Feb 022016

Hippo Blue

And off she went, as of yesterday our Juliet is a big schoolgirl. As we walked to school I couldn’t help but worry about how she would settle in at school. We found her name on a little desk, we located her tray and spotted a special hook to hang up her new school bag, one more kiss and one more wave and then it was time for goodbyes.

Juliet backpack

With a big, long corridor full of bulky backpacks it can be a little tricky for a small 5-year old to find her way, but at least our bright, cheeky, kind-hearted girl knows there will definitely not be another bag just like hers. Personalised with her own name this gorgeous backpack is perfect for our little ray of sunshine: Shine Bright Juliet!

HB JournalAt Hippo Blue they understand that every child is different and unique so they celebrate this diversity with a wide range of personalised back-to-school products. While most famous for their personalised name labels (that really stick!) they also offer awesome backpacks, lunch bags, pencil cases, stationery and more, all custom-made with the design and name of your choice.

Boys backpackKnowing how much the twins carry to and from school we decided on the Large Backpack (RRP $50) for Juliet. These spacious backpacks have plenty of room for tall folders and books, a large main compartment and a zipped front pocket. They also have soft, padded shoulder straps for extra comfort, a loop for hanging and nice, deep side pockets so that drink bottles are easily accessible and kept away from expensive schoolbooks and homework.

Girls backpackStarting with a pink/green (girls) or blue/red (boys) base the backpacks can then be personalised with loads and loads of different designs and of course your child’s name. Animals, sports, vehicles, hobbies, foods… there are so many themes to choose from! I love how you can ‘try’ all the different looks before you place your order so you can see exactly what the bag will look like when finished. This preview feature made it much easier for our girls to make a decision.

Knowing that yellow is Juliet’s favourite colour and that she loves the sun and stars I was not surprised she had her heart set on the Shine Bright backpack, it turned out so well and it’s such a sweet, encouraging message for our new schoolgirl. Add to that the insulated Lunch Bag (RRP $32) to match and she’s all set for fun days at school.

Sybbie snacks

While miss Sybbie won’t be wearing a uniform for some time she will be bringing some snacks to kindy, so I planned ahead and ordered her the huge Mega Labels Value Pack (value $76.95, now $39.72). It contains regular labels, iron-on labels, pencil labels, shoe labels (so handy!) and more, with 222 labels in the pack we’ve got everything covered! These packs are such good value and using the same label everywhere make it easy for her to recognise her belongings amongst all the others.

Make sure you keep an eye on the Hippo Blue Facebook page to say up-to-date with all the latest news and offers. They often share special promotions and discount codes to help you replenish your personalised name labels and stationery throughout the year (Tip: They make great gifts too). Right now you can save 50% on Vinyl Name Labels and Clothing Labels, that’s a massive saving!

To find out more about Hippo Blue, to browse the range and to order online visit www.hippoblue.com.au.

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Jul 072015

Little JJ Cole

With mums all over the globe falling in love with JJ Cole Collections it was only a matter of time before hip kids started asking for their own slice of JJ Cole goodness. In response the clever design team at JJ Cole has created a brand new range of children’s products that is sure to get little ministylistas excited:

Little JJ Cole range

Little JJ Cole adds a touch of style to your toddler’s next adventure with a gorgeous travel collection consisting of backpacks, lunch bags and snuggly nap mats in a range of cool boy and girl designs:

Little JJ Cole Backpack CatThese colourful and spacious Little JJ Cole Backpacks (RRP $29.95) are the ideal size for days at daycare, kindy or even a day out on the town. They are big enough to fit a yummy lunch and snacks, a change of clothes and even your favourite toy. You can keep your drink bottle within hand’s reach in the elasticised side pockets and a zipped front pocket keeps small items safe when out and about.

Our little miss 2 is always copying her school-aged siblings so when it comes to school drop-off time she will not leave the house without a backpack. With kindy coming up next year this sweet Ladybug Backpack is going to be perfect, she is testing it out thoroughly already and loves filling it up and putting it on herself. The shoulder straps are adjustable and padded so you can create a nice, comfortable fit for your child. A free matching work folder is included as well as a practical (removable) clip so you can attach a drink bottle, lunch bag or toy to your bag.

Miss 2 off on another adventure...

Miss Sybbie off on another adventure…

Little JJ Cole Lunch Bag RocketTeam up your new backpack with the matching Little JJ Cole Lunch Bag (RRP $19.95) for the ultimate Little JJ Cole look. These generously sized lunch bags (19 x 24 x 9 cm) offer plenty of room for a healthy, homemade lunch to satisfy hungry tummies throughout the day, yet they are still light and compact enough for small hands to carry. The insulated design will keep your food nice and fresh through out the day and the interior can simply be wiped clean so the bag is good to go for the next day.

Little JJ Cole Nap Mat RobotNap time away from the comfort and security of your own home is not always easy for little ones, so why not pack a touch of home with a Little JJ Cole Nap Mat (RRP $49.95)? These funky roll-and-go nap mats are soft, comfy and cosy and even come with their own (removable) pillow for easy washing and drying. They are perfect for daycare and kindy (and much more hygienic than ‘shared’ mats) as well as sleepovers and naps at grandma.

The Little JJ Cole Collection is now available at Baby Bunting stores across Australia.

To find out more about JJ Cole Collections and to browse the Little JJ Cole range visit www.jjcolecollections.com.

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A grown-up lunch on the go with Briggi

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Feb 202015


Whether it’s for uni, the office, the gym, a fun day out or a simple picnic in the park, if you’re planning to bring yourself a healthy homemade lunch or snack (so much cheaper and healthier than buying on-the-go!) you can do so in style which these gorgeous lunch bags by Briggi:

Briggi Lunch Bags

Created right here in Australia by designer duo Brigitte and Raf a Briggi Lunch Bag (RRP $28) is the grown-up answer to the insulated kids lunch bag.

Briggi All in a RowMeasuring 25 x 18 x 9 cm in size it’s the perfect size for an average adult, it will fit in your handbag and stores neatly in the office fridge. Briggi bags are currently available in five stylish prints that are classy as opposed to childish, you will be able to recognise your lunch in a flash without feeling embarassed. Not only are they good looking and keep your food cool, they are easy to clean too and as they are reusable they’re great for the environment.

To find out more about Briggi, to browse the range and to order online visit www.briggi.net, shipping is free Australia wide.

Jan 242014

Giggle Me Pink

Earlier this week I took the twins to school to pick up their uniforms and while they were very excited miss 5 was a little sad when she realised she won’t be wearing her favourite colour pink to school. Luckily I was able to cheer her up with the thought of a beautiful pink backpack and lunch bag, after all most girls have a soft spot for pink and pretty. If you are sending your little girl to school this year too make sure you check out Giggle Me Pink:

GMP BackpacksAustralian label Giggle Me Pink is designed here in Australia by lovely mum and daugher team Angela and Kate. Together they have created a lovely accessory collection for girly girls like mine who love pink and purple, sparkles and glitter and fairies and ballerinas. The range consists of backpacks, lunch bags, handbags and purses for little ladies who want to carry their treasures around in style.

Ballet BackpackGiggle Me Pink backpacks ($39.95) are a lovely mix of practical and pretty, because the eye wants something too! Featuring a zip closure for easy opening and closing and a side pocket to keep a drink bottle at hand the backpacks are perfect for daycare, kindy or a fun day out. The wide shoulder straps are adjustable so they can grow with your little girl and the bag can easily be carried or hung up by the handy little loop at the top.

GMP Fairy Lunch BagGiggle Me Pink lunch bags ($24.95) are sure to get young students excited about recess. Measuring 20 x 24 x 8cm these sweet lunch bags are a decent size and the insulated lining will keep lunch and snacks at the right temperature. Backpacks and lunch bags are available in matching designs, choose from Fairy Wings, Butterfly Wings, Ballet Tutu or Sequin Heart. I struggled to pick a favourite but decided on the Fairy Wings and judging by my daughter’s sparkling eyes it was the right choice.

To find out more about Giggle Me Pink, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.gigglemepink.com.au.

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Jan 182014

Charlotte's Web

And then there was only one week of school holidays left, didn’t this summer vacation just fly by? This week we’ll go try on the uniforms and then my babies are ready for the big school. The start of a new school year is the perfect opportunity to spoil your little students with one of these lovely backpacks and hip lunch bags from Charlotte’s Web:

Flamingo BackpackCharlotte’s Web is a gorgeous new online children’s boutique filled with ‘green’ goodies handpicked by Australian mama Jade. From gorgeous baby gifts to feeding necessities, from toys to art and craft and from decor to linen, Charlotte’s Web has got it all covered. With the Back to School period coming up it is no surprise the super stylish Apple & Mint backpacks and lunch bags are flying out the door, you have to be quick to secure your favourite!

Fox Lunch BagDesigned right here in Australia the Apple & Mint range is not only very good looking but also fitted with many innovative features. Being completely free from BPA, PVC, lead and other nasties the backpacks and lunch bags are ideal for transporting your child’s lunch, daycare or kindy gear, clothes, toys and other little must-haves for a fun day out without having to worry about potentially dangerous chemicals near your precious little one.

Fairy BackpackThe first thing you will notice is the trendy wipe-clean coated linen outer, available in a range of awesome prints to suit boys and girls. Both backpack and lunch bag are fitted with a handy carry handle and strong zips and the backpack ($44.95) also has two insulated side pockets to keep drinks nice and cool. Of course the shoulder straps are adjustable to create a perfect fit for your little traveller.

Blue Star Lunch Bag

Apple & Mint Backpack and Lunch Bag

However the most exciting feature is hiding on the inside of the lunch bag ($32.95). Created by a very clever mum who had more than enough of warm yoghurt, sweaty cheese and soggy fruit these awesome lunch bags have a separate compartment to store the special freezable cooling panel (included). This will keep your lunch cool for up to 8 hours, without touching your food! Just keep the panel in the freezer overnight (min. 5 hours), pop in the bag in the morning and enjoy a fresh meal at lunchtime.

Make sure you give the Charlotte’s Web Facebook page the thumbs up and get social. By simply commenting, sharing and liking you could win yourself a $15 gift voucher to spend in store and there is a new winner every month.

To find out more about Charlotte’s Web, to browse the range and to order online visit www.charlotteweb.com.au.

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Sep 192013

Hippo Blue

With only one term of kindy to go it is time for our beautiful twins to get ready for the big school. Uniforms and hats, backpacks and lunchboxes, school shoes and much much more, there is plenty to organise and of course it all comes with a price tag. When I see the ‘lost and found’ box in the hall I am determined never to have to dig in there for something from my kids. I already regularly give them a good talking to about looking after your belongings and I hope that by clearly marking all their items I am reducing the risk even more.

Hippo Blue BackpackIf your kids are anything like mine they’ll each want to pick their own name labels and no, you can’t get away with just your family name for all of them! Hippo Blue supplies Australian families with a large range of personalised products in stylish designs at hard-to-beat prices. A different name, a different colour, a different design and even a different font, at Hippo Blue there are more options than you can count so the kids will have no trouble finding something that floats their boat.

Vinyl Label Variety PackHippo Blue loves helping families save money, take their Name Label Value Packs; there are a 4 different value packs to choose from and of course each pack will be personalised to your taste. The high quality vinyl labels are waterproof, microwave friendly and dishwasher safe, so you won’t have to replace lost labels all the time. With a huge 86 labels in different shapes and sizes the Vinyl Label Variety Pack ($27.50) goes a long way.

Hippo Blue Lunch BagWhen I asked my little lady if she would like to pick a new Hippo Blue Lunch Bag ($29) for school her whole face lit up, she was so excited and we had lots of fun checking out all the styles in store. Eventually she decided on this sweet Bird Group design, not to forget the ‘love heart on the i’ (probably the most important feature of all when you are 3). Just a few days later her lunch bag arrived on our door step and it is absolutely perfect.

Right now each Hippo Blue Lunch Bag comes with a FREE 32 piece Mixed Name Label Pack, what a nice bonus!

Hippe Blue Robot Lunch BagMade from strong, durable materials it will nicely hold its shape even when filled, the zipped lunch bag measures 200 x 245 x 80mm which is a very good size for a kids lunch and some snacks. Of course the inside is insulated to keep food at the right temperature and the handy netting will keep the contents nicely organised. On the outside you’ll find a carry handle and an extra front pocket for added storage.

Hip tip: Before you place your order make sure you sign up for the free Hippo Blue Club. As a thank you for subscribing you will receive 20% off your first order, that’s a very good saving on already fantastic prices. All Australian orders over $50 ship free of charge.

To find our more about Hippo Blue, to browse the range and to order online visit www.hippoblue.com.au.

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Back to school with 20% off at Sukimama

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Dec 252011

With the new year just days away I have been thinking of what 2012 will bring us. One big change for us will be the twins starting kindy later in the year. I know they are terribly excited about going to ‘school’ but I myself am a little nervous, I guess that is normal. They are just so gorgeous staring out the living room window, watching school kids walk past with their uniforms and backpacks.

Now that all those little students are on school holidays it is the perfect time for mums to take a closer look at the school supplies and make sure everything is up to scratch (and style) for the new year. Sukimama is helping you out by offering a fabulous 20% discount on bottles, lunchboxes and backpacks, simply enter the code ‘SCHOOL’ at checkout to benefit from this great special (valid until January 8, 2012). Take a look at some of the many hip styles on offer:

1. Beatrix New York Shark and Whale Water Bottle 400ml $17.95
Perfect size for a thirsty little student, made with 100% food-grade stainless steel and spill-proof spout cap. Free from PVC, phtalates and lead.
2. Beatrix New York Lucas Whale Lunch Box $36.95
Machine washable insulated lunch box made with heavy-duty nylon, free from PVC, phthalates and lead.
3. Beatrix New York Little Kid Nigel Shark Backpack $45.95
Matching backpack, a durable nylon design offering plenty of room inside as well as a smaller zipped pocket.

4. Dabbawalla Flower Power Lunch Bag $39.95
Made from eco-sponge, an innovative machine washable fabric that is certified free of lead, PVC, phthalates and over 100 other harmful substances.
5. Goodbyn Bynto Raspberry Lunch Bag $28.95
Features three compartments, dishwasher safe, is free from BPA, phthalates and lead and comes complete with 2 sheets of stickers and free bottle.
6. Goodbyn Sticker Set $10.50
Gorgeous sticker sets to personalise your Goodbyn lunch box, they are dishwasher safe and there are different styles available.

For more information about Sukimama, to browse the range and to order online visit www.sukimama.com.au.