With the recent uproar on Harambe, the endangered gorilla who had to be killed in order to save the life of a little boy who fell into the enclosure, this will be my final posting with a compiled list of articles of what I have read so far.

So many what ifs, whys, could haves, would haves...

It's sad that a gorilla had to be killed. Those who have been asking why not tranquilize? Well, it takes time to go into effect with a big sized gorilla and might make the gorilla agitated and provoked it to hurt the child. If it works, it might cause gorilla to faint on top/squashed the child. Too high dose might killed the gorilla instantly. (Source: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/05/29/gorilla-shot-at-zoo/)


There is also explanation from an experienced person who has worked with many gorillas before on why the zookeepers did not use treats or distract the gorilla to get the child back. (Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1203379103029809&set=a.136952966339100.18704.100000731932790&type=3&pnref=story)


You should also read what has Harambe's previous caretaker said of him as I personally think he knows the gorilla way better than any other experts out there who has never spent time with Harambe (Source: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/05/31/harambes-caretaker-he-like-one-my-sons/85216356/)


It's sad that the child can breached through the barriers. The boy went over a stainless steel rail that's a little more than 3 feet high, with vertical bars every eight feet. He made his way through the bushes to the edge of the moat, a distance of approximately 4 feet. From there, he dropped 15 feet to the moat, into a foot and a half of water. (Source: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/05/30/usda-review-gorillas-death-zoo-look-safety-exhibits/85165924/)


Those who said the gorilla is dragging the child across the water, how else do you expect a wild animal to move a child? Of course we don't get to see the whole 10 mins video but based on the videos I've seen, the gorilla is protecting the child from the commotion outside. Of course, I am no expert at all so feel free to disagree with my observations.


If the gorilla wants to hurt the child, it would've done so when the child fell into its enclosure, breaching its territory, not taking 10 minutes ordeal to be killed in the end. Apparently gorillas will display signs of attack when they feel threatened or provoked which was not shown when it approached the child. (Source: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/technology/science/animal-behaviour-expert-says-silverback-gorilla-harambe-was-not-trying-to-harm-defenceless-child/news-story/94d83332fbb86df234989f66ae621d67)


Parents, we all know, none of us are perfect. We don't and can't 100% watch after our kiddos all at once, but we can try to minimize any untoward incidents and make sure that while any outing remains a fun and happy one for the family, we also have to be aware of our surroundings as well.


Teach your child about endangered species, zoos, conservation efforts, what to do when you are out and about, dangers and risks etc.


Everyone, a beautiful endangered animal is gone. It will never be brought back to life again. Let's learn from this and double/triple up our watch over our kiddos and others as well, if you happened to observe any children during your outing who are acting very curious and wanting to observe things closer, alert the caretakers of the child.


An article to remind us that social media shaming won't bring back Harambe... http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2016/05/30/cincinnati-zoo-gorilla-harambe-death-child-parents-shaming-column/85165572/

I'm also sharing these articles with you for some real-life events:


A bit more info about the boy's mother and I really pitied those on FB having same names as her. (Source: http://heavy.com/news/2016/05/michelle-gregg-cincinnati-zoo-mother-mom-name-gorilla-harambe-facebook-photos-son-petition/)


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I have been cutting down on doing product reviews since 2014 and what more with baby #4 on the way this end of year, all the more I need to be particularly picky and selective with the products that I'm reviewing. Not that I'm trying to be hard sell, no, definitely not! But with 3 kiddos + 1 on the way, being a housewife at home with kiddos all the time and helping out with hubby's business, I just feel it is not fair to make companies and PR reps wait for my reviews while I slowly review and look for time to spare to draft out my feedback you know? But of course, like I said, I have to be selective, so products that we can definitely fit into our family dynamics (especially books on parenting or homeschooling stuff, family products, something along those genre) will be accepted!

When I received an email asking whether I would be interested to review this recently launched natural hair care brand for children with a unique Adventure Carousel theme, I was like 'Adventure Carousel?' This is interesting... and since it is natural hair care products, why not? 

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About the products:

"With so many other children’s hair care brands in the market, parents can sometimes find it difficult to choose a particular brand.  While there are a few children’s hair care brands that are natural or organic, their packaging designs are not necessarily attractive to children.

pout wanted to do something different that would make its new brand stand out, as well as appeal to the kids.  So it came up with the adventure carousel theme for its packaging, where the pout Care bottles are designed to form a colourful carousel.  Each product features a character on a carousel, with a short poem on the character’s adventures.  pout’s Blueberry Potion Natural Shampoo for example, features a knight on a quest to slay a dragon, while the Green Apple Whoosh Hydrating Conditioner features a witch trying to fly.

With its colourful adventure carousel theme, quirky characters and fun poems, pout believes its pout Care range will appeal to children’s imaginations and help build loyalty towards its new brand.  Made in Australia, pout Care is formulated with natural ingredients and organic plant extracts, with fruit-based scents.  The products do not include sulphates or parabens, which can be harmful to children. "

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I received the following products for our review:

Pout Natural Hair Care

Strawberry Magic Natural Shampoo

Pout Natural Hair Care

I first tried this on our 4.5-year-old girl because this is the first one she loudly exclaimed belongs to her. Well, apparently anything pink or with princess stuff is hers hahaha. Now, she has the tanglest hair of all our 3 kiddos and I liked that just a little dab of the shampoo can do the job!

I was expecting some pink colored shampoo but it looks more orangy peachy instead. It bubbles up fast but washes off easily. Her hair is already feeling slippery smooth after I washed it off her hair. I don't quite like the scent but that's partly because I'm not a fan of strawberry stuff hahaha but our girl loves it. As it turns out, I was informed by the company that the Strawberry Magic Natural Shampoo includes a vanilla caramel scent, so it doesn't smell like the typical strawberry scent. I see.....

Blueberry Potion Natural Shampoo

Pout Natural Hair Care

With the brave knight on the bottle, I let our 7-year-old boy tried this shampoo out. I love the smell of this! It has some sort of turquoise emerald sea color instead of blue. Just like the strawberry one, a little dab of this does the job! My boy's hair smells good! Heck, I sometimes sneakily use this shampoo on my own hair as well. Love love love the smell hehehehe...


Green Apple Whoosh Hydrating Conditioner

Pout Natural Hair Care

At first I thought this is another shampoo and thought of getting our 2.5-year-old girl to try it out since her favorite color is green. But then I re-read the label again and realized, oh, it's a conditioner! It has a cute little witch character on the bottle. It is formulated with natural emollients and rich protein that penetrate deeply into the hair shaft to effectively condition and hydrate your child's hair. I dabbed on some after shampooing our kiddos hair. It has this green light emerald color and smells like apple. Mmmmm... let the conditioner stays for a while on your child's hair before rinsing off. Hair is smoother and looks healthier!


Peaches & Cream Natural Detangler

Pout Natural Hair Care

Oh this is good! I like this! The pout Care Peaches and Cream Natural Detangler contains beneficial Argan oil high in antioxidants, which promotes healthy hair growth and helps treat split ends. I just sprayed some on the palm of my hand and gently rubbed them onto my 4.5 year old girl's hair. It has an almost translucent peachy color. I didn't shampoo her prior to that, just apply straight to her messy tangly hair hahaha... and look at the before and after pictures shown below. Messy tangly hair turned to straight silky smooth hair which I just use my fingers to brush down (too lazy to look for her comb hahahaha) This is a very good and easy to use and bring along product that you can just easily spray some for immediate detangling! Awesome!

Pout Natural Hair Care


Huckleberry Sorbet Natural Hair Wax

Pout Natural Hair Care

The last item in my review list is the Huckleberry Sorbet Natural Hair Wax. It has a matte purplish pinkish color and feels sticky. Even a tiny little dab holds hair for a few hours. I know because I tried some on my hair heheheh... it lasted for about 4 hours on my hair, not to mention smelling good as well. I just don't quite like the sticky feeling of it on my hand which took a bit of a hard washing to wash off the stickiness on my hand.

In summary, the cool thing about the Pout Natural Hair Care range is these products contains no sulphates or parabens, safe for your kiddos to use! Do consider these Adventure Carousel theme products which will incite your kiddos curiousity and playfulness!

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pout Care is currently available in specialty stores in Singapore, such as 1010 Mother & Child, Mom Essentials, Ocean Paradise and Liferacer. 

The range is also available in family salons Scissors Paper Stone, Little Red Dot and Back to Basic. 

Alternatively, parents can shop at pout’s online store pout.com.sg

For more information about pout Care, please visit: http://poutcare.com/

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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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Video of a Baby Struggling to Swim Is So Hard to Watch

~ Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 12:08 AM ~

I came across this article which I must definitely share with you all. For your convenience, I have copied the excerpts from the article here. You can watch the original source video by clicking on the image below or just load the video I embedded at the end of this post.

I am definitely not a swimming expert so I don't know whether this technique is good or not. On one hand I could see how if a child is able to learn this skill will help in the event of accidental drowning but watching this video just gave me mix feelings. I was already gasping as the baby fell head first (what if she hits her head on the steps??!!!) and then hearing her muffled cries (it sounded like that to me) and then the long wait for her to be rescued... oh dear... it's really hard to watch this video.

Captioned "So hard to watch but every kid should learn this young," a viral video of a baby who appears to be struggling to swim is stirring up mixed reactions from viewers.

Uploaded to Facebook on May 2 by user "DOV," the roughly two-minute clip shows a baby girl being lured into a pool, then falling face-first into the water. The baby appears to struggle to keep her head up and is heard making soft, muffled cries as adults off-camera encourage her, repeating "Good girl!" She eventually flips onto her back and floats. The adults still do not pick her up.

After roughly 90 seconds, a woman lifts the baby out of the water and is heard saying "I've got you, baby." Keri Morrison, the Palm Beach County, Florida mom behind the viral video, swears by the method known as Infant Swimming Resource. The baby in the video is her daughter.

The ISR method starts with babies as young as 6 months. Infants are taught to roll onto their backs to float, rest and breathe, and maintain that position until help arrives.

"You're seeing a 6-month-old sitting on the steps playing, which can be a real-life situation, she falls in and she turns over and saves herself and floats for over a minute and a half," Morrison told NBC's "Today" show about the video. "I don't see how there could be anything negative about that."

Morrison lost her son three years ago in a drowning accident in Orlando. She started the Live Like Jake Foundation to promote drowning prevention and awareness, as well as to provide scholarships for swimming lessons. She and the organization strongly support the ISR method, providing videos and information on ISR on the Live Like Jake website.

"Children are curious, capable, and have an uncanny ability to overcome obstacles like pool fences," ISR says on its website. "At ISR we take that ability and teach them skills to potentially save themselves if they find themselves in the water alone."

So what do you think?

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