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How To : Get Rid of (Intense) Stains from Flasks / Bottles!

Hey guys,

Cleaning a thermos flask / regular bottle with plain old water every time, just wouldn’t do the trick. You’ll know that it needs a deeper cleansing, when the stains or the yellow / copper toned layer starts to appear. I will let you know two sure-shot techniques, to get the job done efficiently :

1) The mild method

This method is great for stainless steel products, like a thermos flask. I use one to store hot water since I make formula milk for my son, using that. Since it holds water for long periods, it’ll eventually develop a layer of yellowish gunk that needs cleaning out ASAP. Ok so, you will need :

● A handful of crushed eggshells &
● Water (room temperature should do)

Eggshells

Put the eggshells in the flask. Then add water in it until it’s 1/4th of the flask. Then put the lid on and shake it vigorously for about half a minute. Twist and turn it in every which way possible so that the eggshells can hit every nook and cranny. Then pour out the dirty water, fill with some more water and then wash the inside of the flask again. Job well done!

clean stain from flask

Before & after pic of the base of the thermos flask


2) The intense method

This method is for bottles (glass or Tupperware) and definitely not for stainless steel products (since it ‘s an abrasive method & might leave minute scratches). You will need :

● Sand* &
● Water

The method is same as before. Fill the bottle with a handful (or couple of handfuls) sand, water about 1/4th of the bottle and shake. Since we are using this method for intense stains, you’ll need to continue shaking for a longer time, say a minute or more. Wash out and see if anything remains. If yes, repeat the process.

Here is the Tupperware bottle that I use, to drink cumin water**. After a while, the bottle develops an intense stain and in this pic, actually I haven’t cleaned it out for quite a while… *shameful face*. For the purpose of this tutorial, I first cleaned the bottle using eggshells. You can see how much it removed, but still there is lots left, particularly in the curves of the bottle. The sand method removed it completely and has it looking brand new.

get rid of stains from bottle

* Sand is literally available anywhere. But don’t use it directly for obvious reasons. First, ‘clean’ it. Lol. Wash it until the water runs clear. I go an extra step to make sure it’s super clean. I layer it on a flat surface and let it dry in the sun. After using it, I wash the dirty water away and keep washing this sand until water runs clear again. Then, I dry this sand and store it in a container so that I have ‘clean’ sand available, whenever I need to clean a bottle.

** Cumin water aids in digestion, provides antioxidants by fighting free radicals & also removes toxins from the body. To make it, just boil some cumin seeds in water, until the water becomes a medium strength yellow (dark yellow means you added too much cumin than required). Strain and drink. An additional tip is that, if you crush (not powder) the cumin seeds, you will need to use only a less amount of it, to get the same color / results.

Also, just wanted to mention that if you are not able to get rid of the stain using any of these 2 methods, here might be the reason for it :

● you didn’t add enough eggshells / sand
● you added too much water
● you didn’t shake it enough
● the stain is way too old and now can be considered a part of the bottle / flask… umm, too late, buddy.. lol!

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My New Year Resolutions for 2017!

Hello ♥

Happy new year to all of you & here is wishing you all a wonderful, fulfilling, prosperous & healthy 2017!

happy new year image

I thought I’ll share my resolutions for the upcoming year with you all. True that at times I think resolutions are perfect to be followed in January & then conveniently dumped from February on!. Lol. But, a girl can hope yeah?. Here are my 6 goals :

Lose weight – Probably on everyone’s list & the top one too.. I am currently 77 kgs. By the end of 2017, I hope to reach 65 kgs. Back in 2014, the doc informed me that I can’t conceive unless I lose weight and in a period of 1.5 years I reduced my weight from 83 kgs to 68 kgs. Here is my transformation pic even though the last pic is when I was 72 kgs. I went on to lose 4 more kgs but didn’t click a pic. So yeah, if I put my mind to it, I know I can do it.

Weightloss transformation

Btw if you are wondering how I lost weight, it’s by :

¤ cutting out rice almost completely
¤ cutting out junk food especially burgers, pasta & pizza (my absolute fav stuff) &
¤ going for a walk for about an hour a day

Side note – My fav shopping site, iHerb has a ‘New Year New You’ special deal happening, for a limited time. It offers extremely low prices on Sports, Fitness, Weightloss & Athletic products. They ship worldwide from US.

new year goals

Drink more water – I drink only about a couple of glasses a day right now!. It is soo less. I wish to start with 2 litres a day and then increase it to 3 litres. Water helps flush out toxins & brings in overall wellness. I am so lazy when it comes to reaching for that cup of water. I hope to beat it, this year.

Drink water

Image from Memecenter

Blog more – Being a mom is more tough than I ever imagined. I literally have no time or I am failing fantastically in time management. I have been slacking so badly in putting up posts. I wish to post consistently from now on.

Take haircare more seriously – I always give massive importance to skincare, but never for haircare. 2017 needs to be different.. I have invested in the below products in hopes of achieving an attractive mane of hair :

Haircare products

¤ Tigi S Factor hair moisture serum – While searching for a good hair serum, I came across this one because of the many rave reviews it has earned. Detailed review later.

¤ Cedarwood essential oil– Known to help in strengthening hair and fighting hair loss. I bought this online and it will be featured in my next iHerb haul.

¤ Bass boar bristle brush – People are raving about these brushes. There must be something special in it then, right?. Wait for my review about it for details 🙂

¤ Dessata detangler brush – My hair gets so tangled, I am not even kidding when I say it resembles a bird’s nest at times. Again, wait for my detailed review coming up soon.

¤ Shampoo & conditioner from Dove’s Oxygen Moisture line – Been loving this recently and I intend to make it a part of my regular haircare routine in 2017. These were sent to me for review but rest of the products mentioned above were purchased on my own.

Enjoy motherhood more – Being a mom to my son, Eshaan, is such a blessing. But being someone who is blatantly frank, I would be lying if I said motherhood has not made me tired, irate and generally mad!. But I need to ‘Keep calm & be a patient mom’. Lol. No doubt about it, he is adorable and so so naughty. He is nearly 14 months old. I love him soo much. Here is his pic, since you guys have never seen him before… God bless him, touchwood..

Be thankful – It’s easy to be hopeless, sad and irate with situations that life throws at you. But I need to be more thankful, appreciate life more and as such, discover more happiness.. I know it will make me a much better version of myself 🙂

Being thankful

Image from Google.com

Alright, that’s all for now. I hope you have a great & successful year ahead of you ♥. If you have couple of mins to spare, let me know in the comments below, what your resolutions are for 2017 🙂

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Black Friday Shopping Deals that you shouldn’t miss!

Hey guys,

Black Friday is probably the busiest shopping day of the year, officially marking the start of the Christmas Shopping Season. My absolute favorite online shopping site, iHerb is offering such amazing discounts and coupon codes, that I had to share it with you lovely people ♥

Two discount codes

GREENFRIDAY

Black Friday

(Click the image to automatically apply the code to your cart)

If you are already an existing customer of iHerb or you are a newbie, you will receive 10% off your order above the value of $40, by using this code. This code will expire on Nov 30th (at 9.00 PM, UAE time) & is not applicable on products that are already heavily discounted, such as the Brands of the Week offer.

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If you are new to iHerb, using this code will give you 10% off, irrespective of the value of the bill total. This code will never expire. The best part is that this code can be combined with the Black Friday week discount code, which means that a newbie customer will get upto 20% off their bill!

Other discounts happening this week

(Click any of the images to take you to that page)

Brands of the Week (20% off selected brands)

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Sports Special (15% off selected brands)

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Skincare Special (15% off selected Natural & organic brands)

Skincare

Coconut Special (15% off selected brands that has coconut as one of the ingredients in their products)

Coconut

Just in case you are looking for some gifting ideas, click the image below to see some gift sets put together by iHerb

Gift ideas

Happy Shopping & if you need advice on what products to try or if you are looking for a specific product and want suggestions etc, just comment below ♥. Just a reminder that iHerb is a US based site that ships worldwide. They ship to UAE in 3 – 4 days via DHL for as low as $8.

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Carry App – Your New Personal Assistant!

Forgot to pick up a birthday present?
Need to deliver products to your clientele?
Want to avoid mall parking but need that dress?

Carry has got you covered!

Carry App

A revolutionary app has just touched down in Dubai, one of the most influential and busiest cities in the world. The Carry app facilitates all your delivery needs through a simple digital interface, catering to both businesses and individuals alike. Delivering packages has never been easier, with a network of drivers available via GPS location and at your service with a touch of a button. It can be difficult to find time for running errands and shopping when running a business or working a full-time job. The Carry app is here to save the day, and save your time too.

Imagine having a personal assistant, without the need of making any phone calls. This is exactly what Carry is, your very own personal assistant that handles all requests with same-hour collection. The user-friendly app also offers a real-time tracking system to watch your package being collected and delivered around the city, from A to Z. All questions you have are answered through live chat, where you can send photos of items you need, making it a simple and smooth experience.

“We are excited to announce the launch of Carry, a new delivery platform aimed at simplifying and improving the delivery experience in Dubai. We are happy to provide both consumers and businesses with bespoke solutions, with a core focus on simplicity and ease-of-use.” said Borhene Ben Mena, Co-Founder & CEO of Carry.

About Carry

Launched in 2016, Carry is an innovative and on-demand delivery app based in Dubai, changing the world of sending and receiving packages. With a few simple taps through the user-friendly app, a network of drivers is available at the customers’ service. The technology behind the app simply connects customers with drivers through GPS location, offering a hassle free service without phone calls.

With same-hour collection and a real-time tracking system, Carry guarantees a seamless and great experience. Customers can follow their packages at any point in time through live tracking, while also receiving notifications during pick-up and delivery. Not only a delivery service, Carry is also a personal assistant. Users can send photos of what they need through the chat button, conveniently getting their errands and shopping done while sitting back and relaxing. Carry promises to give customers the convenience, flexibility and transparency they need while also offering them control, with deliveries just at their fingertips.

App: Carry
Website: www.carry.delivery
Instagram: @carrydelivery
Facebook: www.facebook.com/carrydelivery

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Self-Awareness: Enhance Your Child’s Self-Esteem!

Cultivating a healthy self-esteem for your child is key to a lifetime of well-being and happiness. Children with high self-esteem value themselves and have a more realistic understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, while children with an unhealthy self-esteem, often have a hard time fitting in and don’t always have control of their emotions.

Research shows that more and more teenagers are suffering from low self-esteem, this is more prevalent in girls than boys. Statistics suggest that up to 70% of girls in Western countries suffer from low self-esteem especially when it comes to their body image. Girls as young as 10 years old are afraid of being over-weight and often compare themselves to their peers. On the other hand, the number one cause of low self-esteem with boys, is obesity.

Reasons for Low Self -Esteem

When parents are not responsive to the needs of their child, he or she can grow up without any attachment to their parents. Therefore, early nurturing is vital and helps set a child up and make him or her feel good about themselves. Moreover, if a parent is suffering from low self-esteem it tends to affect the child; a parent should never speak negatively or talk down about themselves in front of a child as this causes the child to feel that they too need to change something about themselves in order to be happy.

Way to Boost Self -Esteem

¤ Quality time

Spend quality time with your kids. Regardless of their age, do an activity together where you give full attention to them; this will make them feel important and hence improve their self-worth.

¤ Positive Image

Always reflect a positive image of your child. Your opinion of them counts, and they always want to please you. Thus, make sure you are giving them positive reflections.

¤ Give Responsibility

When a child see’s that you trust them to do something, they begin to feel they are an important part of the family. For example, when a teen is helping with the dishes, he/she gets a sense of accomplishment when the job is finished.

¤ Being Part of a Team

Children that are involved in sports or other team activities are less likely to experience low self-esteem because being part of a team gives the child a sense of belonging. It also helps them work together with others towards a common goal.  

Always encourage your child to express their feelings instead of hiding them. Make sure that your home is a safe zone where a child can say whatever they feel without fear of judgement.

About American Center Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN)

The American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology (ACPN) is a premier medical facility focused on providing patients with the highest quality primary and specialized medical care and health education services. Founded in Abu Dhabi in 2008, they have since expanded their facilities to Dubai and Sharjah, providing services to over 40,000 patients since its establishment. Thanks to Dr. Candice Render, Educational Psychologist at the American Center for Psychiatry and Neurology for this informative post.

Dr Candice Render

Dr. Candice Render

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Concept-Me’s Eclectic Arabesque Collection!

Concept-Me offers a unique selection of artefacts from their Zero Collection to add a sparkle to your house and for gifting during Ramadan and Eid. The Collection offers furniture and décor pieces, blending contemporary style with traditional touches. The creative space offers a range of brands available in store ranging from Bedding, Technology, Jewelry, Art and Interiors making it an ideal destination to find the perfect gift for a loved one during this season.

Concept Me decor

Gifts

Gifts

Gifts

Gifts

Concept-Me
Dubai Space – DiaA-gram No.4
Al Quoz Industrial Area 3
+971 4 333 5189
http://concept-me.com/

Opening times : Sunday – Thursday (9-6pm)

About Concept-Me – (Studio – Store – Hub)

Design | Interiors | Art | Architecture – DiaA-gram

The space in Al Quoz is called DiaA-gram no. 4, which is both a map and an illustration of how the space is used, giving it both a meaning and visual identity. DiaA indicates the four major disciplines inside the the space: Design, Interiors, Art, Architecture. Concept-Me aims to grow in detail and complexity, extending the boundaries of product and project development, and paralleled with varying briefs, design factors, and end products.

Continuously awarded as a group of talented and enterprising entities, throughout their history and development, Concept-Me believes in playing a role to expand, illustrate and promote the journey of creative creation as an important aspect of their approach: to provide a constructive and inspirational environment, through intellectual enquiry showcasing the parts that make the whole experience. Thus they are able to provide a broad and extensive portfolio essential in approaching situations with a disciplined yet imaginative approach.

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Quick Question To You.. Are You Interested In..?

I am a person who does things on a whim. Currently if you ask me what my hobby is, I would say reading and even blogging. But years back, for a period of upto 2 years (2004 – 2006), my hobby was writing. It comprised of short stories and poems. Some of them were published in my school magazine, some in newspapers and even a magazine called Young Times. It made me excited seeing them published.

Anyways, after 2006, I have kept part of my works locked away in a digital safe. There is only one person who has seen all my works and that’s my mom. I would love to share some of my works with you – my friends and readers. But before that I need to know if you guys are interested in reading them.

You might find a tinge of sadness in my works, only because I wrote only when I was sad. You might ask what was I so sad about and now that I think of it, it’s just nothing. But when you are a teenager, even the slightest problems would make you sad. Since, I wasn’t the rebellious kind, I chose sadness as my friend. Also since I was pampered very much, I wanted to get everything I wanted, even if It’s the most useless thing. Hearing no also made me sad. Lol!.

Anyways so here is my ‘quick’ question : Are YOU interested?. Please leave a comment.

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Review : LuvIt Chocolates!

Hey guys,

Have you seen LuvIt’s advertisements?. It basically says if someone tries to share their LuvIt chocolate bar with you, you should beware since they might have some vested interest in doing so!. Lol its funny. Anyways, I decided to give it a try to see if it’s that great.

1) LuvIt Chocolate with Roasted Almonds

LuvIt Roasted almonds

This chocolate bar has quite a bit of tiny roasted almond pieces embedded into it. The chocolate itself tastes nice and after having it, the taste of almonds stays in your mouth. I like it. It comes in a lime green pack with a pic of chocolate & almonds on it. Price : Rs 45 (AED 2.47) for a 38 gms pack.

2) LuvIt Chocolate with Fruit & Nuts

LuvIt Rice crispies

This was the first one that I tried and my first impression was great. The chocolate tastes very high quality & quite phenomenal. There are tiny pieces of cashews & raisins embedded in the chocolate. It’s pretty delicious and you must try it. It comes in a red pack with a pic of chocolate, cashews & different types of raisins on it. Price : Rs 40 (AED 2.20) for a 38 gms pack.

3) LuvIt Chocolate with Rice Crispies

LuvIt Rice Crispies

The chocolate tastes good and is covered with rice crispies. It’s not so pretty to see but is very crunchy. It’s quite nice. It comes in a purple colored pack with a pic of chocolate & rice crispies on it. Price : Rs 40 (AED 2.20) for a 38 gms pack.

4) LuvIt Caramelicious!

LuvIt Caramelicious

This bar is quite thick & has a thick layer of caramel inside it. Sounds delicious but it’s not. The caramel does not ooze out and tastes really cheap. This is one chocolate you should skip. It comes in a silver & brown colored pack with a green colored splash on it. It shows chocolate with oozing caramel in it. However, it isn’t oozing out at all, as per my experience. Price : Rs 10 (AED 0.55) for a 20 gms pack.

Overall I have a good impression about this brand. I bought these from Navaratna Hypermarket, Moonnupeediga, Kerala. These are the only variants I could find. I am not sure if there are more.

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Introducing REDTAG’s Plus Size Clothing Line!

This spring, REDTAG introduces a stylish and affordable collection of plus size clothing designed to flatter full-figured fashionistas across the Middle East. With the belief that fashion and style doesn’t stop at size 8, REDTAG’s plus size collection is available up to UK size 28. Inspired by international catwalk trends, the collection is designed and cut specifically for the curvy woman who loves her on trend affordable fashion. 

Plus Size

Dare to bare your shape while running your everyday errands with perfectly proportioned skinny jeans or tailored trousers paired with a patterned tunic top or a slouchy tee to keep the look fabulously practical. Dress for success with a statement pussybow blouse and a shapely pencil skirt. Alternatively, opt for a structured black dress and let your work speak for itself, while your outfit cheerleads on the side-lines. Don’t hide your curves away – embrace your figure with the classic wardrobe staple, the little black dress. Add some lace-up statement heels and you’re ready to dance the night away. 

Plus Size

The REDTAG plus size collection is available up to UK size 28 at select REDTAG stores in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar. For more information please visit www.redtag-stores.com.

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Quick Update..

Hey friends!

Thank you for the comments and personal messages many of you sent me after reading my last post. I really appreciate all the positive thoughts and wishes you sent my way ♡. I just wanted to update you guys about my current situation. It’s great news!. After 58 days of being in hospital, out of which 3 days I spent in ICU and 23 days my son spent in neonatal ICU, we got discharged today :).. Now I am at my own home and so ready to welcome the new year with my son. I couldn’t have imagined spending Jan 1st at the hospital. So glad that am back home..

Here is to a healthy and prosperous 2016.. Happy New Year, my dear friends ♡

Love,
Naz ♥