Milo Bento Box Workshop

I can’t believe we are already in 2017!

This year is going to be a big year for Raina as she enters primary school for the first time. Sighhh… My baby girl is growing up so fast! Can’t believe I have 2 kids in primary school now. Makes me feel so old! *cries*

Anyways, I’m pretty sure mommies of school kids have been busy preparing for their kids to go back to school. Uniforms, books, stationeries, school bags, school shoes… Hmm what else?

Oh yes, lunch boxes!

I’m actually excited to make cute bentos for my girls to bring to school (well, let’s hope I’m rajin enough to do them everyday hehe). I went to Milo Bento Box workshop with Ayra the other day, and we learned how to make cute bentos using everyday food like rice, sandwiches and noodles. It was super easy and simple! Even kids can do it , I think (with adult’s supervision, of course).

 

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The cooking demo was done by Yan Diana from Kelab Bekal Bento Malaysia.

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Yan showed 3 types of bentos – giraffe chicken baguette, Japanese girl egg sandwich and Rapunzel noodle. So cute, right! Each bento box took only about 10-15 minutes to prepare, so that’s pretty quick. Yan’s tips is to prepare the ingredients (washing, chopping, marinate, etc) during the weekend or at least the night before so that you don’t have to rush in the morning.

Here’s our version of the giraffe chicken baguette that Ayra and I made. I did the giraffe baguette; she assembled the broccoli forest. Not bad, huh? Hehe.

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There was also a Senior Nutritionist from Nestle, Nurul Illiani Ahmad, who shared about the benefits of packing food for kids to school and how a proper nutrition can affect kids’ performance at school. Consuming the right foods with a balanced nutrition at regular intervals provides kids with sufficient energy and nutrients to help improve their mental alertness so they can focus in class, as well as keep them energised.

She also suggested packing bento boxes for kids before they go to school to ensure that we provide the right nourishment and sufficient energy for kids. It also eases our minds, knowing what our kids eat at school and that they will not go through energy deprivation when we pack a healthy meal or snack, together with a convenient pack of MILO®.

My girls are quite picky eaters so I have to pack food for them to bring to school. I have been packing food for them every day ever since they were in kindergarten, but it’s usually the same thing like sandwiches, pancakes, waffles and nuggets. Most days they would finish the food, but sometimes they won’t even touch it, especially if it’s something “new” to them (apparently, tuna sandwiches are new to them -__-). Because of that, I tend to pack the same food as I don’t know what else to pack for them and how to get them to eat “new” food. I think this bento box would be a great way to get my kids to eat their greens and introduce new food.

Illiani said that at the early stage, it’s ok to mix/cook fruits and veggies with something that is not exactly healthy to make it tastier and attract your kids to eat them. Then as kids started to eat them, slowly substitute the unhealthy ingredients with healthier ones. Why haven’t I thought of this before! LOL. My girls don’t like raspberries, so I’m thinking I could actually make MILO®UHT stuffed raspberries instead. They love MILO®, and I’m sure they would love raspberries with MILO®UHT. Or, I could also serve broccoli with chili sauce or even cheese dip. I think serving fruits and veggies with some kind of dips and sauces would attract kids to eat them. Did I mention that MILO®UHT come with Activ Go so that’s a bonus if you pack it alongside the bento box!

If your kids refused to bring packed food to school, try making them bentos. It doesn’t have to be complicated, maybe you can start off with a simple smiley face or something. After all, kids love cute things!

Do check out their page here: https://www.milo.com.my.

Also check out this video!



Go Natural with St. Ives

One of my favorite beauty regimes is exfoliating. I’ve been trying to make it a weekly routine to exfoliate my skin ever since I was in university, after reading in a beauty magazine about how important it is to scrub your face. And I still remember my very first brand of scrub. It was St. Ives! I was attracted to its natural ingredients, such as apricot extract, oatmeal, shea butter and soy bean oil.

My first thought when I came across St. Ives Apricot Scrub for the first time was, “How yummy!”. And the rest is history.

 

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So why is it important to exfoliate your face?

Clogged pores!

Here, read this explanation:

“As we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down. This means that the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, and dry. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne.

Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. In short, a regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy”. – www.awomanshealth.com

Next time if you think your moisturizer or essence is not doing its job or that you don’t see any difference, it could be the dead skin cells that’s clogging your skin and preventing whatever moisturizer and essence you put from absorbing into your skin. So exfoliate, people. Using scrubs made of natural ingredients, like St. Ives, would be best. It’s paraben free and the best part is, they don’t do animal testing!

St. Ives has 3 types of scrubs – Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub and Blemish Control Apricot Scrub.

 

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This St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub contains walnut shell powder which helps to exfoliate deeply to reveal smooth and glowing skin. My skin feels squeaky clean and soft after using this scrub. I just wish the scent is not that strong though.

 

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The Blackhead Clearing Green Tea Scrub is the gentlest of all 3. Green tea contains antioxidants that help break up excessive oil in your skin and reduce inflammation. Smells nice too!

 

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If you have acne-prone skin, then the Blemish Control Scrub is for you. It contains 2% Salicylic Acid which helps to prevent blemishes and minimize pores.

Another thing I noticed is that St. Ives uses eco-friendly packaging, called Post-Consumer Resin (PCR) to have a friendlier environment without producing too much waste. I really like the fact that they are really all about going natural.

Anyways, St. Ives is currently having a photo sharing contest on Instagram with awesome prizes to be won, including a pair of tickets for 3D2N to Bali!

Here’s how to enter the contest:

  1. Post a photo of your DIY natural beauty remedy or to share a photo of what Natural means to you (it could be natural make up, natural ingredients, natural environment, etc.) on your Instagram.
  2. Share why your natural beauty remedy makes you happy in your caption. (Eg. Cost effective, Old family secret, etc.)
  3. Also, include the hashtags #StIvesMy #GoNaturalWithStIves and #ChurpMYWIN in your caption.

For more info, go to http://my.churpieblogs.com/blog/2016/09/01/churpmywin-go-natural-with-st-ives/.

This contest ends on the 31st of October 2016. Good luck!



Cleaner Air with Dyson Pure Cool Link Purifier Fan

I still remember the dreadful haze season last year. If I’m not mistaken, it was one of the worst haze ever in Malaysian history. Thick smoke and smog covered pretty much everything that even the skyline was shrouded in grey. The air was so polluted; it was like breathing smoke.

I thought staying indoor was safe and “healthy”. There’s no haze or any other pollutants at home, right? Well, apparently not.

Deterioration of air quality in cities globally is a rising problem, especially during the haze season in Malaysia that forces people to lock themselves indoors. But did you know that air pollution inside our homes can be up to 5 times worse than outdoors? And we spend 90% of our time indoors, trapped with the pollutants (well I’m a SAHM and I spend 24/7 indoors)! Modern buildings and houses are built sealed which trap ultrafine and potentially harmful particles indoor including pollutants, allergens, pollens and moulds that are invisible to the naked eye.

I was concerned about this as I just had a baby and we all know how very fragile babies are. They breathe much faster than older children and adults thus making them more vulnerable to some pollutants. My 2-month old baby had a cold and stuffy nose the other day and I was a little paranoid that I tried to do the best I can to ensure everything was clean for my baby. I washed his cot sheet every other day, I changed his blanket every 2 days, I vacuumed the house every day, and I wash my hands 6,458,899 times a day because I’m always touching him. Heck, if I could “clean” the air that my baby breathes, I would!

And that’s when I found out about Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan.

 

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This is not your average purifier, by the way.

 

IMG_2391The Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan combine a unique 360° Glass HEPA filter and active carbon filter, which captures 99.95% of ultrafine pollutants, allergens and odours down to 0.1 microns. To put things in perspective, 0.1 microns is 1000 times smaller than a strand of hair. That’s small enough to enter our bloodstream!

Dyson engineers have combined their expertise in fluid dynamics and filtration with software to develop the new Dyson Pure Cool Link. They built sensors inside the machine that could detect changes in air conditions and automatically adjust the airflow to maintain the target air quality.

 

IMG_2254It also comes with a remote control, which you can place at the very top and it won’t fall as it’s magnetized. Brilliant, right!

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The cool thing about this Dyson Pure Cool Link Purifier is that there’s an app that gives you an indication of the air quality in your home and automatically purifies the pollutants it detects, whilst reporting the live indoor air quality on your smartphone.

 

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I just set up the Dyson purifier in my living room yesterday, and it automatically detected the air quality in my home – FAIR. Well, that wasn’t good enough.

 

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So I put the Dyson Cool Link Purifier on auto mode and let it “clean” the air.

After about 2 hours (notice the time there), the air quality in my living room was reported GOOD. If it wasn’t for this app, I wouldn’t know how good or bad the air quality in my living room is. Pretty cool huh!

 

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You can also check the historical data tracker on the app which reports your daily and weekly usage, as well as air quality history.

 

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If you place this Dyson purifier in your bedroom, you can set it on night-time mode when you sleep. The machine will continue to monitor and respond to air quality using the quietest settings. Even the LED display will be dimmed so it won’t interrupt your beauty sleep.

 

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Besides purifying air, this machine also doubles up as a fan. My girls love it! They would put their heads inside the “hole” and pretend to blow the air. I remember when I was little, I used to love putting my face right in front of the fan and sing loudly with the wind blowing right in my face :P. My mom would always tell me to get away from the fan as she feared that I might hurt myself or my hair might get caught in the fan blades or something. With this Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan, I don’t have to worry as it is blade-less. Totally safe for children!

 

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Another thing I love about this purifier is the design. Just look how sleek and modern it is! I love how it’s not bulky like most purifiers. It fits any modern interior nicely 🙂

 

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This Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan also comes in a smaller version, which are suitable for desks and worktops in smaller room. For more info about the product, visit http://www.dyson.my/fans-and-purifiers/purifiers/dyson-pure-cool-link/overview-page.aspx.



Ariani Lebaran 2016

Oh wow, I haven’t blogged in agessss. And oh myyy, I cannot believe Ramadhan is almost over and that Raya is next week! Kenapa cepat sangat? Where did the time go?

Honestly, I’m not really looking forward to Raya this time around because, well, I’m still in confinement and because I’m still humongous and nothing looks good on me now (I look like 6-month pregnant, I kid you not).

But I did buy some Raya clothes for me and the kids, just in case I wanna go beraya. Oh, and some shawls! Pretty printed shawl and scarves from Ariani. I really love Ariani’s new range of satin printed scarves. So Pucci-esque!

IMG_9062Some of the scarves and shawl that I managed to grab (they were on sale), plus one shawl I received at Ariani’s fashion show last month. Loveee!

Speaking of which, this post is about Ariani Lebaran Fashion Show, as the title says (oh yes, will blog about my birth story soon InsyaAllah; if I can find some quiet me time and not spend it to qada’ my sleep hehe #sleeplessmom #zombiemom. Took me more than a month just to draft this one!).

So anyway, the event was held at The Grand Ballroom, St. Regis Hotel in KL, just a couple of weeks before Ramadhan. I was heavily pregnant at that time! Was praying hard that my water didn’t break that day. Hehe.

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Ariani’s lebaran collection this year featured a combination of beautiful colours, materials and prints that are more unique, modern and elegant, with over 100 designs to choose from. Ranging from shawls to instant hijabs, Ariani 2016 Lebaran Collection includes hijabs in pastel and vibrant colours which are available in both plain and printed options, with price starting from just RM69.

 

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In conjunction with Ramadhan this year, Ariani also featured a beautiful collection of telekung, known as Tarawikh Telekung Ariani X Siti Nurhaliza. This telekung collection is made from soft and comfortable materials, and they come in various designs and colours.

 

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The last part of the fashion show is Ariani’s ready-to-wear collection. This year’s theme is Glam Lebaran and there are several special collections including The Maya Series, The Blooming Series as well as The Chantilly Series, which are priced affordably, starting from only RM179!

There’s also The Premium Series RTW collection, which is specially designed for those who loves a bit of luxury and exclusivity. I love the minimal and elegant designs in this collection.

 

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Ariani ready-to-wear collection is also available in plus sizes! I love how everyone just cheered and clapped loudly when the curvy models strutted down the runway. Yes, we curvy women also want to look fabulous! 😛

 

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In case you haven’t done your Raya shopping yet, Ariani RTW boutique is located at Wisma Jakel Shah Alam. Some of the Lebaran collections are also available online at www.arianionline.my. Go check it out!

 

 *Official photos taken from Galeri Ariani Instagram.



Animate Your Child’s Imagination!

I love watching my girls pretend-play and create stories using their imagination. It’s darn cute and most of the time, hilarious!

Sometimes they pretend to be mommies, teachers, chefs, singers, doctors, talking animals, and of course princesses.

 

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One time, I overheard them playing pretend princesses who went shopping at a shoe boutique. I couldn’t remember the exact details, but there were cockroaches and vampires involved (I swear my girls never watched TVD!). But I remembered it was ridiculously funny!

Besides creating stories through pretend-play, my girls also love to draw whatever imagination they have in mind. They just loveee to draw. Every day there’ll be at least 1 drawing and then they’ll show it to me and explain what their drawings are all about. Apparently your child’s drawing is not just a drawing; there’s a lot more stories behind it.

 

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This is Ayra’s drawing of Elsa and Anna. She explained that Anna was sad because the weather was too hot so she asked her Ice Queen sister, Elsa, to make snow. But Elsa didn’t have much “snow power” left (the sun was probably too hot, LOL) that the snow melted and turned into rain and it began to flood. Anna was happy anyways because the flood looks like swimming pool. Hehe.

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And this is Raina’s drawing of Rapunzel, who was walking in the woods when some magical lanterns just flew up from the grass because it was almost midnight. She calls them the magic grass lanterns. Hehe

 

Does your little one have a big imagination with a story to tell? If they love creating stories featuring pirates on high seas, spacemen who have aliens as best friends or even brave princesses like Sofia The First, then your child needs to enter this Animate Your Imagination contest.

 

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Disney Junior wants to hear your child’s creative and magical stories, and they want to bring them to live and show them on Disney Junior. How awesome is that? Your child gets to be a “screenwriter” for a TV show! Hehe.

You can either share a photo of your child’s drawing, or a video of him/her narrating the story. The story must use either one of the following 3 themes: Pirates, Princesses or Space Adventures. You can then tune in to Disney Junior to see if your child’s imaginative story has been selected.

For more info, log on to DisneyJunior.Asia/AnimateYourImagination.