Recharge Your Mind & Affection Level

As a proud parent of twins, past few years were excessive busy for us. No major celebrations, no outings and less of fun gatherings,  that was the only constant thing. Of course, I did celebrated each and every milestone my kids achieved in past years but there was no social life for me and my husband. Last year was definitely a year to remember as it was a perfect mix of happiness and sadness in my parenting job. On one of half of it, I struggled with my kids delays in achieving their milestones and on the other half it was immense joy seeing them working hard to mitigate them. I can’t explain how much proud they make me when I see them trying hard to reach ‘Perfection’.

On the same note, me and my husband decided to take a break from work during ‘Holiday Season’ and spend some ‘family time’ all together. I strongly feel that every family should take such breaks at least once a year and that is going to be our plan for future. Don’t you feel that often we are so much under pressure of life and our responsibilities that we forget to enjoy it.

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Here are few quick suggestions on relaxing, recharging & rejuvenating.

  1. Relax your body and soul by keeping all the things in the back pocket and just concentrate on the hour.
  2. Give lot of kisses and hugs to your family without any reason.
  3. Watch romantic movies with your husband by giving your kids time-off with tablets. It works great .
  4. Go for a long drive as a family and enjoy the nature and the music.
  5. Call your good friends and party hard. Don’t forget to create a mini party for kids of the family involved so that everyone have equal fun.
  6. Eat what you really want to eat and skip dieting for few days. Sweet treats, let it coming.
  7. Laugh your heart out.
  8. Do shopping for yourself and your family.
  9. Enjoy the take outs and ban cooking on an every day basis so you can enjoy your time by taking walking tours or playing with the kids.
  10. Sleep for long hours and drink tea in peace with no rush in mind.

With this thought in mind, I wish everyone a very happy new year 2016.

Diwali with Tea India

Diwali is a special festival for most Indians including me and it is close to my heart. Filled with wonderful memories of past celebrations with crackers, ‘gujiyas’ and ‘diyas’ (tea-light), it is definitely one festival which I wait for eagerly. A time to enjoy good food, family and friend reunions and firecrackers. With all comes unavoidable ‘Chai’ moments which freshens up and uplift the Diwali mood. This year I will be celebrating Diwali with ‘Tea India’.

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Every Diwali we celebrate the festival by lighting Candles/Lamps and firecrackers at night, cook special dishes and have dinner together which eventually follows by divine sip of our favourite Masala Tea. I have to mention that I am quite a picky chooser for tea and I judge it based on it’s flavour and leaf quality. Recently I came across Tea India brand and I was really impressed by the range of speciality teas they are offering and the way they have incorporated very minute details of chai in their website.

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So I decided to try the brand. I am amused to know that the product is available in many stores around my place in Toronto. Since the time I tried this brand I really liked their tea and have been using them regularly. It is going to be part of celebrations as well as my routine life. I still remember my childhood memories of Diwali when after pooja and firecrackers we all use to sit together and enjoying the Diwali specialities made by my mother. With that part of that day, ‘chai’ was bound to happen and since we were teens so we weren’t allowed to drink tea. But my mother sometime use to put one tea bag on my hot cup of milk so I get that ginger and cardamom flavour in my glass of milk. It use to get finished like a flash of light.

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So just like all previous years, this Diwali too I will welcome my guest with ‘Tea India’ flavoured ‘chai’. On this note, I wish you all a very ‘Happy & Safe Diwali’.

This post is part of a sponsored campaign on behalf of the South Asian Bloggers Network for Tea India and I have received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.  

Halloween’s Healthy Options for Kids

Halloween is one of the best time for kids when they wear character based costumes and look funny plus cute. Some of older kids do trick-and-treat and visit neighborhood asking for candies. Personally, I like this day but I hate the fact that kids have to devour excess of sugary candies. I just wish if other people give healthy candy/snack to kids.

This Halloween, I will personally replace candies with following options –

Little Oliver Healthy Snack Olives – This particular snack olives is one of the best candy replacement for this Halloween. It comes in a big box with multiple small packets which is perfect for eating, sharing and giving.

You can make simple snacks for little kids to eat at your place or give them directly the packet. They both are good to go.

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Baby Gourmet Squoosh – Ideal fruit/vegetable supplement for picky eaters. I am sure all kids would love this as much as my kids love. They are healthy and made of real fruits with no additives. Available in various flavours and perfect on-the-go option for young to big kids. You won’t believe how quickly it gets finished :)

I had to really restrict my kids from finishing the whole batch in a single day. When something is labeled ‘For all ages’ that means you can trust them for a long journey of parenting. I am sure my kids and their friends will be thrilled to receive this as a Halloween treat.

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Get ready for ‘Trick or Treat’ with these tasty and super healthy options. Happy Halloween !

 

Mission Family Photography

Just like most of the moms, I too made a silent promise to myself that I will try my best to capture every little or big moments of my kid’s life. I will give the best gift of life which is ‘Memories’. But then things don’t go as you plan and something like that happened to me when I was pregnant and when my kids were infant. Since I had a not-so easy pregnancy  so my ‘Maternity Photo Shoot’ got totally dumped. I have few pictures but they are not the one which I like scrolling through. Then when my twins were born, my hands were literally full. There were days when combing my hair was a luxury forget about putting makeup or going for a professional shoot. I use to view other single baby moms sharing quite creative and aww-strucking professional pictures of their new-born and I was putting the ones clicked by either me or my husband ( although I think that my husband clicks good pictures but still…)

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So I was pretty sure that whatever be the case I will make sure that my kids have at least few good pictures to cherish later in life when they open their childhood album. Album which has papa, mummy and them, their little family.

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Luckily, I hit on Jessica Nip Photography and was impressed by her creations and then I asked her to do our family Photographs. She was great during the whole session. Very co-operative and great with my kids. Dia has a lot of stranger anxiety but Jessica and she clicked quite soon. Diyaan was most of the time lost in his own world so getting his attention was the biggest challenge but some how she overcame it.

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These pictures melts my heart totally, I loved each of them after seeing it though, I purchased only 5 out of 100+ shots she did. I wish I had the money to buy all but yes these 5 are my favourites.

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Mission picture at 2+ year accomplished :)

Review of Skincare C.Booth Products

Freeman Beauty is certainly not a new name in the market of skin products.They have been creator of so many skin deep products with their formulas with amino acids and proteins for superior skin benefits! Be it BareFoot, Vita-K, Psssst, Papaya all are well-known brands in North America. It was great to see them launch their new skin product line C.Booth in Canada. This product is loaded with botanical ingredients that naturally cleanse, moisturize,soothe and refresh to have you looking and feeling the best.

They have some of the best ingredients which is great for skin health like Argan Oil contains anti-aging properties that condition and heal skin, creating a youthful glow. Grape Seed extract diminishes fine lines and wrinkles by supporting and maintaining skin elasticity and preventing the breakdown of collagen. Allantoin works as an anti-irritant to heal and sooth damaged skin by stimulating new tissue growth. Shea Butter helps improve skin elasticity, tone and maintain skin hydration. Cocoa Butter melts into the skin to improve elasticity and restore hydration. Vitamin E fights free radicals and protects the skin from sun damage and aging.

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Best part of the products is that they are free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petrolatum. Honey rejuvenates and refreshes depleted skin with natural antioxidants and anti-microbial properties. Sweet Almond Oil and its essential fatty acids provide intense skin hydration. Cocoa Butter melts into the skin to improve elasticity and restore hydration. Shea Butter helps improve skin elasticity, tones and maintains skin hydration. Coconut Oil provides deep and real moisture while strengthening the underlying tissues and helping remove dead cells on the skin’s surface. Vegetable Oil helps restore balance to skin through fatty acids and Vitamin E to protect and fight against skin-aging.

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Walnut Shell naturally exfoliates skin by polishing away rough and dry patches, leaving skin soft, smooth, and radiant. Wheat Protein nourishes skin to improve texture, protects skin from dehydration, and decreases number and depth of wrinkles. On top of that each of the product is under $10 and easily available in Walmart.ca .

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For more information about each product refer this fact guide c.Booth Canada Fact Sheets

Installation and Review of Phantom Glass iPAD Screen Protector

Phantom Glass is my first choice when it comes to getting a screen protector for my gadgets specially phone and iPad. They are strongest glass screen protector available in the market, and prevents any chipping or scratching during use (exclusively, very important if your little ones uses them). I use the same brand for my HTC One M8 Mobile phone for more than 6 months and it is still going strong. So, I am back with another post for easy installation of Phantom Glass iPad screen protector. Check my YouTube or see below video for the complete process.

Read my review & installation for Phantom Glass HTC One M8 Mobile phone.

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I had few questions in my mind before reviewing the value of this product:

  1. Does the whole installation process is simple plus frustration-free?
  2. Does screen changes the look or it looks exactly same.
  3. Does the Phantom Glass hides the existing scratches?
  4. How is the user experience with Phantom Glass?

Here are my answers to my doubts –

  1. Very simple and easy process to install the screen. Check my video above to see how easily I did the complete process. And if, I can do it then I am sure anyone can do it .
  2. Corning Gorilla Glass ensures to protect your device from impacts and scratches.100% clarity, with zero image distortion.
  3. It is treated with a special oleo phobic nano-coating to ensure that fingerprints wipe off with ease. They help hiding the previous made scratches on the device.
  4. You can hardly feel the difference before and after installing the screen but now it is tempered proof.
  5. Additionally, Phantom Glass fits in all the cases. They have screen protector for every model. It is reusable and silicone nano-adhesion layer ensures easy installation and zero residue.

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Here are the few things which comes inside the package.

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I am very happy with my Phantom Glass screen protector and hope to stick with it till it breaks off or if I find a better product. Incase you have any issues with your existing screen protector, I would suggest to try Phantom Glass and you will never repent your purchase.

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