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GIVEAWAY: One Maxomorra onesie (worth $32) from Elly!

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One of our favourite kids clothing boutiques, Elly, has just launched a whole range of Maxomorra goodies today!

Maxomorra hails from Sweden and features ridiculously cute patterened designs made from organically grown cotton. I was pretty overwhelmed when I popped into their store (Maxomorra is stocked both at Elly and their sister store Twelve, both located in Cluny Court), and was faced a whole rainbow of bright colours!

Pretty cute huh?!

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Elly are giving away one Maxomorra onesie (worth $32)!

a Brunch with my Baby giveaway

You can submit some of the entries more than once a day, so come back tomorrow to get more entries in the draw.

Giveaways will run from 14-20  Mar 2014 inclusive.
Winner’s entry(s) will be verified according to the entry criteria(s).

Winner may select design and size of their choice from all available stock (sizes 50/56 (0 to 6 m), 62/68 (6 to 9 m), 74/80 (9 to 12 m), 86/92 (18 to 24 m)).

Elly are offering FREE shipping for any order over $80!
Use code: BWMB

 

Code is valid until 20 March 2014 inclusive.
Valid on orders shipped to any address in Singapore.

Made of soft and durable organic cotton, the Maxomorra range features those onesies/rompers (above), as well as a LOT of other styles for babies and older kids (you’ll have to go to the store to see them in-person, they’re not online cos they’re limited stock only!)

The clothes get softer after each wash-and-wear, yet the colours stay super vibrant. I suppose they must be very comfy to wear, because both my kids love being in them! No prizes for guessing that these Maxomorra tractor-print long pajamas are for Hunter, my vehicle-fanatic. He wigged out when he saw them.

I mean, reaaallllyyyy WIGGED OUT.

He was so excited to have not one, not two, but about twenty gazillion tractors all over him!! On the downside, now he keeps wanting to wear this particular set of pajamas every night, so they’re getting kinda smelly……..

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I tried to take nice photos of him, whilst eating breakfast, wearing his cute Maxomorra pajamas. These photos were as good as we got….

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Carter loves his aeroplanes, so he got a Maxomorra aeroplane-print short pajamas. Personally, I reckon this style can be worn outdoors, and not just in bed – the tee looks super cute paired with jeans, and the shorts are so eye-catching paired with a plain top!

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Both my kids are the same size in clothing, so here’s Hunter rocking the same set outdoors – they were having a pajama party at his playschool. How cute?!

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Maxomorra also do boxer shorts, that are excellent for popping on when you’re at home. This is what Hunter wears when he’s home – they’re soft, comfy, and easy to pull down for when he needs to use the bathroom.

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He actually really likes them specifically because of the dinosaur print. He has a pair of dinosaur boots, so he pairs them together and stomps all over the place, roaring very scarily!

He calls himself the HUNTERSAURUS.

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There are also Maxomorra bodysuits ($28), briefs ($16) and girls hipsters ($9) in the store. I love the Daisy print for girls! Though, a little birdie told me that the Cats print is the most popular..

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A lot of the Maxomorra stock is running low at Elly, because they only received one batch of it. So pop on down (or contact them to reserve what you want) to their store at Cluny Court quickly, if you don’t see what you want online.

Thanks Elly!

GIVEAWAY: One Personal Training session (worth $125) + one Fit Mummy Workout class (worth $55) with Mums In Sync

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I don’t want to be a frumpy mummy anymore but yet I don’t want to work out in a boring gym. So I decided to end my 3-year exercise hiatus and go check out a super lovely gym in a Sentosa resort! That way, I can exercise and be in gorgeous surroundings (with a killer view) – WIN WIN 😀

Aileron Wellness is located within Amara Resort in Sentosa, and specialises in highly-customized personal training.

For mums, however, Mums In Sync are there to cater for your needs. Kareen, the owner and personal trainer, is a mum (of twins!) herself. She knows all about weak stomach muscles, and mummy concerns like flabby stomach (urk), flabby arms (cannot wave at people without setting off a seismic wave), flabby thighs (where did the gap go??), flabby everything, really!

You can read about my experience with Mums In Sync right here.

What I LOVE about Mums In Sync is that it’s not daunting, embarrassing, nor weird at all. Kareen is easy to chat with, and it’s just so much easier working with someone that’s a mum herself (her twins are 3 yrs old). The gym is also full of young male guy trainers if, you know, you feel like some eye candy as you’re working out………………….

But here’s what we have for you this week – not one but TWO ways to win!

Mums In Sync are giving away one 60mins customised
Personal Training session (worth $125)

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Mums In Sync are giving away one 90mins 
Fit Mummy Workout class (worth $55)

  a Brunch With My Baby giveaway

You can submit some of the entries more than once a day, so come back tomorrow to get more entries in the draw.

Giveaways will run from 7 – 13  Mar 2014 inclusive.
Winner’s entry(s) will be verified according to the entry criteria(s).
Winner of Personal Training session may call to arrange their appointment.

Winner of Fit Mummy Workout class may select one of these two sessions: 25 March 10AM, 29 March 3PM

 

So here I am, going nuts at their machine/game that you have to smack as each of the lights light up. By “going nuts”, I mean moving as slow as a sloth – the game is actually super hard!!!!

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This is Kareen, dead lifting 1,000KG. Give or take.

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With Kareen from Mums In Sync, and Keith the owner of Aileron Wellness gym!

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Saving the best part for the last…… FREE FOOD!!!!!

Specifically, a free kaching putih stand in the hotel’s lobby.

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And a tip: bring your swimmers. Heck, bring your kids too if you have someone to keep an eye on them. Because they can swim in the THREE pools at the resort! And you can too, after your workout. It makes for a great family activity and you can poke around Sentosa afterwards to chill out 🙂

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Thanks Aileron Wellness and Mums In Sync!

 

GIVEAWAY: One pair of Pediped FLEX shoes (worth $90-99)!

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PEDIPED is one of the most famous, popular, and stylish shoe brands in Singapore. But I guess you already know that, since you’re a parent!

As of THIS WEEK, pediped are giving up to 50% off newly added sales items including styles from the latest Fall/Winter 2013 collection!

You can shop directly at their site here:

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But, here’s what we have for you:

pediped are giving away one pair of FLEX shoes
 (worth $90-99) of your choice!

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You can submit some of the entries more than once a day, so come back tomorrow to get more entries in the draw.

Giveaway will run from 28 Feb – 6 Mar 2014 inclusive.
Winner’s entry(s) will be verified according to the entry criteria(s).
Pediped will ship the winner’s choice of FLEX shoe (subject to availability) to any Singapore address.

 

On top of that:

pediped are offering an EXCLUSIVE 10% STOREWIDE DISCOUNT, in addition to any existing discounts already online!
Use code: BWMBPEDIPED

 

Storewide discount is eligible until 6 March 2014 inclusive.

 

Targeted to children aged 1-8 years old, the pediped FLEX range  offers damn cute designs with comfort to boot. What I personally like about the shoes are:

  1. Excellent cushioning at the heel
  2. Cushioned arch support
  3. Flexible soles

 

My kids have a few pairs of pediped shoes, but I like these ones (below) in particular because they’re kind of match-match!

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Thanks pediped!

GIVEAWAY: Win a ‘Give Me Everything’ sticker pack (130 labels, worth $50) from Childlabel – shipped worldwide!

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Childlabel pride themselves on making  high quality vinyl stickers (waterproof, freezable, microwavable and scratch resistant!), with their own designer on board to make sure they are damn cute. 

And they are. You’ll go a bit loopy admiring the adorable graphics, and trying to narrow it down!

I’ve found that labelling my kids’ stuff is really useful because:

  1. They take great pride in, errrrrr, admiring their names stuck all over everything.
  2. It helps them recognise their own stuff at school.
  3. It ensures their stuff doesn’t get mixed up with other kids’.

 

Childlabel are giving away one ‘Give Me Everything‘ value pack, containing 130 labels (worth $50) – shipped worldwide!

32 x Small Rectangle Sticker Labels
32 x Chinese Name Sticker Labels
28 x Circle Sticker Labels
20 x Rectangle Iron Ons
18 x Circle Iron Ons

 

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You can submit some of the entries more than once a day, so come back tomorrow to get more entries in the draw.

Giveaway will run from 21 Feb – 27 Feb 2014 inclusive.
Winner’s entry(s) will be verified according to the entry criteria(s).
Childlabel will ship the ‘Give Me Everything’ pack to any address, worldwide.

 

So this is the pack that Carter received, which is the Under The Sea design. And Hunter received the Vrooom design. Both were perfectly suited for each kid, and I was delighted by how colour saturated the labels were. They are reaaaaalllyyy eye-catching!

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You’ll notice below that the labels are made of a thin flexible plastic material, that is waterproof. They aren’t standard paper stickers at all!

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I personally like the Circle stickers as shoe stickers. They are so vibrant that there’s no way my kids are going home with the wrong shoes 😉

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Their Rectangle stickers have smooth rounded edges, and seal nicely on smooth surfaces. I thought it looked awesome on Carter’s new scooter 🙂

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And we got some Book stickers too! OK so the kids don’t have textbooks yet… but I use them on their progress report books. Cuteness 🙂

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Since they are waterproof, I whack them on their water bottles, and lunch boxes. It’s all matchy-match in this household!!

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My favourite? The Iron On labels, hands down!!! These labels had all of us, including the school teachers, analysing them up-close, and even picking away at them.

They do NOT look like iron on labels.

They look like gorgeous stickers!!!

The colours are so vibrant and they look so cute, and are just so perfect looking, that people don’t realise they are iron ons. See below for yourself!

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These (below) are Iron On labels too. They really look like stickers huh? And because they are iron on, they DO NOT BUDGE. I am in love with these. They are magic.

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If you’re after labels that are really vibrant and with cute designs, you’ll want to check out Childlabel. Make sure you order those incredible Iron On labels, they are their best product IMHO!

 Thanks Childlabel!

GIVEAWAY: Win one of three Maxilla the Caterpillar books (worth $10.60 each)!

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Hunter is a highly tactile and visual learner, and has never really shown much interest in reading. I’m not too worried, since each child has their own interests, but secretly I really would like him to read more because it means he sits there quietly and self-entertains 😉

In general, the only books he likes are Thomas the Tank Engine books, or ones with vehicles in it (he likes to look at the pictures).

So I was VERY PLEASED when he really enjoyed Maxilla, a book about a boy named Rueben who finds a caterpillar in school garden and decides to keep it as his pet. He was quiet and captivated from cover-to-cover, and asked me “Read it again!” when I finished. It’s actually the first time he’s ever said that after a book! The beautiful illustrations help too – the pictures are colourful and captivates young children.

Maxilla is sitting on our couch and, every so often when he spots it, Hunter will go “Mama, how about we read Maxilla?” 

Written by Lianne Ong, Maxilla is targeted at 5-8 year olds, but Hunter has just turned 3 years old recently, and was able to grasp the concept and storyline just fine. Carter (18 months) only looked at the pictures and couldn’t stay focused til the end, so I’d say Maxilla works best for 3 years old and up.

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MPH are giving away three Maxilla books, worth $10.60 each! 

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You can submit some of the entries more than once a day, so come back tomorrow to get more entries in the draw.

Giveaway will run from 14 Feb – 20 Feb 2014 inclusive.
Winner’s entry(s) will be verified according to the entry criteria(s).
MPH will ship the book to each of the three winners.

 

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Maxilla is available at major bookstores (Kinokunoiya, Times Bookstores, MPH Bookstores), and is retailing at $10.60 inclusive of gst.

Thanks MPH!

 

GIVEAWAY: Win one Free Play Pass worth $40 (ie. 4 visits) from Gymnademics!

 

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Remember when we did a feature on Gymnademics?

Carter’s started with them! He’s been to two sessions now and is really enjoying it. I’ll be frank though, his first session there was just him being aaaalllll over the place. He couldn’t focus on anything the teachers were saying/doing, because he was just so fascinated with the room and all the fun things in it! But, when he came back a week later for the second session, he went through all the routines just fine, and was actually interested in the flash cards and activities.

It’s so nice seeing your child captivated during class, you know? Seeing him happy and soaking in all this information and activity makes my day! I think he really enjoys the fun and music during each class.

 

Gymnademics are giving away one Free Play Pass worth $40 (ie. 4 visits)! 

 

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You can submit some of the entries more than once a day, so come back tomorrow to get more entries in the draw.

Giveaway will run from 7 Feb– 13 Feb 2014 inclusive.
Winner’s entry(s) will be verified according to the entry criteria(s).

 

 

Free Play @ Gymnademics at Alexandra Retail Centre 
Wednesdays to Fridays
10am-4pm
From children aged 5 months to 5 years
1 hour $15, 4 hours $40

 

So what of their regular classes?

They go for a 1 hour duration and, believe me, will have you pretty tired out afterwards! It’s a lot of activity, coupled with learning exercises. Here’s a rough idea of what happens during Carter’s class:

First there’s flash card matching revision, from words learned last week. Hunter did a term of this last year and, believe me, you’ll be reaaalllyyy impressed by what they remember from the previous week’s lesson!

This is Carter matching up “sectional sofa” with the picture. I’m not sure if that was a fluke 😉

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After that, it’s a bit of musical instrument playing (or banging) time. Both my kids have always gone for the little drum! Carter is an incredibly serious drummer (fat cheeks and all) and will studiously whack the stick onto the drum.

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Then there’s word flashcards, based on the theme for the week. This week, it’s Electrical Appliances. As you can see, Gymnademics doesn’t ‘baby’ down words or concepts. They use adult (and pretty difficult!) words. And, again, you’ll be really impressed by how much your kid can absorb within a few classes.

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And it’s onto musical activity again, this time with wooden sticks! The kids love to wave them high and low and bang around, creating a mega ruckus 😉

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One of the most popular activities comes next – obstacle course/circuit. It is one phenomenal way to tire an active kid out 😉 There’s balance beam, tunnels, steps, slides, stepping stones – you name it!! Carter was a basket case during his first class (ran around everywhere!) but during his second class, he went through the circuit systematically.

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Then there’s picture time based on the concept of the week. This week, it was Flying Machines! CARTER’S FAVOURITE. Needless to say, he was captivated, especially when the teachers whipped out a helicopter that had moving blades.

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And then, flying trapeze!!! I’ve always thought this was brilliant fun, but I don’t think I’m allowed on it. This is Carter, being assisted (the teacher is holding his hands) on the trapeze. After 5 swings, he ‘flies’ into my arms! And, the idea is, with a bit of training, your kid can soon hold themselves up with no assistance. This activity trains their upper body muscles, and also increases oxygen to the heart due to the position.

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Gymnastics time! Every week, they progress in their activity. In this picture below, Carter is practicising his hand stand. And, after a few weeks, he will be able to do an (assisted) forward handspring! I thought Carter would go ballistic being held up like that (I think I would!!) but nope, he was actually really calm and quite pleased with himself afterwards. Go figure.

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A bit of calm down time, so we did daily activities to music. This week, it was using a cut-out doll to “jump on the bed” and a toothbrush to “brush teeth”, which kids are supposed to respond to when they hear the appropriate “boing!” or “brush brush” sounds. It’s ridiculously cute to watch 😉

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The craaaaziest part of the session – relay race!! Kids have to grab a toy fruit/veg, and run a short distance to drop it into a container, then run back to you to collect the next fruit. This is MAJOR EXERCISE for kids, considering the amount they run and how small they are. And they really have so much fun running back and forth, giggling away!

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A much-needed water break

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And then it’s parachute time, flipping it around to the music. Carter was pretty overwhelmed/scared when he saw it during his first session, but he loved it during his second session.

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Story time, using flashcards. I’m not sure why Carter looks so transfixed by the picture of a Daddy ironing his clothes 😉

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Magic box time! This houses a super fun hands-on activity, so it’s always a hit for the eager kids. This time, it was sticking on the matching number/colour. And Carter could do it after I showed him a couple of times! We’ve never done this activity before, so I was chuffed to learn of his new skill that I never knew he could do 😛

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I love the catchy “Hip hip hooray, we learned something new today!” goodbye song near the end. I always get up and dance like a crazy person too 😉 And so do my kids! Both Hunter and Carter like to shake their booty and stomp around 😛

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The class lasts for an hour, and frankly, I’m glad it doesn’t go any longer. I don’t think I have the stamina! It’s very go-go-go, and the kids lap it all up.

I really enjoyed Gymnademics for Hunter because, being a cautious child, I thought the high level of activity and gymnastics would help him out of his shell a bit.

And I enjoy Gymnademics for Carter because, a very active child, it gives him what he craves for and he completely knocks out afterwards. WIN.

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Outlet Details
Address: Alexandra Retail Centre, 460 Alexandra Road #02-25, Singapore 119963
Telephone: +65 6271 7569
Email: arc@gymnademics.com
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm

GIVEAWAY: Win one of three sets of bowtie + tie from A,Apple Pie!

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There’s something really ridiculously cute about a little boy all spiffied up. I feel like I just gotta go nibble on their ears and pinch their cheeks until someone pulls me aside and tells me I’m being weird!

A, Apple Pie (a brand created by Pupsik Studio) have just launched their pearlised polka dot fabrics for Chinese New Year, which feature girls cheongsams as well as boys shirts.

But if you think it’s a bit full-on, you can tone it down with just a smart little Bow Tie or TiePsssstttt…… they’re on SALE right now at those links! (Was: S$14.90. Now: S$12.90)

They come attached to an elastic band that you simply pull over your kid’s head, and tuck into their collar. Simple concept, and fuss free.

A, Apple Pie are giving away three sets of bowtie + tie!

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You can submit some of the entries more than once a day, so come back tomorrow to get more entries in the draw.

Giveaway will run from 17 Jan – 23 Jan 2014 inclusive.
Winner’s entry(s) will be verified according to the entry criteria(s).
Three winners will be sent a set of bowtie and tie, colours chosen based on availability.

 

And, here’s an extra goodie from A, Apple Pie:

Get 15% off anything from A, Apple Pie’s 2014 collection, using code: BWMB

Valid until 28 Feb 2014.

 

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GIVEAWAY: Elly ‘The Horse Parade’ bermuda shorts (worth $39)!

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Nothing to spur a parent into action like the words (especially when blurted urgently) Chinese New Year is coming! Specifically, from grandparents that want to be super sure you and the kids have a brand new set of clothes for the occasion.

Fortunately for us, our (extended) family don’t celebrate CNY with a vengeance, so the kids aren’t subject to being dragged around from home-to-home for hours on end (this is what my local friends complain about the most).

Unfortunately for us, it means we don’t have an excuse to get decked out in outfit after outfit of CNY themed stuff!

So we haven’t really gone crazy snapping up CNY outfits, but the range from Elly got me really excited because their CNY “The Horse Parade” range is just so wearable through the year! Check out that link and you’ll know what I mean.

Anyway, both boys ended up with their Red Horses and White Horses bermuda shorts (click that link for more details and photos of the shorts). I personally like these BEST out their whole boys range because:

  1. The fabric is thin but strong. It will last through tumbling around and regular wear and tear.
  2. The style is classic and smart-casual. I love how these are comfy and slip on easily, but still look nice and preppy.
  3. The print is freakin’ cute. It’s subtle enough (ie. not a blinding array of colours) to pair with various tops.
  4. The shorts are actually unisex! Quite a few girls I know are going to be rocking these.

 

Here’s your chance to score a pair of Elly’s new CNY Red Horses and White Horses bermuda shorts! 

 

Elly are giving away one pair of ‘The Horse Parade’ bermuda shorts
(Red Horses or White Horses!)

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These unisex shorts are available at $39 for sizes 9M to 3Y and $42 for sizes 4Y to 7Y.

Oh, and Elly have a special promotion going on – they are offering free local shipping this month (Jan 214) – just use the code “FREESHIPPING” when you checkout!

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Got a little girl and you’re all “Well this boys stuff is boring. BRING ON THE GIRLY CUTENESS!”? 

Life Is In The Small Things is holding a sister giveaway for Elly’s CNY girls range 🙂 Hop on over!

Thanks Elly!

 

GIVEAWAY: Win one of three $35 vouchers for OXO products!

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I’ve been a fan of OXO products for about two years now, and actually own… errrrr… pretty much the entire product line. I’ve accumulated them over the months and one day I realised I own the range! I know, I’m such a sucker for cool kid products.

The quality of the materials used in OXO products are excellent, and the colours are vibrant, which appeal to kids.

This, below, is my existing OXO product lineup *ahem*. I did tell you I really like their stuff!

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Rockabyelane are giving away one of three $35 vouchers to spend on OXO products!

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You can submit some of the entries more than once a day, so come back tomorrow to get more entries in the draw.

Giveaway will run from 3 Jan – 9 Jan 2014 inclusive.
Winner’s entry(s) will be verified according to the entry criteria(s).
Voucher may be used to purchase OXO products at Rockabyelane.com

 

And, here’s an extra goodie from Rockabyelane:

Get a 10% off STOREWIDE DISCOUNT at Rockabyelane with code: brunchwithmybaby

Valid until 17 Jan 2014.
Discount is valid on all merchandise storewide, but excludes shipping cost.

 

OXO is stocked at Rockabye Lane, a local online boutique that ships out speedily and packages arrive with a pretty little sticker:

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You’ll see in the photos of the water bottles that there is a little hole thingy (I’m sure there is a lovely name the OXO product folks have come up with, but I’m sorry I don’t know it!) where your thumb can go through, or little fingers can grab onto. It’s a simple idea, but works really well – it’s easy and fuss-free to grab my kids’ bottles and go!

And, is it just me, or do you guys have SUPER ANNOYING PROBLEMS with twist-up-straw bottles? You know, the type where you twist  the top and the straw emerges? By problems, I mean when I twist the top to get the straw out, the whole top unscrews off the bottom. Hello water spillage. Not happy. A lot of brands have done this to me, but this new OXO water bottle does not. When I (or my kids) twist the top, the straw comes out easily. I think it’s party due to that thumb-hole thingy, which helps you hold the lid in place.

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The water bottles are sturdy, completely leak-proof when closed, and my kids happily use them with no issues (ie. they don’t choke). All good in my book. My kids actually have around…. errrr.. more than ten (or maybe twenty) water bottles. It’s a creepy lil obsession of mine. I’m really satisfied with these OXO ones though, so all the others have been chucked into the cupboard and my kids just use these now.

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The OXO snack box is my most-used vessel for the kids’ snacks. I pop in little biscuits, raisins, and puffs. I LOVE the design because I don’t like the silicon reach-in lids (the flaps always bend and don’t work properly after awhile) and the curved-in container keeps snacks INSIDE when kids tip the box. The opening is wide enough for little hands to reach into, and the box is shallow enough for little fingers to reach the bottom.

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So.. what of all the other OXO products?

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Here’s a quick run down from my personal experience:

  1. OXO Freezer storage containers – these are marketed as containers to freeze your homemade baby food in, but I personally like them as small snack jars too. The lids pop on-off easily and they’re pretty air tight (they have a rubber seal around the inside edge). But as freezer containers, they work well as they snap in nicely into the tray, to keep things neat in your freezer. I use mine to freeze cooked fruit, and homemade soup stock.
  2. OXO Freezer storage tray – I used these to death when both kids were babies and eating purees. I own a LOT of freezer trays and found this one to be the best. I pop out a cube or two of the veg puree to add into their food (excellent to make a pasta sauce with), and they slide out easily thanks to the curved bottom. The tray washes clean easily and has a slide-on lid so you don’t expose everything when you just want to pop out one piece.
  3. OXO Straw cup – This was what Hunter was using before he got the new design. The cup was too small to last one day for him (they do sell a larger version, but we don’t have it), but I really liked the fat curved handles (so comfy to hold).
  4. OXO sippy cup – I got this for Carter, because the grand plan was for him to drink his milk from it, instead of from a teat bottle. Unfortunately, he is more stubborn than me and refuses. We compromised on sticking a sippy spout onto his current milk bottle, but transitioning him to a different bottle/cup like this is still a work-in-progress. Hunter used to use it for drinking water though, as a transition before he started using a cup!
  5. OXO drinking cup – this one is super cool, it’s meant to transition kids into using a proper cup, but has a transparent cover with lots of holes around the edge. So the water still free-flows out, but spillage is relatively contained. I’m going to get Carter to use this soon.
  6. OXO Flip-top snack lid – this lid can clip onto either the small or large cups, to pop snacks into. I like the flip-top design but I don’t have the small cup to clip it onto, and my kids don’t eat that many snacks to warrant using the larger cup size. So this is a bit defunct for now! Very sturdy clip lid though, and I’d recommend getting the small version that’s super cute and practical, unless your kids eat a lot of snacks (or larger-sized biscuits).
  7. OXO Snack box – This is better for younger kids or kids that don’t eat many snacks. It works well because the curved edge keeps snacks in even when tilted, and it’s small enough for kids to reach to the bottom. This is hands-down my most used snack box.
  8. OXO Bowl (small) – I use this as a portable bowl in my diaper bag, because it has a lid to keep it clean. It has a heavier bottom so it doesn’t dip or fly off the table easily, and is really durable.
  9. OXO Bowl (large) – This is for home-use, since it’s a larger size. Excellent for cereal or for pasta, and the heavier bottom (that’s non-slip) helps kids learn to self feed.
  10. OXO fork and spoon – Oh by far one of my favourite cutlery for kids!!! And I own a drawerful from various brands. The design and functionality is, simply, perfect for kids. The metal isn’t sharp but well rounded, and the spoon has the perfect depth and size. The handle is chunky and non-slip, with a very useful curve in it when I’m feeding the kids (or even when they use it to feed themselves). It’s so good my kids use theirs on a daily basis.

 

Thanks Rockabyelane!

GIVEAWAY: One ‘My First Pack’ of 156 stickers from Stickerkid (worth $55)!

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(psssst! Read on for a discount code to Sickerkid)

 

Both my kids start their unaccompanied playgroup in the new year!

They’ll be attending 3x a week, for 3 hours each time. HELLOOOOOO kid-free mornings for me, for three glorious days a week!! Seriously, I won’t know what to do with myself.

Because of their close age gap (18 months apart), they’ll be in the same classroom. There’ll be just 6-8 kids in the class (including them) with 2 teachers

Despite the small class, the teachers told me to make sure they have all their belongings labeled, or they risk getting their stuff mixed up with other kids.

I’ve never purchased labeling-things before, because I’ve been dubious. Kid things go through a LOT of rough handling and a LOT of washing – how can something so simple as a sticker that you slap on last through all that??

Turns out, they really do last. 

My kids’ stickers are by a Swiss company called Stickerkid, that make personalised stickers and labels. They are Swiss-made and ridiculously durable. As in, they last so well that it can’t even be normal. Key example? The stickers on their waterbottles are in PERFECT condition – with no nicks or peeling bits – despite the waterbottles being washed and scrubbed daily. They’ve been stuck on for 6 weeks now (I wanted to give it time to make sure Stickerkid labels really do work!), and they are still PERFECTLY stuck on. Freaky!!

 

Stickerkid are giving away one ‘My First Pack‘ of 156 stickers (worth $55), shipped worldwide.

 My First Pack contains:
– 32 large stickers
– 14 shoe stickers
– 60 small stickers
– 50 clothes stickers

a Brunch With My Baby giveaway

You can submit some of the entries more than once a day, so come back tomorrow to get more entries in the draw.

Giveaway will run from 27 Dec 2013 to 2 Jan 2014 inclusive.
Winner’s entry(s) will be verified according to the entry criteria(s).
Any person from any country may participate – Stickerkid will ship worldwide!

And for those of you that want to order RIGHT NOW, before the new school year starts…

Stickerkid are offering a 10% STOREWIDE DISCOUNT with code: brunchwithmybaby

Valid until 31 March 2014.
Discount is valid on all merchandise storewide, but excludes shipping cost.

 

So these are my kids’ stickers, that arrived swiftly in the mail. I did spend ages trying to decide on the pictures, because they are so many option sto choose from! Stickerkid also have just launched the option to upload your own photo – coolness!!  The stickers come on various sheets and with accompanying instructions (though it’s kind of a no brainer).

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The stickers aren’t made of paper, but some sort of vinyl(?) material… that makes the stickers extremely flexible and durable. They feel good. 

This is the back of the Shoe Stickers:

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The Shoe Stickers fit nicely in kids shoes, and don’t peel off or come loose, to annoy little ones. My kids are pretty amused whenever they see their favourite animals stuck inside their shoes when they’re putting them on.

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Incredibly, I stuck on a sticker (NOT the iron-on label) on the back of Hunter’s hat.. and it’s been through a bunch of washes… but the sticker is still there!! In perfect condition.

And as I mentioned before, the stickers on their water bottles have lasted 6 weeks of daily washing and rough daily use. Zero peeling edges, zero nicks, zero colour fade.

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I regressed into a kid and went on a sticker slapping frenzy! Popped them on all their belongings, including their Buono desks. I figure it’s a good way to get them to recognise and read their own names, right??

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And also on Hunter’s Y Velo bike. Because the green is identical and looked too cool!

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These babies are really, freakily, durable. They last through so much – both physical man-handling, and washing. I’m also impressed with their thin-ness (so it doesn’t annoy and get in the way) as well as their flexibility (they wrap around odd-shapes very well with no bubbles or peeling).

This is what Stickerkid is proud to offer in their stickers:

Thanks Stickerkid!