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!

Singapore Souvenirs

January 27, 2016 | Shop, Singapore

Super Mama

I’ve never really talked much about life as an expat (and I won’t really start now haha!), but having been one for nearly 8 years now I feel like I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to live back home in Australia. While we have no immediate plans to leave our adopted Singaporean life, inevitably we will end up making the trip back to Australia eventually, so I’m always on the look out for some uniquely Singapore souvenirs that I can take with me to remember my time here.

Finding these “souvenirs” can be a little tricky.. tacky trinkets and obvious tourist stuff is a definite no-go for me. I want well-designed, not-so-obvious, meaningful (to me) souvenirs. Things that offer a story or meaning below the surface. And even better if they’re usable and don’t just sit on a shelf. I know, I know.. I ask a lot of the things I buy!

SupermamaTop left: One Singapore porcelain plate, Top right:HDB plates and chopstick rest, Bottom left: Merlion fridge magnet, Bottom right: A Cup That Holds a Festival.

But – as you can see, they do exist! And boy are they fantastic. These are not your average souvenirs, there’s nothing tacky or garish here. Only beautifully designed pieces of Singapore, and I love it!

So, if you’re in the market for your own keepsakes from the Little Red Dot, look no further than Super Mama and The Little Dröm Store. I really can’t recommend them enough… whether you’re a tourist, an expat or a local!

Super MamaClockwise from top left: Jiu Ceng Gao Doorstop, Good Morning Mug, MRT & Bus Washi Tape, Chope! Keychain, Merlion Chouchou.

Little Drom StoreClockwise from top left: Katong Laksa Fridge Magnet, Kway Teow Fridge Magnet, Kopi Fridge Magnet, Chope! Fridge Magnet.

Top image: National Day Plate

So perfect, right?! By coincidence I came across this quote today that I thought was a pretty great way to describe what it feels like to be an expat at times. Not always, but sometimes :)


Claire x

{Freebie} Printable Christmas Wrapping Paper

December 18, 2013 | Christmas, Freebies

Christmas is so close I can almost touch it! Yippee!

In case you haven’t finished wrapping your gifts yet (like me – oops), I’ve got some sweet printable wrapping paper for you to use. You can download it in either A4 or Letter size, print it, wrap those little gifts right up and voila – they’re ready to pop under the tree. You’ve probably noticed these papers in a couple of shoots recently, and they match perfectly with the Freebie Christmas Tags from last week!

Freebie Wrap!Get them here in A4 or LETTER

WrappingPaperGet them here in A4 or LETTER

Freebie Wrap!Happy wrapping friends! :)

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DIY All-Natural Lip Balm

December 5, 2013 | Christmas, DIY

Hello hello! It’s DIY time again! :)

Did you like last week’s All-Natural Aftershave DIY? This week Militza from Little Green Dot and I have teamed up again to bring you a scrummy Myrrh & Palmarosa Lip Balm. It turns out lip balm is actually pretty easy to make! And this stuff is all-natural, with no icky ingredients – yay! And like the Aftershave, we’ve used some beautiful essential oils to make it smell heavenly.

I can imagine making these for little girls and grown up girls alike, I mean… who doesn’t love pretty-smelling cosmetics? :)

DIY Lip Balm

To get the most out of these lovely lip balms, we asked herbalist Alina, from Abundant Earth, to tell us which essential oils would be the most beneficial for our lips. She recommended that we use Myrrh and Palmarosa Essential oils, which will give a very soft rose scent. YUM! And as an added extra, both these oils have health benefits! Myrrh, treasured for it’s spiritual significance, heals dried, cracked lips, and makes them super soft. Palmarosa moisturises the lips, and gives a soft, rose-like aroma. Cool huh!

So let’s get started shall we?

DIY Lip Balm

Here’s what you’ll need:
– 2 Tbs Shea Butter
– 2 Tbs Almond or Coconut Oil
– 1 Tbs Beeswax (the natural-coloured beeswax is fine too)
– 2 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
– 3 drops Palmarosa Essential Oil
– Small bowl & burner (we used a small ceramic bowl and candle, a small saucepan on the stove would also work)
– Small jug
– Small empty lip balm pots (or repurpose little jars)

Step 1.
Put the Shea Butter, Beeswax, Almond/Coconut Oil, and Essential Oils into the bowl above your lit burner. If you’re using the stove, make sure it’s on very low, and always keep an eye on it.

DIY Lip BalmStep 2.
Keep an eye on the mixture and gently stir every now and then until everything is melted and it becomes clear. It should never boil, just gently melt. Be very careful when handling the pot/saucepan as it will be hot.

DIY Lip Balm

Step 3.
Using a dry cloth to hold the bowl if it’s hot, transfer the melted mixture into a small jug. Then use the small jug to fill the lip balm pots. This amount of mixture was enough to fill 2 small pots.

DIY Lip BalmStep 4.
Leave the lip balm to set. Once it’s opaque and solid, you’re good to go! Seal it up and get to thinking about how you’re going to decorate the jar…

I’ve created some lovely black and white labels for you to download and use to decorate your lip balms. Once you’ve downloaded the file you need (A4 or LETTER) you’ll noticed that there are two pages – one with the labels the right way around, the other with the labels in reverse.

Lip Balm LabelsA4 or LETTER

Page one: Labels the right way around – Print on sticker paper.
Page two: Labels in reverse – Below you’ll see some cute little gift bags we created to package the Lip Balms in, and for this you’ll need Iron-On transfer paper, and the reversed labels.

Here’s how we decorated our two pots of Lip Balm – feel free to get creative though, we’ve included lots of different labels so you can have fun with it!

DIY Lip Balm

You’ll need:
– Finished and cooled Lip Balms, sealed
– Plain Muslin Bag
– Ribbon
– Tape
– A printed sheet of labels (the right way around) on sticker paper. Cut out the ones you want.
– A printed sheet of the reversed labels on Iron-on Transfer paper. Cut out ones you want to use according to packet instructions.

JAR 1:
We decided to use one of the full-jar stickers, so start by peeling off the backing, then position the circle part over the jar lid and stick down. The wrap the two arms around the jar and secure on the bottom.

DIY Lip BalmJAR 2:
For jar 2 we wanted to use some ribbon. Start by measuring out and cutting some ribbon, wrap it around the jar and secure the ends on the bottom of the jar with tape. Cut out one of the round stickers and peel off the backing. Stick it on top of the lid, over the ribbon.

DIY Lip BalmThat’s it!

DIY Lip Balm

To make a gift bag to package your new lip balms in, cut out the labels you want from the ones you printed on the Iron-On Transfer Paper. Iron them onto the muslin bag according to the packet instructions.

DIY Lip Balm DIY Lip Balm

Doesn’t it look great?! I’m sure it’d be well-received if you were to make these for someone special :)

Thank you again to Militza for teaming up with me on these lovely DIYs! Be sure you check out her blog for loads more all-natural and eco-friendly tips, workshops, and tutorials :)