April 4, 2016

Happy One-Year Anniversary to Us! (Plus: Our Wedding Video!)

Yep, it's been a year since our wedding! It feels like the past year has just flown past, honestly. So much has happened since then, including the big move to Melbourne and (of course) the pregnancy.

A year ago, Daniel and I made a vow to respect, care, and love each other through thick and thin. So far, we've made good on our promises. We have been so fortunate to have people around us who are so supportive and loving, particularly our two wonderful children (soon to be three!) and they definitely deserve a huge thank you.

But I'd like to thank my husband especially: Daniel, not only have you brought joy, peace, laughter, and love into my life, your large heart has made space for Aqil and Afraz as well. Thank you for being the amazing husband and father we always wished for but never had. Thank you for always walking in the door with a smile and endless hugs, even after a long day at the office. Thank you for always putting our family first, even if it may be easier to be selfish. Thank you for possessing the maturity, consideration, compassion, humor, and patience to make this relationship work for us and be an effective partner in life, love, and parenting. Thank you for being YOU and thank you for sharing you with us! We love you and cannot wait for more years together.

Now, without further ado, I present to you, our wedding video! Many thanks to AnakWayang for capturing all the important moments of our special day so beautifully. (I swear I did not cry that much on our wedding day, they just happened to catch each moment I did! LOL!).

Quick trivia: This song (If I Could Fly by One Direction) is very special to us, and to me especially, because I think it really captures the essence of our relationship - especially the first two lines "If I could fly, I'd be coming right back home to you". I cried the first time I heard it in November, and asked specifically for this song for the video. And now I've cried every time I've watched the video. (Ok so maybe I do cry a lot...)

February 1, 2016

And then there were 5 ;)

I'm pregnant!

Yep, Dan did it. He knocked me up, that cheeky git. I'm now almost 19 weeks along (the photo is from last week, at 18 weeks), so the halfway mark is just around the corner! The baby is due June 30, but we all know that's just a loose estimate. Still, I can happily say I know the exact week this child was conceived thanks to being in a long-distance marriage at the time and a very timely week-long visit by Dan where my pills failed, lol.

In addition to being preggers, I have also finally moved to Melbourne! The kids and I have been here for a little over a month now. It still feels surreal that we're finally here, wow.

I know this doesn't excuse my absence from the blog, but between an exhausting first trimester (honestly, this pregnancy has been a lot more taxing overall compared to the other two) and the chaos of moving to another country and settling down in our new home, blogging has been the last thing on my mind.

That being said, I do want to be more disciplined again with blogging, so here's to more frequent updates soon! I'm going to catch up on my favorite blogs now. Hopefully I'll be inspired to write more in the coming days and weeks. Till then, have a fabulous day ahead :D

November 17, 2015

Personalized Gifts Made Easy with Printcious!

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I make personalized gifts a lot, particularly for people close to me. I just think that a personal touch really gets the message across more completely - "I care about you, and I want to give you this gift that was created especially for you".

The added bonus is that it usually doesn't cost a lot to add that little personal touch. However, I have to admit that it's usually pretty inconvenient for me because I go to this one particular place just for this, and usually have to bring my own t-shirt or bag or whatever it is that I want to personalize. So sometimes one gift ends up taking three trips to complete - one trip to get a plain t-shirt or bag, another trip to give it to the printer, another trip to pick it up when it's done. This doesn't include the time and effort needed to do the actual digital design work to personalize the gift!

However, thanks to Printcious, I can now do it all from the comfort of my own home!

It's super easy to navigate the website, and there are a ton of customizable (and non-customizable) items ranging from mugs to cushion covers to t-shirts. SO MANY great gift ideas, all in one spot.

Oh, and if you're wondering how to personalize items for the special people in your life, here is my Top Secret method of coming up with ideas:

  1. What are they interested in? (Think of a hobby, favorite band, favorite game, then look up quotes related to that.)
  2. What type of item would they use the most? (Everyone can use a t-shirt but some people may not be into that, whereas some people need a cup of coffee to get going in the morning and would use your cup every day.)

So, for example, if you wanna get me something for my birthday (*cough* which is coming up on December 6 *cough*), you might wanna get me a t-shirt that says "I Love One Direction" or a cushion that says "I Make Cute Kids". Easy!

So, if you're looking to give gifts to the people you love, just sign up to Printcious as a member, look for the gift you want to personalize, customize it, and order it. This makes it so easy to give "Precious Gifts From Your Heart"! Also, don't forget to use the voucher code NOV2015 to get 20% off your entire purchase till 22 November 2015. 

Note: This is a sponsored post, which means that I received the product and/or service in exchange for writing this post/review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

November 1, 2015

Need glam nursing wear? iOli Malaysia to the rescue!

I can't tell you how happy I am when I get to blog about two of my passions at the same time: fashion and motherhood. Thanks to iOli Malaysia, it's happening!

I'm so honored to have been invited to the private launch for this home-grown and upscale nursing-friendly apparel brand at Ruang last week. I am so happy that Yan Lim, founder of iOli Malaysia, amazing mom, and good friend of mine, took the plunge to fill in this gap in the market for "contemporary, smart and versatile clothing that provides style and comfort (with proper access on chest) for nursing and pumping mothers".

There are plenty of local nursing wear vendors here in Malaysia, but I genuinely think iOli Malaysia features a level of chic that hasn't yet existed in the local market. This collection is comparable to imported nursing wear, tbh. Don't believe me? Check this out:

That black dress is everything OMG.
I loooooove this dress kindly gifted to me by iOli Malaysia that I wore to the launch (the fabric is so luscious I had my eyes closed from the pleasure of it all, hahaha):
Photo credit: Shereena of That Skinny Elephant.
From L-R: Ayuni from Mommy Confessionals (and her hilarious daughter), Me, Shereena of That Skinny Elephant, Yan Lim of iOli Malaysia, and Diyana from Diyanazman.com 

There are so many pieces from the collection that I really like, but the black Jeanette Shift Dress and the Athena Wrap Dress mentioned above are definitely my faves. In addition to being glam, the folks at iOli Malaysia also have a Giving-Back program, where for every dress purchased, iOli Malaysia will donate RM2 to Non-Profit-Organisations or causes that can help to affect positive change. So you'll be doing good while also updating your wardrobe ;)

To order your own iOli Malaysia piece, make sure yo go to www.iolimalaysia.com NOW! Don't forget to follow @ioliMalaysia on Instagram and Facebook as well. 
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