Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Mother's Day 2020 | Best Singapore Covid-19 Pandemic Bouquet Idea

Hey beautiful mamas, in case you are all befuddled by this "circuit breaker" period and aren't sure what day it is, this is a reminder that Mother's Day is this Sunday, 10 May 2020.

Since school is out so teachers aren't going to help, you still have a few more days to drop gentle hints to your precious hubbies and kids to get off their butts and get ready to make you feel like the queen that you are this weekend haha...

All jokes aside though, you really don't have to wait for your hubbies and kids to reward yourself in this hard job called "motherhood".

Yes, your home may not be spotless. Your kids' clothes may not be ironed all the time. Your food may not be "Instagram-worthy." You may lose your temper every day. Your sink may never be empty... But, no matter how hard it gets, you always show up for your family and try your best.

"Successful mothers are not the ones who never struggled. They are the ones who never give up despite the struggles."

And that's truly enough. So pat yourself on your back and reward yourself for that.

... Which is exactly what I did. *grins*

I ordered for myself a bouquet from The Lovely Hua Shop, with a little note that said,

"Dear Me,
You are loved and cherished.
No matter what you think, you're doing a good job.
Hang in there!
Happy Mother's Day!
Love, Me"
Just something to read on those days when I feel like I'm not a good enough mother, and we all know that we do have those days... ( ◞・౪・)

I was thoroughly amused when I saw this Snackin bouquet on The Lovely Hua Shop, an online flower boutique based in Singapore.

How practical is it to receive such a creative bouquet filled with snacks and masks, especially now during the Covid-19 pandemic??!! Soooo much better than flowers in my honest opinion, heh..

Due to the current situation, available snack choices are limited so you are not able to customise the bouquet. However, you can let them know of your preferred choices e.g. no spicy snacks or chocolates, and they will accede to your requests as best as possible.

For my bouquet, it came with 2 x Pocky boxes {Matcha and Chocolate}, 1 x Cheezels pack {Cheezy BBQ}, 1 x Krisbee Krunch pack {Corn, 75g}, 1 x Calbee Prawn Crackers {Original, 90g}, 1 Jack 'n Jill Roller Coaster pack {BBQ, 70g} and 2 x 3-ply surgical masks.

Yum yum yum!!! °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

She may not have given me this bouquet, but my darling Lil Pumpkin is the reason I get to celebrate this wonderful day in the first place 

Thank you my sweet daughter for giving me the hardest, but best job in the world.

I would not trade it for anything. Love you always, my baby girl.

Of course, I owe all that I am to my own mother too, so I sent the same practical bouquet to her for Mother's Day.

I hope it would brighten up her day too, and remember that even though we are living apart now and can't meet each other during the circuit breaker, she is still dearly loved and missed (☆▽☆)

The Lovely Hua Shop prides itself on offering the cheapest same-day delivery of beautiful yet affordable flower bouquets and boxes.

Their Mother's Day selections start as low as S$29.90 and they deliver island-wide daily {11am - 9pm} to most districts at S$5 flat.

I was expecting some delivery delays due to the current situation, but was pleasantly surprised when they arrived at the stated delivery window, and the bouquet arrived in such perfect condition! I mean, obviously I can't say how their flowers will be like.. but my snacks bouquet arrived all securely fastened without a tear, stain or unnecessary crumple at the bouquet wrapping paper #impressed

Check them out if you want to treat somebody, or yourself, to a special bouquet. Oh, do note that from Fri 8 - Mon 11 May 2020, there is a slight increase of delivery charge to S$10 flat island-wide to cater to the increased Mother's Day orders.

Wishing all the beautiful mamas out there a 
Happy Mother's Day! 母の日おめでとう!

P.S. I love the dress I'm wearing here {from the same shop I got these beautiful cheongsams}!! All the right cuts in all the right places hahaha... I may have nowhere to go now, but it won't stop me from putting on this gorgeous piece to take photos with my Mother's Day bouquet! #anyreasontodresssup

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Where to Buy Hand Sanitisers Online - Theo10 100% Natural Skincare, Made in Singapore #SGUnited + Promo Code

It is now Week 3 into our lockdown, I mean "circuit breaker" period. How is everyone coping?

Although there are times when I feel down with having our lives disrupted {especially during our birthday month!!}, I am not feeling too affected because I like working from home and we have a home gym {see where to buy home gym & fitness equipment in Singapore} so training is still progressing, and home-based learning with Lil Pumpkin is not much trouble at all since she likes staying home, can self-entertain and studies somewhat independently with just a little nudge and push i.e. I don't need to sit by her side with a rattan rod to make her do work (΄◞ิ౪◟ิ‵)ʃ)

Like most, I cope with the extra free time at home by baking and cooking more, exercising more, reading more, and erm, online shopping more hehehehe... I dare not ask hubby about our household expenditure at the end of this month *eeks*

If you are online shopping as well and can't get your healthcare essentials at your usual stores because you are struggling to secure delivery slots, do check out Theo10 Skincare Shop, a boutique skincare and beauty shop based in Singapore with products made in Singapore #golocal

Theo10 has created a range of products with 100% natural ingredients sourced from around the world. A lot of their products contain beeswax {harvested from Italian bees}, American peppermint essential oil {airflown to preserve its efficacy}, and Indian neem oil {cold-pressed to ensure the highest yield of beneficial components}.

I particularly like their hand sanitisers which kills 99.99% of germs, and has an amaaaaaazing scent! Out of all the hand sanitisers I've used before, this one seriously smells the best IMHO.

It does not have any medicinal or overwhelming, artificial fruity scent. In fact, it actually has a light, floral scent of orchid and white tea. Very refreshing.

Theo10 moisturising hand sanitisers come in compact small 60ml bottles which is reusable, and can easily fit inside your purse or pocket.

Unlike some hand sanitisers which come out as a gooey, watery mess, Theo10 hand sanitisers has a a clear, gel-like texture that absorbs quickly into your skin without leaving any stains or residues and is also suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin like Lil Pumpkin's.

Even if we do not need to head out as often nowadays, the boy is still an essential work so goes to work as per normal and keeps one with him. Plus, I'm thinking ahead that eventually the "circuit breaker" period will be over so it makes sense to purchase more of them now for when we need to use in the near future when we all start work and school again.

Although I like being home, I do miss the outdoors and can't wait to get out kayaking, hiking or swimming again and using this water-resistant SPF50 sunscreen.

Like their hand sanitisers, it has a breezy and fresh fragrance {this time of snow pears!}, which I prefer to heavy and overpowering scents.

The super-light formula doesn't clog up your skin, like how some sunscreens or sunblocks do. Instead, it still leaves my skin feeling fresh, supple and bare after application and is perfect for our humid weather.

Actually come to think of it, I don't need to wait to go for outdoor sports to use it haha. I used to have a good habit of apply sunscreen daily but got a tad lazy #oops I really need to get back to doing it again and making sure Lil Pumpkin picks up this good habit too...

Sunscreens are actually recommended for daily use to prevent premature aging caused by the sun and decrease the risk of skin cancer, and this is a good one for that not just because of its light texture which makes it comfortable to wear day-to-day, but also because of its active ingredients contain minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide {as opposed to chemicals e.g. oxybenzone or avobenzone} that block the harmful UV rays and are less irritating for sensitive skin.

Theo10 Sunscreen is a broad-spectrum protection formulated sunscreen for protection against both UVA and UVB. While most sunscreen whitens the applied area, Theo10 Sunscreen does not leave any traces. Instead, it moistens and leaves just a thin barrier against moisture loss and for sunscreen protection.

Recently, my pillow has been giving me a very bad neck-ache so I decided to try Theo10 Heat Rub that's meant to deal with tired shoulders, muscle aches and acute joint pains.

The heat created helps to loosen tight muscles and increase blood flow to the area, thus promoting a faster recovery and reduces the soreness. After using the heat rub and consistently massaging it for a few nights, my neck did feel better.

Theo10 Heat Rub is created using only 100% natural ingredients including peppermint, camphor, capsicum and beeswax. There's a strong peppermint smell when you first apply it, but it fades away after a while. It takes around 15 minutes before you start to feel the "heat" after you rub it in.

Do note that it's not a very strong heat rub though. The area feels warmer than usual, but is not unbearably hot.

This cream is water-resistant as well, so you can apply before you do any sports or activities.

If you use the heat rub before exercise for muscular aches and pains, it can increase blood flow which can help increase the flexibility of muscles ( ᐛ )و

Other than the above, Theo10 also sells non-steroidal eczema cream, shower gels, and also an innovative, "wind-proof" insect repellent that coats your skin with a very fine layer of essential oils that effectively protects your skin against mosquitoes and ants for up to 4 hours.

Even though we are currently fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, dengue cases in Singapore still remain high so you might want to check that out as well.

Promo: Quote "SakuraHaru2020" for 15% OFF any purchase from Theo10 Skincare Shop. If you spend above certain amounts {refer to above pic}, you will receive free gifts too! Only for the first 7 eligible orders of the day.

Valid even for other promotions, like this Mother's Day Special, until 7 May 2020 only.

Hope you'd find something useful from this shop based in Singapore. It'd be good to support a small local business like this during these challenging times too.

Stay safe and healthy, everyone! (*^▽^)/

Thursday, April 9, 2020

P5 Parenting | FREE Primary School Mathematics Learning Program from Marshall Cavendish Education - Maths Buddies

Have you heard? One of the key publishers of Maths textbooks in Singapore, Marshall Cavendish Education, is offering FREE access to Maths Buddies, a home-based learning {HBL} program to support all primary school children in Singapore, from Primary 1 to 6.

Since yesterday, Singapore schools and institutes of higher learning have shifted to full home-based learning {HBL} until 4 May 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Most workplaces, including mine, have also shut down to severely limit social interactions and movement outside homes... meaning most parents are also working from home and looking after the kids at the same time.

One of my friends shared that having the kids with you while you work from home means it's like "Bring Your Kids to Work Day" every freaking day for at least a month hahahaha... So true!!

Thankfully, Lil Pumpkin is rather independent and tech-savvy so I don't worry much about the online learning part. She has no problems logging into the Student Learning Space {SLS} or video conferences with her teachers herself, and I don't actually have to sit by her side to monitor her work while it's "school time" {currently 8am - 2pm}.. although of course at times when she's unsure of certain concepts, she'd ask me and I need to check in on her to see that she's following the schedule.

So far, the last 2 days of HBL has been rather "chill" for me.. but then we are just 2 days in so see how? haha..

I'm sure we all wished at one point or another that the weekend will never end and now with our lock-down, or "circuit breaker" measures, our wish has somewhat come true. No school, no work for one whole month. 


Except, is it really?

Being forced to stay at home due to circumstances not under your control could drive anyone crazy. Kids especially, as they are just like little balls of energy that need to be expended. And when kids go bonkers, you can be sure that parents are not that far behind...

A lot of parents would probably have prepared "fun things" like books, craft kits, games, toys etc. to keep the kids occupied at home for the next one month.

However, this one month isn't a holiday. The kids still need to continue with their learning, and if you aren't one of those parents that were queuing up to buy assessment books at the bookshops before the lockdown commenced, be glad for free online educational content like Math Buddies to support student learning.

All you need to do to access it is fill up the simple form in the pic above. No need to give your personal details like names, address or telephone numbers. Just provide your email address, school and country.

Math Buddies is a comprehensive digital platform that adopts the same pedagogical principles found in our Singapore Mathematics textbooks and combines interactive components with instructional strategies.

It is super easy to use and offers an engaging teaching and learning experience filled with colour and cute cartoons for primary school students of all levels.

Click on each level to see at a glance the different topics taught for each year.

Since you can conveniently access all the levels, it's perfect for revising past topics from previous years, or maybe even prepare ahead for lessons to come.

After you click on each topic, it'd bring you to the next page of sub-topics.

And from there there would be different lessons where students can choose from 3 inter-related components - Learn, Guided Learning and Virtual Manipulative.

They can go through each at their own pace and pick-and-choose to cover whatever topics they want to do, whenever.
When students choose Learn, there's a voiced video using the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract {CPA} approach to build conceptual understanding.

With Guided Learning, it's more interactive and students can apply their knowledge and answer the lesson questions.

By clicking on "Show Answers", the model answers would also pop up for self-evaluation and learning.

Maths Buddies also has the dreaded Word Problems in the program for students to work on too.

Virtual Manipulative allows the students to revisit concepts in an open setting and acquire deeper understanding through manipulation.

Just note that it's not available for all lessons.

Sometimes as a parent, I feel at a lost trying to teach Lil Pumpkin her school work at home because the things they learn at school nowadays really seems different and more difficult than my own schooling days. Do you have the same feeling?

I literally have to spend time to digest her textbooks, find additional notes, Google and ask my teacher friends for help to learn what she's learning, just so that I can help her with her studies.

So ya, while Lil Pumpkin had fun learning with Maths Buddies, so did I actually! Hopefully I won't be so clueless in helping her with her Maths problems from now on after using the program haha...

For more of  Lil Pumpkin's Primary School journey:

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Chinese New Year 2020 | Family Walk in Chinatown

I was really excited about Chinese New Year 2020 because after a long wait, it's finally the year of my zodiac animal - the Rat!!

Every Chinese New Year, we have a family tradition to take a little stroll in Chinatown to soak in the festivities and take photos with the decorations.

By the time CNY rolled round in end Jan 2020, the covid-19 outbreak {or as is it was previously known as Wuhan virus, nCov etc.} alert was already pretty high and people were already staying indoors more and practising social distancing.

I thought perhaps we weren't able to make it to Chinatown this year and was a tad disappointed since this year was extra special to me, but the boy said we can still pop by a while to take some pics as long as we stay away from the crowds.

Well, why not? I mean, not that there would be much of a crowd anyway...?

So off we went to snap some shots and eat kueh tutu and muah chee from our fave shop there. We didn't walk the outdoor bazaar streets at all. 

Lil Pumpkin and her daddy in their signature pose!!

Yes, Lil Pumpkin ain't that little anymore haha... she is about 3/4 the height of the boy now!!! I'm amazed that he can still carry her on his shoulders this year haha.

One day Lil Pumpkin will outgrow his shoulders, but she will never outgrow his heart (◍•ᴗ•◍)❤ #daddysgirl

One selfie with my boo...

I could not resist getting new cheongsams for CNY and bought 2 new ones from a local boutique, The Missing Piece, for the season. I loved them so much that promptly after, I bought another 5 pieces ahahaaaah....

I'm wearing a gorgeous ultramarine blue cape cheongsam from their signature collection here. I love the cut and feel of this modern CS so much I bought the same one in red hehe... It’s fitting but not stifling, and the stretchy cotton material makes it oh-so-comfortable. I’ve been doing more hip thrusts in the gym for a stronger posterior chain so my butt is bigger than before and I was kinda worried that the tailored skirt won’t fit honestly.

HOWEVER this cheongsam covered my curves perfectly like a glove!(‘∀’●)♡ The soft capes also drape beautiful over my arms {good for hiding fat haha} and the little waist cut-outs that give an illusion to an even smaller waist are very flattering. I haven’t raved abt an outfit for a very long time but yes, I’m so in love with this!

When I'm up for it I'll do reviews on the other pieces too *fingers crossed*

Covid-19 may be here to stay for a long while but let's not let it put too much of a damper on how we live our daily lives with our loved ones.

Stay safe and healthy, everyone! 2020 can still be a bright and beautiful year! (>^_^)><(^o^<)

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