Monday, August 31, 2015

Goodbye August! (Week 25-31)

Today marks the last day of Aug! Week 31.

The third trimester has been bearable so far even though my daily routines are getting a tad harder to execute with my tummy getting sharper day by day with sleepless nights being a common affair due to S's kicks. However, I'm thankful for the precious time spent with the husband lately before we expand our family really soon. Lots of excitement, anticipation and nervousness all in at the final 9 weeks!

 

Baby shopping has finally ended as we slowly ticked item-by-item in the check-list. Honestly, I never knew there were so many things to buy and things are not as cheap as what I thought. Good news is that for now, we can sit back and relax before the renovations kicks in next month.

I went for my girly baby-moon to Bangkok with my best friend before the end of the second trimester. Entries are on my dayre account. I was lucky that our trip which was booked way in advance (before finding out about S) was approved by my gynae! It was one of the most enjoyable trips ever, just doing nothing but shopping, eating and massaging throughout the five days. 


















Working out has became harder as well but I'm still determined to stay active all for S. A small step is better than none. Ever since I stopped running after my last Shape Run, I've been having withdrawal symptoms but brisk-walking is thankfully still an alternative. I never knew I could sweat SO MUCH just walking at a jogging pace and swinging my arms.






And lastly, #dressingthebump outfits for the second and third trimesters to embrace the huge bump! Initially it was challenging styling flats for work as I'm so used to my power heels for years but now I'm kinda used to it. Or rather being short haha.



























Also, I will be collaborating with a local nursing fashion brand to introduce apparels suitable for mothers (who plan to nurse & look good at the same time) so stay tuned! 


Monday, August 24, 2015

Get Rakuten Cashback and Coupon Code with ShopBack

Being a huge fan of online shopping, I usually have my credit cards ready to maximize the points and rebates. Over the years, the things I buy have expanded from the fashion category to make-up, skincare, household and now baby items from Taobao/ Rakuten/ US websites! My favourite cards are Citibank Rewards card (x10 points) and BOC Shop! Card (6% rebate).


 


Today, I’m going to share a local site - SHOPBACK which gives additional CASH REBATES to fellow online shopping fans out there! 

Just a click away and you get pretty items delivered to your door-step + cash rebate in your account. Yes, on top of all your credit card points and discount codes of the online merchants!

I’ve blogged about Rakuten last year and have been purchasing from the site, especially its Japanese imported products like Fancl which are not available locally. Huge fan of its make-up remover especially!

A brief introduction about Shopback:-

ShopBack helps you get the best deals + discounts + CASHBACK on 300+ stores, all in one stop! Cashback is really just "getting cash back" - when you spend online through ShopBack, we give you a portion of your purchase back as Cashback. This means extra, unlimited savings whenever you shop online!

Best of all, there's no limit to the Cashback you can earn - spend more and earn more Cashback!

Here’s my top 8 favourite sites:-
1) Rakuten : 5% cashback
2) Taobao  : <10% cashback
3) Groupon : 4% cashback
4) Zalora: 12% cashback
5) Redmart: 9% cashback
6) Agoda: $10 cashback
7) ASOS: 5% cashback
8) Ebay: 1% cashback


So, how does Shopback works? It’s very simple!




1) Just sign up an account on its site HERE.


2) Click on any store through ShopBack and get redirected to the store's website
3) Shop as usual on store's site and make a purchase
4) Get Cashback in your ShopBack account within 48 hours



5) Cash out to your PayPal or bank account at the end of every month once you've reached redeemable Cashback of $10.01

I have been shopping furiously over the last week and here’s my buys so far, with cashback into my shopback account in 48 hours!


Rakuten



 


 1) Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil – SGD38
2) SK II Facial Treatment Essence (Limited Edition Edition) – SGD 233
3) Nike Air-Max (Pink) – SGD 199
4) California Baby Calming Shampoo  - SGD 23
5) Pearl Marble Rotating Platform – SGD 43.55
6) Underarmour Men Tee – SGD 57
7) Striped & Lace Two Piece Set – SGD 12
8) Snail Face Mask (30 pieces) – SGD 13.90

Taobao



ASOS





Happy shopping everyone!
 Remember to get your SHOPBACK on your next online purchase by making it your main page before you start clicking away - it's just one step away! <3

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Project Nursery Room (#TCYTCRIB)


So it turned out that the last House Tour - A Crib to Live, Laugh, Love wasn't actually the last blog entry on the renovation topic since we are now starting our new project - to transform the existing 9 months sports room into a baby room!

Now that we are back from our travels, there's no more excuses to procrastinate this any further. I'm actually more excited about the nursery room more than my previous WIW! To be honest, we didn't have much time since my EDD date is early November. Just two months more to go and not forgetting the ghost month is just this month!

Our baby room is now piled up with diapers (kiasu so I bought three months of supply), baby cot, stroller, clothes, nursing essentials and SG50 freebies from the generous companies. Can't wait to get them all sorted out and stored nicely in place.

Nursery Room - Before



This is how my current sports room looks like now, painted in a two-toned mint and blue.

The colour was initially chosen to complement the other parts of the house while bearing in mind it will be a baby room in future so it should be kept as uni-sex as possible. And now we are having a boy so we are glad it wasn't painted pink!

Ideas / Mood-board

Not much criteria except for the nursery room to be in line with the Scandinavian theme, to blend in with the rest of our crib. 

Colour-wise we want it to be soothing for the eyes without any huge contrast - a combination of mint, white, light grey would be good. But I'm aware when the baby toys come flooding in, it will be quite hard to keep to the colour scheme of grey/mint/white. By then I would have so many things on hand to overlook that fact haha! 

For now, our main constraint is to fully utilize the tight space (typical bto size) to store as much things as possible. We have conveyed it to our ID (I-Chapter) whom we have previously worked with. My husband is thinking of doing a full-height wardrobe but I have concerns if that would be too "harsh" for a nursery. I've sourced Ikea previously but their offerings are not solutions to my problem. Most of their cupboards are bulky which takes up alot of space and comes with limited storage especially for big items.

Some pictures from Pinterest, Instagram and Etsy for inspiration. Very close to what we have in mind and these rooms are to die for!


  

 

 
 

 
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Getting started

We had a fruitful discussion with I-Chapter a week ago to go through our ideas and finally get started!


   
Current colours in the room - Nippon's Seabreeze & Ocean Blue

Scope of works:-

1) Baby wardrobe - full height with a mixture of checked boxes, shelves, drawers and open-concept wardrobe to hang up the cute clothes
2) Two white shelving to display cutesy items
3) Overlaying of the floor tiles in the nursery room, walk-way and living room with vinyl floorings
4) Extension of the sword cabinet in living room - for obvious reasons

One thing we regretted during the renovation process was to OPT IN for the HDB tiles when we were selecting our BTOs. We did the overlaying for the MBR and WIW, thinking we can live with the other tiles in the walk-way and living room. Over the last months, it has been a nightmare to live with it because they are so HARD to maintain even while cleaning it twice a week. The stains are very obvious on the HDB homogeneous tiles and no matter how diligent we scrub the grouting, it's a never-ending cycle. I can't imagine how I'm going to maintain that in future especially with our baby coming on board so we are glad to finally solve this issue.

Our ID has taken the measurements for the room so now, it's just waiting for the ghost month to be over so the works can start!


 
How cute are some of these baby door knobs!

I've also started to source for nursery decoration items online (the usual places like Taobao, Esty etc). Very fun coz everything is so CUTE and it's been awhile since I did any home shopping.

Aesthetics and functional aspect to be blended in, is it possible? We hope so. Wish us luck!

Will blog about the nursery room when it's fully done up. Ideas are welcome, do drop a comment or email me! :)