‘I Love My Mum Because’ giveaway

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Apr 142019
 

Pan Macmillan Australia

While everyone has their eye on school holidays, Easter and ANZAC Day it is easy to forget about Mother’s Day, which is rapidly creeping up on us. With only four weeks to go it’s time to start shopping, dropping hints for and/or creating the perfect gift for the special mum in your life or even just yourself! Personally I find nothing warms the heart like a handmade treasure and this is one unique gift that is guaranteed to make any mother melt:

Whether you have a mum, mama, mother or ma, a grandma, nan, oma or nonna, I Love My Mum Because (RRP $14.99) is the cutest keepsake book for all those special ladies. Go grab your crayons, pencils and markers and get started…

‘I Love My Mum Because’ invites little artists to become little authors, using their creative skills to tell the world why they love their mother. Across 31 pages children are encouraged to celebrate mum in ‘activity book’ style with colouring in pages (draw a picture of you and mum, decorate flowers for your mum, trace your hand, show your feelings in colours), little puzzles (spot the mum, match the mother-baby shapes) and of course write sweet notes to/about your mum (write a wish for your mum, describe your mum). The end result is a sweet gathering of personal love notes for mothers and no two books will ever be the same, just like mothers are all different too.

Thanks to the sturdy hardcover this precious book is sure to stand the test of time and will still be treasured by mums years from now. I think it makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift or birthday present: a joy to make and a joy to receive. Hip tip: If you’re a little softie like I am, keep a tissue box on hand when you read because you’ll need it!

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at ‘I Love My Mum Because’ by Petra James and Alissa Dinallo to order your favourite titles online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of I Love My Mum Because (RRP $14.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

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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Dec 172017
 

As the end of the year draws near I am secretly getting excited about getting back in shape in the new year, I have a wardrobe full of pre-baby clothes I can’t wait to wear again. As you can probably imagine delivering a 4.6kg baby was no easy task, recovery has been slow and unfortunately I am yet to get the doctor’s tick of approval to start exercising again. It has been almost three months since Ted was born and thankfully I am feeling a bit stronger every day so I am slowly picking up the pace with the help of Maze Activewear:

Designed for new, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers of all shapes and sizes Maze Activewear offers stylish, high quality activewear that is both practical and flattering. I am a bit disappointed that I only discovered this awesome label after Ted was born as I am loving this supportive yet comfy sports gear!

Most expecting mums will know that it is important to stay active during pregnancy, but at the same time your changing body and that rapidly growing bump can leave you feeling a bit out of balance and unsure. Don’t worry mama, Maze Activewear will help you feel confident and supported in all the right places with their fabulous over-the-belly Maternity Tights (RRP $79.95-$89.95, size XS – L).

Featuring a breathable and seam-free tummy panel that grows with you as your baby belly grows, stability power mesh that will make you strong and steady and hi-tech performance fabric these tights are your ultimate exercise buddy. They are available in both full length and a shorter 3/4 length and come in a range of neutral colours to compliment all your favourite workout gear.

Once baby has arrived most mamas will find their new body will take some getting used to, after 6 babies my body most certainly isn’t bouncing back the way celebrities seem to do! The Maze Activewear High Waisted 3/4 Tights (RRP $49.95, size XS-L) do a fantastic job keeping all those wobbly bits in place while the Active Core Stability technology provides much needed support for this poor mummy tummy which has had quite the beating. Added bonus: A handy zip pocket at the back to keep your gym pass or keys safe and mesh panels on the lower leg for extra air flow.

Whether I am at home or out and about and whether I am relaxing or working out, our big boy counts on easy nursing access. With the Nursing Sports Bra (RRP $59, size XS-L) you can get fit and feed at the same time, easy drop-down cups allow for convenient breastfeeding (and a nursing pad if desired) while the powerful nylon/spandex/cotton blend will keep you comfortable and supported through your entire training session. The ergonomic racer back design distributes the weight evenly and stops me from getting a sore back and shoulders.

Hip Tip: When you buy the Maternity Tights and Nursing Sports Bra together you get a welcome 15% bundle discount. For an even bigger saving why not join the Maze Activewear mailing list to enjoy an additional 10% discount on your first order, simply enter your email address at the bottom of the home page to receive your discount code in your inbox.

Want to get started on your workout as soon as possible? Make sure you refer to the handy Maze Activewear Size Chart to select the size that is right for you. For extra peace of mind a hassle-free returns and exchange policy is in place.

To find out more about Maze Activewear, to browse the range and to order online visit www.mazeactivewear.com.au, shipping is free Australia wide.

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May 182017
 

Now that I’ve passed the halfway mark of this pregnancy it all of a sudden feels like time is going quicker than I’d like, there is still so much to do! As you know we’re all about August-September birthdays here and this little bundle is going to fit right in so it will be a very busy season for me. I am trying to think ahead and shop nursery essentials, toddler gifts and kids’ presents all at once, now that’s quite the challenge with a foggy baby brain.

Thankfully our awesome friends at Childsmart have everyone covered with an awesome range of toys, gifts, decor, baby products and much more and this month they are giving away some of their favourite products. Here’s your chance to win 1 of 3 Mum & Kids Prize Packs (RRP $200+ each), filled with fabulous Childsmart goodies your family is sure to love:

For the lucky new or soon-to-be mamas Childsmart has put together a gorgeous Nursery Prize Pack (RRP $212.75) containing a wonderful selection of Cocalo nursery items. Your baby’s bedroom will be instantly magazine worthy with the addition of a new Quilted Comforter, Fitted Sheet, Chenille Knit Blanket, Changing Pad Cover and an adorable Knitted Plush Toy Bear.

Especially for cheeky toddlers Childsmart has filled the Toddler Prize Pack (RRP $233.70) with a bunch of handy goodies that are sure to make playtime, mealtime and even bedtime fun. Your toddler can practise independent eating with a set of Big Kids Utensils, Cups, Bowls and Plates and learn all about tidying up with the amazing Bear Hug Stack Storage Unit. At the end of a busy day it’s night night in the sweet Sleepytime Owl ‘My First ReadyBed’.

selfiemicChoc-a-bloc with boredom busters the Children’s Prize Pack (RRP $256.75) is guaranteed to keep the kids busy this cold and rainy winter season. Entertainment galore with the musical hit SelfieMic and a 200pc Puzzle & Poster Pack, and for the creative souls a funky Days of the Week Planner Chalkboard Peel and pretty Growing Flowers Peel and Stick Appliques to give the bedroom a makeover. To finish it off the Stars and Stripes Jr Ready Bed will ensure no complaints at bedtime.

For your chance to win one of these fantastic Mum & Kids Prize Packs hop on over to Childsmart competition page and answer the following question: ‘In 25 words or less, tell us your favourite thing about being a Mum’. Good luck!

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

May 152017
 

Now that my growing baby hump has revealed our big news I can finally start sharing some of my favourite finds for our much loved bundle of joy. I secretly started my shopping a few months ago with a new ride to seat our two littlest ones and last week I added a gorgeous gr8x nappy bag to match, I am super pleased with this stylish travel combo:

If you are a regular Hip Little One reader you no doubt know that I have a soft spot for all shades of blue and I often dress both my girls and my only boy in blue. So regardless of what our new addition will turn out to be (we love our surprises!) I was immediately drawn to the neutral blue colour of the recently released Zoe, doesn’t it look awesome?

Zoe (RRP $99.95, Snowflake Blue) is the latest addition to the gr8x nappy bag range and it is quickly winning hearts across the country. I am not surprised these bags are flying off the shelves, as the spacious but lightweight satchel style bag is packed with clever features that will make life easier for busy parents on the go. After five babies I consider myself a bit of a nappy bag expert and I know exactly what I want and don’t want, so no more miss-buys for me.

Measuring a generous 39cm x 26cm x 17cm in size the Zoe offers plenty of storage space for all your baby’s gear and even some of your own bits and pieces too. Inside you’ll find neat internal pockets to keep everything tidy and organised, on the outside are two smaller front zip pockets (ideal for your car keys or your favourite lip gloss) and a handy end pocket on each side to keep your baby’s and your own drink bottle within hand’s reach.

Personally I just love the clever zip-around top, allowing the bag to open up nice and wide so you can instantly find what you are looking for. Especially when you have a nappy emergency you’ll be glad not to have to dig around in the dark for ages to find a packet of wipes or a clean nappy!


There is plenty more to love about Zoe like an adjustable shoulder strap with comfortable padding, super practical easy-clean canvas fabric and protective metal feet on the base to ensure the bottom of your bag doesn’t get dirty or damaged when placed on the ground. As an extra bonus your new Zoe bag comes with a complimentary soft, padded, change mat and a zipped insulated bottle traveller in matching blue fabric.

Blue may be my absolute favourite colour, but if is not really your shade you’ll be pleased to know that the Zoe bag is also available in neutral and classy Snowflake Grey to perfectly match your monochrome look.

To find out more about gr8x or to order your favourite styles online visit www.gr8x.com.au, orders over $99 are delivered free Australia wide.

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Beautiful Bellies on a Budget

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Jan 142017
 

As a mum of five I know all too well that putting together a good maternity/nursing wardrobe can be costly. I learnt quickly that you need to think ahead and invest in garments that are timeless, good quality and will grow with you during your pregnancy and ideally can be worn afterwards too. Struggling to find those perfect pieces without breaking the bank? Check out these awesome sale buys from Beautiful Bellies:

Designed for pregnancy and beyond the classic Ninth Moon Stripe Tube Dress (RRP $79.99, now $29) is sure to be a big wardrobe favourite for stylish mamas. Made from soft, stretchy fabric this lovely dress is super comfortable and the gathered sides will bring out your growing tummy beautifully. It even has hidden breastfeeding access, simply open up the press studs and lift up the under layer. At almost 16 months old miss Hattie still feeds several times a day so I couldn’t resist treating myself so this bargain, I’ll let you know how we go!

This casual Ninth Moon Hoodie Feeding Top (RRP $69.95, now $19.95) is perfect for cooler weather: the longer length will keep your baby bump nice and warm and when it comes to feeding you can stay cosy and covered up. Just team it up with your favourite jeans and you’ve got yourself a great pregnancy combo. There are several different colours to choose from, you just have to be lucky with size!

Sneakily I am still tossing up whether to get this stunning Ninth Moon Maxi Dress (RRP $99.95, now $39). Navy is my favourite colour and I can totally see myself wearing this classy frock, I just love the little tan belt that adds a lovely shape to your waist! It would look amazing with a beautiful baby belly and would look great post-baby too when it offers easy nursing access and hides any unwanted lumps and bumps.

To find out more about Beautiful Bellies, to browse the range and to order online visit www.beautifulbellies.com.au.