Growing up in lush green Cantonment I now realise how fortunate I have been as a child to have the luxury of open green spaces, trees to climb on and traffic-less roads to go full speed cycling. The concrete jungles have snatched away the real fun that our parents could offer us. Closed play areas, malls, TV and mobiles have substituted the green parks and family picnics.
I try to give all things natural to my child and it also holds true for experiences.
This post is dedicated to 5 places in Mumbai which will give your toddler a fun experience being close to nature.
The green pastures of Aarey Milk colony are the lungs that tirelessly work to keep Mumbai alive. This 400 acre of greenery will definitely give you some respite (at least for a day) from this cramped up city. Though not too well maintained, the Aarey colony has a lake and a popular picnic spot called chhota Kashmir.
Between 4-6 the milk plant is also open for tours; you can plan your trip accordingly and have your kid/s see how the milk that they drink is processed and packaged.
2. Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP)- This is another green place that you wouldn’t want to miss taking your child to. It is not any ordinary park and has much more to offer than just flora and fauna. The National Park has a mini train, a lake for boating, nature trails for hiking and also camping facilities.
It is suggested that you take a private vehicle as accessing these facilities which are spread out in sprawling 104sq kms of area can be challenging.
The park opens at 7:30 am and closes at 6:30 pm.
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“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times — always with the same person.”
For most people in the world comes love that is natural, spontaneous and effortless. They fall in love, they explore each other and then they get married. There are also people who get into an arranged marriage; where they get married first and are left to make conscious efforts to love and accept the other person. Ours was one such marriage, I would often address my then fiancé as “my arranged boyfriend”!
Ours was a typical arranged marriage; but if you looked at our pictures you wouldn’t be able to tell that, that is reel life, in reality we fought, argued, disagreed over everything under the sun and 7 years down the line we still do the same, just that we now know that nothing except death can do us apart.
Few things that we now do to keep the love alive and strong are-
What is life without gifts and surprises? Boring right? A birthday or a Valentine’s day only feels complete with that perfect gift. From little kids to grown up adults there is no one who wouldn’t like to be gifted or showered with pleasant surprises.
Gifting for me is not just an activity, it is a well thought out ritual and an experience, because what I see behind that gift is the smile of my loved one.
Here are some ideas to make your Valentine’s day gifting special.
1. A 3D selfie or couple figurine- Yes, you heard it right! Portraits are passè, figurines are the new in things, although i wouldn’t mind someone gifting me a sketch or a caricature of me; but I found these figurines super cool. Make Valentine’s Day special with Vuro’s gifting options
Approximate Price- 999
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2. A Photo book- In this digital age when pictures are zillion and get forgotten until facebook or Google shows you in the memory feature. A book that tells your lovestory can make such a beautiful gift for your partner.
Approximate price- 500 -900
3. A hamper with your partner’s favourite chocolates and wine – Plan a date at home and surprise your partner with her/his special drinks, or that bottle of champagne or any other sparkling wine you both wanted to buy but waited for an occassion.
Approximate cost – Well, this would totally depend on your partner’s choice! You could get a decent hamper made in about 2-3k.
4. A surprise trip or a staycation- I am a sucker for experiences. More than amassing things I prefer creating memories. My first Valentine’s day gift to my husband was a surprise trip to Agra, the city of Taj Mahal and city of love. We enjoyed luxury and opulence at ITC Mughal, pampered ourselves at the spa and visited the Taj.
A surprise like this could cost you from few thousands to 30- 50 k depending upon your choice of hotel, city and traveling cost.
5. Books, Book ends or personalised Stationery- If your partner loves reading or writing then this could be just your thing to look for him/her. I am sure they would love to see their name on the pen they write with or the stationery they use and each time they pick it up your thoughts would cross their mind.
Approximate cost- 1k or more depending upon the stationery you choose.
6. A hot air balloon, helicopter ride or camping in the jungle or by the riverside- Did I mention that I love creating memories?
Yes, you could look for helicopter rides, these usually are 15-20 minutes rides and can make a wonderful experience if your partner loves traveling, photographing and experiencing new things.
Approximate cost for a helicopter ride- 4500 Rs.
Approximate cost for a hot air balloon ride- 6-8 k
7. A backlit photo frame or a night lamp- If your partner loves personalised stuff and is fond of pictures, you could consider getting these made for him/her.
These can easily be made at Vuro
Approximate cost- 1499 Rs.
I hope I was able to give you a few ideas worth going ahead for your perfect gift to celebrate and make this Valentine’s day special for your partner.
Have you checked out our Valentine’s Day Contest on Instagram? Do participate, you may just win one of the personalised gifts by Vuro.
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Happy Valentine’s Day to you!!!
The New Year is right here with lots of excitement, hopes and new beginnings, to welcome the coming year with swag and style, we have come together to bring plethora of fashion inspiration in this “Fashion-a-thon” a fashion blog-train initiative by Ruchie of Wigglingpen.
Hair oiling/ head massage has always been difficult with this little ball of energy. He sits still for regular massage, but not for champi. We recently started using nourishing hair oil by Mamaearth and guess what? It is the lovely packaging that keeps him engaged.. mama sings “baba white sheep” spins a few stories around it and baby learns a few new things everytime while getting his champi (head massage) done with this awesome smelling hairoil. Jojoba oil in this hair oil helps in keeping the scalp healthy and avocado oil stimulates the hair growth. The oil with its unique concoction also treats cradle cap.
More about the oil-
Like all other Mamaearth products, this hair oil too is a MadeSafe certified product. MadeSafe certification is given to household products that are safe to use and do not pose any potential threat to health and environment. The oil contains no mineral oils or artificial fragrances, key ingredients of the oil being – jojoba oil, coconut oil, Avocado oil, lavender oil and vitamin E.
My experience- I loved the oil, very light on hair though you can’t say that it is nonstick, but it is pretty light for a hairoil. Leaves the hair soft and shining after wash. It has lovely mild lavender fragrance.
Pricing and packaging- It comes in a sleek bottle with spray nozzle and has double lids (one for the nozzle and one for the bottle)
100 ml bottle is priced at INR 299/-
Availability- mamaearth nourishing oil for babies is available at mamaearth website and other leading online shopping portals like Amazon, nyaka and firstcry.
I am a mother whose blog says notjustmommying, well that’s because I think we do or mean to do a lot more than raising our kids. Whether we succeed or fail in that endeavor, is another story. Know more