Parents Pro Tips: Gadget Limit

Hello everyone! On today’s blog I want to share parenting tips regarding gadgets vs kids, I hope this could inspire you!
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On this busy modern world, we cannot deny that even children today are exposed to technology (a.k.a gadget). We as parents sometimes has no choice either but to introduce gadget to them from an early age. This is true for my case, my children are one of those who loves their gadgets more than interacting with their surroundings. They are glued to their tablets or their phones. I realized this is not healthy anymore.
So I decided that this has to stop, even though I cannot deny the fact that it is a modern world and gadget helps with my parenting (some of the apps or videos are actually educating). I think I just have to put a limit to it. So I came up with this, they can only have their gadget on the weekend. Also the time limit on the gadget is also depending on how they respond on the weekdays. The more they do their homework on time and be good the whole weekdays the more they have their gadget privilege on weekend. But if they break rules, it simply means no gadget.
When I first started this, my second born were not happy about it, he was complaining. Although Mika the oldest just went with it without protest (Raara is the easiest to manage, because aside from her gadget she loves other activities too). I was being persistent even though sometimes they ask me for gadget on weekdays but I just follow through. Until finally they get used to it, it becomes a habit that gadget is off limits on weekdays. They become warmer somehow without the gadget. Maybe because they are more connected to the surroundings and me. Several behavior changes were also noted.
Some of the benefit from this is both Mika and Hiero has become more productive. Mika spend her free time playing her ukulele or piano and exploring music and as for Hiero he started to draw on his sketch book more often (he is pretty good in what he is doing), also he now interact more with his sisters as well. I’m so happy that this works well, this has improved their weekdays studies as well.
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So maybe you could try this too as a mom (or dad if you so happen to read this) limit their screen time with their phones or tablet. I believe it will improve their social behavior and also their relationship with you. I see gadget is like a robot nanny where they baby sit your children replacing you. Imagine if their strongest relationship is with the gadget, they might not listen to you when you advice them or maybe they will not see you as someone important in their life because gadget is always there for them. I really think the benefit is there. But then again I am not trying to be naive, they need to be introduced to gadget because the world is very modern today and they need to be relevant. Just make sure it’s limited by you and you are not replaced by an electronic. Until next time!
XOXO,
Julie
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Educational Kids Activity

Hello everyone, it has been months since I talked to you. Life has been pretty busy and packed. I have been opening a couple of new outlet in Jakarta, I have been traveling quite a bit. So, yes! life has been pretty busy. On today’s post I want to share to you my findings in this very busy days. This is something that can be a useful thing to do with your children in one of those days. I’m talking about kids activity that teaches them.

This website called the education.com are kind enough to approach me with this very interactive idea to do with my kids. I tried them and it was really fun and educative, so below here is the activity that you can do with your sons or daughters. By the way this is an exclusive activity that you can only find in my blog. Enjoy!

ACTIVITY : START A SURVEY

Data analysis may sound like a pretty fancy term for kindergarten, but this year, your child will get her feet wet with it. We’re not talking high-level statistics; we’re talking about asking simple questions, such as who likes cereal for breakfast and who likes pancakes, and then charting the results. This activity puts your kid in charge of her own survey! She’ll poll her relatives and friends, collect information, and then create a colorful chart to display her findings.

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What You Need:

  • Poster board
  • Markers
  • Blank paper
  • Pencil
  • Friends and family members

What You Do:

  1. In the “real” world, surveyors collect data to answer questions for many purposes, such as the United States Census, conducted every ten years to learn more about the people living in America.  Surveys help businesses, governments, and regular people answer questions. Ask your child to come up with a question she is interested in answering the people in her life. Possibilities might include: What is your favorite color? What is your favorite pet? What is your favorite fruit? What is your favorite sport?
  2. Now sit down with your child and brainstorm a list of 15-20 people she could ask to answer her chosen question. She can include grandparents, scout leaders, neighbors, friends, teachers, or anyone else in her life. Most people love being involved in surveys—it gives them a chance to voice their opinions. Make a list together of all the people she plans on surveying. If she’s able to write their names herself, let her do so. Otherwise, provide as much help as necessary.
  3. Begin collecting the information. An easy way to do this is to have your child draw a picture next to each person’s name that represents his or her response. For example, if their favorite color is red, she can make a red mark with her marker. If their favorite pet is a dog, she can draw a sketch of a dog next to their name.
  4. Once all the information has been collected, the next step is to find a way to display it! Using the poster board, design a chart listing all of the choices and the answers. One of the simplest ways to display data, which is very popular in kindergarten classrooms, is a bar graph. Here’s an example of what the results from a “Favorite Sport Survey” might look like:

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Display the chart in a prominent position and be sure to let all the participants know how it all turned out. The result? Not only have you given your kid a cool way to work on math skills, but you just may have created a data junkie in the process: good news for the math ahead!

That is all from me today, until next time!

XOXO

Julie

Going Back To School

People often asked me, how do I handle my three children? And one of the subject that people usually asked would be how do you decide on their education? So on today’s post I want to share a bit of tips on how I usually choose an education system for my kids.

All of my children starts their school year pretty early, they started going to school at age 1,5 years old. My reason is so that they have regular activity and also it helps them to learn how to speak faster. So I tried my best to give them my support as well so that they will always feel excited when they go to school from that early age.

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Here’s a few things that I usually think  when I choose a school;

  1. First things first, whenever we want to decide which school, try to check their school curriculum, will it be suitable for your child. Let’s say whether it’s Cambridge or IB. For my children IB works better it helps them to build confidence, creativity and in that curriculum the school provides more practical studies.
  2. School distance matters! For me having a close distance with the school is very beneficial, since Jakarta has traffic problem, a short distance makes all schedule more effective. Especially if you are a working mom like me.
  3. Next… Sometimes we need to pay more attention to who are going to be their teachers. Ask the schools regarding the teachers background, we can’t afford no to be careful about this kind of things these days.
  4. Lastly, the school facilities and buildings. This might depend on the needs of your children too. A good school facilities and buildings can help your children to stay inspired being enrolled in school as well.

Education doesn’t stop at school, while they are at home we need to continue educate them as well. They way I educate them is by supporting their passion. Each of my children has different interest; like my first born she loves working with her hands, so I know what to provide for her. My second child loves movie so we always take him to a movie and because of that he love store telling at school as well. The youngest child loves drawing so I give her daily task to draw different things.

 

For me by the end of the day, what matter are not the title that they hold but who they will become. So going to school is to explore themselves, getting to know people and learning to be discipline, then I would let their passion drives them to be somebody one day. That is all from me today, until next time!

XOXO

Julie

My Four Year Commitment

Hello everyone, I feel bad that I have not been posting any blog for the past month. Life has been busy since the holiday. I hope you all are doing well this beginning of the year. On today’s post I want to share with you about my four years commitment with this thing that I do. For four years long I have been in a committed relationship with my eyelash extension. I know you might think this blog will be purely advertising medium for my Onnie Studio, but I’m going to stop you right there. This is not a shameless promo or some sort like that(hehe)… instead this is a post that will help for those who has been using eyelash extension like me (whether you are Onnie Studio’s customer or not). Also this will help you to make a decision whether you want to start wearing it or not.
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First of all I need to tackle this one myth that everybody has been saying about eyelash extensions; “will my eyelash gone bold after a long wear?”. My answer is deffinitely “NO” and I am the living proof. Then what are the causes that some people’s lashes gone bald after wearing it?
First of all I have to explain this, the human error factor. Usually, i’m not trying to bad talk other eyelash extension place, the therapist puts the fake lashes too closely to the root. Also if they didn’t put the glue correctly it will look be filling up spaces between the eyelash roots and cause the natural eyelash to fall more easily. While in other case the fake eyelash that is applied on the natural eyelash are too heavy and that can cause excessive fall out. And if you try to take off the extensions by force, that will definitely cause your natural eyelash to fall out.
So let me share with you how I have been taking care of my eyelash extension;
  1. Clean your eyes regularly, I know that sometimes people are worried that the make up remover will damage the extensions. But as long as you clean it with these guides it will be fine. If you wear a lot of make up, go ahead and take a cotton pad to clean the bigger area with a make up remover product. You can use a cotton bud for more detail cleansing. But leave the root, you can clean that up when you wash your face with your facial soap with the movement of the eyelash-shape direction. And even if you don’t wear make up, you still need to clean your whole face regularly (a clean face keeps your face young and fresh)
  2. Wear the right mascara. In order to keep the longevity of the extension make sure that your mascara is specifically for eyelash extension (yes, we sell at Onnie Studio hehe). This specific mascara (black one and transparent one) is water soluble, so it is so easy to clean. Plus it’s tear-drop proof, even if somehow you cry while wearing the black on, it won’t smudge all over your eyes since the formula is very light.
  3. Eyelash vitamin. This is a no brainer, even if you don’t wear extension like me, a vitamin for eyelash is good because it help your lashes grow even more and lushes.
If you follow these steps, your eyelash extension should be alright. Definitely regular touch up is needed. Also when you wear it, don’t be scared to touch your eyes, even if you rub it by accident it won’t be ruined. Plus our regular eyelash falls everyday (1-5 pcs a day) so your extensions will be the same. So don’t worry if you see a fall out, it’s totally normal. If you can get a proper place to put on your extensions and if you have found the perfect place try to maintain with the same person or place so that it will prevent from harsh treatment on your natural eye lash. That’s about it, until next time!
XOXO
Julie

Hello 2017!

This year, the year of 2016 is almost over and today I want to rewind and reset with you. It is always nice to rethink about our life closing into the new year. I bet that 2017 will be as festive as this year or it might be as hard as this year. Whatever the feeling is towards this year I hope this blog can inspire you to have great resolution for next year.

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For me 2016 was a colorful year, I’ve had my fun travelling quite a lot this year. Especially when I was traveling to Poland and Amsterdam. That was definitely the highlight of this year’s travel. Though I’ve had my tough process managing Onnie Studio while at it. Getting my business to keep running smooth was not as easy everybody thought it is. A busy business means a bigger maintenance on the people that is working for me. Maintaining people is harder than the business itself, a couple of major setbacks with the people happened this year, but overall Onnie Studio is my joy.

Now, usually around this time of the year I’m spending the holiday with my family somewhere out of town. But this year like I mentioned in the beginning I choose to stay in Jakarta and relax at home, it helps me to rewind and reset. Here are my wishes…

So this end of year I’m making a promise to myself that next year I will be even better. Better as a person (a business woman and a mother), to be more mature because let’s face it in life we constantly need to grow, also I need to think more forward and keep learning new things. Lastly I have to be more discipline with anything that I do. As for my dreams next year is that…maybe and hopefully I can finally get on Disney Cruise. I have always dreamt of it, it’s part of my bucket list.

So… last but not least my end of year message for you all women is to stay kind inside, be nice to each other because I always believe what comes around goes around. Kindness is all we can use and give in these current time with things happening around the world. All in all, be generous and loving towards anybody that you meet and share peace with them.

That is it from me today, from this last day of 2016. I wish you a Happy New Year! Until next time!

XOXO

Julie

Raara ‘Quinn’ Birthday Party

I want to share this unique story of how my four years old Raara wanted a Harley Quinn theme birthday… I was definitely surprised when I found out about that (haha). The thing you should know about me is that I’m not much of a birthday-party-person. But Raara seems to really love going to her friend’s birthday party. So last month I made her dream birthday party, the Harley Quinn birthday themed (even though I have tried to convinced her with other theme she still wants Harley).

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The venue that I picked was just walking distance from home, I picked a function hall so that I can bring in the caterer of my choice. My first choice was getting the food from this catering named Delima, but after I rethink about it I think it’s better if I just bring in the food myself. Besides I had helped from my PA and  Mari my sister, they were so helpful while my schedule was quite packed last month.

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The most challenging part was getting Raara’s costume, I ordered from Etsy like a month before and yet after two weeks the costume had not arrived, I started to scout somewhere else and here. Indonesia is quite hard to find unique costume like that. At least the easiest decision was the decor, I always love Fairy Floss Party (@fairyflossparty) even though many other decor vendors want to give me an endorsement, I always use Fairy Floss Party.

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Photo and documentation was an easy choice as well, like always by Axioo. For the goodie bags I use @sweetfavor. Their design is really cute. For the cake vendor I choose @galeriedecake. After all of the nitty gritty has been done, closing to the birthday date, I realize we didn’t have any chair for the guests. Fortunately I remember @kalalilidesigns, they have nice selections of chair designs for events and thanks to Stephanie they are available in such short notice.

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All in all I got to say that everything went well. The birthday was festive and fun. Also thank God that on that day it didn’t rain, because usually it rains in the afternoon. I’m so glad that Raara was a happy baby that day. That is all from me today, until next time!

XOXO

Julie

Movie Choice – November 2016

Surprise! Surprise! I’m a movie junkie! Well…I don’t think that is a mystery, anyone who knows me well enough should know that I love watching movies. So on today’s blog I’m going to talk about some of my favorite movie and my movie choice of the month.

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This is a must-see-movie! You wouldn’t want to miss this one. This movie is by Mel Gibson, the same person who made The Passion of The Christ (so this movie also has it’s gory side). The main reason why I love this movie is because it’s a true story. I’m a huge fan of a true story movie, it gives me a sense of understanding towards life from other perspective. And of course the movie’s moral story moved my heart, that is life is about process and progress. Even in times of war depicted in the movie, what matters is that you never give up. Whether it is upholding your faith or marrying the girl of your dream, we’ve got to be persistent.

Aside from this movie, there are several movies that I want to share with you. My all time favorite as well and a few that I can watch over and over again is this Korean Drama (I know right? What else? Haha, us women need to see a good drama), the title of the movie is “Oh My Venus”. The story is about a woman who’s loosing her weight naturally without plastic surgery, where as you know in Korea everybody does it. Again it’s the moral of the story that attracts me as well.

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Here’s a few more of the movie that I like; Headhunter, 3 Idiots (this is a good one, so inspiring!), PK, Kungfu Hustle (this is just super hilarious!), The Mermaids, Cj7, Me Before You (one of the best romantic story), Old boy (the Korean one and if you are under 17 don’t watch this haha), I saw The Devil , Schindler’s List (get lots of tissue before watching this) and last but not the least The Hundred Foot Journey (if you love cooking and enjoy culinary art, this is a MUST!).

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When I watch a movie, most of the time I watch it with Joe. Our movie taste happens to be the same. We always share the same interest and comment the same way and we always talk about the movie after we watch it. For me there are a couple of elements that is important to create a good movie. The main thing of course is the director but the details such as acting of the casts, the cinematography and as well as the story are as important, I don’t like stories that doesn’t make sense, that is what I pay attention to when I watch a movie. Well, that’s about it for now. Until next time!

 

XOXO

 

Julie

My Three Little Beasts

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I love babies and kids! Most of all I love my three children. I have these three little beast at home that I can’t live without. The eldest is Hyori Mikaveli Taslim, she is a tall 10 year old girl. Today when you have a 10 year old they are not really 10, but more like a 13 year old (technology just speed them up to grow). My second child is Hiero Joe Taslim, a very active and very imaginative 7 year old boy, his favourite toy is Nerf gun. Then the last but not least my little angel Kaara Ofelia Taslim, though she is only 4 years of age but she know what she wants. She loves cosmetics, that is to say dolling herself… and clothes, I guess that one came from me.

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Having three children and a business is not the easiest thing to manoeuvre, but as a mother and a business woman I want to excel on both sides. So in today’s blog I want to share with you how I manage my day to day with a very packed and busy schedule. Here are a few things that you need to sort out;

  1. Get Help!
    We as mother sometimes wants to handle everything ourselves, but there is no shame in having some extra hands to help us with some of the chores. When I have to juggle a few things at one time, I’m so fortunate to have many people around me to help. Aside from the sitter that I hire I can always count on my sister, my mother and my mother in law to help me when I’m in need. When having family members to help you take care of your children, it’s probably one of the best thing to have because you can entrust them fully.
  2. Set The Priority!
    When you have a packed schedule, always write down on a calendar. Whether it is on your phone or manually on a book…you always need one. This gives a more orderly day to day activity. So you can always make sure that you don’t miss the important dates with your children and keep your work in check. For me I put everything in my phone and I prefer my schedule on a table form then on the calendar itself, it is more complicated to make but on the long run, it is easier for me to keep track.
  3. Stay Fit!
    I have been doing Muay Thai a lot lately, I love this exercise because it is fun to do and I can sweat a lot in one session. Having exercise regularly help me stay fit, plus we have to watch out with what we eat. This maybe is not the easiest thing to do, when we are tired we tend to just lay down at home, eat a lot and be a potato couch (especially when we are stressed haha) But this is for a better lifestyle it is important. I can testify to you by doing this you will have more energy to juggle any crazy packed day.

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So these are three things that I usually do to stay ahead as working mom, but it doesn’t mean that I have succeed in doing everything, there are things that I still need to improve. One last thing that all of us need to remember, don’t feel guilty when we have to leave our children, we just need to be creative in scheduling and prioritising. I hope this can help you! I also would like to hear your stories, so leave me a message at the comment section below, let me know how you balance your working life while being a mom. That is it from me today,  until next time!

 

XOXO

 

Julie

 

 

 

 

Who is Julie? – Part II

I realize that “Who is Julie?” is the most visited post since day one I started this blog. I know that many of you would like to know me better and I love that! That is one of my reasons why I started this blog anyway. On today’s “Who Is Julie?”…I’m going to share with you about Onnie Studio that I have established with my partner since March 2014.

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I originally started to learn to do nail art is because of my love towards art and such. I was a student to my partner Ms. Lissa, who is a Korean and has been living in Jakarta for quite a while now. Isn’t that awesome !? Since then I have 9 years experience doing nail arts. Until today… doing people’s nails and transforming their hands into a beautiful art has always brings me passion and joy. That is why I decided to open Onnie Studio!

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In the beginning we were just doing nail art and eye lash extension but after 6 months of opening, we decided to add eyebrow embroidery. When I open this salon, I aim to not just make women in Jakarta to be more beautiful and confident … but to have a wonderful experience at onnie! We know as women (at least for me) when we go to any salon and we’re having a girls day out we want to have the best service and the best quality with a good decent price. That’s why I tried my best to cater that to the market and thankfully until today many people like Onnie Studio.

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My partner and i train our staff strictly. We want to make sure they have a good understanding in what they do, why are they doing it and of course every single one of them got to have the skills to do so. I am very particular when it comes to customer service. That is something that I must invest well on each staff that I trained so that they can represent me on the service that I want to show to all of you who wants to be pampered.

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Most of all, from this business, I love it when I’m doing someone’s nails. I get to meet people (as I mentioned before). I get to know many new individuals, hear their stories and exchange theirs with my life. How beautiful that is !? You know by getting to know people so many times that I just share some of beauty tips while chatting with the customers (us girls gotta share our beauty secrets haha! sharing is caring!).

So that is what “Onnie Studio” is all about. It is a part of my daily life, part of my passion and dreams, definitely part of my future that I want to keep developing too. I hope you enjoy reading this part of who I am. Until next time!

 

XOXO

 

Julie

Me & Petit Bateau

As you know fashion is one of my life’s passion. This month I get the opportunity to collaborate with Petit Bateau. It is a French based brand that I have been visiting from time to time at Plaza Indonesia. This brand carries children and mother clothing, they are so chic and classic!

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Raara & I in Petit Bateau

On the 10th September I had the opportunity to be featured in Prestige magazine (on next November issue) with Petit Bateau. My three children and I was at the photoshoot, like usual Raara was the happiest when it comes to photoshoot and make up. She is the little version of me and Joe combined. Whereas my other two, they are are not exactly as enthusiastic as Raara, but Mika and Hiero they did it like a pro, because it is not their first  on the set with me or Joe. The photoshoot was running well and we love the Petit Bateau new collections.

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Joe is always documenting

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BTS

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Love the make up artist!

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Us in Petit Bateau

Then last weekend on 23rd September, we went for their new collections launching preview at their store in Plaza Indonesia. I love the theme, all sailor and stripy mood. This time it was just me and Raara because the other two was still in school, she was on her school holiday. We were hosting for the launch of the collection. I invited a couple of guests and two of my friends were there Sagita and Marion, her daughter (she is Raara’s best friend, they are practically twins) also Vivie (she happened to be my loyal customer at Onnie Studio) and her daughter, Hannah.

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Sailor & Stripes!

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Shop! Shop!

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At the cashier…

One thing that I really like from clothing is not the trend, it should be comfortable and long lasting. Fashion is not always about trend anyway, it is about expressing who you are. For me brand like Petit Bateau is on point, the design is mostly about comfort and personalisation. I had total fun collaborating with Petit Bateau.

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Sagita & I

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Raara & her twins Marion in Petit Bateau

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Vivie & I

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Play dates

By the way, if you want to know more what kind of fashion I’m into… leave a comment below and like this blog. I will talk to you again soon. Until next time!

 

XOXO

 

Julie