Monday, August 31, 2009

50 things to do during weekend with your kids when you have no money to spend.

You must be excited to wait for the weekend after you come home from your exhausted work on Friday. Your mind keep racing about what to do with this two days off with your kids, or with your love ones. Planning is the thing you always do, so that your precious weekend will not be wasted. But there's one thing that can hold you down; money.

Usually i spend my lovely weekend with my little one by spending little money or no money at all. I'd like to share with you all about 50 things to do with Amirul, my son during weekend.

My priceless weekend goes like this:
  1. Play with Amirul at a children playground
  2. Teach Amirul to draw animal.
  3. Build block
  4. A-B-C he fall asleep
  5. Counting cars that passing by.
  6. Playing cak-cak, peak-a-boo
  7. Flying superman (this will make a father faint in 15 seconds, depending on the weight of the child)
  8. Choo-choo train, stand in line and put your hand on toddler's shoulder.
  9. Go to garden with an empty bucket, ask amirul to take everything that he sees – rock, flower, leaves.
  10. Recite Holy Quran with amirul.
  11. Sing along song with my son from DVDs that we borrowed from my elder sister.
  12. Watch wonderpets and song along with them. This is sewious!
  13. Read fish stories with my son.
  14. Put a ball in front of Amirul, ask him to kick.
  15. Wait until Amirul finds his tireness playing with insert-coin toys at Alamanda.
  16. Find any parenthood event, enter a game or two that involve Amirul.
  17. Turn up music, dance with Amirul all day long.
  18. Stand in front of animal poster, ask Amirul which one is cat.
  19. Mesmerizing Amirul by flying a kite whenever we have a good strong wind.
  20. Teaching Amirul verbal lesson.
  21. Spend one hour with amirul at a fish aquarium store. Doing nothing but staring at finding-nemo fish. (No wonder the store's owner has a growing furious on the two of us.
  22. Take 100 photos of Amirul at Masjid Putrajaya.
  23. Blowing pink bubbles to see amirul's laughter when the bubbles circle him.
  24. Let Amirul chasing the cheap laser pointer dotted on the wall.
  25. Walk around the garden and voice out an objects that we notice.
  26. Ride LRT train and counting buildings that we see.
  27. Touring Putrajaya Botanical Garden.
  28. Bring Amirul's technological advanced engineering tools (plastic shovel and bucket) to a beach and build sand castle.
  29. Eject amirul in the air until i'm out of breath. (this activity was lasting for 5 minutes)
  30. Lay down on bed, lift up our both legs in the air for 5 seconds, and drop it like a bomb.
  31. Sway back and forth on buaian when we have sunny day
  32. Ask amirul to pinch mummy's nose while she is sleeping.
  33. Chasing stranded cats in front of our garage.
  34. Do some creative mess up on coloring book.
  35. Drink vitagen or nutrigen with Amirul.
  36. Swimming at public pool and ask Amirul to do breastroke.
  37. Play stepmania dancing game on PC with amirul. Dance Pad available at Bangi, Selangor.
  38. Help amirul to recognize objects in his book.
  39. Bouncing a stress ball off the wall and then laugh.
  40. Stare at our neighboor's rabbits, my son so excited he keep pointing at the rabbits.
  41. Jogging and pushing his stroller at athletic track field.
  42. Teach a few useful hand gestures like eat, sleep, finish, take a bath, bye bye.
  43. Teach him to recognize shapes with sorter block toys.
  44. Ask my child to count his fingers.
  45. Ask him to kiss his daddy and mummy, continuously.
  46. Take him to visit his grandmother (we call eyang. it's nenek in bahasa indonesia)
  47. Make reading fun by dramatizing the stories. Get my child to be character in the stories
  48. Play a hand puppet with my child, tell stories to him.
  49. Don't read the book for him, just let him flip the book.
  50. Stand in front of the mirror and tell me how cute he is, and let him play with his face's reflection.
  51. (bonus) Turn amirul upside down and turn him back to normal again.

If you like to share your activities during weekend, just drop it at the comment column.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

How to be the best Dad in the Galaxy!

My friend from a galaxy far, far away, paid a visit to our house and I welcomed him with warm greeting. Not to forget he brought along his twin.

He is the ruler of the galaxy with the emperor, leader of a thousand clones, and fighting the Jedi. All the powers in the world was at his hand and he could kill anyone with his bare hand. He's working 16 hours a day, 104 hours per week. His obsession with career made him what we called, workaholics.

"That was the past" he said.

Luke and Leia. The twin means everything to him. He strict with working hour 8-5pm only (No overtime or stay up late, Dark Sidious!) and go home for both of them. Pursuing career is not his main attention right now. He exercise his calm and try not raise his anger so often, he has the twin to take care of.

We switched opinion about parenting the kids, have a little chit chat, played board games. But my wife and I still feel discomfort with hee-hoo hee-hoo breathing even though we befriended with him for 5 years now.

Before he jumped out of space to a galaxy far, far away and do the killing-all-the-jedi thing, which he is good at, he left a video for us of how he manage to handle his twin - Luke and Leia.

This video is dedicated to all daddies out there.. But not limited to daddy bcoz mummy also can enjoy this video. Enjoy yea!!!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Candid - Giveaway Contest by Zieha

Contest Title: Candid - Giveaway
Organizer: Zieha
Contest Date : 16 Aug 09 - 31 Aug 09
Giveaways : Mystery Gift
Term & Conditions :
  1. Copy gambar kt atas nie & upload kat dlm N3 dan sidebar blog u olls - Done
  2. Wajib jd followers kat sidebar di blog zieha n list kan blog zieha pada bloglist u olls - Done
  3. Uploadkan 1 gmbr yg boleh dikategorikan candid habis / yg paling happening, lucu,sedih,gembira,terkejutss yg pernah u olls amik (janji bukan 18SX) - Done
  4. Bila dah dpt gmbr candid tue, tinggalkan N3 di,link ini shj, janji nmpk candid.
  5. Pemilihan gmbr berdasarkan gmbr yg betul2 menarik & mesti di amik gmbr candid
  6. Pemenang akan diberitahu 1week after tamat tarikh contest

Photo contest
Amirul in im not mistaken 4months old -Look at his nose.. kembang semangkuk

Click below banner to know the detail of the contest

Extra photo to share
Masjid Putrajaya after Amirul's 1st birthday celebration.- kaki tersepit

Bler Kita Sayang Anak, How to show my affection to my little one ..... - My way

I found my friend post and quite interesting to me, I want to share my thought about the topic with my readers. 

Over-privileged or underprivileged.

Everybody loves their own children no exceptional, unless he/she is bad-hearted, who doesn't have  a human feeling on our child, even animals show their love to their little ones. 

So there is no reason why, we human being should not loves our own blood. How we, act as a parent shows our unlimited love towards them? A very subjective question and the answers may vary from one family to another. 

Lets share my devotions here.

Below is how i showed my loves towards Amirul :
  • Hold Amirul's hands. (i love to do this, its showed mother and son strong bonding)
  • Say sorry with simple explanation if I'm doing wrong/mistakes.(i knew he sometimes do not understands what's going on)
  • Scold him whenever he do wrong/mistakes. (my MIL is very very very strict mother - ala2 army Mr Hubby ckp), so Mr Hubby cope his mother's means to-discipline-children)
  • Always kiss and hug Amirul, not only once but few times whenever i leave him at Ibu's house or Amirul have daddy-son outing.
  • Respect Amirul's privacy - sometimes i just let him play himself
  • Call Ibu to check Amirul's status update. Daily without failed unless telephone xder credit. and now i started talked to him eventho he still in try-to-speak stage. (Ibu ckp dier akan senyum whenever he listening to my voice)
  • Eat meals together as a family, without the distractions of the TV.
  • PLAY with Amirul
  • Ajak Amirul sama2 semayang, i know this is too early tp at least by now every time i want to pray dier akan amik mummy dier sejadah
If you interested in this post, you may also like to read this, this, or this and this.

Note : Im not saying that 'my way' is the best, but i would like to share my way of loving Amirul.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Update on Jom Memasak Bersama .... Contest

To all dear frens and mummies and participants

Due to unavoidable reason, i have to extend this contest to 7 Sept 09(Monday). The winners list will be announce the latest on 9 Sept 09(Wednesday).

Sorry for inconvenience cause.

What nutritional guidelines should I follow before getting pregnant?

Still in try-to-conceive-mode. I knew maybe this topic is not interesting, however to me its important as im trying to have a baby now. I do not want Amirul and his brother/sister have a big age gap like me and brother before me, 5 years gap. My brother after me is 6 years gap. The big gap between siblings pros and cons. The survey on ideal gap between children done by Baby Centre showed 69% agreed on 18months to 3 years gap and only 10% vote for 4 or more years gap. You can throw your vote here.

So i think, now is the perfect time for me to conceive again; Amirul now 18months. Besides physical and mental preparation, foods also the main factor to consider. What is the foods that recommended before get pregnant, do i need to take supplement/vitamins, is there any foods that prohibited if i would like to conceive. Many questions come across my mind. Again !!!!

Food that recommended before get pregnant

Foods Pyramid
  • Fruit and vegetables - these can be fresh, frozen, tinned, dried or a glass of juice. Aim for at least five portions a day.
  • Carbohydrate foods such as bread, pasta, rice and potatoes.
  • Protein such as lean meat and chicken, fish, eggs and pulses (beans and lentils).
  • Fish, at least twice a week, including some oily fish, but don't have more than two portions of oily fish a week. This includes fresh tuna (not canned tuna, which does not count as oily fish), mackerel, sardines and trout.
  • Dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yoghurt, which contain calcium.
  • Iron rich foods, such as red meat, pulses, dried fruit, bread, green vegetables and fortified breakfast cereals, to build up your resources of iron in preparation for pregnancy.
Food that prohibited before get pregnant (source Baby Centre)
  • Foods that may have high levels of listeria, such as pate and soft cheesesvitamin
  • Supplements and foods, such as liver, containing the retinol form of vitamin A, which can harm the developing baby (the beta-carotene form of vitamin A is safe during pregnancy)
  • Too much oily fish that may contain high levels of mercury and pollutants -
  • Current advice is to limit yourself to two portions a week peanuts, if your family has a history of asthma, hay fever or eczema
  • Excessive amounts of alcohol,
  • Consuming too much caffeine
  • Using drugs inappropriately
  • Folic Acid - 0.4mg or 400 micrograms (mcg) folic acid supplement every day.body needs folate to manufacture new cells and genetic material , reduce the risk of their baby developing an NTD
  • Calcium - prevent a new mother from losing her own bone density as the fetus uses the mineral for bone growth
Note : Healthy foods - i seldom eat veggie and drink less water
Food prohibited - semua pn aku xmakan
Supplement/vitamins - folic acid : i've took on and off.. afetr this kena consistent la
- calcium : from dairy products

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Thanks to Iz-Ann

1st of all, thanks to Iz-Ann for choosing me to the one of the winner for 'Jom Pakai Shawl Contest'. Surprisingly, i was chosen one of the winner, furthermore, its the grand prize giveaways. Alhamdulillah syukur. Actually i really hope to be one of the winner, consolation prize pn xper(sbb i love shawl so much). Now my collections add with 3 more beautiful shawls. Loves you Iz-Ann.

Click below banner for winner list

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pregnancy Phobia - Give yourself a chance

1st pregnancy is really chilled me down. With bad hospital treatment experience (bad treatment from nurse, 5 times kena 'seluk' to check my dilation, delivery pain (1st pregnancy what do you expect), unprepared delivery (3weeks earlier from EDD), perineum pain (doctor wrongly sewing my perineum), hardest time during pushing (almost fainted) etc.. its left me with horrible experiences. However its a normal delivery.Alhamdulillah. Sometimes its make me to think twice for 2nd baby. But, tak kan Amirul sorang jer anak aku ..

In Pa&Ma mags Sept edition (pregnancy/delivery column), had sharing some info how to give yourself a chance for new pregnancy.

Always think each pregnancy is different.
  • Morning Sickness Issue (dont always think that your 1st morning sickness experiences will come again for 2nd pregnancy)
  • Always think that someone is inside your womb and definitely he/she must be cute
  • Eat healthy foods to avoid your morning sickness become worse
  • Be active throughout your pregnancy
  • Always talks with 'your lil ones'
  • Read a lot about pregnancy bcoz you may forget what you've read during your 1st pregnancy
Prayer / Doa.
  • Always think nice things during delivery process
  • The past is history, what come now is victory.
  • Anak adalah rezeki

Buy Online from ME - Ebay

Mr Hubby is an active seller at Ebay Malaysia and Ebay International. He started this business in 2005 and became active in 2008 . He started with Ebay Malaysia then spread his wing to international. From 2nd hand items such as; novel, T-shirt, wooden craft, & drawing, anything that can make money, he now concentrating on Mini Guitar miniatures. All mini guitar miniatures were imported from Jogjakarta. Not only craft, he also sell my Tupperware, brooch collections, my used clothes, etc..

Do visit our online stall @ Ebay by click below Ebay banner. Happy browsing.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sticky Post - Contest Jom Pakai Shawl by Iz-Ann

Contest Title : Contest Jom Pakai Shawl
Organizer : Iz -Ann
Contest Dateline : 27 August 2009
Giveaways :
  • 1st Prize : 3 shawls to winner
  • 2nd Prize : 2 shawls to winner
  • 3rd prize : 1 shawls to winner
Term & Conditions :
  • Sudi menjadi FOLLOWER di blog ini (sukarela ye...bukan paksaan tapi kena...hehehe...)lepas abis contest nak remove dari jadi follower pun, terpulanglah...kan saya dah kata tiada paksaan tapi kena - Done
  • Add kan LINK blog ini dekat blog memasing - Done
  • Jadikan contest ini sebagai STICKY MODE sehingga 27 Ogos 2009 agar senang saya nak review mereka yang menyertai contest ini - Done
  • Add kan banner contest di side bar blog memasing. - Done
  • Sila uploadkan sekeping gambar anda yang memakai shawl. tak kira la shawl jenis plain, bunga2, printed atau sebagainya...janji gambar tersebut bermotifkan shawl udah - Done
  • Sila tinggalkan link penyertaan anda di entry ini agar mudah untuk saya buat semakan - Done
Note :
  • Pemenang akan dipilih berdasarkan kekreatifan & kekemasan cara pemakaian shawl tersebut
  • Tiada sistem undian diperlukan dan pemenang akan ditentukan oleh saya sendiri dan juri yg dilantik
  • Tiada kompromi dalam pemilihan pemenang
  • Keputusan adalah muktamad .. sebarang surat menyurat tidak akan dilayan
  • Peserta Pertama yg menyertai contest akan mendapat hadiah misteri dr organizer

Photo contest

Kasik detail skit gmbr, sisi, depan,blkang

Note : rase cam model lak amik gmbr camni.. huhuh

5th Parenthood Expo @ Mid Valley

21- 23 Aug 2009
Parenthood Expo is an yearly event meant for parent, parent-to-be and could be anybody. Last year i went with Mr Hubby & Amirul,however this year, for Amirul's sake, i did not bring him along as H1N1 is widely spread now. This also could be my date with Mr Hubby.. huhu

5th Parenthood Expo 2009 - open stage

Many companies selling baby items participate in this event like; My Dear, Sweet Cheery, Diaper companies (Huggies, Sealer, EQ), Today Publishing, Spa Boutiques, NESH etc and not forgetting web store like; Fobulous Mom, Tiny Tapir, The LilCaliph and many more to mentions. Comparing to last year, not many samples were given by participants (due to slow-down economy) and well as not many visitor visiting this expo. Maybe everybody taking precaution step; not bringing children which they very susceptible to infection disease. Parents came without children like me. Beside selling activities, competitions, talks & seminars, products shows also been organized.

I just bought GroBaby Cloth Diaper from TinyTapir (RM95), Rumparooz Insert from Tiny Tapir (RM30), Children toothpaste (RM3) & Liquid cleanser from Pureen(RM16), Mami&Baby + Parenthood Mags from Today Publishing (RM20 for 6pcs) - free goodies bag and Teat from NUK (RM27- 4pcs)

My caught of the day

Free massage session by LunaBella - very relaxing.. oh rase nk beli jer tungku herba tue.. huhu



Free samples

Go Green everybody - bring your own shopping bag

NOTE : Sungguh tak syok pegi this expo without Amirul. Amirul adalah penyeri keadaan. :D

Friday, August 21, 2009

Ramadhan Al Mubarak

Do'a malaikat Jibril menjelang Ramadhan " "Ya Allah tolong abaikan puasa umat Muhammad, apabila sebelum memasuki bulan Ramadhan dia tidak melakukan hal-hal yang berikut:
  • Tidak memohon maaf terlebih dahulu kepada kedua orang tuanya (jika masih ada)
  • Tidak berma'afan terlebih dahulu antara suami isteri
  • Tidak bermaafan terlebih dahulu dengan orang-orang sekitarnya.
Maka Rasulullah pun mengatakan Amin sebanyak 3 kali. Dapatkah kita bayangkan, yang berdo'a adalah Malaikat dan yang meng-aminkan adalah
Rasullullah dan para sahabat, dan dilakukan pada hari Jumaat.

Oleh itu saya terlebih dahulu memohon ampun dan maaf jika saya ada berbuat kesalahan, baik yang tidak di sengaja maupun yang di sengajakan, semoga kita dapat menjalani ibadah puasa dengan khusyuk, diberkati dan dirahmati Allah S.W.T, insyaallah.

Putrajaya Flower & Garden Festival 2009

This post had been drafted early of August, until today, i forget to post. Enjoy the photos taken..

Just reached Precint 2, Putrajaya. Car park areas full with cars.

Colorful flowers

Huda aka Mummy

Amirul aka Lil Monster

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Speech Delays

When will our children start to talk??? Actually me quite curious and can be claim as eager and too excited to hear Amirul's 1st word(1st word which everybody can understand; mummy, daddy not dada).

According to BabyCentre, our child started communicate with us from the day 1st she/he was born. However, when they enter 18months, their vocabulary increase 200 words. For Amirul's case, he is still in 2 - 3 words (eg: mama, dada) with pointing this & that. Nevertheless, each day, he is catching up few new words and struggling himself to pronounce it.. He understands instructions and words when we talk to him, but to speak back to us, he twisting his tongue. Cayok Amirul..

According to Parenting.Com, there are few reasons why the process is delay;
  • Gender - often develop speech later than girls
  • Multiple causal - Prematurity, low birth weight, and medical intervention at birth; can contribute to language delays
  • Children with other illness - Children with chronic ear infections
  • Preemies (preterm baby) - Babies born early often take longer than others to reach milestones
  • Kids who are focused on other skills - they may just be trying to perfect one skill, like walking
Below is the signs your child might have a delay:(courtesy of Parenting.Com)
  • 1 year: No babbling or speaking in mock sentences at all. She/He doesn't seem to understand or respond when you talk.
  • 18 months: He hasn't said at least one word.
  • 2 years: He says only a few words and communicates mostly through grunting and pointing, or he's losing language skills -- either his vocabulary has shrunk or he no longer talks very much.
  • 2 1/2 years: He's still speaking in single syllables, drops final consonants, or doesn't have a vocabulary of 50 words.
  • 3 years: Strangers can't understand his pronunciation, or he speaks using only simple two-word phrases.
What to do if child delay speech???
  • Talk to your baby simply, clearly and often.
  • Read picture books to your baby
  • Express in words what he shows in signs and facial expressions
  • Talk to your toddler, let him watch your face if possible
Read this expert answer to curious mummy about her speech delays child.

Note : If your child show speech delay, dont be up-set or depress, there is famous & successful people also late talkers; Albert Einstein, Gary Becker (nobel prize-winning economist), Arthur Rubinstein (piano virtuoso)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ovulation Calculator

While im browsing BabyCentre i found this useful ovulation/fertility calculator.. Its a good tools to help us determined our fertile date.

What is ovulation calculator ???

A tool that help you to predict when you ovulate - your prime time for becoming pregnant.

How its work???

Just enter the information from your most recent period and the length of your cycle in the calender, and your fertile date will be estimated. This is an approximate date, and the calculation assumes a regular menstrual cycle.

Note : For those who try to conceive, lets check when is your fertile date for better chances to get baby.. Good luck

Welcome to the world - Afrina Balqis Mohd Syuhairi

Afrina Balqis Mohd Syuhairi
3.3kg @ 6.17pm
Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya (PPUM)
Normal Delivery

Note : Ini baby Fazillah (my colleague yang duduk beside my table). Happy for her newborn baby. Happy confinement Fazillah !!!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Yatie Chomeyl's giveaway - Kisses of Love

Contest Title : Kisses of Love Giveaway
Organizer : Yatie Chomeyl's
Contest Dateline : 3pm (GMT +8:00); Aug 28,09
Giveaway :
  1. Grand Prize : Kidz Yutaka
  2. YC1 : Men's bento lunch box (size: M) & sunflower glass cover
    YC2 :
    Aluminum Can Cooler & Kid's bento lunch box (blue colour)
    YC 3 :
    Girdle Sauna Supporter & Kid's bento lunch box (pink colour)
    YC 4
    Men's bento lunch box (size: L) & sunflower glass cover

Term & Conditions :
  1. This giveaway is only for the follower of blog Yatie Chomeyl - (Done)
  2. Link to blog Yatie Chomeyl in your entry and add my blog in your bloglist : (no link back will be disqualified) - (Done)
  3. Upload the banner of this contest to your sidebar - (Done)
  4. Only ONE picture per entry- (Done)
  5. Leave the link to your entry here to inform me that you've join this contest (Done)
  6. Winners will be selected by the sponsor a.k.a my hubby
  7. I reserves the right to change the terms & conditions without prior notice
  8. I have the right to replace the prize with the same value.
  9. This giveaway is open to Malaysia residents only and runs from now until 3pm (GMT +8:00); Aug 24,09

Tgk expression muka Amirul di kiss oleh mummy daddy


Contest Title : " Beutiful baby Search Contest" Looking for Beautiful Prince & Princess"
Date Contest : 31/08/09
Organizer : Mommy Zara
Giveaway :
  1. 1st Prize - 1 printed T-shirt + 1 Magnetic + 1 keychain + 1 Mag baby poster
  2. 2nd Prize - 1 magnetic + 1 Mag poster + 1 keychain
  3. 3rd Prize - 1 keychain + Mag baby poster
  4. Mystery Gift for number 9 & 19

Term & Conditions :

1. Jd follower Mommy_Zara - Done
2. Sila add banner di atas pada sidebar.. - Done
3. Buat special entry utk contest ini dan sertakn sekali satu picture baby uols yg comey! dan satu picture baby bersama mommy atau daddy! kedua2 gambar akan diambil markah.. - Done
4. Sile nyatakan skali nama baby dan umur baby. tips: gambar baby comey dgn aksi bersahaja tp masih mengekalkan kecomelannya mungkin menjadi pilihan juri - Done
5 Sila nyatakan bila gambar diambil. - Done
6. Link kn blog Mommy_Zara . sila tinggalkn comment bila dh siapkn entry k... - Done

Amirul Arshad B Mohd Mujahid
1yr 6month
Photo Location : Rumah Sosis, Bandung, Indonesia (Jun 2009)

Amirul with Mummy
1yrs old
Photo Location : Masjid Putrajaya (after celebrating Amirul's 1 birthday) (08 Feb 09)

Special Merdeka Giveaway by Little Mama's Diary

Title of contest: Special Merdeka Giveaway - Laptop bag
Organizer : Little Mama's Diary

Contest Period: 17/08/09 - 31/08/09

Gift away:
Helen Keller Lady Laptop Tote from worth RM119

Terms & Conditions :
  1. Opens to all Malaysian (tidak kire dimana anda berada)
  2. Winner will be selected by Lucky Draw
Its a simple and easy peasy contest. All you need to do is :
  1. What you think of this blog content by leaving a comment here. Komen mesti pasal blog entry sahaja (bukan pasal teknikal macam layout ke… kaler ke, header ke…he..he)…. clue: apa yang Little Mama tulis ni best sebab apa, kalau tak best pulak pasal apa, bahasa yang dipakai boleh faham ke, apa lagi you all nak Little Mama tulis etc… komen & cadangan so that Little Mama can improve her writing in future.
  2. Write an entry in your blog about the contest (with link back here).

How safe is children toothpaste.

Since 16 months, i already teach Amirul to brush his teeth. He also showed interest in brushing his teeth. When he is 17 months, he can brush his teeth personally without my assistant. Every morning and before sleep i will ask him to brush his teeth and seem like he knew that the routine.However for sure, i know he likes the taste of toothpaste not the brushing teeth itself. Few questions come across my mind regarding toothpaste issue; is the toothpaste safe for Amirul, is the ingredient inside the toothpaste do not give any side effects to him, it is ok for Amirul to swallow the the leftover paste. Currently he is using Kodomo Lion toothpaste;strawberry flavor.

KodomoLion toothpaste:
  • 5% Xylitol + Active fluoride
  • Available in 4 variants; Strawberry, Orange, Grape & Apple.
Is the toothpaste safe for Amirul:
  • Xylitol inside the toothpaste is a "tooth friendly" non-fermentable sugar alcohol.
  • Xylitol-based products are allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Benefit of xylitol in dental health:
  • caries prevention
  • reduction in cavities
  • plaque-reducing effect
  • attracts and then "starves" harmful micro-organisms
  • allowing the mouth to re-mineralized damaged teeth with less interruption
It is ok to swallow the the leftover paste
  • No, fluoride inside the toothpaste give bad side effects to a child. (read here for more info)
  • Ingestion of fluoride might cause severe effects. (diarrhea in children)

Note : I think Amirul just ingest a small amount of toothpaste yet the accumulation of ingredient inside the toothpaste may deposit in his body and cause bad side effects in long run. fuhhhh.. scary nya. hopefully swallow toothpaste thingy is not effecting Amirul's health . Amin

Monday, August 17, 2009

Expiration Date - Good to Know

Find out when common food, drinks & household items expired

Meat & Alternatives





4 to 5 weeks



1 to 2 days

4 to 6 months

Ground Meat

1 to 2 days

3 to 4 months


1 to 2 days

12 months


3 to 5 days

6 to 8 months

Canned Tuna

1 year

Canned Tuna (opened)

3 to 4 days

Dairy Products




3 to 6 months

Cottage Cheese

2 weeks

Grated Parmesan

12 months

Swiss Cheese

3 to 6 months

Processed American

8 months

Chocolate Bar

1 year

Marshmallows (opened)

40 weeks

Marshmallows (unopened)

3 months

Breads & Cereals


Shelf Life


3 to 6 months

Plain Bread

2 weeks


12 months

Instant Cereal

2 to 3 months


24 months

White Rice

24 months

Brown Rice

6 months

Fruits & Veggie


Shelf Life


3 to 6 days


6 months


2 weeks


4 weeks

Maraschino Cherries

3 to 4 years

Green Olives (jarred & unopened)

3 years

Green Olives (jarred & opened)

3 months

Pickles (unopened)

18 months

Pickles (opened)

n/a (do not eat if slippery or soft)

Condiments & Dressing



Yellow Mustard

6 to 8 months


24 months


3 to 4 months

Jams & Jellies

18 months

Salad Dressings

3 months

Brown Sugar

4 months


never expires

Maple Syrup

1 year

Olive Oil

2 years from manufacture date

Steak Sauce

33 months (color affected but still safe to eat)

Tabasco Sauce

5 years

Soy Sauce (Bottled)

2 years

Soy Sauce (opened)

3 months (taste changes but still safe to eat)


42 months

Worcestershire Sauce

2 years (5 to 10 years if unopened)




Ground Coffee (unopened)

2 years

Ground Coffee (opened)

1 month, refrigerated

Gourmet Coffee beans

3 weeks

Gourmet Coffee ground

1 week if sealed

Instant Coffee (unopened)

2 years

Instant Coffee (opened)

1 month

Unopened Soda (plastic bottle)

3 months (from 'best by' date)

Opened Soda (plastic bottle)

doesn't spoil (but taste is affected)

Unopened Juice Bottle

8 months from production date

Opened Juice Bottle

7 to 10 days

Wine (unopened)

3 years from vintage date

Wine (opened)

1 week refrigerated and corked

Fine Wine

20 to 100 years

Beauty Products


Bar Soap

18 to 36 months

Bath Gel (Body Wash)

3 years

Bath Oil

1 year

Body Bleaches (unopened)

2 years

Body Bleaches (used)

6 months

Body Lotion

3 years

Eye Cream (unopened)

3 years

Eye Cream (opened)

1 year

Face Lotion

3 years

Face Lotion with SPF

check the expiration date

Household Products



Aerosol Air Freshener

2 years

Antifreeze (premixed)

1 to 5 years

Antifreeze (concentrate)

never expires

Alkaline Batteries

7 years

Lithium Batteries

10 years


3 to 6 months

Dish Detergent (liquid or powder)

1 year

Fire Extinguisher

12 years

Fire Extinguisher (rechargeable)

service/replace every 6 years

Metal Polish

3 years

Miracle Gro

3 to 8 years

Miracle Gro (water-soluble)

never expires

Motor Oil

2 to 5 years

Motor Oil (opened)

3 months

Mr. Clean

2 years

Paint (unopened)

about 10 years

Paint (opened)

2 to 5 years

Spray Paint

2 to 3 years


2 years

Wood Polish

2 years

Foundation (water-based)

3 years

Foundation (oil-based)

2 years

Hair Gel

2 to 3 years

Hair Spray

2 to 3 years

Lip Balm (unopened)

5 years

Lip Balm (opened)

1 to 5 years


2 years

Mascara (unopened)

2 years

Mascara (opened)

3 to 4 months


3 years from manufacture date

Nail Polish

1 year

Nail Polish Remover

never expires


1 to 2 years

Rubbing Alcohol

about 3 years


2 to 3 years

Shaving Cream

2 years

Tooth Whitening Strips

13 months

Moist Wipes (unopened)

2 years

Moist Wipes (opened)

until completely dry

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Dear Readers, welcome to my personal blog. This blog is about the story of my little family and its members. You can find my posts are mostly about parenting and family matters. Some of my posts are not concerning parenthood at all like cooking and shopping because I would like some diversify in my parenthood blog. Sharing information to my fellow friends and loyal reader is the main reason to build this parenthood blog.

Parenting is not something we have to keep it to ourselves, but to share.

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