Tuesday, July 28, 2015

You're the Obi Wan for me

Thanks to this cool gift guide, I got Sung these cute mugs for Father's Day:

They were such a big hit! :^)

(Yes, we can't wait till Episode VII comes out...! Just four more months! Haha.)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Infant car seat with alarm feature

With vehicular heatstrokes rising at an alarming rate every year, it is a true relief that a major baby product manufacturer came up with this genius idea at last: To sound an alarm to alert the driver that the baby is in the back seat whenever the driver turns off the car's ignition.

(And the other great thing is that the alarm also goes off if the chest clip is unbuckled mid-ride.)

This is truly the first-of-its-kind car seat and I believe it will change lives in big, big ways.

Walmart’s director of corporate communications put things into perspective in this interview: "Our hope is that no one would ever need the SensorSafe system, but the reality is that one child dies every nine days” from being left in a car. :-(

Well, I'm so hopeful that this brilliant feature will prevent numerous fatal accidents involving infants and young children (especially when they're so young and nap frequently, which is usually the case of babies getting forgotten) and I so so highly recommend this to anyone out there shopping for a baby car seat!

A big yay for Evenflo and Walmart!

(And thank God also for women who do this for other people's children!!)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Potty training too early

As a mom who wasn't too worried about potty training early, I was so happy to see that there were some major benefits to not pressing my children to be toilet trained by 3 (or even by 2, which seems to be the most common age among the moms I've met over the years... Yes, I was shocked.).

If you never thought that chronic constipation or UTIs are something your young child might suffer from, please think again.

Here is an eye-opening revelation over at Babble that really put things into perspective for me a few years back and if you think you and your child might need some help, here is the website of the article's author, Dr. Steven Hodges.

(Yes, constipation and UTIs are all treatable. Please do not worry!).

As for the boy who looks like he's fully potty trained by now (because he's so old at 4 years and 2 months) but still wears nighttime diapers when going to bed at night...

I'm not too stressed out about Aaron because even though Collin potty trained late at 33 months AND still wore his nighttime diapers to bed till over a year after that, he was/is totally fine.

As in, I just waited and waited for Collin to give me the go... Then one day out of the blue, he was totally game and never, ever looked back. He never had an "accident" since so naturally, I don't mind repeating the whole process with Aaron.

Oh, and both of them poop daily. It's pretty cool. (Sorry for the TMI but if you've read the above article, you're probably wondering...! :-)

Also... I might have been the only nutty mom but here is a good read on why we must not freak out at the thought of our kiddos using the public restrooms.

Friday, July 17, 2015

What your tummy really looks like after giving birth

Have you seen these pictures that a brave new mom posted on her blog, to show that women's bodies don't just bounce back right after giving birth?

What tummy looks like at 37 weeks and 24 hours postpartum

Julie Bhosale, a nutritionist mommy of two little ones told The Huffington Post UK:

"I really struggled with all the body changes I went through after the birth of my first son. I felt a lot of pressure to get my body back -- and expected that because I was fit and healthy it should be easy"...

..."I also struggled to breastfeed my son and so my confidence in myself and has a women and as a mum was really low. So after the birth of my second son I did this as I thought it may help just one mum not feel so alone."

Isn't Julie a phenomenal woman?! What a brilliant and courageous idea was it to document her post-baby days this way and share it with other women around the world who might be struggling out there? (And how beautiful is this mom!)

As I've shared in my previous post here, I have strong feelings about the media falsely portraying and promoting what post-baby bodies "should" look like. News moms everywhere are not only overwhelmed by the challenges of caring for a newborn but are also flooded everyday with the pressure or are judged negatively to look a certain way (unrealistic is the word that comes to mind) soon after giving birth and this must be stopped. I've always told my girlfriends that it is OK to not look like you've given birth right after you've given birth; that it takes time to recover from all the changes that your body has gone through over the course of 9 months; that you do not need to take unnatural, extreme measures to repair your body the second your child comes into the world. Your baby needs you to be the mommy!

OK. I'm getting carried away now... :^)

Please do read Julie's full interview with The Huffington Post UK here.

(Images from Julie's personal blog; her two boys are just so so so adorable!)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Best store-bought cookies ever

Hands down, these goodies from the Dancing Deer Baking Company are the best cookies ever.

I don't buy packaged cookies unless I really must (I usually bake my own, thanks to all the awesome recipes around the web, such as this and this and this :^) and even when I do, I only try to get those Whole Foods cookies that are freshly baked in-house, but oh boy. These Dancing Deer Baking Company cookies really, totally rocked my world.

I stumbled upon them by chance because they came with Delta Airlines' in-flight Luvo meals and I was truly surprised+impressed by how soft and chewy they were. In fact, I'm running over to Whole Foods after this post so I can stock up on these yummiest cookies!

I'm supposed to be recovering from my week-long trip to California but all I can think about are these yummy cookies...

Did I also mention that they're non-GMO and free of preservatives and artificial flavors/coloring? :-)

(Images from Dancing Deer Baking Company website and Vine.com, my "online Whole Foods")

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Make your own animation in 5 minutes!

I'm sure you all know, but you can make your own "animation" (ahem) using any one of the many, many GIF makers out there.

Sung made this for the boys one lazy weekend and they could not have been more psyched. People were jumping joyfully at the idea and there were shrieks to be heard when it was time to view the finished product.

It was quite life-changing, I must say:

We were happy, too, because this animation took mere 3 minutes to "film" and 1 minute to "edit."

You can even add your own "musical score," if you wish... (Thank you, Internet!!!)

The director/producer and his fans...
...Enjoying the best fish & chips
at A Salt and Battery in West Village!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Best way to cuff jeans

I got this trick a couple of years ago from who else but the folks over at Real Simple, my most favorite magazine! :^)

Here are the very very simple steps:
  1. Grasp a bottom hem and fold it vertically so there’s a ½-inch tuck in front.
  2. Hold the tuck in place while you roll up the hem by about two inches twice. 
  3. Repeat with the other cuff.

This quick trick basically creates this nice, stylish look:

Park Overalls in Dixon Wash

Think of a bit puffy pegged (or rolled-up) jeans vice folded jeans, which can totally look awkward, IMHO...

It probably doesn't sound so right now, but once you try this trick, you will know that the difference is huge! :o)

(Top image from Real Simple; bottom image from Madewell)