The Adventures Of My Terrific 2 Years Old: Torchlight

~ Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 8:47 AM ~

He found one of our emergency torchlight and it automatically became his latest toy... and also some sort of puzzle toy thingy which so far I had the privilege of fixing and solving the 'puzzle' TWICE now... The first time it happened, he just sat there staring at all the dismantled parts going 'Uh-oh, uh-oh, mummy fix! Mummy fix!' while I had to figure out how to put it back.

And this time, no matter how tight I screwed the torchlight shut, he still managed to dismantle everything! But at least, this time around, he had the initiative to try fixing it himself first... but still, I had to help him out in the end. Maybe the next round, I could expect more fixing from him hehehehe...

No Ben... the ambulance can't help you put it back!

Ben trying to fix back the torchlight puzzle...

Flashing mummy his cutesy look to gain sympathy...

And after mummy fixed everything back, he happily shines it at mummy...
You're welcome darling! Mummy knows, she's the star!


Welcome to Ben's Terrific Two stage! Cool

Product Review & Giveaway - Lovable Labels Wire Tags

~ Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 8:30 AM ~

What a cute name for a functional and yet awesome product! I came across Lovable Labels website and was instantly attracted to one of their products, Wire Tags which I could already imagined gracing through all my electronic and electrical gadgets in our house. I immediately wrote in to request for a review opportunity and got a prompt reply from them and I received my review pack very fast!

This is what I received from the review pack...

Description from the Wire Tags page:

"Wire Tags contains over 100 pre-printed labels and is the perfect solution to label and keep your cords and wires organized for your home and office. Simpy wrap the label around the wire, press and presto - no more wondering what cord belongs to what gadget! Makes a great gift for Dad. Dimensions: 6.3 cm x 1.1 cm (2½” x 7/16”)"

My first experiment of course is the place where there are the most electrical and electronic stuff... aka my hubby's office. He has like few notebooks and desktops in his office (some are development machines, some are spares in case his clients needed it for backup or something) and the wires and cables... I get totally lost in his office if you ask me to turn off a particular switch. I have to start tracing each plug and cable right up to the source in order to ensure I turned off the right thing.

Lovable Labels Wire Tags review
BEFORE: I have no idea which plug goes to what...
Lovable Labels Wire Tags review
AFTER: There, there... all sorted out real nice!

Pictures above taken before and after using the Lovable Labels Wire Tags. Now isn't it so much nicer and organized? I love these wire tags! Saves me the trouble of locating each plugs and cables and at one glance you can tell which plug is for which equipment/gadget.

My next place of experiment, of course is my own bedroom. The plugs are all nicely arranged but still I have to spend some time figuring out which plugs goes to where/what.

Lovable Labels Wire Tags review
BEFORE: All plugs nicely arranged but which is which?
Lovable Labels Wire Tags review
AFTER: Ahhh... now I know which plugs is for what gadget!
Close up shot of one of the Wire Tags...

So yes, Lovable Labels Wire Tags saves the day again! What a cool and handy product!

You can purchase the Lovable Labels Wire Tags from their website directly. Do check out their website as they have lots of other products available!

But wait a minute, Lovable Labels has generously supplied me with a "Wire Tag Label Pack" for one lucky winner!  Thanks, Lovable Labels! 

* Eligibility: OPEN TO US AND CANADA RESIDENTS ONLY! (and must be above 18 years old)

* Giveaway expires on 21st June 2011 (Malaysia time)

* You must fulfil the mandatory entry 1st (which is to provide your valid email address & answering the question), else you will be disqualified.

* Winner will be randomly drawn using and will have 48 hours to respond to my email notification or a new winner will be drawn.

* Winner will receive their prize sent directly by Lovable Labels.

To enter the giveaway, kindly click at the link shown below and the entry form will appear in a new window:

* Lovable Labels Wire Tag Label Pack Giveaway Entry Form *

(Link has been disabled when entry closes at 12midnight past 21st June 2011)

It'd be great if you could leave me a comment once you have submitted your entry so that I can check and ensure it's safely tracked into my database.

So what are you waiting for?!! Hurry up! You have 1 month time from now to join in the fun and try your luck!

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a free product by Lovable Labels in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

Pregnancy at month 6...

~ Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 8:56 AM ~

Alrighteyyyy, we are cruising into the 6th month of my pregnancy now! Updates for this month since my previous status updates in pregnancy at month 5 are as follow:

#1: This baby is STILL a SPICY BABY!

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I'm still wolfing down spicy food at month number 6 though lately I've also been eating more sweet stuff... like chocolates, cakes, doughnuts and stuff...

#2: Weight Gain

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I have gained 3 extra kg for this month, making it to 52kg now. Even the doctor said this the first thing when he looked at my current stats compared to previous month stats, but then he went 'Hmm... still OK, we will continue to monitor'. Uh-huh... I think I should slow down the weight gain as I remembered when I was pregnant with Ben, my 2nd gynae advised us that in order to have a natural birth, I should maintain my weight gain to less than 56kg (or maximum 11kg from my pre-pregnancy weight)

#3: Gynae check-ups

We're still continuing on our check-ups at the hospital where I gave birth to Ben 2 years ago. During this round of check-up, we tried out the 4D ultrasound machine again and still, I am not able to see with my own eyes the gender of Spicy Baby. He or she is always on his/her sides and closing legs... what is there to see? Though again, the doctor and hubby repeated their own predictions, I still choose NOT to believe them until I see with my own eyes... so ladies and gentlemen... gender = unknown yet... Spicy Baby's weight as of now: 576gms which doc said it's normal range.

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Also, I will need to go for glucose test in the next check up, it was a routine thing according to the doctor for pregnant woman at her 7th month to do. We are planning to take the test at our family doctor instead of at the hospital as I need to wait about 2 hours to take the blood test. The routine goes something like this:

* Midnight (the day before) until 8am the next day = Fasting, can only take plain water
* 8am = Go to family doctor and take blood test (before), then drink the glucose solutions given by doctor
* 8am - 10am = Fasting again, can only take plain water
* 10am = Go to family doctor again and take blood test (after)

#4: Breastfeeding during pregnancy

I mentioned in the previous month update that I think my breastmilk production has been reduced to almost nothing. If not mistaken when I was about 21 weeks pregnant, my BM has stopped but Ben is still suckling like nothing changes. But I can tell he's doing so for comfort nursing  as he only suckles me when he's about to go for his daytime nap and bedtime at night (each time around 10 minutes to half hour duration - depending how playful he is) But these few days lately I have noticed little signs of my BM coming back.

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So yeah, I do hope that we can go for tandem nursing when the baby is born. And I hope that I could make tandem nursing works!

#5: My itchy belly?

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My very itchy belly during month 5 has tapered down, thanks to my ermm... quite irregular use of J&J baby oil. Sometimes I forgot to apply it after I took my bath but nowadays, I make an effort to do my best to remember to apply it. So, I'm happy to report that itchy tummy is not that itchy anymore!

(*** NEW!) #6: Childbirth Fears

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New thing to report this month... I've been reliving memories of giving birth to Ben, I can actually think back the contractions and labor pains moments before I pushed Ben out of me... whoaaaa... I wonder how will it be like with Spicy Baby?

Of course with Ben, I didn't even know my contractions started already until I was on the way to the hospital (was supposed to admit myself to be induced due to low amniotic fluid) and counting from 1cm (midnight) to 10cm, it took me 4.5 hours to get Ben out. I was wheeled into the labor room at 2am+ (was at 4cm  then) and by 4.30am, Ben was out!

And it doesn't help with people around telling me that subsequent births will be wayyyyyyyyyyyy faster... gulp... of course, I do want my delivery to be fast and over as soon as possible but I am kinda paranoid of ermm.. giving birth in the car on the way to the hospital?

So, question to mums with more than 1 child:

Can you share your experience of giving birth to your second (and subsequent if any) child? Like was it much more painful? Longer? Faster? More painful than the previous one? Anything?

So there you go, updates as at 6 months pregnancy... have a blessed week and thank you for reading!