Super Mum Needs Super Power, I’m Powering Up with Blink around my Home

I tried, and I think I did pretty well. But I know it could be better.

The Super Mum tag wasn’t self titled, friends and people around me is always shocked to know I am juggling everything from family, home and work without help. It had been very exhausting and many times I wanted to throw in the towel. Enough of having 1001 tasks to take care of every day. I cannot be the Super Mum, I needed extra pair of hands to help.

When our part time helper who came by once a week to help clean the house told me she will be returning home for good, I knew this was a sign. The sign to rethink how I can better coupe with the multiple responsibilities around the house.

I didn’t want to have to worry if the laundry is full and needed for wash, I didn’t want to worry if my family has clean house to live in, I didn’t want to think about what dinner to get home after work and rushing home in time so my family wouldn’t have to wait for their unhealthy MSG filled meal.

I outsourced.

I have never liked the thought of having a stay in helper, because the family is worried we will not be comfortable sharing our home. But I needed to so I can focus on the more important things, time with my kids and work.

It didn’t take us long to find the one. I found her in the first group of helpers shortlisted, she was the first that got my attention. With three times experience in Singapore, children all grown up and at a mature age; I knew right away she’s the one.

Preparing for arrival

Being the first time employer for a helper who will have to stay home alone most of the time in the day, I wanted to be able to check on her and the house when I am out. I needed to get cameras for the house but I really don’t like unsightly cables running around. I needed a wire free solution.

Blink is my solution

It was a kickstarter project and now marketed by Aztech, I saw it first on Chester’s blog and then on Zitseng’s. If you want to know the how-to and tech specs, please click on the links to read, because this is the Mummy C talking not the techie gadget Claudia.

Blink camera starter set
The Blink camera is super small, light and wire free! I can place it anywhere around the house.

Because of the wire free and easy setup, I was able to very quickly connect it via the Blink app and our home wifi, and I’m ready to go. Stick it anywhere around the house with my trusted 3M tape and I can monitor what goes on around the house anywhere I am.

Not a surveillance camera

I have to highlight that this camera isn’t an around-the-clock surveillance camera. It doesn’t watch over your home all the time and it doesn’t record looping or non-stop videos. Blink is a home security and monitoring system – it can be armed to detect motion where it will send an alert on your mobile app and record a pre-determined video clip based on your setting. When that happens, the camera will also illuminate which may give the person or thing that caused the motion to jump!

Like a baby monitor

I use the Blink camera like a baby monitor for the house. Whenever you want to check on your baby, you check on the monitor, this is the same. When I want to see what’s my helper doing around the house, I tap on the mobile app, turn on the camera and watch. I can also turn on or off sound capturing from the camera.

Can you spot Blink?

Easy add-on camera

Each Blink camera has a view angle of 110-degree, I can view 90% of my living room when it’s placed in the centre of the room but I needed more than one. I’m going to be getting two more Blink cameras to add-on to my setup at home so I can have access to an all-round monitoring when I am not home. One Blink camera outside our rooms so I can see what’s happening inside, and one more (armed) from inside the living room so I can monitor who’s going in and out of the house during the day.

The Blink camera on the right and the “brain/heart” of the system on the left.

With a super helper and our super monitoring cameras, I think I am able to do more super things because I now have better control and system for my home and family. Next up is to build my super team at work to power up my super power!

Blink Aztech starter kit is selling at S$188, each additional camera sells at $138 each. Find out more on Blink Aztech website.

Our Playroom Before Transformation

We are soooo soooo soooooo super excited! I have always loved watching home transformation and improvement shows on TV. And has secretly wished for something like this to take place in my own house one day. And finally we are in a real home transformation project! Though not as extensive as a total home transformation, but this is just as exciting for us! I have been cracking my brain on how to make our girls’ playroom more fun and inspiring for them. And now I can do it with help from the professionals. Yes, we are lucky to have a room just for the girls to play (for now). This room will be their bedroom once they are old enough to sleep on their own, which I hope is soon. So for this room transformation, I will have to factor in future possibilities too when we put two single beds in.

Grey. Our Original Inspiration.

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This was my original idea when planning for our house 2 years back. Because we wanted to save on colours and make the whole house look balanced, we painted all the rooms with a medium shade of grey and our living room a lighter shade of grey. All furnitures are white and grey too. Ya, kinda boring, but we somehow liked it this way. I tried adding some colours to the wall and corners to make the house look brighter, and more cheerful, but it just didn’t work out as how I had envisioned it.

This is how our playroom looks like now…

The play area for cars, playhouse and cooking. We love how we can roll the Muji drawers around as an additional table top for play on the floor.

The other side of the room where we store lesser used toys in boxes, and also the art and craft area where I am planning to do away with as Ayra prefers to do her activities on the floor. So for this transformation, I hope to clear furnitures to make more floor space clear for activities.

And this side is for the clothes, but looking at the layout of our room now, I’m planning to do a little musical chair with the furnitures so that I can have this nice corner for a reading nook or sort. Hmmm…

Here’s part 1 of Our Playroom Transformation…
The Search for Colour Inspirations

So I visited my almost forgotten Pinterest account and starting browsing, and the more I scroll through the playrooms, the more ideas I have! It’s crazy! But sadly I can’t find much kids room or playroom ideas from Singapore! Only a few from the home and decor website, but that’s it! Why no parents share their kids room in Singapore? Is it cos there isn’t much space available in the house? Not even a small corner in the living room? If you know of anyone who blogged about their playroom or play area at home, do let me know ok? Hope to link them up here too.

Here are some ideas I kinda like for now, and sharing some pointers I picked up from the Colour Inspiration workshop I had with Dulux Colour Specialist.

Dark Wall. Bright Decor.

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Loving how a darker hue on the wall makes brighter coloured accessories popped! Even white looks better on these pretty walls. A green hue also helps revitalise us when we are mentally, physically or emotionally exhausted.

Orange Featured Wall

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Less means more when come to colour coordinating a room. Orange is great attention grabber and is of a playful and active qualities. Ideal for kids and teens room. It was said that orange increases appetite too, you know what colour to paint your dining area with ya? Or perhaps an orange dining table might just do the trick too, especially for a white or grey toned space.

Light coloured walls with touch of vibrancy

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When selecting colours for our house some two years ago, the idea was to use a piece of furniture or accessory to brighten up the grey walls we painted throughout the entire house. But instead, we ended up with mostly white furnitures with touches of grey around the house. We still like it this way as its very clean and balanced, but some change in colours will surely help make it more warmth and cosy.

Decorative Paint Works.

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My dad has always asked me to put up wallpaper on a piece of wall in each room and in my living room too. He used to help out at one of his friend’s company doing wallpaper installation at residential and commercial properties. Ever since, he believes strongly that a nice wallpaper will brighten up the house a lot. And its so simple to install and remove (if you have the skill). But I like to paste things on my walls – photo frames, drawings, paintings etc. Wallpaper doesn’t allow me to do that! So why not get the professional painters to do a decorative paint work? I’m considering getting some bold chevron lines painted in the playroom, just to add some dimension. Perhaps something like this…

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The above colour inspirations were made possible by the informative workshop conducted by Dulux Colour Specialists which I attended last weekend. With their sharing of useful tips and the references from their Colour Inspiration guide, I am spending more time planning and picking out the right colours for our playroom transformation. In a good way of course! And I’m getting input from my girls too. Will share more on the colours we picked in another post. Do continue to follow us as we have our mini home makeover with Dulux!

Request for your own copy of Dulux Colour Inspiration 2015 here.

Over the next two months, we will be completing 3 challenges where we show you the process we go through in transforming of our Playroom. Do follow us and 9 other bloggers as we show you how fun and easy it is to bring new life to your home! Hope we will inspire you to do the same too for the new year! Oh and did I mention the $500 painting package voucher + $100 home decorative vouchers to be given out to 10 lucky voters? Check our Dulux Singapore Facebook Page – A New Colour, A New Experience app for more details.

In the next post for Challenge 1, we will share how we pick the right colour for our playroom with Dulux Visualizer app, available for iOS and Android devices. Its a pretty cool app and I am having fun playing with it, masking out walls around the house on the app and changing the colours of my wall virtually. This is one cool use for augmented reality! Check out the demo video below to see the app in action…


Follow our transformation and hope you will like what we did. Do vote for us when the voting begins from 8 to 14 December 2014.

If you have posted about your kids room or playroom too, do link up with…

Small Spaces

We’ve just moved into our own home and Ayra now has her own playroom. At 14 months, she still doesn’t have that many toys. Most of which are small toys and dolls. When putting together her room, I intended for it to grow up together with her. IKEA has always been my favorite furniture and organisation store, and her room is filled with pieces from IKEA.

The main storage for her stuff is a bookshelf with storage boxes. She is now able to reach up to the third shelve row and the top two tiers are used to store stuff such as shower basket, diapers and more.

Ayra’s wonder boxes, where most of her toys, books and bears are kept.

She likes to peep into boxes and dig out things from within. I used these storage boxes with soft handles for her to pull out and explore things inside.

These boxes are great in keeping the bits and pieces out of sight, but accessible for play.

There are still much to be done in her room and when the room is fully furnished, I will share more.

This post first published as a guest post on Mum in the Making.