For the first two years of JH’s life, we’d been using a boxy diaper bag from simple dimple. After that it had been shoved inside the closet until recently when we took Junna out for her first outing. I find out it’s been rather bulky and a little inconvenient to retrieve things when we’re on the go. Therefore, I’d decided to change it while custom suite it to both of my kids – a newborn and a going-to-be 4 preschooler (while keeping it simplified).
The bag itself was a gift during Junna’s Fullmoon. It’s spacious, waterproof and has a just the right amount of pocket space. I have strip the content itself to bare minimum, keeping all items useful, small and portable, while accommodating the essentials for JN, JH and myself.
- Disposable diapers, Nappy Liners, Wet wipes, Milk dispenser, milk bottle and a hot flask, Changing pad (*I’ve forgot to include her pacifier, which she desperately needs when she’s going to sleep)
For ‘Just-in-case’s’ extras
- Onesie, Mittens, Cloth napkins, Muslin cloths, Pacifier, Sanitizer, Tissues, Hankies (washcloth), Disposable plastic bags (for dirty diapers)
- A (small) toy car, sketch book, activity books with some stationary, Mosquito repellent spray
Just my purse, phone, house & car keys, which I tucked at the side so that I wouldn’t fumble looking for it.
I’ve packed & organised the contents into pouches and zipped lock bags so that 1) It wouldn’t get dirty if unused; 2) makes its easier to retrieve thing rather than having everything floating around; 3) to removed the stuff conveniently if I’m going out with just 1 kid.
For me and for now, I find with fewer things make the outing more manageable & comfortable… After all, we just want to cut down unnecessary stress when going out with 2 kids!
This new mobile phone… because when I ask him why he’d buy me a new phone, he said it’s tradition for my birth gift (he bought me this phone when I gave birth to JH).
This portable speakers… because we’d been dying to replace the bulky and faulty one for the longest time, we finally stumble upon this stunning, compact and so retro-looking that comes with an array of connectivity options. Plus, the cherry oak wood texture matches with our floorboards!
This breast pump that hubbs and I went hunting around… because I’m determine to try harder this time.
This adorable gift with an adorable gift box… because it’s from my ex-boss. I’m beyond touched.
…And of course… this little bud that I’m falling in love with, more and more each day!
Simplicity, no-frills approach is what I crave for these days. Muji’s Water Resistance Cotton Tote in navy.
We’ve recently moved to our new home and along the way we’ve since started to declutter our space as we thrive towards minimalist lifestyle. As we prepare for baby no.2’s arrival, I’m starting to organise the kids closets & storage, donating the extra hand-me-downs and toys to family and friends. It’s strange, but I get more excited when I start getting rid of things rather then buying things.
I’m so blessed that hubbs and I share the same mindset when it comes to the idea of having smaller closet, lesser storage and frugal material possession. Together, we’ve grown and learned to make wise decision through ‘buying less by buying better’. Amongst our top to go retailers are: IKEA, MUJI, UNIQLO. These platforms provide us with basic, classic versatile pieces when it to furniture, homewares and garments. And indeed, our happiness blossom bit by bit once we got rid of the unnecessary stuff, and the stressors that comes with it.
I’ll always remember Graham Hill‘s quote: “My space is small. My life is big.”
…this box of books, because it’s JH’s current favourite and he can read up to level 2!
…this multipurpose clear, because this beauty is truly a beast!
…these maternity cloths from H&M, because I didn’t know how comfortable & stylish they are!
…this crib, because soon JH will need to migrate to a bigger bed to make way for his little sister.
…this wooden floor, because we’ve been doing lots lego building, pre-school learning materials with JH here, thanks to that unfortunate event.
As I’m creeping towards my late 20s, I notice that I had cut down my skincare regime and beauty products immensely. Just last week, hubbs made me threw away make up that I had own since my Uni years. Most of them were quite worn out and were just sitting there in the dresser. These days, I yearn for organic and multi function skincare, as well as fuss-free, simple make up look. Occasionally I would put on heavy make up for functions and events, however on normal days, I prefers to keep my appearance as natural as possible. I wasn’t always this way though, during my college and Uni years, I had lots of fondness towards make up, intrigue with things like bronzer, stick foundation, liquid illumination or elaborated brow kit.
10 years out, I still use make up, however I’ve become pickier about what I put on my face, as well as the preference to simplify the process, after all I believe that natural is beauty. As I grow older and more mature, my desire to live long healthy life triumphs vanity. In my quest towards minimalist and sustainable living, I hate to accumulate too much make up or skincare which will eventually cease its expiry dates. I’m glad that my dresser now contains the below collection that I’m pretty contented with.
These precious artwork… because I know my baby’s learning new things everyday.
These sachets, because it detox all that junk that I take the day before, and it its refreshingly to have in the morning before I start work.
These chunky sticks, because it’s quick & easy to apply on my morning rush, while giving me me a polished look.
This book, because I can relate to my own working attitude and ethics.
This huge tote, because I can dump almost anything into it: milk bottle, snacks, documents, miniature & (big) machinery toy car, detail drawings and etc.
This ipad casing, because we got it dirt cheap at a local stall and it made our Ipad more travelling friendly.
My short hair… because it uses less shampoo and it dries faster.
Healthy eating regime – this includes a handful of vege & fruits intake.
This foundation… because I had not been using foundation for a long time, forgot how it can do magic to my skin.
This new addition to my collection… because I love Richard Templer’s book.
This emblem…. because my baby’s growing up.
These cotton pants… because they’re so comfy!
These rye crispbread… which goes so well with cream cheese, cheedar & slice of tomatoes!
This electrical lunch box of mine… because fresh cooked rice is so much better than the heated ones from the microwave, its oh-so-healthy.
Our weekend walk…. rain or shine.
& of course, this new pose of drinking milk….
This rosehip oil… I had been using this for 6 months now, and the results are amazing. Fully imported from NZ, this little jar can go a long way. Just 2-3 drops every night, I had been pimple-less for quite some time now. I usually don’t wear make up during the weekend, so this is perfect for mummies who’s always on the go.
These rice cakes… This used to be my boys’ favourite, but one late night, when I was working on my thesis, I went back to the pantry and reach for this. It just taste so bland yet so yummy, not to mention, it fills your stomach too! A perfect one to add into your diet list.
This laptop fan-cooling thingy… Hubbs bought this for me as a Vday gift. At first, I was a little skeptical, but hours into using this, I changed my mind. This thing is amazing! It doesn’t just give height for my laptop (minimize strain on the neck), but it has a mini a/c that do a good job in cooling the keyboard surface (typing has never been more comfortable, not to mention the sweaty palms).
This cereal… Although a lil’ pricey, I loved this cereal! I had only tasted fruit, nut and fibre muesli and it’s just so addictive! Every time I ran out of bread, this is my go-to breakfast. Guess what, baby Ju loves it too!
This water base CC Cream… Simply because it made your face looks oh-so-natural, and it’s so light you don’t even feel you put anything on. Got this from hubbie who ask a friend to help brought this when he went to Korea. Isn’t he lovely?
This pair of jammies…. Simply because I’m a sucker for cute pajamas, especially those who made your kid looks like an elf. I bought another pair at Tesco.