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Gong Xi Kongsi: Gift Ideas For This CNY!

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The pandemic has set a different tone and mood in welcoming The Year of The Ox. Every New Year we are looking forward to be with our family and have feasts during reunion dinner but this year, we can only usher in the New Year with the people who live within the 10km. The tradition may change a little as not every family members will be able to attend, nevertheless we can still spread and share good fortunes and love through gifts and treats to our loved ones. After all, isn’t that what every festivity teaches us – the art of reciprocating – to give and to receive. Here are some gift ideas that I thought would be fun to give and receive!

#1 For baby

If you have a baby niece or baby nephew, this is the perfect gift to give. It is a cute and adorable cuddle buddy that lasts a lifetime. Also for parents-to-be, this is a great deco idea for a nursery room too!

#2 For toddler

Kids love bright and colourful blocks like these! Gifting this bucket to toddlers would mean you are encouraging them to practice their fine motor skills and creativity as they stack the blocks. Let their imagination runs wild! They could be the next artist, engineer or even architect. Start ’em young! ­čść

#3 For big kid

The perfect gift to keep them younglings to be active and spend some time outdoor! This folding balance bike helps to prep your kiddo to ride a bicycle by providing your kid the familiarity and confidence when transitioning into the real bicycle with pedals!

#4 For family

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Abundance Plant

Wishing the family with abundant of blessings and good fortunes by sending them this via Happy Bunch. A simple and nice addition to the house. Since it’s small, it can be placed anywhere at all. On the bedside table, living room, dressing table, and more. Tres chic!

The best gift for the whole family – mommy can have the bag, the family can have the treats. A win-win situation ­čść To make the bag more special, you can personalize it with the recipient’s name – so no one can claim the bag is theirs ­čśé Get the set on ChristyNg’s website.

It does not matter the value of gifts, it really is the thoughts that count!

Taking this opportunity to wish all of you, Happy Niu Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai! May the year of the ‘Niu’ brings you and your family abundance of new opportunity, prosperity and good luck. Have a safe, blessed celebration! From all of us at Babydash.

7 Tips to Master Perfect Baby Flat Lay Photos

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Flat lay photos are the latest ‘in’ thing nowadays when you browse photo-based app such as Instagram. These photos look stunning, chic and classy. Trust us, it’s a great way to show off your favorites and current addiction – and in this case for us mommies and daddies – our adorable little ones! Don’t you agree?

Let’s follow these seven┬átips to master the perfect baby flat lay photos:

1. Use a white or suitable background (Quick tip: Use a white blanket/bed sheet/paper roll)

White is the most popular┬ábasic background. Its minimalist and fuss-free effect sets a very classic tone to your photo’s lay out.

2. Use natural day light (Quick tip: Take your photos near the window or any space with good natural lighting)

The best flat lay photos are taken in soft, natural day light. Try removing colorful or dark-colored objects around that may create unsightly shadows on your backdrop.

3. Dress up your baby (Quick tip: Choose a romper with cute prints and matching mittens and booties)

Your baby is the hero, i.e. focus of the photo so some thoughtful dressing up will score you excellent brownie points. Then, place your baby in the middle or on an angle towards a corner of the background that you’ve chosen.

4. Use baby-related props (Quick tip: Milestone cards, toys, plushies, teethers)

Yes, choose two or three of your baby’s favorite items and place them strategically on the background. But remember, less is more and your baby will stand out with fewer products surrounding him.

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Have you seen these┬áSmilestone ‘Milestone Baby Cards’ (45 Cards) on our website? A must-have for parents, these 45 milestone baby cards come in a solid, beautifully designed box to capture your baby’s growth and developments! You can buy these milestone baby cards here.

5.┬áNeat is the key (Quick tip: Make space and don’t overlap your objects)

Yes, a neatly themed flat lay photo seems to attract more buzz than one that looks chaotic. So, just keep it simple and sweet. Again, less is more.

6. Shoot from above (Quick tip: Stand on a chair)

Just be careful with your balancing (don’t fall down!) and try to adjust your position so that you don’t block the┬ánatural light and┬ácreate┬áunwanted shadows in your photo.

7. Use a good camera phone (Quick tip: A camera phone with 8MP and above would do the trick just right)

Chuck the DSLR, well, you can still use it if you want to. But when it comes to babies, they may fuss if you’re taking too long to take your shots. So, a good camera phone will spare you from the agony.

Announcement!

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Don’t miss the Family Photography Talk event happening this Saturday, 19 November at Stories.my‘s studio in Oval Damansara. The team behind Stories – creative, fun individuals who are passionate about photography and videography – will share with you great tips and pointers about getting perfect shots of your little ones growing up!

More info on our event page –┬áhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1348462701831916/

See you there!

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