Safari Zoo Run is back!

2016 is coming to an end soon and I am looking forward to the new year and a whole new adventure with the family. And I am so excited that we will be participating in the Safari Zoo Run for the very first time next year.

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Safari Zoo Run was conceived to commemorate Singapore Zoo’s famous matriarch and one of Singapore’s most loved animal personalities – Ah Meng the Sumatran orangutan, who died of old age in February 2008. Through this run, the zoo hopes to encourage family bonding and raise awareness on wildlife conservation.

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The theme for Safari Zoo Run 2017 is “Run for Wildlife” which focuses on raising awareness for wildlife conservation. Four animal icons will be featured – Ah Meng the Orangutan, Chawang the Asian Elephant, Canola the Manatee and Sunny the Hornbill. Each animal icon team supports an endangered wildlife species for which the zoo would like to raise awareness. We can do our part for wildlife by choosing an animal team to support and help raise awareness for them!

Date: 18 February 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 6am
Venue: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road S729826

More information can be found on their website or facebook page.

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Of the various categories, our family would be signing up for the 2.5km Safari Zoo Family Dash in the hope of encouraging our 4YO girl to take up jogging as a form of exercise. When I told the hubs about this race, he was rather concerned. How could a 4YO run 2.5km? There would be much complaints for sure!

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Well, she may not be able to run all the way, might probably whine a little but we will be there to support and run alongside her, with her brother in tow.

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So, from now till the race day, 18 February 2017, we will be carving out time to run as a family, and at the same time, educating the little ones on wildlife conservation.Won’t you join us?

Do take advantage of the early bird sign up rates which is from now till 30 November 2016.

As a reader, you can further enjoy a 10% discount off the current rates when you register using the code SZR2017BGPRFAITH10. This unique code is valid from now till 15 January 2017 via www.safarizoo.run.

So, what are you waiting for? 😉

Disclaimer: HiVelocity Events has kindly sponsored our family with the Safari Zoo Run Race Slots so that we could experience the race for ourselves and share it with the readers. No monetary compensation is involved and all opinions are my own. 

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Shopping at Agape babies

If you are one who likes to shop online and browses the many items on the web, you will enjoy shopping at Agape Babies. The online store has recently launched their new and redesigned website to give shoppers an even better experience on the mobile phones. Its optimized site looks and feels like an app and you can enjoy one-step checkout and one-click sign in for a faster experience.

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Agape Babies has also expanded their brand and product selection to include popular brands like Jujube! They are now carrying over 250 brands and 6000 products in over 10 categories. This means that you would probably find the items that you want at this online store. Moreover, you can also enjoy exclusive Weekly Deals every Wednesday!

Since Faith was about to start her swimming lessons, I went to shop for a waterproof bag for her and found one that might suit her. Initially, I had wanted to purchase at the physical retail stores but thankfully, I remembered that there are online stores that give good discount and the collaboration with Agape Babies couldn’t be more timely. Besides enjoying the offer, the delivery was fast too so it is really an incentive to shop at Agape Babies in this instance.

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Proud owner of the Trunki PaddlePak

If you are absolutely new to Agape Babies, you will be pleased to know that first time customers can get even more with $10 OFF. They get to choose their free gift – Mustela Trial Kit (worht $10) or Bellamy Milk Tin ($25.95) and a next day delivery on their first purchase of $150 or more. Do look for their current promotion here for more savings!

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Besides the option of having the goods delivered to your place, you can now choose to self collect from three convenient locations – Newton, Sengkang and Old Airport Road.

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So, yea, if you don’t have time to shop onsite, you will find that it’s a better option to shop online with Agape Babies.

I’m happy to share that Agape Babies is offering Raising Faith’s readers a 5% discount! All you need to do is to quote raisingfaith5% upon checkout. This discount is valid for 3 weeks (22 July to 12 August 2016) and the code excludes jujube (sad!), milk, diapers, wipes, medela breastpumps, sale and clearance categories.

Disclaimer: I was gifted shopping credits from Agape Babies to purchase the mentioned products and I topped up for the remaining amount. No additional monetary compensation was given and I do not stand to gain any commission from sales using the discount code given. All opinions are mine.

Sprucing Faith’s room with Baby Looney Toons Bedsheet Set

[Product review]

Once in a while, I like to redecorate Faith’s room by changing the poster displays on the wall or put up some pictures of the family. Changes such as these can be refreshingly inviting, don’t you think?

Recently, we were presented with a Baby Looney Toons Bedsheet Set for review purposes and I thought this was a good chance to spruce up her bedroom with the cheerful designs.

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The Baby Looney Toons Bedsheet Set is available for single and super single beds only and the material is of supreme microsatin at 80TC per 10cm Sq. The summer blanket which measures 60″ x 80″ is available for single beds and there are three designs to choose from for this new series.

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I thought the bedsheet gives much cheer to her room and the contrasting colour of the cushions adds more life too. The material is soft to the touch and I personally like it. But since Faith is the one sleeping on it, I would have to wait for her ‘review’?

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That afternoon when she came back to her room, she was pleasantly surprised and thankfully, I managed to catch her reaction. “Wow, what’s this, Mama? Why you change?”

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Apparently, she was fascinated and happy about the change in her bedsheet. I didn’t expect such joy because we did change a few bedsheets before but those didn’t generate such reactions? Must be the adorable design!

We have been using the set for half a month now and there hasn’t been any complaints from the little girl in terms of comfort. There is no irritation nor adverse skin reaction which I’m thankful ( to qualify, F does not really have sensitive skin except when it comes to heat; she will break out in rashes).

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We love to spend time reading on her bed and the cushions help support our backs (I’m thankful for that!).

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To be honest, we have less use of the summer blanket. It isn’t that thick or warm but since our room is not air-conditioned, we do not really see the need to use it. It does generate a lot of fun when the man uses it to create a ‘tent’ or to play peekaboo with the little girl.

This simple change does bring much joy to the little one (and us) and it doesn’t come with an expensive price tag. In fact, you can purchase them at a discounted price now! If you or your children are fans of Looney Tunes, why not check out the catalogue for their Bedsheet Set?

Here is the reference for the sizing of the various items:
– Fitted Sheet Single: 36″x 75″+10”
– Fitted Sheet Super Single: 42″x 75″+10”
– Pillow Case: 19″x29“ | Bolster Case: 15″x 42”
– Summer Blanket Single: 60″x 80″
– Cushion: 16” x 16”

Just for you, dear readers! You can enjoy FREE DELIVERY on your Baby Looney Tunes products and a free Baby Looney Tunes pillow case, worth $3.90, when you key in the promo code “RAISINGFAITH” upon checkout.

If you purchase over $120 worth of products, you will additionally get a free Protect-A-Bed pillow protector worth $25.00.

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Our family is presented with the Baby Looney Toons Bedsheet Set for review purposes. No other forms of monetary compensation is given. All opinions are mine. Thank you, King Koil SG, for helping us to create wonderful memories with our girl. 😉

Pool shoes? Poolzies!

Faith loves waterplay and each week, she will utter ‘waterplay, waterplay’ under her breath and I make sure that I schedule one session of waterplay or swimming session per week.

If you are a regular for these activities, you will notice that the little ones do have problem with the slippery surfaces especially in and around the pool area or the shower facilities at the waterplay area. It’s common to have them slip (even when they are held by their parents) and this can be dangerous. If you bring your kid to the waterplay area in the morning like I do,  you might encounter that the ground can get too hot for the little ones to step on on days when the weather is warm.

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I guess the above are some of the reasons why Poolzies are created. Poolzies are pool shoes that are designed to help protect our kids from slippery surfaces mentioned above. The unique soles are made and imported from Toughtek USA, and the top part of the pool shoes is from Lycra Xtralife UPF50+ and is imported from Australia.  The pool shoes are then made to order from the Philippines.

I got Faith to wear this pair of Poolzies when we went for our recent waterplay session. Being a fussy girl (yes, she can be now!), I was prepared that she would remove them soon after we put them on. But I was wrong! She went off and roamed about in the pool shoes and kept them on throughout the session.

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She must have felt comfortable in wearing them! The fact that it is ultra lightweight must have helped in having her keep the pool shoes on. She had no problem getting in and out of this waterplay area (in the pic) and what’s good is that she didn’t slip at all at the shower area. I can now shower her in peace! Hah!

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If you know me, I’m not one who is uptight about the little one slipping and falling. I think she can learn to pick herself up or walk on slippery floor because eventually she would need to learn how to manage that (you get what I mean?). However, I find the pool shoes especially useful during waterplay due to a recent incident in which my friend’s daughter had a swollen foot after a waterplay session. We suspected that she was bitten by an insect during that short time when they removed their shoes and played barefooted. Thankfully, the swell went down after a few days.

I must say that poolzies are a good pair of pool shoes to have when the kids are younger. At the very least, they help alleviate some fears about the kids slipping and falling at the pool area, amongst others. There are 10 vibrant designs to choose from. Do visit http://www.poolzies.com/ to find out more!

Disclaimer: Faith was gifted with a pair of Poolzies for review purposes. I am not obliged to do a blog post if I do not find the product beneficial. No other form of compensation was received and opinions are mine. 

 

[Giveaway] A family set of 4 top category tickets to HAIRY MACLARY AND FRIENDS

Life as a mom can be exciting when the little one grows older. It’s really much like having a constant adorable companion by your side and doing things together with your mini-me. One of the things that I enjoy doing is watching musicals and performances and now, as she approaches the wonderful TWO, it’s time to expose her to such shows!

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The very first show that we are watching together is Hairy Maclary and Friends! I’m looking forward to this show because I know Faith loves dogs and would go up to the furry animal if she sees one. She’s just not afraid at all! Besides, Hairy Maclary and Friends is coming to Singapore for it’s very first time and promises great fun for the family!  It is an official stage adaptation of the much-loved Hairy Maclary children’s books by Lynley Dodd. This hugely popular performance is suitable for children ages 2+ and above and is packed with live music, singing and colourful costumes. There are also opportunities for the young ones to sing along and do the actions with all the characters from the books. I’m sure the young ones would enjoy this 55-minute show!

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DETAILS

Venue: Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building
Season: Fri 10 Oct, 5pm; Sat and Sun 11-12 Oct, 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm
Duration: Approximately 55 minutes
Tickets: $35 onwards
Bookings: Tickets are available via SISTIC. Quote ABA2014 to save 10% on the tickets!

GIVEAWAY!

You can get to watch the performance with your loved ones! ABA Productions has kindly sponsored a family set of 4 category 1 tickets to ONE lucky reader of this blog (you will have to be residing in Singapore though). The tickets will be for the opening performance on Friday Oct 10th, 5pm, at Drama Centre Theatre – National Library. Enter the giveaway here! Results of the giveaway will be announced on Tuesday Oct 7th at 5pm on this blog post and my Facebook page.

All the best!

Disclaimer: Our family is invited to review Hairy Maclary and Friends. No monetary gift was received. 

Language Power 蓝格子, 跑啊!

I read linguistics in school and after understanding more about brain development with regard to language, resolved from then on that I would want to raise bilingual child(ren) if when I have a family. Thus, in our household, the husband speaks in English and I would communicate with Faith in Mandarin .

Early childhood is the easiest time to learn multiple languages. Babies are born with billions of neurons (brain cells). They spend the first few years of life building trillions of synapses (connections) between those cells. For language especially, these first few years are the most “sensitive period” in their lives when they are primed to learn language. At 6 months, human babies are able to differentiate between any sounds that human beings make. But as children age, they begin to “prune” some of the synapses they’ve built. Connections that are important get reinforced, but things which they aren’t using in everyday life may get cut.

It is my desire that Faith grows up being an effective bilingual. While it is relatively easy communicating in simple Mandarin with her when she was an infant, I found it increasingly difficult to do so now as I would need more vocabulary in my daily conversation. What’s making it more complicated is the fact that I am also teaching her using English and I’m not sure if I am on the right track anymore.

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So, when a friend told me about this talk called ‘Language Power’ (蓝格子, 跑啊!), my interest was piqued. In the talk show, the speaker, Eeva Chang, would touch on the following (and here, I attempt to translate a few of them):

1。我会让你看见你是否有语言力量
(The participants will discover if they have language power)
2。你会体会到, 你的孩子或自己是否用了最好的方式与语言相处
(The participants will experience if they or their children are using the best method in language development)
3。我们会一起明白, 在新加坡学习语文真的如此痛苦吗
(The participants will understand if it is really that difficult to learn a language in Singapore)
4。你有机会听见自己 是如何在”运用”着自己的声音能量和语文能量。
5。你的家庭语言和学校语言到了几年级开始分道扬镳?
6。我们的社会是个语言视觉化的社会吗?
7。为什么语言视觉化可以让人的理解度大大提升?
8。新加坡的小学生最直白的心里话, 在那天会告诉你。
9。语言是遗传还是学习来的?
10。你知道,我们一直在违反语言学习的黄金定律吗?

The above are questions that I have been asking myself too and I thought it would be beneficial to hear her thoughts on them. If you don’t already know Eeva Chang, here is some information about her.

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After her university graduation, EEva was awarded the Golden Bell Award (Taiwanese Broadcasting Award’s highest accolade). She then left Taiwan to come to Singapore to fulfil her dreams. She has not left since.

The multi-talented EEva was also a winner at the ASEAN Literary Prose Awards and was also named the Best Producer at the Shanghai International Television Broadcasting Awards show. She was a Programme manager at 100.3FM as well as a presenter and programme producer at FM 95.8 and Rediffusion. I listened to her when I was a young kid and probably learnt Mandarin through that means.

On the education front, EEva was a professional trainer at MOE’s teachers training programme for 8 years. She started her own school EDUPLUS about 20 years ago and has since helped countless students in building their strong foundation in the Chinese language.

This event is the culmination of her years of experience as a Broadcaster and Educator.

Interested?

When: 20 Sept 2014, 3-5pm
Where: Resort World Theatre, Sentosa
Tickets: You may purchase your tickets from Sistic or call Rediffusion at 62888 3321 to save on the booking fee!

You can also look out for more information on her facebook page.

Seminar: Discovering The Joy Of Teaching Your Baby

Increasingly, I’ve found early childhood to be an area that interests me greatly, obviously because I’m a parent to a young kid and also because research has shown that the first five years of life is when the most significant growth and development occur in a human (I’ll write more about this soon). Therefore, as a concerned parent, I would want to ensure that I have the necessary knowledge and skills in raising that little person. I’m sure you, as a parent, could identify with me. 😉

During these (almost) two years, I have attended seminars and read up on the different early childhood approaches namely Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia since I have the intention of homeschooling Faith for the first few years (or until my patience and stamina run out). And I’m pleased to share with you that there is a seminar – Discovering the joy of teaching your baby – coming our way.

To be honest, I have not heard of the speaker (pardon my ignorance) nor the book that she co-authored. But I’m interested to find out what she would be sharing on the reading programme and teaching the baby music and foreign language, amongst other topics.

If you are interested, why not sign up for the seminar? The details can be found below.

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Fisher-Price® Play IQ Workshop

Carrie Lupoli is back! Yay!

If you don’t have a clue of who I’m referring to, she’s one of the more engaging presenters I’ve come across in the many workshops and conferences that I’ve attended. Last year, I had the privilege of attending the Joy of Learning workshop by her and this year she is touching on the topic on PLAY and how it is important in developing healthy brain. It’s definitely a topic that I’m interested in because I believe in the power of play and am looking forward to what she will be sharing.

Four areas of content will be covered at this Fisher-Price® Play IQ Workshop:

1. Introduction and Goal of Parenting
2. Play IQ – The Theory
3. Play IQ – The Benefits and the Basics
4. Play IQ Learning Tournament

The workshop is open to parents with children up to 5 years old and expectant mothers only. It will be held on  31st May 2014, Saturday, from 9.00am to 2.00pm. Registration starts at 8.45am.

Venue: Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. 38 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329563

Cost: $50 per person (inclusive of light refreshments). Each participant will receive a goody bag worth more than $100 and a chance to win Lucky Draw prizes.

To register or if you need more information, you can email tofisherprice@asiaprwerkz.com

I’ll be attending and hope to meet some of you there!

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Fisher-Price® Early Learning Fund

Dear parents, we have good news!

Fisher-Price®’s much anticipated campaign – The Early Learning Fund – is back!

‘Play’ & ‘Toys’ are two words not conventionally associated with learning for our children. However, child psychologists have long recognized that toys are a catalyst for impactful, interactive learning with our child and can bring about meaningful learning opportunities at every age. In a bid to promote meaningful playtime between parents and children, FisherPrice® unravels their 2013 Early Learning Fund.

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The Early Learning Fund campaign is aimed at helping parents give their children a head-start
in life and Fisher-Price® has kicked it off with a five-month promotion to give parents the chance to win a S$10,000 cash scholarship when they purchase Fisher-Price® toys.

By purchasing any Mattel Fisher-Price® product that is $20 or above (excluding Thomas & Friends) and submitting the accompanying receipt, photo and completed form, contestants stand a chance to win a Grand S$10,000 Cash Prize or be among 20 Weekly Draw Winners to walk away with a Learning Hamper worth $1,000!

Weekly Draw – Learning Hamper

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For the 20 weeks leading up to November 30th, any contestant who submits an entry for the Early Learning Fund stands a chance to walk away with a Learning Hamper worth over S$1,000.

Grand Prize – S$10,000 Cash of Early Learning Fund

On 16th December 2013, a winner will be picked for the Grand S$10,000 Cash Prize, of which WeeklyDraw Winners are also eligible. The Winner for the Grand Prize will be published on The Straits Times on Monday 23rd December 2013.

Do visit the Joy of Learning website for more details on how you can participate!

*Faith receives a Fisher-Price® toy to add to her expanding collection of ‘playmates’.

Fisher-Price® wants YOU as their Play Ambassador!

Little kids love to play, explore and use their imagination!

As parents, we know it is important to follow our child’s lead, to guide and facilitate that desire for play.

Fisher-Price® believes that interactive playtime becomes a more well-rounded learning advantage for your growing child when it involves not just your child and his/her toys but YOU as well. Perhaps it’s time to re-think children’s play and join Fisher-Price® as its Play Ambassadors!

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What does it mean to be a Fisher-Price® Play Ambassador?

As Play Ambassador, you will have to share with the audience on any social media platforms (twitter,
instagram, blogs etc) how you are encouraged to help your child play with FisherPrice® toys. You should also share how your child is learning and enjoying while you play with them.

Fisher-Price® will guide you on this journey of impactful and interactive learning with $5,000 worth of Fisher-Price® products based on the age of your child. From time to time, Fisher-Price® Play Ambassador moms will also receive different products for reviews where you can even host play dates with family and friends to share the Fisher-Price® experience. After such play dates, it is encouraged that you reflect about how it went and actively share about your experience as well as what your family and friends have to say about Fisher-Price® products on your social media sites.

In addition, ambassadors will be on featured interviews across various television/print/digital media to talk about the Fisher-Price® Play Ambassador programme and their Fisher-Price® playing journey.

How to participate?

To participate, send a photo of you and your child with a slogan on why you want to become a
Fisher-Price® Play Ambassador to: Fisher-Price.Singapore@mattel.com

Expectant mothers are also more than welcome to participate! Send in your entry any time from now to 15th August 2013 and selected candidates will be notified via email on 31st August 2013. Fisher-Price® will be selecting 2 local Play Ambassadors.

*For Singapore readers only.

Focusing on the things that matter

[User experience on Drypers Wee Wee DRY]

Dear Faith
Before you came into this world, many of my closed friends told me that you are fearfully and wonderfully made…

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…and those who are mothers warned me to spend as much time with you as possible because you will grow up in the twinkling of an eye.

How true that is. You are indeed a gift from God and just look at you now – how you have grown!

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You are indeed our little bundle of joy and it only makes sense that Mama and Papa devote time to spend with you so that we could help you build a good memory of your childhood.

As a parent, I worry a lot. I wonder if you have enough for your feed. I fear that you might have sensitive skin. I’m always on the lookout for any allergic symptoms that might develop. The list goes on.

Mama is not a very adventurous person when it comes to changing brands for the things that you are accustomed to.
But I thought I should give Drypers Wee Wee DRY a try.

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And I’m glad I did.

Because you take to the diapers well and they keep you dry and obviously comfortable since you did not ‘complain’.

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No matter how you turn and toss and stretch and stand, there is no leakage (of pees and poos). Even though you have the diaper on for hours over the night and it becomes FULL the following morning, your bottoms are not red and there’s no reaction either. This could be due to the 4-in-1 Botanical extracts (Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Vitamin E and Olive Extract) which helps to moisturize and rejuvenate your skin.

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Mama is obviously satisfied with Drypers Wee Wee DRY and the information on the product above confirms my confidence in it.

So, Mama doesn’t have to spend time worrying about changing diapers and instead can focus on the things that matter – spending quality time with you.

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Mama also wants to witness each milestone that you achieve.

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Dear Faith, know that Papa and Mama love you very much and we will give you the best (within our means, i.e.). Thankfully, Drypers Wee Wee DRY is kind on our wallets and more importantly, it does its work to keep you dry.

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My dear readers, if you want to have your precious one experience the new and improved features of Drypers Wee Wee DRY, you can request for a sample via their Facebook page. Do visit it for more updates and parenting tips!

Ending this post with a heart-warming video by Drypers.

Disclaimer: Faith is provided with three packs of Drypers Wee Wee DRY (80 diapers for each pack) for the purpose of this user experience post. All opinions are mine.

Towards better skin with NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum

It’s been 14 days since I started using the NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum with SPF25. In my previous post, I shared that applying body cream is not part of my skincare regime. However, habits can be formed when one does an activity regularly and that is what happened when I apply the NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum for 2 weeks. What helps is having the tube of serum in sight (by placing it near the sink) and I would apply it when I come out of the shower and also once before I get out of the apartment to run my errands.

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I realised it really doesn’t take long to apply the serum on my body and what keeps me going is the refreshing scent and the smoothness of my skin minutes after applying it. I don’t even need to apply any perfume now!

Although I’m a homemaker, I don’t stay at home all the time. In fact, I can be out of the house a lot. A typical day for me sees me going to the wet market in the morning and that’s when I apply the NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum with SPF 25. I do have to walk a distance to the market and protection from the harmful UV rays is always welcome. At times, I send Faith to my mom’s to run other errands and yes, even though we are inside a vehicle, our skin still needs to be protected.

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Sometimes, when I’m out for lunch and in the hot sun, that’s when I wish I have brought the tube of NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum with me. I can only hope that it still works to protect my skin. In the evening, I would go jogging with the hubs and Faith and if I remember, I would apply the serum (However, this activity was shelved when the haze condition worsened). My skin gets its last dose of the nourishment after my shower in the evening.

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If you can recall, the skin on my hand was rough and there were obvious pigmentation on the first day. The pores were big and I had uneven skin tone. Does it look dull to you too? I think so.

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I applied the NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum religiously for the next 7 days and missed applying the serum only once when I was in a rush. The skin feels supple and smoother definitely. The pigmentation has lightened and can you see that the pores are no longer that big? I was rather surprised by the results and this has spurred me to continue using the serum because I really want to know what will happened within these 14 days.

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On the 14th day, although the pigmentation still exists (hmm, can they even disappear?), they are visibly lighter. The skin feels so much smoother as compared to the first day when I tried the serum. I like the fact that my skin is moisturised and it definitely feels more supple. No more rough skin! Overall, the skin does look a bit less dark (can’t really use fairer because I’m not in the ‘fair’ category to begin with).

I must say that the NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum works well for my skin and I am satisfied with the results. I’m really not expecting anything spectacular to happen since my skin was rather ‘damaged’ during my 20s; I did outdoor sports a lot without any form of skin protection. However, my skin does improve within the 14 days of using the serum. For a product that is economically priced, it works wonders for my skin.

In short, here’s what I like about the NIVEA UV Whitening Serum:

1. The serum is lightweight and doesn’t feel sticky (very important factor to me). Instead, it is absorbed by the skin within minutes and the skin feels smooth.

2. Love the refreshing scent.

3. My pigmentation is lightened and my pores seem smaller.

4. My skin is protected by the harmful UV rays and it is an assurance for me to know that my skin gets vitamin C to repair the skin cells, especially during the hazy days.

5. No adverse skin reaction!

I will continue to incorporate the use of NIVEA UV Whitening Serum in my daily skincare routine and would recommend it to other mums.

NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum with SPF 25 is available at a very affordable price of $9.55 if you want to purchase one to try.

NIVEA is carrying out an Instagram Campaign from the 3rd week of July to mid August 2013. During this period, all you have to do is to upload sunshots and outdoor activities – pictures that depict your lifestyle when you are out of the house – and insert with hashtags #NiveaSG #UVWhtSerum #Sunnyfun #Sunshine. The best photos with the hashtags enable you to win Nivea NIVEA hampers worth of $188 weekly! This is so exciting and I’m looking forward to your pictures!

I will continue to post pics on how the product works and fits into my lifestyle. Do follow me on Instagram (@lynninpics).

If you miss my initial review on the NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum with SPF 25, here it is.

Disclosure: I am participating in a sponsored campaign by NIVEA to try out their Body UV Whitening Serum with SPF 25. Three tubes of the products are provided and all opinions are my own. Do note that results from using any products vary from persons to persons.

Radiant skin with NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum (SPF25)

Friends will know that I am not one who applies cream on any part of my body except for moisturizer on my face. And the fact is I’m not even religious about the regime. I apply when I remember and if I forget, it’s just an ‘Oops!’ and life still goes on.

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When I become a mother, taking care of myself with regard to the beauty department gets the lowest priority. I cannot put it across more clearly than the colloquial phrase ‘Where got time?‘ since the baby demands a lot of my attention, on top of the household chores. Being a first-time mother, I was also trying to grapple with the new role and added responsibility, so ‘looking good’ or having proper skincare regime’ has taken a back seat.

Thankfully, I have a mother who reminds me to take care of my skin since she has walked the path before. She keeps showing me the pigmentation on her hands and warns me to pay attention to the skin. When I was younger (in my 20s), she would nag at me for being under the sun since I loved to exercise in the outdoors. To be honest, I thought it was not necessary to apply anything since it is always so humid and I don’t like a layer of oil or cream on my body. I guess I am now bearing the consequences of not using any cream, yes, even sunblock (ok, I know ultraviolet rays are harmful!). The result is dull, uneven and rough skin. So when I was asked if I wanted to try the NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum with SPF25, my reply was, “Why not?” I really ought to take care of my skin and perhaps start a regime of some sorts. Besides, it is also the first time that I hear of a body whitening serum and my interest was piqued. So, for the next 14 days, I will be trying out the NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum to see if my skin will be noticeably more radiant and fairer.

The Product

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The NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum is the first ever body whitening serum with SPF25, and it offers daily protection to prevent sun damage and skin darkening from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. This is definitely a good piece of news for us who are living in a place with tropical climate since there is no way that we could avoid the attacks of the UV rays.

The NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum is enriched with natural Vitamin C from Camu Camu and 95% Pure Vitamin C. In case you are wondering what Camu Camu is, a reading on it reveals that it is the most potent source of botanical vitamin C (30 to 50 times) in the world and is considered to be an antioxidant, astringent, emollient, and nutritive. Vitamin C itself can also reduce melanin production and lighten skin naturally. Enriched with this powerful anti-oxidant,  the NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum is thus able to penetrate deeply into our skin to repair and restore accumulated sundamaged skin cells, and lighten dull and dark skin. In 14 days, it claims to help you achieve visibly fairer, more radiant and even toned skin.

Initial Review

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I’m excited to try out this product especially after I realised how bad my skin looks under the scrutiny of the camera (oh my goodness!). There is definitely pigmentation and uneven skin tone which have gone unnoticed. The skin feels rough and this, I know for sure as I had a girlfriend who once told me that. *Ouch!* Truth hurts.

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Day 1 of trying out the NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum and it feels good. I like it that the serum isn’t thick like some other body cream or lotion. In fact, it is light and glides smoothly on my skin when I apply it on my body. I would have thought that it can be rather greasy but it isn’t! Minutes later, the serum seems to be absorbed into the skin and I love the feel of my skin. No longer rough! So maybe the moisturising effect is taking place!

I have sensitive skin which is also one of the reasons why I prefer not to apply any cream on my skin. Thankfully, it doesn’t cause any irritation on my initial application so it’s safe to continue using! I also love the refreshing scent which encourages me to apply more. The hubs also concurred that the scent is oh-so-nice!

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I’m curious to find out how my skin will improve within the 14 days and will be following up with another post for the update. So stay tuned!
NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum with SPF 25 is available at a very affordable price of $9.55 if you want to purchase one to try.

Do follow me on Instagram (@lynninpics) to find out how the product works and fits into my lifestyle.

Disclosure: I am participating in a sponsored campaign by NIVEA to try out their Body UV Whitening Serum with SPF 25. Three tubes of the products are provided and all opinions are my own. 

{Review & Give-away} Origins Nail Spa Experience

Recently, I was invited to Origins Nail Spa for a session of a classic manicure, pedicure and a scrub and mask. Naturally, I was excited since the last time I had such a treatment was during my wedding day. So, with much anticipation, I went down to the stop in Bukit Batok and arrived 30 minutes late due to a massive jam on the highway and because yours truly is not good with direction. 

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Thankfully, the manicurists were forgiving and went straight down to business. The nail spa has a cosy shop space and each time they could only accommodate three customers. If you have tried Origins prenatal massages, the nail spa is an extension of their business and this outlet is their first which was opened about half a year ago.

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I was told that the whole session takes about 2+ hours and one of them asked me if I had taken my lunch. I thought that was quite thoughtful of her. Besides that, the atmosphere was all very ‘silent’. There was no small talk which suited me fine. However, I would have preferred that they advise me on the colours to take but well, I guess this boils down to preference and they could only inform me of their newest range.

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Since I was the only customer then, I had both manicurists serve me at the same time. After the usual cleaning, I was given the scrub and then the mask for my hands and legs.

Here’s the list of choice of SCRUB available
Green Tea (Anti Oxidant, Anti Ageing, Whitening)
Coffee (Anti Oxidant, Boost Circulation)
Ginger (Warming, Soothes Aches, Nourish)
Chocolate (Anti Oxidant, Repair, Rejuvenate, Firming)

Here’s the list of choice of MASK available –
Green Tea (Anti Oxidant, Anti Ageing, Whitening)
Coffee (Anti Oxidant, Boost Circulation)
Ginger (Warming, Soothes Aches, Nourish)
Chocolate (Anti Oxidant, Repair, Rejuvenate , Firming)
Milk (Whitening, Soften, Repair)
Balinese Boreh (Warming, For Muscle Aches or wind)

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I chose chocolate for both because I was attracted by the ‘anti-oxidant’ component and while they were applying the scrub and mask, the chocolate smell was so enticing I would be really thankful if they could offer a slice of chocolate cake then. Ok, no such luck.

IMG_4377After applying the mask, cling film was used to wrap the hands and legs and I would have to rest for 10 minutes before they unwrap and gave me a short massage on both areas. This was really relaxing and I wish they could spend more time massaging. But I couldn’t ask for more since they are manicurists and not masseuses! Oh, I have to tell you, when they unwrapped and cleaned up, I could immediately feel that my skin is softer and fairer. Seemed rather magical, don’t you think?

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Next, the application of the nail polish. This was done fast but well and I could see that the manicurists were concentrating real hard on their task. Before long, the whole session was over.

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The whole session was soon over. Overall, the service was satisfactory although I would have  hoped that the manicurists could be friendlier. But if you are those who prefer not to chit-chat, then this is fine.

{Give-away} The Origins Nail Spa is giving away a complimentary Classic Manicure session to ONE reader. All you have to do is to leave a comment and tell me what colour you would choose when you go for a manicure session.

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This giveaway will close on 25 June 2013 and results will be announced in an edit of this post so look out for it on this space and on my FaceBook page here.

{Promotion} In addition to the give-away, Origins Nail Spa has an ongoing GSS promotion valid from 1 June to 30 July 2013. To enjoy the perks, simply print out the coupon below and bring it along with you when you visit.

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Origins Nail Spa
Address: 644 Bukit Batok Central #01-68 S’pore 650644 (5 mins walk from Bukit Batok MRT station)
Contact number: 6565 0350
Email: book@originsnailspa.com
Operating hours:
Mon – Fri , PH 11am-8 pm
Sat 10am – 8 pm
Disclosure: I was invited for a complimentary classic manicure, pedicure and nail spa session. No other compensation was received and all opinions are mine.
Update:  Congratulations to Zee. You have won the complimentary classic manicure session. I will be contacting you soon. Thank you to the rest of you who have participated. =)

Brewed coffee the quick and easy way

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The hubs and I have a habit – we need to have a cup of coffee every morning to start the day off. Since we are both rushing for time, we resort to having our caffein  fix from 3-in-1 sachets. There is a whole range of such instant coffee in the market and we are certainly spoilt for choice. However, there is perhaps one main problem, as I see it -these 3-in-1 coffee contains high sugar content and I’m really not fond of that. Sometimes, I felt as if I’m drinking a cup of sugar but hey, where’s the coffee?

The solution? Coffee maker!

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I like this Philips coffee maker because it is compact and does its job well. For those of us who do not have big kitchen, good appliances which do not take up too much of the countertop space is brilliant. Have I mentioned that this coffee maker is easy to clean and maintain? Isn’t this great?

If you are like me who have never used a coffee maker, allow me to show you how.

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1. Fill the water tank with water.
2. Fill your favourite ground coffee.
3. Start brewing the coffee.
4. Enjoy your cup of coffee!

It’s that simple! And all these within a few minutes. Now my family can enjoy good filter coffee in the comfort of our home. IMG_1634

Read more about the coffee maker here.

The Philips Coffee Maker is available at a very affordable price of$38 (RCP: $49) during the Great Singapore Sale! So, what are you waiting for?

If you spend a minimum of $200 on selected Philips products in a single receipt from 1 June to 31 July 2013, you can participate in a lucky dip and win shopping vouchers! Another great reason to continue shopping!

Do follow Philips Twitter page at https://twitter.com/PhilipsSG and participate in the Twitter games to win up to $100 shopping vouchers!

You can find out more here – http://www.philips.com.sg/e/promo/promotions/general/gss-promotion.html

Disclaimer: I received the Philips Coffee Maker for the purposes of the review. All opinions stated herein are my own.

Fisher-Price® Joy of Learning Workshop

Time passed so quickly. Faith is already six months old and ready for another stage of her development!

As the little munchkin grows, I find myself not knowing what to do to engage her at times. Being a new mother and a SAHM, I have to keep up with reading on relevant books and materials so that I could be well equipped in handling her. Thankfully there are workshops and online resources that reach out to people like me. Here’s one by Fisher-Price® that is coming up and I would be going for it. The following is a little information on it.

Fisher-Price Joy of Learning

The Fisher-Price® Joy of Learning Workshop is an interactive, informative, and practical workshop to arm you with a clearer understanding of your role as principal caregivers in this scheme of play and offer tools to better engage and nurture your little ones through joyful play activities. Recognising the irreplaceable role of play-based learning, when our little ones are provided with settings where they can readily interact with us whilst actively investigating, exploring and manipulating toys and items in their surroundings, they are not only ‘playing’ but developing critical skills for daily living and relationship-building.

Conducting the workshop is Ms Carrie E. Lupoli, educational and parenting expert, spokesperson for Mattel Fisher-Price® “Joy of Learning” in S.E.A and founder of Singapore’s premier private education agency – Live & Learn Consulting.

Four topics of interest will be covered at the Fisher-Price® Joy of Learning Workshop:

1. The Roles and Responsibilities of Parenting
2. Understanding Developmental Milestones
3. How Children Learn Best
4. Age Appropriate Play-based Ideas for Optimal Growth and Development

Date: Sunday, 9 June 2013
Time: 9am – 2pm
Venue: Raffles City Convention Centre
Fairmont Singapore & Swissotel The Stamford, Atrium Ballroom, Level 4
80 Bras Basah, Singapore 189560
Cost: $50 (inclusive of a goody bag worth more than $100)

This workshop is open to parents with children up to 5 years old and expectant mothers only. However, children are not allowed as it is a hands-on workshop for parents.

If you are interested, please email your name and mobile number to fisherprice@asiaprwerkz.com