Mommying BabyT

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Book Review: 150 Brilliant Ideas to Keep Young Minds Fit & Fine

Having a child has made me so much more aware of all the elements, experiences and perceptions that will shape the mind of my little babyT. I am constantly looking out for and watching what I say and do to him and to others in front of him. Right now he is under my wing, but tomorrow he will step out into the big, bad world and meet a new battalion of people in the form of friends, teachers etc. I cannot really control these influencers. Just thinking about it sends my head into a tizzy and I am sure it would be just as confusing for young minds.

And it is not easy to get through a young mind. They don’t want to talk to their parents or family. I have memories of my angst filled teen years as if they were from yesterday. If there was a book which would be light and easy and at the same time would send some vital messages home to them, it would be so great, wouldn’t it? Well now there is a book that doesn’t come with just a few ideas, but 150 of them.

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Neeraa Maini Srivastav talks about 150 Brilliant Ideas to keep young minds ft and fine. She categorizes her ideas into three vital areas

  • Mind your Body
  • Mind your Mind
  • Mind your Spirit

Together these 3 areas make up a healthy and mindful person.

Neeraa’s writing is simple, succinct and relatable. Without sounding too preachy, it pushes the reader to think about their current (or own younger days) situation and how it can impact them. Some of my favourite points from the 150 are here.

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Neeraa is a writer and advertising professional from Mumbai, India. She has been associated with creative giants like Mukta Arts and The Times of India. With 3 works of young adult fiction to her merit ‘The White Crow’, ‘The Adventures of the Bubblegum Boy’ and ‘1 Friend Request Sent from Hanuman’, Neeraa has captured the minds and hearts of young folk today.’

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She says that “While adults have infinite choices and options to course-correct paths, young adults have increasing evidence of mental and physical health challenges, have litte or almot no aids to holistic health and wellness.” With this aim in mind she wrote “150 Brilliant Ideas to keep Young Minds fit & fine.”

 

Mind your Body
  • Sun bathe with vitamin buddies – Vitamin D deficiency is a very real problem today. When I was working I got to the office around 9 and left at 8 or later even. I hardly spent time in the sun. There are many people like me and some of them suffer from the lack of vitamin D. I really do wish that more people understood the importance of it. 
  • Take a day to detox – Can we imagine our lives without technology? I have still managed to shun TV, the laptop, and Ipad from my life. But I cannot live without my phone. Should something happen to the wifi or my phone I am at a loss. I feel anxious and like I am disconnected from the world. This is not a good sign. I promise to spend one day per week in digital detox.
  • Eat fruit, don’t drink it – Fruit juices, smoothies, and milkshakes are so commonplace today. But why aren’t people just munching on the fruit instead? Valuable fibres and nutrients from the fruits are lost if we process them in any way. 
Mind your Mind
  • There is only one you – This reminds me of the famous Dr. Seuss quote “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Nothing can take this away from you. Know that you are unique and special in your own way. 
  • You are not how you look – Most teens and young people spend these years worrying about being too fat/ thin, too dark/ fair, too curly/ straight. Media and advertising have convoluted the concept of body images so much that children as young as 10 want to get rid of body hair permanently and even have desires of getting plastic surgery to change a shape or get a tuck here or there. How sad it is that they don’t see how beautiful they truly are. 
  • Thirst for knowledge – My one advice for all young people is to take it all in. Read books. Read books which you wouldn’t dare to. Read biographies, manuals, study books, cook books, even the dictionary. Be like a sponge soaking up all the information you can lay your eyes on. It will hold you in good stead for all of life. Maybe write a journal. This Woman’s Journal I started writing in has helped me relax immensely. Read my review of the Matrika’s Woman’s Journal here. 
Mind your Spirit
  • Manifest your desires – I have personally seen the benefit of this. I was told by someone very wise once, Imagination and Visualization equal Realization. I only wish I remembered to do this more often. Most of it did come true for me when I did. 
  • Understand rituals before banning them – I see two sets of young people today. One that will blindly follow all that is told to them about God and religion and the other who will question everything, refute it and kick it down. A middle ground is best and I encourage young minds to think, question and most importantly understand and choose what they want to do with religion or rituals that come with. For instance, menstrual taboos. Are they still relevant today? 
  • Don’t dump yourself – If there is one thing that made a person fail it is their self-belief and faith. Questions like “What if I fail?” and “What will people say?” have killed many dreams and people than actually trying. 

All in all, Neeraa manages to keep the reader engaged and eventually gets them thinking. One may not agree or find each of the 150 ideas relevant or applicable to your particular situation. The book will get the young minds thinking about ways to build their Body, Mind & Spirit with positivity. And each small step in that direction counts to making a better individual.

What I liked: 
  • Simple, lucid writing
  • Good structure – small one paragraph points make it easy to follow and read without being too heavy on the eyes.
  •  Very real issues addressed
What could be better:
  • Some of the points seem to be repeated but of course they have been explored from a different viewpoint
  • More illustrations – young minds love visual appeal
  • Real examples of young people and excerpts from their interviews could make it more interesting.

My ratings for this book: 4/ 5

 

 

 

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The Green Snack Co. – Healthy snacking made yumm!

BabyT is a foodie just like his parents. He loves his broccoli, Brussel sprouts, black olives, and Kiwi fruit. Yes, you are reading it right. Of course, I am fervently praying that his taste buds stay this way and he isn’t swayed by the junk food brigade that will smack him in the face once he is out in the real world.  I am no healthy eater myself. But after babyT’s arrival, I try to consciously incorporate healthy options in all that we put into our mouths – meals or snacks.

Snacking is such an important aspect of food intake. While most people equate snacking with an opportunity to binge on the quickly satisfying but not so healthy foods, there are others who utilize snacking to build up on their daily 5 a day’s. Snacking can be healthy – snacking fills an important gap between meals and as such keeps your metabolism going. And this is just as important for babies and young children who are watching your every move. You are inculcating healthy eating habits after all.

Add to this the fact that I am still breastfeeding,I get ravenously hungry between lunch and dinner time. I  mean I can only eat so many fruits in a day. I don’t always have dry snacks around the pantry like murmura or makhanas. At such times I will admit I have popped open the packet of Farsan or store bought glucose biscuits (not proud of it.) and even indulged in a pot of instant noodles. I feel guilty because I know babyT is watching me and also because what I eat passes to him too. I would have really loved to have a ready to eat food which is not only healthy but also yummy on the palate.

Sometimes when I send a wish out into the universe, it comes true and here came knocking at my door a bag full of surprises from The Green Snack Co. 

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Goodies from the Green Snack Co.

I got the Quinoa Puffs in two flavours  – Zesty Kale and Saucy Salsa and the Kale Crisps in Sea Salt & Vinegar & Thai Sweet Chilli flavour.

They are available in these flavours too –

  • Kale crisps – Cheese & Onion
  • Quinoa Puffs – Peppy Cheese

The Green Snack Co.’s Kale Crisps are made of a unique process of dehydration which preserves the nutritional value of the leaves. Kale in itself is a super food, rich in B-vitamins, iron, calcium, fibre and protein. The flavourings added to the leaves are all natural and contain no preservatives. Kale Crisps are priced at Rs. 200 for a 30 gm pack and are available in 3 flavours.

The Green Snack Co.’s Quinoa Puffs are made up of 6 grains namely

  • Quinoa,
  • Amaranth,
  • Ragi,
  • Soy,
  • Rice &
  • Maize

These are roasted. Together they are a good source of fibre, protein, and minerals along with vitamin B and antioxidants.  Quinoa Puffs are priced at Rs. 80 for a 50 gms pack and are available in 3 flavours.

Verdict: A big thumbs up from #babyT and me. I did not expect him to love these snacks. But he did. Yes, even the Kale. Should I jump for joy about my super healthy baby? Well not really, because it means I will have to share. 🙂 I have developed a great fondness for the Zesty Kale flavoured Quinoa Puffs. In fact, I am munching on them right now. The Kale is nice too. Kale is an acquired taste for many people. Here in our household, we did manage to finish the pack in one go. BabyT and I even fought for the crumbs. WIN!!!

You can buy these products from stores like Nature’s Basket and HyperCity. They are also available online from Amazon.

 

Have you tried the Green Snack Co. products yet? If not then you must try them for sure. And don’t just take my word for it… scoot over to my dear friend and fellow mom blogger Shalu Sharma Rathod’s blog  at The Dreamer Mum to see what she has to say about The Green Snack Co.’s products.

MomsCo – Pamper time for Moms

Raise your hand if the moment you discovered you were pregnant you decided that you would do everything possible to care for and protect the little bean slowly growing inside you. And now raise your other hand if you suddenly found that none of the bath and body products you were using felt safe or natural to be used during pregnancy. Hey you look a little silly with both your hands up. You can relax and let me tell you about these wonderful company which makes great products. Its called The MomsCo and its one of the first Indian companies which makes bath and body products for Moms to be and new moms.

Why is it important to use safe products on your body? 

It is not just what you put inside your body but also what you put outside it that matters. Many seemingly innocent products contain ingredients which can seep in through skin and the air we breathe. Some of these when exposed to in large enough quantities can pose a risk to the foetus. In extreme cases, some may cause severe birth and mental defects to the baby.

Nature In, Toxins Out 

The MomsCo promise is Nature In, Toxins Out. They bring you India’s first all-natural, toxin free range of pregnancy care products. They say that there is no power greater than a moms who wishes to do the best for her child. And a similar story lies at the heart of The MomsCo. Born out of a mother’s need to give only the best to her babies,  the team at The Moms Co., worked hard to help moms-to-be and new moms make safe, natural, effective choices for themselves and their families.

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They followed a rigorous process of selection of natural ingredients to meet safety standards across the globe. Further they validated & tested their ingredients against several toxicity databases to ensure 100% safety.

All in all, Malika & Mohit Sadani the parents behind The MomsCo, bring us products that are safe, natural and toxin free. All The MomsCo products are free from toxins such as Mineral Oils, Parabens, Sulphates, SLS/SLEs, Phenoxyethanol, synthetic fragrances and more.

My first brush with The MomsCo products was when they contacted me to use and review their products. I received the sampler set of body wash and body butter.

Once you are a #mother, you tend to forget you exist. Life revolves entirely around baby and mommy's well being takes a back seat. #momhair and "30 second showers" (if you're lucky – daily) take over the scene. 😿🙅🤦 . . Until one day when the team from @themomsco called to talk about their products for pregnant & new moms. Finally someone who was thinking of us moms too. 🤰👰💁👸 . . Pic 1 – The products came in this #ecofriendly ♻ cardboard box which has since been used to store babyT's stones 🎱 (don't ask!😣😅) Inside the box was this cute little drawstring jute bag (pic 2) which contained the body wash & body butter (pic 3) . . . So they sent me a sampler set of products . .☝️) Natural Body Wash & . .✌) Natural Body Butter. . . . 💆The Natural Body Wash – is a toxin-free combination of coconut based mild cleansers & natural moisturizers that help skin restore its natural balance & essential oils that help with morning sickness. I love the ginger & orange fragrance it has. The first few washes did leave my skin a tad bit dry, but then I do shower with hot water which tends to dry the skin. 🛀🛁🚿 . . 💆Natural Body Butter – contains shea & cocoa butter, seabuckthorn oil for skin regeneration & vitamin C rich rosehip oil. It smooths in to the skin effortlessly, leaving it supple without being heavy. The tiny sampler has now become a constant companion in my handbag. 😉 . . What's also good to note is that all #TheMomsCo products are without Mineral Oil, Sulphates (SLS, SLES), Parabens, DEA/TEA, Phenoxyethanol, Synthetic Fragrances, PEGs & many other potentially harmful chemicals. They are certified Toxin Free and Made Safe by Safe Cosmetics Australia. ❌☠☡❌ . . You can order a set of free samplers for yourself to test the products out first and see if they suit you. Sounds really great right? . . #mommyingbabyT #mommyTsTips #productreview #freesamplers #newkidsontheblock #momproducts #bodywash #bodybutter #toxinfree #safeandnatural #naturalmama #naturalproducts #earthfriendly #mombloggerindia #momlife #childhoodunplugged #indianmoms #indianparents #parenting101 #naturalparenting #mumbaimom #indianmomblogger #mommyblogger #mumbaimoms #mumbaiinstagrammers

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I fell in love with the products. Very soon I received the bigger retail pack of Natural Body Wash, Body Butter and Foot Cream to review. I have now used the products extensively over a month and reviewing them basis this experience.

Natural Body Wash

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I love the Body Wash. I actually look forward to bath times now that I have the MomsCo body wash. It is truly refreshing and energizing. And I love that the smell lingers on for some time after the bath too.

The Natural Body Wash is priced at Rs. 348 for a 200 ml bottle. Total value for money. 

My rating for The MomsCo’s Natural Body Wash – 5/5 I highly do recommend this one. 

Natural Body Butter

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I use the Body Butter immediately after my shower with the Natural Body Wash. This way it holds all the moisture in and keeps skin soft and supple throughout the day. It is thick and only a small quantity is enough to spread onto the entire hands or legs. The butter is really thick and I am sure works great for people with dry skin. However I have pretty oily skin and don’t have the need for such a rich moisturiser right now post pregnancy.

The Body Butter is of course safe and toxin free, so you can safely use it even when you are breastfeeding.

The Natural Body Butter is priced at Rs. 699 for a 200 gms tub.

My rating for this product is 4/5.  

Natural Foot Cream 

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The MomsCo calls this product a ‘cooling’ foot cream. This can be attributed to the essential oils of peppermint which it contains. It has a nice tingly feel to it when applied. Shea butter in the cream helps to moisturize those sore and tired ankles and feet. It also contains Argan, Sweet Almond and Extra Virgin Olive Oils which hydrate and nourish the otherwise tough skin on the feet. Some other foot creams I have tried in the past leave skin sticky and slippery once shoes are worn. I really liked that the MomsCo foot cream did not do this.

This product is great not just for pregnant women or new moms but for anyone in the family. Feet are the most neglected parts of our body. Some pampering by way of this cream would be most beneficial for anyone at home.

A 50 gm tube of the Foot cream costs Rs. 249. 

My rating for the Natural Foot Cream is 4/5 

My ratings for The MomsCo products:
  • Ease of use: 5/5
  • Appearance: 5/5 I love the brand logo and the colours used for the product. They are elegant and classy.
  • Value for money: 5/5 The prices are really great value for money. 
  • Functionality:  4/5 I really do wish these products were released when I was pregnant. I would have loved to pamper my pregnant bump with their products. Oh well, for now I am very happy with their Body Wash and will continue using it. 

What products did you find hard to come by during your pregnancy? Did you switch to using any natural or toxin free products? Have you used The MomsCo products. What was your experience like?

 

Review: Quantum Cards by Brainsmith

BabyT has been an early talker and his vocabulary consisted of 20 odd words by the time he was 1. He could identify most vegetables, fruits, animals and birds. No, he was not born with this skill. It was something he acquired. How did we do this? Books, a lot of them. But largely it was do with Flash Cards. Our positive experience with Flash Cards convinced me that this was a great way to learn for babies. It stimulated the right skills and so learning happened very quickly. And when I heard of Quantum Cards by Brainsmith I was stunned to see that this was a well researched and thought about product. I was sure flash cards would do #babyT a world of good. But more than that I was intrigued to know how Brainsmith did their Flash Cards differently.

I wrote to Brainsmith and asked if I could use and review their products. They responded quite positively and enthusiastically and the very next day I had the cards in my hand. I was sent the cards titled as Mammals. Now my first thought when I saw the pack was that the concept may be too advanced for babyT at 16 months. But I decided to trust Brainsmith when they said that these cards were suitable for children  from the age of 8 months.

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As with most things, I let babyT open the package himself. He gets quite excited whenever there is a courier package that arrives at home. His orders are to “Kaat” the box and let him rummage through the contents. This gets him quite enthused to use the product (most of the couriers are for him anyway. When did we moms ever buy anything for ourselves right?)

How we started using the Quantum Cards:

  1. We followed the instructions that Brainsmith recommends. To flash each card in front of the child who is to be seated facing you. While doing so you must announce the name of the object or person on the card face.
  2. The whole process should be done quickly say within 15 to 20 seconds. If the child is able to speak, pause between each card to let them repeat the name.
  3. Repeat the process a couple of times per day.
  4. Follow one set for about 3 weeks and then move on to another set of cards.

#BabyT picks up names and new words fairly quickly and within 3 to 5 flashes of the card knew at least half of the animal names – His early picks were Maatayk (Macaque Monkey), Paanda (Panda), Mooch (Moose), Owrus (Walrus), Beear (Beaver) Within another week or so he had picked the rest of the names – Kwala (Koala), Buu Whale (Blue Whale), Kaaroo (Kangaroo), Jaapu (Giraffe – I have no idea why its Jaapu), Fai Fossh (Flying Fox).

I then decided to venture deeper. Now this is the speciality of Brainsmith’s Quantum Cards. They are encyclopaedic and contain a lot of information about the animals on the back side of the card. This information covers the habitat and living conditions of the animal. It also gives inputs about what their primary diet consists of and their habits.

I did realise that some of this information may make no sense to babyT right now. However I picked the simpler ones such as what they ate and where they lived and went with it. For example, he learned that the Maatayk (Macaque monkey) eats fruits, bugs and eggs. He knows that the West African Giraffe lives in Appeeka (Africa.)  and eats leaves and tree twigs. ((Sometimes when daddy is really late from work, babyT says he had gone to Appeeka. I am happy that he knows that Apeeka is really far away and so it takes a long time to get back from. hahha)) BabyT also tells us that the Boo Whale (Blue Whale) lives in the water.

Other ways I supplemented learning with Brainsmith’s Quantum Cards:

  1. Our backyard is lush in Bamboo plants. I got the gardener to bring us some bamboo leaves and showed babyT what Pandas eat. It was nice for babyT to touch and feel the bamboo leaves. He now says Bamboo excitedly when we talk about the Panda card.
  2. Showed him very short YouTube videos of these animals from the National Geographic Kids channel. I don’t think babyT will see a real live Walrus anytime soon. Some screen time when it is educational and supported by adult intervention and supervision is justified. BabyT was really delighted to see these animals come to life on the telly. He enthusiastically picked out all the cards when the matching animal turned up on the TV.
  3. Played Where is …? with the cards.
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    Spread the cards out in the playroom and asked him to go fetch them when I said the name of the animal.
  4. I bought matching animal figurines for him from Hamleys. Sadly I found only the Giraffe and Macaque monkey of all things. But he loves holding and hugging them both. The figurines from Hamleys are very real and look exactly like they do on the cards.
  5. At random times in the day, even if the cards are not around us I ask him questions about the cards.  Say we are reading a book about the ocean or seas and we spot a walrus, I ask him about it and what it eats and how it looks. BabyT loves imitating a walrus with its two teeth sticking out. 🙂
  6. We make sure whoever comes home, has a session with the cards. So if it is grandparents or friends visiting, babyT fishes out his cards and tells them all that he knows about his mammal friends.

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What I love about Brainsmith’s Quantum Cards:
  1. Great quality cards. BabyT has bent, sat and folded the cards in a million ways. But they don’t really get bent too badly. This is because the paper itself is of a superlative quality.
  2. The images are so artistic and professionally drawn. Brainsmith says all the images are licensed and hand drawn and painted. The fine work shows and is a true reflection of what that object must look like in real life.
  3. The cards themselves are huge. The images therefore are large and contrast well against the clean, white background. This helps create a visual impact on the mind. It stimulates visual learning. When the different senses are used to learn, the learning is more permanent.
  4. The information provided behind each card is succinct and will suit younger children as well as older ones. I am sure we will keep finding new elements about each animal as babyT grows up.
  5. Each set contains 10 cards which is good for a one time learning activity. Other flash cards sets that I have, had like 20 to 30 cards and even I found it too boring to go through them all. I also love the summary card which has images of all the mammals on it. BabyT loves reading and pointing the animals out on his own here.

My ratings for Brainsmith’s Quantum Cards:

  • Ease of use: 5/5
  • Appearance: 5/5 I love the illustrations and the colours. They are classy and appealing. At the same time they contribute to learning.
  • Value for money: 4/5 It is a little expensive at Rs. 699 for a set. However the quality is unmatched.  You can buy a combo pack for a discounted price.
  • Meets its objective: 10/5 hahah .. I do know my math. I am very impressed with the results. And I would highly recommend it to you.

Do you need to use Quantum Cards for your little ones? Yes, you do. I have seen the value that a set of Flash Cards brings. I would love for you to experience the same. Do let me know how your experience was or if you have already used Brainsmith Quantum cards and what you thought of them.

Sipahh Straws: Review & Giveaway

Including essential nutrition along with variety and novelty is the key to developing good eating habits in younger children. With #babyT, we followed baby led weaning and ensured that he began family food once he started solid foods. And like most parents today we followed the ‘no salt’ and ‘no sugar’ principle till he turned 1. Now that he is 1.5 years young he truly does eat all types of homemade food. This includes all flavours – sweet, spicy & savoury. ‘Anything in moderation is fine’ is my mantra and I am happy that he is not a fussy eater. My pain point however was MILK. And before I begin my Sipahh Straws review I want to share what the current scenario in our household is like.

BabyT cannot have animal milk & other dairy products due to a dairy sensitivity and it was important to introduce some form of liquid nutrition in order to add calcium and also wean him gently. Although I found my solution in Soy Milk, I had a problem on hand because I was not sure how to make it exciting for him to drink it. Flavoured Soy Milk contains a lot of artificial sweeteners and flavourings. I was sure I did not want to give him that. Enter Sipahh Straws. 🙂

Sipahh Straws is an Australian company started by a father to make drinking milk more exciting for his children. And like most parents he was turned off by the amount of artificial colourings, preservatives and sugar that most children’s milk flavourings had. Even the regular powders we have grown up on contain scarily high quantities of sugar. So Peter, the father behind Sipahh  introduced these milk flavouring straws which promised to let children enjoy the goodness of milk as part of a balanced diet – with less sugar and no artificial colours or preservatives. The first Sipahh Straws review from his children was a big Yes.

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The Story of Sipahh

The Sipahh Straws are hollow straws with an inner compartment where the flavour granules are present. There are two filters on either end that allow milk to pass through the flavoured granules and acquire the flavour and voila!! You have flavoured milk in the mouth.

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The granules are made of Cassava or Tapioca (yumm I love tapioca chips) and dissolve completely in the milk as you drink it up.  No harmful chemicals & preservatives here.

Now my Sipahh Straws review would be incomplete and unfair if I did not tackle the elephant at the dining table. 🙂 What about the sugar content? Isn’t sugar bad for babies & children? Sure it is. And avoidable too. But did you know even if you are not adding sugar to your foods, you are actually consuming a lot of hidden sugars everyday. Take a look at this chart which shows how much sugar is present in some of these daily foods you and your children may be consuming.

As for Sipahh Straws each straw contains less than 2 gms of sugar which is half teaspoon of sugar. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that children up to 10 year’s age should receive no more than 13 gms of added sugar per day. Compared to the so-called health and energy milk flavouring powders Sipahh Straws is a clear winner.

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Sipahh Straws comes in 10 different flavours. They have exotic names such as Fruit Salad Swirl, Lamington Dream (a quintessential Australian cake), Hello Marshmallow, Luscious Strawberry, Coco – Bean Chocolate. #BabyT tried the Luscious Strawberry and Hello Marshmallow. He loved them both. I will confess I was too tempted and snuck in a Fruit Salad Swirl when babyT wasn’t looking.  AND I have to admit I loved the flavour and the concept. The milk acquires a very subtle flavour. The first sip was a bit too sweet, but as I drank some more of the milk the sweetness was well adjusted and just about right.

And how convenient are Sipahh Straws? You just need to RIP – DIP – SIP. It’s as easy as that to have flavoured milk. You can use Sipahh Straws with cold or even room temperature milk.  No peeling, chopping, mixing, grinding, spooning or stirring – all while a HANGRY (Adj:/ informal. Bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger) toddler is gnawing at your ankles. Sipahh Straws 1 – 0 Other milk flavouring powders. 

Sipahh Straws Review Ratings by MommyT:
  • Novelty – 5/5 This is such a cool concept. Children & adults alike enjoyed the Sipahh Straws in our house.
  • Taste – 5/5 So many unique flavours to choose from
  • Convenience – without a doubt 5/5. Just have to Rip the cover, dunk and you have flavoured milk.
  • Cost – 3.5/5 a bit steep if I consider that you will need one straw per day. A pack of 10 costs Rs. 150, a pack of 40 costs Rs. 520.
  • Availability – 3/5 We ran out of our straws (all the grownups hadone, humph!) and I had a tough time locating a local store that stocked them. Found them on Amazon and got next day delivery on it. <3

Have you tried Sipahh Straws? If not then you need to right now. And you are in luck because I teamed up the Sipahh team to bring you a giveaway. Yes you can win these delicious straws for your little ones. Ok and for not so little ones too. (I know you are eyeing them yourself.) Scoot to my Instagram and Facebook page, look for the Sipahh Straws Review posts to take part now.

Review: Matrika’s Creative Woman’s Journal – Write

When a fellow mommy in our Mom Blogger Chatter group told us about the Matrika’s Creative Woman’s Journal review contest I was intrigued. What a lovely way to market a product? But that was not all there was to it. The journals themselves were breathtakingly beautiful. I was truly spoiled for choice to select one, but finally settled on the Write series. The deep red colour with the golden polka dots and the feather plume on the cover page felt like the right choice for me and my new avatar as a blogger.

So I signed up for the contest. And we mom bloggers made a blog train out of this review contest. I am following in the footsteps of my fellow mom blogger friend Swati Verma Do read her review of the Matrika’s Creative Woman’s Journal on her blog. And don’t forget to follow her on Instagram for some lovely insights into her life.

The Matrika’s Creative Woman’s Journal is available in four types:
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4 choices of Matrikas Woman’s Journal to choose from

  • Blue – Fish – Glide
  • Red – Plume (Feather) – Write
  • Grey – Dragonfly – Fly
  • Hot Pink – Butterfly – Dream

I chose the Red Journal – the Feather Plume for Write. I wanted a planner which would help me keep up with the growing demands of my role as a blogger. As I mentioned earlier too, I was really drawn to the deep red & gold designs on the cover page too.

I signed up on the Matrika’s Paper Products Facebook page for the Scribble Your Heart Away review contest. The journal arrived promptly in a few days. There was also a personalized letter by Team Matrika’s which thanked us for choosing them and explaining the way ahead with the contest.

The Matrika’s Creative Woman’s Journal is a fun to use journal for a woman who uses the diary to write her dreams and escape to a different place, says the welcome note inside the journal.

The journal itself is easy to use and has an uncomplicated format. It has a set of ruled sheets which are undated which makes it a charm to use a page for any day. Sometimes I don’t get time to plan each day, or there are not enough items on my to-do list.

Undated day pages, means I can start off my day plan/ writing from any day

Having an undated page format is lovely because I can start off from any day. This also saves paper. How #ecofriendly is that? Also you can really set soar on your creative journey. I used the ruled sheets to plan my blog posts. Here is a post I am planning about teaching colours to my little boy.

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Blog post planning in a creative way

Trust me when I say this. I am not a very creative person when it comes to actual drawing, colouring etc. But Matrikas Creative Woman’s Journal has really inspired to do something like this.

When I received the Matrika’s Creative Woman’s Journal, I was so impressed by its design and pages concept (as you will see shortly) that I went and bought a lot of stationery. Coloured pencils, stickers, colourful post-it notes and gel pens. Together they really brought out the creative genius in me and here is my visual representation of the same. My blog posts are no longer just in my head. I have a reference point and it makes work so much quicker.

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Adult colouring page – so therapeutic at the end of each day.

After each section of ruled paper sheets, it has a beautiful adult colouring page. I indulge in this every night, after #babyT has slept. It is a big stress buster for me.

This particular colouring page was my favourite. I would colour the leaves as per the mood of the day – joyful green, happy red, upset orange or just feeling low blue. I am happy there were so many joyful greens here.

 

 

 

The adult colouring sheets are then followed by plain doodle sheets. I used these sheets to list down some important areas which I need to work on but which have been pending for long. I also used this page for a Today I am grateful for section.

Being a mother has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The joy and love I receive everyday is unparalleled. However there are also trying times. I am not ashamed to say that there are days when I feel I have failed at being a good mother. There are days when I feel guilty for reacting in a particular manner with people around me. I also feel like motherhood was not meant for me, I am doing such a bad job of it. But I also know that I am doing a fairly ok job of raising a good, happy, healthy and content child. I had no prior experience but this is a job which I am learning on the go. And rocking at it too. I juggle so many roles and responsibilities and I still stand tall at the end of the day.

But this is something which I need constant reminders of. I also need to be thankful for all the love, support and encouragement I receive from my family and my friends. This is why I started the Today I am grateful for section. I look back often at this page and feel reassured that All is Well.

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Stickers. Who doesn’t love stickers?

My task for starting this section was made easier by the special feature in the Matrika’s Creative Woman’s Journal – namely the stickers section. Yes, you heard right?  The journal has a separate section with 4 pages of thought provoking and inspiring stickers. You can stick these on the regular ruled sheets or on the doodle section to give a kick start to your thoughts and plans.

The last few pages of the Matrika’s Creative Woman’s Journal are list pages. Here you can list the books you want to read, the places you want to visit or simply important phone numbers and addresses. Isn’t it wonderful that the Matrika’s Creative Woman’s Journal is really a one-stop place for all that you need in a mom journal?

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Sleeve to store small notes or cards

There are also some add on features in the Matrika’s Creative Woman’s Journal like this sleeve to store small stationary or notes. I use this section to store my visiting cards. How do you like my cards? Bright and colourful just like my Instagram feed. Follow me here: MommyingbabyT

As with all my reviews, what I loved about the Matrika’s Creative Woman’s Journal is:

  • Bright and eye catching cover
  • Page concepts – ruled undated, the colouring sheets and the stickers really impressed me
  • Quality of materials and paper used – the cover is special fabric bound. The inner pages are also thick.
  • Place to store my visiting cards is really handy
  • It is available at a great price of Rs. 450

What I felt could be better? Nothing really. I loved how the Matrika’s Creative Woman’s Journal gives me structure by way of the ruled sheets and the list sheets at the end. I equally loved how it gives me freedom to take wings and soar with creativity with the blank doodle sheets and the colouring pages. It is perfect for a mom. I have tried to plan my life on paper, many times before. However I lose steam soon enough. But when you have a beautiful and inspiring journal like the Matrika’s Creative Woman’s Journal all you want to do is plan, write, dream and soar.

I am now handing over the baton to my fellow Mommy Blogger, Vasantha Vivek. Do watch out for her review on her blog Mysweetnothings.in And follow her on her Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

<< This review is a part of the Matrika’s Stationery Blogger Outreach Program and contest. The journal was sent to me for a review. I have used the journal over the course of several weeks. All the viewpoints mentioned in the review are based on my experience. 
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