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Nov
3
2016

Gardening with Ayden: DIY Calcium Powder

Our costs of living is getting higher. It is advisable to grow our own food where possible. I grow spinach, tomatoes, brinjals, ladies fingers, red beans and even corns for our consumption. These are all grown in pots as I don’t have much land at home. To ensure good harvest especially when you are growing fruiting plants such as tomatoes, brinjals, ladies fingers and corns, you need to make sure the soil is fertile and […]

Oct
31
2016

Art time with Ayden: Sponge Painting

Koi fish painting

Just the other day I shared the benefits of stamping for toddlers. In case you missed it, you may read all about it here. Today, we explore further on stamping with a new paint tool – sponge. Ayden loves Koi fish so I thought let’s make today’s art activity more interesting by letting him paint his very own koi fish. I did this same art activity with big brother Ethan back in 2012 when he […]

Oct
25
2016

Art time with Ayden : Why Stamping is important for young children

stamping-activity

Ayden is 3 years old. It is important to work on his soft motor skills. At this age, I pay more attention to his finger muscles and hand strengthening as it is crucial in helping him to hold the pencil when he starts going to school. Stamping is one of the best activity to work those finger muscles as he will be utilising all four fingers and his thumb to hold the stamp. It helps in […]

Apr
19
2016

Art & Craft: Torn Paper Apple Art for Kids

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The weather is horrible these days. It is scorching hot in the mornings and early evenings and then it rains in the evenings causing the boys to be trapped at home. No fret though as that only means more time for art and craft! Today the boys had fun making torn paper art. The materials needed are: 1 piece red construction paper 1 piece white paper A pair of scissors A marker pen Glue *Edible […]

Jan
27
2016

CNY DIY Angpow Fish

Today’s Chinese New Year Angpow decor is a remake of the classic Red Packet Fish Ornament but we added additional tail to it, making it more beautiful :) Chinese New Year Red Packet Fish Ornament We’ll need an angpow with beautiful prints on it.  Cut it into a square. Turn it over and draw lines as shown above.  Cut along the lines.  We’ll need another angpow with different print or color for the tail.  Attach […]

May
15
2015

DIY Wrapping Paper

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Ethan will be celebrating Teacher’s Day in school today. He had no time to get gifts for his teachers so I helped him buy but I forgotten to get wrapping papers. I only realized we are out of wrapping paper after dinner and it is already too late to go out already. How? We made our own wrapping paper. First, I cut a heart shape from a piece of paper.  Then I placed another piece […]

Apr
25
2015

Homemade Red Bean Popsicle

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It’s time to make popsicles again and this time, we are making red bean popsicle. Growing up, my favourite ais krim potong flavours are kacang merah, durian and jagung. I also like cendol and yam. I have tried making sweet corn popsicle and it turned out really well. You can refer to my popsicle posts here: http://www.submerryn.com/2015/06/easy-homemade-frozen-popsicles-recipe.html Let’s start with our red bean popsicle now. First, we need to make red bean paste.  But before […]

Apr
8
2015

Homemade Sweet Corn Ice Popsicle

homemade sweet corn popsicle

After my first attempt of making the highly successful and delicious banana chocolate ice popsicle that is a huge hit with the kids, I am more confident to try on other healthy treats. Since the kids love corn, I thought of making sweet corn ice popsicle as we always buy sweet corn ais krim potong.  Ingredients needed are just a cob of sweet corn, a glass of fresh milk, a teaspoon of sugar and a […]

Apr
2
2015

Homemade Banana Chocolate Ice Popsicle

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Went back to my in-law’s place last weekend and got a whole lot of ripe bananas. Would be so awesome if I can bake banana cake with these but my oven is still not working so I have to think of other ways to quickly use them up. Ripe bananas that will bruise the next day. Must eat them up quickly! Let’s make a healthy ice treat.  I took two, strip them naked and placed […]

Feb
18
2015

Easy DIY Yogurt Ice Lollies for kids

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Chinese New Year is just a day away. What that means is hot, hot days are waiting for us. I know every year at my in-law’s place, Ethan and I will keep eating ice-cream to cool us down as it can be pretty hot over there. This year, I am well prepared. Since we will be eating ice-cream like twice a day, I better make sure we eat something ‘healthier’ as I know Ayden will want […]

Feb
15
2015

Door Insulating DIY

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Since Darling was bitten by a centipede in our bedroom a couple of nights ago, I’ve been a little paranoid. I can’t sleep at night fearing another creepy crawly might climb up our bed. So when we went shopping today the first place I go is to Daiso to look for insulating tape for doors.  Thank goodness they have lots of it. RM5 for each strip of door insulating tape. I bought two first as […]

Jan
27
2015

12-pcs CNY Angpow Lantern

DIY CNY Angpow lantern tutorial 1

You may want to make this beautiful flower lantern.. But you’ll need a whopping 60 pieces of angpow packets for that! Or you may want to make this equally gorgeous ball lantern… But you’ll still need 30 pieces of angpow packets for that! What if you only have 12 pieces of angpow to spare? Fret not for you can still make this: 12-pcs Angpow Lantern All you need is only 12 pieces of angpow packets […]

Jan
1
2015

Ang Pow Fish Lantern

angpow fish

I’ve got many requests for this Ang Pow Fish Lantern. I’m not too sure why when there are many more other beautiful lanterns that we can do. Maybe because it is a fish and Chinese people like fish? Makes sense? No? Nevermind. Whatever the reason, it is very simple to make this. So fish it is.  Ang Pow Fish Lantern You will need 18 ang pow wrappers for this. Ang means red. You do not necessarily […]

Dec
29
2014

Chinese New Year Angpow Lantern

Angpow lantern diy tutorial

It’s time to dig out your ang pow packets and make Chinese New Year decorations again because before you know it, Chinese New Year will appear right in front of you :) Though I’ve always used only angpow packets for my decorations, today’s decor requires one additional item though. We’ll need toilet paper rolls to make this lantern.  Ang pow lantern I used big toilet paper rolls instead of the normal small ones as this […]

Feb
18
2014

How To Fold The Korean Lamb Head Towel (Jjimjilbang)

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I tell you one thing. When I first saw a friend folding this towel for her baby, I have no idea that this is the famous lamb head towels that you see in Korean drama series. My idea of Korea is Psy’s Gangnam Style. That’s it. Only that. I’m not a K-pop fan or anything so you can understand my lack of intelligence in regards to that part of the world. But now I understand […]

Aug
27
2013

How to replace wallpaper border

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You know we are busy spring cleaning our house right? Just the other day I gave my old side table a brand new look. Read all about it here. Last weekend, we peeled all our old wallpaper borders and replaced them with new ones. Ethan helped me this time.  This border is like more than a decade old, peeling off on its own already so we have to replace it.  Wipe the wall clean before […]

Aug
22
2013

Giving an old table a new look

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I’ve been doing some spring cleaning at home for the past several weeks. Yeah, I’ve not really been cleaning my house for ages! I saw this poor ugly table at a corner; full of dust and cobwebs. I’ve had this little side table since college if I’m not mistaken.  It is so ugly now that I gave it a wipe and paint all over it except the bottom part, knowing that no one will be […]

Aug
1
2013

DIY Handphone Charger Holder

DIY Handphone Charger Holder_1

How many of you charges your handphone this way and worry that some elephant might stomp on it when you are not watching?  I used to do it this way until that day when I saw a genius creation of a handphone charger holder being made out of plastic shampoo container being shared on Facebook.  Well, I don’t think I can even cut a shampoo container so I decided to make do with a milk […]

Jun
21
2013

DIY Self-watering Container

self watering pot

I love gardening but since I had Ethan, I’ve not been able to do that much. As Ethan grows older, I thought I can start gardening again but our schedule became so tight that we don’t even have time to care for our plants and eventually they all dried up and die :( A couple of months ago I saw a post on self watering container on Facebook. I glanced through it and never thought […]

May
30
2013

Papier Mache Aeroplane Pencil Case

Bottle Pencil Case

Ethan came home from Kindergarten one day telling me that his friend has this super cool pencil case that can store BOTH pencils and colour pencils. He asked me if we can get something similar for him and I said, we’ll see.. Last weekend when I was in Malacca, my eldest aunt told me about her love for papier mache. She told me how she made many papier mache coin boxes and sold them when […]

Feb
3
2013

Angpow lanterns and CNY craft collections

Lantern collections

Here’s a collection of our past angpow lanterns and Chinese New Year crafts.  Angpow Koi Fish We received endless request for the angpow koi fish template.  Click here for the full tutorial. The good news is we have finally uploaded the template below and also in our original post.    Just click, save and print it and trace it onto your angpow packets.  Angpow Lucky Star Lantern Click here for the full tutorial. Angpow Ball […]

Jan
31
2013

Angpow lantern making demo on RTM2

Angpow fish lantern

Hello to our lovely readers! If you’ve been following me on my Facebook Page you’ll know that I’ll be appearing on “Hello on Two” RTM2 this 4th February 2013 at 7am. I’ll be demonstrating how to make AngPow lanterns and I need your kind opinion which of these following 3 lanterns I should demo.  1) Angpow Flower Lantern 2) Angpow Ball Lantern 3) Angpow Fish Lantern Can help me choose? Thank you very much! :D

Jan
23
2013

How to remove wallpaper

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The first time we replaced the wallpaper in our house, we let the wallpaper people do the removing of the old wall coverings. It cost us at least RM10/roll just for removing. Imagine how much we had to pay as the entire house uses rolls and rolls of wallpaper. We were not aware that removing old wallpaper can be so easy!  This time around, when we were planning to replace our wallpaper yet again, we […]

Jan
10
2013

Angpow Flower Lantern

AngPow Flower Lantern

I missed making lanterns so I’m not making another snake today but this Chinese New Year flower lantern instead.  Angpow flower lantern We’ll need 60 pieces of square angpows. It is getting rather difficult to get square red packets these days as the ones I got are mostly rectangular ones and these are my final 60 square ones :( Fold half and fold the flip down. Staple. Repeat this steps for the entire 60 angpows.  […]

Jan
4
2013

Chinese Zodiac Snake Angbao decor

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Chinese New Year is around the corner (seriously?) and this year we’ll be ushering the slithering SNAKE! Let’s make a cute little snake today shall we?  DIY Ang Pow SNAKE Cut open an angpow. Remove excess edges to form a clean square.  Fold both ends into the middle and fold again.  Fold the flip down, open and fold the other one up. This is just to create the crease.  You’ll get these lines as shown […]

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