Thursday, December 27, 2018

Random Rumble

Once young and agile, now senile
Humans are mortal is so easily forgotten

'I AM' the Tsunami Ego brings
The calm of forgiveness is so easily forgotten

'colour, gender, race' ; puppetry of hatred
The power of love is so easily forgotten

Hypocrisy pacing so fast, seeping through so deep
The value of honesty is so easily forgotten

Sadism; surprisingly enjoyable
The emotion of selflessness so easily forgotten

Comparison leading to barren mind
The fullness of empathy is so easily forgotten

Evil so not dark anymore
The light of good is so easily forgotten

Pretence wins hearts 
The purity of immature innocence is so easily forgotten

What goes around comes around
Your karma remains with you is so easily forgotten 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Toddler Activity: III

Hi everyone!

How is your Diwali cleaning going? Have you raided homecentre and the likes already or is your Diwali shopping still due? If so, run! It’s only getting more crowded with every passing day. 

Anyway this post is not about Diwali, it is about our favourite topic these days; toddler activities. With the festive season going strong I am sure we parents do not have too much time and energy to put in, in an activity and yet we want our kids to be gadget free for as long as possible.

 So today I will share with you three activities that require no investment. The material required for these is readily available in any household.

1. Gram/bean sorting: 
What you need: three bowls and a mix of beans/grams (black and white grams, red kidney beans/small white beans)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Toddler Activity: II (Pom poms)

Hello hello hello!

The festive season is here! Do not we just love the vibe of this time of the year? The weather in the capital has got better. Diwali party invites are pouring in (even though I still have not attended one yet!). 

What remains constant is my everyday activity with the squirrel. Since my insta stories (instagram handle: my.little.diary) is getting such a good response from other mothers, it motivated me to come back to the blog this soon again. 

In this post I am going to share three activities with the same set of Pom Poms. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Toddler Activity: I

I am writing a post probably after ages. I have been a little caught up. Anyway without further excuses I will just continue this post.

So, if you are following me on instagram you would already know that I have recently been posting a lot of toddler activities. I have been engaging adira in similar activities since she turned one. However, I have started sharing them so much only recently. 

A handful of my followers (and I only have a few followers) suggested me to write about these activities and hence this post.

I am going to share three activities today that I did with my two year old.

1. Shape Popsicles:                                          
Material needed: a cardboard box, sketch pen, coloured paper, cutter and glue.
#take a box ( I used the cap of a shoe box) and make a triangle, a square and a circle on it.                                                                            # Cut out these shapes and colour them ( I used already coloured sheets that adira had used earlier to save paper)
             # stick the shapes on the popsicle sticks.
             # make cuts on the shoe box against each shape to insert the popsicle stick.
             # let your child insert the sticks as per the shape. 

      2. Alphabet Recognition: 
Material Needed: 13 post it notes, 26 popsicle sticks, sketch pen, a cardboard box, cutter and glue.

# take a box and write alphabets A-Z on it. 
# take a post it note, fold it into half and then cut it from the centre to get two small cards. 
# write the letter on the front of the card, and draw something starting from that inside the card.
# do the same for all the letters. 
# stick these cards on the popsicle sticks.
# make a cut on top of each letter and let your child insert the letter stick against the match alphabet.
# also ask them what is drawn inside the card. 

Note: I used the same shoe box for the above two activities. For the first activity I used the cap and for the second activity I used the other part of the box.

3. Animal matching: 
          material needed: animal cut outs, post it notes, rubber/plastic/wooden toy animals.

# stick the animal cutouts with table on any table or wall.
# fill a bowl with water and put the plastic/rubber toys in it. The wooden toys can be kept in a basket.
# let the child match the toy animal with the cutouts.

You can repeat this activity with vegetables and fruits also.

I hope these activities help to keep your child busy. If the child doesn’t show interest do not give up. Keep trying! Also do not do all these activities at a single go. Introduce one new activity everyday. Besides that let your child indulge in colouring, pretend play or just freestyle play.
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Wholewheat Ragi Pancakes

Hola people!

Life has been busy. My little squirrel is growing up too fast and has started playschool (big milestone right? Phew!). The settling period is on and most days she sails through the time managing a few wails towards the end. My heart feels so heavy but I do realize that it is all part of a process.  

Soooo, with her playschool I had to introduce some lifestyle changes in my routine too. I wake up early now, prepare breakfast (duty calls) and then wake her up followed by bathing, feeding and dressing her up (oh dear mothers, you know the grind!). Anyway so my stories are really pancaked these days. I have been preparing pancakes for adira for breakfast before she goes to school. Ofcourse I feed her different things on different days but only the pancakes make it to my stories (who want to see besan ka sheera on the story board right?). A lot of you messaged me asking for the wholewheat-ragi pancake recipe.

Now I have two versions of it; with egg and eggless. I will share the recipe of both. Though there is just a minor change. I haven’t clicked a decent picture of the pancakes so a screenshot of the boomerang from my insta story will have to suffice for the moment.

Monday, June 18, 2018

How to get your child to eat fruit?

not the best picure...but it works for the moment

As parents a lot of us struggle with feeding our children three basic meals leave alone those extra portions of fruits as mid meal snacks. Really! The food fight seems eternal for some mothers I know. 

There have been innumerable instances when I have met friends complaining their kids don’t touch a fruit. 

For me a day without fruit is counted a day incomplete. I need to have a portion if not portions of fruits everyday. It is just a habit that I have inculcated in my lifestyle and also into adira’s now. Whether it be a vacation or a staycation or just a routine day at home, fruits are a must. 

So here are a few suggestions that might help you with feeding your child some fruitilicious goodness.

START EARLY: Most babies can start eating a fruit at 5 months. So you start with the mushy ones like banana and chiku. The sooner they develop a taste for fruits the better.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Egg Muffins

Just yesterday, when I had posted a story about egg muffins, I got flooded with messages for its recipe. Well this just gave the lazy writer in me a nudge to switch on the laptop and fill in another page of my little diary.

Egg muffins generally occupy the breakfast menu but because I tried these for my little one and there is no set menu for toddlers, I served it to her for dinner. My husband suggested that it will make a filling snack for his evening hunger pangs. It is unbelievably easy to make and is very healthy.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Homemade Cough Syrup

Uhuu uhuuu! 

No, I am not referring to the well pretended cough from the cult movie 'hum aapke hain kaun'. I am referring to the cough that is ubiquitous these days.

 Everywhere I go I hear every third person coughing or using that already crushed tissue to stop a running nose. Blame the changing season or the dryness in the air or the viral that is supposedly omnipresent and ready to hack your system. 

Two days back I noticed my daughter coughing. And it wasn’t really bad coughing. Just occasional uhu-uhus during the day. I didn’t want to give her a medicine for a cough that was occurring a few times only. So, I opted to give her the good old kada, the recipe of which I got from my inlaws. It’s a saviour for minor coughing. Even for major coughing one can take it along with the normal medication. It is absolutely natural and my little one enjoys it a lot. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Special

Hola folks!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Don’t worry I am not going to bore you with the history behind this day since the news channels are doing that job pretty well already.

As I was humming the song ‘dil diyan gallan’ that was playing on the radio this morning, I pondered on the concept of love.  I got quite philosophical. We have grown up watching movies like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai that preached the idea of one love in a lifetime.  Remember the famous dialogue Hum ek baar jeete hai, ek baar marte hai, shaadi bhi ek baar hoti hai ... aur pyar ek baar hi hota hai”?

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

i am back

As I sit I front of my gleaming laptop screen, I am wondering what took me so long to feel this light on my face. If you have read my previous posts you know I have always had excuses (reasons for me though) for being temporarily inactive with my blog posts. I say temporarily because I always come back to writing and I always will.