You are my gem

Let me write about my ten years old, May.

I am blessed to have her as my younger daughter indeed. I know that she will be my good friend forever. I just like the way she is. She is simple minded, happy go lucky and innocent. When I got mad at her, I just could not get angry with her for long, because she would become upset and remain very quiet. Then, I would start to feel worrying of her. Unlike her sister, May would not throw any temper or argue with me.

Besides, she is a very cute and sweet girl. She laughs easily over small things,  and most of the time she is very quiet girl.

Between her and her big sister, I can sense that she loves me more.

Today is her ten years old birthday. I just want to let her know.
Albeit being so stern and firm on you, I always love you unconditionally. May, you are my gem. 你是妈妈的宝。Mummy wants you to stay happy, sweet and healthy forever.



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When comparing to the effort, time and cost that I spend on my skin, I would say I always neglect of my hair. I was born with thick and black hair. I have no fear on hair loss and other hair problems.

Therefore I never take good care of my hair. When I am involving in a lot of exercises, I wash my hair twice a day. Recently, I find that my hair is getting too dry and rough. Besides, the repeated hair coloring, straightening and curling have caused damaged on my hair. It is especially obvious at the hair ends.

Since I have no time to visit hair saloon for hair treatment, I must find a secret to healthy-looking hair. Thanks to EnviroHome Personal Care: Shampoo. I have started to use it twice. My hair is so smooth and manageable right now. I have thought of cutting my hair short to avoid further damaged by over washing, but now I change my mind that I must keep it longer than my shoulder.

Descriptions 

The secret to healthy-looking hair The benefits of mineral salt, sea water extract and coconut oil can easily wash away dirt, pollen, allergens, leaving your hair healthy shine. The botanical derived formula is specially designed to restore hair’s natural moisture, balance and hydration. At the same time, it strengthens the scalp to maintain healthy hair, suitable for those with hair loss, greasy hair and clogged follicles. EnviroHome shampoo combines the essential oils of tea tree oil and rosemary oil to relieve itchy scalp and prevents from many hair problems like dandruff, cradle cap, head lice and etc.

Ingredients 

Aqua, Mineral Salts, Sea Water Extract, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera Extract, Lemon Extract, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Rosemary Oil, Clary Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil

Usage 

Wet hair thoroughly and apply 1-2 pumps of EnviroHome Shampoo on the hand and rub with some water. Gently massage onto scalp using your fingertips for 1 to 2 minutes and rinse off with water.

How To Use: 
Wet hair thoroughly.
Apply 1-2 pumps of EnviroHome Hair Shampoo to palms and rub with some water. 
Gently massage throughout the hair and scalp area with fingertips for 2-5 minutes.
Rinse Well. 

During first wash, there will be less foam and stronger odor because of the breaking down of dirt; after rinsing, natural fragrance will be restored. At initial use, people may have increased dandruff or the hair may feel more stiff due to the metabolism. Normal and healthy hair will be restored after sometime. 

Please be informed that Envirohome will be giving all my readers, friends and families 15% discount on all normal price products in the official website- www.envirohome.com.my, starting from now until 31st December 2016. 

Please type EHMsia as coupon code when you purchase, and don’t forget to type MY NAME such as “SheohYan16” in the box of “Add Comments About Your Order”.

Please check at the delivery term that stated in their website. Everything sounds real good and efficient. I love it when there is free shipping for order more than RM100. I would take this opportunity to re-post my old review entry on the other Envirohome products that I have been using.

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Re-posted Care for skin

Every day is a laundry day for us. My daughters' school uniforms, my husband and my work uniforms, our pajamas, our sports attires and other clothes When the haze was gone and the rainy season is here, the laundry is not drying completely, I can smell foul and musty on the damp clothes, especially my sports apparel. Worse, the moisture in the clothes can be breeding places for bacteria, which can cause skin allergies and other ailments. Envirohome is providing simple solutions to save everyday problems like rainy season laundry.


EnviroHome Laundry Detergent combined the natural power of cleaning with marine extract and botanical formula, to achieve brilliantly clean and natural unscented laundry. There is NO odor problem when hang dry the laundry inside the house, and it’s NO mildew smell for overnight soaking. This eco-friendly laundry detergent does not harm the environment, and helps to save your power and water bill and help save the environment at the same time.


Besides, it contains of Aqua, Mineral Salts, Sea Water Extract, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera Extract, Lemon Extract, and Blue Gum Oil will ensure the laundry smells fresh and clean, rain or shine. While keeping clothes clean and germ-free, it has a Aloe Vera and Lemon scent that can be a breath of fresh air during rainy days. It’s specially formulated to be safe for the whole family, with antibacterial ingredients that fight germs and a fragrance that minimizes the risk of allergies. Plus it keeps clothes fresh even when the laundry is dried indoors, making it perfect for the rainy season.


Machine Wash : Pour 50ml of EnviroHome Laundry Detergent into the washer. For tough stains, pour a little Laundry Detergent directly on the stain and rub gently then pour the remaining into your washer. Hand Washing : Add about 25ml of EnviroHome Laundry Detergent into 5 liters of water and mix well. Soaking the clothes over 1 hour will show better result.


Some detergent has strong color, it will stain our clothes, if it is not mixed well with water. This Envirohome Laundry Detergent has no color, we don't have the worry of leaving any detergent stain when putting it directly onto the clothes.


My 11 years old, April suffered from skin allergy since she was just a new born. She always has itchiness on her hands, legs, back and body. I had brought her to see many skin doctors. Each time, the doctor would give her antihistamine drugs and claramine lotion. Sometime, when her skin allergy flared up, she has to get injection to make the itchiness, swollen, redness subside. She has skin allergy on and off, even though she is still on oral medicine every day. I want to thank Anay TM to share about the benefits of using Envirohome body wash in his blog. Because of his recommendation, I
received the Envirohome body wash for April for to try out.


She has been using it for two weeks, so far she has no more itchiness on her body. She has clear skin now. I plan to stop her oral medicine this few days and see how it goes. I believe she can do without the medicine very soon.


A chemical-free body cleanser for sensitive skin.

Get softer, smoother skin after shower.

Formulated with natural ingredient that help to clean all of the dirt and bacteria, removing sweat and smells on your body without damaging your natural texture skin, giving you a relaxing sensation.
More than just a body wash! Apply a small amount of EnviroHome Body Wash onto your scrapes or cuts after shower, the powerful healing qualities of rosemary essence oil will sooth and heal wound, eczema, atopic dermatitis and fungal infection. It contains Aqua, Mineral Salts, Sea Water Extract, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera Extract, Lemon Extract, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil. 

Please be informed that EnviroHome would like to send out 10 samples of Food Wash 50ml and Body Wash 100g to all readers, you just have to pay for the postage cost RM10.  It operates on a first come first serve basics, all readers who are interested, please write to enquiry@envirohome.com.my for more details.

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Am I pushing myself too hard?

I don’t think that I am emotionally stress, I am more to physically stress.
My stress is due to several factors as below.

  • Overly demanding sports or exercise schedule without adequate rest
I am addictive to exercise. Skipping Zumba, hiking, yoga and running make me feel guilty. I engage in two rounds of exercises on most weekends. My body is worn out.

  • A hectic lifestyle which can lead to physical tension and shallow breathing
May was not doing quite well in her March exam. I blame myself for not spending enough time to guide her. I make it a point to check all her homework every day. I check her mathematics questions, I review her English, BM and Chinese activity books. Besides trying to accomplish all my duty as a mother and wife in my family, I am also striving to perform as competitive as I can at work.  

  • Lack of sleep
I am always running short of time to do so many things in one day.  I wake up early (5:45am) and I sleep late too (11:30pm). Because of all the stress, I do not obtain quality sleep that I need badly.
As a result, I feel tired and sleepy most of the time, but I try to hide. I get agitated and angry easily, but I try to suppress. I feel down and tensed up too, but I try to cover.

Obviously, my complexion reveals the truth, I have broken out to a few hormonal pimples on my face. My skin is not as glowing as before due to hormone imbalance. At the same time, I lose some weight which I can tell when putting on my working pants.

I am longing for a holiday, which I can take a break from my routine. I can’t wait for the next school holiday. I want to rejuvenate my body and relax my mind.

Luckily I still can pen down my mind here and be truthful to myself, in order to feel a bit better. 



Hikers

I joined them for hiking about a year ago. Most of them have been hiking for quite some time. We go for hiking on weekends only. Therefore I meet with my hiking members only once a week the most. We would have full attendance when everyone is available, sometimes we went for hiking with just one or two friends only. I rarely skip my hiking activity. No matter how tie up I am, rain or shine? I will try to make it a point to go hiking.

We take the jungle trekking route to 3 or 4 km height. Then, we will stop to take a sip of  hot tea at the hut or take some refreshment, such as fruit at a open space. We enjoy each other company very much. I feel happy each time after meeting them for hiking. We have a lot of common topics. They are all having positive outlook on life and I like them. We just had our first gathering for dinner last week. We have a chat group and we called ourselves Hikers. boohoo!



We are now planning to go for a trip this year end. I really hope that I can join them for the very first trip without the kids and spouse.

I take this opportunity to wish all the amazing mothers out there, Happy Mother's Day. 

Steamed Huat Kuih

Out of so many recipes. I love huat kueh (Chinese steamed cake) the most. I have been attempting so many recipes to make huat kueh these few years. I never have steamed anything successful until recently. Though, when comparing to those very nice “huat” kueh, mine still need improvement.

So far, I have tried making pumpkin, coffee, brown sugar and pandan huat kueh. I love the most recent pandan huat kueh and coffee huat kueh that I made. They are nicely “huat” and they are yummy. Please find the recipes that I followed at the end of this post.
These are the pumpkin huat kueh which are not "laughing" at all - fail.

These are also pumpkin huat kueh, but they are very hard - fail.

These are brown sugar huat kueh, Overall ok and appearance fail. 

Pandan huat kueh are overall ok, but still not "laughing" nicely - fail. 

Brown sugar huat kueh are not "laughing" nicely - fail. 

Finally. I like this batch of pandan huat kueh. Pass with score 80/100.
My pandan huat kueh are fluffly and "laughing". I am using recipe from Sonia.
These are coffee huat kueh. Texture is soft and yummy, Pass with score 75/100
Coffee huat kueh are not as nice as the pandan huat kueh, because I didn't put in egg and coconut milk. But they taste nice too. I am using recipe from SimMami.

I have just invested in a bigger and double layers steaming wok. I hope I will utilize this new kitchen appliance for steaming more cakes. 

My evening routine

Another 15 minutes to the end of my working hours today. I feel extremely tired, sleepy and hungry. I can’t wait to leave the office for home. I have a list of things to do, all start right after work.

1. One the way home, I pick up our dinner from PIL’s house.
2. Back at home, let the girls have their dinner immediately.
3. Collecting dry clothes which hanging at the porch into the house.
4. Taking shower and having my dinner.
5. Folding clothes.
6. Packing my exercise bag.
7. Taking my girls to tuition.
8. Going to gym.
9. After gym, taking my girls back home.
10.Checking my younger girl’s homework.
11.Get ready their tomorrow breakfast and snacks.
12.Sending the girls to bed.
13.Taking clothes from washing machine and hanging them at the porch.
14.Finally ME time is spending on social media.
15.ZZZZzzzzz….Until I hear the alarm clock rings.

That’s my life. I should not complain much, at least I don’t need to cook dinner, clean the house and toilets. 

Stop and smell the roses

My 12 year old and my 10 year old have a lot of homework from school. Averagely, they have about 5 to 6 homework every day. Other than school homework, they have tuition homework too. Besides, they also have some art work such as drawing and coloring, as well as computer assignment and project which keep them busy right after school until evening. 

Then, they will have to quickly have their dinner and rush to tuition class. By the time they come back from tuition, I can see my two girls more tiring than me, who just finished running 9KM. 
Even there is no tuition, they have to do their own revision. I pity them. My heart is aching seeing them having such a busy life at such young age.

April has been pestering me to take her for an evening swim due to the very hot weather these few weeks. I dare not promise as I see them having piles of homework to finish in a day. 

Today, they told me that they have lesser homework. They can finish the homework by the time I reach home from work.  They have no tuition this evening too. They want to have a time off from their revision. I said OK. 


I will take them for a swim after dinner. I hope that they can have a relaxing time in the pool and I believe that swimming can help release their tension.  

Busy mom and busy kids are going to stop and smell the roses. We are going to soak ourselves in jacuzzi besides swimming, after that I will drive through McD and get them the McChicken as supper. We can also catch up a little before bedtime and calling it a day. 


I like this above wisdom quote very much. I put it here in this post to remind myself for being a better mom.