Carcinogen-Free Baby and Household Products

It’s that time of the year we’ve been eagerly awaiting (especially the kids). Chinese New Year! Which also means, time for spring cleaning. It couldn’t have been a better time for us to receive a very practical parcel. The lovely people behind Ecobaby kindly sponsored us Attitude’s range of household products.

So what’s Attitude all about?

  • Free of all chemicals linked to cancer
  • Packed in recyclable plastic
  • Manufactured with 100% renewable energy
  • Free of animal testing
Need I say more? By the way, did you know that babies are 10 times more susceptible to carcinogenic chemicals than adults?
Baby and Home Cleaning products

Kate is at the age where she seems to be washing her hands a gazillion times a day. I am so much happier that she is now using Attitude’s Foaming Hand Soap which cleans the hands properly yet is gentle on the skin. My only bugbear of using organic products is that they usually smell funny, but this one has a pleasant mild smell, derived from natural ingredients.

Oh, notice the two little bottles in front? Those are Hand Sanitisers from Bacoff. It is 100% natural, alcohol free, and is safe for kids. It also contains aloe vera to moisturise the hands. It can be purchased from Sunkiss Babies website, which carries lots of other nice things too.

Giveaway!

Ok, now for the fun part. I am delighted to be giving away ONE set of products from Attitude and Bacoff.

You will be receiving products worth more than $50!

  1. Foaming Hand Soap 295ml ($9.90)
  2. Bacoff Hand Sanitiser 50ml ($9.90)
  3. Baby Wipes 72 wipes ($11.90)
  4. Window & Mirror Cleaner 800ml ($7.50)
  5. Floor Surfaces Tiles & Wood Cleaner 1L ($7.50)
  6. Daily Shower Cleaner 800ml ($7.50)
All you have to do is:

  • Like Mummy Wee’s Facebook page
  • Like this post on Facebook
  •  Leave a comment on Mummy Wee’s Facebook post stating your email address
Details:

  • 1 lucky winner will be chosen at random
  • Open to Singapore residents only
  • Ends 1 February 2015
  • Winners will be announced on Mummy Wee’s Facebook page on 3 February 2015
  • Winners will be contacted by our sponsors for delivery

Disclaimer: The giveaway and product review have been sponsored by Ecobaby and Sunkiss Babies. All opinions are my own.

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

The Udder Pancake – Upper Bukit Timah

Cafes seem to be popping up like popcorn, which is great as there are plenty of options to take the kids to. Is it just me (getting older) or are cafes being opened by younger and younger people these days? You’ve undoubtedly heard of Udders the ice cream parlour. Now they have branched into the increasingly popular pancake market with “The Udder pancake”. These people have a great sense of humour. From the moment we walked through the ‘broken’ glass entrance, the kids and I couldn’t stop chuckling at the ‘do not break’ (or in this case ‘do break’) red boxes adorning the walls.

Before I could get them seated, they had their own mini tour of the cafe, wandering around and calling out to one another, “Look at this one!”

Awww

There was even a thousand dollar bill in one of the boxes. And they kept asking me “Can we break it? Can we? Can we?”

Hilarious

The food is ordered at the counter and served to your table. We were there last weekend and the place was almost packed full mostly with teenagers and young adults.

Sadly, we found the standard of the food to be pretty mediocre. The only thing they polished up were the homemade ‘naked’ pancakes.

The Full Monty $21.90

The good thing was that we have a choice of ordering either a full or half size for the fancy pancakes. We chose the half sizes for more variety and to try out what’s good. The Salmon, Crab & Caviar Egg Benedict pancakes (the dish in the background) was interesting. We didn’t quite like the Pulled Pork Egg Benedict pancakes because the pancakes ended up being rather soggy. You must be wondering what that deep fried bomb-looking thing is. It’s some kind of giant white button mushroom wrapped with bacon. Sounded very yummy on the menu, but was a pity none of the kids liked it.

Pulled Pork Egg Benedict, The Udder Shrooms

Despite the so-so food, the kids enjoyed themselves tremendously at this cool cafe. Do they want to come again? You bet. For the plain pancakes and the truffle fries. Oh, and the ice cream which you can order from the adjoining Udders ice-cream outlet.

This stretch of shophouses on Lorong Kilat is getting very hip with several new cafes, in addition to Nook the DIY pancake place which is popular with families.

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Lady M @ Orchard Central

Just 4 more days before the start of school! We decided to make the most of the post-Christmas sales and spent a lovely afternoon shopping. We needed a cafe for a tea break rest stop and chanced upon this ‘very posh’ cafe, as the girls called it. Found out from the friendly waiter that it is a franchise from New York and this is their 3rd outlet in Singapore. And no, we didn’t know either that Lady M was the pioneer of the Mille Crepe cake. Don’t ask me which rock I’m living under.

Lady M Confections

The selection of cakes was so tantalising that the girls decided to have tea here.

As they were hungry from all that shopping, we ordered some of their savoury dishes. The mushroom soup was good, and the smoked salmon panini was not too bad. The beef pot pie was rather disappointing though.

Sicilian red beef pot pie $18

The cakes definitely made up for the so-so savoury dishes. We had the strawberry shortcake and the chocolate mille crepe.

Strawberry shortcake $9

It’s a great place to chill, with a nice view overlooking Orchard road. Next time, we will try to snag the comfy booth seats!

Lady M
181 Orchard Road
Orchard Central
#01-27
Singapore 238896

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Zoom Park Asia – Trampoline Park

It seems trampoline parks are the in-thing right now. Not too long ago, Amped opened their 2nd outlet in Jurong, and now Zoom Park Asia has opened Singapore’s largest trampoline park, also in Jurong. The West is set to be transformed!

Foam Pit

Zoom has many different arenas for the kids to play in, besides basic jumping. The foam pit even has a rock wall at the end.

Main Court

However, the kids were wondering why there are pyramids at the main court yet they are not allowed to climb them, like at the other trampoline parks. It seems to be for the staff to watch that everyone is playing safely, which is great. Kate loved playing with the plastic balls at the Dodgeball arena.

Dodgeball

Pretty cool to jump towards the basketball hoop and dunk the ball in whilst being high up in the air!

The kids spent the longest time at the Extreme Dodgeball arena. They split up into 2 teams and Kate had fun running from side to side, not quite knowing how the game went.

Extreme Dodgeball

There’s a mini snack/drink counter with some tidbits and muffins on sale.

It is mandatory to purchase these bright orange Zoom socks for $2 each, which has rubber padding on the base.

Kate wearing her zoom socks

Their verdict?

Pros of Zoom:

  • Great variety of arenas, something for everyone
  • Toddler friendly spaces, and balls to add more fun
  • Slots can be purchased in blocks of 30 minutes
  • The kids felt that the trampolines here are not as springy as those in Amped, so this would be a plus for the younger kids who are just starting out and are a little fearful
  • Kate jumped and played around for a full hour and didn’t even take a break to ask for snacks. She came out all sweaty and happy!

Pros of Amped:

  • Very springy trampolines make it easier for the older kids to do somersaults and other fancy moves
  • Wide open spaces so they can create their own fun and games
  • They love climbing up the pyramids
  • The Jurong outlet is air-conditioned which makes it more comfortable

Sane tip: Trampoline parks are ‘mum’s best friends’. The kids are happily entertained for an hour and when they get home, they are knocked out at bedtime. Kids below 3 need an adult supervising them at all times. Kids above 3 need an adult on the premise.

Save tip: Weekday rates start from $7.50 for 30 minutes.

Zoom Park Asia
200 Pandan Gardens
Singapore 609336

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SANDBANK @ Parkland Green ECP

We are back at Parkland Green, the new family-friendly arena at East Coast park. I can tell this is going to be one of our favourite haunts. This time, we were invited by SANDBANK for a review of their second outlet with a twist. Their caption reads: EAT. DRINK. PLUNGE. And that’s just what the kids did.
Sandbank at ECP
We told them they could swim in the pool after finishing their meal. That would no doubt get the kids to eat up quickly. One of the kids said, “But we can’t swim after eating.” Well technically, there’s not much real ‘swimming’ to be done as the kid’s pool is not very big. More for the kids to play around in.

Their menu is very comprehensive, with Bar Bites, Appetisers, Soups, Sandwiches & Pies, Pizzas, Pastas, Mains, Sides and even Dishes for Sharing. They also have a wide array of alcoholic beverages.

A typical favourite of my kids’ is pizza and the Meat Lovers pizza didn’t disappoint. It had chucks of stewed beef, bacon, mushroom, and topped with mozzarella cheese.
Meat Lovers $24

#5 automatically went for the fish & chips, and you have a choice of having it charcoal grilled or traditional beer battered. I was busy settling Kate in and didn’t get a chance to try a bite before the whole thing was gone in a jiffy! I asked him if it was nice and he said “Very yummy”.

Fish & Chips $23

Another staple dish when we eat out with the kids is truffle fries and we all agreed that this was one of the best we have ever tried. Two thumbs up!

One of their signature dishes is Beer Infused Roasted Whole Chicken so we had to give it a try. The whole chicken sat on a beer can in the oven in the open kitchen and the kids were tickled at the sight. Served with mixed mesclun salad. This is enough for 3-4 people to share if you are ordering other dishes.

Roasted Beer Chicken $32

If you have a picky child who can’t find anything to eat, which is rather unlikely given their wide variety of offerings, he can design his own pizza. Choice of cheese (blue, feta, gruyere, mozzarella, etc), choice of topping (parma ham / pulled pork / grilled chicken etc), and choice of sauce (tomato / teriyaki / Pesto / even samba sauce!) Our kids designed their own pizza not because there was nothing else to eat but because it was fun! 

Design your own pizza $21

After they were done with their meal, they happily jumped into the pool and had a great time splashing about and playing with their pool toys and a little ball.

Kate having a swell time

And the adults? We had a good time chilling and chatting, with full view of the sea. Doesn’t get much better than this in Singapore.

Lime Margarita $16

After swimming, they were hungry again. We ordered the Fungi Pasta which I didn’t manage to grab a photo of because it was gone in an instant! The kids said it was very yummy. Don’t know if it was because they were hungry after playing in the pool but they polished everything up. Hmm, I should have asked if SANDBANK wanted more partners. What a winning concept. Eat, swim, dry off and repeat. We can easily spend the whole day here with a bunch of friends. There is also a plunge pool adjoining the kids’ pool, but that is for aged 14 and above.

Eating again
If your kids are planning to swim, it would be good to ask for a table near the kid’s pool so that you can keep an eye on them. Do remind them to be careful as the floor could get slippery with many kids swimming and inadvertently splashing water everywhere.

Sane tip: There are toilets and showers located right next to Sandbank.

Save tip: 10% off main courses until 31 December 2014.

SANDBANK
920 East Coast Parkway
#01-28 Parkland Green
Singapore 449875
Tel: 62477988

Disclaimer: We were invited by Sandbank to do a review. All opinions are my own.

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

Parkland Green at East Coast Park

We were invited to the launch of the brand new family-friendly spot in East Coast Park known as Parkland Green. National Parks’ latest efforts to rejuvenate the green spaces in our City in a Garden has certainly hit the mark with families. It comprises of 8 dining establishments, 2 sports shops and a laser tag arena. A large open lawn between the sea and the restaurants allow for outdoor activities like kite-flying, ball games and picnics to be enjoyed. Here is a run-down of some of the dining and retail shops we visited.

1. Atmosphere Bistro

We started off our food trail at Atmosphere Bistro, a seaside dining concept catering to families in the day and transforming into a sports bar at night. For the month of December, they offer Kids Pizza making workshops every Tuesday from 5.30pm to 7pm. Tel: 64409705

BBQ Pork Ribs, Mini Burgers, Flaming Pizza

The kids were served Iced Chocolate and were amused by the very cute latte art.

3D latte art

Their chocolate lava cake was very yummy, and the kids attacked it with relish, not knowing we were in for a whole afternoon of other delectable delights.

2. SandBank

Next on our trail was SandBank, and beat this, they have a children’s pool and a 15m plunge pool with jacuzzi on their premise! What a fabulous idea. The adults can enjoy a leisurely time eating while the kids play contentedly in the pool. We will definitely be back to check out the pool once it is ready. For the rest of the school holidays, they are offering 10% off main courses (valid till 31 Dec 2014). Tel: 62477988
Charcoal grilled cola marinated chicken wings

3. Patro’s Sports Bar & Restaurant

We moved along to Patro’s Sports Bar & Restaurant, which serves Mexican & North Indian cuisine. I found the standard of the food to be really good, but was a little doubtful that my kids would like it. Turns out they said it was delicious! From now until 21 December 2014, kids enjoy one-for-one main course from the kids’ menu.

Chicken Fajitas

4. Bakery Bar ST. MARC

I was quite stuffed by now, but there were still a few more stops to go. Next up was Bakery & Bar St. Marc, and here at their Parkland Green outlet, they serve All-day dining with Japanese fusion cuisine. The kids managed to run around between the stops and had space in their tummies to chomp down these chocolate croissants. I tried a bite, and must say that they do taste quite good! I will be back next time for a proper tea and have a whole Chococro to myself.

Chococro

The lovely wait staff came around with plates of their signature Spaghetti Carbonara, but we had to pass on it. I saw some of the other kids clean up their plate, so it must have been good. Currently, they are having discounts on any 2 waffle cone desserts on weekdays from 11am to 5pm, valid till 29 December 2014. (Closed on Mondays. Tel: 63421786)

I can just imagine this place on the weekends, with kids happily playing in the open green fields while the parents relax at the cafes with good food and drinks. My idea of a perfect day. Now I wish I lived back in the East.

Little Fuji
5. Pick me up Cafe

Next, we were ushered to Pick me up Cafe, an artisan cafe offering healthy home-made yogurt gelato and an all-day breakfast menu. We were served their signature Smoked Salmon on Miso Waffles and The Manuka Waffles (Chef Waffles).
So many flavours to choose from
#1 is into healthy eating and loved their cold pressed juices which they squeeze on the spot. There is a cosy little corner at the entrance for the little ones to hang out at. Tel: 63481909
Pick me up Cafe

6. Starbucks

This needs no introduction, and was a favourite with the older kids. I tried to keep my children away from caffeine for as long as I could but once they entered the P6/Sec1 age, the ‘cool’ thing to drink seems to be Starbucks coffee. Naturally they were delighted when the friendly staff came out with trays of drinks.

Toffee Nut Latte, Christmas Tree Danish

They have both indoor and outdoor seating, and I would say this is their best outlet to chill at, being right by the seaside.

7. Killiney Kopitiam / Cheers

Last on our food trail was Killiney Kopitiam, which boasts an interesting concept. This is the first time Cheers is collaborating with Killiney Kopitiam to offer affordable food coupled with a convenience store to serve their customers better. Expect to find the usual popular local dishes here such as Mee Siam, Laksa, Mee Rebus and Curry Chicken. The cafe opens until 10pm, while Cheers is open 24 hours on weekends. From now till 1 Jan 2015, they are offering discounts on their toast sets.
Killiney Kopitiam and Cheers

And finally, we were done with the food stops and moved on to what the kids had been waiting for.

8. Tag Team

This is Singapore’s largest indoor laser tag arena, and the first and only multi-arena and multi-weapon laser tag facility. Just the thing to help us digest all that food.

I normally don’t join them in such physical activities (yes, yes, I have to stop being lazy) but it looked pretty harmless and 1 arena lasts for 15 minutes. That, I can manage. We broke up into 2 teams (I joined the other team as they were short of 1 player) and my kids had a field day shooting the mummies down. Yup, our team lost. Well, the 3 year old gave up her gun halfway as it was too heavy for her, and the 2 other mummies with toddlers in tow were no match for my very energetic kids swarming around us. Ok, I’m starting to sound like a spoilsport.

It was surprisingly good fun and I was tired after the short 15 minutes of running around in wedges (Btw, they are not particular about footwear. You can even go barefoot if you wish). The kids went on to the next arena (which was air-conditioned) while I waited outside. Kids from as young as 4 are allowed to play, but they would have to be motivated enough to carry the slightly heavy gun for 15 minutes. If your kid can carry a thick dictionary and run around the house, I’m sure he’ll do fine. All my kids enjoyed themselves thoroughly, even the older girls. For the month of December, they are offering family packages with a discount on 5 ‘mission’ tickets.

To avoid disappointment in case they are closed for private events, do call them beforehand. Tel: 63482696

Practising his aim

9. Hvper Sport

This huge sports shop specialises in skating products, and they carry a wide array of scooters, skateboards and inline skates. They also have lots of beach toys, and other sporting accessories. With our $50 voucher, #3 got a good quality water bottle, a hammock and a ball for Kate. 

Hvper Sport
10. Pro Cycle

They stock a mind-boggling array of bicycles, balance bikes, scooters and safety gear, for children and adults. They carry the local brand Valo with bikes starting from $115, as well as the French brand Cronus with bikes starting from $185. What sets them apart is that they encourage their customers to try out their products before buying. All the bloggers’ kids were happily riding round and round their shop!

They also provide bicycle repair services (even for bikes not bought from them) and they have an outdoor bicycle tyre pumping facility which is available 24/7. For the month of December, they are offering 20% off all bicycles storewide. I spotted this really cool looking pink bicycle going at $105. Pretty reasonable considering the bicycles we bought from the HDB shops cost us about $90 each. Would have bought this if Kate was older!
Pro Cycle

To be honest, the last time we went to East Coast Park for a day out with the kids was probably 4 or 5 years ago. I don’t like crowds and prefer to take them cycling at less populated parks. With the new Parkland Green amenities facing the sea and the great food options, we will definitely be back very soon!

Parkland Green
920 East Coast Parkway
Singapore 449875


Disclaimer: We were sponsored this Food and Fun trail by NParks and the participating establishments. All opinions are my own.

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

Great brain games for kids

Over the years, the kids have received their fair share of popular boardgames bought from the malls. While I did like that it got them to play together, what I didn’t like was that the games were based mostly on luck instead of skill. I was delighted when I discovered My First Games which is a local online store owned by a mum of 3 kids, selling a mind-boggling array of good games specially culled from USA and Europe. We have been playing quite a few of her games and the kids absolutely love them.

Pixy Cubes $29.90

One of her best sellers is Pixy Cubes, as surprise surprise, it seems to be the closest thing to an IQ test. No wonder parents were snapping them up. For me, I love that it is an open-ended game and can be played in a variety of ways. Although it says ‘ages 6 and up’, it can be managed by kids as young as 3 or 4 years old.

Beginner

The simplest way is to play it individually, whereby the child has to follow the pattern on the card. It can also be played with 2 kids, and they each take a card and challenge each other to see who finishes first.

Difficulty level increases

Once the child can master the simple shape using 4 cubes, they can move on to the shapes without the grid lines which uses all 16 cubes.

What I love about #5 is his creativity, and after going through all the card patterns, he had a great time constructing his own designs. Not only is it good for building up their attention span, it also helps with their fine motor skills.

#5’s fort

Another good game to exercise their brain is 7 ate 9. This is a Math speed card game, and can be played by any child who can add and subtract. The older girls initially thought it was a childish game meant for the little ones, but ended up having fun as well.

7 ate 9 ($15.90)

Another personal favourite of our family is Ubongo. This can be played with a maximum of 4 players. Basically, the fastest person to complete their card using the puzzle pieces wins. They never fail to take this game out when their friends come over for playdates. I have seen kids from as young as 7 who are able to handle this game.

Ubongo extreme

It is also suitable for the older folk to get their mind moving. We visited my aunt who is 82 years old and they had a good time bonding over it.

Great family game for all ages

I can confidently say that any parent would be happy to receive any of their games for their kids’ Christmas presents. Well, I would (hint, hint).

For more great game ideas from My First Games, take a look at Life’s Tiny Miracles’ recommendations.

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

Labrador Park: I love it!

We’ve been doing this parenting thing for so long that it’s getting tiring to plan activities and take them out. I guess there’s a reason kids grow up and need less physical parental input. But with 6, it doesn’t seem to end! The hubs has long copped out and most times it’s just me taking them for the outdoor stuff while he joins us for meals.

I know we have to at least put a bit of physical activity back into our lives, especially now that we have Kate. I’ve been bugging him about it so off we went to Labrador Park. It’s situated near the PSA building where Alexandra Road meets Tanjong Pagar road and Pasir Panjang road.

Wish we were on that boat

I’m not particularly fond of taking them to either West Coast or East Coast Park because of the crowds. This place is perfect. Scenic views, not too crowded even on weekends, and besides, where else would you get to ogle at handsome boats while cycling?

Perfect to watch the sun set

We rode all the way to Keppel Marina and ended up at this place which is a perfect picnic spot. Next time we can perhaps pack a sandwich and a drink each in a backpack and have a simple picnic. The kids would be more than happy to kick a ball around.

Of course she’s smiling… she’s not the one doing the cycling


The next time, we can check out the war relics and secret tunnels.

Directions:

Labrador Villa Road, off Pasir Panjang road

MRT: Labrador Park station