Carbo-loading with Bellamy’s Organics

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Food battles with toddlers? Hands up if you have ever been in one of these situations?

Well, it happens to us pretty often. Not that I’m proud of it but despite Bubba being on the chubby side, she does occasionally drive me crazy with how she eats her meals. But I also learn that the toddler years a time for your toddlers to learn and that time is important for them as they will learn not only about new foods but also cultivate good eating habits. So I try, I try to keep meal times relaxed and happy, and avoid food battles with Bubba. If she doesn’t eat, well, we just tank her up with milk.

Here’s what we learn about her eating habits:

  • Generally a savoury person (like me I guess), loves her salted biscuits, fries and gulps, salted pretzels
  • Will choose Pasta, Soba, Mee Suah, Bee Hoon over rice happily (kinda like me as well)
  • Loves fruits, eggs and mushrooms
  • Will eat beef, fish and loves prawns. Not too sure about chicken or minced pork for now.
  • Loves her broccoli and of late, edamame
  • Prefers to feed her self if I’m around her but will gladly let our care-givers feed her whenever the Man and I are not present

I was pretty pleased with this review that we are collaborating with Bellamy’s Organics. They sent us a hamper which consisted of the Stage 3 Formula Milk as well as a box of Organic Vegie Pasta Alphabets, a box of Organic Vegie Macaroni and (Bubba’s fave) a packet of Organic Pear and Apple Snacks.

Cooking with pasta from Bellamy’s Organics is no stranger to us. When Bubba was about 8 to 9 months, I let her try the pasta stars as well as cooked the pasta stars with a home-made veggie sauce using the Organic Brown Rice Pasta Stars from Bellamy’s Organics.

When Bubba turned one, we loved swapping her carbs with either rice, noodles or pasta using Bellamy’s Organics organic vegie macaroni. Why did we choose Bellamy’s when there are other brands available?

  1. It’s readily available in major supermarkets.
  2. I like the brand philosophy and how their products are all organic.
  3. There’s no added salt, sugar, flavours or additives. It’s good to know that Bubba is only getting the natural goodness of organic whole grains, and a few vegetables for extra measure if she doesn’t eat her broccoli that’s accompanied with her meal.
  4. The bright pasta wheels are made with a blend of organic durum wheat flour, and organic wheaten semolina, which are a source of protein and fibre.  Added to that, tomato, spinach and beetroot, to provide a meal that will delight fussy eaters!
  5. The pasta wheels come in 3 different colors (yellow, red and green- natural colours from the vegetables itself) and these add colour to the meal. It also helps to train up Bubba’s motor skills as we would ask her to pick up the different colours while feeding herself.
  6. It’s so easy to cook the pasta. Just pop them into boiling water and it’s ready in about 8 minutes. We usually serve them plain for Bubba or throw them into her veggie soup if she’s feeling under the weather. Usually nothing too fancy when it comes to serving pasta for her.

For this review, I kinda struggled because I wanted to go out of our usual comfort zone and try my hand at a new pasta recipe for the Bub. The problem is that being a working mom and rushing home after work, I don’t have time to experiment with new recipes. That said, we do have help at home who will take care of our meals.

So I trawled the internet to find toddler-friendly pasta recipes for me to jazz up Bubba’s meal but the caveat is that it has to be simple which also didn’t leave me with much room to play with. So, after thinking hard, I decided not to go too over the top simply because I know I’m dealing with a sometimes fussy and picky eater.

Presenting my simple version of Baked Cheese Pasta with Veggies for toddlers. Okay, I know it hardly sounds like its an interesting dish but I practically put this together using whatever leftover veggies (thankfully all of Bubba’s favourite) I could find. This recipe is pretty versatile as you could also throw in some canned tuna, ham or chicken slices if your little one loves those.

For this recipe, I used about 1 tablespoon of Organic Vegie Macaroni and 3 teaspoons of Organic Vegie Pasta Alphabets. I wanted a mixture of macaroni shapes in the baked pasta just to give a variety for the Bub. One would think that she wouldn’t notice the different under all that baked cheese but guess what? She did… she picked out one of the alphabet pasta and asked me ‘What’s this?‘. It was a letter B and I took the chance to go through with her some of the words that start with the letter B like Ball, Boy, Bat, etc. Interesting how food can also double-up as an educational tool!:)

Boil pasta as per instructions on the box and set pasta aside.

Mix chopped vegetables with the pasta and then place items into a ramekin plate. For the vegetables, I used Edamame, Baby Corn, Mushrooms and a quarter of a tomato. The tomato helps to add moisture for the pasta so that it won’t dry out during the baking process. Next, preheat oven to 180-200 Degrees Celsius.

For the cheese topping, I used the Perfect Italiano Pizza Plus Cheese (a mix of Mozzarella, Cheddar and Parmesan cheese mix readily available in major supermarkets) which thankfully achieved the desired result of a golden crusty bake. I placed the baking dish into the pre-heated oven, set the timer for about 20 minutes and it’s done when the top turns a shade of golden brown!:)

IMG_1310 Pretty pleased with the result! My first attempt on a pasta baked dish that’s healthy for Bubba.

IMG_1314All that’s left to do now is to put this dish to the test.. how would it fare with the little somewhat picky eater?

IMG_1319Ok, before we do that, just wanted to show a close-up pic of how the Baked Veggie Pasta turned out. Like I said previously, the diced tomatoes did add moisture to the dish plus there’s no further seasoning added so it’s really quite a healthy dish.:)

IMG_1323Verdict? The Bub enjoyed the dish! I wasn’t too hopeful that she would eat up the entire portion but she surprised me when she finished more than 3/4 of the plate. She conveniently removed all traces of the tomato bits when she spied them on the plate but other than that, the rest of veggies as well as the pasta, she ate them all up! As for the remainder of the dish, I ate it all up in one mouthful. Tasted pretty yummy to be honest. This recipe is for keeps and I can’t wait to try out a jazzed up version of this next time, perhaps with tuna or chicken pieces which I’m sure she will enjoy as well.

IMG_1320Thanks Bellamy’s for sending over these goodies to us! For more information on Bellamy’s Organics and their products, check them out at www.bellamysorganic.com.sg , their Facebook page  or follow their Instagram @bellamysorganicsg to find out more about them and their promotions/ giveaways! :)

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 Disclaimer : lady J’s musings received a product hamper and a voucher from Bellamy’s Organic for the purpose of this review. 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.

 

Car-seat convos

This is mini Boss reporting for duty! Seriously, when did she get so bossy? We love playing different car-tunes when she’s in the back-seat and I turned around to video her as she was happily singing to the tune of the mandarin song playing in the background.

She stopped me in the tracks and said ‘Mummy, sit properly. The car is moving!‘ I looked at the Man in disbelief. Did she really say that?

And she did again! This time with some prompting by the Man.

#laugh.die.me

Off to Pororo Park

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen Pororo Park first opened its doors in Singapore late last year, we had friends talking about it and visiting the place. We were quite keen to check it out but wasn’t quite sure as indoor playgrounds and gyms aren’t quite the thing that we do. I’m a little finicky about germs as I once brought the Bub to an indoor playground and she fell sick, plus I wasn’t quite sure if I had the energy to run after an energiser bunny also known as my nearly 2 toddler. So we parked the idea of bringing her to Pororo Park till she’s a little older to even understand who Pororo is.

I was rather surprised when we flicked the channels on the television one day and Bubba went ‘PORORO!’ This ‘phenomenon’ happened again when I was checking out the kids programmes on a Singapore Airlines flight to Tokyo and she insisted on watching with Pororo. That’s a sign I guess, that she’s ready to take on a theme park if she could recognise the main cartoon character.

So we were rather thrilled to be one of the bloggers to be invited to visit Pororo Park Singapore last weekend.It made for a lovely Sunday afternoon with the Bub’s fave name twin and we also spotted several familiar faces including Mama bloggers and little kiddies. When I told Bubba that we were going to go to Pororo Park with Aunty Berry, Uncle Berry (her nicks for Aunty Libby and Uncle K from The Little Bow Family) and Sophie Rose, she was so excited and kept repeating ‘Pororo Park? With Sophie-Rose?‘ the night before. I think she almost could not sleep for it took me over an hour to try to get her to go to bed!

img_0873The folks at Pororo Park did plan a very thorough programme for the little ones as well as the adults. We were there for nearly three hours and throughout our time, we rarely felt bored for there were different things that we could do with the kids to keep them occupied. This is the first Pororo-themed edutainment program and playland in Southeast Asia and the theme park occupies a huge 11,000 square feet of indoor space at Marina Square. We’ve passed by Pororo Park several times when we head to Marina Square for either shopping or our meals and Bubba was always curious about the ‘choo-choo’ train that she could see from the outside. When we entered the park, she didn’t know where to go for there were too many things for her to do on sight. Since the queue for the Pororo Express was rather short, we decided to bring the gals there to go on the train ride.

The girls loved the ride so much that they kept asking for more. Thankfully, there were not too many people then so the both of them managed to go round the track for another two more times before we had to drag them out of their seats rather reluctantly.

img_0881-1I like to think of Poby’s Play Gym as a baby obstacle play-gym designed to tire those energiser bunnies (plus their ageing parents). The Bub wasted no time climbing and knocking those hanging mobiles to get through to the next hole. I was just glad that the Man came along with me for I wouldn’t be able to keep up with her and let’s not forget, this dare-devil also nearly stopped this poor Mummy’s heart by going down this steep slide on her own. I wished I could take better pictures but as you can see, she was moving too quickly for this noob Mama photog to snap those pics but I was suitably impressed how vibrant the colours of the gym were to attract the kiddos and how clean the area was.

img_0880We also caught the Pororo and Friends Musical at Tong Tong’s Little Theatre. The two Sophies were shaking their little tushies and danced to the beat. We were among the last few to enter the theatre so we sat right in front of the ‘stage’. As this was the Bub’s first ‘live’ musical, I was kinda worried that she would cross the line and run up to hug Pororo the moment she laid eyes on the characters. But thankfully she didn’t.

Blogger perk! Taking a photo with the main characters – Pororo (the penguin), Eddy (the fox) and Loopy (the beaver). It’s nearly impossible to get Bubba to look at the camera for a decent family picture! Oh wells..

We fuelled the kiddos up with some food prepped by the folks at Pororo Park over at Loopy’s Cafe as it was quite close to lunch. The cafe whips up kid friendly meals such as banana pancakes and sausages plated on cute Pororo plates with cutlery to entice the kids. As for the adults, I didn’t get to check out the menu offering but according to Libby, they do have a decent K-food selection of Ddeokbokki and Japchae plus coffee. Trust me, you will definitely need the additional boost of energy to run after the kids.

img_0878I thought that Pororo Park is great for young toddlers like Bubba. She had a whale of a time rolling around the ball pit and when she saw the slightly older kids throw the balls into the shark’s mouth, she scooted off to do the same. The Poby Play Gym was an area she spent most of her time at along with the train rides on the Pororo Express.

When we felt our energy levels waning, we were thankful that there was an interactive activity – Under the Sea – which we could plonk the Bub with other young ones as we just sat back for a bit and watched Bub sing Twinkle Twinkle and other famed nursery rhymes with her friends.

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Halfway during the activity, I think she felt kinda tired so in the end, she decided rolling on the ground was far more fun then picking up the paper marine creatures. That was when we decided it’s time for us to head home as it was way pass this little girl’s afternoon nap-time.

Nearly impossible to have a proper shot of the girls as they were too eager to run around and play. Needless to say, we had a fab time at Pororo Park and look forward to our next visit there! Thanks for the invite again!

Pororo Park Singapore
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, #02-29, Singapore 039594
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Note: An invitation to this event was kindly extended by Pororo Park Singapore. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions expressed are purely of my own.

 

Letter to Sophie X 23 months

Dear Bubba,

How is it that we are just ONE month away to your birthday?? Where? Where? Where did all that time go? Sometimes I still can’t quite believe it… but it is always a joy being around you. Since you started talking in sentences, you started to become quite the Bossy Boots, ordering me and your daddy around. There are days where you break our hearts a little when you tell us ‘I don’t want Daddy!‘ or ‘I don’t want Mummy!‘ We try to comfort ourselves or each other that you do not mean what you say at this point in time.

img_0828I think your father likes to think of you as being quite the sporty girl. I guess that much is true as you much prefer to be outdoors running about than playing make-believe games with me despite all this cool kitchen toys that I have gotten for you. You know how that breaks my heart a little? You  have a love for speed which is why I’ve gone ahead to upgrade your skate scooter to one that’s meant for a 3-year-old. You have no fear for heights and would not hesitate climbing to go down the slide either on your own or with little supervision from your father. Again, when your Gong Gong and Por Por sees this, their hearts stop a little as well. Your dad has just signed you up for swim lessons and soccer lessons which I’m sure you will enjoy. Can’t wait to see those pics!

Again, it’s endearing to see how you are interacting with your fur-bro, Sparky. You clearly know that he will gladly eat just about everything that you don’t want to eat whether you accidentally throw it at him or purposely throw your food down on the floor during dinner time. You obviously think it’s funny even though we give you an angry glare when you do it.


Just under a month before you turn two! We are not throwing you a big party yet but you will have a birthday celebration in school plus two family gatherings to celebrate your birthday. Daddy and I are also planning to take you out to mark the occasion and just about putting the finishing touches to the plan so am hoping that the weather holds up.

Love you my little darlin’ to the Moon, back and beyond!

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Muacks! Mummy

<Pardon the blur pic.. it’s almost impossible to get a proper shot with this little girl who’s interested in running all over the place!>

 

Wake up!

So this face would have no problems waking us up during the weekends or on holidays at ungodly hours of 6 or 7am when we want to just sleep in. But on weekdays, I would have trouble trying to wake her up. Today, I drew open the curtains to let the sunlight in the hope that it would wake her up. That didn’t work, so I went to gently rock her.

The convo went like this:

Me: Sophie, do you want to wake up?

S: I don’t want! I don’t want! (whines and roll around the bed)

Me: Do you want to wake up and play?

S: I don’t want! (eyes continue to remain shut and she turns her back on me)

Me: Hmm.. how about … Do you want to eat your milk vitamins?

S: Ok! (and springs up with eyes opened)

Toddlers.. this is sure an interesting age and stage!

Bedtime Ramblings with Bubba

Tucking the Bub to bed is my time spent bonding with her. I don’t get many hours so that one hour odd where we either play, read books or just some imaginary chat/songs that she makes up is my special time with her.
Last night’s convo went like this (if my mombie memory doesn’t fail me):

  • The ants go drink water ok?
  • Tomorrow, go supermarket to buy fresh milk, broccoli and fruits, ok?
  • Mummy take phone and work?
  • Sophie go to sleep ok?
  • Hold my hand properly ok?
  • Sophie is hot, I don’t want to cover the blanket.
  • Sophie, go to sleep!

I know that I probably said this way too much but how quickly they grow. Just one year ago, I would have nursed her to bed or simply hug her to comfort her while she whined herself to sleep but look where we are at now, having conversations and singing songs before she drifts off to sleep. Wow…

Documenting the Bub’s milestones at nearly 23 months.. just 1 more month to go before she turns 2! Yikes!

 

From Moments to Memory

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I like taking photos. Actually with the arrival of Bubba, we have taken loads and loads of photos to capture those precious moments of her growing up. I guess as a first child, she gets quite a lot of attention and I recall my Mom doing the same for me. I had like 15 – 20 photo albums from birth till I was about close to 20 years of age. She would diligently document my milestones and capture those moments in photographs. Perhaps that trait rubbed off and I try to do this for Bubba as a Mom now.

When it comes to organising photos and storing them, I try to be diligent about backing those photos either every month or least every quarter. This was before I found out about the existence of Memom (pronounced as ‘me – mom’) – an app which cleverly organises your photos and helps recognise what are truly the key moments in your baby or child’s life.

You are probably thinking now.. ‘Do I really need another App in my already cluttered phone with 101 other apps?

Well, the answer is probably ‘Yes!’

What can Memom do for me?

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Once you launch your Memom app, you can see only photos of your lovely moments with your family when you open your photo gallery. That’s a plus because you see no more random photos such as food photos, screenshots, or pictures that you took to remind yourself for some practical reasons. C’mon, admit it, you know this is true, we all have done that!

I love how the app is designed with families for young children in mind. The timeline is arranged neatly and helps keep track of each of your child’s progress. In addition, the Memom’s private photo sharing function ensures that your photos are shared securely with loved ones or the people who you wish to share with. You don’t need to worry about the privacy concerns that you might feel when you post photos on social media channels like Facebook or Instagram where you don’t know how your photos will be used.

What else can I do with Memom?

Apart from keeping your photos organised, another feature that I really like about Memom is that you can order prints, greeting cards, photo books, magnets and photo cases and phone cases directly from just the app.

This means that I can select the photos that I’ve stored in the Memom app and have them directly printed. Sure, I’ve used other Mobile Album apps like Chat Books and Sticky 9. With the former, I had to download their app and then add the photos that I wanted into the album. The whole process was tedious and not to mention I had those hair-pulling moments where the app hung and I had to reformat everything again. As for Sticky 9, the photos need to be stored in Instagram first before you can proceed with production of the magnets. I didn’t quite like that as some of the photos that I wanted to print were private and I didn’t want to upload them on my social media channels.

Ordering Greeting Cards

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThanks to this review, I had the opportunity to order some prints and greeting cards from the Memom app directly. I quite like the idea of customising the greeting cards because they really do come in handy for those moments where you need to just send a special someone a personal greeting. I had been quite adverse to putting Bubba’s face in print on cards for I was really worried about it going into the trash, but I guess if it goes out to the relatives or people who really care for Bubba, it would not end up in the bin. Plus, a personal message from the Bub (in future) will definitely be a keepsake for sure.:)

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And all it took was about 5 minutes of my time to pick the photos that I wanted to turn them into greeting cards, add them on to the page before carting out. The steps were easy and super quick to complete by just using my mobile. Shipping is free worldwide with every purchase.

img_9231All products are currently produced in the US and it takes about 7-14 days for it to be delivered to Singapore. Ours popped up in the mail about 2 weeks later. The items were packaged very nicely and each set of greeting cards are packed in separate boxes which are great as gifts as well.

img_9233Loved how our greeting cards turned out. The one on the right with Bubba and the fur-kid came out just the way I wanted it. The finishing was a matt glossy one and each set of cards came with a set of envelopes as well. As for the Sakura cards on the left, I made a mistake during the customisation and didn’t select the layout properly – gah, it was meant to be in a landscape layout rather than a portrait, so part of the Thank You didn’t appear. That said, I’m still going to use it because the picture of the Cherry Blossom is really pretty and the word ‘You’ could mean anything in any context.:)

Ordering Prints from the comfort of my home

img_8511We have a photo feature wall in our home and from time to time, I like to update the frames with more recent pictures but I do find it a pain having to go down to the shop at Parkway Parade to get my photos printed. With this feature on the Memom app, I no longer have to do that.

img_8508Current sizes available for print are in the classic 4R and the square print which is 12.5cm X 12.5cm. Each set comes in 10 prints and I decided to order the 2 different sizes to see how they would turn out. The classic 4R size is great for the frames on our photo wall while the square prints are great for layouts that I use to upload photos on Instagram.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAgain shipping is free worldwide and it took about 10 working days before the package popped up at our door-step. Prints were packaged nicely and not dented in the mailing process, don’t you hate it when that happens?

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One thing to note is that you can’t choose the finishing for the prints as they are all going to be in glossy finish. Also, I think it’s important that when you upload the photos to be printed, try to ensure that they meet a certain resolution quality otherwise your prints may turn out pixellated. Other than that, it’s a good fuss-free way to get your photos printed without leaving your home. Hehe..

Instant sharing now possible

When I met up with the lovely Waki (the beauty and the brains behind Memom ), she added that there will be new features that she will be launching for Memom real soon.

One of the new add-ons is the Instant share feature which you can now invite your spouse to see your child’s timelines and photos to comment on them. As a partner to the group, he/she can also edit and delete photos. You can also issue out invitations to your parents/ loved ones and create groups as an Admin so that they can all stay in touch and get the latest updates on your child’s milestones in pictures. These groups are secured (which I especially like) and kept with the Memom app, so it’s all kept quite private within the group.

Special offer for my readers

Now, with Mother’s Day that has just ended, I’m sure you guys have taken loads of photos to commemorate the occasion so this offer is coming in handy for you all.

Enjoy 25% off all printed products (this includes photo prints, phone cases, photobooks, magnets and greeting cards) when you key in ‘ladyjmemom‘ in the promo code. Offer valid till 27 May 2016.

Disclaimer : lady J’s musings received complimentary gift cards and photo prints from Memom 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 the products/services. Any queries should be verified with the provider or party in question.