5 APPS TO ELEVATE YOUR INSTA STORY

It is undeniable that Instagram story is dominating the social media world these days. In just 24 months the 24 hours lasting content has gained 400 million daily active users. SAY WHAAAAATTTT ?!?!? And it doesn’t disappear after 24 hours – now it is automatically saved to your “archive“.

Based on my research, 7 out of 10 my audiences spend more time on Instagram story than Instagram feed these days. Because, it is more presence and engaging for their eyes; is like watching various movie highlights or so. “Tap” for next scene or “Swipe” for the next channel.

Yep. Here comes the problem; “tap and swipe” – you want to avoid your audiences to do those two things. You want them to stay through the whole journey you’ve made available for them.

GET THEIR EYES PEELED WITH YOUR NEXT LEVEL INSTAGRAM STORY USING THESE 5 AMAZING APPS

UNFOLD

a toolkit for storytellers. Template specially made for Instagram story size. Find your top template from minimal to elegant. This enable you to collage your photos and videos using just one app. Add some text or pick your frame colour for extra punch.

download: iOS & Android

SPLICE

Vertical video is everywhere! And now you can make one too – using Splice. Simple yet powerful, Splice makes it easy to create fully customized, professional-looking videos on your iPhone, iPad. Imagine the performance of a desktop editor, optimized for your mobile device. Just tap to trim clips, adjust transitions, add slow motion effects and more to create beautiful videos you’ll love to share. It’s never been easier to edit like a pro on the go. Same day edit videos on the phone, how cool is that?!

Now enjoy a full screen mode video without tilting your phone.



download: iOS & Android

CANVA

One stop for creative mind to create their work using pre reserved design template made by many graphic designers. You can easily replace them with your own pictures, text, and logo. The tools can be used for both web (.jpeg or .png) and print media (.pdf)

This saved a lot of time in designing a business promotion or blog title. I can do it as I go, very handy, since I have all the control in my palm.

download: iOS & Android

OVER

Whereas Canva provides a static design template, Over is a little ahead – with moving objects template. You can design your video using Over in Instagram portrait size. YES!! However, some of the templates are not free of charge.

Another cool feature on Over is “scheduling” – you are able to plan and schedule your posts and rest up for the day. How cool is that?!

download: iOS & Android

HYPE TYPE

Add animated text to your Instagram story using hype type. Sometimes you just need to give extra “oomph” to your photo – but not too much that it may overtake the beauty of it. Animated text is the answer – it is eye catchy and engaging.

download : iOS & Android

So, now…are you ready to impress your boss and colleagues? You sure do! Or maybe you wanna impress yourself. Why not?! Expand and channel your creativity through more moving objects are so much fun. Just remember to create content that is a cohesive fit with your brand aesthetic and Instagram marketing goals while you’re crafting and creating with apps for Instagram Stories and designing templates.

Last but not least: HAVE FUN!!


Love,

Kenny

LUNCHBOX IDEA – SAUSAGE ROLLS HACK

Hey!! Who’s feeling organised with lunch box preparation? I am leaning more towards overwhelmed these days. I never thought that this process will take so much of my attention and energy until the 4th week of school.

We live in a busy, fast paced schedules often mean there are just not enough hours in a day. This is why preparing lunch boxes can be so challenging for parents. Kids can be fussy and coming up with new and interesting foods that aren’t full of sugar that won’t get thrown in the bin can be tricky. But the importance of packing a healthy lunchbox is immeasurable. Kids are more alert and focused when they’re fuelled with healthy food.

And, you all know that I am very intrigued to always find new things which may make life a lot simpler and efficient. So, here we go again!! I create a very simple hack to nail a healthy lunch packs for your little ones.

What you need is 2 main ingredients and 20 minutes of your time

SAUSAGE ROLLS HACK

  • puff pastry (room temperature)
  • poppy seed (optional)

filling:

  • gourmet sausages (your own choice at room temperature)

how to:

  1. pre-heat the oven at 200’C
  2. remove the sausages’ skin
  3. cut half the pastry – rectangle shape
  4. roll the sausages inside the pastry
  5. cut into small pieces/ finger size (3cm)
  6. place them on the layered baking tray
  7. sprinkle them with poppy seed (optional)
  8. In the oven for 20 minutes or until golden

I can’t believe that I just made a homemade sausage rolls. AARRGGHHH!! I am a cool mum. I had Jared back home bringing his empty lunch box and said, “that was the best mum!” – the best feeling ever. TT

This very simple idea can be done quickly after dinner or early in the morning. It is a great finger food option for your busy little champions packed with nutrients and tasteful. It’s worth to try!

Yup!! IT IS TIME TO TAKE YOUR KIDS’ LUNCH BOX TO THE NEXT LEVEL. BECAUSE YOU CAN.

Share your reviews on the comments below and if you like my hack, please like this article and subscribe for more hacks coming to your inbox. x

Love,

Kenny

BOOST YOUR SMILE WITH CARIPRO

Do you see my ear to ear smile right here? That is exactly what I feel about this latest collaboration with cariPRO electric toothbrush.

I was probably one the oldest school lady on the block who has never adopted the electric toothbrush lifestyle in this era. Yep! I have been using manual brush the entire life. So, when Smile Brilliant approached me to test out their new electric toothbrush range – cariPRO, I can not say “NO”.

This toothbrush comes in a bundle with two years warranty:

x1 cariPRO™ Ultrasonic toothbrush
x2 premium replacement heads with tongue scraper & DuPont™ bristles
x1 wireless charging dock

Like other electric toothbrushes, CariPRO has 5 mode settings – clean, white, massage, gum care, and sensitive. Use each mode daily to achieve the maximum result for your healthy mouth.

So, I have been using this toothbrush for the past 3 weeks and had to say that I AM IMPRESSED!

Other than it’s waterproof , it’s textbook-proof. I noticed an instant result straight away after my first day of trial. It cleanse deeply and thoroughly, it removes 7x more plaques than manual brush – including some coffee stainson my front teeth, it naturally whitens my teeth. No joke – hubby and few friends has made pretty encouraging comments about my teeth for the past weeks. *smilefearlessly

Another cool thing of this electric toothbrush – its battery could last up to thirty days. You’d better save some energy – and I’ll definitely go for it. Last but not least, it’s cheaper than any other brands (based on my research). Same quality, better features, better value. What are you waiting for, it is time to give cariPRO a try.

Today, I enjoy oral care routine more than ever. I make time for it, because keeping my mouth healthy is easier, simpler, and better. I smile more frequent than ever. I smile more fearless than usual.

And hey kids, in case you can’t find mommy this morning, I am having my leisure time in the bathroom brushing my teeth. No rush! I gotta brush my teeth!

So are you ready to take your smile to the next level?!

Smile Brilliant is letting me to do a giveaway to win one set of electric toothbrush. Click here to enter.

OR receive 20% off your purchase today! using code “mamaonrepeat20”

BOOST YOUR SMILE. BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE!!

Love,

Kenny

BOOST YOUR SMILE WITH CARIPRO

Do you see my ear to ear smile right here? That is exactly what I feel about this latest collaboration with cariPRO electric toothbrush.

I was probably one the oldest school lady on the block who has never adopted the electric toothbrush lifestyle in this era. Yep! I have been using manual brush the entire life. So, when Smile Brilliant approached me to test out their new electric toothbrush range – cariPRO, I can not say “NO”.

This toothbrush comes in a bundle with two years warranty:

x1 cariPRO™ Ultrasonic toothbrush
x2 premium replacement heads with tongue scraper & DuPont™ bristles
x1 wireless charging dock

Like other electric toothbrushes, CariPRO has 5 mode settings – clean, white, massage, gum care, and sensitive. Use each mode daily to achieve the maximum result for your healthy mouth.

So, I have been using this toothbrush for the past 3 weeks and had to say that I AM IMPRESSED!

Other than it’s waterproof , it’s textbook-proof. I noticed an instant result straight away after my first day of trial. It cleanse deeply and thoroughly, it removes 7x more plaques than manual brush – including some coffee stainson my front teeth, it naturally whitens my teeth. No joke – hubby and few friends has made pretty encouraging comments about my teeth for the past weeks. *smilefearlessly

Another cool thing of this electric toothbrush – its battery could last up to thirty days. You’d better save some energy – and I’ll definitely go for it. Last but not least, it’s cheaper than any other brands (based on my research). Same quality, better features, better value. What are you waiting for, it is time to give cariPRO a try.

Today, I enjoy oral care routine more than ever. I make time for it, because keeping my mouth healthy is easier, simpler, and better. I smile more frequent than ever. I smile more fearless than usual.

And hey kids, in case you can’t find mommy this morning, I am having my leisure time in the bathroom brushing my teeth. No rush! I gotta brush my teeth!

So are you ready to take your smile to the next level?!

Smile Brilliant is letting me to do a giveaway to win one set of electric toothbrush. CLICK HERE TO ENTER.

OR receive 20% off your purchase today! using code “mamaonrepeat20”

BOOST YOUR SMILE. BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE!!

Love,

Kenny

WHO DESERVES YOUR LOVE THE MOST ?

As a mom, I tend to put myself behind others in the family, don’t you? Just because, I am a MOM. It’s in my nature to nurture and care the offsprings.

Who’s the first waking up in the morning?

Who’s the last closing their eyes at night?

Who’s the last person sitting on the dinner table?

Who’s the first person leaving the dinner table?

I don’t know about YOU. But these sounds like ME in everyday life. I tick all the boxes there – so I deserve a win I guess (on their eyes). Yes babe! You do! Take all the credits. I say it once again, take all the credits!

Ha….It took me only 3 years to understand this very word –

“I deserve all the credits”

I spent too many times hating and beating myself hard for not lifting up my performances to my expectations. Many nights, I sat on the corner of my bed crying out of guilts. Many hours, I sobbed pitying my life with dirty nappies and mess kitchen. Many occasions, I let others opinion overwrite my joy.

Then, a moment lights up – one night I sent J to bed as per usual, we planned to do all the bedtime routine as normal. The day was quite intense that day, and my face had turned red at the time, @#%3hdie&&! filled my brain. In the middle of our book reading, J told me “mommy, you should leave me now and go to work.” Then I replied, “wha do you mean?” J insisted “you should go to work, so you’ll get some money, and you will buy me toy, won’t you?”

I stopped there – AND yeah I realised that I can not pour out of an empty cup nor half empty cup. Others could feel the anger and disappointment within my soul. My child, he can sensed it. And that is the LAST thing you would let them feel; your negative vibe. No matter how hard you try to cover it from them, whatever you keep in your heart will ooze to the surface.

So, I quickly learn to love myself first before I can love others surround me.

Luke 10:27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

– Luke

Here was clearly stated to love your neighbors as yourself – how can you love others without knowing the art of loving yourself first? It is not an easy decision for me to put myself above others. However, I understand the significant impact it could bring onto others life today. SO, I CHOOSE TO LOVE MYSELF FIRST THIS VALENTINE’S DAY.

4 PRACTICAL STEPS ON HOW TO LOVE YOURSELF

1. SAY 3 THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF TODAY

Trust me! It is not as easy as it sounds!! ;(

Do yourself a quick test:

(in 5 seconds) mention 5 of your strengths / things you would die to keep in your life forever

(in 5 seconds) mention 5 of your weaknesses /something you wish you could change in life

Which questions you get all 5 in time?!

It is was easier to judge ourself than to appreciate ourself in life. We tend to train our brain by traits. By forcing myself to think hard about things I love about myself these days is the best healing force I have ever done.

2. BE GRACIOUS TO YOURSELF

The fact that you are a human. You have feelings and emotions. No one is perfect. Some of us confuse self-love with endless positivity and endless optimism. This will drag you to even hates yourself even more when you assume that we can only be tougher as what the world throw at us.

Allow yourself to be honest with who you are. Forgive yourself for your past deeds, those things you are ashamed of.

Learn to say “it is okay”

It is okay to not get everyone dress up nicely to the church.

It is okay to get a McDonalds for dinner today.

It is okay to leave the dirty dishes till tomorrow morning.


3. TREAT YOURSELFT

This part I love the most. Put your sanity above others. Go get some massage. Fix your nail and toe nails. Have some pretty blow dry at saloon. Enjoy your night outs with the girls.

Because you deserve it. Don’t feel bad about it.

4. SHARE YOURSELF

And only after you have worked out your own personal bumps you can begin to see the diamonds in the rough: your gifts.

Knowing that someone else out there might been through the exact pain/ confusion you were in last weekend. It is always worth to share your story to others. This is another effective way of self- healing; is when you try to be open with yourself. Being vulnerable is not a weak indication of a person, is a strong point of someone.

Find a medium or platform or group where you can give your experiences and take some tips and tricks about mothering/ parenting. It is always calming to have someone like-minded who gets your back through thick and thin.

So, here I am sharing my journey on this platform, believing that I am never alone in this, and would love to be someone else’s buddy on this journey called motherhood.

Connect with me on :
Instagram (@mamaonrepeat)
Pinterest (mamaonrepeat)

Lastly, here’s the answer to above question.

YOU!

It is you who deserves your love the most ! Remember that ! xx

Much love,

Kenny

IT IS OKAY TO NOT HAVE ANY RESOLUTIONS THIS YEAR

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

First few days of 2019 and I was panting already, felt like I just had a good 30 mins running sesh. Ha. Who’s with me?

Yes! New Year could be overwhelming sometimes as we’re skimming thorough others’ profiles, reading through others’ captions, listening to others’ podcasts – which loaded with so many NEW RESOLUTIONS & NEW GOALS. Meanwhile…we find ourself stuck with (still) another opened grocery lists for the week. Please, don’t feel so small on this. You are not alone. At least I am feeling this, I am overwhelmed by all the resolutions I read on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I feel I am behind others. And I tell you… it’s not a good feeling. I’ve been forcing myself these past few days finding ways to press the juices out of my head, to come up with some new resolutions; however I ended up with more pressure than before.

I had always start my year with some lists of big resolutions but at the end of the year NOT all of them were even close to reality. Some of them were far to reach or somehow I was making the wrong decision at some point of the journey that cost me a business opportunity.

It is hard to accept but I’ve learned that one failure does not make you a loser. Tomorrow is a brand new day! Get up, turn up, be awesome, repeat!

Hence, it is okay to NOT have any resolutions this year. Just keep doing what you’re doing today – better, faster, harder, further, more efficient, more intensional.

There’s nothing wrong to keep being a stay at home mum with 3 kids under 5 yo – just plan the weekly meal a week earlier than last year

There’s nothing wrong to keep “patience” in your resolution list – just control mind and emotion better than last year

There’s nothing wrong with working for the same company since forever – just work harder on your presentation won’t hurt

There’s nothing wrong with your gym membership, just need a little more commitment to smash the gym 3 days a week

Learn to appreciate every small win you have achieved today. Grow the confidence within you. And kick some ass. And be surprised of how far your commitments / good habits / positive intentions will take you closer to your dreams.

Here are my top 5 daily commitments for 2019:

  1. be more organised with my “free time” – less phone usage, more reading
  2. wake up 15 minutes earlier than usual
  3. use more journal to plan my day
  4. drink more water
  5. regular house declutters every quarter

So, whether you have some thing/area to improve this year, whether you are trying live a better quality life this year, or whether you are praying to go bigger with your business? I would like to encourage you to stop worrying of the peer pressure and start working on your dreams. Start this year with new COMMITMENTS. Things you have decided in your heart and work on it on daily basis. I truly believe in my heart that you will see the harvest of your labour in its due time.

Share some of your commitments for this year to below on the comment. I would like to hear from you and be part of your journey towards your dreams.

Once again… HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope this year will bring you so much happiness and fulfilment into your life. BRING ON 2019!

Love,

Kenny

DIY CHRISTMAS PLACE CARD GIFT IDEA

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR YOUR LOVED ONES? SOMETHING THAT MAYBE EXTRAORDINAIRE? AND HAS STRONG PERSONAL LEVEL?

Christmas season is here…means gift hunting starts now.

However, our family loves DIY. As a family, we have one tradition that we carry through over the years – is to give something personalised to our beloved families and friends. We want the absolute best for our loved ones. Seeing them smile with genuine appreciation at something we’ve given them is enough to send us soaring with happiness. We hope they get that its more than just a gift, it is our gesture of your appreciation for them.

So…this year….we have finally prepared something pretty and practical for all the receiver. It is something that suits all ages and is versatile to be collected as your fave house decor. We were inspired by @paperplayground to make a place card / (slash) photo frame. How cute this idea is. YES! It is a place card with your name and our Christmas wishes for you, then when the Christmas season is over, fell free to change the namecard with your latest holiday photos. Yipppiiee! Sounds like a plan, huh?? I thought ot myself – Brilliant! I would love love love love to receive that sort of gift from someone.  ><

Now, let’s get onto business. 

THINGS YOU NEED:

  1. Acrylic photo block frame (with or without glitters) – I used glitter ones to create snow effect
  2. personalised name card – design by Canva (free design templates app)

HOW TO:

  1. Select your favourite design on Canva
  2. Write the name on it
  3. Print the name cards
  4. Place the name cards on the frame instead of photo

Jared has prepared 20+ namecards this year to be given out to his friends. We are pretty much ready for this festive giving season. What a year it has been. Thankful that finally today we can press the”pause” button and reflect to the past 48 weeks. AGAIN! We found that God is faithful through our faithless season. Today we are blessed beyond to be a blessing to others.

We do hope that this simple idea will help you sort out your Christmas present this year. Easy to make at very low cost. Why not give them a try? If you have any other personalised Christmas gift ideas – please share below on the comment. I need some inspirations for next year. 😉 Bye for now….

Love,

Kenny