Apr 122021
 

Smiggle

Term 1, done and dusted! Four of my students have settled in beautifully this year but the last little one is not so keen on this whole school business. We are trying our very best to change her mind and have been showering her with special treats and fun rewards, after all who doesn’t love a trip to Smiggle with her sister-squad?

Smiggle is home to a kaleidoscope of colours, pretty prints and funky finds, basically everything my girls could wish for. As a busy mum of six I love being able to find all I need in one place and Smiggle is cool, quick and the ultimate one-stop-shop for school gear, it’s a win for everyone! Here are some of the treasures my girls have collected:

Writing out your spelling words is suddenly a lot more interesting when you have a pretty notebook to write them in and Miss 8 has discovered her wild side with the Galaxy Notebook and Markers (RRP $24.95). This animal print spiral A5 notebook comes with a handy attached pencil case and 6 coloured fine-tip markers, the all-in-one homework solution. Now here’s to seeing more green ticks and less red crosses!

Miss 10 joined the jungle gang with the matching Galaxy Twin Zip Pencil Case (RRP $22.95), a spacious zip-up pencil case with loads of room for all her writing must-haves. With all her markers, pencils, pens and erasers within reach she is ready for lots more story writing, she is definitely the one with the wildest imagination! The black is a bit more grown-up and was popular with miss 12 too who scored the Galaxy Drink Bottle for this season.

With all the stress that comes with going to school, night time has become a challenge for our little Hattie. Audio books (and LeapStory) have been a real sanity saver for us and she loves snuggling up in a cosy corner to listen to her favourite stories with her own Smiggle Foldable Headphones (RRP $29.95) on. Her lovely mint green headphones have soft ear pads and an adjustable headband, so they can be made to fit her small head perfectly (just!). Peace of mind for parents: These headphones have a limited volume to protect young ears.

As always, just when you’re on your way to the shop counter you spot all those gorgeous pens, pencils and novelty erasers… we can never resist adding a few more stationery must-haves to our shopping basket! We have a soft spot for things with lovely scents and Smiggle has never let us down with all their fragrant options. This Unicorn Universe Scented Eraser (RRP $3.95) is rather sweet and at less than a fiver they’re the cutest little add-on for a birthday gift.

If your fussy tween is feeling too old for busy prints and patterns do not fear, Smiggle Sorbets is here to save the day (I told you you can find everything you need in one place!). These classy backpacks are plain in colour but full of personality, offering all the handy features of the famous Smiggle backpacks in timeless pastel colours for the girls and neat navy and grey options for the boys. The Sorbets backpack is available in three different sizes/styles (RRP $42.95 – $64.95) to suit every occasion. We’ve put them to the test and we’re giving them the thumbs up!

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

‘The Battle’ giveaway

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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!

Feb 022016
 

Hippo Blue

And off she went, as of yesterday our Juliet is a big schoolgirl. As we walked to school I couldn’t help but worry about how she would settle in at school. We found her name on a little desk, we located her tray and spotted a special hook to hang up her new school bag, one more kiss and one more wave and then it was time for goodbyes.

Juliet backpack

With a big, long corridor full of bulky backpacks it can be a little tricky for a small 5-year old to find her way, but at least our bright, cheeky, kind-hearted girl knows there will definitely not be another bag just like hers. Personalised with her own name this gorgeous backpack is perfect for our little ray of sunshine: Shine Bright Juliet!

HB JournalAt Hippo Blue they understand that every child is different and unique so they celebrate this diversity with a wide range of personalised back-to-school products. While most famous for their personalised name labels (that really stick!) they also offer awesome backpacks, lunch bags, pencil cases, stationery and more, all custom-made with the design and name of your choice.

Boys backpackKnowing how much the twins carry to and from school we decided on the Large Backpack (RRP $50) for Juliet. These spacious backpacks have plenty of room for tall folders and books, a large main compartment and a zipped front pocket. They also have soft, padded shoulder straps for extra comfort, a loop for hanging and nice, deep side pockets so that drink bottles are easily accessible and kept away from expensive schoolbooks and homework.

Girls backpackStarting with a pink/green (girls) or blue/red (boys) base the backpacks can then be personalised with loads and loads of different designs and of course your child’s name. Animals, sports, vehicles, hobbies, foods… there are so many themes to choose from! I love how you can ‘try’ all the different looks before you place your order so you can see exactly what the bag will look like when finished. This preview feature made it much easier for our girls to make a decision.

Knowing that yellow is Juliet’s favourite colour and that she loves the sun and stars I was not surprised she had her heart set on the Shine Bright backpack, it turned out so well and it’s such a sweet, encouraging message for our new schoolgirl. Add to that the insulated Lunch Bag (RRP $32) to match and she’s all set for fun days at school.

Sybbie snacks

While miss Sybbie won’t be wearing a uniform for some time she will be bringing some snacks to kindy, so I planned ahead and ordered her the huge Mega Labels Value Pack (value $76.95, now $39.72). It contains regular labels, iron-on labels, pencil labels, shoe labels (so handy!) and more, with 222 labels in the pack we’ve got everything covered! These packs are such good value and using the same label everywhere make it easy for her to recognise her belongings amongst all the others.

Make sure you keep an eye on the Hippo Blue Facebook page to say up-to-date with all the latest news and offers. They often share special promotions and discount codes to help you replenish your personalised name labels and stationery throughout the year (Tip: They make great gifts too). Right now you can save 50% on Vinyl Name Labels and Clothing Labels, that’s a massive saving!

To find out more about Hippo Blue, to browse the range and to order online visit www.hippoblue.com.au.

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Jan 222016
 

Crayola

Backpack, uniform, lunchbox, drink bottle, pencil case… we’re slowly getting back-to-school ready here at Hip Little One HQ. This year we’ll have three little students at primary school, a big change for all!

Crayola Back to School

Of course our stationery cupboard needed a bit of a restock too in preparation for all the homework, craft and special projects the kids will be making this year. Check out Crayola‘s biggest Back to School must haves:

Crayola Twistables CrayonsIf you thought crayons are just for toddlers think again. Crayola Twistables Crayons (RRP $8.99, 12-pack) are making crayons cool again with a funky twistable design: they draw like crayons in thick, warm colours, they feel slim and solid like a pen and can be twisted up instead of sharpened, how easy is that and completely mess-free! The twins have been using Twistables in class and think they are awesome.

Crayola Colored PencilsA good pack of pencils in the most popular colours is a must for little students. Crayola Colored Pencils (RRP $5.99, 12-pack) are high-quality, durable and come pre-sharpened so they are colour-ready straight away. There is enough variety in colours to create a beautiful piece of art and at the same time they easily fit in a standard pencil case with room to spare for a few pens and an eraser.

Crayola SuperTipsIf you do want to go all out colour wise you’ll be spoilt for choice with this huge pack of Crayola Washable SuperTips Markers (RRP $10.99, 20-pack). This is such a great value pack and being both washable and non-toxic they are perfect for young artists too. The start of the school year is a perfect time to finally throw out all the old, dried out textas and replace them with these bright, vibrant markers, without breaking the bank.

Crayola Blunt Tip ScissorsWhile I prefer plastic scissors for miss almost-3 (the idea of damaged fingers and DIY haircuts doesn’t appeal to me) the older kids are very comfortable and capable of cutting with these Crayola Blunt Tip Scissors (RRP $5.49). They are that little bit sharper for thick paper and cardboard and easy to hold with room for multiple fingers for more precise cutting of homework. They are also suitable for left and right handed people making them ideal for class rooms.

Crayola School GlueI absolutely love a good multi-purpose product, especially if it is as well-priced as the Crayola Washable School Glue (RRP $2.75, 118ml). Paper, cardboard, fabric and even wood, we’ve used an entire bottle of school glue over the school holidays and it works a treat. Initially the glue is white so kids can see where they have applied glue and which spots they have missed, but it dries clear for a neat end result. Bonus: The bottle lid clicks onto the bottle so you won’t lose it, how clever!

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

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Jan 142016
 

Smiggle

It feels like January has only just begun, but one look at the school supplies list and you know that the new school year is just around the corner. Most of the basic school items are pretty standard (and a bit boring) but thankfully you can always add a personal touch with some funky add-ons.

Smiggle

Stationery specialist Smiggle is ready for the Back To School rush with lots of colourful, fun and quirky goodies that are sure to brighten up a boring school day. Here’s the Smiggle gear the cool kids are coveting this school year:

Retro Talking ClockOf course no student likes being late on their very first day of school, luckily waking up on time is a piece of cake with this funky Retro Talking Clock (RRP $29.95, available in four colours) with glow-in-the-dark numbers. There is no more need for mum to yell ‘Wake up!’ in her loudest voice, simply record your own wake-up message and it will play when the alarm goes off in the morning, awesome!

Double Up Spot Hardtop Pencil caseKeep all those bright new markers, freshly sharpened pencils and squeaky erasers neatly together in the spacious Double Up Spot Hardtop Pencil Case (RRP $29.95, available in five colours). Thanks to dedicated pen slots and mesh pockets (for easy viewing) your school gear is always organised and on hand for when you need it. The sturdy case will offer welcome protection for breakable items too.

Fluffy Media TabletThese days many schools expect their students to bring their own tablet to school or at least use one at home for homework and assignments. All parents now that accidents can happen and tablets can be costly to replace so a protective case is a real back to School must-have. Smiggle stocks a range of trendy tablet cases designed to fit the most popular tablets. Check out this cute A9 Fluffy Media Tablet (RRP $29.95), so soft and sweet!

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

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Jan 122016
 

Clarks

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While we are busy enjoying the school holidays the first day of school is slowly sneaking up on us. In a few short weeks the twins will be big Year 2 students and Juliet will start reception, I am not sure if I am ready to send another baby off to big school just yet!

Clarks 1

While she is very excited she is also a little nervous about the ‘big playground’ so last week we went for a little try-out at the school. We used these 5 simple tips to help her be confident and relaxed when it’s time for recess play:

  • Play Equipment – We took a closer look at the different climbing frames, slides, bridges and tunnels and tested them out thoroughly. Juliet is quite worried about falling or slipping so sturdy shoes with good grip will help her to safely cross wobbly bridges and climb thin ladders.
  • Playground Layout – When you are only 5 the school yard is one big, scary maze and it can be tricky to remember where you are. We’ve shown Juliet the easiest way to home base: her class room.
  • Toilets – When you are busy having fun children tend to leave toilet breaks until the very last minute. Making sure they know where and how far away the toilets are will help avoid messy (and embarrassing) accidents!
  • Heights – Juliet has a fear of heights, so after trying out the play equipment and checking the ‘escape routes’ she is less likely to get stuck up high and not being able to get down.
  • Office – Hurt, lost, worried or sad? There is always help available either from the teacher on yard duty or the lovely ladies at the office.

Clarks 3

We’ve also tried on a real school uniform, picked a nice backpack, labelled her pretty lunch box and bottle and measured her up for a good pair of school shoes. As you may remember from last year we have had a great experience with Clarks in the past so we’ve opted for the same quality and durability again for our next schoolgirl. Clarks has been around for more than 170 years, supplying Australian families with the original and best school shoes for growing children’s feet.

Clarks 4

Our bright and happy Juliet is a very active girl who enjoys running, skipping, climbing, jumping and swinging, so we need shoes that are tough enough to handle all the rough and tumble that comes with playing and exploring. As she’ll be wearing school shoes five days a week, seven hours a day it is more important than ever to be fitted with sturdy, supportive footwear that won’t fall apart after one term. When it came to picking shoes we gave her a few options and she decided on the Ventura, because ‘I can run very fast in them’. Pretty good selling point if you ask me!

Clarks 2

With its scuff-resistant leather toe and non-marking sole the Clarks Ventura (RRP $89.95, size 8 Junior – size 6 Adult) is a great sports shoe that is perfect for both school and play. It is available in 4 different colours to comply with most school uniform regulations, Juliet opted for the white/silver look which is nice and neutral. She hasn’t mastered tying shoe laces just yet so the quick and easy Velcro straps are ideal. The shoe experts at Clarks understand how quickly little feet grow, which is why the Ventura has a removable innersole to provide some extra growing space and longer wear; great value for money!

Clarks 5

If you are lucky enough to live near a Clarks store make sure you pop in for the 10-Step Check by one of Clarks specialist trained fitters, that way you are guaranteed to get the perfect, healthy fit for your child. If you live a little further away and want to order online make sure you refer to the Clarks website for some handy tips to confidently measure and fit at home.

Clarks 5

To find out more Clarks, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.clarks.com.au.

If you would like to kit out your child’s entire class with a brand new pair of Clarks make sure you enter this awesome competition for your chance to win. Entry is super easy:

1. Follow Clarks on Facebook or Instagram
2. Share your School Proof Tip and tag @clarksaustralia and #SchoolProofTips for your chance to win!

Good luck! Competition ends midday February 24, 2016.

Save 20% on ‘Back to School’ at WDYGT?

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Jan 262015
 

WDYGT

Shirts washed. Pants ironed. Shoes polished. Backpack labelled. Just one more sleep until the first day of school for many children across Australia. If you left it all a little late and discovered today, when all the shops are closed, that your little student could do with a new lunchbox or drink bottle you’ll be pleased to know that Where Did You Get That? is always open and they will ship your order out promptly. On top of that they’ve got a fantastic Back to School deal on right now:

Save 20% on the entire ‘Back to School’ category at Where Did You Get That?, simply enter the code ‘GETBACK’ at checkout. Offer ends January 31, 2015. 

Goodbyn

Over the last few years parents worldwide have discovered how easy it is to make varied, healthy lunches using a divided lunchbox and the Goodbyn range is perfect for those yummy bento lunches. Available in range of sizes, shapes and colours you can create your own ideal set of reusable lunch containers or you can go for quick and easy and grab one of the ready-to-go sets. With prices starting at just $2.95 this is a well-priced range and when you use the ‘GETBACK’ code you get an even better deal!

Contigo

You can also use the ‘Back to School’ offer to shop the Contigo BPA-free drink bottle range, our children use Contigo bottles at home and at school and they are absolutely fantastic. Contigo bottles come in a rainbow of colours, styles and sizes to suit boys and girls and even mums and dads, the family can drink Contigo style! I can highly recommend the Swish Autoseal (leakproof, perfect for younger children) and the Addison Sports (for older children), I love the hardwearing, durable design and think they are worth every dollar.

To find out more about Where Did You Get That?, to browse the range and to order online visit www.wheredidyougetthat.com.au.