‘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!

Thank the Teacher with Mad Alice Jewellery (+ Free Express Post)

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Oct 232017
 

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I know term 4 has only just begun but I always find this final school term has a sneaky habit of flying by. Most mums have a busy calendar filled with Sports Day and Photo Days, End of Year Concerts and Christmas celebrations and before you know it it’s the last school day of the year. Don’t get caught out when it comes to your annual teacher’s gift, Mad Alice Jewellery has got you covered with a present like no other:

Get your order in nice and early to receive FREE Express Post on all My Special Teacher gifts at Mad Alice Jewellery, simply enter the code ‘TEACHER2017’ at checkout. Don’t forget to add your teacher’s name in the comments box! Be quick as this offer ends October 31, 2017.

Recognising the importance of a warm and wonderful teacher the My Special Teacher Necklace (RRP $50) is the perfect combination of thoughtful and delightful. The handmade Swarovski gold pearl and sterling silver heart charm necklace would make a sweet accessory for the festive season, while the custom printed card adds a lovely personal touch. This pretty design comes ready-to-go in a signature Mad Alice Jewellery gift box, it doesn’t get easier than that.

Last year we surprised three of our teachers with some special Mad Alice Jewellery creations and they were extremely well received, the ladies were all pleasantly surprised by the original gift and the personal touch. We’ve already ordered ours for this year and the kids can’t wait to hand them out in a few weeks, they especially love the fact that the card is printed with the name of their special teacher.

To find out more about Mad Alice Jewellery, to browse the range and to order online visit www.madalicejewellery.com.

Dec 032016
 

Oh My Giddy Aunt

Christmas Countdown – Day 3

As a woman and mother of four girls there is one thing I know for sure: A pretty piece of jewellery never fails to bring Christmas joy. At gorgeous Australian store Giddy Aunt they know very well that the best things come in small packages so especially for our Christmas Countdown they have put together this precious little combo that is sure to put big smiles on the faces of two lucky people:

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Lovingly handpicked with a mother and daughter in mind, this duo of ready-made Signet Rings is a wonderful keepsake gift that will forever hold sweet memories.

oval-ringFor our mama-winner Chief Giddy Aunt Nikki has chosen the Oval Signet Ring (RRP $29.95) in sterling silver. Available in a wide range of sizes and with an optional red, blue or pink embellishment this beautiful ring will suit mothers of all ages. If gold is more your taste you can also purchase this little gem in 9ct gold (RRP $144.95) for a classic, timeless look. As a personal touch the ring can be engraved with a letter of your choice, a small engraving fee of $10 per ring applies.

heart-ringsMatching her mother’s ring our daughter-winner will receive the gorgeous Heart Signet Ring (RRP $29.95) in sterling silver, adorned with a festive red stone. These delightful rings are a super popular present all year around and can be customised with a tiny birthstone to match your child’s birth month, what a unique birthday gift idea. Being ready-made there is no wait and they can be dispatched immediately. Like its oval sibling this heart ring is also available in 9ct gold (RRP $144.95).

To find out more about Giddy Aunt, to browse the range and to order online visit www.giddyaunt.com.au.

For your chance to win a ‘Mummy & Me’ Signet Ring Set (RRP $79.90) enter our Christmas Countdown giveaway below. Both Mummy (Sterling Silver Oval Signet Ring, no stone) and Me (Sterling Silver Heart Signet Ring, red stone) rings will be engraved with your first initial, sizes subject to availability.

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The Sleep Coach giveaway

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Jun 242016
 

The Sleep Coach

When people hear I am a mum of five they sometimes think I must be a parenting expert by now. While I consider myself quite experienced at changing nappies, wrestling a wiggly baby into a bodysuit and swaddling a newborn in a few quick moves there are plenty of things I still struggle with too. It is no secret that all babies are different and they all come with their own challenges with sleep being one of the biggest battles for most families (including ours!).

Over time many babies settle into a ‘proper’ sleeping pattern by themselves but sometimes this doesn’t happen naturally and slowly the whole family starts to suffer from sleep deprivation. If you are in desperate need of some much-needed zzz’s you’ll be glad to know The Sleep Coach is here to help:

Cheryl FinglesonSnooze Specialist Cheryl Fingleson, also known as The Sleep Coach, is a lovely Australian mum of two who has a real heart for helping young children, and their parents, achieve the restful sleep they all need. As a certified gentle sleep coach Cheryl is experienced, fully trained and well-equiped to develop effective, personal sleeping solutions that will fit your family’s situation and needs perfectly.

Personally I found it very reassuring that Cheryl only supports safe and gentle sleep techniques and does not believe in leaving babies or children to cry it out (CIO), nor in the practices of controlled crying. Even co-sleeping is not necessarily a no-go, here are Cheryl’s top tips for co-sleeping the safe way:

How to Co-Sleep Safely:

Make sure your mattress is firm, as your baby could suffocate or overheat on a soft mattress. If your bed has a frame, a headboard, or is against a wall, make sure the mattress fits snugly, so your baby can’t fall into any gaps. This risk is highest when your baby is between 3 months and 10 months.

Keep the bedding light and minimal, and don’t use a duvet if you are co-sleeping. If your baby is less than a year old, use lightweight covers, and use them sparingly to prevent overheating or suffocation. This risk is highest during his first three months of his life. Check every now and then to make sure he hasn’t wriggled down and covered his head.

Never sleep on a sofa with your baby, as he could become wedged in the cracks between the sofa cushions or between you and the back of the sofa. Don’t co-sleep on a waterbed as these are too soft and may have deep crevices around the frame where your baby could get trapped.

Keep your baby warm, not hot, and dress him lightly for sleep. Contact with your body will raise his skin temperature. As a rule of thumb, if you’re a comfortable temperature, then your baby probably is, too.

Don’t let your baby and toddler sleep next to each other in bed. Toddlers don’t understand the risks, and could roll over onto your baby, or put an arm across his mouth or head. You or your partner should always sleep between the children if you want them both in your bed.

Your baby should never be left alone on the bed, as he could easily fall out, even if you’ve just nipped to the loo. Don’t let your baby sleep on a pillow, or put one either side of him, as he may roll off it or be smothered in the folds.

Buy a rail to attach to the side of the bed or put him in a safe place, such as a bassinette or cot, while you are out of the room.

When is co-sleeping not safe?

Do not co-sleep if:

  • You or your partner smoke.
  • Your baby was premature or had a low birth weight.
  • You or your partner have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medication or drugs. This may affect your memory and you could forget that your baby is in your bed and roll over onto him. You may also sleep so soundly that you are unaware that you’ve rolled on to him.
  • You are extremely tired, or have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnoea. You may be in such a deep sleep that you don’t wake up if you roll onto your baby.

To find out more about The Sleep Coach, to see what services Cheryl offers and to inquire about a sleep solution for your family visit www.thesleepcoach.com.au.

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Mar 292016
 

Trilogy

With Easter all wrapped up and the temperature dropping rapidly there is no denying it any longer: Summer is well and truly over. If yesterday’s weather is anything to go by we’ll be spending our upcoming school holidays in front of the wood heater, thankfully our woodshed if fully stocked! I love the warmth of our fireplace but I don’t like the effect it has on my skin. Time for Trilogy to come to the (skin) rescue:

Trilogy Starter Sets

Trilogy is all about luxurious, natural skincare with a range of specialised products to suit different skin types and conditions. If you are not sure which Trilogy product would suit your needs the new limited edition Discover Trilogy Starter Sets (RRP $26.99) are an excellent way to find your perfect fit:

Rosehip Oil AntioxidantEach of the four Discover Trilogy Starter Sets contains three travel-size Trilogy products carefully selected to cater for a specific skin type: Normal/Dry, Combination/Oily, Ageproof and Sensitive. With handy beauty essentials like cleansers, creams, serums, oils and lotions there is a lovely kit for everyone, the Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ is one of my personal favourites and I can highly recommend the Vital Moisturising Cream.

Trilogy RosehipWhether you are looking to add moisture to dry patches, fight unwanted signs of ageing, soothe irritated skin or re-balance oily areas, these well-priced starter packs are an excellent way to test the waters and discover what works best for you, without breaking the bank. They are an ideal size for a short getaway and would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift for your mum, aunty or mother-in-law.

To find out more about Trilogy, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.trilogyproducts.com.

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Jan 032016
 

Adventure Lane

At the end of her kindy year miss 5 received a glowing report card with a special mention for her creativity. Not a day goes past without her designing something interesting, using a range of recycled materials she builds hats and bags, glasses and necklaces, bows and hair clips and much more. I knew this cool Adventure Lane find would be perfect for our budding fashion designer:

Chalk + Tees

The creative minds at Little Mashers have taken the boring out of a simple t-shirt and turned it into something totally awesome, fun and unique, check out Chalk + Tees.

Chalk + Tees BoxEach Chalk + Tees t-shirt (RRP $30, size 3-12) features a special chalkboard panel that can be drawn on over and over again. Packed in a nice recycled gift box together with three pieces of coloured chalk in a drawstring bag these tees are design-ready straight away. Kids can draw, colour, decorate and write to their heart’s content to show their personality, style and ever-changing mood.

With sixteen different colours and designs to choose from there is a perfect Chalk + Tees look for every boy and girl. Want to change your chork creation? Simply wipe off the artwork to start with a blank slate and of course the t-shirts can be machine washed (cold) too. Our Juliet immediately loved the Princess Chalkboard Tee, I have never seen royalty have as many makeovers in one day as this happy princess!

Juliet Chalk + Tees

To find out more about Adventure Lane, to browse the range and to order online visit www.adventurelane.com.au.

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Oct 252015
 

Heavenly Harriet

One month ago today we welcomed our beautiful Harriet into the world. During my last hospital check-up I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia so to be on the safe side my obstetrician ordered induction of pregnancy that same day, quite the shock when you weren’t expecting anything to happen for another 2-3 weeks. In just a few short hours we organised a team of wonderful helpers to look after the four older kids while I was in hospital and off we went to meet our new baby…

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In the end it took well into the next day for our baby to make its appearance and, as opposed to the little boy most people had predicted, on September 25 we were presented with a gorgeous little lady. Even though I have given birth to four babies before that special moment of holding your child for the first time will never become less magical. How wonderful to hold such a tiny, sticky, slippery little bundle in your arms and finally lay eyes on the small person you’ve carried inside for 9 precious months.

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Less than 24 hours later we brought baby Harriet home and busy family life started straight away with a sick 2-year old and hip daddy who had to go back to work on day 3. At least it was school holidays so I was spared the school rush for two glorious weeks! Of course by now I can’t even remember life before Harriet and it feels like she has always been part of our family, everyone has settled in just beautifully.

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Filled with cosy cuddles, 3-hourly feeds and broken nights that first month flies by and no matter how hard you try you will not remember all of it so I am extremely grateful for the luxury of digital photography. How lucky are we to be able to capture an endless supply of special moments with the simple click of a button? Especially my parents (Harriet’s grandparents) all the way in The Netherlands are loving the many baby snaps arriving in their inbox almost daily.

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The only downside of digital photos is that they often stay locked in the computer and don’t make it into print. With Christmas slowly sneaking up on is now is the time to upload your favourite pictures to Photobox and turn them into prints, Christmas cards or even a special personalised gift for yourself or proud grandparent to enjoy. Some of my top gift ideas are the photo calendars, canvases or photo snow globes, so cute and original! Photobox always has excellent special offers and sign-up deals so keep an eye on the website for the next great deal.

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Treasure and cherish your babies for they grow up too quickly, I’m off to enjoy more precious hugs with our little Hattie…