Unique ways to celebrate Diwali

Diwali is that time of the year when all your family member and friends visit their native place to celebrate this lovely festival of lights, sweet and cracker.

Diwali is the day when each and everyone is eagerly waiting for it, where girls are already excited to select their makeup look, dress, gifts etc whereas, boys are excited to light up their house the best and to get the hands-on best crackers and sweets from the market.

Apart from pollution which each and everyone mocks about it around this time of the year, there are so many things apart from this which has to be taken care of, this Diwali finds unique ways to celebrate for others.

In this post, I will be sharing some of the unique ways you can contribute to the society.

orlistat cost Visit an orphanage or an old age home:

When they are rejected by family each and every visitor becomes their family, especially on this biggest festival where you can share the happiness of being with the family which they miss.

Just don’t visit forsake of it once a year is in touch with them all year round and the feeling you’ll get is priceless.

follow Plant a tree:

When everyone is talking about controlling pollution and not to fire a cracker. in order to control a bit, you can plant a tree may be the fruit tree so you’ll also get something from it and you’ll feel good about it.

click Visit a slum:

As, it is a saying that Holi is for poor and Diwali is for rich, by visiting in the slum you can reverse the saying and can make slum children happy by, celebrating Diwali with them by gifting new clothes and sweets to them.

Sponsor a child:

This is my favorite way to celebrate any occasion; it takes around  10,000 rupees per year to sponsor one child education which you can easily do by tying up with an NGO which supports child education.

If you can spend 10,000 in crackers, gifts and on clothes you can easily sponsor a child every year.

Sponsoring a child for education will not only give her/him their right for education but can also make her/him a better person.

 

This is my take to celebrate this Diwali in a unique way share yours in the comment box below.

 

Tips and Tricks for Diwali cleaning

Diwali being a week away, we all are busy whitewashing and cleaning our home to prep up for the biggest and most awaited festival in India.

From choosing the décor of a house to lighting it up the best in the colonies there is a lot of preparation that comes ahead but the most critical part is the cleaning of whole house which can take up a lot of energy and time.

I am sure you all have already started cleaning your house, but if not then this post will surely help you out to clean your house smartly with these tips and trick.

De-cluttering:

Start off with de-cluttering your wardrobe, shoe rack, kids toys segregate each and everything in three piles,

  • Too keep.
  • charity
  • Throw

But, before you throw away your stuff which you don’t need there are a lot of NGO which take away your throwaway items and remake them into a useful way like goonj and green sole.

Once you are sorted out clean off the dust and rearrange your wardrobe, the simple rule is to get rid of the things which you haven’t use for past 1 year can be donated, sell or can be given to charity.

Vacuum cleaning:

Most of the time after whitewash we forget to clean off the dust in sofas, carpet, cushion, mattress, couches etc which are building up bacteria in them from years, so make sure to vacuum clean all these deep if possible wash their fabric too and you’ll get the brand new furniture with just this simple tips.

Kitchen cleaning:

Get rid of the expired ingredient, the pills of food container that you save but do not use it any other way other than pilling it up.

Clean the shelves and rack with a cloth dip in warm water and vinegar. Invest in a kitchen organizer or DIY it, that can save a lot of your space.

Clean up your refrigerator, oven, and microwave with half a lemon dip in vinegar.

Bedroom cleaning:

Move out the furniture and clean up the yearlong dust behind and beneath it and mop the whole area with disinfectant, also make sure to clean the window panes, fans, vacuuming the mattress as mention before and washing all your fabric like a bedspread, curtains etc.

Gardening:

Because why to leave that one pretty corner and deck it up for festive season decorate your garden with pretty plants and terracotta garden accessories. Also, make sure to decide your rangoli area and clean it up well.

 

I hope these tips will help you to clean your house in a planned way.

HAPPY DIWALI! BE SAFE

 

 

Karwachauth styling tips 2017

We women love to dress up for any occasion, karvachauth is one such Indian festival where Indian women dress up like a bride again every year on this day in which they kept a whole day fast for the well-being and long life of their husband.

It is most popular in the northern region of India and by tradition does not eat anything till they see the moon. They all decked up like a newly married bride by putting henna and wearing a red outfit.

Here are few tips for this karwachauth that will make your long day fast into a smooth ride.

Choosing a right outfit:

Most of the women wear their wedding dress which is quite heavy and difficult to carry on whole day long, choosing a comfortable outfit should be your priority there is a number of option available like :

Anarkali suit.

Pairing up straight kurta with palazzo.

Silk sari with golden zari work on it.

Crop top with banarsi skirt.

Or a simple red sari with mirror work in it will work wonderfully.

Skin care regime:

Make sure to take care of your skin couple of days before the main event as you’ll be not eating or drinking anything and that can show up on your skin too if possible be hydrated.

Get a facial that suits your skin type prior 3 days for that glow.

Hairstyle:

Choosing a hairstyle which you can carry whole day long is another important thing-to-do, go with the stylish braid or for a chic bun hairstyle which is in a trend also, bun hairstyle will be simple, easy to carry and will not irritate you.

Opt for simple yet classy makeup look:

Since your outfit will the star of the show opt for a simple classy look, which will not look overboard with your outfit. Go for nude makeup with soft smoky eyes and if you still want to add that glam go for red or bold lips.

Jewellery:

Since you are already glam up a lot go minimal when it comes to jewelry traditionally all married women wear magalsutra, bangles, bindi, ring, and sindoor this will complete your look.

If you want to add a piece of jewelry to your look you can pair a gold choker necklace with magalsutra.

This is my pick-up to slay traditional look on this coming up karwachauth on 8th of October Sunday.

 

 

How to teach your kids sharing and caring

It’s mine he/she cannot have it sounds familiar if you are a parent, children often develop a sense of fondness and attachment to things or people as they develop a sense of awareness.

Sharing is not only vital for their future but also create the sense of empathy towards others, which should not be taught forcefully to a child to give their belongings to others.

Teaching sharing is a common trouble with a toddler in starting as they will get frustrated, fuzzy but remember the basic key to achieve is that you should adopt it first, you can be the best role model to them as they will pick up the same habit from you as they will observe you sharing with others.

Here are some tips that you can try to teach your kids sharing and caring.

Choosing the right age:

It will be hard to understand for kids the concept of sharing until 5 years of age , though you can start off with young age with the basic rules like sharing things with your younger siblings, sharing food in a picnic, waiting for your turn in a park for a ride.

Play the passing game:

I am sure you had played this game as a kid with a simple rule of passing a ball until the song plays or a telephone message game where each one will pass the message with utmost care and the one who remembers it wrong will be out.

Another great activity will be painting by sharing colors or singing a duet song.

Sharing your thoughts:

Sharing anecdotes and stories about the feelings and thoughts which are involved with the concept of sharing, as kids will easily adopt the understanding of anything which is related to some character.

Things you did as a kid which involves sharing activities or your contribution towards it.

Charity:

This is the best way you can teach them the sharing and caring concept but, don’t do it on your first visit to an orphanage or in a slum let them see and observe the things around them and then explain them gradually.

In a next visit recall the things to them and then put the concept of sharing their toys, clothes etc.

 

 

 

Best places to witness Dussehra in India

The triumph of good over evil, Dussehra is celebrated all across India. But there are certain places which are ready to dazzle and are famous to witness during this festive season.

This 10-day festival starts with Durga jhaki, meals, and Ramlila which comes to an end in the Vijayadashami i.e Dussehra where effigies of Ravana, Meghnath, and kumbhakaran are burned.

Here are some of the places which are must to visit during Dussehra though their tradition and the way of celebration is different as you move to a different place, but are best among all to experience the different culture of celebration.

Mysore:

Mysore is known for its Dussehra celebration, where Mysore royal takes a lead for 10 days and is celebrated in the same way for more than 400 years, Dussehra is a state festival of Karnataka and is celebrated as a victory of goddess Chamundeshwari over demon Mahishasura.

Decorated elephant carries the idol of goddess all over city followed by music bands, folklore, dance groups, the royal family and the lit up Mysore place by thousands of light which look mesmerizing in the night are the main attraction of it.

How to reach Mysore: Mysore is well connected with major cities like Chennai and Bangalore by train, nearby airport is the Bangalore airport or you can book a taxi or can take a bus from Bangalore which will take around 3 hours to reach Mysore.

Kullu:

Kullu is the tourist attraction all around the year in Himachal Pradesh because of its beauty and allure of this place but, visiting during Dussehra will make it more special because of its extravagant celebration.

Unlike other places, the locals carry an idol of god and goddess from all across the village in their head, which ends on the ground where they meet Lord Raghunathji to pay homage and is the main god of this region.

On the last day, a procession is taken place to River Beas where a fire is set up on wood pieces and dry leaves which depicts the burning Lanka.

If you have some spare times get a glimpse of this beautiful valley.

How to reach Kullu: state transport buses and taxis are well connected to the valley from Chandigarh which is also the nearest airport to reach Kullu.

Bastar:

Bastar is another place where Dussehra is celebrated with all extravagant in Chattisgarh, Bastar Dandakaranya jungle is believed to be the same spot where lord ram spent his exile period of 14 years.

Bastar hosts the longest Dussehra celebration which goes on for 75 days where you’ll get to see the tribal culture.

How to reach Bastar: Raipur is the nearest airport to reach Bastar or you can hire a cab or by rail route from Raipur is the easiest way to reach Bastar.

Make your Dussehra memorable by visiting one of these places in this long weekend.

HAPPY DUSSEHRA!

Benefit of fasting

Fasting is commonly associated among Hindus and Muslim being it a Ramadan or Navratri.There is mainly three types of fasting,

Intermittent fasting:  Is a fasting when you fast for certain period of time like Navaratri where you go for 9 days fast.

Alternate day fasting: is a fasting where you eat as much food you want in one day and fast for another day, which is consuming 500 calories only.

Time restricted fasting: is a fasting where you target to finish all your meal within a certain time limit like say within 8 hours of a day.

Keeping in mind fasting doesn’t mean to eat oily fat dishes like allopuri , sabudana vada etc which are traditional dishes consume in India during fasting will not give you any kind of benefit from it.

To take a most out from fasting try to include juices, fruit salad etc anything which is healthy and can be consumed in fasting too.

Here are some of the benefits of fasting if you follow it in a healthy way:

Make your skin healthier:

Your skin shows what you eat; fasting improves your skin integrity.

Increase longer life:

Fasting slows down the disease of aging and bone density loss because it’s about eating right and healthy.

Increases brain power:

According to study if you are restricted to calories and is being tasked to physical exertion, its strengthen your neural connection.

Boost your metabolism:

If you are suffering from thyroid fasting will help you in building up hormone, which helps in great metabolism and keeps your thyroid hormone in track.

Reduces bad cholesterol:

Fasting restricts you to a particular diet which doesn’t involve any spices, fat or junk food which gives you an option of eating healthy, which not only lowers your bad cholesterol level but also decreases your lower blood pressure.

Better insulin:

Due to the low sugar consumption, your body will secrete less insulin, which will encourage better insulin sensitivity in your body.

So, go ahead and follow a healthy fasting routine to take a most of benefit from it, just remember not starve yourself if you are planning to go on fasting for weight loss.

Checklist before you head out for Garba night

And the most hippy colorful dance fest is here, garba which is a traditional Gujarati folk dance and is performed during Navaratri i.e. for nine days performed around an earthen lamp in a circular form with wooden sticks called as dandiyas.
But, before you head off for this magical night, here’s the checklist I have curate according to my experience which will hopefully help you.
Go for fusion-boohoo desi look:
One of the most aspects is to go out of style yet be desi, pair your long kurtas with palazzo and oxidized jewelry or a backless choli with a skirt.
Plays around with the Deepika’s ram Lela look or Aishwarya’s dholi taro look. Be fash-forward yet be comfortable in your style.
Stay hydrated:
While lost in the loud music and in a spirit of garba don’t forget to stay hydrated after all is the best cardio one can enjoy whole night.
Staying hydrated will also make sure to keep that energy level on and does not lead to after cramps which happens with me and trust me it is the most painful experience so stay hydrated while dancing.
Safety first:
One of the most common thing which can be seen in garba is the eve teasing as, there are a lot of strangers around you, staying with your friends and family is the best you can do to avoid it.
Or if it gets worse than take a stand for it and do not let it go.
Also, make sure to keep safe your belonging or in my opinion do not carry it along with you until and unless you have someone to keep an eye on it.
Build up your stamina:
Building up your stamina pre garba is the best thing you can do with your body, or if you don’t have the time just practice some stretching exercise or a Surya Namaskar will relax your muscles and strengthen your muscle for the magical night.
Next day pamper session:
The next day body pain will not let you get up easily in the morning, start your day with a lite yoga session and a hot bath will solve your problem.
Try to eat healthy in the morning as again Garba night will bring a lot of junk in your tummy. Soak your legs in warm water or if possible have a massage session to relax your muscle.
And you’ll be ready for next day, So grab your dandiyas and dance like no one is watching.

 

 

 

How to sanitize your daily picks

We do clean our house daily and looks pretty neat, clean and germ-free to us, but in reality, there are some things and spot in our places we really didn’t take care much on that even though they are used in our daily routine.

In this write-up from perfect mommy, you’ll find out the ways to sanitize your house and the things which we usually we usually ignore.

Toothbrush:

Yes, I know you haven’t thought of it we usually use our toothbrush for 6 months and just rinse it up with normal water before and after use.

Here you can do once a week to disinfect it.

  • Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide for everyday cleaning a do change the solution after brushing your teeth.
  • Or else the simplest way is to soak it in antibacterial mouthwash for 5 minutes.

Loofah:

This is yet another everyday thing which we ignore cleaning it, thinking of that we daily pour soap in it so it will be cleaned. But the fact is that they clean your germs out of your body so it has to be sanitized.

  • Wash and squeeze out excess water after every use.
  • Dip your loofah for 15-20 minutes in warm water and few drops of essential oil like rosemary or lavender once in a week.
  • Dry it out in sun to kill germs.

Dishwashing sponge:

No one has an idea of how quickly germs build up in a dishwasher sponge due to the wetness and the food stuck on it.

All you need is the ¾ cup of bleach in one liter of water, soak it for 3-5 minutes and then dried it out in sun before using.

Bleaching solution will kill 99.99% of bacteria.

Hairbrush and comb:

It’s important to disinfect your hairbrush or comb to stop building up of dandruff, dirt, and grime that may build up over a time if not your hairbrush is not cleaned.

Soak all your hairbrush in hot water with liquid soap and vinegar in it allow it to sit overnight or for 1 hour, use an old toothbrush to clean it between teeth rinse it brush under running water and shake off the excess water.

 

How to take care of toddler hair

Maintaining a good hygiene is the first and the most priority of parents especially in a toddler as they are more prone to infection in this monsoon season.
Most of the time we ignore the hairs it is the first place where sweat and grime accumulate as they play, run and what not toddlers are unstoppable.
With maintaining the good body hygiene is the best you can do. Here are some of the tips how you can take care of their hair as well.
Shampoo:
Understanding the texture and need of your toddler’s hair is the first thing every child has different hair .washing their hair twice a week is sufficient .choosing a shampoo for a toddler is a bit tricky because you have to maintain their PH level, try to find out the PH level 5.5-6.
Choosing the natural shampoo is the best you can try. Some of the brand options you can choose from are,
MAMA earth.
Himalaya.
Sebamed.
Palmers.
Boutique.
Forest essential.
Kama Ayurveda.
Brushing the knots:
Tangles are very common in toddlers hair, de knot the tangles with wide tooth comb before bath time.
Haircut at the right time:
This tip is a life saver gets the haircut of your toddler right time, as it will be easy to manage and care. Talk to your hairdresser because of the obvious reason that every toddler has different kind of hair structure curly or straight ask your hairdresser to suggest the best.
Playing sweat:
Just face this after kids come back home from playing, cycling basically after any activity the grossest part is their sweaty, smelly and dirty hair. Obviously, we cannot wash them twice a day but, if not there tends to get dandruff or lice.
Give it a try to a dry shampoo if they badly needed otherwise dry their hair under the fan and wash them next day.

 

Different oil to treat your hair woes.

Maintaining hair in good condition is a big task to achieve as we don’t like oiling our hair due to the stickiness and we keep on avoiding it with various type of reason.

Other than sticking to the old coconut oil, here are some different types of oil you can use according to your problems.

Almond oil:

This super lite and aromatic oil are rich in omega-3 fatty acid, vitamin E, magnesium and phospholipids make your hair super shiny and healthy.

Not only this also neutralizes the PH level of your scalp and protects it from toxin and chemicals.

Pomegranate seed oil:

Filled with vitamin C makes your hair stronger and thicker, it is the cheapest way to treat your hair fall problem. It is thick in consistency so, make sure to add a lite oil like olive oil and almond oil in it before use if, you don’t like the thick consistency.

It increases the blood circulation and improves the hair growth.

Castor oil:

Castor oil is a tradition to apply it before a bath in a festival in a southern part of India. It cool downs your body from the humid weather and apart from that, it locks the shiny and dark texture.

Olive oil:

Not only consuming it has an endless number of benefit to your body but, it is also used to treat your hair for deep nourishment especially after a beach or a pool bath.

Mix it up with lemon juice or curd to get rid of dandruff; it also helps in reducing slipt ends due to a number of vitamins and antioxidant present in it.

It is also useful to conditioned your hair.

Coconut oil:

Last but, not the least every one favorite and handy which is almost present in each and every house, coconut oil is almost the remedy of all hair problems.

It cure itchiness makes your hair disinfectant, makes them healthier, stronger and shinier, mix it up with camphor after warming it up a bit it will not only cure dandruff but makes you feel refreshed and lite headed.