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Flower Hacks & Floristry at A Better Florist’s Flower Jamming Session

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Recently, the nice people at A Better Florist offered to send us some flowers. I immediately asked if they had something for Father’s Day. I figured..eh, guys can also receive flowers okay. Except I had zero talent in floral arrangement and I wasn’t ready murder any flowers that I would buy to try and even make a floral arrangement. Hahah.

I checked out their site..and lo & behold, they had some of Daddy Ting’s favourite flowers! I opted for the Ayla. Perfect for brightening up our home. It definitely brought back memories of when we grew sunflowers in our backyard whilst living in Perth. They grew to be taller than us!

see..guys can be THIS happy to receive flowers.

See, flowers can complement things that belong to a guy haha. Another walk down memory lane as I searched for items that said something about the father of my children. Sunnies for the life before kids; motorbike gloves for life in Singapore; a book to him from the kids; a watch for the life before we met; and shoes for just him. I had to explain to the kids when they asked why I was picking out these items. Hahah. I don’t think they can imagine their parents having a life without them!

I had fun putting the items together and what’s better than putting the bouquet together yourself and gifting it to your loved ones?

A Better Florist is opening its doors every Saturday for its weekly Flower Jam Session. Whether you’re looking for fun date activities, quality time with the family or searching for a new hobby—they’ve got you covered. So ladies, if you are looking for something to do on a Saturday with some girlfriends, they have a flower jam happening on 17th June on wedding bouquets! If you wanna recreate that your wedding bouquet one day, this would be the workshop to go to! Now that I think about it..actually this should be the workshop for the husbands to attend!

wedding bouquet replica for 6th wedding anniversary from hubby

I mean if the husbands now know how to put a bouquet together, they no longer need to spend too much to buy bouquets. I mean, come on, you giving your wife flowers that YOU put together? And you recreating your wedding bouquet? This kind..money also cannot buy lor. Or husband and wife can attend the workshop together too! #couplegoals

Furthermore, flower bouquets and fresh cut flowers are no longer just luxury purchases or limited to special occasions. They are now slowly being incorporated into interior designs and apartment living. The good news is, the proliferation of online florists in Singapore have made blooming your house even easier by catering to all your floral needs. Fresh flowers and succulents help remind urbanites of the lush outdoors in an increasingly tech-saturated and artificial environment. Through floral subscriptions, you can get quality and in season flowers at affordable prices. So add some life and warmth to drab and dull rooms by blooming your home with beautiful flower displays.

By participating in these flower jam sessions, even cheap flowers can be transformed into classy décor and luxurious bouquets. So now you can incorporate flowers into your home, gift friends and surprise your spouse with your own floral arrangements!

For further details, you can contact A Better Florist at +65 3163 1525.

To sign up for the upcoming workshop, register here! The first 5 sign ups only need to pay $40 (UP$55) for the workshop.

Grab your girlfriends (or better, grab your husband) and enjoy a relaxing afternoon surrounded by flowers!

 

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Review: Love Oribel | Supporting Local

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It all started with this photo. We were at the launch of Bove at Suntec and I spied with my little eye, a rather fascinating activity table. I popped Sarah into the table and Cherie from Oribel came along to explain how it worked. I was blown away. Being the auntie that I am…the ROI on this table is amazing lah!

How so? Let me show you, thanks to the kind people at Oribel who sent us one to review.

Do you see what I mean yet? It is foldable, so you can tuck it away. And after baby has outgrown the activity table, it becomes a table for activities, with various height. No wastage whatsoever. For SGD$199, this is DAMN GOOD DEAL. Now, let the photos do most of the talking.

Yes, the boys wanted in on the action on Sarah’s new toy

The PortaPlay arrived when Sarah was around 4.5mo, so it had been sitting in the living room for a bit and the boys have been eyeing it for the longest time. When I decided that it was time to open it, good grief, they wanted in on every bit of the action. And would gamely pose for any photo required. WTH. Not complaining..but hey, it’s mei mei’s toy you know!!

activity table: 5 toys, a seat and a table

There is really not a lot of parts to it. Assembly is a no brainer and the boys could even help me with it. No screws involved, which also means no sharp bits that could potentially hurt baby. Just simple push and click.

unfolding the legs of the table

To fold and unfold the legs of the table, you just need to depress these two buttons to release the catch. This also means that you don’t have to worry about legs springing out when you fold it up. No belt straps to worry about either. Mind you, it is not some cheap plastic that is holding the entire table together. This activity table does have a pretty solid feel to it.

attaching the fabric onto the seat

The fabric of the seat is slightly padded and has some elasticity to it to accomodate bouncing in the seat. There are very thin plastics sheets that allow you to hook the seat onto little knobs. So again, no protruding bits that poke bruise baby’s skin!

At this point, I was really loving all the effort that goes into creating this product. Obviously you can read that I’m gushing over this activity table haha.

fixing the toys onto the table

The toys just clip into the sockets! It packs and grip and is not easy for babies to rip it out of the socket. You have to pinch the clasp in order to take them out of the sockets. The downside of the clips is that they only fit one way. I had hoped that it might fit both ways (facing inside and outside), so a cruising baby could play with it as well, but alas. Maybe something that Oribel could consider in the future! *hopeful*

after baby is seated

I had to take a peek to see how it was like underneath haha. What I saw and liked:
– nothing dangling or in the way beneath. I did not have to worry about kiddo’s feet getting caught anywhere. Just 4 legs.
– the seat appears to offer as much support as possible to accommodate the various sizes of babies. I am a little concerned about crotch dangling like how some baby carriers are like. However, given the height of the table, Sarah looked really comfortable supporting herself with her legs, so I didn’t have to worry much about the pressure on her groin.

The seat is also rotatable, which means Sarah could turn the seat around to reach for every toy around her. Because of the way the seat sat on the grooves in the table, I do not have to worry about her fingers getting caught between the seat and the grooves.

height adjustments

The PortaPlay also has 4 height adjustments to grow alongside with baby. At the lowest height, it was perfect for Sarah to rest her feet on the ground at 6mo. So..just how high can the table go?

regular table and parts.

The PortaPlay comes with a lid to cover the gap where the seat used to be, and 6 covers to cover the sockets where the toys used to be.

when table is covered

in the long run: lowest level

This is the setting where Sarah was at. Oribel also developed two lightweight stools that could go with the table as well. They were perfect for the lowest two height settings.

highest level!

At the highest setting, them Ikea chairs are perfect. Oliver is about 1 metre tall, so you can see how far this table can go with the kids!

The other thing about the table is that the feet are made with somewhat rubberised material to make them non-slip. You can’t just push the table around, it would actually be easier to lift it to move it. You don’t have to worry about baby trying to glide the table around!

portable means bringing it out and around

Another reason why I was so keen on the PortaPlay was that it was easily portable. We hangout at our grandparents’ place on a weekly basis and having the PortaPlay meant we could put her in for a while and quickly have our meal before entertaining her again.

groove for fingers

Having that circular structure made it really easy for us to get a grip on carrying it by our side. There was enough space for our fingers to grip it, and because it was a curved surface, it made it really comfortable to carry it.

in the car boot

And tadaah..popped it into the car boot. It really doesn’t take up a lot of space! I know you’re gonna say we’ve a huge bootspace but the width of the car is probably the same as a regular sedan. So you can see it really doesn’t take up a lot of space.

off to grandaunt’s house!

Got to our aunt’s place, and tadaah..popped the PortaPlay open and placed Sarah in. Easy peasy!

One other major detail about the PortaPlay..is that it is created by a Singaporean company. Most of my friends who asked about the PortaPlay were really impressed that Oribel is a Singaporean brand. We really need to support local, especially when there are gems like these! Oribel also has a range of toys and baby accessories under their brand. My other favourite range has to be the VertiPlay toys. Toys that you attach on to the wall so that you don’t have toys cluttered all over the floor!

wall xylophone

I am really impressed by the range of products Oribel has and it is obvious they have put in a lot of thought into these products. So kudos to them!

The PortaPlay is available at the following retail and online stores:
– Mothercare
Bove
– Motherswork
Pupsik
Big Little Me
Lazada
Agapebabies

Disclaimer: An Oribel PortaPlay was sponsored for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

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Review: Cherub Rubs for the kids and me + Giveaway

Recently, the kind people from Cherub Rubs sent us a range of their products to try out. So for the past 3 weeks, we switched over to Cherub Rubs..and my verdict?

Argh..why do I need to share it with my kids?? hahaha

Just to give you a quick background, Cherub Rubs is an Australian brand and they have developed a range of organic skincare products suitable for newborns, kids, pregnant women and adults in mind, especially those with sensitive skin! Cherub Rubs is also certified organic by Australia’s National Standard for Organic Produce, which means they contact at least 70-95% certified organic ingredients! That is pretty high range in my opinion!

Now let me introduce you to some of my personal favourites:

Products for Indoors

School had just started so we started off with what I called the indoor range, products that we used on a regular basis.

250ml, $27.75

This is my favourite! To be honest, when I first used it, I was a little unsure of the scent. The lemon oil and tea tree oil scent did take a while getting used to, but I definitely loved how the body wash felt on my skin. The clean feeling and yet feeling very moisturised. I told Daddy Ting he can continue using our current bodywash all by himself whilst I used this with the kids! The whole family tried out the bodywash for the first week and Daddy Ting approves of it too. (probably explains why we finished it up so quickly haha)

I liked that there was still some minimal suds. I know there are emollient bodywashes around but the lack of suds bothered me. So this definitely had enough bubbles to keep me happy! I could also easily add it into Sarah’s bath (just a tinsy bit!) and it was enough to wash her and pat her with no rinsing.

When we had almost ran out of the bodywash, I switched back to my current bodywash and I could immediately feel the difference, and my skin got irritated that night. Gaaah. Time to get another bottle of the bodywash!

250ml, $27.75

The shampoo worked well for the boys, probably because they had finer hair. I have straw for hair (read: dry & frizzy hair), so whilst it made my hair feel smooth during the hair wash, it didn’t work for me after it dried. But it made the boys’ hair soft and left a really nice scent! The boys can really work up a sweat running around, so having that scent definitely helped reduced stinky hair. I did love smelling their hair when I am putting them to bed.

60g, $21.40

This came just in time. Sarah had suddenly developed a minor diaper rash so it was perfect timing. The consistency of the balm is more like a thick lotion than a paste, so it was very easy to spread and apply on the skin. It is also not very sticky, nor does it leave a white residue. Rubs in really well too. It worked as a barrier for Sarah, and will just require reapplication at every diaper change.

Sarah also has a persistence rash around her neck no thanks to her double chin. The folds just never get to see the daylight except for times when she is on her tummy.

The redness was significantly reduced the following day. To keep the redness at bay, we just applied it on a daily basis. Bonus use for the balm: you can even use it for chapped lips, cracked nipples, hands and cracked heels!

100ml, $24.75

This is another favourite, the Skin Soothe! Haha..you will see me talking up the products that I have really enjoyed and really liked. Why? I am an eczema sufferer and post-partum eczema is annoying. Quentin inherited my sensitive skin, so it is really important for us to find products that would work for us.

Prior to receiving these products from Cherub Rubs, Quentin had been scratching his thighs near his groin on an on-off basis in his sleep. It was annoying. On a bad occasion, he had scratched it enough for the skin to be broken and it would sting really badly when he peed, even in his diaper. He would cry. This occurred during the time where we were toilet training him. We had creams that would soothe the broken skin but didn’t stop the itching.

But this bottle of Skin Soothe appears to have stopped the problem! What I really liked about it is that it contains aloe vera. It is not greasy and dries off very quickly, also has a nice cooling sensation, which I assume comes from the Witch Hazel. And it seems to do the job too! We didn’t need a lot of it to apply either. That blob you see on Daddy Ting’s palm? That is enough to apply on Quentin’s groin plus both thighs. It spreads out very easily. I tried Skin Soothe on one leg, whilst using another organic cream on the other leg. Both do the job of stopping the itch and soothing the skin, however, given the option, I would choose Skin Soothe on the basis that it is non-greasy, doesn’t leave that gluggy residue on my skin. I find my skin gets aggravated very easily if there is a greasy residue.

So..Quentin stops scratching at night with daily application of Skin Soothe and my eczema is easier to manage too, definitely a win for us!

Products for the Outdoor

Now, moving on to the range for outdoors (L-R): Skin Guard Plus, Scatterscreen, & Scatterbugs . Guess what? All 3 outdoor products contain bug protection! Yep, which means their sunscreen also contains bug repellent. Save space and money especially if you are going to the beach!

100ml, $27.75

If you have been looking for sunscreen that is suitable for newborns, then the Scatterscreen is it. What I like about it is the low SPF that makes it suitable for newborn skin. SPF8. Yes, you are thinking, ‘whaaat?? What kind of protection does that offer??’ Well, the higher SPF a sunscreen is, it would also mean the higher amount of mineral oxide it will contain to offer the protection, which could also mean there would be a higher chance of more chemical filters being added in! And we all know that we want our products kept as natural as possible! Cherub Rubs recommends hourly reapplication for sufficient coverage. Besides, babies and toddlers should not be exposed to the sun for too long hours anyways. I can live with that.

Sunscreen at Wild Wild Wet

Sunscreen at the ECP

Sunscreen for everybardee!

Verdict: I like that the Scatterscreen is not greasy or pastey like regular sunscreen. It doesn’t even come across as sticky. The kids and us used it liberally at Wild Wild Wet (3pm to 6.30pm) and at the East Coast Park (9 – 11am) and none of us got burnt! Definitely had a tan line but skin was well moisturised and protected. It is also water repellent but washes off easily with regular bodywash. There you go, SPF8. It doubling as a bug repellent..definitely a bonus.

And trust Cherub Rubs to come up with two range of bug repellent: one for newborn and toddlers, the Scatterbug, and another for older kids and adults, Skin Guard Plus

100ml, $25.35

Cherub Rubs uses lemon eucalyptus oil instead of the popular citronella oil. Lemon eucalyptus oil is gentler on the skin as compared to citronella and has been found to repel mosquitoes for up to 6 hours!

Sarah approves!

What I like about the Scatterbug: it is aloe vera based and comes in a semi-gel like consistency, making it very easy to spread out. It doesn’t leave a sticky residue, which would make the kids really comfy and yet still offering some level of protection.

100ml, $25.35

product test at Coney Island

product test at the ECP

The Skin Guard Plus contains more lemon eucalyptus oil as compared to the Scatterbugs. It seems to leave a slightly sticky residue on my palms after application, though it is fine on the skin. It is not THAT sticky, but the sensation was similar to the feeling after one has used a hand santiser gel. That kind of tacky feeling. Not too big of an issue. I’m more concerned about coverage and it has worked during the times we used it! No one got bitten, so yay!

Overall, I really like this range of products mostly due to it being non-greasy. The scent is a bonus! The sunscreen+repellent combo? Genius. I mean the times you probably need repellent, would also mean you would need sunscreen right? See, save money.

Cherub Rubs range of products are available at the following retail stores:

– selected Guardian outlets (end Feb);
– Watsons outlets (end Feb);
– Sasa stores;
– Isetan;
– OG;
– Medi-ya
– Takashimaya
– selected Kiddy Palace outlets
Redmart
beautiful.me
– myhealthscoop.com

Cherub Rubs will also be at the Supermom Baby Fair at Marina Bay Sands from 17-19 Feb! You can find them at J02B. And thanks to Cherub Rubs, I have a hamper worth $180 to giveaway!

To participate, all you need to do is

1. Like Cherub Rubs Singapore on Facebook
2. Like Just some Tings on Facebook
3. Leave a comment here or on my Facebook page. and tell me which product you would love to try and why.
4. Contest ends 20th February 2017, 2359hrs and winners will be notified by 22nd February 2017. Winners will be selected at random.

Disclaimer: tings.sg received the above products for review purposes. No monetary compensation was given. All opinions are solely mine and are written as objectively as possible.

 

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