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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

Monday, February 9, 2015

How To Potty Train Your Baby: How I Potty Trained My 15 Month Old

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The one query I see on most parenting sites and forums is how to train your baby for the potty! Moms are petrified and worried and really really curious to know how to train the baby in basic bathroom routines.

When I had my first baby, I must say I was really clueless. I honestly felt that keeping my baby in the diaper was a good alternative than trying to run with her to the bathroom at odd hours all the time. Of course I wasn't well aware in the tricks and tips then! That said, my first born was potty trained by the time she was going to be 2 years....which is not something I am happy about now, seeing that I could have done better.

With my second born, it was wayyyyyy easier. In fact, she was potty trained by the time she was 15 months old. And no, it did not involve any special tricks or apps (surprisingly, most mommies these days are taking the help of a so-called popular potty training app, which I feel is more work than just training your baby yourself!) and I did not even have to push my baby for it.

To keep it simple, in case you too are readying to get your baby potty trained, you may read through the rest of the article. It worked out really well for me, and I hope it works out for you too :)

When Is The Best Time To Start Potty Training Baby?

What may be the best time for another baby may not be the best time for your's! That's the first thing

Friday, February 6, 2015

How Your Baby's Bath Time Is So Much More Powerful Than Just Cleansing Time

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As a mom you know that the time you spend playing, interacting and bonding with your babies can have a significant effect on them for a lifetime. This is especially true during the first three years of your toddler’s life when their tiny brain starts developing. Ever noticed how the simplest gestures like singing a lullaby or holding your baby in your arms evokes happy emotions from your baby? This is because as soon as they are born they use their sense of sight, smell, touch and sound to learn about their environment. The nurturing that you provide during everyday rituals have a profound impact on your baby's reactions and development.

One of the daily rituals that you may not even realize is a great learning opportunity for your baby is bath time, and your interaction with your baby during bath time is key to this learning.  The bath is a place where touch and smell contributes to your baby’s development. For example, simply talking back and forth with baby during bath time can help with language development, or playing music during bath time can stimulate memory. Bath time, therefore, is so much more than a time to just to clean your baby.

As a baby care expert, Johnson & Johnson India is now advancing new research that explores the science behind happy, healthy baby development. The research shows that the time you spend with your baby during bath time can be more than a time to connect and bond. It can be an opportunity to

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Paddington Giveaway Mail

Thank you all for the inspiring boards and pins. The level of creative genius here on Pinterest wows me each and every day. ♥



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Thank you mommies for the answers you sent :) I have already informed you via email and you should be receiving your gift in a couple of days! Thanks again for taking out time...

- 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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Want To Read Wednesdays !!!!

 My mother always told me that as a little girl, before I could read, and sit and "read" with one of my picture books. It is a love that started early and has stayed with me all my life.
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On my main book blog (The Book Worm) I've been sharing a lot about the various books I read and like. It's high time I shared about some amazing kiddie books too..... My older daughter, who is now 7, has a huge personal library at home that include some really amazing books. We've been fortunate enough to be able to get these books for her, and I'm really happy she has cultivated a love of reading the way she has. My younger one, who is all of 1, is already turning out into a reader too....and loves books a lot (guess she wouldn't know any other way, given her mommy and sister's love of reading) ;)

Starting this Wednesday, I will be sharing one book from my daughter's collection.....Wednesdays will be given to share the info about the book so that in case you are looking for a book for your little one, you can read the same and decide....

For today, let's start with a very cute and uncommonly named book called Mr. Stink by David Walliams and Illustrated by Quentin Blake.

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Chloe is just about the loneliest girl in the world. But then she meets Mr. Stink, the local tramp. Yes,

Monday, January 19, 2015

Answer These Quick Questions And Get Your Paddington Goodies !

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Hi mommies,

So....the big question is - did you watch Paddington the movie yet??? Have you taken your kid to watch the adventures of this extremely adorable and cuddlesome bear? I went with my daughter the first day itself.....and whoa!!! A review is up soon......

So even before we get on to reviews and how me and my daughter loved the movie, here's a quick Q&A for you all.....just a fun one based on the movie.....the correct answers could get you some quick Paddington merchandise :)

2 winners will be chosen at random. So what do you need to do? Here's what:

1. Join the blog (doesn't cost anything but just a click right? you can join through any of the two options given at the home page - through google or networked blogs, whatever suits you) :)
2. Answer the small Q&A that I will share below - share the answers in the comment box or send them to me on my email deborummy(at)gmail(dot)com
3. Also remember to please share your email id in the comments...(this is only to notify you in case you win the merchandise)

That's all...super easy....and now, here's the questions you need to answer:
  • Where did PADDINGTON grow up?
  • What is his bear name?
  • What must each bear always keep incase of an emergency?
  • Where do the Browns stay in London and how did Mr.Brown help Paddington uncover the information he required?
  • What is Nicole Kidmans code name in the film?
  • What is Nicole Kidmans fathers name in the film?
  • His signature wardrobe pieces?
  • PADDINGTON taught you the true value of ?
  • Which famous author is behind the PADDINGTON series?
  • Your thoughts on the film and would you look forward to a sequel ?
That's it.....share your answers with me in the comments below or send them to me via mail. Winners will be announced on the 2nd of Feb 2015.

You can also check out some more interesting info on Paddington by clicking the social media pages here: On FACEBOOK On TWITTER On INSTAGRAM

- 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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Paddington The Family Bear Is Coming To A Theater Near You On 16th Jan 2015

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If you have a little one at home you're probably already familiar with the adventures, or should I say, mis-adventures of a bear called Paddington. For years this cute little darling has enthralled kids and parents alike, and my daughter is no exception.

So when I told her that Paddington was ready to step out of her books and come alive on the big screen, she was super excited. Of course I am going to take her to experience this wonderful adventure. And going by the looks of it, so should you..... :)

ABOUT THE MOVIE

The icon of children's literature, Paddington the bear, will make his way into India in January of 2015.

PictureWorks is proud to announce the release of the forthcoming family entertainer PADDINGTON in India on January 16th, 2015. PADDINGTON is based on the best-selling and internationally adored series of children's stories by British author Michael Bond. A Heyday Films and
STUDIOCANAL production, PADDINGTON is directed by the twice BAFTA- nominated Paul King and produced by multiple award-winning David Heyman (GRAVITY, the HARRY POTTER series fame).

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Traveling Alone With Both My Kids For The First Time: A Few Practical Tips That Helped

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So recently I traveled with my 1 year old and my 7 year old. We have traveled with our baby earlier, but it was always me and my hubby managing both of them. This time it was going to be just me, and I must say I had some reservations initially, but then decided what the heck....it was an airport and a flight and wouldn't be so difficult after all.

I will also add that I traveled during the Diwali holidays and the airport at Mumbai was crazily crowded. Too many people, every one had excess baggage, huge queues at the boarding pass counters and too much noise and crowd. Enough to bug even an adult, and my younger one is anyways not  fond of strangers at all, and is going through a severe separation anxiety case for the past almost 4-5 months now!

So here's a few things I did that did help me and even though it was a little difficult, it was still manageable.

Friday, September 12, 2014

New Age Indian Parenting: The Rules of Discipline And More

Entering "toddler-hood"... gotta get organized on discipline, consistent expectations for behavior, etc.

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I think we can rightfully call ourselves the new age parents of India, right?

Of course there have been many more parents before us, and every new generation is a new breed of parents on its own.

What I mean here is that, given the tremendous amount of change in attitude and tactics of parenting that has happened in India in the last few years, those of us who are parents at this stage are surely way different than how our parents were.

In most cases that is.

I am not writing this article as a good or bad style of parenting. All styles of parenting are good, as long as the underlying thought is the benefit and well-being of the child. What I am trying to say, however, is that, just as life has changed tremendously from how it was for the past generation, so has our way of parenting.

When I think of myself as a parent today and think back to those times when I was a kid myself, I can instantly see the difference.

Let's begin with some looking back then....

My brother and I grew up in a nuclear family, and ours was a simple middle class family.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

5 Easy Ways To Switch Your Baby To Solids



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The first 6 months in your baby's life are the months where nothing but your feed should provide the nutrition. Of course, in those situations where baby is not getting enough for whatever reasons, a discussion with your baby's doctor will tell you which formula milk you can give baby.

Once your baby crosses the important 6 month mark, it's time to move into mushier and messier territory. Yes, introducing your baby to solids is actually as much messy as it's fun. But I'm sure you're gonna love the phase as much as your baby, who will have a lot on her palate now!

Before you move on to introducing your baby to solids, you need to make sure that your baby is ready for the transition.

How Will I Know If My Baby Is Ready For Solids?

Most babies are ready by the 6th month to move on to the grown-up world of food, albeit with baby steps. For some babies, it may be even a little earlier. Here are some common signs that will tell you that your little one is ready to move on to solids:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Stop Breast Feeding...Now?





I have been working in the parenting related world for quite some years now. While that was not how I started writing my parenting blog, it sure was the way I got to lots of other parenting related forums and sites.

Of course being a parent and loving kids generally is a main reason that got me in this field. And this is also one of the reasons why I have had so many disagreements, even arguments, with so many parents over the years.

Of course every parent has a different approach to bringing up kids. And I truly respect and understand that.

But the underlying thought needs to be the best interest of the child, keeping in mind its health and love and care – right?

Maybe sometimes wrong.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Who Enjoys Those Kids' Sessions - Your Child or You?



Recently I walked into the Crossword bookstore in the mall next to my home on a weekend. It was just by chance as my daughter was looking for something in stationery that we couldn’t find at Staples (which is a big stationery store, just in case). So there was this nook where about 3-4 kids were sitting on the carpeted floor, surrounding a woman who seemed to be handing out some craft materials.

Of course we had to go and take a look immediately. It turned out there was a weekend activity session for kids that would be conducted each weekend and anyone was free to walk in. That particular day happened to be Harry Potter’s birthday (and if any of you has been on my book blog, you would know that this is one series I really tried reading, but gave up after the first book – I think it is best left to my daughter to read when she grows up a bit). So it was going to be a story telling and interactive session about Harry Potter and there was also going to be a cake cutting. Quite interesting!

I deposited my daughter with the lady and strolled through the aisles with my baby in the stroller. It was then that I heard a young voice protesting – ‘No Mamma!!!!’

I turned to look at the origin of the voice.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teaching Our Little One The Pocket Money Concept





Now that my daughter was about to turn a cute 7, I decided it was time to start her pocket money initiation. Of course I didn’t get anything as a kid, and I always make faces at her, telling her she gets so much more than me, to which she always gives me a cute smile, now a toothless smile too!

So coming back to pocket money, I knew I wanted to start her on the concept, but wasn’t sure how to begin. Of late, I realised she was getting smarter about money, and was understanding more about saving and talking money before buying something.

I was already preparing her to understand about simple finances, and what are her needs and wants, which is something she is also learning in her Grade II Business Studies class…hahaha…..business studies at age 7, not bad.

So there were a few things we did to make her understand the concept of money:
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