Gifts To Mould Your Child’s Self-Belief

Posted in Kid's World
on April 14, 2016
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Reading is a very important activity for young children. From books, they are able to learn more about the world. Likewise, books help them tap into their imagination, which is a highly crucial component of cognitive development. And most importantly, books — particularly storybooks — can take your kids on thrilling adventures without exposing them to any kind of physical danger or discomfort.

Therefore, if you want your children to be blessed with great imagination (which will help them in their journey throughout life), books truly make awesome gifts.

Storybooks are excellent creations and your children will likely collect many of them as they cultivate a love for reading. But if you’re looking to present something really unique to them – something that they will treasure all their lives — you should consider getting them personalised books while they’re young.

Talented local authors and illustrators can create personalised books; they will make your child the main character and hero of the story. What’s particularly impressive about a personalised storybook is your child, even at an early age, can learn that his existence has value. And, depending on the choices he makes, his life can work for the betterment of others as well; a single action from him can create a huge impact. This moral is imperative in shaping a child’s sense of accountability or responsibility.

Another big advantage that personalised books offer is they will allow your child to build upon presented ideas and make them his own. Every time he reads “his” story, he can expand the complexity of the journey the story’s taking him on. This is highly beneficial in forming more synaptic connections in the brain. So, as real life gets more complicated as he ages, you can be sure he has a deep pool of ideas to work with in order to solve life’s problems.

Also, with a personalised storybook, instead of looking up to other story heroes, your child can make himself his own hero. There’s nothing wrong with having other characters to look up to, but the advantage here is he will learn to rely on himself more than depend on other people all the time. You can empower him by building his confidence in his own personal abilities. The book will serve as an affirmation that he is a wonderfully crafted and unique person.

Lastly, personalised books make fantastic gifts because it’s something that your child can call completely his own. It’s something that he can keep for all his life as one of the early manuals he used in designing his own lifelong tale.


Adventures with Wonderful and Whimsical Creatures

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

From our personalised story book, “The Adventures You’ll Have”  we’ve create six different masks of the eccentric and wonderful characters that your child encounters in the adventure. Whether it’s for a crafty play time or a quick dressup, you can’t go wrong with these unique free printables. For best results, print on thicker paper. You can use popsicle sticks to hold up the mask or punch holes on either side and thread a string.

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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?

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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.

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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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Happy National Name Day to EVERYONE!

Posted in Hippo Blue
on April 8, 2016

Every day from 11 April until 8 May, a letter will be randomly selected and announced on Hippo Blue’s Facebook page. If it’s the first letter of your child’s name, you can redeem your FREE 32 personalised name labels on the day.

So check out our Facebook page, share with your friends, and keep an eye out for each other!



On the day that your child’s alphabet is announced, click through to the promotion page. Then it’s easy as ABC:

  1. REGISTER to get started. You will then receive an email with a coupon code for FREE name labels.
  2. CREATE your name label. Pick your design, font, colours, and preview how it looks with your child’s name.
  3. CONFIRM your order, type in the coupon code, and complete your order! Your name labels are coming your way!



These labels are microwave safe, dishwasher safe, and tear/rip proof. They can go on lunch boxes, waterbottles, notebooks, books, pencil cases… Your child’s belongings that you don’t want to go missing.

Best part is, we are offering ALL the design options we have. There are 300 design options to choose from – superheroes, princesses, watermelons, trucks… We have it all (check out our Gallery on the promotion page). Plus, we are introducing a collection of brand new, original illustrations from beloved Aussie author/illustrator Brett Curzon.



Take Your Adventures With You

Posted in Hippo Blue
on April 5, 2016
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Choose your adventure…

Top left: Large Backpack in Adventures Badge design $50.00

Middle left: Mega Label Set in Adventures Space design $39.72 (value $76.95)

Top right: Back to School Basic Vinyl Labels Pack in Adventures Circus design $19.98 (value $29.45)

Middle right: Lunch Bag in Adventures Space design $32.00

See the Adventures Collection here