classy and unique and the most stunning range of kids’ shoes, I knew I had to find out more about this gorgeous boutique called Clovis by MeiKen:

PePe by Clovis by MeiKen

Clovis by MeiKen was created by lovely mama Mei (and a bit of help from dad Ken) when she struggled to find high quality, stylish and classy clothing for her daughter Clovis in Australian stores. She embarked on a mission to source the globe for the best designer labels and make them available to fashion savvy Aussie mamas who can appreciate a touch of luxury for their little ones. Clovis by MeiKen was born and is quickly making name as the hippest new store on the block.

PePe Palit Bocciolo Mary JanesBack to the divine footwear that stole my heart at the expo and stayed on my mind ever since. The luxurious PePe shoes are handcrafted in Italy and beautifully finished. Made from the highest quality leather they deliver a look that’s magazine worthy, unbeatable comfort and important support for growing little feet. Sweet Mary-Janes and ballerinas, cute lace-up boots and, my favourite, the coolest hi-tops, PePe has got miniature fashionistas covered in style.

PePe Nevada Hi-TopsAs soon as I spotted these awesome PePe Nevada Bruciato Hi-Top Sneakers ($152, size 22-28) I could picture them on the feet of our miss 3. The super soft tan leather is totally on trend and thanks to the convenient side zip closure they’re easy to put on for small hands who haven’t mastered laces just yet. They ooze personality and class, they’re simply made for our little girl and look fantastic on her.

While I expected these shoes to be amazing they were actually even more luxurious in real life, the supple, butter soft leather is the most beautiful I have ever seen and you can tell they are extremely comfortable to wear. A little birdie told me that a special PePe ‘Mummy & Me’ collection is in the making so that mama and her mini-me can match their looks, I’ll be keeping an eye out and update you once I hear more!

PePe Nevada Hi-Top



To find out more about Clovis by MeiKen, to browse the PePe range and to order online visit www.clovisbymeiken.com.

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Jul 212014

As most of you will know in just a few short days we will leave for a long awaited 5-week holiday in my home country The Netherlands. When we planned our trip we purposely picked August, first of all because of the nice summer weather but also because it means we can celebrate four birthdays there with my family (a unique occasion as they have never attended any of the children’s birthdays before). Very exciting and special for us but not that nice for our friends and family in Australia who sadly miss out on the birthday fun this year.

Disney Party

To soften the blow we enjoyed an early mini-birthday party two weeks ago which got me all in the mood for party planning. A little birdie must have told Disney about our quadruple birthday month because they surprised us with a fabulous parcel full of party goodies to make our kids’ birthdays extra special. If you want to add a touch of Disney magic to your next celebration you are sure to love Disney Party, Celebrate magical moments.

Disney Kids' Party Cakes

The soon to be released Disney Kids Party Cakes Book features 19 popular Disney movies and characters like Mickey Mouse, Cars, Bambi, Cinderella, Dumbo, Frozen and many more, there is something for everyone. Containing 58 recipes for cakes, cookies, cupcakes and cake pops it makes a fabulous addition to your bookshelf, you’ll never be stuck for party ideas again!

Disney Toy Story Cupcakes

My personal favourites are Alice in Wonderland (the Mad Hatter and Card biscuits look amazing), Finding Nemo (the Pearl octopus cake pops are adorable) and Doc McStuffins (miss 3 is crazy about Doc McStuffins and she is sure to love the cute edible bandaids), I can’t wait try them out when we come back from our holiday.

Disney Printables

To finish your party in style there will be an extensive range of Disney Printables available; bunting, banners, invitations and decorations, Disney has your next party covered. If you’ve always admired the crafty mums on Pinterest, the talented cooks on Instagram and the magazine worthy party pictures on Facebook but didn’t know where to start you can count on Disney to help you pull off the ultimate Disney party.

Disney Minnie Mouse Party

For a little peek at some more gorgeous Disney parties browse #DisneyPartyAU

To find out more about Disney, to browse party ideas and to download printables keep an eye on www.disney.com.au/celebrate.

Jul 202014

Giggle amd Hoot Logo

While we had some lovely sunny days during our school holidays we also had plenty of cold and rainy days and it wasn’t for some great craft activities I may just have gone a tad crazy. The latest Giggle & Hoot Magazine arrived just in time and it was a huge hit with the oldest three kids, it kept them busy for ages:

Giggle & Hoot Magazine July

The new look Giggle & Hoot Magazine (RRP $5.95) offers 27 pages of colouring in fun, games, craft projects and 60+ stickers per issue featuring Giggle & Hoot and lots of other friendly ABC4Kids characters. All content is created by ABC Magazines’ senior editorial team in consultation with an early childhood expert so it’s not only super fun for little ABC4Kids fan but also gets the tick of approval from parents thanks to its educational qualities.

This month readers can join Giggle & Hoot for great spotting and counting activities, to play the Owl Pal board game, trace letters and shapes, add some colour to Ben and Holly, help Maya the Bee through the maze and much more. According to miss 3 the big winner was Peppa Pig snap, a cute matching game for younger kids.

The winner of today’s giveaway will receive 20 copies of the latest Giggle & Hoot Magazine for you to share with your kindy friends, class mates or sports buddies, because sharing is so much fun!

To find out more about Giggle & Hoot magazine, to see which issues are currently available and to order your copy online visit www.abcshop.com.au.

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Jul 192014

We all know that sometimes it takes a while for dreams to come true and that’s definitely the case in the Woddlers ‘I Dream Of’ competition. Last year I told you all about this fantastic initiative by Woddlers owner Meegan Cassell, inviting Australian kids to design their very own Woddlers backpack and raising money for the wonderful Starlight Foundation at the same time. Well the winners have been chosen, the Woddlers design team has been busy creating the winning backpacks and now the time has finally come to unveil this special, and very meaningful, collection:

Woddlers Fairy

The Woddlers ‘I Dream Of’ collection consists of three boys designs and three girls designs, all styles are available as a lunchbox ($29.95), toddler backpack ($39.95) and kinder backpack ($49.95). Featuring a fairy, unicorn and ballerina for the girls and an astronaut, pirate and robot for the boys the range has all little kids’ dreams covered. My personal favourite is the fairy, which design would your child like most?

Woddler Toddler BackpackWoddlers Toddler Backpacks are designed with little adventurers in mind, big enough for a change of clothes, lunch and a drink bottle they are the perfect companion for daycare or a day at grandma’s without being too heavy or bulky. Woddler backpacks are 100% PVC free and made of strong nylon for extra durability. The wide shoulder straps are adjustable so you can create the right fit for your child and change them as he/she grows.

Woddlers Kinder BackpackJust like the name suggests the new Woddlers Kinder Backpacks are a little bigger in size than their toddler sibling. Not only are they taller and wider so they offer more internal storage, they also have an extra pocket at the front. The carry handle makes it easy for kids to hang their bag up in their locker and thanks to the mesh side pocket they can keep their drink bottle easily accessible and safely away from school books and home work in the main storage compartment.

Woddlers Lunchbox AstronautTeam up your new I Dream Of backpack with a matching insulated Woddlers Lunchbox for the ultimate Woddlers look, they look gorgeous together and it makes it easy for children to recognise their belongings. Just like the backpacks these cute lunch boxes have a stitched on name label, you wouldn’t want to lose your stylish new bag or lunchbox! Woddlers lunch boxes have a waterproof and food safe inner so you can just wipe them clean after lunch.

Bonus: To make room for the new I Dream Of arrivals the original Woddlers Animal range has been reduced by a massive 50%, now is the perfect time to grab a bargain and stock up for your next birthday party or Christmas.

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

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Jul 182014

New Black Press

Huggable teddies, soft bunnies, cute dollies and gorgeous babies, when it comes to bedtime stories the majority of children’s books is rather squishy and girly. Time for the excavator to come through and mix things up a little with this cool bedtime tale for adventurous boys and girls:

Sleep tight Digger Dan!

If your little one is crazy about diggers, cranes and dump trucks he is sure to love Sleep tight, Digger Dan!, a goodnight story from the construction site. The guests at Digger Day Care have a busy day ahead of them, there is sand to be compacted, holes to be dug, stuff to be moved and loads to be transported, I wonder what they are making?

Sleep tight Digger Dan Pages

All that riding around on the construction site is hard work when you’re a miniature vehicle; a yawn here, some rubbing in the eyes there, it’s time for a well deserved rest. Goodnight Crane Carley, sweet dreams Clive the Compactor, have a nice rest Leo the Wheel Loader and sleep tight Digger Dan! A gorgeous bedtime story with fantastic illustrations that will no doubt be a huge hit with young transport lovers all across Australia.

Right now Hip Little One readers enjoy FREE shipping Australia wide on their Sleep Tight, Digger Dan order, simply enter the code ‘HIPFREESHIP’ at checkout. Offer ends August 31, 2014.

To find out more about Sleep tight, Digger Dan! ($16.95) by Dorte Horn and Philipp Stampe, published by New Black Press, to take a look inside the book and to order your copy online visit www.sleeptightdiggerdan.com.au.

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