Welcome to My Modern Parenthood

~ Posted on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 10:18 PM ~

I have been cutting down on doing product reviews since 2014 and what more with baby #4 on the way this end of year, all the more I need to be particularly picky and selective with the products that I'm reviewing. Not that I'm trying to be hard sell, no, definitely not! But with 3 kiddos + 1 on the way, being a housewife at home with kiddos all the time and helping out with hubby's business, I just feel it is not fair to make companies and PR reps wait for my reviews while I slowly review and look for time to spare to draft out my feedback you know? But of course, like I said, I have to be selective, so products that we can definitely fit into our family dynamics (especially books on parenting or homeschooling stuff, family products, something along those genre) will be accepted!

When I was contacted to review products from Merries and Kao, I immediately remembered the pleasant experience I had 3 years back when I reviewed Merries diapers for our 2nd kiddo! So needless to say, of course I say yes!  

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KAO, Japan’s Home Care Expert, has recently launched "Welcome to My Modern Parenthood" (WTMMP) to help new and anxious parents with minimal to zero know-how in transitioning into effortless, enjoyable parenthood through insights and education.

Welcome to My Modern Parenthood

I'm a full-time mummyWe received the following products for our review, they are basically the 3 ideal home care solutions:

  • Japan’s No.1* Baby Diaper, MERRIES;

  • Japan’s No.1* Home Care Range, MAGICLEAN; 

  • Malaysia’s No.1* Laundry Concentrated Powder, ATTACK

Welcome to My Modern Parenthood

After all these years, I am still impressed with Merries diapers. Just love their pants diapers and this time, I get to review the tape version as well (previous review 3 years ago was on their pants diaper version) Below snapshots on the tape and pants version - front and back view so that you can have a look at how they differ.

Welcome to My Modern Parenthood

Welcome to My Modern Parenthood

Personally, I feel both tape and pants version has their own pros and cons. I love the convenience of using the pants version and generally prefer to bring the pants version for our family outing. It is easy to take out, just tear the sides, roll up the diaper and stick the blue tape at the back to hold it together. For the tape version, if your child is still young and need to lie down to change their tape diaper, I guess this would be a better option but, yours truly here is a seasoned parent for 3 kiddos (4th on the way) and have over the years mastered the skills of changing kiddos' diapers while they are standing LOL so for us, tape or pants, no problemo!! So at the end of the day, it really depends on your skills as I see both tape and pants version are of equal quality and comfortable material (not to mention high absorbency!)

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We received several Magiclean products for review and I have initially wanted my hubby to try out as well as he cleans the house more than I do hahahaha but in the end, I decided that being pregnant at 5th months now, it would be particularly handy if these products are able to help me out as I really do not want to just depend on other people to clean up my house unless my pregnancy really requires me to rest a lot, otherwise, I think I'm good and I also wanted to use the opportunity to get our kiddos to do the house chores as well heheheh...

Okay back to the Magiclean products... the one that I'm particularly very satisfied and thrilled to use is the Magiclean Wiper Handy Duster Extendable! It looks like a normal peachy colored woolly duster but then you realised you can actually adjust the handle to extend from 46cm to 95cm and then bend it to few angles which gives you the additional reach and convenience to clean high and hard to reach places... whoaaaa... I love it!

Welcome to My Modern Parenthood

I'm also impressed with its high absorption fibres that effectively pick up, trap and hold even the finest dust! Cleaning is so so easy now!

The next item worth mentioning in the Magiclean range of products is the Magiclean Wiper Mop. It can handle wet and dry mopping where you apply on either wet or dry sheets onto the mop. I love the ultra-slim head which allows me to reach deep and narrow spaces and its 360° dust catching pattern improves overall dust trapping ability, you can easily flip left, right, front, back and I think because of this feature, our 4.5 year old girl enjoys mopping our rooms very much! She started out mopping our bedroom (despite my hubby mopping the room just the night before!) and you can already see how dirty it is after the mopping (our house is near the highway so the dust is horrendous at times)

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Our girl was so enjoying her mopping that she happily volunteered to mop our staircase as well. This time, I changed the sheet to dry ones to try out. Ahhh.... so easy, even a little child can do it!

Welcome to My Modern Parenthood

I'm also particularly impressed with the Magiclean Kitchen Cleaner Refreshing Lime Trigger. Very impressed with the instant stain-dissolving foam that easily removes the greasy stains in just 1 wipe. I demonstrated it to my mother-in-law and she went 'Whoaaaa... I always have to put some other cleaner liquid and scrub the cooking area real hard and this one is so easy?! Look at how shiny it is also!' Parents, get this mother-in-law approved product!

Welcome to My Modern Parenthood

Some items worth mentioning in the ATTACK range of products are the Attack Ultra Power and Attack Detergent plus Softener liquid detergent. We've always been the powder detergent users (front-loading washing machine) and I feel that the liquid detergent is not bad as well. Smells good and cleans our clothes wonderfully. The softener also made our clothes smooth and soft.

To sum up our experience, I'm grateful for the opportunity to try out the wonderful range of products from Kao & Merries and believe that they will truly transform your parenting life and makes it way more convenient for you to do your house chores, even our young kiddos can do it easily!

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Do check out Kao's website to find out more!

Btw, Kao is holding a "Parenthood Home Makeover " contest. You can stand to win a home makeover & KAO products worth up to RM30,000! To join the contest, you need to purchase RM38 worth of Magiclean or Attack products and a minimum of 1 pack of Merries diapers. Do note that the contest runs from 2 May to 31 July 2016. So hurry up!

Also, do note that there is an event happening from 13th July to 17th July at the Ground Floor Centre Court (Old Wing) in 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Do join the event for more great deals and promotions!

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the products 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.


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Product Review - Dang Foods Onion Chips

~ Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 3:32 PM ~

I have been cutting down on doing product reviews since 2014 and what more with baby #4 on the way this end of year, all the more I need to be particularly picky and selective with the products that I'm reviewing. Not that I'm trying to be hard sell, no, definitely not! But with 3 kiddos + 1 on the way, being a housewife at home with kiddos all the time and helping out with hubby's business, I just feel it is not fair to make companies and PR reps wait for my reviews while I slowly review and look for time to spare to draft out my feedback you know? But of course, like I said, I have to be selective, so products that we can definitely fit into our family dynamics (especially books on parenting or homeschooling stuff, family products, something along those genre) will be accepted! Today's review is on Dang Foods Onion Chips. Read on....   

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Dang Foods Onion Chips

About the company & products:

"Our founder, Vincent, launched Dang Coconut Chips in 2012 after his mother gave him a recipe for Miang Kum, a Northern Thai lettuce wrap that requires toasted coconut. At the time, he was working as a sustainability researcher and moonlighting as a street vendor for the SF Underground Farmer’s Market. Vincent made the dish, tasted the toasted coconut, and then immediately called his family in Thailand to find more because it tasted so good. With that, a new company was born. Vincent decided to name it Dang after his mother since it was her recipe that started it all.

Our onion chips are made from whole onions - never corn meal - so go ahead and enjoy our crispy delicious caramelized onions knowing that you're eating nature's original superfood. Onions have been enjoyed for millennia and can decrease the risk of certain cancers as well as reduce inflammation and lower the risk of asthma. Real, simple goodness to add to your daily snack routine or your favorite recipes."

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I received the following products for my review.

Dang Foods Onion Chips

The Dang Foods Onion Chips comes in the following flavors:

- Applewood BBQ

- Chipotle Garlic

- Salt -n- Pepper

- Sea Salt

The first thing I take note when it comes to reviewing food products is of course the safety of the products. Each Dang Foods Onion Chips pack comes in a resealable bag making it easy to close, seal and continue to enjoy the freshness of the chips the next time you plan to continue snacking hahaha...

Dang Foods Onion Chips

I carefully cut off the top portion of the first pack I decided to try, which is the Dang Foods Onion Chips in Sea Salt flavor. I took a peek inside and snapped this picture below. Most of the chips are still perfect in size, there are bit of crumbs or crunched up pieces (which is likely due to shipping from US over to where I am in Malaysia) I immediately got a whiff of onions!

Dang Foods Onion Chips

I took out a piece of the onion chips and tried to take a small bite. Crispy, cruncy and fresh definitely. Then I realised the whole chip is a slice of crispy caramelized sliced onions! I actually thought this is some kind of potato chips with onion flavors but nooooooo, these chips are all onion slices! And even though it is sea-salt, it doesn't taste salty at all. Good!

Now I am not a person who enjoys onions on its own so the most I can take in a seating for this Dang Food Onion Chips are 4 pieces, that's the max. Then the onion smells and taste gets too overwhelming for my tastebuds.

I gave a packet of each flavors to my brother-in law to try and he said he likes the Applewood BBQ flavor the most but like me, he too agree that after about 5-6 pieces of the chips, it gets too overwhelming for him (and he is a really health conscious person!)

Dang Foods Onion Chips

You can read more info about the chips from the website link below, but some keypoints you need to take note are these chips are non-GMO project verified, vegan (except the Applewood BBQ flavor which contains honey granules), as onions are the ingredients, they are a good source of fibre, and gluten-free.

So I guess for my review based on my personal preference, if taken in small quantity it is enjoyable, a healthy snack option but the onion taste really gets stronger the more you eat, so if you can tolerate that, all is good!

In summary, a healthy snack option which you can either enjoy just by itself,

or as a side dish or as a topping for salads, soups and sandwiches !

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You can purchase the Dang Foods Onion Chips (and other flavors as well) at iHerb website.

 Now if you plan to purchase from the website, do use my coupon code below to get USD5 off from your first purchase, I repeat, ONLY FOR FIRST PURCHASE!

My coupon code is: FOZ116

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Do note that these Dang Foods Onion Chips were provided by iHerb to me free of charge for my honest 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.


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Baby Seen Poking Its tongue Out In An Ultrasound Scan and It's Not Good News

~ Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 2:23 PM ~

I came across this article which I must definitely share with you all. For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here.


"A baby is seen poking its tongue out in an amazing ultrasound scan. But while the image may appear to capture a cheeky pose, Ocea Varney was unable to close her mouth after being born with a congenital defect which meant her tongue was enlarged.

Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome

Medics diagnosed the potentially fatal condition after she was born and Ocea, now 18-months, has undergone surgery to shrink its size. But the condition was only picked up after the baby's mum Melanie Varney insisted to doctors that was something wrong with her daughter.

 Melanie 28, said: "You could even see Ocea's tongue sticking out on the ultrasound. I remember the technician saying 'look how cute she is, she's sticking her tongue out at you'. "When she was born it was the first thing I noticed - I thought it was cute at first, but it caused some serious complications."

Melanie, from Vancouver, Canada said doctors, nurses and even strangers told her it looked cute, but she was bigger than her twin sister and her oversized tongue caused complications with feeding. After her birth, along with twin sister Indigo, nurses kept her in the NICU for a week to monitor her low glucose levels.

 Melanie added: "The moment I gave birth to Ocea I thought she looked different to my other kids. Obviously she had her tongue sticking out, but she was bigger than her sister. When we were out at the store we would get comments about her tongue poking out - most of them said she was cute but others thought she was being rude.

Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome

"A couple of times people said it looked like she was thirsty and panting, as if she was some sort of dog. But she was miserable with it - I would try and breast feed her but she just couldn't latch on. It kept me up all night either trying or worrying."

 Melanie claimed after three months of doctors telling her and husband Gabby Mason, 30, it was just a phase, the family resorted to their own research. From Googling her symptoms they came across another girl with a similar story who had been diagnosed with Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome- a congenital overgrowth disorder.

Despite it being a common condition - affecting one in 14,000 babies worldwide - very few doctors knew about it. Thanks to some further research, Melanie found a specialist in Brisbane, Australia where she was living at the time and made the trip to see him. She said: "As soon as the doctor saw her, he told us it was BWS - it was heart-breaking to hear she had the condition. But after three months, at least we finally had a diagnosis and could start doing something about it. She instantly had blood tests to check whether she had any tumours, which she didn't."

The most common characteristics of BWS are:

  • a large body size,
  • enlarged organs,
  • enlarged tongue,
  • midline abdominal wall defects and
  • neonatal hypoglycaemia.

Melanie and Gabby moved their twins and their two-year-old son Joey back to Canada so they could be closer to family. At just seven months old, Ocea had tongue corrective surgery in Missouri and continues to visit the hospital every six weeks to be screened for tumours.

Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome

Children with BWS are at an increased risk for developing various types of tumours, particularly liver and kidney tumours, and as many as 20 per cent of babies born with the disorder will develop cancer. Shortly after Ocea's diagnosis, Melanie created the website How Big BWS with the help of her friend Tricia Surles - whose two-year-old daughter Lane also has the condition - to inform and educate families and medical professionals.

They have already arranged a How Big Is Yours? day which encourages people to post selfies of themselves sticking their tongues out. Melanie added: Our goal is to raise awareness about this syndrome. Up to a quarter of sufferers develop cancer so it's important that an early diagnosis is made. We want doctors to recognise BWS and ensure families know there is a support network out there for them. If that means getting people to pull a silly face then that's worth it.""

 

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