Nov 042019
 

Thanks to the recent closing of Uluru there is a shiny new spotlight on the traditional owners of Australia, their rights to protect their sacred sites and the many ways others can treat Australia’s indigenous people with the respect they deserve. The indigenous community has the most amazing stories to tell and Magabala Books makes them available to all. Today we’re learning about the beauty of Darug Country:

Cooee Mittigar (RRP $24.99), come here friend, welcome to Darug Country (the Sydney area). Darug author Jasmine Seymour invites young readers on a special trip to Darug Country to meet the exciting wildlife, explore the different seasons and discover what they mean to Darug people. Along the way you’ll even get a crash course in Darug language so you can understand the locals even better!

Accompanied by stunning illustrations by the hand of Darug artist Leanne Mulgo Watson Cooee Mittigar is wonderfully warm and inviting, just like the beautiful Darug people. As the traditional owners of the Darug region they know where to find the goannas and the echidnas, they read the stars and watch the rains and they wait for the yams to bloom and the bottlebrush to flower. Each Australian season has it signs, you’ll soon learn to spot them too!

Two lucky Hip Little One readers will soon own their very own piece of true Australian art, as we have two gorgeous Jasmine Seymour prize packs to give away. Each winner will take home a copy of Jasmine’s newest title Cooee Mittigar, a copy of her sweet book Baby Business and a very special bracelet designed by a member of the Darug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation. Made with gum nut and Tuckeroo seeds found on Darug Country together with wooden beads these limited edition bracelets are a real treasure.

To find out more about Magabala Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite Magabala titles online visit www.magabala.com.

For your chance to win 1 of 2 ‘Magabala Books’ prize packs (RRP $49.98, contains a copy of Cooee Mittigar, Baby Business and an exclusive handmade Darug bracelet) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

‘Going to the Footy’ giveaway

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Sep 042019
 

My little students can never get enough of art and craft. Thankfully the school provides plenty of creative opportunities and the kids especially enjoyed learning about (and even trying their hand at) indigenous art at school some time ago. There are many talented artists among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities and how they depict their amazing country in their own unique style is truly eye-catching.

Thanks to Magabala Books people all over the Australia and even the world are able to experience the talent and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, what a fabulous way to share the rich Australian culture! Tiwi artist Debbie Coombes inherited her love of painting from her grandfather and has used his teaching and her heritage as inspiration for this sweet picture book.

We all know Australians love their footy, people come from far and wide to see their favourite teams face off against each other on the footy field. But how do all these footy fans get there? From a bus to a barge, from a tinny to a trail bike and everything in between, in Going to the Footy (RRP $19.99) we take a closer look at different modes of transport. The book features simple words for easy reading and delightful Tiwi art in traditional colours. How will you get to your next game?

As a special treat for our Hip Little One readers Magala Books has put together three fabulous ‘Going to the Footy’ prize packs valued at $60 each. Each pack contains a copy of the ‘Going to the Footy’ book, a beautiful printed tea towel and a gorgeous set of two coasters. Whether your little ones love footy, or is just crazy about transport vehicles of any kind, this real Aussie read would make a great gift (and a fantastic souvenir for family and friends overseas as well).

To find out more about Magabala Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite Magabala titles online visit www.magabala.com.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 ‘Going to the Footy’ prize packs (RRP $60 each) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Oct 142017
 

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Isn’t it amazing how our babies, as tiny as they are, respond to their mama’s voice? I love seeing Ted turn his little head when he hears me talk and even my croakiest singing voice manages to calm him down during those midnight nappy changes in the dark. If you’re in need of some nursery rhyme inspiration you can count on The Wiggles to help you out:

Following on from their hit ‘Nursery Rhymes’ YouTube special and inspired by their own personal memories Australia’s favourite wiggly performers Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony are ready to entertain fans of all ages with The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes,

From all the good old classics that everyone loves like Three Little Kittens, Ring-a-Ring o’ Rosy and Old McDonald Had a Farm to more unknown tunes like The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe and Ride a Cock-Horse, The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes DVD  features more than 70 minutes of nursery rhyme fun. Kids can even practise their counting and colours in Arabic, Mandarin and other exotic languages!

Do you want to sing along with The Wiggles on the go? There is a The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes CD too, perfect for in the car or to play in your little one’s bedroom.

‘The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes’ is now available on DVD (RRP $14.95) and CD (RRP $12.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more about ABC for Kids get social with ABC for Kids for Parents on Facebook and to order your copy of ‘The Wiggles: Nursery Rhymes’ visit the ABC Shop online.

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20% off Klorofil Magic Tree House

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Jun 142016
 

Vintage & Nostalgia Co.

One of the things I love about going back to The Netherlands is being able to show the kids where I used to live, where I went to school and what toys I used to play with. My lovely parents have held onto many of our childhood toys so now our children can enjoy our extensive Care Bears, Playmobil, Pinypon and Dufti collections all over again.

Klorofil Magic Tree House

Sadly our old Magic Tree House didn’t survive the years, but if you are keen to relive your ’80s childhood you can soon get your hands on this limited edition of the famous Klorofil Magic Tree House.

Tree Tots familyTo celebrate the 40th anniversary of this wonderful retro children’s toy French label Vulli had released this gorgeous anniversary edition of the Klorofil Magic Tree House (RRP $159, ages 3+), so many memories come flooding back to me when I look at this! My sisters and I loved playing with our tree house and I still remember cranking the lift up and down to reveal the little dolls in the elevator.

Klorofil Tree HouseThe fabulous pop-up Magic Tree House is home to the Tree Tots family (mum Violette, dad Sylvain and their two kids Choupette and Choupi) as well as the loveable pet dog Youpi. Designed with the original 1970s decor, retro furniture to furnish the three rooms, a car, a dog house, a swing and even a moving elevator this beautiful play set is guaranteed to bring hours of entertainment for the next generation.

You can pre-order the 40th Anniversary Klorofil Magic Tree House at Vintage & Nostalgia Co. for delivery in July 2016, delivery is free Australia wide.

Right now you can save a huge 20% storewide at Vintage & Nostalgia Co., simply enter the code ‘LONGWEEKEND’ at checkout. This awesome deal ends today so if you want to secure your very own Magic Tree House at a brilliant price you better be quick!

To find out more about Vintage & Nostalgia Co., to take a closer look at the Klorofil Magic Tree House and to order online visit www.vintagenostalgia.com.au.

Sep 242015
 

Exisle Publishing

While a lovely princess story will never truly go out of fashion, (luckily) more and more people understand that there is more to a princess than pretty dresses, delicate shoes, sparkling jewels and of course prince charming. Wave goodbye to the poor, helpless beauty and meet a bunch of smart, strong, determined princesses instead in this inspiring story collection by Steffani Raff:

The Ravenous Gown

Coated with an attractive sauce of old-school fairytale goodness The Ravenous Gown (RRP $19.99) is a sweet bundle of princess stories with a twist. These funny and refreshing tales will teach young readers that real beauty is not defined by perfect looks and there are many ways to be a princess with girl power, even a prince might learn a wise lesson along the way.

As a professional storyteller and mother of six the author has done a wonderful job getting such an important message across in an engaging, enjoyable and humour-filled manner. The stories are bitesize and easy-to-read, they would make a lovely bedtime read to inspire young girls!

To find out more about Exisle Publishing, to take a closer look at ‘The Ravenous Gown’ and to order a copy online visit www.exislepublishing.com.au.

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Hobbe, bring The Hamptons to your nursery

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Feb 162015
 

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If you are in the process of creating a beautiful, stylish nursery for your new arrival it is important to remember that babies grow up (and faster than you think!) so it pays off to think ahead and shop smart. When you choose items that are classic, multi-functional and will stand the test of time you can afford to spend a little more and pick quality pieces that you can enjoy long after the baby stage.

Hobbe Bordeaux Rocking Chair

Australian designer label Hobbe has created a stunning range of handcrafted rocking chairs and ottomans that will feel right at home in your nursery, living room and even office.

Hobbe Bordeaux Rocking ChairThe luxuriously large Hobbe Bordeaux Rocking Chair (RRP $749), which looks like it come straight from a home in The Hamptons, would look amazing in both contemporary or traditional nurseries. This eye catching piece will no doubt be the focal point of your special room! It’s timeless design and neutral colours will fit in with any colour scheme, so it will effortlessly adapt to new colours and prints as your child grows and decor changes.

Hobbe Bordeaux OttomanAt first you can use your Hobbe rocking chair for sweet midnight feeds and sleepy cuddles or snuggle up in it for bedtime stories. As your child gets older you can use this lovely roomy seat in a reading nook or you claim it for yourself as your reading or knitting chair, it’s an investment that can be enjoyed by multiple children and even the whole family. I can just see the perfect corner for the Hobbe Bordeaux Rocking Chair in our home!

The Hobbe Bordeaux Rocking Chair is currently available in two colour options: cement/white and bone/natural. A matching Hobbe Bordeaux Ottoman (RRP $279) is available in store for those who wish a soft and cushiony place to rest their feet.

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

Sew Sista

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Oct 182014
 

Sew Sista

No matter what toy catalogue you open up, it’s bound to be full of loud, battery operated toys, bright coloured plastic, game consoles and over-sexualised dolls. This Christmas why not surprise your daughter with a gift that’s packed with lovely, warm, old school charm (yet isn’t old fashioned at all), meet Sew Sista:

Sew Sista range

Created right here in Australia by a lovely bunch of crafty mamas Sew Sista is a truly refreshing concept that is winning hearts all over the country. The gorgeous range of sewing kits and accessories is specifically designed for young girls who love to get busy with their hands, I know my girls do!

FSew Sista Mini Sewing Kitabric and ribbons, buttons and pins, needles and thread, scissors and stuffing, Sew Sista’s got everything your little crafter needs to start her very own sewing journey. Featuring bright colours and funky prints it is a very appealing range and a wonderful project for (grand)mothers to share with their (grand)daughters or for siblings or a couple of friends to work on together.

Sew Sista Sewing CaseThe divine large Sew Sista Sewing Case (RRP $59.95, available in blue, pink and orange) is an absolute delight, I would have been so proud to own one of these when I was a child and my own daughters would be just as thrilled. Bring back the evenings of sewing on the couch in front of the fire place or sitting at the kitchen table together and creating a beautiful handmade treasure (Can you tell I am big fan of Little House on the Prairie?).

You can find the Sew Sista range online at Where Did You Get That?, prices start at $9.95 for a small craft pack and go up to $59.95 for the big Sewing Case making Sew Sista a great gift suggestion for any budget. Be prepared because sewing is rather addictive so you could be setting your daughter up for life here, she’ll be asking for more supplies for her sewing case in no time! On the other hand, a daughter who can sew her own buttons back on is pretty handy to have in the house.

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