What do you do if you received a set of cute t-shirts for your family but it doesn’t come in baby sizes? You DIY and create something cute for her of course!
I received a set of t-shirts by The Animal Project from a dear old friend about *whisper* 3 months ago and he challenged me to rehash the kids’ tee into something cute for Yvie. Never done anything like this before but I was willing to try. I honestly thought it was going to be a piece of cake because it was supposed to be simple and no brainer and of course, it didn’t happen that way. I eventually got down to it recently and VOILÀ! You have got to see it! It’s so cute I could dieeeeeeeeee!
Here’s a shoutout to the young artist of the zebra t-shirts, Tay Jun-Yi.
Jun-Yi loves to draws myriad of animals in vicarious situations. The art reprint of his drawing “Animals in 10 minutes” has been a sell-out item in our merchandise range. Jun Yi engineers subtle nuances of social interactions among the animals he draws, although he himself rarely takes the initiative to partake in such social interactions. – Information taken from here.
I found this video and it was meant for adult size tee. Of all the t-shirt DIY projects I found, this is really the easiest and the cutest. So cute I might make one for myself just to match Yvie’s. Teeheehee! Here’s how to make it.
A huge sigh of relief (and a tiny pat on my back) that the T-shirt challenge is finally complete. My first DIY recycled t-shirt project leh! Woots! Next on my To-Do List, take a family shot of us in the matching tees. Crossing fingers it won’t take me another 3 months to do it. Ha. Ha.
I highly recommend that you watch the Youtube video for clearer instructions and images if you feel you are up to the challenge. It’s really easy to follow, I no bluff you.
What is The Animal Project?
The Animal Project (TAP) is a social enterprise started by a group of parents and friends who want to celebrate, showcase and support the abilities of persons with special needs. Their artists earn royalties from the sale of product embellished with their unique illustrations and artwork.
I started out writing this post to “fill in the blank” before I start on Yvie’s eventful 1st birthday post. I mean, who skips the full month celebration and then goes straight to writing about the 1st birthday? Doesn’t make sense leh. Cannot cannot! I wrote about the venue, the food, the cakes, the balloons and other frivolous stuff. Then I realized I lost/accidentally deleted/never even took photos with some very important people at the party and I freaked out. At 3am. I searched my old laptop, old mobile and still couldn’t find them. As a last resort, I PMed some folks in hopes they haven’t deleted these photos with us in their phones or laptops. I really didn’t expect them to still have it but most did and I was so glad. But there were still some missing and they were photos with my in-laws. In fact, I remember not having taken a group photo with them that day 🙁 I know what you’re thinking. “Wah lau eh! That’s supposed to be the 1st photo you take before you are even allowed to eat leh!” I know I know…
My lousy memory has gotten progressively worse over the years and so photos have become my pictorial diary of events and celebrations. Without them, I won’t remember anything and I cannot have that.
I told The Husband about it the next day and he said he will see if he had any on his laptop. I had forgotten I demanded he unsync my Dropbox with his laptop because he messed around with my folders and he saw many accidental shots of the insides of my bag, fat thighs and toilet walls. Now I was hoping he still had copies of my silly folders in his laptop.
I watched as he sat in the middle of the living room floor, scrolling and searching for the precious photos. Every time he giggled at the screen I would go “Wot wot?? Found it???” Nerve wrecking.
Fortunately, he managed to dig out the original batch of photos including those I thought I had deleted. Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!
Here they are! A compilation of photos gathered from friends and ourselves! *big wide grin*
It was a simple affair among family and friends at the Glee Kitchen. Since the cakes and balloons were delivered to the venue directly, we only needed to concentrate on arriving on time and in style. But of course we didn’t arrive on time nor in style as parents with kids seldom do. Thank goodness the folks at Glee Kitchen helped us signed for them before we got there. Phew!
I was chatting with Mabel online the other day and we spoke about the party. We shared our experiences about our previous celebrations and the topic of photos came up. When I said we would be taking the photos ourselves, she volunteered to help me take the photos because she said there was no way we would be able to mingle and take pictures at the same time. Mabel was right and she totally saved my life that day. Without her help, we would not have this many photos. Thank you so very much!
Looking at the photos again brought back a whole bunch of feelings. It was such a happy day and everyone looked like they enjoyed themselves. It was also sad to know it was Yvie’s first and last birthday party with our beloved grandfather. If only we knew, I would’ve taken a whole lot more photos of him with the family that day. Sigh. That being said, I am very glad so many people turned up and turned the place upside down. Thank you everyone for taking the time out bearing ang pows and gifts, to celebrate our baby’s milestone with us. Yvie is a very blessed little girl.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
Yvie started on solids a couple of weeks ago and I was quite determined not to rely on ready-made baby foods like I did with Xander when he was her age. Sure it is more convenient to heat up that bottle of broccoli purée and it is certainly not poison. I told myself if I can prepare most of her meals from scratch I would because there is nothing like home-made food made with fresh ingredients and with no preservatives. In order to do that, I needed a new blender/grinder but something simple and doesn’t cost an arm or a leg.
Thanks to The Wacky Duo’s post on Lazada, I found the perfect one and it was on sale for only FORTY DOLLARS! PHUWOAR! How to say no to $40?? I figured even when Yvie doesn’t need to have puréed food all the time, I can always use it to make frozen margaritas. For myself. Teeheehee! Wasting no time at all, I used the Lazada app to make the purchase and 2 days later it was delivered to my doorstep . Whee!
Now that I have the blender, what other nifty gadgets does one need when they have to feed a hungry messy baby? Here are 10 items I like that are available on Lazada.sg.
Mother of Xander (and Yvie)’s Top 10 Baby (related) Products
1. BOON Gnaw Multi-Purpose Teething Tether
We saw one of our friend’s baby using this during one of our meetups and we thought it was such a clever idea. It was so hard to find in the stores here but we found it eventually and it has served us very well. The BOON Gnaw Multi-Purpose Teething Tether ($13.90) holds on to teething biscuits pretty much the same way as the good old ancient Chinese finger traps. *gasp* Haha but it’s true! It held on to her favourite Healthy Times Maple Teething Biscuits very securely, kept my baby busy and my pocket happy because we lose fewer biscuits now.
2. Thermos Foogo Food Jar
Instead of relying on ready-made jars of baby food, most parents in Singapore prefer to prepare their own. The Thermos Foogo Food Jar ($49.00) keeps the food warm for hours while on the go. When my son was younger, I used to pack his food into a similar thermos and it was so convenient to be able to feed him warm food anywhere we went.
3. PUKU Baby 3 in 1 Snack trap
The PUKU Baby 3 in 1 Snack trap ($29.90) is great for toddlers who are learning to self feed and it helps to keep them busy while keeping the snacks in. The strainer lid is useful if you need to drain off excess liquids in your baby’s dinner.
4. Philips Avent Combined Steamer and Blender Value Pack
If we didn’t have our current steamer, I would’ve definately bought this. Philip Avent Combined Steamer and Blender Value Pack (Special price $199.00) not only includes the ridiculously convenient steamer/blender, it also comes with utensils and storage containers you need when you are introducing solids to your child. You might tell me “What’s the big deal about this steamer? My wok also can steam carrots what?” After steaming the food, all you need to do is to turn the jar around and you are ready to blend. No need to transfer to another gadget and less clean up to do. So easy ah? I also say.
5. Philips Avent Straw Cup 260ml 12m+
I like the design of the Philips Avent Straw Cup 260ml 12m+ ($19.00) because not only was it leak-proof, the twist-lid also kept the straw clean.
6. Chicco Chicco 360 Hook On Chair Lime
The Chicco Chicco 360 Hook On Chair Lime ($179.00) works on most tables but best with the sturdy hawker centre tables which are usually nailed to the ground. Not everyone I spoke to about hook on chairs agree on its practicality. Some said its a waste of money since it was only going to be used until the child hits about 16kg or until their chunky thighs can’t squeeze through the leg holes any more. Others said it was a lifesaver when they travel to places which don’t provide high chairs like most hawker centres in Singapore. I like it because the seat is removable for washing and very portable.
7. Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer
For picky eating toddlers, the Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer ($109.00) can create curly fries with sweet potatoes in minutes! You can also use it to slice zucchinis to create raw pasta! Mix it up with some light seasoning and serve the healthy dish to the little carnivores. They won’t suspect a thing! You could also use the fine blade to slice up some vegetables for Chinese New Year’s Lo Hei! Huat ah!
8. Morries 1.0L Electric Lunch Box
Do you know you can cook your toddler’s rice porridge with the Morries 1.0L Electric Lunch Box ($33.90)? I can already picture you using it during your short trip to Bangkok. Pop in some chopped vegetables, rice and water. Go take a shower or do whatever morning rituals you need to do while it cooks. After it is done, pour it into the Thermos Foogo Food Jar and you are ready to conquer the malls!
9. I-ROVA Robot Vacuum Cleaner XR510A
Mealtimes with small children can be a real messy affair. I’ve tried lining the floor under the high chair with newspaper and plastic sheet but of course the kid will drop/flick/projectile vomit the food OUTSIDE of the safe zone. Sigh. Can you imagine having an I-ROVA Robot Vacuum Cleaner XR510A (Special price $685.00) in your house that will vacuum AND mop up the mess for you? Shut up and take my money already!
10. Krupp NDG Circolo FS Red
Of all the items in this list, THIS, is the most important of the lot to me. Technically it’s not a baby product but many mummies around the world will agree it should at least be considered. Coffee! I love coffee! Hot ones, cold ones, cheap ones, atas ones, I can’t do without it. I never stopped drinking coffee during my 2 pregnancies either and I don’t feel guilty about it because my gynaes say as long as I don’t exceed 4 (or was it 5?) a day I should be fine. My babies turned out fine too. Hehe! Having to wake up every 2 hours every night to feed the baby, the first thing I would reach for before I start my day is a good, piping hot cuppa. Like my mummy once said “If don’t drink kopi at least once a day I will, dunno why, feel very blur blur leh.” Being a good daughter I am, I agree. Once the caffeine kicks in I’m as good as gold, ready to roll! The Krupp NDG Circolo FS ($339.00) can prepare hot or cold beverages at the touch of a button. No need to run to fancy schmancy coffee joints. Your kitchen is a fancy schmancy coffee joint now.
Shopping with Lazada, Southeast Asia’s Largest online shopping mall, is so easy and they have such a wide range of products, you will be spoilt for choice.
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I don’t know anybody who doesn’t do on-line shopping of any sort these days. Even my mother bought hard to find spare parts for her pressure cooker on-line. Okay, so The Husband made the purchase for her and got it delivered to her place but she knew they were available on-line and demanded we do it for her. I will give her credit just for knowing about it. My mardder so clever hor?
I was never a fan of on-line shopping because I was very skeptical about the security measures these web-stores have with my banking information. You don’t know what funny business these hackers can do right? Then I was forced to stay at home during the last few weeks of my pregnancy with Yvie this year and I was desperately trying to buy replacement parts for an old breast pump before I pop. The only way I could do that without having to waddle around town with my huge belly was to buy them on-line because hitting the stores was an impossible task when you ballooned into the size of a whale.
Within weeks, what started out as just shopping for the tubes and breast pump flanges slowly expanded to other stuff like underwear, food, books, craft kits, second hand changing station and a foldable lounger thingy (For The Husband. So he didn’t need to sleep on our broken sofa for the entire 28 days of confinement). I went slightly mad with shopping in bed during my confinement month and almost bought a 3 seater sofa just because it looked “pretty”. Ya. Mad right? It was too damn easy to get carried away!
Agape Babies is one of these on-line stores that has everything you never knew you needed for your little ones. If you are looking for a gift for a friend who have just given birth, Agape Babies got you covered. They have a wide range of products to suit all budgets.
About Agape Babies
Since 2009, Agape Babies has grown into a multi-store which carries over 100 brands and 2000 products in store. Agape Babies specializes in California Baby products and they also carry diapers and milk formula of brands such as Huggies, Mamypoko, GOO.N, Friso, Similac, Gain IQ, Pediasure and more. As if they are not busy enough, Agape Babies has also partnered with Sunshine Kids to bring in kids fashion and even started a parenting blog, The Agape Lifestyle which shares neat parenting tips and tricks. For someone like me who is starting my baby on solid food, the simple recipes shared in the blog were a huge help.
Right now, Agape Babies is offering free courier delivery with $80 spend and a free gift given with every $120 purchase.
Do sign up for their newsletterto stay tuned of promotions, contests and giveaways. Also, first time customers get to enjoy a $10 gift voucher upon each successful signup. Terms and conditions apply.
Simply quote my blog name “motherofxander” to be entitled to a 5% discount! The code is valid for 4 weeks from 28 October to 25 November and it excludes breast pumps, diapers, milk and sale category items.
Disclaimer: Mother of Xander received some shopping credits courtesy of Agape Babies for the purpose of this review. As I had (obviously) exceeded the credit amount, I topped up the rest from my own little pocket. All opinions are my own.
I was recently given the opportunity by AT Marketing & PR Consultancy to review the award winning Yoomi Feeding System. It is the first self-warming baby bottle that gently warms baby’s feed to the natural temperature of breast milk in just 60 seconds. Say what? 60 seconds?? No, don’t bluff! Really lah, 60 seconds only!
Any parent (or grandparents or nanny or… you get the idea lah) would have experienced at least once trying to warm a bottle of EBM (expressed breast milk) or premixed FM (formula milk) with a bowl of warm water (takes about 6 or so minutes) or with a microwave (takes about 3 or so minutes) AND trying to pacify your little wriggly bundle of screaming joy at the same time. You would also muttered to yourself in the middle of the dark, in the room while bouncing the little screaming fella or in the car on the road somewhere “faster heat up leh, I’m going deaf from the screaming!” So not funny man. 🙁 Mother of Xander also had nights like that until we were introduced to yoomi.
What is Yoomi? The technical details…
*no-fuss latch on: thanks to its natural breast-shaped and super-soft silicone teat which allows for a breast-from-breast experience
*transition sorted: thanks to the consistent breast-milk temperature feed provided by yoomi, babies have a familiarity they need to support weaning from breast to bottle
*reduced likelihood of colic: with its 6 anti-colic vents (most bottles have 1-4) yoomi is one of the best vented bottles on the market
*easy pouring and mixing: yoomi’s unique, wide-necked bottle makes pouring and mixing simple – as well as clean and tidy!
* convenience, always: being suitable for both expressed breast-milk and formula, and ideal for combination or bottle feeding… yoomi supports all baby’s feeding needs
*comfy grip: the ergonomically designed bottle makes yoomi easy to grip and more comfortable to hold during longer feeds
*safe: the yoomi range is 100% BPA free and meets the highest safety standards feeding
*beautifully simple: using patented technology, the yoomi pod enables warmers to be recharged in the microwave in just 2 mins using a ‘heat-shake, heat-shake’ method
* all you need: the yoomi bottle can be used on its own or with a yoomi warmer and all yoomi bottles, teats and warmers are interchangeable across the range
How to use the yoomi warmer?
There are 3 ways to charge the warmer.
Charge warmer in the yoomi pod for about 2 minutes in the microwave (750-1200 watts) using the “heat shake, heat shake” method.
Place the warmer in a pan of boiling water (or steam steriliser) and boil for no more than 30 minutes.
Place your warmer in an electric steam steriliser (no pod required) for 25 minutes continuously.
After charging, the warmers will be ready for use at any time. You can also put it in the bottle filled with milk into the fridge for the next feed. As with all things rechargeable, the yoomi can be recharged for up to 150 times but this is just a conservative estimate.
Important to note: Once the warmers are charged, set them aside for 60 to 75 minutes to cool down before you push the button to activate it.
What happens when you don’t wait? If you press the button too soon you could permanently damage your yoomi warmer. We got excited and forgot to wait before activation so the warmer warped 🙁 Fortunately for us, the kind folks at yoomi Singapore very quickly replaced it for us so that we can try the entire process again properly for the purpose of this review. So malu… I blame The Husband for not reading the instructions properly! *points finger at him*
How to activate the warmer?
To activate the warmer, just press the button and within 2 or 3 seconds, you will feel it warming up.
Fill the yoomi bottle with the milk, assemble, turn it upside down and wait for 60 seconds before you feed the baby. Perfect temperature of 32-34ºC everytime!
Why so magical?
“yoomi’s clever integrated warmer is activated by simply pressing the button which causes the solution inside to generate heat. When the bottle is tipped and the baby starts feeding, the feed flows around the channels on the outside of the warmer which are cleverly designed so that the feed reaches breast milk temperature (32-34 degrees).” – Information taken off their press kit.
Phuwah! So clever leh! – says Mother of Xander and The Husband.
Verdict of the review
60 seconds to warm the milk at the right temperature every time is a definite winner in my books! However, I’m not a fan of the microwave method although it is the fastest of the 3 recommended charging methods. Boiling it was the easiest for me. After 25 minutes, take it out of the water and let it cool. So simple. No need to heat shake heat shake so troublesome. Boiling it not only charges the warmer, it also sterilizes it. One stone 2 birds!
Yvie loves to hold her milk bottles during feeding time and would often do it until the bottle was done. The yoomi bottle however was a little heavier than normal so after a while she got tired of holding it and it landed on her face a few times. I guess the weight can’t be helped since the warmer has to be inside.
I would definitely recommend the Yoomi Feeding System to all new parents! Buy at least 2 warmers for your night feeds please because each warmer is only meant for one time use and will need to be recharged before the next feed. Your babies and your ears will thank you.
Who will find this useful? (updated)
I was asked since this is only a one time use warmer, who will find it useful? Despite that, I think this will be a great (starter) gift for new mums doing confinement. Since they will be at home the entire month, it will be easy to clean and charge after every use. You might not want to use the yoomi for regular 2 hour feeds but for the odd occasions like night feeds when the nanny or the daddy can help mummy out.
ESPECIALLY FOR ALL READERS OF MOTHER OF XANDER!
The Yoomi Feeding System will be officially launched at the Baby Market Fair on the 2nd of October and Yoomi SG would like to share some good news for all readers of Mother of Xander!
(1) SPECIAL 5% DISCOUNT ON YOOMI FEEDING SYSTEM (Redeem this promotion ONLY AT BABY MARKET BOOTH A26 by presenting the blog of the blogger)
Usual Price: $59.90
Launch Promotion: $49.90 + FREE 5oz bottle (worth $18.90) Blogger Promotion: additional 5% on top of launch promotion. (Valid for purchase during Baby Market 2-5 Oct only) Price after additional 5% discount is $47.40
(2) GIVEAWAY 1 (ONE) FREE YOOMI FEEDING SYSTEM 8OZ (UP $59.90)* *Ends 10 October 2014 and Yoomi SG will annouce the winner on 11 October 2014
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.
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?
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.
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 email@example.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.
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 🙂
Yes I’m feeling a little maternal in the middle of the night so I’m sharing 2 videos of the kids here with you.
I need to count my blessings to have these 2 little rascals in my life. They drive my blood pressure up, run my patience low but most of the time they bring us so much joy we have never thought possible. The way a child’s face lights up when they see you is enough to make any parent forget about whatever was troubling them that day. You feel on top of the world because of that one bright smile. Correct or not, Parents?
The video above was taken by The Husband’s niece on the day Yvie was born. He was sooo gentle with her I almost cried with pride.
Xander has been a really good big brother to little Yvie so far. Even though he is petrified of her supersonic screams and unbelievably pungent poopy diapers, he understands she is just doing what all babies do. He rarely complains about her, sometimes even tries to soothe the screaming banshee when Mummy and Daddy’s hands are full. You know, the little boy makes it a point to plant at least 1 kiss on his sister every morning before he leaves for school, 1 when he sees her after school and 1 before he goes to bed. He loves his little sister and I pray they will continue to love each other long after we kick the bucket.
This is KorKor entertaining the little one right before bedtime.
For the parents with more than 1 child, do your kids get along? I know mine are still in the “honeymoon” period so I am enjoying this while it lasts. With lots of pictures and videos of course!
Xander has been down with fever for a couple of day but he tries to keep his mood up despite the discomfort. You know he is quite ill when he just flops around on the sofa or on our bed. Poor fella.
Since Yvie was born, he has developed a habit of giving her a big hug and lots of kisses before he heads off for school with Daddy in the mornings or right before he goes to bed. Now that he is ill, he was told to stay away from her for the time being and he was quite bumped out. Could only poke her lightly from a distance.
Just the other day I wanted to take pictures of Yvie to send our family via Whatsapp and he suddenly popped into the frame. Ah, I guess a pat on the head is ok la. Poor Xander’s already small eyes are even smaller when he is down with a cold. You see the rascals’ smiles? Really look like they are plotting something naughty eh?