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The Talented Face Painter- Mom Blogger Dianaruth from Chubby Anecdotes March 18 2014, 1 Comment

Today, tinylittleone gets to know the very talented Dianaruth, a mom who blogs at ChubbyAnecdotes.net. 

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a proud mother of 3, a somewhere-in-the-middle mum – neither a FTWM (Full-time Working Mum) nor a full-fledged SAHM (Stay-At-Home Mum). On weekdays, I work from home and check into office 3 mornings in a week. I also run a little face painting business, www.ChubbyFairy.com, which operates mostly on weekends, when I switch to party mode and face paint at parties and events. In between and apart from my work schedule, I watch Disney Junior with my kids, dance (okay, try to dance) to Hi-5, bake, craft and blog whenever my schedule allows, run after my kids in the park, while they run after me at home. 

 

I was a full-time working mum (FTWM) prior to my current part-time and ad-hoc work arrangement. It wasn’t easy to bid my career goodbye – it was in fact, very difficult. Especially, shortly after the honeymoon period of being a SAHM, I feel a sense of lost like never before. I am therefore, very grateful for my current work arrangement with my employer. It isn’t just a job to pay the bills, it is to me a lifeline back to my professional life, when the kids are older. 

Becoming a mum is the best thing that has happened to me, and among the best decisions I’ve made. I know (much to my dismay) that I would be left way behind by my peers when I return to full-time work, the day my kids are old enough for me to do so. But, I also know that the kids are worth it, and if I could give up part of my dreams to empower my children to fulfil theirs, I should have no complains or regrets. Just as my mum had gave up hers for my siblings and I.  

You are a mummy to.. 

3 bubbly kids - Shanice (7 yo), Renee (5 yo) and Nat (3 yo).
I call them my do,re,mi. Get to know do,re,mi.

 

When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging shortly after Renee was born. I used to keep scrapbooks of Shanice’s development but found it difficult to catch up with 2 young children. Hence, I opted for a faster, cheaper and easier way to archive our memories – blog.  

Why should readers read your blog?

Why would they not? *thick skin* LOL! 

ChubbyAnecdotes.net is a blog for all things crafty and fun. Because it’s my blog, it’s pretty much like me (and my kids), okay, more my kids than me. It’s colourful, filled with kids’ crafts and the goodies we baked at home and with friends. From time to time, I enjoy working on advertorials and product reviews, pretty much like little pet projects I take up when I have the time or when something exciting comes my way. 

What or who inspire you to keep doing what you do?

My kids. Nothing and no one inspires me more than my children. I would have been pretty much wasted without them. They kept my foot on the ground and open up my imagination- even the sky isn’t the limit. I have always been breathing but I’ve only started living a wholesome life after they came into my life. 

Describe your parenting style.

Almost-anything goes. 
I am quite chill about most things. My hubby likes to use the term “free-ranging” on the kids. Think Aussie outback and kangaroos, yup, that’s pretty much what it’s like at home – little kids running and bouncing around while I hop around, trying not to step on some toy on the floor ☺.  My home is usually in a mess, that’s the norm for us, and its fine. Just don’t ask the husband what he thinks ☺ 


How do you balance work, blog and family?

Ah, I am not good at juggling (I don’t just mean motorskills), as for time management *ermham, I hope I won’t regret writing it down*, it is non-existence outside office hours – It is a trained behaviour for work, not something natural to me… I guess I’ve said enough. Haha. 

So back to your question, how do I balance? Well, I don’t - not alone. They say it takes a village to raise a kid. I have my ‘village’ to thank for supporting me (and my kids). 

If there’s one benefit of growing up in a big family (having 3 siblings), is that there are people I can fall back on. That’s one thing, I am sure my kids will grow up to appreciate. I am very blessed to have a super-able helper, she is kind, loyal and great with kids. She has been working with us since Renee’s (my second child) birth. Good friends and neighbours are great help too. I probably live in the nicest neighbourhood - my neighbours are awesome with kids. Sometimes, the kids would run over to Aunty T’s house for tea and play with her baby while I take a moment to do my own things. 


Your best adventures with your kids

Going anywhere with 3 kids is pretty much an adventure. We haven’t wandered too far from home with all 3 children. The furthest we went was Lego Land in Malaysia and it was fun, though I won’t say it’s the best adventure we had. It’s tough to decide which are the best adventures, as we kinda enjoy most of our outings.  But ask me again for the worst ones and I probably have a couple to share. LOL! 

Connect with Dianaruth on Facebook.

Magazine Feature on Mother and Baby March 03 2014, 0 Comments

TLO is so happy to be featured on Mother and Baby's February issue!

Mother and Baby leading pregnancy & baby magazine for mums with children up to birth to age 4.
This internationally loved title covers topics from conception and pregnancy, to infant and toddler care - everything mums need to know about the most exciting and rewarding time of their lives.

It is published by Mediacorp.

We are on the Top right corner, featuring our cute Rhino Lassig backpack.
See the whole range of Lassig bags that we carry in our store.

Check out our other magazine feature on Young Families if you haven't seen it.

Psss.. Take advantage of Fabulous Fridays deal on Lassig going on this week.


Magazine Feature on Young Familes February 17 2014, 0 Comments

tinylittleone is proud to be featured on the Jan/ Feb issue of Young Families. 
We are so excited with our very first Magazine feature.

 

Young Families, a bimonthly publication of the PAP Community Foundation, covers practical parenting information and creative ideas for today’s modern family.
The magazine reaches 50,000 families whose children are enrolled in PCF kindergartens and childcare centres across the island.

It is published by SPH magazines.

 

Ooh, Spot the colourful POW fluf bag on the lower left of the menu page. 

 

 

SPH has requested for quite a number of different items from us to feature on Bright Bold Beginnings- Our pick of colourful, whimsical favourites that celebrate the promise of new year.

In the end, our fluf lunch bags and Trunki Paddlepak blowfish Spike were chosen! Yay!

 



Though it was just a small feature section, this opened us up to the big scary world of PR and publishing giants.
It's still a Big start for us, hopefully there will be more TLO magazine features in the future.