Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose

~ Posted on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 11:52 AM ~

Argghhh.... the inevitable has happened... no matter how I tried to deny and pretend it will pass... Was told by my gynae to start 2 weeks self-monitoring of my blood glucose and he will revert back 2 weeks after that to see whether I needed insulin from hereon until I give birth to our 5th kiddo.

I have previously wrote about Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose a few years back, which turned out fine after 2 weeks monitoring. So hopefully I will achieve the same this time. As I still have my glucometer and all the rest of the stuff, hubby made a quick trip to our local pharmacy to change the glucometer's battery and get a new bottle of test strips (where you drip your blood onto the strip to get reading from the glucometer) as the previous unused batch already expired in 2014.

Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose

I find it harder this round to cut down my sugary stuff intake. I get snappish and cranky and even had a short bout of depression during the high/low sugar spike phase. I'm very grateful that hubby is very commited and involved in helping me through this phase. He's making salads for my breakfast and making sure I'm cutting down my sugar and carbo intake.

Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose

Results so far for 2 days are okay, within the normal limit except on day 1 when I whacked extra portion for breakfast and my results spiked up to 8.7 exactly 2 hours after breakfast. Scary!!!!

Gynae suggested within these 2 weeks to do at least 2 complete days of monitoring - means, to self-prick finger and test blood glucose level before and 2 hours after every main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and 1 final round before bedtime (which I didn't do oopss)


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Product Review - Botaneco Garden Baby

~ Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 5:05 AM ~

As a busy mum with 4 kiddos between 9 months old to 8.5 years old, I have started cutting down on doing product reviews to focus on our childcare and family life, home cooking, helping with hubby's administration site of the business and sharing informational articles on my FB fan page so I am only accepting and prioritizing products that can fit into our family dynamics (especially books on parenting or educational stuff, family products, something along those genre)! Today's post is my review on Botaneco Garden Baby range of products.

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Botaneco Garden Baby

About the company/products:

"Every product in the Botaneco Garden Baby range uses organic chamomile extract and organic colloidal oatmeal and eco-certified olive oil which are selected ingredients to suite baby skin. The line has ingredients which are organic and is hypoallergenic, as well as being dermatologically tested & proven. The formulation is free from parabens, silicone, SLS, SLES, colorants, lanolin and DEA, giving parents peace-of-mind that baby is getting gentle, caring cleansing and pampering from the very first day.

Botaneco Garden Baby Organic Chamomile & Oatmeal range uses a unique blend of organic chamomile extract to soothe skin, organic colloidal oatmeal to help protect the skin barrier, while Eco-Certified olive oil moisturizes both skin and hair. It consists of head-to-toe wash, baby body lotion, and facial & body cream. The entire line is developed and produced in Australia."

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I received the following products for my review:

  • Botaneco Garden Baby body Lotion 
  • Botaneco Garden Baby facial & Body Cream 
  • Botaneco Garden Baby head-to-toe Wash

A quick feedback on the packaging of the products - the body cream comes sealed and the lotion as well as the baby wash has this unique turn to open and lock it to prevent wasteful usage. I really appreciate this feature as my kiddos can really press out a big dollop of lotion and baby wash with their strong energetic force hahah.. I also like that the label on the baby wash is water-proof which is longer lasting compared to other products we used where its labels came off after the water soaked through the bottles.

Botaneco Garden Baby

The first thing that came to mind when I opened up the seals and tried the products - the smell... so fragrant! I used the Facial & Body Cream on our kiddos especially after they took their bath. Nice smell and keeps their skin smooth and supple.

Botaneco Garden Baby

As for the body lotion, I keep the bottle around me and used it whenever I feel the weather is dry and stuffy, I think the lotion helps to keep my kiddos' skin moistured. I even used it on my own hands hehehe... The lotion is fast-absorbing and it doesn't leave any greasy feeling after applying. And did I mentioned the nice smell it has?

Botaneco Garden Baby

As for the Head-to-Toe Body Wash, our girls are absolutely loving this! So much that I actually have to hide this bottle and put it higher so that they don't keep using it (okay, fine, fine... I'm that frugal, I want to make good things last as long as I can okay?) But then, all the hiding only to find them sneaking in and using it again the next day! You know the saying when you love something, you find ways to get to it?

In summary, a wonderful range of baby products that I have been given the privilege to try out!  

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It is available nationwide exclusively at Guardian outlets nationwide, and at the e-store at https://online.guardian.com.my.

Prices range from RM22.90 to RM31.90

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Do note that I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the products 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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Kao’s “Welcome To My Modern Parenthood” Phase 2

~ Posted on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 2:30 PM ~

As a busy mum with 4 kiddos between 7 months old to 8 years old, I have started to really cut down on doing product reviews to focus on our childcare and family life, home cooking, helping with hubby's administration site of the business and sharing informational articles on my FB fan page so I am only accepting and prioritizing products that can fit into our family dynamics (especially books on parenting or educational stuff, family products, something along those genre)

Over a year ago, the "Welcome to My Modern Parenthood" (WTMMP) campaign was launched to help new and anxious parents with minimal to zero know-how in transitioning into effortless, enjoyable parenthood through insights and education and I had a pleasant and wonderful experience reviewing products from Merries and Kao, so when I was contacted recently for another review, I immediately say yes! I mean, good stuff, how can one say no?!!!  

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This year, back by a popular demand, Kao Malaysia launched the Phase 2 of its highly successful “Welcome To My Modern Parenthood” campaign with the expanded “The Secret to My Modern Parenthood” parenting guidebook and enhanced home care solutions with a range of product brands like Merries, Magiclean and Attack.

Welcome to My Modern Parenthood

Phase 2 of the campaign is to give the consumers an opportunity to interact with Kao's products and learn how to properly use them. The improved guidebook now has a total of 18 chapters with topics on caring for a child into toddlerhood plus tips from experts, doctors and key opinion leaders. A total of 40,000 copies of the guidebook will be distributed this year through NGOs, hospitals and other childcare partners. Excited parents can also download the book for free through this website link: www.kao.com/my/my-modern-parenthood/index.html.

I'm a full-time mummyWe received the following products this time, they are basically the 3 ideal home care solutions:

  • Japan’s No.1* Baby Diaper, MERRIES (M and L size);

  • Japan’s No.1* Home Care Range, MAGICLEAN; 

  • Japan’s No.1* Laundry Brand, ATTACK

* Based on value share data reported by Intage, SRI for the Heavy Duty Laundry Detergent Category. (January 2016 to December 2016)

 

After all these years, I am still impressed with Merries diapers. Just love, love, love their pants diapers, so comfortable and yet snuggly and protectively ensuring no spillout or mess! I did say I love their diapers right? Pictures below taken of our 2nd kiddo when I reviewed Merries diapers back in year 2013 when it entered Malaysian market and now, 4 years on (with 2 more kiddos in the family since then), we are still very much happy and satisfied that our kiddos are still able to reap the benefits of such awesome products as they grow along!

We are also impressed with the Magiclean range of products and have used them in our house as well as in hubby's office. A must have range of products, really!!

As for the ATTACK range of products, I feel that the liquid detergent is not bad as well even though we use powder detergent before this. The detergent smells good and cleans our clothes wonderfully. The softener also made our clothes smooth and soft. Also, do take note the Attack “Hygiene and Anti-Bacterial” range now has a newly created anti-bacterial formulation from Japan, which keeps clothes smelling fresh longer as it offers sweat and odour prevention all day long. Coolness!


To sum up our experience, I'm so ever grateful and blessed to be given the opportunity again to review the wonderful range of products from Kao & Merries and yes, I do believe that they will truly transform your parenting life and makes it way more convenient for you to do your house chores!  

Such true happiness that you can only experience when you know you and your loved ones are in the hands of good quality products and reputable brand name!

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Kao is powering up this year’s campaign by going nationwide – including East Malaysia, with close to 100 road shows and 3 major events at shopping malls in Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru.

There is a roadshow coming up in July 2017, details below:

Roadshow: Date : July 27 – 30, 2017        Venue : Queensbay Mall Penang.

For details please check out www.kao.com/my/my-modern-parenthood/index.html.

WTMMP FB page: https://www.facebook.com/wtmmp/

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Do note that I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the products 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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