Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

We took a spontaneous trip to Strasbourg, France last Saturday.

I was complaining to the hub that I was so bored out of my mind! Stuttgart is a small city and the foodie in me was so "sian" (bored) of the restaurant options here. The rainy and unpredictable weather has had us stuck at home way too often and I simply needed a change in scenery.

Seeing that it was my hub's birthday on the 9th of May and Mother's Day the next day, we decided to just whinge it and lug 3 kids with us for a daytrip to France!

And oh boy! Were we SO happy we did it! Our maiden road trip as a family of 5! It turned out much better than we had feared. 3 out of 5 of us slept on the way there, so the journey felt much shorter!

We managed to make it for our usual salmon sashimi and grilled yakitori lunch, walk around the old city centre, indulge in the ever-famous Gelato ice-cream aaaaannnd.....

I did some retail therapy at NAF NAF!

Honestly guys, my eyes almost popped out of its sockets when I entered that store! I felt like Alice in Wonderland! All those spring colours! All those floral dresses! All that French fashion! Gosh!

Even Gabriel asked me, "Wow Mummy, are you a Princess?"

I felt bad making my 4 guys wait for me while I tried on dress after dress and outfit after outfit! But, I so needed it!

I think it's an occupational hazard when you have 3 boys. You end up shopping only for boys' clothes. And as a woman, its hard for your eyes to only shop for guys' clothes. I felt starved of beautiful fashion, you know what I mean? I won't consider myself fashion-conscious but I didn't realize how much I missed women fashion until I started shopping for myself again!

There is just sooo much more variety! And ohhhh the colours! And all those floral prints that you'd never see on boys' clothes.

Funnily-enough, as if to make me feel better, the heavens opened and it poured like crazy while we were at Naf Naf. I kid you not. It rained cats and dogs! So we were stuck at the store anyway!

I could actually shop in peace without feeling too guilty! The baby was pretty cooperative too. The poor hub had to carry the baby for the most part of the hour during which I was in that store shopping.

I was actually the last one to leave the store when it closed at 7pm! We rushed to the huge shopping mall where we grabbed the famous chocolate waffle from the Waffle Factory, I stocked up on French madeleines and fresh shrimps! Don't ask me why, but even French shrimps taste better. haha.

The two older kids fell asleep ín the car after only having the chocolate waffle for dinner. I was feeding the baby some home-cooked spaghetti bolognaise in the car when I told the hub, "Wow, I think we had a pretty successful day."

Immediately after that, the baby puked all over himself! He was coughing and somehow couldn't get rid of his blocked throat and we had spaghetti spewed all over the carseat. Yikes! We had to pull over, change him, clean him up before continuing on our journey.

Still, it was such a nice breath of fresh air to do something out of the ordinary. I feel that whenever you have a new addition to the family, it always feel like its hard to get out of the house or even go on longer trips.

But spontaneity and doing something just because its FUN, is sooo necessary for a healthy family / couple life! It injects fire into your daily life! And it gives you the confidence that yes, even with yet another baby, you can continue to live life the way you want to live. The kids love it. The baby loved it. And we loved it most of all!

Was it tiring? You bet it was
Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!

Happy Mother's Day all you lovely ladies!
Yummy Japanese food!



Meeting Charlie Chaplin! Sam was quite scared!

 The lovely sights in Strasbourg

Patiently waiting for their Gelato!

Look! My floral Gelato! Trust the Italians to even know how to decorate an ice-cream cone!

Couldn't wait to tuck into our chocolate waffles! This was SO good!

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

My life 3 months in as a work-at-home Mom

I've been working for about 3 months now, excluding the one month vacation I took in February this year.

I'm so sorry that this blog has taken a backseat! I've been trying to use my Instagram to reach out to my cold market and I link most of my Instagram posts to my Facebook.

For the uninitiated, I've turned my online social media interest into my business. I stumbled upon a business opportunity, felt that it suited me and decided to plunge into it! It's been a really steep learning curve! I've got so many thoughts about my new job that I thought I would share this experience with you guys, my faithful blog readers.

1. How do I want to work my business?

An online business does not have the brick-and-mortar presence of a regular business. We don't need to rent a place, hire someone to renovate it, conceptualize the entire theme or even design a corporate logo. We work our business... well, online.

What does that mean?

I call myself a lady boss from home. But what I really am, is an owner of a franchise. ItWorks does not pay millions of dollars in advertising. It pays people like myself to advertise for the company. And in return, we earn commissions on sales we make and on our team's.

Sounds simple enough right? Yah, not really!

There's SO many types of online media these days. I could choose to build a website, work on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, Facebook, set up a Facebook business page, set up a business blog. Seriously everything is possible these days. The question is, which media do I want to focus my time and attention on?

Seeing that I don't have any Snapchat or Twitter account and I'm almost non-existent on my Pinterest account (I hardly know how that works), it was the question of Instagram or Facebook for me.

I've always been more active on Facebook, so I thought I would work my business on Facebook more.

ItWorks is international BUT it is not operational in all countries. While I have a larger network in Asia, it is currently not a market for me. And while I live in Germany where ItWorks operates, many of my friends here don't use social media much.

That's why I decide to expand my presence on Instagram. And oh boy, did you know there are 1 billion Instagram users! Doesn't that blow your mind?

There's also the issue of how to expand your presence on Instagram / Facebook. Do you maintain a private or public account? How do you target your potential customers? What do you write about? How often do you want to post? When do you want to post? Do you know there's a lot of algorithms about social media marketing? I need to go for courses on this topic alone!

2. Learning about pull rather than push marketing

I knew that I should have learnt marketing at University rather than Accountancy.

To be honest, it was hard for me to change my personal Instagram and Facebook account from private to business purposes. I mean, who likes seeing advertisements? Nobody right? Me neither!

But guess what?

Advertising is ALL around!

You go on holiday and what photos do you take? Those in the hotel! The swimming pool. The rooms.

Mariott Courtyard in Bali, view from our room


With the pool bar
Our room in Krabi

You go to a restaurant and what photos appear on your FB? The food! The interior deco! The people.

Sushi Tei in Singapore

You buy a new pair of shoes and you post a photo of your happy feet with your new buy.

My shoes!

So people advertise naturally! It's just that most are not paid to advertise or endorse brands. I don't get paid to pose with my Michael Kors sling bag! But in this job with ItWorks, it is MY JOB to be PAID for advertising for the company.

And THIS reason was what pushed me out of my comfort zone. That if I'm going to be spending time on social media, I might as well get paid for doing so.

3. Learning to adapt this business to the Germans / people here

Since I live in Germany, I need to work my business in Germany. The beauty of the business is that I can get customers from any country where ItWorks operates in. But my strength is still face-to-face communication, so I need to reach the people here. Since many of my close friends don't use social media often and even less would shop online, I decided to organise my first wrap party last week!



We had champagne, some snacks and just talked and talked and talked until close to midnight!

Did it feel like work?

Not.At.All!

I got myself 2 customers out of 2 friends who came by! 2 were sick and the rest couldn't make it. The Germans have a saying, "Klein aber fein" - meaning small but fine. That was definitely my first party for sure!

4. Learning to be patient with myself

I'm Asian. The typical Asian upbringing is, "Find something to do that earns you good money." I once asked my Dad if he was passionate about his job. His reply was, "It doesn't matter. Once you do it long enough, you'll develop a passion for it. Hobbies and job are two very separate things. You can use the money you earn to do your hobby in your free time."

I wanted to study Psychology at University. But my late Mom told me to study something "professional" because its "more stable". I decided to go into Accountancy because I didn't want to study 6 years to be a doctor and my older sister had already gone into law school so I didn't want to go to law school and be under her shadows again -- the second child syndrome.

Anyway, one year into Accountancy, Arthur Anderson collapses. Remember A.A? No, its not a brand of batteries. It used to be one of the top five accountancy giants in the world. And the entire company collapsed. And there I was stuck studying Accountancy because it was supposed to be "stable".

Oh boy.

What I'm saying is, if you follow your heart, you know that even if all things fail, you still have developed your God-given talents and skills.

If you DON'T follow your heart, you'll just be dragging your feet to work everyday and wonder and wonder and wonder "what if" you made a different decision.

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You see this blog? I've been blogging for 10 years. It's my passion. I enjoy this. I would blog until the day I die cos this is how I express myself and sort out my thoughts. And yes, I would blog even if nobody read my blog. That's a bit sad, but it doesn't bother me.

So working on social media on Instagram / Facebook is just an extension of my interest in blogging. Will I make money from working with ItWorks?

I already have! Right from the beginning!

My Dream!

All my income from ItWorks will be stored up in an account which I will cash out for Christmas! My dream is to earn enough money such that we, as a family of 5 can go on vacations without having to deplete our annual savings. We only go back to Singapore, my home country once in two years because it's just not cost efficient as a family of 5 to fly long-haul anymore. I want to earn so that we have money to give to others in need. I don't want to always be the one to hold back with our donations and giving because we are being prudent as a single-income family. My hub earns well but Sam our oldest is going to a private Christian school in Fall and our other 2 kids will follow suit. I would just love to be able to contribute to the family income so we don't stretch ourselves too thin.

Love you guys! Follow me on Instagram: PrisSteph or Facebook: Priscilla Tews for more regular updates!
I promise to blog more!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dear Liam - 1 year old!

My dear precious beloved baby of the family

You have officially entered into toddlerhood. Why do I feel so sad typing this? I think its because you might very well be my last baby and today might be the very last 1st birthday party we'll ever celebrate!

We had such a cozy family affair. Only your grandparents, your Aunt and your cousin came for your party. You got 2 presents, a cute little musical car and a Cars cutlery set from WMF. We had home-baked New York cheesecake for tea and salmon teriyaki with Mediterranean rice for dinner (recipe here).

In comparison to the huge fancy-schmancy party we had for your oldest brother Samuel, yours was really a very relaxing and meaningful celebration.

I think the more children we have, the less we are able to organise the huge kids' birthday parties. But honestly, it's all good! We all treasure the memories and you won't be able to remember your first birthday party anyway!

It was so relaxing that we could sing your birthday song, take some photos, cut your cake and you went down for your nap! For two hours! While you slept, your grandparents and us hung out on the balcony and talked! It felt like the weekend on a Thursday.

When you woke up, we opened your presents, had dinner and you absolutely loved Mummy's teriyaki salmon! So proud of you!

You've started walking with the toddler walker! You're able to get down from the sofa by yourself. You love to express your wishes by going "uh uh!" and you've started to resist your brother's strong clutches whenever they try to grab away your toys. Your favourite fruit is orange. You can finish one whole orange by yourself! You learnt how to suck through a straw the past week! Grandma says that you're skipping all the milestones and just doing the big-boy stuff. No sippy cups, just proper cups for you.

We love you baby Liam. Mummy's never going to stop you calling "baby". Grow well little one. We pray that you'll know the Lord at a young age and you'll be a true disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ. We're so blessed by your sweet and gentle nature. We pray that you'll always retain that childhood innocence that is such a gift!

Love
Mummy & Daddy

You were about 10 days old


Look at how small you were!


Latest family portrait!


 I love my family of 4 boys!


Sam insisted on making a smiley face with grapes!
That's all the presents we had! Just enough for a 1-year old!

Chilling on the balcony with lovely warm weather and his music toy car!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tomato seafood pasta with rocket



Our family eats pasta pretty often. That's because somehow, anything with a tomato-based sauce for children always goes. Like always. I can really just cook plain pasta with tomato sauce and cheese and they would think I'm the best Mom in the world. Super.NOT.kidding!

Since coming back to Germany, I feel like I've lost my cooking mojo. It's a lot of work to plan daily meals and ensure the toddlers have a nutritious diet to support their growth spurts, food is baby-friendly enough for a 11-month old baby and the whole cooking process does not take longer than 20 to 30 minutes.

And have I mentioned how evening time at the Tews household can look like a madhouse? The hub tries to come home at 7pm, but when he's late - by late I mean anytime between 5 to 15 mins late, I feel like I'm holding a time bomb that is waiting to explode.

Picture this. Baby crying because he's hungry. Kids are dirty from their kids' gym (every Tuesday) so they need to go take a shower, but of course they want either me or the Dad to shower them. I'm hungry and tired too, but I still have to prepare a meal to feed a family of 5. I'm barely holding it all together and when the hub rings the doorbell, it's like I really. REALLY. heave a huge sigh of relief!

Sometimes this sigh of relief translates to a "why are you so late?" grumble. You get the idea. The poor hubby. This is real life though. I'm not mincing words. I enjoy being a Mom a LOT but there are times when I so do wish I have an extra pair of hands to help me out.

This is why recipes like this one has saved me countless times from hungry kids. I posted this photo on my Instagram and Facebook and since quite a few of you asked me for the recipe, I figured I'm going to blog about it rather than give you sloppy instructions.

Ingredients:-

- 3 to 4 cloves Garlic (chopped)
- 1 large Onion (sliced)
- 250 grams fresh Brown mushrooms (sliced)
- 200 grams mini Cherry Tomatoes (washed and cut into half)
- 3 to 4 large Tomatoes (chopped)
- 750 grams Tilapia fillet
- 250 gram Shrimps
- 300 grams Pasta
- Handful of Scallops
- 500 grams Tomato sauce
- Rocket (washed and cut for garnish)


1. Prepare the ingredients. Chop the garlic, slice the onion and brown mushrooms.

2. Cut the cherry tomatoes into half and chop up the large tomatoes

2. Cut up the tilapia fillet. You want to cut it into big chunks because fish breaks up quickly in the heat and you want your fish to be intact

3. Start cooking your pasta according to how much time it takes to cook

4. Heat up some olive oil in the pan. Pan-fry the garlic until fragrant (about 1 min) before adding in the large onion. Make sure your heat is medium because you don't want to burn the garlic

5. Add in the fresh brown mushrooms, fry until it starts to wilt.

6. Add in the tilapia, shrimps and scallops altogether. Fry for a few minutes.

7. Add in chopped tomatoes with the packet of tomato sauce.

8. Season generously with Italian herbs, Krauter De Provence, salt and pepper

9. Cover for a couple of minutes to let the sauce simmer

10. Serve with pasta and garnish with rocket salad. I like my pasta with some chilli flakes, which I obviously leave it out for the kids.

Let me know how your pasta goes! I'm excited to see how it works out for you! Of course you're welcome to use other ingredients too! I'm not a fan of mussels so I never use that, but the Italians use mussels in their pasta dishes ever so often!

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Dear Liam - 11 months old


What's your favourite expression?

Dear Liam

My youngest baby! You're only 1 month shy of your first birthday and yet this is unfortunately only your 3rd update! I'm so sorry!

Mummy is enjoying every moment of your growing up phase and I'm so thankful that I can continue to stay at home to be your primary caregiver! God has given Daddy a very good job, so that Mummy can focus on you! When your two brothers go to kindergarten, you and I spend leisurely mornings together over breakfast and you watch me clear the dishwasher.

Since this year, Mummy has started an online business with ItWorks and it has been such a wonderful adventure! Mummy gets to earn an income while doing what she loves - blogging, Instagramming and Facebooking! That's also the fun thing of having 3 lovely boys to write and post photos about! You guys fill my days with your endless antiques and it's been so fun being able to document all your milestones! And to be able to earn an income while doing so? That's double the bonus!

You're into your last month before hitting toddlerhood. Oh boy. It's so bittersweet to document your growth. Can you please remain my baby forever? Here are all your milestones over the past few months!

  • Going on your first plane ride to Singapore and back to Germany! You were such a trooper! Really. You slept most of the flight and woke up only to look around. Even on the flight home when you were running a high fever, you didn't scream the plane down. You were listless and feverish, but other than that, still such a manageable baby. We're so proud of you!

  • You went on your maiden trip to Singapore and Thailand! Your family and friends in Singapore were so excited to see you and you were such a dream baby to be out and about with! You napped on the go, ate pretty well and perspired like the world champion! You've got your Daddy's genes for cold weather!

  • Developing your first two teeth! Your teeth looked like it was going to protrude for the longest time and they finally showed their first appearance in Singapore! You look so cute with 2 bunny teeth! As usual, we didn't expect much saga from you and true enough, we hardly noticed any change in your behaviour when you were going through the notorious teething phase

  • Started crawling properly! You were commando crawling for many months before you started realizing that you could push yourself up on your hands and knees. And since then, there's no holding you back! Now, you would easily crawl to me, pull yourself up against my legs and beg to be held. Or better still, you would attempt to stand on your own, while trying to support your weight on my legs. It's so bittersweet to see you go from 4-legged to 2-legged. Please do stay my baby longer young one!

  • Started waving! This is seriously the cutest thing you've done so far. You would look at yourself in the mirror and wave by clutching your fist and opening it. You would be so fascinated by your ability to do this that you would stare at it on end. I so need to catch this on video!

  • You got your first haircut! Oh let's put it this way. Daddy gave you your first hair shave! Oh boy, if only Mummy had known how short it would get, I would have brought you to a hairdresser instead! Lol!

  • You have gotten SO loud! Since you're unable to communicate, the only way you can express your hunger is to practise your vocal chords! And practise you do! Sometimes Daddy call you "Gabriel" since your loud cries sound very much like that of your second older brother!

When we were on holiday, there were so many people who thought you were a girl! We think it might be due to your long hair and / or your big eyes / the fact that we have 2 older boys so people automatically assume our 3rd child is a girl. In any case, you're our handsome little BOY!

We love you to bits. Thanks for being such an easy-going, relaxed and chilled baby. We really appreciate you being the calm one when your two older brothers create havoc around the house! We can't imagine life without you.

Kisses and more kisses
Mummy & Daddy




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Crash back to Reality


We're back from our whirlwind 4-week vacation in Singapore and Thailand. It was AWESOME. I'll blog about that another time. Please follow me on Instagram: prissteph or Facebook "Priscilla Tews" for more regular updates!

Well, I knew I needed to blog today.

You know how you crash after a long vacation? We certainly crashed alright.

A 7-hour time difference is no joke, I tell ya. At breakfast time, I'm so famished I want to eat my lunch. By lunchtime, I'm so tired I want to go to bed for the night. My children and I have such a hard time getting through the 3pm-7pm time (10pm - 2am Singapore time).

We usually fly back to Germany to arrive on Saturday so that I have one day to do my groceries and have some form of order in my house before the hub goes back to work. But this time, thanks (or no thanks) to my beloved hubby (who did the booking), he booked the flight back for Sunday instead of Saturday!

So HELLO to empty fridge, NO food and NO supermarkets that are open on Sundays. And oh wait, no one day to get back to R.E.A.L.I.T.Y

And if that was not enough, on Monday the hub couldn't come back any earlier. He tried to come back at least 1-2 hours earlier so that we could have dinner at 5pm and let the kids sleep. No, he only managed to make it back at 7pm so the kids almost killed their Mom (=me) the entire evening.

Tuesday morning, I was determined to get ahead of things and even wanted to start the day well by going on the cross-trainer. While having my Frenchtoast with my baby companion, I was startled by my alarm that told me that the 2 older boys are supposed to have an appointment with the eye specialist at 10.30am. It was already 10.20am when the alarm went off.

I was puzzled at first. I mean, who in the right mind would make an appointment for a doctor 2 days after arriving back from a long-haul trip right? But after calling the eye specialist, I realized that yours truly managed to book the appointment and forgot all about it!. Oh gosh! I tried to ask if I could reschedule, but the lady said the next appointment would be in 3 months' time. I asked if I could come an hour later, to which she agreed.

Only when I had put down the phone did I realize that I should have asked her if privately-insured patients could have an earlier appointment, so that I wouldn't have to go through the madness of rushing for this appointment. I tried to call the doctor again for at least 5 more times but the phone line was engaged!

So I did the next thing I knew how to. I packed the baby up, drove the car to the kindergarten, rang the bell at the unorthodoxed time of 11am since parents shouldn't pick up their kids outside the usual pick-up time. Explained to the teacher why I had to pick the kids up earlier, packed up the kids and drove to the eye doctor.

Surprisingly, we didn't have to wait and managed to see the doctor immediately. Samuel passed his test with flying colours, while Gabriel has a bit of astigmatism which warrants an extra check-up in a year's time.

You'd think by now, your day can only get better right?

But no. Over lunch, I noticed that baby was developing a rash. It started on his face and developed all over his body by the time lunch was over. He wasn't feeling himself and didn't eat much for lunch.

I decided to call the paediatrician but our doctor was out. We had to call 4 other doctors before getting an appointment. Usually I would wait it out, but I really couldn't rule out whether Liam was having an allergic reaction to something. He has never had an allergic reaction before, so who knows right?

The worst part was that Samuel was supposed to have a consultation day with his primary school. They had invited the parents that afternoon to have a talk with a school representative who would tell us about the school curriculum. We didn't know about it until today, so it would have been just me to bring 3 kids along for this school thing.

But with Liam developing his crazy rash and this school appointment, I couldn't possibly divide myself into two right?

I tried calling the hub like a million times - no kidding. I thought if he could somehow perhaps excuse himself from the day's committments, he could maybe play tag team with me.

But no, he didn't pick up his phone.

So I did what I thought was the best decision - Bring all 3 kids with me to the doctor and miss the school appointment.

I arrived at the "substitute" doctor's office and thought "At least now the kids can play in the playroom". BUT I had to declare that we had recently arrived back from Singapore - 2 days ago.

So guess what?

They quarantined us at the stairway.

There was NOTHING to do. Like absolutely nothing.

And because I had too much Mummy guilt that I had allowed my kids to play with our phones too much while we had all these meet ups with friends in Singapore, I decided NOT to let my kids use my phone while waiting for the doctor.

So I told them to go down the stairs and count. To which samuel said "So boring, Mummy".

So I said, "Go into the lift, go down to the groundfloor and come up again via the stairs".

The 2 boys were sporting enough though. They kept up at it for quite a while. All this while, I had to take care of a pretty moody baby who was turning red from all those spots!

We waited a grand total of 1.5 hours! 90 minutes! At the stairway! With NO toys, nothing to entertain the kids.

Craziness? Totally!

And have I mentioned how heavy that maxi-cosi carseat is??? With a 9-kg baby sitting in it, it felt like a ton!!! I had to carry that thing FOUR times in and out of the car today. I seriously felt so sorry for my back! And I had to keep thinking, "Oh boy! That baby must have had a growth spurt in Singapore. He's SOOO heavy now!"

Hub came back thankfully a bit earlier today so I had some time to cook.

I couldn't bring myself to have German bread after all my yummy Asian food. So I told myself to cook some rice. And I made us some lemon chicken accompanied by broccoli and carrots.

The kids ate it up and Samuel said I'm the bestest cook in the world.

But to be very brutally honest. I felt so sad when I saw my cooking. All that work in the kitchen, for ONLY 2 dishes. Compared to those zhi-char food in Singapore, which you can just order and have 10 dishes at the click of your fingers, I felt sad for my belly and my kids' bellies.

We actually had dinner while talking about our favourite zhi-char dish! Sam's one is the prawn paste chicken. Ah, that boy can have the entire plate for himself! It warmed my heart to know that my kids miss Singapore too. I told Stephan that in the past, it was just me and him who would reminisce about Singapore. Now, our kids do the same too. How sweet!

Days like today make me realize how important it is to be a stay-home Mom! It was stressful enough navigating the day with all those last-minute changes. How much worse would it be if I had to work at a regular job and figure out how to leave my job to tend to my babies? And don't even get me started on the number of doctor's appointments one has with children this young.

I used to gripe that the only thing about being a SAHM is having no income. BUT all this has changed, since I started working with ItWorks! This is really a dream job that has enabled me to combine my two loves - my family life and social media into a job that earns me money! Having done it for almost 2 months now, I'm absolutely enjoying this breath of change for me and oh boy! Seeing my first paycheck in 5 years? Heaven! And doing all this without leaving my 10-month old at the daycare? It simply does not get any better than this! I would never ever outsource taking care of my own children.

My dream with this job is to earn the money for our next vacation together! Yeah, I know its easier to just depend on the husband's money but I used to be the one to earn the vacation money back when I was working. My hub would earn the money for the regular expenses while I earned the "enjoyment money". Thank God that these days we can depend on the husband's salary for a lot more than just "regular" expenses, but it'd be fun to see where this job takes me!

I love my husband, I love my 3 boys and I love my life. No matter where we choose to live, Singapore or Germany, we can still have a meaningful, crazy life together. That's all that matters at the end of the day right? And of course that we know that the Lord is in the centre of our relationships and our lives.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Why do I want to go back to work?

I've thought about that question a couple of times over the past week.

I'm happy as a stay-at-home Mom. I've got more than enough to keep me busy with 3 kids aged 5 and below. My husband earns enough money for us to live comfortably on one income. We go on annual vacations and do long-haul flights to Singapore once every 1-2 years. We can't spend lots of money on a whim but neither are we struggling.

So WHY?

For the uninitiated, I decided to join ItWorks a few minutes before the clock struck twelve on New Year's Day. Sounds so poetic right?

Basically, I'm going to be a distributor in slimming body wraps, skincare and health products.

I'm doing this because I've always been waiting for a product like this to appear on the market. 

Let me explain. 

I have 3 kids, as you would know. And I often joked to the hub that I would want to go Marie France (a renowned slimming centre in Singapore) to get my figure back, if we ever had that type of money and time. A trial slimming session can cost up to the thousands.

Most women who have given birth in Singapore have the luxury of having a Malay masseur go to their homes during the confinement period to give them a massage as well as slimming bodywrap. Both the massage and bodywrap is meant to tone, firm and slim down their tummies, such that those women who have done it (my friends) have a significant improvement in their figures compared to those who don't (uh hmm, me).

Since I gave birth to all my children in Germany I've never had the luxury of having a masseur come to my home, give me an hour of massage bliss and end off by tightening my loosened stomach muscles with a bodywrap. 

We have what you'd call a post-natal exercise course where one learns how to tighten and strengthen the pelvic muscles. But none of those crazy awesome massage-bodywraps things as what they do in Singapore.

So can you imagine my excitement when I actually heard about ItWorks? Do the wraps really work?

The entire company was founded based on those bodywraps and it's their Number 1 selling product, such that they are #6 globally in direct marketing. So it can't be all photoshop right?

I'm a strong believer of being a product of the product. I already know that there is such a thing as "slimming bodywraps" like what they do in Singapore. It was only a matter of time that a company took all the ingredients in the slimming bodywraps, come up with a winning recipe and mass produce them to ensure maximum results in a uniform way.

My Dream with this job

I started this business because I simply wanted to see how much money I can earn an income by being a stay-at-home Mom. Doing a regular job where I would be away from the kids is not an option for me. I see myself as being a Mom first and earning an income as secondary.

However, I would so love to be able to have a separate bank account from the hubby just so I can say something like "I bought this present for you" and actually buy it with my own income rather than on the income that the hubby earned. Sounds trivial? It certainly is! But it's one of the things I miss about earning an income!And the best thing about this job?

It will be the first time that I can actually earn some money while doing what I love! This business works on word-of-mouth, social media and the good old wrap parties.

I've been writing on this blog for over 10 years, I have a somewhat active Instagram account and I go on Facebook more often than I should. So, technically I'm already doing all the groundwork that is necessary to start this business.

And last but not least, I can help people slim down, detox and live a healthier lifestyle by doing what I do!

We just got our first bodywraps in the mail today and the first wrap has already worked pretty well!

Stay posted for more!!!!

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Some random photos of the 3 monkeys!

Absolutely love this pic!

So impossible to take a proper pic with 3 kids!

Taken over Christmas at our church
Isn't this photo priceless?

This is why I'm a SAHM - can't get enough of morning cuddles!

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