CHILDREN’S DAY SPECIAL: 5 WAYS TO HELP KIDS EXPRESS THEMSELVES

I am in a meeting…Don’t make noise…I can’t play with you…


These have been few of the common phrases said to kids ever since the pandemic started. During the prolonged confinement when kids were away from their friends, seldom were times when our little ones got a chance to express themselves in an unfiltered way.

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Keeping this in mind, this Children’s Day, Nickelodeon – India’s leading kids entertainment franchise – inspired kids to express themselves, unfiltered, through a fun and empowering campaign #NoStressExpress. During the campaign, it got me to thinking what the ways are we can help our kids to express themselves.


Here are five easy ways to help the little ones to speak their hearts and mind out!

Creativity


Art is the best way for creative self-expression. No wonder it’s said, A picture speaks thousand words! Creativity encourages kids to express in their own ways and also helps in improving physical, emotional and mental-being. Encourage your tiny tot to explore different art forms and see their favourite artistic mediums.

Kids express themselves

Labelling the emotions


Helping kids label what they are feeling can help them in expressing better and differentiating between different emotions. For instance, you could say, “Mumma is happy to see that you have finished your food!”. One can also take the help of pictures, books, favourite characters to point out the emotions shown.

Kids express themselves

Music


Can you think of that song which helped you sail through difficult times? Or the one that makes you happy? Most likely the answer to these questions is a yes! Music has the ability to help kids to communicate their minds and hearts. Whether it is singing, performing, or even listening, grooving to the tunes can allow them to express themselves to the world!

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Hobbies


Encourage them to express themselves through their hobbies! Perhaps they like to get creative through yoga, dance, or let out their pent-up energy through karate. It’s a win- win! Not only will they be able to express who they are, but they will also be keeping healthy and fit in a way they enjoy.

Kids express themselves

Let them be the decision makers!


How about giving them the liberty to take decisions of the next outfit they want to wear or what they want to eat. Letting them take decisions for matters as small as these gives them confidence and understand their choices and preferences!

Kids express themselves

Small steps can make big difference when it comes to letting them express themselves. Always encourage and remind your tiny tots #NoStressExpress !

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Top 5 baby wipes brands in India, Real Mom’s Review

When it comes to our babies us moms leaves no stones unturned to give the best to them. During my first pregnancy, I was so young and naive. I had no idea about the baby products I need or the baby brands to trust or even the basics of shopping for a baby.


I turned to my elders, moms near me or the great internet for everything. In addition, this was 6 years ago.


So when I became a mom again I had so much more confidence on handling things, I was more aware of the things that I wanted for my baby.
Trust me a lot of your baby products and equipment will be a waste even before your baby turns 6 months old.


However, there is one thing that you would need for the longest time ever are the baby wipes. Baby wipes are so essential for a new mom and every mom should keep them handy at all times.


Baby wipes come in handy right from when they are born to when they start eating solid food to when you step out of the house. Literally everywhere!!


Baby wipes are not only used for baby’s face but also for their bum for potty time cleaning, also for their cute little hands while eating solids or during playtime and even the whole body. So you see it’s essential to use a baby wipes that is natural and free from chemicals that may be gentle on your baby’s skin.


So here are my recommendation for the top 5 baby wipes brands in India-

Mother Sparsh 99% unscented pure water baby wipes-


Mother Sparsh wipes are plant based baby wipes and are meant for babies that have normal to sensitive skin. The Mother Sparsh baby wipes can be used from face to toes anywhere without any worries, as they are plant based and are 99% water wipes.
I remember especially in the initial months I had kept multiple packs of Mother Sparsh baby wipes around the house and diaper bag because they came in so handy.


Key features of the Mother Sparsh Baby wipes are-


• The wipes are made with medical grade based plant based cloth and water and it makes me feel so much better to know that it’s equal to using a wet cotton cloth for cleaning.
• Their wipes are 99% pure water wipes. It feels like I am using cloth. I also use these wipes to remove my make up and they work so well even with a T zone oily skin patch.
• The wipes are 3 times thicker and feels so soft on baby’s skin. When cleaning baby’s bum this helps so much.
• The pack of wipes comes with a safety lock to prevent any water leakage from wipes. It’s so much helpful specially while travelling; and I keep a pack in my diaper bag always.
• The wipes have no fragrance added that makes them pure and gentle.
• Mother Sparsh wipes are dermatologically tested for all skin types and clinically examined for infections and rashes. So no more irritation from the wipes and its perfect for sensitive skin babies.
• The wipes are 100% biodegradable so they are healthy for the planet. As a consumer we should be equally responsible to buy such products that are good for the planet.
• No after stickiness or smell from wipes. As I find this problem with many other wipes but not with mother sparsh wipes, because they are mostly water based they feel pure water without any chemicals.


The Mother Sparsh 99% unscented pure water wipes single pack is rs 299/- and pack of two is rs 499/-

Chicoo Baby Moments Soft Cleansing Baby Wipes-

Chicoo baby wipes are made with 100% soft fabric that is cleans baby’s skin during nappy change and for face and hands. Good thing is it hs Aloe Ver and Chemomile that does not leave baby’s skin dry. And I love the subtle fragrance it leaves in baby’s skin.


Key Feature of Chicoo Baby Wipes-


° Chicoo Wipes are made with soft non woven fabric and is gentle on baby’s skin.
° The Wipes are 100% vegetarian in original and safe for use.
° The aloe Vera and chamomile provides ample nourishment for baby’s skin after cleaning.


Single Chicoo baby wipes pack of 72 wipes is rs 179/-

Roo & Boo Skin Care Wipes-

Roo and boo Wipes are extremely soft on baby’s skin whilist providing mild fragrance to keep baby fresh. Their Wipes are parben free and are infused with VIT E. The wipes claim to be 99% water and it does smell and feel fresh with minimal ingredients.


Key features of Roo and Boo Wipes-


° Roo and boo Wipes are mild and delicate and have little fragrance.
° It’s infused with candula extracts to deal with fungal infection or any inflammations.
° The Wipes contain 99% water.
° The Wipes are paraben free and infused with VIT E.
° The Wipes are zero alchocol based.
Roo and Boo Pack of 3(216 wipes) is 185/-

Roo and Boo Pack of 3(216 wipes) is 185/-

Pampers Gentle Wipes With Aloe Vera-


Pampers gentle baby wipes has the goodness of aloe Vera that helps prevent rashes when wearing diapers. Pamper baby wipes are suitable for diaper cleaning, hands and face. A very mild fragrance keeps baby clean and fresh.
Key features of pampers gentle Wipes with aloe vera-
° Pampers baby Wipes are 97% water based wipes.
° The Wipes are enriched with aloe Vera and it prefects baby’s skin from drying out.
° The Wipes are easy to use as the sze of wipe is wipe for proper cleaning.
° The thick material of Wipes is still soft of baby’s skin like cotton and water.
° The Wipes are safe to use for normal as well as sensitive skin.
Pampers gentle wipes with alovera is rs 278/- for pack of 2(144 wipes)

Himalaya gentle baby wipes is rs 245/- for pack of 2(72 wipes)

Himalaya Gentle Baby Wipes


Himalaya baby wipes have herbal ingredients like Aloe Vera and Indian Lotus. These are gentle baby wipes that are soothing for baby during a nappy change. The Himalaya wipes are mild on baby’s skin and prevents any rashes and irritation when wiping. The baby wipes are ideal to use using diaper change and protect from germs and bacteria.


Key features of Himalaya gentle baby wipes-


° Himalaya gentle baby wipes are mild wipes with some fragrance.
° It allows are germ free nappy change time.
° The aloe Vera in the wipes moisturises the skin.
° The Indian Lotus makes the skin of baby soft and supple.
° The wipes have a special pH balanced formula that reduces skin irritation.

Himalaya gentle baby wipes is rs 245/- for pack of 2(72 wipes)

With so many baby wipes its certainly a task to find the right one that suits your baby’s skin. The most important aspect is to choose a wipe that is soft on baby’s skin, environmental friendly, less chemical, made with natural ingredients.


Hope my recommendation are useful so you can make the right choice for your baby!

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Childrens Day Activities, KidZania

Children’s Day Weekend @ KidZania: Enjoy the warmth and innocence of your children’s smiles as they engage in fun-filled interactive activities

Global entertainment and learning brand, KidZania, brings an extraordinary ‘Children’s Day Weekend’ at its Mumbai and Delhi NCR centres for this year’s Children Day.

KidZania

When: Sat, 13th Nov & Sun, 14th Nov 2021
What: Children’s Day Weekend @ KidZania
Where: KidZania Mumbai & KidZania Delhi NCR
Time: 11 am to 7 pm

Childrens Day Activities KidZania

Children are the foundation of society and our future, and Children’s Day is marked especially to increase awareness about their rights, care and education. The day celebrates each child’s warmth and innocence, making them feel singularly unique. In tandem with this, KidZania has organised the Children’s Day Weekend extravaganza, giving kids a chance to peel themselves away from the screens to enjoy stimulating, interactive activities offline.

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The weekend will kick off on the 13th of November (Saturday) with Tinkle Workshop at both its centres that include an ‘Artroom Session’ on How to Draw popular Tinkle comic characters Shambu and Suppandi as well as ‘Fun with Shapes’ – with Sonal Goyal and Bhushan Verma at the Delhi NCR centre and Savio at the Mumbai theme park; alongside a fun ‘Meet & Greet’ with Suppandi! An interactive Tinkle Storytelling session has also been organised the next day, on the 14th of November (Sunday), by Archana Chandel at KidZania Delhi NCR and Prateek Dhruva at KidZania Mumbai. Furthermore, an exciting ‘Meet & Greet’ with Shambu will be held to celebrate Tinkle Day!

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At the same time, contributing to the child’s overall development, KidZania has also initiated The Big ‘Salary’ Promotion to encourage financial literacy among kids. Each KidZania mini-city has its own currency, the “KidZo,” and, during this special weekend, children will receive a “raise” much as one does in an actual job on exceptional occasions. While they will get two extra KidZos on all earning role-play activities, they can save two KidZos on every spending role-play activity – thereby helping kids imbibe the concepts of savings and money management.

KidZania

The Children’s Day Weekend by KidZania aims to deliver bountiful joy and excitement to kids while providing with an edutaining experience that ignites their minds and encourages them to inculcate good values.

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Easy Paneer Tikka Masala Recipe, That Tastes Like Restaurant

Paneer Tikka masala

Thia recipe is my go to to make paneer tikka masala. And best part is that it tastes just like restaurant style paneer tikka masala or maybe even better.

Paneer Tikka Masala is also one of the most ordered vegetarian main course meal in restaurants. Gravy with crispy paneer tikka is delicious and tasty with some kachumbar salad.

Paneer-tikka-masala

To make this recipe you need to make a good paneer tikka and my recipe is perfect and foolproof. You can make it in oven, tandoor or on a pan.

Here’s a quick paneer tikka video to see the step by step tutorial.

Directions to make paneer tikka masala-

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Paneer Tikka masala
Paneer Tikka Masala
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
30 mins
 

Paneer Tikka Masala is a popular Indian vegetarian main course dish. Grilled paneer is served with a creamy base of onion and tomato gravy.

Course: brunch, dinner, lunch, Party
Cuisine: Indian, north indian
Keyword: grilled paneer, indian paneer dish ideas, indian paneer gravy, Paneer Tikka Masala,, Restaurant Style paneer Tikka masala
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Avin Kohli
Ingredients
For Paneer Tikka Masala Gravy
  • 2 finely chopped onions
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 4 Finely chopped tomatoes
  • 5 tbsp oil
  • 1 black cardomom
  • 2 small Bay leaf
  • 1 tsp jeera/cumin
  • 1 tsp Salt or as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 cup fresh cream
Instructions
To make gravy
  1. Once you have paneer Tikka cooking in the oven, heat the oil.

  2. Add jeera, bay leaves and cardomom. Let it roast as the oil heats.

  3. Add chopped onion. Cook til its brown.

  4. Add ginger garlic paste. Cook for another min till raw smell goes.

  5. Add chopped tomatoes and cook for 10-15 mins or till oil leaves the sides.

  6. Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and coriander powder. Cook well for another 3 mins.

  7. Add the paneer Tikka, garam masala and cream.

  8. Mix and cook for 1 mins. Enjoy with hot rotis.

Paneer-tikka-masala

More paneer recipes on the blog-

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Paneer Makhanwala

Restaurant Style Paneer Angara

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My Skin Care Secrets Because Of Which I Am In Love With Myself

Loving my body has been one of the greatest and fruitful discoveries of my life. We all have that phase where we may not love our body – literally.


Acne, more weight, body shape, big boobs, thin hair, weird feet just about anything could be the reason why you would dislike yourself and not feel worthy of being cared for!

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My greatest knowledge that I keep sharing with everyone is what you eat! A healthy body equals a healthy mind.


We have plenty of junk food to choose from but the real deal is sidelined in the name of boredom.
Imagine picking up a fruit instead of a cookie or having a salad instead of a burger. Our body processes food so much differently in both of these cases.


I have been lucky to be blessed with good skin. Most of my teenage and early 20s I have had basically no problem with my skin. But all that went away once I had babies. After 2 babies my skin is not the same and I have to constantly make an effort to keep my skin hydrated and to keep them supple. I follow my skin care routine every night!


However I also believe and take care not just of the outer skin but caring from within.

One such brand that resonates with my way of living is I AM LOVE.

Skin Care Secrets


I Am Love is a combination of modern science and ayurveda for your skin and body needs. If you care about your skin, health and fitness then the Iamlove range is for you.


I AM LOVE offers products under Daily Nutrition, a range of products primarily focused to bridge the nutritional gap. I AM LOVE Daily Nutrition Mixes enriched with essential micro & macro nutrients, Natural Whey Isolate and vital to ensure complete nutrition. I AM LOVE Functional Nutrition products that aim at addressing the specific imbalances in the body through exotic blends of Organic Mix. It helps You to achieve Ideal Body Requirements , functional health.


Their claims and high praises are backed with many customer feedback like mine. The products are easy to use and they naturally fit into your daily lifestyle without much hassle.


I Am Love products are absolutely vegan, not tested on animals, free from preservatives and harmful chemicals. The ingredients are purely sourced from India and reviewed by FSSAI.

Skin Care Secrets


They have all natural plant based nutritional products that your skin may need. I especially love their hair care and immunity boosting mix.

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So here are my skin care secrets that make me in love with my body-


Follow a CTM routine – CTM routine is nothing but a cleansing, toning and moisturising routine. I love a night time CTM routine because it calms me well for a good night’s sleep. But you could also do a morning routine. Simply choose a cleanser to cleanse your face well. Use a toner with glycolic acid and apply on your skin. After a few minutes use a moisturizer that is suitable according to your skin and allows your skin hydration and keeps it supple.


Adequate Sleep – The most underrated part of anybody’s skin care routine is sleep. A good 7-9 hours of sleep can do wonders. The trick is to sleep according to your natural sleep cycle. Meaning sleep at the same time each day, preferably between 9-11 pm and wake up early. Sleep is important as our body and skin both heals when we are sleeping. So your CTM routine will have more time to work and will be more effective.


Eat fresh food – As mentioned earlier, eat fresh, local and seasonal fruit. When you eat fresh your body processes this food better.


Apart from eating fresh you could also try boosting your immunity by having Reishi Mushroom turbo shot for your immune system everyday! Mix with water, juice or coffee or any liquid or your choice.
If you are someone who works out for good health then you must try the IAMLOVE Protect + Repair 10% whey protein Isolate.


In the end these are just suggestions that you can try. See what works best for you and how you can be the best version of yourself by changing a few things about yourself. Trust me the change is truly positive.

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