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LIFE DOESN’T COME WITH A MANUAL, IT COMES WITH A MOTHER

Whoever said this, could not have been more correct! I had been thinking of starting this blog since the time I had conceived. One, I wanted to share my experience with others and vice versa, and Two, down the years whenever I looked back I would have my entire motherhood in front of my eyes. However it took me 15.5 months altogether to bring it into reality. Finally here it is – a journey in which i hope to make my Little One a better person while equipping her with all the arms and ammunition needed for this world. Here, we will talk about all the fashion fads, the little tantrums and how to deal with them, food corner, some parenting hacks- in short possibly everything which may concern us or be related to our child.

So a huge welcome to this roller coaster ride!!!!

 

 

Cloth Diaper – A step towards health and sustainable future

IMG-20180715-WA0005Hey people, how have you been? Hope all well. So I am back with one of the most sought after topics by new moms – Cloth Diapering. Before I talk about cloth diapers in general, let me tell you Why Cloth diapers.

So, Disposable Diapers are the most convenient way of diapering. No doubt about it. It’s the easiest on the go method. Make the baby wear it and when soiled just throw it away. But do you know what happens to it when you throw way. And also, what happens to your kid when his delicate skin comes in contact with the diaper. And so many other questions which at times do not even cross our mind. I will try to throw light on all of them one by one.

So when you throw away the diaper, it forms part of the overall garbage dumped on the mother earth. It being made of plastic cannot decompose. It takes several hundred years to decompose. Till then it forms part of the landfill of the planet earth. Every year approximately 30 billion diapers are thrown which become part of the landfill. Imagine! To draw comparison, if Aurangzeb wore diapers, his poop would still be live, buried in the plastic layers and dumped in some landfill.

Coming to the soft bums of your child. Have you ever seen the redness around genitals or rashes around the thighs? If diapers were so soft and gentle why would that happen? The reason is diapers are ultimately made of plastic which is made from the crude oil. And when plastic is rubbed against the soft skin of kids’ redness is bound to happen. Also, chemicals present in the diapers react with the skin causing the redness. I am not even talking about the 50 different chemicals including Sodium Polyacrylate and Dioxin. It also pulls out moisture from the baby’s skin resulting into irritation. Rashes occur due to wet diapers left too long or the elastic band is too tight. We use diaper rash creams daily. We expose our kids’ gentle skin to so much of chemical and on the other hand we talk about using natural moisturizers, free from preservative foods, etc. Hypocrite! Aren’t we?

Oh! By the way, did you know that the third largest consumer item to go to the landfills and contribute to ozone layer depletion is disposable diapers? It is also a major contributor in non-biodegradable category comprising approx. 30% of the overall non-biodegradable waste.

So, what next? If not disposables then what? The answer is CLOTH DIAPERS.

Cloth Diapers are an excellent alternative to disposables minimizing the threat caused by the latter to the environment and the kids. Of course their major benefits have been thrown under the carpet by the major disposable diapering brands projecting diapers as the one stop solution to all the mothers’ woes and the elixir for the baby’s comfort. But that is the reason I am here. To share my experiences and research on topics which I feel passionate about and think would benefit all you moms out there. My aim is to provide you with information so that you can take informed decisions.

The cloth diapers found today are comparable to any disposable in utility except for the fact that they need to be washed. But then, they can be easily washed in washing machines. And oh my God! The super cute prints on the little bum’s just melts my heart. A cloth diaper lasts anytime between 1 hour to 3 hours depending on the amount peed by kiddo. And it always looks like it lasts forever. I still use the AIO for my daughter which I had bought when she was just 3 months old. Hence, if you are bothered about the upfront cost, please don’t be. It is much cheaper than the disposables in the long run. It would eventually cost you somewhere around Rs. 3 to Rs. 4 per use as against a minimum of Rs. 12 to Rs. 13 for a disposable. I have never faced any redness or a diaper rash with a cloth diaper and I don’t use diaper rash creams at all. The only precaution that you should take if you are diapering 24 hours is always, always give your baby diaper free time.

So, the next time you go out for the hourly evening stroll or a couple of hours at a friends place, ditch that disposable and use the cloth diapers. Needless to say, at home, usage of disposable should not be even thought of.

If you have any questions regarding cloth diapering please comment below. I will try to answer them to the best of my abilities.

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This blog post is a part of “Conscious Diapering and Sustainable Living”, A blog train by Bumberry (www.bumberry.com) hosted by Genevieve from www.worldofgen.wordpress.com (@life.of.gen) and Rashmi of https://www.notjustmommying.com/ (@notjustmommying). Here 18 supermoms have joined hands to share their perspective on cloth diapering and living an ecofriendly sustainable lifestyle. I thank Ananya from http://www.mommyinglittleanaika.wordpress.com for introducing me to the blog train. I now pass on the blog to Shaik Gousia Kashif from www.mylilworldmoin.wordpress.com to let us know her take on Cloth Diapering.

Thanks for stopping by,

Until Then,

Ciao

Priyanka

 

 

 

Easy Peasy Food Recipes To be Loved by your Kids

It has been 9 months since I started weaning and trust me it has not been an easy journey. My Little one is an extremely fussy eater with a very small appetite. To constantly introduce her to various textures and flavours has been my endeavor. In this blog, I will write the recipes of the three most liked food dishes by her over the period of these 9 months. Hence, there would be something for moms with kids of all ages.

CHICKOO SUJI KHEER

Age : 7 months+

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Breakfast for little ones must be tasty and healthy to wake their brain cells positively. This is what I make for my little one often. The best part is, it’s really sweet but not sweetened with sugar!

Method:

  1. Puree a ripe chikoo (sapota)
  2. Roast some suji (rava, semolina) in a pan and keep aside
  3. In a pan, pour some water to boil
  4. Once it boils, add the roasted suji to it
  5. Stir to attain desired consistency
  6. Now add this mixture to the chikoo puree
  7. Your chikoo suji kheer is ready!

Serve and watch the kheer being slurped up! Enjoy!

Please Note: If you have not introduced either chikoo or suji to the child before, it may be a good idea to introduce small quantities to check for allergies and then make it a part of her/his regular diet

You may also want to check the recipe for Home Made Cerelac

VEGETABLE UPMA

Age: 10 months+

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This meal is really quick to make and is wholesome and full of nutrition. What I love about it is we can keep changing the flavor by changing the veggies. The lunch of the kiddo is sorted.

Method:

  1. Roast some Suji in a pan (until it turns light brown) and keep side
  2. In the same pan, add some oil/ghee/butter.
  3. Once hot, add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add curry leaves.
  4. Add extra finely chopped onion and saute for a minute.
  5. Add pureed tomato to the pan and let it simmer for a while.
  6. Add a pinch of turmeric powder (You can skip it if you want to keep the colour white but I like to add this for the antiseptic properties of Turmeric)
  7. Add a pinch of salt (you can skip this if you are following the No Salt Rule)
  8. Now, add the roasted Suji to the mixture and immediately add water triple the amount of Suji.
  9. Let it simmer for a while until you get the desired consistency.
  10. And your Vegetable Upma is ready

Please Note:

  1. I used to puree vegetables and mix it in the Upma. At times I used to put big chunks and towards the end (after their taste gets assimilated in the upma) would remove them.
  2. You can put pureed carrots or if you have started finger foods, cut carrots in long pieces, boil and sauté in Upma. While feeding the child, take out those sticks and hand it over to him as finger food.
  3. You can boil broccoli and mash it and then add at step 5.
  4. Keep changing the veggies in the upma and each time you will have a new flavor. Even for curry leaves, add them on and off.

 

BLUEBERRY BANANA SHAKE

Age: 1 year+

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Blueberry is a SuperFood. It is extremely rich in antioxidants. As the fresh fruit is not available round the year, I use the dried blueberries.

Method:

  1. Take a banana (I prefer the small elaichi banana variant)
  2. Take 8 to 10 dried blueberries
  3. Blend Blend Blend
  4. Tadaa… the blueberry banana shake is ready. Pour in a mason jar and let them sip.

 

This blog post is a part of  #40babyfoodrecipes blog train hosted by Anisha from momzdiary, Danisha from Lovethatyoucanbuy and Deepali from Myteenytot.

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We 40 Mom Bloggers are here with some amazing baby and Toddler Food Ideas just for you.

This is a month long blog train. Stay tuned for some very heathy and yummy recipes everyday.

I would like to thank Payal from http://www.evolvinglittlesteps.wordpress.com for inviting me and would further like to invite Manvi from https://thesimplemumma.wordpress.com to share with us some great recipes that she swears by.

Until then,

Much Love

Priyanka

 

Hairline Issues? Fret Not, Divatress at Rescue!!!

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A hairdo makes or breaks the whole look. If I am having a good hair day, all my pictures would come out so well, people would shower compliments at work and he cannot take his eyes off me!!! That is the power of tresses. However of late, especially post pregnancy, I have been losing a lot of hair. Also they have become dull and lifeless. I am sure it’s a phase and will pass off soon but I certainly can’t wait indefinitely and look kinda disastrous (okay! It’s exaggeration! But still). So in my quest to regain my super great hair (which are not that great now) I stumbled upon LACE WIGS and was totally baffled by the concept.

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Lace wigs cover the hairline in a natural way. Even the person standing next to us cannot identify that it is a wig. So it doesn’t look fake at all and u still achieve the look you want. Getting a total natural and beautiful look is just a click away!! There are so many choices available in lace wigs – whole lace wig, an L part lace front wig, Swiss Lace, a lace front wig with bangs and the list goes on. To be honest one can be overwhelmed with the choices. But this premier online wig shop, Divatress, makes it so easy. You can browse through their products in their online store (Did I tell you that they have the largest collection of wigs online) and still if you are confused you can contact them so that they can help you choose the perfect LACE WIG which suits your style, taste and personality. Wigs in latest colour trends and by top brands are available on Divatress.

So when you want your game on point, you don’t fret over your hair for not being perfect. You just pick up a lace wig and get your hair styled in a dozen ways. Go, get yours now and make those gazes worthwhile.

Till then,

Much love,

Priyanka

The 4 S of choosing a perfect family car

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Hello peeps, how have you been doing? Hope you are doing really well- in health and spirit. I have been missing in action for quite some time. I had back to back functions. Also, the preparation of the mundan ceremony and the cake smash photoshoot of Baby S took good amount of time and energy. Having completed both of them, I thought to take out some time and write on something really important. We went through it very recently and I really hope our experience helps you.

You know, my husband loves cars. And more so, he loves compact cars for the ease of parking and maneuvering. Till date, we have always had those small hatchbacks. He finds them cozy and comfortable. I had no qualms with the hatchbacks because somewhere even I found them really cute. But a child brings in a lot of change in the way you think!!!! The same happened to us. The moment Baby S started weaning, we had to carry loads of bags. Diaper Bag, Food Bag, Pram, etc. etc. even while going out for a few hours to the mall. And all these things wouldn’t fit in our hatchback. Okay! To be honest it did fit, but then, Pram had to be kept in the backseat which would mean no third person can travel with us. Also it obstructed the rear view. Plus when baby S sleeps during journey I prefer the back seat because of the space it provides. I can make her lie down on seat or maybe fold my legs and make her sleep on my lap.

So for the aforementioned issues, finally we decided to purchase a new car. My hubby again was of the view that we should purchase a hatchback only, maybe a little big in size as compared to the present one (Trust me! The parking woes) and so the search began. This time our priority had changed. Along with the other requirements, the point of focus was that we needed a family car – a perfect family car. I was very clear that without getting proper reviews I am not going ahead with the car. And that was when I stumbled upon cars.com And I cannot be more grateful to this website. It so helped me in zeroing my perfect family car. Hubby Happy, Baby Happy and Me Happy.

You know the market is flooded with cars. And a novice can get really overwhelmed with the kind of choices available. We had set a few guidelines for us. First, of course, had to be budget. Now, cars.com helps you sort cars based on your budget. Just put in the maximum price you are willing to pay and you have the list available. Having a list of cars suiting our budget helped us focus instead of our search ending in something that we cannot afford.

Next came the safety. With a kid in the car, safety was non-negotiable. Air bags had to be there, not only in the front but behind as well. Cars.com had this amazing feature of comparing cars alongside. So within an eyeshot we could exclude cars which did not meet our safety requirement. This feature made it so easy for us to shorten our list.

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Then came something which I was rooting for. Space. With a kid this is really needed. I mean, you need to carry so much. And I am kind of super worrying type of mom (not that I am proud about it). So I generally pack stuffs which would never be needed but I feel relaxed. Hence, the car had to have a good bonnet which could accommodate my luggage (he he). Here, the reviews came in really handy. So many people had reviewed the cars that without even seeing the car physically we could understand what it would be like. How much space would it have? How much space would be there in the backseat which is also very important? Thus, we shortlisted a few cars from the leftover list.

My husband wanted style. The pictures available on the site helped us. Of course, we could see the pictures on the search engine as well. This department was completely handled by my husband as he is obsessed with looks and I with utility. Finally, after so much of research and help from cars.com we were able to shortlist a couple of cars. We went to check them physically before making the final decision.

Cars.com really helped us in our 4S’s – Savings (Budget), Safety, Space and Style and in this busy life made our work quite easier just on a click. I would highly recommend this website to everyone planning to buy a car. You will make a much more informed decision.

What do you think is your idea of a perfect family car? Do share with me in the comments below. Would love to know your views.

Till then,

Thanks for stopping by,

Priyanka

 

My Mom Was Right

The Baby had been crying inconsolably for the past one hour. All efforts to calm her down had been in vain. I looked at the clock. It was 2.30am. 20 days post-delivery, this dragon had struck me. I was already weak and these nights of terror were the least I wanted. Finally I reached for the bottle of ColicAid and gave her the prescribed 4 drops. It worked like elixir and she drifted off to sleep. This had been happening for the past week. As much as I tried to avoid medication, I had to end it up with it. All tricks of asafoetida paste around the naval, ample burping, tummy time had been tried and faced failure. Wait! Except one. My mom had said something more. I had said that I will not give her that as I was apprehensive since doctors did not approve of it. I looked at the innocent face lying beside me. I had made up my mind. Next morning I gave her the concoction of carom seeds twice. Voila!!! She did not cry at night. I continued for a week and her colic disappeared like magic. My Mom was right.

At around 3 months of age, my little one suddenly turned averse to breast feeding. She would feed at times but refuse most of the times. I was freaking out trying to make her drink. She would cry out of hunger but would not latch. I was on the verge of starting formula (though I had vowed in my pregnancy days that no matter what I would exclusively breast feed for 1 year. Yes! You read it right not 6 months but one year. I had not known then it was easier said than done). But my mom was firm. She said it’s just a phase and will soon pass off. She would stand beside me with all the rattles and sing while I tried to feed. This helped in distracting the baby and after 22 days exact, everything returned to normal. Had it not been for her, I would have given up long before. My mom was right again, it was just a phase.

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Fats forward to a week to 5 months. My mom said baby looks weak and that we should start early weaning. I looked at her flabbergasted. My reaction was how she could even think of it. Yes, Baby S looked weak due to her refusing milk for almost a month and yes, she did not gain as much weight as we would have liked her to; but that certainly did not mean that we should introduce solids early. I had read everywhere – each blog, each article, each opinion, that solids should be introduced post 6 months only. I refused to accept it. She did not insist more. Unfortunately, Baby S caught a cold and we had to visit the doctor. After examining her, doctor suggested to start early weaning. I was dumbfounded. Just a week back I had argued with all the data and statistics available with me against weaning and now doctor itself had advised what my mom (who is no doctor) had suggested some 10 days back. My mother just looked at me and smile. This time I was really ashamed. My mother was right again.

At times, we tend to not trust the age old wisdom and their experience of so many years. We feel that since they are not educated as much as us and not exposed to technology as much as us, they harbor the conservative and superstitious approach to everything. But the point that we miss out is they are moms too. In fact they are double mommies. Moms to us and now grand moms to our children. And a mother’s instinct can never be wrong whether she be highly qualified or not, a techno geek or not. And she probably loves your kid more than you do.

It is not only that she has been right only for my kid but it has been the same for me and my siblings throughout. When I choose science over commerce, despite her suggestion of choosing commerce, I did not get the desired success. I had to switch to commerce 2 years later and I secured All India Rank 13. I have innumerable such examples.

So guys, One thing that I have learnt over my 30 years of existence on this lovely planet is ‘Stay Calm and Trust Your Mom’ because ‘Mothers are always Right’.

 

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This post is a part of a blog train organized by Elina Wadia where 20 Indian moms have come together to write on how their own mothers were right! To read her article on the same topic click Elina.

Also, another fabulous mom, Gracelyne, counts her experience on this. Do check this interesting article out Here

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Yes Mom?

The most trending parenting hashtag on social media currently is #YesMom. Primarily, it means that you should never say a No to your child. If he wants to get dirty in the mud, let him be. It’s his age. If he wants to play a little more with his friend, let him. It’s his age. If he doesn’t want to eat this food, that’s ok, he can eat something else. Then see the difference. See how your child evolves as a happy child. So basically, this is the mantra behind the whole campaign – to make the child happier by not saying no. A lot of celeb moms are endorsing the campaign and urging commonplace mothers to do the same.

One such request came to me. I was in a dilemma. One part of mine screamed that I should take it and become a YesMom and see my child happier. But somewhere the logical mom was questioning me. Is this my style of parenting? Do I want to be in a rat race? Is my child so sad that I need something like this to make him happy? All the answers were in the negative.

Supposedly, I became a YesMom and said yes to everything my child wanted. He would certainly become happier. Oh! Common, who will not? Even I will become happy if everything I asked for was met with a yes. But then will life always say Yes to my child. If my child wanted to be first in the class, will the teacher say Yes? For every sports he played, will the referee say Yes to his desire to win? Will all the companies bow down to his feet and say Yes to his job application? Will the girl he desires, necessarily say yes to his proposal? Probably Not.

What will ensue? Having heard a Yes all his life from his #YesMom, will he be able to face rejection? Will he be able to take failure in his stride and work even more to achieve success? Probably not. Because his #YesMom never built his character to endure a letdown. Having got a yes for everything he wanted, he would start expecting life to do the same, which, we all know would not be the case.

Therefore, although it is a fab thought, but I am happier to be a sometimes Yes and sometimes No Mom. At least I shall teach my child the practical reality of the world we live in and not let him live in some fantasy fairy land where everything he wishes comes true. As they say, Characters are not build with a Yes.

Letter to Santa – First Christmas

Hi santa,

First of all show me that big red bag of yours. I want to eat it. I am teething you know!

Now that I am done nibbling it, tell me how do you survive in that cold arctic region. My mom is not taking me to nani’s house citing the cold. How much? Some 15 degrees. And you live in some minus I dont know temperature. Please teach her a trick or two. Also, please make me a little plumper. My mom wishes that maybe thousand times a day and trust me, I am tired of hearing it and may just as well grant her that.

I am seeing you for the first time and I hear them say that you bring gifts. So you better get me a good one. Toys? Well, you know I like sticks, ropes, different types of bottles, pieces of paper. So if you can bring these as toys, I ll much appreciate it. My favourite play is pulling my mommy’s hair. She says she is losing them by scores daily. I guess, if you can fix those hair on her head, my playtime would be safe. Clothes? You know Santa, I just fail to understand why we need to dress up when withing 15 minutes, I have to change again. I mean, instead of dressing me like 20 times a day, would it not be better if I am just left like that – the way I was born. Sometimes, i get wet; sometimes I spill my food and then again I have to go through that painful cycle of undressing n dressing up. Its not that I dont resist. I cry my lungs out, I throw my hands and legs in air, but no one listens to me. They distract me n there- dress me up again. They so easily fool me. Huh!! Food? Not that I am much interested, but if you could bring that chocolate brownie which mommy once let me taste it would be great.

By the way, you are the big santa of this bigggg world but you know I am also a tiny santa to some 10 odd children who sadly dont have anyone (apart from you of course!) to bring them gifts. Mom says this will instill in me sense of compassion and gratitude right from beginning. Well, to be honest, at this point i dont understand much of it but I ll be happy with those beautiful shiny gift wrapping papers. Those kids can keep their gifts but have to give me back the wrapping paper.

I have heard you have reindeers. Can you please ask them to take me on a ride. You know i love that.

Okay santa! I dont know whether you exist in real or not but I really thank you for blessing me with so many other Santa’s in my life who love me more than anything else in the world. A big Hug and thank you for that.
Till we meet next year,
Take care. Oh yes! If you catch a cold from all that snow, just call up my mom.

Bbye,

Love,

Baby S