‘Ella & Mrs Gooseberry’ giveaway

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Jun 042020

EK Books

During these strange times of social distancing and home isolation it is more important than ever to teach children about kindness, community and caring for those who could use a smile. This sweet EK Books release by Australian author Vikki Conley has all the good stuff covered:

In Ella & Mrs Gooseberry (RRP $24.99) we meet the lovely Ella and her grumpy neighbour called, you guessed it, Mrs. Gooseberry. When Ella asks her mother why Mrs. Gooseberry is always sad and grumpy, mum says it is because she has lost love. But how do you lose love, and more importantly, how do you find it again?

Ella decides that to find something that is lost, you first need to know what it looks like, so she sets off to find out what love looks like. From her mum to her teacher, from her grandma to her dance instructor, everyone has different ways to describe love. Will Mrs. Gooseberry, with Ella’s help, be able to find love again? There may not be one straight answer to Ella’s question, but in this case it is packaged in a brown box…

You can find ‘Ella & Mrs Gooseberry’ 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 Ella & Mrs Gooseberry (RRP $24.99) head over to the Hip Little One Facebook page, good luck!

‘Saying Goodbye to Barkley’ giveaway

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Feb 282019

EK Books

Death and grief is hard enough for adults to accept and understand, let alone for young children. Saying goodbye is really difficult and often the first heartbreak a child will endure is the death of a much loved family pet. If you’re looking for a helpful tool that will start this conversation look no further, EK Books is here to help with this lovely new book:

Barkley is soft, small and very smart. He is furry, friendly and fabulous. Barkley is Olivia’s best friend and together they make the most amazing team, until the time comes for Barkley to hang up his superhero cape and retire… Saying Goodbye to Barkley (RRP $24.99) has put an end to exciting adventures and Olivia is feeling lost, her heart is heavy and she misses Barkley terribly…

After a while Olivia’s feelings slowly start to change, and she realises that Barkley would never want her to stop having fun or miss out on secret missions. Inspired by her buddy Barkley Olivia visits the local animal shelter and falls in love with a big white fluffy dog called Spud.

It turns out that Spud doesn’t actually like fighting crime or catching bad guys like dear old Barkley did. Olivia comes to accept that Spud is not Barkley, but that doesn’t make her any less loveable… just different and that’s perfectly OK too.

You can find ‘Saying Goodbye to Barkley’ 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 ‘Saying Goodbye to Barkley’ (RRP $24.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Sep 032018

EK Books

Discussing sensitive topics with young children is not easy and it is important to tread with delicate steps. Domestic Violence is a big problem in today’s society and something that concerns entire families including young children. Author Dimity Powell and illustrator Nicky Johnston have come together to create a story that brings hope to those in need:

Flick lives in a house At the end of Holyrood Lane. Her home is often plagued by storms, rattling the windows and shaking the curtains, darkening the clouds and surrounding her with loud noise.

Flick tries to hide, but you never know when the storm will come and it is scary and frightening. Until one day she is brave and seeks helps and slowly the storms ease and the sun is able to shine once again on Holyrood Lane. Whether you know a little ‘Flick’ who finds herself in a never-ending storm (or maybe Flick is YOU), this beautiful picture book could just be the little ray of hope that is needed to help you step out and chase the sun.

‘At the end of Holyrood Lane’ cleverly uses visual metaphor to touch on a very delicate topic, making it suitable for children of all ages and also applicable to many situations. No matter what storm you find yourself in, there is always hope!

You can find ‘At the end of Holyrood Lane’ (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.

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National Superhero Week

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Jun 072018

“Go home and enjoy your son because he will be dead by the time he is 15-years-old” These words and the lack of information and support available in general is what prompted Boris Struk to create Muscular Dystrophy Australia (MDA) so that no other parents should endure what he and his wife went through over 35 years ago.

Muscular Dystrophy is a term used for more than 60 neuromuscular disorders and it is defined as a progressive muscle destroying disorder which wastes all muscles away causing immobility, respiratory problems and cardiac complications. This is a condition which affects 1 in 625 Australians and 82 per cent of children aged 0-14 years with MD are boys. It’s a relentless and disgusting disease. Every day is worse than the previous day. They say the hardest thing is to see someone you love suffer. Well, imagine all the parents out there, their hearts stabbed daily.

Boris has been used as a punching bag for decades by frustrated and traumatised parents and relatives. He could have thrown the towel away and forged a career in marketing which he excelled at. It is his enduring love for his son and sense of duty for the MD community that kept him going. A cure has not been found yet and most likely won’t be found in his lifetime.

Muscular Dystrophy is not widely known in Australia. Maybe it is because progress in research is slow and one of the most challenging fields. This is the last step that Boris would like to achieve. To make Muscular Dystrophy known to the whole country, to have one day a year dedicated to it. A day for awareness and a day for fund raising. A day to recognise our kids and adults in our own backyards who are handed out premature death sentences.

MDA’s website has comprehensive information on all forms of MDs translated in 18 languages. We have been running 106 camps which are offer lifesaving respite for families and their carers. We offer support and programs and fund research. MDA has become an extended family for the MD community. In terms of money, MDA has injected millions into Royal Children’s Hospital and the MDA Neuromuscular Clinic.

Today, when a child gets diagnosed with MD, no parent gets told to go back home and just wait for their child to die. But there’s one more thing that can be done, our duty of care as a community. To recognise and acknowledge our national MD community, just for one day.

This is where National Superhero Week comes in. National Superhero Week 2018 will run from 3rd to 9th September, which will see people across Australia dress as their favourite superheroes to join the fight against Muscular Dystrophy. Register now at: https://www.mycause.com.au/events/nationalsuperheroweek

To find out more about Muscular Dystrophy and to see how you can help support this important cause visit www.mda.org.au.

Dec 172017

As the end of the year draws near I am secretly getting excited about getting back in shape in the new year, I have a wardrobe full of pre-baby clothes I can’t wait to wear again. As you can probably imagine delivering a 4.6kg baby was no easy task, recovery has been slow and unfortunately I am yet to get the doctor’s tick of approval to start exercising again. It has been almost three months since Ted was born and thankfully I am feeling a bit stronger every day so I am slowly picking up the pace with the help of Maze Activewear:

Designed for new, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers of all shapes and sizes Maze Activewear offers stylish, high quality activewear that is both practical and flattering. I am a bit disappointed that I only discovered this awesome label after Ted was born as I am loving this supportive yet comfy sports gear!

Most expecting mums will know that it is important to stay active during pregnancy, but at the same time your changing body and that rapidly growing bump can leave you feeling a bit out of balance and unsure. Don’t worry mama, Maze Activewear will help you feel confident and supported in all the right places with their fabulous over-the-belly Maternity Tights (RRP $79.95-$89.95, size XS – L).

Featuring a breathable and seam-free tummy panel that grows with you as your baby belly grows, stability power mesh that will make you strong and steady and hi-tech performance fabric these tights are your ultimate exercise buddy. They are available in both full length and a shorter 3/4 length and come in a range of neutral colours to compliment all your favourite workout gear.

Once baby has arrived most mamas will find their new body will take some getting used to, after 6 babies my body most certainly isn’t bouncing back the way celebrities seem to do! The Maze Activewear High Waisted 3/4 Tights (RRP $49.95, size XS-L) do a fantastic job keeping all those wobbly bits in place while the Active Core Stability technology provides much needed support for this poor mummy tummy which has had quite the beating. Added bonus: A handy zip pocket at the back to keep your gym pass or keys safe and mesh panels on the lower leg for extra air flow.

Whether I am at home or out and about and whether I am relaxing or working out, our big boy counts on easy nursing access. With the Nursing Sports Bra (RRP $59, size XS-L) you can get fit and feed at the same time, easy drop-down cups allow for convenient breastfeeding (and a nursing pad if desired) while the powerful nylon/spandex/cotton blend will keep you comfortable and supported through your entire training session. The ergonomic racer back design distributes the weight evenly and stops me from getting a sore back and shoulders.

Hip Tip: When you buy the Maternity Tights and Nursing Sports Bra together you get a welcome 15% bundle discount. For an even bigger saving why not join the Maze Activewear mailing list to enjoy an additional 10% discount on your first order, simply enter your email address at the bottom of the home page to receive your discount code in your inbox.

Want to get started on your workout as soon as possible? Make sure you refer to the handy Maze Activewear Size Chart to select the size that is right for you. For extra peace of mind a hassle-free returns and exchange policy is in place.

To find out more about Maze Activewear, to browse the range and to order online visit www.mazeactivewear.com.au, shipping is free Australia wide.

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Mar 112017

EK Books

As parents we all wish we could keep our precious children safe from all the heartbreak and misery in this world, yet no matter how hard we try that is not always possible. Death, grief and saying goodbye are one of the hardest things for children to understand and go through, but thankfully the healing power of love makes even those a little lighter:

The Fix-It Man (RRP $24.99) tells the touching and quietly heartbreaking story of a darling girl with a wonderful and very handy dad. From broken toys to messy tangles and from building dog houses to furniture, the Fix-It Man can fix and solve almost anything. Sadly there is one thing even the Dad can’t make better, it’s mama…

In the midst of the darkness, the sadness and the missing of mum the girl and her dad discover that some things can’t be fixed by tape or glue, nails or tools. It takes time, patience and love, lots of love, for them to slowly come together again.

Written with great compassion by Dimity Powell and beautifully illustrated by Nicky Johnston ‘The Fix-It Man’ is a perfect read for families going through a difficult time of grieving. The story is gentle and doesn’t go into detail regarding the cause or death of the mother, allowing parents or carers to fill in as much or as little as they wish and to suit the age and feelings of their child. Although I very much hope you will not need it, The Fix-It Man is definitely is a title to remember for if the need arises.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

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Jacana Kids giveaway

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Oct 272016


Back in 2008 when I was pregnant with our twins doctors found several cysts on the brain of one of our twins, not exactly news any parent expects (or wants to hear) when going for a routine ultrasound! Immediately you start worrying about all the conditions, illnesses and disabilities that could possibly affect your baby’s life. Thankfully by the end of our pregnancy the cysts had disappeared, but there are plenty of families who are not so lucky.


Australian mother Jacqui received the same news when pregnant with her twins, and as a result her beautiful son Dominic was born with two conditions. Blessed with two caring, determined parents who fought for the very best early childhood support Dominic has blossomed and is now a happy and active 3-year old. Seeing first hand how important early intervention is for children dealing with disabilities Jacqui, together with her friend Ana, came up with a clever plan to raise money for organisations who support children with developmental delays: meet Jacana Kids.

jacana-kids-teeJacana Kids is a trendy children’s fashion label that combines style with social good, donating 50% of profits to a chosen organisation that helps children with disabilities get the best start in life. The Jacana Kids range caters for cool kids aged 2 to 9 years old and is inspired, and designed, by the amazing children the brand is supporting. So when you don a Jacana Kids outfit you are donating at the same time, what a fabulous concept!

This Summer Miss 6 is spreading the Jacana Kids love with the cute Heartie Tee (RRP $39.95) by Maya, while Master 8 is rocking black and white this summer with the Alphabetie Tee (RRP $39.95) designed by street smart Maddox. Can you believe both of these talented artists are only 5 years old? Their artwork has been lovingly handprinted in Melbourne so there may be slight variations per garment, making each tee a little different just like very child is unique and special.


Hip tip: Make sure you sign up for the free Jacana Kids newsletter to receive 10% off your first purchase and stay up-to-date with all the latest Jacana Kids news and specials.

To find out more about Jacana Kids, to browse the range and to order online visit www.jacanakids.com.

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