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And the Christmas present goes to

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas everyone!

How’s your Christmas Day going so far? Tummies full of food? Presents galore? Or maybe just a cosy time with close family and friends? However way you are spending your Christmas, I hope it’s filled with lots of love and good cheer.
So as promised, I’ve randomly selected the lucky recipient for the B.U.R.P. Squad Kit giveaway

And the winner is…

Tan Shu-Yin
Congratulations Shu-Yin! Drop me a line at serenelymade[at]gmail.com with your address/contact details so I can arrange to have the item delivered to you.

Enjoy the rest of the Christmas season and have a great start to the new year!

My awesome children’s birthday treat idea

I am always in awe of those mums that prepare awesome treats and yummy food for their children to bring to school on their birthday to share with their classmates… cupcakes, cookies, goodie bags, mini bento packs etc. Anyway this month, I’ll be making my inaugural appearance on the classroom birthday scene, even if it’s just a small scale one for Nathan’s daycare. I decided to prepare some goodie bags of treats, but add my own unique twist to it. Instead of just handing out bags of treats, I will mix in a little fun and activity by packaging it into a pass-the-parcel game (make the kids work a little for their treats!) I snapped some photos of what I did so I could share it with you… First I packaged up some yummy sweets and goodies into individual goodie bags (very sinful, but I guess it’s alright for an occasional treat). Then for an added twist, I prepared three ‘Action Bags’. I made them very simple as the kids at the daycare are all very young… The first one was a bag of mi…

A Christmas present for you

So how’s your final preparations for Christmas going? Done all your Christmas shopping? Wrapped all your Christmas presents? Well I finally sat myself down over the weekend and got all my presents wrapped (*phew*) so I’m almost all set. Anyway, as I mentioned earlier, I have prepared something special to share the Christmas love with YOU. It’s my own small way of spreading a little Christmas cheer this season, no strings attached, no sponsors no list of terms & conditions. Just ‘lil ‘ol me saying “Merry Christmas to you”. I am giving away this littleB.U.R.P. Squad Kit handmade by yours truly. It’s a little kit comprising of a burp cloth, two cloth wipes which convert into instant bibs with the aid of a multi-purpose clip also included in the kit. More details about the B.U.R.P Squad Kit here. It’sopen to anyone in the whole wide world. No matter where you are, whether you are in Timbuktu or The North Pole, I’ll find a way to get this to you. Whether you’d like this for yourse…

Christmas Shortbread {Blog Train}

So with just two weeks left till Christmas, our house is really beginning to look, feel and SMELL like Christmas… with the Christmas tree up, shopping bags of presents lined up, rolls of wrapping paper spread out and yummy smells wafting out from the kitchen.Every year I try to bake some goodies to share and give out to friends and family. The previous two years, I’ve made Oreo pops and gingerbread men. So this year, what is to be?Also, this year’s Christmas cooking is extra special because I’m hopping aboard the Festive Fare blogtrain hosted by Jennifer the Dinomama.After some research and pondering, I finally landed on the perfect recipe – Christmas Shortbread : A yummy and Christmassy goodie but also fairly simple recipe that anyone would not hesitate to try. It’s so simple that it definitely falls under my four ingredient recipes category.Here’s a little bit of trivia and introduction on the history of shortbreadShortbread dates back to the 12th century in Scotland and the British…

A Christmas Giveaway coming soon

With the onset of Christmas season comes the season of gifts and giving. This is actually something I intended to do in November in line with my birthday celebrations as I did last year. However due to unexpected challenges I had been facing, a number of things had to be pushed back. But no matter, as Christmas is also an opportune time to do this very special thing… no strings attached, just a my very own way to spread some Christmas love.A Christmas Giveaway
Featuring none other than a Serenely Made old favouriteThe B.U.R.P. Squad KitThe term B.U.R.P. is inspired by the term ‘Based Upon Repeat Pattern’… and any parent will know that burps and messes are definitely a repeated pattern by all babies. So it does well to go into battle well armed with a kit like this.The kit comprises of…
A burp cloth
Two cloth wipes
A multi-purpose clipThe cloth wipes convert into an instant bib with the aid of the bib clip included in the set. The bib clip itself can be used to convert a multitude of thing…

The first story

Family photos hung up in my mother’s childhood home[Some minor edits and notes added following my mum’s correction on a couple of points]The earliest ‘true story’ I remember my mother telling me was one about her grandfather (my great-grandfather) in World War II. It is actually not a very happy story, but the reality and rawness of the story is one that that burns into your memory so you never forget it.My mother grew up in Kampung Sri Gading, near the town of Batu Pahat in Johor, Malaysia. The house she lived in, originally built by my great-grandfather, has housed four generations of families.The story I remember is actually about my mother’s maternal grandfather…With the onset of World War II came the Japanese Soldiers. History remembers them as cruel and inhuman persecutors of the local people in Malaya.They arrived one day at the doorstep of my great-grandfather’s house. I don’t remember what it was they were after. Money. Gold. Information. Women. Submission… It didn’t matter. …

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