A selection of good things in stores and out there for mums, kids, and all who are young at heart!
BOOTS ‘N ALL
If, like the lithe and lovely Gwyneth Paltrow, you are a fan of Boots No7 skin cream, you will be delighted to know that Boots is finally in Singapore! Yes, all the good stuff — beauty brands like No7 skincare and cosmetics, Botanics, Champneys, Mark Hill, Boots Dermocare and Boots Extracts — have been given their own dedicated area in the flagship Guardian store at Ngee Ann City so head down to re-stock, replenish, or to start a new skincare relationship! No worries if Orchard Road’s not your usual hangout. The range will be available at nine Guardian stores islandwide (including the one at Ngee Ann City) by the end of the year and we’re sure you’ll be seeing it in your ‘hood as well. Soon, pretty mummies, you won’t have to venture far (read: overseas) to find the best pharmacy-brand beauty buys!
Sharing a bedroom is great for growing kids, experts say. It teaches them to share, to compromise, and to develop closeness with others. But come puberty and tween-hood, children will seek a place to call their own. They need their ‘cave’, a safe space to hole in and carve their identities. This is why we’re really excited about the new Children’s Ikea range, which has been designed especially for eight to 12-year-olds. With over 70 items and inspiration themes – Creative Artists, Collectors, Rock Stars and Gamers – the range gives tweens an opportunity to express themselves as they develop personalities and gain independence. Think flexible storage solutions, psychedelic accessories, quirky lighting and more. You’ll probably find something that you want as well! See the range at Ikea online or better still, head down to the stores at Alexandra or Tampines for a first-hand look and feel.
BFFs, THE LEGO® WAY
It’s a beautiful day in Heartlake City and five girls are seated around a table, chatting about friendship as they play with LEGO® Friends. This sweet scene is actually part of a series of Youtube videos titled ‘Lessons of Friendship from a 9-year-old’, created to market the LEGO® Friends Diary, a book of friendship for girls from nine to 12 years which has pages for BFFs to doodle in with their friends, cementing their bonds of friendship in words and illustrations. Sounds like a perfect gift for your princess, doesn’t it? To redeem one of these limited-edition Friendship Diaries, spend a minimum of $60 on LEGO® Friends products in a single receipt and submit a photo of that receipt together with the purchaser’s name, address, product code and contact number to LEGOFriends@legosingapore.com before 31 January, 2014. You can also call 6100 2484 (Monday to Friday; 10.00am – 6.00pm, excluding Public Holidays) for enquiries.
Growing up in a Macrobiotic household with parents who were very conscious of eating well and being respectful to the environment helped owner Shu-wei James develop her vision for The Happy Sprout. Launched last year, The Happy Sprout is an online store that helps new mums take the guesswork out of shopping for highest-quality, organic and eco-friendly products mum and baby necessities – because, as we all know, being a mum is tough enough! We’re in love with the Green Toys, which are made out of environmentally safe recycled materials, geranium-based bug repellents (perfect for kids in our dengue-prone zone), the adorable baby and toddler gift baskets, and most of all, the next-day delivery promise. Perfect for last-minute gift shopping! Every new customer receives 15% off their first purchase so start riding the green wave with The Happy Sprout here!