Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review + Giveaway! My Home – 我的家

It is hard to get books by a local author let alone local contents AND bilingual one at that too. When I first received My Home – 我的家 (set of 2 books - story and activity book) I was attracted to its bright colours and cute illustration. After ripping the shrink wrap off, I was not disappointed as I flipped through the pages on the hardcover story.


:: The story
The story is narrated by a young boy, Jason (小杰) who started out his day looking for playmates. As he roams around the house with his faithful companion Blackie (小黑)looking for unsuspecting ‘victims’ to play with him, the reader is introduced to both Chinese and English terms used in a typical home setting.

The story is told in a fun manner as we stumble upon Jason’s father in the bathroom

 To getting Jason to help Grandma out in the kitchen


To extending the concept of ‘Home’ beyond the apartment but neighbouring facilities.

 
And of course along the way, children are introduced to the various vocabulary on things in the house and outside of the house. To facilitate children in reading, Han Yu Pin Yin is included and the Chinese text is printed above the English copy too.
The font size is big and colourful (good for young readers) and in instances where the story wishes to introduce the Chinese term of the English word, it deploys the clever use of ‘colour’ to make the association.

(The word 玩 is printed in pink to correspond to the English word 'play')

:: The illustration
The illustration is bright and colourful and it certainly attracted Dumpling. What she enjoyed the most was lifting the flaps where it made the reading more ‘interactive’! It was actually quite fun for us to hunt around on each of the pages for the flaps to lift and see what lays behind.

 
 
 :: The activity book
The title also comes with an activity book and while one of my first thoughts when I received the title was that the title could be a tad too simple for a 5+ year old child, the activity book closed that gap for me.
It has a good mix of simpler activities (pasting of stickers) for younger children
 
to activities such as writing and word recognition

Games were also included towards the back of the book too:
 


Up for grabs! I am also pleased to share that I have not one but three sets of My Home worth more than a total of $90 to give away! 
Enter through Rafflecopter for your chance to win!
 


 
:: Terms and Conditions:
- Entries that do not fulfill the requirements stated will be disqualified without notice.
- Winners will be notified by email, through the email address provided.
- This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only. 
 
Disclaimer: I received this set from Read with Me Mommy in order to do a review on and give my opinion of it. No monetary compensation was received for this post.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review + Giveaway: Dr. Lily's Aloe Vera Gel

Review
 
The good thing about having an active lifestyle is that well, I sleep better (having spent my energy) and of course, that I can continue to eat like a horse being the foodie that I am. BUT the bad thing is that it does horrifying things to my hair and (gasp) skin!
 
I recently went on a short trip to Krabi to spend some days under the sun, in the pool and on the beaches. Importantly, I wanted to bring Dumpling for open sea snorkelling.
 
 
Each day after all the fun (AND THE SUN!), I'd head back to the hotel with skin that is dry and a tad hot to touch. Thankfully I received 2 tubes of Dr. Lily's Aloe Vera Gel prior to my trip and decided to bring them along for a 'road test'. 
 
 
It's common knowledge that Aloe Vera has many healing properties and are exceptionally good for sunburns. While Dumpling and I did not get any burns, I am fairly diligent about facial care. With the amount of sun that we are both getting coupled with sea water AND chlorine, I was not going to take any chance.
 
Instead of using something that is oil based which may not be suitable for Dumpling, I smeared Dr. Lily's Aloe Vera Gel all over on our limbs and even our faces - in the morning when we are up and before we go to bed. Being water based, I did not have to worry that the properties are not suitable for Dumpling. The gel was nice, refreshing and cooling on our golden skin.
 
Then on Day 2, being the klutz that I am, I slipped on the stainless steel ladder when coming down from the longtail boat which we were on. I had a fairly large bruise on the side of my shin and I recalled that Aloe Vera has anti inflammatory properties amongst many others. This is how my bruise looks after 3 days; it has basically faded to a pale yellow.
 

The kiddo does not like any sticky or greasy after-feel and neither do I. But of course, we did not have problems with the gel and it was being absorbed quickly. Best of all, this product has no fragrance which works for me as I am picky about scents!
 
 
I am excited to share that I have the below to give away: 
  • 1 x 100ml Dr Lily's aloe vera gel
  • 3 x mini jars of Dr Lily's aloe vera gel (with essential oil - randomly chosen) &
  • 1 x Dr Lily's recycle bag
Here's how you can win this!
  • Rafflecopter below
  • Share the giveaway on your FB page (as in share this page URL)

Being the awesome person that I am (LOL!) I have a discount code for those of you who wish to purchase this! Just quote "Beanie N Us" when you send your order to friends@drlilys.com to enjoy a 15% discount!

:: Terms and Conditions:
- Entries that do not fulfill the requirements stated will be disqualified without notice.
- Winners will be notified by email, through the email address provided.
- This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only. 
Disclaimer: The sponsorship of this giveaway is by Dr. Lily and I received the gels to try so as to give my opinion of it. All 'golden tans' acquired during our vacation are entirely our own. :D No monetary compensation was received for this post.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

中秋节 - Free Printable Download

I personally feel that Chinese celebrations and festivals are losing their significance here in Singapore with the kiddos. Ask any kid and he / she can tell you about Christmas or Easter bunny but when you ask them about Dumpling festival or Mid Autumn Festival, not many would know the story or how it came about.

I make it a point to revisit these festivals and how they came about with the kiddo every year. I have been using series of books which is on 传统节日 and for 中秋节 (mid autumn festival), here's how the book looks like:


I bought some ingredients and will be making the snow skin mooncakes with the kiddo. We made them before when she was about 3 though her role was more of the kneading and eating kind. :p



At the same time, I also made a 中秋节 Printable Pack which you can download by clicking on the link (more so a mini pack actually as I was running short on time!) to extend the learning with Dumpling. It's fairly straightforward where she practised a bit of writing,


And thereafter I extended it to some Han Yu Pin Yin work: (you can add on to it like I did or if your child is new to HYPY, you can write the 韵母 but ask your child to fill up the 声母),


And to a bit of drawing / illustration and Oracy fun, I added on the activity below which the child is able to tap on his / her imagination. 


After she drew it, I got her to name the various parts of her 'house' (in her case more so a castle lol!) and she came up with her own mythological creature - a hippogriff which she calls 河马鱼。

For those of you readers who do not have the story book, I have included 1.5 pages of the story in the printable pack along with 2 video links (links are mentioned on the cover page) for your easy reference. There is also a page on word recognition / vocabulary and another on comprehension.

As this was meant just as a 1-2 lesson activity so the pack is relatively short. If you wish, you can extend on your own to make crafts - lanterns or mooncakes like us! I hope that you enjoy this mini printable pack!

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The Complete Tooth Fairy Kit - Review + Giveaway!

2014 has been a fun yet emotional parenthood ride for me. There have been many firsts and many big decisions amongst which was to enroll her into Primary school for formal education. The kiddo is growing up fast and like all parents, I get sappy when I look at her milestones which remind me that she is growing way too fast.

While her friends cut their first tooth at 7-9 months old, Dumpling cut hers at 11months old so I naturally thought that she will not drop her first tooth until much later, having seen friends’ sharing on Facebook on how their children are dropping their baby teeth. Or so I thought.

Lo and behold, she excitedly screamed to me, one evening, not too many weeks back that her bottom incisor was a bit wobbly. And I was going “oh dear, not so fast!” But of course, she was right, her tooth became more and more wobbly over the next few days with her asking us repeatedly when her tooth would drop. And it finally did, one and a half weeks later when she first discovered her tooth was wobbly.

(Exuberant as you can tell...) 
Frankly, I died a little inside, but at moments like these, what’s a parent ‘gonna’ do except to paste a smile on my face and preserve this momentous milestone, the best that I can.
We were gifted with this kit last year at Dumpling's BD party and my first thought then was that it was really pretty and really cute! 

The kit certainly lived up to its name - it was definitely COMPLETE.

 
:: The kit consists of:
- A sheet of paper (to write to Tooth Fairy)
- A small Tooth / Coin Pouch (for the kiddo to place her tooth inside and for the 'Tooth Fairy' to place a coin in it)
- A door hanger (hey, the kid has to ensure that the fairy makes a definite stop right?) &
- A baby tooth album which comes as a flapbook and has a baby tooth chart (to chart the momentous date of course!)
 
 
The really cool thing is that the album has slots for specific tooth - in our case, it was the bottom right front incisor and this was 'labelled' by way of drawing above the slots too

Besides being able to record the dates, the chart also has information on the approximate 'shedding' date.
 
She also made sure that she hung the Door Hanger on the bedroom door so no one misses out on her tooth... Best of all, it comes in pink AND blue making it a perfect gift!
 
 
I am excited to share that I have NOT 1 but 2 kits (worth a total of $70) to giveaway!
 
Enter the Rafflecopter below and stand a chance to win! Good Luck!
 
:: Terms and Conditions:
- Entries that do not fulfill the requirements stated will be disqualified without notice.
- Winners will be notified by email, through the email address provided.
- This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only. 
 
Disclaimer: The sponsorship of this giveaway is by Chicks and KoalasNo monetary compensation was received for this post.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book Talk Tuesday - Discover Music with Uncle Peter

Dumpling has been on her violin journey for just around 2 years and it has been a learning journey even for mum here too. :) Learning a musical instrument is a fairly hard journey (to me at least) as it is a very fine line trying to balance the children's interest and ensuring that she needs to learn what she has to for the week.

Amongst the things that I do to help encourage that interest is to bring her for musicals, theatrical plays, listening to music CDs, watch youtube videos of her favorite violinist and attending the concerts by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO). I must say that we are quite fortunate in Singapore as the SSO puts up concerts very frequently and even has concerts for children. Beyond that, there's CDs which they sell at a booth whenever there's any performances. 

I saw this book at one of the booths and bought it many months ago but only opened it recently. The book comes with a CD and has activity pages too.


The CD is narrated by Uncle Peter who gives a general introduction of music to children and a general introduction to the various groups of musical instruments - strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion.


Uncle Peter also takes the children through musical terms (with appropriate accompanying music) and where he also explains dynamics and the 'make up' of the Orchestra.


Using the famous Peter and the Wolf piece by Prokofiev, Uncle Peter also introduces how various instruments are being used to mimic the various animals in the story in a succinct manner.

What the kiddo also enjoys are the activity pages peppered in each section - the illustrations are adorable and the colours are bright and colourful!

 
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