FLU SEASON + PRECAUTIONS

So, the thing with kids is that it’s all fun and games until the day they decide to fall sick, when your world turns upside down. #littlemistersingh has been down with viral and throat infection these 3 days. No clue what struck him but it has been so difficult on him. .

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Since monsoons are almost here, what are you guys doing to take precautions for kids falling sick?

My first and foremost suggestion is, if your kid is sick, keep him/her at home and don’t send them to school/birthday parties/other social outings, until they’re perfect. Even if this means that you must take a leave from work. While I was helping my little one cope up with pre school, I have witnessed working parents (or not) forcing sick kids to go to school. It is a horrible thing to do. Not only for your kid but for others around. .

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Something that really helped us the previous year was the ‘FLU VACCINE’. It is highly recommended, for kids (above six months) and the elderly of the family because of their vulnerability towards the viruses, by my experience with it. We get 2 shots each year for our little one, each six months apart and it has really helped us with his resistance towards viral infections. Not that it is 100 percent effective but even if a virus that’s not a part of the vaccine, they suffer a milder case of it and recover quicker which is a major reason I advocate for it.

For my little one, this year’s vaccination is to be given at he end of this month (when monsoons just begin).

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All this information is my experience and just for informative purpose (learnt by our paediatrician). Please! Please! Please! TAKE ADVICE FROM YOUR PAEDIATRICIAN FOR THE SAME!!!!

When the salad is the Main Dish

What’s summer without a salad?

I love salads especially the ones that aren’t just appetisers but actually fill you up. Here’s a protein rich chickpeas salad that I ate for lunch today. With the perfect balance of sweet and savoury & creamy and crunchy, it tasted fantastic.

Recipe:

Dressing –

Veeba low cal garlic mayonnaise+ veeba southwest/thousand island dressing + lemon + juice + olive oil+ salt + white pepper powder.

Mix together-

Chickpeas, diced veggies (onions, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes) and torn salad leaves. Pour the dressing and mix well. Top with fresh parsley.

Hair that blooms – Aaranya hair spa review

‘Tis the season for bougainvillea to bloom and don’t we all want our hair to blossom too?!

I have never been able to confine myself to many hair/skin care products except for one or two. I love to try new brands but there are very few products that last in my grooming product list for very long.

Recently, when @glamradaofficial sent across their trial box, it contained this argan oil hair pack from @aaranyaa_. Much reluctantly I tried it on my hair.

Just applied this on shampooed and towel dried hair for 20 mins and rinsed it off. I am so impressed by how lustrous and silky it has made my hair look. My hair looks exactly how it looked after my keratin treatment. I am so glad @glamradaofficial introduced me to the world of @aaranyaa_. After two satisfactory uses, I have ordered a bigger size of this hair pack as I desperately need it to tame my damaged and frizzy hair. Upon two uses, I found the results more satisfactory when I applied it by taking small chunks of hair instead of applying straight away on all my hair and then by gently massaging it in the hair, from the scalp till the roots, so that the product enters the hair pores. I then used a hot towel to steam my hair so that the pack penetrates well and then rinsed it off in 20 minutes.

The earth has music, for those who listen

A very essential part of our daily schedule is being in green surroundings. My mini is one wild child and can not call it day without being at the parks at least once per day.

Why it is essential to take kids to the natural surroundings more than indoor play areas?

Primarily, because there is so much to learn and gain from nature. Kids improve and build their fine motor skills, observations, creativity, imaginative thinking, problem solving so much better when they are left to play in natural surroundings. No books/ educational toys can ever teach a child what a hands-on experience with nature can.

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Although we are not morning people at all, we have switched to visit the gardens early morning instead of/including the evenings because we feel that the early morning sun and fresh air do so much to improvise us.

Kid Essentials – Graco pushcart review

I, like most moms, cannot imagine bringing up my little one without a push-cart. When he was born we purchased this @graco push-chair for him. Initially we used to use an attachment on top of it which was multi-utility (carry cot+infant car seat). We preferred to buy the graco push cart because:

a) It is extremely sturdy. Even if I hang shopping bags+diaper bags at once, it doesn’t lose its balance

b) it comes with a wonderful multi utility attachment that is ideal for infants because it is attached on the top of this chair and the baby is facing whoever is strolling. Also, the attachment can be used as a rocking baby carry cot and a detachable car seat, which is extremely convenient.

c) It is very spacious and has ample room for keeping and hanging multiple bags at once. .

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Drawbacks-

a) It is not light weight like strollers so you might want to think if you need to use this while travelling.

b) I didn’t find the baby locking system very easy to use. It takes some juggling between the multiple belts provided but I don’t mind it because how safe it keeps the baby.

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Highly recommended to anyone who is looking forward to buy a multipurpose and sturdy push cart.

Healthy Weekend Binge

 

When you have kids and friends with kids, the weekend soirées have to have the perfect balance of healthy and yummy.

This scrumptious raw papaya and carrots salad that I made last night is exceedingly popular amongst each one of family members. While kids love to munch on it because of the tangy flavour, it is also a great accompaniment for the adults’ drinks.

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A must try + a super healthy alternative to binging on nachos or fried snacks.

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Recipe:

 

Dressing –

Mix together

Light soy sauce – 2 tbsp

Honey – 2 tbsp

Lemon juice – 2 lemons

Salt

Pepper

 

Toss together julienned raw papaya and carrots. Add peanuts. Pour in the dressing when you’re about to serve.

 

 

Couscous Salad

I don’t always eat salads, but when I do, I make sure they look like a garden with flowers of all colours 😍.

Never have I ever made a wimpy+boring salad. For me to eat a salad, it has to be aesthetically very pleasing and extremely satisfying for my taste buds.

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Loved today’s lunch – super delish, Couscous Salad. Such a feasty looking bowl with just about the right balance of healthy carbs+proteins+vitamins and most importantly, amazingly palatable.

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What’s even more important is that my mini man loved gorging on sucha a colourful bowl of food.

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How I made it – tossed in cooked couscous, cherry tomatoes, english cucumber, red onions, red and yellow bell pepper, avocado, beets and chickpeas. Tossed salt and pepper and garnished with lemon and parsley 👉🏼👉🏼good to go!

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Try out this amazingly fulfilling and power packed salad and let me know if you love it.