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An almost no-spill Gyro Bowl July 31, 2012

What is it?

Universal Gyro Bowl

What’s the price?

RM16

Where to buy it?

http://www.my1stop.com.my/v2/mall/index.php?lot=1564&item=17124

http://www.facebook.com/umminaylicollections

What are the special features?

  • Child-proof
  • With a 360 degree rotating inner bowl
  • Made of BPA free plastic

Review

When you have little kids, it’s hard to have a clean, mess-free home. Introducing the Gyro Bowl.

The Gyro Bowl is plastic container with a lid that has an inner rotating bowl. At first glance, it looks cute with contrast colours, a must with kids. The bowl works fine when a child holds it at the side handle, rotating nicely without spilling its contents.

But looking at a test done by this mom, when you drop, throw or shake the bowl with a little force, the contents will spill out. Or as proven by this kid, hold the inner bowl and flip it. Maybe the label should say “80% spill-proof, no guarantees”.

What I like about it

The bowl itself is cute and, I have to admit, fun. My inner child loves the colours and the shape of the bowl, spinning the bowl like a merry-go-round. You could say that the bowl adds some fun into mealtimes.

What I don’t like about it

The plastic is durable enough that it won’t shatter into pieces (unless you run it over with your car, then maybe.) even when thrown to a wall. But the handle detaches pretty easily, and it does get annoying after several times. But no major cons.

Conclusion

Whatever that makes a mom’s life easier i.e. less mess to clean in less time, would definitely get a thumbs up for me! The fact that it’s a fun mealtime tool & affordable, another two thumbs up!

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Homecooked meals for your little ones July 26, 2012

What is it?

Nutritionists’ Choice Cookbook

What’s the price?

RM20

Where to buy it?

https://www.facebook.com/luz.clarita.9849

http://ibzatech.com/?p=658

What are the special features?

  • Printed in English & Malay, side by side to suit Malaysian readers
  • Lots of information on nutritional needs of kids of different ages, how to prepare & cook for your child, meal planning, smart snacking and lots of healthy recipes, suitable for the whole family

Review

I have two kids, a 4-year-old daughter and an almost 3-year-old son. My son is a wholesome eater – he loves food and eats pretty much anything. He’s a little small for his age, but you wouldn’t believe how much this little guy can eat. I’ll give just an example – he could eat three bananas in one sitting. Not the local, little bananas. The Dole bananas which are as long as the palm of an adult’s hand. He could also eat two whole apples in one sitting, with the skin on.

My daughter is exactly the opposite. She thinks of eating as hard work, something unpleasant that needs to be done, not something to be enjoyed. A necessary evil, if you will. She can survive on ten bottles of formula milk a day, some crackers and a couple of chicken nuggets. Getting her to eat is a tiresome feat that can really stress me out.

So I decided to have a look at this book, which was recommended by a school friend of mine, Anne. The book is published by Nutrition Society of Malaysia and sponsored by Shell Gas, Pfizer, Maggi, Nestle, Yakult and Zespri. It covers nutrition and meals for a baby’s first year up to a pre-schooler kid.

The book is divided into three chapters, and I’ll give brief points in each chapter.

Chapter 1 – Your Baby’s First Meals

This chapter tells the basics for introducing solids to a baby. It explains the nutritional needs of an infant up to two years old, when to start feeding solids, what and how much to feed your baby, followed by the recipes section. The recipes here are also divided up by introductory recipes for 6-8 months old, cereals mix for 9-11 months old and solid food for 12 months old and above. It also shows how to make basic chicken and vegetable stock to mix into baby’s food for more taste, which I think is very useful.

Chapter 2 – Toddler’s Tiny Bites

This chapter tells of the additional nutrition needed for 2-4 year old toddlers, during the formative years as the physical and mental abilities grows and develops. There is an emphasis on feeding frustrations and challenges of a picky eater, which is quite common at this age. This is followed by the age appropriate recipes categorized by mealtimes i.e. breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

Chapter 3 – Feeding Small Tummy

Apart from the even more nutrition needed, since the child is starting pre-school now, the chapter also emphasizes on regular, healthy snacks, hygiene matters before and after eating, eating together as a family and involving the child in preparing and cooking meals. The recipes in this chapter are suitable for the whole family and are also categorized by mealtimes.

All chapters include sample menus or meal planners and are loaded with cooking tips for moms. There are also lots of informative advertisements from sponsors, most of them in the food industry, therefore giving additional recipes using their products.  There is a recipe index by age category in the back for quick and easy reference.

What I like about it

I like it that the book was printed in both English and Malay, side by side. This is especially useful in reading the recipe ingredients, when sometimes you know the word in English and you want to know what it means in Malay, or vice versa. It makes it easier for the reader i.e. time-starved moms, instead of flipping the book back and forth to find a recipe in English, and then trying to find out what turmeric or galangal means in Malay.

What I don’t like about it

Can’t find anything to dislike.

Conclusion

I know there are tons of free recipes online, but the compilation of all the nutrition information and appropriate recipes, presented nicely in a book, makes this a great investment, at an affordable price. A must-have!

 

A cute home for your Ipad (or Galaxy Tab, or Galaxy SIII or Iphone 4s. You choose.) July 18, 2012

What is it?

Handmade, customized gadget pouches

What’s the price?

Price will depend on the gadget & size of pouch, but the general pricing guideline is:

  • RM35 for Iphone, Samsung Galaxy S series, Samsung Galaxy Note
  • RM45 for Samsung Galaxy Tab 7, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus
  • RM55 for Ipad, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10 inch
  • RM65 for laptop as for my 14” Sony Vaio laptop

There will be additional charges if you want to add extra inches for more space in your pouch.

Where to buy it?

https://www.facebook.com/LissaliciousRocks

http://lissalicious.com/

What are the special features?

  • Handmade using imported fabrics from Michael Miller Fabrics LLC
  • Beautiful fabric designs
  • Choose your own fabric, ribbon colour for the short strap, even the colour of your flap cover

Review

Looking at photos of the pouches, it was truly love at first sight. The fabrics designs are so adorable! I’ve always loved handcrafted or hand-sewn stuff and I absolutely envy those people who have natural talent for handmade crafts (because I have no talent in this area, at all). I have been window shopping for these kind of stuff on Etsy, but most of the makers are in US, therefore they sell in US dollars, so when converted into RM, becomes quite pricey. And that doesn’t even include postage yet, which can sometimes be equal to or more expensive than the item’s price itself.

So it’s really exciting to stumble upon a Malaysian crafter, who turned out to be a friend to my old college friend, Lisa. What a small world!

FYI, the fabric for my laptop pouch is Timeless Treasure – Reu Café and the one for my handphone pouch is Zesty Zinnia. There are a variety of designs to choose from the Facebook page album, most of them rather sweet and girlish. Lisa has recently added a few ‘unisex’ designs such as Pacman and Mix Tape in Multi, which are really cute and have a retro touch to them.

As I ordered two pouches in different designs, Lisa did offer to somewhat blend them together, by using the same colour strap ribbons, flap colours and inner fabric. I’ve always loved black, red and white colour combinations, which is why I chose the Zesty Zinnia. But my favourite was the Reu Café design, which was newly added at the time I was pondering over which design to choose. I love how it seems to be a mysterious romance unfolding, like Breakfast at Tiffany’s. (Not that I’ve seen the movie itself, but I saw the trailer and read up the story plot on Wikipedia.)

The stitching is very neat, and I love the personal touch of adding the product tab with the slogan ‘Handmade Rocks!’, an excellent branding tool. I also love the little dangling zipper charm shaped like a house, which adds to the overall uniqueness. As a daily train commuter, the zipped up compartment in the handphone pouch is very useful for me to put it my train pass, my earphones, a pocket tissue and small change for taxi rides. For the laptop pouch zipped up compartment, I put in some recipes I printed out from the internet, a magazine or sometimes a favourite book.

Lisa also included a long ribbon strap with the laptop pouch that you can alternate for the short ribbon strap, so you can wear it as a sling bag.

What I like about it

The designs are a key highlight in the pouches, and when matched up with the colourful ribbon straps, the item is no longer just a pouch – it becomes a really fashionable accessory. And at less than RM100, a very affordable fashion accessory.

What I don’t like about it

Nothing about the pouches, but it would be nice to have some padding in the long straps. Carrying an Ipad may not be much, but carrying a laptop for a long time could tire out your shoulder.

Conclusion

Love, love, love! Get it while it’s hot, girls!

 

Clock wooden puzzle July 10, 2012

Filed under: Toys - for the child at heart — zil_aziz @ 9:25 AM
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What is it?

Clock wooden puzzle

What’s the price?

RM15.00

Where to buy it?

https://www.facebook.com/smartintelligent.toys

What are the special features?

  • Large pieces with knobs for easy handling for a toddler’s fingers
  • Movable clown hands to teach a child to tell time
  • Painted with non-toxic ink
  • Measures about 25cm in diameter

Review

This is such a cute and irresistible looking clock! The coloured number pieces and the smiling clown with movable hands is a huge hit with my kids.

For my younger, not yet 3-year-old son, this puzzle teaches him to recognize the numbers and colours. For my 4-year-old daughter, it teaches her the ordering and position of the numbers on the clock, which is helped by the specific shape of the puzzle piece. So if she forgets where to put number 5, she could just test match the piece into the right slot to find which one that fits.

And of course, teaching to tell the time. You can move the hands to show your child what time is it, which would take some time, but fun, nonetheless.

You can read more about the benefit of puzzles for kids here.

What I like about it

I really like wooden puzzles as they are more durable than cardboard ones, and easier for a toddler to hold in their little fingers. You can read more about this here.

What I don’t like about it

You can also read more about this here.

Conclusion

An affordable toy that teaches the time, numbers and colours. A sweet deal, if you ask me.

 

Speller Junior July 3, 2012

Filed under: Toys - for the child at heart — zil_aziz @ 10:41 AM
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What is it?

Speller Junior

What’s the price?

RM29.00

Where to buy it?

https://www.facebook.com/smartintelligent.toys

http://www.kids.net.my/speller-junior-iq-games-3873.html

http://www.moresales.com.my/catalog/entry/jtucjtcd.shtml

What are the special features?

  • One simple game that encourages many skills
  • Encourages bonding time with your child
  • Lightweight and portable

Review

The game contained the Speller Junior game tray, 30 picture/word cards with 3- and 4-letter words (printed on both sides, so there are 60 pictures in total) and 8 letter cubes. The plastic tray holds the card, with four slots to fill in the letter cubes to spell the word as in the picture on the specific card. Each card has a 3-letter word on one side and a 4-letter word on the other side.

Besides teaching how to spell, the Speller Junior gives a number of other skills for a child to practice with:

  • Object and word recognition – The child recognizes the object on the card and the word for that object, a preparation for reading readiness.
  • Letter recognition and matching – To spell a word, the child must be able to recognize the letter or alphabet. This would also enable the child the find the letter on the cubes to match the letters on the card.
  • Concentration and memory – The child glances at the picture and the word, then flip the Word Cover over the word. The child is no longer matching the letters, but is actually spelling the whole word from memory.
  • Taking turns, sharing and playing together – The game can be varied for 2 players or more. Children take turns spelling the words on the cards. The player who spells correctly – you can play by letter matching for young children and spelling from memory for older kids – keeps the card. The person who has more cards in the end, wins.

What I like about it

There are countless games of this nature online, some are downloadable for free. You can just download some games, hand over your laptop or Ipad to your child, and he could play it to his heart’s content and you could have some peace and quiet. That’s the beauty of a traditional game; it encourages you to sit down, spend some time together and socialize.

I also like the portability of it. It’s small and lightweight, easy to be stashed in a plastic bag or container, so you can bring it for travels.

What I don’t like about it

It would be nice if the game included a carrying case, but that would, of course, increase the price. You can easily find your own casing for it, no big deal.

Conclusion

A good tool for some family bonding time and fun learning. That’s a major benefit for RM29. Buy this and make your own family game night.