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Not Pursuing a Career Outside the Home – Have I made the Right Decision?

16 June 2014 – 2:56 am | 7 Comments

 
If you have chosen a life as a Mom who does not pursue a career outside the home, and instead, fully look after and raise your child or children, I’m sure this thought ever crossed …

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Things Children Say : Air-Filled Mommy!

23 July 2014 | Posted in: Daily | No Comment

As two motorbikes swooshed past our car, my 3yo Brie saw the riders and their ‘air-filled’ jackets, and said,

Look! Mommy! Why are the men fat?

Oh, there’s air in their jackets …

*3 second pause*

They’re like YOU!

*patted my tummy*

Fat. Fat. Fat. Mommy.

Wonderful honesty.
Great.

Birthdays : That Thing about Aging

20 July 2014 | Posted in: Daily, Inspirational | 3 Comments


[A shot with my 71yo Mom and 90yo Grandma!]

 

I turned 38 some 3 weeks ago.

And it was like, gee … THIRTY EIGHT?

Somehow, some 15 -20 years ago, when I looked at those who’re in their late thirties, I thought, they are … old. Haha.

And you know what?

Now that I AM in my late thirties, it’s kinda interesting how … I actually don’t feel ‘old’ =)

Okay, let me elaborate a bit and share my thoughts about ‘aging’ =)

The drive to learn or make a change or difference comes from within, doesn’t it?> When I was 19yo, I couldn’t wait to turn 20.

My reason?

Well, I just wished for people to start seeing / treating me like an adult (I’m the youngest amongst 4 sisters).

I wanted to be ‘older’. I was excited to be OLDER.

 

> When I was in my early twenties and working, I wished I had some grey hair.

My reason?

Hmm, basically just so that I could look OLDER and hopefully have more ‘weight’ when I deal with people at work.

 

> When I was 29yo, it was more like, ‘Eeeek, I’ll be THIRTY! The first digit is THREE, already!?’

The feeling was definitely different to when I was 19 turning 20 =)

 

 

When I was in my early twenties and working, I wished I had some grey hair.> Roughly after I turned 34 or 35, I sometimes ‘forgot’ my exact age. Haha. Seriously.

If someone asked about my age, it’d be like, hmm wait … then I had to do a quick count in my head : This year minus the year I was born … errr …

 

> When I was already in my thirties and grey hair started to appear, it’s like, “Gah. These strands are everywhere!”

The possible reason for not quite welcoming the grey hair that I wished I had when I was in my twenties?

By now, I don’t need THAT extra weight =) I already hit my “mid-thirties”, and being a Mom of three naturally adds to THAT weight, I guess =)

So, the ‘grey hair’ part is actually no longer necessary, though unavoidable. Haha.

(Thank God my husband is not bothered about the gradual appearance of grey hair on my head. He said, it IS part of life and aging, and it is NOT the most important thing in life, so why should we be bothered? Ah, bless him.)

I no longer like super crazy rollercoaster rides like I used to.So. Now. Hello, 38.

It sure is a ‘bigger’ number.

My knees are now weaker. I no longer like super crazy rollercoaster rides like I used to.

I don’t have as much energy as when I was in my teens and twenties, and my wrists are more prone to pain and swelling when I lift heavy stuff.

But, apart from the ‘gradual physical drop’, I don’t feel that this ‘aging’ thing hinders me from progressing or learning or doing anything new.

And, as much as I sometimes find it still hard to believe that I’d be FORTY in less than two years, … I feel blessed.

No, I don’t wish to turn back time and be in my teens or twenties again.I’m thankful to God for watching over me, for showering me with His mercy, day in and day out.

And I’ve thought about this long and hard : No, I don’t wish to turn back time and be in my teens or twenties again.

I’m happy with how God is leading and molding me all these 38 years. The ups and downs and all.

And I look forward to the future, to learning more from life, to appreciating life and its everyday things … however more years God is giving to me.

we should never use our ‘age’ as an excuse for not wanting to learn or develop ourselves further.My final thoughts?

Yes, there’ll be more and more ‘physical limits’ as we get older.

But, there’ll always be something that we CAN still do.

I feel we should never use our ‘age’ as an excuse for not wanting to learn or develop ourselves further.

Because, the drive to learn or make a change or difference comes from within, doesn’t it?

You can be 32yo and feels / tells people that you’re ‘already old’. Too old for many things, too old to do this and that.

Or, you can be 75yo and refuses to be ‘stuck’, and instead continually contributes and shares with others.

If you ask me, I think it’s more about our heart and soul.

(And I  believe, our soul don’t ‘age’)

It’s more about our mindset, and our attitude to life.

What say you?

Have a fruitful week ahead, everyone.

Easy and Yummy Meal Ideas with Kraft Cheese

16 July 2014 | Posted in: Advertorial | No Comment

 

What kind of a Mom are you when it comes to cooking or baking at home?

Are you the ‘thorough type’, the kind who could spend 1-3 hours on meal preparations?

(I’m always wowed by such moms’ dedication! Kudos!)

Well, I’m the kind who prefers cooking / baking that’s easy, yet nutritious and yummy (and, fast please =)

Now. It’s been a while since I last shared about what we baked and cooked at home. So today, I’ll share two easy and yummy meals with you yeah! =)

I got the recipe from this Kraft website: www.kejumooo.com

(Saw the web URL when I was about to stock up on my usual Kraft cheese at home)

Lots of recipes there, btw.

From breakfast ideas to main course and snacks!

 



 

So first thing first.

I made this “cheesy omelette” for the everyone over the weekend!

(Click HERE for the recipe page)

Ingredients

4 eggs
1/4 teaspoonful of pepper and salt
Carrot pieces (I cut half a carrot into small squares)
Macaroni (boil about 3 handfuls)
Kraft Cheddar Cheese
Margarine to grease the pan

 

 

Preparations:
- Mix eggs, pepper, salt, carrot pieces in a bowl
- Pour in the cooked macaroni
- Grease the pan with margarine
- Pour in your mixture, spread some Kraft Cheddar Cheese (I sliced it into small, thin layers)
- Lower the heat
- Fold the omelette, flip it so it’s cooked on both sides.

And that’s it!

 

 

We munched it all with some tomato ketchup. We like that added sweeter taste! =)

This one is fast and easy to make.

Just mix and pour, flip and that’s it! =)

And.

Here’s what we had for dinner the other day : Cheesy Broccoli Macaroni

I kind of mixed THIS recipe (Cheesy Broccoli) with THIS recipe (Spaghetti Carbonara) from kejumooo.com =)

(As usual though, I keep it simple and fast)

Ingredients:
- Macaroni
- Broccoli
- 25g Plain flour
- 300ml milk
- Half of a new block of Kraft Cheddar Cheese
- Olive oil
- 25g Butter / Margarine

 


[Tips: Involve the kids whenever you can, as it allows them to learn and be a helpful member of the family. Plus, if they contribute, they usually like the 'end-products' better, hehe. As for us, Anya cut the broccoli pieces that day]

 

Preparations:
- Boil Macaroni and Broccoli (in the final 4-5 mins, until tender). Then, drain it all.
- Heat the Butter, stir in the flour. Cook for a minute, add in the milk. Bring to boil, stir for about 2 mins. Add in the cheese.
- Pour in the cooked macaroni and broccoli into the sauce (I added some olive oil too. Personal preference =)

Now, this is actually done already!

But if you wish to get that nice, grilled taste:

- Spoon everything into an ovenproof dish, scatter remaining cheese
- Place under a hot grill (just into the oven) for about 3-4 mins, until the top is golden brown / bubbling

The kids and Daddy loved this dish a lot, btw! =)

 

The other day, I had a casual chat with a few friends about whether our kids drink milk everyday.

Well, our kids drink some fresh milk everyday. About 1 – 2 mugs a day.

But, other than milk, I believe, our calsium and vitamin D intake can also come from others.

Like, from consuming cheese (which adds taste and nutritional value to the 2 simple meal ideas above =)

 

 

And I don’t know about you, but when we do our grocery shopping, I somehow automatically head over to the Kraft shelves whenever I need to get some cheese =)

Perhaps, it’s because I’m just used to having Kraft cheese since I was little? =)

 

 

Anyway.

To my Muslim readers who are celebrating Ramadhan soon,  go and check out the many different recipes on the Kejumooo web yeah!

Many easy to make, and nutritious, meal ideas there from Chef Marinka =)

 

 

Oh one more thing, I was asked the other day : what do I think of Ramadhan?

Well, to me, Ramadhan is very similar to how our family spends time with the bigger family during the Chinese New Year!

Gatherings over food, and catching up with families and friends! =)

 

In Singapore, during Hari Raya, I love seeing families dressing up in similar colour tones and patterns when they go and visit their bigger families. A nice tradition to have, I reckon.

And here in Indonesia, usually those who celebrate Hari Raya (Ramadhan) would go back to their villages / home towns, to enjoy some get-together time with their families too. Which I feel is a must as well.

Anyway.

To close the post, here’s a video to share with you, on the importance of caring for the family and those who are dear to you:

 

Our Everyday Things is in the Top 10 Finals, Best Family Blog, Singapore Blog Awards 2014!

15 July 2014 | Posted in: Giveaways, Awards & Reviews | No Comment

 

Here’s one happy news to share with you!

Our Everyday Things is in the top 10 finals, under ‘Best Family Blog’ category in the Singapore Blog Awards 2014!

*WOW!*

I. Am. SO. Excited. Humbled. And. Honoured.

Do hop over to the Singapore Blog Awards page to check out my fellow finalists’ blogs, and the different categories this year!

 

 

If you’re familiar with this annual Award, you would’ve already known that voting is allowed EVERYDAY, by everyone (Latest by 31 July 2014)

Yep, wherever you are, you could register to vote, again and again. One vote per day!

(Login through your Facebook first, that’s the easiest way)

Public votes make up 30% of the Total Score. The remaining 70% of the score comes from the panel of judges.

The Awards Ceremony is on 16 August!


 

Now, here comes my humble plea.

If you feel that my blog is good and inspiring enough to win the title of ‘Best Family Blog’ Awards, please please please do send over your votes? =)

Thank you soooo much.

Please click the link to register or vote :

http://sgblogawards.omy.sg/2014/vote/fb-login-voting.html

Thank youuuu … =)

Have a great week ahead, everyone!

Brie and her Terrible Two Moments

27 November 2013 | Posted in: Daily, Parenting | No Comment
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As they say, parenting comes with its ups and downs.
And when you have a two-year-old in the house, well … chances are, you’ll be faced with quite a bit of ‘downs’.
Melt downs, I mean.
You see, …

Vai : 25 months

26 September 2008 | Posted in: Daily, Parenting | 2 Comments
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Vai turned 25 months last week, and I just thought I better pen down a few updates on his developments before my memory goes really rusty. So here goes …
Potty Training
I’ve started toilet training him …

Video : Why I Choose to be a Fulltime Mom. Why Motherhood is Precious.

17 May 2013 | Posted in: Parenting, Video | No Comment
Unseen Dollar Video Screen Shot

Last year, I shared this clip on my online channel, it’s an interview done by Channel NewsAsia for their programme called “Unseen Dollar”.
(It sure was a privilege to share my personal thoughts on the importance …

Thoughts and Tips for All Husbands

15 August 2013 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships, Parenting | No Comment
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My husband and I attended a 3-day parenting workshop last week, and it was such a blessing.
We learned and were reminded of so many things too.
Now, since I usually blog about motherhood and kids, this …

A little ‘Me-Time’ for Mom

31 May 2008 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships | 9 Comments
leo_wil_wedding

I was reading some articles the other day on today’s busy Moms and how everyone needs some ‘Me-time’ to recharge.
One article says:
“When we are stressed, overwhelmed and tired, we have a shorter fuse. We …

Marriage : Reasons Why Couples Connect Less With Each Other

14 February 2013 | Posted in: Inspirational, Marriage & Relationships | 2 Comments
Marriage : Reasons Why Couples Connect Less With Each Other

This year, my hubby and I would mark our 12th wedding anniversary.
And you know what they say, … the longer you’re married, the less ‘connected’ you both most likely are?
You think?
Well, these are the few …