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My First Children’s Book- “The Teeth Bugs And The Bunny”

The Teeth Bugs And The Bunny is a fun book to have your little ones brush their teeth.

Stories and books have always helped me in several ways. 

Little more than 2 years ago, I weaved a simple story for my son to have him brush his teeth, that story is now a book that many kids adore.

It was such a joyful moment to see my son flipping through the pages of the book in awe, the story he had only been listening to was now in front of his eyes. Continue Reading

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All You Need to Know About Toddler Nutrition- Priya Kathpal

We thank Priya Kathpal,  Founder Nutrify for this article.

Priya is a Nutritionist with over 15 years of experience. She works with health and fitness enthusiasts, people with medical conditions like diabetes, PCOS, hypothyroid and other lifestyle disorders, sportspeople and children. I happened to attend one of Priya’s workshop and that is where I could get all the insights for this article. 

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Plant Propagation – Dos and Don’ts and Much More

Gardening is one of the most fulfilling hobbies, but often people get demotivated by the exorbitant prices at the nursery. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love plants. Some are able to manage them others are not, but there isn’t a soul who says that I dislike plants

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Sometimes we may not know the right ways to keep those exotic, expensive plants we bought looking at pinterest or someone’s pretty Instagram feed  and we eventually may just kill those plants and vow never to indulge in gardening. 

In this post I have shared some ways that you can propagate a few plants from your existing ones and points to keep in mind when you get new plants home. 

Plants and greenery at home brings joy to one’s heart and tending to them is therapeutic, isn’t it? For me the best shopping is plant shopping, and I have done the mistake of spending many thousands on plants.

Check out this post on Homedecor

Few things you can do to add to your plant family.

  1. Propagate from existing plants (best option during current times)
  2. Get cuttings/pups from friends
  3. Get cuttings/pups from society gardens, public parks.
  4. Join plant swap groups in your locality.

Some ways you can propagate the plants- cuttings, root division or pups

Propagating plants from cuttings is very easy, you just need to snip off a stem with a few (3-4) leaves. Most plants can just be put in the soil and they root in few weeks, you may put them in water too for you to be able to see the root growth.

Use clean shears and cut just below a node (that’s where new roots will form). You can use rooting powder or honey to promote root growth.

Some sturdy plants that will easily grow from stem cuttings- Coleus, Monstera, Pothos, Aglonema, zz plant.

Some plants like Spider plants, Snake plants, Aloevera and Succulents grow well from either off-shoots or pups or both. Let the baby plants (off shoots grow a few inches and then carefully separate the baby-plant from mother plant from the roots. These are some very interesting plants when it comes to propagation; they can be propagated from pups, off-shoots and even leaves.

Points to consider while propagating-

  1. Ensure that you are taking the cutting from a healthy mother plant
  2. When propagating, a cutting with buds or flowers should be avoided as the chances of survival of such a cutting get low.
  3. Do not keep your cuttings in direct sunlight.
  4. Ensure that the soil is moist (neither wet nor dry, just moist)
  5. Preferably use soil-less potting mix (it is a mix of peat, coco coir, perlite and slow releasing fertilizer) Soil-less potting mix reduces the chances of rotting in cuttings.

Here are a few things you can do while getting new plants from the nursery.

  • Check the leaves, avoid plants with (unhealthy) yellow or brown or discolored  leaves.
  • Check for pests. check the plant thoroughly under the leaves, stem and top 1-2 inches of soil for pests.
  • If you are getting a flowering plant, get the ones with lots of buds rather than ones with lots of flowers.
  • See if you have similar conditions (at home) as required for that plant. Some plants need bright sunlight some can thrive in low lights.

Re-pot the plant only after a few weeks to avoid any shock or discomfort to the plant.

last but not the least –  Once you get any plant from outside (friends, nursery or as a gift) ISOLATE the plant! Yes, you must quarantine the plant for at least 10-14 days. Yes, you read it right! It is best suggested to put the plants away to avoid the pests from spreading from new plants to the existing ones.

If you found my post helpful you may like this Post on gardening too

Happy Gardening!

 


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Bio Enzyme – Natural Multipurpose Cleaner

We have all read the labels of most popular household cleaners. They all come with a warning “Hazardous, keep away from children and animals”; which clearly means they may clean your house but are not safe for you. At a macro level these commercial cleaners are a big environmental hazard too, slowly poisoning our lakes, rivers and soil. The best thing is to switch to Bio enzyme!

It was 5 years ago that I first heard of bio enzyme and regretting that it took me so long to try my first batch of this magical enzyme. 

If you like the idea of low or zero waste, you may find my post on home composting interesting too.

Bio enzymes are natural cleaners made from fruit peels, preferably citrus fruits. Most people use orange and lemon peels for making BE for cleaning, other peels like banana etc. can be used to make plant food/ fertilizer.

Uses

A bio enzyme as mentioned earlier is a natural multipurpose cleaner. You can use bio enzyme to clean your bathroom sink, W.C. You can use bio-enzyme for mopping too

  • As floor cleaner- Add 50ml of Bio Enzyme to your bucket of water.
  • As Bathroom tiles/ sink cleaner- Spray Bio enzyme and leave it for 20-30 minutes and then scrub the areas.
  • Laundry and dishes- Add soap nut liquid and use your Bio Enzyme liquid to clean dishes, laundry
  • Plant fertilizer- Diluted Bio Enzyme can also be used as liquid fertilizer for plants, the ones made from banana and other peels. I have only made citrus fruit BE; hence I will only be talking about that in this post.
  • Vegeatbles and toy disinfectant- These days there are several vegge washes and toys disinfectants, you can use BE to clean your vegetables/fruits. Make water and BE solution and dip your vegetables for 10-15 minutes, wash with regular water and then dry before storing.
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Tips for Aspiring bloggers & Influencers – My 100th Blogpost

Happy as can be, that’s what I am, after all I am publishing my 100th blogpost!!!

After a lot of deliberation, I decided to write about something that I had wanted to write but was either forgetting or just procrastinating all these months. In this blog I will share a bit about my blogging journey and some tips to fellow bloggers and for those who are just starting out.

Why I started writing here?

As a little kid and a teenager I loved writing and expressing myself through written words, however as I stepped into a professional degree course and then into job my writing only got limited to a few poems a year.

It was finally when my son was a few months old, some friends who saw me sharing motherhood tips, tricks and struggles on facebook asked me to document it on a blog. I liked the idea and decided to take a leap. Continue Reading

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Ayurveda for Improving Immunity during Covid-19

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Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine, which is in practice from more than 5000 years. It is a holistic system of  medicine which includes mind-body-spirit approach in healing the person. The holistic concepts do not try to fix the body but instead help super-charge the body’s inbuilt healing capacity. In this article we will share simple tips that can help in improving immunity for covid-19P.C unsplash.com.

Owing to its effectiveness and medical significance, now the principles and the concept of Ayurveda are being used in the modern world. It helps treat different kinds of chronic diseases and even at this time when the world is dealing with this unprecedented crisis in the form of Covid-19, Ayurveda can prove to be a boon for mankind.

Ever since the origin of the new strain of Corona virus, we have come to know a lot about it; we now know the symptoms, the complications, yet we have not been successful in finding out an effective treatment to curb its outbreak. We can prevent ourselves from getting infected by simply following simple rules like wearing a mask, practising proper social distancing and following good hand hygiene.

Apart from this, your body’s natural immune system also plays a major role in keeping us safe from this fatal virus.  The best way to boost your immunity is by eating healthy food and following a good lifestyle habit.

Prevention is always better than cure. As there is no medicine or vaccination for  COVID-19 yet, the best thing at the moment is to take preventive measures which boost our immunity.  Ayurveda’s extensive knowledge has always been based on preventive care. Following some home made concoctions or making slight changes to our daily routines and eating habits can help us keep Covid-19 at bay. Sharing below an immunity booster Ayurvedic drink that you can add to your diet for strengthening your natural defence system.

You may like my other article on homeopathy, homeopathy for children  

The Ministry of AYUSH has also recommended the following self-care guidelines as preventive  measures and boosting immunity. These are all supported by Ayurvedic literature and scientific publications.

Below are the recommended Measures: Continue Reading

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