Adventure ah-OYOY

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Sep 082016


When people think of kids bedrooms or playrooms they often think bold, bright colours (and lots of them) are a must, however the truth is that a big colour-overload can be rather overwhelming and even a bit unsettling for little munchkins. Luckily more and more parents are starting to see the charm in soft pastels, neutral tones or black/white monochrome which can be fun, fashionable and relaxing all at once. Check out this gorgeous play rug from Mimimacko:

OYOY rug

Designed in Denmark by talented artist Lotte Fynboe the OYOY range is all about ‘less is more’, celebrating simplicity, function, colour and quality in true Scandinavian style.

Adventure RugThe brand new and very beautiful OYOY Adventure Rug (RRP $98, 180 x 70cm) is a fantastic example of this perfect balance. The minimalistic black and off white design is classy and totally on trend, fitting in with a modern children’s bedroom, playroom or even the casual corner of a living room.

At the same time the rug doubles up as a fun play mat thanks to the handprinted road map. Get out the cars and trucks, toy animals and miniature houses and watch the kids use their imagination to come up with the most amazing adventures. You have got to love this multi-functional decor piece!

Made from 100% woven cotton this OYOY creation is soft to play on and high in quality, spot clean only is recommended

Hip Tip: Make sure you sign up for the free Minimacko newsletter to be instantly awarded with a 10% discount on your first order. Bonus!

To find out more about Minimacko, to browse the OYOY range and to order online visit

Home is where Mum is

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Apr 292016

Little Bellies

With just 9 sleeps to go until Mother’s Day time is quickly running out to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift. If you’re still looking for a sweet present that doesn’t require wandering a busy shopping centre or lining up at the checkout, here’s a great last-minute gift suggestion for you from Little Bellies:

Little Bellies Tea Towel

Now obviously I don’t want to suggest that a women’s place is in the kitchen, but most (grand)mothers do spend a fair bit of time there so I think this unique tea towel will be well received by mum.

Tea Towel GrandmaThe gorgeous new Colour Your Own Tea Towel (RRP $29.99) adds a special touch to the boring task of drying the dishes. It is made from 100% premium cotton and features a lovely ‘Home is where Mum is’ screen print. Young artists can decorate the tea towel to their liking with the included fabric markers, just remember to iron the reverse before washing so you don’t lose your child’s precious artwork.

Shopping for grandma instead? Don’t worry, Little Bellies has the older generation covered too with a ‘Home is where Nanna is’ and ‘Home is where Grandma is’ print.

To find out more about Little Bellies dinnerware, to browse the range and to order online visit

Apr 052014

Annabel Trends

Squeezing and shaking, rolling and rattling, crinkling and crunching, it’s the simple things that put the biggest smile on little faces. If you’re looking for a delightful little gift for the precious baby in your life look no further than these adorable new Pillow Pal Hand Rattles by Annabel Trends:

Pillow Pal Rattles

The roots of designer label Annabel Trends may lay right here in Australia but this gorgeous brand is known all around the globe for its lovely gifts and homewares, you may even have some in your own home. The popular Pillow Pals children’s collection has been a big hit from the start and I have no doubt these cute new additions will be warmly received as well.

Pillow Pal Pig RattleFrom owls to flamingos, from zigzags to stripes, from pink to green and everything in between, all fifteen Pillow Pal Hand Rattles are special in their own way. They are a perfect small gift for your own baby or other little friends and of course they also make a great baby shower present. The lucky recipient is not the only one who will be smiling, thank to the very affordable $16.95 price tag your budget will be happy too.

To find out more about Annabel Trends, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit

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Mockingbird Street (+10% off storewide)

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Jul 202013

Mockingbird Street

I am sure you know what it is like, you stumble upon something online (or instore) and you fall in love with it straight away. You try and try very hard to forget all about it but you can’t and you keep going back to look at it. Well that’s exactly what happened to me when I first spotted the Mockingbird Street range at Bean and Me

Gumnut Cot Sheets

As soon as I saw the Gumnut collection for little girls I was sold. The beautiful warm and inviting colours, the delightful (and very Australian) gumnut print, simple but classy polkadots and last but absolutely not least the lovely 300 thread count certified organic and Fairtrade cotton, it is a winning combination. I have already added this stunning set to my wishlist for baby Sybil, it would look amazing in her nursery.

Gumnut Cot QuiltCreated by the talented Bonnie and Emily Australian children’s homewares label Mockingbird Street delivers stylish, high quality products that are gentle on the skin and the environment (ecofriendly, sustainable material choices) and fair on the people that make them. When you buy certified Fairtrade goods you can rest assured that both farmers and factory workers receive a fair and stable pay and child labour is prohibited. You are also investing in community development through health, education and environmental programmes.

Village Cot QuiltThe current Mockingbird Street range consists of two collections: Gumnut for beautiful little girls and Village for hip boys. Each collection can be purchased as a set ($179.90) with double sided cot quilt, flat sheet and fitted sheet, all pieces are suitable for standard and Boori cots. You can also buy the quilt and sheets separately which is ideal if you never use top sheets, just take two fitted sheets instead and still pay the same price (See, they’re fair on you too!).

Village Cot Sheets

Especially for Hip little one readers Bean and Me has a lovely reader offer: To enjoy 10% off storewide at Bean and Me simply enter the code ‘HIPHIP’ at checkout, offer ends August 16, 2013.

To find out more about Bean and Me, to browse the Mockingbird Street range and to order online visit

Dec 302012

A few weeks ago I shared with you some of our Dutch Sinterklaas traditions and as we are nearing the end of the year I thought it would be nice to tell you about a typical Dutch New Year’s tradition too. When my husband came to The Netherlands for the very first time in December 2005 he was introduced to a special Dutch treat called ‘oliebollen’ (Oil balls) which people traditionally eat around New Year’s Eve as well as at fancy fairs etc. I myself am not a big fan but in my husband’s memory they are delicious so this year we made our first attempt at making them here in Australia.

Target Essentials Deep FryerTo make oliebollen you need a deep fryer and as we didn’t have one yet we popped into our local Target store and picked up this Target Essentials Deep Fryer for $30. Obviously we don’t use a deep fryer that often and this one is simple, affordable and does the job really well, a wise choice I think. I am sure you can guess that being a deep fried food oliebollen are not overly healthy, it is good you only eat them once a year!

Koopmans Oliebollen MixNow I’ll be honest here, to make it easy for ourselves (you could call it lazy) we just used a prepacked mix from the Dutch shop called Koopmans Oliebollen Mix. You only need to add water and you can also add sultanas/raisins if you like but they are not a must. One packet is enough to make 20-25 oliebollen depending on what size you make them. I’ll share a proper recipe later too for those who are keen to give it a go and prefer to make them from start to finish.

Real Dutch Oliebollen

Real Dutch Oliebollen

The preparation process is easy: Add water to the powder, whisk or use a kitchen machine to mix, cover and let it all rise for 45 minutes. In the meanwhile you preheat the deep fryer to 190 degrees celsius and then it is time to make your oliebollen. Use two tablespoons to make your mixture into balls, drop them in the hot oil and deep fry until cooked and golden brown (3-4 minutes). Take them out, let them rest on kitchen towel to remove the excess oil and they’re ready to be served!

Target Vintage Blue PlateOliebollen are generally served with a good sprinkle of powder sugar (preferably the real Dutch stuff as it does taste different). I wish you could all have a try, I think they look really yummy! We served our oliebollen on these gorgeous light blue Target Vintage Dinner Plates ($5 each) and the striped paper napkins ($3.99 per 25) are from Target as well. If you love those cute plates too you should pop into the Target Homewares section, they even have matching bowls!

To locate your nearest Target store or to order online visit

Fancy oliebollen from scratch:

1 big apple (soft and slightly sour) cut into very small pieces

225 gram sultanas/raisins

500 gram plain flour

1 sachet yeast

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg (beaten)

300ml beer at room temperature

200ml milk at room temperature

1. Mix the apple, sultanas, salt and a few tablespoons of the flour in a bowl.

2. In a separate bowl mix the remainder of the flour, sugar and yeast.

3. Add to this the egg, beer and milk and use the hand mixer to combine until smooth. Gently fold in the sultana mixture.

4. Cover with a damp cloth in leave it to raise for about 2 hours in a warm spot until the mixture has doubled in size.

5. Heat the deep fryer to 185 degreese celsius.

6. Use an ice cream scoop or two table spoons to make the mixture into balls, drop them in the oil and cook for ca. 5 minutes until golden brown (turn them at halfway point). You can cook 5 oliebollen at the same time.

7. Once cooked remove them from the oil, place on paper towel to rest and serve with a good serving of powder sugar.


Nana Huchy

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Apr 142012

With Easter behind us it will soon be time for Mother’s Day, a very special day to many and one that often sneaks up on us leaving us no time to buy a little gift for wives and mums. Now I have reminded you today that there is just under one month left until Mother’s Day (Sunday May 13th), plenty of time to pick something lovely so you have no excuse to face your mum or wife empty handed! For a whole range of sweet gift ideas check out Nana Huchy, a stunning Australian homeware label inspired by the beauty of France.

To start with my own mum (who doesn’t use a computer so my secret is safe here) I have already wrapped up this absolutely gorgeous Frill Apron ($61.60). Surely wearing this classic, long length apron you’d picture yourself in a traditional French country kitchen, baking soft bread and rolling dough for home made croissants. I know she will love it, an apron you use (nearly) every day so you might as well add some style to your cooking chores.

It is not just on Mother’s Day that you should treat your mum like a princess, she deserves to be a princess all year around. In saying that, being a princess is not easy and Nana Huchy understands that completely. How cute is this Princess Pillowcase ($30) with lovely pink flower detail around the edge? Add a home made voucher from the kids for a ‘free nanna nap’ and your very own princess will have a brilliant Mother’s Day.

But it is not just the mums who love Nana Huchy‘s French charm, the range also features a delightful kids collection with soft toys, bags, rattles, bibs and much more. This adorable bunny called Becca ($35.50) gives the best cuddles and when you pull her tail she plays music too, such a sweet surprise. If you are looking for a unique, high quality and classy gift for a special little or big person in your life the Nana Huchy store is well worth checking out.

To find out more about Nana Huchy, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit

Jan 022012

One of my New Year resolutions is for the house to be more organised, in particular the children’s playroom and bedrooms. With three children there are so many toys being moved around all day long and at the end of the day it is always me doing the tidying! After the December month even more toys have been added to the collection and the mess is getting out of control. To my big pleasure I can already see improvement in my son’s room, he finds tidying up a lot easier with his cool new storage bin from 3 Sprouts.

3 Sprouts is a fabulous homeware label creating gorgeous products for stylish little people. The three designers behind 3 Sprouts have managed to find the balance between being beautiful, fashionable and appealing to the kids without being too childish. This means 3 Sprouts designs will fit in with the lifestyle of modern families perfectly, compliment your interior and last as your child grows.

What will really appeal to many parents is the fact that 3 Sprouts uses eco-friendly and organic materials wherever possible, so the stunning products are not only a stylish but also safe choice for your little ones. My son’s 3 Sprouts Raccoon Storage Bin for example is made with 100% organic cotton canvas and a 100% eco-spun felt applique made from recycled plastic bottles, how cool is that? Its huge size makes packing up a breeze.

For months I have been thinking of buying one of the famous Ikea Expedit bookcases to keep our playroom tidy and create more organised storage space. After seeing these adorable 3 Sprouts Storage Boxes (which fit this bookcase perfectly) I am completely sold, Ikea here we come! There are three different styles to choose from featuring a dog, peacock and kangaroo. I think we’ll go the Australian way.

To find out more about 3 Sprouts, to browse the range and to order online visit Extra little bonus: enter the code ‘FREEPOST’ to receive free shipping on your order, anytime (not valid for items on special)!

For your chance to win a 3 Sprouts Storage Bin of your choice (subject to availability) visit the Australian 3 Sprouts distributor at and answer the following question: Which 3 Sprouts Storage Bin design would you choose if you were to be our lucky winner?

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Competition ends February 2, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.