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BlackNbeige Cravings makes delicious ChiaOats, Yogurt Parfait, Infusion Drinks, Brownies

It's the time of the year that I need to look for healthy homemade snacks that don't give me empty calories. Then, fate has it that I come across BlackNbeige Cravings on Facebook. Hahaha!
BlackNbeige Cravings aims to provide the best healthy selection for clean eating with deliciously healthy convenient meals and snacks. Their core products are:

  • ChiaOats
  • Yogurt Parfaits
  • Fruity Infusion Detox Drinks
  • Healthy Walnut Brownies (made with organic brown sugar, kampung eggs, 62% imported dark chocolate topped with choice of Salted Caramel or Rich Chocolate Ganache)

Let's see the flavors that I have recently bought and tried.


First I'm given the menu above. For ChiaOats, I get to choose the fruits I want and pair each fruit with my choice of flavoring, i.e. cocoa, honey, milk, or yogurt. For ChiaYogurt Parfait, I can choose the fruits I want.

My fruit choices for ChiaOats are peach, blueberries, avocado, apricot, and apple. The layering of ingredients is nicely done: organic rolled oats at the bottom of each jar, topped with fruits, then organic chia seeds with selected flavoring (cocoa/honey/milk/yogurt), and lastly raisins, nuts, and seeds.

Yogurt Parfait

For Yogurt Parfait, I have mango and cherries. The layering of ingredients is nicely done: Greek yogurt at the bottom of each jar, topped with fruits, then organic chia seeds with yogurt, and lastly raisins, nuts, and granola.

Now, let me show you the photos of each flavor that I have tried.

ChiaOats - Apple Cinnamon

I like the soft apple chunks, it feels like eating cold apple crumble in a jar. I like it!

ChiaOats - Avocado Cocoa

Generous amount of avocado! I'm a big fan of eating avocado without additional flavoring. For cocoa fans, this avocado cocoa combo is great. For me, I'll opt for avocado honey combo. :D

ChiaOats - Apricot Yogurt

The apricot slices are firm to the bite, just how I like my apricots to be. I'd love to drizzle lots of honey over this jar of decadent snack!

ChiaOats - Peach Honey

I love this combo - peach and honey! Just like its apricot counterpart, I'd love to eat this snack with drizzles of honey too.


ChiaOats - Berries Milk

The blueberries can be replaced with other berries such as strawberries.

Yogurt Parfaits - Cherry Parfait, Mango Parfait

The yogurt parfaits are my favorite! Just look at those beautiful ingredients!

Infusion Drinks - Tropical Twist

This is a really refreshing drink with bits of mango, passion fruit, and chia seeds.

How to order from BlackNbeige Cravings?

For more information, please visit BlackNbeige Cravings on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blacknbeige/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blacknbeigecravings/

BlackNbeige Cravings is listed on Featured Mommypreneurs on joycescapade.com.

Perfect Birthday Cake Themes for Boys

 This was my son's two-year-old birthday cake last year, a custom-made jelly cake by my friend. :)

It can be quite tricky to find a birthday cake for boys. Unless you bake or order it custom-made, buying a cake from a cafe means you won't get exactly the right theme.

Luckily, you can now get novelty themed cakes online in Malaysia. I visited RecomN.com and immediately found a list of recommended bakers who specialize in birthday cakes for boys. They have a mix of home bakers as well as professionally-trained bakers.

Instead of browsing through a catalog, I entered my requirements into an online form e.g. the theme I wanted, what flavor I preferred, how many servings, etc. The best starting place is to find out what your son is into at the moment.

Does he like cars? Avengers? Disney? Minions? Have a look at some examples I found:

Avengers Cake

Boys adore superheroes! Since there are a lot of superhero movies coming out in the cinema, you should think of having a superhero themed cake for your son. You don't have to pick one superhero if you can get 4 superheroes at the same time. Just like this Marvel's Avengers cake, decorated with the fondant of Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America.

Sports Theme Cake

Support your son's healthy hobby with a cake shaped like his favorite sports game! Just like how this cake is shaped like a tennis court decorated with tennis balls and rackets. The additional net in the middle makes it more attractive. It would encourage him to do his hobby even more.

Transformers Cake

Does your son love Transformers? Then this Bumblebee-themed cake with Autobots logo will hit the spot. If not, there's always the familiar red and blue of Optimus Prime.

Minecraft Cake

Surprise him with this Minecraft-themed cake. I would be surprised if any boy doesn't know what is Minecraft. But for Moms who don't know much about Minecraft, you can read this guide. Look at the details! The blocks and the characters look awesome.

McDonald's Cake


Your son may not necessarily be into any specific toy at the moment, but I'm sure he loves his McDonald's. Surprise him with a McDonald's-themed cake in the shape of a burger and fries. It looks so real that he might expect to find meat in the middle (it's actually chocolate).

Animal Safari Cake

What about animals instead? If your son loves nothing more than to visit the zoo, give him this cake decorated with his favorite wild animals. The best part is, you can pick his favorite animals because it's made-to-order.

Sesame Street Cake

Source: Sweet Endings

Sesame Street cake could be a good option if your son loves watching cartoons. Pick a red velvet cake or chocolate cake and cover it with colorful icing and decorate it with Sesame Street characters such as Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar, and Big Bird.

Wow! So many options to choose from! Most bakers need at least a week to prepare (depending on how complex your cake is), so you must place your cake order in advance. It's a great place to get recommendations for the best cake bakers in Malaysia.

Snack healthily with Boxgreen!

Snacks! Who don't like snacks? But there's a caveat. How to snack healthily and most importantly, guilt-free? When we talk about snacks, these come to mind: ice-cream, potato chips, popcorn, bubble tea. What else? It seems like snacks are laden with empty calories, tonnes of sugar, salt, and all sorts of junk that do our body more harm than good!

Thank the heavens and gods for Boxgreen! Now that I'm baking a bun - you know what that means don't you - I need snacks, HEALTHY snacks, not junk food.

Thank you Boxgreen for coming into my life!

Tada! Boxgreen is here to stay with a better snacking standard!

Wait, who or what's Boxgreen again? Scroll down, don't skip. ;)

Who is Boxgreen?

From Boxgreen's website: Boxgreen is your one-stop shop for deliciously wholesome snacks. They are on a mission to promote healthier snacking by sourcing and delivering natural and healthy snacks straight to your hands, in the most hassle-free way possible. With over 20 mouthwatering options to choose from, we offer something sure to please and excite everyone.

Each snack contains wholesome ingredients - with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors.

Hallelujah! (now that's my scream of joy!)

What does Boxgreen guarantee?

On their website and the box that contains the snacks delivered to our doorstep, we can see their promise.

You can trust our snacks are...

All Natural
Portion Controlled
Nutritionist Approved

More info from their website of which I read through diligently and now I want to share them with you: Their snacks are reviewed and labeled with easy to read health badges by our nutritionist to suit your lifestyle needs.

  • Antioxidants: Snacks contain at least one antioxidant vitamin. Antioxidants may prevent or delay cell damage in the body.
  • High protein: Important for the growth and repair of our cells and muscle tissues. They also keep you feeling fuller for longer.
  • Heart healthy: Low saturated fat, low sodium, and high fibre. Go ahead, show your heart some love!
  • Low cal: An in-between-meal bite that is low in calories, yet full of goodness – a great pick-me-up snack for those dreary afternoons.
  • Energy booster: At least 20% of your daily recommended intake of any of the B vitamins – it's like an energy Power-Up.
  • Nutritionist recommended: This snack ticks off all the right boxes! You'll definitely find them in the drawers of our nutritionists!
  • High fiber: Reduces risk of diet-related illnesses, and helps to keep our digestive system functioning smoothly. Smooth flowing!

What snacks are there?

Check out their selection on their All Snacks page. Their snacks are categorized into five mouth-watering categories:

1. Chips & Pretzels
2. Nuts, Seeds & Mixes
3. Pure Fruit
4. Whole Nuts
5. A Hint of Chocolate

Here are some photos of the snacks in my box generously provided by Boxgreen. Thank you! Thank you!

  • Mocha Almonds: Almond, Mocha Flavor, Brown Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Palm Oil
  • HeartStrong: Brazil Nut, Unsalted Pecan, Baked Almond, Unsalted Baked Peanut
  • Rosemary Pistachios: Pistachios, Rosemary Herbs, Salt

  • The Ubin Mix: Sunflower Seeds (Sunflower Kernel, Honey, Salt, Sugar, Sunflower Oil, Maltodextrin, Wheat Starch, Xanthum Gum), Unsalted Peanuts
  • Peanut Pretzel Muddy Bites: Unsalted Peanuts, Pretzels, Cashews, Dark Chocolate Chips (I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!)
  • Sunshine Chips: Vacuum Fried Vegetable Chips (Carrots, Green Radish, Sweet Potato, Green Bean Strips, Taro, Fructose, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Pepper) (I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!)

  • Sun-Dried Apricots: Sun Dried Apricots (Sulphite-free)
  • Raspberry Cranberry Fusion: Raspberry-infused with cranberries juice (MY TODDLER LOVES LOVES LOVES THIS!)
  • Bearylicious: Blueberry, Cranberry, Midget Golden Raisin, Goji Berry

  • Nutty Knight: Hazelnut, Raisins, Unsalted Peanut, Cranberry
  • Figgy Nut Jumble: Dried Fig, Almond, Pistachio Kernel, Cashew Nut, Raisins (I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!)
  • Aprecano: Pecan, Diced Apricot, Raisin

What did I do with the snacks?

Trail Mix

Make them into trail mix and munch them while watching my favorite TV show! Easy peasy, you just need to choose a few packs of snacks that you really like and toss them together in a container. Switch on the TV and munch like there's no tomorrow! Best eaten when the kiddo (if you have any, like me hahaha) is asleep! :D

No-Bake Strawberry "Cobbler"

This involves some sort of cooking but no worries, it's pretty simple. Here you go!
First, I chopped about a cup of fresh strawberries into quarters. Then, I cook them in a saucepan over low heat with about two tablespoons of brown sugar and one tablespoon of lemon juice. This takes about 8-10 minutes or until the strawberries release its juices. Don't mash them because you don't want a gooey mash, you want chew-able, soft strawberries.

Once done, pour them into a bowl and let cool to room temperature. In another bowl, mix three packs of your favorite snacks (preferably nuts & seeds mix and whole nuts) with about one tablespoon of honey. Spoon this mixture over your strawberries. Serve immediately.

Awesome! So, how to subscribe?

Okay, let's talk about how to get these awesome snacks to your doorstep.

Boxgreen is a subscription-based service. Each box consists of four varieties of snacks of your choice, with 12 bags of snacks per box. You can pause or cancel your subscription at any time. And yeah, free shipping. Woohoo! 

Go to Boxgreen's subscription page and get your box now!

More info

Start your journey today with Boxgreen! Discover natural and delicious snacks, delivered to your mailbox every month. Have fun!

Pampering done right with Claire Organics

Claire Organics

Thanks Claire Organics for sending over this box of wonderful organic skincare products. The congratulations gift tag is so lovely too. Thank you!

Unboxing feels like Christmas as I'm super excited to find out what's inside this gorgeous box with splashes of white, pink, and teal. It's so good to be pampered. :)

Who's Claire Organics?

Quoting the founder of Claire Organics, gorgeous mommy Louise Chu: "It all began with one mother's maternal instinct to provide the best for my baby when it came to skincare products which urged me to learn to make my own bar soaps from breast milk. Then I decided to share these natural handmade soaps and home remedies with everyone else calling it Claire after my baby girl 'Norra Claire' which means 'clear and pure' in French which translates into exactly what the brand stands for."

Claire Organics' mission statement: At Claire, we pride ourselves on using only natural ingredients for our products. It's all 100% chemical free, and most of my products are even safe for baby use. We're passionate about inspiring people to become a more caring and kind society, and also one that cares for the environment. I guess, it's like a unique calling, a life's mission.

So, let's see what are the products in this gorgeous box for mommies-to-be!

Luxurious Rosehips Face & Body Oil (50ml)

Ingredients: Rose Hip Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Rose Geranium Oil

Rich in essential fatty acids, i.e. linoleic acid (Omega-6) & linolenic acid (Omega-3):
- helps reduce scarring, stretch marks, age spots, and burns
- aids in skin repair
- promotes skin regeneration
- hydrates dry skin
- protects sensitive skin

Suitable for all skin types. Each bottle is carefully handcrafted and manually packed to retain its quality and freshness. Store in a cool, dry place.

Mulberry Yogurt Whitening Soap (about 100g)
Ingredients: Organically Homegrown Fresh Mulberry, Organic Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Castor Oil, Palm Oil, Fresh Yogurt, Pink Clay, Aqua, Sodium Hydroxide, Essential Oil Blend

- great whitening agent that naturally diminishes dark spots and removes blemishes
- fights off wrinkles
- tightens opened pores

- anti-fungal and anti-bacterial
- promotes collagen production
- reduces blemishes following acne outbreaks
- softens skin tissue to dissolve fine lines and wrinkles

A great facial bar for glowing, flawless skin. Suitable for normal skin. Each bar is manually cut and carefully cured for 45 days. Super-fatted 5% with Sweet Almond Oil (super-fatting makes a rich emollient soap: moisturizing, soothing, softening).

Shea Butter Lip Care with Organic Raw Honey & Vitamin E (6g)

Ingredients: Shea Butter, Vitamin E Oil, Organic Raw Honey, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax, Essential Oil: Rose Geranium, Lavender

Shea butter:
- prevents bumps from shaving, razor irritation, rashes, and eczema
- moisturizes chapped and cracked skin
- reduces fine lines, scars, and stretch marks
- eases skin irritations, such as psoriasis and eczema

- a humectant and great moisturizer, aids in skin hydration
- a great anti-aging agent

Vitamin E oil:
- prevents formation of wrinkles by blocking free radical damage
- treats wrinkles by boosting collagen production, supporting new skin cell growth, and speeding up cell regeneration

Each tube is carefully handmade and manually packed to retain its quality and freshness.

Bug Off Insect Repellent Lotion Balm (20g)

Ingredients: Refined Shea Butter, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Essential Oil: Eucalyptus, Rose Geranium, Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Citronella

Essential oils blend for bugs-free effect:
- Eucalyptus oil: protects against mosquitoes, ticks, and lice
- Rose Geranium oil: repels ticks and lice
- Tea tree oil, rosemary oil, lemongrass oil: repels mosquitoes
- Citronella oil: repels insects & mosquitoes

Suitable for all skin types. Each balm is carefully handmade and manually packed to retain its quality and freshness.

Happy Bum Baby Care Lotion Balm (20g)

Ingredients: Refined Shea Butter, Calendula Infused Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Golden Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Beeswax, Essential Oils: Lavender, Tea Tree

Trio of jojoba oil, virgin coconut oil, and shea butter: moisturizer

Calendula-infused olive oil: anti-inflammatory and soothes eczema

Tea tree oil: anti-bacterial

Calendula oil: antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial (helps reduces inflammation such as eczema and dermatitis)

Best for preventing and soothing nappy rash. Suitable for all skin types for babies from birth. Each balm is carefully handmade and manually packed to retain its quality and freshness.


Super Healing Herbal Balm with Shea Butter (20g)
Ingredients: Refined Shea Butter, Purple Gromwell Infused Organic Virgin Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax, Menthol, Essential Oil: Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint

Purple Gromwell Root:
- contains allantoin that accelerates the replacement of body cells, which helps to reduce eczema and detoxify when used externally especially for people with acne, prickly heat, eczema, and itchiness
- soothes burns, insect bites, inflammation, and allergies

Shea butter:
- prevents bumps from shaving, razor irritation, rashes, and even eczema
- moisturizes chapped and cracked skin
- reduces fine lines, scars, and stretch marks
- eases skin irritations, such as psoriasis and eczema

Each balm is carefully handmade and manually packed to retain its quality and freshness

View more product range

Organic Body Care; Artisan Natural Handmade Soap; Therapeutic Essential Oil


How to buy

Apart from online purchase, Claire Organics is also available at the following retail locations:

  • Publika - KIOSK Lot PC6C, UG floor (same floor as Ben's Grocer, in front of Sothy's), opens daily: 10am - 10pm
  • Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall - KIOSK Lot K004, F-Floor (next to the escalator, near Adidas & DC Comics), opens daily: 10am - 10pm
  • IOI City Mall Putrajaya - KIOSK Lot LG-C54, LG Floor (near Maybank), opens daily: 10am - 10pm
  • KLCC - Isetan, 2nd floor (near household department)
  • The Gardens - Robinsons, 2nd floor (near children department)
  • 1 Utama - Opika Organic Market & Restaurant, LG Old Wing, Food Street (near SenQ)
  • Kuching - Miracolo, Green Heights Mall (Cold Storage)

Claire Organics is listed on Featured Mommypreneurs on joycescapade.com.