Friday, March 20, 2015

Alternative Uses for Organic Baby Stuff by Four Cow Farm

I'm not really big on organic products as I feel it's not worth the time and money to get them since it's almost impossible to live 100% organic in Singapore.

However, the folks at Four Cow Farm swore by their products and told me that their baby wash could do more than just wash a baby, it could be a face wash or vegetable detergent too. That got me very intrigued because you know how much I like multi-purpose products. "Sure or not?" I thought. I was going to give them a try to find out.

Delivery from Four Cow Farm
(All their products are made on their farm in Queensland, Australia)
Came with some nice information on organic products, the story of Four Cow Farm and instructions on how to use the baby wash and calendula remedy

I was keen to try the Baby Wash because not only can it be used to bathe the baby, it can also be used as a facial wash for adults, laundry detergent, bottle wash and even a floor cleaner! Amazing. I'm bringing this for my next overseas trip so that both Baby Boy and I can use it and I don't have to bring so many bottles.

Four Cow Farm Baby Wash

I've previously used the Calendula Remedy for my girl so I know that it is good.

Four Cow Farm Calendula Remedy
Opened to review the milky yellow cream that's great for dry skin

However, I did not know that there are at least 9 uses of the Calendula Remedy! For your convenience, I have listed them in an infographic as shown below =)

Created by madpsychmum.com

Definitely a must-buy if you're pregnant as you'll get more use out of it and therefore more bang for your buck! =)

GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are giving away 1 Baby Wash 250ml and 1 Calendula Remedy 50g to FOUR lucky winners!

Prizes sponsored by Four Cow Farm

Simply follow these steps to qualify:

(1) Leave a comment on this blog post on which 3 uses of the Baby Wash and/or Calendula Remedy that you liked the most
(2) Enter the above entries into the Rafflecopter widget below

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The other entries are optional but you may enter them for more chances of winning! Good luck! =)

Terms and Conditions of this Giveaway:
a) This giveaway ends on 30th March 2015 (Mon) and is only open to readers living in Singapore.
b) Participants must complete the entries above and enter them into Rafflecopter in order to qualify. Other entries entered into Rafflecopter must also be completed (I do check!).  Incomplete entries will be disqualified without notice.
c) Limited to one participation per person (i.e. no multiple emails for the same person). Facebook or Instagram accounts with little or no friends (i.e. started for the sole purpose of joining contests) will be disqualified without notice according to the discretion of the organiser.
d) Limited to one prize per household.
e) The winner will be drawn randomly via Rafflecopter and must respond within 3 days after being contacted by me otherwise another winner will be drawn.

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P.S: Enjoy 10% discount off at Four Cow Farm's online store by simply entering this discount code: "MADPSYCHMUM10" (valid from 20 March 2015 to 20 April 2015).


Disclosure: Complimentary products were received from Four Cow Farm for the purposes of this review and giveaway. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

First Mr Bean Themed Playground in the World

I've enjoyed bringing my kids out to Gardens by the Bay so much two weeks ago that I've made a personal pact to bring them somewhere fun at least once a week (to expand their exhaustless energy).

Two weeks ago, we visited the newly reimagined Mr Bean's Playground at Changi Airport Terminal 3, Level B2. It is actually the SingKids playground that has been decorated to fit the Mr Bean theme.

SingKids Playsystem
The World's First Mr Bean Themed Playground
Same floor space with the usual SingKids play equipment
Mr Bean themed decorations

It was the first time to an indoor playground for Baby Boy I think (and countless times for my girl). We were therefore excited to see how he'll take to it. He's now walking a lot more (although not very steady yet) so he will likely be able to enjoy the playground more than before.

This boy loves to climb so this structure suited him well
(Although he was extremely scared that he'll fall off)
Round and round this thing goes,
Where it is going nobody knows.
Playing with plastic balls in a roundabout see-through thing
Letting them play while observing them Add from the sidelines
Climbing up the steps
And down the slides
(Baby Boy only liked the colourful steps, not the slides because these were too high for him)
Playing in the ball pit
Weee! Flying balloons everywhere!
Round the merry-go-round swing
(Seems like everything goes round and round around here..)
Swinging
(This was observed to be less popular with the kids for some reason)
Riding her car
Baby Boy tried to follow but he was too small

Baby Boy had a blast and only stopped because he was hungry! It was time for his milk.

Daddy feeding the baby

After he was done, he was back to his favourite play activity: the baby slide!

Glittery slide for toddlers

He could climb up, slide down, walk to the back (by himself!), climb up and slide down again and again and again! After a while his daddy and I got bored and just monitored him from the side *laughs*

Our verdict? Best for preschoolers but your toddler won't be too bored either. Not for babies unfortunately. My girl said she wants to go back so that's gotta count for something right? =)


Disclosure: Complimentary entry and souvenirs were received from SingKids & Mr Bean' Playground for the purposes of this review. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are my own.

Monday, March 16, 2015

What Does Motherhood Mean to Me?

Ever since I was a young girl (11 or 12 years old to be exact), I have always wanted to be a mother. I love children and can always be found hanging out in the nursery/Sunday School of my childhood church after service every Sunday. I couldn't wait for the day when I can hold my own baby in my arms and give him/her as many kisses (or bites on the thighs) as I wanted.

By the grace of God in 2010, I gave birth to my baby girl and became a mother for the first time. My dream has come true! =)

We had always wanted two kids, one boy and one girl. The hubby prayed really hard and by the grace of God, we got pregnant and I gave birth to my baby boy just after Christmas in 2013 (the delivery process was one of the craziest things that ever happened to me but if you're pregnant please don't read it lest you be overwhelmed haha).

After almost 5 years as a mother, what does motherhood mean to me?

Motherhood to me is:

1) BEING the SOLE MILK SUPPLIER in the FIRST YEAR of THEIR LIVES

Greatly miss nursing my baby now that I've stopped (*sob*)

2) TRACKING MY BABIES' GROWTH & TELLING EVERYONE ABOUT IT

Baby Boy when he was only 2 months old (nostalgic!)

3) ALWAYS STRIVING to ACHIEVE a BALANCE BETWEEN WORK & FAMILY

Brought my kids out to MBS and Gardens by the Bay after work last Friday, even though I was super tired after a long week of work. It was extremely worth it though as I got to see the smiles on my kids' face as they watched the MBS Wonderfull and Gardens by the Bay Supertrees Light & Music show.

4) GETTING NON-STOP BABY HUGS & KISSES

Sometimes I have to force them to kiss me. And force I will (it's my right! muahahaha)!

5) HAVING a PLUS ONE at EVERY EVENT
You will never be alone. Or bored. Ever.

Bringing along my little boy when going for weddings or meeting my family/friends
(I'm going to miss my babies lying on my bosom)

6) BEING THEIR FIRST & PROBABLY BEST TEACHER
I'm their swimming instructor, their Lego master and their tuition teacher, among other things.

Proud that she was able to fix this up herself with just a little bit of instructions from me
Teaching her how to write everyday when I'm back home after work

7) GIVING & RECEIVING UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

One of my favourite photos with my kids

What does motherhood mean to you?


Tomorrow, it's Waiwai's turn to share how she embraces motherhood. Waiwai is a full-time working mother to a 6-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. She blogs about her parenting journey, DIY crafts, simple cooking and fun activities with children at PeiPei.HaoHao.





This post is part of a blog train hosted by Dominique from Dominique's Desk.
Join us as we embrace motherhood and what it means to us.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hair Care for Swimmers

I love swimming so I was beyond thrilled to find out that my girl loves to swim too. She responded very well to the water since she was 10 months old and has been swimming ever since. We started sending her for swim classes and she has further improved such that she could swim solo without any floatation devices.

Girl at the pool getting ready for her swim class

As she swims at least once a week now, I'm always concerned about the effect of chlorine on her hair. I tried buying a swim cap for her to put on but she's adament that she won't wear it (not her fault really, even I don't like wearing a swim cap).

So when the local distributor of Circle of Friends contacted me to review their range of hair care products for kids age 3-12 years old, I immediately asked for the swimmer's range. The range aims to provide young swimmers like my girl with protection against chlorine and other chemicals that they are exposed to when swimming.

The Circle of Friends Swimmer Range consists of a Pre-swim Conditioner, a Swimmers' Shampoo and a After-Swim Leave-in Conditioner.

Left to right: Kylie's Pre-swim Conditioner;
George's Swimmers' Shampoo;
Emma's After-Swim Conditioner

I like that they are so self-explanatory: the Pre-swim Conditioner is for spraying onto the hair to protect it before the swim; the Shampoo washes off all the chlorine and other chemicals when bathing while the After-Swim Conditioner is lathered onto dry or wet hair after bath to moisturise the hair (no need to wash off).

I knew we would be swimming a lot on our trip to Phuket so I brought the whole range with us to give them a try.

We practically swam every morning, afternoon and evening in the private pool of our hotel, U Zenmaya Phuket Resort!
Introducing the range to my girl, who was also excited to try them out

Initially we had a hard time remembering to spray it before she got into the pool! *laughs*

Not happy that she has to pause and get sprayed (and covered with sunscreen) before she enters the water

I like that it was easy to spray on and spread out on her hair. I use it for myself too (why should only my girl get all the good stuff?).


Finally, she gets to swim!

I especially liked the after-swim leave on conditioner. My girl tends to have really dry and tangled hair but after lathering on the conditioner, her hair is all soft and silky! (Yes, yes, I stole it for my hair too *laughs*).

GIVEAWAY!

I'm happy to have found something to help protect my girl's hair. If you would like to give them a try as well, we are giving away 1 Set of Circle of Friends Swimmer Range (worth S$76) to ONE lucky winner!

Sponsored by Pout Singapore

Simply follow these steps to qualify:

(1) Leave a comment on this blog post on what your child loves about swimming
(2) Enter the above entry into the Rafflecopter widget below

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The other entries are optional but you may enter them for more chances of winning! Good luck! =)

Terms and Conditions of this giveaway:
a) This giveaway ends on 20th March 2015 (Friday) and is only open to readers living in Singapore.
b) Participants must complete the entry above and enter it into Rafflecopter in order to qualify. Other entries entered into Rafflecopter must also be completed (I do check!). Incomplete entries will be disqualified without notice.
c) The winner will be drawn randomly via Rafflecopter and must respond within 3 days after being contacted by me otherwise another winner will be drawn.

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P.S: Enjoy 15% discount on all of Circle of Friends hair care products by simply entering this discount code: "MAD15OFF" (valid until 2nd April 2015).


Disclosure: Complimentary products were received from Pout Singapore for the purposes of this review and giveaway. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Psych of Parenting 1: Influence of Parenting on Child Development

This is something that I've always wanted to do but have not because, well, it reminds me of work and I don't want my hobby to feel like work! However, I've been getting a lot of requests to write more about psychology so here we are.

In order to make it more fun for me and easier to understand for you, I'm going to do it with infographics! =)

The first post in this series looks at the effects that parenting have on child development. Much as we hate to admit it, much of our kids' lives are not in our control. The thing we can try to at least have some amount of control is our parenting. We can attempt to be better parents for our kids (noticed I said "better" and not "perfect").

Depending on the age of the child, the influence of parenting will vary. For example, pre-school children tend to be more affected by parenting practices as compared to school-going children, who will be largely influenced by peers and other factors.
To put it simply:
1) Talk to them, all the time
2) Be the person you want them to be
3) Tell them stories about their heritage

Of course, this does not discount the fact that a large part of the influence could also be due to genetics but I'm not going to go there because there has always been a big debate about that and no one has an answer. I'd rather focus on what can be changed because unfortunately, we can't really change our genes.

Which is why I've decided to put together this series and with the help of my fellow psychologists (thanks guys!), we're going to bring you various insights to your questions such as "How do I know that my son has autism?", "How do I help my teenager cope with stress?" and more!

If you have questions that you would like to get answers to, please do leave them in the comments and I will try to get answers to them for you (no promises though because we are not omniscient! *laughs*).

This series will be coming to you at least once a month so stay tuned! =)


This post is part of my Infographic Series on the Psychology of Parenting.
Follow me as I attempt to make psychological research more understandable =)

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