‘The Battle’ giveaway

 Giveaways, Toys, Books & Movies  Comments Off on ‘The Battle’ giveaway
Jul 202020
 

EK Books

As we’re gearing up for a brand new term it is definitely a mix of nerves and excitement at our house. The older kids are super keen to go back to school, but the younger ones are not so sure. The teachers, the students, the building, the school work… it all can be quite scary and daunting! If your little student is feeling a tad nervous too here’s a lovely EK Books read to help them prepare for the big day:


When Edward starts Knight School he is counting on his protective armour to keep him safe from any upcoming trouble. Giants, ogres, dragons… when he enters his classroom he sees scary creatures everywhere! Edward decides that Knight School is just as scary as he had imagined and he is relieved he is wearing his armour to keep him safe in The Battle (RRP $24.99).

Thankfully a friendly ogre reaches out to him, showing Edward that there are no monsters at all. Slowly he realises that his armour is actually stopping him from having fun with his new class mates. Time to take off his protective gear and open up to all the fun school has to offer!

Young readers will love the sweet illustrations by Cara King and Ashling Kowk’s lovely message of battling school nerves and facing your fears will hit home to everyone. The Battle is a perfect gift idea for school starters and a win for the family book shelf.

You can find ‘The Battle’ 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 The Battle (RRP $24.99) head over to the Hip Little One Facebook page, good luck!

‘When the World Went Inside’ giveaway

 Giveaways, Toys, Books & Movies  Comments Off on ‘When the World Went Inside’ giveaway
Jun 222020
 

From home isolation to hoarding, from shopping limits to social distancing, from hand sanitiser to home schooling… it has been a crazy few months! There are days I myself can hardly wrap my head around everything that has happened and the impact it has on all of us, so I am not surprised that children’s heads are full of questions too. If you are looking for a gentle conversation starter to tackle COVID19 with your little ones I’ve got the perfect find for you:

Written by a lovely Australian mama-of-three When the World Went Inside (RRP $15-$20) tells the story of a young boy called Theo and how his life changes when COVID19 enters his little world. People are worried, playgrounds are shut and schools are closed, he can no longer visit Granny or see his friends, yet he still has to brush his teeth and eat his veggies? This gorgeous book translates the impact, worries and changes brought on by the Coronavirus in a language children will recognise and understand.

Author Charlie Golding has managed to create a book that will hit home with children of all ages, discussing the ways the pandemic has affected their everyday life and making it easier to understand. Often children are unable to express their concerns or word their questions, in which case this beautifully illustrated book might just be the reassurance they need to put their mind at ease.

You can buy When the World Went Inside as a printed book ($20, soft-cover) to read at home or share in your classroom, or you can buy the e-book ($15, PDF) so you can enjoy it anytime and anywhere on your iPad on tablet.

To find out more about When the World Went Inside, to download a digital copy or to order the book online visit www.whentheworldwentinsidebook.com.

For your chance to win a copy of When the World Went Inside (RRP $20) by Charlie Golding hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Jan 202019
 

Smiggle

And that’s a wrap, almost! Just one last week of school holidays to go until the kids return to the classroom for an exciting start to term 1. For most mums this final week is filled with school uniform fitting, ironing on labels, prepping the freezer with healthy school snacks and grabbing all the must-have stationery items from the shops.

Make sure to leave time for a visit to your local Smiggle store because that’s where you’re guaranteed to find the coolest ‘Back to School’ gear. Hip tip: There is no such thing as a ‘quick’ trip to Smiggle, believe me, I’ve tried! There is simply too much fabulous stuff to see, try, feel and smell and choosing favourites is no easy task.

This spacious Faves Hardtop Strap Lunchbox (RRP $32.95) is perfect for kindy, school, daycare or even just a day out. It has a handy (removable) shoulder strap and handle for easy carrying and two large zip compartments to hold lunch, snacks and fruit to last the day. The lunchbox lining is BPA free and food grade safe, so parents can rest assured that all meals are safe from nasty chemicals. Of course if you score an awesome lunchbag like this you’d hate to lose it, so don’t forget to fill out the name tag inside.

Whether you are creating a unique piece of art or just want to add a pop of colour to a boring homework assignment, these Smiggle Scented Bon Bon Highlighter Pens (RRP $9.95, 10-pack) are exactly what you need. Not only are they dual ended, giving you 20 different ways to brighten your day, they are also scented! I wonder if you’ll get extra points from your new teacher if he/she smells a yummy fragrance when doing the marking?

Mistakes happen to the best of us, and they’re certainly not something to get upset about with the Stax On Erasable Highlighters (RRP $5.95). This giant stack of highlighters measures almost a foot tall and features a range of bright fluro shades. If you’ve gone a little overboard on colour you can erase your work with the magic eraser tip, easy as pie. Alternatively it adds a unique touch to an art project too, using colours as the background and making your drawing stand out in white.

To find out more about Smiggle, to locate a Smiggle store near you or to order online visit www.smiggle.com.au.

For your chance to win a Smiggle ‘Back to School’ pack (containing the Faves Hardtop Strap Lunchbox in black, Smiggle Scented Bon Bon Highlighter Pens and Stax On Erasable Highlighters) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Get into the Christmas spirit with Smiggle

 Toys, Books & Movies  Comments Off on Get into the Christmas spirit with Smiggle
Nov 142018
 

Smiggle

After 12 years in Adelaide I know the tradition: once the Christmas pageant has been and Santa has been welcomed into town the Christmas tree goes up. With just six weeks to go until the big day there are lots of people eagerly staring at the calendar and Smiggle is ready to help you count down in style:

The brand new Smiggle Advent Calendar 2018 (RRP $39.95) is here and it’s packed with awesome Smiggle goodies valued at over $70 that will have young Smiggle fans squealing with excitement!

Let’s start by saying that I am usually a very patient person. I love surprises, not knowing what’s ahead is so much fun and the waiting is definitely part of the whole experience. Every year people ask if me if I know what’s going to be hiding behind these 25 little doors and the truth is that I simply don’t know!! All I know is that in previous years my kids have been thrilled with their little advent gift every single day and that they end up with so many cool Smiggle finds at the end of the countdown. They love getting stationery items that are fun and useful and I am glad to avoid the traditional advent calendar sugar overdose, it’s a double win.

But, because I love my readers and don’t want to let you down I have allowed each of my little people to open one magical calendar door and have a quick sneak peek… I had to promise our friends at Smiggle not to give too much away but take it from me, it’s looking mighty fine behind the doors this year! We’ve spotted rainbow highlighters, a spy pen, a mini stapler, a fruity scented slap band, tiny sticky notes and there are plenty more limited edition items to be discovered.

The Smiggle Advent Calendar sells out every year so make sure you grab yours in time to avoid disappointment. Bring on December 1 so the official count down can begin!

Bonus: As if 25 gifts is not enough each Smiggle Advent Calendar comes with a special envelope that could hold 1 of 25 lucky tickets. If you are the lucky finder of one of these highly coveted tickets you will take home a Christmas gift to remember: a $1000 Smiggle shopping spree! Sadly we didn’t find one but I have my fingers crossed for all of you.

To find out more about Smiggle, to locate a Smiggle store near you or to order online visit www.smiggle.com.au.

Nov 052018
 

EK Books

As the school year is slowly wrapping up I am looking back at a very full-on year. We unexpectedly changed schools in the middle of term 2 so we’re still quite new to our current school but I feel very much at peace about our decision to move. Change is not always easy but the kids have settled in beautifully and are surrounded by lovely friends which makes my motherheart very grateful.

For a lot of children (including my own) school can be tricky and sometimes they feel a little lost in the midst of at all, like Jerry in this new EK Books release:

At school, on the street, at parties, on the playground, everyone seems busy with each other but Jerry feels like he is watching from the sideline. People simply don’t seem to notice Jerry, he is invisible. I think at times we have all felt a bit like Invisible Jerry and it doesn’t feel good at all.

Until Molly comes along. Molly does notice Jerry, she laughs with him and makes him smile, she shares with him and talks to him. Molly makes Jerry feel like a real person, she sees him. Jerry is no longer invisible, but he does remember what it felt like and soon enough he spots another invisible person… Now it’s Jerry’s turn to make a difference.

I know the joy it has brought my children to be ‘seen’ by others and to be made feel welcome and included and I hope they will show the same welcoming nature to others they meet. This beautiful picture book explains this in a way that is easy to understand and funny too and my children instantly ‘got’ the message. The illustrations are lovely, definitely a worthy addition for any school library or family book shelf.

You can find ‘Invisible Jerry’ (RRP $24.99) 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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Smooshy Mushy Baby

 Toys, Books & Movies  Comments Off on Smooshy Mushy Baby
Nov 032018
 

As much as I like to make my kids happy all the time, I’m afraid I can’t always be the fun mum. For quite some time my four little students have been begging me for ‘squishies’, a toy trend that has rapidly taken the entire school yard by storm. However ‘everyone has one’ is not a good enough reason to join in, and after reading some worrying reports on the nasty chemicals hiding in many squishies I decided to hold off (not a popular decision, believe me!)…

Just when my kids gave up all hope I stumbled upon these adorable Smooshy Mushy creations and they DO meet all the strict safety standards and testing guidelines! They are safe, soft, sweet, scented and squishy and of course totally cute. Happy girls, happy mama.

Each Smooshy Mushy Baby (RRP $24, Ages 6+) is dressed up like its favourite animal and comes with a squishy animal bestie to match. For added fun there is a teeny baby bottle included, as well as two small ball chains so you can attach your Smooshy Mushy Baby gifts to your handbag or backpack and take them on all your adventures.

Other gifts include a sticker featuring your new Smooshy Mushy Baby, a name tag you can fill out, a birth certificate and a collector’s poster, all beautifully packaged together in a larger-than-life baby bottle. You never know which Smooshy Mushy Baby you will get next, as the giant baby bottle gives nothing away from the outside. My girls just love the disappearing milk effect when you tip the bottle, it is like magic!

There are currently six Smooshy Mushy babies to collect: Binky Baby & Fitzy Frog, Fluffy Frou-Fou & Skunky Boo, Cuddly Cub & Bearymoore, Sweet Peep & Lil’ Lambie, Boo Boo Bunny & Cutesy Cottontail and Missy Mane & Sugarhooves.

You can find the Smooshy Mushy Baby range exclusively at a Kmart store near you or online at www.kmart.com.au.

To find out more about Smooshy Mushy Baby and to check out the range visit www.bigballoon.com.au.

Ooshies

 Toys, Books & Movies  Comments Off on Ooshies
Oct 082018
 

As sad as it is all good things have to come to an end. We returned from our big European adventure almost three weeks ago and (after sleeping off their jet lag) the kids squeezed in two more weeks of school before the school holidays arrived. They settled back into school life in no time and also quickly caught on to the Ooshies trend:

Ooshies (ages 5+) are the latest collect and swap trend to hit the school yard and with so many awesome Ooshies characters to collect it is no wonder all the kids are joining in the fun! Don’t be fooled by their small size, these soft squishy pencil toppers are big in entertainment and hot property among hip boys and girls. They can be enjoyed on and off your pencil and they are a perfect size for pockets, pencil cases and backpacks.

Ooshies are available in loads of different ranges so there is a favourite Ooshie for everyone. From DC and Marvel to Pixar and Disney, from DreamWorks to Cars and much more, no matter which team you’re on, Ooshies has you covered. We started our collection with Elsa and Olaf (of course!) and just discovered that Barbie and her friends are the latest additions to the Ooshies family, fabulous news for my little Barbie fans!

The excitement of a blind bag never wears off and the girls were in luck: the adorable Pyjama Barbie and pretty Mermaid Barbie were at the top of their wish list. There are 17 different Barbie Ooshies to collect including a highly coveted limited edition Golden Mermaid Barbie. If we do manage to find that special goldilocks I’ll make sure to share a snap!

My personal favourites (yes, even mums can have an Ooshie soft spot) are the Care Bears Ooshies, it’s like being a child all over again. I just adore these gorgeous bears, I might have to start my own collection! I have already popped some Care Bears blind bags away to put in the girls’ shoes in the lead up to Sinterklaas, I have no doubt they will absolutely love the surprise.

Ooshies are sold in single bags (ideal as a small treat, a pocket money buy or stocking filler for Christmas) or as multi-packs, a speedy way to complete your Ooshies collection. And don’t forget you can always trade with your friends if you have doubles! A little birdie told me that Transformers and Star Wars are soon to join the gang and even an Ooshies Junior range is coming up.

Keep your eyes peeled, you never know when and where the next Ooshies will pop up…

To find out more about Ooshies and to browse the range visit www.ooshies.net.