Secret Safe Treasure Chest

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Nov 152020
 

VTech

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.

Mar 012018
 

Well, what can I say? Life with 6 kids under 10 is hard work. It’s good our darling Ted has the most beautiful smile in the whole wide world as he sure is keeping us on our toes! We are still battling with reflux, severe lack of sleep and sadly our first attempts at solids indicate that we will be going down the food allergy route once again. To add to Ted’s misery (and ours) his first teeth seem to be on the way, so it’s rosy cheeks and sad faces all around. Thankfully distraction and relief has arrived from ONE.CHEW.THREE HQ:

Aussie mama Elisa knows all about those bothersome little toothy pegs and the trouble they cause for tiny babies (and their families), which is why she created ONE.CHEW.THREE. This gorgeous online boutique comes to the rescue with a wide range of designer teething products that bring comfort to teething babies and class to their mamas, double win!

When you are surrounded by many grabby hands and chomping teeth your fancy jewellery quickly ends up at the back of your drawer, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on accessorising. Featuring my favourite shades of timeless blue this pretty Ruby Nursing Necklace (RRP $22.95) is stylish, safe and super versatile, it goes with absolutely everything! It’s such an easy way to keep Ted happy when waiting at the shop, the doctor, at school or anywhere I am holding him.

Made with high quality, 100% food grade silicone beads all ONE.CHEW.THREE necklaces are safe for young children to chomp and chew to their heart’s content. They are completely free from nasties like BPA, lead, cadmium, phthalates, PVC and latex and they are mould, fungus and bacteria resistant too. The lovely wooden beads used in some of the designs are made from untreated natural beech wood that can be oiled or waxed if you wish (coconut oil, yum!).

Ted may be five months old already but my heart still skips a beat anytime I see his name somewhere, doesn’t Ted look super chuffed with his very own personalised Shapes Teether (RRP $26.95)? It turned out absolutely lovely and the different textures, shapes and angles really keep him busy.

I love that the ONE.CHEW.THREE range caters for everyone, there are lots of different designs and colours to choose from allowing you to create a piece that suits your style and personality perfectly. They make great gift ideas for new mamas and the turnaround is super quick.

Found a style you love? Right now Hip Little One readers enjoy FREE shipping Australia wide at ONE.CHEW.THREE, simply enter the code ‘HIPLITTLEONE’ at checkout for your discount to apply. Be quick, this offer is valid for a limited time only!

To find out more about ONE.CHEW.THREE, to browse the range and to order online visit www.onechewthree.com.au.

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Nov 092017
 

Smiggle

Confession time: Call me a mean mum but sometimes I purposely choose a different route through the shopping centre so that my girls don’t get to pass our local Smiggle store. They are madly in love with everything Smiggle and can easily spend an hour admiring all the treasures in this fabulous shop, especially since the release of the gorgeous Smile with Smiggle collection. This wonderful range of fun, trendy and budget-friendly hair accessories, rings, bracelets, necklaces and more is every girl’s dream and there is so much to choose from!

As if these treasures are not already affordable enough, right now when you buy two, you get the third FREE on all ‘Smile with Smiggle’ jewellery. What a fantastic opportunity to stock up on stocking fillers without breaking your tight Christmas budget! Hurry, this great offer is valid for a limited time only. 

If your little lady is as crazy about unicorns as my girls are you are going to love this amazing prize pack the Smiggle team put together for one lucky Hip Little One reader:

There is no doubt about it, this magical Smile Unicorn Headband (RRP $14.95) is going to be a top seller this festive season. With unicorns being so incredibly popular right now this pretty number will be taking up no.1 spot on many wish lists, I know my girls would love it! Featuring silver sparkles and beautiful pink flowers this headband allows every little girl to turn into a real unicorn in the blink of an eye.

Trodding along the unicorn trail we come across this cute Smile Fabulous Earrings 3-pack (RRP $9.95, ages 6+), after all who can resist a sparkly unicorn! Made from hypo-allergenic materials and completely nickel-free, just like the rest of the Smile with Smiggle range, these sweet earrings are perfect for girls of all ages. There are loads of different earring designs to choose from and with 3 styles per set you can swap your earrings as often as you like.

Of course not every girl likes pink or purple, which is why Smiggle accessories come in a rainbow of colours. The Smile Dee Unicorn Necklace (RRP $12.95, ages 6+) is available in a mystical blue shade and comes with an adjustable ball-chain so you can create the perfect fit for you. Cupcakes, rainbows, owls, butterflies, cats… picking a favourite necklace from the range is not an easy task so I am glad I have four darling daughters to buy for.

When it comes to party bags and Christmas stockings I can highly recommend the Smiggle ring sets, with six different rings per pack they are excellent value for money and (if desired) you can easily split the sets up and treat multiple girls to a ring or two. The Smile Livvy Rings 6-pack (RRP $12.95, ages 6+) features flowers, love hearts, stars and jewels and the rings are slightly adjustable in size so you can’t go wrong there.

Last but not least, loyal Hip Little One readers will know by now how much I love charm bracelets and there is no shortage of delightful charms at Smiggle. The Smiggle charm bracelets are so well priced yet look a million dollars, they will be my go-to gift for upcoming birthdays. Sticking with the unicorn theme the Smile Daydream Bracelet (RRP $9.95, ages 6+) is an excellent match, I think we’ll have one very happy giveaway winner when she sees this!

To find out more about Smiggle, to locate a Smiggle store near you or to order online visit www.smiggle.com.au.

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Sweet Seven birthday buys

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Jul 022017
 

Now that we’re in July the countdown is on until our big birthday month, with four August birthdays (maybe even five depending on when baby no.6 arrives) I have my work cut out for me! Over the last few months I have been writing down some gift ideas for miss nearly 7 and I think I am slowly getting there. I am yet to decide on a fun new board game, which is always one of the best received presents in our house, but I have already come up with these hip finds:

Rain or shine, our wonderful school is a big fan of nature play and the kids love getting outdoors in the school garden and looking after the school pets (we now have free range chickens, goats and even a lamb!). In this cold and wet season a good raincoat is a must, so I’ll be getting miss 6 the next size up in this cute Nordic Apples Raincoat (RRP $64.95). All our children wear Hatley raincoats and I can not recommend them highly enough! They are snuggly warm, keep kids dry and last really well, the quality is just amazing.

Donut Charm BraceletBeing the bright and happy girl that she is Juliet loves to add a pop of colour to her day. Whether it’s a colourful scarf, a pretty bow or a gorgeous piece of jewellery, anything that has rainbow colours is a hit. The talented Lauren Hinkley designs the most delightful Charm Bracelets (RRP $29.95) that look good enough to eat, I think this tropical combination would make the perfect birthday bracelet. There are many different looks to choose from and new creations are being added all the time.

Now that she has discovered Mathletics and WordMania Juliet happily does her numeracy and literacy homework, what a welcome change from that grumpy frown. As careful as she promises to be, accidents do happen so I might invest in a sturdy, shock proof iPad cover like this child-friendly style from casehaven.com.au (RRP $29.99). That way I know our iPad is well protected, it’s a perfect fit for small hands and she’ll love the funky pink colour.

If you have a great gift idea for a sweet 7-year old girl I’d love to hear from you, it might just make it onto our birthday shopping list!

Dec 032016
 

Oh My Giddy Aunt

Christmas Countdown – Day 3

As a woman and mother of four girls there is one thing I know for sure: A pretty piece of jewellery never fails to bring Christmas joy. At gorgeous Australian store Giddy Aunt they know very well that the best things come in small packages so especially for our Christmas Countdown they have put together this precious little combo that is sure to put big smiles on the faces of two lucky people:

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Lovingly handpicked with a mother and daughter in mind, this duo of ready-made Signet Rings is a wonderful keepsake gift that will forever hold sweet memories.

oval-ringFor our mama-winner Chief Giddy Aunt Nikki has chosen the Oval Signet Ring (RRP $29.95) in sterling silver. Available in a wide range of sizes and with an optional red, blue or pink embellishment this beautiful ring will suit mothers of all ages. If gold is more your taste you can also purchase this little gem in 9ct gold (RRP $144.95) for a classic, timeless look. As a personal touch the ring can be engraved with a letter of your choice, a small engraving fee of $10 per ring applies.

heart-ringsMatching her mother’s ring our daughter-winner will receive the gorgeous Heart Signet Ring (RRP $29.95) in sterling silver, adorned with a festive red stone. These delightful rings are a super popular present all year around and can be customised with a tiny birthstone to match your child’s birth month, what a unique birthday gift idea. Being ready-made there is no wait and they can be dispatched immediately. Like its oval sibling this heart ring is also available in 9ct gold (RRP $144.95).

To find out more about Giddy Aunt, to browse the range and to order online visit www.giddyaunt.com.au.

For your chance to win a ‘Mummy & Me’ Signet Ring Set (RRP $79.90) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below. Both Mummy (Sterling Silver Oval Signet Ring, no stone) and Me (Sterling Silver Heart Signet Ring, red stone) rings will be engraved with your first initial, sizes subject to availability.

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Secret Christmas Wishes

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Dec 012016
 

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With all eyes on the kids on Christmas morning it is easy to forget about their wonderful mamas, who (usually) have been very good yet often miss out on presents. Of course it is totally normal to put your children first and spend your entire December budget on fulfilling their Christmas wish lists (meanwhile Santa takes all the credit!), but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a few sneaky Christmas wishes too. Just in case there is a generous Santa reading along, here are my five secret Christmas wishes:

kirstin-ash-bespokeFor some time I have been admiring the stunning Kirstin Ash ‘Bespoke’ collection, a gorgeous range of mix and match jewellery that allows you to create your own unique look. I have been picturing a pretty silver and rose gold combination of five initial charms (to represent my precious tribe of kids) and two or three add-ons, I think it would look fantastic and I would definitely wear it with pride.

sneaking-duckWith the new year just around the corner I always feel the need to change my look and make a nice fresh start. Getting the big chop at the hairdresser is generally followed by regret, so this time around I might going for a less drastic change with a new pair of glasses. I am currently coveting these trendy Sneaking Duck spectacles, the classic blue and traditional bamboo mix is just my style and would go with pretty much anything.

endota-spa-gift-voucherAs much as I adore my big family, being a mum of five young children is hard work and there is rarely any time for relaxation. The thought of some proper pampering, a good massage and a quiet room (and maybe a tiny snooze…) is pure bliss to me, so to find an Endota Spa gift voucher under the tree would be absolutely amazing. The only small problem will be to find the time to actually go there, but I will just have to lock it in on the family calendar.

love-my-teethAnother secret little Christmas wish of mine is whiter teeth. Although I thankfully have quite straight teeth thanks to wearing expensive braces as a teenager I would really love to brighten them by just a few shades. The high costs of in-chair treatment at the dentist (and the fact that success is not guaranteed) have been holding me back, but maybe a safe, in-home teeth whitening kit will fit within Santa’s budget?

brother-sewing-machineLast but not least, and I know this may sound a little dorky, I have always wanted to learn how to sew and make my four girls some lovely handmade dresses. Right now I can just sew on a lost button and fix a broken knee on school pants but that’s about it, to own a good, easy-to-use sewing machine would be a dream come true (and if it came with a few classes for beginners that would be even better!).

Go on, tell me about your secret Christmas wishes…

Aug 282016
 

Mad Alice Jewellery

Departure day is finally here! Tonight we will be boarding our plane and heading off on our long awaited 5-week European adventure. We’re starting our holiday with a bang as tomorrow is the twins’ 8th birthday and a little birdie told me the airline has organised a birthday cake on the plane, now that will make for a birthday to remember!

Party Jewels

We all know birthdays tend to fly by (quite literally this time) so it is always nice to have a little token of your special day to look back at later. Lovely mum and designer Lorraine from Mad Alice Jewellery has come up with the perfect unique thank you gift for birthday guests.

When musical chairs has finished, the tail has been placed on the donkey, pass-the-parcel is done and dusted and the last crumbs of birthday cake have been gobbled up it’s time to say goodbye to all the party guests. Now forget about the traditional lolly bags full of sugary treats and plastic nic-nacs and surprise your guests with Personalised Party Jewels (RRP $49, 12-pack), a thoughtful and unique gift that last longer than a sugar rush.

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Each pack of Personalised Party Jewels consists of twelve shiny silk cord bracelets with a swarovski crystal flower, butterfly or heart element and each bracelet is lovingly handmade by Mad Alice Jewellery. Thanks to the handy pull and tie closure with adjustable silver plated beads the bracelets can be adjusted in size to fit the recipient perfectly. As a warm and personal touch every bracelet comes with a sweet Thank You card, personalised with the names of the party guest and the birthday girl. I am so pleased with how my girls’ custom order turned out, the bracelets look super neat!

I think the Personalised Party Jewels are great way to teach kids that while receiving presents is always nice, giving them out is an even better feeling! Being a custom made gift please allow up to 5 working days for your personalised jewels to be made and dispatched. Shipping is free Australia wide.

To find out more about Mad Alice Jewellery, to browse the range and to order online visit www.madalicejewellery.com.

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