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Kicking Back A Bit…

It’s been almost 3 weeks since our family helper went home for a well deserved break, and to spend time with her family. The change of pace and routine wasn’t entirely unexpected (we’ve done this for several years now) – but I must admit that it’s nice to have a bit of a forced break from work myself and focus more on the kids’ daily needs.

Gearing up for a frenetic week starting Monday. In the meantime I’m slowing down (a lot!) so I don’t inadvertently rush the family through their days just so I can get work done. Some days I feel so frazzled, grumpy and worn out. On others, indescribably psyched and happy. I look forward to a bit more balance once I can get some decent nights’ sleep again.

There will always be work – but children will only be young once.

Lionel and me

(My younger brother and me, when he was 3 or 4, I think…)

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Father’s Day Special – 20% Off All Soap!

In conjunction with Father’s Day, we’re offering 20% off all our soap from now till 30th June 2014. Regulars will know that we don’t do sales very much at all, so you might want to take this opportunity to stock up on your favourites. 😉

Enter the coupon code “ilovedaddy” during your checkout and you’ll enjoy 20% savings on all soap purchases. Not valid with our Teselli Soap, Package Deals and Starter Gift Baskets.

Please use the share buttons below to spread the word amongst your friends and family. And if they have any questions for us, send us an email at sales@kindersoaps.com and we’ll attend to their queries right away.

Thanks for visiting our brand new website and let us know what you think of it!

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Welcoming Our New Family Member, Sean Ngeow.

Say hello to my new boss. :p This is Sean. He arrived in quite a hurry in the wee hours of Tuesday morning on the 18th of September. Within 15 minutes of me waking up feeling mild contractions, this little fella was born right at home to a pair of slightly flustered, but very happy, parents.

Since then I have been taking some time off during my confinement period to rest and get to know our baby better. Sean seems like a very straightforward baby to care for and I love watching his many expressions that cross his red face while he slumbers. The squeaks, grunts, snuffles and whimpering sounds he makes are adorable, and bring back memories of his other three siblings when they were that small.

And don’t get me started on how addictive his baby smell is! I’m doing all I can to commit it to memory before it fades away eventually.

So this is why I’ve gone a little quiet on Facebook and all production work at the soap studio has ground to a halt. You will notice that so many items are out of stock – and the earliest you’ll be able to purchase fresh batches will only be in mid to late November, assuming that I can jump straight back into work after my confinement period is over. This being our fourth child means that I’ve noticed my body taking a longer time to recover from childbirth.

However, if you’re terribly in need of more soap that is out of stock at our website and shop at Jaya 33, you can always check out our other stockists to try your luck there. We have recently updated our list, so do check out our Store Locations page:

kindersoaps.com/store-locations

Anyway, I have just a few more days to enjoy this relatively quiet environment before it’s back to work. I feel daunted, to be honest… There have been so many changes, so many developments both for Kinder Soaps as well as my personal life which I have had to leave mostly unattended while recuperating. It’s a bit overwhelming, even though they are all very positive events indeed.

(One of my other interests is drawing. I finally had a little time on my hands to indulge in a favourite childhood past time.)

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We’ve Been Busy


Reuben knocked out
Reuben knocked out

I think this photo sums up how I feel on most days (in a good way). In fact, I’m beginning to feel that the word “busy” is way overused and I’ll need to find some other way to describe the state of my day-to-day activities. :p

(In case you’re curious, here are some words you can use instead of “busy”.)

Reuben’s a bit under the weather, soldiering rather cheerfully through a cold. He still can settle himself to sleep without much help from me, just a piece of cloth with a dash of eucalyptus essential oil placed by his pillow to help clear up his nasal passages enough to let him breathe a little easier. Poor darling. I’m managing the brood on my own this weekend as my hubby is away in Langkawi for his company’s annual retreat. They’re living it up at the Andaman (but I hear that they haven’t kept the place as well as they should have for a 5-star establishment).

As for myself, I’ve been working in as much soaping time as I can while all three children are fast asleep, and have finally replenished all my soap varieties (phew!). They’re now curing. This coming week, Tangy Lavender and Summer Fizz will be ready to ship–and while they look a tad different from the current product photos, they still have the same lovely scents that you have come to know and enjoy. I’ll be working on new photographs soon and will put them up as quick as I can.

This photo of my curing rack was taken just last week. Today there is another rack identical to this (they’re both from IKEA, RM69 each) next to it (we removed the towel rail you see to the left of this rack), and they’re both chock full of soap! Haven’t had time to photograph the new setup, but what’s even more amazing is the whole cocktail of scents floating about in my office these days.

Alas, it will take more than heavenly or invigorating scents to keep me going at all that needs to be done. There’s just no substitute for an uninterrupted night’s sleep.

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Quick Update

Phwoar. I’ve enjoyed every moment of each day for the past few weeks, but oh my, the amount of things I end up cramming into my 24 hours is approaching near ridiculous. Even finding time to reply e-mails has proven to be tricky! Thank you for your patience–you guys know who you are. 😉

Anyway, just to let you know that I’ve finally managed to squeeze in some soaping sessions to put these on the curing rack:

  • Tangy Lavender (ready by 23rd July 2010)
  • DreamTime (ready by 27 July 2010)
  • Summer Fizz (ready by 30 July 2010)

I’ve also had to stock up on my essential oils to cater to some wholesale orders and enquiries I’ve received. As a bootstrapping operation it hurts when you know that you could have gotten a much better deal if you bought supplies in bulk… but at the end of the day, managing cashflow is all important to a small business’s survival. There’s no doubt that the old adage of ‘cash is king’ rings true!

Apart from that, we’re enjoying moments like these:

My side of the family and the kids

From left to right: my dad, Brandon, my brother, his wife, and Andrea. That was taken after a home-cooked bak kut teh dinner at our place, the first meal I cooked for my dad and brother since I got out of confinement. The kids adore their uncle and aunt, and vice versa. Grandpa is always tickled pink by the things that Brandon and Andrea say.

It’s all good, but I can’t help but think that my mom’s missing from the photograph. I do miss her so.

Alright then, it’s back to work!

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I’m BACK! But Easy Does It…

Reuben on my shoulder Say hello to Reuben, our newest little love bucket. 😡 He’s grown so much in just one month!

Starting Thursday, June 24th, my confinement period is officially over and I will be moving back to our home. It’s been a blissful time of having peace and quiet for the better part of the days, taking my time to get to know Reuben, and catching up on rest.

Initially, a few days after my delivery I was psyched up to jump straight back into the soap business. Now I know better! So I do hope that you’ll bear with me as the family adjusts to our new routine, and I figure out how to manage my time between the household and Kinder Soaps.

To all who have placed orders with me during this past month, thank you so much for your patience and kind words. I’ll get in touch with you as soon as I can about your soap, but please forgive me for any delays that may crop up.

Oops, it’s time to feed Reuben.

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Baby Reuben Has Arrived!

Our baby boy made his way into the big, wide world at 6am, Thursday May 27th, weighing in at 3.15kg. We’re both very well, and my hubby is doing a fantastic job taking care of Brandon and Andrea while I spend my confinement month at my in-laws’.

So Kinder Soaps will be ‘closing shop’ until June 25th–I won’t be able to ship out any orders since I’m away from my work area (and I’m meant to be resting up anyway). But you can still browse the shop, place your orders in advance or get hold of me via e-mail, which I will respond to as quickly as I possibly can.

In the meantime, I may be blogging occasionally from my personal website, and you can read about Reuben’s arrival here.

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Music Monday – Here I Am

Bryan Adams’ “Here I Am”.

We’ve had a great weekend with the family, and carving out some time to have conversations that don’t revolve around family with my hubby is always something really precious–especially since we have 2 toddlers who require so much personal attention.

Listening to this takes me back to the months leading up to our wedding, where hubby and I were painstakingly putting together our photo montage to be presented at the wedding dinner. It evokes so many emotions–of hope, freedom, promise, elation. It was a blissful period. We chose this as the backing track for the video.

Happy Monday!

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Anytime Now…

Well, it looks like baby #3 is all set to join us at any time. Although his expected due date is on June 13th, the contractions I’ve been experiencing (even with the prescribed medication) have been intensifying gradually. Last night found me rolling all over my side of the bed, unable to sleep for the slight discomfort.

If you’d like to have more regular updates from me, you can follow my Tweets, or visit my personal blog:

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I miss making soap. Unfortunately when I feel like a whale trying to walk on land it’s not the most practical of endeavours for the time being, so I’ll be hanging around on the Web most days. Feel free to drop me an e-mail or a message on Twitter. I’ll be around. 🙂