How To Develop Social & Emotional Skills in Children?


When I first heard of Julia Gabriel's parenting workshop on 'Developing Your Child's Social & Emotional Awareness', I thought, "Oh yeah, Lauren is really shy around strangers. I wonder why?". Turned out, these areas of development are far more encompassing than I had initially thought.

Social and emotional skill is one of the 3 pillars of children's development. To read about the other two pillars, go here

Very often, social and emotional development in children is overlooked by parents. Today's society tend to place more emphasis on academic success. But you know what? Social skills and emotional development are the very foundation of all other areas of development (cognitive, motor skills and language development). Think about it. Children who feel good about themselves and able to express their ideas and emotions are more likely to speak better and learn faster.

Unfortunately, as much as we like to say how a baby is just as calm/friendly/shy like his or her parents, children are not born with social and emotional skills. It is nurtured. It is known as character strengths which parents can start to build right from birth.

So how do we support our children social and emotional growth? Find out more in this video:


"There is no success without emotional success."

On a side note, I fully recommend Julia Gabriel Centre's parenting workshops. After every session, Nick and I came home feeling more confident, armed with invaluable tips from Julia herself. To find out when the next session is, contact them here.

This is part 3 of a 5 blogs series on how to support babies development most effectively. I will be sharing educational videos, play tips, toy reviews as well as a giveaway contest over the next few months. So sign up here or follow me on Facebook to receive updates.

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Getting Pampered at Molly Coddle + Win A Facial Treatment for Yourself!

As a parent, 'Coddle' is the last thing we want to do to our kids. But when it comes to us being coddled and pampered by the hands of professionals, I'd say, "YES! Puh-leeaase!" Last month, Ting, Mabel and I was invited for a Naked Afternoon Tea at Molly Coddle Spa. Now, don't you get all excited. We were dressed. Only our faces were naked - make-up free!

With fellow mommy bloggers
Located at One Raffles Place, Molly Coddle Spa is the latest brainchild of Dr Cindy Yang, who is also the founder of Dr Cindy Medical Aesthetic Clinic. With her extensive experience in clinical aesthetics care, Dr Cindy passionately curates all the treatments and services offered at the spa.

That's Dr Cindy Yang in yellow - So pretty and young!
After the sumptuous afternoon tea, we had a one-on-one consultation with Dr Cindy. By the way, all first consultation with therapists at the spa is free with no obligation to start a treatment.

Age Minus Face Care Treatment

Dr Cindy recommended the 90 minute 'Age Minus' facial treatment for me because of my dry and uneven skin tone. I also have concern of fine lines and developing wrinkles. Don't we all? 'Age Minus' is targeted at rejuvenating and lifting skin. While I like the idea of years being lifted off my face, the word 'age' made me feel a little, well, old. I guess I deserve it for not looking after my skin as well as I should.


As for the treatment, I absolutely love the lift ampoule and Vitamin C Cream massage. Vitamin C is great for brightening up the skin tone and fight free radical damage. The skillful hands of the therapist on my face felt so good, I wish it lasted forever. I really appreciate that she carefully explained the products and what each step does.

You know how sometimes you can hear footsteps and chit-chats when you trying to enjoy your facial? It is one of my pet-peeves. I'm happy to report none of that happens here. The treatment rooms are cozy and private, with Christmas carols playing softly in the back ground. I felt a total bliss drifting off to sleep during the 20 minutes mask application.

If you ask me, I think there's definitely some improvement after the treatment. My face looked brighter, supple and remained soft to touch even after a couple of weeks. At home, my moisturiser glided on and absorbed better. Don't ask me how, I didn't know that was even possible.

So thumbs up! I really recommend it.
Duration: 90 minutes | Price: $188 

Express Manicure

I was also treated to a basic manicure. They have many colours to choose from. I picked red just because it was Christmas and I was trying to feel sexy. I think it is something that only a stay at home mom would understand. I hardly get to dress up, so a little sexy red really lifted my spirit.


Price per set: $12

Half Back Massage

You guessed it. I enjoyed the back massage too. There were moments when I was cringing in pain though. Apparently my neck and shoulders were tight in knots (due to bad posture, hunching over the lap top, hammering out blog posts no less!) So the masseur had to rub it out while I tried not to scream. Other than that, all is good. 30 minutes was a little short though, so if you really want a nice relaxing back rub, opt for a 60 minutes massage. Better value too.

Duration: 30 minutes | Price: $68
Deep Tissue (Pressure) Massage: 60 minutes | $108

Giveaway Time!

Updated: We have picked the winners! Congratulations to Alice Yu and June Lee!

Overall, I had a great experience and I think you deserve the same at the start of this brand new year. Molly Coddle Spa kindly offers 2 complimentary Age Minus facial treatment (worth $188 each) to my amazing readers. To qualify for the draw, simply follow 2 simple steps below!

Details of Age Minus Face Care Treatment

1. Leave a comment on this post with your name and email address.
2. Share this post on your Facebook page. (To gain an extra entry!)

This giveaway is open to all residents in Singapore. Giveaway ends on 26 Jan 2015, at 2359 hours. Winner will be announced the following day at the bottom of this post and on my Facebook page. Good luck!

Special for my readers!

Readers who mention this promo code 'MichelleLovesMollyCoddle' at the counter will enjoy:
1) 25% off all face and body care services above $100, PLUS
2) Complimentary 15 minutes Light Therapy

Promo code is valid till 28 Feb 2015. Hurry!

Yup! This treatment is FREE when you mention 'Michelle Loves Molly Coddle'. 


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Molly Coddle Spa by Dr Cindy

Address: One Raffles Place #05-19A, Singapore 048616 
Telephone: 62234433 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MollyCoddleSpa

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The One Word That Will Define My Year

Last year, I didn't make any resolution. I've gone through many years saying I'd eat heathy, exercise more, made some career related goals and have it all but abandoned by 2nd week of January. So I saved myself some dignity and told myself (and Nick), "I'm not making any resolution this year. Just going to focus on my pregnancy and looking after Lauren."

Well this year, I have no more excuses for lying around and wasting my days. My kids are growing up so quickly. I've decided to make a change and use a single word to define my goal for 2015.  And the word is.... QUALITY. 

Family
Everywhere I turn, I see articles about being really present in children's live. I've been struggling with this, really. I'm always distracted with social media. Scrolling down the phone has become a habit. So this year, I vow to stop doing that. Stop multitasking. My husband, kids and family get full attention from me. Period.

Time
I'm not sure if anyone else feels the same. Time and years go by really quickly after I hit 30. As I'm turning mid thirties this year, I want to make the most out of my time. No more wasting what precious time I have left on earth on things or people I don't like or care about.

Things
I've also come to notice that we are running out of space. Sometimes I buy things just because they are on sale, they are cheap. I have countless bottles of body lotion, a weakness of mine, and clothes, both mine and kids. This year, less is more. No, I won't stop shopping, let's not kid ourselves here but I will only buy quality items that we really need. This includes food items, toiletries, books and toys.

Blogging
As for blogging, I will stick to my current schedule of posting twice a week. I want to focus on write only quality content that matters. I started this blog with no direction whatsoever. But now I blog with my daughters in mind. My own mother passed away when I was 13. I never had a chance to ask her how being pregnant with me was and if she has any tips on how this whole motherhood thing works. I wish this blog would be the source of reference for my girls when the time comes and if I'm no longer around. Early disclaimer though: Quality doesn't mean perfect grammar and composition. English is my third language; as long as it is useful and close to my heart, it is quality in my book :)

So how am I going to stick to my goal of a year of QUALITY? Well, specifics require some thinking. Coincidently, I'm participating in Singapore Mom Blogger's first blog train this year on how we will do 15 things differently in 2015. My post will be up on 4 Feb, so I have till then to work out what it takes. 

Hope your new year has been great so far. If you have already forgotten the 50 resolutions you made on new year's eve, maybe it is time to think of just one word?


Happy New Year from us!


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How To Shop For The Right Clothes Online


Since Lauren was born, I had not gone shopping for clothes at the mall for longer than an hour. Even when I have my me-time, I feel guilty for leaving the kids at home. Then I tried bringing the kids along, and anyone who's a mom would know, shopping and young kids just don't gel.

So I turned to online shopping. Shopping for clothes online can be tricky though. At times, the clothes that arrive at my doorstep look nothing like what I see on the website. After my fair shares of hits and misses, I've learnt a few things to look out for when shopping for clothes online:

Know What Suits You

When shopping for clothes online, it is best with stick to your tried and tested styles. This is no time to be adventurous and buy a plunging neck line if you don't usually buy said style. Another option is to try a similar style in store and purchase it online because of the amazing deal that saves you money. 

Read description carefully

Screenshot taken from River Island
Speaking of purchasing a similar item you've seen in store, don't assume it is the same just by looking at the photo. Sometimes the print and colour may look similar, it is often not the same.  Read the description, fabric composition, washing details carefully.

Know Your Own Measurements


My vital statistics has certainly gone yo-yo for the past few years of pregnancy, giving birth and breastfeeding. You know, bigger breasts, thicker waist and losing it all again. So it is important to keep my measurements up to date. When unsure, I always whip out the measuring tape.

How to measure: Measure around the widest part of your bust, the narrowest part of your natural waist, and the widest part of your hips. Wear your usual bra while doing this. Keep the tape taut and parallel to the floor - how tight to pull it is up to you, but you'll generally get the most flattering size results if you pull the tape as tight as you'd like your clothes to fit. For difficult to reach areas like inseams or bust, get your partner to measure for you. It could turn into something sexy *wink*.

Take note of the model's stats and pose

A dress that ends knee length on the model may reach your ankle. Okay, that is an exaggeration but you get my point. A good site usually include the model statistics, so you can have an idea how an apparel may look compared to your own measurements.


Also, I'm extra careful when the model have the above poses. From experience, yours truly had done a few catalogue shoots in her former life, these poses are needed for those not-so-flattering apparel. Notice how the hands are hiding the waist or covering one side to create a thinner waistlines. Anyway, in this case, see if they have other photos showing the other angles of the apparel, just to be sure.

Check out the sizing charts

One designer's 'medium' could be another designer's 'small'. Many vendors purposely change sizes around to trick people into thinking they're smaller than they actually are to make them feel good. It is termed "vanity sizes". Once you have your own measurement, it is easy to find yourself on it and go from there. 

This is especially important when you shop online from retailers like Zalora, ASOS and Net-A-Porter because they carry different labels and designers. Keep in mind that the size chart for one item may not apply to everything. Look for a site-wide chart, but even if you find one, check for sizing notes on the items you're thinking about buying.

Reviews are your best friend

Do look for customer's review too, if they are available. They often let you know if an item is cut small or large, colours accuracy and if the item falls apart after a couple of washes.

There you have it. Besides looking at the site's return policy, I usually look at these before making my purchase of each apparel. So far, I've bought lots of dresses, playsuits, lingerie, tops, bags and even shoes, but never pants. Can someone tell me the secret of buying shorts or pants online?

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Teaching Children The Act Of Giving + Win $100 Voucher For You and A Friend!


This year, partnering up with the girls clothing sponsor, Fox Fashion, we are donating 30 newborn onesies to Tubs of Love Programme. It is an initiative by Ronald MacDonald House Charities Singapore (RMHC) and NUH Medical Social Work team, to help new mothers who need some initial aid and support by providing them with some newborn items. You can find out more about the programme here



This holiday and gifting season got me thinking about teaching the girls the meaning of giving and receiving. I'd like them to know there are people who are less fortunate than us. This is the time to be appreciative of what we have instead of focusing only on what we want for Christmas. Baby Georgia is perhaps too young to understand, but Lauren can definitely get in on the act of giving. She copies everything I do, so modeling behavior is the best way to go.

Donate books, toys and clothes

We do our spring cleaning twice a year. I get Lauren involved by asking her if she wants to 'keep' or 'give' a toy or book. I put all the 'give's in a bag and drop them off at Salvation Army. One tip though, make sure you explain to your child well that the 'give' bag is not coming back anymore, or you might find yourself buying a same toy when she changes her mind.

Mini volunteering

Giving doesn't always have to involve money. Simple acts of kindness like helping out a neighbour or a friend in need counts as volunteering too. You could bring your child when you visit a friend or relative recovering from an injury. They may need help with domestic chores, or even meal preparation. Explain to your child why you are helping.

If you have older kids and would like to get them into the act of volunteering, here are some of non-profit organizations in Singapore to volunteer your time:  Hearts, Dignity Kitchen (they are looking for carolers this season!), and SWAMI Home.

Practice everyday

Besides the one time big act of volunteering or giving, I think it is important to be kind and generous on a daily basis. Let the girls drop change into collection boxes at McDonald's counter, buying a drink for the homeless man, or simply be kind to their own siblings are some of the examples that comes to mind.

What else do you do to foster the act of giving in your kids? I'd like to hear!

Now I can't just preach but no action, right? Giveaway time!


While we are in the spirit of giving, I have 2 vouchers (worth S$50 each) be given away to you and your friend. Let's just keep on giving, shall we?

Follow these 3 steps to win:

1. Like Fox Fashion Facebook page.
2. Share this post on your profile (set it to public view!), and tag the friend who you'd like to share the vouchers with. Remember to tag @thechillmom so I can see your entry.
3. Leave a comment here with your Facebook profile name and email address.
4. Like my page too if you like (totally optional but it would make me really happy if you do! )

Or you can join via my Instagram page or find hashtag #thechillmomgiveway to find out more.

Contest ends on 31 Dec 2014, 2359 hours. Winners will be announced here on this post and on my Facebook page. Good luck!

Update: The winner for this giveaway is June Lee / @juneleety. Fox will be in touch soon regarding collection of voucher. Congrats and happy new year!

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How To Know Your Face Shape + GlassesOnline Review


I just received my new pair of glasses I ordered online! Huh, don't you have to put them on to see if they suits you? I hear you ask. Well, not really. Finding the right frame for your face really depends on knowing your face shape. Because at GlassesOnline, the frames are sorted by gender and face shape, so you know if you will look good in them!

So first thing first. How to determine your face shape?

Is your face oval, round, diamond, triangle, square, oblong or heart-shaped. Take a selfie facing directly at the camera and use a piece of tracing paper to outline the edge of your face to work out your face shape. No camera? Then look in the mirror. Using an erasable pen or lipstick, trace the outline of your face on the mirror - whatever you do, just make sure you can wipe it off afterwards!

Now that you are sure of your face shape, shopping for frame online is easy.

There are so many choices on GlassesOnline, so the best thing to do is start by narrowing it down to those suited best according to your face shape. Or if you know exactly which model you want, you can search or sort by brand.

After sorting, you can have a closer look at the specs of the glasses you like.

Just enter in your prescription. I got mine from a local optometrist for S$20 or free if you purchase a pack of contact lenses.

Check your cart and pay with credit card or Paypal account. Voila!

My prescription glasses was delivered to my doorstep at no charges within 2 weeks.


So how do I look? Before this, I always had to drag someone to the optical store with me to give me an opinion if I look good in certain glasses. Even so, I'd still have a hard time deciding because I'm don't trust their judgement. Yes, I know it is hard being my friend.. haha. Anyway, with GlassesOnline, you can change your mind and simply send back the glasses in its original condition and packing with the invoice to get an exchange or refund.

I think I should keep mine. What'd ya think?

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About GlassesOnline

GlassesOnline is one of Singapore's leading online eyewear retailers, carrying a variety of brands including all the popular brands such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Prada, Gucci and many more, with a total of more than 60,000 products. It has the largest collection at the best prices.

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La Madison Open House

Looking for an enrichment centre for your child? Check out this brand new enrichment center located at Parkway Centre. I like the location because it is right opposite Parkway Parade, so you can drop your child off and hit the shops! Half joke aside, an open house is the perfect opportunity for you and your kids to experience the learning environment and meet the teachers.

Lauren and I attended a preview class 2 weekends ago. Lauren had never attended any 'school' before. She takes time to warm up to strangers and usually clams up when it is noisy and crowded. So I was really interested to see how she would be like in a 'school' setting.

Judging by the photos now, she somehow got herself to be in the middle of it all and participating!? I'm just as baffled!


Upon arrival, we were greeted by a ball pit and Mother Goose Club playing on the tv mounted on the wall. Lauren was too captivated to be affected by all the strangers around her. Lauren: 1 | Fear: 0


Up next, we visited the sand and water play area.


Then, we were ushered into a room where the class took place. The theme of the day was 'Under The  Sea' and you can see in the photos below, the room is nicely set up with pictures, words and artwork.


Each class has 2 teachers and conducted bilingually by native speakers. I can tell the chinese teacher in the preview class is very experienced. She just knew what to do to capture the children's attention. Well, by children's attention, I really meant Lauren's. I know this child of mine who just loves to wander off and be in her own world. At one point, Lauren wanted to leave the room to get to the ball pit at the entrance. And guess what the teacher came up with to make her stay? Stickers.. simple yet genius!



In the short 2 hours, there were story telling, singing & dancing, colouring, play-dough, bubbles and arts & craft. Since the theme was 'Under The Sea', the children were given materials to make their own aquarium to bring home. Neat, right? I could add a photo of the finished product below, but I have nothing to show because my kid didn't want to leave the play dough table.

If you're interested to sign up your child, La Madison has special class package for you.

Quote 'The Chill Mom' when you register your child at LA Madison during the Open House and get extra classes for the first month. Sign-up for their daily programme (5 days/week) and get additional 4 Saturdays of free classes or sign up for their 3 days/week programme and get additional 2 Saturdays of classes for free. 

More information about La Madison open house:

Date: 20 December 2014, Saturday
Location: 1 Marine Parade Central #04–07 Parkway Centre
Building opposite Parkway Parade Shopping Centre, same building where McDonalds is located.

There will be 3 sessions only on the day. The timings are 0930 to 1030, 1030 to 1130 and 1130 to 1230. Do RSVP your child's spot at Eventbrite now!
You can also email enquiry@la-madison.com or via Facebook Event


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About LA Madison

La Madison supports the mental, social, and emotional development of children from 18 months to 6 years old through learning in English or Chinese. Children will be taught using Montessori Method and adaption of Reggio Emilia approach to achieve linguistic, mathematical, scientific, artistic, physical and social skills.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to be the leader and innovator in early childhood education.

  • To provide a happy, safe, caring and stimulating environment.
  • A place where children will be recognised and achieve their fullest potential before embarking on their compulsory education.
  • Providing a head start and school readiness.
Mission Statement

LA Madison recognises that each child is an individual; each child is an angel; that all children are creative; that all children need to succeed. Therefore, LA Madison respects the individual needs of children; fosters a caring and creative environment; and emphasizes the social, emotional, physical, intellectual development of each child.

LA Madison is a place where children leave school with:

  • A set of moral values - honesty, integrity and good judgement.
  • A complement of basic skills - linguistic, mathematical, scientific, artistic, physical and social.
  • An enquiring and discriminating mind and a desire for knowledge.
  • Developing self-esteem and high personal expectation.
  • Tolerance and respect for others.

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Lauren's First Enrichment Workshop!


This past week had been a busy one for Lauren & I, because we went to 'school' every morning! Okay, it was only a 5 days Christmas workshop. This was the first time Lauren attended any proper class where she had to follow instructions and participate accordingly. I'm happy to announce that it went rather well!

On the first day, Lauren was initially in her own world and dancing to her own beat. But it didn't take her long though. By the time we left for the day, she was telling everyone, "See you morrow!"

On the 2nd day, she has decided who she wants to be best friends with. But her feelings wasn't reciprocated. My dear girl didn't give up and kept chasing the boy, much to her daddy's dismay when I told him about it later.


We had Christmas story telling every morning.

And Lauren picked up a book by herself! This may be nothing to most parents, but it is a huge deal for me. This girl doesn't care much for reading. I sure hope this will soon change.

Colouring session.

That concentration. But really, it only lasted a good 5 minutes before she wandered off to look for a balloon.

"Hmmm… cookie…"

Art & craft time!

Look at that face trying to stuff a sock. We were making a snowman from a sock.

Something I discovered she liked doing - water colour painting. Things are about to get messy at home.

Some of the crafts we made at the 5 days Christmas workshop.

On graduation day, Santa came to visit! All students got a little gift from Santa. Lauren, of course, was terrified. But her desire for the candy bag overruled her fear. She grabbed the candy bag from Santa and ran!

All in all. Lauren and I had a great time at the workshop. The teachers are very pleasant and engaging and most importantly, Lauren was excited to go to 'school' every morning. So much so that she got up earlier and dragged me out of bed. 

Okay, enough about us and for my own narcissistic quota for the day, and let's talk about BlueTree Education Learning Centre. It is newly established, offering pre-primary and primary programs. If you are looking for a place to dump your child on holiday seasons, find out more about their fun learning workshops for preschoolers and primary school goers on their website or Facebook page.

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ABOUT
BlueTree Education Learning Centre is an enrichment enterprise that aims to redefine learning, thinking and creativity in the ever-changing education landscape in Singapore.

Here at BlueTree Education, we want to grow a child to be a thinker, a learner, an achiever. Our curriculum is designed not only with academic excellence in mind; we want every child to acquire the core thinking skills of thinking critically, inventively, and reflectively as their foundation for learning.

Address: 271 Bukit Timah Road, Balmoral Plaza #02-15 Singapore 259708
Nearest MRT: Newton Bus Services
Balmoral Plaza Bus Stop): 48, 66, 67, 170R, 171, 700, 700A, 960
Contact number: +65 9106 4702
Website: http://bluetreeeducation.com

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Soda Spa Scalp Treatment For Hair Loss (Giveaway)

Lately my hair has been falling by the clumps. It is quite a depressing sight but postpartum hair loss happens to 90% of women. It is due to declining estrogen level after child birth and should end by six months. It is still depressing nonetheless.

Just as if god heard my shrieks in the bathroom after every hair wash, I was invited to try out the Soda Spa Scalp Treatment at le blanc by mashu, located at Plaza Singapura.


What is Soda Spa Scalp Treatment?

Originated from Japan, Tansan bubble spa is a deep cleansing process which incorporates the use of carbonated water to improve blood circulation and deep cleanse grease and dirt from follicles. This treatment can be the solution for oily scalp, dry and damaged hair and hair loss problem.

The Anti Hair Loss Soda Spa Scalp Treatment started off with using Shiseido Professional Shampoo – Fuente Forte to cleanse the scalp. Then the Soda Spa Foam is massaged onto the scalp and hair. This process flushes carbon dioxide through the scalp, carrying away waste in the body. It enhances metabolism and increases oxygen and nutrient supply to the scalp and skin. My hair was then wrapped in a towel and steamed for 10 minutes.  This helps with better absorption of the goodness by the hair.


Well, when you leave me alone for 10 minutes and I'm supposed to blog about this experience, I just had to do take a few photos, don't I? Please pardon the weird angle.

After the foam was rinsed off, Sparkling Spa Shower which is basically a hair tonic which contains ten herbal extracts, including ginseng, witch hazel extract, ginger and angelica root extract, blended with 3,000ppm super high-concentrated carbon dioxide was pumped directly to the skin or scalp.


After the treatment, their Japanese Creative Director, Mr Masaaki Ueda worked his magic and gave me a haircut. Watching him cut my hair is a bit like watching a show. He doesn't really divide my hair into sections. It looked as if he was randomly snipping a little off here, layering a bit there with his fast scissors. He heard my anguish at having a receding hairline, changed my parting and gave me a soft fringe. He also gave me tips on how to style my hair at home to create more volume. I obviously was paying attention as I had forgotten to take any 'after' photo at the salon.

Bathroom selfie taken at home because I'm just that professional.

Anyway, my hair feels really soft and light after the treatment. Amazingly, I found less hair on my bathroom floor the very next day too. Well, lets see how long this last and I'll report if there is any changes later, alright?

Giveaway time!

I have two vouchers (worth $235 each) for my lucky readers to experience the same signature Soda Spa Scalp treatment, haircut and styling at le blanc by mashu. Just complete these 2 steps to win!

Via Instagram
1. Follow my Instagram account.
2. Repost my bathroom selfie, with hashtag #thechillmomgiveaway and tag @mzmichhon, so I can find you.

OR

Via Facebook
1. Follow me on Facebook.
2. Share this post on Facebook with a comment why you'd like to win. Remember to tag @thechillmom, so I can find you.

Contest ends 15 Dec 2014, 2359 hours. Go on now, submit your entries!

Update: Congratulations to Tagabi Millamena and Jeanette Lau. Please email me at mich.hon@gmail.com with your address to redeem your voucher.

Current Promotion 

Go in for le blanc by mashu's Soda Spa Scalp Treatment (priced between $110 and $150) and you will receive a complimentary bottle of Soda Spa Foam worth $50! The promotion ends December 30, 2014.


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About le blanc by mashu 

Established in Osaka, Japan, 25 years ago, the hair salon chain – known for its chic cuts and customising in vogue trends with each customer’s beauty style, now has 11 salons in the city. It opened its first Southeast Asian outlet at Plaza Singapura in late 2014, and the team of experienced stylists is now poised to introduce fashion-forward hair trends from Japan to the cosmopolitan Singaporean.

Address: 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, #04-31 (New Wing), Singapore 238839
Telephone: 6333-4681 or 6333-4682
Operating Hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 7:30pm; Sun: 11am - 6:30pm

Psst.. Make sure you call ahead to make an appointment because I was there on a Tuesday late afternoon and they were very busy! 

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5 All Natural DIY Exfoliator For Amazing Skin

Living in this part of the world where it is hot and humid all year round, nothing makes me feel quite as fresh as after a total body exfoliation. I always imagine I shed a whole layer of dead skin like a snake and emerge renewed and smooth after a good scrub. But I've also read about how insoluble micro-beads exfoliator are causing world pollution. So I scoured the world wide web, tried and tested some recipes and this 5's are my favourite all natural DIY exfoliator. Homemade skin care is, after all, cheaper, more natural and customizable. Win-win-win!

Floral Oats Cleanser


Oat flour exfoliates without irritating, so it is really great for eczema or any other skin ailment. This recipe is also hydrating because of the aloe gel.

You'll need:
1 tbsp oatmeal
1 tbsp dried rose
½ tbsp dried lavender
½ tbsp chamomile tea leaves
2 tbsp aloe gel

Put dried flowers in food processors and blend until powdery. Combine all the ingredients, and mix with aloe gel.

Coffee Scrub


Coffee is excellent for reducing the appearance of cellulite. I kid you not. Chat up the barista at your favourite cafe and see if they will give you some used coffee ground that they usually bin.

You'll need:
½ cup coffee ground
½ cup sugar
½ cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients. Apply deliberately in a circular motion, paying close attention to problem areas. It can get quite messy. It is better to do it in the shower so you can easily rinse it away when you are done.

Papaya Brightening Mask


Papaya enzymes are great for gentle chemical exfoliation. It helps even out your skin tone while lightening and brightening dark spots.

You'll need:
1 tbsp papaya pulp
1 tbsp oat flour
1 tsp sugar

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, and then apply as a mask. You can gently massage it in during application for some extra exfoliation. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes.

Salt and Honey Scrub


This 2 ingredients recipe exfoliates, moisturizes, and nurtures skin. It is great for dry skin like mine. You can also add lavender or mint oil into the mix. 

You'll need:
½ cup sea salt
½ cup honey

Blend the ingredients, add a bit of oil to make it smoother and gently scrub on dampened skin. Wash with soap and rinse clean.

Coconut Yogurt Scrub


This scrub not only exfoliates and smooth, it smells so nice you'll want to eat it instead. 

You'll need:
½ cup desiccated coconut
¼ cup oatmeal
½ cup plain yogurt
A few drops of cinnamon/lavender oil

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and scrub away. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Since the holiday season is coming up, here is a tip. Turn all these DIY exfoliators (except the last recipe with yogurt) into inexpensive and thoughtful gift. All you need is a little jar, a ribbon and some stickers for cute handwritten instructions.

Let me know which one works best for you? And if you have some beauty recipe that works, do share!

PS: DIY eco friendly cleaning tips.

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