Save the koalas with Ty Beanie Boo

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Jan 172020
 

Talking to children about tragedies is never easy. We try to shield our children from as much pain as we can, but sometimes disaster strikes close to home and it is important to help children understand what is happening. The bushfires that are currently impacting many parts of our beautiful country are destroying lives, homes and nature and there’s simply no hiding from it. My gorgeous kids are trying to wrap their little heads around it all and want to help, here’s a gorgeous way for small people to do their bit:

The fabulous team at Ty Beanie Boos has jumped into action with a fantastic initiative that will warm the hearts of every little animal friend across the globe… Adopt Katy Koala and help saves the koalas!

100% of global profits from the sale of the adorable new Ty Beanie Boo ‘Katy Koala’ will be donated to WIRES (Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation), raising much needed funds for Australian wildlife AND raise awareness around the world for our bushfire crisis. What a fantastic opportunity to talk to your Ty Beanie Boo fan about this important cause! My girls are very keen to ‘donate’ some of their pocket money to WIRES and adopt Katy Koala in return as a reminder of their gift.

You can find Katy Koala Beanie Boo at your favourite Beanie Boo retailer from April 2020 and she will be available worldwide.

To find out more about Big Baloon, to take a closer look at the Ty range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.bigballoon.com.au.

Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk

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Jul 232018
 

I know I’m not always a ‘fun’ mum. I make my children finish their dinner, they go to bed early every day and when they see a muddy puddle they know very well to walk around it. Unless of course we are on Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk… If you ever needed a great excuse to let the kids splash about and have fun in the mud this is it:

From August 13 – August 19 Australian families are being invited to join their favourite little piggy, Peppa Pig, in a Muddy Puddle Walk to raise funds for Save the Children. By participating in the Muddy Puddle Walk children all across Australia will help support Save The Children’s work to give every last child the chance to learn, play and grow up healthy and happy. Millions of children around the world are currently missing out on this due to factors including lack of access to health and education, abuse and neglect, and humanitarian emergencies. But you can help!

Families can sign up for their own family Muddy Puddly Walk and child care centres and playgroups can join in the fun together. There are rewards for everyone, with surprises from Peppa Pig including certificates and stickers plus magazines, books and DVDs. The FREE Muddy Puddle Walk Fundraising pack will help you get the most out of your walk with fun ideas, activities, tips and it will also guide you as you talk to your children about the work of Save the Children.

Slip on your gumboots, head to your favourite neighbourhood park or outback track and raise some much needed funds for a great cause. Your muddy puddle fun will help give disadvantaged children a brighter future and every little bit helps!

To find out more about the Muddy Puddle Walk and to request a fundraising pack visit www.muddypuddlewalk.com.au

Mar 082018
 

Long time Hip Little One readers will know by now that I am raising a tribe of little bookworms. From thick novels to massive encyclopaedias (not kidding!) to sweet picture books and wonderful pop-up stories, we can never get enough of reading. If, like my family, you are a big fan of Australian authors Alison Lester and Jane Godwin I am excited to share they’ve bundled their talents for a very special collaboration:

Inspired by and in partnership with the amazing children from the Royal Children’s Hospital Alison and Jane created The Silver Sea (RRP $19.99), a magical picture book that takes readers on a unique discovery trip of the ocean. Take a deep breath and dive under water and explore colourful creatures and eye catching nature like you have never seen before.

The rhyming story of a midnight adventure under the sea has been illustrated by the children of the hospital themselves, so much talent! The Silver Sea has allowed these children to momentarily forget about being patients, instead becoming real artists and seeing their very own art printed and enjoyed by many. The end result is a unique children’s book that will be read over and over again, there is so much to see and learn in the deep of the ocean.

As if we didn’t love The Silver Sea enough already, here’s the most fabulous thing about this beautiful book: All proceeds from The Silver Sea will go to the Education Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital! So if you are looking for a wonderful gift that keeps on giving this is it.

To find out more about Affirm Press, to take a closer look at ‘The Silver Sea’ and to order online visit www.affirmpress.com.au.

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Jacana Kids giveaway

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Oct 272016
 

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Back in 2008 when I was pregnant with our twins doctors found several cysts on the brain of one of our twins, not exactly news any parent expects (or wants to hear) when going for a routine ultrasound! Immediately you start worrying about all the conditions, illnesses and disabilities that could possibly affect your baby’s life. Thankfully by the end of our pregnancy the cysts had disappeared, but there are plenty of families who are not so lucky.

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Australian mother Jacqui received the same news when pregnant with her twins, and as a result her beautiful son Dominic was born with two conditions. Blessed with two caring, determined parents who fought for the very best early childhood support Dominic has blossomed and is now a happy and active 3-year old. Seeing first hand how important early intervention is for children dealing with disabilities Jacqui, together with her friend Ana, came up with a clever plan to raise money for organisations who support children with developmental delays: meet Jacana Kids.

jacana-kids-teeJacana Kids is a trendy children’s fashion label that combines style with social good, donating 50% of profits to a chosen organisation that helps children with disabilities get the best start in life. The Jacana Kids range caters for cool kids aged 2 to 9 years old and is inspired, and designed, by the amazing children the brand is supporting. So when you don a Jacana Kids outfit you are donating at the same time, what a fabulous concept!

This Summer Miss 6 is spreading the Jacana Kids love with the cute Heartie Tee (RRP $39.95) by Maya, while Master 8 is rocking black and white this summer with the Alphabetie Tee (RRP $39.95) designed by street smart Maddox. Can you believe both of these talented artists are only 5 years old? Their artwork has been lovingly handprinted in Melbourne so there may be slight variations per garment, making each tee a little different just like very child is unique and special.

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Hip tip: Make sure you sign up for the free Jacana Kids newsletter to receive 10% off your first purchase and stay up-to-date with all the latest Jacana Kids news and specials.

To find out more about Jacana Kids, to browse the range and to order online visit www.jacanakids.com.

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Moeloco giveaway

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Oct 222016
 

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With Christmas rapidly approaching the focus is generally close to home: time spent with family, a delicious dinner, presents under a tree, a gorgeous new outfit, a holiday… This year Moeloco is encouraging Aussies to look further than their own living room and truly embrace the season of giving by simply popping on their thongs:

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Created by Australian designer Kathy the Moeloco flip flop range is not just stylish but social too: Every time you purchase a pair of Moeloco flip flops you are giving a pair of closed-in canvas shoes to a child in poverty. That means your walk is really making a difference in the world, how awesome is that?

moeloco-be-happyMoeloco has teamed up with the Hope Foundation which supports more than 60,000 families living on the streets and in slums in India. Your donation of a pair of enclosed shoes will enable a child to walk to school and avoid injuries and health problems that often come with walking barefoot. When you walk around on Moelocos you are spreading the love in India, as well as on Australian soil by leaving an inspirational message in the sand.

Moeloco flip flops (RRP $45) are available in a range of different designs and sizes to suit children, men and women, so there is a perfect pair of everyone. Be Free, Live Love, I Am Grateful… which style will you put under the tree this Christmas? I just love the wonderful ‘thongs with a thought’ concept and the lucky recipient of a new pair of Moeloco flip flops is sure to appreciate it too.

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To find out more about Moeloco, to browse the range and to order online visit www.moeloco.com, shipping is free Australia wide.

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May 082016
 

Ecostore

If you are a parent of young children you most probably have mixed feelings about fundraisers, I know I do. On the one hand we know that many schools and communities rely on them but on the other hand there are only so many sausages, chocolates and donuts one can eat! If you have had enough of seeing the same familiar fundraising events over and over again you will love this fresh new idea by ecostore:

The clean and green specialists at ecostore have put their hands together to come up with an exciting alternative for your next fundraising project, allowing you to raise money for your school, club, group or charity in a healthy way.

Good Soap boxThe Good Soap for a Good Cause initiative involves the sale of ecostore’s special Good Soap (80g), available in fresh Lemongrass or Grapefruit & Mint. At a RRP of just $2.50 per soap they are affordable for people to buy and easy to sell and a huge $1 of every soap goes to your cause, that quickly adds up! I know I would much rather purchase a few bars of soap for our family (and put some away as gifts) than buy yet another sausage on a roll.

Good Soap LemongrassSo what makes Good Soap so incredibly good? Not only do these bars of soap smell amazing, they are also completely free from nasty chemicals like cocamidopropyl betaine, propylene glycol or synthetic dyes, they are cruelty free and proudly made in New Zealand. Good Soap is gentle on your children’s skin and on the environment they grow up in, making it a good choice all around.

Good Soap GrapefruitTo help you get started ecostore has developed a special SOAPport kit that can be downloaded for free from the ecostore website. The kit includes flyers, tally sheets, a certificate template and a bunch of handy tips that will help you to make the most out of your Good Soap for a Good Cause event. Cute tip: The box of the Grapefruit & Mint Good Soap features a blank panel so you can include a message about your good cause.

Like the sound of this fun, fresh and fragrant fundraiser? Grab all ecostore fundraising details here, pick your favourite fragrance and place your order online, delivery is free Australia wide.

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To find out more about ecostore, to read up on the ecostore Fundraiser initiative and to start raising funds for your cause visit www.ecostore.com.au.

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Jan 232015
 

Tinyme

Last week I told you all about The Generous Shopper, a fantastic initiative that allows people to support a range of great charities just by shopping online. It is easy to use, 100% free and an excellent way to make a difference in the lives of many without it costing you a cent. These days most of us shop online so you really have no excuse not to join!

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With the first day of term less than a week away there is still lots to do and very little time to do it so I saved myself a trip to shop and used the The Generous Shopper website to pick up some gorgeous back to school gear at Tinyme. Yesterday the twins’ personalised backpacks and name labels were delivered to our doorstop, a great gift for my students and a great gift for the charities of my choice (Assist A Sista and Destiny Rescue) too.

Tinyme Backpack OliviaFor miss 6 I chose the Tinyme backpack in pretty pink, it’s her favourite colour and very generously sized with plenty of pockets to keep her school supplies, lunchbox and bottle organised. To make it easy for her to recognise her bag amongst all the other backpacks in the hallway we picked the sweet Garden Party design personalised with her first name and birth year, the end result is just lovely.

Tinyme Backpack TommiePersonally I find shopping for boys a little harder, it’s a tricky age where interests change quickly. At the start of the year dinosaurs may be all the rage but by term 4 they are totally uncool so for master 6 I settled on a timeless design that will last throughout the year. The Authentic design is strong and masculine and the forgiving dark blue colour will hopefully keep his new backpack looking clean for longer. I love that you can preview your chosen design with your child’s name before you order, that way you can be sure you are happy with the look.

Tinyme Stickyville name labelsWhen you add it up all these school must-haves are a big expense and I would hate to have to replace lost items so we’ve labelled all our goods with matching Tinyme name labels. The well priced name label value packs contain a selection of different shapes and sizes in the design of your choice, they are ideal for lunch bottles, lunch boxes, exercise books and plenty more. There are 8 different value packs available so you can choose one that suits your needs perfectly.

To find out more about The Generous Shopper, to browse the list of shopping partners and to start supporting charities by shopping online visit www.thegenerousshopper.com.

If you missed our The Generous Shopper giveaway last week there is still time left, you could win a fabulous $50 Smiggle Back to School Prize Pack. Short of time? Take a shortcut and enter below:

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