Ring a ling ding with Our Lifestyle Shop Christmas bundles

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As promised, here are the deals that Our Lifestyle Shop will be offering to our readers and subscribers of their mailing list.

First things first! The site will only be available to selected people so to enter Our Lifestyle Shop‘s special Christmas site during 24 November to 29 November, you will need to enter this special code : christmas to gain entry into the page.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the fab deals that will go on during this period. To quote my other shopping group (BBMTL = Buy Buy Mai Tu Lao – local slang for Don’t wait, just BUY!)!!

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KONK has been our family staple since 2013 (Yikes, sounds like a long time!). On days when we forget to use KONK, poor Bubba has become at the receiving end of those horrid mozzie bites which are awfully huge. So these days, I ask the helper to liberally spray KONK in our rooms as well as the living room before she heads to bed.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI’ve gone to recommend KONK to several friends and really, when you have young ones at home, you don’t want them inhaling toxins in the products that you use. It’s good to know that KONK is non-poisonous for the humans and safe for the environment. This is one deal you don’t want to miss if you don’t already own a starter kit for KONK! This is your entry into a whole new life with KONK! :)

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 11.03.26 pmGES PLUS is Our Lifestyle Shop’s latest product and we recently tested it with results that really worked! No more slow-flowing water down the drains also meant less water wastage and savings for the home in general.

IMG_8980If you wish to test the new GES PLUS product as well as KONK, this deal has your name written all over it! A little goes a long way so use sparingly.

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Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 11.10.48 pmI used to have a love-hate relationship with hand sanitisers because while they serve the function of keeping my hands clean, they are also drying to my hands. And then we discovered Safe Hands and there was no turning back! We have a bottle of these in the room, in the car and sometimes stashed in our bag. Bubba’s school use them on the kids so this is definitely good stuff even though its a little more pricey than the usual brands you get out there. Remember, it doesn’t dry out your hands, so technically, you spend less on hand creams then.

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 11.12.11 pmAnd if you wish to have a clean home this festive season, then this bundle deal is for the clean-and-neat! Bubba’s school also use the B-Sanitized to disinfect their toys and furniture so we know it’s also safe to use it at home.


And if you still can’t quite decide what to get that opt for the Starter Kit for S$99.60 with the best products under their roof (KONK, Safe Hands and B-Sanitized), you definitely won’t go wrong this.

Alright enough talk now, I’m off to examine those deals from Our Lifestyle Shop and to stock up on the much-needed items for the home. Don’t wait, offer only available from 24 November to 29 November 2015.

 *No monetary compensation has been received. This post was written as part of the Our Lifestyle Shop Ambassadors Program.




Checking out: Open Farm Community

IMG_0370 Lazy brunch boozey Sundays! I miss those so one Sunday morning where we all were in a good mood, we rounded up the little one and headed to check out Open Farm Community – a sort of newish place by the people behind Spa Esprit Group.

IMG_0372IMG_0371Tucked at Minden Road (within the Dempsey compound) is a lovely open space that celebrates the whole concept of farming in the community. It was during the haze period when we were there to check this place out, so thankfully the haze cleared up on that day for us to enjoy being out in the open.
IMG_0374With most new establishments that have sprung up in Singapore, it’s highly recommended that you try to make reservations. We were almost turned away at the restaurant for not having a reservation. Thankfully, server was nice and we assured him that we would return the table back in 1.5 hours time. The Bub was also kind to us by taking her mid-morning nap which allowed us to enjoy some bubbly and food before she woke up and had us fussing over her.


IMG_0384We were obviously hungry so we went with 2 starters and 2 mains. Almost everything we had was very good and the portions were pretty reasonable as well. Loved the oysters plus the haloumi salad. For the mains, I heart the burger. The spicy squid ink pasta was also very good.

IMG_0388When Bubba woke up, we ordered a portion of the pasta bolognese for her. She took mouthfuls of it before deciding that french fries are a whole lot yummier than her pasta.

IMG_0398So yup, she had her first few bites of French Fries at Open Farm Community and I guess there is no turning back from there now.

IMG_0399The meal over at Open Farm Community was indeed very lovely and coupled with a nice view, we had a great time.

IMG_0410 IMG_0414Bubba, on the other hand, had fun exploring the place and with all that greenery surrounding the place, it made for one exciting place for a young toddler to be moving around.

IMG_0425 IMG_0427We will be back again for the yummy food, bubbly and for Bubba, those decadent french fries that she’s now a huge fan of. :)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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Indeed.. the festive spirit is in the air and sometimes I feel like skipping a step or two when I hear those Christmas carols playing in the background as I hum along with it.

Along with the mad shopping rush for presents, I’m sure many of you are also gearing up to keep your homes spick and span for the holiday season.

A little elf has shared that there will be some awesome Christmas bundles (exclusive deals and savings of up to 25%) happening over at Our Lifestyle Shop starting from 24 November till 29 November.

Obviously I had to share this news, so mark your calendar for 24 November where I will unveil those special deals!

You won’t want to miss this! Great time to stock up for the year on those goodies that hardly go on discount except for the holiday season!!

Stay tuned! :)

 *No monetary compensation has been received. This post was written as part of the Our Lifestyle Shop Ambassadors Program.

Long haul travel with a toddler

I think this called for a post on its own for we have learned so much about traveling with a toddler this trip. Ain’t no expert but would love to share our experience and document this trip down. Obviously, if there are other tips that you lovely readers would love to share, I would be most happy to hear them out. :)

Flying with a toddler:

When the Man booked our Europe (Geneva/ Italy) trip earlier this year, we didn’t quite know what to expect. We had travelled with Bubba since she was 3 months small to Tokyo and then to Phuket plus Perth. The first trip was daunting especially my solo flight up to Tokyo but we survived. The subsequent trips, she had done fairly well. But a trip on a plane for close to 12 hours? Alarm bells ringing for CABIN FEVER for a bubbling toddler. YIKES, what were we thinking of?

Our flight out to Zurich was about 1am, so we put Bubba off to bed and headed off to the airport at about 11pm. I strapped her in my Tula and off we went in a cab. She did continue sleeping before waking up at 11.30 pm slightly buzzed from the flurry of activity.

IMG_2744During take-off, she was curious about the surroundings but thankfully, could manage to sit still after I conned her with some DHA vitamin sweets. An hour lapsed after take-off and she felt a little tired, so I managed to put her to bed and she slept for about 5 1/2 hours straight! Woo hoo… Mama here managed to get some rest as well. Thereafter, she was contented to run up and down the aisles in the dark plus make friends with other babies/ toddlers on the flight. She didn’t quite enjoy her in-flight meal made up of mashed peas, potatoes and eggs but she did try cornflakes with milk for the first time and loved it.

Lessons learned? We decided not to use the bassinet and let Bubba sit with me instead. On our flight up to Zurich, we are thankful that she fell asleep quite quickly but she did experience some cabin fever when she woke up. We loaded her up with snacks and food to keep her duly occupied. Letting her run up and down the aisle (with adult supervision as you don’t wish to disturb the other passengers) also help burn off some of her restless energy. On our flight back, as there was a time difference, she was pretty much wide awake for most of the flight while both the Man and I were dead-tired. So we tried to confine her in as little a space that we possibly could and let her expend her energy by climbing up and down the seats.

IMG_3245If all else fails and if your baby wails, then tune out the dagger stares. That’s what we did when whatever we did could not please nor satisfy Bubba. We just let her cry it out and after she felt much better, she then either slept or did whatever she felt like doing.

Adjusting to a new time-zone:

IMG_2862In Geneva, the meltdowns happened. She was fussing at mealtimes or rather slept through dinner time. When we woke her up, she unleashed her angry cries and refused to open her mouth for any form of food. Nice dinners originally planned for were difficult to execute as we tried to calm an angry toddler who at the end of the day just wanted to sleep.

IMG_3164Lessons learned on toddler’s meltdowns during sleep-time: Don’t wake a sleeping baby! It may take a while for their body-clock to adjust to a new time-zone. Bubba also woke us up at about 3am and then again at 4-5am two consecutive days in a row. We tried to minimise any form of excitement when she woke up in the wee hours of the morning, so we usually gave her a bottle of milk and then let her babble for a bit. After an hour or so, she would usually feel tired and then head off to bed on her own.

Moving around and sight-seeing:

IMG_3193Even though we were just in Geneva and Italy, we moved around quite a fair bit in Italy from Florence> Siena> Borgo> Milan> Asti> Milan by car. When it came to exploring the towns and places, we travelled by foot and put Bubba on her Zen Yoyo (which we love to bits because it’s lightweight and easy to fold up).

IMG_2873On good days, the little Missy would be cooperative and sit happily in her stroller for a bit. On days where she gets restless (case in point in below pic), she would be fussing and screaming for Daddy to let her out of her stroller.

IMG_4397A point to note is that traveling to Europe can also be slightly tricky because most of the streets in the older parts of Europe tend to be cobbled stone which means that it may not be that comfy a ride for our lightweight stroller. It may also be difficult to navigate the winding and tiny streets with our stroller and a toddler who only wants to run around instead of being strapped in her seat. So, we are also glad that the Man and I brought along our baby carriers on the trip.

IMG_3331When it was all wet and rainy in Siena, we ditched the stroller in the hotel, loaned umbrellas, strapped Bubba into the Man’s Boba Air Carrier and explored the quaint city by foot.

IMG_4277In Alba, when Bubba was simply too tired having skipped her naps, I was glad I brought my Tula and baby-wore her to sleep when she got too cranky. It took a while but she eventually took her nap leaving the Man and I to have our lunch using both of our hands. Phew!
Eating out with a toddler:

Now, let’s go on to my fave part of the trip – mealtimes with Bubba!

Mealtimes are sacred because the Man and I, we both love our food to bits! Bubba, on the other hand, well, I think she lost weight during the trip from not eating her meals consistently. The first couple of days were tough, largely due to the time-difference and she was more interested in sleeping.

IMG_2920During mealtimes, we still brought her along with us but fed her bits of whatever we ate. From bread, to vegetable sticks to pasta to fish, she just picked on the food.

IMG_4248For breakfast, we found out that she has taken to cornflakes, so that was her staple at the hotels which we stayed in. She enjoyed picking them off from her bowl or feeding herself with a little spoon when we poured in some milk along with them.
IMG_3506For her lunch and dinner, as we dined out most of the time, we got the restaurants to help whip up a small portion of pasta. She has no love for the plain old pasta with tomato sauce, it was a tad bit too sour for her but pasta with ragu, that she lapped up the dish quite happily. Once she got sick of this dish, we found out she loved ravioli with a simple chicken/ vegetable soup stock.

On days where she didn’t feel like eating, meaning whatever we tried to feed her simply ended up on the floor or she protested in tears on her high-chair. We resorted to tanking her up with her milk. She’s currently still on Bellamy’s Organics Stage 2 (which has more nutrients/ vitamins) and gulps her milk down like a Milk Monster, so we weren’t too particularly worried about starving her. Plus, during the trip, she had learned to verbalised her wants which took us by surprise! When we asked her if she wants milk, she would nod her head or say Yes if she really wanted milk.

IMG_3353As for baby chairs, we brought along a portable one that folds up and fits nicely into our diaper bag. In restaurants that don’t have baby chairs, we simply whip this cloth chair and turn a normal one into one that Bubba can nicely sit in for us to feed her. We also brought along a whole bunch of disposable bibs for our travel. While we love our pretty bibs, it’s also a pain to wipe and wash them every night. So for travel, we just use these and trash them once Bubba is done with her meals.

 IMG_4228Well, its not that bad travelling with Bubba. The first part of the trip was kinda challenging initially as we tried to figure out her schedule. At some of the meals that we had where she had a total meltdown, we couldn’t help but feel frustrated as nothing we did could pacify her. Yes, we did succumb to dishing out our iPhones and iPads loaded with her fave nursery rhymes to keep her from screaming. Once we figured out how she clicked, we just changed our strategy. Instead of an early dinner, we headed out for a late dinner (at about 8.30pm). Once we gave her her milk feed, dressed her up in her jammies and she went to bed. That’s when us as parentals went out to party! We did a few nice dinners towards the end of the trip while Bubba snoozed in her stroller. Cheers to that!

IMG_3512So, YAY, we survived our 2 week holiday with Bubba in tow. It wasn’t easy but we had a blast hanging out with her nearly 24/7 during the 2 weeks.

Next up, a winter holiday in Japan to usher in 2016! Wish us luck!



IMG_5995She’s perfected the ‘I solemnly swear I’m up to no good’ face!

This morning, my phone was lying near Sparky’s water bowl and Bubba was playing around the area. Usually, I would have just picked up my phone but I decided to ask her to help bring the phone over to me.


She picked up my phone and threw it into Sparky’s bowl. I went OMG and ran over to scoop my mobile from the bowl!

Said object is now undergoing a rice spa treatment which many have urged me to do. I’m just hoping that it works. Fingers and toes crossed!

Lesson learned? Don’t expect a toddler to take instructions all the time! They may just throw you a curveball or in my case, a bill for a new mobile phone.


Review: Lullaby and Sweet Dreams Quiet Book

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I’ve been wanting to get a quiet book for Bubba for the longest time. Actually, I’ve been wanting to MAKE a quiet book for her but naturally I never got round to doing it. Been looking at those tutorials online and almost lugged a whole bag of materials that I could possibly get from Daiso but I chickened out. Ok, before I go on, what exactly is a quiet book?

A quiet book is a book (usually made out of fabric) filled with quiet activities for children. It’s often used for special times, like church, when you need to keep children happy and quiet.

Sounds like a fab idea right? One that can keep Bubba occupied while I get some time on my own! So when Miss Ene alerted me of this quiet book from My Royal Rae, I felt like I had to get my hands on one for our trip to Italy. It would keep Bubba relatively occupied with the absence of her favourite Baby TV on the flight.

L1030087I purchased the ‘How to Count‘ busy book because I was keen to give Bubba a head-start on the concept of counting and the objects made up of different animals and shapes seems interesting enough to capture her curious little mind. While communicating with Cecilia on my purchase of the busy book, she recommended a couple of other books that might be ideal for our travel which eventually led to another book for this review. I selected the Lullaby and Goodnight quiet book as I usually read Bubba a goodnight story before she turns in.

L1030092I didn’t get round to taking much pictures of Bubba playing with the book during our trip because every night, it was like a war zone trying to put her into bed. Having said that, our books were utilised and rotated among some board books that we brought along for the trip.
L1030094L1030097The Lullaby and Sweet Dreams quiet book is a simple fabric book with 10 pages filled with different activities to engage your little one and introduce the process of going to bed.

L1030102Bubba does love a good story or two or sometimes three before taking a bottle and finally drifting off to bed. I do rotate this quiet book with her other story books. Most times, I would let her choose the book that she would like for me to read to her and it’s usually easy to tell which book is the flavour of the day.

L1030107The ‘Lullaby and Goodnight’ quiet book is a little different from the ‘How to Count’ quiet book obviously. The book allows for creative role play and story telling with the use of the Little Bear through the book.

L1030105Once I showed Bubba how Little Bear should take her bath and put on her pyjamas before heading to bed, I simply had to narrate the story and Bubba will gamely take her Baby Bear and go through the motion of the action. A testament that she understands what I’m telling her. :)


The recommended age for this quiet book is 24 months and up, but I think it’s great for young toddlers as well (Bubba is about 16 months old) for it encourages toddlers to practice and hone their fine motor skills such as putting on clothes for the bear and putting the bear in various positions.

Bubba don’t necessarily sit through the entire story for her attention is pretty short but if I try very hard to keep the story as interesting as I possibly can (usually using a heightened tone), it does work!
L1030096Between the 2 quiet books that I got, I preferred the Lullaby and Sweet Dreams one over the How to Count quiet book. Don’t get me wrong, I actually think both are really good and serve different functions. Plus they are amazingly light, so perfect for travelling or simply to stuff in your diaper bag when you are bringing your child out.

The How to Count busy book allows me to share with Bubba the different animals and objects that she can slowly remove from the page and then stick them back. The only downside for the book is that it comes in many parts and pieces and it would be such a shame if one went missing. We brought this along for our trip and the times where I threw Bubba into her cot with the book, I find myself having to turn her little bed or our room upside down to make sure that she doesn’t stuff any one of the pieces in some strange place. She has a knack for doing so these days. I keep a watchful eye when she plays with the little objects in the book for I worry she will lose one of the pieces and I will go berserk trying to find them. I guess when she’s a wee bit older, she probably will be able to understand more on how to firmly stick the pieces on the page properly.

L1030093So for now, our fave book is the Lullaby and Sweet Dreams quiet book for the pieces in the book are just nice for her little hands for now.

If you like to get your hands on one of these, I would recommend you check out My Royal Rae for their variety of busy / quiet books. Definitely a good one to have on hand to keep your toddlers busy for a while.

Thanks again C from My Royal Rae for sending over the Lullaby and Sweet Dreams quiet book along with our purchase of theHow to Count busy book just in time for our long FamBamVacay! It certainly came in handy to prevent Bubba from her epic meltdowns when she got restless. Now that we are back home, we love popping them in our diaper bag too when we know we are going out for a nice long lunch with no french fries in sight to keep Bubba occupied.

Disclaimer : lady J’s musings received the Lullaby and Sweet Dreams quiet book for the purpose of this review.  No additional monetary rewards were given.  All views expressed are purely of my own and written according to my experience in using this product. Any queries on the product  should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.


 IMG_5883The day we slept apart ;(

Since the day you joined us in this world, we have never been apart at night. I’ve kissed your forehead, sang songs and hugged you to bed every night.

Last night we did the same except that I was away from you for about 6 hours. Not that extraordinary for I’ve been away longer from you in the day but at night, this was the first. :(

Get well soon my little Bubba!