Aug 182016
 

Play School

Well it looks like we are not the only ones who are in birthday mode at the moment, it’s also party time for Australia’s favourite ABC Kids show Play School which is celebrating the big 5-0 this year. The past half century Play School has treated Aussie families to many special and silly, happy and hilarious moments and they’re still going strong. What is your most memorable Play School moment?

To mark this big milestone in style ABC Kids has released an awesome star-studded ‘Famous Friends’ DVD and album that will make fans of all ages fall in love with Play School all over again.

Play School DVDThe Play School Famous Friends DVD celebrates 50 years of Play School with 29 mini-episodes from the much talked-about ABC Kids ‘Celebrity Covers’ series. Over the course of almost two hours a stellar cast of well-known Australian personalities will turn Play School presenter and invite you to sing, dance, read and play along from your living room. Are you ready for a Play School party?

Play School CDYou can even sing along to Play School on-the-go with the Famous Friends album (2CD or digital download), featuring 28 terrific tracks by a range of Australian celebrities. As a special gift the album also contains three exclusive bonus tracks, a triple treat brought to you by the coolest DJs of the triple j Remix Competition who have put the Play School Theme Song in a trendy new jacket.

With super stars and famous faces like Missy Higgins, Guy Sebastian, Molly Meldrum, Emma Wiggle, Kate Miller-Heike, Kate Ceberano and many more joining in Play School’s 50th birthday celebrations the Famous Friends DVD and album are sure to be a hit.

The Play School ‘Famous Friends’ DVD and album are now available for digital download, at ABC stores across Australia and online in the ABC Shop.

Play School Party

Hip Tip: Do you have a little Play School fan at home? Make his/her next birthday unforgettable with this fantastic Play School Party Pack, it’s filled a whole heap of gorgeous #PlaySchool50 printables and you can download it for FREE. I just love the loot bag tags, too cute!

To find out more about ABCKids, to locate an ABC store near you or to order your favourite ABC Kids products online visit www.abc.net.au.

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Sep 232014
 

We’ve only just come home from our European adventure and now school holidays are about to start again! I obviously won’t miss the morning rush and packing lunches every day but I will have to get organised and put some activities together as we used up all our craft and read all our books multiple times on the plane trip. At least I have got our two big girls covered with some awesome new additions to their Forever Clover collection:

Forever Clover Series 4

We’ve been collecting Forever Clover cards for quite some time, every now and then I treat my girls to a new pack and they enjoy watching their collection grow. If you haven’t heard of Forever Clover before you can read more about this wonderful Australian swap trend here, I am sure you will love it as much as my girls do.

Forever Clover Series 4 Swap PackForever Clover recently released a brand new series of cards and collectibles that is sure to be welcomed with open arms by existing fans and win over the hearts of the newcomers in a flash. All your favourite Forever Clover friends return in Series 4 with 72 gorgeous swap cards to collect, each card is beautifully illustrated and shows the girls on holiday, in their secret clubhouse, at the carnival and more.

Forever Clover Charm BraceletSome of the cards also show the girls’ favourite clover charms and the exciting news is that you can collect those charms too! There are 13 different charms available, just clip them on your very own Forever Clover Charm Bracelet or Key Ring (sold separately) and you’ll feel like a real Forever Clover girl yourself. Each series 4 pack contains 6 cards, 1 mini card and 1 special clover charm, which one do you like most? Other items in the range include albums, magnets collector tins and more.

Forever Clover Collector TinWith prices starting at just $3.95 for a swap card pack ($5.95 for series 4) Forever Clover is both fun and affordable, kids can save up and use their pocket money and (grand) parents can treat their girls to some new cards without breaking the bank. Even though my girls are far off from completing their album they really love playing with their cards, they are always making up stories and adventures based on the pictures.

In a time where there is way too much adult content available to young children Forever Clover offers sweet, innocent, child appropriate entertainment for young girls, such a welcome change. You can purchase Forever Clover cards at participating news agencies across the country and online.

Right now Hip Little One readers can enjoy an exclusive 25% off storewide at Forever Clover, simply enter the code ‘WIY7S6UIZU6T’ at checkout. Offer is valid for Australian orders only and will end on October 7, 2014.

Thanks to Forever Clover we have two fantastic Forever Clover prize packs (RRP $70) to give away. Each prize pack contains the Forever Clover series 4 album, a sticker and activity book, a series 3 tin, four series 4 swap card packs and one set of magnets, now wouldn’t that be an great boost for your Forever Clover collection?

To find out more about Forever Clover, to locate a Forever Clover stockist near you or to order online visit www.foreverclover.com.au.

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Dec 312013
 

Snapfish Logo

It feels like I just blinked and all of a sudden it is the last day of 2013, another year gone by. So much has happened, so many beautiful and special moments that I want to treasure and remember forever. Like most parents we try to record all these happy highlights, wonderful firsts, adorable smiles, as well as ordinary but precious moments, with our digital camera and during 2013 we have gathered quite the collection of digital snaps.

Look how much they've grown!

Look how much they’ve grown!

Since moving to Australia in 2006 I have really come to appreciate modern technology and not a week goes by that I don’t send my parents a few images of their grand children via e-mail. They may not be able to see the kids face-to-face but at least they can see them grow up through digital photos and Facetime. However like most proud grandparents they also like showing off their offspring to friends and family so I know they love some printed copies too.

Last January baby no.4 was still 'in the making'

Last January baby no.4 was still ‘in the making’

I don’t know about you but I never seem to find a moment to actually sit down, go through our digital photos and make a selection to print off, let alone make a photo album with them. It’s a shame because we have so many beautiful photos yet we hardly look at them. A few years ago I decided to make an effort at the end of each year to put together my favourite photos for that year, create a photo book online with Snapfish and have it printed for us and for my family.

Sleepy smiles and playground fun

Sleepy smiles and playground fun

The task of sorting through all our photos was a little daunting at first but I think I’ve worked out the quickest and easiest way to do it: First I divide the photos for the year into twelve months, that way the folders become more ‘bite size’ (so you can stop in between if you need). I browse each month separately and select up to 8 photos that really jump out to me (and that include each of the children), I copy these and pop them in a brand new ‘Snapfish 2013’ folder. At the end I have a lovely collection of photos for that year, representing each month, each child and every special occasion.

My 'stack' of babies, one of my favourite photos of the year

My ‘stack’ of babies, one of my favourite photos of the year

Looking through the photos is the lengthy (but enjoyable!) bit, because there are so many but also because every time I have to stop and reminisce, admiring how much my beautiful babies have grown. Making a Snapfish Photo Book is actually very simple, starting with uploading your new photo folder to the Snapfish website (or if you’re a big social media fan you can upload straight from your Instagram, Facebook or Flickr account). From there you can simply drop your photos in your electronic photo book and completely personalise it to suit your taste, from simple photos to collages to words and descriptions and many other artistic details.

The perfect gift, it never gets boring

Our family, a year in review

This is the 5th time we have created a Family Photo Book this way and the result blows me away every single time. It is so much fun to make, there is no mess with glue, scissors, sticky tape and mistakes that can’t be fixed (don’t you hate that?), you can just shuffle, edit, chop and change until your Snapfish Photo Book is perfect. Place your order online and just a few days later your ‘handy work’ gets delivered to your door step. Our kids love flicking through our Photo Books and the grandparents really appreciate them, they make a perfect personal keepsake gift that will be enjoyed for a long time to come. Bonus: You can always order extra copies (of the Photo Book but also individual prints) afterwards.

Now is the perfect time for you to look back at the year that has been and create a unique Snapfish Photo Book for your family with these special Snapfish Australia offers:
 • Save 40% on 20x28cm Custom Hardcover Photo Book (20 pages) with the code ‘FUN20X28’
• Save 40% on 28x20cm Portrait (A4 size) Lay-flat Photo Books (20 pages) with the code ‘FUN28X20LF’
• Save 40% on 30x30cm Square Canvas Prints with the code ‘FUN30X30’
• Save 40% on 30x45cm Rectangle Canvas Print with the code ‘FUN30X45’

Offers valid until January 31, 2014. Each code can be used up to 10 times per customer. Excludes additional pages.

To find out more about Snapfish, to check out all the different photo options and to create your own photo book online visit www.snapfish.com.au.

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Mar 022012
 

I remember reading about the Rockabye Baby concept quite some time ago and knowing that the Rockabye Baby albums are extremely popular all over the world I was keen to find out more. Many parents have already gathered a collection of Rockabye Baby titles so there must be something really special about them! In Australia the Rockabye Baby range is being distributed by Mother Hen Products, home to lots of exciting products for baby.

Rockabye Baby offers a brilliant balance between some of the world’s most loved rock songs and sweet lullabies, so you can put your baby to bed to the tunes of your favourite band. Big hits of The Beatles, Madonna, Bob Marley, AC/DC, Queen, The Rolling Stones and many other big bands have been transformed into baby friendly songs that are gentle on their ear drums (and as they are instrumental you don’t have to worry about them listening to inappropriate lyrics either).

As a child I always used to go to bed with music playing and all three of my kids have slept with music on from the minute they came home from hospital. A calming melody is the perfect way to drift off to sleep peacefully, it is not for no reason there are so many musical mobiles available for newborns. If the boring, repetitive, old school nursery rhymes are doing your head in Rockabye Baby might just be what you are looking for.

But babies are not the only ones who like the sound of Rockabye Baby. A few times I witnessed my husband put the CD in the CD player even though the kids were not around and he said he would love to fall asleep to it as it is very relaxing. It looks like Rockabye Baby has a calming effect on the whole family! Our top picks would be U2, The Beatles and Coldplay, but plenty of other titles left to add to our collection.

You can find Rockabye Baby albums ($29.95) at Baby Bunting, Toys’R’Us, selected JB Hifi stores, selected music retailers and gift stores across Australia and online.

To find out more about Rockabye Baby and to browse the different albums visit www.motherhenproducts.com.au.

For your chance to win a Rockabye Baby album of your choice (subject to availability) visit www.motherhenproducts.com.au and answer the following question: Which album title would you choose if you were to be our lucky winner?

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