Hot Celebrity Dads On Instagram to Follow

I follow friends, fellow mommies, celebrities, inspiring fashionistas, hot bods, etc on Instagram. But the one category that makes me take a double look is hot daddies! Their attractiveness just quadrupled when there is a cute baby in the picture. Here is a list of hot dads for you to follow on Instagram. You're welcome!

 Gerard Pique: Who knew Shakira's husband is just as hot!


Channing Tatum: Need I say more?


Marvin Humes: Just LOOK at the photo.
A photo posted by Marvin Humes (@marvinhumes) on


Michael Buble: Aww.. *melt*


Ricky Martin: Photo speaks volumes.
A photo posted by Ricky (@ricky_martin) on


Eric Dane: They call him McSteamy for a reason.
A photo posted by Eric Dane (@realericdane) on


 Josh Duhamel: Again. Speechless.
A photo posted by Josh Duhamel (@joshduhamel) on


Ronan Keating: My high school crush. So good looking.

A photo posted by Ronan Keating (@rokeating) on


Gabriel Macht: Who knew Harvey is such a sweet dad in real life.


Nick Gan: He is mine. That's why :)

A photo posted by Nick Gan �� (@ngan28) on

I had a lot of fun researching for this post. Do you know any other hot celebrity dads on Instagram for us to stalk? Please share!

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Meet The Gan Sisters


One of the reasons I started this blog is to document my kids milestones. This month, both my daughters are entering another leap in age and seem to have grown overnight. Lauren turned 2 years earlier this month while Georgia is no longer a newborn as of today. She is 3 months old and officially a baby now.

LAUREN AT 2 YEARS OLD

Lauren knows all 26 alphabets, colours, shapes and able to count up to 15. In case anyone is keeping score at home, she started at 1 year 10 months. I'd love to say I play a part in teaching her, but I really didn't. I credit it all to the YouTube videos she's been watching. But that is not stopping me from bragging about it.

Lauren's favourite words lately are Hipe Pipe (Hi5), Brae brae (she still asks for breasts), I DON'T LIKE (pronounced perfectly).

Hobbies: Building blocks, singing and jumping, watching YouTube and most recently - dragging a blanket walking around the house while singing, "Let it go, let it go" out of tune repeatedly.

GEORGIA AT 3 MONTHS OLD

Georgia can push herself up during tummy time for like 1.5 seconds. I can't be prouder.

At night when she is hungry and if I don't get to her fast enough, she has a cry that sounds like cats fighting outside the window.

She has started sucking on her own fingers to calm herself back to sleep. Most times, she can't get it into her mouth and ends up sucking her knuckles instead. But hey, it still works. She falls back asleep without any help from us. Another proud moment. What can I say, I'm easily pleased.


All the cute clothes on the girls in this post are sponsored by Fox Kids. 

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Buy A Pair Of Socks To Help Sick Children & Families

*Media Invite*

Have you heard of Ronald McDonald's House Charities (RMHC) before? Yes? Do you know what they do? Well, neither did I.

So when an invitation came from omy.sg to attend a get-to-know-RMHC session, I signed up to find out more. Together with 14 other bloggers, we were treated to a cozy meal at McDonalds, Suntec City. There, Executive Director of RMHC Singapore, Judy Chin explained to us:

Since 1989, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Singapore has helped over 900 needy and sick children with their medical, surgical, and rehabilitative treatment costs, with grants amounting to over S$5 million. The charity has also provided a “home-away-from-home” at no charge for families to be able to stay close to their hospitalised child at the National University Hospital (NUH).

Perhaps this video provides a clearer picture of the "home-away-from-home":

Does it sound like a charity you can get behind? Here is how you can help!


1. Buy a pair of socks
From 15 October to 28 October, you can make a donation to the charity by purchasing a pair of red and white striped socks (pictured above) via Groupon. Feel free to donate $10, $20 or $50. In appreciation of each purchase, McDonald’s has included a free Strawberry Sundae treat that can be redeemed at any McDonald’s restaurant in Singapore.


2. Share Your Stripes and raise awareness through Instagram
Help the charity spread the word by dressing in red and white stripes, donning on the socks, or creating your own red-and-white themed images. Share these images along with your well wishes for these families on Instagram with #forRMHC and #RMHCSG.

3. Join in the fun at McHappy Day on 16 November 2014
Families with young children are welcomed to attend #forRMHC Party at Tampines Mall from 1.00pm to 5.00pm. Members of the public can join in on the fun and participate at the various booths that offer balloon sculpting, face painting for children, games and more. You can also get your photos taken with Ronald McDonald.

600 volunteers will also be participating in the McHappy Day Walk and Sale across Singapore, selling the signature red and white striped socks. So if you see them around, do make a purchase and don those socks.

For more information on how to do your part, visit RMHC website here.

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Redoxy Serum Review (Plus Giveaway!)

For the past 2 months, I've been testing out Redoxy; an anti-aging, anti-oxidation, hydrating, collagen boosting, rejuvenating, brightening, firming and scar healing serum. The benefits listed in the pamphlet is quite a mouthful, isn't it? I'm supposed to apply it on problem areas on my face twice a day. I did it religiously for the first 2 weeks, then it became more of a scattergun approach. Now I only apply once at night.

About Redoxy

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According to their website :

Redoxy specifically designed proprietary blend infused with micro- mineralized nutrient technology (micro-cluster) for women and men to help their skin stay supple and fresh-looking.

Redoxy blended with micro-clusters allow these nutrients to penetrate deeply and nourish the cell lining. Micro-clustered technology also reduces the surface tension of Redoxy, this increases the absorption of nutrients into the collagen matrix of the skin.

Who should take Redoxy?
 Age 25 and above
  Coffee drinker
  Under pressure
  Always stay up late
  Alcoholic beverage drinker
  Frequent traveller
  Smoking
  Working on shift
  Long hours in air-conditioned environment
  Constantly exposes to UV rays

First impression

Out of the criteria listed above, I tick 4 boxes; I am waaaaay above 25, stay up late, work on shift (midnight feeding counts as shift right?) and my house air-conditioning is on 24-7.

Redoxy comes with a dropper, which I love as I can easily gauge the amount I need without contaminating the rest of the bottle, by having to dip my fingers in it. It has a pleasant smell that isn't overpowering.

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The serum itself is quite light, almost watery. It takes a few seconds of massaging for it to fully absorb, but I don't mind that. It feels light on my skin, without any trace of greasiness. So I imagine it would be great for someone with oily or combination skin type. Yours truly has dry skin.

I also looked up their Facebook page and found these testimonial photos:

Now it has just become more interesting, isn't it? I like the fact that it can be used on children's skin too. I was eager to find out if my skin would improve so much too. So I started documenting my progress by taking bi-weekly photos. Photos speak a thousand words, doesn't it?

Warning: Images with me without make-up in high definition may be frightening. Do a quick scroll to the bottom of the post if you want to skip it. All photos are taken in natural lighting, i.e. the sun by standing next to my window and unedited.

Day 1: Problems I wish to eliminate: Under eyes dark circles, dark scar on right cheekbone from oil spatter burn, fine frown lines in between brows (not very visible on photo) and uneven skin tone. I also want to prevent the age lines on either sides of my nose from deepening.

After 2 weeks: All I did for 2 weeks was washing my face with my regular cleanser and applying Redoxy. Nothing else. My skin felt tight after application. I didn't see any improvement from day to day but when I compared this photo to Day 1, I was surprised to see a more balance skin tone, slightly lighter under eyes dark circles and scar. 

I was also given a supplement called Medigold, which has high antioxidant, cardiovascular and anti-ageing benefits but I didn't take it because I was breastfeeding.

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After 4 weeks: I started taking Medigold every morning after getting clearance from my ob-gyn. I'm not sure if the supplement helps in anyway because I believe it takes a little longer to feel any difference with things that is supposed to work from within our bodies.

Medigold comes in small sachets of powder which I drink with a cup of water. The taste isn't too bad, it is like Ribena/grape juice without the sweetness.

I've also added moisturiser into my routine after each Redoxy application, to combat the feeling of dryness. My overall skin tone is a lot brighter now, while under eyes dark circle and scar remain unchanged since week 2. I have been sleeping late and waking up for night feeding though.

Overall Verdict

Today, after 2 months: I didn't realise the oil burn scar on my right cheek bone has lightened so much until I put these two photos side by side. However, I'm sad to report my under eyes dark circles had not improved much since week 2. I should just give up hope that it would go away completely. No obvious changes on my frown lines and age lines either. Anyway, I look a lot fairer in the 'After' photo too which I did not expect. So I guess my overall verdict is - Nice! Give it a try if you have any scars to lightened or uneven skin tones. 

Overall Value

Redoxy comes a little dearer than serums found at pharmacies - at S$115 a bottle, but it is cheaper than beauty counter brands. Most importantly, it works! Small bottle but it lasted more than 2 months, albeit I've been using it on and off for the last month. The ingredient list shows that it is jam-packed with goodies, including milk peptide, hyaluronic acid, allantoin, salmon peptide, alpha-lipoic acid, collagen, Vitamin C, kojic acid and Vitamin E.

It costs the same for a box of Medigold too, S$115. There are 30 small sachets in a box that is supposed to last for a month if you consume it once a day. So it is a little under $4 per day. If your diet is lack of fruits and vegetables, this could be your solution to pack in the antioxidant, vitamins and minerals.

If you are interested to make a purchase, feel free to contact Suki Lee from Return Legacy.

Email: photosbysuki@gmail.com
Tel: 8366 8917 or +6017 771 4480 (Malaysian number)
WeChat: photosbysuki
Line: Suki8
FaceBook : My Redoxy Diary

Time to Win!

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Thanks to Suki, I have ONE bottle of Redoxy to giveaway! To take part, simply follow these steps:

1. Like Suki's Redoxy diary Facebook page.
2. Leave a comment on this post with the reason why you need Redoxy, along with your name and email address.
3. Share this post on your Facebook page.

Note: You have to complete all 3 steps to be qualified for the draw.

This giveaway is open to all residents in Singapore and Malaysia. Giveaway ends on 26 Oct 2014 (updated), at 2359 hours. Good luck!

PS: Winner will be announced at the bottom of this post and on my Facebook page. So if you have not follow me on Facebook, just click like below! :)




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Mummamia Confinement Founder's Story + Giveaway!

I was at Baby Market last week and decided to drop by Mummamia Confinement's booth to say hello to a lady named Willis, who I've been corresponding via email. You see, they sponsored me during my confinement after having baby Georgia. I wanted to say thanks and meet this wonderful lady in person. You can read the reviews here and here.

As I was approaching the booth from a far, I could only see a young looking girl and a man manning the booth. Oh well, I would ask for Willis anyway. Maybe she is out.

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Turned out, the girl is Willis. And she is also the founder of Mummamia! Maybe I'm a knob, but Willis never once mentioned she is THE BOSS of the business. Unassuming and friendly, I'm inspired by a woman like her and would like to share her story here:

Willis' grandmother was a confinement nanny back in the days. Post birth, Willis enjoyed confinement with assistance from her grandmother. She is touched by the heart-warming care of her grandmother. She had recuperated well and benefited much from having a confinement in the TCM way. She wants to share her experience with other mothers.

She later found out that many new mothers may not have the luxury to engage a nanny due to rising costs, especially during festive season. Hence, she initiated Mummamia Confinement with series of ready and easy-to-use confinement products with the support from her family.

Willis wants all mothers to enjoy and recuperate well during the afterbirth period and hopes to reduce the possibilities of new mothers falling into depression. Along the way, she has many mothers telling her how convenient Mummamia products are and that their body had recuperated well compared to earlier childbirth, after using the products. To her, that is REAL JOY and an ACCOMPLISHMENT.

Mummamia Confinement hopes to take care of a new mother like a mother.

Great news to my soon-to-be-mommy readers!

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Willis offers a set of GIVEWAY products worth $175 to one lucky reader! The set consists of:

1.     1 box of Pre-packed Confinement Herbs (5 Packets)
2.     1 box of Mom Series Confinement Package
3.     Pre-packed Red Dates (1 Packet)

If you are not pregnant but know someone who does, this makes an awesome present for mommy-to-be. So do take part, ok?

Here is what you have to do to win (please read the instruction carefully because incomplete entries will be disqualified):

1. Leave a comment on this blog post, telling me how you (or your friend) plan to do your confinement; or completed your last confinement. (Eg. With confinement nanny, DIY with help from husband / helper / family member and/or confinement meal delivery).

2. Leave your name and email, so I can contact you if you win!

3. Share this post on Facebook to earn you another entry!

Contest runs from now till 30 October 2014. The winner will be announced on my Facebook page on 31 October 2014. 

If you like to purchase Mummamia products, it can be found at:

1.     Mount Alvernia Hospital Retail Pharmacy
2.     Thomson Medical Centre (Parentcraft Shop)
3.     Blk 2 Rochor Road #01-586 Rochor Centre
4.     Mom Essentials KK Hospital Retail Mall #01-22
5.     Mom Essentials Square 2 #02-74

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Weaning My Firstborn

As I'm typing this, I'm hiding from Lauren in my helper's room. Crying softly.

I'm weaning my 24 months old toddler off my breasts today. For the second time. The first time she weaned off breast was 5 months ago, before her baby sister, Georgia was born. It was an easy transition - from 4 times a day to twice right before sleeps, and finally to occasional comfort feeding. I still have my baby from time to time when we both need emotional bonding.

The problem came after her sister was born. She saw her sister getting the breasts and naturally she wanted her share too. So it escalated from I also want a peck after baby had her milk to twice a day put me to sleep feed to I can't sleep without breasts to I'm ripping mommy's top off  coz I want it NOW about every hour of the day.

The tipping point came last night when Georgia was crying hysterically in hunger while I was stuck with Lauren comfort feeding at my breast. I felt torn and devastated that I can't go to my newborn and she had to be fed formula milk instead. I began to feel resentment.

So upon waking up this morning, I was determined to stop breastfeeding Lauren for good. Cold turkey. I may have even sounded cold when I told Nick about my plans and that I need his help in putting Lauren to bed tonight. He agreed.

That was it. My breast-feeding journey with my first born has just ended. No last feed as sweet goodbye. Just stopped. I turned away from Nick to let out a quiet sob. This is a lot harder than I thought. I'm already missing our closeness and our bond during breastfeeding. The little laugh, the intimacy, the trust and the loving look in her eyes when she looked up at me. No more. I'm not sure if I'm feeling sad or guilty.

I'm sorry baby. It has to be done. I hope you will forget my breasts soon.



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Who Would You Like Your Child To Become?

Have you ever closed your eyes and imagine how you'd like your child to be in the future? I was asked to do exactly that when I attended the Empowering Your Child with Positive Discipline workshop by Julia Gabriel. I was told to imagine what Lauren would be doing in 5, 20, 40 years from now. And then imagine myself there. How will our relationship be? It was quite confronting, really.

You see, I knew I wanted my children to do well in school, and to do whatever they are passionate about when they grow up. I've even thought about them finding true love and settling down. But I've never gone into the specifics and I found myself a little overwhelmed by the process.

Will they be happy? Has self-confidence? Compassionate?

Who we'd like them to become is very much dependent on what we are teaching them NOW.

This is just a snippet of what I've learnt last weekend. I will write more on what I've learnt during the workshop in upcoming posts.

In the meantime, try this exercise. Close your eyes and imagine your child in the future. How would you describe him/her?

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Yoomi Feeding System Review (Discount + Giveaway!)

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When I was first approached by AT Marketing Consultancy to review a 'baby bottle + warmer set', I thought to myself, "What is there to write about baby bottles?" However, my opinion quickly changed when I received the product info on yoomi Feeding System. I was curious. Are all the hypes and awards this product garnered, justified?

About yoomi

The first self-warming baby bottle, yoomi gently warms baby's feed to the natural temperature of breast milk (32-34 deg C) in just 60 seconds… making parents lives easier at home and on the go. It has won so many industry awards; it takes 3 pages to list them all!

Some of the features include:

*no-fuss latch on: thanks to its natural breast-shaped and super-soft silicone teat which allows for a breast-from-breast experience

*transition sorted: thanks to the consistent breast-milk temperature feed provided by yoomi, babies have a familiarity they need to support weaning from breast to bottle

*reduced likelihood of colic: with its anti-colic vents (most bottles have 1-4) yoomi is one of the best vented bottles on the market

*easy pouring and mixing: yoomi’s unique, wide-necked bottle makes pouring and mixing simple – as well as clean and tidy!

*convenience, always: being suitable for both expressed breast-milk and formula, and ideal for combination or bottle feeding… yoomi supports all baby’s feeding needs

*comfy grip: the ergonomically designed bottle makes yoomi easy to grip and more comfortable to hold during longer feeds

*safe: the yoomi range is 100% BPA free and meets the highest safety standards feeding

*beautifully simple: using patented technology, the yoomi pod enables warmers to be recharged in the microwave in just 2 mins using a ‘heat-shake, heat-shake’ method.

First impression?

The set of Yoomi Feeding System that I received for the purpose of this review comes with a 240ml easi-latch™ BPA-free bottle, a slow flow teat, a warmer and a pod. What stood out to me was the shape and feel of the super soft silicone teat, very breast-like!

The most intriguing thing about yoomi is of course - the no battery/electricity needed, awards winning, evolutionary warmer that makes feeding on-the-go so convenient. It has a simple button to activate and grids on its body for milk to flow through. This allows milk to warm up to the perfect temperate when it hits the teat for baby to suck on.

So how does it work?

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This is the instruction manual. I know right? So many steps? It is actually quite easy once you get hang of it. I've made an instructions video to save  you the confusion. You're welcome! :P


Overall verdict?

Every mother knows when a baby is hungry, he/she lets out this cry that is just heartbreaking. So every minute it takes to warm up EBM (expressed breast milk) feels like eternity. I'm impressed that with yoomi, it only takes 60 seconds. It is also pretty cool that it NEVER overheats the milk, so no nutritional lost there.

I also love that it is a 2-in-1 (warmer + bottle) product which I can easily take with me anywhere. I don't need to ask, sometimes beg, for hot water to warm up EBM when it comes to feeding baby Georgia outside home.

Having said that, the heating and cooling time takes quite long. Once, Georgia was a crying so hard that my helper activated the warmer before the recommended cooling time. The warmer just wouldn't work after that. Luckily it wasn't permanently damaged. The Singapore yoomi team was very patient and helpful. They guided me through the 'reset' process and the warmer is now working perfectly again. Phew!

Overall Value?

At a retail price of $59.90 for a set, it is on par with other bottles plus a regular warmer in the market. Considering the convenience and its unique design, I would say it is a good buy. A must-have for mummies-on-the-go.
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Good news for all readers of The Chill Mom!

Now.. lets move on to the good bits. Yoomi Feeding System will be officially launched at Baby Market Fair held at Singapore Expo on 2nd October 2014. They are offering special discount and a giveaway to you, my dear readers!

(1) ADDITIONAL 5% DISCOUNT ON DISCOUNTED LAUNCH PRICE
*This promotion is ONLY redeemable at Baby Market Fair 2-5 Oct, booth A26 by presenting The Chill Mom blog (printed or screenshot on phone)

Usual Price: $59.90
Launch Promotion: $49.90 + FREE 5oz bottle (worth $18.90)
Blogger Promotion: additional 5% on top of launch promotion.
Price after additional 5% disc is $47.40

(2) GIVEAWAY ONE FREE YOOMI FEEDING SET 8OZ (UP $59.90) 

3 easy steps:

1) LIKE & SHARE yoomi sg page
(www.facebook.com/yoomisingapore)

2) COMMENT on yoomi sg wall with"I love yoomi/thechillmon".

3) TAG 5 friends in comment box.
Eg: I love yoomi/thechillmom. @friend1 @friend2 @friend3 @friend4 @friend5

Closing date for giveaway is on 10 Oct. Winner will be announced on 11 Oct 2014. So head over to their FB page and take part now. Yoomi Sg will have the final decision of the selected winner. Good luck!

If you are interested in purchasing a set for yourself, yoomi will be available at these retailers:
  • www.yoomi.com.sg 
  • www.foxysales.com 
  • www.kidsfullstop.com 
  • www.bubbletots.biz 
  • www.smartideassg.com 

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Our Short Visit To Kuala Lumpur

We just got back from a short stay in Kuala Lumpur, and I'd love to share a few photos from our trip….

I managed to snap some photos of the girls wearing matching outfits from Fox Kids & Baby, while we waited to board the plane. I really hope they will become best friends forever.

We spent a lot of time eating and shopping at Pavillion, which located conveniently across the street from our hotel.


My niece and nephew kept asking if they can hold baby Georgia. They were besotted with her.

My niece, Mithraa was very sweet. She stayed in the baby pool with Lauren the whole time. They look like they are discussing life plans here.

With the hubby at his cousin's wedding. We chose to stay at the same hotel where the wedding reception was held. Right after this photo was taken, I went up to our suite to breastfeed the kids, put them to sleep and went back to the ballroom to continue my dinner. 

The bride and groom giving their thank you speech.

It was good to have my best friend, Suzanne joined us at the after-party held at Marini's on 57.

The wedding party booked out an open air section of Marini's which has great view of KLCC. But it rained on us, so we moved to the adjacent cigar bar. I was very sleepy by now. This mommy hasn't partied late into the night for a long, long time.

Lauren slept on my shoulder for 1.5 hours! I was telling myself, "Arms definition, arms definition".

Lunch with sis after running some errands. We don't get to see each other very often (living in different countries), so a 'wefie' isn't too much, right?

Nick has to return to Singapore to work while I stayed for another 2 days. So I'm glad my helper, Amor was around to lend a helping hand. How could I possibly travel with 2 kids under 2 by myself?

She believes in locking up the luggages. Or was she trying to break in?

Just us, mucking around while waiting for our returning flight. Lauren's Miss Adorable t-shirt is sponsored by Fox Fashion SG.

Anyway, I came back with a sore throat, probably from eating non-stop and late night partying. Nevertheless, it was great to see family and friends in Kuala Lumpur. I'm looking forward to our next trip there early next year. Thanks for reading!

PS: 10 tips for flying with young kids. 


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9 Habits of A Fit Mom


When Alicia from Beanie N Us suggested a blog train on mommy's fitness, #sgfitandfab30 back in early July (right before I gave birth), I readily agreed to take part. You see, I wanted to fit into a dress for a wedding 2 months postpartum, so I thought I would be motivated to start exercising once I recover from the delivery. It has been 2 months now and guess what? I've attempted to work out ONCE. Yes, only one time. The thing is I hate exercising. Don't be fooled by my tan complexion and all, I don't fancy the outdoors and neither do I workout intensively at the gym. But how do you stay slim all this time, I hear you ask?

Here are my simple rituals to stay healthy and slim without going to the gym:

Wear fitted clothes at home
It is tempting to lounge around the house in pajamas and loose fitting clothes all day. However, I find that wearing sports wear or fitted clothes at home motivates me to move my body more. A few leg lifts here, a little stretching there. I feel less inclined to veg out when all that unflattering jiggly bits staring right at me.

Keep active
Although I don't care for the gym or running (well, I can't run to save my life anyway), I walk a lot. I walk everywhere. In fact, my sister once said that going on a holiday with me feels like a 'lose weight trip'. I rather walk than taking the cab if the destinations are within 2km radius. I'm also the type of person who can't sit still. That's why I don't go for manicure or pedicure because it requires too much restraint on my part. I'm constantly moving about at home, rearranging things on the table or wiping a tiny spot off the couch. Come to think of it, maybe I have OCD.

Posture, posture, posture
I have to thank my mom on this one. She used to remind me constantly that I should stand straight up, sit up right, no slouching, etc. It turns out that we burn more calories sitting upright compared to sitting in a hunched position. I also watch my posture when I'm moving. An example is when I need to stand up from our low bed, I do a proper squat every single time. They call it functional fitness, but to me it is mindless exercise.

Eat meat
Contrary to belief that meats are fattening, they actually do not contribute to our fat accumulation. Protein builds muscle, and our body uses more calories when we have more muscles, even when we are resting. Protein also takes longer to digest, so we stay full for a longer period of time.

Cut out sugar
Most people think if they don't add sugar into their food, they are limiting sugar. Well, yes in a way, but it is not enough. Sugars are hidden in supposedly 'healthy' food such as breakfast cereals, protein bars, frozen yogurt, bubble teas, soy milk, and even some salad dressing. If possible, eat fresh. Which brings me to the next point.


Eat fresh
If the food you are about to consume doesn't look like its original form (eg. corn flakes look nothing like corn kernels, sausages doesn't look like a piece of meat, etc), it is processed. One trick to avoid them is to shop the perimeter of the supermarket. Avoid going into the aisles where processed food are located. 

I don't buy into all those 'healthy' replacement or diet meals either. They are supposedly making you lose weight by suppressing your appetite, so instead of having a meal, you drink a mixture of supplement powder added into water or juices. Not only they don't come cheap; seriously, at $4-$5 a pop, I could buy and have a whole lot of fresh fruits and vegetable. Why drink a meal when you can actually eat them? 

Chew slowly
Regardless of the amount of food eaten, our brains only register that we are full after 20 minutes. So chew and eat slowly. It is better for our digestive system too.

Limit alcohol
I only drink half a glass of red wine at dinner occasionally. And by occasionally, I really mean at most once a month. Alcoholic drinks are laden with calories. So drink responsibly.

Lots of water
This is an oldie but goldie. Drink a glass of water before every meal. Sometimes our bodies confuse thirst with hunger. I fill up my stomach with water so I don't overeat. Drinking water also keeps me full and hydrated throughout the day, so I feel less inclined to snack. Only plain water though - juices are filled with sugar while tea and coffee are diuretic, so they don't count.

Oh so did I manage to fit into the dress after 2 months? I sure did! Trust me. Starting a healthy and fit lifestyle does not need to be a chore. Make little changes in your daily routine, and before you know it, it becomes a habit and you will hardly notice you are making an effort.

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This is THE dress. Photo taken at the wedding after-party with my best friend, Suzanne.

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Next mommy on this #sgfitandfab30 blog train is Shermeen.

Shermeen from www.meeningfully.com is mum to a boisterous 2 year old boy. Since she gave birth, the only exercise she does is to run after her son. Having put on a whopping 14kg during pregnancy, she has only been able to lose 7 even after 2 years.

Read on to find out what she is doing to get her back on the fitness track, not only to lose weight but hopefully to also conceive a second child. 



PS: Natural home remedies for beauty.

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My Wardrobe Essentials

Between chasing Lauren, nursing Georgia, and everything else in between, there’s just about no time at all to spend putting together an outfit.  As much as I would love to look like fashion bloggers in their #OOTD (read: outfit of the day), I stick to basics I can just throw on and go without thinking twice.

Here are the no-fail basics that I usually end up wearing again and again:
1. Button down white shirt - Classic white shirts lend an air of casual sophistication when paired with denim bottom. Or… you could throw it on with pencil skirt, well hello office!

2. Spaghetti straps tops - Perfect for the weather here in Singapore. I have it in so many colours and styles. However, I avoid those that are tight / snugged around the waist because they can be unforgiving to my jelly belly. It can be worn under a cardigan or jacket to balance out your proportions.

3. Cardigans - Great for layering and to keep the chill out while you sit waiting at the pediatrician's clinic. Stick to basic black, white or grey for easy matching.

4. Black blazer - This is for those occasions when you want to look more polished and a cardigan just won't cut it. A shorter jacket that ends around your hip bones gives the illusion of longer legs. I like those with little details like a zipper or leather lapels for an edgier look but if you prefer a classic cut, go for it.

5. Fitted jeans and pants - No wardrobe is complete without flattering fitted jeans and pants. It can be dressed up or down with the white shirt / spaghetti strap top mentioned earlier. Go for dark colours as they make your pins look slimmer.

6. Denim cut off shorts or skirts - Again, because of the hot weather in Singapore, denim shorts and skirts are my go-to casual bottom on a daily basis. They are very long lasting as well. Seriously, I'm still wearing a denim skirt that I bought 8 years ago. I wear them to the market, playgroups and just about anywhere casual. Oh, how short is too short? Err.. let's just say showing butt cheeks is rather unbecoming.

7. Little Black Dress - This is a cliché, almost every single article on wardrobe basics would include LBD on the list. But it is also true. I have black dresses in many styles but the one pictured above (I was 6 months pregnant with Lauren) is the one I wear to death. Once you've found one that works for you, life would never be the same.

8. Accessories - Besides my wedding band, I hardly wear any accessory. When an occasion calls for a little more effort, I usually wear simple studs or loop earrings. I also love my Cartier Tank for its versatility.

9. Shoes - I could show you my actual pairs of nude pumps, white loafers, stripy sandals and brown havaianas, but they are a ghost of what they used to be, it is embarrassing. I know these shoes are fairly uninspiring but trust me, they go well with brightly colored outfits as well as your blacks, whites and blues.

There you have it. My wardrobe essentials since I became a mother. Do you need to stock up on any of these items? If you are a MasterCard holder, ZALORA's MasterCard promotion offers an extra 10% off storewide every Thursday until 31 December 2014. 

PS: How to wear flats.

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