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I have launched a series of blog posts called Featured Mommypreneurs in collaboration with mommypreneurs (i.e. mommies entrepreneurs). Let me know if you're interested to join me to feature your products / services. :)

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GroVia Newborn All in One Cloth Diapers


This blog post is six-and-a-half months late but hey, it's better late than never! :D

I started cloth diapering my newborn when he was two weeks old. I had a total of nine GroVia Newborn All in One (AIO) Cloth Diapers used in rotation during day time. These cute little cloth diapers are designed by GroVia to specifically meet the needs of newborn babies. Their one-piece design resembles disposable diapers. Baby's pee and poo are captured by the sewn-in internal quick-dry soaker made of three layers of hemp/cotton topped with cozy, soft microfleece that pushes moisture through to the absorbent core so that baby's bum stays dry.


GroVia cloth diapers always come in an array of fun and funky solid colors and prints.


Check out how the sewn-in quick-dry, stay-dry soakers look like and their material.

The following photos are close-ups of the different solid colors and prints that I had. My baby outgrew them when he reached about 4.5kg, i.e. outgrew the absorbency capacity. That lasted for about 2.5 months. 










Note: This is not a sponsored post.

Learn more about cloth diapering on GroVia's website.

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Renewing my postpartum body image with Bmama Maternity


Ask any woman who have given birth and most, if not all, will tell you this: "My body gone case already." This could be understood as, 'I don't have a nice body shape anymore', 'I don't look good like before I gave birth', 'I feel unattractive', 'My belly is full of stretch marks', 'My thighs are so huge', etc. Sounds familiar?

I know for a fact there are some mothers who still look good before and after birth. Unfortunately, I'm not that lucky to be in that league. My self-esteem somewhat took a plunge and I have this mentality that as long as I'm wearing something over my body, nothing else matters. Even my nursing bras and most of my nursing tops are from 2013 for goodness sake! To be honest, I don't have much confidence with my postpartum body image.


So, I'm truly grateful when I was introduced to Bmama Maternity. Bmama Maternity is more than just an average maternity store. They are a one-stop solution for mothers of all stages, from prenatal to postpartum. They emphasize on providing mothers with the best care we deserve because as fellow mothers, they care and understand. How noble!


Apart from their main physical outlet in Bandar Manjalara, Kepong (photo above), they can also be found in various confinement homes/centers and other maternity shops.

  
Bmama Maternity is the sole distributor of the award-winning Japanese maternity brand - INUJIRUSHI. They also sell their own line of maternity brand called Bmama Maternity. Other products include maternity and nursing tops and dresses, slimming wear, postpartum wraps, sleep-well ginger powder, energizing ginger honey vinegar.


 I really love Bmama's selection of nursing bras (photo above). I was in dire need of good nursing bras. Remember I mentioned on top of this blog post that my nursing bras were from 2013 (the year I birthed my first boy)? Sad huh? What was I thinking?

When I walked into Bmama's outlet, I was a bit reserved and shy because I didn't know what to expect but at the same time I was very excited to see different styles of nursing bras. Bmama's lady boss was so kind and she took time to explain to me the importance of wearing good supportive bras. She chose a few styles for me to try on and true enough, I felt uplifted and confident again to see how different I looked when I put on a good bra. I might need years (light years perhaps, haha) to shed off those stubborn fats everywhere (haih) but I could start to look "perky" and take care of my "twins" by wearing good nursing bras. I felt excited and empowered instantaneously! It felt like I've truly seen light at the end of the tunnel; I've finally taken the first step to renew and regain confidence with my postpartum body image. Time to flaunt it and be confident!

See photos below to get an idea about the range of products in Bmama Maternity's outlet.







I went home with four pretty nursing bras. The top most one is a salmon pink T-shirt nursing bra. The second one is a soft yet supportive baby pink nursing bra. The third one is a sexy black nursing bra with pretty laces, perfect to wear with low-cut dresses (ehem). The last one is a demure black nursing bra with supportive underwire, also great to wear with nice tops.

Not seen here is a postpartum wrap. Benefits of using a postpartum wrap:

1. Assists uterus contractions
2. Speeds up slimming process
3. Gives great support to your back and abdominal muscles
4. Helps keep your abdomen and ligaments firm and tight
5. Helps to maintain good posture
6. Provides warmth to the abdominal area

I shall write about this next time. Stay tuned!

 Check out Bmama Maternity on FB (https://www.facebook.com/bmama.maternity/) for more information about their product line.


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My 2017 Mother's Day Celebration


2017 is the first year I celebrated Mother's Day with two monkeys. My older boy is attending preschool and one day he proudly showed me his very first "Happy Mommy Day" card. He did all the coloring on his own. *sheds happy tears*


The second boy is still a baby. I'm pretty sure every day is Mother's Day to him. Haha.


We celebrated Mother's Day in my hometown. Oh how I missed my mom's homey and delicious home-cooked meals.


If you happen to visit Bintulu, you have to go to Laksa House at Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi, Parkcity Commerce Square. My brother told me they have the best Laksa Sarawak in town. But please go early, preferably before 10am. They sold off pretty fast.


Once MUST EAT Laksa Sarawak when in Sarawak! No excuse! :P


Other delicacies that I have so missed! From top right, clockwise: kompia (a kind of bread) stuffed with soy sauce minced pork, mee sup sapi (beef noodles soup), mee sapi kering (dry beef noodles), pork porridge, red kampua (dry noodles mixed with red sauce).


Not forgetting Sugarbun too! Yeah, it's just fast food but I have it way before KFC and McD came to Bintulu you know!
 

One can eat out every day, but home-cooked meals at home are still the best!


Here's the little one celebrating his very first Mother's Day outside the womb. Lol.


Mother's Day dinner at a Chinese restaurant in town.


I just have to try this concoction called Coke in Coffee! It's described as a blend of freshly brewed espresso coffee and maple syrup topped with coke. Errr.... let's just say I wouldn't order it again. The amount of caffeine must be insane!


Another meal eaten at home.


Mom found a box of toys and my elder one had fun "directing" his "movie" of killer lizards and soldiers.


When in Sarawak, one must never forget to buy Kek Lapis Sarawak with gorgeous colors and flavors before flying back to West Malaysia!

So yeah, that's about it. How's your Mother's Day?


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My toddler's Giggly Bees adventure at BeeBop Circus


Toddlers. Do you have one or two or more of them at home? I have one! And he's turning four in a few months' time. Toddlers this age have some sort of energy reservoir that never seems to run out. They can play and talk non-stop the whole day. I found an excellent avenue to let him spend his energy in a good way. So, he's sent on an "adventure" at BeeBop Circus - a Movement Learning Center that offers play gym and dance classes for children!


What is BeeBop Circus?

In short, BeeBop Circus is a play gym for children. However, it's not a play gym where your child hops and runs around aimlessly just to kill time. BeeBop Circus recognizes that all children are born with an insatiable desire to play, so they aim to help parents and children turn play into valuable learning experiences.

Developed by a team of early childhood educators and fitness instructors, BeeBop Circus is a Movement Learning Center that focuses on four developmental areas: Active Bodies, Creative Minds, Morals & Values, Soft Skills.

They provide carefully structured developmentally appropriate thematic lessons/programs to develop children holistically, whereby both their left and right brain are stimulated through exploration and active movement. Each structured lesson features music, dance, colors, numbers, moral values, and physical activity. At the same time, critical life skills are developed through child-centered, non competitive approach.


BeeBop Circus Classes

First thing first, how do you know which class your child should attend? Well, every child develops at their own unique pace. So, it'd be good to give them a call and book a slot for free consultation and individual assessment to find out which class is best for your child. There's a rough guideline though, i.e. when your child can walk (usually by 12 months old and above), you can bring them to BeeBop Circus already.

For children under four years old, they can attend one of these parent & child classes: Newbees, Buzzing Bees, Giggly Bees. Depending on your child's age (this is the first deciding factor), he/she will be slotted into one of these classes.

My toddler is about to turn four years old and since he hasn't joined any BeeBop Circus class before, he's placed into Giggly Bees, the final parents & child class before he "graduates" to independent classes.

In general, parent & child classes emphasize bonding and trust between parent and child through active play. As they move up, they gain independence as children-centric activities encourage them to explore and learn.


Check out BeeBop Circus classes here.

My toddler's Giggly Bees adventure


My toddler joined Giggly Bees classes for four Saturdays. We could see significant improvement - from being aloof, disinterested, and challenging the teachers by questioning their instructions, he finally joined in the activities willingly without being asked to. He's advanced in his speech among his peers so he's always one of the first to answer the teachers' questions. By the third class, he was independent enough to go through the entire class routine without my supervision. The gym teachers were very experienced and the weekly theme with its associated activities and discussions were engaging. Highly recommended!

Watch my toddler in action in the following Boomerang clips:








More about BeeBop Circus




Address: Upper First Floor, The School, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya

Contact number: 03-7492 4567


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Shop and Earn TRIPLE Dashpoints with Babydash this Mother's Day!


This Mother's Day, shop and earn 3x Dashpoints with Babydash! For each order you place, you get TRIPLE the Dashpoints! So do remember to log into your member account before placing your order. If you're not a member yet, go to www.babydash.com.my and click "Register" on top of the website. This offer is valid for orders done on 12 May 2017 until 14 May 2017 so hurry up and place your orders now!!! I just did. Hehe.


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Redefining motherhood in the first quarter of 2017


So, the first quarter of 2017 ends. That's four months gone from 2017. Hmm, what have I done in the past four months?

In 2013, I became a mother. The transition from having no kid to one kid was challenging, I kid you not. But to be honest, the transition from having one kid to two kids was (actually, still is) a nightmare. Amidst challenges during the past four months, I found peace with three major activities as seen in the photo above. Can you guess?

Here they are:
Breastfeeding, Babywearing, Cloth Diapering

That pretty little bottle is Buds Cherished Organics Breast Massage Oil that helps breastfeeding mothers stay calm and relaxed and promotes lactation, making breastfeeding easier. A few days ago I had a blocked duct but it was cleared within a day after I massaged the blocked area with this oil plus baby's marathon nursing sessions.

 I'm also into babywearing; that's Daiesu Kelarai Ringsling. And I'm into cloth diapering. Oh there's so much to tell but I guess I will just let the photos speak for themselves.

Check out my second Instagram account which focuses on babywearing and cloth diapering - @myfluffjournal

Okay, that's all for now.

By the way, my blog is not dead. I'm still finding time to update it more frequently. Lol. But you can follow my FB page for more bite-sized updates daily.


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