Party Planning – Birthday party planning, what you need to know!

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.

BUDGET:

Firstly, work out a plan on the possible limit that you can spend on a birthday party. Split the amount and see if you can cover everything you planned for. This will clearly give you an idea of how your party is going to turn out.

VENUE, CATERING:

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Since 80% of the money goes to the venue rental and catering, it is always wise to choose a hotel which wont cost you more than 70% of the planned budget (considering 10% as tax).

DECORATOR AND THEME

Here comes the main part, the theme and decorator. Never get fooled by decorators who promise to do big things with a huge budget. Your baby is a year old and will never remember anything that happened on this day. Choose a theme which matches the budget and something catchy. Flex banners wont cost much, hence roughly calculate on things which your decorator promises to do and see if its worth the expense.

We chose a “dream catcher theme” only because of the tag line “dream big lil one”, because we thought that it would be the perfect blessing from friends and family.

OUTFITS AND CAKE

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Make sure that your little one’s outfit is comfortable and not too difficult for them to handle. Once they feel uncomfortable and cranky, its going to be difficult to handle.

RETURN GIFTS

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Choose to give return gifts to kids who come to your party or to all the elders. It is definitely not possible to please everyone so always go by your budget and liking.

BABY CARE

Party Planning

Make sure that your baby sleeps right before the party so that they can stay active throughout without getting cranky.

Carry your baby’s favorite snacks and food to offer just in case the baby is cranky or hungry.

You baby is more important than anything else, attend to your crying baby first and then continue with the party.

Feed your baby before the party and in between.

Lastly, never compare your life with other’s. If you are not able to spend a lot of money on a party, its okay, your child needs you and your love. Spending quality time with your baby is much more important than anything else.

Happy Parenting!

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Kama Ayurveda Nalpamaradi Thailam Review

  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.

Kama Ayurveda Nalpamaradi Thailam Review, Indian beauty bog
Kama Ayurveda Nalpamaradi Thailam Review
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My Pregnancy Diet | Tips and Tricks

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.

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My Pregnancy Diet

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.

Note:

  • 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.

Happy Parenting!

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Organic Baby Bath powder – DIY

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.

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Organic Baby Bath powder – DIY
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Top 7 Blouse Trends Every Woman Needs In Her Wadrobe

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.

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Wedding Makeup essentials

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.

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Wedding Makeup essentials
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Top 8 Resources For New Moms

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.

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Top 8 Resources For New Moms
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Top 5 Everyday Essentials

TOP 5 EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS – SKINCARE

Be it summer or winter you need certain skincare products in your life. I have severe pigmentation problems and if I don’t take care of my skin, my skin definitely shows. Hence I never travel without these in my bag. Read on to know more about my top 5 everyday essentials.

Top 5 Everyday Essentials
Top 5 Everyday Essentials
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Tips to Travel With A Baby

TRAVEL WITH INFANTS/TODDLERS – TIPS

I can now draft this post because I have traveled thrice from Singapore and India with my baby and I have also traveled by train once. I must say that I have learnt a lot with mistakes. Travelling with a baby is not easy especially when you have a clingy baby who wants to be only with you. Read on to know more Tips to Travel With A Baby.

Tips to Travel With A Baby
Tips to Travel With A Baby
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Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Duo Review

   MAYBELLINE BROW SATIN EYEBROW DUO : REVIEW, PRICE, BUY ONLINE INDIA

I am not very fond of products for brows because a new mommy got no time to style eyebrows. But I have been crazily watching eyebrow tutorials over the internet time and again. Does this happen to everyone, let me know please. I get hooked onto a topic and I research all over the internet and just watch only about that for the next 2-3 days. Hence, this was my new found love.  Read on to know if I really liked the Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Duo.

Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Duo Review
Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Duo Review

 

PRODUCT CLAIM:

The first all-in-one product from Maybelline New York that marries the two must-haves in eyebrow theory – the sharpness of pencil and the softness of powder.
– 2mm tip pencil for sharp & precise control
– Silicone powder for fuller brows
– Easy glide on & control
– 12H long-lasting
– Waterproof

Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Duo Review
Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Duo Review

PRICE:

SGD 14.90

PACKAGING:

Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Duo is a double sided pencil where one side has a retractable pencil and the other side has a smudger tip. The smudger tip has brow powder and claims to fill in eyebrows.

Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Duo Review
Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Duo Review

MY REVIEW: 

Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Duo comes in two shades, brown and grey. The brown one suits Indian skin tones very well. The pencil is not too pigmented so it can be used everyday making it look more natural. The smudger works perfect when you are running errands and have no time to fill in eyebrows. Overall, If you are looking for a brow pencil to give you a more natural look then this would be an ideal pick.

Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Duo Review
Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Duo Review

If you are more into dramatic eyebrows or need more pigmentation, then do try other variants. Maybelline is really into creating eyebrow products these days!

PROS:

  1. fine tip
  2. naturally pigmented
  3. quick smudger tip available
  4. affordable

CONS:

  1. not suitable for very light/sparse eyebrows.

FINAL VERDICT: I would definitely buy Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Duo again because it gives me more natural kind of finish to my eyebrows.

*P.S This is not a sponsored post.

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