Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Unleash your creativity with the LIKE App this festive season!

Diwali is one time in the year that along with all the fun that I have, social media is where a lot of my creative energies are targetted to. With this video, you can see the fun that I am having with the LIKE App. Not only me, but a lot of my favourite celebrities like Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Disha Patani and many more are making fun videos in the LIKE app and have created a frenzy this Diwali season.

Understanding and aiding emotional development of my child

Just the other day, I stumbled upon a photo book filled with tiny Aryaa in action. I remember as a new mother, I had an endless stream of ideas and activities that I had in mind for her. So much that my husband had to remind me that it has only been a few weeks that our mini human has come into existence and that I should just let her be! I did realize that my super active mind had to take a chill pill. However, there was one thing I knew I had to be very particular about right from Aryaa's early days: her emotional development. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Last Minute Ideas for a Frightful & Delightful Halloween Party!

You suddenly realized it's Halloween today and you haven't prepped for it? Well whether you are off for a Halloween party or decided to keep one at the last minute, fret not, because I have a few wicked tricks up my sleeve that are so good, it's scary . You can call them benefits of my being part of the Netflix Stream Team, the advantages of which you get to reap as well 😈. And if you are a Netflix aficionado like me, trust me, you are in for a real treat!

I have some super cool DIY's for you that will make you the spirit of any party, so get ready to spook people out!👻

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Kids, Diwali Fun and Stains - Embracing it all!

Diwali is right around the corner! The other day I was trying to figure out how I actually feel about the Diwali holidays as a mother. Well, turns out I’m equal parts relieved and confused; I feel relieved for obvious reasons - no high-octane, rushed mornings! As a mother, my morning routine is characterized by a flurry of activities - running around frantically to gather school stuff, packing the lunch box, checking up on my kiddo every now and then to see if she has not dozed off again, getting her dressed for school, oh boy, I'm racing against the clock! So yeah, a 2-week break is hands down, a welcome breather. I love it when my days are relaxed and peacefully idle and that I can just do my own thing (most importantly, drink my coffee when it’s hot!) and spend quality time with my daughter.

But there’s a flip side to this - how do I keep her engaged? What do I do when I hear the dreaded “Mommy, I’m bored!”? Is there any way by which I can keep my daughter's Diwali vacations playful and productive? This is the confusing part I was talking about in the beginning. But as a mom, I needed to find those answers on my own and I think I have found them. Given below are some fun-filled, Diwali-apt activities that both you and your kids will enjoy!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Intense Hydration: Himalaya For Moms Soothing Body Butter Range

During pregnancy, hormonal changes in the body cause your skin to lose moisture and elasticity, as it stretches and prepares to accommodate a growing belly and another human being. And that reminds me about the sudden stretch marks that appeared in my 9th month of pregnancy that gave me the shock of my life! Additionally, once you deliver your baby, estrogen levels majorly drop, resulting in skin that gets even more dry than it was during pregnancy. When I was going through this phase, there were hardly any brands that I could trust and I resorted to more natural stuff, which also meant longer self-indulgence. But, with a baby, time is not a luxury you can afford. This is when I wished for body butters that were Ayurvedic and with multiple ingredients that would help my skin and which I could use right after a shower in a jiffy, but reap the benefits through the day.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Banish Those Greys - #FaceItSolveIt with True Roots Botanical Hair Tonic by Marico

The first time someone spotted a grey hair on my head a few years ago, I had a mini panic attack. I was suddenly consumed by the thought of turning all grey which was a scary feeling for me as I was not ready. My dad faced greyed really late whereas my mom greyed in her 30s, so I thought that I had inherited early greying from my mom. Thankfully that 1 strand has turned only to 5 in a few years which is not bad at all but I am always consumed by the fear of suddenly turning grey. While I try my best to have a work-life balance, there is a lack of balance quite a few times which makes me worry that, that will be the cause of my greys. 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Recipe Time: Gobi Manchurian/Cauliflower Manchurian

Chinese food is my favourite cuisine and to keep a balance between ordering out and eating at home I keep trying out recipes at home. A few weekends ago, I developed this sudden craving for eating veg manchurian but had limited resources at home, so the next best alternative was Gobi Manchurian, and though it was my first time that I was making it myself, it turned out great! I ran a poll on my Instagram stories where the majority was a YES for the recipe, so here it is! The recipe took hardly 30 minutes to put together and totally satiated my cravings!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Shri Ram Universal School launches at New Cuffe Parade by Lodha

Having a child is definitely the most important decision in our lives, but the next most important decision regarding them is choosing a school to eventually enrol them in. This decision is really vital as a lot of things depend on it, mainly their future! One wrong choice and it could mean a lot of turmoil, so choosing a school wisely is a decision that needs a lot of time and effort and sound thinking. For me personally, legacy plays a huge role in decision making. Other than this, other vital pointers would be:
  1. Safety
  2. Board and Curriculum
  3. Location
  4. Extra-curricular Activities
  5. Parent Involvement
These 5 together are what make or break my decision regarding a school I should enrol my daughter in, but your list may increase or decrease depending on your personal preferences.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Millennials - The Global Citizens of Today!

"If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney

Millenials today bring what is most needed to this world - Positivity! They have grown up in a time of rapid change and have seen dreams turn to reality - from the telephone to the smartphone, internet to 4G, from domestic travel to the opening up of international air travel, from chequebooks to ATM cards and so much more. They have seen the September 11 attacks, to the financial bust to the Gulf War. They have seen gay marriage come into play and healthcare that can baffle anyone. All of these have made all these Millennials born between 1981 and 1997, far more open and accepting to what life throws at them and they have accepted it with Positivity to move forward to build a better world. These are the people who think, live and breathe as global citizens and have the most unique experiences to share. I am one such Millennial!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Off shoulders and summer - the apt combination!

This post is #sponsored by Macy’s x Tommy Hilfiger. All opinions are my own

The first time I saw an off shoulder outfit, I was 10 years old - it was Belle's off shoulder gown in Beauty and the Beast, and I couldn't wait to grow up to wear something like that. Little did I know that by the time I grew up, the shoulder baring trend would be in full bloom where it would encapsulate everything from formal to casual and I would never have a dearth of options.

Summer is the perfect season to bare those shoulders - I prefer the slightly fuller ones like mine than the skinny ones. It just makes off shoulder tops look super cute! I am sure a lot of you there agree with me. Well this summer, I found the perfect Tommy Hilfiger Paisley Print Off The Shoulder Top at Macy's, pretty and timeless!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

It's Sparkle Time This Summer!

*Sponsored by Macy's but product choice and views are my own.

For today’s blog post I have teamed up with Macy’s to showcase to you their pretty evening shoes from Blue by Betsey Johnson. 

With such amazing weather bestowed upon us these days, it's the perfect time of the year to play dress up and step out for those dinner dates and drinks with friends. It's the right time to don those pretty dresses and wear dainty heels and have some fun! The past week for me has been amazing. I shopped till I dropped, well at stores and online, and some of the stuff that I got are so amazing that your jaws are going to drop! One of my scores were these sparkly Elsa Evening Pumps from Blue by Betsey Johnson at Macy's. I ordered these online last week and they reached me in no time.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Ethnic bags that are must haves in your wedding wear wardrobe!

The whole country was fixated on Sonam Kapoor's wedding and I was no different. From the painstakingly detailed ghagras to the natural makeup look to the spectacular jhumkas - everything that the stylish bride and her equally discerning bridal entourage and guests wore, was enthused about in the media. But there were two accessories in particular that caught my eye throughout the series of ceremonies and those were pretty potli bags and intricately ornate clutches!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Easy hacks that make me a Smart Mom!

Who is a smart mom really? What qualities does she embody? If you ask me, a smart mom is an unstoppable force who powers through the day like it's no sweat (when in reality it was blood, sweat, tears, screams, and tantrums!). She's a juggle queen who despite all the distractions and challenges manages to stay centred and focused in her ultimate responsibility of raising her children to become self-sufficient adults whilst wiggling out some quality 'me-time'. How does she do that really? Well, it's because she's armed with simple and handy hacks, some of which I'm sharing here with you all coz it’s mommy’s day in a few days – Happy Mother’s Day in advance ladies!

Exciting Offer from My Gift Stop this Mother's Day - 25% Discount on Citizen Watches and a chance to win a $300 Gift Card!

I first came across the site My Gift Stop when I was looking for a last minute gift for someone, and let me tell you, it has now become my go to store for gifts in the USA. It is the place where one can find premium and luxury brands at amazing prices, and is the perfect place online for last minute gifts (happens so much to most of us these days right), branded sunglasses, designer handbags, luxury watches, and so much more. Other than this, one of the main reasons why I shop with them is that they are dedicated to giving back to society, which is something that matters to me a big deal these days. They donate 5% of every sale to the global medical relief nonprofit, Direct Relief. Knowing that I am contributing in this way also makes me feel so much better about my purchases.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

3 Desi Twists To Your Western Wear!

The Indo Western fusion look has always been one of my favourites. Especially the combination of Indian accessories with Western wear. Making them work together is something that comes naturally to me, but I have always received queries from a lot of you on how it can be done. Most people haven't moved beyond the Kurti Jeans look, but trust me there is so much more that can be done. I am going to tell you 3 simple ways in which you can add the 'Desi' twist to your Western wear.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

#FeelFullStayLight with the New Saffola Active Soups

I recently started working out regularly after a few failed attempts in the last couple of years, and this time I have my fitness goals chalked out with no scope for failure. Those who know me know that I can't diet and need to keep eating every few hours, that too something that is yummy and not boring. I work out in the evenings now as that is what my routine permits, and so I need to fuel myself well before a workout and that too with something that fills me up and does not make me get hungry quickly. I also need to eat the right thing after my workout for my fitness efforts to take effect. To satisfy so many things without taking too much trouble is where most of the problem arises. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

10 Reasons Why You Must Sail The Genting Dream! - Part 2

Time for Part 2 of  my two part series which tells you 10 Reasons Why You Must Sail The Genting Dream. I can't wait to share the 5 remaining awesome reasons with you! If you missed Part 1 then read it here -

Friday, March 16, 2018

10 Reasons Why You Must Sail The Genting Dream! - Part 1

*Happy Warning - This is a picture heavy post!

Having been lucky enough to have sailed the Genting Dream cruise, this is something I recommend everyone to experience! Such experiences stay with you for life, especially if the reasons are as mind blowing as the ones I am going to talk about in this post. I still can't get over the magnanimity of the vessel and what I felt, when I first saw Genting Dream docked at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal at Hong Kong - it was like a ship out of my dreams and my excitement knew no bounds! I was going to sail the Hong Kong high seas for 2 days before returning back to Hong Kong, and having heard so much about the Genting Dream, it was a trip I was totally looking forward to. Sailing on a cruise ship was not new to me as I had done it in India about 10 years ago, but this was just something else! From zip lining over the sea, to enjoying some great shows, to dining at some of the finest restaurants on board, the 2 days just whizzed by in a jiffy, yet gave me some of the most beautiful memories to cherish!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Netflix Stream Team Life! #StreamTeam

We've all heard about Netflix, the world's leading internet entertainment service with over 117 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Well this global giant has a secret army of some of the most amazing storytellers in the world, to be precise 15 people in every country that they provide their services. It's called the Stream Team, and I used to always think how lucky the people were to be a part of this exclusive collaboration - some of whom I followed for their recommendations. Until one day when I opened my emails in the morning, and I saw an email from the Netflix Team. For a minute I thought it was one of their monthly emailers, until I reread the subject line - "Netflix Stream Team 2017: You In Ritcha?", and then I realized that it was an invite to be a part of the exclusive Stream Team that they were now creating in India. I was being invited to be a part of it along with my family because the stories I tell and the way I tell them had caught their eye! Definitely one of the best moments in my blogging career!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mommy 101 - Diaper Myth Busting

The diaper debate has been a constant in my life. Earlier for different reasons and now for different reasons but I have always been a pro disposable diapers person. While everyone may have a different perspective, as each one's child is different, I have always felt that why people speak against disposable diapers is because of the myths that exist. Today I am going to bust some of  the most common myths about disposable diapers that I never paid heed to:

Friday, January 12, 2018

Natural Intimate Care for MOMS!

Mothers to be and new mothers need the most care. A mother to be is braving pregnancy, while a new mother has braved pregnancy, childbirth and is going through countless sleepless nights, all with a smile on her face, because her baby means the world to her and she would do anything for him/her! Doing all this while she manages the hormonal changes as well as physical changes in her body deserves a lot of credit.
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