A tidy house with Minnie Mouse

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Jul 032016

Worlds Apart

Whether it’s a piece of Lego, a Barbie shoe, a crayon stub or a scrap of paper, if you leave anything small on the floor Harriet is sure to find it. Now that our little Speedy Gonzalez can cross the room in the blink of an eye all non baby-friendly toys have been banned to the playroom so that the lounge room is safe all the time. Harriet’s own toys have found a neat new home too thanks to Worlds Apart:

Minnie Mouse 1 copy

This adorable Minnie Mouse 6-Bin Storage Unit (RRP $109.95) allows Harriet to have all her toys within reach and keep our living room tidy and organised at the same time. As small as she is she can easily see all of her toys and pick something she would like to play with, although just tipping out everything seems to be a favourite activity for our little mess-maker.

Minnie Mouse 2 copy

While the Storage Unit is compact in size (60 x 64 x 30cm) I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of storage space it offers, you can fit quite a lot in the six boxes. The fact that the boxes are made of fabric (as opposed to hard plastic) is a big plus for me, it makes them soft to touch and quiet in use. Sometimes I take out one of the boxes and sit her down with it to browse through and play with, it keeps her busy and makes tidying up simple too.

MInnie Mouse 3 copy

The Minnie Mouse Storage Unit comes as a flat-pack and is very easy to put together, the MDF frame is sturdy yet lightweight so you can simply lift it up and move it around the house if needed. The unit is the perfect height for young children, allowing them to safely reach the top boxes and see inside and therefore reducing the chance of accidents.

Minnie Mouse 4 copy

And of course the design is not just practical, with its bright, inviting girly colours and cute Minnie Mouse print with floral details this toy storage unit is every little girl’s dream. It would look lovely in a bedroom, playroom or even the living room and it suits a range of ages. Hattie’s older sisters Sybil (3), Juliet (almost 6) and Olivia (almost 8) are all asking for a ‘Minnie Mouse cupboard’ for their own bedroom, it’s a hit with everyone!

Minnie Mouse 5 copy

Not into Minnie Mouse? Don’t worry, Worlds Apart has all little Disney fans covered. The Bin Storage System is available in other licensed Disney characters too eg. Disney Princesses, Monsters University and Cars, which one is your favourite?

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the Worlds Apart range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

May 042015

Jack & Evelyn

Big Baby Shower – Day 4

A teddy bear here, a rattle there, baby’s first soccer ball, a set of blocks, a doll and a car… it starts with just a few toys but before you know it your baby’s toy collection is taking up your entire nursery. Give your baby’s gear a tidy and stylish home with one of these beautiful toy boxes from Jack & Evelyn:

Jack & Evelyn Toy Box Pink

From the moment they were first released in December last year the gorgeous Jack & Evelyn toy boxes were extremely popular and they can now be found in many nurseries, playrooms and living rooms across Australia. I love seeing all the personalised creations pop up on the Jack & Evelyn Facebook page, so many different names and so many different looks.

Jack & Evelyn Toy Box NavyMeasuring 85 x 45 x 42cm in size and designed without a (potentially dangerous) lid a Jack & Evelyn toy boxes offers lots of storage space whilst keeping contents easily accessible for little hands. I love the sleek and timeless design, so much more durable than bright colours or lots of bells and whistles!. Toy boxes are currently available in navy, pink and grey to suit boy, girls and gender neutral rooms.

Wooden Toy Box GreyThanks to Jack & Evelyn one of my lovely Hip Little One readers will be spoiled with a Wooden Toy Box in the colour of his/her choice, it will even be personalised to add an extra special touch. I would be so thrilled to add one of the amazing toy boxes to our baby’s nursery and I am sure the lucky winner will be thrilled with the end result. Which name/word would you like to see on your new toy box?

To find out more about Jack & Evelyn, to browse the range and to order online visit www.jackandevelyn.com.au.

For your chance to win a Jack & Evelyn Personalised Wooden Toy Box (RRP $169) in navy, pink or grey enter our giveaway below:

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Dec 072014

Jack & Evelyn

Christmas Countdown – Day 7

For most families Santa delivers a whole heap of new toys and while the kids are usually very excited to play with their new Christmas gifts they are not so keen on tidying up afterwards. At Jack & Evelyn they know that children want to access their toys whenever they want but they also understand that parents like a tidy, organised home which is why they have designed a beautiful Jack & Evelyn toy box:

Jack & Evelyn Toy Box

The brand new Jack & Evelyn Wooden Toy Box (RRP $139) has only just arrived on Australian shores and we are very excited to give one of these awesome boxes away in our Christmas Countdown.

Wooden Toy Box GreyMade from strong, durable MDF these great toy boxes make a neat and stylish home for all those loose toys that cover your bedroom, playroom or lounge room floor. They are generous in size (85 x 45 x 42cm) and are designed without a lid, that way children can rummage through their toys safely without the risk of injured fingers or bumped heads. The Jack & Evelyn Wooden Toy Box is currently available in navy/white, pink/white and grey/white and with its sleek and neutral design it is sure to fit in with any decor.

Pink Wooden Toy BoxFor an extra special touch you can have your new Jack & Evelyn Toy Box personalised with the name of your child or a word of your choosing, a small $20 fee applies. To do so Jack & Evelyn uses neutral white wooden letters that match the toy box beautifully. What a nice way to award ownership to your children and encourage them to tidy and look after what belongs to them. I think this would make a fantastic keepsake gift that will be enjoyed for years to come.

To find out more about Jack & Evelyn, to browse the range and to order online visit www.jackandevelyn.com.au.

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Aug 242014

Big Birthday Bash – Day 24

Cars, plush toys, Duplo, dolls, animals, Lego… with so many toys to play with it can be hard to stay organised and keep your child’s bedroom and playroom nice and tidy. Luckily Australian storage expert Mor-Stor is here to restore order in your chaos with a fantastic range of stylish storage solutions for modern families:

Charlie Canvas ABC Printed Storage Tubs

The new Charlie Canvas ABC Printed Storage Tubs ($49.95) are the perfect combination of contemporary design and practical storage. Measuring a very generous 48cm x 48cm x 43cm they offer plenty of space for all those loose toys that tend to live on the kids bedroom or playroom floor.

Mor-Stor Charlie CanvasMor-Stor Printed Storage Tubs are made from a strong, durable canvas fabric that is sturdy yet flexible and lightweight so kids can lift the tub themselves by the handy carry handles. We’ve had our Mor-Stor tub for a few years now and even though it has been filled and tipped and dragged from room to room over and over again it still looks like new. The ABC Printed Storage Tub is available in a boys and girls design to suit your decor.

To find out more about Mor-Stor, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.mor-stor.com.au.

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Dec 272013

Speckled House

When people hear we have four kids they usually say the same two things: ‘Your house must be so noisy!’ and ‘I bet they make lots of mess’. Yes, the kids do make lots of noise, there are always little people chatting, laughing, singing, playing, dancing and of course sometimes crying or arguing. But when it comes to mess you’ll be surprised, I love an organised house and I’ve trained them well, they really are quite good at keeping things tidy.

Elephant Storage HamperI think our smartest move was to create a playroom, even if it meant I dom’t currently have an office to work in. Now the kids can keep all their toys, dolls, craft and books in one room as opposed to spread out over all the bedrooms. Little visitors know exactly where to go to play and the kids bedrooms are usually mess free, so there is no distraction at bedtime and it makes it easy for me to scoot in with the vacuum.

Star Storage HamperIn the playroom we use a few handy storage solutions to keep everything neat, clear and easy to find, our latest storage addition is a lovely storage hamper by Australian designer label Speckled House. Made from strong and sturdy canvas and fitted with easy carry handles (large tubs only) the stylish Speckled House Storage Hampers are perfect for neatly storing all those loose toys in bedrooms, playrooms and even your living room.

Our playroom cupboard is filled with toys for the three older kids and I keep all the baby toys together in our Mushroom Canvas Storage Hamper ($59.95). I can easily carry the hamper from room to room to keep baby Sybil happy while I do my chores, very handy! Measuring a generous 45cm high and 50cm diameter you can fit lots in and the hampers keep their shape really well.

Speckled House Mushroom Hamper

There are currently seven different Storage Hampers to choose from in two different sizes (small and square $44.95/large and round $59.95) and with different designs to suit boys, girls and gender neutral rooms. I love how these hip storage solutions become part of your room decor and add a warm, cosy touch (especially compared to cold plastics).

Speckled House Storage Hampers

To find out more about Speckled House, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.speckledhouse.com.

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Save up to 37% on Mocka Storage Cubes

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Sep 072013


Since we became a family of six people people have started asking me lots of questions about our household, questions they never asked when we had ‘just’ three children. From ‘how many loads of washing do you do every day?’ to ‘how do you get everyone ready in time in the morning?’ and of course the popular question ‘how do you keep your house tidy?’. Four young children make a lot of mess, if I don’t stay on top of it toys will be scattered all over the house which is why we created a playroom.

Our playroom, little people domain

Our playroom, little people domain

To make it easy for little people to keep the playroom neat and tidy we purchased two Mocka Six Cube Storage Units ($99.95) and filled them with (most of) the children’s books and toys. The books are hidden behind the doors, the toys are sorted in handy Fabric Boxes ($9.95) eg. Duplo, dress ups, Mr. Potato Head, toy animals, and trains. With four kids (which equals lots of toys, books and games) you have to be a bit strict: you are allowed to play with the toys but before you move on to the next thing you have to tidy away what you were playing with. As you can see in the picture it doesn’t always go right but it’s a nice aim…

Mocka Storage Unit 4Mocka Storage Units ($39.95-$99.95) are available in 2, 3, 4 or 6 cube size and you can choose from a range of different door colours to suit your decor. We decided on neutral white and add colour with the boxes simply so we could move the units between the bedrooms later on if needed. We have had our units for around 4 months now and they are absolutely brilliant, they were easy to set-up, are very hardwearing and look fantastic (if I may say so myself).

If you are keen to bring some order to the chaos at your house you’re in luck, until tomorrow Mocka is running a sale on the Storage Units with discount up to 37% to be had. You have to be quick though, these units are always very popular and some sizes and colours have already sold out. If you’ve missed out just bookmark the Mocka website in your computer, new stock is just around the corner. Also keep an eye on the Mocka Facebook page for new arrivals and fabulous offers.

Mocka 2 Cube UnitOn the other side of the room you’ll find a wooden toy kitchen and a table for arts, crafts and puzzles, so there is loads of entertainment packed in one room. Our playroom is simple and clean with lots of floor place for the children to play on and the kids think there is nothing better than picking a box from the cupboard and tipping it out on the rug. Instead of having three bedrooms filled with toys and books we keep everything together in the playroom, this keeps the bedrooms tidy and easy to clean and takes away some of the distractions for bedtime.

One very big benefit of the playroom is that the living room is free from clutter and visitors don’t have to wade their way through kids toys. Mini guests justs run straight to the playroom and join my tribe, easy!

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