September 12th, 2014

Toddler Eats: Chicken fingers

I haven’t shared much on what the kid eats and there is a huge reason for that.

For eight months, the kid never ate more than two tablespoons of food. I know, what more is this girl hiding up her sleeves? She doesn’t like to sleep and she doesn’t like to eat. It was frustrating during that eight months. I’ve cooked and prepared all sorts for her. From purée to rice to noodles to baby led weaning to self feeding but nothing interest her enough to eat more than two tablespoons. On really very good days and as rare as a blue moon, she does eat more than two tablespoons.

Ever since we arrived in Sydney, her appetite has increased and I am glad that she’s eating more, definitely more than two tablespoons! It does help now that I have an open kitchen and can watch after her and cook so I have been making nicer food other than just steaming and frying.

For the longest time, she was never interested in what we eat. Whenever we have something edible in our hands, she really couldn’t be bothered but now, she pleads for a bite. It’s a little bit difficult when you are bingeing on unhealthy snacks. Usually I eat my chips over the counter much to the amusement of my neighbours, I am sure!

So enough of how pathetic and frustrating my last eight months of trying to feed the kid. Today, I am gonna share something the kid does like to eat.

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This is a really easy dish to make and not very messy with the kid. You get your proteins and vitamins in a go with the chicken, egg and spinach. You can add in more ingredients like more veggies but I am still experimenting with the kid in terms of taste so I’ve decided to keep it simple.

Since it was those three ingredients, I quickly pan fried the corns and peas for her to eat with since I knew she eats that well.

I did throw in a bunch of crushed Weetbix for taste and added crunch as well as added nutrients.

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There are several types of Weetbix out there so I was looking for one with lower sodium and came upon the kids version with minimal salt and sugar. Works perfectly!

I am a wing it kind of person when it comes to cooking and never really believed in proper measurements except when it comes to baking. I like a little adventure in the kitchen! So come along, wing it with me!

Chicken Fingers

Chicken Fingers
Easy peasy chicken fingers that you can change any way you like by adding more ingredients or cutting down some! Either way, it's a great way to make sure the kid eats! This is great as just normal lunch at home or for a picnic. It's little to no mess at all making it a great take away meal when going out.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. Chicken mince (or any meat you want)
  2. 1/2 - 1 egg (depending on how much chicken mince you use)
  3. 1/2 - 1 tbsp tomato paste
  4. 1/2 tbsp of honey (no honey for kids below the age of one)
  5. a bunch of crushed Weetbix (optional)
  6. chopped spinach (or any veggie you want)
Instructions
  1. 1. Mix all the ingredients except for the egg together in a bowl.
  2. 2. Crack the egg in a separate bowl. Depending on how much you have in the bowl, put in half an egg of the whole egg in. The egg binds all the ingredients together. It also creates a softer tecture to the chicken fingers so if your kid does now like a harder texture, you can put in more egg.
  3. 3. Heat up a frying pan with enough oil to just coat it.
  4. 4. Take a tablespoon of the mixture and put in it in frying pan, flattening it to whatever shape you want. I find that making my chicken fingers in an oblong shape gives the kid a bit of space to hold it.
  5. 5. Once it's cooked, put it on a plate and let it cool down before letting your kid munch on it!
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September 1st, 2014

iHerb purchase

My latest iHerb purchase! Most of them, a necessity. Yes, of course that Real Techniques Stippling brush is a necessity. What are you talking about? :)

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Makeup brush aside, my main aim of this purchase was to get my essential oils. I am a big fan of pure essential oils. Not that nonsense “scented essential oils” you get from the carts at the shopping malls. Those are not good and are absolute crap. More often than not, those gave me a headache than to soothe me because of it’s artificial scent.

But before you call me a snob, these 100% pure essential oils are affordable! I used to think these stuff would burn a hole in my pocket. I once got a bottle of peppermint essential oil from a store in Parkson for RM60 for a 30ml bottle and then I didn’t know how to use it.

So when I looked around in iHerb, I was happy that these were affordable. Here is a breakdown of the price per bottle.

Now Foods, Lavender, 1 fl oz (30 ml) = AUD$7.63 (RM22.50)
Now Foods, Orange, 4 fl oz (118 ml) = AUD$6.87 (RM20.26)
21st Century Health Care, Tea Tree Oil, 2 fl oz (60 ml) = AUD$7.80 (RM23)
Now Foods, Sleep Blend, Peaceful Sleep, 1 fl oz (30 ml) = AUD$9.93 (RM29.29)

So what do I use it for? Oh, well, I dunno. Make some magic potion in hopes that the girl will sleep? But no, really. I do hope I can get some mixture that’s right for her to help her unwind and relax so she can sleep.through.the.night!

But no luck yet! I am hoping that sleep essential oil mix I got might do the trick. I dropped about 7-8 to my humidifier and she’s now sleeping. We’ll how long this will last. :)

I usually like doing my own mix of anti-bacterial spray so I know it’s safe especially with the kid now that she’s so mobile.

Orange and tea tree oil are both known for it’s anti-bacterial properties. I love the smell of the orange but needed a little getting used to with the tea tree oil. Tea tree oil can be used direct on cuts like Dettol except the great thing is, this is pure.

Of course, other than just using it for cleaning sprays, I used this to help freshen up the air. Drop a couple of drops of oil into a cup of baking soda and you have a natural air freshener.

I have yet to try this but you can also do a mix of baking soda and essential oils, sprinkle it on your carpet and leave it for a few minutes. Then vacuum like normal. Since our apartment is now fully carpeted, this is a good chance for me to try this out.

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I also couldn’t resist getting the Harney & Sons Chocolate Mint tea. There are so many great reviews about it that I just had to try. At first whiff, the smell is……ooohhh goodness gracious awesome! So, I had to make a cup. Just had to.

I used our Vittoria plunger that we got at a garage sale for $5 to steep the tea leaves.

It wasn’t as chocolatey as I thought it would be. The mint is definitely there with a hint of chocolate. Maybe I needed to put a little less water….or more leaves but I would definitely try it again. If you are interested, the tea is priced at $6.50 (RM20).

When purchasing stuff iHerb, check out their specials. I got the Aubrey hair conditioner for only AUD$1. Yes, you read that right. And I also got the pack of St. Dalfours three sample pack for AUD$0.25.

Uh huh, you read that right too!

Some things are cheaper if you get them here but majority of the things you see in iHerb are much much cheaper even with DHL shipping. The Real Techniques brush is retailed at AUD$19.90 here at Priceline. Even on special, it’s AUD$15.90. I bought this for AUD$10 from iHerb. So that’s a steal if you ask me!

I ordered this on Thursday and received this on Monday. Talk about a happy camper because I was anxious to get my oils. The house could use a little freshening up! :)

If you are interested in purchasing from iHerb and you are a new customer, you can always use my code, SGT490 to get $10 off your first purchase for total purchase of $40 or $5 off for total purchase of $39 and below.

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Do you have any other ideas with what I can do with my essential oils? Email me or comment below! Happy shopping!

August 29th, 2014

We are here!

Greetings from the land down under!

We have moved from the comfy comforts of our home in Malaysia to the adventurous city of Sydney! The three of us are happily settling down here but still getting accustomed to the chilly weather. The internet is still not set up, which explains the lack of updates on the blog or anywhere else but it should be up soon.

The apartment is slowly coming together. Our shipment haven’t arrived yet so we were eating our food off borrowed plates! We have, since moving into the apartment, gotten ourselves a couple of Jamie Oliver plates from Woolies. :)

And nothing like kitchen and houseware shopping in Victoria’s Basement! Oh, the joy! I could spend hours there!

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We have gotten ourselves a couple of cool kitchen items but I’ll share them in another post!

The kid is adjusting well although the teething phase is a pain for all of us. One night, she woke up every hour leaving the hubs and I terribly tired throughout the day.

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We have been out and about getting stuff for our apartment and gumtree is currently our favourite website. We’ve managed to get a couple of deals on some of the furnitures from gumtree! We highly recommend looking through gumtree before heading out to ikea. You’d be surprise at how much you can save.

It’s pretty much raining here almost everyday but on some days when it was sunny, I managed to take the kid to the park. Because the people here generally leave birds to themselves, the birds here are so friendly, they come right up to you. The kid got to see birds up close and was pretty much excited giving tiny squeals here and there.

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And the parks here are so clean!

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And I feel a lot safer bringing the kid out alone here than I would in Malaysia.

We haven’t been to the park for almost a week now so the poor girl is pretty much restless. Still, she has a lot of fun climbing up and down our new couch. It’s like her mini jungle gym.

After the first 48 hours of rain, these two beautiful rainbows peeked out from the sky. It was an amazing sight! I got to see the start of the rainbow from one window and the end from another window right where I was standing in the kitchen. And this is the first time I got to see a full rainbow! Double full rainbow! Talk about a sight to behold!

And so I shall leave you with these two rainbows and here’s a little prayer that your days will be filled with rainbows of all sorts!

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June 30th, 2014

Hiatus? All for something BIG to reveal!

Oh my! It looks like I have abandoned my blog for three whole months!

I promise it’s all for a good reason buuuttt here is the gist of it; WE ARE MOVING! I won’t tell you where yet so you will just have to stay tuned and watch this space for updates!

Packing has gone relatively slow at first and now going into 5th gear. Initially, the kid was unpacking everything (hahaha) but now that my parents are here to look after her while we pack, things are much easier. The house is also in an absolute mess! Dust everywhere and boxes all over! But all in good time, the house will be empty. :( We love this place so much, it will be hard to move away.

So, do come back for more updates! I promise you more adventure at our new place. :) I hope the kid will love it.

April 9th, 2014

Homemade gourmet pizza

If you hadn’t noticed, we bought a breadmaker. Not just any breadmaker. It’s the Tesco breadmaker which has gotten everyone running to the nearest Tesco. The one that is sold out nationwide. Tesco is probably wondering what on earth is going on?

All thanks to a forum.

I bought mine right before the frenzy and have been making bread non-stop. It’s fun to experiment with different textures and with different recipes but our favourite has got to be the famous tangzhong method that kept our bread soft for three days!

Today, however, I want to share with you our very own homemade gourmet pizza. Life of bread making is so easy with a breadmaker. What were we doing ordering pizzas before this?! We should have done this on our own a long time ago!

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I followed the recipe from Alex Guarnaschelli of the Food Network. It’s pretty simple and straight forward. I’ve modified the instructions to cater for use of a breadmaker.

We made our favourite Tuna Mayo Pizza. It is absolutely easy to make. Just mix a can of tuna with mayo then spread it over the top. We ended up not using the whole can because we didn’t want to overload it. Then we topped it off with pineapples, onions, red and yellow bell peppers.

And cheese. Cheese deserves a special mention for pizzas because to me, that’s the very essence of a pizza! Oh mama….

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The other pizza we made was beef pepperoni. We bought beef pepperoni from Cold Storage so we put that on a dough that has a tomato paste spread on it, then topped it off with pineapples, green and yellow bell peppers, black olives and onions.

And cheese. Oh boy. Salivating now.

We also topped both pizzas with rockets. With the tuna pizza, I put the rockets on the pizza when it has another five minutes to go. With the beef pepperoni, I put it when I took out the pizza. 

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I made a batch of the dough and it makes about four medium sized pizzas, depending how thin you want it. I am all about thin crust. That’s the only way I roll.

I wrapped the other two dough in cling wrap then stored it in a ziplock bag in the freezer. We used the dough two days later and it was still fresh. In fact, this pizza pictured here was from the freezer dough!

So the next time you think of ordering pizzas, try making some at home! You can even make small pizzas for the kids so they can put their own toppings. I made a pumpkin pizza for the kid and she ate about two slices. I am a happy mummy of a fussy kid that day!

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So here you go! Start making your homemade gourmet pizza!

Homemade Pizza Dough
Yields 4
Made with Tesco Breadmaker BM10
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr 50 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
2 hr 50 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  2. 1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees F)
  3. 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for rolling dough
  4. 2 teaspoons kosher salt (I used normal salt)
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  6. 1 scant tablespoon honey
  7. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. 1. Mix warm water and yeast in the BM pan. Stir to combine then leave for 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Put the rest of the ingredients (minus olive oil) into the mixture then use function no 8.
  3. 3. Once the dough is ready, punch the dough down the turn it over onto a lightly floured surface.
  4. 4. Give it a quick knead (abt 3-4 times) then divide dough to 4 quarters. I usually use two and keep two in the freezer. Just wrap it with cling wrap first then pop it into a ziplock bag. When you want to use it, bring it down to the fridge to thaw.
  5. 5. Roll it to your desired thickness. Mine is thin crust so I rolled it as thin as I could.
  6. 6. Transfer your dough on a baking sheet on your baking pan. Brush the bread surface with olive oil before putting your topping. This is so that your bread isn't soggy.
  7. 7. Bake in a pre heated oven of 200 C until bread is slightly brown and cheese is melted. About 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on it.
Adapted from Alex Guarnaschelli
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March 19th, 2014

Honey Wholegrain Oatmeal Bread

Honey Wholegrain Oatmeal Bread

Man, that was a mouthful! If I had wanted to be precise, it would have been Honey Wholegrain (9 Blends ) Oatmeal Bread, but I won’t. Let’s keep it simple!

When I first saw this on Brown Eyed Baker, I told myself I’ve got to make this. This just sounds so good and I am a sucker for beautiful food pictures. I like to judge food by its packaging. :)

Honey Wholegrain Oatmeal Bread

This is the perfect bread to eat all on its own. Just lightly toast it and man, that hint of honey is absolutely amazing!

The hubs has a tub of rolled oats mixed with nine blends of whole grains so I decided to use that instead of just plain oats. You can get organic rolled oats in supermarkets or organic shops but I just used the ones we bought from Bake With Yen. For honey, I used New Zealand Manuka Honey.

I used my breadmaker to do everything because it’s the easiest especially when you have a high needs kid at your heels. The only time consuming bit (which is actually hardly time consuming) is soaking the oats in honey and warm water and measuring everything but believe me, this bread is worth all that time.

After baking a batch, I let it cool down then store all the slices into a ziplock bag and into the fridge it goes! When you want some bread, take some out and toast it. I usually have mine with a bit of butter.

Oh man, I am salivating already.

Are you salivating yet? I won’t hold you on for much longer. So, here is the recipe! Go on, go make some!

Honey Wholegrain Oatmeal Bread

Honey Wholegrain Oatmeal Bread
makes one 700gm loaf
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Total Time
3 hr 32 min
Total Time
3 hr 32 min
Ingredients
  1. 1¼ cups (10 ounces) boiling water
  2. 1 cup (3½ ounces) old-fashioned rolled oats (I used a mixture of oats and grains)
  3. 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces
  4. 1½ teaspoons salt
  5. ¼ cup (3 ounces) honey
  6. 1 cup (4 ounces) whole wheat flour
  7. 1-2/3 cups (7 ounces) all-purpose flour
  8. ¼ cup (1 ounce) nonfat dry milk
  9. 2 teaspoons instant yeast
Instructions
  1. 1. Place the boiling water, oats, butter, salt and honey into a medium bowl, stir, and let the mixture cool to lukewarm.
  2. 2. Mix the remaining dough ingredients with the oat mixture, and knead - by hand, mixer or bread machine - until you've made a soft, smooth dough. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover it, and let it rise for 1 hour; the dough should be doubled in bulk.
  3. 3. Lightly grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Gently deflate the dough - it'll be sticky, so oil your hands - and shape it into a 9-inch log. Place it in the prepared pan. Cover it gently with lightly greased plastic wrap, and allow it to rise until it has crowned 1½ inches over the rim of the pan, about 1 to 1½ hours. Near the end of the bread's rising time, preheat the oven to 175 degrees C.
  4. 4. Uncover and bake the bread for about 45 minutes, tenting it with foil after 20 minutes to prevent over-browning. The bread is done when it's golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 87 degrees C. Remove it from the oven, and after a minute or so turn it out onto a rack. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with additional oats. Cool the bread completely before cutting it.
Tesco BM10 breadmaker settings
  1. - Wholewheat (number 3)
  2. - Dark crust
  3. - 700gm size
Adapted from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking
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March 11th, 2014

Review (baby): Paediatricians

**Disclaimer**
This post is written based solely on our experiences with the said paediatricians. At no point were we paid to write about them.

Getting a good paediatrician is equally as important as getting a good gynaecologist for a first time parent. As first time parents, we are only equip with information but no experience so we are easily swayed by what professionals tells us.

In the span of D’s first three months, we’ve visited four paediatricians; three in Selangor and one in Taiping. We went for our first appointment with D’s first paediatrician, Dr Chye Joon Kin from Sunway Medical Centre. He was the available paed when D was born so we thought we’d see him one last time before switching paeds.

You can tell that Dr Chye is experienced. I guess the thing with first time parents is that they’ve never really seen paeds at work so when they expertly turn a newborn all over so easily, we are simply at awe.

He did asked me if I was planning to breastfeed or feed D formula milk to which I replied that I will be breastfeeding. He nodded and said ok but that I needed to top up with formula milk if my milk isn’t in yet.

We went for her check up on day 4. We waited so long for our turn and when it was finally our turn, it was about time for D’s feed. We decided to just get on with the check up and then I’ll feed her right after.

What irked me most about this doctor was his response when he was checking her. Once he carried her, she cried. He said she was yellow and he wanted to take a blood sample to get her jaundice readings. As he pricked her with the needle, she screamed bloody murder, as I think any baby would. Upon the screaming, he said that we were dehydrating and starving our baby.

What? I kid you not, he said that. And then he said it again, “You have to top up with formula.”

I was pissed and so was the husband. Right after we were done, the nurse asked us if we would some formula milk to which we curtly said no.

Needless to say, it was the last we saw of Dr Chye but definitely not the last we heard from him. Two hours after our check up, he called to say we needed to admit D into the hospital because her jaundice reading was borderline high. So, as parents, we were naturally concerned. We told him we will call him back so we did some checking and calls before contacting him. When the husband finally called him, he asked the doctor if he could spare some time and ask some questions. The Dr replied and said, “Five minutes.” The husband asked all we wanted to ask, put down the phone and we never called him back ever again.

I thought paediatricians are supposed to be nice and gentle. I can understand them advising to feed formula milk but the attitude this Dr gave us was just too appalling.

Upon a recommendation of a friend, we booked an appointment with Dr Lim Suan Tin from Assunta the same day. Dr Lim is the complete opposite of Dr Chye. She was nice, gentle, very informative and patient. We told her everything and she took her time to check D. With so many years of experience, she took a look at D and gave an estimate of what the jaundice reading is and she hit the nail on the head.

She also advised us to give D phototherapy but suggested for us to do it at home instead because

  1. I am breastfeeding. It was easier for me to breastfeed anytime I wanted in the comforts of my own home.
  2. Cheaper because I didn’t have to book a room and have additional costs on top of the phototherapy charges.
  3. Everyone is comfortable.

Upon hearing that I am breastfeeding, she was immediately very supportive and said that we should opt to do the phototherapy at home which we did and was extremely grateful for that. More on home phototherapy in another post.

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We returned on Monday after having done the phototherapy for almost 72 hours. D looked better and Dr Lim confirmed it without having to take blood. The readings definitely dropped so we were happy and started making arrangements to go back to Taiping for the rest of my confinement.

After a day in Taiping, we thought D looked a little yellower than the day before and off we went to see Dr Puah Chang Hua, a paed in KPJ Taiping. My nephew has seen him before and my parents and sister were ok with him.

We, on the other hand, felt differently. First of all, he took FOREVER to get blood from D. Dr Chye, despite the attitude, was actually very good at what he does. Dr Chye managed to draw blood within seconds whereas Dr Puah took minutes to draw blood. D was crying and crying because the Dr was poking her and twisting the needle over and over again. When he couldn’t draw blood on one hand, he tried on the other and did the same thing and he still couldn’t draw blood! Finally, we went for the leg and thank God, managed to draw blood because at that point, I was already next to D consoling her because she was crying so much. I think it took 15 minutes for him to draw blood. I am not even kidding here. The he said that we needed to feed her water because her blood is too thick.

Her reading was high but did not need another session of phototheraphy so all we did was sun her in the morning as much as we could and her yellowness dropped in a few days. Thank goodness!

Back in KL, we decided to visit Dr Koe Swee Lee who runs her own clinic in OUG. More here.

What’s great with Dr Koe is that she’s a lactation consultant as well so I finally had the latching corrected and after that visit, D was feeding much better. Dr Koe is ok. She takes her time with each patient, very gentle towards the kids and encourages breastfeeding. There is not a single formula milk sachet in the clinic. This we know for a fact because a rep from a formula milk company came in wanting to talk about having formula milk sachets in the clinic and the nurse gently turned her away.

Among all the paeds we have visited, there is no surprise that we narrowed it to two; Dr Lim and Dr Koe. We are still sending D to Dr Koe because the clinic is nearer to our house. Both are gentle but both take a LONG time with each patient so be prepared to wait if you aren’t the first few. Both are breastfeeding friendly doctors so if you are new and breastfeeding, I highly recommend them.

Phew. This is a mighty long post. I had wanted to just do a comparison but thought it might be better to be a bit lengthy and go into details so you can understand our frustration with doctors that we had problems with.

As always, I’d encourage you to visit any doctors you have intentions to visit to see for yourself if you like the doctor. Please do not let anyone make that decision for you. All the best!

March 7th, 2014

Review (baby): Flip cloth diapers

Flip cloth diapers ratingWe were given Flip cloth diapers as a gift from the company when the kid was born. It was one of cloth diapers on my list to try, but honestly, this was a disappointment. For the price, I think there are better cloth diapers out there compared to this.

We received two different sets of Flip; a velcro set and a snap button set so we got to try both systems. Both sets came with an insert and a cover. The cover is plain and just by the looks of it, you know it dries really fast. A plus for travelling. The inserts are like any normal inserts but you can fold according to sizes based on your baby’s needs. There are slight indentations on the inserts to indicate the size so you can easily fold them. The inserts consists of three layer microfibres with a stay-dry suede on one side.

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I am not a big fan of the velcro on this cloth diaper. For one, the velcro at the back (as shown in the picture above) is uncomfortable for the kid because it comes in contact with the skin. The velcro itself is also quite rough. I also expected a better velcro system for the price I am paying. At four months old, the kid could open up the velcro herself.

I found that these easily leaked barely into two hours of usage. The inserts don’t stay on nicely to protect from leakage so I was quite disappointed.

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I love the white coloured diaper. We got this with snap buttons and these were definitely much better than the ones with velcro. The buttons fasten quite securely so the kid could not open it.

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However, this proved to be a disappointment too. After using this for about four months, I noticed that there were black spots appearing on the material where the snap buttons are. This was rather shocking because I never had this problem with any of my white/cream coloured diapers. I am not sure what could be the cause of this or how I can get them removed. If you know why or how, please let me know!

I never go more than two days before I wash the diapers. Usually with covers like this one, I do a pre-wash and hang them to dry.

Overall, I didn’t quite like the Flip cloth diapers. If I were to compare it with another similar one, I would compare this to Weegro. You can get the same type of hybrid system with Weegro for a fraction of the price. In fact, the Weegro worked much better for me than Flip.

That said, I would definitely not buy Flip again even if I have the budget for it because it didn’t work for my kid and I.

If you would like to try Flip cloth diapers yourself, you can get them from:

  • *DISCLAIMER*
    The product review is written based on my own experience. At no point was I paid to review this nor was I given the cloth diapers in exchange for a review. These cloth diapers were given to me as a gift from the company.

  • February 25th, 2014

    Things that makes you smile

    Arthur and Sherina's engagement photoshoot

    It’s photos like these that makes you smile. I love coming across spontaneous shots like these when editing. Makes it even more exciting to edit. :)

    February 24th, 2014

    Double chocolate chip cookies

    Oh yummy! This has got to be the yummiest, most awesome, melt-in-your-mouth double chocolate chip cookies EVER. This will definitely be the cookies I will bake from time to time. It’s simple and easy to make.

    Double chocolate chip cookies

    Before I was pregnant, I stayed away from Famous Amos like it was a plague. I couldn’t stand the smell and I couldn’t stand the taste of its cookies. It was too rich and too sweet! *gasp* When I told people I hated Famous Amos, they usually gasp, followed by, “How can?!” It wasn’t just Famous Amos, it was chocolates in general. I just don’t fancy it.

    Then everything changed after I delivered the kid. It was like I couldn’t get enough of chocolates! I am eating them and buying them and the other day, I just couldn’t help but asked the hubby if I could buy some Famous Amos cookies! I mean from staying away from it to, “Oh my goodness! I need to have those double chocolate chip cookies!”. Talk about a massive change. Pregnancy does things to you. :)

    So we bought a pack and unfortunately for the hubs, I devoured it in just a couple of days. I did try to stop myself but it’s just too good.

    So I decided to try to make some, after all, CNY was just around the corner. I came across this recipe and although she says hers came out all crunchy (like Famous Amos), mine came out slightly chewy with a hint of a crunch somewhere. I LOVE IT!

    So without further ado, here is the awesome recipe.

    Double chocolate chip cookies

     

    Double chocolate chip cookies
    Yields 48
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    Prep Time
    15 min
    Cook Time
    10 min
    Total Time
    45 min
    Prep Time
    15 min
    Cook Time
    10 min
    Total Time
    45 min
    Ingredients
    1. 1 cup butter, softened
    2. 1 cup white sugar
    3. ½ cup brown sugar
    4. 2 eggs
    5. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    6. 2 cups all-purpose flour
    7. ⅔ cup cocoa powder
    8. ¾ teaspoon baking soda
    9. ¼ teaspoon salt
    10. 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
    11. ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional. I used almonds)
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
    3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
    Adapted from Kathy
    Adapted from Kathy
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