W R I T E –
My #onelittleword for 2019. For many reasons.
May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month and reading stories of so many fellow mom bloggers on Instagram, took me back to my initial days of motherhood and how I hated everything about being a mother, except my darling baby of course!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and I wanted the boys to do a craft that would involve my younger son, 3 years old, to be able to participate in too. It had to be something they could make for their Grandmothers and aunt, as well. What better than a DIY photo frame with a special picture of each one in it as a keepsake!
I had recently discovered Amazon India, and found these variety packs of washi tapes on sale. I ordered them to get them delivered to my parents who were visiting Mumbai at the moment. Naturally, I was itching to use them as soon as I received them. This special Mother’s Day craft just HAD to be done with these washi tapes.
The DIY photo frame is really simple to do, and my 3 year old was able to work with the tapes too. It takes less than 20 minutes, provided you have a printed photo already.
I’ve never been the kind who makes New Year resolutions or writes down goals. Like a true Taurean, I just get on to doing something till I achieve it, or till I realize it’s not meant for me!
This year I was introduced to a new concept by a couple of wonderful bloggers – One Little Word. It is originally a concept of Ali Edwards from Oregon, USA since 2006, who explains the concept very simply as “A single word can be a powerful thing.” (https://aliedwards.com/one-
I see it as one word or theme to live your year and your life by – be it in your relationships, be it at work or home, be it with your projects, be it with your goals, etc. The word should inspire and motivate you to keep moving towards something better.
I saw some fellow UAE Mom Bloggers come up with some wonderful ideas for their own words for 2018 and it got me thinking what is the one thing lacking in me?
The news of a pregnancy brings along so many emotions for the parents and families, mainly happiness and anxiety. If you have an older child who is yet too young to understand the situation, parents worry about how the situation will affect the child. As a mother, I understand this as my elder son, A was just 22 months old when we realised we were pregnant with his brother.
Initially, we received a lot of mixed emotions from our families – happiness and excitement for the arrival of another bundle of joy, and apprehension on how A was too young for his world to be shaken up like this. Bearing in mind that I am a stay-at-home mother, my son spent every waking (and sleeping) moment with me, and this fact started to cause me a lot of stress too!
It’s amazing how children learn so much by watching and observing their parents,but what’s even more special is how parents can learn to see everything in a new light when they are with their children.
Every new experience for the child, becomes a new experience for the parents too, as they get to learn a different way of exploring and dealing with things.
It’s no secret for anyone who reads my blogs or follows me on Instagram, that my elder son loves Rainbows. He loves doing activities that involve rainbow colors. Recently, while looking for some fun activities for him, we came across the Walking Rainbow experiment and decided to give it a try.
This experiment uses basic ingredients available in your kitchen and is very easy to set-up. It’s great to teach them about color mixing, and primary and secondary colors. It take 3-4 days for the complete effect to take place, and will require some patience on the kids’ part.
I love Diwali – the biggest Hindu festival of the year – the festival of lights!
Last year, I wrote about how I spend My kind of Diwali in Dubai. This year, I wanted to document my Diwali in pictures – the Rangolis the kids’ and I made, the diyas we lit, the clothes we wore, the prayer rituals – everything!
Diwali typically is a 5 day Hindu festival starting from Dhanteras and ending on Bhai Dooj.
Being a stay-at-home-mum, I have come to rely on a lot of common spices and condiments found in my pantry to cure my children of common ailments. Most recipes are age-old that have been passed on for generations – just proving how natural herbs were used to treat diseases before chemically produced medicines came in. Other recipes, I have found through the Internet, over time, to solve a particular problem.
Please note that the suggestions and remedies mentioned below, work for me, or I have found them while conducting my research. Please consult a medical practitioner before following any of the below.
As a mom of two sons, ages 5 and 2, September sends me in panic mode. September brings the start of a new school term after a long summer break and the start of Flu Season.
During the summer break, most kids live a relaxed and less stressful life, and are well rested which keeps them healthy too. Once school and the extra activities start, most kids suffer from over exertion and less rest, as a result of which their immunity is lower in those initial weeks too.
Today, on your 5th birthday, I’m not going to tell you how much I love you…you already know that. I’m not going to tell you about the man I wish for you to become, there is time for that.
I once read somewhere:
“Do not forget to wish your mom on your birthday, its one of the most special days of her life”