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It’s time to shop, shop, shop.

It’s 9 o’clock and time to shop, shop, shop. I’m talking about online shopping here, which you can technically do at anytime but old school infomercial taglines are so much more fun, don’t you think?

I was recently introduced to a new local online shopping site 12buy.sg during their launch event at the Goodstuph studio. Ever since the kids were born, I’ve stopped buying their stuff from department stores and turned instead to the cyberspace for all their shopping needs. It’s true, I have turned into one of those die-hard online shoppers and here’s why.

1. Lower prices.

Stuff at online shops are usually cheaper than your regular department stores, because they don’t have to work in those exorbitant staffing and logistical overheads. So even with shipping costs included, it’s still 20-30% cheaper.

2. Convenience.

It’s ridiculous trying to get any shopping done with 2 unstoppable kids in tow. Instead, I shop when they take their naps, right in the comfort of my bedroom. I used to think that online shopping was impractical because it’s better to touch the product and try it before purchase but websites have very detailed descriptions and dimensions for the products so you can make an informed decision before you buy.

3. Free delivery.

I can’t imagine having to carry a truckload of shopping bags on top of the kids and their bag of necessities. When I shop online, I don’t have to because all I have to do is click a few pages and the stuff gets delivered right to my doorstep.

4. You have access to items not found in local shops.

The beauty of online shopping is that you’re not limited to the items that are brought in by local stores. I don’t have to wait for friends to travel before I can get my hands on some of those American, Brit or Aussie products.

5. Shopping for kids stuff is a good way to start.

There’s a lot more flexibility buying kids clothes online because the sizes are pretty standard and I don’t have to worry about getting items that don’t fit. When in doubt, I get one size up so they can grow into the new clothes. It’s tougher when I’m getting clothes for myself because it sucks to get something that’s too small and I certainly do not intend to grow into a bigger size, thankyouverymuch.

So back to 12buy.sg. They specialize in bringing in lifestyle, IT and kids products that we don’t get in our local shops. The great thing is that these are all ready stock so you don’t have to wait for weeks to get your items and they’ve already paid for the shipping costs so you don’t have to factor those in. I had a lot of fun browsing their kid’s selections, which include some cute as a button apparels, organic products and even green toys (made only from recycled plastics – the safest kind).

Last week, they sent over this deuter backpack for Tru to try out, which he picked out himself. I was introducing my son to the wonderful world of online shopping and he pointed to the bag (he even chose the color) and said that’s the one he wanted. When it arrived, he stuffed his blankie inside, strapped it on and refused to take it off for the entire afternoon.

I love the comfortable padded back and shoulder straps, the added chest strap, the ample space, the extra hidden zipped pocket to stuff my iPhone, the safety reflectors, the name tags and Tru, I think he just loves how it makes him feel like a big boy. I’ve bought 6 different backpacks for Tru and this is by far his favorite. I think he’s not taking it off ever.

Now while we’re on the topic of social media marketing, it’s been a breath of fresh air to work with folks who understand social media, as opposed to uninformed PR companies who think that blog advertising is about sending over a box of $3 cereal or tickets to a movie premiere and expecting bloggers to rave about how it’s more awesome than a thousand babies in fluffy white clouds. They get their panties all in a bunch when you make the slightest constructive suggestion on how to make it better.

But I like it when companies are secure enough in the awesomeness of their products or services that they are open to suggestions on how to make it more awesome. They send over a product to review and it doesn’t come with strings attached. They don’t ask to vet your post. They don’t freak out when you are not in love with their products. In short, they get social media marketing and I respect that.

Ok, here’s the fun part. The people at 12buy.sg are giving away 2 more deuter bags (1 in orange and 1 in red) to 2 readers of the blog. If you’d like to win one of these lovely bags, simply leave a comment about “What you love most about your kid(s)“.

2 winners will be picked by having my babies grab random numbers out of a bag. Contest ends at 12 midnight on Friday (19 November).

Update: Congrats to Kless (comment #7 – orange) and Yen (comment #10 – red) who won the 2 deuter bags. An email is coming your way shortly.

To see the random selection process, here’s a look at what went on behind the scenes.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH_5AtBiLXY

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29 Comments

  • Reply Sharon Tan November 16, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I love their pure innocence and honesty.

  • Reply Cecilia Ng November 16, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I love their laughters and the joy they bring to me and hubby =)

  • Reply sophie November 16, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Ohhhh!!! I love the sparkle in her eyesand how she makes us see everything from such a different, more positive perspective!

  • Reply Jane November 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I love my little baby’s big…toothless smile whenever she sees me or wakes up. Warms my heart

  • Reply chee November 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I love my kids’ pure and unconditional love for those that care about them and that’s a LOT of people!

  • Reply Jus November 16, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Wow, thx! I love his impish smile & laugh & how he gives me kisses & hugs!
    Jus´s last post ..Thankful Tuesdays- Still learning to trust God

  • Reply Kless November 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I love my kids for their ever-ready smiles, hugs and kisses for me! :)
    Kless´s last post ..When You Don’t Know Where To Go- There’s Always The Playground

  • Reply koinonia November 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I love it when my daughter goes “mama!” in the night and reaches out to cuddle me.

  • Reply Madeline November 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    What I love most about my kid? Her infectious laughter.

  • Reply Yen November 16, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Love most? That’s hard! But one of the things I love is her smell!!! I miss it all the time when I am at work :)
    Yen´s last post ..Seasons of Life

  • Reply kelvin November 16, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Has to be her tenacity and sense of curiosity!

  • Reply Shawna November 16, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Loves it when my 1 yr old calls me “Mmmmum, Mmmmmum, Mmmum” and starts laughing when he sees my delighted expression :)

  • Reply Yvonne Kong November 16, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I love my fifteen-month-old Gabriel’s big big loving heart for his mummy, who happens to be the fortunate me! He shares his biscuits with me and even….. his beloved pacifier! When I say, “Gabriel, can you share your pacifier with me pleassssee??” and open my mouth, he walks over without hesitation and puts his pacifier into my mouth. :)) The delighted and amused expressions on his face.. Priceless. :))

  • Reply Audrey November 16, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    I love the way they are secure in our love. After I’d told my son that he’s really precious to us, he looked straight at me and replied innocently with, “Mummy, even when I am disobedient, I know I am still precious to you right?”

    *heart melt*
    Audrey´s last post ..Week 26- Aches &amp Pains

  • Reply Momo November 16, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    I love how they are like minature versions of my hubby and myself. It’s like how I hate my son’s guts but I know he got them from me.

  • Reply Christina November 17, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I love their silliness!

  • Reply Jacqueline yeo November 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    On the subject if online shopping, I love the convenience of it all too, my fav websites are the gap conglomerate for the kidsand jcrew and anthropologie for myself. Also free shipping at booksdepository for books!
    In the same thread, I love my kids for being their spontaneous selves and for being my real life dollies to dress up! :)
    Jacqueline yeo´s last post ..of weekends and blogs

  • Reply Angie Jo November 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Haha! I guess I love it that my kids never complain about the food I cooked for them. I’m not a fantastic cook and I love them for still saying “mummy’s food is the best”. =P

  • Reply Debra November 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Ooh I was just thinking of getting that backpack for Sean for Christmas!

    I love how Sean thinks the world of me even when I feel I am hardly worth his adoration sometimes!

  • Reply Melinda November 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    I love how they are such a bundle of joy and happiness and they are truly a blessing :)

  • Reply Joanna November 18, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I love my kids for saying they love my cooking when i am such a noob cook!

  • Reply Eugenia November 18, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    I love how my child understands my sense of humour and goes chuckling away. ^_^

  • Reply mingfen November 19, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I love it when my baby girl wakes up and snuggles into my shoulder when I pick her up

  • Reply beanbean November 19, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I love the way Noey makes me see the world differently through the funny things he says.

    Tru looks great with that backpack btw!

  • Reply YH November 19, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Did u try Lutheran Childcare Centre at Blk 265 Tampines St 21 #01-32? My son is in Nursery 1 now, I have also enrolled my daughter for their Playgroup in January.

  • Reply San November 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I love my son’s awesome sense of humour (even at such a young age), and his ability to entertain ME on long car rides by singing endless songs. (Gives my throat a much-needed break) Haha!
    San´s last post ..Christmas tree’s up!

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  • Reply Olivia Ava June 12, 2018 at 2:15 am

    My kids are fallen in love with this shop. A huge kids products collection. Love it

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