Friday, December 13, 2013

PRODUCTIVITY HERO - START YOUR ACTION PLAN NOW!

27 Ways to get more shit done.


1. Create routines. Make a habit of, well, sticking to habits. Choose actions like writing emails at a certain time or hitting the gym after work, and try to do them daily. Soon that routine will happen on autopilot.
2. Get enough sleepNot getting enough Zzz's could hinder productivity at work, so try to get those recommended seven to nine hours of snooze time!
3. Wake up earlierIf still able to squeeze in enough sleep, try extending the day by getting up an hour earlier — when it’s still quiet and there are fewer distractions.
4. Step away from the inboxIncoming emails can be a nuisance. Make a habit to only check the inbox at certain times of the day to avoid getting sidetracked with requests and responses.
5. Make a daily to-do listStay away from huge to-do lists. Instead, create a daily list of realistic jobs to tackle, like folding laundry, scheduling a doctor’s appointment, or paying the cable bill. Break up big goals into micro-tasks, like going to a yoga class over getting six-pack abs, or writing a page over completing a thesis. Soon, the small things will add up to big accomplishments.
6. Make a to-don’t list: Bad habits are just as significant as good ones. So make a list of things not to do because they make you unproductive. (We’re staring at you,Netflix.)
7. Don’t multitaskOur brains aren't wired to juggle too much at once, and we can work nearly twice as fast if we do one thing at a time. (And nope, we’re not talking LOST time-travel.). So remember those childhood manners and finish tasks one at a time.
8. Silence the phoneWhen it comes to getting stuff done, sometimes silence is key. Turn off the cell phone ringer.
9. Take a midday workout breakCan’t fathom cleaning the bathroom? Or having writers’ block? Working out during the day could actually boost productivity, so the time spent exercising could actually help us get more done later.
10. Stay healthyJust like… don’t get sick. (It may be easier said than done.) But health and productivity go hand in hand, so be sure to maintain good health habits, like washing up after hitting the gym!
11. Do those MITsNope, this isn’t college talk. MIT stands for most important tasks, and it’s a way to highlight the items that matter most on that to-do list. At the start of each day, write down a few things that must get done.
12. Hit inbox zero. Sort every email once that inbox is open. Respond, file, draft, or delete. Keeping the inbox clean is key to staying organized and on point.
13. Brainstorm. Take some time to sit and get those creative juices flowing. Without distractions, brainstorming may be the way to come up with killer ideas in record time.
14. Keep a pen and pad on handGet really creative and go DIY style.
15. Shut off social mediaSayonara, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Social media can be a huge time-suck. Studies have found that it can take up a significant chunk of time at the office. 
16. “Eat the frogs.” We swear it’s a real term. Do the task you’re least looking forward to first to get it out of the way. (No guarantees Prince Charming will emerge.)
17. Slow downRead. This. Slowly. Getting stuff done isn’t always a matter of making it to the finish line first. Take time to reflect, brainstorm, and recharge.
18. Track timeTake a day to record how much time is spent writing emails, reading blogs, texting, etc. We may be surprised at how much time certain activities (ahem, browsing Pinterest) take up every day.
19. Don’t bounce aroundBox off a specific amount of time for every task. Assign a chunk of the day for one project, and once that time is up, move on to the next mission.
20. Look backSchedule some time every week to see what was accomplished and if that schedule needs tweaking for the following week.
21. Tune out. Those headphones will help tune out any distractions. Plus, others may be less likely to interrupt if they see we’re plugged in.
22. Set triggers. Leave reminders around to help remember what needs to get done. Place bills that need to be paid or books to be read out in the open. Stick reminders on the fridge!
23. Eat wellWhat we scarf down for lunch may do more than satisfy hunger. Certain foods, like salmon, almonds, and carrots, can give us a much-needed boost of energy. So forgo the take-out and be picky at the cafeteria!
24. De-clutter. Get rid of anything in the way that may cause distractions. Put away the dishes, fold clothes, and get rid of excess papers on the desk.
25. Say no. Don’t stretch yourself too thin — learning to say no keeps us focused and may even ward off sickness.
26. Take a breakCarve out some quality "you" time to keep a balance between the busy world and the rest of the day. 
27. Download helpStill need to get sh!t done? Luckily, there’s an app for that.
28. Use the recycling bin / trash basket. Organizing unnecessary items in wasted energy. It is amazing how much more in control I feel just by ridding myself of now outdates aritcles I'd like to read "someday".

29. Put it away now. The single, simplest thing I do to stay personally organized is to put whatever tool, item, clothing, bag, hairbrush etc away immediately after using it. You could save so much time when everything and anything is at the right place. Very efficient.

30. Divide material into red, yellow, blue and green plastic file folders. For example, anything that has to be done today (paperwork, bills, receipts) go in the red folder. contact material or anything related to customer field support goes in the yellow folder. You may also have project-specific manila file folders as well. But dividing stuff up into just four color coded folders is a huge help.

31. Get a good planner. The step up from the calendar is the handheld planner; an ultra organized list of daily activities. Although the thought of a planner may seem silly, it is consistently used by organized people. Whenever you create plans for an event, are assigned a project for work or need to keep track of tasks and errands, mark them in your planner.
       Try color-coding your planner to organize it even further. 
       Carry your planner with you everywhere. it does you no good to have a planner but 
       then leave it at home or lying under a pile of things. In order to stay organizedkeep 
       it in your purse, car, on your desk, somewhere that you will remember to grab it!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Baby Essentials


Here's everything you need to help your baby sleep safely and soundly.

Essentials

Crib
safe place for your child to sleep up to age 2 or 3
Crib mattress
Pick one that's firm and fits snugly into the crib
Crib bottom sheets (2-3)
Give your baby a comfortable surface to sleep on
Waterproof mattress protector
Keeps crib mattress dry and odor-free
"Wearable blanket" sleeper
A cozy sleeper that's as warm as a blanket but can't be kicked off
Footed sleepers (5)
Warm, soft, and comfortable baby sleepwear
Receiving blankets (4-6)
Perfect for swaddling, which helps many newborns sleep better

Nice extras

Bassinet
Keeps your baby conveniently close for nighttime feedings
Monitor
For keeping tabs on your baby from any room in the house
Mobile
Hung over the crib, it's a soothing distraction for a wakeful baby
Glider or rocking chair
Back-and-forth movement is a time-tested way to send your baby to dreamland
Swing
The gentle motion and music puts some babies right to sleep
Soothing crib accessories
Designed to relax your baby with heartbeat sounds, music, vibrations, and more

And What you need to help you remember every minute of your baby's first few months.

Essentials

Digital camera
For baby pictures that are easy to share with friends and family
Photo albums
A convenient way to organize and share your photos
Brag book
A portable photo album small enough for your purse or briefcase
Picture frames
To protect and display your favorite photos
Baby's first-year journal
To track your baby's milestones, from first smile to first step


Nice extras

Membership in an online photo-sharing site
An easy, cheap, and fun way to share pictures of your baby Video camera To record how your baby behaves and sounds from day one
Scanner
Turns your regular pictures into digital images
Scrapbook
To keep and display mementos like hair clippings and birthday cards
Photo storage boxes
Archival boxes will organize and preserve photos for years
Hand- and footprint kit
So you can look back and marvel at how small your baby was

Everything I need to start diapering my baby.

Disposable diapers

Disposable diapers
Start with 150 for the first two weeks and buy more as needed
Diaper disposal system
A convenient place to toss dirty diapers that helps contain odor
Diaper disposal liner refills (2)
Replacements for the plastic liners used with disposal systems


Cloth diapers

Pre-folded cloth diapers or all-in-ones (3 or 4 dozen to start)
If you're not using a diaper service, stock up on these
Wraps for pre-folded diapers (5 to 10 newborn size)
With Velcro or snap fasteners so you don't have to use pins
Diaper pail
To store (and soak) dirty cloth diapers before laundering them


Essentials

Wipes
To clean your baby's bottom without irritation
Diaper rash cream
Creates a moisture barrier to help prevent diaper rash
Portable changing pad
Creates a clean, dry changing spot in any location
Burp cloths
To protect your clothing from baby spit-up and other messes


Nice extras

Changing table
Prevents back strain, has a strap for safety, and stores your supplies
Changing pad for table
Cushions your baby during diaper changes
Changing pad cover (2)
Soft cloth makes the plastic-coated pad more comfortable
Diaper wipe warmer
A warm wipe feels so much better on your baby's bottom
Mobile
Distracts and entertains squirmy babies at changing time
Deodorizers
Air purifiers and other odor attackers for a sweet-smelling nursery





Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Hello December!

Hello December.
We meet again. This year, time seems to fly by so fast.
Alex is going to be 10 months in 5 days.
My post baby weight won't seem to go away :(
Hope it's not here to stay. (Shoosh go away please)
Life is getting pretty hectic with work and commitments.

Last weekend was Marina & Syafy's Wedding Reception. 
So hubby and I drove back to Penang without Alex.
Just a quick trip for their wedding.
Met a few friends that I haven't seen for a long time.
It was good to catch up.
So here's a few photos from the last trip home.

Saturday
30 Nov 2013

Love this one! 

One group photo 

Bridesmaids

Syira & Me (Been ages since we saw each other)

Nasi Kandar Kampung Melayu

Sunday
1 Dec 2013
 Roti bakar telur setengah masak

 Kopi Ais Kaw

 Roti Bakar Sardin Pedas 

Roti Bakar Mushroom 



Mee Sup 

Koay teow sup

 Us with the newlyweds at The Groom's reception

 Doing the silly pose

Pengantin lama. :P


A few days before, hubby got my little kiddo his walker to help him walk and now he's enjoying it so much. He can move forward, go backwards and turn around. Such a clever boy.

Baby boy with his new toy

Like father like son

How do I work this thing Daddy?


2 Dec 2013
I am so lucky to have a sporting husband who does everything as I say. Thanks bee although I know sometimes I ask you a lot and make you do silly things. You are the best! So another round of face pampering tonight okay? he he he
Refreshing just before bedtime.

Forced my husband to join me and snap a photo haha. Can't stop laughing!



3 Dec 2013
Lately I've been shopping online for almost anything I can find. Saw this on the table when I came home from work and it's true, getting a package in the mail is like having small joys in life. :) Although we already have a few baby carrier (Boba, Pupsik Studio Pouch Sling and two other organic material baby carrier), I've always wanted to try the one with hip seat. Found it on Groupon with a really good deal and decided to give it a try. Still haven't got the chance to snap a photo with baby on it. Will post up pics soon. 



.x.o.x.o.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

New Moms: Hospital Bag Checklist


I've had new moms asking questions on what to prepare in their hospital bag before delivery. So here's to you. When the time comes to go to the hospital, every mom wants to be fully prepared. Packing for labour and delivery is not like packing to go on a big trip. Pack a bag with everything you think you'll need at the hospital, so that you're ready to go as soon as you baby's ready to arrive.

When do I start packing?
You certainly don't want to do any last-minute scrambling worthy of a sitcom script (it won't be nearly as funny if it happens in real life). My suggestion would be when you're around 34-weeks pregnant. Yes, weeks before just in case your baby decides to make an unexpectedly early appearance just like myself, welcoming my baby at 36 weeks.


How much should I take?
It's tricky - you don't know how long your labour will last and therefore how long you'll be there. Most first time mums stay in hospital for at least one night or you may even have to stay several days.


For your partner:-
  • A camera or video recorder
    Someone has to document the big event. You'll want to immortalize every moment of those first few hours with your new baby. Don't forget the chargers and extra memory card. But check with your hospital first. Some hospitals don't allow videotaping of the birth itself.
  • Cell phone and charger
    Be sure your partner has a cell phone when you head to the hospital. He can call friends and family to update them on your progress and announce the big news when your baby arrives.
  • Snacks and something to read or watch
  • Toiletries
  • Some clean t-shirts to change
  • Important contact number of family, friends and office mates
  • Blanket or sleeping bag

For yourself:-
  • Bra and nursing pads
    Once baby is born, she/he will need to be fed several times while you're at the hospital
  • Socks
    Bring several pairs of warm socks; delivery is no time to get cold feet ;P
  • Toiletries & Personal items
    Hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion. (remember: travel-sized products are your friends)
  • Extra Bags
    To put all the goodies from the hospital. You're bound to have a lot more luggage coming out than you did going in.
  • Eyeglass (if any)
  • Headband or ponytail holder
  • A few pairs of maternity underwear
    (The hospital will have disposable pairs, which some women find handy)
  • Your MP3
    (Loaded with your favourite tunes)
  • Slippers / Flip flops
    Get the slip on ones where you can wear your socks at the same time. Your feet are too swollen to fit into regular shoes.
  • Homecoming outfit
    Make sure to pack a comfortable outfit you can wear on the way home. Don't expect to pull on your jeans. You won't fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes just yet.
  • Snacks
    After many hours of labour, you're likely to be pretty hungry and you may not want to rely solely on hospital food. So bring your own crackers, fresh or dried fruits, nuts, granola bars or whatever you think you enjoy.
  • Maternity Pads
    Sanitary pads will help away any unnecessary leaking during the first few days after giving birth.
  • Nipple Cream
    If you're planning to breastfeed, a lanolin breast cream will help prep your nipples for their new permanent accessory - your hungry baby.

For Baby:-
  • Swaddling Blanket
    Keep baby snug on the way back home
  • Scratch Mittens
    Baby skin is delicate, so prevent your little one from scratching themselves.
  • Nappies / Diapers
    Make sure you buy nappies for newborns. (some hospitals provide nappies, for example while other don't. These are the sort of things you need to know)
  • A going-home outfit
    Your baby will need an outfit to go home in, including socks or booties if the clothing doesn't have feet, and a soft cap if the air is likely to be cool.

To make-all-the-difference extras:-
Here's some of the things you could do to make the whole hospital birth experience a much more pleasant thing
  • A hairbrush
    For brushing, combing & mussing before the regulation 'happy mum & baby' photos
  • A water spray
    For dampening you down during hot and sweaty moments during labour. You can spray it all over your face and neck. Really refreshing.
  • A hot water bottle
    For soothing backache during contractions. "Surprisingly great for pain relief"
  • A pillow/duvet
    For a little slice of extra comfort
  • Something for your midwife
    To show appreciation and say thank you

.x.o.x.o.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Craft, activity and Alex!

Hubby left for Manila last Thursday for a work trip. So, before leaving he was too kind to help me assembled my craft trolley that we bought from Ikea earlier last week. How handy to have a handyman in the house to fix everything I need . Yay! So when he was away for nearly a week, I decided to reorganize my craft supplies so that I get the extra motivation to work on my scrapbook, card-making and project life. I have yet to get all my things together to fill this up completely. hehe So far so good. 



Stationary and sticker collection
Project Life, card stock and embellishment
Washi Tapes, Assorted Scissors etc.
Some of my collection. Gotta fill it up.
RASKOG
RM229

Since hubby was out of town for a couple of days, FiL came over to help me look after Alex. He even drove me to Midvalley for Baby Expo. Bought quite a lot of small things there. :) FiL went crazy over baby stuff especially the food section. He was worst than me but all is good. 
At least ada geng. haha

These are some of Alex's photos I took recently. He's growing so fast!
I miss him being all small, light, cuddly like a newborn baby.
 No I don't want to smile. Let's get it over and done with.

Uh-oh mommy forgot to bring my stroller, trolley it is then!

Mommy, can I play badminton please? 

 Yay, up up and away!


Sunday is usually family funday. Took baby for a swim as usual although hubby wasn't around. There were so many kids there. Lupa pulak dah start cuti sekolah. Baby got distracted half of the time by just watching other kids swimming and splashing in the pool. But i think he had fun. 




Now that hubby is back, can't wait to spend some time with him. Alex misses his daddy. Always saying "Daddy, daddy, daddy". Last night, we brought him to the new Tesco in our area. He was so happy to explore his happy place.

video
A happy video of Alex calling his daddy

Doraemon, are you ready to roll?

Mommy can I take him home please?


.x.o.x.o.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Madness and stay home mommy for a week.


I've been meaning to write soon but I got caught up with everyday life.
Been juggling so many things lately and couldn't find the time to actually sit or do the things I enjoy besides taking care of my baby boy.
Work - Home - Baby - Family - All-in-between

When you think life is good and well managed, you would be surprise when there's a sudden change in your routine. I went through a crazy episode a few weeks ago when my maid decided to create a sad drama to get her ass out from home. Everything was good until one fine day she decided to let me know that there was something bugging her and she has been vomiting blood with hair and sand inside. It's some kind of Pawang Black Magic shit. Thinking that we would believe her lies, she then begin her crazy never-ending story to my MiL at her office. She did mentioned about going to Johor to look for her husband before going back to Indonesia to 'berubat'. Hubby decided to send her straight to the agency and not to return to our house again after hearing her many sides of story. From A to Z, different stories going into circles eating her up. 

At first I was quite sad to say goodbye coz she was good at taking care of Alex but after I went into her room to pack her stuff, I found things that wasn't supposed to be in her room and even worst, in her bag. Was pissed after discovering stuffs and long letters of her communicating with one of my neighbour's maid. All the drama she told us was just lies to get her out from our house to her husband who works in a factory in Sibu, Johor.

Of course we did not let her go so easily. She even begged us to send her to Johor to reunite with her husband. What a crazy idea. Uh-oh, not so easy makcik! She was pissed as hell coz she couldn't go as planned, she then started hurting herself to create a sad sad drama and made up stories about how she was treated at home. What bollocks. We sent her home immediately. Even got someone to escort her right until her boarding gate. hehe


We were too nice to her:
-She eats the same things we eat
-She gets her own peanut butter, jam, kaya and margarine.
-She gets to watch TV all the time
-She gets to sleep with A/C
-She gets to sleep early and wake up late
-She gets IDD phone cards all the time
-She followed us back to Penang all the time and get to stay in a good hotel
-She asked for Olay Age defying UV face cream (which I don't even buy it for myself)
-She finishes up all the desserts I made
-She gets to eat good fruits 
-She got to eat McDonald's just like us
-She finishes our chocs,biscuits,pies and cakes.
(Not to 'berkira', she was living a good life here)
etc.

I thought she was different than the rest but she proved us wrong. To conclude, all maids are the same. Never ever trust them! We are still waiting for our new one. This time, we are getting a Filipino maid. Tired of Indonesian maid. 

I took a week off to look after my baby and reorganize everything at home. Then my MiL took over for the weekend while we were out of town. Then Mak came over to take over the duty in order for me to go to work. Now FiL is helping out with a few trainee maids around. Can't wait for our new maid to come.

Enough about maids. Now let's move on to something fun.
I usually cook porridge or fruit/veggie puree for my lil one and for a change, I tried cooking carrot & broccoli pasta and he loves it. Not bad for a first try. Will try something else soon.

Carrot and Broccoli Pasta:
- Heinz Star Pasta
- Carrots
- Broccoli
- Milk









Everything is so easy with Beaba Babycook! This compact product functions as a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster to prepare fresh, healthy meals. The best thing is while cooking, it can also preserve their vitamins and flavors. A good buy. I would recommend this product to new parents out there. 
Beaba Babycook RM799


.x.o.x.o.