Nothing makes my Mondays happier than this! Who would expect a hand written note and complimentary tea samples from Gryphon Tea Company? ♥︎
I love tea. Everyone who knows me know that tea and I are inseparable.
So when I finally got tired of drinking the good ol’ Dilmah Rose and French Vanilla (20 tea bags for $6.95 at NTUC and Isetan) for the past two years, I was really happy to have found a new love in Gryphon’s Nymph of the Nile (20 tea bags for $20.95 at Cold Storage).
I mean – I was delighted but my wallet isn’t. Compared to $0.35 per cup of Dilmah’s, Gryphon cost me a whooping $1.05 each! Artisan tea why you so expensive?!
Anyway. With my 33 weeks pregnant, watermelon-sized belly, I was running out of my favourite tea at home and started to look at online shopping and home delivery options. My first stop was Redmart and while they have recently started carrying the more “up-class” range of Gryphon tea, I was disappointed that there are no bundle offers and it is sold at the same retail price. Not one to give up so easily, I googled and found that Gryphon has their own local online store!
Beaming with joy from ear to ear, I could hardly believe my luck when I saw that the Artisan Selections were priced only at S$16.60 per box and I could use discount codes to get 10% off too. There is a flat shipping fee of S$6 per order (expect delivery to your doorstep within 2-3 working days after your order is processed) but even with this added fee I got a pretty good deal out of it!
This mama is one happy camper
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
“Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves.” – Marcelene Cox
I haven’t been myself lately. I am extremely critical. I snap a lot. And my four year old bore the brunt of it. There was always a reason to get upset – he’s not eating fast enough, he wasn’t thoughtful enough, he criticised a friend from school, he wouldn’t stop chewing on his toothbrush, and so on.
Did I attempt to reason with logic? Yes.
Did I have to raise my voice? Probably not. And I feel terrible about it.
Just over the weekend while we were having lunch at a coffeeshop near home, an auntie sitting at the next table waved to me and asked how old was our kid. When I replied that Aidan is 4 this year, she said, “Your kid still young! You guys are really strict with him, you should go easy on him lah, he’s still learning!” Although I didn’t say so outwardly, I wasn’t happy about her uninvited comments and simply retorted with a weak smile. After all, she had only observed his behaviour for the span of her lunch – who is she to judge anyway?
These days when Aidan (occasionally) loses his temper around me, he sounds frighteningly like me. There would be epiphanic moments where I would realize – that’s what I would have said, that’s how I would have reacted!
I want to be a good mom and a role model for him to learn from. I never fail to tell him every day that he is loved, regardless. I apologise and dispense guilt-ridden cuddles when I know that I have hurt his feelings. I want to practice “positive parenting”, however lofty or overly ambitious that may sound. But losing it every so often is something I am not proud of – should I curtail the expectations I have of our four year old, or does the problem lie with what I expect
or lack thereof of myself?
When Amelie is born (just another few weeks now), how will I cope with a crying newborn, a testy four year old, and a hormonal exhausted self?
Remind to self:
- Pick my battles. AND BREATHE!
- Give myself a mommy time-out. Enlist help of patient, loving husband.
- Be good to one self – indulge in tea and ice cream… No guilt needed.
- Look at younger photos of my kid and fawn over his innocence and adorable cheeks ♥︎
Factor in growing family with a new beagle puppy and baby #2 due in September, it was hard to say no to the convenience
plus liability of a vehicle. Sgcarmart was our best friend for a couple of weeks. We spent day and night scouting for the *perfect* family car, considering looks, mileage, price tag, and we also went for a test drive which I must stress is incredibly important. How else would you know if there’s chemistry between the driver and the car?!
So, we bought it. A pre-loved, 5 year old Citroen C4 which we have fondly named Smokey because of its lovely dark grey color. Did I mention that the interior leather seats are a beautiful caramel brown? The sunroof was a bonus!
The car handover transaction went well – We did our research on what to do and what to look out for when shopping for a second hand car, and I have compiled a buyer’s checklist for this specific purpose.
So we used the car regularly for a while and everything was peachy. ALMOST.
Just past the first week the car suddenly refused to start. Sputtering engine. Weird crackling noises. Flickering dashboard. Turned out that the battery was a goner! I guess it’s just our luck – not really the seller’s fault, as the last changed date indicated on the dead battery showed that it has not been changed for over 2 years, which I believe is its average lifespan. Cost us $200+ for a tow service and battery replacement at the auto workshop.
Fast forward a few days later… The glove box handle broke. Grr. And after shining a torchlight to try to pry it open, it was obvious from old pry marks that this is not the first time the glove box compartment had issues.
Although we managed to pry it open, because the handle actually broke off this meant that the glove box would not stay closed. An open glove box while the car is in use = automatic lights remain on.
That was a MAJOR pain in the ass!
So we got an IKEA lint roller and shoved its blue handle into the offending orifice and ta-dah! Glove box stays closed despite looking fairly obscene. Of course, this is only a temporary solution. I’m not spending another few hundred bucks to change out the entire glove box, so I got a stainless steel handle replacement at S$60 odd from Ebay.
Apparently the fragile handle is a known issue with Citroen C4 (2004-2010), and there are companies in the UK that cash in on these automobile vulnerabilities to make “improved” replacements to fix these annoying issues with a little bit of DIY. I hope it arrives soon so I can make better use of my lint roller!
Did I also mention that my favourite jazz CD is stuck in the music player and refuse to be ejected? Haven’t got time to fix that yet!
Not too bad eh?! 😀
Recipe adapted from Domestic Goddess Wannabe