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#MyMumSays: “You’ll understand when you are older.”

Motherhood to me is about setting the alarm the night before, getting up in the morning when the alarm goes off, waking my kids up for school with my eyes barely open, going to the bathroom and slapping my face hard with water, looking at the mirror and sighing, brushing my teeth, and then rushing to send the girls to school in my PJs.

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Nothing glamorous at all but yet I look forward to doing the same thing every single day without ever feeling so ‘sian’. No rewards that I am hoping to get from them. Okay maybe just their handmade cards on my birthday and Mother’s Day.

The only thing I look forward to? Weekends – just so that I can wake up slightly later.

As such, I love my weekends so much!

BUT I LOVE MY GIRLS EVEN MORE.

How not to love these cuties?

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With all due respect to the working mummies out there, I have never once regretted leaving the career that I used to love so much. Why, I know that I want to be there for my kids while they are still at the super fun stage. I admit I miss working so much, and going back to the workforce one day will remain a hope that I will always hold strong to.

Of course financial wise, it is not that easy. It takes a whole lot of discipline and self-restraint, now that I am a Work at Home Mummy (‘WAHM’).

But my mum, who has been a full-time housewife ever since the day she got married, has taught me so much in this area, either directly or subtly. My mum is all about making self-sacrifices just so that she can give her children a good life. Never mind if she barely has enough for herself, as long as her children have everything that a mother could possibly give her kids.

I remember some of the quotes that #MyMumSays all the time. Well, she did not think that I would actually remember them because I always make it seem like I am never listening to her, so maybe that’s why she repeats them all the time. LOL.

ACTUALLY I DO TAKE NOTICE OF WHATEVER YOU TELL ME LAR DEAR MOTHER!

Don’t believe me?

Let me prove it to you then!

 

#MyMumSays (1):

“You know ah, I never even work after I get married and I am full-time housewife until now. Only your daddy work. Whatever money daddy give me, I use for all of your education. How come we can still have enough to bring all of you up?”

Yes mother, you are absolutely right. I admire how you could bring all four of us up with Daddy being the sole breadwinner. You did not deprive us of an education and your time. In fact, you dedicated your whole life to us ever since you became a mother.

At the end of the day, it is not about how much you earn but how much you can save for your family and kids despite your income.

For self-employed mums like me, I think we need more discipline to put aside some of our earnings. The truth is, self-employed mums like you and me generally need to keep our finances more flexible to cater for any downturns in our earnings.

Let’s face it, our income is not stable.

Just a question, how many of you contribute voluntarily to CPF?

So the question is, what are you doing to ensure you are saving enough? Are you topping up your CPF accounts voluntarily?

At this point, I know what you are thinking – it can be pretty difficult at times to remind ourselves to contribute voluntarily! I mean, most of the time, we will end up spending the money voluntarily instead. HAHA!

But seriously now, it’s really important for self-employed mums like us to contribute regularly and make sure you have sufficient Medisave savings for your future healthcare needs. This is especially important during old age, when you may have stopped working.

And I found out that there are two ways for us to make voluntary contributions to our CPF.

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Food for thought, mummies.

#MyMumSays (2):

“Go buy piggy bank for your daughters. Ask them save their pocket money. Then you must let them spend some of their savings. Don’t bully them so much. I do that for you and your siblings since young.”

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When I was still in school, Mak bought each of us a piggy bank so that we would save up our pocket money on a daily basis. At the end of the year, Mak would allow us to use a portion of the money to buy something that we wanted before depositing the rest into our banks.

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This is something valuable that I have passed on to my kids. Every day, I will make sure they save whatever money is left from school and put them into their piggy bank. They have now started on a new piggy bank because their previous one is already full!

Well done, Nadyas!

IT IS DEFINITELY IMPORTANT TO START SAVING EARLY.

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#MyMumSays (3):

“You don’t spend spend spend all the time. Must set aside some money for your kids and yourself. When you (are) old, who want to help you? Cannot depend on your kids what! I also never depend on all of you.”

This quote is something that I have to keep reminding myself over and over again because I admit that I can be quite a spendthrift at times. But hey, I spend mostly on the kids, so that’s not so bad isn’t it?

IT IS TRUE; WE HAVE TO START PLANNING FOR OUR GOLDEN YEARS!

It is important for us to save for a longer retirement or we may end up outliving our savings. The fact is, retirement will happen. If we get to live long enough, we will reach a point where we will need to leave our jobs and either settle for less demanding jobs or stop working altogether.

What happens next?

Will we have enough to survive?

Will we have enough for our medical expenses especially?

I thought about this and it is actually pretty scary if we do not start planning from now.

But we should also know that having an income for as long as we live is very important.

Apparently, it is possible.  

By the way, anyone of you heard of CPF Life before? I did not know about it prior to this so it was quite a discovery for me.

I am so sure that many of you out there are still unaware too.

So I did some reading (to prepare myself for old age LOL). Depending on your desired CPF LIFE monthly payout and your CPF balances, you can choose from a range of payout options that best suit your needs in retirement. Here’s an infographic I came across while researching, that explains the type of CPF Life Plan I can choose from.

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It is also interesting to know that one can receive a monthly payout for life of as much as $1,920 with CPF Life! May not seem like a lot right now, but I am so sure that amount will come in handy when we are old and not working anymore.

So choose wisely ladies as this is definitely a way to go when planning for your retirement nest. I am going to read up more about THIS and you should too.

And lastly,

#MyMumSays (4): 

“You must always eat supplements like me. You see I am 60 but no sickness. Every time I go checkup all very good. You young people ah don’t know how to take care of yourself.”

YAHHHHH MY MUM’S HEALTH IS TIPTOP UNTIL NOW! I REALLY ENVY HER.

But one of the things that she has practised since young is to drink lots of plain water. She will ensure that she gets her 8 glasses of water every day without fail!

I must really start to be more conscientious about my health.

REALITY IS, EVERYONE WILL GROW OLD ONE DAY.

If you brush this health issue aside, thinking that you do not have time to pay attention to it now due to your busy life, then perhaps you might want to look at your kids now and do it for them? They are your future, and their future depends on your present actions.

I am definitely doing this for my kids…and my older self.

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MUMMIES! <3

We know that we will keep doing whatever it takes to give the best to our kids.

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And most of the time, being the best for them means giving the best to ourselves first.

What is that ONE THING your mum has ever said to you that has left a big impact in your life?

 

  1. Tag me in a photo of you and your mum on Instagram and share with us what your mum says!
  2. Don’t forget to hashtag #MyMumSays so that I can read all of your posts!

CAN’T WAIT!

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Coz you’re hot then you’re cold : 3M Hot, Cold & Room Water Dispenser

Ever since I started using the 3M Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser, I can never imagine drinking water straight from the tap anymore.

3 different temperatures of water dispensed from just one equipment!

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I mean, it’s the most convenient thing to have at home, especially if you have kids!

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Imagine having filtered hot, cold, or room temperature water on hand at all times!

Need to make a jug of fruit cordial for your guests? Just bring the jug to the water dispenser for your cold water, add the cordial and lots of ice!

Husband wants hot tea? No problem, just add the tea sachet, dispense the hot water, and his tea is ready! Instant hot water at the touch of a button. (He can even help himself and make his own drink, if need be.) HAHAHA.

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Girls need to fill up their water bottle for school? Now is the time to teach them to be independent; they can just help themselves and choose between cold or room temperature water! LOL.

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The extended 3M Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser can fit water bottles up to 25cm in height!

Green means room temperature water.

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Blue means cold water.

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And red will of course mean, hot water!

The 3M water dispenser comes with a safety feature for the hot water dispenser, though. You will need to press a button before the hot water can be dispensed. This is especially useful for those of you with kids as it will help to prevent potential accidents or mishaps with the hot water.

HERE ARE 10 REASONS WHY YOU NEED ONE AT HOME!

 

  1. Fuss free
  2. Water tastes better than normal
  3. Better for your health
  4. Makes it easy to drink more water
  5. Saves you money
  6. Saves you space
  7. Instantly right for tea or coffee
  8. Boiling hot water just by pressing the button
  9. Chilled or ambient water at the touch of a button
  10. You won’t be able to live without it!

 

Thirsty? Just queue up and wait for your turn, girls. 😀

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Benefits of the 3M Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser?

  1. Natural Hydration – No additional artificial additives are added to alter the water’s pH level.
  2. BPA free – for all parts that come into contact with water, hence ensuring that no plastic chemicals leach into the water that you drink. Same feature to look out for when buying water bottles and milk bottles.
  3. UV light – to sterilise water up to 99.9% and remove bacteria such as E-Coli. 3M filter removes slime, rust in pipes, asbestos by 99.9% and Protozoan cysts.

 

Now, having a water dispenser is especially useful if you or your kids have highly sensitive noses or are prone to coughs, like my husband, me and Sharleez. The Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser reduces lots of the chlorine, bacteria and other naughty contaminants that sneak in to your tap water. This helps to ensures that it’s much healthier to drink.

Having a water dispenser at home also means you save a lot of space, especially if you like to store bottles of water in the fridge! Plus, you can be sure that you only use what you need and there is no need to worry about running out of water…EVER.

Maintenance for the 3M Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser is really easy and affordable too.

Only $120/cartridge, which you are advised to change every 6 months or for 4,000 litres of water used. That also means it costs only $0.03 per litre, if you want to do your math!

There is no need for you to worry about running out of water because the dispenser is always automatically topped up with water once any water has been dispensed.

And oh, most importantly, the 3M Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser is not bulky or hideous! They come in two colours -BLACK & WHITE!

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I chose white because my kitchen is all white!

From now till 31 March 2016,

Get to enjoy the 3M Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser at only $1,488!

Usual Price: $1,888 so this also means you get to save $400 just like that!

PLUS, YOU ALSO GET TO ENJOY THE FOLLOWING FOR FREE:

 

  1. 1 filter cartridge (worth $120)
  2. Free Delivery
  3. Free Standard Installation.

 

THEN RIGHT, IF YOU MENTION ETRANGLEHCD2 WHEN YOU PURCHASE VIA JESTAC, THE 3M AUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTOR, YOU WILL ALSO GET TO ENJOY 

 

AN ADDITIONAL $50 OFF YOUR ORDER (ONLY FOR THE FIRST 20 SIGN UPS)

CLICK HERE HERE HERE HERE & PURCHASE DIRECTLY FROM THEM! 

I mean, why wouldn’t you want the extra $50 discount?

Also, if you place your order before end Feb 2016, you get to enjoy an additional $100 NTUC FairPrice voucher!

Upon signing up, friendly consultants from Jestac will get in touch with you shortly to share more about the product in detail.

If you would like to view the actual 3M Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser or try a cup of 3M filtered water, you can visit 3M’s Authorized Distributor at:

JESTAC PTE LTD

No. 2 Kim Chuan Drive CSI Distribution Centre #02-06 Singapore 547080

Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30pm, Sat 8.30am to 2.30pm

Tel: 6288 8290

Email: sales@jestac.com.sg

 

The 3M Hot, Cold & Room Temperature Filtered Water Dispenser is also available at all Selffix DIY outlets and selected Home-Fix DIY Stores, Popular bookstores, Spring Maternity, Parisilk Electronics and Best Denki outlets.

 

* Promo is only valid from now till end March 2016

 

 

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One design, many different looks: REE-KAST!

Everyone loves IKEA because of its huge inventory, endless choices and inexpensive furniture. Everyone buys something from IKEA at least once a year for Hari Raya or that big move, for instance.

But don’t you feel like sometimes the furniture is a bit too plain or common? It’s like, a plain brown drawer will not do much justice or add character to your otherwise well-thought out room furnishings. Don’t you wish you could do something to it? Personalise it maybe, and make it match your house concept even more?

WELL NOW YOU CAN, ONLY WITH REE-KAST.COM

 

 

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At Ree-Kast!, you can personalise your IKEA furniture and add more live, colours and character to your home space.

And best of all, their sticker designs are really easy to fix and remove without leaving any residue. Their products are made from good quality stickers, easy to peel, and makes your DIY home projects so easy.

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Should you want to change the concept or remove the stickers totally, you can do so at any point.

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One classic example will be reusing the same furniture for your upcoming baby. Say, you used them before for your son but you are now expecting a girl, you can make the furnishings totally girly just by changing the Ree-Kast! stickers!

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Don’t believe me?

WATCH THIS VIDEO AND SEE FOR YOURSELF HOW EASY IT IS TO FIX  THE STICKERS!

 

 

The sticker designs at Ree-Kast! cater to all age group: kids, teens and matured groups

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I especially love the Kids Edition square table stickers! So cute, so fun and oh, so educational too!

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Okay, let’s not get too excited now. I know you are already itching to start shopping at ree-kast.com but please allow me to share with you the special discounts for all my readers, at the very least?

REE-KAST! WILL BE GIVING AWAY 20% DISCOUNT FOR ALL READERS OF ETRANGLE!

Do not forget to key in ETRANGLE upon check out!

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Love is in the (h)air : Yun Nam Hair Care

I have been suffering from hair loss ever since I gave birth to my girls.

I was bothered by the amount of hair loss and how my hair dropped easily when I brushed it. However, I did nothing about it.

And I know I am not the only one who is afraid to make it known to others as far as hair loss is concerned. It’s like, we are ashamed to be losing our hair at such a young age.

While hair loss is a major issue for most women, it is also a beauty topic that is often swept under the carpet. Nobody really wants to be upfront about it.

I have heard of Yun Nam Hair Care because they have been around for the longest time, but I used to have this thinking that Yun Nam Hair Care was only for old people with balding hair.

My perception of them totally changed after my first visit!

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YUNNAM HAIRCARE IS TOTALLY LIKE ANY HAIR SALON THAT YOU GO TO, IF NOT BETTER!

And no, it is not only for old people with balding hair. 

Will talk more about that later.

Ladies, what really causes hair loss if it is not genetic?

  1. Stress
  2. Hormonal changes
  3. Bad sleeping habits
  4. Medications
  5. Chemical/dye treatments
  6. Off the rack hair products
  7. Recent child birth
  8. Low iron levels
  9. Birth control pills – starting or stopping
  10. Wearing hair in tight braids
  11. Nutrition

 

So at the age of 34 and seven years after giving birth to my twins, I finally decided to do something about my hair loss. I mean, I colour my hair on a regular basis in order to achieve beautiful hair but what’s beautiful hair without healthy hair or scalp? I am not too sure about you, but more I age, the more conscious I am about my personal well-being. Whatever that I can do to make myself look and feel better, I try to do.

Yun Nam Hair Care is well-known for its efficacy in helping men and women in Singapore recover from hair and scalp problems such as dandruff, itchy scalp, oily hair, hair loss, balding, thinning hair and premature greying or white hair.

I went to Yun Nam Hair Care at Plaza Singapura the other day to get my scalp analysis via a free consultation with one of their consultants, Michelle. After all, I wanted to be sure what was the actual cause of my hair loss. It could possibly be genetic.

Minutes before meeting Michelle, I was actually pretty nervous and anxious. I mean, what would Michelle think after seeing the condition of my hair and scalp? So embarrassing.

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But Michelle was so friendly, bubbly, attentive, and welcomed me with open arms when she saw me. Whatever she said was so comforting and at that moment, it made me forget what I was there for in the first place.

Have you ever had a scalp analysis done before? You will be shocked to see and know things that you have never realized before. In my case, I was suffering from hair loss but I did not know what exactly caused the hair loss or hair to stop growing on certain parts of my scalp.

Want to see my scalp? Do not cringe ah.

I repeat,

DO NOT CRINGE.

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The white patch stuck on my hair is actually an oil clog!

NAH. I ZOOM IN FOR YOU!

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DISGUSTING RIGHT?

Wait, there is more!

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LOOK AT THE RED PATCHES!

No wonder I always scratch my head. Or should it be, no wonder there are red patches – I scratch my head all the time! LOL.

But at least I know what has been causing my hair loss problem. The oil clogs on my hair pores are stopping new hair follicles from growing! No wonder I have some bald patches on my head! And new hair follicles must grow from those bald patches!

Apparently I have not been washing my hair thoroughly and that actually caused the oil clogs to form!

So when you go for a scalp analysis, the trained professional consultants at Yun Nam Hair Care will also show you what is going up there on your scalp and provide a personalised treatment as well as product recommendations.

After that first visit, Michelle gave me a summary of the treatment I will be receiving at Yun Nam Hair Care:

  • Deep cleansing treatment

            ~helps to control oily scalp problem

            ~remove oil clogs on hair pores

  • Regrowth hair treatment

            ~helps to penetrate nutritional to hair roots

            ~helps to grow more new born healthy hair

  • Protein hair treatment 

            ~ helps to repair hair cuticle

            ~ prevents further hair breakage

  • Maintenance hair treatment

~ helps to maintain clean and healthy scalp

I have been going to Yun Nam Hair Care on a weekly basis for my Deep Cleansing Treatment!

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As I mentioned earlier, it is exactly like going to the hair salon. Sit down, drink milo, eat biscuits, listen to music, and just relax while Michelle attends to my hair.

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And right after every treatment session, Michelle will be sure to blowdry my hair and style it according to how I want it. She can even curl it for me! Should I need a hair trim, Michelle can do it for me too!

After just my third visit, I saw baby hair sprouting and growing from the bald areas!

Can you see a lot of standing hair in my picture below? Those are new hair growing!

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And I had my scalp analysis done again after the third treatment and I was super pleased with what I saw.

SEE!

No more oil clogs!

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And since there are no more oil clogs, hair growth can now take place!

See those thin strands of hair? Those strands are actually new hair growing.

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Now you compare my before and after treatment scalp analysis!

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LEFT: AFTER

RIGHT: BEFORE

HEHEH SO HAPPY!

So so glad that I decided to do something about my hair loss problem!

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SEEING RESULTS ALREADY AFTER JUST A FEW VISITS!

You too should get a scalp analysis via their Free Consultation!

It is akin to getting a health check up and for some, a life-changing experience. Yun Nam Hair Care helps to IMPROVE HAIR HEALTH for long-term benefits.

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How to contact them?

You can call and book an appointment with Michelle!

Sign up for their latest herbal hair treatment trial promotion HERE, HERE, HERE!

Also for a limited time only, you get to take home additional 3 hair care products!

You can even choose from so many of their outlets!

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CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW!

Meanwhile, watch this video

You can also follow YUNNAM HAIRCARE via:

Instagram: @yunnamhc

Hashtags : #yunnamhcsg and #healthyhairnow

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Squeaky Clean : Oral B Professional Care 3000 Power Brush

Don’t you always feel good after your dental visit because only the dentist can do a good job at cleaning your teeth in removing tartar and plaque?

But you cannot possibly get the dentist to do that for you on a daily basis, right?

What does this mean? 

We need to take the extra effort to clean our teeth and stop plaque from forming and staying in our mouthes.

The new Oral B Professional Care 3000 power brush lets us have the dentist clean feeling everyday! 

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What does it do?

  1. Removes up to 97% of plaque from hard-to-reach places*
  2. Helps to improve gum health and reduces gingivitis
  3. Pressure sensor stops pulsations when you’re brushing too hard
  4. Provides a naturally whiter teeth in just two weeks*   *whitens by removing surface stain

 

Since Oral B Professional Care 3000 power brush can remove up to 97% of plaque, this also means that it will reduce the need for flossing!

I am currently using Oral B Professional Care 3000 power brush! 

 

Yes, being the typical Singaporean, I wanted to try this out after seeing more than 560 reviews of the product! It was even rated 4.5 stars on Amazon!

I like how it has three different modes:

  1. Daily Clean
  2. Sensitive (for those with sensitive teeth or receding gumlines)
  3. Whitening

 

Oral B Professional Care 3000 power brush gently breaks up plaque and sweeps it away. Yes, it is gentle on the teeth and gums because it has a visible pressure sensor. The best thing is, it will light up and stop pulsating if you are pressing too hard! Definitively good for someone as rough and impatient as me! HAHAH.

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It also has a timer that indicates dentist-recommended brushing time of 2 minutes. This type of timer is definitely a great idea and addition to modern toothbrushes because one of the biggest failings in most people’s dental hygiene routine is not spending long enough when brushing. These days, people do not even have enough time to brush their teeth properly.

So how do you brush your teeth using Oral B Professional Care 3000 power brush power brush?

 LIKE THIS LAH!

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Ok ok, watch this video!

 

I like how my teeth have that squeaky-clean feeling after every brush!

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So what do you do with the Oral B Professional Care 3000 power brush after every brush? Wash it as per normal.

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Oral B Professional Care 3000 power brush comes with a charging station, but the battery lasts about a week in between each charge.

I say, this will make a great gift for your loved ones! Christmas is approaching for those of your celebrating, so why not include Braun Oral B Professional Care 3000 power brush in your gift list?

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What will you get when you first open up the box at home?

  • 1 x Professional Care 3000 rechargeable toothbrush
  • 1 x Charging stand with room for four brush heads
  • 1 x Precision Clean brush head
  • 1 x 3DWhite brush head
  • 1 x Floss Action brush head

To purchase, click HERE, HERE, HERE! 

It will definitely help in bringing out the smile in everyone! 🙂

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