My sweet stretch oil deal

 

I simply LOVE shopping on ebay!  I find myself getting amazing stuff for much much less than retail prices, and it’s really tempting NOT to keep shopping for more.

So I received my Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Stretch Oil today!  I used two bottles of this stretch oil during my first pregnancy and have nothing but good things to say about it.  The scent is heavenly, light and not intoxicating, and it did actually help me sleep better.  Even more importantly, it helped eased the itch I experienced on my belly when it stretched, and helped prevent stretch marks.  For my second pregnancy, I thought I could do away with stretch oils, because I wanted to save a buck or two.  Besides, I was already using a moisturizing body lotion that worked to drive away the itch. 

But how wrong I was!  Several days ago, I read that moisturizing lotions do help to ease the itch, but they don’t do anything to prevent stretch marks.  So I had to go hunting for this same stretch oil that had served me faithfully the first time I got pregnant.  The online store I purchased it from the last time did not carry it anymore, and so I hunted high and low on the internet till I ended up on ebay.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that a 4fl oz bottle of the stretch oil was being auctioned on ebay at only $10, when it retails for almost $25!  I instantly placed my bid for $10.50, with about 8 hours left on the auction, and the next morning, I was overjoyed to find out I was the winning bidder!  Woohoo!

I made the payment by PayPal, and waited patiently for the stretch oil to arrive.  My prayers for it to arrive before the Thanksgiving holidays were answered when I saw the package in my mailbox this afternoon.  Hurray for ebay!

But seriously, every pregnant momma should have a bottle of this handy. I can’t wait to slather this on tonight! :)

Thanksgiving & Black Friday

 
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Thanksgiving Day is just two days away, and most households in the US are planning for big feasts, much like what we have for Chinese New Year reunion dinner back in Malaysia.  And after the big Thanksgiving feast, instead of resting at home, it will be… SHOPPING time!

Thanksgiving falls on the 4th Thursday of November every year, and the day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday.  No idea why, but this is a day for all shopaholics everywhere.  Malls, shopping complexes, factory outlets: they will ALL be offering bargains and discounts from midnight onwards.  In fact the best discounts will be from midnight till like 6:00a.m. or 7:00a.m. in the morning.  Imagine the mad rush of shoppers thronging the shops to grab those deals!

Me?  Well, three years ago, I might be one of those in the crowd, but I foresee myself doing some online shopping instead.  Hehe.

Check out the official Black Friday 2008 site for a complete list of bargains, discounts and deals.

And for those heading out to the ever popular Gilroy Premium Outlets, here is a list of all promotions for Thanksgiving weekend.  Woohoo!!! Let the shopping begin!

Shopping at Mitsuwa Marketplace

I have been searching for a good place to get a nice bento set for my hubby.  Something along the lines of a black, grey or dark blue hue, which can hold enough food for an adult.  Most of the items on eBay are overpriced and I was not willing to pay the amount PLUS the shipping fee too.

 

Then I found a Bento Gear shopping guide which told me that a place called Mitsuwa sold some nice boxes for about USD15, so I thought of giving it a try.  Mitsuwa Marketplace is one of the Japanese specialty stores we have in the Bay Area.  As I was looking round the Mitsuwa website, I found out that the store I intended to visit was having an “All 20% off” promotion on November 20-21 2008! 

 

So yesterday morning saw me arrive there nice and early at 9:00a.m., only to find out that the store had already opened its doors at 8:00a.m. because of the promotional campaign.  There were so many people inside the store, I could not believe it.  Everything was on discount, and these people were not going to let this opportunity slip past them.

As for bento boxes, there were only a few in the selection, but they were really good quality ones, and I managed to get two, one for hubby and one for myself.  Both were at 20% off, of course! :)

Because of the promotion, there were long queues at every counter.  I had to wait a good 20 minutes before it was my turn.  But it was completely worth it.  I’ve signed up for the weekly mailer, so I’d know when the next sale would be too.

(All images courtesy of Mitsuwa)

The Curve will welcome Daiso soon!

Having just embarked on my bento-ing journey, and having had a blast of a time shopping in Daiso Mountain View recently, I was certainly excited when my SIL in Malaysia informed me that Daiso would be opening its doors at The Curve, Mutiara Damansara very soon!

I decided to do a little snooping around the net and I found out that many bento enthusiasts have already heard the news and are also eagerly awaiting the opening of Daiso, touted as Japan’s No.1 ranked livingware supplier.  People are already planning to spend weekends at this store, but I am not sure if there is any indication of the official opening date yet.  Renovations are currently underway and there are signs advertising job openings though, so sooner or later, it WILL be here!

I would have been happier had Daiso opened a store in Penang too, you know, so I don’t have to go to KL to get my Daiso shopping fix.  Hopefully that will become a reality soon too.

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Bravado Undies for me!

When I read mott’s lament on throwing out her grandma panties, I couldn’t help but smile, because I, too own a few of these grandma panties.  Truth be knownst, these undies are comfortably comfortable, especially when one is preggers.  Of course, they cannot see the light of day though.

But now that I am pregnant for the second time, I realize that some of these grandma panties have stretched way past their time, and it’s very uncomfortable wearing undies which are loose.

So I hunted for some new maternity panties, and found some in Jaya Jusco going for dirt cheap prices.  Unfortunately some of them had fabric that cut into the skin and did not feel comfortable at all.

Then I discovered Bravado! undies.  I own a few of the Bravado! bras and have only good things to say about them, so I was curious to find out what the fuss was all about the undies.  I promptly ordered a 2-pair pack of the bikini panties from BreakoutBras, based on the lowest price available in the market.  I prefer bikini types because I like my maternity undies to fall below the belly rather than cover it.  So when the undies arrived in the mail, I couldn’t wait to wash, dry and try them on. 

Now guess what?  These are the most comfortable, softest, move-with-your-body maternity undies I have ever owned!  The elastic band around the waist (or rather below the belly) is of a soft stretchable material that does not leave any marks on your skin.  I cannot imagine going through pregnancy without this staple item in my wardrobe!  In fact, I do wish they came in more colors, so that I have a more varied choice!

Nevertheless, I just could not help NOT placing a second order for these bikini undies!  My order will arrive in a couple of days’ time and I just can’t wait!  Oh, Bravado! undies also come in two other styles, i.e. the maternity briefs (that offer full coverage of the belly) and also the thong (if you are worried about VPLs!).

By the way, BreakoutBras offers free shipping on all US orders regardless of amount and an additional 10% discount on repeat orders!