A Mummy pleaded for help to find her lost iPhone which she left at IKEA’s nursing room, not because the iPhone is expensive. It’s the photos in there that is too precious to lose. I totally feel her misery, but if I were in her situation, it would be less painful, because I’ve always set my photos to be backup automatically once I’m connected to WiFi.
Backup photos from mobile to flickr
That’s what I’ve been doing with all photos taken on my mobile phones, iPads and even cameras. I’ve lost all photos from my dating days with my husband because the external hard disk died on me. Ever since I’ve backup all my photos on flickr.
flickr provides 1,000GB of FREE storage space and gives you a lot of useful features to make photo taking and sharing a breeze. Download flickr app from your app store or play store and login to your account. You can choose to automatically backed up all your photos whenever you are connected to wifi network.
I have more than 25,000 photos and 900 videos backup from my mobile phones and tablets in flickr.
Backup on Google Photos
Because I very kiasu, I also backup my photos on Google Photos. In case one fail, there’s another backup mah! This works the same and does the backup automatically after you set it up once on your mobile phone. Google Photos also auto generates animation, slideshows and collages from your daily photos and you can choose to save those you like or edit them too.
All you need is a Google account, and yes it’s FREE too! One thing I love more of the Google Photos is their search. Because all photos are auto backed up I don’t get to tag or categorize them for future search. However for Google Photos, you can type words such as “birthday”, “food” and
“family” and their image recognition will do it’s magic! Really amazing stuff, search Google Photos on your app store/ play store.
There are also other paid backup solutions you can use. Acronis provides data backup and protection solutions for home, office and enterprises. They charge a yearly subscription where you get 50GB or 1TB of space where you can backup true image of all your digital content and devices. Meaning, you can backup you computers too with Acronis. This is ideal for those who want to backup more than just photos and videos. Find out more on their website.
I paced around my 5-room HDB flat at least 6 times that day and tried to find new places to create even more space. First, it was the walls, we have plenty of empty walls around the house, but my hub will be so so mad if I were to drill holes into the walls to create more storage places. He likes to keep things simple and minimum, which is a total opposite of me!
Then I thought, there must be something I can do in our toilets! It is one of those places we use more often every day but spent the least effort to take care. But… there’s just that much space in there and we can’t possibly fit in any more storage in there with our built-in cabinets. I can’t be knocking those cabinets down and fit in new ones right?
See I’m stuck. Nothing much I can do to complete my challenge!
After a few days, while brushing my teeth staring into the built in cabinet, I finally saw the mess I can work on. THIS!
There’s only one face in the family that needed all the beauty treatments and care… and I have no idea why there are so many bottles of products in there! Have I been slapping THAT many things on my face every day? And there are many items in there which I’ve not touched for a very long time… time to clear this mess up!
So off I went to IKEA Tampines with this photo on my phone. Determined to find some small storage solutions to make more space in this small place. Here’s what I did…
Throw Unused Stuff
This was the first step and a very important one. By dumping away things that I no longer use makes the small place look more spacious already. I was then able to reposition the remaining items and sort them out according to our frequency of use in our daily routine.
Box Up Small Items
The slightest “mess” we see in small places make the space look overly cluttered and messy. But when you hide them into boxes, everything somehow looks neater and magically more space are created. In our toilet cabinet, I’ve added DRAGAN 2-piece bathroom set made of bamboo, in there I store my facial masks, cotton pads, make-up accessories and other tiny pieces that I rarely use. I also bought a set of GODMORGON box with lid to hold the tall bottles which tend to shake/fall easily when touched, and also for the smaller bottles.
And in the lowest shelf in there, I’ve used STUGVIK Toothbrush holder with suction cup to hold our toothbrushes and toothpaste. This we should have done it long ago! Using those containers to hold toothbrushes is just so wrong because water tends to be collected at the bottom causing algae and bacteria to grow.
And with just few simple steps, my small place inside this cabinet is now looking much neater and there’s even extra space for ermm… few more new beauty products perhaps? LOL!
More Small Storages for Kids
I am not one who walks out of IKEA with just a few items in my shopping bag. New ideas are always sprouting as I stroll down the store. With something here and another thing there, I came back home with a few additional stuff to create more and better storage ideas for my little ones.
See those red and white boxes in our bookshelves? These boxes help hold the random pieces which the girls started filling up these shelves with since I set it up. There’s the random piece of drawing from school, the new art & craft pieces, small toys from egg surprises and even small baby books which they still takes out to see them once a while. We’ve already gotten the FLYTTBAR Trunk for toys for the girls some time back, and now I bought two more for the living room. I love how these boxes can hold all the toys and books etc and is able to flatten when not in use. Ideal for small places.
Besides these red trunks, I also found these white KUGGIS Box with lid very useful. The lid can be used as tray when there are guests in the house and we use them to serve them drinks and snacks. And the box can hold papers and even CNY goodies on our STUVA benches. I love multi-purpose storage solutions.
These pretty white KVISSLE Letter tray is my favourite buy from that shopping trip at IKEA. I use this to hold papers, colouring sheets, flash cards and the girls’ completed drawings in folders. I like how the girls can see where the things are and they have learned to not come to me whenever they need paper for drawings or want something to colour.
Happy and busy kids, make a very happy and relax Mummy. Ha!
I am glad I managed to squeeze more space in the toilet and in the living room. Are you inspired to go shopping at IKEA too? How are you planning to supercharge your living space?
This post is brought to you in collaboration with IKEA Singapore.
I am going to be more hardworking this year as I embark on my first happy planner project; something I want to do but been lazy to get started. Because we’ve got a new printer in the home and new photo stickers medium by Canon, this is the best time to get started! I stepped into my favorite scrapbooking store and out with happy purchases – Create365 2017 planner, some pretty stickers and new washi tapes. With the other stash I’ve accumulated over the years I was all set and ready to fill up my happy planner.
I know time is limited and I may only have a few hours each month to fill up those pages with memories with my loved ones. So I choose to keep the planner simple, using only photos printed on the new Canon photo stickers, short journaling and little bit of stickers to decorate the page where space allowed.
Photo Stickers Make Things So Easy and Fun
One of the reasons I didn’t start my planner journey before is because I know I will end up with a very thick and bulky journal if I were to print my photos on photo paper and stick them in the planner. When I saw these new photo stickers from Canon for the first time, I knew this is it! I can get my photo memories into journal without adding bulk to it.
These photo stickers are thinner and easy to trim and stick. This makes the whole planner process simpler and mess-free. I create montage of photos over the week into one to two 4R photo sticker, print them with NFC connection from my mobile to my new Canon Pixma TS8070 printer, trim the stickers and stick.
Photos are for Printing
Every year, I can accumulate up to 10,000 photos on my mobile and cameras combined. Only a fraction of these got posted and shared on Instagram or Facebook with family and friends, and some get to see some lights on this blog. More than 90% of these photos are simply stored and backed up in digital form.
My girls, my mum and my grandmother love looking through photos and it is impossible to scroll through the thousands of photos every now and then just to see memories from the past. Print is our way of sharing precious memories among the four generations.
I print highlights of each year into photo books which my girls get to flip through whenever they want to. This year I printed our memories from 2016 onto HD FotoJournals from Canon EShop online. I feel safe leaving these photobooks in the living room for my girls to flip through anytime they want to. Unlike the other photobooks from past few years which were printed on matte/glossy photo paper instead of the High Definition Canon luster paper and mounted together with flatspread binding, making the HD FotoJournals more durable.
Besides photobooks, I also print out photos after each family gathering or celebrations onto photo papers in different sizes. Some framed and hung on our walls, some kept in photo boxes and some gifted to my mother and grandmother for their safekeeping. Everyone is always very happy to receive photo printouts and I simply love seeing them smile. Makes me feel so warm and fuzzy.
Start Sharing Happy Prints
Because I’ve personally witnessed how prints have delighted the little ones and their family, I want to share and spread more happiness. In the month of February, I am embarking on a personal project to spread happy prints. If you would like to receive printouts of your photos, submit your details and mailing address via this form.
Please check “Happy Prints Project (Feb 2017)“.
Enter URL to your online photos within the message section. *Photos must be posted online, either on Instagram, Facebook or photo hosting sites.
Enter a mailing address within the message section.
I will pick 10 families to send happy prints to. Only public viewable photos will be selected for prints. Each family will receive up to 10 photos, printed on Canon photo papers and mailed to you anytime in the month of February.
I hope I’ve managed to inspire you to want to start printing photos too! Let me help get it started, submit your Happy Prints requests to me now!
Bathing a baby may be one of those many things that new parents worry about before their baby arrives. Throwback to 6 years ago, when I was carrying my first born, Ayra, I googled for guides on bathing a newborn, searched for baby bathing videos on YouTube and also attended pre-natal classes. And guess what?
When it was time to bath my baby (the real one not the doll from pre-natal class) for the first time, my mind went blank! Before that day, I was able to instruct and guide my grandma and mum who were helping bath Ayra the first week. I was able to clearly remember what to do and the 101 things needed to be setup etc. But once you actually get down to it, you forget all books and videos and just focus on the amazing bonding experience with you and your newborn.
• Diaper napkins/ Cloth diapers/ Disposable diapers – depending on your preference.
• Changing mat – so you don’t get your bed sheets wet each time you change your baby.
• Cotton balls – to clean baby’s eyes, baby cord before it drops off, and baby bottom.
• Baby wipes for the poo/pee clean-up before shower.
• Soap free/ Gentle baby shampoo – we’ve used and trusted Cetaphil for many years up till today.
• Baby moisturizer – baby’s skin needs to be moisturized so pick one that’s gentle to baby’s skin.
• Baby bath tub – recommend getting one with stand so you don’t have to squat down to bathe the baby.
• Baby bath towels – we invested in nano fiber towels for our girls since birth because they are soft and fluffy, and its lint free. We are still using the same batch of towels from 5 years ago.
• Baby wash towels – which are also the same nano fiber towels, they come in many sizes.
• A basket to hold all the bottles and wipes etc so it’s easier to carry and store them. Most of the time you’ll be operating with one hand since the other will be cradling your baby.
Now that you have the necessary stuff ready, we move on to the what and how to clean your baby. And thanks to the Cetaphil Baby Experience, a recent workshop on childcare, I am able to share the following how-to guides with you.
NEVER LEAVE YOUR BABY UNATTENDED
NEVER LET THE WATER CONTINUE RUNNING WHEN BABY IS IN THE TUB
Ensure the windows are closed and the fan turned off before removing any clothes from the baby. I even had my door closed too so the baby won’t get any chill drafts during shower.
I also prefer to use a room with a connecting toilet to bath the baby, so everything is nearby and to minimise moving around with a naked baby.
Before bringing the baby to the bath room, clean the baby’s eyes, ears and face with cooled boiled water and cotton balls. Do the same for baby’s belly button.
Clean the baby’s bottom with the remaining water ensuring all residues of pee and poo are cleared, this is to ensure the bath tub water does not get contaminated.
Fill the bath tub to about 1/4 with lukewarm water, which is not hot to touch with the inside of your wrist.
I use 2-in-1 shampoo and shower wash because it is easier to manage when bathing a baby. I will drop some of it into the water and use a wash cloth to clean the baby’s hair and body.
I will talk and sing to my baby in the shower to distract her and keep as much eye contact as possible. This also gives assurance to the baby, letting her know that you are there and she’s in good hands.
When the baby is washed and cleaned, wrap the baby with a soft big towel immediately
Place the baby on the changing mat (on the bed) and towel dry quickly but gently.
The first thing I do is to ensure the bottom is cleaned, moisturized and put on the diaper immediately. You never know when the baby decides to pee or poo! Accidents do happen, so be prepared.
Apply moisturizer over the face, neck, arms, body and legs.
Put on clean clothes and you’re done!
Since, the first few times a baby is bathed by different pair of hands, the baby and the bathing process may not be as comfortable or familiar. But don’t give up if your little one isn’t enjoying bath time yet, it takes time for both of you to truly enjoy the bathing experience.
For those of you who missed the Cetaphil Baby event, there was a live baby bathing demo. Lead by Ms Kang Phaik Gaik, senior lactation consultant at Alvernia Parentcraft Centre, Mount Alvernia Hospital, the demo shared helpful tips on how to bathe newborns. You can learn more about the correct and safe way of bathing newborn babies and massaging them with the video.
Hope this sharing is useful for new parents and parents to be!
Hope this sharing is useful for new parents and parents to be!
If you would like to find out more baby caring tips and be kept in the loop for future events, join Cetaphil Singapore on Facebook and sign-up for their newsletter.
This post is brought to you in collaboration with Cetaphil.
Man and woman meet. Man and woman fall in love. They get married and start a family. Life is challenging, throwing too many curve balls into their already stressed up life. Too much to handle and the relationship drifts. Divorce is brought to the table and all hell breaks loose.
It is not uncommon, in fact there are too many friends in my life now who are either going through divorce, or are divorced. Based on a recent survey by Prudential, every week 1 out of 4 married couples in Singapore have given serious thoughts on getting divorced! This did float in my head too, at least once.
No one marriage is perfect. Flaws are present to challenge the two, to help us bond and hopefully bring relationships closer after healing one flaw at a time. Knowing what the other party wants and needs is important.
I am no relationship master nor one who knows what is right or not right to do when stuck in a situation with my loved one. But thanks to the survey conducted with 500 individuals in Singapore, aged between 25 and 55 years of age (that’s our age group) with household incomes of at least S$4,000 per month (yup that’s us alright!), and me getting first hand advice from the experts, experienced counselors and family life advocates, I am in a better position (I think) cos I know now what may work and help improve the relationships I’m having with my loved ones and co-workers.
Laughter is still the best medicine
Laughter is a key aspect of strong relationships in Singapore, especially for women. 69% say “making me laugh” is important, compared with just 54% of men. However, our local men seem not to be as funny as the ladies had hoped for. Or perhaps we women are just harder to get tickled; which in my case is quite true. Time spent working and pressure from clients give me little time to rest, more so than to laugh. If I do laugh, it’s because of some silly things my little girls did and not cos of the man.
Men needs more affection than women
Both close bonding and expressions of love are far more important for men than women in Singapore. The study shows that over half (60%) of men value close bonding as one of the most important aspects in a partnership, compared with just 40% of women. Well this is true, at least in my opinion. Women generally carry much more responsibility and duties as compared to men, especially when they’re married and with kids. Where got time and energy to think about getting close and be affectionate, when all I want to do once everything is settled for the night is to knock out flat in bed!
More men than women also want their ideal partner to express their love for them: 40% of men compared with only 28% of women. Ahem! Ok, this I think is due to the different languages of love. Personally I would rather my man just do the damn chores automatically so that I can use my energy on other more important tasks and when he does that, I know he loves me. I don’t need him to say those three words everyday, but I guess I may have to start doing more of the saying “I love you” thingy so that he will feel my love too.
My husband and I have been together for more than … wait I lost count! Was it 12 or 13 years now? Hmmm or was it 14? See, I’m not the romantic sort who keeps track of anniversaries and stuff like these. Though we have been together for more than a decade, there are still unspoken words, unshared experiences, little known facts and in-depth understanding of what each of us want and need. To us, this is a journey of discovery, one that will take us a lifetime to unfold together. We may not fight as much as some, but we often do the cha-cha dance, giving each other space to reflect and put oneself in the other party’s shoes. After a while, a hug or a poke in the ribs, things will be back to normal. Well, our normal.
I am not one who likes to attend forum discussions because I feel that they can be a waste of time. But after the first session where I learned about the Prudential Relationship Index, I am very intrigued to learn more and hear from the experienced husbands, wives, fathers and mothers.
[box]Come 20th October 2016, Thursday, there will be a panel discussion with some of the veterans in the area of relationship, work and life. You can tune in to the discussion and be part of it too wherever you are. The discussion will be broadcasted live on Facebook at Prudential Singapore page. It will start at 6.30pm sharp, so be ready with your tablet, mobile or computer and join in the discussion over at Facebook. Gather your family too if you can, because Gurmit will be the host for the evening, and he will be doing a special stand-up comedy before the discussion. [/box]
This post is written in collaboration with Prudential Singapore, all opinions, experiences and thoughts are author’s own. Facts and findings shared are based on the results from Prudential Relationship Index.
The latest helper in our household is always ready for action, cleans and sucks for full 40 minutes, expels cleaner air and is very tough. The whole family is very excited and in love with this helper and we have to fight to use it each time it’s taken out. Here are the reasons why we love our Dyson V8 Fluffy!
“I want to use lah!” – Zara, the littlest in the family approves.
“Ahahahahahahahaha” she goes and “Oh-oh dirty. I can clean lah. Yes lah.” The youngest in the family also usually the reason why we have to use the Dyson V8 Fluffy to clean up the mess she makes. Biscuit crumbs, fallen cereals, soiled shoes and tiny pieces of paper cut-out, these are the common mess she makes in the house. In the past, we will first pull our hair and give a little “Aiyah! Again…” and then use our cordless vacuum cleaner to suck up the mess with a few back and forth with it.
Now, Zara will dash to the Dyson V8 Fluffy and attempt to clean up the mess herself. In the past, I would scream when she gets near the vacuum because the air coming out is kinda smelly and I feel its dusty too. But now with the whole machine filtration in the Dyson V8 I feel at ease when the kids use it. The filter captures allergens and expels cleaner air through the HEPA filter.
“Mummy you see here dirty…” – Ayra trying hard to spot dirt around the house (which is kinda challenging really)
In the past, no one bothers about that small crumb or piece of don’t-know-what on the floor. These days, whenever Ayra spotted something on the floor that needs to be cleaned, she’ll point it out and ask if she can vacuum the floor! Most of the time I’ll just walk over, pick the whatever-it-is up and throw into the bin. She’ll give me an irritated face after cos she just missed her chance to play clean up with the Dyson V8.
Free Time Means Vacuuming Time – Wherever, Whatever
You know the first few weeks with your new gadget and you bring it everywhere you go and use it as much as you can? Well, that’s exactly what happened the past few weeks for us. In the evening after dinner, I’ll spot my husband cleaning the house and sucking up crumbs from the stroller. Just few nights ago I was cleaning the dryer for the first time in 4+ years! Also because I was too lazy to setup our 5yo Delphin vacuum cleaner just to clean up inside the dryer. Just the thought of taking that bulky vacuum cleaner out from the storeroom already give me a headache. The only person who has been using that vacuum cleaner every week is our part-time helper who comes in once a week to clean the house. I think it’s time we retire the bulky unit and make some space in our storeroom.
“I wanna get one too! Should I?”
If you are shopping for a new vacuum cleaner and is considering a Dyson, here are some of the reasons why you should consider this new Dyson V8 Fluffy.
Sucks for 40 minutes
The Dyson V8 offers improved battery runtime of up to 40 minutes, as compared to 20 minutes in previous generation machines. Suction power is constant throughout the run time, so you get full powered sucking when cleaning around your place.
Powerful fade-free suction
Conventional cordless vacuums rely on big, clunky motors that produce weak suction. The Dyson V8 offers powerful, fade-free suction because of the compact and powerful Dyson digital motor V8 which spins at 110,000rpm, five times faster than a Formula One car engine.
No more aching arms
The weight of the Dyson V8 rests right in the palm of your hand. This makes the machine easy to manoeuvre, and much easier to lift and clean those high and hard to reach places.
Sucks up fine dust and large debris at the same time
Instead of a brush bar with bristles, the Dyson V8 Fluffy cordless vacuum has a roller covered entirely in soft woven nylon. This traps large debris, whilst four rows of anti-static carbon fibre filaments remove fine dust.
Cleaner air when you clean
The Dyson V8 cord-free vacuum captures and retains more dust using patented 2 Tier RadialTM cyclones. 15 cyclones, arranged across two tiers, generate powerful centrifugal forces to spin dust and dirt out of the airflow.
Any remaining particles are captured by the post motor filter – including allergens and bacteria as small as 0.3 microns.
And because the entire system is engineered to be sealed, the air that leaves the machine is cleaner than the air you breathe.
No more dirt bag and more hygienic
The Dyson V8 features a new bin emptying mechanism, eliminating the need to handle the dirt directly. As the bin is emptied, a rubber collar slides down the shroud, scraping dirt off. This enables the user to hygienically drive out trapped dust and debris in a single action.
Tough and durable, anyone can use it
Strong materials with durable and lightweight properties were chosen in the construction of the Dyson V8. The polycarbonate clear bin is made from the same durable material as riot shields.
Pricing and Availability
The Dyson V8 is now available in major departmental stores and electrical multiples. The machine includes a 2 year warranty on parts and labour.
Dyson V8 Fluffy which comes with the soft roller cleaner head, mini motorised tool, combination tool and the crevice tool is retailing at S$1,099.
Here’s a short overview video we did for the Dyson V8 Fluffy…
If reading about the cases in my household isn’t enough to show it’s effectiveness, we got five others to try out the balm and here are the results. All five, of different age group, whom we sent out the Cicaplast Baume B5 out to were looking at repairing their skin, be it for dryness, cracks or different degree of irritation due to eczema.
Before you read on, I’ve to disclaim that this is no miracle cream. It helps with speeding up skin repair and soothes itching and dry skin. But it doesn’t stop the itch or eczema from coming back. Results may vary from person-to-person.
Case 1: 3-year-old boy with eczema, the balm was used on his very dry skin around his genital area
“The skin healed and started to smoothen out after a day of using the balm. And in 7 days, the dry patch is gone.”
Case 2: 2-year old girl with open wound due to over scratching of itch due to eczema
“She was scratching behind her knees when sleeping at night, and when we discovered it, the sheets was covered in blood. After we cleaned the wound and have it tried the next day, I used the Cicaplast Baume B5 on her wound. It helps a lot for healing wounds, when she uses other creams she will scream and cry in pain when I apply the cream on the wound. But with this balm, she had no complain. The skin was almost completely healed in 7 days. I just recently bought another tube from Watsons.”
Case 3: 50+ year-old women with cracks on her feet
“My job required me to stand long hours and exposed to detergent and oil on a daily basis for more than 30 years. My feet are dry and skin is badly cracked up. I tried many cream to heal my cracked feet in the past, but none really healed it till I tried Cicaplast Baume B5. The crack slowly and eventually closes. I’m happy with it.”
Case 4: 30+ year-old women with itches
“I itch easily and I will start to scratch on my skin causing it to break. The balm is easy to apply and it stopped me from scratching cos it soothes the skin and prevented the itch. The broken skin was also healed within the first 3 days.”
Case 5: 12-year-old boy with itching over his body
“I like this new balm and my skin is less red these days. I use the balm everyday.”
And lastly, here’s one more from Zara, her itching skin is now taken care of by Cicaplast Baume B5, whenever she starts to itch she will ask for this “cream” to be applied. Though it’s recommended for use twice a day, but because the weather is so bad lately, we carry one tube whenever we go so that she’ll get to use it whenever necessary.
Cicaplast Baume B5 is available at Watsons and Guardian stores retailing at $21.90 for 40ml and $45 for 100ml.
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