Jan 202019
 

Smiggle

And that’s a wrap, almost! Just one last week of school holidays to go until the kids return to the classroom for an exciting start to term 1. For most mums this final week is filled with school uniform fitting, ironing on labels, prepping the freezer with healthy school snacks and grabbing all the must-have stationery items from the shops.

Make sure to leave time for a visit to your local Smiggle store because that’s where you’re guaranteed to find the coolest ‘Back to School’ gear. Hip tip: There is no such thing as a ‘quick’ trip to Smiggle, believe me, I’ve tried! There is simply too much fabulous stuff to see, try, feel and smell and choosing favourites is no easy task.

This spacious Faves Hardtop Strap Lunchbox (RRP $32.95) is perfect for kindy, school, daycare or even just a day out. It has a handy (removable) shoulder strap and handle for easy carrying and two large zip compartments to hold lunch, snacks and fruit to last the day. The lunchbox lining is BPA free and food grade safe, so parents can rest assured that all meals are safe from nasty chemicals. Of course if you score an awesome lunchbag like this you’d hate to lose it, so don’t forget to fill out the name tag inside.

Whether you are creating a unique piece of art or just want to add a pop of colour to a boring homework assignment, these Smiggle Scented Bon Bon Highlighter Pens (RRP $9.95, 10-pack) are exactly what you need. Not only are they dual ended, giving you 20 different ways to brighten your day, they are also scented! I wonder if you’ll get extra points from your new teacher if he/she smells a yummy fragrance when doing the marking?

Mistakes happen to the best of us, and they’re certainly not something to get upset about with the Stax On Erasable Highlighters (RRP $5.95). This giant stack of highlighters measures almost a foot tall and features a range of bright fluro shades. If you’ve gone a little overboard on colour you can erase your work with the magic eraser tip, easy as pie. Alternatively it adds a unique touch to an art project too, using colours as the background and making your drawing stand out in white.

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

For your chance to win a Smiggle ‘Back to School’ pack (containing the Faves Hardtop Strap Lunchbox in black, Smiggle Scented Bon Bon Highlighter Pens and Stax On Erasable Highlighters) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

And off she goes… with Crocodile Creek

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Jan 222018
 

Crocodile Creek

One week from today our miss Sybbie will be starting school and I am not exactly sure how to feel about that just yet. Long time readers will remember that she has had quite a few challenges to overcome, so as a result I am a bit extra protective of her. Thankfully her confidence has grown a lot this year and as you can tell by this photo she is very excited about the adventure ahead of her:

Even though Sybil’s Crocodile Creek kindy backpack and lunch boxes from last year were still in top shape (big thumbs up for durability!) I felt the transition to big school deserved some cool new school gear, so our little student got to take her pick and instantly fell in love with this adorable bunch of backyard friends. Obviously everything needed a proper try out this week, making sure it lives up to the expectations.

Miss Sybbie is a real girly girl who loves wearing twirly skirts, pretty dresses and sweet headbands, the pastel colours of the Backyard Friends backpack really suit her style. It’s an ideal size for our nearly 5-year old, big enough for her lunchbox, bottle and homework folder but still lightweight and comfortable to wear thanks to the adjustable, padded shoulder straps and did you spot the handy front pocket for some little treasures and special notes from mummy or the teacher?

On the side of the backpack a stretchy pocket ensures a refreshing drink is always within hand’s reach, at the same time it keeps messy spills or wet condensation safely away from school work, library books or homework assignments. The no-spill Backyard Friends bottle (475ml) is a perfect fit and the strong and durable Tritan material is totally kid-proof. Double win: Sybbie adores the animal print and how simple it is to flip open and close, mummy loves how easy it is to clean with a removable straw and being dishwasher safe.

As Adelaide summers get very hot an insulated lunch bag is a real must, this spacious Backyard Friends classic lunchbox has practical wipe-clean lining (that’s free from nasties like PVC, Phthalate free and BPA) and there is plenty of room inside to pack your child’s lunch, fruit and some ice packs to keep lunch fresh and cool for even longer. On the front a zip pocket safely stores cutlery and some spending money for the school canteen.

Speaking of cutlery, I have no doubt these adorable Backyard Friends big kid utensils will be the cutest fork and spoon in class (no mix-ups). They are made for small hands and allow for a greater variety in lunches, think pasta, salad, yoghurt, rice or noodles; after all sandwiches do get a little boring after a while!

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the Crocodile Creek range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

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:

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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.

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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.

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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 www.exislepublishing.com.au.

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25% off Skip Hop

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Aug 192016
 

Skip Hop

With such a big trip coming up it’s no surprise I have luggage on my mind. Huge suitcases, safe camera pouches, practical nappy bags, small passport holders and of course backpacks for all five kids, when a family of seven goes on vacation it requires luggage in all shapes and sizes. If you are on the hunt for an awesome kids’ backpack or lunchbox you might want to pop over to Bright Star Kids today:

Right now you can save a huge 25% on all Skip Hop accessories at Bright Star Kids. Simply enter the code ‘SKIPHOP25’ at checkout, offer ends August 19, 2016. Excludes already discounted items, nappy bags & gyms.

Skip Hop Forget Me Not

How gorgeous is that sweet Heart Backpack and Lunch Bag Set (RRP $79.95)! The clear window at the front of the backpack allows you to see if you’ve packed lunch before you walk out the door. Now isn’t that convenient for sleep deprived mamas and forgetful students?

Skip Hop Specs Food JarNot only are Skip Hop products super duper cute but they are very clever too. Whether you are packing a nice warm salad, a serve of soup or a big helping of crispy salad, this Insulated Food Jar (RRP $29.95, choose from 10 designs) will keep the temperature just right (cool for up to 5 hours and warm for up to 7 hours). It even has a handy utensil holder on the side so that the included ‘spork’ is always within reach when hunger strikes.

To find out more about Bright Star Kids, to browse the Skip Hop range and to order online visit www.brightstarkids.com.au.

Save 25% on Yumbox

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Jun 232016
 

Yumbox

With the end of the month looming businesses around the country are gearing up for their annual stocktake, something no store owner is looking forward to. To lighten the workload many stores are hoping to clear the shelves with a big Stocktake Sale, great news for budget-conscious mamas like me!

Yumbox PaninoIf you have been eyeing off one of those awesome Yumbox lunch boxes you’ve probably discovered that they rarely go on sale. In fact, they are more popular than ever and stock often sells out the moment it comes in. Luckily for you I’ve stumbled upon a fabulous deal from Yumbox stockist Robin’s Nest, so if you’re keen to grab a cool new Yumbox ahead of Term 3 here’s your chance:

Right now you can save a huge 25% storewide at Robin’s Nest, simply enter the code ‘STOCKTAKE25’ at checkout. Be quick, offer ends June 26, 2016.

Yumbox Robin's Nest

To find out more about Robin’s Nest, to browse the Yumbox range and to order online visit www.robinsnest.com.au.

Back to School with Décor

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Jan 212016
 

Decor

With just 11 days until the first day of school we are making the most of the school holidays. Arts and crafts, baking treats, playgrounds, bus trips and fun outings, we’re making this last week count! It is also a great opportunity to give our new school gear a little test-run before the big day, yummy picnic coming up:

Decor Lunch Break

Australian homeware specialist Décor has got meals on-the-go covered with a fresh new Back to School range. From small snacks to luscious lunches, from tasty treats to delicious dinners and even thirst quenching drinks, Décor keeps them fresh all day.

Lunch Break Decor

The colourful Lunch Break System is perfect for our big family, it allows me to pack a personalised, homemade lunch for each child to suit their taste, day and meal size perfectly. Featuring a range of Realseal boxes in different sizes and shapes it feels a bit like a fun game of tetris, but the end result is a well-filled lunchbox that will provide my little students with all the energy they need for a big school day.

Decor Lunch Bags

Don’t you hate it when your child’s healthy yoghurt spills into their backpack or when salad dressing runs over homework or expensive school books? As the name suggests each Realseal container features a unique seal in the lid making the container instantly airtight and leakproof, yay for no more mess! And that’s not all, the containers are also microwave-safe, freezer-safe, dishwasher-safe and of course free from nasty BPA.

Realseal Cutlery SetLunch Break boxes are available in 125ml, 300ml, 650ml and 1L sizes and come in four bright colours that kids will love and are quick to recognise for mother and child (our school-aged kids can each have their own colour, no more mix-ups and arguments). Packing a serve of yoghurt, custard, pasta or salad? There is even a matching carry case with Realseal Cutlery Set available, how handy.

Insulated Cooler bagThe Realseal Compact 2 Insulated Cooler (smaller lunches) and Insulated Cooler Bag (bigger lunches) are specifically designed to keep all your little Realseal boxes neatly together and cool as a cucumber using an Icewall. I find the Compact 2 the perfect size for our children (aged 7 and under). Both styles are durable, easy to clean and free from BPA, Phthalates, Lead and PVC for lunches that are tasty, fresh and safe.

The Décor Lunch Break range is currently available at Spotlight, Howards Storage World and independent supermarkets across Australia.

To find out more about Décor, to locate a stockist near you and to browse the range visit www.decor.com.au.

The new Yumbox is here!

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Mar 302015
 

Yumbox

For the past few months my Facebook feed has been filled with colourful images of the brand new and improved Yumbox range. Stores have been taking long lists of pre-orders and as soon as these beautiful pastel coloured lunch boxes were unpacked they were sent out to all those impatient mamas. The word on the street is that Yumboxes have once again sold out across the country but I managed to spot a few remaining ones hiding at Whimsy Child:

Yumbox Panino

Now available in fresh Gelato Blue and fruity Ananas Yellow the Yumbox would have to be one of the most popular bento style lunch boxes in Australia.

Yellow Ananas PaninoYumbox lunch boxes are strong, durable and reusable so they can transport healthy lunch after lunch. With its 3 cup capacity (large 2-cup compartment and two 1/2 cup compartments) the Yumbox Panino is a great size for hungry kids and even mums. While the Yumbox is dishwasher safe a quick hand wash is recommended to prolong the longevity of the seal. I hand wash our Yumboxes in the evening and let them dry overnight, so they are ready to go again in the morning.

Fox Lunch BagBy the way, if you live in a warm climate and are searching for a way to keep your lunchbox and snacks cool all day the Apple & Mint lunch bags are just what you need. They are the perfect match for a Yumbox lunchbox plus a squeezy yoghurt or a piece of fruit and keep your meals chilled for 8 hours thanks to their handy freezable cooling panel. Apple & Mint designs currently in stock include Yellow Polkadot, Purple Icecream, Blue Star and Black Fox.

To find out more about Whimsy Child, to take a closer look at the Yumbox and to get your order in visit www.whimsychild.com.au.