Friday Break: GISELLE by Teatro San Carlo giveaway

 

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I have got a real special treat for you guys today!

One lucky Owls Well reader will make away with a pair of highly-coveted tickets to the opening night performance of GISELLE by Teatro Di San Carlo worth SGD$290.

This is all thanks to the fine folks over at Base Entertainment Asia! Thank you guys for sponsoring this awesome giveaway!

 

If you’d like to join me in watching the wonderful prima ballerina Ekaterina Oleynik dancing with the Teatro Di San Carlo ballet company on 26 April 2017, 8pm, here’s how you can take part in this giveaway:

  1. Be a fan of the Owls Well Facebook Page
  2. Share this giveaway on your Facebook Page (set to public), tagging @Owls Well as well as at least two friends
  3. Make a comment below telling me who you’ll be bringing with you to the ballet if you win! Don’t forget to tell me the name of your Facebook account that you used to share this giveaway and include your email address! (If you would like to send me the email address privately, leave a comment for the other answers, then email me at 4owlswell [at] gmail [dot] com)

(This giveaway is open to anyone with a Singapore mailing address and closes at noon on Monday 25th April 2017. Winners will be picked via Random.org – just make sure you complete all 3 easy steps!)

P.S. Find tickets to GISELLE here

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed – Peishan is our winner! Thanks for playing!

Book Series that we love (Chapter books): Extraordinary Losers

Over here at Owls Well, we have a soft spot for homegrown Singaporean authors and I am so glad to tell you all about the Extraordinary Losers chapter book series by Jessica Alejandro! These are good entry-level chapter books for encouraging reluctant readers who are looking to graduate from Early Reader books but need some pictures to break up the wall of words.

This book series follows the adventures of four primary school kids, Darryl De, Janice, Mundi and Clandestino, each of whom are considered class misfits for various shallow physical reasons (e.g. too ugly, too messy, too fat, too Indian etc). However, they also have incredible hidden talents that are overlooked by their peers who often underestimate their abilities. Fuelled by courage and junk food, the four kids find themselves banding together to solve mysteries within their school and find their self-worth, whilst dealing with the problems of class bullies, cyber-predators and of course, the all-encompassing villain of Primary School life, the dreaded PSLE!

I really appreciate the straightforward way that the book deals with bullying and being unique, encouraging the reader to look for the extraordinary gifts that lie within themselves instead of striving for conformity.

Right now, there are four books in the series (you can check out the titles in the picture above), and they are pretty engaging to read. The book also features funny illustrations by artist Cherryn Yap, as well as the occasional hand-scrawled cheeky poem by the book’s main POV character, Darryl De.

I have been told that the book series has gotten so popular that our local kid’s channel, Okto, is now looking to cast actors and actresses for an ExLosers TV series!

Open auditions are this Sunday 3rd July 2016 from 11am -6pm (registration closes at 4pm), so if you’ve got a budding thespian on your hands (or if you know one), do bring them along to the Suntec Convention Centre Level 3 Concourse.

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A extraspecial surprise for Owls Well Readers: The fine folk over at Bubbly Books have kindly agreed to sponsor a giveaway of the full set of Extraordinary Losers books by Jessica Alejandro to ONE lucky Owls Well reader! Thanks Bubbly Books!

To take part in this giveaway please complete the following:

  1. Leave me a comment below telling me about an extraordinary talent that you have (or your child has) that is often overlooked or underappreciated or how you personally dealt with bullying in school – don’t forget to include your email address! (If you would like to send me the email address privately, leave a comment for the other answers, then email me at 4owlswell [at] gmail [dot] com)
  2. For extra entries, share this post on any social media platform and leave a comment below with the link!

(This giveaway is open to anyone with a Singapore mailing address and closes on 15 July 2016. Winners will be picked via Random.org.)

Buyer’s note: I received a set of the Extraordinary Losers books from Bubbly Books for this review. If you’d like to get the books for an extraordinary kid in your like, you can find Extraordinary Losers and other books by local authors here.

For more news and information about the Extraordinary Losers books, check out their Facebook page here.

Friday Break: A Sud-Z-Buddy Surprise

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Sud-Z-Buddy Ophelia Octopus and Clancy Clownfish

A few days ago, I wrote about some really awesome bath accessories that bring science to life within the comfort of the bath time. Well, the kind folk from Mummytoon are very generously sponsoring a special soapy giveaway for our loyal Owls Well readers!

Three lucky Owls Well Readers will make away with a cute little Sud-Z-Buddy Light up Soap of their choice from Mummytoon!

Woohoo!

Thank you, Mummytoon!

To take part in this giveaway, just complete the following:

  1. Visit the Bathtub Science post and leave a comment there telling me about your kid’s favourite bath time toy or bath product.
  2. Leave a comment below telling me about one other product that you liked from Mummytoon and also if you would prefer the Ophelia Octopus or the Clancy Clownfish Sud-Z-Buddy – don’t forget to include your email address! (If you would like to send me the email address privately, leave a comment for the other answers, then email me at 4owlswell [at] gmail [dot] com)

(This giveaway is open to anyone with a Singapore mailing address and closes on 20th May 2016. Winners will be picked via Random.org – just make sure you complete all 2 easy steps!)

 

Christmas is Coming #3: Love your skin and hair (with the Olive Oil Skin Care Company)

Over the last three months, my family and I have been using this awesome range of hair and skin products from the Olive Oil Skin Care Company – and I gotta say that they are fantastic for keeping dry and sensitive skin beautifully moisturised and smelling great.

This is what I would call a ‘100% Real Brand’ – 100% made in Australia with 100% food-grade cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil from the manufacturer’s own family-run olive plantation that is 100% free of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. It comprises of 100% all natural ingredients and is 100% free from all the nasty stuff (artificial fragrances and colours, parabens, preservatives and additives, sulfates and silicones as well as palm oil). In short, 100% good for sensitive or eczematous skin, even for the most delicate of baby skin!

Thumper loves baby-friendly skin products!

These products are exclusively distributed in Singapore by Kerygo, which is founded by a local mumpreneur, YY, who came across the Olive Oil Skin Care Company on a trip to Australia. Her husband, who happens to be a friend of mine from university, spotted the Olive Oil Shampoo and commented on how good olive oil is for the hair and scalp. After trying the shampoo on herself and the skincare products on her own eczema-prone daughter, and visiting the manufacturer (even tasting the olive oil used in production), she decided to bring the range to Singapore.

When YY contacted me to ask if I would like to try out their range of bath and body products, I was excited in part because I love discovering new family-friendly skin and haircare products, but really because YY is a gorgeously gorgeous girl with the most radiant skin and luscious hair. (She would be so bashful if she knew I was writing this, but YY, it’s true! You and Handsome R make such a lovely couple.)

Anyway, I am glad to report that what YY sent me is of fabulous quality. My favourite is the Rose Geranium Olive Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. It is sulphate and silicone-free, and is so nourishing for my little girl’s curly locks, leaving them soft, manageable, and smelling delicious. The Rose Geranium Olive Oil shampoo is an especially good value as a tiny pea-sized amount  can be mixed with water in my palm to produce a massive quantity of lather. Seriously, we have been using this daily in our household on the whole family for the last three months, and have used less than half the bottle.

A selection of our favourites from The Olive Oil Skin Care Company

A selection of our favourites from The Olive Oil Skin Care Company

I also really like the Blue Mallee Eucalyptus Soothing Balm, which came in very handy when the family suffered from congestion during the recent haze in Singapore. I have also found it wonderful for applying onto soothing itchy mosquito bites and dry patches of skin.

I passed the handmade Goat’s Milk olive oil soap and the Gidyea with Lemon Scented Tea Tree Olive Oil Soap to the Aged Ps, who suffer from dry and cracked skin from all their jet-setting here and there. They reported a marked improvement in skin texture after only a few days of use! The soaps are cured for at least 10-14 weeks, so that they don’t get mushy and fall to pieces in the shower, whilst still making a nice silky lather. The Handmade Pure Castile Bodywash, like all castile soaps, does not create a whole lot of suds unless you use a bath sponge but it’s gentle formulation is great for little Thumper’s delicate baby skin.

A Special Something for Owls Well Readers: YY, the founder of Kerygo, has kindly agreed to sponsor ONE surprise gift set of products (worth up to SGD$60) that she has specially handpicked for THREE lucky Owls Well Readers! WOOHOO! What a great Christmas gift!

To take part in this giveaway, complete all the steps below:

  1. Be a fan of the Olive Oil Skin Care Co Singapore on Facebook
  2. Be a fan of the Owls Well Facebook Page
  3. Share this post on Facebook (set to public), tagging @OwlsWell and at least four friends
  4. Leave a comment below telling me about a Christmas gift that you have received which you particularly treasure. Don’t forget to tell me the name of your Facebook account that you used to share this giveaway and include your email address! (If you would like to send me the email address privately, leave a comment for the other answers, then email me at 4owlswell [at] gmail [dot] com)

(This giveaway is open to anyone with a Singapore mailing address and closes on 24th December 2015. Winners will be picked via Random.org – just make sure you complete all 4 easy steps!)

Good Luck!

Christmas is coming #2: Tyrrell Katz Lunchbag Giveaway from JEDpacks

An Insulated Lunchbag from Tyrrell Katz

An Insulated Lunchbag from Tyrrell Katz

In my last post, I wrote about how a lunchbag came in useful as part of J’s school routine. Well, I talked to the mumpreneur behind JEDpacks and she has very generously agreed to sponsor a very special Christmas treat for our loyal Owls Well readers!

One lucky Owls Well Reader will make away with this awesome Tyrrell Katz Insulated Lunchbag in the ever-popular Bugs print (worth SGD $35) from JEDpacks

Woohoo!

Thank you JEDpacks!

To take part in this giveaway, just complete the following:

  1. Be a fan of the Owls Well Facebook Page
  2. Be a fan of the JEDpacks Facebook Page
  3. Share this giveaway on your Facebook Page (set to public), tagging @Owls Well as well as at least three friends
  4. Visit my this post and leave a comment there telling me about what you or your child would pack in their lunchbag. Don’t forget to tell me the name of your Facebook account that you used to share this giveaway and include your email address! (If you would like to send me the email address privately, leave a comment for the other answers, then email me at 4owlswell [at] gmail [dot] com)

(This giveaway is open to anyone with a Singapore mailing address and closes on 24th December 2015. Winners will be picked via Random.org – just make sure you complete all 4 easy steps!)

Good Luck!

P.S. Don’t forget that you can get 20% off any purchase from JEDpacks by using the discount code ‘XMAS20’ at checkout! Visit JEDpacks here. (The code is valid until 24th December 2015 for a minimum spend of $30)

Update: Jennifer is our winner – thanks for playing!

Christmas is coming #1: Junior Explorers Subscription Giveaway

Junior-Explorers-Subscription-Kit-OwlswellEarlier this week, I wrote about how much J and Little E enjoyed being a part of the Junior Explorers Club and learning about the world via the monthly online and offline missions.

Well, I would like to spread the Christmas cheer, and so I talked the fine folk behind the Junior Explorers Club into sponsoring a very special treat for our loyal Owls Well readers!

Junior Explorers Singapore is very kindly sponsoring a six month Junior Explorers subscription (worth SGD$127.49) to be given away to ONE lucky Owls Well Reader! And if that’s not all, Junior Explorers is also giving THREE more Owls Well Readers the opportunity to win a three month Junior Explorers subscription each  (worth SGD$66.99)!

Isn’t that generous?

To take part in this giveaway, just complete the following:

  1. Be a fan of the Owls Well Facebook Page
  2. Be a fan of the Junior Explorers Singapore Facebook Page
  3. Share this giveaway on your Facebook Page (set to public), tagging @Owls Well as well as at least three friends
  4. Visit my Junior Explorers review post and leave a comment there telling me about an endangered animal that particularly interests you and why you find that animal intriguing. Don’t forget to tell me the name of your Facebook account that you used to share this giveaway and include your email address! (If you would like to send me the email address privately, leave a comment for the other answers, then email me at 4owlswell [at] gmail [dot] com)

(This giveaway is open to anyone with a Singapore mailing address and closes on 24th December 2015. Winners will be picked via Random.org – just make sure you complete all 3 easy steps!)

Good luck!

P.S. Don’t forget that you can get 10% any Junior Explorers subscription by using the discount code ‘OW10’ at checkout! Visit the Junior Explorers website here.

Update: This giveaway is now closed and the winners have been emailed. Thanks for playing!

Midweek Break: Round them up with Stickerkid

If you saw my post earlier this week, you will have read about how important it is to label every single thing that your kid intends to bring to school – especially if he or she is starting school for the first time. Or maybe you have an absent minded new BIL who might just lose his bento box at work.

Well, here to cheer you up and out of those midweek blues is Stickerkid with a very special something for Owls Well Readers:

Stickerkid is very kindly sponsoring a giveaway of ONE set of round stickers for one lucky Owls Well reader! Hooray! Each sticker can be personalised and the round labels have space for two lines of text, so you can use them as name labels, return address labels, even gift tags! 

To take part in this giveaway, just complete the following:

  1. Be a fan of the Owls Well Facebook Page
  2. Share this giveaway on your Facebook Page (set to public), tagging @Owls Well as well as at least three friends
  3. Visit this post and leave a comment there telling me about your favourite item from the Stickerkid webstore. Don’t forget to tell me the name of your Facebook account that you used to share this giveaway and include your email address! (If you would like to send me the email address privately, leave a comment for the other answers, then email me at 4owlswell [at] gmail [dot] com)

(Giveaway is open worldwide and will end on 30th November 2015. Winners will be picked via Random.org – just make sure you complete all 3 easy steps!)

P.S. Don’t forget that Owls Well Readers are entitled to a whopping 10% off any Stickerkid order! Just enter the code “SG10STICKERKI9_C7” at checkout! (Code is valid until 31st December 2015.) 

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Jaime is our winner! Congrats!