Maintaining a neatly organized home is not an easy task. It is a series of decluttering and organizing that happens every now and then. But it can be made easy when we take up a little corner of our house everyday and attempt to declutter and organize. Here are a few tips to keep in mind before you start decluttering.
Dear Younger Self,
The reality of being a mommy is that you will always have a tiny little human being always around your legs. Thereby giving you less or no time for yourself. Whatever you do, you need to be quick! Like really quick! Before they notice and come to you. This is my life for the past 1 year and I have been successful in maintaining a skin care routine. Let’s begin with my quick mommy skincare routine.
We recently celebrated our little one’s first birthday and we planned everything from the start till the end, with most of our conversations only through whatsapp and skype calls. If you are planning for a big party, here are key essential things to be taken care of.
KAMA AYURVEDA NALPAMARADI THAILAM : REVIEW, PRICE, BUY ONLINE INDIA
Every malayalee household has a few bottles of kashayams and arishtams from the ayurveda hospital. Such is the relationship between kerala and ayurveda. One among them is always Nalpamaradi Thailam. I have used this for a while when I was a teen, because my mom claims it to be a magic oil which is good for your skin, makes your skin glow and fancy statements like that. Lets review the Kama Ayurveda Nalpamaradi Thailam.
My Pregnancy Diet
I never thought I would be drafting this blog post as I personally don’t follow strict diets. I did not have any diet restriction from day 1. I ate what I liked and I used to eat out occasionally as well. I am not allergic to any foods and I did not have any medical complaints throughout my pregnancy. Hence I highly suggest you to follow your doctor’s diet if you have been given one.
Early morning: 5 almonds + 2 walnuts with a cup of milk
Breakfast : any homemade breakfast like idly, dosa, upma, kichdi with a small cup of tea.
Mid-morning : a cup of drumstick leaves soup (helps in increasing hemoglobin levels) and a fruit.
Lunch: Homemade lunch like rice, sambar or any vegetable curry with any veggie stir fry with a cup of masala chaas.
Eg: rice, sambar and beetroot stir fry. Chaas is buttermilk seasoned with asafoetida, cumin powder, curry leaves and ginger. On days when I prepare non-veg meal, I usually have salad or boiled veggies seasoned with salt and pepper
Evening snack : boiled channa/goundnut/cow peas/green peas flavored with some onions, tomatoes, salt, pepper and lemon juice + 1 fruit.
Dinner : Homemade which is usually upma, roti & sabji or porridge.
I also have warm jeera water every night to avoid gassy tummy.
- Always listen to your doctor and alter food based on doctor’s recommendation.
- Carry some homemade/ store bought snacks whenever you go out to avoid being hungry for a long time.
- Eat every 2-3 hours and do not starve. If you starve, you are also making your child starve.
- Drink lots of water and keep yourself hydrated. If you suffer from morning sickness, drink plenty of juices and water.
- Before following any home remedies for any ailments, consult your gynaec.
- While eating out, choose to eat veggies and avoid maida or any processed food/junk.
- Snack on healthy nuts, puffed rice, fruits and trail mixes. Avoid packaged junk.
- Fruits can be flavored with salt and pepper and lemon juice to make it tastier and to avoid binge eating.
Delivering a healthy baby should be the ultimate goal and do not stress thinking on whether you will have a normal delivery or a c-sec. Either ways, when the baby and you are healthy, lots of problems can be avoided.
Motherhood is an amazing journey. Start it right with the best food for your baby and yourself.
DIY UBTAN/BODY SCRUB
Every baby product, even the one that says organic, has a lot of chemicals in it. Considering the shelf life and usage, no company will be able to manufacture a product without chemicals at all. When it is completely organic, the shelp life is limited. Hence I trust my family’s home made bath powder recipe, and I’m sure every Indian family has one. I started using this bath powder when my baby was 6 months old. The reason I did not use it earlier was because their skin is so gentle and soft hence it is prone to rashes. Let’s get to the preparation of organic baby bath powder.
Must Have Indian Ethnic Blouses
I own a lot of saris and maintaining different blouses for each sari is a task by itself. Moreover, blouses with heavy work done on them are not comfortable at all. Hence, it is wise to have certain blouses which can match almost any saris that you own. Here are some of my must have blouse trends if you are a sari hoarder.
Indian Bridal Makeup – Must Have products
Building a trousseau can be very stressful for brides-to-be especially when there are too many rituals, planning outfits, deciding on the makeup etc. But when you have a handy makeup kit, you can dress for any occasion and outfit. Here I have listed a few must haves in your makeup kit that you need to buy just before your wedding.
USEFUL LINKS FOR NEW MOMS IN INDIA
I remember when I was pregnant I used to wonder why new moms always complain about lack of sleep. But soon after I started to realize that I was not prepared enough and I did not know a lot of things and during the end of pregnancy, I joined a few communities which has helped a lot. Read on to know more about a few resources that helped me.