Last day of 2012

Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.

For the year 2012, the people who love me have given me another great year to remember. Also, I had experienced significant events that made me a stronger person. Instead of worries, I am learning to count my blessings each day and give thanks to God for all the beautiful things in my life.

Dior Garden Clutch

My mum loves clutches and this december, I found the perfect make up palette for her christmas gift. I was attracted to romantic, vintage look. And my mum’s reaction was “Wow!”

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Here’s the delicate, shimmery blue eye shadows palette..

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Behind the small silver door were two lovely shades of pink lip gloss.

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I think my mum will keep the plalette in its pristine condition.

Dior Lip Balm

Have been using Dior Lip Balm in Crystal tone and this month, I bought the Lip Balms in Crystal Pink tone for my mum and mil.

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The lip balm looks stunning on them.

From source: Dior Make Up

“Inspired by runway makeup artists, who begin every application with a smoothing, moisturizing treatment, Dior created Dior Addict Lip Balm, an incredibly smooth balm with intense lipcare action for even more radiant makeup results.

The secret?

An expert complex enhanced with exceptionally powerful nourishing oil for smooth, plump and beautiful lips.”

So in love with the packaging.

Review: SK-II Cellumination Essence Ex

Found some really addictive apps. With the iPad in my hands, my eyes can go on and on for hours… till the uninvited dark rings are out telling me I need to do something. Yes, to lighten the dull looking skin I see in the mirror.

Men have tech gadgets, women have beauty secrets. Last week, I started using SKI-II Facial Treatment Essence (Miracle Water) again. Also, I bought SK-II Cellumination Essence Ex to counter my existing issue. This product is a hydrating serum that restores the skin’s natural, healthy looking glow by evening out the tone.

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What I like about it:

  • Non-oily and aborbs fast into skin
  • Comes with a dropper to control amount of essence. Also, it is hygienic
  • Boost skin’s natural, healthy-looking glow
  • Improves discoloration for a more even tone
  • Visible results within days; for me it was the following day

What I do not like about it:

  • Price tag

“The problem with beauty is that it’s like being born rich and getting poorer. -Joan Collins”

Baby Chef Time: Scrambled Egg with Bacon

Over the weekend, Leia made a mess in the living room while I was resting in the bedroom. After cleaning up, I told her firmly “No iPad for Leia today”. Simple sentence to help her understand the consequence of her action. My 27 month old seemed to accept her punishment well by doing hands-on activities and story time all day with no mention of iPad.

Her Reward

Next day, Leia told me she doesn’t want iPad already and asked to put her favourite electronic at a place out of her reach. I was smiling with a raised eyebrow. To reward her positive thought/behavior, I called for Baby Chef Time!

Ingredients

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 Eggs
  • Bacon Bits
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • White Pepper
  • Italian Herbs

For safety purpose, I gave Leia the spreading knife to cut the cherry tomatoes. Having a blunt knife, it was hard to cut through the tomato skin so I had to help her out.

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Good practice for eyes, hands coordination and listening to instructions. We talked about the colour and texture. Then, we moved on to breaking eggs into the bowl filled with cut cherry tomatoes.

Egg Breaking

My mum taught Leia how to peel the shell off hard boiled eggs and for the first time, she experienced what was like to break raw eggs. As I had to assist her, no pictures but imagine Leia knocking the egg on the table and with lightning speed, I quickly moved her hands to the bowl and the egg slipped off its shell and into the bowl. Phew!

Pepper & Herbs

Got Leia to smell the condiments. Not too near to her nose and she was enthusiastic about adding the pepper and herbs. In her hand, the Italian Herbs was reccomended by B.

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Aftter scooping the bacon bits into mixture bowl, Leia used her hand to add Shredded Mozzarella Cheese.

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Final stir and I brought the mixture bowl to the kitchen. Using a non-stick pan, I was expecting omelette but turned out to be scrambled eggs. Must be the great amount of cheese.

Cooking was done. Leia prepared her sandwich with scrambled eggs and bacon bits.

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Toddlers learn through doing, so cooking and kitchen activities are great ideas for toddler learning experiences. During the process, Leia was focused as her five senses were being stimulated.

  • Visually – She saw different formation of ingredients combinations
  • Sensorial – Feeling the textures of food and using tools like spreading knife and spoon to stir and scoop ingredients
  • Language – The instructions I gave came with new vocabs (words we use during food preparation) and we described the textures and colours together
  • Smell – I got her to smell different ingredients except the raw ones
  • Taste – Results of our cooking activity

I see that she wants to practice more on cutting so I’m going to prepare bananas for her to cut with the spreading knife.

Sunday Morning at Library

Leia had requested to visit the library and I honoured my promise on Sunday morning. Grandpa came along and within 15 minutes, my little girl and I found 10 books.

Last month, we got to know Ladybug Girl, New York Times Best Selling. And I found a very new book about Ladybug Girl and her feelings.

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I like to borrow books of the same authors or characters. This time, Leia picked Peppa Pig – a character from British animated television series. Peppa Pig is a cheeky but loveable 5-year-old pig who likes playing dress-up, eating spaghetti and jumping in muddy puddles.

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My girl is enjoying Peppa Pigs books and videos on youtube too. Good 🙂

One of the ways to prepare Leia for school bus….

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My little singer-wannabe is a big fan of this song.

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.  – James Bryce

Leia and T3 Playground

Had to collect a skincare product from Janson at the airport so I brought Leia and my parents along with me. At Terminal 3, there are more play areas for kids. My girl can’t possibly miss out the playground.

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My dad’s eyes were busy with the little explorer moving around the playground at fast pace. Even being the camera-woman, I had quite a hard time capturing pictures of Leia. It was as though she has mastered the teleport skills.

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Playgrounds today are colourful, stimulative and child friendly. Compared to the 80’s, I remembered the slides and monkey bars were the main focus of play.

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Children and playgrounds have an inseperable relationship. When it comes to going home, there will always be that moment of coaxing or negotiation.