May 012015
 

Oyster

Big Baby Shower – Day 1

Today marks the start of our much anticipated Big Baby Shower giveaway, a fabulous series of giveaways to celebrate the exciting news that the Hip Little One family is growing (again). Thanks to an amazing bunch of sponsors we have been able to secure a whole heap of fantastic prizes for you so if you are a new or expecting mama you are in for a real treat.

Oyster Vogue collection

Because every baby deserves a beautiful set of wheels we’re kicking off the Big Baby Shower in style with this awesome prize from our wonderful friends at Oyster. Designed with growing families in mind the stylish Oyster Max is suitable for one child, two children of different ages and even twins, we’ve got all families covered.

Oyster Max Grape SeatsThe award-winning design of the Oyster Max is rapidly winning hearts across Australia thanks to its extreme versatility and many custom options. The seating can be changed to suit the needs of your family perfectly at all times: 1 carrycot, 1 seat, 1 carrycot and 1 seat, 2 seats and even 2 carrycots. With a generous weight limit of 9kg for each carrycot and 17.5kg for each seat the Oyster Max really grows with your family.

Oyster Black ChassisYou can also express your individuality and style through different colour options and combinations. The Oyster Max chassis is available in anodised silver and anodised black, while the seats and carrycots comes in 6 on-trend colours to suit the personal taste of both the parent and passenger(s): Ocean, Grape, Black, Vogue Teal, Vogue Damson and Vogue Slate Grey. Which Oyster shade is your favourite?

Oyster Max CapsuleTo make going out and about with your new bundle of joy as easy and pleasant as possible there is a great selection of Oyster accessories to choose from, e.g. capsule adaptors (compatible with selected Max-Cosi, Nuna and Joie infant capsules), height increasers, a handy ride-on board for older children, convenient bottle holder, cosy foot muff and more. Remember, the world is your Oyster.

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

For your chance to win an Oyster Max pram (Chassis + Upper Seat) plus Oyster Max Carrycot OR Tandem Seat (total RRP $1048) in your choice of colour (subject to availability) enter our giveaway below:

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Joolz Day Earth

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May 082014
 

Joolz

After a few months of pushing our Joolz Day Earth around town, beach and bush I think we can safely say I am ready to share my experiences with you. As you may remember from my Joolz introduction post Joolz is all about innovative design and I have had a fabulous time checking out all the clever features of my Joolz ride. There are just so many plusses about this pram, these are some of my favourites:

A striking look that's hard to miss

A striking look that’s hard to miss

The look!
The first thing people (including myself) look at when selecting a pram is the overall look and the Joolz Day Earth is a real eye catcher. The combination of the sleek silver frame, the vibrant Parrot Blue fabric and the leatherette handle bar and bumper bar is simply stunning, I can not count the number of times I have seen (expecting) mamas turn around to closely inspect my Joolz and peek at the brand name. It is beautiful, classy, luxurious, modern, unique, simple and definitely has the wow factor.

The pram seat has the same height as most other seats

The pram seat has the same height as most other seats

Height
Compared to other prams Joolz prams are designed with as a higher seat that brings your baby nearer to you, this means you don’t have to bend down as much to handle your baby in the seat or bassinet (great for your back!) and baby will feel safe and close to the parent. It is also very handy when you sit down in a restaurant or eg. the cinema as your baby will sit at the same height as you instead of lower, hidden under the table. The adjustable handle bar pulls out at the touch of a button so whether you are a little mama or a tall dads like my hubby you can walk up straight and maintain correct posture, after all your comfort is important too!

You can always see what baby is up to through the handy 'control window'

You can always see what baby is up to through the handy ‘control window’

Seat
The seat of the Joolz pram is one of the tallest seats available (plus it features an extendable foot rest) and the carry cot is very spacious so you get to enjoy your pram for longer making it a great investment for young families. You can use the ergonomic seat forward or backward facing which I love as my daughter likes being able to see me while we walk. At the same time, when she does face forward the handy Air Top allows me to take a peek at my baby from behind. The safety harness feel very sturdy and strong, it is simple to put on and it has a big, chunky buckle that is always easy to find (no digging under your baby for a teeny little buckle).

A smooth ride on every terrain

A smooth ride on every terrain

Wheels
The Joolz Day Earth guarantees a comfortable ride thanks to the luxury four wheel suspension; the back wheels of the Joolz Day Earth are fitted with heavy duty pneumatic tyres for a smooth, relaxing stroll even on bumpy terrain, the smaller front wheels allow for quick manoeuvring and easy steering which is particularly handy in supermarkets and busy shopping centres.

Miss 3 hitching a ride

Miss 3 hitching a ride on the Footboard

Accessories
There are lots of handy Joolz accessories available to make your life easier when out and about. We have added the Joolz Cupholder and the XL Shopping Bag so we can run our little errands by foot instead of having to take the car. We are also using the Joolz Footboard when we go out for longer walks or day trips, that way our 3-year old daughter can ‘hitch a ride’ when her little legs get tired. It simply clips on to the frame and when not in use you can fold it upright and attach it to the back of your pram. You can even fold the pram with the Footboard attached!

The Footboard just folds upright, out of the way

The Footboard just folds upright, out of the way

Storage
On the one hand the seat and carry cot are generous in length and width to be comfortable for your growing child, on the other hand the pram folds up nice and compact and can stand up unsupported so it can be stored neatly in your hallway, garage or under stairs storage space without being in the way.

Upright storage, great for small spaces!

Upright storage, great for small spaces!

Good to know: A two year warranty period applies to all Joolz products, starting on the purchase date.

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.

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.

Jul 072012
 

As you can probably imagine travelling with three little ones under four years old is not an easy task. The twins are quite good at walking (we do a lot of it at home) but the youngest is the trouble maker. We just can’t seem to get it right: she is either full of energy and wants to run away or is too tired to walk. Our departure date has finally come (we are leaving in a few hours) and I think/hope we are well prepared, bringing an umbrella stroller with us to take on the plane to use at the airports and during the holiday.

A little while ago I picked up this Silver Cross Pop Stroller (from $269, now $99) on sale and I am so glad I did. I always thought I could get away with owning only a pram and not a stroller but since I purchased this little ride I have used it quite a few times and it has been fantastic. It is surprisingly easy to push which was always my biggest concern in regards to strollers; even in the hilly, uneven area where we live it rides very smoothly.

I was never very keen on strollers as many of the styles I have seen looked rather flimsy and unstable. It seems like with many other things you get what you pay for. The cheap designs won’t last long while the durable, high quality strollers are a bit more expensive but are designed for intense use. The Silver Cross brand is well known for its classic look and quality products so I felt confident I would not regret my purchase.

The Silver Cross Pop Stroller folds easily, one click and it is ready to go. The frame feels very sturdy, the wipe clean fabric is nice and strong and the shopping basket is quite roomy, perfect for a few groceries. My passenger always looks very comfy, even though she is nearly two there is plenty of room for her and the seat lays back for a quick snooze. I am happy too pushing the soft handles and having my drink within reach in the handy cup holder. Rain cover is included.

Not everyone will need it but we do use the matching Pop Travel Bag to protect our stroller while in transport on the plane/airport.

To find out more about Silver Cross, to browse the range and to order online visit www.silvercross.com.au. Join the Silver Cross mailinglist to stay up to date with the latest news and specials and receive 10% discount on your first order.