DIY Project, Motherhood, Nadya Raessa

Homemade Play Dough Recipe!

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So i made some play dough for Nadya last week and got a lot of request for the recipe.
To be honest, this is the best recipe i’ve tried so far! It’s really easy & quick and most of the ingredients are things you can already find in your kitchen.

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The texture of the Play dough is also the best. It’s soft & pliable but does not stick to your fingers. The first recipe i tried, i had to knead it like crazy, i was sweating like a mamak prata. But this one was done in less than 10mins!

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Obviously i also had my hands on it too. That’s a bowl of Mee Soto, Epok2, Pizza and fishballs. HAHAHAHAHA.

Recipe & also how to do it is in the video below!

Motherhood, Nadya Raessa, Playdate

Busy Tables

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The other playdate we did last week, this time with Asyura & Yusuf!
We went over to Busy Tables at Rochester Mall! Been wanting to try this but it was quite a distance but when Asyura asked if anyone in the group was interested, i instantly said yes!

Thumbs up to this place for it’s great learning resources! They have practically everything and also great for me to agak2 which ones Nadya love playing with and then consider getting it for her.

and guess which one was her favourite?

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Not surprising actually cos Nadya is a touchy feely kind of girl. She loves her Sensory play sessions, loves exploring new things using her sense of touch so she spent most of her time here.

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She also love the Teepee & the tent! It’s so cute, she just masuk dalam & lepak cam rumah sendiri. lol

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The place is smaller than expected but they managed to put so many learning resources / activities at every corner of the room so there’s always something for them to try.

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Also love this light box room! I’ve always wanted to DIY a light box for Nadya but too busy to get started with it and so far, this is only place we’ve been to that offers the light box!

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If u’re keen to explore Busy Tables, they’re located at Rochester Mall, which is across Star Vista.

Admission fee is $15.00 for 2hrs of play.

 

Motherhood, Nadya Raessa, Playdate

Kids STOP!

It was a busy week! We had two playdates for Nadya last week and one of it was at Kids Stop with Ain & Zafran. I LOVE THE PLACE!! 

I’ve never thought Science Centre would be interesting for toddlers (apart from the waterplay area) until we tried Kids STOP.

Kids STOP is great for Pretend Play cos they have different Exhibition Galleries and most of them are suitable for toddlers 18mths and above. I guess as long as they can walk on their own, it’ll be fun for them to explore the place.

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This is the Built Environment so they can pretend play as Construction workers. So adorbs lah, them with their construction uniform. Lol

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This is the Human Body exhibit where older kids can learn more on what the human body can do. Thing i like about Kids STOP is, the exhibits are really interactive & informative. Great for the older kids since the young ones probably won’t be interested except to touch & role play. They have a clinic theme here, so they can be doctors!

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Nadya’s favourite exhibit! She spent most of her time here! They have this Supermarket area where they can pick out their own groceries and place them in baskets. They can also play cashier here, which is one of the kids favourite area cos it’s always crowded! lol

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Also one of her favourite area is the Kitchen! And look at the uniform! So geram!!!

They have so many more areas for them to explore.. I think we spent 2 hours in Kids STOP and even i had fun!

I’ve made a short video here to show more on the place & the exhibit galleries they can explore. This is one place you should bring your kids to especially toddlers!

I know it’s pretty similar to Kidzania but i probably won’t be bringing Nadya to Kidzania till she’s much older cos i don’t think the entrance fees would be worth it for her now since she don’t really understand all these pretend play? She’s only interested in playing but she don’t really know she’s supposed to be a doctor etc? So maybe Kidzania would appeal to her more when she’s older. For now, Kids STOP would be a great alternative!

Operating Hours:
They have 2 sessions per day.
9.30am – 1.30pm & 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm
So you can choose either session.

Admission Charges:
18 mths – 8 years old: 
$5.00/child (Mon – Fri)
$10.00/child (Weekends / PH & School Holidays)

Adults
$2.00/child (Mon – Fri)
$5.00/child (Weekends / PH & School Holidays)

The rate above is for Singaporeans & PRs only.
Please check here for other visitors.

Kids Stop!
Singapore Science Centre
21 Jurong Town Hall Road
Singapore 609433
Website

 

Motherhood, The Travel Tales

Long Flight Ahead! 

In preparation for our long flight to New York, i’ve made plans to make that 23.5hr journey bearable for us all 3. I know we’ve got to expect meltdowns cos even adults can’t handle long flights seh. Apa lagi toddlers. 

Babywearing

I plan to babywear Nadya most of the time in the plane. Will probably put her in the bassinet only when she’s asleep or during playtime. 

We survived a 6hrs bus ride with babywearing and if we can do it again, even for 6hrs pun aku bersyukur sangat2 seh. Lol

Essential Oils:

I love using essential oils on Nadya so will definitely resort to oiling her. And me. Hahahaha. Lavender EO for sleeping time. Peace & Calming EO for obvious reasons. 

Will also be bringing other EOs like Lemon, Peppermint, Thieves etc since weather will be quite cooling. 

Activities:

Super excited about this because i bought few stuff for Nadya and i’ve been keeping it aside for the trip cos i want her to be excited cos new things mahh. So hopefully it’ll make her spend more time on it! 


Especially love this Smiggle Casing! It’s so cute with all the cartoon characters and i can already picture Nadya poking the characters and saying “tatik…tatik.” Hahaha.

I’ve filled it up with blank papers, a small notebook and gel crayons so she can do her conteng-conteng. 


Activity Book! Mad expensive but there’s so many things to do and really nice stickers. Nadya loves peeling out stickers and pasting it everywhere. Suspect she’ll paste it all over the plane seat. Lol

I also bought her some new books and small activity toys to play onboard to help keep her occupied.

Videos

This is my last resort. I usually don’t allow Nadya to hold any gadgets on her own. I do allow screen time but most of it strictly through the TV where i still have control over it. When we go out, she only get to watch in the car through the car dvd player. 

I have a spare iphone and i have downloaded all Barney shows on it. This will be the very very last resort and i hope i’ll still get to control it as in i’ll be the one holding it for her or u know i’ll use a monopod or something but i hope this will be the last resort in case she gets really really cranky. But let’s hope she behaves most of the time! 

Cos i really don’t want her to develop the habit of wanting to hold a phone all the time and doing this might just trigger that. Sighhh. 

Let me know if u have any suggestions to keep a toddler occupied during flights! 

Motherhood

Picking Battles

With Nadya venturing deeper into toddlerhood, i’ve learnt how to pick battles with her because sometimes there’s no point getting so worked up over something that’s beyond my control and at this age, they really test your patience.

I don’t have any preference in bringing her up because i prefer to just go with the flow and that’s hard cos i’m such a planner but i gotta admit raising a kid is not easy. You don’t have time to refer to your Excel sheet to see what’s good or not. U just react to the situation.

Earlier today, Nadya managed to twist open my nail polish bottle and by the time i realised she has it in her hands, she quickly put in the nail polish wand in her mouth. Ahhh such a darling. Then i realised there’s no point getting angry.
So i told her “you can’t do this. It’s dangerous” and pray she understands.
I wiped her mouth, let her drink water and she showed me an apologetic face. Lol

Eating time can also be challenging. Sometimes she’ll go on a strike and refuse to eat anything else but biscuits & “kokok” (keropok) and forcing her to eat would be against what i believe right from the start. So i follow her cue. If she wants to eat, go & eat. If u want to eat keropok all day, gasak lah.

When she eats, i’ll leave her to it and she gets to decide if she wants to eat with her hands or her spoon. Some days, it’ll be hella messy. Some days, i don’t have to clean up that much. Scolding her when she plays with her fully loaded spoon is pointless too. So i’ll tell her not to do it and if she keep doing it, i’ll just take her plate away and tell her “No more food. Told u to stop playing.”

If she refuse to go in the toilet & shower, i’ll leave her outside,  go in the toilet and play with water. She’ll step in the toilet herself in few seconds.

I guess this works for us now. For my sanity at least.

But i’ll be kidding you if i tell you i’ve not snapped at her.
Truthfully, many times. I’ll feel so guilty after that, i’ll break down & cry.

Everyday i strive to be a good mom. Better than yesterday.

Motherhood, Our Little Family

Mummy’s Day

Mother’s Day! Overrated for some people and I know some people will go “I don’t celebrate Mother’s Day. Everyday is Mother’s Day” and that is so damn cliche. When you’re a mum, even if you don’t want a full-on celebration, maybe a free pass of housework pun jadi lah. Seriously.

And also some who said “Why make a fuss over Mother’s Day when u don’t treat her nice / post pictures of her every other day?”

ALL THE MORE U SHOULD CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY! 
Kau dah lah perangai serupa Tanggang. Hari2 harap kan mak kau jaga makan pakai kau. Then cannot just take one day to celebrate & appreciate her meh? Facebook kau takde space ke nak letak 1 gambar of your mum for just one day?

And then those yang cakap Mother’s Day tu haram. I just don’t want to start, really.
So much angst over a Mother’s Day post eh? Hahahaha.

We spent Mother’s Day with dinner at Carousel, just the three of us! My little family. ❤

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Also i think Nadya enjoyed stuffing herself silly! Took a video of her stuffing her little mouth with food.

I gave her mostly boiled prawns, steamed chicken from the chicken rice counter, steamed fish, some pastas, breads & even gave her a dessert treat!My daughter is so gagah.

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I love the food from Carousel! Although i can no longer stuff myself as much as dulu. No idea why. So i took really small portions of everything.

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Carousel was really thoughtful to place a photobooth area for that day so we took the chance to take one and yes we’re the kind of people who hates wearing ridiculous wigs and holding up cheesy boards so we always end up taking boring pictures at photobooth. Hahahaha.

I had fun that day spending time with two people i really love and care for and here’s a video i uploaded on Instagram that i can recycle here. Hahahahaha

 

Motherhood, Our Little Family, The Husband & Wife

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Never underestimate your husbands. I know we always complain them guys are always clueless about everything. But sometimes they really do surprise you. Little things that you thought they won’t notice, they actually do.

I’ve never openly declared love for anything Hazelnut-flavoured although it’s quite obvious i would always choose Hazelnut over Cocoa flavoured.

Sometimes, when i tell Rusly to buy home some chocolates and i don’t specify anything in particular, he’ll come home with Kinder Bueno / Kit Kat Chunky in Hazelnut. It’s not exactly my favourite but i think Rusly realized i always reach out for them.

and then sometimes, without me asking, i’ll find a random Kinder Bueno in the fridge. No sweet notes or whatever. Just plain ol’ Kinder Bueno staring back at me and that to me is super sweet. No pun intended.

I’m sure all husbands do this. Antara kita sedar ke tak je.
And then when u enter into motherhood, sometimes it’s really easy to overlook the small things your husband do and just dismiss them as ‘not helpful‘ cos we feel like we do much more than them. Which is true to a certain extent but how do u measure all these and do we seriously gotta be calculative in everything we do in marriage?

Yesterday, i needed a nap badly cos it was so hot and i’ve been sleeping at 3.00 am and waking up by 7+am cos the budak kecik suka2 bangun siang these days. I woke up from a 2hr nap with the laundry all done and my husband feeding Nadya her dinner.

I’m just thankful for this guy. No qualms about doing housework. It’s not a woman’s thing. It’s just plain housework. Does not matter who do it. It just had to be done.