Dec 192014


Christmas Countdown – Day 19

Whether you love or loathe them, school holidays are impossible to avoid so you better make the most of these weeks with your little students home. Stock up on crafts, plan some fun outings, explore the neighbourhood, organise catch-ups with friends and get busy in the kitchen. If your kids are crazy about cooking they are sure to love today’s Christmas Countdown prize courtesy of our friends at That!:

Junior Chef CookbookDeveloped by the kitchen experts at Women’s Weekly this gorgeous Junior Chef Cookbook is the perfect gift for your little mini masterchef. With 64 pages of step-by-step recipes with photographs, handy tools and tips specifically created for young chefs there is plenty of kitchen fun to be had. From yummy breakfasts to delicious main meals and from scrumptious desserts to tasty baked delights, your family is in for a treat this summer.

Junior Chef UtensilsTo make sure the recipes are as fail-proof as possible (nothing like slaving away in the kitchen to end up with a cooking disaster) they have all been triple tested in the Women’s Weekly Test Kitchen so you can count on them to deliver each and every time. To help the kids get started straight away this lovely book comes with three brightly coloured kitchen tools (a spatula, a whisk and a pastry brush) that are easy for little hands to hold.

Obviously this great pack wouldn’t be a That! Prize pack without a big stash of That! Dairy Snacks and That! Milkshakes so they’ve thrown in a 1-month supply of That! goodness too. The super convenient That! pouches are a tasty, calcium rich snack that is perfect for at home and on the go, they make the ideal clean treat for your next Summer holiday outing.

That! giveaway

To read more about That!, to learn what makes That! snacks stand out from other dairy snacks and to discover great healthy snack and activity ideas for your family visit

For your chance to win a $90 That! Prize Pack containing a Women’s Weekly Junior Chef cookcook, Junior Chef utensil set and a 1-month supply of That! enter our giveaway below:

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Aug 292014


Big Birthday Bash – Day 29

Regular Hip Little One readers will know by now that the team at That! head quarters knows all about delicious and nutritious kids’ snacks. That! Dairy Snack and That! Milkshake are made with real Aussie milk, have as few calories as an apple plus calcium for strong bones and they do not have to refrigerated, they’re simply the perfect lunchbox treat.

That! Prize Pack

But of course there is more to healthy living than eating the right foods, being active is just as important so especially for our Big Birthday Bash That! has put together a fantastic prize pack for healthy kids. Imagine the sparkling eyes and the grin on your little soccer fan’s face when he/she sees this awesome That! package!

To read more about That!, to learn what makes That! snacks stand out from other dairy snacks and to discover great healthy snack and activity ideas for your family visit

For your chance to win a fabulous That! Prize Pack valued at $150 (pack contains a month supply of That!, signed Melbourne Heart soccer ball, signed Melbourne Heart t-shirt and Melbourne Heart cap all fun-packed into a backpack) enter our giveaway below:

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May 202014


With the kids back at school and term 2 in full swing now is a great time to take a look at your shopping list and pantry contents and consider your kids’ meal and snack options. We all want to provide our children with healthy, tasty food but with TV commercials and shopping catalogues full of convenient treats it can be hard to sort the good from the bad.

When it comes to healthy kids’ foods you can count on the team at That! for reliable advice, handy information and helpful tips, they even have a dedicated That! dietician on board to answer all your kids’ diet questions. If you’re looking for some quick brain food ideas for your little learners watch this speedy 85 second Brain Food for Kids video.

That! MilkshakeThe That! YouTube channel is specifically created for modern parents with quick, informative videos covering popular food topics like Travel Snacks, Calcium and Healthy Lunchboxes. All videos are short and bite-size (2 minutes or less) so they’re perfect for busy, time poor parents (aren’t we all!). There are many more great clips to come so tune back in regularly for your dose of useful That! advice.

That! Dairy SnackThat! Milkshake and That! Dairy Snack are currently available in three popular flavours: Banana, Strawberry and Chocolate. You can find That! Dairy Snack at Coles and Woolworths in the jelly and pudding aisle, That! Milkshake can be found in the chilled milk fridge at Woolworths. All That! products are lunchbox friendly, they don’t need refrigerating so keep a stack in your pantry and you’ll always have a healthy snack on hand.

Thanks to That! five lucky Hip Little One readers will win a month supply of That!, that’s 36 pouches of yummy dairy goodness for your hungry little student(s)! For your chance to score one of the five That! prize packs answer one simple question and enter your details on the special That! competition page.

To read more about That!, to learn what makes That! snacks stand out from other dairy snacks and to discover great healthy snack and activity ideas for your family visit

Russell Hobbs – Colour Control Blender

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May 022014

Russell Hobbs

These lazy Easter holidays were fun while they lasted but now it’s time to get back into the school routine. With four young children (5 years and under) our mornings are usually quite hectic, they all still need help with getting dressed, making/eating breakfast and packing bags so it’s a race against the clock to get the twins to school on time. I’m always on the hunt for ways to make the morning rush less stressful, here’s my latest discovery that reduces our breakfast time (and mess) dramatically.

Russell Hobbs Blender

Like most people I used to make the kids toast for breakfast, it sounds quick but it is actually quite time consuming and messy. Our very unreliable 4-slice toaster is rather temperamental (we call it moody), toasting results are never the way you want them so it takes a few shots and we need 2 rounds of four slices to feed the tribe. Then I need to butter the toast (three with normal margarine, one with dairy free spread), cut it in kids sized portions and serve it on plates. To be honest I don’t know why I bother with plates because more crumbs end up on the ground than on the plate. Some of the kids pick, pull and peck, leaving the crusts, others take half an hour to eat half a slice. I won’t even start on the simple cup of milk that goes with the toast!

Breakfast Smoothie

Putting the fast back in breakfast

Since we’ve swapped our toast for smoothies breakfast is finally breakFAST. The Russell Hobbs Colour Control Blender ($99.95) has a huge 1,5 litre glass jug which is perfect for a big family like ours. We have tried lots of different smoothies during the holidays but this breakfast drink is by far our favourite: Fill the jug with delicious almond milk, some ripe bananas (fresh or frozen), a few weetbix and some probiotic powder and combine it all on Speed 2, specifically created for making perfect smoothies. It’s quick, simple, healthy (and suitable for all our kids), incredibly tasty and they slurp it up in a flash!

Colour Control Light RingAs part of the Russell Hobbs Colour Control range the blender is fitted with the unique Colour Control technology. The ring around the base lights up in four different colours, each representing a different speed suitable for a particular food type: Speed 1/Blue is ideal for purees (very handy for making baby food), Speed 2/Purple is perfect for our smoothies, Speed 3/Green is the go-to speed for soups and Speed P (Pulse)/Red crushes ice.

Of course this is just a guide, there are plenty of other food types you can make in your blender like cakes mixes and cocktails, dips and marinades, milkshakes and mayonnaise and much more. I love relaxing with a yummy mixed berry milkshake on a Saturday evening, much healthier, faster and cheaper than getting a take-away version!

Obviously I like the sleek and modern gloss black base and stainless steel details but the Colour Control Blender is more than just a pretty ‘jacket’, it has a powerful and reliable 850 watt motor and features strong and durable titanium coated two-tip blades that stay sharper for longer and offer excellent blending performance on all speeds. I also appreciate the strong suction caps at the bottom that keep the blender in place so you don’t need to hold it and kids can’t easily pull it off the bench. Priced at $99.95, and backed with a generous 2 year warranty, I think it is great value for money and a perfect choice for families who want the convenience of a good quality blender to make quick and healthy meals and snacks but don’t want to spend a fortune on yet another kitchen appliance.

Russell Hobbs Colour Control Blender

To find out more about Russell Hobbs, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit

Oct 152013


And off they went, today our beautiful twins started their very last term of kindy. After two weeks of school holidays they were very keen to go back to kindy and although I am looking forward to getting on top of the household chores I am not so excited about the prospect of all the lunches I will have to make. While I am yet to discover a quick way to prep the sandwiches (share your tips if you have any!) I can definitely help you with a speedy, tasty and healthy snack fix:

That! Dairy SnackYou may have already spotted That! Dairy Snack on the dessert shelf of your local Coles or Woolworths, but dismissed it as yet another sweet, sugar loaded treat you better avoid. What you may not know is that compared to many other dairy snacks (like frozen yoghurt, chilled kids’ yoghurt and custard) That! stands out from the crowd as a Healthy Kids Registered Green Product with fewer calories, less sugar and less fat.

Of course we all know variety is the spice of life so the clever people at That! have come up with a super delicious new range that is sure to get kids of all ages excited, meet That! Milkshake:

That! Milkshake Providing kids with all the benefits of real Aussie milk and much needed calcium to support those growing bodies That! Milkshake is a simple way to mix up a boring lunch box and give the kids a fresh burst of energy. As each pouch contains as few calories as an apple it is a perfect addition to a healthy kids’ diet. If you want to try these tasty shakes for yourself keep an eye out next time you visit your local Woolworths, you can find them in the chiller.

Now of course you don’t just have to take my word for it, for all your kids’ diet and nutrition questions you can count on Michelle, That!’s very own dietitian to help you out. Michelle shares a bunch of very valuable and practical tips on the That! website and she also regularly drops by on the That! Facebook page so if this is a topic you care about make sure you give them the thumbs up.

That! Milkshake ChocolateBesides the nutritional value and yummy taste there is another great reason That! Milkshake and That! Dairy Snack make a fantastic kids’ school snack: the convenient re-sealable pouches are easy to use (even with one hand), they are virtually mess free and ideal for on-the-go, plus at 120g they are the perfect size for hungry little tummies. Yay for no more sticky containers and missing spoons.

That! Milkshake and That! Dairy Snack ($1.69) are currently available in three popular flavours: Banana, Strawberry and Chocolate.

To celebrate the launch of the new That! Milkshake range five lucky people will win a 1-month supply of That! Milkshake, surely that should score mum some brownie points? Entering is super easy, for your chance to win enter the competition here.

To find out more about That!, to browse the range and to enter the That! Milkshake competition visit