Snoopy is back in town! {Launch of Peanuts x Bossini Collection}

Posted by ~Summer~ on 21.11.14
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When I was a kid, I used to be very excited whenever I bought a copy of the newspaper. As superficial as it might sound, the first thing I would always do would be to flip the pages till I got to the comic section and see what my favourite dog had been up to. You see, I was quite faithful to this comic character for a long time and I dare say I learnt to draw it quite well too.



See? Not too bad, right? Yup, I adored Snoopy because he just seemed like the most huggable, tame and endearing dog in the world. Moving along the years, my memory of this comic character slowly faded and when the kids came along, it wasn't a surprise that I got overwhelmed by the likes of Dora, Barney and all the Disney Princesses.

Instead of just letting the kids tell me what they like, I guess it's high time to introduce to them one of my favourite characters as a kid. Thanks to the newly launched Peanuts collection by Bossini, I can't think of a better way to let the kids get in touch with Snoopy and his friends other than wearing them!

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Introducing the new Peanuts x Bossini collection











Prior to this, every one of us already owns a handful of Bossini apparel at home because we just love how casual yet cheerful it looks, how easy it is to mix and match and how value for money it is. Moreover, "be happy" is Bossini's brand value and that can't be more apt for a family who believes in a positive attitude and living life to its fullest, right?



When it comes to apparel, I'm more of the T-shirt and jeans, rather than blouse and skirt, kind of mum. I guess that is because it is much easier to move around and when we are not attending functions or events, I prefer to dress the kids in leisure wear too. The main priority is to make sure everyone is as comfortable as can be.

So, it was not hard for us to fall in love with the Peanuts collection because other than getting reacquainted with my favourite comic character, I have to say that the clothes were easy to wear, soft on the skin and the colourful, striking and exuberant designs that spoke of zest got our thumbs up too. Of course, another plus point is that they have designs and sizes that cater to the needs of the entire family!



Angel's favourite piece from the collection is the knit dress which has a clear picture of Snoopy at the front coupled with a dark blue skirt bottom accentuated by a bright yellow edge. The design made it look really chic on her and I love how she decided to match it with the grey graphic hooded jacket.

As for Ariel, though she can't really articulate which is her personal favourite for now, it was not hard to tell that she felt the most at ease when dressed in the polka dotted Snoopy graphic tee and the matching dark blue shorts.




For the hubby and I, we were a little hesitant about how we would look in these bold graphic tees with cartoon motifs and comic strips because they didn't really seem like our style. After we tried them on, I think the one thing it managed to accomplish was making us look, and feel, younger. I guess it's nice to go for a change once in a while, don't you agree?




Not a family to eschew matching wear, I think the vibrant Peanuts collection helps to brighten up the day and when we come together as one, we are reminded of how joy can be found in the little things in life and that it really isn't that hard to "be happy".



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Exciting news for all Snoopy and Bossini fans!

1) Premium Gifts

Receive a free Single Size Snoopy Bedsheet set with every $150 spent or free Queen Size Bedsheet set with every $200 spent. These are made of 100% combed cotton, soft and breathable fabric.

If you or your child loves decorating with stamps, you must collect this Snoopy Stamps Set that features the Peanuts characters Snoopy, Lucy, Woodstock and Charlie Brown. Free with $250 spent.

All while stocks last, so hurry!








2) Promotional event

On 22 and 23 of November (Sat & Sun), come celebrate the launch of the Peanuts collection with Bossini at the Takashimaya outlet. Besides the galore of Snoopy apparels and collectibles, you can also have fun at the Snoopy themed photo-booth and enjoy complimentary sweet treats like candy floss and popcorn. This is open to public from 1-9pm only.


3) Instagram Contest
From 20 Nov to 5 Dec, complete the Peanuts comic strip by reposting it on your Instagram account, fill in the empty speech bubbles in your caption and tag Bossini’s instagram account @bossinisg. To qualify, you must also follow Bossini’s Instagram account. The three most creative answers will be chosen and rewarded with $100 worth of Bossini shopping vouchers from Bossini, a Snoopy Stamps Set and a Snoopy Single Bedding Set!

For more details on the Peanuts collection by Bossini, visit www.bossinibehappy.sg.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation between Bossini and A Happy Mum. All opinions are my own.

Creativity 521 #57 - Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair

Posted by ~Summer~ on 21.11.14
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So, a Tangled theme party is never complete without.... Rapunzel's hair, of course!

I wanted it to be a surprise for Angel who kept asking me what I was going to do with all those yarn but it turned out that I needed her help in the making. Nonetheless, she was super thrilled to see the end results and in today's Creativity 521, I am going to show you how we did the DIY Rapunzel's wig, inspired by This Mama makes stuff.

Materials:

1) 2-3 balls of yellow yarn
2) Decoration flowers (I got these and the yarn from Daiso)
3) A pair of old tights
4) Yellow felt
5) Hot glue and glue gun
6) Sewing machine and supplies
7) Long ruler
8) Scissors

Firstly, fit the tights on your child's head, making sure it does not cover the ears but wraps the head snugly. Mark and cut off the extra.

Turn the tights wrong side out and sew it along the top edge to close it. Turn it right side out and you have created a wig cap!

Next comes the most time consuming part - cutting the hair! You would need to cut out strands of yarn that is at least double the height of your child. For instance, Angel is almost 105cm tall and so I measured the yarn to be about 210cm in length. After braiding, the wig reached her knees which I thought would be less restrictive. If you want the hair to touch the floor, you would need it to be well over twice the height of your child. Depending on the height and size of the wig cap, you would use up at least two to three balls of yarn.

Instead of measuring every strand, it is easier to just use one as a guide. It is okay if the strands end up uneven eventually. As you slowly build up the yarn, try best to ensure that they do not get tangled.

After that, cut out a piece of yellow felt measuring 3cm x 18cm.

Folding the cut yarn into half, find the middle and start sewing them onto the middle of the felt piece. Maintain a straight line and do it bunch by bunch so that it is easier to work with the yarn. Ensure that the yarn is spread out consistently and take up almost the whole length of the felt. Trim away any extra felt if needed.

Once all the yarn has been secured onto the felt, match the hairline onto the middle of the wig cap and pin in place on both sides of the felt.

Sew the felt piece in place, removing the pins as you go along. I do believe that it can be hand stitched but a sewing machine definitely saves a lot of time and effort in this case.

Let the hair fall nicely onto both sides of the cap and start braiding. It's much easier if your child is wearing the wig as you braid it to ensure that the hair is as neat as possible. Tie it up, trim the ends to even them and use hot glue to make the hair stay in place where needed so that the wig cap is concealed.

Lastly, use the hot glue to stick on the flowers as you desire. We played around with the hair till we decided it looked best on Angel when put to one side, instead of the back, so that was the final look we wanted to create.

Voila! Wear it with a Rapunzel dress and you have just turned your precious into her favourite princess on her special day! Here is how Angel looked at her party and surprisingly, she kept the wig on for nearly six hours!

Happy turning 5, my darling! Long or short, black or yellow hair, please know that you are still the most beautiful girl in mama's eyes!

I will be sharing more on the Tangled party next week, so stay tuned!

For more party ideas, crafts or DIY tutorials, visit my gallery here.

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Party with KidzFiesta!

Posted by ~Summer~ on 14.11.14
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You probably know I love birthday parties. I don't just mean attending them, I enjoy the whole process of planning for my kids' birthdays and coming up with the themes, birthday invitations, DIY decorations, games and party favours. In fact, the year end is the most exciting part of the year for me because that means I get to plan not one, but two fun-filled birthday parties.

For Angel's first two birthday parties, we made it a big affair when we were staying in Sweden and invited many of our friends. Ever since she turned older, I prefer to keep the party cosy with a small circle of her intimates so that everyone can better relish every moment of the party.

For Ariel, I have to admit that I felt a little guilty for making her 1st birthday a pure family affair when Angel had dozens of guests when she was at the same age. However, considering that her birthday falls three days before Christmas, that she doesn't go to school yet and has little friends, and that we are likely to be away on a family holiday in the same period, it really isn't easy for me to find the time and means to organise a big party for my little girl.

So, when KidzFiesta offered to sponsor a birthday party for Ariel this year, I was really jumping for joy and heaved a sigh of relief, feeling so assured that she will have an even more awesome celebration this time round.

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Introducing KidzFiesta

With every party exclusively customised, KidzFiesta aims to create a memorable party for the birthday child and the guests. From conceptualising party themes and creating unique party decorations like sculptures, table centrepieces and personalised banners to finding the perfect cake and making the party come alive with entertainment such as games, magic shows and face painting, they make a child's dreams come true on his/her special day.

As part of the new one-stop parenting and baby portal Port Junior - which enables parents to do online shopping and have products like feeding accessories, kids apparel, toys, strollers and cots delivered to their door step, KidzFiesta seeks to create magical moments and ensure that each birthday milestone is a cherished and memorable one. From now onwards, you can visit www.portjunior.com.sg for their Christmas promotion too.

Here are some examples of past birthday parties hosted by KidzFiesta.

Theme #1 - Duckie

 Theme #2 - Elephant

 Theme #3 - Elmo


 Theme #4 - LEGO


 Theme #5 - Minions



Are you as blown away as I was when seeing the impressive setup, exquisite decorations and all the elaborate, personalised details? As much as I love party planning and crafting, there is only so much a pair of hands can do and I can never achieve a party of this magnitude and finess. Thus, I'm really looking forward to seeing what KidzFiesta will come up with for Ariel's party!

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KidzFiesta Contest

Now, would you like KidzFiesta to throw a party for your child too?

Starting from 15 to 30 November, simply send a creative video of your child and let him/her say why he/she wants to have a party. Your child will have to shout “I Love KidzFiesta!” at the end of the video. To give you a better idea, here's how my kids have done it! (Go on, watch it now and you can find out what our party theme will be!)



Contest Timeline:

Phase 1: Submit your video at www.portjunior.com.sg/kidzfiesta/ (15 – 30 Nov 2014)
Phase 2: Public to vote and the video with highest number of votes win (1 – 15 Dec 2014)
Phase 3: Winner announcement (20 Dec 2014)

The winner will have a party hosted by KidzFiesta in 2015!

This party package includes:

- Food (catering for 25 pax)
- Bakery (3D cake, cupcakes, cookies and perhaps some candies/ cake pops)
- Goodie bag for the kids
- Props and deco (table decor & arrangements, decoration of the halls etc)
- Entertainment (face painter/ magician, 2 sets of games, photo props and booth)
- Invitation card (for the guests)

The package value: Minimum S$1,500

Now, isn't that a simply awesome prize and wouldn't it be fantastic if your child can have a smashing birthday celebration next year? Submit your video today and you might just be the lucky one!


For more information about Kidzfiesta, please visit their website or their Facebook page.

Disclosure: This is Part 1 of a series of conversations between KidzFiesta and A Happy Mum. We received a complimentary party sponsorship from KidzFiesta for Ariel's 2nd birthday. All opinions are our own.

Just a child

Posted by ~Summer~ on 11.11.14
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I have been wanting to write about this for some time but was afraid that I would not be able to control my emotions, and tears, when I do.

You know, when I gave birth to my second baby, it seemed like my firstborn, willingly or not, had to grow up overnight when she became a big sister. At just three years old and starting to understand basic instructions, I wasn't sure if it was too much for her to handle and I thought I was already being very sensitive to her feelings by having a siblings gift exchange, by explaining to her about babies, by trying my best to speak in a calming and soothing voice, by making sure I not only gave the baby hugs and kisses, I also cuddled with my big girl whenever I could.

Then, the truth set in and with all the chores piling up, no extra pair of hands and an additional human being to look after in the house, I started to expect more of my girl and gave her more responsibilities - at times more than what she could handle.

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"Go play with meimei in the living room while Mummy makes dinner, okay?"

"You are the big sister, why must you always snatch the toy?"

"Yes, just because you are BIG, you should learn to give in more."

"She is just a baby, she can't understand me. But you can, and I need you to."

"Mummy needs to take a shower. Can you play toys with meimei and look after her?"

"You can't do this and can't do that because your sister is going to learn all these bad habits from you."

"Where are your manners? Do you know you are going to be five years old already?"

"What kind of a big sister are you and what are you teaching your meimei when you do this action?"

"Don't run so fast! Meimei can't catch you and she will fall down!"

"You need to be a role model, you know that?"

"This is for babies, not for you. You need to grow up and be more sensible."

"If you are naughty, then she will be naughty. But if you are good, she will be good too."

"How can you eat slower than a one-year-old baby? And I thought you are the bigger child?"

"I told you to look after her while I am busy, didn't I? How can you let her get hurt???"

"Nothing belongs solely to you anymore. From now on, you have to share everything with meimei."

"I need to make meimei sleep first before I can read to you, okay?"

"Do you really love your sister? Because you are not really showing that you care for her." 

"Let meimei go first and you go second, can?"

"Can you get a pair of socks for meimei and wear her shoes for her?"

"Why didn't you hold her hand when you cross the road?"

"Why didn't you give meimei a sweet before you ate one up?" 

"If she gets lost, then it is your fault."

"If this is how you are going to behave, nobody will like you anymore."

Go on, I can give you an endless list of things that I have said to this darling girl of mine and even if I said them out of frustration and fatigue at times, the truth is I can't take back my stinging words even if I want to.

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I can't tell you how many times my heart ached and how many times I felt guilty when I went to bed at night. I would always console myself that tomorrow would be a brand new day and I would be able to hold it together better. Furthermore, the best thing about kids at this young age is that they forgive and forget easily and do not hold grudges at all - which makes it even easier for me to fall into the vicious cycle. Time and again, after a few days, I would start saying things that sound most unfair and yet, I couldn't help it at that moment in time. Sometimes, I just wish to slap myself after.

Is this how things go for other mums with more than one kid or am I doing something very wrong as a mum of two? 

Good or bad news, I think the hubby does the same too which makes things even more unjust for my big girl at times, if I must say so. Nowadays, whenever I realise that we are hurling more responsibilities and tasks to Angel and expecting more of her simply because of her age, I tell myself to let loose a little and remember that

she is still just a child.

A child who needs my love no less, a child who needs to slowly learn to give love, a child who is so awesome in so many ways already, a child who used to have all the time in the world with me before someone robbed her of that luxury, a child whom I love just so, so, so dearly.

And I need to show it to her just how much she matters in my heart.

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P.S.: Dear Angel, for all the times I scolded you, please know you have been the most awesome big sister and Ariel is just so blessed to have you in her life. I can't thank my lucky stars enough as a mum and it warms my heart to see the sisterly love you have for each other. That is the most rewarding part of being a stay-at-home mum and it is you who made this journey such a fulfilling and happy one. I love you and you will always have a most special place in my heart.

Creativity 521 #56 - DIY Tangled Party Wall Decor

Posted by ~Summer~ on 5.11.14
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It's just 11 more days to Angel's 5th birthday party! Yayyy!! Oh, and I still have a long, long, long way to go for the party preparation!! *bites nails*

I know, I know, somehow things will turn out all right and everything will be worth staying up till 3am to do. I think I might have an underlying desire to be a party planner and it sounds weird but I kind of dig the fun, thrill and anxiety of the preparation process.

Anyway, in today's Creativity 521, I'm sharing with you the Rapunzel Themed Wall Decorations that we made! Yes, I do mean we, because the kids played a part too. Now, isn't that awesome? I never did feel that you need to buy a banner as a party decor (right, our house is pretty small anyway and it's not like we have a garden or porch) and it is not that hard to come up with some simple decorations to jazz up the wall or the house. Moreover, you can design them in any theme you like too.


Ta-dah! So here is how our living room wall looks at the moment! Do you like it? It's not that fanciful but yet good enough to brighten up the house and get us in the party mood!

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1) Rapunzel name letters 

Firstly, I'm sharing with you this simple method to create and print out the name of your child using pictures of his/her favourite character or theme of the party.



-> Go to Powerpoint and enter the letters of the name with one letter on each slide. I used the font Cooper Black, size 600 but this is all up to you.
-> Right click and go to 'format text effects'
-> Click on 'text fill', 'picture or texture fill' and 'insert from file'
-> Select the picture that you wish to use

Tip: For the picture to look proportionate or to fit nicely into the shape of your letter, you might need to crop it beforehand. You might also try playing around with the offsets (left, right, top, bottom) till you achieve the best fit.

Next, print the letters onto photo paper, cut them out neatly and you have just created a personalised and uniquely designed name of the birthday child.

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2) Paper collage

I wanted a big number 5 on the wall but since my printer could only print out A4 size, I knew we were better off doing it on our own So, I decided to make something straightforward yet fun for the kids at the same time - a paper collage!

Keeping in line with the theme colours of purple and yellow, we cut out strips of coloured paper and then into small square pieces. Even the little sister is getting good at cutting nowadays!

I cut out a really huge circle from two pieces of vanguard sheets joined together and this would act as the base for the collage. Tip: I used a hoola hoop to trace out a perfect circle! After that, I drew the outline of a number 5 in the middle of the circle.

Next, it was time to 'paint' with the glue! Oh yeah, this was their favourite part where they could get their fingers all sticky. We would paint a small portion of the base and fill it up with the paper bits, repeating this till the entire circle was covered. Tip: Be extra careful at the edges and layer some parts so that there is minimal empty space. To make the number stand out, we decided to make it yellow and let the background be purple.

There! Our big 5! Just to give the purple background a little variation, I also used some of the metallic purple cards leftover from making the birthday invitations. I have to tell you this paper collage, though simple to make, took a longer time than I expected but seeing the end result, I think it was totally worth it.

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3) Paper lanterns

The hubby was complaining that I was stashing away so many toilet rolls that I decided one day to just take them out and use them (well, some of them) for the upcoming party. So, together with the kids, we made some simple lanterns to decorate the house.

Firstly, cut off a small strip of the toilet roll till it is approximately 8.5cm in height. Next, cut out rectangular pieces of yellow (8.5cm tall) and purple coloured paper (10cm tall) and wide enough to go around the roll. Apply glue along the border of the yellow paper, wrap and stick it around the roll.

For the purple paper, fold it into half and cut vertical lines (1.5cm apart) as shown below, leaving a margin of 1.5cm at the top. Open it up, apply glue at the top and bottom and wrap it neatly around the roll. Since the purple paper is slightly bigger than the yellow one, the middle part will jut out nicely as shown.

To make the handles, use a yellow strip, glue at the ends and stick it on the inside of the roll.


Yay! Toilet rolls are transformed and used up!

To hang these up, we used yellow yarn to thread them and secured using a big ball of blu-tack at each end. Nice?

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4) Rapunzel Sun Bunting

Last but not least, this was a craft project that I did on my own while the kids were asleep. If you have watched Tangled, you would know about the beautiful sun symbol seen in Rapunzel's kingdom so I really wanted to replicate these in our house.

The thing is, the symbol might look simple from far yet intricate when you look closely because of all the lines and curves involved. Well, I do not have a sun puncher and I did not want to simply print out my bunting and waste lots of coloured ink, so I decided to go the traditional way and took out my craft knife which had been sitting in the craft box for a long time.

Firstly, I downloaded the outline of the sun symbol here and did a simple design in Photoshop to personalise the bunting for Angel.

Next, I printed out the sun symbol on one side and the text on the other side as shown below. This is so that the outline of the sun will not be seen after I have cut it out, which I will illustrate later on.

I wanted the flags to be triangular in shape and so I measured and marked them to be consistent before I cut them out.

Then comes the most time consuming part - the cutting of the sun! I bought this craft knife in Sweden previously when I was doing the Eiffel Tower pop-up card for the hubby and even though this sun can be considered much easier, the thing is I had to repeat and do it over and over so I must say the fingers were really aching after that. Tip: Be extra precise and cautious when cutting out the circle so as to not break any thin adjoining parts.

Still, I think they made a huge difference to the wall and given a choice, I would still do them all over again. Below is how the flag will look when the sun has been fully cut out. Just to show you why I printed the sun on the reverse side, see the two pictures on the right below and you can see that the top one has no outline seen while the below one has a 'leftover' outline after cutting if printed on the same side. Yes, perfectionist at times, I know.

To make the sun yellow, I cut out a trapezium from a yellow paper that fits into the flag and used it as a template to trace out the rest. Apply glue along the border and stick it on the back of the purple flag.

There! All done! I'm really proud that the sun symbols turned out looking really beautiful and exactly like the ones we saw in the movie.

To make it into a bunting, I used double-sided tape at the reverse top of each flag and a ribbon to string them together. Tip: Make sure the flags are more or less equally spaced apart.

To hang them up, I used blu-tack on the top corners of every flag and stuck them onto the wall.


Lastly, just to spice things up even more, we also added in Rapunzel, Pascal and of course, the floating lights.

Now, what do you think of our wall? I smile every time I look at it and I am happy knowing that the girls played a part in making them and that my beloved firstborn is turning a year older very soon.

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

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To fellow bloggers who have a fun craft session, DIY tip or creative idea to share, come join in the party! Highlight and press Ctrl + C to copy my button above, include it in your post/sidebar and add your link below. I will be hosting Creativity 521 on the 5th and 21st of every month, do hop over for more inspiration. Remember: The sky's the limit when it comes to creativity!

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