Days leading up to the third term one week school break, I was suggesting to the hub that since we’re not going out of town for a short holiday, we could plan a staycation in Sentosa island.

Sentosa is a small island just off the main Singapore island with lots to see and do. That’s where Universal Studio Singapore is located. And so I went on to check out some staycation package at some of the hotels in Sentosa. I know that it’s a school holiday and the rates of the hotels will definitely be higher compared to non-peak season rates but oh my, for just two nights stay it’ll cost more than S$800 including taxes?!

No way I’m paying to stay in a hotel just 30 minutes drive from my home! Yes they do have nice room with air-condition and a pool view but still. I have air-condition in all the three bedrooms in my home and a comfortable bed. And better still it’s FREE! Hah! How about that as a good excuse not to pay more than S$800 for two nights hotel stay.

We’re not stingy but we do have a sense of spending our money wisely. So, staycation was out of our plan but that doesn’t stop us from having a great time. In fact, that was an understatement. We had a FABULOUS time over three days over the weekend!

We packed our days with activities that doesn’t cost a bomb and yet we still had a wonderful time. I was really glad to take a couple of days off from work, despite now being a busy period. I always believe there should be a balance in family life and work.

And so we spent our days from one location to another and we took time to enjoy ourselves, not rushing to anywhere.

Our activity started on Thursday at Adventure Cove Waterpark, a fun aquatic adventure park in Resort World Sentosa. This was our 2nd time there but we thought since all of us love water park, we don’t mind going back again. This place is for adults and kids, with a string of fun activities such as waterslides, wave pool, riding on tube along the Adventure River and you can even snorkel over a colourful coral reef with thousands of fishes and rays.

I didn’t take a lot of photos as I was busy going on rides and some of the rides don’t allow you to bring anything with you when you go down the slides.

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Next day I booked ourselves to go on the trampoline jump at Amped Katong.

This is Singapore’s first indoor trampoline park. I’ve seen people gone on this trampoline jump in Facebook so I thought why not give it a try.

Just in an hour, all we do was jump and jump and dive! *laugh*

It was definitely a physically challenged activity and exhausting but very fun nevertheless. At first glance it looked easy. How hard can it be just jumping on the trampoline. My, I was so wrong!

We jumped and tripped, we went off-balance, we ‘flew’ in all directions, we fell but we had a great time! We laughed so hard til our stomach ached so bad.

These photos I took of my boys were a little blurry because I was bounced off the trampoline when they were jumping but I love them! It was the perfect moment when these were captured and their expressions were priceless!

I would highly recommend for you to try this if you’re in Singapore. Even though kids are the major crowd in this trampoline jump, you should do this together as a family and with friends as well. It’ll be a lot more fun to jump along as a family than letting your kids doing it on their own.:)

If you want to watch the videos of us in action, you can view them on my Instagram.

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We were basically dripping in sweat after an hour on non-stop jumping and diving but we were still pumped up with energy, so we decided to head back to Sentosa to the Trick Eye Museum.

Ethan had been bugging us for the longest time to visit the museum so we thought why not. I’ve seen amazing photos online of this place and it would be cool to check them out. But beware of the long queue which could take up to an hour to get into the museum but it was worth the long wait.

Trick Eye is short for ‘Trick of the eye’, which refers to an art technique that turns two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional images through the use of optical illusions. With that, 2D paintings on the museum walls, floors and ceilings appear to pop out of the surface and come to life.

We took LOTS of pictures and had a good laugh posing with those paintings.

Here are some of the photos taken at the museum.

Another must-go place if you’re in Singapore.:)

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After two full days of fun activities, we decided to give ourselves a break on Saturday. So, we stayed home and chilled out.

I took the chance to catch up with my Project Life. I was in need of moving forward before I fall back too many weeks behind. I think after two days of loads of fun time with my boys, I got pumped up and worked quickly through my pages.

I managed to get caught up to Week 35 in three days! It was definitely a very productive off days for me.

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And the last day of the end of Ethan’s school break on Sunday, we get to go out to the sea with my sister and her friend Nick. He owned a speed boat and he invited me and my boys for a couple hours out to sea. It was vey kind and gracious of him to bring us out on his boat.

We had an awesome time speeding on the boat, getting soaked with splashing sea water, lots of shrieking and laughter on a bumpy ride but it was a wonderful morning spent out in the sea.

We anchored at St. John’s Island, about 1o minutes off Sentosa Island. This island is secluded and away from the commercialised Sentosa Island. It has a very nice clean stretch of beach with very clear water.

Such an unspoilt island and we love it so much!

After we had a nice picnic on the boat, we took a stroll along the beach and took a quick dive in the sea before we headed back to Sentosa.

We are definitely coming back here again with Nick and my sister!:)

It was a wonderful time spent with my older sister whom I hardly meet even though we live in the same island. She’s a nurse working at odd hours so we seldom have a chance to spend time together on weekends like this.

And right now as I’m writing this post, I’m suffering from a bad sunburn from the trip to the sea.

But it was definitely worth it!  :)

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Well, we managed to spend four awesome days together during Ethan’s week long school break. We don’t need to have a S$800 staycation to enjoy our short break, do we? *laugh*

  • Linda in AusSeptember 16, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Leena what a great blog post. Love all of the wonderful photos you took, looks like you all had a fantastic time and the money you saved on the stay cation can go to more outings like these wonderful ones.
    xx

  • Haley CrossSeptember 17, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    Looks like you all had an amazing time!! I would not pay 800$ for 2 nights at a hotel either! That’s crazy! so glad you all still had fun though!

  • Elizabeth TuggleSeptember 18, 2014 - 12:47 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun!!! Photos are amazing especially the ones you took with the paintings!!!

With a very heavy heart, I’ve finally made the decision to close my bigcartel shop. Since I started my new job in May, I have been very busy at work and traveling regularly. Therefore, I’m unable to cope with managing my full time job and my shop at the same time. So I decided to concentrate on my job and close my shop for now.

I hope one day I’ll be able to restart my shop again once I settle nicely into my job.

I would like to thank you all for your support in the past couple of years and for consistently visiting my shop. I’m truly grateful for your continuous encouragement.

So, here’s a little token of appreciation from me. I’ll be picking THREE winners randomly to receive a giveaway of some items from my shop. I will pack equal amount of goodies for these winners and all you have to do is enter your name in the comment of this post.

This giveaway entry will close in 48 hours and winners will be announced here on Thursday 18th at Noon, Singapore time (GMT+8).

Giveaway is open to everyone.

Good luck!:)

Washi

  • Rebecca ButterworthSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:34 pm

    Rebecca Butterworth. That must be a tough decision… good luck with the new job!

  • KamillaSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:35 pm

    So sad to hear the news about your shop. But thank you so much for your great customer service these past years, and for the opportunity to enter the giveaway! Kamilla, Norway.

  • TrenaSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:39 pm

    Say it isn’t so! I just found you while listening to PRT. Hope the new job goes well and will continue looking at your blog.
    Trena

  • suvi julianaSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    thank you for this giveaway

  • RachelSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    Thank you for holding this giveaway! I believe you will continue to enjoy crafting nonetheless! :)

  • Yun ChenSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    Have been following your insta for some moment. You are really a creative person that inspired me a lot. Hopefully you your shop will be re operate in the future. All the best in your job

  • Gladys AngSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    Gladys Ang

  • TreesaSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:42 pm

    Treesa, thanks for the chance!

  • DaisySeptember 15, 2014 - 4:42 pm

    I hope your job goes well! Such a shame you have to close :(
    Love your Instagram by the way :)
    Have a lovely day! X

  • ShaniceSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:43 pm

    Hope to win some goodies (:

  • Marian MoreSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:43 pm

    Pick me! ;)

  • Natasha LimSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:43 pm

    Dear Leena,

    Sorry for the previous incomplete post because my fingers slipped :P
    Please do not take the other post into consideration!
    Really enjoy your posts over here or at IG and here’s wishing you all the best in your job! (: Look forward to the day your shop reopens, and thank you for the chance to win! (:
    Natasha

  • NicoleSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:45 pm

    Sorry to hear about your shop!
    Thank you for the chance!
    I love your project life spreads!! :D

  • carmen chenSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    I’ve been a follower on your instagram since the very beginning! Thank you so much for the giveaway! & all the best for your new job! :)

  • LaurenSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:47 pm

    Oh the washi tape is all so lovely. Sorry to hear your shop is closing (hopefully just temporarily) hope your job is rewarding x

  • Deanna HockeySeptember 15, 2014 - 4:48 pm

    Deanna Hockey
    Melbourne, Australia

  • AnnaSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    I hope all your dreams come true with your new job.

  • Jessica FloresSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    So sorry you have to close your shop! But it sounds like you are doing wonderful with your job!! Good luck with everything! Thanks for the chance to win! Very generous of you!! :)

  • ElenaSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    I I feel that the store closings. I love seeing your work. A kiss from Spain

  • Angie.SSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:50 pm

    Nana, you have one of the nicest scrapbooking blog shop around and I’ve always been inspired by what you can do with the materials. It’s a pity you are closing it down for now, but take it as it’s a new direction and focus in this new season you are in. May you be fruitful and multiply in your new job. Know when the right time (season) comes, we will be cheering with you at the store’s re-opening! All the best.

  • HeleneSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:50 pm

    I hope I will be the lucky one!

  • Jihan AbdatSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    Jihan Abdat.

    Sorry to hear the shop’s closing but I wish you all the best and success in your current job. Still looking forward to your PL layouts =)

  • Mary dSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    Sorry to hear about your shop…:( but congrats on your new job…blessings and thanks for a chance to win some goodies.

  • Jaslyn LiowSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:52 pm

    So sad.. hope i can win some washi….

    Name: Jaslyn Liow

  • AlainaSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:53 pm

    Hi! My name is Alaina (: I’ve been following your ig now and I want to say very best of luck to you on your new journey!

  • Yvette BertumenSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:55 pm

    You have a wonderful Instagram feed. I always make it a point to check your posts daily. Also loving your blog. Keep it coming :)

  • KatjaSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:58 pm

    Great Chance! I hope you are happy in your Job! Good luck!

  • EileenSeptember 15, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    Good decision and goodluck in the future!
    Eileen Neijndorff

  • CaroSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:00 pm

    I’m so sad to read this, but I understand …
    Hope you’ll be back someday !
    Thanks for this giveaway … finger crossed ! ;)

  • ceeSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:01 pm

    I will continue to stalk you on instagram :) you have the best PL pages!!! To new opportunities and many blessings!!

  • sara dominguezSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:03 pm

    Thanks for the chance!!! I love your instagram!! Kisses from Spain

  • Tammy LSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    So sorry to hear about your shop. Wishing you the best of luck on your new job & hopefully one day soon you can reopen your shop!
    Tammy

  • AltheaSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:06 pm

    Thank you for this chance! Hope you will be able to come back and start the shop again and it will be even better!
    Althea (:

  • ShilinEeSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:08 pm

    ShilinEe

  • beckySeptember 15, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    Best wishes in your new endeavors! Enjoy following you on IG.

  • KimSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    My name is. Kim :) I’m soo sorry for your closed! I have had a similar situation so I know how it feels. Hope you’ll going well with your new job :)
    All the best from down under (Australia)

  • PamSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  • JoSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:15 pm

    I have visited your shop several times and it’s sad that you have to close but I totally understand how hard it is to cope with everything. Good luck with your job and thanks for this great giveaway.

  • Jennifer HSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:17 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • CarolSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:27 pm

    Sad to know shop is going to close . However I do believe you will open again someday with more varieties of items for sale!

  • EllinorSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:30 pm

    Oh so sad to hear you are closing your shop :( but thank you for this giveaway! I hope I Will be one of the winners :-)

  • CannycrafterSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:33 pm

    Thanks for the chance Lena

  • Olena YurevychSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:35 pm

    Goodluck in the future!!!

  • Katria AlampaySeptember 15, 2014 - 5:42 pm

    Wishing you all the best :)

  • Zi XinSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:43 pm

    Hi there! :) I’m zixin and have been a follower on your instagram for some time now. Really sad that you’d be closing your shop because of your job as you sell really wonderful and pretty things and I’m sure you loved this shop. It’s really sad how sometimes we have to give up something we enjoy doing for some other dedication. :( However, I still wish you all the best in your new job and hopefully you’ll be able to reopen the shop soon! :D

  • QinSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:48 pm

    all the best Leena! thanks for the giveaway!
    -Qin

  • Tabitha CarrollSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:49 pm

    Tabitha Carroll

    So sorry to hear you are closing your store but when one door closes, several more open. Thank you for everything.

  • CasandraSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:52 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! One day you will be able to reopen the shop!:) all de best !!:)

  • Mariae HoSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    All the best in all you do! ;)

  • SuseFishSeptember 15, 2014 - 5:55 pm

    It’s really wise to find balance in your life – well done on making this tough decision. They say that every ‘yes’ you say means ‘no’ to something else, eh? All the very best xx

  • Felicia LewSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:01 pm

    Hi Leena,
    I’ve been a follower on your instagram & blog. It’s a pity that you’ve to close your shop (but I really hope it’ll kick back alive soon!). Thank you for the giveaway, I really hope to win hehe :)
    -Felicia Lew-

  • Megan SpinksSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:01 pm

    Sad to hear you are closing the shop down. Thanks for the lovely giveaway

  • mary blackmer walmerSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:17 pm

    I understand how hard it is to make such a decision, I closed my store in 2008 but now I am much happier and have had better opportunities come along.

  • Shirley ChiaSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:21 pm

    Thank you for the chance!

  • Marisol BenitezSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:24 pm

    Thank you for this giveaway! Hope you will restart your lovely shop in future. Good luck! ♥

  • N lawrenceSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:26 pm

    Sorry to here that your closing. I loved browsing your shop it was such an inspiration. May your new adventures be just as inspiring xx

  • Jamie ShanerSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:28 pm

    Jamie Shaner
    Here’s to new adventures!

  • LaurenSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:30 pm

    So sad! But I understand the need to find balance and focus and time for important things. Thanks for having awesome products

  • ImmaSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    I’m really sorry. Good Lucky and thank.

  • Renee CoffeySeptember 15, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    So sorry you have to close!

  • Roxane FSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck with your job!

  • LauraSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:43 pm

    Sorry to hear you are closing. Sadly real life gets in the way of craft too often! :) x

  • Pernilla JSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:43 pm

    Sorry to hear about your shop, sometimes there just isn’t enough time for everything! Good luck with your new job and thanks for the chance to win!
    Pernilla in Sweden

  • Wendy GalantySeptember 15, 2014 - 6:44 pm

    So sorry to hear about shop.

  • Stacy FrancisSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:46 pm

    I understand where you’re coming from, I’m in a similar situation, good luck with the new job, balance can be such a hard thing to find

  • Alex NashSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:47 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck with your job.

  • magdalenaSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:50 pm

    Sorry to see you closing your shop and I do look forward to seeing your shop reopen. All the best in your new job!
    Magdalena

  • Fiorella LavegliaSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:53 pm

    Oooww so sad this notice!!! Wish you open again soon!! Thank you for this give away!!!

    xoxo

  • Patter CrossSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:53 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win, and so sorry you have had to make the decision to close your shop. Blessings,

  • AngelSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:58 pm

    Sad to hear you are closing your shop , it is really a pity, but I guess you are having a wonderful time in your new job, always able to view your interesting travelling photo after you starts your new job… I am your followers now and in future always… Be happy and beside work enjoy your time with your 2 gentlemen!

  • Siang MaeSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:58 pm

    Sad to hear about the closing. Hope it will reopen in near future. All the best in your endeavour. Cheers, Siang Mae.

  • Marie-PierreSeptember 15, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    All the best Leenah!!
    Marie-Pierre

  • Denise ReillySeptember 15, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    Best of luck to you….

  • Brenda McCormickSeptember 15, 2014 - 7:01 pm

    Sorry about your closing but excited for your next venture. Good luck! Thank you!

  • DonnaSeptember 15, 2014 - 7:01 pm

    Good for you for doing what’s best for you!

  • KristinSeptember 15, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    Best Wishes on your new job!

  • Steph HSeptember 15, 2014 - 7:21 pm

    Transitions are always tough. Hopefully you can get settled in and find a way to balance both some day soon!

  • Karen DismukesSeptember 15, 2014 - 7:21 pm

    Best wishes in your new journey!

  • ShirmaineSeptember 15, 2014 - 7:26 pm

    I have bought nice embellishments from your shop and then become your follower on Instagram. So sorry to see that your shop is closing but I hope to see you re-opening it once you are settled in your job!

  • AnnaLSeptember 15, 2014 - 7:28 pm

    Thanks for the chanse to win this giveaway!!

  • Valentina LohSeptember 15, 2014 - 7:37 pm

    Always following your instagram posts! Love em’! Hope im the lucky winner this time round! Thank you for all the inspirations! All the best in your job!! :) loves.

  • NG Li MinSeptember 15, 2014 - 7:40 pm

    Thank you!

  • Fran ChoppSeptember 15, 2014 - 7:49 pm

    I love your project life pages. You are so talented. How do you get 3 weeks done in one day? Amazing! Thanks for chance to win.

  • ErinantSeptember 15, 2014 - 7:50 pm

    Erinant

  • ElisaSeptember 15, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    I’m so sorry you had to make that decision!!!
    Love your work :)
    Elisa

  • Tammy CrispSeptember 15, 2014 - 7:54 pm

    Wish you all the best…

  • Ayg acinSeptember 15, 2014 - 7:54 pm

    Sad to hear ur shop closing.. But continue to give inspiration on project life designs ok..! Always will snapshot ur design for ideas…! Loves ur design n ideas…!! All the best…!

  • Jaione irigoyenSeptember 15, 2014 - 7:59 pm

    Thank for the giveaway!!! I will hope you the best!

  • AartiSeptember 15, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    Such a shame.. Just don’t let PL take a back seat to the new job! Love your updates!

  • Maeve HiltonSeptember 15, 2014 - 8:13 pm

    Blessings for the future.
    Maeve Hilton

  • Evi BrockSeptember 15, 2014 - 8:22 pm

    Thank you for a chance to win – wishing you all the best ;)

  • CharlineSeptember 15, 2014 - 8:30 pm

    Hope you’ll be able to open your shop quite soon.

    Thanks

  • Erin BSeptember 15, 2014 - 8:31 pm

    Sorry to hear you are closing shop, but it sounds like the right decision for you and your family. Here’s to new adventures.

  • JackieSeptember 15, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    Wishing you all the best!

  • Andie DSeptember 15, 2014 - 8:40 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Terese SvenssonSeptember 15, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lelainia LloydSeptember 15, 2014 - 8:50 pm

    Good luck with your new job! I enjoy your Instagram very much. Washi tape is my one art vice & I am wholly unrepentant. ;)

  • Jenny ASeptember 15, 2014 - 8:55 pm

    Wishing you the best! Thanks for a chance!

  • NishaSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:01 pm

    Best wishes on your future endevours! You’re a true inspiration in crafting. Thanks for the chance at a great prize.

  • JolandaSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:03 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Denise NoeSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:07 pm

    This is sad, but hopefully when you get settled at work. I love your PL spreads and your family photos.

  • Kate rothhaarSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:11 pm

    Good luck with everything! Thanks for the chance…

  • CiacchinaSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:12 pm

    Ciao. Grazie per l’opportunità…a te un grosso in bocca al lupo per il tuo nuovo lavoro, così impegnativo, ma (credo) ricco di soddisfazioni.

  • Mara WolfSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:12 pm

    So sad to hear you are closing shop…best of luck at the new-ish job :)
    -Mara Wolf

  • SusieSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:15 pm

    Susie Nam

    Best wishes in your new job! I really enjoy your IG posts!

  • Jessica LautonSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:17 pm

    Sucess in all and thanks for the chance. bjbj

  • KimmieSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:18 pm

    Thanks for the chance!

  • Nina NorwaltSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:18 pm

    Nina Norwalt is the name! Sad you’re closing but hope you get to open again! :) thanks for the giveaway! :))

  • SherlynSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    I follow you in instagram as i love your works. Unaware you have a shop thou. It must be a tough decision but I am sure you will be back once you settle into your new job. Jia you! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Elizabeth TuggleSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:23 pm

    Sorry you have to close your shop but i understand. I do have to say your store had very beautiful things…so would have loved to have found you sooner. Good luck in your journey :)

  • margaret ngSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:24 pm

    Name: Margaret Ng

    Thank u for the giveaway and thinking of ur readers and shoppers even at this juncture. Stay tune to ur blog updates (=

  • Adarsh BauerSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:25 pm

    Good luck!! We will all be here when you are able to return.
    Xoxo Adarsh Bauer
    SLC, Utah

  • KateSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:38 pm

    Love your PL pages!! Thanks for always being such a great inspiration!!

  • Nina ChowSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:47 pm

    Thx for the chance to win. Always love seeing your work on SC

  • Ng Li Ting, MelissaSeptember 15, 2014 - 9:52 pm

    this’s such a bitter sweet post! will really miss seeing all your drool-worthy craft items up for sale. but nonetheless good luck in your new job & all the best for your future endeavors! ❤️

  • DEBORAHSeptember 15, 2014 - 10:05 pm

    So sorry you are closing. I hope and wish success in your job!! And thanks for the giveaway.

  • LindsaySeptember 15, 2014 - 10:12 pm

    I’m sure that was a tough decision. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

  • catherine tanSeptember 15, 2014 - 10:12 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway. Good luck :)

  • KristenSeptember 15, 2014 - 10:13 pm

    So sorry to hear your shop is closing. I really enjoy your blog. Best wishes on the newer job.

  • OliveSeptember 15, 2014 - 10:19 pm

    Aww.. I hope you open soon too someday. (;

  • Lisa JohnsonSeptember 15, 2014 - 10:22 pm

    Lisa Johnson, I’m sorry your shop is closing, thanks for the giveaway.

  • Sara ASeptember 15, 2014 - 10:33 pm

    I’ve been window shopping your store forever. My budget restricts my fun purchases. I love everything you do. Thank you so much for this chance.

  • ChristySeptember 15, 2014 - 10:44 pm

    You always have such cute things! If only my pages and photos could look like yours!

  • IanSeptember 15, 2014 - 11:04 pm

    Sorry to hear your closing shop.

  • charlotte BullockSeptember 15, 2014 - 11:05 pm

    I am so sorry you have to close your store!!! Have had that lovely job, I think closing was harder than working myself to death!!! May God bless you and give you strength.

  • LisaZSeptember 15, 2014 - 11:12 pm

    Thanks for the chance at your give-away. LisaZ (MI- USA)

  • NolwennSeptember 15, 2014 - 11:14 pm

    Unfortunately, we sometimes have to make difficult choices. I am sorry you have to close your shop.
    Thank you for the giveaway (and for opening up to everyone)

  • Rachel TSeptember 15, 2014 - 11:14 pm

    Hope this helps things settle down a little bit! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Rachel Townsend

  • Kingdy WongSeptember 15, 2014 - 11:21 pm

    It is so sad to hear this news,, hope your shop will be reopened one day! support always!!!

  • Ardyce SeabrookSeptember 15, 2014 - 11:25 pm

    So sorry to hear abt this… Hope one day you can find balance in both! Thanks for the chance

  • KatieSeptember 15, 2014 - 11:38 pm

    Thank you for the chance! Good for you – the ability to say ‘no’ is a skill that’s hard to learn. I hope you find your balance!

  • Laura T.September 15, 2014 - 11:50 pm

    So sad to hear that your shop is closing. Best of luck to you.

  • BernadetteSeptember 15, 2014 - 11:52 pm

    Here is to living in the now and crushing it at your new job. Be well. Bernadette Merikle

  • Marissa ChinSeptember 16, 2014 - 12:00 am

    Your posts on Instagram have inspired me in so many artsy ways! Love watching your channel on how you prepare and set your layouts! You are just so talented and a huge inspiration to me and my project life!

  • Haley PoundersSeptember 16, 2014 - 12:05 am

    Haley Pounders
    I love your process. Just keep scrapping

  • Yvonne lohSeptember 16, 2014 - 12:10 am

    Hope im the lucky winner! Love ur Projects!

  • Emma MonteroSeptember 16, 2014 - 12:41 am

    Thanks for the giveaway Emma Montero good luck with your job

  • Susan WestbergSeptember 16, 2014 - 12:56 am

    Taking a different path in your journey of life is always a big decision. Good luck on your new venture! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  • Sinead HealySeptember 16, 2014 - 12:57 am

    Thank you so much for the opertunity. I ordered some beautiful washi tape in your sale. Best of luck in the future!

  • WendySeptember 16, 2014 - 1:07 am

    Love your IG. Thank I for the give away.

  • EikoSeptember 16, 2014 - 1:16 am

    Eiko Liew.
    Many thanks for the opportunity!

  • Anja NSeptember 16, 2014 - 1:47 am

    Anja Nabenhauer – thanks for the chance to win.

  • Kristin StuthardSeptember 16, 2014 - 1:53 am

    I am so sorry you are closing shop but once you get settled you can open back up again! :)

    Kristin Stuthard

  • AnitaSeptember 16, 2014 - 2:21 am

    Wishing you all the best in your new job. Sounds like you have been very busy lately! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • LouiseSeptember 16, 2014 - 2:26 am

    Ahh, that’s a shame but understandable. I only found your shop last week too!

  • Ice NisSeptember 16, 2014 - 2:34 am

    I am sorry to heard that. Hope your new job goes well. Thank you for the chance :)

  • Elizabeth MahderSeptember 16, 2014 - 3:45 am

    Good luck to you, and thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jennie LundinSeptember 16, 2014 - 3:49 am

    I hope you will continue with your lovely inspiration!!
    Jennie Lundin, Sweden

  • Linda örborgSeptember 16, 2014 - 4:00 am

    I love love your stuff! Thanks for the chance :)

  • Julie JacksonSeptember 16, 2014 - 4:13 am

    I love your project life posts and I just discovered your shop. Good luck to you.

  • Tina HicksSeptember 16, 2014 - 4:59 am

    Best wishes on you new endeavors! Your staycation with your family looked
    Like a lot of fun too! Thanks for the chane to win some goodies from
    Your shop! So sweet of you!

  • Edwige ChapoulaudSeptember 16, 2014 - 5:08 am

    Thanks for the chance to win. Bye

  • Theresa E.September 16, 2014 - 5:49 am

    So sorry to hear about your shop closing. I can definitely understand time being an issue – it’s the one thing we never seem to have enough of!

  • Yennie Ayu SetianingsihSeptember 16, 2014 - 6:02 am

    Fighting and best wishes for ur new job. Its new start

  • Yennie Ayu SetianingsihSeptember 16, 2014 - 6:04 am

    Fighting and best wishes for ur new job. Its new start

    Yennie

  • Beth NeidenSeptember 16, 2014 - 6:26 am

    Sorry you are closing your shop but best of luck with your new job!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • Melinda SweetmanSeptember 16, 2014 - 6:59 am

    Sorry to hear that you have had to make that decision but wishing you all the best in your career. I love following you on IG, both your craft journey and your personal life xx

  • GraceSeptember 16, 2014 - 8:33 am

    Grace Koh..
    Sad to hear.. thanks for the giveaway.

  • Joyanns LeySeptember 16, 2014 - 8:33 am

    Dear Leena,
    I enjoy to look at your posts in Instagram and your photos are really so nice! Besides, I hope to get something from you because I like your collections very much. Thanks!
    Please pick me!

  • TracySeptember 16, 2014 - 9:08 am

    So sorry you’ll be closing. Hope its not long term. Thanks for the chance.

    -Tracy

  • Stacie dSeptember 16, 2014 - 9:55 am

    Love your creative work. Wishing you well as you balance the working world. Thanks so much for sharing your sweet shop bliss!

  • Wen HuiSeptember 16, 2014 - 10:16 am

    Thank you for holding a giveaway! :)

  • DanielleSeptember 16, 2014 - 11:28 am

    So sorry to hear you are closing your shop but congrat’s on the new job. Thx!

  • Woo Fu ChengSeptember 16, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    Woo Fu Cheng.Good luck new job

  • valerene seahSeptember 16, 2014 - 2:06 pm

    opps wrong comment in the wrong post. @_@||Thanks for having a giveaway. All the best to your new job!

  • Margherita Dal MolinSeptember 16, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Thank you for the chance!
    Margherita

  • carin wallaceSeptember 16, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    I just found out about your shop. I hope you have more time to make art as you settle into your new job.

  • SusanSeptember 16, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    Sorry to hear about it since you must really enjoy it to start it in the first place. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  • Jessica LiuSeptember 16, 2014 - 5:20 pm

    Hope you will reopen your shop soon and thanks for the chance to win!

  • LisaSeptember 16, 2014 - 6:21 pm

    Good luck! Always tough to make decisions like this, but balance is important.

  • ashmika JainSeptember 16, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    Hi,

    Congratulations & Good luck for a new Venture…You can always enjoy your previous achievements at the right moment..

    Thanks for Holding such a cute giveaway…

    Ashmika

  • Thomas TanSeptember 16, 2014 - 8:20 pm

    Thank you!

  • Jackie O.September 16, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    All good wishes to you Leena for your future undertakings. Just trying my luck at this last giveaway!

  • DianeSeptember 17, 2014 - 2:21 am

    I’ve always lived your shop! Good luck with your new job. Diane.

  • ChristiSeptember 17, 2014 - 4:20 am

    It is hard to step away from something you love. But this might open a new opportunity for you in the future!
    Christi

A week ago while I was at Pinterest pinning stuff for some inspiration to get my Project Life moving, I came across a few banana bread, muffins and cake recipes. From the look of those photos, they look really good and I thought I’d give them a try myself.

So, I pinned those recipes onto my Food For Thoughts board, started gathering ingredients over last weekend and finally on Sunday morning, I decided to give it a go.

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I chose to try the Nutella Banana Swirl Muffins that I found from Pinterest, which looks pretty good and I’m hoping that it’ll turn out as good as it looks.

Well, I used to major in kitchen operation, which includes a full year of baking and cooking when I was in college doing my diploma in Hotel Catering and Management. I was one of the top scorer in baking and I think I can bake simple muffins even though I’ve not done so for ages!  Come on, how hard is it to bake muffins right? Even a child can do that! *laugh*

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Ethan was pretty excited to be involved as well. He loves any kind of hands-on activities, be it crafting, building or baking. I love his enthusiasm and energy when we get him to be part of our day to day activities.

As he grows older, he’s becoming very sensible, understands reasons without getting into a fit or argument (that wasn’t the case a few years ago) and have fun in everything he do. That’s the gist of all our activities. His energy is contagious and we do have a lot of fun doing everything together.:)

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When the muffins came out hot from the oven, smelling so good and delicious, Ethan’s first remark was “They look ugly!”. *laugh* He’s so outrightly frank with his thoughts and I have to agree with him, the muffin top do look sort of ugly.

Ok, I think I used the incorrect fan setting and the heat is coming out from the top oven. I should have used the fan setting which will circulate the heat equally in the oven. Noted on this for my next try out.

Seriously, they do smell awfully good regardless of the look. The nutella spread blended into the browned muffins’ top, and the swirl can barely be seen. Very unlike how it looks from the picture from my pin in the Pinterest.

Well, I’m still hopeful that it’ll taste good. You really can’t judge a book just by looking at it’s cover, right?

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I took a big scoop, put it into my mouth, trying to feel the texture and taste. I could really taste the soft and evenly moistured mix of banana with a tinge of nutella. It was really good!

For someone like me who don’t have a sweet tooth, this muffin turned out perfect, with just the right amount of sweetness. The medium size bananas I bought was’t fully ripe and with the added 1/2 cup of castor sugar (replaced the granulated sugar) and removing the brown sugar, it turned out just right. If I were to get fully riped bananas and added brown sugar, they will turn out too sweet to my liking.

The banana taste was also not overwhelmed by the taste of nutella. Just pick up the nutella with a teaspoon, top it onto the batter mix, swirl it randomly with a toothpick and they’re good to go into the over.

 So, here’s my slightly modified version of the original recipe.

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

- 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 4 medium medium-ripe bananas, mashed
– 1/2 cup castor sugar
– 1 large egg
– 1/4 cup vegetable/olive oil
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– nutella

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line muffin pan with cupcake liners.

2) In a medium bowl, sieve and mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well combined. Set aside.

3) In large bowl, whisk together banana and sugar. Beat in egg, vegetable/olive oil and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture, until there are no lumps.

4) Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Top each muffin with about 1 teaspoon of Nutella and use a toothpick to swirl it into the batter.

5) Bake muffins for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

And they’re ready to be served warm with a nice cup of tea or coffee!:)

Give this a try and let me know what you think.

I’ll be trying the Banana Bread recipe that I’ve pinned onto my board this weekend. If you have any nice recipe that you’ve pinned onto your Pinterest board, do share them with me and the other readers by including the link in the comment.

Have a great week ahead!

Hey All!

I have a friend who just passed me two bags filled with Becky Higgins goodies and I’m helping her giving them away! They’re all brand NEW and still in the packaging.:)

Here are what I have in hand – 2 pcs of Black Signature Binders, Small Variety Pack 1 (lots of them!), lots of Design H, I, J, a couple of 6×12 protectors, one pack of 12×12 and a couple packs of 6×12 Envelopes and few packs of 3×4 Grid Cards.

However, due to the weight of these items, I am giving them away to residents of Singapore only.

Please take note that I will not be mailing these goodies out locally, even if you’re willing to pay postage. I’m working full time so I’m not able to make time to pop by the post office to send packages.

You need to pick them up from my place in Punggol with an agreed timing. No meet up at any other place as well as I really don’t have the time to go anywhere in the city.

If you’re really interested in taking them off my hands, email me at findingnana73[at]gmail[dot]com. I’ll pack the stuff randomly for you. No cherry picking of the protectors but I assure you I’ll give you a good mix.:)

The 2 pcs of Black Signature Binders are on first-come first-served basis. *Update – binders are taken*

If I can get everything off my hands, she’s going to pass me more to give away! Woot woot! Thank you to her for sponsoring!

*UPDATE – ALL the items have been taken up*

BH Protectors

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