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Running again, but this post really should be called ‘I Need Your Money’

June 3, 2015

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you might already know that I.never. run.

Not for 2.4 km for NAPFA. Not for cross country. Not for the bus.

But I finally did so last year to challenge myself at the Great Eastern Women’s Run. I did 5km – something I have never done my whole life – as a beginner runner. It was also known as I had better get my a** off and start exercising because the cholesterol level has reached the sky.

This year, I’ve been invited to run AGAIN.

And this time, I am doing it for charity as one of the OSIM Sundown Marathon‘s Ambassadors.

Can I tell you a little bit more about the charity part? I agreed to come onboard as ambassador  because all of us get to pick a charity of our choice and a platform to canvass for donations via GIVEasia.

I’ve chosen Sanctuary House, a lesser known non-profit organisation that has been providing foster care to children deprived of family care for various social reasons, and providing support to families where children are at risk of being separated from their families since 2005.

The organisation’s mission is to help children achieve safe, loving and stable care environments that will support their growth into healthy, caring and responsible members of the community.

And my mission is to get you, yes, YOU, if you are reading this to give them a little of what you have so that the organisation can continue to support children to give them what they should have. Any amount is a good amount – as long we give that amount away.

What does your money do? Your support helps give a child a semblance of a healthy, loving family environment. In foster care, the children are placed with foster families who are able to provide them with all the essentials a child requires, and much more. Sanctuary House works with community partners to ensure that the family of origin is receiving the help they need to get back on their feet.

So how can you give?

My platform on the OSIM Sundown Marathon 2015 is here at Sundown with Love. Scroll to Elizabeth Kao and make your contributions to Sanctuary House. Or you can click the link here:

http://www.giveasia.org/movement/sundown_with_love_elizabeth_for_sanctuary_house

Please donate generously. I promise I will run promisingly.

In fact, I’ve dragged the husband and Ben along. It would be great fun to watch the sun go down as we run on 4 July 2015.

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All this blog's PR Stuff Motherkao loves... Product Reviews Reviews The Kao Kids Uncategorized

Pretty, sticky and lasting [Stickerkid review]

May 22, 2014

The kids’ personalised stickers which I got from those push cart stalls in the mall have been failing me. These days, we can’t even recognise what’s being printed on the labels. Thankfully, they are at the age where they are indicating their preferences more strongly than ever, so we know what belongs to who by colour and design preferences, like their water bottles. The confusion begins when things are identical, like school bags, uniforms and colour pencils.

The label that failed me, which also means a waste of money

The label that failed me, which also means a waste of money

And it’s as if Stickerkid picked up my distress signal, and offered to send some personalised labels my way for the Kao kids.

Stickerkid is an online store that designs and produces high quality Swiss-made personalised labels from stickers for belongings and identification bracelets to photo name labels. The company was founded in 2004 and has printed millions of premium quality labels for thousands of parents and their children all over the world. We were really blessed to be given a fully sponsored code to customise a one-line personalised label for our belongings, as well as iron-ons for all the three kids.

It didn’t take us long to go online and choose the colours and fonts that we wanted, and the kids each had a say of their labels’ font colour and background colour.

The kids took turns to sit in front of my lap top to personalise their sticker labels

The kids took turns to sit in front of my lap top to personalise their sticker labels

And when they arrived in the mail two weeks ago, they were thrilled! Immediately, they started labelling their favourite things…

60 small stickers for each Kao kid from Stickerkid!

60 small stickers for each Kao kid from Stickerkid!

"Hands off, these are mine!": I am echoing the sentiments of these kids here

“Hands off, these are mine!”: I am echoing the sentiments of these kids here

And I took it upon myself to label their identical looking pencils to prevent more fights from breaking out…

Identical things like these MUST be labelled in this house so that a war doesn't break out

Identical things like these MUST be labelled in this house so that a war doesn’t break out

As well as rid their water bottles of their previous useless labels and putting on new ones.

The kids chose their favourite colours for their labels which incidentally are the same colours of their water bottles!

The kids chose their favourite colours for their labels which incidentally are the same colours as their water bottles!

Clearly, the biggest difference between those roadside-pushcart-pseudo-Disney name labels and those from Stickerkid is the fact that the quality of the stickers really IS better. I hear these stickers survive the microwave, the dishwasher, water, sun and sand. I’ve waited two weeks to write this review to see if the labels would fade and drop off from the kids’ water bottles that go through a good deal of scrubbing once a day, and I am pleased to say that they haven’t! I also stuck them on fabric (the kids’ school bags) and the labels have stayed there since the day I pasted them on.

I stuck the labels on the kids' school bag made of tough fabric and the adhesive in each label is amazingly strong

I stuck the labels on the kids’ school bag made of tough fabric and the adhesive in each label is amazingly strong

And although their iron-on labels for clothes may not be the prettiest, they apparently are made to last for a really long time – as long as at least 45 washings in 60ºC. With these labels ironed on, I no longer have to spend time squinting at faded size tags at the back of their PE t-shirts (Becks is S and Ben is M) when I get them ready for school. Any time saved is good time saved, I say.

What a relief to have these !

What a relief to have these !

I’m really happy to have Stickerkids help personalise the kids’ stuff. Their labels are extremely affordable and value for money, and saves me time and prevents fights. These little stickers are really something.

Thank you, Stickerkid, for sending these goodies our way and making the Kao kids really happy with these pretty things!

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If you’d like to check out Stickerkid and see for yourself how good their labels are, you can get a 10% discount by quoting the discount code MotherKao2014 when you check out! This promotion for Motherkao readers is valid till 30 June 2014.

Disclosure: Motherkao received no monetary compensation for this review. The labels (3 sets of small stickers and 3 sets of iron-ons) were sponsored, courtesy of Stickerkids. All opinions here are my own. 


				
					
				
		
				
												
	
The darndest kid quotes and antics Uncategorized

Little Miss B strikes again

April 4, 2013

On the bus one day on our way to kindy…

Becks: (singing) Cop the Builder… yea yea yea… Cop the Builder…

Preschooler boy seated in front: (singing louder) Bob the Builder, can we fix it! Bob the Builder, yes we can! Bob the builder, can we fix it… Bob the Builder….

Becks: Mama, I’m singing…

Me: Yes, I know.

Becks: But the boy is also singing.

Me: But well, he’s singing the right thing, my dear.

Becks: HEY YOU! COPYBOY!

Me: *facepalm*

 

Someday, I’ll be different, Mom.

Becks: When I grow up to be a boy, I’ll do what kor kor do. I can pass urine like him.

Me: WHAT???

Becks: I SAID, I will be a boy WHEN I GROW UP! Then I can stand up to pass urine!

Me: The truth is, you’ll grow up to be a lady. You will not be a boy. And you will NOT stand up to pass urine.

Becks: Then I don’t friend you.

Me: ???

*For the record, my little girl refuses to squat to pee. She stands up to do it (while in the shower) and I caught her trying to use the urinal yesterday.

 

Please be ladylike

Me: Goodnight, Becks. Close your eyes and sleep.

Becks: Goodnight, Mama. Ok, Mama.

Me: What are you doing? I said close your eyes and sleep. Why are you lifting up your shirt?

Becks: (inaudible babble)

Me: You’re a lady for crying out loud. How many times have I told you not to lift up your shirt?

Becks: Shhh! I’m feeding my babies la!!

Me: *facepalm*

 

Little Miss B strikes again