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2 minutes Healthy and refreshing drinks for kids

Here I have put together 2 minutes Healthy and refreshing drinks for kids.

Summers bring forth fond memories of school break, vacation to the hometown, the idle hot afternoons and waiting for the evening snacks and drinks by mom. What to do when “You” are that mom, who the kids wait for to prepare scrumptious dishes??

I often call my mom to check for my favourite recipes of her. I can never match up to her level of cooking, however I do often try her recipes.

I have put here a few summer drink recipes, aampanna (from my mom’s notes) is my favourite out of these.


1.Plum and pear smoothie
Take a plum and a pear cut it into small pieces and put it in your blender. Add 1 cup of yogurt and blend to a smooth consistency. You may add date syrup if it lacks desired sweetness and you have a healthy between the meals drink ready for your child.

2.Aam panna

Summers are incomplete without this king of fruits! Enjoyed ripe as it is or as mango juice/smoothie and raw in Indian chaats, pickles and in Aam-panna. Here I have a simple no sugar Aam-panna recipe.

Take 2 raw mangoes, pressure cook them in a 2ltr cooker (2-3 whistles) let it cool. Separate peel from the pulp.Blend the pulp with 3 table spoons of jaggery, 1 teaspoon of roasted jeera (cumin) powder and 1 tea spoon of kala namak. You can also blend in some mint leaves. Other things that can be added to enhance the flavour are chat Masala and black pepper powder.

Add 1 cup water and refrigerate. You can use 1 portion of this aampanna with water just when you need to serve. It is a refreshing summer drink.

  1. Watermelon n Lime juice – My son’s favourite and mine too because it gets ready in a jiffy! 1 cup of cut watermelon, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, few pinches of kala namak (a type of pungent rock salt used in Asia). Blend these in your blender and you are done. You can strain the juice, I don’t strain it as we love the small fruit chunks.


  1. Banana and oats smoothie

This simple 2 minutes recipe is not only easy and quick, but also full of energy and nutrition.

Take 1/3rd cup oats, 1cup milk, 1/2 cup yogurt , 1 banana, 1 Tbsp roasted flaxseed, for flavour you can add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder or elaichi (cardamom) powder.

Blend all of the above ingredients and serve. You could create variants of this recipe by changing the fruits as per your little one’s preference.

Hope you liked these simple and easy ideas as much as I liked bringing them to you; now hoping that your little one too relishes these tasty drinks.

Please try and share your feedback here! 🙂

This Blogpost is a part of #Baby_Toddlerfoodblogtrain hosted by Deepali of myteenytot Anisha of momzdiary and Danisha of lovethatyoucanbuy.

40 Mom bloggers from all across the globe have come together with some amazing baby/toddler food ideas just for you, hop on to this blogtrain and create magic in your kitchen! Also, do not forget to check this wonderful mom who introduced me in this train- Upasana, mom to Maithili who blogs about her experiences at momandmaithili.

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8 points to consider while planning your first baby/toddler photoshoot

These are the times when memories may fade but pictures won’t, rather pictures help us reminisce those beautiful moments.

It is all perfect till the time we have our pre- wedding or maternity shoot, because all we need for these shoots is a good location, a good photographer and a few change of clothes.

The moment your little one enters the photo scene, dynamics change altogether.

Here I share with you 8 points that you should consider while planning your first baby/toddler photoshoot. Continue Reading

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How to select a playschool or Pre-school- Quick Guide For Parents

Why would you write a post on selecting a school, someone asked me. Well that someone has kids who are my age and that someone doesn’t know the challenges that we face. 


Being an army kid, my parents had to move cities every 2-3 years, which meant changing schools that often. Was it difficult? Well no, it was rather like a cake walk, easier for them than for me. Fewer schools, even fewer boards and our safest bet was a KV(Kendriya Vidyalaya) or an Army School. Things have changed drastically and choosing a school is as crucial and as confusing as making a career choice. 


Before move further, let us first know what exactly a play school is? A playschool as you may have guessed, is an informal set-up where a child learns through play. Pre-school is a term often interchangeably used with playschool. However, preschool is from 3 years to 5 years before a child starts his formal education at 6 years of age. A play school can start as early as 1.5years of age. 


Parents are flustered just by the thought of leaving their tiny baby in a play school or Pre-school, all by herself. They are confronted by many fears.  Here are a few things that you may look at before finalising a play school or a Pre-school for your child.


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For a woman, her pregnancy is a time of joy and excitement. At the same time, it can also be a time of serious sleep disturbance due to the hormonal changes and due to the growing belly bump. Therefore, apart from being physically active and eating healthy diet, it is vital to have a good sleep during the pregnancy period.

As you have begun with your pregnancy, you should understand the importance of sleep during pregnancy.

Your healthcare provider might have advised you to take proper rest and sleep. The proper rest and sleep during your pregnancy helps you to avoid complications during pregnancy.

Therefore, in this blog, you will find the importance of sleep during pregnancy. Let us have a look.

  1. Maintains Blood Pressure


A proper sleep helps you to regulate and maintain the blood pressure of your body. As during the pregnancy, the blood pressure tends to fluctuate, therefore, in order to prevent any complication associated with the same can be controlled by taking proper rest and sleep.



  1. Comfortable atmosphere to your baby

If you are taking good rest and sleep during your pregnancy, you are not only helping your body to relax but also giving your baby to grow and develop in a comfortable environment. According to the studies, expectant mothers who are stressed during their pregnancy time, it has affected somehow to the development of the baby. Therefore, be relaxed and take proper 8 hours of sleep, so that you can help your baby grow comfortably.


  1. Control Fatigue

The importance of sleep during pregnancy can be understood with the fact that it helps to control fatigue and tiredness in the body of an expectant mother. As the body of a pregnant lady undergoes with the hormonal changes, this leads to the continuous feel of fatigue and tiredness.  Here, proper sleep and rest can be beneficial.


  1. Lowers the stress from your heart 

During pregnancy, it is obvious that you may feel stress sometimes. So, here if you take proper sleep and rest, stress can be relieved. Please remember, do not exert yourself and drink plenty of fluid to keep yourself hydrated and energetic.


We all understand that a healthy body gives birth to a healthy baby, hence it is very important to take a good sleep while taking proper care and cautions. Moreover, if you are planning how to get pregnant proper rest and sleep is important.


Take Care!

This is a guest post by Akansha Bansal.

Akansha lives with a notion “SIMPLE LIVING, HIGH THINKING” and has an optimistic approach towards life. She is always eager to learn new things. She is the founder of a Parenting website called “Budding Star“.


Link of website: buddingstar you could also check: buddingstar  on Facebook, on  twitter and  Instagram



Tips for a perfect and smooth photoshoot with your newborn

Pictures have always played a very important role in my life, I have albums full of my boarding school and college hostel memories from the times much before the advent of DSLRs or mobile phone cameras, I am writing about newborn photography not because I had a perfect shoot with my new born; neither was it a disaster; I am writing this because I altogether missed doing a newborn shoot for my baby.Honestly, I was exhausted  and could not think of sparing 4-5 hours for a shoot; but now when I look back I only regret. As I write this I feel like having one more baby only so that I can do a newborn shoot for him/her, so strong is my regret!

Well they grow up too fast and camera is the only tool to have these growing up moments frozen in squares and rectangles!

Here I have some tips for helping you plan your newborn shoot the perfect way-

1. Choose the photographer wisely- New borns are tiny people susceptible to infections and illnesses; it is therefore important to choose a reliable photographer who would have sanitised all the props and equipments.

2. Decide what kind of photos you want- New born photography is categorised into candid lifestyle and Posed shoot. The posed shoots are mostly done within 14-16 days of birth, mainly because the baby sleeps majority of the times and is wary of things happening around. During these first 2 weeks of birth It is easier for the photographer to use props, swaddle and mold the baby.  The candid lifestyle type shoot can be done anytime within first 2 months of birth. The lifestyle newborn shoot captures the baby in variety of moods and also captures the bond in the family.

If you are confused, you could choose a combination of both.

3. The new born shoots may take 4-6 hours; babies don’t come with a manual, they may want to nurse or cry for a diaper change just when your photographer has set up everything for the shoot. Bottomline is ” stay calm” and do not fret over things taking long.

Try nursing just before the shoot is scheduled, keep yourself and the baby full.

4. If the shoot is happening at your home, make some room for equipments that photographer will bring along. Have the photographer visit your home a few days prior to the scheduled shoot.

Free the space of any clutter.

5. If the shoot is happening at a studio, ensure that it isn’t far off. Prepare your bag a day before and do not leave anything for the last moment.

Pictures are precious and so are the moments that create them, hope you have a memorable shoot.

Do let me know if I missed any points!