Show and tell: Memory Project

The June holidays are typically a long break for Primary going school children or for some younger kids, their schools would be closed during this period as well. As the Bub goes to full-day childcare, her centre is open almost a good part of the year. That said, her June’s Show and Tell is centered around what the child did for the month of June. Submission of photos for the project would suffice but I wanted to make something memorable for the kid while she did her story-telling to her friends.

I guess June is also extra special since it’s her birthday month so after an idea suggested by Mama Gwen to draw a cake and then get the Bub to stick the photos of what she did using the stickers created by the Sticker Maker from Stickie Mail, I decided to embark on a cake craft project for the Bub instead (another idea seeded by the bf@w).

Majority of the cake craft photo project can be sourced from Daiso, the trusty shop to head to if you needed to get craft materials readily. As the Bub’s favourite Disney Princess is Belle, I deliberately chose the styrofoam bricks in blue and yellow, stuck them together to form her Belle Birthday Cake.

For embellishments or rather the icing on her cake, I got a box of these decorative pom pom balls and basically stuck them around the cake. The Bub helped me out here and we had fun coming up with the colour scheme – pink, followed by white, yellow, etc, on how her craft birthday cake should look. It’s not easy to get these decorative balls to be stuck o the styrofoam boards, I think I must have used up a bottle of craft glue for this project alone!

I also printed some photos (passport sized) so that it would fit nicely into the sticker maker. The Bub helped to then stick these stickers all over her craft cake. As we stuck the photo memories on the cake, I also took the opportunity to ask the Bub what are some of the actions or the people she hung out with in the pictures to jolt her memory a little.

I guessed that worked and looks like she was all excited about sharing her tales and adventures with her little friends. 🙂

Try it.. this does make quite a fun bonding project to do with your child.

Looking for a gift to delight new moms or parents?

An ex-colleague welcomed a baby boy into their little family and “boy was I happy for her! So the BF@W and I scratched our heads wondering what we should get her little bundle of joy. There are no lack of brands that have sprung up over the last couple of years but one of the baby gifts that I really like gifting to new moms and parents is the baby gift hamper from My Baby Gift.

So they were pretty much my first port-of-call when deciding what to gift new parents. Love the whole personalisation of the baby’s name on blankets, bibs, towels and to this very day, Sophie is still using her personalised blanket for school (we have 2!) and her hooded towel for the home.

We are talking about nearly 3 years of daily use of her blankets (given that she goes to school from Mondays to Fridays) and despite the blankets being subjected to daily use by an active toddler who doesn’t quite care about keeping her stuff properly, her name blankets are still in a rather good condition (no loose threads coming out of the embroidery). I think that really is a true testament of a quality product. The day will come when these blankets will eventually have to go and I will be sad to see that day come. 😦

I came to realise as well while drafting this post that My Baby Gift recently started to expand their product offering to selling single products (not just hampers) to their customers. This demand was a result from their customers’ feedback on wanting a single product as a keepsake for their child or as a gift to another child. Makes sense especially if you are as sentimental as I am. They now offer the option of purchasing a single customised product in their “Gifts and educational toys” section where they offer gifts to children of up to 7 years. Best part? It’s fuss-free ordering (don’t have to specially head to the shops), beautifully wrapped and delivered to your home or the recipient’s home.

As you can see, personalised baby gifts really do have a special place in a new parent’s heart.  So if you are thinking about gifting a new mom or a new parent a unique gift for their little bundle of joy, I would really recommend getting a baby gift hamper from My Baby Gift.

special deal for my readers

This is not a sponsored review but the team at My Baby Gift has very kindly extended a 10% off all personalised baby hampers above $150 on www.mybabygift.com.sg for my readers with the coupon code LADYJ10 (valid until 31 December 2017).

Edit as at 19 July:  Came home to a lovely surprise from My Baby Gift for the Bub! I’ve been wanting to replace the Bub’s blanket for like I said, it’s been used and abused over the past few years. That said, the embroidery is still very hardy and we throw these blankets into the washing machine (not washed by hand).  Thank you Liron for the thoughtful gift in replacing the blanket for Sophie. Super love the stars blanket (have a major weakness for all things stars) and I’ve noticed that the embroidery has also been updated. It’s slightly larger compared to the older one and a lot more vibrant in pink.

Note:
This post is in response to the kind offer of 10% discount by mybabygift.com for my readers. All opinions are my own. Just sharing the good stuff!

Hari Raya celebrations in school

This year’s Hari Raya’s festivities included getting the kids to be dressed in traditional Malay costumes and for the children to taste Malay goodies. I decided to get a head-start on the shopping and scored this cute sky-blue baju kurung in floral and strawberries print on Carousell.

My love affair with Cheongsams

When I was younger, I did shy away from wearing cheongsams for the cut was too tight, restrictive and the look was too traditional. Now that I’m a little older, I kinda like wearing cheongsams out for special occasions. Thankfully, the style is no longer restrictive with the fit updated to suit different body types.


I fell in love with the signature cut-out dress featuring the Mandarin Collar from I want the Missing Piece. The side cut outs at just the right spot give the illusion of a tiny waist without any unnecessary hangovers. I’ve gone on to own four of these pieces in various colours simply because they look great for most ocassions (formal and smart casual). Clearly, one is not enough for me.

About two months back, Ee Ling from I want the Missing Piece invited me and the Bub to be part of a fashion show that she was organising as part of Kids Day Out at the Botanic Gardens. I was quite honoured to be honest to be picked as one of the moms for the event. My only worry was whether the Bub would even be able to sashay down the catwalk properly. This was the second time that she would be involved in an event like this but I trust she has no clue what is happening around her, must less trusted to walk in a straight line.

Here’s a pic of us in matching Red Lace Cheongsams available online at The Missing Piece  about an hour before we are due for the catwalk debut. I did what I possibly could to prep the Bub for this event. The time for the show was about 4.30pm, this meant that I could put the Bub down for an afternoon nap so that she wouldn’t get cranky. From my past experience, this was important as I couldn’t risk having a cranky child having a meltdown on the runway.

And of course, things never quite go as planned with an active toddler around. When it was our turn to walk, the Bub preferred to be the one leading the way and poor Mama had to run behind her. She did cause quite a cheer on the walkway with the audience laughing at her.

Or perhaps she enjoyed being at the centre of attention that she did another walk on the runway (we only needed to walk once).  Well, at least she had fun.

Thanks Ee Ling from The Missing Piece for the kind invitation to join you at this event. It was a memorable experience indeed and we loved the dresses that you put us in.

 

 

Pepper Lunch Beef Pepper Rice on our Bruno

We hardly cook on weekdays because by the time I stumbled through the door from work/ school, it’s already 7pm and then it’s a mad rush to get the Bub fed, let her have some TV time while we have our dinner, shower the Bub and then tuck her into bed at about 9.30pm. Yes, she sleeps late. It’s not ideal for a young kid but I can’t force to go to bed any earlier so I choose to pick my battles.

After seeing a couple of pictures on our instagram feed mainly of this Beef Pepper Lunch cooked using the Nabe attachment of the Bruno, I was really tempted to give it a go. It looked fairly simple to replicate and a quick search on the internet revealed several recipes that I could quickly turn to.

I do have to qualify that the prep-work for this Beef Pepper Lunch is fairly quick and simple to put together. My helper and the in-law did majority of the prep work (for instance, cooking of the rice, buying the core ingredients like beef slices, corn and vegetables and making the sauce). So all I really needed to do to place all the ingredients neatly into the nabe pot, crank  up the heat and cook the meal. 🙂

If you are wondering about the recipe, here’s one that Mama Libby (@thelittlebowgirl) came up with that I’m sharing over here.

Ingredients:

  1. Sliced beef or pork belly
  2. 1 – 1.5 cups of cooked rice
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/2 can of corn kernels
  5. edamame and spinach (optional)
  6. Amakuchi (Honey Garlic Soy) sauce – made with 1 tbsp vegetable oil, 2 tbsp chopped white garlic, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1/4 raw honey, 1 tbsp high quality soy sauce, 1/4 cup osyter sauce, 1 tsp corn starch and 1/4 cup water. Mix ingredients in a small pot, bring to boil for 3 – 5 minutes or until thickened and onions plus garlic are soft. Cool then blend and store in a glass jar.

Method:

  1. To cook the Pepper Beef Lunch meal in your Nabe Pot attachment on the Bruno, place all the ingredients neatly. What I did was to place the rice in the centre, make a small dwelling for the raw egg to be placed (last) and for the sides, place the beef slices, corn and edamame around it.
  2. Butter cubes to be added on the rice mixture for it will give the rice and the cooked ingredients a buttery taste.
  3. Crank up the heat to high on the Bruno hotplate, mix everything together, pour sauce in and ensure that the ingredients are cooked thoroughly before turning heat down.

That’s really just it!

Things are getting quite crazy on the personal front with Côté Maison and it’s going to be quite an insane roller-coaster ride for Libby and I! Wish us loads and loads of luck please!!

One lucky Bub

The Bub who recently turned 3 was sent a happy care package by the lovely folks at Creative Moms and the birthday gift that we received came in timely as it consisted of the daily essentials that would certainly come in handy for school.

  • Bamboo Towel
  • Bamboo Socks
  • Bamboo underwear featureing characters from Disney’s Finding Dory
  • Sandwich box from the Disney Princess Collection

She was obviously very, very pleased when she opened up her care package. “WOW Mama! Thank you for the presents!!”  she exclaimed loudly.

And we put these items to good use as well! The bamboo towel was extremely soft and the material was lightweight enough for daily use in school. The Bub goes to full-day childcare and we are required to change her towels daily.  You can imagine how much laundry we actually do go through during the week with 2-3 change of clothes for the Bub alone. I like that the fabric of the Bamboo towel is soft to the touch and for allergy prone skin, bamboo fabric is perfect for it’s anti-static and sits well next to your skin. One thing we learned about bamboo fabrics is that bacteria does not live well in bamboo fabric, so it doesn’t get smelly even after many days. This is important because sometimes towels will have a musky smell when they are too thick and there isn’t sufficient sunlight to dry them before they are stored. The Bamboo socks are also great for daily use when the Bub goes to school for it’s anti-slip and I don’t have to worry about her falling down when she runs around the school. Yes, she really dashes like a flash when she sees us from far when we pick her up from school. The underwear with the adorable Finding Dory characters also came in handy as we are attempting to toilet-train the Bub.

Creative Moms has been a leading licensee for children’s products such as Disney Princesses, Disney Frozen, Thomas the Train, etc  for over 10 years now and most of their products can be found in major retailers and leading department stores. We first got acquainted with the brand when the Bub asked for a Disney Princess water bottle. I didn’t want one that was too outlandish in terms of design or worse have the characters that don’t even look like they are the real thing. So well-made licensed products would be top on my list when I shop for cartoon-related merchandise. I found a Disney Princess water bottle that checks all the boxes at Mothercare. I went home happy and made one little girl even happier when she laid her eyes on her new fave water bottle.

And now she has a new sandwich box for her afternoon tea-break snacks for school. This lucky girl!

Thanks Victoria from Creative Moms for reaching out to us and sending us this lovely package. You definitely made the child extremely happy and this Mama even happier to learn that not all Disney related products can be garish and hurt the eyes. These pretty Princess and cute cartoon designs, I know that they are the original cartoon characters and I can live with that.

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*We were gifted with the above-mentioned products by Creative Moms. No monetary compensation has been received. All opinions expressed are my own .Sponsors have been notified that I am not obliged to write a review upon receipt of sponsored service/items, should I find the products/services unsuitable.

Putting the Ecomist Odour Neutraliser to the real test!

[Sponsored Review]

The long weekend passed by in a flash with a flurry of social activities that filled our calendar. That and tending to a sick Bub which meant that she was home-bound while this Mama tried hard to juggle between looking after her and the commitments that we now have under Cote Maison. Mama guilt is real but I know I can’t turn my back on the business that we have started and that also requires my equal amount of energy (if not more into the business).

This was the calm before the crowds decided at Shop Small Saturday Market last weekend. It was quite an experience having to organise this pop-up event with both Libby and Gwen, plus pulling other Mama-preneurs who each ran a successful brand/ store under their belt. It was another passion project that we conceptualised and organised from start to finish. This included, sourcing of the venue, curating the brands, marketing and managing the housekeeping/ logistics to ensure that the event ran smoothly. Praying for good weather, sufficient parking and a steady flow of crowd is also essential in order for the event to be called a success.

I was basically a wreck the eve of the event. Slept late and the Bub woke up because of a nightmare, followed by a fever. She basically cried from 4am to 8am and was inconsolable. It broke my heart to leave her at home with the care-givers while I rushed to the event venue. But I had no choice. The show had to go on and being one of the co-organisers to this, I had to be there.

This was our humble little set-up for Cote Maison at Shop Small Saturday. I decided to bring along the Ecomist Odour Neutraliser from Our Lifestyle Shop for the event as I figured that the Mezzanine Level at Stamping Ground Coffee might get crowded or perhaps stuffy at some point, so it would be nice to freshen up the air with the Apple scent dispensed by the Ecomist device.

I stuck some gold stars decal on my Ecomist dispenser to make it uniquely mine. I love how sleek the device actually is and how it fits the table furnishings of our stall. A special shout-out to the very thoughtful Sulin who specially ordered the tulips to congratulate us for the inaugural launch of Shop Small Saturday Market. What a pleasant surprise and we love how the flowers also added a personal touch to our decor.

Since the Ecomist Odour Neutraliser was on a normal ‘settings’ mode (ie: which meant that it would automatically dispense a 30mg dose every 7 mins), the area around our store area was kept lightly scented with a fresh apple fragrance from 9.30am. Following this, the incident that happened next at our event really did put the Ecomist Odour Neutraliser to the test and I guess I can safely attest to the fact that this product seriously works!

We had kids running around at our event and one of our friends kids vomited his breakfast just a couple of feet away from our booth. I swear after becoming a mom, you become quite resilient to most smells and can basically stomach anything that comes out of your child’s mouth when he/she is sick. But vomit? Not something I can deal with much. I tend to gag when I have to clear the Bub’s vomit for the smell is not one I can stomach easily.

Bet the people around our area felt the same way too! But we were all very sympathetic to my friend’s situation. We cleaned the sick child up fairly quickly and called for help from the cafe to clean up the floor area. Mess was cleared up in under 10 minutes (I did wish I brought the suite of products from Our Lifestyle Shop along to the event for it will definitely be put to good use), but the vomit smell lingered in the air and I was actually thankful that I brought along the Ecomist Odour Neutraliser dispenser which proved to be useful in this situation. In fact, I ended up pressing the push buttons on the device that dispenses the fragrance manually hoping that the odour neutraliser would work magically. But obviously it wasn’t instant! What’s worth noting is that some 20 to 30 minutes later, the smell of the vomit slowly dissipated proving that the Ecomist Odour Neutraliser really did work.

Here’s a quick comparison of how the Ecomist Odour Neutraliser works against traditional spray fragrances:

How traditional spray fragrance works:

  • Mask odour by introducing another scent into the air
  • Intrusive / invasive to some (smell is subjective- not everyone has the same preference)
How Ecomist works:

  • Designed as an odour neutralizer, eliminating odour by not masking them
  • Use light fragrancing to create a natural scent
  • With light scent, some may not even detect

 

Needless to say, the Ecomist Odour Neutraliser really does work! This is seriously good stuff and seeing or in our case, smelling is believing! I really think every home should have this device as it will really come in handy to getting rid of funky odours in the home and making our home smell fresh and clean.

In summary, here are the important features of the Ecomist Odour Neutraliser and what we really like about this product:

  • It really works! Proven to remove odours. By the time the event was over, the smell of a child’s vomit no longer lingered in the air. Credit really goes to this product for there was no use of cleaning agents that were used to clean up the vomit. Only paper towels and a mop was used as part of the cleaning process.
  • The Ecomist Odour Neutraliser really did eliminate the odour instead of masking it!
  • The elimination of the odour was long-lasting and not temporary.

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Disclaimer : lady J’s musings received the Ecomist Dispenser and a can of Odour Neutraliser from Our Lifestyle Shop to test and review as the Our Lifestyle Shop Ambassador programme.  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.