Boutiques Fair Singapore – My picks for kids!

September 29, 2016 | Christmas, Guides, Singapore

Following on from my “girls, guys & home” guides to Boutiques Fair post last week – today’s is all about the kids! From toys and decor, to clothes and books, there will be LOADS of vendors in attendance focussed on gorgeous kid’s stuff. Mark the dates down in your calendar, get some friends together and make a day of it! Boutiques Fair Singapore is happening on 4th – 5th November.

Here are a few of my faves for kids below! :)

Boutiques for Kids!1. Sea Apple  2. Pom Pom & Puffin  3. Deer Industries  4. Madie Moo  5. Stylo Deco  6. Deer Industries  7. Madie Moo

Boutiques for Kids!1. Deer Industries  2. Deer Industries  3. Feroza  4. Deer Industries  5. Deer Industries  6. Sea Apple  7. Deer Industries

Boutiques Fair Singapore – My picks!

September 22, 2016 | Christmas, Guides, Singapore

Oh my gosh! It’s been such a long time between posts! I wish I could say it’s because crazy exciting things have been happening behind the scenes here, but in actuality it’s regular daily life and being a Mum that’s keeping me busy! Which is no less important of course, just not particularly “blog worthy” I’m afraid. It’s all about DIY laundry and Toddler Negotiations these days haha!

Even so, I just wanted to pop in and share with anyone here in Singapore that one of my favouirte events – The Boutiques Fair – is on again in November (4th & 5th)! Perfectly timed for getting some Christmas shopping done – yes, I went there. Christmas is coming! The fair will be chock-full of fantastic local and international vendors, and is seriously HUGE so you’re bound to find what you need for that certain someone who has everything.. or yourself. I’m all for that.

So to help make the decisions easier, I thought I’d check out some of the vendors coming in November and put together a couple of little guides to get you excited. First up – Girls, Guys, and Home. This is by no means an extensive list, just a couple of things that caught my eye! :)

Ladies!1. An Uplifted Day  2. Elyse & i  3. Matter Prints  4. Little Man  5. Little Man  6. Hello Chocolate  7. Twin Within  8. Cote & Badt  9. Elyse & i

Guys!1. Eck & Art  2. Epigram Books  3. Gifts Less Ordinary  4. Italic & Bold  5. Shinnpark  6. BNVVT  7. Italic & Bold

Home!1. Epigram Books  2. Little Man   3. Stylo Deco  4. Little Man  5. The Paper Bunny  6. Kala Pata  7. Stylo Deco

Keep up to date with the latest Boutiques Fair news on their Facebook Page!

IKEA Project 6: The Salmon cook-off

April 13, 2016 | Recipe, Singapore, Sponsored

Disclosure: This is a sponsored collaboration with IKEA, however all ideas, opinions, and thoughts are my own. 

Weee! Another surprise Ikea project! I was so excited to be contacted last week about taking part in another Cook-off challenge, this time featuring Ikea’s new range of  responsibly-sourced Salmon – yep, that’s right, they’re now selling sustainable seafood from certified fisheries and farms in their Swedish Food Market. Way to go!

I’ve opted to use salmon fillets for my recipe, and have chosen to feature it in one of our all time favourite family dinner recipes – Salmon Ramen. Seriously, we eat this at least once a week. It may not look like a high-end dish, but let me tell you, the flavour is fantastic!

Salmon Ramen

Here’s what you’ll need for 2 servings…


– 2 x Ikea frozen salmon fillets (LAX FILE – found in The Swedish Food Market)
– 3 Tbs miso paste
– 3 Tbs soy sauce (we use low salt version)
– 2 Tbs sake
– 2 Tbs mirin
– 1 small sachet dashi stock (optional)
– Your choice of vegetables (e.g. wombok, cabbage, snow peas, beans, leek…)
– 2 eggs
– 1 brick of ramen noodles, broken in half (we use frozen)
– Optional: Seaweed and toasted sesame seeds for garnish.



1. Start by defrosting the salmon (they come individually sealed so I just cut 2 fillets off the package and put them (still sealed) in a bowl of water to defrost slowly). Once defrosted, cut open the bags and pat each fillet dry with paper towel. Heat a fry pan to medium-high and fry until cooked through and crisp on all sides. Set aside once done.

2. Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil and add the eggs. I normally time them for about 8 minutes to get a slightly runny yolk – this will vary though. Once they’re cooked, peel and slice in half. Season with salt and pepper if you like, set aside.

3. Chop all the vegetables into pieces and divide between two large ramen bowls. Put a half block of noodles into each bowl too. I like to portion the veg and noodles out before they’re cooked, but you could also cook them all together and divide between bowls once they’re cooked. Up to you :)

Step 2

4. In a bowl mix the miso paste, soy sauce, mirin and sake together. Bring 4 cups of water to the boil in a medium size saucepan and add in the dashi stock powder followed by the miso paste mix.

5. Take the first bowl of noodles/vegetables and place the noodles into the boiling miso pot. Cook for a few minutes (breaking up with a fork) before adding the vegetables. Once they’re cooked, scoop back out into the ramen bowl. Repeat with the second bowl. OR cook all the noodles first, followed by the veg, and divide between the two bowls once they’re done.

7. Carefully pour the hot soup over the veg in each bowl. Top with the salmon fillets, eggs, seaweed and toasted sesame seeds (optional).

8. Dig in!

Yum! Salmon Ramen. Yum! Salmon Ramen.

I’m not very graceful with hot slurpy noodles, but man they taste good!!

Yum! Salmon Ramen.

Hopefully you’ll give it a go! It really is yummy, and can be adapted quite easily to suit your tastes by changing up the vegetables.

Thanks so much to Ikea Singapore for including me in another fun challenge! Be sure to check out their range of sustainable seafood next time you’re in store!

The Commissioned

March 9, 2016 | Art, Personal, Singapore

Disclosure: This is a sponsored collaboration with The Commissioned, however all opinions and thoughts are my own. 

For the longest time I’ve been looking for the perfect piece of art for my bedroom, and despite keeping my eyes open for.. well, years, I hadn’t found exactly what I was looking for. So when the lovely folks at The Commissioned contacted me about putting their fantastic website to the test and commissioning my very own artwork, I was thrilled! Honestly, commissioning an artwork had never really crossed my mind – I think I presumed it would be hard to contact the artists, would be crazy expensive, and I wasn’t even sure where you’d start. So I was pretty excited about giving The Commissioned a go :)

The first step was to make an account, then go through the pages of artist profiles and find one (or more!) that I really liked and might want to work with. The artists are from all over the world, and the work is so varied – I had about a million tabs open trying to narrow my options! In the end, I fell in love with the work of Australian artist Jessica Watts and could go no further. I mean, hello gorgeous florals!

The next step, once I’d decided Jessica was “the one”, was to send her a message through the website, introducing myself and telling her a bit about what I was looking for. I must say, it was pretty cool to be talking directly with the artist! Jess was so lovely and we messaged back and forth a few times, sending pics of my apartment (for style and colour ideas), discussing where the artwork was going to go, and the feeling I wanted to convey. We also spoke about the size I was after and the price (which you can get an indication of on each artist’s profile page so there aren’t any surprises). I’d had a look through some of Jess’ previous works and found one I really loved the composition of, but wanted to lighten the colours – so that was a good starting point.

Then Jess went away for a couple of days, and came back with quick sketches for me, so I could get an idea of the composition and colours. Then, after a few little tweaks from my side, I picked option 3 and she got down to work.

Initial sketches from Jessica Watts

In the meantime, I’d decided that this was going to be the catalyst for a full bedroom makeover, so I ordered a new bed frame, refurbished some old bedside tables, and bought new lamps.. Exciting!

Over the next few weeks I got updates from Jess on the progress of the painting, and kept an eye on her Instagram account too, for the odd sneaky little behind-the-scene. It was such a great experience, seeing the painting come together as it was happening. It made it so much more special and exciting to see the work and love Jess was putting into it.

Working images along the way

Then, about 3 months after I first spoke with Jess, my painting was framed (yes it even came framed!) and, with some help from The Commissioned, was delivered right to my door – all the way from Australia. All I had to do was unwrap it and hang it. Couldn’t be simpler.

So here’s the finished piece! I’m absolutely thrilled with it, and Jess and The Commissioned were a dream to work with. Both went out of their way to make this go as easily and seamlessly as possible.

The finished painting!

Isn’t it gorgeous?! And now so you can see where this lovely lady ended up… here’s how my bedroom turned out.

My bedroom before After!

Isn’t it a massive improvement?! I’m actually a bit embarrassed to show you all the before pic, but it just goes to prove how much better it’s looking now.

So a big thank you to The Commissioned for giving me the chance to live out a dream and have a painting custom created just for me! And to my lovely artist Jess – thank you! We adore our new painting, and it was such a pleasure to get to work with you :)

{Freebie} Weekly Planner Printable

February 1, 2016 | Freebies

I’m probably the only person on earth who hasn’t quite embraced the calendar on my phone.. I feel like I’m stuck in the dark ages because I just don’t get it. It doesn’t feel intuitive to me and I feel silly that it’s managed to dupe me. Surely I can’t be the only one?! I just prefer good old pen and paper. So, in a bid to become a little more organised (as per this post) and to keep track of playdates and appointments, I’ve created a free weekly planner that can be printed out, stuck on the wall and written on as things come up.

Weekly Planner FreebieI decided to break it up into Morning, Lunch, Afternoon, and Evening (as that’s just how my day seems to be segmented at the moment with Arlo) and have left the cells big so it allows for plenty of writing room. Even though I use it more as an activity calendar, you could also use it as a meal planner, or a to-do list for each day.. whatever you like, really!

Here it is in action, taped to our kitchen wall. Also note Arlo’s spectacular red Chinese lantern for Chinese New Year. Best looking lantern I’ve ever seen.. #childprodigy #modestmum

On our kitchen wall

So if you haven’t really fallen in love with your digital calendar either, I hope you’ll find this printable version useful :) I’ve made it in both A4 and Letter. Enjoy!

A4ButtonLetterButtonClaire x