Dec 232019
 

Smiggle

After spending the last 1.5 week cooped up inside with miserable kids surrounded by sick buckets I am very much feeling the Christmas stress. So much to do, so little time and only two sleeps left until the big day! So where does one go for awesome children’s gifts that are a guaranteed success? Smiggle of course!

At Smiggle they know exactly what’s hip and hot among the cool kids and this Christmas it’s all about the return of Anna and Elsa in Frozen 2. Whether you are team Anna or team Elsa, Smiggle has you covered with a wonderful range of Disney Frozen 2 goodies that is sure to make even the coldest of hearts melt in an instant:

Backpacks, lunchboxes, diaries, wallets… thanks to Smiggle you can take Anna and Elsa along wherever you go. It’s a close call between Anna’s pink and gold glitter hues or Elsa with her ice blue and silver shades, who is your favourite? If Elsa is your queen you can start the new school year in true Frozen style with the awesome Frozen 2 Elsa Pop Out Pencil Case (RRP $26.95).

Forget about boring pencil cases, this limited edition design is full of surprises. It has loads of secret slide-out drawers, flip-out flaps, blue buttons and cute compartments to store all your stationery. You can open the the top, the bottom and the sides and it even has a built-in pencil sharpener and calculator for those tricky math questions! Our miss 6 thinks the sparkling ‘melted ice’ in the top lid is pretty magical.

Smiggle’s 12-pack Scented Colouring Pencils (RRP $16.95) makes a great starting point for filling up that pencil case. Whip up a fragrant Christmas card for your family, create a welcome back artwork for your new teacher or record your holiday adventures in your diary using these 12 lovely colours. Each pencil has a unique scent that’s bursting to come out, simply rub to activate delicious fragrances like watermelon, donut, fairy floss and cinnamon.

Obviously the average temperature here in Australia is a little higher than in Arendelle, so hydration is an absolute must. With this pretty Frozen 2 Elsa Drink Bottle (RRP $19.95, 650ml) you will always have a fresh drink of water on hand, my kids pick transparent bottles so they can instantly see when it needs refilling (and I can see when it’s dirty). Mums love this bottle too because it has a removable straw for easy cleaning and is completely free from harmful BPA.

To find out more about Smiggle, to locate a Smiggle store near you or to order online visit www.smiggle.com.au.

For your chance to win a Smiggle ‘Frozen 2’ Prize Pack (RRP $63.85) containing the three products featured above (subject to availability) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

HairDooz Newz: Time for a new Doo, or two!

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Jul 022019
 

All stylish girls know there is no better feeling than a brand new hairdo. Super sleek or cute and curly, pretty plaits or cheeky buns, brightly coloured or perfectly platinum, the HairDooz salon has been busy creating a bunch of adorable new looks and they’re ready to show them off:

Wave 2, the second release of HairDooz (Ages 5+), has washed up 12 fresh new HairDooz collectibles. Each of the new Dooz is patiently waiting in her own pink bottle for someone to spin that rotating door, pull away her coloured hairdressing apron and be revealed in all her glory. With their gorgeous little faces and sweet poses they already won my girls over with Wave 1 so this new series has brought a lot of excitement to our household.

If you fell in love with HairDooz when the first wave hit, you will know that there are six different HairDooz girl groups: Pixie Pink, Sparkle Orange, Crystal Aqua, Lilly Green, Skye Blue and Candy Purple and each group has its own colour and chair. With the help of the included collectors guide HairDooz fans can collect or swap to complete their little girl groups one Doo at a time.

You’d think with four daughters, we’d have a good chance of unwrapping one of the rare and highly coveted colour change HairDooz but so far no luck. Wave 2’s leading lady is Twin Braidydoo who can change the colour of her beautiful braids with a dip in a nice warm basin. Now that’s a speedy makeover! However to the envy of her three sisters miss 10 did score the magical Unicorn PonyDoo, isn’t she delightful?

Not only can you store your HairDoo in her pink bottle, you can also use the included suction cap to transform her salon chair into a hanging window seat. This means you can take your salon squad along in the car or stick them onto your mirror, they make rather cute passengers on long drives.

You can find HairDooz right now at your local Target, Myer, Big W, Kmart, Coles and Woolworths store as well as leading toy retailers across Australia. There’s even a fabulous HairDooz Cutie Case featuring 4 Hairdooz (including 2 exclusive glitter Hairdooz!), 4 accessories to add some extra dazzle to your doo and a sparkly, glittery beauty cutie case. It looks absolutely marvellous and miss 8 immediately added one to her birthday wishlist for August. The HairDooz Cutie Case is available at Kmart and Big W.

What are you waiting for, go and find the Doo for you!

To find out more about HairDooz, to meet all the HairDooz and to locate a stockist near you visit www.hairdooz.net.

PJ Masks giveaway

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Apr 242019
 

Ahhh, school holidays! As fun as holiday outings are, pyjama days are rather popular in our house too. Cosy PJs, a yummy pancake breakfast, board games, puzzles, movies… some well deserved R&R is a welcome treat after such a long and exhausting first term. Don’t be fooled! If you thought PJs are boring you haven’t met PJ Masks yet:

A few months ago I told you all about Connor, Amaya and Greg (better known as Catboy, Owlette and Gekko) and it turns out many of you love this colourful trio! When most of us close our eyes at the end of a long day these night time adventurers put on their pyjamas, activate their animal amulets and turn into real superheroes. If you have a little PJ masks fan at home here are some great ‘rest & rescue’ finds for you:

Obviously every midnight adventure starts with the right outfit and there are plenty of new styles to keep you cosy and warm this Autumn season. Long sleeve tops, pyjama sets, track pants and of course real PJ Masks dress up costumes, PJ Masks has both rest and rescue covered. If you can’t make up your mind which PJ Masks character is your favourite this PJ Masks Team Sleep Set (Kmart, RRP $14) is your match. Featuring Gekko, Owlette and Catboy it’s Team PJ Masks for the win!

Even superheroes need to eat sometimes and there is no better start to the day than Catboy pancakes. Simply add water to your Green’s PJ Mask Blueberry Pancake Shake (Woolworths, RRP $2.75) to whip up delicious blueberry pancakes for your hungry tribe these school holidays. With 25% reduced sugar and no artificial colours or flavours these blue breakfast treats will get the thumbs up from both kids and their mamas.

Whether you’re off on an outdoor adventure, a park picnic, a trip to the cinema or prepping for daycare or kindy, PJ masks is looking after thirsty kids with a range of drink options including a PJ Masks Stainless Steel Bottle and PJ Masks Squeeze Bottle. Isn’t this PJ Masks Fun Float Sipper (Big W, RRP $9.99) the absolute perfect cup for movie nights? Juice, slushies, milk shakes… they’ll taste even better served by leading hero Catboy.

Thanks to our awesome friends at PJ Masks we will be spoiling one loyal fan with a fantastic prize pack filled with awesome PJ Masks gear (RRP $100+). The lucky winner will take home a stack of cool goodies including a PJ Masks tumbler, PJ Masks Stainless Steel Bottle, PJ Masks Fun Float Sipper, Green’s Blueberry Pancake Shake, PJ Masks Team Sleep Set (Size 3), PJ Masks Power Long-Sleeve Tee (Size 3), PJ Masks Long-Sleeve PJs (Size 3) and 2 pairs of PJ Masks track pants (Size 3, 1x grey and 1x navy). Let the night time adventures begin!

To find out more about PJ Masks, to meet the characters and to discover loads of fun PJ Masks activities visit www.pjmasks.com.au.

For your chance to win a PJ Masks prize pack (RRP $100) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter.

And off she goes… with Crocodile Creek

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Jan 222018
 

Crocodile Creek

One week from today our miss Sybbie will be starting school and I am not exactly sure how to feel about that just yet. Long time readers will remember that she has had quite a few challenges to overcome, so as a result I am a bit extra protective of her. Thankfully her confidence has grown a lot this year and as you can tell by this photo she is very excited about the adventure ahead of her:

Even though Sybil’s Crocodile Creek kindy backpack and lunch boxes from last year were still in top shape (big thumbs up for durability!) I felt the transition to big school deserved some cool new school gear, so our little student got to take her pick and instantly fell in love with this adorable bunch of backyard friends. Obviously everything needed a proper try out this week, making sure it lives up to the expectations.

Miss Sybbie is a real girly girl who loves wearing twirly skirts, pretty dresses and sweet headbands, the pastel colours of the Backyard Friends backpack really suit her style. It’s an ideal size for our nearly 5-year old, big enough for her lunchbox, bottle and homework folder but still lightweight and comfortable to wear thanks to the adjustable, padded shoulder straps and did you spot the handy front pocket for some little treasures and special notes from mummy or the teacher?

On the side of the backpack a stretchy pocket ensures a refreshing drink is always within hand’s reach, at the same time it keeps messy spills or wet condensation safely away from school work, library books or homework assignments. The no-spill Backyard Friends bottle (475ml) is a perfect fit and the strong and durable Tritan material is totally kid-proof. Double win: Sybbie adores the animal print and how simple it is to flip open and close, mummy loves how easy it is to clean with a removable straw and being dishwasher safe.

As Adelaide summers get very hot an insulated lunch bag is a real must, this spacious Backyard Friends classic lunchbox has practical wipe-clean lining (that’s free from nasties like PVC, Phthalate free and BPA) and there is plenty of room inside to pack your child’s lunch, fruit and some ice packs to keep lunch fresh and cool for even longer. On the front a zip pocket safely stores cutlery and some spending money for the school canteen.

Speaking of cutlery, I have no doubt these adorable Backyard Friends big kid utensils will be the cutest fork and spoon in class (no mix-ups). They are made for small hands and allow for a greater variety in lunches, think pasta, salad, yoghurt, rice or noodles; after all sandwiches do get a little boring after a while!

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the Crocodile Creek range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Dec 182016
 

Smiggle

Christmas Countdown – Day 18

Secret Santa, Stocking Stuffer, Special Surprises… it’s hard not to see a pattern when it comes to the festive Season. If you’re searching for a Christmas gift that hits the right note every time look no further than Smiggle:

I don’t know about you but we never seem to be able to pass a Smiggle store without popping in. It’s always so colourful and inviting and filled with cool stationery and other treasures that are fun and quirky, the kids could browse our local Smiggle store for hours if I let them. If your kids love Smiggle too today’s Christmas Countdown giveaway is perfect for you:

An ideal size for upcoming holidays trips and going back to school the cool Junior Character Backpack (RRP $49.95, Bat or Butterfly) is sure to deal with any ‘Can you carry my bag for me? complaints. Available in either a pretty pink and purple butterfly or a scary blue bat design this Smiggle backpack is perfect for boys and girls it comes packed with practical features like padded shoulder straps, two drink bottle sleeves and lots of handy pockets and zips.

With the weather quickly warming up it is very important for children to drink plenty of water so they can stay hydrated throughout the day, it turns out making it fun is the key. This funky 700ml Silicone Drink Bottle (RRP $24.95, Woof or Meow) is a great tool to help kids keep up their H2O intake and you can even roll it up to save space. Our kindy girl is totally in love with her Meow flip spout-bottle, especially when I freeze it so her water stays extra cold for longer.

One of our girls’ favourite holiday activities is ‘art and craft’: from drawing to painting, from glueing to cutting and everything in between, they love using their imagination to create something original. These Scented Pencils (RRP $16.95, 12pk) are sure to add an extra special touch to your child’s next drawing by infusing the lines with delicious scents like strawberry, grape, sour lemon, chocolate, cola and more. With 12 colours/scents per pack the final artwork is guaranteed to be a fragrant surprise!

To find out more about Smiggle, to locate a Smiggle store near you or to order online visit www.smiggle.com.au.

For your chance to win a Smiggle Prize Pack (total RRP $91.85, Junior Character Bat Backpack, Woof Silicone Drink Bottle and Scented Pencils 12pk) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below:

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Dec 072016
 

Fridge-to-Go

Christmas Countdown – Day 7

Summer or winter, rain or shine, the Fridge-to-Go range of portable snack, drink and lunch solutions for young and old is popular all year around. From lunch for one to a picnic for the whole family, you can count on Fridge-to-Go to keep your food and drinks fresh and cool. Because the Fridge-to-Go team knows we’re all about families they’ve offered this fantastic family-sized prize for our Christmas Countdown giveaway:

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Just like the name suggests the Fridge-to-go MF24 Carry All ($79.95) is one of Fridge-to-Go’s largest cooling bags with plenty of room for all the food and drinks you need for a BBQ at the park, visit to the pool or day at the beach. Big enough to store 24+ cans or 6 wine bottles it’s a family favourite that will be enjoyed again and again.

fridge-to-go-mf24-carry-allThe MF24 Carry All is made with durable ‘TempGuard’ fabric and convenient wipe clean lining and can be transported by the practical carry handle. The three removable chilling panels offer surround cooling for a very generous 8 hours, that’s your next day out covered! Because your family’s health is important this Fridge-to-Go Cooler Bag is free from BPA, PVC and lead so you can enjoy your snacks with peace of mind.

To find out more about Fridge-to-Go, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.fridge-to-go.net.au.

For your chance to win a Fridge-to-Go MF24 Carry All (RRP $79.95) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below:

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Sip in style with Steely

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Jun 092016
 

Steely

When it comes to mealtimes our little miss Harriet is getting better by leaps and bounds. She now happily enjoys three small meals a day and her tongue tie is no longer causing any trouble, I am so glad we decided to go ahead with the procedure. She is also getting more confident with drinking from a cup and has sips of water throughout the day using this baby-friendly drink bottle by Steely:

Steely 6

The trendy Steely bottles and cups are made from strong, high-quality stainless steel making them not only stylish but safe too. Unlike many plastic bottles they are completely free from BPA and other nasties so they are the perfect healthy pick for parents who want only the best for their child and the environment (and surprisingly budget friendly!).

Steely 2

With Hattie’s initial feeding issues in mind we felt the Steely First Sipper (RRP $12.95, 4 months+) was a good starting point for independent drinking. The non-slip handles are the ideal size for small baby hands and the easy flow spout makes drinking a breeze, there is no super strong sucking required. I think the 250ml capacity is spot on for young babies, big enough to last the day without too many refills and small and light enough for them to hold.

Steely 5

Thanks to the durable 18/8 surgical stainless steel the water stays cool and fresh for longer and the material does not discolour or smell like plastic often does. One of my other favourite features is the ease of cleaning, the First Sipper comes apart in three separate pieces (cup, spout and ring) that can be cleaned in the dishwasher, less scrubbing for me!

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the Steely range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.