Savoury waffles for lunch

Introducing our new kitchen device – the Vitantonio Multi Baker! I guess one of the perks in starting a lifestyle and home appliances e-store is that I do get to try out a new kitchen tool/ device before sharing it to the rest of my readers/ followers. That said, the Man isn’t quite pleased with another kitchen device popping up in our home but the saving grace is that these appliances are usually very compact and easy to store after use. FYI, this is not sponsored, it came out of my own pocket. 🙂

Had to work over the weekend and by the time I got home, it was nearly lunchtime. I was craving for some waffles after seeing the waffles whipped up by Libby using the same device. But I wasn’t in the mood for having sweet waffles so decided to use an idea of Libby to create these savoury waffles which filled up my belly as a lunch treat.

And if you are as lazy as I am to create waffle batter from scratch, then the pre-mixed waffle batter from Tott Store is one that you should stock up for your pantry. All it took was one cup of these waffle batter, along with an egg and some water did the trick of making the batter in minutes. For the savory portion of the waffles, I pan-fried bacon bits and caramelised some chopped red onions and threw this into the waffle batter after it has cooled down.

And making these waffles are really quite simple too! All I needed to do was to turn out the waffle maker, ensure that the green light turns on (this means that the waffle maker is heated up), popped the batter into the waffle maker, close the clasp and wait about 4 mintues before I opened up the clasp to find out if my waffles are done. That was all it took! No need to flip nor turn the machine and alternate the plates to see if the waffles are cooked through.

You can’t see the bacon and onion bits but trust me, it’s perfectly nestled into the crispy baked waffles. This was best served warm and with a side of maple syrup drizzled all over the waffle.

So pleased with our new toy for the home and the best part? The Multi Baker comes with interchangeable plates so if variety of baked goods is what desire, this device is perfect for you! We got the pizelle plate and will be making some crunchy waffles as a snack soon. Can’t wait to share them with you!

Introducing Côté Maison

Approximately 7 months back, Mama Libby and I worked together to bring in Bruno Hotplates for sale to some of our followers on Instagram. These hot plates proved to be quite a hit and we couldn’t quite believe it when the pre-orders for the hot plates started to fill up quickly. That spurred us on to find new products and offerings to our followers and we subsequently brought in the Vitantonio Mini Blender – a sleek kitchen tool to blend fruit and vegetable smoothies. Again, we had to blink hard and ask one another over What’s App – OMG did we really just sell all the 20 blenders in just under 30 minutes?

To those who may or may not know this, both Mama Libby and I hold full-time jobs and are Moms to young children. Very often, we only start working on this little passion project of ours – replying emails, packing and fulfilling the orders and for Libby, testing out the recipes on these kitchen tools that would make life easier for moms out there after the girls have gone to bed. We sleep less but it’s truly gratifying when we receive an email or a post by our customers saying how much they enjoy using the products and how it has empowered them to whip up hearty meals/ smoothies for their loved ones. Food really does bring people together, fill their tummies and warm our hearts.

Between the both of us, I’m more of the cautious one. On the other hand, Libby is ever the adventurous one with creative ideas. There is a balance in this partnership for she challenges me to dream big while I encourage her to stay grounded on what we can do within our boundaries. It’s nice that we assumed different roles to make this partnership work. For instance, I would handle most of the back-end stuff like stock-take/ ordering of our inventory while Libby is often at the forefront with the marketing and testing of the products. When things get really crazy or at any point in time when one of us feel that we are not able to manage, we would scream for help and the other would readily step. We couldn’t have done this alone and without the support of our better halves as well. Open communication is key to making any partnership work. And very often in our case, having a glass of wine too!

The past 2 weeks have really flashed by in a blur. In order to manage our orders and stock more efficiently, we decided that it’s time to launch an e-store to sell these products. And we did just that! Mama Libby worked on the website while I continued to take the orders offline and fulfill them to our customers. On 9 June, we officially unveiled our new e-store : CĂ´tĂ© Maison where we aim to bring products that marry functionality and beauty for the home.

You don’t know how much it means to finally be able to launch a small e-store and the best part with one of my dear Mama pals. So come and support, for every item that you purchase, you are supporting our dream. 🙂

That’s not all, we will be be part of a pop-up event called Shop Small Saturday Market happening on 24 June, Saturday from 10.30am to 6pm at Stamping Ground Coffee (87 Upper East Coast Rd, Singapore 455223). Vitantonio Mini Blenders will be on sale and we will also be bringing down our Bruno Hotplate and Vitantonio Waffle Makers to display. So make a date with us if you are in Singapore. It’s the long weekend so timing is perfect for a shopping trip!

And here’s how we sign off at Cote Maison >> Bon Apetit!

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Decor for the ‘I want adventure in the great wide somewhere’ Birthday Party

So, the Bub turns three this coming week and I decided that it will be nice to throw a little birthday celebration for her at home. When she was much younger, the Man had wanted to throw a birthday party for her, but I figured she would not have much memories of the occasion and honestly, it was more for the parents.  But it’s kinda different now that she has more friends and for this Mama, it was nice to commemorate this occasion with family and friends who have seen her grow up.

The venue for the party was to be held at home, a week just before her actual birthday. Since our garden was big enough to fit a bouncy castle, I thought it was a good idea to rent it so that the little ones can jump around in the garden. On timing of the party, I decided to hold it in the morning cum early afternoon. Party-planning started as early as March/ April (well, simply because I like to plan things ahead where I can) and when I told the Man of my idea, he rolled his eyes and exclaimed, ‘Who throws parties so early in the morning?!’

To be honest, I don’t understand why no one wants to throw parties in the mornings then? My rationale for doing so? Kids hardly ever want to sleep in. In fact, they will wake you up at 7am in the morning usually demanding for a milk feed followed by play. Having a party in the morning means that they will be sufficiently occupied and hopefully burn off all that raging energy so that they will be suitably tired for their afternoon nap giving their parents some peace in the afternoon.

That said, I did have to do a market survey of sorts so I went round to ask the Mama friends I was going to invite and most said that they will turn up for the party if we hold it at 10.30am – 11am so I eventually settled on the timing for the event.

Next, on the theme. This was kind of tricky especially with toddlers who you think would know what they want. Bub was quite a Beauty and the Beast fan from Feb/ Mar this year, so I took a chance and decided that her party will be largely centered around the BATB theme with colour schemes of Blue and Yellow that will be featured on the party decor.

For the invite, I could go with the ‘Be Our Guest’ theme but I thought the Adventure theme would be a little more apt given that the Bub could practically sign the whole verse from Belle’s reprise of the movie. So I used the verses ‘I want adventure in the great wide somewhere’ as the overall theme for her party and incorporated the decor to suit the theme.

On the backdrop, I’ve always been quite fascinated with the paper wheel backdrop and it seemed like it was something that I could replicate at home. So I ordered these paper wheels ahead of time from TaoBao and stashed it aside till it was time to do up the backdrop. To mount these, you can use the 3M mounting hooks (thanks Bowlerena for the tip) and just play around with the placement of the different sizes.

Enlisted the help of my helper so this took us about 1.5 hours to mount on our wall. We had extras so we did up the side wall too with a simple display.

Putting together the elements to fit the theme. The felt board was a lovely item to add as part of the decoration. Or if you have a lightbox, you could also include this as part of the decor. The other Beauty and the Beast related merchandise such as Lumiere (was loaned by Mama Libby) and the Mrs Potts and Chip tea-set was purchased ahead of this party to be used for the home. Have to add that it definitely came in handy. Lastly, a birthday pinata would be a fun item to have for the kids. So the hot air balloon with the Belle doll in it is actually a customised pinata that I made specially for the event. Turned out to be a fun decor to add around the house too!

I need to add that our house isn’t entirely child-friendly and with nearly 16 children majority of them being under the age of 6 under one roof, I did have to try and make it friendly for them. So we shifted our furniture a little and this heavy coffee-table to the corner of our living room. It didn’t turn out half as bad for I managed to find more Beauty and the Beast related merchandise to add on the table. This eventually became our default gift table for me to place the gifts that our guests brought as well as the goody bags that I have prepared for the little ones.

On her cake, I was worried about her changing her mind for you know how it is with toddlers, they can hardly make up their minds. One day, she would tell me that she wants a Rapunzel cake, the next day, she would request for a My Little Pony cake. Thankfully, the days leading up to her party, she was fixated with Belle again. Enlisted the help of Mayvis from The Pastel Pantry (search her IG account) to conceptualise a birthday cake from a scene with Small town Belle in it and it was a gorgeous cake creation. The birthday girl gasped and exclaimed ‘This is amazing!‘ when she laid her eyes on it with her tiny little hands covering her mouth. Witnessing her joy and marvel at the beautiful cake was such a magical moment and I’m glad we did splurge a little on customising this one-of-a-kind cake for her. I hope in years to come, she would remember it for I do remember some of the birthday cakes that my mom had specially ordered for me during my birthday parties.

I’m going to finish off this post on decor for the Bub’s party. Am still waiting for the photos from the party from our photog, so I will share more of those when the photos are all. The Bub was also very lucky to receive this hand-illustrated print by Kat (IG account: LetterSoiree) as a gift which definitely was put to good use as a decorative piece for the party.

Till then, I’m recovering from the Bub’s party and it’s round 2 come Friday when she celebrates it in school. Well, at least it will be a cosy crowd.. I just need to convince her that she now needs a My Little Pony birthday cake instead of a Belle Cake for I ordered a rainbow cake for her. GULP! Wish me luck!

 

Lularoe

The brand that has taken Mamas or maybe majority of the ladies by storm (following Jujube, I guess).

And I swore that I would not go down the path of Jujube bags and Tula carriers with this brand. I wasn’t even interested in wearing colourful leggings all that much on weekends other than it being a practical outfit of choice on the plane.

And then it happened. A work colleague showed me some of her stash and I decided to get two of the leggings to try. They looked comfy enough for the weekend. My only concern is that whether my thighs look fat in it. So what I did was to pair the leggings with a slightly longer blouse/ tunic. The style worked well and the outfit was comfortable for an entire day out with the Bub.

Lularoe also has matching outfits for the little ones, so I fell a little deeper into the rabbit hole with these limited edition Disney roses leggings. Belle is the Bub’s fave Disney Princess and I knew she would be thrilled to see this. Not sure if she was but I know I was. So I decided to pick these for a Mom-Bub twinning outfit paired with a white tunic that I got for the both of us at Zara kids. Yes, that white blouse that I’m wearing is actually a girl’s dress at Zara. I think it worked well as a blouse.

The brand is not all about leggings, they have a whole slew of other styles that promise to fit any shape and size. I wasn’t all that convinced initially but my friend very kindly brought her different type of dresses for me to give it a try. So I tried on the Julia style for the knee-length form-fitting dress does look nice but not everyone is able to carry off that style. I wasn’t quite sure but I bought one to give it a try. Surprisingly, I do enjoy wearing the Julia style. The material is soft and well, you do worry about the tummy protruding out but that’s something that a tummy control underwear (from Uniqlo) can help to hide.

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This Boomerang video is kinda funny but the Julia style really does accentuate one’s figure (even if you don’t really have one).

I also tried on the Amelia style which I also like for it’s a dress that brings you from the office to an evening out about town. The dress features handset box pleats, giving the dress a  flowing, full skirt. The best part is that the dress also has pockets! It’s really a dress that’s well thought of in terms of design!

Ok, I think I have stashed enough Lularoe dresses/ leggings for now. Will try to show more of the outfits when I put them on.

Also side note, it’s kinda nice to get back into writing about fashion and shopping. My fave topics to share! 🙂

Diner en Blanc in Singapore

Over the weekend, we took the night off to attend Diner en Blanc – the all fancy white picnic supposedly under the stars at a secret location. I’ve read all about this event (yes, including the SG fiasco that happened a couple of years back) and thought perhaps it would be fun to just attend one just to see what it would be like.

Well, just a couple of weeks back, Mama Libby asked if we would be keen to attend Diner en Blanc for Mama Gwen managed to score a slot and could extend the invite to her friends. In the spur of the moment and in the spirit of having fun, I agreed to join in the picnic (without realising the mammoth logistics surrounding it).

Okay, I may have exaggerated it a little but this was one event that you would practically have to prepare everything on your own. You’ll need to pay a registration fee to attend the all white party but the fee includes attending the event. Transport, food and drinks would have to be purchased separately.

That’s not all, you would have to ensure that apart being dressed in white (from head to toe), the items that you bring along (eg: the picnic table, chairs, cutlery, etc) will also need to adhere to the white colour code.

It was kind of a nightmare for me when I realised that we have to get the food, the table/ chairs, picnic basket, outifts all sorted in 2 weeks. That kind of timeframe doesn’t sit well with me for I like to plan in advance the logistics, if I can help it plus I had to work over the weekend so that means I have less time to get things arranged.

Thankfully, my mama friends came to the rescue. Gwen very kindly sorted out our stylish hats for the evening. Personalised, no less. Pretty right? I kinda can’t wait for our next beach holiday to put this on again.

Libby and KX helped to get us chairs and napkins for the event. We were freaking out about where to get the picnic table and then I found out that my MIL has a spare make-shift table that we could borrow. Thank goodness! I managed to get a secondhand picnic basket off Carousel and was going to wrap it with some white cloth hours before our event. But the Man stopped me and said that we should just carry along our Coleman which could store more items. Well, I wished he had told me that before I bought the picnic basket. I guess that can still be used as part of the Bub’s birthday props.

Okay, I won’t go into the specifics on the event logistics just in case you are ever keen on going to one of these Diner en Blanc events but let’s just say when we arrived at the location, we were just glad that it was not in the middle of some park with no proper toilet facilities.

That’s my Mama Crew showing off our outfits before the dinner started proper.

And here are our outfits for the day. Love the rest of the outfits on the girls and their picnic baskets all wrapped up with lace. As for me, I don’t own many white outfits so thank goodness I have that one white dress that I could pull out from the wardrobe for this event. I had planned on wearing a simple nude flats but the invite read WHITE only, so I rushed down to H&M to grab a pair of white lace espadrilles (thanks Libby for the tip!).

It was indeed an all fancy affair and most of the food that we decided to bring along for this dinner was whatever I could order from Red Mart – think cheeses, dips, a charcuterie board and chips! Thank goodness for online grocery shopping! I don’t think I could deal with running to multiple places to get the stuff. Funnily, in the end, the Man managed to bring in white pepper crabs as part of the main course. Gotta give it to him for spontaneity!

With my mom crew and our other halves before the mayhem started. It was a very warm evening so the complimentary fans given by the organisers were definitely put into good use. And I guess if we are ever invited or going back again for next year’s event, we know to bring along next time. Or perhaps, we might just order a fancy take-out and eat it off our fancy cutlery.

Thanks for the fun night out where we crept home only at 1am (still sober and afer a midnight supper)! Can’t even recall when was the last time we had supper after clubbing at 10pm! Haha..

Odours be gone!

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I’m actually quite sensitive when it comes to odours. I especially dislike going to enclosed trapped places especially food courts and have that icky oily smell which linger in my clothes and hair. Only a good bath or hair wash would actually get rid of that smell but it’s hard to do it at work so I usually have hair perfume just to get rid of those smells. I believe if there is proper ventilation in such places perhaps these awful odours won’t even exist in the first place.

So I was really quite excited when Sulin from Our Lifestyle Shop shared this new product that’s going to be launched under their suite of lifestyle products. The Ecomist Odor Neutraliser!! Again, the name doesn’t sound sexy but as an ambassador to Our Lifestyle Shop since 2013 and even though they don’t launch new items frequently, I know that whenever they do, the new products are always top of the range in terms of home-cleaning products and will deliver what they promise.

We will be trying out the Ecomist Odor Neutraliser in the next couple of weeks in our home to see if it really works. Again, we prefer always try out products from Our Lifestyle Shop first before giving our unbiased reviews about the product.

Here are some initial thoughts when I tested the Ecomist Odor Neutraliser with French Perfume giving it a light spray in the room. First impressions? I really did like what I smelled. The apple scent was light, not overpowering to the senses and doesn’t give one a pounding headache because the scent was simply too strong. Even after leaving the room for about 10 minutes and came back after, the fresh apple scent still lingered on.

We will be using the Ecomist Odour Neutraliser and placing this inside the Ecomist Dispenser (also under the same range of products). In case you are wondering what’s the need for a dispenser when the product is used for home but it’s the convenience that we greatly appreciate for products like these. I don’t have to worry about checking the clock and misting my home. I know that it’s timed and each spray / dose can last for about 7 minutes each time.

So check back in again in the next few weeks as we share our experience on using the Ecomist Odour Neutraliser. Again, we are looking for a product that does not just mask the smell but actually eliminating the odour from the air. If this works, I’m going to suggest asking the Bub’s school to consider stocking this for one of my peeves during morning drop-off is the strong food smell that permeates from the kitchen into the common areas of the school. It can get so bad that a quick 1-2 minutes is all I need to have that food scent linger in my hair and clothes all the way to work.

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Disclaimer : lady J’s musings received the Ecomist dispenser and a can of Ecomist Odour Neutraliser from Our Lifestyle Shop to test and 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 on the product  should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

Sophie’s first catwalk show

Gosh, this seems like a while back but I never got round to posting it so I decided that it should still be posted despite the <gulp> three months lag.

We were invited by the lovely parents of Leia + Lauren to participate in the runway show at SuperMom Deluxe sometime in Feb. We were quite excited as this was the first fashion show that the Bub was invited to be in and it was quite a fun thing to do given that this Mama loves and breathes shopping/ fashion.

We were also stokked that our BFF, Mama Libby and Sophie-Rose was also involved in the show. It does help to have a familiar face around and you know with toddlers, anything and everything can happen. Expect the unexpected, that saying is true for sure.

Our make-up call was rather early, 12-ishpm to be exact and the showtime was only 3pm. I was kinda worried about the Bub missing her nap and I know the meltdowns that can possibly morph and spiral out of control when she doesn’t get sufficient rest, but it was near impossible to get her to nap with all the buzz going around. I had my Tula but it didn’t work for sure. I also preferred if the girls didn’t have any make-up on for it was tough trying to tell them not to rub their eyes and smear their make-up on their outfits.

When it was show-time, the kids all lined up in a single row and waited for their turn to walk down the runway. Bub was one of the last few and by that time, she was already getting restless. By this point, I’ve already lost count of the number of white chocolate marshmallows and boxes of raisins that she had consumed. She was literally on a sugar high, all ready to get on stage but well, I had to reign her in.

Well, eventually it was her turn and boy was it hilarious! She wouldn’t walk on her own so I had to get up on stage to cheer her on and get her to “shake her little bum” when each child had to stand in the corner and strike a pose. Her bum shaking caused a stir in the crowd with huge laughs. Phew.. thankfully, no cries!

It sure was memorable indeed. Thanks Peter and Amber for having us again. It was quite the experience and this Mama will hold on to the memories and relate them to the Bub when’s she’s older.