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!

‘Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends’ giveaway

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May 202019
 

I have already told you how excited Adelaide fans are about the upcoming Disney On Ice tour (less than three weeks to go!) but obviously we’re not the only Aussies who are counting down. Melbourne families are also madly crossing off the days on their calendar until the arrival of Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends, how amazing does it look?

For the first time ever, see fearless Moana on a high-seas adventure with demigod Maui. Follow the unforgettable Dory through the unexplored seas of the Pacific Ocean, join the Toy Story pals on an exciting adventure and discover true love with Elsa and Anna. Buckle in for the emotional rollercoaster of Inside Out and “Live Your Story” alongside Disney Princesses as they inspire all to celebrate their favourite Disney memories in this commemoration of 90 years of Mickey Mouse.

If you are looking to add a spot of magic to the upcoming school holidays you’re in luck. Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends will be taking up residence in Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena from July 4 – July 8 and perform 10 fabulous shows, there’s a perfect time slot for everyone:

Thursday, July 4 – 5:30pm
Friday, July 5 – 1:30pm and 5:30pm
Saturday, July 6 – 10am, 1:30pm and 5:30pm
Sunday, July 7 – 10am, 1:30pm and 5:30pm
Monday, July 8 – 10am and 1:30pm

To find out more about Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends, to take a closer look at the tour schedule and to book your tickets online via Ticketek visit www.DisneyOnIce.com.au.

Want to win two A-Reserve tickets (RRP $92) to see Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends on Friday 5th July (5.30pm) in Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena? Hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page and tell us about your favourite Disney character to enter, good luck!

Put your Mickey ears on, Disney On Ice is here!

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May 082019
 


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It’s time to get your Mickey Mouse ears ready! The countdown is on until Disney On Ice twirls its way into Australia and Disney fans of all ages are starting to get very excited. The chilly weather has well and truly arrived here in Adelaide and there’s no better way to enjoy the cold than with ice skates on.

Last weekend we were lucky enough to get a little taste of the Disney magic to come when we hit the ice at Adelaide’s Ice Arena and got to meet Mickey Mouse up close… My girls’ hopes of ever becoming a Disney princess on ice skates may not be very likely to come true (staying upright was a lot harder than they expected!) but they had so much fun!

The real Disney On Ice cast is unbelievably talented and seeing them perform some of their mind-blowing moves was a fabulous treat. Where we were wobbly they were whirling, we were a little shaky and scared but they are simply spectacular… One thing is clear: the audience is in for an amazing experience with Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends!

If you haven’t booked your tickets just yet there is still time, thanks to the addition of extra shows throughout the country now even more people will be able to enjoy the magic of Disney On Ice. During the checkout process you can take a look at the seating plan of your local venue and select your family’s preferred seats (but of course there is plenty to see all around the rink so the view is great from every angle!). Children under 23 months are free if seated on their parents’ lap and concession tickets are available.

To find out more about Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online via Ticketek visit www.DisneyOnIce.com.au.

Perth – May 31 – June 3
Adelaide – June 7 – June 10
Wollongong – June 14 – June 16
Canberra – June 20 – June 23
Brisbane – June 28 – July 1
Melbourne – July 4 – July 8
Newcastle – July 12 – July 14
Sydney – July 17 – July 21

Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends

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Mar 202019
 


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The days are starting to get shorter and the nights are getting longer, the temperature is slowly dropping and leaves are starting to fall, big Disney fans will know that this can only mean one thing: Winter is on its way and so is Disney On Ice!

This year Disney On Ice is travelling the country with a chillingly (excuse the pun) magical show that is sure to give you goosebumps, and not just because of the cold. Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends presented by Feld Entertainment brings all your favourite Disney characters to life during a jam-packed show that will capture the hearts of young and old.

What can I say except “You’re welcome’ to join the adventure with Moana and Maui, discover true love with Anna and Elsa, jump in the toy box with Woody and his pals, experience the mystery of Fantasia, buckle up for an emotional roller coaster with Inside Out, travel the ocean with Dory and of course admire the dazzling outfits of all your beautiful Disney princesses Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Ariel and much much more.

Each year Disney On Ice entertains guests of all ages with a brand new and very spectacular performance and those who attend leave with precious memories to last a lifetime (be warned as Disney On Ice is quite addictive, once you have seen the show in all its glory you want to go back year after year!). Because the performers continuously move around on the ice all spectators get to share in the excitement no matter where they are seated, to determine your perfect spot you can view the venue map when booking your tickets online.

Your favourite Disney stars will put on their ice skates and slide onto the rink in Perth on May 31, 2019, and whirl their way past Adelaide, Wollongong, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and Newcastle to make their final bow in Sydney on July 21, 2019. If you want to treat the kids to an amazing experience and be part of the Disney magic this year book your tickets now to avoid disappointment, seats are limited and shows sell out fast so be quick!

To find out more about Disney On Ice celebrates Mickey and Friends, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online via Ticketek visit www.DisneyOnIce.com.au.

Perth – May 31 – June 3
Adelaide – June 7 – June 10
Wollongong – June 14 – June 16
Canberra – June 20 – June 23
Brisbane – June 28 – July 1
Melbourne – July 4 – July 8
Newcastle – July 12 – July 14
Sydney – July 17 – July 21

Hit the road with Mickey

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Nov 112018
 

Toot-Toot Drivers

When you have a large family like ours you quickly end up with lots of toys and a lack of space. Birthdays, Sinterklaas, Christmas… every year our toy collection grows so I am trying to choose wisely when it comes to new additions. One of my top tips is to expand what you have instead of starting with a new range, not only does it keep your play area easier to organise but just one or two small add-ons open up lots of new possibilities.

Our basket of Toot-Toot Drivers is always super popular, so for Ted and Hattie’s birthday we added some fabulous new pieces that can be used on their own but also in combination with the styles we already had; a perfect way to keep the kids busy and creative. They love anything with wheels and of course they adore Mickey Mouse!

With three possible track configurations the Toot-Toot Drivers Mickey’s Happy House (RRP $34.95, ages 1-3) playset guarantees lots of race track fun for little builders. They can send Mickey Mouse down the slide in his convertible, build a double ramp and even set up a competition with one of Mickey’s friends, who will be the first to cross the finish line? The brightly coloured plastic pieces are the perfect size for small hands and easy to click in place, helping toddlers to develop important fine motor skills.

Like all the other Toot-Toot Drivers toys we already have these new Disney designs are fitted with special SmartPoints. When Toot-Toot Drivers vehicles drive past these clever spots children are rewarded with a phrases, songs, sound effects and melodies to encourage pretend play and introduce music and language to curious tots.

The entire Toot-Toot Drivers range is designed to work together, so you can combine different play sets and vehicles for even more fun! Fire stations, garages, airports, space station and much more, Toot-Toot Drivers has all your construction dreams covered. We still have the gorgeous Minnie’s Ice Cream Parlour (the pink ice-cream truck is just the best and the parlour even has a shape sorter) and Mickey’s Magical Wonderland (complete with Ferris Wheel) on our Christmas wishlist so if you happen to spot them on sale somewhere please do let me know!

Priced at just $13.95 the new Toot-Toot Drivers Disney vehicles (ages 1-3) are a fantastic stocking filler for young Toot-Toot Drivers collectors. Mickey and his friends talk (with real character voices), sing songs and teach sounds and their vehicles have headlights that really work! Would you like to hop into Goofy’s Tow Truck, hit the road in Donald’s Off-Roader or join the lovely Daisy and Minnie for a ride in their cute convertibles? There are currently six Disney vehicles to choose from and each triggers different responses when passing SmartPoint locations.

Hip Tip: The Toot-Toot Drivers cars are fun off the track too. They are an ideal size for handbags and nappy bags and offer entertainment for long holiday trips, visits to grandma or a doctor’s waiting room.

VTech toys are available at major department stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

To find out more about VTech, to browse the Toot-Toot Drivers range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.vtech.com.au.

Ooshies

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Oct 082018
 

As sad as it is all good things have to come to an end. We returned from our big European adventure almost three weeks ago and (after sleeping off their jet lag) the kids squeezed in two more weeks of school before the school holidays arrived. They settled back into school life in no time and also quickly caught on to the Ooshies trend:

Ooshies (ages 5+) are the latest collect and swap trend to hit the school yard and with so many awesome Ooshies characters to collect it is no wonder all the kids are joining in the fun! Don’t be fooled by their small size, these soft squishy pencil toppers are big in entertainment and hot property among hip boys and girls. They can be enjoyed on and off your pencil and they are a perfect size for pockets, pencil cases and backpacks.

Ooshies are available in loads of different ranges so there is a favourite Ooshie for everyone. From DC and Marvel to Pixar and Disney, from DreamWorks to Cars and much more, no matter which team you’re on, Ooshies has you covered. We started our collection with Elsa and Olaf (of course!) and just discovered that Barbie and her friends are the latest additions to the Ooshies family, fabulous news for my little Barbie fans!

The excitement of a blind bag never wears off and the girls were in luck: the adorable Pyjama Barbie and pretty Mermaid Barbie were at the top of their wish list. There are 17 different Barbie Ooshies to collect including a highly coveted limited edition Golden Mermaid Barbie. If we do manage to find that special goldilocks I’ll make sure to share a snap!

My personal favourites (yes, even mums can have an Ooshie soft spot) are the Care Bears Ooshies, it’s like being a child all over again. I just adore these gorgeous bears, I might have to start my own collection! I have already popped some Care Bears blind bags away to put in the girls’ shoes in the lead up to Sinterklaas, I have no doubt they will absolutely love the surprise.

Ooshies are sold in single bags (ideal as a small treat, a pocket money buy or stocking filler for Christmas) or as multi-packs, a speedy way to complete your Ooshies collection. And don’t forget you can always trade with your friends if you have doubles! A little birdie told me that Transformers and Star Wars are soon to join the gang and even an Ooshies Junior range is coming up.

Keep your eyes peeled, you never know when and where the next Ooshies will pop up…

To find out more about Ooshies and to browse the range visit www.ooshies.net.

Disney Princess giveaway

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May 272018
 

With princesses being hot news at the moment there are many girls dreaming of finding their own prince charming. Gorgeous dresses, a sparkling crown, a real castle, a dashing prince and preferably a golden carriage and some talking animals too, there is nothing as magical as a princess life. Especially for those little dreamers Disney has created a royal gift fit for a princess:

Exclusively available at Chemist Warehouse the Disney Princess Story Book Perfume (50ml, RRP $19.99) will make any girl feel like a true princess. Each bottle of Story Book Perfume comes beautifully packaged in a special keepsake tin picturing one of Disney’s much loved princesses. Frozen, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella, which Disney Princess is your favourite?

As a mum of four girls I knew that these delightful scents would be a huge hit, the only question was which princess to match with which daughter… Going by the delighted look on their little faces I think I did well, big smiles all around and of course the house smells particularly nice these days as they are making very sure to keep up the perfume throughout the day! They really love the pretty tins with the peek-through window, a lovely place to store their treats and treasures.


Good to know: All Disney Princess Story Book perfumes are ethyl alcohol free and safe for children aged 5 and up. What a wonderful gift idea for your young Disney fan!

To find out more about the Disney Princess Story Book Perfume collection, to locate a stockist near you or to order your favourite online visit www.chemistwarehouse.com.au.

Hop on over to our Instagram page (@thewoottons) and follow the prompts under the Disney Princess giveaway photo for your chance to WIN a Disney Princess Story Book Perfume (RRP $19.99).