Dec 172017

As the end of the year draws near I am secretly getting excited about getting back in shape in the new year, I have a wardrobe full of pre-baby clothes I can’t wait to wear again. As you can probably imagine delivering a 4.6kg baby was no easy task, recovery has been slow and unfortunately I am yet to get the doctor’s tick of approval to start exercising again. It has been almost three months since Ted was born and thankfully I am feeling a bit stronger every day so I am slowly picking up the pace with the help of Maze Activewear:

Designed for new, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers of all shapes and sizes Maze Activewear offers stylish, high quality activewear that is both practical and flattering. I am a bit disappointed that I only discovered this awesome label after Ted was born as I am loving this supportive yet comfy sports gear!

Most expecting mums will know that it is important to stay active during pregnancy, but at the same time your changing body and that rapidly growing bump can leave you feeling a bit out of balance and unsure. Don’t worry mama, Maze Activewear will help you feel confident and supported in all the right places with their fabulous over-the-belly Maternity Tights (RRP $79.95-$89.95, size XS – L).

Featuring a breathable and seam-free tummy panel that grows with you as your baby belly grows, stability power mesh that will make you strong and steady and hi-tech performance fabric these tights are your ultimate exercise buddy. They are available in both full length and a shorter 3/4 length and come in a range of neutral colours to compliment all your favourite workout gear.

Once baby has arrived most mamas will find their new body will take some getting used to, after 6 babies my body most certainly isn’t bouncing back the way celebrities seem to do! The Maze Activewear High Waisted 3/4 Tights (RRP $49.95, size XS-L) do a fantastic job keeping all those wobbly bits in place while the Active Core Stability technology provides much needed support for this poor mummy tummy which has had quite the beating. Added bonus: A handy zip pocket at the back to keep your gym pass or keys safe and mesh panels on the lower leg for extra air flow.

Whether I am at home or out and about and whether I am relaxing or working out, our big boy counts on easy nursing access. With the Nursing Sports Bra (RRP $59, size XS-L) you can get fit and feed at the same time, easy drop-down cups allow for convenient breastfeeding (and a nursing pad if desired) while the powerful nylon/spandex/cotton blend will keep you comfortable and supported through your entire training session. The ergonomic racer back design distributes the weight evenly and stops me from getting a sore back and shoulders.

Hip Tip: When you buy the Maternity Tights and Nursing Sports Bra together you get a welcome 15% bundle discount. For an even bigger saving why not join the Maze Activewear mailing list to enjoy an additional 10% discount on your first order, simply enter your email address at the bottom of the home page to receive your discount code in your inbox.

Want to get started on your workout as soon as possible? Make sure you refer to the handy Maze Activewear Size Chart to select the size that is right for you. For extra peace of mind a hassle-free returns and exchange policy is in place.

To find out more about Maze Activewear, to browse the range and to order online visit, shipping is free Australia wide.

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Dec 232014

Knocked-Up Fitness

Christmas Countdown – Day 23

With only one week left of the year I can’t help but think of my New Year resolutions, the ones I kept (and of course the ones I didn’t keep!) and new ones for the year ahead. Like most mums I would love to be fitter but where do you start? Whether you are a new mum, an ‘old’ mum or even an expecting mum, Erica Ziel’s Knocked-Up Fitness will help you become fit and healthy in 2015:

Knocked-Up Fitness Digital Program

With more than 10 years of personal training and Pilates teaching under her belt certified personal trainer, Pilates instructor, nutritionist and mum of three Erica Ziel knows exactly what works and what doesn’t when it comes to fitness. She has developed the Knocked-Up Fitness Program to help mothers stay fit healthy during all stages of pregnancy and beyond.

Erica ZielKnocked-Up Fitness offers gentle, safe, functional exercises that be done during pregnancy to help you feel good and give you more energy as well as prepare you for delivery and busy life as a mother. Exercises are short and well explained so you can do them in the comfort of your own home and fit them into your day when it suits you best. Bonus: You don’t need a babysitter, expensive equipment or watch your reflection in scary mirrors!

prenatal-and-after-baby-dvdsAfter your baby has been born Knocked-Up Fitness will help you to back (or close) to your pre-baby body in a safe and gentle way. Erica Ziel has built her program on exercises that have proven to be successful for ordinary mums like you and I which makes results achievable and rewarding. You can buy the program on DVD or in digital form and you can even book online training with Erica herself.

To find out more about Knocked-Up Fitness by Erica Ziel, to browse the product range and to order online visit

For your chance to win the Knocked-Up Fitness Digital Program: Prenatal + Pilates-Infused Functional Workouts + eBook (RRP $89) enter our giveaway below:

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Nov 032014

Last month I wrote about my holiday diet, five weeks of delicious European food extended by a generous two months of feeling homesick after we returned has not gone unnoticed on the scales so a few weeks ago I decided that enough is enough. I ditched the junk food (OK I didn’t throw it out, I just ate it all…) and started afresh with healthy eating and exercise while the twins are at school. Our little 4-year old had joined in the action too and keeps active with her LeapFrog LeapBand:

LeapFrog LeapBands

The LeapFrog LeapBand is a compact, fun, portable activity tracker for children aged 4-7. At LeapFrog they know all about making learning fun and know they are also helping kids to get moving using engaging, age appropriate games and exercises on a cool ‘watch style’ mini-computer.

LeapFrog LeapBand GreenThe LeapBand concept is based on a virtual pet that needs to be fed, played with and looked after. Children can choose their favourite pet and customise its colour and name for a real personal experience. Unlike the 90’s trend Tamagotchi which just needed a press of a button to do the caring a LeapBand is interactive and requires the child to get active to keep their pet happy and content.

The activity tracker features a high resolution colour screen and just four buttons making it easy to manage for young children. Instructions and rewards are being read out loud so even children who can’t read just yet can play. Swim like a fish, walk like a penguin, hop like a kangaroo, row your boat, with 50 different challenges there are a lot of ways to get moving. By completing challenges kids can earn Jewels/Joules to look after their pet, the more you jump, stretch, crawl, wiggle, dance, shake and stomp the happier your pet will get.

Featuring a strong, flexible and adjustable waistband the LeapBand can be made to fit little wrists perfectly. The cleverly designed wristband is not completely round but flat on top and stiff on the sides so that the screen will stay on top as opposed to roll down underneath the wrist when moving because of gravity.

LeapFrog LeapBand PinkOur three oldest children (a 4 year old and 6 year old twins) all love playing with the LeapBand, I admit they do sometimes argue about taking turns but generally they all do the same exercises with only 1 person wearing the LeapBand and are quite happy with a ‘group exercise’. It’s lovely to see them have fun while moving and getting rid of some excess energy. We have had a few young guests lately who tested the LeapBand too and they all really enjoyed it (so did their mums who immediately added it to the Christmas shopping list).

Some more handy information: LeapBands can easily be recharged using a USB charging cable (included) so there are no batteries that need to be replaced or that could fall out and pose a danger. Parents can follow their child’s progress by connecting the LeapBand to a computer, you can see what your child’s activity is like and you can limit your child’s playtime by setting school times and quiet times. As good as exercise is for children, variety is good too and this parent control allows you to decide on an arrangement that suits your family.

LeapFrog LeapBand BlueThe LeapFrog LeapBand (RRP $59.99, green and pink) is now available from all major retailers and independent toy stores across Australia. If you love standing out from the crowd you may want to pop into your local BigW store as BigW is the exclusive Australian stockist of the very cool blue LeapBand, you can’t purchase it anywhere else. Looks pretty awesome if you ask me!

To find out more about LeapFrog, to browse the range and to locate stockist near you visit

Feb 032014

Books 4 Schools

Last week I introduced you to the fantastic Books 4 Schools initiative from Australian Office and I am glad to see so many of you discovering this super helpful website. We also launched an awesome giveaway where you can win 1 of 2 $100 Books 4 Schools Scrapbook Packs to give your craft cupboard a boost for the school year ahead. But there is more…

Olympic Exercise Book Pack

Big or small, ruled, graph, grid or blank, thin or thick, project, exercise, science or notebook; there are so many different school books to choose from! Because shopping for school stationery supplies can be quite a time consuming task the helpful team at Books 4 Schools is saving Australian families time and stress with the practical Scholatic Ruling Guide.

Reflex Binder BookYou can download the free Scholatic Ruling Guide online and use it to create a complete school book shopping list from Australia’s favourite school stationery brands Olympic, Tudor, Reflex and Tudor Eco. All different book styles, sizes and details are clearly listed so it saves you lots of puzzling.  Using the unique reference code that is printed on the front of all the school books finding the correct school book is a piece of cake.

Olympic PP rangeThis school year iconic Australian brand Olympic is shaking things up a little in the school books department with the exciting new Olympic PP range. Featuring tough plastic covers in a selection of bright colours the new PP exercise books do not only look super stylish but they are also extremely durable and sure to last the year. Students can be pretty rough when packing their school bags so these strong covers will prevent torn or bent covers and you can even wipe off sticky messes with ease.

To celebrate the start of the new school year we are giving away two Books 4 Schools Stationery Packs filled with $100 worth of exercise books in all kinds of styles, sizes and colours. If you have little or big students in school this is the perfect giveaway for you!

To find out more about Books 4 Schools, to discover valuable tools for parents, students and teachers or to download the handy Scholatic Ruling Guide visit

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Jan 272013

As we are celebrating Back to School Week at Hip little one I can’t go past the fantastic educational workbooks by Hinkler. My twins absolutely love the Hinkler workbooks and they have gone through quite a few of them already, I sit them down at the kitchen table with their books and they are entertained for ages. My two 4-year olds are currently enjoying the pre-school titles but for school age children there is lots of choice too. Specifically for Year 3 and Year 5 Hinkler has created the Naplan Style Workbooks.

Hinkler School Zone Naplan Style Year 3

As the name suggests the Naplan-Style Workbooks are developed with national Naplan testing in mind. These School Zone books are a fun way to help your child exercise some of the very important skills that are tested by Naplan: Reading, Writing, Numeracy and Language Conventions. Each book contains 72 pages of exercises, practice tests and even reward stickers to keep it fun. By practising at home in a relaxed and familiar environment your child will feel more comfortable and calm when the time comes for the real Naplan tests at school.

Hinkler School Zone Naplan Style Year 5

The bright and colourful Hinkler Naplan Style Workbooks are enjoyable for kids to work with and they allow parents to help with the preparation (fully explained answers to each question are included). For both Year 3 and Year 5 there are four individual titles available ($9.99 each) as well as one Complete Naplan Style Workbook ($19.99) that combines all the skills in one book. You can find the Hinkler School Zone range at all good book and department stores, newsagents and online retailers.

To find out more about Hinkler, to take a closer look at the School Zone range and to locate a stockist near you visit

Question: What skill could your student use some help with and would you like to win the Year 3 or Year 5 Prize Pack?

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Oct 082012

This week is a very exciting (and also a little scary) week as the twins are due to start full time kindy tomorrow. It always seemed like such a long time away, I can hardly believe that day has now come. They have had a few trial 3-hour trial runs and loved it, so really I shouldn’t be worried. Maybe I am more worried about myself missing them too much? It will be interesting to see how they (and I) will go, being away from home for 2,5 days a week.

Most kids love school holidays but for the twins they couldn’t end soon enough, they are just so excited about finally going to ‘school’. They talk endlessly about the kindy rules as explained by the teacher, one of them is to write your own name on the attendee list upon arrival. So the twins have been busy practicing their writing skills, in their mind even perfect is not good enough. Crayons and pencils are for babies, pens are for ‘big kids’ and holding them correctly is the key. Yes, I have heard it all this week!

Our Paper Mate InkJoy pens have had a great workout this week, pink for miss 4 and bright blue for master 4. Unlike with other pens there was not much scratching as the ink comes out easily and they write smoothly, the kids thought they were awesome. So awesome that they have already packed their pens in their backpacks for tomorrow.

Tommie’s first letter to Opa (Grandad)

No writing today, we are just enjoying their last day at home with games, yummy snacks and lots of laughter. I am signing off for today! (If your kids would like some InkJoy pens in their backpack too make sure you enter our little Paper Mate giveaway below).

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