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.

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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!

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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!

Agapebabies – a multi-brands online shop

Sponsored Review

When Agapebabies approached me for a review on their online shopping website, honestly I was sceptical of yet another run-of-the-mill shopping site. These days, it is not easy to stand out from the crowd as there are so many online shops ready to woo the growing number of internet-age shoppers.

But after a quick browse of Agapebabies website, I was impressed with the clean cut look of the site, the simple categorisation of products and the wide range of goods offered. From organic food to California Baby skincare and even mummies’ cleanser products, this website promise to bring you the premium and authentic brands at affordable prices. Recently they also partnered with The Sunshine Kids which is an online kids fashion departmental store. It stocks up mainly girly dresses at the moment. It is understood that Agapebabies is looking to expand further as a multi-store concept and will continue to add more brands and even stores in time to come.

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Cut-the-chase: I agreed to shop with them! (I possibly would even if I am not invited to review!)

It is great that the store doesn’t just stock babyish products. As a mummy of 2, my boys are almost 4 years apart and so it is helpful to be able to purchase different age groups products on the same site!

Agapebabies prided itself in specialising in California Baby product ranges and just nicely, I needed to stock up on some shower items for the boys. Purposefully, I compared prices between some brick & mortar shops and other online shopping sites. Glad to conclude that Agagebabies’ prices for this brand is highly competitive. I added a California Baby The Basic Tote (S$24.90) to my cart! Great for the travel trip that we are planning months ahead! Smile

I was surprised to see that many new products and brands were added weekly to their ranges. I found a reputable brand : Thermos Foogo  leak-proof stainless steel food jar (S$36.31) which comes in handy as Eizac is in the stage of feeding on solid home-cooked food. It is in a nifty 10oz size which is just nice for a lunch meal for my 18th month boy.  They have so many cute designs Thermos (Dora, Mickey, Ironman and Hello Kitty)!

The shopping experience was seamless. It was easy to navigate through the site; there were no glitches faced. There were so many products to choose from (2000 products from 100 brands!). Look at that: (!!)

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Perhaps my only grouse is that I need more shopping money to buy everything which catches my eye! My shopping haul came in through a local courier delivery within 2 days of placing the orders. Such speedy delivery is helpful when you need the products urgently. Do note that there is an option for normal mail delivery which will take 1-7 working days. It will be a cheaper alternative as compared to courier service.

There is free local courier delivery if you purchase S$80 and above (honestly, not the cheapest delivery option in the online market but I believe this might change once they get bigger and can transfer delivery cost-savings to consumers).

Agapebabies is also active on Facebook and Instagram. Do follow them for exclusive daily deals and periodic contests.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/agapebabies

Instagram: @agapebabies

If you would like to shop with Agapebabies, do make use of this 5% discount code which the kind folks had gladly provided.

Just enter “5%offevespirationblog” upon check-out.

Discount code will be available from 24th June 2014 to 15th July 2014. However it will not be applicable for purchase of breast pumps, diapers and milk powder.

Happy shopping! Smile

N.B: We received shopping credits as part of this sponsored review; all opinions remain writer’s own.

24/7 online grocery shopping is Therapeutic!

With a really hectic schedule these few weeks ever since my helper decided to go emotional on us and left for home (another story by itself); we pretty much had to shoulder on more chores.

And it didn’t help that both boys decided to fall sick around the same time plus I had a big project launch on-going at work. It was just busy busy busy everyday from morning till night.

I am just so glad that I am living in today’s today. The age of internet shopping! With really little time to spare in the day time, my favourite time to shop is at night; when everyone is all asleep.

The night-owl in me scan through the popular websites, select the most user-friendly and trustworthy ones and BUY AWAY! My husband always wonder why there are parcels delivered to our house when I didn’t have time to shop. Muahhahhaha…. I didn’t dare to show him the credit card bills!

2 days back, I had a go at online grocery shopping!

I always enjoyed going to the supermarkets. Everywhere in the world; my favourite and must-go places are the grocery shops. Somehow, to me, grocery-shopping is therapeutic! Anyone feels the same out there?

But lately, time constraints drove me to the online stores and it gave me the best chance to try out Redmart.com – a new online establishment I saw last year. Cut the chase: the easy-to-navigate menus + large friendly SALE banner gave me a pleasant first-time online grocery shopping experience. I completed my purchase within 30 mins. Took slightly longer as I was peering through the “new” section. Open-mouthed smile

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My few cents worth of thoughts:

Prices: I believed most mummies are price sensitive when it comes to purchasing grocery items. For the “aunties” (like me), I can remember most of normal rack prices at the regular supermarket. If it cost a hell-lot more than usual, I am unlikely to add to my cart unless I desperately need the item. If it is just a few cents of difference, I will close my eyes and click ADD! I didn’t do a detailed price comparison on all items, but would say by large 80% of the items offered on Redmart.com are quite competitively priced. Tip: check out their Sale section to see what’s on sale so you can grab those first! Smile

Quality: Not sure as the goods are not delivered yet. But I don’t expect the quality to be any different from if I just head out to buy them myself. Currently they don’t offer fresh produces; so quality of dry stuff should meet the standard. But an area for improvement would be to provide expiry dates for all the food items. From my experience shopping on international sites (iherb.com for that matter); all expiry dates are provided clearly so consumers can plan their purchase and usage in a more timely fashion.

Payment: Using paypal or credit card. Secured enough for me.

Range of products: Decent selection; more than 3 to 4 brands for most products. You won’t get everything and every brands; but safe to say most popular and familiar brands are in there. And if I am not wrong, they are trying to add more product choices to their list.

Delivery: Earliest available date for my delivery is 5 days (including Sat and Sun). Honestly, didn’t expect it to be 5 days. Maybe I have to adjust my expectations. Unless I head out to buy them myself, I won’t get the grocery in that next instant. But then again, I would have thought 3 to 4 days will be more acceptable. Nonetheless, one key helpful point is that I won’t need to lug back sacks of rice, mountain of diapers and lorries of milk powder! No prizes for guessing what I bought for this shopping spree at Redmart!

Overall, I am glad there is such an online grocer which opens 24/7 for busy folks like me. Compared to other individual standing supermarkets which offer online shopping as well, I like it that Redmart offers free delivery if you purchase above $75 (Fairprice and Cold Storage charges $7 delivery fee). It’s not too difficult to hit amount if you are buying for a family. For first-timer like me, I purchased my groceries from Redmart with a coupon code from an online couponing portal – Flipit- which collects special promo codes and sales from Singapore and around the world. It gave me 15% off for first-time purchaser! Yeah! – any little savings help a long way.

Do you have a favourite online shopping site? Do share them with me; I think I just got started and hooked on!

Disclaimer: This post and shopping experience is inspired by Flipit which prompted me to check out online shopping codes for more cost savings before I check-out my carts! All opinions (and shopping trophies) are writer’s.