Feb 192015


After eight years in Australia I have gotten used to many things. I am used to speaking, reading and writing English day in day out (I still prefer Dutch), I eat BBQ dinners, Tim Tams and Sunday roasts (but not Vegemite or kangaroo) and I no longer freak out when I see a big spider or blue tongue lizard (although I’d rather avoid them). However there is one thing I am still not entirely comfortable with: the hot climate.

Old fan

Adelaide Summers can get really hot, the hottest day I have experienced since moving here was 47°C and it was far from pleasant. Luckily most of the rooms in our home are air-conditioned but unfortunately the bedrooms located in our extension are not so they can get rather warm in the Summer months. Previously we tried using an ordinary fan at night time and while hubby quite enjoyed the fresh breeze I found it too noisy to sleep with. Add to that the danger of one of our four inquisitive little ones sticking their fingers in between, or getting their hair wrapped around, the spinning blades and you can see why our fan ended up gathering dust in our storage (read dump) room.

Dyson CoolA few weeks ago we finally discovered a solution to our sweaty problem so, even with the thermometer predicted to hit a hot and horrible 38°C this weekend, we can now sleep cool and comfortably. I can not begin to tell you how relaxing it is to hop in bed at night and not be hot and bothered all night long, kicking off the sheets and getting up for a drink just to cool you down. The Dyson Cool has really come to the rescue for me this season.

The Dyson Cool is a revolutionary new fan designed by the talented engineers at Dyson, known around the globe for their innovative and high quality vacuum cleaners. Not only does the powerful and energy friendly Dyson Cool effectively cool down your room, it is also super stylish to blend in with your decor, it is 100% safe for children to touch without rotating parts that could injure little fingers AND it is up to 75% quieter than traditional fans.

Dyson Cool AM06

The sleek, modern design is surprisingly compact and light weight so it is easy to move from room to room, the fan can be gently tilted and rotates to cover a wider area. I love that it is super easy to clean, there are no small gaps where dust can gather (making it an ideal choice for allergy sufferers like our daughters) and you can just wipe it down with a soft cloth.

Dyson Cool remote

Another great feature is the timer function, using the small remote you can program the fan to turn off after a certain period of time (up to 9 hours) so that you can save even more energy. It also means when we put our baby to sleep with the fan on we do not have to disturb her later at night to turn it off manually. With the remote you can customise your Dyson Cool experience to suit your needs and when not in use you it ‘magically’ (magnetically) attaches to the fan so it’s always within reach when you need it.

Dyson Cool range

Dyson fans are available in different sizes and colours so you can choose the design that’s perfect for your needs and fits home decor beautifully, prices start at RRP $449. For added peace of mind the Dyson Cool comes with a generous two-year warranty.

To find out more about Dyson Cool, to read up on all the technical facts and figures and to locate a stockist near you visit www.dyson.com.au.

Corby Tindersticks (+ Save 15% storewide)

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Aug 082013

Corby Tindersticks

It’s fun and it’s quirky, it’s happy and chirpy, it’s fresh, exciting and super hip, meet Corby Tindersticks! This stylish label has only just been unpacked after a long trip from the UK and you can find it on the virtual shelves of Baby Donkie.

Exclusive offer for Hip little one readers: Save 15% storewide at Baby Donkie! Simply enter the code ‘HIP15’ at checkout, offer ends August 15, 2013.

SONY DSCThe Corby Tindersticks range consists of gorgeous baby clothes, accessories and toys decorated with unique illustrations that will put a smile on little faces (and big ones too). The soft 100% cotton garments are made in the UK and feature funky, ‘retro’ colours like mint, caramel, purple and orange. It’s a small brand with a small range which means that there is a very small chance you’ll bump into another little person sporting the same look. Go on, dare to be different!

World Weather Map

Corby Tindersticks World Weather Map

You may have noticed that world maps are very popular when it comes to decorating nurseries and kids bedrooms but I bet you haven’t seen one this awesome before, I think it is just divine. The Corby Tindersticks World Weather Map has travelled all around the globe: the felt is made the US, then it is printed with eco friendly ink in Wales and assembled by hand in the Corby Tindersticks studio in Birmingham so it can now be hung on the bedroom wall of one very lucky Aussie boy or girl. Each map comes with 8 super cute weather symbols, I think I would order the rainbow every single day.

Barry BagsIf you are searching for a soft toy that’s not a fluffy teddy or woolly sheep the cool Corby Tindersticks soft toy characters could just be what you are looking for. Ralph Raddish, Wilby, Barry Bags and Hip Hop Harold are looking for a new friend to take them home, will it be you? Each toy is printed with eco friendly ink and assembled by hand in the UK. One thing is sure, you won’t find soft toys with more personality anywhere else.

To find out more about Baby Donkie, to browse the range and to order online visit www.babydonkie.com.au.