YumeTwins – August 2018

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I was in a debate between getting Doki Doki crate from Japan Crate since I already tried Kira Kira Crate from them and I absolutely love it, or getting this box because they both looked pretty similar with the Kawaii aesthetic. I decided to go for YumeTwins because it the items looked pretty appealing to me more than Doki Doki and I just went for it, along with TokyoTreat. I’m not sure if I’ll post a food related subscription boxes unless you’re interested in that then let me know.

YumeTwins is a monthly kawaii box which includes 6-8 kawaii items ranging from plushies, squishies, practical goods, kawaii stationery & more. For August theme, it focuses on “Dream Land” and it came at a perfect time since I’m 8 month pregnant now and I can’t get comfortable to sleep well.

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Kawaii Sanrio Notebook

I love Sanrio designs so I was so excited to see this cute notebook, the front design is just too adorable as well as the papers inside. I’m more forgetful these days because of my pregnancy so this comes handy in writing my everyday to-do list instead of depending on my phone most of the time.

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Sleepy Pokémon Cable Protector

I was praying to get Vulpix in this box when I saw the spoilers of August box but I got Pikachu, still cute so I won’t complain. It’s such a distraction to sleep while charging your phone and seeing a cute Pokémon sleeping like this on the cable, it’s written “For iPhone” I didn’t honestly try it with my cable since I got an Android phone but I assume it can hold both Android and iPhone cables since they are in the same size.

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Relaxing Puffy Plushie

The moment I opened the box and my son saw this plushie, he got so excited and said “bun bun”. This plushie is incredibly soft and adorable, when you push the tummy it let’s out a cute sound.

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Kawaii Animal Bookmark

I love collecting bookmarks, I think I mentioned that in every OwlCrate post. This adorable Monkey bookmark include sticky notes to put on certain pages if you want to go back to them later on.

Sumikko Gurashi Wash Towel

I’ve been wanting to get a wash towel this size for my face to use when I’m done with my night skincare routine. The design is also adorable almost to the point I don’t want to use it and just stare at it.

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Mini Cooling Pillow Cover

You call this mini ? It’s perfect for me. The fabric is amazing and very soft, it instantly give you a cold sensation when you run your hands on it. It’s very comfy and helpful for my current condition, my lack of sleep needs such kawaii-ness to ease my growing pains.

Overall, wow I’m in love with this subscription box already. The items are all adorable and fits the Dream Land theme, I will definitely continue my subscription with this box.

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Games to Revisit: Kingdom Hearts II

Like any other RPG fan, I got very excited when Kingdom Hearts III was announced and later on upset for the delay. By the time this game would be released, I’ll be a mom of two and hopefully will have time to play. For now till the day of the release comes, I decided to go back to Kingdom Hearts II since I consider it my favorite.

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Kingdom Hearts II begins one year after the events of Kingdom Hearts and Chain of Memories. The game’s setting is a collection of various levels (referred to in-game as “worlds”) that the player progresses through. As in the first game, the player can travel to various Disney-based locales, along with original worlds specifically created for the series. While Disney-based worlds were primarily derived from the Disney animated features canon in the first game, Kingdom Hearts II introduces worlds that are based on Disney live-action films as well. Each world varies in appearance and setting, depending on the Disney film on which it is based. The graphics of the world and characters are meant to resemble the artwork style of the environments and characters from their respective Disney films. Each world is disconnected from the others and exists separately; with few exceptions, players travel from one world to another via a Gummi Ship.

Ever since I was young, I’ve been a Disney fan so the whole mash-up between Square Enix with them made this game one of my favorites. The environment setting as random as it may sound, was perfectly connected.

Now the characters of this game are definitely my favorite along side who we already know from Final Fantasy series and also the Disney characters, Sora, Kairi and Riku has their own unique personality which I mostly loved. The game as much as light-hearted and cheerful it intended to be, has a dark sad side and all that stems from the characters personalities and that made me appreciate the game more. To be more specific, the Organization XIII aspect of nobodies was amazing to me, as emo as they sound it made perfect sense to me while I was playing it obviously as an angst teenager. This is why I have so much connection with this game, short scenes like this …

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If you haven’t tried this game yet, I highly recommend starting this game from the first part to have more of a grasp about who’s Sora, the heartless and nobodies. I’m honestly too excited about the third part and I hope the hype of this game doesn’t kill it because it’s such an amazing game with a great story.

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Embracing my Tutor Side

A week ago I was having a conversation with Karalee (Tales of Belle) about our children and she mentioned Kindergarden. Now I know I’m all-out protective mom and I will probably (means I will 100%) cry on the day my son would start school, I’m just too attached to him and it feels overwhelming seeing how fast he has grown, I’m not mentally prepared for this.

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Me: So where do we go from here ?
Son: This way
Me: And then ?
Son: Flower
Me: You can’t pass the walls
Son: Bee flies

Yeah, I didn’t expect that smart answer.

Enjoy the outdoors with this fun maze! Be sure to check out Education.com for more learning fun.

Recently I’ve been trying to spend more time with my son before I give birth because I don’t want him to feel left out since all the attention would be shifted to his new sibling. I’ve started reading bedtime stories to my son since he was around 4 months old, of course he wasn’t interested in the stories but he liked the characters and the colors in the storybooks. As he got older he started choosing which book to read on his own, connecting the characters to his favorite nursery rhymes.

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One of the methods I used for teaching my son the basics for example color and shapes, are educational toys and sometimes YouTube videos of his favorite characters. Of course the YouTube way needs to be supervised, you never know if your kid going to end in the dark side.

I feel like most of the things I listed so far are just excuses not to let my child start preschool, to be honest I was contacted by Education.com who provided me with the maze in the first picture and I’ve enjoyed the content and worksheets they listed on their website, and I’m not saying this because they reached out to me. I personally think the material I found on that website are very helpful for children same age as my son and it helped me bond with my son even more.

Exploring my tutor side was very interesting, it sparked creativity and imagination when I trigger his curiosity. It gave our conversation a new direction and it gets hilarious sometimes, my husband and I stare at each other confused when my son says something new every time and we’ve been enjoying it.

Teach your children to never stop exploring

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Kira Kira Crate – July 2018

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I posted in May my first Kira Kira Crate and I’ve been in love with it, June rolls around and I changed my address to Oman because I thought maybe it’ll be easier and cheaper instead of using that cursed shipping company. Well, I was wrong and I never really got June box and I was just sad that I have to go back to that shipping company again just to get my packages.

Jumping to July, I got my package of course after paying extra fee but I guess I deserved it. I cancelled my subscription after this box because I wanted to try something new and I might return back to this box anyway because I really enjoyed it. What I loved about this box is that all the items are connected to each other and makes a whole process of skincare routine.

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Bub Bub Sponge

This adorable sponge is just too cute for me to use, it has silicon ends and it helps with exfoliating and bubbles up the foam of the cleanser you apply on the lower part.  Like I said earlier the products are connected so the next one is the cleanser you can use with this sponge.

Aloe Face Wash

I love aloe based skincare products and this one isn’t any different, I love how it smells and it felt so refreshing.

This duo was a fun experience for me to try compared to the usual skincare routine I always do, I would love to try a different face wash with this sponge.

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Collagen and Vitamin C Lotion

I’m not sure why it’s called lotion because it’s definitely a toner to me. I love using vitamin C serums, I always make it part of my skincare routine and like the previous products it’s paired up with a rather interesting mask.

Compressed Sheet Masks

So this thing just blew my mind, they are small heart shaped tablets which absorbs toners or any liquid and they grow all the sudden to be a sheet mask.

Just like this video, I used the toner and dropped one of the tablets to create a vitamin C sheet mask and I liked how my face felt after using it. The toner can be used alone as well with cotton pads, as well as the sheet masks they can be customized with different toners and face products that can absorbed by those small tablets.

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Cheek Roller

As a final step from all those skincare products, this cheek roller is a perfect ending. It helps improve blood circulation and enhancing collagen, and it gives you the perfect massage for your cheeks before going to bed.

Overall, I’m kinda sad that I cancelled this subscription box. I really love everything they sent out so far, mostly because they are such interesting products to try out and also I think Asian skincare products are the best. I will definitely consider resubscribing soon, I highly recommend this subscription box.

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Product of The Month

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We depend on technology in most aspects of our lives, we save our memories in our phones and devices not like old days when we used to go to photo shops with the negative strips to develop the photos not knowing if they actually look good or not. Of course those pictures we store occupy space and sometimes we are forced to erase them to have more space or the device itself can malfunction and delete everything. Keeping those disadvantages in mind, I decided to print out my son’s photos and keep them in a photo album so we can look back to those memories without using our phone and spend time trying to find that certain picture we had in mind.

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I use Canon SELPHY printer for that and that’s why I chose it as my product of the month. I love how the photos turned out in more of a physical form and I’ve enjoyed putting them in an album. The printer allows you to print through Wi-fi or plug a USB drive, it needs special glossy sheets obviously and I’ve noticed the ink finishes by 60 sheets. There are sizes you can choose from in the printer itself but I went for the classic postcard size to keep them in the appropriate fit album.

If you are looking for a reliable printer to use with your phone at the comfort of your home, I highly recommend this one.

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I Bought Stuff on Didddle for Free … ?

I love online shopping, who wouldn’t enjoy shopping from the comfort of their home not having to take rounds just to find a parking space. You can find products not actually sold in your country and get them directly to your door easily (on some occasions). I’ve been shopping online for awhile to know what would a reliable website look like and I came across a certain website through a tweet I saw on twitter that day which looks like this.

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I’ve seen this tweet circulate a lot recently and I haven’t seen a single website talk about this. So I had to go to check this website out and how exactly things are sold for free, and here’s what I found out.

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It’s 100% a scam and I don’t know why no one really called them out yet because I was searching about it and nothing comes up related to it, if you search this website through Scam Advisor it’ll show that it’s somewhat safe. I went on and tried the website anyway because I wanted to get to the bottom of this, and on the front page it looks like a legit Shopify website that sells high quality products. On the bottom of the front page, it doesn’t really have the usual things you see normally in shopping websites, for example check boohoo website.

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and here’s Didddle.

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There’s no way to contact them, there’s no About us page, there’s no information whatsoever about this website. This is one of the red flags you get when you want to go online shopping and also the website doesn’t really offer PayPal payment, they instantly ask you for your card information. I went on with this website and decided to see how far it’ll go in making you buy stuff from the website and I chose 3 items and it only asked me to pay for shipping just like the tweet I mentioned in the beginning stated.

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It took from my card the shipping amount and they sent me an email that the order is confirmed but what caught my attention was the last part of the email.

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The contact email is on Yahoo, not even from the main website domain which is definitely sketchy. I tried sending emails to it and of course I didn’t get any response, it’s been two weeks already and I don’t think I’ll ever get those items or get a reply back.

If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

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What They Don’t Tell You About Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a beautiful journey where you discover your maternal side and all those pretty words they add in every book, article or even cards. I’ve had two pregnancies so far and I’ve experienced different effects in each pregnancy, so I can assure you each pregnancy is different. Along with this bright side of it, the perfect skin and hair obviously there’s a low side as well. Here’s the hard truths about pregnancy and what no one really told me when I got pregnant.

  • Stressing over maternity leave. If you are a working mom, maternity leave will be one of the your main concerns because you’ll be counting the days you’re allowed to have while getting paid or add a month or two unpaid. For example I’ve been counting the days I can take while accumulating my annual leave so I can add it after my maternity leave ends so I would have more time to spend with my kids. The whole matter is stressful on it’s own because it feels like I’m forcing myself to go to work while I’m tired and I need to rest.
  • The gross side. No one really told me about the gross and disgusting stuff that happens during pregnancy. The burping, the hiccups, passing gas and feeling your dignity fading away along with it. I’m afraid it might happen to me in public and I have no way of controlling this, it just happens at weird times unexpected.
  • Everyone likes to tell you about their experience. For some reason every lady wants to tell you about her experience in pregnancy whether it’s good or bad, and if you are a first time mom it might scare you.
  • Nine months is a bit too long. You start counting those nine months in weeks and 40 weeks sound easy to pass by but not really. Because you are waiting for those weeks to pass, it’ll seem much longer than it should be and each week just dragging the next one.
  • Heartburns. I HATE THEM and it sucks that I only get them at night before I sleep or I just suddenly wake up because of a heartburn. They make me miserable and I found out medicines that supposed to help you, don’t really work with me so ice cream became my best friend. They work instantly and helps with heartburns really fast so I always stock my freezer with different flavors so I wouldn’t get bored.

I love having kids, I don’t mind the pain from labor or childbirth because these only lasts at that moment but the whole nine month journey isn’t exactly my favorite chapter.

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