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Weaning and the food journey beyond made easier.

Hello!

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Hoping all is well with each person reading this. Even if not, don’t lose heart, for something nice is what’s planned next by the almighty. As for me, I am feeling lighter after that gym session yesterday and in that high of happy hormones just finished half a packet of some junk maida biscuits and now I feel crap about it. I think the only solution is to keep the house free from all of these biscuits and only stock healthier options to keep fitness on track. But honestly, there are very few brands making actual healthy biscuits and snacks . Luckily I stumbled upon YAAZHFOODS that ticks off all qualities on my list of ‘must haves’ in baby food. Continue reading

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5 fun ways to keep your toddler busy!

If you are reading this right now you are most probably a mother.A tired , sleep deprived mother(or even a father-your wife is a lucky woman I tell you), who has tried everything and is here to find if there is anything new that you can try to get that active toddler busy and tired.So no other talks and let’s get straight to the things that you can try!

1. YOUR TODDLER IS THE BOSS, MAKE THEM FEEL LIKE ONE!:

Most of these little humans post crossing 18 months milestone love to get things their way.They love being in control too and as they grow older they enjoy taking responsibilities. ROLE PLAYING is your best friend here! Stock up on doctor sets, doll houses and even a doll stroller to keep them busy and active and away from the screens.

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2.LET THEM ENJOY OTHER PEOPLE’S TOYS AND GEARS:

Yes! Don’t buy a lot of these fancy bicycles and cars and other gears as most often then not these kids don’t use them much. INSTEAD, take them out to a park or an open space where they are more likely to bump into some good soul who will share their stuff with them.See them tire themselves out on other’s things for quite some time and hey, they make new friends!

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3.THINK OUT OF THE BOX AND IN IT TOO!

Those rectangle plastic dabbas are what you need to purchase.They not only help in keeping all the toys and crayons etc organised but kids love to empty and put things back in them so there you have a minimum of 10 minutes to yourself! (Oh 10 minutes is a luxury!)

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4. IT’S THE 21ST CENTURY,LET THEM MOVE IN THEIR OWN HOUSE:

Before you close this tab shuddering at even the visual of your little one grown up and moving out, relax.

For now just give them their own corner /tepeee/tent for they love to have a cozy personal space .I understand most houses today with their space crunch don’t really allow for such luxuries but I too have done it and am bumping into that tent each day but it makes me happy to see her spend time with her doll family in there while I can peacefully block some ‘frandship’ messages while sitting peacefully on the sofa with the girl not pulling my pajamas.

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5.PREPARE THEM FOR A ‘MAIDLESS’ FUTURE:

Going by the hard time maids give us today, it won’t come as a surprise to us if Indians began doing everything by themselves in the future.Why not prepare our little ones to be self reliant?

Just hand them a clean cloth and watch it go dirty as they scrub that chair ,wall and floor.Once in a month at least, go all out by keeping a water bucket and a cloth and let them clean their toys and cars and tricycles.

They keep busy,learn a few skills and the toys get a wash too!

And for this task you can still make use of the maid to help around😛.

Let me know what you think of these ideas and also do share what activities you people engage in please!

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SOME OF MY ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR!

All of us (Well, most of us) strive to do well in whatever we do in our lives. I think I am also one of them. Even if I may not be consciously and evidently putting in a lot of effort in the task in hand, subconsciously I am doing my best! Here’s proof!

  1. I was part of my school annual shows each year, be it dancing or group choir or part of drama, I was on stage! (unlike today , back then there were a minimum 35 to 42 children in each class, so not everyone was on stage !

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    And the dance drama continues till date!

  2. Post B.A , I was confused between pursuing HRM and B.Ed. So I did both! I would attend the B.Ed classes from morning to evening and from evening to night I was at the Post Graduate Human Resource Management classes. Not only did I survive all the tedious projects both courses demanded, I scored the highest marks in practise teaching in my B.Ed batch at ST. Xavier’s and stood 2ND RANK  in my PGDHRM course 😀 

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    RECEIVING THE AWARD FOR HIGHEST MARKS IN B.ED (ST.XAVIER’s batch 2008-2009) from DR INDU SHAHANI- SHERIFF OF MUMBAI

  3. I won the BABBER SHER contest held by Radio City, Mumbai in the year 2010. I was called to their radio station after I won many levels of creative one liners from entries all over Mumbai and beat the other finalist on live radio becoming the BABBER SHERNI! So I proved that SHERNIS are as good as SHERS 🙂
  4. I won an all India slogan writing contest held by Pepsi .( Maybe I should have been a copywriter in life?)                                                                                                              My slogan was chosen the best from amongst lakhs of entries. I was most excited about meeting Ranbir Kapoor than anything else! I appeared on IPL EXTRA INNINGS TV show with Ranbir Kapoor and Gaurav Kapur.307758_2435535364462_1210885380_n296759_2435120794098_1265967676_n (1)293696_2435538204533_681211177_n
  5. I left my job as a teacher at a reputed South Mumbai School because they didn’t give me a 10 day leave to prepare for my M.A in English Literature Exam. Not only did I pass with flying colours but I also helped a friend clear these exams by helping her with my notes and explanation when English was her least favourite subject!
  6. I believe I made a difference in the life of  thousands of little souls during my teaching  stint of around 7 years. There is no love as pure as that of children and I am grateful I received so much of it!55581_1594085728747_425988_o10844889_472493519558206_1301470032_o
  7. I gained over 25 kgs during pregnancy and knocked the post delivery 17 kgs over a period of 2 years! Full post on this some day.
  8. I managed to complete this post with a toddler at home! Phew!

Apart from this of course, there are many important satisfying roles that we play in our daily lives that give us immense pleasure and a sense of achievement with the results our efforts yield. What would you put as your top achievements in life? Do share!

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Tighten up your home’s security with Godrej Locking Solutions and systems.

Ever since I attended this event part of the ‘HowSafeAreYou ‘ campaign launched by GODREJ LOCKING SOLUTIONS &SYSTEMS, my home security has been on my mind. I could totally relate to the common consumer mentality of ‘getting any good lock’ to secure my house. But as we were narrated stories of how houses are broken into and various modus operandi of thieves, I realized I too needed to tighten up my house’s security and I am doing that very soon!(Hoping no burglar is reading this!)

This particular panel discussion had on board Dr. Kaminidevi Bhoir -Honorary Psychiatric Counsellor for Mumbai Police, Vivek Agrawal -veteran crime journalist and author, Shyam Motwani- EVP and Head of Business for Godrej Locking Solutions and Systems, Prakash N. Borgaonkar-Western Region Head of HelpAge India and a gentleman who was a victim of theft in his house.

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From left to right : Mr Vivek Agrawal, Mr Shyam Motwani, Mr Sujit Patil, Dr.Kaminidevi Bhoir, Mr Prakash Borgaonkar and Mr Supreet.

A few clips like these helped us understand the psyche of a robber and how easy it is for them to break the traditional locks used in most homes.Here is one of them.

 

Speaking during the panel discussion, Kaminidevi Bhoir, honorary psychiatric counsellor for the Mumbai Police, said, “A robber or a thief is somebody who has the urge to steal. This act of robbery is a disease and is called kleptomania. Kleptomania is associated with impulse control disorder, where you get an impulse to do a particular thing and you cannot stop it and you go ahead and commit the act, without thinking of its consequences. A robber has no conscience while committing such an act.” So now that we understand  Kleptomania and that it’s not easy to reform kleptomaniacs, it’s on us to keep the best level of security for our homes and valuables  and be alert citizens!

Prakash N. Borgaonkar, Western Region Head of HelpAgeIndia, highlighted a neglected  fact that most victims of robberies tend to be senior citizens.

“Senior citizens in today’s society are the victims of loneliness. They have nobody to talk to and are often isolated by family, which is why they let anybody into their homes just for the sake of conversation, and become a soft target. They do not understand that they are inviting danger into their homes,” he said. So we are also looking at security in terms of social issues like these and making sure that our senior citizens live a emotionally healthy life  is also another measure to protect our homes and family members.

Shyam Motwani, Executive VP & Head of Business, Godrej Locking Solutions and Systems highlighted that, “Preparedness is the key. One of the primary rules of defense is to understand the enemy” He added that we could only do that being responsible citizens and looking into the security of our homes personally instead of relying on the carpenters or shopkeepers to choose locks for us.

Vivek Agrawal, veteran crime journalist and author,shared some valuable information coming from his vast experience  writing about crimes.He explained how nature has provided us with it’s own security in the form of stray dogs which we drive away. It can be our local watchdog and can alert us on spotting suspicious looking people.He also shared how burglars mark the walls outside our houses for easy identification at night .

It was unequivocally voiced that it is the right and duty of home buyers and home owners to check the level of safety provided by a builder in a project. The suggestion was supported by an audience of around 100 people which comprised of  mothers, working parents and senior citizens.They were also updated about the various technological advancements in terms of locking solutions  and how the old locks which were once advanced are now somewhere redundant as breaking them is now an easy task for thieves.

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This noble campaign called #HowSafeAreYou has personally been an eye opener for me in many ways.Here are some simple ways to keep our homes safe:

  • Have duplicate keys for all members of the family and do not keep keys with house staff or neighbours or least ‘under the door mat’.
  • Take the effort to buy your house locks and other security systems and don’t forget to ask about the technological aspects of them.
  • Always wipe off your finger print marks from devices requiring the same as they can be easily  duplicated.
  • Do not allow people you don’t know well to enter your homes.Deal with them at the door or better outside it!

Godrej also announced 15th November to be observed as ‘Home Safety Day’ in India.It’s about time we consider the safety of our homes seriously!

And who better can we trust with this than Godrej Locking Solutions and Systems which is manufacturing innovative locking devices since 120 years.You can visit their website or call them on their customer care numbers to get information on the best security system for your house.

Take  a moment to rethink on #HowSafeAreYou !

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MAMA EARTH – ORGANIC BAMBOO BASED WIPES- Review

20171116_175709If you have been reading my posts you should have a fairly good idea that I am very particular about what goes into my skin so you can well imagine the care I take of my baby’s skin. Even when it came to wipes, I was always hunting for alcohol and fragrance free wipes with minimal ingredients and did find a few in Dubai but they were pretty expensive. MAMA EARTH heard me I guess and they have introduced India’s first ORGANIC BAMBOO BASED WIPES. I am simply elated!

Price: Rs 249 for a pack of 72 wipes.

Shelf life: 2 years. Continue reading

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SUPER GUMMY ZINC+VITAMINS – OMG! ORANGE

20171030_140126Mothers are the most anxious species on earth.Period. “My baby isn’t eating enough”, : My daughter is surely calcium deficient”, “ How do I know if he is getting all nutrients?”, “ Don’t give a candy to my kid!”. Familiar enough?

Super Gummy has come up with a solution to resolve some of the above problems- A range of chewable multi vitamins!

Before we move on to the details of what these are, let’s first talk about who should be taking them. Continue reading