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Rise & Shine Family FunFest – Enjoy the Weekend with Whole Family (Promo code + Giveaway)

It’s time to indulge in another fun family event! Rise & Shine Family FunFest will be shining on the town in few days! It will be a fun and exciting weekend packed with lot of family bonding activities, games and contents!

Joining with such family events are great for family bonding time and to give the kids the experiences of engaging with community. Kids will sure love to join with the contests and games and don’t forget the goodie bags which are eligible for those who buy tickets using the special promo code.

Here are the details!

When: it will be held from 17 – 19 Feb 2017

Where : at Marina Bay Sands

Special Promotion (Plus $50 goodie bag)

Join me at Rise & Shine Family Funfest – Indulge in a Weekend of Family Fun!

Special 1-for-1 promo for Diary of a New Mom readers! Each kid also receives a $50 goodie bag at the event.

Use the promocode: DIARYOFANEWMOM upon checkout: $5/two kids. If you have 3 kids, please register the third kid separately. Promo ends 5 Feb.Visit here to get your tickets for promotional price.

 

Giveaway time

We are happy to send you over 10 tickets for 5 families.(5 winners will be selected and each will get 2 tickets for their kids)

To join with the Giveaway, simply  follow the below steps and use the Rafflecopter for your entries.

Below are the steps to follow,but you need to use the rafflecopter to qualify your entries.

-Like , share and comment the  Facebook post with hash tag #riseandshinesg (mandatory)

-Like , share and comment the  instagram post with hash tag #riseandshinesg (optional)

-Comment below this blog post saying why you like to visit Rise & Shine Family FunFest.(optional)

-Giveaway ends on February 5th 12am (Singapore time)

That’s it. You can be one of the lucky winners!

Good Luck!

 

 

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Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

It can be for a playgroup kid or a preschool kid. Preserving playgroup memories or even preschool memories is a challenge as there are lots of different ideas around. I faced the same and finally started my project with creating a photobook to preserve his playgroup memories.

Finally another year passed. Our kid is a preschooler now. In 2016 He had a great and precious year in his playgroup with different activities. Although our first intention of sending him for a playgroup was just to learn social skills and to interact with other similar aged kids, we noticed how they learn day by day with different activities such as arts and crafts, singing, reading and even writing.

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

Cover page of our photo book

Each day my kid came out with a craft or art work in hand. At first, I started collecting all such art pieces in a file folder. So, most of his art works are organized and he can see those when he is a grown up adult. (Hopefully) I also keep his workbooks and activity books safe and we still refer those time to time.

Other than that I started a big project! It is a photobook with my kid’s artworks and some special moments during his playgroup year. This is really exciting and I am working on this photobook these days.Before reading further,check this Arts & Crafts book for an inspiration!

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

Here is how I preserve our kid’s playgroup memories in a photobook!

As always I selected my favorite photobook company for this photo album too.

From the collection of photo book ideas for kids, I selected the design of Arts & Crafts photo book design as it is more suitable for my purpose of creating a photo book for playgroup memories.

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

Adding and arranging photos are really easy!

I have loads of memories and photos from his playgroup activities together with his arts and crafts. So, I selected the best photos in to one folder and started creating the book.

Creating this photobook is really easy and it only takes few minutes. However, you will not only own a printed photo book but also a digital photo book which you can print again if needed. I love this idea because of my experience of losing my childhood photos due to a recent flood.

Check: How to create a photo book

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

We celebrated his 3rd birthday with the playgroup friends

Anyway our photo book with our kid’s playgroup memories and activities are almost done. Once finalized and checked again, I can easily order it.

Preserving Playgroup Memories of Our Kid in a Photo Book

This is one of the pages which I added his arts and crafts at the Playgroup

Isn’t it a great idea to preserve childhood memories? They will cherish and really appreciate these photo books once they are grown up!

Check the Arts and Crafts photo book just for an inspiration. You can also subscribe with Mixbook and receive the latest details including promotions up to 50% off!

The Nail Snail : Is It The Best Ever Baby Nail Trimmer?

Clipping baby nails is not an easy task. It needs lot of patience and even if you clip your baby’s nail they will grow fast again. I remember I had to check my son’s nails daily as those were growing fast. Although baby nails are so soft, still these can make scratches on your baby’s face. That is why it is necessary to keep baby nails trimmed all the time.

Although a traditional nail clipper can do the job, I am sure you will undergo little bit stressful time when you trim nails of your baby’s tiny fingers. But now, there is an innovative design which you can use for trimming those tiny little nails. It is The Nail Snail!

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The Nail Snail combines a fingernail trimmer, toenail trimmer, nail file and also a under nail cleaner in one trimmer creating it to look like a cute snail! As a safe and health care product, The Nail Snail is suitable for newborns to toddlers and children to keep their nails short and in clean way. With such innovative nail trimmer you don’t have to worry about nail care of your new born or kid anymore!

The Nail Snail

How to trim the baby nails with The Nail Snail

As a product of Christie & Christie, an Australian based family-run business this 3-in-1 baby nail trimmer tool will be launched soon and you can preorder when they start their kickstarter campaign. Keep in touch with their website www.nail-snail.com for the details. Meantime you can also check updates at Social media sites as below.

 Facebook page @nailsnailbaby

Instagram @nail_snail_baby

Isn’t this 3 in 1 baby nail trimmer too cute? I really love this cute design!

 

3 Reasons to Hire a Public Adjuster

Suffering catastrophic damage to your home is a terrible experience. It sometimes requires rebuilding your life from scratch. The most annoying tasks associated with property damage is the insurance claims process. It is tedious and confusing. It is confusing because most don’t have knowledge of how the insurance industry works. They don’t know what goes into assessing damage and how much it is worth.

Reasons to Hire a Public Adjuster

This is why insurance adjusters exist. Adjusters are individuals who come to a damage site and assess the value of the damage. There are three different kinds of adjusters. The most common is the company adjuster. There are also independent adjusters. Insurance companies hire independents as private contractors to work their claims. For the best results, any claimant should employ a public adjuster. Here are three reasons why.

1. Licensed – Public adjusters are the only type required by the state to be licensed. They must complete coursework and pass a test to work. When you hire a public adjuster, you get a professional with extensive industry knowledge. Many of them are also former employees of insurance companies. So, they know the ins and outs of the claims process that insurers try.

2. Highest Settlement – Public adjusters work directly for their client. They have the victim’s best interests in mind during a claim. All other adjusters work for the insurance company. Many people assume that their insurance provider has their best interests at heart. Insurance companies are not evil corporations set out to take advantage of their customers. They are a business, though. Their primary concern is to protect their bottom line. One way to do that is to give out the smallest settlements possible.

3. Second Opinion – Insurance companies still send out their company adjuster to investigate your claim. The public adjuster acts as a second opinion. In most cases, the public adjuster will decide upon a higher amount. If you disagree with the insurer’s initial settlement offer, you can go to arbitration. This will be paid for by the insurance company if you use a public adjuster.

These are the three most important reasons to hire a public adjuster. It is good to know you have someone on your side during a claim. At United States Adjusters, they have a long list of available national public adjusters available for hire. Each of them is licensed and bonded to ensure they will provide clients with the best service.

Our Holiday in Sri Lanka

We spent a long holiday in Sri Lanka. If you’ve noticed I didn’t update the blog with our travel stories after this post about My Little Giant indoor playpark. We visited Sri Lanka for holidays at the end of October and spent there till the mid of December. It was a great holiday for my kid to spend his time with the grandparents and other relatives.

View of a train over the paddy fields.My kid had different experiences in Sri Lanka

Other than his time with grandparents, we also visited some attractions in Sri Lanka which are specially good for kids. Sanu, our kid saw the elephants in Pinnawala Elephant orphanage. This is his first time to see the elephants in real as we miss the opportunity in our first Singapore zoo visit.

Next to the Pinnawala Elephant orphanage, there is also a zoo which is newly built.(Or still under construction).Although there are no many animals to see, this zoo is good enough for a little kid to spend the day.

At the Pinnawala Zoo,Sanu was happy to see this life-cycle of a crocodile.As we read about the frog life-cycle at home,he wanted to show us that he knows the concept 🙂

 

With the Pangolin at the Pinnawala Zoo,Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Holiday

At the Pinnawala Zoo (I will update my travel blog leisureandme.com with our travel stories of these places)

Other than such attractions, Sanu spent his time playing with his cousin sister Imalsha and it was the happiest time for him.

Night time experiences such as watching fireflies, bats and hearing the sounds of howling dogs are new experiences for him which we don’t experience in Singapore. He also experienced his time running around the home gardens.

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Monkeys are a common sight in Sri Lanka,they come to eat fruits and really annoying.However,these monkey attacks were enjoyable for my kid to see 🙂 (Its a monkey on our roof)

Sanu also had his first haircut in a Barber Salon Sri Lanka.Until that,I used to cut his hair.It was not an enjoyable moment for him.Anyway,below is a photo of him after the hair cut.We visited to meet some friends with his new hair cut 🙂

Anyway, we are back to Singapore and I am still trying to come to my daily routine. I really miss my time which I spend reading other fellow blogs. With new school term, we are busy with sending Sanu to Preschool, but I am glad still I could find some time to write a blog post.

My little explorer with his favourite bag from itsmybag.com at the Changi Airport.

How about you? How did you spend last year school holidays? Please share your thoughts.

For the detailed travel stories of each places we visited,please stay updated with my travel blog leisureandme.com

Finding an Emergency Dentist

Finding an Emergency Dentist

Image by EthanDenney via Flickr

There is a wealth of information available online about dental care and treatment in New South Wales, and an excellent source of information is the nsw.gov.au website. Sometimes people have dental emergencies meaning that they need treatment outside of regular hours, so in these circumstances, it is important to know what to do, and where to go.

The Different Types of Emergencies

There are many different things that can harm or damage our teeth which may require emergency dental treatment. Some of the reasons that you may require an emergency dentist in the Sydney CBD area are:

  • Chipped or Broken Teeth
  • Knocked Out Teeth
  • Lost Crowns
  • Lost Fillings
  • Broken Braces or Wires

If you experience any of the above difficulties, you may wish to contact your local emergency dentist to get the problems fixed as quickly as possible. If you let problems go unfixed, then they could get considerably worse, as well as also becoming more expensive to resolve.

Be Prepared

Ideally, you will want to be prepared in advance of any problem that may arise, and it is worthwhile speaking to your dentist so that you know what to do during a dental emergency. Many surgeries will offer an out of hours’ service, sometimes in collaboration with other dental practices. Ask your dentist about emergency services and see if this is something that they offer. If they do have this type of service available, ask for the details of the service as well as the out of hours contact details. If this is not a service your dentist offers, then you will need to find an emergency dentist for both you and your family.

Finding a Dentist

If you find yourself needing emergency dental treatment, then a good place to start is asking your friends and family for any recommendations that they can offer. Alternatively, you can use the internet to find the closest out-of-hour dentist who will be able to assist you, no matter what your problem is. It is important to ensure that any dentist you are going to visit potentially is properly certified and qualified. Most dental websites will display their accreditations and certificates prominently on their website, and if this is something you cannot see, it is worth the effort to contact them and ask before arranging an appointment.

Check Out Their Reviews

Aside from the recommendations from friends and family, you can also look at all of the online reviews that are available. People love to leave reviews of products and services that they use, whether the experience was good or bad, and it is the same with dentists. Any potential dentists that you are considering using you should be able to find reviews about them online on the various review websites that are available. Read as many of the reviews that you can and compare the potentials dentists with each other.

 

With all of this information you will be able to choose a reliable dentist that will be able to take care of your teeth, whatever the problem. Just remember to take along your crown, filling, or tooth to them when you visit and they will have you smiling again in no time.

 

Also check : 3 Foods and Habits Known to Cause Tooth Discolouration

How to Select the Right Preschool?

Selecting the right preschool is one of the important tasks when the kids reach their preschool age. Although there are many preschools available, as parents we should have some idea on how to choose the right preschool depending on various facts. As my child reached preschool age and started preschool this year, we had the same doubts when selecting a preschool for him. Therefore I think it is good to share some of our experiences as these ideas may help you to select the right preschool for your kid too.

How to Select the Right Preschool

Image credits : rhmontessori.com

 

Consider the teaching method

As early education is really important for your kid, you also need to have some idea on different early education philosophies. Some common approaches are Montessori, play based and academic preschools which gives some hint on how the preschool activities are created. Anyway there are preschools which use combine philosophies, but there are preschools which use one approach such as Montessori Method. For example, Richmond Hill Montessori ,Plano,Texas carries their programs according to the Montessori approach. Therefore the classrooms of the preschool are equipped with Montessori materials to give better learning environment for the kids.

How to Select the Right Preschool

Image credits : rhmontessori.com

When you know these terms clearly, you can easily decide on the right preschool for your kid.

Do your research

If you ask your friends, colleagues and family members who have young kids, they will give you loads of ideas regarding the preschools. I also did the same at the time my son was attending playgroup classes. For me, selecting a preschool was a really new experience as I am from another country. However, the details and information I received from my friends and other parents of playgroup kids were really helpful to shortlist few preschools before we decide on one.

Visit the preschool before deciding

This is the next step I did before choosing a preschool for our kid. I shortlisted few preschools and then started visiting the schools. Although the preschool near my place was full, I also did not attract the place as it was too crowded with kids. I found a preschool which is in some distance to my home with a peaceful environment which I believe is essential for young kids to learn. These can be your personal choices. However, by visiting few preschools, you can easily select the right one which suits with your expectations.

How to Select the Right Preschool

Image credits : rhmontessori.com

When you talk with the teachers or principal, you can easily clear any doubts you have regarding the preschool. This is really important and you will also understand how the school communicates with parents.

Above are the steps I followed when we select the preschool for our kid. So far our experience is really good with the new preschool and my kid happily wakes up in the morning to go to the school. I hope these tips are helpful for you too. If you have any other ideas, please share those below, so that others can get the benefit!

The Groovy Giraffe – Online Bookstore Singapore for Children’s Books #Review

The Groovy Giraffe is our latest finding for buying children’s books online for really affordable rates. We love our experiences. So, this is my Groovy Giraffe review which will be helpful for you to decide on your next book purchase for your kids!

We all know that reading to our kids is one of the best things which we can do from their early stages of life. I started reading books for my son when he was just few months old. Now we continue the same habit and we have established a bed time reading routine too. There are many advantages of reading books for kids including improving the communication skills, better literacy, academic skills and mastering the language. There are many more reasons to read with kids. Reading will also develop a stronger relationship between the parent and the kid. With all these reasons, we always surround our kid with age appropriate books for him to read including the books from the library.

The Groovy Giraffe Review

The Groovy Giraffe #Review

However, it is not a secret that children’s books are quiet expensive if you buy those from a local book store. This can be a reason for some parents to not to buy books for their kids. But, you can easily buy books from online bookshops as most of the bookshops sell high quality books for affordable rates. Most of the time, online bookshops sell the books for a rate lower than the local book store.

What is Groovy Giraffe?

The Groovy Giraffe review

Have you heard of The Groovy Giraffe? The Groovy Giraffe is the Singapore’s first online children’s remainder bookstore. You can find brand new, high quality books there for a really lower rate. The books are not second hand or used books. Instead, these books are directly from the publishers which are over printed or with minor shelf wear marks.

Are the books selling at the Groovy Giraffe, brand new?

The books at The Groovy Giraffe   are brand new and overprint books which may have some minor shelf wear. However, you will notice the heavy discounts which you can obtain from the remainder books.

But, I know you have doubts about the quality of the books, right? Then, see the pictures below. The books I ordered are such remainder books which are heavily discounted. Some books are of over 60% discount. However, all the books we bought are of great quality which I can’t even find any remainder mark.

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Books bought from Groovy Giraffe

I bought some of the books from the bargain collection. At first, I also had the doubt of the books from the bargain collection. But, actually I can’t find any visible difference in bargain books and normal priced books which I received from the Groovy Giraffe.

 

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Books are of high quality and I couldn’t find any visible mark

How to save money when you buy from The Groovy Giraffe?

Well, buying children’s books from the Groovy Giraffe itself is a way of saving money as the prices of the books are heavily discounted.(sometimes over 60%). However, here are some of other ways for you to save some more money when you buy from the Groovy Giraffe!

Use the Coupon Code

Coupon codes are so much popular in saving money. Use the Groovy Giraffe discount code ‘Newmom5’ at the check out to enjoy 5% discount on your purchases. (Except bargains)

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Buy in bulk

You can buy 1 or 2 books without any minimum limit to enjoy the discounted prices of kids’ books. However, you can enjoy free shipping when you order above $50.

Sign up for the Newsletter

When you sign up with the Groovy Giraffe newsletter, you will receive a $5 coupon which you can redeem at your next check out. Isn’t this great when most of the book prices are lower than $5? 🙂 Other than the sign up bonus,you will also enjoy the exclusive offers which you receive via newsletter.

Sign up for the newsletter by visiting here.

Use the bargain section

Books at bargain collection are heavily discounted

You will find heavily discounted books under bargain section.  My experience with these bargain books is really good. I couldn’t notice any noticeable marks in these books. The price? Prices are heavily discounted and those are up to 80%. So, if you look for books for your kids to improve their interest on reading, why don’t you add few books from the bargain section too?

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My kid loves all the books we bought for him.Isn’t it what we want as parents? #GroovyGiraffeReview

Overall, the experience with Groovy Giraffe is really good and we could add few more books for our little library at home. Check Groovy Giraffe book collection here and then you can decide!

Happy Reading!

How Does Egg Donation Work? Your Questions Answered

For those who have difficulty conceiving, egg donation may be the solution for those wishing to have a baby of their own. But how do you go about researching clinics, choosing an egg donor, or navigating the complex emotions that come with using another woman’s eggs to have a baby? This article will detail some of the most important questions women may have when using donor eggs to get pregnant.

How Does Egg Donation Work

Who needs to use an egg donor?

There are several different reasons why women are unable to get pregnant using their own eggs. One of the biggest reasons is age. Older women have older eggs, which make conceiving more difficult. Others may be relatively young, but have genetic conditions or poor egg quality that render them infertile. Women who have undergone cancer treatments or surgeries involving removal of their ovaries may mean it is physically impossible to get pregnant on their own. All of these women would be good candidates for egg donation.

 

What decisions do I need to make before starting?

Fertility treatments using donor eggs give women and their partners a lot to think about. There are ethical and moral considerations, and the couple will need to reach an agreement on pursuing treatment. Financing the cycle is a major point of discussion, along with the feelings and emotions that accompany third party reproduction. You or your partner may have difficulty coming to terms with donor eggs and it is wise to pursue those concerns with a neutral party, such as a therapist who specializes in infertility. You may be grieving the loss of passing on your own genetics to a future child. You may feel angry with your body, for failing to do what comes so naturally to others. It’s not uncommon to experience relief when choosing to stop treatments with your own eggs and move on to a donor. Most women will eventually feel hopeful that this will give them a baby, whether it’s upon their decision to use an egg donor, or after the embryo transfer has occurred. Know that these emotions are a normal part of the process.

How Does Egg Donation Work

Where should I go for my treatment?

Many clinics have donor egg programs, but not all. Before choosing a clinic that has one, you need to decide if you want to use fresh or frozen eggs. Fresh eggs do have a slightly better chance of resulting in pregnancy, but they cost more and cycles have a higher rate of cancellation due to unpredictable circumstances such as life events or a donor not responding well to medication. Frozen eggs are cheaper to obtain since the donor has already undergone the process to retrieve the eggs, and you know how many eggs you will receive, generally about six to eight. Due to advances in science, frozen eggs are catching up in terms of success rates. Not all clinics offer their own frozen egg banks. If you decide to use frozen eggs, you can select your donor from an outside egg bank and have the eggs shipped directly to your clinic.

 

How do I choose my donor?

Once you’ve settled in with a clinic, and decided which type of egg you want, the next step is picking out a donor. The process in choosing is highly individual, and how wide your pool of available donors is depends on how many requirements you have when it comes to qualities you want in a donor: physical appearances, intellectual abilities, and donor medical history. Some women choose to go with an anonymous donor, and some have friends or family who want to step in and undergo the stringent process to donate their own eggs. Once you have come to a decision, though, it’s a matter of filling out the paperwork and working with the clinic’s donor coordinator.

 

What happens during the donor egg cycle itself?

After the eggs are secured, you will begin a medication regimen to prepare your body for a transfer and attend monitoring appointments to make sure your uterus is ready to accept an embryo. Using your partner’s or donor sperm, the eggs are fertilized in a lab and the resulting embryos are transferred to your uterus or frozen for future use. A pregnancy test is done about two weeks later to see if the cycle was successful.

How Does Egg Donation Work

Conclusion

The donor egg process is fraught with many emotions and questions. It can be confusing and difficult, but with careful research and discussion, it can give women hope that their long-awaited baby will finally become a reality.

Little Passports Science Expeditions – Greatest Gift for Kids

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Teaching Science for kids is really interesting if you know how to do it in fun way. There are science projects for kids which really make them eager to learn Science. Science Expeditions is such subscription which you can use to make your little explorers curious about Science!

What is Science Expeditions?

Science Expeditions is the newest subscription service of Little Passports which is great for kids to learn basic Science concepts with new science projects.

So,it is the time of the year for buying gifts! This holiday season, why not let your kids explore the world of science with Little Passports’ newest subscription, Science Expeditions.

Science Expeditions is recommended for ages 9+ and introduces kids to the exciting world of science, with a focus on STEM/STEAM principles. Each monthly package includes a comic book adventure featuring the characters Sam and Sofia, a mystery to solve – and, of course – science experiments! All of the materials are designed to help kids to build skills like problem-solving, observation and note-taking – while boosting their natural curiosity.

Little Passports Science Expeditions Reviews

To learn more, read the very first Science Expeditions reviews .So,you know how exciting these science projects for kids are!

Give the gift of adventure this holiday season with a Little Passports Science Expeditions Subscription!

 

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