Friday, November 29, 2013

Changi Christmas 2013 with SpongeBob SquarePants - Activity for "SCHOOL OUT" Day 6

Nothing beats going on an impromptu playdate with C at Changi Airport T3, where you be greeted with the biggest SpongeBob SquarePants Bouncy Playground at the Departure Level.

SpongeBob SquarePants Bouncy Playground

Simply spend a minimum of S$20 in a single receipt (S$15 for Changi Rewards members). Do note that children under 1.2 metres are not allowed on the slide as the two darlings were rejected by the staff. But they were pretty cool about it and bounced themselves away in the Pineapple House Maze and Krusty Krab Ball Pit. We queued about 1.5 hours for this 10 mins play (infact 20 mins because two daddies were on queuing duties !!

Finally, our turn is near !
While waiting, C & Xav went to SpongeBob's interactive Pineapple House !

 
 
 

The interior
We "beo" them from the screen outside the room.

Do pop by the room and you see some pretty cool optical illusion effects from within.

There are also show times, lighting up the Pineapple House  at different intervals. Show times are : 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm (daily). Dance around and catch those smoke bubbles ! But be sure that they do not burst right into your eyes as it can be pretty uncomfortable.

Catch those smoke bubbles !

During the show time, tokens will be given out to members of public, if you managed to get them, you can exchange them for giveaways. We did not queue for this though as the queue is mad long !

Then, C and Xav proceeded to the Santa Claus Village and got up close and personal with ...

Santa Claus Village
 Santa ! You can catch Santa's appearance from : 3pm – 9pm (21 Nov – 26 Dec 2013) .


The kids explored Santa Claus Hall and the Mail Room, unlocking secrets about Finland.


Outside the log house.


Giving Snowman their big warm hug


The kids' had fun and do you know among all of Xav's friends, C is the only one whom he plays with without any problems of fighting over toys nor any argument ! Love their chemistry ! Both of them have no issues in giving in to each other at all ! Hope they will be the best playmates always and cherish this precious friendship !

This event will be here from 15th November to 5th Jan 2014 ! Happy Holidays !



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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Embarking on Essential Oils for the family well being !

Since young, Xav has a strong reaction towards insect bites allergy. Whenever he got bitten by mozzies or other insects, this was what happened.

Red, angry swollen left hand

The sting will itched and developed into an angry, swollen bump which felt "hot" when you touched it. Following will be mini group of tiny blisters growing on the sting and worse scenario I faced was, the blisters broke and there were even pus oozing out. It's not about spending money to bring Xav to see the doctor but it's the itchy, painful stage he has to go through for at least two weeks each time he got bitten on top of the interrupted sleep due to itch at night.

The blister will then dry up as shown below and developed into an eczema patch. You will then see me diligently applying the AI cream on the wound. Until I bought Star Shield for Xav, most of the claims are contributed by doctor's consultation for insect bites. Are you stuck and stress in such situations like me when in comes to dealing with insect bites allergy reaction on your child ?


Thankful to a friend who introduced me to Young Living Essential Oils when I first met her at a workshop. They are 100% pure essential oils, with no chemicals and are of therapeutic grade, using the Seed to Seal Process. Therapeutic grade essential oils have similar construct to our human body. Therefore, the oils can be are easily absorbed and the "unused" parts are easily discharged from our body without taxing the living like how oral medicine are.

Apart from being use through diffusing, the essential oils are safe to apply directly on our skin, to inhale as well as to ingest.

Below are the must have in my house; Thieves, Purification, RC, Lavender, Panaway, Gentle Baby, Peppermint & Valor. 

 

Here I share my MUST have oils & their functions are :

1. Purification 

Photo Source : Lotusbloomsoap

 I used it as a mozzie repellent for Xav and myself whenever we are out to the parks. Smells great ! A MUST have when we go for staycations or travel as it's good to keep bed bugs away !

This blend cleanses and disinfect the air, cigarette smoke and disagreeable odour. It disinfects and cleanses cuts, scraps and bites

Other categories of oil which can also be used as mozzie repellent are : Lemongrass, Peppermint


2. Lavender

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There was once I kicked against the playmat, my whole toe nail dangling by the corner. I dripped lavender essential oil on the wound and it helped in stopping the bleed after three application yet best of all it does not sting at all !

This has also helped the soothe the bumps on my face due to the irritation from my hair. It reduced the bumps and made them disappeared in one or two application.  

Calming and relaxing, it is commonly used for insomnia purposes. It has antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory properties as well as it is also good for targeting skin conditions such as eczema, acne, stretch marks and scarring.

For insect bites, I applied Purification and Lavender on the area which was being stung immediately. It's really amazing, choose to believe it or not ! The sting DID NOT SWELL at all ! I do not even need to bring Xav to the doctor this time ! 

On another occasion, Xav was being stung but the oils were left in the diaper bag. Result of it, as per above, it swelled up and became and angry bump. I went back and applied the same for the whole of the next day. By the third day, the swell subsided and Xav told me happily that he was feeling better and the wound has subsided.

I will never leave home without Purification and Lavender in my bag.

Other categories of usage :

Fever Management : Lavender + Lemon / Peppermint & Thieves

Sleep issues and general relaxation : Gentle Baby/ Valor/


3. Thieves 

Photo Source : Lotusbloomsoap

I need THIEVES in my house ! The MUST have after I have tried using for this period on Xav. My daily routine for Xav is applying one drop on his sole before bedtime and before he leaves for school to boost his immunity.

After using these months, I have to say that the frequency he fell sick has greatly reduced. At the beginning of the symptoms, I would diffuse this blend in the room to prevent the condition from escalating and the spread of the bug to the rest. I will drop one or two drops into the laundry as well.

This blend is the most amazing blend of highly antiviral, antibacterial and anti-infectious essential oil, with a story behind it.

"It was created based on a legend about a group of 15th century thieves who rubbed oil on themselves to avoid contracting the plague while they robbed bodies of the dead and dying. When they were caught, they were forced to disclose the secret and the formula of the herbs, spices and oils they used to protect themselves more a more lenient punishment.

Other categories of usage :

Immunity Booster & Germs- Go- Away : Thieves + Purification + Lavender

4. RC

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I will just rub it neat on Xav's chest, sinus area and throat whenever symptoms are showing.

This blend gives good relief from Colds, Bronchitis, sore throats, Sinusitis, Coughs and respiratory conjestion. It decongests Sinus Passages, combats lung infection as well as relieving allergy symptoms.

Other categories of usage :

Cough, Cold & Flu : RC + Thieves + Myrtle + Eucalyptus

5. PanAway 
6. Peppermint

Photo Source : Lotusbloomsoap
Photo Source : Lotusbloomsoap
The natural pain reliever ! I am one who is allergy to most of the pain killers. On bad days if I take pain killers, my eye bag would swell to one big bag. I was experiencing some painful muscles strained on my shoulders and neck area and a headache, when just Peppermint alone can't help to bring down. I layered on PanAway and after a few applications, the pain was gone and I felt so much better.

I have also applied PanAway and Peppermint for Dear's sports injuries on his feet which has been there for quite sometime. He felt the difference with frequent applications.

Other categories of usage :

Heel spurs : PanAway + Peppermint + RC
Ligament Issues : Lemongrass


7. Gentle Baby

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I just got this recently for Xav and had diffused it during his bedtime. I have not personally tried this. But from the function above, seems like it's a great oil for both preggy mums too !

8. Valor

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This is not only great to put you to bed. Once, I was starring blankly at the ceiling until 2.30am and I decided to try out valor. I rubbed it behind my back and ears as well as some on my wrist. I did not take note of the time but I knew I was fast asleep shortly !

According to friends who have tried this on their kids, this is really good for bruise when their children have falls or knocks !

These are the basic usage that these oils can do. If you are into these essential oils, do leave me a comment, I would appreciate your sharing and experience with the usage of these oils. I am pretty new to it but have tried it on myself and my family, found it quite beneficial. Something natural and yet could replace the medicines which I have been loading much on Xav and myself for the past few years. .

If you're interested to find out more about these oils, you can leave a comment on this blog post, I will try to answer them based on my own experience.

I have signed up as an Essential Reward (ER) Member of Young Living to enjoy the discount of 24% off the retail price when I purchase the oils  for my own usage.


If you'd like to purchase these products, you can do so by signing up as an ER Member of Young Living Singapore. There are two ways of doing so:

1. At their showroom which is located at :
300 Beach Road #29-03A
The Concourse
Singapore 199555.
Customercare Hotline : 6391 0170
Email : custservsingapore @ young living.com !

2. Via their website : www.youngliving.com.sg

Specially just for Xavvy-licious' followers, should you sign up as a ER member in the month of November you will be asked for the membership number of the person who referred you. Simply quote membership number "1470886" to prove that you have been directed by Xavvy-licious, you will receive a full size bottle of our favourites - THIEVES & LAVENDERS oil FREE after you have placed your orders !

Free Starter Kit (worth $63) + Free Thieves ( worth $79.06) + Free Lavender ($49.35) on top of your 100 PV oil purchase.

Do note the above is only applicable for ER member sign up for the month of November, under Xavvy-licious. Promotion will end on 30th November 2013. Don't miss this good deal !

For November Speciala from Young Living Singapore, spend 320 - 499 PV and receive Myrrh 15ml & Sacred Frankincense 15ml. If yhou are intending to sign up and get these great oils as Christmas gifts for your families and friends, it's a good opportunity to get these two oils for FREE with your purchases !

Myrrh

From Young Living SG :(Commipihora myrrha) has a rich, smoky, balsamic aroma that is purifying, restorative, revitalizing, and uplifting. It is a helpful aid to meditation, having one of the highest levels of sesquiterpenes available. Sesquiterpenes are a class of compounds that have a direct effect on the hypothalamus, pituitary, and amygdala, the seat of our emotions. Myrrh is referenced throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The Arabian people believed it helped wrinkled, chapped, and cracked skin.

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Sacred Frankincense

From Young Living SG: Comes from the Boswellia sacra frankincense tree and is distilled at the Young Living distillery in Oman. Sacred Frankincense is ideal for those who wish to take their spiritual journey and meditation experiences to a higher level.

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Should you have an interest in building it as a business, please email serene_seah@hotmail.com for further enquiries.

If time permits, I will be sharing on each individual oils once or twice a week.

Here's something for the coming festive season ! See if you hear familiar names in it ? Enjoy !!



Disclaimer : I was not sponsored for the oils. All are solely bought on my own for my family usage and I would just want to share the benefits of the oils.


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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree ! Activity for "SCHOOL OUT" Day 5

Xav has been bugging me to make a Christmas tree out of his Hama Beads. I was thinking that I do not have that template, why not let's make something else out of the foam !


He got a rare chance to use my die cutting machine. We cut some greens and reds and a single yellow star to top the tree !


I will normally utilise the empty wall spaces around the house.. I have a calendar chart on one side of the wall and the opposite sits his hot wheels hot tracks ! We found an empty area just outside his bedroom to stick and form the mini Christmas tree. Using some washi tapes, I cut and rolled them into a "double sided" tape and sticked on the stars.


We used some Woodgraine washi tape to complete the Christmas Tree ! Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas Tree, of all the trees most lovely !


I intended to print some photos of each individual in the family, cut out and stick onto the stars. This way, it doubles up as a family tree too isn't !

All you need is :
1. Red and green foams
2. Star shape cookie cutter if you do not have a die cutting machine. (Just press the cookie cutter on the foam and cut along the shape !

Happy crafting !  



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Friday, November 22, 2013

Explore ! Activity for "School Out" Day 4

Day 4 of "SCHOOL OUT" and where did we land up at ? The kids friendly - EAT.PLAY.LOVE Café which I went before a few times (My previous post here).

What a rare occasion to come out with two of my besties and their kids for a lunch & craft session before we head on to explore the vicinity of Arab Street.


Kids are just simply so easy to satisfy ! He made some star themed craft and made a bracelet for me. Thanks Esther for the shots !

Photo Source : Esther

After the crafting session, we took a walk around the vicinity. The first shop we stumbled upon was "Rich & Good Cake shop which specializes in their cottony, soft, Swiss rolls !


By the time we placed our orders, they were only left with Blueberries and Chocolate flavour. Seems like Kaya and Durian flavours are their top selling from what I gathered from my facebook page.



Then, we found a stall located directly opposite the rear of the Sultan Mosque that sells these traditional games played in the 80's like Kuti Kuti, Chapteh, Spinning Tops, Goli (marbles), Old Maid Cards Pack, Blow up Paper Ball, Blowing Balloon, Pickup Sticks etc ...... Further down after a left turn, there is a shop that also sell the same things but with more variety.

Games from the 80's
I bought a box of the Blowing Balloon that I played during my childhood minus the Goli for some fun !

Our buys for the day !

Abubble like balloon that doesn't burst!
Simple happiness by just keeping the balloon in the air !

Happiest !

We will be back again ... for the Swiss Rolls !!




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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Fingerprints fun ! Activity for "School Out" Day 3

Where is thumb man ? Where is thumb man ? Here, I am ! Here, I am !

Another fun activity which you can do with just some washable ink pads and a piece of paper and the ten fingers !

You can choose to have a picture printed out black and white and let the kiddos' fingers do the stamping to fill in the colours.

Alternative, you go for free play and allow the kids to stamp anywhere they like ! Let them add on hats, facial expressions etc and form a picture with a  story line ! Happy stamping !

 



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Build your own City - Activity for "School Out" Day 2

Yes it's Washi play again ! This time, I allow Xav to use the road tape to build roads for his city.


It's totally up to his own creativity to form the roads he wanted and I got him to tell me the directions from "driving" from Spot A to Spot B. Good way to train him up to give instructions or directions.


He built his own building with Citiblocs as well and uses the houses and apartment from Monopoly for the formation of his city !


If you do not have a road tape, simply just use a black tape and draw white dotted lines on it if you want.

If you have missed our previous post, here are some ways you can use Washi Tapes !

Unleash their creativity this holiday !!

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Our Felties Ocean - Activity for "School Out" Day 1

The start of the school holidays is always a headache to me when I was still working. All the aimless playing and sticking with the helper for the whole day until I knock off, always depressed me and made me wish silently that if only I can stay home to be with Xav.

Well, sort of my wish was fulfilled this time round as I'm still on maternity leave. But it does seem challenging to me as well because now I have another baby to take care of. Hence, time spent with Xav is also limit to how much free time I have remained after doing all the chores, preparing meals, washing up after meals plus the preparation of activities for Xav.

Anyway, here I am with this piece of pretty felt which I bought from a flea market. My intention was to cut it up for an Ocean learning theme and to sew these felts on plain shirts or rompers as appliques thereafter.


I kept the cover for my sofa when we discarded the sofa away as it was still pretty new. I used the black cover as the "sea" for marine felts.


For younger kids, they can use the felt to design an ocean world of their own.


Or tape a paperclip behind the cut out with a stripe of washi tape and there we are ready for a fishing game !


Look mummy ! I caught a whale !


If you do not have these felts, cut out fishes from print out is another alternative to make your own set of fishing game ! Simple theory of magnetic force can be taught as well !

Do share what activities do you play with your child at home during this school holiday.



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