Become A Key Person of Influence + Giveaway

I've got something special to share with you.

Not sure if you remember, but earlier this year I had a big a-ha on my life purpose (wrote about it here). You see, I had just started my 40 weeks entrepreneur training program called "Key Person of Influence (KPI)" based on an international bestseller by the same name.

I have been blogging for a while then. While my blog was receiving a fairly good amount of readership at the time, I was all over the place. I'd blog about cooking one day, and I'd write a weekly wrap up the next day just because... well, other bloggers do it and I thought maybe that's what I should be covering too. I was also wondering how some bloggers are getting more exciting opportunities and sponsors.

Same thing with my business. Well.. at that point, it was pretty much non-existent. While I love helping mums-to-be, I wasn't sure how to charge. So I did A LOT for free. And I sure as hell didn't charge enough, even for those who were kind enough to pay me for my time.

Fast forward to now.

I'm only half way through the program. But I'm in a totally different place now. In 5 short months, I've officially launched my business, have more clients on waiting list than I can handle and I'm getting paid the amount I deserve.

The Chill Mom has been featured on The Asian Entrepreneur, The Asian Parents, Harper's Bazaar Kids and I'm in partnership with mother and baby brands that I truly believe in. I'll have a book with my name on it by mid next year.

KPI made a huge impact on my career and, if it wasn't for the program, I wouldn't have had the tools or confidence to get to where I am today.

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Are you in a similar situation as I was 5 months ago? Do you feel like you are not being paid enough for what you do? Have you ever wondered why certain people seem to get better opportunities and recognition than you?

Here is the great news. I can't just talk about how great KPI is without hosting a giveaway, right?

Entrevo Asia will be presenting "Key Person of Influence" MasterClasses (worth $249 per ticket) in October and November and I have 5 tickets to giveaway!

Time: 3pm
Dates: 19 Oct, 28 Oct, 2 Nov, 5 Nov 2015
Location: Entrevo Boardroom, 2 Marina Boulevard, #64-06, The Sail @ Marina Bay Tower 1, Singapore 018987


To take part, just enter your email address in the comment box below.

Giveaway ends Oct 13 and will be conducted via random draw. Winners will be notified directly and must have provided appropriate contact information.

Good luck. Here's to a year of fulfilling dreams!



Key Person of Influence is an implementation process for leaders and entrepreneurs to focus on 5 key strengths. It's designed to project manage a radical transformation for you and your business.

In every industry, there is the same pattern being born out over and over again. In every industry, in every niche, there are a few people that are playing at the top of their game. They are the ones the media goes to for quotes, they are the ones the top staff want to work for and they are the ones that are able to dictate terms. Success leaves clues and there are 5 steps that these ‘Key People of Influence’ in each industry all do.

Key Person of Influence has trained more than 10,000 small business owners in these 5 steps over the past 3 years in the UK, US, Australia and Singapore.Amongst our advisors that work with our clients are people like Kevin Harrington (Shark Tank USA, sold over $4 Billion of products through informercials), Mike Harris (Founder of 3 x $1 Billion dollar businesses including Egg Bank), Elim Chew (Founder of 77th Street, China Mall owner, Singapore Government Advisor on Entrepreneurship) and Andrew Griffiths (Australia’s #1 Small Business Author, 1m books in print).

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So This Is Three..

My baby turns 3 years old today. If she can read this, she would say, "No, it's Elsa's birthday", as she always corrects us when we use her name for the past month. In case you are wondering, I'm Anna, her daddy's Christof and Georgia... well, Georgia is Olaf.

My 3-year-old toddler is into singing and dancing and wearing pajamas all day long. This will soon pass, I'm sure. Because two weeks ago, she wouldn't wear anything else except dresses. 

She now wants to do everything by herself, from picking out her own outfits to fetching her plate when she wants snacks. She remembers her daddy's mobile password and is able to unlock it all by herself. She has the same taste buds as Nick's. Anything he likes, she likes. Anything he doesn't fancy, she doesn't either - even ice cream. Which kid doesn't like ice-cream? This kid of mine.

Every now and then, I pull out her baby photos and stare at them. The past 3 years had gone by so quickly. Those chubby cheeks are still there but they are disappearing day by day. My baby is growing up. 

Thank you baby for your patience with me when I was rookie mum. Because of you, I've learnt a lot and grown to love my role as your mummy. 

You are my drive and you inspire me to be better - to push myself in my career, my beliefs and values. You are a wonderful daughter and a loving sister to Georgia. 

I count my blessings everyday that you are mine. I love you, Lauren. 

Happy birthday.

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My September + Glitter Glam Giveaway!

I feel like I haven't done an update post in a while. So I guess I'll write one now since September was pretty full on in Michelleland.

First off, I went away without both kids for the first time earlier in the month. I went to Cameron Highland, Malaysia for my friend, Jackie hens trip. Her husband-to-be was there too, so it didn't really count as a hens trip. But since Nick has had many bucks trips and I don't, I feel like I need one too, so I'm branding this a hens trip! (It was really a pre-wedding photo shoot for the couple.)

There was probably around 15 (I lost count!) girls or rather, women who went together. So you can imagine how hectic and loud and chatty the whole thing was. I missed Lauren and Georgia the whole time but I must say, I was kinda glad I didn't bring them along. For 3 days 2 nights, I wasn't a mom and I, for the first time in a very very long time, had to only think and care for myself. (Think long shower, with just as long after-shower beauty routine and chewing my food properly while fully engaged at a dinner conversation). Oh! The little things we took for granted before we had kids.

I haven't been to Cameron Highlands since I was 10. But really, things hadn't changed that much. The town is exactly the same as how I remember it. And yes, one of the must-eat is still steamboat. And the tastiest ingredient was the vegetables! Fresh from farm to table, literally.

I don't usually fancy taking selfie. But when you are in the company of people who do it every single chance they get, you'd feel compelled to participate. Sad but I blame midlife peer pressure.

Behind the scene. This was a close up shot of our faces which we're supposed to be chatting happily and smiling. But in reality, we were sitting on a muddy stair way with creepy crawlies around us. But I'm happy to be in the photoshoot with my best friends for 18 years. They were bridesmaid at my wedding, so it's time I return the favour.

More photos on my Instagram account.

Nick and I changed it up a bit when it comes to date night for this month. We usually take turns organising a date once a month. This month, I cheated by inviting him along to a media event. Killing two birds with one stone and he agreed!

So we spent our date day (instead of night) baking away at Masterclass with Rachel Allen - a celebrity chef who was in Singapore on a promotional tour for her cookbook and new series on BBC, Rachel Allen: All Things Sweet. 

Did I mentioned we were totally blessed in September too? I joined A Happy Mum's Hi-5 concert tickets giveaway sometime in July and had totally forgotten at it, until Summer emailed me with the awesome news. So on 13th September, I took both girls to their very first concert!

Note to my girls: Mummy didn't get to go to any concert until she was 14. You girls are so lucky. In case you are wondering, it was Jackie Cheung's. Totally old school.

Well, it hasn't been all play and no work in September. I have COMPLETED the first draft of my book. All 50k words of it. Now the game plan is to ignore it for a week (or longer), and print it out and read it like it's written by someone else. I'm in the ignore stage at the moment and am totally feeling the jitters now. What if I hate it? Prolific beats perfect, they said. Hell....... no, I won't publish something I'm not proud of. So don't hold your breath yet, the book is faaaaaaar from being ready to publish.

Glitter Glam Giveaway Time!

Alright, alright, I'll get to it. I know you probably wouldn't have made it this far had I not enticed you with the Glitter Glam voucher giveaway. To win a $50 voucher from Glitter Glam and get matching dresses with your little one, head on to my Instagram account, follow me, like this photo below, and tag 2 friends. It is THAT simple!

I will pick 3 winners. Don't miss out. Contest ends 15 October 2015 and winner will be announced the next day.

Good luck and hello October!

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Protect Little Eyes with J-Flex Kids Sunglasses

We just came back from Montigo Resort at Batam Island last weekend. It was absolutely beautiful and it was nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city and to look out to this view upon waking up.

The resort has a family pool, an adult pool and our villa comes with a private pool too. Needless to say my 2 water-loving babies spent a lot of time swimming. Alright.. swimming may not be the right word - it's more like hanging on to mummy and daddy for dear life while the parents attempted to 'teach' swimming.

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Since I posted this photo on Instagram last weekend, many have asked where I got Lauren's sunglasses from.

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So here it is. A whole post dedicated to J-Flex - the FABULOUS (Lauren's word) kids sunglasses that's stylish, comfortable and hardy enough to withstand abuse from small children. Most importantly, it is polarized and offers 100% UV protection.

We often apply sunblock before heading out into the sun. But what about the little one's eyes? UV rays penetrate deep into the eye and can cause permanent vision problems like photoconjunctivitis and cataracts. Even eye cancer is associated with life-long exposure to UV rays.

Which is why getting a pair of kids sunglasses with 100% protection against UVA and UVB rays (European approved safety standards) like J-Flex is very important. Don't buy sunglasses with stickers that just say it "blocks harmful UV".

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Comfort is also another factor to consider when it comes to selecting sunglasses for kids. Let's face it. Our little ones are very critical. If it ain't comfy, they won't wear it.

The same goes for the visibility of the lenses. J-Flex's polarized lenses cut through the glare to provide better clarity, colour and detail to the wearer.

These J-Flex sunglasses are very durable. They are less likely to break than regular frames. And Georgia of course, did us the honour of testing out the sunglasses to see if the shock-absorbing rubber frames and shatter-resistant lenses really worked. She twisted it, bent it and managed to put it on herself, without damaging the glasses. Yay!

These light weight frames are suitable for kids from 2 to 6 years old. But there was no stopping my 1 year old from hijacking the sunglasses from her older sister and be the most stylish kid at the pool.

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I also like that J-Flex kids sunglasses are free from BPA, harmful metals, lead-based paint and phthalates. It gives me the peace of mind knowing it is non-toxic to my kids even when they put it in their mouth or chew on it.

J-Flex kids sunglasses are available in 6 different colours and styles to suit your kid's style. Pick one and start protecting your child's eyes today!

For more information, visit J-Flex website at or follow them on Facebook for the latest on eye protection.

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5 Promises We Must Make To Be A Happier Parent

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Everyone knows that being a parent can be tough sometimes. But it doesn't have to be that way all the time. We can make a conscious choice to be a happy parent.

We have already come this far. We carried the baby for 9 months, went through child birth, and whichever age your child is right now, the best option is to really make it count by moving forward as a family. If you are a dad, no worries. We moms know you have done just as much as we did to get to this stage.

Free ourself and our children from the world's negativity – from the sources of ignorance telling us what we can and cannot do - by promising to look ahead, to live ahead, and to get ahead for our family.

Repeat after me...

I promise not to hold the past against myself.

Whether we like it or not, our parents' parenting style affects us. But we are not them. We can choose what we like about their parenting style and ditch those that we don't quite agree with. We are the parents now.

Our pasts, our weaknesses, regrets and mistakes teach us if we're willing to learn. So let them teach us, every day. Take everything as a lesson learned.

If you regret some of the parenting decisions you have made in the past, stop being so hard on yourself. At that time, you did your best with the knowledge you had. At that time, you did your best with the experience you had. If you were to make these decisions with the wisdom you have today, you would choose differently.

So give yourself a break.  Time and experience has a wonderful way of helping us grow and learn to make better choices today, for ourselves and those we care for.

I promise to keep the smile on.

When times are tough - like when your child throw an epic tantrum in the public or the children get sick one after another, take a moment to pause and see the beauty of your child. Take a moment to reflect on the things that have real and lasting meaning in your life, like our family and the legacy we are leaving for them. And then smile about how far you’ve come.

No matter how long it takes, it will get better. Keep going. Tough parenting situations build strong parents.

Nothing in this world is more beautiful to your child than his/her parents' smile. Honestly, it could also be quite terrifying especially if they expect you to get angry. It may surprise them into stopping their unacceptable behaviour at that very moment.

I promise to own my life and never deny responsibility for it.

Our children learn everything from us. So if you want them to grow up to be a responsible human being, start owning up.

These days, especially on social media, I see many people with statuses that blame their parents, their child's teachers, their neighbours, the education system and the government. Have you caught yourself doing that? Have you blamed yourself? It’s never, ever your fault… right?


It’s always your fault. Because if you want to change, if you want to let go and move on with your life, you’re the only person who can make it happen.  It’s YOUR move to make.  It’s YOUR responsibility.  Own it!

I promise to be a parent that feels right to me, not one that looks right to everyone else.

Give yourself permission to raise your child YOUR way. Realise that some people in your life simply won’t approve no matter which stance you take in parenting; it clashes with the their perceptions and that’s OK.

Trust that you know what is right for your child. Always have an open mind to what others have to say. But essentially, it is you and your children who will have to live with the parenting choices and actions that you make.

I promise to take time out for myself once in a while.

Me-time is not only important for your sanity, but foster independence in you child.

An old Chinese proverb says ‘If you want your children to be successful in life, instead of catching fish for them, teach them how to fish.’ Independence is a very valuable life skill that children need to learn without having you around. Instead of being there and rushing to their aid all the time, it is more beneficial for children to be allowed to tackle some tasks on their own. So you go ahead, take some time off and do what you want to do.

Remember that you and your spouse were a couple first, before you became parent. Taking time out from the children allows you both to be yourself, not just a parent. It rejuvenates the bond between you two. The bond you need as a team to endure the endless challenges together as parents.

Remember, happiness is both contagious and hereditary. Happy parents have happy kids.

PS: For more happiness tips, download my report of 7 mistakes highly stressed moms make.

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Who Else Is In Bed With You?

Remember this photo on my Instagram?

Recently I took part in Dyson dust report where a team of 'dust squad' collected dust samples from homes around Singapore and conducted an analysis on the contents of household dust. This study aims to provide insight into how to best maintain a healthy living environment.

I was rather nervous about what they may pick up from my place. So I spruced my place up a bit prior to the dust squad's arrival and thought smugly to myself, "Ops.. there may not be any dust left for her".

Then, there she was. Armed with powerful Dyson V6 powered cordless vacuum, she explained that the machine was able to pick up dust mites, pollen, spores, fungus and pets allergen that are hidden from the naked eye, from deep within the mattresses and sofa cushions.

These are the dust samples collected in about 10 minutes. I couldn't believe my eyes. While the surfaces of my mattress and sofa seemed spotless, the Dyson V6 Vacuum managed to suck out these finer than sand, tiny particles.

Off these went to the microbiology lab at the National University of Singapore.

Yesterday, I got my result back at the unveiling of the Dyson/NUS Dust Research event.

What am I living with?

As you can see, my house is all clear of cat, dog and mouse allergen. Yay!

But don't get too comfortable yet if you do not own a pet. From the study, it showed that despite the low number of homes with pets involved in the research, pets allergen showed up in a large number of homes. This means you could be unknowingly bringing cats and dogs allergen home from work, restaurants or a friend's house.

I'm also happy that molds are not found in my home. However, Apergillus Niger (a type of mould) which can cause lung infection has been found in 80% of Singaporean homes*. Yikes.

The area which I should be concerned with is dust mites. With the high density count of American Dust Mite present in my home (20.31 microgram  per 1 gram of dust), it increases the risk of my family members developing dust mites allergy, if they haven't already.

I'm not alone though. The Dyson dust report found that within the homes, the highest concentrations of allergens are found in the mattress. 70 to 80% of Singapore population are reacting against this allergen.

Do you know that you could be sleeping with 1 million dust mites every night? Yup, that is equivalent to the population of Shenzen. These dust mites are feasting on our dead skin cells and pooping as we are sleeping. Their droppings contained highly allergenic protein that may trigger asthmatic and other allergic symptoms. To be honest, I didn't sleep very well last night knowing what's lurking in my bed.

So how can we keep dust mites at bay?

At the event, Dr Ong Kian Chung, a respiratory specialist from Mount Elizabeth Hospital explained that to keep a healthy home environment, we should:

Avoid having carpets or rugs in bedrooms

Sheets, blankets, and other bedclothes should be washed frequently in hot water because lower temperatures will not kill dust mites. If you set your hot water temperature lower (commonly done to prevent children from scalding themselves), wash items at a laundromat which uses high wash temperatures.

Not leave clothes and soft toys laying around. These should be kept in the cupboard or sealed toy box.

Use window blinds instead of curtains. If you must, use only plain, lightweight curtains on the windows.

Keep furniture and furnishings to a minimum and avoid upholstered furniture and blinds.

Use synthetic mite-proof mattress and pillow cover. Avoid fuzzy wool blankets or feather-stuffed comforters and mattress pads.

Use air purifiers. A dehumidifier may also help because house mites need high humidity to live and grow.

Special vacuum cleaners, such as the Dyson V6, that are strong enough to penetrate deep below the surface and has efficient filtration to trap dust, dirt and microscopic particles, ensuring that the air that comes out of the machine is cleaner than the air we breathe. 

Lets make our homes clean and keep our loved ones healthy. Leave a comment and let me know what methods you are using to keep dust at away from home.

*Goh V et al. DNA-Based Analyses of Molds in Singapore Public Buildings Results in a Proposed Singapore Environment Relative Moldiness Index 2014; Tropical Biomedicine 31(4): 663-669.

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Hegen Baby Bottles (With Video Review)

I knew I wanted to do a video review as soon as I found out about hegen. As a baby planner, I'm always on a lookout for cool baby products for my clients and hegen baby bottles certainly did not disappoint. The founder and creator of this beautiful baby bottle, Yvon Bock is a mother of 4 herself. She has obviously thought through every features which makes this baby bottle just that little bit better in every way. Watch the video to find out more.

And of course, Hegen products are manufactured with the highest quality standards, backed by their parent factory with decades of manufacturing expertise. It's accredited with ISO9001, 14001, 18001, and 13485 certifications. Free of Phthalate, PVC, BPA and EA, parents can rest assured that Hegen bottles are always safe for babies to drink from.

Team Hegen with founder Yvon Bock. Photo credit to Gel ST.

About Hegen 

Hegen believes in creating sustainable and high quality products that can continually be evolved to meet the different needs of the growing child. Designed to enhance the user experience, Hegen’s simple, practical and innovative products encourage a sustainable and hassle-free nursing experience. 

For more information, please visit or Hegen is available at Motherswork nationwide and Takashimaya.

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How Clean Is Your Panty?

My mother was a very traditional woman. Any discussion or evidence of period or menses should be hidden from the men in the family, namely my father and my brother. It was considered 'dirty'. When you have your period, you aren't allowed to offer joss sticks to the deities either (we were taoist).

But times have changed, I've grown up and realised that having menses is not only natural, it is also necessary for mankind. I trust you to come to the conclusions on your own. So here I am, being a rebel and all, am going to discuss sanitary pads and panty for all to read. More specifically, UUcare Sanitary Panty and Pads.

What's so great about a panty?

Before I get into that, let me back track a little on why I decided to review UUcare sanitary panty. I first came across UUcare sanitary napkins at a Sample Store event back in March and had since become a fan. The sanitary napkins are super absorbent, as in I had NOT had any leakage since switching to the brand. It is also very comfortable and with its antibacterial properties, I think it is great for post-partum use. In fact, I've recommended it to all mothers who book their baby planning service with me.

Now back to the sanitary panty. I put it on. It held sanitary pads in place. I felt comfortable and 'secure', if you know what I mean. I also like the seamless boy cut that doesn't leave a visible panty line under a skirt or tight pants.

Let me explain how this panty is specially designed for your menstrual needs.

Let's face it. Leakage happens to the best of us. So the clever people behind this panty designed a unique crease design along the back that pulls the panty closer to your curve. This allows the sanitary pad to fit perfectly. Thus, avoiding leakage from the sides or the back caused by body movement.

It is made with special breathable fabric with slim elastic edging on both sides that are breathable and easy to wash. It also has double positioning stripes to help accurate positioning and folding of napkin wings. If you tuck the wings on the top lining with the width of 7 cm that fits perfectly to body curves, you can avoid the wings from rubbing against your inner thighs. Pretty neat, eh?

Before I forget, the best thing about UUcare products is the UUcare special antibacterial surface, which inhibits bacterial growth effectively. This feature prevents bacteria and eliminates odour, and it's suitable for sensitive skin.

UUcare sanitary panty is available at Guardian, Cold Storage and OG retailing at $29.90. Every pack includes a panty, 2 trial sanitary napkins (a must try!) and 2 small packets of stain remover. Do try it for yourself.

PS: In case you are wondering, size L fits me perfectly.

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