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How to Cook Chinese Double Boil Soup in MINUTES!

Apron up and Let’s Cook!
How to cook chinese double boil soup in minutes | Freshen Food

First up, listen very carefully to Lena from Food Playground as she explains the ingredients that will be used for our nourishing Lotus Root Soup.
(chicken, dried octopus, dried scallops, red dates, peanuts and lotus root.)
Food Playground | Freshen Food | Double boil soup in minutes | Lotus Root Soup

Hands on Activity! Food preparation before they all go into the pot…
Food Playground | Freshen Food | Double boil soup in minutes | Lotus Root soup

Simply dump all ingredients into soup base
Food Playground | Freshen Food | Double Boil Soup in minutes | Lotus Root Soup

And wait patiently for the next 50 minutes!

This is not quite exactly what you were hoping to read judging from the title?
Chinese Double Boil Soup in Minutes
Is this even Possible?

Yes it is!
Ms Pamela Phua, founder of Freshen Food, shows us how.
Freshen Food | Lotus Root Soup | Carrot Potato Soup | Double boil soup in minutes

Having brought up with the love for soups in her childhood under her maternal grandmother’s influence, Pamela went through great lengths to developing a product that conserves the heritage of home brewed soup. She takes pride in ensuring that her soups are cooked with fresh, all-natural ingredients. And the convenience of enjoying a bowl of healthy heartwarming goodness in minutes makes this product a winner in our busy lifestyles! *two thumbs up*

Freshen Food Home-Style Soups make their debut with two flavours:
– Lotus Root & Peanut Chicken Soup (With Red Date & Wolfberry)
– Carrot & Potato Chicken Soup (With Onion)
Freshen Food | Instant Lotus Root Soup | Instant Carrot Potato Soup

We were totally amazed to see “real food” coming out of the packaging! This is every busy parent dream come true! Healthy double boiled soup in minutes!

But did it pass the taste test?

Absolutely! Sophia polished the entire plate of rice with Freshen Food Home-Stlye Carrot & Potato Chicken Soup and even gave her stamp of approval.
Freshen Group | Instant double boil soup

Freshen Food home-style soups are easily available at NTUC FairPrice, FairPrice Finest & FairPrice Xtra.

What’s more?

In support of our M.I.C.E Christmas Giveaway 2014, Freshen Food is sponsoring
5 sets of Home-style Soup Hampers to nourish our souls for the holiday!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Freshen Group Hone-Style Soup Hamper Giveaway Terms and Conditions:
– Giveaway ends 18 December 2014, Thursday 2359 hours (Singapore time)
– Limited to one winner per household
– Winners will be randomly selected via the widget on 19 December 2014
– Incomplete or invalid entries will be automatically disqualified without notice
– This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
– Winners must be able to self-collect the prizes.
(Prizes will only be made available for collection from 29th December 2014)
– We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice.

CherieLadie is next on M.I.C.E Christmas Giveaway.
Stick close to her blog to find out what she’ll be giving away!

This entry was posted in Food.

Dream Comes True with Dulux Easy Transformation

It has been a month since we started on our color transformation journey with Dulux. For us, it has been a journey of discovery with realization on how fast Hiroshi is growing.

He has always been fascinated with planes and enjoys traveling, so we all agreed that a travel themed room would be most appropriate for his room makeover.

BEFORE
Apart from the colorful blanket placed at the foot of the bed, there is no tell tale sign that this bedroom belongs to a kid. Too much clutter, too practical and too boring!
Dulux Paint Blogger Challenge. Inspired to Inspire. A new Color, A new Experience.

In the past, we’ve always been the typical play-it-safe kind of homeowners who prefers sticking to “safer” shades. But, through our color transformation journey with Dulux, we’ve learn so much more about using colors to renew and re-energise our homes.

AFTER
A blank canvas has unlimited possibilities.
Dulux Lakemount Blue walls with white ceiling.
Dulux Lakemount Blue

Choosing the color Lakemount Blue has been liberating for us. And they were right! A new color… A ((WHOLE)) new experience! The color blue feels restful and adds character to the entire room makeover.

Let’s take flight into our travel themed room.

Jem and KelWin putting on highlights of the travel themed room with Dulux wash and wear paints. Jem painted the silhouette of the world map in Dulux’s White Pearl. While Kelwin meticulously painted a retro looking airplane in Dulux’s O’hara (red), Peacan Tree (brown), White Pearl and Nobel Grey. It’s exciting to see our plans turn into reality
KelWin Jen Travel Wall Mural by Dulux Paint

Another element to consider when decorating a themed bedroom is the use of appropriate bedding. In order to compliment our lakemount blue walls and O’hara (red) airplane, we’ve decided to keep the color theme of the room to mainly blue and red.
Travel theme kids room bedding

Bear-y America and Bear-y Britain throw pillow effortlessly adds a dash of travel mood to the entire bedroom. My hunt finally paid off after shopping for days when I found this quilt cover set. Not only does it match the color theme of the bedroom perfectly, the reverse side of the quilt cover shows the picture of a traveller’s map too! Pretty isn’t it?
Kids Travel Themed Room Beddings

Hiroshi is madly in love with his old “new” bed.
Travel theme kids room

You’re off to great places, today is your day.
Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way! ~Dr Seuss

travel theme kids room dulux paint

We’ve also added a bedside lamp to create a softer look and warmer ambience against the Lakemount Blue walls. A splash of color from the bedside alarm clock to dress up the dark colored bedside table.

Study table is placed near the window for ample natural sunlight. Due to Hiroshi’s ADHD condition, we’ve kept his study table distraction free with just a study lamp and a mini rotating globe. Definitely a more conducive environment as compared to before.
travel theme kids room Study

Despite being such an active boy, one of Hiroshi’s favorite quiet time activity is reading. He can be at it for hours, so this cozy corner will be his spot to chill and unwind.

No travel themed room is complete without the use of world clocks. City names under the wall clocks are custom made vinyl stickers. Easily available at those printing shops located in Bras Basah Complex. They are very simple to put up too!
Dulux Paint Travel Themed Room WOrld Clocks

Notice the difference in wall colors?
We’ve painted this corner of the room in Dulux Song Porcelain, and this photograph doesn’t do the color justice! Song Porcelain is a beautiful shade of white infused with a subtle tinge of violet. Brilliant contrast to the Lakemount blue walls. Apart from giving the room an illusion of a wider space, it also sets the mood for the reading corner.
travel theme kids room by dulux paint

And on top of our new cabinet lies happy memories and souvenirs of our travel experiences. The big globe that sits on the cabinet provides hiroshi a fun and great way to look at the world we live on, allowing him to reminisce his past travel experiences and to plan his next itinerary.

Other than creating a cozy environment, the blue standing lamp and red bean bag perfectly blended our color theme into the quiet reading corner.
Dulux Paint room makeover | Travel themed kids room

The kids were delighted to play their part in the room makeover.
Dulux Room Makeover trave themed door name tag

We found some theme fitting decor from Spotlight and painted them with Dulux paints.
Dulux paint travel theme door tag

Bonjour! A customized door sign for the room.
Dulux paint travel themed name dog tag

Inspired by our room transformation?
Check out Dulux’s tips to giving your home a perfect make over.

Take advantage of the promotion and attractive paint packages offered by Dulux Paint.
Dulux Paint Singapore Discount Codes

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VOTE and WIN
Starting from 8 December, vote for your favorite blogger with the best room transformation on Dulux Facebook page for a chance to win up to $600 worth of prizes!
Dulux Paint travel themed room

Our room transformation was a bliss with Dulux Professional Painting Services.

This is what you can expect from engaging professional painters from Dulux:
Pre-Paint
Before the actual paint job, the good people from Dulux came down to our house for a site inspection. Professional painting contractors from Dulux assessed our walls and gave us professional advice ranging form products to colors.

Actual Paint Job
The professionals from Dulux arrived on time and worked efficiently as a team. They shifted furniture and protected them with plastic sheets. And even laid mats on the floor to protect my flooring too!

The professional painters started taping edges of the electrical sockets, switches and skirting of tiles. Damaged walls from my DIY heydays were plastered. Sealant paint was painted over parts of the wall that needed cover ups. And then they proceeded to paint the entire room with care.
Dulux Professional Painters
Dulux Professional Painters

They even cleaned up after the paint job and shifted furniture back.

Have you heard of a paint job that comes with warranty? Well, you heard me right! Dulux offers 1 whole year of guarantee against paint defects for your newly painted homes too! Now that’s what I mean by having a peace of mind.

We were extremely satisfied with the services offered by Dulux Professional Painters. They have made our room transformation so much easier as anyone who has painted a room before can testify that painting is always the most difficult, and not to mention back breaking part of a room makeover. Two thumbs up for the professional team of painter at Dulux for such a wonderful job well done.

Hiroshi is happy that his personal space has been rejuvenated with a fresh coat of paint, with colors that spell calm and peacefulness.

Thank you Dulux for making a dream come true effortlessly!

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This entry was posted in Family.

Keep Kids brushing like Magic!

I am finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.
For the first time ever, they volunteered to BRUSH even before I could nag!

Wanna know how?
The secret lies in Disney Magic Timer App by Oral B.
Disney Magic Timer App from Oral B

I bet you, no kids will ever resist the magic of Disney characters.
But when used together with an incredible mobile App,
this is an unbeatable combination to get kids brushing on their own!

Sophia setting up her account and chose to be Belle from Beauty and the Beast.
Disney Magic Timer App by Oral B

Simply scan any Oral B Stages product and watch the magic unfold before you.
Disney Magic Timer by Oral B

Sophia’s eyes were fixated at the screen
while trying to “brush” away the foam to see the image that lies beneath.
Disney Magic Timer App by Oral B

She brushed for a full 2 minutes!
(Can you feel me jumping in joy!!)

Sophia was excited about collecting stickers after brushing her teeth
and looked forward to bushing again in the evening!
Disney Magic Timer App by Oral B

Even James was enthusiastic about brushing. He took Hiroshi’s Oral-B Pro-Health Stages Disney Cars Power toothbrush and went Me, Me, Me!!
Disney Magic TImer App by Oral B

Oral B Stages product are great investments for better Oral Hygiene in young kids.
Oral B Stages Disney Power Toothbrush

Watch Video to find out more about Disney Magic Timer App by Oral B

You can download the FREE Disney Magic Timer app from either
Disney Magic Timer App Apple Appstore OR Disney Magic Timer App by Google Playstore

Cheers to better Oral Hygiene for our kids.
Let’s Keep Calm and Brush on!

Full Disclosure: We have been gifted Oral B products for the purpose of this review. But all view, opinions, and fresh breath are our own.

M.I.C.E 12 days of Christmas | Fuji Instax Mini 8 Giveaway

I love cameras and they play a huge part in my life.
I believe that a good photograph keep memories still
and in order to do that, a good camera is needed.

For the past 5 years, I’ve been shopping for my camera gears at SLR Revolution
and I highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy anything photography related.

SLR Revolution
Funan digitalife mall
109 North Bridge Road #04-18 Singapore179097
Contact: (65) 6336 8767

This is NOT a sponsored post.

I’ve grown to love their honesty and great service,
so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to reward
both my favorite camera shop and readers too.

**Drumroll** For the opening scene of my M.I.C.E Christmas Giveaway,
I’ll be giving away a Fuji Instax Mini 8 to preserve all your happy memories instantly.
Fuji Instax Mini 8 Giveaway

Instant Photos, Instant Fun!
Even comes in 5 AWESOME colors.
Fuji Instax Mini 8 GIveaway SLR Revolution Review Funan
Fuji Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Fuji Instax Mini 8 Camera Giveaway Terms and Conditions:
– Giveaway ends 10 December 2014, Sunday 2359 hours (Singapore time)
– Limited to one winner per household
– Winners will be randomly selected via the widget on 11 December 2014
– Incomplete or invalid entries will be automatically disqualified without notice
– This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
– Winners must be able to self-collect the prizes.
– We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice.

CherieLadie is next on M.I.C.E Christmas Giveaway.
Stick close to her blog to find out what she’ll be giving away!

5 tips to encourage good oral hygiene for little kids

Dental experts have recommended kids to brush with a child-sized soft-bristled toothbrush, dabbed with pea-sized fluoridated toothpaste for 2 minutes, twice daily.

It’s a real chore getting our children to brush.
And it is an even taller order to get them to brush correctly.

I wonder how many other parents out there with the same predicament…

I’m sharing my top 5 tips to encourage better Oral Hygiene for kids:

1. Start Young

Start even before the little “fangs” comes in. Use a small cloth with boiled water, gently rub on baby’s gums and tongue. This is done so that they’ll be accustomed to you intruding into their “oral space” in time to come.

2. Hand ’em the Toothbrush
The strange thing about being little is you can’t wait to grow up. Hand them a toothbrush while you brush. Watch them mimic. Only applies to curious toddlers.
Tips to encourage good Oral Hygiene for little Kids Oral B

3. Singing Songs
Singing songs helps in the process of tooth brushing too.
(Especially great for little children.)

4. Get age appropriate toothbrushes + Timer + Reward Charts
(photo credits Oral B Singapore)
Oral B Toothbrushes for Children
As our children grow, their oral care changes too. That is why we like Oral B Stages toothbrush. It is a foolproof solution to choosing the right toothbrush for our kids. Besides, the attractive Disney characters on the toothbrushes are also an added incentives to get kids brushing too.

Get a cheapo (reads-> Diaso) kitchen timer and set it for 2 minutes.

And finally print a Reward Chart and get Brushing…
(works fairly well with young children)
Free Download Disney Princess Tooth Brushing Reward Chart
Princess Tooth Brushing Reward Chart

Free Download Cars Tooth Brushing Reward Chart
Disney Cars Tooth Brushing Reward Chart

5. Oral-B Pro-Health Stages Power toothbrush + Reward Charts
Oral B Braun Eletrical Toothbrush Disney Princess tips for good oral hygiene for kids
The older kids were totally thrilled to be handed an electrical toothbrush. They immediately felt empowered like mini adults!

And with great responsibility comes great Oral Hygiene.

Rotating PowerHead on the Oral-B Pro-Health Stages Power toothbrush effectively cleans multiple surfaces and even harder to reach areas. A toothbrush that allows thorough cleaning action with less effort. I like!

In addition, there’s also a timer in the toothbrush, so this will greatly help kids keep to the 2 minutes optimal brushing time. And no kids will ever resist to the attractive Disney characters on the toothbrushes!

Just print your tooth brushing reward chart, and you’ll be all ready to Brush and Roll.


Oh… and there is just 1 more thing.
If the tips above hasn’t work for your child…

Fret Not!

I’ll be sharing a fuss free app to get our children all excited about brushing in my next posting. I swear it works like a dream and I promise that you’ll never have to nag your kids about tooth brushing ever again!!

Let’s Keep Calm and Brush On.

Full Disclosure: We were gifted Oral B toothbrushes for the purpose of this review, but all views, opinions and great smelling breath are ours.