THE WORTH OF MATERNITY PHOTOS

It has been a bliss to carry this bun inside my uterus for the past 8 months. And again! I am still stoked of woman’s body; its ability to grow and nurture life. And to realise that it is my own body, it even make it more special to me. I AM BLESSED to experience pregnancies at my age.

For that reason, I am so determined to do maternity shots this time round. I didn’t have one with my firstborn for some and many reasons. And honestly, I do regret for that matter. The more I think about maternity photos, the more I feel that it is worth it to have one. And here’s why?

Celebrate your body

Since the first day, the sperm met the egg, your body has been gearing hard with many adjustments and changes; big and small. For that reason, your body deserves a celebration. 10 months of carrying a watermelon is surely a hard work. So, throw the biggest celebration to your own body. Its doing really well.

Pregnancy is evanescent

I know how the last 4 weeks of pregnancy feels like. It feels like one year or forever. But, hey! the moment the baby’s out, you will surely miss this pregnancy; the burs, the punches, the kicks, the bloats, the heartburns, the craves, the connections. Nothing compares to the deep connection build within a mother and her womb.

Pregnancy is magical

I would say this again and again. Pregnancy is one of the most enchanted moment I have ever experienced. The fertile and maternal glow of a pregnant woman is so beautiful and sexy, I wish more people will see this. Despite the weight gain, stretch marks, hyper-pigmentation or whatever else you’re dealing with, there’s something so strong, maternal and radiant about a pregnant woman.

So, what about you? Are you thinking to have one too? I hope you do and won’t be left with the same regrets like me.

Beyond that, I hope every woman will truly embrace her inner goddess and let them shine!

Thanking my talented husband for taking these stunning photos of us. He is truly the best! He is a keeper, isn’t he? Below we share our moments. enjoy!! x

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Love,

Kenny

MOMMY MONSTER SYMPTOMS

Does the Mommy Monster show up at your house on occasion? When the Mommy Monster yells, her anger affects the whole family. Last year I began to realize she was showing up at my house more than I was comfortable with. Every time she visits the house, suddenly the whole house atmosphere changes; cold and dark. When I examined what dynamics brought the appearance of the Mommy Monster, I realized that my unrealistic expectations were contributing to my craziness. I was not accurately estimating my children’s actual abilities. Bottom line: I WAS EXPECTING TOO MUCH TOO SOON.

Bottom line: I WAS EXPECTING TOO MUCH TOO SOON.

I WAS EXPECTING TOO MUCH TOO SOON

I remembered my lowest point as a mother last year, when I feel so lost, negative, unmotivated, hurtful, and helpless. I was applying rules, boundaries and time-out to my two-year-old. I was training my toddler to sleep through the night on his own room. I just started my small business. I was trying to conceive at the same time. (Read more of my struggle to conceive on Our Story – First Bumpdate)

However, the realities were revolved in contrast.

I was frustrated with with my two-year-old constantly pushing the limits, I was caught up in countless night soothings and sleep deprived. I barely saw any progress/prospects on my new business. I threw many pregnancy tests with one line (-) results.

This well intentioned mom was not accurately estimating her child’s actual abilities nor her own body actual abilities. She expecting too much too soon, which resulted in added stress for herself and her child. Yeahhh…that summed up my life a year ago perfectly. THAT’S ME you are talking about.

I overestimate my child’s ability to exercise self-control, to stay focused on a task, and to handle social situations. It’s normal for a two-year-old to get upset if he doesn’t get something he wants. It’s normal for a three-year-old to lose it if there’s a change in his bedtime routine. It’s normal to see zero progress in the beginning years of your business. It’s normal for my body to have some times to get ready for some major changes.

I LOSE PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT IS NORMAL

Too often, I let my own impatience take the lead and I scold with an angry voice because deep down I expect them to act better than they are. I lose perspective of what is normal behaviour for their age and stage of development. I get angry because they don’t live up to my off-the-charts expectations, and then Mommy Monster shows up full force.

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BE STILL

I did not realize that I was being overestimating/ overreacting until my husband told me “Calm down, he’s just turned two…” Often times, I forget the most powerful thing in life; the power of stillness. 

When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. — Eckhart Tolle

There are times for every thing under the heaven; there are times to plant, there are times to harvest, there are times for winter, there are times for summer. Expect something too soon will only give us unripe fruits. Be still and know that God is working relentlessly on behalf of our well intentioned.

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14

Today, I am happier mom. I rarely see the Mommy Monster around the house. I finally had my beauty sleep back because Jared has successfully achieved another milestone in conquering his fear; sleeping through the night on his own bed like a boss. I am growing another human inside my belly. I got my creativity back and found some good networks for the business.

I am uberly excited for this year! BYE MOMMY MONSTER! I hate you as much as I love you. X

If any of you could relate to any of this drama, I just wanted to encourage you to sit back and take a deep breath, count one to ten, then let your mind to rest for while. Everything is gonna be okay. The day will come to pass. It is normal to feel this way, but you are never alone in this tough gig. You are made for this!!

 

Love,

Kenny

7 PREGNANCY BATTLES AND BLESSINGS

There is a promise for every battle

Life is “battle and blessing”

When we are in a battle it is hard to believe that it will ever to come to an end. When we are in a period of blessing we sometimes expect it will go on forever. But life is not like that. There are battles and blessings.

It’s not a secret that our family is struggling to conceive this 2nd baby. But, at the end, it happened. This process has taught me a lesson; that life always being on two tracks, battles and blessings. At any given moment in life there are usually blessings, but also battles to face. It is all about perspective. At the end of the day, your perspective towards life will determine your way of living.

While I am battling with the uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms, I am more assured of  bigger blessings/healthier baby God is knitting inside my womb.

My 7 Pregnancy Battles and Blessings

  1. Morning sickness – Whoever came up with this symptom’s name, he/she must not been pregnant before. Ha. Seriously… It doesn’t only happen in the morning. literally. It may visit you at any times of the day or perhaps it goes ALL DAY long for the entire 40 weeks. With my 2nd pregnancy, I experienced worse morning sickness than previous one. It often hits at night time before bed, or the when I was in the hot shower. What a good timing…(says no mum ever). HOWEVER, these continuous events boost my confidence that the baby’s growing healthy inside my womb, especially during the risky first 12 weeks of his life.
  2. Growing bust and breast – My bras are suffocating me. That’s what I feel every day. My bra size went 2 sizes up the moment I reached my 2nd tri-semester. And still going up today. HOWEVER, I am glad knowing that my breasts are working hard and its best in storing up some good produce milk for my long awaiting newborn. So today, #nobra is my my favourite state of life. 😉
  3. Changing hormones – Mood swing game strong. I cried a lot over tiny mistakes. I got really annoyed over small things. Often it creates a dark atmosphere in the house, and affect everyone else in the house. Then again I feel guilty. It’s a constant battle to control your own emotions and behaviours towards others, HOWEVER, I feel grateful for this learning ground to practice my patience and self-control. FYI, I prays a lot God please help me to get through the day. 
  4. Stretchmarks – I have tried many different methods to avoid stretch-marks but my skins cracked anyway. Then, I feel ugly and loose my confident. HOWEVER, the more I see other moms posting their postpartum belly, I realised that its like a free permanent tattoo on your tummy symbolising life and love. It is truly precious and beautiful.Csection-Photography-31
  5. Urine leeking – WHAT?! I peed myself?! I can’t help it. It’s embarrassing. HOWEVER, the pressure of the growing uterus on the bladder is the indication of my baby growing bigger and stronger accordingly. No complaints.
  6. Forgetful brains – Dang…I left my keys in the house again! Call hubby to come to rescue. HOWEVER, I am grateful for this “pregnancy brain”, it is the season where I need to learn to SLOW DOWN and do things one at a time.
  7. Siblings changing behaviour – This one kills me slowly day by day. My 3 year old son cries a lot than ever. He wants mommy more than ever. He behaves ridiculously silly more than ever. He needs mommy to carry him more than ever. I am tired. HOWEVER, on the other hand, I am glad to have all the cuddles and kisses exclusively all by myself. So, I choose to enjoy this tough moments.

I am HAPPY where I AM today. Despite of the constant battles I have to face everyday, all of them are truly blessings in disguise to me. I am so READY for the next season with my 2 boys. It’s gonna be fun and more rough (slightly)…

Wish me luck. X

 

Love,

Kenny

 

 

 

EASY RECIPE // COOKING WITH 5 INGREDIENTS ONLY

Quick and Easy. 2 BIG words I always love as a mother. #likeaboss

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I discovered that being mothers, we tend to be always on-the-go. We rarely find time to putting any make up and we even do not care if we’re still in the same pj’s piece for 2 consecutive weeks. What we do care is “get things done without killing anyone”. Thus, we consecutively end up on inventing new hacks to our routines. For example, on Saturday night I dress my son up and let him sleep wearing good pair of tee/shirt to minimize any amount of drama before we left for church on Sunday morning.

Now, let’s move on to the real business. Let’s talk about cooking. When it comes to preparing daily meal for the family. I apply this super mama hack which has saved me a lot of times and cost. I limit myself to cook a meal with 5 ingredients only. YES! you hear me! 5 ONLY!! The goal is creating something quick and easy with minimal resources you mostly have around your kitchen the bench. And the result is deliciousoooo… TRUST ME!

SUPER 5 (FIVE) INGREDIENTS MEAL

Grandma’s Shepherd Pie

Served: 3-4 pax // Prep: 10 mins // Cooking duration: 45mins

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Ingredients:

500 gr            pork/beef mince

1 cup              frozen mixed vegetables

500 gr            Dutch cream potato

1 tbsp             garlic powder

1 tbsp             Kikkoman reduced salt soy sauce

1 tbsp             vegetable oil

salt to taste

pepper to taste

 

 

How to:

  1. Boil water in a large pot and season it with salt. Peel the Dutch potatoes. Cut them up into quarter. Put them into the boiling water. Cook them until soft (use fork to check their softness)
  2. Once its cooked, drain them. Put them aside and let it cool.
  3. Pre-heat up the oven to 200°C (fan-forced)
  4. Heat up a non-sticky pan in a medium hit. Put 1 tbsp of vegetable oil.
  5. Place pork/beef mince in a heated pan for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add frozen mixed vegetables, cook for another 2 minutes.
  7. Add garlic powder and Kikkoman soy sauce. Stir and cook for further 5 minutes. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  8. While waiting for the mince to be cooked. Work on your mashed potatoes. Mash / beat the cooked cool potatoes with fork till soft.
  9. Spoon the stir fry mince to a baking dish. Layer them with mashed potato on top.
  10. Baked for 25-30 minutes (or until golden). Serve while its hot.

Salmon Dill Pasta

Served: 3-4 pax // Prep: 5 mins // Cooking duration: 20mins

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Ingredients:

240 gr            spaghetti (or any preferable pasta)

250 gr            salmon

1 tsp               lemon juice

6 cloves          garlic (finely chopped)

1 handful       dill (finely chopped)

4 tbsp             olive oil

salt to taste

pepper to taste

 

 

How to:

  1. Pre-heat oven 180°C (fan forced). Take off the salmon skin. Put the skin aside. Place the salmon on a aluminum foil, seasoned with salt & pepper. Add 1tsp of lemon juice and chopped dill. Wrap the salmon and bake it for 15-20 minutes, till cooked and soft.
  2. Boil water in a large pan. Season it with salt and place the pasta in. Cooked it for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Heat up a non-sticky pan, place 4 tbsp of olive oil.
  4. Wait till it’s popping hot, dip in the chopped garlic. And drain them aside.
  5. Place back the non-stick pan on the stove. Heat up some oil. Season salmon skin with grounded salt. And place them upside down till its crispy. Put it aside.
  6. Stir cooked pasta into heated garlic olive oil on tha pan for another 2 minutes.
  7. Served them with cooked salmon and top it off with the crispy salmon skin.

Stir Fry Butter Chicken with Bok-Choy

Served: 3-4 pax // Prep: 5 mins // Cooking duration: 12 mins

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Ingredients:

500 gr            chicken thighs/ chicken breast (for healthier lean option)

1                      brown onion (chopped)

2 tbsp             sweet soy sauce

1 1/2 tbsp      tomato ketchup

2                      baby bok – choy

60 gr               reduced – salt butter

salt to taste

pepper taste

jasmine rice to serve

How to:

  1. Heat up a non-sticky pan on high heat, place butter on it, then chopped brown onion. Sautee them for 2 minutes or until golden soft.
  2. Diced the chicken thighs. And place them in the pan for the next 5 minutes, then turn the other side for the next 3 minutes.
  3. While waiting for the chicken to be cooked, steam the baby bok-choy, season with salt & pepper (add some garlic for more zingy taste).
  4. Stir the sweet soy sauce and tomato ketchup into the fried chicken. Cook for another 2 minutes until all chicken equally covered by the sauce.
  5. Place steamed baby bok-choy on a round plate, top it with rice on the side and stir fry butter chicken in the middle.

 

I hope you enjoy these recipes and more in love with homemade cooking as I do. I am working on some more new easy recipes. So stay tuned for more inspiration. And feel free to share some feedbacks or recipes on the comment below. I would love to try them too. 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