‘Going to the Footy’ giveaway

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Sep 042019
 

My little students can never get enough of art and craft. Thankfully the school provides plenty of creative opportunities and the kids especially enjoyed learning about (and even trying their hand at) indigenous art at school some time ago. There are many talented artists among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities and how they depict their amazing country in their own unique style is truly eye-catching.

Thanks to Magabala Books people all over the Australia and even the world are able to experience the talent and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, what a fabulous way to share the rich Australian culture! Tiwi artist Debbie Coombes inherited her love of painting from her grandfather and has used his teaching and her heritage as inspiration for this sweet picture book.

We all know Australians love their footy, people come from far and wide to see their favourite teams face off against each other on the footy field. But how do all these footy fans get there? From a bus to a barge, from a tinny to a trail bike and everything in between, in Going to the Footy (RRP $19.99) we take a closer look at different modes of transport. The book features simple words for easy reading and delightful Tiwi art in traditional colours. How will you get to your next game?

As a special treat for our Hip Little One readers Magala Books has put together three fabulous ‘Going to the Footy’ prize packs valued at $60 each. Each pack contains a copy of the ‘Going to the Footy’ book, a beautiful printed tea towel and a gorgeous set of two coasters. Whether your little ones love footy, or is just crazy about transport vehicles of any kind, this real Aussie read would make a great gift (and a fantastic souvenir for family and friends overseas as well).

To find out more about Magabala Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite Magabala titles online visit www.magabala.com.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 ‘Going to the Footy’ prize packs (RRP $60 each) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Jul 162018
 

With less than four weeks to go until our big holiday I am starting to feel a little pressed for time. Packing for eight, passports and paperwork, preparing school activities for our trip, keeping on top of the housework, every day life with a big family… and don’t forget gift shopping for our family and loved ones! I am so excited to meet my two brand new nephews for the first time and we can’t wait to spoil them with plenty of gifts.

If you’re shopping for a sweet new arrival but are a little short on time (who isn’t these days?) or lack inspiration you are sure to appreciate My Baby Gifts. The clever team behind this fabulous Australian online store takes the hassle out of baby gift shopping by putting together the perfect baby present and delivering it straight to the lucky recipient, packed in a gorgeous gift box. Surely shopping for presents doesn’t get any easier than that!

My Baby Gifts has the whole family covered with a range of lovingly handpicked gifts for precious newborns (including twins), as well as their proud siblings and the new parents. From beautiful  baby clothing to cute toys, from stunning nappy cakes to lovely keepsake blankets, from soft teddies to first books and much more, with so many ready-to-go hampers to choose from there is a match for every baby and every occasion. Especially for eco-conscious parents there are some wonderful organic options available too.

I know I shouldn’t play favourites but this adorable baby blue Peter Rabbit Gift Hamper is one of my top picks, I love that it contains gifts to be enjoyed right now and some to be used as baby gets bigger. The little plush bunny and Peter Rabbit feeding set would be treasured for many years to come. You can even add a celebratory bottle of Moët & Chandon (200ml) to surprise mum and dad!

Every single hamper item has been carefully selected for its high quality, durability and style and many of the labels stocked by My Baby Gifts are proudly Australian, eg. Bonds, Marquise and Emotion & Kids. Good to know: The standard shipping rate is just $9.95 Australia wide, so you can send your birth, baby shower or christening gifts interstate without breaking the bank and you don’t even have to take care of the gift wrapping! Express delivery is available for last-minute gifts.

Thanks to our generous friends at My Baby Gifts one lucky Hip Little One reader will win a fantastic My Baby Gifts baby hamper (RRP $119) for his/her baby boy or girl. The winner can choose the delightful Floral Blossom Gift Set (Girl) or the stylish Deluxe Blue Star Hamper (Boy), which one would you pick?

For your chance to win enter our giveaway below:

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PaperKrane

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Jun 252018
 

As expected of a baby who came into the world weighing a whopping 4.6kg our boy Ted didn’t stay little for long. Our big friendly giant has the strongest legs and is putting them to the test as much as he can, pulling himself up on couches, chairs and safety gates over and over again and falling over just as many times. With his first wobbly steps just around the corner he’s been wearing in his first pair of shoes, aren’t they gorgeous?

Designed right here in Australia by two clever mamas PaperKrane is destined to be the new go-to footwear label for growing Aussie feet. From cheeky crawlers to solid steps and rapid racing, PaperKrane has got a fit and a style that’s right for every little boy or girl, starting at a tiny size 0 all the way up to size 13.

Depending on the shoe size PaperKrane shoes feature either a SOFTI, MIDI or FLEXI sole, ensuring your child gets the right comfort and support for their age, stage and abilities. With Ted being a big boisterous boy he has jumped right past the faux suede SOFTI soles and started at MIDI. I just love how the suede sole gives him freedom to move and the durable suede noses protect his toes. The soft leather bends, moves and adjusts to his chubby feet beautifully.

My busybees Harriet and Sybil can skip, hop, jump and run to their heart’s content on the FLEXI natural rubber sole. Being active kids they never sit still and the flexible rubber sole doesn’t restrict them in their movements, they can stand on their tippy toes and the rubber just bends with them! On the inside the breathable cotton lining keeps feet comfortable and dry while the durable leather heel and toe offers support, protection and shape no matter what the activity.

All PaperKrane shoes are slip-ons (yes, even the lace-up styles), because let’s be honest, who has time for tricky knots or velco straps that catch onto everything! But don’t let the slip-on aspect fool you, my three guinea pigs have thoroughly tested them and thanks to the elasticised gussets your PaperKranes stay firmly in place until you’re ready to take them off.

Hip Tip: If you like to shake things up and change your look make sure you add a colourful Lace Pack (RRP $6.50) to your order, that way you can give your PaperKrane lace-ups a trendy makeover whenever you feel like it.

Not sure what size to get? Check out the helpful PaperKrane size chart to find the correct size based on your child’s foot measurement or Australian/European shoe size, that way you can purchase with confidence.

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

Breeze into Summer with Eeni Meeni Miini Moh

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Aug 132017
 

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It may not have been a very wet winter here in South Australia, but it sure has been a cold one! I am very much hanging out for some nice Spring weather to peek around the corner and warm us up a little. After months of layer upon layer of winter clothing (and truckloads of wet washing on drying racks) I am getting super excited at the sight of these breezy summer looks by Australian designer label Eeni Meeni Miini Moh:

It looks like our little ladies are in for a real treat this Summer season, look at those pretty sorbet, coral and aqua blue shades, combined with timeless grey, white and silver. Skirts, shorts, dresses, singlets, tops… Eeni Meeni Miini Moh has your girl’s whole wardrobe covered.

At nearly two Hattie has been promoted from the Enfant collection and can have her pick from the entire Eeni range which means choosing has become even harder. In saying that I can never resist a good stripe and this Pique Dress looks (RRP $59.95, size 12m-5) perfect for adventurous tots. It’s comfortable enough for running, climbing, dancing and even naps, just add some sweet sandals and she’s Summer ready.

Secretly I dread the day our nearly 9-year old twins grow out of the e3-M range (up to 12 years old) and are forced into young adult fashion, but thankfully I have a few more years up my sleeve. They love being active and playing outside, so I think the Racer Top (RRP $39.95, size 2-12) matched with the comfy Classic 5 Short (RRP $64.95, size 2-12) are a perfect pick. Olivia would love the bright Sunset colour and it’s a great look for both play and going out.

Yellow has been Juliet’s number one colour from when she was a cheeky toddler and it still is her first choice now. As today happens to be her 7th birthday I must show you this sunny Frill Dress (RRP $69.95, size 2-12) in cheery Sunkist yellow. How can you not dream of splashing in the pool, yummy ice creams and lazy Summer nights when you see this cute frock? I just love the casual tie-back shoulders, keeping it fun front and back.

I am super chuffed to see my personal fave colour indigo pop up in the new girls collection too, you can never go wrong with a classy blue! The delightful frill sleeves and stunning keyhole back of this gorgeous ‘La Vie Est Belle’ Dress (RRP $89.95, size 12m-5) make it a real winner for birthdays, special celebrations and even Christmas. It’s definitely going on my short-list for miss Sybbie’s 5th birthday in February.

Tommie absolutely lived in his e3-M slouch shorts last summer (in fact, he loved them so much I had to buy a second pair) so I must grab them again for the upcoming season. They are super easy to wash and wear and stay beautiful even after many washes. I know it’s very convenient to play it safe for the boys with plain, neutral colours, but I really love these funky Maldives mint Slouch Shorts (RRP $54.95, size 2-12) mixed with the classic grey and indigo Polo T-shirt (RRP $49.95, size 2-12), cool combi!

Any day now we’ll finally know the gender of baby no.6, so I will have to leave the big newborn shop until then. Thankfully Eeni Meeni Miini Moh has little surprise bundles covered too with the La Petite + Pure newborn range perfect for baby showers and brand new arrivals. Featuring mainly grey and white tones these pieces are timeless and great for mixing and matching. How cute is the star studded La Petite Jumpsuit (RRP $54.95, size 0-3m) with it’s adorable detachable hood?

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

Jun 162017
 

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What’s better than a musical performance from The Wiggles? A magical duet between The Wiggles and all your favourite artists of course! Over the last three decades The Wiggles have teamed up with many amazing performers from Australia and across the globe, and for the first time ever they’ve bundled their most loved duets for you to enjoy. Get ready for double the fun:

From Jimmy Barnes to Slim Dusty, from Kylie Minogue to Steve Irwin and family, from Guy Sebastian to Lou Diamond Phillips and many others, The Wiggles: Duets promises to introduce young The Wiggles fans to a stellar cast. I just love how the ‘new’ generation of Wiggles was able to bring some of the older songs back to life while adding a fresh new wiggly touch, well done! Filled with 17 wonderful duets and with a runtime of 70 minutes there is plenty of sing-along fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Our five little ones adore The Wiggles (and I am sure baby no.6 will do too) so they really loved singing along with this new DVD/CD release. Bonus: It has also brought us some much-needed sanity in the early hours of the morning when miss 1 insists on keeping the night watch, as soon as she sees The Wiggles she is happy as Larry and hums along to the familiar songs, ‘The Wiggles: Duets’ is definitely a winner!

‘The Wiggles: Duets’ is now available on DVD (RRP $19.95) and CD (RRP $12.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more about ABC for Kids get social with ABC for Kids for Parents on Facebook and to order your copy of ‘The Wiggles: Duets’ visit the ABC Shop online.

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Mar 072017
 

One of my family’s favourite things to do on the weekend is to head outdoors, there is just so much to see and hear in our Australian backyard if you keep your eyes and ears wide open. As a foreigner I feel especially blessed to live in this amazing country (I will never get sick of waking up to the song of the kookaburra!) and I am always excited to show family and friends around when they visit. Talented artist Gwyn Perkins has done an awesome job capturing some of Australia’s most wonderful wildlife in his very first picture book:

Come join Grandad and little Iggy as they go for A Walk in the Bush (RRP $24.99), I wonder what they’ll spot on the way? From the distinctive sounds of Aussie birds to the quiet of little streams, from large hoppy creatures to tiny insect tracks, from stunning lookouts over impressive hills to the fragrant smell of the eucalyptus tree and so much more, what’s not to love about going on an adventure with a special person you love.

Words can not describe how delightful Gwyn’s illustrations are, they are detailed and fun, friendly and warm and really speak to young readers. ‘A Walk in the Bush’ shows that you don’t need many words to capture a child’s attention and get their minds working. This gorgeous picture book is an absolute treat for little Aussies and would make a fantastic souvenir for children living overseas too.

To find out more about Affirm Press, to take a closer look at ‘A Walk in the Bush’ and to order online visit www.affirmpress.com.au.

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Eeni Meeni Miini Moh – End of Season Sale

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Dec 262016
 

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Today’s blog post is almost as big a tradition as our Christmas Countdown, it’s the Boxing Day sale all the hip mamas are waiting for: the famous Eeni Meeni Miini Moh End of Season Sale kicks off today!

Loyal Eeni Meeni Miini Moh fans know all too well that you have to run to grab your faves, so while everyone is sleeping in or tidying up you better go and fill that shopping basket. Between the Enfant (size 000-18 months), Eeni Meeni Miini Moh (1-5 years) and e3-M (2-12 years) collections the current sale has all stylish kids covered, so now is the time to stock up for next season at fabulous prices. Here are our top sale picks:

For older girls I can highly recommend the gorgeous Trapeze Dress (RRP $89.95, now $59.95), this lovely light summer dress is one of my daughter’s (8 years old) favourites this year. I love that you can adjust the shoulder straps to create the perfect fit, this also allows you to wear it for longer. Her twin brother thinks the Stripe Polo T-Shirt (RRP $49.95, now $34.95) is super comfy ands sneakily I am chuffed to get away with twins in matching colours.

With the season of parties and celebrations now in full swing girls are sure to get lots of wear out of this pretty Tulle Dress (RRP $89.95, now $59.95), it’s such a festive design and it’s available in three different colour ways. I know my girls would feel like a real princess wearing this! Boys can enjoy an active and playful summer without giving up on style in Eeni’s Signature T-Shirt (RRP $44.95, now $29.95) with a funky Kale Gives Me Super Powers Print in neon orange.

There are plenty of great bargains for the littlest ones of the family, but I can personally guarantee you that the La Princesse Bodysuit (RRP $59.95, now $39.95) will get you loads of compliments. Every time our miss Hattie wears it people ask me where to get it from and if I can say so myself it does look super cute on her, at the current sale price is it sure to fly out the door.

You can pick up your favourite sale items at the Eeni Meeni Miini Moh store in Bowen Hills (Brisbane) or shop from the comfort of your couch in the Eeni Meeni Miini Moh + e3-M Online Store.

Hip Tip: From December 26-28, 2016, Eeni Meeni Miini Moh VIPs can save an extra 10% on all sale buys so make sure you are signed up to the Loyalty Program and logged in before you place your order.

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