Friday, March 24, 2017

Home Living | 3M Post-It Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface

I first saw the 3M Post-it Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface in stores a few months ago and thought they were pretty cool.

All you needed to do was to just peel and stick, and you can transform any ordinary surface into “instant whiteboards”. No extra tools needed and no worries about destroying walls!

Using a proprietary dry erase coating so that it erases cleanly every time from whiteboard markers, the Post-it Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface is a rolled, self-stick film product that easily adheres to horizontal or vertical surfaces, converting them into a pristine, dry erase board.

You can apply them to painted walls, steel, finished wood, glass and even existing chalkboards. Unlike some cheaper versions, the stain-proof writing surface makes it easy to write and erase smoothly, and is less susceptible to scratching or marker stains.

I like that it can easily cut-to-size to create customized whiteboards or fun doodling surfaces. Think about the possibilities!! If you ever thought of getting one of those hipster blackboard walls for your kids to unleash their creativity at home but cringed at the thought of painting a whole wall black and cleaning up the chalk-dust {I sure did haha}, you should really consider getting the 3M Post-it Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface.

You can cover a whole wall with it, or even tables and chairs, and let your kids draw freely to inspire and encourage a nature of creativity or even do school work on. If after some time you feel like redecorating, you just have to peel it off and reuse it somewhere else. No need to repaint any walls at all!

Personally, we've peeled if off a few times to adjust / realign the surfaces and our walls seem fine. We've been using 3M tapes for years and I usually find that they do not damage my walls but do note that results may vary for you, depending on the type of walls you have as well.

At home, we use it in our mini gym {yes we have one.. used to be Lil Pumpkin's kiddy room haha. More on that later!!} for the boy to write out his WODs and fitness goals.

Why write down fitness goals? Well, if you have a set clear, written goals for the future, you will make specific plans to transform your dreams into realities :) It's highly motivating and all committed athletes do it.

With them clearly out on the Post-it Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface, it's highly visible and motivating!

Since it’s flat and doesn’t jut out to take out any extra space like a traditional whiteboard, we don’t have to worry about hitting it with any of our bars or gym equipment when lifting weights too.

I think children get a reaaaaaaal real kick out of writing/ drawing on walls haha and Lil Pumpkin does like to use it to doodle and practice her spelling or maths sums too.

It doesn’t come with any accessory holder for the markers and whiteboard eraser, but no biggie - you can buy it separately. I do hope that they come out with a magnetic version soon though so that we can also stick notes and messages on it too.

3M Post-it Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface {60.9cm x 91.4cm} retails at S$55.95 {w/ GST} and is available in selected Popular and leading bookstores.

Promo: 15% OFF retail price in Popular and selected Self-fix outlets for the entire month of April 2017.

 *Disclosure: This is a review for 3M Singapore. All opinions are my own.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Disney On Ice Singapore 2017 Opening Night @ Singapore Indoor Stadium

On Wednesday we went for the opening night performance of The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

It is back this year for only 10 performances during the March school holiday and I'm so glad we caught it since I thoroughly enjoyed our experience at last year's Disney On Ice "Magical Ice Festival" as well!

Lil Pumpkin was absolutely thrilled when she knew we were going too and spent quite a bit of time deciding what to wear and dolling up... I wonder where she gets that from hehehe.

Led by Mickey, Minnie, Donald & Goofy, Disney On Ice is a skating spectacular featuring an extraordinary lineup of Disney stories coming to life right before our eyes, and celebrating Disney classics that the whole family can enjoy together.

Unlike last year's Disney On Ice performance which focused mainly on the beloved Disney Princess stories, this year's edition has other non-Princess classics to appeal to all types of Disney fans.

You can stomp holedown with Buzz and Woody, prowl the Pride Lands of Africa with Simba, Timon & Pumbaa, and even dive deep into the East Australian waters to help Dory find her family.

There's still the favourite Disney Princess stories though with features from Tangled, Aladdin, Snow White {which is Walt Disney’s first animated feature film by the way!} and of course, the ever-popular Frozen.

Actually ALL the Disney Princesses come up on stage at some points in the show, but it's just the above 4 that have dedicated acts to them.

The performance started at 6.30pm and we arrived about 6pm. I was a tad worried that it'd be hard to find parking lots at that time but thankfully, there was still quite a number left!

Even though there was a queue to get our bags checked before entering the venue, the lines moved pretty smoothly and we had time to check out the various Disney On Ice memorabilia as well.

Lots of pens, t-shirts, soft plushies {Lil Pumpkin already has both Anna & Elsa plushies}, necklaces, caps etc. to choose from.

As usual, the super-cute Frozen slushie cups were calling out to me BUT I RESISTED!!! haha

We did get a souvenir program {S$10} as per our family tradition though. It came with a Beauty & the Beast red rose... although unfortunately, they didn't have a segment by itself. The boy also bought Lil Pumpkin a huge bag of cotton candy {S$18} to munch on and it came with an Olaf styrofoam cap hehe..

This year's Disney On Ice show was even more magical for us because Lil Pumpkin was chosen to be part of the show and help Rapunzel and Flynn light the lanterns!!

Lil Pumpkin was so excited about her little part! Before her segment, we sat by the front rink-side to stand-by and enjoy the performance. Seriously, if you have money to splurge, these are the seats to get!

You are soooo close to the performers, who sometimes come way up to the rink to wave and interact with the audience and after the finale, you can go right up to the rink to meet and take photos with your favourite characters for a while too.

So proud of our little darling who was all smiles and not afraid at all to get up in front of the huge crowd alone.. Well done baby! ( ᐛ )و A number of our friends who were at the show recognised her as well and messaged to tell me how calm and cool she was haha...

I'm thrilled that she had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I hope she remembers this experience for life too

The boy managed to catch Lil Pumpkin's magical moment on video from our actual VIP seats at section 112. You can watch it on my YouTube channel here if the video above isn't working.

Oh, sorry for the grainy photos.. you aren't allowed to bring in DSLR cameras, but you can bring in point-and-shoot cameras I heard. But we don't have that so just used our mobiles to take photos and videos of the performance inside the venue, which you are allowed to by the way.

I'm using my iPhone 7 while the boy is using his Google Pixel mobile.

However, I guess the best way to enjoy the show is to actually be present and not through your camera lens.

Other than snapping shots / videos of my fave parts {Little Mermaid & Frozen!!} and of Lil Pumpkin's magical moment, of course, I tried to put down my mobile to really just enjoy the moment with my family.

I cheered, I clapped, and I sang along.. oh boy did I sing so loud along to all my favourite Disney songs! #33yearsoldgoingon3

I'm surprised I still remember almost 90% of the lyrics even though I haven't seen the cartoons in such a long time. Sigh.. I think many adults there would agree that Disney On Ice really made you relive your happy, carefree childhood memories and I'm very happy to be making some with Lil Pumpkin there.. (*^▽^*)

**** SPOILER ALERT!! ****

Ok here are some videos of the actual performance.. if you intend to catch Disney On Ice later this week, I suggest that you don't watch them so that you don't spoil the surprise. However if you can't go, please enjoy the videos!

Click on the link below each video to watch on YouTube if it's not playing properly on the blog.






Tips:
  • Performance starts on time so do not be late!!
  • Room temperature is comfortable but bring a jacket / shawl just in case
  • Booster seats for kids are available from the ushers on first-come-first-serve basis
  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed. Food at Indoor Stadium kiosks costs $2 - 10, non-alcoholic beverages cost $3 - 5 and S$10 - 18 for alcohols. Disney On Ice themed food sold at their own booths
  • Professional cameras/ recording devices, selfie sticks etc. are not allowed
  • Venue re-entry is not permitted so make sure your bring in everything you need the first time!
  • Strollers are not permitted into the seating areas. They need to be parked in designated areas
  • Nearest car parks to show venue are at Car Park K and L. Parking charges are S$0.54/half hour, Monday - Sunday (including public holidays)
  • Nearest MRT station is Stadium MRT station on the Circle Line {10 mins walk from Exit A}  
  • Alternatively, take MRT to Kallang station on East-West Line {600m away} 
  • Come early to see the show souvenirs and visit other facilities at Singapore Sports Hub e.g. Kallang Wave Mall {waterplay at Level 3}, Sports Hub Library {dry, outdoor playground at rooftop} and Singapore Sports Museum

Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival
Singapore Indoor Stadium
Event period: 15 - 19 Mar 2016
Ticket Price {excl. booking fee}: S$25, $45, $65, $95, $120
Show Times: 10.30am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm {Sat & Sun}, 2.30 & 6.30pm {Fri}
Duration: 2 hours {15 mins interval}
Website: https://www.disneyonice.com/sea/en-sea/the-wonderful-world-of-disney-on-ice
*Infants in arms and children under 2 years of age may be admitted free of charge provided they do not occupy a seat (they must be seated on the lap of a parent or guardian). Children aged 2 and above must have tickets.

Check out the rest of our Bub & Me activities or list of kid-friendly places in Singapore too.

P.S. Some have asked how / why was Lil Pumpkin chosen for her part.. honestly, I'm not sure too haha. We didn't apply or audition for anything, and I just received a call last week or so from the organisers to tell us the good news! And I guess it's because they somehow knew that she was such a big Disney fan?! I mean.. this is a girl who will wear out her Mickey Mouse ears or Disney Princess outfits out for no special reason, just because ੧(❛▿❛✿)ΰ©­ 

*Disclosure: This is a review for The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice. All opinions are my own. Unless otherwise stated, image credits to Feld Entertainment. 



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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Happy 14th Anniversary to Us ♥

Today the boy and I celebrate our 14th anniversary together ♥ And even after 14 years, he never fails to surprise me when I least expect it *grins* 

He hadn't bought me flowers for the longest time {and even on Vday it was Lil Pumpkin who bought a flower for him to give to me!! haha.. more on that later..} but secretly bought a bouquet of my fave red roses for our anniversary, and even enlisted Lil Pumpkin's help to make me an anniversary card. Awww!

Seriously guys, you gotta learn this one. No expensive Hallmark card will ever beat the thoughtfully hand-written and hand-drawn card of your own children (⌒▽⌒)☆ It definitely made my heart swoon and eyes tear a little..

Inside was this sweet message,

"Happy Anniversary dear! We think that you are cute and awesome! We hope you like the card from us. The reason we make this card is that you are very special to me and daddy. I wish you a nice anniversary with daddy. I ♥ you."
Not sure whose idea it was too {but I'm betting on Lil Pumpkin!} but there was a Love Meter and they circled the highest section for "Love a Lot!" ~γƒΎ(^∇^) #toocute

Thanks hubby for making our anniversary feel special after all these years even though we're still going about our daily work and parenting duties today. I love and appreciate all that you've done for me and the family, even if I don't say it as often as I should.

Happy anniversary to us, dear Poogeo

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Friday, February 24, 2017

New 3M LED P1610 Polarizing Task Light for Better Health & Well-Being

Lil Pumpkin has been using 3M LED6000 Polarizing Light for the past 3 years {her table has grown in size with her though! haha} and recently, we've been using the newly-released 3M P1610 Polarizing Task Light as well.


Like the LED6000 Polarizing Light, it is also fitted with 3M’s Polarizing Filter Technology, which consists of a 3M proprietary optical film to reduce glare by up to 80%. While most other lamps allow both comfortable and harmful light to enter, the 3M polarizing optical film only filters comfortable light through; at the same time, it converts the harmful rays into optimal lighting as well.

As such, only optimal light reaches the eyes - this not only minimizes the immediate eye strain to allow for longer hours of comfortable reading, but also decreases risk of long-term effects such as cataracts and macular degeneration {a leading cause of vision loss where a small central portion of the retina, known as the macula, deteriorates}.

Did you know that the closer artificial lighting is to mimicking natural daylight patterns, the higher the person to be happier, and thus more productive??

Well, according to a U.S. study, for good circadian health, you should have higher amounts of light from cooler light sources at least two to three hours in the morning to mimic the sunrise, followed by a tapering off in light intensity towards evening hours, to a warmer and gentle light source to encourage calm and relaxation.

Following these findings, the LED P1610 Polarizing Task Light allows users to customize the light colour via a touch control to adjust the colour of the lamp according to the time of the day, or mood levels. The touch control is pretty sensitive and you only need a light touch to activate it. There are 5 colour selections from Cool White to Warm White.

When Lil Pumpkin is studying or when I'm working during the day, we use Cool White for increased alertness, and when I'm reading a book before sleeping, I'll use Warm White to help me wind down for the day as it encourages calmness and relaxation.

The same touch control also enables us to adjust the light intensity. For example, we can use higher lux levels for more detailed-focused activities such as studying or rainbow-looming that require brighter illumination, and lower lux levels for light reading in bed at night to relax.

The high-intensity light is even good enough for the boy to do his vet surgery in..

He tried it out once when his surgery light was spoilt and said it did its job haha... He also liked that the 3M LED P1610 Polarizing Task Light was fully adjustable and rotational {i.e. versatile enough to turn awkward angles}, and at S$289, was a good and cheap {relative to his S$3,000 surgery table light} back-up in case his surgery light spoilt again (*≧▽≦)

3M LED P1610 Polarizing Task Light is available in white and black. 3M has a wide range of polarizing lights and there are other table and floor lamps available with different prices and lighting qualities for everyone so check them out and make that change for the benefit of your eyes!

Available at all Popular bookstores, Best Denki and other leading retailers, while stocks last.

For more of  Lil Pumpkin's Primary School journey:

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 *Disclosure: This is a review for 3M Singapore. All opinions are my own.

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