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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Kidoonz The Brand With Kidditude: Why You Should Try It For Your Kids Today


I was pleasantly surprised when someone from the brand Kidoonz wanted to get in touch with me so that I could check out a couple of kiddie products. As I have two young ones at home, almost 3 and 9 to be precise, I told them so, and the wonderful people there suggested I use a cute emoji pillow for the younger one and a travel-friendly bottle for the elder one.

Once I said yes, they agreed to send over the products. Let me say at this point that this is not a sponsored post, I was sent the products very kindly by the brand to use for myself and see, and if I liked I was free to talk about it with my readers. I have not been paid by the brand and have not been asked to say what I will say here, all opinions are my own.

So when the package arrived I opened it to find a beautiful and heart-touching note, specially hand-written! Who last gave you a hand-written note, which actually meant something nice (not counting your post-its of to-do lists)? I was really touched.

The note read:
Hi Super Mommy,
We hope you and your little one like this Kidoonz gift! We'd be grateful if you could post a review about it on your social media platforms and do stay connected with us too!
Thank you,
Kidoonz Team

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Green Mama by Manda Aufochs Gillespieama: How You Can Give Your Child A Healthy And Green Future

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Recently I was contacted by this lovely lady from FingerPrint publishing, Megha, who asked me if I would like to read a copy of a very interesting book titled Green Mama By Manda Aufochs Gillespie, which focuses on various easy to incorporate and simple lifestyle choices that we can make as individuals, that will not only teach our kids how to live a more balanced natural life, but also create a greener world. The book aims at mixing the various teachings of science in our everyday lives while also combining it with the age old wisdom and teachings of grandma.

Quite an interesting concept, especially because I as an individual, and as a parent, believe in the power of natural and green living. With so many changes happening around us in the environment, the effects of global warming are already here. But all it takes is a little change, a little switch from what we may have been doing till now, and create healthier and safer alternatives.

Of course I said yes and was eagerly waiting for the book. So when it arrived, I went through it, randomly at first because I was flipping in and out of work, but finally got down to reading it at leisure and give it the time and the attention that I feel the book truly deserves.

Before I tell you what all you can find in the book, here is a look at what the blurb on the cover jacket says:

What are the most pressing problems facing new parents today? As the world has become increasingly more complicated, so has parenting. We are concerned about pervasive toxins in the environment and anxious to raise our children in ways that will protect them as well as safeguard our already fragile world.

Manda Aufochs Gillespie, The Green Mama, shares what today's science and Grandma's traditional wisdom tell us about prenatal care for mothers-to-be, breastfeeding, detoxifying the nursery, diapering, caring for baby's skin, feeding a family, and healthy play - redefining the 'basics' of parenting for today's world. With an upbeat tone, stories of parents who have 'been there,' real-world advice for when money matters more, and practical steps geared toward immediate success, Green Mama engages and guides even the busiest, most sleep-deprived parent.

 The Green Mama helps parents become what they were always meant to be: experts on the care of their own children. 

The first thing that I noticed and really loved about the book was the dedication:
This book is dedicated to all the world's children, especially my own beloved Zella Rose and Zada 'Maela.' May we create a world worthy of them all.

Isn't that really the need of the hour? May we create a world worthy of them all. For as parents and as adults, we know that the world we live in is not a gift we got from our ancestors, but a treasure we have taken on loan from our children, and one that needs to be taken care of, nurtured, truly treasured and handed back safely.

Each time we start talking about living green, the first thought that comes to mind is that it will mean a huge transition from your current lifestyle, that trying to adopt a greener lifestyle will mean too many uncomfortable changes. Well, not really.

Once you know that you are on the path to becoming a parent, you attitude towards the world changes, and everything that was till now about you tends to become more about your baby, about how it will affect your baby. And hence the little everyday things that you do.

The book tells us about small things you can do at home and the very small but very huge and very important changes that you can make in little things and ways around the house that will help to make it greener and more natural. Also, the book is not a preachy handwork of someone who knows it all and wants you to simply follow. It gives you all the info you need, in a very easy to understand and even interesting way, full of colorful and heart-warming images of real children and families.

To make it really simple to understand and implement, the author has broken down the 'green' concepts into the following areas:
  • how to have a green home and nursery
  • a more natural and greener way to diapering
  • breastfeeding the natural and green way
  • how to ensure your baby's foods are natural and belong to the green concept
  • easy ways to take care of your baby's skin the natural way
  • how to incorporate safer, natural and greener aspects in your baby's play time
I feel that the above topics pretty much cover almost everything a new mommy would want to know about her baby's first year needs. And once you start off to a green start, the road ahead is only bound to be easier and more and more comfortable. In addition to all the above, the book also provides a lot of insight into what all is really going on there behind labels and other things that you may not be aware of, and how you can be a more alert and informed parent.

I absolutely loved the book, and I am really happy I got a chance to learn more. It is definitely a must-read for any parent, whether you are about to be a parent, already have one child or many, or even if you are not a parent.

And yes, I am definitely going to suggest it to all my friends and people I know of. So make sure you have a look too.

Where To Buy:

India:
If you are based in India, you can buy the book here.

Outside India:
You can buy the book here

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Manda Aufochs Gillespie is a consultant, writer, environmentalist and mother. She has worked in the 'green' field for more than fifteen years, advising businesses and homeowners and engaging directly with hundreds of parents through green living classes and her website, thegreenmama.com 

- Debolina Raja 

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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ

Happy Parenting!!!!

Debolina Raja

Monday, April 25, 2016

How I Taught My 2 Year Old About Conserving Water, And Why

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Those days of facing crisis and nearing the end of our reserves on Earth have already started appearing. What we earlier thought would be a thing of the much distant fture has suddenly come up with its big scary face, right in front of us. From melting glaciers to fast rising temperatures to winters that are almost a thing of stories now, our home, the Earth, is facing a lot of crisis, and much of it due to us, who live here.

With so much happening and so many problems cropping up, it is no surprise that now is the time to take action. As parents, we have a lot of responsibility on us. Not only do we have to don the cape of the role model and practice what we want to preach, we also need to involve our kids in the task and make sure they understand the reason why they are doing what we ask them to.

One of the most common problems we are facing at this moment is shortage of water. With draught being declared in Maharashtra (India), we in Mumbai are still fortunate enough to get enough access to clean drinking water. But not everyone is so fortunate. In fact, if we do not start the conservation process right away (even though we are already late), it will be a surprise to have regular water anymore in the near future.

As adults, we do practice a lot of water conservation at home, but I know it is important to inculcate this as a habit in the little ones too. And that is where it helps the most. It's no rocket science trying to teach your kids regular habits that are necessary, and just a few easy steps and repeating them over and over again can go a long way.

So here's the things I try and do to make sure my two year old (as well as my eight year old) know the importance of water and learn how to save it for the future:
  1. Brushing Times Are Sensible Times: The first thing in the morning that the kids do is brush their teeth, and of course splashing and playing with water is out of the question. To make it easier, I make sure to hand them their toothbrush only after I have added the paste on it, so that the little ones do not have an excuse to play with water, and waste it in the process. Once done, I clean them up. The little one knows she has to clean her tongue and mouth and all the regular face washing ways, but she knows that each time the tap has to be closed and water should not come out. 
  2. Small Tap Yes, Big Tap No: While the older one knows she has to keep the tap on slow, the younger one is too young to understand and remember it all the time. To make it simpler for her, I devised a simple phrase that she understands best. 'Small tap' means the tap is switched on slow and the water flow is less, while 'Big tap' means the tap is switched on fast and the water flow is fast. Each time she opens the tap herself, I remind her to do 'small tap' and she knows it means slow.
  3. Make Bucket Baths Fun: Of course kids love to play in the bath tub and because we have one at home, it's even easier to fill it up and waste loads of water. While the kids do get a chance to sometimes get in the tub, I have made sure that bucket baths are also as much fun as a dip in the tub. Bring out all those plastic squeaky toys that are perfect for bath time and let your kids enjoy. To ensure there is no wastage of water, I fill it up myself for them and let them use it as they wish, of course while making sure they get clean too.
  4. Carry Water Along: I always carry water with me wherever I go, and it has been a habit ingrained in me since I was a child. No wonder then that my kids have picked up the same habit. So wherever we go and even if we are headed out to a restaurant, the kids always carry drinking water from home. Not only does it save money (come on, it does), it also helps save that bottle of water for someone else who may really need it.
  5. Fill It Half Please: Each time we are eating out at at restaurant, there is a lot of refilling that the waiters do whenever the glasses are half-full. My two year old is too small to pick up a heavy glass full of water, so it is easier for her to have one that is only filled halfway. As a result, she is now comfortable with the concept of having half a glass of water or lesser and asking for more if she needs it. I do the same for my elder one and even for myself, so that there is no wastage of water if we do not really need it.
- Debolina Raja
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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ

Happy Parenting!!!!

Debolina Raja

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Importance Of Staying Healthy

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We hear it on the nightly news, read about it in articles, and see fitness junkies that pop-up in our news feed via social media. Fitness and nutrition is an aspect of our lives that we should always keep at the top of our list.

Being fit, and eating a balanced diet can affect you in more ways than you might think. For me, eating the right foods and regularly exercising help to stabilize my mood. Though I tend to always think positively and be productive, I have found that with proper exercise and nutrition I can increase my productivity and handle stressful situations in an easier manner.

These same effects can be found when regular dieting, and less vigorous exercise is practiced by patients with various illnesses or diseases. For instance, a mesothelioma patient who battles with weekly treatments can stay active by doing uncommon things, like walking around their homes more often. Additionally, eating vegetables and foods that are lower in saturated fats and sugars can help patients find more stability through treatments. It can also help to increase energy levels, which might have become depleted through medical procedures.

Do you know someone who might have fought an illness? We can encourage everyone, even those with illness to add a small dose of extra exercise into their daily routines, to increase the well-being of all.

Mesothelioma patients are one of the most common victims of exposure to asbestos. These patients too, can greatly benefit from taking a few extra steps to recovery, everyday. If you know of a friend, or loved one who might have dealt with mesothelioma, encourage them to exercise. Additionally, join me in supporting the fight against mesothelioma, by sharing the badge below on your blog, or website!


*guest post by Landon Biehl

I Support the Fight Against Mesothelioma

- Debolina Raja 
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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ

Happy Parenting!!!! Debolina Raja

Friday, March 4, 2016

Actions Help Children Learn Better With Chu Chu TV

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As a parent, it's quite fun and interesting to see your little one try to emulate your actions and copy you in any which way possible. Did you know that your child's first learning comes from watching you or the primary caregiver and trying to do exactly what you are doing? From the way you smile and greet your child to the way you pitch your voice while speaking or the way you embrace your little one with love, your child notices everything, right from the initial months after birth.

It is these everyday actions that help your child better understand the world around, and also help to teach the first few lessons of how to behave and react.

A very important method of learning that your child will have, especially in the toddler and pre-school years, is the media. With so much exposure to media in all forms these days, there is a host of options to choose from, not all of which may always be appropriate for your little one. As busy parents, we often tend to hand our gadgets to our children, hoping it will keep them entertained while we end up finishing our deadlines and chores.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

TediBar Bathing Soap For Babies: Review




A couple of months I was sent this cute bathing bar soap by the PR team for a baby bathing soap called Tedibar. Initially I was a little skeptical about whether or not it is a good idea to try out a new soap on baby's soft and sensitive skin, so I decided to give it a shot but see the results over a period of time.

As you all know, your baby's skin is extremely sensitive in the first few months and years after birth, and sometimes, even though you may not see the effects immediately, it is possible that you do see some negative reactions over a period of time. I did use the product and now that it finally used up, I am ready to share the review and my thoughts. So here goes.


Ingredients:
Check the ingredient list above. The brand says that Tedibar is a skin friendly bathing bar. Regular bathing with Tedibar helps restore and retain the skin's protective mantle. For external use only.

Price: The bathing bar is priced at INR 120 for 75 g

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

StickerKid: Customised Name Labels To Keep Those Belongings Safe



As a parent, especially as a mom, one of our biggest worries once the children start getting out of the house is to keep their belongings safe. We've all been through those phases of lost water bottles and pencil pouches and goodies that we forgot ourselves as kids. And when the same now happens with things our kids carry, it bugs us no end.

I've been trying to find a solution to this for long. I tried a lot of DIY tricks, but to be honest, the marker pen labeling and anything else really doesn't look that good at all. But there was no other option.

So it was quite interesting when I got a mail from this company called StickerKid. The concept is something I have never come across till now, and it was definitely a first of its kind product that anyone had got in touch with me for. The lady, Sushma, who got in touch with me, introduced me to the concept of using name stickers that would not look messy on the products on which they were used, and the best part was that each of the stickers are carefully personalized to suit your child's needs and taste.

The customized name labels are made in Switzerland and are resistant to dishwasher,  washing machines and dryers, which makes them perfect to be used on your children's everyday items. You can choose from a range of design styles and create separate stickers for each child. You can shop on the site from any part of the world, as they ship out the products everywhere.

Which mom wouldn't think it is something of help, right? I definitely felt this would be something that all moms would like to have a few packs of at least, and the lovely Sushma was kind to send me a package of stickers that had been carefully personalized to match the names of my daughters. 

And she was also really kind to give a DISCOUNT CODE for all the wonderful readers of the blog. Do check the same at the end of the post and use it for your purchase on the site.


The pack of iron-on labels that you can use on your child's clothes.....these are all removable when you do not want them anymore.

The iron-on labels with the personalized names


The girls absolutely love these ones!!!! No wonder they have been used on so many of their products


No wonder the pink labels were an equal hit...aren't they absolutely adorable?

You can use the discount code 10discountSGSTICKERKID to get a 10 percent discount on your total bill. 

- Debolina Raja 

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And like I always believe in and say: 
'Heal the world we live in 
Save it for our children' - MJ 
Happy Parenting!!!! 

Debolina Raja

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Why Organization is the Key to a Healthy Life

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We've all been there and done that and know we'll have to keep doing it over and over again. Well, I'm talking about the millions of times that we are required to juggle a multitude of tasks and try to create that perfect work and home balance, something that still continues to evade me, to this day.

Okay, so I won't call myself a control freak, but come on, who doesn't like a bit of sanity and some control, right? With the changing pace of life though, that can be quite a difficult one. So it was quite an interesting idea when I got this mail from Mary Brown, from Admire Moms a new online platform where moms can hang out and get a lot of information about various topics that they can relate to, such as parenting, traveling with kids, lifestyle, beauty, fashion, food and more. Mary wanted to share a guest post with us at My Little One And Me and one of the things she wanted to talk about was the importance of organization in our lives, and how it can help us as moms.

So without further ado, here's to Mary.....

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Balancing your job with kids, laundry, cooking, shopping, workout and a fulsome social life can be super stressful. No matter how hard you try, the probability of things piling up is quite high. So, what’s the solution? Just focus on the priorities and ignore the rest.

Challenges And Confrontation
For a mother, the challenges are many - both at home and in office. In between dealing with temper tantrums, sibling rivalry, bullying, bed-wetting, potty training, homework, exams and illnesses, you have to ensure your kids eat properly, sleep well and your home is spick and span. On the work-front, you need to keep up-to-date and stay above par in your field of expertise. Juggling several tasks all at once can burn you out speedily. Being organized seems to be the only solution.

Strategies For Organizing Your Life
Once your organizing tools are all set to take up the challenge, you can begin to formulate strategies to organize your life. A good start would be to de-clutter your office desk, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. Just keep in mind four rules to put these spaces in order:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Interesting Christmas Tree Ideas This Christmas !

It's Christmas month !!!! Yaaaayyyyyyy :) And instead of the usual Christmas tree decorations, here are some super cute ideas that you can absolutely and easily try out at your place too....check them out...

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Eaerly Foods Range Of Naturally Enriched Baby Food: Product Review And Talk


So some time back I got a mail from a very new and young mommy Shalini, who has recently launched a baby food in the market that stems from her own need of giving her baby only the healthiest and purest forms of food out there.

As a new mommy, Shalini realizes the importance of healthy and wholesome foods for young babies, especially when it comes to baby's first foods, and she also knows the many struggles a new mom goes through, including the struggles with time and finding that perfect blend that her baby will love. Also, there are times that a new mommy may not be able to realize just what all she should put in her baby's first few meals, so it can be quite a confusing time for a mommy, with too many ideas out there that only add to the confusion.

Shalini also believes in the goodness of traditional Indian foods and the pressures of nuclear families, and the nutritional needs that a pregnant woman and a new mommy need for their own health, as well as a first food for their little one. Hence was born the idea of launching Early Foods.

The wonderful Shalini was kind enough to send me a set of her sample foods so that I could share it with my baby and see how the taste and other things worked, also if there were any food allergies that could come up. Must say it went very well with the taste buds and the bowls were quickly finished :)

So here's a look at the different flavours I received.




Wednesday, September 30, 2015

5 Spices To Help Your Little One's Overall Health

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There's just something about this image up here that makes my mouth kind of water. Well, if you can't guess it already, I am a sucker for spices, and by spices I do not mean chillies. What I love about cooking (I surely do not really enjoy cooking but love the process of mixing and matching spices) is how I get to play around with different types of spices.

For the past few months or so, almost a year or more now actually, I have started preparing most of my spices (masalas) at home. So whether it is coriander powder (dhaniya), turmeric powder, garam masala, sabzi masala, cinnamon powder (dalcheeni), cardamom powder (elaichi), cumin powder (jeera) or any other mixed spice, I try to make it as much at home as possible. And yes, of course I have noticed the huge difference it brings in the aroma and taste.

With so many health benefits that come attached with these spices, it is no wonder that I have made sure my daughters are also inclined to have them as much as they can. They are 8 and 2 now, and have already developed a strong taste and palate where they can appreciate the different spices I use. So why do I use them so much and so regularly? Of course because they add that much more flavor to the dishes I prepare, and of course also because they are loaded with so many health benefits that most of us are not aware of.

For today, I'll share the top 5 spices I use at home. Top 5 not just from health but more on the frequency that I use them.

5 Spices That Are Great For Kids

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Giveaway Winners For The SuperMom CookBook

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Thank you so much mommies for dropping by.......

As per the rules, only two mommies followed the simple rules that were a prerequisite for the giveaway. Unfortunately, we will be sending out the copies to only those two mommies.

And the mommies who do get the copies are

Himanshu Musale 
and
Deepa Sharma

Mommies, I request you to please send me your contact details at deborummy(at)gmail(dot)com

Thanks a bunch for your time all you mommies :) 

- Debolina Raja Gupta

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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ

Happy Parenting!!!! Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown up...save the little ones.... Debolina Raja Gupta

Back To school: Back to Safety

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My wonderful friend Landon wanted to share some very important thoughts on kids' safety issues, especially as our kids are now going back to school in the new school season. So yet again, I am super thankful and happy to share this informative piece he took the time out to write.

With August in the air, many students are headed back to school. Parents sometimes are joyous to send their children back to school, while others feel saddened that vacation time with their kids is over.

This year, it’s especially important to start off on a positive note. We all need to make sure school safety is maintained in a proper fashion. Having our beloved children sent off to schools where we are unable to supervise what they are doing can sometimes be an uneasy feeling for many parents.

It’s vital for parents to check into their children’s school environment to be sure necessary steps are being taken to ensure safety at school. There are many areas of a child’s school that can pose threats to their health or well-being, so properly examining where children will be spending a large majority of their time is a great way to ensure your child’s safety.

One of the most common places in schools for accidents is on the playground. This area of the school is often overlooked by parents who assume the school staff has already examined the playground for possible threats where our children could be injured. In fact, most of the time teachers and staff make this same assumption, and assume principals and school board members have inspected the playgrounds. Don’t assume- check it out for yourself! In fact, the majority of child accidents are caused from teachers who do not supervise their students while at recess.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Giveaway Winners Will Be Announced Next Week




Hello my lovely people, just a small delay in announcing the winners for the giveaway that was supposed to come out today. Don't be mad at me and I am really sorry for the same. I will share the name of the winners of the giveaway some time in the coming week, so do come back.

Thanks a lot for dropping by :)

- Debolina Raja Gupta

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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ

Happy Parenting!!!! Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown up...save the little ones.... Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, July 27, 2015

Daily Checklist For The Yummy Mummy: The Baby Time, The Family Time And The ‘You’ Time



When it comes to tying up the superhero cape, as mommies we can very easily do it around our strong, beautiful and well-toned (or let’s assume they are on the way to becoming so) shoulders. What a mommy does, no one else can do, and no one can do it the way we do it. From understanding our baby’s unsaid words to knowing just what our partner is thinking or how to plan that deadline even as we prepare our kid for the school play - there is so much we juggle on a daily basis.

But what about that crucial mommy time that is also so important to help us stay rejuvenated? Yes,
we are doing it all so well, but as mommies, it’s time to bring in a bit more planning and make time for ourselves too.

With so many important and daily tasks that we manage, here are some ideas that will help us plan our day better and squeeze in some ‘me’ time too.

The Family Pot



Once baby has graduated to solids and other food, make meal times same for the entire family. Sit down together at the table and let everyone eat the same food – of course it means that you save time on cooking and the entire family eats healthy.

Music Time


Put on some music and dance together with your babies like there is no tomorrow and experience the
positive vibes make you feel happy and energized. Did you know that dancing and spending time at the gym are two powerful ways to get you in shape and make you happy?

Exercise - A Little At Least?



Exercise together as a family to make sure everyone has some much-needed activity time while also
taking care of your very own fitness goals. It’s okay if your stamina levels are at an all-time low, there is always a beginning!

Grab Your Sleep




Grab those winks whenever you can – while your baby is sleeping or is at school, a quick power nap
during office lunch hour or while your partner is playing with the baby. Did you know that sleeping or at least eight hours a night boosts your immunity, improves your mental health, protects you against heart disease and diabetes as well as obesity?

Learn To Say NO




Use ‘no’ the right way. Say ‘no’ to doing everything on your own, say ‘no’ to doing the dishes right
now, say ‘no’ to cleaning up the mess immediately and STOP saying ‘no’ to take time out for yourself. It is okay to not do everything yourself right now.

Dress Up




Dress up for yourself as well as for your partner. Add a dash of lipstick, some perfume and change into clothes that have no signs of spit-up food yet. If you don’t have time to go out and party, just stand at the window with your favorite beverage in hand and enjoy your moment. And once the baby sleeps, snuggle up with your partner.

- Debolina Raja Gupta

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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ

Happy Parenting!!!! Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown up...save the little ones....

Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, July 13, 2015

The SuperMom CookBook By Madhuri Iyer: Get Your Free Copy Now! Giveaway




I know I know I know....as a mommy, making your little one eat is one of the biggest and I literally mean BIGGEST challenges ever, especially because it is not like those new baby or toddler year challenges that you know shall pass off in a year or two..

Making your child eat healthy, ensuring she will eat healthy and coming up with new, healthy, delicious, interesting, easy, visually appealing, sneaked in un-favoured ingredients and ensuring the ingredients are actually available in your local area can be a daunting experience, one that can go on and on for years!!!

My older one is going to be 8 next month, but ask me about my struggles of making her eat...she DOES NOT !!!! And its something I know that almost all moms face.

So when the PR team of The SuperMom COOKBOOK by Madhuri Iyer approached me to know if I would be interested in checking out the book, the answer was a strong and excited YES! What mom would not want a cookbook that can actually be made use of at home with ingredients you can easily get in an Indian kitchen?

The team was sweet enough to send me FOUR extra copies for giveaway, so that means I will be sharing the yummy goodness with four other lovely mommies out there :)

About The Book

What I loved about the cookbook is that it introduces traditional recipes for kids from all over India. So, it has something from Maharashtra, as well as something from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Bengal, Rajasthan, the Parsi community and more...it is truly a unique mix of cuisines meant for kids that I have not found in other cookbooks for kids yet.

The book is divided into the following categories:

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Travel Travails Of Being A Mommy With A Toddler And Child On Board!

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I have always prided myself on not being a judgmental woman who looks at another mommy with a young baby and sniffs her nose. Ya, well maybe, as a very young woman when I was not yet married, I may have thought that babies on a flight is like disaster you have no way of running away from, unless you choose to don a beautiful parachute and do a quick check out that wonderful door that looks out at some gorgeous view from up above….no, nah, I always knew that babies on a flight were more than just a handful, but even then I was never judging.


I can say I am a pro now when it comes to traveling with my daughters. Well, I was okay when I had just one kid. It was way easier, the luggage was lesser, and I could give her my undivided attention, which also works a lot (sometimes at least, is what I tell myself!).


But add to the picture another baby, double the luggage, crazy crowds at the airport, no one around to help really (unless you want to pay exorbitant prices for some ground handlers as charged specifically by different airlines), this mamma becomes quite a mess.
 

I have never really been scared of traveling alone with my children, but I guess I'm not the one who has to be, as I can almost always see it in the face of the other passengers (please add a devilish grin here from my end...hoohaahaa!)

I just returned last night from an almost 2 month long trip I took with my kids...it's the first ever time I have been out for so long, that too with kids....whoa! And it was an experience, most of the experience happening, yes, as you guessed, at the airports, and in the flight. My daughters are 7 years and 20 months and I literally carried our entire home with me....so you can imagine the kind of luggage I had...I can very proudly say that I beat EVERY single other passenger to being the one who carried the biggest and most amount of luggage......of course not to mention that I was insanelyyyyyy over limit....I am in fact sure now that the baggage allowance regulations have come into practice because of amazing mommies like me...how would airlines have otherwise made this added income if not for us?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

When I Lose My Mind Over Everything: Is Having A Perceptive Child An Issue?

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If you have been dropping over often here, you would know that I have two darling lovely little daughters, my precious monkeys as I love to call them, and they are truly truly my world and my everything. The older one is 7 and the younger one is 1 and the best part is that they even share their birthday...wow....I couldn't have asked for a better day in the whole year.....

Even though I love them the most and above anything else, there are of course times that I get exasperated. I am a full time mommy, with two full time jobs to manage as well, and I have been lucky enough to get the opportunity to manage my work option - work from home most of the time and head out only if absolutely unavoidable, that too at some very convenient times.

While that is a plus, it also has its negatives. I work mainly from my home, but the fact that I also have to simultaneously care for both my children is something that kills me through the day. It has taken a toll on my health, my happiness, my social skills, my peace of mind and almost everything. It is really difficult, trying to be a single parent to my kids most of the week and managing office and home too. I don't want to do it, but I have to and I know I will.

I know I lose my mind, but yes, I don't share it with anyone. I don't express my concerns and my worries, I don't shout or nag, I just shut down myself and stop interacting - just the bare basics that are required while I go about my everyday work.

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Sobo Spree: Call To All Moms And Kids On May 30th Mumbai

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It's vacation time and I know just HOW hard it is to keep those little ones entertained....takes away all waking hours of the day just to imagine and create a full day of fun and interest and entertainment and learning....quite a task!!!

The summer vacations are also months when you have some really cool exhibitions, classes and activity weekends that cater to kids of all age groups. And it's really heartening to see other mommies come out and bring forth such activities.

So it was quite interesting when this mommy wrote to me, inviting me for this wonderful kiddie exhibition that she is planning to hold this summer vacation in Mumbai.

Date And Timing: 30th May Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Donkey Donkey Donkey: Whoooops !!!!!


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So the younger one has been speaking and I mean, really really speaking a lot - quite a sudden leap from how much she was speaking when she was 18 months to how much she is speaking now at 21 months....

She picks up any and every word and language and keeps on saying them on repeat mode.. So it could be a poem, a song, a laugh word, a regular come here kind of thing, objects, people, and even, yes, DONKEY....

No....wasn't me...I didn't use the word. It wasn't me who said it in front of her. Nope.....The 'other' parent used to call her 'donkey' baby just out of fun, and it was mentioned multiple times (by moi) that it would come back one day, from that very same 'donkey' baby.

And it has !!! So now, the younger miss suddenly gets up on her tiny toes, puckers up her mouth, smiles with those twinkly eyes and says - DONKEY DONKEY DONKEY DONKEY DONKEY!!! And yes, it's definitely not restricted to the 'inside' of the home. So you can imagine....

I have started the damage control, but let me tell you, at the present, it is wayyyy beyond control....so let's see how we fare on that....

And till then, well, let me get used to those looks......!!!

- Debolina Raja Gupta

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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ

Happy Parenting!!!! Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown up...save the little ones.... Debolina Raja Gupta

Monday, May 18, 2015

Happy Mother's Day Gift From McCain: A Sweet Surprise

 

A few days before Mother's Day I received a mail from McCain, telling me about a surprise gift they wanted to send me. It was quite cute and I thought the gesture was very sweet.

I have tried out McCain products earlier and my kids especially love the smileys and the french fries that they have. My personal favorite is the chilli garlic potato bites that is deliciously spicy and flavorful.

As promised, the package arrived right the day before Mother's Day.

Look at that...isn't it thoughtful? A beautiful Mother's Day card and a bunch of goodies hand delivered right at my door step.....It certainly made me feel special. The goody bag contained 3 variants of the McCain fryables, and guess what they were! French Fries, Smileys and Chilli Garlic Potato Bites...What?? Wow :)

Announcing The Jabong.com Mother's Day Collab Winner

Hi beautiful dears,

Thanks a lot for stopping by and for taking the time to come over and comment. I loved reading through what you had to say and it brought a smile going through your thoughts :)

The winner for the Mother's Day collab with Jabong.com has been contacted bty the Jabong team and the prize has been sent. As I don't mention names on the blog, I'll refrain now as well. If you're the winner, you already know it.

And in case you did not get it this time, do keep coming back for more giveaways and contests :)

- Debolina Raja Gupta
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And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ

Happy Parenting!!!! Be good to your little one, and to the millions of little ones out there who truly need every bit of love and compassion they can get.....Be a grown up...save the little ones.... Debolina Raja Gupta

Thursday, May 7, 2015

This Mother's Day, Celebrate With Jabong.Com Giveaway!

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As a kid, I always loved coming home to my mother's smell of cotton sarees. Her sarees were always soft and beautiful, with an alluring smell of their own, one that made me feel comforted, secure, happy, and most importantly, at home...

As I grew up, I did not pay so much attention to that smell of the cotton saree anymore, and life as a Delhi youngster was more about catching the latest trends. And eventually, I moved on and moved away from the city. But one thing remained etched in my mind - my love for traditional cotton sarees, coupled with ethnic jewelery and ethnic fashion.

So when Jabong.com asked me to do a giveaway in honour of Mother's Day, what could be better than to ask my readers how their mother's sense of style has given them inspiration for their own style today.....

There is really no rule to enter the giveaway, but just a few basic steps.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

You - My Daughters - Go And Conquer That World

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You

My lovely you...you two
Don't shut your eyes to dream that dream
Open up to the world you have in front of you
And embrace it each day with a new smile, with a new you...

You...
No matter what name anyone calls you by
No matter what anyone says you can or cannot do..
You....
You know and so do I
That there is nothing you cannot achieve
That you can get up on your tip toes and touch the sky
And who knows...maybe beyond?

You.....
For whom I shall gladly give away my wings...
But I would rather you found yours to fly....
To take you where your heart desires
Even if your mind says stop, wait, listen and think...
Even if you are worried what they may say
Your heart and your wings will keep you in good stead....
I promise..

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mamma, Why Is It Just A 'Man' Made World?

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I pride myself in the fact that my 7 year old is growing up to be such a thinker and observer. Well, it is indeed a blessing and sometimes a curse too, especially when I don't  want her to understand something but she still perceives it.

The other day we were snuggling up and having our nightly routine of good night chit chat, what she fondly calls as GNCC :) It's a time of the day I really look forward to, and unless I am out, I don't miss it for anything.

She was telling me about some things she had learned in class about natural things and man-made things, and that is when she asked me - 'Mamma, why do they call it man-made? Did no woman ever make anything? Or do people think that women can't make anything? Why can't people call it 'human' made instead of 'man' made?'

Friday, April 17, 2015

Growing Up Advice? How Do I Tell You Ever....

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And I have two amazing angels!!!!! 

Some days back I got a call from a brand that wanted me to be a part of a new campaign they are coming up with. They wanted me to be part of a video shoot, where I was required to share what I would do as a mother that would empower my children and make them feel stronger.

The catch was that I had only a few seconds to share my ‘advice’ or ‘suggestion.’

I politely refused for certain personal reasons, especially as I am not fond of coming in front of the camera at all, but the other point was – I did not know what to say.

What do I say to my daughter, or my daughters, given that the younger one too will suddenly grow up and understand the world more and more?

I honestly do not know.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Toys And Games Are Useless Says The New Nahar Amrit Shakti Ad: A Shame !!


So this is what you can hold up as one of the worst cases of advertising - where all morals and values are thrown in the bin or to the wind, and whatever you know is true and correct is artfully hidden away behind glossy shams. Go on, check out the image up here once more.

Before we go on, let me warn you that I am going to be in my rudest and spewing venom left right and center best, so if you do have a problem with that, please come back later for a different post (no apologies). And if you are from the Nahar group or the geniuses who created this ad, go on to read knowing fully well that you are going to hate and abuse me and feel free to share your criticism in the comments - I'd love to see what you have to say to justify what you created.

Now coming back to the post ....... 

Have a look at this ad here - the one that a lot of people on social media are talking about, especially as it caught their attention on billboards (And let me tell you it didn't catch their attention for any 'good' or 'wow' reasons but for the fact that the ad is in such poor taste) and they were left wondering just what prompted the promoters and so-called 'ad gurus' to come up with something like this.

According to the ad makers in this particular case, your child simply does not need any more toys or games in his or her life. No, not any more. That is, if you choose to take up residence at Nahar's Amrit Shakti, a 'plush' residential colony in Mumbai's Andheri area. The ad also claims that doing so will 'Let Life Begin.' Wow !!! Clap you all please....

Instead of games and toys, your child needs to be 'placed' on a golf course, complete with grown up attire and attitude, and forget that there is indeed a magical and beautiful and extremely essential world called 'CHILDHOOD.' No ladies and gentlemen, if you want your child's life to

Friday, March 13, 2015

AppyStore.In - The Fun Way To Keep Your Little Ones Happy!


These days we are all on a screen.......glued to it, literally. Reading, writing, working, listening, creating - you name it, we do it all on the screen. Go on, Google me up and you will know what I mean.....

Some time back I was contacted by this interesting team that wanted me to check out a new website targeted at toddlers and young kids. Before I proceed, this is not a sponsored post, I have not been paid to write this and nor am I in any way associated with the team...That out of the way, let me tell you what this is about.

If you've been visiting here often, you'll know I have two very cute little monkey babies at home. Well, one is a toddler and the other is a young child. And as they are both babies of the electronic generation, they do know their way around a screen. Which makes it even more difficult for me as a mommy.

No place is safe for our babies any more, and that includes the big bad world of the internet and the wi-fi. I absolutely do not allow my babies any screen time where I am not sitting right next to them and they are watching something. You just have to be doubly sure.

This is exactly the though that made me wonder why should I recommend an online site for kids? Don't we already have enough content overload that needs monitoring? Don't our kids already browse so much that we find it difficult to keep a tab? Then why more?

I decided it would make sense to check out the site first and then decide.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Managing Anger In My 18 Month Old

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Do babies get angry? Well, of course they do. Our babies are humans too, albeit tiny ones, and they go through pretty much all the emotions that we face, the only difference is maybe they don't always know how to express it.

We have two girls in our home - one is a 7 year old and the other is 18 months old. Our daughters love playing with each other, fighting off each other, wanting to be together all the time and want their own space too - yes, even the younger one at 18 months!

By now, I know how to manage most of the emotions my 7 year old faces. But figuring that out with an 18 month old can be quite tricky, especially as the triggers can be random and very sudden. What may anger my 18 month old today may seem funny to her tomorrow. What can scare her today can anger her tomorrow. What she loves playing today can seem frustrating tomorrow and anger her.

So much going on!

So how do I manage? Here's how:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

My Little Body Book By Shruti Singhal And Q&A With Author

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Few weeks back I was contacted by the PR team of a book titled My Little Body Book By Shruti Singhal. They asked me if I would like to read the book and talk about it with my readers.

I have always tried to find out ways in which we can share information with children about how they can keep themselves safe, in terms of physical abuse. So this mail came as a good way to connect more on the topic. The PR team sent me a copy of the book and I immediately sat with my 7 year old daughter to help her go through the content.

Details About The Book
  • The book is in hardcover.
  • It is really small in terms of the number of pages.
  • The font is big and very easy to read for younger kids, even as young as 4. 
  • Every page is filled with colourful and cute illustrations that will immediately attract kids.
  • The book is written in an easy to understand format that slightly older kids, aged 6 and above, can understand on their own.
  • Priced at INR 225 and published by Zubaan Books and supported by Pearl Academy

My Take On The Book

The book is realllyyy cute. In fact, I think this is exactly the way you should make a book if your target audience is kids and the message is something as important as keeping your body safe from others.

When I opened the book with my daughter, she immediately loved the illustrations and the many colourful sketches that were inside. She could understand almost all that was in the book, but there were a few new words she didn't know and which were very crucial for this understanding. You will see later in the author Q&A where I pose this question.

In these times, keeping our kids safe is a very difficult and scary thought, especially with so many child offenders present in society. Statistics have revealed time and again that in most cases, it is not a stranger but a known person to the child who is the offender. I know for a fact that this is true, that these things do happen, and it is something we as parents and as adults should watch out for.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Personalised Baby And Kids Product At MyDoodlez.Com: Online Shopping Review

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A few weeks back I got this mail from the team at MyDoodlez.com asking me if I would be interested in trying out anything from their website and talking about it here with you all. To be honest, I am not really an online buyer, and even when I do shop online, its mostly books (actually, make it always books!). So I was a little apprehensive, whether or not it would be a good idea.

But the lovely team assured me that I should definitely try it once. They were kind enough to tell me that it was one option I should try at least once, and if I didn't like it I could always provide them the feedback. Reading this, you may initially think this is a sponsored post, but I assure you it isn't. And though it has been some time that they contacted me and I got the product, I took my time to talk about it. You will see why, later in the post.

I went on their site and I must say they do have a huge range of products. So before I tell you exactly what I got from them, let me tell you a little more about the brand.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Room Of Many Colours By Ruskin Bond: Want To Read Wednesdays


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My daughter has not really been enjoying this as much as I thought she would, but she is trying :)

The Room Of Many Colours by Ruskin Bond is a delightful collection of stories by the amazing writer.


Here is a list of the stories that are included in this collection:

  1. a long walk with granny
  2. animals on the track
  3. a tiger in the house
  4. the playing fields of simla
  5. the wind on haunted hill
  6. riding through the flames
  7. a rupee goes a long way
  8. the flute player
  9. the night the roof blew off
  10. faraway places
  11. the tree lover
  12. how far is the river?
  13. the haunted bicycle
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