‘Dad Hacks’ giveaway

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Aug 242019

Pan Macmillan Australia

Who needs weekends with pubs and clubs when you can have Friday nights on the couch with Better Homes and Gardens? I love starting the weekend with some recipe inspiration, my girls always enjoy the craft ideas and secretly we all wish for our very own Rob Palmer to lend a hand around the house. I may not be able to give you Rob, but with this cool book of tricks your own hubby is sure to become your favourite handyman:

Especially for his first book Dad Hacks (RRP $29.99) Australia’s favourite DIY guru Rob Palmer has handpicked 101 of his best tradie tips, household hacks and savvy savings that will help Aussie families save time and money.

Whether dad’s an amateur cook (cook a scrumptious scone or boil the perfect egg), a fun family-man (build a backyard slingshot or play supermarket hide-and-seek), an outdoor guy (pull out a tree stump or light a fire with corn chips) or a tool trainee (fix a sticky lock or drill into tiles), with these and many more Dad Hacks Rob Palmer has all types of fathers covered. Everyone knows kids like to believe their dad knows all and can do everything and this great guy guide is exactly what dads need to keep up the image.

With Father’s Day just around the corner ‘Dad Hacks’ would make a perfect gift for the special man in your life (and the rest of the family can reap the benefits too!).

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at ‘Dad Hacks’ Rob Palmer and to order your favourite titles online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Dad Hacks (RRP $29.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Dec 202018


For quite some time a large colourful box has been sitting on display in our kitchen. It was actually rather in the way, but I had to leave it in a clearly visible spot where miss 3 would see it over and over again. Eventually her love for Peppa Pig was stronger than her fear of the toilet and with her eye firmly on the prize she finally went on the toilet voluntarily. Oh the joys of toilet training a stubborn child!

Peppa Pig’s Lights & Sounds Family Home (RRP $149, ages 2+) is a fabulous play house with 4 big storeys and 7 rooms full of pretend play fun. Measuring over half a metre tall the house is really impressive, it would make the perfect ‘main gift’ under the Christmas tree for little Peppa Pig fans.

Let’s get this tour started, shall we? As we enter the house through the front door and set foot on the doormat the light turns on: Welcome home! Downstairs you find the living room with a comfy couch and the kitchen where Peppa and George love eating spaghetti at the kitchen table. There are plenty of other yummy foods waiting in the fridge too. One floor up is Peppa and George’s bedroom with the famous purple bunk bed (of course Peppa sleeps in the top bunk) and the bathroom with a bath and a toilet (yes, Peppa is a big girl too).

Daddy Pig and Mummy Pig sleep on the third floor and that’s also where Mummy Pig does her work on the computer. A cool fold out ladder gives access to the attic, what a great place to play! You can even open up the attic window and look at the stars with the telescope! And don’t forget the outdoor space, there is nothing Peppa likes more than a good splash in a big muddy puddle. Loyal Peppa Pig fans are sure to recognise and enjoy the sounds and phrases that are played when using the doormat and puddle, eg.’Peppa, George, bath time’, ‘Goodnight my little piggies’, ‘the cookies are ready!’ and of course ‘if you jump in muddy puddles you must wear your boots’.

With so many things to do and discover and with 13 accessories and 3 figurines (Peppa Pig, George and Zoe Zebra) the Peppa Pig’s Lights & Sounds Family Home keeps kids busy for ages. Since finally earning her Peppa Pig House Hattie and Sybil have spent many hours (re)decorating, making up little stories and going on piggy adventures, without any fights! I think the large size and many pieces make this a great toy for siblings or friends to share. It really encourages young children to use their imagination and helps them recreate, process and understand every day situations through play.

There is plenty more fun to be had with the help of four additional Peppa Pig Little Rooms play sets. Get creative in the kitchen with ‘Cooking with Daddy Pig’, relax with ‘Movie Night with Mummy Pig’, have a giggle with ‘Playdate Fun with Suzy Sheep’ or enjoy a makeover with ‘Dressing up with Granny Pig’. These gorgeous add-ons are sold separately and allow you to grow your Peppa Pig home at your own pace.

Peppa Pig’s Lights & Sounds Family Home is at Big W, Myer and independent retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Big Balloon, to browse the Peppa Pig toy range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.bigballoon.com.au.

How to beat the heat and keep your cool

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Nov 112016


When I moved to Australia ten years ago I was rather worried about the Aussie climate and I wondered if I would be able to cope with the warm weather. Fast forward one decade and I am no longer fazed by temperatures in the 30s, although I admit I do get a little nervous once we’re heading into the 40 degrees and higher. Thankfully there are some easy measures you can take to keep your cool, here are my three top tips for beating the heat:

fujitsu-ducted-airAfter living in two houses without an effective cooling system we made sure our current home is well prepared for hot Australian summers by installing ducted air-conditioning. Being able to cool down the majority of the house with just one click of a button is such a great feeling and a luxury I will always be grateful for. If you live on the Gold Coast you can count on Deepchill Gold Coast Air Conditioning to keep your family cool and comfortable during summer.

diane-ceiling-fanFor rooms without outlets for your ducted air-conditioning you will have to find an alternative way to keep cool air circulating and yes, there are more attractive options than the traditional white plastic ceiling fan. The trick is to find a fan design that suits your style and colour scheme perfectly so it becomes part of the decor as opposed to a sore in the eye, like a brightly coloured design for the kids’ bedroom/playroom and this classy wood detail Diane Ceiling Fan for your office.

Dyson CoolIn our household we are big fans of this portable desk fan by Dyson. Not only does the powerful and energy friendly Dyson Cool effectively cool down your room, it is also super stylish to blend in with your decor. We love the fact that the Dyson Cool is 100% safe for children to touch without rotating parts that could injure little fingers and it is super easy to clean so a perfect pick for allergy suffers. Being up to 75% quieter than traditional fans you can keep the fan on at night too, even I can sleep with it on and that says something!

With all the cooling preparations done and dusted I think we’re ready for warm weather to arrive, bring on summer!

Epson EcoTank, Print As You Please

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Feb 232016


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When I think back to my own time in primary school, I remember school yard games and music, plays, arts and crafts, cooking and excursions, but I most certainly don’t remember homework. Times have changed a lot since then and at just 5 and 7 years old our three students, as young as they are, are bringing home homework every day. You’d think they are not too keen on all this studying but to our big surprise they love it! Not only do they finish their homework as soon as they come back from school, they even ask me for more!

Epson EcoTankBack in the day this would have required a trip to the local library and a whole jar of 10 cent coins for the photocopier, luckily these days there are plenty of online resources available. In just a few clicks I can select math sheets, tracing activities, spelling exercises, crafty projects, colouring pages and more to print at home, easy peasy. The only problem with printing-at-home is that the printer always seems to be out of ink right when you need it…

The printing specialists at Epson understand how annoying it is to run out of ink, which is why they have developed the revolutionary Epson EcoTank range. Epson EcoTank printers are designed to fulfil all your printing needs (wireless black & white, colour or photo printing, copying and scanning) and come with up to 2 years worth of ink. You read it right: TWO YEARS of printer ink is included, that means you can set up your new printer, forget all about it and print as you please.

EcoTank Black White

Not only does the EcoTank concept save you the inconvenience of running out of ink and the time and hassle of regularly replacing expensive ink cartridges, it also saves you money in the long run by being able to refill the high capacity ink tanks using great low-cost Epson ink bottles (RRP $16.99). Priced at RRP $449 – $599 an Epson EcoTank printer is a fantastic cost-effective investment for both home and office use.

EcoTank Ink

This week alone we have used our Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2550 (RRP $499) to print extra homework for the twins, colouring pages for miss 3, sight words cards for miss 5, a family photo to take to show-and-tell and passport applications for the whole family; so easy and no more worries about running out of ink half-way or ‘saving’ ink for an emergency. Aside from the refillable tankstation on the side the printer is the same size as a regular printer so you get a lot more value for a little extra space.

EcoTank Photo

For our EcoTank ET-2550 the ‘2 years of ink’ promise is based on an average monthly print volume of about 150 pages or a total of 4,000 pages in black and 6,500 pages in colour. Knowing our prints are such excellent value I will be able to say ‘Yes’ more often when the kids ask me to print them yet another sheet, and I will finally be able to print off all the recipes I have been storing on my computer. Later in the year we’ll be taking the kids out of school for 5 weeks to visit Europe so I’ll be putting the printer to good use then by making each child a personalised holiday-schooling pack, very exciting.

Good to know: As you all know I am a sucker for a generous warranty period, this Epson EcoTank immediately comes with a 12-month Return to Base warranty and by registering your purchase online you receive an additional 12 months bonus warranty. That’s great peace of mind!

To find out more about Epson EcoTank, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.epson.com.au/EcoTank.

Nov 062015

Mortgage Choice

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I can hardly believe it but it has been almost 10 years since I boarded a plane in Amsterdam and left my family and friends behind for a new life in Australia, all in the name of love…


While I absolutely don’t regret my decision I have to admit that the distance seems to get bigger as time goes by, something I very much underestimated when I jumped on that airplane back in 2006. With every year that passes and, as strange as that may sound, with every baby we add to our family, the ‘missing’ gets stronger, my heart gets heavier and the longing for precious moments with my family grows.

Our little tribe

Unfortunately with so many kilometres between us making memories is costly and I spend many hours dreaming of memories that sadly are out of reach for an ordinary family like ours. If someone handed me a very welcome 50K today I would secure my family a bunch of memories to last a lifetime:

  • I would fly our family of 7 to my home country The Netherlands for a nice long holiday so my Dutch family can meet our brand new addition Harriet while she is still tiny and squishy
  • I would surprise my 92-year grandfather with a visit (hopefully without causing a heart attack!), introduce him to his youngest great-grandchild and listen to his old cassette tapes together like we used to
  • I would organise a professional photo shoot for our whole family so we could have one precious family photo of all of us together, to be treasured by generations to come
  • I would love for our children to be able to spend one (preferably white!) Christmas with their Dutch family so they could get a taste of the Christmases of my childhood, have a snowball fight and ride a sledge

Winning a spare $50,000 will sound like a dream to most but for one lucky homeowner this dream will come true thanks to Mortgage Choice. Anyone who settles a loan worth at least $150,000 with Mortgage Choice by 31 January 2016 will have the chance to win $50,000 cash, pretty amazing prize if you ask me! 

To find out more about Mortgage Choice, to read up on this awesome competition and to contact your local broker visit www.mortgagechoice.com.au.

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Aug 112015

Fake Bake

A little peek on the calendar will tell you that spring is exactly three weeks away. After such a long and cold winter I am sure we’re all very much ready for the warmer weather to arrive, I know I can’t wait to put my winter coat, scarves and boots away. Of course that healthy spring look doesn’t come without a bit of work, getting your lazy winter legs into summer shape might take some exercise but giving those milky whites a beautiful glow is surprisingly easy with Fake Bake:

Fake Bake range

The award-winning Fake Bake label is hugely popular with women all over the globe. From the girl-next-door to beauty experts and celebrities, everyone loves the instant sun-kissed look created by these market-leading self tan products.

Fake Bake ButterLotion, mouse, butter, moisturiser… with an extensive range of products to choose from Fake Bake is able to deliver the ultimate self-tan experience for every skin type and tanning situation. Gone are the days where you needed to book an expensive tan at your local beauty parlour, now you achieve quick, salon-style results in the comfort of your own home (or anywhere else you feel the need for added glow) at a fraction of the costs. Prices start at just $22.

Fake Bake PerfectionUsing specially developed botanical ingredients Fake Bake has been able to remove nasty ingredients like parabens and artificial preservatives from its formula so you can safely achieve the sunny shade you are after. And that’s not all, thanks to naturally derived tanning agents DHA and Erythulose­ you can enjoy longer lasting (up to 50% longer), more natural-looking results too. Not sure where to start? The Fake Bake Tanalysis will help you out, you’ll be on your way to the perfect tan in no time.

To find out more about Fake Bake, to browse the range and to order online visit www.fakebake.com.au.

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Apr 252015


As of Thursday I am back on Australian soil and as I got out of the plane I stepped well and truly into real winter weather. It is dark, cold and rainy here in South Australia so it’s time for warm hoodies, thick socks and comfy lounge pants. Don’t get me wrong, this is no excuse to (together with your summer dresses and little shorts) pack away your razor blades and shaving cream and go all hairy for the season. You can keep up the smooth feel throughout the winter months with very little effort thanks to Veet:

We all know Veet as the ultimate hair removal experts, the Veet range is designed for easy, quick, at-home use and delivers top-to-toe smoothness that can last up to 28 days. That’s pretty much one single treatment per month, perfect for busy mamas like you and I!

Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On KitIf you are new to waxing you may be a little nervous at first, the Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit (RRP $39.99) is your perfect starting point and contains all you need for a salon-style wax treatment in the comfort of your own home. Using natural beeswax and a clever self-heating, plug-in roll-on device Veet EasyWax is really simple to use and you don’t have to worry about the temperature of the wax, the device does it all for you.

You can use the included Veet EasyWax on legs and arms, a dedicated EasyWax product for bikini and underarm is sold separately. The Veet EasyWax system is reusable and additional strips and refills are available so you can enjoy smooth skin month after month. Results last up to 4 weeks and with regular use fewer, finer and softer hairs will grow back.

Veet Sugar WaxIf you know your way with wax already you will love the Veet Natural Inspirations Sugar Wax with Natural Argan Oil (RRP $15.49, 360g). You can conveniently microwave the wax in the jar (no messing about with separate containers or sticky spills) and with 360g of wax and 12 fabric strips one kit contains enough for 3 depilations of both half legs, excellent value for money I say. Bonus: the included spatula features a handy tempature indicator.

Veet Natural InspirationsThe new Veet Natural Inspirations collection is enriched with naturally gentle, caring and luxurious ingredients like shea butter, grape seed oil, aloe vera and Argan oil, go on and beat that stubble with some of nature’s finest treasures. Wax your delicate areas with Veet Natural Inspirations Face, Bikini & Underarm Wax Strips with Natural Shea Butter (RRP $11.49, 20 strips) or, for super speedy results in just 5-10 minutes, grab the Veet Natural Inspirations Hair Removal Cream with Grape Seed Oil (RRP $9.49, 100 ml), there is a right Veet product for everyone.

To find out more about Veet, to browse the range and to select the perfect Veet product for you visit www.veet.com.au.

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