May 262016
 

Boon Inc

Fancy designer clothes, stunning high heels, pretty little handbags, immaculate hairdos and perfect makeup… once you become a mum you’ll most likely have to wave goodbye to all of these (unless you are a celebrity of course).

Boon Inc. Drying Racks

Don’t worry, instead you can indulge in mountains of gorgeous baby clothes and put together an amazing nursery for your tiny trendsetter, you can even clean your baby’s feeding gear in style with these designer tools by Boon Inc.:

Boon Inc. GrassDitch your old-school, white wire rack and add a touch of colour to your kitchen bench with the Grass Countertop Drying Rack (RRP $29.95, 24 x 24cm), no mowing required. This fresh green patch of ‘grass’ holds your baby gear neatly upright so it can air dry and any excess water can drip down into the bottom tray. The rack is easy to clean and free from nasties like BPA, Phthalates and PVC so it’s both safe AND stylish!

Boon Inc. FlyYou don’t need green fingers to turn your strip of grass into a mini garden, just plant Fly, Stem or Twig (RRP $6.95 each) for an instant transformation. These funky accessories for your Grass, Lawn or Patch drying racks offer extra drying space for little items like dummies, teats, handles and other small components of bottles and sippy cups while leaving plenty of room underneath for bigger things.

Boon SudsIf you like the sound of less work and more play (or sleep!) you are sure to love the clever Suds Bottle Washer (RRP $19.95), a handy kitchen gadget designed to take the hassle out of cleaning baby bottles, toddler cups and even (wine) glasses. Doing the washing up is as simple as placing your bottle on the pump and pressing it down, now watch the water jets and spinning, scrubbing bristles do the hard work for you. Thanks to the flexible bristles Suds is suitable for most size baby bottles.

The base of the Suds keeps the soapy water neatly contained, but just in case a drop or two splashes out of the bowl you can conveniently sit Suds in your kitchen (or bathroom) sink. Like all Boon Inc. products this stylish scrubber is free from nasties like BPA, PVC and Phthalate and you can simply pop your Suds in the dishwasher (top-rack only) for a thorough clean.

Boon Grass

You can find your favourite Boon Inc. products at Baby Bunting, Toys ‘R’ Us, Bubs Baby Shop and Baby Village.

To find out more about Boon Inc. and to browse the range visit www.booninc.com.

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Sep 242015
 

Exisle Publishing

While a lovely princess story will never truly go out of fashion, (luckily) more and more people understand that there is more to a princess than pretty dresses, delicate shoes, sparkling jewels and of course prince charming. Wave goodbye to the poor, helpless beauty and meet a bunch of smart, strong, determined princesses instead in this inspiring story collection by Steffani Raff:

The Ravenous Gown

Coated with an attractive sauce of old-school fairytale goodness The Ravenous Gown (RRP $19.99) is a sweet bundle of princess stories with a twist. These funny and refreshing tales will teach young readers that real beauty is not defined by perfect looks and there are many ways to be a princess with girl power, even a prince might learn a wise lesson along the way.

As a professional storyteller and mother of six the author has done a wonderful job getting such an important message across in an engaging, enjoyable and humour-filled manner. The stories are bitesize and easy-to-read, they would make a lovely bedtime read to inspire young girls!

To find out more about Exisle Publishing, to take a closer look at ‘The Ravenous Gown’ and to order a copy online visit www.exislepublishing.com.au.

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May 232015
 

Boon Inc

Big Baby Shower – Day 23

When you look at magazines you may think that life with a newborn is all moonlight and roses (and of course your baby is totally adorable and gorgeous!) but there are sure to be some less glamorous things too. There is no way to avoid all the scrubbing of baby bottles and sterilising of dummies but you can make the process a lot more fun and stylish with Boon Inc.:

Boon Inc. Grass

Boon Inc. takes the boring out of everyday babycare with a contemporary range of baby feeding products that is sure to brighten your day, no matter how sleep deprived you are.

Boon Inc. GrassDitch your old-school, white wire rack and add a touch of colour to your kitchen bench with the Grass Countertop Drying Rack (RRP $29.95, 24 x 24cm). This fresh green patch of ‘grass’ holds your baby gear neatly upright so it can air dry and any excess water can drip down into the bottom tray. The rack is easy to clean and free from nasties like BPA, Phthalates and PVC so it’s both safe AND stylish!

Boon Inc. FlyYou don’t need green fingers to turn your patch of green into a mini garden, just plant Fly, Stem or Twig (RRP $6.95 each) for an instant transformation. These funky accessories for your Grass or Lawn drying racks offer extra drying space for little items like dummies, teats, handles and other small components of bottles and sippy cups while leaving plenty of room underneath for bigger things.

To find out more about Boon Inc. and to browse the range visit www.booninc.com.

For your chance to win a $50 Boon Inc. Prize Pack (Grass, Fly, Stem and Twig) enter our giveaway below:

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Sew Sista

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Oct 182014
 

Sew Sista

No matter what toy catalogue you open up, it’s bound to be full of loud, battery operated toys, bright coloured plastic, game consoles and over-sexualised dolls. This Christmas why not surprise your daughter with a gift that’s packed with lovely, warm, old school charm (yet isn’t old fashioned at all), meet Sew Sista:

Sew Sista range

Created right here in Australia by a lovely bunch of crafty mamas Sew Sista is a truly refreshing concept that is winning hearts all over the country. The gorgeous range of sewing kits and accessories is specifically designed for young girls who love to get busy with their hands, I know my girls do!

FSew Sista Mini Sewing Kitabric and ribbons, buttons and pins, needles and thread, scissors and stuffing, Sew Sista’s got everything your little crafter needs to start her very own sewing journey. Featuring bright colours and funky prints it is a very appealing range and a wonderful project for (grand)mothers to share with their (grand)daughters or for siblings or a couple of friends to work on together.

Sew Sista Sewing CaseThe divine large Sew Sista Sewing Case (RRP $59.95, available in blue, pink and orange) is an absolute delight, I would have been so proud to own one of these when I was a child and my own daughters would be just as thrilled. Bring back the evenings of sewing on the couch in front of the fire place or sitting at the kitchen table together and creating a beautiful handmade treasure (Can you tell I am big fan of Little House on the Prairie?).

You can find the Sew Sista range online at Where Did You Get That?, prices start at $9.95 for a small craft pack and go up to $59.95 for the big Sewing Case making Sew Sista a great gift suggestion for any budget. Be prepared because sewing is rather addictive so you could be setting your daughter up for life here, she’ll be asking for more supplies for her sewing case in no time! On the other hand, a daughter who can sew her own buttons back on is pretty handy to have in the house.

To find out more about Where Did You Get That?, to browse the Sew Sista range and to order online visit www.wheredidyougetthat.com.au.

Britax Affinity

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Jul 292014
 

Affinity

Ever since it was first released three months ago I have been trying to get my hands on the new Britax Affinity, I thought it looked fantastic so I was very keen to see one in real life and try it out thoroughly. It turns out I wasn’t the only one who liked the look of the new Britax ride because all around the country stock sold out in the blink of an eye. Thankfully we all know good things come to those who wait and last week I finally got a chance to take one for a walk around the block.

Britax Affinity Colour Packs

The Britax Affinity (RRP $749) is a stylish pram with a sleek, modern look that can be colour customised to fit your style, your mood and your family. Hip Aussie mamas have choice from three chassis colours (white, silver and black) and five fabulous Colour Packs (RRP $150; Black Thunder, Chili Pepper, Fossil Brown, Blue Sky and Cool Berry), allowing them to create their very own unique dream pram.

Britax Affinity 3

The 7-piece Britax Affinity Colour Packs (Sun canopy, padded seat liner, boot cover, 2 shoulder pads, crotch pad and basket liner) are a simple but very effective way to make your pram more personal. As the Colour Packs are sold separately you can conveniently change the look of your Affinity as your taste changes or as another little one comes along and you want to update your pram without spending a fortune or buying a whole new ride.

Britax Affinity 7

But there are more ways to make your Britax Affinity the perfect pram for your active family. Not only is the Britax Affinity seat fully reclinable and reversible making it suitable from birth to 17kg, being a so-called ‘travel system’ it is also compatible with the Britax Unity infant carrier (birth – 12kg) and the Britax Affinity Carry Cot (birth – 9kg) so you can put together the combination that suits you and your child best.

Britax Affinity 2

The contemporary aluminium frame is solid and strong and the mechanisms are smooth as butter, everything clicks in place perfectly without any wobble or give. Even my husband, a mechanic by trade, was full of praise for the quality of the materials and the way e.g. the handle bar, adjustable foot rest, sun hood and safety harness are adjusted and lock in place.

Britax Affinity 4

As we live in a hilly neighbourhood with lots of bumpy roads and uneven tracks I alway pay close attention to the wheels and suspension. I was pleased to see the strong pneumatic back tyres provide a comfortable ride for child and an easy push for parents. At the same time the smaller, easily manoeuvrable (and lockable) front wheels are ideal for the quick turning that is often necessary in busy city life (city mums will love the spacious shopping basket underneath the pram!). To guarantee ultimate comfort wherever you go the pram even has built in front wheel suspension and adjustable back wheel suspension. The Britax Affinity is beautifully finished with an eye-catching leather look handle bar and bumper bar for a luxurious look and feel.

Britax Affinity 5

As we’ve come to know from Britax safety is top priority (there is precious cargo on board!) so it won’t come as a surprise that the Britax Affinity is fitted with a range of clever safety features. From a fully adjustable (and very good looking) 5-point safety harness that is solid and clicks in loudly for peace of mind and a large, easy-to-control foot brake to a generous sun hood that offers much needed protection from the sun and safety wrist strap, your hip little one will be comfortable and safe on board of the Affinity.

Britax Affinity 6

The Affinity weighs in at 11kg, it may not be super light weight but it’s a good weight for such a sturdy and solid ride. The boot of our car is not very deep so I always make sure I check how bulky a pram folds, the Britax Affinity fits in easily. It is extremely simple to fold using two levers on the side and if needed you can reduce the folded size even further by removing the quick-release wheels, it only takes a second and makes a big difference space wise.

Affinity Fold

Bonus: Unlike with many other prams and strollers the Britax Affinity base model comes complete with rain cover and mesh cover so you don’t have to purchase them separately.

To find out more about the Britax Affinity, to take a closer look at the colour options and accessories and to locate a stockist near you visit www.britax.com.au.

Joolz at Adelaide PBC Expo

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Mar 272014
 

Joolz

I almost missed out due to sick children but I am very glad I managed to make it to the Adelaide PBC Expo after all. As you can probably imagine I do most of my Hip little one ‘work’ on the computer which is both convenient and a little impersonal at the same time. I love it when I get the opportunity to see products, brands and people I work with in real life and of course it is a great opportunity to discover new hip finds too.

Joolz stand @ Adelaide PBC Expo

Joolz stand @ Adelaide PBC Expo (and two of my little people)

As a Joolz brand ambassador I jumped at the chance to meet up with Adriaan from Joolz HQ, take a look at all the different Joolz models and accessories and of course speak some Dutch (a real treat for me!). While I had heard about the newly release Joolz Day Studio Collection I hadn’t been able to see for myself what all the excitement was about so I was pleased to see they brought two Joolz Day Studio models along to the show.

New arrival 'Joolz Day Studio Gris'

The Joolz Day Studio features the 8 Positive Design solutions Joolz is famous for, coated in a very stylish and sophisticated French jacket (pronounced the French way of course). From the eye catching fabrics and the classy double stitching to the striking black wheels and even a black frame (Noir only), the Joolz Studio Gris and Joolz Studio Noir are little works of art and finished with the finest of details.

Especially on the Joolz Studio Gris fabric the double stitching looks absolutely amazing, it compliments the designer look beautifully without being in your face. Of course it looks wonderful on the Joolz Day Studio Noir too but it stands out a little more on the lighter fabric of the Studio Gris. The classic diamond stitching is clearly visible on the inside of the pram hood as well as on the classic brown leatherette handle bar and bumper bar, even the lining of the carry cot features this luxurious finish.

Joolz Day Studio Gris

Joolz Day Studio Gris

There was lots of interest in Joolz and quite a few PBC Expo visitors ordered their new Joolz pram on the spot (I have to admit the special expo offers were fantastic!). I had brought our own Joolz Day Earth along to push our little Sybbie around and I saw lots of mums giving our pram a second look, Joolz is still relatively new to Australia and the unique look catches people’s attention wherever I go.

Joolz Day Studio NoirOne very keen mama-to-be even asked if she could have a turn pushing our pram to get a feel of the weight and manoeuvrability with a baby on board. Good on her as a pram is a big investment to be used for years so you want to make sure you’re making the right choice. I happily obliged and we had a lovely chat about all the great features and benefits (while I kept a close eye on Sybil, making sure she was not being kidnapped!).

If you also attended the Joolz stand at the PBC Expo in Adelaide last weekend you probably met the lovely ladies from Adelaide baby store Baby Junction. Baby Junction is centrally located on Magill Rd, St. Morris and they are the (very proud) exclusive stockist of the complete Joolz range here in Adelaide. Because they know that everything adds up when you are setting up a nursery they are currently running a fabulous offer:

Purchase a Joolz Day, Earth or Studio at Baby Junction and receive a Joolz Summer Seat and UV Sunhood completely FREE, as well as a bonus $50 Baby Junction gift card. This offer is valid until April 5, 2014, so be quick!

Studio Noir

Joolz Day Studio Noir on display

To find out more about Joolz, to take a closer look at the Joolz range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.my-joolz.com.au.

Introducing Joolz

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Feb 282014
 

Joolz

If you are a regular Hip little one reader you may have spotted a little snippit about my very exciting collaboration with Joolz. It has been a few weeks since I got my hands on one of the amazing Joolz prams and I have been proudly walking my new ride across Adelaide every chance I get, it is such a delight to push around! Because I know some of you haven’t heard of Joolz before I thought a bit of an introduction might be in order:

Dutch glory, meet Joolz

Dutch glory, meet Joolz

Joolz is a creative designer label from The Netherlands (just like me!) creating high quality, innovative products for modern families. Originally born in Amsterdam in 2005 Joolz has quickly conquered a prime spot in the luxury market and their stylish jewels (Joolz) are now available in more than 20 countries all across the globe. Joolz is all about ‘Positive Design’: healthy, ergonomically designed products skillfully created with child and parent in mind and at the same time responsibly engineered to contribute to a more sustainable environment for our children to grow up in.

The current Joolz pram range consists of three different collections: Joolz Day, Joolz Day Earth and the brand new Joolz Day Studio, which will be available at Joolz stockists Australia wide as of tomorrow March 1.

Joolz DayAfter several years of extensive research the original Joolz Day was introduced in 2007, impressing hip parents with its classy, luxurious look and many great features. Built with high quality, durable materials and finished with the most beautiful details the Joolz Day is an ‘upper class’ pram that oozes style and character. Every aspect of the design is made to offer superior support and comfort for the little passenger as well as the adult pushing the pram.

What may surprise you is that Joolz prams are not created by a mum, or even a woman, but (shock horror) a man. He has to be one hell of a catch as he clearly has an amazing sense of style, an eye for detail and a sixth sense for what parents want and look for when selecting the right pram for their family. From a sleek, smooth frame to a convertible seat, from an adjustable handle bar that suits parents of all heights to a compact fold for car or home and don’t forget the four wheel suspension that makes this pram ideal for any terrain, Joolz has got all your demands covered.

Joolz Day Earth collection

Joolz Day Earth collection

Following the huge success of the Joolz Day a wonderful new collection was welcomed to the Joolz family, aptly called Joolz Day Earth. The Joolz Day Earth collection captures the beauty of nature in six amazing colours: Parrot blue, Turtle green, Elephant grey , Monkey maroon and the latest additions Lobster red and Camel beige. One of the stand out features of the Joolz Day Earth collection is the brown leatherette handle bar and safety bar, these look absolutely stunning and are very eye catching.

As you may have spotted I have been pushing around the Joolz Day Earth in classy Parrot blue, stay tuned for a more indept review and photos in the near future.

Joolz Day Studio BlackThe Joolz design team clearly never sits still as tomorrow a brand new range will be released. The Joolz Day Studio series has been created in close collaboration with young designers and ordinary parents like you and I, resulting in a fresh collection of materials, colours and designs. The first two French romance inspired creations Joolz Day Studio Noir and Joolz Day Studio Gris will be hitting Australian stockists in the next few weeks, I can’t wait to see these delights ‘in the flesh’!

I am hoping to catch a glimpse of them at the Pregnancy, Baby and Children’s Expo this March and will share some more Joolz Day Studio love upon my return.

New arrival 'Joolz Day Studio Gris'

New arrival ‘Joolz Day Studio Gris’

To find out more about Joolz, to take a closer look at the Joolz range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.my-joolz.com.