Thursday, November 29, 2007

1st Trimester: Fetal development

I do agree with the statement that first trimester for pregnancy is the most important.

The most dramatic changes and development occur during the first trimester. During the first eight weeks, a fetus is called an embryo. The embryo develops rapidly and by the end of the first trimester it becomes a fetus that is fully formed, weighing approximately 1/2 to one ounce and measuring, on average, three to four inches in length.

With so many development taking place, no doubt there is a sudden change in hormone. That should be the reason most mummies would feel tired or even nausea with the sudden change in the body.

Time to sleep and eat, mummies....You have got all the reason for that :)

1st Trimester: The First 4 Weeks

How many of us really rush ourselves to the gynae upon suspecting we are pregnant? I bet only the first time moms will do this. In fact, most mums I know would just take their own sweet time to visit the gynae since there is nothing much more to be excited about in their subsequent pregnancy, or just wanting to save some money from the expensive gynae charges.

However it is very important to get a close monitoring from the gynae in case of some complication arise. You might be surprise that you can actually help strengthen your pregnancy as there is a lot of development of your baby in just the first four weeks.

  • all major systems and organs begin to form
  • the embryo looks like a tadpole
  • the neural tube (which becomes the brain and spinal cord), the digestive system, and the heart and circulatory system begin to form
  • the beginnings of the eyes and ears are developing
  • tiny limb buds appear (which will develop into arms and legs)
  • the heart is beating

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Help for Nausea


Nausea is different for each pregnancy and each person. According to some old tales, it is believe that our pregnancy experience will follow what our mum has gone through.

In my previous pregnancy, although I am very sensitive to the smell, I am lucky I don't vomit very easily. However with some steps taken, I really find it help ease the nausea. Here are some tips that I follow:

1. Keep your blood sugar levels even by eating small, frequent meals high in protein and complex carbohydrates.

2. Eat before you are hungry.

3. Eat a substantial bedtime snack, including protein.

4. Be sure to get enough fluids.

5. Try ginger.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Green Tea advisable for Pregnancy?


I remember I drank green tea almost daily in my last pregnancy. Not sure if it can be too cooling that lead me to my miscarriage but I believe drinking in moderation shouldn't be a problem. Read this:

Despite the health benefits of green tea (scientists think it may protect against cancer), it's best to skip it if you're trying to conceive. It decreases the effectiveness of folic acid, which is vital for preventing neural tube defects in the first month after conception. The effect is small if you continue to eat folate-rich greens and take a folic-acid supplement, but why take a chance? After the first trimester, up to a cup a day is fine.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Dare not take off my clothes


This is such a funny tag and you won't be able to imagine how crazy tags got these days. What about this crazy tag? This momma of 3 wanna see me taking off my clothes. Alamak....really no way lar...if she asked me 10 years back, I would be proud to flaunt what I had, but today....

I would be really lucky if I can still look good in this simple white pair. White have always been my favorite color as it feels clean and comfy too.

What's your favorite color then?

Monday, November 19, 2007

World’s Best Friend Week

Thanks to Wen, for being a friend.

Do you know the relationship between your 2 eyes? They blink together, move together, cry together, see things together and sleep together. Even though they never see each other, friendship should be just like that! Life is like Hell without FRIENDS. Its ‘World Best Friend
Week’. Send this to your best friends to let them know you appreciate them.


Your Love is Ur Heart, Your heart is Ur Spouse,
Your spouse is Ur Future, Your future is Ur Destiny,
Your destiny is Ur Ambition, Your ambition is Ur Aspiration,
Your aspiration is Ur Motivation, Your motivation is Ur Belief,
Your belief is Ur Peace, Your peace is Ur Target,
Your target is Heaven, Heaven is no fun without FRIENDS.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Home Made Wrappers

Need some present wrappers but no where to get them? This is how you can create your own.

Materials: White Mahjong Papers, cartoon or picture stamps, color pencil















Method

1. Spread the paper on the floor
2. Get your kids to stamp randomly onto the white paper
3. (Optional) Color the pictures















How does this look? *Taa...daaa*
Not too bad yeah...free wrappers and homemade greeting card for a kid's birthday.

Easy Cut and Paste















This is a very easy craft.

Materials: computer, printer, different color papers, glue and scissors

Method
1. First draw an easy picture using Powerpoint.
2. Copy and paste the eye, nose and cheese onto different colour papers.
3. Cut the shapes.
4. Let the kids paste onto the printed picture.

End result

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Treasure Recipes

I miss my grandma’s cooking. Hubby misses his mother’s cooking too. Whenever I want to try on my grandma’s recipes, all I have to do is just to pick up the phone and give her a call. Unfortunately when hubby’s mum passed away, none of her child has picked up her cooking skill. No matter how much I tried on the recipes, it can never taste the same. If only I learned and recorded her cooking method earlier, it would be able to pass down to the next generation. I started mine online, and probably I’ll even produce my family cookbooks, so my children can continue to learn the family secret dish in future.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

1st day Meal Break

















After some trailing activities, the children gets a short break in school today. The school serves sausage and bake beans to the children in school today. My girl enjoyed her meal, and glad to see her finish her beans, although she has not been eating it at home. After the meal, each child was served a cup or warm milo.

Wonder what they are going to serve tomorrow. Can't wait for the second day trial :)

Monday, November 12, 2007

Christmas Tree Picture




















This is an easy way for the kids to draw a Christmas tree during the play session. Besides it is easier to trace the ornaments, this tree can be decorated with color too. If you love to print this, you can download this picture here.

Dot Tracing: Flower

























It can be pretty challenging to trace lines with waves. Flower petals can be a challenge for the child to hold the pencil and trace them.

Learning ideas:
1. Let the child learn to hold a pencil the right way.
2. Let the child learn tracing to practice his eye and hand coordination.
3. Let the child has some fun applying colours onto the picture.
4. Let the child do counting on the flower petals.

If you wish to try this with your child at home, you can download this picture from here.

Dot Tracing
























This is the first tracing lesson my girl had in her pre-school Each kids were given a piece of drawing to trace the dots.

Method:
1. Teach a child to hold a pencil (make sure the pencil is not too sharp)
2. Hold the child's hand and start tracing a few rays.
3. Let the child continue to trace.
4. You can even teach the child to count the sunshine rays.

If you like this picture, you can download the sun from Printableactivities.com

Warming up with the kids

















Circle Time


First activity the teacher did in school with the kids today is to sing (doing some warm up greeting with the kids). It is also fairly important to capture the attention of the kids and one way to do it is of course, through singing.

Related songs they sang are:
1. Good morning children-teacher
2. Hello, what is your name
3. How are you, thank you.

The teachers then followed the session by a short story telling. Teacher Maureen today used a big book and presented an interesting story to the kids about "Rain".

First Day at School, Again


















My gal starts her second trial in another pre-school again today. I had to accompany her throughout the whole session so that she will not get scared and hate school again this time.

I find some little interesting sessions her teachers did with her and would like to do it at home with her too. Will come up with some postings on interesting activities which can be done at home.

Check it out...

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Funny Q&A




















Why is a tomato round and red?
Because if it was long and green it would be a cucumber!

How do you make an apple puff?
Chase it round the kitchen!

What did one tomato say to the other?
You go on ahead and I’ll ketchup!

Why did the tomato blush?
Because it saw the salad dressing!

What’s worse than finding a slug in your apple?
Finding half a slug in your apple!

What did baby corn say to mommy corn?
Where's popcorn?

What colour is a hiccup?
Burple!

How do you divide 20 potatoes among 6 people?
Boil them and mash them!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Flip Flops










Materials: Craft foam, paper, card, pipe cleaner

Method:
1. Trace your kid's leg onto a paper to get the appropriate size
2. Cut it out and trace the feet on the foam
3. Use pipe cleaner to foam the joint.
4. Decorate with color paper or ribbon.

You could use these flip flops to decorate your house, your fridge, or the front of an invitation or birthday card. A particularly nice pair can even be framed (leave out the glass) to make a cute picture for your child's bedroom wall.

Itsy Bitsy Spider













We did this nice little craft on our playgroup last week. Jo-N prepared this simple craft for our Itsy Bitsy Spider stories and songs.

Materials:
sugar paper, white and red scrap papers, pen, scissors and glue

Method:
1. Fold sugar paper into half.
2. Trace our kid's little hand onto the paper.
3. Leave the wrist area connected.
4. Cut out only the four fingers (without the thumb ya)
5. Open up and you get a shape of a "bat" (but it is supposed to be spider, haha!)
6. Cut out shapes of eyes, and mouth.
7. Glue them onto the sugar baby and u have a 8 legged spider :)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Christmas Greeting Card














How about a nice textured Christmas tree for your card? This is very simple one, but requires some patient to do it. Due to the small bits of paper, you have to be cautious if you your little one handle them.

Materials: Blank card, felt (or color paper), puncher, glue, scissors

Method:
1. Draw a tree template on a piece of paper.
2. Trace it onto a green felt.
3. Punch holes out of some other color felt.
4. Punch out some stars.
5. Stick the little shapes onto the tree.
6. Paste the Christmas tree onto the card.

The 3rd FIVE

I had my 1st "FIVE" and 2nd "FIVE" and now come the 3rd "FIVE" passed to me by Zara's Mama.

Instructions:
Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot:

1. Everydayhealy
2. little miss may
3. Laundry Amah
4. Zara's mama
5. Chin nee

Choose 5 people to tag:
1. Li Li
2. Paik Ling
3. Shooi
4. Siew Ting
5. Tutiger

What were you doing 10 years ago? Having fun in uni.

What were you doing 1 year ago? Feel a bit lost since I just stopped working.

5 snacks you enjoy: Goreng pisang, raisins, cheezels, seaweed, banana

5 songs that you know all the lyrics to: Nursery rhymes can count ah?

5 things you would do if you were a millionaire: Same thing as I am doing now.

5 bad habits: Messy, untidy, hasty, dreaming, eating all day long

5 favourite toys: Laptop, oven, frying pan, camera, my little girl

5 things you like doing: Sleeping, reading, cooking, baking, playing

5 things you would never wear again: Tight jeans, skimpy skirt, sleeveless shirt, swimsuit, high boots

Thursday, November 08, 2007

3D Christmas Card












Christmas is coming!!! I visited many sites with Christmas craft, and this is what I like best. Simple and yet nice.

Materials:
Blank card, marker, cotton, red paper, glue

Method:
1. Cut a card and fold it into a greeting card size.
2. Draw eyes and nose of a Santa Claus.
3. Cut a triangle out of the red paper (to create hat for Santa Claus). Paste it onto the card.
4. Pull apart some cotton wool balls (to create beard and glue to the card).

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The Chain



This is another *love* trail pass to me by dear Angeleyes. This linky love trail rules: When you got tagged…you have to add your name to people who had done the tag and and let the list grow!

Limadang.com
RamblingMoo.com
Chinneeq

Now tagging….
Dora
Hui Sia
Janice
Fiona

Zen Garden Craft















Here is an unusual craft idea for a Japanese theme (it also makes a great gift for someone who needs a calming influence!)

Patterns are made in the sand to represent rippling water. A great gift for Father's Day or Teacher's Day.

Materials: Sand tray (such as chocolate box), fine sand, forks, pebbles

Method:
1. Place the sand in the tray
2. Fill your box halfway to the rim with sand.
3. Use your fork to draw a pattern in the sand.
4. Arrange your pebbles.

Railroad for train


What do you normally do with the craft that your kids produce? Do you chucked them all into a box or just display them on your rack?

In this site, there are great ideas on how to turn our kids' beautiful craft into play. For instant, the match box train can be played on a homemade railroad. Visit the link on ideas how to do the Railroad play tray.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Pet Rock

This craft reminds me of the "Gratitude Rock" in the movie of The Secret. It can be like a lucky rock, a gift rock for love ones...anything u name it.


How to do:
Find a special rock, paint it and give it a personality. You can add googly eyes, felt feet or ears, wool hair and even a tail! Large rocks can be used as paperweights and small ones look really cute housed in a painted match box, or a decor to your child's room window.
Source from Kids Craft Ideas.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Kitchen Fun (Part 4)















Step 8:
On days where you anticipate time will be tight, consider taking a short cut by using a frozen stir-fry mix or pasta with a jar of pre-made sauce. Your family will appreciate your relaxed mood much more than a made-from-scratch dinner.

Step 9:
Share the job of grocery shopping. One week have mom take one of the children as a helper, the next week dad can go with another child. Always work from a grocery list and let your children help you retrieve items and cross them off the list.

Step 10:
Have big family meals where you share about your day. Keep the conversation fun and avoid negative lectures over dinner. Remember to laugh.

Kitchen Fun (Part 3)


















Step 5:

If possible, work together with your spouse to prepare the dinner and use the time to catch up on each other's day.

Step 6:

Even if you are in a rush preparing dinner, remember to reduce your stress and focus on creating a fun atmosphere that naturally encourages the whole family to participate.

Step 7:
When spending time preparing food with your children, include lessons about healthy eating choices. Keep the conversation positive and avoid listing foods they can't have.

Kitchen Fun (Part 2)











Continue from Kitchen Fun (Part 1)

Step 2:
Encourage the littlest ones to play pretend cooking. Kids love to play with real mixing bowls, strainers and wooden spoons. These make harmless toys and can be easily thrown in the dishwasher for quick cleanup.

Step 3:
For me, I try schedule in baking cookies with my girl once a week. Our schedules can be so hectic that something as simple as baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies can get skipped over.

Step 4:
If you have teenagers, let them play their favorite music while they wash the lettuce and set the table. I get my little 3 year old to help me scoop the rice grains too.

Kitchen Fun (Part 1)

The kitchen is the heart of any home, and as such it is the perfect place for making family memories. Now with the time I have at home, I can spend time baking, cooking and enjoying meals with your family, you create happy memories that you and your children will cherish forever.

There are 10 steps to do it.

Step 1:
1. Have fun with little children by helping them bake cookies and cakes. If you are short on time, you can use a boxed cookie mix and spend more time decorating.

Handprint: Yellow bee

















Found this simple craft idea from www.ActivityVillage.co.uk while I was surfing online and thought it would be great to use it for our playgroup.

Materials: Construction paper, yellow, black and white paint

Method:
1. Print a single yellow handprint with fingers (close together) in the middle of the paper
2. Leave to dry.
3. Use the side of the hand to print black lines down the handprint for the bee’s stripes.
4. Again using another side of the hand, add a white line to the bottom of the bee for its sting.
5. Make the wings by using white paint on the side of the hand and moving the hand in a fan shape across the paper with fingers pointing to the bee’s back.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Baking unwanted Crayon


This is a great idea to do with those broken crayons. Before tossing them away, we can actually have some fun with the colors. However this projects need supervision from adults.

Materials: cupcake tin, crayons, vegetable oils, toothpick

See methods here.

Hand tracing peacock


We did this finger tracing peacock in our PJ Playgroup few days back.

Materials: Color paper, market, one thick paper

Methods:
1. Cut out a shape of a peacock
2. Trace out hand shapes of your little one
(I did one on my hand and one for Qiqi. Rest was traced out from the original shape as she just doesn't have the patience to sit there and let me trace).

Box Town


Materials:
Shoe box, milk powder or any small cartons, glue, scissors, color paper, crayons


Method:
1. Wrap boxes and cartons with paper.
2. Cut windows, door and decorations from color paper.
3. Decorate the town house with clock, tunnel or even nice colorful roofs.


Kids can have extra fun by adding some trees, cars on the road. It is just simple and even more fun for them to play with their own creations.

Ideas from Amazing moms.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Scrap Art


An extremely simple craft which does not need much preparation.

Materials:
some color papers, recycle paper, carton strips, scraps (or any shapes), string, and glue.

Method:
1. Cut A4 paper into half.
2. Let the child glue bits of scrap onto the paper (making a picture or randomly)
3. Glue the carton strips to four corners to create a frame effect.

Japanese Paper Fan













This is a very easy and quick craft from www.ActivityVillage.co.uk while I was surfing online. Shall try let our kids do it.

Materials:

A4 (or letter) paper
ice-cream sticks
pens/paint
glue

Method
1. Draw a rainbow shape on paper. Cut out.
2. Decorate your paper however you choose. You can either choose a pattern paper of plain paper (painted with watered-down poster paint and then tapped over the top with kitchen roll to get a soft effect, similar to Japanese handmade paper).
3. When it was dry we drew over the top in Japanese script. You could try stamping or drawing flower shapes instead.
4. Glue 4 ice-cream sticks together in a fan shape about 1cm from the end.
5. Stick the decorated paper to the other ends of the sticks.
6. Now you have a pretty Japanese fan.