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

DIY GOLDEN RUSTIC EASTER EGG

WHO’S EGGCITED FOR EASTER?! WE ARE!!

While my boy is so freaking excited to eat tons of chocolate eggs, mommy is so NOT agree on this matter. So, I decided to shift his attention by asking him to decorate foam eggs to add extra details touch to our wooden dinner table in house.

Talks about wood, I am going to create something rustic for this easter. I decided to make a DIY: GOLD RUSTIC EASTER EGG. A perfect decoration for both indoor and outdoor easter festive. A pretty little touch to your dining table and to the tree too.

Let’s get into business now. We’re gonna get a little messy here. These activities are full of splish and splash, I would say the messier the merrier. I didn’t get a chance to take picture during the painting process because we were both soaked up in paint and too afraid to take the camera with me 😦 It was a messy process but again FULL OF FUN! J loved it too. Yeahhh.. who doesn’t like making a mess?! huh.

so….Here are some of the stuffs you need to prepare (you may get most of them on the art & craft shop nearest your place)

And here’s step by step – how to make GOLDEN RUSTIC EASTER EGG:

  1. Mix white poster paint with a dash of brown poster paint to create cream colour.
  2. Dip in the foam eggs into the mixture (cream colour) – leave them to a complete dry.
  3. Use the kids brush, paint roughly some lines on the coloured cream egg with gold poster paint. Leave them to dry.
  4. Cover your table surface with newspapers, cause we’re going messy now. Splish splash the black poster paint on the foam egg by brushing the toothbrush onto the comb until the whole egg covered with black dots. Leave them to dry
  5. Place the eggs on cleaned egg cage.
  6. Voila!! They are ready to beautify your dinner table. 

What an easy way to make your DIY rustic eggs, huh? It is rustic yet sophisticated. One easy way to sweeten your dinner table and impress your guests this weekend. Now, clean your house, get the chicken roast and find some unexpected spots to hide the eggs. Hope you all had an amazing Easter Celebration with beloved ones.

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Oh and Easter is not complete without an easter bunny right? Say hello to our companion this year, this white bunny worth for $1.96, bargain sale on Bed Bath & Table. Mommy is happy! So, how do you like my new creation? Comment below for your opinions.

Bye for now. See you on my next DIY project. Cause mama makes things happen on any budget. X

Love,

Kenny

#THANKYOUPARTNER – THE HOOD STORE : SAY IT WITH YOUR SWEATERS THIS SPRING SEASON

Wow! I am still in awe of my new blog relaunched mamaonrepeat.com (used to be thetjungsquad.com) few days ago. Still can’t believe that finally I braved myself for a change. And I couldn’t do this without the support from some of other #bossmama. Their support and generosity were beyond measure. They helped me out celebrating this milestone by hosting a GIVEAWAY to our audiences. For those of you who missed it, don’t worry, more giveaways are coming up in couple months. (stay tuned on my IG and blog for updates). So, today, I would like to send my gratitude to all my partners.

First up, The Hood store. The Hood is a premium lifestyle brand that gives a knowing nod (and a cheeky wink) to motherHood and the greater sisterHood. It is an understanding and respectful nod to the joys of parentHood but also to its challenges. Most of all, The Hood aims to celebrate and support the sisterHood (whether you’re a mother or not) – and have some fun doing it. Founded by twin sisters/mummas: Natasha and Rachel Wells. They make some amazing statement sweats that empowers my daily roller coaster ride. Not to forget, to nail the top quality on point. I love how soft the fabric cotton is and how light it weight on your body – I mean it does not make you looks bulky.

And because my favourite season of the year is here. SPRING. So I chose sweater for my day to day outfit. Oh, and I prefer oversized one too. So, I always order one size up than my original size. Here are my Top 3 choices – SAY IT WITH YOUR SWEATER

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And here I am styling the “YOU GOT THIS” sweater by The Hood. oh yes! cause no matter what storms the day may throw at you, let me remind myself and wear it proud on my chest that “I GOT THIS”. XX

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Head out to The Hood website for more ranges of statement tanks, tees, and sweaters. Perfect option for any mama occasions; planning day to snuggle night!! ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU NAT & RACH for supporting us. We love you heaps. X and congratulations to @mum2noel for winning this sweater. You’ll gonna rock this!!

 

Love,

Kenny

NEW WAYS TO DEAL WITH TANTRUMS & REBELLIOUS TODDLER

 

Attention to bad behavior increases bad behavior (yelling, lecturing, scolding, spanking and punishing are all forms of negative attention), while attention to good behavior increases good behavior.

I was struggling to deal with a two year old J. He becomes fussier, more demanding, more fractious, more resistant, more stubborn. I freaked out whenever the tantrums hit. Especially ON PUBLIC, when I’m doing groceries or coffee catch-ups. When all eyes are ON me; all fingers are pointing AT me. Yelling, spanking, bribery, I literally unload all stuffs inside my bag. I did everything I could, but he went more hysterical and rebels against me.

And then I read above quote : Attention to bad behavior increases bad behavior (yelling, lecturing, scolding, spanking and punishing are all forms of negative attention), while attention to good behavior increases good behavior.

Then I realised that I’ve been give a wrong approach to J’s tantrums and bad behaviours. The harder I push myself on fixing his bad behaviour, the more efforts he will hardened himself to change. It’s just the nature of growing. So, I’ve learned from my mistakes.

And here are my successful tips in dealing with tantrums and rebellious toddler:

  1. Try to BE CALM in every situation : your kids are able to sense your feelings/emotions. If they see you’re panicking, they will become one too. But, if they see your calm face, then they will calm down themselves too. When they hear you yell or scream, they will cry even harder.
  2. Learn to IGNORE – or walk away from annoying behaviour : when you stop giving attention to the annoying behaviour, there’s nothing in it for the child. They may start to throw more tantrums at first for not getting what they want as it used to be, but eventually they will realise that tantrums won’t work anymore.
  3. DISTRACT their focus to their favourite things : this trick is the best magic we could ever do to Mr. J, this guy loves his snack time, and whenever he cries in the car, in the laundry, under my feet, I always straight away offer him food. And as soon as he hears snacks, he stop crying. Do not focus on saying “don’t cry, stop crying” cause it makes them more focus on the crying itself, cause that’s the only word they could hear from us.
  4. Give an instruction only ONCE : Don’t foster greater disobedience by giving it a lot of attention. If you focus on their defiance, it will actually increase. With J, I try to tell him once and then watch his following reaction from a far. Most of the results surprise me.
  5. CHANGE our language – find the “positive opposite” of “stop” and “don’t” instead of saying “do not use your shoes at home”, change it to “please take off your shoes before you enter the house”
  6. REWARD every positive good behaviours they do : after all, this thing matter the most, they learn and grow become a better person. So, every little praise, smile, high five, word of encouragement counts. Give extra attention to the positive behaviour they do and give them an assurance that they are on the right track.

These methods NOT only works well for Jared, but for me too. It gave me a big change. To be ease on myself, cause after all, I can’t change people according to my time and will. I can expect them to change the way I want them to be in such period of time. I gotta remind myself that I’m dealing with a 2.9 feet tall human being that see things differently than what I see. One way to understand their perspective is by kneeling down on their shoes and become a mature version of them. So, mommies, let’s take a deep breath and be easy on ourself and to our kids more. As long as we live on this earth, we are all still on the run of learning process. This is called the SCHOOL OF LIFE. xx

 

Love,

 

the Tjungs