Secret Safe Treasure Chest

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Nov 152020
 

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While having sisters is lots of fun, every now and then a girl needs a bit of quiet time away from her nosy siblings. Secret notes, locked diaries, little treasures… our four girls are generally great at sharing but some things are simply private property. So where do you tuck away your special belongings so your curious sisters can’t find them? VTech has your back:

From secret storage to special songs, from games to glowing lights, from tiny treasures to telling the time and more, the Secret Safe Treasure Chest (RRP $49.95, ages 6-11) is the ultimate all-in-one girls gift this Christmas.

Shaped like a sweet purple and pink jewellery box, this interactive Secret Safe is way too pretty to hide away in your wardrobe and deserves to take top spot on your bedside table. It even doubles as a talking alarm clock and you can change the clock front to suit your style, what a cool way to learn to read the time! When the alarm goes off you’ll hear your choice of sound or tune and the top of the chest lights up in beautiful rainbow colours.

On the inside the Treasure Chest offers a heart shaped mirror, a removable top tray to fit your smallest jewellery and a generous main compartment for more storage. Don’t worry, your valuables are well protected by your own unique password. Only the person who enters all four numbers or symbols correctly will be able to open this chest and unveil its bounty! Once the chest has been unlocked the light-up ring will show a colour display chosen by the owner. (Parents can rest assured: The secret code can be reset in case of emergency)

Aside from keeping your precious belongings safe from nosy sisters, there are plenty of other awesome features hidden in this treasure chest. The saying ‘It’s not all fun and games’ definitely doesn’t apply here but because this pink box is loads of fun AND it comes with 9 great games that teach important skills like spelling, logic and maths. Because the games use only the four gem buttons to control they are easy to learn even for young players yet they still get their brains working and different levels keeps things exciting.

Miss 7 especially loves testing and expanding her word knowledge by making as many four letter words as possible in Speedy Speller, and solving the mystery of the hidden butterfly in Hide and Seek. Miss 5 may not have excess to her sister’s precious goodies, but she is pretty chuffed that she can still play games without knowing the password. She enjoys practising her numbers in Order Challenge and she is a big fan of Magically Disappearing Cat.

Last but not least, the Secret Safe Treasure Chest comes preloaded with 20 different tunes in the Music Box and the ability to compose your own simple tracks in Music Creation with the use of the gem buttons. Stop, play, repeat and shuffle to enjoy a personalised musical experience. You can even use the Treasure Chest as a speaker by connecting an external music player like a phone or MP3 player, time to put all your favourite Christmas carols on repeat!

You can find the Secret Safe Treasure Chest right now at your local Big W store and select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

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

Myla’s Sparkling Friends

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Oct 282020
 

If you are a regular Hip Little One reader you might remember the arrival of the fluttering Myla the Magical Unicorn back in 2018. Fast forward two years and Myla hasn’t lost her sparkle yet, the girls still play with her often and she is a main character in many of their plays. In fact, they’ve recently welcomed some new fairytale friends for even more mystical adventures:

Myla’s Sparkling Friends (RRP $29.95, ages 4+) are the perfect proof that there is no such thing as too much magic, the more the merrier is our motto! The adorable Ava, Mia and Penny may be smaller in size but they are definitely big in entertainment.

With their fluttery wings, sparkling eyes, bushy tails and long flowing mane these colourful creatures come straight out of an enchanted forest. They talk, sing, move and light up making them a wonderful companion for all your fairytale stories. When you touch their mouths or wiggle their wings they’ll chatter away with more than 100 different sentences, songs, melodies and sounds that will truly bring your fantasy forest to life.

Simply press the jewel necklace to select a colour, then touch your new friend’s eyes, horn, wings or tail to see it light up in the most beautiful colours. You can decorate them over and over again, it’s a bit like make-up but without the mess (Yay!). The animal friends even teach you the name of each colour, now that’s smart.

My girls like playing with Myla’s Sparkling Friends in the dark and I have caught them taking their light-up buddy to bed so they can admire the rainbow colours as they go to sleep. While the animals are rigid and cannot be posed, they can actually perform really lifelike movements. If you push their wing or squeeze their leg you will be treated to a wagging tail or flapping wings, adding a lovely dimension to your child’s pretend play.

To help you care for and dress up your sparkling friend some little accessories (eg. a comb, hair clips or coloured charms) are included. We love the fabulous price point and the compact size of Myla’s Sparkling Friends because it means these cute creatures can come along on car trips and sleepovers, check out the sweet carry bag Hattie found for her friend Mia.

Myla’s girl squad currently consists of Ava the Fox, Mia the Unicorn and Penny the Peacock.

You can find Myla’s Sparkling Friends by VTech right now at your local Big W store and select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

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

Little Bubba: Makeover Time

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Mar 032020
 

Of course Teddy is not the only sibling who refuses to sit still. My girls are always looking for a willing customer to attempt a pretty braid, do a fancy fishtail plait or try out a new look but it turns out that it’s a lot more fun to be the stylist than the bored customer who is not allowed to move or cries with every stroke of the brush. Keeping all of my budding hairdressers and make-up artists happy has turned out to be a breeze with this cute find from Little Bubba:

Measuring a generous 27cm tall this life-size My Big Sister ‘Styling Head’ (Ages 3+, 10,6″) is the ideal client for any hairdressing or beauty bar, she is always happy to receive a fresh makeover, doesn’t wiggle and never complains when things look a little wonky. With her long blonde hair, big blue eyes and perfect skin this lovely model is a clean canvas waiting for a dedicated artist to give her a brand new look, you can change her style as many times as you like!

To help you set up your own salon the Styling Head comes with a whole heap of beauty and hair accessories: 6 royal crown hair clips, a heart-shaped brush, a pink hair comb, four rollers for gorgeous curls, face stickers and a make-up palette with lip, cheek and eye make-up in different shades.  The set contains everything to get you started, just use your imagination.

Miss 11 is our resident hairdresser and miss 9 is our wannabe make-up artist, so together they have a ball getting this blonde model looking magazine worthy. In our house it is most definitely the older girls who adore this styling kit most, the younger girls like it too but the older two are a bit better at the delicate application of make-up and have patience for the step-by-step process of tricky hair styles. A quick rinse with a baby wipe removes all the makeup, there are no stains and it washes off easily from hands and clothing too.

One small note: While the box does list all the make-up ingredients on the bottom, it does clearly say ‘for external application on dolls only’ so I am not sure how suitable it is for human skin. I have specifically instructed my girls not to apply it to their own skin but I can imagine some children will be keen to give themselves a makeover which may cause an allergic reaction.

To find out more about HeadStart, to take a closer look at the Little Bubba range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.headstartint.com.

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!

SalonDooz: Makeover Time!

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Nov 182019
 

While most Australian kids are impatiently waiting for Christmas Day to arrive, our six half Dutchies are first counting down the days until Sinterklaas. With only 19 days to go until our special night the house is buzzing with excitement. The kids are making drawings and wish lists, we are baking (and eating) lots of pepernoten and watching Sinterklaas shows on the Dutch satellite. Of course there is also a line of empty shoes waiting for a small gift in the weeks leading up to Sinterklaas evening… it turns out Sinterklaas knows exactly how to reward well behaved little girls!

Whether you want to call them a stocking filler, shoe stuffer or a Christmas sack surprise, the gorgeous SalonDooz are a fantastic budget-friendly December gift for little HairDooz fans. If they loved the luscious locks of the HairDooz collectibles they are sure to be wowed by this brand new range of fragrant fashionistas in their hot pink oversized perfume bottles.

Twelve sweetly scented SalonDooz are waiting in their own mini-salon for a talented stylist to give them a makeover, do you have the magic touch? To get started simply press the spray nozzle to open the salon door and release your new friend  The attractive, brightly coloured packaging is both pretty on the outside and the inside featuring a large mirror and even a tiny catwalk so she can show off her new look once you’re finished.

All SalonDooz have their own signature style featuring colourful hair in eyecatcching dos, fabric clothes, shoes and fashion accessories you can actually take off and put back on. As you SalonDooz collection grow so will your salon wardrobe allowing you to mix, match and create many unique looks, just use your imagination. Underneath the perfume bottle you’ll find a secret compartment with a miniature accessory like a hair straightener, a comb, a brush or another special surprise.

This larger sister of the original HairDooz doll has a moveable head, legs and arms so you can style and pose your lovely client as you play. She can stand up and sit down by herself or you can seat her in her coloured salon chair. You can even use the included suction cup to attach your SalonDooz friends to a mirror or window, making her an ideal car-companion for upcoming holiday trips.

You can find SalonDooz at Kmart, Big W, Target, Toymate, Mr. Toys or Toyworld stores across Australia or online.

To find out more about HairDooz, to meet the different characters and to locate a stockist near you visit www.hairdooz.net.

Alex Rider ‘Secret Weapon’ giveaway

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Oct 102019
 

In the latest heart-stopping Alex Rider release Secret Weapon, teen-turned-agent Alex Rider travels across the globe to stop evil enemies in their tracks. From kidnappers to terrorist gangs and from sneaky ex-army personnel to smooth criminals and more, Alex will encounter all kinds of troublemakers as he tries to complete a range of new MI6 missions. Alex Rider: Secret Weapon made the perfect holiday-read for our 11-year adrenaline-junkie, you can read his thoughts below:

Talented teenage super-spy Alex Rider, who works for the British Intelligence Service MI6, is a magnet for trouble. Alex will be pushed to the limit in seven action-packed adventures, each story is full of surprises and will keep you guessing what will happen next. Alex Rider stories are perfect for bored, adventure-seeking kids, they sure kept me entertained and I couldn’t put the book down!

There is nothing ordinary about Alex Rider’s life and nothing is as it seems: A free chocolate on the way to the dentist lands Alex in a secret hide-out in the midst of a food poisoning epidemic and a para-sailing trip in France takes a scary turn when the boat driver has a seizure and Alex has to take the wheel. Then there is a kidnap attempt and a laptop full of valuable information, a hunt for a hidden invention and a daring escape from jail by a dangerous drug-dealer who is out for revenge. And let’s not forget the mysterious car crash that Alex can’t remember at all…

I really enjoyed this story collection by author Anthony Horowitz. I hadn’t read the rest of the Alex Rider series before I read ‘Secret Weapon’, but now I definitely want to! I’ll be checking the school library once school goes back.

To find out more about Walker Books and to take a closer look at the Alex Rider series visit www.walkerbooks.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of ‘Alex Rider: Secret Weapon’ (RRP $16.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter, good luck!

HairDooz: Find your new Spring Doo

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Sep 172019
 

Spring is finally here and we are so excited about the warmer weather! After having been cooped up inside during the dark, rainy months we are soaking up the sunshine and heading outside when we can. The new season calls for a fresh look and stylish do and going by the brand new HairDooz range bold and bright is the way to go:

Featuring twelve cool new dooz in the prettiest of neon shades the new HairDooz Neonz are definitely eye-catching. Pixie, Sparkle, Crystal, Lilly, Skye or Candy… who will you find in your swivelling salon chair today? Twist the bottle door to unveal your latest client and check out her fresh spring look and sniff her frooty scent. Even the bottle has had a colour makeover and is now a funky neon orange!

While true collectors will no doubt be on the lookout for the rare ‘Glow in the Dark’ treasure (a party ready doll with a festive Braidy Updoo), we actually lost our heart to Wavy Rave Doo with her long, luscious locks in blue, pink and yellow. Securely seated on her salon seat you can store your Doo bestie in her bottle, display it on a shelf/cupboard or use the suction cup to create a floating chair for your mirror or a window.

There are twelve gorgeous HairDooz Neonz to collect and you can find the range at your local Kmart, Big W, Target, Woolworths, Coles, Toymate, Toyworld and Mr. Toys store or online.

Thanks to the release of the adorable new MiniDooz you can now really take your Doo with you, anywhere and anytime. Each of the twelve tiny MiniDooz girls is packed in the sweetest nail polish – shaped salon bottle, how sweet is that? We love that you can flip open the bottle lid (hair dryer style!) to take a sneak peek at your mini’s stylish doo… Will you be one of the first to discover the limited edition Glitzy Glama Fuzzidoo? We were and she is super sparkly!

Not only does their compact size make these little ladies the perfect companion for backpacks and dress pockets, MiniDooz are also designed to slide on top of your favourite pencil or pen. Add to that the familiar suction cup to build a floating seat and a bonus sheet of six cheeky mark nail stickers and we can safely say that this new HairDooz range has nailed it!

Pop into your local Kmart, Big W, Woolworths, Toymate or Mr. Toys store or online to start your MiniDooz collection.

Hip Tip: While the cute MiniDooz bottles come in a range of bright colours, these colours do not necessarily represent which Doo is inside so it will always be a surprise!

To find out more about HairDooz, to meet the different characters and to locate a stockist near you visit www.hairdooz.net.