Lately, there have been many unicorn theme items for sale. Unicorn pyjamas, tees, slippers, bags, stationery and even unicorn Christmas ornaments. Missy loves unicorns too and have been checking out Unicorn products whenever we are at the mall, especially at Typo. Here is she’s holding a pillow with a unicorn image on it and was hoping that she can have it. Nope, I did not get it because we already have a few pillows at home.
Then we saw a pair of unicorn plush slippers which cost around RM99. I know she wanted it but later she said not to buy because it is too expensive. Glad she understands the essentials of money.
When I was growing up, Milo was one of my favourite drinks. I would drink a cup of Milo before going to school. That would keep me full until recess at least. Now, Milo is my 12-year-old ‘s favourite drink since she was a toddler. Whenever we are at a restaurant, she would opt for Milo drink or whenever we are at a convenience store or gas station, she would choose a packet of milo to drink while on the go. Her favourite breakfast? Milo with cereal or just dunk some bread into a cup of hot milo.
According to a study by Nestlé , 1 in 4 children in Malaysia skip breakfast. This deprives them of the energy they need to perform in school. Nowadays school hours are long and the syllabus is tougher. It takes a lot of energy to get through the school day. This is where Nestlé MILO® beverage comes in. This energy drink is a unique combination of vitamins and minerals which provides an efficient release of energy, reduces tiredness and supports normal body functions to help children do their best.
Recently Milo has launched a Back To School Mums initiative in line with the brand’s campaign to highlight the importance of breakfast in giving children the energy they need to take on a school day, with a larger intention to foster greater understanding amongst parents about what goes on in their children’s day, strengthening the bond between parent and child. Mums were sent to the same school as their child and put through the exact schedule that they have packed their child with. From the early morning rush for the school bus, to every lesson in school and every activity thereafter, mums did the same.
They finally learned how unbelievably long and tiring their children’s day was. They realised the need to give their children breakfast so that they have the energy to take on their day. More importantly, the need to communicate and understand their children better.
The films are quite heart-tugging for me as it shows just how tough the school life is nowadays and what our children have to go through.
Did a really last-minute treat for missy’s friends in school. I totally forgot all about it. For the past few years, her old school celebrated Children’s Day at the end of October so I usually prepare some Halloween treats for the kids. Now that she is in the new school and there is no Children’s Day celebration, it just slipped my mind.
So while on the way home from hub’s aunt’s wake, we went to Watson to check out some candies. Glad I found some lollipops. Then I started the DIY Halloween Treats as soon as I reached home.
Chuppa Chups Lollipops
I used tissue papers, black and orange strings and a sharpie to do these Ghostly Lollipop Halloween Treats. Just something fun for the kids at school.
Last Saturday, I did another DIY Halloween Costume and this time is not for missy as she does not want to dress up this year. So I did one for the pooch.
I used a headband, a piece of cardboard, cotton, a straw and glue gun for this DIY.
Can you tell what that is?
I dress Buffy up as a Frappucino and she is known as “Buffycino”. The look on her face is hilarious!
Went to Starbucks to get the green straw for this diy project. Gave her lots of treats for her to pose for the camera. Happy Halloween!
So last Wednesday was Pyjama Day at school and students who would like to participate can dress up in their PJs the whole day. It is also part of a fundraising thing and those who participate would have to contribute RM3 + another RM5 for a burger lunch.
Missy was so excited and looking forward to going to school in her pjs.
I asked her to choose a toy to pin onto her pjs and initially she went for Mr. Bean’s Bear. Since it was too big and heavy to be pinned, she took the Ikea Bear. She sleeps with a few soft toys every night and these bears are one of them. Loads of fun at school.
The UPSR exam is finally over. Yesterday was the last paper which was Chinese subject. Although we can finally relax, I can’t help but feel a bit sad. For the past 2 weeks, we have been saying goodbye to the caring tutors who have guided missy for the past few years. It was her last day at the primary school yesterday too as she is starting middle school today. She told me that she felt sad leaving her friends because all of them are going separate ways and she is leaving school earlier than the rest of them. Today, a new journey begins for her.
A few days ago, missy lost one of her milk tooth. After she showed me her tooth, she asked me where I was going to keep it. I said to her, ‘Don’t you want to put in in the toothfairy box and wait for the toothfairy?” She replied, “Mom, I am not 2 years old anymore“.
I guess she won’t fall for this anymore. My baby is growing up too fast. Hand me some tissues please!
I am sure pretty much everyone has heard of the song “Despacito”. It’s one of my favorites for now and I love it when this song is played during my Zumba class. It’s so fun to dance to it. When I am in the car and Despacito comes on the radio, I would start moving in my seat (I am not the driver), something like what this mom was doing in the video though I won’t get out of the car.
Missy would be doing this when I start dancing in the car.
Missy turns 12 today. Time really flies. It does feel like I have given birth to her not too long ago. She has been celebrating since the weekend. Her aunt (my sis) gave her a memorable birthday gift. She organized a Surprise Baking Party for her and her 3 besties and cousin at Masak Masak in BIG supermarket, Publika. I have been busy messaging her friends’ moms and told them to keep it a secret even for their kids.
On the day itself, they brought their kids to Publika and they hid behind pillars when missy walked in. Then they jumped out and yelled “SURPRISE”. Missy was shocked for a minute and then smiled broadly when everything sunk in. All of them had a fun time baking muffins and brownies.
Listening to instructions
Blueberry muffins by the girls
Chocolate brownies On Sunday, she was invited to Camp 5 for a Rock Climbing Birthday Party. Her friends, Fearles and Cruz also celebrated their birthdays during the weekend. Ashley shares the same birthdate as the twin boys.
Last night, there was another round of mini celebration for her during the dinner we had at Absolute Thai with our relatives. My nephew is back from Brooklyn for a visit so we met up. Ashley got to meet her first cousin for the first time 😉 I bought a little cake to be cut after dinner. Can you spot the DIY cake topper? The idea just came to me yesterday afternoon and I quickly made them.
So missy has been celebrating for a few days already and she asked to skip tuition today just because it is her birthday.
Some time last year, I read a post by the Humans of New York about a dad teaching his children how to save and invest money. That post was very interesting and the method that the father used is very easy simple. Every week, the child receives a dollar for allowance. Then he gets to choose which section he would like to put his money into. There are 4 sections – Save, Spend, Invest and Charity. I think this is just the perfect way to teach children about money and kindness. It helps them to become financially responsible.
I started this project with Ashley after reading the post. These are her little money sections. Every week, my husband and I give her a total of RM10. So, she will decide for herself where she wants the money to go.
This clever idea is working pretty well. So far missy has only used the Spending Money 3 times to buy her favourite books and a jar of cookies. Her Save and Invest boxes have the most money in them. I think we would need to discuss on where or who she would want to donate her money to.