‘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.

Holiday at Home with BRIO

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Nov 192017


Living oceans away from your family is hard, really hard. Some days are better than others but when you’ve just had a baby and the Christmas season is coming up it’s extra tough. Thankfully after 11 years of marriage Hip Daddy knows how much I struggle this time of year, so he gave us an early surprise by booking us an amazing 5-week holiday with my family next year. I know it is still months away but the kids and I are already getting in the mood with BRIO:

Backpacks and suitcases, swimmers and sunnies, toys and books for on the plane and of course loads of presents for all our loved ones, at our house the planning and preparing is always part of the fun. If you’re planning to take your little ones on a plane trip this Summer the cute BRIO Airplane Boarding Set (Ages 3+) would make a perfect Christmas gift.

This 5-piece play set is sure to get little travellers excited about an upcoming holiday, I just love the wooden details. It includes a fabulous looking aeroplane, the pilot, a holiday maker with a suitcase and even a rolling staircase to lead passengers on and off the plane, just like in real life. The roof of the plane opens up to reveal three spots to fit your two figurines and a piece of luggage.

I love that you can use this toy plane to go on a pretend flight in the air, as well as ride it on the ground using the sturdy wheels that roll nice and smooth. The people can be posed to stand up or sit down and you can even move their arms to actually hold the suitcase or grab the railing of the staircase. Designed for small hands the Airplane Boarding Set is easy to hold and play with and its compact size makes it an excellent toy for on-the-go, it will fit perfectly in a kids backpack or suitcase.

Going on a plane trip can be quite scary for young children, which is where a fun, playful toy like this can really make a difference. Kids can use their imagination and act out little stories about going on a holiday, flying on a plane and how to board and onboard, so that when it’s time for take-off they feel more prepared and calm about the trip ahead. For our 2-year old this will be the first time she’ll fully understand and experience a flight (a 24 hour journey in fact) so we’ll definitely be using BRIO in our holiday preparations.

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the BRIO range visit www.childsmart.com.au or get social with @Childsmart on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Paris at your fingertips

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Jan 092015

Sweet Creations

After spending a week in Paris last year the kids are absolutely intrigued by everything French. They practice simple French words and are masters at spotting Eiffel towers and Arc de Triomphes in catalogues, books, stores and many other random locations. Luckily there are plenty of French inspired toys and decor around to keep their latest interest alive, this is my current favourite:

Paris Machi

This gorgeous Paris Machi Tiny Town Play Set (RRP $49.95, ages 3+) bring Paris city centre into your Australian living room. Using magnetic boards, an Eiffel tower statue, Arc de Triomphe building, metro track, signs and carriages children can design their own version of Paris, adding finishing touches with chalk on the play mats as they go. I know our kids would absolutely love to recreate our holiday and what a lovely way to remember seeing these monuments in real life.

You can find the stylish Machi Tiny Town Play Sets in store at Sweet Creations and you can choose from Paris, London and Japan. Which destination makes your heart beat a little faster?

To find out more about Sweet Creations, to browse the range and to order online visit www.sweetcreations.com.au.

20% off Dinosaur Educational Kits

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Mar 312014

With school holidays rapidly sneaking up on us many mums are stocking up on sparkly, glittery craft activities to keep the girls busy on a rainy day. But what about the boys? Instead of wasting money on disposable art and craft why not invest in something that is fun to do and makes an epic room decor piece afterwards:

Mor-Stor Dinosaur Kit Black

These awesome Australian made Dinosaur Educational Kits start of as a fantastic building toy and once finished will become the eye catcher in your son’s bedroom. The wooden pieces are individually numbered making it easy to click them together and no screws or glue are needed so it’s a very child friendly design.

Mor-Stor Dinosaur Kit NaturalAs you would expect from a dinosaur these impressive creatures are no teeny, tiny bedside table pieces, measuring a huge 1.2m from their sharp teeth to the tip of their tail they will foot print that’s hard to miss. What a fun project for parents to do with their children or for siblings to work on together. The handmade Dinosaur Building Kits are available in classic natural finish ($99.95) or a more bold navy or red finish ($109.95) so you can pick the colour that suits your bedroom or playroom decor best.

Right now you can save a dinosaur sized 20% on all Dinosaur Educational Kids at Mor-Stor. Simply enter the code ‘DINO20’ at checkout, stock is limited and offer is valid for a short time only so be quick!

To find out more about Mor-Stor, to browse the range and to order online visit www.mor-stor.com.au.

Hip, handy, eco friendly: Springbreak Wood Watches

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Jul 122013

Springbreak Wood Watches

Just in case you haven’t noticed, I’m on a bit of an eco roll lately. More and more people understand the importance of living more sustainably, whether it’s just in the small things or a complete life change every little bit helps. The exciting is that when there is more demand there will be more supply so every day it becomes easier (and more affordable) to make eco friendly choices. Here’s another way to be gentle on the environment, one minute at a time:

White Party Wood Watch ($90)

White Party Wood Watch ($90)

Springbreak Wood WatchThe White Party Wood Watch ($90) by SpringBreak Wood Watches is made using 100% maple wood, an eco-friendly and very stylish material choice. The watch is hypo-allergenic and is fitted with an adjustable band to ensure the perfect fit. I love the look of this unisex watch: the details are beautiful and the white dial is classy, neutral and timeless so it goes with all your outfits and suits any occasion.

White Party Wood WatchNice bonus: When you buy one of these hip SpringBreak Wood Watches you are also doing your bit to help childhood hunger in the U.S., every watch sold will provide up to 10 meals to a child in need which I think is pretty cool! In Australia you can find the White Party Wood Watch at Tree Hugga, a fabulous online store selling a wonderful range of eco goods for the whole family.

To find out more about SpringBreak Wood Watches, to take a closer look at the White Party Wood Watch and to order online visit www.treehugga.com.au.