Top 10 Tips On How To Dress Your Bump

Being pregnant is no longer an excuse to look frumpy. When we look good, we feel good. With most moms-to-be being in workforce throughout their pregnancies, mothers these days are starting their yummy mummy journey right from the time they conceive. I'm so pleased to have Michelle Lee, Marketing and Design Director at Mayarya shares her pregnancy style tips with us today.


If you’re suffering from fatigue, back ache or nausea – the last thing you need to worry yourself over is how to style your bump this summer.

Allow me to introduce you to my Top 10 Tips On How To Dress Your Bump. I learned a few tricks from my own pregnancy and as the founder of Keungzai and now Marketing Director at Mayarya and Design Director at independent label Predict, I will share my insider tips and ultimate maternity style survival guide.

1.    Invest in comfort.
Your skin is sensitive during pregnancy, your hormones are going crazy and you deserve to feel comfortable! Don’t sacrifice on quality and comfort – invest in luxurious jersey dresses, expertly crafted maternity jeans and speciality maternity and nursing bras. All too often, I hear first-time mums who did not invest in the foundations but learn that comfort and support is essential for their second pregnancy. Invest early - buttery soft materials and supportive clothing will make the world of difference to your mood!

2.    Stock up on basics.
A go-to jersey dress, basic tees, leggings and maternity jeans should form the foundation of your maternity wardrobe. For the Summer, a jersey A LineDress with stripe detail is a great option for an easy chic daytime look. Style with sandals or sneakers – comfort and style is essential as your bump grows.


3.    Be supported.
I regret that I never invested in a belly support during my pregnancy. Especially during my third trimester, my bump felt heavier and lower than ever! I wish I had discovered what I will share with you now… Blanqi Belly Band and Ultimate Support Tank Tops. The products, made in the USA, are absolute must-buys – invest early to take advantage of all the benefits. Blanqi’s Maternity Belly Support Band is velvety soft, designed with patented built in support technology that lifts and supports your growing bump. The unique X-shaped back support helps to alleviate the pressure on your back and reduce back pain. Amazingly comfortable with seamless finish – layer it under your tops, tees and dresses for amazing support.


4.    Buy clothes that you can wear after pregnancy too.
Short-lived fast fashion is not for me. Clothing that can be worn during and after pregnancy is better for your pocket and for the World! Say no to throwaway fashion and choose styles that can genuinely grow with your bump and still look fabulous post-partum.


5.    Opt for fashion AND function.
All to often I hear Mothers with sartorial dilemmas when it comes to finding a nursing friendly outfit to breastfeed their bubs discreetly, especially for special occasions. Nursing wear options have improved over the years with a number of brands now addressing the issue, including new bump friendly but not bump only brand, Predict. The Mayarya Bell Sleeve Dress is the perfect choice for stylish mamas!


6.    Don’t be afriad to accentuate your curves!
Stretch jersey dresses will show off your new shape. Be proud of your changing shape, form-fitting dresses will flatter your pregnancy curves.


7.    Go-to denim.
If you prefer to wear jeans or shorts, Slacks & Co, J Brand and Paige Denim offer comfortable and stylish options with discreet, stretchy elastic waistbands which offer extra support for your bump. Slacks & Co Santa Monica Denim Shorts are a must for your beach vacation and hot Summer weather.

8.    Go long!
Maxi dresses are an expecting ladies’ best friend. Light jersey maxi dresses will skim over your hips, darker colours are more forgiving for curvier shapes while bright coral is perfect for the ultimate vacation vibe. Try a V neckline to balance your look.



9.    Relax and lounge.
Take it easy, lounge in comfort and style.  For the hot Summer months, choose a soft, jersey Nursing Chemise that you can use after pregnancy too.  Don’t forget to pack your nursing nightwear into your hospital bag!

10. Stay true to your style!
Thankfully, there are more options than ever for stylish bump friendly clothing. Remember to always stay true to your style and always make that special effort to pamper yourself.

For further styling assistance, e-mail info@mayarya.com or call (+852) 8100 4008. Discover More Than Maternity at www.mayarya.com.

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Clean and Tidy Home with Helpling


The house is a mess. You can't remember the last time you dusted. You’ve got so much chores to do. What’s worse, every mothers you know seems to have no problem keeping a clean and tidy home. Are you the only one who is struggling with household chores?

Don’t believe it for a second. Almost every mother out there feels the same way. So how do we get it all done? We don't. We either hire help or sacrifice precious free time to clean or close one eye and ignore the mess.

While it is relatively easy to get a live-in helper in Singapore, many families prefer the privacy and less committal option of hiring a part-time helper instead.

Part time cleaner

I recently used Helpling - an online platform which connects customer with independent cleaners - when my live-in helper took a few days off to show her family around Singapore.
Started in Berlin in 2014, Helpling has grown and is now available in over 150 cities. For a flat rate of SGD18* per hour, an insured and skilled Helpling cleaner arrived at my doorstep at a designated time and cleaned my house, while I relaxed and spent time with the children.

How it works

Booking a cleaner via Helpling website couldn't be easier. But for your sake, I added some screenshots and show you step by step how the booking service works. I'm thoughtful like that, I know.

Step 1: Click 'Book a Cleaning' and choose total hours and/or additional task you need help with. I love the price and time estimator on the right of the page because it gives me a great control over my budget and time allocated for the cleaning to take place.

Step 2: Enter your address or where you like the cleaning to take place. You can also login and save this particulars for future use, so you don't have to fill these fields in every single time you make a booking.

Step 3: Choose the date and time, and leave instructions for the cleaner to get into your house.


4. Enter your payment details and you are done.

As confirmation, you will receive an email detailing the name of the cleaner who will be cleaning your house, along with the date and time. You may also cancel the service 24 hours before scheduled time, free of charge. 


How was the service?

On the scheduled day, about an hour before the scheduled time, I received a call from Helpling asking me whether I mind if Josef, the cleaner arriving half an hour later. The call operator explained that the cleaner had back to back booking on the day and would like a bit of time in between to have his meal. How could I say no to that?

Josef arrived right on the new scheduled time. He was very polite. He brought his own gloves and a few cleaning tools. As I don't use harsh detergent for cleaning purposes in our household, I explained to him how to clean with vinegar. He understood immediately and got on to work.

He was very meticulous. After he washed my dirty dishes in the kitchen sink, the entire area was wiped dry. He cleaned the windows without leaving traces of water mark, wiped every exterior surfaces in my house, including the kitchen cabinets, washing machine, the top of my refrigerator (which my own helper often overlook), countertops, book shelfs, desks and the toilet basins. Even the window tracks were cleaned.


He did my ironing too! Mind you, ironing is not part of the standard cleaning package but it can be easily added when you make the booking on Helpling. I'm a bit of clean crisp shirt nazi. I love ironing but it takes me forever to iron a shirt because I'm very particular on getting every nook of the shirt ironed well. Ahem.. I know how to iron a shirt properly, the Martha Steward way. ;)

I can tell Josef is trained in ironing. He knows exactly the right steps and you can see in the photo below, he did well.


The Big Questions

When I told my friends about the service, most are concerned about letting a stranger into the house and the quality of work. Fair enough. I asked a representative from Helpling regarding those concerns and this is their reply:

We have a thorough selection process for every new cleaner including an interview with our operations team and an aptitude test to check their knowledge of home cleaning is up to our high standards. We also ask cleaners to provide documents to prove they can work legally in SG, and we carry out our own background check as well. By being so thorough at the cleaner selection stage we are able to ensure our registered cleaners are of a high standard.

To ensure standards are continuously high, we ask all our customers to provide feedback on the standard of service they received. This allows us to identify any areas our cleaners need to improve on, and help them get better.

Our thorough selection process hopefully goes someway to dealing with questions of trust and security. The fact that we background check every cleaner shows we are serious about providing a service our customers can trust. In the (very unlikely!) event that something goes wrong, every cleaning session is backed with a $1 million liability insurance policy, to give our customers peace of mind.

I can't tell you what to think but the above sounds pretty good to me. I believe we shouldn't let doubts and fear prevent us from using a service that clearly helps improve the quality of our lives. Think about all those hours you can safe from not having to clean, to do the things you love to do.

For more information and to book a part-time cleaner, go here. I highly recommend it.

Tell me, have you booked a cleaner via Helpling? I would love to hear your thoughts. Also, please share if you think there are any other cleaning services I should know about.

Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Helpling.

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Rent A Gown Is The New Buy

Back in May, Nick told me that we were invited to one of his friend's wedding in August. I thought, "Ok, that's like 3 more months to go. I'll think about what to wear some time in June".

June came and went in a flurry, I had totally forgotten about it.

Until the invitation card arrived in our mailbox. Even before opening the envelope, I knew what it was and thought, "I'll wear the same cocktail dress I wore to Gerald's (Nick's cousin) wedding last year. That will do."

Then, there it was. At the bottom of the card.

It read: ATTIRE: GLAMOROUS (BLACK TIE)

Eeek... that I did not expect.

I had to find a long black-tie appropriate dress within a week and a half. Hopefully the dress won't break the bank.

As I was imagining pretty flowy gowns, I had an aha moment and decided, why not rent? Besides, it is not like I have many events to attend that I get to wear a formal gown. So that was when I went down the rent-a-gown journey to find my dress for the wedding last weekend.

Through my extensive research or more commonly known as Google, I found out there is a place called Dolce2Dolce that rents evening dresses near where I live. They have plenty of blogger reviews. Awesome.

I went in on a Monday to see if I can find a dress there. The staff were very helpful but to my dismay, after trying dresses after dresses, I couldn't find anything I like. I was looking for something simple but yet different. I want to make an entrance or at the very least, get a wow from the husband, without going over-the-top. In this case, there were simply too much ruffles, diamonte, lace, and bling blings.

I walked out of there disheartened.

Then I saw it. I mean I can't really miss this signboard right?

Jaw dropped. Rent A Gown is located right next to Dolce2Dolce.

As I stepped into the shop, there were so many pretty dress I didn't know where to start. But I didn't have to worry for long. Their in-house designers Kenny Tan And Sia LC were more than helpful. They asked for what I had in mind and recommended 3 dresses that would be suitable for me and the occasion. And I love all 3 of the dresses. It sure helps to have the opinion of 2 veteran designers in the industry to pick a dress for me.

Before I show you the beautiful dresses they have in store and the ONE that I picked for my event, here is Rent A Gown's story that I learnt recently.

Rent A Gown is a new brainchild and venture of top Singapore designer, Ada Goh. She has over 17 years experience in the bridal and evening gown industry, from manufacturing and supplying to many local and international bridal houses to retail and custom make Haute Couture bridal wear at Martini G.

How lucky am I to come across the boutique?

All bridal gowns and evening dresses at Rent A Gown are one off designs that you wouldn't find anywhere else. I mean, really, they only make one piece per design. Don't worry about sizing though. Alteration is offered. The dress I chose was a little tight around the waist. It took Sia less than half an hour to mend it to fit me perfectly.

As my gratitude to them for agreeing to sponsor the dress, I decided to share some of their latest designs that are available in-store now.




And finally, this is the dress I chose for the wedding I attended a few weekends ago.

I like how it is simple and elegant, with a twist. The light and flowy full skirt has 2 layers. The top layer is sheer while underneath is made of silk with colourful flowery print. As we all know, flower power is all the rage on the runway at the moment... or so I was told.

The top part of the dress has built-in bones. I think that's what they are called.. like those in a corset, which makes the dress so flattering as it could hold in all the flabbiness and gives an illusion of a waist which I clearly lack, after becoming a mom.

I can't express how much I love the dress. I have not felt so beautiful since.... maybe my own wedding.


The mister was wowed by the dress too. Mission accomplished ;)

An easy to carry bag to bring the dress home :)
By the way, in case you are interested, you can check out their Facebook page or visit their website, www.rent-a-gown.sg (under maintenance at the moment). I do think you should definitely visit the boutique because there are many more dresses in store.

Rent A Gown
Address: 7500A ParkRoyal The Plaza, #02-343, Beach Road Singapore 199591
Telephone: +65 6392 3495
Opening hours: 12:30pm to 9pm

The only trouble with renting a dress is... once you rent, it is hard to explain to the husband why you need to buy a gown in the future. Nick absolutely love it when he found out I can now rent a gown at a fraction of the price.

I'm so looking forward to another event, just so I can wear the pretty gowns again. Invites, please?

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5 Ways To Ease Your Financial Stress During Pregnancy


Recently, I received a letter from a reader that read:

Dear Michelle, 

I am 6 months pregnant and my husband has a decent job. As of now, we haven't been able save any money for our daughter-to-be. It worries me to death that we have nothing put away for her. I work part time as a teacher and I've been chipping in to help pay the bills. I feel like I'm rushing against time to find a permanent job before the baby is born. We are very excited about the baby, but I'm constantly worried about how we're going to afford everything. Can you please give me some advice?

Regards,
Jolene

Jolene isn't alone. In fact, when I researched for a chapter of my book where I discuss top fears of parents-to-be, financial worries or more accurately, financial planning appears to be at the top of every parents mind.

I understand. I've been there. Prenatal care, baby supplies, and other long term financial concerns such as saving for the child's college education, monetary pressure can create significant stress. With other mental stress and worries that arise during pregnancy, I usually advise 'mind over matter' kind of approach. However, when it comes to finance, it is time to be practical and take matters into your own hands. Here are what you can do to ensure your finances are in order and thus prevent money related stress during pregnancy:

Know your finances

Take control of your finances today by starting a budget. With a budget planner, you'd have a clear picture of your current income and expenditure. When you know exactly where your money goes, you can identify what you can safe in anticipation of your baby's arrival and plan for changes in household spending after your baby arrives.

Pay off some debt

If your budget allows, paying off some of your credit cards and loans now will take the stress off compounding interest. Consider paying off debts with the highest interest rate first. The interest rate on your debts is generally a lot higher than the interest rate you will get on savings. Remember to check with your provider first to make sure there is no charge for repaying your debts early.

Work arrangement and maternity benefit

Do take time to find out what are the maternity benefits available to you. Are you considering an extended maternity leave? Or would you like to return to work on a part-time basis for a while? Discuss the options available to you with your employer. Evaluate the impact of the adjusted income and plan accordingly.

If you have not done so already, it is a good idea to build up an emergency savings fund so you can cope with unexpected emergencies. Aim to build up 3 months’ salary or more if you can, to tide you over.

Save money on pregnancy and baby related items

There are many ways in which you can save money when it comes to pregnancy and baby related items. Consider borrowing maternity wear if you have family or friends who just had a baby recently. I have a few friends who were pregnant around the same time and we started our own 'Sisterhood of Traveling Preggy Dresses'. You will only wear the clothes for a short time and it can save you a considerable amount of money.

This goes for baby clothes too. Consider borrowing from friends and family members. who may have baby clothes and equipment that are still in very good condition. 

Much of your everyday wardrobe can be adapted to your changing shape; use a belly band to make your jeans work and if you are buying maternity tops, it’s a good idea to consider how they would work for nursing later on.

For certain baby equipment that you do not need immediately when your baby comes home (eg. high chair, playpen, toys and books), you can spread the cost over a few months and take time to shop around for the best deals. You may also receive some of these as presents. 

Consider buying second hand nursery items on trading sites like gumtree.com or family friendly app, Bakipa. Do check that any second hand equipment complies with the latest safety standards before use. 

Don't be shy on letting close friends and family members know what to buy as gifts. Rather than give presents of a limited life span, perhaps they might like to contribute to the bigger ticket items like a car seat, the stroller and the cot.

Get an insurance plan

We can never be too prepared. With life's ups and downs, I think it is important to look into having an insurance plan that protect you and your growing family. Do shop around for value. Ensure that you know what’s important to you and the financial future of your family.


AXA (blog sponsor!) has recently launched a first-of-its-kind pre-natal plan package, AXA Family Advantage, to allow parents-to-be the flexibility to select from 8 different types of protection. From savings to investment for your child's future, the plan simultaneously offers pre-natal coverage for the expectant mother, and subsequently when the child is born, you can choose to insure your child in a straightforward process with no health questions asked.

Good news!

In conjunction with the launch, AXA is running a radio contest which YOU can be one of the 3 weekly winners to win a home cleaning session courtesy of AXA Daddy Rescue team who will mop, clean, wipe and even sing Acapella for you. Great help to have when you have those nesting urges.

And even if you don't win the cleaning session, all entries stand a chance to win the grand prize - a Babycation 2 days 1 night weekend stay at Capella Sentosa, worth $2000! Perfect for a romantic couple time before the baby arrives.

How to participate:

1. SMS AXA <space> Name <space> NRIC <space> Why you deserve this, to 76677.
1. Listen in to Class 95 between 6am to 10am, from now until 17 September 2015 to see if you are one of the weekly winners.
3. Tune in again on 18 September when they announce the grand prize winner!

Contest ends on the 17th of September. Good luck!


One last thing. You are bringing your child into the world. He or she will rely on you to learn good money handling skill. If you recognise some money habits that you wouldn’t like to pass on to the next generation, now is the time to fix it. Spending a bit of time planning your finances before your baby arrives will help take the stress off, so you can fully enjoy these precious 9 months of pregnancy.

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10 Favourite Rainy Days Activities To Do At Home (With Toddlers)


People often ask me what I do with the kids at home. Yes, I belong to the camp whose kids who don't attend pre-pre-school (yes the twice 'pre' was intended) or any regular enrichment class. I'm not going to justify my reason for our current arrangement. I have nothing against parents who send their kids to pre-kindy either. This is not one of those post.

This is just a post that takes a glimpse into what my kids and I are up to, on rainy days or more often than not, because we live in Singapore, we stay home because it is too hot to go out!

Jigsaw Puzzles


Lauren is a huge fan of jigsaw puzzles. She can do them over and over again for hours by herself. Sometimes we have a little race to see who completes her set first. No prize given to the winner except a little pride that last 2 seconds until she demands a re-race, even when she has won.

By the way, her birthday is coming up in 2 months. So... if you are wondering, more jigsaw puzzles please? 

Painting


This is another big one. I give her a piece of blank paper, a brush, some water colour and she can go wild mixing the colours and 'painting' on her own. If you consider dragging her brush back and forth on random spot of the paper as painting, so yeah, my daughter paints. Sometimes, Georgia joins in too but Lauren reckons Georgia messes up her painting.

Hide & Seek

Hide and seek is generally not advisable for children under the age of 3, especially if your house is big. In our version, I hide a toy (a ball or most of the time, it's Barney) and the girls will go around the room finding it. I keep the activity in one room, otherwise the kiddos might take days to uncover the hidden item.

Sometimes I give clues and suggestions on where to look and they get to learn preposition of place - under, above, behind, inside, etc. Home learning, y'all!

Singing Performances


Lauren is into singing lately and she could go on forever. If you long for a bit of peace and quiet, DO NOT suggest this activity to your child. Because once they start singing they could go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on.....

Water Play Time aka Bath Time

Throw in some toys in the bath tub and it becomes a play time instead of a plain old bath time. If you want to bathe them at the same time, be careful of slippery floors from the soaps. Also, keep them in view at all times. Small children can drown in just 2 inches of water.

Stretching & Exercises

Children are always imitating the adults. All I need to do is stand in front of the mirror and do some stationary exercises and stretches. Without prompting, Lauren and Georgia will come running and copy 'mommy's funny movements'. Be prepared for lots of laugh and silliness for this activity.

Dancing

Another activity to keep the kids active. I put on some music and we dance to our heart content. Expect to see lots of cuteness of a toddler's dance. We dance to hip hop. We pretend to be prince and princess and imitate ballroom dancing, with curtsies and all. 1 year old Georgia joins in the fun too. I pick her up and bounce around the room, while she does her 'hands-up' move. Dancing is great for keeping my heart rate up too. My kinda exercise.

Learn a new language


We or more specifically, I love the Early Bilingual Program books. Lauren can do the English/Chinese self-learning all by herself with the electronic reader and leave me to do my thing.

Ipad

Some people I know get their underwear all twisted up when I say I let my kids watch videos and play kids educational games on Ipad. Well, it is just Lauren at this point, but I'm not ruling out letting Georgia have a go when she is older. It gives me some much needed break to make calls and answer emails. Something has got to give if you are a work from home mom, I supposed. Again, just because it is generally 'frown upon' doesn't mean it is bad, in my dictionary. As mothers, we know what's best for our own family and circumstances. Do not let society standard determines your parenting style.

Camping indoor

I can't find a recent photo of our tents. This was taken when Lauren was 1.5 years old.
We don't have those pretty tepee tents that you can buy from the shops. So I make my own makeshift tent. I arrange 4 dining chairs in a circle with the back facing in, and put my king sized fitted bedsheet over the chairs. The girls love it! They run in and out of the tent playing peek-a-boo and we've even had our afternoon snack and a little tea party in our tent.

So what's your favourite activity when you are at home with the kids? I'd like to hear more ideas!

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I'm Featured on The Asian Entrepreneur!

Okay, you may have seen me sharing this everywhere. I can't help it - as this is probably one of my proudest moment as an entrepreneur. This makes all those sacrificing sleep late into the nights worth it. It makes me feel silly for questioning myself if I had made the right decision down this path. It has given me a renewed motivation to grow my business. If you know what I'm talking about, I thank you so much for still reading on!

Otherwise, here it is. A feature on my other baby, The Chill Mom Maternity Concierge on The Asian Entrepreneur. If you like, you can read the original interview here.

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A baby planner for first time mums! What a great idea… Find out how this entrepreneur managed her busy work life and went on to set up her own business to help new moms manage the arrival of their baby.

What is your story?
I’ve been many things. I was a fashion model doing runways and commercials in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong from the age of 16. I hung up my heels at 24, moved to Sydney, Australia to study Early Child Care and Education. Since then, I was an Event Sales Manager at Sydney Aquarium, Operation Manager at Zouk Singapore and I also founded a soup and salad bar called The Soupery.

I was pregnant with my first child, I was working 13 hour days running an F&B business, whilst having to plan the arrival of my baby, expected to eat well and look after myself, and know what to do when the baby arrives! Naturally, I turned to Google and the more I read, the more stressed out and overwhelmed I was by the mountain of information out there. All I wanted was a little support and someone to tell me, what the differences are between baby teats!

So The Chill Mom Maternity Concierge was born to provide that the same support and unbiased advice I needed to time-starved, overwhelmed first time moms.

What excites you most about your industry?
Babies! I get to work with pregnant mothers who want the best for themselves and for their babies. The love they have for their unborn babies is infectious. Seeing my clients having stress-free pregnancies, gaining confidence, looking good and feeling great is very rewarding for me.

What's your connection to Asia?
I’m from Malaysia, born and bred. Now I live in Singapore with my family and my maternity concierge business is based here too.

Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
Singapore. The infrastructure makes it very easy to run a business here. Almost everything can be done online – from incorporating a company to paying taxes to applying for foreign workers.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
'If you want something, ask for it. No one can read your mind’. It is so true and applicable in every aspect of our lives – personal relationships, closing a deal and asking for help.

Who inspires you?
My mom is my first and foremost inspiration. She gave up her dreams to be a stay at home mom to raise and educate us. She passed away when I was just 13 years old but all her wisdom and teachings stay with me today.

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What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
I recently discovered that a person’s health and well-being, susceptibility to disease, intelligence and temperament is determined during the 9 months gestation period in a mother’s womb. Basically what a mother eats, drinks, breathes, and feels during pregnancy affects her baby’s entire life.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would probably choose to start my entrepreneurship journey earlier, instead of waiting for the right time. When I started my first F&B business, I wasted 6 months on research and writing a business plan.

That aside, I’m happy where I am at the moment and I probably wouldn’t be here if not for the past experiences and mistakes that I’ve made.

How do you unwind?
On rare occasions when my kids and husband are asleep early, having a book in one hand and a bar of chocolate in the other hand. I also like watching Ellen, blogging and spending time with my kids! 

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Penang. Delicious street food, friendly people, inexpensive shopping. My dad recently moved to Penang, so I have a ‘local’ who shows me around the island.

Everyone in business should read this book:
Entrepreneur Revolution – Daniel Priestley.

Shameless plug for your business:
I believe a mother who enjoys her pregnancy goes into motherhood with the right frame of mind. She is confident and fulfilled to take on her role and be an inspiration to her children.

The Chill Mom Maternity Concierge is a premier baby planner & maternity concierge service based in Singapore. We help busy first time moms plan the arrival of their babies. Everyday, over 1000 people read The Chill Mom blog on www.thechillmom.com

My clientele are successful entrepreneurs and professionals between late 20s and 40s. I provide a tailored timeline, all the essentials for busy moms-to-be, including personalized shopping lists, professional doula and confinement nanny referrals, customized resources and bed rest assistance.

Right now, I’m writing a book and working on a TV program based on my work as a baby planner. I’m currently looking for people to join my team as employees, venture partners, advertisers and potential clients. I can be contacted at mich.hon@gmail.com


How can people connect with you?
Email: mich.hon@gmail.com
Phone: +65 9323 883
Website/Blog: www.thechillmom.com
Linkedin: https://sg.linkedin.com/in/michhon
Facebook: www.fb.com/thechillmom

This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur.

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Esemtan: I Found A Relief For My Dry Skin.



I used to think the only way to combat dry skin is by applying body lotion. As a result, I have tubs and tubs of body lotion, creams and oils. You name it, I've probably tried it.

Turns out, I'm not alone. Almost a million people in Singapore suffer dry and itchy skin. While we try to combat further moisture loss by applying hydrating lotion, what we should have done instead is replacing ordinary harsh soap or body wash that strips away our skin's natural protection.

I was introduced to Esemtan a few weeks ago. Their skin care range is great for people with dry skin, yet gentle enough for sensitive skin, babies and elderly.

Esemtan Wash Lotion $19.75/500ml, $35.30/1L


Esemtan Wash Lotion is a mild soap-free wash lotion that can be used for facial, body and hair. It has low 5.0 pH balance and contains a protective moisturiser and oil restoring substances that makes everyday use possible. After a shower with Esemtan Wash lotion, my skin feels thoroughly clean without feeling tight.

You know how some mild products don't have any foam/lather? I'm the kind of person who loves a good lather, and Esemtan doesn't disappoint. You probably can't tell from the packaging, but Esemtan Wash Lotion smells pretty good too.

I think people with skin problems like eczema and itchy skin would find Esemtan most beneficial. It contains Allantoin that helps to relieve skin irritation and accelerate cell regeneration. It is effective yet gentle enough that it doesn't sting your eyes.

I read that this product from Germany also cleanses the bathroom as we rinse away the wash lotion. Talk about killing two birds with one stone. No wonder it is the choice wash lotion for Singapore's healthcare professionals.

Esemtan Skin Balm $20/500ml


My aunt once told me the best time to apply body lotion is right after a bath because there's still some water on our skin. Thus it helps in sealing in the moisture. I believe her because at 50 years old, she is often mistaken for being in her late 30s.

This is why I'm glad to try Esemtan Skin Balm. It has an oil-in water emulsion that permeates deeply into the skin. I like how it sinks into the skin with just a few rubs and doesn't have a greasy residue. My skin feels soft and protected.

Esemtan Skin Balm has been dermatologically tested to reduce skin irritation*. It has a light mild scent that's rather pleasant.



Esemtan Cleansing Foam $21.50/500ml


So what is a cleansing foam? I wondered the same when I received the product. Esemtan Cleansing Foam cleans dirty skin gently, deodorises and reduces germs. It is a practical solution for bedridden and incontinent patients.

To use, shake the can thoroughly. Press the nozzle downwards and spray foam onto skin areas to be cleaned from approximately 20cm. Leave it on for a while and wipe clean with disposable cloths.

Schulke recommend this for use on body and perineal areas. It is suitable for young children above the age of 3.

Esemtan range of products are manufactured by Schulke & Mayr, a pharmaceutical company with over 125 years experience in protecting people against infections and contaminations. 

You can purchase Esemtan at Guardian, Unity, Watsons, independent pharmacies (Pink Beauty, Beauty Essential), and BHG.

*Reference:
Skin tolerability test, Dr. Ippen, 1996

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My Little Georgia is 1!

















Once upon a time, a little girl named Georgia turned one. Her family celebrated her birthday over a simple lunch with friends. It was held at Penang Street Restaurant, Funan Digital Mall, because her dad loves Penang food, and well, who says you can't have assam laksa and char kway teow at a first birthday party? It is not a usual kids party venue, but since Georgia and her sister and their friends' offsprings were mostly toddlers, her parents got away with a catered-for-adults kind of party. 

All in, it took her mother about an hour to put everything together. It's hard work. You know, having to make a call to persuade the restaurant to let them have a party there (they don't usually do parties), made another call to Petite Bakehouse to order the cake, and typed a whole lot of Whatsapp messages as invitations. 

Surprisingly, people actually turned up, had fun and enjoyed the food. They sang the birthday song for Georgia. And sang it again after Georgia's older sister, Lauren who demanded it was her birthday too (it wasn't) but they humoured her anyway. All was well. The family of four blew out the candle together. Everyone had some cake, commented that it was yummy and bid farewell.

Georgia and her family got home and the girls and their daddy fell asleep within minutes. The end.

the chill mom
Penang Street Restaurant
singapore maternity concierge

They love the camera.

Daddy and cousin and good friend.



Happy peeps.







Georgia's first kiss was stolen by this boy. Daddy was heart broken.


Whimsical animal forest red velvet cake from Petite Bakehouse. Multiple flavours cupcakes top with animal cookies.

Thank you again to everyone who came ands celebrated with us! To those who sent their wishes over Facebook and Instagram, we thank you on behalf of Georgia.

PS: Georgia's birth story.

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