READING UP ON MUM’S LOVE
On the night you were born,
the moon smiled with such wonder
that the stars peeked in to see you
and the night wind whispered.
“Life will never be the same.” – On The Night You Were Born
You tell your munchkin “I love you” as you tuck her under the covers and give her a goodnight kiss. You tell the Terrible Two “I still love you darling” even though she’s just unearthed your new lipstick and demonstrated her artistic skills all over the bedsheet. But do our little ones really understand the depth of their mother’s love for them? We asked Shannon Ong, co-owner of that whimsical, adorable independent picture bookshop Woods In The Books for stories that convey the loving relationship and bond between mother and child, and which we can read to our little ones. These are her recommendations:
- On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
- I Love You Mummy by Jilian Harker and Kristina Stephenson
- My Mum Is Fantastic by Nick Butterworth
- Someday by Alison Mcghee and Peter H Reynolds
Pop into Woods In The Books at Tiong Bahru or Millenia Walk from now till 31 May 2013 to purchase any of these books at a 20% discount, while stocks last. One redemption per person. All you have to do is show on your mobile device that you have ‘Liked’ and ‘Shared’ this post!
SOLID START TO SOLIDS
Imagine eating the same kind of food everyday. Now imagine how your baby feels about opening her mouth to take in that spoonful of porridge – again. It doesn’t take a professor of economics to know that diminishing returns will set in quite rapidly. What’s a mum to do? Sisters Lena Tan and Cindy Liu, both mothers of two girls each, decided to experiment in the kitchen. More than 30 of their tried-and-tested (and baby-approved!) recipes are now compiled in Mummy, It’s Yummy, a cookbook of food ideas for babies aged four to 12 months old. Think stews, couscous, tofu bolognaise, and even desserts! Apart from recipes, there is also extensive information on the types of food to introduce and those to avoid. Mummy, It’s Yummy (S$15.90) is available at the following retail outlets: Mums & Babes, Niche Babies, Mothers En Vogue, various online stores and Fabulous Mom in Malaysia.
We have 10 copies of Mummy, It’s Yummy for SingaporeMotherhood readers! Just be the first 10 to ‘like’ this post on our Facebook page and type “Mummy, it’s yummy!” in the comments box. Please note that the books will only be sent out to Singapore addresses.
EAT, PLAY, & LOVE AT ALIWAL
Take a walk past the hipster enclave of Haji Lane, down the buzz and colour of Kampong Glam, and head for the Aliwal Arts Centre. At ground level of this arts haven resides Eatplaylove Café, a lovely little jewel box of food and fun for kids and adults. Here, big and little can put nose to needle, glitter glue to sticks, marker pens to paper and more, to create anything that their imagination desires. At $5 a pop for two hours (weekdays; $5 for one hour on weekends) for kids, it’s definitely a crafty – pardon the pun – steal.
This ocean-hued Aladdin’s cave of crafting treasures is the brainchild of ex-financial analyst Jessica Wong, 30 and Gayle Tan, 32, who were looking for a way to blend their talents (Tan’s in the F&B line) and create a special place for all in the family to have fun. Both mothers, they understand how most of us would love to get down and dirty doing arts and crafts with the kids at home – if only we didn’t have to do the cleaning up! It’s a concept that’s caught on fast and furiously within the parenting community here. In the café’s first four weeks open, it had already played host to three birthday parties. Take it from us: this is one of the best ways to spend an afternoon or a playdate. So unleash the kids and let them create wildly. There’s free Wifi and a menu of Thai-inspired delectables (and a kids’ menu) as well!
Eatplaylove Café is offering SingaporeMotherhood readers 20 two-hour play sessions worth $100! Just head over to our Facebook page and be the first 20 to ‘Like’ this post and state “It’s crafting time!” in the comments. Please note that this is open to Singapore readers only, and that free play sessions are valid ONLY on weekdays, and until 31 May 2013.
SAFER, SMARTER, TECHNOLOGY
Sure, there are a slew of appliances out there that make life easier for every domestic goddess. But do those machines offer peace of mind together with their technological smarts? If they come from LG, they do. The new washing machines are equipped with LG’s Door Safety Lock, a built-in safety feature that forces the door to automatically. New washers are also outfitted with an Aqua Lock which is a water overflow protection system that prevents leakage and flooding during a cycle. We like the Medic Rinse and Baby Care features, whose higher wash temperatures help remove germs and bacteria as clothes are cleaned. If the household is shared by three generations, get grandpa and grandma one of the new LG OPtimus G or L9. Both have a unique Safety Care feature which allows specified persons to be notified of calls to emergency numbers with a text message including the location of the call.
Available at Audio House, Best Denki, Courts, Gain City, Harvey Norman, Mega Discount Store and other LG authorised resellers. Phones available at StarHub, SingTel, M1 and other LG authorised resellers.