Dec 062015

Little Live Pets

Christmas Countdown – Day 6

Last year in the lead up to Christmas I wrote about Little Live Pets and how much my girls loved playing with their little bird. To be honest at the time I was not sure how long their obsession would last and I did worry the bird would end up at the bottom of the toy box but I was wrong. One year later they have all acquired their own bird and still play with them a lot, in fact I think after this latest addition we officially need an aviary to house our flock:

Cleverkeet Blue

Cleverkeet (RRP $79.95, ages 5+) is one of the latest interactive toy pets to be added to the Little Live Pets family and the twitter on the street is that he is on top of many Christmas lists. From the moment this cheeky bird joined the club he has been hugely popular with many stores selling out in a flash.

Juliet Cleverkeet

Cleverkeet comes with his very own playground full of bird entertainment and has definitely had some more training than his little sibling: put him on the swing perch and he happily flaps his wings and swings back and forth, pop him on his dance perch and he grooves to the music (or your own music) or place him on the food perch and he’ll bend down for a treat, you can even sit him in his very own cart and he’ll get those wheels moving and scoots around like a pro. If you want to take your buddy for a walk you can clip him onto the hand perch and show him around.

Juliet Cleverkeet Pink

Just like the other Little Live Pets birds Cleverkeet loves to sing and chirp, but you can tell this smart bird has been working particularly hard on his communication skills as his ability to talk, listen and respond is impressive. You can for example pick your own name for him to which he will respond, you can ask him yes/no questions or you can teach him your own words so he will repeat them just like a real bird. Cleverkeet is soft to touch and responds to petting, his claws securely click onto the perches so he stays neatly in place during play time.

Cleverkeet PinkParents are big fans of Little Live Pets too: No food to buy, no vet bills to pay, no cages to clean, no walks in the rain and no chance of escaping, what’s not to love? If you are going away over the Christmas holidays you don’t need to hire a pet-sitter either, just take your favourite pet with you on your trip. Don’t tell the kids but you can turn Cleverkeet off too for a well deserved rest from all the playing.

Cleverkeet is currently available in blue and pink and works on 2 AAA batteries.

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Oct 072014

Little Live Pets

Every term the twins’ school teacher comes up with a fun class project and term 3 was all about chickens. The little students impatiently waited for the eggs to hatch, watched the baby chicks grow day after day and managed to pat and cuddle them without squeezing them to death, they loved every bit of it. The twins have been begging me to do the chick-sitting these school holidays (a new take on the class teddy!) but sadly with a cat and an 18-month old in the house I didn’t dare to host the chirping bunch.

Little Live Pets Bird

You can imagine the kids’ excitement when I introduced them to their very own Little Live Pets, I don’t think their holiday could have gotten any better! No need for feeding or cleaning, no expensive vet bills or walking them in the rain, no nasty scratches or yucky fleas and quiet when they need to be, Little Live Pets really are the perfect pet.

Little Live Pets Bird CageBeing the closest to a feathered chicken Miss 6 immediately picked the Little Live Pets Bird Cage (RRP $24.95, ages 5+) with a green toy budgie called Friendly Frankie. It fits in the palm of her hand, feels velvety soft, opens its little beak and, most importantly, tweets and sings like a real bird. Like a proper pet the Little Live Pets Bird loves spending time with its owner and the more you pat it, hold it and play with the happier it becomes, rewarding you with happy sounds and even songs.

On the weekend the girls took their Little Live Pets for a picnic in our garden and clearly the bird loved all the attention as there was plenty of chirping, in fact even our two local ducks and a couple of galahs flew in to have a look (I know, it’s like a zoo here sometimes!). The kids had lots of fun recording their own voices and hearing the birdie repeat what they said, ‘G’day matey’ is the favourite so far. Don’t worry, you can turn the bird off with one simple button for a good night’s rest and batteries (3AA) can be replaced so you can enjoy your new friend for ages.

Little Live Pets

You can also buy a single Little Live Pets Bird (RRP $12.95) which can be played with independently or added to an existing Bird Cage to make a pair, they are perfect for siblings to share and look really cute together. The birds are available in a range of colours to suit boys and girls.

Little Live Pets ButterflyIf you have a girly girl who loves everything pink, purple, glittery and sparkly this pretty Little Live Pets Butterfly House (RRP $24.95, ages 5+) is sure to be a big hit. The beautiful oversized butterfly can flutter its wings and sits on your hand without flying away, our 4-year old fairy was rather intrigued by this magical creature. Although it doesn’t talk or sing like the Little Live Bird the butterfly makes very clear that she enjoys a play too by flapping her colourful wings.

Aside from being an ideal home for your very own butterfly the gorgeous Butterfly House is also its charging station (3AA required), you can provide your pet with all the energy it needs by placing it on the feeding flower inside the Butterfly House. The single Little Live Pets Butterfly (RRP $12.95) comes with its own separate butterfly charger and is available in 6 different designs.

Little Live Pets Butterfly

As we all know the wings of a butterfly are rather delicate so if your child is a bit younger or not very gentle the Little Live Pets Bird would be a safer choice, after all no parent likes to explain the death of a pet. Both Little Live Pets are really lovely and the kids play with both but the pet bird is definitely the favourite of the family. The $12.95 price tag for the single pets is (surprisingly) affordable and kids will get lots of play out of it, with Christmas in mind a Little Live Pet would make a fantastic gift that won’t break the bank.

To find out more about Little Live Pets by Moose Toys, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit

Apr 012013


We all know today marks April Fool’s Day, a day filled with laughs and silly jokes. But there is more to April 1st than being funny, the ‘Don’t be a Fool’ campaign from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service urges Australian people to think about a much more serious issue: saving lives. Take just 2 minutes out of your busy day to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and you could possibly save your life and the life of your precious family.

There’s is no doubt that every house should be fitted with smoke alarms but most people agree that the standard white smoke alarms are not exactly an attractive sight. Luckily there is a stylish alternative available that will keep Australian homes safe without being a sore in the eye. The award-winning Chick-a-Dee Smoke Alarm was originally designed in The Netherlands (my home country) and it has quickly become a huge hit worldwide.

Thumb-Black-White-150x150Shaped like a little bird the Chick-a-Dee Smoke Alarm ($79.95) is a piece of art that suits most decors. It sits quietly attached to your ceiling (no wiring required) and will most certainly put a smile on the faces of those looking that way. Imagine how gorgeous it would like in a kids bedroom or nursery? You can sleep peacefully knowing that the Chick-a-Dee Smoke Detector will keep an eye out and raise alarm in the event of fire.

Thumb-lifestyle-1-150x150At the smallest threat this designer birdy will call chick-a-dee-dee, and in more serious circumstances the call becomes a loud dee-dee-dee sound. The Chick-a-Dee Smoke Alarm complies with the Australian Standard for smoke alarms (AS3786 – 1993) and is certified through Activfire. A control light flashes once a minute so you can rest assured the unit is in fine working order or you can press the test button for a quick check. If the battery is (nearly) empty you will be alerted so you can replace the battery.

During the month of April Hip little one readers can save $10 on a Chick-a-Dee Smoke Alarm. Simply enter the code ‘dontbeafool’ at checkout for the discount to be applied. Don’t be a fool, keep your family safe the stylish way with Chick-a-Dee!

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Jun 052012

Last week I wrote about our ‘renovator’s delight’ home and how happy we are with the extra space. On the downside it means there is still a lot to be done to make it ‘perfect’ and with little ones there is never enough time to do it all. We have been doing up bedrooms from the day we moved in and we keep playing musical bedrooms so there is always one bedroom free to work on.

A neutral wall colour makes it easy to swap from girls room to boys room, all it takes is some colourful accessories and a beautiful wall decal to make the room their own. If you choose wisely your new wall decals are reusable too so you can easily move them to another room (or even another house) later on. The latest addition to our walls is from Leafy Dreams Nursery Decals, a wonderful new Australian business that is passionate about creating inspiring spaces for little ones to play and sleep in.

From compact wall stickers for small spaces to huge, impressive decals for big areas, from boys to girls, from baby to teens, there are lots of designs available in store and everything on the website is actually in stock (no long waits). The Leafy Dreams Nursery Decals wall stickers are made from high quality vinyl or fabric and depending on the style you can reuse them again and again.

Speaking of reusable, these Glitzy Girls wall stickers take that word to the next level by letting your little miss dress up her own wall decals. With five girls per pack the combinations are endless. Your budding fashion designer will love these dress up girls and if you add the Design Diva accessories she might never leave her room. Check out the Interactive Wall Decals category for more fun interactive designs for boys and girls.

If you’ve fallen in love with the whimsical Leafy Dreams Nursery Decals range make sure you sign up for their newsletter, if you subscribe before July 29th you could win a wall decal of your choice (up to $150).

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