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Eco-friendly cleaning hacks

Those of you who have been reading my posts or following me for a while now, would know that I am attempting to endure a natural living, use of eco-friendly stuff and  minimising wastage. 

I have just begun, which means I am at almost "zero" currently. It is a change in lifestyle of not one person, but whole family and hence may take over months and years and along with time it requires lots of patience and perseverance.

Being Diwali around, I am dedicating this post to a few tried and tested eco-friendly cleaning hacks for two most important areas of your house.

What you will require-


Some spray bottles
Rags/flannel cloths/sponges
Lots of white Vinegar
Lots of baking soda
Lime
Salt


Kitchen Cleaning

For cleaning drains - Put one cup of baking soda in the drain and gradually pour one cup of white vinegar over it, it will clean the drain.

If the drain is clogged use your regular plunger first and then follow the above steps.

To clean the sink- sprinkle baking soda and wi…
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Diwali gifting for kids made easy

It is diwali time and when I was a kid Diwali was a synonym for lots of gifts, sweets, crackers and new clothes!

I am sure you have made your list of family and friends and what to gift to whom.  Choosing a gift is always a task, especially when it comes to buying for these tiny most giftworthy members.

Know what, I have a nephew who expects a toy each time we come home from outside, no clothes, no chocolates, no books; only and only toys. I am sure he is not the only one like that. So, why not make the most of their preference for toys, instead of choosing a regular toy, we can buy fun educational toys that can enhance multitude of skills for them.


The brain gets it's stimulation from everything that surrounds us, so why not introduce  toys that will help develop cognitive skills, motor skills and creative or out of the box thinking for your kids?


I find educational toys the best things to gift, and even better if I get these in wood.


Choosing the right toy is also a baffling ta…

Flintobox- Engaging Educational Activity box for kids

Flintobox is a popular activity subscription box for kids between 2-12

Each box is loaded with play-based activities for kids that promote early child development in a fun way. With a new theme every month, this research-based box is crafted by montessori experts and child psychologists, and caters to the 12 developmental areas of a child.

I have been hearing and reading good reviews of flintobox since the time it was launched.

I received the Flintobox as a token for hosting "gadgetfree bachpan" contest for which flintobox was a sponsor. 


 Although A is little young to play meaningfully with the activity sets given, I let him engage with it the way he wants and he thouroughly seemed to enjoy exploring the activities.


Product description:

Each box comes with 3- 5 activity bags based on one particular theme.

Colour Carnival was the theme for our box.

Bag 1. Had a colorful shape sorting and number matching puzzle and a book.

Bag 2. Came with multiple small colourful vehicl…

Musical Bonding - A Playful and Innovative Music Class for Parent & Child

If you have followed my blog-series on music, you would already know what I am talking about.

Musical bonding holds a very special place for us and we have found our emotional connect to it; so, my series wouldn't be complete without a dedicated post on it.

To get a better understanding of this parent -child programme for all my readers, I spoke to Aditi Shah, founder of Musical Bonding and here is what she has to say about one of her babies- "MB"!! 
  How did you come up with a programme that is so unique to Indian market?

Musical Bonding did not happen as a planned programme for the Indian market. The music provided by The Music Class allowed us (my husband and me) to have lots of fun with our two kids, singing, dancing and learning. Musical Bonding started as a simple attempt to make some friends in a new country and for the benefit of my own kids.
  Why Music, what does music mean to you?

I have background in Indian classical music and know that it is not the kind of musi…

Music in pregnancy

Gayatri mantra and music during pregnancy

Babies respond to sound from the time they are in their mother's womb. The noise from outside the womb sounds more like multiple echoes to the baby and surprisingly babies can recognize their mother's voice from others even in the womb. As soon as I came to know about my pregnancy, I checked about garbh sanskaar and music that one should be listening to during pregnancy. I found a music CD that had mantras, hanuman chalisa etc, sung by some renowned Indian singers.  When a child is in the mother's womb, it is the most relaxing place to him, he is resting and getting nourished without any worries. Baby in the womb is in deep sleep but aware, quite as close to how people are when in meditation- relaxed yet aware at the same time.  If you see the ancient temples in India, the place where the deity resided and the monks meditated is also called garba graha, in the womb of the mother (the deity). So, the more one experiments with the ch…

Benefits Of Early Introduction To Music

Is it too late or too early for introducing music to your little one? 
It's never too early for music in life. 
Babies respond to sound from the time they are in their mother's womb. If you are a mom, I am sure you can relate to it.


Babies just love songs, rhythms and music and benefit from it just like grown-ups do from a musical environment. Scientists have found that the effect music has on the young minds of babies is far more significant than we can imagine. Various studies have shown that music affects the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of babies and children and strengthens cognitive and sensory development; not only does it improve speech but also reading, writing abilities and language skills per se.

An Early introduction to music can happen in the Womb, however, if you have missed it, its never too late. Your new born will love the music you play for him. How music benefits the babies -
Memory- Music helps little babies remember things they have l…

Our journey with Music

How we introduced music to our baby?
All through my pregnancy I listened to various mantras from Garbh-sanskar (a musical CD with prayers and shlokas from Vedas and other Hindu scriptures) I have a detailed post on it.  To my awe when I play them now A either calms down or grooves to the rhythm of those songs/mantras or tries to repeat after me (he is 17months now, but has been doing this since he was 7-8 months old)
A has been a light sleeper since the beginning and he gave us really tough time during first 3 months of sleepless days and nights at a stretch. We used different white-noises to make him sleep and for awake hours I had rhymes playing.
 Hooplaa kidz rhymes ( Click here )were our favourite for first 4 months along with his musical play gym and few rattles. As he grew a bit, we moved to supersimple rhymes, I became a clown dancing on those wonderful rhymes. Till the time he only listened to music without being too inquisitive about where it came from, I had an easy time wi…