May 012015
 

Oyster

Big Baby Shower – Day 1

Today marks the start of our much anticipated Big Baby Shower giveaway, a fabulous series of giveaways to celebrate the exciting news that the Hip Little One family is growing (again). Thanks to an amazing bunch of sponsors we have been able to secure a whole heap of fantastic prizes for you so if you are a new or expecting mama you are in for a real treat.

Oyster Vogue collection

Because every baby deserves a beautiful set of wheels we’re kicking off the Big Baby Shower in style with this awesome prize from our wonderful friends at Oyster. Designed with growing families in mind the stylish Oyster Max is suitable for one child, two children of different ages and even twins, we’ve got all families covered.

Oyster Max Grape SeatsThe award-winning design of the Oyster Max is rapidly winning hearts across Australia thanks to its extreme versatility and many custom options. The seating can be changed to suit the needs of your family perfectly at all times: 1 carrycot, 1 seat, 1 carrycot and 1 seat, 2 seats and even 2 carrycots. With a generous weight limit of 9kg for each carrycot and 17.5kg for each seat the Oyster Max really grows with your family.

Oyster Black ChassisYou can also express your individuality and style through different colour options and combinations. The Oyster Max chassis is available in anodised silver and anodised black, while the seats and carrycots comes in 6 on-trend colours to suit the personal taste of both the parent and passenger(s): Ocean, Grape, Black, Vogue Teal, Vogue Damson and Vogue Slate Grey. Which Oyster shade is your favourite?

Oyster Max CapsuleTo make going out and about with your new bundle of joy as easy and pleasant as possible there is a great selection of Oyster accessories to choose from, e.g. capsule adaptors (compatible with selected Max-Cosi, Nuna and Joie infant capsules), height increasers, a handy ride-on board for older children, convenient bottle holder, cosy foot muff and more. Remember, the world is your Oyster.

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

For your chance to win an Oyster Max pram (Chassis + Upper Seat) plus Oyster Max Carrycot OR Tandem Seat (total RRP $1048) in your choice of colour (subject to availability) enter our giveaway below:

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Jan 012015
 

Panasonic

Today we are welcoming the new year in style with a few lovely friends so I whipped up some yummy snacks for the hungry tribe using the Panasonic NN-CS894S Steam Combi Microwave Oven (RRP $1209), a luxurious, high quality microwave oven with a stunning industrial look. The clever design allows you to steam, grill, bake, defrost and microwave your favourite foods in one spacious unit packed with clever features.

Panasonic NN-CS894S

Panasonic is on a mission to make your life easier, your kitchen more stylish, your cooking faster, your food healthier and your energy consumption lower, it’s a win all around.

Panasonic Monkey Bread

To help you reduce energy, and therefore your household bills too, this Panasonic NN-CS894S Steam Combi Microwave Oven uses intelligent ECONAVI technology. As you may remember I mentioned this innovative technology before when we talked about the Panasonic fridge and washing machine range, it’s all about efficient use to suit your personal needs and habits. The ECONAVI function of the NN-CS894S makes sure you are not wasting energy on heating an entire grill surface when you are only warming small portions so only the necessary space is heated.

Panasonic Iced Monkey Bread

To make this scrumptious cinnamon pull-apart treat with vanilla drizzle I used a simple homemade pizza dough, it was so easy to make and the cinnamon nibbles are the perfect size for little hands. It takes just 20-25 minutes to cook, smells divine and is very more-ish, definitely a family favourite for us and budget friendly too.

Panasonic Pizza

Like most mums I want to provide my family with healthy, nutritious food so I love that Panasonic shares these values and has incorporated them in this microwave oven design. The powerful steam function works really well and keeps important nutrients in the food while the Inverter technology ensures food is cooked more evenly without destroying food cells like conventional microwaves do.

NN-CS894SNot only does the Panasonic NN-CS894S have a huge 32 litre capacity, it also offers 2-level convection cooking. By cooking on two levels simultaneously you can cook more food in the same amount of time which saves you precious time and energy, very handy when you have many mouths to feed like in our big family. Because of the flat bed technology, pull-down door and the fact that the touchscreen is built into the door you are able to use the entire width of the unit as cooking space, this means more space for bigger dishes and no restrictive turntable.

To nicely grill these chicken kebabs I used the special Panasonic Grill Tray (included) which heats food from two sides for faster cooking and removes the need for turning food halfway through the process. The upper heaters located in the roof of the microwave cook from the top while the microwave-heated grill tray cooks from the bottom, these babies were cooked and ready in about 30 minutes. The best part is that you don’t even need any oil, so much healthier than using the fry pan!

Panasonic Chicken Kebabs

I absolutely love the classy stainless steel design and the smart operation touch screen, especially the super quick and quiet ‘Swipe & Touch’ control is so easy and smooth. To set the time you just swipe and tap as opposed to endlessly pressing a button. The digital display tells you exactly what setting you are choosing, weight if applicable, the correct tray and height level, how much time you have left, if you need to turn or stir the food, fill the water tank etc, it’s like having a built-in manual to refer to.

Panasonic 'Swipe & Touch'

For more information about Panasonic, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.panasonic.com.au.

Dec 152014
 

Out'n'About

With just a few days of school left most families will be gearing up for a busy two months of holidaying. Whether you are exploring your own town, hitting the beach, camping in the outback, visiting the zoo or a theme park, the Out’n’About Nipper is the perfect smooth ride for your little traveller.

Especially for Hip Little One readers Out’n’About Australia has slashed prices across range, grab a bargain in the ‘Christmas Has Come Early’ Sale

  • Nipper Single Hip Little One Price $449.99 (RRP $649.99, save $200)
  • Nipper Double Hip Little One Price $599.99 (RRP $899.99, save $300)
  • Nipper Sport Hip Little One Price $399.99 (RRP $699.99, save $300)
  • Little Nipper Hip Little One Price $389.99 (RRP $589.99, save $200)

To take advantage of this exclusive offer contact Out’n’About Australia on (02) 8002 3726 to select model/colour of your choice and make payment. Shipping is $30 Australia wide and offer is valid until December 31, 2014.

Out'n'About Nipper

As you know our Out’n’About Nipper was the ideal companion on our European holiday and the new Nipper V4 is turning out to be a fabulous buddy at home too.

Out'n'About Nipper V4

We recently took it on a day out to our local wildlife park where it proved to be worth its weight in gold, it took us up hill, down the paths, across the kangaroo field, on the sandy tracks and over the bumpy footpaths without any effort.

Out'n'About V4

For more information about Out’n’About, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.outnabout.com.

Don’t forget about our Out’n’About giveaway, there are only two days left for your chance to win an Out’n’About pram of your choice. If you’re in a hurry you can take a shortcut and enter below:

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Nov 162014
 

Out'n'About

If you are a regular Hip Little One reader you probably read about our 5-week European holiday back in August. We had an amazing time and I posted plenty of hip holiday snaps on the Hip Little One Facebook page sharing our adventures, outfits and our ways of getting around with four young children. Several people asked me how we managed to bring a full size pram on our trip, the answer is simple: Out’n’About.

Nipper V4

Designed in the UK the Out’n’About Nipper Single V4 (RRP $649) is an award-winning all terrain pram that is huge in luxury, quality, comfort and features and small in weight and (folded) size, it is amazing. Weighing in at less than 10kg the Out’n’About Nipper is one of the lightest full size prams available making it the perfect travel companion.

Nipper V4 Mojito GreenThe Out’n’About Nipper Single features a sturdy and lightweight aluminium frame that feels solid and safe, it folds without any effort and all components fit and click in easily showing excellent engineering and high quality materials. I am not usually a big fan of three wheel prams but the Nipper has won me over, in my opinion the best word to describe the Nipper feeling is ‘reliable’ which is exactly what I want from a pram carrying my precious cargo.

Nipper V4 Pedal BrakeThe Nipper has a 5-point safety harness, one pedal break and a comfortable, wipe clean, padded seat that can be adjusted from sitting up to full recline to suit a newborn or a sleeping child. I love that you can recline it slowly (as opposed to ‘clicking’ it into position like many other prams) so your baby will stay asleep, we often took miss Sybbie out for a walk in the pram at night to get her to sleep (horrible jet lag!).

Nipper V4 FoldCompared to other full size prams the Out’n’About Nipper folds down to a surprisingly compact package and when you take off the quick release wheels it’s even smaller, measuring just 48cm x 29cm x 86cm. We travelled to Paris with one week of luggage for six people and a pram in the boot, not bad if you ask me! Unfolded the Nipper V4 is long enough to accommodate older children and slim enough to fit through doorways and shopping aisles.

suspensionThanks to the strong pneumatic tyres and independent rear suspension the Nipper V4 is not to only light to push and gentle on your back, it’s also more comfortable for your little passenger who won’t feel every tiny rock and bump. On our previous holiday we brought a simple umbrella stroller which does the job but it’s nothing compared to the solid, luxurious feel of the Nipper. From the beach to the forest, from the zoo to Disneyland, from the centre of Paris to airports across the globe, it drives smoothly everywhere.

Nipper V4 Handle BarOther important reasons we chose the Nipper Single as our holiday ride is the adjustable handle bar (hubby is 30cm taller than I am) and generous 22kg weight limit. With four children under six there is always someone with tired legs so at times we were swapping pram passengers like it was a game of musical chairs. From our baby to the the oldest two, everyone sat really comfortably and even slept so it’s a perfect buggy for families with  children of different ages.

There are several Out’n’About Accessories available to help create the perfect package for your child and your adventures, e.g. Out’n’About Carrycot, Sun Mesh, Travel Bag, Foot Muff, Car Seat Adapters and more.

The Out’n’About Nipper V4 series has just arrived in Australia in a range of exciting new colours: Purple Punch, Mojito Green, Lagoon Blue, Raven Black and Carnival Red. Which colour do you like most?

For more information about Out’n’About, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.outnabout.com.

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Sep 262014
 

Panasonic

As we celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary today I think back to our very first home together, how little we had yet how proud and happy we were. We shopped with great care, spending our hard earnt money on a fridge, a washing machine and a microwave oven for our rental home that was old and empty but filled with love. For months we ate at a fold-out camping table, wobbly and rusty but we didn’t care or notice because we had eacother.

Eight years, three houses and four babies later our love is stronger than ever but sadly the same can not be said about some of our appliances. While our relationship is solid as a rock our fridge and microwave have become unreliable and started to rattle, stutter and shake so I knew the end was in the sight. In our household we use our microwave oven a lot; the microwave takes care of defrosting food, warming leftovers, preparing baby meals and heating milk and the oven cooks my lasagna, roasts the potatoes, bakes yummy birthday cakes and so much more, it was time for a replacement (the microwave I mean, not the hubby!).

Panasonic Double Steam Microwave Oven

Developed by the experts at Panasonic the brand new NN-DS592B Steam Combi Microwave Oven (RRP $769, 1000W) is a multifunctional design that allows you to microwave, defrost, bake, grill, roast, steam and cook healthy, delicious meals for your family and all of that in one very clever kitchen appliance.

Panasonic NN-DS592BFrom the outside the glossy black unit looks modern, sleek and compact, a world of difference from my bulky old white microwave oven. But don’t be fooled by its size, the Panasonic NN-DS592B actually offers a generous 27 litre capacity. Thanks to the flatbed design you can use rectangular trays and capitalise the entire space, in fact the cooking area is equivalent to a 44 litre traditional microwave with a round turn table! It’s so nice to have a neater, smaller unit without having to give in on capacity, after all as a family of six we need all the space we can get.

Call it lazy but I usually leave instruction manuals to my husband, he (surprisingly) enjoys the read and gives me a quick demo afterwards which works well for both of us. Luckily for me the Panasonic Microwave Oven is designed to be quick and easy, it comes with 22 auto menus for all your family favourites like roast chicken, jacket potato, fresh pizza, steamed fish and more. Add to that an easy-to-read, back lit LCD display, just 9 clearly marked buttons to press and 1 knob to turn and you can see why I even I could manage this new addition to our kitchen.

Roast Beef

The most important feature of the Panasonic Steam Combi Microwave Oven is the steam function which will help you cook healthier meals and maintain more flavour, moisture and important nutrients in your food. At Panasonic they understand that all people, meals and foods are different so they allow you to pick the perfect combination to suit your personal taste and dish: grill and steam, microwave and steam, grill and microwave, convection and steam, it’s up to you! The water reservoir/drawer is conveniently located at the front and is easy to fill.

Jacket Potato

So far we have used our microwave for an array of ordinary uses like heating milk for coffee and hot chocolates, reheating left overs and warming baby food and it works a treat. All it takes is a turn of the dial to select the heating time, easy as pie. I particularly love the sensor reheat function, you simply set the ideal heat for your dish (very handy for baby food/milk) and the microwave works out how long to warm it for, how clever! We also really like the way the steam defrost combination delivers food that is defrosted all throughout, no icey lumps on the inside. The special Inverter technology ensures continuous heating so that food is cooked more evenly than in an ordinary microwave.

Cinnamon Scrolls

We have been busy testing out the auto menus including a Sunday afternoon roast beef and jacket potatoes for a quick kid friendly meal, it’s always good to have some hassle free dinners on hand for busy days and these are just one click away. Using the auto menu for roast beef a 1kg roast takes around 35 minutes, it’s only a short wait and if you like your meat a little rarer you can be done even quicker. If you have hungry kids to feed the auto menu jacket potatoes are a guaranteed hit, so easy to make and they are delicious! This week I decided to make a batch of cinnamon rolls to test the super handy fermenting setting to help the dough rise (a life saver if you have no warm spots or sunny window sills) and it worked brilliantly, the end result was just scrumptious and the kids gave it the thumbs up too.

NN-DS592B PanasonicOne of the biggest plusses of the Panasonic NN-DS592B is how easy it is to clean. The interior of the microwave features a convenient wipe-clean, non-stick lining all around the sides and bottom, just grab a damp cloth and wipe it out. Thanks to the steam function the inside stays more humid and spills don’t dry as quickly (no need for harsh scrubbing), there is even an auto-clean function. Less time spent on cleaning gives me more time to do the things I enjoy, double win!

The Panasonic NN-DS592B Steam Combi Microwave Oven comes complete with glass tray, metal tray, wire rack and the innovative double grill tray which allows food to be cooked from both sides.

For more information about Panasonic, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.panasonic.com.au.

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Apr 182013
 

Out'n'About

Here at Hip little one we really enjoy sharing hip finds and we especially love it when we are (one of) the first to trial an exciting new product. A few weeks ago the award winning Out’n’About prams arrived in Australia and I was lucky enough to take one for a test drive.

Out'n'About Nipper SingleThe Out’n’About brand may be new to Australia but back in its home country the U.K. it is one of the big boys, well known for its high quality products. With a whole range of awards and nominations behind its name Out’n’About has well earnt its place in the pram market and now it is time of Australian parents to put it to the test. The current Out’n’About range offers a 3-wheel single, double and sports model, here’s our miss 2 enjoying a ride in the Nipper 360 Single:

Miss 2 in the Nipper 360

Miss 2 in the Nipper 360

The first words that came to mind when I started pushing the Out’n’About Nipper 360 (RRP $549) were solid, reliable and active. While the pram feels really sturdy and robust it only weighs 9.8kg so it surprisingly light weight. In fact, it is the lightest full-sized 3-wheeler (with 12-inch wheels) in Australia! The strong pneumatic tyres are perfect for our hilly Adelaide suburb and keep the little passenger comfortable even when driving off-road.

suspensionBut it’s not just a great pram for bumpy tracks, its smooth driving and quick turning make it perfect for city life too. Thanks to the rear suspension your child won’t feel every kerbside and the slim size (61.5 cm wheelbase) makes manoeuvring through narrow aisles a breeze. Even though this is a full size pram (not a flimsy stroller) it folds down to a compact package that will easily fit in small cars. You can fold it ‘standing up’, so you don’t have to fold it all the way to the ground which is gentler on your back.

Nipper 360 in the boot

Nipper 360 in the boot

The Nipper 360 is suitable from newborn up to 22kg which is extremely generous (many other prams have a 15kg weight limit), this makes it a very good investment for families as the Nipper 360 can be enjoyed for years. The seat can lie flat to suit newborns and there are three different heights for the five-point harness so you always have the right (safe) fit for your child.

Nipper 360 Single

Nipper 360 Single

The ‘active’ feel of the pram lines up with the sporty look of the Nipper 360. This look may not be to everyone’s taste but it really suits this style of pram. Practical wipe clean fabrics, plenty of storage both under and at the back of the seat (easy access!), a sun canopy and one-touch brake, the Nipper 360 is packed with great features that will make your trip with baby as simple and enjoyable as possible.

If you are like me and prefer using a bassinet for newborn babies you’ll be pleased to know that there is an Out’n’About Carrycot ($199) available too. The carrycot can be used until your baby is approx. 6 months old/9 kg. Compared to other bassinets this design is quite long and slim in shape to avoid baby rolling over at every corner. Our 8 week old fits very comfortably and has plenty of growing space left.

Nipper 360 with Nipper Carrycot

Nipper 360 with Nipper Carrycot

CarrycotThe Nipper Carrycot comes with a removable quilted liner that completely covers the inside of the bassinet and folds over the edges. This is a fabulous design as your baby doesn’t have to sleep against the cold pram canvas and both liner and mattress cover can be machine washed. If your baby spills quite often like our daughter this is really handy, no more scrubbing!

Conclusion:
My over all opinion on the Out’n’About Nipper 360 is that is a very durable, high quality pram that is perfect for active Australian families. From city strolls to tough bush walks, a smooth ride is guaranteed. If you are looking for a pram to take off-road but you don’t want the heavy weight this is the perfect pram for you.

Priced at $549 the Nipper 360 is very affordable and you get great value for money. Out’n’About really stands behind their product and backs it up with a fantastic 2-year warranty, something you won’t get with most other prams.

To stay up-to-date with the latest Out’n’About news and specials make sure you follow Out’n’About on Facebook.

For more information about Out’n’About, to taker a closer look at the features of the Nipper 360 or to locate a stockist near you visit www.outnabout.com.au.

Save up to 45% on Baby Jogger

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May 042012
 

One of the most important purchases for a new baby would have to be the pram. You will use the pram from birth up to two, three or even four years old so you will want to pick something that looks good, is practical and is durable too. Often a good pram comes with a hefty price tag but thanks to Ladybub you can cross the pram of your shopping list and still have plenty of dollars left in your baby budget.

Ladybub is all about big savings and in the current Baby Jogger sale you will find a range of cool prams that won’t cost you a fortune. Whether you are transporting one of two kids, like the look of classic black, bright green or funky blue, with prices reduced by up to 45% you can afford to buy a spare ride. Prices start at $209.95 for the compact City Micro Single in ocean Blue or Kiwi Green (usually $349).

As a mum of twins I know all about the extra expenses, you do get double the hugs but you also have to buy double the nappies and of course a double pram. Normally the Baby Jogger City Micro Double 2010 would take a massive $749 chunk out of your savings, but right now it can be yours for just $419. This leaves you with an extra $330, or should I say 11 boxes of nappies?

While you are making up your mind about which pram to get for your little cherub you can stock up on one of Australia’s favourite skincare labels: Milk Baby by Lindy Klim. Made with all natural ingredients Milk Baby is gentle and kind on baby’s skin and of course it wouldn’t be Ladybub if it was gentle on your wallet too. You can save up to 70% on Milk Baby products for body, face, hair and even the nursery.

To find out more about Ladybub, to browse all the fantastic products currently on sale and to order your favourites visit www.ladybub.com.au. Remember, shipping is just $9.90 no matter how much you order.