playFULL

We are in the midst of decluttering because if we continue to ignore the state that we are currently living in, it would be a matter of time before our home becomes a warehouse. #nojoke

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Recently, we were asked to try out playFULL, a toy rental subscription service for children aged 6 months to 6 years old. playFULL seeks to bring educational toys to the families to make learning fun for the kids.Ā I’m not obligated to blog about this but we have benefitted from it and I thought I should share.

All we need to do is to sign up and receive 3 credits each month. We can use these 3 credits to rent up to 3 educational toys of choice from their extensive collection. Along with each of these toys comes an information sheet written by them to provide fun learning ideas targeting a range of important developmental skills such as fine motor skills, thinking skills, creativity, language skills, pretend play skills, concepts, gross motor skills etc.

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Browsing through the range of toys that they offer, I’m happy that they have what I think the kids would love to play with. This is the clear view marble run which gave the kids many hours of fun and play and provided yours truly a break from them. My only headache? I had to make sure they don’t lose anything in the midst of their enthusiasm. I mean, after all, the toys are not ours to keep; we have to return in a month’s time.

I was teaching the kids about magnets and I thought toys such as the above would be a good extension of my lesson. However, they were none too excited about it. They did play but didn’t ask to go back to it after that. Many times, we thought the kids would love to play with certain toys which we deem would be attractive and helpful to them but upon purchase, we realised that it was not so. It could be turn out to be a waste of financial resources in this sense, isn’t it? I mean, of course I could always give the toy away or sell it off (and the same time, having to bear with the usual ‘can lower your price’ question).

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This magnetic marble run is a hit with my kids too and I’m thankful to have chosen this as part of the subscription box. There’s actually much to teach and learn about if we take time to play and explore with them.

So, this toy gave me some time off to relax and take some decent pictures of them working together to solve problems. šŸ˜‰

My review about playFULL? I do really love the idea of a toy rental subscription service and appreciate the range of toys they provide. I especially like the range from 5-6YO and hopefully they would continue to add to their collection. The box of toys was delivered to us and the courier came to pick up the box when it was time for us to return them. It is hassle-free in this respect.

Just so you know, playFULL is giving raisingfaith’s readers a 10% discount if you intend to try them out. Why not? The toys would surely come in useful if you want to engage your kids during this holidays.

Just key in “raisingfaith10” as the code when you check out.Ā  Have fun playing and learning with your kiddos!

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Little Genie box – School Readiness Program

Faith had very little concept of time. By that, I mean she couldn’t tell the days in orderĀ and each day, she would ask me what we would be doing that day.Ā Her ‘last week’ is ‘yesterday’ and sometimes it could be a particular incident that had happened some time back.

I reckon it could be because she was a tad young to understand the concept but to be fair to her, I did not teach that concept explicitly. When her constant questioning did get to me, I resolved to teach her and that’s when Little Genie Box contacted me and asked if I wanted to try out their products. Very timely indeed!Ā Sure, why not?Ā I shared with them my concern and they recommended that I try out one of their topics for the School Readiness Program which aims toĀ prepare preschoolers to develop learning dispositions for classroom and school routines.

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Our box soon arrivedĀ and I was pleased when I saw the contents. It includes a lesson plan, two different types of calendar, a personalised weekly timetable, worksheets and relevant materialsĀ to complement the learning. The lesson plan is comprehensive and all I need is to follow the activities laid out in the plan.

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IĀ wasted no time and started teaching Faith the days. I thought the print and the font size on some of the the materials could be larger since Faith was only 4 years old and went on to create a bigger version for her. Faith was eager to learn and attempt the task that was set out on the lesson plan. I was secretly happy, of course.

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Within a few weeks, she could name the days in the correct order (sigh, should have taught her earlier)Ā andĀ I went on to teach about the months based on the lesson plan. It was a bit more difficult for her but at least she has some ideas of the months now and could tell me which month her brother’s and her birthday fall on. The calendars provided in the box helped a lot in getting her to visualise the days, months and the weather.

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What I appreciate about the various activities is the fact that they are pitched at varying levels of difficulties. There are simple and more concrete ones like the one shown above and more difficult tasks which require Faith to spell for instance which she could not do at this current moment.

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Then, there is the timetable that saved me from Faith’s constant queries about the daily schedule. Having penned down the activities for the various days, she could then refer to the chart and eventually could tell me what she can expect for each day.

We have been working with the contents of this box for a few months now and consistency is key to Faith’s mastery of time. Perhaps, you might find that the activities could be easily created. I don’t disagree with you. However, finding the time to do so is the issue for most of us. I, for instance, have been procrastinating and could finally work on time with the preschooler when the box came along. Of course I did talk to her about the days and months but nothing beats working with the materials and this in turn, helps young children to store the necessary information in their memory.

Little Genie Box’s School Readiness Program features the following components:
:: Personal identity & introducing name
:: Handling emotions & relating to others
:: Understanding dates & use of the calendar
:: Personal safety & well-being
:: Reading time & following timetable
:: Responsibility with money & belongings

These are excellent topics to learnĀ for preschoolers and the knowledge would be extremely useful as they enter Primary Schools. Little Genie Box’s curriculum also includes Literacy program and Everyday Chinese. You might want to read about the review of the Everyday Chinese program here.

I would definitely continue to use the contents in the box to teach Faith about time. And if you are thinking of having some learning activities with your child during this year-end holiday, I would strongly recommend Little Genie Box. Bond and learn together with your child!

SPECIAL PROMOTION FOR READERS OF RAISING FAITH

Take advantage of this promotion! For every 6-month enrolment, you will receive a free award-winning book Ā that is worth up to $25 .
Simply key in the promo code ‘icanteachmychild’ on the enrollment form on theirĀ website. ThisĀ promotion will last till 31st Dec 2016.

Disclaimer: We received a box of the School Readiness Program for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.Ā 

[Motivational Monday] BoxGreen for healthy snacking

Question: What do you do when you feel stressed?

I snack.

So you must be wondering, “What stress do you have? You are not working. There’s no deadline. What’s there to be stressed about?”

Tantrums. Teaching my own kid. Meltdowns. Baby crying. These are enough to stress me out and I find myself reaching out for a piece of chocolate whenever I reached my max. This, happens rather frequently. Definitely not good for the waistline

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Then BoxGreen contacted me and asked if I wanted to sample and review their products. Hello, BoxGreen. How do you know that I’ve been snacking?

In short, BoxGreen isĀ a healthy snack subscription service that aims to promote healthier snacking by sourcing and delivering straight to the customers’ hands in the most hassle-free way possible. Their snacks are primarily made up of healthy nuts and chips and dried fruits. You choose how often you want to receive a box of 12 snack servings, select the snacks that you want and start snacking once you receive your box!

My box came a few days after I subscribed to it and I must say I love the packaging. It’s definitely good enough as a gift. Each portion is small which prevents you from overeating but the more important thing is they are healthy snacks (kinder to the waistline).

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If you are those who are very mindful of what you are eating, right down to the nutritional value, BoxGreen provides such information in the box.

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After tasting these snacks, I must say that they are really wonderful munch and I deem them suitable for my little girl. Now, I will always carry one or two packets of BoxGreen snacks in my bag because you’ll never know who might need it. The other day, I presented the snack to a pregnant momĀ while waiting for our kids to be released from school. She was so appreciative. And who can ignoreĀ hungry kids? These snacks really come in useful. I only wish they can be priced a tad cheaper. Having said that, I’m glad that BoxGreen actually donates a meal equivalent for every BoxGreen sold to Willing Hearts, a soup kitchen that helps the less privileged in Singapore. Well, at least the money is well-spent in this sense.

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These packets of goodies are not just good enough as snacks, they can even be used as part of your recipe. Just yesterday, I topped my breakfast of salad + quinoa + avocado + fried quail egg + honey with their Banana Pecan Crumble. The result? YUMMY! I personally thought that the box is good as a gift to others!

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Want to give BoxGreen a try? They are offering RaisingFaith readers a 30% discount! All you need to do is to sign up as a new subscriber and use the coupon code lynn30Ā before you checkout. Do note that this applies to the FIRST BOX only. Don’t worry. If you feel that the snacks do not fit you upon receiving your first box, you can simply cancel the subscription after that. Simple.

 

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Do give BoxGreen a go.
Snack well, folks!

Disclaimer: I was given a box of healthy snacks from BoxGreen to sample and review. I have decided to do a full post because I really enjoy the snacks and hope that you, my readers, can benefit from it. I particularly love the Shittake Mushroom Chips and Banana Pecan Crumble. šŸ˜‰

The November Vaby Box

The Vaby subscription box for November refreshes… quite literally! As I opened the box in anticipation, I was greeted with a sweet scent and there before my eyes were bottles of samples that could be used by people of all ages. They certainly come in handy since the holiday season is approaching!

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So what do we have here?

:: Peausque Body Wash
:: Peausque ATO Cream
:: Peausque Diaper Cream
:: Olivella’s Anti-stretch Mark Cream
:: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil
:: THE010 Heat
:: Eucalyptus Graden Concentrated Floor Cleaner
:: Curash Baby Care 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner
:: Curash Baby Care Anti-Rash Baby Powder
:: Disney Pookalooz Tin Box. Good for storing the little one’s favourite snacks!
:: BabySpa $5 voucher

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You can find out more about the Vaby box here. Have you subscribed to it yet?

The October Vaby Box

The October Vaby box came in a bigger size this month! Let’s take a look at the content!

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1. The O10 Skin peppermint essence which helps stop the itch of affected area and leaves it moisturised. Inhaling the blam also clears nasal congestion.

2. Summer Citrus 5X Dishwashing Liquid by Idocare

3. Foldable Tote Bag

4. Bonny Baby Diapers

5. Everyday Head to Toe Cleanser by Bud CosmeticsĀ which is suitable for growing babies. Its gentle amino acid and sugar based cleanser is combined with soothing, hydrating Aloe Vera and Fructan to cleanse and nurture the baby’s skin.

6. Educational mini book

Of these, we love the polyester and waterproof tote bag. We brought it along to the library once and were pleased that it is really hardy and could withstand the weight of the many books that were loaned. When folded and stored in the small bag, Faith loves to carry it around!

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You can find out more about the Vaby box here.

The August Vaby Box

The August Vaby Box arrived and gave me a nice surprise.

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I love the contents because they are all useful products that I could use. Let’s take a look at them.

– Korean Adhesive Labra. It’s a backless, strapless, seamless and self-adhesive Ā from Labra that is priced at $49.
– Zoo Bibs which is lightweight and water resistant. It’s at a very affordable price of $4.90.
– Natural cotton diaper by Baby Organix
– Lavender Fields Concentrated Laundry Powder by Idocare
– Nurtureme Organic Food
– Portable Pencil Mini Fan
– Kids Party Entertainment Voucher
– The Playhouse Unlimited Play Pass

If you add up the sums, the items definitely cost more than the subscription that you pay for – $18.90 – each month. I also like it that they customise each box according to the profile of the mother and child.

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I love the Zoo bibs. It is attractive, light, easy to clean and packs well in the ziplock bag of stuff which I always bring when I go out with Faith. Faith doesn’t have the practice of wearing bibs because she doesn’t feel comfortable especially at the neck area. She would always insists on pulling it off and in the end, I give up having her put on a bib. And I tried the Zoo bib. Although she resisted initially, she was okay with it from much encouragement and allowed me to put on for her. Probably the minimal weight helps because it seems like she doesn’t feel a thing and also she doesn’t feel restricted around the neck. I like it too thatĀ there is a wide catch-all pocket for the food that slips from her mouth. Neat!

I’m still in the midst of trying the other products and would definitely visit The Playhouse again since the little one had fun the other time we were there. It’s a good place for some mommies to catch up with one another too!

I’m already all excited about the September box!

Have you subscribed to it?

You can find out more about the Vaby box here.