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Why I take calcium everyday.

Most people who know me and my husband would know that we are quite obsessive when it comes to researching products that we use in our daily lives. That’s why I am absolutely thrilled whenever I get approached to do reviews on products that I am already using myself. As I know that they are genuinely great products, I just feel the extra drive to promote them, you know.

So one of these brands is Blackmores. They had asked me to write about their Calcium + vitamin D3 supplement and guess what, I am already taking their Bio Calcium product since 2013 (when I found out that I got pregnant).

My faithful bottle of Blackmore’s Bio Calcium which I take with folic acid every day.

I am taking calcium because from all the reading about pregnancies that I have done, the lack of calcium seems to be a top issue in a woman’s health, particularly those who are pregnant or have been pregnant.

Babies, before they’re born, require a lot of calcium to build their bones and teeth. So if a mother doesn’t have enough calcium in her diet, calcium will actually be drawn from the mother’s bones and teeth to nourish the baby. If you don’t want to get osteoporosis or bone problems when you’re older, please, please, please take calcium supplements now.

So the Calcium + Vitamin D3 supplements I received from Blackmores is an even better version of the ones I was taking. It has 600mg of calcium with 500 IU of Vitamin D3, while my previous one only has 500mg of calcium with 200 IU of Vitamin D3.

You must be wondering, why vitamin D? Well, if you don’t know already, vitamin Ds aid the absorption of calcium :)

The more potent Calcium + D3 from Blackmores.

The pill size is standard (same size as the pills from my old bottle) and I don’t have issues with swallowing it. I like the flip-up lid cause knowing me if it was a screw-on cap I would have lost the cap by now, speaking from experience.

After giving birth, it’s all the more important that I continue taking calcium as I am breastfeeding. Guess where the calcium in breastmilk comes from? Yeap, from the mommy! So as a woman, it’s really important to keep taking calcium supplements.

Yeah, mummy’s given all my calcium to you boy! Do find out more about Calcium + D3 here.

As long as I am breathing, I will continue to take calcium supplement everyday. Hopefully I will have healthy bones all the way into my twilight years!

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Get your CNY bonus shopping money by shopping on Rakuten!

Believe it or not, it’s incredibly time-consuming caring for a toddler and these days I simply have no time to go out to shop leisurely. So just like what I did for Christmas, I am going to do all my shopping for Chinese New Year online.

# – I bought all my Xmas presents online!

It used to be just clothes and perhaps an obscure brand of whatever product you’re looking for but nowadays, you can pretty much get anything over the Internet. From clothes to phones to diapers to groceries, the brands and choices are unlimited. The Malaysian online shopping scene has certainly come a long way!

I can’t wait to buy CNY decorations, baking supplies, presents and hampers from my favourite online stores, especially Rakuten. I could shop on its mobile app while getting the baby to nap or I could do it on my personal computer when the baby is already napping :)

Why do I like Rakuten? Well, aside from its incredible range of products, we’re talking over 210,000 products from 900 merchants, they have an incredible point reward system. Basically, as a member of Rakuten (it’s free to sign up by the way), I get to accumulate “Rakuten Super Points“, essentially a currency on Rakuten which can be used just like money to buy or offset future purchase. Kind of like store credit too, if you think about it.

And from now until January 31, they are having a 5X Rakuten Super Points give away, meaning you will get straight-up 5% equivalent of your purchase value back in Rakuten Super Points (RSP) instead of the usual 1% RSP for every RM100 spent.

So lets say, you bought an item that costs RM100, normally you will get 1% RSP which is equivalent to RM1. But during this 5X campaign, you get to accumulate 5% RSP, that’s RM5 equivalent of points. The more you buy during this period, the more points you get to accumulate = the more shopping you can use the RSPs to pay for.

I’ve already got my strategy in place…and I am starting with Chinese New Year hampers! The hampers on Rakuten are lovely and are priced competitively compared to the ones outside (yes, I’ve done my survey) so it just makes more sense to buy from Rakuten cause I get to earn RSPs which I can later use for buying other items.

Check out these lovely CNY hampers:

Wow this one has a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, birds nests and various chinese delicacies. What a steal at RM380! And I get to earn 19.90 Rakuten Super Points which is equivalent to RM19.90 worth of bonus shopping money!

I like that this one has a good mix of healthy stuff like premium oolong tea and dried mushrooms as well as goodies like tarts and almond cakes. How many RSPs can I earn from buying this hamper? A grand total of RM13.40 worth.

It’s really so easy to accumulate RSPs shopping on Rakuten, right?

Love the packaging for this one! Everything is housed in a hand-woven Volsa basket and it has fine products like imported teas, coffees, juices and teatime treats. A wonderful gift for loveds ones with discerning palates. From buying this hamper alone I will earn 20.40 RSPs, that’s RM20.40 more to my bonus shopping fund!

Basically, by purchasing all these hampers, I would net myself 56.60 Rakuten Super Points, which are exactly RM56.60 of bonus money that I could spend on other stuff! You see how fun shopping on Rakuten is for me?

There are many things I could get with RM56.60 worth of RSP on Rakuten.

Am already eyeing a packet of diapers for Liam that I could redeem outright with my Rakuten Super Points accumulated from just buying CNY hampers :)

And you know what’s the crazy bit? I will still be getting more Rakuten Super Points redeeming stuff with my existing points! This is how shopping should be everywhere!

Even after I used my RSPs on the diapers, I can still earn 2.35 points or RM2.35 in store credit…it’s never going to finish haha. How amazing!

Or perhaps I could use the points to redeem 3 cartons of Coke Light for my CNY open house? 0.85 points times three that’s an additional RM2.55 worth of RSPs.

So many choices!

And another thing I love about Rakuten is that the merchants all offer very good delivery options at nominal pricing. Most give free delivery when you shop more than a certain amount. By always buying enough to get free delivery really helps me save a lot!!

So if you’re shopping on Rakuten too, do collate your purchases at one go. You may get free delivery and also get more Rakuten Super Points for more shoppping. Moreeeeeee moreee moreeeee.

That’s not all, Rakuten also gives out a coupon on every weekend for deals and discounts, so remember to check the website often. Especially on Saturdays and Sundays! You never know what kind of deals you might just be fortunate to encounter.

Also, if you’re a Mastercard holders, remember to set in your Calendar to shop on Wednesdays cause you get to enjoy an additional 5% discount!

What are you waiting for? Hop on to Rakuten now.

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7 Reasons why I love Sharp’s Mite Catcher

Today I am going to talk about one of my favourite electrical appliances – the Mite Catcher from Sharp.

Yes, it’s a vacuum cleaner that not only sucks up dusts and dirts but also kills bed mites!

Do you know that mites thrive in our tropical environment? They feed on dead skin cells and can live up to 2 months. 80% – 90% of mites live in beddings….so yeah, many of us are sleeping with these disgusting creatures every night!

Here are my 8 reasons why I love the Mite Catcher.

1. Long cable.

The first thing I noticed about the Mite Catcher is its long cable. This provides a lot of manoeuvrability as I could just plug it into any wallpoint and use it without having to think about cord extension.

2. Powerful suction.

Absolutely incredible. Because of its technology, it never loses suction power unlike conventional vacuum cleaners. It could suck up dusts and mites even if there’s another layer of fabric in the way. As you can see in the picture, I didn’t even know where those dusts come from, I simply ran it across my bed and it’s managed to suck up so much dirt. Ewwwww!

3. Ergonomic and light.

The handle is ergonomic and even after vacuum-ing two beds, I didn’t feel much strain on my hands. Weighing at only 2.7kg, the Mite Catcher is also light enough to be used on hanging curtains!

4. Sleek and beautiful design.

Safe to say that it’s the only vacuum cleaner that I have no problem displaying in full view. It’s such a beautiful design, almost a work of art. It also comes with a matching stand.

5. Easy to clean.

It’s really fool proof to dispose the dusts. Everything is clearly labelled and even without reading the instruction manual, I did not have problem figuring it out!

6. It really KILLS bed mites.

The Mite Catcher has a feature called Heat Cyclone which heats air up to 40-60 degrees celcius and blows it onto beddings to dislodge mites. Following, the centrifugal airflow sucks them out, killing 99.99% of mites! It also equipped with Plasmacluster technology which helps to remove unpleasant odour and bacterial in the bed.

It’s really the first of its kind!

7. Great for the family health

Since we got the Mite Catcher, I feel like our quality of life has improved tremendously. For one we don’t seem to sneeze so much anymore while in bed. I credit it to the amazing Mite Catcher.

Thanks to the Mite Catcher, now I have peace of mind everytime I go to sleep knowing my bed is free from nasty creatures.

If you’re interested in this product, they are a few roadshows that you might wanna visit:
Roadshow: Perfect Lifestyle
Date: 1st to 3rd Jan 2016
Venue: Mid Valley Exhibition Hall 2 Booth No. 2103
Dealer: Total Image Marketing

Roadshow: M Barter Fair
Date: 5th to 6th Jan 2016
Venue: Sunway Convention Centre
Dealer: Total Image Marketing

Let’s say goodbye to allergies and icky creepy crawlies now!

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