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.

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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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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.
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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!

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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.

 

Shop Small Saturday Market (24 June)

It completely slipped my mind to promote this communit event that I have been working with Mamas Libby and Gwen – Shop Small Saturday Market happening tomorrow from 10.30am (typo up there) to 6pm at Stamping Ground Coffee!

So by any stroke of luck, if you are reading this and are free tomorrow, please do come by and support us at the event.

What’s lined up at Shop Small Saturday? It’s an event that supports small, local and handmade shops. Participating brands include: The Little Bow Co, Tulle Love by Gwen, Pickabag, Cote Maison (featuring Bruno Hotplate SG and Bumwear), Da Prayer Designs, Sea Apple Shop and Happie Tings.

We’ve also arranged for a special workshop hosted by The Lettering Workbook for the children happening between 11.30am to 2.30pm using Stickiemail products so Mamas can all shop in peace.

It’s going to be an exciting Saturday so come by and say HELLO to me if you do stop by at Shop Small Saturday. 🙂

Savoury waffles for lunch

Introducing our new kitchen device – the Vitantonio Multi Baker! I guess one of the perks in starting a lifestyle and home appliances e-store is that I do get to try out a new kitchen tool/ device before sharing it to the rest of my readers/ followers. That said, the Man isn’t quite pleased with another kitchen device popping up in our home but the saving grace is that these appliances are usually very compact and easy to store after use. FYI, this is not sponsored, it came out of my own pocket. 🙂

Had to work over the weekend and by the time I got home, it was nearly lunchtime. I was craving for some waffles after seeing the waffles whipped up by Libby using the same device. But I wasn’t in the mood for having sweet waffles so decided to create these savoury waffles which filled up my belly as a lunch treat.

And if you are as lazy as I am to make waffle batter from scratch, then the pre-mixed waffle batter from Tott Store is one that you should definitely stock up for your pantry. All it took was one cup of the pre-mix, along with an egg and half a cup of water did the trick of making the batter within minutes. For the savory portion of the waffles, I pan-fried some bacon bits, caramelised some chopped red onions and threw these into the waffle batter after it was cooled down.

And making these waffles are really quite simple too! All I needed to do was to turn out the waffle maker, ensure that the green light turns on (this means that the waffle maker is heated up), popped the batter into the waffle maker, close the clasp and wait for about 4 mintues before I opened up the clasp. Viola – waffles are done! That was all it took! No need to flip nor turn the machine and alternate the plates to see if the waffles are cooked through.

You can’t see the bacon and onion bits but trust me, it was perfectly nestled into the crispy baked waffles. This was best served warm and with a side of maple syrup drizzled all over the waffle.

So pleased with our new toy for the home and the best part? The Multi Baker comes with interchangeable plates so if variety of baked goods is what desire, this device is perfect for you! We got the pizelle plate and will be making some crunchy waffles as a snack soon. Can’t wait to share them with you!