I Love Wall Stickers!

~ Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM ~

I love, love, love wall art, stickers especially! Unfortunately, most of the wall stickers sold in the market is mostly pretty looking but not functional. As a mummy of 2 children, I especially like to get wall stickers that not only can brighten up and beautify the room, I also look for those that can be used to teach my children, something like this Learn to Count Wall Stickers:

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Cute and you can count them too!

I also like to look for those that my children loves, for Ben at the moment, he loves tractors and roads and soldiers - oh well, pretty much all the boy stuff. Now see below, a height chart with cute looking tractors! I bet I'll have no problem getting Ben to stand still for me to record his height if I have this!

Ben loves tractors and trucks!

 So if I can only adorn our playroom with these kinds of wall stickers, I think Ben would go berserk and not leave the playroom! Hahaha!

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Vehicles with roads are his favorite too!

Like I mentioned earlier, I like something that is functional as well, and boy oh boy, there's even something called Chalkboard Wall Stickers! Awesome! I can totally see myself using it to scribble down my to-do list. I know my husband would be thrilled if we have this as I tend to forget things easily, even though I scribbled them on a paper it ends up being misplaced or accidentally thrown away!

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No more forgetful mummy!

Do you have wall stickers? What do you look for when you buy it?

** Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts, opinions and words are 100 % my own.

What Motivates You As An Employee?

~ Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 2:06 AM ~

"Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things. ~ Denis Diderot"

As I read the above quote, I was reminded of the time back when I was still in the workforce, being so passionate with what I'm doing, working hard and giving my best in whatever tasks assigned to me.

In my opinion, an employee wants to feel appreciated and have a sense of belonging in order to be motivated and work harder in a company.

I still remember back when I was working in a multinational bank in 2007, that was the first time I learned that the bank I worked for carries out a lot of approaches in order to be engaged with its employees. The purpose of doing so is to get the employees' feedback so that the company can try their best to accommodate and satisfy its employees. One of the approaches carried out by the bank is the Employee Survey scheme which was done annually.

** Image credit: http://www.hrsolutionsinc.com/

Each and every employee of the bank will be given a time off to fill up their feedback anonymously in the survey form and these feedback will be compiled and processed by the Human Resource Department and recommendations will then be suggested and implemented by the bank if they realised it is for the good of all parties.

I feel that it is good for a company to do so as not only they get to have its employees' feedback of the company and their satisfaction or dissatisfaction of their workplace and/or workload, the employees also feel appreciated and happy that their employer cares for them and wants to make their workplace a better and happy environment to work in.

If you are working, what motivates you as an employee?

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What I did in 2011 that I'm proud of...

~ Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 9:48 AM ~

I wrote a post 1 year ago about what I did in 2010 that I'm proud of so I figured I should continue this 'tradition' for 2011 as well! Here goes (in no particular order):

* Bought myself an iPad & ventured into iPad app reviews

I finally bought myself an iPad so I could read my e-books at night after everyone's asleep and one of the factors for buying the iPad is also my plan to use iPad as a teaching tool for Ben. I'm very happy with this purchase and I'm proud of owning it too!

* Finally making use of my blog to earn side income by accepting sponsored posts and ads

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I started blogging when I became a SAHM in June 2009 and it took me 2 years before I decided to make use of my blog to earn  some side income. I ventured into sponsored posts and hosting ads on my blog since middle of June 2011 and although the income is not a lot, I am thankful for every bit of it as I earned money while doing something I like, which is blogging!

* Potty training Ben when I was in my last trimester of pregnancy & coming up with the BE AWESOME approach

I started potty training Ben in my last trimester of pregnancy and although it is very tiring (imagine running while you are 8 to 9 months pregnant to the potty everytime Ben says he wants to pee!). From this adventure, I also coined up the BE AWESOME approach while potty training Ben!

* Breastfeeding during pregnancy

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Heck... even getting pregnant while still breastfeeding is shocking enough for people around my circles! What more, breastfeeding during pregnancy! Anyway, I am proud that I am able to accomplish this as there are a lot of nursing mums out there who have to wean their nursling when they found out they are pregnant. I did a lot of research and bought a couple of books on tandem nursing and breastfeeding through pregnancy and realised that I could continue breastfeeding Ben as there are no complications during my 1st pregnancy. Of course, if there are any risks encountered during the 2nd pregnancy, I will wean but thank God, there's none and although my breastmilk stops at 5th month into my pregnancy, Ben still nurses on right up until I delivered Alyson!

* Family outing right up to delivery

With Benjamin, I have no problem exercising since I  could walk to and fro places during working hours but with Alyson, I thought, "Hey, I'm at home all the time and I really need some form of exercise!" so for my 2nd pregnancy, we went out for family outings A LOT! I think partly also to make Ben feels he is still part of the family and mummy and daddy still loves him very much and we want to have the memories of the 3 of us going out as much as possible too! Though I keep telling people and myself I need to slow down and reduce the family outing as my due date approaches, I just can't walk the talk!

* Natural birth with no episiotomy or pain relief

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With Ben, I delivered naturally but required episiotomy and as pain relief, I used the Enthonox or laughing gas. For Alyson's birth, again, I delivered naturally, this time no episiotomy at all and though I wanted to use the Enthonox again, I could only hold the gas mask for less than 5 seconds before it was taken away from me and I was told to push right away (I was 8cm when I got wheeled into the labor room so there's no time to use the gas mask anyway)!

* Tandem Nursing!

Tandem nursing at 3 months...

I initially had nursing aversion when we brought Alyson home and Ben started asking for his nen-nen (breastmilk). I wrote a couple of posts on my tandem nursing experience, the struggles and how I cope with it, surviving it, and how it goes along at 3 months after that. I'm happy to report that we're still tandem nursing (4 months now!) though Ben is down to 1 feeding daily, which is at night before his bedtime. I am happy still to know I am still able to nourish BOTH my child at the same time! Imagine nursing a 34 months old boy and a 4 months old girl!

* Continue to help some friends, even strangers in the matters of baby care, breastfeeding and so on

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Yes, even while I am busy with my 2 kids, blogging and doing product reviews, I do spare some time helping my friends, bloggy  pals or strangers. Whatever topics I get asked on, be it breastfeeding, pregnancy, baby care, product reviews, making use of blog to earn money, and so on, I am happy and proud to say I have been able to share my experience with other mums and friends all around.

* Became Mum Center blog partner

MumCenter Blog PartnerI became a Mum Center blog partner somewhere in late July 2011 after I received an email offer from them. I don't have to do anything other than my usual blogging, what they do is they will select random posts from my blog and post them on their website and include a link to my blog. Good for me I guess as I hope it drives more traffic to my blog!

 * Finally paid someone to redesign my blog head

Yes, yes, after moving over to my own domain, I finally paid someone to redesign my blog header! After scouring around the Internet looking for good and affordable rates for someone to redesign my blog header, I finally found the right designer and it is very very affordable that I paid the guy 3 times the amount he asked for! I think his work deserves so much more! I love my new blog header so much!

So there you go, a list of things I did in 2011 that I am proud of! I hope to be able to achieve greater things be it in my blogging or parenting. I wish the same for you all out there and thank you so much for your support and following through my blog in 2011!