Stroller Review: Combi MiracleTurn Elegant

My second girl, Georgia turned 8 months old and getting heavier by the day. Taking her out in a sling for more than 20 minutes gives me a dead shoulder. So I'm more than excited to receive a Combi MiracleTurn Elegant for the purpose of this review.


Combi MiracleTurn Elegant is luxury standard stroller that has an almost flat reclinable seat. Most standard sized strollers are only suitable for babies aged 6 months and above. This is because babies haven't gained sufficient neck strength to hold their head up prior to that. With MiracleTurn Elegant, it accommodates a child from 1 month up to 3 years old. It is a great option if you want to buy only one stroller. Weighing at 7.9kg, it is light compared to most standard sized strollers, especially one with a reversible seat.

Main Features

Seat height


I've never thought about the importance of seat height until I use this stroller. You can see that comparing to our old Bonbebe, the seat is much higher at 58cm off the ground. It is easier on my lower back because I don't need to bend too much to pick Georgia in and out of the seat. It may not make such a big difference when your baby is young. But try lifting a toddler that weights more than 12kg, you would know what I mean.

The higher seat also increases intimacy. It allows your child to be facing and be closer to you. The seat is well padded and made with high quality materials. I love the one-hand lever recline that goes to almost flat position for a newborn.

By the way, the entire seat fabric and footmuff (yup, comes with a foot cover too for windy days) can be removed from frame for cleaning.

Easy Folding
Simply release the safety lock, pull the folding lever up and lift!
One of the thing I like best about this stroller is how easy it is to fold and store. Our old stroller is so hard to fold, we mostly just leave it as it is. So it takes up lots of room at my front door.  This one literally takes 2 seconds. The standing fold is also a bonus for storage.

Manueverability
It has 8 big air cell cushion tires and the auto swivel wheels makes it easy to tackle tight supermarket aisles and corners. It feels very responsive and has fast responsive turns compared to my old stroller which is actually lighter in weight.

Anti Vibration System
The combination of large air tires with an effective anti vibration system offers great total suspension. Bump and rough terrain are handled with ease with minimal impact passed onto baby. 

Other features that I like are:

The huge canopy that goes down almost reaching the seat. I like to think that it is keeping all the nasty viruses, distractions and busy-bodies out when baby Georgia is taking her nap in the stroller. It has a peekaboo window too.


The handle grip is easily adjustable. It's great for taller or shorter parents. No more excuses for my 6'2" husband for hunching over while pushing the stroller.

I like the fact that I just need to reverse the handle bar to face the child outwards or towards me. Some strollers require the child to be taken out to reverse the seat, which could be problematic if my child has fallen asleep.


The Air Through System is perfect for our hot weather here in Singapore. If you have lifted a child up from a stroller and found her back all sweaty and wet, you'd know what I'm talking about.


The 5 point harness is locked in 2 pieces which makes it really quick to strap my kid on.

This thoughtful stroller also has an automatic wheel switching system that locks the back wheels and unlock the front wheels when you reverse the handle bar.

Cons
No cup holder or tray as I almost always need some place to hold the baby bottle upright.

No where to hang my shopping bags. According to the manual, I'm not supposed to hang anything on the stroller to avoid from it tipping over. I'm ashamed to say this, but sometimes the only reason I take my child along on a grocery shopping run is so I can hang things on the stroller.


Anyway, MiracleTurn Elegant does come with a large basket underneath the seat. It fits 2 big grocery bags and a small handbag.

Premium price at $829, the Combi MirackeTurn Elegant is almost everything you could ask for. Good looking, lightweight, easy folding, comfortable seats and smooth ride with great suspension for your little one. It is available in bordeaux red and murrey purple.


It is available at major departmental stores, baby shops and Combi showroom at 732 North Bridge Road Singapore 198700. Tel: 6291 1183

Thanks Combi for the great stroller!

PS: How to choose a stroller.

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Join Me at D'Easter Wonderland

Hey lovelies! What's your plan for Easter Sunday on April 5th? I'll be at Downtown East D'Marquee for D'Easter Wonderland, presented by Sample Store. Would you like to join me?

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What's happening?

Downtown East D'Marquee would be set up with fun activities for the whole family. There will be a Bouncy Castle, magic show and Alice in Wonderland mini live show for kids. They can also take part in the Egg Hunt Adventure and egg painting contest.

Meanwhile, mommies and daddies can indulge in retail therapy and sampling at the many Sample Store's advertisers booths. You will also get an exclusive goodie bag worth more than $100.

If that is not enough, you also get a chance to win the hourly lucky draw with attractive prices worth up to $2000.

The best thing is that it is FREE entry for all!

Oh.. and if you are already a member of Sample Store, you also get complimentary exclusive access to the Buffet & Dessert Bar AND the Instant Print Photo booth. Guess where I'll be hanging out at? Your child can enter the Egg Hunt Adventure for free too (public pays $20).

Tip: If you are not a member, remember to RSVP here to enjoy Sample Store’s Members’ Exclusive Perks!

So I will see you there? :)

D’Easter Wonderland
Date: 5th April 2015, Sunday
Time: 10AM to 6PM
Venue: Downtown East D’Marquee

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ABOUT SAMPLE STORE
Sample Store is the first & top tryvertising platform in Singapore that offers FREE samples and FREE membership. Sample Store has 100 different products & services ranging from beauty, household, food & beverages. In Sample Store, there's something for everyone regardless woman, man or kid.

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Drypers Drynights: Secret to Sleeping Through The Nights

Georgia is turning 8 months old in 3 days time. Sometimes she sleeps from 8:30pm to 6am - hurray! But most of the time, she wakes up around 3am for a feed or diaper change.  It made me wonder why is it sometimes she could sleep through the night and sometimes needs a midnight feed? So I did a little digging around, not literally and found that wet diapers is the top cause of night awakening.

According to babysleepadvice.com, bedwetting is not an issue. All babies can't control their bladders - well, we all know that. BUT it is the uncomfortable overly wet diapers and leakages that are making babies unable to fall asleep again.


Turned out there is already a solution to that. Drypers has recently launched Drynights, a new range of diaper that provides up to 12 hours of dry comfort.

How is that possible? Well, compared to my regular diapers, it feels thicker and longer. It also comes with leak guards that gently hug Georgia's leg to prevent side leaks too.

For Georgia, leakage usually happens from the back. Now with the longer absorption core, pee has more space to flow before being trapped by the leak guards. No more crying baby with wet pajamas soaked with pee in the middle of the night - hallelujah!

According to the packaging, it says - Drypers Drynights contains 4 Natural Plant Extracts - Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Olive Extracts and Vitamin E to keep baby's skin healthy and comfortable. I'm not sure how that works but judging from the lack of rashes and redness on my babe's bum, I guess it is all goooood.

Georgia wears size M. Since early March, I've been putting Dypers Drynights on Georgia just before I nurse her to sleep at 8pm. I'm happy to report most nights she sleeps until 6am now. We need not worry and change her in the middle of the night anymore... unless she poops, of course.

Most importantly, I finally get my full 7 hours sleep again. Well rested baby + happy mummy = a brand new morning of endless possibilities!

Bright and cheery in the morning!

Still a little sceptical? Yeah, I was too. So I did a little experiment with the diapers.

Georgia usually drinks about 200ml each feed. So lets say she has 2 feeds worth of pee during the night. So I poured 400 ml into the diaper. That's 1.5 cups of water. I let it absorb for half a minute. It felt dry when I press my hands against it. Amazeballs!

A bag of Drypers Drynights size M has 40 pieces and costs S$13.45 at Fairprice. So it works out roughly the same cost as a regular diaper. Since the absorption is much better and I no longer need 2 diapers per night, I'm actually making a savings.

Drypers Drynights can be found at all major super and hypermarkets such as Fairprice, Sheng Siong and Giant.


It's alright. You can thank me later. Now go get your baby some Drynights and you get a good night's sleep too! :)

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Easter Celebration at Universal Studios Singapore

Although we've been to Universal Studios Singapore when Lauren was just a baby, I always thought it is something that we will only revisit when Lauren turns 5 or older, because 1. My husband is not a fan of rides and 2. My toddler is equally as scaredy-cat and too short for most rides.

So when we were invited to check out the Easter Eggtravaganza at Universal Studios Singapore last weekend, I was apprehensive. Is USS suitable for a family with young children? We decided to give it a go anyway because Easter is a big thing back home in Australia, so it would be nice to get the girls into the spirit of easter bunnies, eggs and chocolates!

Here are what kept a family with a toddler AND a baby occupied from 10am to 4pm:


We started off with taking the compulsory photo with the Universal Studios globe, of course! After many failed attempts (dodging photo bombers and waiting for the the 'Universal' word to rotate into the right position), the bottom photo is the best photo we managed. Tip: Take it at the end of your trip instead of when you arrive in the morning. There's usually less people.


Things got off to a better start when Lauren was given an Easter egg upon entry into the theme park, which she was really egg-cited about. Advance apology to the many 'eggs' puns in the post - can't help it.


Behind every excited kid, there is an even more mom...... and dad!!


From now through to 5 April 2015, Universal Studios Singapore is decked out with flowers, bright spring colours and lots and lots of Easter eggs. There is also an Easter-exclusive stage show, The Royal Lunch at Eggingham Gardens, with 'live' singing and dancing featuring an original storyline, which we unfortunately missed. Lack of planning on my part, my bad.

There are many activities and rides for young children. I had hopes to take Lauren on the Madagascar river boat ride, the King Julien's merry-go-round, Shrek 4D Adventures, Magic Potion ferris wheel, and watch the WaterWorld action packed live show. 

However, when we took Lauren to the Madagascar river boat ride, she freaked out when an attendant told us that she can't sit on our laps. Since then, she refused to go on anymore rides. Oh well.. I guess that will have to wait until both Lauren and Georgia are a little older. So we just went about strolling and eggs spotting.


I couldn't resist getting into the egg-carriage but Lauren was too taken in by the Far Far Away Castle to be interested. So I took Georgia who is always happy to oblige.

"Woaahh.. CASTLE...", was the exact words that came out from my 2-years-old's mouth. 

More photo taking ensued. All the mascots and characters are dressed up in Easter outfits; even the staff has bunny ears. So cute!

By the way, wonderful moments captured at this year's Easter Eggstravaganza could win you some prizes too. Just upload your photos on Instagram, hashtag it with #usseaster and tag @rwsentosa. More info could be found here.

Yes yes, I know Easter is NOT alllll about the eggs but hey, in a kid's world, eggs are eggstraordinary! 

For the non-rides dad, he was most impressed by the Sci-Fi City. Not to mention the area is half shaded, which makes it cooler and more comfortable for young children.

We spent a lot of time just going from one street show to another. I must say they are all very professional and entertaining. Both young and old were captivated.


I also found out that we are a 'Sesame Street' family. Not only did the girls' faces lit up when we caught the "When I Grow Up" stage show TWICE, Nick knew all the character's names and who's whose best friend (?!) Lauren and Georgia were in Sesame heaven, judging by the looks on their face. Meanwhile, I was too happy to seek refuge and rest my feet in the air-conditioned theatre. The show plays 3 times daily - 12pm, 2:30pm and 5:40pm.

Highlight of the day has to be the Meet & Greet with Sesame Street characters. Lauren was given a faux gold chain by Elmo, which she proudly tells everyone who would listen.

Watch super-shy Lauren's expression went from err-I-don't-know-if-I-like-this to oh-no-it's-really-Ernie to this-is-awesome!!

The little one had so much fun, she miraculously doesn't need a nap. Even Nick who doesn't like crowd approves. So if you ask me now is it a good idea to bring young children to Universal Studios Singapore, I'd say "Totally!".

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Eggciting Easter at Resorts World Sentosa

Universal Studios Singapore’s Easter breakfast and egg hunt and the Underwater Easter bunny at the S.E.A. Aquarium will take place over the Easter weekend of 3 -5 April 2015,.

Taking place before Universal Studio Singapore opens, families and friends will start the day with a park-wide egg hunt, followed by a scrumptious breakfast buffet with fringe activities like egg-painting.

Over at S.E.A. Aquarium, the traditional egg hunt takes a dive below the oceans with guests hunting for eggs across the Aquarium’s habitats while learning about the wonders of marine life, before settling in for a breakfast buffet. The Aquarium’s award-winning Ocean Dreams sleepover programme will also be given an “egg-citing” twist with special Easter activities as well as educating participants on marine life and fun facts about the ocean and marine conservation. For fans of S.E.A. Aquarium’s unique seasonal dive appearances, the Underwater Easter Bunny will be back with daily appearances at the Shipwreck habitat and Open Ocean habitat.

For more information and pricing, visit www.rwsentosa.com/easter.

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Palmer Skin Therapy Oil For Face (Review & Giveaway)

I used to wash my face with soap, spend hours in the sun and party late into the nights and still had perfect skin. Sigh.. All that changes as soon as I hit 30. Fine lines and laughing lines are deepening. Dark under eye circles worsen since the babies came. And worst of all, dark spots/pigmentation!! I never thought I would get those. My skin is such a byatch and a constant reminder that I'm aging and I probably should start looking after myself more.

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Recently, I've found a glimmer of hope in Skin Therapy Oil With Vitamin E for Face by Palmer's. I've only started using it for about a week now and my skin has certainly shown some improvements.

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I'm not sure if my eyes are playing tricks on me or is it my desperate optimism, but I think my skin looks a lot brighter in the photo taken today. You can see here my dark eyes circle and pigmentation have lightened quite a bit. My fine lines are not as obvious even though I was smiling! My skin also feels firmer when I wake up every morning. I can't wait to see the difference in a month!

This lightweight oil beautifully combined 10 types of powerful pure oils - sesame oils, coconut oils, sweet almond oil, macadamia oil, apricot oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil, rosehip oil, camelina oil and sunflower oil - with Cocoa Butter, Vitamin C & E and Retinol. 

It smells pleasant, and comes in a glass droplet bottle so you can measure the exact amount you need.

How to apply oil on face, I hear you ask?
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I apply it right after cleansing. 3 drops into my finger tips, rub fingers together to warm up oil and pat it onto my problem spots including dark spots/pigmentation on my cheeks and nose bridge, under eyes fine lines and age lines). Massage it in a little before smearing it to the rest of the face and neck. The oil absorbs very quickly. Do add a few more drops if you need more.

That's it. My 2 steps nightly routine. I find that it is mosturising enough that I can skip my night cream altogether.

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Affordably priced at S$29.90, it is available at Watsons, Guardian Unity, NHG Pharmacy, Robinsons, John Little, BHG, all leading cosmetic and departmental stores. You can also get a free sample redemption on Sample Store. Just a click away!


Now let's get down to business and win cash and prizes from Palmer's! 


Grand Prize of $150 cash + $80 Palmer's hamper 
Consolation prize of $100 cash + $80 Palmer's hamper 

How to win: 
1. Purchase a bottle of Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil from Watson's or Watson's Online.
2. Take a selfie with your retail sized Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil and post on Instagram.
3. Include hashtags #Palmers #PalmersSg #PalmersSTOFace in your caption.

Contest starts now until 25 April 2015. Winners to be announced on 30th April 2015. Good luck!

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About Palmer's

Founded in America more than 170 years ago in 1840, Palmer’s has become one of the world’s leading names in skincare, a brand that women around the world have grown up with. Their unique heritage and commitment to quality has stood the test of time. Generations of families have loved the fantastic moisturizing qualities of Palmer’s skincare range, and millions of women around the world agree – Palmer’s can be found in bathroom cabinets in the homes of families in more than 80 countries, making it one of the popular skincare brand. Their #1 formula, Cocoa Butter Formula, is one of Palmer’s key offering in its wide range of skincare. Today, Palmer’s is still committed to creating affordable products that really do work, growing to provide a Palmer’s product for every skincare need : hand and body care, facial care, stretch mark care, hair care, body care and personal care. Using nature’s richest, most luxurious ingredients, Palmer’s key ingredients include Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Palmer’s has created a Palmer’s product for every skincare need. Palmer’s is against animal testing and all of the products are cruelty free. Majority of Palmer’s products are free of parabens, phthalates and sulphates.

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Lauren at 2 Years 4 Months and Georgia at 7 Months Old

One thing about motherhood is that time passes in a flash. I meant to post this last month but my photo culling process took too long, it is already March. So most events happened back in Feb and I also added a few that happened just today. Kids grow up so quickly, they change everyday. I'm always playing catch up in noting down their milestones.. or the lack of it.


Lauren is calling all princesses, "Anna" So clearly we know who her favourite is. Except for Sofia. She knows Sofia. Update in March: She now knows Ariel, No-white, and Seen-the-lala.

Upon waking up in the morning and after her afternoon nap, Lauren says, "I want to see Georgia." and wanders into Georgia's room. She has also been kissing Georgia on the forehead - A LOT.

Lauren is currently into All About That Bass. Before you start judging me for letting her listen to such a song, she found it on Youtube by herself. Well, yes I should have monitored what she watches, but she doesn't really understand what it means. Which it makes it ok, in my book. Anyway, besides the chorus, her favourite bit is "My momma tells me don't worry about your size"..singing it loud and proud, complete with hands and hips movement. Damn right girl, don't you worry about your future lack of bass, which is imminent, given your momma hasn't got much to show either.

Another favourite is Shake It Off by Taylor Swift. Honestly I enjoy it too. I mean one can only take so many replays of Wheels On The Bus.


Lauren currently loves swimming (or sitting in the tub at home would do too), going out (anywhere, as long as we are out of the house. Her nightly routine before bed is taking out the garbage ), the playground, and still very much into surprise eggs. What's with kids and Kinder Bueno surprise eggs?


Lauren now says thank you and please, without being prompted. Except when she says 'No'. She goes, "No, I don't want" - very firmly. We are still working on that.

Pictured above with my godfather. Anyone who has met Lauren knows that she is very shy around stranger and people she rarely meets. Somehow she got acquainted rather quickly with him. Well, he bribed her with a massive box of Ferrero Rocher and a huge angpow. Smart girl, this one.

My little helper. Lauren insisted on pulling my luggage for me at the airport, to and back from KL. 


Georgia started crawling as soon as she hits 7 months, albeit wobbly, but she is moving alright. She laughs easily.. especially at my fake sneezing.

My friendly Georgia starts recognising people and becomes choosy on who's holding her. Hmm.. no more passing her around the table when we are having dinner with friends.

She is at the 'everything goes into mouth' stage. She has 2 bottom teeth and the top 2 is cutting through now.

Georgia started her infant swimming class too. We have only been twice (because she has running nose for 2 weeks), but she is very calm and kicks easily in the water. 

Well, thanks for putting up with me and read to the end of the post. Now hit me with the latest of your kids. I love to read them all!

PS: Our trip to Legoland Waterpark.

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