Striving for Better Health and Fitness

~ Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 6:11 PM ~

On a few occasions, we have tagged along with one of my sister in law and her family when they went to their thrice weekly club outings.

Hubby and I will be wearing our swimsuits underneath our casual wear while I changed Benjamin and Alyson when we are at the club. There we would be playing in the swimming pools and kiddy pools for a few hours and head off to have dinner before going home.

We find that these outings are beneficial to our family as we could strive for our better health and fitness while Ben can spend time and bonds with his cousins as well. We also realized Ben gains more confidence in swimming by himself more and more often nowadays!

Prior to being married and having kids, I used to think all this memberships to clubs are very expensive and only the rich people can afford to subscribe to be a member and used the facilities there, but now, having been to one and see for myself all the facilities provided and the amenities which benefits us, hubby and I are seriously considering applying to be members to this club we frequently go to.

Hubby wanted to make use of the Gym facilities there to keep fit and tone back his body size and weight while I think the kids and myself would most probably be using the swimming pools facilities if we are there.

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There are other amenities provided such as badminton courts, squash, tennis even golf course but I think for our current family size and condition now, gym and swimming pools are the best fit for us now.

On our part, hubby thinks that rather than paying extra to subscribe for another TV package (for children's channel for Ben to watch), why not get memberships to this club instead? That way, the whole family can go and exercise and have fun! Plus, it is also cool that we can invite other friends and family members along as well (they do need to pay for their admission but charges are lower).

My sister in law even suggested that in future I could invite my SAHM friends over and let the kids enjoy and play in the swimming pool while we mummies just sit at the pool side, watching over our kids and chatting and just relax. What a great idea to consider in future! Hmmmmm!!!

So yes, we are in the process of seriously considering this and I think this plan will benefit us in the long run if we are committed to using the facilities and going to the club for our better health and fitness! Will update you guys on this when it happens!

What about you? Are you a member of any health/sports club in your area?

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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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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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