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.

Vaby–New kid on the block

Va? what? I thought it was somewhat linked to “Barbie” for a moment. Smile with tongue out

It’s Va-by – a new local start-up with a unique selling point in the baby/mummy arena. Vaby was coined out from “Victory” and “Baby”; so I found out after attending the preview launch event at The Playhouse few weeks back.

The first-in-Singapore key proposition that Vaby wants to promote is their Vaby (Surprise) Box. This is a tastefully designed cutesy box with sample-sized items and discount vouchers which will be useful for a “sampling” of products before committing to a full-sized purchase. Their first launch of Vaby box will cater to mums-to-be, new mums and babies for now. The toddlers box will be introduced subsequently. For starters, examples of merchandise which could be included are baby clothing, accessories, diapers, wipes, skincare products, organic food items and many more!

Still not sure what’s the big deal? Think Bellabox and Sample Store. These are fine examples of how sample-sizes “boxes” led the beauty and lifestyle market. Now Vaby is here for the mummies and babes! We sincerely hope that they become successful in Singapore and beyond. We support local start-ups! Smile

There was lotsa of excitement at The Playhouse as mummy bloggers pored over the whole idea and our kiddos ran wild at the play areas. If you haven’t been to the revamped Playhouse (previously known as The Seb Bistro), you should really go by and take a look. There are proper outdoor and indoor (air-conditioned) play areas now and these will easily be a few hours of play time for the young ones. Parents can dine next to the play zones while you keep a look-out at the kiddos.

Playhouse

Here’s a chance to be invited to Vaby’s official launch this coming Sat (28th June 2014) 2-4pm at The Playhouse!

Simply sign up as Vaby’s member on their website at this link and await to see if you will be the lucky ones to be invited and all attendees will receive a Vaby box as a door gift too!

Hope to see you there! Smile

Do watch this space for more updates on upcoming Vaby giveaways!

Official Launch 2

 

N.B: We were cordially invited to attend the Vaby preview launch at The Playhouse. Treated to a nice brunch and Xi En had a great time! We went home with Vaby boxes of good quality korean clothing (for Baby Eizac too!) and the team kindly provided transport allowance too. Otherwise all other opinions remain writer’s own.

P.S:  One big unwelcome “gift” received was a huge insect bite on the eye lid due to the carelessness of the Mummy who forgotten to spray on mosquito repellent for Xi En. So gentle reminder to put on (liberally) mosquito repellent for yourself and young ones if you are heading there any time. With a backdrop of fauna and flora, it attracts uninvited guests too!