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Top 10 Gifts for this Children’s Day!

Hey guys,

Children’s Day is celebrated on Nov 14th. When you hear of Children’s day, what is the first thing that flashes through your mind?. Isn’t it the celebration you had in your school, when you were a kid?. Well, that’s how I remember Children’s day. Sweets are distributed to the kids and some programmes are conducted on that day.

However, the question you need to ask yourself as a parent, on this Children’s day is, how you will celebrate it with your kids, at home. How can you make it special for the kids?. Children’s day doesn’t have to be restricted to being a school event. It should be celebrated at home too.

Here are 10 gift ideas for your lovely kids, in no particular order :

1) Time : The most precious thing you can give your kid is, your time. Quality time spent with your child will change their whole attitude itself. Plan a picnic or a road trip. They will learn several things from this : being open, better communication, respect, being polite to others, value of family etc.

Family

2) Cadbury Dairy Milk : Who doesn’t like chocolates?. Especially, the smooth, creamy and delicious Cadbury!. I am a huge fan of it. This Children’s Day, the Cadbury’s motto is ‘Iss Children’s Day Baccho ke Saath Bacche Ban Jaayein’ (Translation : This Children’s day, become a child along with the children!).

Cadbury's

I think it’s a thought provoking & powerful message. There is so much tension in our lives. We sometimes become strict with kids, having no time to tolerate their kiddish ways. But, kids will be pleasantly surprised when you are not being your usual strict self and behaving like a kid with them!. Surprise them.

How much fun would that be, sweetened all the more with Cadbury’s Dairy Milk!. Have you seen this poignant and playful ad they have launched recently?.

3) Dramatic play toys : This is a fantastic gift idea. Pretend play is great to develop the imagination of kids. Excellent examples are doll houses or cookery ranges for girls and doctor or pilot kits for boys.

Pretend play

4) Books : Reading is a habit that can be started very early on. It helps develop the vocabulary and understanding of kids. There are so many gift choices out there depending on the age of the little readers.

Book love

5) Dresses : I have noticed that every kid (that I’ve met), loves to dress up. Even little kids get so excited about new dresses. Nowadays there are so many online shopping sites that host a lot of irresistible discount offers, to choose from.

Children

6) A Piggy bank : Kids should understand the value of money from a young age. I think by age 6 – 7, they will be able to grasp the importance of saving. A piggy bank helps them do it the easy way. A transparent one is the best since kids are more satisfied with visual results than the actual gratification of having saved some money for a particular goal.

Piggy bank

7) Non toxic nail polish that’s kids friendly : Tween girls love to dress up like their moms, imitating her ways of dressing/getting ready. Brands such as Suncoat Girls make water based, chemical free nail polishes that are fun and easily washable (nail polish remover not required!).

Non toxic nail polish

8) Plushie toys : Don’t really think there is an age limit for this one. Everyone loves a plushie. Ah, how adorable it is to hold one..

Plushie

9) Personalised gifts : Kids love to see their names printed on things. Great ideas are personalising the stationery products/school bags/favourite blanket etc.

Gifts

10) Colouring books & crayons : My absolute favourite thing to do when I was a kid was, to color. I was pretty good at it. I loved it more than even dolls. Lol!. It helps the kids understand what color is what, the very concept of color & how colorful anything and everything can be..

Coloring books and crayons

I hope you liked this gift guide that I have put together. I believe all the gifts listed are thoughtful and lovely. Do leave a comment below as to what you think about it 😍.

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Top Five Gifts for New Homeowners in 2017!

Buying a home is an exciting accomplishment and one that many dream of. It is a challenge to purchase a home as it often requires a great deal of money up front as a down payment. In addition, if you purchase a home that is older, it may require some work to get it up to your expectations.

While purchasing a home is exciting and rewarding, it can also be very stressful as there is furniture to buy and moving also needs to take place. If you know someone who is a new homeowner and you want to give them a gift but you are unsure of what to give, this article will help you out. Here are the top gifts for new homeowners in 2017 –

1. Soda​ ​maker​ ​machine – Making your own soda is all the rage these days. Because of their popularity, you can find one for less than $500 if you do your research and look for sales. Before you purchase a soda maker, however, be sure to read reviews as you want to make sure that you spend your money on the best soda maker machine available. As with any other appliance, some machines have better features over others. Also, be sure to check out the manufacturer warranty information and what supplies are needed to make a great soda.

You may want to also consider gifting some supplies with the machine so that they can start to enjoy it right away.

2. Candles – If you are moving into a home that has been lived in before, you may welcome candles as a gift. Burning a candle in your home can be relaxing and give off a great smell. It can be hard to mask the smell from previous owners so starting out with a collection of lovely smelling candles can do the trick.

3. Champagne​ ​or​ ​a​ ​bottle​ ​of​ ​wine – It is so exciting to move into a new home and it cannot be celebrated enough. Gifting a bottle of champagne or wine to the new homeowners is a nice touch and one that they will appreciate. There is nothing like the day that you sign your mortgage papers and collect your keys. What better than to step inside your new home and have a glass of bubbly to celebrate?.

4. Offer​ ​to​ ​host​ ​dinner – Purchasing a new home is exciting but it can also be very stressful. Moving into a new home takes a great deal of time and energy which may leave the cook of the house out of energy and unable to make dinner for their family. Offering to bring dinner over or cook dinner at the house is a nice gesture and one that is likely going to be greatly appreciated.

5. Toaster – A toaster is a great gift to give to someone you do not know all that well. For example, if your coworker is moving into their first home, consider giving them a toaster. It’s a nice gift that can be used for years to come and does not have to be expensive.

The recipient will be appreciative of your thoughtfulness and think of you when they make their toast in the morning..

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Four Tips to Washing a Wool Blanket!

Every winter, millions flock to stores to purchase woolen items to keep them warm as temperatures drop during the season. This type of fabric is among the most expensive types of garment material due to its high quality, production cost, and delicacy. However, if cared for properly, woolen items may provide a lifetime of warmth to their owners.

Here are four tips to washing your washable wool blanket.

1. Use​ ​soaps​ ​intended​ ​for​ ​washing​ ​wool

Wool is one of the most delicate kinds of fabrics and as a result requires gentle soap or detergent which will not strip away the oils trapped within its fibers. These oils are essential for keeping the fabric looking as lovely as the day you bought it. Any detergent which claims to be “heavy duty” or contains enzymes and bleach will only harm the fabric. Opt for soaps and detergents such as Woolite which are designed for washing woolen products. Alternately, detergents suitable for babies and other pH neutral soaps may be used. If you must use powdered soaps, dissolve the particles in water prior to use as friction may cause holes to form.

2. Don’t​ ​scrub

When the blanket is soaked in a mixture of cold water and detergent or soap, dirt lifts off the surface of the blanket and into the water. Scrubbing the blanket is therefore unnecessary and this only damages the fabric and ruins its shape. If you must machine wash, soak the blanket for 15-20 minutes then wash at the machine’s gentlest setting for no more than three minutes then rinse for a full cycle.

3. Don’t​ ​wring

Woolen blankets become very heavy when immersed in water and one’s first impulse may be to wring out the fabric in order to remove as much water as possible in order to reduce drying time. This is a pretty bad idea. If you do, you may end up ruining the shape of the blanket and cause permanent wrinkles. Instead, roll the blanket like a beach towel, within a towel, in order to remove moisture. Do this until a significant amount of moisture is removed.

4. Air​ ​dry

Air drying your woolen blanket is a major key. Placing it in the dryer can cause the fibers in the wool to crush and make the blanket coarse. Instead, hang the blanket on a clothesline on a windy day. The wind will remove much of the moisture while sunlight does the rest of the job. Exposure to direct sunlight may cause fading, coarseness, and damage to fibers but is helpful in moderation to remove mustiness. However, if you must dry using a dryer, place wool dryer balls into the machine as this reduces the amount of time it would take to dry, eliminates static and softens the fabric.

To ensure the longevity of your favorite woolen blanket, follow these tips. But before you begin to wash the blanket, make sure to read the tag to see if it is a hand-washable wool blanket or if it is “dry-clean only”.

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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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