Learning To Read Through Nursery Rhymes

My gals love nursery rhymes. I play them nursery rhymes CDs, let them watch Barney’s Mother Goose nursery rhymes and karaoke nursery rhymes VCDs whilst the 3 of us sing and dance together. Alycia can sing and recite more than 10 rhymes. Recently, my mum bought the gals some nursery rhymes posters and I stuck these posters on the wall at our dining area. On most days, I will sit the gals on the floor with me in the middle holding on to a pencil/ruler as pointer and I will point to each word on the poster as we sing together. This is truly a very fun and effective approach in teaching my gals reading.

Nutritious Healthy Nutty Pancake

Recently, I created a nutritious healthy nutty pancake recipe for my gals. How did this creation come about? Well, I had earlier bought a tin of chocolate flavoured milk formula for Sherilyn but both she and Alycia didn’t like the milk, probably because of the brown color that made it not so ‘milky looking’? So there I was cracking my head on how to finish off the 1.8kg tin of choco milk plus 1 600gm alu foil packet choco milk that comes with it free. Finally, I came up with this creation and here’s the recipe :

3 tablespoons of chocolate milk powder

6 tablespoons of organic wholemeal high protein flour OR plain flour OR soya flour

2 eggs

Dash of salt (optional)

1-2 tablespoons of sesame (white or black)

2 tablespoons of almond nibs

1 tablespoon of wheatgerm (optional)

Add water and stir until batter becomes smooth

Olive Lite butter or ordinary butter

Heat up some olive butter in a round non-stick pan. Pour batter into pan and fry under low fire for around 3 mins, turning both sides occasionally.

I’m so happy my gals went goo gaa over the pancake. Sherilyn who is one very picky eater and a bad feeder too kept asking for more. Wah, I am so proud of my yet another novel creation of healthy food for my 2 lil’ angels.

I also ‘concealed’ the chocolate milk powder into my homemade ‘nutritious, healthy, nutty, seedy bread’ baked with my breadmaker which my gals love. I either toast the bread or use the bread as the crust base to make pizza for them.

Homemade Flashcards

I’m a firm believer that babies should and can be taught to read. I started making my own flashcards Glenn Doman style since Alycia was a few months old. Till today, I am still flashing cards to my gals, though now I have to modify my approach in flashing and showing the cards to them. What works well for Alycia for now is I hang / stick the homemade cards (which are actually A4 size papers printed from my home printer and placed into plastic protector sheets) everywhere in the house and bedrooms.

I gathered most of my knowledge from this fabulous website, www.childbrain.org which is a Glenn Doman inspired website with parents round the world participating and providing resources. Do check out this website.
Ok, my gals are jolted up from their naps by the sickening drilling sounds from my neighbour who is renovating her house. Shall blog about my homemade books, Glenn Doman style soon.

A Relief For Backache

After I gave birth to Alycia 3 yrs ago, I developed bad backache, resulting from the spinal block anesthetic administered during my C-section. I could only sleep on my sides and could hardly sleep on my back. My 1 month of confinement was nightmarish as I had bad breast engorgement and bad backache. When I slept on my sides, my breasts leaked out milk and hurt terribly. When I slept on my back, it hurt me too. Both ways, I just couldn’t sleep. Long story cut short, I must thank my SIL who was a Malaysian sportswoman then who suggested that I exercise on a fit ball everyday to relief the backache. I took heed and voila, after days of exercising on the ball, the backpain gradually went away. I was so happy with the miraculous result that I religiously exercised on the fitball almost everyday till today.

How do you do it :
First, sit on the ball, as shown in the 1st pic. Gradually slide your body down the ball and arch your back on the ball and stay in the arched position for between 3-5 minutes everyday. It’s better to place your feet next to a wall so that you will not slip.

The fitball can also be used to do sit-ups as shown in the 2nd pic. It’s an excellent way to do sit-up on the ball as there is no pressure to you back. The weight of your body is supported by the ball.

The results I get from working out on this ball are superb. No more back pain and no more flabby tummy. However, consistency and discipline are needed coz if you are not consistent and only exercise as and when you feel like it, the backpain will surface again.

Disclaimer : This is not intended to be a medical advice. This article is written purely based on my own experience.

Natural Remedy For Flu And Throat Infection

During my recent bout of flu and throat infection, infected to me by my 2 little gals and DH, I’ve decided that I will cure myself naturally and vowed not to take antibiotics again, if necessary, coz antibiotics destroy all the bacteria in my body, whether good or bad bacteria and each time I’d taken antibiotics, I’d develop Vaginal Yeast Infection, something which I really really hate. So I surfed the net to find the best remedy for my ailment and pored thru my Natural Remedy book by Readers’ Digest. The result? I was completely cured WITHOUT having to visit the dr., yay! Here’s what I ate :

1. Popped garlic pills 2-3 times a day.

2. Popped Echinacea pills 2 times a day.

3. Drank raw Manuka honey. Method – either mix it with lemon juice or swallow a teaspoon of the honey without any water. Do not drink water thereafter for at least 15 minutes. Manuka honey is well-known for its antibacterial properties.

4. Popped probiotics pills.

5. Drank Redoxon Zinc + Vit C effervescent

6. Popped Vit ACE

7. To alleviate pain in throat, sucked Difflam anti-inflammatory & anti-bacterial lozenges. This really helped to alleviate the pain in the throat for a few hours but I had to bear with the side effect of a slightly numb tongue.

7. Popped Nurofen caplet to reduce fever & alleviate flu symptoms.

8. Gargle salt water throughout the day.

9. Asked maid to cook me ‘Sick People Soup’. Check out recipe here.

Well, this concoction worked for me. Hope it will also work for whoever who is keen to try it.

Disclaimer : This article is not intended to be a medical advice. It is purely based on my own experience.

Catermate, Your Perfect Food Catering Mate

Just a brief introduction of what DH does. He’s a professional caterer (Catermate Sdn Bhd) and caters to all sorts of functions (corporate, private, outdoor, etc.) and caters a myriad of halal fusion food ranging from local, Japanese, Western, Italian, BBQ, you just name it and he’ll provide them right to your door step. Here are a couple of snapshots of his latest function for his client for their VIP guests:

Of course, he also caters not-so-high-end functions. Just give him your budget, your theme, your favourite menu and he’ll create an unforgetable perfect function for you. DH, Alan Yap can be contacted at mobile no. 019-266 4297.

Picture – testing only

I have been spending the whole afternoon trying to post a picture to my article but kept getting a failed message. Hopefully this one works, keeping my fingers crossed.

Oh yes, yes, yes. I finally managed to download the pic. After downloading FireFox, I’ve succeeded, yay! PTL! Oh, btw, that’s a pic of my 2 gals at my garden, trying to have a taste of flowers.

Dress to Heal Anyone?

My 2 gals had always been very healthy and rarely fell sick. Even when everyone else in the house were down with flu, my gals almost never caught the flu bug. However, things took to a turn when Alycia (who turned 3 yo in Dec 06) attended pre-school in January this year. After 1 week of attending class, she started developing a mild cough which eventually got into a full- blown flu with fever. Each time she recovered, she caught the flu again when she went back to school. I was shocked when one day, I stepped into her class and noticed that out of the approximate 20 kids or so in her class, more than half of them had the sniffles and goo dribbling down their little noses. Yikes, no wonder ler, Alycia is always sick but what to do, I can’t wrap her up in a clean suit with an oxygen tank attached to her and keep her at home forever. She needs to expose her body to some virus to get immuned to them.

My nightmare soon began. Each time Alycia fell sick, she would passed on the bug to Sherilyn coz they eat, play and sleep together and when I wasn’t around for just a few seconds, Sherilyn would conveniently drink from Aly’s cup or use her eating utensils or I would catch Aly wiping some of her goo onto Sher, eewwww!. Needless to say, I also fell sick inescapably due to the loss of beauty sleep and had 2 little brats spitting at me, coughing at me, spewing phelgm and vomit at me and sleeping with me. Next in turn was DH. This went on impeccably twice a month for 4 months. DH burnt a BIG hole in his pocket to bring the gals to the paed. Each consultation cost an average of RM100, so you go calculate how much DH spent on the gal’s medical bills. I really felt the pinch now coz when I was still working, all the medical bills were covered by my company. On top of the choking medical bills, DH also bought Lo Hong Kar birds’ nest, ‘pau sum’ (some kind of expensive ginseng) and took the gals to see a Chinese Sinseh from a chinese medicine hall to have their ‘pulse read’ and then bought chinese herbs for the gals. I told DH that our gals are really expensive from the time before their conception (coz Aly is a product of artificial insemination) through toddlerhood. Oh, sustaining both pregnancies is another long story which I will write about later. I was just terrified of checking their temperature each time their little bodies felt warm. I was really really terrified of going through the whole sick process of them getting sick.

Recently, I read from an online friend that her DD was also in a similar situation as my gals and after she tried this product called Teviron, her DD’s condition improved. It’s a kind of clothing made from special material that can electrically charge ions to electrostatic energy. When I saw the price list for the clothings, my jaw almost dropped off. One medium sized singlet cost RM310 and the blankets cost more. The products have to be worn consistently all the time to gain real effects from them. When I proposed to DH to buy this item, got criticized by him pulak. He said I was so gullible as to believe in such a thing, plus there is no guarantee that it will work on the gals. He said even with a RM1k+ Sharp brand Ion Plasmacluster air purifier in the gals’ room, their immune system is still so vulnerable, so how can some so-called miracle clothing help. Part of me still wants to try out this product coz I hate to see my gals gulping down so much medicine every month without fail. So should I or should I not continue to pursue this idea with DH and get him to give this product a try? Has anyone used this Teviron before?

Health Freak

Everyone who knows me knows that I am a heath nut & cleanliness freak and a hypochondriac. I wasn’t like this when I was younger, not at all. The ‘disease’ slowly built up over the years. I became a health nut when I was working in a bank more than 10 years ago. As it was really stressful working in the HR Dept of a bank, I developed many stres-related illnesses and was perpetually sick. I hated to take my medication coz they made me feel terrible. It was a colleague of mine who recommended me to cleanse & detoxify my body by eating fruits first thing in the morning on an empty tummy and never ate food after eating fruits. I religously followed the regime & my health improved tremendously. 4 years down the road, when I was diagnosed as suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and went thru infertility & later fertility treatments to conceive, my whole life shattered and my entire life turned around. I became obssessed with working out to loose weight, read up the Atkins Diet & followed it religously and ate very healthily. Today, I thank God that I had to go thru years of hell because now, I am a very healthy lady, worked out daily come rain or shine and I appreciate my kids more. I can pass off as a college student when I am not with my kids and don’t even look like a mother of 2, ahem, 😉 ! My kids too now have to follow mummy’s diet plan and because of this, they don’t have a sweet tooth.

Finally got it started

I’ve been wanting to create my own blog for years already. Eversince I’ve started reading friends’ blogs, I’ve been wanting to jump into the blog wagon coz it really seems fun, plus, in future my gals can read this on-going journal about themselves. Moreover, I can also start to earn some money through some payperpost kinda thingy. The only thing that held me back from starting it any sooner is time coz being a SAHM is no easy job & I hardly have any personal time for myself. I must admit shyly that I am quite IT challenged & only know the basics about computer & softwares, to get me through my 13 years of working in the corporate world. I have almost zilch knowledge about software, hardware, webpage designs, etc. etc but since I want to start my own blog, I have to put in some time & effort & sacrifices to make it happen. I am still struggling to get the blog look as ‘real’ and as pleasant to read as possible and because I am quite an IT idiot, I am spending more time than necessary thru trial & error.