Monday, September 29, 2014

Octoburst! 2014, you should not miss it this year!

Octoburst! is back! Are you as excited as The DinoFamily?

In celebration of Children’s Day and childhood, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay presents the 11th edition of Octoburst!. The annual festival is Esplanade’s festival of arts and culture for children aged two to 12. This year’s edition takes place from 3 to 6 October 2014.

There are so many events, activities & perforamnces going on this Octoburst! Check out the full list of exciting programmes here. With so many things to see & participate in short short time, we share with you some of the events that we feel that you should not miss out during this year's Octoburst!.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Foodie Fridays - Mac & Cheese, with a Twist

I had a sudden cravings for Mac & Cheese yesterday afternoon and I made a decision then to cook this as dinner. Went off to the supermarket during my lunch break to gather all the necessary ingredients.

As usual I got the elbowed macaroni and when I told DinoBoy I am making macaroni later he requested to have it with "spiral pasta please Mama."  So I have to chuck my newly bought macaroni into my cupboard and bring out the fusilli instead. Now, usually Mac & Cheese has got nothing inside, only well, macaroni and cheese! I'll be happy to have it just this way but since the boy is eating, he MUST have a balanced meal so I added in fresh bacon bits which I fried it myself.  DinoPapa decided to thaw the cod loins and added that in.

Guess what? It only take about 45mins to prepare this hearty meal!  And it gets 2 thumbs up from DinoPapa and DinoBoy.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Play with me Mum & Dad!

I'm a Sesame Street fan and loves all their songs and this particular song Play with Me Sesame is favourite after I first heard it 6-7 years ago.  

Little did I know I will be hearing these 3 words "Play with Me" constantly from DinoBoy for years to come.  We know its easy to engage toddlers by playing with their toys but it gets a little bit challenging when they are older.  Most of us; including the DinoFamily, chose the easy way out by letting the electronic devices babysit our kids.  Luckily we managed to get out from that situation and have introduced many card & board games (you can easily get them from departmental stores or those party supplies stores) to DinoBoy thus spending several nights playing them before bedtime.

Playing is not as difficult as most people think it would be of, but it sure takes a lot of patient especially when your child is starting to learn to play a particular game, he needs time to understand and register the games rules too. Playing is important because it enables us to bond with our kids and a family that plays together (or do things together) becomes a strong & united family.  Sadly most of the adults and kids do not know how to play, hence you read a lot of reports about the importance of playtime or seen government initiated family activities to enhance family bonding.

Well, we've got news for you!  Playing can happen any place any time any where, and unless it's outdoor playtime, you don't need to spend hours on it.  It can take as little as 10 to 20mins of your time but I guarantee you that it will be the best time of your day spending it playing with your child and family.  Let us share with you some of the simple games that The DinoFamily will never get tired of playing, some of them do not even cost you a single cent~

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Learn English, the fun & doodling way

DinoBoy loves to doodle during class, after he finishes his school work of course. I shared his doodles in my post here.  Look what I found in his bag a couple of days ago, here's DinoBoy giving you an English lesson, the fun way.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I'm a Jeans lover

I've seen my friends posted their OOTD photos in their facebook and have always wanted to do so too but never really have the courage to do it since clothing & fashions are not my forte.  One day (which is last week) I decided to bite the bullet and do it, I've been thinking of changing my blog's direction since earlier this year so why not try my hands on fashion?

So I thought about my wardrobe and almost immediately I knew what I am comfortable to start off with; jeans!  Yupe!  I wasn't really a jeans girl during my younger daze days until I entered motherhood (funny how motherhood changed a woman in so many ways).  With a baby along, it just make sense to wear lesser of the skirt for convenience sake, also jeans makes running after a toddler easier.  So it's no wonder that I have 5 jeans now and luckily my company does not mind me wearing them to work too.

There are many types of trendy jeans for women such as boot cut, skinny, loose fit, slim fit, straight cut, flare leg etc.  Jeans are so versatile that you can pair it off with tops of different style to create a different kind of look like what I did with my skinny jeans.  These 3 styles are great for office and weekend gathering with family or friends - with the kid(s) in tow too.

Sometimes I will add some accessories to my outfit to jazz up the outfit such as this chunky pendant on the right or a beautiful long necklace.  At times I will leave the necklaces and put on some funky or stylish chunky ring.

What do you think of my first so call fashion post? I know for a certain that I have many more things to learn from seasoned fashion bloggers, I'm open to suggestions, just leave them in this post's comment section. To make up for the noob post I have a 15% discount code at Zalora, just enter the discount code "ZAJENNIFER15" upon check out.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

City Square Mall taken over by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

I grew up watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series and looking forward to go for some Shredder-kicking adventures every week.  Being such a fan, I was eager to introduce them to DinoBoy who (lucky for me) fell in love with these turtles.  Some days we will sit in front of the tv watching the episodes together and talking about it later that day.  It was a special "Mama & Me" thing for me which I enjoy a lot.

When DinoBoy knew that we were going to see the Turtles in real life, he was thrilled, and from the crowd we saw that day, it was obvious that the Turtles has a huge number of fans here.  There were kids who came with either the eye mask, turtle face masks or even in full gear of mask, suits and samurai swords.  Oh yeah!  Totally die hard fans!!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Geronimo Stilton ‘Live’ show @ United Square Shopping Mall

Look who we met this evening! Its Geronimo, Thea, Trap & little Benjamin! They are on a fabumouse family vacation and its their first visit to Singapore!

It's clear that this mouse is every one's favourite as the "Live" show was packed with kids AND adults!

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