PriviKids – Cute is out, Cool is in!!

Monday, 24 February 2014

I've always been extremely particular about what the boy wears when we go out, because I feel that it is important that he is dressed appropriately. Now that I am still able to ‘decide’ what he wears, I have fun exploring mix and match options for him, while at the same time bearing in mind the materials used and his comfort level. In addition to that, I will not want my son to look at his growing up photos and make him wish that I had just put him in diapers – and nothing else!


I used to rue the fact that there seems to be pretty limited options for boys to look cool as opposed to the multitude of pretty dresses and accessories for the girls, but I have noticed that many shops now have a wider range of clothes for boys. It’s no longer just plain cartoon character tees or polo shirts (which often make them look 20 years older), shorts or pants – there are vests, hats, graphic tees, cargo pants and fun shirts appropriate for their age.

Then again, I suppose parents these days are more particular about how their children dress, and many will not dream of making their kids look like stuffed animals or add on unnecessary years to their age (Think striped golf polo tees on your boys - It’s not cute. It’s creepy!) As long as the demand for cool, stylish clothes is there, I'm sure that there will be a wider range for us, mum of boys, to choose from!

A couple of weeks before Chinese New Year, I allowed myself to panic because I haven’t had time to shop for new clothes for the boy since I've been so bogged down with work. On line shopping seems to be the only option I had, because by the time I finish work, it would be close to midnight.

This was my saviour.


Noting the clean lines and monochrome theme of the site, I already liked what I saw even before I checked out the selection.

Cool stuff for Cool Dudes. 

(Note: I didn't dare to check out the girls’ stuff. Looking at the boys’ selection, I'm sure the girls’ section would make my uterus dance, and that just isn't an option!)

Well... I did peep.


Not FAIR!!! Booooooo!!

I (reluctantly) then switched to the Boys' section, and got down to selecting a few items for the boy. Shopping was a breeze, and the best part is - with the (very) reasonable prices, my wallet wasn’t too hard hit!

I love the selection onsite, and I'm glad to note that the clothes are age appropriate. They are cute chic without any of the fluffy pastels or cartoon characters!

I was worried about the sizing as different brands are cut differently, and it is pretty tricky to order clothes for the kid online because he wears a size 4 (long) for tops, otherwise tee shirts or shirts will be much too short for him. For pants or shorts, he wears a size 2 or 3, but it has to be a 'long' cut too, because he is pretty lean and tall. I conveyed my concerns to Cheryl, the driving force behind PriviKids, and she was extremely helpful in making sure that we get a right fit! It also helps that her son is almost the same age as the Mookid, so I think she was able to address my concerns effectively.

Interestingly, she mentioned that Privikids was started when her son, Aiden, was born, and she found it a challenge to find stylish, comfortable, unique and affordable clothes for him. The ones which were of good quality are usually expensive, and she wanted to present a range of stylish kids' wear without the hefty price tag. Furthermore, PriviKids aim to make it easier for busy parents to shop for their children online, and this was achieved by providing a range of payment methods (major credit cards, PayPal or bank transfer). Shipping is either via normal mail (free of charge!) or registered mail at standard local rates. Easy peasy!

Three days after confirming my order, a package arrived for me via registered mail.

'Master' Caden does not stay at the stated address. In true celebrity style, that's his P.O. Box address!
Don't you just love the monochrome tones? Quirky, fun, yet with a refined edge... just like the stuff they have! Honestly, being a Marketing and Design person, I was impressed with the packaging. Sometimes simplicity speaks volumes.

So Mummy was busy at work in the weeks preceding Lunar New Year, but the boy got to wear new clothes anyway, thanks to PriviKids!

It's just too difficult to get the boy to pose. After countless NG takes, I think we managed to get some decent shots.
Caden wears Camo cargo berms and Jaws tee, and gave his absolute approval! The tee shirt and berms stay crease free even after an entire day of fun at a birthday party - so that's already a plus point in my books!

Then there's also the Rwar!! tee, which 'Master' Caden chose for himself. I showed him the range of tees online, and this was the particular one which he picked out.

"RAWR, Marmmee!!"

He got photobombed, then wanted to take a 'mood' shot, but I finally managed to convince him to roar for me.
*le sigh*
For Chinese New Year, he wore *my* favourite pick from PriviKids.

Polka dot shirt with red buttons. Très chic!
He was colour co-ordinated with Daddy-o, too!

My MooBoys! They make me mad, make me angry and make me upset... but they make me happier than I've ever been before!

If you like the selection at PriviKids, we have a set (which consists of a top and bottom) or a dress to giveaway!


This contest is open to all Singapore readers, 
and ends on Sunday, 01 March 2014, at 1200hrs. 
Results will be announced on Monday, 02 March 2014.

Good luck!


UPDATE




Congratulations to Jasmine Sia! 
We will get in touch with you shortly.



Disclaimer: This post is made possible by PriviKids.

Love and Acceptance

Friday, 14 February 2014


I suppose I have come to the realization that throughout my life, as long as I don't close my heart to learning more from my experiences, I will never stop asking questions. I will never be able to tell myself truthfully that I am truly content with what I have, at least not when it comes to the mental state of things. 

That said, I have come to a point in my life that I tend to always seek the better of everything. To look beyond the little nitty gritties which can often frustrate me, and learn to appreciate even the smallest things which make me happy. I have learnt to accept (not to be confused with 'settle') and tuned myself to the fact that I should always always look beyond the imperfections of someone or something, and learn to see the good and work my way to being happy around it.

Every person is different, and so are their attitudes and their approach to life. What makes one person excel in something may also be their bane. When we are close to someone, undoubtedly we tend to open up more and show more of ourselves than if we were to be mere acquaintances. The true measure of love is not about what we are able to give each other in material terms, but it's when we are able to accept the person despite all their shortcomings, and still love them for who they are. So many people make the mistake of trying to mould or change their partners to what or who they want them to be, and suffice to say, when a person is compelled to change as opposed to wanting to change - there will come a point in time when the effort of being a 'changed' person will take its toll on them, and on the relationship.

When a relationship doesn't work out, it's usually because people change, and our expectations change regardless of what we do or how we may try to subdue it. When we are able to change accordingly and keep pace with each other, the relationship will take on a life of its own. It will run by itself, and apart from positive developments and the realization that we have to keep the fire burning through some effort on our part, it should never be that we have to go above and beyond what we are capable of and what we're comfortable with.

In a successful relationship, two people will grow, change and evolve along with each other probably because they want to try to accommodate, accept and respect each other's likes and dislikes. Sometimes when a person shows that he/she cares enough to do that, it speaks louder than the sweetest promises whispered, the most romantic gestures done and a thousand "I Love You(s)" said.

When we learn to accept another person and focus on what is it about them that makes us happy instead of what we would like them to do and how we'd like them to be -
we free our heart by relieving it of impossible burdens.

... oh - Happy Valentine's Day :)

Mochi Cheese Puffs (pão de queijo)

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

If you love mochi, read on.


Just in case you're wondering why these puffs are also called 'pão de queijo', they are supposedly Brazilian in origin, but here in Singapore, we may be more familiar with these being sold in Japanese bakeries (Sun Moulin, Provence, etc). Now I am not one who will stinge on food, but when I realised that I've been paying $2.80 for 3 small mochi balls at these establishments, I realised that this is a perfect example of why people actually make it a point to bake at home!

Blend and Bake.

This recipe seems way too simple, and I admit that until I bit into the first puff, I was not convinced that this will yield what it promises, but it did! 

When I gave the Mooboys a dozen puffs to try while I wash the blender, measuring cup, spatula and scoop, I was given the bonus of the empty plate to wash as well, so - yes, they apparently are that good.

Mochi Cheese Puffs (Pão de Queijo)

Adapted from: Rasa Malaysia

Prep time: 10 min
Bake time: 20 min
Yields: 14 - 16 puffs

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups | 170 gr tapioca starch
  • 50 gr mozzarella / cheddar cheese
  • 50 gr parmesan cheese
  • 1 - 2 tsp salt
Note: Do not be tempted to put in more cheese than stated. Too much cheese will render the puffs heavy and harden its texture.

UPDATE

Please note that the temperature stated is for use in a conventional oven, based on 12 mini puffs.

These Mochi puffs can also be 'baked' in an Airfryer. When using the airfryer, due to the lesser quantity per batch, the temperature should be reduced to 180 deg C, and baked for 15 minutes. You can add on baking time if the puffs are not browned enough, but if it's burnt, there's no salvaging it.

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 200 deg C.

2. Put all ingredients in a blender and give it a stir so that it is well combined. Blend at low speed till smooth. If you choose to pre-make this, the batter can be stored in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 5 days.


3. Grease a mini muffin tin generously. If you use a silicone tray, leave this step out. Drop a spoonful of batter to the brim. I used an ice cream scoop, which ensures more or less the same sized puffs. How did I ever bake without one last year? It's one of the most versatile tools to have in the kitchen! (Thanks Diana - part of my Christmas gift is very well utilised!)



4. Bake for 20 min in the preheated oven, until puffy and golden brown.


5. Tear it apart to see the cheese stretttttchhh...


6. These keep up to 2 days in an air tight container at room temperature, but I guarantee you - they won't last untouched that long.




MummyMoo





Absence makes the heart grow fonder. I hope.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Things have been pretty crazy at work these few months, so I haven't really had time to blog, bake or cook as much as I want to. I hardly have weekends off too, and as much as I miss the family time together, I'm glad that the husband has been nothing short of supportive. He's enjoying spending days out with the kiddo, just the two of them, and at these times, I'm so glad that since the boy was born, he has always embraced fatherhood with fervour.

#daddysdayout
Caden too, has shown maturity beyond his years, never fretting when I tell him that I have to work over the weekend for the umpteenth time. "It's ok, Mehmee!" (ouch, my heart...)

He tries to be brave, but his fierce hugs and crestfallen face as he waves goodbye to me when they drop me off at work - makes me sad.

When I get sent pictures like these while I am at work - it makes the day so much brighter.
I hope that this tough period will end soon. There are many things I can blame for the current situation at work, such as the nation-wide labour crunch in the F & B industry, the lackadaisical attitude of the strawberry generation, or even the recent changes in government rulings which make it rather challenging for us to hire foreign staff (since many Singaporeans shun an industry whereby the job is considered 'dead-end', and nobody likes to have to work on weekends and public holidays). 

But no. I don't blame anyone or anything.

I love my job, and the people whom I work with makes me look forward to the daily grind. There are many, many people - strangers and repeat guests - who make me feel appreciated.



As we are all aware, there will always be problems faced at work. Different industries and vocations have its individual set of challenges to conquer. No matter how tough the work is and no matter how tired I am at the end of the day, I am fortunate to be able to say that I have never felt that I had to drag myself to work. 

So I hope that this tough period for my colleagues and I will soon pass. Please excuse my absence in the meantime, and I'll be back soon. I promise.

Cheers!
Regina 

N.B. I work at a great Italian restaurant. If you're a fan of wood-fired pizza and home-made pasta, drop me an email, and I'll share more with you :) 
 

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