5 Healthier And Meaningful Christmas Gift Ideas

How amazing time flies, we are already at the tail-end of 2016 and Christmas is just about 2 weeks away. Very soon, we will have Chinese New Year in Jan 2017. Wow! Wow! Wow! That's a lot of feasting, if you are still not aware. If you are looking at healthier and meaningful gifts to give to your loved ones, I have 5 suggestions for you!

1. Dr. Bronner's Products
If you are thinking of what to give to ladies and the health-conscious, here's a good choice for your consideration. Dr. Bronner's range of skin and body care will fit your pocket and your loved ones/friends' lifestyle neatly. Here's my reviews on the product range: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap and Dr. Bronner's new range. What's more! From now till end of this year, you get 15% off using this promo code "NaturesGloryDB" on Nature’s Glory online or retail shop and follow Nature's Glory on Facebookwith no minimum purchase! And, you will receive a free bottle of Dr. Bronner's Cherry Blossom Castile Soap 8oz worth S$11.90 when you purchase S$100 or more on Dr. Bronner's products. While stocks last! Yipee!

2. PRIMERO ErgoSilver Laptop Stand
Taking care of our posture is so important yet often neglected until pain occurs. Consider being more pro-active in taking care of yourselves and your loved ones, get all of them suitable laptop stands! I'm sure your loved ones will be most appreciative! Remember to use this promo code: "primerostands" to enjoy 10% off!

3. Garden Picks Nuts and Dried Fruits
Fancy healthy snacks? Consider getting nuts and dried fruits from Garden Picks! With just a minimum purchase of $50, you get all the lovely nuts and dried fruits delivered to your doorstep! They have lovely Christmas gift baskets and platters and the 3 packets for $10 is simply irresistible! Garden Picks certainly makes handy Christmas gifts for basically anyone! From now till end of the year, they have a kiosk at Raffles Xchange. If you work in Raffles Place, do pop by and pick your choice gifts!

4. Alfero Gelato
We all know it is not-so-nice to attend a Christmas party empty-handed. How about getting a guilt-free desserts instead? Alfero Gelato is our favourite brand of gelato. It is made from free range fresh milk, egg yolks, fresh fruits with no artificial colourings and preservatives. Every mouthful of Alfero Gelato is rich, creamy and flavourful. You can imagine how much the host (and other guests) would adore you when you bring this desserts over for the party!

Alfero Gelato has takeaway which make it easy for you to bring to your Christmas party. Packaging starts from 400g at $15 and 500g at $18 to 1kg at $35.

5. Safari Zoo Run
Okay, all feasting and partying means possible weight gain. Time for exercise, may be? How about signing up your loved ones and friends (not neglecting signing yourselves up as well) for a meaning Safari Zoo RunThe Safari Zoo Run was conceived to commemorate Singapore Zoo’s famous matriarch and one of Singapore’s most loved animal personalities —Ah Meng the Sumatran orangutan, who died of old age in February 2008.The objectives of this run are to encourage family bonding and raise awareness on wildlife conservation.

You can choose to run 2.5km, 5.5km or 10km and it is for children of 4 up to adults of any age! From now till 9 Dec 2016, you will enjoy early bird prices. On top of that, you will get another 10% off when you use this promo code:  SZR2017BGPBKWORM10. Let's start planning for some exercise after the festive season!

Well, that's wrap for healthier and meaningful Christmas gift ideas! I hope you will like the choices presented. Stay healthy!

Early Math Matters

[Media Invite]

I believe in setting the foundation during pre-school days before formal education in primary school starts. There have been a lot of expectation built in in primary one, especially in more popular schools, although the ministry is trying hard to deny that. Only parents who have their children already in primary school will understand that.

NeuroMath, which focuses on primary and secondary math recognises that too. So the founder decided to set up a math-centric enrichment centre - Early Math Matters, to help children build their foundation right. I was invited to their grand opening in early December.

You don't need to be an architect to know. When the foundation is good, many challenging stuff can be built on it. It is the same for education. When the foundation is good, children will struggle less learning more challenging stuffs as they progress in primary school education.

In Early Math Matters, the class size is small, and each class has 2 teachers. This helps the teachers to attend to the needs of the pre-schoolers better. Young children can't sit for long, so Early Math Matters do not just keep drilling them on worksheets, they have activities to cater for kinesthetic needs as well.

I was not allowed to take photos of the content of the worksheets but I did take a peep. The worksheets are colourful and interesting, a well-balance amount that shouldn't bore the kids yet effective in getting them to practise what they need to learn. 2 thumbs up!

Early Math Matters even set aside a room for Virtual Reality (VR) in attempt to help the children with understanding complex subjects/theories/concepts and a hands-on approach in aiding with learning and retention. You can read more about the benefits of VR here.

With Norman Tien, the founder of Early Math Matters and NeuroMath

Early Math Matters offers non-obligatory one-time trial for all students. It is an excellent way to try out an enrichment centre to see if it suits your children's needs. If you are looking for Math enrichment classes for your pre-schoolers, do give them a call to check it out.

Early Math Matters

Dr. Bronner's New Range Of Organic Skin and Body Care

[Product Review]

After being introduced to Dr. Bronner’s magic liquid soap distributed by Nature’s Glory April this year, we have been using it since. I love how harmless it is to our body yet effective in cleaning. Needless to say, my bathroom is now less clutter and my kitchen neater because of this magical 18-in-1 liquid soap.

There are also a few readers, after reading my review, feedback that they love this brand too. Alas! Except for one issue – the lack of pump. You see, Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap does not come with pump. You’ll need to dilute the soap your own, buy (or reuse) your own pump bottle, transfer the liquid, then you use it. We are so used to pumping liquid soap straight from bottles so we do find such steps a hassle. Yea, saving of micro seconds counts too. And the good news is: we now can pump straight from the bottle. Introducing to you ~

Dr. Bronner’s Organic Pump Soaps
(12oz $16.90 | 24oz $29.90)

This Organic Pump Soaps a rich caramel color and sweet scent. The sugar combines with organic white grape juice to keep our skin nourished, hydrated and smooth. The organic coconut-olive hemp oils blend for a creamy castile lather. They are available in Unscented Baby Mild, Peppermint, Lavender, Tea Tree and Lemongrass Lime flavors. I have tried the Tea Tree. The Organic Pump Soaps are convenient and you could use it for washing hands, face and body.

After a good organic shower, it is important to moisture your skin. Let this moisturizes your skin.  

Dr. Bronner’s Organic Hand & Body Lotion
(8oz $17.50)

It nourishes and hydrates our skin with good ingredients like organic jojoba oil to heal and soothe, organic coconut oil to moisturize, organic hemp and avocado oils to keep our skin smooth and supple. It is good for most skin types, sensitive-dry-rough-or combination. It is heartening to know, only organicessential oils are used for fragrance. It is available in Orange Lavender, Peppermint, Lavender Coconut, Patchouli Lime flavors. I opted for the Lavender Coconut because anything coconut rocks me.

It is gentle enough to be used anywhere — hands, face or body. This lotion is highly emollient, so you only need a small amount. Weput it on right out of the shower, before skin dries. Just a few squirts will cover the whole body and it absorbs quickly into skin, nourishes and moisturizes it organically. Oh, you can be sure, you can use this on your babies too!

Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 soap can be used to brush teeth too. But if you prefer to use proper toothpaste (we are brought up using toothpaste, I can totally understand), Dr. Bronner’s now has the 

All-One Toothpaste
140g $11.90

We have ditched fluoride-based toothpaste long ago, and I am happy to try on Dr. Bronner’s  All-One toothpaste. This low-foaming formula has no synthetic detergent foaming agents, is fluoride-free, vegan and cruelty-free, with no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners, and made with 70% organic ingredients. This simple yet effective toothpaste stimulates mouth, teeth, gums and tongue, leaving them fresh and clean. Did I say it helps to whiten our teeth? I think most adults will be overjoy to hear that. Me no less! It is also made in a 100% recyclable box and tube, and it is available in Peppermint, Cinnamon and Anise flavors.

If you have kids, you are likely to carry hand sanitizer with you all-the-time. I am no difference, even though my boy is already 10. But he is a boy, boys are boys, hygiene is the least concern in their mind! I am glad to have another organic brand on hand for AJ to use.

Dr. Bronner’s Hand Sanitizer
2oz $7.95

This Organic Hand Sanitizer kills germs with a simple formula: organic ethyl alcohol, water, organic lavender oil, and organic glycerin - that’s it! None of the nasty chemicals you find in conventional sanitizers, but just as effective. It is perfect for using on the go, on your little ones’ sticky hands and faces, even as an air freshener or deodorant. It is available in Lavender flavor.

All of the above Dr. Bronner’s products are available in major supermarkets and Nature’s Glory. Nature’s Glory is a one-stop retail shop for all organic food, supplements and toiletries. You may visit their brick and mortar outlet in Outram or shop online (free delivery $150 up).

From now till 31 Dec 2016, you may

  1. Use this Promo Code "NaturesGloryDB" on Nature’s Glory online or retail shop and follow Nature's Glory on Facebook.
  2. Once you have done Step (1), you will enjoy 15% off any Dr. Bronner's products, with no minimum purchase.
  3. You will receive a free bottle of Dr. Bronner's Cherry Blossom Castile Soap 8oz worth S$11.90 when you purchase S$100 or more on Dr. Bronner's products. 

While stocks last! Yipee! Let's start a clean 2017!

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