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I am a firm believer of tonics. It helps with getting the body ready in most occasions. From young, I would take chicken essence in preparation for examinations and with my first pregnancy, I would take chicken and fish essence during pregnancy and postnatal recovery. Back then, I didn't like the taste but would grimace and drink it because it was good for me.

With my second pregnancy, it was no exception that I would take tonics again. I saw Carrie's review of Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence and was intrigued by it. Spoke to a staff from Tian Yuan Xiang and she kindly recommended me which type of essence to take as Tian Yuan Xiang had a whole range of Chicken Essence for various purposes.

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She recommended Chicken Essence with Eucommia for me to take during my pregnancy as it contains various herbs that will help replenish loss of fluids and also alleviate the heatiness during pregnancy. Other herbs, including Eucommia Bark, Dodder Seed, Himalayan Teasel Root and Colla Corii Asini also help to nourish organs such as liver, kidney and enriches the blood which ultimately helps with the back and waist pain that most pregnant mothers will encounter in our final trimester and after birth.

She also mentioned that the herbs, Ziziphi Spinosae Semen and Ophiopogonis Radix in Chicken Essence with Eucommia can help with getting a better night sleep and that I could also share this with Skai as it's not limited to just pregnant women. Eucommia is suitable for most people, especially those who require a bit more boost of energy such as overtaxed and stressed workers, teenagers, pregnant, breastfeeding and postnatal mothers. The only thing is that it isn't suitable for women who are on their period and anyone with fever.

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Preparing the chicken essence was super simple. I kept the chicken essence frozen in my deep freezer and only took out a packet when needed. Simply cut open the packet and place the frozen block into a cup/bowl with a lid. You can either microwave it or double boil it at 100°C.

I was pleasantly surprised when I first tasted the chicken essence. It totally does not taste like any bottled chicken essence that I have tried before. It smelled great, tasted sweet and  extremely rich flavour. It tasted like something home brewed instead! Very delicious. I looked forward to drinking this daily because it really taste great!

From what I read, Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence uses 3.5 chickens for each box. The essence is braised and stewed under elevated temperatures and they practice 100% natural extractions. Every golden drop, containing essential amino acids and good protein, can be the best refreshment to nourish our health and energy.

For postnatal recovery, she recommended the Chicken Essence with Vaccaria Seed as I mentioned that I would be breastfeeding.

She shared that the Chicken Essence with Vaccaria Seed is most suitable for breastfeeding mums to help recuperate our strength and energy. The herbs in this flavour help to nourish Qi and blood to help boost milk supply and prevent mastitis. Aside for the breastfeeding benefits, the herbs Nezumimochi and Fleece Flower Root in the Chicken Essence with Vaccaria Seed also help nourish the liver, enrich blood, relieve aches and help with postnatal hairloss. In addition, the "Chicken Essence with Vaccaria Seed" combines many herbs together that not only helps with calming the nerves and improves better sleep and lessens stress.

I didn't commence on the chicken essence as I had to avoid chicken and eggs for the first two weeks due to my caesarian birth. Once I hit 2 weeks, I started drinking the Chicken Essence with Vaccaria seed immediately. I'm almost done with the box and would be ordering another box soon!

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Just take note if you are drinking Tian Yuan Xiang's chicken essence:

  • The best time to drink chicken essence is in the morning or before 4pm.
  • Drinking on an empty stomach would be more ideal for better absorption.
  • It is recommended to drink at least a packet a day. If you are really exhausted, you can drink 2 packets a day. For those in confinement, you can drink even more such as up to 4 packets a day.
  • It is best to drink earlier and not right before bed as it may cause sleeplessness.

Tian Yuan Xiang was first heard in Taiwan and now have physical stores in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. There are various flavours suitable for all group's needs such as elders, children, couples trying to conceive, stressed adults and mummies. Tian Yuan Xiang Chicken Essence is certified Halal except for the Chicken Essence with Eucommia.

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If you'll like to check out Tian Yuan Xiang, you can visit their physical store at

101 Thomson Road, #B1-24A United Square, Singapore 307591 (Novena MRT)
Tel: 65 6200 6789

You can also check out more info about them via their website or social media channels below:
Website: http://qchicken.com.sg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qchickensg
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/qchicken_tyx

Thanks Tian Yuan Xiang for sending across these boxes for the review!

Do check out my pregnancy and baby blog posts here:

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As parents, Skai and I can hardly travel "handsfree" anymore. We have to pack the whole house lots of items when we travel out with Aidan.

I love my diaper bags, I really do. But there are days where we just need to carry a simpler design of bags that looks well.. more adult like. LOL.

When the kind folks from Gaston Liga backpacks decided to hook Skai and I up with some sweet bags, we were excited! To be exact, Skai was EXTREMELY excited. He wasn't a huge fan of my big pink and girlish diaper bag and he would rather pick something more versatile.

Here's Skai's backpack of choice.

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He chose the Classic Black Black backpack. He loves how simple and classy it was. And when we are not with Aidan, he also carries this bag for work/outings.

While the backpack may look small, it still packs a bunch. For a typical day out with Aidan, Skai packs a changepad, diapers, wet wipes, a bagful of Aidan's toys. The essentials.

For me, I prefer something preppy. So I can look younger. HAHAHAHA.

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I chose the Praper in Navy and Brown. For me, I usually pack Aidan's food and drinks e.g. his porridge, water and snacks.

Skai also looks great with this design! Definitely an unisex design and colour!

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If you like Gaston Luga's backpacks as much as I do, you'll be excited to find out that I will be offering a 15% discount when you use my promo code nadnut15!

Do take note that it was ALWAYS free shipping with 20% off as tax rebate (for orders from non-EU country) AND 15% off when you use my promo code.

What a great deal! Do check it out, don't say I never share!

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You've probably read and seen my previous posts with Ashley Low Photography. After a great experience with them, they were my top choice when I was looking to do another photoshoot.

Needless to say, I wanted to celebrate the special moment of Aidan turning 1! I love the whole concept of a Cake Smash Photoshoot thus I really wanted to do one!
I discussed this with Ashley on the concept and she suggested a blue theme! Which was perfect cos that was one of our favourite colours! Well, mine.

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I also requested for something simpler like buntings or poms and Ashley totally nailed it with the background prepared! She also prepared the cutest cake ever!

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Unfortunately the star of the show was feeling a bit cranky that day and refused to touch the cake. Really gotta love how patient the photographer was and Aidan soon warmed up!

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As some of you guys may know, I love photoshoots! I really do. Especially now that Aidan is growing up fast, I am totally obsessed with documenting his growth (which is pretty evident from my numerous Instagram posts and milestones posts on my blog)

Previously I did a Maternity and Newborn shoot with Ashley Low Photography and LOVED the experience. Needless to say, it was pretty much a no-brainer for me to go back to her!

I scheduled my Tummy to Tippy Toes shoot with Ashley Low Photography when Aidan was close to 11 months old. This was the time that he was crawling a lot and starting to stand (with support). He was also displaying lots of cheeky grins from time to time and I really wanted to capture that moment.

I discussed with Ashley on a few different concepts and I pretty much left it to her to suggest some themes to play with!

Our first theme was the Ah Boys to Men theme. Which was perfect for us, because Skai is a Regular Medium. hhahahah.

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I love how Ashley makes Aidan laugh. She has toys and many gimmicks to coax funny expressions from him!

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