Christmas Trees from Mason Home Decor

Christmas season started early at our home this year!

This is the earliest we have set up our Christmas tree in November, all thanks to Mason Home Decor.

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Christmas tree and decorations all nicely packed and delivered from Mason Home Decor.

Previously we had to spend time at various shops looking for the right-sized Christmas tree with suitable tree trimmings and decoration. I liked it that Mason Home Decor has everything covered under one roof/website. And most importantly their stuff are not cheesy, run-of-the-mill or sub-standard quality. The concern that shoppers have about online shopping is, the actual product differs drastically from the photos. Honestly, I had my reservations initially. But the unedited videos on some of their products helped to rest any unease.

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Wolasko – Premium Christmas Wreath (Silver)

I made my choices based on the following 3 steps:

1) Budget: How much is your budget? Mason Home Decor’s Christmas products aren’t the cheapest in town. But their quality is definitely above average and reasonably priced for their quality. I was pleasantly surprised that they came nicely packed and unboxing them felt almost like unboxing presents!

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Palline Baubles – There is a mix of 3 surfaces – glossy, matte and glittery – in each package of 24 baubles.

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Shimario Baubles – Gold. I like the dancing glitters in the semi see-through baubles.

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Reindeer Baubles – Bronze. Elegant and tall.

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Perla Baubles. I really loved its’ glossy Tiffany-blue tone.

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Snow Flake Bauble – the whites to introduce “snow”. Open-mouthed smile

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Berry Tree Picks with (real) Mini Pine Cones decorated on our TV console.

2) Size: We have very limited space at our current place as most new apartments are these day. The Altaeco (Slim Christmas Tree) – Artificial Colorado Pine Christmas Tree – caught my eyes immediately. It is slim and yet dense with easy-open branches. It fitted our requirement for small spaces.

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Boys getting ready for unboxing and setting up the slim tree just next to the TV console. You can see it’s a really narrow place we have.

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Opening up the branches and leaves.

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Good quality and dense leaves.

3) Look and feel/Theme: If I have many houses, I will like to have a different colored-themed for each Christmas tree! Since I can have only 1 house & 1 tree, I choose my favourite Christmas tree colors – gold, silver, white and a little blue. I love the icy-cold look since we can only have sunny (or rainy) Christmases in Singapore. Open-mouthed smile

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Hanging up the final decor piece – the star – a job which only the head of the household is privileged to do. Well, he’s the only one who doesn’t need a chair for that job. Smile with tongue out

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Our new Christmas Tree is up! Smile Night view.

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Daytime view.

The verdict:

We managed to squeeze the Altaeco Christmas Tree right in front of our TV console. We had such a fun time un-boxing the packages and setting up the tree with it’s trimmings together as a family. A short video of it here on Instagram.

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The soft warm glow from our cove lights together with the Christmas tree lighting. It’s all warm and fuzzy; ready for the cool season. Smile

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Alpi – Premium Metal Star Tree-Topper – Medium in Gold.

We are very happy with the quality of the Mason Home Decor’s tree, it’s close-to-nature shade of green color and thick density of the branches/leaves.  The Christmas Ornaments and Baubles are of solid quality and boost of unique designs. It is a far cry from the cheap ones I have sourced on other websites before. Well, you do have to pay for quality. Open-mouthed smile

If you are pressed for time, shopping for your tree online will be a time-saver for you. However, if you are the must-touch-and-feel-before-you-buy type, Mason Home Decor has a physical shop which is open daily.

Do shop early to avoid the peak Christmas shopping season! Smile

Details

Mason Home Decor

Address: 39A Jalan Peminpin #03-01C, Halycon Building Singapore 577183

Opening hours:

Mon to Fri 11am to 8pm

Sat 12pm to 8pm

Sun 2pm to 7pm

Website: www.mason.com.sg/christmas

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N.B: Thank you to Mason Home Decor for fulfilling my little wish of having a really lovely Christmas Tree in our humble small home. Smile 

Vaby Official Launch & The July Box (Flash Giveaway!)

Media Invite

Following the pre-launch brunch we had with The Vaby Team , we were cordially invited for it’s official launch a few weeks back.

Held at The Playhouse once again, we were treated to an afternoon of playground fun (for the kids), buffet lunch, a mini dress-up baby contest and a lucky draw!

 

 

Loved this candid shot by Vaby’s photographer: A light moment with fellow Singpaore Mom Bloggers; clockwise from my left: Wai Wai , Adeline, Winnie and Lynn

Besides the kids having a ball of a good time at The Playhouse outdoors and indoors play arena, there was Mr Bottle who can twist almost anything out of balloons. Xi En asked for a hippo and Mr Bottle kindly obliged!

 

The photo-fanatic me spent half the time taking photos of the event and standing in front of the Cloudstaprint booth; printing out lovely shots! It’s a great idea to have such a service at a private function so everyone can print out the photos they liked and enjoy live feeds on a private platform. I loved it!

 

Of course not forgetting the reason for the party:

The July Vaby Box!

As mentioned in the previous review, this is a subscription-type of “samples” box which one can subscribe to for S$18.90 per month and receive 5 to 8 surprise items tailored to the age group of your child from newborn to 5 years old. The current July box is suitable for mums-to-be and newborns. Stay tuned for future boxes which can be customized! If these samples worked well for you, you can check out Vaby website to purchase full sized products.

Some notable items in the July Vaby Box are:

  • GOO.N Diaper (Newborn)
  • Chu Chu Nursing Pad
  • Niruscar Cream (to help in healing of keloids)
  • Naturally Kinder Wet Tissue
  • Nurture Meals
  • Ban Kah Chai Zhui Feng Su Ho Oil

(FLASH) Giveaway Time!

If you are keen to receive the July Box (similar to the one above), The Vaby Team is kindly sponsoring 5 boxes to 5 readers of this blog!

If you are a mom-to-be or a new mommy, these should come in useful. Or if you know anyone who might benefit from this products, feel free to get one for your friend.

Note this is a FLASH Giveaway; i.e. Be the first 5 to complete the steps below and you will be receiving the July Vaby Box!

To participate:

1) “Like” Evespiration on Facebook if you have not already done so. Thank you!

2) “Like “Vaby Enterprise Pte Ltd” on Facebook if you have not already done so. Thank you!

3) Enter a comment on this blog post with the answer to this question: Name one animal which can be found on Vaby’s logo (hint: answer can be found on the photos!). Remember to list down your name and email address so The Vaby Team can be in touch for delivery details.

As simple as that; fastest fingers first! Smile 

 

N.B: Thank you to The Vaby Team for the kind invitation to it’s official launch and gifting the July Box (which I will be giving to my neighbour who is giving birth real soon!).

Editor’s note: *Giveaway only open for Singapore addresses.*

Why Q; NoQ!

What kind of books do you prefer your children to read?

Don’t worry, I am not here to discuss the latest National Library Board removing the “penguin books” saga. Enough said on that topic I think.

I remembered as a first-time Mom, I was at a loss of what books to start my baby on.

I read that black and white books are great – I went to find some. I read that red and white and black books are even better – I scouted some too!

And then through trial and error, I found great collections of books in our National libraries catered towards the babies and junior pre-schoolers!

Honestly, I am quite bias. I select books for my young readers based on first looks, first impression and what I want to expose them to. And also what interest them at that moment of time. It could be “Meow Meow” (for Eizac) or Maps (for Xi En).

Without the luxury of time, I normally have to scan through titles of books as fast as possible while keeping an eye on a restless boy (Xi En) or getting Eizac not to blow loud big bubbles in the library! I only have one goal in mind – dash into library, borrowed suitable books as fast as possible before we get chased out for being too destructive or noisy. My boys just cannot sit still to read. The library is just another huge playground to them!

There are some books which I won’t borrow: namely – boring ones which I think are passé, horror or ghostly ones ‘cos I don’t want to scare myself or them and lastly books on snakes, creepy crawlies, insects or the likes. The last category is because of a personal phobia which I am not prepared to overcome….eekksss…..

For Eizac, I will choose a variety of board books which cover “ABCs”, numbers, patterns, peek-a-boo, shapes etc. I go for the newer ones with the idea that they should be less saliva-cladded!

For Xi En, his reading skills had progressed over time. After his “baby days”, I started on simple stories which he can relate to eg. Elmo and Sesame Street, Cailou, Thomas the train, Spot and etc. Now, he went on to “Readers Series” which comes in “Levels”. He is between Levels 2 to 3 at the moment for most Early Readers books. Some tips on selecting books for your toddlers: Go with titles they might know e.g. TImmy Time, Olivia, Peppa Pig, Ni Hao Kai Lan  and some latest cartoons series such as Doc Mcstuffins and Holly and the Magic Kingdom. With familiar characters surfacing on books, they will be attracted to read and find out more! Those books with a series are attractive to Xi En too. Examples The Berenstain Bears, Curious George, Babar and etc. Chinese ones will be 桃树 (Tao Shu) and the SHAPES series.

Slowly, Xi En started on non-fiction books when he is 4 years old. He ventured into his favourite topic – Maps and then Space, the Universe and could distinguish Jupiter from Neptune. Now he is on volcanoes, bodies and earthquakes.

It is heartening to see Xi En enjoying his books and I hope Eizac follows through too.

If you are not free head to the libraries or your child wants to build a home collection, one good option is to purchase them online! Besides the overseas online bookstores, now we have one on home ground!

NoQ (i.e. No Queue!!) Asia is the e-commerce arm of Times Publishing. With a database of more than 14 million titles, there is something for everyone. There do seem to be a stronger emphasize on children books. You will notice that most of their best sellers are children books. There are so many choices that we had to narrow down to choosing a few of Xi En’s favourite series and some notable best sellers which he has yet to read.

My verdict from using this website is:

  • Books are in affordable price ranges. Selected good discounts for some books. Note that prices are before 7% GST which you will see at checkout. There are periodic promotions which further discounts to apply too. Check online for promo codes before purchases.
  • Useful readers reviews from goodreads.com but troublesome to click on the reviews section as it will populate to another screen. Quite a tedious process to check the reviews in the end.
  • Huge variety; high probability to find your child’s favourite reads.
  • Low spend quantum of S$25 to qualify for free delivery. But my key grouse is that the delivery takes a really long time! It took almost 3 weeks for our books to arrive! So do budget in the time you need the books.

With the closure of many brick and motor bookstores, it is great that Times Publishing turn to setting up an online portal. Honestly, I do miss flipping through books and browsing them before a purchase but an online mode for busy parents is a good alternative. Tip: If you have time to head to the local library occasionally, check out different books first so you can make a quick decision if you want to buy them online. If your last trip to the library is your own schooling days, do drop by – it has changed! Smile You can get a library card made for your baby the day he/she is born!

PROMO CODES

Currently NoQ is running a promo of 20% discount for 3 days only (valid till Sat 19th July midnight) . Use code GSS2014 at checkout. More details on their website.

If you missed the above, you can use this exclusive promo code to enjoy 15% off all purchases. Just enter “EVESPIRATION” upon check out. Valid from now till 31st August 2014. Go shopping now on http://www.noqstore.asia !

Happy Reading!

N.B: We were kindly provided with store credits from NoQ Asia for purpose of this review. All other photos and opinions remain my own.