Goodbye Konk! Hello Eco-PY!

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After 5 years, my trusty generation 1 of KONK® has finally called it a day! I realised one day when I tried changing the battery of the device and it didn’t work. When I brought it to Sulin from Our Lifestyle Shop to see if there is anything that can be done from a technical point of view, she shared that it was probably time for it to retire the product. Well, 5 years is indeed long and given that it was dispensing KONK in the air and helping to kill the mozzies, it has served us well.

Thankfully, there is now a new product that Our Lifestyle Shop has launched to replace my trusty mozzie/ insect killer device! Remember the Ecomist Odour Neutraliser (now shortened to Eco-On) that we reviewed previously? The Eco-PY help to keep insects at bay using the same Ecomist Automated Dispenser.

I had purchased the Ecomist Bundle Deal previously and proceeded to install a can of the Eco-PY into the Automated Dispenser for our living room. When we are at home, the Bub actually spends quite a fair amount of her time downstairs. It’s also the place where we get subjected to mozzie bites. I often have to put an insect repellent spray on the Bub’s arms and legs plus stick an insect repellent patch on her clothes. Even then, she’s not spared. So having the Eco-PY insect killer actually does help to put my mind to ease that she’s protected. One thing I do like about the Eco-Py insect killer is that it’s odourless. So it complimented the Odour Neutraliser that we also place in the living room.

So what is the Eco-PY capable of doing and how does it quite compare to its predecessor?

Automated Eco-PY Insect Killer Kit:
Eco-PY Insect Killer main ingredient is Pyrethrin, a natural extract from the chrysanthemum flower and it is safe to use around humans. It acts as a natural deterrent and when used, creates a protective barrier against these insects. Effective against flying and crawling insects such as mosquitoes, houseflies, fruit flies, ants and whatś more, it repels cockroaches! This is similar to the KONK Flying Insect Killer where the main ingredient also included Pyrethin.

Here’s a quick recap on how pyrethrins works?
Pyrethrins act on the nervous systems of insects; initially hyper-stimulating the nerves, then later blocking nerve synapses leading to death. Insects affected by pyrethrins, tend to fly in a crazed (yea, you read right, it’s not a typo) manner towards light; it’s called the phototropic effect.

And of course, if you have little ones and/or pets at home, you will also wonder if the Eco-PY really indeed safe for humans. The answer is Yes as the amounts of active ingredients that are dispensed into the air from the dispenser and circulated via proper ventilation are  so miniscule that they will not have any adverse effects on mammals (humans and warm blooded pets). In fact, the amount of product dispensed by an Eco-Py dispenser over the course of one day is less than a 5 second burst from a supermarket brand space spray.

Pyrethrins are the insecticide in the formulation. They have very low mammalian toxicity and break down very quickly once exposed to light so are considered very safe for humans and warm blooded pets. We say warm blooded because pyrethrins are very toxic to fish and other aquatic creatures. So please do not place the Eco-PY near your fish-tank if you do own one at home.

OFFER FOR READERS OF LADY J’S MUSINGS:

Here is a special promotion that Our Lifestyle Shop will be for the month of Nov.

ECO-PY BUNDLE OF S$168: Get the Ecomist automated dispenser + 2 Eco-PY refills (First 10 orders to receive a complimentary box of brownies)

FYI, this is a pretty good deal for the usual price for the Ecomist bundle would be $208 where you will get 1 Ecomist Automated Dispenser + 3 Eco-PY refills. That’s not all, stand to enjoy a complimentary order of brownies for orders between 20th to 22 November. Brownies will be delivered on 23 November so you have 3 days to enjoy this offer!

For more updates, do follow Our Lifestyle Shop on Instagram and Our Lifestyle Shop’s Facebook page  to find out more about their products and special offers.

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Disclaimer : lady J’s musings received two cans of Eco-PY 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.
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Learning fun with Fiddle & Doodle

[Review]

We first chanced upon Fiddle & Doodle several months back when I was looking for educational material to enhance the Bub’s learning journey at home. I don’t think I would call myself a Tiger Mom. I don’t need her to be constantly learning for I believe that she already spends majority of the week in school. Weekends and public holidays are meant more for play. But play can also be purposeful; to instill a sense of curiosity and creativity when the child explore play.

I am guilty of not letting the Bub play more for sometimes when I’m just too tired to come up with exciting, fun ways to entertain her, I cop-out and reach out for the remote control knowing that her fave cartoons on television will definitely keep her occupied. So I guess my search on the educational and fun material for the Bub is my way of spending time with her as I help her navigate the different activities.

Ada from Fiddle & Doodle sent us their newly launched Match and Learn puzzles as well as their popular Dabber Dot Markers Starter Kit. The little one could not wait to get started immediately on her new learning toys. I was excited to receive these items from Fiddle & Doodle and I had to deliberately hide them from her for the moment she sees them, she would badger me to allow her to open her “present”.

Carved out some time over the National Day holiday for her to play with her new learning toys. First up, the Dabber Dot Markers Starter Kit comes with a box of Dabber Dot Markers as well as an activity pad with over 30 activity sheets consisting of alphabets, numbers and colouring fun.

The markers come in a set of eight bold and vibrant colours for toddlers to identify the different primary colours. Love that they are ergonomically designed for the little hands. What’s good to also know is that these markers are certified non-toxic and safe for use on little one’s hands and skin. She got some of the ink transferred on her little fingers when she was enthusiastic about

The Bub has not fully mastered the grip of holding a pencil/ crayon tightly so to interest her in writing (which will come next in her developmental milestone), these ergonomically designed markers set the stage to allow her to recognise the letter/ number as well as the association with the alphabet.

We turn the dabbing of the dots into a little game where I would dot a circle with a marker and the Bub dot another circle with the same marker or another marker of her choice. We dab the dot “gently” and it would leave a light mark or with a “loud thud” on the paper where a splatter of colour would show up on the paper. We turn the dabbing of dots into a fun game where I try my best to introduce other adjectives into her vocabulary. Most of the time, we managed to complete one activity sheet before the Bub flips the rest of the book to choose another letter. Her attention span is still very short. I wonder what other activities I can do at home to get her to stay still longer. Any advice?

Ada also sent over their latest item under Fiddle & Doodle which is the Match and Learn Self Correcting Puzzles. It was timely for the Bub showed a sudden interest in doing puzzles. To be honest, I was worried when some of our friend’s kids of her age could already do up an entire puzzle (between 24 – 48 pieces) on their own. We have a couple of puzzles that we received as gifts and that I had bulk-purchased but she wasn’t interested in sitting down to complete a puzzle on her own. One day when I came into our room and saw the Bub sitting down with the Man doing a puzzle, I was kind of surprised. The Man later told me that his little girl actually helped with putting the puzzle together and could even identify which pieces to stick together with some help from the father. I was surprised to learn this.

The Match and Learn Self Correcting Puzzles are designed to help pre-schoolers in alphabet recognition. Each set of puzzle card features an uppercase alphabet, a pic of an object that begins with the alphabet and the lowercase of the alphabet. The set also comes with six sets of blank jigsaw cards and over 45 stickers for Bub to personalise her alphabet learning journey. I’m keeping the stickers away from her for now as I prefer to focus one thing at a time if I can help it.

As to how we put the puzzle cards together? I basically poured out the contents of the puzzles from the box, jumbled them up and picked up a picture card first to show the Bub. Once she identified the object, I will tell her what letter the object is spelt with and we will attempt to find the letter.

The Bub is able to recognise majority of the letters in the alphabet but it is quite challenging for her to rummage through the puzzles to look for the particular alphabet so I do help her along.

Thanks Fiddle & Doodle for sending these items to us. As a Mom who is often on the look-out for toys that incorporate education and play, these items are just the right tools to do that. Grateful that the Bub actually spent 40 minutes playing with the dabber dots on the activity sheets as well as some of the puzzles and that to me is quality time well-spent.

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Note : We received the above-mentioned products from Fiddle and Doodle for a review on this blog. No additional monetary rewards were given.  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.

Fresher skin awaits

I first met the youthful-looking Charlene (aka Ms Clak) virtually via Instagram and bumped into her at a couple of events. One thing that really struck me and left a deep impression on me when I scroll her IG feed as well as meeting her face-to-face is her glowing skin. Like seriously, this mom of 2 has really awesome skin that is dewy and glowy. I was super envious! It never really dawned upon to me to ask her beauty secrets, well, it could be her diet, the products she use or maybe she’s just born with really good skin.

I later discovered that it’s a combination of all the factors above and also the regular use of Co2 masks plus skincare from eFresh Singapore that gave her skin this awesome glow. How is it possible that just by using a leave-on gel mask, the effects are that immediate and lasting? But I was willing to try anything to give my skin a much-needed boost. Hey, am inching closer to the big FOUR-ZERO and I am willing to do whatever it takes to shave off a couple of years off my actual age physically. Time is often what I don’t have on hand. I used to be able to indulge in monthly facials and trust me, it does wonders for the skin. My pores are smaller and my skin appearance would look much better after the treatments. But I don’t have the luxury of lying down for a few hours on a monthly basis and apart from my usual daily skincare routine, I was simply too lazy to go the extra mile. The only thing I would possibly try to do if I’m free in the night is to place on a gel mask from Sulwasoo as an added facial boost to my tired skin.

I shared all the above concerns with Charlene and she very kindly offered to send me a box of one of her best-selling products – the Stem Cell Co2 masks to try out. I have to add that there is more work involved in the actual usage of the mask rather than those you can find off-the-shelf which are a lot more convenient for ladies starved of time. But I figured, I needed to try and carve out the time to do this for my skin and I would be able to multi-task after applying the mask so honestly, no big deal.

I had a quick look on the different types of Co2 masks on the eFresh Singapore site and here’s my pick of what I got eventually and the reasons why:

[Premium] Stem Cell Co2 Mask- 5 pieces per box (S$120):

  • The Apple Stem Cell ingredient found in the mask will help accelerate skin cell renewal and reveals newer, more youthful skin.
  • Reduces fine lines; wrinkles with instant effect, improves skin texture.
  • Boosts up collage, restores skin elasticity.
  • Controls the activation of melanin, results in whitening & acne spots diminishing.
  • Acts as a high anti-oxidant, retains skin moisture.
  • Strengthens oxygen circulation of skin cell, improves skin tone.
  • Improves drainage effect, results in skin firmness as well as shapes up face contours.

Though it’s a lot more expensive than the rest of the other types found within the same range ($24 per pack), but I really did see and feel the effects after one usage. As I had a series of events to attend the same weekend, I decided to be a lot more hardworking and apply a mask 3 times in a span of 4 days. Result? My skin looked tighter, pores looked smaller too; and even though I was physically really tired, my skin did not look dull. Instead, it looked hydrated, with a slight glow and that to me is result that the stem cell Co2 mask is indeed working its magic on my skin.

Aqua Co2 Mask- 5 pieces per box (S$80):

  • Attracts and binds water molecules, provides intensive level of hydration to skin.
  • Helps to speed up water permeation to the skin and results in long lasting moisturizing effect up to 24 hours.
  • Ultimately solving the problem of bottom layer of cell and hence achieves the function of skin brightening, revitalizing and restoring.

Used my coupon code to get another box of these masks to alternate between the Stem Cell masks. I have yet to use the mask from this range yet but if you wish to try out the masks but not willing to splurge on the premium range, this might be the range you wish to consider.

Ta-dah, moi with my Stem Cell Co2 mask and waiting it out for 30 to 45 mins. Hope I didn’t scare you! I have to add that the gel in one pack of the mask is actually quite generous. So spread it thick on your face, I use it both on my face and neck. Hey, a woman’s gotta protect your neck too! Very important as those age lines on the neck are irreversible and they tell of a woman’s age.

I’ve done up an amateur instructional video of how to use the mask so please do check it out and follow the steps if you would like to find out more.

SpecialLY for my readers!

Quote “joanne10” and enjoy 10% off your purchase at eFresh Singapore.

Offer valid till 31 August 2017 only so don’t miss out on this deal to try out these amazing masks! I stocked up on two boxes because now that the best kept secret is out on how glowy skin can be achieved, these masks are literally flying off the shelves!

Note : We received a box of Stem Cell Co2 Masks from eFresh Singapore for a review on our Instagram account. No additional monetary rewards were given.  I was not obligated to review this on my blog but I enjoyed using the masks so much and ended up purchasing more on my own accord, so I wanted to do an in-depth review of this. 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.

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!

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.

OFFER FOR READERS OF LADY J’S MUSINGS:

Here are two special promotions that Our Lifestyle Shop will be running for my readers/ followers:

Bundle deal FOR THE Ecomist Odour Neutraliser (Dispenser + 2 refills) for S$120 only 

This product is yet to be launched on Our Lifestyle Shop e-store yet but you will have first dibs to this fabulous product with 2 refills of the Ecomist Odour Neutraliser at a really attractive price of S$120 only (usual price is S$148)! Click on this unique link to purchase this bundle set. Offer is valid till 15 July 2017 only.

That’s not all! If you have purchased products from Our Lifestyle Shop previously, they will be running a little contest with 2 sets of the Ecomist Odour Neutralisers (includes 1 Dispenser + 1 Refill) to be given away from Mid August to Mid September 2017. Here’s what you will need to do in order to qualify for the giveaway:

  1. Follow Our Lifestyle Shop on Instagram
  2. Snap a pic of any product you have purchased on Our Lifestyle Shop
  3. Tag @ourlifestyleshop and tell us why you made that purchase.
  4. PM Our Lifestyle Shop your email address and Instagram Handle

If you have yet to make a purchase with Our Lifestyle Shop, you may wish to take advantage of the current promotion and snap pics of your items when they arrive to participate in the give-away. Good luck!

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

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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.

 

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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