Celebrate Moments That Matter This Mother’s Day

Being a full-time working mum isn’t exactly the easiest job on earth.

I often find myself in a challenging juggling act – managing the heavy demands of being literally on-call 24/7, for my clients and team because of crazy deadlines, and being a present mother and wife for my family. It takes a great deal of persistence and a lot of strength to pull through my everyday. I try to live as lightheartedly as I can and navigate through the journey of motherhood and building a business.

Being busy doesn’t mean I neglect my family. I try to make every moment fun with my two babies and hope to build beautiful memories for my family. We spend a lot of time crafting, colouring, making things and just rotting around the house. We really are quite a lazy bunch of humans. LOL!

Photo credit to Canon Singapore

Doing what I do at work, and my love for capturing moments with my loved ones, this year, I gifted myself, for Mother’s Day,  a brand new PowerShot G7X Mark II, because it was time for my personal G1X Mark II to retire after serving me well the past 2 years.

I’ve been asked many times, which is the best camera to get and why. Seriously, the best camera for anyone depends on which camera you have beside you when you want to capture that precious moment. It could be your mobile phone or a compact camera that you bring along everywhere you go.

I use the huge DSLR at work and also recently added the Canon PowerShot EOS M5 to the work routine. These are great cameras that help my team delivers very professional quality work. But to carry them everywhere I go is not ideal and also my team is using them to shoot very often lately. So my new friend the G7X Mark II will be my BFF wherever I go. And just in time too for my upcoming trip to Sydney with my eldest!

If you are a mum who, like me, likes to capture memories with your family and loved ones, it’s time to consider rewarding yourself with a new camera too!

Photo credit to Canon Singapore

This Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate the love and sacrifice of all the mothers out there; mums who have tirelessly poured into our children’s lives – teaching, inspiring and giving. Flowers and chocolates are nice gestures of showing gratitude but there’s a more meaningful and purposeful way to express our thankfulness and love – capturing moments in time by spending quality time with our family and preserving them with precious photos taken with a Canon camera.

If you’ve already got a camera, how about getting yourself a printer too? Don’t get me started on the reasons why every family should own a printer! I’ve got two at home and used them on a weekly basis! My girls love flipping through photo books, scrapbook and even my journal because they love laughing at how tiny and funny they looked when smaller.

Photo credit to Canon Singapore

Get a complimentary bouquet from Dawn Q. with every item purchased from Canon’s Mother’s Day gift guide and a free Shiseido gift set along with a personalised Shiseido skin indulgence (skin consultation and luxurious makeover) with the purchase of selected Canon products from their e-shop. I’m waiting for my camera and free gifts to arrive! This promotion is valid till 18th May 2017. Get your Canon products now and receive these special gifts.

Canon Mothers Day Guide

Thanks to the nice folks from Canon Singapore for the above beautiful photos of me with my girls. It is so so rare to have photos of me with my girls, because THIS.

Zara’s First Teacher’s Day

Last year, The Loving Mum had our first gifting experience for Ayra’s first Teacher’s Day. And this year, Zara joined in too, preparing our little token of thanks for her teachers in childcare.

The plan was to have the girls put together something for their teachers in school, with as little effort as possible from me. And so I thought well, they can put things into a container and pack things together right? So I found these pretty jars at Daiso (everyone loves Daiso don’t we?), and bought some snacks and cute stationeries for the girls to pack them in.

So three nights before Teacher’s day, this happened in our living room…

I went a little over, thinking I needed a lot of snacks to fill up the jars, so yes there were many snacks left after we were done packing. Zara seemed to be a better estimator than me, cos even before we started putting things into the jars, she was already happily opening up packets of snacks and stuffing herself with them! And I’ve got evidence…

She wasn’t interested in what Ayra and I were busy with, she sat there like that the whole time munching on raisins. LOL! Ayra was topping up the jars with lots of (Hershey’s) kisses and helping to screw back the covers.

And finally a little final touch from me to complete the gifts, with guided hand-written thank you tags by Ayra.

Not too bad right? The teachers were happy to receive these goodie filled jars from the girls. And to continue what we started the year before, we also prepared little gifts for all teachers and the aunties in the childcare.

To give everyone a taste of our favourite cookies of the month, I repacked these wholesome Quaker Oatmeal Cookies with these cute heart shaped filled food packaging from Daiso. And this was the final product…

We hope all the ladies in school love these yummy goodness as much as we do. Happy Teacher’s Day to all the dedicated teachers out there!

Newborn and Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Zara’s full month baby shower was the first I threw. We didn’t have one for Ayra as it was too closed to our planned wedding dinner. She did have a birthday party for her big 1.

From the day a child is born, friends, colleagues and relatives will mostly bless with gifts or ang baos. Common gifts received includes tonic food for the mum, baby clothes set and gift hampers (which is nice and all, but I’ll rather spend the money on more practical gifts).

Gifting for a newborn though sound easy, it does get challenging for some. For me, be it at the giving or receiving end, I will want gifts which are practical and nice. If you are looking at some quality or new gift ideas, here are some newborn and baby shower gift ideas for your consideration. Promotions included too!

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