Monday, July 24, 2017

SPOTLIGHT ON NUTRITION FOR PREGNANT & NURSING MUMS AND BABIES AT TOLLYJOY’S BABY DAY 2017

It's mommy time out last Saturday, thank you Tollyjoy Malaysia for inviting me to the Tollyjoy's Baby Day 2017, the last time I went to Tollyjoy event was the Tollyjoy's world's breastfeeding week in year 2014.

The age-old adage 'You are what you eat' is never truer, nor more important when it comes to expectant and nursing mothers and their babies. Not only is pregnancy nutrition essential for healthy foetal development,1eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet also helps to build a strong foundation for the baby's healthy development in the future2. Recognising this, Tollyjoy Corporation has once again teamed up with OrphanCARE Foundation to host two exciting events in celebration of their signature initiative, Tollyjoy Baby Day 2017.


Launched in Malaysia in 2015 in collaboration with OrphanCARE, Tollyjoy Baby Day is a special day dedicated to appreciate babies and to honour the significant journey as parents selflessly care and provide for their precious ones. It emphasises the importance of family, love and care to every child, including the less fortunate.

speech by Ms Grace Ng, Manager, Tollyjoy Corporation
“This year, Tollyjoy Baby Day 2017 turns our focus on nutrition. We believe that whilst babies need plenty of love and affection, they also need to have good and adequate nutrition from the very beginning to thrive and reach their full potential," said Ms Grace Ng, Manager, Tollyjoy Corporation.

"As a manufacturer and marketer of baby care and mother care products since 1971, Tollyjoy receives the continued and steady support of parents. Thus, Tollyjoy Baby Day is a fitting platform for us to demonstrate our appreciation and to give back to them. This is the day where we honour the important role parents play, as well as allow us to delight in the precious little ones in our midst.


speech by Datin Rashidah Hashim Trustee of OrphanCARE

In the same vein, Datin Rashidah Hasim, COO of OrphanCARE Foundation said, "The aim of Tollyjoy Baby Day is in line with what we stand for – to give every child the chance to feel love and care in the security of a family, and to celebrate babies in all possible ways. We are pleased to be part of this initiative with Tollyjoy yet again and to join hands in enhancing awareness among parents on the importance of nutrition in promoting a healthy pregnancy and baby."


OrphanCARE: Every Child Needs A Family activities namely
  • Facilitation of adoption
  • Counselling
  • Training for prospective adoptive parents
  • Public awareness on reproductive health and OrpanCARE's baby hatches
  • Orphange awareness and outreach
  • Reintegration of children with their biological families
  • Deinstitutionalisation and community support
Their work is centered around two main areas: Deinstitutionalisation & Saving and Placement of Babies.

A non-profit non-governmental organisation, OrphanCARE’s vision is to give every orphan and abandoned baby in Malaysia a loving home through their adoption services and extensive baby hatch programme.
Ms Rozanna M. Rosly, Head of Dietetics of University Malaya Specialist Centre

Held over two days, Tollyjoy Baby Day 2017 gathered members of the media and parenting bloggers respectively, to a Media Interview Session and a Baby Day Bloggers’ Party. Among the highlights was a special talk by Ms Rozanna M. Rosly, Head of Dietetics of University Malaya Specialist Centre on the importance of nutrition for mothers-to-be, nursing mothers and babies. I'm happy to be the among parenting bloggers that attended.


Sharing her expertise, Ms Rozanna said, "Pregnancy is the one time in life that a mother's eating habits directly affects another person. Mom's decision to incorporate delicious vegetables, whole grains and legumes, lean protein and other healthy food choices into their eating plan before and during pregnancy can improve mom's fertility, keep them feeling healthy throughout, and pave the way for an easier delivery. It also helps to establish the building blocks of growth, giving babies a strong start in life."

 Ms Rozanna showed how fun it can be to prepare healthy yet delicious meals at home. The tasty treats included Crunchy Fruits Layer made with honeydew cubes layered with oats, low-fat yoghurt and strawberry jam.

Recipe of Crunchy Fruits Layer: 
(Recipes are taken from Buku Masakan Philhan Pakar Makanan (Jilid 2) and used with permission of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia.
Preparation 20 minutes:
Servings: 2

Ingredient:
300g (3 cuts) honeydew in cubes,
75g (1 cup) oats, baked till crispy,
150 ml (2/3 cup) low fat yoghurt,
15 ml (1 tablespoon) strawberry,
15 ml (1 tablespoon) watermelon juice

Method:
  1. Divide the cubed honeydew into 2 glasses and put aside the remainder for decoration.
  2. Place a flat layer of oats above the fruit and then a layer of low fat yoghurt. 
  3. Mix the jam and watermelon juice in a separate container and then place it on top of the yoghurt in the glass.
  4. Lastly, decorate it with remaining cubed honeydew and serve.


She advised that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Nursing mums must also place importance on their nutritional intake. Thereafter, as babies’ nutritional requirements evolve, they should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary food. Mums should continue to breastfeed if possible.


We were also treated to an interactive meal demonstration at the Tollyjoy Baby Day 2017 celebration where Ms Rozanna showed how fun it can be to prepare healthy yet delicious meals at home. The tasty treats included Crunchy Fruits Layer made with honeydew cubes layered with oats, low-fat yoghurt and strawberry jam, and topped off with watermelon juice; Plum and Banana Oatmeal Porridge; and Soybean Milk Smoothie prepared with fresh fruits. At the end of the demonstration, guests received a handbook containing various other healthy and fun recipes for parents and their babies.
mommy bloggers tasting the yummy meal preaparedd by Ms Rozanna

 Games and various activities which included a Baby Bingo Game and Lucky Draw added to the excitement on Tollyjoy Baby Day 2017. Lucky draw winners took home hampers from Tollyjoy.

 Lucky draw winners took home hampers from Tollyjoy and Bingo winners bring home the goodies.
Bingo was a fun, with 24 words given and need to slash out the five words on the board.
Group photos with TOLLYJOY'S BABY DAY 2017 with parenting bloggers
For more information on Tollyjoy, please log onto www.tollyjoy.com.sg, or stay connected with Tollyjoy by clicking ‘Like’ on the Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/ZflMUn

About Tollyjoy

Founded in 1971 in Singapore, Tollyjoy Corporation is a company principally involved in the manufacturing and marketing of Baby Care and Mother Care Products under its brands of Tollyjoy and Little Precious. In line with Tollyjoy’s tagline, ‘For the baby you love’, Tollyjoy is committed to setting the bar high by ensuring the safety, durability and reliability of their products. Tollyjoy products are available at Aeon and Aeon Big nationwide, selected Tesco outlets, selected locations at The Store and Pacific outlets under The Store Group, at Billion Supermarkets and at various other locations around the country.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

SCHOLASTIC: Children Reading Books


Being mom of two boys, it's important to balance the life of kids education and playtime. It's good to have a reading time together, it's good bonding time and we get to understand each child's need too. I find them good as at the same time, children can learn the English language too.

The Scholastic books you are seeing here are :
Jack and Jill (Flip-Side Ryhmes) by Christopher Harbo, illustrated by Colin Jack
- nice book to read and get my 6 years old saying that this book can flip-side too.

Prina the Pangolin written by Judy Shaik, Illustrated by L.K. Tay-Audouard
- my kids first time to see Pangolin facts which available at the last page of the book.
- good for kids and parent to learn about the types of Pangolin Species.
- this book about the mother and baby Pangolin

 Tom & Jerry, A Cat is chasing me through this Book! by Benjamin Bird
- kids all time favourite show Tom & Jerry
- what's the adventure with Tom and Jerry in this book?  Sky, Jungle, Desert just to name a few.
- my 6 years old like to read this.

Possum Magic by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas
- about Grandma and granddaughter possum
- we get to know that possum is one of the animal in Australia
- interesting to read about how one wants to be invisible and visible

Little Miss Muffet (Flip-Side Ryhmes) by Christoper Harbo, illustratred by Colin Jack
- suitable for children like mine 6 years old son to read
- he likes to flip side of the book and wanna know what happened to the spider
These books are only distributed in Asia, good time reading them. Is there any books of Scholastic that you like to read?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

MYCHAMPION MOBILE APPLICATION LAUNCH

CHAMPS, Malaysia's household well-known child health supplement brand, always believes in nurturing champions since young. CHAMPS and Watsons MAlaysia partner to unleash child's potential with the launch MYCHAMPION mobile application.
The brand's statement "Mothers' choice for champions" leads the initiative to provide the best in developing children's growth mentally and physically from product offers to marketing activities. 
Being a mom I would wonder what is my sons' occupations as they never tell me before. With this fun MYCHAMPION mobile app, will give them chance to explore and learn about different job scopes.

 In line with the Ministry of Education Malaysia's vision, which is upload quality education system that develops individuals to their full potential and fulfills the aspiration of the nation, CHAMPS has proudly launched the first localized and educational mobile application - MYCHAMPION.

My Champion mobile application is available in English and Bahasa Malaysia that caters for children between 7 to 12 years old. It is an educational yet fun tool to help children to understand and explore their ambitions through the digital platform. It is completely free for download since 1st May 2017 in Apple Store and Google Play.
 
The launched was held at MBO Cinema at The Starling Mall. Students from SK Kampung Jaya are being invited to the launch together with their teachers. They are being treat The Spiderman movie after the launch.


 At the launch, present En. Shamsul Idham Ahad, General Manager of OCT Business, CCM Pharmaceuticals Sdn Bhd, Mr. Billy Urudra, Chief Commercial Officer of CCM Pharmaceuticals Sdn Bhd, Ms, Caryn Loh, General Manager (Country Head) of Watsons Malaysia, Watsons Management teams, CCMS members, media and bloggers, students with teachers from SK Kampung Jaya.

 MYCHAMPIONS mobile application consists of 5 professions which are Doctor, Athlete,
Celebrity, Pilot and Chef. Here's where children get the chance to explore and learn about the different occupations in 5 various scopes. This is good giving children to explore and learn at the same time. For example, in the Doctor's profession, it starts with general science followed by knowing your body, tools of the trade, specialization as well as medicine and diagnosis. The content is designed with a series of interesting and mind-triggering questions to engage the children and help them to learn beyond the school's curriculum. The 'Did You Know' section provides fun facts to help improve children's understanding of each profession too. 

one of the example's of Doctor's profession
 With this partnership, CHAMPS has the privilege to feature the exclusive Facebook contest where customers can win Virtual Reality set, special Champs promotion a Watsons and many more marketing activities to excite and reward the users. Furthermore, MYCHAMPION application will also be featured in The Star parenting section, Kuntum magazine plus school visits during the launch period. Watsons' vouchers have also been inserted in Kuntum magazine starting May 2017 until October 2017.

Unleashing a child's potential is key at a young age and a platform like the MY CHAMPION application facilitates that interactivity between parents and children in fun and educational way.
My sons bonding time, brothers playing exploring and learning. They are 6 years old and 11 years old. I also standby them to watch as I also wanna explore and learn.
 
 MYCHAMPION application users to engage with the application, ultimately benefiting from the e-vouchers that Watsons Malaysia will offer as a 'reward' at an online store.

 CHAMPS is the Halal-certified children's health supplement, trusted by mothers in Malaysia for over 30 years as the "Mothers' Choice for Champions". Champs offers a wide range of products consisting of multivitamin, Vitamin C and others with a variety of flavours and shapes. 

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