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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. :)

 

 

2018 - The Year I Became A Momtrepreneur


What is A Momtrepreneur?

A Momtrepreneur refers to a woman who has children and owns/runs a business —usually out of her home —while balancing different roles at the same time (mother, wife, business owner, etc).

In other words, momtrepreneurs almost always carry the responsibility of childcare along with  their businesses with the goal of earning extra income without the commitment of traditional employment.

What Business Am I Running?

I'm running a business of helping people to improve their lives through revolutionary anti-aging health & beauty products and business opportunity.

Health & Beauty

My own testimony of TR90 Weight Management Program


My own testimony of PowerLips


My own testimony of LumiSpa


My own testimony of R-Squared & LifePak (Supplements)



What's Next?

Chat with me, learn from one another and find out how we can come out of our comfort zone and go to where magic happens...



 Learning Curves

So much to learn. I'm ready.




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When life gets tough, what spills over?


You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere.

Why did you spill the coffee?
"Well because someone bumped into me, of course!"

Wrong answer.

You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup.

Had there been tea in the cup, you would have spilled tea.

*Whatever is inside the cup, is what will spill out.*

Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which WILL happen), whatever is inside you will come out. It's easy to fake it, until you get rattled.

So we have to ask ourselves…
"What's in my cup?"

When life gets tough, what spills over?

Joy, gratefulness, peace and humility?
Or anger, bitterness, harsh words and reactions?

You choose! 💯

Today, let's work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation; and kindness, gentleness and love for others. 🙌🏻🙏🏻

Credit: Aliceson Waller


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Surround yourself with people who help you to become the-best-version-of-yourself

 

The people we surround ourselves with either raise or lower our standards. 

They either help us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves or encourage us to become the lesser versions of ourselves.

We become like our friends.
No man becomes great on his own.
No woman becomes great on her own.

The people around them help to make them great.

We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose, and challenge us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves.

Author: Matthew Kelly, The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose


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Uplift & support


When you admire something about another woman, tell her. Get into the habit of lifting each other up. 

This is a powerful statement.

Put aside pride, envy, jealousy, strife, rivalry, competition, bitterness, judgement.

Get into the habit of uplifting each other.

Say NO to mom-shaming.

We all have enough plates to balance, enough hats to wear, enough responsibilities to juggle on a daily basis.

Let's be kind and support one another.

The world will be much more beautiful.


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Go to where magic happens


The comfort zone is a nice place… but nothing grows there.

When you step out of your comfort zone, you are stepping into a beautiful place where MAGIC happens.

You are stepping out into greatness where you can grow and become stronger.

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Greener grass

 

Many years ago when I was a full-time working mom, I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom so badly. I wanted to spend more time with my son.

When I was pregnant with my second son, I quit the corporate world, putting an end to my corporate career pathway (I was working in one of the Big 4s).

As much as I want to be a stay-at-home mom full time, I know it'd be financially challenging. Single income in Klang Valley is doable but it's not what my husband and I are comfortable with.

So I opt to be a working from home mom with flexible hours. Sounds like the best of both worlds right? I get to spend time with my kids at home while still can bring back some bacon, so to speak.

The grass is greener where you water it.

I've come to the realization that envying other people's life doesn't mean a thing.

I just need to water the grass at where I am and it will definitely be greener!


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Tell your story

 

Sharing your story has the ability to change the ending of someone else's story.

4 Benefits to Sharing Your Story based on Psychology Today.

The importance of sharing your story isn't just the telling or writing it down, but knowing that your story will be heard by others and the hope that by sharing in a public way, someone else might be inspired or helped by your story.

1) Realizing that sharing your story can help others

Stories can be very healing and many people benefit from getting the opportunity to pass on their wisdom to others. This can be especially powerful for people who do not always feel that they have the chance to help others.

2) Finding your voice

It means learning how to express yourself and learning how to think about what has happened in your life in a way that makes sense. It helps to think about your life as a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. It helps to think about how the various events—even the bad ones—have been part of a journey toward the person you want to become.

3) Re-affirming your values

Sometimes you learn things about yourself from the act of writing or storytelling. It can be a way to clarify what is important. Pausing to tell your story can be a good reminder of your priorities. It is so easy to get swept up in the day-to-day hustle and bustle. Taking some time to focus on values can be beneficial.

4) Finding peace, finding hope

People who have found their voice, shared their story, and reaffirmed their values often find a sense of peace and a hopefulness that they did not have before.
 


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Goal, Plan, Action

 

A dream written down with a date becomes a GOAL.

A goal broken down into steps becomes a PLAN.

A plan backed by ACTION makes your dreams come true.
 


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Help


Quite some time ago, a church mentor said something along this line: "Don't expect help from people. Don't feel that you're entitled to receive help. You have to help yourself. Any form of help you receive from others along the way, consider them as a bonus."

At that time, I didn't really understand what was he talking about.

Now, having been through different phases in my life, I think, I've begun to understand it better now.

A friend told me recently: "Not forgetting, when you see others in need of help, a simple reach out may mean a lot to the one who's already feeling helpless, even though it's a small gesture from yourself."

As I go through learning curves, this quote solidifies my current experience: "Help others change their lives and, as a result, change yours."

I'm grateful to have met mentors who are here to help and inspire personal growth and make life-changing decisions.

It makes me want to become such mentor too, one day, to help others change their lives.


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Quotes about comfort zone


Success is always found outside of your comfort zone. One day, you will realize that your "comfort zone" isn't so comfortable after all. – Rayne Ho

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. – Neale Donald Walsch

The best things in life are often waiting for you at the exit ramp of your comfort zone. – Karen Salmansohn

Be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while; take the risks in life that seem worth taking. The ride might not be as predictable if you'd just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will be a heck of a lot more interesting. – Edward Whitacre, Jr.

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. – Brian Tracy

I'm continually trying to make choices that put me against my own comfort zone. As long as you're uncomfortable, it means you're growing. – Ashton Kutcher

A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown. – Denis Waitley

The best piece of advice someone has ever given me was 'do it scared'. And no matter if you're scared, just go ahead and do it anyway because you might as well do it scared, so it will get done and you will feel so much better if you step out of your comfort zone. – Sherri Shepherd

What I find really interesting is to try and mix it up, to push myself and try different things. I don't want to stay in my comfort zone. I want to take risks and keep myself scared. – Michael Fassbender


Source: IQ Matrix


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Whatever You Decide To Do, Make Sure It Makes You Happy


Are you doing something that makes you happy?

Yes? No?

For a lot of people, the answer is, NO. Why?

Just think about one thing that makes you happy.
Are you currently making a living out of that something that makes you happy?

Again, the answer is, NO.

For the past few months, I have been working on something that makes me happy. Something that inspires me, fulfills me, challenges me.

And this quote summarizes it:
"Whatever You Decide To Do, Make Sure It Makes You Happy"


  • Has the journey been easy? To be honest, no.
  • Would I meet haters and nay-sayers? Absolutely!
  • Do I have to face my fears? Yes!
  • Do I need to make compromises and sacrifices? To some extent, yes.
  • Most importantly, is it worth doing? YES!

Figure out what makes you happy.
And when you have got that figured out, do more of it.

Because, when you are doing something that makes you happy, it will show.

People around you will see it and one day they will understand and they will support you.

I truly believe in this.



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Baby Koala Baby Bottle Labels


Baby Koala, a Malaysian home-grown baby brand has launched a genius product -  Baby Koala Baby Bottle Labels - with the mission to make milk storage so much easier for mothers!

Baby Koala. Making mommy's life easier!

Made from high quality food grade silicone, Baby Koala Baby Bottle Labels are uniquely designed to label milk storage bottles and baby bottles easily.

This helps to ease mothers who are exhausted from the daily struggle of peeling off tapes, labels and washing off permanent ink markers.

Heaven-sent tool for breastfeeding moms

Previously when I was still sending my chilled breastmilk to the daycare every morning, I was one of those who labeled my baby's storage bottle with stickers on a daily basis. Guess what happened when these stickers got wet? Sometimes they could be so hard to peel off!

So, I really agree that Baby Koala Baby Bottle Labels can help me label my baby bottles with the name, date and contents without any hassle to avoid mix-ups. I just need to write, wash and rewrite on the labels as often as I like. No need to buy stickers anymore!

This product is indeed a MUST HAVE for every breastfeeding mom who uses bottles as the option for milk storage.

Labeling made easy for older children and adults

In addition to labeling milk storage bottles, these labels are also perfect for sippy cups, water bottles and small food containers. These fun, colorful personalized labels are rewritable, washable and reusable labels for daily use.

This convenient product benefits all ages and is perfect for daycare, kindergarten, school, sports and even the office.

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Product features
  • Works with any marker pen
  • Easily erasable with water
  • Very stretchy and flexible; fit snuggly around containers
  • High quality food grade silicone - BPA, BPS, PVC and phthalate free
  • Environmentally friendly and non-toxic, convenient and economical
  • Sterilizer, dishwasher and microwave safe
  • Suitable for breastfeeding mothers to label the milk storage bottles, formula-milk babies to identify the baby bottles, sippy cup and water bottles during daycare, kindergarten and school
  • U.S. FDA approved

How to use
  • Put the label around the bottle.
  • Write on the Baby Koala Baby Bottle Label using the marker pen provided or any permanent marker pen. Wait for a few seconds to let the ink dry before using it.
  • If warming a bottle in water, remove any moisture from the label by gently wiping with a dry towel. Do not wipe the label when wet as it will remove the writing.
  • After washing and if you would like to immediately rewrite again, make sure the label is dry by wiping with a dry towel.
  • To remove writing, simply rinse the label with water and scrub/wipe off with a sponge.
  • For usage of chiller bag with ice packs, ensure you place your individual milk storage bottles in individual Ziploc bags to prevent moisture from erasing the writing.


Baby Koala Baby Bottle Label is priced at RM49.90 for a pack of four labels and one marker pen.

Where to buy?
 
Baby Koala Baby Bottle Labels is available online at:



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Pak John Steamboat & BBQ Buffet Restaurant at IOI City Mall Putrajaya


When you don't want to decide what to eat for lunch and dinner...

When you don't know which restaurant to go to...

When you have three boys to feed (including your husband hahaha)...

When you want to eat a good variety of meat and vegetables...

When you want to eat steamboat and BBQ at the same time...
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Tell you what, just go to Pak John Steamboat & BBQ Buffet Restaurant at IOI City Mall Putrajaya lah!


There are five types of steamboat soup base - chicken, prawn, miso, tom yam, curry.

Chicken and miso are great for kids. Prawn is great too if no one in the family has shellfish allergy. I personally avoid spicy soup base but if you want to fire up your taste buds, go ahead with tom yam and curry.

I quite like the idea of doing steamboat and BBQ at the same time. So there's soup in the steamboat bottom base where you can throw in an assortment of seafood, vegetables, mushroom, meatballs, etc, and a grill pan on top for grilling marinated meat (lamb, beef, chicken). Awesome, kan?

There is also a spread of cooked finger food such as fried bee hoon, fried rice, chicken nuggets, cocktail sausages, fries, etc. So while waiting for the steamboat and BBQ food to be ready, the kids can have finger food first. You do know children don't like to wait for their food, right?


And of course, a bowl of my favorite ice kacang dessert for a sweet ending! Or, maybe two. There are waffles too. And free flow beverages!

In summary, I find that dining at Pak John is all about let's eat and be merry! Free flow of food and beverages, good food, good times with family and friends!

Check out more photos and video on my Facebook album below. Let them tell you how dining at Pak John will be like.




Thanks to The Butterfly Project for organizing this gathering for family and friends! Thanks Sebrinah for the invite!

For more info, visit:

Website: http://www.pakjohn.com/v2/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pakjohn.ytf/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pakjohnsteamboat/
 

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Babywearing: What the Science Says


Using slings, wraps, or carriers might seem like one of those new 'crunchy mom' fads, but, as it turns out, babywearing is a practice that has been around pretty much since the dawn of the human era.

This ancient tradition was unquestioned for millennia, but then the world began to change, especially in the West. Strollers became the preferred way to walk around with infants and toddlers, while the rise of the automobile made car seats more popular than a baby carrier. And just like that, babywearing looked destined to be dropped in the cultural dumpster.

Thankfully, the trend has been reversing. A primary reason for this is that the science on babywearing is finally catching up with the ancient cultural wisdom.


In celebration of International Babywearing Week, We The Parents has compiled an infographic detailing 23 advantages to baby-wearing (source):

Babywearing: 23 Science-Backed Benefits

As you can see, it turns out that numerous scientific studies explore the benefits of wearing babies. Some of the science comes from closely related fields of child development and human biology, but there are also a growing number of studies which explore the direct link between infant-wearing and its positive results. In fact, it's becoming something of a hot research topic.

So keep your eyes peeled as it's predicted that babywearing will more and more become part of mainstream health and social care. The movement away from strollers and toward carriers has begun, and it will be interesting to see how far it goes.

Whatever the exact future of baby-carrying, one thing is clear, it's here to stay. I'd say that this is good news for moms and babies worldwide. Happy babywearing!


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Experience Kleenex® Ultra Soft with your family today!


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

FEEL
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.

SEE
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!

CHARCOAL FRESH
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.

How to buy?

Buy Now from https//goo.gl/XHjMRo

Visit Kleenex on Facebook - 

https://web.facebook.com/Kleenex.Malaysia/

Website - https://goo.gl/Gy1d5G

Watch this informative video below:




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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.

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


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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.


Ingredients:
(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!

 

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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

Ingredients:
(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!

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