Reflection on 2017 and wishes for 2018

What a year this has turned out to be especially in the last quarter where everything almost becomes a blur. As with most of the year-end blog-posts, it does start out to be quite reflective and contemplative as I wonder if I really did make the most out of it. I know I probably did for this year has turned out to be pretty amazing.

So I’m thankful to be able to go on a flexi-working arrangement with the Company. I work on 3 days and spent the rest of the 2 days hanging out with the kiddo (at times), running errands (most of the time) and just appreciating the time I have on hand. That’s a luxury. If you are sitting there wondering, how lucky I am. Well, it doesn’t quite come at a cost. I took a pay-cut and decided to put my career on a back-seat. It’s a hard pill to swallow as I see my other peers doing better but if I had to choose between my family and my career. I guess I choose the former. There are only those few more years that I will get to enjoy the Bub when she’s little, so I might as well make the most out of those years. Plus the Man’s work schedule is quite punishing so having the days off does help.

2017 has also been quite a milestone year for I partnered one of my dearest friends, Libby to launch an e-store and latter secured the rights to distribute BRUNO in Singapore. Before even going into partnership, I thought long and hard about whether we made the right choice. The road into this business partnership isn’t going to be paved smooth for us. We haven’t quite got the faintest idea but we believed in the brand, the products and we knew that those who purchased the products would love it. Of course, juggling a full-time job, our homes and then this business wasn’t quite a walk in the park but we did what we could. I have been really wary about entering into the venture because at the end of the day, the friendship mattered more than money and I would hate to think that we would fall out over work. Of course, I tend to overthink matters at time and so far, while there are ups and downs in they ways of working, the open communication is key to making it work. So for 2018, I pray that the open communication between us as friends and partners would stay central to how we conduct our business.

Apart from this, I’m thankful for the love showered upon me and the little one from the Man and my family. For the times that they believed in me when I doubted myself, for the times that they spurred me on and for the times they just stood by me and gave me strength. I’m also extremely grateful that in 2017, I managed to travel a little more compared to the year before. Travel has always been something me and the Man enjoyed doing and it did take a back-seat when the little one came but now that she’s a little older, it’s nice to travel with and without her. I hope in 2018, I will be able to do the same.

On to resolutions for 2018, somehow those get forgotten along the way during the year, so I’m keeping it simple and wishing for good health and happiness to those closest and nearest to me. Health is something that we often take for granted and as my parents age, I really just want them to be happy and healthy. With more time on hand, I hope to be able to be around for them more. I also hope that our little business venture will take off smoothly and the kinks will all get sorted. I’m excited to see how we can grow our brand further! Last but not least, on family time, I still want to be there to witness the Bub’s milestones so work-life balance is still something I strive and aim to achieve and I hope that in the coming year, the Man will also spend more time with me as well as the Bub. He works/ golfs loads so I hope we will still find some time to spend with each other to continue growing our marriage. This relationship is for the long run and yes, it does take some work at nurturing and growing it.

From all of us here in the Lim Fam Bam, it has been a wonderful 2017, we embrace the good as well as the not-so-good and look forward to a brand new 2018 filled with hope and happiness!

Happy New Year!!!

xx: j0anne

 

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Precious photos for the Christmas holidays

We’ve done our family portraits with Hart from Tomato Photo since the Bub is 7 days old and have gone on to take at least 2 more other shoots with him. We haven’t quite done a shoot with the Bub when she was between 2 to 3 years old so when Hart asked if we wished to update our family pictures. I thought it was timely to do so since we were also celebrating our 11th year wedding anniversary.

A photo-shoot with a 3.5 year old child wasn’t as easy as compared to when she was a newborn or a little toddler just learning how to walk/ run. Halfway during the shoot, she would have a mini meltdown, but all through it all, Hart was always very patient. We booked ourselves a staycation at the Ritz and so it served as a location for our photoshoot as we didn’t want to move from place to place. As compared to our previous shoots, I also wanted something a little more dressy so we decided to dress up in matching shades of red.

I’ve also kept my hair  a little longer now so I opted for a more feminine style this shoot and tied mini French braids. Do quite like the effect and wish that I could tie my own hair daily. Haha..

We even managed to sneak in a couple of shots with just the two of us while the Bub ran off to do her own thing for a little.

Super pleased with all our shots from Hart.. such precious keepsakes as we know update our photo-wall with these beautiful photographs coupled with happy smiles all round.

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.

Things the Bub say

Just the other evening, I was showering the Bub and she was playing quietly in the corner with her bath toys. She was stacking her shells into one of the bath containers and picked out one rather large seashell.

Me: That’s a pretty seashell, Sophie. Where did you get it?
S: You remember? I picked it up at the beach.
Me: Oh, with who? (pretending)
S: With Daddy.
Me: Was Mama there?
S: No. Just Daddy.
Me: Yah, cos Mama went to work right? (I think I was in Seoul on a girls trip during that time and the Man brought the Bub out on a boat trip.)
S: Yah, I guess you must like work a lot.

I burst out laughing when she made the comment. I am hardly the workaholic but the days that I am not there for the little one, it’s usually because of work. I guess that’s where she made the link/ connection.

Todzilla strikes

When your toddler is about 2 years old and can’t make out full sentences yet, the tantrums are usually in the form of abrupting lying on the floor and screaming. Now that the Bub is 3.5 years and can form full sentences, throwing tantrums have gone up a notch.

Just the other morning, she wanted to have bread with jam and topped off with sprinkles. Since she hasn’t been well, I agreed to the treat of sprinkles. It’s been awhile since she wanted to even eat bread and she did enjoy them with sprinkles. After preparing her breakfast, she took a bite of her bread and then said she didn’t want to eat the rest. I was peeved of course. I told her that in other parts of the world, some children don’t get food on the table. A concept that she has yet to grasp.

So eventually I told her, “You have to eat your bread before you get to read your book!” To that she then replied “FINE!”, picked up a piece of her bread and stuffed inside her mouth.

It has happened! The phase of my toddler answering back has dawned upon us! Help me!

Bub’s down….

It’s been a stressful couple of days here at home. The Bub was out sick the whole of last week with a fever of 39 to 40 degrees that simply won’t go despite the regular medication of Progesic and Brufen. On day 4 of her fever, I noticed that her temperature was hovering around 39 – 40 degrees and she was feeling really hot while shivering. She looked pale and she vomitted all her food for the day. Something didn’t feel quite right and because the Man was scheduled to travel again, I suggested that we head to the hospital to have it checked out.

Guess the decision we made was right. When we arrived at the hospital and the nurse checked her temperature again, it was 40.7 degrees. The doctor on duty was of course concerned about the condition and suggested admitting her while they do more tests on her to determine what could be the actual course but high on the list was (i) Bacteria Infection (ii) Kawasaki.

It was quite a nerve-wrecking experience for the nurses/ doctor on duty had to wake Bub in the middle of the night to first draw 2 vials of blood. The Bub had just fallen asleep after a long day; I was reluctant to wake her up from her slumber but I also knew the deed had to be done and I might as well get it over and done with. The little one in her state of confusion cried in pain but after they managed to draw the 2 vials of blood, went back to sleep in my arms. A couple of hours later, I was once again woken by the doctor who confirmed that there was a bacteria infection from the initial blood test results and she wanted to start the little one on an antibiotics IV drip. There wasn’t much of a choice given that the IV treatment would tackle the bacteria faster than the oral treatment so I had to wake the Bub up and prep her for the procedure. This time round, I wasn’t allowed in the treatment room. I had to wait by the door as the nurses and the doctor pricked her and inserted the needle into her little hand. It was heart-wrenching but I had to trust that she’s in good hands and prayed that she will be strong enough to withstand the pain.

And she was! She was super brave indeed and she listened to the nurses/ doctors. It was as if she didn’t really cared about her other hand that was all bandaged up and thankfully, her body responded well to the antibiotics treatment.

The hospital also did an X-Ray on the Bub and results showed that the Bub had pneumonia. Don’t ask me how she got it but we figured the Bub probably got this as she just recovered from another episode of fever just the week before and her immune system was already weakened.

Pneumonia is a general term for lung infections that can be caused by a variety of germs (viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites). Often, pneumonia begins after an upper respiratory tract infection (an infection of the nose and throat), with symptoms starting after 2 or 3 days of a cold or sore throat. It then moves to the lungs. Fluid, white blood cells, and debris start to gather in the air spaces of the lungs and block the smooth passage of air, making it harder for the lungs to work well.

Symptoms vary depending on a child’s age and what caused the pneumonia, but can include:

  • fever
  • shaking chills
  • cough
  • stuffy nose
  • very fast breathing (in some cases, this is the only symptom)
  • breathing with grunting or wheezing sounds
  • working hard to breathe; this can include flaring of the nostrils, belly breathing, or movement of the muscles between the ribs
  • vomiting
  • chest pain
  • abdominal pain, which often happens because a child is coughing and working hard to breathe
  • less activity
  • loss of appetite (in older kids) or poor feeding (in infants), which may lead to dehydration
  • in extreme cases, bluish or gray color of the lips and fingernails

As you can see from the X-ray results, the the pneumonia appears to be in the lower part of the lungs near the abdomen, so the child might have a fever and abdominal pain or vomiting but no breathing problems. This was what the Bub had on Day 4 of her extreme high fever which made us decide to bring her to the hospital to seek treatment. Sigh.. if we only knew…

The hospital staycation lasted all of 3 nights and I’m just glad that we are back home. Not too sure how the Bub feels for she thinks it’s a holiday retreat and it’s no wonder why, she gets waited hand and foot the entire day in the hospital plus let’s not mention the little gifts that came along her way during her stay there. It might be a tad bit challenging to put her back on regular programming now…

 

Food and wine for the soul

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

We probably live by this mantra at home and our bellies were filled with a full heart when the Man hosted our pals at home with a Spanish feast of cured ham that he hauled back from his Spainish holiday.

That’s not all, the Man even cooked a hearty slab of beef on our Bruno using the grill plate attachment and it was so good. As you can imagine, it went straight into our bellies. No time for food shot!

Mid-week and we are dreaming up another home-cooked meal using our Bruno this weekend. What shall it be? Korean BBQ or Steamboat? Hmm…