Monday, March 30, 2020

[REVIEW] Heorshe Ultra Wide Neck Baby Bottle

Introducing to you Heorshe (Ultra Wide Nick Baby Bottle)
Hello mommies and daddies! Being a first time mother with a first child can be really challenging, especially when it comes to picking the right bottles for them. Surprised by the variety of bottles in the market, i think i can say that most of us wouldnt want to encourage nipple confusion to our baby right? I still believe that direct latching would be the best if youre breastfeeding, but of course when i need to work and be out without my baby, i would only want the second option to be the closest to whats natural. And after throughly doing intensive reading online, i found Heorshe to be one of the bottle that i would recommend! Here’s why:

Introducing Heorshe

Comes in two colours, but i got myself the one in pink!
Check it out guys, it even comes with a manual #fancy
Every box of Heorshe is sealed to ensure that its new and fresh for the baby
Heorshe came about by being inspired by unborn babies, be it ‘he’ or ‘she’. Founded by parents themselves, the concept of Heorshe is to protect babies from anything that might bring harm. In comparison to conventional bottles that we usually see in stores, they most likely have a higher chance of offering bacteria moist and warm environemnts making it a prime breeding ground for the silent killer. YIKES! What is Heorshe's solution? Physical antibacterial polymer. With experts researching on combining the best information to develop this physical antibacterial polymer technology. Its not too popular in Malaysia yet, but i believe that the word would spread quick once they find out about Heorshe. Trust me, its THE bottle that you'll ever need!

POLYMER = ANTIBACTERIAL? 

Just look at the details of the polymer body
Just to enlighten you with what is so unique about this polymer material, it actually has the ability to prevent the spread of bacteria through the bottle by affecting the bacterial inhibiting adhesion and reproduction of bacteria on the bottles surfaces. With this deveopment, this antibacterial polymer is definitely a breakthough in the manufactured antibacterial plastic industry! (Also, now being used in the medical field as well.) Since this material is being used for Heorshe bottles, they have ensured that its designed to exceed the highest quality standards to ensure safety of babies, and provide a sense of relief to parents.

REVIEW ON THE HEORSHE ULTRA WIDE NECK BABT BOTTLE

Introducing Heorshe to my 6 months old baby Mikayla
Now jumping into the overall product review, this would be my first time introducing their bottles to my little baby who is currently 6 months. She's a little fussy when it comes to bottles usually and it may take a while for her to just accept it, but to my surprise, when i introduce the Heorshe for my little one, she was instantly hooked as if she's already familar with it. IMPRESSED! Im really not even kidding about it. Honestly, i would think that because the nipple is ultra-soft and considering that if you look closely at the details, it really does resemble an actual breast.

Offers different types of nipple flow, but i got myself the X flow which is suitable for 6 months +

Closer look at the nipple design and features
In the image above, you would see a close up photo of what the nipple of the bottle looks like. Wont you agree that it looks just like the real thing? If you get your hands on this, it even feels very close to the real deal. Its no wonder that a lot of parents are fond to Heorshe bottles as their bottle nipples has been known to be accepted by most babies. It no wonder that my baby enjoys just nibbling and latching onto the nipple as she enjoys her drink. Not to forget, if you have a colicy baby, Heorshe offers a unique air control system which allows the bottle to vent, which helps to avoid gassiness. What more can you ask for from a bottle? The nipple also has been design to be an X-flow.

Solid but soft body for a more natural feel
Has labels for parents to monitor baby's intake
Moving over to the details of the body, Heorshe claims that their bottles has been designed to be ergonomic. The one that i got for my little baby would be the 240ml bottle, which should be the bigger size that Heorshe has to offer.Since it has this unqiue polymer material, it has a nice grip for babies to hold onto their bottle. My little baby girl has never held so firmly onto a bottle, til she started holding onto Heorshe's bottle. It was too cute not to take a photo of her holding on to it, so here it is! It has a unique curved shape, but despite it looking asymetrical, surprisingly its very comfortable to hold on to, even for me.

When dismentalled, theres really only 4 parts to wash
Heat resistant, making it safe for microwave and dishwasher safe too!
When dismentalling it, i would have to highlight that one of the features that i enjoy about their bottles would be that they are very easy to clean. I am those kind of mothers who dont exactly enjoy washing bottles cause they can be slightly tedious to wash, but since the Heorshe Ultra Wide Neck Bottle is designed with a 67mm ultra wide neck, it actually made my washing expereince so much easier. Moreover, its heat resistant for up to 180 Celcius, BPA Free and its also microwave and Top Rack dishwasher safe too!

VERDICT

Despite this being her first time testing out Heorshe, she just loves it!
As a verdict, i must say that im impressed with what Heorshe has to offer. Before being exposed to Heorshe, i would assume that most bottles had only one purpose, to feed baby when direct latching is not an option. But after understanding the many other features that would add more value to a baby's bottle, this actually creates a wonderful experience for baby and parent. I really wish i found out about Heorshe sooner as this really beats all the other bottles that i see in stores. Since i direct latch my baby, this is one of the bottles that i would recommend to mother who focuses on wanting to continuously breastfeed and avoid nipple confusion as the design is unlikely to confuse the baby.

Since it has a frosted silicone polymer body, it makes it easy for her to hold on to it too! What a BONUS! 
I have introduce this to my baby at 6 months, and for the past 1 month, she simply enjoys the bottle as if she's direct latching (Which is great!). It may not be easy to find in stores, but it can be purchased online. The one that i got would be the 240ml/8oz bottle, and it retails at RM138 which i find that it may be a little on the high side. But trust me, rather than spending half the price on something that your baby would not enjoy + potential bacterial growth, Heorshe would be a safer option for the little one leaving parents like me with less worries. Do checkout their official sites below for more information on Heorshe.

HEORSHE

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Meals In Minutes | DIY Fancy Dining at Home

A short cut to preparing a meal? Here's Meals in Minutes to save the day!
If you know me, you’d know i enjoy cooking a lot, but i have to admit that i do have days where im just too tired to prepare a meal. Pretty sure this can be relatable to you too right? (Don’t leave me hanging!) haha. So, i was browing through instagram and found myself stumbling upon Meal In Minutes Instagram account and boy, thr conceptual idea was perfect!

Always love personal notes like these. Good job Meals in Minutes!
Unboxing time!
Being a mother to an infant, i would have to say the struggle of just preparing a decent meal can be pretty challenging at times, especially when the baby doesnt allow you to put her down. I mean, i can have an option to make instant noodles on the go, but being a very enthusiastic fitness junkie, i like to make the nutrients count! So, when i found out about Meals in Minutes, i browsed through the options they have and i must say that im impressed with the selections.

An Array of Protein : Butter Parsley Prawns + Thai Lime Fish
Sides: Truffle Mashed Potato, Mashed Sweet Potato and Mashed Red Skin Potato
Bases: Cauliflower Rice and Japanese Rice
Being very newly launched, the selections are pretty minimal, but i would have to say complete in a sense of variety. They offer selections of Base, Protein and Sides for you to choose from and i’d like to highlight that its all pretty resonably priced. Why? Because you can skip the preparations, the grocery shopping and the  amount of time spent to prepare a nice meal! Their prices start from as low as RM3.50 which i think is a steal if you’re lazy to prepare it at home (with a bonus of 0 mistakes in the kitchen).

Checkout the excellent packaging by Meals in Minutes
Just other reasons why you should love Meals in Minutes!
This being my first order from Meals In Minutes, i was  surprised with a huge box that looks very exclusive. Basically i ordered myself a mix of bases, proteins and sides to try. And in case youre wondering, it only cost less than RM80 for all of these! I love that its all pre-packed in a vacuum seal, and from the looks of it, i can tell that these are definitely freshly freezed. To highlight personal touches by the team, they actually label every pack, inclusive of the nutritional facts, ingredients and expiry date too! Love this! 

How to prepare your meal

Pick anything that you like, in my case, i'll be trying out the Butter Parsley Prawns
Take the label off, and dip in in cooking boiling hot water. Leave it in for 10 miutes
Cutting straight to the ‘how to’s’, you’d be surprised on simplified your cooking experience would be. Basically pick any pack that you feel like having, remove the label by stripping it off. Then placed your packs in a pan of boiling water. Cover the pan with the lid and leave it to boil for 10-13 minutes. After about 10 minutes, you would notice that the food looks cooked, which leads you to the next step. Cut the plastic open, start plating your meal how ever you like it and you got yoruself a quality nutritious meal.

The label has expiry dates, and i noticed that it has a good one year duration
Also has a list of nutritional information, allergy information adn best of all, its also halal certified!
In case you ever feel lost, theres instructions to help guide you on how to prepare the meal
Impressive right?! And if  youre feeling a little creative, why not use a pack of Buttered Parsley Prawn to prepare as 2 dishes instead? You can cook yourself some pasta (example: Agli Olio Speghetti ) then cook a pack of Buttered Parsley Prawn and plate it on your pasta then serve! Think about it? It really levels up your everyday dish into something that you can get in a restaurant! Need i say more? 

Get Creative! 

Imagine all the possibilities you can create with Meals in Minutes! 
You can even cook in in the microwave if you dont have a stove. Great for students who are staying in uni dorms with no gas too! Or, if youre thinking of bringing it on trips or camping, you can just pack this in your ice box and bring it out for an adventure. Just camp by a river, boil the water and walah! A meal in the jungle, just in case you want to add up some classyness in your jungle tracking journey. 

Verdict

And here's the final outcome! Bon Apetité!
Keeping my blog post short and sweet, as a verdict, i would have to say that i am ultimately impressed with the services and products provided by Meals In Minutes. It’s like having a personal professional chef at home and all you need is yourself to cook and present the dish. Its definitely fool proof and i’d like to add a phase that ‘now everyone can cook’ with Meals on Minutes. Its easy, fast, and great for days when you just want to take something out from the freezer and let the microwave do all the cooking. For more details on Meals in Minutes, you can check out their social sites which i’ve listed below. Thanks for readingmy humble post! 

Meals In Minutes

Thursday, March 19, 2020

PACKIT | My Multipurpose Breastmilk Ice Bag

I never knew how important ice bags were till i found Packit!
Being a mom to a newborn has been very challenging as i realize that i've been learning new things everyday. One of the biggest challenges as a first time mom would be the take your baby out for a stroll for the first time, especially when youre breastfeeding. I admit that im not a fan of breastfeeding in public, thus the other solution to ensure that i feel comfortable when im out would be to think ahead and express breastmilk. I do keep stocks in the freezer/refridgerator but i realize that when im going out, i still need my milk to stay cool (to prevent it from going bad) until the baby is hungry. Thawed breastmilk is good enough to last for 24 hours in the refridgerator, so how do you bring milk out while keeping it cool to maintain its optimum freshness? This is where i found PACKIT as my solution to travelling with expressed breastmilk.

I tried fitting in all my milkbags from the freezer and it did justice in holding 60 full packs of 4oz bags!
You might wonder what is PACKIT? Other than its direct tranlation of packing what you need, its also one of the smartest bags that i've laid my eyes on. It keeps food and drinks cool anywhere, and yes, it doesnt limit itself to just keep breastmilk fresh. I got myself the PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag in Charcoal Camo and i am in love with it! The bag is foldable, and freezable that works like a refridgerator on the go, keeping your food and drinks chilled for hours! Perfect to keep precious bags of breastmilk in my case.

FREEZABLE GEL WALLS

You heard me right, the walls are freezable!
What makes the PackIt Bag unique would be its special freezable gel built in walls. Basically you can ditch the blue ice bags and simply store the entire bag in the freezer overnight instead. Once the bag is frozen, the walls of the bag will create a chilling ambiance within the bag that would chill your food and drinks from all sides. Rest assured, i've tried and tested it myself, and it has proven to me  that it keeps food and drinks fresh. But ultimately, i admire the fact that theres no ice packs needed, which also means more space inside the bag!

CONVENIENT

Lock it in to keep it compact
Fits perfectly in the freexzer without taking too much space
Another reason why I am obsessed with their PackIt bag would be because it folds up into a compact size for easy storage in a freezer, which also means you won't have to worry about it taking up your freezer space. Weighing only 500g together with its freezable walls, it's one of the coolest lunch bags I've seen in my life. (Literally, the coolest!). With its built-in cooling technology, you can chill anything in it for hours. I've brought out refrigerated breastmilk for one of our outings, and surprisingly it lasted throughout the 8 hours while we were out! Milk were still frozen believe it or not. No more worrying about not properly storing milk when we go out cause we have PackIt to keep it fresh. Also, when im pumping while the baby is away from me, I can consider keeping my breastmilk bags in it as it immediately chills the milk keeping it fresh to be stored in the freezer.

SIMPLE CARE

Here's me showing off my milk storage that i managed to bring back from a holiday Safely stored during our travels
Not only that, you can fit in other items too! Get creative!
Its honestly really easy to take care of it since the structure of the bag is very solid, and all you need to do to keep it clean would be to wipe thoroughly or hand wash the interior and spot clean the exterior. For your information, the interior of the bag is made out of non-toxic poly canvas and has food-safe, water-resistant lining too. PackIt's Freezable Lunch Bags are made from PVC, BPA, phthalate, formaldehyde and lead-free materials. Less worries, and more freezing!

VERDICT

My favourite ice bag to bring out when im with and without the baby. 
Whats usually in my Packit Bag? Here's a few items that i usually fit in.
As a verdict, i would have to say that this has saved me so many times when it comes to long trips on holidays, and especially during those moments when we need to 'balik kampung'. If youre a working mom, this bag is great for you to have a portable freezer that would keep your milk chilled and fresh. Or if youre like me, and outdoor mom, its always great to keep your breast milk cold wherever you go, only until you need to use it. I secretly pack my lunch in too and i love enjoying my salad/ sandwich chilled, all thanks to Packit! What more can you ask form an ice bag? You can say bye bye to your ice packs and let Packit keep your items chilled.

PACKIT

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Paul Immigrations Reviews

Paul Immigrations Reviews | Easy Singapore PR Application

Are you planning to permanently move to Singapore and ready to apply for a Singapore PR? I've been doing some research on how to apply for PR and I must admit that the process of applying for the PR status has a list of cumbersome tasks to complete, filled with overwhelming paperwork and never-ending steps of to-dos before you can hit the submit button. Luckily enough, I stumbled upon a company that is based in Singapore that can assist and I guess if you're looking for a simpler solution to ease the application process, having professional help by Paul Immigrations is just what you need!


Introducing Paul Immigrations

As an introduction, this Singapore firm specializes in assisting anyone who is applying for PR. Equipped with the knowledge and experience, thefirm has gained a good reputation in maintaining a high success rate over the years. Other than easing the process, they also offer key insights, organize and prepare additional documents, craft personalized cover letters, lead you through the process and minimize your time wastage.



When would be a good time to apply for Singapore PR?

There are about 30,000 approved PRs annually according to population reports in Singapore, but with hopeful and talented applicants increasing each year, this adds up to the competition to get your profile to be approved as the Immigration officer would always want a candidate that may contribute into Singapore's economy. Best said it's always advisable to apply as early as possible to avoid any possibility of stricter requirements added to their set of criteria in the future.



Paul Immigrations Reviews: The End-to-End Procedure

To brief you through on how the PR Application process with this company, first a phone call by a representative will conduct an interview with you to see if you are eligible to apply for the Singapore Permanent Resident status, in which she/he will gather your type of work pass, your family background, and also check on any pending application with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, followed by a profile assessment that would involve getting your age, length of stay in the country, salary drawn and tax contributions.

Once all the information has been provided via telephone line, you will be required to have an in-person appointment with the representative to confirm that your work pass documents are legitimate, inclusive of reviewing your profile again in person as verification. Some factors that would affect your PR approval would be your education qualifications, your work industry, the political climate ofthe city, and immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s possible quota. And at this point, you may decide to proceed with the firm’s services to improve your chances of getting an approval.

If you decided to proceed with their services, you are then requested to submit necessary documents to the Immigrations Specialist of the company, who will be in charge of handling your submission. Before they have compiled the documents, he/she will then advise you on the PR criteria and requirements as stated by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority. The submission package that has to be prepared would include an audited form submission, correct compulsory document, and any other essential additional documents that would make your profile more outstanding.


Once you've completed submitting the documents, the Immigrations Specialist will handle the rest of your PR application paperwork on your behalf. The company has a team of in-house writers. The writer will craft a personalized cover letter to be included in your submission, and this would benefit you because a well-written cover letter will be able to emphasize your commitment to the local community and the Singaporean society. I believe this would be a little challenging to write if you're not a fan of writing as it would take a lot of time to draft a well-written letter. With the professional help of the team, you would save yourself so much more time, provided with an excellent scale of service to assist you in your PR application.

Once documents are completed, you can submit the application remotely with their guidance or you may also choose to schedule a meeting with the specialist and submit the application online to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority. From this point, the ICA would take about four to six months to assess your PR eligibility, where once it's approved or rejected, the team will be able to inform and advise you on the next best course of action to take. On the contrary, imagine getting rejected when you apply on your own while not knowing what could have possibly gone wrong. What a nightmare!

Applying for a PR Status with Family

For those with families, it would be recommended to apply your application in a single submission, as this would potentially improve the chances of getting your PR application to be approved. The reason why it improves the chances of your PR approval would be because this shows that you and your family are serious about the move and definitely not just going after the benefits of being a Singaporean PR. It's beneficial to apply for your PR status as a family, especially with children as this may increase the potential of future society contributors and also improves the economy of the Lion City. Nevertheless, the assessment is strictly under the hands of ICA officers without a doubt.

As a conclusion, I would have to say that the process may be a little tedious if you have never done it on your own before as it would usually take up a lot of time and energy to get it done, but with Paul Immigrations being ever ready to assist, I would highly recommend you to consider using their services for a smooth PR application approval. You may also be overseas while waiting for your Singapore PR submission to be approved and let the professionals of the company handle the rest. Who knew that we all had an easier option to do so? Well, I hope you found this post informative and I wish that your application is successful!

For more information and details head on over to find out!

Monday, March 9, 2020

[Beauty Review] Minakawaii | Gentle Japanese Collagen Skincare

Reviewing Minakawaii Collagen Skincare
I would have to say that im a huge fan of gentle skincare? In case youre wondering what im talking about, gentle skincare is basically skincare that doesn't sting! Well, considering that I have combination skin, I find it a hassle at times to deal with my dry skin concerns, then my oily skin concerns around the T-zone. Honestly, I have never really only owned 1 skincare range at home as I need to have different solutions for different concerns. But recently I decided to give myself a go on the Minakawaii skincare range and OMG, I would have to say that it's one of the most gentle skincare that works on my skin! Did you also know that Minakawaii skincare contains collagen too? A def yes to bouncy skin.

In case you wonder what is Collagen?
All packs are well sealed
Briefing through the products that they have to offer, its pretty minimal considering that they only have 6 products to cater to all skin types at the moment. Like the one that I'll be talking about today would be the gift pack bundle containing all the products that they have to offer! But to just list down the products that they have, they offer Cleansing Water, Milky Face Cleanser, Daily Scrub Gel, Anti Aging Facial Cream, Moisturizing Facial Lotion and Sleeping Mask Booster. Having combination skin, i find that this range caters all the solutions that i need to keep my skin clean and supple.

Cleansing Water


Texture is rather watery and mildly like gel

Now, starting off with their cleansing water, it serves as a double effect of Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and Betaine to protect the skin's surface as you remove the makeup from your skin. Also containing Hydro Castor Oil, this makes it the perfect add on of fish collagen and citric acid to replenish the collagen that you've lost while removing all the dirt and makeup from your skin. How amazing is that? Texture-wise, I would say that it's watery, and the way I remove my makeup, I would usually just pump twice onto a cotton pad and gently cleanse my face and next before moving on to the next step, cleansing!

Milky Face Cleanser


One of the most gentle milk cleansers i've tried!
Texture is very moisturising after cleansing
After removing impurities from the skin, I moved to the next step with the Milky Face Cleanser. Honestly was pretty surprised that this milk cleanser came in a tube packaging as usually, it comes in a pump bottle considering that the texture is a little liquidy. So, if you do try this out at home, be sure to be careful when you squeeze out the milky face cleanser as you wouldn't want to accidentally spill the product. Im usually not a fan of milk cleansing, but surprisingly, I am impressed with the quality of this cleanser! On days that I go for a jog and got myself accidentally sun burned, this cleanser did a great job in gently cleansing my skin without stinging it. I also noticed that after constant usage of this cleanser, my open pores were minimized and it kept the hydration of the skin pretty well too. So, if youre ever looking for a milk cleanser that is not sticky and actually cleanses, I would actually recommend you to consider trying this. Honestly no regrets!

Daily Scrub Gel


Have you heard of a Gel Scrub before?
Scrub without being too harsh on the skin
Since im not a fan of scrubbing, i had some reservations on the Daily Scrub Gel before actually considering to try this out. As you know that scrubbing may actually make your skin worst as it may leave scars or block your pores when not cleansed properly, but im actually surprised to find this scrub to be more in gel form instead of cream. This has to be one of the first gel scrubs that i've tried and i love how its very gentle on the skin despite it being a scrub. The scrub for this is made out of Natural Hydra Beads and i admire the fact that the beads are very gentle. Trust me, dont underestimate this scrub.

Moisturing Facial Lotion


Toner that doesnt dry up the skin

Once the cleansing ritual is complete, never forget to tone your skin to keep those pores minimal and prevent blockage. The Moisturising Facial Lotion contains Natural Hydro Castor Oil that moisturizes the skin with rich vitamins derived from lemon, grapefruit, apple, and lime. With all these fruity ingredients, I would highlight that I enjoy the scent of this lotion as it relaxes me pretty well as I apply the lotion around my face. I prefer to dap some of the lotions on the cotton pad and gently apply it all over the face, including the neck.)

Anti Aging Facial Cream


It may look thick, but it really sinks into the skin pretty well without leaving any sticky residue

Don't we all hate wrinkles? Well, if you do too, the anti-aging facial cream is just what you need to prevent those wrinkles from haunting you. Containing stearate and dimethicone, this cream penetrates to the inner layer of the skin to replenish its nutrients while also supplying collagen for the skin to keep it soft and supple. The texture is a creamy and a little sticky for my liking, but I would say that it doesn't a pretty darn good job in providing moisture for the skin. Since my biggest concerns would be around the eye areas, I've actually used this as an eye cream instead of the face and it works like a charm! Consider this a 2 in 1 deal where you can apply it on your face and eye bags.

Sleeping Mask Booster




And last but not least would be the Sleeping Mask Booster! If you think your skin is always looking tired, this is what you need to give your skin a break. The Sleeping Mask Booster contains natural ingredients to provide your skin with a natural clear glowy skin when you wake up the next day. I usually use this on alternate days, and I have to highlight that I love waking up the morning after I've applied a thick layer of the sleeping mask booster. Considering I love to mask, I actually like that this Sleeping Mask Booster just hydrates your skin overnight almost effortlessly.

Verdict

Here's what i have to say!
As a verdict, I would have to say that the range is ideal for those looking for a skincare range that can counter practically a variety of skin concerns. Since I have combination skin, my concerns have a mix of dry skin, oily skin, and its always a bonus to have anti-aging benefits. Considering that the Minakawaii skincare range practically covers all my concerns, im happy enough that it makes great as a daily skincare range instead of using a variety of skincare for different purposes. For a set of 6 products, it cost about RM198 in total which makes RM40 per product which I guess can be slightly higher than your usual skincare, but trust me when I say that the quality of this is better than your over the shelf drug store skincare. It's more expensive to buy it individually, but if you asked me which product to purchase for a first-timer, you'd have to try the Milky Face Cleanser and Sleeping Mask Booster to understand what im talking about. Hehe. Well, if you may have any other questions, feel free to drop me a question below or you can also check out their official websites which I will list down below. Thanks for reading my humble post, till my next post peeps!

MINAKAWAII