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Newborn Photoshoot with Fion Boon Photography

[Sponsored Review + Discount + Giveaway!]

Fion Boon Photography is a husband and wife tag team who is certified and specialises in newborn and baby photography, doing shoots for babies up to 1 year old. Yes, that means the 1 year old cake smash as well!

What makes Fion Boon Photography stand out is that Fion has undergone an intensive course with Lorna Kirkby (a top newborn photographer in Melbourne) to learn all about handling newborns safely and doing newborn photography during her 3 years stay in Melbourne.

To read her full story, click HERE.

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We were honoured to have Fion Boon Photography to come by our place to do a shoot for our newborn, Bradley, when he was a mere 12 days old. The shoot started at 10am but they reached earlier (prearranged) to do the set up at 9:30am. Immediately they set about discussing which part of my living room (pardon the mess) had the most suitable natural light for the shoot. When it was decided, they started putting up the backdrop and getting ready for the shoot.

Fion was very hygienic and responsible about cleanliness. She would be the main person handling the baby during the photoshoot. She washed her hands with soap and water and even sanitised her hand before asking me to pass the baby over to her when I’m ready. Yes, she brought her own hand sanitizer! With that, she also has baby wipes prepared and a baby shusher which was really useful to calm baby during the shoot. She was ALL PREPARED!

I was amazed at how professional she was when handling baby. She was so good with the baby that I asked her how many children she had. And I was surprised that she had none (yet!) The intensive course and mentorship she had in Australia allowed her to learn all about handling newborns. She was so experienced and knew exactly how to soothe my baby, carry my baby, and even knew how to put my baby to sleep! So throughout the shoot, she was the one handling my baby. And only had to pass him back to me when it was time to feed.

Fion’s hubby, photography enthusiast Elmer was really gentle and patient towards baby as well.  I found out later on that he too underwent the course by Lorna Kirkby on newborn photography. (No wonder he was also very professional, like an experienced daddy!) On top of that, he also went for a 1 day seminar by another Australian award winning newborn photographer, Natalie Howe. However, Fion would usually be the one handling babies at the shoots. I think they would make really good, loving and patient parents 🙂

Though Fion was the main baby handler, both husband and wife were involved as photographers. They were both very friendly people and made the whole photoshoot experience a very pleasant one. They were patient, chatty, and most importantly very experienced with babies. I was surprised that my baby felt calm as well and managed to sleep through most of the shoot! (My 2 elder ones hardly slept in their newborn shoots)

On top of all these, I really love the props that they had. They all had a very natural and rustic look to it. Most of the props were bought from farms in Australia.

Just by looking at the shoot itself, I knew the photos were going to be great! It didn’t take long for Fion to send me the photos to view. (Her lead time is 1-2 weeks so parents can have the photos in time for their full-month party.) Look at this: He smiled for only 1 second and they managed to capture it!

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Fion Boon Photography offers a few price packages for you to choose from. Although specialising in newborn photography, they also offer photography packages for baby’s photoshoot up to 1 year old, and they do cake smash too! The shoots can be done at their home studio at Sengkang or at the comfort of your own home (only for newborn shoots) at an additional charge.

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To get a quotation and to reserve a slot for your baby, please contact them via email at smile@fionboon.com, or pm them on their facebook page. Just quote “BeautifulChaos” to get a $50 discount off package prices. Alternatively, you can sign up as a group of 3 or more mummies, and each will get an individual discount of $60 per package selected.

Time for a giveaway! Giveaway will close on 3rd Feb 2017 12nn. Check out our instagram account for more chances at the giveaway too!

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[Review+Giveaway] EZPZ Happy Mat

So when I first heard of the EZPZ Mat from my fellow mummy group friends, I was really skeptical. After all, with 2 kids now and a 3rd on the way, I have tried out various brands of suction bowls and toys, and NONE will stick to the surface if the kid tries to pull it off. And pull if off they will, with the force they have to apply to pull the suction off, the food goes projectile onto themselves and everywhere else. So no, no suction bowls for me anymore. Maybe when they are below 12 months old? But none after.

Thanks to Mumspick, who is the exclusive distributor of EZPZ in Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia, we received a EZPZ Happy Mat to try out. And I was certainly impressed!


The EZPZ Happy Mat is an all-in-one placemat + plate made from high quality silicone that captures your kids’ mess. It suctions directly to the table, making it difficult for tiny hands to tip over. At a height of 1 inch, the bowl is perfect for a variety of foods. The mat is made from FDA approved 100% silicone; BPA, PVC, lead and phthalate free and designed for infants and toddlers above 6 months old. The EZPZ series is easy to clean with warm soapy water (silicone doesn’t support the growth of fungus, mold or bacteria), dishwasher and microwave safe (WOW!), and built to last (silicone doesn’t corrode or deteriorate).


When my helper first served my 22 month old her dinner in the EZPZ Happy Mat, she was so excited she started eating her rice which is something she doesn’t usually do!


With the height of the plate being about 1inch, she is able to scoop up the rice easily. Unlike the usual plates with compartments, it is not easy to scoop up things.

After her rice she moved on happily to her egg and brocolli. (yes, she eats meat as well but we feed her fish/chicken/pork directly.)

If you noticed, the mat is actually larger than the ikea high chair table. You might want to try happy bowl or mini mat for it to fit better. Alternatively you can just remove the Ikea high chair tray and push the table nearer to the table, so the child eats from the table as well, together with the parents. Anyhow, it does not affect the movement of the placement. it is still JUST AS DIFFICULT to move it. She is unable to pluck the plate from the table. She is unable to shift it left/right (I can’t either). She needs help to move it away from her before she starts on her next course of dinner, soup.

So what makes it so difficult to move the mat? It doesn’t have suction cups at the bottom of the mat. It is just made of very good antislip material. As you can see in the picture below, it is slightly glossy. And this glossy silicon practically STICKS to any table surface.

To add on to that, the sides are tapered. Which means I have to use my fingertips to pry the mat off the surface. Habit makes me want to shift the plate sometimes, but it is impossible to do so and I have to pluck off the mat to move it somewhere else. If an adult has to do that, imagine how stable it is for the kids to use it! 🙂

Mumspick sells the EZPZ Mat series in many colours, eg. Coral, Lime, Blue, Grey, Pink, and their latest limited edition Berry. You can browse their collection here.

One thing to take note of though. There are many counterfeit, fake EZPZ products in the world. EZPZ works hard to maintain the highest and most rigorous standards for safety, non-toxic materials and quality. If you do not see the EZPZ brand name, there is a high chance the product is sourced from another manufacturer. This manufaturer may not be compliant with regulatory requirements. So do take note. Fight false products to keep our children safe!

Discount Code:

Use  code BEAUTIFULCHAOS16 for 20% off when you buy from Mumspick! (code expires 8th Jan 2017)

Giveaway time! (ends 10th Jan 2017)

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Maternity Wear Review – Jump Eat Cry

Thank you to Jump Eat Cry for sending me a couple of lovely maternity wear from their Mothercot series! [Scroll all the way down for a discount code!]

Jump Eat Cry is a Singapore-based online e-commerce store that aims to provide stylish yet affordable maternity and nursing clothes to pregnant and new mothers. Their in-house label, Mothercot is designed by them. Designs are delicately hand drawn, and materials carefully picked to provide the best comfort for mothers. They also aim to bring comfort and infinite wearing to all mothers (can be worn before, during and after pregnancy).

The first piece is a top, Purple Duo Tone Nursing Top Size M. 


This piece allows me more room for my baby bump to grow. The bigger the bump is, the more whites of the top will be seen. The flaps can also open up to have easy access for nursing after birth! The material of the item is of good quality and not flimsy. 


The second is Empire Lines Nursing Dress Size S. 


The dress is very light and flowy and is very comfortable on my ever-itching growing tummy! It is also very cooling to wear this dress. I love this feature about it because of the terribly hot weather in Singapore! This dress is also a nursing dress. The best part is that it doesn’t look like a nursing dress at all! Under the ribbon is actually a zip which allows easy access for nursing. 🙂


The ribbon is tied simply at the back and this measles you look less round and plump than you should! Here’s also a photo of me matching my Jujube with the dress. The very light silvery grey of the dress makes it easy to match! 


Just a note, I’m 1.72m tall, 58kg, and 5 months pregnant at the time of the photo. 

Jump Eat Cry extends a 15% discount on all their products including sale items to all readers! Code:beautifulchaos15 (expires 30 September 2016)

For more info and to shop, visit their website: https://www.jumpeatcry.com/

Happy shopping! 🙂 

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NICKELODEON’S SPONGEBOB RUN 2016

Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Run is coming to town! It will be held on Saturday, 6 August 2016 at Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa. Scroll down for discount codes for the tickets! 🙂

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Media Release:
SINGAPORE, 23 MAY 2016 – You probably know who lives in a pineapple under the sea. But do you know that Nickelodeon’s first ever SpongeBob Run in Asia, presented by X-Change Republic, will flag off in Singapore on Saturday, 6 August 2016 at Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa?

Join SpongeBob SquarePants in search of his missing best friend Patrick Star. via a fun run which will see participants cover a five kilometre route showcasing iconic landmarks from the underwater city of

Bikini Bottom, including the Krusty Krab, and the houses that SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward Tentacles live in.

“We are thrilled to work with X-Change Republic to launch the first-ever SpongeBob Run in Asia and in Singapore! Nickelodeon enjoys giving kids and their families playful entertainment experiences,” said Claire O’Connor, Vice President of Consumer Products and Retail Marketing, Asia Pacific, Viacom International Media Networks. “It is a fantastic recipe having SpongeBob as the ambassador for this fun run. It encourages families to get out and run together, especially in the lead-up to National Day.”

The race course is also lined with many trigger-happy opportunities for participants to snap a #wefie with SpongeBob and his friends in life-size cutout boards, such as Sandy Cheeks in her pressurized suit and SpongeBob’s pet sea snail Gary.

There are two categories of race entitlement packs:

• For BASIC (S$49.50 per pax), participants will receive an official event t-shirt, an event medal and a runner’s license.

• For NORMAL (S$59.50 per pax), in addition to receiving an official event t-shirt, an event medal and a runner’s license, participants will go home with an exclusive SpongeBob Run Singapore plush and drawstring bag.

On the same day, a carnival filled with nautical-themed activities, food and beverages, awaits SpongeBob fans and their families. At the end of the race, fans can enjoy a screening of three episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants with their loved ones. The first 30 participants who finish the race will get the opportunity to meet SpongeBob and Patrick.

So if you are ready, say ‘Aye Aye Captain’ and register for the race at the SpongeBob Run Singapore 2016 website at http://www.sbrun.sg.

Race Details
Date: 6 August 2016
Venue: Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa
Time: 4 pm – 8 pm
Distance: Five kilometres
For general enquiry, please email info@sbrun.sg or call +65 6285 9528 between 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, on weekdays.

Race Map

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Discount Vouchers
$5 Discount!
Code: SBXVIVIEN
Valid Till: 05 August 2016 23:59

See you there!! 🙂

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My London Weight Management Experience [+Giveaway!]

I am not overweight. And it is quite amazing that after 2 kids, and the second one being only 9 months old, I am already back to my pre-pregnancy weight of 54kg and this happened a few months back, thanks to breastfeeding and exercising and post-natal massage. My problem area though is my tummy flabs or fats, that seem to never go away no matter how many crunches and leg raises I do.

When I received an invite to London Weight Management, I was thinking, is what they say true? Will they be able to help me lose inches from my flabby and loose post-pregnancy tummy? Well, why not give it a shot? And so I made an appointment and started my experience there. (Want to receive an invite too? Scroll down to the bottom to see how!)

When I first entered the branch at Ngee Ann City, I was warmly welcomed by their receptionist. She knew I was new there and immediately went about making me feel comfortable and brought me into the consultation room to register. My height and weight were taken too.

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Later on I was paired with a London Weight Management consultant. My consultant was Jolene. Jolene was very warm too and made sure I felt comfortable all the time. After being asked about my family history, medical history and some eating habits, Jolene told me to remove all my clothes, leaving only my undergarments so she could take some body measurements and photos. It was my first time at a weight management centre and I had no idea what to expect and I was very tense especially at that moment. Jolene though, was very reassuring and assured me that no one else would see the photos and my body as well throughout the entire process. She would be the one whom I will meet at every session and she will be the one walking me through every single process. She is not a sales person who just speaks to me but she will also be the one to put me through all the procedures. She was right about this.

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Consultation Room at London Weight Management

After the body measurements were taken, I was explained on the procedures that I would be going through, mainly for my problem area, which obviously is my tummy area. She mentioned that after I have finished all my sessions with them, I would have lost water retention and excess fats in my tummy area, and even have it toned. She even mentioned that my stretch marks will fade. Really? This was an unexpected bonus! Being a science person, I was impressed by how scientific all the procedures are. In summary and from what I can remember, we will start off with an Aroma Steambath to open up the pores, Lavender Sea Salt rub-in followed by a Infrared warm blanket treatment which works by the process of Osmosis (I remember this from my Secondary School Science!) and removes toxins and water retention from the body. After that fat-burning ampoules will be applied and these have small molecules for faster absorption. Lastly will be the Electric Waves process. For more info on their treatments, you can click here.

After being explained all these, it was time to begin! I was brought to a room to change into paper undies and their robe, and brought to their lockers to put my clothes and belongings. I changed into their slippers too. I was worried the slippers would be old and gross with so many people wearing them but no, they looked and felt almost new!

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The lockers are not very big so try not to bring big stuffs. There are many lockers though, so if you do have more items, you probably can just take up 2 lockers. I was there at a non-peak timing and there are already 10-12 lockers being used up. I’m sure they are able to work something out for you if you need to store larger items. So here is a gauge of how large the locker is. A Takashimaya small paper bag (I love their Christmas designs!), and my Jujube Be Quick. 🙂IMG_0139[1]

I was quite nervous for a first timer. And I was worried that I would not be able to take the heat in the steam bath and the blanket. For the steam bath, I was given a cold towel to help me breathe better. And surprisingly I adapted and it get easier to breathe inside. Jolene came by halfway to check on how I was doing though. I really appreciated that.IMG_0140[1]

Similarly for the blanket, after dimming the lights and letting me rest, she would pop in once in a while to check if I was coping well. I felt quite uncomfortable so she took my arms out of the blanket and that felt so much better! The electric waves one needed some getting used to. She started me on a lower current as I was totally not used to that. It even felt a bit stinging initially but that feeling didn’t last more than 30 seconds and I got used to it very fast. She came in halfway to ask if she could increase the current and I agreed. The consultants are very accommodating to you and they want to make your experience there a good one. 🙂 It helps as well that in EVERY single room, there is this help button in case you needed to adjust anything.IMG_7481

I was hungry halfway through the process and I was lucky Jolene asked me if I wanted to have a cereal drink. I was pleasantly surprised and more than happy to accept it. I chose the chocolate flavour and it really tasted like hot chocolate! The cereal is one of their products that they have researched on to help people manage their weight. Their most famous product though is their coffee but Jolene was very thoughtful and said that as I am still breastfeeding, better not to take their coffee, even though there is no caffeine content in it.

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After the IR Blanket treatment, you would be able to have a shower at their shower facilities. Shower gel, shampoo, Conditioner is provided. Towels as well of course. You can also blow dry your hair. It is really like a clubhouse. Yes, there is hot water! 🙂

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After all the treatments are done for the day, Jolene took my weight again.

Since it was my first session there, my consultant Jolene gave me a quick debrief on an ideal meal plan. This meal plan is nothing new and is what HPB recommends. Their campaign for this is called “My Healthy Plate“. It is not about eating less. But about eating more healthily. Jolene also gave me a couple of small booklets to record my meals in so she could better advice me on my intake of food in the next few sessions.

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To end of the day, I was given another glass of water to drink. This is probably about the 3rd of 4th glass of water they offered to me. Do not be afraid to ask for more water if you are thirsty! 🙂 Here’s me enjoying my water and busking in the well-decorated Christmas themed Reception area as I ended my first session at London Weight Management.

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*** GIVEAWAY ALERT!! ***
If you would like a FREE trial  (Worth $398), you can click here to register. This complimentary package includes 1 full body slimming treatment and 4 slimming products to take home! You can share this invite with your family and friends too! 🙂
(PS: To my friends, you do not have to worry as I wouldn’t know who registered. The link goes directly to London Weight Management)

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[Sponsored Review + Giveaway] Sticker Kid

I first knew about StickerKid when they popped up on my facebook wall. I then went in to see their Facebook page and fell in love with all the stickers there. For mummies who have kids in Child Care Centres and Infant Care Centres, you will understand why it is always important to have all their items labelled. Even the most careful centres and teachers make mistakes sometimes and their items get mixed up.

I am fortunate that Stickerkid gave me a set of stickers to try them out! 🙂 (You can be so lucky too as there will be a giveaway at the end of this post!) I got a set of their name labels, shoe stickers and iron-on labels.

The ordering process from their website was a very simple and straight-forward process. What I thought was the best was that I could preview everything before I went ahead to place the order. I could play around with the colour or labels, colour of wordings and the font of wordings until I was satisfied with what I have on the screen.

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They even allow Chinese Characters! This is the iron-on label on the left. For the shoe label, you can also choose a picture from their library to be included. I really love this personalisation process.

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So I went ahead and submitted the order. The company is based in Switzerland and the stickers are printed there. Thus I had expected that it would take a long time for me to receive them. However I was pleasantly surprised when I received me stickers in the mail in just 1 week! As you can see in the photo below, the colour of the stickers are very vibrant and is really what you see when you place orders.

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Now to test the stickers out. I use the name labels the most as it is a MUST to label all the milk bottles and water bottles for use at Infant Care Centres (IFCs). I showed 2 pictures here because I wanted to test the stickers on how they can withstand having to undergo bottle sterilization. I use Avent Sterilizer on my bottles and I sterlize all the bottles everyday. The photo on the left is when the stickers are brand new and just pasted, not having gone through any wash or sterilization. On the right, the milk bottle has already gone through a few rounds of cleaning and steam sterilizing and the stickers look as perfect as before! I proceeded also to label my baby’s water bottle shown on the right.

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As for the shoe label, usually they are used to be pasted on the heels of the insoles of the shoes. Some like to just label one side of the shoes they have, to teach their kids on differentiating the left and the right shoe. However I would choose to label both sides as I have lost 1 side of a pair of shoes before.

For my shoe labels, I decided to use them in another manner. My baby doesn’t wear shoes yet. So I decided to paste them on bags. The labels are thin, and they stick well. Thus, it allows for the flexibility of the sticker without it coming off and rubbing off. Perfect to paste on diaper bags and childcare bags! So here is mine, pasted on my Ju-Ju-Be Unikiki bag. You can see how well it sticks and how it still stays on with the folding of the bag. I tried to peel it off too. It comes off cleanly without leaving any adhesive stains and it is still sticky when I tried to paste it on another bag!

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Next, to try on the iron-on labels. They have 2 kinds, the permanent and the removable. Mine was the removable kind. This is good if you intend to resell your child’s uniforms or want to re-label them for your next child. It was too good to believe though, so I just had to try them out! (Yes, skeptical me!) I ironed one label onto one of my baby’s bibs as she did not have any school uniform yet. It stuck on easily and it kind of looks like it is printed onto the bib. (Are you sure it is removable??)

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I washed it too and put it to the test of drying in my dryer. I have had iron-on stickers that I bought from qoo10 before. Pretty, but they all came off in the dryer.

 

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This is after wash and before putting into the dryer.

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This is after taking out of the dryer

So having been able to withstand the wash/dry test, I then tried to see if it was really removable. It seems like it wasn’t as it was pretty well stuck on. I tried to peel it off with my nails and voila! Surpringly it came off easily like a plaster! Some fluff came off along with it, but there was absolutely no harm done to the bib. Yay! 🙂

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Now after my stringent tests, I’m really happy with my stickers and am going to start pasting them everywhere! 🙂

If you want to buy some for yourself, here’s a discount code for you! You can place your order at www.stickerkid.sg  using the code “10discountSGSTICKERKID”.

You can also try to win yourself a set of 20 pieces of Heart-shaped stickers that cost $13.50. Here’s a link to participate in the giveaway. All the best! 🙂

Stickerkid Stickers Giveaway!! 🙂 One set of 20-pc Heart Stickers (worth $13.50) to be given away! For details of the…

Posted by Beautiful Chaos on Tuesday, 8 December 2015

  

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Play-Doh Challenge 2015 – with Giveaway and Discount Code!

Looking for some activities to do with your kid on a Saturday? Why not pop over to the Play-Doh Challenge held at Raffles City Shopping Centre on 26 September 2015 (Next Saturday!). You have to register as a tag team with your child aged 1-6 years old and the competition includes working together to create a Similac.Gain mascot.

Here are some details of the Challenge. Do continue to scroll down for a discount code for registration and also a giveaway!

COMPETITION DETAILS: 

1. Register online and come down to Raffles City Atrium (Level 3) on 26 September 2015 (Saturday).
2. Contestants will need to create a Similac.Gain mascot mould assigned
3. Top 3 fastest parent-child teams with the best-looking model wins a prize (worth $100 each!)
4. Registration fees: $10.70 for a parent/child team. You will get a goodie bag worth $30 for participating. (Scroll down to get a discount code of 20%.)

REGISTRATION DETAILS:

Toddler Category: 12pm-4pm (3 Different competition timings available)
For child participants aged 1-3 years old
Pre-Schooler Category: 11am-5pm (4 Different competition timings available)
For child participants aged 4-6 years old

11.00am – 12.00pm: Pre-Schoolers’ Category (Aged 4 to 6 )
12.00pm – 1.00pm : Toddlers’ Category (Aged 1 to 3)
1.00pm – 2.00pm: Pre-Schoolers’ Category
2.00pm – 3.00pm: Toddlers’ Category
3.00pm – 4.00pm: Pre-Schoolers’ Category
4.00pm – 5.00pm: Toddlers’ Category
5.00pm – 6.00pm: Pre-Schoolers’ Category
RULES OF THE GAME:
1.There are 7 slots of competition timings available across both age-group categories and 3 teams from each slot will be awarded with the top 3 prizes worth $100 each.
2. Registrants must report on time. Late comers will be forfeited of their participation, goodie bags and registration fee.
3. No changing of slots and refund of registration fee is allowed.
4. Time reflected on ticket includes registration process, competition and prize presentation.

Giveaway for Beautiful Chaos readers!

We will be giving away 1 parent/child team tickets for the Play-Doh Challenge. Giveaway will close at 2359 on Saturday 19 September 2015, and the winner will be selected by Sunday morning.

1. Like Beautiful Chaos facebook page.
2. Like and share the post on the Play-Doh Challenge Giveaway.
3. Comment on the post that you have already done so!

If you would like to register directly, you can get 20% off with this code: VBC20 This code is only valid until 21 September 2015, Sunday, 12am.