Product Review - Bella Band

~ Posted on Friday, June 3, 2011 at 9:36 AM ~

I was offered this awesome maternity product for my review and I'm so glad to be given the opportunity to try it out! As I read through the product description, I thought to myself, "Wow! This product seems cool, I mean, I could use it throughout my pregnancy and after!"

Description from the product page:

"* Useful at every stage of your pregnancy:
1. First trimester-Continue wearing your skin-tight jeans by wearing them unbuttoned and held up by the Bella Band.
2. Second trimester-Bella Band holds up too-loose maternity bottoms till you grow into them.
3. Third trimester-Bella Band prevents your belly from pushing pants down.
4. Post-pregnancy-Bella Bands hold up loose maternity jeans as your body shrinks back into shape. They also do great to hide that postpartum tummy when you lift up your shirt to nurse!
5. Fold into two to use band as a tube bra.

* The Bella Bands are worn over the unzipped/unbuttoned area, on the outside. Wear over your belly or fold into two for a more snug fit.
* One size lasts throughout your pregnancy.
* Made of nylon spandex.
"

A bit of info about Maternity Exchange, the wonderful sponsor for the Bella Band:

"Maternity Exchange™ seeks to make maternity wear shopping a guilt-free, liberating and fun experience. We are the first maternity rental store in Singapore that carries luxe international maternity labels like Liz Lange, Japanese Weekend, Belly Basics, Duet Designs, Arabella B and Belly Button. And the best part? You won't have to pay through-the-roof prices for them. We know you want to look fab, not fat, during this fashion-challenged time, but stylish and affordable maternity styles are sadly lacking.

Add to that the fact that your body is constantly changing, and you're probably even more unwilling to pay top dollar for clothes that will only fit you a couple of months. With the flexibility of renting, or buying in our store, you can have that expansive (and not expensive!) maternity wardrobe filled with luxurious designer and high-quality maternity wear."

Maternity Exchange™ is located at:
6, Raffles Boulevard, #03-108, Marina Square, Singapore 039594.
Tel: (65) 6100-EXCH (6100-3924)
Website: http://shop.maternityexchange.sg/
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The packaging of the Bella Band that I received...
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Bella Band sizing chart, I requested the size 2 for myself.

There are 9 colors to choose from and in the end, I opted for the White one as I think it would be easier for me to match it with my clothing. Now a couple more pictures on the Bella Band for you to look at...

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That's my toddler's hand touching the Bella Band's soft materials...
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The printed details and washing instructions in the inner layer of the Bella Band.

REVIEW #1: OVER TIGHT PRE-PREGNANCY JEANS

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Yikes!! I can't even zip my jeans!
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Wearing Bella Band over my tight jeans...
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Can you tell my jeans are unzipped?

I tried out the Bella Band on Sunday, attended church service and my toddler's Sunday school and have no problems whatsoever with it. It feels great knowing I can still wear my beloved pre-pregnancy jeans (which I always wear to church on Sundays) and to think that I'm actually walking around with my jeans unzipped (gasp!) and yet looking normal and oh-so-chic with the maternity band... AWESOME!!

REVIEW #2: OVER LOOSE PRE-PREGNANCY SHORTS

I have to tell you firsthand... I love, love, love this short pants of mine!

I bought it 10 years ago, wore it throughout my 1st pregnancy, and even had to take out the string at the waist as my belly expands.

And now, with my 2nd pregnancy, I find that the pants are a bit too loose for me. I have kept it in my closet for a few months ever since I got pregnant and with Bella Band to review, I decided to give it a try over my loose short pants.

And what I think of it? It wraps and grips the loose part nicely and hooray!!!

I can wear my short pants again!!!!


REVIEW #3: AFTER MACHINE WASH

Of course after trying out the Bella Band over tight and loose clothing, I have to test it after machine wash. I was wearing the Bella Band for about a week and finally decided to part with it so that I could throw it along with my other laundry into the washing machine to test out the material after machine wash. During then, I had to sulk be content with doing without the Bella Band while waiting for it to dry.

The moment it was dry and ready for use, I immediately wore it over my short pants (again!) and ahhhhhh.... nice... love, love, love the soft materials over my preggy bump! Oh, of course, after machine wash, Bella Band's material remains the same, the width and length are not affected in anyway and the colors remains the same. Wonderful!

Ben hugging my legs while watching his Sesame Street video on my laptop...

I also want to mention that thanks to Bella Band, when I comfort nurse Ben at night, I am very satisfied as it keeps my belly warm and protected. Before this, I had to use the blanket to cover up my tummy when I nursed Ben.

My Verdict? I love this product! I can use it over loose clothing, tight clothing and even at night when I'm comfort nursing my toddler (yes, I may be in my 2nd trimester but I'm still nursing my toddler!)

The only thing that I don't like about the Bella Band is the edges of the label which was sewn on the outside layer which at times scratches my skin. I feel it'll be better if they just print the label like how they did for the details and washing instructions on the inner layer.

You can purchase Bella Band from Maternity Exchange website.

As a bonus, Maternity Exchange is offering a 10% off online purchases of Bella Bands for my blog readers. What you guys need to do to redeem this 10% discount is just simply quote my blog name (I'm a full-time mummy) under the "Remarks" entry during check out and pay via credit card or Paypal. The relevant discounted amount will be credited back accordingly. Please note that only payments via credit card or Paypal can enjoy this discount.

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a free product by the sponsor 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.

Giveaway - BubCap Home Button Covers

~ Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 8:41 AM ~

Few weeks ago, I posted my review on this awesome product called "BubCap Home Button Covers" that help toddler-proof the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The company that makes "BubCap" has graciously offered to let me host a giveaway of their products on my very own humble blog!

This is how BubCap looks like on my iPad...

I am so glad to be given this opportunity as I am really excited at the thoughts of my lucky blog readers / visitors who are going to win this awesome awesome product! I mean, if you are a parent or know of any friends or relatives who have children (especially toddlers), you will know how frustrated it is to see your / their children keep on pressing the Home button on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices and ending the app all of a sudden!

So, here we are, a big note of thanks to Paperclip Robot for their generosity in sponsoring not ONE, not TWO, but FIVE, yes I repeat, FIVE of their "BubCap Home Button Cover Intro Pack" for 5 lucky winners!  And that's not all, Paperclip Robot has recently added a new product into their line which is BubCap Max and yes, each of the winners will also get one of this as well!

In summary, each lucky winner will get:

* 2 Regular BubCap (least rigid model, which is great for most toddlers using an iPhone or iPod touch.)
* 2 Ultra BubCap (is more difficult to press through, and is best suited for toddlers on an iPad. Also works for older / stronger kids on an iPhone or iPod touch.)
* 1 BubCap Max (is the most difficult to press through, and is intended for older / stronger kids on an iPad)

So, that's a total of 5 BubCap (Intro Pack & Max) for each lucky winner of this oh-so-awesome giveaway!  

* Eligibility: WORLDWIDE

* Giveaway expires on 30th June 2011 (Malaysia time)

* You must fulfil the mandatory entry 1st (which is to provide your valid email address & answering the question), else you will be disqualified.

* Winner will be randomly drawn using Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to my email notification or a new winner will be drawn.

* Winner will receive their prize sent directly by Paperclip Robot.

** Note to Winners: Please note that I am not responsible for the sponsor companies that are mailing out the prizes. I run the giveaways and choose the winner via Random.org. Unless otherwise noted, the various sponsor companies are responsible for sending your prize to you. Please, please be patient with them. However, if you do not receive your product, kindly contact me so that I can liaise with them to remedy the issues.

To enter the giveaway, kindly click at the link shown below and the entry form will appear in a new window:

* BubCap Home Button Covers Giveaway Entry Form *

(Link has been disabled when entry closes at 12midnight past 30th June 2011)

It'd be great if you could leave me a comment once you have submitted your entry so that I can check and ensure it's safely tracked into my database.

So what are you waiting for?!! Hurry up! You have 1 month time from now to join in the fun and try your luck!

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a free product by Paperclip Robot 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.

The Adventures Of My Terrific 2 Years Old: Water Pool

~ Posted on Monday, May 30, 2011 at 8:54 AM ~

Seven months ago, we got our boy his very own water pool... and since then he loves playing in it. At one time, we had some problems with the main water tank and because of that, there's no water going to the pipes at the balcony where Ben always play in his water pool. But after fixing the problem and the water came back, oh boy, you should see the look of joy on his face!

About a month back, Ben has been avoiding playing in the water pool. No matter how I coaxed him, he refused to go out there to play. Until one day after we returned back from our Penang trip, he bugged me to let him play water outside. And since then, we're back into the almost daily activities of him playing in his water pool at the balcony again.

So here's some pictures taken of my terrific two years old enjoying his water pool...

I've said it loads of times, he still likes to drink the water!!

Ben: "But mummy... I just had this tiny wee bit water only!!"

Ben: (Mummy's not convinced! Gotta flashed my cheeky look!)

Ben: (Or maybe I should relax and distract her)

 

Ben: (Let me try to be perfectly still & blend in with the toys..)

Ben: (Oh no! Mummy discovered my tricks!)

What a cheeky boy I have, eh?

Welcome to Ben's Terrific Two stage! Cool