Aug 312012
 

Yesterday I shared our exciting news and I am sure you know what that means: I am on the hunt for the biggest maternity and new baby essentials. I can tell you that while I left for Holland wearing my skinniest jeans ever I was unable to wrestle myself in them by the time we had to go back. I like to think that was all thanks/due to the baby but the amount of delicious Dutch food I ate probably had something to do with it too. Anyway, there is nothing more comfortable for (and more perfect for hiding) a growing baby belly than a pair of beautiful, good quality maternity tights.

When I slipped on these blue denim maternity tights by Glitter Baby I straight away noticed they fitted like a glove, they are stylish, soft and stretchy and cleverly worn with a tunic top no one would guess there is a little baby hiding under there (for now). I am really thrilled with them as they are very versatile, just team them up with a short dress, tunic, shirt or top and a pair of boots for a different stylish autumn look day-after-day.

Glitter Baby is an Australian family business, with all Glitter Baby Tights custom made by mum Kerry and daughters Cassandra and Carly. In store you’ll find a large range of styles, colours and prints for hip toddlers, girls, women and expecting mothers, there is a Glitter Baby design to suit everyone big or small. How gorgeous are these Glitter Baby Toddler Tights in blue denim with pink gingham frills at the back? My oldest daughter would love ‘tights just like mummy’.

The Glitter Baby Mummy 2 B range is specifically designed to carry you all the way through pregnancy and beyond. With a soft, stretchy panel that will adapt to suit your growing belly they are a perfect fit at all times. If you are a little more game than me you can really make a fashion statement in one of the sparkly, velvet or sequin designs, they are sure to get everyone looking at and admiring your beautiful bump!

You can view all the available Glitter Baby designs in the online catalogue and once you have made your choice you can place your order online straight away. Prices ranges from $28 (Glitter Baby Todddler Tights) to $80 (Glitter Baby Maternity Tights).

To find out more about Glitter Baby, to browse the range and to order your custom made tights online visit www.glitterbaby.com.au.

For your chance to win a pair of Glitter Baby Toddler Tights in your favourite style (subject to availability) visit www.glitterbaby.com.au and answer the following question: Which design would you choose if you were to be our lucky winner?

Submit your answer by leaving a comment below, your email address will not be published.

If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends October 1, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only. By entering you agree to our Terms & Conditions.

Aug 302012
 

If you are a regular reader of Hip little one you know that I had been preparing our trip to Holland for months. A lot of care went into packing our most beautiful summer clothes and organising the perfect gifts for all my family members. I shared most of the presents with you before we went but there was one little surprise that no one knew about yet… I can tell you that my family was very excited and now the time has come to share with all of you too:

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Yes you’ve heard it right, that is the beautiful, amazing, wonderful heartbeat of our 4th baby due in February. I am currently 15 weeks pregnant and obviously we are very excited and feel very blessed to be adding another little munchkin to our family.

I am sure you can imagine that it will be pretty busy for me, in the months leading up to the birth but especially when baby has arrived. In less than 6 months time we will have four wonderful children under 4,5 years old, a busy bunch but all of them so loved and so wanted. Please forgive me if I start making silly mistakes, forget to organise things or miss a daily post here or there, you know there are no bad intentions!

This amazing recording was made using the Sonotech Pro Fetal Doppler from Parents Like Us, a fantastic device that lets you listen to and record your baby’s heartbeat from the comfort of your own home. It is so easy to use and has put our mind at ease quite a few times already. A Sonotech Doppler would make a gorgeous Father’s Day present for an expecting dad, even if he can’t make it to the appointments he can still listen to baby at home!

All Sonotech dopplers ship free of charge with tracking and come complete with 250ml ultrasound gel and 12 months warranty directly through Parents Like Us.

To find out more about Parents Like Us, to take a closer look at the Sonotech doppler range and to order online visit www.parentslikeus.com.au.

Sales & Savings – Week 35

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Aug 292012
 

Little Eco
What? 25% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘BIRTHDAY1’ at checkout
When? Until August 30, 2012
Where? www.little-eco.com.au

Peanut Gallery
What? Free postage Australia wide (in stock items only)
How? Discount automatically applied at checkout
When? Until August 31, 2012
Where? www.peanutgallery.com.au

Bubba Funk
What? 20% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘M20’ at checkout
When? Until August 31, 2012
Where? www.bubbafunk.com.au

KeepCup
What? 15% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘RADDAD’ at checkout
When? Until September 2, 2012
Where? www.keepcup.com.au

Outlet Shop For Kids
What? 15% off storewide, prices starting at just $0.85
How? Enter the code ‘mums15’ at checkout
When? Until September 3, 2012
Where? www.outletshopforkids.com.au

Bright and Bubbly
What? 30% off storewide
How? Enter the code ‘CELEBRATE’ at checkout
When? Until September 1, 2012
Where? www.brightandbubbly.com.au

Aug 282012
 

To them it probably felt like the day would never would come but tomorrow my beautiful twins are (finally) turning four. Although we already celebrated with family on the weekend and gave them their big present (big bikes), we might just spoil them a little extra tomorrow with some small gifts I know they are going to love. My daughter is a real character and she is very clear on what she looooves (this is my favourite mummy!) and doesn’t like at all. She has a soft spot for collecting pretty things so I am giving her a head start with some gorgeous Forever Clover goodies.

The name Forever Clover may ring a bell with my regular readers, I wrote about this Australian company last year when they had just started and they are still here and going strong. The Forever Clover swap cards range has been welcomed with open arms by Australian girls (and their mums), everyone loves the six lovely friends who represent everyday Australian girls with an active, healthy lifestyle and fun hobbies.

Recently Forever Clover Series 2 has been released, offering 128 new swap cards with delightful images of the six Forever Clover friends. This year the cards feature popular topics like school, adventure, pets, a slumber party and much more. Real collectors will love the new rare glitter cards, wouldn’t it be awesome to have all three rare cards to complete the special picture? Don’t worry if you are still busy completing series 1, the first 98 cards are still available to collect.

Have you spotted the Forever Clover girls yet, maybe at school or at a local sports club? More and more stores all over Australia are selling the Forever Clover range so it won’t be long until they arrive in your neighbourhood. A pack of 6 swap cards costs $3.95 and you can keep the cards safe in one of the gorgeous Collector Tins (with limited edition glitter card inside, $9.95) or a lovely Forever Clover album ($14.95).

Thanks to Forever Clover we have five fabulous Forever Clover prize packs to give away. The Forever Clover collection of our major prize winner will be well on the way with a Forever Clover Album, Forever Clover Collector Tin and 4 packs of swap cards. Four runners-up will take home a Forever Clover Collector Tin and 2 packs of swap cards each, make sure you enter and you could be giving your collection a fantastic boost. You might even find one of those rare glitter cards, or how about all three?

To find out more about Forever Clover, to locate a Forever Clover stockist near you or to order online visit www.foreverclover.com.au.

For your chance to win one of these great Forever Clover prize packs visit www.foreverclover.com.au and answer the following question: Which card of the Series 2 Swap Cards do you like most and why?

Submit your answer by leaving a comment below, your email address will not be published.

If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends September 28, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only. By entering you agree to our Terms & Conditions.

The Lelbys family is growing…

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Aug 272012
 

Not long ago I wrote about the new bean chair designs by Lelbys, a gorgeous Australian label that creates stunning homewares for stylish families. Many of you commented on how lovely the range looked and I know you are not the only ones, mums all over Australia have fallen in love with the Lelbys look. With the brand being so popular it comes as no surprise that owner and designer Lesley has already come up with the next addition to the range: meet the new Lelbys Bean Bags.

Just like its older siblings the brand new Lelbys Bean Bags are a stylish and practical addition to any kids bedroom or playroom. They make a comfortable, cosy seat for reading, doing homework or watching a movie and because of their light weight they are very easy to move. The great thing about these bean bags is that the seat style and look appeals to children and also gets the tick of approval from parents as the prints are not babyish or in-your-face but subtle and classy.

When filled the Lelbys Bean Bags are ca. 90cm in diameter which is a very decent size (as you know the trick with bean bags is not to fill them completely!), the age recommendation is ages 6 and up. But no matter what age, it is always better to be safe than sorry so each bag comes with a no-spill calico inner bag and the outer cover features a child-proof zip. Beans are great to sit on but a pain to pick up from the ground.

The current range offers 4 different designs: Pink Orchard, Red Orchard, Damask Pink and (my favourite) Bluebell Stripes and they are priced at $99.95 each. You can order your favourite design online or if you’d like to see the Lelbys Bean Bags with your own eyes you can visit a Lelbys stockist near you. There are more than 60 Lelbys retailers nationwide so there is sure to be store near you.

To find out more about Lelbys, to browse the range and to order online visit www.lelbys.com.

Aug 262012
 

Sitting in front of the fireplace I can’t believe it was only a week ago that we were soaking up the Dutch sun. After living in Australia for nearly 6 years I am very aware of the sun and the damage it can do so my kids were wearing hats and sunscreen when many Dutch children weren’t. I made sure my littlest one was well protected wearing a stylish Eco Peko bamboodie when splashing in the water.

Eco Peko is a fabulous Australian fashion brand that produces organic clothing for babies, children and even mums. The talented designer behind this great label is mum Justine, who is joining us for today’s Sunday Coffee.

What does your ideal Sunday look like?
A very, very slow start to the day. My partner gets me coffee, whilst I whip up some baked eggs from our little chookies. We sit in our backyard (which is heavily treed on half an acre), listen to the birds and read the paper. We usually like to have a look around and plan what we could do, if only we had the time!!..Then off for a bush walk down at Roley Pools (heaven)…or perhaps a sneaky lunch with friends and their kids at The Core. Its this fantastic organic cidery, over looking orchards.

What do you love most about running Eco Peko?
I love the people I meet. I love everything I learn. I love creating clothes that I love. I love meeting and hearing about the people that help make the clothes. I love that the label is now evolving. I love my kids in eco peko…and they know this, so to impress me or to perhaps get something they want, they will wear it and look at me with coy eyes….gets me everytime 🙂

Why did you start Eco Peko and how did you decide on the name?
I started eco peko for many reasons. One as a creative outlet for me, as I had 2 little babies at home, the 2nd to create an organic label for my kids to wear! I am heavily involved in the Organic Growers Organisation, and I love popping little messages on kids shirts that are positive, contemporary and funny (and light on sugary 🙂 Peko is an ancient God of Crops, protector of the fields, and it rhymes with eco…and peko sounds little to me…I don’t know why 🙂

What is your favourite Eco Peko design from the current range?
I have a few 🙂 My classic range (timeless pieces for mum and kids) is growing with some very, very cute dresses (for mum and bubs)they will be out in a couple of weeks……I am though constantly wearing my bamboodie (in adults and big kids sizes now) and my organic cotton leggings (also in adults, bubs and big kids sizes)…they are so soft!

What is your number 1 eco tip for families?
Get chooks…they are so fun, they eat all the scraps, you get eggs and great fertiliser…and they are so fun!

To find out more about Eco Peko, to browse the range and to order online visit www.ecopeko.com.

Go for a ride with Avidiva

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Aug 252012
 

You may have noticed Avidiva’s updated logo, but you may not know that behind the scenes this Australian store has recently changed owners. Busy mum Cass has handed the reins over to the lovely Jamie who is very excited about growing Avidiva to something even bigger and better. Soon we’ll be having Jamie over for Sunday Coffee to get to know her a little more. A little birdy told me that Jamie has been busy sourcing some fantastic new products and one of the new labels on board is I’m Toy:

The I’m Toy range fits in really with Avidiva’s passion for eco friendly products for baby and child. Made from sustainable rubberwood and using non-toxic paint these wooden toys are not only a fun and stylish but also a safe and durable choice for little ones. Featuring your child’s favourite animal friends the I’m Toy Walk & Ride, Rocker and Paddie Rider make great buddies and would be a lovely Christmas gift idea. Nice to know, delivery is free Australia wide.

This gorgeous Walk & Ride Bunny Sorter is a fantastic 3-in-1 toy that will keep curious little monkeys busy for ages (cow available too). The sturdy wooden construction is designed to support wobbly legs when they are ready for those first steps. It also makes a cool ride-on, not everyone has a rabbit they can just hop on and take off. At last don’t forget the shape sorter game on the side for some calmer, on-the-spot play.

If your cheeky monkey has already got the walking under control and is up for some speed you might want to check out the I’m Toy Wooden Ride-Ons. You can choose from a Lamb, Calf, Rabbit or Tiger design and each little ride-on comes with a soft seat cover that is removable and washable. Wooden toys like these are timeless and durable, they can easily be handed down again and again so they are great value for money.

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