Head the size of a soft toy.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Riz Johann, 
7 months old and your head is as big as the pororo medium sized soft toy.

I remember ur sister wearing that hat around when she's your age and now she cant fit her head in it anymore.

A reminder to mommy that children grow up so fast that no matter how they annoy me with breaking sleep, stubbornness and handfulness, not to mention broke without allowances...this is worth it.

Watching them grow is worth it.

From the moment when their head is smaller, as big as til its far bigger than a pororo soft toy.....

Mommy Made: Toddler Lounge/Pajama Pants

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Got this really cute knit material on clearence from www.fabricfairy.com and turned it into the most comfy wide legged lounge pants for tia.

I used this tutorial fro Cotton Creations:) The easiest tutorial ever i swear.hehe. and pajama pants were my first sewing project too haritu.

Looks so stretchable and comfyy right?

Till then, hugs!

Riz Johann 5 Months Old Update

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

My baby boy is 5 months old now:)
Besides the list above..he likes to jump and jump and jump when put into standing position, he had his first swimming session (and had fun) and also figuring out how to crawl forward..not by commando but real crawl. sleep however....pukul 5am je terus bangun tak nak tido dah. aishhhh.

5 Months Old Riz Johann from Sabrina Salleh on Vimeo.

Drool Bibs Upcycled from Old Clothes

Sunday, May 11, 2014


I've been up to some sewing these past few weeks.
I have recently invested in a sewing machine. oops. not a sewing machine. but TWO. heheh.
Long story. I was supposed to be in London yadayadayada and was frustrated and found myself in Cottage Patch Ampang Point purchasing 2 Brother sewing machine. An overlock and an NV950. 

I always believe each household needs a sewing machine. and I'm gonna make this purchase as worth it as possible. 

My very first project is pretty simple : Sewing bibs for Riz.
Riz is now a very drooly baby because his saliva factory is under construction. Could have bought sets of 4 or 5 bibs from the shops but nothing means more than mommy made ones:)

And also, nothing means more than bibs upcycled from mommy's old favourite officewear. hehe
Mommy has put on a few more kgs so I cant wear some shirts and tops anymore (sob!) so i decided to put them to good use.

Making a Bandana bib is easy. draw a triangular pattern as below, cut cut and sew sew. 
I used an old towel for the backing and the absorption is awesomee. keeps his chest from getting wet. trust me, when he wets a bib, it really gets super wet!

I could get 2 bibs from this shirt;)

The final product

The handsome model
Then as days got by, I got a wee bit more better at feeding materials through the machine and upcycled ALL his outgrowned baby rompers. they are really nice Carters printed rompers and Mothercare ones so sayaaang nak buang ok! so i decided to upcycle them all up into bibs so riz could wear the prints a bit longer:D I cut the front and back pieces and also inserted his kain lampin in between those pieces for extra absorption. I also embroidered his name on it so it looks wonderfully personalized.
This bib was upcycled from both carter and mothercare clothes.

So do you have a sewing machine? go ahead and upcycle those all favourite baby clothes;) anybody need my help to do it and not too fussy....let me know. will gladly upcycle those clothes for you for a teeny weeny housewife's allowance fee. hehe

Of Yoga Class, Whisper Cottony Clean & Whisper Ultra.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sponsored Post, by Whisper

Last Saturday, a happy, lucky me got invited to a Nuffnang event again. It was an hour long yoga class sponsored by Whisper, held at MYoga, Plaza Damas. I was excited to go cuz i am a big fan of yoga. I would try my best to challenge myself to stretch as much as I could everytime I do it. just because. hehe. I think the poses look very graceful and being able to achieve such pose just makes me feel strong. syok sendiri feeling kot:P

I used to do yoga on a weekly basis before I got pregnant with Tia. But I did Fly Yoga. Most stretches and poses we do in Yoga works wonders in lessening the cramps, lower back pain and discomfort of menstruation. I got the same effect when I did prenatal yoga. seriously, its gives me such a nice relief from the backaches. I was however advised against any inverted poses during heavy menstruation (first and 2nd day of menses), but only the inverted ones. The breathing techniques are good to help you stay calm and relaxed too. Too relaxed maybe that I almost drifted off to la-la land when we did the final relaxation breathings during that class! 

Here are some of the pics from the yoga class we attended.

Some pics with other bloggers:

And of course, Group pic!

It was a great session. I received an awesome goodie bag with a couple of months supply of Whisper Sanitary Pads. yeayy~

Being a loyal Whisper user since I was in my teens, I have to say that this product has really revolutionised throughout the years.  What I like best about this brand is the wings on the pad are wider and longer and absolutely prevent leakages. No other sanitary pads work for me in terms of security.

Let me intro the 2 types of Whisper Sanitary Pads in the market:
Whisper Cottony Clean & Whisper Ultra.

Whisper Cottony Clean 
Its soft cottony cover is very gentle to your skin. It has a Blue Lock Core which locks in fluid for cleaner protection. The shape of pad is designed with circles of protection and grooves for all sides leakage protection. One nice feature of this one is that it is pleasantly scented too.


Whisper Ultra
Also has the Blue Lock Core feature and is made of Dri Weave cover which absorbs and prevents fluid from going back to the surface, leaving you feeling clean and dry. It also has a Duo-Protect System which absorbs more in the middle and protect the sides.  I say, very good for heavy flow days.

Whisper Cottony Clean is a good idea, but my personal choice since many years back has always been Whisper Ultra and has never changed til now! I am actually amazed at how much a pad that thin could absorb thaat much fluid. I am not a fan of bulkiness of pads, so this works really well for me. I usually use Whisper Ultra Night for my heavy flow nights. and I notice that I did not leak once with this new improved version, because i do, sometimes with the old Ultras. Good technology. thumbs up from me:)

So which one's your pick?:) 

Much love,

I am now an 80% SAHM and loving it.

Monday, May 5, 2014

I have finally resigned from government service upon completing my JPA pharmacy scholarship bond. It has been 6 years plus and it felt like forever. 

After I had Tia, I started getting very uneasy at work. I dread going to work everyday. I dread leaving her when she cried to follow, and I miss her all the time. and following that, everything at work just seems to follow suit, going down the drain for me. I had low tolerance of the politics, the work demands, bosses expectations, oncalls...feels like i'm losing grip of everything emotionally.

6 month old Tia with mommy and onyang

Resulting from the emotional roller coaster at work, I came back home every evening exhausted. and tia was growing up into a strong minded toddler, and i have even lower tolerance for her tantrums. and then i felt bad when i scolded her. not everyday is a bad day though, we have loads of good days. tiring, good days which i feel like i pushed myself too hard. this continues until i was pregnant with Riz and then i thought.....once Riz arrives, i'm probably going to get worse so i definitely have to find an alternative.

Before i left for my maternity leave with Riz, i vowed that i WILL find that alternative and i will take a longer non paid leave, and then when i found THE alternative..i wont come back. I took back all my certs and personal documents just in case i had to go for interview elsewhere. and left very little stuff on my desk at work.

A lot of mixed feelings before i handed in my resignation form. I was offered a more flexible job with a lower pay, but it doesnt matter. at least im earning. time is more important to me. the company sort of bought me out of government service, paying my 1 month pay penalty for a 24 hours notice.

Alhamdulillah. I feel refreshed, liberated. Like i was released from jail. I wake up and spend the entire day with my kids under my supervision. I am less cranky, and happier. well of course there are bad days...when kids wont sleep, when the toddler comes up with something annoying, and there were days where i feel so desperate for a vacation away, alone. but then again, i feel that ALL THE TIME when i was working. just a part and parcel of life.

My husband believes in career women. his mom is one and still working too. i can see that he's trying my best to support my decision. although sometimes when i talk about my new less paying work he went all silent about it. sometimes i feel like he's taking back his support, i dont know...sometimes i think he doubts my ability to manage the house, for he doesnt know what happens on a typical working day with me and the kids at home. sometimes i wish he'd lend me his ears more but...it's okay. i can do this, and i will prove that i am not worthless. i am just grateful with what he has to offer, or perhaps whats left of the offer.

So it's not all green grass on this side. I love being a full time mom, part time pharmacist. and i want to achieve things that i never get to for the past 11 years of studying and working based on other people's decision. I have to be bold and just do it. I want to use my talents to do something more. I just need to get there while i'm free. I just cant bear doing something of not my choice anymore.

And then comes this - there are bills to pay. kids to send to kindies. clothes to buy for the kids. my basic necessities. i am earning nothing at all at this moment cuz i havent got my first pay. nafkah? i dont know if thats even possible for him now so i'm not expecting any at all. still living fully from my savings which are slowly depleting. 

but you know what, i'm trying to put these worries aside and just be grateful of these moments. Grateful for being able to watch and feed my kids breakfast every morning. grateful for being able to witness each and every one of Riz's milestones. grateful for my kids to have a motherly figure at home all the time. It hurts when Tia shows preference towards another person more sometimes but i just look at it positively lah. maybe she misses her daddy. maybe she wants some change. and that mommy will always be there for her. security. and because she sometimes says "I Love You mommy" randomly out the blue...everything just seems alright again. people might think i am not good at this sahm thing, but i hope tia and sees it differently.

So here's to happiness, less worries, and a new beginning.

Chit Chat with 28 month old Tiana Jezmine

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Earlier I promised to update on Tiana Jezmine.
Well here's a video of her talking to us in front of a webcam.
She has now begun to speak proper sentences and we can sometimes recognize whose style of speaking she takes after. all these months of her staring at us talk with mouth hanging open rupa-rupanya she's synthesizing a whole bunch of words and vocab! so becareful of the language and words you use around toddlers. haha

We really miss her baby babbles.....but life goes on and the kid's gotta grow! thank goodness we captured a lot of her baby talk videos too for memories:)

Do check out these:
"ku-payah" (referring to the kopiah she's wearing. oh don't ask why she's wearing one! hehe)
"so pedas hot cross bun...because it's so hot" (we're really guilty of her rojak language)


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