6 COMFORT SAVVY TIPS WHEN CHOOSING MATERNITY SWIMSUIT

Swimwear season is here and you are pregnant. I SURE AM…. 

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Du-uhhh.. I feel you. sorry not sorry.

But there’s no reason to worry, take pride in your pregnant body. And find comfortable suit for your body type.

6 Comfort Tips – when choosing maternity swimwear

  1. Go Upsize – NO. I am not only talking about our Maccas meal size. I am talking about our suit size. Ha. As your breasts, busts and hip grow, it is very important to find the right size suit for you too – make sure it is not squeezing and pinching.
  2. Go Higher – a suit with higher – cut leg openings will make your legs seem longer because of the higher cut draw he eye upward, and in revealing part of your lower hip it creates the illusion of length.
  3. Avoid High Neck – high neck suits tend to press breasts down.
  4. Enough Coverage – make sure your suit provides you with enough coverage which will comfortably cover your bottom and bust as you move, bend, and sit. There’s nothing more annoying than a suit that keeps riding up or shifting, and that you have to tug at constantly.
  5. Layering – doesn’t make you larger if you do it right. A long tunic will help elongate you. And it gives an extra stylish factor to your summer shots.
  6. Don’t be ordinary – go for some patterns and colors. Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you should fade into the background! But be careful with your choices. Avoid bold and large patterns, because they will zoom in your body parts. Instead go with smaller patterns when you’re pregnant. Go with smaller prints, piping, and horizontal stripes along or just under the bust. Color wise; choose a suit with blocks of color, or one solid bright color rather than wild patterns that overwhelm. Dare to stand out among the crowds. because you are beautiful.

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Which one is your favourite? whatever you pick, one thing we all should remember; to embrace our own bodies for a miraculous life is being knitted inside your growing belly. You are beautiful and powerful woman.

Enjoy the season!! X

 

Love,

Kenny

 

 

 

 

 

 

FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE WITH JORD WATCH

DAD

noun

informal

 

  1. one’s father.
    “his dad was with him”

Dad is one of the most important person in everyone’s life. But, rarely the world brings out their significant role to the surface. Perhaps because their physical being are seen less in the house, they are doing less of the house chores, and they are not breastfeeding the bub.

BUT

those things will not decrease the value of a father. Fathers are central to the emotional well-being of their children; they are are capable caretakers and disciplinarians. Research shown that fatherless children have higher chance for a school dropped off than children with an intact family.

See, how significant the role of A FATHER IS. So, this year, let us celebrate Father’s Day significantly. First thing first, get prepared earlier. 😉

Here are some FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE you should take in mind. And make this year Father’s Day memorable for you and him.

1. Pick a “timeless” piece 

DADS do not need a different variety of accessories to survive the whole year. He’s counted care enough to buy new undies every once a year. Ha. So, my only tip is buy him a piece that will last throughout the seasons and will still be relevant for him to wear on every birthday. A.k.a buy a “one thing for all”. And I guess, watch is one the best option. Why? Because, the value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. And this is my ultimate goal, to get him notice that moments are bigger than minutes and watch should tell more than time.

2. Choose a “stylish” piece

No matter how old your dad is, he still can be stylish. Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak – Rachel Zoe. Let the piece you picked for him are showing off their true inner personality.

3. Get it “personalised”

Nothing beats personalised gifts, doesn’t it? here’s why. It show you have put thought into choosing a gift. It also shows that you know the person extremely well and have gone out your way to make sure the gift is something they will love and treasure. Sounds like something you would get for your dad this year?

Well, I am lucky enough to partner up with Jord Wood Watches this year to get my personalised gift for my husband a.k.a father of my children. A classic timepiece that are modelled after a modern lifestyle. Not to forget that they are also provide an engrave service for all watches. Make it personal hey! And to suit his social – curios – city personality, I chose a watch from Dover series in Koa & Black. With gears in full view and structured style, the Dover Black & Koa was designed for the maker in us all.

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Direct shop link below:

https://www.jordwatches.com/series/dover/koa-and-black/#mamaonrepeat

Shop more range:

MEN

https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/men/#mamaonrepeat

WOMEN

https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/women/#mamaonrepeat


Sounds like a piece you would get for your dad this year, then is a prefect timing for you to get one!!

Jord Wood Watches is giving all my followers/subscribers the opportunity to participate in the giveaway of a gift card.

All you have to do is enter your information in the below link. Every person who enters will be instantly emailed a $25 e-gift code to use on their site!

https://www.woodwatches.com/g/mamaonrepeat

*The giveaway will close 08/06/2017 at 11:59pm.. e-gift codes will expire on 10/29/2017.
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This post is sponsored by Jord Wood Watches.

Thank you for reading and I do really hope you win! X

 

Love,

Kenny

EASY RECIPE // WINTER KIDS MEAL

Dinner time in the house is my favourite time. We all called it “family dinner” simply because this is the only moment where ALL of the family members are able to gather on a table to enjoy the meal after a busy day of individual routines. Perfect time to engage and interact to one another. Sounds perfect aye! (to me at least)

Until I realised, that this toddler is sitting on the same table at the same time with us. Well, that is another story, isn’t it? Often times dinner would be the most unpleasant time of the day. mayday, mayday, mayday….My body was drained out after full day of babysitting/working, cooking dinner and now grumpy toddler is refusing to open his mouth because the plate looks “greeny”. I mean….Seriously?! It is because I have no blue/red clean plate at the time little fella, so just bare with me and pick that god damn beef sausage, and put it in your mouth. Gah.

Then I got a revelation somehow one day, that I gotta prepare meal which comforts their “eyes” and their “tummy” 

  1. Comforts their eyes – basically, what they see is what they get. If the presentation itself does not satisfy their sight, the wrong information will directly send to the brain commanding them to lock their mouth. Once they’re happy with what they see, they would surely open their mouth and give it a go. Be mindful to make their favourite element stands out on the plate. In my case, noodles, soup, chicken, and meatballs are the thing that J loves the most. So, I put extra effort on that piece and make them as visual as it can be. Hiding veggies is always wise to do, add them to your homemade meatballs mixture. It’s a winner for the whole family. Yeahhh!!
  2. Comforts their tummy Next step is making sure that they consume enough nutritions intake to their tummy for the day. Eating together increase healthy eating habits and provides a model for children to carry with them into adulthood. Studies show family dinners increase the intake of fruits and vegetables; families who eat dinner together tend to eat fewer fried foods and drink less soda; and family meal frequency is linked to the intake of protein, calcium, and some vitamins. I am struggling to get my protein son to consume veggies, but after I implement this new family dinner rule for a while, I am glad to report you that he slowly improving his tolerance for veggies. And for this colder season, I am using a lot of in-season produce too, like carrots, orange, citrus, lemon, garlic, ginger (they are powerful to boost your immune system).
  3. Spend less time on the kitchen –  please do not spend too much energy and time on the kitchen (unless for special occasion). 30-45 minutes max would be the ideal time from preparation to presentation. Spend more time to sit down and have a nice conversation with one another. Here are some killer recipes you can do under 30minutes. They are super delicious healthy on low budget.

Ginger Beef Soup With Rice Noodles and Mixed Veggies 

Meatballs

250 gr chicken or veal mince

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp reduced salt soy sauce

1 tbsp fish sauce

 1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp grated garlic

1 cup of chopped shallots

Soup

4 cups (1 litre) chicken stock

3 cups of mixed veggies (carrots, baby bok choy, white cabbage)

90g rice noodles 

½ cup of enoki mushroom

1 tbsp freshly grated ginger

salt & pepper to taste

How to make:

  1. To make meatballs, mix all the ingredients to food processor, blend it well.
  2. Divide into 12 even portions. Squish and roll in your hands into a tight ball (grease your hands for easier process). Set aside for a minute at room temperature is fine.
  3. Place homemade chicken stock and veggies in a large saucepan and bring into boil over high heat.
  4. Gently pop in the meatballs. Bring back to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and cook for further 8 minutes.
  5. Add rice noodles to the soup and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat.
  7. Season with salt & pepper.

Honey Soy Orange Glazed Chicken with Soba Noodles And Miso Soup

250 gr of chicken thigh

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp reduced salt soy sauce

1 handful mixed herbs

1 crushed garlic

1 tsp grated ginger

good pinch of salt & pepper

1 carrot

1 navel orange

1 knob of unsalted butter

90 gr soba noodle (gluten free)

miso soup package

How to make:

  1. Marinate chicken thighs with honey, reduced salt soy sauce, mixed herbs, crushed garlic, grated ginger, salt & pepper. Leave them aside at room temperature.
  2. Heat up your oven at 210C
  3. Heat a good knob of butter on the pan, fry the marinated chicken thigh, carrot and oranges on the pan for 3-5 minutes (both sides) at medium heat.
  4. Transfer the pan to the oven for another 10-12 minutes.
  5. Cook the soba noodles over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  6. Put miso soup package on a small bowl and pour boiling water onto it.
  7. Place the roasted chicken, soba noodles and miso soup next to each other.
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Those two are our family favourites, rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, and all could be done under 45 minutes. Have a try and comment for any feedbacks or suggestions. X

Love,

Kenny

4 WAYS TO FIGHT OFF THE WINTER COLDS

Hey guys! Hope you are doing well these days. Hope the house is coping well with the weather transition lately.

Well…with the winter months fast-approaching, kids will soon be picking up those dreaded winter coughs and colds. To help stay on top of your kids’ splutters and tackle any nasties this winter, it is important to stock up the medicine cabinet with the winter essentials! Well, the philosophy says… better prepared than sorry. For this matter, I trust Little Range Winter Package which includes the following:

  • Little Coughs
  • Little Eyes
  • FESS Little Nose

Below I shared some tips to fight off this cold months:

  1. Stock up the right food produces for the season – build a strong immune system is very important for the season. Stock up some great powerful and colourful range of fruits and vegs to your pantry, such as, citrus, kiwi, spinach, broccoli, carrots, garlic and ginger. They are good for immune system. Try also including one daily serving of probioitic-rich foods/snacks to their meal plan, such as yoghurt (plain, unsweetend is best), plain greek yoghurt, and miso soup. Add them to their fruit salad bowl or let them have a dip.
  2. Practice good hygiene – children often forget basic hygiene practices like washing their hands and covering their mouth when they cough. Make sure you remind them wash their hands before meals or sharing food. It’s also common for children to rub their noses and eyes. Be sure to have tissues at the ready for their noses and eye wipes handy such as Little Eyes to help clear out the residue from around the eyes. And children are notorious for copying their parents behaviour, be mindful about your hygiene practices to make sure you’re being the best.
  3. Clear out the noses and coughs – The nose is the perfect breeding ground for bugs that can cause colds and flus. Clear out kids’ noses with a saline non-medicated nasal spray such as FESS Little Noses. This will not only help children breathe better, but will also flush away any nasties and clear the nasal passageways. And for those with a cough that can keep everyone up at night use a natural cough syrup such as Little Coughs, which contains ivy leaf extract to offer soothing relief from coughs and chesty congestion. Sleep is one of the best immune boosters of all!
  4. Stay dehydrated – it can be hard to remember to stay hydrated during the cooler months, so soups come in handy in getting varied nutrition and plenty of liquid into our little ones. It is necessary to get creative on preparing the meal for little ones, because they are too creative in picking on the green and non-green stuffs on the plate. It is our responsibility to make sure we prepare a comfort meal for their eyes and their tummy. Meatballs are always the best option to hide some veggies, miso soup paste is a winner for everyone’s tongue, and buckwheat soba makes a healthier choice than pasta. You might our family’s favourite “Miso Soup with Meatballs and Soba Noodles”. Recipe attached on the next blog post under “creates”. Check them out.

Lastly, here’s my direct review on the Little Range Winter Products itself. My son got some cold & flu symptoms since last Easter long weekend. So, I gave him a try of Little Range products. He has been using these products for the past few days, and both of us were very happy with the outcome. Little Fess Noses helps him clear up the blocked nose, Little Coughs improves his sleep during the night, and mommy loves how light and handy the Little Eyes handy package is, it can fit to any type/shape of mommy’s bags. Side note: J loves the flavour and the syrup texture of Little Coughs too. Another happy day. happy kid. happy mommy.

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So, are you keen to try Little Range Winter Package yet? Visit the nearest pharmacies around your area and get prepared to fight off this approaching colder season. X

Love,

Kenny

8 TIPS TO DO A PROFESSIONAL FAMILY PHOTO AT ZERO COST

Photoshoot day! YAY! But, in reality, it was more of NAY than YAY! Thinking about all the preparation beforehand and the chaos on the day set. We both loves photography, we both have our own cameras, and we both loves capturing everyday moments of our family. But, it’s not always a good idea to take a family picture every single day, cause you know it may take all of our days or more perhaps. So, then we decided to do it once a while on special occasions. Like, VALENTINES DAY.

Here are some of my tips for taking a professional photo studio at zero cost:

  1. INDOOR

Is always a better choice than an outdoor shoot, because you have more control over the environment. You don’t need to worry about the sudden weather changes, you can easily adjust the room temperature, limited space for the kids to explore, easy to get things done within reach, comfortable space for some break/rest & changing outfit.

  1. PLAIN BACKGROUND

Always choose a plain background to give you more options for editing. Or otherwise, you can always post the photo directly without any editing required. Well, in my case white balances the shadow and highight the best.

  1. LIGHTING

Make sure you have a good natural lighting, not too harsh, not too dark. Next to the window is the best spot you could choose for the shoot. Remember to turn off all other lights inside the room you’re shooting in as other light will contaminate the set. One last thing, you do not want direct sunlight hitting your set. Direct sunlight is harsh and looks bad on most people and products.

  1. DRESSCODE & THEME PLANNING

I always make a dress code & theme plan for the whole family at least a week beforehand, so I may have some time to shop for related props and outfits needed for the day. And guess what?! It will save a lot of preparation time in the morning before the shoot begins.

  1. TIMING

Choose the best timing for your kids to do the shoot. Make sure they’ve been fully fed, and not sleepy. Because cranky kids are the most terrible person to work with.

  1. TRIPOD COMES HANDY

Since I started blogging, tripod is one of my essential equipment I would have on my hands and my car. IT IS our life saviour especially when you have NO ONE assisting or styling you.

  1. SNACKS READY

Stored up some snacks/sugars on set. Because the kids will definitely need some of them during the shoot.

  1. MENTAL READY

Let me tell you that doing the shoot with the whole family on frame looking incredible flawless requires a lot of efforts and tolerations. Out of 1000 shoots, you may or may not get 1 right. So, enjoy the whole process. There will be a lot of surprises from the shots which you will cherish for the years to come.

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This kid always munching cause mommy keep him busy eating the easter eggs while daddy’s trying to hold him tight on his lap.

Lastly….HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO YOU ALL. May your day filled so much love and chocolates of course. xx

Love,

The Tjungs