Leaving A Legacy

I was talking, okay whatsapping with my sister today and it got me thinking about inheritance or rather what would I leave to my children after I'm gone. It all started like this. She is a little upset with my dad.

They were having dinner with some of dad's friends when someone suggested to dad to invest his money into commercial properties. It brings better yield than letting the money sits in the bank. Dad  answered that he is happy with his current financial status and that he doesn't want the extra work/effort of managing the properties. Fair enough.

Then the bomb dropped. He continued by saying he wants to check himself into one of those luxurious retirement village / elderly care home when he is older (by the way, dad is only in his 50's now) and lives off his savings. And when he passes on, he would donate all his money to the elderly care home. He won't leave anything to any of his children.

Bang! That felt like a slap in the face to my sister.

She told me she wasn't upset by the fact that dad doesn't want to leave us any inheritance but it was the way he said it; it apparently sounded like we are desperate for it.

Funnily enough, I was not upset or remotely affected when she relayed the story to me. I feel that he has his right to spend the money whichever way he wants. It is HIS hard-earned money. Besides, family is just not my dad's strongest suits. He is not a kid person. He admitted it himself. He doesn't really give hugs or kisses to us or any of his grandchildren. I'm surprised he has 3 children.

So would I leave my children any inheritance when I leave the world? Probably not all of it. I would love to set up a trust fund for them and their children to use towards education. Beyond that, if they want good things in life, they would have to work for it themselves - not handed to them on a silver platter. I'd rather leave them with strong values and principles in life that would guide them through their darker days.

I've asked Nick. He agreed with the education fund idea, and he has actually started a company that he could pass on to our children. To him, that is his way of leaving a legacy for our future generations.

Have you thought about how you would leave a legacy or your possessions? If so, do share if you agree with our plans or if you believe in keeping everything for your children and hope it will lessen their burden in life?

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What Your Toddler Babbling Could Mean

Lauren has become quite a chatterbox lately. Sometimes she gets a few words out perfectly, but mostly, she is still babbling away. It is funny to see the serious expression on her face and the urgency in her voice when she is trying to get her point across. She would even have a resigned tone and a little sigh when she realizes no one understands her. Sometimes, I think I get the hunch of what my toddler is trying to say to me and here are some things what a toddler babbling could mean:

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1. Here is the remote control. Please make The Wiggles appears on tv.

2.  Stop putting the hat on me. I don't like it. I much prefer these pants on my head, or your colourful undies would work too.

3. Bang, bang, bang, bang! Lie down and pretend you are dead. Bang, bang, bang!

4. Hi! I knew I would find you in the toilet, mommy. Let me keep you company. *Smile*

5.  Don't take the pen away. Can't you see how lovely the couch now looks with my scribbling on it? See? I have them on my thighs too!

6. Nope. No more porridge for me tonight. I heard you've ordered pizza.

7. I know you don't want to get up now. But I know just the move to wake you up, you just can't resist when I do this. *Proceeds to dig mommy's belly button*

8. Look, ma. I can put both legs into one hole of my pants and still walk like a geisha. Hee hee..

9. Mommy, open this bag of blocks for me. *Tip the bag and pour out all 70 pieces of blocks* Oh wait,  I change my mind. This sticker book looks more interesting.

10. DADDY! Thank god you are home, daddy. I'm getting a little bored playing with mommy.

11. I saw the block of chocolate, mommy. No point hiding it behind your back now. Didn't you say we must learn to share?

12. *While looking into the mirror* Wah! I look so cute with 2 ponytails today.

13. Hello? I have no idea why I'm taking into a phone but adults seem to do it all the time. So here I am, talking. Yabba, yabba, yabba. Oh, yes, have to do the occasional laugh too. Hahahahahaha…

14. I'm NOT getting into the carseat. Want to see how loud I can cry? HUWAAAH!

15. Okay, I'm in my stroller now. Let's go out.

16. Carry me! I don't want to be in the stroller any longer. Huh? What? Oh, raisins. Yum!

17. Why are you wiping my artwork off the wall? I thought that is what you want by giving me those crayons.

18. *While playing chase* Aaahhhh.. don't chase me. *Stop to gasp for air* Okay, chase me now!

19. *After getting on the trike by herself* Mommy, mommy! Come push me. Yes, I can pedal but I want you to push me instead. Weeee…

20. Open the fridge door. I have to have a bottle of Yakult now!

Think you know what your toddler is carrying on about? Prove it! Head over the The Chill Mom Facebook page and post your best toddler babbling video and/or speech translation in the comment section. Favourite video will win a pair matching outfits for yourself and your kid! Submission ends midnight 14 Sept 2014. Winner will be announced on 15 Sept 2014 on our Facebook page.

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Win A Vaby Subscription Box (5 Sets To Be Won!)

Last month, a group of mommy bloggers and I have been invited to discover a new online store dedicated to mothers and children's products called Vaby. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen some photos of the Vaby box and how much fun Lauren had at the launch party held at The Playhouse.

So what is Vaby?
Vaby provides a one stop solution for all baby products and services. At Vaby, you can discover new parenting solutions and trusted brands delivered right to your doorstep, shop great savings of up to 90% on hand-picked quality children’s apparel, maternity wear, toys, baby gears and even the best deals on full month parties or baby spa services.

What is Vaby box?
Subscribe and you'll receive premium samples from both well-known brands and emerging gems each month.  In a beautifully curated box, 5 to 8 mommy & baby product samples will be delivered to your door step. It is such a great way to discover and try new products without committing to buying the full sized product.

This is the July Box that I received at the launch.

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July's box content L-R: GOO.N Japan Version Diaper, Ban Kah Chai Zhui Feng Feng Su Ho Oil (helps relieve pain and itchiness), Nurturmeals, $10 voucher from The Playhouse, Chu-Chu nursing pads, Naturally Kinder Wet Tissue, Hiruscar gel, Pure by Phytocare papaya ointment.

I have 5 Vaby boxes to be given away to 5 winners, with each walking away with a box of premium samples from well-known brands and emerging gems tailored to you and your kids' age.

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Winners will be announced on 2 August 2014, right back here at the bottom of this post and on our Facebook page. Good luck!

And here are some photos from Vaby's Launch Party!

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I was hoping the bag would cover my belly.
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Generous buffet spread prepared by The Playhouse team
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Cutest baby contest!
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One of the winning babies and moms.
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The winner of the cutest baby contest. How adorable is that face?
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One of the lucky draw winner.

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Pregnant moms are not left out too. I wanted to win this so bad.
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But I won this instead! A set of Mollers's Cod Liver Oil - more Omege 3 for Lauren and bub no.2.
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Fellow mommy bloggers and the Vaby's team.

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How To Overcome Fear of Childbirth - Tips from Experienced Mommy Bloggers

Less than 14 days now! The countdown begins. I still remember the anxiousness and the excitement I felt during the days leading up to my first delivery. How would I know if I'm having contractions? How does it feels like? What the heck is mucus plug? And my biggest fear of all is my water bag breaks when I'm in public. Or not having enough time to get to the hospital and giving birth in a taxi.

This time around, I'm more chill because I know what to expect. However, according to the doctor, the second baby would arrive a lot faster than the first (the first took 15 hours from the time I was admitted), so the fear of giving birth whilst on the way to the hospital still lingers.

So I've pooled a group of Singapore mom bloggers and asked the question: Any tips to overcome fear of child birth? Here is what they have to say:

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Go in without any expectations except that you will see your beautiful baby at the end of it and it will all be worth it, take the epidural, it's not as scary as it looks!  - Elizabeth Soh-Teo

Relax. Trust yourself, trust your body and trust your gynae. If u need pain relief, use it, epidural was my life saver and I didn't turn out a bad mum because I used epidural and I didn't experience any long term side effects. - Seng Tzer Jing

Read up on hypnotherapy prior to birth (no we din'y do hypo birthing). One of the things i put in heart is not to bring fear with you. It worked! I didnt feel pain at all when epidural was being administered! The first time when it entered the spine, I almost wanted to kick the fellow…but with baby number 2, it was so much better. - Janice Wong

I had my 3 births without epidural. I had only one thought: if my mum could do it, so can I. - Christy Wong

Save all your energy for the pushing! Take everything slow and chill and when it's time to push, give it your best. After 3 deliveries, I realized that how I pushed really makes a difference. - Elizabeth Wu

I can't even hold my breath long enough to swim a quarter of the breadth (not even the length, thank you very much) of a swimming pool, but I managed to take a super deep breath, and push the baby out anyway! If I could do it, I'm sure you'll have no problems at all. - Adeline Tan

I faint (or almost) whenever I have to do a blood test but I gave birth to Nakayla naturally with only laughing gas. Nothing will hold the baby back when it's ready to say hello! They'll even do all the work. - Mabel Lee

I got no tips except "be prepared that the breathing/gas/epidural might not relief any of your pain. I know it's not very encouraging but it happens..it happened to me! And not being prepared for it was the worst feeling. Believe in yourself and your body anyway. You were meant to do this and it'll be all worth it once you see your baby. - Madeline Heng

Go on a social media-television-youtube-pregnancybooks blackout. don't read or watch anything to do with birth or labour. Instead spend time strolling by the park hand in hand with the husband, and eating to your hearts content! Free your mind of anything and everything, and just absorb the wonders of life, especially of the one inside of you. - Nadia Cheong

Focus on seeing your baby and take deep breaths. And remember that labour is not a competition and you don't have to prove anything to anyone. So don't be shy to ask for pain relief. Having an epidural won't make you a bad mum. - Adora Tan

Keep calm and relax. Think of all the positives and the joy of seeing your baby afterwards. - Jolin Poon

My tip would be not be over-plan the delivery. It is good to have a birth plan, but don't be too hung up on it. Go with the flow, and do whatever makes you feel most comfortable. - Shermeen Ching

My tip is... Epidural. Depending on your pain threshold, don't be afraid to talk to your gynae about it and discuss options. Sure, listen to other people's advice, read books but at the end of the day, go with what you are most confident with. For me, I KNEW I would take the epidural, it is not up for discussion. Haha! - Sandra Tan

If it is your 1st child, what's written on all the books and shared on all the talks may not apply to you. Giving birth is an experience, it needs to be an accumulated experience. So, go on, please have more babies if you can. - Jenn Lee

Take epidural early. My first labour was 6 hours so I guess second labour would be faster. Each epi last about 5-6 hours so I went ahead. Just stay relaxed and take a nap while waiting. Follow the gynea's instruction to push and I hope you can get to see your precious little one as you push out just like me. Trust me, the feeling is wonderful when baby is in your embrace. - Serene Seah

Knowing that I have low pain threshold, I requested for epidural early. So that I conserve energy to receive my bundle of joy!  - Waiwai Leong

Practice visualizing a smooth delivery - close your eyes and see yourself giving birth to a healthy baby and that your birth plan went as you planned. Prayers work the same way - ask for smooth delivery. Don't watch any baby delivery videos if this is your first baby. Best of luck! - Meiling Wong-Chainani

And finally, this one is from me - Think of the weakest person you know who is also a mom. For example, I have this friend from high school who is easily frightened by everything. So I would tell myself, "If S**** could give birth to 2 kids, so can I." (Sorry, S!)

I hope these tips helped ease some of your fears. We all have concern and worry if things would go wrong, it is only normal. I blame it on our hormones, Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of your pregnancy. If you have other tips to add, do share! 

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How To Prepare Your Older Child For A New Baby

One of my biggest worry these days is how Lauren would react when we bring home the newborn. I tried my best to explain to Lauren that in this big belly of mine, is her 'mei mei' (younger sister in chinese), but she doesn't seem to get the concept of another baby. In fact, she still refer to herself as THE 'baby'.

I imagine being in her position. She is used to be the only child. She currently spends all her waking time with me; she gets a hug whenever she runs to me; we go for walks and playgroups together; but soon this will all change. In the early days, I'll spend most of my time nursing the new baby, Lauren might feel left out. How can I show her that I still love her just as much?

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So I read up, asked for ideas and here are some of the advice I got:

*When your older child meets new baby for the first time, let someone else hold the baby or have the baby laying down in moses basket, infant seat, etc. This way, she can focus on the baby one-to-one instead of being confused seeing a baby in your arms, which is their usual territory.

*When your older child visits you at the hospital, let your partner and your older child go to the nursery together and bring the baby to you. This way, she would feel like she is welcoming the baby and introducing it to you instead of finding her missing mommy holding another baby.

*Schedule quality alone time with your older child, to let her know you still love her very much.

*Ask everyone who visits to first greet your older child first before looking at the baby.

*Constantly tell your older child a lot about what a great big sister she is and how proud they must be for being the older one.

*Get your older child a baby doll for her to look after, so you both can be 'moms' together.

*Get your partner to pay more attention to your older child, it is the perfect time for them to bond, leaving you with the newborn.

*Buy and wrap little gifts in advance. Whenever your older child feels upset about being left out, give her a gift and says it is from her little brother/sister.

*You will find yourself saying, "Just a minute, I have to do this for baby." Make a point of 'telling' the baby, it is now time for you to do something for your older child.

*If your first child is older, involve her in the decisions making process. Let her picks out the baby items when you shop, or even have her picks the name.

*Get your older child a "Big Sister" t-shirt, blanket or whatever she likes to feel special.

*If you have always been the one to put your older child to bed, continue to do so after the new baby arrives. Let her know you'll always be there when she needs you.

*If both children are crying at the same time, attend to the older one first. The new baby is too young to know any better.

*Children love to hear praise. Say to your partner,"Lauren is so helpful today. You should have seen her. She got diapers and wipes for the baby just when I needed them!"

So how did you prepare your older child for a new baby? Any recommendation on children's books about siblings? What happened when your older child met new baby for the first time? Do share. I would appreciate any insight. Thanks!

PS: How to enjoy your third trimester.

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2nd Pregnancy Update: 37th Week!

So it has been 15 weeks since I last wrote an update on my current pregnancy. How time flies! My belly is now massive and heavy. I have also given up trying NOT to waddle when I walk - my vain self has lost to the pregnancy.

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Baby Size: At check-up, doctor informed me the baby is already 2.8kg!

Weight gain: 6kg.

Maternity clothes: No more regular clothing. Even some of the maternity leggings are getting snug now. I rotate between 3-5 outfits that are still able to fit me.

Toilet run: I have a choice of dying of dehydration (the weather in Singapore has been insanely hot!) or running to pee every hour. My guess is our water bill will be higher this month due to constant flushing.

Movement: Baby is already in the upside down position, but that doesn't stop her from kicking and turning around. Very strong kicks and punches from this one.

Appetite: I ate a LOT in my 2nd trimester, and I mean A LOT!! However, for the past couple of weeks, I can't eat that much at a sitting anymore. I read that it is because my tummy is losing real estate space to the growing placenta/baby.

Symptoms: Varicose veins has gotten worse than ever. My right leg looks alien-ish at the moment from the very visible bulging and purplish veins. According to my aunt, my mom had them when she was pregnant with us too. So I guess it is hereditary and there is no escaping from it. Pressure in the groin area is also getting unbearable. Standing and even sitting up for too long hurts! :(

That's it for now. Next update would be the about the birth itself. Wish me luck!

PS: As I'm going to be a sleep-deprived milk producing machine when the baby is born, I doubt I'll have any energy left to blog. So I'm looking for any kind soul who would like to guest blog for me during my absence. Please drop me an email at mich.hon@gmail.com if you like to contribute. All credits will be linked back to you of course!

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8 Western Restaurants In Singapore Where Kids Eat For Free

It's always a treat to take a day off from the kitchen and dine out. The only downside, however, is having to pay full price for kid's smaller portion. Wouldn't it be great if kid's meal is free? Say no more! These restaurants in Singapore offer free meals to their tiny diners. Location participation, however, does vary, so call ahead before taking advantage of these delicious deals!

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On Friday and weekends, between noon to 3pm, kids 10 years old and under get a free kids meal with every adult item from the Big Eat or Moules Frites menus purchased.
Robertson Quay: 80 Mohamed Sultan Road,
#01-12, Singapore 239013, Phone: 6887 4344
Big Splash: 902 East Coast Parkway,
Block F,  #01-27, Phone: 6346 4344
Sentosa Cove: 31 Ocean Way #01-01 Quayside Isle, Singapore 098375, Phone: 6684 4344

Mondays to Fridays, kids under 12 years old dine free with evert adult entree order.
Tanglin Mall: 163 Tanglin Road, #02-23, Singapore 247933, Phone: 6733 3317 
J Cube: 2 Jurong East Central 1, #03-10, Singapore 609731, Phone: 6684 3811
Central, Clarke Quay: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #01-18, Singapore 059817, Phone: 6225 1687

Hog's Breath Cafe

Every Sunday, a kid under 12 years old eats free with every paying adult. There is also a playroom to keep kids occupied while you sip on cocktails.

CHIJMES: 30 Victoria Street, Blk A, #01-26/27, Singapore 187996, Phone: 6338 1387

Kids eat free every weekend with the purchase of every 2 Delimains for Dinner Special.
Scotts Square: 6 Scotts Road, #B1-16/19 Singapore 228209, Phone:  6636 0903

Pizza Hut
On weekdays, order any selected a la carte meal or pizza set meal for free. Dine-in only.
Various locations

The Bank Bar + Bistro
All weekends, order a main course and get a kids' entree for free.
One Shenton: 1 Shenton Way, #01-01, Singapore 068803, Phone: 6636 2188

TGI Fridays
From Monday to Thurdays, 1 free kids meal from Kids Stars Menu with every purchase of adult entree.

112 Katong: 112, East Coast Road, #01-13, Singapore 428802, Phone: 6636 0533

Olive Tree Restaurant
Children under 7 years old eats for free for every paying adult.
The Intercontinental Singapore: Level 1, 80 Middle Road Singapore 188966, Phone: 68251061

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Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips (Plus Giveaway and Discounts!)

I have succumbed to hiring a full time helper at home. I've been training her for 2 weeks now, often explaining and showing her how to clean the house the eco-friendly way by using less chemicals / products that could potentially be toxic to young children. Since I'm going through what we use to maintain a clean and green household, I thought I would share it here too.

White distilled vinegar:

Clean the microwave by mixing 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar and 1/2 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl. Bring it to a rolling boil inside the microwave. Baked-on food will be loosened, and odors will disappear. Wipe clean.

Clean kitchen counter tops, shelves and walls of refrigerator and make them smell sweet again with a cloth soaked in undiluted white distilled vinegar. Keeps ants away too.

Kill germs all around the bathroom with a spray of full-strength white distilled vinegar. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Mix a cup of white vinegar with half a bucket of water to mop the floor. It removes grease, disinfect and shines your non-waxed floor. It is also fast-drying.

Remove ugly film in narrow-necked glass jars, flower vases, and bottles by letting undiluted white distilled vinegar sit in them for a few hours. Add a little rice or sand and shake vigorously to loosen stubborn stains.

Shine metal eating utensils by soaking them for a couple of hours or overnight in a glass or bowl of undiluted white distilled vinegar. 

To rid grease off exhaust fan grids, soak them in a mixture of half hot water, half vinegar with a little washing liquid before scrubbing.

Deodorize the toilet bowl by allowing 3 cups white distilled vinegar to sit in it for about a half hour before flushing.

Bicarb soda /Baking soda:
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Stop buying Cif. Make your own scouring cleanser by combining ¼ cup baking soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add just enough white distilled vinegar to give it a thick but creamy texture.

Get rid of sour milk smell in baby milk bottles by adding a teaspoon of bicarb soda and water after washing. 

Fill some containers with baking soda and place inside to absorb stale smell in the fridge.

Remove stains from coffee and teacups by scrubbing them gently with equal parts of bicarb soda and white distilled vinegar. Rinse clean.

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Get rid of lime deposits in a tea kettle by boiling water with a few pieces of quartered lime/lemon in the kettle. Drain the water and lemon before your next use.

Diluted lemon juice not only cleans stains from cutting boards, but helps kill germs as well. Rub the juice full strength onto the stain and let sit until the stain fades. Can be left overnight, then rinsed well and dried.

Soak plastic food storage containers in dilute lemon juice to remove stains and odors. Add baking soda and scrub, rinse and dry.

Remove grease stains from clothing. Rub lemon juice into the spot and let sit overnight and then wash as normal.

Unclog your drain with a mixture of baking soda followed by lemon juice. The foaming action will clear minor clogs.

Eco-friendly cleaning products, like Ecover ZERO:
(The good folks at Ecover kindly sent some products to review for the purpose of this eco-friendly post)

No more sour milk / strong detergent smell in my baby milk bottle with Ecover ZERO washing-up liquid. Its fragrant-free and colouring-free formulation cleans well without leaving any harmful residual traces in baby's bottles. All their products are also safe for sensitive skin. My hands are not sensitive, but god knows how much washing up a mom does in a day, so a gentle formulation for the skin is always welcomed.

Eco-friendly laundry with Ecover ZERO Non Bio laundry liquid This detergent uses natural plant oils and acids to clean clothing, therefore it isn't packed with phosphates that can wreak havoc on water supplies causing algal blooms and red tide. Washing my clothes was no different with this detergent than any other, put in a cap-full, close the lid and walk away. The clothes felt clean, soft, and had a certain "earthy" smell that I enjoyed. 

Alternative uses for Ecover ZERO fabric conditioner:
Remove hard-water stains Dab fabric conditioner onto the stains and let it soak for 10 minutes. Then wipe the conditioner and stain off the glass with a damp cloth and rinse well,

Float away baked-on grime Forget scrubbing. Fill the casserole with water, add a squirt of fabric conditioner, and soak for an hour, or until residue wipes easily away.

I've got 3 bottles of 500ml Washing Up Liquid by Ecover worth SGD14.85 to give away to one lucky reader. 

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what you like to read more on The Chill Mom. Don't forget to leave your email address as well. If you don't want to leave your email address here, do leave a comment and email me at mich.hon@gmail.com

Contest will run from 27 June until 10 July 2014. Results will be posted on the The Chill Mom Facebook page on 11 July 2014. So 'like' the page to keep yourself updated! 

Bonus for all readers: Ecover is offering The Chill Mom's readers 20% off all items* with promo code 'ECV20TCM' for the next 2 months!

*Valid from 27/6/2014-31/8/2014

  Promo code is only valid on Ecover website: www.ecover.com.sg
  Except promotional items

Ecover products are being sold at all Home-Fix Singapore outlets as well as on www.ecover.com.sg
For updates on offers, new products etc, follow Ecover Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/EcoverSG

Update: The Giveaway contest winner is Carol Lim! Congrats and check your email!

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What Should We Name Our Baby?

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Help! Our second baby is due in a month. Nick and I are still undecided.

Apparently we are not the only parents who find naming their offspring tricky. There are meaning to the name to consider, if it has been taken by someone else we know, and if it is too popular at the moment.

When we had our first, we were tossing up between Lauren and Georgia. So when we found out we are having another girl this time, Georgia is back on the list. Somehow, I'm not so fond of it anymore. I've added Cordelia, Lara, Arianna and Willow to the list too. Nick strikes off Cordelia (too 18th century for him) and Willow (his excuse is we might want to name our future boy Will or something as absurd, I can't really remember. My pregnancy brain is failing me again).

To be fair, he has some other names which I objected. Simone (I have a weird friend named Simone, so my impression of the name is tainted. Apologies to all Simones out there!), Shannon, Giselle and Chloe. They are nice names but I'm just not in love with them. You know what I mean?

So here are final three names we're still debating. Which one do you like?

Lara: Short and simple. Most people associate it to Lara Croft, who is a strong and passionate character in a movie. I don't mind the association. Some of my relatives don't speak English very well, it could be mispronounced as 'La la', which is clams in Cantonese.

Georgia: It is a classic name and we still like it. There aren't many Asian girls by the name of Georgia.

Arianna: Most Ariannas I know are beautiful. However, it has 4 syllables and may be a tad too long too call out on a daily basis? It might be shorten to Ari or Anna, which is quite common. I also like the name Aria.

Are we being picky? Do you care if a name is too popular? Or it has already been taken by someone you know? We'd love to hear any advice.

PS: I still need to pack my hospital bag and shop for the newborn.

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You Are Invited To Vaby's Official Launch!

As a mom, we want the best for our children. But with so many brands of diapers, toiletries and services catered for children these days, how do we choose?

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Enter Vaby, a brand new membership-only site that offers baby, toddler and mommy products at bargain prices. Sign up for Vaby Box and receive 5 to 8 premium mommy and kids product samples delivered to your doorstep monthly. Each box is customized to you and your child's profile. It is such a great way to discover and try new products without committing to buying the full sized product. If you do find the samples satisfactory, full sized versions can be purchased at Vaby shop too. How convenient!

As a member, you will also have access to flash sales that offers up to 80% discounts. Who doesn't like a bargain?

You are invited!

Sign up now, and get an invitation to Vaby's Official Launch Party on Saturday, 28 June 2014 at The Playhouse, Rochester Park. You will also receive your first limited edition Vaby Box for FREE (by liking Vaby's Facebook page), win lucky draws, enjoy light bites while your little one gets busy at the gated play area at the venue.

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I'll be there too. See you!

PS: I'll leave you with a video of Lauren having a great time at The Playhouse, the last time we were there!

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Letter to Lauren: You Were My Birthday Present

This is a letter I wrote to Lauren when I was pregnant with her. I knew life would be very different when she arrives and wanted to jot down how I had felt then. She came into my life 2 days after the letter was written.

"Dear baby,

Your very first birthday is coming up very soon. You have been growing inside me for 40 weeks by this Saturday. And if you still haven't make an appearance by then, mommy and daddy will have to choose a date as your birthday.

I still remember very clearly the day I found out you are living inside my belly. It was my own birthday but I had been cranky and moody all day. I had planned to have dinner with a few close friends and then spend a quiet night at home daddy. However, at the very last minute, one of my employee couldn't make it to work and I had to spend the whole day at The Soupery.

After a long day on my feet and a minor tiff with your uncle Bryan, I got home and got in the shower. Just prior to that, I took out the pregnancy kit and peed on it, expected it to turn out negative. We've been trying for a few months, and I've disappointed to see only one line appearing at every test. Right after the shower, in between slapping on creams on my face, I glanced at the pregnancy kit, and saw one very prominent line (it is the control line which mean the kit is working). Which is normal. However, this time something was different, there was another very faint line next to it. It is marked 'T' which means the test line. I wasn't sure what it meant, so I dug out the box from the bin to read the instructions. "If a second line appears, even if it is very faint, you are very likely to be pregnant", it said. I was in shock. Oh. My. God. After months of trying, daddy and mommy finally made you!!

I quickly put on some clothes, raced out to the living room where daddy was watching TV, and showed him the kit. All I could say was, "Oh sh*t." I was both excited and petrified! Although I had wanted a baby since we got married 2 years prior, the reality that a baby is on the way was overwhelming. I had no experience with baby and I will have to be responsible for another person other than myself!

Your dad stared at the pregnancy kit for second before shifted his gaze on me. He was smiling. He was perhaps as shocked as I was but he didn't show it. As we hugged and kissed, we knew our lives would never be the same again. We then had a little celebration with the surprise cake daddy got for my birthday. I wouldn't have wished for a better birthday present. 


PS: Lauren's cheek and her first walk.

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I Love Online Shopping!

*Review post*

If you've been following my blog, you probably know by now how much I love online shopping. Just the other day, I started training my 19 months old toddler to brush her teeth. Although Lauren usually copies everything I do, she didn't spit the tooth paste afterwards! I can only hope there isn't too much damage done by ingesting some fluoride in the kid's toothpaste she swallowed. *cringe*

Immediately afterwards, I logged on to Agape Babies to shop for a tube of fluoride-free tooth paste. Agape Babies is an online store which retails premium baby products such as skincare, organic food, books, toys and essential gear for mothers and babies. Their products have been carefully evaluated for safety before they are put on sale on the website. No more worries if Lauren continues to swallow tooth paste!

So while I was there, I also grabbed a Kumon colouring book and Bambino training pants for Lauren (she is due for potting training soon), and Bellamy's Organic Infant Milk for baby 'numero dos'.

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The products arrived the VERY NEXT DAY! I'm very impressed by the efficiency. It could have taken me longer to actually drag my 'very pregnant' self to a physical store to get the items I needed. Even in a department store, I would have to go to different departments to get a book, training pants and fluoride-free toothpaste, if you know what I mean. I couldn't be happier with my purchase and the ease of shopping at Agape Babies.

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I think Lauren is happy with the purchase too!

I'm off to attempt brushing Lauren's teeth now!

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Bonus for all readers: Agape Babies is offering The Chill Mom's readers 5% off all items* with 5%offchillmomblog for the next 3 weeks.

*Valid from 17/6/2014-8/7/2014
  Not including breast pumps

Updates: Agape Babies is constantly expanding their product range to include more diapers and milk, so do check in from time to time to see if your favorite brands are available. Latest brand to join Agape Babies? Huggies. Yes, you can now get Huggies diapers delivered to your doorstep!

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