Dr Lily’s All Natural Aloe Vera Gel: Review and Giveaway

Review

I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up, aloe vera was like the go-to plant for all sorts of problems:

Kena splattered by oil from frying chicken wings despite standing 2 metres away and holding up the wok cover? Grab an aloe vera leaf!

Longkang (Malay for drain) appeared from nowhere and swallowed you in thus causing scraped knees? Aloe vera!!

Fell asleep at the beach while listening to Jason Dovonan serenade you on your discman and you kenah very ugly and painful sunburns? *loud chants* ALOE! ALOE!

Such a versatile and underrated plant, this aloe vera. 🙂

I was introduced to Dr Lily’s All Natural® Aloe Vera Gel by a friend 2 years ago when I complained on my Facebook wall that Xander’s persistent eczema was bothering me. Although his rashes weren’t terrible, they just didn’t seem to go away. My friend said instead of relying on steroid creams constantly, why not give Dr Lily’s aloe vera gel a try because it is all natural and contains no harmful preservatives and chemicals. I bought a tube, tried it and the rashes went away quite quickly.

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MUMMY! So itchy! *sobs*

Fast forward 2 years and a new baby later, the dreaded eczema problem popped up again. Poor Yvie inherited our sensitive skin gene and she will break out into rashes all over her face and body quite quickly whenever the weather is hot or when we carry her in the baby carrier a little too long. My friend reminded me “Oi! Use the Dr Lily’s aloe vera gel lah! Babies can use also!” Oh yah hor?

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The aqueous, clear gel is very easy to apply and this is especially awesome when you have a very squirmy baby who wriggles away at any chance. Squeeze a good amount in the hand and slap it on the baby before she make a run for it. I could never do this with other skin care cream because they don’t spread as easily and I would often have more cream on the bed than on the baby. We would normally apply the gel on Yvie after her bath and I will apply the excess onto my embarrassingly ugly and dry elbows and knees. Don’t waste good stuff mah.

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Would you like to try Dr Lily’s All Natural® Aloe Vera Gel for yourself?

Especially for all readers of Mother of Xander from 1 to 7 September! (Giveaway has ended)

Dr Lily’s is giving away 1 set of goodies to ONE LUCKY READER! It includes the following items:

  1. 1 x 100ml Dr Lily’s aloe vera gel
  2. 3 x mini jars of Dr Lily’s aloe vera gel with random essential oil
  3. 1 x Dr Lily’s recycle bag

How to win?

Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below. Come back again for the results on 8 September.

UPDATE (8 September 2014)

Congratulations Yu Meiyi! I will be contacting you via email today. Thank you everyone for your support!

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That’s not all!

If you can’t wait to get your hands on a tube of Dr Lily’s All Natural® Aloe Vera Gel, all readers of Mother of Xander can enjoy 15% discount* off your total order amount! When you send your orders to friends@drlilys.com, please remember to quote ‘Mother of Xander‘ in order to enjoy the discount!**

Validity of discount code ends on 30 September 2014.
**A flat $5 courier fee will be chargeable regardless of the the number of items purchased.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!

Disclaimer: We received 2 tubes of Dr Lily’s All Natural® Aloe Vera Gel for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

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Let’s go to… the Singapore Garden Festival 2014

One of my friends had texted me a few weeks ago to ask if we were interested to visit the Singapore Garden Festival because they had a couple of tickets to spare and thought of us. How sweet right? I thought since I haven’t seen this friend in a long time, we arranged to go to the festival together on the 1st day.

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We saw all sorts of flowers that day. Rare flowers, common flowers, big flowers, teeny tiny flowers and even Old Flower Eyes (老花眼. Chinese translation of Presbyopia). I was told many of the exotic flowers were specially flown in just for the event and designers from top garden shows around the world were invited to create special themed displays during the festival as well.

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Visitors were especially attracted to the Orchid Extravaganza which housed several award winning orchids in the Flower Dome. Everybody wanted to get closer to the orchids and take multiple macros of the same bloom in the same position. They were also waiting to get into the 10-metre column which I heard had a nice surprise insideThe line into the special area was so long that we had to give it a miss. I mean, we can still see it from the perimeter. Just not close enough to take nice macro shots of the gorgeous blooms. All of these special blooms were on loan from private collectors and external vendors. There were even medals and plaques displayed quite prominently next to the flowers. Next to these medals and plaques, you will see Do Not Touch signs. In fact, these signs can be seen all over the Flower Dome. Even the hardy succulent zones had signs to remind visitors not to pelt the poor plants with the stones that were scattered around them. People don’t understand these cactuses can DIE one. I saw a kid threw some small stones at the plants for fun and his parents did nothing. So irritating.

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You would think at the Orchid Extravaganza area with so many ‘caretakers’ and signs people will understand right? Nope. I saw a guy trying to pull some orchids closer to his wife so she could use her puny iPhone to take shots of it. Come on. Don’t act blur when told you are not supposed to touch the flowers ok? A simple Sorry or Ok is good enough. Don’t pretend and say “Oh I nair say the sign” or “I was just taking photos” or worse “No, I nair touch!” You so big size, how not to see your big burly hand tugging on the delicate flower leh? Look! It was still swinging from side to side when you suddenly let go of it lor. *rolleyes* Luckily, the ‘caretakers’ were very polite and friendly, unlike me, so there was no drama after minor confrontation.

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We were wandering around the tents in The Meadow and came across some students showcasing their works made from recycled materials. One in particular caught our eye and we went closer to take a look. While we were watching the student demonstrate how she used a plastic bag to make into a flower, a lady decided she NEEDED to record the entire process on video with her camera. She shoved Xan (who was standing right next to me) aside saying “I want to take a video of this.” HARLOW? I told her “Hey! He was here first, don’t shove him around!” It was as though I was invisible because she didn’t seem to care at all. I wanted to tell this auntie her camera has this thing called the Zoom Lens and that if she looked down she will realize she has feet and can use them to move around my child to take her video. Why must be at that particular spot leh? Wah lau. *grumblegrumble*

I wished I was able to spend more time to see all the flowers properly especially the 10-metre column. It would’ve been nice to take a picture of the inside. Oh well. Kids and babies are not made for long walks in crowded spaces. Maybe next time I should go on my own. It is impossible to take clear photos with a wriggly baby strapped in front of you.

Today is the last day of the festival and in case you decide to go take a look (I highly recommend you should), here are some tips I want to share with you:

  1. Try not to bring your strollers. It will be very crowded and trying to manoeuvre your tank through the sea of people will be tricky. If you simply have to bring it, bring lor. Don’t say I never tell you ah.
  2. There are very few resting spots at the festival so if you are bringing your elderly parents (such fillial chewren you are! *clap clap*), go slow and seek refuge inside the air-conditioned tents frequently.
  3. Bring a hat and sunglasses because it might get really hot and sunny.
  4. Limited carpark lots. You might be better off taking public transport.
  5. Don’t touch the flowers if they tell you not to touch them! Some of the plants are very sensitive to the oils on your hands and will DIE! Admire the flowers with your eyes and cameras only please ok?

Do hop over to Cheekiemonkie and Princess Dana Diaries to read about their experiences at the festival.

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Venue: Gardens by the Bay (in case you didn’t know)
Show Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Conservatories Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm daily

SGF 2014 Ticket Pricing

Let’s go to… Dong Po Colonial Cafe

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I was having the strangest cravings the night before and really really needed to get myself a slice of old school butter cream cake. I normally avoid butter cream at all costs because it tastes so…buttery. I guess all the breast feeding had caused me to have weird cravings for fattening, sugary treats that I don’t normally like.

I’ve read about Dong Po Colonial Cafe from a couple of blogs like ieatishootipost and A Juggling Mum so I knew the retro cafe serves very affordable treats ($2 per slice of cake!) and most importantly, butter cream cakes! Since we had some time before dinner, we headed there for a quick bite.

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Look at the table!

As I was laying everything on the table, a kid from the next table saw that we had also bought the same cookie she had moments ago. She turned around, looked at me dead in the eye and said “It tasted like medicine.” Xander nodded enthusiastically and I was slightly embarrassed. Her mother also chipped in and said “Kids can’t lie.” Oh boy…

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Clockwise from top to bottom: 3 Hole Cookie (Xan calls it the Traffic Light cookie), Almond Finger, Apple Aloe Slice Cake, Strawberry Butter Cream Cupcake and Bread and Butter Pudding.

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I’m no food expert but I will tell you how I feel about our experience at the cafe. The kids were right, I wasn’t a fan of the cookie. I did however enjoy the cakes. They weren’t exactly the old school type I was hoping for but they didn’t taste too bad.

When we were there, it was quite busy and the air-condition wasn’t very strong. I was sweatin’ buckets while drinking my teh peng (iced milk tea). Yvie wasn’t too happy either so she was fussing quite a bit until The Husband had to bring her out for a wee walk until she fell asleep. Pampered lah my kids. We always have the air-con turned on full blast at home. 😛

Never mind them. I enjoyed myself nevertheless and will go back again to try the other stuff during their off peak hours.

Oh yes! These posters were the ones I was referring to in my earlier post that inspired my new blog look. I forgot to take a shot of it myself lah.

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There is always time for a brother sister photo.

Dong Po Colonial Cafe
56 Kandahar Street
6298 1318
S198904 
Tue-Thurs 930am-830pm
Fri-Sun 930am-930pm
Closed on Monday

FOX Little Fashionista Styling Workshop

Earlier this month, we received an invitation to attend the FOX Little Fashionista Styling Workshop with fashion stylist Evon Chng. I was super excited and told The Husband “Let’s do this! Sounds fun!” You might be asking “Kids need styling meh? Chin chye wear something comfortable and easy can already mah.” True but why not wear something comfortable, easy AND stylish at the same time? I’ve been a fan of FOX for a long time so I know the clothes not only look cute but also super comfortable. I used to buy a lot of FOX tees and pants for Xander when he was a lot younger and he would wear them almost everyday. Besides, it won’t hurt to pick up a tip or two from a professional stylist.

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Evon sharing some fashion tips.

Evon and her team had already set aside some outfits for both Xander and Yvie (as well as for the other kiddie participants) beforehand. She had selected some really cute pieces from FOX’s latest Fall Collection and showed us how to mix and match them to create different looks. Psst! I tell you a secret! I am lousy at mixing and matching. My solution for the kids’ style is very simple: must have prints and no ironing required. Why MUST have prints? If the kids get themselves into a mess, it won’t look too obvious mah. Ya lah. Lazy style lah. But you must admit its true. There is nothing more irritating than a milo stain on a nice plain yellow tee. Can’t bleach it, can’t hide it, can’t stand it. I’m a bit OCD that way. Sorry I digress. Back to my fashionable chewren.

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Here are the kids all styled up. Not bad huh?

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So what did we learned at the end of the session?

1. There is more to life than MONOCHROME.

Sometimes it is good to mix it up with 2 to 3 colours at the same time. Not too many colours ok? You want to turn heads not rolled eyes.

2. Pile up in LAYERS.

Evon taught us that similar to adult fashion, with kids’ fashion we can not only mix and match colours, we can also try layering different textures together. Xan wore a plain white long sleeved tee under a bold orange, short sleeve tee and the classic berms.

As for Yvie, Evon matched her nautical inspired tee with a pair of grey leggings and layered that with a pair of denim skorts. She later added the Minnie Mouse sweater from the Fall collection to create yet another look. So cute can?

3. SIZING it up

When your clothes don’t fit well, you won’t look good. Kids grow really fast and parents tend to buy clothes 2 sizes bigger so that they will last longer. I get that. But when your kid is swimming in his outfit he will end up looking really sloppy. Simple logic. Get the right size and your kid will look a heck lot better.

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Xan and his skateboard.
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Yvie with her gummy smile.

Do check out Fox Fashion (Singapore)‘s Facebook page for regular updates, promotions, fashion and parenting tips.

Disclaimer: We received these 2 sets of outfits for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

Another milestone! Well done, Yvie!

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At 5ish months, my funny little girl can sit up unassisted and she is feeling mighty proud of herself! Silly girl has also started to lick and gnaw on anything in sight. Fuzzy blankets, the clothes I am wearing, soft toys, plastic toys, metal chairs, dirty tables, whatever she can reach, she will lick ’em. I’m amazed she hasn’t gotten any rashes around her mouth or experienced diarrhoea yet. *TOUCH WOOD*

Xander also had a taste for strange things when he was a lot younger. He used to chew the headboard on our bed. I didn’t know it until I saw the little teeth marks on the edges many years later. I’m such an observant mum, eh? What was the strangest thing your child has ever tasted?

Here’s a short Instagram video of Yvie doing her usual cute stuff at home. Sorry if I’ve been posting too many pictures of her. Can’t help it lah 🙂

In case you would like to see more, you can follow me at http://instagram.com/motherofxander.

Mother of Xander had a makeover!

来啊! 来啊! 郑宇他妈整容咯! Ahem… not that kind of makeover. The website had a makeover lah.

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This was how it used to look

My last blog makeover was 2 years ago. How time flies eh? Friends who have been following my blog will remember the previous look which was based on China’s cultural revolution. Ya, it had the classic red flags and Mao hat, that sort.

In order to retain the super cheena spirit that I love, the new look is based on the 1930s Vintage Shanghai pinup girl. Sort of.

Who designed the new site you might ask. Of course it’s The Husband. Again. From the buttons to the seksi pinup girl to the structure of the site. All him. So clever ah this fella? *giggle* If you are interested to engage him for your site makeover, I suggest you contact him directly. The pinup girl portrait of me only took him 8 YEARS to do. *rolleyes*

Why this theme? Well, we were having tea at Dong Po Colonial Cafe recently when he suddenly asked me what sort of look I would like for my blog. Since he was in the mood to redesign his own blog, he said he will refresh mine as well. Woots! So I looked around and spotted the posters of the 1930s Shanghai girls. I pointed to it and said “NAH! I like that I wan that gimme that!” To that he said “DONE!” The rest was history.

The trouble with the themes on WordPress is that not everything (my Chinese words for example) gets formatted properly. I am in the midst of doing some housekeeping and if you spot anything unusual, please let me know!

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