Ho ho ho, a special Christmas drama class

Vera attended Christmas Crackers, a 4-day speech and drama programme, at Little Harvard International Preschool last week.

It was conducted by Daniel Jenkins, one of the directors of The Little Company. He has been teaching children in Singapore for the last 13 years as head of the Julia Gabriel Centre of Learning and as Senior Teacher at Centre Stage School of the Arts.

Vera enjoyed the lessons. I guess partially because she’s such a natural drama queen. She acted as one of the four fairies, and here she is in fairy gear. (Can you believe these butterfly wings lasted from her first birthday? I think it’s time to get new wings!)

drama girl in costume

Teacher Dan preparing the kids before the big show.

 Fairies dancing round and round, sprinkling their magic on the Christmas work that’s got to be done.

 Vera and Dot with teacher Dan. They obviously like him quite a bit. 🙂

 Here are some of the artwork that the kids did during the holiday programme. The kids used hand-painting to make the shape of a Christmas tree, and also a reindeer (not shown here).

 And our little girl got to choose her favourite ice-cream as a reward for her hard work!

Little Harvard International Preschool is located at 6 Jalan Gelenggang, Singapore 578189. Thank you, Little Harvard, for planning such a fun holiday programme!

Review of Human Nature: Who said organic and affordable can never go together?

I recently stumbled upon Human Nature, a personal care and cosmetics brand that is natural, organic and 100% free from harmful chemicals.

I’ve been using the tangerine kids shampoo and body wash for the kids, and I just adore the smell of fresh orange on them after a good scrub and shower.

I’ve also been enjoying the strengthening shampoo for myself. It’s clinically proven to reduce hair fall and thicken the hair. I’ve been using it for the past 4 weeks and have already noticed less hair in the sink.

The only “complaint” that I have is that the lather is noticeably less than normal shampoos, but thinking about having less chemicals on my head each day makes that a very small issue.

Here are three things I love about Human Nature’s products:

1) They are natural

2) They are affordable – I was surprised to find that the shampoos cost only $6.90 for a 200ml bottle and $13.90 for a 500ml bottle. And all this despite using similar ingredients as other higher priced brands.

3) Most of all, I love that they that exist to help the very same communities that serve its business needs. This is how they explained it on their website:

“…we chose to greatly reduce the usual profit margins and be affordable so all can use products that are good for them and the environment. Only when millions use products free from harmful chemicals can we truly make a difference in our environment and in the lives of Filipino farming communities.”

Pretty inspiring huh?

Updated:

If you’d like to know more about the person who brought this line of products to Singapore, hop over and read Christine’s story.

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Good things are meant to be shared! Happy shopping! 😉

Hands are made for…

loving.

digging in the dirt.

feeding little furry animals.

throwing a polka-dotty bowling ball.

washing.

On October 15, just 10 days after Children’s Day, people in more than 100 countries around the world will be celebrating a special event.

A humble, everyday act that we sometimes take for granted because of the facilities that we enjoy here in Singapore — handwashing.

This year is the 5th year for Global Handwashing Day, a day where initiatives are carried out to foster a global culture of handwashing with soap, and to raise awareness about the benefits of handwashing.

Every year, more than 2 million children don’t live to see their 5th birthday due to diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia. And yet many of these deaths can be prevented through the simple habit of regular handwashing with soap.

For the 5th year running, Lifebuoy will work with the Millennium Villages Initiative to bring hygiene education to children across 10 countries in Africa. Through this campaign, they hope to help save young children from potentially fatal diseases caused by poor hand hygiene.

Will you join us in their effort to help these children reach their 5th birthdays? Take the pledge now.

Fun facts about body odour

Body odour isn’t your typical dinner topic. Talking about it makes people squirm and smelling it can sometimes lead to fainting or gagging. Reading this probably makes you want to sniff yourself and check, or hop into the shower for a good scrub anyway.

Do you know which is the smelliest part of the human body?

Answer: Your feet.

One foot has more than 250,000 sweat glands and these produce more than a pint of sweat each day. That works out to nearly a gallon of sweat every week! (That’s just for one foot by the way.)

Here are some other interesting facts about odour:

Fact #1 – Sweat itself is not smelly. When we sweat, we attract bacteria on our skin, which combines with the sweat and produces bad smells. So blame embarrassing smells on the bacteria!

Fact #2 – Kids never smell bad. The only exception is when they just did a poop. For kids, body odour is rarely a problem until puberty strikes, and their sweat glands are activated. However, kids may have a problem with stinky feet, since it is the area that sweats most, and because feet are usually wrapped up and get to “breathe” less.

Fact #3 Smell is one of the first senses a newborn learns to use. Newborns have a keen sense of smell. Studies have shown that within the first few days of life, babies will develop a preference for the smell of their own mother, especially to her breast milk.

Fact #4 – No one else in the world has your scent. Yes, you can go ahead and celebrate your scent. There’s no one else with the same smell as you!

Fact #5 – Smells play a part in the courtship process. Scientists have found that a person’s unique scent is one of the major factors in physical attraction between men and women. Some have even gone as far as to say that a person’s scent can be more of an influence to the relationship’s success than physical appearances. Believe it or not?

Fact #6 – Your diet can influence your odour. Here are some foods that may cause body odour. Since sweat actually removes toxins from your body, including those generated through the foods you eat, then it also makes sense to cut down the amount of toxins in our body by eating healthier.

Tips for preventing body odour:

  1. Taking a shower is an obvious and immediate solution, but it isn’t always enough to get rid of strong odour, or to prevent it from returning. You may need to use an antibacterial shower gel to eliminate bacteria on the surface of your skin.
  2. Use a loofah or bath towel to clean yourself thoroughly in the areas where you are more likely to sweat often.
  3. Wear clean and loose clothing with natural fibres such as cotton, to allow your skin to breathe.
  4. Eat a well-balanced diet.

 Lifebuoy is committed to fighting body odour by educating people about hygiene and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.  

Joy is…

Joy is the look of childlike wonder.

Joy is a precious memory for the toddler.

Joy is wild and wilful play.

Joy is falling asleep with a soft, cuddly pal.

Joy is going for a spin or two.

Joy is a funny moment.

Joy is a peaceful midnight snack.

Joy is taking family walks at the park.

Joy is a big bear hug.

Joy is a collection of happy, funny, heartfelt moments. Moments that are usually made up of the simplest things – the spontaneous ways in which the kids show love to each other, a Milo moment in the still of the night, and everyday things like taking walks and playing at the playground…Things that we sometimes take for granted.

Joy begins with contentment, and by appreciating what we have. It doesn’t require money or success, but it does take time and effort to be together with our families, creating happy memories.

Granted, we all have our fair share of bad days and our own battles to fight. But I’m learning that even through the valleys of life, joy is a daily choice that we make.

Don’t let anything steal this joy of yours away.

What are your most joyful moments of motherhood?

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