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5 Board Games That Made Up My Childhood

posted by Mommy Tincture July 20, 2017 0 comments

My elder son has just turned four and one of his gifts was a magnetic combo of Board Games including LUDO & Snakes and Ladders. A couple of efforts at making him understand LUDO have gone in vain. I guess he is still too young for it, but he has already got a hang of Snakes & Ladders. He loves the idea of snakes biting and taking you down and the ladder which is sort of a short cut to the top. It’s heartwarming to see his grandparents taking the lead and setting up the mood for playing the one game that they too have played for as long as they can remember. His grandparents get so engrossed in the game that they forget the initial idea was to keep the kids busy and Continue Reading

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Shapes Craft – A fun Way of learning through Art & Craft

posted by Mommy Tincture July 13, 2017 0 comments

It is quite a relief that most of the pre-schools today believe in developing sensory and fine motor skills of the toddlers through activity based learning. Toddlers aren’t handed a pencil and notebook right away and asked to write and learn numbers and alphabets in this tedious and boring way.  For those who have started play school for their toddlers in the recent years must have got a little nervous when your kids were not handed pencils during the entire year of going to the play school. In my case, even at the lower kindergarten level, my son’s school has begun the writing curriculum only now after the summer vacations. The entire learning during the preschool has happened Continue Reading

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A Second Chance At Motherhood – Things I Am Doing Differently

posted by MommyTincture July 6, 2017 6 Comments

Mostly every mother has this clear picture in her mind about how she wants to bring up her children. Yet, in the rush of events of becoming a first-time mom, a lot remains fogged due to lack of experience.
For me, the birth of my first child was a milestone I managed to meet before I turned 30. Actually, I was not quite ready for a child, yet we as a couple decided to have one because I also firmly believed that if I grew any older, it would be impossible for me to have the patience to raise any kids.

A lot went haywire and in retrospect, I feel that my little Nik and dear husband were at the receiving end most of the times. I was like, if I am going to have a kid, I rather raise him to be that perfect kid who every mother would envy. (I am laughing at my naivety of having such a goal.) Continue Reading

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Balenzia – Changing the way we pull up our socks

posted by Mommy Tincture June 24, 2017 1 Comment

Recently I went to a wedding ceremony, where I saw various members of the hosting family in the same costume; especially the father-son and mother-daughter duos. I must admit they looked stunning. But this caused my mood to take a nose dive, because I was like, “What matching trend can I follow with my boys?” And my rants of not having a girl surfaced for the nth time. My elder one who now understands all conversation walked up to me very innocently and said, “Mamma! Don’t get sad, we can wear matching jeans and socks.” Such is a child’s observation and logic, and he had a point!

I could’ve simply brought black socks or white ones and would have satisfied my quest to be able to wear matching stuff with my son. But I stumbled upon something that was quirkier. It was the Justice League socks for men, women and kids. The Justice League range by Balenzia has absolutely caught my fancy because of their theme. They are offering stylish and cool superhero themed socks. Now that my elder one understands the brotherhood of Spiderman, Superman, Batman etc, I was thrilled about getting the Justice League merchandise for him.

Balenzia for years now has held the reputation for manufacturing high-quality socks, which is perfect for consumers seeking stylish designs and cool products. They offer a variety of essentials, fashion and no-show premium foot accessory that are available in various options like mercerized cotton, bamboo and modal.

My review of the Justice League socks by Balenzia

Designs

There is a large range of designs to choose from. There is one in every colour for everyone in your family who is cool enough to wear a superhero on their ankles. I got a Pink ankle length and a blue one for my kid.

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Fabric

I am not sure which one of the above mentioned fabrics did I order, but they sure are cotton and extremely soft. They are suitable to be worn in all seasons without causing any discomfort. I have already washed Nik’s pair and it remains the same. There is no shrinking or hardening of the fabric.

Price

The ones’ in the picture above that I ordered are @Rs 299/- a pair. I would rate that as slightly costly. But I do not mind paying a slight premium for the theme and the quality fabric. Other products are available at a price ranging Rs. 109- 599 available across all leading retail stores and online at Balenzia along with stores like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Jabong etc.

If you have followed my write-ups in the past, you already know that I am a person with a minimal fashion philosophy. Minimal here means I do not pay too much attention to the latest and uncomfortable trends. Decking up too much isn’t my thing. And I apply the same fashion ideology with my kids. I strongly believe that my kids should feel more comfortable than they should feel in style. Yet, there are some fashion trends that I would gladly follow as far as the boys are concerned.  The Justice League accessory range is one of them.

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Learning Alphabets Phonics Way – Everything You Need To Know

posted by Mommy Tincture June 6, 2017 0 comments

Precisely 4 years ago, I was in a conversation with my cousin whose daughter had begun school recently. I happened to ask her if my niece had started learning the alphabets. To which my cousin responded that she was baffled by what they were doing at school with the alphabets. Further discussion revealed that they weren’t being taught Alphabets the traditional way in the normal ABCD… order. This is how we learnt alphabets and have seen generations learning the same. But the new order of learning alphabets is different. It is based on ease of their sound and identification of letters. Continue Reading

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Summer Vacations – Fun n Homework!

posted by Mommy Tincture June 4, 2017 5 Comments

When I was in school, I was notorious for detesting vacations. I just hated them. I loved to go to school and be with my friends there, run around for teachers’ errands and plan for the projects etc. This ofcourse is a memory from as long as I can remember. I hated vacations for one very specific reason – ‘The Piled Up Homework’. How much so ever I tried to plan my homework distributing it equally across the weeks and days of the total span of vacations, I ended up distracted and highly digressed from the initial plan. Continue Reading

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How I Learned Value of Money

posted by Mommy Tincture June 1, 2017 6 Comments

A couple of months back, I read in an interview by actor Akshay Kumar that he did not want his kids to inherit his wealth. HE WANTED THEM TO EARN IT.

“Whatever they get, they have to earn it. I want them to be responsible human beingd who are also full of gratitude for what they have. If they want luxuries in life they have to work hard for them” said Akshay Kumar.

This makes me ponder further as to how in our normal lives we can induce sensitivity towards money in our kids. Going down the memory lane, I remember various instances where my parents refused to give in to our (my sister and me) whims and fancies and often put their foot down on our demands. The result, they have two daughters who are financially independent with decent savings to fend for themselves even if they do not work for next couple of years. Here are snippets from my childhood to give you a peep into how my parents instilled value of money in our young minds- Continue Reading

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Story Telling Re-invented

posted by Mommy Tincture May 30, 2017 0 comments

If one were to ask you that what has carried the ancient history and ancient fables into the present? Your answers would be books, scriptures, fables, epics etc. Right? Aren’t they all primarily stories? Weren’t they all written by people who experienced the happenings of the past first hand or researched them to find enough facts and figures to build up one comprehensive story. Yes! Everything we know today was created someday and passed on to us in the form of a story. Continue Reading

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DayCare Facilities – In The Government Radar

posted by Mommy Tincture May 18, 2017 1 Comment

During a conversation with a friend in Australia, I was amazed to know that for working mothers there Day Care for their little one is not an option, it is an eventuality. Home baby-sitting is another alternative, which works out slightly expensive and has its own disadvantages. We then discussed at length how things were different in India and people had huge reservations about sending their kids to a crèche/day care. Continue Reading