How Motherhood Changed Me – 3 years of Sarah

Dear Sarah,

 

We complete 3 years together today. 3 years of loving and being loved by a teeny tiny baby, with hundreds of sloppy kisses, tight hugs and tantrums galore, 3 years of motherhood! 3 years ago I never thought I could love and care for a little minion as much. After having you, I have become 100 times more careful about the surroundings, the food we eat, the environment. My life revolves around you. From the time I wake up in the morning, till the time I sleep (or pass out at 2 am due to exertion), you are the center of my world.

I was always a very self-centered personliving in my own cocoon and extremely anti-social (including my own family ;)). Now thanks to you, I know more people than I have ever known in my whole life. People know me as Sarah’s mom, courtesy my extra-social daughter 🙂

The love has only increased, despite sleepless nights, terrible tantrums and all the mental torture (no kidding!) you make me go through while crying and shouting. Not a very patient person that I was, I happily sail through a day of tantrums, shrieking and screaming (well, not so happily, but we manage)

I used to hate cooking! But I love experimenting with healthy food for you, and it makes me happy if you approve it too J I love seeing that content look on your face when I cook something for you, and demand more of it!

I used to live in a mess! And love it too! The situation hasn’t changed much here though – ask your Papa 😀 But at least for your stuff, I try and keep it a little organized and in place, and make the surroundings better for you!

 

Every breath you take, every move you make” – I’ll be watching you, loving you –  this Eagle’s song summarizes our bond and my love for you!

Love,

Mommy

 

This blog is a pat of the Blog Train “How Motherhood has Changed Me”, hosted by Pooja Kawatra of Mums & Babies.

Thanks May for introducing me in this blog train. Here is her post  – http://mmlittlee.blogspot.in/2017/10/how-motherhood-has-changed-me_25.html

Welcome Harshala I the Motherhood Blog Train. Harshala is a 23 y/o, unmarried mommy, a Film making & new media production graduate, a blog & biz coach with focus on motivation, Meraki and marketing at www.missharshala.com . She is also a lifestyle blogger at www.aweekinlife.com .

Harshala is homeschooling her soon to be 3 year old daughter Ira and documenting her journey as an Early Childhood Educationist on her blog. This Mumbai mom is sharing her experience about how motherhood has changed her tomorrow. You can read it here – http://www.themumsandbabies.com/2017/09/motherhood-stories-blog-train/

Best Natural Remedies for Acne Scars and Blemishes!

Well nobody likes scars and blemishes and that too on face! Thankfully though, there are many things you can do at home to help get rid of them. Today I will share some easy natural treatments to help reduce theses scars and blemishes. Most importantly, keep your skin clean and eat a healthy diet because it is rightly said “you are what you eat”.

There are various natural ingredients that can be applied to get the desired results.

  • Oatmeal Face Pack:

  • Oatmeal (powdered) – 2tbs
  • Honey (raw/organic) – 2tbs
  • Lemon juice – 1tbs

 

  • Besan Face Pack:

  • Chickpeas/Besan flour – 2tbs
  • Turmeric – 1/4tbs
  • Yogurt – 2tbs

 

Note : Use regular plain, unflavored and unsweetened yogurt with live cultures.

  • Garlic Face Masks:

  • Garlic Juice – 1tbs
  • Onion Juice – 1tbs
  • Garlic Pulp/Juice – 1tbs
  • Aloe Vera Gel (preferably fresh)  – 2tbs

Note : Add few drops of plain or rose water to dilute the garlic pulp or juice to prevent the burning or stinging sensation on the applied skin if any.

  • Lemon Masks:

  • Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed) – 2tbs
  • Green Papaya Pulp – 2tbs
  • Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed) – 2tbs
  • Turmeric (dried powder) – a pinch
  • Cucumber Juice – 2tbs
  • Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed) – 2tbs
  • Cucumber Pulp/Juice – 1tbs
  • Aloe Vera pulp – 1tbs
  • Honey (raw/organic) – 1tbs

Note: You can also use fresh Aloe Vera Gel or Ripe Papaya Pulp directly on face without adding anything to them or put them together to a paste. Whatever is convenient!

  • Potato Masks:

  • Potato Juice – 2 tbs
  • Honey (raw/organic) – 1tbs
  • Potato Pulp/Juice – 2tbs
  • Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed) – 1tbs
  • Turmeric – 1/4tbs pulp or powdered
  • Tomato Face Masks:

  • Tomato Juice – 3tbs
  • Honey (raw/organic) – 1tbs
  • Tomato Juice – 2tbs
  • Buttermilk – 1tbs
  • Onion Face Mask:

  • Onion Juice – 2tbs
  • Honey (raw/organic) – 1tbs

 

 

Combine the ingredients to make a smooth paste. You can always adjust the consistency.  Apply the pack on your face and leave until it dries completely or just about to dry. You can re-apply the masks a couple of times. Before washing the pack, massage the face in circular motion using fingertips. Rinse with normal water and moisturize your face.

These face packs/masks will help you to clear acne, acne scars, blemishes,  skin discoloration, hyper-pigmentation and brighten skin complexion as well. Absolutely natural and healthy for the skin saving the pain of nasty peels, skin bleaching or any harsh chemical process.

Additionally I would recommend to go light on using cosmetic products on face during acne breakout.  Choose your products with care and use paraben-free skincare and do not use products with synthetic dyes.

Try on these simple home remedies and enjoy its benefits. However, if you still don’t get enough time to try these remedies don’t worry. Our body is capable of taking care of scars and eventually they’ll fade. However, if you expose them too much in the sun, their healing process will slow down and the scars could darken or become permanent. So moderate sun exposure for the time being and always use sunscreen for better protection.

Take care you guys. 

XOXO

Tripti

 

A Lehenga is for all Seasons and Ocassions

The festive season is here and the wedding season is about start too. It is that time of the year when you are looking for a dress for all occasions. For some, this could be an exciting exercise and for others getting your favorite look or the lehenga and style could be quite hassle – what to buy, where to buy, how to accessorize it. All in all, the next 150 days present an opportunity to make your mark on the circuit by stepping out in your best ensembles.

While some of you might head to your favourite boutique, others might find it convenient and quicker while shopping online.

Lehengas have been quite a favorite amongst the Indian women and even some firangs. A good lehenga is a dress for all occasions and with a bit of innovation and hard work, they can be the go to dress for pretty much any occasion. It’s an extremely versatile piece of clothing that can be paired with different cholis, kurtis, capes, tops and dupattas and please don’t even get me started on accessories and make-up.

Look stylish at a Diwali Party

Pair a solid coloured lehenga, maroon , black and bottle green are my favourites – with an earthy colour with some embellishments and you’re all set to rock the party. Go for light fabrics given the weather as well as durations of these Diwali parties. Throw in some non-precious metal jewellery to complete the look.

A family get together that you weren’t going to be part of

We have all been there. You weren’t going to be a part of that get-together at a relative/friend’s place and hence didn’t plan your dress for it. Well, no worries. Look through your wardrobe or even your mother’s for a pastel skirt. Pair it with a western top. A dull pink would go with practically any color. Once again the right accessories and hair-do will go long way in completing your look.

That special evening event

While this one may require investment in terms of time, you could do some online shopping on Myntra to for a quick fix. Something sequinned or with embellishments is what you need. Pair it with something in golden or silver to get that chic look.

The one for weddings

Dressing up can be very subjective. But given it’s 2017 and I have been through florals, sequins and heavy embellishments – my latest indulgence is fabrics… especially rich weaves and heavy, pure fabrics like brocades, Banarasi silks, Kanjeevarams and pure silks. It looks great for all occasions and ages, and is versatile and classy. There are no constraints in terms of fabrics you choose. Pick an absolutely pure Mysore silk and Banarasi lehenga like this amazingly regal one.

Like I said before, lehengas are versatile; they can be paired practical with different clothing items, accessories for different looks. One can dress up for fancy occasions as well as dress down for simpler gatherings. Most important – lehenga has a feminine charm that’s quite unmatched. Lehengas would generally never go waste… they are for all seasons and occasions!!

 

Donum Naturals – Baby Therapeutic Cream (for eczema) and Radiant Creams for moms – Review

I’m really fond of brands which have something for me as well as my little on, especially if the products they offer have natural ingredients. Recently, I came across Donum Healthcare’s Sunshield cream with SPF 15 which is also a Radiant Day Cream which hydrates the skin.

Since me and my daughter have extremely dry skin and with the winters approaching, I chose their amazing Therapeutic Moisturizing Cream for babies.

Introducing DONUM NATURALS

Donum has a comprehensive range of wellness and skin care products that will nourish and bring out the natural beauty of your skin without any harm. It uses nature as the secret ingredient in all its products and includes ingredients like Neem, Basil leaf, Aloe-vera, Oatmeal and Argan oil.

Therapeutic Moisturizing Cream for babies

Donum Claims:

It is a healing and protective therapeutic cream, a shield Healing Moisturising Cream that is enriched with goat’s milk and chamomile which acts as a gentle chemical free cure for children suffering from eczema. It has highly effective natural active ingredients like goat milk which cures flaky skin, itchiness and redness. The presence of vitamins and goodness of chamomile calms and soothes the child’s gentle skin.

Price:

INR 375

Quantity:

60 gms

Ingredients:

Online availability: Website , Amazon.in

My Review:

The cream is soft, thick and buttery. It rubs into the skin making it soft and hydrated for hours. My daughter has extremely dry skin. Since this cream claims to treat the symptoms of eczema, including dry skin, I wanted to give it a try for the winters. The cream is extremely moisturizing and gets absorbed well into the skin, without making it sweat.

It keeps my daughter’s dry skin hydrated for hours, though it would vary for kids with eczema, who might need timely applications.

What works:

  • Highly moisturizing
  • Very effective for a long time

What doesn’t:

  • None

Radiant Cream with SPF 15

Donum Claims:

It is a combination of Oatmeal, Vitamin F, and Grapefruit extracts, which provides deep nourishment along with sun protection leaving the skin fresh, supple and youthful in a natural way. It provides nourishment without any parabens & paraffins.

Price:

INR 310

Quantity:

60 gms

Ingredients:

Online availability: Website , Amazon.in

My Review:

It is a nice day cream which lightly moisturizes the skin and get absorbed quickly providing hydration throughout the day. The radiant cream has a sweet fragrance that lingers for some time and keeps the skin feeling fresh. However, in hot and humid weather, it might make the skin sweat a bit, but that could be because of the SPF content.

The packaging is in a box, which makes it easy to use and is travel-friendly.

What works:

  • It has natural ingredients like Oatmeal, Grapefruit extracts, Vitamin F
  • Light texture
  • Keeps skin hydrated for the whole day
  • SPF 15

What doesn’t:

  • It can make skin a little sweaty in hot weather