YumBox

March 2017

If you have been following my Instagram, you would have known that I am a Bento Mama. Every morning, I wake up at 6 in the morning to prep Ryan’s lunchbox. It is something that I have a love/hate relationship with. I am not a fan of waking up early in the morning, especially when Baby Megan is having some problems sleeping through the night. On the other hand, I do enjoy the process of making his lunch- it is sort of a creative outlet and Ryan does finish up everything that I prepare and tells me that he has the best lunch in class! Hahahaha.

About two weeks ago, we received a YumBox from Eat Well-UK. So far, I am impressed with the make of Yumbox. It is compact, light-weight and easy to clean. As mothers, as much as we love a good-looking luncbox, we also want our children to be eating from lunchboxes made from food-safe materials. YumBox is BPA-free as well as Phthalates-Free.

YumBox is one of the few lunchboxes on the market is that leakproof. So, it is safe to pack wet food like yogurts and dips like hummus and you can expect no spills in the bag. The fact that Yumbox has four compartments- it promotes balance and portion control. So, Ryan will be expecting some form of fruit/vegetables along with his main dish. Ryan did give very positive reviews for Yumbox. He likes it so much that it is the most frequently used lunchbox.

Let me share some of the lunches that I have prepared for Ryan using Yumbox-

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Eat Well-UK is having a Mother’s Day promotion now and you can save 20% with the code MOTHER. So, why not take this opportunity to stock up on these lovely Yumboxes for your loved ones at home.

Till then, x.

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Disclaimer: We were given one YumBox from Eat Well-UK. Opinions are of my own and I have given honest feedback and review of our experience. 

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#Wafermoment

February 2017

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(Someone is feeling the love from Kiddylicious!)

Baby Megan is 16 months now and we are still weaning her. Unlike the older two, she is taking to solids very slowly and cautiously. Despite her quirks, one of her favourite snacks is still the wafers from Kiddylicious. Kiddylicious wafers are made with rice flour(with 50% less sugar than reduced sugar rusks, gluten and dairy-free) and have subtle hints of real fruit and vegetables. I like how they are perfect the the little hands and mouths, easy to dissolve in the mouth and are literally mess-free!

I mean what more can we, parents want from a snack? In Megan’s case, Kiddylicious wafers are perfect for her as she has many dietary constraints.

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Kiddylicious wafers come in three yummy flavours. As of now, I don’t think that she has a preferred flavour. These wafers are like a stable in my kitchen cupboards for now. Useful to pack along when we head out or just as a snack in the afternoon. Gillian, my older daughter, is also a fan of these wafers. There are two in a pack- one for Megan and one for Gillian.

If you have a little one starting on her weaning journey, you may want to grab a pack of 10 from any of the major supermarkets. First finger food such as Kiddylicious wafers is essential for:

  • little ones to learn hand to mouth skills to feed themselves using their pincer grip
  • jaw muscle development to aid speech
  • taste-bud development

Kiddylicious is running a social media activity to share your little ones’ #wafermoment. What is your #wafermoment? Is it your chance to relax, feel proud of your little one, put on the washing, check your phone, have a hot drink or even have a wee! Share your photo, video clip or even a real life quote of your #wafermoment on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter and be in the chance to win a giveaway from Kiddylicious! Do check out the website for details and terms and conditions.

Here’s Megan’s #wafermoment

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Afternoon tea at The Ritz

February 2017

February 14th is Valentine’s Day. But in my family, we usually only associate Valentine’s Day as Kimberly’s birthday. As she is usually in Nottingham burying herself in books(*I hope) during weekdays, we could only celebrate her birthday on weekends.

Kimberly wanted to go for a sisters-only afternoon tea and we short-listed a number of places that served afternoon tea. The Ritz, Claridges, Fortnum and Mason’s, Berkeleys, Harrods and so on. We tried calling two weeks prior to the date and everyday was booked. Apparently, at The Ritz, if you call now(in February), the next available slot would be in May. (-_-)”’

Anyways, I managed to get a Sunday afternoon tea reservation at The Ritz after a last minute cancellation! Yay!

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I have been in London for three years and experienced his finer part of British traditions before. So in this light, I was happy to be able to cross this off my to-do list with Kimberly. (E is certainly not into baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam.)

The food was good- sandwiches were tasty and the cakes were beautiful. My favourite would be the strawberry macaroons! I had two servings of it! Sinful! Could we be getting similar or better range of food from somewhere else at a lower price? Very likely. But, I suppose what we are paying for is the entire experience- to be able to sit in the spectacular looking Palm Court, sipping tea, enjoying the exquisite tea cakes, listening  and having superb service from the staff. There was even a harpist playing to complete the elegant ambience. People seated around me were just busy taking photos themselves, of the place and the food. So yes, we are paying for the experience. 🙂

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My takeaway from this experience would be:

  1. Make your reservation early. If not, keep calling to check if there is any cancelled reservations. You might just get lucky!
  2. Get to your afternoon tea slot 5-10 minutes earlier so that you can possibly get better seating? I like to be seated at the corner of the room so that I can take photos freely without people staring. Ha!
  3. Because the afternoon tea comes with unlimited(*not sure about unlimited but the servers kept refilling out plates) servings of the sandwiches and cakes, it would be good to go on a less filled tummy? By the time we finished our tea at 5pm, we were so stuff that we skipped dinner.

That’s all for me now. Looking forward to my next afternoon tea session with Kimmie/E! Have a lovely weekend, y’all!

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Ice Skating at Luminocity

December 2016

And so you will be reading on some back-dated posts these days. Sometimes, I wonder why do I still blog. I mean there are tonnes of information that can be found online- on blogs, on those information sites, review pages and whatnots. However, when I get emails from readers asking for more information or recommendation on stuff, I think in some minute way, I am making an impact on some random stranger’s life. Also, this blog continues to serve as a family diary for our adventures. (I really hope my children will not hate me for blogging about them. Hmm…) This blog also a place where I lament about my life and it’s challenges and also take some time to give thanks for what I have.

We spent our December 2016 in London and did a number of those typical winter stuff that families do during the Christmas season. Ice skating is one of London’s favourite winter pastimes. Ryan went for his first ice skating session with Kimberly at Ice Rink Canary Wharf. It opens from 4th November 2016 to 25th February 2017. So, it is still open! We went there during those in-between Christmas-New Year holiday period. So that is considered the peak season and ticket prices was £16.95 per adult and £10.95 per child. The skate aid that we rented for Ryan costed £5.00 on a first come first serve basis.

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Thankfully, there was Kimberly(who is actually one of the best skaters in our family! So pro that she legit own her personal skates back in Singapore!) to help Ryan. They had fun going round the skating rink but because it was so crowded during that session, they had limited space to move about. We did encourage Gillian to try skating but she was not keen on it. Maybe 11 months from now, she will be braver then. 🙂

After our experience at Luminocity, here are some of my thoughts:

  1. Book tickets online and go for the earliest session. That will cost £9.95 and it is significant savings.
  2. During peak periods(ala Christmas season), it would be advisable for families with young children to go like 30 minutes before their session to book their skate aids. They have limited availability for the skate aids and honestly, I imagine it to be far easier for first timers to use them.
  3. If possible, just skip the peak period and enjoy skating during the non-peak period. One of my Mummy friends told me that the rink is so empty during non-peak period that they could actually skate for as long as the wanted, and not keep to the one our duration.

There are several permanent indoor ice skating rinks in London, but in winter there are usually more indoor and outdoor ice rinks popping up across the capital. Maybe the next Christmas, we should bring the little ones skating at iconic London locations such historic Hampton Court Palace, the beautiful Somerset House and the majestic Natural History Museum, just to have a comparison.

Till then, x

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Movies for Juniors at Cineworld

February 2017

Watching movies can be pricey(for me) in London. For a family of 2 adults and 2 children to watch one movie can easily be £40ish per pop. So, when Roanne introduced to me Movies for Juniors at Cineworld, I was excited about it. I get to bring the little ones for a movie for a a discounted rate of £2.50 per person! I mean, we can actually buy the movie online and watch it at home but going to the cinema is a just a different experience. The theatre is darkened, there is pop corn and no one is talking. (Oh yes, the last part is one of my favourite. Like none of my children is whiny or ordering me around when we are watching a movie at the cinemas.)

This half term holiday, we watched Trolls and Ballerina. In fact, Ryan and Gillian loved Trolls so much that they made me play the songs from Troll on Youtube umpteen times since Monday. For the record, our youngest, Baby Megan went for both movies! Surprisingly, she was able to sit through these flicks. I think she enjoyed them because she was constantly bouncing on my laps! Ha! Cineworld also sells the popcorn sets for children- it comes in a small box filled with popcorn, a packet of juice and a small bag of chocolate. All these 3 items for £2.50 as well!

So, if the weather is bad and you want to have a relaxed activity with your little ones, you can consider going for a movie! I liked it and hopefully you will too!

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London Transport Museum

February 2017

Hello there everyone! Seems like I am finding some problem keeping up with my blog. It is still winter 😦 in London and I cannot wait for spring to come! The thing about wintry cold days is that my natural inclination would be just to stay as warm and toasty at home. These days, it seemed more possible as the kids(mainly Ryan) has more work to do over the weekends and hence we just got to clock in the time to get work done.

Last Friday evening marked the start of half term holidays. We did not plan much. Initially we wanted to head down to Disneyland as there was a good deal going on but seeing how everyone is not a big fan of standing in the cold, we shelved it and decided to stay in London. We visited London Transport Museum as I have heard so much about it from my friends- of it being kids-friendly, a great place for families to past time during the cold season and it just being in town meant we are close to good dining options.

Just like most children-friendly places that we go to, they always seem to have this passport/stamper trail feature for kids make the exploration more orderly. My kids love going around to get theirs stamped!

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We went on a Sunday and reached probably 11ish. The museum was crowded and there was actually a line of people queuing to get their tickets. Here’s my advice:

  1. Get your tickets online. It is cheaper and you can skip the nasty queue. Kids go free, which mean we just need tickets for the adults. Buy your tickets online and save £1.50.
  2. Museum opens at 10am. Get their early with your little ones. 11ish means a bit too packed for my liking.

It is a nice place for families to explore the different types of transportation over the years. There are some nice corners for the younger ones to play pretend. Will be fascinating for children who are into vehicles and transportation.

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Because it is still the half-term and they have some extra activities going on. This half-term, they have Underground Explorer programme going on. Children get to dig a sandpit, build a tunnel or investigate ancient artefacts. (Sounds boring to me but my kids spent like a proper 45 minutes just playing there.)

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The thing is that when you are with children, sometimes to explore a museum, you need a more leisurely pace to explain to them certain things and to just idle. So when the place gets packed, we have to be mindful of the other children who always want a turn on the vehicle, or have a go certain activities. In the end, the outing would be more like ‘touch-and-go’ which I find less meaningful. So, I will be going to the museum again with the kiddos, but hopefully at a better timing the next round.

Okay, I am out! See you guys soon! x

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Joyful January with Konditor and Cook

January 2017

According to some, the 16th of January is the most depressing day of the year, what with memories of Christmas fading, a long wait until pay day and the cold weather really starting to set in. I, for one is usually prone to winter depression, The extreme cold and shorter daylight hours can be unbearable at times. 😦

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Look at these beautiful Red Velvet Mini Bakes!

On 16th January, Konditor and Cook will be giving away 5,000 free Red Velvet Mini Bakes via there six stores(click here to find out which is the closest to you!) and as a competition on their social media feeds. They have decided to run this giveaway – a nice opportunity to thank their loyal customers, welcome new customers and generally spread some much needed joy!

So please, head down to any of their six stores and grab some these lovely delights with your family, friends and colleagues. You can even buy some of their cakes to bring home to share with your loved ones. My personal favourite would be the Carrot Passion Cake, definitely great with a cup of tea in the evening(or any time actually).

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PRIZE-DRAW!

 And if that’s not enough, Konditor and Cook also have 12 boxes of 9 Red Velvet Mini Bakes to give away on 16 January 2017, Monday in a prize draw. To enter, simply share any of their posts that contain #JoyfulJanuary on Facebook or Twitter. Winners will be contacted on 16th January.

Go! Go! Go!

Have a wonderful 16th January with the red velvet mini bakes! x

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