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My Trysts With Tea And Love For Green Tea

posted by Anupriya February 15, 2019 14 Comments

For all the first 22 years of my life, I had never ever tasted chai. Yes! As much as you may want to widen your eyes, that’s the truth of my life. Coffee sometimes, yes, but anything to do with tea sent my nose scrunching while the others around me scowled in disbelief.

Well! There’s some background to this aversion to tea. As per my mom I belong to that scarce species of kids who loved milk. Infact both us sisters would have a long standing face-off, inspecting two glasses on the table to claim the one with more milk (even though my mom made sure to give us the same amount to the best of her ability). Strangely enough, even during my teens, I never felt the need to switch to tea. I was more than happy with my milk indulgences with half a dozen flavors that my mom stocked the kitchen with. Continue Reading

Kids Learning

Will My Child Grow Up To Be What He Should Grow Up To Be?

posted by Anupriya April 26, 2018 3 Comments

Oh No! Please do not judge me as a mother who has already set goals for her kids to grow up to be a doctor, or an engineer or even a dancer or musician for that matter. At the same time neither am I sure nor do I commit to be that liberal mother who might just take it in my stride when Nik might grow up and come up to me saying, “Mom! I want to be a communist activist! I will fight against the capitalist system that is ruining our country!”

Then, what is it that I am really scared of? Before I answer my own question, let me take you through a small background of why this question has been troubling me for a couple of days.
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Parenting

5 Take-Aways from my first Parents Orientation Seminar

posted by Anupriya April 18, 2018 1 Comment

Trust Me ! The first day when your child goes to his big school (the one where he will in all probability spend the next 15 years of his life), it is a ‘Happy Realisation’ moment for you. Your responsibilities take a leap to a new level. It’s not just your kids food, hygiene and health that will be your concerns anymore. You will get into an endless process of planning and co-ordinating for your kids journey at school. When I recall my time at school, I have Goosebumps. God ! How did my parents manage me through all these years?

Nevertheless, this post is not about my musings and insecurities over how I am going to manage my son’s school life. It is about the orientation session that I attended on my son’s first day of school. Continue Reading

Parenting

Parenthood Was Supposed To Bring Us Closer As A Couple

posted by Anupriya April 12, 2018 8 Comments

I belong to that generation which grew up in the newness of a gamut of cable TV channels offering a further gamut of programs to be watched for all age groups. Though our parents tried to the best of their abilities to monitor our TV viewing habits, there always were enough gaps (and huge ones I must say) which exposed us to a lot that wasn’t appropriate for us to watch (this I realise now only after becoming a parent myself).

Nevertheless, I reminisce about those years now with both fondness and ridicule because exposure to the high family drama and continuous colloquy between the characters led me to shape a good amount of opinions and I started perceiving matters accordingly.
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DIYKids Learning

A Quite Book for Some Quite Fun and Learning Time

posted by Anupriya March 30, 2018 1 Comment

I first came across Quite Book on the internet while searching for DIY activities for kids.  The colorfully assembled books immediately caught my fancy and I set out to make one for my niece, to gift the same to her for her birthday.

Oh for those who are wondering what exactly is a quite book, a quick search on the same will tell you that a Quite Book is nothing but an ensemble of activities for kids that they can work on alone or with assistance. Quite Book is also known by names such as Soft Book, Busy Book or a Cloth Book. The best part about quite books us that they are extremely colorful and can be customized as per the kid’s age and interest. The activities mostly focus on skills like matching, sorting, imaginative play etc. Continue Reading

Kids Learning

Sustainable Practices at School

posted by Anupriya March 23, 2018 10 Comments

Last week Nik was with me at the grocery shop. When I completed my shopping and took the delivery from the shopkeeper, Nik pulled my hand pointed out to me,

‘Mamma, we should not use plastic bags. You should have brought a cloth bag with you.’

I was a stunned for a moment at my son’s words but then realized immediately that he was learning about not using plastic bags at school. I smiled at him and apologized, promising that next time onwards mamma will be more careful and carry a cloth bag. Continue Reading

Parenting

Did You Know About The After School Meltdown Among Kids

posted by Anupriya March 16, 2018 8 Comments

Madhu is winding up her DIY Project to make customized cushion covers for her kids. She is in a hurry, because Shaurya will arrive any moment and then there will be no time or energy to do anything other than run after him.

‘Oh God! This boy has become such a ruckus.’ Madhu thought as she mentally braced herself for the daily Tsunami that was to hit the home in a couple of minutes. Even though managing a hyperactive kid who hardly took time off the entire day took its toll on her, Madhu was ok with him being active and playful. She was more bothered by the possibility that Shaurya might be raising havoc in school too. Everyday she saw a restless Shaurya nit-picking on items in the house, running around incessantly and shouting needlessly. She dreaded the day when she might be summoned to his school for his mis-demeanor. As she prepared herself for such an encounter with her son’s teachers, she also thought of questions that she would ask her so that she could help Shaurya become a calm kid. Continue Reading

Lifestyle

Why Every Mom Should Try Out Infused Water This Summer #InstaCuppa

posted by Anupriya March 11, 2018 8 Comments

It was after my second pregnancy when I set out to lose my baby fat, I came across this concept called Infused Water. When I tried it out I realized that among other benefits, the best thing about infused water is that it makes your water a tad more tasty without actually loading it with strong flavors. I have always been a heavy drinker (water I mean!). The only water drinking goal that I have been able to meet is the morning time just after waking up.

Drinking water first thing in the morning helps lose weight

And imagine the incentive of having flavor infused water that is also rich in nutrients. Oh well that’s not the only benefit. There are several other benefits of infused water. Continue Reading

Lifestyle

4 Comfort Foods That help me keep going – #SuperBloggerChallenge #Instacuppa

posted by Anupriya February 23, 2018 9 Comments

There was a phase in my life as a young adult when food was only a means to stay alive and not the end. But today as I take up challenges of life as a mother, I think that food is the best friend that I have on my journey. Ofcourse there are books and my blog, but then there is something called the comfort foods, the static friends who stare back at me and says, ‘Feeling overwhelmed? What are you waiting for? Come on gobble me up and cheer up!’

I know some may argue that treating food as a stress buster may not be a very good idea, but it definitely is the most harmless idea if one knows their limits and is not guilty of putting on unhealthy pounds on themselves. One of these days when I picked up a bowl of my fried rice after a hectic afternoon of taking care of the kids and home chores, I realized that there are some foods that help me relax like no other. These are my ‘comfort foods’. When I indulge in these, stress scuttles out of my system and leaves me refreshed to take on the upcoming challenges with a new vigor. Continue Reading

Wellness

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS – #SuperBloggingChallenge2018 #Instacuppa

posted by Anupriya February 19, 2018 9 Comments

 ‘When you really want something, the universe conspires to bring it to you’ –Paulo Coehelo, Alchemist

‘Absolutely everything you experience in your life is a result of what you have given in your thoughts and feelings, whether you realize you have given them or not.’ – Rhonda Byrne, ‘Secret’

Both the statements above make you believe that ‘Energy follows Thought’. And if that is the case, it is only and only in your hands to improve the deteriorating or stagnant condition of your relationships. ‘Mindfulness’, a simple practice of training your mind to think in a particular manner and consciously make an effort to always think positive is called ‘Affirmations’.

The founding premise of the ‘Affirmations’ technique is to train one’s mind to think in a specific way. As per the practitioners of mindfulness and mental wellness, affirmations are the most powerful tool that every individual possesses with or without knowledge, which has the capability to bring drastic changes in quality of life. Continue Reading