‘Scientists Who Changed the World: Rachel Carson’ giveaway

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Oct 162020

EK Books

If there is one thing I have realised during our unexpected homeschooling this year, it’s that kids love learning as long the topic interests them. As we were thrown in the deep end we had to be creative with our methods, resources, time and expectations and looking back we did really well. We actually found lots of handy, interesting and useful books on our own bookshelf, like this cool science read by EK Books:

The ‘Scientists Who Changed the World’ book series makes science fun and relatable by introducing young readers to a bunch of famous scientists, sharing stories of their childhood, their discoveries and their impact on the world of today. What a fabulous way to raise little science enthusiasts!

In Scientists Who Changed the World: Rachel Carson we travel back in time to the early 1900’s to meet US scientist Rachel Carson and learn about the dangers of chemicals and their disastrous effects on nature. Did you know as a child Rachel excelled at recognising different bird songs and could identify the stars in the sky? She absolutely loved nature and her passion would lead her to become a biologist, writer and well known environmentalist.

We love how Scientists Who Changed the World combines the power of story telling with history and science, it is a winning combo. Reading how everyday children can grow up to make world-changing discoveries is exciting and inspiring and my children were intrigued by this story. We can’t wait to check out other titles in the series too.

You can find ‘Rachel Carson’ by Anita Croy in leading book stores across Australia.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of ‘Scientists Who Changed the World: Rachel Carson’ (RRP $24.99) head over to the Hip Little One Facebook page, good luck!

Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk

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Jul 232018

I know I’m not always a ‘fun’ mum. I make my children finish their dinner, they go to bed early every day and when they see a muddy puddle they know very well to walk around it. Unless of course we are on Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk… If you ever needed a great excuse to let the kids splash about and have fun in the mud this is it:

From August 13 – August 19 Australian families are being invited to join their favourite little piggy, Peppa Pig, in a Muddy Puddle Walk to raise funds for Save the Children. By participating in the Muddy Puddle Walk children all across Australia will help support Save The Children’s work to give every last child the chance to learn, play and grow up healthy and happy. Millions of children around the world are currently missing out on this due to factors including lack of access to health and education, abuse and neglect, and humanitarian emergencies. But you can help!

Families can sign up for their own family Muddy Puddly Walk and child care centres and playgroups can join in the fun together. There are rewards for everyone, with surprises from Peppa Pig including certificates and stickers plus magazines, books and DVDs. The FREE Muddy Puddle Walk Fundraising pack will help you get the most out of your walk with fun ideas, activities, tips and it will also guide you as you talk to your children about the work of Save the Children.

Slip on your gumboots, head to your favourite neighbourhood park or outback track and raise some much needed funds for a great cause. Your muddy puddle fun will help give disadvantaged children a brighter future and every little bit helps!

To find out more about the Muddy Puddle Walk and to request a fundraising pack visit www.muddypuddlewalk.com.au

Sleep and Snooze with VTech

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Aug 152017


It may have been a race against the clock but after many long, late nights Hip Daddy has finally completed the baby’s nursery, just in time! I have to admit I was starting to feel a little stressed, there’s nothing more pleasing to an expecting mama’s eye than a beautifully made cot or bassinet waiting for its new owner…

Time will tell whether our new bundle will be a good sleeper but VTech is ready to help him/her drift off peacefully with this cuddly bedtime buddy:

The Starlight Sounds Hippo (RRP $49.95, ages 0 months+) combines the soft hug of a plush toy with the reassuring comforts of sound and light, it’s a winner all around.

Starlight Sounds HippoIt is no secret that babies are intrigued by movement and a simple light can keep babies entertained for ages. With four different coloured lights and six different light displays the Starlight Sounds Hippo definitely has plenty in store to keep little minds busy as they nod off for a nap. Imagine your baby’s delight while watching a wonderful light show being projected on the nursery ceiling!

Does your little one need some more gentle encouragement to fall asleep? This happy hippo is up to the task with an extensive 100+ range of soothing lullabies, calming nature sounds and well-known nursery rhymes that can be played on a 10, 20 or 30 minute timer. The volume is adjustable so you don’t have to worry about the sound being too loud or invasive to sleep with.

The absolute best part of the Starlight Sounds Hippo is that he is voice activated, he jumps into action when your baby cries which could help settle your baby back into sleep before he/he is fully awake. I will have to get back to you in a few months time to report on our sleeping success, keep an eye out!

VTech toys are available at major department stores, select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

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

Jul 262016

Becker Film Group

I don’t know about you but these days I find there is very little on TV worth watching. Large family life is pretty busy so if I do have a rare quiet moment for some screen time I pick carefully, preferably a good movie or an interesting documentary. With the weather cold and miserable all weekend and two sick munchkins on the couch we all snuggled up to watch this fascinating new release by Becker Film Group:

Get ready to see the best of Africa up close as you embark on an African Safari of epic proportions, expertly guided by Mara Douglas-Hamilton and ‘The Lion Whisperer’ himself: Kevin Richardson.

African Safari DVDAfrican Safari takes viewers on an amazing jeep and hot air balloon journey to spot the very best of Africa from different angles: from elephants to lions, from rhinos to giraffes, from buffalos to cheetahs and more, Africa’s wildlife never ceases to impress. Some moments the animals come closer than you’ve ever seen before, bringing a fantastic experience to your very own living room.

The nice thing about this trip across Africa is that it’s real and (sometimes literally) down to earth. Not everything goes to plan all the time, but the bumpy hot air balloon landings and unexpected lion visits to the campsite make African Safari natural, believable and enjoyable to watch. We felt it was great fun for the whole family.

African Safari

African Safari is now available for digital download and on DVD (RRP $24.99) at all good retail stores across Australia.

To find out more about Becker Film Group and to watch the African Safari trailer online visit www.beckerfilmgroup.com.

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Nov 262015

Penguin Australia

Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if you were the size of an ant, if you were swimming in deep waters like a whale or flying high above ground like an eagle? Thanks to Australian author and illustrator Graeme Base, known for his wonderful talent to capture the beauty of flora and fauna, you can now come eye to eye with some of these amazing creatures:

Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye is a large, full-colour hardback children’s book filled with mind blowing pictures of animals in their natural surroundings. First children take a look at the animal’s eye, so they can guess what creature they are about to get up-close to, followed by a wonderfully detailed image of the whole animal drawn in true Graeme Base style. As always Graeme’s illustrations are full of special effects and there is so much to look at on each page, Eye to Eye will no doubt become a hot favourite with little animal lovers.

To find out more about Eye to Eye (RRP $26.99) by Graeme Base, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Jul 052015


When I think back to my life ten years ago I can’t believe how much has changed. Not only did I get married and moved to Australia from the other side of the world, we also welcomed four (soon five) beautiful children into our family. I absolutely love our busy household and while our big family means I may not be able to splurge on luxury items for myself anymore I wouldn’t swap it for the world.

Goodness range

I love discovering budget-friendly alternatives for luxury products and today’s find is a real winner. If you are looking for gentle skincare that is good for your skin, the environment AND your (tight!) wallet you are sure to adore the new Goodness range.

Goodness Natural Beauty LabThe team at Goodness Natural Beauty Lab uses natural skin enhancers like avocado, coconut and chia oil, as well as other eco-treasures like honeysuckle extract, shea butter, blackberry extract and many more, and bottles it up for us to enjoy. The affordable range currently consists of 5 great products that cover all your skincare needs from the moment you wake up with the light and breathable Every Morning Moisturiser (RRP $16.95, 75ml) to cleaning up before bed with the fresh and tingly Every Day Cream Cleanser (RRP $16.95, 150ml).

Every Evening CreamMy personal favourite is a wonderfully fragrant little jar called Every Evening Cream (RRP $19.95, 60ml), the consistency is perfect, it leaves my skin feeling soft when I wake up and the smell is to die for. I often find night creams too thick and suffocating so this a welcome change, I’ve even convinced hubby to add this slice of Goodness to his after-shower routine and that says a lot.

Goodness Chia Seed OilCertified Organic Chia Seed Oil (RRP $19.99, 20ml), also known as Goodness’ hero product, gives tired skin a welcome boost of healthy omega fatty acids without the expensive ‘certified organic’ price tag. Just a few drops of this easily absorbed silky oil deliver instant hydration and nourishment and the compact handbag size make it perfect for little refreshments throughout the day.

Goodness Face ScrubI generally avoid facial scrubs because I find them too harsh but like the rest of the Goodness range this wonderful Every Week Face Scrub (RRP $12.95, 50ml) is free from nasties like parabens, petrochemicals, PEGs, sulfates, silicons, harsh surfactants and other yucky ingredients so it is surprisingly gentle. Even my sensitive pregnancy skin, which seems to respond rather drastically to small changes at the moment, has given this new product the thumbs up!

You can find the Goodness range right now at all Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist and selected Woolworths stores across Australia and soon Priceline will be joining the Goodness revolution too.

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

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Jan 252015


One of the things we love most about summer is that the days are longer and we get to enjoy extra family after dinner when it is still light outside. We usually stick to a strict bedtime routine but during the holidays we grab the opportunity to enjoy a game in the garden or explore the neighbourhood together, lots of fun if it wasn’t for those nasty mosquitoes!


Mosquito bites may be small in size but they can have a big impact on my children’s mood and sleep (and therefore on me too). If you want to make sure those pesky mozzies fly straight past you but you don’t want to use nasty chemicals on or around your family look no further than Mozzigear.

Mozzigear BandsMozzigear creates non-toxic, deet free mosquito repelling products for the whole family so you are protected from mosquitoes without having to worry about harmful chemicals. Keeping mozzies at bay is a breeze with the brightly coloured Mozzigear Mosquito Bands (RRP $19.95, 6 pack), available in adult and children’s (4+) sizes. Just pop one on your wrist when you head outside to create your very own ‘safe-zone’. For up to 48 hours the pleasant citronella fragrance keeps mosquitoes away so you can fully enjoy the outdoors and even the water.

Mozzigear Mosquito PatchOne of my favourite Mozzigear products is the super clever Mozzigear Mosquito Patch (RRP $9.95, 10 pack), the perfect mosquito deterrent to protect newborns and babies. You can stick these adhesive patches on virtually anything like your child’s clothing, bedding or pram. Our 2-year old is too small for the Mosquito Band (and would most likely try to taste it or lose it anyway) but I can just pop this patch on her back without her noticing, a safe and simple solution.

Mosquito WipesIf you prefer an invisible mozzie barrier instead (the brightly coloured wrist bands may not be the ideal match for your pretty evening gown) you can simply wipe the exposed area down with all natural Mozzigear Mosquito Wipes (RRP $9.95, 10 wipes). These convenient, waterproof wipes are effective for up to 6 hours and thanks to added aloe vera and vitamin E they are even gentle enough for faces and delicate baby skin.

Mozzigear Mosquito RepellerNot a citronella fan? The Mozzigear Portable Ultrasonic Repeller (RRP $19.95) clips onto clothing and uses fast and powerful 5-20 KHz multi-frequency sound waves that stun and cause discomfort for most mosquitoes, encouraging them to stay out of your way. The compact (5.5 cm) battery operated device is reusable, works up to 3 metres and can be set to work for 4, 6 or 12 hours at a time, it’s the perfect odourless and chemical-free weapon against mosquitoes.

Mosquito ClickIn the unfortunate event that a mosquito (or another little nuisance like a sandfly, bull ant, horsefly or flea) does manage to nip your skin you don’t have to settle for days of scratching, the handy Mozzigear Mosquito Click (RRP $19.95, 6 months+) will take care of that itch real fast. This clever device is easy-to-use, perfect handbag size and will work instantly to reduce itching and inflammation. One single Mosquito Click can treat up to 5,000 bites!

To find out more about Mozzigear by Intelligent Health Systems, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.mozzigear.com.au.

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