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Home safety- #HowSafeAreYou

As mother and a home maker, home safety is of utmost importance to me. I’m sure so it is for you all too coz home is where the heart is.
Your personal safety depends on you and so does your home safety.
I am sure all of us wants the best safety for our homes and this drives us to get the best safety measures for our homes.
The first and foremost thing that comes to our mind when we talk about home safety is robbers/burglars? The second thing that will come to our mind will be Locks or may be vice Versa.
Checkout these videos launched by Godrej Locking Solutions and systems to know the psyche of a robber along with some tips on safeguarding homes from future attack.

In India when we talk about Locks the first brand that comes to our mind is Godrej – a 120 year old leading manufacturer of innovative locking solutions.

home safety day

on 15th Novemeber, 2017 Godrej Locking Solutions launched a novel campaign #HowsafeAreYou. I attended the panel discussion at their Hubble office, which was a part of the campaign. On this day, the brand also declared this day to be observed as Home Safety day in India.
The main idea behind the campaign and the panelist’s is to create awareness amongst people on home safety and stay alert always.

Amongst the panelist were: 

source 1. Dr. Kaminidevi BhoirHonorary Psychiatric Counsellor for Mumbai Police
buy provigil online reddit 2. Vivek Agrawal, veteran crime journalist and author
 
3. Shyam Motwani, EVP and Head of Business – Godrej Locking Solutions and Systems
 
4. Prakash N. Borgaonkar, Western Region Head of HelpAge India and a victim of theft over the psyche of a robber.
 
5. Supreeth Sudhakaran, Victim of burglary.

 

Some pointers discussed at the panel: 

 
1. Be prepared with the actions to be taken.
 
2. Be alert who’s around you, what’s happening around you. 
 
3. Robbers thinking starts where our thinking stops, (you may see this in the video). So try and think out of the box when you are thinking about home safety.
4. Learn from others experiences.
5. Support the police by being alert and informing them if you seek anything wrong around you.
6. Senior citizens are the major victims of such accidents. Many senior citizens stay alone and don’t have anyone to talk to, they feel lonely and slowly as per Prakash Borgaonkar they start feeling isolated and start forgetting things. Robbers take advantage of this and make them their target.
 
7. According to Kaminidevi Bhoir, robbers gets an urge to steal. The act of robbers is a disease and is called Kleptomania. A robber has no conscience while commuting such an act.
8. Vivek Agarwal shared stories of crime and robbery’s with us, where in a 8 month old child was also not left to murder. He said that the robbers are equally scared during the process and are instructed by their team members that if you see any danger, simply finish the danger and hence the infant was also not left. He also shared that there are some woman with their babies moving around on roads asking for clothes. You may bring them home as courtesy and give them clothes. But these women are checking your houses in the mean while and they make signs outside your house either a Trishul or a Swastik, which implies that your house is going to be the victim soon.
9. Supreeth Sudhakaran expressed how he thought it’s all karma, till he actually became a victim of the burglary. He gave us some advises too like not to give your keys to watchman or neighbor. Do not keep you keys in plant pot or under the dust mat outside your houses. Use the best technology of Locks and be safe.
10. Mr. Motwani also enunciated about the best if technology they use and how they are progressing each day with new inventions. He also shared that the price of the highest form of Locks will reduce if the demand increases giving example of the LED lights, urging us to buy the best Locks and not sacrificing on home Safety.
There has been a lot of learning in this session. I propose to all my readers here get in action and be safe than sorry. Be alert abd mindful.
So together with Godrej Locks and our own measures let’s take this ahead and make our homes the safest place.
I have shared some live videos on my Facebook page of the event. You may like to see them here.
you may also like to read Being a Woman of India today.
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Review : Figohoney Pocket Diaper and Wet Bag

Once destroyed, the nature’s beauty cannot be repurchased at any price – Ansel Adams

Yes, and we need to be careful about our Mother Earth and try and use products that are eco-friendly. What are some eco-friendly products that one can use while raising a baby? I would say many. One among the many is cloth diapers.

Many brands have taken the initiative of helping moms raising their baby in a gentle and eco-friendly way. One such brand from the cloth diaper is Fig-O-Honey. I got my hands on their pocket diapers and here is my review for the same.

About the brand: 

Fig-O-Honey is a Bangalore based brand that makes eco-friendly cloth diapers in beautiful prints and vibrant colours and is quite a rage among new parents. It was started by Sneha Thakkar, who is an IIT Bombay alumni and worked as a data scientist for over a decade.

Sneha is a mommy to her two little cuties. So, Fig-O-Honey is a brand by a mom for the mom.

Brand claimed features: 

– Includes 1 cloth diaper + 1 absorbent insert
– Suitable for babies from 4.5 kg up to 15 kg
– Adjustable snap buttons for S/M/L sizes
– Waterproof, machine & hand washable, breathable
– Comfortable elastic on the leg sides
– Crossover snap buttons for smaller babies
– Hip snap buttons to prevent wing droop

Materials:

– Outer printed layer: Polyester with waterproof and breathable TPU
– Inner layer: Soft micro suede that wicks moisture away and keeps the baby’s bottom dry and is stain-resistant.
– Insert: Absorbent 3-layer microfiber

Price:

446INR

Where to Buy: 

Their website Fig-O-Honey

My experience: 

I have this personal love for cloth diapers. Love the cute bums that these diapers make with their quirky prints. I tried the map print from Fig-O-Honey and loved the print absolutely.

Pros:

  • It came in two pieces, 1 diaper and 1 insert.
  • The fit was snug and there was no leakage problem.
  • I prepped it with one wash with other clothes in the machine.
  • It soaked very well and worked for good three four hours for my 14 months old.
  • The insert material is buttery soft which gives a lot of comfort to him.
  • The cloth diapers micro suede material kept Mr. K dry and comfortable.
  • The insert and the diaper dried quickly after wash.
  • Reasonably priced.
I didn’t find any con in the product.

I would give the diaper a 5/5.

Fig-O-Honey Wet Bag

  • We tried the emoji print wet and dry bag and again loved the colour and print.
  • The fabric used is of high quality and keeps the smelly diapers well without any smell coming out.
  • It has two zips one for the wet diapers and one for dry.
  • It comes in quite a good size which helps especially when the baby is small and we have quite several wet diapers.
  • We have been using it as our swim bag too. So, this bag can be used in a lot of ways when not used as a wet bag.
  • It could have been priced a little less, but the quality is quite good, so I might as well pay for once.

You may also like to read Introduction to Modern Cloth Diapers

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COMFORT OR COURAGE – what to choose when travelling with a baby?

I am a social being. I would go mad if I had not meet people. To keep my urge of socialising going, I meet people and travel to places with friends and family.

We all know parenting dramatically changes our life. However, we need to keep it going and   so we planned to travel with our boy this vacation and noticed how the plans kept changing, keeping him in mind.

Planning a travel is so much fun. We had our vacation planned up quite well. I had gathered a lot of courage and planned an 8/10 hours of road trip to Gujarat. The couple who were accompanying us came with one other exciting travel plan.

The new plan was to travel to one of the cold places in the North. This excited me as I have never witnessed mountains with snow or for that matter even a snow fall. I wanted to go but I was constantly thinking if I will be able to do a comfortable vacation with my boy to such a place.

I asked several friends and took their view points. Most of them asked me to go ahead with the plan. Some asked me to think over the travelling time and cold temperature there. This left me thinking.  After considering suggestions of my friends and a final discussion with my husband we finally gave up. I didn’t have the courage to travel with my 1 year old to a place so cold and neither I wanted to travel with him in the ghats.

We chose comfort over courage this time and didn’t go ahead with the plan. But thankfully we worked out something and are travelling to Udaipur now.

Why I chose to go to Udaipur?
  • It is a plateau. So, travelling will be easier as compared to the mountains.
  • the climate of the place when I visit will be quite pleasant, so that’s an advantage.
  • It’s quite close to Mumbai, so travelling time won’t be much.
  • Travelling is never done free. Some good offers attracted us to visit the city.

 

So at the end, you can choose either courage or comfort when travelling with a baby.

You may also like to read Road trip with babies : Tips and Tricks

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My Conception News Story

Mr. K took good time to select us as his parents. Yes, we waited for 22 months before we could conceive this little man. 

While, I was going to the doctor and doing follow ups to conceive naturally, there was a time when the doctor said you may have to get a IVF or IUI. My husband and I were disheartened.  But we thought this way or that way, having a baby was more important. Since we had some trips and a wedding lined up, we thought we would start the process after we finish these.

 

But, God had drawn different map of life for us. I returned from my trips and had a strong feeling that I had conceived. My breasts were sore but the news was not definite. I missed my period. I was excited to check if I was pregnant. But I didn’t as I had failed and cried so many times before. More than me, my husband didn’t want me to check.

This girl wanted to dance in full swing in an event but what if I was pregnant. Its better to check and be safe.I did the home pregnancy test early morning and to my happiness, I saw two faint lines. I came back to my room and slept next to my husband and was thinking of different ways to share the news with him.

 

We woke up and got in to our normal routine. After bath, when he entered the room to change, I couldn’t control but showed him the pregnancy kit, and he didn’t follow a thing but asked me, “What? I had told you, don’t do the test, why did you bla bla bla..” I replied it shows too lines which means we have conceived and we were pregnant. He jumped with happiness, he danced for total 5 mins. I still remember the elation on his face.

 

The twist in the story comes now. We went to the doctor and told him, we had conceived and here is the pregnancy kit that shows it. The doctor asked us to repeat the test and the result came opposite, showing no pregnancy. In my heart, I was sure, the test at the doctor was wrong and that I have conceived but somewhere I was nervous. The doctor asked me to get the blood test done and told me he would call me if at all the report showed pregnancy.

 

I had my routine day. I didn’t have the time to check my phone, while I was at work. but as soon as I left from work and checked my phone, I saw a missed call from the doctor. With bated breath, I called the doctor and received the happy news, I was waiting for.

 

The much awaited phase had arrived in our lives bringing in loads of luv n joy . The feeling of parenthood is difficult to be pen down . It’s a joy that is cherished in your heart and the memories of that joy are always as fresh as a daisy. When we as parents become old n our children adult ; this experience when shared seems like a moment one has just experienced. This is God’s creation.

You may also like to read my conception story Already in my heart someday in my arms: A story of conception

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Socialising after becoming a Parent

If you read my post regularly you might know that I had a beautiful pregnancy. I worked, partied  ( the decent way) till the end of my pregnancy. In fact even four days before delivery I was out socialising with people.

Once,I gave birth to my little boy, I was enjoying my motherhood eternally. I loved changing diapers and nappies every hour. Breast feeding was in itself a beautiful experience.

Few days passed by, our friends started calling my husband and me to join them for dinners and outings. But, we were not prepared, we were not sure to leave our baby home with my mother in law. Although I was sure that she would take care of him just the way she did for her sons and daughter.

We kept denying and saying no to our friends, but somewhere even I was craving to go and meet people. What made me worried was, is motherhood an end to our personal life? Is it the terminal to my social life? But I gave back an answer to myself, I am not going to allow this to happen. I don’t want motherhood to effect my social life.

Soon, we managed things and started meeting people outside. Although we never said a yes to people saying we would join, but always kept the decision to last minute.

So how did we manage?
  1. We left home once, K slept for the night.
  2. I pumped some milk and kept it in the bottle, so that my mil could feed him in my absence in case he wakes up.
  3. We would keep the meetings short.
  4. We always met friends at a place close to our house.
  5. Once my baby completed 4 months of age, I started taking him along with me wherever I could.
  6. I preferred meetings my friends at someone’s place for the comfort of the baby.
  7. Baby carriers was a huge help to me while I shopped in malls.

How did you socialise after having a baby?

You may also like to read A Mom’s NostalgiaMy experience of attending a wedding with an infant.

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A Mom’s Nostalgia

Pregnancy was the most beautiful episode of my life. Being a new mom was yet again a  pleasing experience.

Parenthood is one toughest hood of life. But there are times when a dad or mom would feel nostalgic about being a parent.

Times when I become nostalgic about my early motherhood phase.

I know its not been many years but only few months since MrK was born but I miss those times when he was in my womb or a new born.

1. Seeing a pregnant mommy, reminds me of the most beautiful phase of my life and yes, I feel like getting pregnant again.

2. A baby wearing mom with a tiny baby makes me sentimental and reminds me when I wore my boy and took long walks everyday.

3. Crawling babies are the cutest. I want to see MrK crawling again.

4. The most beautiful part of being a new mom is breastfeeding. Though, MrK is not weaned but we no more have long sessions of breastfeeding.

5. When a tiny baby tries to creep or glide, it makes me emotional.

6. When a mom struggles to make her baby sleep, I want to tell her hold on, this phase is going to be for a short time, love each moment.

7. Now, I am little crazy, but I miss those cute bums with cloth diapers too as we are in our under pants most of the time.

8. A sleeping baby is the warmest thing. When I see a tiny baby sleep for hours, I want to go and eat them up.

9. When I felt my pregnant friends kicks, I wanted my Sonshine to go back into my tummy and kick.

So to all the pregnant moms and new moms, I know early motherhood ain’t easy but hold on to that time. Soon you will be nostalgic about it.

You may also like to read My Lullaby to Sleep Train My Baby

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Krazy Kids Karnival : Save the Date

Its the festive time of the year. Each one likes to have fun during the festive season. Most of you might have either planned your vacations, family events or in the process of planning. If you are still thinking what to do this festive season, I am here to help you.

SAVE THE DATE for the Krazy Kids Karnival is here to add to some festive fun.

 

Get the children along and do things…

Enjoy rides… taste exciting food…

Lip smacking desserts…and more.

Parents will enjoy it too.

The Krazy Kids Karnival is here in all its excitement.

Spread over 2 acres of fun space, the event will have interactive fun & learning workshops, amazing live shows, dramatic amusements & adventure camps. Aimed at attracting children aged 0 to 15 alongwith their parents, with wide range of fun activities for the children, tasty treats for the family and great shopping experience for the parents.

Your favorite characters like Chota Bheem, Doraemon, Gajju Bhai, Chacha Bhatija alongwith Guru Aur Bhole will be awaiting your presence with loads of goodies for your children, come join their gang !

The Krazy Kids Karnival is just the place offering 12 hours of non -stop entertainment.

When : 14th & 15th October
Where : City Park , Bandra, BKC.
What time: 11.00 Am – 11.00 Pm.
Entry Rs 200/- Per Kid / Adult, Tickets Live on BookMyShow
Free Entry for Kids below 3 Yrs.

Yo may also Book your tickets at Book My Show.

Follow the Krazy Kids Karnival on Facebook.

For event updates and to know more visit their website www.krazykidskarnival.com

I am going to be there with my family. Hope to see you all there having some family time.

A big shout out to the Krazy Kids Karnival community partner JAMMS. Do follow them on social media Facebook, twitter, Instagram and become a part of an awesome mommy community.

You may also like to read Road trip with babies : Tips and Tricks

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My Saraswati – Mrs. Aasha Bangera

It brings me immense pleasure to share that I, along with 24 other bloggers are celebrating #9daysofwomanhood throughout Navratri. I thank Jasmeet Kaur for introducing me. Read her blog mommyvoyage.I have followed her throughout my pregnancy days and even now.

So I am not disclosing the prompt for today. Read my post and guess the prompt and leave in your comments below. 

I have always been an average student all my life. A person who needs preparation, revision and again final touch up for exams. Coming from a family where my mom and dad are educated in Gujarati medium so I could get very little help from my parents in terms of studies. But I had an expert to assist me – Mrs. Aasha Bangera. I am indebted to God to have met her. She is my inspiration, my motivation, saviour and my master. If it would have not been her, I would have not been what I am today. She is my Saraswati (Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom, and learning)

Read more about Goddess Saraswati here.

I met Mrs. Aasha Bangera – Miss thats what I call her, in fact the entire society calls her that, when I was in my 9th grade. From that time till now, she has been my academic helper. Even now when neighbours come to me with doubts and I can’t solve it for them, she stands at help. Not only me, she has lent a helping hand to hundreds of students. She tries to help in all ways possible when its related to education.

Be it school or college admissions, exams or choosing a carrier, she has helped students with everything. She is the one who asked me to give my CET exams for B.Ed. There is no way I can thank her. Thank you is a small word.

Miss has helped many students without taking any charges or taking minimum charges. one amongst these was one of my best friend, she still can’t stop thanking miss for her gratefulness. Mrs. Bangera’s aim is to open a school and teach for free, but till she reaches there she at least wants to reach out to one such child whose education can be done free by her – now who does that, very less people have such big hearts in todays world.

Isn’t she a real Saraswati. At least for me, She is the goddess of knowledge.

At the end, I want to thank you Miss, although thank you just not enough for all that you have done for me till date and hundreds of other students like me. We love you.

You may also like to read Being a Woman of India today.

I would like to introduce you to my  friend & co-blogger Khyati Gulati Tewari. Read her post on the prompt for today here.

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6 things to keep in mind to get fit

 

Being a chubby girl since childhood, I am in constant struggle of being fit. Read about my fitness journey here. These are some ways that worked for me.

1. Have an aim:

You must find an aim to get fit and lose that extra weight. You need to find why you want to get into the new you. It could be anything from fitting into that dress to being fit enough to play with your baby, wedding in the family, become thin to match your hubby or just to be fit and ditch that thyroid, pcos etc. My aim to lose weight is to match up with my dear hubby as he is on the leaner side.

2. Break your aim in to short term goals:

Breaking your aim into short term goals helps you achieve results. It gives motivation when you achieve your results. Your goal can be reaching some weight in so and so months, some occasion in the family and so on. My last goal was to reach 70 kgs till march end as I had a wedding in the family in April. And believe me I reached it only because I had that goal in mind. My next goal was to reach 65 till July end. I didn’t reach 65 but reached 66.

3. Mindful clean eating:

I have already shared I had been to a dietician to lose my extra weight before my wedding. They do super work but over the years I have learnt that it’s not dieting its diet that’s important so having a balanced diet and making some life style change is the key. We need to work on what you eat. Increase natural food, increase your protein intake, reduce processed food, eat everything in small portions, drink lots of water. Now everyone says the same but this is what it is. Don’t follow for 3 months follow for life.

4. Have a buddy:

The best partner can be your spouse. But if he/she keeps busy ask a friend. If that too doesn’t work have an online buddy. Now I have online buddies we have a what’s app group where we post our pictures post workout and share our meal plans. This will keep you accountable and you will go for it just bcoz you must post it there.

5. Measure yourself every fortnight:

Numbers cannot be the only target. At times, you may not lose any weight but loose on inches. This happens when you eat good protein rich food and lose your fats. This will keep you updated. Body measurements will help you know which area you need to work and weight will keep motivate you to work more.

6. Exercise:

The most important thing is exercising. Exercise keeps your metabolism high. Try and at least do 30 minutes of exercise every day or at least 4-5 times a week. If you have a very busy schedule then you may take stairs, walk wherever possible, workout on weekends. Any kind of workout is helpful so don’t think just two days is not gonna help.

Please note I am not a fitness expert. I am sharing this with my personal experience.

 

 

 

 

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My fitness Journey – As a mom and otherwise

Most moms worry about getting fit and losing weight postpartum. I share my story of fitness here to help you girls.

2003 – 2007 : I have always been a chubby girl. I was always called moti (fat) by my friends in my school days. once I joined college, I knew I must do something but since I am a foodie dieting wasn’t my cup of tea plus I never even thought of it. inspite of this, I still got thin. Now you may imagine How? How? How?

I come from a middle-class family where we were taught to value each penny. My parents never gave me extra money except pocket money. During college days one wants to join friends for movies and a lot of bowling and stuff. I never got money for all such stuff. Whatever little pocket money I got was for me to travel from home to college and classes plus to eat throughout the day.

How do I hang out with my friends when bunking was so much fun? So, what I did was didn’t eat any food or just ate one samosa from a shop which was a friend and my favourite. I ate only when I couldn’t manage my hunger. Thanks to starving I lost a lot of weight.  My tummy was flat but I lost all the glow and looked pathetic. I was still happy because I never looked so thin. Thanks to college, classes and lack of money I maintained this weight for good 3 years. I worked on my glow and looked good in the third year which was my first year of degree college.

2008 : I had grown up. There was a lot of guy looking around, crushes and all such madness. This brought me to my guy for life my husband. There was a lot of outings and eating out, pampering and chocolates and stuff.  Despite gyming I put on all the lost weight. I finished my college and went for a professional teacher course B.Ed I gained maximum at this year. Thanks to long lectures and over stuffing of food. In all this time, I was fighting to lose weight but never lost any.

2009 : I was teaching in a renowned school and everyone at home wanted me to get married but I didn’t want to, only coz I looked fat. I’m sure many of you might have felt so. And so, I had to tell my mum wait for some months. I went to this dietician called Tripti Gupta. And damn she helped me lose all the extra weight and I was all fit, lean before my wedding day. I owe it to her. My in laws never saw me fat and never believed I was fat.

2010 – 2015: After marriage most couples gain weight, but thankfully both of us maintained and remained lean. Damn! over the years I gained weight. At 4 years of my marriage I was back again to my motapa (fatness). By the way major weight gain was thanks to a colleague friend who was supposed to get married. She made me eat all the samosas saying I’m going, when will u eat with me again and stuff. Let me again tell you I was in constant struggle of losing weight over these years too and sometimes I lost sometimes I gained.

Then I had to conceive so I lost all the interest as my major focus was conception. Now after delivery I am back again to my fitness obsession.

2016 – 2017: On my delivery bed, I was 86. When my baby was 9 month old I was 70. I had lost around 16 kgs of weight, which was quite good in 7 months.  Postpartum I knew I had to get back to the lean me. I started working on it when my baby was 50 days old. Clean eating was happening even before post that I started yoga to gain strength. I continued yoga till my baby was 6 months and now I follow my youtube gurus.

Now after a year post delivery, I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight which is 66 kgs but yes I still have a lot to loose. Not to forget my target is not only weight, I am writing down weights here because thats something measurable and can be seen but I have gained a lot of strength. My body is tighter to the body before pregnancy thanks to exercising,

Read my article on things to keep in mind (these helped me) to get fit here.

Adding some pictures here for you all to compare.

wedding time

wedding Time

some years post wedding
50 days pp
1 year post delivery

 

Let us know about your fitness journey in the comments below.