Superhero Moment

There’s something magical that happens when you enter motherhood. Suddenly, BAM! Your inner superhero revealed herself. All the “powers” you never knew you possessed just sprang into action!

Ok, so we may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, or fight crimes on the street, or save thousands of people from atomic explosions, but we moms sure have our own super powers!

Don’t believe me?

Well as moms, we have so many responsibilities and we also hold so many job titles. We are the chef, the caretaker, the housekeeper, the chauffeur, the alarm clock, the teacher, the nurse, the handyman, the nutritionist, the laundry maid, the personal assistant, the photographer, the life coach, the event planner, the therapist, the wardrobe stylist, the personal shopper, and the list goes on. Sometimes we even do a few things at once. I mean, who else can feed the baby, reply an email and talk on the phone all at the same time? Heck, we can even go without sleep for days! I think that is some kind of a superhero power. *blows nails*

 

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But what amazes me the most is the supersonic hearing that God has given to us moms (that, and the unconditional love we have for our kids even when they drive us crazy!).

You know, before becoming a mom, I was a very heavy sleeper. Alarms don’t wake me up, nor the loud banging on the door. My mom used to joke that even an earthquake won’t wake me up (it’s that serious)!

But now that I’m a mom, things have changed. I have changed. I have now become super alert and I can even hear the sound of a cry or a thud in the middle of the night, from the other room, with my supersonic hearing. It’s like a miracle! It must be a mom thing.

I am convinced that our alertness and strength may double or even triple when our children are in distress. It’s like we have a telepathic power that can sense when things are not right or something.

Like the other day, I was awaken by a faint sound from my kids’ room at around 3 o’clock in the morning. I went to check on them and saw my eldest child was shivering. I felt her forehead and sure enough she was burning up with fever. Turns out, she had tonsillitis and her temperature was quite high (39°C). 

I don’t think I really slept during those nights when my child was sick. I think I woke up every hour to check if her temperature spiked again, or whether she was breathing fine, or if she was too cold, or whether she needed a drink because she kept telling me her throat felt hot. And then came morning, I had to do my usual routine despite having a headache and backache from lack of sleep. Headache or not, mom duty must still go on (thank God for Panadol Actifast, an instant headache relief)!

 

IMG_3503Lunch in bed because she was too weak to move around.

Being a superhero mom is not about being a perfect mom. There’s no such thing! It’s about doing the best that you can for your children. Whether it’s looking after a sick child, or killing a cockroach with your bare foot to “save” your children from it (I cannot believe I actually did that – once), or fixing broken dolls, we are all superheroes in the eyes of our children.

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We might not be anything to someone else, but to our children, we are everything!



Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

I just started my day with the most delectable chocolate treat – Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding.

I can’t believe how good it was. So creamy and dreamy, and it’s secretly super healthy. Who doesn’t love that!

 

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Chia seeds, as we all know, have been in the “superfood” limelight for the past few years because of its amazing nutrient density and health benefits. I usually just toss chia seeds in my protein shake and chug away, but this morning, I decided to try something new.

This recipe has been in my to-try list for months now (along with other yummy healthy recipes which I have yet to try) and I finally gotten around to do it. Not that it was hard or anything, it was actually very simple. No cooking required! (Don’t you just love that? hehe).

 

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
5 tbsp pure Maple syrup (or you can substitute with honey)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

Blend all the ingredients in a blender. Pour mixture into a jar, cover it, and leave it in the refrigerator overnight.

Serve pudding with your desired toppings (berries, bananas, kiwi, mango, pomegranate seeds, nuts, seeds, cacao nibs, dried cranberries, raisins, Greek yogurt, etc).

I had my pudding with strawberries, toasted pecans and desiccated coconut.

 

IMG_6008I do not know how many calories is in this pudding, but let’s just pretend that it’s calorie free because it’s healthy. Hehe (I got the spoon on Etsy, by the way)

 



Moms + Kids Private Shopping Event

The other day, Uniqlo held a private shopping event for mommy bloggers at Fahrenheit88. Ahhh… shopping. Just hearing the word gives me a jolt of excitement! :D

You probably know how much I love dressing up my girls and shopping for their clothes. I just love organizing and coordinating them into adorable little outfits. I think I’m a little obsessed, hence the #ayrarainalookbook on Instagram! :D

There was a mini contest on our social medias prior to the event, where participants need to answer 2 simple questions and 2 lucky winners will be chosen to join the private shopping event with RM200 shopping vouchers each! How fun is that?!

 

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 IMG_4473With one of my winners, @bellatrixue, who’s actually my ex-schoolmate in Taiping! When I found out she was one of the winners, I was like OMG I cannot believe it! Haha.

Anyway, Uniqlo opened their store extra early that day (8.30 am) just for us so that we can have the store all to ourselves before it opens to public. Felt so special. Hehe.

The first thing we saw when we went up to the kids’ section was this – balloon station!

 

IMG_4193This aunty is so “terer”. You can request for any balloon shapes; she can make it for you.
Flower, magic wand, heart shape, butterfly, lady bug, dog, bike, gun, sword, even Elmo! (Wonder if she can make balloon shoes too)

 

IMG_4194Ayra wanted a magic wand…

 

IMG_4191Nakisha’s girl got a butterfly. How cute is that?!

 

IMG_4202They also set up a photo booth with props.

 

And then the shopping began!

To be honest, that was my first time shopping for my kids at Uniqlo. I never really bothered to check out their kids collection before because I’m used to shop at my girls’ regular brands, which are mostly online from US. All I can say is, I’m definitely going to shop here again for my kids, especially their tees.

Ooohh their tees!

If you’re looking for cute and comfy daily wear tees for your kids, just go to Uniqlo. Seriously, they have so many selections of tees and tops, and they are so affordable (RM29.90 – RM39.90)!

Their most popular range is the UT graphic t-shirts. They even collaborated with Disney Project (they have Frozen tees!), Snoopy, Sanrio (Hello Kitty), author Leo Lionni, Mr. Men and Little Miss series, and Michael Bastian collection.

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IMG_4306These are the Steteco (for boys) & Relaco (for girls) collection, which are shorts in the cutest prints! They are so light and comfy, which can be worn as loungewear or even outdoor.

 

IMG_4230Having a hard time deciding which printed cropped pants to get for Ayra. I finally let her choose herself (she chose pink, of course)

 

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IMG_4477Uniqlo, you guys want new kids models?

 

IMG_4355…coz you know, these two just love the camera (or at least mommy’s camera) hehe.

 

IMG_4370The event ended with brunch at Dome

 

IMG_4479With the other winner, @homelivingshop.
(Thanks for the gifts! My girls love the pink vespa thingy and said it was perfect for their dolls LOL)

 

So… here’s what I got for my girls – something chic and comfy!

For Ayra, I got her a white cardigan, navy blue top with ruffled hem and printed cropped pants; and for Raina, a pink cardigan, blue gingham top and white leggings. Apparently, you can get a lot with RM200 at Uniqlo!

 

IMG_4838Pink, white and blue #gengsilangkaki

 

I find Uniqlo sizing runs big – or maybe my girls are just so petite! For reference, Ayra, who is almost 7, wore the smallest size for cropped pants (for 4-5 years). Raina’s leggings is from baby/toddler section (size 90, which is supposed to be for 24 months baby! LOL). And those cardigans that they are wearing? They are also from toddler section - Ayra wore size 100 (3-4 years) and Raina wore size 90 (24 months). Hahaha! But whatevs, as long as the clothes fit well, right.

What I like most about Uniqlo clothing (besides the affordable price) is the variations. Each piece of clothing comes in a few other colors or prints and I really like that because, you know, when you like something, you just want to get it in every single color and print! Like that top with ruffled hem that Ayra is wearing, it also comes in other colors – white, grey, red and something else (can’t remember already). I really like that top and I think it’s perfect for layering and dressy enough to be worn on it’s own. I’m so gonna get more! I also like those cardigans because they’re lightweight (like t-shirts material) which is perfect for our hot weather. And yes, it comes in other colors as well.

Thank you Uniqlo for this fun shopping experience! We surely had a great time and my girls love their new outfits :)



When pain gets in the way

The other day, I woke up feeling fatigued with neck pain and a throbbing headache.

That wasn’t the first time tho. I’ve actually experienced this several times, and I noticed it usually happened when I had a looong day outside the house or when I stayed up really late the night before.

I hate waking up like that. If I don’t do anything about it, the pain would last the whole day and my day would be ruined.

I cannot cook for my family, I cannot do the laundry, I cannot do any housework, and most importantly, I cannot attend to my children’s needs properly. All I want to do is just sleep and rest without any interruptions until my headache subsides. But that is highly unlikely, especially if you’re a mother with no helper. Can you imagine attending to your 4-year-old’s cry with a pounding headache? Things can get really ugly and both of you could end up crying!

Sometimes I would even lose it and get snappy at my children for playing too loud or interrupting my rest with their petty little things.

Sigh… Poor my children. They just wanted my attention and I failed to give it to them because of my headache and I got mad at them instead. I feel like such a crappy mom! >_<

Now whenever I wake up with a headache, I know what I need to do. I need my Panadol Actifast. I need to treat it right away so that I can get back to my normal life, enjoying every precious moment with these two munchkins of mine….

 

IMG_0083Playing dress-up

 

IMG_6450Making a giant poster painting

 

IMG_6481Enjoying our ice-cream treat

 

IMG_6407Having a picnic in the front yard (or even indoor)

 

IMG_8754Goofing around and just having fun.

 

I won’t be able to enjoy these moments if I am sick or in pain, because pain can really get in the way of everything.

Aligned with Panadol’s recent campaign, let’s not sacrifice any pain with every small yet priceless moment with our children. Instead of ignoring the pain, choose to treat it so we could go back to our normal every day routines with the kids.

Did you know that Panadol Actifast is gentle even in an empty stomach, which absorbs twice as fast than regular paracetamol and leaves body naturally within 24 hours, besides being a safe and effective pain reliever?


If you’re in pain, don’t just suffer through the pain. Your children need you. They need their mommy to be healthy and happy again. Treat your pain, because when pain is gone, life takes its place. #LifeReplacesPain #PanadolActifst



Cooking With Love

I know a lot of us would say our mum’s cooking is the best food in the world. I would too! My mom makes the best nasi lemak, bihun goreng, lontong, mee Jawa, gulai-gulai kampung, kuih Cara, kuih ketayap, puding sagu gula Melaka and the list goes on. Heck, she even makes the best omelette!

For years I thought it was because mums had years of cooking experience, but now I realized it’s not just about mastering the techniques or recipes. It’s the unconditional love that mums put into their cooking that made their dishes unforgettable. “Air tangan ibu”, as we say it in Malay. Mums cook with love and that is the secret ingredient!

My mum enjoys cooking. It’s her passion, really. I think it’s one of her ways to show her love for the family. She can spend hours in the kitchen, preparing meals for her family without any complain, and her food always taste good. You can taste the love in every bite! She even told us that there’s particular food that she cook that will remind her of each of her children (gulai masak lemak labu and puding sagu gula Melaka are some of the food that would remind her of me because those are my fave).

Undoubtedly, being a mum is never easy but things sure are different when it is done out of love for the family. Just like this video below, I’m pretty sure mothers out there can relate to this too.



 
Now that I’m a mum myself, I finally get it. Cooking is like love made visible. There’s this unexplainable satisfaction feeling when I get to feed my family with the food that I cook myself. Cooking has become even more fun for me now, what with my food flatlay craze. I just love arranging and styling food on the table. My girls get excited too, seeing all those beautiful set up that I made. They felt like we were having a tea party or a special dinner or something. Makes dining even more fun! Hehe.

Knorr is having a special “Knorr Penuh Rasa, Penuh Kasih Sayang” campaign to celebrate the power of mum’s cooking. They want to appreciate all the hard work and effort that mums put into their daily cooking for the family by giving them a good breakaway from house chores. Knorr will select 10 winners and each winner will get a FREE helper to clean your house for 10 sessions! I mean, if you’re a stay-at-home mum with no helper like me, you know how much this means! It means I get to sit and relax without having to vacuum, mop the floor, wipe the cabinets, scrub the sink, clean the bathrooms and everything. I need to win this! Haha.

 

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All you need to do is:

  1. Snap a photo of your family’s favourite dish that you’ve cooked using any Knorr products. It can be either the Knorr Cube or Knorr All-in-One Seasoning. Oh, and you need to include the Knorr product pack as well in your photo.
  2. Share it on Knorr’s Facebook page together with the hashtag #KnorrPenuhRasaSayang and a short description of why the dish is your family’s favourite (in no more than 20 words).
  3. Winners will be selected based on the highest number of ‘likes’ and the most interesting description.

 

IMG_2830For this campaign, I used Knorr Chicken Cube to cook my family’s favourite dish.

 

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The Knorr Chicken Cube gives this chicken curry that extra kick. It’s so flavourful!

My husband and my girls have their own favourite dishes, but when it comes to eating rice, one of their favourite lauk is chicken curry. My husband is “orang Utara” so it’s no surprise why he loves curry very much. And somehow, my girls inherited their daddy’s love for chicken curry (as long as it’s not too spicy).

 

IMG_2932Mummy, the family’s Masterchef :P

 

Anyway, here’s my campaign entry photo. Make sure you are in the photo, together with your dish and Knorr product pack.

 

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Share your family’s favourite dish, mummies, and who knows you could be one of the lucky winners!

For more info about the campaign, visit www.facebook.com/KnorrMalaysia.