A shoot with Tomato Photo

IMG_6513We did our newborn shoot with Hart from Tomato Photo and have sung praises about his work. We are so pleased that he has managed to capture Bubba’s expressions so aptly even though she was just 7 days old and have those photos scattered around the home. I also love looking at those photos, reminiscing about just how tiny she was then and how quickly she has grown since. It’s true what they say, you cannot turn back the clock.

So when Hart reached out to us and shared that he was looking for babies around 6 – 9 months who can sit independently to do some shots with him as he had some new ideas in mind that he wanted to try. We were pretty much over the moon and said YES to this opportunity for we knew he would be able to capture those memories of Bubba in her 9 months of age beautifully for us to cherish.IMG_7534

Now, on the shoot. It was all dependent on how our little one ‘performed’ or felt during that time. I was, of course, worried that Bubba may be cranky during the shoot. Thankfully, she had a 2hr nap before that and ate most of her porridge for lunch, so she was a happy camper when we brought her to the studio.

IMG_7541The cameras started rolling. We’ve worked with Hart previously and knew his mode of operation with a newborn. But this time round, with a baby who’s more interested in crawling, exploring and whose energy is boundless, we didn’t quite know what to expect. Again, Hart put us and more importantly, the little one right at ease almost immediately.

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Minimum props were used for the shoot for all the attention was on Bubba instead. In between the takes, Hart also entertained the little one who flashed her brightest smiles for us all during the shoot. Phew!

IMG_7567As this was a complimentary shoot that Hart was giving us, I thought that the only one that would be involved in the shoot was going to be Bubba. But as the camera clicked, Hart turned around and asked if we were comfortable joining Bubba for the shoot. Well, had I known, I would have slapped on more make-up for I thought I looked like a mess! Thankfully, the Man and I went in sort of coordinated colours with Bubba – white, pastel colours for the win! We wrapped up the shoot in under an hour which we felt was just right for any longer, Bubba may end up being cranky.

We’ve done photo-shoots elsewhere but we honestly love working with Hart. First of all, he’s always responsive and prompt in his replies. He takes pride in his work and the photos speak for itself for it really shows in the work that he produces. Next, he makes it so easy for us to view the photos. He sends us a link and all we need to do is to view the photos in the comfort of our home. We have been put in awkward situations on the photo-selection (ie: photog insist the photo looks great while we think otherwise). No offence to the photog. Lastly, his packages are straight-forward. You pay for what you get, no hidden costs.

I wish I can show you all the shots that Hart took for us but there are simply too many. It was so tough narrowing down to these few that we really love to share them here but I’m sure I will be sharing more of them in my other blog posts where suitable.

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Thanks again Hart for thinking of us and casting Bubba in your photo-shoot. We are beyond thrilled with the photos as you have managed to capture these precious moments of joy so artfully and beautifully!

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SONY DSCI wouldn’t want to label this post as a sponsored review because we responded to this casting call by Tomato Photo where a complimentary photo-shoot was given to us. I was under no obligation to write this review by Hart but I really wanted to share our experience as we have worked with him twice and on both accounts, he has really surpassed our expectations.

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Do check out the mini photo-shoot that Hart has done for babies aged 6 – 11 months.

We responded to this casting call by Tomato Photo where a complimentary photo-shoot was given to us. In exchange for the session, we were offered two 5X7″ acrylic frame prints and complimentary soft copies printable to 4X6″. No monetary rewards were given. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and written according to my experience. 

Marriage Blooper #01

This convo took place over dinner last night where we brought Bubba to No Menu restaurant. We didn’t realise that the place isn’t exactly baby-friendly (ie: no baby chairs). Thankfully, service was good and the people genuinely went out to make us feel comfortable when they saw us pushing our pram. We were also super lucky because Bubba fell asleep and decided to take a 1hr nap while we breezed through our starters and mains. While we clinked our glasses of wine and I looked at Bubba soundly asleep in her stroller… This took place:

Me: I’m so excited! It’s going to be my first Mother’s Day!

The Man: Yay! Tell that to Sophie ok? I hope she does something nice for you!

Me: (speechless for a bit) Erm.. It will be a while before she can make me those cards you know..

The Man: oh.. I’m not supposed to do anything for you right?

Me: (speechless moment continues) ….

IMG_8171So Bubba, no.. I don’t expect that you will do anything for me this Mother’s Day but it will still be a memorable occasion for me..

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Dressing up Bubba

I’ve gone on a shopping hiatus of late, preferring to focus my shopping on my little one instead. Things are so much cuter smaller-sized and I guess we’ve been real lucky for Bubba’s been gifted with quite a lot of pretty clothes. Some that she has barely worn and now has outgrown. They really do grow up quickly..

IMG_7487Some of my recent buys for Bubba.. Tops from Whistle and Flute and this adorable customised doll from Jo & Mink.

IMG_7424And playing dress-up is so much more fun with my pint-sized model. It’s only hard to capture goods shots of her still with my iPhone. Love these outfits that she was gifted from Nicholas and Bear.

IMG_6457Looks like she probably can squeeze in at best another wear of these outfits before I fold them up or hand them over to a friend so that it won’t go to waste. Yes, pretty outfits are meant to be shared.

IMG_7400Here’s another fave outfit of mine that I dressed Bubba up in: Baby Gap White Onesie and a blue skirt for 12months that I scored for a good deal on sale!

IMG_7933Also scored super cute hat from H&M recently. Unfortunately, the Bub was less than impressed with my mini-shoot, preferring to protest instead.

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Back at Fat Cat Ice Cream Bar

IMG_6584A super back-dated post but one that I really want to share nonetheless.

Managed to take the day off (the last of my Mondays’ off) and decided to still bring Bubba to school so that she can get used to the new surroundings and care-givers. My sis managed to have some time off as well, so we decided to head back to Fat Cat for some ice-cream and waffles! Having skipped lunch as well, we were famished! So we basically ordered more stuff to share. :) It’s more fun eating out when you have company..

IMG_6585Mojito Cocktail Spheres – These come in limited quantity on a daily basis so we decided to order up some as a perk-me-up for the coming week. At S$4.50 a pop, these don’t come cheap but when you pop the entire sphere into your mouth, the sharp tinge of lemon zest that explodes almost immediately after you bite the jello sphere was actually quite fun.

IMG_6589Like I said, we skipped lunch so we were HUNGRY. Besides the must-order waffles, we decided to order the Deconstructed Lemon Tart which came with a palette cleanser to cleanse our palette before this beautiful dessert platter was set in-front of us. My sis and I blinked hard for we could hardly believe that a neighbourhood dessert outlet would whip up something so fancy like this.

IMG_6594Okay, beyond this fancy dessert art, did this dessert make the mark? It does feel a bit odd eating something this fancy at a somewhat casual cafe. The entire concept of a deconstructed lemon tart served with raspberry sorbet and lemon sauce didn’t quite go hand-in-hand as well. We didn’t know where we should start and somehow the flavours fell flat. A tad bit disappointing.

IMG_6591Thankfully, the wildly and highly popular Gourmet waffle served with Thai Milk ice-cream plus salted caramel and salted egg sauce saved the day. We should have just ordered one of these waffles each to scoff down on our own instead of sharing. Hmph.. next time, I guess.

Beyond the food, this little outing was a lovely one that I spent with my little sister, reconnecting with her and sharing tales of motherhood/parenting. Such moments are rare because we are so busy with our own lives these days, so I really do cherish such moments. Thanks Marz… perhaps next time, the littlest sister can join us too!

Sophie’s Star Buys: Zwitsal Baby Hair Lotion

IMG_5395Now that Bubba is almost inching to 10 months, I think we have a couple of faves that she is sticking by for her toiletries. Being a first-time Mom, I was honestly quite clueless about the brands of toiletries available for young ones out there. Thank goodness, recommendations from friends helped. But nothing like testing the toiletries for yourself.

IMG_6508I still recall vividly when I was in the delivery ward, during the delivery process, the first thing the Man exclaimed was ‘She has a lot of hair!’. So Bubba wasn’t one of those bare-headed babies and has been blessed with lovely hair upon birth.

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetSomewhere between her third and fourth month, I started to notice that her hair seemed to be thinning and she seemed to be dropping her baby hair which I heard is pretty normal.

IMG_7296That’s when we decided she was due for a simple hair-cut to see if that could help to promote hair growth. You know what the old folks believe.. if you shave off the babies hair, it will promote hair growth and on top of that, the hair grown thereafter will be thicker and fuller than before.

IMG_8747Well, as you can see, we couldn’t bear to. So we simply waited out and let her hair grow. But I noticed that hair growth was a little slower than before and it didn’t grow as thick.

Around this time, my Mom passed me more bottles of Zwitsal hair lotion. She told me to apply it on Bubba’s hair liberally as it not only made her hair smell nice but it would also help with the hair growth. She swears by the product because we (ie: my youngest sister and nephews) basically grew up with the Zwistal brand. I didn’t think too much of the hair lotion and just put it aside. Until one day, I passed a small bottle on to a Mama friend as a gift for her little one. At one of the play-dates, I noticed that said friend’s little one’s hair was a lot thicker and fuller than before and I asked my friend if it was the result of shaving her little one’s hair. To which she answered, possibly. She also shared that the Zwitsal hair lotion which I passed her could also helped with the hair growth.

I was surprised at the hair growth possibilities that the Zwistal hair lotion could have, for I always thought of it as just making my baby’s hair smell nice. I don’t really need that if it’s for cosmetic purposes but the promise of hair growth? Now, that is something I definitely don’t mind trying out.

IMG_1632So I dug out my stash of Zwistal hair lotion and started to apply it religiously on Bubba’s head after her morning shower. A couple of weeks later, I noticed that her hair was slightly thicker than before.

IMG_4648I concentrated the lotion on the top of her head and hair growth was fuller. Then I noticed the bottom part of her head was kinda balding so I now put the lotion over at the side as well. Let’s see what happens.

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Zwitsal Baby Hair Lotion

Take gentle care of your baby’s hair with Zwitsal Hair Lotion. This exceptionally mild hair lotion leaves your baby’s hair smelling fresh and clean all day long. That’s not all, it’s hypoallergenic, pH-skin neutral and dermatologically tested. It’s suitable not only for babies but also children of all ages.

Properties:

  • Tested Hypo-Allergenic: can be used for sensitive skin
  • Aloe Vera, Candlenut and Celery: help in the growth of black and thick hair
  • Aloe Vera: helps protect scalp from dryness
  • Nourishes hair and scalp
  • With fresh long lasting fragrance

Method:

  • Zwitsal hair lotion is extremely easy to apply each morning.
  • First, brush your baby’s hair gently using a soft brush, taking care to follow the direction of hair growth (as this ensures that it is easy to style and also stimulates the flow of blood to your baby’s scalp).
  • Then rub a little Zwitsal hair lotion into the palm of your hands before gently applying to baby’s hair.
  • Try to avoid any contact with your little one’s eyes.
  • Zwitsal Hair Lotion can be applied directly to both to damp and dry hair and doesn’t require rinsing.
  • Note: Zwitsal Hair Lotion is not suitable for babies and children with an irritated scalp.

Ingredients:
Water, Alcohol Denat, Perfum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Apium Graveolens (Celery) Root/ Seed Extract, Aleurites Mouluccana Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Etidronic Acid, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Etyhlparaben

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Zwistal is a brand under the Unilever Group.

My dad has specially brought back some of these bottles of Zwitsal Hair Lotion from his travels and I’m selling some of them via my site for personal consumption only.

Zwitsal Baby Hair Lotion (100 ml) : S$4.50 (Sold out)

Zwitsal Baby Hair Lotion (200 ml): S$6.00

IMG_5851If you are interested to get your hands on some of them. Please email ladyj_musings@rocketmail.com to let me know which size of the Zwitsal Baby Hair Lotion you would like to order. Price not inclusive of local postage and while supplies last!

Please note that I’m not saying that the Zwitsal Baby Hair Lotion is a miracle hair growth lotion but it did work for Bubba and results may vary among individual babies/ kids. If anything, the hair lotion does smell pretty good and refreshing when applied on your baby’s scalp.

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Because we want you to try out the product, I’m giving away a 100 ml bottle of the Zwistal Baby Hair Lotion. To win this, simply share why you will want this hair lotion for your baby/child by leaving a comment on this post. Good luck!

Contest is only opened to readers from Singapore and will close on Saturday, 25 April 2015, 9pm.

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Note: Lady J’s Musings did not receive any monetary rewards for this post. All views expressed are purely of my own and written according to my experience in using the products. Results may vary for individuals using the product. I’m in no way affiliated to the brand, but would like to share some of these products to interested parties. 
 

Checking out: Common Man Coffee Roasters

This place has been on my radar for coffee and a nice place to have breakfast. But somehow, checking out cafes require some logistical effort with Bubba around. Having said that, she’s been quite the trooper so we really enjoy bringing her out while we check out new places so long as they have child-seats for us to park her next to us.

IMG_7869We had an early start so we packed up and headed to Common Man Coffee Roasters. At about 10ish on a weekend, it was quite packed but we were lucky to have scored a table.

IMG_7848I went with the Organic Eggs Benedict set which saw a departure from the usual ham as they used tender braised ox cheeks as the base for the meat which sounded a little strange but actually was pretty yums. I also really liked that the dish came with a hearty dose of greens which made my kinda sinful breakie feel a little less sinful if you know what I mean.

IMG_7849The Common Man Veggie Wonderland struck a chord with the Man and to be honest, it was the one that I didn’t mind ordering as well. It was healthy and hearty. Loved almost everything on the plate.

IMG_7851The thing about bringing Bubba out for breakfast with us usually meant that we will need to feed her on-the-go. If we are heading out to cafes, we usually just order some bread for her to munch on. Thankfully at Common Man Coffee Roasters, they had sourdough bread as a side order ($5 for 2 slices). So we popped that along with our order.

IMG_7853 The Man’s breakfast set came with some avocado, so I kept that aside for Bubba not sure if she would take it. I remembered that Bubba didn’t particularly love avocado. But when I fed her some of the avocado, I was surprised that she actually reached out for seconds. I guess credit also goes to her school who has been faithfully feeding her with avocado and it finally paid off!

IMG_7857Yay!! This makes it easier for us to feed her when we head down to Perth for our upcoming fam-bam holiday. :)

We really enjoyed our little family breakie gathering at Common Man Coffee Roasters. Food’s good, coffee’s great, ambience is pretty cool as well and given that it’s generally rather baby/kid-friendly, we will definitely like to come back again.

Common Man Coffee Roasters
Address: 22 Martin Road, #01-00, Singapore 239058

Mama J cooks: Pasta sauce

Been wanting to use up the box of Bellamy’s Organics Pasta Stars that I bought for Bubba weeks back and was on the hunt for recipes that could utilise the pasta up. I guess nothing does it like good old tomato-based pasta sauce. So I decided to give it go and make pasta sauce from scratch after checking out this post by Mama Libby.

Printed the recipe and planned to adapt it in the morning when I woke up but when I headed down, my helper beat me to making this for Bubba. This little girl is so loved! :)

Here’s the recipe if you are interested in a tomato-based recipe for your bub. IMG_7865Simple Veggie Pasta Sauce (Recipe adapted from Little Bow Girl’s 5-pasta sauce recipe)
[Makes 7 portions for bub, enough to freeze]

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Purple Onion, chopped
  • 1 Carrot, washed and sliced
  • 7 cm x 5 cm Chunk of Butternut Squash, washed, peeled and sliced into cubes
  • 1 Large Organic Vine-ripened tomato, washed and sliced
  • 1/2 Apple, washed and sliced
  • 4 cups of boiled water

Method:

  • Using 1/2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, grease pan and bring to medium heat.
  • When pan is hot, add onions and fry till fragrant.
  • After onions become translucent, add carrots and butternut squash, and fry evenly until fragrant (about five minutes)
  • Pour mixture of onions, carrots and squash into your slow cooker. Add 4 cups of water.
  • Finally, add your chunks of apple and tomato.

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  • Leave to simmer and stew in slow cooker on “High” for 1 hr before switching it to “Low” for 3-4 hours.
  • At the end of it, pour entire mixture into blender and pulse to the consistency you like.

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I don’t know if we used too little ingredients but after the 4 hours of slow cooking, the stew didn’t seem to reduce. It was too soupy and I knew that if I were to blend it, the sauce would end up being too diluted. So I improvised. What I did was to scoop all the ingredients into the blender and then with just 1 scoop of the stock, I pulsed the ingredients. This was the result and I was happy with it. As for the remaining stock? I kept it aside as vegetable stock for Bubba’s porridge. Well, she seemed to love it with a slice of cod-fish added to her rice.

IMG_7863As for the pasta sauce? I think it taste really good. The sweetness from all the ingredients made for a really yummy sauce to be accompanied with her pasta stars. I added some organic minced chicken to the sauce and then fed her with the pasta stars. Bubba finished half of this and readily opened her mouth as I spoon-fed her, so I’m happy this recipe works for now. We have another 6 more servings of this to go. So fingers crossed!