Giveaways 27 Jul – 2 Aug’ 2016

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Everyone loves a good giveaway, right? And what more, when they are from the various parent bloggers that I have gotten to know in a blogging community! They have put in the hardwork to review and now let’s hop over to the blogs that are running giveaways so that you can stand a chance to win at something!

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Places to Go:
1. The Js Arena: Alive Museum 2016 – Ends 1st August 2016

Things to Do:
1. Says Happy Mums: {Giveaway} SRT’s The Three Little Pigs is Back! | Share to Win a Family Package worth $129 – Ends 29 July 2016
2. Mum’s Calling: Seminar: How to Raise A Gifted Child [With Giveaway]

Things you Need:
1. Mommy Chuck: What kind of Play Mat will make the cut? Giveaway! – Ends 1st Aug 2016
2. Sengkang Babies: Combat eliminates pests in our home – Ends 1st Aug 2016
3. The J Babies: The Young Scientists Magazine (Review & Giveaway) – Ends 3rd August
4. The Mums & Babies: The Mommy Hook Stroller Assistant

 

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food of the week: snacks

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Following my meal planning, err if I do remember to take some photos of the food. This is more for me to remember what I actually ate and the recipes so I don’t have to keep digging them out months later!

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We had ripe avocados..so of course, we had to make guacamole. I love chunky guacamole, with some red onions. Nyums. Err, at your own risk hor, cos it will stink up your breath a little! =P

3 ripe avocados
juice of 2 limes
1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley or coriander
1/2 red onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt & freshly ground black paper

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Then the kids had this! I roasted some chicken thighs that were marinated in Morrocan seasoning (unfortunately unavailable in Singapore, but if you have friends going to Australia, get the MasterFoods version!). Made our own fries..that were soaked in chicken fat. So unhealthy but sooooooooooooo tasty. =P But please do a healthier version with olive oil! haha We used Russet potatoes for our fries, and baked them on aluminium foil. They got stuck on it. FML. So next time, I’m gonna try it on baking paper.

Whilst the kids had that…the adults had this version, with boiled baby potatoes in a maple-mustard dressing and guacamole!

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maple-mustard dressing (just mix well!)

2 tbsp maple syrup
6 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp heaped wholegrain mustard

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I also spotted a very very simple recipe for a homemade strawberry ice cream, using creme fraiche. 3 ingredients! Surely cannot go wrong right. And you don’t need an ice cream machine to do it too (says the recipe, though we definitely used our ice cream machine to save time!). You can find the recipe here.

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after freezing overnight

 

yummmms.

yummmms.

The boys have also been bugging me for food multiple times a day. And I don’t want to keep giving them biscuits and crackers. Oliver has also been on a cereal streak, and requesting for Post’s Banana Nut Crunch. $$$$ my pocket! I do make granola for the kids..and I add some dried fruit in, but they only want to eat the oats. FML. Then I am left with little granola with LOTS of dried fruit for myself. Wah piangs.

Oh just in case you would like to try making your own granola (which is so super easy, I promise!!), this is the recipe I use:

maple almond granola 

2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup slivered almonds
4 tbsp unsalted butter (about 56g)
4 tbsp maple syrup

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
2. Combine oats, sugar, cinnamon, raisins & almonds and toss to mix. In a saucepan over low heat, melt butter, add maple syrup & stir to blend. Pour over the oat mixture and stir to blend.

3. Spread the granola out on a baking sheet to make until golden & crunchy, 25 to 30 mins.
4. Cool to room temperature before serving, breaking it up slightly. Store in an airtight container, the granola will keep up to 10 days. 

but I digress. I decided to make little granola clusters so that they are bite sized and easier for the kids to binge on. And I suddenly found my first granola bar recipe, which was in the BBC GoodFood Australia magazine. The recipe can be found here. I put the mix into mini cupcake holders.

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Viola. Perfect mouthfuls for the hungry kids. And healthy too! You can cut down on the sugar, but will need the honey to help stick everything together.

Hope these recipes give you some ideas for some really simple recipes! This momma ain’t got so much time to cook too elaborate meals!

the second kid

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lately, I realised that I haven’t been writing much about a particular kid in my life. And why not?

dun look so forlorn!

dun look so forlorn!

I do feel that I would be writing a repeat of what I went through with Oliver. But is it bad to write a repeat? It wasn’t bad, but it was tedious. It didn’t help that Quentin spoke more with his body language than with words. It was harder to describe what he was trying to say. And you know when I said that ‘being second doesn’t mean you get any lesser‘? I was wrong. I tried to make sure he didn’t get any lesser, but he did.

I often told friends that when I compared Quentin with Oliver, Quentin was pretty much a year behind Oliver at the same age. That we babied him and just let Oliver lead him. I didn’t read as much books with him. I didn’t sing as much with him. I didn’t play as much with him. From the point he was born, his time with me was halved. He had to share it with Oliver. It was hard to give him full attention with the other clamouring for the same amount of attention. We have one on one time when Oliver is at school for 3 hours, but about half of that 3 hours is spent for his nap, 30 mins on lunch, 30 mins spent sending and picking Ollie up from school, which means..we get 30 mins of time awake.

Sometimes we get an hour together when I need to run errands. He loves taking the bus and lately we would take a bus to the mall nearby, take a walk maybe to the library or grab a snack together before heading home. It was only lately that I discovered a lot more about this kid.

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With the impending arrival of Sarah (in 3 months time!), I decided that we needed to set the boundaries for Quentin, the same boundaries we set for Oliver before Quentin was born. And then I realised my mistake. Quentin had developed into a brat. Well, not an absolute brat. When he was in a good mood, he was the sweetest, cutest 2.5yo in my eyes (mom’s biasness okay) But when he chose to..OMFG (excuse my language), it is a battle of patience.

More often than not, I end up giving him what he wants because it is exhausting to battle with him. And boy, is he persistent. Example, Oliver got to go on a staycation with his grandparents and he didn’t. It was a 20 mins ride home and he whinged alllllll the way home. NON-STOP. It was doing my head in. Argh. Imagine that everyday, each time he didn’t get that way. There were days where I really couldn’t..just couldn’t tolerate it. And I ended up yelling A LOT at him, because it was really harder to get the point across, especially when he couldn’t communicate as well as his brother.

It didn’t help that I couldn’t carry him because I was pregnant. It would send him further down the trail of that tantrum. It was harder to soothe him. But there are days where he was okay to sit on the sofa and be held by me. Phew.

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There are daily moments of him not accepting ‘no’ for an answer. He would ‘challenge’ you by saying ‘no’ to what you request of him to do. He would randomly hit his brother. Whilst I could threaten Oliver with the confiscation of his toys, I could only threaten Quentin by….withholding food WTH. You ever hear parents threaten this way anot??

if you don’t pick up the puzzles, no food for you!’ hahahahhaa. Okay, is like damn sad lar. How to starve a kid right.

But I had to try because I had a time limit (not the starving, that never happened okay!). And I knew that if we didn’t do something now, I was going to pay for it later when Sarah comes along. I started reasoning with him instead of yelling. We had a little bit more of a routine. I would accede to simple requests and be firm in saying ‘No’ to him. It really brings back the days where we started saying ‘No’ to Oliver before he turned 2. A lot of tears and frustrations involved. Fortunately, Quentin is going through a language explosion and can speak in short sentences now.

Gonna make this post a reminder to myself to make sure that Quentin really doesn’t get any less as a second kid, and as a middle kid.

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