Product Review & Giveaway - CollageIt

~ Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM ~

I came across this image software and decided to request for a review copy of the full software as I like the idea of being able to turn the tons and tons of pictures I took of my 2 kids EVERY DAY, and make it into a nice collage - you know, just adding a hint of creativity and touch and the pictures somehow looks awesome-r! Anyway, long story short, here goes my review for "CollageIt":

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Description about the product:
"CollageIt is a most easy-to-use collage maker which allows individuals to make photo collages on Mac and Windows automatically in minutes with just a few clicks. Whether to a casual user or professional photographer, one can easily and quickly master it. With CollageIt, people can share photos with friends and families in a unique way.

CollageIt assists users in recording beautiful moment in the easiest way. It has the following key features:
- Automatic, Easy to Use and Powerful.
- Various Collage Templates to Choose.
- Customize Photo Collages Freely.
- Share the Collage Anywhere.
"

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This is a very user-friendly software. You can just play around with the options for a few minutes and able to grasp the navigation and features available in it. It took me just a few minutes to figure out how to use this software and I really enjoy playing around with the pictures and putting them into a nice looking collage!

I like the following features in this software: Auto Rotate, Random Layout (where the software randomly assigns the images layout for me)

In the Export feature, you can actually export out the image to 7 different types (such as JPG, GIF, PNG, etc) though of course you need to select the image type one at a time, you can also send the image out as email, set it as wallpaper and so on.

I also like the feature where we can set the photo frame as well but I did not use this feature in my review here. Take a look at my sample collage and tell me what you think!

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You can get this software at: http://www.collageitfree.com/purchase.html

I am so excited to be able to hold this giveaway for my lucky blog followers and readers! 15 of you lucky people are going to win this awesome software! Now, let's read below for the giveaway terms and conditions OK?

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the software by PearlMountain Technology Co. in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

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What To Do If Your Child Bites You While Breastfeeding?

~ Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 1:18 PM ~

I saw this question posted by one mummy in a breastfeeding group I joined in Facebook "After BF for 7 months, my LO started to bite my nipples. Not sure if it is the caused of teething but it is very painful for me to continue BF. How to stop that? I've tried telling her (not sure if she understands ^^) and putting my last finger at the side of her mouth to open when she bites but that only lasts a while. Any mommies encounter this before? Its supper painful that I'm afraid to let her latch on now."

My immediate reply was:

"Lightly smacks her mouth with 2-3 of your fingers, must look serious and tell her immediately 'Ouch! That hurts mummy!' Give her a few seconds to think what happen (withdraw your breasts at this point), little children are very smart! After a while they will make the connection that if they bite = mummy pain = no nen-nen (aka breastmilk)"

Smack, warning with serious face, give them few seconds to reflect what they did...

With Ben (he's 39 months old now), I only have to do the above twice, the second time was because I was slow and he was really really hungry and accidentally bit me. Since then, no more biting episodes, even now that he is still nursing from me once a day before bedtime, he remembers and knows the rules!

As for Alyson (she's 9 months old now), I had to do this so far about 3 times and as of today, she has never bit me anymore and she's growing her 4th tooth (upper) at the moment. The last time I smacked Alyson's mouth after she bit me REALLY hard (I can actually see her tooth marks - bottom 2 teeth), I was and actually looked at her angrily and I can immediately see her face turning from playful into shock, then remorse and then she started crying. I had to calm her down after that but since then and so far, no more biting episodes.

So yes, new mums, you have to be firm and serious in disciplining your breastfeeding child if you want to spare your nipples from anymore biting incident. You CANNOT scold and smile at your child at the same time. They will not be able to know that you are serious and meant that it hurts if you are smiling at them. Or immediately offered your breast back at them.

I hope the above tips help!

How about you? Any tips to add on that you can share?

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Product Review - Happy Baby Organic Puffs Sweet Potato

~ Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 7:10 AM ~

In the middle of November last year, I received an email from Lavinie, one of the owner of Babydash company about the possibility of reviewing her products and after browsing through her online store, I politely informed her that I have to reject reviewing formulas and bottle products in her store because my 2 kids don't use them. Lavinie informed me that she will keep an eye out and informed me the moment a suitable product is available for my review.

Then in early February this year, Lavinie emailed me and asked me whether I am OK in reviewing the "Happy Baby Organic Puffs (Sweet Potato)". Now, this product has got to be one of the longest I need to liaise with the sponsor in order to review! No, no, it has nothing to do with the sponsor or the product, more to my product tester hahaha... Alyson, my baby girl was still not ready for solids when I first communicated to the sponsor for this product review, so we have to put on hold this review until Alyson is ready which is around May this year. Anyway, here goes my review:

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Description from the product page:
"ORGANIC PUFFS are different than other first foods on the market:
100% natural- whole grains, real fruit
1/2 the sugar than leading brands.
No artificial coloring
No artificial flavors
No GMOs
Fortified wtih more vitamins and minerals. The only baby snacks with added vitamin B and calcium, as well as Vitamin D, a nutrient which breastfed babies tend to lack.

* Sweet Potato Puffs, along with our Strawberry Puffs, are GLUTEN FREE **
* Always Organic: Never any artificial flavorings. Sweetened with 100% fruit juice. Our puffs are made with organic whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
* Fortified with vitamins & minerals: Enriched with 40 IUs (10%) of your baby’s recommended daily value of Vitamin D. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, many infants are deficient in this vital nutrient.     
* Recommended by: Dr. Bob Sears, renowned pediatrician & author of The Baby Book.
* Better Value: Our containers hold 40% more product than the leading brands. (Gerber and Beech-Nut are 1.5oz each)
* Green Packaging: They are made with 25% recycled materials, arebpa free, and are recyclable.
* We support: sustainable agriculture. No pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
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Firstly, please excuse the word 'Sample' written all over the product hahaha... and don't worry, even if it is written 'Sample' the seal in the bottle is still intact and brand new. Now back to the puffs, the bottle is about 8 inches tall, easy to hold and I love the cover, easy to open and close even with just 1 hand. There are proper instructions and labeling on the bottle as well.

The reason why I am glad I can review the Happy Baby Organic Puffs Sweet Potato is because my girl is 8 months old now and is definitely ready for solids and experimenting with finger foods.

I love seeing her reaction when I offered some of the sweet potato puffs on my hand to her. I love it when she got so curious and started trying to pinch the puffs with her fingers (yay for finger skills!)

And then I waited for her to get used to holding the puffs in her fingers and putting them into her mouth by herself. At first she had one of those weird looks as if trying to see my reactions whether she is allowed to put the puffs in her mouth and when I smiled and gently encourages her to continue, she went and stuffed the puff into her mouth and I hear the 'crunch' and 'crack' sounds. Sweet and cute!

And then she started gobbling them... and looked on at me when they are gone. Well, I started by giving her 2 puffs, so I decided to give a few more and yep, they are gone as soon as she managed to grab them in her hands.

I also poured out some of the puffs into a small container and labeled it with Alyson's name and informed my MIL to give this to her when she's downstairs spending time with grandma. I am obviously more relieved with these organic puffs now as I don't have to worry about my MIL giving my girl crackers and stuff.

Oh by the way, I too tried out some of the puffs and yes, they are good! I find myself munching on them as well! The mild sweet flavor on the puffs are 100% from fruit juice so no worries about giving artificial sugar to your baby!

The verdict? Definitely a good product to try for your child who is starting finger foods!

** Updates on 1st July 2012: I ordered 2 more of these puffs (strawberry and greens flavor) for my girl after she finished the whole bottle!

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You can get this and more varieties of products from Babydash website at: http://www.babydash.com.my/

By the way, I have also personally try out the shopping experience in Babydash website (I did a 'mock' order of the puffs by entering my contact details and mailing address) It is very user friendly and easy to navigate around the online store. I am also able to view my 'order' details as well.

The store also sells a varieties of other products for baby and mummy, in fact, I even recommended the website to one of the mummy in my breastfeeding group on Facebook who tried desperately to look for a diaper cream product and some mummies commented that Babydash has a lot of varieties of products (especially the Earth Mama Angel Baby selection)

Also, the Babydash Team is always looking out for customer suggestions on what else to add on to the site. Customers can send in their wishlist / shopping list and Babydash will stock the items as quickly as possible at the lowest online price! They also do Fast Delivery (1-2 days) and delivery is FREE above RM149 to anywhere in Peninsula Malaysia!

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the product by Babydash in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

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