Good Morning AK!

AK. 22 Aug 2019. 4y 10m

When Ashley was a baby/toddler, I used to have a Good Morning series of her. Every morning, she will wake up and she would have the brightest smile on her chubby face.

For the last 2 years +, I have been taking a photo of AK every morning before she goes off to school.

This was taken this morning. When I look back at all the #ootdtepipagar photos I took of her so far, it’s apparent how fast she is growing up! I miss the times when she was just a baby or toddler. I miss the times when my kids were babies and toddlers.

18 years is actually a very short time with our kids before they leave the nest and go off to university. I am not looking forward to the day when our house is empty when all 3 of our kids leave the nest.

Parents. Cherish all those precious moments with your kids. Be present. Be intentional. Live with no regrets.

DIY Succulent Diffuser in Klang Valley

Today, I went to the nursery to buy some succulents because guess what?? I am hosting a DIY Succulent Diffuser class this Sunday! Woo hoo!!! I never thought that I would be doing this but hey!? There’s always a first time for everything right?

When I keyed in the address of this nursery, I really didn’t know where I was going. I assumed this was at Sg Buloh but it turned out to be nearer than expected. Look at all those gorgeous succulents! They look so pretty! I am so drawn to them.

So you must be thinking succulents and diffuser? How does that work? Come and find out for yourself! My class is sold out BUT my friend, Eunice is hosting the next one on 1 Sept 2019 at EcoSky, Kuala Lumpur.

Stay tuned for updates or follow me on Instagram.

US and Japan – Here I Come!

Credit : Young Living Essential Oils

Finally! Very very soon, I will be making my way to Salt Lake City, Utah! This is the Young Living Silver Retreat which I qualified for and YASSSS! It’s an all expense paid trip.

So since I will be travelling all the way to the other side of the world, my friend and I will be taking the opportunity to stay a couple of nights at San Francisco and Tokyo! (I can never get enough of Japan! Which reminds me..I have not updated this blog with my last Japan trip which we did earlier this year in March.)

What I am NOT looking forward to though is the long haul flight. You’d be damn sure that I will be bringing my oils and the cabin will be filled with the scent of essential oils!

I need to sort out our accommodations at San Francisco and Tokyo ASAP! and need to decide what to pack! I hate packing and I always end up packing at the last minute. So I am going to start organizing my thoughts around what to bring for this trip!

Watch this space!


Layered Necklaces – Handmade Jewelry

Those of you who know me from way back know that about a decade ago, I started doing handmade jewelry. It started of as Mom’s Little Treasure and then it evolved to Tresor Handmade Jewelry and then it got put in the back burner while I focussed on other things.

Recently I’ve started to pick up this hobby of mine again as it’s very therapeutic and if you’re going to ask if I am going to start selling them, the answer is no – at least not for now. I may consider doing classes though. Who knows.

I have a thing for layered necklaces and mixed metals at the moment. I’ll share how it looks like on me when I wear it tomorrow perhaps.

Do you love to accessorise?

I’m So Glad I Started Blogging

I am so glad (pat myself on my back) for deciding to start this blog 15 years ago.

I can’t believe it’s been THAT long. 15 years and 3 kids later, here I am trying to go back at it again. Admittedly, I’ve been sidetracked for awhile but I’m back again because I realised that I haven’t blogged very much about Amelie and she’s turning 5 this year! Can you believe that? I’m obviously in denial.

I love reading the old posts – reminiscing the memories we made together in the past and I created this blog just so I can do that right now. Reminisce the past with vivid memories and photos as proof too.

While Ashley is in her world of her own at 14, Aidan is 12 and hopefully won’t evolve into a hormonal teen 🤭, all I can say is thank God for Amelie. 😀 I am not sure how I will be able to cope if I had to deal with 3 teenagers in the house😂😂

Having to navigate parenthood with a teen is not easy. Don’t they not have that “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” kinda Book for parents with teens? Ok. I digress.

Anyhow, I am going to keep this going. So stay tuned for more updates in this blog. I’m definitely reviving this baby.

Stay the Stray Cat

So this stray cat has decided that we adopt him. I wasn’t too fond of having a cat because I’m allergic to cats and plus, it’s one less crap to clean right???

I scared it away when it waltzed into my house one fine day but one weekend, after I got back from a short getaway with my friends, I discovered this little tabby sitting quietly at the corner of our garden!

And to top it off, my HUSBAND who knows that I’m allergic to cats (technically I was allergic to cats before but why rock the boat) went to a pet shop to get the tabby some cat food?!?!? Like what? So much for being supportive of your wife (but whatever).

The kids though are very happy with the cat. AK has named it Stay – so he stays with us 😅

So looks like whether I like it or not, Stay is here to stay!

P/S Aidan has taken the task to clear its poop everyday! Good because I’m not going to do it if they want Stay to stay.

Boba Milk Craze

So get this. I wasn’t into Bubble Tea or Boba Milk drinks because they are too sweet and I don’t fancy tea. Ashley was and she kept wanting to drink them like all the time.

BUT. BUT. BUT. One fine day, I decided to hang loose a little and gave in to her cravings for Brown Sugar Milk drink at The Alley and I decided to try one for myself and since then, I was hooked. #ketodownthedrain

And then one thing led to another and I made it my mission to try other Boba Milk drink in hopes to find the best one in the market (just an excuse to drink more of it!)

So I have tried The Alley, Xin Fu Tang, Tiger Sugar, Koi……and then then one day I got fed up. If you ask me, I’d choose the Brown Sugar Boba Milk from Tiger Sugar anytime! It’s not so sweet and not so creamy – which I like.

Any way…in the midst of my Boba Milk obsession, I bought a boba milk inspired handphone case from Shopee just for fun. ahahahahah.

When Ashley saw it, she was like, “What? Are you serious???”

I know. Who’s the child now. You got to live a little right?

Who is into this boba milk craze?

What’s up with Flickr?

I haven’t blogged in a while. In fact I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep this blog alive. But since I started blogging 15 years ago, I thought it’d be waste to stop now. What do you think?

Anyhow, first things first. What’s up with Flickr? I used to store my photos on Flickr for free and now it’s prompting me to a paid version if I want my photos to remain in Flickr.

I guess nothing is for free these days.

Busted Tail Light

2 days ago, I reversed out of our driveway and KABOOM!

OMG!

I ran into our automatic gate! When I told my husband about it, the first thing he asked me was,”Were you on the phone?” (Men….)

NOoooo. I wasn’t.” I replied.

What the hell happened? We’ve been staying in the house for the last 15 years. I drove out of the driveway like 17000 times!

Naturally, after I heard the loud bang, I stopped the car, came out and saw the damage to my car. My rear light was busted. One side of the gate (which was the side I ran into) opened slower than the other side of the gate.

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So it turns out that 1 brand new original light costs RM1K! What the heck right? The mechanic only took 10 minutes to replace the tail light.Untitled

Moral of the story is….

Don’t take things for granted.

Prioritize Yourself : 5 Self-Care Tips for Mompreneurs

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As mothers, we often selflessly give our all to our family and it’s not uncommon to put self-care in the back burner until we really burn out. Therefore it’s equally important that we mothers prioritize self-care to keep our sanity.

Do you agree?

Being a mompreneur, I not only juggle my own business but also the household (I don’t have a domestic helper). Here are 5 self-care tips that mompreneurs without help can incorporate:

  1. My number 1 self-care is using essential oils. I use it in my facial regimen to support my healthy skin which in turns boosts my confidence, I use it to support my emotions, I use it to support my sanity. Make sure they are 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils like Young Living. I only ONLY  use Young Living essential oils.
  2. Every 5 weeks, I have my hair washed and trimmed. I have short hair. Short hair = high maintenance but it’s ok. I love the time out to get myself groomed.
  3. Schedule regular meetups with your BFF/girl friends/friend  or go solo and have a good meal/tea in between school runs.
  4. Keep it simple. Don’t try to do  101 during your self-care time/day and end up stressing yourself. Schedule a 1hr massage instead of a 3hr massage (and miss your school runs) at a spa and just relax during that 1 solid hour.
  5. Be present. Focus your time on the present. Don’t try to multitask on your phone. Leave the guilt behind and remind yourself that you are important. So when I A happy mom = happy husband = happy kids = happy family!I’d love to hear your self-care tips and ideas!