Fancy Prom Dresses

~ Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:38 PM ~

I never have the opportunity to wear a prom dress in my life. No prom nights in high school, not in college either (that's because I only attended college a year before I had my first IT job) So whenever I watch any TV shows where the girls get to choose and wear their beautiful prom dresses, I would imagine how nice it would be to look princes-sy and gorgeous - even just for a night.

If I have the chance, I would go for something frilly, but definitely floor length dress (like a princess of course!) and if can, in my favorite purple color! I'd choose this design shown below:

Now I don't have experience in wearing a prom dress but I would think getting one is similar with how you buy your clothing. Things to consider when getting  a prom dress are:

Comfort : You MUST try on your dress before deciding on it. Even though you are wearing it for a few hours, you still should feel comfortable wearing it. You don't want to be pulling or tugging at your dress or frantically look for a safety pin when there's any unforeseen issues.

Style : It's a once in a bluemoon event, of course you would want to look your prettiest and yet still in style! I would think best to research for the current fashion style as one of the factors in deciding on your prom dress!

Return Policies : I don't think we would want to keep the dress right? So, be sure to check out the return policies of the dress such as when you have to return it, whether you can get full refund or so on.

Accessories : Remember to consider the accessories that can go along with your prom dress. Jewelry, undergarments and so on are some of the essentials that you must remember!

Mind sharing what is your prom dress style?

** Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts, opinions and words are 100 % my own.

iPad App Review - The Berenstain Bears Living Lights Collection #1

~ Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:07 AM ~

We have some of the Berenstain Bears' story apps on my iPad and so when I saw the pitch release for this collection of the Berestain Bears stories, I decided we should review this app as I want our kiddos to grow up according to God's way and after reading the app details, it made me eagerly waiting to go through the story apps with our kiddos. Without further ado, here goes my feedback...

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* Title: The Berenstain Bears Living Lights Collection #1
* Price: $11.99
* Category: Books
* Released: Dec 17, 2013
* Version: 2.5
* Size: 141 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description from the product page:

"Dive into 7 exciting Berenstain Bears Living Lights interactive storybook apps that help young readers learn how God wants them to live every day! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Enjoy The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree, The Berenstain Bears Discover God's Creation, The Berenstain Bears Do Their Best, The Berenstain Bears Faithful Friends, The Berenstain Bears and the Gift of Courage, The Berenstain Bears Give Thanks, & The Berenstain Bears: God Loves You!, all in one convenient place."

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* It is engaging and interactive and I love that we can touch the objects in each page on the screen and the different musical sounds that is being played as you tapped along!

* I like that this collection of story apps is meant to teach our children how to live their life according to God's way, to be thankful and grateful, to be a good person, to be courageous and more.

* I think that even though you are not a Christian, you can still be able to use this book as it instills good moral values in our kiddos.

* Our personal favorites in this app have got to be the "The Berenstain Bears Do Their Best" and "The Berenstain Bears and the Gift of Courage"! I find our 4.5 years old boy regularly goes back to this story app, so that means this is good stuff!

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You can purchase the "The Berenstain Bears Living Lights Collection #1" app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store 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. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"

Onion Remedies For Colds & Coughs

~ Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:34 AM ~

We had our last family holiday before 2013 ended where we spent 3 days 2 nights in Penang and in the middle of the holiday, we had runny nose and sore throat and it spread throughout the family (except hubby). On New Year's eve, all 3 of our kiddos got the coughs and runny nose and started coughing badly.

Our 4.5 years old Benjamin is able to blow his nose and cleared the runny nose and is coping well with the cough. Our 2 years old Alyson sneakily dug her nose when I'm not looking and she tasted the snot (arghhhhh!!!), struggled when we gave her the cough medicine but otherwise the cough doesn't bother her much.

The same can't be said to our 3 months old Carolyn. Being the youngest and defenseless, it is a torture seeing her coughing and not able to cough out the phlegm from her throat. I used the nasal aspirator device to suck out her snot so that wasn't a problem at all but we can't figure out what to do with her phlegmy cough.

We do not want to use Vicks on our kiddos especially after reading an article that it can cause babies and young children to have respiratory distress so I posed the question on my FB fan page asking for tips from my followers. Some of them suggested onions. I googled it and tried the approach. You can see the steps below:

Within 5 minutes of putting on the socks, Carolyn cried due to her having slight fever as well but I didn't noticed any sound of runny nose which she has been having since the day before. She cried for a few seconds then was OK. After that she was calm and quiet all the way until I took off her socks 4 hours later.

A very important thing to note is to make sure the onion slice is not too big as when we tried to put on fresh onion slices before bedtime, Carolyn cried followed by Alyson (whom we also put on onion socks as well) - we suspected the onion slices I cut is a tad too big for them and caused them irritations. Initial onion slice sizes was about 1cm n diameter while the ones I gave before bedtime was around 2cm in diameter.

We took off their socks then and we had quite a rough night with Carolyn throwing up the breastmilk right after I nursed her, most likely due to her throat being irritated with the phlegm and the coughing made her vomitted out the milk but I do noticed the phlegm is not that heavy anymore. The next day, I noticed our Carolyn can cough much better and she farted quite often too.

Have you tried similar remedies before? What are they and does it work?

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