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Keep Lizards and Insects away with InsectOut's Magnetic Insect Screen Window Mesh - Sweet Bunny



If there is one thing that I really detest about pests, it is their droppings, I really absolutely hate lizard droppings, it sticks onto the walls and goodness knows where else in a home.

When dear and I were planning out our budget and expenses for our home, insect meshing the entire house was on top of the list. Keeping pests like mosquitoes, cockroaches, flies and even birds out from our home and taking care of our family’s well-being is a worthy cause.

I have to say InsectOut is an excellent vendor because Mindy is always ever ready to offer good advice and assistance whenever I drop her message. Call me kiasu but I contacted the vendor during my home renovation way before the window grills even were installed. Mindy shared the requirements and optimal way to have my grills install so that the mesh and grills of my window would be totally sealed with no gaps or spaces for the creepy crawlies to come into our home. I am thankful that Mindy highlighted the importance of ensuring my window grills were properly cased up as my contractor wasn’t aware and was going to install the grills in another way that wouldn’t allow my meshes to be installed properly.


not gaps between the window and the grill to keep pest out

not possible to install insect mesh with the gap

Best insect mesh screen installation service in Singapore- InsectOut provides a custom made mesh service for all types of windows and grilled gates, they have a range of magnets that cleverly matches the colours of window grills enabling it to blend well with its surrounding grills and will not be an eye-sore to look at. The scenery outside will not be blocked by the mesh and you can even leave the window open and fresh air and sunlight in. The mesh used is also very durable because it is made out of fibreglass which is easy to maintain just by washing and wiping with a microfiber cloth or even just using the vacuum to remove any dust, just as you would with your aircon filter. The mesh is secured between 2 interlocking grooved magnetic strips and grooved PVC strips. The strips are not permanent and can be removed if you are renting a property you can consider installing these insect meshes.


mesh frames to match with your window grill


                                                     

After my renovation was completed, I arranged with Mindy to speak to one of InsectOut’s sales representatives, Mr TC who was very friendly and informative about InsectOut’s Magic Seal product. After we agreed to proceed with the installations he took the measurements of all our windows and matched the colour of our grills to the samples that he has. The next visit was made by Mr Malek a soft-spoken and hardworking individual who helped us install the mesh, when we asked him if he would like to take time off for lunch he smiled and said he had a heavy breakfast before he stopped by.

Verdict, we love the meshes, when I first moved into my flat I was contently bitten by mosquitos, a baby lizard visited our kitchen and flying cockroaches came as and when they pleased through our window after the meshes were installed I have not seen any of these pests enter our home through the window, only a few tiny cockroaches from the drainpipe which I have since placed cockroach bate near and haven’t seen any since and the ultra-tiny housefly that may have come through the door as we enter our home. It has been a year since the mesh has been installed and we face no issues at all, the best part is Mindy is just a message away if we need any assistance. 


                               Insectout mesh window

Getting InsectOut to install the meshes is one of the best choices we have made and would highly recommend them who seeks to keep pest out of their homes






Tel: 8242 9595



The Best Sink for your kitchen, Cleanup kitchen sink from Japan, Song-cho - Sweet bunny



In an Asian household, we prefer to do our dishes by hand because we find it more cost-effective, cleaner, and we don't have to go through the hassle of maintaining a machine. Also for those of us who live in apartments, the size of our apartments are small, and it would be hard to make room for one.

Speaking about washing dishes, having a good sink is essential to any kitchen, one that doesn't clog up easily with food particles to be exact.

Where can I find such a sink you say...


Best Super Silent Japanese Stedia Sink from Song-Cho - Originally we wanted the SC/SA Kitchen Sink W75cm (B Style Kitchen Sink) but the size was just too big for our kitchen counter so we settled for the Super Silent Stedia Sink SD Kitchen Sink (W65cm) instead which is retailing at S$995.00. I am glad to report it has almost been a year and we love this kitchen sink! It is easy to maintain and clean thanks to the Hydrophilic Special Ceramic Coating which makes daily cleaning a breeze. The sink also remains scratch-free because it is designed with embossing technology the stainless steel is embossed with an e-coat finish making the sink scratch resistant. Now I bet you are wondering what is silent technology, the sink has damping materials on the base and sides to form a high performing vibration control structure which ensures that the water hitting the stainless steel in a quiet manner sound test has sounded the noise produced from water hitting the sink is about 40dB which is about the amount of noise you would hear in a library.




Stream Flow technology of the Super Silent Japanese Stedia Sink – The drainage system of this sink is awesome! It is clearly designed in such a way that your food particles will be trapped in a netting object called a drain basket before the water is drained from the sink bye-bye skin clogs! Quick drainage is possible with the streamflow technology that Cleanup because uses streamflow technology which pushes the water to the drainage.

High-quality detachable detergent rack- I absolutely love the detachable detergent rack that came along with the sink, there is ample space to store all my dish cleaning accessories that drain dry. I totally detest sponge holders which don’t drain out the water making It a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. I can just simply detach the rack and clean it as and when I need too I have a separate sponge to clean my sink and its accessories so I would reach for that and clean the rack once a week with dish detergent.

High-quality detachable detergent rack song-cho



                                                 

My sink was installed by Hosen from Swiss Interior who was very meticulous when it came to measurements so I provided him with the sinks plans which I got from calling up Song-Cho to fit my custom made kitchen counters. Hosen is very experienced and I didn’t have to tell him what a housekeeper at my workplace taught me, that you should never make your sink flush with your countertop instead create a slight step above it so that you won’t have water slashing over the sink when in use this is called an under-mount sink.

 Song-cho cleanup silent sink hdb flat                                
                                                                             Undermount Sink 


          
                                                                      Overmount sink 



I hope this post proves to be useful for those who are going to get their home renovated.










'Ikea Hack' Study/Craft Table and Storage - Sweet Bunny



After my study table and shelf fiasco, I needed a proper study/craft area. Thankfully, I had enough space on the other side of the room so I decided to purchase some readymade furniture. I searched on the entire internet for local furniture stores but didn’t like the layout of the table or felt there was just never enough storage for my projects and knick-necks.

At my wit's end, Ikea came to mind, as a huge fan of Ikea hacks, I decided to give it a go and was hope my attempt will not be an absolute failure so here I go sharing with you my “Ikea Hack Venture”.

Ikea Hack Study and Storage no drilling of walls




What you need to prepare for an Ikea Hack -When you began any project you have to ensure that you get all your requirements written down as well as the exact measurements of the area in your home that is available. It is important not to lose focus and get distracted by all the fancy options that are available but to really purchase what you need. In my case, I need a desk and a lot of storage.

Find ways to visualise how the outcome - To help me have an idea of how my Ikea hack will turn out I used Powerpoint and drag and drop about the pictures of the furniture to have a feel of how my setup would turn out. I didn’t want to have any drilling done onto the walls so my aim was to have furniture that would fit together like a set and all I needed to do is shift them around and place them where I desire. It also helped me see where I have to avoid for example I wanted 3 Silveran shelves as it would fit the length of my desk but I have an electrical outlet near the left side of my desk so I had to scrap that idea. 


The furniture I purchased from Ikea online store, Tampines was the

1)HAVSTA Storage combination with doors, white81x47x212 cm,

2)Silveran High Cabinet X 2 

3)HEMNES DESK W 2 DRWS 120X47 WHITE STAIN AP.

I also opted for the professionals to fix up the furniture for me to save time and because we were installing a ton of other stuff such as curtains and other appliances concurrently. I really like all the installation staff from Ikea, they were polite, funny and super helpful. They were also careful to ensure that they followed the covid-19 safety procedures that Ikea had set for them such as having their mask on all the time during their work in my home.

They were surprised about my Ikea hack idea and said Madam these Silveran High Cabinets are meant for the bathroom. I told him I knew but I want to use them as bookshelves instead. I also instructed him not to install the bottom two doors or the legs of the cabinet as I would be placing the HEMNES desk in front of the cabinets and still wanted to be able to store items under my desk to maximise the use of the space. 

extra storage under ikea HEMNES DESK



As for the HAVSTA Storage combination, I used it to keep my books, crafts items and documents. It is also my mini command centre where I keep all our important letters and notices. I will elaborate more in another post on how I organise my documents. 


He also kindly offer to nail the two cabinets together so they would be more secure and would not shift around. I also instructed them to help me shift the HAVSTA Storage combination to the side of my desk and the Silveran High Cabinet combination.


 I really liked the all-white vintage barn look of my new study. Now I have plenty of space for all my stuff.  For the top shelves, I stuck whiteboards from Daiso to scribble down notes on my to-do list as well as keep track of bills. I prefer to keep everything hidden away to minimise the clutter around my work desk. At the top of the cabinet, I can do a bit of decoration to brighten up my side of the room. 

I shifted the shelves closer to the cabinet after I finish cleaning up after we completely moved in.


Silveran High Cabinet used as book and stationery storage




If you put your mind to it you can do your very own Ikea Hack, furniture don't always have to be used the way it was built you could always customise it to your needs and liking that is the beauty of Ikea furniture. But as always keep in mind safety first of course never create anything unsafe for you and your family to use.




 

BTO Home Essentials Series 1- The Best HDB Metal Gate Lock from Loon Lock Smart Home Security - Sweet Bunny


It can be a nightmare searching for the right lock for your brand new HDB BTO's gate but it doesn’t have to be because Loon Lock has come to your rescue… 

Call me old school but I prefer the traditional padlock compared to their digital counterpart. 

I was fed up with locking and unlocking the gate itself as it was very noisy and took many turns of a key to unlock or lock it. I prefer a padlock that is fitted onto an eye bracket, making opening my gate a breeze.

                             LOON LOCK SINGAPORE HDB GATE INTRODUCTION

Where to get a padlock for your HDB Gate - The newer HDB gates come with different sized eye brackets which made it more difficult to find the right bolt size. I found Loon Lock HDB Gate online and got dear to purchase one at a Selffix store after reading positive reviews on Loon Locks's Facebook page.

The locally-based company has created an ingenious padlock with functions that are very well executed. Unlike the common padlock, the Loon padlocks are much better in many ways. 
 
For example, when you unlock your gate there is no need for lifting the padlock off the gate when you get home from grocery shopping or struggling with your keys until you get inside your home. As for the case where you lose your keys, there is no need to throw the entire padlock away, you could buy a key cylinder and replace the old keys with new ones. We are in the age of sustainability and with the move to be more eco-friendly in mind, making purchases that can minimise wastage and minus out single usage would be the way to go.

The best padlock for home security-  My hubby purchased the LOON Lock ART. 118 BKR retails at SGD 118.00. Although he had some trouble installing the lock as the eye bracket of the gate was too small. He sent a WhatsApp message to Loon Lock and they came down to install the lock without charge. Even though the purchase was made from Selffix and not directly from the company's webpage. We have enjoyed using our new lock ever since.

Loon Lock Website



                                                  Installation of Loon Lock in HDB BTO

I highly recommend getting your gate locks from Loon as they are very committed to providing excellent customer service. It is also a great way to show your support for a local company. The lock is available for purchase on their website or from their retail partners. Which I may add have grown in number since the last time I checked their website.

Loon Lock on HDB Gate

                                       I purchased the lock about a year ago and it is still working great!

Stay tuned for more of my BTO Home Essentials Series for more awesome lobang.

Clutterbug organizing tips, skills that I brought with me to work - Sweet Bunny - Singapore's Hair, Beauty & Lifestyle blogger

About 4 years ago, I was searching for ways to keep my wardrobe tidy, YouTube has always the site I seek when searching for an idea of being a kinetic learner.

As a dyslexic, I prefer to learn by observing how things are done, videos are a great medium since it has the function to re-watch and rewind the videos as many times as I liked, to grasp the skill, concept, and procedures that are required for each project.

First Impressions - The first video I watched by Cassandra was from her old channel on YouTube malitose79. I was hooked from the start! Learning personal organizational skill has never been so fun, she just perks me up every time with her cheery personality and I find her videos very relatable.

5 steps for clutter free home Clutterbug by Sweet Bunny - Singapore's Hair, Beauty & Lifestyle blogger
Clutterbug Video On Youtube
Cassandra Aarssen home organization extraordinaire -   I love her videos; she has always shown that even with a tight budget you are able to transform any space of your home into an organized, functional and ethically beautiful space. Yes, I might live a day's journey away from Canada but my little island of Singapore does have a ton of budget-friendly stores with similar concepts to the Dollar Tree enabling me to use some of Cass's ideas. 

Which Clutterbug are you?- Cass has cleverly defined different organizational styles by categorizing each style with bugs characters, doing the quiz on her website helps you to define your organization style. 

Knowing your style will not only help with keeping your spaces tidy but also aid in productivity.

I currently don’t have my own apartment but I used these new skills I learn about my traits at work. In my day job, working as a receptionist being ever-ready to assist in the name of the game. 
I have a tendency to have a ton of projects on hand at once. After taking the quiz I found that my mannerisms in organising are of a busy bee.

For each clutter bug, Cass has a set of useful tips and I can testify that following her methods really does help both at home and at work.

Open shelving and little bins helped me at work to complete a task in mere seconds, previously I had to scramble to find the items that I require while a client or staff member waited for me,  problem solved, everything is at my fingertips and putting away my stationery is a breeze.
Which clutterbug are you? clutterbug quiz by Sweet Bunny - Singapore's Hair, Beauty & Lifestyle blogger
Take the Quiz!


Clutterbug.me an amazing resource for organizing tips – On the Clutterbug website, you will find an amazing range of media, from books to podcast, printable and but of course links to her Youtube videos.

The easy to navigate website is a marvel, I found it to be a positive and fun way to improve not just your home but also your overall well-being. When all things are in order, there are no obstacles preventing you from succeeding.
Clutterbug printables by Sweet Bunny - Singapore's Hair, Beauty & Lifestyle blogger
Clutterbug Printables
Books are written by Cassandra Aarssen – As mention above Cass has written 2 books titled Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day &  The Declutter Challenge: A Guided Journal for Getting your Home Organized in 30 Quick Steps (Guided Journal for Cleaning & Decorating, for Fans of Cluttered Mess). I have not gotten my hands on the books yet but I am really interested in making a  purchase once my apartment is ready.

Her books are available on Amazon and ships to Singapore! Get yourself a copy today and be amazed at how simple and effective Cass’s methods of keeping your home in order in an effective and cost-efficient way are.

clutterbug books by Sweet Bunny - Singapore's Hair, Beauty & Lifestyle blogger
Books Written By Cassandra Aarsen 


Thank you, Cass, for sharing so much over the years, I can never get enough of your videos, I have learned so much from you and am inspired by you, from simple videos to professional level, it was a privilege to watch your progress over the years.


Cassandra Aarssen is a stay at home mum with 3 lovely kids, she lives in Canada and is an author of organization books as well as a You tuber with 280k plus subscribers for her Channel Clutterbug.

Credit for Screenshots: Clutterbug  & Youtube are with Cassandra's permission.

                                  ®Sweet Bunny - Singapore's Hair, Beauty & Lifestyle blogger!