Bedtime, Daddy! giveaway

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Sep 062020
 

EK Books

Happy Father’s Day! Our six children are blessed with a wonderful, amazing, giving dad who loves nothing more than to spend time with them. He makes silly jokes and does funny dances, he plays games and drives them everywhere, he builds LEGO and watches dance shows and I can count on two hands the times he missed the bedtime routine. On this special day of celebration, here’s a sweet bedtime story with a twist from EK Books:

In Bedtime, Daddy! (RRP $24.99) the roles are reversed as we follow the adorable Little Bear who, at the end of a long day, sets off to put his big cuddly Daddy Bear to bed. As good parents know all too well, bedtime routines are tricky and you have do it exactly right…

All the elements of bedtime are there: The delaying, the messy tooth brushing, a story or two or three (but the extra ones a little rushed), the stalling, the strange questions, the mysterious monsters and unquenchable thirst, the open door, the sudden hunger and then that final stretch of waiting around the corner for the breathing to slow down.

This putting people to bed business is surprisingly exhausting! In his final moments of waiting Little Bear is getting pretty tired and his eyes are slowly closing… Thankfully parents tend to outlast their little ones (most days!) and there comes big, strong Daddy Bear to pick up Little Bear and tuck him in for the night.

With its cute illustrations, catchy lines and funny jokes Bedtime, Daddy! makes the perfect bedtime tale for young sleepyheads. Kids just love the familiarity of Daddy Bear’s bedtime antics and my tribe had a good giggle as they recognised their own delaying tactics on each page. What a blessing good dads are, on Father’s Day and every other day.

You can find ‘Bedtime, Daddy!’ in leading book stores across Australia.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Bedtime, Daddy! (RRP $24.99) head over to the Hip Little One Facebook page, good luck!

Aug 232019
 

If you are a regular Hip Little One reader you may remember Jess Racklyeft’s gorgeous picture book ‘There’s Only One Mum Like You’, one of our favourite 2019 Mother’s Day finds. So many (grand)mothers were spoilt with this beautiful book and the story is being read and loved over and over again in homes all around the country. But what about the dads? Don’t worry, Affirm Press has them covered too:

‘There’s only one dad like you, Dad.
Caring, daring and wise.
Fixer of all that is broken;
builder of the best surprise’

There’s Only One Dad Like You (RRP $19.99) is a warm celebration of the special father (figures) in our lives. The fathers that fix, the papas who play, the protectors and problem solvers, the cooks and the craftsmen, the heroes and the helpers, no two dads are the same yet this book treasures them all.

Featuring Jess’ eye-catching water colour illustrations, a unique lay-out and delightful rhyme this picture book is guaranteed to speak to the children who read it and warm the hearts of the dads that receive it. You have one week left to get your hand on a copy, be quick!

To find out more about Affirm Press and to take a closer look at ‘There’s Only One Dad Like You’ by Jess Racklyeft visit www.affirmpress.com.au.

To find out more about Affirm Press, to take a closer look at ‘There’s Only One Mum Like You’ by Jess Racklyeft and to order a copy online visit www.affirmpress.com.au.

May 072017
 

Pan Macmillan Australia

With Mother’s Day just a week away most children have their precious mamas on their mind and are excitedly crafting handmade treasures for the big day. My kids on the other hand are completely focussed on Hip Daddy, who will soon go on a work-trip to Japan. They are lucky enough to have their dad home at 5pm most days so they are a bit nervous about having to miss him, even if it is only for week. Especially miss 6 is finding it hard and she has shed quite a few tears reading this lovely book with her daddy:

With My Daddy (RRP $14.99) is an absolutely gorgeous picture book for young children that celebrates all the wonderful things that make dads so special. Everyday activities like eating and cleaning, playtime and bath time turn into a fun adventure when you do them with daddy.

Our little girls adore the colourful illustrations featuring a range of father-child animal duos and they also love the rhyming story which encourages them to read along and guess what is coming next. If you’re looking for heart-warming story to settle down with at the end of the day this book is a real winner (and of course a great gift idea for Father’s Day too).

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at ‘With My Daddy’ and to order a copy online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

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Win with BabyBjörn #dadstories

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Mar 192017
 

BabyBjorn logo copy

Baby snuggles, as a proud mother of five little ones it is no secret that I just can’t get enough of those squishy little bodies and that sweet baby scent. The way they just lean into you and are comforted by your unique mama smell and the feel of your body is absolutely priceless. But mums are not the only ones who enjoy that closeness, dads love bonding with their babies too and babywearing is a wonderful way to keep your precious bundle close.

Like myself Hip Daddy has totally fallen in love with baby wearing and has walked many kilometers with one of our children strapped to his chest. Does your baby daddy still needs some convincing? The stylish new Baby Carrier One Spring collection by BabyBjörn is sure to win him over, I can’t decide which of the new colours and prints I love most!

BabyBjörn’s heartwarming #dadstories campaign proves that loving dads come in all shapes and sizes, why not join in the fun and share your favourite ‘dad stories’ on Instagram using the hashtags #babybjorn #dadstories. Your special contribution could be rewarded with one of the weekly BabyBjörn prizes and one lucky dad will even take home a $1000 Master Card cheque (of course all dads win unconditional love from their special little people!). Conditions apply, competition ends April 6, 2017.

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

Sep 062015
 

Roadshow Entertainment

A very happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there! Our children are blessed with an amazing daddy who truly deserves to be in the spotlight (any day, not just on Father’s Day). When I talked to the kids about presents for daddy and asked them what he likes they all said ‘fast cars’ which is spot on, he has loved watching Formula 1 and Top Gear for as long as I have known him. Obviously the family budget doesn’t allow for a his own ‘racing car’ but I can treat him to a relaxing evening with some of his favourite tv-shows:

Top Gear Patagonia SpecialA great pick for big V8 lovers, Top Gear: Patagonia Special (RRP $24.95) follows Jeremy, Richard and James as they take three V8 powered sports cars out for an epic and arduous 1600 mile road trip through Patagonia, a sparsely populated region located at the southern end of South America. As always the fantastic, fun, feisty trio is in for a journey full of surprises, navigating their cars past swamps, deserts, forests, beaches and snowy mountain passes.

Top Gear The Complete Series 22If, like my hubby, you can never watch enough of the world’s biggest car programme you can relax to your heart’s content with Top Gear: The Complete Series 22 (RRP $24.95). With over 8 hours of Top Gear adventures, spread out over 3 discs, dads across the globe are in for a real treat. From Australia to St. Petersburg, from Lamborghinis to Land Rovers, from classic cars to the new BMW i8 hybrid, this epic season is sure to satisfy the needs of every single car fan.

These new Top Gear releases are available at leading retailers across Australia, you can still pick one up today to surprise dad for Father’s Day!

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to read all about Top Gear and to order your favourite Top Gear titles online visit www.roadshow.com.au.

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Aug 252015
 

Tooheys

With Father’s Day just 1,5 week away time is quickly running out to find the perfect present for the special man in your life. Every year I try to put together a few different gifts for my hip hubby, making sure he receives something fun, luxurious, practical and tasty (after all, we all know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach). This year Aussie favourite Tooheys is making your Father’s Day gift shopping easier than ever with the release of the ultimate gift for guys of all ages:

The full-colour, hardcover Tooheys Cooking Handbook is written with real Aussie blokes in mind. It’s filled to the brim with tasty recipes that are sure to impress yet surprisingly simple to make. From pork to potatoes and from pasta to pies, from salmon to salad and from sausages to stir-fries, it contains delicious recipes to suit the whole family and thanks to the easy-to-follow, hands-on instructions even the biggest amateur-cook can give them a go.

Tooheys Cooking Handbook

I am blessed with a hubby that knows his way around the kitchen better than I do and he loves discovering new recipes so I know he will thoroughly enjoy cooking his way through this great read (whilst enjoying a beer or two). My guess is that he will first try his hand at the Finger Lickin’ Wings, something our little guinea pigs will be more than happy to taste test for him. Of course you can count on Tooheys to include a few beer-based recipes too, would you like to serve your mates some homemade Cheesy Beer Damper, Sticky Barbecued Ribs or Dark Ale Pate at your next BBQ?

So ladies, if you are looking for a cheeky way to get your man into the kitchen and in charge of dinner look no further than the new Tooheys Cooking Handbook.

Tooheys Cooking Handbook (RRP $39.99, 234 pages) is available for purchase at leading bookstores across Australia or online in the Tooheys Online Store.

To find out more about Tooheys, to take a closer look at the Tooheys Cooking Handbook and to order your copy today visit www.tooheys.com.au.

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I like him so I ‘put a ring on it’

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Jun 212015
 

Mens Rings Online

In line with Australian tradition both my husband and I wear our wedding ring on our left ring finger, however in my home country The Netherlands most couples wear their wedding rings on the right hand side. Still a Dutch girl at heart I started wearing a plain silver band on my right hand to show that I am a proud wife. I know it sounds silly but every now and then I would look at my wonderful hubby and his bare right ring finger and feel he looked a little too ‘single’ for my liking. With his birthday last week and our wedding anniversary coming up I had the perfect excuse to ‘put a ring on it’ and jumped online to browse Mens Rings Online.

Mens Rings Online range

Mens Rings Online is an Australian online boutique that sells, you guessed it, mens rings in all shapes, metals and sizes. From white gold to yellow gold, from titanium to platinum, from classic to modern, from plain and simple to eye catching and patterned, there is a perfect style for everyone and every budget. Bonus: All Mens Rings Online purchases come beautifully packaged in a jewellery box and fabric gift bag, ready to be gifted to the lucky man in your life..

Titanium RingThe website is extremely easy to navigate and by ticking a few boxes you will be presented with a selection of rings that suits your wishes perfectly. In the end I decided on this classic, plain titanium wedding band, it’s simple, timeless and priced at $179 it is affordable too. Titanium is extremely strong (perfect for tradies) and hypo-allergenic so it will not irritate his sensitive skin. For a bit of help deciding on the right metal refer to the useful Metal Comparison Chart.

Often jewellery is considered more of a female gift and (aside from his wedding ring) hubby is not exactly one to wear anything shiny so I could only hope he would appreciate the lovely thought behind this carefully selected birthday present. I should not have worried, he absolutely loved it and immediately put it on with a big smile on his face. I know this will be one of those gifts that holds a special place in his (and my) heart forever because of our unique lovely story behind it.

A beautiful gift for a special birthday boy

A beautiful gift for a special birthday boy

As you know I am always honest here and there is no pretending that I am the perfect wife. I did struggle choosing the right ring size and unfortunately I was half a size off, at least I was close! Luckily the helpful team at Mens Rings Online knows that buying jewellery (online) can be tricky so they included a handy ringsizer with my order. I properly measured hubby’s ring finger and returned my purchase for an exchange, no hassle at all. The new ring arrived in no time and this time the size was spot on, happy faces all around.

To find out more about Mens Rings Online, to browse the range and to order online www.mensringsonline.com.au, shipping is free for orders over $60.