Tuesday, September 30, 2014

If it's steel & powder-coated white... I want it!

I confess, I have a thing for Ikea's steel, powder-coated offerings... like these beauties here: 

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1 - Ikea PS Cabinet, 2 - Kajuta Table Lamp, 3 - Gunnern Mirror Cabinet & 4 - Ikea PS Coffee Table


I own all of the above and I love them because...
  1. Strong - They're made of powder-coated steel, which is durable stuff! 
  2. Recyclable - I'll keep these forever, but if I ever have to get rid of them, they can be recycled.
  3. Easy assembly - They're not as tricky to put together as some of their wood/particle-board counterparts.
  4. Value for money - I think they're great value and priced just right.
  5. White - I love white furniture in my home, as they don't take up much visual space.
  6. Awesome design - Last, but not least, I love the classic, simple and elegant lines.
I hope they come up with more steel stuff in the future, because you can be sure that I'll keep an eye out for them! I also wish they'd introduce more PS cabinets, or at least bring back some of the options they used to have! PS lockers please!

PS: I've been coveting the Josef cabinet and the Raskog trolley for quite some time, but I don't have space for them right now.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: Sunnan Lamp from Ikea

I shop at Ikea quite a lot. In fact, I profess that I am a big Ikea fan, and have been for years. I'd say about 90% of the stuff I have in my home is from Ikea, so I thought I'd start reviewing some of them on my blog. Today, I'm reviewing their Sunnan solar-powered lamp. Here it goes...

I've always liked the idea of solar-powered things, so I've had my eye on Ikea's Sunnan lamp (RM49) for quite some time. According the the Ikea US site, purchasing the lamp has an added plus point, as "For every SUNNAN solar lamp sold, the IKEA Foundation donates one to UNICEF and Save the Children to help children in India and Pakistan play, read, write and study after dusk."

SUNNAN LED table lamp IKEA
Image via Ikea.com

Having read a couple of online reviews, including the ones by Inhabitat and Garden of Shadows, I decided to pick up the lamp a few months back, as I needed a nightlight to help me see my way around when the baby wakes up in the wee hours. I would recommend that you read the reviews I've mentioned above, as well as others before you buy the lamp.

So what do I think of the lamp? Check out my review after the jump...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Share the Softness Campaign by Kleenex

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Share the Softness
Life can be hard, so a little softness is always welcome. As Malaysians celebrate the establishment of the Malaysian federation 50 years ago, Kleenex® gives Malaysians a new way to mark the occasion – by performing simple acts of softness through the Share the Softness campaign. The campaign aims to reach at least 10, 000 Facebook posts to create a tidal wave of softness among Malaysians!

“Soft and gentle care makes all the difference in our busy, modern lives and when things are tough, even the smallest act can make a change for the better. This is why Kleenex® continues to encourage Malaysians to share the softness and bring some joy to the people we care about,” said Emily Chong, Marketing Manager, Family and Adult Care, Kimberly-Clark Malaysia. 

Every occasion, big and small, can be made meaningful with a touch of softness, and Kleenex® reminds more Malaysians everywhere to make Malaysia a softer place by taking a moment to reach out to their loved ones and share a kind or caring word. From now until September 27, the brand invites Malaysians to express their care via Facebook with a simple tag and stand a chance to be rewarded with prizes worth RM10, 000.

Learn how to take part...

DIY Disposable Wet Wipes

Wet wipes

I've been trawling the Internet from some frugal living ideas and I decided to try my hand at making wet wipes that I can use for clean ups during diaper changes. For my DIY disposable wet wipes, I used this basic recipe that I found online:
  • Kitchen towel (it's best to use the best quality you can find, as it would be sturdier, but for this experiment I bought the cheapest brand I could find!)
  • 1 tablespoon baby bath
  • 1 tablespoon baby oil
  • 1 1/2 cups of water (it's best to use distilled or at least filtered and boiled)
If you would prefer a more natural/organic approach, you could use an organic baby bath and baby oil. Or, you can substitute the baby oil with coconut oil and a drop of tea tree oil, like this.

Steps:
1. Cut the kitchen roll in two using a serrated bread knife.
2. Mix the baby bath, baby oil and water together.
3. Soak the kitchen roll (cut side down) in the solution for about 10 minutes. You might want to turn the roll upside down a few times to let it soak through.
4. Remove the cardboard tube inside.

Put your roll in a resealable container and it's ready to use! Be sure to pull from the centre.

Cost of my DIY wet wipes
Kitchen towels (First Choice brand from Giant): RM7.99 for 4 rolls
Cost per roll: RM1.99
Cost 1/2 roll: RM0.99

Johnson's Baby oil (125 ml): RM7.65 / *8 tablespoons = RM0.95 sen per tablespoon
Johnson's Baby bath (200 ml): RM7.20 / *13 tablespoons = RM0.55 sen per tablespoon
* 1 tablespoon = 15 ml

Cost per DIY wet wipe roll: RM1.00 + RM0.95 + RM0.55 = RM2.50 per roll


Savings
The most cost-effective baby wipes that I could find in Giant is their house brand, which costs RM5.99 (150 pcs). So, as a comparison, I can save up to RM3.49. 

Notes:
The Giant baby wipes usually lasts around 2 weeks in my home, so I'm eager to see how long my DIY wet wipes will last with daily use. I'll also be checking for any adverse reactions from my baby to the wet wipes. I'll post an update once I'm done with my first roll.

Update: The roll lasts for between one to one and a half weeks. I also use it to wipe furniture surfaces to rid them of dust and to clean my hands etc. So far, my baby has not shown any allergic reactions to the home-made wipes.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cardboard treehouse

Amir's on a school break right now, due to the UPSR exams, so we've been indulging in some creative projects. Today, we made a cardboard treehouse, based on this one by Spoonful.

Tree house

Cardboard treehouse
Here's our finished treehouse :) Check out its details after the jump...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

My column in BabyTalk magazine's May & June 2014 issues

When I started my column for BabyTalk magazine early on in my pregnancy, I thought it would be fun to share my experiences with other women. Little did I know then that my pregnancy would be filled with thrills and spills :P Nevertheless, it has been a humbling experience and I am most grateful for my precious baby boy. 

I finally found some time to scan my articles from back in May and June. Here they are!

Think Yourself Thin & Hottest Fitness Trends @ Urban Health magazine

Hi everyone, how are you out there? I've been ok. For a little while, I didn't have a lot of freelance work on my hands and though it had me a little bit worried (bills to pay!!), I turned it into a positive - I paid a lot more attention to my children and projects around the home :) I'd like to share with you my latest articles published in Urban Health magazine, this time, it's all about fitness!

Where have I been? Time for a new start....

Hi guys. I know, it's been months since I last wrote a blog post and the main reason being, I haven't had much time to sit down, ...