HEALTHY SCREEN TIMES – IS IT POSSIBLE ? (PLUS GIVEAWAY ALERT)

 

SO, today, while J’s having his long nap, I am keen to talk about screen times. One of the feminist issue which has become our childhood and motherhood new enemy.

I have teamed up with KidloLand; Educational App For Toddlers and Pre-schoolers.

First, what is screen time? Screen time is the time you spend watching TV or DVDs, using computers, playing video or hand-held computer games, or using tablets or smartphones.

Screen time can be:

  • interactive – for example laying video games, online tools to draw pictures, communicating via Skype or Facetime.
  • not interactive – for example, sitting still and watching movies, TV programs or YouTube videos
  • educational – for example, doing maths homework online
  • recreational – for example, playing games or watching videos for fun.

I understand that screen time had become an enemy to our childhood and motherhood. But, let us be honest, screen times do make mothers’ lives easier. As mothers, we’re supposed to embrace—or at least nobly suffer through—all the challenges that parenting throws at us. We’re supposed to accept having little people at our heels while we’re trying to buy the groceries, make dinner, or go to the bathroom. We’re supposed to accept the exhaustion that comes from working a full day at the office and a second shift at home before falling into bed for an inevitably interrupted sleep. We’re supposed to accept the isolation that comes from raising children in a world that regards a crying child as a crime against restaurant patrons or airplane travellers.

The mother who hands her child a smartphone is taking the easy way out of these challenges. But since so much of parenting consists of situations in which there is no easy way out, I’m deeply grateful when somebody offers me a cheat. And I mean a healthy cheat – it helps you to get things done without killing your rights to feel good about yourself. It gives you hope to get through the next hour.

A healthy screen time lifestyle means screen times limits for your child.

What is screen time limits?

Screen time limits are about making sure your child enjoys lots of healthy, fun activities – both with and without screens. Limits mean looking at the time your child spends on screens and making sure that the screen contents are balanced; interactive, not-interactive, educational, and recreational.

As J’s getting older, I become more selective on choosing the apps he could play on my smartphone/IPad. And I was so happy when KidloLand reached out to me recently, offering 3-months free subscription to their app for toddlers & preschoolers, and write a review as the return. We have tried the app for sometimes and I am proudly categorised this app as a HEALTHY APP. It covers 4 elements of the screen contents (interactive, not-interactive, educational, recreational).

Here’s the answer for a Healthy Screen Application (IPhone, IPad, Android)

KidloLand has so many range of activities from nursery rhymes videos, drawing tools, to tracing letter guides. Yes, you get ALL of them in just one app. How cool is that! ONE HEALTHY STOP FOR ALL. It is hard for me to not love KidloLand. And here’s my honest experience with KidloLand.

J was quite eloquent with shapes, colors, and letters since he was 18 months. But never put any interests on writing. After using KidloLand for the past few weeks, he improves his interests & skills in writing the letter massively by playing with the “learn to trace”. KidloLand provides such a fun and creative way to teach this pre-schooler about writing step by step. And what’s more good about it is it is mess-free. You could simply write and delete it on screen.

The other activities we love the most is the vehicle games. J loves moving vehicles and kinda obsessed with them. So, he loves playing this game; which help him learn about following instructions.

Once again, thank you so much KidloLand for inventing a healthy screen contents and experiences. I highly recommend this app for kids and parents. It is a safe app, recommended by 400+ mom bloggers.

Remember, that screen time limit does not mean stopping your kid from watching the screens or playing with their video games. It is about creating a healthy balanced lifestyle for them to follow.

 

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Good Luck & Much Love,

Kenny

SMALL IS THE NEW BIG

Family and Fashion; two things that are very closed to my heart. So, when Kobi & Roo reached out to me for their first ever collaboration with the entire family, I was so thrilled!  AND…I can not say NO. So here we are representing this urban apparel brand for modern family originally from UK.

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And I am believer of a small beginning. Everything starts with a seed. And when you water them regularly, it WILL definitely grow.

Nothing was born BIG. But all things was born TO BE BIG.

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin,…” – Zachariah 4:10

Big shouts to all the small shops across the world, I am proud of all of your boldness and courage. Including my dearest friend, Kobi & Roo. It is a small shop with a big potential. Run by a multitasking mom of two, Ezi. (love you girllll. X)

And today I had a chance to interview her further about her childhood dream and how this small shop has changed her life and her community. SO, here we go!!

1. Firstly…I must know what made you choose the name Kobi&Roo? 
Kobi & Roo was inspired by my two kids Nigerian middle names. My son is Kobimdi (Kobi) and my daughter is Chierika (Roo) They both inspired the brand.
2. What inspired you to get into business and start your own clothing label? 
I have always dreamt of owning my own fashion business from a young age. I finally took the bold step to set up my own modern clothing label during my maternity leave with my second child. I feel great ideas come during maternity leave (haha!) I was inspired by my kids. I love shopping for them but hate the stress of going to the shops and shuffling through piles of clothes. I am more of an online shopper, so i knew a lot of other moms are like me and want modern, unisex clothes for their kids and would prefer to buy it online. I also like the excitement i get from knowing that the postman would bring me a surprise soon and i know many people would too. 
3. Why do you go for small business? What impact does it make to your life?
Small business is very important to me. I feel It is where we all start from. Start small grow big. I believe small business is a learning process, a way to make an impact to your family, community, and the world in general. I like the fact that small businesses support each other and many more people are supporting small businesses. Gone are the days of competition, we now live in a world where collaboration is king.
4. I know for myself that I struggle to find work life balance and I feel as though I am always working, How do you manage the two? 
It is still a struggle as 24 hours just doesn’t seem to be enough. We as mums are blessed to be multitaskers. we try our best to wing it all. I do have my moments with balancing work and life, but the good thing about being a mom and having an online business is that you can work at your own schedule. No deadlines and no pressure. I try to balance my life by doing the most important things first, which is nurturing my family before i get down to business. 
5. I know for myself too that running small business is a tough gig, with limited time and resources we have, how you overcome those and stay motivated? 
I stay motivated by trusting God to see me through. I always put God first in my life as he is the giver of all good things. I also try to stay motivated by keeping to schedule. Like if i need to update my social media or create a new product for my store. Sometimes when you feel really exhausted, its best to give yourself a break and the motivation will be back if you are passionate about what you are doing.
6. Lastly, what do you think about the community’s response to small businesses today? What changes do its make to the community? 
I’m so impressed with the way people support small businesses. I tell you, social media is a gold mine filled with lots of talented and creative small businesses making an impact in their community. Being a small business owner, i have met some amazing small business owners and we encourage one another through regular small business Saturday shout outs, charity and fund raising activities, and regular raffle draws. its a small business revolution.
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Today, Kobi & Roo is running its 2nd brand enthusiast search for kids and has been featured on some local page. Way to go girl!!

SMALL IS INDEED THE NEW BIG

So, what are the small things you have in your hand today? Are you willing to take a big step unto them?

It’s not gonna be easy, but we are here walking this journey together and cheering on you. Oh..and any favourite small shops you would recommend? Please leave them coming on the comments below.

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Love,

Kenny

Meaningful Play Based Education & Care

Everyday thousands of families across Australia entrust Child Care Centre with the education and care of their children. Choosing a quality child care centre is so important. But, yet challenging. WHY?

The most important influence on a child’s brain development is where and how they spend their early years. Positive stimulating and nurturing environments help them to thrive and grow and learn; alternately negative environments can have a significant adverse impact on their cognitive, emotional and behavioural development.

In response to that, Guardian Early Learning Group has a commitment to provide the best supports for families to strengthen their work and life balance with an early education centre and care approach that nurtures their young children in their early years so they may fulfil their potential through formal schooling, life and employment. Through their unique play-based early education curriculum which is designed to build confidence and initiative, helping children develop successful social relationships, resolve conflicts and become emotionally resilient, preparing them with a set of skills and aptitudes to become active participants in an increasingly complex, globally-connected and changing world.

And this afternoon, I and my son had a privileged to be hosted a private tour at the new centre in the heart of Barangaroo – level 1, 100 Barangaroo Avenue(Corner of Shipwright Walk and Hickson Road). We had such a fun time playing and learning. And, as I promised I would give some reviews on the whole experience.

Location: convenient for the parents who work within the area. Easily accessibly by public transport. Since its a new centre, finding car parks for a drop-off and pick-up could be a bit challenging as they’re located right on the side of the main road, Hickson Rd. They are currently working on getting some car parks available for parents. SO it won’t be a problem anymore in the long run.

Centre: closed and exclusive area for staffs, parents and children’s enrolled ONLY. You need a swipe key to get in which I strongly agree on. Safety first when it comes to your children. Spacious indoor play area as well as outdoor area (still in construction) featuring lush natural gardens, sand-pits and play structures designated according to the age groups and children’s interests. Wooden custom based – natural made material – to educate the children on preventing further degradation of the environment. Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetimage1

Staff – most of them are welcoming and helpful during my visit. They all look presentable and collective. So, I am quite happy.

Learning Curriculum – focuses on developing children’s natural skills and curiosity to prepare them for success in life long learning, such as problem-solving and to respect one another. They enforce the older children to learn to do things that most adults usually do, for example: pouring water onto their own glass (non-plastic), serve their own meal using ceramic plates and utensils. They are also the first centre which commence initiative designed to help the children to build connections to Australia’s indigenous community.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetimage2Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Special Program – “Out & About” excursion program. It is designed to connect the children with the local community. They build their 8-seaters pram which I though so cool. I wanna ride it.image10

Opened kitchen – healthy nutritious meals, prepared by on-site cooks using fresh and seasonal produce in a commercial kitchen. Children are allowed to see and involved in the process of serving the food as well as requesting some snacks they’d love to eat. Breakfast starts at 7am and first drop off at 7.30am. It gives sometime for parents to sit down having breakfast together with their children as well as lunch.Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset

For those parents who are currently looking for a high quality Child Care Centre around the CBA area. Get your eyes on this new centre which just opened 2 weeks ago. They have such an exceptional positive environments and staffs for your young ones. They provide a meaningful play based centre for early brains.

For further informations, visit Guardian Early Learning Group Barangaroo, level 1, 100 Barangaroo Avenue –  or contact 02 8321 2280 for more info. And I wish you all the best!!

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Love,

Kenny

 

 

 

24HOURS SUPER MOTHER’S DAY GIVEAWAY

TGIF!! 2 days to go to Mother’s day and  I am spoiled already with so many gifts and love from my dearest. SO…I guess it’s the best time to GIVE back to my readers and followers.

I AM GIVING AWAY 2 (two) MOM tee by Ily Couture to ONE LUCKY WINNER. So, you could share it with your lady boss who always have your back from time to times. And I will draw it this evening 5PM.

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Here’s how to enter:

  1. Click follow on mamaonrepeat.com and my instagram account (@mamaonrepeat)

  2. Tag 1 of your best lady boss you would keen to share the tee with on the comment below

Follow those simple steps and stay tuned for some surprises on your mailbox this weekend. 😉

And in case you need some inspiration to style your new MOM tee. I have you covered on this area. Pair this statement tee with your favourite tassle denim (cause its just IN for the season) and get your boots for colder season or mules for summer. Finished it off with a clutch/sling bag for a stylish daily look. 

These shots were taken yesterday during our family time at Wannabees; an Indoor Play Centre in Sydney where children can dress up, role play & explore different occupations within our community. And I love seeing Jared playing and learning through an imaginative role-play. And guess what?! we were the last family who left the building and the moment we reached out to the car park, no cars around, orange wall, and the lighting was perfect. Yeah…you know what to do; let’s the photoshoot begins….

Unfortunately, Jared was not so keen for some photos, he was busy munching his snacks. And I gotta dragged him all along. as always. typical. MOM’S LIFE. either you drag the little humans behind you OR they drag you out the store before you. Well, either way, I am still so proud wearing this label MOM.

MOM is strong

MOM is bold

MOM is brave

and….

MOM is WOW

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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