Shopping made easy at Agape Babies

[Sponsored Review]

I miss shopping in real life.. I really, really do. These days with a baby in tow, I no longer can shop at leisure for I zip in and out of town or a venue really quickly at lightning speed. Thank goodness for online shopping where I can shop at leisure in the comfort of my home (without worrying whether I am dressed appropriately or have make-up on). The good thing about shopping online has gotta be the ease of getting almost everything I need in just one site and not having to lug all these items back home on my own.

Some friends and fellow blogger Miss Ene shared of Agape Babies for the place to go to purchase California Baby products. As a skin-care junkie, I headed down to check out the site hoping to pop in some Calendula Cream for Sophie. I was bowled over by the number of products and brands that they have. I started to like their Facebook page and followed them on Instagram. For the month of June, they had this #AgapeDailyDeals where they featured different products at some really attractive prices.

IMG_7561Being a fan of Sophie La Giraffe products for my little gal – Sophie, I was super pleased when the toiletries under the Sophie La Giraffe range went for an attractive price. I immediately #AgapeDailyDeals and placed my order with Agape Babies. My products arrived within 2 days just in time for me to use them on Sophie. 🙂 After this shopping experience, I hadn’t gone back to shopping at Agape Babies until this review.

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What I didn’t know about Agape Babies before? They are a multi-store which is a pretty new concept in Asia. Currently, there’s 2 stores (Agape Babies & Sunshine Kids) but they are looking to add on new stores and more products in the near future!

Agape Babies offers a huge range of products, with over 100 brands and 2000 products in store. They specialize in California Baby products (cue prices that are so much more competitive than what you get out there) and have extended their product offerings to even carry diapers and milk formula of brands such as Huggies, Mamypoko, GOO.N, Friso, Similac, Gain IQ, Pediasure and more! Well, even more reason to bookmark this site permanently for I don’t have to surf different sites to get all the things I may need for the little one! Whee!

I headed back to the site again and started doing what I do best – shopping for Sophie – with the credits that the folks at Agape Babies so kindly given to me. Here’s what I picked out for her:

calendula2ozbigCalifornia Baby Calendula Cream : I used this for a good part of my pregnancy and this is supposed to be really good for baby’s skin for its natural and soft properties are gentle enough for their tender skin. I decided to give this a try for Sophie’s skin for those milk rashes that she sometimes are prone in getting.

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Read and Sing Along – The Wheels on the Bus: Sophie seems to like music a lot and I find that when she cries, singing or putting on some music seems to calm her down so this CD with the children’s tunes are perfect for us now. This is going in the car for me to sing to her when she wails. Fingers crossed it will work.

fever-patch-front-(2)Hello Kitty Fever Cooling Relief Patch: For those medical emergency to cool the kiddos.

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Hello Kitty Mosquito Relief Patch: Handy to keep around when we bring Sophie around the parks for her evening walks to help keep the mozzies away.

What I liked shopping at the site apart from the many brands available under one roof? The ease of shopping for stuff on its mobile site. Believe me when you are nursing a baby and watching the time pass by, shopping on the mobile is really pretty handy. Thank goodness for smart phones too, else time will probably pass by a lot slower.

So head on down to Agape Babies to do a spot of shopping for yourself or for your little one. There’s free courier delivery with S$80 spend and with every S$120 purchase, a free Disney stationery set awaits. I probably will stock up my diapers for Sophie with Agape Babies next time as that will save me the trouble of buying it at the store.

Here’s a special offer for my readers, thanks to the folks at Agape Babies:
Simply quote “ladyjmusings” to be entitled  to a 5% discount at Agape Babies! The code is valid from 28 August to 25 September 2014 and excludes breast pumps, diapers and milk.

Sign up also for their newsletter here as well as join their Facebook page and Instagram  @agapebabies to stay tune of promotions, contests and giveaways.

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Note: Lady J’s musings received shopping credits from Agape Babies. The exceeded purchase amount was paid for by Lady J and no additional monetary rewards were given.  All views expressed are purely of my own and written according to my experience in using the service. Images of products mentioned are taken from Agape Babies site.

Our LifeStyle Shop

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Thrilled to share that I will be one of the three Ambassadors that will be working with Our LifeStyle Shop for the next one year!  🙂

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetJust in time if I may add with the arrival of Bun, the heat and the rise of mozzies, this partnership with Our LifeStyle Shop couldn’t have come at a better time!  Thanks for protecting our home with this safe, natural and effective product!

Read all about my experience with KONK® that’s exclusively retailing at Our LifeStyle Shop:

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Note : lady J’s musings will be receiving a year’s supply of  KONK® I Flying Insect Killer product on a monthly basis. No additional monetary rewards were given and all views expressed are purely of my own.

 

Prepping for labour : Hospital Bag

At 35 weeks, I am starting to panic again.  Notice the trend of panicking.. hehe… so with a nagging feeling at the back of my mind, we decided we will have to pack our hospital bag pronto!!  Friends have also been nagging that we should really, really get started on the packing.

Did some research online and gathered some tips from friends/ blog reviews on what should go into the hospital bag and here are some useful information that I’ve compiled in case I forget a couple of days down the road.

  • Prepare your hospital bag at least TWO weeks before your expected date of delivery (EDD) because there are instances when labor may occur before the 36th week of pregnancy. You should be packed and ready so that whenever labour starts you are prepared.
  • Prepare at least 2 bags – one for labour and the other, after your delivery when you are in the hospital room. This postpartum bag should include items for your baby and husband, and can be brought to the hospital by your husband after you have given birth.

[Source: The Asian Parent]

I always thought it would be efficient just to pack one bag but whilst I was packing the stuff, the Man said to keep the things separately cos technically Bun doesn’t need her stuff immediately, so best to keep it separate.  Wah!  So, we’ve decided to pack two bags then.

IMG_5449Here’s a list of things that I’ve packed into my hospital bag:

[Updated after advice from readers and friends]

  • Health documents such as doctor’s admission orders, pre-admission papers, etc. We decided to go with Cordlife for Bun’s storage of cord blood banking so will need to bring along the collection kits for the gynae.  Also, bring along your Marriage Certificate if you are planning to register your Baby’s Birth Certificate in the hospital (apparently most hospitals in Singapore offer this).
  • At least 2 pieces of night-dress / hospital gowns (preferably with buttons) in case I don’t wish to wear the gown that the hospital provides
  • A pair of socks and sweater if it gets too cold (according to the Chinese, not supposed to let the cold ‘wind’ get inside the body after the labour for a quicker recovery)
  • Disposable underwear (maternity)
  • 2 packets of feminine wipes
  • 5 or more pieces of heavy duty maternity sanitary pads for blood discharge after childbirth
  • Nursing bra
  • At least 3 to 5 sets of disposable breast pads if you plan to breastfeed your baby right after birth or whenever necessary
  • Toiletries such as soap, dry shampoo (Klorane came highly recommended by a friend), toothpaste, facial cleanser, moisturiser, etc for daily hygiene
  • Light cosmetics such as powder and lip gloss and other stuff so that I will feel good when meeting friends who visit us and the baby
  • Going-home attire (preferably something loose and comfy)
  • Breast-pump in case baby doesn’t latch on and you need to encourage flow of the breast-milk

Here’s a list of things that goes into another bag:

For the Man:

  • Mobile phone and charger
  • iPads for the both of us
  • 1 – 2 sets of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Optional: Camera (fully-charged) to capture those moments [These days, we just rely on the iPhone.]

For Bun:

  • 2 sets of swaddles to wrap Bun with and keep her warm
  • 1 to 2 sets of baby clothes for the home-coming
  • Diapering essentials : Mamy Poko diapers for newborn, Pigeon baby wipes,  Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom  (Apparently not necessary as the nurses in the hospital will help prep baby for the home-coming, so just pray and hope that the ride back home will be smooth.)
  • Car seat to bring her home in – preferably assembled to the car seat so that you don’t need to fiddle it with it on the day of the home-coming

Oh and if there is anything you think I may have missed out, please do leave a comment and share that with me.  I want to make sure we do have almost everything we need for the labour.  Thanks in advance!  🙂

Feels really close now even though the EDD still tells us we have a while to go.. but the excitement sure is building up around here! Not sure if it’s a good or bad thing, the Man keeps telling me to relax but I keep panicking because I really feel that we still have this much more to do.. and the laundry?  So much stuff for tiny human that needs to be washed and the Man still thinks it’s early.  Arh.. tell me this isn’t right, right?  I just want to make sure that everything is in place the next few weeks when I still have the energy to do so.

 

Prepare your hospital bag at least TWO weeks before your expected date of delivery (EDD) because there are instances when labor may occur before the 36th week of pregnancy. You should be packed and ready so that whenever labour starts you are prepared.

Prepare at least 2 bags – one for labour  and the other, after your delivery when you are in the hospital room. This postpartum bag should include items for your baby and husband, and can be brought to the hospital by your husband after you have given birth.

So goes into the labour bag and what essential things do you need while you are in the hospital?

Here’s a list of things to include in your labour bag:

  1. Documents such as your doctor’s admission orders, prenatal record book, health insurance papers and others that you need to take care of financial concerns.
  2. A copy of your birth plan should be prepared ahead of time to inform your health care providers about your preferences in childbirth.
  3. Relaxation items that will help you relax while you are on labour such as a radio, CD player, mp3 player or iPod to play relaxing music.
  4. Camera or Video Camera, charger or extra batteries to capture those moments especially during and after childbirth.
  5. Socks and sweater to keep you warm in case you feel cold while in the labour room.
  6. Snacks to give you energy while on labour and after childbirth when you need to regain your strength. You may wish to prepare your own as food in the hospital cafeteria may be expensive or they do not have what you wish to eat.

Here’s a list of things you need in your postpartum bag:

For you and your husband:

  1. Mobile phone and charger to enable you to call important people and let them know that the baby has arrived.
  2. Favorite pillow from home so you can sleep comfortably.
  3. Lip balm to soothe dry and chapped lips.
  4. Nursing bra and breast pads if you plan to breastfeed your baby right after birth or whenever necessary.
  5. Bathrobe that you can slip into when you take a shower or just wanted to get out of your room.
  6. Night dress in case you don’t like the robe the hospital provides.
  7. Underwear to keep you feeling fresh (if you have a C-section); the hospital generally supplies the maternity underwear if you gave birth the natural way.
  8. Sanitary napkins or maternity pads for the blood discharge after childbirth.
  9. Slippers to use when you want to walk around or outside your room.
  10. Toiletries such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, cleanser, etc for daily hygiene
  11. Towel to use after shower.
  12. Hairbrush, Toothbrush and other accessories
  13. Going-home attire to use when you are ready to be discharged from the hospital.
  14. Cosmetics such as powder and lipstick and other stuff to make you look good when meeting friends who visit you and the baby or when you go home.
  15. Change of clothes for your husband
  16. Laptop which you can use to download pictures if you can’t wait to update friends of your childbirth but this can be optional.

For baby

  1. Receiving blankets to wrap around your baby to keep him or her warm.
  2. Baby clothes such as shirts, pajamas, mittens, bib, cap, socks or booties. Make sure you bring enough for the number of days of your stay in the hospital.
  3. Diapers for your newborn.
  4. Baby wipes to clean your baby.
  5. Baby bath or baby wash for your baby’s first bath by the hospital nurse.
  6. Baby’s towel to be used right after his or her first bath.
  7. Feeding bottles and formula milk can be used whenever your breast milk won’t come out yet but this is optional.
  8. Baby Book or Journal to record your baby’s information.
  9. Car seat which you need to bring your baby home.

Good luck with the baby and the delivery!

– See more at: http://sg.theasianparent.com/hospital-bag-checklist-on-what-to-pack/#sthash.39zqvaHt.dpufPrepare your hospital bag at least TWO weeks before your expected date of delivery (EDD) because there are instances when labor may occur before the 36th week of pregnancy. You should be packed and ready so that whenever labour starts you are prepared.

Prepare at least 2 bags – one for labour and the other, after your delivery when you are in the hospital room. This postpartum bag should include items for your baby and husband, and can be brought to the hospital by your husband after you have given birth.

So goes into the labour bag and what essential things do you need while you are in the hospital?

Here’s a list of things to include in your labour bag:

Documents such as your doctor’s admission orders, prenatal record book, health insurance papers and others that you need to take care of financial concerns.
A copy of your birth plan should be prepared ahead of time to inform your health care providers about your preferences in childbirth.
Relaxation items that will help you relax while you are on labour such as a radio, CD player, mp3 player or iPod to play relaxing music.
Camera or Video Camera, charger or extra batteries to capture those moments especially during and after childbirth.
Socks and sweater to keep you warm in case you feel cold while in the labour room.
Snacks to give you energy while on labour and after childbirth when you need to regain your strength. You may wish to prepare your own as food in the hospital cafeteria may be expensive or they do not have what you wish to eat.

Here’s a list of things you need in your postpartum bag:

For you and your husband:

Mobile phone and charger to enable you to call important people and let them know that the baby has arrived.
Favorite pillow from home so you can sleep comfortably.
Lip balm to soothe dry and chapped lips.
Nursing bra and breast pads if you plan to breastfeed your baby right after birth or whenever necessary.
Bathrobe that you can slip into when you take a shower or just wanted to get out of your room.
Night dress in case you don’t like the robe the hospital provides.
Underwear to keep you feeling fresh (if you have a C-section); the hospital generally supplies the maternity underwear if you gave birth the natural way.
Sanitary napkins or maternity pads for the blood discharge after childbirth.
Slippers to use when you want to walk around or outside your room.
Toiletries such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, cleanser, etc for daily hygiene
Towel to use after shower.
Hairbrush, Toothbrush and other accessories
Going-home attire to use when you are ready to be discharged from the hospital.
Cosmetics such as powder and lipstick and other stuff to make you look good when meeting friends who visit you and the baby or when you go home.
Change of clothes for your husband
Laptop which you can use to download pictures if you can’t wait to update friends of your childbirth but this can be optional.

For baby

Receiving blankets to wrap around your baby to keep him or her warm.
Baby clothes such as shirts, pajamas, mittens, bib, cap, socks or booties. Make sure you bring enough for the number of days of your stay in the hospital.
Diapers for your newborn.
Baby wipes to clean your baby.
Baby bath or baby wash for your baby’s first bath by the hospital nurse.
Baby’s towel to be used right after his or her first bath.
Feeding bottles and formula milk can be used whenever your breast milk won’t come out yet but this is optional.
Baby Book or Journal to record your baby’s information.
Car seat which you need to bring your baby home.

Good luck with the baby and the delivery!
– See more at: http://sg.theasianparent.com/hospital-bag-checklist-on-what-to-pack/#sthash.39zqvaHt.dpuf

Prepare your hospital bag at least TWO weeks before your expected date of delivery (EDD) because there are instances when labor may occur before the 36th week of pregnancy. You should be packed and ready so that whenever labour starts you are prepared.

Prepare at least 2 bags – one for labour  and the other, after your delivery when you are in the hospital room. This postpartum bag should include items for your baby and husband, and can be brought to the hospital by your husband after you have given birth.

So goes into the labour bag and what essential things do you need while you are in the hospital?

Here’s a list of things to include in your labour bag:

  1. Documents such as your doctor’s admission orders, prenatal record book, health insurance papers and others that you need to take care of financial concerns.
  2. A copy of your birth plan should be prepared ahead of time to inform your health care providers about your preferences in childbirth.
  3. Relaxation items that will help you relax while you are on labour such as a radio, CD player, mp3 player or iPod to play relaxing music.
  4. Camera or Video Camera, charger or extra batteries to capture those moments especially during and after childbirth.
  5. Socks and sweater to keep you warm in case you feel cold while in the labour room.
  6. Snacks to give you energy while on labour and after childbirth when you need to regain your strength. You may wish to prepare your own as food in the hospital cafeteria may be expensive or they do not have what you wish to eat.

Here’s a list of things you need in your postpartum bag:

For you and your husband:

  1. Mobile phone and charger to enable you to call important people and let them know that the baby has arrived.
  2. Favorite pillow from home so you can sleep comfortably.
  3. Lip balm to soothe dry and chapped lips.
  4. Nursing bra and breast pads if you plan to breastfeed your baby right after birth or whenever necessary.
  5. Bathrobe that you can slip into when you take a shower or just wanted to get out of your room.
  6. Night dress in case you don’t like the robe the hospital provides.
  7. Underwear to keep you feeling fresh (if you have a C-section); the hospital generally supplies the maternity underwear if you gave birth the natural way.
  8. Sanitary napkins or maternity pads for the blood discharge after childbirth.
  9. Slippers to use when you want to walk around or outside your room.
  10. Toiletries such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, cleanser, etc for daily hygiene
  11. Towel to use after shower.
  12. Hairbrush, Toothbrush and other accessories
  13. Going-home attire to use when you are ready to be discharged from the hospital.
  14. Cosmetics such as powder and lipstick and other stuff to make you look good when meeting friends who visit you and the baby or when you go home.
  15. Change of clothes for your husband
  16. Laptop which you can use to download pictures if you can’t wait to update friends of your childbirth but this can be optional.

For baby

  1. Receiving blankets to wrap around your baby to keep him or her warm.
  2. Baby clothes such as shirts, pajamas, mittens, bib, cap, socks or booties. Make sure you bring enough for the number of days of your stay in the hospital.
  3. Diapers for your newborn.
  4. Baby wipes to clean your baby.
  5. Baby bath or baby wash for your baby’s first bath by the hospital nurse.
  6. Baby’s towel to be used right after his or her first bath.
  7. Feeding bottles and formula milk can be used whenever your breast milk won’t come out yet but this is optional.
  8. Baby Book or Journal to record your baby’s information.
  9. Car seat which you need to bring your baby home.

Good luck with the baby and the delivery!

– See more at: http://sg.theasianparent.com/hospital-bag-checklist-on-what-to-pack/#sthash.39zqvaHt.dpuf

My Baby Gift and a deal!

The year of the Horse is the second most popular time (apart from the year of the Dragon) to have babies.  I see many ladies pregnant but more importantly, a couple of girlfriends are also preggers at the same time.  Pretty pleased for I not only have a support group of ladies who would dish out pregnant or mothering tips to me but also future play-dates in mind with Bun.  🙂

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[Photo credit: My Baby Gift]

Behind My Baby Gift:
Started by Liron who’s an Isareali expat living in Singapore for the last 7 years and who’s a mother of 4, My Baby Gift was born after a long search for premium baby gifts in Singapore. It became apparent that the only available gifts were flower arrangements and simple ‘diaper cakes’. She therefore set out to create beautiful and contemporary, yet practical, baby hampers that will melt the hearts of those receiving these items and pamper those precious souls who just entered the world.  

About My Baby Gift:
My Baby Gift is a luxurious baby gift boutique in Singapore, offering Personalised Premium Baby Hampers and unique babies gifts , both for babies and mummies. All gifts are elegantly presented in their MyBabyGift signature gift box, delivered in a gorgeous matching shopping bag.

Delivered to the hospital or home, expect to receive  stylish personalised baby hampers, baby boxes and branded baby gifts  exclusively imported from international designers and baby boutiques – especially for the new baby and mother. 

What I particularly liked about this concept is that each gift is aimed to give the receiver a memorable and personal touch by embroidering the new baby’s name on selected products – FREE of charge – leaving the new baby a life-lasting keepsake.

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My experience:
After shopping online aimlessly for a suitable hamper to gift a friend who recently just delivered , I eventually settled on a hamper from My Baby Gift.  The shopping experience has been pleasant and relatively fuss-free, I gave the details and made payment promptly.  The folks at My Baby Gift also updated me on the delivery status of the hamper.

What happened next was rather unfortunate for I was hoping that the friend would fall head-over-heels with the gift upon receiving it but there was a slight problem with the order.  Thankfully, they helped to sort this out efficiently and I was pleasantly surprised with their service recovery.  The rightful hamper was eventually sent and when S shared her pic of the gift with me, I was ‘oohing and ahhing’ over the hamper for I’m sure it will make a wonderful keepsake for her baby in years to come.  🙂

So if you are scratching your heads wondering what to get for your friends to congratulate them on the arrival of their newborn, I highly recommend putting the hampers on My Baby Gift on your list!  Makes for a wonderful gift for both the parents plus the child when he/ she grows older.

A special deal for you!
Since my experience with My Baby Gift has been positive on the whole, I asked the folks from My Baby Gift if they would like to spread the cheer to others!  So here’s a special deal for you:

Enjoy $10 off all hampers on www.mybabygift.com.sg by using the coupon code LADYJ (valid until June 2014).

Note:
This post is in response to the kind offer of 10% discount by mybabygift.com for my readers. No monetary compensation nor products were received, and all opinions are my own. 

Flash Sale:: Hermes Bracelet

I’ve got loads of new and pre-loved goodies to sell to you all this weekend!  Yes, I’ve been busy – attempting to take good photos of the items so as to do them justice.  🙂  Am finally satisfied with these lot of pictures that I hope will entice you to consider getting them.

Brand reveal!  Orange boxes always make my heart skip a little while the Man’s heart pump a whole lot faster.

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Now the unveil! IMG_7712

First up of my 3-part Flash Sale series for the weekend is this ‘never been worn’ Hermes Green Bangle.

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Here’s the description of the item:

Hermes narrow printed enamel bracelet

  • Gold plated, 0.5″ wide, 2.5″ diameter.
  • Size: 65
  • Condition of item: 10/10

What you see is what you get and I’m letting this item go at S$300.

If you are interested to get this cool bangle, please email me at ladyj_musings@rocketmail.com and let’s take it from there.  🙂

Note: This item that I’m selling is guaranteed authentic.  I am able to show you the receipt to prove its authenticity for this item.