Friday, February 27, 2015

Hand hygiene with Lifebuoy

My little baby Khaleeli is currently down with cold. I kind of expected them to come once we startedsending him to daycare. And sure enough, it came by in just a few days after he started :(

I remember having to deal with such a long episode of cold with Bella, when she was a baby. I am very grateful that the worst case only involved the use of a nebuliser. I hope it won't get so bad with Khaleeli.... :(

Things like this are the strongest reason why I'd rather stay home with the children. Sigh...

Speaking of cold, it is kind of a season isn't it? I am sure many people are contracting it, it does not matter young or old.

We all know that one of the way to prevent the spread of germs is through good sanitation. Especially with our hands.

Have you ever thought how much germs have we touched throughout the day? And worst, have you ever thought that small things like bank notes actually contains the most germs? Imagine how far have that bank note travelled, and how many hands have touched them?

Kannnn....? Euw..

I have read somewhere that the most unhygienic things are ones that is being touched by many people in a short time. Kind of makes sense eh?

Anyway, I don't mean to be such a clean freak, but seriously, it does help to minimise the risk of getting infected.

I do try my best to teach Bella to wash her hands every time we come back from an outing. With that, I always make sure that we have a bottle of antibacterial hand soap at the kitchen counter for everyone to make use of.

We are currently using Lifebuoy as our cleansing regime. Personally, we love the rich lather and the fresh smell. Rich lather means more bubbles, one easy way to get Bella to clean up. Hehe.



Lifebuoy total 10 Hand Wash
Lifebuoy Total 10 Hand Wash contains active thymol, commonly used by the ancient Greeks to ward off infectious diseases. Thymol has been used in medicine for many years due to its anti-infectious properties and its pure oil format is good for warding off colds. The special formula is proven to kill 99.9% of harmful germs in just 10 seconds while advanced ingredients care for skin.

Rich lather!
This girl can keep on playing if I don't stop her. Hehe.
So remember to wash your hands up everyone! :) It may be a small step, but it works!

I'll leave you with an interesting infographic for your reference and reading pleasure.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Free Printable : Iqra' Wall Art


I think I probably have a mental block that everything that goes on to a wall has to be in a frame.

Hence, we have loads of frames at home.

It gets boring when the only thing being framed are family photos (we already have enough of them).

So one day, I thought that I should design some words or sayings worthy of remembrance. It struck me that we actually have a lot of inspiring quotes from the holy Quran.

We love reading and always believed in the power of knowledge, so here is a line from the first revelation - surah Al-'Alaq.

We have put it up on our bookcase in the living room for a reminder.

Perfect.


I have decided to share this wall art with you, so feel free to click on the link below to download and print it for yourself :)


FYI, I have designed it to fit in a 29 cmx 29 cm frame, so it is quite big.

Let me know if you like it, maybe I can design more in the future, insya Allah.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Recipe : Wholewheat Protein Pancakes

My battle with the last kilos of baby weight has officially begun.  I have started exercising again, this time focusing more on building muscle and increasing my strength. My body is still sore from yesterday's workout, but I know that the muscles are building up.

Anyway, I have to admit that I am not that disciplined when it comes to eating, part of it is because I love to eat and another part of it is that I am literally a milk factory (hungry all the time!). The good thing is breastfeeding actually helps me lose weight, and at the same time I have an excuse to eat as normal. Told you breastfeeding rocks. Hehe.

So, the best I can do is to incorporate a "cleaner" option for my everyday meal. Y'know, leaner meats, more complex carbs and healthy fats, and of course more greens and fresh fruits.

I was craving for some pancakes these few days, so this is the best I could do to make it "healthier". Well, if you look at the ingredients, there are still more that can be tweaked but whatever. Haha. As long as I do not feel so guilty... :)

Wholewheat Protein Pancakes

Yield: 5-6 pieces of large pancakes

This is a good alternative to consuming whey protein. Having them as a smoothie or shake can get boring sometimes.


Dry ingredients:

1 cup wholewheat organic flour
1/2 cup whey protein (I used vanilla flavoured from GNC)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp brown sugar (according to preference)

Wet ingredients:

2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tbsp olive oil

Method:

1) In a bowl, mix together all dry ingredients
2) In another bowl, whisk gently all wet ingredients
3) Mix and fold wet ingredients to dry ingredients
4) Heat up your pan and fry until set and golden

Serve with honey/maple syrup and fruits

Friday, February 06, 2015

Video Review: Mamas and Papas Baby Snug with play tray

When I was preparing for Khaleeli's arrival, I thought that we already had everything a baby needs. Especially the bulky and costly ones.

Carseat? Check. Stroller? Check. Breastpump? Check. And the list goes on....

There is one thing that we forgot though, something quite important if you ask me.

A baby seat.


Initially I thought that baby seats are not very useful, since we actually survived without it during Bella's baby days. I have forgotten that back then, I used to put Bella in a carseat whenever I needed to feed her solids, and it was quite bulky and heavy. I had to use it until Bella's body is ready to be seated upright without support, quite a hassle to me....

Plus, I also did not get to teach her to wean herself (ever heard of baby-led weaning?). OK maybe this is just an excuse heheh.

Khaleeli seems to be a very demanding baby and he loves to be entertained too. He complains a lot when he is put on the baby mattress, most of the time always preferring to be seated upright instead.

Lenguhla mommy asyik nak pegang dia ajer..heheh...

So, one day, I decided to drive down to Little Whiz in Setia Alam to purchase this:
Mamas and Papas Baby Snug in Plum (with play tray)

I got this for a 10% discount, plus an extra RM15 deducted from the total price using my points earned from their loyalty program when we purchased carseat from them earlier.

After quite an extensive research, I found out that Little Whiz offers the best price. Their store carries a lottttttt of baby stuff, trust me you'll go gaga when  you visit their store. Oh and they do sell online too (Little Whiz online), so no worries if you can't drop by the physical store.

OK back to the baby seat. I have decided to make a recorded review of this lovely seat, just to let you have a closer look.

WARNING : First review video ever. Haha. Promise will improve next time. Oh ya, and please excuse the sudden appearance of Kakak Bella at the end of the video. That little diva, sheesh!



I hope you liked it and perhaps helps you with your decision making (if you are currently searching for one).

So what do you think of baby seats? Do you find it useful for your baby?

Thursday, February 05, 2015

An empty house, a weird feeling.



My unpaid leave is ending soon.

It is close to 6 months since I had Khaleeli but to be honest, I am nothing near ready for work again.

Although sometimes I do miss my worklife (mostly the social part actually), I am, most of the time willing to ditch them for my current life. I also do miss the part where I get to enjoy more me-time, but again, same situation as mentioned earlier.

Some people asked me whether I am REALLY going back to work. Like why not just resign now and forget it?

I wish things are that simple.

Khaleeli has just started going to daycare since Monday. My heart was heavy as I left him with his caregivers, but I consoled myself by thinking that it has to happen anyway. He is not a very big fan of bottle feeding and the caregivers and I were ready if he has some hard time accepting it.

"Takpa, kita cuba pelan2 ye"

"Baby baru memang la menangis sikit..biasa la tu. Nak biasakan diri"

Those are the words Kak Midah,the daycare owner said to me. She kept on repeating them, I know that she knows how I feel. I appreciate that she tries her best to convince me that things are going to be fine. I trust that she is able to give my child the best care, so here we are hanging on to day 3.

The house is empty as I am writing this. Bella too is away at school, hubby is away for work.

This silence is nowhere near calm, and it feels so wrong. I made myself a nice lunch but I did not enjoy it because I was missing my children. Heck, gulping it down while the kids are tugging my pants tastes better than that.

Weird.

I have a long list of things to do, in which many of them can be completed quickly without the kids around. I don't see myself completing it though. I am lost and I don't know where to start.

Funny.

Guess this officially makes me a stay-at-home mommy. Although it won't be for long now. In a few weeks things will change again, and I hope my courage is renewed as I juggle another set of new routines.

Off to pick up the kids now. Can't stand this silence any longer.
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