Bella Tries: the Nu Skin Lumispa™ Cleansing Tool, is it worth the $$$?

Having been exposed to the skin industry since I was 12 years old thanks to my cosmetic dermatologist father, I’ve seen and used my fair share of products. My face is so accustomed to therapeutic salon brands, that over the counter products have little or no effect on my skin anymore. And knowing what I know, I’m a bit conservative with my expectations when it comes to beauty and skincare products in the market, especially something from an MLM company. Not that I don’t trust their products, in fact I think MLM companies put more effort into providing better quality products, it’s the overpricing of their items that really bugs me off. Anyway………..

Lately, there’s been much hype and rave about the Nu Skin’s Lumispa™ Cleansing Tool. And having been recommended by my trusted long time make-up artist friend, I decided to give it a go. Plus, I really have been slacking in the skincare department ever since having 3 kids, lack of sleep and just plain lazy you know LOL, so I thought I’d take a plunge and splurge on this funky looking gadget that promises to improve the overall health of your skin (on your face of course).

SO… what is the Lumispa™?

According to their website, the Lumispa™ is a dermatologist-tested device that gently but deeply cleanses the face with their Micropulse Oscillation technology. With its soft silicone head, it moves at a precise frequency that helps promote faster skin renewal, tighten up enlarged pores, therefore, giving you healthier, more radiant looking skin.

1 step, 2 minutes and 7 benefits is tag line.

“Experience brighter, softer, smoother looking skin and an energising facial massage. Simply spend two minutes twice a day to enjoy healthier, youthful looking skin in as little as two weeks.”

Their patented technology even won the Best Upcoming Skincare & Cleansing Product at the 2018 Biotechnology Award. That’s gotta say something, and it definitely upped their credentials, for me at least.

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Unboxing my new toy just a week or so ago

So….. fast forward a week and 3 days later since the beginning of my Lumispa™ journey, I have been pleasantly surprised by the results. To be honest, I was expecting to be smacked by the husband for being so gullible, as to believing an MLM product could be as good as a salon product. But you know who uses it as routinely as I do now??? Take a guess ROTFLMAO…. Tadaa, the husband uses it every night that he comes back early from work and keeps telling me how clean his face feels. Hah!

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It does look pretty cool, doesn’t it?

The soft silicone head contains anti-microbial silver, is non-abrasive, cleanses deeply into the pores, and moves at precise frequencies for optimum skin renewal process

The ageloc Cleanser. You can choose between normal, combo, oily or dry i think. 

Now before you go diving head in and pressing the “Add to cart” button on their website, I have to tell you that it wasn’t such a smooth journey for me, as compared to my husband. His skin texture has improved quite significantly since his first try of the Lumispa™. Mine, on the other hand, took a few breakouts before my skin got better, and I’m not even sure if it’s solely the effects of the device.

What happened was that 3 days after using the Lumispa™ once a day (at night before bedtime), my whole forehead was filled with tiny little comedones, aka whiteheads. There were a few possibilities that I could think of as to why this occurred. One, it could be that the Lumispa™ somehow stripped off my skin’s natural sebum and the skin is now aggravated; two, I made the mistake of randomly using my mother’s Olay Regenerist moisturiser left in the guest bathroom because I was too lazy to go into my own bathroom for my Sulwhasoo Essential First Care Activating Serum EX that I started using just a couple of months back (a product that was a gift and which by the way, does nothing much for my skin, but that’s a story for another day, and seriously it’s too expensive to just let it sit in the cupboard).

Anyway, back to my story. I had so many tiny bumps on my forehead that it wasn’t funny. Even the hubby asked me to stop. But I persisted because I had a feeling it could have been the moisturiser more than the gadget itself. So like always, I stopped all moisturiser (both Olay and Sulwhasoo) and went back to my trusted Derm10 Comedone and Skin Renewal Complex. Within 2 days, the bumps subsided to just a few spots (seriously, these 2 products are my saviour to any sudden skin imperfections). So I continued with the device and then I began noticing how my skin has actually improved. My nose and cheek areas used to have enlarged pores, but while I was focusing on my breakouts on my forehead, I didn’t realise that my pores are now more refined and less visible.

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The obligatory selfie, right? >< Pardon the blurry picture, blame it on the old iPhone LOL. You can still see some bumps on my forehead though. But overall my skin has improved, and this was taken before I had any make up done.

 

THE VERDICT?

Me: Needless to say, I was impressed. Because I’ve tried many products that claim to help tighten pores to only be left with disappointment. Imagine my surprise when I try pinching my pores, checking to see if any sebum or whitehead emerges, that the congestion was so minimal! Because the pores were smaller, my overall face did somehow look smoother.

The hubby: His face looked brighter, and definitely cleaner than it has been for a long long time. He occasionally needs to be in the restaurant kitchen when we’re understaffed, so his skin gets really oily. The normal cleansing routine of just using a cleanser didn’t exactly helped clean off the impurities and oiliness. By just spending two minutes daily before bedtime and getting good skin, he’s definitely happy using it.

Overall, the results have been pretty positive. However, I honestly wouldn’t make a firm judgement so quickly a of yet though. I’d be interested to see how our skin fares in month’s time.

Is it worth the money spent?

I’d say yes for now, especially for a gadget that is meant for one, but utilised by two. LOL.

 

Do you have a Lumispa™ too? What are your thoughts on it? Is it worth it for you?

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Amblyopia, wait ambly-what?

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It’s heartbreaking to see Big Warrior struggle with her self confidence when it comes to her eye sight problem. 

Poor little darling has Amblyopia, a condition that affects 2-3% of children according to the National Eye Institute. If you don’t know what Amblyopia means, it’s the technical term for Lazy Eye. Usually it means a person has one good eye and one bad eye that rarely gets used because the brain naturally prefers to utilise the good eye, hence the term “lazy” which refers to the bad eye.

Minor cases usually do not affect a person much, but in severe cases when combined with strabismus (crossed eye), the result can affect one for the rest of his/ her life. I should know, because I have amblyopia and exotropia (eye turning outwards). As there never has been any support provided whilst growing up, and no one seem to find it a problematic enough to mention my condition, my own condition wasn’t treated until I was in high school, my eyes are now monocular in vision, which means they operate separately from each other. I know exactly which eye I’m using when looking straight, which is kinda hard to explain to someone with normal binocular vision. LOL.

This condition played a huge part in plummeting my self esteem when trying to socialise or fit in. I was constantly conscious about the ways my eyes were, and found it difficult to look at anyone in the eye, fearing that they would judge me for my imperfection. It is quite obvious whenever I try to focus at something, whether near or far. 

With Big Warrior, we always found she naturally turns to her right whenever focusing on something and have brought her to the optician since she was 2 to see if there’s anything wrong with her eye sight. We were told numerous times that it is something that she’ll grow out of. It wasn’t until she turned 3 1/2 that the optometrist finally agreed that something is amiss, and we were given a referral to Dr Geoffrey Lam, who was at one point of time Perth’s only paediatric opthalmologist

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Image credit: The Australian (Dec 15, 2011)

Dr Lam worked with us for the past 2 years trying to get Big Warrior to improve her eyesight by patching. We were supposed to patch 2 hours daily, but we were having difficulties getting her to fully cooperate on this treatment due to the self consciousness. She is, most of the time, obliging but it took a lot of persuasion and patience to get things going. In the end, we settled for patching every time she watched movies.

It was difficult, being a Steiner/ Waldorf parent, when it comes to the issue of gadgets. We practise minimalism when it comes to technology for the kids. No iPads, no TV, no laptops, no mobile phones, especially during weekdays/ school days. I’m moderate in the sense that the kids still get their movie nights every Friday and Saturday. I believe that preventing them from having any relationship with technology will only create rebellion in the future, so I let them have it on weekends, which is fair to me.

Surprisingly, we managed to survived the past 2 years, and even got through quite a bit of improvement. Her right eye muscle strength improved, from not being able to make out anything that is a mere arm’s length away, to now being able to see (though not so clearly sometimes) things that are 15-20 steps away.  Having said that, it’s still a race against time for us, because the issue would be permanent if her eye condition doesn’t improve enough by the time she turns 8 years old. She has, according to Dr Lam, another 25% improvement to go before her right eye muscles can be deem as fully functional. 

Here I’m praying that she will pull through the next 2 years so that she doesn’t end up like me. Honestly, having people stare at me because how my eyes turn outward isn’t fun. Why I wasn’t given a chance to treat mine is a grudge I hold till now. I know, I know, I need to learn to just let it go, and accept myself for who I am. But sometimes things are easier said than done. I try to be brave and just smile while explaining to someone (when they look at me weird) that I have lazy eyes… but it doesn’t get tiring having to do that all the time, especially when you’re meeting someone for the first time. 

I hope that she’ll learn to forgive me in the future for forcing her to do something she hates now. 😥 

If your child has Amblyopia, don’t ever feel that you’re alone in the battle. There are many moms like me who are facing the same problem. I was trying to avoid the topic as much as I can, but now that I’ve gotten this issue off my chest, I’ll be updating her progress whenever we see Dr Lam, which is about every 4-6 months.

And I personally think she rocks with glasses, no? 💕

P/s: I’ve included Dr Lam’s contact details below, in case anyone needs to see him. You’ll need to get a referral from an optometrist first though.

Dr Geoffrey Lam

8/20 Churchill Ave,

Subiaco,

WA 6008

(08) 9380 9977

 

Bella Tries: Nutra Organics Mermaid Latte

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Ever since I’ve been on latest midlife crisis mode, I’ve been splurging on things that would or could help me feel younger again. Recently, I stumbled upon this interesting drink called Mermaid Latte by Nutra Organics at a health food store. Needless to say, the packaging and name captured my attention first, then the ingredients. LOL.

 

 

A magical drink created with Ayurvedic principles. There’s spirulina (we all know that spirulina is Da Bomb) and sea minerals in it, and of course the Butterfly Pea Flower which gives it the vibrant blue colour; Siberian ginseng, ginger, liquorice and honey for immune function. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Let’s see how it turns out……….

 

image2-2The Mermaid Latte powder, reminds me of the Butterfly Pea Flower. It does say there’s no artificial colouring on the package. 

 

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I like my unhomogenised milk unheated, so I decided to mix the powder straight into it to see if it would blend. The package did say that the milk could be slightly heated or chilled. It took longer to blend it, but it did blend nicely in the end, and my milk turned into a beautiful shade of blue.

Now that we’ve agreed that it looks beautiful, what about its taste? Does it taste as good as it looks?

I’d say it’s an acquired taste. But if you’re into spiced tea like me, then you’ll enjoy this superpower punch. There’s a gingery-peppery after taste that gives you the wake-up-now feeling, which was what I needed this morning. I also love the taste of chai and coconut milk with a hint of honey.

While we’re at it, I’m compiled a summary of the benefits of the main ingredients so that you know what’s good for you. 🙂

  1. Coconut Milk – High in saturated fats, which is good for maintaining good cholestrol level, improving blood pressure, preventing dehydration and a rich source of brain food (Read more here)
  2. Manuka Honey – Proven to be anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant (Read more here)
  3. Blue superfood – [Copied from Nutra Organic’s website] Sea Mineral Complex is a multi-mineral algae grown on the ocean floor, and is high in bioavailable calcium, magnesium and 72 other trace minerals. Nutra Organic’s Sea Mineral Complex has appeared in a number of scientific studies that have proven it’s ability to support bone, joint & digestive health (Disclaimer: I can’t find any link to those studies. But generally, sea minerals are rich in potassium and magnesium and it promotes the body’s dynamic regenerative system to heal and balances itself. A peer reviewed study can be found here)
  4. Spirulina – [Copied from Nutra Organic’s website] Famous for being one of the most nutrient dense superfood in the world, the Blue Spirulina is the Smurf child of spirulina – it’s literally the blue pigment, also called Phycocyanin, derived from the blue-green algae. It is a powerful antioxidant and supports the bodies response to inflammation. It also helps to detoxify and protect the liver.
  5. Butterfly Pea Flower – [Copied from Nutra Organic’s website] Used mainly in South East Asian countries as a tea, it is a potent source of anthocyanin antioxidants and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic traditions for its medicinal properties and anti-aging effects.
  6. Adaptogenic Herbs – Great for anti-stress (Read more here)
  7. Ayurvedic Spices – [Copied from Nutra Organic’s website] These spices are traditionally used to enhance digestion and metabolism, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, balance hormones, reduce inflammation, help with sleep, and promote healthy and glowing skin.

With whimsical blues that reminds me of the ocean, and glorious superfood that will make me feel (and hopefully look) beautiful like a freaking mermaid, I’m looking forward to having my beautiful blue morning elixir every morning now!

Find out more about Nutra Organics and their range of products at www.nutraorganics.com

 

 

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Travelogue: Camp5 Indoor Climbing in Malaysia

Recently, we went back to Malaysia to celebrate my dad’s 74th birthday, and of course to have a family holiday. One of the highlights of the trip, was a day out at Camp5 Indoor Climbing in 1Utama Shopping Centre.

At first, I was a little apprehensive letting Big Warrior have a go at it, as with previous experience, adventurous and her just didn’t do well together. She’s been much better and more willing to try new things this year, but I really didn’t want to push it. So the first time we went (with my sister and her kiddos), I let her and Little Warrior watch their cousins in action, and because they were both in skirts, they couldn’t join even if they wanted to. But watching their cousin having all the fun, they made me promise to bring them there again the next time. And I said okay.

So the day came for them to actually have a go. Big Warrior got to do it, but Little Warrior was apparently still too young for it. Minimum age was 4, and she was 3 3/4. Bleh. Oh well, she got to play at the elephant looking climbing rock thingy so it was still okay. We paid RM55 for a whole hour of fun (Try Climbing Session) for Big Warrior, equipped with all the necessary shoes and harness and guide.

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The Elephant looking climbing thingy ;P

 

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This is a snapshot of the page. More info on the session can be found here

 

The best thing about this place? The guide takes your kiddos out of your sight for almost an hour so you get to enjoy your cuppa without having to freight over how high your child is currently climbing at the moment. Out of sight, out of mind, you know? LOL.

 

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Snapshot from their page. The walls that are covered in the Try Climbing Session

 

There were 6 of them for this session, so it ends by the climbers attempting the autowall next to the cafe. There, parents like me, get to finally witness their children in action. I was surprised at how eager she was climbing up the 12m high wall. I mean, being a waldorf child, it’s no surprise she’s done climbing (trees) before. She had some difficulties reaching the top and came down half way. As she made her way to my table, I could see she was slightly disappointed but kept up a brave front and just told me she wanted to have a rest and that she’s probably had enough climbing for the day. So I ordered ice cream for her, and when I brought it back to the table, I was surprised to find her gone. It was then I noticed she was again half way through to the top on the auto wall, this time with a guide next to her. Needless to say, I was very impressed with the amount of encouragement that was given by the guide (slightly regretful I didn’t manage to get the name of the guide). He didn’t have to waste more time entertaining kids you know, but the fact that he came back and encouraged Big Warrior to go up again, and climbing side by side her to show her the ropes (no pun intended LOL) and teaching her the best way to gage which steps to take and balance, I was absolutely grateful. In my life in Malaysia, never had I come across such enthusiasm and smiles when it came to customer service, and especially to a kid at that! Bravo to the people at Camp5!

 

All in all, we had a great day at Camp5. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s in town to drop by. Thank you Camp5 for giving my Big Warrior the day of her life. 🙂

 

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Image credit: http://www.camp5.com

 

Camp5 Indoor Climbing 

EZ501, 5th Floor
1 Utama Shopping Centre,
Bandar Utama, Damansara,
Petaling Jaya 47800
Selangor
Phone: +603 7726 0410
Phone: +603 7726 0420
Fax: +603 7726 0210
Email: 1utama@camp5.com

www.camp5.com

 

Unroyal Bella – A new journey

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Just being a few months shy of turning 35, I’m in sudden panic mode. Okay fine, not so sudden, in fact it’s been going on for a couple of months. Bleh.

You see, I’ve never really been one to waste precious time in front of the mirror, my make up and skincare regime all but takes me a whole 2 minutes. I didn’t even use to wash my face in the morning. My idea of a morning wash is wake up – brush teeth – splash water – wipe face – done. Add that helpful excuse of having 3 kids under 6, yeah, that routine kinda worked for me, and has worked for me for the past 6 years. The most I did was to add a slab of BB cream or foundation, and some eyeliner, that’s it. I don’t even use lipstick, moisturiser, or fragrance.

It doesn’t help that I actually grew up with skincare, because my father was a skincare doctor with a skincare business in Malaysia, and I actually helped out in the skincare manufacturing department for a few years before making the decision to be a full stay at home mom. So the importance of skincare shouldn’t be something new to me, but the advantage of being young back then hasn’t really made me see the crucial importance of it. But now I do. When age is catching up on me, now I finally do.

As of late, I find myself staring at the mirror longer and longer, and noticing how haggard and old-ish I’ve become. Bleh. So I decided to put more effort into my skin and lifestyle, especially after that loooooong pep talk from the husband about how I should learn how to let go and just live, instead of being so uptight about everything in life, but that’s a story for another day. It’s a rather inspiring story, I might add. LOL.

So like I said, I’ve decided to put more effort into taking care of myself, internally and externally to hopefully age gracefully. I mean I do welcome the notion of aging, but not to the point of just letting myself be a premature haggard old lady at 35! Nooooooooooooooo. Having said that, I’m not ready to take the plunge and do something drastic in attempt to look artificially young too you know, but then again who knows what the future holds? LOL. For now, I’m happy to just live a healthier lifestyle, and splurge on things that will help me look good (hopefully the husband isn’t reading this post and won’t focus on the word splurge).

Join me on my #unroyalbella journey and I’ll share my experience on the products I’m trying (what worked and what didn’t), or clothes I’m wearing, and the food I’m eating. All in the name of aging gracefully and living life to the fullest. 😉

 

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Travelogue: Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery cafe

Nestled amongst the valleys of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales is the picturesque Thredbo Valley, home to the award winning Wildbrumby Schnapps distillery.

 

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Image credit: Wildbrumby website 

 

The 20 acre Wildbrumby estate boasts a Schnapps distillery, working organic raspberry farm, cellar and a quaint little cafe. The picturesque car journey there from Hill Top (where we stayed) itself was worth it. Lake Jindabyne was absolutely breathtaking, it was like we were transported to Switzerland.

 

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Image credit: bookjindabyneaccommodation.com

 

The entrance to the estate was interesting.  Austrian cowbells and horseshoes decorated weathered log fences, laser cut Wildbrumby signs proudly visible all around the vicinity, and the scenery surrounding the place is a sight to behold.

 

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Think Sound of Music. I can totally picture Julie Andrews singing here, or perhaps the Mother singing “Climb every mountain”

 

The inside of the cafe was very quaint but cosy. The main feature was the state of the art German-built distillery pot in the middle of the rustic cafe. It’s where all the final distilling takes place. You can tell by their menu and setting that the distillery has some sort of Austrian heritage. There’s the Farmers Pfandi, Austrian Beef Goulash, Kessler, Austrian apple strudels (which is totally different from the Australian strudels), lemon gugglhupf, Schnappygato, just to name a few.

 

 

 

Their Toby Estate ice coffee that the Mr ordered was awesome as it was aromatic and smooth, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed their Bambino cones. My ice chocolate was decent but nothing to shout about. Unfortunately, we weren’t a fun of the apple strudels, I think we still prefer the usual Australian apple strudel. We did love the bacon from the brekkie plate. Lol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mommy had a bit of fun tasting most of the Schnapps while daddy took the responsible role of being sober. My favourite was the butterscotch and peach nectar.

 

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Overall, it was a great experience for us. It’s rare that we get to enjoy a cuppa with the daddy without him being constantly on the phone busy with work. So we really treasured the moment.

 

I’d recommend everyone and anyone who is travelling to the Snowy Mountains to make the detour and visit this beautiful little place. We fell in love with the place, I’m sure most of you would too.

 

Wildbrumby Schnapps DistilleryCorner of Wollondibby Rd and the Alpine Way
Jindabyne NSW 2627 Australia
E info@wildbrumby.com
T 02 6457 1447 / F 02 6457 140

 

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Salon Review: J & K Hair Salon Perth

So, my hair has been breaking and falling ever since Littlest Warrior turned 4 months. After a month of unapproved leave from my Littlest charge, I finally got to have an hour off (Hooray for grandparents!) to go do something about the haystack on my head.

 

I am totally clueless about hair salons in Perth, and I don’t exactly fancy having my hair done here because as prejudice as it sounds, I don’t trust the locals with my hair. It’s true, Australian hairdressers just don’t know how to cut Asian hair. So I usually get my hair done whenever I’m in Kuala Lumpur.

 

But I really really really, like really needed a hair cut right now, and beggars can’t be choosers. After some research and recommendation by friends, it was down to between Tao or Hair and J&K Hair Salon. I decided to give the latter a try, just because it was easier to find parking compared to Tao. 🤣

It’s a few doors down from the Victoria Park woolies, so it was like, park at car park, walk 2 minutes and voila, you’re there!

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Owned by a Korean couple Aron and Alice, the establishment began back in 2010/2011, and they were already in the field prior coming to Australia. So as far as experience goes, it’s pretty decent. The store front is nothing to shout about, the interior is typical but cosy. Two Korean ladies rushed to served me as I made my way in. One asked me for my bag and jacket so that she may stow it away for me, while the other ushered me straight to the basin for a hair wash prior to the cutting session.

 

As far as hair massage goes, it’s decent but again nothing compared to many salons in Malaysia. The lady who washed my hair was very smiley and friendly, so that’s a huge plus point in my books.

 

Anyway, I requested for Alice as she was most recommended according to my research. She was very attentive and eager to please. However, I had no idea what type of hairstyle I wanted so I gave her the green light to cut it however she wanted. I always like to give free reign to the person cutting my hair, because they should know best what cut would suit my face. I did tell her though, that I didn’t mind it pixie short if it suits me, just so that she knows the extend I’d be comfortable with the length of my hair.

 

Being the nice person she is, she asked me every time she was about to make changes to my hair, like how do i like my fringe, how do i like my hair parting, etc. I guess in a way, that reassures both parties that things are going on the right track. I would say that she’s the “safe” type of hairdresser. LOL.

 

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Snip snip snip…

 

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Can you see how dry my hair is? Are those dandruff??!!!?!?!? Yikes.

 

Forty five minutes later……….. and $45 poorer. I didn’t walk out of the door feeling like a million bucks due to the past few hectic husbandless days, but I did feel a million pounds lighter and a few years younger. LOL. Plus, I have actually been getting compliments about my new hair look, so I guess it’s a good sign? 😊

 

Operation Chop Hair complete

 

Would I go back? Yeah, I would, whenever I need a “safe” trim or haircut. But I think I might just have to give Tao a try the next time I want a more drastic hair makeover. 😉

 

J & K Hair Salon

440 Albany Highway,

Victoria Park,

Western Australia

Tel: (08) 9362 6795

The shittiest Mothers’ Day, and why this too shall pass

Did the title of the blog catch your attention? Good, because that’s NOT the content of this blog post. LOL. But it is, however, a post for Mother’s Day. It’s a special day, so I thought it deserves a special once in a blue moon post. And just a heads up, things were honestly a little shitty, but definitely not the shittiest. Hahahaha

Not that I don’t enjoy blogging anymore, I do, but I can’t exactly justify why I would want to work my brain cells more when I could actually maybe perhaps hopefully get a tiny weeny bit of shut eye for that 30 minutes, which is how long I hope it will take me to finish this post.

 

The girls had a playmate over for dinner so they are quite entertained at the moment. Phew! So while I peacefully nurse Littlest Warrior to sleep in my room, I thought why the heck not post an update on my blog. I really have no idea how the blogger moms do it, I mean how do they find time?! Remember, this happened earlier, it’s not happening in real time.

 

So this happened. We had a whole day out visiting a friend, celebrated a birthday, came back to a toddler melt down session (and have no inkling whatsoever what she wanted), and a baby who is just wailing for you to put her to sleep, like right now. BREATHE IN….. ohmmmmmmm… BREATHE OUT. Yes I can totally handle this, no problem. It’s no big deal really, it happens almost every few days, some days more often than the others. So yeah, I got this. This too shall pass.

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Soooooo I quickly nursed Littlest Warrior and while she’s groggy, I gently put her down and pray that she would soothe herself to sleep. Hah! Fat chance. But okay nevermind, she did eventually get to sleep after that. So I dash to Little Warrior who is just having a melt down outside the room. She’s just over exhausted from the long day out (I know, bad bad mommy), and she’s just woken up from a nap in the car and is cranky. She’s so worked up that she doesn’t know what she wants anymore. But hey, that’s okay because let’s remind ourselves that toddlers are still trying to control their emotions, and obviously this one here hasn’t exactly found a way to keep it under control yet. But mommy’s here so everything will be okay. Somehow I am calm and collected. I embraced her, and held her for a whole freaking 20 minutes, just staying there silently while whispering “I love you, mommy’s right here” and hugging her tight while she bawled her eyes out. And while I was consoling her, I smelt it. But try telling a cranky toddler that mommy is about to pass out from smelling her poo for 20 minutes, most likely she isn’t going to get it. So I decided to man it up, hugged her for as long as she needed to calm down, and just pray I don’t faint from the pungeant smell that was filling my nose. This too shall pass, I tell myself.

 

20 minutes finally passed and she was just down to hiccups. So I gently told her that we had to go wash her bum bum, otherwise there might be worms there that’s going to crawl into her bum (I know, but desperate times call for desperate measures). So she goes but she still cries, like she wants to go wash it but she’s too cranky to go get it wash. Toddlers, they are really a totally different ballgame from you and I). But we did get there in the end, all washed and cleaned. 😊

 

We go to the room, because we both knew that she was overstimulated, but tired. Of course sleep was the last thing on her mind. So like any sane mother, I gave her a dose of homeopathic Chamomile, and hope that will help her to settle. She whines and wakes her littlest sister up. Great, now I have to place Littlest Warrior on to my chest and hold her with my left arm, and cuddle Little Warrior with the other arm. Half way through trying to put both to bed, she looks up to me with puffy puppy eyes and said, “mommy, can we go out? I want to eat the noodles [Big Warrior] was eating.” So, off we went, out to the dining hall for dinner, and you know what? By the end of it all, my beautiful sunshine of a daughter did finally got herself together. She finished her dinner and went on to play with her eldest sister Big Warrior, and her friend Harry, whom I am so grateful for being with us tonight, because at least he kept Big Warrior occupied. One less kid to worry about 😅😅

 

It might have been the chamomile, it might have been the calm, gentle and constant cuddles that helped. Either way, I’m glad it’s finally past.

 

And that’s how I spend Mothers’ Day eve, folks! And truth be told, I wouldn’t want it any other way. Because days like these ground me as a mother. It makes me believe in my capabilities of mothering my children and being superwoman at the same time. Let’s face it, balancing a baby on your chest with one arm, making sure she is suckling the boobs without falling off, and cuddling your other octopus, oops I mean cranky toddler with the other, is no joke  I seriously thought I was superwoman. And to top it off, I was calm! Woo hoo, I’m awesome! *yes I’m feeling crazy at the moment*

 

Don’t get me wrong, most days my warriors are absolutely wonderful and just amazing little human beings. But I just wanted to share with fellow mommies (especially the new moms) some of my moments where not everything is perfect, and that it is okay that your Mother’s Day hasn’t been perfect. Mine wasn’t perfect on so many levels, but it was still perfect to me because although it was kinda shitty, I learned how to love my children even more through these imperfect times. And because I’m at peace with it, it is somehow a perfect Mothers’ Day eve for me. Oh, not to forget, getting showered with gifts from the children helped make it perfect too. ;p

 

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Remember, this too shall pass. They will grow up, move out and have a family of their own. And then, you’d wish to have more shitty days like these than none at all.

 

Well, that’s all for now, happy Mother’s Day to us mom! 😊

 

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P/s: for the record, this post took 38 minutes to finish so please excuse my grammatical errors, as I have no intentions to reread it and amend anything  😝

 

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Side note: Head over to SedapPlace to see how you can support for a good cause this Mothers’ Day in Perth!

We’ll definitely be back, Boshack Outback!

Nestled among the Australian bushland in the middle of nowhere, I mean Toodjay, is the lovely 300 acre Boshack Outback farmstay.

The farm land itself is filled with picturesque scenes that you usually only get to see in documentaries and movies.

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On the way to Boshack, with just rows and rows of meadows and bushland

We arrived pretty late in the afternoon on our first day so we went straight to dinner and then bed. Nothing much to brag about. However, the next day was totally awesome!

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It’s not everyday one gets to sleep under a million stars, only to wake up to a million dollar view

As we stayed at the Lakeside Glamper, we were greeted with a stunning morning view of the lake. Don’t worry, they have a system nearby to actually keep the lake’s water level under control. And apparently it used to be a road along of the middle of the lake, but as time went by, water started rising from the ground so much so that it eventually became a lake. Isn’t that interesting?

The Lakeside Glamper was too huge for me to take a picture, but I managed to snap a pic of the tin sheds next to our glamper

We managed to do a mini-tour within the farm since it was such a beautiful sunny day. We got to feed the horses upclose, chase the chickens, geese and guinea fowls around, marron netting, fish netting, eggs collecting, dreamtime walking, boomberang throwing, and water divining. Wow, that was a mouthful. And unfortunately I didn’t get to snap pictures of everything we did, because you know, I was kinda excited myself to try out everything. LOL

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Right outside the main dining area

Tree climbing was an awesome experience for the kids

Chicken chasing and eggs collecting!

A walk through the Dreamtime trail… learning about the bushland’s history and having a feel of the Paperbark tree

Getting onto the rustic trailer for the bestest bumpity ride ever!

Our first taste of Marrons and the hubs got to try his hands on catching them!

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We also tried canoeing. This silly city mom didn’t know how to steer the canoe and almost got everyone stuck in the middle of the lake. LOL

We also forgot to take a picture of the toilets and shower, which were one of the highlights of the trip. So I’m crediting letmebefreeblog for her photo instead.

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Outside toilets and open roof showers. And you’ll need a torchlight to get there during night time

All and all, it was a great trip. We couldn’t take any pictures of the amazing night sky filled with millions of stars. They were so clear and looked so close to earth, it was literally breathtaking.

 

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Thank you for such a wonderful experience, Boshack! We’ll definitely be back!

 

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Confession of baby wrapaholic

I have a confession: I’m addicted to babywearing. Okay, so maybe I have more than one confession to make. I’m also addicted to the wraps and carriers that come with love for baby wearing.

Although I don’t own as many as I would like, and definitely not as many as other addicts I know from the babywearing mommy groups that I’m part of, I still own more than one, which in my hubby’s opinion makes me an addict. The real addicts probably have close to 20 wraps or carrier per mom, whereas I only have 5. LOL. Yes, Mr husband is rolling his eyes at me now. Apparently it’s a hard thing to grasp as to why I need more than a wrap/ carrier. (What? I need different ones to match my clothes, of course. 😝)

Well, he can roll his eyes all he wants. We both know that he loves babywearing his babies too, so I think that’s why he lets me get away with my babywear indulgence. Haha. (Btw, I love you hubby 😊)

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That;s him babywearing Big Warrior in Taiwan when she was 9 months old

There are are so many reasons to love babywearing. Here’s my top 10:

 

#1. Your baby gets to stay close to you

They don’t call it the fourth trimester for no reason. Infants are meant to stay close to their parents, and be held or carried as often as possible. No, carrying them all the time isn’t going to spoil them (Little Warrior weaned herself off the carrier by 1 1/2). Babywearing gives you the perks of being able to kiss and smell your baby as frequently as you like. Definitely a plus point for me as I LOVE to kiss and smell my babies. It’s like my Rescue Remedy, the act of it calms me down.

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Littlest Warrior in a Soul Sling Lotus Ring Sling at 4 weeks old [Photo credit: Collaboration with Light]

#2. Freedom!

Need to cook dinner? Go to the toilet while at the mall? Go mountain hiking? No worries, just wear your baby and you’re hands free and good to go! I can’t recall how many times babywearing saved my sanity. I’m literally on the go with all my kids because I would go insane staying at home the whole day. I also get to breastfeed while attending to my older kids or when I’m out and about. And the best thing about it, usually no one notices you breastfeeding your child when they’re in a wrap or carrier.

My 5 year old trusty Jumpsac Baby Ballerina Carrier for my all my travels (first pic: Big Warrior at 10 months old in Taiwan/ second pic: Little Warrior at 6 months Perth)

#3. Babywearing = peace & quiet

I can’t begin to tell you how many times people have asked me why I have such quiet and wonderful babies who sleep through dinner dates and shopping trips. I’ll let you in on a secret. Babywearing. Simple as that. The rocking motion that the baby gets from being carried while you walk lulls them to sleep. The tightness of the wrap around their little bodies gives them security and reminds them of their time in the womb where they’re safe and sound. Even if they aren’t asleep, they’d be happily exploring the world quietly and contentedly in the comfort of a wrap.

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Littlest Warrior at 6 weeks old in one of the prettiest wrap I’ve ever owned, the Kokadi Marie Im Wunderland 

#4. Babies are cuter in a wrap

I’ve lost count on the times I get stopped by a passerby commenting on how adorable and lovely my babies look all snuggled in a wrap. Let’s face it. Babywearing turns heads. Babies look almost angelic when in a wrap because they’re calm and happy. And sometimes their lips are “squished” in such a way that make them irresistibly cute, like literally Anne Geddes babies kinda cute. LOL

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Please ignore the less than appetising public toilet background. LOL. But doesn’t Littlest Warrior look simply divine?? *cue in the “aaahhhhhhhh*

#5. Babywearing moms are absolutely beautiful and babywearing dads totally rock

Maybe I’m bias, maybe I’m not. LOL. Babywearing parents look absolutely amazing wearing their babies. More so when you have a beautiful carrier on. I reckon there’s nothing more manly than a babywearing dad. They portray confidence because they aren’t afraid of how society might judge them for sporting a baby wrapped around their chest. And that’s one of the reason’s why I adore my husband. He isn’t one to shy away wearing his babies in public just because the carriers and wraps I have aren’t exactly in manly colours.

 

 

#6. It prevents kidnapping! (and secretly keeps Aunty Petunia from smothering the baby with slobbery kisses)

I’m not kidding with this one. There’s absolutely zero chances of anyone kidnapping your child when they’re literally strapped up onto your body. Well, they technically could still kidnap you, if they were willing to kidnap you together with the baby. But I doubt anyone would want to go to that extend. It makes more sense for them to move to their next little target who might be laying down quietly in a pram. Having a baby wrapped closely on to your chest also helps prevent unwanted hands, mouths, and breaths away from your precious little one. I always make sure to wear my babies when attending family functions and social gatherings. You’ll never know when some inconsiderate person with no common sense might just think it’s okay to carry your babies or kiss them right after a cigarette puffing session. Trust me, even people with a PHD, or doctor’s degree can forget their common sense when there’s a baby involved. *roll eyes*

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My first experience with babywearing was with a Peanut Shell sling. I noticed people tend to be less invasive with the baby when she’s being carried in a wrap/carrier/sling. 

#8. It’s indirectly a workout for your whole body

It’s like doing squats or crunches while standing up. Why? Because you’re constantly carrying weight, and are forced to tuck in your tummy all the time. The weight of the baby is more balanced throughout your body if you wear a carrier or a wrap, compared to a one-sided sling.

 

#9. No bulky strollers. Yay!

Have you ever noticed how much preparation goes into bringing a baby out? Nappies, extra clothes, bottles and what not if you’re using formula or expressed milk, wet wipes, change mats, etc. Those would have taken up the size of a decently huge baby bag. And then there’s the stroller. Once you’ve parked your car, you’d have to open the boot, lug out the stroller, open it, open the car door, take the baby out and strap the baby on. Oh, don’t forget to put a blankie for the baby. Now imagine you’re a babywearing mama. Once you’ve parked the car, you’d open the car door, put on your carrier or wrap (which is really lightweight), and put your baby in. You’re hands free! And you’d have hands to push a shopping trolley for groceries, a task which would prove to be quite difficult for a stroller mom. You can’t well be pushing a stroller and a shopping cart with just 2 hands, can you?

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Little Warrior in my first woven wrap, the Ellevil Paisley in Blue

 

#10. Babies get to see the world from a better angle

Have you ever stopped and imagine how a child feels being so small? If you haven’t, try squatting down while talking to your partner. You’ll understand how belittle and frustrating it gets sometimes to have to constantly look up at someone while talking. That’s how children feel, especially when they are being lectured at or talked to. It makes a big difference if we were to stoop down to their level when talking to them, or bring them up to our eye level when we engage with them. So instead of exploring the world from below (where it’s usually a sea of legs and feet and toes, and dogs), they get to appreciate their surroundings through your angle.

Left pic: My failed selfie with Little Warrior in my Ergo Petunia Picklebottom Carrier/ Right pic: Little Warrior in my Jumpcsac baby

Babywearing has been an extremely amazing experience for me, so much so that I’m now a proud babywearing advocate. It played such an important role in my attachment parenting journey. Gone were the days of insecurity as a first time mom, where I was constantly told to ignore my baby’s cry, and to not hold them so often for the fear of overdependency. Call me a hippie mom for all you like, I now co-sleep with all my children, I wear my newborn all the time, I hold them close whenever they need me to. Babywearing has taught me so much. I’m sure I will still find new things to learn as a parent of three, but one thing I’ve learnt that has proven to be invaluable, is that babywearing is the best thing you could ever do for your child. They get to feel you close and hear your heartbeat, that’s all a newborn wants, and that’s the best gift you could ever give them – YOU.

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