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I AM SORRY FOR THE EMAIL BLAST!

My dear friends & followers,

I apologize for the email blast you had to face today morning. I was making some changes to my blog, so I hid most of my posts. Then I restored it and I never knew it would be considered as new emails. You must have gotten about 300 emails. Please don’t feel annoyed with me or think of unsubscribing :(…😳

SORRY… 🙇.. Won’t happen again..

Naz 💝

Review : Arabian Gold 3D Henna Cone!

Hey guys,

For this last Eid, my husband got me a special henna cone by the brand Arabian Gold. Two things that were written on the cone, immediately caught my attention :

● 3D color
● Clean within 2 minutes

Not to mention the extremely colorful packaging!

Arabian Gold henna cone

I was quite intrigued. I always sleep overnight with henna on, so that I can get the most intense color. However, this cone was different. I decided to try it out. As I started applying it, I understood how it works.

It is jet black in color and very shiny on application. It dries pretty fast (even though not in 2 mins as mentioned on the tube) and it looks exactly like a tattoo. It also changes color to a golden-ish color. It’s very pretty to see.

As soon as it is dried, you can peel the design off and the color is absolutely intense!. It’s so surprising. But one thing is sure, this thing contains chemicals.  Otherwise it wouldn’t work like this.

These are the designs I did with it :

3D henna design

On top right side, you can see how it looks immediately after application. Then, in the next pic, it has a golden tint. It’s dried & ready for removal.

3D Henna design

On top left side, you can see that I have peeled back a small part & kept it aside.

Here is another surprising thing. It fades fast. The next day itself it faded to the level where normal henna would be on the 5th day or so.

The tube is bigger than a regular henna tube (like the green Singh tube which I usually buy). Overall, I would recommend this henna cone, if you need to get amazing results fast for just an occasion or so.

Price : Rs 25 (A regular cone costs only Rs 10).

I got this from Navaratna Hypermarket, Kerala.

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Do I Need a Kid in My Life?

Hi guys,

This post is a personal discussion between you and I. Have you ever been on the fence about whether or not to have a kid in your life?. Then read ahead :

I never wanted kids in my life… You might wonder what kind of woman am I to say something like that. But it’s the truth. In fact, I know there is a minority in the society consisting of women who share my sentiments. I am writing this for those women..

Today, I am a mother to a 22 months old son. I had him after 4 years of married life. Even after the initial year of my marriage, people had started asking when I am gonna have a kid and it annoyed me a lot. That’s how the Indian society is. My husband said we should enjoy life freely and thus, we put the ‘family planning’ on hold. But after 4 years, hubby said it’s his dream to have a kid and I was shattered. I finally told him I am not ready and nor I ever will be and he was shocked.

We had several discussions, mostly arguements but then he asked me why did I get married if I didn’t want kids.. Hmm, interesting point.  Truth is that, I didn’t wanna get married at all but then my parents wanted me to have a support, a husband, a family and I had just gone with the flow.

Anyways long story short, I understood that it’s truly selfish if I didn’t let my husband realize his dreams of being a father. Then I became a mom. Our son, Eshaan, was born in 2015 and it was just amazing 👶

A little bundle of joy indeed, something I would have missed out on if I had decided to never have kids. I realized a lot of things after actually being a mom and I will discuss it with you now. It might help you to finally make your own decision. Here they are below in points :

● First and foremost thing is that a child becomes your future. Something to look forward to… Something to live for….

● When you are old and needs support,  it’s your child(ren) who will look after you.  Well, that’s the hope atleast. We can’t predict at all, how the future would be but you can raise a child with values and they will respect you forever.

● You grow with them. Children teach a lot of things to us too. My son has taught me to be a better person..

●  The joy that you experience when they develop each day, do/say something new is inexplicable. Even their smile lights up your day. Every moment, a memory created, to be relived another day..

● A child is a happiness maker. Recently, I noticed how sensitive my son is to my moods. When I am sad, he calls me, gets my attention, kisses me and generally just distracts me from whatever I am sad about. I am incredibly amazed by how much a kid understands even from such a young age.

● The fact that this little person comes to you for comfort is just adorable. They need you and you can’t help but need them back.

● When I hold my son, I just feel complete. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s like a puzzle that’s complete, now that he has come into my life..

Picture source : Google.com

● Since becoming a mom, I realize how big this role is. I now respect my mom more.

● Kids are one of God’s most precious gifts. They keep amazing you each day..

● Sometimes I just want him to sleep, so that I can rest. But once he does sleep, I surprise myself when I feel a longing to hold him again and play with him..

● A child brings more love into the family. The love between you and your hubby increases like ten fold  💑

These are but a few points that I wish to convey to you. By the way, motherhood isn’t just happiness. It’s tough. It definitely is. I believe that when I am discussing it, I should discuss it all & not just paint a picture of joy.

● Be ready to be responsible. You have a little person depending on you. That’s huge.

● Be ready to get your patience tested. Sometimes I just wanna rip my hair apart. That’s how much my son makes me go nuts, by being stubborn. But I need to learn patience. I am slowly doing it and that’s why I said earlier that he makes me a better person.

● Be ready to learn that your kid is an individual, one with his/her own viewpoints, that might clash with your’s.

In another two  years, my son would be ready for school and God only knows how I would cope with that. More responsibility,  more madness & craziness coming up in my life. But then again, I am happy. That’s what truly matters…

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Back To School Looks For Young Girls and Tweens!

September is around the corner which means the start of school is upon us! Have you given any thought to the wardrobe for the young lady in your life? We hate to be vain, but starting back to school feeling confident (yet comfortable) is a must. Start the school year off right by choosing from some of these top 5 looks.

Are the clothes you are buying keeping up with the latest trends? Browsing through department stores don’t do us any favors. Some department stores have clothing options from two seasons ago on their racks. Enter the boutique. Boutiques offer a bevy of benefits that shopping at a big time department store lacks. Such as, quality products, unique fashions, and super personalized customer service. Don’t drag your youngster or tween to the mall this year consider outfitting her wardrobe with a unique individualized style.

So what are the top fashion finds for young girls this season?. Hint: It’s All About The Boutique 🙂

Leggings— Come on, even as adults we love a good pair of leggings. Leggings are a must have for any young girl. Wearing leggings under a skirt or dress keep girls feeling comfortable during gym class or on the playground. Leggings can also be worn as a comfortable pair of pants with a long knit top. Mixing and matching with leggings makes getting dressed in the morning a piece of cake. Shake it up, and wear basic solid leggings with a pattered top. Feeling extra bold? Try a pair of patterned leggings with a more basic top. No matter what choice, you can be sure your youngster will feel stylish and comfortable all day long.

Leggings

Dresses—For the little girl that loves to dress up find the perfect school dresses to add to her wardrobe. Pair them with leggings or tights to get more wear out of them as the seasons change. We are loving this look from Mustard Pie Dresses for something that can be worn anywhere, dressed up or dressed down. Don’t have a school-aged daughter yet? Mustard Pie Dresses can keep your littlest one in style too with their unique patterns and fun colors.

Trendy T-Shirts—Don’t put your child in yet another basic tee, step it up a notch with one of these trendy t-shirts. Mix and match with leggings, skirts, or pants for a comfortable and unique look. T-shirts make great layering pieces by wearing them with a cardigan or sweater your trendy t-shirt can be seen all year long.

Printed Skirts—Switch things up with a ruffled skirt like the one you see here. You can check it out more skirts like this at a young girls boutique. Skirts are another stellar option to be paired with leggings. Avoid having exposed legs on those brisk fall mornings. Or take advantage of the last few months of summer, and rock this beauty with a cute pair of sandals or flats, no leggings necessary. The ruffled look is a feminine yet classic style that gives your child’s wardrobe a timeless look.

Statement Making Headband—Finish off the look with a statement piece headband. Headbands have a functional yet fashionable use. Keep hair out of the eyes and away from the face while lending a little something extra to your style. Choosing a headband should be an easy choice because you the main goal is comfortability. If you pick an uncomfortable headband it will find a permanent home in a bathroom drawer, as opposed to your daughter head. Headbands can be dressed up or down. Worn with jeans and a t-shirt to provide a little pop, or matched with a favorite dress to give the look a polished finish.

Make going back to school fun this year by adding these trendy options to the school wardrobe.

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Four Tips to Choosing the Best Futon for Comfort!

When choosing for a bed or futon to sleep on, we all want something that will give us maximum comfort. After all, having a comfortable place to put our head on at night can greatly help in having a long, satisfying sleep. There are many options when it comes to choices in bed. Some people may prefer a sofa bed; some may also prefer a futon mattress.

Each has his own preferences and needs with regards to firmness or design. But when it comes to a futon, we all want something that is easy to assemble, long-lasting, affordable, and most importantly, comfortable.

If you are currently on the lookout for a good futon, here are some tips you need to know in choosing the most comfortable futon.

1.​ Determine​ ​what​ ​you​ ​are​ ​using​ ​it​ ​for – Perhaps, the most important tip that will help you find the best comfortable futon is to know first what you are using it for. Will you be using it as your bed every day? How often are you going to be using it? Or maybe, you are only going to use it on certain times or if any friends or a relative crashes in your home. Knowing this first hand will help you know what you need and help you decide on what to buy when you are given a lot of options.

2.​ Choose​ ​something​ ​that​ ​fits​ ​the​ ​vibe​ ​in​ ​your​ ​room – The things that we easily get connect with are those that fits our personality. When we design a certain part of the house, especially the bedroom, we try to incorporate it with color palettes or themes that set a tone. We choose something that fits our mood, personality, or just the general vibe of our personal space. When choosing a futon, find something that fits your personality.

3.​ Choose​ ​the​ ​thickness​ ​that​ ​you​ ​desire – It all boils down to what you prefer. Some people may want their futon mattress to be as thick as possible, but some also prefer to have thin ones. Before purchasing one, try to go check some futons that are displayed in stores and check out what level of thickness you want. Most futons now are no longer lumpy and have layers of sturdy foam. Nevertheless, check out the comfort level every thickness it provides before purchasing one.

4.​ Consider​ ​the​ ​versatility​ ​of​ ​the​ ​futon – One of the best things in life is those that have many purposes. For futons, the best ones are
those that are versatile. Choose something that you can reassemble as a sofa if you are not using it as a bed. Some people may have to consider smaller stuff for their own spaces and having a futon that can be easily reassembled to something else would be a great one.

Futons are technically lighter, which makes it easier to move around the house. This also comes in handy when you have visitors at home. You can consider futons as a temporary set of furniture, and can easily be folded if it is not needed.

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Five Ways​ ​That​ ​Purchasing​ ​Life​ ​Insurance​ ​Can​ ​Benefit​ ​Your​ ​Family!

A life insurance basically works as a coverage or protection against financial loss that would inevitably occur due to the insured´s premature death. Upon the insured’s death, the beneficiaries then receive the proceeds, helping them transition smoothly without facing a financial burden. A life insurance policy can also serve as a saving option, allowing you to use your proceeds as you please when the policy matures. If you have a family, it is of utmost importance for you to purchase life insurance!. Need we tell you why? Well, here are 5 ways that purchasing life insurance can benefit your family! For best term life insurance quotes, the recommended thing to do is take a look online and get a few different quotes.

1.​ ​Helps​ ​cover​ ​your​ ​funeral​ ​costs

Funerals can prove to be extremely expensive costing anywhere in between $1,000 to $9,000. Now, you wouldn’t want your family members to cough up that sort of amount now, would you?. It would be difficult for them to do that especially if you were the sole breadwinner in the family. If you purchase a life insurance, it may not entirely cover your funeral costs; however, it can still prove to be of huge help to your family during a crisis.

2.​ ​Protects​ ​your​ ​loved​ ​ones​ ​by​ ​acting​ ​as​ ​a​ ​replacement​ ​for​ ​your​ ​income

If you are the sole breadwinner in your family, your passing away could make it extremely difficult for your family members to survive. Your family members will no longer be able to rely on your earnings and it will get difficult for them to sustain their living standard. It is inevitable for them to end up facing difficult financial troubles. Therefore, if you are worried about your child’s future and want to help provide for them in the future, you must consider signing up for a life insurance policy. They will still receive monetary benefits after your passing away.

3.​ ​Life​ ​insurance​ ​can​ ​work​ ​as​ ​a​ ​form​ ​of​ ​inheritance

Life insurance can work as a form of inheritance for your loved ones. You don’t have to worry about acquiring assets and properties to pass down to your heirs; a life insurance policy can work similarly to those assets. All that will be required for you to do is to name the beneficiaries of the insurance money. The beneficiaries will then inherit the money after your death.

4.​ ​Purchasing​ ​life​ ​insurance​ ​can​ ​help​ ​your​ ​family​ ​pay​ ​off​ ​loans​ ​and​ ​outstanding​ ​debts

A life insurance policy can not only help cover everyday living expenses, it can be effectively used to pay off outstanding debts as well. For instance, there might be a loan you wouldn’t want your children or spouse to be burdened with when you pass away; a life insurance can take care of that! Insurance can not only be used to pay for everyday expenses, it can also be used to cover the mortgage, credit card bills etc. And, your family won’t have to sell the abode they´re living in just to stay solvent.

5.​ ​Provides​ ​financial​ ​security

Any parent would want his/her child to be taken care of when he/she isn’t there to do it himself/herself. For instance, a parent will want to take care of his/her child’s education, marriage, and business start-up plans. A life insurance takes care of such matters and allows a parent to allot certain amount of money to his/her child’s ventures upon his/her death.

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Four Reasons Your Ex May Not Want to Get Back Together!

Breakups are always complicated and hard to deal with. In fact, there have been a lot of studies especially in the psychological and social aspects of a breakup. There have been scientific studies specifically aimed at finding out the reasons why a couple broke-up. While these studies may have brought a lot of useful information to the forefront, the data are always situational and is on a case to case basis. There are a million reasons with millions of variations as to why a couple broke-up. Additionally, there are also the same amount of reasons, why your ex would not want to get back together with you. If you are trying to win back your ex after a breakup and are wondering why she shouldn’t do so, then below are top 4 reasons why your ex may not want to get back together you. These reasons are brought to you by getherbackguide.com, a very popular guide on getting your ex back.

1. Lack of affection and time

Affection and time are basic requirements in a relationship. One needs to always invest time and attention in the relationship for it to thrive. In the first place, a breakup won’t happen if you have just been paying attention to your partner, and obviously, you wouldn’t be here looking for reasons if you have just poured a lot of attention and time in to your ex back then. You see, communication is a very important thing in any relationship. And if you don’t have the time to communicate then everything else will surely fall apart.

2. The cause of the breakup is still there

You broke up with your ex for a reason – it can be because of distance, to focus in school or work, pressures from family not liking your partner or your vices and toxic habits. Whatever the reason is, you cannot expect to get back together with your ex if the cause of the breakup is still there. If you really want to get back with your ex, then find the root cause of the problem and try to solve it. This will ensure a healthy restart in your relationship with your ex.

3. Insecurities

There are also those breakups that have been caused by self-pity and insecurities. No matter how dazzling and successful you are in handling the relationship, there will always come a time when your partner won’t be confident about themselves. This is mostly a problem within; an individual issue that needs some space and time. You will have to give your ex the necessary space and time to build up their confidence and self-esteem. Helping them won’t really solve the problem, you see, there are problems that need to be faced alone. What you need to do though, is to be there when the time comes and they have conquered their insecurities.

4. Third parties

The most common cause of breakups – third parties. Cheating in any form is always punishable. It betrays the trust that the person has given us. And the problem with trust is that, once you break it, it would be very hard to repair it. If a third party was the cause of your breakup, then you are in for a rocky ride in your journey to getting your ex back.

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Five Signs that a new relationship will be successful!

Every relationship comes with a risk, and nobody wants to get heartbroken in the end. If you’re in a new relationship, check out these 5 signs that tell you’re going strong with your partner.

You have fun together
A lot of couples get bored with each other after knowing everything about them. But strong couples try to keep it dynamic. They try new things together, play games, have fun, and travel. If you and your special someone enjoy each other’s company, then you’re going to have it even better in the future! Make everyday a chance to discover something new about your partner. Don’t stop learning about them. Even when you think you’ve already learned everything there is to know about your partner, you’ll never fully know unless you try something new! Couples who have fun with each other and have a similar sense of humor tend to stay longer in the relationship. Laughter is a great medicine and it works on relationships too!

You’re honest about intimate matters
If both of you are very honest about your previous relationships, it means there’s trust. Some couples prefer not to talk about the past, and it could mean a lot of things. Being comfortable talking about past issues means you’re over and done with it, and you only want to keep them as memories. If you’re concerned about your previous sexual activities, don’t be shy to suggest getting tested. Find out more here about why this is a good move for couples who are looking into getting hitched in the future.

You don’t keep grudges
Resentment destroys relationships. If you feel bad about something, step up and be honest about it with your partner. Tell him or her that you’re upset about this and that. Be specific about it, specially if you’re talking to your boyfriend. If you’re in a relationship where both of you are honest about everything you feel and are vocal about the things that disturb you, then that’s a good sign. It means you value each other’s feelings and don’t want to hurt the person you love by keeping grudges. Be honest in your relationships and you’ll learn to understand each other. Don’t be angry for too long because it saps you of enthusiasm for the relationship that you might end up losing it.

You respect each other
Successful couples have mutual respect for each other. They work hard to meet each other’s needs and love to see their significant other happy. They don’t act like they own each other and are sensitive to the feelings of their partner. They listen intently and engage sincerely every time they talk, and genuinely care about how they feel.

Your family and friends approve of you both
It’s always a challenge to get both of your family and friend’s approval. While most of them may appear supportive, you’ll never really know until you hear something from them! Some couples may rebel against the thought, but in reality, your circle’s stamp of approval does matter a lot. High levels of support from your inner circle is key to a happy relationship. While you’re deep in love with your partner, the people around you have a more objective view of your significant other and their opinions matter.

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The Top 10 Gift Ideas for Athletes in 2017!

There is no shortage of gift ideas for fitness enthusiasts and athletes and in 2017 we are seeing considerable growth in the pool of options with new technologies that will make working out way more pleasurable. Innovation in fitness and training equipment makes the market even more exciting and keeps people wanting more, so you are sure to get a good one when you come looking for the perfect gift for an athlete or a fitness enthusiast. Give these gifts to an athlete or family member and help them train better. You will be sure to get more than just a ‘thank you’.

Here are some of the best gift ideas for athletes in 2017:

1. Hylete Cross-Training Convertible Backpack
Convertible backpacks are the new “thing” when it comes to packing your training and gym necessities. It’s revered as the Swiss army knife of gym bags and it is perfect for everyone- male or female. Any athlete will love owning one.

2. Lululemon Kung Fu Pants
An evolution from the already old and all too common sweat pants, Kung Fu pants from Lululemon are made of soft but durable fabric that is sure to keep up with any training strains. An updated design of the pants made them slimmer, which makes it fashionable which means they can be worn for other occasions.

3. Ankle braces
Nothing feels more secure than an extra sheet of protection over your ankle joints. Ankle braces are very popular for athletes and trainers. Choose one that is made of lightweight fabric and that is hypoallergenic for an added comfort. Find out how to buy the right ankle braces here.

4. FitBit Charge
This product will make you willingly say goodbye to your pedometer. It keeps logs of total daily activities that helps an athlete stay on top of daily trainings and workouts. It has wireless syncing and battery that last from 7 to 10 days.

5. Bluetooth Earbuds
Working out and training is even more exciting when you get your jam on and athletes feel the same. Music helps motivate the body to do more and relieves feelings of weariness and exhaustion. Get some great Bluetooth earbuds for him or her and you will be loved.

6. Wool Crew
Training in winter is challenging and the right outfit is very important. A wool crew made of good nylon, breathable material makes winter training ultimately awesome. The one from Men’s UA is a great choice.

7. Running Shoes

Stylish running shoes

Running shoes

Who doesn’t love shoes? Get the best fitting and high-performing running shoes from top brands like Vibram or Golden Goose, or you can go for the not so costly alternatives. Either way, you are making a great choice.

8. TRX Pro Suspension Training Kit
This kit is perfect for athletes who are always on the road. It is able to accommodate over 100 different bodyweight exercises and it’s very portable that it easily fits your suitcase.

9. Hylete Cross-Training Shorts
Ultra-lightweight, flexible, and designed for rigorous movements and strains—this is the cross-training shorts your athlete family or friend has been waiting for.

10. Bodylastics Resistance Bands
With these around, he or she need not go to the gym every day. Best for home workouts, bodylastics resistance bands makes resistant training an enjoyable and economical option.

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Review : Mama Earth Toxin free Baby products!

Hey guys,

If you aren’t aware of this Indian baby products brand, you should be. Mama Earth is Asia’s 1st Made Safe Certified Toxin Free Brand. The fact that this brand is founded and created, with a lot of love & thoughtfulness, by a couple who wanted the very best and safe options for not only their own baby but also for other little babies, made me fall in love with it.

Mama Earth follows 4 core values, as shown below in a page from their product catalogue :

Mama Earth values

The ingredients of each and every product are of high quality and free from every NO-NOs out there. You can trust these products to take care of your baby. No doubt about that!. Even though their products target the age out of 0 – 5 year olds, these products can also be used by adults!.

All products feature cute baby animals on them. It’s so adorable!. I got to try four of their products. Here are my thoughts on them :

Moisturizing Daily Lotion : This ultra moisturizing lotion is white in color & runny in consistency. It has a soothing scent as they have used Chamomile essential oil in it. Some of the other ingredients are : Shea butter, Aloevera, Calendula extract, Almond oil, Cocoa butter, Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E, Wheatgerm oil etc. It’s really lightweight & absorbs into my son’s skin easily, leaving it smelling lovely while protecting him from dryness.

Mama Earth lotion

Gentle Cleansing Shampoo : This lavender scented, cream colored shampoo foams up on application & leaves my son’s hair soft & nourished. It’s main ingredients are : Coconut based cleansers & conditioners, Lavender essential oil, Vegetable glycerin, Xanthum gum, Aloevera extract & more. It doesn’t irritate the eyes at all.

Mama Earth shampoo

Soothing Massage Oil : I have used several massage oils from different brands but this one is just phenomenal. This lightweight, non greasy oil is a natural blend of pure almond, jojoba & olive oils. It contains both lavender & chamomile essential oils and as it’s name suggests, is very soothing to the senses. I love using this after his bath time in the evenings. Other key ingredients are : Cold pressed Sesame oil, Coconut oil & Sweet almond oil.

Mama Earth massage oil

Deeply Nourishing Body Wash : This one’s appearance & ingredients are very similar to that of the shampoo. The essential oil included in this product is that of orange & it smells absolutely wonderful. This is a multipurpose product since it can also be used on hair (instead of shampoo). I love products like these.

Mama Earth body wash

Overall, it’s pure joy to use this brand, both for myself and my son. I love that they have included essential oils for scent rather than synthetic fragrances that are harmful to the soft skin of babies. I highly recommend this brand ♥.

It goes without saying, that they are eco friendly and thus the word ‘Earth’ in their brand name. All their products are made in Himachal Pradesh. Also, I wanted to show you guys the lovely & simplistic pouch that the products came in. It’s perfect to stock baby products and to carry in my baby bag.

Mama Earth baby products

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Note:These products were sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.