A Case of the Mondays {And a Matilda Jane Giveaway}

Oh Monday. You really can be downright awful.

I used to keep the weekend's chores for Monday mornings, and frantically tried to juggle a needy toddler, epic tantrums over the injustice of bed-making, my own frustrations at the improbable ephemerallity of Sundays, with pinterestically high standards of domestic serenity. And that, you guys, is a recipe for unfun.

{But then again, remember back a few years ago when I had to put on fancy clothes, pack myself into a hurtling sardine can of a Shanghai subway car, traveling underground across the city, and go to an actual office. Yuck.}

But these days, Mondays are sweet. 

In the mornings Stella asks me, "Mama, what's today?" And so I tell her, the day of the week and our plans. "It's Monday. It's Mama-Stella-Date-Day." Admittedly, on Mondays, she's usually quite disappointed to hear that there's no playgroup, no gym class, no ballet, no playdates on the schedule, and responds with a downcast "Oh." But I really love these unstructured days with no plans, no commitments, and no one but the two of us. And usually my girl, well, after a day full of Mama attention, she usually comes around too. 

This Monday we started off with a nice solid temper tantrum, but that was nothing a little game of Airport-Airport couldn't fix.

We packed our "bags", wrapped up our "babies", got in the "taxi", and took off for the "airport." Not before stopping for some passport photos, though. (And this is how you pose for passport photos when you're three and semi-Asian. See?}

{I seriously CAN NOT make my child stop posing like this.}

After a couple hours at pre-school, we headed out for our date. Which consisted of pancake, sausage, and french fry "lunch" for her, because it's Stella-Mama-Date-Day, so let's throw nutritional caution to the wind! There was time to check out some toy stores before hitting the supermarket where this girl behaved like the very best of little ladies, and helped me to "measure" all of the produce on the big scale. We even managed to beat Jakarta traffic, which is basically a miracle sent from heaven.

We didn't do anything special, really. But time together with no program and not pressure, well, that is a rare and special treat.

Perfect. Perfect. Perfect.

Can't stop, won't stop. Peace, everyone.

As for wardrobe choices, well this lady settled on the sweet Atmosphere Dress from  Matilda Jane and their Paint By Numbers collection. Which is on backwards, but you have to admit that it does kind of look adorable like this, no? And the sunshiny yellow buttons up the back totally work. (Accessories were all styled by Stella, btw.)

You'd have to admit that this dress is perfect for twirling, and posing, wouldn't you? Just the right amount of flounce, with a little tiny bit of stretch to make it comfortable enough for a picky three-year-old. Oh, and stripes don't hurt at all. Nor does a touch of pink. (Rules to dress Stella by: Stripes or pink. Anything else just won't do.)

Now for the fun part: A Matilda Jane Giveaway.

Matilda Jane sent me a gift card, but because I am so impressed with their clothing (I mean, could the effortless pattern mixing be any better??) I want to share the love. So I'm offering up 50 USD in Matilda Jane goodness!


To enter the Matilda Jane Giveaway:

Visit the Matilda Jane website and take a look around.

Leave a comment here telling me about what makes your Mondays sweet, and what Matilda Jane treasure would make next Monday even sweeter.

For additional entries, follow me on blogloving, like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, and / or share this giveaway. Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

The winner will be chosen next Monday, 28th October.  


Fine print: Matilda Jane did not sponsor this giveaway, or in fact, ask me to post it. They sent me some clothing to review, and a gift card (which I'm giving away.) All opinions are my own.

A Back to School Giveaway!

How's back to school going for you?

For us, it's all a bit medium. We're taking some time to adjust. While I'm enjoying getting back to a predictable routine, I'm finding I miss my girl being around me all the time. And Stella, well, she's happy to be back with her friends, but she's having a hard time adjusting to all the changes: she's at a new big-kid campus; there are new teachers; and lots of new, bigger kids; some of her old friends have moved or changed schools. It's hard coping with all of this when you're only three!

I'm excited to be partnering with Yummi Pouches (remember them?? We're fans!) to bring you a Back to School Giveaway. Check it out! 


Enter to win this collection of awesome gear for your little ones going back to school!


Prize Package Includes:

  • Yummi Pouch Brights - 2 sets of reusable food pouches ($30 value)
  • milkdot - Striped lunch tote ($27 value)
  • Applepark - Preschool backpack ($39 value)
  • EasyLunchboxes - One lunch container set, one set of Mini-Dippers,
    and one cooler bag ($30 value)
  • Early Lingo - 6-DVD box set, and the winner can choose the language ($100 value)
  • SNOOKNUK - Once Upon a Day, A Little Less Tears album ($14.95 value)
  • Pura Stainless - Stainless Steel Kiki Sippy Cup ($15.99 value)
  • Name Bubbles - School Labels Pack ($34 value)
  • Sock It to Me - 4 style sock set: Kids Dinomite & Green Monkeys, Youth PB&J Sock, Youth Super Juicy Sock, Juniors Red Ninja Power Sock ($41 value)

Total Value = $330+


Yummi Pouch - Reusable Food Pouches

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yummi pouch reusable food pouches

Yummi Pouch Brights - 2 sets - Retail Price: $30

Yummi Pouch Brights (Set of 4) combine style and convenience in an eco-friendly container you can fill with homemade smoothies and blended snacks! Easy to fill and clean through the top zipper opening and enjoyed by drinking from the side spout, Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches are great for kids taking healthy snacks on the go. Includes set of 4 assorted patterns. For more information visit yummipouch.com.

  • Set of 4 Yummi Pouch Brights reusable food pouches
  • Dishwasher and freezer safe
  • BPA and phthalate free
  • Great for on the go snacks!
  • Hold up to 6 ounces each


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milkdot back to school giveaway

One Stoh stripe lunch tote, winner can choose the color - Retail Price: $27
Winner can choose from green apple, blueberry, or raspberry.

milkdot believes that good design can be appreciated by anyone, big or small where each product is created with love for design, color, simplicity of clean lines, versatility and love for the world we live in. Contemporary products with an all-ages appeal. Products that are not only safe for kids, but also fit a kid's need to be cool and unique with the functionality and style that parents love. For more information visit milkdot.com.


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applepark back to school giveaway

Preschool backpack - Retail Price: $39
Winner can choose the style from online store.

Apple Park makes eco-friendly products for babies and kids using only the finest organic, sustainable and recycled materials!

  • These adorable backpacks are made from 100% recycled fabrics
  • Fabric: 100% recycled material from PET bottles *Bottles saved from landfills = 24!
  • Made of 100% recycled fabrics from plastic bottles, your kids will make a style statement while you feel good knowing that you're helping out the planet.
  • Size: 10.75" x 12" x 5.5"

For more information visit applepark.com.


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easy lunchboxes back to school giveaway

One lunch container set (winner chooses from BRIGHTS or CLASSIC), one set of Mini-Dippers, and one cooler bag (winner chooses from 7 colors). - Retail Price: $29.85

The best selling lunchboxes on Amazon! For all ages. BPA-Free, easy-open lids. Make homemade "Lunchables" kids will love! Foods don't "touch", and just one lid covers all. No more time wasted looking for the right size container & lid or baggie for every item you pack. And EasyLunchboxes make portion control easy - just the right amount of food, without having to weigh or measure your meals. The cooler holds everything needed for a great meal - container(s), water bottle, ice block, extra snacks, even a thermos. No more wasteful baggies, mismatched containers, or struggles to fit your meal in one bag. The lunch containers are long lasting, reusable, and of much heavier quality than similar 'take and toss' products. (Not leakproof). The sleek and functional, zip-shut insulated cooler will hold even a whole day's worth of food and keep it fresh. Roomy enough for up to three of the lunch containers. Small dip and sauce containers are leak-resistant. For more information visit easylunchboxes.com.

Early Lingo

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early lingo back to school giveaway

6-DVD box set - Retail Price: $99.99
Winner can choose the language from online store.

Early Lingo is an entertaining and educational DVD series for ages 6 months to 9 years that allows children to become familiar with foreign languages through immersive and repetitive learning techniques. Currently there are 6 languages available: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin and German. The 6-DVD box set includes parts 1-6: Colors and Shapes at the Park, Numbers and Counting at the Farm, Opposites at the Beach, Alphabet at School, At the Market and In the City. With approximately 210 minutes total running time and over 450 words and phrases, each set will give a child a solid foundation in the language of their choice. For more information visit earlylingo.com.


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snooknuk back to school giveaway

"Once Upon a Day, A Little Less Tears" album - Retail Price: $14.95
An array of songs covering topics from the time your child wakes up until sleepy time. Use as your companion while teaching your child to brush their teeth, wash their hands, potty training, eat vegetables & more. Melodies are catchy, easy to remember and the music is Enchanting. Makes for a great day!!

SNOOKNUK is a brand that is dedicated to creating original and innovative content to make childhood a magical adventure. We are focused on childrenís early development, specifically on teaching important life lessons and basic hygiene, producing products such as Music, Videos, Shows, Toys, Books & more! For more information visit snooknuk.com.

Our Goal is to:
  • Provide parents with a fun way to teach and engage their child.
  • Help make kids less resistant.
  • Motivate children to have a healthy outlook on life.
  • Create amazing memories for kids and families.

Pura Stainless

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pura back to school giveaway

Stainless Steel Kiki Sippy Cup - Retail Price: $15.99
Winner can choose the color from online store.

Pura crafts the safest infant and toddler sippy cups on the planet from stainless steel with silicone components and NO PLASTIC. Our completely modular and interchangeable system grows with your child from infancy through grade school. Silicone bottle components include infant nipples, sippy cup spouts, and sealing disks. The sealing disks convert the bottles to both snack cups and water bottles.

In 2012 Pura was recognized with 11 product & business awards and is now available in more than 30 countries. Most importantly, we remain a family-owned business focused on innovation and unparalleled quality.

Pura Stainless' award winning bottles can be found in most Whole Food markets, fine children's boutiques, or on-line at Amazon.com and PuraStainless.com. For more information or to order visit PuraStainless.com.


Name Bubbles

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name bubbles back to school giveaway

Name Bubbles School Labels Pack - Retail Price: $33.88
The Name Bubbles School Labels Pack is a collection of our customer-favorite name labels, designed to keep all of your child's school supplies and gear coming home. These award-winning personalized labels are waterproof and durable enough to stick strong to backpacks, lunch boxes, school supplies, water bottles, sports equipment, uniforms, and clothing for the entire school year. With dozens of styles, icons, and colors to choose from, personalizing a pack to fit your child's unique style is a breeze.

Name Bubbles personalized labels will help keep the entire family organized for daycare, preschool, school, and at home. A recipient of the Parent Tested, Parent Approved Seal of Approval, our award-winning name labels are made from top-of-the-line materials that are guaranteed to last. They're waterproof, fade resistant, and contain an ultra-strong adhesive that means they'll stick where you need them while staying bright and vibrant. Perfect for anything from bottles, blankets, and clothing headed to daycare, to jacket and supplies headed to school, these labels will stay strong and keep everything coming home. Available in individual labels or our customer-favorite Value Packs, personalization and organization has never been easier. For more information visit namebubbles.com.

Sock It to Me

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sock it to me back to school giveaway

4 style sock set: Kids Dinomite & Green Monkeys, Youth PB&J Sock, Youth Super Juicy Sock, Juniors Red Ninja Power Sock - Retail Price: $41
Winner can choose sock size, which may affect style from online store.

Sock It to Me is a business that sells fun, funky socks. We are talking about knee high socks with ninjas, unicorns, and monkeys; men's socks with mustaches, monsters, and beer. With over 200 different sock designs, there is something for every personality, from punk rock to peacock and everything in between. Sock It To Me is a Portland-based brand selling socks worldwide. For more information visit sockittome.com.


Enter to Win this Fabulous Set of Prizes!

One Winner will be selected September 19th. Have fun and good luck!


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Group Giveaway

Here's something super exciting to start your week +++ A Group Giveaway!! Hurrah! I'm thrilled to be participating, and believe me, were I not one of the, like, bosses, of the giveaway (actually, what am I even talking about? Alex is running the show. And doing a great job), I'd totally want to win some of these prises. May I suggest the batik bunting? Seriously. Adorable. I should know. I designed it. 
So. Have a gander. Visit a few new blogs. And win something amazing. Okay! Go!




7 bloggers have come together to bring you a grand prize worth over $250 One winner takes all Competition is worldwide Good luck x

Pretty Pictures + A Giveaway

Things move at a snail's pace in Jakarta. I, generally, move at a snail's pace. It's a bad combo.


I've been meaning to get this post up for weeks. But. Well. Ummm.


We've been in our new apartment for about, oh, about three months, give or take, and I still have all my pictures propped up against walls, some even still left to frame.

I'm putting together a gallery wall. Because obvs. I'm a blogger. And I imagine myself a hipster, even though I'm just this side of over the hill, and not particularly hip to the ster. It's all taking a lot of brain space to figure out exact right placement of everything, you know?


Anyway. Snails pace. This is pictorial proof.


But, some of the pictures that I just can't wait to get up came to be via Elin of My Own Art.


She does custom made art images taking your own snapshots and creating truly wonderful works of art. See? Lovely, right?




Elin does some really wonderful work, like these watercolours. Or these images using your child's own artwork. She made a wonderful collage of Mr. Chef and Stella in front of a Torii, a lovely memory from Japan. But since Mr. Chef is a super top secret spy Chef, his identity can not be revealed here. 

She's super helpful, and willing to work with you on colour schemes other ideas to make your image really great.


I still haven't got mine framed yet; I haven't yet figured out the best option for framing here in Jakarta, but I just couldn't stand not getting them up on the wall. So Here! Washi tape to the rescue. Washi tape always. 


Ohhhhh, and now for some exciting news.


Here's a coupon code for $30 off any purchace from My Own Art. Tempting, no?

Use the code 30expatriababy. It will be valid until the 31st December. 


Annnnnnd, that's not all, THERE'S MORE! 

Elin has offered my readers the chance to win a My Own Art image of their own! Horary! Presents! Just before Christmas!

The giveaway includes a free digital file, and is open worldwide.


To Enter:

Go to My Own Art and take a look around.

Leave a comment below to enter. Tell me something awesome. Tell me which style of print you'd like. Tell me that you're a worse procrastinator than me. 

Like Expatria, Baby on Facebook.

Follow me on Twitter.

Tweet / FB about the giveaway.

Leave a separate comment for each entry.


Yay! And Good Luck!


The giveaway will stay open until Christmas Eve Eve (23rd Dec) North America time. That way, it'll be like the winner gets a present right from Elin! Tis the season!


I was not compensated for this review. I did, however, receive four free digital images which are currently awaiting a permanent spot on my wall.

Holiday Cards for the Procrastinatorily Inclined {a giveaway}

So, I’m just going along with my life, in shorts and tee-shirts and palm trees and pool days when suddenly, BAM, the internet is full of Turkey and cranberry sauce and green bean casserole (even though, as far as I can tell, the ol’ casserole de haricot verts is not really a thing in Canada) and Black Friday and Cyber Monday (sorry about the credit card bill, husband), and all this can only mean that OH MAH LANDS CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN IS ON.  


With all the tropical glory, I’ve kind of forgotten about the passage of time. There’s a certain degree of cognitive dissonance at play when every day is hot like July 26th, and so you trick yourself into believing that it’s not really autumn and Christmas isn’t really just around the corner, and you don’t really need to start thinking about Christmas cards yet. There’s plenty of time.


Until it’s November 27th and nope. Not really.


Now that we’re less than a month away from the big C, I’m all holy bananas, I haven’t done cards, or bought a single solitary gift, or figured out options for sourcing turkey and plum pudding in a non-Christian country, or or or!!


Still, one thing I have done is to figure out from where I’ll be ordering cards. Hello Minted.

They’ve got some lovely holiday cards, the site is super easy to navigate, with a fantastic feature called Find it Fast that allows you to upload your pictures and see them displayed on all the card templates. Which makes choosing form the billion lovely options much easier.


Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be over here suffering from Choice Paralysis, agonizing over the perfect card to feature my perfect lovely girl.


Oh. More good news. For Cyber Monday you can use code CYBER2012 for 15% off AND free shipping on all holiday cards.


And that’s not all! There’s more!!


Minted is offering one reader of my blog a $50 gift certificate. 


Here’s how to enter:


  1. Leave a comment below telling me how awesomely prepared (or underprepared) you are for Christmas. 
  2. Follow Expatria, Baby
  3. Follow me on Twitter
  4. Like Expatria, Baby on Facebook
  5. Tweet or Facebook about the giveaway (@mention me or tag me in the post).

(leave a sepearate comment for each entery)


This giveaway will close on the evening of Thursday November 29th EST. I’ll announce the winner shortly thereafter. 


Fine print

Hey, do you like that photo in the cards? It was made by Elin of My Own Art. More about that next week.

I was not compensated for this post, although I was offered a gift certificatete  from Minted for the proposes of my own Christmas stationary. Which I will make. Someday. Friends and family, expect yours sometime around February. All opinions, thoughts, and allegations are mine and mine alone.