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 : Côté 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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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.

To find out more about products and special offers from Our Lifestyle Shop, do like Our Lifestyle Shop’s Facebook page, or follow them on their Instagram or Twitter.

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.

Online shopping for Sparky with KOHEPETS 

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Before the Bub came into our lives, we have a first furkid named Sparky. Ok, he doesn’t make an appearance so often these days but well, he’s still very much a part of our lives. Life goes on as per normal with him around but it’s kinda mayhem when you throw in a young child into the mix.
We don’t have many opportunities for any blog-reviews when it comes to Sparky these days. Actually, it’s more because we are cautious about what his diet. He’s turning eight soon and let’s just say, he has been subjected to various allergies which is the primary reason why we keep him on a strict diet with limited snacks. Even when it comes to his snacks, we stopped buying off-the-shelves packaged pet food because of the preservatives or some additives used that might flare up his skin allergies.
Yup, poor puppy here has a skin allergy which actually sees him in a perpetual “cone-of-shame” because the moment the cone is removed, he immediately wants to nip and bite himself. 😦

So when KOHEPETS approached us for a review, we were rather apprehensive about accepting the sponsorship for I was worried about the items that would be sent to us for the review and whether it would be appropriate for Sparky given his delicate condition. When I shared my concerns and the challenges that we had, Urusula from KOHEPETS put me to ease with her prompt replies and then recommendations for types of snacks/ products for Sparky given his skin allergies and condition. With that, we decided to accept the offer to review products purchased under KOHEPETS.

I guess the timing was perfect too since we were running out of snacks for Sparky. We don’t feed him a lot of snacks at home because the vet prefers for us to keep Sparky on a strict diet so that he doesn’t become too bottom-heavy. Our poor baby had dislocated his hip joint when he was a puppy, undergone surgery so we are really careful about his hips, so it’s important that he doesn’t gain too much weight that might give him greater discomfort on his hind legs.

Here’s what Ursula from KOHEPETS recommended for Sparky and what we got after I surfed on their site and spent a good 30 minutes or so analysing what I should get for the fur-kid. Man, they do have a lot of different types of snacks for both dogs and cats. Have to say that one is really spoilt for choice when it comes to online shopping at KOHEPETS.

  • Yappetizers Wild Salmon and Herring Dog & Cat Treats : Natural air-dried fish treats from Canada, this smelled like the real thing. Sparky could hardly stop himself from lunging towards me when I popped open a pack of this to fish out a snack for him.
  • Zeal Free Range Naturals Veal Meaty Bites Dog Treats: We prefer to get Sparky bite-sized snacks these days compared to chewy tendons and beef ribs which he used to love. Perhaps it’s his age or perhaps he’s just more sensitive but we found out that the length of the ribs used to irritate his throat when he doesn’t chew them up properly and he ends up vomiting as a result of chomping too quickly. These bite sized treats are more manageable for his system I guess.
  • Funkie Buddie Original Beef Dog Treats: This came highly recommended by Ursula who almost guaranteed that Sparky would fall in love with the treat for it not only smelled good but also tasted good. Well, it’s true. Short of me popping one of these treats into my mouth because it smelled like beef jerky, I think Sparky found his new fave snack! Size wise, this was also perfect for Bubba to feed Sparky. Occasionally, she would ask for us to give her a treat so that she can give it to Sparky. Sibling affection! 🙂
  • Wellness Crunchy WellBars WhiteFish and Sweet Potatoes Cheese Recipe Dog Treats: Made in Canada, these treats are oven-baked with no corn, soy, artificial colours or flavours. They look bland like a cookie but they do pack a punch when it comes to smell. On taste wise, I ain’t going to test it but Sparky lapped it up the moment the Bub placed a square on her palm. I will try to take a photo of it but again, everything happens in pretty much a flash so I don’t really have time to get them to re-enact the scene.

We also got Sparky a new leash – this Zee Dog Slip On Dog Leash. As Sparky is a huge dog and sometimes can be a little hard to handle for myself and my helper, we prefer to keep him on a choke-chain collar plus leash. I know you probably think it’s cruel and yes, we know that it’s not entirely ideal but having some control over him ensures our safety given that he can literally drag us across the road if he wanted to. This Slip On Dog Leash looks like a softer approach that we can take on Sparky instead of the metal collar. Love that it’s black so it looks rather sleek too. 🙂

Oh and KOHEPETS stocks vitamins as well as daily necessities for pets. As Sparky’s toothpaste was running out and the nearest pet store wasn’t in sight, so I decided to pop the Excel Dental Care – Canine Toothpaste in Mint Flavor for him. Yes, we brush Sparky’s teeth every other night so he’s pretty used to us stuffing a toothbrush into his canine region. We used to start out with liver-flavoured toothpaste but once he got used to the whole brushing regime, we decided to change it to the mint flavour.

KOHEPETS really offer so many products (from dog food, cat food, grooming products, vitamins, pet accessories, etc) that I had a field time popping things into my shopping cart. Like I said earlier, one is really spoiled for choice. I liked that stuff that you can get on KOHEPETS are different from what you can get from the generic pet shops. That’s not all, if you do a price comparison, you will find that some of their products are slightly cheaper than what you can get out there. Free delivery with S$60 spent which in my opinion is rather achievable when it comes to getting good, quality products for your pets. I have to add that delivery was super quick too. We ordered late in the night and received notification that the parcel will be delivered the next day by 9pm. That was rather impressive and I think KOHEPETS will be our next go-to e-store whenever we need to top up Sparky’s snacks, vitamins and grooming products.

For the latest news and promotions, do follow KOHEPETS on Instagram. PSST, there’s a giveaway coming up real soon on their IG account too once they hit 2,000 followers and that’s pretty soon if you do join as one of their followers.

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Note: Lady J’s musings received shopping credits from KOHEPETS to get the above-mentioned products 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 service. 

Unleashing our creativity with PLAY-DOH

So Bubba has been away from school for nearly a week now. She’s on the road to recovery and we reckon that she can be in school by Friday but for good measure, we decided to just keep her at home. I must add that it is kinda tiring to keep her at home and try to keep her little mind plus hands occupied. She’s usually all over the place, flitting from one corner to the next or from one activity to the next. Like her dad, she hardly can sit still or have the attention span to follow-through an activity long enough for us to enjoy it.

We recently received the new range of Kitchen Creations sets from PLAY-DOH and I have to add that they sure came at the right time! We are no strangers to PLAY-DOH and we’ve acquired 2 sets of PLAY-DOH earlier on but these Kitchen Creations sets aren’t like the ones that we owned.

Bubba was beaming with joy when she laid her eyes on her new toys and begged me to open them so that she could get right into action and play with cooking. This is actually music to my ears, for sometimes keeping her at home only meant that she gets to spend a lot of time in front of the television. I’m really glad that the PLAY-DOH sets can steer her away from the black box for an hour or two. It’s great for bonding with her for I get to not only teach her what are the different fruits/ veggies and cutlery but also help her to put together her little menu. The best part? She gets to indulge in a little creativity, never mind that blue is the colour that she chose for the broccoli on her salad, and she gets to further fine-tune her motor skills through rolling, cutting and kneading of the dough.

Growing up, I used to beg my parents to get me my own PLAY-DOH set and when I got one, I remember I was over the moon. But I also recalled that the texture of the dough was somewhat sticky and the smell was really quite overpowering for me. This was decades ago! You must remember I’m old. So I’m really quite pleased that over the decades, the formula has vastly improved (the PLAY-DOH is non-toxic) and that it’s so much fun (minus the smell) for little ones. This is play and education all rolled into one! It’s not just fun for the toddlers but the parents can also jump on in on the fun and be part of the little one’s learning journey through creative play.

Just look at what we whipped up for our play-pretend dinner one evening with the Shape and Slice Kitchen Creation set!

With the March school holidays just round the corner and to celebrate the launch of the new Kitchen Creation, PLAY-DOH has organised a series of fun-filled and mind engaging workshops along with a PLAY-DOH Chef Junior Competition. The workshop will be held from 13th to 18th March at Parkway Parade Basement Atrium and the best creation of each day will then battle it out at the competition on Sunday with fantastic prizes (trip to Bali for a family of four, mall vouchers and PLAY-DOH hampers) to be won! You can participate in the PLAY-DOH workshop with a minimum spend of S$50 at Parkway Parade. Workshops are only for children between the age of 3 to 10 years only. The workshops run from Monday to Friday (13 – 17 Mar) from 2pm to 9pm and on Saturday (18 Mar) from 12pm to 9pm.
Lastly, there’s a S$150 PLAY-DOH hamper to be won for those budding mini Masterchefs in this photo-contest that PLAY-DOH is organising. To be in the running for this contest, simply take a photo of your child’s creation and post on your Facebook/ Instagram accounts along with these hashtags – #PlayDohChefJunior #PlayDohKitchenCreations. A total of three winners will be chosen. Note your Instagram or Facebook accounts must be public in order to stand a chance to win.
Thanks again to Hasbro Singapore and Crowd PR for sending the media kit to us. We definitely have fun with all these PLAY-DOH sets and it was the perfect companion during this period that Bubba is confined at home due to her HFMD.
Note : We received the Kitchen Creations PLAY-DOH sets as part of the Media Kit to share on our Instagram account. No additional monetary rewards were given.  I was not obligated to review this on my blog but we really think that the PLAY-DOH set is really fun and the upcoming activities would be interesting to our readers. 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.

Bye-bye baby toxins! Say hello to Dapple..

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Now that Bubba is nearly three, it’s not entirely necessary that we stick to baby dishwashing liquid and detergent for her. But you know what? I still prefer to do that as the child’s skin is still pretty sensitive and some of the brands available out there might be too harsh for the skin. So for this reason, we decided to let her continue using baby-safe products till she’s much older.

When she was much younger, we’ve used brands such as Pigeon, Kodomo, Pureen, Method, Attitude and Bio-Home. If you noticed the trend, we started switching to more environmentally-friendly products when she was a little older and we understood what the harmful effects of some of these chemicals/ toxins and the long-term effects that they have on our body. This includes allergens, irritants, dangerous synthetic additives, preservatives, fragrances or dyes.

As such, I’ve always been on the look-out to try out other brands out there that are not only baby-safe but also safe for the environment. Expanding our horizons also meant shopping beyond our shores but on sites such as iHerb or even shopping at the local supermarkets when we are overseas to see what’s available out there. Case in point, we did uncover a couple of baby-friendly products during our recent trip to Coles Supermarket in Gold Coast. But of course, due to luggage constraints, we didn’t bring everything back.

We received an email from the good folks at DearBaby who asked if we were keen to give Dapple home-cleaning products a try for the purpose of this review. I’ve seen Dapple products being sold on Red Mart and Agape Babies and have been wanting to try it out but never got the chance so the timing was just right for us to test the products and see if they would be ideal for our home/ Bubba.

I shared with Audrey our profile (ie: Bubba’s age, the types of household cleaners we would purchase to use specifically for Bubba) and she curated a list of products based on our lifestyle.

About Dapple:

Dapple is a pioneer in natural cleaners and healthy home products, specifically designed for households with babies. Started by two mums in 2008 in New York, Dapple was born because these mums wanted to take the guess work out of cleaning safely around kids. Trust me, this can be quite mind-boggling as shared earlier if half of the products available on the shelves claim to be baby-friendly and one actually has to scrutinise if the ingredients are truly child-friendly.

Powered by plant-based formula, Dapple products are designed specially to clean baby messes. All Dapple products use natural-based ingredients that are environmentally-safe, biodegradable, and free of parabens, SLES, and phthalates, as well as synthetic dyes or fragrances. That to me is a huge plus for I understood more than half of those harmful ingredients that I would avoid on products that I would actually use on myself, what more for the Bub.

What does this mean?

Not only is Dapple baby-safe which means generally safe for children, it is also kind to the environment. Dapple is a trusted brand of Healthy Child Healthy World and is also certified by the nonprofit B Lab to have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. That’s great to know given the growing popularity of green parenting in Singapore, Dapple will certainly appeal to this category of parents/ families who are more environmentally conscious.

Here’s what we received which we thought are all great for travelling to be honest!

img_7435For Surface Care: Dapple Food Grade Pacifier Wipes (25 pieces)

I did share with Audrey that Bubba is no longer using a pacifier so I wasn’t too sure if sending these over to us would actually come in handy. She told me that actually I would probably find this very useful as the wipes can also be used to clean utensils or surface areas (such as high-chairs, tables, cutlery) when we are out. Turned out to be true!

img_7438What we liked about the pacifier wipes is that it comes individually wrapped and it’s really very convenient. No more fishing out for your big pack of wet-wipes which may not necessarily give you that pure clean-on-the-go for your equipment. Another plus for this individual packaging is that you don’t have to worry about them drying out which we often get when we open a pack of wipes that we hardly use and over time, the entire pack just ‘dries out’. What we do is simply pop two or three of these towelettes into Bubba’s utensil pouch and this comes in handy to clean her cutlery when she’s done with eating when we are out.

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For Laundry Care: Dapple Baby Laundry Detergent Pods (25 pieces)

I’m usually quite picky when it comes to using the right laundry detergent for the Bub. It needs to be hypoallergenic (safe for babies’ skin), free of parabens and artificial fragrances. It doesn’t need to necessarily have any scent but that would be an added bonus if any.

img_7443Again a great accompaniment for overseas trips, these pods are easy and convenient to use. Each pod features a unique, natural enzyme package that specifically targets and cleans up all that spit-up and mushed food stains (things that your toddler would typically do to irk you and get their outfits all stained).

img_7583 I like that each pod is just sufficient for a laundry load of your child’s clothes, so all we needed to do is to throw in one of these pods to a load of laundry (3kg) which usually contained home-wear, school uniforms, towels and sometimes our wet-bags plus diaper bags.

For Dish Care: Dapple Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid (Apricot)

img_7445Seriously, Dapple does come up with a delicious-scented baby bottle and dish washing liquid. I was literally spoilt for choice when I had to narrow down to the preferred scent of our choice (couldn’t decide between Apple-Pear, Lavender or Apricot) so I opted for Apricot – something light and fruity.

Dapple Bottle & Dish Liquid is perfect for safely cleaning baby milk bottles, cups, pacifiers, cutlery and even breast pump components. It features an award-winning green technology that specifically targets milk residue with baking soda to combat odour. Again, as with the rest of the products under the Dapple umbrella, this is free of harmful chemicals such as SLS, SLES, artificial fragrances, dyes, parabens, , phthalates, 1,4-dioxane, chlorine, formaldehyde, and alcohol.

Be warned, this seriously smells so good that we wanted to basically wash our entire cutlery for the home using Bubba’s dishwashing liquid instead! Plus, it’s fast-rinsing and majority of the oil stains and milk residues from her milk bottles came out quickly that I didn’t have wash her bottles twice. Savings for one bottle of dishwashing liquid will probably last longer.

Pure ‘N’ Clean Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid (travel-sized)

img_7448While going through Dapple’s catalogue, I was also particularly pleased to find that travel-sized bottles are available for their Baby Bottle and Dish Liquid. I find that extremely useful as we travel quite a fair bit so it’s important that we bring along Bubba’s dishwashing liquid to wash her bottles and utensils when we are on-the-go (on the plane, on the roads, in hotels, etc). Also, I like the assurance of relying on something that we have been using rather than going to a foreign land and rushing out to the local supermarket/ convenience stores to purchase baby-friendly products. And these travel-sized bottles are great for these occasions (approved by security given that it’s 3 oz – under 100ml), at least I don’t have to look for other smaller bottles and transfer them. Priced at S$4.90, I think the price isn’t that expensive either.

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Disclaimer : lady J’s musings received the above-mentioned products from Dapple (DearBaby) 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 and services.

Prepping for Chinese New Year.. goodies and shopping!

Chinese New Year is just round the corner and it does seem like a mad rush to get everything in order. The house, our clothes, the red packets.. well, you get the drift! Thankfully, the reunion dinner prep is often handled by the Man and the MIL, so I don’t have to worry that much about that. I’m often tasked to do the stocking up of our new year goodies which I also had help with gifts very kindly given by our family and friends.

Here’s a simple list of what we stocked up for the New Year, including a guide to what we will be wearing this Chinese New Year season. I know this is pretty late, but there’s still 3-4 more days to the festival, so there’s still that last burst that I’m sure might either give you a headache or an adrenaline rush!

Shopping for New Year Goodies:img_7030

There’s a mind-boggling selection of New Year goodies to choose from and what we usually have on our snack tray would include Pineapple Tarts, Kueh Bangkit (we love this thin, crispy ones that we buy in bulk from a home-based baker recommended by my friend, S about 6-7 years ago), Lychee Rose cookies from Home Favourites and Bak Kwa. This year, we tried Pineapple Bak Kwa at Kim Peng Hiang and I must say that it’s really pretty good. The bak kwa is slightly thicker than what you will get out there and the meat has juicy pineapple bits sandwiched in between. It’s sweet plus slightly savory all in one bite.

While we love our pineapple tarts, I do not have a brand that we will particularly buy from. Most of the pineapple tarts that we have acquired/ purchased over the years are usually either gifted or purchased from home-bakers. This year, we were gifted with a box of Pineapple Tarts from Bakerzin. I was pleasantly surprised first by the packaging as each tart was shaped in an adorable yet auspicious ingot shape and best part, individually wrapped. I thought this was great as it ensured freshness of the tart plus having it wrapped individually made it easier to snack-on-the-go. I don’t have to worry about taking the tarts out of it’s original bottle and into a small tupperware. Thanks again Bakerzin and Touch PR & Events for thinking of us and sending a box of these yummy treats to fill our bellies ahead of the festive season. 🙂

Shopping for New Year Clothes for Bubba:

Coming to my fave topic – Shopping – which I think I did pretty well in acquiring outfits for both the Bub and myself. 🙂 Hehe..

Before I became a Mum,  I was adamant about putting my child into a cheongsam for  Chinese New Year. “Why go with tradition? So boring! And those cheongsams that you get in bazaars and so uncomfortable?!” This was before discovering home-grown labels that offer stylish cheongsams with a modern twist for little ones.  This year, I think I have bought as well as received enough Cheongsams to fill her wardrobe for a good part of Chinese New Year. Am pretty excited for these little outfits are so cute and not to mention, they really look good for dinner/ occasion dressing when I’m too lazy to think which evening gown/ dress looks good on her. The cheongsam immediately comes to mind plus you know what, the older folks actually like for younger kids to be dressed in traditional outfits too. So win-win for us all.

Here are our choice-picks on where to shop for outfits this Chinese New Year. Psst.. best part is that you don’t even need to leave home to get the outfits!

img_6855Our fave brand for cheongsams this CNY has gotta be Sea Apple. We fell in love with the brand in 2016 and Bubba was dressed in her very first Liberty printed Cheongsam them. The fit was gorgeous and the print was outstanding without being too much in your face. So my first port-of-call was Sea Apple for this year and we loved most of the collection that we popped 3 dresses into our shopping cart (pictured above: the Spring Petal Ruffle Cheongsam). Sizing wise, gotta add that the Bub is 2.5 years old but can still fit majority of their size 2 outfits. I did get a size 4 for the Misted Dew Flutter Sleeve dress which is still a little too big for her for now but I guess, it’s a hoard!

Next, I’ve been a fan of Liberty Art Fabric prints for the longest time and when I discovered local brand – Elizabeth Little Co – which designs and makes outfits using Liberty prints, I was really excited about getting an outfit for Bubba. Originally, I had planned on getting the Chiyo Berry Cheongsam for I thought the tulle skirt would be a cute addition to her outfit but when I laid my eyes on the  Hanami Wonderland Cheongsam with cute prints from Alice in Wonderland peppered on the skirt, I was sold on the design and got that for the Bub instead. I think the outfit might also come in handy for our upcoming trips to Disneyland, Disney on Ice and perhaps, a princess themed event. Now, that’s killing possibly 3 birds with one stone with this outfit!

img_6918Apart from dresses, it’s also important for your child to be comfortable, so I also got a couple of rompers adorned with cute vegetable digital prints from Leia + Lauren shop.  Mama Libby and I first chanced upon the brand at a Mothersworks event but I didn’t examine the item in detail until more recently when we both looked at the collection more carefully and we both purchased the long carrot romper each for our Sophies because they are pretty darn cute.

img_6952Verdict? Super comfy rompers that are great for home wear and outdoor play. Since Bubba’s homewear needed updating, I decided to get the Leeks and Butternut Squash rompers as well. I’m guessing that the Leeks romper would be a hit with the older folks for Leek (韭菜, jiu cai ) represents everlasting relationship as the pronunciation of the letter – jiu (), sounds like long (久),  or 长长久久. I’m saving the leek romper for our reunion dinner later this week for it’s probably going to be hot and I want the Bub to feel comfortable during the hour-long dinner so this outfit will be great for our family reunion dinners. Hehe…

 Twinning outfits for Momma and Bubba:

Before twinning with my child gets too tacky and she can actually verbalise, “Mom, please get your own clothes! Or, dress me separately!”. I decided to milk it for what it’s worth.

Here are 2 online stores that we thought aced it in terms of twinning! Mixon Minis for cheongsams – I got the Amethyst Purple Swing Dress with the lace detail for myself. Love that the it’s actually loose (in case I get a belly from over-eating) and that it comes with a belt (to avoid friends/relatives from asking me “Are you pregnant?” when actually I’m just fat). I got Bubba the matching dress and we tried it on for size the other day and she enjoyed twirling in the chiffon dress.

img_7031And KSisters! We’ve been fans of KSisters for a while now, when we first added the navy Skorts which is our fave twinning outfit for the weekends. The red skort is a perfect one to add for CNY that will surely get the approval from the older generation. If you are fan of all things lace, you should definitely check out the Momma and Bubba lace dress twinning outift. We were tempted to get that but I don’t think I could pull off the look given my height plus the Bub is quite messy most of the time, I think I would be more stressed up ensuring that she doesn’t stain the dress then have fun in the outfit. But that said, KSisters did send us a twinning outfit in the Twirly Dress which is a style more up our alley, so we can’t wait to show that off once we wear them.

Prepping for CNY always does get me quite excited and I recall fondly when I was much younger, I would tag along with my parents to Chinatown to help them with their shopping. I would want to bring Bubba to Chinatown at some point to soak up the festive spirit and of course, indulge in the different types of shopping available at the New Year bazaar but of course, the crowds are a huge deterrent for us now. Perhaps when she’s older and when we summon sufficient courage to brace the crowds, we will go there next time.

Alright, that concludes what we have done for CNY to-date. I can’t wait for the feasting and catching up with family and friends come this weekend! Hope you are as excited as we are about the impending holiday! 🙂 Have a fab week ahead!

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Note: We were gifted a box of Original Pineapple Tarts by Bakerzin on behalf of Touch PR & Events to share on our Instagram account. No additional monetary rewards were given.  All views expressed are purely of my own.

Review: Strap Stop from Agape Babies

[Sponsored Review]

img_6770The only car that we possibly will let the Bub drive for now is her Little Tikes Cupcake Mobile and she’s already a riot on the road. So for now, we are pretty pleased to strap her into her car-seat when we take the wheel. Except that on bad days, the drive home with a screaming child wanting to get out of her car-seat with arms all flailing and wanting attention can be horribly nerve-wrecking for my poor Mama heart. I recalled when she was much younger, there were several times I had to stop by the road to calm her down before driving to the next location. There were also times when I simply couldn’t stop my car but was not left with much choice except to try and calm screaming child with words of assurance that “Everything is going to be alright.” Not that it mattered to the child whom I’m sure just wanted me to pick her up and soothe her.

A couple of weeks ago, Agape Babies approached us and asked if we would be interested to review Strap Stop – an innovative product that will prevent your child from freeing their arms while in a car seat. Initially, I was a little apprehensive to accept the ‘offer’ to review the product for I wasn’t sure if the Bub would be a willing passenger in her car-seat with this added device. But I thought to myself, “Hey, if this product is supposed to help me concentrate on driving, knowing full well that she will no longer be able to attempt to escape out of her seat belt. So why not?”

And so I said “Yes!” to Agape Babies offer to send us the Strap Stop for this review.

img_4364I have to say that Strap Stop is actually a nifty device that’s easy to install and use. It fits onto most car seats, pushchairs, high chairs or other harnesses and grip onto the straps, holding them together without compromising the performance of any part of the seat.

img_4378What we really like about the Strap Stop is that it can be effortlessly fitted by clipping onto our existing straps with one hand, using two buttons each side to release the clips, which make it easy to fit onto wherever needed. That’s extremely useful because sometimes Bubba would also be squirming, attempting to escape with me screaming at her and telling her that she should not move around while I desperately fiddle around the hooks to strap her down. The clips are also anti-slip so unless your child is some talented magician or wizard, she won’t be able to move it up and down.

Case in point, no more clever escapes by Bubba when we used the Strap Stop on our current car-seat. Of course, she wasn’t too pleased with it initially and probably wondered what is this thing that’s now strapping me to my seat even more.

img_4366But after a couple of minutes and possibly realisation that this strap device is here to stay, she somewhat calmed down a little.

img_4375Thank you Agape Babies for sending this Strap Stop product to review. It does put our mind at ease knowing that Bubba can no longer take her hands out of her car seat and I can fully concentrate on the road instead of screaming at her and being worried about her falling off her chair. 🙂

Strap Stop is exclusively distributed and retailed only at Agape Babies for S$24.90. I have to say that’s a small price to pay to get ease of mind on a fidgety toddler and focus on the road.

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Disclaimer : lady J’s musings received the Strap Stop product from Agape Babies 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.