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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.

Unboxing : The Day Drinking box April – May 2017 Edition!

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This is the very first time that I am writing about the Day Drinking subscription box, here on my blog. It’s touted to be the best tea & coffee subscription box in the world!. For each box purchased, the Day Drinking box donates a meal to a kid in India. I love the charity part of it!. A new edition of Day Drinking box is launched every 2 months. In every box, over 60 servings of gourmet tea & coffees from exotic brands of the world, are featured. The April-May edition with 79 servings!. This box is an Indian one but they ship to over 70 countries. It’s priced at $34.90 (Approx AED 128.18 / Rs 2250).

Here is what I found on unboxing :

The white box that it comes in has ‘Day Drinking box’ written on it in a golden colored font. On opening, there is a printed sheet of light weight paper sealed with a little golden sticker. With that out of the way, I got a white card which says ‘Welcome to the Day drinking club’ and the hashtag #GetDrunk!. Lol.

Day Drinking box

Day Drinking box

There is an impressive array of teas in this box and some coffee too. It’s definitely a wonderful subscription for tea / coffee lovers, since they can get introduced to new tastes and expand their list of favorites. There are 3 brands of tea and 1 brand of coffee included in the latest edition of this box. They include :

Vahdham tea

● Vadham Tea
Spiced Oolong Tea – 1 x 5 servings
Assam Summer Black Tea – 1 x 5 servings
Darjeeling Organic Black Tea – 1 x 5 servings
Nepal Summer Green Tea – 1 x 5 servings

Garnet Glow Tea

● Garnet Glow Tea
Masala Grove Black Tea – 1 x 6 servings
Mint Tulsi Green Tea – 2 x 6 servings
Darjeeling Mist Black Tea – 1 x 6 servings

Octavius tea

● Octavius Tea
Lemon Green Tea – 2 x 8 servings
Cinnamon Black Tea – 2 x 8 servings

● Teddy Roosevelt Coffee
Arabica Bean Cinnamon Luxury Filter Coffee – 3 x 1 servings

Other than Teddy Roosevelt, all other brands are completely new to me. Another interesting thing about this box is that, it is made by the same people, who does the Violet Box (the latest edition of which, I had reviewed some days ago).

The Day Drinking box is now available on Amazon!. Click here to buy.

Overall, I am excited to try out this box and believe that you will love it too. Definitely give it a try and if you already have, let me know in the comments below, which out of these samples was your favorite 🙂

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Note: This box was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Review : Deewal Beauty & Youth Face Pack!

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Today’s review is about an anti-aging face pack by Ayurvedic Indian brand, Deewal. It’s called Beauty & Youth pack.

Deewal beauty face pack

First of all, it comes in a simple box with a lovely, attractive woman’s face on it. The powder face pack is sealed inside a little pouch. The first thing that registers on opening this pouch is the scent of roses and sandalwood. It’s a fantastic scent ♡.

Face pack

The powder has the color of chandan (sandalwood). It can be used by mixing it with water, milk or rose water, to make a smooth paste. It says on the packaging that it can be applied for 10 – 15 minutes.

However, if you have normal / dry skin, I highly recommend that you use it for not more than 7 – 8 minutes. By that time itself, the face pack dries, due to the presence of Multani mitti (Fuller’s earth) in it.

Once it’s dried, I usually wet the face first and then just massage in the face pack and then rinse it off with plenty of water. The result is really radiant, visibly glowing & youthful skin.

Regular use of this face pack increases the overall health of the facial skin, thanks to it’s wonderful ingredients and helps fight the signs of ageing. I love this face pack and highly recommend you try it out.

The ingredients are Wheat Germ oil, Lemon oil, Almond oil, Rose petals, Sandalwood, Neem, Orange and Fuller’s Earth.

Price : Rs 120 (Approx AED 6.86) for 100 gms.

To know more about this product / buy it, click here.

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Note: This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

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

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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!

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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)

Sports

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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