Sunday, May 31, 2015

Mother of all scooters

If you have tried to teach your young child how to ride his/her scooter but failed miserably each and every time...

Grieve no more.

A mini or maxi from Micro Kickboard is all you need.

Do not listen to anyone who has never fallen off a scooter/raves about a Razor or a Radio Flyer (yes, I own one of each but my kids could never go far on either)... They're good looking scooters, but please trust me on this. If you want a smooth and safe ride that even your 2-year-old can enjoy, a Micro mini or maxi is your absolute best bet.

PS. I looked just now and there are some seriously good bargains in their sale section!

(Scooter images from the official website of Micro Kickboard)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Favorite verse 1

Kate of the amazing mom blog House Mix (who is also a phenomenal graphic designer) uploaded this gorgeous poster for all to download for free! How generous is she!

Joshua 24:15. One of my most favorite verses in the Bible.

(Please do check out House Mix for a ton of other free printables such as posters and checklists that Kate has graciously shared with all. Thank you, Kate!)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Best travel pillow ever

If you're like me and the only travel pillow you've ever used is the u-shaped memory foam pillow...

Please do yourself a favor and take a look at this NapScarf right now.

This is truly the travel pillow reinvented. Period.

According to the item's description, it is:

- Scientifically proven to hold the neck/support the head in a better ergonomic position than u-shaped pillows;
- Machine washable, super soft, and hypoallergenic;
- Less than half of the conventional travel pillow and packs small (or easily attaches to luggage)

How phenomenal is this idea? All for just $29.99!

I was sold just by reading the unanimous(!) 5-star reviews on Amazon, especially when some mentioned how many hours of uninterrupted sleep they were able to get on it.

I mean, pain-free napping during a 14-hour flight to Asia? Sitting in an aisle seat? Bring it on! :^)

I think I deserve a pat on my back for this discovery...

You're very welcome. :o) :o) :o)

(Images from Amazon)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Whole Foods flowers rock

Sung brought home my favorite flowers for Mother's Day...from Whole Foods!

Aren't they just gorgeous? All of these for just $30!

(I'm impressed because peonies are not cheap at all. :^)

Also, a quick tip on the best way to keep flowers fresh as long as possible. It's a total surprise, actually.

Friday, May 22, 2015

How to introduce an older child to a new sibling

In addition to the expert tips by the folks who know what to expect when people are expecting, here is my personal tip:

When Aaron was born and then 29-month-old Collin was to visit us at the hospital to meet Aaron for the first time, I actually asked for Aaron to be taken back to the nursery so that I would be alone in the hospital room when Collin walked through the door. So that Collin wasn't going to walk in on his "mommy with her new baby," feeling crushed and left out.

After immediately showering Collin with hugs+kisses and telling him how helpful he's been by waiting patiently for mommy to bring the new baby into the world, I also tried to acquaint him with the hospital room, just chatting up a storm so he doesn't worry that I'm "sick" and also so that he lets his guard down, so to speak. After that, when Collin was more relaxed and was finally curious about the new baby, I asked him whether he was ready/excited to meet Aaron, and only then had Aaron brought back into the room.

This worked out for us wonderfully, mainly because Collin was not all that psyched about getting a sibling at that time and the last thing I wanted for him was to feel sidelined.

(Just a picture of the Aaron Man when he was a month old, back in summer of 2011.)

Again, I feel so blessed to be able to face the challenges of having more than one child, for God has truly been gracious with His love for all of us!

PS) The boys the other day, just chillin' with their robots while waiting for food at a nearby restaurant...

...and just chillin' at home...

Monday, May 18, 2015

How to iron a dress shirt

In her genius Secrets to Living Well series, Design Mom Gabrielle graciously shared these 6 tips to properly iron a shirt. (Anyone who owns even one dress shirt must read this post right now.)

My personal tip is to always use Niagara, the spray starch that gives a sharp finish and keeps the shirt stay crisp all day long.

(Niagara is such a game changer and this is tested and proven because I had first heard about it from our very first housekeeper who couldn't live without it :-) and then several others over the years all agreed!)

There is also a heavy duty version but the regular kind works just fine.

And don't forget, at Costco, they come out to be like $3 per bottle! :^)

(Image from Design Mom, the amazing personal blog of design genius Gabrielle Blair (who is one cool mom of 6 children! I'm sure you all know this because she's so famous!))

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Better than workout videos!

How cool are these absolutely clever workout GIFs over at The Coveteur?

The series features such genius body-sculpting moves that you can watch in literally a split second (instead of Youtube videos that can be quite lengthy and at times, tedious to watch) and do at home.

The GIFs are intuitive if you're a workout veteran, but even if you're a novice, you're good to go as long as you read the quick, 2-liner how-to's.

What can I say, this GIF series has got to be the best thing I've discovered in months! :^)

Thank you, Coveteur!!!

(All GIFs courtesy of The Coveteur, the uber inspirational lifestyle website on fashion, travel, and culture)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Gap is fantastic

This was my loot the other day...

All of these super soft boys' cotton t-shirts for just $2 to $4 each.
(Yup. You read that right. :^)

There are days I truly wonder whether Gap is making any money selling these goodies...

I mean, summer clothes on clearance sale at the end of spring?!

And I've tried all sorts of (100%) cotton t-shirts out there over the years but Gap is the true winner. Hanna Andersson is awesome, too, but nothing beats these insane prices (+amazing quality!) from Gap. Gap is really our playtime favorites.

(Another one of our favorites has been Petit Bateau but they're pricey as well.)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

A bag crush

I've been eyeing these two bags from the brilliant Australian designer Annabel Ingall:
Georgia Drawstring Bucket Bag, $390

Large Isabella Item Tote, $450

(Ahem. I wonder whether Sung's looking... :^)

Well, Just a few more images for your viewing pleasure:

Just like Mansur Gavriel, I love a good price point for no-frills, great leather bags!

(All images from the official website of Annabel Ingall)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

This always happens when I'm trying to text anyone

I usually don't look at my phone whenever I'm home with my kids.

I'm sure that's how most moms are. We physically cannot be looking at our phones until the kids are at school or in bed.

But the very few times during the week that my boys do catch me texting (preferably lying on the couch), this is what always happens:

(No more texting is what happens! :^)

On this particular day, this is what we did after we took these pictures. Riding the scooter around the neighborhood playground always makes them super happy and content. It's like magic: