Sunday, June 12, 2016

Yay! First Pet!

 A first pet is a  kind of a rite of passage for any child! I think pets add  more fairy dust to the magic of childhood and create warm and fuzzy  memories to look back on !

Our kids have been asking for a four legged friend  for a while now but we have been reluctant  because of the enormous responsibility it would entail. And where would we keep it while we are vacationing in our hometown was another question that lingered in our minds. My siblings and  I always have had dogs and some of our fondest memories consist of Woolly,our beloved dog, who was unique and very playful . And so at times I felt that I was depriving my children of this fun aspect of childhood.

But life is full of surprises and my kids were thrilled to  get their first pet quite unexpectedly a week ago. It's  a lovely gift from a lovely friend. 
And it's a perfect pet for first time pet owners.Fighter (Betta) fish  is hardy and low maintenance. His name is Lil Mia  and my photo totally doesn't do justice to his beautiful colours !

The kids are thrilled and enamored of their new pet. They google "fighter fish" countless times a day  to see how best to keep him happy and cheerful. They were quite amused to learn that his vibrant colours were meant for attracting a female partner.

And the best part is we need only 3 items for Lil Mia's care :

I hope Lil Mia will prepare my kids for "bigger" pets in future ! I eagerly look forward to the day when they  can have a furry friend ! 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

#Growth Mindset

Came across this wonderful  #Growth Mindset poster by Sylvia Duckworth and shared by Vicki Davis ( It's  meant  for teachers but I think it's equally important for parents !

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Things kids do & say

Last week, I was a bit unwell and was feeling tired and hungry in the evening. I called my older son, and told him to bring me something to eat. Condition was that no cooking was involved & no cutting. I allow him supervised access to the stove-top & chopping anything.
So he went and made me a sandwich, it was delicious & simple with unconventional ingredients going into it. Here is what he made: 2 slices of bread, plain yoghurt speard on them, a slice of cheese between them. Some tomato-chilly ketchup. This was plates with a fist full of roasted peanuts.
It was a tasty snack, that served to satiate my hunger pangs.
I really loved how he used his imagination to make something that he's never eaten or seen!

The second incident is about my younger son, who just turned 5.
We were watching a famous Marathi song, which showed innumerable fireflies appearing during the course of the song. He asked me what they were. I replied 'they are insects and are called fireflies'.
To which he immediately asked, 'are they hot?'
We had a hearty laugh at his honest and innocent question.
Oh, yes I did explain to him, why they were called so and why they are not hot to touch.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Update #haircare

In the previous post, I had mentioned that I had generously slathered my hair with a cream hair mask (i bought it at my local Cosway store). I was to wait for about 20-25 minutes before I go ahead with the shampoo and rinse.
I followed these steps, and I am happy to report that my hair looks nice, they look well conditioned, soft and best of all, no frizzy hair!!
I'm definitely going to do this often.

Recently a friend introduced me to the hair vitamin capsules at the pharmacy. These capsules contain some oil base enriched with vitamin E, argan oil, etc. There are a few options to choose from, based on the hair type.
The contents of one capsule is to be applied to towel dried hair.
I discovered that using these capsules were exactly whati had been looking for to allow my dry frizzy hair to get smoothened out, to give my hair some shine. They actually look healthy, and well taken care of!

If anyone wants details of these products, the hair mask, the hair vitamin capsules, do let me know, I will be happy to share.

Let's work together to ensure that we all have happy hair days!!

This & that and everything in between....

There is just so much that I wish to write down; and I actually got worried sick about how I was going to do it all! So I decided to start with baby steps (we all know a thing or two about baby steps...don't we?)

This week I am sort of free. Free only from the content-writing that I have started last year. So I have time on hand; and so this Monday I spent a day at the nearby mall watching a movie with the kids and another friend & her beautiful daughter. After the movie, we visited the Body Shop; as we both (mommies) wanted to pick up some stuff. I chose the Tea Tree Oil BB Cream. My friend recommended it to me; and I like what it does to my skin.
So to cut a long story short; since Monday I have been in this mental zone of researching about skincare products for my age group. My problem areas are endless...but for starts I wish to minimize the gigantic craters called pores! Secondly hydration for my skin is a worrying issue right now.
I have zeroed on a few products; like the ROC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream; and the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum. Both have excellent reviews and are highly recommended products. My worry is their price point; secondly that these are not available in trial-size packs. If they were, then we could just buy those samples, try the products for a month, then make the decision to purchase.
While I was at the home country, I greedily grabbed a big (biggest available) jar of the Biotique Bio Wheat Germ cream. It used to be my favorite; but now it leaves me super greasy! So I don't like it as much but I can't discard it also because it cost hard earned money!! So I have decided (for now) that I will first finish off this ginormous jar of cream; and only then think about purchasing any other skin care product.

Last month I also learnt over YouTube (Yes I am an avid YouTube watcher); that trick to smoother hair is to first apply conditioner; wait for some time, rinse it off; then apply your shampoo. I have tried this and it seems to be working. Today I have actually applied a hair mask, which I will wash off before shampooing my hair. Let's see how that goes!

The younger ones birthday is soon approaching, and I have to finalize the cake and that should keep me occupied with something constructive to do for the next few days.
How fast these little munchkins have grown up!

Lastly....while I was on the lookout for skincare products...I chanced upon something very ingenious! I saw one one of the pharmacy websites a product so useful, so needed...that I am going to grab a few packs when I visit the store next. The product was Disposable toilet seat covers!!
We need them....don't we? When we are outside, at a mall or the movie, and we need to visit the restrooms...get the picture? Now you know...that you also need to buy few packs!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Peter Pan market !

Can you guess the hottest publishing trend of  last year? C'mon try ! It's colouring book for grownups!

Most bookshops now have one or more corners dedicated to them and they come in all kinds of themes like "Harry Potter", "Mandalas", "Henna designs" & "Secret Garden Colouring book" (liked this one the most).                                                                
Fans say that adult coloring books can fight stress big time much like yoga and meditation !Its therapeutic and works like magic to relax your mind. I do agree but I feel  the same could be said for any type of art and craft activities.

Maybe colouring books have the added advantage as  the groundwork has already been done for you ! All you have to do is to grab some colour pencils, which probably most grown ups already have at home & go crazy !

On the contrary,when you are creating artwork from scratch,there is some planning that is involved and you usually have to source the materials.Yes, definitely not as easy peasy as just buying a coloring book and starting  your creative journey .

 By the way,"The Secret Garden: an Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book" has sold 2 million copies worldwide since its release in 2013.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Yes we're back & something about "Goodreads"

I joined "Goodreads" a couple of years back but only started using it actively a few months ago. "Goodreads" is a  free website/app   designed for people who are into reading.It's like a Facebook for readers where the status updates are what you are reading or are planning to read. Apart from entering  what books you are reading,you can see what's there in other people's  shelves. You can read reviews and write your own (which I am quite lazy about doing).

What's more ,you can set your Reading Challenge for the year and mine is 24 books for 2015. So far I have read 2  and gearing up for more!

Oh and for the books you are reading you can key in what percentage of the book you have completed. This keeps you going because when you see that you have read 9% of the book then you want to keep going and make it 15% or at least 10% for the time being.

If you're a reader then try it and see whether you like it! If you're using kindle, then you can link it up with your "Goodreads" account. All the more fun!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Trying my hand at this again....

Thought about this many times...thought about what to write, what to share, what to say, how to say it, how to convey it.....should I limit myself to certain topics and issues, or should I expand and talk about everything that I get affected by?

For today I am just going to say how saddened and sorrowful I am at the inhuman massacre of innocent children in Peshawar. Those who did this are not humans at all....

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

What kind...

1) what kind of a mother allows her son to get a henna tattoo & does not get one for herself because she knows those ladies add hair dye to the henna!! It's not safe!!
That mother would be me.

2) what kind of a man refills a bottle of liquid hand wash with hair conditioner simply because no one is using it & the bottle is lying around in the bathroom.
That man is my husband.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Lalach buri bala

Lalach buri bala means that greed is a bad habit to have.
We went today morning to the Padini warehouse sale.
We assumed very wrongly that there would not be too much of a crowd.
As we entered the industrial estate where the factory is located; we saw numerous cars parked and people walking towards the same place...again we thought that there must be some other event.
On reaching the warehouse we saw people in a line; there were drink and snack stalls! People were enjoying their drinks & snacks while chit chatting with their friends.
The line turned out to be almost 2 Km long!!!
We decided to get out of there and head to the familiar environs of a mall... What else could we do with 2 bachhas in tow!!