Doob Bean Bags & SoftRock Bohemian Review: Comfortable and Versatile

We came across doob bean bags during our visit to the National Museum of Singapore. Gallery10 was filled with fun, colourful and ultra-comfy doob bean bags that are truly eye-catching. Edison refused to leave the moment he had his butts on them. Yes, they’re SO comfy that you wouldn’t want to get up!  😀

So, imagine my excitement when doob sent over their latest product – The Oomph, Polyester Couch-Shaped Bean Bag, for my review. I jumped at the opportunity because Our Little Butts are certainly in need of something comfy. Haha!  😛

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Yes! Yes! My butts certainly deserves the comfort!

About doob Bean Bags

Doob is a local bean bag producer known for its colourful and quirky design. When I first landed on doob website, my first impression was “Aiyo, why so cute one?” LOL. I love the cheeky vibe, colourful design and cutesy play on words on their website.

First of all, there are many doob bean bags to choose from (you may be confused at first!). The easiest way is to group them by material types:

  1. Rayon (cloth like, machine washable)
  2. Polyester (spill-proof, damp wipes to clean)
  3. Synthetic Leather (water resistant, damp wipes to clean)

On top of that, they come in various shapes, sizes, colours and even level of ‘shiokness’ to suit every need. There’s also an option for indoor and outdoor use. The chart below showcases the different types of doob bean bag in the simplest way.

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Cool, right?

The Oomph, Polyester Couch-Shaped Bean Bag Review

Personally, I prefer a couch-shaped bean bag because I have a pear-shaped bottom. Hah! And I’d prefer a spill-proof one too (the kid is still prone to spills!).  Polyester is perfect for me as it’s spill-proof and easy to maintain – just wipe with a damp cloth to clean without the need of removing its cover.

As you know, bean bags are meant to be formless. The less the structure, the more comfy they are! However, being shapeless also means that it may not be so aesthetically-pleasing to some – especially those who are after comfort and style.

Therefore, the brilliant designers at doob came out with The Oomph! This bean bag stays in shape, so I find that it looks nicer than the older models and yet it offers the same level of ‘shiokness’.  😉

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The Oomph, Polyester Couch-Shaped Bean Bag (L) in Barley Beige, S$269.00

IMPACT Ergonomic Study Desk & Chair (from ERGOWORKS)

ERGOWORKS has been my trusted brand for ergonomic products. Since Edison started using IMPACT Ergo-Comfort Spinal Protection School Bag a year ago, I can see that his posture has greatly improved. And the best thing is – after a year of rough handling from the boy, the bag is still in good condition. T__T

I do believe in ergonomics and being comfortable as much as possible to avoid unnecessary stress that may lead to spinal problems in the future. Therefore, I feel the importance of having a proper ergonomic desk and chair, both in the office and at home, for my health and wellness.

Most of you are aware that we’ll be moving to our new home soon. Initially, I’ve planned to custom-made an L-shaped study table for Edison. But after giving it a second thought, I scrapped the idea. Firstly, the cost is high. Secondly, a fixed height desk may not be suitable for a growing up child like him.

Thus, it’s more worthwhile to invest in a good quality ergonomic study desk and chair for him. I really want to give him a comfortable study area that is properly designed and provide a healthy seating position for him.

So, I visited ERGOWORKS showroom at Marina Square two months ago (read here) to find a suitable set of ergonomic growing desk for him. There are two brands available here – ERGOSTARS and IMPACT – both have their own unique features. After trying all the different models at the showroom, we picked IMPACT Bundle 3. 🙂

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Now, let me show you some of the unique features of IMPACT Bundle 3 that we really like.  😎

IMPACT Bundle 3 Ergonomic Study Desk

1. It has a quick release locking mechanism for desktop height adjustment. It is designed ergonomically to grow with our children.

2. The desktop tilts to comfortable and ergonomic angles for reading, writing and drawing with easy angle adjustment (using the red lever).

3. It has an accessories tray and wrist support pad. No more messy accessories all over the table! The wrist support pad is useful to hold a book or laptop.

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4. The desk comes with rounded corners for safety.

5. Easy mobility with front caster wheels. I love how easy it is to move the desk without risking a scratch on my floor.

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IMPACT Bundle 3 comes in two colour options – white and modern maple, and we chose the latter.

DUOREST DR-250 Smart Collection Ergonomic Chair

1. It’s patented design, Dual Backrest, reduces sitting fatigue and spinal pressure

DUOREST DR-250 Smart Collection Ergonomic Chair

2. Quick release locking mechanism for easy seat height adjustment

3. Back rest height and angle adjustment

4. Armrest adjustment

5. Healthy back tilt movement

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6. Upholstered in durable fabric material. It’s very smooth and comfortable too.

Oh, one thing that’s worth mentioning – I must compliment the delivery guy for his professionalism and efficiency. The items were delivered to me on-time, and he was polite, helpful and took extreme care of the products with caution when carrying them into my house. Then, he set-up the table and demonstrated the functionality of the study desk and chair to us. When he left, he carried the empty boxes and plastic wrappers down to the trash bin.

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All in all, I’m glad to have chosen IMPACT Bundle 3 for Edison. IMPACT Bundle 3 is a complete workstation that grows along with him, allowing him to use it from primary to secondary school. The service rendered to me was fantastic since our first visit to their showroom at Marina Square all the way till product delivery. Last but not least, the product comes with 10 years warranty too.

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Edison1Edison loves his study desk and chair so much! 🙂

If you’re looking for an ergonomic study table and chair for your kids, I highly recommend ERGOWORKS. Do check out their showrooms at Marina Square, Centrepoint and Causeway Point for an extensive range of high quality, comfortable and user-friendly ergonomic products that are endorsed by medical professionals.

Review: Breathe Easily and Safely with Dyson Pure Cool Purifier Fan

HAZE is a four-letter word that every one of us hates. The dreaded haze season has become an annual occurrence in Singapore. In June 2013, Singapore recorded the worst haze in its history where PSI index hit an all-time high at 371. According to PSI grades, the situation is hazardous when it passes 300.

Thinking of all the grime and soot in the air, our first instinct is to wear a protective face mask when we’re outdoor. But what about when we’re at home?

We often think of our homes as safe havens, and under the misconception that the air at home is the cleanest. Unfortunately, this is NOT TRUE. The levels of pollutants and allergens at home can be up to 100 times higher than outdoor, turning our home sweet home into a potential respiratory nightmare.

Even if we close all the windows and doors, the soft particles of haze could still seep into our homes. With babies breathing up to four times faster than adults, and children who are more susceptible to asthma, it’s vital to keep the air at home clean and safe.

How can we do that, you may ask.

Breathe easily and safely with Dyson Pure Cool Purifier Fan

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Recently, we discovered Dyson Pure Cool™ 2-in-1 purifier fan. This is the latest model of Dyson’s bladeless fan – it may look similar to previous models, but it hides a very useful new feature in its base. The purifier, you’re right! The smart people at Dyson have invented a new bladeless fan which has a built-in HEPA filter for removing particles from the air while at the same time keeping us cool.

Dyson’s products aren’t cheap, but they always offer something innovative and genuinely useful. Just like how they invented bagless vacuum cleaner, bladeless fan and now a 2-in-1 purifier fan that filters the air as it blows.

Enough said about how great Dyson is, now let’s get down to why you need a Dyson Pure Cool, what it can do for you, and why I really like it.

Why you need a Dyson Pure Cool?

Most of us have heard of air purifier, but most people still believe that this product is expensive, space-consuming, tedious to maintain, and in short – an expensive thing without much use.

Air quality today is not at its prime, especially if we’re living in a city. Dangerous particles in the air can settle on floors and surfaces, potentially causing asthma and respiratory problems. These dangerous particles include pollutants, allergens, pollen and mould. If we consistently live in poor air quality, it has significant effect on our general health.

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Dyson Pure Cool can help us in many ways – improve the quality of our lives, give us some peace of mind that our children are breathing clean air, alleviate the effects of allergies, and allow everyone to sleep and breathe better.

The way I see it – you can’t put a price tag to the value of healthy life and living conditions. If for the cost of few hundred dollars, you can enjoy every moment under its observant clean influence, then it’s certainly a worthy investment!

What can Dyson Pure Cool do for you? How does it work?

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Using powerful Air MultiplierTM technology and an energy-efficient DC motor, the Dyson Pure Cool purifier fan draws in air via a mixed flow impeller. The air is passed through a patented 360 degrees Glass HEPA filter, containing 1.1m2 of constructed microfibers. It’s capable of trapping even the smallest particles – including pollutants, pollen, bacteria, viruses and particles down to PM0.1.

Clean air then leaves the amplifier loop at a high velocity and is directed over an airfoil-shaped ramp. This way, a long-range stream of smooth air is released, purifying the air that we breathe.

The Dyson Pure Cool is capable of capturing up to 99.95% of harmful ultrafine particles, as small as 0.1 microns. It also removes pollen, bacteria and particles of 2.5 microns, as well as captures odours and harmful toxins such as benzene and formaldehyde.

Here are FIVE things I like about Dyson Pure Cool:

1. It’s a 2-in-1 purifier and fan

One of the things that I want to eliminate when we move to our new home is standing fan. It’s very difficult to clean, and when dust sits around, they contribute to allergies and sinus problem. Thus, I told the Husband that I want only Dyson bladeless fan for new our home and he completely agrees.

Now, I’m extremely delighted with Dyson Pure Cool. It’s the only purifier fan in the market. And it’s also one of the most efficient purifier in the market. I get the best of both worlds!

2. Ease of maintenance

Many people has the perception that purifier is difficult to maintain, particularly the filter maintenance. Dyson Pure Cool really impresses me with its ease of maintenance. Its filter can be changed in just a few simple steps that don’t even take more than a minute.

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Filter that can be changed very easily

The filter has been engineered to last for approximately 4,382 hours. If you use it for 12 hours a day, the filter will last for one year. Meaning – you only need to change the filter once a year. Too easy, I can’t even believe it!

3. Less space and less weight

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Perfect fit for my living room

Traditional purifiers are big, bulky and heavy. Dyson Pure Cool is small and compact, takes up to 70% less space and weighs up to 66% less. Thus, it’s a perfect choice for smaller space apartments. I’m completely won over by its sleek design and clever engineering.

4. Safe and child-friendly

If you’re constantly worried about your child getting his or her fingers cut by fan blades or trapped in a purifier, this is the perfect purifier fan for you. No blade, no dangerous outlets, no worries!

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5. It is super quiet too

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Dyson Pure Cool has been awarded the Quiet Mark accreditation. Now, the whole family can sleep as sound as a baby. Complete with a built-in sleep timer that allows pre-set intervals ranging from 15 minutes to 9 hours, it is engineered for night-long purification and air circulation. Using a remote control, it can be set between 1 to 10 airflow settings too.

Dyson Pure Cool is available in two colours – White/Silver or Iron/Blue and comes with two years warranty. Retail price in Singapore is S$999 with replacement filter at S$79. For more product information, please visit Dyson Pure Cool website.

Disclosure: Thanks to Dyson for sending us this amazing purifier fan for review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are honest and are my own.

Inject Colours and Fun into Your Bathroom with Rainshower Flower Collection

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Recently, the kind folks at GROHE sent me a shower head for review. It isn’t an ordinary shower head to begin with, but something unique and fun that I’ve never seen before.

When I reached home that day, Little Edison excitedly ran to me and said, “Mama, somebody sent you a very pretty flower pot!” I was like, “Could it be Papa?” I knew it wasn’t him because he isn’t the kind of guy who will buy flowers for his wifey.

Anyway, I checked the package and found that it was from GROHE. So this must be their new Rainshower Flower Collection that they e-mailed me recently, I thought. I stood there for a while to admire the beauty of this new shower head, which looks more like a pretty flower pot.

Inspired by tulips, sunflowers and orchids, the colourful Rainshower Flower Collection is the latest product from GROHE. I’m sure all of you know GROHE. It’s the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings, and a global grand for sanitary products and systems.

Just as I told Edison that the flower pot is actually a shower head, he was completely puzzled at how he can shower with that ‘flower’. I changed our current shower head to the Rainshower Flower, and I’m so delighted to see how it brings a fresh look and inject fun into my bathroom.

He’s certainly more excited than me because shower time means more FUN to him now. The flower-lookalike shower head dispenses water like soft raindrops, that’s why it’s called Rainshower.

The petal-shaped bumper surrounding the shower head is easily removable. The Rainshower also share the GROHE StarLight chrome finish, which means that they will retain their sheen for many years.

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New line of GROHE showers featuring beautiful flowery deco to inject colours and fun into your bathroom

Rainshower Flower Collection is available in six attractive floral colour schemes at a retail price of SGD177 at all authorized GROHE outlets. They inject colours and fun into your bathroom, and they make a perfect gift for all occasions too.

Disclosure: Rainshower Flower Collection is provided by GROHE for review. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

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Beauty Obsessions – June 2014

Hi! I’m back after almost one month break – feeling totally refreshed! Still working hard to regain my blogging mojo.

It’s been a while since I last wrote about beauty products that I like. Lately, I’ve found some products that I really like, so I thought, why not I start from them.

So, here are my latest beauty obsessions:

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1. NeoStrata SKIN ACTIVE Line Lift 

This may be the answer to my wrinkles woes! The new SKIN ACTIVE Line Lift from NeoStrata is a two-step treatment specifically targets deep lines and folds through the stimulation of skin’s own natural collagen and hyaluronic acid.

With the help of patented ingredients such as Aminofil™, NeoGlucosamine® and NeoCitrate™, Line Lift duo can plump up the skin, improving the appearance of lines and wrinkles that were resulted from repetitive facial expressions and UV damage.

This is seriously better than needles, and convenient if you’re too busy to see an aesthetic doctor. It’s useful for areas such as forehead lines, frown lines, laugh lines, crow’s feet and undereye lines.

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On Step 1, I apply the Aminofil™ Activator on my areas of concern – mainly laugh lines and undereye lines. It has a precision roller ball that makes the application so easy and direct onto deep expression lines. I gently massage it with my finger tip until it’s fully absorbed.

The texture of this activator is quite thick, so initially, I was a bit put off by its stickiness. Then, I told myself to be patient and gentle tap the solution until it’s fully absorbed onto my skin. When it’s fully absorbed, it doesn’t feel sticky anymore.

On Step 2, I apply the Finishing Complex over Step 1 and gently massage it until it’s fully absorbed. The texture of the Finishing Complex is quite thick and heavy, so it leaves my skin a bit oily after the application.

I apply it after all my serums and before my moisturizer.

This product is recommended to be used twice a day, but I only use it once at night. Reason is – I find it a bit uncomfortable with the stickiness and oiliness on my face during the day (although it’s really not that bad). I confess that I have a super low tolerance towards stickiness and oiliness.

Nonetheless, this product really delivers fast results! I noticed the first visible improvements on the fine lines around my eyes after using it for about a month.

I would recommend this product to any anti-aging obsessed women, who are still in search for the answer to their wrinkles woes. This product can only be purchased from clinics.

2. SK-II Cellumination Aura Essence

I purchased this product from the duty-free shop (airport) during my last travel, and the price is about $230 for 50ml. It’s gentle on the skin but tough on the pocket! I mean, it’s really quite expensive to be used on long term.

I’m totally in love with this essence the first time I use it. The white serum is very light and easily absorbed. Its dropper design provides the ease of use and avoids wastage. I use two pumps each time.

The essence has a very sweet smell that easily lifts up my mood in the morning. I use it twice daily, in the morning and at night, before applying the moisturizer. I’m almost finishing my first bottle, and I feel that my skin tone is brighter and more even now.

Although I haven’t feel that aura-like glow yet (as in the advertisement), I’m quite confident that this product will work. So I will continue to use it.

3. Rejuvenating Serum from PCA Skin

I love any product that says rejuvenating! Yes, make me look young again, please…

I was first introduced to PCA Skin by The Face Aesthetic Clinic, and since then, I’ve been a big fan of their products. They are really good.

This ultimate age-defying serum uses epidermal growth factor (EGF) technology to stimulate cell proliferation and skin renewal. A blend of botanicals and potent antioxidants prevent cellular water loss, helping to keep skin firm, smooth and protected from damaging free radicals.

This serum goes on smoothly, and has a nice light feel and smell. My skin feels firmer after using it for about 3 weeks. Hands down the best serum I’ve ever tried to keep my skin looking smooth and fresh. I’ll definitely continue to use it.

The price is about $140 for a small bottle of 29.5ml (roughly two months’ usage), but I’ve found a cheaper source through eBay where I’m restocking my serum now.

4. Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 from PCA Skin

Perhaps my biggest mistake is skipping sunscreen during my younger days, and that’s why all the brown spots were popping out as revenge since I hit my thirties.

As advised by Dr. Zhang from The Face Aesthetic Clinic, I started applying this sunscreen daily – another awesome product from PCA Skin.

This broad spectrum sunscreen provides UVA/UVB protection with the technology of ultra-sheer zinc oxide and a blend of additional sunscreen ingredients. Its unique quick-absorbing and light finish makes it ideal for people with oily or breakout-prone skin, and those who dislike the feel of traditional sunscreen products.

Honestly I’ve never liked sunscreen because they tend to make my face super oily or left a scary white tint. Ever since I’ve tried Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45, I was totally amazed at how LIGHT and SILKY it feels after the application. It has, to my satisfaction, goes nicely under my powder foundation too.

Weightless is certainly no exaggeration here!

5. Age-Revival Stem Cell Eye+ from Skin Inc

This is possibly the most expensive eye cream that I’ve ever purchased. It is priced at $190 for as little as 15ml.

A luxuriant, yet light weight eye cream with 20 active ingredients that incorporates stem cell technology and plant extracts with anti-ageing, healing and calming properties. This eye cream aims to resolve five main eye care concerns – lines, dryness, puffiness, sagging skin and dark circles.

I have very bad dark eye circles that I almost can’t leave home without a concealer. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any major improvements in my dark eye circles yet (after using for almost one month). I still have half a jar left and will continue to use it. Hopefully, it will work for me.

I like this eye cream because it’s very lightweight and absorbs easily with just a few soft strokes.

That’s my current beauty obsession. If you have any fantastic product to recommend, please share with me too! I love to hear from you.

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