May 212018
 

Now that Ted has finally accepted the Neocate formula prescribed by the allergy specialist he is reducing his breastfeeds. Not only does this make me a little sad, it also increases my risk of mastitis which is something I am rather prone to. Knowing how horrendous mastitis is I am well prepared and making sure blocked milk ducts are dealt with promptly and effectively thanks to LaVie:

As the name suggests the LaVie Lactation Massager (RRP $49.95, rose or teal) is a clever little massage tool specifically designed for breastfeeding and pumping mothers. It is compact, it is clean, it is effective, it is waterproof and it is incredibly versatile! If you have ever experienced the pain and discomfort of clogged ducts or struggled to completely empty your breasts during a feed the LaVie may well be the life-saver you are looking for.

The rechargeable LaVie massager has a unique shape that is easy to hold in one hand while you can use your other hand to hold/feed your baby or to keep your breast in the right location for targeted massaging. Using the LaVie is simple and starts by charging the device at the power point. Once fully charged you can turn it on and push the button to select the massaging/vibrating pattern that suits your needs best.

You can then point, move, press and rotate either the narrow tip, long side or the wider end of the LaVie massager directly on those hard-to-reach problem areas in your breasts. The quiet vibration will help unblock those painful blockages and improve milk flow, without all the hard work of a manual massage and you can do it anytime and anywhere. You can even pop the LaVie in your bra before a feed to improve milk let down, so handy!

Obviously every mother and each situation is different and therefore results may vary. Personally I was very pleased with the results and will definitely continue using the LaVie. I use my favourite heat bag (a lavender filled MyOKi) to warm up my sore breast before feeding, then feed Ted from one breast while working on the painful areas on the other side with the LaVie. Being waterproof you can also massage in the shower when you are relaxed and the hot water helps milk flow easier.

Handy tip: If your shoulders get a little achy from breastfeeding your baby (or in my case sometimes two children at once!) you should try to use the pointy end of the LaVie massager on your shoulder. It works a treat!

To find out more about LaVie, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.laviemum.com.au.

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Dec 042015
 

Brydge

Christmas Countdown – Day 4

Like many other families we have several tablets circulating the house. Whether it’s checking emails, sending messages to our family in The Netherlands, updating the blog, taking photos, watching a children’s show, playing a learning game, online shopping or just browsing the internet, those handy little computers are getting quite the workout every day. While I love the compact size and portability I do regularly complain that I miss the convenience and speed of a regular keyboard, luckily that problem is easily solved with Brydge:

Brydge Keyboards are the perfect companion for your iPad, iPad Mini or iPad Air. With one smooth click these sleek wireless keyboards will give your ordinary tablet the look and feel of a little laptop, how clever!

BrydgeMini KeyboardWidely praised in leading magazines and online media Brydge has quickly become a big favourite amongst iPad users and I have to say I am not surprised. The keyboard’s classy look and stylish curves match beautifully with the shape of your iPad, it really is a perfect fit and looks very professional. Made from 100% strong, durable aluminium and packed with clever features Brydge is clearly top of the range, it’s obvious from the very first touch that this is a high quality product.

If you type quite a lot like I do you are sure to appreciate the ease of a traditional keyboard compared to fiddling with squishy onscreen keys, the chances of accidentally pressing the wrong keys are a lot slimmer. You can even control other settings straight from your keyboard eg. volume or screen brightness, playing music, switch between apps and more. Unlike other keyboards the luxurious BrydgeMini has backlit keys (brightness can be adjusted), ideal for that last email you want to send from bed without waking up your partner.

BrydgeMini Steel GreyThe BrydgeMini effortlessly connects to your iPad Mini using Bluetooth: simply switch on your keyboard, make it discoverable and it will automatically pop-up in your list of devices, easy as pie. The keyboard is completely wireless and rechargeable with the included micro USB cable. One single charge can last up to 3 months so you rarely have to worry about running out of battery life.

Once you’ve clicked in your iPad you can change the screen angle to your liking (up to 180ºC): stand it up like a laptop or lay it flat like a tablet, it’s up to you. The BrydgeMini is designed to securely connect to the iPad Mini 1, 2 and 3 and is available in three timeless colours: Silver, Space Grey and Gold.

BrydgeMini

The BrydgeAir (RRP AUD $199) and BrydgeMini (RRP AUD $179) are currently available at Harvey Norman stores Australia wide and online in the Brydge web store.

To find out more about Brydge, to browse the range and to order online visit www.brydgekeyboards.com.au.

For you chance to win a BrydgeMini (RRP AUD $179, Space Grey) enter our giveaway below:

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Nov 082015
 

Now that we have four daughters many people comment on the fact that I will be spending a lot of time doing little girls’ hair. Plaits, buns and pig tails, clips, bows and headbands, it will be like having our very own hair salon at home. Of course I do have two boys too (hubby and master 7) but their hairdos are easy as pie, just a quick trim with this new Remington gadget and they’re sorted for another few weeks:

Remington Rapid Cut Hair Clipper

Shaped like an oversized computer mouse the brand new Remington Rapid Cut Hair Clipper (RRP $99.95) is compact, powerful and super practical, home haircuts have never been easier!

Remington Rapid CutGone are the days of being glued to a chair, limited by a messy, tangled cord, while mum slowly tries to create a decent do with rusty clippers. The showerproof Rapid Cut can be used completely cordless so you have all the freedom to move this speedy clipper around at any angle, you can even use it in the shower or walk around if you’re the on-the-go type. The durable lithium powered battery lasts up to 40 minutes and, using the included power adaptor, can be fully recharged in 4 hours.

Rapid Cut Ergonomic ShapeThe Rapid Cut Hair Clipper has only just hit the shelves and it’s already selling like hot cakes, we are not surprised. It is so easy and comfortable to hold making it very easy to stay on track when cutting, even when trimming the tiniest details. As most hair trimmers can be a bit tricky to use on an angle I usually have to trim hip daddy’s hair to make sure he doesn’t miss any sneaky spots at the back, however the compact size and slightly curved, ergonomic shape of the Rapid Cut have solved that issue so he can confidently do his own DIY all-over haircuts.

The Remington Rapid Cut Hair Clipper comes complete with nine different combs (for hair lengths between 1.5 and 15mm) for a millimetre precise cut that suits your taste perfectly. The blades are self-sharpening and can easily be washed and cleaned so your new clippers are always ready to deliver barber-sharp results. To save on cleaning time the Rapid Cut features a special ‘Wash-Out’ technology that flushes hair from inside out, that way you are not left with lots of tiny hairs stuck inside your clipper. The few hairs left behind can just be brushed out with the little cleaning brush.

Rapid Cut Blades

Of course this new Remington best-seller comes with complimentary peace of mind in the shape of a generous 2 year product warranty.

To find out more about Remington, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.remington-products.com.au.

Jul 282015
 

I don’t know about you but Father’s Day always creeps up on me a little. Four of our six family members celebrate their birthday in August so just when I finish making that last birthday cake I find Father’s Day waiting around the corner. I am giving you the heads up nice and early this year: Father’s Day is 5 weeks away so it’s time to starting thinking of the perfect gift for that special man in your life.

Remington SmartEdgeEarlier this month I showed you the new Remington SmartEdge shaver that keeps hip daddy looking office-smart day-in day-out, if you missed it you can read up here. I know I promised to give one away as well so here’s your chance, one of my lovely Hip Little One readers will be surprising a great hubby, dad or even father-in-law with one of these fantastic razors valued at RRP $199.95 this Father’s Day. That’s a pretty awesome gift if you ask me!

To find out more about Remington, to take a closer look at the Remington SmartEdge and to locate a stockist near you visit www.remington-products.com.au.

Molton Brown

To make the surprise even sweeter our wonderful friends at Molton Brown have thrown in some luxury skincare products for the deserving dad too, straight from their latest grooming and hair care collection:

Molton Brown Ultra-Light Bai Ji HydratorNow that all that unwanted facial hair is gone a few pumps of the lovely Ultra-light Bai Ji Hydrator (RRP $62, 100ml) will help moisturise the skin so you can feel clean and refreshed all day. Specifically developed for normal to oily skin the moisturising hydrator leaves skin feeling firm, smooth and comfortable while shine-reducing lentil seed extract controls excess oil and helps reduce the appearance of pores.

Molton Brown ShampooTo look after the hair that dad does want to keep (if he is lucky enough to have some left!) Molton Brown is recommending the Fennel Extract Anti-dandruff Shampoo (RRP $29, 300ml). Containing carefully selected ingredients, including fennel root extract, this wonderful men’s shampoo gently cleanses your hair, helps eliminate flakes, banishes build-up and excess oils and keeps your scalp fresh and healthy so dad can be comfortable and confident about his looks.

To find out more about Molton Brown, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.moltonbrown.com.au.

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Jul 042015
 

A few weeks ago Hip Daddy turned 34 and even though we didn’t celebrate big, with just our 4 kids (and a baby bump) it’s already quite the party. Early on in our marriage we started a small tradition where every child gets something to give to daddy, little did I know at the time that we would go on to have a larger than average family. Four kids later it is getting rather tricky to find enough good presents to give but I am glad to say I succeeded again with this Remington gift being a big hit:

Remington SmartEdge XF8550AU

I admit a shaver is more of a practical present than a luxury treat but you have no doubt read last week that he got a bit of both so no complaints there. Because hubby religiously shaves every morning before going to work I knew a new shaver would be well received, he enjoys the easy shave and I enjoy the smooth skin, double win!

SmartEdge Foil ShaverWhen you take a close look at the Remington SmartEdge Advanced Foil Shaver (RRP $199.95) you’ll notice the foil shaver has a unique multi-directional hole pattern, about time someone realised not all hairs grown neatly in the same direction! By catching hairs from all angles you need fewer moves to achieve a close shave all-over so it’s quicker and more effective.

Remington SmartEdgeThe cordless design is perfect for busy dads on the go who try to do a million things at the same time, hip daddy is quite the expert at it. If you’re a really keen multi-tasker you can even use your 100% waterproof SmartEdge shaver in the shower and rinse under the tap, so convenient! The shaver can be used dry, with shaving foam or with gel, whichever you feel is most gentle on your skin. Hubby prefers gel in the shower to reduce redness but in the mornings it’s often a dry shave to save time.

The powerful lithium battery has a generous 50 minute runtime (that’s a lot of beard to shave), if needed you can do a super speedy 5 minute quick charge or complete a full charge in 120 minutes. I love the handy charging lights indicating how much battery you have left, that way you’ll never run out of battery unexpectedly.

Could your hubby do with a nice new shaver too? Stay tuned, in the lead up to Father’s Day we’ll give you the chance to win a Remington SmartEdge Advanced Foil Shaver for the special man in your life. 

As always Remington offers fantastic peace of mind with a generous 2 year product warranty, as well as a 60 day money back guarantee.

To find out more about Remington, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.remington-products.com.au.