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3 Easy 15 minutes Activities for Kids

We are all confined indoors with our kids and I am sure like me you too are running out of activities to do with them. In this and subsequent posts I am going to share easy craft activities for kids, please share what you are doing so that we can try them too.

  1. Miniature Notebook from Scrap paper– you will need  6-8 one side printed A4 sheets, ribbon,  cardboard (optional if using a thin paper for front and back cover) or a handmade paper, glue in case using cardboard, scissors and a punching machine.

  • Cut the A4 Sheets into four equal parts. Cut the outer covers as per the size of the inside pages.
  • Punch equidistant holes on top, tie it with the ribbon, decorate as you please.

  1. Photo Frame Fridge magnet– You will need a cardboard, fancy paper, magnet, glue, felt in contrast colors or you could use dried leaves.

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sustainability, Uncategorized

Three Moms who are Making a Difference

 

Three Moms who are Making a Difference 

Motherhood changes our outlook on life, here are three moms who changed the course of their life not only for their own children but for all the ones to come in future.

Mansi Modi, Kindermum Cloth diapers

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Home Decor, Lifestyle and health, Uncategorized

Easy Upcycling and Decor Ideas

Repurposing and Upcycling can save you money and we all know the joy it brings.

I have loved creating stuff out of waste from early on in life.  I used to think of ways to put old, abandoned stuff to use.

When we reuse things, we help a wee bit by not having the stuff dumped into the landfill.

This Native American Proverb “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children,” sums our environment threatening lifestyle and how we must not take our planet for granted.

Using old clothes: Old clothes can be reused/repurposed or upcycled in multiple ways. I often keep old bed sheets, curtains, etc. to be turned into cloth bags. For past 3 years, on my son’s birthday I get these cloth bags made locally and give return gifts in them.

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Babycare, Uncategorized

How to Make your parenting journey an Eco-friendly one?

 

There is no greener packaging than no packaging           
 
No waste is less (even if its green/ biodegradable) than no waste
 
No trip is greener than the one we didn’t make. 
 
No product is greener than the one we didn’t buy.
 
– Anon

With babies comes whole lot of new stuff at home. As parents we want the best for our children, most of the things that we buy aren’t really needed but in pursuit of giving the best we amass the “unnecessary” at home.

I am not a zero waster yet, in fact I am very far from it, but I try to reduce my carbon footprints in every way I can.

Sharing a few things that you can follow to leave this earth a little better for your children; we have borrowed it from them, haven’t we?

 

  1. Accepting hand me downs- When a child is born we buy clothes that our child outgrows sooner than we can think of, sometimes without even having worn once. The best thing to do for kids would be accepting clothes from friends and relatives.
  2. Not buying things till the baby comes- wait for the baby to arrive and shop as you require. This can save you a lot of money. Most things which others consider essential may not be required for your baby. Each parent and child is different, so are their needs; for example we neither bought nor used – milk bottles, stroller, cots/ cribs, talcum powder, baby oils, special feeding accessories, does it make us bad parents? Well, we never felt any need of those.
  3. Switching to Cloth Diapers- I have been talking a lot about cloth diapers because I have extensively used those for my baby and I believe that they are the best alternative to disposable diapers. They can be used over and over and even passed on to other babies.
  4. Buying pre-loved – Do not hesitate to buy pre-loved clothes, toys & books. People sell stuff for many reasons. Buying expensive gears (if needed) like rockers, pram. Car seat, crib/ cradle, bottle warmer, cycles and more from pre-loved sites/groups. I bought a pre-loved high chair for my son and then further passed it on to a friend. This chair now has fed more than 4 kids of different families. Buying used stuff does not mean that you are buying substandard quality.
  5. Self-imposed shopping bans- Target no-shopping (except essentials) months and live up to it. Remember that meme about Great Indian sale – “If you shop you may save 50% but if delete the shopping apps you save 100%”

  6. Limit the toys or subscribe to toy Libraries- It is a good idea to get toys and books on rent or exchanging toys and books among friends. As parents we must also choose engaging open-ended toys over battery operated ones for our children.

  1. Eco-friendly celebrations- Birthday parties create a lot of mess, big gatherings of any sort for that matter lead to a lot of waste, you can help by either avoiding parties altogether else try to celebrate the eco-friendly way. Avoid gift wrap and unnecessary plastic covers, plastic and disposable stuff in birthday parties, give eco-friendly return gifts (if at all you have to give) using newspaper wrapping or cloth bags. Avoid cheap plastic toys because your aim is not to litter the other person’s house and environment, right? If you have to gift choose meaningful and useful toys/articles. 

My previous article talks about simple eco-friendly daily switches one can adopt to make a difference. 

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Lifestyle and health, Uncategorized

7 everyday Eco-friendly switches

7 Eco-friendly switches one can make in their daily life.

Firstly let’s understand what eco-friendly is, Eco-friendly means something that is friendly to our mother earth, something that doesn’t harm the environment.

I won’t talk about being plastic free- that is too much to ask for!

Sadly we have come too far to go back. We all know single use plastic is not good for the environment and we all know that it is difficult to do without it.

Let’s not talk about what we can’t do, let’s take a look at what we can do.

Listing 7 easy eco-friendly things you can do to make a difference-

  1. Using bucket to take bath instead of shower –

When we use a low flow shower we end up using 3-5 liters of water a minute. Now, if someone takes a bath for at least 10 minutes they end up using 30-50 ltrs of water, could you believe that? While a bucket just uses 20 -25 liters of water and cleanses well as the water comes with greater force. Now when you take a bath, wash your face or brush your teeth just think about what you are doing to conserve water.

  1. Carrying your own cloth bags- This is a very simple and easy thing to do. Having a checklist while stepping out and including a large cloth bag in it can save you from bringing back home a plastic bag.
  2. Cut down Impulsive shopping (online and Retail) – Knowing your needs and wants and buying only what you need is the key. With buying things just at a click, rampant online discounts leading to impulsive buying and a surge to the sales of things that otherwise wouldn’t happen. Be mindful of what you are buying and not only will you save money, you will contribute in saving the environment too.

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