Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March'15 - Bento Boxes

This month, the number of bento boxes has been greatly reduced partly due to the one week holiday as well as some repetition from some previous bento boxes. For the past one week, it had been an emotional one for the nation and I believe some of us are still trying to recover from the "emptiness". Nevertheless, this is my Bento Box summary for the month of March '15.

#Bento Box 18 - Cinnamon French Toast Rolls

Week 9

#Bento Box 19 - Animal pasta with minced wagyu and broccoli

Week 10
#Bento Box 20 - Banana Pancake


This was the one of Xav's favourite, esp food with bananas. What was conversed between us, made my morning simple because my son praised me ! This matters to me ! This was how he praised me, kids will be kids, he's ever so easy to please just by feeding him with happy food !

Xav : Mummy, any recipe for your banana pancakes ?
Me : Nope.. I just thought about adding the banana slices into the batter.
Xav: See, that's what I called creative ! And can I request for more please to share with my classmate ? There is a girl who sometimes would like to eat food from my bento box. Of course his wish was granted.


And here I would love to share something, how about some tips on Happy Meals for the Busy, Hungry and Tired. Ruth has compiled some pretty useful lists and a free meal planner for all ! Happy reading. =)

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January'15 Bento Boxes
February'15 Bento Boxes

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Vaby Box - March 2015

Xav and Vera are in for some tasty treats from the March Vaby Box !


From the left :
Activkids Multivitamin Chocolate - It comes in milk chocolate flavour (no artificial colouring, flavours or preservatives) that children loves, contains vitamins and minerals which are the most essential for a child's normal development. Multivitamin helps complete children's unbalanced diets and Activkids has a range of yummy health supplements suitable for children 2 years and above.

Organix Goodies California Raisins Mini Box - Vera loves this and kept asking for more ! Coming straight from the organic grape vines  of California and dried naturally in the sun, no artificial additives or added sugar. Packed in a mini box, the kids can snack them on the GO !

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil (Face) - This can help improve skin textures, pigmentation and fine lines yet at the same time allowing skin to be more toned, firmer and brighter.

Biconi Baby Soap Bar (head to toe cleanser) - It contains essential oils to soothe baby's skin and reduce inflammation. With Biconi Noni Enzyme to ward off environmental damage and nourish skin from within, and virgin coconut oil to hydrate and protect from damage. Safe for the baby's skin yet tough enough to remove dirt.

Natracare Breathable Panty Liners - Soft, absorbent and breathable, shaped for the extraordinary comfort. The liners are made with certified organic cotton and totally chlorine-free, plant cellulose and plastic free, allowing our delicate skin to breathe and stay dry.

Complimentary in the box  :
- The brightly coloured Tidy Topper Multi-use pads. Ideal for use as a changing pad, burpclothe or cover or whichever creative ways you can come up with to use.
-Super Cool fever patchs

Moving forward to better improve Vaby Sg to make it more surprising and exciting when parents receive it, Vaby Box will be launch quarterly instead. Stay tuned for the next box in June 2015 !
 
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dental care starts with Aquafresh Kids products

If you think babies have no teeth and do not require dental care, then you are wrong. Right from the day they are born, their set of 20 primary teeth of which some may be already fully developed in their jaw. Dental care begins right at birth for both Xav and Vera.

Our dental care practices are as follow :
1. During babyhood, we will use a damp washcloth, swiped on their tongue to clean off the milk remains to prevent and clean away bad bacterial after their milk feed.

2. As soon as they started on semi-solids and solids, we make an effort to make sure we "brush" their teeth during shower time and before they go to bed.

3. No prolonged bottle sucking to sleep and no pacifier. By the age of 6 months, both are trained to drink from a straw bottle / cup.

4. I do not permit sweets and sugar drinks to be given to them at a young age. Xav started to take a little at after he turned 5 as I do not want him to feel deprived from it.

5. I do not allow them to snack in between meals. They are strictly on a 4 hourly meal routine. For instance :
8 am - Breakfast (Milk feed)
12 pm - Lunch (Solid)
4 pm - (Milk Feed)
8 pm - Dinner (Solid)

I do know some mummies will give biscuits for the little ones to snack on as tea break. But do note that if you do not rinse it off properly, the leftover plaque will proliferate germs on the teeth and in turn can turn the sugars into acids, which eat away at the enamel of the baby teeth. Offer alternatives like cucumber sticks instead of biscuits.

I hope the above 5 tips are useful, especially to the new moms. Recently, the school dental nurse had feedback with a positive report on Xav's dental checks. I was assured that his set of teeth is cavity free and still going strong !

And did I tell you that Xav used Aquafresh First Teeth Toothpaste too when he was a baby. As shown below was the old packaging.
Old version of Aquafresh First Teeth baby toothpaste (Image credit to Aquafresh)

In May 2014, Aquafresh re-launched First Teeth baby toothpaste, still the same great product trusted by many parents but this time with a new look for the packaging.


Vera, too started using since she was 6 months old and of course this collaboration comes in just the right time for me to share with all of you that I totally trust Aquafresh First Teeth baby toothpaste (suitable for 3 - 24 months)  for the little ones.

Aquafresh First Teeth baby toothpaste and Milk Teeth toothbrush are specially designed by dental experts to gently care for precious first teeth – just for 0 years to 2 years old. It provides gentle cleaning with no abrasives, artificial colours or flavours. It is fluoride-free so it is safe to swallow* (*when used as directed). The natural apple-banana flavour also helps keep kids happy! Vera's smile tells it all !  


Happily brushing with Aquafresh Milk Teeth toothbrush (suitable for 0-2 years)


The only time she stops crying when I asked her to go for shower would be when I tell her "Vera, would you like to brush your teeth ?" and started waving the tooth brush at her. She will be on smiles again and I made brushing teeth more fun with the song :

"This is the way I brush my teeth,
  I brush my teeth , I brush my teeth,
 This is the way I brush my teeth,
  Early in the morning ! "

Now,Aquafresh expands it's toothpaste range beyond the babies !  In 2015, Aquafresh expanded the children’s range to cater to the needs for children of different age groups, it includes:
 
- Aquafresh Little Teeth products (3-5 years old)

Aquafresh Little Teeth products are specially designed by dental experts to encourage healthy brushing habits and protect precious first teeth – just for kids 3 years to 5 years. Aquafresh Little Teeth toothpaste is a gentle cleaning fluoride toothpaste to care for those precious first teeth and helps permanent teeth come through healthy and strong.
 

Because getting new teeth is a big deal, Aquafresh My Big Teeth products are specially designed by dental experts to protect mixed teeth while you begin to encourage them to look after their teeth for themselves – just for kids 6+ years.
 
Aquafresh My Big Teeth  is a toothpaste with foaming action to help it get around the mouth whilst actively targeting softer enamel to keep it strong and I love the bright colours of Aquafresh, My Big Teeth toothbrush and its suction foot for easy stand up. The soft and mixed bristle length are to help in cleaning in between teeth as well as to reduce the risk of damage to gums. 


Aquafresh, My Big Teeth and Aquafresh toothbrush for 6+

To add on more fun for children who are a little more challenging when comes to getting them to  brush their teeth, there is a free download of the Aquafresh Brush Time Apps !

Getting the kids at any age to brush their teeth can be a challenge but not when you're are an Aquafresh Nurdle ! This app should get any kids racing to brush their teeth, over and over again !

The Nurdles show kids a fun and appropriate way to brush all parts of their teeth. With a catchy song to get them bopping, while a timer counts down for two minutes – the recommended brushing time.
 
Each complete brush earns them Nurdle stars that can be used at the Nurdle Shop, where they can buy cool gear to dress up their very own Nurdle ! How fun and I bet girls especially, would love dressing up !

And parents out there who loves Aquafresh Kids products like I do ? Simply hashtag #AquafreshKidsSG with a video or photo of your child brushing his/her teeth with any Aquafresh Kids products on your personal Facebook or Instagram page.

Image credit : Aquafresh

10 selected winners with the most number of LIKES (across Facebook or Instagram) will win a one year supply of Aquafresh Kids products !! For terms & conditions, click HERE. Good luck !

Note that the contest runs from 1st March 2015 to  30th April 2015

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

A lesson by Xav

Counting down to less than 10days, to be exact, 8 days before he officially turns 7 !


I told myself that I have to get this document down, a THOUGHTFUL and a COURAGEOUS act of requesting for something, no not for himself but for a stranger. His act reminded me of my ex colleague, Ashleigh.

Some time about two weeks ago, we were taking our usual train ride home when an old man boarded the train. All seats were taken and Xav turned to look at me. He asked "Mummy, how ? There is no seat for the old man and I would think that he really needs a seat. "

I replied that someone have to give up their seats or I would have to approach and request one of the commuters to give up their seats. I would say I would not ask for a seat even if I am carrying a baby and a heavy diaper bag.

Next question came "Mummy, but who can I ask to give up their seats and what if they don't ?" My reply to Xav was "who do you think needs the seat more ? Youngsters or elderly ? And of course I told him to look out for people especially youngsters whose eyes are glued to their mobile phone. I have realised that situations of people starring gluing to their mobile phones and not keeping a lookout or sparing a thought for those who need the seats has become increasingly high and not to mention about the mobile zombies who just walked blindly with their eyes fixated on the screen !

Before I could find my courage to ask for a seat, without any hesitation, he approached one young lady who was starring at her mobile phone and asked if she could give up the seat so that the old man could take a seat. I was for that moment felt like the proudest mum on earth ! Seriously, I don't have the courage like Xav. A lesson lernt from my son, he taught me to speak up when I really need to.

It was a really thoughtful act of Xav and hope he continues to carry this thoughtfulness and shower it to people around him. Good job, Xav ! Daddy and mummy is so proud of you !

And yes it's end of term one ! Happy holidays to all and have a great weekend !

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Feel #Momazing

My #Momazing moment ...... when Vera finally took her first baby steps at the age of 18 months ! Her development has been a bit slow compared to her peers, so I felt relieved yet elated at the same time when I witnessed her first baby steps towards independence !


For more than 140 years, Scott's has been well known among many generations of mothers. I fondly remembered that my mum gave me Scott's Emulsion when I was young ! Scott's Emulsion commercial (Chinese version) has left a deep impression in me and yes I'm still humming the tune to the kids at times !

Scott's Emulsion can help maintain and support kids' immunity, support their physical growth as well as cognitive wellness. It contains Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Calcium Hypophosphite and Cod liver oil. All you need is just one tablespoon daily to keep their immunity going !

Enjoy this heart-warming #Momazing video clip from Scott's.




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Friday, March 6, 2015

Smoked Duck Salad

Yet another simple yet yum-meh dish - Smoked duck salad.


This was attempted before CNY when one fine day, dear asked me if I can prepare something light as he did not want a heavy lunch.

I defrosted the pack of black pepper smoked duck salmon, with courtesy of Jo. I sliced them up and baked in the oven at 180 Deg C until they sizzled then add into a pack of greens.


I drizzled some balsamic vinegar into the dish and serve. Thank you Esther for the bottle of vinegar !


Oh yes, did I mention that you can halves the cherry tomatoes and add into the greens as well and sprinkle some dried cranberries too for that extra chewiness and fruity taste !

Another light dish if you would like to prepare : Stir Fry Beansprouts with fried gluten.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Stir-fry beansprouts with fried gluten

Last night, we ate simple. It was one of the very rare days that I actually cooked tau-gay (aka beansprouts). Tau-gay reminded me of those sold at the Chap Chai Png (mix vegetable rice) stalls, plain and oily. Hardly will I want to order it, unless there is no other options.

I bought two packs of tau-gay with the ends already plucked off and a can of fried gluten in soy sauce.

1. I soaked three pieces of the dried mushroom and cut them into thin slices.
2. Washed, rinsed the tau-gays and set aside.


3. Heat up the pan with a little oil, pan fried the mushrooms first as they need longer time to be cooked.
4.  Add in the tau-gays and pour the whole can of fried gluten. I covered the pan and let it "simmer" for a while. (Note not to overcook the tau-gays)
5. Add a splash of cooking wine and a dash of chicken powder to taste  and you are all ready to serve.

Here's what you would need for the ingredients :
Tau-gay (Beansprouts)
Dried mushrooms
One can of fried Gluten in soy sauce
Cooking wine
Knorrs chicken powder
Shredded carrot if you want (Optional)

I would love it most if it's just plain beansprouts with salted fish and go with a bowl of plain porridge along side with some other simple fares.

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