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Back to School Shopping in Johor Bahru , Malaysia

Living in Singapore, Johor Bahru is our favorite place for short getaways and shopping trips whenever there is a holiday. We don’t need a reason to visit Johor Bahru. ( or JB as most call this city of Malaysia)After our recent long holiday in Sri Lanka, year-end weekend was the perfect time to visit JB again. Reason? No perfect reason at all! We wanted to spend family time, entertain the kid, and most importantly we wanted to buy school stuff for the kid.

Back to School Shopping at Johor Bahru Malaysia

I still remember the back to school days during my school time, the best part of the new school term is that we get new shoes, new bags and books if need. So, following the same, it is time to buy new items for the kid. He will be in Kindergarten this year (K1).After around 2 months holiday in Sri Lanka, we wanted to give him some excitement which can make him eager to go to school on the first day of the new school term.

Back to School Shopping at Johor Bahru Malaysia

Which kid doesn’t love such school supplies themed with Sesame Street Characters!

Johor Bahru is with large city malls namely City Square, Komtar JBCC and many other. As it was the holiday season, both malls were decorated nicely to give us a festive mood.

Back to School Shopping at Johor Bahru Malaysia

With Sesame Street Characters at the City Square Mall, Johor Bahru

At City Square mall, there were lots of photo opportunities with popular Sesame Street Characters. Other than that, Sesame street themed school supplies were on sale. Our kid was so happy to have his new water bottle, file case, snack box and some other items with his favourite Sesame Street characters!

Back to School Shopping at Johor Bahru Malaysia

Kid had great time playing these games at KOMTAR JBCC

In Komtar JBCC, kid enjoyed playing on kiddy rides and games.

Back to School Shopping at Johor Bahru Malaysia

It was a fun day at Komtar,JBCC

After spending a day at Johor Bahru among activities including shopping,playing and dining,kid wanted to come back to Singapore soon to play with his latest name labels.Those name labels were perfect on his new school supplies.

It was awesome to spend the year end at Johor Bahru. How about you? How do you prepare your kids for the new school term?

How to Create Beautiful Birthday Party Invitations

Throwing a kid’s birthday party is always exciting. Once you decide the birthday party theme, then it is time to organize. I always love themed birthday parties. It is exciting, it is beautiful and it is easy to organize. When you have a theme, you know what to buy, what to do by yourself and how to throw.

After deciding the birthday party theme, you need to plan your party decorations, birthday invitations and birthday party food. Your Birthday party invitation plays a major role of the party, because that is the cutest things go out from your home and give the hint of the party. If the birthday party invitation is really beautiful and if it shows the theme of the party, that conveys the message of a beautiful sweet and cute celebration!

How to create a beautiful birthday party invitation

How to Create Beautiful Birthday Party Invitations?

There are few ways to create a birthday invitation.

Do it Yourself

If you have computer skills with some design knowledge, then you can easily create your own birthday invitation. Simply you can use an image of your kid and add text on the image. That will create a personalized birthday invitation. Then print required quantity and send to the guests.

Buy Ready-made Birthday Invitations from your local store

You can buy birthday invitations from your local shop and fill the details and send to the guests. But, I am sure you cannot find the birthday invitation which exactly goes with your theme.

Use editable and Printable Birthday invitations

Another way you can do is, use printable invitations. You can visit www.sassabyparties.com and select birthday invitations which you like and which go with the theme. Once you select your favorite kids’ party invitations, download it. Save the files and edit as you like. Print the required quantity and send to the guests. You can use beautiful envelopes to send the birthday party invitations out.

Printable birthday party invitations are easy to use and will save your time. From the same shop, you can even buy printable party decorations and complete organizing your themed birthday party.

How do you create your kids party invitations? Do you like DIY birthday parties? Please share your thoughts.

Loads of Fun at Kids World Fair 2016

Few weeks ago we attended the event Kids World Fair 2016 at the Suntec City Mall. It was a fun and educative event which we could find new products and services for kids while having fun time. Here are some of our moments there.

The event was full of learning adventures for kids.

There were trial classes,products and stage performances for kids.

Loads of Fun at Kids World Fair 2016

We can’t forget the mascots and the photo opportunities.

Loads of Fun at Kids World Fair 2016

Lot of free balloons for kids! And my son created his own game with the balloons he received. 🙂

Before his own game is continuing,I could catch him for another photo 🙂

Loads of Fun at Kids World Fair 2016

As always he loves to see animals! This time he found animals on the train in a booth there. 🙂

We had loads of fun in all the booths at Kids World Fair.Thank you Kidsworld.com.sg for the invite and lots of fun opportunities.We had great fun! And thanks for the Goodie bag for the kid too 🙂

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DIY Train Birthday Banner

I really like to have DIY Birthday banners than buying it. Simply, I am able to match the Birthday Banner with the party theme. We already celebrated our son’s 2nd Birthday and this time we picked the theme as ‘Train Birthday’. So everything from Birthday Cake to decorations is with the train theme.I had interesting time creating most of the decorations and Train Birthday Cake.My son really loved his train Birthday party!

DIY Train Birthday Banner

DIY Train Birthday Banner

For the banner, I came up with this idea as a DIY train birthday banner. It was really easy to create this. You will only need few different colour papers and printed letters. Other supplies are like scissors and glue are also needed.

Here is how I finished this DIY train birthday banner. If you are throwing a train themed Birthday party, this idea may be helpful.

You need,
Colourful papers from different colours
Printed letters which says your message
A pair of scissors
Glue
A ribbon
Punch

Here is how we made this DIY Train Birthday banner.

First cut colour papers into squares of the size you want your train themed birthday banner.

Also cut rectangles from another colour.(As shown in photos)

Also cut the letters from the printed paper.

DIY Train Birthday Banner

Using a color combination,paste rectangles on the square shapes.

Then paste letters accordingly.

Finaly cut small circles to pretend the wheels of the train.Paste those on the squares.(Wagons of the train)

DIY Train Birthday Banner

You will have beautiful set of letter wagons of the train.

DIY Train Birthday BannerPunch holes on each squares and thread a ribbon through each to make it as a birthday banner.

DIY Train Birthday Banner

Now,wagons of the train banner is ready.We need the train engines.

Using few colour papers,I simply cut the engine shape.Actualy I didnt use any template.

Then I used anothe colour squares,rectangles and circles to create the windows and wheels of the 3 engines.

DIY Train Birthday Banner

Finally,we pasted those engines on the wall and our Train Birthday banner was ready for the party!

DIY Train Birthday Banner

Is this cute?Please let me know your idea.Do you like to make your own Birthday banner?

Also check our Animal themed 1st Birthday Party banner tutorial.

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Fun Things to do this September Holidays with Kids

September School holidays are reaching. Singapore school holidays are the busiest months for both kids and parents. This is the best time to involve in many activities while having a break from school. However, if you don’t have a better idea on what to do this September holidays, then it is not easy to plan your days before the holidays are over. In order to help you with some ideas, here is a list of some exciting ideas which you can involve with your kids as a whole family. I am sure your kids will appreciate their time spent with you!

Fun Things to do this September Holidays with Kids-Singapore

Below are some of the school holiday activities which you can participate and have fun in this coming September holidays!

1) Participate with September Holidays Events & Programmes

Kidcentric events and fairs are a fun way to spend time as a whole family during the September holidays, Singapore. Although there are many events are planned for this coming holidays, below I mention the programs which we are attending.

Kids World Fair

Begin the fun with Kids World Fair  which is the largest kidscentric fair which is targeted young families with kids aged 3-12.Known as “A World of Learning Adventure”, you can join with fun and educational activities which features over 500 brands in different topics including  Fun, Education and Health.

Date: 2 – 4 September 2016

Time: 11am – 9pm (Fri & Sat) | 11am – 8pm (Sun)

Venue: Suntec Convention Centre, Halls 401-403,
1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec City, Singapore 039593

Admission: Free

For more information, click here.

2) Visit a Hidden Gem and Explore with kids

If you think of exploring Singapore with your kids, there are many interesting places to visit. Explore some hidden gems of Singapore with kids and this would be fun and interesting! I am sure you must have visited the most popular Singapore attractions such as Singapore Zoo, Museums and parks. However less popular places such as farms and hidden parks would be great for kids to spend their day. While Animal Resort is a great place to spend day among farm animals, Fu Shan Garden is a hidden gem which you can spend time exploring the Dinosaurs! Camping at East Coast Park would be fun and your kids will sure find many ways to spend their time at the beach!

3) Be Creative

Sometimes kids want to spend time with parents and participate in activities while relaxing and cuddling with them. Spend a day with your kids while reading books with them or while playing with them at a park where no much crowd. Kids will like such experiences too!

4) Travel overseas

It is always exciting to have an overseas trip. Pack your suitcases and spend time in an overseas trip.You can always find the best hotels and resorts here. And don’t forget to print a photo book after the family holiday overseas! These family memories are really precious!

 

Although there are many events and happenings for September school holidays, above are some ideas based on my experiences and choices. Do you have any other ideas to add to this list?

Also if you like to feature your event in this list, please do not hesitate to drop me an email.

Happy September holidays!

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Sweeping the Garden in Sri Lanka

sweeping the garden-Sri Lanka

My son had a good time and of course new experience sweeping the garden of his grand ma’s.Living in a flat in Singapore,he doesn’t get chance to involve in such garden activities.Here is how he enjoyed his time in Sri Lanka.

sweeping the garden-Sri Lanka

 

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Mini Me Yoga eLearning: 15 Minutes to Happy Healthy Kids #Review

Last few weeks we had a great time at our home. We practiced yoga! Yes, we both mom and son had great and fun time practicing yoga poses. It is good for me to be cheerful and to make my son active and cheerful! So, here are some of the moments from our yoga routine. If you are looking for yoga for toddlers, you’d love to read my experience with a toddler while practicing Mini Me yoga 15 minutes session.

We received the opportunity to follow Mini Me Yoga eLearning: 15 Minutes to Happy Healthy Kids and in this post I want to share our experience and review of this kids yoga program.

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What is Mini Me Yoga?

Mini Me Yoga Review

Mini Me Yoga is a kids yoga and mindfulness program which empowers parents, grandparents and caregivers to train kids in a 15 minute yoga session. Currently there are over 200 ambassadors all over the world who practice and teach yoga for kids through a 2hr workshop.

As a preschool recognized yoga and mindfulness program, Mini Me Yoga creates fun activity time for kids while learning the yoga techniques including meditation and breathing exercises.

To follow Mini Me Yoga eLearning course, you don’t need any training or previous experience. It is really fun and it is really easy to learn the yoga poses with kids!

Here is our experience and review on 15 Minutes Mini Me Yoga Sessions

Mini Me Yoga Elearning Review with toddler (Yoga for Toddlers)

**Disclaimer : We received Mini Me Yoga eLearning program  free to facilitate this review.However,all opinions are mine.
Mini Me Yoga Elearning Review with toddler

This is his favorite yoga pose #yogafortoddlers

It is really exciting, fun and wonderful way to keep our son calm and happy. As he is still a toddler of 2 years plus in age, at the beginning I found it is bit difficult to keep him practicing in a pose. Instead he changed yoga poses as he likes. Most of the time he uses his favorite toys in both hands saying they all are practicing yoga!

Mini Me Yoga Elearning Review with toddler

Yoga poses with toys

But, that’s fine. Mini Me Yoga is all about creating exciting and cheerful environment for kids while introducing mindfulness and yoga poses. I continued practicing yoga each day without worrying about his eagerness of practicing yoga with his friendly toys.

Mini Me Yoga Elearning Review with toddler

Meditation time was really exciting for me. As a Buddhist, I really like to introduce meditation practices for my son, but previously I thought it is still too early. Surprisingly he loved the meditation pose and Oom sound together with breathing exercise. He loves to send positive vibes to his playgroup friends while practicing yoga at home.

Mini Me Yoga Elearning Review with toddler

Practicing kindness and compassion #yogafortoddlers

Well, he first sends positive thoughts to his toys. That is how we practiced yoga at our home while teaching kindness and compassion to my toddler with easy yoga poses for kids.

Mini Me Yoga Elearning Review with toddler

He wants to teach yoga for his teddy too.(he is teaching how to sit cross legged.)  🙂

When it comes to photos, I have super shaky and not so nice photos. But with these photos you can imagine how active and cheerful my son is when we practice yoga!

Mini Me Yoga Elearning Review with toddler

I tried several days to capture some good clear photos, but those were always shaky. So, pardon me. Instead you can see how this Mini Me Yoga program makes my kid so cheerful and exciting!

Mini Me Yoga Elearning Review with toddler

He sometimes creates his own yoga poses too.

With our experience on practicing yoga with a toddler, I highly recommend Mini Me Yoga eLearning program for your kids. If you are looking for yoga for kids or yoga for toddlers, check Mini Me Yoga eLearning: 15 Minutes to Happy Healthy Kids.

 

 

 

 

How to Prevent Blister and Chafing on Skin?

Skin irritations are more common in most families and there are times that we need to prepare for such moments specially when we are with kids. As parents we should know how to prevent blisters and chafing on little ones skin especially when we are outside. Although we cannot avoid visiting outside or spending a vacation with exciting moments and adventures for kids, we can take precautions to blister prevention and chafe prevention. So, as a mom I always concern these precautions and hope these ideas are beneficial for you too.

How to prevent Blister and chafing on skin?

First you need to stay hydrated as it helps prevent chafing. Always keep your kids hydrated during vacations, so they are in safe side. Select suitable clothing for your kids as too loose or too tight clothes can create rubbing and friction. Keep the skin dry and you can use talcum powder for this. Also there are medicine products such as ChafeZone Skin Protectant which helps to prevent chafing and skin rash. So, use such a product and don’t forget to pack in your bag when you are heading on a holiday.

ChafeZone Skin Protectant by MedZone

 

prevent Blister and chafing

ChafeZone is a skin protectant by MedZone which is a company that provides sports medicine products. ChafeZone helps preventing chafing and blisters and it is really useful for families to enjoy a better vacation. This water free product helps preventing chafing, irritation and rubbing on skin. Simply swipe ChafeZone® and stay comfortable while running, hiking, riding or any other active sports.

MedZone-Review

Check more details of ChafeZone® by visiting www.medzonecorp.com.Enjoy your holiday with these tips on how to prevent Blister and chafing!

Try XXL Box Secure Cloud Storage to Store Your Images

As a mom I take lot of moments of my son and there are lot of photos which we’ve taken during our holidays and family moments. These photos are really precious moments. Specially, photos like my son’s first steps, the first time he started crawling or even the first time we saw him just after delivery are so precious and those photos bring us back to those moments. All these are precious moments for any parent and that is why we need to protect the images including backups.

Secure cloud storage

In past I have few times experiences which my computer got virus attack and we lost most of our photos. After these incidents I really afraid of losing our family photos, so I take few precautions. One method is I always print photo books, so the most important photos are in the albums. Other than that I also use external hard drive to save some of the albums. However, now my computers and even the phones are full of images, so I need to find a way to keep backups of the family images.

XXL Box Secure Cloud Storage

I recently found that online storage is a great solution for back up image files. XXL Box is a great service provider for secure cloud storage, so after checking details of this service I signed up and started storing my image files.

XXL Box for business has many advantage for businesses including sharing with others and back up files to prevent data loss.

For us, parents this is a great way to use as a online storage of family images and moments and it is really easy to share images with others. Instead of uploading lot of images into emails (which sometimes fail sending),it is really convenient to share the link with others, so others can see the shared images.(other members of family). For me this is a really interesting feature as I always like to update and share family moments with my parents in Sri Lanka.

My Review and Experience with XXL Box Secure Cloud Storage

Here is my experience in creating an account with XXL Box and uploading some recent photos.

First visit https://xxlcloud.com/en and create your account.

XXL Box-Secure-cloud-storage-reviewCreating an account only takes few minutes and you will get 15GB free storage when you use the coupon code DOANM15 which is a special coupon code for Diary of a New Mom readers.

XXL Box Secure Cloud Storage to Store Your Images

You are done!It is time to upload your photos.I uploaded my album of our recent visit to Animal Resort ,Singapore.

XXL Box-Secure-cloud-storage-review

It was really fast to upload all the photos of the album to the cloud storage.I love that feature.Sometimes it is irritating to wait when we upload files.How about you? 🙂

XXL Box-Secure-cloud-storage-reviewAfter uploading the files,you will see your images.This is a great way to backup images and to share the images with others.

XXL Box Secure Cloud Storage to Store Your Images

You can also download the shared images without reducing its size. So, in future if you need to print any of the photos, you assure to download the exact size.If you want to share,you can download the link with option of private share.

Final Thoughts

I found XXL Box as a great solution for secure online storage of images.Files in XXL Box are end-to-end encrypted and ensure the privacy.

Try it.Visit https://xxlcloud.com/en and create your account.Don’t forget to use the coupon code specially created for readers of this blog.

Coupon Code for XXL Box online storage : DOANM15 (you will get free 15 GB storage when you sign up)

How do you protect your family moments and images?Do you backup files?Please share your thoughts.

How to Make a Family Photo Book

I just finished making our family photo book for 2015.If you noticed I always create photo books to keep memories. But, there are times I am behind. Earlier I used to print photos and keep those in store bought photo albums. But now, I am addicted to online photo book making. It is really easy, organized and durable too. On the other way, this is the best way to print family photos which use the most of the space of our home computers and phones. I am sure you also have phones with full memory simply because of lot of photos captured every day!

Family photo albums online

To make our year in review family album online, I used Mixbook and it was really easy to use their photo making software. I am really happy that I could finish the family photo book within few hours. One of the best advantages of making photo albums online is that we can easily use text to write down a note about the photos or the moment. We cannot use such feature when we print photos at home using printer or by visiting a nearby studio.(unless we do photo editing with text on it)

How to Make a Family Photo Book?

Here is the few easy steps to make your year in review family photo book.

First gather all your memorable moments in to a folder.You may need to go through all your photos and select the best photos which you want to print in the family photo book.

Once you gathered all the photos,go through each photos and edit those to look the best.You can use this free photo editing software for simple editing such as adjusting brightness,sharpness and exposure.If you want to do more editing,they also have a paid version.

Once your photos are ready,next is to create the family photo album.

First visit Mixbook and create an account for you.

Then select the photo book option and select ‘Year in Review’ photo books.There are different themes available.You can go through all the themes and select the best theme for your family photo book.If not,don’t worry.You can easily create custom pages using the Mixbook photo layout options.

How to create a family photo book

Once you select the theme for your photo book,start making the book.It is really easy.Click the start book button and it will take you to the photo book making software.

Upload the photos.It only takes few minutes.

How to create a family photo book

Once uploaded, it is time to adjust the layouts if need.There is also ‘Auto fill’ feature which automatically adds the photos to the album.

If not you can easily add the photos in a preferred order using the photo page layout options.The photo book making software is super easy to use and you do not need to download it.

When I create my family photo book,I first used the ‘Auto fill’ option as it gives the photo album with photos arranged in the order of the dates taken.Then I adjusted the layouts and order as I wish.That way was easier for me.

How to create a family photo book

Once the page layouts are completed,then I used the text options and other things such as stickers to make the photo book look nice and meaningful with memories.

Finally,I could make a beautiful photo album using the moments of 2015 and I am awaiting the printed album.Once I receive the album,I will share the photo book review.Till that you can start making your family  photo album using the best photos of the year!

Do you make family photo albums for each year?

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