The Newbie’s Guide To Setting Up A Mailing List On Your Blog

Mailing lists are so underrated and yet so beneficial for every blogger. With a mailing list, you have the chance to send targeted emails out to lots of your readers. This helps you promote your recent posts, provide them with unique content that helps create an attachment to your blog, and also serves as a good sales channel if you have anything to sell.

Setting up a mailing list is relatively easy, and here’s everything you need to do: 

Encourage People To Join
Naturally, the first step is ensuring people actually want to join the list. So, you have to give them some form of encouragement. This is best done with incentives. Let people know that they get exclusive content if they join the mailing list. Make them feel like they miss out on something when they don’t sign up. Also, be sure to push forward the point that you won’t spam them every day, and that it’s entirely free to sign up! 

Add A Form To Your Site
To get people to sign up, you need to provide them with a form. There are loads of ways you can add a form to your site, but the video above will give the best directions for you. With your form you need to ensure they put in their name and email; any other information is a bonus and entirely up to you. 

Create A Database For Your Contacts
You must ensure that you’ve made a note of everyone that signs up to your mailing list. Yes, they’ll be on the actual list in your email client, but you need to add them to a database as well. If you don’t know the first thing about databases, then you can contact Training Connection to learn Microsoft Access and hone your skills. When you have the knowledge, you can start creating a database full of your contacts. Why? Because it lets you store information on everyone, including their email address, how they found your site, and so on. This is helpful as you can spot patterns that allow you to change your approach to marketing, leading you a higher success rate of people joining the list.     

Create The List In Your Email Client
You can use any email client you want for your mailing list, it depends on whichever one you currently use. Here, you have to collect all the contact information from people who’ve provided it – again, this is where the database comes in handy – and add them to your email list of contacts. Once this has been done, you can create a mailing list by selecting all contacts and adding them to a specific group. In Gmail, this is done by adding people to a ‘label,’ but it may differ slightly from client to client. Then, you can just compose your emails and send them to this group. When new people sign up, you take their info and add them to the group; easy!

Now, you have a mailing list that will help push your blog forwards. This is one of the best ways to create a loyal audience, while also being an excellent tool for marketing your blog.

 

 

Malaysia’s Better Florist

You don’t need to be an aesthetic junkie to appreciate the beauty and power of flowers. In whatever shape, way or form you like them, flowers are good for you, not to mention your loved ones. They are good for all of us, but when you find a florist like A Better Florist, you begin to appreciate the art of floristry and you begin to appreciate the power of storytelling with flowers. The best florist in Malaysia has so much to offer in terms of creativity, that you will fall in love with flowers, even if you never even thought about flowers in that way.

Their Malaysia flower delivery has actually come from being the best flower delivery in Singapore, where they were loved passionately, to the best florist in Malaysia. Now they have a very successful flower delivery to JB, a flower delivery in Penang, a flower delivery in Ipoh and a KL flower delivery.

A Better Florist has everything you can ever think of when it comes to flowers. From gorgeous floral arrangements in mason jars, to small and chic bouquets wrapped in burlap wrapping. With them, you’ll never be stuck with inappropriate funeral flowers, or a bouquet that’s half wilted. The best flower delivery in Malaysia makes sure that everything they create is of ultimate quality, whether it’s a fruit basket, flowers or a hamper. That’s right, they also have fruit baskets and hampers, and plenty of them. From a baby hamper to a get well soon hamper. They are also open for customization or new orders for hampers to be made from scratch!

With them, you don’t have to move an inch from wherever you are, as they have a flower delivery that comes to wherever you are. Their same day flower delivery that’s free is what made them famous as the best florist in Kuala Lumpur, and also the best flower delivery in UAE, the ultimate Hong Kong flower delivery, and the best florist in Dubai.

You can shop online or at the store, whichever you prefer. It’s easy and convenient and  that’s what made them the best florist in Malaysia, the best UAE flower delivery and the best florist in Hong Kong.  Whether you want to find the best HK florist or a florist in some places in Malaysia, the answer is the same. All floral roads lead to A Better Florist and you’ll be happy to know that this is a flower shop that concentrates solely on you as a customer.

Book Your Flights Early For General Election 14

Now that the General Election date is set for 9 May 2018, my Facebook news feed has been flooded with updates and comments from friends on the election.  Many of my friends from around the world and within Malaysia are planning to book flights back to their hometowns to vote.  Good thing I changed the address of my IC last year when I was at UTC with Sherilyn to get her new IC when she turned 12.  Had the address on my IC remain the old one, which is my hometown address, I would have to take the ETS train back to Ipoh to cast my vote. I can imagine how jam-packed the train station, airport and highways will be with Malaysians traveling back to their hometowns to fulfill their responsibility.

A construction material company from East Malaysia went a step further to display their patriotism spirit by granting three days off work, all-expenses paid return flight tickets and a RM300 allowance for each worker to return home to vote. Wow, that’s true patriotism that every company should emulate!

In conjunction with the upcoming 14th Malaysian General Election, Air Asia is waiving flight change fees for bookings issued in Malaysia where the travel date falls on polling day (9 May 2018) to ensure your travel plans are not affected.

This offer applies to Malaysian citizens only, and must be done within ten (10) days from the announcement of the polling day by the Election Commission of Malaysia.

AirAsia will not be able to provide free flights for the 14th general election, but the airline is doing its best to keep prices down.

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), together with its sister airlines Firefly and MASwings, has joined several other airlines in waiving the flight change or flight rebooking fee for Malaysians with existing bookings who wish to travel during the upcoming 14th General Election.  This is to allow Malaysians to fulfill their responsibility as voters.

 The parent company of Malaysia Airlines, Firefly, and MASwings said in a statement that the decision was made to allow Malaysians to fulfil their responsibility as voters. — Reuters pic

Besides MAB, Malindo Airlines is also doing the same for their passengers.  It is offering a waiver for passengers who may want to make changes to their bookings if it falls on the date of GE 14. Malindo said it would allow for both the change fee and fare difference to be waived if the travel date is amended and the destination remains the same.

I was surprised to learn that even Cathay Pacific is doing its part to help Malaysians during GE 14.  The Airlines announced that it is waiving ticket rebooking and re-routing charges for travellers whose flights fall on the GE14 date.  The waiver is applicable for all flight tickets issued in Malaysia for Cathay Pacific and its sister airline, Cathay Dragon.  The airline said the waiver is only applicable for Malaysian citizens, and only one change would be permitted for all tickets, including those with restrictions on date change.  The waiver applies if the election date falls within the passenger’s inbound or outbound travel dates. Passengers are required to make the change within seven days from the announcement of GE14.

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My bestie who works in Kota Kinabalu has just booked her flight back to Kuala Lumpur on 9 May to vote.  She plans to make it a day trip but she hasn’t managed to get flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu yet and is now on wait list.   She’s trying to book her return flight at Traveloka now.  Traveloka is  now offering a 14% discount off all domestic flights booked from 12 – 15 April 2018 for travels between 1 – 15 May 2018.  Traveloka also has deals and promotions on their  already low-fare flights. Do check them out and see what deals you can get.

Have you booked your flights back to your hometown to vote?  Quick book your cheap airline ticket now to avoid disappointment.  If you don’t get to vote this time, you will have to wait for the next GE in 5 years’ time and that’s a long time to wait.  Don’t wait any further yeah!  Book your air tickets, bus tickets or train tickets today and arrange your transport back to your hometown to vote on Wednesday, 9 May 2018!

Treatment Of Varicose Veins

One of the treatments for varicose veins is surgery. This usually isn’t a detailed procedure, but you will notice results in a short time after the surgery is completed. When you visit a varicose vein surgery Mobile Al physician, you will likely be asked about any pain that is associated with the veins. The doctor will examine the area to determine the severity of the condition before setting an appointment for surgery.

OVV Bulging

During the surgery, the veins are removed so that there is no pressure in the legs. The veins that are tied off and removed are close to the skin and don’t impede the blood that flows in the legs since there are deeper veins present. Many people see relief soon after the surgery so that they can walk, stand or sit without feeling pressure or pain in the legs. Those who have veins that cause bleeding underneath the skin and those who have veins that could result in ulceration are often impacted better from surgery than those who have milder cases of varicose veins.

Before and After

Your doctor will perform tests to determine if you qualify for surgery and to see if you are healthy enough for the procedure. A Doppler is often used to look at the blood flow in the legs before surgery is scheduled. There is a possibility that you will stay overnight, but most people have the surgery performed in an outpatient center. You will be put to sleep using a general anesthetic so that you won’t know what is taking place when the surgery is performed. Other anesthetic injections will be given when you are asleep. Your leg will be numb for the first few hours after surgery. Pain medications will be given so that you can be comfortable when you are at home. After the area is healed, you can begin walking and doing daily activities once again.

Finding Your Inner Beauty At Summer & Peach

When it comes to undergarments, the options really are endless. With so many bra styles to choose from, many of us are wondering: what’s the difference between a bra and a bralette? To be honest, I didn’t know what a bralette is until recently.  That just goes to show that I am not a lingerista as much as I am a fashionista. But don’t get me wrong. I just don’t splurge as much on lingerie as much as on fashion, bags and shoes. But I still love sexy lingerie  👙and comfort is a must.

A bralette, also known as soft cup bras, is a bra devoid of underwire or even molded cups. Think of it as a sports bra but without the intensity to hold in your twins. They are usually thin and have lacy straps like any other bra. However, they don’t offer as much of support. Many women may not feel comfortable wearing it if they’re used to extra support and enhancement. But, women with small to average bust can totally rock it!  That’s me!

One of the best online stores to find really pretty, comfy and uniquely designed bralettes is at Summer & Peach, a Malaysian online store selling bralettes imported from the US and various European countries.  At Summer & Peach, they  offer one free exchange and return, so customers can try and exchange if they get the wrong size.   I love browsing through their website and their Instagram feed to drool over their lingerie ~ every single piece of item is classy and sassy, just like how a woman should feel.

OK if you’re like me and the word bralette is still new to you, I’m sure you’ll be wondering: if bralettes are not padded, won’t the nipples peep through?

No.

There are ways your teats will be concealed in these bralettes from Summer & Peach.  Most of the bralettes at Summer & Peach are lined.  Some of their bralettes are cleverly constructed to conceal teats to some extend, but if you want more security, you can use their wide range of nipple concealer from Sugarlace nippies to jelly nippies and stick-on paddings, as shown in the below picture:

Bralettes are meant to be seen. They are not like other bras, that are content to provide unseen support. Most days you need that support. But some nights you want to go out and flash your pretty bra around town. On those special nights, get yourself a pretty bralette.  Pair with skimpy tanks, sheer tops, maxi dresses, backless tops… the world is your closet!  In fact, some women are confident enough to wear them without a top.

So girls, do check out Summer And Peach. They offer free shipping on orders above RM150 and also a one-time free exchange. You can also follow them on their Facebook and Instagram.

 

Bicycling For Health

One of my favorite past times when I was growing up was cycling.   From the time my mum taught me how to cycle when I was 8 until I graduated from high school, there was hardly a day that I didn’t cycle. In those days, what else could we do if we didn’t play outdoors?   On rainy days, exam days and days where we were out of our little beautiful town, my bicycle took a rest.

My first bicycle was an Apache, a blue one.  My little brother who is four years my junior was always my pillion rider. I was the ring leader who brought him around and out of our neighborhood on the bicycle to pluck flowers outside people’s houses, played with stray pups and kittens and I even cycled to the river to enjoy the mesmerizing scenery.  I’ve had my fair share of bicycle accidents but was nonchalant about them, though some of the injuries were pretty bad.

When I was 14, my parents got my older brother and I a racer bike. I rode on the racer bike to the tuition center about 3km away from where I stayed, crossing traffic lights and on roads heavily congested with cars. It’s a miracle I survived those days that I raced on the road on my racer bike and never had an accident, except being chased by feral dogs.

My two teenage daughters now do a different type of cycling ~ in the gym. My eldest daughter spends 1-2 hours a day at the gym on the gym bicycle. Ever since she started on her daily gym regimen, her complexion has improved. The teenage pimples on her face have gradually petered out and her stamina has improved.

One of my fondest memories with bicycles is when my besties and I spent 10 days at an outward bound school when we were 15.  One of the obstacles was a 2-hour cycling endurance test around a fishing village on a customize bike. At the end of the 10-day course, we were as tan as bronze and my mum was shocked to welcome a ‘different’ daughter home! lol!

One of my latest dream gadgets is some best women’s bikes, as shown in the pictures below.  The hubs has a bike that he bought a few years ago but he hardly rides on it now.  He used to cycle alongside me when I jogged on the road.  It would be awesome if we could cycle together.

sixthreezero EVRYjourney Women's 26" 21 Speed Step-Through Touring Hybrid Bicycle

The benefits of cycling is impressive.   The health benefits of regular cycling include:

  • increased cardiovascular fitness
  • increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • improved posture and coordination
  • strengthened bones
  • decreased body fat levels
  • prevention or management of disease
  • reduced anxiety and depression
  • improved mental well-being
  • improved lung health

Aside from health and fitness improvements, cycling saves time and money on fuel.

Now are you convinced to get a bicycle yet?

 

sixthreezero EVRYjourney Women's 26" 3 Speed Step-Through Touring Hybrid Bicycle

 

Ideas to Personalize Your Mothers Day Flowers Gift

There are some creative ways to make your mother happy with mothers day flowers gift. The florist Singapore will help you to create, choose, and even send your best gift of flowers to your mother on a special day like Mother’s Day. With the help of a flower delivery company, you can always show your sweet and romantic side to your mother without having to put so much effort into it.

Below are some nice tips you can follow to personalize your mothers day flowers to make it look more special:

Pick romantic flowers
Roses and tulips are what you can consider as romantic flowers since they are able to represent deep and perfect love. Who doesn’t agree that the love of mother to her children is the most powerful love we can see in this world? Now let your mother know just how much you appreciate her love to you by giving her some romantic flowers with a romantic message.

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Choose a unique flower arrangement
You can choose a ready and available flower arrangement displayed at the florist shop or you can ask the florist to help you make a unique and customized design. A unique flower arrangement will eventually make your mother feel more special since the flower arrangement is specially designed just for her.

Flower Delivery Singapore

Flower Delivery Singapore

Give gift hampers
A gift hamper is definitely one of the most creative gifts you can give to your mother on  Mother’s Day since you can fill the hamper with any interesting stuff or gift items. You can even add a complimentary flower bouquet to make the gift look more special and beautiful.


Flower Delivery Singapore

Send her surprises
Surprise is the best part here! Send your mother the special gift at an unexpected time and day and be ready to see her bright smile even with just a little surprise from you and the family. Make the scheduled flower delivery at a time you think is best.

A florist and gift shop will make your flower gifting an easy task. You will surely not be disappointed since they are the experts in this area.

EZ Buy Now Lists Products From Mogujie And JD.com!

I am pretty sure most of us are addicted to online shopping. These days, there are many online shopping platforms that you can buy just about anything under the sky, from clothes to bags, health supplements, digital and mobile appliances, food stuff, home and living items and insurance, just to name a few. I love online shopping as it saves time and money plus there are so much more designs that I can choose from vs. brick-and-mortar stores.

Some of our local online shopping platforms are in collaboration with Taobao and other international online shopping platforms. One of them is ezbuy.  Ezbuy was founded by a group of aspiring entrepreneurs having a single mindset to bring quality products in a convenient and smarter way to the locals via an online international platform.

ezbuy has listed over millions of products from China, USA, Taiwan, Korea and locally for customers. Ezbuy also provides “Buy-For-Me” service, where you just need to submit a product url to ezbuy, and they will purchase on your behalf and ship them to you. You can now enjoy the most convenient, hassle-free and worry-free service you ever deserve. With inspection, free repacking and consolidation service, these are all you need to ensure you pay for what you need.

I am sure most of you who are reading this post right now are no strangers to ezbuy. It is so easy to shop at ezbuy and the range of products is so wide. Flash deals, free agent fee, super crazy deals, free shipping ~ these are some of the exciting deals that you’ll see at the ezbuy site from time to time.

In ezbuy’s continuous effort to provide more options for buyers, they have now included 2 giant e-commerce sites, JD.COM and Mogujie (Mogu Street) into their long list of e-commerce partners. This means more products for us to shop for!

JD.com, Inc. also known as Jingdong and formerly called 360buy, is a Chinese e-commerce company headquartered in Beijing. It is one of the two largest B2C online retailers in China by transaction volume and revenue, a member of the Fortune Global 500 and a major competitor to Alibaba-run Tmall. As of September 2017, the platform has 266.3 million active users. JD.com has everything from apparels, home and living products, mobile and accessories, office supplies, sports equipment, and many more.

Listing of some kitchen gadgets from JD.com under ezbuy:

 

Meanwhile, Mogujie (Mogu Street) is the heaven for all shopaholics who love to get the latest modish fashion apparels, especially for youngsters.  Mogujie, founded in 2011 with headquarters in Hangzhou, China is a social network company.  Its app Mogu is a social commerce fashion app, which officially launched in the US and Europe in October 2015, and it is also the social fashion app which was founded in China but targeting young audiences in Western market. Mogujie, sometimes compared with Pinterest of the U.S., is trying to carve out a niche by blending social network with online shopping.  Its users interact with one another by creating photo collages of clothes, shoes and other items they like. Those items are available for purchases either from merchants hosted by Mogujie or through other e-commerce sites that pay referral commissions to Mogujie.

Stylish dresses from Mogujie are available now at ezbuy:

Aren’t we spoilt for choice now?  I am so tempted to get something from ezbuy now. My birthday is just around the corner and I think I deserve something nice for myself 😉

Tempted to start shopping at ezbuy now? But first of all, you have to register at ezbuy. Don’t worry, you don’t have to fill out pages of information.  Just key in your email address, create a user ID and password, key in your mobile number for an OTP number and you’re good to go! And the best part is upon registration, you will get a RM15 shopping voucher!  Isn’t that great?!

 

What It’s Like Wearing A Wig

A friend of mine who wears a wig for aesthetic reason told me that the first time she wore a wig, it felt like how she felt when she wore bra the first time.  She felt awkward and uneasy with a phobia that the wig will be blown off her head but she got used to it pretty quickly.   It felt slightly uncomfortable and hot but that’s only when she’s walking under the sun.

Some people comment that wearing a wig feels like wearing a swim cap or a hairy hat.  The materials used to make the wig can  be very itchy.   If it’s a comfortable fit, soft fabric, and quality hair, you may forget you’re wearing one until you touch your head.  Most of the time, there is always something that will bother the scalp or constantly touch you, such as baby hairs, hair inside the wefts, a loose hair net, and friction.

If you choose a wig with good ventilation, it will be easy to wear, light and will not cause a lot of heat. If you choose a wig with less ventilation, and thick layers, it will make you sweat a bit depending on your outside temperature. Also the feeling will vary for folks with lots of hair already on their head vs bald.

Whether you are looking for straight  hair extensions, blond weave, cheap blonde wigs or kinky wigs, it is best that you do some research on the internet and read up  reviews on wigs before settling on one.  Maxglam hair reviews is one site that you can read up on wigs.

Online Learning Videos App

If there is one thing that my two older daughters can’t live without, it would be their android phones.  The android phone is their best boo ever.  Besides being able to be in the social media loop, they get free entertainment and even free tutorial on a few school subjects.  They use Photo Math to get help with Math homework.  Sherilyn also uses a free Math app where she’s able to interact with university students who help her with her Math homework. They use their phone for help in translating Chinese and Malay into English.  Sherilyn watches You Tube on her phone to learn how to bake cakes, pies and cookies. It is also through You Tube that she learned how to make slime, dream catchers and other crafts to sell to friends.  Alycia learns foreign languages from You Tube during her free time.

There is so much knowledge to gain from the internet.  If you have an android phone and WiFi, you can download a good android study app or online learning apps to study and to gain additional knowledge and skills.

If you love learning, The Great Courses Plus app is for you. This free app lets you explore subject matter you’re interested in without requiring a commitment to attend classes. With the Great Courses Plus app, you learn while commuting, exercising, or just enjoying down time at home.

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It’s always a good thing to learn something new and gain additional knowledge to better equip yourself whether academically, for self improvement or  career advancement.  Online learning apps are a wonderful tool for time pressed people as they get to learn at their own pace, anywhere and anytime. Learn in your pajamas on the couch. Nobody cares 😀  Most importantly, so much money can be saved.

 

Have You Suffered Hospital Medical Negligence?

It does not matter if you are being treated in a NHS hospital or a private hospital, you have the right to expect to be cared for in a proper manner, without mistakes being made that can make you worse.

You should be cared for in a way that supports your needs, in a clean and safe place, protected from infections. The staff caring for you should have the right skills to deal with your particular problem, and be able to dispense medication to you as and when it is needed. Gone are the wards of 50 years ago that had 30 plus patients in them. Now they are much smaller, so it should be a lot easier for you to have some privacy. These are just some of the basics you should expect from any hospital stay.

Sometimes things go wrong in hospitals though, and if you are a patient who has had a mistake made with diagnosis or treatment that has made your condition worse, or created a new illness, you may be entitled to compensation. Then you will need to speak with the best medical negligence solicitors you can find. 

Hospital Mistakes That Could Result in a Medical Negligence Claim
It is not unusual for doctors to work some of their time in an NHS hospital and spend some of their time working in a private hospital, so you could see the same one wherever you go. Just like doctors, time can be spread between the two, so can nurses and other medical professionals.  Codes of practice, rules and regulations are similar as well, so if a mistake has been made in your diagnosis or treatment it could have been in either.

Hospital Stay in Nicargua

The sorts of things that could go wrong include:

  • Errors while undergoing surgery. This could be damaged organs, or even the amputation of the wrong limb. How heart-breaking would it be losing a leg anyway, but if the wrong one is removed and the other one still has to be amputated, you would be devastated and your life would never be the same again. You would definitely have to contact medical negligence lawyers.
  • Mistakes when prescribing or dispensing medicines. You could be on the mend after your hospital treatment and then be given the wrong medication. This could make you more ill than you were to start with, and prolong your hospital stay.

Detecting counterfeit medicines

  • Misdiagnosis leading to incorrect treatment. Misdiagnosing your illness, delaying referring you for the correct treatment or inadequate testing could all cause problems if the illness you have is life threatening. We all know that the earlier cancer is treated, the more chance there is of beating the disease, so unnecessary and unwarranted delays could mean you should be making medical negligence claims.These are just a drop in the ocean of the things you might need to speak with medical negligence solicitors for. Just imagine how many patients and different treatments hospitals deal with every year and you will realise how varies and complex a medical negligence claim can be. 

Will You Qualify to Make a Claim?
To qualify for compensation, the medical negligence has to have taken place within the three years before you start your claim, in the majority of cases. As with most British law there are sometimes exceptions to the rule, but the easy way to find out if you qualify for compensation is to have a no obligation chat with a friendly legal advisor. Companies like The Medical Negligence Experts  work on this no obligation rule and will give you all the information you need so that you can make the decision yourself. They will be able to answer your questions and put your mind at ease that you have chosen the right firm to assist you with your claim for compensation. 

How Much Will the Compensation Be?
This is a question that no one can guarantee at this stage of a claim. There are so many different aspects to be considered. Every victim, every case of medical negligence and every claim is unique because of the personal circumstances of the injured party. The way your life is affected is part of the calculation for compensation, and two people who have had exactly the same mistreatment, could be awarded differing amounts because of this. One could have to pay extra childcare costs, where the other one’s children could be all grown, so caring for them is not an issue. One could live over the road from the hospital, and the other live 20 miles away and have travelling costs. There could be extra medication costs or a piece of medical equipment might be required. There is an endless list of things that have to be accounted for when you make a medical negligence claim.

It’s always best to get legal help if you feel medical negligence has taken place.

Keeping Fit With A Jogging Stroller

I’ve been a jogging freak all my life. The only time that I stopped jogging was when I was preggers with the girls. As my three babies were delivered via C-section, I did brisk walking two months after the delivery and started to run / jog again after six months.

When Cass was a baby, she was breastfed exclusively. Thus, she was very attached to me.  I could never leave her alone and brought her along with me wherever I went to.  On mornings that I failed to ‘Ninja’ my way out of the house without waking Cass up from her sleep, off she went jogging with me, with her strapped to her Peg Perego stroller.  Cass enjoyed all the jogging sessions with me from the time she was about 6 months old up to 3 years old.  On days when it rained, I worked out at our porch on my trampoline with Cass strapped up in her stroller watching me.  We stopped jogging together when she started pre-school.

Many women whom I know of lost their exercise enthusiasm after child birth due to lethargy and lack of time. Consequently, they balloon up.  If you are one of them, it takes just a little will power to get your exercise regimen jump started. Once you get the momentum, it will be hard to even stop exercising.  One exercise that is light and non-strenuous is brisk walking.  Start off with just once a week on a weekend with baby in toll.  Strap baby up in a jogging stroller and walk around your neighborhood. Soak up the glorious early morning sun to get your dose of Vitamin D and pump in some oxygen into your lungs and brain.  I used to sing nursery rhymes to Cass, teach her 123s and ABCs and point out things in our surroundings to her during our walks together.   I find our walks together extremely educational for Cass.

The Peg Perego stroller that Cass used wasn’t my ideal stroller for jogging.  It was not made for jogging. The hubs had bought the wrong type of stroller.  If I ever have baby no. 4, I will definitely get a jogging stroller.  But this will never happen as I am so done and over with child bearing, though the hubs really misses having a baby around in the house and has even suggested having another baby *good heavens*

My sil who is a jogging enthusiast will definitely love this double jogging stroller for her twin babies.   Her twin babies are getting cuter each day and I’m so excited that I can cuddle the twins in another two days when we are back in Ipoh to celebrate Chinese New Year.

InStep Safari Double Jogging Stroller

 

If you’re still not sure  which jogging stroller to get for your baby so that the both of you can embark on a healthy regimen together, Parenting Pod is a wonderful site that gives you valuable information on the different types of jogging strollers.

 

Trendy Tresses

Buttery blondes, balayage, sexy shades of brown, fiery ombrés, fantasy colors from pastel to purple to green — there are so many hair color trends to choose from.  You may be tempted to try a new color each month, especially for the coming Chinese New Year!

If you are looking for a new shade to switch up your hair color to give you a little excitement, you can try subtle balayage hair colors.  Subtle balayage highlights require maintaining your original hair base while going lighter towards the tips without too much drastic change.  Besides blonde, I like balayage, which was all the rage along with pastel hair highlights and colouring in 2017.

If you are one who loves colors just like myself but hate the harsh chemicals  damaging your hair and scalp, you can try hair weaves.  Hair weaves are made out of human or artificial hair and it is woven or integrated into one’s natural hair to make it longer, fuller, or to create a certain hairstyle. You can either have it straight, in 360 frontal wig, curly, wavy, in all hair colors possible.  You can get a blonde lace front wig or blonde weave and  you can even color and restyle the wig.

Wigs are a hot beauty accessory that enables you to change your look in a snap. In fact, it is now the norm for women including celebrities such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian.  Wigs are the easiest way to transform your look and make a major statement—no commitment necessary. Remember Katie Homes whose blunt bob was so real and convincing that almost the whole world thought that it was the real deal?

If you’d like to get a little attention rocking your faux tresses this coming Chinese New Year, there are many places where you can buy faux tresses and one such place is at Max Hair Glam.

 

 

 

Decorating The Home Without Breaking The Bank

Decorating your home is one of the greatest joys you have as a homeowner. You are able to turn your space into anything you want, and really get that stunning atmosphere into your home that you always wanted.

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It can be a fun project when you come to decorating the house, but it can also be an expensive one depending on what you want to do. Of course, if your bathroom or kitchen is in serious need of being rebuilt then you cannot expect it to cost pennies, and you might need to look at online signature loans to fund it. However for small changes in the home you can make a big difference with a tiny sum of cash.

Use Tape Instead Of Nails
This is a great option even if you don’t own your home. If you don’t want to end up with a ton of different holes in your walls, one way to hang up art is to use some tape. You can buy adhesive wall strips online really cheaply, and a piece of art can make a massive impact on your home.

Paint one wall
If you want to add a splash of colour to the room but you don’t want to fork out for a 30 litre tub of paint, but a smaller tin and only paint one wall. This can create a lovely feature to your home and it will make the room look much more modern.

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Plants
If you seem to have a lot of random areas in the home which have no character, you can rectify this instantly by buying a plant. No longer will you have boring corners of the room, you will have a stunning plant blooming and adding life to the space. It can make a massive difference to the dynamic of your home, you’ll be surprised what an impact it can have.

Bursting With Plants, a 1910 Portland Four Square for a Florist and Barista

A Picture Ledge
As with the hanging strips, this makes it much easier for you to have lots of images on display without drilling a load of holes in your wall. You will only need to drill one hole into the wall in order to put your picture ledge up. Once that’s up you can have lots of images on display to brighten up the space!

Keep displays simple
Rather than throwing up every single ornament you own onto your shelves, narrow it down to your favourite items to make a bolder statement. It will make your display look much more tidy and will allow you to show off the items you love the most in your home.

Bunting
Bunting might seem like something you only hang in the streets of a patriotic village, however it can also be a cheap tool to add some vibrancy and life to your home. Pick a bunting for every season and hang it on your fireplace or a prominent place in the home for that instant seasonal touch. It will add colour, character and a stunning feature to your home.

Stylish kids #playroom ideas from blogger Caroline Knapp - House of Harper

Preparing For Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is just two weeks away.  While some of us look forward to seeing our beloved family members, old friends and relatives during this festive period, others dread the thought of meeting nosey relatives who bombard too many prying and sensitive questions.   Whether they’re inquiring about your plans to marry or having a partner, reproduce,  job-hunt, your body shape and even how much hair you have, it is extremely annoying to brush off their insensitive and persistent line of questions.  I have gone through these questions years ago and I am sure many of you too.

If you are at lost for a good excuse / answer to those prying questions shot at you yet again this year, you can always Google for an appropriate answer.  For insensitive comments about your body shape, weight and even how much hair you have or even on the texture of your hair, fret not, you can start to do something about it now.  I have a friend who lost a huge amount of hair after her second child was born that she resorted to wearing a wig during one of our CNY gatherings.   If you are too shy to shop for a wig, you can always shop for it online. More and more online hair products shops have popped up in recent years to cater for the huge demand. One such shop is bhfhair.com, an online store that specializes in high quality 100% natural human hair extensions and wigs,  located in the largest hair production city in Xuchang, China.

Whether you are looking for human hair weaves, clip in hair extensions, tape hair extensions, 360 frontal, 360 lace frontal, hair bangs, 360 lace closure or ponytail, BHF Hair has them all and much  more.

Here’s wishing that you’ll have an enjoyable and happy time with your family, friends and relatives this Chinese New Year.  Do not let your unfounded worries on the sensitive questions that your friends and relatives will be bombarding you with drag you down. Have fun, be yourself and for the worst case scenario, just laugh off those prying questions. You do not owe anyone an answer 😉

How To Look Youthful

If you are not endowed with youthful DNA, fret not. The main tools to combat ageing are food and exercise closely followed by skin care and hair care.

Cutting down on calories could significantly slow the ageing process, say scientists. They believe that the key to a better old age may be to reduce the amount of food on our plates, via an approach called calorie restriction. This diet goes further than cutting back on fatty foods from time-to-time; it’s about making gradual and careful reductions in portion size permanently.

Exercise slows cell aging. Exercise doesn’t just make you feel younger – it may actually turn off the aging process in your chromosomes. The powers of a steady fitness routine are impressive: regular exercise can help you build stronger muscles, stave off chronic illnesses and make your clothes fit a whole lot better. But there’s another benefit of physical activity that deserves a shout-out: the way even moderate amounts seem to shave years off your age, no matter how many birthdays you’ve actually celebrated.

Pamper your skin. As we age, our skin changes and we may not feel as confident with our faces. Having a young looking face and glowing skin can also be signs of health and vitality and influences how others react to us. By practicing good skincare, modifying your lifestyle (get enough sleep and eat clean), and considering medical treatments, you can make your face look younger and have glowing, youthful, skin.

Pamper your hair too. Just as our skin ages, so does our hair. We need to moisturise it more and pay more attention to it. The oil glands shrink with age and produce less oil, hence the lack of shine and moisture, and the diameter of your hair gets smaller so you have less body. If, like me, you have thin, dry hair to begin with, it’s a disaster. Thus, I have lots of bad hair days.

Cover up your greys and whites. It’s best to choose a color that is fairly similar to what your natural hair color is so that it appears more natural. You could choose to get your hair dyed at a salon, or you could choose the cheaper option and buy an at-home hair dying kit. You must remember, however, that all hair dye is damaging to the hair, so avoid dying it too often, and use products designed to care for damaged or dyed hair. An alternative to dying your hair is to don on a wig.  Modern technology has created wigs from human hair that gives you a natural look. You could choose blonde lace front wig or blonde bundles if you have fair skin and want lighter color wigs.  I don’t mind some blonde hair extensions clip in to give my dull hair a lift 😉

Banish stress. Finally, give yourself a break. I can never stress this enough – kick off the stress! I know I am guilty as charged. Recent studies show that stress causes physical changes in the body that can accelerate aging. It shores up inflammatory processes in skin that can exacerbate conditions like psoriasis, acne, and eczema. Social support plays a huge role in stress levels, so make sure you’re meeting up with friends. Or do anything that makes you happy. Also consider relaxation techniques like breathing exercises or journal writing. Whenever I blog, I feel de-stressed and happy 🙂