Playdate Snack Attack Ideas

Part of the fun of being a mum to young children is having their friends round to play. Playdates often become a regular feature on many young families’ weekly planners.

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They’re great for helping children learn to play with others and understanding how to share their toys nicely. OK, the house might have toys strewn everywhere by the end of the afternoon, but if you’re smart, you’ll factor in some tidy-up time at the end of the playdate and see if you can get the kids to give you a hand.
To make any playdate go smoothly, have some snacks on hand to keep energy levels up and moods good.

DIY toddler snacks

What toddler doesn’t like to get involved in food prep? While you might not appreciate sticky-fingered helpers for every meal you prepare in the kitchen, making snacks like chocolate fruit balls can be a fun activity during a playdate.
Add a cup each of prunes and almonds along with half a cup each of oats and chocolate chips to a food processor. Pulse the ingredients into a sticky mass. Now the kids can get involved; divide up the mix and let them roll small amounts of the mixture into 2-inch balls. These sticky treats can be eaten straightaway or stored for up to four weeks in the fridge.

Time to cool down

There’s often a time when the kids get overexcited and need a little time out during a playdate. Frozen fruit smoothie lollies are always great for the kids to cool down with when they’ve been running around and got a bit hot and bothered. They can be prepared in bulk and stored as popsicles so you have them to hand whenever you need them. The easiest way is to blend together a banana and some frozen berries with a cup of milk. Divide into popsicle moulds and store in the freezer.

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Source: Gloomkitty’s Crafts and Kitchen Korner via Facebook

Parents get hungry too

What about food for the parents when they bring their kids over to play? While just offering a cookie with a coffee is always a fail-safe option, why not make pick-up time a time for a treat for both you and your guests. You don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen baking though – services like Deliveroo bring dessert to your door and you can choose from desserts as varied as Krispy Kreme donuts through to fancy French tea cakes from Patisserie Glace in Republic Plaza.

Fun faces

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Source: Food Faces For Friends via Facebook

You’ll earn brownie points with the parents of your little guests if you get them to eat some fruit and veggies when they’re visiting. Here’s an easy way – prepare a selection of fruit and vegetables and ask the kids to create some funny faces. And when they’ve demonstrated their artistic flair on the plates, they can eat their creations and enjoy a snack packed full of vitamins and fibre.

Of course, food is only part of a successful playdate, but having a few kid-friendly snack ideas on hand is always a good idea.

RWS S.E.A Aquarium Celebrates SG52!

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Yay! School’s out! Parents who are planning holiday activities for your children, it’s time to include a visit to S.E.A Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa in your list! To commemorate SG52, two S.E.A. Aquarium Adult One-Day Tickets are going for only $52 now (U.P $68)! That’s like a savings of $16, which you can use to purchase extra snacks or souvenirs! 😀 Our very first visit as a family of four was last Christmas. Cayla was about 4 months old then and she was sleeping soundly in the Tula!

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My brother and his gf joined us this time and also helped to take care of the kids! Hehe.

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Big fish small fish everywhere! The girls were so distracted by the different fishes swimming around the tank and just wouldn’t look at the camera. Lol.

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Chanelle was initially afraid of the sharks and other gigantic fishes but her fear soon turned into fascination!

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Love the beautiful marine life. I picked up scuba diving during my undergraduate days with the NUS Dive Club and went on a few dive trips after that. It’s a pity misterchewy doesnt know how to scuba dive! I sure miss diving!

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Cayla was hungry so instead of looking for the baby room, I thought it would be easier if I sat in corner to feed her.

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Chanelle wanted a photo with”Nemo”! Hahaha many Nemos in fact!

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Most visitors like to gather here, in front of the Open Ocean Habitat, for a magnificent view of the various marine life.

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We chose to park ourselves at the Ocean Dome before feeding time instead.

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You can also check out some art works by children who took part in the Ocean Conservation Art Competition.

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Do you know that S.E.A Aquarium has its own mascot? It’s Mai the manta ray! He appears at the Ocean Dome daily at two timings – 2.45pm and 3.45pm! Remember to queue if you want a photograph with Mai!

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Currently, there is no published schedule for fish feedings but when we were there, the feeding time was at 4pm.

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Another not-to-be-missed highlight is the Discovery Touch Pool! Kids of all ages will love it because they get to touch and feel sea cucumber, starfish, and the like.

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At the end of your visit, stop by the souvenir section and pick up some cute merchandise!

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Don’t miss out on this wonderful SG52 promo where two adult tickets are only priced at $52, until 30 September 2017! Book your tickets here!

Cayla’s Safari Themed First Birthday Party

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Children grow up very quickly and it’s hard to believe that Mini misschewy just turned one recently! You know how people always say that parents are more chill after they have their first child. I think it’s quite true you know! LOL! I actually prefer that because I don’t wanna be labelled as another “kanjiong parent” 😛 I reckon it’s cool to be chill (pun intended). If you are an avid reader or follower (THANK YOU!), you would know that Cayla was born on National Day! We held a small and cosy party for her on a Saturday afternoon before her actual birthday.

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Thanks to my youngest brother-in-law who is in Singapore Air Force, we managed to secure a chalet at the SAF Changi Seaview Resort! The booking was priced at around $388 for 3 nights. Super reasonable! My in laws checked in on Friday and we joined them after work. It was quite a hectic affair as misterchewy and I rushed home after work to start packing everything into our small luggage before heading over. By the time we reached the chalet, it was close to 11pm!

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SAF Changi Seaview Resort was quite tricky to locate but luckily we could rely on our GPS for directions. Felt very excited as we dragged our luggage towards our chalet! Really got the holiday feel! Hahaha!

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See! Got BBQ pit somemore!

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Before I give you a virtual tour, I must say that the ENTIRE PLACE IS AIR CONDITIONED! Really shiok! This is the first floor and I was impressed by how spacious it is! The living room, kitchen and toilet are located on the first floor.

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Apart from the fridge, there’s also a chest freezer! The temperature of the fridge can be adjusted which is definitely very useful for breastfeeding mothers who need to store their milk. It was 7°C, so I brought it down to 2°C.

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On the second floor, there are only two bedrooms (I was expecting three!) and this is the one which we stayed in. There’s a queen sized bed, dressing table, cupboard, TV, etc.

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Another shot to show how spacious the room is.

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The other room had two beds and a cupboard. I think my in laws brought along the extra mattress.

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There’s also a common toilet on the second floor. Towels, soap and shampoo are provided. However, I would recommend you bring your own toiletries over to ensure you have sufficient to last you throughout your stay.

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Only the three of us shared this cosy bed because Chanelle was with my parents. Cayla was really excited about the change in environment!

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Woke up early the next day! The sea is right outside our chalet, that’s why it’s called seaview resort right!

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At around 1pm, the guys from Neo Garden came to set up the thematic display for our buffet. More on that later!

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Our helium balloons and other party decor from The Party Stuff arrived shortly after! I was so surprised that the helium filled alphabet and number balloons were so huge!

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We started getting ready for the party which was scheduled to take place before 5pm.

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Since Cayla was born in the year of the Monkey, we decided on a Safari theme with more emphasis placed on the monkey. TADAH! Our humble dessert table cum phototaking area setup with balloons and decor from The Party Stuff! Apart from the alphabet and number balloons, we also got a Truly Monkey Deeply in Love balloon cluster, Jungle Window Instaview, Mini Jungle Monkey Cutout, and Jungle Monkey Whirls.

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Based on my experience, The Party Stuff is a one stop shop for me to get all the balloons and party decorations because they have a really wide selection of products and you can even narrow your search based on the type of product you are looking for, or the theme of your party! How convenient!

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Cayla’s cute Cupcake Tree from Sweetest Moments! The cupcake tree was made up of a 6-inch fondant cake and 60 pieces of bite-sized cupcakes 5.5cm in diameter.

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Such an adorable-looking monkey! Besides birthdays, Sweetest Moments also specialises in baby full month and weddings. Cakes are customizable too!

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The mini monkey cupcakes were a hit, especially among the little kids!

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Guests also helped themselves to the dainty animal macarons from BakeAvenue! The gigantic monkey macaron totally took me by surprise! Was definitely not expecting such a huge one! 😀

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As usual, BakeAvenue never fails to impress! Love their macarons which were crumbly yet slightly chewy and not too sweet!

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My mum also contributed to the dessert table by making some agar agar jellies in the shape of monkeys!

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Monkey soft toys for our little guests.

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We also handed out animal socks from The Hole in My Sock to the “big kids”!

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Cute and quirky socks to keep everyone’s feet warm and happy!

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The Hole in My Sock is a monthly sock subscription service that’s launching in October this year, so do sign up and stay tuned to the latest updates!

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We just had to take a photo with the buffet setup by Neo Garden simply because it’s not just any ordinary setup! The husband and I grew up with Neo Garden and whenever we attended birthdays or housewarming parties, we were overjoyed when we saw that the buffet food was catered by Neo Garden 😛

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Do you know that Neo Garden provides a wide range of thematic buffet setups to suit your party theme and occasion? All our guests were blown away by the Safari Playland setup!

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Super nice for taking photos, just don’t bring the stuffed toys home!

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Thai Pineapple Rice

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Sin Chow Mee Hoon

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Signature Curry Chicken

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Mushroom Broccoli

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Baked Dory Fish with Mango Salsa

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Cereal Prawn (prawns hidden underneath LOL)

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Spring Roll

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Mini Chocolate Eclair

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Almond Jelly Longan

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One serving is not enough! Most of our guests went for extra helpings!

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Neo Garden never disappoints! My favorite dish is their Signature Curry Chicken, as always! Actually, the baked dory was also very delicious!

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Taking “growing up with Neo Garden” to a whole new level! Parents who are fans of Neo Garden, don’t miss out on this amazing deal!

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All photos in this post (unless watermarked) were taken by Wei Zhong from Truphotos! He specialises in photographing children’s birthday parties and baby shower celebrations in Singapore. I have nothing but praises for Wei Zhong as his photography works speak for themselves. I also like that Wei Zhong isn’t intrusive, so our guests were totally unaware that their photos were being captured. Of course, the photos turned out to be very natural and candid! Thumbs up! More information on Truphoto’s session pricing can be found here and to make a booking, simply fill up this form!

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A big thank you to all who contributed to Cayla’s first birthday party in one way or another! Couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support! 🙂

My Juvederm Dermal Fillers Experience with Halley Medical Aesthetics

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Being a mother of two young girls is no mean feat. Adding a full-time job and household chores into the mix makes me wonder how long can I keep up with this before losing my sanity! All the late nights have seriously taken a toll on me and I can’t help but feel that I have aged tremendously. Whenever I glance at myself in the mirror, I wish those eyebags would disappear and my face would be miraculously sharper. I decided it’s time to visit Halley Medical Aesthetics.

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Halley Medical Aesthetics is located in the heart of town, within Orchard Gateway shopping mall. I love the convenient location as it meant that my husband and kids could chill at a café or check out a toy store nearby while waiting for me.

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I had a consultation with Dr. Terence Tan and told him about my facial concerns. I felt that my face had gotten rounder with all the unhealthy snacking and my hollow eyes made me look a lot older.

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Also, I wish for sharper features to make myself look more attractive! I actually enjoyed my consultation session with Dr Terence Tan as he is very patient, approachable and has a great sense of humor! He also took time to explain and clear all the doubts which I had.

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At the end of the session, Dr Terence Tan recommended dermal fillers from Juvederm to enhance features such as tear trough, nose, chin and cheeks, as well as Botox to slim down my jawline. Dr Terence introduced Juvederm, which is the gold standard of dermal fillers, to me. There are various types of Juvederm fillers that will work best for different parts of the face.
In a nutshell, Dr Terence Tan recommended Juvederm Voluma (the firmest filler) for Chin and nose bridge, Juvederm Volift (mid-soft filler) for cheeks and Juvederm Vobella (the softest filler) for tear trough.

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I revisited Halley Medical Aesthetics a few weeks later for the treatment. My face was cleansed and some numbing cream was applied to my nose, tear trough and jaw. It wasn’t my first time getting fillers done for my face so I kinda knew what to expect. I was bracing myself for all the pain that would be bestowed upon me but was surprised that the procedure was swift and relatively painless!

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I later learnt that Dr Terence Tan made use of the Magic Needle for injecting dermal fillers, which is actually a cannula specially designed with a rounded tip. The Magic Needle reduces the discomfort factor by up to 90%, thus making the procedure a lot more tolerable! I would say that the overall experience was not traumatising at all, plus the clinic assistant was very attentive in placing the ice packs on the treatment areas of my face before and after injecting of the fillers.

I could see that the effects were instantaneous! My nose bridge was visibly higher and my chin was slightly sharper. Also, my tear troughs were no longer hollow, and I definitely looked more alert and youthful.

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I would say that the change wasn’t too drastic and extreme, but just a subtle yet impactful enhancement here and there to make myself look better on the overall. There wasn’t downtime at all, except that there was a little puffiness for the next couple of hours but it went away really quickly. I could still wash my face and put on makeup as usual. The results actually got better with time and I could see that my jawline is much sharper now. On average, the fillers are expected to last about a year.

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frei öl® the Oil Experts

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Juggling a day job, taking care of the children and handling household chores is no mean feat. Do you know what makes it even harder? Looking good and well-maintained despite all that! Many people have this idea that mothers are out-of-shape zombies because they head out of the house without any makeup and also do not have time for any form of exercise. Over the past couple of months, an increasing number of friends and readers have been asking me to share how I manage to stay in shape and look good, despite so much going on in my life. Of course, I’m no superwoman and I count myself very lucky to have assistance from the husband and also from our parents. That aside, I have recently been introduced to this skincare brand which I want to share with everyone! My secret is no secret! 😉

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Mothers deserve only the best when it comes to skincare and I’m really thrilled that frei öl® is finally here in Singapore! frei öl® is one of the highest quality skincare brands that develop and produce face and body care products in Germany. The products are derived from vegetable oil with the addition of nourishing vitamins. frei öl® products are not only beneficial for women, but they have become men’s favourite skincare too! frei öl® meets the highest standards of quality, effectiveness and skin-friendliness, supporting the skin at all stages of life. Do you know that frei öl® carries the No. 1 skincare oil for all skin types and massage oil for pregnant women in German pharmacies? And now, they are available in Singapore too! WHOOHOO! frei öl® features a wide range of products but ultimately, it is known as OIL EXPERTS, with products containing precious natural oils which help to nurture and support the skin with individually selected active ingredients tailored to different skin needs. Doesn’t that sound amazing!

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I don’t know about you but I’m always bumping or knocking into something due to my clumsiness. Most of the time, I’m not even aware until the hubs or my colleagues point out a bruise or scar! To reduce all these unsightly scars and uneven skin tone, I swear by frei öl®’s Skincare Oil which I make it a habit to apply after every shower! The Skincare Oil indulges and regenerates, while supporting cell renewal with vitamin A. After each application, my dry skin feels smooth, soft and supple! I also notice that scars and uneven skin tone are reduced after two weeks!

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I’m most excited about frei öl®’s Shaping Oil because it helps to shape and firm the my body, while I continue to indulge in my hawker food! The Shaping Oil contains red poppy seed extract which activates lypolysis 10 times more effectively than caffeine, which helps to reduce nasty and unsightly cellulite from common problem areas. I apply the Shaping Oil on my tummy and thighs, while making sure to spend a few minutes each time massaging the oil into my skin for best results! The natural shea and oat oils in the Shaping Oil also contain omega fatty acids which nourishes the skin. I personally like the light floral fragrance of the Shaping Oil too!

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Finally, frei öl® also has a Massage Oil for Pregnant Women! Having gone through two pregnancies, I do know that the tummy experiences substantial stretching, especially during the last trimester. While I’m blessed without a single stretch mark, my tummy often felt itchy and I find myself scratching ever so often! If only frei öl®’s Massage Oil was available back then! This special oil has a formula which has been tested over many years and has proven to be able to effectively prevent stretch marks while increasing skin elasticity with vitamin E. The omega 3 and 6 fatty acids from natural oils nutures the skin intensively, and bisabolol from chamomile calms stressed skin. It is definitely a must-have skincare product for all pregnant mothers!

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Tips for Becoming a Successful Mumpreneur in Singapore

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Mumpreneurs are becoming the in thing these days, with countless books available about how to balance both being a mother and an entrepreneur. Here in Singapore there are plenty of opportunities to become a successful mumpreneur working from home, whatever area you are interested in. Whether you want to set up an online retail business, consultancy, blog or anything else, there are various tips you should use in order to make sure your mumpreneur career is a success in Singapore.

Use Your Parenting Skills

Firstly, if you’re already a mother to at least one child then you will possess many vital skills for running your own business as well. Mothers are often highly adept when it comes to timekeeping, organisation and running on low energy levels. Multitasking is essential, as you will be balancing looking after your children with running a business, no matter how small. If you can feed, bathe, play with and generally look after a child and take care of all its needs, then there’s little reason why you can’t do the same for a small business.

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Be Tech Savvy

If you’re working from home then it’s likely you’ll be using various forms of technology. This can be incredibly useful for speeding up processes, online marketing of your firm, recording data and more. As Singapore is a limited market, many mumpreneurs will eventually want to expand further, and the internet provides such an opportunity. Whether you’re trading with an MT4 platform or setting up a blog, being familiar with technology is vital.

Find a Niche

There are already many mumpreneurs out there, running their own businesses in lots of different sectors. As renowned mumpreneur Annabel Karmel states: “It’s very important to look for a gap in the market. Do something that is slightly different.” While there are already mumpreneurs in Singapore, one advantage is that due to the country’s small size, if you have a unique idea then it’s less likely to have been done in Singapore.

Build Relationships

Even though you will be setting out on your own, it’s important to build relationships to improve the chances of success for your mumpreneurship. Whether it’s speaking to current mumpreneurs for advice or growing your business by networking with contacts within Singapore or abroad who could be helpful, building relationships is advisable. Plus, having a good relationship with clients and customers should result in positive feedback and help your business grow.

If you’re thinking about setting out as a mumpreneur in Singapore, then following these tips should get you off on the right foot.

My #LittlePioneer

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Have you ever wondered how do children develop? Children are curious little creatures who spend every waking moment exploring and learning new things. They learn like sponges – soaking up all the information around them. Isn’t it amazing that learning begins so early on in life? Did you know that as much as 90% of the brain is developed by the time a child turns five? That means the first 5 years of your child’s life are crucial for their physical development and cognitive growth, as all those brain connections are forming at a faster rate during these years than at any other time(1).

I feel that one of the best decisions I made for Chanelle was to send her to preschool at the tender age of 18 months old. As a mummy with a full-time job, I do not have the means and capacity to teach and guide Chanelle on weekdays. It would be unfair to deprive her of learning and achieving her potential, so I leave her to the professionals in her school to nurture her.

As much as I hope for Chanelle to achieve her developmental milestones at least within the average range, I also wish that she would acquire qualities such as altruism, responsibility, patience and empathy in time to come. So far, I’m satisfied that she’s achieving all her developmental milestones (cognitive, motor, emotional and communication) and I’m glad that she’s a child who loves asking questions. I hope that my #LittlePioneer will always remain inquisitive and have this desire to keep on learning.

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Besides sensory stimulation, proper nutrition is just as important in helping growing minds develop. To support my #LittlePioneer’s continuous learning, I make sure that she receives sufficient nutrition throughout the day, like DHA which is an important block for brain and eye development. Together, stimulation and nutrition help to develop 4 different key skill areas – Cognitive, Motor, Emotional and Communication.

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Some people have this misconception that milk is only for babies and children should stop drinking milk once they enter toddlerhood. I like to think otherwise. Even though Chanelle is on two solid meals a day, she gets her bottle of Enfagrow A+ three times a day (morning, before her nap, and at night before her bed time). It is formulated to help meet the recommendation for daily DHA intake(2) to help support my #LittlePioneer’s exploring and learning on a daily basis. It also contains Wellmune® Yeast Beta Glucan as well as a unique blend of Dietary Fiber (Polydextrose) and Prebiotic (GOS) which work in tandem to promote the growth of good bacteria and digestive health!

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As a mother, it is my duty to provide my children with good nutrition and stimulation to support their growth. Find out how Enfagrow A+ can support your #LittlePioneer’s continuous learning too at www.littlepioneer.enfagrow.com.sg and feel free to request a sample!

1. Dekaban, A. S. and Sadowsky, D. (1978), Changes in brain weights during the span of human life: Relation of brain weights to body heights and body weights. Ann Neurol., 4: 345–356. doi:10.1002/ana.41004041

2. FAO/WHO recommends daily dietary DHA intake of 10-12mg/kg body weight for children 12-24 months or 100-150mg DHA+EPA for children 2 years old and above. Reference: FAO 2010. Fats and fatty acids in human nutrition. Report of an expert consultation. FAO Food and Nutrition Paper no. 91. FAO:Rome.