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You have seen us shop, play and dress-up with FOX Kids & Baby.

Click on images below to read about our adventures.

Now it’s your turn to have fun!

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We’ve got $100 FOX Kids & Baby shopping vouchers to reward one lucky supporters of The Loving Mum!

Simply complete any of the below tasks in the Rafflecopter widget and you’ll get the number of chances to win! The more you complete, the more chances you’ll get. Clock is ticking! Giveaway ends THIS Sunday, 20 July 2014. [/box]

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Thank you FOX Kids & Baby for giving us this opportunity to reward our supporters!

Ditch those USB Cables! Wireless Printing made simple with Canon Pixma

For the third time in a row, I’m back with OMY x Canon Pixma as one of the 10 craft gurus! And this time the theme is “We Are Family”! Super excited to catch up with fellow Mummies – Angeline, Ting, Irene, Winnie, Waiwai and meet up with new Mummy friends at the coming workshop on 31 May 2014 at Hotel InterContinental! As we countdown to a fun day of crafting with our family and friends, we are sharing our experiences and ideas with Canon Pixma printers. Well, I have been using mine for more than a year, and it has been a very useful and convenient gadget for all household, especially family like mine, whom snap too many photos every day! It is my personal practice and routine to have the best shots printed out every few months so that if ever *touch-wood* my external hard disk breaks down, I’ll still have these precious memories stored in physical copies. With wireless printing feature it is really super easy to print print print!

If you have never tried the PIXMA print app yet, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get acquainted with it. I will also be sharing my personal tips and tricks to getting organised with your photos!

The PIXMA Print application is available for download on iTunes and Android Play stores for FREE of course! With the app, you can print and scan wirelessly with your compatible Canon Pixma printers. For the new models of Pixma printers, you can also use the Pixma Cloud Link print feature to print from anywhere around the world as long as your printer is on and connected to the internet, and you’ll also be able to print documents and files from Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox and Evernote.  The model I have at home does not support this new feature though, perhaps its time to upgrade! To a A3 printer perhaps!

From the Photo Print selection, the app will load all your photos in your phone default storage. And from here, you can tap to select multiple photos you want to print.

After selection, you will then be able to set the printer to print from (in case you have more than one printer in your network), you will also set your print paper size and number of copies per image. Easy peasy!

And from the paper setting, you can also select the type of paper and whether or not you want a border around your print out. My personal preference for all my photo print with the Canon Pixma, is to go with Canon Original Photo paper in either Glossy Plus or Premium Semi-Glossy. If you need reference for their packaging, refer to my previous post here.

Once all your setting is done, just go ahead and tap on print! Then watch as your beautiful digital photos get printed out. When photo printing is made so easy, walls around your house will never be dull and empty anymore! Create a unique Family Photo WallSetting up your own photo gallery is quick and easy. With the right tricks, you’ll be able to swap the photos out easily too over time. Here are some useful tips from me to you for decorating your walls with nice family photos.

Tips #1 – Print photos in variety of sizes to spice up a photo wall.

Tips #2 – Use frames of matching colors and attach them to the wall with 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips. You can remove the frame without damaging the strips and will be able to reuse it after replacing your photos.

Tips #3 – When in need of fresh inspiration for display of photos around your home, try Pinterest.

Tips #4 – Keep adding to the wall! Though I can easily swap the photos out from the frame, but I prefer to just keep growing my photo wall! My kids’ playroom and our study room each have a photo wall that I hope to fill up over the years.

Hope these tips will be useful! Ending this post with few more tips on how I organise my photos and ensuring that they will never be lost.

  1. I snap photos primarily on my mobile phone and either of my 3 digital cameras. All my photos from my phone is backed up automatically daily to a cloud-link external hard disk drive at home. Or you can do so with Dropbox or Flickr, set it so that whenever you have your phone connected to a wireless connection, the phone automatically backs up your latest photos.
  2. For photos taken with my digital cameras, they are never deleted from the SD cards. This is my first and original copy backup. Yes, I do have a lot of SD cards stored in a dry box with month and year labelled on it.
  3. Besides the SD card backup, I also copy all my photos (from phone and cameras) into a external HDD connected to my computer at home. This is my second copy of backup. These are categoried in monthly folders.
  4. Lastly, my final backup is up into my flickr account. I used to do monthly uploads of all my photos into flickr as private (so only I can view them), but lately I only upload the better ones few times a month.
  5. FINALLY, I print out those photos I love on my Canon Pixma or Canon Selphy printers. These are stored in a Muji box according to the month and date they are taken. On days when I see good Groupon deals for photo books, I will buy them and compile yearly photo books for my girls. This they can flip through when they grow up.

That’s how I keep my photos and memories safe and forever. Kinda kiasu, but this is what happened when one has lost too many precious photos from years ago due to a bad HDD! So now you know my tedious but necessary steps, if you have got better ideas do share them with me!

This post was also published on OMY x Canon Pixma blog.

The Loving Mum Family is Going for Garfield Run in Singapore!

Happening on 19 July 2014, Saturday at The Promotory, Marina Bay, participate in various categories together with the characters from Jim Davis’ comic strip Garfield, and enjoy a post-race party after the event!

And I just got a tip that the slots are selling fast! So let’s cut to the chase.

If you want to sign-up but haven’t, here’s a $2 off promo code you can use before they close registration! I heard it’s today or tomorrow! So go to www.garfieldrun.com now! $2 off promo code – TDTLMPAMX

If you’ll be there, spot us at the 3KM Fun Run/Walk ok! Our first fun run as a family! Just because…

  1. It’s at 4pm and there’ll be a carnival!
  2. Who can say no to that cute Garfield T-shirt!
  3. And did I mention everyone gets a finisher medal? And they’re all super cute!

[box]Garfield Run in Singapore, happening 19 July 2014, 4.00pm at The Promontory @ Marina Bay.
Details and registration at www.garfieldrun.com.
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Pose, Laugh and Shoot with Clickz Studio

Zara with the welcome setup by the team at Clickz Studio.

Thanks to Clickz Studio, we had our very first family photo shoot with my entire family. We were our own photographers, directors and models! It was a super fun session and we all love the photos we took!

Props are available for use in the studio.

Well, we did try to use some of them in our shoot, but the little one would cry when she saw us in funny wigs or specs, and even plushies bigger than her made her cry. So we did most of our shots without props.

Funny shots like this were aplenty! Whoever holding the remote just went click happy without telling us to be ready. From our 45 minutes session, we had more than 300 shots!

Here are some of the better and proper shots from that day. Photos are cropped and color enhanced.

The session at Clickz Studio was super fun! Even Baby Zara agrees!

Sessions at Clickz Studio starts from $25 per pax, and the more people you bring, the cheaper one has to pay! This is great for those who wants to direct your own stduio photo shoot but doesn’t have the right equipments to do so. Or if you are running your own online fashion store, this is a good studio to have your photos taken – you can be the model (or your kids) and photographer. Clickz Studio is also good for those who need photos for your resume, passport etc. Don’t need to be shy of your own poses and funny expressions, just go and have a fun time clicking away!

To share the fun we had, we are giving away THREE 30-minute sessions! To win yourself and family a fun photo shoot, follow these simple steps:

  1. Like The Loving Mum and Clickz Studio on Facebook.
  2. Complete this sentence “I wanna have fun at Clickz Studio with…” on this post in Facebook and tag your family/friends whom you would like to bring along.
  3. Winners will be picked at random on 30 May 2014 and will be announced on The Loving Mum Facebook page.

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Find them at Far East Plaza #05-05
Contact: 6737 1505
Email: info@clickzstudio.com
Website: http://www.clickzstudio.com
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The iPad Mini Adventure with Otter (And a Giveaway!)

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Because this Otter box thinggy is so useful, its self-explanatory why you should get one for your gadget. Let the photos tell the experience…

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Otter box defender series


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  • Robust, 3-layer protection withstands drops, bumps and shocks
  • Built-in screen protector prevents scratches
  • Port covers keep out dust and debris
  • Holster-style swiveling belt clip included

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The Otter box defender series helps keep out dust, shock-proof and protects against scratch.

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With so much features packed inside this defender case, do be prepared to forgot the slim and light feature of the original iPad mini.

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Win one now!

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To win the Otter box for your iPad mini, complete at least one of the following…
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This giveaway is open to anyone with a Singapore address. Giveaway ends midnight of 16 Feb 2014.

Disclaimer: The Loving Mum received the Otter box for review purposes and another one for this giveaway. All opinions are personal.

The things you buy and never used

Are you the kind of person who buy things on impulse? Or think that you’ll use something when you are buying and then end up never touching it after you bought it home? Well I am one of those that falls quite easily into the trap set by good salesperson. One of those big ticket items I bought and rarely used is a big bulky vacuum cum dust mite buster, the $3K+ Delphin Water Vacuum Cleaner. This expensive machine is under utilized, the only person using it now is my PT cleaner who uses it to vacuum once a week. Main reason I bought that was to clean the mattresses to remove dust mites once every two months, well it did happen in the first few months, thereafter everyone in the household just got lazy and didn’t do it anymore.

This $3K could have been better used and stretched for at least 5 years if I had known about De Hygienique’s services. At less than $600 a year, I could have professionals do the cleaning of my mattresses at home every six months!

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Spending more time with my girl – A review of Drypers DryPantz

With our No. 2 coming soon, I’ve been showing Ayra photos of herself when she was a baby, telling her how much she has grown and soon will become a big sister. She’s learning to call her little sister by her name and seems to understand a new baby will be joining our family soon. Seeing the photos of Ayra’s growing up years brings back great memories and I can’t wait to capture these memories with my No. 2.

Ayra is growing up to be a very active girl, she loves to boogee and jumps up and down on the sofa and bed. An active kid needs lots of mobility and a comfortable diaper that fits and give her greater ease to move about.

Drypers DryPantz Flexi-FitTM does just that.

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