Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Trying to live better


I am just a normal human being, so every now and then I do get overwhelmed by what is happening in my life. That moment when you feel like you have so many things to do, but so little time to make use of. In the end you end up not doing anything productive anyway, and it just drives you crazier.

Ironically, we all have 24 hours, nothing more nothing less. Somehow, there are people out there who are able to deal with it successfully, and I have decided to try to follow their footsteps.

I have done a few things in the list above, and it has given me a very positive impact in my life.

Like very positive and it makes me feel good about myself.

I have tried no.1, no 3, no 12 (although still struggling), no 13 (although I do lose to cookies sometimes), no 16 (I swear this one really helps to clear the mind), no 17 (I think I have been liberated from fashion pressures), no 18 (same as no16) and I wish I could do no 20 a lot more often (the weather in Malaysia here is so unforgiving though.... ).

So how about you? Have you done any one of these before? How does it impacts your life for the better?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Another place to find natural products for your baby!

Just like any other new parent, I was a naive one at the beginning.

When I had Bella, I was clueless.

I guess that is a norm for first-time moms, so mostly my preparation was based on something that I already know or from what my parents have done for me.

When it comes to toiletries and baby care, there was always this one brand that I trusted (probably many in Malaysia trust this brand too). 

As I became more seasoned as a parent, I started to become more savvy about baby products and getting to know what are the real baby-friendly products.

I was surprised to learn that my used-to-be trusted brand was actually was not so child friendly at all!

I mean, the harsh chemicals, mineral oils and tear-free formulation? Did you know that they are not very ideal for children?

Baffles me how we all easily fall for their spectacular marketing.

So I started looking for products that are as natural as possible, preferably made from natural ingredients and a bonus if they are organic (and wallet-friendly...huhu).

Thankfully, there are more and more places that we can easily friend the real child-friendly products in the market out there. What is more awesome is that many also sells it online with interesting deals.

There are a few favourite places that I usually go to find things for my children, but it does not mean that I am not open to exploring new ones.

So when I discovered Ethissa, I was pleased to learn that they are actually run by passionate parents also seeking the best for their children. I personally feel closer to the shops like these, because usually these entrepreneurs really know what they are selling and they can easily relate to their customers.

Eric and Grace, the couple and founders of Ethissa have been kind enough to send me these lovely organic baby care products from Little Innoscents for me to try out with the kids.

Of course, I was more than happy to oblige!


Clock-wise:

1) Mineral powder - made from kaolin (white clay) with lavender and spearmint essential oils
2) Intensive soothing cream - with soothing calendula (I love calendula because it is soo soothing)
3) Hair and body wash - low suds and gentle, with Aloe Vera essence and sweet orange scent
4) Moisture rich baby lotion - this one is a little sticky to my liking, but it smells divine with Aloe Vera juice and Ylang Ylang essential oil
5) Goat's milk bar - with manuka honey and Ylang Ylang


In a nutshell, I really loved the subtle scents of the products. Well actually I am glad they have scents because I have a thing with lovely smelling products LOL. I personally love the texture of the mineral powder because it is smoother than other natural powders I have used before. The goats milk soap is lovely too. It lathers very well and has this dreamy scent close to a baby. Hehe.

Besides Little Innoscents, Ethissa also carries other natural and organic baby and child care products too, such as Butt Naked Baby, Buds Organics and Four Cow Farm. All of them are natural and organic options, perfectly safe for our little bubs.

They also carry other brands like Ergobaby, SkipHop and the stylish Storksak diaper bags (loveeeee) for the fashionable mommies out there. Hehe.

There is also this helpful Baby Tips section that Eric and Grace posts and wrote themselves, as part of sharing and added value for Ethissa customers.

Ethissa regularly have weekly deals and free shipping deals as well. That's awesome.

SHOP AT ETHISSA NOW


And let me know if you love Little Innoscents like I do :)

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Being a stay-at-home mom does take your social life away.

My main real life social network on most days. Heart.
If any of you are considering to leave a comfortable 9-5 job to become a work at home or stay at home mom, I would like to let you know that you also MUST BE READY to leave a substantial part of your social life.

If there is one thing I miss about my full time job, it would definitely be the people around me. Of course I am not talking about the toxic ones (every office will have this kind of breed, trust me) but I very much miss my peers and the ones close to me.

Much of it because we kind of became ears for each other, you know, the kind of people that makes your working life a bit more pleasant because of their honest and good company.

The people in the office who have became your friends, in fact. The ones who are usually willing to spend a bit of their precious time to hear about your day, to relate or hear about something that excites you or bothers you, or just a plain ol' rant to get some negative energy out of your system.

Those kind of people.

And, being a woman, we all cherish a person who can empathise with us. Not necessarily give a solution to our problem, but just be there to hear us out and let us unload our feelings.

I guess many can relate to this.

Staying at home and no more going to an office to meet these friends, well, it does rip your social life apart.

You will literally have only the kids to meet every day. A very minimal adult interaction on most days, what's more a person who can share your feelings then and there. No another person to provide you a shoulder or an ear to cry on the spot, if necessary.

So, many of us turn to social media to rant, or just express somewhat seems like a trivial thing (but actually does not sound so trivial when you tell it to a real person instead of posting it on to your Facebook wall).

Because of that, many have misjudged us and think that we stay at home moms have nothing more to do (when in fact there are loads of things to do.....@#$$%!! OK don't get me started on this one).

The point is, the next time you see a stay at home mom rant, or post something a tad more frequently on her Facebook wall, don't be too quick to judge that they do not have anything better to do, or they are just longing for attention.

Possibly, she is doing it because that could be the very last thing that helps her keep her sanity. Or maybe, she actually need a shoulder or an ear to cry or rant on at that point of time. We all know how much it hurts to keep feelings pent up inside. 

Just like any other human being, we also need social interactions with our peers.

Just like how people meet at work and have life conversations over breakfast, or randomly messaging each other through their office messaging network or email to destress after finishing a load of office work. Or like visiting a peer in the next cubicle for a quick chat to destress and enjoy some coffee.

I may have been more active on my social media these days, and sometimes I do laugh at my own silly statuses. But I am glad that it is helping me to survive my somewhat reduced social life.

I am glad that I have social media to connect to the people who care about me, vice versa. And I hope that they don't mind too.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Dream Big, Princess Bella!


I remember sometime ago when I asked Bella what she wanted to become when she grow up.

"Carrots!"

That was her answer.

Well, considering her age that might not have been a serious answer (she was 3 or 4 when I asked her that question). Or maybe she was so inspired by carrots she decided to become one when she grow up. I really don't know. Haha.

Speaking of growing up aspirations, I recently asked Bella again on what she wanted to be someday.

She told me she would like to be a chef.

And then a few seconds later she also told me that she would like to be a firewoman.

Fickle as she may be, I swear that it was the best thing I have heard that day.

"Oh so you want to be both?"

"Yes!" she said.

Very well then. Be both my dear. There is nothing wrong with that, as long as it makes you happy.

Anyway, when I became a parent I vowed to myself to support my child in whatever thing that choose to pursue in their life and just be happy as long as they are.

Gone are the days when we parents need to literally shape our children's future by making them do something they don't like or be something that they don't even want to be.

A girl is allowed to dream big in our family,  just as how every girl (and boy) are allowed to dream big out there. 

And behind her aspirations, Bella too has her own Disney Princess who inspires her.

To be honest, she would say all Disney Princesses aspires her, but in particular, she really loves Pocahontas.

When I relate it to her personality, I can pretty much tell that she probably loves Pocahontas because of her courage and how she dares to be different. I hope when she grows up she will continue to have the courage to be confident, content and believe in herself, insya Allah.


Anyway how about your girls? Do they have their own favourite Disney Princess too? If yes, how does the princess inspire her? Maybe you can try asking your girl too, and be surprised at what she may tell you!

And if you are proud about it and wish to share it with Disney, here is how you can do it and stand a chance to win a family holiday in a fairytale castle in Germany!

Visit the Dream Big, Princess Dream Wall to submit your child's own aspirations today by clicking at this link. This contest ends on 15 June 2016, so don't be late ok?


Here is to empowering our girls to be the best they can be. Here is to teaching them to love themselves and be happy with their own strength and weaknesses, and become a great women some day.

Dream Big, Princess! ;)

#dreambigprincessasia

Saturday, June 11, 2016

So a way into a man's heart is through his stomach eh?


There are a few things that makes me jealous with my husband.

Apart from his ability to fall asleep within seconds, and continue to sleep so soundly like a polar bear, regardless of where he fell asleep (yes, even on a cold hard floor or while sitting on a couch), I am also jealous of his ability to survive with basic food.

The thing is, I am the foodie in the house.

I do go an extra mile when it comes to satisfy my cravings, and when I cook I make sure that it taste good and enjoyable.

My husband, on the other hand, could survive with whatever that he can find in the kitchen.

Like he really can just survive with a some bread and "serunding" for his dinner, that kind of thing.

Or with some leftovers that the kids did not finish (even when it is just a mouthful). And topping it up with some yogurt drink or something.

"I can actually survive with lesser and simpler food you know," he suddenly said to me after we were done with break-fast a few days ago.

Mind you, it was just a simple rice with one or two dish meal that I usually prepare.

These kinds of remarks annoys me because a) as a wife, I enjoy cooking good food for my husband and my family , and b) the truth is I need good food and enjoy it (lol).

Before I said anything he continued.

"....but the problem is I can eat a lot too, especially when they are this good. Everytime you cook, it tastes so good I just have to eat a lot"

Ehhh? It sounded so confusing but I decided to take it as a compliment.

We both broke into a laughter, acknowledging that "huge" dilemma.

Well, thank you for "eating a lot" when I cook dear. You could probably be a great diet partner, but in the meantime forgive me for making you eat so much I guess. Meheh.

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