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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Make Your Kid Feel Special At Every Age

When your kid was little, you made him feel special in the way you cooed to him and played with him; whispering loving words while you fed him, making funny faces when you bathed him and singing lullabies at bedtime.

As he grows older, you may find fewer opportunities to show him how special he is to you. Especially when he's becoming an individual in his own right, with his own daily schedule of busy activities as a toddler or pre-schooler. He may not slow down to give you a cuddle or kiss. If he has started school, he may also feel it's 'uncool' to be hugged or kissed in full view of his peers.

Fortunately, there're lots of things you can do to make your kid feel special at every stage of growth. Here are some of them:

  • Help your kid recognize what makes him unique and special. Parents should make a point of acknowledging valuable traits such as honesty, courage, insight and creativity, giving praise when praise is due.
  • Praise as much as you wish but make sure that it is sincere. Be specific when praising. For example, if you're praising his drawing, say exactly what you like about it. Remarks like 'I love the colors you've used' or 'You've made the birds look so real!' will convince your kid that you truly think he's done something special.
  • Talk to your kid about things that really matter to him - school, lessons, friends teachers, anything at all they want to share with you from their daily life. When you take the time to really listen t him and understand what he's trying to communicate, you'll make him feel valued and special.
  • Understand your kid's own unique rhythms and temperaments, and respect them. Instead of trying to change a night owl into an early bird or introvert into the life of the party, accept and love your kid for the person that he is - just as you expect others to accept and love you the way you are.
  • Give your kid as much one-on-one time as you can. If you have more than one kid, find ways to spend time alone with each of your kids. Make a habit of taking one kid with you on an outing - to the shops, market, library, etc. Or better yet, get a family friend or relative to child-sit one night each week so that you and your spouse can take one of your kids out to a movie or dinner. If you rotate kids from week to week, each kid will have the chance of spending some glorious two-on-one time with both of you, and these experiences will be treasured into his adult years.
  • Celebrate regularly. Don't hold out for major achievements or milestones. Celebrate all the little things that deserve to be savoured on a day-to-day basis - the first goal of the game, a positive comment from a teacher at school, an exceptionally tidy bedroom and so on.
  • Let your kid know that you will be there for him in both good times and bad, and that you will do whatever you can to help him get through the rough times. At the time when he's at his most vulnerable, show him you believe in him and will help him over the hurdle with assuring words like, 'Let's see how we can solve the problem.'
  • Laugh with your kid. There's nothing like shared laughter to foster a bond between parent and child. Sharing an inside joke reminds your kid that he has a very special place in your heart.
  • Share stories about yourself when you were kid. Tell him about the time you failed your math test, had a fight with your best friends, or lost your cat. Most important of all, be the first to admit it if you've made a mistake, particularly if that mistake affects your kid. Say, 'Sorry about that. Let's wipe clean the slate and start all over again, shall we?'
  • Above all, remember that making your kid feel special is one of your most important tasks as a parent. A parent's praise and reassuring presence are the most effective tools for building a kid's self-esteem.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My Basic Skin Care Set

My skin condition is really bad lately. I dun know why. Maybe bcoz of hormones, or maybe sometimes I forgot to take a very good care of my skin. I dun have time to go facial once in a month time as I used to do during my study and working day. And sometimes I just clean up my face and then don't even bother to apply the toner and moisturizer. And no need to mention about the body. I'm totally forgot about it. I always apply body lotion to my baby, why I didn't do it to myself too?? Hurm~ lazy I guess.. Haha

Now, I am going to do everything back as I usually did. I'll start with applying the basic thing to my skin. Cleanser, toner and moisturizer. And maybe add on a bit of essence and sunblock when I want to go out. So, basically these are the things that I use everyday to take care of my skin. Thank GOD, I managed to do it everyday now and my skin is getting better and better. :-)

Cleanser - Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed. Previously, I used Clarins Cleansing Milk for dry skin. I found out it didn't work for my current skin condition, so I switch to this one. I love it as it is very smooth and gentle like the cleansing milk. And, I can see that my blackheads are not that obvious anymore. I just use a small amount of the cleanser and massage to the entire face. And rinse thoroughly using cool water in the morning and warm water in the evening.

Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed

Toner - Clarins Toning Lotion with Camomile. I'm still using the same one. It is alcohol free and gently removes the cleanser that still left behind. 

Toning Lotion with Camomile

Essence - Clarins White Plus HP Total Whitening Essence. Apply the essence before your daily moisturizer. This essence really help reducing my pores and dark spots. I finished this one already. And still didn't buy a new one coz it is quite expensive. Hurm~ but I've to get this one soon.

White Plus HP Total Whitening Essence

Day moisturizer - Clarins White Plus HP Protective Whitening Day Lotion SPF 20 PA++. It moisturizes and protect your skin against UV rays. Sometimes I don't even bother to apply the sun block as this day lotion already has SPF 20 PA++ to protect my skin under the sun.

White Plus HP Protective Whitening Day Lotion SPF 20 PA++

Night moisturizer - Clarins White Plus HP Repairing Whitening Night Cream. Night cream is very important to repair our skin. It repair the harmful effects of UV rays and daytime stress and slows down the production of melanin during the night. When I woke up in the morning, my skin will be bright and radiant, not oily anymore. I finished this one also. Aaarrgghh~ why everything must finished at the same time??

White Plus HP Repairing Whitening Night Cream
Sun Block - Clarins UV Plus Protective Day Screen SPF 40. I just use this sun block when I wanna go out. But, if the weather is not too hot I just use my day lotion as it already has SPF 20 for my skin protection against UV rays.

UV Plus Protective Day Screen SPF 40

Currently, those are my basic skin care set for my face and neck. For better result, I should use scrub at least once a week. I finished the scrub also. Usually, I did use Clarins White Plus Renewing Gentle Exfoliator. It gently lift off the dead cells and deep-cleanse pores. And of coz, the eye care. I never use any of the Clarins eye care product coz it is too expensive for just a small tube. I just use the sample given by the beautician. 

White Plus renewing Gentle Exfoliator

Why did I use the whitening products instead of hydration or firming? Firming is basically for those who are 30 years old and above. And hydration is for those who has a very dry skin problem. Yes my skin is quite dry. But, the whitening products are good for Asian people as the weather is quite hot and it helps to reduce the freckles. When we're getting older, the freckles will appear more and more and it will be very obvious especially on your cheek and nose area. So whitening products will help you to reduce it. And whitening products has the hydration effects too. So, I can get both protection in one product.

What about my lips and body? For my lips, I just use the Vaseline once a day, usually I'll apply it before going to bed. I think the best product for my lips is Vaseline. It really helps when my lips crack and dry. 

For my body, I just use my Crabtree & Evelyn body lotion. Need to finish that one first then I'll try the Vaseline body lotion. It works for my lips, maybe it'll work for my skin also. Who knows right?? And before going to bed, I'll apply the Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream. My hand needs an extra care as I always wash the dishes and every now and then I'll wash my hand with the handwash. So it makes my skin very very dry. This cream makes my skin very soft and smooth. I also apply it to my elbow, knee and also heel. Those area doesn't feel dry anymore. Thanks a lot!!

Hand and Nail Treatment Cream

I hope I can make this as a habit. So far, I didn't miss any of it. Owh~ I need to add on one more thing, the masks. I need to get approval from financial advisor to buy the scrub, essence, mask and night cream. Can I, En. Suami tercinta?? hehe..

So, what is your favorite skin care product and routine??

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kitchen's Renovation

I'm bored with my kitchen's looks nowadays. But, I do not like the decorations available in the games. So, I can't do much to my kitchen. Maybe I should just maintain this white concepts and later do some changes, maybe I can re-arrange the furniture and add on some wall decorations.

 Now, I'm busy cooking for the catering and at the same time earn more money to expand my cafe. Haha. I love to play this game. Everytime I open my Facebook page, I'll immediately go to my Cafe World's game. I think Facebook is getting boring and boring each day except if you play the game available in it. Don't you think so?? Hehe. So, come and play together with me. Add me to your neighbour's list kay. Hehe. :D

My small kitchen..

My cafe..

I wish I can cash out the money and use it to really renovate my kitchen and my house. Haha. In my dreams.. Only in my dreams :P

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Seri Batik Gallery Updated!!

Hop on to my Seri Batik Gallery sales blog to see our new batik stock.. 

Do e-mail me if you're interested.. Thanks..

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ana's Convocation

12th October 2010

A very big day to my dear SIL, Ana. Finally, she has graduated after 4 years of study. We wish you all the best and have lots and lots of fun before you got your posting. Hehehe. And hopefully you love some of the pictures that we managed to capture on your special day.

A.mi, K.Jue & Arsyad :-)

Too many flowers..

"huh~ berdebar ana takut tak sempat amek scroll.. abah lambat"..hahaha

Arsyad pon nak convo jgk.. hehe..

with all the lovely nieces..

with nephews & nieces and big bear.. :D

Lovely sistas & mom.. :-)

From Sg Buloh, Gombak, Subang Galaxy, Kemaman and PB.. Huhu~

2nd shot.. with me of coz.. haha

One happy lady.. :-)

Congratulations again sis.. :-)

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