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MomBloggersPlanet Cutest Baby In Nature Contest


“Reminder for TheHoneybunch Family to live by & share it with others…


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Nothing more than

A
Absolutely

TTerrific to be
UUnleash from the
RRat-race & mesmerize by the
EEarth beneath our feet

* Picture worth a thousand words *

Have you forgotten what is being like to witness the simple & breathtaking greenery lies in front of you?

Have you forgotten what is being like to sniff the warm cool breeze?

Have you forgotten what is being like to hear the chirping of merry birds dangling above your head?

Have you forgotten what is being like to taste the undescribable-taste of leaves?

Have you forgotten what is being like to touch the smooth satin-like grass that you hardly step on it?


Let your child be your reminder on how much you missed all of the above!


Bring them out to the
nature & the nature & your child will interacts without much interference from you.

Your child will be your Best Teacher for you to STOP! and sniff the flowers.

Nature appreciation activity is important to your child as all of your child’s senses will be stimulated & boost up their nature intelligence & promotes healthy well-being in their growing years.

Hanz’s Note : This is my presentation of my participation in MomBloggersPlanet November Cutest Baby in Nature Contest.

Details of picture as follows:

Name of Baby in Picture : Hambali bin Hasrat

Date of Birth : 12th of June, 2008


Picture’s Location : Taman Tasik Seremban


The Story Behind this picture : That was the first ever we brought Baby Hambali along with his 5 years old brother outdoor. First time experience for Baby Hambali but countless time for his big brother.We did’nt do any specific activity just ‘lazing’ around there and let Baby Hambali roaming about, crawled under the watchful eyes of both his parents. Just in case, he put every single thing he found inside his mouth! LOL! It could be dangerous! After that activity we made a mental note to do it often for the benefits of our family.

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November 13, 2009 Posted by | Green Living, Hanz in Contest, Hanz's Boys, Natural Parenting | 3 Comments

How to wear & care Cloth Pad

1.The first time you got your cloth pad (CP), please wash it first either hand-wash or toss them in the washing machine.

2. Snap the CP just like the pic below.

Picture credits to Mama Patch

3. It is essential to get a Wetbag to chuck soiled CP especially if you are working, out & about or in other words you doesn’t stay at home 24 hours a day.

I got my wetbag from Mum7Kids who produced the Saffa Pad for RM 15.00. It is made from Flannel PUL & the size is 8 inch X 8 inch and can store up to 7 CPs.


Then, by luck I stumbled this Dual Bag which I improvised it to be my very-the-handy-&-small wetbag so that I can put the fresh CP on one side & the soiled CP on the other side. Got it from Guardian for RM 11 & measured 5.5 inch X 4 inch, can store either 3 Regular CP OR 2 Panty Liner & 2 Regular CP. Fits in my handbag nicely.Dual wetbag is also available at Mama Patch.

4. Rinsed soiled CP under running water until water runs clear before chuck them in the wetbag.Make sure you wring them dry enough before temporary storing to bring back for further washing. Fold them up to save storing space.No worries about smell and you will be surprised soiled CP does not smell inside your wetbag.

5. During laundry, you can choose either to soak them for few minutes to remove stubborn stain or wash them immediately. You can either hand wash them together with your undies or toss them in the washing machine.

6. DO NOT SCRUB your CP.This will spoiled your CP durability.Light rubbing by hand is the best with frequent rinsing.You can also add a pinch of salt in the soaked CP in case there’s stubborn stain. NEVER EVER use Softener or Clorox as this can damage the CP fabric.

7. The Sun is the best bleacher just like it does to cloth diaper. Based on CP user’s experience sharing, recommended to wear your CP up to 4 hours on normal flow & less than 4 hours during the heaviest days.So roughly about 5 to 6 CP is needed during the heavy flow & 2-3 CP on the normal days and 1-2 on the lighter days.So no worries about leaking.You know your body best!

Next : Sneak peak on various type of Cloth Pad

Disclaimer : Not a paid review.Information based on personal experiences plus obtained from Mama Patch & Mum7Kids.

November 13, 2009 Posted by | Beauty and Feminity, Green Living, Hanz's Notes | 3 Comments

Review on Malaysian-made Cloth Pad (CP)


…..As per Chit-Chatters Request & as promised, here goes! Wink!
:D

[From left to right: Saffa CP, Mama Patch CP & Snexi CP Snuggbaby –
All are Regular(Medium) CP]

Hanz’s Note : I’ve used mostly Panty Liner & Regular (Medium) CP as it based on my needs. Average hours of usage for each brand is 4 hours & on lighter days it will be more but not more than 7 hours before next changing.

I was surprised as previously if I prolonged the duration of wearing disposable pads, sometimes I experienced itchiness but with cloth pad, it is far from that. Don’t talk about stinky smell because with disposables, it does but with CP, it doesn’t.Trust me as I’m not the only users confirming this sort of experiences.Better still, it cut the flow days and many CP users just like me noticed the lesser menses output.No need to worry about the stain because with proper wash, you won’t experience one.

I would suggest that if you are on heavy side, try not to exceed more than 4 hours. Perhaps you would like to read great post especially for those on heavy flow side & those who wants to use it for Post-Partum. Glam Mama had share her experience on these. Click GLAM MAMA.

Allright, here’s my reviews and you can just click each brand name to be link exactly on the page of CP Makers whereby you can obtain all the details.

Mama Patch Cloth Pad

What I like : Thin & slim cut yet absorption withstand amazing. Easy to wash & did’nt leave any stain. I forgot that I’m wearing one during the end days of menses though I was wearing the Panty Liner.

What I dislike : None. Hoping that Chin Nee will come out patterned or yummy print fabrics soon. (he,he..always drool over yummy prints just like what I did with cloth diapers & cloth wipes)

Saffa Cloth Pad (Mum7Kids)

What I like : Thicker a bit & comes in varieties of colours & prints. Contoured nicely over panties. Absorption wise good.

What I dislike : They sell very fast as you can see they are available in some our local Cloth Diapers store & blogshops as well so you tend to miss out some prints you fancy. Hopefully Ummi Zhadami will restock fast or maybe increase the same prints quantity.

What I like : So far as far my search ongoing this is the first unique shape CP that I ever came across. Diamond-cut shape & when it folded it works like any other CP. It comes in 3 bright colours nevertheless the colours did’nt ‘bleed’ when wash-out or damp or wet. Absorption wise good. Liza has upgrade the layers with PUL recently & bet no leaking worries.

What I dislike : I only hope that Liza (as I did highlighted her) will make it curvier & its unique shape can remains so thinking if it is curvier and folded, there’s no remaining fabric around the panties edges so that it will rounded the panties snugly.

Next : How to wear & care Cloth Pad.

Disclaimer : Not a paid review.S olely self-sponsored & personal experiences.

November 12, 2009 Posted by | Beauty and Feminity, Green Living, Hanz's Products Reviews | 13 Comments

Pesanan kepada blogshop yang jual ‘Natural Parenting’ & ‘Green Living’ Produk

Apa itu ‘Natural Parenting’ & ‘Green Living’ produk?

Secara ringkasnya, produk Natural Parenting & Green Living (mesra alam) seperti bersimbiosis.Kalau anda menyusukan anak secara tidak langsung anda mempraktikkan Green Living.Begitu juga kalau anda memakaikan anak anda lampin kain, anda sudah berusaha menyelamatkan bumi dengan mengurangkan jumlah sampah. Segala produk penyusuan (breastfeeding), lampin kain (cloth diaper), kain gendong (babywearing) dan juga penggantian tuala wanita pakai buang kepada tuala wanita kain (reusable cloth pad) serta barangan bayi yang tidak mendatangkan pencemaran inilah yang me maksudkan.

Me gembira bila melihat tahap kesedaran ‘orang kita’ tentang produk yang mesra alam semakin meningkat apabila sudah banyak blogshop menjual produk yang dinyatakan.

Cuma me agak kecewa bila melihat ada segelintir yang pada me ambil sikap sambil-lewa tentang beberapa perkara. Jadi, me rasa me harus sampaikan ‘pesanan ini’ kepada semua pihak yang terbabit untuk kebaikan bersama. Ini kerana me:

* Macam mention di My profile dan segala yang terkandung dalam Chatterbox (blog) ini, me berusaha mempraktikkan gaya hidup natural parenting & green living & me bersemangat untuk mengajak sesiapa jua ke arah ini demi kebaikan kita sejagat.

* Me rasa bertanggung jawab as on behalf atau mewakilkan rakan-rakan niaga yang telah mengalami perkara yang kurang beretika supaya rakan-rakan niaga lain pun tidak akan mengalami perkara yang serupa.

* Me rasa bertanggung jawab untuk memberitahu rakan-rakan yang menjadi pengguna dan pembeli supaya menjadi pengguna yang bijak. Wang ringgit anda adalah bernilai dan anda berhak mendapat yang terbaik. Jika anda cuba menukar gaya hidup anda seperti yand disebut kemudian anda mengalami kesukaran ditambah pula anda tidak mendapat bantuan atau sokongan yang sewajarnya daripada penjual tersebut, semangat anda mungkin patah di tengah jalan.

Ini adalah pesanan hasil daripada pengalaman sendiri dan juga pengalaman rakan niaga dan rakan yang menjadi pengguna. Tidak bertujuan untuk menjatuhkan mana-mana pihak tetapi me merayu supaya ambil iktibar daripada yang me ingin sampaikan.

Khusus untuk anda, peniaga blogshop di luar sana…..

1. Ketahuilah produk yang anda jual itu dengan sejujur-jujurnya.Lebih bagus, anda sendiri pun pengguna.Kalau anda dah ada pembeli yang dah guna produk anda, boleh minta mereka buat testimoni dan paparkan kat blogshop anda.Selain memberi keyakinan, anda tunjukkan yang anda jujur dan sangat mengesyorkan produk anda itu.

2. Sertakan cara-cara untuk memakai dan menjaga serta apa-apa maklumat yang penting. Cloth diaper atau lampin kain, produk babywearing (gendong), cloth pad (tuala wanita berkain), segala produk berkenaan penyusuan perlu ada maklumat cara penggunaan dan cara penjagaan.Bersedialah terima pertanyaan dan kemusykilan pelanggan anda dan jika anda tidak pasti, tak rugi dapatkan maklumat pada mereka yang lebih arif.

3. Nak letak gambar produk tu janganlah sembarangan ambil dari google atau ambil dari blog atau kedai orang lain. Kalau produk anda tu diambil dari pengeluar, tak salah ambil gambar dia sebab anda dan beritahu jenama dan semua deskripsi pun mestilah sama daripada pengeluar asal termasuklah harga.Mesti ada perjanjian tentang ini, kan?

Kalau anda jual produk keluaran sendiri, buat gambar anda sendiri lebih-lebih lagi produk yang perlu dipakai dan ada langkah-langkah tertentu. Umpamanya ‘Ring Sling’ (gendong). Tak wajar kalau anda copy-paste dari sumber yang tak ketahuan kemudian mengaku itu anda punya.

4. Ambil tahu tentang ciri-ciri keselamatan. Perlu diingatkan, produk menyusu, produk bayi ada tertakluk ciri-ciri keselamatan.

Nak buat ring sling, fabrik mestilah kukuh dan ring pun kenalah kukuh.Kang, tak pasal-pasal ada bayi jatuh semasa dikendong si-ibu. Tak ker menganiaya? Nak tambah susu untuk si-ibu menyusu pun, kenalah pastikan makanan tambahan dapat kelulusan daripada pihak yang berkenaan.Nak jual mainan pun begitu juga. Nak buat lampin kain (cloth diaper) pun begitu juga samalah nak jual tuala wanita kain (cloth pad).Kalau anda merekacipta produk-produk yang berkait rapat dengan tubuh badan manusia, bersikaplah bertanggung jawab untuk mengeluarkan produk berciri keselamatan yang menjaminkan.

5. Beritahu keadaan sebenar produk. Jangan sesekali menipu atau mengada-adakan ciri yang tidak ada. Misalnya, produk itu asalnya milikan peribadi anda dan anda tak mahu dan nak jual. Beritahu status ‘Preloved’ / ‘Terpakai’ / ‘Second-hand’ dan kurangkanlah dari harga asal.Janganlah tak beritahu walau anda hanya pakai barang tu sekali saja. Mesti beritahu juga.Kalau anda boleh lepas daripada pembeli barang tu, tapi sebenarnya anda sudah bersikap tidak jujur. (Berdosa tau!)

6. Jangan sesekali memburuk-burukkan baik dari segi produk, cara urusniaga dan sebagainya dan membanding-bandingkan blogshop anda dengan kedai atau blogshop orang lain. Tujuan anda nak menaikkan ‘rating’ produk / imej blogshop anda tapi bila anda buat macam ini, anda tabur pasir pada periuk nasi orang lain.Berniaga macam ini tak beretika tau.Sungguhpun ada pelanggan anda bercerita tentang perihal kedai atau blogshop yang tidak enak didengar, dengar dan diamkan saja.Ambil iktibar supaya anda tidak buat perkara yang sama bukan menokok-tambah lagi.

7. Janganlah asyik meniru rekaan orang lain.Kalau anda rasa tak berkemampuan nak mereka, mungkin bidang yang anda buat itu bukan bidang anda. Anda boleh lihat produk pesaing dan belajar sambil cari ilham dan buat kelainan.Kalau anda beterusan meniru rekacipta orang lain, percayalah! Anda tidak akan bertahan lama dan tembelang anda akan pecah satu hari nanti.

8. Janganlah sesekali anda memborong daripada satu blogshop dengan harga yang agak murah kemudian anda jual semula dengan harga yang mahal.Anda tak boleh cari sendiri ker produk yang sesuai untuk dijual sampai anda kena buat macam tu sekali?

Akhir sekali, ampun maaf jika ada yang me cuba sampaikan telah menyinggung mana-mana pihak.Niat me adalah untuk kebaikan kita bersama.

Hanz’s Note : You are welcome to leave your opinions & maybe you want to share your side of story. Silalah beri pandangan atau nak berkongsi.Thanks for your support!

November 11, 2009 Posted by | Green Living, Hanz's Feelings, Hanz's Muse, Hanz's Tips, Natural Parenting | 11 Comments

What makes me convert to Reusable Sanitary Cloth Pad

I’m just like you! The thinking of needing to wash sanitary pad leaves me YUCKY feeling. Plus, I have doubt whether the cloth pad can hold my flow and contain the power just like the disposable pad. The ABSORPTION POWER, I mean.

That was before. It took a bit of guilty feeling and some courage to switch. Guilty? Of course! I’ve been cloth diapering my lil tot for more than a year but why I did’nt cloth me, myself?

Before, cloth pad was the last thing on my mind because..
* Being a nursing mom, my menses came late and when it finally came, it was so little and last less than 5 days averagely.

* Doubt on cloth pad performance compared to the disposables one.


* Most available cloth pad for a one piece only, the price kinda puts me off. Just like cloth diapers, you need it a lot. As most online shops are selling those imported ones, the price can be pricey.


* I have no idea how it works and don’t bother to search.


* No budget. The budget goes to cloth diaper stashes.


* Just plain lazy thinking of additional loads to wash.

(Ahem..is my list here same like you?)

Hemm…guess blogging done me good and reading posting about the hazardous of using disposable pads & some reviews on cloth pads, made me rethink.

So I accused myself. You there, sudah cloth diapering, bila nak cloth pad yourself? hahahaha.Padan muka sendiri bagi kesedaran. Wake-up call, aye?

So, the initial purchases of my cloth pad were all from our local makers. Support Malaysian-made products. Besides being cheaper, it is easier for you to communicate with the makers. It boost some confidence, right?

Well, I’ve used those cloth pads and I would say that I am one happy user of cloth pad. Even the washing part is not a problem to me at all.Just like the cloth diaper, the sun is the powerful natural bleacher to remove stubborn stain.I was amazed too that wearing one made me feels like I’m wearing none.And, no smell too.Somehow,it cuts the flow days!These are the reasons that contributed to my decision on never to look back to disposable sanitary pad again.

Soon, I will chat on how to care cloth pad & some cloth pad reviews too.

November 4, 2009 Posted by | Beauty and Feminity, Green Living | 15 Comments

Today’s Teaser : Knowledge is POWER!

Why I feel so suck today? It’s Friday & I should feel great, isn’t it?

Feels like to up several chat to participate few bloggers’ contests that I had my mind on but why am I being so lazy today??!!

Plus..I…am..so..sleepy….maybe blame it to the fact that the lack of sleep as Baby Hambali & Hanafi are not so well currently..Sigh…they’re having cough & fever & tonsilitis.

Anyhow, just entertain yourself with my nonsensical ramblings with these 2 teaser’s pics…

I’m seriously on it & I am seriously still far in this journey…and with this valid reason, gaining knowledge as much as I can by reading relevant books…fuh,fuh..

Got those books from among my favourite online bookstore here.

October 30, 2009 Posted by | Attachment Parenting, Green Living, Hanz in Reading, Hanz's Feelings, Natural Parenting | 4 Comments

Why use Reusable Bag is a must!

The ugly truth about our plastic bag that being introduced just over 25 years ago. Society’s consumption rate is now estimated at well over 500,000,000,000 (that’s 500 billion) plastic bags annually, or almost 1 million per minute! Read on these cold-hard facts…

1. Single-use bags made of high-density polyethlene (HDPE) are the main culprit. Once brought into existence to tote your purchases, they’ll accumulate & persist on our planet for up to 1,000 years.

2. Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle & other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food.

3. The average family accumulate 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store.

4. A plastic shopping bag can take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose. In a compressed landfill, deprived of atmosphere to help them biodegrade, paper bags don’t fare much better.

5. According to the Wall Street Journal, only 1% plastic bags are recycled worldwide, the rest are left to live on indefinitely in landfills.

6. The cost to recycle plastic bags so outweighs their value that most recycling facilities will not take them, leading more & more to just be thrown out with the rest of the trash.

7. Made from petroleum products and natural gas, plastic bags utilize non-renewable resources, ultimately helping to drive up fuel prices!

8. It takes 12 million barrels of oil to produce the amount of plastic bags the US uses per year.

9. Think paper bags are better? The United States cuts down 14 million trees per year simply to supply the demand for paper shopping bags!

10. It requires 13% more energy to produce 1 single paper bag than to produce 2 plastic bags.

11. Made with chemical processed at high temperatures, paper bag production releases many toxins into the atmosphere at much the same rate as plastic production.

12. Paper bags weigh nearly 10 times their counterparts in plastic, requiring more fuel to ship them out to stores.

Awareness evolved, some countries has made a move!

1. Ireland, the first European country to impose a tax on them, has decreased plastic shopping bag consumption by 90% since 2002, reducing overall plastic bag usage by 1.08 billion. That is 90% reduced consumption.

2. In a dramatic move to stem a tide of 60,000 metric tons of plastic bag & plastic utensil waste per year, Taiwan banned both last year.

3. Windblown plastic bags are so prevalent in Africa that a cottage industry has sprung up harvesting bags & using them to weave hats & even bags. According to the BBC, one group harvests 30,000 per month.

4. Some grocery store (like Tesco) even offer discounts or points credit for customers who bring their own bags, now that’s incentive!

Lastly, it takes one small step to make a significant impact as a whole! Over a lifetime, use of reusable bags by just one person, would save over 22,000 plastics bags. Isn’t it that better incentive?

You there, bila lagi?

October 21, 2009 Posted by | Green Living, Hanz's Notes | 8 Comments

Why use Cloth Wipes?


Brief notes to ponder :

1. Cloth wipes can be made from many different types of fabric. Great for cleaning little hands, noses & bottoms.

2. Can be used at home & while out with wipes solutions in a personal cleansing bottle.It’s a breeze when out & about as either you take the pre-moistened wipes in a waterproof container such as small wet bag or a zip-lock sandwich bag or take them dry & wet as required. Pop the used wipe into your wet bag with your used nappies and straight into your bucket when you get home.

3. Reusable – simply toss in the wash with cloth diapers or towels (no fabric softener).

4. Don’t have any alcohol or harsh chemicals in them like disposables wipes do.

5. Can use as many as you need to get baby fresh & clean without feeling guilty about wasting wipes.

6. Comes in basic colours or as fancy as you like for prints.

7. Can replace tissue & toilet paper.Reduce energy waste in producing tissue & toilet paper.

8. Gentle to you, your baby & Mother Earth! Reduce garbage & pollution.

October 16, 2009 Posted by | Green Living, Hanz's Collectibles, Hanz's Notes | 8 Comments

Why use Cloth Pad?

Obtained from Mama Patch, SaffaPad Mum7Kids & Snexi Snuggbaby

Brief notes to ponder :-

1. Cloth Pad (CP) are environmentally friendly & do not contribute to landfill as they are reusable & do not come in or contain plastic packaging. When CP wears out (after years of use), those made from natural materials can be composted whereas disposable sanitary napkins made from synthetic materials cannot be recycled or composted.They can be made from old pillow cases & towels.Some CP use hemp as the absorbent core which is more environmentally friendly to grow when compared with cotton or wood pulp.

2. Less expensive in the long term.

3. Highly customizable.

4. Still convenient as they can simply be cleaned in washing machine & before wash, soiled CP can be stored in its own wetbag.

5. Less likely to cause rashes, contact dermatitis as well as helping women affected with certain types of vaginitis.

6. Many women noted that after being a CP user, they have shorter periods, lighter flow & low/less cramping.

7. Reduce the scent of menstrual blood on the CP. As they are more breathable than the average disposable sanitary pads, they carry less odor.

Source : Wikipedia

To read more, please go to this link :-
http://testimonicni.blogspot.com/2008/05/tuala-wanita.html

Next chat(s) : How to care Cloth Pad, Reviews on Cloth Pad, What Makes me convert to Cloth Pad.

October 16, 2009 Posted by | Beauty and Feminity, Green Living, Hanz's Collectibles, Hanz's Notes, Worth-read Articles | 8 Comments