Bespoke Perfume Workshops at Maison 21G

We were invited to Maison 21G for a Family Perfume Workshop and my girls said that it was the best workshop ever! The ambience was posh, service was excellent, and product definitely very unique and much needed!

I was very keen to customize my own perfume because it’s not easy to find the perfect scent that I really really like. I don’t want it to be strong and overbearing, and I also don’t want to smell like someone else in the same room!

I wanted a signature scent that was me, which gives me a spring in my step as I walk out my door to take on the day with great enthusiasm and confidence.

Upon entering through the glass doors, we were transported into an elegant atelier where strong scents hit you.

We were warmly welcomed by Amanda, and the workshop commenced with a short introduction about the world of perfumery which was quite interesting.

The usual Eau de parfum fragrance concentration is 20%, while Maison 21G has the highest level of perfume concentrate in the industry at 21%. This basically means that it can last longer and take you through the day. In comparison, Eau de toilette is 12% and Eau de cologne is at 5%.

Do you notice that your perfume changes slightly throughout the day? That is because all perfumes have 3 parts to it. Top notes are like first impressions and lasts about 30 minutes while heart notes which makes up the character of the perfume lasts about 6-8 hours. Bottom notes has the longest and most complex molecular structure, which is like your soul, or the impression you leave behind.

Maison means “home” in French, and everyone is welcomed to feel at home, where you have total freedom of self-expression to create your very own scent according to your desires, whether you want to feel light and fresh, sophisticated or sexy!

Maison 21G specialises in clean perfume which are made with natural essential oil blends. Their fragrances are freshly blended by hand, and are preservative-free, cruelty-free and vegan which is great for sensitive skin and noses. They are also transparent and sustainable in the sourcing of natural ingredients. Definitely a brand that resonates with my environmentally conscious young adults!

After the presentation, the fun began!

We started with a Personality quiz. That helped to narrow down some suitable scents for each of us from the 35 individual scents.

We were advised to choose between 3 to 4 different scents. We had to resist the urge to be too “greedy” as more is not better!

I wanted something for the day, which could be grounding yet sophisticated, and with a zing to inspire me. Something that when I spritz on in the morning, I get invigorated to get to work or whatever event I have for the day. Haha, sounds like a tall order?

Amanda was a great help in guiding us, and she did understand the scent I was envisioning.

At one point, my girls got slightly FOMO when they sniffed each other’s chosen scent. I heard them going, “what did you put in there, it smells nice!”

With her expertise in the combinations of the perfumes and in reading people, she helped us to settle on our final scents. Once that was decided, she calculated the exact weight of each scent which was to be added, as different percentages would bring out a different end result.

Now, it was time for us to take our seat at the very cool science-lab looking section of the atelier. Very carefully, we filled our perfume bottles with the exact measurements of the essential oils as per the formulation.

Ta-da! We now have our very own signature scent! Such a thrilling feeling!

It was very interesting to observe how each of my girls’ creation reflects their personality! The youngest chose one that was light, fresh and reminds me of the ocean. Another chose a floral, sweet, happy scent with jasmine. The older one chose a more complex, warm, comforting scent which had honey and almond.

Mine was a lovely scent which is grounding and sophisticated yet with refreshing and motivating notes.

It is such an indulgent experience to have an exclusive scent made just for you! Truly, a touch of luxury in a bottle.

If you want a custom perfume in Singapore, now is the chance! I have a very generous promo code for you! Just mention mummyweeblog to enjoy 21% off all perfume workshops and 15% off all online products.

This workshop is the perfect gifting idea for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, Ladies’ Day out, your wife’s birthday (calling all dads!) or even a team building event. Grab your people and create your own unique scent!

Family Atelier $350 (2 adults & 2 children, 1.5 hours, $80 per additional child)

Private Love Atelier $350 (2 pax, 1.5 hours, 2 glasses of champagne)

Private Creation Atelier $150 (1 pax, 1 hour, up to 8 people)

Team Building Atelier $150 (1 pax, 1.5 hours, 1 perfume, up to 50 people)

Bridal Atelier $150 (1 pax, 1.5 hours, 1 perfume, up to 8 people)

Maison 21G

Flagship Store

77 Duxton Road, Singapore 089536

Ion Orchard

2 Orchard Turn, #B2-48, Singapore 238801

BHG Bugis Junction

200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021

About MummyWee

Michelle Choy is an Occupational Therapist by day and mum of 6 by night. Besides the already very demanding job of managing 5 teenagers and one 7-turning-17 tween, she is also co-Founder of The Little Executive, a nurturing centre to develop children in areas like resilience and executive function. She is a Parent Coach and her signature Mummy Wee: Parenting Secrets courses help parents navigate this challenging journey. She is an Award winning blogger at Mummy Wee Blog and has been regularly featured on national TV, radio and print media.

Mother’s Day Hair Makeover at CINQ

I’ve been living with my boring long hair for years, easy to clip into a bun and not bother about. But Mother’s Day is coming up, and yes, I deserve some pampering and a brand new look!

Where better than the salon celebrities head to, in the heart of town. CINQ is Singapore’s Leading Hair Studio and they take pride in not only ensuring that customers get the look they envision, but they will tell you the honest truth if a particular treatment is not suitable for you and is going to ruin your hair.

That kind of integrity and brand ethics, I’m all for.

I was placed at the expert hands of Tristan and he suggested I try a bob as my hair is nice and thick at the top but straggly at the ends. I haven’t had a bob since like 20+ years ago when I had my first child! I hardly had time for a long shower, let alone a trip to the hairdressers, and just kept the most low maintenance hairstyle.

We scrolled through some images and I pointed out the ones I liked. He advised me that a graduated bob at the back would be harder to maintain as it grew out. Not only that, his opinion was that a square cut bob would suit my personality and overall look better, and he read me rather accurately! He said that as I was more the grounded, not flamboyant type of person, the cut he would suggest for me would be more classic instead of edgy.

I felt comfortable with him and was happy to leave him to do his magic!

My daughter wanted some soft highlights to liven up her hair which she had coloured previously. She knew exactly what look she wanted to achieve, and discussed with the colourist, Jackie, to ensure the colour would work well on her hair. Many a times, we like a particular look but the result ends up very different because of our individual hair texture and colour. That’s where we need the experts to advise us.

She chose an ash grey colour and it turned out beautifully. Subtle and nicely blended in. It’s also versatile which affords her different looks when she ties up her hair or fix it in a bun. Most importantly, she loves it!

For me, I didn’t want any fancy colour streaks, but because I have very dark black hair, she suggested we go with red highlights to brighten up my complexion. I do have a pale complexion and my wardrobe consultant used to advice me to experiment with brighter colours, instead of the earthy colours that I gravitate towards.

Tristan was right, and the chic bob suited me well! Paired with the subtle red highlights, my hair now looks less dull and has more volume.

Somehow, a hair makeover can make you feel amazing and happy! I walked out of the salon feeling lighter, fresher and rejuvenated! It’s like all that “auntie” vibe and mental load has been snipped off as well haha. Best of all, my older girls said I look great!

Kate was the funniest. She has always preferred long hair and was shocked that I cut my hair. It was the first time she saw me in a bob since she was born! She kept asking me why did i change my hair? A moment later, she came to me and said, “Actually, mummy, your hair is quite nice.”

And when I posted my new look on my personal FB page, my lovely dear friends inundated me with “stunning”, “loving your new look” comments that really made my day hee hee 🙂

Well, now I’m motivated to spare a bit more attention on my appearance! The past 20 years have been the qet-ready-as-fast-as-you-can-no-time-to-waste mentality but I think it’s finally time for me to embrace me. Not mummy-Michelle, but ME! Thank you, Tristan, and the team at CINQ for this wonderful makeover!

Hooray to all mothers! Let’s celebrate motherhood, and take time for ourselves, in whatever self-care that works for you. The lovely people at CINQ would like to pamper all mums this Mother’s Day, simply quote Mummyweeblog for 20% off all hair services from now till 31 May 2021. Grab your girlfriends, gift your mum a treat, or make this a bonding time with your older kids or sisters. Enjoy!

CINQ

6 Scotts Road, Scotts Square, #03-16, Singapore 228209

Tel: 66360100

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. All opinions are my own

About MummyWee

Michelle Choy is an Occupational Therapist by day and mum of 6 by night. Besides the already very demanding job of managing 5 teenagers and one 7-turning-17 tween, she is also co-Founder of The Little Executive, a nurturing centre to develop children in areas like resilience and executive function. She is a Parent Coach and her signature Mummy Wee: Parenting Secrets courses help parents navigate this challenging journey. She is an Award winning blogger at Mummy Wee Blog and has been regularly featured on national TV, radio and print media.

FACEWEDGE: Fun, comfortable masks

We’ve tried many different masks, and these are our family’s favourite masks! Here’s why my kids love and support FaceWedge.

FUN DESIGNS

Now that mask wearing is here to stay, it has become a fashion accessory! My teens like to match their masks with their outfits, and have received lots of compliments from their friends. I thought the cute designs would spur Kate to wear her masks happily, but the teens and their friends were even more excited than Kate! Now you know what to buy your nieces for Christmas 🙂

Besides the fancy prints, there is also a range of plain coloured masks for a professional look, and which may suit the dads better.

Jungle Tropical Mask $12.50

3D SHAPE

Some masks cling to your nose and mouth, and the kids find it uncomfortable to wear them for 8 hours at school. This one has a 3D effect which makes it more breathable.

LIGHTWEIGHT AND COMFORTABLE

These cotton masks are so far the thinnest and lightest ones we have tried. Each piece is individually handmade using sustainable fabric that is suitable for our hot weather yet providing adequate protection.

Cool designs

FITS WELL

FaceWedge masks come in 5 sizes (Kid S, M, L / Adult & Adult XL), and the elastic bands are easily adjustable to fit everyone! All you have to do is to pull out the original knot, re-knot it at the right place and tuck the knot back in and it’s hidden! Simple.

REUSABLE

These masks are made from premium material and you can throw it into the washing machine on a gentle cycle, or hand wash if you prefer, and hang to dry.

MUMS & KIDS

Some designs come in both adult and kids sizes and the whole family can walk out looking real snazzy!

I ordered Kid M for Kate as she is 8 years old, and the measurements are 10.5 x 17cm, which should fit kids aged 4-7 years old. However, her face is really tiny, and she wears the same sized mask as her 4-year old cousin!

Twinning with Kate

ECO CONSCIOUS

This was the main reason we supported FaceWedge initially, before trying out their masks. The founders, Tom and Mel, have lived in Singapore for more than 7 years, and as avid divers, they are very passionate about the environment, and in particular, the oceans. They realised that many people were still using disposable surgical masks and thus decided to create a range of masks that were comfortable and pretty so that people would actually want to wear them.

Tom & Mel Reid of FaceWedge

DIRECT IMPACT

They have also partnered with Seven Clean Seas, a Singapore-based team that physically pulls plastic from the waters around Singapore. For every 5 FaceWedge masks that you buy, 1kg of plastic is removed from the ocean. To date, they have pulled out over 1000kg of plastic from the waters surrounding Singapore!

Did you know that there are 150 million metric tonnes of plastic in our oceans today? Their goal is to clean up 5 tonnes of plastic by Christmas. Every mask you buy counts!

Seven Clean Seas Team

FREE SHIPPING

Good news! Key in the code “Choose2ReUse” (not case sensitive) at check out for free shipping in Singapore.

Here’s MORE good news! {GIVEAWAY}

We are delighted to be giving away masks to 2 LUCKY families!

All you have to do is hop over to Mummy Wee IG to participate in the GIVEAWAY! And stand to win masks for your whole family! (immediate family members)

Giveaway ends 5 October 2020.

Check out FaceWedge’s wide range of Adult and Children’s masks, and follow their socials as new designs are added every month!

About MummyWee

Michelle Choy is an Occupational Therapist by day and mum of 6 by night. Besides the already very demanding job of managing 5 teenagers and one 7-turning-17 tween, she is also co-Founder of The Little Executive, a nurturing centre to develop children in areas like resilience and executive function. She conducts small group parenting courses to help parents navigate this challenging journey, and has been featured on national TV, radio and print media.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Yoon Salon Reviews: Top hairstyles for Busy women

As busy women, what we want is a fuss-free hairstyle for our crowning glory which makes us look our best, taking into account our individual features and the texture of our locks, right?

If you’re looking for a professional hair salon which offers a wide range of services and experienced stylists to give you a make over, or just want a day of self-care to pamper yourself, look no further!

I took my daughter to try out their services and we are both very satisfied with the outcome and the whole experience at this leading hair salon located in the heart of town.

professional consultation

We were warmly welcomed, and her stylist, Ethan, started by analysing her crowning glory and face shape and they had an in-depth discussion about the look she wanted to achieve and he recommended a soft layering for her. He asked if she had box-dyed her tresses before this, which she did during the circuit breaker! Her locks are rather damaged at the ends, and she decided on going for a cut and perhaps will consider a perm another time.

the “before” pic

She was in the good hands of award-winning hair stylist Ethan Pon, who specialises in Colouring and Cutting. He was Shiseido Singapore’s Top 5 Finalist 2018 and clinched Goldwell ColorZoom Singapore Silver Award 2019. As he went along, he gave her lots of tips on how to take care of her crowning glory properly.

wash and scalp massage

Currently, they are having a very special promotion where you can trial any of their services at an extremely affordable price of just $28!

Beyond the standard cut, they offer hair colouring, highlighting, rebonding, perming, and a range of specialised hair and scalp treatments. You can count on their team of dedicated professionals to advise you on the perfect look whilst keeping your precious locks healthy and luxurious.

All you have to do is to book your session via their website to enjoy any of the following services at the special discount:

Snip Your Way to A New Look

Even a basic cut is an experience here. A stylist will first assess your face shape and recommend the best style that suits you. Your locks will be accordingly cut and styled, for a look certain to be professional and stylish.

premium hair cut

Spoil Yourself

Don’t we busy mums deserve to be pampered with a good hair wash and massage? This service includes a deep cleansing wash for your hair, a relaxing massage for your head, neck and shoulders, blow dry, and professional styling of your locks. The deep cleansing wash helps to remove dirt and excess oil, achieving a luxurious, sleek look.

blow dry

Add A Splash of Colour

If you are looking to colour your tresses, rest assured they use exclusive dyeing products from L’Oréal to Artic Fox to achieve high-quality and vibrant colour for your locks. The stylists are experienced with techniques such as balayage and ombre to create the most beautiful shades and gorgeous gradients. Colouring services include Multiple Colouring, Highlighting, Ombre and Balayage.

Hide Your Greys

As we mature, those first shoots of grey or white strands will make their appearance. Fret not! Their experienced team welcomes questions on any product’s purpose to clear up any concerns you may have. The different colouring services include one shade colouring, coverage for grey hairs and retouching of those pesky roots.

dry cut and layering

Salon Grade Bleaching

The products used in Bleaching are personally selected for your crowning glory by the stylist. Finding the product most suitable for your locks keeps them healthy and shiny, and ensures that every strand is lightened evenly for long-lasting and fade-proof colour. Premium products used include brands such as L’Oréal, Jolen Creme, and Wella.

Curls for Days

Try out the latest Korean styles or go for a classic look with soft and natural-looking curls that last. The experts will recommend you the best conditioning products and clue you in to tips and tricks to care for your new wavy tresses.

Choose from a wide array of trendy techniques including Korean styles such as S-Curl perm, C-Curl perm, and wave perm, and Japanese styles such as the Japanese perm. Aside from that long list, Yoon still offers other perming treatments such as root volume, pin curl, twist, or a classic perm.

beautifully curled, ready for the night out!

Straighten Your Strands

Here, they offer both Straight Rebonding or Soft Rebonding techniques and both processes guarantees moisturised and nourished tresses with minimal breakage.

Best of Both Worlds

Preferable for longer locks, the two types of volume rebonding techniques (S-Curl or C-Curl) involve straightening the top of your tresses and shaping the ends in either a chic inward swirl, or to achieve beautiful-looking waves.

a happy customer!

Now that you’ve achieved your desired look with your beautiful new tresses, don’t forget to take care of the health of your locks.

All kinds of factors – stress, poor diet, heat styling, dyes and even wearing your tresses in tight styles can damage them, causing loss of strands and split ends. Professional hair and scalp treatments address these problems by tackling the issues from the roots, promoting blood circulation and revitalizing the follicles.

Protect and Repair Your Scalp

Their Hair Regrowth Treatment works to exfoliate the scalp and treat oiliness, dryness, sensitivity, and hair loss. And the best part – you get to sit back and enjoy a relaxing head and scalp massage for some much needed R&R.

Heal Your Tresses

Opt for their Hair Defrizzing Treatment to get your luscious locks back in order. This treatment promises to bring out the best in your crowning glory.

This premium salon prides itself on using quality products and they believe in providing an excellent customer experience, so once you step in, you will be given that special one-on-one attention and care.

When we went home, the older girls gave their nod of approval and they are keen on trying out the other services for themselves.

Go ahead and book your trial today!

For your convenience, they have three established outlets located at:

All of their outlets are open from 11am to 9pm for the entire week, inclusive of eve of public holidays and public holidays!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Renault GRAND SCENIC BOSE – Truly a family car

When Renault offered us the use of their newly launched 2019 GRAND SCENIC BOSE edition, I was hesitant to take up another review with my hectic schedule. However, with 2 newly minted drivers in the family, the older girls were quick to shout, “Let’s give it a try!”

The first thing that struck us was the ultra-modern technology. Yes, we have been rather spoilt with keyless entry on most cars where we simply press the button on the remote control or on our door handle. With Renault’s GRAND SCENIC BOSE, they go one step further, and I don’t have to press anything at all!

The sensors pick up my palm motion around the door handle and it unlocks as I am about to open it! In fact, with the remote control key in my handbag, as I approach the locked car, the side mirrors open up to welcome me. And when I arrive at my destination, I walk away and it locks itself automatically!

That’s the overall feeling we get with this car. You feel pampered. You know it’s been designed to make your life easier. 20 years since Renault invented the world’s first compact MPV, they have never stopped innovating and have pushed frontiers in areas of performance, fuel efficiency and safety.

They move with the times, recognising our busy lifestyles and I really appreciate the little luxurious touches. Over the week, we didn’t even manage to explore all the special features built into the car!

Renault GRAND SCENIC BOSE

When we entered the car, the feature that captured our attention was the inbuilt BOSE Premium Sound System. We use a BOSE system in our house, so it got the nod of approval from the family. To have it fitted in an MPV was an unexpected bonus!

The 11 high performance speakers strategically positioned around the car made the teens very happy. They immediately plugged into their playlist on their phones, started singing, and that put them in an excellent mood. These days, it’s not easy to get them together on a family outing unless it’s for a good meal or to someplace really fun but with this car, they were happy to go anywhere. 

Then I heard them exclaim, “Wow! There are 2 phone outputs for us! Plus 2 more in front for mum and dad.” Loving the well thought-out little details not only for the driver but for the rest of the family as well.

At the touch of a button

It also surprised us to see that the GRAND SCENIC BOSE was fitted with solid 20″ sports rims. Not only does it make the MPV look way cooler, but it improves the ride and helps with better fuel economy. Definitely plus points for me.

At the start of the school holidays, we bought Kate a new 2-wheeled bicycle and she was excited to go for a good ride. With the press of a button, she managed to get the seats down and was able to load her bicycle in the boot independently. With the last row fully collapsed, and 2 seats in the middle row down, we had no problems getting in an adult-sized bicycle, Kate’s bicycle and a folded scooter.

Ample space

Off we went to the Marina Bay area and had a carefree time cycling with the wind in our hair. It really felt like the holidays were upon us.

To be honest, I’m not a car person. For me, a car was simply a vehicle to get you from Point A to Point B. But with the Renault GRAND SCENIC BOSE, it seems to be so much more.

They have cleverly balanced practicality and safety with the personal touch, to give the whole family comfort, luxury and the promise of adventure. It even has massage features on the front seats!

Wheee! Life is great!

Their cutting-edge technology could be seen in the revolutionary multimedia system with voice control and drag and drop functions, to name a few. I love how we were able to customise the profiles for the 4 of us. Depending on who was driving, all we had to do was to select our own profile on the touchscreen tablet and the driver’s seat would move into our desired position and individual driving mode selected.

For the hubs, the first consideration he has for MPVs (or most cars for that matter!) is the performance of the car. As we regularly have a full load of people and the fact that MPVs are heavy, the car needs to have enough power so it doesn’t crawl up a slope.

He likes it on Sports Mode to optimise the performance, while I prefer to put it on ECO Mode, which is better for fuel consumption and keeps environmental footprint to the minimum.

Apparently, Renault’s GRAND SCENIC BOSE has unrivalled fuel efficiency and the friendly Marketing lady even challenged me to finish the full tank of petrol over the week. We were astonished to see that there was still more than half a tank of petrol despite us going out to several different events everyday!

Large touchscreen interface

It’s no surprise that the New Renault GRAND SCENIC BOSE has been clinching awards such as “Best 7-Seater MPV” from the 2017 ST-Torque Awards and “Best MPV 2017” from the UK Car of the Year Award, and emerging as the ultimate Reader’s Choice in The Straits Times 2017 Car of the Year.

I’ve grown quite attached to it, and love the Carmine Red model I’ve been driving around.

Family fun and antics!

Buying a Renault was never on our radar but I have to say we were impressed by the experience. Check it out for yourselves and go for a test drive. You will be as awed as we were!

The All-New Renault GRAND SCENIC BOSE is retailing from $133,999 while the standard variant of the GRAND SCENIC is retailing from $113,999.

Renault Singapore
28 Leng Kee Road
Singapore 159105

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

~ www.mummyweeblog.com – A blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore ~

Drum lessons at Believer Music

I have newfound respect for drummers. Really. We usually think of them as the cool guy, showy and loud. But after going through a term of lessons with #2, I have found the opposite to be true. Drummers are probably the most disciplined member of the band and their role is extremely crucial – to keep time, as the other members are depending on him.

I was going to turn down this collaboration, but as usual, my older girls asked me “How’s your day been, Mum?” I casually mentioned the email and was surprised at #2’s enthusiasm. Being the President of her school’s band, her personal goal is to pick up as many instruments as possible, and she wanted some real lessons to learn drum fills.

I decided that I should set aside an hour a week to spend time with her as she’s been really busy this year and I hardly get to see her except during meal times. Besides, a mother-daughter angle would be nice for the review.

Having passed my Grade 8 in piano (waayyy back then), I thought how hard could it be to play percussion instruments right? The kids thought it was pretty cool that mummy was taking drum lessons, but honestly, I never imagined picking up another musical instrument as an adult. I hardly even have time to play the piano anymore.

Believer music

We started at the Beginner level but with our music background, found the lessons rather slow. Our instructor, Jason, decided that we were ready to move on to Level 2 after a few lessons of teaching us the foundations.

It was good that he spent time reinforcing basic things like holding the stick properly; as a boy who came from another music school found it difficult when we moved on to play at a fast speed and his incorrect technique hindered him. It is always better to start off learning the correct method, and our instructor ensured we did that.

We were expected to purchase our own set of drum sticks and bring our own earphones. I belong to the don’t-let-kids-pick-up-drums-because-it-is-so-noisy era, but my fears were allayed as these electronic drums do not make a din.

Enjoying her lessons

Each week, we learned a new rhythm and Jason was patient and very experienced in breaking down the parts into manageable bits. #2 could follow the speed of the class with no issues and was able to do the improvisations.

As for me, it was more challenging than I expected. Your right hand is playing one rhythm, your left another, your right foot is stomping to a constant beat while you have to keep your left leg on the left pedal to keep the high hat closed. Not easy! And just when I got into the groove, it was time to transit to a different rhythm for the Chorus! I had to focus fully to keep everything going. It gets better once I got the hang of it, relaxed and allowed the music to take over instead of trying too hard to follow the notes as you do with piano scores.

It is actually a good instrument for kids to learn to develop their concentration and coordination, besides the musical aspect.

We chose the Contemporary Track, and during the 1-hour lesson, a section was devoted to group sharing. This term’s theme is “the story of mankind” and he would go through the different civilizations and discuss how history impacts culture and humanity. They also have a Praise Track for Christians, which is also suitable for small group sessions.

Concentrating hard

After 11 sessions, I felt such a sense of achievement and we thought it would be good to do a recording to showcase my newfound drum skills. It took me a good 45 minutes to record just one song, keeping (almost) perfectly on time and with smooth transitions.

I was so proud of myself.

However, when I returned home and showed the video to the kids, they were unimpressed. #5 commented, “Mum, drummers don’t play like that. They must hit the different drums very quickly.”

I wanted to launch into an explanation of how much effort it took me to learn all that and how much concentration was required to get through a whole song perfectly. Ah well. I know how much I have progressed and am content with my own achievements. One day perhaps, they will have drum lessons and come to the same realisations 😉

Kate on the drums
All in all, the lessons were very enjoyable, and it was immensely satisfying to pick up a new musical instrument. Some weeks, I had to practice the more tricky rhythms before going for class and #2 patiently guided me.

Role reversal! And now she’s proud to say that her mama can play the drums too. It is an awesome feeling to bond over music with your kids, being in sync, drumming to the same beat. That was what motivated me to focus hard and not let them down!

They have lunchtime classes at International Plaza and also classes for children aged 7-12, as well as holiday programmes. Kate is too young to start but she couldn’t resist donning the earphones and having a go at banging on the drums.

Besides drum lessons, Believer Music offers a whole suite of courses including guitar, electric guitar, ukulele, keyboard and voice lessons.

Registration for Term 4 is open until 30 July 2017.

Believer Music
Tel: 63230304

International Plaza (IP)
10 Anson Road #03-28
Singapore 079903

Tampines Plaza (TP)
5 Tampines Central 1 #01-01A
Singapore 529541

One Commonwealth (OC)
1 Commonwealth Lane #06-05
Singapore 149544

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

~ www.mummyweeblog.com – a blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore ~

Juice Cleanse with Antidote

I’ve been meaning to eat healthier and gradually change our family’s diet to a more nutritious one, but somehow that has always been pushed to the back burner.

When Antidote contacted me about sponsoring their 3-Day juice cleanse, I was going to pass it up because I’ve been really busy and didn’t want to add too many reviews on my plate at the moment.

However I thought of #1, knowing that she regularly does her own cold-pressed juices. I showed her the website and her enthusiasm was greater than I expected. I agreed to it, on condition that she handled the photos.

Looks refreshing

Seeing how excited she was, I took a better look at their website.

During the period of juice cleansing, your digestive system will be given a rest, enabling your body to go into detox mode naturally while flooding it with vitamins and minerals that it needs to thrive. Your cells will focus on repairing other cells, tissues and organs, and eliminating foreign toxins and the natural metabolic wastes our body produces by itself.

Our Fresh Start programme helps to jumpstart our body, detoxify your cells and get rid of harmful toxins that have built up in our bodies over time.

Sounds like what I needed!

Antidote Advanced Cleanse

#1 immediately chose the Fresh Start Level 3 cleanse, which is for those who have cleansed before and love the taste of greens.

The ingredients are clearly labeled at the back. For example,

Mont Blanc (Anti-inflammation): Apple, Jap Cucumber, Celery, Lemon.

Angel Falls (Liver cleanse): Carrot, Orange, Beet, Lemon, Ginger, Coconut oil, Rosemary.

I didn’t mention it to #2 and #3 as I thought they might be a little too young for this, at 16 and 14 respectively.


However, when they overheard our conversation they wanted in on it as well. I was rather sceptical and asked them if they really understood what we were doing.

Me: You wouldn’t be able to eat for 3 days you know. Just drink 6 bottles of juice throughout the day.

Teens: We know what a detox is, mum. Can? Please…

So, I ended up doing my first juice cleanse with my 3 teenagers!
Antidote Intermediate Cleanse
In preparation for the cleanse, we were given a list of what to eat more of and what to avoid to ease the body into the cleanse to avoid strong detox symptoms.

I was surprised that the 3 of them preferred to come home and have salad topped with grains like buckwheat and quinoa instead of grabbing fast food with their classmates on the way home from school.

I got into the swing of things and switched to healthy salads for breakfast instead of the usual bacon and eggs.

The 2 of them chose Fresh Start Level 2 cleanse, which is for those who eat a fair amount of green vegetables, but still want to achieve optimum health.

They brought their juices to school in cooler bags and several of their classmates tried it, and wanted to buy them as well, until they found out that one bottle of juice costs about $14.

Antidote Beginner Cleanse

I chose Level 1 as I love my meat and all manner of “unhealthy” foods and decided not to overdo things. Notice the brighter colours of the juices as compared to Level 3, which has more vegetables.

The Fresh Start Level 1 is for those who are new to juice cleansing, or have not been eating enough greens over the years and arrant used to the taste of vegetables. This selection of juices are smoother and tastier, so that beginners will find them easier to drink.

I was a little apprehensive as to what I would do if I felt really hungry, and wondered if I would faint halfway as I went about my busy day.

Turns out, I was full consuming so much liquid that I didn’t feel all that hungry. Besides the 6 bottles of juices per day, we were encouraged to drink up to 3 litres of water everyday and decaf herbal tea to stay hydrated.

I checked in with the girls throughout the day, to see if they were feeling ok and reminded them to drink more water. We laughed about which juices were harder to drink and which ones were actually quite yummy.

A la carte

So as not to leave the little ones out, the lovely people at Antidote sent over some juices for Kate and the other 2 kids to try.

It was refreshing to have cold juices ready in the fridge especially on a hot afternoon.

Kate liked all of it, but the other 2 preferred the Atlantic (energy boost) and K2 (promotes strong bones).

Thirst quencher

At the end of the 3 days, I felt such a sense of achievement. I DID IT! I’m glad it was a 3-day cleanse. I don’t think I could have held out much longer.

Juice cleansing is done by replacing your meals with bottles of organic, cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices. Each bottle of cold-pressed juice you receive is made with approximately 1kg worth of organic fruits and vegetables that contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that aids in nourishment and detoxification.

Ah, that explains why the bottles are so expensive.

Salad staples
What we got out of the juice cleanse was not only resetting our system with a good flush, but we became more aware of what we were eating and have decided to replace our lunches with wholesome salads whenever possible.

I used to prepare salads for #1 quite a lot last year, but stopped as she was the only one eating it. Now that the 4 of us are committed to a healthier diet, I’m going to start whipping up salads again!
Toss and go
Sane tip:

  • Do it together with family members or colleagues. The moral support really helps and it is way more fun.
  • Avoid delicious smells. I visited a friend and her helper was cooking curry. That almost threw me off the detox!
  • Ensure enough space in your fridge for the bottles.
  • Have easy access to the toilet.

Save tip: Antidote is offering my dear readers a 15% off, coupon code MummyWee. Valid till 10 June 2016.

Happy juice cleansing!

Antidote
www.antidote.sg

Disclaimer: We were sponsored the juice cleanse programme by Antidote. All opinions are my own.

~ www.mummyweeblog.com – a blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore ~

DISNEY ON ICE: Magical Ice Festival 2016

“Mummy, can you take me to the Frozen show?”

These days, even 3-year olds are more up-to-date than I am.

If you are like me and haven’t already heard, Disney On Ice will be presenting Magical Ice Festival during the March holidays!

Elsa and Anna

Kate has been belting out “Let it go” with her 4-year old cousin often enough, to her older siblings’ lament, “Isn’t the Frozen fever over?”

To which I replied, “Girls, there will always be 3-year olds. Let Kate have her fair share of it, ok?”

Anna and Olaf

When I announced that I had been sponsored VIP tickets to Magical Ice Festival 2016, they changed their tune and all wanted in on it!

With beautifully choreographed figure-skating moves, elaborate sets and familiar tunes, who could resist?

They started reminiscing about the Disney on Ice shows I had brought them to when they were younger, and how over the years, they ‘came of age’ and had to save up their ang pow money to purchase those tickets themselves.

Their all-time favourite was the High School Musical Ice Tour 8-years ago, and we haven’t gone to any others since then. Now that we have Kate, the teens have an opportunity to re-live their childhood memories of their favourite Disney characters!

Elsa
Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy

This year’s theme, Magical Ice Festival, takes you on a sensational journey with your most loved Disney characters on ice. Experience a medley of Disney movies from The Little Mermaid to Beauty and the Beast, with special appearances from characters of the Academy Award winning and Number One Animated Feature film of all time – Disney’s Frozen!

Little Mermaid

With an extraordinary line-up of hit songs, memorable scenes and never-before-seen characters to look forward to, here are 10 magical moments behind Disney On Ice to get you all geared up for the show.

1.     Disney On Ice was founded in 1981 and has since travelled to over 75 countries and 6 continents
2.     The average size of the ice skating surface is 140ft [42m] x 70ft [21m]
3.     There are approximately 180 costumes presented at one Disney On Ice show
4.     And more than 100 people work on these costumes
5.     It takes 18 trucks to transport all production equipment for set-up
6.     And it takes between 12-15 hours to set up one Disney On Ice show
7.     But just about 4 hours to tear down the entire production
8.     Over 80 different colours of paint are used on the 183 props for this production
9.     The youngest performer on this year’s show is 19-years-old and the oldest is 44-years-old
10.   Each performer may change up to 8 costumes in one show
Elsa makes it snow

Kate can’t wait to be enchanted by her first Disney On Ice extravaganza. She keeps looking at the calendar and counting down the days.

To be honest, I’m also looking forward to it!


Ticketing information:

Disney On Ice: Magical Ice Festival

When: 11 to 20 March 2016

Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium

How much: $25 to $120

Tickets can be purchased via:

1. www.sportshub.sg
2. Sports Hub Ticket Hotline: 31587888
3. SingPost outlets.


Photo credits: Feld Entertainment.

~ www.mummyweeblog.com – a blog on parenting 6 kids in Singapore ~