G'bye 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
2014 has been one of the best, yet worst year of my life.

I've never been through so much... ever. Never thought I'd have to go through the things I did.
But I am, thankful.

I've learnt and grown so much this year.
And up till now, it still seems so surreal that I am a mother.
Can you believe it, me? A momma? :)
It's like God deliberately put her into my life to tide me through all the times I thought... I just couldn't... hang on anymore.

This year, I've met so many people. 
Some good, some not so good. Some kind, and some not so
Some I grew close to, and some I grew apart from.
But I am, thankful.
For everyone that came and left, 
and for everyone that came and stayed.

Every single one of you has played such an important role in my life.

I might not be a very good friend, but I will never with my life hurt the people I love. 
(I did, once. And it was and still it my biggest regret up till today.)
I will never ever betray the people who mean something to me.
I may not be very nice with my words, at times, but I definetely never meant for it to hurt anyone.

Here's a quote I found online that somehow sums up all the people I want to thank:

"Thanks to those who hated me, you made me stronger.
Thanks to those who loved me, you made my heart grow fonder.
Thanks to those who cared, you made me feel important.
Thanks to those who entered my life, you made me who I am today.
Thanks to those who left, you showed me that nothing lasts forever.
Thanks to those who stayed, you showed me true friendship.
Thanks to those who listened, you made me feel like I was worth it."

I've gained some, lost some. 
But not all losses are a loss. 

This year, I also made the biggest mistake in my life.
A mistake that I thought would fill and fix all the mixing pieces of the puzzle together, but I was wrong.
It made me more vulnerable than ever.
But I am, thankful.
Thank you for showing me how naive I was, 
thank you for letting me stand up and fight by myself.
I never thought I'd be able to do it, but I did.

There are so many more things that happened this year that I will never be able to put into words. 
But I am, thankful.
Thankful for both the good and the bad.

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Next year, I am going to try my very best to live by The Paradoxical Commandments

Next year, I hope that I will grow to be a better, stronger and kinder person altogether.
Happy New Year's Eve, all! 

With love,
Angeline.

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The Paradoxical Commandments

Sunday, December 28, 2014
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. 
Love them anyway. 

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. 
Do good anyway. 

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. 
Succeed anyway. 

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. 
Do good anyway. 

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. 
Be honest and frank anyway. 

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. 
Think big anyway. 

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. 
Fight for a few underdogs anyway. 

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. 
Build anyway. 

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. 
Help people anyway. 

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth. 
Give the world the best you have anyway.

A Letter To My Baby Girl On Her First Birthday | #AARYANNATURNSONE

Friday, December 26, 2014
Today, Aaryanna turns one.
I know I keep saying this but, I still can't believe it has been a year.

One year ago, I did not know how my life would change.

One year ago, I heard your first cry.
It was the first time we met but I felt like I had known you forever.
It's like you just crawled right out of my womb and straight into my heart.

The past year, has undoubtedly been the best year of my life. 

Despite all the sleepless nights and all the tears, as cliche as it sounds, you complete my life.
From being in the NICU and overcoming all obstacles, growing into the healthy toddler she is now.

From learning to lift your head up to learning to flip, from learning to sit up on your own to learning to stand, from learning to talk and now, learning to walk... Just seeing you grow and learn daily... that feeling... is indescribable.
You, my baby girl, have grown so so much :')

From you, I learnt how to patient. I learnt how to be kind.
From you, I learnt the true meaning of joy and how to appreciate the simple things in life.

I want you to know that in this world, people will always try to hate you, rate you, shake you, and try to break you,
but just know that, it's how strong you stand that makes you.

My wish for you
is to grow up to be healthy and happy.

To always give,
without expecting anything in return.

To be kind to everyone,
even when they don't deserve it.

I want you,
to grow to have a heart of gold.

I know you will shine, and you will always be a source of joy.
Happy 1st Birthday, My Baby.

Merry Christmas! | Christmas Nails by Stagelooknails

Thursday, December 25, 2014
M E R R Y  C H R I S T M A S !
Christmas has always been one of my favourite times of the year. To me, Christmas brings family and friends together. It helps us appreciate the love in our lives we often take for granted.  Besides, what's there not to love abuot Christmas? From the presents, to good food and spending time with people who truly matter. 

This year is slightly different, though. It is the first time my entire life spending Christmas away from my family.

But anyway, 
may the true meaning of Christmas fill your hearts & homes with many blessings. 

x

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Made some time to head over to Stagelooknails to get my nails done & feet scrubbed - Sounds so crude but dayum, I love gettin' my feet scrubbed! :/ Anyone else with me?! 
It was Lynn's first time drawing reindeers and I think she did a fairly well job, what do y'all think? 
Since Christmas was just around the corner when I did my nails,
Lynn decided to do a Christmasy theme fo' me.
Stage Look Manicure & Pedicure
Blk 347 Bukit Batok Str 34
#01-268

Lynn Chong
+65 9220 1355

Opening Hours:
10:30AM - 8:30PM


Quote "ANGELINE" for 10% off all nail services!

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Blessed Christmas everyone! :* 

Read all other posts on Stagelooknails here: http://www.strawberrycoatedkisses.com/search/label/Stagelooknails

DR's Secret Singapore Review

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Formulated with revolutionary and effective skincare actives, Dr's Secret works in harmony with the skin's natural processes, to make having radiant, clear skin achievable for everyone.

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Took a trip down to Dr's Secret (Singapore) office the other day to check out my skin condition to see which products were suitable for my skin. 
"Your skin type is oily, with a low moisture level. Your skin may feel tight and appear flaky, but may carry an oily sheen due to high sebum secretion. You have enlarged pores, especially at the nose and chin areas. Stress, an unbalanced diet, constipation and lack of sleep may result in increased sebum secretion. It is advisable to avoid such situations."

Took a skin test at their skin studio and was really surprised when my consultant told me that my skin type was oily. Have always been told that it's really dry! I've been buying products that says "For Dry Skin" for as long as I know. Now I know why my skin condition never seems to improve :/

I was so glad to be introduced to Dr's Secret T Series, which neutralizes, enhances, & strengthens our skins. 

Their enhancement series consists of,
Cleanser 
Effectively remove make-up, impurities and dead skill cells.

Click here to find out more about Dr's Secret Cleanser.
Toner T2
Restore skin pH balance and refine skin texture.

Click here to find out more about Dr's Secret Toner T2.
Skinlight T3
Intensive treatment to achieve total radiance.

Click here to find out more about Dr's Secret Skinlight.
Skinrecon T4
Calming formula to renew and restore skin.

Click here to find out more about Dr's Secret Skinnrecon.
Sunscreen
Protect skin against UVA/UVB rays.

*Dr's Secret Sunscreen in both glossy & matte finish.
Click here to find out more about Dr's Secret Sunscreen in Matt & here to find out more about Dr's Secret Sunscreen in Glossy finish.
Moisturizer
Hydrate the skin to enhance skin renewal and restore suppleness

Click here to find out more about Dr's Secret Moisturizer.
C15 Essence 
Restore youthful complexion and prevent skin aging.

Click here to find out more about Dr's Secret C15 Essence.
Spot Serum
Calm and sooth blemishes or spots.

Click here to find out more about Dr's Secret Pimple Spot Serum.

And last but not least,
their Refining Serum.
Shrink visible pores and deliver skin lifting results.

Click here to find out more about Dr's Secret Refining Pore Serum For Enlarged Pores.

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I've been using their Sunscreen (Matte) for the past week and I must say I love how it doesn't make my skin look oily like how most sunscreen's do. 
P/s Do you know how important it is to have sunscreen on?

 Here are 5 reasons why you should ALWAYS have sunscreen on.
  1. The ozone layer is depleting and your body needs shielding from harmful rays.
  2. Skin cancer rates are on the rise and sunscreen has been proven to decrease the development of skin cancer.
  3. It helps to prevent facial brown spots and skin discolourations.
  4. It also helps to reduce the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness.
  5. It slows down the development of wrinkled, premature aging skin.

Credit: x


I wish I knew about all these factors sooner! Due to my negligence, my skin has many spots and discolourations and nothing much can be done about it now. All I can do now is to prevent it and I have been extremely diligent in applying sunscreen everytime I'm out of the house.

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Check out Dr's Secret Singapore promotion's page (here) to check out their monthly promotions available as well!
Quote ANGELINE for $10SGD off all products on Dr's Secret website

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Dr's Secret Singapore 
Tel: +65 6779 5887
Website: http://www.drsecretstore.com/sg/
Email: support@drsecretstore.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drsecret

Call em' up now for a FREE skin check!

Aaryanna's (1st Year) 2nd Haircut

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
By the time you guys are readin' this, I should've left SG fo' a short getaway, but I've schedule posts for the entire time while I'm away to keep you guys occupied so keep checkin' back k! :P

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Took Little A out fo' her 1st year haircut with my MIL just a couple of days before her birthday celebration.
This time she was a little fidgety, though.
As usual, I requested for her to have a "Mushroom" haircut. 
Haha, no idea why but I love that haircut on babies so much! 

Here's a video of her during her haircut and she is totally oblivious to whatever is happening to her.
Bebe, why are you so blur??? Lol.

And 

TADAH!
The final outcome.
How do y'all find it?!?
I love love it!!!
Bwahahaha!!! Sorry fo' makin' you look lika mushroom again my baby.

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Check out Little A's 6th month haircut here: http://www.strawberrycoatedkisses.com/2014/06/happy-6-months-little-a.html

Choupinette

Monday, December 22, 2014
Finally made Aaryanna's first passport after a year!!! I know we're laggin' behind so much... :/

On the day of her passport collection, J woke up extremely early (Like 8AM) which is SO UNLIKE HIM? He woke me up and asked me if I wanted to head to Choupinette before headin' to ICA. I love Choupinette so of course, I said yes. 

They have the best egg bennys in town and besides, it's not everyday J has the mood fo' brunch. Even, Little A woke up early that day!
We had our usuals, cos we're boring like that.
Both of us are extremely unadventourous when it comes to food.
Always thought I was bad enough until I met... J. Lol. He is such a mountain tortoise when it comes to food, really!

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Choupinette
607 Bukit Timah Rd
S (269708)

Tel: +65 6466 0613

Suddenly Slender | Ionithermie Body Contouring

As you all know...

I gave birth to Aaryanna, almost a year ago, and until now I've been unable to remove some stubborn fats - Mainly around my thighs & lower tummy.

I won't say I'm fat, but I'm definetely fatter than I was before.

The thing is, I was skinner in the months after I gave birth than I am right now.
(Due to late night supper & non-stop bindging on snacks :'( - Which I really need to stop)

My weight right now, is the highest it has ever been.
FYI, I have never been above 45kg in my entire life (Only when I was pregnant).
So... I had such a rude shock when I saw my weight.

Thankfully, Suddenly Slender is here to save my day!

Was pleasantly surprised when I saw, Marcel, the marketing manager for Suddenly Slender there to welcome me as well! Thank you for being so welcoming, Marcel.
The consultant kindly led me into a room where I was served tea and told to fill up a form with my details.
Was talkin' to the consultant about seeing her before and it was so funny cos we both remembered each other for our hair colours! Haha.

After addressing my concerns to her, I changed up and was guided into a suana room. 

I spent 15 minutes in the suana room and was led into a cosy little room to have my treatment. 
Here you can see some of the products they used for my Ionithermie Body Contouring.
The process was so comfortable I actually fell asleep while talking to the consultants (Wtf)
Don't even know if I drooled or not, hahaha.

The entire treatment took about an hour or so, and I lost 3.6 inches!!!
Was pretty unbelievable so I actually went home and weighed and measured myself and it was true!!!
Really quite shocked as I've always been skeptical about slimming salons - Sorry for doubting you guys, Suddenly Slender! Hehe.

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Suddenly Slender is really generous to offer my readers/friends a promotion! :D
All you have to do is quote "AngelineYehHoKangTao" to enjoy your FIRST trial of Asia Ionithermie (IBM Treatment) at $99 (U.P $588)!  

OR

Get to enjoy 20% off if you sign up for their IBM Packages!

Hip, hip, hoooray!

You gta try it to believe it! Winkwink*

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Read my post on Suddenly Slender's Ionthermie Body Contouring Media Launch here: http://www.strawberrycoatedkisses.com/2014/11/suddenly-slender-singapore.html

Full List Of Escape Game Rooms In Singapore

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
After I did a post on an escape game room (You can find the post here: http://www.strawberrycoatedkisses.com/2014/12/the-encounter-x-chapter-1-singapore.html) previously, I've recieved numerous comments & emails asking me about the other escape game rooms in Singapore. So I've decided to compile all of em' for you guys. You may thank me later. Hehe.

* Please note that I have not visited some of the escape rooms I have listed below, thus will not be able to do a review on em'.

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1) Escape Hunt

Concorde Hotel And Shopping Mall
#02-43/44/45/46
Singapore 238840

Price:
$28-$38 per pax

Opens daily:
10:00AM-10:00PM

Tel: +65 6100 0828


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2) Lost

Peace Centre
1 Sophia Road
#03-01/02/03
Singapore 228149

Price: 
Off-peak: $20.90 per pax
Peak: $26.90 per pax

Opening hours:
Sun-Thurs: 11:00AM-11:00PM (Last game ends 11:45PM)
Fri&Sat: 11:00AM-1:00AM (Last game ends 1:45AM)

Tel: +65 6717 1688

Website: http://lost.sg/

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3) Break Out 
31B Kreta Ayer Rd
*Opposite Kreta Ayer Community Club

Price:
Weekdays before 5PM: $19 per pax
Weekdays after 5PM, Weekends & Public Holidays: $22 per pax

Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs: 12:00NN-12:00MN
Fri&Sat: 11:00AM-1:00AM
Sun: 11:00AM-12:00-MN

Tel: +65 6226 2688


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4) Xcape Season 1+
Bugis Village
158B Rochor Road (Level 3)
Singapore 188435

Price:
Off-peak: $22 per pax
Peak: $28 per pax

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun: 11:00AM-11:30PM

Tel: +65 6338 4451


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5) Xcape Season 2

Bugis Village
160A Rochor Road (Level 2)
Singapore 188435

Price:
Off-peak: $22 per pax
Peak: $28 per pax

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sun: 11:00AM-11:30PM

Tel: +65 6338 4905
Email: support@xcape.com

Website: http://www.xcape.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xcape.sg
Twitter: https://twitter.com/XcapeSG

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6) Room Raider

Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road
#05-45
Singapore 238896

Price:
Mon-Thur: $22 per pax
Fri-Sun, Eve of public holidays & Public holidays: $28 per pax

Opening hours:
Daily: 11:30AM-10:30PM

Tel: +65 6636 8470
Email: contact@roomraidersg.com

Website: http://www.roomraidersg.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoomraiderSG
Instagram: http://instagram.com/roomraidersg

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7) Trapped

1st Outlet:
Kampong Glam Shop Houses
42 Kandahar Street (Near Arab Str)
Singapore 198896

Tel: +65 6292 2177

Price:
Weekdays before 6pm: $20 per pax

Weekdays 6pm onwards, weekends & public holdays: $24 per pax
Student rate: $14 per pax
*Student rates are only applicable for students aged 21 and below.

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2nd Outlet:
*SCAPE
2 Orchard Link
#02-20/21/22
Singapore 237978

Tel: +65 6636 9722

Price:
Weekdays before 6pm: $20 per pax

Weekdays 6pm onwards, weekends & public holdays: $24 per pax
Student rate: $18 per pax
*Student rates are only applicable for students aged 21 and below.

Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs: 11:00AM-11:00PM
Fri-Sun: 11:00AM-2:00AM

Email: enquiry@trapped.sg

Website: http://www.trapped.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trapped.sg

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8) Lockdown

Clarke Quay Central
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
#02-33 and #03-51
Singapore 059817

Tel: +65 6222 6100 (L2) / +65 6221 0120 (L3)

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Suntec City Mall
3 Temasek Boulevard
#03-3337
Singapore 038983

Tel: +65 6238 0370

Price:
Weekdays before 7PM: $19
Weekdays after 7PM, Weekends & Public holidays: $22

Opening hours:
Open daily: 11:00AM-10:00PM

Email: contactus@lockdown.sg

Website: http://lockdown.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lockdown.sg
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lockdownsg

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9) Freeing SG

Bugis+
201 Victoria Street
#07-04/05/06/07
Singapore 188067

Tel: +65 6636 9655

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The Cathay
2 Handy Road
Singapore 229233

Tel: +65 6737 7888

Price:
Off-peak: $32 per pax
Peak: $40 per pax
*They are currently having a promotional price of $22 & $28 per pax for off-peak & peak hours respectively
*20% off for students with a valid student pass

Opening hours:
Mon-Sun: 11:00AM-1:00AM

Email: info@freeingsg.com

Website: http://www.freeingsg.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freeingsg

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10)Exit Plan

279 New Bridge Road
#03-01
Singapore 088752

Security door code: 4242

Opening hours:
Sun-Thurs: 12:00PM-10:00PM
Fri&Sat: 12:00NN-12:00MN

Tel: +65 6536 4261
Email: info@exitplan.sg

Website: http://exitplan.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/exitplansg
Instagram: http://instagram.com/exitplansg/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ExitPlansg

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11)The Escape Artist

Bukit Timah Shopping Centre
#11-02
Singapore 588179

Tel: +65 6463 6690

Price:
Off-peak: $18 per pax
Peak: $23 per pax

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52A Prinsep Street
#01-01
Singapore 188683

Tel: +65 6883 1540

Price:
Off-peak: $22 per pax
Peak: $28 per pax

Email: enquiry@theescapeartist.sg

Website: http://www.theescapeartist.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEscapeArtistSG
Instagram: http://instagram.com/theescapeartistsg

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12)Tywo
*SCAPE
2 Orchard Link
#05-03
Singapore 237978

Price: $20-$37.50 per pax
Cliek here for more info on pricing.

Tel: +65 8117 8832

Email: play@tywogames.com

Website: http://www.tywogames.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tywogames

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13)Encounter
302 @ Besar
302 Jalan Besar
#B1-01
Singapore 208963

Price:
Off-peak: $25-$30 per pax
Peak: $28-33 per pax

Opening hours:
Sun-Fri: 11:00AM-10:00PM
Sat: 11:00AM-12:00MN
Closed on Wed*

Tel: +65 6341 5830
Email: admin@encounter.sg

Website: http://www.encounter.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/encounter.sg/

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14) Mystery Escape Singapore 
263 Jalan Besar
Singapore 208946

Price:
Off-peak: $22 per pax
Peak: $28 per pax
Children(8-12yo): $18 per pax

Opening hours:
Sun-Thurs: 10:30AM-10:40PM
Fri&Sat: 10:30AM-12:00AM
Public Holiday Eve: 10:30AM-12:00AM

Tel: +65 9721 0867
Email: inquiry@mysteryescape.com.sg

Website: http://mysteryescape.com.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mysteryescapesg

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15) The Phantom Escape 
146 Neil Road
Singapore 088875

Price: $22-$28 per pax
* Show your student ID to enjoy $10 OFF per pax for any game at any time

Opening hours: 12:00NN-10:00PM

Tel: +65 6423 1830
Email: contact@phantomjoker.com

Website: http://www.phantomjoker.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/P.J.Escape

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Have fun escaping!
Till then, xo

The Better Toy Store | Christmas Giveaway!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Dropped by The Better Toy Store the other day when I was at town (You can read the post here: http://www.strawberrycoatedkisses.com/2014/12/a-day-out-to-town.html) and boy was I impressed by the huge selection of toys they have!
The Better Toy Store is a child’s workshop of award-winning toys carefully selected for excellence in play value, design, quality and impact on the environment. Every toy they choose is evaluated for these qualities and they do not compromise because they believe our children deserve the best and everything else is just not good enough.

Before I continue, can I please give a shoutout to Eugene for the AMAZING hospitality. Not only did he guide me through the entire store's selection of toys, he also answered all my questions very patiently. Eugene also learned to play with puppets so he can entertain kids who visit the store which I think is great! HE IS SO GOOD AT IT. You gta see it to believe it so please look for him if you happen to pop by! 

Ok, back on topic.
So anyway, The Better Toy Store focuses on 4 values for all their toys.

First up is: Play Value - Toys that Teach. 
Their numerous award-winning toys attest to the strong play value of the toys. A lot of the toys they choose are not only age-appropriate but are also open-ended, allowing a different facet of play as the child grows and changes in ability and interest. The best toys are those with little suggestion to method or purpose of play but allow children to freely create anything that is fuelled by their imagination alone. Less is sometimes more. Blocks, Paint, Dough, Sand and Water Play toys are some good possibilities.

Call me old-fashioned but this is something I definetely and strongly agree with.
Who says the most complex toys make out the smartest kids anyway?
The second quality and value they look for in a toy is it's Design – Toys that Inspire. 
The Better Toy Store believes a child exposed to Beauty will in turn appreciate and respond to all things beautiful. Learning to appreciate Beauty (and not just in toys) is fundamental to a gentler, nobler and kinder existence. Their toys must thus not only be educational and well-made but also beautiful. Toys that stimulate the child’s innate sense of symmetry and aesthetics are also the ones that will most likely be picked up and played with. Captivating colours, interesting textures and pleasing form are the qualities in a toy that must first be satisfied before they can pass muster. Classic and timeless toys that have withstood the test of time are their favourites. A thing of beauty is indeed a joy forever.
The third is something I'm sure all of us look for in a toy. Quality – Toys that Are Safe. 
Correct me if I'mm wrong but I can be a pain in the a** especially when it comes to the quality of my baby's toy. I'm glad The Better Toy Store thinks the same. According to them, their toys must be safe – safe for the child and safe for the environment. Many of them exceed the stringent safety standards recommended. Their toys conform to the European EN71 and the US ASTM standards of safety. For Baby toys, only those tested by TŰV and certified with the GS mark are acceptable. Natural materials like wood and cotton are preferred and paints and finishes are non-toxic, water-based and sweat- and saliva-resistant. Textiles used for baby toys are certified Őko-Tex-Standart 100. This means that they satisfy many safety requirements including being heavy-metal free, having PH-value sympathetic to skin and using chlorine-free bleach. Many manufacturers have even imposed Zero-formaldehyde and E-Zero Glue policies and use only soy-ink for printing. Their SES craft items like finger paints have an embittering agent to impart an unpleasant taste so children do not eat it and its dough is gluten-free. A new Eco range of craft toys will also be introduced where the materials used are natural. 100% Organic toys for babies are also available. In addition, the toys are chosen for craftsmanship and durability, ensuring years of robust play. 

Knowing that the toys from The Better Toy Store go through so much checks and are extremely safe, I can put my heart at ease.
Ahem, sidetrack again.
This is one of my favvvvvvvv toys from the shop! Too cute, don't cha think?
Really wanted to get this but apparently it's fo' toddlers from 12 mnths old and abv - Fo' those who have started walkin'

But anw, if you're interested you may get it from here (Hedgehog). 
They have many other designs fo' the wheely bug as well. Check out their other designs here.
Last but not least, The Better Toy Store believes in Impact on Environment – Toys that Are Green.
 Wherever possible, wood is chosen over plastic. Not only are most plastics made from non-renewable petrochemicals, more and more we learn of their adverse long-term effects on human and animal health. Many are also non-biodegradable. As such, they avoid plastic toys unless its use necessitates the material eg water play toys or high detail figurines. Even then, all their plastic toys must be certified phthalate-free. In addition, our toy makers use wood from 2 main sources: One is from rubber trees that have exhausted their latex and are ordinarily burnt. Instead, they are recycled for use in the manufacture of toys and furniture. The other is from managed forests in Europe where there is strong tradition of sustainable forestry, with many manufacturers working with wood suppliers that have PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certification. Many factories where the toys are made also make use of alternative fuel eg biomass from leftover woodchips for their heating and electrical requirements and are active supporters of reforestation projects. Packaging is kept minimal (sometimes none!) and many use recycled paper for their boxes. Caring for the Environment IS Caring for our Children. They believe children should have a right to good health, adequate education and clean environment. And while nothing can be 100% perfect, they believe it should not be for want of trying.

Most of you might not know but I love wood. The smell of wood, the texture. I sound kinda sick here, but give me wood and plastic, I'd choose wood anyday handsdown. Besides, save the earth, right? Heh.
I was told that these Steffi Poinsettia bears from The Better Toy Store are no ordinary bears. They are made of finest mohair, with safety eyes. Meaning it's eyes CANNOT be pulled out. How amazing is that? And totally safe fo' our babies & children! Love!

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The Better toy Store is also currently having a storewide sale fo' the month of December!
General public gets 20% off every second item purchased, and members get a whooping 40% discount! 

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GIVEAWAY TIME!
The Better Toy Store is giving away a goodie bag/hamper worth $100 and a lifetime membership worth $300! 
To qualify for the giveaway, all you have to do is:

1) Follow @thebettertoystore on instagram & like em' on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheBetterToyStore)
2) Follow me (@xoangeline) on instagram (Hehe)
3) Comment on this post why you should be the one walking away with the hamper & lifetime membership.
*All comments are moderated, so not to worry, no one else will be able to see your comments except me.

May the odds be ever in your favour!
Goodluck all! x