Anya’s classmate/ Sunday school friend invited her over for a playdate and Anya had so much fun! I think this is the first time she’s had a playdate exclusively with girls so since she’s currently at a very girly stage, she really enjoyed herself very much.
The following review originally appeared on Brunch with my Baby on 1 December. It’s a great site if you are constantly on the lookout for kid-friendly places to eat and play at!
The Marshmallow Tree is a little café in the quiet housing estate of Telok Blangah, just a short distance away from the hustle and bustle Vivocity and Harbourfront.
The Marshmallow Tree is a whimsical place: a swing in one corner, cozy mismatched chairs, a chalkboard wall, street lamps, a ceiling painted like the sky and a huge Domokun plush. Anya made a beeline for the brown creature and harassed it (him?) for a bit before settling down to draw at the chalkboard wall.
We weren’t particularly hungry so we ordered a chicken pie and a domo cup. There’s no real hot meal on the menu and savoury items consist mainly of pies, wraps and sandwiches. As the name of the café indicates, the focus here is on marshmallow-based desserts. Every drink ordered also comes with a complimentary toasted marshmallow on a stick.
The café latte ($4.50) was very decent. Those who prefer a drink without caffeine may want to try the pretty pink rose latte which I saw quite a few diners ordering.
The chicken pie ($4.50) was quite ordinary but Anya enjoyed it. It makes a good snack for the kids.
The domo cup ($4.80) was a yummy and decadent dessert of toasted marshmallows, cream cheese, Mars bar with a biscuit base. Some people may find it a bit too sweet but Anya and I were quite happy to eat it all up.
Anya kept herself entertained by annoying giant Domokun, swinging on the swing and drawing on the chalkboard wall so I could enjoy my latte and dessert in relative peace. I am quite fond of toasted marshmallows so I wouldn’t mind dropping by again for coffee and dessert after I’ve had a proper meal somewhere else.
Last Bite: The Marshmallow Tree is great for those with a sweet-tooth but doesn’t offer much in the way of proper meals. Kids won’t be bored though!
High chairs: No
Easy Access: Yes
Change Tables: No
Kids’ Menu: No
The Marshmallow Tree
46 Telok Blangah Drive #01-82
Hours: Tue – Fri: 10:00 – 22:00, Sat, Sun & PH: 09:00 – 22:00
Anya’s music school has mini performances during each school holiday. Anya had her first solo performance back in June but refused to play for the September one because of some phase she was going through at that time. She wasn’t going to play for the December one either but suddenly changed her mind at the last minute and played Ten Little Indians accompanied by her piano teacher. Good for her!
She was the first one up to perform. Maybe her teacher was secretly afraid that she might chicken out before her turn if she waited too long. She did a good job and says she will perform for the next set of mini performances in March!
After her performance, we went to get a Happy Meal. Then we went to the taxi stand to get a cab home. There was a Caucasian man and his friend/ son in the queue before us and no taxis in sight. When a cab finally appeared, the man very graciously offered the cab to us. His act of kindness really made my day!
A comedy of errors that’s only funny in hindsight: we arranged to meet my sister, my aunt and Simon for dinner at Orchid Live Seafood. We got there before they did and gloated slightly about the fact that Debs was going to have problems parking when she got there because we took the last lot. After a significant wait, we got a message from Debs asking us where we were. Turns out there are two branches for Orchid Live Seafood and they were at the other branch! Good thing the two restaurants are not that far apart!
Orchid Live Seafood is famous for their lobster porridge. The hot steamy broth was really wonderful on that dreadful rainy day. Digression: every other day in December is a dreadful rainy day! The other delicious specialty is their Steven Chicken named after their master chef Steven. Chef Steven was around that day and seemed to be everywhere at the same time: helping to direct traffic in the carpark, cooking in the kitchen and even serving us food at our table!
The food is all very decent. especially the lobster porridge and Steven chicken, and reasonably priced. We ate in air-conditioned comfort at the Jln Kelulut branch, but I actually prefer the rustic farm feel of their outlet at Bah Soon Pah Rd.
Last weekend was a really busy one for Anya! She had her inline skating class, then watched Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show with her brother, attended a birthday party at Fidgets and on Sunday, attended another birthday party at Asia Gymnastics Academy at Horse City. The food was provided by Brunch & Co and was really yummy! Anya had a lot of fun and now says she wants to have her birthday party there, I’m not booking anything yet because her birthday’s not till March and she has changed her mind several times already!
Anya was in a bad mood last Saturday. She complained about being tired right at the start of the lesson and was fussing about her guards sliding around. So she wasn’t the most cooperative and insisted that Adrian follow her around and she kept flopping on him. The instructor got them to move and pick up cones and also got them to practice moving in a straight line.
Another giveaway! Since it’s the season of giving, I’m hosting a giveaway for Mustela Bebe products. I attended the Rebirth launch of the Musetela Bebe range in October and have been happily using the products since. I’m sure you have also seen the Mustela Rebirth spread in parenting magazines with various mummy bloggers telling you which product they love and why, but there’s nothing better than being able to try the products out for yourself. So five winners will receive 1 item of their choice (worth $15.00 – $32.80) as well as a pack of facial cleansing cloths (worth $11.80).
Here’s my take on the Mustela Bebe range:
The Dermo-Cleansing Gel is soap-free and very gentle. It leaves skin thoroughly clean but soft. I love the lingering delicate fragrance even though I’m usually very intolerant of fragrances in general. It can be used for both skin and hair which makes it very versatile. The pump dispenser allows me to use one hand to get the right amount of cleansing gel while holding on to a wriggly Adam with the other hand.
The Baby Shampoo is another must-have. Like the cleansing gel, it is very gentle and leaves the kids’ hair soft, easy to manage and smelling so lovely. I use just the teeniest amount for Adam because he doesn’t have that much hair. It’s easy to rinse which is really important to me because my kids hate having water running down their faces anymore than is necessary.
The Vitamin Barrier Cream protects delicate skin and provides relief from diaper rash. Adam’s skin is quite sensitive and his little butt gets rashy easily so I use this on him daily. The sturdy flip cap and practical tube design of the barrier cream makes it easy to dispense and apply the product without worrying about diaper cream escaping and ruining your diaper bag.
The Hydra Bebe Face Cream is designed to be used daily on the face. I’m usually rather paranoid about putting any kind of product on a baby’s face because the skin on the face is the most delicate. But I’ve been using this for the kids since Adam was a few months old and it works really well. It is especially useful when we travel to colder, drier places where their skin can get very dry.
The Facial Cleansing Cloths are so handy to bring around. My kids are very grubby and you can usually tell what they had for their latest meal by the stains on their faces! If I use the normal wet wipes to clean their faces, Adam’s sensitive skin gets rashy around the mouth area. So I use these facial wipes instead and they leave his face clean, rash-free and soft. Another plus is that each individual wipe is easily removed and you don’t end up with a whole bunch of wipes when you’re just trying to pull one out.
The SPF 50+ Very High Protection Mineral Cream for face and body is not pictured because it lives permanently in Anya’s swimming bag and I don’t want to take it out in case I forget to put it back in! That’s how much I depend on it to protect her skin for her weekly swim lessons. It provides broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays and is sweat-proof and water-proof. It is easy to apply and a great size to bring along everywhere. I usually don’t like it if my sunblock leaves a white cast but in this case, it’s useful because it helps to ensure I’ve applied the sunblock for her thoroughly without missing any spot.
So here you go! Five lucky readers will win 1 product of their choice (any of the above that I’ve reviewed) and 1 pack of facial cleansing cloths.
To qualify, simply do the following by 13 December 2013, 2359H (Singapore time):
1. Like the ‘In the Wee Hours’ Facebook page.
2. Like the ‘Mustela Singapore’ Facebook page.
3. Leave a comment here with your email address telling me which Mustela Bebe product you would like to win.