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    Party trends for tweens

    Party trends for tweens

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    If your eight-to-12-year-old has a birthday party coming up, but you feel like you’re a little lost when it comes to what’s hot in the tween party world, listen up. We’ve recruited party planner extraordinaire, Natalie Faulkner of Strawberry Fundaes, to break down the must-know party trends for this year. Poor tweens – they often feel left out. They’re at that...
    Have a Harper Bee birthday!

    Have a Harper Bee birthday!

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    Throwing your birthday party in your very favourite store is kind of a dream come true, right? Here’s how you can have a Harper Bee birthday party this year! Here at Harper Bee, we know how special birthdays are – especially in our tween years. We do a LOT of growing up between the ages of eight and 12, and...
    Queen Bee’s Corner // Live every day like a birthday

    Queen Bee’s Corner // Live every day like a birthday

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    To kick off Harper Bee's June 'Party' month, our Queen Bee Janine explains why we shouldn't limit cake and celebration to just one day a year. This month is party month at Harper Bee. Actually, every month is party month at Harper Bee! Other than Christmas and January’s back to school , every weekend our stores are full of tweens...
    Why you need a furry family member

    Why you need a furry family member

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    Pet owners already know the love and happiness that a four-legged (or two-legged… or no-legged!) family member can bring into your home, but those without a pet may need a little more convincing. In our last blog post for Families Month, we’re listing the top reasons your kids need a pet in their lives. In 2016, an estimated 62 per...
    Top five ways to spend quality time with your tween

    Top five ways to spend quality time with your tween

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    We’re celebrating families at Harper Bee this month, and it’s got us thinking: what are some simple ways you can bring your family together? Specifically, how can you spend more quality time with your tween-age children? 1. Connect on their level Your daughter no doubt has at least one hobby or interest that she’s passionate about, whether it’s a sport,...
    Ambassadors Review: Pamper Packs

    Ambassadors Review: Pamper Packs

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    The Harper Bee Ambassadors are back on the blog, this time reviewing the ultimate Harper Bee Pamper Pack - in the spirit of Mother's Day, of course! Check out what Cienna, Mabel, Morgan, Indi, and Bonnie had to say about their brand new bath set, manicure set and nail polishes. Cienna says… I was so very excited to receive my...
    Raising Tweens

    Raising Tweens

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    This month, Harper Bee is focusing on family. So, we thought we'd kick things off with one of the biggest learning curves a family will navigate - raising tweens. If you have a little miss or mister aged between 8 and 12 who you just can’t seem to figure out, buckle in for four(ish) years of giving, taking and wondering whether...
    The Ultimate Sleepover Guide

    The Ultimate Sleepover Guide

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    The school holidays are here again, which only means one thing: sleepovers! Whether you’re heading to a friend’s place or hosting one yourself, this handy guide will cover everything you need to know, have and do to make your night ah-mazing. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Sleeping bag // don’t worry about lugging your doona to your sleepover – with a super...
    Ambassadors Review // Journals, pens and pencils

    Ambassadors Review // Journals, pens and pencils

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    We spent February and March getting organised, using our cute Harper Bee pin boards, boxes, journals, pens, pencils and more to help us. This week on the blog, we’re hearing from a few of our valued Harper Bee Ambassadors, who shared their thoughts on the organisational magic of our journals and stationery. Here’s what they had to say… Ella says…...
    8 Ways to Develop Your Tween’s Organisation Skills

    8 Ways to Develop Your Tween’s Organisation Skills

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    Having a tween at home is a challenge. The tween years are the time when we discover ourselves, and they are usually chaotic and full of unexpected changes. This is why it’s understandable why many tweens struggle with developing and maintaining proper organisation skills. Sometimes it’s because of too many extracurricular activities, sometimes it’s just a rebellious phase, but statistics...
    Harper Bee stuff that will help you #getorganised

    Harper Bee stuff that will help you #getorganised

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    Getting organised is a lot easier when you have a few handy products that help you sort everything out. It’s even more helpful if those handy products are also super, duper cute. Journal // shop the Quotes journal here Stressed about that big school assignment? Write out everything you’re thinking. Keen to pick up a new hobby? Write it down....
    Queen Bee’s Corner // Being organised

    Queen Bee’s Corner // Being organised

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    So, I’ve got a problem (‘just one’ you ask?) It’s packing. I just can’t do it. For a fairly organised person, you would think it would be easy for me to throw things in a suitcase and jump on a plane. I’ve travelled a lot. Surely it gets easier with practice? Nope. It doesn’t. I always end up, the morning...
    Five easy ways to #getorganised

    Five easy ways to #getorganised

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    If there’s one thing that’s going to get in the way of you having an organised mind, it’s living in a disorganised space. We’ve got tonnes of useful tips to keep your desk, your bedroom and your closet neat and tidy so that you can focus on the important things. Your room The first step to organising your room –...
    The power of vision boards

    The power of vision boards

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    You’ve probably seen them all over Pinterest, but may have never sat down to think about how creating your own vision board could work for you? We spoke to vision board coach Leanne Bier of LB Me Creations about why this trend is about so much more than just sticking a bunch of pretty pictures on a poster board. As...
    Gift packs are back!

    Gift packs are back!

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    We know how bummed you were when we wrapped up our line of 'gift packs' back in January, which is why we're soooooo excited to announce that... THE GIFT PACKS ARE BACK! This is not a drill. We have just dropped a BRAND NEW line of gift packs for your purchasing pleasure, ranging in price from $30 to $85 -...
    Backpacks and Life Hacks: nailing the back to school saga

    Backpacks and Life Hacks: nailing the back to school saga

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    Everywhere around Australia these last few weeks, families have been facing the ‘back to school’ tsunami of emails, freshly labeled books, new routines, alarm clocks, meeting new teachers and for many, a completely new school. Organisational expert and mum-of-a-former-tween Brigitte Johnson shares her tips for keeping your head above the water. Waking up the collective family brain after long lazy...
    Preparing for the year ahead

    Preparing for the year ahead

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    Starting high school, and even changing to a new school, can be super scary. Between being distanced from your old friends and teachers and the school that you’re familiar with and being thrown into a completely different set of rules and a whole new group of people, it can be a lot to process. We spoke to Dr Kathy Murray...
    Ambassadors Review // Book Covers

    Ambassadors Review // Book Covers

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    The first day back at school for 2019 is fast approaching, and there isn't much time left to get prepped for the term. Luckily, our Harper Bee book covers are soooooo easy to slip onto your exercise books, you'll be able to cover all of your books in minutes! Read what our Harper Bee ambassadors had to say about our...
    Tips for starting high school

    Tips for starting high school

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    Jenny Atkinson is the founder of Sparks Education, the parent and student resource that covers all you need to know about getting set for high school. We asked her to share her tips for easing the high school transition, and we think you’re going to love what she has to say! What makes you the most nervous about starting high...
    Queen Bee's Corner // Back to school madness!

    Queen Bee's Corner // Back to school madness!

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    Hi everyone, It’s January. The month where families head off for summer holidays and, on their return, whirl into organisational insanity getting the kids ready for a new year of school. Before I began Harper Bee, I ran a stationery company called Spencil. We supplied hundreds of thousands of school book covers to retailers and parents all over Australia and...
    Queen Bee's Corner // This Christmas...

    Queen Bee's Corner // This Christmas...

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    Good morning Harper Bee people! It’s 6am and I am writing this at a cafe as I wait for the removal truck. Yes, that’s right. We are moving the week before Xmas. No stress! Seeing as we will be surrounded by boxes (not the gift kind!) on Xmas day, and it is my only day off, my partner is determined...
    Mums Review: Gift Packs

    Mums Review: Gift Packs

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    We love hearing what our Harper Bee ambassador girls think of our products when they do their product reviews for us, but this month instead we’ve been speaking with the Harper Bee mums in our world to find out what they think about our best-selling items - our Gift Packs. Our Gift Pack range is so wide and varied that...
    The Official Harper Bee Gift Guide

    The Official Harper Bee Gift Guide

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    We’ve got gift ideas for the whole family and beyond that will have your Christmas shopping sorted, all in one go. Just call us Father Christmas!   For your sister...  Love her or loathe her, your sister deserves something super special at Christmas time. If not to show her how much you care about her, then to get major brownie...
    Queen Bee's Corner // Bedrooms

    Queen Bee's Corner // Bedrooms

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    November is almost done, and our Queen Bee Janine is reflecting on the month that was - and sharing some of her classic anecdotes in the process. [caption id="attachment_5446" align="alignleft" width="248"]  Our Queen Bee, Janine[/caption] I'm often asked what age a Harper Bee girl is. I always answer that a Harper Bee girl is not a certain age, it's when...
    Harper Bee Ambassadors Review: Bedroom Stuff!

    Harper Bee Ambassadors Review: Bedroom Stuff!

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    Here at Harper Bee, we always want to know what our customers really think about the things we sell in store and online – after all, we’re a business made just for tween girls! So, once a month, we enlist the help of our Harper Bee Ambassadors to tell us their thoughts on some of our products. This month: Glitter...
    Bedroom style secrets from an interior designer

    Bedroom style secrets from an interior designer

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    Everyone loves updating their bedroom, but it can make all the difference having some guidance from a pro. Enter, Gabby Townsing, interior design extraordinaire from The Fat Cushion. Completely overhauling the look and feel of your bedroom is no mean feat, so it pays to have a game plan going into it – there’s nothing worse than moving six items...
    Make your room your own

    Make your room your own

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    Our bedrooms are our sanctuary – the place we retreat to when we want some time to ourselves. So, it only makes sense that we would decorate them in a way that reflects our personality and, most importantly, makes us happy! Check out these five easy, DIY ways to transform your bedroom. String lights won’t just brighten up your bedroom...
    Ambassadors' reviews... Harper Bee nail polish!

    Ambassadors' reviews... Harper Bee nail polish!

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    We've been focussing on our nails here at Harper Bee throughout October, so it was only right that we asked our dedicated Harper Bee Ambassadors for their thoughts and reviews of our fab nail polishes. The verdict? Read on…      Emma, aged 12 (pictured left), says… As a Harper Bee Ambassador, I have been lucky to have the opportunity to...
    Ask a nail artist

    Ask a nail artist

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    We asked Jae a few of the questions we’ve always wanted to ask a nail art expert, and have included the answers below for your reading pleasure. Check out our chat with Jae, and then give her nail art tips a go! Be sure you share your efforts with us using the hashtags #harperbee #harperbeeme  Q: How did you get...
    Next-level nail art

    Next-level nail art

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    Meet Jess. She’s the Queen Bee Janine’s daughter (... does that make her the Princess Bee?) and a nail art extraordinaire. Her nails may always be black, but Jess turns just about everything else into a colourful artwork using nothing more than a few bottles of nail polish. I started collecting nail polishes years ago. I think my original idea...
    Queen Bee's Corner // Nailing it (or not...)

    Queen Bee's Corner // Nailing it (or not...)

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    Hi everyone, This month Harper Bee is all about nails and nail polish - because tweens love painting their nails.  I, on the other hand, am not a tween and don’t paint my fingernails. Ever. My mother has handed me down her arthritis, bless her, so my fingers veer off in different directions and the last thing I need is...
    Surviving tween sleep struggles

    Surviving tween sleep struggles

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    If anyone knows the realities of tween-age sleep issues, it’s Kelly Burstow. The mum-of-four and creator of popular blog ‘Be a Fun Mum’ shares her tweens’ experiences with insomnia, anxiety and all of those other things that can get in the way of a good night’s sleep. I’ve had three children go through the tween years, and two of them...
    Review: Boho Watercolour Collection

    Review: Boho Watercolour Collection

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    We know we love our new Boho Watercolour range, but we wanted to hear what some of our customers thought about it. So, we asked Grace and Ava – two tween-age girls and die-hard Harper Bee fans – to review a couple of the pieces in our latest drop. We’ll let them tell you what they thought…  Grace, 9 “I...
    Why do tweens struggle to sleep?

    Why do tweens struggle to sleep?

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    Here in the Harper Bee Hive, we’ve noticed something – our tweens are having a hard time getting a good night’s rest. We spoke to occupational therapist and practice principal of Gateway Therapies, Dr Nicole Grant, about why this might be the case, and what we can do to help. Whether it’s staying up until the early hours or struggling...
    Queen Bee's Corner // Bullying is keeping me awake

    Queen Bee's Corner // Bullying is keeping me awake

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    It’s sleeping month at Harper Bee. We are focusing on how hard it is for tweens to sleep – hormones raging, nightlights turned on, growing pains keeping tweens awake, pressure at school keeping them tossing and turning until the early hours. To wake them in the mornings is a nightmare and nights mean they are still awake at 11pm. Read More...
    8 Ways to Develop Your Tween’s Organisation Skills

    8 Ways to Develop Your Tween’s Organisation Skills

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    Having a tween at home is a challenge. The tween years are the time when we discover ourselves, and they are usually chaotic and full of unexpected changes. This is why it’s understandable why many tweens struggle with developing and maintaining proper organisation skills.