CMCO Day 158 ~ Saturday, 14 November 2020 (Homemade Chicken and Pork Roulade with Ajvar)

We’re happy guinea pigs again today 😁. Our teenage chef tried  two new recipes for lunch – chicken and pork roulade and Ajvar (Serbian Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce) to go with the roulade.

The stuffing for the chicken and pork roulade is sauteed minced King Trumpet mushrooms with garlic and champagne. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed our specially curated meal for lunch. Sherilyn planned to cook Tonkatsu with Japanese curry again but we got home late after she dropped off a gift to her friend and we ended up having KFC for dinner.  Our KFC meal was bought using vouchers that Sherilyn won in an online English quiz organized by Yayasan Johor Corporation recently.

Ajvar (Serbian Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce) with a nice smokey flavor to go with the roulade.  Our chef roasted the bell peppers on a non-stick pan over the stove before blitzing them.

Sauteed minced King Trumpet mushrooms with garlic and champagne as filling for the roulade.

Chef Sherilyn plucking some organic Chinese parsley from the balcony pot to decorate the dish:

It’s not easy to capture picture perfect photos of food.  The most important thing is natural lighting (not too bright or dim) and the only place I can get clear photos is at our balcony, at certain angles and at certain timing of the day. And for this, I need the girls to help me.

Today I discovered another talent of mine — I can do a pretty good job as a hair dresser! I managed to cut my super persnickety Cass’ hair. She has been bugging me to allow her to cut her hair herself (she doesn’t like to go to the hair dresser) and I told her that I will do it for her instead.  It’s my second time cutting Cass’ thick, frizzy and curly hair. I think it’s pretty easy and it took me less than 20 minutes to chop off about 20cm of her precious locks.  This time, Cass is super pleased with the outcome  😁.  While I was cutting Cass’ hair outside our unit, our Japanese neighbor came out, saw what I was doing and told me that today his wife cut their two sons’ hair too.  We mothers are multi-taskers and multi-talented 😊

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Online Lessons From Home

Now that schools are closed for the rest of the year due to rising Covid cases and only reopening on 20 January 2021, this will be the scene in my living room, six times a week.

Her desktop PC is turned on with teacher on screen, mobile phone is turned on with Roblox auto-playing and ear phones plugged in.  Every few minutes, she’ll switch screens to different platforms – Whatsapp, Discord, Spotify, You Tube and don’t know what else. And she’s apparently chatting with her classmates on those channels.  The distraction is just too hard to resist for a kid.  Online learning from home is totally not as effective as learning from school.  What’s more, there will be no more final exam this year and all major government exams are cancelled.  Can I really fault her for her lack of focus in her studies now?  According to Cass’ Mandarin tutor, all her students are behaving in a similar manner throughout the MCO.  Thankfully Cass’ class teacher, who’s also her Chinese language teacher has  the right tactic to tackle the students and the kids are very serious and pay attention whenever she’s teaching online.

According to the website of the high school that Cass will be going to next year, classes will continue to be in a blended learning module in 2021.

 

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Support Your Community During the Quarantine

Governments throughout the world have enacted quarantine restrictions that have impacted large and small communities alike. You and many others are unable to resume an ordinary life, which has impacted both individuals and businesses alike. If you wish to help your area, there are a few tasks that you and others can do.

Donate to Organizations

Your town or city likely has a few local nonprofit organizations that help the most vulnerable populations. They might need the following resources:

  • Cash donations
  • Masks (homemade or disposable)
  • Personal protection equipment (gloves, sanitizers)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Blood (if eligible)
  • Volunteer labor

You can try to contact these organizations directly or even do simple tasks like placing food by local pantries. Also, you can make money and supply donations to general nonprofits that help people throughout the country or worldwide.

Eat from Local Restaurants

Due to the restrictions on large gatherings and the high potential for contamination via food, restaurants have been hit hard during quarantine. Both larger chains and local places can use some help. While making a Noodles and Company order online Northwest Suburbs Chicago helps the franchises, your community’s independent locations also need plenty of assistance. Make sure they have curbside takeout and home delivery options to keep yourself safe while buying their meals.

Purchase Gift Cards

Other businesses throughout your community are also potentially in peril during this situation, but it might not be the right time to go shopping. An effective way to support these places is by purchasing gift cards for friends and family, as well as vouchers for your own use. Buying these items ensures that the businesses receive some money while also saving the shopping for a later time. See if any local business throughout the area offers them, from restaurants to clothing shops.

COVID-19 may have severely disrupted the lives of people in your community, but there are ways to help. These are just some of the solutions that can keep people and businesses going during these times.

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CMCO Day 152 ~ Sunday, 8 November 2020

Hubs and I went to Mid Valley Megamall today. It’s my first outing to the mall during CMCO/lockdown#2; my first in over 2 months.  Our primary purpose of going to the mall is to get my mobile number changed and for me to restock some cleaning items at Daiso. I also made a quick trip to Jaya Grocer to get some snacks.

I’ve been having a strange craving for snacks and junk food throughout the lockdown. Maybe it’s my body’s response to stress and boredom and snacks always make me feel good (and guilty).  Snacking is probably just my body’s way to beat the cabin fever blues.   During MCO #1 earlier this year, I had unhealthy cravings too.  When the MCO was lifted and we could go out to dine freely again, my cravings for snacks faded in tandem!  Damn it, my kitchen is now stocked up with muruku, tapioca chips, popcorns (non-GMO ones), Twisties, nuts and ice-creams! Someone at home also has similar strange unhealthy cravings for snacks during our time locked at home.  She followed me to our neighborhood supermarket yesterday and stocked up on Japanese jelly, ice-creams, instant noodles,  crackers, biscuits and nuts  😆.

Our girls are having a whale of a time skipping school and feasting on junk food. Everyday is a holiday for them – almost the entire year this year. Cass has a craving for ice-creams now.  Before she went into the OT on Thursday, she told me that she craved for Haagen Daz’s salted caramel ice-cream. I promised her that I would get her a tub if she’s well after the procedure.  And I kept my promise.

Our lunch at Ăn Viet, The Gardens Mall:

While waiting for our food to arrive, I watched a live speech by our Education Minister from my phone. I was in disbelief when he announced that all schools in our country will be closed for the rest of this year!  SPM is also postponed to 22 February 2021 – Alycia is happy to have more time to revise!  Form 2 and Form 3 students will only be going back to school in March 2021! I still can’t wrap my mind around this.  Thankfully my girls don’t fall into that category. I cannot imagine our girls stuck at home from now until March 2021!!  This is the only year in the history of our country that students only attended school for fewer than 4 months in a year with all major exams cancelled and postponed.

Before we left the mall, we got an exciting spread of takeaway food for everyone at home. Ever since CMCO #2 was imposed, we have never ventured out of our neighborhood to get food or groceries, except for hubs. We’ve gotten bored with the food from most of our regular restaurants and coffee shops in our neighborhood. The girls also got their fix of Yomei’s purple rice x yoghurt and Tealive. I think I will probably only hit the mall again in a month or two or when the CMCO is lifted.

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Get In Shape With A Body Shaper

Shapewear is everything you need to sculpt and support your body to achieve a more attractive figure. Body shapewear for women like waist shaper and tummy control body shaper are designed to impermanently alter the wearer’s body shape and they also work to provide support to the bust and back area.  There’s a lot more to wearing shapewear than meets the eye.  Shapewear provides many other positive benefits besides enhancing your look. The physical and psychological boost from wearing shapewear is enough to garner a whole new outlook on life as you stand up with a better posture, lose those last few pounds you’ve been trying to get rid of, and walk into any room with an air of complete confidence.

One of the many benefits of shapewear is that you can finally pull out your old skinny jeans or bodycon dress and actually fit into them!  All of a sudden, your wardrobe becomes brand new as you rediscover all the old favorites and breathe new life into them.  How wonderful!  Start with a pair of lightweight briefs or a thong and discover the benefits of wearing shapewear for opening up new possibilities for everyday outfits.

If you’re looking for affordable body shapewear and plus size waist trainer, Shapellx.com have a neat collection to choose from.  I especially like this reflective waist trainer that can glow in the dark or when light shines on it!  It will be perfect for me when I do my pre-dawn jogging in the dark. The reflective waist trainer can keep in in shape while keeping me safe in the dark.

These are some of the benefits of wearing body shapewear:

1.  Improvement in posture.  A waist trainer certainly does not allow you to slouch and keeps your posture straight and after a period of time wearing it, it becomes second nature to you to keep a good posture.

2.  Eating smaller food portions. Large meals may feel uncomfortable to consume when your midsection is under compression.  With a waist trainer or shapewear shorts on your body, you’ll likely feel more comfortable eating smaller meals rather than large ones.

3.  More calories burnt.  When you wear a waist trainer during exercise, you will sweat profusely, especially around your waist area.  With that extra sweat, you will lose some water weight and calories.

4. Postpartum care.  New mums will know how difficult it is to get back into shape with limited time on your hands with a new baby.  By wearing a body shapewear for a minimum of 4 hours daily for a month, you can lose up to 4 inches off your waist.

5.  Bustline Support.  Apart from accentuating your figure,  body shapers will come in handy if you wear a strapless bra as the body shaper will keep your bra secure in place. It also pushes up your breasts, thus making them look fuller.

Always remember to choose bodyshapers that fits you well, as being comfortable and relaxed is equally important as achieving that gorgeous look.  Check out the Black Friday shapewear sales on Shapellx now to get the best deals!

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Cassandra’s Cystoscopy – Thursday, 5 Nov 2020 (CMCO Day 149)

I woke up at 3:15 a.m. today to heat up the meatless Gimbap that Sherilyn prepped for us last night.  Then I woke Cass up so that she could have her meal as her last solid meal before the Cystoscopy today is at 4 a.m.  I was worried that this brat would push me away as she has issues waking up early! Thank God she got up the moment I jostled her from her sleep.  I thought that she’d have no appetite to eat at such an ungodly hour (she’s never eaten a meal at this hour before, besides her comfort sucking from birth to 3 years old) but she noshed the Gimbap and even asked me to reheat the butter garlic mushrooms that Sherilyn cooked yesterday. After the main course, she ate some cut papayas and drank a packet of Izumio and then went back to sleep.   Cass loves her sister’s cooking. Good, I can now retire as the deputy in-house cook and can handover this portfolio to Sherilyn 😁

The Cystoscopy today went quite smoothly without a hitch. I was allowed to follow Cass into the OT and left after she was knocked out by the anesthetist. Before I left, the nurse asked me to give Cass a kiss on her cheek. That was when I was overwhelmed with emotions. All the memories of May 2009 at GMC Penang came flooding back again. And here I am again, going through this the 4th time with Cass and all alone again in a freezing cold OT, waiting anxiously and praying fervently. And it looks like this is not going to be the last time as Cass will most likely require to go through another major surgery.

I sat alone at the waiting area outside the OT (photo below).  The place is devoid of people due to the hospital’s Covid-19 SOP.  The entire place is freaking cold and you know what? I left my jacket at home!!!!   Yesterday I put the jacket in my handbag but when I took my purse out in the morning, I took the jacket out and in my haste to leave the house, forgot to put the jacket back into the bag. Luckily I  had a shawl (made from sheer fabric!) in the hospital bag meant for emergency purpose. And if not for the OT scrubs and head cover that I had to don on inside the OT, I would have frozen to death 😅.

To generate heat to warm up my body and to beat boredom, I walked back and forth this cold corridor for almost an hour while saying my prayers for Cass’ smooth procedure.

Out of boredom, I snapped this photo from the 8th floor of the hospital .

I managed to steal this photo of Cass at the recuperating bay in the OT. Cass will not be happy with me if she found out. Thus, I had blurred her face.

With the oxygen mask still on, Cass’ first few words when I asked if she was feeling OK was “I am so sleepy. This feels like History class” and then let out a tired chuckle😆

Once again, Cass and I were the last to be ambulanced back to the ward as she’s the oldest kid in the OT.   The hospital’s order of priority for all procedures is by age in ascending order.  The procedure started at 12:40 p.m. and we were only ambulanced back to the ward 3 hours later. We spent about 6 hours at the OT.  Cass was the last patient in the OT when we left at around 4-ish p.m.. It was Cass’ first time being wheeled into an ambulance on a stretcher. She was actually well enough to walk or be put on a wheelchair but again, we had to follow the hospital’s SOP.  After the ambulance dropped all the patients from the ward to another building where the OT is, the nurse even insisted that I wheel Cass on the wheelchair to the 8th floor where the OT is as she said that’s the hospital’s SOP.

When Cass was back in the ward at the Institute of Urology & Nephrology, she was almost 100% well again. She ate half of the keto Gimbap that Sherilyn made for me yesterday, ate half my walnut bun and ate the entire plate of rice with chicken and fried cabbage that the hospital provided. She was famished after more than 13 hours of dry fasting.

Below: the keto Gimbap that Sherilyn prepped last night for my lunch in the hospital. It was still very delish when I ate it at 4-ish p.m.

As for me, after two days of anxiety and deprivation of sleep, I lost another 1kg. My weight now is a mere 41.8 kg and I’ve been having heart palpitations the entire day 😔.

To be continued…



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CMCO Day 146 ~ Monday, 2 November 2020

Today’s lunch had a little drama to it when Sherilyn made hand-pulled Biang Biang Shaanxi noodles and tomato eggs. Part way through cooking the noodles, the smoke detector alarm in the kitchen was triggered. This girl had heated up a pot at high heat with oil in it and it produced a lot of smoke and activated the alarm! Gave us all a scare as we thought something was on fire in the dry kitchen 😅

Biang Biang spicy noodles with Taiwanese style tomato eggs for lunch:

Smoke detector that got triggered by the intense smoke from the hot pot of oil 😱

This ain’t the first time the smoke detector was triggered when our girls cooked.  Last year Alycia heated up a pau in the microwave oven when I was out with Cass at the music school. And this girl played with her phone and forgot all about the pau.  The pau got burnt inside the microwave oven and the intense smoke from the microwave oven activated the smoke detector.  Thank God I got home just in the nick of time to turn off the microwave oven before it exploded!!



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A Coat That Never Goes Out Of Style

Trench coats are perfect for when you don’t want to wear coats that are too heavy or bulky. They are also perfect for winter mornings when the sun is bright and it is not too chilly. Light, comfortable, and relatively warm, wearing a trench coat is also a very easy way to add a lot of style to a simple outfit.  Although most trench coats come in khaki or light brown, Prestarrs have revived the look with fresh colors, lengths and fits, like this collarless woolen trench coat with pockets that come in fresh colors like rose, pink and yellow.

Trench coats used to be worn by soldiers and only men.  They then seamlessly transitioned into the world of women’s wear and they’re now here to stay for good.  Trench coats look equally amazing on women, giving them an air of elegance and exquisite.

If you are a fashion savvy woman who’s constantly looking for a fashion piece that will serve as both a cover-up for warmth and also function as a fashion centerpiece, trench coats are your best bets.  The best trench coats can serve as the perfect addition that can elevate your fashion image up a few notches.

Trendy trench coats for women come in simple, sleek and edgy designs and styles. There are leather trench coats, woolen trench coats and there are also trench coats with lace-trimmed edges or embellished buttons and belts. You can choose to just wear a trench coat as a stylish jacket or you can also choose to make your trench coat a fashion focal point. Either way you would be serving two purposes with one highly stylish coat. Trench coats are wardrobe selections that are really important in a fashionable woman’s outfit choices.

Trench coats can be worn for a wide variety of occasions. It’s sophisticated and dressy enough to be one of the few types of outerwear for women that look great with formal clothing and suits and is also long enough to comfortably cover suit jackets. Trench coats give an effortlessly cool and chic look and add a lot of charm to the wearer’s personality.

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CMCO Day 144 ~ Saturday, 31 October 2020

Today is the last day of October 2020, which means that we only have two more months before we bid adieu to 2020!  With Covid-19 around for the long haul and the Government imposing intermittent lockdowns, I wonder how 2021 will fare for us.

I’ve been wondering lately whether we will get to celebrate Christmas with loved ones this year. What about Chinese New Year in February next year? When will we be allowed to travel back to Ipoh again?  Will Alycia be able to sit for SPM in early January 2021 as planned? Her school hasn’t even decided on the new trial SPM dates.  As it is now, schools are still closed in the Klang Valley.  There’re so much unknowns in the near future.

This year has been such a challenging year for our family and many other people. It’s a year that not only the whole world is fighting an immortal invisible enemy that’s constantly mutating and evolving to become even more indestructible, it’s a year that many people lost their livelihood and lives 😭.  The latest economic casualty to be hit by this pandemic is Robinson’s.  All their outlets in Malaysia and Singapore will be shuttered for good 😔.  Also announced in the recent news is the indefinite closure of all cinemas in Malaysia.

Last month, our family friend lost his battle to Shingles. Just a few days ago, another close friend was diagnosed with colorectal cancer.  Today when I was reading updates on my Facebook page, I was shocked to read the sudden demise of a friend who was in her early 40s.  😢  This year has been nothing short of tragic for many of us.

Yesterday I again asked Alycia what’s her choice of degree course to pursue in university and her reply was “I’m not sure now. Let’s survive this pandemic first”.  True that.  We can only take one day at a time now. Planning ahead does not seem viable anymore now.  We’re currently still in the midst of a terrible war – WWIII.  Let’s just enjoy today because we’re not even sure what’s going to happen tomorrow, like my friend who passed away unexpectedly yesterday.

We haven’t gone out to have our meals for over 2 weeks now. Even though 5 people are now allowed to be seated at a table in an eatery, the ironic SOP states that only 2 people are allowed in a car. It doesn’t make sense that both hubs and I have to drive our cars just so our family can dine together outside… and one of us has to be seated at another table (or 3 at a table) as there are 6 of us in the family.

Hubs and I haven’t had our alone couple time for breakfast or lunch together these days, as he’s back to doing bento box delivery and must be in his shop to supervise his staff.  On several occasions recently, his staff messed up some orders.  When orders are screwed up in a food delivery business, it’s often costly and may leave a negative impression on the customer. Thus, hubs has to be at his shop to check every single order before it leaves the shop, which is very time consuming.

My breakfast today of half boiled Japanese pearl eggs / Sakura eggs:



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Getting a Car Ready to Sell

If it’s time to sell your car to make way for a new one in your life, there are a few things you should do before putting an add in Craigslist or putting a “for sale” sign in the window. Just like staging a house will help you get the best price, completing basic maintenance on your vehicle will help you get top dollar as a trade-in or directly from a buyer.

Fix the Outside

Before you present your car to a potential buyer, make sure the outside looks as good as possible. Invest in scratch and dent removal Grapevine TX because even little door dings could make the car look like it wasn’t taken care of. Replace or fix cracked windshields and side mirrors. Consider replacing your license plate holder if it’s too personalized or warped. Right before you show it, get the car washed and waxed so the paint gleams.

Fix the Inside

Getting your car shampooed and detailed is a must. You may have lived with the spilled coffee stain in the seat, but a buyer might use it as an opportunity to ask for a lower price. Clean, and if need be, replace the floor mats. Check underneath all seats that fold up. Where they latch to the floor of your car is a magnet for dropped French fries and pennies. Clean the insides of windows as well, removing smashed mosquitoes and dog slobber for a clear view. Spray new car scent or something fresh like peppermint inside.

Organize Your Paperwork

Clean out your glove box and console and organize all the important papers related to the car in one folder. That way, the potential buyer can quickly flip through to see when the tires were last replaced, and the oil was changed. It will also show that you cared enough about your car to keep up with its records.

Saying goodbye to your old car can be sad, but you’ll feel better knowing that you sent it off to its new owners looking great and for the best price.

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CMCO Day 142 ~ Thursday, 29 October 2020

Since it’s a public holiday today and there’s no online class to attend, the youngest brat helped at her daddy’s shop with bento box packing. What to do, times are really bad and we have to cut down on staff wages and resort to child labor.

Just kidding, she went there to collect our lunch & dinner of Mee Siam, Nasi Hujan Panas, otak-otak, vegan spaghetti and beef rendang. It’s Cass’ first time out of prison ever since the CMCO was re-imposed 2 weeks ago.  This girl would probably drive her OCD and super persnickety dad bonkers and get fired if she were a part-time staff at his shop 😐

Mee Siam with chicken rendang and sambal set @ RM15/box from Catermate.

Nasi Hujan Panas (Rainbow Ghee Rice) with chicken curry, cili sambal fish and assorted fried vegetables @ RM20/box.

Vegetarian spagehtti

 

Slow-cooked Australia beef rendang @ RM50/box.

If you’d like to try Catermate’s bento boxes or pick something from their menu,  here’s how you can order:

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Catermate Sdn Bhd
No.15, Jalan 1/109E, Desa Business Park, Taman Desa, Off Old Klang Road,
58100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(opposite Bomba, same row as 99 Speedmart)

OR
🚛 Delivery via Grab (paid by customer)

 

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How To Create A Low Maintenance Kitchen

If you love to cook and also have kids, then the chances are you’re often making a mess! It can sometimes start to feel as though you are spending more time cleaning your kitchen than you are enjoying it, which is frustrating. A few thoughtful touches to your kitchen design can make all the difference by creating a space that is practically effortless to clean and maintain.

Storage Solutions

The first thing to consider when you’re trying to create a lower maintenance kitchen is storage.

Clearing clutter off of your surfaces and into designated spaces means that cleaning your work surfaces takes much less time, and it also helps to prevent dust from accumulating. Smart storage solutions can help you to make the most of your space, and also save you time because everything you need will be stored in a logical space. Never again will you have to spend time digging through a huge drawer to find the lid that goes with the Tupperware you want to use!

small kitchen storage

Try installing shelves to create extra space, using drawer dividers to help keep your utensil drawer organized, and consider putting extra shelving in your cupboards so that you can see what’s in there more easily.

Durable Work Surfaces

When you’re choosing what kind of work surface you would like to install in your home, try to think about how you will be using your kitchen rather than just how it will look in your home.

For example, materials like granite are incredibly durable which means that you can use knives on the work surfaces and place hot pans on them without fear of causing damage, which can, in turn, make your kitchen much easier to use. It’s also a good idea to fit your surfaces in such a way that you minimize gaps and cracks where dirt and debris may accumulate.

Layout

As with work surfaces, it’s a good idea to consider how you will be using your kitchen when considering the layout. For example, having the sink next to the dishwasher makes it easy to rinse plates and load them straight in the dishwasher, and also means that you are less likely to drip dirty water across the kitchen.

If you would like some ideas on how to design a low maintenance kitchen layout, then contact a professional service like nonpareilsolutions.co.uk who will be more than happy to talk through your requirements with you.

Flooring

Tile or stone flooring can look great, but it does add extra complexity to keeping it clean and well maintained because dirt and debris are likely to accumulate in the grouting between the tiles. If you’re looking for a low maintenance flooring, it’s a good idea to go with laminate or vinyl flooring which is one continuous sheet and therefore much easier and quicker to mop clean.

Kitchen Paint

Be sure to choose specialist kitchen paint when decorating your kitchen, as it has been designed to withstand damp, so it’s much easier to wipe clean, and you don’t have as high a risk of mildew and mold forming.

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How to Transition Your Style from Fall to Winter

There is no reason to spend a substantial sum on an extensive winter wardrobe. If you have many fall pieces you love, you might need to add a few basic items to create a jaw-dropping style during chillier temperatures.  If you want to feel confident and comfortable once December arrives, find out how to transition your style from fall to winter below.

Add Layers onto a Fall Look
It is likely you invested in a few warmer items in time for fall, such as turtlenecks, jeans, and tights, and these items can also serve you well during winter. The key to a great winter look is building layers, which can help you beat the cold outdoors and cool down when entering a warm home or store. For example, you could team a turtleneck with a cardigan, a stylish jacket, a scarf, and a hat, which will help you to tweak your temperature when winter arrives.

Buy Staple Outerwear
View fall as a time to introduce cozy sweaters, jeans, and boots into your closet, and you should then focus your attention on staple outwear during winter. For example, you could invest in puffa jackets, hooded macs, gilets, and egg jackets, which will keep you warm throughout the season.

If you are unsure about the right jacket design to flatter your curvy figure, you will be happy to learn you can take your pick from designer plus size clothing online to match your shape, style, and size. It is essential to choose quality items over quantity, which will allow you to return to an item every winter and to stand out on the street for all the right reasons.

Add Chunkier Accessories
It is a wise idea to stock up on chunkier accessories before winter arrives, such as a heavy knit beanie or a knitted scarf. It will shield your body from the inevitable cold and can complement many of the basic items in your fall wardrobe. You also can express your style and personality by buying accessories in different colors, textures, and patterns.

Put the Floral Prints Away
Most people wouldn’t bat an eyelid if you wore a floral print during fall, as it is a bright, colorful season. However, they might question your clothing choices if you wear a flowery top or dress during winter. As much as it might pain you to do so, you should retire the floral print until spring and incorporate darker, neutral colors into your winter style. You also could add pops of color with a vibrant scarf, hat, and/or a handbag.

Conclusion
Before you run out to stock up on winter clothing, you would be wise to review your closet to identify if you can add layers or accessories that can help you to create a seasonal look. For example, you should invest in high-quality outwear, chunky accessories, and flexible layers, which can help to both look and feel warm when temperatures start to plummet.

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How To Save Money As A Parent

When you are a parent, you’ll know that there are many things you need to spend money on. There will be extra food, for one thing, plus clothing and toys as well as educational equipment. You might even need to move to a larger property. It might not seem possible that you can save money when there is so much to pay out for, but there are several different ways you can do this and make parenting a much cheaper situation to be in. Read on to find out more.

Have A Budget

The reason that parenting starts becoming expensive is that there are so many different things that can be bought, and although they may not seem costly by themselves, added together it can all come to a lot of money.

The best way to combat this is to have a monthly budget. That way, you’ll know how much you can spend on non-essential items for your child (we don’t mean food and clothing, of course), and if your budget doesn’t cover it, then you’ll need to wait until you have the money. Without a sensible budget in place, you can easily overspend and find you are struggling financially by the end of the month.

 

Plan Ahead

The ability to plan is something that will help you in many different ways when you’re a parent, and in other aspects of your life too. Knowing what you’re going to do during schools breaks, knowing what you’re going to do as a career, knowing that you want to use exithere.com for your funeral arrangements, and much more will all come in very useful.

When we are specifically talking about saving money as a parent, planning is just as crucial. It will allow you to budget more effectively, as mentioned above, and it will help you to be calmer and more collected. Why is this important? It’s because, if you can keep calm, you won’t spend out on things without first thinking everything through.

Get Free Things

Although this won’t be something that everyone can take advantage of, if you can get free items for your children, then this will clearly save you money. These items could be hand-me-downs from family and friends, or you might find someone local to you, giving something away on social media. If it’s something you need and would have spent money on, then this makes a lot of sense. If it’s something you wouldn’t have bought then think twice before agreeing to take it; do you need it, or could someone else benefit instead?

There is no shame in obtaining free clothing or toys for your children. It’s a great money-saving method, and when you’re done with the items, you can pass them on to someone else and help them out just like you were helped.

Of course, if there is no way to get free items, then buying used is almost as good. You can get some amazing bargains buying from a thrift store or an online auction, and many times those clothes and toys have barely been used.

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Our Talented Teenage Chef

Alycia and I realized that our dear in-house chef has a special preference when it comes to cooking. She seems to really enjoy making sushi/Gimbap and egg rolls. And everything Korean and Japanese!  With whatever she can find in the fridge, she has the Midas touch to transform all the ingredients into some very appetizing and aesthetically pleasing sushi, Gimbap and egg rolls in a jiffy, like a professional chef.  Her grandma and I can already hang up our aprons as we have such a talented and earnest chef at home to take over this chore.  And my very persnickety and critical MIL is starting to love what her talented grand daughter could dish out  😊

But we can only enjoy her cooking and bakes during the CMCO and holidays. Once school resumes when the CMCO is lifted, she’ll be back to her hectic life again.

Yesterday Sherilyn dished out these yummy egg rolls for lunch, as there was still quite a bit of leftover egg whites in the fridge after she used the yolks to make Frangipane tart and orange curd.

Fried spam and carrots in the middle, followed by seaweed, pan fried egg whites and lastly pan fried whole eggs. These keto egg rolls not only look alluring, they are really scrumptious.  I wonder where she learned to make all these from!

Lovely craftsmanship of artisanal food!

In the evening she prepped these Gimbap/Kimbap in a jiffy again because everyone else had Yomei’s purple rice yoghurt and this fussy girl finds it yucky to be chewing and gulping down rice with cold yoghurt 😬

Such a LOT of work goes into her Gimbap – the julienned carrots were sauteed, the sweet potato leaves were blanched, then seasoned the Korean style with sesame seed oil and soy sauce, egg strips and SPAM were pan fried before these were rolled with rice in a bamboo sushi mat.  But for someone who loves cooking, the entire preparation is a joy, though very tedious.

Alycia and I  thoroughly enjoyed our Yomie’s purple rice yoghurt for dinner and Cass had melon yoghurt. I think it’s quite a well balanced drink with protein from the yoghurt, and carbs and fiber from the chewy and addictive flavorful purple rice.  The fresh yoghurt and purple rice blend give the beverage a viscous and creamy consistency, while not being overly sweet.  These drinks are filled with beneficial probiotics and many people consume this drink as a meal replacement or diet drink.   Even the mil approved this drink as a meal for dinner! 😆



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A Guide to Staying Safe on Two-Wheeled Vehicles

Whether you are planning to ride a motorbike yourself, or if it is one of the kids who has an adventurous spirit, safety should be your number one priority. After all, you are at a higher risk of suffering a serious injury when you are on a two-wheeled vehicle. So, here are a few of the ways that you can protect your well-being when riding a motorbike or scooter. 

Choose the Right Vehicle 
First of all, you need to choose your vehicle carefully, so check out bmgscooters.com for some good options. If you are buying a second-hand vehicle, you need to be particularly selective as a pre-owned vehicle is more likely to have faults. If you are buying new, you should look for a trusted retailer.

Wear the Appropriate Protective Equipment and Clothing 
Once you have selected the right vehicle, you then need to invest in the best protective equipment and clothing. First of all, you need a good solid helmet as protecting your head is paramount. One with a face shield also gives you that added layer of protection to your face area. You should also wear leather clothing as this will give your body a good level of defence should you end up in an accident. Gloves and shoes with non-skid soles are other items to add to your shopping list. Reflective tape and fluorescent clothing will also help you to be seen when you are riding during the night-time hours.

Follow All Traffic Rules 
You should have already taken a license to drive your two-wheeled vehicle, but following the rules of the road is obviously highly important as they have been put in place for a reason. If you are in a different country or state, you need to follow all traffic rules of the local area.

Ride Defensively 
As we mentioned at the start of the article, when you are on a motorbike or scooter, you are in a more vulnerable position on the road. This means that you should adopt a more defensive riding style as this will keep you safe from the bigger vehicles that are out on the road. A huge proportion of accidents occur when drivers do not notice bikes or you are in their blind spot, which means that you should avoid driving too aggressively as it is your own safety that you will end up putting at risk.

Keep Your Bike Properly Serviced 
Before you embark on any journey – and particularly before you head out on a long ride – you should ensure that you keep your bike properly serviced. Take a look at your tires and look out for any bulges or signs of wear and tear. You also need to ensure that they are always properly pumped up. Look for any signs of oil leaks that have occurred underneath the motorbike or scooter. Check your headlights to ensure that they are in good working order. Also, inspect your hydraulic and coolant fluids on a weekly basis.

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