Me and My Sisters

Me and My Sisters

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Battling Eczema with Izumio and Super Lutein

SY used to have this little rash at her neck. When it got really itchy, she would scratch it non-stop and it would become worse. My sister gave her some medication, which comprised of Potassium Permanganate to cleanse it, and some creams to apply (Betamethasone and Aqueous). I must confess that I have not been diligently using them on her, partly because it's rather tedious, and partly because the creams contain a very small percentage of steroid. So SY has been having this little rash for quite awhile, maybe more than 6 months, I couldn't really recall. It didn't really bother her too much when she didn't scratch it, and so I didn't do anything to it.

Well, when I started them with these new supplements (Izumio and Super Lutein), I totally forgot about it until ~1 month later. That's when I noticed that the patch was still there, despite claims saying it could heal eczema. I was a little disappointed at that time, because it was just a little rash. Despite it being not too severe, the so-claimed powerful supplements didn't help. Anyway, I took a photo just in case I needed it for comparison later, and continued to gave SY the supplements (sometimes 2 capsules of Super Lutein and 1 pack of Izumio twice a day, sometimes only once a day, and sometimes less than that, no fixed dosage). At times I would sprinkle the leftover drops of Izumio on her neck.

Well, about 1 week ago when I remembered to check on her neck, the rash had disappeared! Just like that! Maybe it takes more time for her, as different people have different body condition. I am more than thrilled!
Super Lutein and Izumio really work!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Creative Toys Ideas for an Active Toddler

Yao is at the age where she just wouldn't sit still. So it takes up a lot of my energy and time entertaining her. I was looking for alternatives to keep her occupied without the television. A friend shared some toys ideas and I find them very creative. I have tried some of them, not all works for my super active toddler but I would like to document them here.

Non-cook playdough with natural colouring (April 2015)
At first I tried the non-cook version, but Yao got curious and tasted it. So ever since then, I opted for the cooked version. If store in air-tight container, it should be able to last for about 1 year.

The red colour is from beetroot, recipe from here


Stickers made from felt (May/June 2015)
I was researching for suitable stickers for ~1 year old plus toddler, but noticed that Yao is still not ready for it. So a friend suggested that I make one from felt instead. However, Yao is not interested in it, only SJ enjoyed playing with them so far. 

Face parts stickers
Shapes stickers

Kumon Lets Sticker and Paste(May/June 2015):
It took awhile for Yao to learn how to peel out the stickers and pasted them accordingly. She tended to paste them on top of each other instead of spreading them out. But over time, she learnt how to paste the stickers at the allocated boxes, even though not exactly inside. She still needed help with peeling the sticker as it will tear. She finished the sticker part in just 2 days, so I kept the book for sometime before introducing her to the 2nd part, which needs to apply glue and paste it herself. I should probably take a picture of her work, but till then, you can refer to here on how it looks like inside.
Taken on one of the nights she refused to sleep!

Colour sorter using pom pom balls (June 2015)
This is considered a hit so far. Yao can play and play with it for a longer period of time without getting bored. Initially, she adhered to the color code. But after a while, she refused to follow. She only likes to insert the pom pom balls into the holes. I love it in the sense that the balls won't fall out by itself, so it reduces the chance of losing the balls when I'm not watching her play. Even both Jie Jies also enjoy playing with this game.

Stacking Tower(June 2015)
This is something that Yao designed on her own. I have no idea where she got the idea. She even put away those containers herself after playing with it!
See how tall the tower can go up to? :)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

How to Tell Them Apart

Looking at these pictures, can you tell them apart? All these were taken when they were around 18-21 months timeframe.
SY's pictures were taken when she's about 18-21 months, SJ's were taken during a studio photoshoot when she's ~21 months and Yao's photos were taken recently when she's 19months plus. I personally feel that Yao looks more like SY although there are some similarities to SJ.

Tips: 
SY's at the top left, SJ's at the top and bottom right and Yao's at the bottom left 





Friday, April 24, 2015

Boosting My Kids' Health with Izumio and Super Lutein

If you've been following my posts from my personal blog, you would have read about my encounter with Izumio and Super Lutein. Well, after I finished the first bottle of Super Lutein consisting of 100 capsules and 1 box of Izumio (30 packs of 200ml hydrogenated water), I was almost healed from my hand numbness syndrome and saw no reason to continue with this super pricey yet effective supplements. It took me ONLY 2 weeks JUST to spend such a large sum in order to solve my 3 months long suffering. So why did I choose to continue being a faithful consumer of these products?

Our Izumio Baby :)
1. All-in-ONE Supplement for All Age Group
The reason is S-I-M-P-L-E. This is a good combination of an all-1-in supplement that cater for all of my family members' needs regardless of age. I do not need to source for individual needs, nor different capsules for different parts of my body. Previously I need a high omega dose of DHA & EPA, calcium, magnesium and zinc supplements for my bones, hair and nails, Vitamin B Complex or Neurobion for my nerves, Vitamin C to boost my immune system and not to mention a separate kids-friendly version for my children. Then there's VCO and Manuka honey for my baby as I refrain from giving any supplements to her, since they contain lots of fillers, binders, etc. For my baby, I go for natural raw organic produce to ensure she got the safest and toxic-free, whole nutrients, not processed food. When all this add up, the amount spent would definitely not be less than this 1-stop health investment per se.


Recommended dosage chart

As shown in the table above, Super Lutein's dosage recommendation covers all age groups. Whereas for Izumio, it is suitable for everyone from the young to the elderly as it's just hydrogenated water that retains minerals (please refer here for details). 


So when Super Lutein came into the picture, it has solved my problem because it contains 6 of the most important carotenoids and 5 essential nutrients as shown below. But most importantly, even though it's in capsule form, it does NOT contain any fillers, binders or preservatives whatsoever. 



2. No Fillers, Binders and Preservatives
Why am I so particular about fillers & binders? These are listed at the bottom of your supplement panel on the back of the supplement bottle as inactive ingredients. They are used to inexpensively bind, fill, and lubricate capsules or tablets to expedite processing. Some of the most commonly used additives have been shown to negatively impact your health, by hindering the body's absorption of certain nutrients. I am most particular to those labels that indicate "with permitted thickener", or "food conditioner and preservatives as permitted, etc.."  

3. Convenient Health Insurance
Super Lutein is 100 percent natural. 3 capsules of Super Lutein contains the equivalent nutritional value of 4 servings of fruits, 5 servings of vegetables and 6 colors of natural extracts from fruits and vegetables. All this while, I've been ensuring my kids' diet contains a variety of colors and balanced combination from each food group. 


However, I couldn't deny that I couldn't possibly cover each group every day, the most is within a week (if I cook every single day). That's still okay to me, as I accept my limitation in being a busy mom of three. But how about those times that the kids refuse a particular type of food, no matter how much I coax them? Or the time when I didn't cook, or when they are sick? How do I ensure that they not only get the adequate nutrients during times of good health, but in times of sickness, they would definitely need an added boost for faster recovery. These supplements come in so handy and convenient, especially when we ever decided to eat out, or if they requested to indulge in their favourite junk food, for I wouldn't be so lost or guilty as I know that they will be somehow covered by this 'health insurance'. Yes, even though junk food is a No-No to me, I couldn't stop my kids from occasional craving for them due to peer influence, and other external factors. Thanks to Izumio, this hydrogen water is swift and effective in flushing out all those toxins and removing free radicals from the body.

4. Great Eye Supplement
As some of you have known, I've been battling with my kids' short-sightedness for quite sometime. I've invested in an eye-exerciser, myopia control lenses, and eye supplements, but their power keep on increasing. Ever since hubby's eyesights improved after consuming this supplement in less than a month, it has given us hope that we could somehow maintain, if not reduce our kids' eyesight. Till that day arrive, we would be diligently consuming this, for it contains lutein and zeaxanthin which have proven to either help or slow the progression of macular degeneration (AMD). Taking this together with Izumio, we hope to see the results faster, and I do feel my tired eyes are refreshed instantly every time I dropped some of these water into my eyes.

5. Immune System Booster
So with all these goodness, we have used these supplements as our first line defence against the viruses out there. When SY complained of sore throat, I'll give her a pack of izumio to wash down her throat, and the effects were almost immediate. She was much better instantly. When Yao fell down and hurt her finger, I dabbed it with Izumio and Super Lutein on the wound for faster healing and scar prevention. When I went for my company badminton practice, I was expecting lots of muscle aches for I have never exercised in months but to my relieve, I experienced little to no aches or pains. But the best of all, when the people around me were sick, I was not as badly affected as compared to previously. I felt more energetic during the day, and thus able to accomplish more as well.  

A Price to Pay...
Unfortunately, I can't deny that every good thing has something 'bad' in it. For these supplements, it's none other than the price. How I wish they are sold much cheaper so that everyone can afford them. But considering the facts that they have strict quality control, and come from the highest grade of raw material, it's understandable. We pay a fortune for designer bags and watches too. So all good things come with a price. Super lutein is approximately RM4 per capsule, while Izumio is ~RM15 per pack. We have not consistently stay at a fixed dosage due to cost concern. But in general, a healthy adult goes with 3 capsules of Super Lutein and 1 pack of Izumio a day, while my two elder girls take 2 capsules with half a pack of Izumio a day. Yao would get a few sips of  Izumio from us each time, and a capsule of Super Lutein on alternate days. That's what we do to minimize our cost, but we do realise that for faster results, we should probably maintain our dosage daily.

They say that health is wealth. It's especially true when we can save so much on hospital bills and medical fees trying to treat our loved ones back to health. Not to mention the agony that we have to go thru, the pain of seeing our loved ones suffer, and the toll that it took on our times and eventually our health. That's why, I'm willing to spend a little more just to avoid all these, as the saying goes, better be penny wise, rather than pound foolish. 

A carton of Izumio (30 packs of 200ml Hydrogenated water) and a bottle of Super Lutein (100 capsules) cost RM435 each if purchased individually at member price. However, this month the company (Naturally Plus) is offering a buy-12-free-3 promotion, with waived membership fees of RM122 till 30th April 2015. So I'm taking this opportunity to reduce my cost by organising a group buy, which would amount to RM350 each. For those interested to join me, please kindly drop me an email at tylic@yahoo.com or text me @ 012-4212010. I would be glad to share the details with you. I can assure you that this would be your smartest health investment ever.

(Note: Price of products quoted above are only valid till 30 April 2015. The prices will probably increase from 1st May 2015 onwards as there are rumours that the package would be reduced to buy-12-free-2 instead, as practiced in other country like USA this month. Furthermore, there would be an additional RM122 for membership fees after 30th April).
P/S: The baby is not sale, the Izumio is :)


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Honesty is the best policy

I have always pride myself for being an honest person. In school, one of my form teachers always looked up to me when she wanted an honest answer. Whatever the other students answered, she would ask me specifically before she made her decisions. I couldn't tell how honored I felt at that moment.

Today, I'm very happy that SY is showing this trait too. I can't deny that there are times when she lied to me or hubby because she's afraid of getting a scolding from us. However, she will always tell us the truth after sometime, probably because her conscience wouldn't allow it.

But I'm most proud of her, when she has consecutively demonstrated her honesty when teacher marked her papers wrongly. A few times she could have scored 100 marks in her papers, but that was because the teacher marked wrongly. My girl would always go to inform the teacher and thus have her marks reduced. I was deeply touched when she told me she went to the toilet to cry after that. But I was very proud of her, and I kept telling her, it would be useless to get 100% if it is not honestly earned. After all, exams are meant to test us on how much we understand a subject, not so much in measuring our intelligence. Attitude still matters most. And I'm so glad that she understands. This is her 4th year in primary school, and she has continuously demonstrate this honest behavior year after year.

But much to my own amusement, she also persuaded a boy next to her to show teacher his paper when the teacher marked it wrongly, and because of that, his marks which was 60 dropped further... I am not sure to be happy or sad in this case... but again, some of her friends preferred to remain quiet and let it be. My advice to her is that we do what we feel is right, and we can't always persuade people to do what we think is right. But we must be true to ourselves always. I hope she will always remember this.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Gong Gong's Garden

Gosh, I didn't realise this post has been sitting in the draft folder for such a long time! Looking at the date it was originally composed, this was like 3 years ago! I better get this out now, and I believe Dad's garden has gone thru some major revamp too, for the fruits and plants have changed quite a lot. 
 The Palm Tree, my favourite


 Oops, I don't know what's this...

 Bananas

 Soursoup or Durian Belanda

The unripe version

Hmm.. I need to ask Gong Gong what is this!

 Rambutans

 Mulberries

They looked like red caterpillars, but they are good for the eyes

How I wished I have green fingers like my dad.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

SJ's First Lost Tooth

Losing her first tooth was no easy business indeed. Unlike Jie Jie, she had to have it pulled out by a dentist. We noticed that her new tooth was coming out but got 'blocked' by the old one which was still there. It got us worried when we saw the new tooth was growing abnormally, so we took her right away to see the dentist after school. 

Unfortunately, we couldn't find a dentist on a weekday night. It was already after 8pm, and we didn't like the idea of waiting until the next day. After searching for quite sometime, we finally found one, who's attending to her last appointment. We're lucky she agreed to have a look at SJ before she closed up. We waited quite awhile before we had our turn. We were so relieved when the dentist assured us that once the old tooth had been pulled out, the new out would grow nicely again. SJ was very brave, she went thru the whole process calmly. 

At the dentist (I didn't take a picture when the dentist was pulling her teeth out)

Out it came finally! I have been promising to help her write a letter to the Tooth Fairy, but I kept procrastinating!

My girl finally let me take her toothless picture after 3 days! :)

p/s: Notes for my own records: 
Sze Yi's 1st tooth came out when she's ~5y4m old (11 Apr, 2011)
Sze Juin's 1st tooth came out when she's ~6y8m old (29 Jan, 2015)

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