Thursday, April 23, 2015

My order from Minted.com

Earlier this month, I wrote about a lovely website I discovered called Minted, which carries beautiful designer paper goods like art, graphics, name cards and invitation cards. I placed an order for a few pieces and they've just arrived from the US!

IMG_20150423_141514
I got three small, customised artwork for my boys Amir and Arif.

IMG_20150423_141600

I got this slightly larger limited-edition print to remind myself and my family to be true to ourselves and to always be brave and kind :)

collage_20150423143758094_20150423143850666
Top left: The envelope they came in.
Top right: Some info on the designers/artists who created the work.
Bottom left: Certificate of authenticity for the limited edition print.
Bottom right: A slight defect to one of the prints, note the line on the "R" in April.

I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so the minor defect on the "R" annoys me, but in an effort to be less of a stickler for detail and to learn to embrace imperfection, I've decided that I can live with it :)

Overall, I'm happy with the stuff I got and I can't wait to get them all framed!

Monday, April 20, 2015

4 things I love from Daiso

Since I've become a WAHM (work at home mum), I've embraced my inner domestic goddess more each day. And part of it has to do with finding those little things that can help make my life and my home a little more organised. One of my favourite places to shop for home organisation stuff, is Daiso. The Japanese are so good at organising that they've come up with all sorts of thingamabobs to get your life sorted out. But are these things really useful? Or will you just be buying more stuff you don't actually need? 

Well, I've bought four items from Daiso that now I just can't live without. They are...

Four items from Daiso that i really like

1. Water bottles: These fit nicely in the fridge door and look decent enough to pull out and place on the dining table. 

2. Sponge drier: I never knew this little plastic thing existed, nor how much I needed it in my life. It keeps my sponge dry and in its place, ready for action :)

3. Collapsible colander: Why is this so special you ask? Well, it collapses, so when I don't need it, I can just store it away neatly without having it take up too much space.

4. Microfibre cloth: I'm new to this phenomenon, but it's never too late to start. Dusting and mopping is so much easier with microfibre cloth, because the dust clings to the cloth (unlike rags). It's also very absorbent and is easy to rinse out.  

Of course, I've bought a lot more stuff at Daiso and not all of them have made a difference in my daily life. In truth, not all time-saving gadgets will actually save you time, either because:

1. You don't like using it and prefer to stick to your same old method of doing things
2. You don't really have an opportunity to use it often
3. The item doesn't work as well as you'd hoped

Still, I'm open to trying new things, in the hopes that they will make things easier for me. How about you? What are your favourite Daiso buys?

PS: Post GST now Daiso's items cost RM5.30 :P

Friday, April 17, 2015

Making baby food in a rice cooker

I love making my own baby food for Arif, who's turning one at the end of this month. Not only is making your own baby food cost effective, but it enables you to create your own recipies too. Arif's still not too keen on chunky textures, so I am sticking to thick purees for now. I usually steam his veges and fruits, but occasionally, I make vegetable porridge - in my rice cooker! 

collage_20150420194237001_20150420194545044

Here, I've combined a cup of rice, broccoli, pumpkin, carrot and bok choy. It turns out bok choy wasn't a good addition, as it left some strands of fibre. I'll leave it out next time. Perhaps spinach would be a better substitute for a leafy vege.

Then, I just add water to cover the ingredients, press cook and let the rice cooker do its thing. Once the porridge is done, I let it cool and then blitz it in the blender, with some extra boiled water. Lastly, I pour the pureed porridge into an ice cube tray and freeze. Voila! Baby food for a week :)

Mamil Mom Me Saturday @ Talent Lounge

I was recently invited to attend a very special event - Mamil Mom Me Saturday, which was held at the Talent Lounge @ The PJ Trade Centre. The event brought together a group of mothers and focused on the thing that concerns mothers the most - our kids' health and nutrition.   

#mamilmomme
I love the industrial feel of the PJ Trade Centre and the Talent Lounge :)

Caroline Yap, Marketing Manager of Danone Dumex (M) Sdn Bhd., shed light on the inspiration behind the event, “As a specialist in nutrition for children, we at Mamil®always want to celebrate mothers and support them in fulfilling their highest calling in life, which is to care for their children. The ‘Mamil®MomMe Saturdays’ are our way of saying thank you to mothers for consistently supporting Mamil® and we hope mothers will take away more than just a pampering session but one that edifies them in their daily lives.”

MamilMomMe
Our emcee for the day was Mix FM DJ Aishah Sinclair (top right), we also heard from Ms Caroline Yap (left), Marketing Manager of Danone Dumex, who explained the benefits of Mamil. Guest speaker, Ms Jacki Siew (bottom right), who is a state registered nurse and midwife (UK), gave us a great talk about the common health problems that children face.

I was fortunate enough to have a chance to pick Jacki's brain over lunch on infant nutrition and other concerns. Since Arif was born prematurely and has always had an issue with being underweight, I had lots of questions to ask about nutrition, constipation, weight gain and development. After speaking to Jacki, I certainly felt better for following my intuition as a mum.

Pic 5_The Mamil sampling booth offers moms a taste
The Mamil sampling booth.

#mamilmomme
We were treated to a delicious lunch too :)

The day wrapped up with a surprise pampering manicure for a few lucky participants, a group photo and lunch, However, they didn’t leave empty handed – all participants took home Mamil® products and exclusive merchandise worth more than RM160, including RM30 cash vouchers for the purchase of Mamil® products.

#mamilmomme
A lovely treat :)

Pic 6_A Mamil MomMe Saturday group photo!

To find out more about upcoming Mamil® MomMe Saturdays or for more information on Mamil®, log on to www.mamil.com.my, www.facebook.com/DumexMamil or call the Mamil®CareLine at 1800 38 1038.

PS: It's not easy for me to carve out some time away from the family, especially on weekends. Usually, that's when errands need to be run and chores need to get done. That's why I have to thank my dear husband, Rezad, who kindly took over care of the kids for about 3 hours, so that I could attend the #mamilmomme event. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lovely offerings from Minted

Minted.com

I love cute graphics and illustrations, and have been searching for a place to shop for some cool pieces. So when I recently discovered Minted, I was over the moon! Minted is an online marketplace for independent artists, where you can shop for all sorts of creative paper-based goodies, from wedding invitations to custom art prints.

Since I have kids, an 11-year old and an 11-month old, my favourite section on Minted has got to be their Baby and Kids section, especially their Kids Wall Art and Nursery Wall Art offerings. Just check out these cuties! These are just some of the designs that caught my eye.

A good day for a walk @ minted.com
A good day for a walk by ERAY


Little mister @ minted.com
Little Mister by Frooted Design

Little buggers @ minted.com
Little buggers by Bob Daly

Aren't they just too precious?

Call me a romantic, but another of my favourite sections is their Wedding Invitations Collection. It carries an incredible array of beautiful cards to suit every theme. Designed by some of the world's best independent designers, the invites are refreshingly modern and unique. In addition, you have a choice of luxe paper and printing options, including eco-friendly 100% recycled paper and letterpress printing. You can also personalise and preview your invite online. 

I, for one, gravitate towards the simpler, more elegant designs. Kind of makes me wish I could marry my husband all over again, just so we could get these pretty invites. Haha!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Induction cookers - Yes or No?

Wow, it's been a long time since I did a proper blog, so I think I owe it to myself to brush off the dust and flesh out some of the ideas I've been sitting on. So here goes guys... Today, I'm talking induction cookers.

I've always had a phobia for gas stoves, so after experiencing a gas scare years ago, and hearing one too many stories about gas explosions, I decided to start using induction cookers as they're safer and take up very little space. Since then, I must have gone through 3 already, as induction cookers tend to last for about 2 years max (with frequent use). The first one, a Phillips model, kind of had a small explosion and died out. The next one was a Hanabishi model, and its plastic top eventually cracked. And most recently, our second Hanabishi had its on/off button suddenly freeze. So, we had to go out and get a new one.

We decided to get this one, the Phillips HD4921 at Tesco. It's usual retail price is around RM259, but they had an offer so we got it for around RM170 (with GST). It came with a 2-year warranty and a stainless steel pot.

  My new induction cooker

Now, this isn't going to be a review about this particular induction cooker, as I haven't started using it yet, but this post will recap my experience in using these cookers and why I continue to use them.
I plan to review the cooker I just bought a few months down the line, so stay tuned for that :) 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

First aid for babies

Share to save a baby's life


How time flies... Arif will be turning 1 at the end of this month! Before Arif was discharged from the NICU last year, the nurse gave me a 1-hour brief on what to do if my baby stopped breathing. Once, after a kangaroo care session, Arif became limp and unresponsive. It was horrible frown emoticon The nurse revived him by hitting the bottoms of his feet very hard. I have that whole scene seared into the back of my mind. I hope to never experience something like that ever again, but it's good to be prepared. Please share this graphic by St John Ambulance (UK) with your friends, family and caregivers to help save a life.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Celebrate Oral Health Day with Listerine :)

OralHealth

Hey, did you know that World Oral Health Day falls on 20th March? That's this weekend! And here's a great way to celebrate - Create a new record with Listerine and make it into the Malaysia Book of Records! All you need to do is join Malaysia's Largest Mass Rinsing event in conjunction with World Oral Health Day. 

All participants will be rewarded with Listerine® mouthwash along with a Malaysia Book of Records certificate as a token of appreciation. What’s more? 

There will be free dental check-up too! Also, there will be engaging activities all throughout the day such as quizzes and games where you can win prizes. 

To top it all, lucky winners will walk away with Johnson & Johnson hamper worth RM50 in the lucky draw session, so be sure to check it out! 

To take part, just head on over to 1 Utama this Saturday from 10 am till 10 pm. You can find out more here

MBR_EFlyer

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

More pyrex love

Hi everyone, how was your Chinese New Year break? I hope it was good :) I worked on several writing projects over the break and I hope I'll be able to wrap them up soon. Meanwhile, I de-stress with my growing pyrex collection. Here are some recent gems that I've acquired.

ButterFlyGoldTrio
First is this incredible surprise from my husband, who says this is my pre-anniversary present. This is my first Butterfly Gold! Thank you my darling! I love it soooooooo much!!

ToledoStand
Second is this awesome space saver stand, which my mum found in her store room and gave to me to complement the Toledo space saver she gave me a long time ago. This is happiness!

Spice of Life Corning ware
Last, but not least is this gorgeous Corning Ware Spice of Life Sauce Pan, which is a gift I received from a FB friend and fellow pyrex enthusiast :) 

Do you like the new additions? Stay tuned for more updates on my pyrex collection!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I am in love with Sia

I have to confess that I usually listen to songs from the 80s up to the early 2000s, basically the hits from my youth. I always felt that the pop songs of "today" just don't speak to me. But, I'm happy to say that there are a few exceptions, and here's a prime example. You can consider me a latecomer to the awesomeness that is Sia, but I'm glad I found her. When I saw her video for Chandelier (below), I was just blown away. This, to me, is amazing on so many different levels. Of course, this video wouldn't be quite so memorable without Maddie Ziegler, an incredibly talented dancer (she's just two years older than my son Amir). Thank you Sia for your music and Maddie for the breathtaking performance. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Happy flowers

My pyrex passion continues... here are my latest acquisitions - a Sunflower butter dish and a Spring Blossom refrigerator dish (502).

Happy flowers on vintage pyrex

Monday, January 12, 2015

Amish butterprint for my vintage pyrex collection :)

I may be new to vintage pyrex collecting, but I'm quite picky, since pyrex is expensive here in Malaysia, and the patterns I like are hard to come by locally. That makes finding the items I covet the most even more meaningful. I scored some lovely new pieces recently and I'd love to share them with you! Hurray for pyrex passion!

pyrex cute
Check out my new Amish Butterprint small cinderella bowl (Pyrex USA). It's too cute!

Amish butterprint pyrex
But that's not all! I also got these Amish Butterprint fridge containers, without covers.

   Amish butterprint pyrexDisplayed alongside my Carnaby Tempo dinner plate, I think the fridgies make this simple shelf display complete. I'm in pyrex heaven :)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

My vintage pyrex collection

Warm greetings everyone! I've started off 2015 with a brand new hobby (I say "hobby," when what I really mean is "obsession"), and it's vintage pyrex. I'm not sure how it all came about, but it happened quite suddenly. The story goes, my mum gave me some of her pyrex and they've been collecting dust in my kitchen for the longest time. 

Then, late last year, I spring cleaned my kitchen and saw just how gorgeous they were... and I was hooked. Pinterest has certainly had a hand in exacerbating my pyrex passion! Fast forward a few months, and now I have a pyrex display in my living room and acquired a few pieces of my own :) Here's my humble collection as it is now...

My pyrex collection

I didn't want to spend too much for a display cabinet, so I used an old Billy bookshelf that I already had. All I did was buy it a door. I opted for a half-glass door because I think it'll be safer for when Arif becomes a toddler. This means I'll have to display my pyrex on a rotational basis, much like a museum does. I'm hoping that by limiting my collection to this tall and slim cabinet, I won't have pyrex overflowing all over my small apartment! We'll see!

Let's have a closer look at what's in the cabinet, shall we?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Disney Junior’s ‘Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good' campaign

Key Visual - Power of Doing Good

Hiya do-gooders of all ages!

They say sharing is caring, and I'm really happy to share with you Disney Junior's brilliant new campaign - ‘Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good.’ The idea behind the campaign is to introduce kids aged 2-7 (and older kids like Amir, who's 10) to the idea and values of caring for the environment, animals and society.

By empowering kids with the information and opportunities to engage with their friends, families and communities, the campaign also encourages kids to make a positive impact on the world around them. 

IMG_20141210_144907
"Caring for living things means looking after little plants too!" says Amir.


Interested to take part? Here's what you need to do:

1. Visit: Drop by www.disneyjuniorpowerofdoinggood.com and create an account for your child.

2. Download: Check out the activity sheets on the website. They are themed Community, Animals, Nature and Storytelling. 

3. Encourage: Get your child to do a caring activity and take a photo of him or her doing it.

4. Upload: Share your photos on the website so your kids can earn online badges and certificates. 

And that's it, the more activities your kids do, the more badges they'll gain. Plus, they'll create some great memories to boot! While you're at it, help your child to make a power promise - a simple promise to do something good for the world they live in.

Amir and I have checked out the website and we think it's awesome! I really like the fact that the campaign engages parents and offers us an excellent means of teaching our kids about the simple act of caring.

Well, what are you waiting for? Let's get right into it!


P&P_PODG_LOGO_CHARACTERS