How Much Are You Willing To Splurge On A Diaper Bag?

This question popped up when I started my hunt for THE NEXT DIAPER BAG. I’ve spent so much money on cheap bags that would last 3-4 months before giving way. I guess it is also partly my fault for buying normal bags and not diaper bags. You see, diaper bags were made to withstand all that battle ammo you throw in. Like the diapers, wet tissue pack, milk bottles, warmer, bibs, books or toys and so on. But yet, the fashionista in me finds most diaper bags boring. I didn’t want to be seen with a bag that obviously looked like a diaper bag. Because let’s face it, most diaper bags are ugly and not stylish.

My first diaper bag was a proper diaper bag but we had so much stuff in it and the sling wasn’t cushioned so it actually hurt to carry it around. After that, I bought a few other bags which eventually had their straps break because they could not withstand the weight I was carrying around.

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Now, I’m wondering if I should just invest in an expensive diaper bag. Maybe a branded one. Or maybe I should just get a branded bag to double up as a diaper bag since branded stuff last longer, right?

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But was I willing to splurge on something which some mothers point out that might be constantly covered in drool, poop and food. (Actually, I had gotten poo on my Prada before) Look at the Louis Vuitton Mini Lin Diaper Bag (discontinued), I think it could pass off as a laptop bag. Oh yes, anything that doesn’t spell out Diaper Bag!

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Adelina Madelina has some really cute prints but I’m still not so sure about the whole design. I know, I know, you must be wanting to slap me hard now because diaper bags look like diaper bags because they ARE diaper bags. Obviously, I am clear on that. I just wished that they could design and manufacture something that didn’t scream DIAPER BAG!

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Maybe something like the McQueen bag which Rachel Zoe decides to use as a diaper bag. Well, I actually have my eye on a bag (and it is not a diaper bag) now but it is gonna cost me a bomb. So it’s between the bag or using the money to pay off life insurance premiums. Hmmm…

The Strength Of A Woman

For decades, women have been looked upon as the weaker sex, it is only in recent years did women gain the respect they deserve. With more and more women taking up roles in politics and climbing up the ranks in corporations which were once reserved for the men only. Though, in certain societies where strong values are still placed in tradition, women are still unfortunately an oppressed lot.

From dealing with monthly period pains, sexism to childbirth, being a woman is never easy. A woman plays multiple roles in her daily life, she is a wife to her husband, a mother to her children, a team player in her corporation, a daughter to her parents and parent in laws and companion to her friends. Other times she also doubles up as a counsellor, a nurse, a cook and/or a cleaner.

To me a woman’s strength is her ability to love unconditionally. And becoming a mother has made me realize what I am actually capable of. Being pregnant made me realize what women were capable of. No one told me about the various discomforts and pains a woman would have to go through during the process. I had to find it out the hard way but that was nothing compared to giving birth and then looking after this new life you have brought into the world.

So today is International Women’s Day where we celebrate the achievements of women all over the world. We salute those who had fought for women’s rights and equality. Let us also honor the women we know and be thankful for their involvement in our lives and making that difference.

Help For Mummies Who Want To Get Back In Shape

Congratulations, you are now a mother to a beautiful baby. You check out your reflection in the mirror and is rudely shocked by what you see. Many women expect to magically shrink back into their pre-pregnancy size soon after delivery. Blame those celebrity new mums for strutting around in their bikini-ready bodies.

But unfortunately for most of us, things are not that simple. So now, all you see peering back at you are a bulging tummy that still looks five months pregnant. The flabby skin hanging out in areas of your body which you have never seen before. And as if to add injury to insult, cellulite marks adorn your stomach, butt and thighs. Oh the horrors!

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Being able to get back in shape is what most women worry about. Even for myself, staying in shape is a tough call given that I am so busy juggling family life, work and the baby. I must admit that the last time I did any exercise was prenatal yoga (if you even consider that exercise). All of my time has been devoted to nurturing baby Asher. And I do not exactly watch what I eat, couple that with no exercise at all, it is no surprise that I have developed a small tummy. Furthermore, if you are a new mother, your doctor would warn you against subjecting your body to vigorous exercise. So this is where The Body Firm comes in to help mothers like you & me.

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Life As A Working Mom

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As a working mom of an active 10 month old, I don’t reallyhave much time to myself. In the day, I’m busy at my full time job. And once I am off work, I try to spend as much time as I can with my little one before he goes to bed. Being a boy, he can be quite a handful. We play together after my dinner and sometimes, if he is in the mood for some reading. We would cuddle together in his play yard and read his favourite board books. Then before you know it, it’s almost close to midnight. I usually just have enough time to shower and pack some orders for my online shop before hitting the sack. What a day, right?

minionsgymSo it’s really no surprise that I don’t have the time or energy to head down to the gym for a workout. And I’m too easily tempted by good food to even start dieting. This isn’t going too well for me since I have put on additional weight during pregnancy and it stayed with me even after I had given birth. At this rate, I’ll probably end up looking like….

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Gloria the Hippo from the movie Madagascar, especially now with my wider hips and thighs. I don’t think I can even wear jeans with confidence like before. And yet, I stay clear off slimming pills because I don’t really think this is a safe method to lose weight.

I am looking for alternative slimming methods which are more natural and healthy. That’s when I stumbled upon an article on Traditional Chinese Medicine and slimming. And no, I’m not referring to slimming through acupuncture because I don’t really fancy having needles all over me in the name of beauty.

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But I won’t mind trying out some other TCM methods which do not require needles or the need to diet. Who would have thought, right? TCM does not just cure ailments but to also lose weight.

According to this Yahoo article, TCM is all about the Qi.

In the view of TCM, weight regulation is not primarily about calorie intake and expenditure. It’s about fortifying, channeling, and sustaining qi. Fortifying qi raises your metabolism, and provides you with an invigorating feeling of well-being.

If the qi in the digestive system is strong, your body will be able to optimally transform the food you eat into energy you can use. Two of the factors that weaken qi are excessive stress and inadequate sleep. Prolonged stress and sleep deprivation raise levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes the body to store, rather than burn, fat. “

Yes, stress and sleep deprivation sounds like me! I would love to try some TCM to fortify my Qi and gain my previous body shape.

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