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Sponsored post (with giveaway!): Tupperware

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For as long as I can remember, I grew up in a household where Tupperware was the brand to use when it came to storage containers. My mum was and still is a huge fan of the brand. She had Tupperware containers in all shapes, sizes and colours and I remember fondly how she’d always use Tupperware only whenever she had something to store. In fact, she still hoards owns some of the retro-looking ones from the early 80s! I would be happy to take a picture of it but it is buried deep inside the storeroom. Maybe one day, I’d take them out to photograph them.

When you say “Tupperware”, typical words like “aunty” or “old fashioned” would come up. I guess that’s because many aunties swear by the brand and perhaps, in the past, designs and colours weren’t exactly “happening”. I have to admit that I thought the same way too. Not until recently when Jaslin from Tupperware SG contacted me to do a blog review of Tupperware products. Now, I’m a big fan of organising stuff (bordering on OCD behaviour) and when she very generously said that I could choose anything from the September catalogue for this review, I was beyond excited.

I did not realise that Tupperware now carries products for lil’ ones too!

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Call me shallow but I love the shade of purple/pink in this set:

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Click here to view the September catalogue in detail.

As a nursing mother, staying hydrated is important. I know this for a fact but sadly, I always forget to pack along a water bottle when I’m out with Elliott. I’d then end up feeling really thirsty and have to run around trying to buy myself a drink. I was happy to see that Tupperware has a cute 310 ml water bottle that comes in a pack of 3. As all mothers will know, our diaper bags are usually already packed to the brim so this little bottle is perfect :)

Since it comes in a pack of 3, you can leave them in your diaper bag, your office bag (if you’re a working momma) and one as a back-up. Not sure about you but my pregnancy brain has now morphed into mummy brain which means I misplace things all the time. Pffft. The Eco Bottle (the official name) is also available in larger sizes (up to 1 litre) to fit each individual’s needs. I understand from Jaslin that these Eco Bottles are really popular and are often on the verge of being sold out!

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I was also excited at these storage containers. (I know, it’s a bit sad getting excited over storage containers….) I love my stuff to be placed in a neat manner. This is why I cannot wait to move into our new home where I can start placing things where they should belong. Currently, loads of our stuff are packed away in boxes and stuff that I use are haphazardly placed into any empty shelves that are available. You have no idea how much that stresses me. So yes, these Modular Mates got me excited. This is the “Starter Set” so if you have never used or bought Tupperware, this 5-piece is a good set to start with!

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Tupperware is well-known for keeping things air-tight. There’s nothing worst than discovering that my prized Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies (my current craze and saviour on all baby-will-not-nap days) has gone all soft when I feel like having them a couple of days later. Pfffft. My mum also loves her popcorn and keropok and Tupperware keeps them fresh and crispy. Also, now that Elliott has started on solids, I am using the small Modular Mate (top in picture, below) to store his Brown Rice Cereal from Healthy Times. Look carefully and you can spot my stash of chocolate chip cookies in the orange container .

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The orange container is part of the Orange Canister Set which comes in 3 sizes – 1.1L, 1.7L and 2.4L. It also comes in blue, green and purple.

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Other than storage containers, Tupperware also carries products for the fridge. When we were living on our own (before Elliott came along), I used to have to throw away loads of vegetables and fruits that have spoilt because I kept them for too long in the fridge.

This VentSmart Rectangular Medium High (4.4L) allows you to store perishables in a clean manner, keeping them fresh for a longer period of time. Look carefully at the cover – these unique venting system helps to regulate the atmosphere inside the container by balancing the flow of oxygen and carbon dioxide passing in and out of the container, and can be adjusted according to the type of vegetables or fruits stored. It all sounds really high-tech and honestly, as long as it works, I’m happy! I couldn’t help but laugh when I took this picture – don’t we look like we are feeding a bunch of rabbits? Hur hur.

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Last but not least, I got the Twinkle Snack Cup (150 ml) for Elliott. I foresee us having to carry snacks along with us when he gets the hang of solids. It has an easy to open tab and as the cap is attached to the cup, there is no worry that the cup (or cap) will be misplaced. It is also hardy to withstand little hands (and chewers). As you can see from the picture, Elliott was having a field day flinging the cup about.

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GIVEAWAY!

Tupperware SG is giving away S$100 worth of Tupperware products, inclusive of FREE DELIVERY in Singapore. The winner gets to choose any Tupperware product from the October catalogue! To qualify, simply click here for details.

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This giveaway is open to all readers residing in Singapore and ends at midnight, 30 September 2014. Winner will be announced in October on this blog and on Instagram so check back then!

Note: miss ene received Tupperware products in return for this sponsored post. All views and opinions expressed are her own.

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The countdown

I gave birth in March and after 4 months of maternity leave, took an additional 2 months of no-pay leave. It was something I really wanted to do because I wanted to spend more time with our child. The child that we tried so hard to have.

6 months away from work seems like a really long time but as I glanced at the calendar, it hit me that I only have another 15 days or so before I rejoin the workforce.

15 days. Half a month.

Once again, time has flown by. My tiny newborn is now a six month old. I feel a lump in throat because weekday mornings will no longer be the same. I love waking up with him beside me where he gives me his widest grin and I greet him with the loudest “GOOD MORNING SWEETIE!” that I can master in my sleepy stupor. I love lying in bed, staring at his beautiful face and planting wet kisses all over his nose, forehead and cheeks.

Come October, it’d be quick kisses before we hurry out of the house and he is dropped off at the in-laws for the day. Many have told me that it will be very difficult in the early days where tears will be aplenty, both from bub and mum. I foresee a heavy heart come October. At least for the first few weeks. I know many working mums have gone through the same and survived, and I will too. I guess I, or rather, we, just need a little time to get used to our new routine.

This returning to work stint is also making me a little stressed out because I am not sure if I will still have sufficient milk for him. I have been nursing him directly for a couple of months now because it is just much easier and more convenient as compared to pumping milk. I have a few packets of frozen milk stashed away in preparation but I can’t help but feel nervous that it won’t be enough.

I guess I can always count my blessings and look on the bright side. Things could be much worst, right? Elliott will be in good hands of the MIL and my mum. My work hours are pretty fixed which means that come 6pm, I’d be out of the office door. My work place is also a 5-minute drive to my in-laws place which means that I do not need to drive across the island in rush hour traffic to pick him up everyday. I am also thankful that I have a car to use so that we are both comfortable in our commute.

I guess we’d be ok. Till then, I shall appreciate and enjoy the now.

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Elliott’s first Mid-Autumn Festival

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We went to check out the Mid-Autum Festival at Gardens by the Bay last weekend. Even thought it was only 6.30pm, ALL the carparks at GBTB was full. Pffft. Thankfully, we managed to find a parking lot at the old Marina South carpark. If you’re old enough to remember the Korean BBQ buffet places at the old Marina South, you’d remember that huge carpark behind it. I was surprised that the car park still existed!

It was Elliott’s very first Mid-Autumn Festival and although he’s way too young for a lantern (battery-operated or otherwise), I thought that he’d appreciate looking at the brightly-coloured lanterns on display. As it was an outdoor event, we took Moon along with us too.

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We walked past the Children’s Garden and decided to check it out. There were LOADS of screaming children running amok at the Water Play area and the little man was enthralled!

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He didn’t take his eyes off the water jets and simply kept staring transfixed. I literally stood beside him (Moon and the boy had to wait outside as dogs are not allowed) and watched him. There’s a Toddler Play Zone for 1 to 5 year olds too. Can’t wait to take him back here when he’s older!

The entire place started to fill up really quickly and when darkness fell, it became almost impossible to actually admire the displays. At the popular areas, we literally just shuffled along, lost in the human throng. Poor Moon was also getting lost amongst the sea of human legs. Elliott fell asleep at one point but it was too noisy and chaotic and he was awake before long.

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These were the only photos I managed. There’s something I don’t get – why do people bother to take photos of themselves with their mobile phones while standing in front of the lanterns? Their faces show up black and if you use a flash, the face is lit but the background is dark. Essentially, you end up with a bunch of really crap and bad photos. I don’t get it.

When we left at about 8ish, we noticed that the roads leading to the car parks were jam packed and traffic was at a standstill. I was quite glad to be leaving then because the 2 adults were covered in sweat and it was time for a much-needed dinner.

Next year, Elliott will just tot his own battery-operated lantern (complete with loud techno jarring tunes) and walk around our new neighbourhood. That should be less manic.

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Slowly but surely.

We went to check on the renovation progress at our new home a couple of weeks back. Meant to blog about it then but obviously, with a 6 month old almost permanently attached to me, it was a bit hard to blog as and when I felt like it.

Anyway, it looks like the renovations are coming along well. Here’s the living room:

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There’s massive work being done to the bathroom in the master bedroom. It’s almost unrecognisable at this stage. That’s the master bedroom on the left, and the bathroom being reworked on the right:

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It also looks like the kitchen tiles are being laid. Yeay!

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I remember choosing the kitchen tiles at a shop along Balestier Road. The range of tiles were ASTOUNDING! It was just rows and rows and rows of all sorts of floor tiles made up of all sorts of materials. Pretty mind-boggling, really.

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The look the same after a while, don’t they? We chose the one on the left, by the way.

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It’s pretty exciting to see a new home take shape!

 

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Singapore Specials Run ’14

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Spotted this poster on ASD’s Facebook page and got quite excited. It is rare to find a running event where both humans and dogs can participate in! I asked the boy if he’d be keen to do the 2km Buddy Race with Moon and he said “Sure!”.

Here are the details:

Date : 30th Nov ’14, Sunday
Time : 4.30pm Flag off
Venue : East Coast Park, Casuarina Grove

All participants will also receive a race pack consisting of a dri-fit t-shirt and a goodie bag. Do it before 30th September and you save $5 on registration fees. You can find more details on their official page here.

I’ve signed the boy and Moon up for it, and Elliott and I will be at the finishing line to cheer on Daddy and Moon. Go! Go! Go!