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SmartKids Asia 2017

SmartKids Asia is back from 17 to 19 March 2017 at Singapore Expo Hall 6 for its sixth installation since it started in 2012. This year, SmartKids Asia partners The Straits Times Schools team to introduce two new additions to the educational event.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore, The Straits Times Young Storymakers Camp, will make its debut at SmartKids Asia. The two-day camp is built on the idea of bringing young explorers back in time, and into the shoes of a war reporter. Participants from ages 9 to 12 will get to walk through Singapore’s rich history, and learn news reporting techniques from The Straits Times journalists.

Also making its debut is The Straits Times Parenting Masterclasses – a two-day seminar for parents to learn and discuss parenting tips from experts such as Sha-En Yeo, a positive psychology coach and award-winning author. The News-in- Education specialists from The Straits Times Schools Team will also discuss how news stories are useful resources for imparting character education and English language skills to pupils.

In partnership with National Library Board, the event will unveil SmartKids Asia Storyland for the first time. For three days, this segment will showcase timeless classics in the form of theatrical plays and storytelling from Goldilocks & The Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood to Hansel & Gretel, and more.

Pororo Park Singapore, the Official Play Partner of SmartKids Asia 2017, will also be a part of SmartKids Asia Storyland presenting a rendition of Jack & The Beanstalk featuring its main character, Pororo The Penguin.

Organised by Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH), SmartKids Asia will take place on 17 – 19 March from Friday to Sunday at 10am – 9pm (17 – 19 March) and 10am – 8pm (19 March) at Singapore Expo, Hall 6.SKA.jpg

Visitors at SmartKids Asia 2017 can also look forward to the following activities:

1. Meet & Greet sessions

SmartKids Asia will bring forth two sets of popular characters: My Little Pony featuring Apple Jack, Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash; and Pororo & Friends featuring Pororo, Krong and Petty for three days of performances and Meet & Greet sessions.

2. Free Trial Classes

Three days of trial classes from educational and enrichment providers will happen from 10am to 8pm daily. The programmes are tailored for ages 2 – 12 years old, encompassing English, Maths, Science, technology, arts and more. Registration is available here.

3. Daily Stage Activities

A comprehensive set of stage segments from various exhibitors encompassing education, the arts and sports at SmartKids Asia.

4. SmartKids Asia Activity Area

The Activity Area will have hands-on activities specially crafted for parents and children ages 3 to 7. Parents can look forward to arts and crafts activities such as puppet-making, cake-pop making and printmaking from partners such as Playeum, and Spurbox.

5. Daily Lucky Draws with prizes worth more than $10,000

Visitors will be entitled to one chance in the lucky draw with every receipt of purchase. Happening daily at 7.30pm, $10,000 worth of prizes will include a family suite at Amara Sanctuary Resort worth $2,800, family passes to Bounce Singapore and many more.

6. Goodie Bag Giveaway (Worth up to $50)

With a total of 1,500 goodie bags to be given away, registrants are to redeem the Goodie Bags at the event from 10am onwards. Participants can reserve a goodie bag through pre-registration on SmartKids Asia Facebook page or be the first 200 to queue at the door.

7. SmartKids Asia’s Fun Passport

The Fun Passport is an interactive activity for children of all ages. Participants are to complete activities from different pit stops held at various booths. Completion of the Fun Passport entitles one to spin the prize wheel with exclusive prizes up for grabs.

8. SmartKids Asia Talent Time

As a new stage segment, Talent Time is open to children from all walks of life to display skills and talents in the areas of dancing, singing, and playing an instrument for the coveted title of SmartKids Asia Talent Time champion. The top participants will walk away with prizes worth more than $1,000 in total. Registration is available here.

9. SmartKids Asia Art Contest

In partnership with The Dim Sum Place, a new F&B joint by the creators of The Ramen Stall, the art competition caters to children ages 9 – 12 to showcase their creativity at SmartKids Asia. The top 10 winners will walk away with retail vouchers from The Dim Sum Place worth more than $500 and more. Registration is available here.

10. Stabilo Junior Colouring Contest

SmartKids Asia and Stabilo is introducing a Colouring Contest for children in the younger age group of 5 to 8 years old. Happening on all three days, the winners of the contest will walk away with prizes worth more than $500 in total. Registration is available here.

11. SmartKids Village

In collaboration with partners such as MARIGOLD UHT Milk, the SmartKids Village offers complimentary snacks and drinks to children of all ages. The complimentary foods will be available at varying timeslots throughout the day. Limited quantities will be available each day.

For more information on the latest updates and event highlights, visit www.smartkidsasia.com or www.facebook.com/smartkidsasia.

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[Sponsored Review] Haenim 7S Bluetooth Breastpump

There are now more and more breastpumps in the market. Which one to choose and what makes each one unique? We got to try the Haenim 7S breastpump and I find it very suitable especially for exclusively pumping mummies due to the functions and compatibility with the Haenim 7S Breastpump App.

Haenim 7S is the world’s first BLUETOOTH Breast Pump! This means that the pump can be controlled on your phone, via bluetooth, using the Haenim 7S App! The App can

(a) Save your fave controls and it will run automatically!
(b) Records pump session details like date/time, duration.
(c) You can input the volume expressed at each session!
(d) Graph to help you monitor your expression volume.
(e) Set reminders/alarms for your next pump session!

These were the items that came in the box. Breastpump, flanges, flange covers, silicon flange pads, milk bottles, valves, timings, power plug, instruction manual and a warranty card.

I was very happy that it came with 3 sizes of flanges 24/28/32mm so you could pick one that was a best fit.

I also liked that the flanges came with silicon cushions so it was more comfortable against the breast during pumping. Another major plus point was that the bottles are 200ml bottles which were perfect for me especially when I’m engorged! I won’t need to pause pumping to switch bottles anymore!

This picture shows how to connect all the parts and tubings. Initially I had not known how to connect as it was different from my current breastpump. However it was really simple to fit everything together.

In case you only wanted to do single pumping, you can also remove one tubing  from the pump and cap it up.

I tried out using the app to control the pump. It was very simple. Using the app, I could toggle between 9 different strengths for massage mode and pumping mode. You could also enter your name (I keyed in “mummy”) to customise and personalise your pump settings and for recording purposes. Yes, you can also use the pump by itself without the app. However, the app will have the timing for the pump session, which the pump set itself doesn’t have.

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After you stop the pump, you will see this summary of the pump session (I am lazy so I usually skip the massage session as you can tell from the summary) It showed that I have pumped for 11 minutes and 9 seconds and I can also enter the volume that I have collect for each breast.

All the pump info will be stored and you can view them later on at the Stats page. As I latch most of the time, I only pump once a day. This chart shows my pump data over 3 days. It shows how long I have pumped for, and how much was my yield each day. I can also toggle to see the statistics for each day, or even for each month.

Usually the question asked when buying a new pump would be “Can it clear your breasts?”. Well for mine, I think they cleared well enough, and efficiently too. That said, clearing well and efficiently has many factors. One of which is whether you have used the correct flange size.

If you are interested in the pump, you can purchase it from the below link:
TLO will also be at the upcoming baby fair in April at Expo.
Here’s also a $100 off discount code for you to use to purchase the breastpump from TLO. Code: BEAUTIFULCHAOS
T&C for discount code:
(1) For use at www.TLO.com.sg only.
(2) Valid till 31 May 2017 only.
(3) $100 off Haenim 7S Bluetooth Breast Pump only.
Disclosure: This is sponsored collaboration between Thelittleonesinmylife and Beautiful Chaos. We received the Haenim 7S Bluetooth Breastpump for review purposes. All photographs and opinions are my own.
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Natal Kitchen Confinement Tingkat Review

My #3 was due in early January and the confinement nanny could only work until 21st Jan due to CNY. I thus decided to find a Confinement Tingkat company to order from so at least I can have Confinement food for a longer period of time. That was when Natal Kitchen offered me their single/dual meal plans for Confinement!

Of course I had a trial meal with them first. You can read about my trial meal experience HERE.

Natal Kitchen’s Confinement tingkat comes in a warmer bag. Food is warm when they arrive but if I choose to have it later, it is also very easy to warm up in the microwave. For a month, my food arrived  usually about 11-11:30am. Occasionally earlier and occasionally later, but never before 10:30am and never after 12nn. That was good as I usually take my lunch about 11:30am-12nn.

Each meal comes with 2 bowls of longan red date tea. And Friday meals include a dessert as well. I like it that their longan red date tea just right. Not too sweet and definitely not dilute.


The variety of the foods served everyday is vast. There are hardly any repeats! You will not get sick of the food. There is one particular dish I really loved but it never repeated!

The soups are flavourful and full of ingredients. You can see ginseng in some of the pictures below too!

Natal Kitchen offer trial meals before you order the whole package.

Quote: TNKJOY for the following discounts and free gifts!

21 / 28days single meal: $50 discount + 1x 1.8L La Gourmet food jar free
21 / 28days double meal: $80 discount + 1x 2L La Gourmet thermal cooker free

Wishing you a smooth labour and a good confinement ahead! 🙂

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Playtime! – Rochee the Friendliest Cockcroach

Esplanade Presents PLAYtime often Organised highly subsidised plays that are suitable for children. We first watched “The Bird who was Afraid of Heights” and instantly fell in love with PLAYtime plays for kids! 

This time, we were invited to watch Rochee the Friendliest Cockroach! 


The show was just as interactive as expected, which was the main reason we fell in love with their productions. Kids are not required to always sit down still and keep quiet. They will have tasks to do and will be involved in the play itself. 

The setting of the stage is different from the usual. We will sit on the floor in clusters and action could be ANYWHERE in the room! 

Before the show, we were taught some dance steps so we could be part of the play later on! 


Rochee the cockroach starts the show by singing and inviting us to sing along with it. 


As you can see in the photo below, we were sitting at the right back cluster and could still have full view of the front (photo below) and back (photo above). The play requires you to look to the left sometimes, and right sometimes. The cast is always moving around and this keeps the little children engaged. 


During another interactive portion, the  kids were all required to pick up the blue balls that rolled out from the sides of the room into a large container. (What did this represent you may ask? Watch the play to find out!)


This required everyone to get off their feet to complete the task. 🙂


And the same thing happened when we all had to stand up to move around. Was the cockroach dancing? What was everyone doing? 


All in all, my Son (turning 4) was very engaged by the show whilst my Daughter (just turned 2 yesterday) was a bit afraid and so she did not want to participate in the action. It was fine too. You could just sit there as well. 🙂 It is of course not expected that all the children will participate. Parents will know that it all depends on the child’s mood on that day. 


Rochee the Friendliest Cockroach will be running at the Esplanade until 05 March 2017. Tickets are at $20 each and you can purchase them here. Sensory-friendly performances are available too!


Follow them on their Facebook page for more information and updates on other plays. 


This was us at the play. :). Hope you enjoy the show too! 

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Meiji Run 2017

Meiji Run 2017 is coming! The World’s Most Delicious Race, is back to bring you more fun and healthy activities in a full-day event! There will be a 800m Kids Dash, 5km Fun Run, 10km Competitive Cash-back run and Meiji Yoga. Meiji Run features delicious snacks and drinks. Finishers from both the 5km/10km run categories will receive delicious treats in the Meiji Snack Hamper (worth $20) and the customary Finisher medal when they complete their run. There will also be a Mini Japanese F&B Fair, Movie Screening & Other Fringe Activities on the day itself.

Date: 20th May 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Sentosa (Palawan Green)
Early Bird Tickets (Before 14th April 2017):
5km Fun Run – $45/Pax
10km Competitive Cashback Run – $55/Pax
800m Kids Dash – $35.90/Pax

Get 5% off by using this code: MEIJIXBEAUTIFULCHAOS

For more details and for registration, visitwww.meijirun.sg today!

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Earn Cashback when you shop at Honestbee with ShopBack

We were invited to try out and review ShopBack and here is our experience with them!

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What is Shopback? ShopBack is the region’s top cashback website. When you spend online through ShopBack, we are given a portion of our purchase back as Cashback, in cash!This means extra, unlimited savings whenever we shop online! Perfect for an aunty like me, who always seeks for cheapest deals around!

Here’s a youtube video to see how Shopback works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiefeRdoKwk

Online Shopping

To start off, you will have to register for an account at Shopback. Click HERE to sign up and get a $5 cash immediately, and another $5 cashback on top of your cashback for your first purchase! Free $10 just to sign up and buy something!

Shopback is really useful when you are doing online shopping. There is cashback when you buy groceries from Honestbee, buy clothes for your children from Carters, buy various items from marketplaces like AliExpress, or book hotels for a holiday from Booking.com. All you have to do is go to these websites via the links given after you log into your Shopback account, purchase the items, and the Cashback will be automatically credited into your Shopback account!

To view more stores and products that are related to Mothers and children, you can look at the section for Kids, Babies and Mothers.

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Coupons

Not only Shopback gives you cashback, they also give discount codes for many of the online shopping websites. An example is that you can buy tickets with Expedia discount codes.

So remember, all you have to do is register for an account at Shopback. Sign up and get a $5 cash immediately, and another $5 cashback on top of your cashback for your first purchase! Free $10 just to sign up and buy something!

Have fun shopping! 🙂

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