Take time to stay pretty, mums!

You guys probably figured out by now that my blogging world is not just comprised of promoting and encouraging y’all to buy stuff that gives me a payback/incentive, but things that I genuinely feel are worth buying

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One thing that took a drastic change post having a baby was how my hands and feet started to look so dull and plaid. I was always fond of pretty manicured hands and feet, but initially after the baby I had too much on my plate to be considering this beauty aspect.

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One of the reasons for not doing so was the simple lack of time and opportunity to rub off the nail paints and re-apply them every 2 days. Well, that’s genuinely how long any nail paint lasted on my nails before it started taking shape of a sketch of a country map. @kikomilanoindia nail polish fixer really came out as a smart purchase. Just two sprays after applying my nail paint and it stays for good 4-5 days without cracking or peeling.

I totally suggest this, especially to moms out there who lack the time to follow strict beauty regimes.

Run mommy run! but don’t let your make up do that

MAC Studio fix powder plus foundation is an absolute necessity for my skin.

I’m always carrying it around in my bag wherever I go, for touch ups.

My skin depends on this so much because:1) my skin is super oily and this holds my makeup in place. I also use it just over the sunscreen on regular days and it works wonders.

2) Delhi summers are so hot and humid, I definitely need something for the face that is light and keeps my liner and mascara from getting runny.

3) It is a quick solution to ‘be ready in 5’ because it is so hassle free to put on (very important reason for moms to own this🤣)

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This is my forever favourite buy from MAC and I totally recommend this.

Price – ₹2500

Give a mom the right shoes

Give a mom the right shoes and.. well not sure about conquering the world but she sure can run behind her toddler comfortably.

Here’s my this week’s most favourite buy. After being a mom, one of the biggest dilemmas I face is how to look nice and stay comfortable at the same time and when I say comfortable, topping my must have list are comfortable pairs of shoes/sandals. These lovely sandals from @charleskeithofficial are so trendy and bling yet super comfortable, totally saved me from bearing the foot ache after tonight’s party.

Pre-school dilemmas

I have never really shared an ‘eat-together, sleep-together’, kind of a relationship with anyone else (besides my mother, when I was little), apart from my mini.

Since, we have been constantly clinging to each other, ever since we entered each other’s lives, it made the decision of his pre-schooling one of the most major decisions of my life (just imagine we have only started making decisions for him 🙄).

Which, when and where to pre-school your child is the most sought after question of parents these days. Here’s how I contemplated –

Which: my only concern while looking for a pre-school was how hygienic its surroundings were. Pre school is not just to make your kid learn but also to build his immunity towards the outside world, however, since this is the first routine social interaction the child has in his life, you don’t want to send him somewhere with lower cleanliness standards.

When: I am a SAHM, so I decided to not send him to pre-school until he turns 2.5 yo. This decision entirely depends on the parent’s professional status as well as how interactive your surroundings are and how much you can make your child learn even at home. I spent a good time making him learn numbers, colours, rhymes, dining habits etc. for him to grow mentally and also to channelise the abundance of energy he has.

Where: the closest to the house/your working place. Believe me you, living in a place like Delhi, the wisest decision I could make was to admit him into a pre-school approx half a km from our house. You cannot burden them with a routine and uncanny traffic hours all at once.

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This is a picture of a super happy mom and kid who made the wisest choice according to us. What are your ideas of pre-schooling your little one?

❌Drinking to sleep 🍼 ❌

Today’s post is about ‘WHY MUSTN’T YOU LET YOUR BABY SLEEP WHILE FEEDING FROM THE BOTTLE’.

It is a major concern yet a highly ignored aspect of bringing up our babies. To be honest, initially, even I was unaware of this but after reading many baby related books and articles I realised the value of it.

I don’t want to freak you out, but drinking milk while sleeping, can cause a baby to choke, which I believe is strong enough reason, to be convinced for not doing so. Apart from that, it causes major tooth decay, usually brought into consideration when the child is 4-5 years of age. Still, there is more, drinking milk while sleeping can cause the milk to enter the eustachian tube, causing severe ear infections, which sadly, kids this age are unable to express.

Now first and foremost, I know how difficult it is to put a baby to sleep. I have a 2 year old and it literally takes me an hour to make him doze off after bringing him to bed. LO was exclusively BF until he was 6 mo. He also woke up multiple times a night to feed, which is alright, like most kids.

Now, after the child starts semi-solids, (also starts erupting teeth) he tends to get fuller+wakes up lesser during the nights and the same happened with my LO. So, the moment I found about the ill-effects of making him doze off while sucking from the bottle, I decided that I wouldn’t start with this habit in the first place.

I used to feed him his dinner and two hours post that, his night time milk bottle was given to him, usually, just at the moment he started to feel sleepy. I made sure that he was still awake during this, with lights in the room on.

Now the major concern was, how to put him to sleep. We tried using musical night lamps, singing poems, rocking him, taking him for drives (where he dozes off while seeing the outside world and forgets about milk), pacifying him with water and many such activities to keep him occupied, when he decided to accept the fact that he would have to sleep, without drinking milk from the bottle. It took him about 15 days, at the most, to make this a routine and ever since, he has never needed a bottle of milk to sleep.

One good habit takes a while and a whole lot of effort and patience, to be inculcated in a child, but in the longer run, it’s benefits are worth a lot more.

Healthy mornings

Mornings done right for this little guy, who’s abundantly in love with coconut water.

Coconut water is by far his mummy’s fave drink too, mainly because of the lovely health benefits it offers. Extremely hydrating and a wonderful source of nutrients and antioxidants, we love to make it a part of our diets everyday.

Sun protectant I swear by

 

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

UV rays, pollution and harsh weather conditions do more harm to our skin than we imagine.

I absolutely swear by using La Shield Sunscreen Gel SPF 40, on my extremely sensitive skin before stepping out in the sun to provide protection to my exposed skin areas, usually the face and back of my hands. This was suggested to me during a dermatologist visit and I have never stopped using it.

My skin loves the non greasy texture of La Shield because most sun protectants are extremely sticky and leave my already oily skin looking like an oil factory 🙄. On the contrary, this one has the texture similar to the Benefit Porefessional, giving the feels of using a makeup primers. I have totally skipped using primers while using this because it controls my oil glands so much, my make up doesn’t get runny.

Initially I thought it was a little pricey because I paid ₹730 for this 60g tube that doesn’t last too long but it’s worth every penny for my thirty something mom skin. Totally recommend using this one.