‘Dad Hacks’ giveaway

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Aug 242019

Pan Macmillan Australia

Who needs weekends with pubs and clubs when you can have Friday nights on the couch with Better Homes and Gardens? I love starting the weekend with some recipe inspiration, my girls always enjoy the craft ideas and secretly we all wish for our very own Rob Palmer to lend a hand around the house. I may not be able to give you Rob, but with this cool book of tricks your own hubby is sure to become your favourite handyman:

Especially for his first book Dad Hacks (RRP $29.99) Australia’s favourite DIY guru Rob Palmer has handpicked 101 of his best tradie tips, household hacks and savvy savings that will help Aussie families save time and money.

Whether dad’s an amateur cook (cook a scrumptious scone or boil the perfect egg), a fun family-man (build a backyard slingshot or play supermarket hide-and-seek), an outdoor guy (pull out a tree stump or light a fire with corn chips) or a tool trainee (fix a sticky lock or drill into tiles), with these and many more Dad Hacks Rob Palmer has all types of fathers covered. Everyone knows kids like to believe their dad knows all and can do everything and this great guy guide is exactly what dads need to keep up the image.

With Father’s Day just around the corner ‘Dad Hacks’ would make a perfect gift for the special man in your life (and the rest of the family can reap the benefits too!).

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at ‘Dad Hacks’ Rob Palmer and to order your favourite titles online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Dad Hacks (RRP $29.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Jun 042015

Kiss Naturals

As a mum of four little ones there is no avoiding the masses of birthday invitations, this month we do not have a single weekend without a birthday party to attend. As a result I am always on the look-out for fabulous gifts that are fun, unique, preferably educational and of course friendly on the budget too. This week I am wrapping up one of these awesome Kiss Naturals kits for one lucky birthday girl:

Kiss Naturals DIY Kits

The Kiss Naturals product range is developed and made in Canada by husband and wife team Mike and Marie. As parents of young daughters they realised that many girls are keen to experiment with beauty products, leaving them to worry about the possible harmful ingredients children may be putting on their skin. They decided to come up with an award-winning range of natural craft kits that allow girls to have safe, creative fun with pretty products.

Kiss Naturals Bath FizzieFrom lip balm to perfume, from hair chalk to lip gloss and from soap to bath fizzies, there are lots of different Kiss Naturals DIY Craft Kits (Ages 6+, RRP $14.95 – $24.95) to choose from. All kits are free from nasties like fillers, additives, dyes and synthetics, just natural ingredients that can be enjoyed safely. I love that these kits are double the fun, first creative fun while making and then fun to use (or to gift to someone special).

Kiss Naturals Lip BalmI know Kiss Naturals kits are mainly aimed at children but I had at least as much (if not more!) fun as my kids creating our own beauty products. I am very impressed by the quality of the materials, the ease of use and the overall professional look (and the affordable price tag), well done Mike and Marie! Holding a little plastic jar and twisty-tube with your own home-made lip balm is pretty cool, my girls were very chuffed with their work.

The standard kits contain enough ingredients/materials for multiple end products so it’s a great project for friends or siblings to do together on a rainy afternoon. It would make an excellent activity for a girls’ birthday party too! If you need a bit of extra help to get you started simply watch the handy Kiss Naturals instruction videos, easy as pie.

To find out more about Kiss Naturals, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.kissnaturals.com.

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Brides on a budget

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Oct 052014

Wedding Day

As we celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary last week I took a moment to look back at our big day. I had only just moved to Australia and we were busy setting up house (as well as going through an expensive visa application) so we were a bit strapped for cash and planned our wedding on a tight budget. I wore a bargain USD $9 wedding dress, did my own makeup and a girlfriend did my hair, mother-in-law made the cake, an uncle performed the ceremony and that’s just the start. Some might find this a punishment but I actually loved the challenge, you all know how much I love hunting for the best buys!

With lovely Summer weather on the (far) horizon it won’t be long before wedding season kicks off. If you’re tying the knot this year it’s time to get your invitations ordered and in the mail and no, they don’t have to break the bank:

Pre-cut InvitesThe easiest way save on your invites is by making them yourself, it’s not as tricky as it sounds and the internet is full of wonderful pages to get inspiration from. You can grab your invitation paper or pre-cut cards, ribbons, invitation envelopes, seals and other decorations like lace, tape and studs from specialist stores like Paper Warehouse which will save you big bucks compared to ordinary stationery or craft shops.

Paper Warehouse stocks many of the big names in decorative paper e.g. Cristina Re, Paper Craft and Paper Chic at bottom prices so you get the designer look you are after without the designer price tag. Weddings are expensive enough as it is and by going the DIY route you can save some much needed extra cash to spend on other parts of your wedding.

DIY RibbonWe did a lot of our wedding preparations ourselves and while it (obviously) takes a bit more time than having someone else do it for you it is very rewarding and it allows you create something that is 100% you and suits your wedding perfectly. If you get some of your family and girlfriends together to help out it will cut down the workload and it is a great bonding experience, I have fond memories of our evenings spent wrapping wedding favours and writing envelopes.

To browse the range visit www.paperwarehouse.com.au.

ElmiraIf you have a very large wedding party, are running out of time or are simply not a crafty person and prefer to let the experts do the hard work you can find an affordable range of pre-made wedding invitations at Invitation House. There are some really lovely styles to choose from: gold or silver, earthy tones or black and white, beautiful elegant wedding invitations or pretty beach wedding invitations, it’s up to you! Prices depend on the options and extras you choose, DIY packages are available for those wanting to save even more.

To browse the range visit www.invitationhouse.net.au.

Happy wedding planning!