Today’s guest post is by Mrs. Joanna Santillan.
As the saying goes: “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” And yes, planning is a big part of the journey to a wonderful vacation. Going out on a holiday with the family is an amazing way to bond and make new memories with them. It’s also worth highlighting that the kids won’t stay young for long. So while they’re still kids, plan a vacation or two. Here’s a list of tips when planning a vacation where everyone will enjoy: Continue reading
I have a huge blank wall in my room (now more of my son’s room) staring at me all day and it’s been days since I have been thinking of painting it or decorating it or writing something on it or sticking stickers on it or …… (Ideas anyone?)
A simple and hassle-free idea that came to my mind was that of using wallpapers. I googled it in and out and am presenting here a few unique ideas that are really creative and colorful, churned out of my search and research.
Check them out and tweak these ideas a bit here and a bit there and get down to giving a cool and refreshing look to your kids’ room… Continue reading
Hello New Mummas!
Recently, I have been getting a lot of queries from new Mummas and thought of doing a post for them – a post to help them get through those first few days or weeks of motherhood.
Here are 13 of my tips and advice, churned purely out of experience: Continue reading
A few days back, a friend looked at this Whatsapp display pic of mine and asked,
“How are you so slim?
How did you get here?
Give me some tips too!”
I read her messages and started pondering over it.
Surprisingly, I was at typing out the reply, the very next moment and here’s what I wrote: Continue reading
Summers are here and they are here big time! Mornings are all about cold coffees, mango coolers and butter milk and evenings are filled with one ice cream or the other. Mangoes, water melons, raw mango pickles, curd and kulfis top the list as Messiahs to save us from the summer heat.
As adults we feel so troubled by the summer heat and the scorching May sun and it gets difficult for me to imagine the plight of our little ones who are young and tender enough to get hurt even by touching a hot cup of tea. Needless to mention the effect of the harsh weather on them.
But you need not worry! Beingmumma is here with some cool tips, home remedies, activities and ideas to help your kiddo beat the summer heat. So, get ready to read and learn your bible of summer tips by heart , this year! Continue reading
Imagine life without the terms ‘homework’, ‘tests’, ‘exams’ and ‘assignments’ or ‘revisions’? Well, these will make not just our kids’ life but even our life, much happier and easier to lead!
But, unfortunately, the hard truth of life is that it is not possible to completely eliminate these from our educational life. We have to learn to live with these and so have to our children! They will have to do their homework daily – no matter what; they will have to appear for unit tests and final exams- no matter what and they will have to have to (repeated intentionally) ‘study’-no matter what!
If all this is an inseparable part of our kids’ (and indirectly our) life then why not make them go through it happily?
Now the biggest question that arises is, how to make them say yes to studies? How to make them love their books? How to make them look forward to doing their homework?
Here are 5 innovative ways to create interest in your kids towards studies and help them study in a smarter way: Continue reading
Last weekend, my son got blessed with his first ever trip to a Zoo. We were out for some work and suddenly the idea of visiting the zoo clicked us from nowhere. Summers are just setting in, at Hyderabad and thus we thought that no other month other than February could be cooler to visit the zoo. So, the trip was absolutely unplanned and still we managed to make the most of it! Sharing with you some pics and my learning from the wonderful trip we had! Continue reading
“What is your name?”
“Come to me, I’ll give you a chocolate!”
“Do you want to play with this red football?, come let’s do it together!”
“Do you know Johnny Johnny Yes Papa!”
These are the regular questions, remarks, comments that a kid often comes across when he meets strangers. Many kids shy away and refuse to answer, hiding behind their mother and many others are more than happy to answer these questions!
Shyness in children and their refusal to socialize easily and comfortably often worries and troubles us. We all ‘secretly’ wish and want our kids to be tagged as a “smart kid” who answers all questions, recites all poems she knows, smiles when she meets people and is comfortable in public places. And it’s not just about our secret wishes and wants but also about the benefit that kids derive from socializing. If they are open to socializing, they:
- Become more independent individuals and open up faster
- Expose themselves to all kind of people in the society and learn the reality of life sooner
- Learn to share with others (Be it their toys, food, books etc.)
- Develop a better understanding of what is right and wrong
- Develop interest in different aspects of life, like arts, sports, people etc.
- Do not grow rigid and gradually learn to adjust with whatever comes their way
- Develop important qualities like having patience; being caring, loving, sacrificing, communicating frankly etc
However, if we put ourselves in the shoes of our kid, we would realize that it is very pressurizing for a child to be the ideal we want her to be. In such a case, we need to help our kids become comfortable with strangers (only to a safe extent) and help them part away with their shyness and refusal to socialize.
Here are a few steps we can take to help our child grow out of the shield of shyness that he holds and shed the cocoon naturally: Continue reading
This weekend I could manage to get some Me-time and thought of trying out something I had never tried before!
A change of nail polish was long over due and I thought I should try my hand at nail art.
I didn’t have any paint brushes, sticker tapes,motifs or other cool stuff required to make a nail art attempt successful. In fact I didn’t even have the slightest of practice of using the brush in any way other than the regular!
Nevertheless, I just began painting my nails sportingly and thought I will undo it in the wink of an eye if my attempt fails! To my surprise, it turned out to be pretty cool (if seen from the perspective of a Newbie like me!).
Sharing the steps with all Mummas so that even they can enjoy a self-done nail art (that gets done in exactly 5 minutes) at the comfort of their home!
- Nail paint remover
- Cotton balls
- Nail polish shades
- Lakme True Wear Nail Color Metallics 040
- Lakme Color Crush truewear 21
- Lakme Color Crush truewear 45
What I did:
- I simply removed my old nail paint using cotton and nail paint remover.
- Then painted a diagonal line with Lakme Color Crush 21, followed by one with Color Crush 45 and finally ended with Lakme True Wear Nail Color Metallics 040.
- I didn’t use any sticker tapes (as one is supposed to) as I didn’t really have much idea nor the patience to use them. I repeatedly kept wiping extra paint off my cuticles, using Q-tips dipped in nail paint remover.
It eventually turned out quite well and looked like this…
I went for the simplest design to begin with and did realize at the end that I could have done a neater job, had I used tapes.
It was an awesome experience nevertheless and kind of energized me up for no reason! I am now looking forward to trying newer designs using motifs, tapes, stencils, bobby pins etc.
Do drop in your unique ideas to do such nail art at home using the minimum possible things and finishing up in hardly five minutes!