Reward Yourself with a Unique Mother’s Day Gift This Year!

Parenting is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Hands down. There is no instruction manual to turn to, no foolproof way to any task, and no one-size-fits-all solution to any challenge.

Talk about the mundane daily tasks, parenting has a million tedious aspects to it that are seemingly never-ending. You can never really grasp the entirety of this fact, even at just the basic physical level, until you’ve been at it for a while. That’s how tiring it is.

On the other hand, there’s an immense responsibility to it. You only get ONE chance to be the parent of your child’s childhood. Not that you’ve to do everything perfectly, but you really wouldn’t want to screw it up. The safety and health on all aspects of our children – physically, emotionally, spiritually – falls on your shoulders. That’s how heavy it is.

Next comes the never-ending worry. Trust me, whether your child is one year old or ten years old, you’ll always worry for them. I have no idea what “overprotective” means until I became a mother. Even though I’m not much of a worrier by nature, but parenting has awakened fears I never knew I had.

Lastly, being a parent comes with more responsibilities and stress than any occupation, but there’s no monetary compensation of any kind. The irony of it is that the more time you spend on parenting, the less money you make. The more money you spend on parenting, the less money you save. Haha!

But above all, LOVE is the reward you get. LOVE makes all the heart-swelling, earth-shattering, near-madness, and time-consuming challenges of parenting worthwhile. And LOVE is the greatest thing a parent can give and receive from their children.

This year, Mother’s Day falls on 14 May 2017. So, mums, let’s take a moment to reward ourselves for all our hard works. Every year, I buy something for myself on Mother’s Day. And I’ll continue to do so until when Edison makes enough money to buy me a Mother’s Day present. =)

Without further ado, here are my Mother’s Day gift picks that I’m sure every mum will appreciate. So, get one for yourselves or for your lovely mummies. Show your appreciation for these deserving ladies in our lives.

Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

1. LLOYD THE GIFT Cherry Blossoms Collection 14K Gold Necklace & Ear Rings

Mother's Day Gift

This is the gift that I bought for myself through Airfrov this year. LLOYD THE GIFT is one of the top jewellery brands in South Korea, and now with Airfrov, I can safely shop for overseas products all around the world.

2. Tanzanite Solitaire Ring in Solid 14K Gold

Mother's Day Gift

What about a gorgeous solitaire ring without breaking the bank? Tantalizing Tanzanite is a limited edition collection from JL Heart Online featuring pretty Tanzanite gems in different hues. You can customize your Tanzanite solitaire rings with solid 14K white, yellow or rose gold. Worn alone or as stacking rings, they are perfect as your Mother’s Day gift.

I do not like to spend a fortune for an expensive piece of jewellery just for the luxurious feeling or for showing off.  My jewellery collection is unique and meaningful, usually hand-made. That’s the reason why I love JL Heart Online – quality, original, handmade jewellery at affordable prices. Read my review HERE.

Introducing: JL Heart – Beautifully Designed Handmade Jewellery

Mother’s Day is around the corner. If you’re looking for beautiful handmade jewellery to delight your mom, I’ve something special to recommend to you today.

JL Heart is one of my favourite online shops. It is based in Singapore, specialising in on-trend, affordable, fashion jewellery from necklaces, bracelets, rings to earrings in sterling silver, pink and yellow gold. I like quality, original, handmade jewellery. All their pieces are detailed, carefully made from the heart, and are meant to convey wishes of joy, luck and health.

JLHeart website

JL Heart looks like a treasure box to me, bursting with original and striking jewellery. It’s just too gorgeous! It makes me want to buy something as a gift, or a beautiful piece just to reward myself. The jewellery are made using quality materials like freshwater pearls and genuine gemstones with sterling silver or gold filled elements. So, they are lasting that you can wear every day without breaking the bank.

Their focus is on quality, affordable prices and costume jewellery from the heart. I feel that they strike the perfect balance. The jewellery are neither too cheap (unlike those pieces that’ll only get thrown away after a few wears) nor too expensive (as compared to other online shops that sell similar quality jewellery).

What’s more? JL Heart is based in Singapore, so you get free shipping too!


Recently, I got myself a Gold Honeycomb Gemstone Necklace. I like that it’s made of high quality Gold Fill chain that will not tarnish, complete with colourful genuine gemstones: Carnelian, Citrine, Green Onyx, Peridot, Prehnite, Rose Quartz, and Sky Blue Topaz. The length is 32 inches (81cm), so it slips over my head easily. It also comes with clasp for doubling up as necklace.



I love a good statement necklace. It always adds a fabulous oomph to an outfit. This beautiful piece is a lovely addition to my collection.



I also like the pretty JL Heart packaging. It comes with a quality gift box that can be re-used to store more jewellery, a stylish Thai Silk jewellery pouch, and a dual layer jewellery cleaning cloth that can be used on metals and gems.

I selected this Amethyst Gemstone Tassel Necklace as a gift for my mother-in-law on Mother’s Day. She loves tassel gemstone, so I’m sure she’ll be delighted to receive this lovely gift. Moreover, the soft purple matches any of her outfit wonderfully.



I completely adore wearing shiny and sparkly bling on my wrists too. I always pop a bracelet or bangle on my wrist whenever I go out. So, I also got myself a Past Present Future bracelet too. The unique design with 3 circles linked together, just like our past, present and future.


If you’re looking for an exclusive custom-made jewellery for your special ones, you’ll be delighted to know that JL Heart do offer custom-made jewellery. Yes, I know. Our loved ones deserve a truly unique design just for themselves.


One last thing before I go, Mother’s Day falls on 8 May 2016. Grab this promo code “MOTHER2016” to enjoy 25% off all jewellery at JL Heart!

Happy Sunday! Happy Shopping!

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Swensen’s Heart of Youth Cake + Giveaway!

The dictionary defines mother as “a female parent” but we all know that she is more than just a parent. She is her children’s best friend. A mother is someone who loves you unconditionally and more than her own life. Mothers are angels in disguise sent from God to watch and help us through our tough times. It’s absolutely true that mother knows best, and she’s usually the first person we turn to when we need the best advice.

We may not have thanked our mothers enough for their love and hard works. Thus, this coming Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to let her know how amazing she is. So, if you’re looking for a way to make your mum feel extra special, I have a gift idea you need right here.

As a note of appreciation to all mums out there, Swensen’s presents its unique Mother’s Day creation – the Heart of Youth cake.


What’s so special about this cake, you may wonder. The Heart of Youth cake comes in a beautiful pink heart shape with pearl cream outline, rich flavor blend of Vanilla with Chocolate Fudge chunks, and infused with a healthy dose of Marine Collagen. We all know the anti-aging benefits of collagen, and we sure want to pamper our mums with these anti-aging goodness.

After all, our mums deserve to look beautiful and forever youthful!

Heart of Youth is priced at S$51.00 (excluding GST) and no advanced ordering is required. Available at all Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s outlets from 23rd April to 10th May 2015 (while stocks last). For more info, please visit Swensen’s website, Facebook and Instagram at:


Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Mother's Day Giveaway

Thanks to Swensen’s, we have one Heart of Youth cake (worth S$51.00) to giveaway to one lucky reader. Hop over to my Instagram to participate!

To participate, here’s how:

  1. Follow me on Instagram @ourlittlesmarties.
  2. Repost this giveaway photo on Instagram with hashtag #ourlittlesmartiesgiveaway.
  3. Tag me @ourlittlesmarties.
  4. (Optional) Tag your friends to double your chances to win.

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Open to all readers residing in Singapore.
  2. ONE winner will be picked randomly.
  3. Giveaway closes on 4 May 2015 at 2359 hours.

Good luck!

Pink bulletUpdate on 5 May 2015:

The winner of this giveaway, picked randomly via Random Number Generator, is @estherchng1983. Announcement is also made on my Instagram. Thanks everyone for your participation!

Mother’s Day Gift from the Heart

This morning, I woke up at 7am. It is Mother’s Day. It is a very beautiful morning.

I look at this Mother’s Day card that my son made for me. I think mom of all ages love hand-made and heart-felt gifts. This little card from my son touched me so deeply. I’m sure he put in a lot of efforts to make it; there are a handful of Chinese words on the card.



May 2013

Thank you, dear son! Your Mother’s Day card is really priceless to me!

Every mother deserves this special day! Here’s wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day too!


“M” is for the million things she gave me,

“O” means only that she’s growing old,

“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,

“H” is for her heart of purest gold;

“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,

“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,

Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER,”

A word that means the world to me.

– Howard Johnson

20 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Wondering what to get for your Mom? I’ve compiled a few of ideas that you can do or buy, or perhaps add your own personalized twist to the gift. Either way, I guarantee a great find!


  1. A premium durian cake
  2. A gift basket
  3. Perfume
  4. A bath and body set
  5. A bottle of her favourite wine
  6. Jewellery
  7. A handbag
  8. Her favourite cook book
  9. A facial treatment
  10. A manicure and pedicure
  11. Gift certificates to her favourite store
  12. A spa treatment
  13. A scrapbook with some of her most treasured moments
  14. Flowers
  15. A chocolate candy box
  16. Health supplements, i.e. chicken essence, health tonics, etc.
  17. Electrical goods, i.e. coffee maker, etc.
  18. Bring her out for a meal at her favourite restaurant
  19. Bring her out for a movie or theatre show
  20. Bring her out on a short vacation

Any of these ideas can be the perfect gift, as long as they come with the sentiment that we, mothers, cherish more than anything that our children give to us.

Hope you’ll find your Mother’s Day gift soon. And if you have new ideas to add to my list, please leave a comment here. I love to hear from you too!


Mothers Day 2013_A5 flyerEmicakes Family Card and selected credit card holders enjoy 15% discount to Say It With Love Mother’s Day Cake Design (20-25cm only) and 20% discount to New and Limited Edition Designs (15-20cm only) for delivery and self-collection from 19 April to 09 May 2013.

10% discount to all Mother’s Day featured cakes for self-collection from 10 to 12 May 2013.

Orders can be placed via Emicakes website at or through their outlets island wide.

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Disclosure: Premium D24 durian cake was provided by Emicakes for review. Promotion information and pictures are extracted from Emicakes’ website and press kit. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.