‘Wonky Fruit & Vegetables’ giveaway

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Sep 162019
 

I’m sure by now you’ve all spotted the Coles ‘I’m Perfect’ fresh produce range and the ‘Odd Bunch’ section at Woolworths, but here’s a delightfully different alternative you’ve (most likely) not heard of before:

Dutch social enterprise Kromkommer (Krom means crooked, Komkommer means cucumber) has joined forces with sustainable play specialist and multiple award-winner Plan Toys to bring funky formed fruit and vegetables to toy kitchens around the globe. Grab a quirky apple and bumpy pear, add a two-legged carrot and heart-shaped tomato, throw in a curvy cucumber and you’ve got the Wonky Fruit & Vegetable Playset.

The Wonky Fruit & Vegetables Playset (RRP $50.99, 18 months+) is a powerful platter in many ways: It encourages children to use their imagination and grow social skills during pretend play, it helps budding chefs to develop fine motor skills as they cut their food with the (toddler-safe) toy knife, it stimulates logical thinking as kids match the food halves to make pairs, it teaches children about different fruits and vegetables and the importance of healthy eating habits AND it shows them that fruit and vegetables come in many perfectly imperfect shapes that are all tasty and worthy!

Loved and cherished across the globe Plan Toys are made from replenishable rubberwood which is preservative free and naturally processed. No harmful additives or colourings are used during manufacturing and the carefully selected water-based paints are safety certified, making Plan Toys a fantastic sustainable choice for modern eco-conscious parents. After all we all know pretend meals sometimes involve real bites or cheeky chomps and your child’s safety is Plan Toys’ priority.

Australian families can find the Wonky Fruit & Vegetable Playset at Knock On Wood ToysThe Coffee Apple, Amazon and Twigs Toy Boutique. Enjoy your meal!

To find out more about Plan Toys, to take a closer look at the Wonky Fruit & Vegetable Playset and to locate a stockist near you visit www.plantoys.com.

For your chance to win a Wonky Fruit & Vegetables Playset (RRP $50.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter, good luck.

Jul 152016
 

KicKee Pants

When I ordered my very first piece of KicKee Pants gear a few years ago it was love at first sight. I was very impressed by the gorgeous prints, super soft fabrics, comfy fits and excellent quality, so the brand has been a personal favourite ever since.

Romper KicKee Pants

With only a handful of Aussie stockists it is not easy for Australian mamas to get their hands on some KicKee Pants, but you can always count on eco boutique Avidiva to have some in stock:

KicKee Pants Popsicle TeeMade from a luxurious bamboo blend KicKee Pants clothing is gentle against delicate baby skin, it is also nice and stretchy so your baby can move around freely and keeps baby warmer in winter and cooler in summer. By choosing bamboo you are making an eco-friendly, sustainable choice, providing you with peace of mind that your precious bundle is not breathing in any nasty chemicals.

Jade Ruffle RomperAnyone who has met one (or all) of my youngest three girls as babies will recognise those pretty KicKee Pants ruffles. Ruffle footies, coveralls, pants, onesies and rompers, we’ve tried them all. I love how the simple addition of some sweet frills adds a special festive touch, whilst staying comfortable and practical at the same time. The KicKee Pants Stork Romper ($42, size 0-12m) is one my top ruffly picks, isn’t the jade colour divine?

KicKee Pants Crimson FootieThe range caters for trendy little boys and girls and from birth up to 3 years (depending on the style), there are even a few pieces for lovely mamas who enjoy a little bamboo luxury. As a mother of five I am a firm believer in buying quality product that is durable and stands many washes, KicKee Pants has proven over and over again that their clothing maintains its softness and shape so it’s a real winner for us.

KicKee Pants Romper

To find out more about Avidiva, to browse the KicKee Pants range and to order online visit www.avidiva.com.au.

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Natursutten giveaway

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May 172016
 

Natursutten

Today it has been 7 weeks since little miss Harriet had her tongue snipped. Initially I feared it had made no difference at all but slowly we are starting to see some great improvements. Breastfeeding is becoming easier, she is able to eat some solids and even manages to keep in her dummy for a short while (up until now it would just fall out).

Natursutten 1

Just like her older sister Harriet has taken a liking to the fabulous natural soothers by eco-label Natursutten. These European made pacifiers are made from soft, 100% natural, sustainable rubber and therefore contain no toxic chemicals, this makes them super safe for your baby and the environment.

Natursutten RoundAt first sight Natursutten Natural Soothers may look a bit funny but this innovative design is made out of one piece so there are no tiny gaps or joins for nasty bacteria or yucky residue to hide in (Have you looked at your baby’s dummy lately, and I mean closely?…. Exactly!). At the same time the one-piece design lowers the choking hazard, standard dummies are at risk of coming apart and as a result your baby could possibly choke on small particles.

Natursutten OrthodonticInitially I had my doubts about the unique shape of this dummy, the round shield is larger than normal and seemed big for such a little face. However once I read up on the Natursutten pacifier a bit more I started to appreciate this design a lot. The larger shield prevents baby from bending the rubber and fitting it in his/her mouth. It also nearly touches baby’s nose and in doing so it mimics the feeling of the mother’s breast, making this is a great dummy for breastfed babies like our Harriet.

You can find the Natursutten soothers (RRP $9.95, round or orthodontic) in store at Avidiva, choose from size Small (0-6 months), Medium (6-12 months) and Large (12 months +).

Natursutten 2

To find out more about Avidiva, to browse the Natursutten range and to order online visit www.avidiva.com.au.

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Good + Simple

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Mar 272016
 

Random House Australia

Eggs, cakes, tarts, slices, mousse, cookies and biscuits… for many of us this Easter weekend is filled with tasty chocolate treats in one or more varieties. If, after all this indulging, you need a bit of help to get back on the ‘clean eating’ track you are going to love this amazing new cook book from the skilful hands of the clever Hemsley sisters:

Good + Simple

Good + Simple (RRP $55) is an absolutely stunning cookbook that’s choc-a-block with delicious, healthy, nutritious recipes for the whole family. As you know I recently acquired a new food processor so I am terribly excited to try all these yummy foods, with a huge 140 different recipes to choose from there is no shortage of inspiration.

As food writers for Vogue sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley are true masters in the kitchen. They specialise in homemade, wholesome and sustainable food that is big in flavour yet small in effort, just the way I like it. If, like me, you are a busy mum who has little time to cook difficult dishes but you do want to feed your family clean, healthy food Good + Simple is a must-have for your kitchen (and an excellent Mother’s Day gift idea).

Who doesn’t like the sound of cinnamon, raisin and quinoa muffins and 3-ways chestnut pancakes for breakfast or spinach and bacon tart with a nutty almond crust and Chinese style beef and broccoli for dinner. Or how about caulironi cheesespiced winter apple chutney or DIY noodle pot? I cannot wait to try them all out for myself.

Coconut Macaroons

Don’t worry, there are plenty of sweet treats included too. Last night we satisfied our sweet tooth by whipping up these scrumptious chocolate drizzle coconut macaroons, all it took was 10 minutes and just 6 ingredients. Move over Easter eggs, the Hemsley sisters are here with Good + Simple!

To find out more about Random House Australia, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.randomhouse.com.au.

Save 30% storewide at Sustainababy

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Jul 142015
 

As the birth of our new son or daughter is coming closer I have slowly started to go through my ‘baby checklist’. Of course I have held on to quite a few pieces (most of it to be honest!), but after multiple owners some items are looking a little worse for wear or are just not the right season. I recently ordered a beautiful stack of organic cotton baby clothes from Sustainababy and am so pleased with them! If you’ve had your eye on some gorgeous eco-goodies too now is the time to shop up a storm in the Sustainababy Birthday Sale:

Fill up your shopping basket at Sustainababy and save a huge 30% off storewide, simply enter the code ‘5THBIRTHDAY’ at checkout. Offer ends July 19, 2015, excludes gift vouchers, bulk nappy packs and mattresses.

Sustainababy

The awesome news is that Sustainababy is bigger than the name suggests and it holds treasures for the whole family. Get organised for your new bub, re-stock your gift cupboard, pack a re-usable lunch, go green on your cleaning supplies or treat yourself to something special, all at 30% off:

Purebaby Grow SuitI first discovered Australian fashion label Purebaby when I was pregnant with baby no.3 and have been a big fan every since. My two youngest girls have both worn the Purebaby newborn range and I can’t wait to see our new addition in these lovely soft Purebaby Grow Suits (RRP $29.95, now $20.97) too. Made from 100% certified organic cotton the range is free from nasty chemicals and gentle against sensitive baby skin. I love how the smallest sizes of these sweet suits have fold-over mittens, another great ‘safety’ feature for itchy bubbas!

YumboxWith school going back next week don’t forget to give your child’s lunchbox and drink bottle a little check-over and replace if necessary. Like many families worldwide our kids use Yumbox bento-style lunch boxes (RRP $39.95, now $27.97) which are absolutely fantastic and very practical, while available in quite a few stores these days I have NEVER seen them on sale at such a great price. Sustainababy currently has the awesome Yumbox Panino in stock in three different colours.

Plan Toys XylophonePersonally I love getting organised nice and early for birthdays and Christmas, it saves me running around in rush and if you shop the sales you can save yourself some big bucks too. The timeless wooden Plan Toys make lovely gifts that are high quality and durable, there are so many fabulous designs to choose from to suit boys and girls of different ages. What a great way to support your child’s development and support the environment at the same time.

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

May 212015
 

Big Baby Shower – Day 21

We all want to give our baby the best start in life, in the big things but in the small things too. Through her online ecostore and a range of fantastic e-courses eco-mama Laura helps educate Aussie parents on what’s best for their families and the environment, one simple step at a time.

Sustainababy

At Sustainababy you’ll find healthy, green and sustainable alternatives to your important baby needs, I am sure you will love all the brands and products Laura has sourced from around the globe.

Jack 'n Jill ToothpasteWhether you like it or not, at some point in time your baby’s first tooth will make an appearance and generally this involves quite a lot of tears and broken nights. Keeping that shiny white bud clean and healthy is easy with fruity fresh Jack ‘n Jill Natural Toothpaste (RRP $5.95), made right here in Australia. With yummy flavours like blackcurrant, banana and blueberry, xylitol to fight tooth decay and no sugar, colours, SLS and preservatives you can brush those little toothy pegs without worries.

VulliYou can also offer your teething baby some much needed distraction and relief for sore gums with these funky Vulli teething toys (from the makers of the famous Sophie the Giraffe toy). They are handmade in France from the finest natural rubber and finished with food quality paints so your baby can happily and safely chew away on Chan (Blue), Pie (Pink) or Gnon (Yellow). They’re the perfect size for little hands and suitable from birth onwards.

Baby BeehindsThis week the eco-spotlight is on cloth nappies, they are a reusable, eco-friendly, budget-friendly (and of course very cute!) alternative to disposable nappies and this week you can stock up with 15% off all Baby Beehinds cloth nappies. Whether you are just getting started or want to add to your cloth nappy stash, you’ll have a hard time resisting all this fluffy goodness! Simply enter the code ‘WEEKLYSPECIAL14’ at checkout, offer ends May 24 and excludes bulk nappy packs.

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

For your chance to win a $50 Sustainababy gift voucher enter our giveaway below:

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Dec 212014
 

Vintage LED

Christmas Countdown: Day 21

O how I love this wonderful season of lights. In the trees, across the windows, on the houses… the right lighting is so important when it comes to creating a lovely atmosphere. If you are looking for the perfect light to take your room from boring and bland to cool and classy you will absolutely love Vintage LED:

Vintage LED Pendants

The lighting experts at Australian company Vintage LED know exactly what a big difference a beautiful warm light can make so they have put together a wonderful collection of lights and fittings that will help you achieve the ideal look for your home or business.

Vintage LED BulbBy using Vintage LED lighting you can create that stylish vintage look of stunning carbon filament light bulbs (also known as Edison light bulbs) without it damaging the environment and your wallet like the traditional bulbs do. LED lighting is a fantastic choice for those who care about environmental sustainability and carbon reduction, did you know a Vintage LED light bulb lasts 10 times longer than standard globes?

Aside from the money saving factor another great benefit of Vintage LEDs is that they do not heat up like other light globes do, even after having been on for hours they’ll just reach 30C making them a very safe for families with young children. There are twelve different Vintage LED Light Bulbs to choose from with very different shapes, colours, fitting, internal features and wattage; prices range from $34.95-$50 per bulb.

Vintage LED PendantIf you’re not sure how to best style your pretty new Vintage LED light bulbs why not borrow some ideas from the experts and purchase a ready-to-go Vintage LED Pendant Kit ($59.95-$109). Each of these well priced kits contain a pendant and the light bulb that best matches it as chosen by the Vintage LED design team. Obviously you can also make up your own stylish combination with one of ten individual pendants in store or a pendant you already have at home.

To find out more Vintage LED, to browse the range and to order online visit www.vintageled.com.au, Australia wide delivery is free for orders over $100.

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