Mums deserve a treat this Christmas – review of essano skincare products and giveaway

It’s 10 days to Christmas – are you feeling the heat yet? Is your to-do list growing at a monstrous rate and developing a life of its own?

I know that harried feeling, and I don’t like it. I’ve been trying to do what I can to simplify, first working on trimming my schedule (as well as the kids’), then also simplifying the tradition of gift-giving. I’ve ordered most of our Christmas gifts from Book Depository this year, and I think the kiddies will still enjoy them!

To me, the key to enjoying this season is to hold fast to joy and gratitude; so we’re counting our blessings, and sharing them with those around us, in small ways.

Another key is to simplify and slow down. For me, some easy ways to do that are:

  • Take a day off and have a personal retreat (bring a journal but leave your phone behind or switch it to airplane mode)
  • Cut down on activities on weekends, leave time to breathe as a family
  • Simplify our skincare regime

To help you achieve that last one, I’m really glad to share with you about essano’s range of organic and natural skincare products, just launched in Singapore. I tried out their products from the Treat Your Skin pack, which contains:

  • Certified organic rosehip oil 3ml
  • Gentle foaming facial cleanser
  • Regenerating facial moisturiser
  • Moisture restorative night crème
  • Intensive hydrating body lotion
  • A drawstring bag for on-the-go moments

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After using all the products, I concluded that my favourites were the facial moisturiser and restorative night cream. I really loved the way they made my skin feel soft and supple, just overnight! (I think the night cream does a more intensive moisturising work so I tend to use it every few nights, while I rely on the facial moisturiser almost every night.)

Since I started using essano, I realised that I could cleanse, moisturise and treat my skin, just relying on this pack of nifty skin tools! This makes a nifty gift for time-stretched mums who often don’t have time to keep up with a regular skincare routine. The travel-friendly size also makes it easy to pack and bring around when travelling.

Made in New Zealand with only plant and mineral based ingredients, essano products are cruelty-free and formulated without sulphates, parabens and silicones. The facial skincare range is powered by Rosehip Oil which is clinically proven to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, stretch marks and sun damage.

~~~ GIVEAWAY ~~~

I’m really stoked to give away one essano Treat Your Skin Pack to a lucky reader. This would make a perfect Christmas gift for yourself, or a special woman in your life.

To enter the draw, just do the following:

  1. Leave a comment on this FB post, sharing one way that you’re simplifying your life this Christmas.
  2. Get a bonus entry by tagging 2 friends on this instagram post.

*Contest ends 22nd Dec, Thursday, 11.59pm. Open to all Singapore residents. The winner will be announced on our Facebook page on 23rd Dec, so do stay tuned.

** Meanwhile, check out essano’s facebook page for updates on their products and promotions!

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6 Tips On How To Protect Your Family From The Haze (Giveaway Closed)

We escaped the haze this year for the most part, save for a couple of days with high PSI and PM2.5 pollutants especially during August this year.

We’ve stocked up on masks and air purifiers in our home. But I’m thankful we didn’t need to use them much.

Still, although the index has kept within bearable limits, I sometimes feel the haze effects even before I realize that it’s around us. I guess I’m more sensitive by nature – even when I was packing my house for the move, my body reacted with sneezing, sniffing and cough. For weeks I woke up with a congested nose and throat, and with itchiness around the palate area.

The kids get affected at times, especially Josh, the youngest of the lot. Allergens in the air tend to irritate his airways and cause cough and runny nose. I know some friends whose kids’ ezcema gets triggered too.

Do you know the best way to protect your family against the allergens present in haze?

Here are 5 tips:
1) Increase intake of water and fresh fruits and vegetables to help the body flush out toxins and boost immunity
2) Wear a good grade mask and avoid strenuous outdoor activities
3) Purify the air in your home with an air purifier (preferably fitted with Hepa-filter) to remove dust, smoke and allergens when indoors
4) Shower and change clothes to remove allergens from skin and hair
5) Rinse eyes and keep skin moisturised
6) Do our part by buying eco-friendly home and food products

Here are more helpful and informative links to help us combat against the harmful effects of haze:

12 immunity-boosting foods to eat during haze
Hope this clears the air – navigating the confusing world of air purifiers

To help you be prepared for the haze, Xepa-Soul Pattinson, a leading pharmaceutical firm in SE Asia, has designed and assembled an Allergy & Haze Kit. We have 1 Allergy & Haze Kit to give away to one of our readers!

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Each kit comes with:
1) an Allergy & Haze handbook
2) 10 Disposable face masks
3) Euderm cream to replenish the skin’s moisture and provide relief to infantile and allergic eczema
4) Rinz eye drops to soothe tired and irritated eyes
5) Tissue pack

The Allergy & Haze handbook provides succinct information on the effects of haze, and I found that it’s quite child-friendly too, with lots of images and colourful illustrations. So you can even use it to explain to your kids to help them understand why the haze is bad for our health, and what we can do to protect ourselves.

Haze and allergy handbook

~~~ GIVEAWAY CLOSED ~~~

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*This giveaway ends on 22 Oct 2016, 11.59pm and is open to readers in Singapore. The winner will be contacted using the email provided when entering the draw and will have 48 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. Good luck!

This post / giveaway is sponsored by Xepa-Soul Pattinson. 

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Island of Legends – A Singapore Book Review and Giveaway

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Island of Legends is a really cool history-mystery-activity book. Third in local author Don Bosco’s book series Lion City Adventures, Island of Legends comprises 3 literary genres rolled into one: history (told through 8 legends); mystery (as the Lion City Adventuring Club members are once again sent on an adventure to solve the mystery of a treasure box); and activity book.

Vera really enjoyed the book. She said she learnt about Sang Nila Utama and how Singapore got its name. She also learnt that Radin Mas Primary School was named after a brave and beautiful princess! One of the first things she did after finishing the book was to draw a cute cartoon lion  – following the instructions and steps shown in the book!

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What I like about the book is that it provides some puzzle or craft activity pages after each story. Like this turtle origami activity…

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And this picture puzzle. It caters to all age groups – from emerging readers like JJ to independent readers like Vera.

Island of Legends puzzle page

This is the book to go to if your child is keen to read more about colourful folklore of Singapore’s past. The other 6 legends covered in the book are the legend of Pu Luo Cheng, a strong man called Badang, the angry swordfish, the magical turtle of Kusu island, the legend of pirate island, and enemies from the North.

Each legend is weaved into the chapters of the book, and is part of a bigger mystery that the Lion City Adventuring Club had to solve. I like that the author included history notes at the end of each legend – which presents simple facts and information about each of them.

History notes within the book Island of Legends

What I really appreciate about Don’s books is that he always packs in elements of surprise and mystery, and that always helps to intrigue and draw the attention of young readers. He shares a bit about his creative process and writing here:

Children love books where the message behind the story is something fun and reassuring. Like, be brave. Be curious. Be helpful. Be happy. Believe in your own wacky ideas.

So get together with other brave, curious, helpful and happy people, and see what sort of adventures you can have together. That’s how children learn best, by piecing together interesting bits of information and using all this to work out their own answers.

They like being detectives. They get a great sense of accomplishment when they can play an active part in figuring something out. That’s the simple pleasure of the Lion City Adventures series. And at the very end, the final page, through all the fun, everyone will have somehow learnt something good.

 ~~~~~ BOOK GIVEAWAY!~~~~~

I have one copy of Island of Legends up for grabs. To win, just follow the steps below:

  1. Check out Don Bosco’s Super Cool Books FB page for updates.
  2. Comment on this Facebook post: a) state why you’d like to win, and your email, b) Tag a friend for bonus entries.

Contest ends 11 October, 2359hrs. Open to SG residents only. The winner will be announced on this blog post, and on Facebook on 12 October. Good luck!

Island of Legends is available at all major bookstores. It retails at $15.80 (before GST).

**Thanks, Don and Marshall Cavendish, for giving us a copy of Island of Legends for this review!

 

 

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{Giveaway} Catch Mister Maker and The Shapes Live On Stage In Singapore!

The crazy popular CBeebies’ Mister Maker is coming to the sunny shores of Singapore, for the very first time!

On his first ever live theatre tour in Singapore from 10 to 12 June 2016, Mister Maker and his fabulous supporting cast will definitely be getting kids of all ages and grown-ups to sing, dance and make some noise.

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This is one interactive live show you won’t want to miss! There’s a big ‘make’ to take part in, lots of audience participation and of course…The Shapes!

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Expect lots of energy, fun and arty craft, and lots of laughter!

If you haven’t caught Mister Maker in action before, now is the time to start. Mister Maker is the ultimate arts and craft show for pre-schoolers and early primary years which teaches and entertains in fun and imaginative ways. He is a real life character who gets his inspiration to make art from everything and anything around him. Kids in Singapore can catch Mister Maker on CBeebies (StarHub Channel 303) daily from 10am to 10.40am.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

Thanks to Sliding Doors Entertainment, one lucky reader will stand to win 4 tickets to catch Mister Maker and the Shapes live on stage on 12 JUNE 2016, Sunday, at 5pm!! The venue is at D’Marquee Downtown East Paris Ris. (The tickets are valued at a total of $440.)

To enter, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter app below. Hurry, this giveaway is open to all Singapore residents, and closes 29 May, 11.59pm. Good luck!

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Don’t miss your chance to catch Mister Maker and the Shapes live on stage! There are only 7 shows available this season!
Friday 10 June: 6:00pm
Saturday 11 June: 12:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:30pm
Sunday 12 June: 10:30pm, 2:00pm and 5:00pm

Tickets are on sale from Sistic now!

Giveaway: Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages of Children

Children’s Day is coming up this week, and I’m really excited that Focus on the Family is kindly sponsoring this giveaway of a copy of The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman!

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This book has been a great resource for us, and I’ve shared a few lessons I learnt from it before. (Read them here and here.)

Today, I’m going to share 3 of my favourite tips (from the book!) on how to love your child if his /her love language is acts of service.

1. Make a favourite snack when your child is having a difficult day. – JJ’s love language is acts of service, and he’s always reminding me to make him his favourite chocolate brownies whenever he’s feeling upset or just needs some reassurance.

2. Instead of telling your younger children to go to bed, pick them up and gently carry them and tuck them in their blankets.

3. Assist your child in fixing a favourite broken toy or bicycle. Simply taking the time to repair it communicates love to a child whose love language is acts of service.

I hope these give you some ideas to start this special week on a right (and loving) note.

And…It’s giveaway time!

One reader will walk away with a copy of The Five Love Languages of Children. Just enter the giveaway by following the steps in the Rafflecopter app below.

** Remember to leave your email address when commenting on this post!**

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Terms & conditions:
– Contest ends 5 Oct, Sunday, 11:59pm
– Open to Singapore residents only
– The prize has to be picked up from Focus on the Family’s office at 9 Bishan Place #08-03 Junction 8 Office Tower
Singapore 579837. Mailing is possible at an additional charge of $2.
– The winner will be notified by email. If he/she does not reply within 3 days, we reserve the right to re-select a winner.

UPDATE: Giveaway is now closed. Thanks for participating, everyone!

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