Pre-school Game Tutorial : Colour Paper Butterfly Hunt

I have recently discovered that I am not very good at teaching young children.

I tried, but whenever I did, I usually end up frustrated and my poor kids will be so confused with what I was trying to teach them.

So I guess I have an excuse to leave homework to my husband. He seems to have a better temperament when it comes to teaching and explaining concepts to our children.

Instead of explaining concepts, I choose to do hands-on activities with the kids. Like crafting, for example. Or maybe outdoor activities, or the ones that require us to move about or create something.

Although I must admit that I usually run out of resources and idea.

Good thing that I have discovered - a resource site with PLENTY of teaching and activities ideas that we make use of for teaching the kids, especially at home.

For Khaleeli, there are a lot of FREE online pre-school games ideas that I can use too. Take a look at them here.

Of course, there are also a selection of worksheets, activities and games for children of all ages!

The team at has also generously offered to share one activity with my readers at Mommy Confessionals. I think it is brilliant especially if you have a garden at home (but you can also play inside if it's raining, honestly). Haha.

When you've got sunny skies, warm sun and blossoming flowers around, it's the perfect time for your child to chase butterflies. 
By creating her own butterfly net and paper butterflies, your child can capture butterflies inside or outside. She can even get creative with her butterfly crafts on the rainiest of days! 
Jump into this preschool-aged game, and help your child learn more about nature, science, and arts & crafts.
What You Need: 
Wood embroidery hoop, small
Net bag, (found on vegetables like onions or brussels sprouts)
Low-temp hot glue gun, with parental supervision
Wooden dowel rod
Colour paper/cards, various colors
What You Do: 
1. Help your child to place the edges of the net bag over the inner hoop of the embroidery hoop, then latch the top hoop over the bag and screw it into place. The bag will be secured between the two hoops. 
2. Have your child watch as you hot glue the wooden dowel rod to the outer edge of the embroidery hoop, creating a handle for the butterfly net. 
3. Encourage your child to fold a sheet of construction paper in half, vertically, so it's thin and tall. 
4. Have her draw half of a butterfly, (one wing and half the body) starting at the folded edge. She can repeat this until half-butterflies fill the fold of the paper. 
5. Keeping the paper folded, she can cut out the half-butterflies, and unfold them into whole butterflies. 
6. She can lay out the butterflies around the inside or outside of the house, or toss them in the air and try to capture them with her butterfly net. 
Is your child a spring or summer baby? If you're throwing a birthday party during this time, this activity is the perfect way to get the kids outside.

Sounds doable right? I am yet to try it out with the kids soon too.

Have fun playing with your kids :)


Time to Shop the World at 11street (and get free petrol vouchers too!)

Last week, I was honored to be invited again by the team at 11Street Malaysia to celebrate the launching of their latest SHOP THE WORLD campaign, currently running at

This time, the 11Street Shop the World campaign will see them offering promotions on various international products like Laneige, MamyPoko, Philips AVENT and Coleman (which just so happens are my fav brands too) and many other brands from countries all over the world like China, Japan, Korea, USA and Taiwan.

Full range of Philips AVENT. Love!

I was in awe of the full collection of Coleman items which I can buy later (camping yang tak tau bila nak pegi. LOL)

Running from 11 March 2017 - 18 April 2017, the campaign offers discounts up to 99% and FREE overseas shipping for selected items for their participating brands, and while doing your shopping you also stand a chance to win some petrol vouchers!
Mamy Poko full range of products all available on 11street. How cute is the one with Mickey Mouse tu??
So if you are planning to stock up on your baby's diapers, or perhaps trying out Laneige's BB cushion (you definitely should try them) or maybe buying some new Philips AVENT breastfeeding stuff, how about checking out the deals at 11street?

Who knows, maybe you'll get your petrol bill covered for next week too!

Happy shopping everyone!

Thank you 11Street for bringing in the world to Malaysians!

Why you should get Biolane for your baby and you

When I first received these lovely products from Biolane, the first thought that came to my mind was that they won't be smelling a thing.

It is not a bad thing about the products though, it is just me because I am a sucker for nice smelling things. LOL.

Anyway, I do understand that some scents and chemicals are actually not very good for sensitive skins and babies skin, therefore I totally get it why they don't smell so strongly like the conventional ones out there.

Nevertheless, I still love how these Biolane skincare products actually have a bit of fresh and baby-ish smell (heaven, right?).

At the same time, they are still specially formulated with Hydra-Bleine, a patented formulation made using active natural ingredients like wheat germ oil that nourishes and protects while helping to strengthen the skin's natural defenses.

So, among all of these, my favourite would be the shower gel and the stretch mark cream.

The shower gel particularly for it's heavenly baby smell and silky texture which I can generously use on Khaleeli, and the stretch mark cream because the texture is just nice - not too sticky and not too light. Plus it also has a lovely, mild smell almost like a gentle baby powder.

Well, I may not have a baby or a cracked nipple right about now, but I would love to share an up close of Biolane Nursing Balm too, in case you are a mom looking for the right nursing balm to help soothe cracked nipples (ouch, I know).

What I particularly love about Biolane Nursing Balm is it's sweet smell and the fact that it is made from 99% natural origin ingredients. So if you use it you won't have to worry about it being ingested by the baby as it is perfectly safe if the residue is still there when baby starts to nurse.

So yep, Biolane would definitely be the top of my list when I have my next baby (I would probably save some of this for it, I hope it doesn't go bad haha).

Thank you Biolane for these lovely products. I really love it and I hope my readers would try it out too :)

Khaleeli's wonderful session at BeeBop Circus , The School @ Jaya One

Khaleeli at BeeBop Circus, The School @ Jaya One

Khaleeli is 2 and a half years old now (sorry I could not figure out how many months that is, LOL), and he is as bouncy, clumsy and rough as EVER.He gets knocks and bruises and falls and whatnots all the time, and the best part is he doesn't care. Gahh. Sometimes that drives me up the wall!

Anyway, I know that is a sign of healthy development of his gross motor skills, and I am happy too. My husband and I love to think of ourselves as the outdoor-sy, adventurous parents so yeah, we let him play rough whenever the space and time permits. We also believe in how much outdoor play actually helps with the kids learning and development.

A few months ago, BeeBop Circus at The School, Jaya One contacted me for some trial classes at their center (apparently a perfect place for Khaleeli!)

We were there for 4 times, and Khaleeli really enjoyed himself (after he got comfortable with the instructors and environment lah, he kan a very shy boy...).

So basically BeeBop Circus is a educational and play center that focuses on learning through physical activities, music, dance, colours and moral values.

They have this huge gym space with fancy theme and structures safe for the kids to bounce and play according to a specific curriculum, developed specially by early childhood educators and fitness instructors.

Kids will need to be registered for a package and attend classes at BeeBop Circus Jaya One, Petaling Jaya every week within a specific hour. For Khaleeli's age, at least one parent must be involved to play together with their child (which is actually good exercise for mom and dad too! lol ).

So here are some more photos for you to have a better idea:

They have alternate themes every month and I think this was a forest/adventure theme or something
Khaleeli really loved this!

Ice-breaking session before starting with circuit play

So they have to go from one "obstacle" to another in a circuit, guided by the instructors

Mommy would love to jump in!

Rolling rolling!

Practicing his coordination skills

Working his core!

Up to the tunnel!

Ending the session with some bubble time :)
I honestly think that this place is amazing and enjoyable for kids! One drawback is for shy kids like Khaleeli, it is better to go early for them to get used to the environment and break the ice with the instructors. After that, they will totally have fun!

They also have classes for older kids, so if you are interested just give them a buzz (pun intended)!

Thank you very much BeeBop Circus Jaya One for this amazing and educational opportunity. Khaleeli really had a blast! :)

Some tips on bento making from the MILO Bento-making Workshop!

Every mom wishes to be able to pack a nice lunchbox for their kids, especially the ones with fancy decorations and looks so yummy too. Seriously, I would not mind having this for myself:

A giraffe sandwich prepared by Yan Diana
But I tell you, I am not one of the lucky ones.

My girl is one picky eater, and I honestly have run out of ideas on what to pack for her lunchbox (and it is only the 3rd week of her in Year 1..gahh!)

Anyway, last few weeks I was honoured to be invited by MILO UHT Pack in the Energy for Champions campaign to attend a bento making workshop with one of the talented and inspiring mommy, Yan Diana from Kelab Bekal/Bento Malaysia Facebook Page. I tell you, she makes some kick-ass bento boxes, and she made it looks so easy! T_T

Yan and her creation

Another creation of Yan's. How adorable.
In the event, Yan taught us some handy tips on making bento and not to mention, she actually did a great job at motivating us mommies who just can't seem to get it moving in the bento department. I had loads of fun preparing my own bento box at the workshop too, eventhough it turned out so funny looking and embarassingly creepy. Hahah.

What I made. Seriously I don't even know what this is -___-"

Besides Yan, Nestle's Senior Nutritionist, Iliani Ahmad also shared with us a lot of nutritional and eating tips that I find very useful especially when it comes to the children and their eating habits. One of it is to BE CONSISTENT when trying to get the kids to eat fruits and veges, which means that I should not give up when they refuse them the first few times.

Creation by other parents. They were quite nailing it already!
So in case you too need some morale boosters or some tips on bento-making, here are some that I managed to recall from the workshop:

1) Prepare the ingredients as early as you can (e.g the night before or the weekend) and store it properly in a clean container

2) Get the children involved when planning the menu for bento - ask them what they want in their bentos to get an idea on what food they like and dislike

3) Get the right bento box for the kind of food (e.g a small container for condiments, a divided sections for rice and protein)

4) Make use of kitchen tools when designing the decoration : toothpicks, cookie cutters, etc.

5) Ask the children to not throw away what they do not like in the bento and bring it home instead. This way you'll know what they do not like or refuse to eat so you can form a strategy on how to finally get them to eat it! (this is brilliant haha)

Bella also tried making her own decoration :)

Thank you very much MILO for this fun and informative event! I promise I'll keep on trying to prepare healthy and yummy bentos for my kids. Teheeehe..

Heal your child's scar with Hiruscar Kids (mommy approved!)

I have a son and now I know how it really feels to have a child who loves to run, climb, fall, bang, pull, scratch (!) and even wrestle.

Not that I am complaining, but boy he is more challenging than his sister, especially at this age of 2 where there is literally no negotiation or reasoning possible (he'll just ignore me, really) and continue with his business.

Last month, I was invited to My Hero-Scar campaign launch by Hiruscar, a scar-healing and care brand that helps to reduce the visibility of scar on our skins.

During the event, I was delighted to be hearing from Dr Priyadarshini Srinivasan, a psychologist and lecturer at the Department of Psychologist, Sunway University. Dr Priya gave a talk about the importance of PLAY as a significant tool for parenting.

Now wait a minute, all those banging, falling, climbing is actually good, according to Dr Priya. Because, the kid is actually learning A LOT.

I guess it is normal for us parents to turn a little overprotective over the kids, when the truth is sometimes we just need to let them loose and release their energy through play.

Outdoor play especially, benefits the kids tremendously as it helps with their emotional and physical development.

For example, play helps them boost their creativity and imagination and it also teaches them problem solving and collaborations.

Interestingly, playtime actually helps older kids release stress and energy, thus helping their brains perform better academically. Theory is when the kids release energy, their minds will be more free and liberated from restrictions and pent-up energy that we always see during their meltdowns.

Hmm..makes sense.

The thing is, with play, comes the risk of bumps and bruises which many parents would want to avoid (naturally, I guess).

Don't ask me how much scar Khaleeli has on him. Not major ones thankfully, but little scrapes and bruises are quite a normal sight. And he really doesn't mind it. LOL.

Dr Priya suggested that what we can do as parents is just let relax a bit and let them loose and play as they want. As long as the surroundings and materials are safe and age appropriate, we really should give them some space to explore and learn from their valuable playtime.

I think that is pretty doable.

As for the bumps and bruises and the potential scar, Hiruscar has brilliantly came up with Hiruscar Kids, a kid-safe scar care product that we can use daily on the kid's scarring to help reduce its visibility.

I have used the adult version on my scar and after a few weeks of using it one of the scars are actually gone! Well, of course you gotta use it consistently and it works best on new scars ;)

What I love most about it is that it is not greasy and it smells like jasmines :)

Thank you Hiruscar for introducing your brand to our family and everyone here at Mommy Confessionals! :)

Cooking up a Korean storm with K-Market @ 11Street.MY

A few weeks ago (and how aptly before my first trip to South Korea that deserves a post too), I was invited by the fabulous people at to attend their launching of K-Market on their site.

FYI, K-Market is a Korean grocery retailer located in Solaris Mont Kiara, and they do sell a wide array of fresh produce, dairy, food and beverages from South Korea! Now, they are selling their stuff online, which we can easily buy from


Because Korean food is my next favourite after Japanese, I immediately said yes to that!

I am a big fan of Korean food, especially those banchan (side dishes) and of course, kimchi! It is quite an acquired taste, but after I have acquired them, it has become my all time favourite (I do eat them as snacks too haha).

During the event, we had the opportunity to learn how to cook some Korean-Malaysian fusion dishes, as demonstrated by Chef Lin, a Malaysian chef who seems to know how to mix those ingredients around.

After that, we also had a Korean-pancake cooking competition, to which my team won! Yeay!

Now I know how to cook Korean pancake better. Yeay to that too!

Of all the dishes shared by Chef Lin, I personally love these two, which I am going to share the recipe, in case any of you would love to try it out

Check it out:

Nasi Goreng Kampung Kimchi

Banana Milk Sago

*replace flavoured milk with Banana Milk :)

Thank you very much K-Market and 11 Street for this amazing opportunity! I am honestly so very happy to improve my Korean cooking skills, which helps a lot when the craving comes :)

Do you guys love Korean food? If yes, what is your favourite?

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