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ZooMoo's Chinese New Year Paper Plate Rooster Craft Activity

Spot the two paper plate roosters! Aren't they cute?

Last year, ZooMoo Asia sent us a box of Thanksgiving pinecone turkey craft activity. For this Chinese New Year, they sent over this box of paper plate rooster craft activity. I love their creativity!

Materials and instructions are from the ZooMoo craft box.


Paper plate
Red, orange, and purple feathers
A pair of googly eyes
Orange felt fabric
Red felt fabric


Step 1: Fold the paper plate in half.

Step 2: Glue the googly eyes to both sides of the paper plate, near the tip.

Step 3: Fold the red felt paper in half and draw the comb of the rooster on the red felt paper and cut it out accordingly into two symmetrical pieces.

Step 4: Glue the rooster's comb to the top of the folded paper plate on both sides.

Step 5:
Fold the orange felt paper in half and cut out two triangle pieces.

Step 6: Glue both orange pieces on both sides of the paper plate to form the rooster's beak. Put a little bit of glue on the tips so that both pieces stick together.

Step 7:
Fold the red felt paper in half, and using your thumb as a guide, trace the outline of your thumb. Cut out the shape accordingly into two symmetrical pieces.

Step 8: Glue the both pieces below the beak to form the rooster's wattle. Put a little bit of glue on the tips so that both pieces stick together.

Step 9: Cut a small slit on the top back of the paper plate.

Step 10: Apply some glue to the stem of the feathers and slide them through the slit. Arrange the feathers accordingly.

Step 11: And there you have it! A festive paper plate rooster for Chinese New Year!

Thank you ZooMoo Asia!

Lactation Cookies (Lacteatkies) by Accidentalbliss

I'm a breastfeeding mom who's always on the lookout for delicious lactation cookies that I can dunk into my cuppa favorite beverage for breakfast, tea-time, or even random snack times throughout the day.

I have a two-month old baby with me and he's exclusively breastfed, so yeah, I need 'em cookies 'coz yummy cookies in my tummy make me happy and a happy mama means happy boobies and of course, a happy baby with a full tummy! Get the idea? So if you wanna come visit baby L, please bring me a tub of cookies. :)

And now, let me tell you about Lacteatkies lactation cookies by Accidentalbliss. Thank you so much mommy GC for contacting me and let me know about your cookies!

Mommy GC runs Accidentalbliss and she makes home-made, well-thought, duly experimented baking of the most mouth-watering and healthy desserts! Freshly baked by hands for perfection for all taste buds. Try is a must to experience the bliss of these heavenly desserts.

She wittingly named her lactation cookies as Lacteatkies. If I'm witty enough, I think the word Lacteatkies stands for Lactating Teat (Tit) Cookies.

See those Lacteatkies peeking at you from their pristine white packaging? Imagine they say, "Eat me! Eat me!" LOL.

Mommy GC gave me her Cranberry Walnut Lacteatkies and Chocolate Chips Lacteatkies. Both types were baked using Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. All other ingredients are organic except nuts and chocolate chips.

I prefer to eat these cookies by dunking them into my favorite cuppa, usually a huge cup of cold milk or decaf coffee. They are not very crunchy, but not too chewy either. I like chewy cookies but these are just fine too.

You must be wondering whether these cookies boost my milk supply? The answer is yes but I also follow other "rules". :)

First of all, milk supply is maintained if you stick to the golden rule of demand equals supply. As long as your baby is latching well throughout the day and you do not skip latching your baby (i.e. do not bottle feed), you will have milk. For exclusive pumping moms, don't skip or drag your pumping sessions.

Secondly, milk boosters don't work the same for everyone. Some moms may respond well to a certain milk booster but to another mom, it may be her milk buster. However, oats used in these cookies are generally milk booster because of its lactogenic properties.

Having said that, do eat these cookies! Eating your favorite lactation cookies is a great way to boost your mood and when you're happy and calm, you will have an abundance of milk!

How to buy Lacteatkies?

To order, please call, text message or WhatsApp +6012 654 2705 and/or send mommy GC a PM at facebook.com/accidentalbliss/ 

You can choose your favorite flavors from this list: Chocolate Chips, Cranberry, Raisin, Blackcurrant, Almond or Walnut.

Mommy GC requires a minimum of 5 days notice in advance; however, if there is urgent request, do call her to discuss. Some arrangements can be made.

Check out Accidentalbliss on Instagram and Twitter as well.

Accidentalbliss (Lacteatkies) is featured on the Featured Mommypreneurs section.

Note: This is not a sponsored post. However, I was given a packet of Lacteatkies for review purposes. All opinions are solely mine.

Mini Blueberry Cheesecake (No-Bake) (recipe adapted from OhMyGrocer)

Yay! I made these no-bake mini blueberry cheesecakes. Ingredients were bought from OhMyGrocer, a food and recipe grocer who sends fresh ingredients with amazing recipes designed by established chefs. Sounds cool, so I gave it a try.

The ingredients, packed individually, were delivered to my doorstep in a cooler box.

There was a recipe card as well. The recipe mentioned 6-8 servings but didn't specify the size of the cake tin. So, I used a 12-hole mini cake tin with removable bases.


9 pieces cream crackers
65g butter
250g cream cheese
54g sugar
1/2 lemon
170g whipping cream
8g gelatin powder
80g blueberry filling

How to:
(Slightly adapted from OhMyGrocer's recipe card)

1. Melt butter and set aside. Put cream crackers into a plastic bag and crush to fine crumbs with a rolling pin. Transfer the crumbs into a mixing bowl and pour in the melted butter. Combine the mixture until moist crumbs form.

2. Spoon the moist crumbs into the 12-hole cake tin with removable bases. Press down firmly with your fingers to cover each base. Chill in fridge for 45 minutes.

3. Whisk chilled whipping cream until soft peak. Set aside.

4. Sprinkle and soak gelatin powder evenly in a bowl of 24ml water to allow blooming. Sit the bowl in a pan of boiling water, stir until gelatin dissolves and becomes transparent. Set aside, keep warm.

5. In another mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy with a mixer. Add lemon zest and juice, beat until combined.

6. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture and mix well. Scoop about 3 spoons of cream mixture into the warm gelatin, stir evenly, and return it back into the bowl of cheese mixture. Stir and blend well.

7. Pour in blueberry filling into cheese mixture. Swirl gently with a rubber spatula.

8. Scoop cheese and blueberries mixture into the cooled crackers base. Chill the mini cheesecakes for 4-6 hours before serving.

9. Serve with fresh blueberries and drizzle with honey.

Blossoms Cloth Pantiliners ByWiwin

Introducing cloth pantiliners

 What are these pretty little cloth thingies? These are called cloth pantiliners. The ones shown in the photo above are Blossoms Pantiliners made by local mommypreneur, ByWiwin.

I have 10 of these Blossoms Pantiliners and I absolutely LOVE them! I have been using them for the past three months or so. These super lightweight microfleece pantiliners are backed with pretty cotton flannel fabric and one-snap-button adjustment. I really like the matching colors of the cotton flannel (top photo), microfleece (bottom photo), and snap buttons.

The side that touches your private part is the cotton flannel side. The cotton flannel print is so pretty and I just love to take my time to choose which one I want to wear every morning.

These pantiliners are good enough to keep me feeling dry and protect my undies from vaginal discharge stains. I used them daily during the third trimester of my pregnancy. My lochia stopped three weeks postpartum so I've since resumed using these pantiliners daily.

They are pretty easy to wash and dry too because they are thin and microfleece dries very fast. The cotton flannel takes a tad longer to dry but as long as there's sun/air, they dry up well.

When my period resumes (I'm now six weeks postpartum and breastfeeding so no period yet), I will buy her cloth pads. :)

How to fold cloth pantiliners

This is one way to fold used (also unused) Blossoms pantiliners.

Find out how to fold them from the quick video below:

Why cloth pantiliners?

For health reasons of course! Disposable pantiliners are typically made with a combination of plastics, cotton, synthetic fibers (e.g. rayon), and wood pulp. Harmful chemical byproduct known as dioxin is found in disposable pantiliners and pads. Long-term usage of disposables causes side effects such as allergic reactions (rashes), hormone disruption, and women problem such as endometriosis (severe period pain). Oh my goodness!

Other reasons include: save money, save environment, support local makers, and I like this last reason: they are oh-so-pretty! Read more on this helpful article: 7 powerful reasons why you should switch to reusable menstrual products

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How to buy?

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