Dec 012013
 

Tamarillo

It has taken a while but now that warm, sunny weather has finally arrived in most parts of Australia it is more important than ever to think about sun protection, for little people but for big people too. With many days and weeks of beautiful beach weather ahead of us it’s time to check the expire date on your suncreen, try on your hat for size, dig up the sunglasses and add some hip new sun protective clothing to your Summer wardrobe:

Until December 31, 2013, Hip little one readers can enjoy an exclusive 50% off storewide at Tamarillo. Simply enter the code ‘HIP50’ at checkout for your discount to be applied and shipping is FREE worldwide, it doesn’t get much better than that!

Tamarillo Sun Protective Clothing

French designer label Tamarillo has got the whole family covered with a super stylish range of UPF 50+ sun protection clothing and accessories that will quickly become you go-to summer gear. Featuring beautiful designs and timeless colours and made with durable, high quality materials Tamarillo is ready to take over the Aussie market and the best thing is that, because of the different seasons in Australia and Europe, we get to shop this hot brand at half price!

Tamarillo Bali Frill VestThe Tamarillo kids collection (ages 3 to 14) caters for boys and girls and consists of long and short sleeve rash vests in a range of colours with a selection of different bottoms to complete the look. There are three great unisex styles to choose from as well as some gorgeous girls designs with sweet ruffle detail. The mix and match concept is very practical, as it allows you to put together a combination that suits your child’s taste, size, shape and needs perfectly.

Tamarillo Girls Bali Frill Shirt

Tamarillo Girls Bali Frill Shirt

For my girls I purchased the Tamarillo Bali Long Sleeve Frill Shirt and Bondi Shorts in the neutral Mocha colour to wear on our European holiday next year. Both garments look just lovely with plenty of room to grow in to and now that I have seen the quality and fit I may just have to order a second set to stop the arguments between my two little fashionistas (you’ve got to love half price shopping!).

Tamarillo Milan ShirtI myself absolutely love swimming in the sea (not the pool!) but after four little ones (including twins) my bikini days are over, so I was really pleased to discover the Tamarillo Women‘s collection. Not only does it keep my light European skin safe from harmful UV radiation (Tamarillo’s UPF 50+ fabric blocks 97.5% of the sun’s UV radiation) but it also covers up my post-baby body nicely so I can feel confident when splashing around with my children.

Tamarillo Womens Milan Sun Shirt

Tamarillo Womens Milan Sun Shirt

I chose the Milan Long Sleeve Shirt in a beautiful deep blue petrol tone, easy to wear with my current swimmers or a pair of shorts and dark is slimming right? The fabric is soft, flexible and comfortable and the zip closure makes it really easy to pop on or take off. I am really thrilled with it and have already worn it a few times when playing with the kids under the sprinklers in the garden. In regards to sizing there is a handy size chart available online, for your reference I currently weigh 63kg am wearing a size Small. As I am still breastfeeding and have a few baby kilos left to lose I think it will be the perfect fit come our next holiday.

Tamarillo MenMen are often a little ‘slack’ when it comes to sunscreen, when the weather heats up they take off their shirt but don’t always realise how much time they spend in the open sun (at the beach but also in the garden or when playing sports). You’ll be pleased to know that hip dads can sport the Tamarillo look too with a choice of three different styles. All Tamarillo Sun Protection Clothing has obtained the highest chlorine resistance grade so it will keep its excellent quality even with many dips in the pool.

Seychelles Sun ShirtTamarillo has got fashionable mums-to-be covered with two gorgeous Maternity Rash Vests in long or short sleeves, how I wish I had seen these last year when I was trying to make do with an ugly singlet and board shorts. Featuring a stylish ruffle trim at the front, rushed sides and a tie around the waist to accentuate your baby bump these sun shirts are not only practical but also very flattering and grow with your bump beautifully.

Seychelles Maternity Sun Shirt

Seychelles Maternity Sun Shirt

If you are carrying precious cargo this Summer the Seychelles Sun Shirt is a must-have for your wardrobe, choose from two classy colour options.

To find out more about Tamarillo, to browse the range and to order online visit www.tamarillo.co.

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One Pot Cooking

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Dec 012013
 

Panasonic

As you can probably imagine dinnertime is pretty crazy for our family of six. It takes quite a bit of organisation to get four hungry little people fed, showered and teeth brushed before 7pm so no time for fancy dinners here. When it comes to preparing dinner I try to be as efficient as possible which is why I love oven dinners: while they cook away in the oven I clean away all the dishes so I have a nice clean bench top and only one big pot left to wash up afterwards, so easy!

Chasseur French Oven, for easy one pot cooking

Chasseur French Oven, for easy one pot cooking

This week I made one of our favourite quick and simple dishes, it takes just a handful of ingredients and I cooked it all in our big, reliable cast iron Chasseur French Oven (27cm, perfect size for all of us!). It’s easy, always tastes lovely and gives you about half an hour of free time to make the table and get everything and everyone organised.

Start with one small diced onion

Start with one small diced onion

To start I finely chopped one small onion and sauteed it in the pan for about 2-3 minutes, followed by ca. 150gr diced bacon for another 2-3 minutes.

Last minute mushroom addition

Last minute mushroom addition

Next I added roughly 500 grams of cubed chicken breast (I really dislike cutting chicken so I cut mine when frozen to avoid the slippery mess) and one clove of garlic. Stir every now and then until the chicken is browned. Just before the chicken is browned add 5-6 mushrooms (sliced finely), but you can choose other vegies too if you don’t have mushrooms.

Bring to the boil...

Stir in 300 grams of white rice, 500 grams of tomato passata (or a jar of pasta sauce, straight from the pantry cupboard) and 500 ml of water, season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Once the contents are boiling cover the French Oven with aluminium foil and transfer it to a preheated oven and cook for about 30 minutes on 180°C or until most of the liquid is absorbed. While it is cooking away in the oven you can clean up your utensils, make the table and wipe the stovetop and kitchen bench so you have less work to do after dinner.

Oven bake with melted brie, ready to be demolished

Oven bake with melted brie, ready to be demolished

Place the covered dish on your bench top and let it sit for 5 minutes, then stir in a tablespoon of fresh basil (I have used the ‘herbs in tubes’ before when I didn’t have basil on hand, tasted fine too). Now for the final touch, and this is what makes it such a delicious meal, place a layer of sliced brie on top, put it under the grill for a few minutes until the brie has started to melt and your easy-peasy oven meal is ready to be demolished. Enjoy!

Now it is fair to say that this is not my original recipe, I ate it somewhere else a few years ago and have since adapted it to suit our family, taste and pantry. I am sure you will give it your own personal touch again, make sure to come back and share!

Panasonic Chasseur

If you would like to get your hands on some beautiful Chasseur cookware too make sure you check out the latest Panasonic promotion. If you purchase a new Panasonic refridgerator from any authorised Panasonic participating retailer nationally before 31 December 2013 you can claim a fabulous Chasseur Cast Iron Cookware Set valued at $478 completely FREE, now that’s what I call a nice (and useful!) Christmas gift!

Panasonic 554LPanasonic’s clever Econavi technology is ideal for busy Aussie families like ours, in simple words it memorises when you use your fridge most (in our family around breakfast and dinner time) and adjusts its energy use accordingly. This efficient use of energy keeps the contents of your fridge cooler and it saves you on your electricity bill, a double win! Add to that the handy Vitaminsafe technology that keeps food fresher for longer and you’ve got the perfect family fridge.

For more information about Panasonic, to learn all about Panasonic’s Econavi and Vitaminsafe technology and to discover how you can score a free Chasseur cookware set visit www.panasonic.com.au.