10 tips for travelling with young kids - The Zen way

Posted by ~Summer~ on 23.6.16
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So we just returned this month from our first holiday as a family of five. Hooray! I'm pretty sure that many parents travel with their kids too, at least we know many of our friends and fellow bloggers in Singapore do. Thus, I was a little amused that we received so many comments along the journey on how amazing we are to be travelling with three kids, with the youngest baby being just five months old. From the airport custom officers and taxi drivers to our friends and even people we bump into on the streets and in the night markets, people were saying things like "Are all these kids yours?", "Wow, so many passports!", "I seriously don't know how you do it", "How can you survive being out for 12 hours a day?" and "You even brought this tiny little baby?".

Seriously, there's no big deal, right? In our case, it's simple. It's either we travel with all of the kids, or we don't get to travel at all. So obviously, we chose to go with the former.

That said, you have to understand that we spent the first few years of our parenting journey in Scandinavia - a place where you are told to just let your child drink Coke or eat ice cream if he is running a fever - which paved the way for our styles, beliefs and way of thinking. People who don't know us might think we are a little bit bochup; people who do know us will understand that we are the liberal, un-traditional kind of parents. After all, I was out and about in two days after giving birth, I made my girl do a snow angel and go on a dog sleigh when she was one year old, I pick up biscuits that have dropped onto the floor and pass them back to my kids, I let them try out food from roadside stalls, I make them hike through forests and I am totally okay if they go to bed past midnight.

So, when I say that I'm going to share some tips on travelling with young kids, I actually mean doing it the unorthodox way. No strict routines, not much rules, no stress, no fuss. Yes, if you need tips on what medication to bring, what travel insurance to buy, which family-friendly itinerary to follow, which online websites to book tickets, you can just google or read other family blogs because I don't know much about all these. What I'm going to share with you is how we do it in our family, how we travel with young kids in a rather Zen way and have a simple, happy and carefree holiday.

1) Be flexible

The number one rule is to be flexible and know how to adapt. This means that you usually do not follow strictly to an itinerary but instead play by ear. It all depends on whether it's raining or sunny, whether you have as much time as you thought you would, whether (any of) your kids get cranky halfway through, whether something better comes along, whether a place interests you or your kids so much that it becomes worthwhile to forsake visiting another. Don't take it too hard if you end up setting foot in one out of the three places that you (you, not your kids) badly wanted to; do your best to make that one visit count and have a blast.

2) Forget routines

Our friend, a dad of two kids, told us that he follows strictly to routines and nap times, thus it has become impossible for them to travel as they only have 2-hour pockets of time before they need to find a place for the kids to rest and sleep. Okay, I get it. Routines are in place for a reason - they let the kids get accustomed to timings, thrive on better quality rest and in turn make life easier for the parents. But when it's during the holidays, we totally forget about routines (not that we have a strict one in the first place). We let them skip their naps but we also let them sleep on the go if they want to, we let them stay up late to watch cartoons but also wake up slightly later to have breakfast, we remind ourselves as long as everyone is having fun and things are going well, we'll eventually adjust and deal with routines later on.

3) Bring a baby carrier or stroller

This is crucial to us because like I said, we let our kids sleep on the go and literally anywhere. The infant will be warm (actually, I do mean hot and perspiring) and snug in the baby carrier when he needs to doze off and the toddler can take a rest in the stroller when she needs to. Well, we've taken our buggy across mountainous terrain and snowy landscapes, but there are times when we forgot to bring it or simply decided that we don't want to lug it around. In those times, you have to once again be flexible and if the kids really need to take a rest, we've tried letting them catch some rest in hotel lobbies, taxis, trains, in the rented car and even restaurants too. A power nap can work wonders but it doesn't have to always happen on the bed.

4) Never grumble to your spouse

It's hard enough travelling with young kids, it will be even harder if your other half starts to grumble, make complaints or become bad-tempered during the journey. Remember that both of you are not having it easy and it would be impossible to always expect a fair 50/50 distribution of workload. If one is better at reading maps and navigating in a foreign land while the other is better at making milk and soothing crying kids, let it be. One important thing is to find time to talk to each other and enjoy the holiday as a couple too, not just be slaves for the kids.

5) Let the kid indulge

Now this is quite straightforward, Happy Kids = Happy Parents. We try to keep our holidays quite kid-centric though we also do things here and there that will make ourselves happy. If my big girl wants to go on the viking and sit in the last row, I'll accompany her (by the way, I almost screamed my head off). If my little girl wants to go on that scary roller coaster which she barely reached the minimum height, and requests to sit on it not once not twice but thrice, by all means. If the baby keeps eyeing that piece of watermelon or steamed pumpkin that the sisters are eating at the restaurant, no harm to just let him try a little, right? One thing we've achieved over the years is that the kids sort of know how to give and take - meaning that we do kiddy stuff with them and they in turn do more adultish stuff with us. While we are happy to accompany the kids on the ferris wheel, meet mascots and take them on pony rides, they are equally happy to watch movies (not animated ones), hang out at cafes and go shopping with us too.

6) Pack the essentials but keep it light

I realise that what goes into one family's luggage can vastly differ from another, depending on your habits, your kids' needs, your kids' ages, your kids' hobbies, the climate you are visiting and so on. Here is a list of our travel packing checklist. As best as we can, we try to keep our luggage light so that it makes it easier to move from place to place. I usually pack in more than enough outfits for the kids because we tend to go out alot and they often soil their clothes or reek of insect repellent. I also make sure we have some colouring or drawing materials to keep them occupied during flights and mealtimes. No iPads or phones for now, thank you.

7) Learn to close one eye

You have to tell yourself that "It's okay" when something unexpected occurs and learn to give the kids, and yourself, some leeway when on a holiday. And you know what, more often than not, it's really, really okay. Once in a while, it's okay to let your child roll in mud, play in the rain, swallow some sand, eat a dropped biscuit, have salty fries or a couple of candies. I mean, unless the child has allergies or medical conditions, if not I think there is no point in losing your top or making sure that everything goes perfectly in the way you want it to be. It is not a big deal if your kids end up missing the parade, if they are not able to meet and greet their favourite character, if you don't manage to explore every trail or if your whole family ends up with bites from a walk through the forest. Always open one eye so that you are aware, but learn to close the other so that you don't become too narrow-minded. When you encounter lousy service or a substandard hotel breakfast, don't let it affect your positive spirits, laugh it off and move on. If the hubby forgets to load the stroller or when you realise you did not bring your phone charger, do what you can and let go of what you can't. As long as the family stays together and the kids are safe and sound, that's most important.

8) Remain calm even when things go wrong

It's funny that no matter how much you plan, things can, and things will, go wrong one way or another. The hubby and I don't really have a plan when we go overseas. I mean, we do book the air tickets and accommodation beforehand but that's basically it. As for where to go, how to go, what to explore, we usually decide when we arrive. I think I'm lucky to have a hubby who is exceptionally calm (his heart beats slower than most people), is never paranoid and doesn't worry about the things he cannot change. During our trip to Taiwan, he caught a cold, the toddler got bitten by sandflies which in turned swelled up and caused an allergic reaction, and the baby developed a fever and a flu. People will probably think we are the lousiest parents because not only did we not have any medicine with us, we also didn't bring them to the doctor or pharmacy but instead continued hiking the next day from morning to night. These were our kids you are talking about and obviously the last thing I want is for anything nasty to happen to them. Nonetheless, as their parents, we knew that the situation was not too serious (we would have gone to the clinic if things didn't improve after a couple of days) and were confident that we could get through it, so we didn't do anything but instead let their bodies' immune systems combat the viruses on their own. Whenever things go wrong, be it kids falling sick, missing your flight, getting lost, the key is to remain calm, decide on your next course of action and march on with a hopeful heart and positive attitude.

9) Practice makes perfect

If you don't get it right the first time, do it again. And again. If travelling with kids the first time turned out to be a total disaster, don't be afraid to try again. If you are outnumbered by the kids and feel like you are about to give up, don't. Practice does make it better and we all need time to get into the swing of things. So do the kids. Think about it, if you don't travel with the kids when they are young, are you going to wait till they turn 20 before doing so? Would they still look forward, and have time to attend, every family trip? Will you still have the energy to run around? Will their eyes still light up at every slightest wonder? Well, you might still be travelling with them once in a while, but you will no longer, no longer be able to turn back time and wished that you had brought them to explore the world when they were little and when their world revolved around you.

10) Capture the memories

Honestly, I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. It doesn't make me scared or nervous, but it does make me want to make full use of today. Kids are only young once so while you can, capture these priceless memories of being with your kids in their growing up years. I don't just mean whipping out the camera and taking a digital copy every five minutes. While that is important to many of us parents, never forget to savour the moment with your heart during the vacation and remember this warm and fuzzy feeling called family bliss even when you are old.

So, this is how we do it and have a happy holiday with three kids in tow. I'm not saying it's good or bad, healthy or unhealthy, but this is just how we roll and this is what works for us. No matter what, parents should really try not to judge other parents and what works for one might not work for another. You just have to find the rhythm that suits your family best. Well, I'm just glad we are slowly but surely building up our Travelogue! Till the next travel related post!

Creativity 521 #94 - My Champion Daddy

Posted by ~Summer~ on 21.6.16
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So the kids and I wanted to do something simple, and handmade, to show our appreciation on Father's Day. While I was rummaging through my stash of craft supplies, I had a think about what my dear hubby's personality. He is down to earth, sporty, practical and simple. Most importantly, he's the best father I could ever ask for my kids and with that in mind, we decided to make him feel on top of the world this Father's Day.

In today's Creativity 521, I share about how we made these easy to make, recycled DIY Medals for our champion dads and grandads.


1) Cardboard
2) Shiny white cardstock paper
3) Aluminium foil
4) Stickers (Numerical, alphabetical and other decorative types)
5) Ribbon
6) Round objects for outline
7) Scissors
8) Glue
9) Pencil, pen and marker

Firstly, we used a big roll of sticky tape to draw circles on the cardboard, which will be the base for the medal.

Next, the kids had a try in cutting out the circles, which was not that easy since the cardboard was thick. Remember, the most important thing is to let them try, not how well they do it.

Cut out pieces of aluminium foil to wrap the circles. Make sure there are no sharp ends and push in the sides so that the circle remains as round as can be.

Use a smaller round object to draw circles onto the cardstock. I used the base of our pencil holder for this. You will need two of these for every medal.

Again, let the kids attempt to cut out the circles. For this, Angel could do it quite perfectly whereas the little sister did her best but ended up with warped circles. All's good as long as you tried your best, my dear, and one day we will surely get there!

Let the kids pen down their messages to Daddy (and granddads) on the paper and add on some colour using markers. Once this is done, apply glue and stick it onto one side of the medal.

On the other side, stick on an empty white circle and decorate it as you wish. For us, we wanted it to say "#1 Dad" and made use of stickers to do so.

 We did two medals for the granddads too, as you can see, and Angel helped to add on the word 'grand'.

Lastly, poke a hole at the top, string a ribbon and knot at the end (or use sticky tape to stick the ends together). And we are all done! Easy peasy, right?

The kids were so thrilled to put the medal onto Daddy and Angel even explained that it was silver as we had no gold paper, but that Daddy would be the champion in our hearts always. Well, he replied "This is my best medal ever" and then hung it on the rear-view mirror in his car, much to the delight of the kids.

We love you, Daddy! You will always be the #1 Dad in our eyes!

For more craft ideas and DIY tutorials, visit my gallery here.

Fun in Pororo Park Singapore {Review and Giveaway of Family Pass}

Posted by ~Summer~ on 17.6.16
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The first time I brought the kids to Pororo Park was during the March holidays this year. Being the first Pororo Park in Southeast Asia and the largest character-themed indoor playground in Singapore, we had to pay it a visit even though the kids were not so familar with Pororo and his friends.

I have to be honest, the first thing that struck me was the steep entrance fees. For non-members, you have to pay $33.50 per child aged 2-12 for 2 hours of playtime and $6 per accompanying adult. I had a moment of hesitation on whether it was worthwhile to spend that amount of money (yes, we paid for the tickets) but it was easy to tell that the girls were looking forward to exploring this new indoor playground.

The second thing that surprised me was to realise that it wasn't as big as I had expected, with a 11,000sq ft area which is smaller compared to several other indoor playgrounds we have been to. Considering the amount of money I had spent to go in, I was honestly hoping for something more.

Then came my third surprise. I was half expecting the kids to be bored after an hour or so, especially the big girl who is coming to seven this year and I thought she would not be much interested in the activities which were mostly catered for toddlers. It ended up that we spent a good couple of hours there and the best part was that the all the kids seemed to enjoy the experience and had lots of fun. That's ultimately the most important part, right?

Here's sharing with you on some of the things to do and explore in Pororo Park.

1) Pororo Express

This train ride had to be our favourite of all! Ok, it is actually the only ride in Pororo Park. You get to sit on a train with Pororo and Eddy and as you go around the track, you can spot the other Pororo characters too. If you are there on a weekday where there's not much of a crowd, the kids can go on the train ride again and again (no extra fees are required for this ride)!

2) Shark Ball Pool

A ball pit is always a hit with the kids and they simply love jumping into the pool of balls. Pororo Park has a good-sized ball pool filled with blue and white balls that will delight kids of all ages. A highlight of the ball pool is the standing, happy-looking shark who will 'eat' up the balls which get thrown into its mouth.  A simple game of aiming and throwing can be so much fun at times! There is also the Loopy's Cafe located right next to the ball pit so parents can sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee while the kids have a ball of a time.

3) Poby's Play Gym

It's called a play gym but it's more like an indoor play structure complete with tunnels and slides. I wasn't impressed by the size of it but it seemed like the kids were contented to run around and play here for quite a long while. One good thing was that it was very easy for me to keep an eye on the two, which can get quite tricky when I also have a baby to look after. That reminds me, for mums with infants or toddlers, you will be happy to know that there is a nursery located inside the playground where you can find a diaper changing area and a padded bench seat for breastfeeding.

4) Crong's Backyard

Inside Crong's Backyard, you will find a small selection of toys catered for the smaller ones, including a small slide and even a swing, much to Ariel's delight. The only thing here that caught the interest of my 6-year-old was the piano which kept her occupied for quite some time.

5) Pororo House

For photo opportunities, you can enter the Pororo House which features a cute bed, bathtub, sink, fridge and more. Beware that the ceiling is rather low and you will have to bend over or climb your way in at the doorway, so take extra caution if you happen to be carrying an infant like me.

6) Ride-on toys 

I have to say that my girls were not too fascinated by Pororo House and ran out in just one minute! Instead, they were happier to scoot away in these ride-on scooter or ladybird toys with wheels which we found right outside the house.

7) Supermarket

The girls also enjoyed pretending to be cashiers and shoppers at the make-believe supermarket in the Event Zone. Yes, this is something they love to play and in moments like this, I am just glad they have each other for company so Mummy can take a breather. There were toy groceries and even cute Pororo trolleys for the kids to play with too!

8) Mini Musical and Meet and Greet

A main highlight of a visit to Pororo Park will be the Mini Musical, which is held at various timings daily in Tong Tong's Little Theatre. You can refer to the program schedule here. Kids will be able to get up close with Pororo, Eddy, Loopy and their friends and they can dance and sing along to the musical too. If that's not enough, be sure to catch these characters and let your kids give them high fives at the Meet and Greet sessions which are held every evening.

9) Edutainment programs

On our second visit to Pororo Park, we were invited along with some fellow parent bloggers to experience some of the edutainment programs - which is a series of fun-filled educational and entertainment workshops designed for kids and their parents. I actually like these workshops and feel that they make things much more exciting at the park and worth looking forward to.

The workshops vary from month to month so that the little ones get to experience different activities even if they revisit the next month. Some of the programs are free for all visitors, some require a small fee to reimburse the cost of materials, some are strictly for members only while some themed workshops might be more costly.

The girls tried out a fashion design workshop where they got to design and personalise their own pattern using ink paper which was transferred to a hanky. For classes like this, you need to top up $2-$5 for the use of the art materials.

Ariel also took part in a toddler interactive class where she got to hunt for fishes and sing along to catchy tunes. One special part of these workshops is that the kids will be able to come up close with one of Pororo's characters! Can you spot Poby the Polar Bear above and Loopy the Beaver below?

What we enjoyed most were.... the yoga classes. While Angel could attend her class on her own and met new friends, Ariel's one was parent-accompanied so the two of us got to learn and laugh together as we tried to master some yoga moves.

Since these workshops change regularly, it would be recommended to check the program online and also check with the staff at the counter when you arrive to see if there is any activity that interests your child. There are limited slots for each session so do make sure you register as soon as possible.

All in all, I'm glad I decided to bring the kids here despite the initial hesitation and though I still think the pricing is rather hefty, I have to admit that my kids like Pororo Park lots and we had more fun and laughter than we expected!

Pororo Park Singapore

Address:  6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-29
Operating hours: Sun - Thu: 10:30am to 8:00pm, Fri- Sat: 10:30am to 9:00pm
Contact: +65 6250 9700
Email: info@pororoparksg.com

For more information, visit their website or Facebook page.


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Disclosure: We visited Pororo Park twice, the first time out of our own accord and the second on a media invite to experience the edutainment workshops. All opinions are our own.

A luxurious hair salon fit for a queen {Review of Kim Robinson}

Posted by ~Summer~ on 13.6.16

It's shockingly true how mums have a tendency to forget about themselves once kids enter their lives. In everything we do, it's about keeping the kids safe, the kids fed, the kids healthy, the kids happy and we do our best to make sure that they are growing up just fine. Then, when we finally find time to pamper ourselves and have some me-time, we feel the guilt creeping in despite our best efforts in assuring ourselves that it's really okay.

Still, at the end of the day, while it's important to be mum, it's also important to be me. I find my passion in life, other than the kids, through blogging and crafting. My me-time might be extremely limited but no matter how little time I have for myself each day, at least I try to find my way to being me and do the little things that I enjoy doing.

If you have been following this blog for awhile, you will know that most, or in fact all, of my sponsorship deals are to do with kids or family - including family vacations, kids apparel, books, toys, playgrounds, enrichment classes, baby products and so on. So when I had the chance to take on a collaboration with Kimrobinson which was solely meant just for me (even though the kids did benefit eventually), I was just thrilled and honoured to be given the chance to be me once again.


“Beauty originates within. Incredible beauty is revealed.” – Kim Robinson

The environment

The first time I stepped into Kimrobinson, which is located in Ngee Ann City along Orchard Road, I was simply blown away (pun intended). Honestly, I didn't know what to expect but this, it was more like a dream come true.

What caught my attention first was the display of these glam and glittery hair accessories at the lobby. Many of the hair bands and clips looked gorgeous, unique in design and were not like what I usually saw in shops.

The corridor was beckoning and easily the size of a run-of-the-mill salon. I was wondering just how huge this place was and it took my breath away to realise the area was well over 5,000 sq ft. W-o-w. Luxury, here I come.

As I did a slow waltz in, I took time to admire the flowers, the paintings done by Kim Robinson himself and the calming earthly tones of the floors and walls.

I stopped for a moment when I saw the beautiful chandelier shining down on me, as if reminding me to enjoy being in the spotlight and enjoy my pampering session, as I reached the waiting lounge.

See the majestic looking peacocks perched high up? Well, it's not about feeling proud; it's about having the confidence and feeling good about yourself, which is exactly what Kimrobinson helps you to achieve.

Now, a luxurious hair salon must have its own washrooms so I was happy that I didn't even need to walk too far for a toilet break.

There are also private rooms available for the VIPs who can afford the intimacy although I have to say that any normal seat at Kimrobinson is already a highly coveted one. Just so you know, Kim Robinson, the master himself, "coiffs the curls of Asia's glitterati for no less than $2,000 a cut" (Quote from The Straits Times, Dec 21, 2015) and has worked with, to name a few, Princess Diana, Kate Moss, Sandy Lam, Zhang Ziyi and Gong Li. Yes, my jaw dropped too when I knew.

The service

Every time I visited, the staff will be quick to ask if I needed a drink. On the beverage menu, you can find drinks like Espresso, Oolong tea, decaffeinated cappuccino and juices too. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the glass even came with a cover, with a small hole for the straw to go through. It's all about the attention to details, right?

If you are doing any chemical treatment, you can also change into a chemical gown and have your bags and belongings placed in a plastic wrap. There is also a designated area for you to hang your jackets and shawls. In addition to the magazine spread available to keep you occupied, there is also free Wi-Fi. Yes, the blogger in me did a little dance when I knew that!

I was also amazed by the aunties who would sweep up any loose hair on the floor in an instant, so for a hair salon, the place was always clean and neat. As for my hairstylist and technician, they were just the friendliest, kindest and most professional that I've ever encountered. I'll share more on that later.

The experience

So, I was sponsored for a whole year (I know, lucky me) with Kimrobinson and I made a total of four trips to the salon. Yes yes, some friends commented that I was silly not to go there every month or so and get some treatment or makeover done, but you have to know that I got pregnant soon after the deal was sealed and so I didn't want to do anything chemical related till Asher was born. Besides, it's really, really not easy for me to get a break from the kids, or for the hubby to handle the kids without me, whichever way you see it.

Anyway, the point is I had several chances to try out their services and made sure that it wasn't a one-off fluke if I was satisfied after my first visit. This also gave me ample time and opportunities to immerse, observe and feel. So if I am really pleased with the results and overall experience, take my word for it.

My stylist was Carmen and she is by far the most amiable. bubbly and skillful stylist I've ever had. As a fellow mum with two kids, we had plenty of things to talk about and there was never a moment of boredom with her around. I might not have had the chance to meet Kim Robinson himself, but the real test for a master is to ensure that his disciples excel in the field too. Carmen surpassed my expectations and with just a few snips, she managed to bring out the best of me and that was what I found amazing.

One of the signature techniques stylists use in Kimrobinson is the 'dry cut', whereby your hair is cut when it is dry, so as to make use of its natural flow to create lasting styles. Having trained under the legendary French stylist Alexandre de Paris, Kim Robinson makes use of "face matrix" formula, which he in turn passes on to his stylists. The first thing you do is to tell the shape of the face so that you know what hairdo will "lift and illuminate the face, and elongate the neck".

I cut my hair thrice at Kimrobinson over the year and went from really long to really short! The last one was a major transformation for me and I'll share with you more pictures below. By then, I had felt truly comfortable with Carmen and was willing to leave all the decisions in her hands. Yes, I totally believed that it would be better for her to choose a hairstyle that would suit me rather than me sticking to my own assumptions.

One incident that left an impression was when I had a haircut with her and was scheduled to go back for a treatment three days later. I was already pleased with the look but when I got there, she told me "I think I want you to go even shorter" and asked me if I was willing to let her cut my hair again. I agreed, without the slightest moment of hesitation. That just goes to show the level of trust and confidence I had in her judgement and ability, which I think is crucial between you and your hairstylist.

Did you know that Kimrobinson has an exclusive lounge for colouring, highlight, treatment and any chemical-related process? Yes, it's a very comfy cosy lounge with its own hair wash station. I was ushered through the maze of corridors into the lounge where I did a restructuring treatment and multi-shading colouring with Brian, my technician. You can tell his wealth of experience from the way he is decisive about the colours he wants to use, how he urges his assistant to react more swiftly and how he comes over to check on the process every now and then and does the touching up if required.

For my last session, where I dyed my hair for the first time in eight long years (yeah, haven't done so after since my wedding in 2008), I left the choice of colours to him and he did a multi-toned one using three colours. I really liked the end result! What I appreciated was that when my baby started to bawl and the hubby brought him in to look for me, Carmen and Brian were very kind to stop what they were doing halfway so that I could go and feed the baby first. More behind the scenes to share later!

This is something that I look forward to - the hair wash, which at times comes with a head, neck and shoulder massage! The one done by Carmen's assistant, Aaron, was such a pampering session that it takes the definition of hair wash to a whole new level. Unexpectedly, I felt so relaxed during the wash and rejuvenated afterwards. Yup, those neck muscles of mine are probably quite overworked from blogging and looking after the kids. Plus, it's usually so hard for me to even take a quick shower that it's become a challenge to wash my hair thoroughly, I think I totally deserved that short but indulging hair wash-cum-massage, right?

A big thank you to Carmen and Brian for all that you've done and for assuring me time after time that I can always put my trust in you guys!

The mummy moments behind the scene

So it seems like I had a good time at the salon, which I have to admit I really did, but that wasn't without its challenges. Yes, welcome to the life of a stay-at-home mum. Here's what I actually had to do while getting my hair pampered.

1) Carry the baby who refuses to be with Daddy, wails the moment he is taken from me but smiles when he gets to sit on my lap. Let's get some wind in our hair together, baby!

2) Breastfeed the baby in the salon and have visits from the two elder ones. Thankfully I've learnt to be able to nurse my babies anytime, anywhere!

3) Hold the baby in my arms while getting my hair washed, simply because he refuses to sleep anywhere else. Luckily, we were all done with the chemical treatment by this time, since that was something I was worried for my super sticky baby.

On our last visit, while I was getting my hair treatment, my kids also became little models for Kimrobinson and Carmen was so kind as to give all of them a haircut! It took her less than 10 minutes for each of the girls and just a couple of minutes or so for the baby. Awwww. My baby's first haircut!

After this whole experience, I conclude that while Kimrobinson generally targets the working professionals, socialites and celebrities, it's still considered quite family-friendly and I totally appreciate all that they have done for me and my kids. Right, I probably won't want to spend a bomb on haircuts for my kids, but for me personally, I now know why people rave about it and just keep coming back because the Kimrobinson experience is honestly like no other.

The results

So, I guess we've had enough of the talk, now let me show you my hair transformation.

This picture above shows how I've looked for the longest time. Bangs with long, straight and thick hair. While this was a hairstyle I could get used to in Sweden due to the cool weather, it was starting to get a little unbearable in Singapore, especially since I was three months pregnant (again!) at that time when I first visited Kimrobinson.

Viola!! This was how I looked after the first haircut. My hair felt so much light, had nice layers and made me look and feel instantly fresher.

My second visit was when I was eight months pregnant. Carmen trimmed off my hair, gave it some waves with a hair curler and I felt so much more prepared to go into delivery and confinement (not that I had a strict confinement since I was out and about right after I got discharged).

For Mother's Day this year, I finally added some colour to my hair! Love the multi-shades that Brian chose for me and while I thought the shoulder-length hair was short compared to previously, Carmen decided that a bob would suit me better and so we went even shorter.

Ta-dah! Here's my current look, which I'm honestly very pleased about and it has also garnered much compliments and positive comments from family and friends. It's quite a huge change for me and what I love best is that I don't need to clip or tie my hair nowadays, I don't need to maintain or blow dry since it's so fuss-free, I don't even have to worry about brushing when I wake up or how I look when I rush out of home to bring the kids to school. Hooray! It's amazing, and somewhat magical, what a difference a hairstyle can make. Even without makeup or accessories, I still feel good and I think that radiance will shine from within.

Thanks much to Kimrobinson and Carmen for the new looks and renewed confidence! I'm totally ready to go rock it as a mum of three!

Kimrobinson is located at 391 Orchard Road #02-12, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, S238872. For enquiries and details, call 6738 8006 or visit http://www.kimrobinson.com/.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored collaboration between Kimrobinson and A Happy Mum. I was provided with a year of hair services in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

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