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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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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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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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

Reblog: A Wonderful Family Getaway: Lilly Pilly Cottage Farm Stay @Gidgegannup, Western Australia

I can’t believe it’s been 2 years since we’ve been to Lilly Pilly! We’re seriously missing this little quaint cottage, and fingers crossed we’ll be able to make another trip there before Nemo is born. Anyway, here’s a recap from our wonderful experience there is 2014.
Nestled in a secluded farmland among towering Jarrah trees, the Lilly Pilly Cottage embodies the spirit of an ultimate Australian Bushland experience.
This homely, fully self contained little cottage has three comfortable cozy bedrooms, catering up to eight people. Since there were only five of us (one being a toddler), we had plenty of extra space to, well, waste. It’s a pity that in the midst of all the excitement, I actually forgot to take pictures of the rooms, but I did manage to take one of the lounge, which is equipped with a fireplace! How awesome is that?
Within the hundred-acre land, only thirty-five acre is utilised as a farm, an organic vineyard and two cottages; the rest of the sixty-five acres are kept in its natural form of Australian bushland. In the farm you will find a flock of sheep, some horses, cows, alpacas, and chickens. Patrons are encouraged to join in during feeding time every morning and evening. That particular activity quickly became Little Miss NAPB’s favourite time at the farm getaway.

 

 

 

 

 

“This is how you feed the chickens, daddy!”

Say “ahhhhhhhh”

 

“You gotta open your mouth before eating, Baa Baa Sheep”

Poor Baa Baa Sheep getting impatient while Little Miss Perfectionist attempts to sort out the hay, LOL

Such a proud moment for us that Little Miss NAPB was brave enough to be in such proximity with the animals

Being the farmhand of the day also meant that Little Miss NAPB had to help out with raking and transferring of the haystack prior to feeding the cow and bull.
A huff and a puff… Stacking the hay sure is hard work!

And some random shots of the cottage’s surrounding…

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Overall we had an awesome and memorable experience at the cottage, and would absolutely love to return again. But perhaps not till sometime later in the future. It’s not exactly cheap at roughly AUD$550 for a two night stay, but I guess if the accommodation was shared between two to three families, it would definitely be worth it. Of course, if you were to stay for a week, the price per night would be much cheaper as well.

Thank you, Farmer Ray, for your generous hospitality. We will definitely meet again!
And thank you Goong Goong and Popo for the treat to this amazing getaway!
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Gidgegannup, Western Australia

Love Your Family Challenge: My little “Nemo”, my shining star

This may come as a surprise to many of you, as we’ve managed to keep it under wraps for the past few months. I guess fate has it that it’s time to share the good news. We were planning for a third baby, but didn’t expect it to happen THAT quickly. Nevertheless, it came as a pleasant surprise.

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Even before it’s birth, “Nemo” (a nickname given by Big Warrior) has already became the family’s shining star, guiding us to greater heights in life. This is the year where daddy will be embarking on a new business venture, mommy will be given more parenting responsibilities, and both the girls will be upgrading from one sibling-hood level to another. It will be an exciting journey ahead for all of us. 

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As if chasing 2 monkeys around isn’t enough fun, I must have been mad (or drunk, or drugged) to agree to a 3rd one. LOL. I’ve never in my life imagined myself having 3 kids, but it somehow happened, and surprisingly, I wouldn’t change it for anything. 🙂 Even though they drive me up the wall at times, they melt my heart and touch my soul most of the time.  

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With the universe (husband), a moon (Big Warrior), a sun (Little Warrior) and a star (“Nemo”) by my side, I think it’s safe to say that my life is officially complete. Hopefully people will stop asking me if I plan to have another one. So I’ll say it again, “Nemo” marks the completion of our little family of 5. Unless of course something unplanned happens…. :p

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 What do you think? Are you team Mustache or team Pouty Lips? 🙂

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Love Your Family Challenge: My Second Daughter, my sun

Unlike my eldest who is calm and easy, this little munchkin is a ball of energy and sunshine. She is the one I go to in time of stress and when I need some “soul lifting”. Always smiley and cheerful, one look at her and all my troubles melt away.

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My little warrior has always been an independent, happy-go-lucky and easy baby. She was born under water via water birth, so the whole birth process was very gentle and calming. I’m not sure if it’s coincidental, but compared to Big Warrior’s first month as a baby where it was filled with cries and discomfort (due to stiff neck and some not-so-gentle physiotherapy, not to mention the inexperienced parents trying to adhere to silly parenting books), Little Warrior mainly nursed and slept peacefully through the first year. She was always smiley and giggly. Her trademark sunshine smile melts hearts wherever she goes.

I’m blessed that both my daughters adore each other. Little Warrior looks up to Big Warrior and constantly wants to follow her every step. As a result, this cheeky little bubba began walking at 9 months of age, all because she wanted to chase and follow her big sister around.

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I don’t know what I did to deserve such wonderful and amazing children, but I must have done something right. I can only hope that I can be the mother that they deserve.

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How can you not go “awwww” with this face?

I love you, my little sunshine. May you grow up happy and healthy always.

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Love Your Family Challenge: My Eldest Daughter, my moon

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There’s never been a day where I don’t count my blessing that Big Warrior is my daughter. Since the day she was born, she has consistently brought joy and love to the family.

Like the moon, she is calm and reserved by nature. Whenever the day gets overwhelming and fast-paced, all I have to do is to be in the presence of my eldest and my stress level decreases almost immediately. When I get too far ahead of myself, she helps keep me grounded and brings me back to planet earth. She brings much needed peace to my life, something that I love so much about her. As her father puts it, she is like an antidote to our stressful lives.

Having said all that, our parent-daughter journey was not an easy one. She was never the typical child. She wasn’t those bubbly giggly babies, she never really smiled. She had fears. A LOT of fears. Like, she had a fear meeting strangers, she feared the bath, she feared being away from the boobs, she feared anything that involved touching her head, etc. It was never an easy journey trying to appease the public perception that babies should be passed around, or that babies loved “peekaboo” games. I had to endure criticism from people, including some family members, that my child isn’t well taught or that my parenting skills were questionable. As a first time mom, simple criticism like that strikes hard. But luckily, with the ever supporting husband, I pulled through. Fast forward 4 years and the help of alternative healing, she’s now a strong, happy and cheerful child.

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I’m forever grateful that she is my firstborn, because she turned a new mother who doubted her parenting skills, into a strong confident lioness who is unafraid to protect her cubs in anyway possible.

Thank you for being my daughter, and thank you for being such a wonderful 姐姐 to your little sister. I will do my best to make your growing years as happy and positive as possible.

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Love Your Family Challenge: My Husband, my universe

I rarely participate in those Facebook sharing activities or challenges, but somehow this one struck a cord. I thought it’d be meaningful for me to keep a copy in my blog as well.

So…. I’m meant to post photo(s) of my family for 7 days to celebrate Family Love. And naturally, my first post is dedicated to my soul mate, my husband, my universe.

There’s a reason why he’s always the first one I thank or think of when it comes to “giving-thanks-to-those-who-made-a-difference-in-my-life” kinda thing. He surpasses everyone and anyone, simply because he is the only one who has really taken time and effort to love me for who I am, and not what he hopes me to be.

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He’s been there through my emotional ups and downs, and stood by me even when I wasn’t the easiest or nicest person to be around with. Years of unresolved and bottled up feelings are never easy to let go, but he never once gave up on me. Instead, he has always encouraged me to be better, and to learn to just, live and let live. It hasn’t been an easy journey, but it is more manageable and doable with him around.

He is supportive of everything that I choose to do, even when it goes against the norm, like going into the water with me during my water birth session with #2.

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He makes parenthood and marriage joyful and satisfying because he’s hands on, and never thinks of himself above me. He treats me with equal respects as I do him. I’m not saying that our lives are perfect. There are times when we argue or have bad days, but he always make sure it doesn’t go unresolved before the night is over, and apologises first (sometimes) even when it’s not even his fault.

I could go on and on with this. But I’m not going to, because I’m not here to persuade anyone else to agree with me as to how awesome he is. As long as he knows that he is loved and appreciated, that would be all that matters.

I’m forever grateful to have found my soul mate this lifetime. I would be blessed if fate brings me back to you for all the other lifetimes to come. I love you hubby and thank you for being my universe, holding me up whenever I need you.

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The best decision I ever made, was to say “Yes, I do”

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*Pre-wedding image credit: Daren Chong Photography

The Mother’s Day I was hoping for

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!

 

I’ve been slacking in the updates department, but I reckon that the blog deserves an update on this special day.

 

I woke up today not expecting anything, really. Because really, my everyday life isn’t so bad that I had to wish for something to only get it during special occasions. But I was silently hoping for, I don’t know, maybe just some peaceful moments alone where I could put my feet up and read my book? Or maybe some breakfast in bed? Or just a whole day lazing in bed doing nothing? You know, a day where I don’t have to nag at the 2 little monsters running around the house, a day where I don’t have to crack my brain (or what’s left of it) to find the answers to Big Warrior’s questions about life and what not. lol.

 

However, in reality, I woke up to 4 not-so-tiny-anymore arms around me and a snoring husband in bed. Ah, life is so blissful… not. As I was contemplating waking up to prepare breakfast for the household, Little Warrior opened her eyes… and smile. Darn those motherly hormones, who would have thought one could be willed to do anything with just a simple smile in the morning?

 

We chatted for a while, her blabbing really, and me asking her what she wants to eat and telling her about what today is. She then decided to sit up and pointed at the other 2 sleeping beauties and proceeded to wake them up. Little did I know that the husband was actually semi-awaked, observing us through his tiny slit of groggy eyes. He smiled when I looked his way, and wished me Happy Mother’s Day and told me he’s going to cook me breakfast. I looked at him, happy that he was trying to start the day off doing something special for me. I didn’t need any superficial gifts, I could have gotten whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and he knew that (thanks to Gary Chapman’s 5 Languages of Love, we managed to identify what clicks for us). Mine were words of affirmation, acts of services and physical touch. A simple greeting, an offer to prepare brekky, and a hug would have been just what I needed.

 

So after brushing my teeth, I headed out to the kitchen to be greeted by this, and a hug. My 3 love languages officially checked for the day. ❤

 

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It might not seem special to anyone, because it’s really just scrambled eggs, but it was special to me. You see, my husband makes the yummiest scrambled eggs in the whole wide world. And this time, he was trying to make it into a shape that resembled a rose (he admitted to checking out a few youtube channels yesterday night lol), how sweet is that? ❤ ❤ ❤  Darn wifey hormones, oh wait, is there even such a thing as wifey hormones? Gah.

 

To be very honest, it would have been a major challenge if he needed to come up with something every special occasion. He already cooks half the nights in a week, he’s the breadwinner of the house, he helps me with the kids every day, he lets me buy whatever I fancy (to our budget of course) even when it’s not Mother’s Days or birthdays. So really, I’ve been lucky to have been showered with love most days of my married life. Thank you hubby, I know I don’t say it often enough.

 

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The day proceeded as usual, with an extra small treat in the evening. A specially prepared Young & Living Peace & Calming infused bath by the hubs, while he took care of the kids’ bath and sleep time. He even found time to help finish off my left over laundry. ❤

 

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Today was perfect. Even though it wasn’t much far off from our usual routine, because I still had to nag the kids to pack away their toys, tell them to be nice to each other, prepare dinner, do the laundry… But it was still perfect. Plus, Big Warrior has been going on with her current phase of “Mommy-ah! *waits for me to look at her direction* I love you!” the whole day, so it was kinda sweet. Annoyingly funny, but sweet. I know I don’t show it enough as well, but my little darling rascals, if you ever get to read this post 10 years down the road, know that even though mommy might seem mean at times, I still do love you very very much.

 

 

Now the kids are sleeping, and I walk into the room thinking, what was I really hoping for on Mother’s Day? And then I realised, the most ideal Mother’s Day, would actually to have a day like every other, where I get to spend the day (and night) with my beautiful family, because deep down, that’s all that really matters.

 

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