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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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!

Empowering Women

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4 more days to go and it would be my first anniversary of leaving a company I was attached to for 20 years.

20 years!

It was the first job I landed on when I was fresh out of university. Fast forward 21 years, here I am. Enjoying my freedom to work on my passion with Young Living.

Last Sunday, my partners and I met up despite it being a Sunday and despite it being the eve of the mid autumn festival so we could learn and bring our respective businesses to the next level. I truly appreciate the time they spent away from their families to come for the meeting.  They are all moms and together, we are working towards our respective goals in life. We communicate with each other via whatsapp everyday but there’s nothing like meeting face-to-face! Don’t you agree?

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Notice that there are some kids there too? There are usually kids in our meetings simple because we can bring them along! Our kids usually end up playing together anyway so it’s like a play date for them too.

 

 

 

How to Decoupage your Diffuser Cover

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I have always wanted to learn to decoupage because I find it amazing that a wide variety of items can be re-purposed and given a face lift via decoupage. You can decoupage just about anything – glass bottles, wooden boxes, bags, purses, shoes, anything!

So last weekend, I spent Saturday morning with with friends learning how to decoupage. Each of us gave our diffusers a face lift. I must admit though that I didn’t expect so much of patience and precision were needed from this  because here’s what we basically had to do.
1. Choose paper napkins designs to decoupage on diffuser.
2. Cut the outline of the patterns and then remove the 1st layer of the paper napkin. (There are 3 layers altogether and peeling the first layer off is not an easy feat either.)

3. Give the diffuser cover a layer of base coat and then blow dry it with a hair dryer (cool air)
4. Give the diffuser a base color by sponging the base color on it and then blow dry it (again!)

5. Give the diffuser color by lightly sponging the color on it and then blow dry it.

6. Glue the design onto the diffuser and then blow dry it.

7. Ensure that there are no creases. If there are, use a damp sponge to flatten the creases patiently.

8. Give the entire diffuser cover a coat of polish and then blow dry it. Repeat this for at least 3 times. I was supposed to sand it with sand paper too but I was running out of time so I skipped that part.

Look how it turned out though!!!! I am stoked! I finally learnt how to decoupage! The kiasu person in me quickly bought the decoupage starter kit on the spot from the person who taught us during the class.

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And see how the rest of the diffuser covers. Aren’t they lovely?

Sept 2018

I have 6 diffusers.
1 is done.
5 more to go.

Have you always wanted to learn something just for fun? I’m happy that I ticked this off my wish list.

 

 

Rundown of our Bangkok Trip

June holiday at BKK

What did you guys do during the recent 2-week school holiday? We decided that now that I am no longer a slave to the company I worked for for the last 20 years that we do something different each day – and that we did! On the last leg of the holiday, we spent 4 days at Bangkok and the kids enjoyed it! I must say though that they were such excellent troopers!

The holiday wasn’t a beach / sightseeing kinda holiday. It was more of a shopping and eat-your-heart-out holiday and I was pleased that my kids did enjoy it – although they’d pick a beach holiday anytime!

So here’s a rundown of our trip to Bangkok.

1. Thank GOD for skywalks!

2. The food is sooooooo yummy! Try it all!

3. We drank a lot of coconut water during the trip. The cheapest we paid was 60baht. The most we paid for a coconut was 90 baht.

4. If you have a toddler, bring.a.stroller. A lightweight one. It is a lifesaver. You won’t regret it. The only downside to a stroller is that most of the entrances/exists at the skywalks and BTS do not have elevators nor lifts.

5. If you get into a cab, make sure the meter is ON. Otherwise Grab it. Or take the BTS.

6. When shopping, if you like it and the price is right, get it! – especially if you shop at Platinum Mall.

7. Food at food courts are generally yummy so you won’t go hungry at Bangkok!

8. Forget about Chatuchak market. Go to Asiatique instead! We took the BTS and ferry to Asiatique and we took a Grab cab back. There are lots of things to do there. Shop. Eat. Play. Drink. The ambience is lovely.

9. Bring one of those portable fans because you will need it. The skywalks are not air conditioned.

10. If you’ve kids, go to Madame Tussauds Wax museum at Siam Discovery and Sea Life at Siam Paragon. They’d love it.