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A personalised book that empowers children – The Adventures You’ll Have by Brett Curzon

Posted in Hippo Blue, Kid's World
on April 13, 2016

By Kate Murray

This is a personalised book with a difference. Not only does it put your child at the centre of the story but the narrative is designed to teach children about self-belief and confidence.

The Adventures You’ll Have is a collaboration between dynamic online retailer Hippo Blue and author/illustrator Brett Curzon of Bill the Fish fame. It comes personalised with your child’s name in print to place them at the centre of the story, but this personalised book is a little different. The aim of this book is to teach your child that the world is at their feet, to go places, to dream big, laugh and love life with all its possibilities and adventures. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

Hippo Blue The Adventures You'll Have

Brett Curzon brings out his uniquely beautiful illustrative style, creating enchanting characters that your child befriends as the story unfolds. Each whimsical character and exciting adventure are designed to accompany your child through a journey to self-belief. The story is both poignant and uplifting, designed to “evoke the imagination of our children and create unlimited possibilities for them”, says Brett.

“We were determined to launch a book that was not personalised for the sake of being personalised, but which would create a really strong emotional connection between the story and the reader through the celebration of their name”, says Hippo Blue’s Sam Dickson.

Hippo Blue co-creator Thin Neu adds, “At a time when bullying still exists and has sadly crossed over into the digital world, we feel that this book really encourages children to be whatever they want to be. In saying that, it is also a gentle reminder about the importance of being kind to others along the way.” What a great message to instil in young minds.

Hippo Blue The Adventures You'll Have

At Babyology we love showcasing homegrown talent and this collaboration between Sydney artist Brett Curzon and innovative Australian company Hippo Blue is wonderful. Both share the same passion for empowering kids and nurturing imagination.

“The opportunity to collaborate with Hippo Blue for the creation of The Adventures You’ll Have was really a no-brainer, since we shared the same values when it comes to encouraging children to be anything they want.”

With such a powerful message combined with an enchanting illustrated world and your child as the protagonist, this book is sure to be one that children are drawn to and love.

Hippo Blue The Adventures You'll Have

As pictured at top, The Adventures You’ll Have can be personalised for both girls and boys, and the story and illustrations differ accordingly. This charming book is $30 (plus shipping), and is available exclusively through Hippo Blue. Check out Hippo Blue for personalisation options, and to order directly for delivery Australia-wide.


Kate Murray

Kate Murray

Kate was a regular of Melbourne’s music and film scenes, but these days she is on the mum scene. Mother to one adorable little hipster, Kate loves seeking out the latest trends in technology, vintage-style kids clothing, and offbeat kids products. She is often found riding her bike by the Yarra river with baby on back, heading for a good soy latte at the latest kid-friendly cafe. She wants to get there before it becomes cool. So Melbourne.

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Why Name Labels is the Perfect School Holiday Activity

Posted in Kid's World
on April 1, 2016
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  1. My kid is occupied. Long enough for me to have a cuppa and scroll through Facebook. Bliss!
  2. My kid did something productive. Check that off the back to school to-do list!
  3. My kid is so proud. Yes honey, you did it all by yourself.
  4. My kid is taking care of her things. She’s so proud of the name stickers, she keeps track of her pencils and pens. AND puts them back into her pencil case! Who is this child?
  5. My kid is excited to go back to school. “My name is on EVERYTHING!!!”

Now, if only I can get her to do the iron-on labels… How old do you have to be to use an iron? It’s not THAT hard, right?

Ok, ok, don’t be greedy, Mummy. You actually had a HOT coffee. Wait a few years until she is tall enough to look over an ironing board…

Joy of Stickering

Posted in Kid's World
on April 1, 2016
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My child has a serious sticker fetish. From the moment her little eyes lay sight on the cute shapes and her little fingers touched the slight stickiness, she was hooked.

So you can imagine what our house looked like before she learned to rein in her enthusiasm. Mickey and Minnie, My Little Pony, sparkly fairies, alphabet letters, glow in the dark stars adorned her playroom furniture, our bathroom mirrors, our white walls, the glass on our front door…. The worst were the cheap ones that refused to peel off, that left little bits of stubborn sticky grime that no Ajax could remove. And not just flat surfaces. I learned to check myself for stickers before I walked into work.

Fast forward a few years… She is now at an age when she actually uses stickers for their intended purpose (like using 20+ stickers on a single birthday invitation card). So imagine our joy-hers and mine-when we learned of name label stickers!

We went on the website for name labels. She loved picking out the design. After some back and forth, she picked out the fruit ones. A few days later, they arrived in our mailbox. Sheets and sheets of high-quality stickiness! All matchy matchy! With her name beautifully printed! Glory!

“What can I sticker?!?”she was literally hopping up and down, holding her packet of name labels. I took out her favourite gel pens, scented textas, pencils with animal eraser tops. Ones that were worthy of their own name label. She was off in her sticker wonderland.

While she was working on her stationery, I went to the kitchen and created an assembly line of her lunch boxes, snack boxes, and water bottles on the dining table. She happily bounced into the kitchen, picking out different shaped and sized name stickers for each of her boxes and bottles.

They were all done!!! With the years of practice she has had, she is actually a great “sticker-er”(as she calls it).

“What else can I sticker?”she asked a little sadly, knowing our task was coming to an end.

“Hmm, I don’t know honey, you’ve done such a good job,” I tell her, and I honestly can’t think of anything else that needs stickering right now.

She thinks for a while. Then she says, “I know! Zachy needs name labels!!!” Zachy, her baby brother, who has not yet discovered the joy of stickering.


Use Kids’ School Labels for Your Child’s Daycare Essentials

Posted in Kid's World, Simple Life
on March 18, 2016

After a few years of spending countless hours together, it is now time to send your young one off to day care. For both parents and children, this can be both an exciting and stressful proposition.

On one hand, you’re giving your child an opportunity to spend time with his peers and explore new surroundings; you’ll also be giving him the resources his hungry mind is craving. And on the other hand, the time you spend apart from your kid can be an opportunity to relax or pursue other endeavours like crafting or simply reading a book.

Of course, it is perfectly normal to feel anxious during his first few weeks in day care. Will he instantly warm up to his new friends? Will he be comfortable with the idea of being separated from you, even for just a few hours?

And then you need to make sure that your child brings with him all the essentials that he will need for his class. For parents, this can get quite tricky, unless the day care centre lists down all the stuff your young one needs.

In the absence of these, you can utilise this checklist.

For your child’s diaper bag, you will need to prepare a few bottles, a blanket he can use for nap time, two sets of shoes (one for indoor use and another for outdoor use), changes of clothes, baby wipes, diapers, beddings, a burp cloth, bibs, a sippy cup, a pacifier, and snacks.

Other items can be stored at the day care facility. These include his favourite toys, medications, extra diapers and baby wipes, and diaper cream.

Make sure that you out kids’ school labels for these in order to prevent misplacing or losing these. In fact, the staff at the day care centre will appreciate this simple tip as it can make their jobs easier.

Often, young children lose items like bottles and sippy cups. Putting a label on each of your child’s belongings will ensure that the chances of these getting lost or swapped with a classmate’s becomes minimal and you do not have to spend more money getting new things for your child to replace the misplaced ones.

For his clothes and other garments, you can use iron-on name labels, while vinyl name labels can be used for a diverse array of items including shoes, notebooks, pencils and colours. If your child has an allergy, you can purchase allergy safety name labels for him. You can even buy personalised backpacks, lunch bags, pencil cases and library bags for your young one here at Hippo Blue.

The Best Name Labels for Clothing Take the Stress Out of Different Situations

Posted in Kid's World, Simple Life
on March 18, 2016

When you have a little one at home — especially if it’s your first one — you’ll be surprised to discover just how many articles of clothing he will soon own.

A happy little mess

Soon after his birth (or even earlier, during your baby shower), relatives and friends will be eager to send over their gifts and tokens for the new little man in your life, and many of these presents are sure to be clothes.

Add to that the little mountain of clothing that you and your husband have already purchased yourselves (there’s likely to be a pile for the absolute essentials, and another pile for clothes that you couldn’t resist buying because they were so cute — even if they were still too big), and you’ve got yourself a nice full wardrobe for your son.

Now, there’s certainly nothing wrong with being fully prepared to clothe your child and keep him nice and comfortable at all times. It will be amusing, however, to discover how keeping track of all the little clothes can be challenging when new developments take place in your family’s life — like when another baby arrives, and when the kids are old enough to attend day care and school.

Labels save the day

Fortunately, you can purchase name labels designed specifically for children’s clothes (like the high-quality personalised labels created by Hippo Blue) that you can use to tell which clothes belong to which child.

How do you know that you’ve got the best name labels for clothing? They should be easy to iron onto clothes, waterproof, washing machine safe, and dryer safe. These qualities mean that the labels are easily attached to the clothes, they will stay clear and highly readable for a long while, and they will not be damaged from repeated cycles in washing machines and tumble driers.

Best of all, name labels help take the stress out of regular activities:


Your child interacts with other kids in school all day, and it can be easy for his things to become misplaced or switched with his classmates’. A label makes it easy for your child to learn to keep track of his belongings, return what isn’t his, and use and bring home what is his. There’ll be less headaches over looking for items, and you won’t have to keep buying new clothes to replace lost ones.

Field trips

You’re sure to pack extra clothes, jackets, socks, towels or blankets when your child goes on a field trip, and you’ll want all these to still be with your kid when he comes home. Labels help teachers and chaperones make sure that their little charges have all they brought (and need) with them during the excursion.


Your kid will have lots of clothes in his overnight bag when he spends the night at a friend’s house. Those clothes and other things will be sure to be mixed up and strewn all over the sleepover venue, but the labels will help your son find his own things.

Laundry day

Finally, what parent hasn’t felt confusion over which clothes belong to which child once the laundry is done? Labels make it easy for mums and dads to sort through the pile and identify which ones belong to each kid.