Oct 272018
 

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While first birthdays come with awesome benefits like parties, presents and birthday cake, they also trigger something rather unpleasant: immunisations… Poor Ted didn’t enjoy the four needles at all and left the doctors office with a bandaid on both his arms AND both his legs. Being the school holidays all the kids came along and they were very intrigued by it all, watching closely how the doctor checked Ted over and how the nurse prepared and administered each injection.

Hospital trips and doctor appointments can be quite scary, but pretend play is a fantastic way to help your child prepare and understand what’s happening in a fun, relaxed way. Our kids love getting out the doctor dress-up and their toy first aid kit to attend a medical emergency. Instead of focussing on the scary parts children can learn about all the good things a medical practitioner does and maybe even inspire them to become one too!

If you are a big Peppa Pig fan like our kids you will know that (while miss Rabbit is extremely good at multitasking) there are plenty of memorable characters who have special jobs and responsibilities. We regularly bump into a ‘Mr. Bull’ when we spot roadworks, we visit our own ‘Dr. Brown Bear’ for check-ups and take our pets to ‘Dr. Hamster’. The new Peppa Pig ‘When I Grow Up’ episodes enable children to connect with a range of characters, professions, roles and scenarios and recognise them in their own lives too. From helpful doctors to brave fire fighters, from office superstars to hardworking farmers and much more, Peppa Pig makes children familiar with every day jobs in a fun and playful way.

Research has shown it over and over again: Children’s play is so much more than just having fun! It’s their special way of preparing them for the big wide world through books, TV, craft and the so important pretend play. Parents and teachers can learn alongside too, as supporting and joining in children’s play helps them deeply connect and engage on the child’s own level.

I love listening to my little ones make up their own stories and adventures. From ‘mums and dads’ to keeping shop, from running a restaurant to catching robbers, from teaching a class to even managing their own library, it tells me a lot about their personalities and characters. I wonder what they will be when they grow up…

Thanks to our friends at EntertainmentOne one lucky Peppa Pig fan will win a Peppa Pig Mobile Medical Centre and Flip-Flap Peppa Board Book. For your chance to win enter our giveaway below:

Call the doctor! No matter where the emergency is, the Peppa Pig Mobile Medical Centre (RRP $39, ages 3+) is always on standby to bring help to those in need. While on the road Dr. Brown Bear, Nurse Peppa and Teddy travel in a funky white and yellow ambulance. Upon arrival the push-along van opens up to reveal a fully equiped medical centre complete with hospital bed, first aid kit and more. Even the roof transform into a waiting room with reception desk and chairs!

Parents often tell their children they can be anything they want to be, and the same goes for Peppa in this fun Flip-Flap Peppa Board Book (RRP $16.99). By lifting the flaps young readers can dress Peppa in 100 mix and match outfits to suit different professions, characters and occasions. A witch, a fairy, a doctor or an astronaut… What would you like to dress up like today? This sturdy board book offers endless entertainment for little hands.

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Dec 042015
 

Brydge

Christmas Countdown – Day 4

Like many other families we have several tablets circulating the house. Whether it’s checking emails, sending messages to our family in The Netherlands, updating the blog, taking photos, watching a children’s show, playing a learning game, online shopping or just browsing the internet, those handy little computers are getting quite the workout every day. While I love the compact size and portability I do regularly complain that I miss the convenience and speed of a regular keyboard, luckily that problem is easily solved with Brydge:

Brydge Keyboards are the perfect companion for your iPad, iPad Mini or iPad Air. With one smooth click these sleek wireless keyboards will give your ordinary tablet the look and feel of a little laptop, how clever!

BrydgeMini KeyboardWidely praised in leading magazines and online media Brydge has quickly become a big favourite amongst iPad users and I have to say I am not surprised. The keyboard’s classy look and stylish curves match beautifully with the shape of your iPad, it really is a perfect fit and looks very professional. Made from 100% strong, durable aluminium and packed with clever features Brydge is clearly top of the range, it’s obvious from the very first touch that this is a high quality product.

If you type quite a lot like I do you are sure to appreciate the ease of a traditional keyboard compared to fiddling with squishy onscreen keys, the chances of accidentally pressing the wrong keys are a lot slimmer. You can even control other settings straight from your keyboard eg. volume or screen brightness, playing music, switch between apps and more. Unlike other keyboards the luxurious BrydgeMini has backlit keys (brightness can be adjusted), ideal for that last email you want to send from bed without waking up your partner.

BrydgeMini Steel GreyThe BrydgeMini effortlessly connects to your iPad Mini using Bluetooth: simply switch on your keyboard, make it discoverable and it will automatically pop-up in your list of devices, easy as pie. The keyboard is completely wireless and rechargeable with the included micro USB cable. One single charge can last up to 3 months so you rarely have to worry about running out of battery life.

Once you’ve clicked in your iPad you can change the screen angle to your liking (up to 180ºC): stand it up like a laptop or lay it flat like a tablet, it’s up to you. The BrydgeMini is designed to securely connect to the iPad Mini 1, 2 and 3 and is available in three timeless colours: Silver, Space Grey and Gold.

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The BrydgeAir (RRP AUD $199) and BrydgeMini (RRP AUD $179) are currently available at Harvey Norman stores Australia wide and online in the Brydge web store.

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

For you chance to win a BrydgeMini (RRP AUD $179, Space Grey) enter our giveaway below:

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A grown-up lunch on the go with Briggi

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Feb 202015
 

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Whether it’s for uni, the office, the gym, a fun day out or a simple picnic in the park, if you’re planning to bring yourself a healthy homemade lunch or snack (so much cheaper and healthier than buying on-the-go!) you can do so in style which these gorgeous lunch bags by Briggi:

Briggi Lunch Bags

Created right here in Australia by designer duo Brigitte and Raf a Briggi Lunch Bag (RRP $28) is the grown-up answer to the insulated kids lunch bag.

Briggi All in a RowMeasuring 25 x 18 x 9 cm in size it’s the perfect size for an average adult, it will fit in your handbag and stores neatly in the office fridge. Briggi bags are currently available in five stylish prints that are classy as opposed to childish, you will be able to recognise your lunch in a flash without feeling embarassed. Not only are they good looking and keep your food cool, they are easy to clean too and as they are reusable they’re great for the environment.

To find out more about Briggi, to browse the range and to order online visit www.briggi.net, shipping is free Australia wide.

May 252014
 

The Body Shop at Home

I can hardly believe it but exactly two months from tomorrow we’ll finally leave on a long awaited holiday to The Netherlands to see my family. It has been two years since I have seen my parents, siblings, Opa, aunties, uncles, cousins and friends and none of them have even met our youngest daughter yet. I am sure we are going to have an amazing 5 weeks together and make lots of precious memories, the count down is on.

The tribe enjoying a walk in the forest

The tribe enjoying a walk in the forest

I can’t wait for the reunion at the airport, to introduce miss Sybbie to everyone, to hug my 91-year old grandfather, to play with my nieces, eat loads and loads of Dutch food and shop at a Dutch supermarket, to enjoy the beautiful Summer weather, visit the local markets, admire the Dutch scenery, talk Dutch from dusk till dawn, to swim in the North Sea and go for walks in the forest, to celebrate the kids’ birthdays with my family (for the first time ever) and so much more.

Just an ordinary Dutch supermarket (Oh how I miss my cheese!!)

Just an ordinary Dutch supermarket (Oh how I miss my cheese!!)

As you can imagine a big overseas holiday like this (for all six of us!) comes with a hefty price tag and we have to save up for our holiday for a few years. It’s worth every cent of it and the memories last a life time but it does take a fair bit of budgeting and self control, luckily I am very good at bargain shopping and the blog helps out a lot. The cost of a web domain, website hosting and newsletter service are not that high and the rest is my own time, it makes me feel so happy and proud when I can help with our savings. It’s a great example of how a small investment, a bit (or in my case a lot) of your time and a product you love can help you save up for something special.

Having fun in Opa and Oma's garden

Having fun in Opa and Oma’s garden

At The Body Shop At Home they understand this too and this month they have made it even easier for you to start saving for your big dream. For a limited time only if you join the team at The Body Shop At Home as a new consultant you can get your hands on the $670 Lifestyle Kit for just $199, that’s a huge saving of more than 70%! This well priced kit contains all you need to get your new venture on the way and before you know it you’ll be be putting your first easy-earnt dollars in your piggy bank.

$199 Lifestyle Kit

If you would like to stay up-to-date with the latest The Body Shop at Home news, fantastic offers and exciting new products make sure you give the The Bodyshop at Home Facebook page the thumbs up.

To find out more about The Body Shop at Home™, to take a closer look at all the benefits of being a consultant or host and to register your interest visit www.thebodyshop.com.au.

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Apr 282014
 

The Body Shop at Home

With the countdown for Mother’s Day now well and truly on you may find yourself a little lost with so many gift options. Finding the right present for your wife, mother or grandmother can be quite the challenge but luckily The Body Shop has got mums of all ages covered with an extensive range of products that are sure to add a wonderful fragrance to your Mother’s Day:

Brazil Nut Body ScrubOne of the latest additions to the The Body Shop range is the Brazil Nut collection which is proudly taking the spotlight this month. Selected for its excellent moisturising qualities Brazil nuts are the key to soft, smooth and supple skin, after all dry skin is not on anyone’s wish list! Brazil nut oil is rich in antioxidants and the signature Brazil nut scent will have you addicted to this range in no time.

Brazil Nut Shower CreamFrom shower cream to body scrub, from soap to body butter and from body mist to a luxurious beautifying oil, you can experience the goodness of Brazil nuts from top to toe. Good to know: The Brazil nuts and Brazil nut oil used in The Body Shop products are sourced from Peruvian Brazil Nut harvesters, this wonderful Community Fair Trade partnership helps to preserve their traditional way of life so not only are you getting better skin, you are doing your share helping others to a better life too.

Brazil Nut SoapYou can purchase the fabulous Brazil Nut range at your local The Body Shop store, order online or you can try it out in the comfort of your own home through the special The Body Shop At Home program. There are great gifts available for hosts and their guests, to book a party or to learn more about becoming a consultant yourself you can register your interest online. This month all new consultants who join can purchase the $199 Lifestyle Kit and receive $670 in products and business tools, awesome deal!

If you would like to stay up-to-date with the latest The Body Shop at Home news, fantastic offers and exciting new products make sure you give the The Bodyshop at Home Facebook page the thumbs up.

To find out more about The Body Shop, to browse and purchase your favourite products online or to locate a store near you visit www.thebodyshop.com.au.

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Mar 282014
 

The Body Shop at Home

As you may have read I attended the Adelaide PBC Expo last weekend and had a fabulous time. As I wandered the aisles and looked around me I saw the obvious (a whole heap of exciting products to tell you about) but even more so I saw mothers and women proudly representing their businesses, sharing their dreams and showing off their hard work. It confirmed something that I sneakily already knew:

We mums are an amazingly talented bunch of multitasking people!

As a mum who works from home I know how hard it is to juggle it all and for most of us there are no yummy businesses lunches, hard working secretaries keeping track of your diary, fancy business suits, nice make up and relaxing Friday night drinks with your colleagues. The hard truth is that many of us work-at-home-mums do a lot of it in between dirty nappies and sticky dishes, in our pyjamas, at night once we’ve finally put the kids in bed and really all we want to do is hang on the couch, while settling endless kids’ arguments and without talking to a grown-up all day long.

The Body Shop Gift PackUnless of course you are a The Body Shop At Home consultant, the more I think about it the more awesome that job sounds to me. You get to decide on your own hours, work with an amazing product range that everyone knows and loves (and that smells a lot nicer than stinky nappies!), you get to talk to lots of lovely mums often while enjoying a nice drink or two, meet up with other consultants and at the end of all that you get to take home a pay packet.

The Body Shop Pamper PackIf you are a friendly, social mama looking for a new challenge The Body Shop At Home could be the job opportunity you are looking for. Of course it is important to know all about what you’re signing up for and what better way to do this than by going ‘undercover’ and booking a The Body Shop At Home party for yourself and a few friends. You get to experience your very own pamper party (Go on, you deserve it!) and you can see first hand what the job entails.

This smooth April host offer is sure to get you excited:
Host a party in April and you can have the opportunity to enjoy incredible, softening moisture with a sensational scent. Dryness is locked out and moisture is locked in for skin that feels super-soft, ultra-smooth and totally-touchable. With a high concentration of antioxidants, Brazil nut oil is a skin saviour. Aside from soft, well hydrated skin you could also take home (of course you’re already home!) a special The Body Shop Brazil Nut pack (RRP $80.75) for the bargain price of just $20.

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If you would like to stay up-to-date with the latest The Body Shop at Home news, fantastic offers and exciting new products make sure you give the The Bodyshop at Home Facebook page the thumbs up.

To find out more about The Body Shop at Home™, to take a closer look at all the benefits of being a consultant or host and to register your interest visit www.thebodyshop.com.au.

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Jan 252014
 

The Body Shop at Home

With a new year just started and the kids going back to school this week it is the perfect time to make up the balance. December and January are not only busy but also very expensive months: Christmas, New Year, holidays, special treats and fun outings, school shoes, uniforms, school fees, it all adds up. As a stay-at-home mum I totally get the worry of a stash of bills, it can be a real burden when you are a one-income family and I know many mums feels the same.

Feet FantasyBeing at home with my children means a lot to me but it does come at a price and I’ll be the first to admit that an extra income (even if small) would be very welcome. Whether it is to pay for necessities, to be able to afford a little luxury or maybe to do something ‘just for you’, so many mothers are looking for that perfect flexible job that they can combine with the hustle and bustle of family life.

Since starting Hip little one I have come to know what it feels like to do something I enjoy, am good at, brings me in contact with other people, stretches my boundaries and makes me strive and add a few extra dollars to the family budget every now and then and it feels AWESOME. If your new year resolution is to make a change and start a new job you might want to check out this offer from The Body Shop at Home:

The Body Shop at Home Business Kit

The Body Shop at Home lets people experience the delicious, fragrant, pampering luxury that is The Body Shop in the comfort of their own home through a convenient party plan system. If you love The Body Shop products and you are keen to tell others all about it this might be the job opportunity you’ve been looking for! You can work from home, be your own boss, decide on your own working hours and work with a product that is high quality, well known and affordable and therefore easy to sell. How much you earn obviously depends on how much and how often you sell but the earning potential is there and some consultants take home six digit pay packets (wouldn’t we all love that!).

Tropical TreatsIf you join the team at The Body Shop At Home before the end of February you’re in for a bit of a treat as it means you can purchase the Mini Business Kit valued at over $200 for just $99. With this great kit packed with product and stationery you’ll be on your way to your very first party in no time. There is no need to worry if you’re feeling a little rusty after having been at home for a while, free training is available and experience is not necessary.

Mini Business Kit

If you don’t see yourself as a The Body Shop at Home consultant but would love to experience a bit of pampering and try some fantastic products why not host a The Body Shop at Home party for you and some of your friends? There are lots of great party themes to choose from (eg. Skin Sational, Make Me Over, Feet Fantasy and more) and like at any good party there are some free gifts and great rewards for the host too.

If you would like to stay up-to-date with the latest The Body Shop at Home news, fantastic offers and exciting new products make sure you give the The Bodyshop at Home Facebook page the thumbs up.

To find out more about The Body Shop at Home™, to take a closer look at all the benefits of being a consultant or host and to register your interest visit www.thebodyshop.com.au.

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