Girl Hero Project giveaway

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Sep 152017

And then they were nine… It’s hard to believe that those teeny tiny premmie twins have grown into beautiful, delightful 9-year olds, each with a different personality but so wonderful in their own way. I won’t lie, I find it hard to see them grow up so fast and letting them go into the big scary world that is out there. As a mother of four girls (and a boy) I am always looking for ways to inspire my little ladies and help them grow into strong, confident women, which is why I was so excited to discover the Girl Hero Project:

Powered by Australian author Susannah McFarlane, who you may know from her successful book series EJ12, the Girl Hero Project is a brand new online space dedicated to tween girls and their parents. Susannah’s vision for the platform is to offer a safe, age-appropriate environment where girls can go to hear a different dialogue around what it means to be a girl, to encourage girls to speak up, get active in their communities, to inspire them to write, play and learn that they are never too small to do big things.

It is no secret that tween and teen girls are struggling in today’s society, and that building their confidence and self-esteem from an early age is incredibly important. The Girl Hero Project doesn’t waste words on all the superficial things society cares for, and instead focusses on strong, inspirational girls who make a difference in their community and the world, who lift others up instead of breaking them down and who, as young as they are, build long-lasting legacies.

By becoming a Girl Hero you can learn about other inspirational girl heroes, read and share helpful inspirations and tips, create affirmations for yourself and your friends that empower and lift you up, join in the writing competition and much more. And the best part is, everyone can join in and it is completely free!

As a special treat for Hip Little One readers author Susannah McFarlane is kindly giving away a copy of her fabulous book EJ Girl Hero – Hot and Cold to the first 10 Hip Little One readers who join the Girl Hero Project. As if you needed another reason to get your girl(s) involved with this awesome movement! For your chance to score this fantastic read for FREE simply become a Girl Hero here and enter the promo code ‘HLO17’ during sign up. Good luck!

To find out more about the Girl Hero Project, to discover a bunch of awesome girl heroes and to get involved yourself visit

Oct 182016

Exisle Publishing

It’s a morning of mixed emotions for our family with miss Sybbie starting early entry at kindy today. At just 3.5 years old she is quite young and very nervous about going somewhere without mummy (and mummy is just as nervous about leaving her!) but we know it is in her best interest. As of this week I will have four kids at kindy/school and four lunch boxes to prepare, bring on the healthy lunch ideas:


I don’t know about you but after three whole terms of prepping lunches I am starting to feel a little uninspired. Clever mamas and talented cooks Cherie Schetselaar and Britney Rule (who have 11 kids between them!) are coming to the rescue with a fabulous new cookbook: The Mix + Match Lunchbox (RRP $29.99)

The Mix + Match Lunchbox is all about creating a nutritious, balanced lunchbox that is varied and fun. To help you get started the book offers a handy, detailed introduction eg. healthy lunch do’s and don’ts, recommended serving per age, essential products and fun tools, tips for prepping, storing and freezing and more. Once you have mastered the basics you can begin making your own mix and match lunch boxes.


The easy-to-use spiral bound book is split into three horizontal sections that represent the different food groups: Wholegrain, Protein and Fruit and Veggie. Simply pick one of each and you’ve got yourself the perfect balanced lunchbox, easy as pie! Crusty Bread Dippers, Cream Cheese Pinwheels, Cinnamon Fruit Dip… Mix and match your way to a massive 27,000 different combinations, kids will love eating combos they picked themselves and mum can rest assured they’re all healthy and wholesome.


And there’s more to love about this book: The pages are wipe-clean so you don’t have to worry about sticky fingers and, my favourite part, at the back you will find a bunch of gorgeous tear-out cards with sweet messages, funny jokes or Did You Know’s for your little eater. Who doesn’t love finding a surprise note in their lunchbox?

To find out more about Exisle Publishing, to take a closer look at ‘The Mix + Match Lunchbox’ and to order a copy online visit

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Seven Years in a Shoebox

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Aug 262016

Shoebox Timeline

The ProBlogger Event Shoebox Timeline Competition is brought to you by:
ProBlogger, Shoebox Timeline and The Good Guys

As I sat down with a big shoebox full of photos, hospital papers, tiny ankle bands and other little momentos it suddenly hit me, just three more sleeps until the twins turn eight. It feels like they grew from teeny wrinkly preemie babies into confident school kids in just the blink of an eye. Eight years, gone. As their birthday is coming closer so is the anniversary of Hip Little One which I started when the twins turned one.

7People ask me all the time why I started Hip Little One seven years ago, how I came up with the idea and where I get my inspiration from, day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year. Of course I’d like to say that it’s my tribe of (now five) beautiful kids that inspires me and in a way of course they do, but looking back it’s more a case of the kids driving me…

Twins are HARD work, especially when you are a first-time mother in a strange country with no family around to lend a helping hand. That first exhausting year felt like one long stretch of feeding, changing, rocking, sleeping and some days I really wondered how I would make it through the day. Around their first birthday I decided that, instead of mum-life driving me crazy, I would let it drive me and Hip Little One was born. In a way I guess you could say my blog came to my rescue.

Thanks to Hip Little One I no longer feel like ‘just’ a tired mum, I am now a writer, a designer, a dreamer, a creator, a photographer, a journalist, a cook, an explorer, an administrator, a colleague, a friend, a spokesperson, an ambassador and most importantly a better, more fun, mum. Since starting my little blog I have learnt so many new skills (you are never too old to learn), met many amazing people and achieved things I never thought possible making me feel powerful and strong.

I have never said it out loud but today I will: Deep down I am super proud of my work, of my determination, of sticking with it even on tough days, of being original and proud of what I have achieved the past seven years while raising five little munchkins at the same time. Do my kids inspire me? They absolutely do, but even more so they drive me.

To find out more about Shoebox Timeline, to check out all its amazing features and to start your own Shoebox visit

Oct 282011

When I visited the Bloggers Brunch in July I was lucky enough to meet the mastermind behind it all: a beautiful, talented woman called Christie who has a passion for motivating and inspiring mothers and women so they can make the most of themselves and be proud of who they are. She loves seeing women excited about life, not only enjoying their role as a mother and wife but also be happy women who are excited about themselves and the future ahead of them.

When you meet Christie in real life the energy just bounces off her and you are certain to leave with a refreshed view on yourself and your life. I wish every mother could meet Christie and hear her speak but unfortunately that is not possible, you can however read her fantastic book The Mum Who Roared.

‘The Mum Who Roared is your starting point to having a greater love and respect for your mind, body and attitude. It’s a friendly, real and practical guide to adjusting to your role as a mother, while still holding onto your identity and everything that once made you you.

It is not a parenting guide. Instead, this motivating resource provides simple and effective tips so that you can genuinely enjoy this next chapter in your life, feel in control, and stay in touch with your core needs and values.

Above all, it recognises that you are a woman, not just a mum. So by following some of the suggestions, reading other real-life accounts and survival tips, and using the practical pull-out goal cards, you can continue your journey as a happy, healthy, passionate, balanced woman, who is also a mum … A mum who roared!’

To find out more about The Mum Who Roared by Christie Nicholas ($29.95) and to order online visit

For your chance to win a copy of The Mum Who Roared visit and answer the following question: Which chapter of the book would you most like to read and why?

Submit your answer by leaving a comment below, your email address will not be published.

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Competition ends November 28, 2011. Sorry, Australian entries only.