‘Ella & Mrs Gooseberry’ giveaway

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Jun 042020
 

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During these strange times of social distancing and home isolation it is more important than ever to teach children about kindness, community and caring for those who could use a smile. This sweet EK Books release by Australian author Vikki Conley has all the good stuff covered:

In Ella & Mrs Gooseberry (RRP $24.99) we meet the lovely Ella and her grumpy neighbour called, you guessed it, Mrs. Gooseberry. When Ella asks her mother why Mrs. Gooseberry is always sad and grumpy, mum says it is because she has lost love. But how do you lose love, and more importantly, how do you find it again?

Ella decides that to find something that is lost, you first need to know what it looks like, so she sets off to find out what love looks like. From her mum to her teacher, from her grandma to her dance instructor, everyone has different ways to describe love. Will Mrs. Gooseberry, with Ella’s help, be able to find love again? There may not be one straight answer to Ella’s question, but in this case it is packaged in a brown box…

You can find ‘Ella & Mrs Gooseberry’ 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 Ella & Mrs Gooseberry (RRP $24.99) head over to the Hip Little One Facebook page, good luck!

Save the koalas with Ty Beanie Boo

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Jan 172020
 

Talking to children about tragedies is never easy. We try to shield our children from as much pain as we can, but sometimes disaster strikes close to home and it is important to help children understand what is happening. The bushfires that are currently impacting many parts of our beautiful country are destroying lives, homes and nature and there’s simply no hiding from it. My gorgeous kids are trying to wrap their little heads around it all and want to help, here’s a gorgeous way for small people to do their bit:

The fabulous team at Ty Beanie Boos has jumped into action with a fantastic initiative that will warm the hearts of every little animal friend across the globe… Adopt Katy Koala and help saves the koalas!

100% of global profits from the sale of the adorable new Ty Beanie Boo ‘Katy Koala’ will be donated to WIRES (Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation), raising much needed funds for Australian wildlife AND raise awareness around the world for our bushfire crisis. What a fantastic opportunity to talk to your Ty Beanie Boo fan about this important cause! My girls are very keen to ‘donate’ some of their pocket money to WIRES and adopt Katy Koala in return as a reminder of their gift.

You can find Katy Koala Beanie Boo at your favourite Beanie Boo retailer from April 2020 and she will be available worldwide.

To find out more about Big Baloon, to take a closer look at the Ty range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.bigballoon.com.au.

Sep 032018
 

EK Books

Discussing sensitive topics with young children is not easy and it is important to tread with delicate steps. Domestic Violence is a big problem in today’s society and something that concerns entire families including young children. Author Dimity Powell and illustrator Nicky Johnston have come together to create a story that brings hope to those in need:

Flick lives in a house At the end of Holyrood Lane. Her home is often plagued by storms, rattling the windows and shaking the curtains, darkening the clouds and surrounding her with loud noise.

Flick tries to hide, but you never know when the storm will come and it is scary and frightening. Until one day she is brave and seeks helps and slowly the storms ease and the sun is able to shine once again on Holyrood Lane. Whether you know a little ‘Flick’ who finds herself in a never-ending storm (or maybe Flick is YOU), this beautiful picture book could just be the little ray of hope that is needed to help you step out and chase the sun.

‘At the end of Holyrood Lane’ cleverly uses visual metaphor to touch on a very delicate topic, making it suitable for children of all ages and also applicable to many situations. No matter what storm you find yourself in, there is always hope!

You can find ‘At the end of Holyrood Lane’ (RRP $24.99) 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.

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Jacana Kids giveaway

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Oct 272016
 

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Back in 2008 when I was pregnant with our twins doctors found several cysts on the brain of one of our twins, not exactly news any parent expects (or wants to hear) when going for a routine ultrasound! Immediately you start worrying about all the conditions, illnesses and disabilities that could possibly affect your baby’s life. Thankfully by the end of our pregnancy the cysts had disappeared, but there are plenty of families who are not so lucky.

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Australian mother Jacqui received the same news when pregnant with her twins, and as a result her beautiful son Dominic was born with two conditions. Blessed with two caring, determined parents who fought for the very best early childhood support Dominic has blossomed and is now a happy and active 3-year old. Seeing first hand how important early intervention is for children dealing with disabilities Jacqui, together with her friend Ana, came up with a clever plan to raise money for organisations who support children with developmental delays: meet Jacana Kids.

jacana-kids-teeJacana Kids is a trendy children’s fashion label that combines style with social good, donating 50% of profits to a chosen organisation that helps children with disabilities get the best start in life. The Jacana Kids range caters for cool kids aged 2 to 9 years old and is inspired, and designed, by the amazing children the brand is supporting. So when you don a Jacana Kids outfit you are donating at the same time, what a fabulous concept!

This Summer Miss 6 is spreading the Jacana Kids love with the cute Heartie Tee (RRP $39.95) by Maya, while Master 8 is rocking black and white this summer with the Alphabetie Tee (RRP $39.95) designed by street smart Maddox. Can you believe both of these talented artists are only 5 years old? Their artwork has been lovingly handprinted in Melbourne so there may be slight variations per garment, making each tee a little different just like very child is unique and special.

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Hip tip: Make sure you sign up for the free Jacana Kids newsletter to receive 10% off your first purchase and stay up-to-date with all the latest Jacana Kids news and specials.

To find out more about Jacana Kids, to browse the range and to order online visit www.jacanakids.com.

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Moeloco giveaway

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Oct 222016
 

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With Christmas rapidly approaching the focus is generally close to home: time spent with family, a delicious dinner, presents under a tree, a gorgeous new outfit, a holiday… This year Moeloco is encouraging Aussies to look further than their own living room and truly embrace the season of giving by simply popping on their thongs:

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Created by Australian designer Kathy the Moeloco flip flop range is not just stylish but social too: Every time you purchase a pair of Moeloco flip flops you are giving a pair of closed-in canvas shoes to a child in poverty. That means your walk is really making a difference in the world, how awesome is that?

moeloco-be-happyMoeloco has teamed up with the Hope Foundation which supports more than 60,000 families living on the streets and in slums in India. Your donation of a pair of enclosed shoes will enable a child to walk to school and avoid injuries and health problems that often come with walking barefoot. When you walk around on Moelocos you are spreading the love in India, as well as on Australian soil by leaving an inspirational message in the sand.

Moeloco flip flops (RRP $45) are available in a range of different designs and sizes to suit children, men and women, so there is a perfect pair of everyone. Be Free, Live Love, I Am Grateful… which style will you put under the tree this Christmas? I just love the wonderful ‘thongs with a thought’ concept and the lucky recipient of a new pair of Moeloco flip flops is sure to appreciate it too.

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To find out more about Moeloco, to browse the range and to order online visit www.moeloco.com, shipping is free Australia wide.

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Jul 012014
 

Prime Lawyers

As you can probably imagine I get many emails every day, businesses making bookings, marketing companies introducing their clients, stores pitching their product, sponsors discussing posts, there are no two emails the same. But no matter how many emails I get I still have a chuckle every time someone asks me for a certain person in our office.

My ‘office’ is a small and messy desk in our living room, I have no staff, no receptionist to answer my phone, I don’t have fancy writing paper or business stamps and I definitely don’t have nice work suits or company lunches. Like many blogging mums I often write in my pyjamas, at night when the kids are asleep and in between changing nappies and making dinner and that is okay with me. The ‘mummy bloggers’ I know are fun, friendly and supportive, happy to help eachother out and always there for a chat when you need them.

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The big The Organised Housewife drama made me realise that sadly some people happily give up their social, compassionate side in return for a good pay. Wonderful blogger Katrina from The Organised Housewife discovered that another Australian blog had registered web domains very similar to her blog’s URL so that they could redirect innocent readers, who just mistyped the URL, to their own blog. What a nasty way of getting your clicks!

When I think of all the hours I put in my blog every single day I can only imagine the shock and disappointment when someone else tries to profit from your hard work. What can she do (if anything at all), so many questions but who to ask? Immediately after this news came out people were very helpful suggesting she should get legal advice and hopefully claim this URL as her own. It’s so nice to see that the majority of the people out there are supportive and have respect for others and their work.

I have never had to get legal advice myself (knocks on wood) but it is good to know there is help available and there are professionals with years of experience under their belt ready to answer your questions. Don’t sweat on your own, ask someone who knows all about it and you may find your situation is not as hopeless as you think it is.

Thanks to Sydney based Prime Lawyers we have a $75 PayPal gift card to give away to one lucky reader, what would you spend this surprise pocket money on?

To find out more about Prime Lawyers, to make an enquiry or to book an appointment visit www.primelawyers.com.au.

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Calling in sick

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Feb 242014
 

As you may know I am originally from The Netherlands and moved here in 2006 to marry my wonderful Aussie husband. Last week marked 7.5 years since I came here, just me with one suitcase ready to start a new life in a new country. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret my choice and would do it again in a heartbeat but I have to be honest, it is not easy living so far away from your family.

Opa meeting Olivia for the first time at 5 weeks old

Opa meeting Olivia for the first time at 5 weeks old

I miss them on birthdays and Mother’s Day, at Christmas time and school performances and on many ordinary days where I would love to just see, and spend time with, my parents and siblings (it makes me terribly sad that my children have to grow up without their grandparents around). I also miss them on days like today, I have been feeling under the weather for a few weeks now and I know my mum and dad would immediately come and help me out at home and with the kids if only they had been closer.

Opa and Juliet

Opa and Juliet

Before the children were born I could just hop in bed at the first sign of a cold or fever, leave the housework be for a day or two and rest up until better. Now that I am a mum ‘calling in sick’ is not an option anymore, who would look after the kids, prepare our meals and stay on top of our rather huge laundry pile? There is no time to sit and rest, it’s just a case of some aspirin to beat any fever and provide quick pain relief to help keep me going. Hopefully I’ll be all chirpy again soon but if you don’t hear from me tomorrow you can find me in bed!

Opa with Tommie and Olivia

Opa with Tommie and Olivia

Speaking of sick family members, don’t forget that we have two of the very handy ‘Unravelling the Magic of Discovery’ parenting guides from Nurofen to give away, a very handy book for parents full of useful advice and interesting insights to make life with little ones a bit easier. You can read my original post here or you can take a short cut and enter below.

P.S. Next holiday I will definitely make some more snaps of Oma with her grand children and of course both of them meeting Sybbie for the first time, I can’t believe she’ll be almost 18

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