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Dance Inspired Fashion for 2019!

Every year we see fashion trends that got their start on the dance studio floor. It is expected and it is a good “partnership.” When experts in the fashion world add their ideas with the ideas of experts in the Dance Design Costume world, magic is born.

In fact, many industries are intertwined here. While fashion may begin with dance-trends, they take it a whole new level. Only fashion icons can take a romantic or sexy dance costume and turn it into a red-carpet-ready event that a major celebrity will wear. It doesn’t stop there. When famous wedding gown designers take those lines, designs, and fabrics into consideration, the wedding gown season is often alive with new trends. So, it starts with dance but it has a wide reach.

Dance

2019 Trends

This is the year of romance and hot and sexy outfits. Last year was life mimicking all forms of dance. This included Jazzercise and Disco. The color was Millennial Pink all the way. The smokey, gray-pink was everywhere.

These three things are missing from the clothing trends in 2019. There will be much less Jazzercise and Disco and much more graceful ballet, and ballroom.

Colors

You will not be seeing much of Millennial Pink. It is not nearly as brilliant and lovely as the colors we will see this year.

This year look for:
● Warm Caramel
● Honey
● Emerald Green
● Peacock Blue
● Plum
● Deep Burgundy

Style

Daring, alluring, and very sexy is what you will see everywhere. Dancewear will have plunging backs combined with low-cut fronts. You will see a lot of lace or mesh cut-outs. The main thing to remember is it is all about the lines. The lines hug the body which gives shape to the outfit. You can get everything you need to improve your wardrobe in style at Just For Kix.

Athleisure

This is the “today” sweatpants. They are trim and slim and look good enough to wear anywhere. They do not look sloppy.

Traditional Must-Have Pieces For Dance or Fashion

● Leotards as tops

○ These great “tops” do not ride up. They hug the body and give you the support of a blouse and bra and they come in many cuts. Wear a halter leotard, a capped sleeve, backless, or long sleeve. Add lots of lace, mesh, or cut-outs.

● Tulle skirts

○ Full tulle skirts are showing up in all kinds of events. These skirts are being worn with cashmere, off-the-shoulder sweaters or silky leotards. Ballet flats are perfect.

● Tights

○ Tights are replacing hosiery this year. The fishnet tights of 2018 are still rocking the fashion world. This year, look for animal prints. Leopard print tights under a leotard or some cute shorts are in the dance studio. The same tights under a flirty little skirt are showing up at the clubs.

● Elephant pants

○ Elephant pants are back for 2019. Wear them low on the hips and attach them firmly at the ankles. They are a bit smaller than the 90’s hit. You will see loose pants with a high waist that are gathered and cuffed at the ankle. Pair them with a hot crop top and ballerina flats, and you are ready to go.

● Leggings

○ Leggings are here to stay and every year they get better and better. This year look for shiny metallic fabrics. Big name sporting companies are putting out shiny gold, silver, and rose gold. If you look closely, you may find a few pieces in rust that are awesome. Match these up with a cool sports bra and you have the hottest look on the floor.

The best thing about 2019 is the choices. There are so many choices that you will find your favorite look from casual, to business casual, to formal. You can mix and match and be creative. You will look fantastic and turn heads everywhere you go.

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Review : Museum of Illusions, Dubai!

Hey friends,

Dubai is home to several topnotch attractions. Today, I will be reviewing one of them, Museum of Illusions, that’s located in Al Seef.

Al Seef

This whole area is built to reflect the traditional side of UAE. It’s old world charm is really refreshing, compared to the modern feel of Dubai. Here is the entrance of the museum :

Museum of Illusions

The reception staff were friendly and helpful. It’s a beautifully designed place, minimal in decor and so pleasing to the eye. On the left side, you can find a section where you can buy intellectual games that will challenge your mind. Prices are AED 50+ per game. Each of these games are available for playing inside the museum. Once you are done with the tour, you can come back and decide which one to buy and take home.There are some tshirts for sale too.

Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions

Once you enter the area of illusions, you will find things that are inexplicable and mind boggling. Here are several things you will see there :

Museum of Illusions

Frames that look empty at first glance. But once you step up to them, 3D and extemely real images come up on it!

Museum of Illusions

A chair that’s completely an illusion. From a certain angle it looks like a chair, that’s all.

Museum of Illusions

Head on a plate llusion 😨

Museum of Illusions

Strange looking contraption isn’t it?. One person can stand on one side of it and the second person on the other side, looking into the mirrored inside of it. First person then clicks a picture with the flash on. The second person’s photo comes out looking like this :

Naznin

I just love this pic so much!

Blog in UAE

This was my attire for the day by the way..

Museum of Illusions

Such an awesome illusion!. A table with 6 of me..

Museum of Illusions

An upside down room. Did I mention that coming here, you’ll get some great Instagram worthy pictures?.. 😊

Museum of Illusions

These are the games I mentioned earlier in the post. They can be enjoyed by both adults and kids. It will make your mind work in ways you didn’t know, to solve those.

Illusion

My absolute favorite illusion is the Ames room. Depending on one’s position they will look either big or small in this room. It’s soo awesome!

Meanwhile my son’s favourite room was probably the room with these lights giving an awesome shadow play.

Museum of Illusions

Overall, it’s a very thrilling and intriguing experience. There are so many more illusions in the museum. You have got to go and see it, if you are someone who appreciates and enjoys things that are out of the norm. It’s a great place to go with your family and kids are just gonna love it. You will find some more attractions and some videos that I captured (like the room that spins and makes you dizzy even though you are standing still!), in the following video. Please watch it :

The museum is open from Sunday to Wednesday from 10 am – 10 pm and from Thursday to Saturday from 10 am – midnight. Ticket prices are AED 80 per adult, AED 60 per child above 5 years and AED 225 for a family (consisting of 2 adults and 2 kids). For more information, check out www.museumofillusions.ae or call 043573999. You can also get AED 10 discounted per ticket if you book your tickets online.

Here are the nearby attractions. I love how peaceful and serene it is. The market area gives a glimpse into the Arabic lifestyle.

Al Seef

Al Seef

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Note : I was not paid to do this review. However, myself and my family were given free entry in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Should children be allowed to lock their doors

Kids nowadays tend to enjoy their solitude inside their bedrooms. They might spend their time studying or playing with their gadgets alone. Their room is where they feel most comfortable and where they escape difficulties from school and the neighborhood.

Kids

But when your kids leave their rooms, do they opt to lock them or leave them behind like an open book? Do you ever let your children decide whether they should have a private space of their own inside the house? Here are some issues that you should consider when you allow your children lock their rooms.

Privacy
Kids also need to have their alone time, especially school-age children. Kids who have had a long day at school with their peers deserve to rest on their own. They need a place where they can do their homework in peace as well.

Moreover, teaching kids the value of privacy is important so that they may be able to respect other people’s privacy. This way, they will be able to understand why other people lock or close their bedroom doors. They will learn to knock first before barging into someone else’s space.

Protection
If you teach your kids to lock the door while they are inside their respective bedrooms, you are also teaching them to protect themselves. You never know when a possible crime could take place inside your home (i.e., theft or robbery), which is why it is better to be always prepared. Even when you and your kids are not at home, it is better to have their rooms locked for safety.

Emergencies
However, locking up the room isn’t always a good option. For instance, if a calamity or an unexpected medical emergency occurs, you wouldn’t have easy access to your children’s room. Your kids might not be able to hear or sense the clamor because of an emergency or a sudden calamity.

This is an issue that most parents worry about when it comes to allowing their kids to lock their doors. In addition, it might be difficult for you to monitor your children’s activities. You will never know if a kid is sick, feeling down, or having bad dreams.

Just in case of urgent matters, you might want to use a tool that will help you enter your children’s quarters. Letting your kids lock their room does not mean you are completely banned in their space. You still have a huge responsibility as a parent to look after the safety and welfare of your little ones.

Lock pick

This emergency tool must be used as a last resort only since you should also respect your children’s private zone. Peterson lockpicks are manufactured according to Peterson’s military design. Buyers swear by its reliable rubber hand grip, which allows it not to slip away from your hands easily.

Through this tool, you won’t have to worry about your kids during emergencies, calamities, and random bad days. Your home will be a safer place with the Peterson lockpicks.

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How to Pack for a Weekend Getaway!

Who wants to be lugging around heavy luggage at the airport or train station? Nobody. To avoid this situation when you’re planning a weekend away — whether it’s just a staycation in your own town or you’re crossing country borders — pack light. But, what does that look like in reality? The key to packing for a shorter trip is to focus on the flexibility of what you’re bringing. Think about clothing, accessories, or bags and their ability to transition from day to night.

Getaway

Here are some tips for making the most of your next weekend getaway:

1. Versatile footwear

Ideally, you won’t bring more than just a couple of pairs of shoes to get you through your trip. For example, some slip-on sneakers are a great option that work for a variety of different activities. If you’re not the planning type, choosing one pair of shoes to bring helps eliminate decision fatigue so you can focus on having fun. Plus, it saves space in your bag.

2. Bags within bags

Plan out your outfits beforehand so you never have to spend time deciding on a look for the day. Then, once you’ve got your attire picked out, use a packing cube to compress everything down. Keep your outfits in a separate bag for each day.

3. Snacks for on-the-go

If you don’t want to overspend on airport food and make multiple stops for food, bring your own snacks! Larabars or GoMacro Bars offer a little sweetness and protein to keep you going strong.

4. Leather jacket

Always a little chilly? A leather jacket is a chic accompaniment to any outfit. Pair it with a white tee and loose jeans for a casual look. Or, dress up a going-out outfit with this devil-may-care layer. It’s perfect for either day or night.

So, what are you waiting for? Channel your own James Dean and live on the dark side. Even if it’s just for the weekend.

5. A weekender bag

As much as it’s tempting to rely on that ripped duffel bag once again, why not level up your weekender status with a nice bag that will actually last you through multiple trips? Herschel bags are the perfect bag for any length of travel. Not your style? Instead, opt for a Kate Spade bag or a simple travel backpack.

Weekender bag

6. Toiletries

It’s important to keep your toiletries minimal. Why? At the end of the day, if you forget a toothbrush or moisturizer – it’s not the end of the world. You can easily replace those through the hotel you stay at or a quick run to a pharmacy will also do the trick.

7. Portable charger

If you’re planning to be out of the hotel room or Airbnb all day, make sure to have a portable charger to save you from being without a phone during the day. Especially if you’re planning on going out at night and need a Lyft or Uber later, your phone is going to be important to have.

8. Copies of important papers

Even if you’re just going on a weekend, always get copies of all important documents. Passports, IDs, plane tickets, train tickets, event tickets – always have a backup copy, just in case. There are plenty of scanning apps like Genius Scan and ScanBot that make making digital copies very easy. Peace of mind, after all, is priceless.

9. Medicine

If you take a prescription medicine (or maybe just vitamin C gummies), don’t forget to bring those with you. An organized pill box prevents you from having to bring entire bottles of medicine with you on your trip.

10. Swimsuit

Of course, this depends on the season you’re traveling. But, you might want to bring a swimsuit regardless of when you travel in case your hotel has a heated pool.

11. Workout gear

If you’re the type that likes to stay fit on vacation or if you like to start your day off with a run, pack in some workout gear. Most athletic clothes can be easily packed away so you won’t have to worry about added weight or bulk. Even though it’s a vacation, you can still exercise if you need that pump to get you stoked for the rest of the day’s activities.

Takeaways

If you are packing for a weekend trip away, keep your luggage light and pare down to the holiday essentials. You don’t want to be bogged down by too much stuff to keep track of while you’re moving around and trying to explore a new place. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be ready for an amazing getaway!

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Giveaway Winner!

Hi guys!

The winner of the Ugly Christmas Sweater giveaway is Jessica Miller of Ohio!

Please congratulate her and stay tuned for more giveaways on my blog. Jessica, please email me at nazninazeez@gmail.com to claim your prize ☺

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The Love of Your Life – Growing Closer with Your Special Someone!

Love is the most powerful emotion that a person can experience. It has the power to make us act irrationally to please the object of our affections, forgive mistakes and insults that we wouldn’t otherwise let slide so easily, and it makes us feel like life is worth living, no matter what else goes wrong.

But keeping a close relationship between two people over many years can be challenging, no matter how strong the bond of love is between you. Other obligations like work, our social circles, and yes, even our children (though we love them dearly), can all be factors that prevent you from staying close to your special someone.

If you’ve found that you and your partner have started to drift apart, or even if everything is just fine, but you’d like to grow even closer, here are some ideas to help you reconnect with your one and only.

Do Activities You Both Enjoy Together

Finding common ground is one of the first steps to developing a relationship, beginning well before you start dating or even before your first kiss. To keep the butterflies fluttering between you as time goes along, a great option is to get back to those activities you both enjoy that you can share together.

This doesn’t mean you have to get fancy and spend a ton of cash every week. You can do some simple activities, like watching a TV show, cooking, going for a walk, or taking your child to the park together.

The key is that you’re sharing an experience together. Even if your attention is mostly focused on what you’re doing, that’s okay: your partner knows that you’re doing it with them, and that shared experience will give you something to discuss after you’re finished, the memory of time spent in each other’s company, and will reaffirm that the love of your life will be there for you when you need them.

Go On a Date at Least Once a Week

Tying in with the first idea, if you want to grow closer to your lover, you need to make it a priority, and so do they. This means setting your obligations aside, and blocking off dedicated time to spend with each other.

When we first start dating, we turn into the best version of ourselves to both attract and please our partner, to give ourselves the best shot at winning the heart of our crush. We’re way more particular about hygiene, how our hair and makeup looks, and we always dress to impress. Our focus is completely on each other, and the romance is at its peak. As time goes on, and we get comfortable, we often stop putting in all that effort to look our best and act a certain way because, quite frankly, it’s just way too much work. This is normal for almost all couples, and it doesn’t have to kill your relationship. In fact, Julia, who runs a marriage counselling practice in Sydney has a great post on the transition from romance into true love.

Still, we like to feel like our partner has eyes only for us, and it makes us feel incredibly good to put on our little black dress, spend an hour on our hair, and pull out the expensive perfume, because when we look good, we know it. And so does our partner. Taking a date night will not only give you both a break from life’s other concerns, it will help you rekindle the romance that you felt way back, and remind both of you that the person you love is well worth the effort to look your best.

Start a Relationship Blog Together

Many couples are hesitant to discuss their relationship with others, even close and trusted friends. This is completely understandable. However, often we feel like the depression we experience, and the possible guilt or anger that comes with it, from our relationship woes is unique to us. This can make us feel isolated, alone and that there’s something wrong with us.

Connecting with other couples can be crucial to maintaining your own love life, because you can both see that you’re not alone in your struggle, and it’s 100% possible to improve your relationship. Sharing your stories and advice together will help other couples through their relationship concerns, and will almost certainly lead to some great advice for your own. You don’t have to treat your blog like a tabloid, spilling every dirty secret between you; you can be as open as you choose to be.

Write about topics like your relationship history, what drew you both to each other, challenges that you’ve faced and how you overcame them, and moments of triumph that you achieved together. To keep your blog interesting to you, and more appealing to your readers, share pictures from events that you’re discussing on your blog, or use free stock love photography to
illustrate more general topics like relationship advice.

Give Each Other Space

You’re probably thinking, “What?!? No! That’s dumb! We’re growing apart as it is!”, but hear me out. Often times, one thing that can lead to feelings of isolation, or a widening gap between couples is that one or both feels crowded. When we’re constantly bugging each other about the money in our bank account, whose turn it is to do the dishes, asking, “Why can’t we take a vacation right now?”, and other similar concerns, we can often make our partner feel like we’re crowding them, only coming to them with our problems, and that we don’t value their space.

After marriage, or even after if you’ve been dating a while, it’s easy to forget that you’re both individuals, and before you came into each other’s lives, you had your own way of doing things, with your own schedules. While we can and definitely should change our ways to help strengthen our relationships, the reality is that we’re still people; we need to be allowed to do certain things the way we want to do them, and when we choose. On the other hand, we also need to respect those boundaries for our partner as well.

If you and your partner don’t seem keen to interact as much anymore, or you sense there’s tension when you do talk, consider giving the other some space. Don’t get me wrong: if you sense a deeper issue is at play, you need to open up and discuss it with your partner first; as the old saying goes, “Bad news doesn’t improve with time.” But once you’ve had that discussion, if you or your partner feels crowded, give each other time to pursue your own interests. Go out with your friends, watch TV in different rooms, or split up when you go shopping. Your partner will appreciate that you respect their boundaries and feelings, and after some time to recharge, you’ll be the first person they want to reconnect with..

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Relationships can be tricky from the beginning, and keeping a relationship going can be trickier still. You’re going to have bad times in your relationship, potentially so bad that you’re tempted to call it quits. This is normal, and you need to both accept and understand this because it will turn your relationship concerns from an insurmountable roadblock into a challenge that you can face and overcome together.

The important thing to remember is that you love your partner, and they love you, even if you don’t feel it as strongly as you both once did. Remember that you were both drawn to each other for a reason, and though we evolve and grow as time goes on, never forget that what was true then can still be true today. If you do, you will still face those same hardships, but you’ll be able to overcome them together.

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Kerala Flood – My First Hand Experience!

Dear friends,

Kerala Flood

I have been right in the middle of the Kerala flood and I can tell you, it’s too much. Never have I ever seen anything like this in my life.  Sure, I’ve seen news about things like this happening around the world. But once it happens to you personally, everything is put into perspective.

Being a beauty blogger, I realize now how materialistic I am. How beauty products, creams and such matter so much to me. But having seen people suffer so much, I am humbled that my house hasn’t been affected too much. My parents were out of electricity for 3 whole days but they too haven’t been affected by the flood as such. Some of our neighbouring houses though have just fallen apart. They belong to poor people and my heart goes out to them.

My husband went out for volunteering at camps and what he says to me is alarming. The camps have anywhere between 500 – 5000 people, some of whom don’t even have an extra dress with them. They just fled from home in whatever attire they were in. So many babies and kids, having no idea what’s going on around them and crying. We were able to buy rice, vegetables, sugar, salt, more basic things like that, in bulk for them. I am happy I could do at least that much for them.

Supermarkets have run out of products due to high demand. ATMs have run out of cash. There is no diesel/petrol available. I am also alarmed that many are charging exorbitant prices for the things they are selling just because they know people will buy it somehow. What a sad situation..

Mobile networks are down. There are no ways of communication. Thankfully, the landphones work.

Another major problem is that in this flooded water, there are plenty of snakes. It’s such a dangerous situation. Also weeks later, even once this flooded water has flown on/dried and withdrawn, still there is a huge chance of a major breakout of various kinds of waterborne and airborne diseases. God help us!

If you would like to help & contribute financially to these affected people, kindly get in touch with me via email – nazninazeez@gmail.com. Please put ‘I wish to help’ in the subject line. I personally know so many families in need and even the smallest amount would help in restoring lives back to normalcy.

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Review : True Balance app!

Hey guys,

Couple days ago, my blog hit the 6th anniversary and I thought it would be great to introduce something new to my blog. I will be doing app reviews, occasionally from now on.. 😊

Today I’ll discuss about a free app I recently found out about and have fallen in love with. It’s called True Balance. But first, I wish to make it clear that this app is only for people based in India.

What’s it’s purpose?

This app shows the entire details and I mean every single thing you need to know about your talk time and mobile data. Expiry date, current balance, best offers, amount of mobile data being used by you etc. You can also recharge your mobile, earn cashback & also play a lucky spin wheel to get free cash (that can be used towards recharging your mob). It supports dual SIM too, be it any operators in India.

On to the details :

When you open the app, this is the screen that you will see.

True Balance

There are three tabs, ‘Check’, ‘Recharge’ & ‘Earn’. In the Check tab, you can pull down the refresh button and it instantly runs a USSD code for you and finds out your current balance. This allows you the convenience of not having to remember the codes (For eg, Vodafone’s USSD code to check mobile data balance is *111*2*2#) to check your balance.

You can see in the pic that my first SIM is Vodafone while the second one is Etisalat which this app doesn’t support. On clicking the operator’s name, you will be lead to their portal where you can place a call to their customer service, check the amount you spent to make calls etc.

At the bottom of screen it shows the mobile data you have used today. On clicking that, you will be lead to a ‘Statistics’ page like the one below :

True Balance statistics

This page is pretty cool. It shows which all apps take up most of my data (shows both the personal usage and background data used up by these apps). Also, the above pic shows the usage for 7 days. On clicking the left arrow, it shows the data for 3 days and the right arrow leads to the statistics for 14 days. It’s really handy.

The ‘Earn’ tab shows ways to get cash back, promo codes while recharging & ways to invite friends & get cash. For example, here are the promo codes for March. These are monthly codes that can each be used only once a month. It gets refreshed every month.

True Balance offers

The navy blue colored codes are operator specific offers while the orange colored codes are the monthly offers I mentioned just now.

You saw a miniature yellow and white spin wheel at the top of the first pic in this post. That takes you to the Lucky Spin Wheel that lets you win gems (points). Every 15 mins, you get the chance to spin the wheel once for free. You can win between 0 – 100 gems in one spin. Even if you don’t check the app every 15 mins, your turns will accumulate until you have 5 free spins. After ‘Free Play’ instead of waiting another 15 mins, you can spin again but for each turn you will use up 5 gems. You can see the screenshot below :

True Balance

On the top of that page, there is a ‘redeem’ option. You can redeem 100 points for Re 1. The best option is redeeming 990 points for Rs 10. See how I have redeemed that below :

True Balance

I can now use this money for free recharges!

Next, let’s discuss the ‘Recharge’ tab. You will get a 1% cash back plus the cash back from the promo codes. If you recharge for Rs 500 (can be in multiple transactions), you will be upgraded to Gold membership and thus get Rs 50 plus your cash back percentage will change from 1% to 7% in the upcoming month.

Recharging is super easy. It first asks which number you wish to recharge. Your own number is shown there already. You can even recharge the numbers of your friends / family. When you start typing the number, the contact list comes up and you can select the number you want, which is pretty cool..

The next step asks for the amount you want to recharge for. This screen also shows some plan offers. For example, I’ve typed in Rs 350. I have cut off my mob number with a marker.

True balance

In the next screen, it automatically detects what kind of recharge you are doing. In this case, 350 is a ‘Top Up’. You can select the Free points and that amount gets deducted from the amount you have to pay.

It shows two payment methods, either Debit/Credit card or Net banking, where you will be redirected securely to your bank.

The cash back is shown below, in this case Rs 3.5 and also I have applied the promo code MARCH12 which gives me Rs 12 back. ou have to copy your promo code from the codes page and paste it here.

By the way, if you are using your free points, you can’t use the Promo code option.

Overall, this is a wonderful app. You should definitely try it out.

Where to get the app?

Go to Google Play store and search for True Balance. Also, if you use my code, 2C28JRY6, you will get Rs 5 and I’ll get Rs 5 too 😚

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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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