Ashley @ BabySPA

A haircut visit turns into an unexpected swimming sessions for Ashley! We did see BabySPA previously before Annabelle gave birth to Ashley while window shopping at Changi City Point Mall. There were thoughts but no decision made as we were unsure if Ashley would enjoy.

After trimming Ashley’s hair, we brought Ashley for the swimming trial before deciding whether to sign up the package. After seeing how Ashley enjoyed herself in the water, we signed up the 20-sessions package. The package also came with a tabletop photo which you have to take at Venus D’Wedding. The staff there was friendly and helpful, at least for the branch which we frequent. Other services which BabySPA provides are haircut, baby massage, sales of Korean-made playmats, beans spout husk pillows and etc.

Ashley in the Pool  Ashley in the Pool

Ashley’s Trial Swimming Session

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Precious Moments Figurine Deals!

If you are a collector of Precious Moments figurines like us, I have found a good online place for you to shop. Are you aware that Amazon is able to ship the figurine directly to you? And most importantly, it is cheaper than the prices sold locally! That’s after factoring in the 10% discount if you are a member of Precious Thots, the official distributor of Precious Moments figurines in Singapore.

A good example would be the limited to only 3,000 pieces worldwide figurine, “In My Dreams I’m Always With You“. The retail price in Singapore is $360 SGD and without the 10% member discount, you can bring it home at $324 SGD. Amazon is currently selling it at $171.34 USD with direct shipping (based on Standard Shipping 9-12 days) to Singapore at $17.70 USD. After conversion, it would be $250 SGD!

Have fun shopping for your collectible Precious Moments figurines today at the comfort of you home!

New Firmware (N7105XXDMB3) Released for Samsung Galaxy Note II (LTE) – GT-N7105

If you are not sure what is the version of firmware that you are currently running, open the dial pad and ‘*#1234#’. A screen should pop-up and show you the AP, CP and CSC model. If you AP does not read N7105XXDMB3, then you are due for an upgrade.

Based on some testings perform by forumers in xda-developers, this version has fixed the battery drain issue found in N7105XXDLL7. And of course, it fixes some other minor bugs as well. For those who do not root your Note 2, you are good to go with Over-the-Air (OTA) update. Otherwise, you may download the firmwares below depending on your providers.

Official M1 Firmware:
http://www.hotfile.com/dl/194200272/532ff0a/N7105XXDMB3_N7105OLBDMA1_MM1.zip.html

Official SingTel Firmware:
http://www.hotfile.com/dl/194200926/0d19f73/N7105XXDMB3_N7105OLBDMA1_SIN.zip.html

Official StarHub Firmware:
http://www.hotfile.com/dl/194200449/e622044/N7105XXDMB3_N7105OLBDMA1_STH.zip.html

Non-Telco Firmwre:
http://www.hotfile.com/dl/194330289/8931b3e/N7105XXDMB3_N7105OLBDMA1_XSP.zip.html

* Contributed from http://www.sammobile.com/

 

Steps on installation can be found on my previous post.

Review: Medela Value Pack Bpa-free Feeding Gift Set : New Wide Base Nipple

This is definitely one  accessory worth adding to your breastfeeding experience. Ever since I delivered my little angel, Ashley in early January this year, I have been faithfully breastfeeding her for the attributed health benefits. Besides letting her latch on to me directly, I have been actively pumping at a regular basis to boost my milk supply and thus the heavy demand for storage solutions. Therefore, I have purchased Medela Value Pack Bpa-free Feeding Gift Set : New Wide Base Nipple. This is a useful breastfeeding set that I have purchased to solve my breastmilk storage problems as it contains not only milk bottles of two different sizes, 80ml and 150ml, it also includes 20 Pump & Save Breastmilk storage bags that is compatible with Medela breastpumps. Now, I do not have to worry to rush to wash and sterilize the milk bottles every time Ashley finishes her milk or prolonging the time interval to pump due to insufficient storage space.

 

Review: Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump

For the optimal growth,development and health of your child, WHO and HPB has been actively promoting exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a baby’s life. As a first-time mum, I know exactly of the anxieties and uncertainties about breastfeeding that other mums may have during pregnancy and the first few weeks of their little one’s life including questions revolving, “Will my baby know how to latch on for feeding?” or ” Will I have sufficient milk supply for my baby?”.

Although I was apprehensive about the thought of exclusive breastfeeding, breastfeeding can have many benefits tagged to it if done correctly, for both baby and mummy.

Firstly, breastfeeding is best for our baby for the following reasons, (1) the close body contact and interaction creates a special bond between us and our baby, (2) our breast milk contains all the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients for our baby’s complete growth and development, (3) antibodies in our breast milk provide immunity for our baby, reducing their risk of intestinal, ear and respiratory infections and (4) our breast milk is suited for our baby and will make them less likely to develop stomach upsets, constipation and diarrhoea.

Furthermore, breastfeeding does have many benefits for mums like me as well, for example, (1) early suckling have been shown to help our womb contract thus reducing blood loss after child birth, (2) it delays the return of our menstrual period and thus acts as a natural although imperfect contraceptive, (3) we burn calories during breastfeeding and this helps to shed the weight gained during our pregnancy and (4) our risk of developing breast, ovarian and womb cancers are lowered.

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