Sunday, 15 February 2009

i love wii





















My wii games, there isn't much here but this is very useful, specially this cold winter season, My husbands favorite game is the golf, its an 07 version, not bad but there is an 09 version which i think is much better. My favorite is the beach sports, particularly disc golf, where my character would dance when i get a birdy, hahahaha...

Mario cart is OK, but I'm not really a good driver, keep falling in some clefts, and ended the last one on track.

I am however planning to get a wii fit, might help me get back into shape :)









Beach sports attire











Even the icons looks pretty similar to us.



Saturday, 14 February 2009

My fussy eater

Like most toddler, my little one has always been a fussy eater, and make a lot of mess from her food, but now I found some ideas to make her eat with less hassle.


1. Serve it on different coloured plates.


2. By disguising food, by blending or grating the food that she wouldn't eat and mix it with her favorite food.


3. Let her watch her favorite TV show or movie while eating.


4. and encourage her to eat by eating together.




It's just a healthy-eating trick or two to tempt her.




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Thursday, 12 February 2009

Fun with pictures

Got nothing to do now, so i decided to have fun with some of my pictures. This is really cool as i have been posting some of this on my profile on a social network site. Well, just a way to have fun!

Painting




Me and my Baby, were models, Hahaha!

Paris best friend :) i wish!

If you wanna try this, you'll find this in photofunia or magmypic website.
Perfect for posting on social networks & blogs.

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Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
We were out on a Sunday morning to see a castle somewhere north Yorkshire and i forgot to bring the map, so we decided to just continue on a nice drive along the countryside. I happen to see a sign along the road that says To Fountains Abbey, and we drop by to have a look. It was amazing, the place is just breathtaking. It was a very large area about 800 acres, including it's garden and a deer park. We didn't get the chance to explore the deer park cause we run out of time, but we have a great day out anyway.


My husband took this lovely photos :)




The Garden







About the Abbey
The Cellarium
Amazingly the cellarium roof has remained intact and the lay brothers ate, slept and socialised here, beneath the incredible vaulted ceiling which escaped Henry VIII’s brutal sixteenth century dissolution of the abbeys.Today the inhabitants are protected species of bat who live in the ceiling nooks and only come out after dusk. It is estimated there are over eight species of bats living in the cellarium.
The Cloisters
Once used for meditation and exercise by the monks the cloisters formed the centre of the abbey and many rooms lead off from this area, including the warming room where you can still see the huge fireplace where a fire was always kept roaring.
Above the warming room up the external staircase to the left, is the muniments room where the monks kept all their important documents, it made sense to keep them above the warming room so the documents stayed dry in all seasons. The floor tiles in this room have just been refurbished and the room has recently been opened to visitors.
History - The early years
A dispute and riot at St Mary's Abbey in York led to the founding of Fountains Abbey in 1132. After pleading unsuccessfully to return to the early 6th century Rule of St Benedict, 13 monks were exiled and taken into the protection of Thurstan, Archbishop of York.He provided them with a site in the valley of the little River Skell in which they could found a new, more devout monastery. Although described as a place "more fit for wild beasts than men to inhabit" it had all the essential materials for the creation of a monastery: shelter from the weather, stone and timber for building, and plenty of water.
Within three years, the little settlement at Fountains had been admitted to the austere Cistercian Order (founded in France in 1098). Under its rules they lived a rigorous daily life, committed to long periods of silence, a diet barely above subsistence level, and wore the regulation habit of coarse undyed sheep's wool (underwear was forbidden), which earned them the name "White Monks."
One of the Abbey's most important developments was the introduction of the Cistercian system of lay brothers. They were usually illiterate and relieved the monks from routine jobs, giving them more opportunity to dedicate their time to God.
Many served as masons, tanners, shoemakers and smiths, but their chief role was to look after the Abbey's vast flocks of sheep, which lived on the huge estate stretching westwards from Fountains to the Lake District and northwards to Teesside.Without the lay brothers, Fountains could never have attained its great wealth or economic importance.

1200 - 1539
By the middle of the 13th century it was one of England's richest religious houses and, as well as farming, was mining lead, working iron, quarrying stones and horse breeding. But the seeds of failure lay in the very success of the system. The lay brothers encouraged the monks to extend their estates beyond what was necessary for monastic self-sufficiency.In the 14th century economic collapse followed bad harvests and Scots raids, and the Black Death exacerbated the effects of financial mismanagement. The community of lay brothers reduced in size, many of the monastic granges were leased out to tenant farmers, and in the late 15th century dairy farming replaced sheep farming.Despite its financial problems, Fountains Abbey remained of considerable importance in the Cistercian Order. The abbots sat in Parliament and the abbacy of Marmaduke Huby (1495-1526) marked a period of revival.Fountains once again flourished, but its life was brought to an abrupt end in 1539 by Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries. The abbot (Marmaduke Bradley) received a pension of £100 pa, his prior received £8, and 30 monks each received £6.For a few months after the Dissolution, the Abbey buildings stood empty in the hope of being the site for the cathedral for a new Dales bishopric.This was not to be, and by 1540 glass and lead from the dismantling of Fountains had found their way to Ripon and York.The buildings and parts of the estate were sold to Sir Richard Gresham, whose family subsequently sold them on to Stephen Proctor, the builder of Fountains Hall.Then the abbey passed through several hands until it came into the possession of the Messenger family. In 1767 it was sold for £18,000 to William Aislabie, who landscaped the abbey ruins as a picturesque folly to be viewed from the Water Garden.

Friday, 6 February 2009

The Great Dorset Steam fair

This is the campsite of the steam fair, people from different countries go camping here with caravans, motor home, and tents.
Balloon at night time. Looks lovely!
Me, posing at this steam train, i think this train is about 100 to 150yrs old, well maintained, very shiny :)
The man in the middle is my husband with my baby (cant see clearly). Trains look nice with lights on.
We been coming to this steam fair every year and I always enjoy the variety of exhibitions. There are impressive attractions of Heavy horses, vintage tractors, and Showman's Engines. I love shopping in there big market place, and there are also fun fair and rides for the kids:)

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Baby eczema



My daughter used to have face eczema; it started when she was 3 months until 12 months. I would say from 3 to 6 months these are the worst eczema flare up on her face, and it so frustrating because we don’t know what is making it trigger. Her doctor had given me a steroids cream for her face but she told me not to prolong the use of steroids because over time they can lead to thinning of the skin. The doctor only has advice me to use it on her face once a day, for 2 weeks and then stop using it. It did disappear, but once I stop using it, it came back again. So I came up of an idea to at least help lessen the eczema. We have notice is that when it is cold and damp, her eczema will flare up quickly, so we did turn the heating on even if it is summer, and I attach her mittens on her sleep suits and long sleeve shirts, to prevent her from scratching. Warm bath every night before bed and change her soap to dove moisturizing. It did work out great! Now that she is 20 months old, it has totally disappeared.


It is also good to have the right level of knowledge and information about eczema is key to treating and managing the condition. Here are some information that you might find useful:


What is it?
Eczema (also known as dermatitis) is the term used to describe a range of skin conditions characterised by very dry, itchy skin. Other common symptoms include a reddening, cracking, swelling or scaling of the skin as well as tiny bumps that bleed or ooze, although it is not contagious. Eczema can occur anywhere on the body but in babies it mainly manifests itself on the scalp, forehead, chest and around the joints. In more severe cases it can be incredibly itchy and irritating for your baby and may even disrupt their sleep.


What causes baby eczema?
A large number of babies suffer from atopic eczema which is largely hereditary based and tends to develop around 2 -3 months of age. The term atopic refers to an oversensitivity of the immune system which causes sufferers to react to aspects of their environment that would not normally elicit an immune response. There is no real way of knowing whether a baby will develop atopic eczema although there is a increased chance if other members of the family suffer from atopic conditions such as eczema, asthma or hayfever themselves.


Irritant contact and allergic contact eczema are also common and tend to be brought on by either prolonged (irritant) or immediate (allergic) exposure to a specific allergen. Suffering from one type of eczema increases the chance that you will develop other types, so if your baby suffers with atopic eczema you may notice that exposure to certain things in his or her environment causes flare ups.


How can I treat it?
Unfortunately, because atopic eczema is an allergic condition there is no specific catch-all treatment, however there are several remedies that may help to improve the condition of your baby's skin and reduce irritation significantly.


Moisturise - As eczema is characterised by very dry skin, keeping your baby's skin moisturised can really help to reduce discomfort - try generously applying an emollient several times throughout the day but especially after a bath. While baby lotion or oil can be used for this your doctor may be able to recommend a more effective moisturising cream (as you may find that even special baby products may irritate your baby's skin).


Careful bath times - Bathing your baby in lukewarm (rather than warmer) water will help your baby's skin to retain moisture and stay hydrated. You should avoid using soap based bath products and instead go for those designed for babies with sensitive skin. Leave washing your baby with product until just before you take them out the bath as this means they will not be sitting in 'soapy' water. Additionally, you should always pat rather than rub your baby dry as rubbing removes some of the much needed oils that form part of the skin's defence.


Avoid detergents - Household detergents such as washing powders can be irritating to your baby's skin so try to use sensitive products and dry linen outside on the line rather than in the tumble dryer whenever possible.


Choose cotton - Clothing your baby in cotton rather than in synthetic or woolen materials will enable your baby's skin to breathe and help to reduce irritation. Cotton bedding will again stop your baby from overheating, becoming clammy and flaring up.

Go dust free - Keeping your home and especially your baby's nursery dust free may help to reduce eczema flare ups. Keep soft furnishings in the nursery to a minimum and try to hoover as often as possible. Keeping your home well aired should help too. If you have longer pile carpets rather than wooden or laminate flooring, sitting or laying your baby on a cotton or plastic playmat can be better than playing directly on the carpet.

Keep pets away - Pet hair is a common irritant so at the minimum you should keep your pets out of your baby's nursery and wash your baby's hands when they have been touching animals.


Diet - There is a limited amount of evidence that suggests sensitivity to certain foods can cause eczema flare ups. If you are in the process of weaning your baby you should make sure you introduce one food at a time so that you can notice any reactions. You should also make sure that you follow current recommendations for when to introduce certain foods into your baby's diet, leaving more 'allergenic' foods such as cow's milk and wheat til later. Breastfeeding your baby until they are at least 4 months old is one of the best ways to minimise eczema, however you may need to look at your own diet if they are showing sensitivities. However, you should never restrict your own or your baby's diet without seeking the advice of your doctor first. If you think that your baby has a problem with certain foods see your healthcare provider at once.

Minimising scratching - Itching and scratching can make eczema flare ups worse by breaking the skin and letting infections in. Try keeping your baby's nails short and fitting them with cotton mittens and socks before a nap to help to reduce this. Sometimes baby knows how to take off their mittens, so i would suggest that you attach the mittens in your baby’s sleep suit or any long sleeve shirt by sewing it.


Your doctor may recommend trying a steroid cream if your baby's eczema is particularly bad as these can help to clear up flare ups quickly. However, you should follow the application instructions carefully, using steroid creams very sparingly on your baby's delicate skin, especially around the face as with prolonged exposure over time they can lead to thinning of the skin.





Monday, 2 February 2009

To my husband

This was the message on the card i have given to my husband on our anniversary. When I saw it, I thought this describes us both!

We've seen each other grumpy,
and seen each other glad.

We've seen some good behavior,
(and of course we've seen some bad!)

You've seen my wobbly bits
but still adore me more each day.

I've seen you with a runny nose
and love you anyway!

You've seen me when I'm slobbing out
(and still think I'm cute).

We've seen the worst, we've seen the best
and like we always knew.

No matter how life's ups and downs
we'll always see each other through!