Mar 022017
 

With so many babies on the way I can’t help but check in on Facebook regularly to see the latest bump shots and happy baby news. Even after five babies I still melt when I see these tiny bundles of joy, there is simply no sweeter sight! It also means I have loads of excuses to shop for adorable baby goodies and here’s one of my favourite finds of the moment:

Designed right here in Australia and made using premium 100% organic cotton NIOVI Organics is the perfect soft, safe and stylish choice for precious new arrivals. This wonderful Aussie label caters for little boys and girls from birth up to 1 year old with a gorgeous range of clothing and accessories that is sure to make anyone go clucky.

Great love and care has gone into each NIOVI Organics piece: the organic cotton fabric is soft, safe and fair-trade, the fit is comfortable and practical, the designs are timeless and eye-catching and only water-based dyes are used. And of course there is eye for the fine details too, take for example the lovely Organic Zip Romper: it has a handy print-on label instead of scratchy tags, a fabric flap that covers the end of the zipper and the cuffs fold over to create mittens and socks, they’ve thought of absolutely everything!

From rompers to dresses, from bibs to bloomers, from blankets to beanies and more, NIOVI has minifashionistas covered from top to toe. The current NIOVI Organics collection is based on the trendy RIZ print in three great colours: Sky, Lavender and Monochrome. At NIOVI they believe that safety and quality should be affordable for everyone, which is why their prices won’t break the bank and start at just $12.95.

As if you needed any more reasons to love NIOVI, during the month of March Hip Little One readers can save a huge 25% storewide at NIOVI Organics. Simply enter the code ‘HIP25’ at checkout, offer ends March 31, 2017. Time to stock up!

Hip Tip: Shopping for gifts? Make sure to add one of these unique Wooden Gift Boxes to your order to really create the wow-factor, the helpful NIOVI team will even wrap up the contents as per your instructions. These luxurious boxes don’t just look amazing (and save you the hassle of gift wrapping), they are reusable too so they add a wonderful eco-friendly touch to your eco gift.

To find out more about NIOVI Organics, to browse the range and to order online visit www.niovi.com.au.

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Jun 242016
 

The Sleep Coach

When people hear I am a mum of five they sometimes think I must be a parenting expert by now. While I consider myself quite experienced at changing nappies, wrestling a wiggly baby into a bodysuit and swaddling a newborn in a few quick moves there are plenty of things I still struggle with too. It is no secret that all babies are different and they all come with their own challenges with sleep being one of the biggest battles for most families (including ours!).

Over time many babies settle into a ‘proper’ sleeping pattern by themselves but sometimes this doesn’t happen naturally and slowly the whole family starts to suffer from sleep deprivation. If you are in desperate need of some much-needed zzz’s you’ll be glad to know The Sleep Coach is here to help:

Cheryl FinglesonSnooze Specialist Cheryl Fingleson, also known as The Sleep Coach, is a lovely Australian mum of two who has a real heart for helping young children, and their parents, achieve the restful sleep they all need. As a certified gentle sleep coach Cheryl is experienced, fully trained and well-equiped to develop effective, personal sleeping solutions that will fit your family’s situation and needs perfectly.

Personally I found it very reassuring that Cheryl only supports safe and gentle sleep techniques and does not believe in leaving babies or children to cry it out (CIO), nor in the practices of controlled crying. Even co-sleeping is not necessarily a no-go, here are Cheryl’s top tips for co-sleeping the safe way:

How to Co-Sleep Safely:

Make sure your mattress is firm, as your baby could suffocate or overheat on a soft mattress. If your bed has a frame, a headboard, or is against a wall, make sure the mattress fits snugly, so your baby can’t fall into any gaps. This risk is highest when your baby is between 3 months and 10 months.

Keep the bedding light and minimal, and don’t use a duvet if you are co-sleeping. If your baby is less than a year old, use lightweight covers, and use them sparingly to prevent overheating or suffocation. This risk is highest during his first three months of his life. Check every now and then to make sure he hasn’t wriggled down and covered his head.

Never sleep on a sofa with your baby, as he could become wedged in the cracks between the sofa cushions or between you and the back of the sofa. Don’t co-sleep on a waterbed as these are too soft and may have deep crevices around the frame where your baby could get trapped.

Keep your baby warm, not hot, and dress him lightly for sleep. Contact with your body will raise his skin temperature. As a rule of thumb, if you’re a comfortable temperature, then your baby probably is, too.

Don’t let your baby and toddler sleep next to each other in bed. Toddlers don’t understand the risks, and could roll over onto your baby, or put an arm across his mouth or head. You or your partner should always sleep between the children if you want them both in your bed.

Your baby should never be left alone on the bed, as he could easily fall out, even if you’ve just nipped to the loo. Don’t let your baby sleep on a pillow, or put one either side of him, as he may roll off it or be smothered in the folds.

Buy a rail to attach to the side of the bed or put him in a safe place, such as a bassinette or cot, while you are out of the room.

When is co-sleeping not safe?

Do not co-sleep if:

  • You or your partner smoke.
  • Your baby was premature or had a low birth weight.
  • You or your partner have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medication or drugs. This may affect your memory and you could forget that your baby is in your bed and roll over onto him. You may also sleep so soundly that you are unaware that you’ve rolled on to him.
  • You are extremely tired, or have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnoea. You may be in such a deep sleep that you don’t wake up if you roll onto your baby.

To find out more about The Sleep Coach, to see what services Cheryl offers and to inquire about a sleep solution for your family visit www.thesleepcoach.com.au.

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Save up to 40% at Aster & Oak

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Feb 132016
 

Aster & Oak

A few weeks ago I introduced you to Aster & Oak, a new Australian organic clothing label for little trendsetters. Their stylish threads have been selling like hotcakes and designer Melissa is not sitting still, a brand new collection is already in the making. If you are keen to get your hands on some lovely Aster & Oak pieces at never-to-be-repeated prices here a deal not to be missed:

Aster & Oak

Right now you can save up to 40% on the Aster & Oak Colour Burst collection and to make the deal even sweeter all orders over $100 ship free Australia wide. Be quick as this special offer ends this weekend!

Up for grabs are gorgeous Flutter Sleeve Onesies, comfy Leggings, cosy 2 Way Zip Rompers and adorable Nappy Covers suitable for trendy boys and girls in size 000-2. I speak from experience when I say the organic fabric is super soft and it washes really well. With prices starting at a tiny $8.95 this is a sale you don’t want to miss!

Colour Burst Leggings

To find out more about Aster & Oak, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.asterandoak.com.au.

Aster & Oak

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Jan 152016
 

Aster & Oak

As our 5th baby and 4th daughter our sweet Harriet is ‘blessed’ with a cupboard full of hand-me-downs. Of course there is nothing wrong with that but it does make it extra nice to dress her in something that’s brand spanking new and picked especially for her. For months I have been hanging out for the gorgeous Aster & Oak range to be released and now it’s finally within reach for stylish Aussie tots:

Aster & Oak

Aster & Oak is a new Australian designer label creating stylish baby clothing made using 100% organic (GOTS certified) cotton fabric. The first pieces of the Aster & Oak collection are only just starting to arrive on our shores and they are selling like hotcakes already!

Harriet Aster & Oak

Not only is the range totally awesome, luxuriously soft and super comfortable, it is surprisingly affordable too (proof that organic goodness doesn’t have to cost a fortune!). By choosing organic fabrics you are doing the environment a favour and you know you don’t have to worry about nasty chemicals lurking in your child’s clothing, after all nothing but the best is good enough for our biggest treasures.

Harriet Monochrome Tee

The first designs to hit the shelves are the Monochrome Baby T-shirts (RRP $19.95, sizes 000-2) designed for cool boys and girls. With gorgeous prints like ‘Enjoy the little things’, ‘Little Dreamer’ and ‘Young and Fearless’ they are perfect for tiny bundles of joy and cheeky adventurers.

Harriet Colour Burst Leggings

For a pop of colour you can team up your new tee with the Colour Burst Leggings (RRP $19.95, blue or pink), don’t they look fabulous? I just love the stretchy fabric and snug cuffs to keep cold breezes at bay. As you can see even on our chubby little munchkin they are very comfy with room for her to play and wriggle.

A little birdie told me that the next Aster & Oak delivery is just around the corner so stay tuned for plenty more of this exciting new Aussie label!

Shopping Tip: Make sure you sign up for the Aster & Oak newsletter to stay up-to-date with hip new arrivals and specials offers, you will also save 10% on your next order. Nice!

To find out more about Aster & Oak, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.asterandoak.com.au.

Jul 052015
 

Goodness

When I think back to my life ten years ago I can’t believe how much has changed. Not only did I get married and moved to Australia from the other side of the world, we also welcomed four (soon five) beautiful children into our family. I absolutely love our busy household and while our big family means I may not be able to splurge on luxury items for myself anymore I wouldn’t swap it for the world.

Goodness range

I love discovering budget-friendly alternatives for luxury products and today’s find is a real winner. If you are looking for gentle skincare that is good for your skin, the environment AND your (tight!) wallet you are sure to adore the new Goodness range.

Goodness Natural Beauty LabThe team at Goodness Natural Beauty Lab uses natural skin enhancers like avocado, coconut and chia oil, as well as other eco-treasures like honeysuckle extract, shea butter, blackberry extract and many more, and bottles it up for us to enjoy. The affordable range currently consists of 5 great products that cover all your skincare needs from the moment you wake up with the light and breathable Every Morning Moisturiser (RRP $16.95, 75ml) to cleaning up before bed with the fresh and tingly Every Day Cream Cleanser (RRP $16.95, 150ml).

Every Evening CreamMy personal favourite is a wonderfully fragrant little jar called Every Evening Cream (RRP $19.95, 60ml), the consistency is perfect, it leaves my skin feeling soft when I wake up and the smell is to die for. I often find night creams too thick and suffocating so this a welcome change, I’ve even convinced hubby to add this slice of Goodness to his after-shower routine and that says a lot.

Goodness Chia Seed OilCertified Organic Chia Seed Oil (RRP $19.99, 20ml), also known as Goodness’ hero product, gives tired skin a welcome boost of healthy omega fatty acids without the expensive ‘certified organic’ price tag. Just a few drops of this easily absorbed silky oil deliver instant hydration and nourishment and the compact handbag size make it perfect for little refreshments throughout the day.

Goodness Face ScrubI generally avoid facial scrubs because I find them too harsh but like the rest of the Goodness range this wonderful Every Week Face Scrub (RRP $12.95, 50ml) is free from nasties like parabens, petrochemicals, PEGs, sulfates, silicons, harsh surfactants and other yucky ingredients so it is surprisingly gentle. Even my sensitive pregnancy skin, which seems to respond rather drastically to small changes at the moment, has given this new product the thumbs up!

You can find the Goodness range right now at all Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist and selected Woolworths stores across Australia and soon Priceline will be joining the Goodness revolution too.

To find out more about Goodness, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.goodnessproducts.com.

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Mar 292015
 

Carol's Beauty

As the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting cooler there is no denying it, summer has come and gone. I know many of you love a beautiful healthy summer glow and are a bit sad to see it replaced by milky white winter skin, so here’s a little trick to make the most of your little time in the sun:

Carol's Beauty Range

Carol’s Beauty specialises in certified organic, natural and 100% safe tanning products which allow you to sport that lovely tan we all adore without having to worry about nasty chemicals and synthetic ingredients, it’s a double win.

Carol's Beauty Sun Tanning Enhancer OilUsing natural tanning agents like carrot seed oil and henna extract Carol’s Beauty products can be used in combination with your favourite sun screen, keeping you safe in the sun while enhancing and speeding up your tan (naturally!). Not only does Carol’s Beauty help you to achieve a healthy glow, it looks after your skin too with moisturising ingredients like almond oil and bees wax.

Carol's Beauty Sun Enhancer Tanning LotionAll Carol’s Beauty products are proudly developed and made right here in Australia using high quality, Australian Certified Organic (ACO) ingredients. The current Carol’s Beauty range consists of Carol’s Sun Tanning Enhancer Lotion (RRP $34.99, 100ml) and Carol’s Sun Tanning Enhancer Oil (RRP $34.99, 150ml), handbag sized travel flacons (RRP $9.99, 30ml) are available too.

Make the most of your next walk around the block and pop on some Carol’s Beauty oil or lotion before you head out, Carol’s Beauty makes a little sun go a long way!

To find out more about Carol’s Beauty, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.carolsbeauty.com.au.

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Feb 132015
 

zk'in

Last call: Just one sleep to go until Valentine’s Day! If you were planning on surprising the special person in your life with a little something special you better be quick or risk a disappointed face. Why not gift your loved one a touch of luxury and shop the wonderful Zk’in skincare range?

zk'in range

Zk’in Certified Organic Skincare is proudly Australian made and looks after skin of all types without exposing you to nasty chemicals. From moisturiser to cleanser, from masque to serums and even hand cream and toothpaste, Zk’in has your entire beauty regime covered.

Zk'in SerumZk’in prides itself in delivering clinically proven results without the harsh, harmful ingredients that are used in many other skincare products. If you’ve been dreaming of smoother skin with fewer lines but you’ve been hesitant to try injectable fillers you’ll be pleased to hear that Zk’in  Certified Organic Skincare has developed a gentle, natural, pain free product that lives up to the task.

The gel based Zk’in Line Smoothing Serum (RRP $59.95, 25 ml) quickly delivers visible skin smoothing results, tackling those lines around your eyes in just moments. The serum is rapidly absorbed by the skin and is suitable for all skin types. People all around the country are loving this safe, non-toxic wrinkle treatment and the feedback is nothing but glowing, just like the results!

To find out more about Zk’in, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.zkinorganics.com.au.

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