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Think tissue, think Kleenex!

Kleenex has been my family's go-to tissue brand for quite some time. It's like how you call containers as Tupperware, diapers as Pampers, disposable sanitary pads as Kotex. So, wanna buy tissue or toilet paper, buy Kleenex. It's the terminology that sticks.

Being a mom with two active little boys, hygiene tops my list. I have boxes of tissues everywhere in my house to wipe dirt, crumbs, little hands, little mouths, etc. I have wet wipes, dry wipes and hand sanitizers ever ready and within reach whenever we're out and about. I'm doing all I can to keep HFMD at bay!

My two boys

Why Kleenex® Ultra Soft?

Easy! Just remember these points.

3 Signs of Clean

1. FEEL: Luxurious cushiony soft touch in each 3-ply thick sheet

2. SEE: Specially crafted CleanWeave* design removes dirt

3. CHARCOAL FRESH: Charcoal extract absorbs odor

Cushiony soft

Made from 100% high quality virgin fiber and woven with cotton extract, Kleenex® Ultra Soft Bath Tissue provides a luxurious soft touch to feel comfortably clean.

I usually clean my kids' bottom with water before I use toilet paper to wipe off any possible traces of leftover poop. So I prefer to use toilet paper that's soft and not harsh to their delicate bottom.

CleanWeave* design

The new specially crafted CleanWeave* design on each sheet helps remove dirt thoroughly. This interweaved pattern gives superior strength to help effectively lift dirt away.

This is great because then I can use less paper during cleaning, hence reducing the usage of toilet paper in the long run. No wastage and can save money! Truly a win-win situation for any mom!

Absorbs odor

With the addition of Charcoal extract, which helps in absorbing odor, Kleenex® Ultra Soft Bath Tissue provides a feeling of confident clean.

This is awesome! Who doesn't want a toilet that's free with foul odor after each toilet use, right?

Seriously, what more can I ask for? I'm a happy mama! Softest tissue ever with odor absorbing capability so good that it keeps everything smelling fresh and everyone feeling good.

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My boy's five-year-old birthday cake by Mommy Jasmine

This is a belated post about my son's birthday cake for his fifth birthday. Time flies! He's five already!

We did a little birthday do and I was supposed to find a home-based baker to bake the birthday cake but it totally slipped my mind!

Praise God that my church friend, Mommy Jasmine offered to bake her signature gluten-free birthday cake for my boy's birthday!

Before I confirmed my order with Jasmine, I asked my boy to choose a flavor. He promptly replied, orange. He also chose Lego Ninjago as his theme.

After discussing with Jasmine, we decided to go ahead with her signature Gluten Free Orange Almond Cake.

The three-layer orange sponge cake was divine! The crumbs were moist, fine, and the citrus-y aftertaste was invigorating. 

Too bad I forgot to snap photos of the elegant layers! We kept on eating and by night time, there was none left!

I also mentioned that I didn't want traditional buttercream frosting (yucky!) or fondant (full of sugar!). So Jasmine used Swiss buttercream frosting instead, which was lighter and more pleasant tasting.

The buttercream frosting between the layers wasn't too thick, which was really nice as you wouldn't feel that all you ate was cream. The Bahasa word for it was jelak.

Since this was a gluten-free cake, there was no normal wheat flour used to bake it. Jasmine used almond flour.

Not only so, it was oil-free and butter-free too! This was definitely one super nutritious cake which was super packed with fiber!

I loved the different hues of blue and cream buttercream decoration around the cake. Almond slices topped the cake beautifully.

My boy added three of his favorite Lego Ninjago minifigures on the cake.

If you need custom-made cakes for occasions and mooncakes, you should really check out the friendly and talented home-based baker, Mommy Jasmine.


This is not a sponsored post but I gladly blogged about this birthday cake because I think you should try it out too!

Creamy Tuna & Cherry Tomatoes Veggie Pasta

Veggie pasta used in this recipe is from Foodies with Love, a homegrown healthy homemade dried veggie pasta brand.

(Serves 2 kids under 5) 

1/2 cup shell veggie pasta by Foodies with Love
1/2 cup spiral veggie pasta by Foodies with Love
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 can tuna flakes in extra virgin olive oil
2/3 cup cherry tomatoes
220g (half a bottle) Classic Marinara Sauce by Foodies with Love
Pasta water (from cooking the veggie pasta)
1 tablespoon cream cheese

How to: 

1. Boil water in a pot and pour in both types of veggie pasta. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Drain the pasta; remember to keep aside a bowl of the pasta water.

2. Drain the oil from the tuna can into a frying pan and heat it up over medium-high heat. Add in chopped onion and garlic, then stir fry until fragrant. Add in tuna flakes and stir for a few more minutes.

3. Add in cherry tomatoes, Classic Marinara Sauce, some pasta water, and drained pasta. Mix all ingredients until well combined.

4. Finally, stir in cream cheese and simmer until sauce thickens to desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

Note: I don't add extra salt and pepper because this meal is for my kids (20-month old baby and 5-year old boy).

5. Serve!


Rice Cooker Version "Claypot" Chicken Rice

Cooking nowadays is super easy and fuss-free when I use my Philips Avance Collection Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker. It's my favorite gadget in my kitchen!

Today, I want to share about my "Claypot" Chicken Rice which I've cooked by using the "Casserole Rice" option.

Rice Cooker Version "Claypot" Chicken Rice

(Serves two adults + 2 toddlers)

1-2 tablespoons grapeseed oil, or any vegetable oil
One-inch old ginger, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
700g boneless chicken thigh, cut into pieces
5-6 dried Shiitake mushroom, rinsed, soaked and sliced
2 sticks lap cheong (Chinese dried sausages), casing removed and sliced 
1 & 1/2 cups multigrain rice, rinsed and drained
850ml to 1L water (including water used to soak dried mushrooms)
1 tablespoon chicken stock powder
2 stalks spring onions, chopped

Seasoning for chicken and mushroom:
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon grapeseed oil, or any vegetable oil

Seasoning for rice:
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce

How to:

1. Marinate chicken and mushroom with ground white pepper, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, and grapeseed oil. Set aside for at least an hour.

2. Heat up grapeseed oil (or any vegetable oil) in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add in chopped ginger and garlic, then stir fry until fragrant. Stir in the marinated chicken and mushroom mixture and cook until the chicken pieces turn more white than pink.

3. Add in lap cheong and stir everything until evenly combined. Transfer them into the rice cooker.

4. In the same pan, add in rice and stir fry for a few minutes.

5. Transfer rice into the rice cooker, add water and chicken stock powder. Switch on the rice cooker and select the "Casserole rice" option and press start. The timer will set itself to 1 hour.

6. 10 minutes before cooking stops, the rice cooker will beep. At this point, add in spring onions and mix everything well.

7. When the rice cooker beeps again for the second time, it means cooking is done. Dinner is ready to be served!

8. Serve it any way you like, with or without garnishing is fine.

Share with us your photos too if you have tried cooking this recipe!

Happy cooking!