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Nurturing Parent-Child Communication Since Young

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If we wish to have children who share their days with us, their struggles, thoughts, sadness, happiness, annoyance towards something/someone, etc … I truly believe it needs to start from the very first day our …

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Making : Homemade Mini Lava Lamp (Salt Volcano)

8 October 2011 | Posted in: Crafts & Activity Ideas for Kids | 8 Comments

This experiment is very simple to do and is definitely interesting for the kids (and I!) to observe.

We made our own ‘lava lamp’ today =)

Here’s how to make one :

1. Fill up a bottle with water (about 2/3 full)

2. Drop some food colouring

3. Pour some cooking oil (until there’s one good layer of oil above the water)

4. Pour some salt into the bottle and watch the reaction!


– I used a small glass jar (the baby food jar from Heinz =)

– I put the lid back on so I could turn the bottle around

– I used a torchlight to illuminate the bottle (after I took the photo above though). It does make it look more cool =)

– Some people use Alka-Seltzer tablets (broken into smaller pieces and dropped into the bottle. The bubble effects apparently are better, but it’s a more ‘costly’ experiment =)

– To read more about it (eg. Why oil and water don’t mix, why there are blobs of oil rising etc), click HERE!

I strongly recommend that you have a read, just so that you can explain the ‘science part’ to the kids better, hehe.

Because the kids got to observe what’s happening right in front of their eyes, even Vai now knows simple facts like oil and water will NOT mix together and oil will ‘float’ above water because it’s not as dense as water, etc.

Mommy gets to read up and learn some other scientific facts too here! =)

Out and About with Baby : Three Useful Things I Love! *Giveaways*

[Snoozeshade – stroller cover]

One thing that I still do AFTER I had kids, regardless of their age, is going out and about with them in tow.

Since they’re all babies =)

And even when Daddy is at work or out of town, the kids and I will still go out of the four walls of our home nearly everyday.

Be it to the neighbourhood market or coffee shops, the library, or nearby playgrounds.

It’s just … refreshing, I guess, to be out in the open, compared to always being indoors throughout the day.

We’d either take a walk there, or go on public transports. Buses and trains mainly, since we don’t own a car.

[Sling, by ZoloWear, from]

Now that I have a 4.5-month-old baby to bring along as well, I’d like to share these three items I personally find very useful when out and about with the kids :

1) A sling or a baby pouch carrier

I MUST HAVE one of these when out and about! =)

Yes, baby Brie will mostly be in the pram, but there are times when she needs to be carried.

Having Brie in a sling or a pouch completely FREES UP my two hands.

I can push the pram, hold the older kids’ hands, tap my bus card. Anything =)

(When Wilson’s out of town during the week and I send Anya to school in the early morning with Vai and Brie, I leave the pram behind and just go with a sling / pouch. It’s easier to squeeze into a crowded public bus without the pram =)

[Left: Sling, from Moms in Mind; Right: Baby Pouch Carrier, by Pupsik Studio, from Maternity Exchange]

Read about my review of the baby pouch carrier HERE

2) Stroller Cover, by Snoozeshade

Oh this invention is wonderful!

It helps ‘extend’ my stroller’s ‘top cover’, allowing Brie to sleep soundly while we’re on the go.

The cover is breathable (so she’s not ‘extra warm’ inside), and it protects her from the glary sunlight (and drizzle) too!

(Refer to photo below and the one at the very top)

Read my review of Snoozeshade HERE and HERE.

3) Diaper Bag, by Skip Hop

Frankly, I thought a normal ‘big bag’ can serve as a good enough diaper bag. Until I was introduced to THIS one by Bloom & Grow.

It’s called Bento – the Ultimate Diaper Bag, by Skip Hop … and it’s a great diaper bag! (I especially like the material of the bag AND the two clips that make attaching the bag to my stroller a breeze!)

I’ve been using it ever since!

Read my review of this diaper bag HERE and HERE.

Now, it’s GIVEAWAYS time!


Thanks to Bloom & Grow, I have 5 Red Skip Hop Bottle Bags to give away!

Just in time for Children’s Day, yes?? =)

I have these five items with me, and I will mail them to the winners myself =)

*Can’t wait!*

Check out what they look like :


– It comes with 3M Thinsulate to keep bottles warm or cool (for up to 4 hours)

– A zip top closure provides easy access and the popper lets you attach this to an existing bag or your pram

– Can be used for baby’s bottles, or even our own cold drinks when out and about =)

How to join the Giveaway :

1) ‘LIKE’ the Our Everyday Things Facebook Page, if you haven’t already =)

2) Share this contest on your Facebook, Twitter or via email to friends

3) Leave a comment (here on this blog post) and share with us three items you personally find useful that you usually bring along when going out and about =)

Contest ends Monday, 10 October 2011, 11.59pm (Singapore time)

Five winners will be randomly selected, and announced the very next day.

Contest is open to all readers, wherever you are =)


All the best!

Added: Tue, 11 Oct 2011

THANKS everyone who participated!
(I wished I had enough items to give away to EVERYONE of you guys!)

I sure had fun reading the entries!

Here are the five lucky winners, randomly picked!

1. Jaszho
2. Alohamolly
3. Juita
4. Erni Shie
5. Prima Donna Garcia

Congrats to all five you! =)

Do email me your complete mailing address, and your Skip Hop Bottle Bags will be on their way! =)

Till next giveaways, everyone!!

Steve Jobs. Life is Short.

6 October 2011 | Posted in: Inspirational | No Comment

I shared this quote on Our Everyday Things Facebook page today, the day Steve Jobs passed away, and I thought I should share it here too.

He was once quoted to have said :

“I’m sorry, it’s true. Having children really changes your view on these things. We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much — if at all.

“These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I’m not downplaying that.

“But it’s a disservice to constantly put things in this radical new light — that it’s going to change everything. Things don’t have to change the world to be important.” [Wired, February 1996]

I love how as someone who has introduced wonderfully created gadgets still believes and talks about how Technology makes life easier, but it does not change the fact that everyone of us lives … and dies.

Steve Jobs died at the age of 56, from cancer.

Our Pastor, Rev. Amin Tjung, who blessed our marriage, died from cancer too four years ago. He was still in his early forties.

None of us could ever predict when (or how) our life will end.

Even the physically healthy person can die in an instant.

At times like this I’m reminded of what someone once said to me:

Many worry about how their life will end, when they should actually focus on how their life should be lived!

Question is, how are WE living out our lives so far?

(I personally believe that life will be ‘better lived’ when we know – and are fulfilling – the purpose of our life. And, we can find out the purpose of our life when we go to the Giver of life Himself)

Interviewed, for a TV Programme on Channel NewsAsia

5 October 2011 | Posted in: In the Media, Parenting | 4 Comments

Here’s one good news I’d like to share with you =)

I was interviewed last week for a programme that’s scheduled to air sometime in January / February next year (2012).

It will be featured in episode 1, where they’ll cover the role of fulltime mothers in the society.

And this is what the programme is essentially about :
Today’s increasingly materialistic world tends to value everything is terms of dollars and cents, ie. If you don’t contribute actual ‘dollars and cents’ back to the economy, then you tend to be regarded by the society in general as having ‘no value’.

The question is, is that really so?

The programme zooms in on this question and observes various sectors in the society, across Asia.

Including that of a fulltime (stay-at-home) mother.

Personally, I feel truly humbled to have had the opportunity to share my personal thoughts on a topic that’s really close to my heart.

I feel blessed to have been able to voice out and emphasise on the importance of an involved mother’s role and influence in the lives of their children.

Because really, many stay-at-home mothers may earn ‘zero’ dollars, but their roles and contributions to the family and society are in fact ‘priceless’.

Here’s to all moms!


[Went to the market like we usually do, but this time round, the video crew came along =)]

PS: I must add, despite my personal choice to be an involved stay-at-home mother to my kids so that I can actively instill values while bringing them up and caring for them everyday, I don’t know how my kids will turn out to be many years from today.

All I know is, I try to do my best, and I keep on learning a lot along the way.

Many years from today, I basically do not wish to look back with regret, wishing that I should’ve done this and that, ie. Things that I should actually choose to do today…when my kids are still growing up.

Anyway, … thanks heaps for the support (especially those shared on my Facebook). I’ll share more about the programme when the schedule is out!

Dads and Work, and The Absence from Home?

8 June 2012 | Posted in: Parenting | 10 Comments

When kids get difficult and display troubling behaviour, many families resort to seeking professional help these days.
In many of those cases however, the children actually don’t need to see a psychologist; what they need to …

Sunday’s Food for Thought – Children, their ‘comfortable’ living and their fighting spirit

12 October 2008 | Posted in: Inspirational, Parenting | 2 Comments
Sunday’s Food for Thought – Children, their ‘comfortable’ living and their fighting spirit

Parents who are materially well-off are to be more careful when raising their children. Because in such families where money tends to not be a big concern, the children – since very young – tend …

Parenting : 5 Things to Avoid when Encouraging Better Sibling Relationships in the Family

18 May 2012 | Posted in: Parenting | 11 Comments

I love seeing my children play with each other gently and kindly.
The thing is, it doesn’t always happen.
Especially between the two older ones.
(They say, siblings who are closer in age tend to get on each …

Happy Father’s Day

19 June 2011 | Posted in: Marriage & Relationships, Parenting | No Comment

If you ask me,
I’d say there’s no such thing as a perfect Dad or a perfect Husband.
But there is a Dad
who gives his best for his family
who makes time to play Lego bricks, tell bedtime stories …

A little ‘Me-Time’ for Mom

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

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 …

Mommy is a Wife and Daddy is a Husband

26 July 2015 | Posted in: Inspirational, Marriage & Relationships | 2 Comments

Here’s one food for thought I’d like to share with you this weekend:
So much emphasis is placed on being ‘the kind of parent God wants us to be‘.
But, while we struggle and strive to do …