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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New washing machine !

Our new washing machine came today. Ashley ran to hide when the Harvey Norman’s men came. She is shy that way. So unlike her bossy chieh chieh.

It’s time for a new washing machine anyhow. When we first got married, we wanted to save, so when my elder brother offers us one of his old washing machine, I snapped it up. Time and again, the machine broke down, but I never thought to get new washing machines , probably because at that time, Kimberly stayed with my in laws and we don’t do much laundry. Sometimes we took the laundry over to FIL cos we visit every weekend those days and there isn’t time for laundry at home.

With the birth of Ashley, our maid of 3 years, Atin was still hand washing Ashley’s clothes. Our clothes were still minimal.

Come the time when Atin left, and new maids came and went. Industrial cleaning from professional cleaners is still not an option at this point because we have replacement maids from maid agencies who still owe us maids in replacement to those we rejected.

Anyhow, I decide that its time to machine wash Ashley’s and Kimberly’s clothes. Reason solely because all of them maids failed miserably in hand washing clothes.

They all do the same thing. Soak in minimal soap powder and maximum water, then do one of the other, ie. just swirl their hand inside, or the other thing,scrub between their hand till lints came up.

And they usually scrub at the wrong spots, ie the spots that doesnt need scrubbing. Then they rinse with only a quarter bucket full of water, and voila, all done. You can still get soap water dripping off the lines. Doesn’t this all sound so familiar?

So anyhow, with the vigorous use of the machine nowadays, the old trusty has decide that it has seen its better days and that time has come for it to take an infinite break.


However, my sole reason for getting a new machine was Ashley. Everytime the machine spins, it rumbles and roars terrifyingly….or so it seems to Ashley.

Once it even rumbled so hard, it toppled off the concrete platform on top of me, who was trying to fix it. No harm done, cos it was only halfway toppled with half its body still on the lower platform and the other half at the top platform.

Ashley however, the poor dear, screamed in horror and toddled over as fast as her two little legs could carry her, and pull me by the arm away from the “dreaded monster”, saying “Momma !! Momma!!! Hurry!!! Hurry !!!’ and tried in vain to drag my body weight from the scene of danger with her tiny frame.

That touched my heart to no end. I didn’t know that my little 25 months old knew enough to save her mommy from danger. Isn’t she such a darling?

Hence, the new machine !


It's such a pleasure to walk into the kitchen nowadays and greeted by the smooth finishes of a brand new sparkling white new machine instead of the yellowing cracked surfaces on the old machine. We just can't do without this useful kitchen appliance , can we?

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Cloth Wipes

Well, if you are using cloth diapers, you might as well use cloth wipes to wipe their bum with. They are all going to go into the machine anyhow, so might as well dump the cloth wipes in the machine together with the soiled diapers.

I have been nuts about wipes for awhile now. Shown here is some of the wipes I have, but those are the ones not in the laundry or in the baby bag. It can be exhausting digging out all of them.

Most of my wipes are from Miabambina and some from BabySashanMom.

I have a lot of favourites but most are taken away by Kimberly for herself so I cant use them.

According to my little madam, I am only allowed to use those blue ones with boy prints on them ie. those with vehicles, dinasaurs etc. So since those are in the laundry, i took the liberty to dig out her hankies (as she calls them) to take pictures of.


Anyhow, these are some of my other favourites. I got a few of these prints, so my little madam condescent to oblige me with a few of these prints to use on her little baby sister.

These are from Phoebe of Cloth Thoughts, one of the moms in Diaper Pins. I am using some of them right now, took some of those Kimberly doesnt like off her and I am loving them to bits. They are knit or flannel on one side and sherpa in colours to match the print on the other side, ie. the ballet print would have pink sherpa etc.



Kimberly love this ballet print a lot. She takes them to school as hankies instead of using tissues nowadays. Love the dinasaur print too but didnt take any solo picture of those.


I also love these prints.



Phoebe of Cloth Thoughts also make diapers with these prints but I didnt get any diapers from her. I have more diapers than I can handle now. hee hee.



These are some of the older wipes that I have been using. Save for the pink, orange and alphabets ones which Kimberly is claiming for herself, her little sister is entitled to the rest.


These are from Babysoftlandings. I got these because there was one time when Ashley was all over Sesame Streets and Elmo.


This is my other favourite. Alphabets prints and peachy hat prints from Wahmies. Got them both from Sandra



These here are rejects from Kimberly. She was picking through the wipes and when she sees these, she goes, "Eeeyewww...dinasaurs. YOu can have these, Momma !" So these ends up with her little sister.


Some cow prints to satisfy my animal prints craze...These cow prints are from Babysoftlandings.


These are some of the earlier ones that found their way into Kimberly's drawers


I got them from NewMoonPads. They also sell mamapads but I thought I try out their wipes first before getting some mamapads. Then Sandra and Brenda brought in some really good ones and I found those delicious coloured ones at Cottontailbaby and end up not getting any mamapads from NewMoonPads after all.

Anyhow, I thought the prints are so pretty.




Well, at least Kimberly gave me some of the animal prints. She doesnt care for them and only keep two for herself. These animal prints are from NewMoonPads


You would have thought I have more wipes than I can handle. Not so, since Kimberly claim most of them for herself.


Lucky for me I have enough old ones to tide me over for a long time.

And of course, you wouldnt want to be carrying ziplock bags to carry your soggy used soiled wipes in when you are out and about. So what would you be needing? Wipes container and wipe bags, of course.

These are from my earlier posts. some accessories that you may need. Not necessary but sure is useful. I hate it when i have to grope around for anything in my huge babybag. Keeping the wipes together sure makes it easier when i need to whip up a wet wipe or a dry hanky quick.

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Another baby gadget I find useful. Foam wipe solution to foam on greasy fingers when the kids are having ice cream or have been holding greasy nuggets with their little hands.


Okay, time to get some food ready for Kimberly. She is almost due home from school now. It's MIL 's week off this week and I need to work from home. But ha ha. this blogging thing can be distracting. Anyhow, will try to put up photos of wipe bags if I have the time to upload them at flikcrs. Meanwhile, Wipes Lovers, there you go.


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Friday, January 11, 2008

Prettiest Mom tag

I received this email from 2 friends, Kwee Nen and Peck Eng.

I thought this denote exactly what the changes from being a mom brings :

The rule to the e-mail was that, once you have been hit, you have to hit 5 pretty Moms, including the one who thought of you today & sent it to you. The idea is that if you get hit again, You will know you are really pretty!

So I thought lets just turn this into a tag instead. But that "hit" part won't work very well in a tag. So instead of giving a "hit" to the one who tag you, you add your name at the bottom of the tagged persons list, and without bumping the person at the top or bumping anyone off and let the list grow.

Prettiest Mom

Hit 5 pretty moms on your list to let them know they are pretty!

Before I was a Mom
I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom
I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom -
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom -
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom.

Now tag 5 persons who you think is a special mom .

Here's the first chain of tag :

1. Allthingspurple
2. Montessorimum
3. clumsy mommy
4. Sandra
5. KittyCat
6. VivianZ

Remember, the person who receive the tag is to add her name at the bottom of the list of the person who tag her.

On the same note, isn't it fun being a mother? You get to celebrate Mothers day planned by your kids or you get cute little homemade cards and flowers.

If your kids are still young and you need some ideas on what to do, you could always check out sites for Mother days ideas .

And of course, the fail-proof ever convenient gift baskets, a Mother's Day Gift Basket .

One time I read this newsletter on how to name a star after your mother as a Mothers day gift. Now is that cool or is that cool? ha! ha !

Isnt being a mother fun, ladies ?


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