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what shouldn’t be worn to an interview?

I remember giving my first ever interview… this was way back in 2006; i had only cleared my 12th class, a common thing here where I live, one got to finish school and then maybe do an internship or gain some small experience. I had done literature as my major subject in high school… so I was pretty confident I would be perfect for a tutoring class who needed some freelance teaching help for literary studies. I reached the place on time and gave some awesome answers when asked about Chaucer to Shakespeare. Little did I know I had totally messed up by going there in a pair of blue jeans and white tee with sneakers and hair up in a bun. I have super frizzy curls, but never knew how to maintain the mane back in those days. I never got a call back from the tutoring class and I am glad I didn’t get that job. Few months later I was sitting in a vibrant LIVE studio and hosting my own show on radio. I had dressed similar for the radio interview and made it to the shortlisted ones with a team comprising of freshers and experienced people, with me being the youngest one ever- at 19 !

the right-most one

the right-most one

It was only later when I had some grooming classes that were a part of my mentoring did I realize I didn’t get the tutoring job because I was never dressed for the interview. It never crossed my mind that every job profile requires one to dress up for the occasion. Our corporate world revolves around much more than the degree certificates you carry in a file. With the new age methods of interview rounds, one is expected to be well dressed every single minute. You never know when you receive a telephone call saying they are video calling you in the next 5 minutes for your dream job profile and the 5mins are also allotted so you can find a disturbance-free zone with good internet connectivity. So what exactly do I mean with being interview-ready all the time??

Let’s decode what comes under formals and casual dressing that can be part of your wardrobe staple
– suits : if you are appearing for a senior profile job in an official environment like an office or any company premises
– blazers : if you are appearing for a senior profile job but meeting your interviewer in a cafe or over coffee at a club
– formal trousers and shirt : for all job profiles; suitable for all premises. infact, a well ironed pair of pants and full sleeved shirt ( preferably plain) makes a good impact
– Kurta and straight pants : for women who are not very comfortable wearing pants & shirt. Also, if you are appearing for a teaching job or a nursing assistant
– Dark colored Straight Simple Denims and Plain Block-colored Collared tee when meeting the interviewer very informally at their residence, for a media house as a freelance, a writer with the publisher at a cafe or any informal situation.

one from the picture bank

one from the picture bank

What needs to be strictly avoided
– ragged or narrow jeans and round neck/v-neck tees : definitely a no-no. reserve those for your relaxed weekends and fun night outs with friends unless you want a job for a disc jockey or a drug dealer
– simple anarkali and heavy duppata dresses : simple dresses would still be ok for a banking job or as a sales staff; the heavy dresses and flowy anarkalis shall have to wait for personal occasions and not the workplace… the interviewer is looking for an employee and not a light bulb who can light the entire office
– bright prints and colors : these aren’t your fancy thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, an interviewer needs to listen to your answers and not count the number or colors and prints on your clothes
– golds and silvers : well, include bronze as well… no medal shiny metal colors in clothes please! keep your Diwali clothes at far distance

Accessorize it well
– metal watches/straps : its fantastic to have a luxurious life but certainly no right to go bling and cling with metals on your wrist
– too many ring-a-ding : one finger ring is just perfect, do not stack them all in each finger; no-rings at all is also cool- just don’t go wearing a fake one! more importantly , no one would be interested in seeing anything chunky
– formal footwear : proper formal shoes if wearing trousers-shirt and plain block colored bellies for women wearing Indian outfit
– hair accessories : just enough to look tidy, a neat haircut and a cleansing wash before the main day is advisable
– socks : if you are wearing formal shoes, a pair of fresh socks is mandatory. If you are wearing bellies or front closed flats I suggest wear socks that do not show. Trust me, stripes and polka dots peeping out from strappy sandals pisses off the interviewer
– handkerchief : carry a clean one and use it wisely
– files and folders : all your important papers and certificates need to be carried in a neat folder, preferably one that looks executive and best if it has a leather finish
– ties : wear a tie that matches your shirt, stripes and plain are always a safe zone. However, a fancy print with a beer mug or a simpson would be great too if you are going to be interviewed as a music show host or rap artist
– spectacles : a simple sturdy frame with clean glasses is expected
– jewelry : minimum of jewelry and maximum of confidence is a #winwin in any situation. Simple studs or a thin gold bracelet, a leather strap watch and maybe if you are wearing something for a religious purpose you would be just finely impressive

in general

in general

Remember, it takes only 30 secs to scan a candidate and 31st second to reject the person only from the appearance.
Following all these tips is going to help you, but certainly not going to fetch you the job for which you shall be need to answer questions with confidence and trust your knowledge and degrees. It’s like a great commercial movie… the script as well as the production and packaging has to be great to make it reach the 100cr club.

Color Scheme :
oranges, neons and bright shades should strictly be avoided unless going for staff picnics and after dinner parties
Its’s best to stick to safer colors like shades of blue, white and black, gray to charcoal paired with maroon or purple or a pastel pink… a pastel green with a creamish white would look classy as well… a hint of yellow would add a pretty sunshine and make you look vibrant and confident but promise me you won’t tag in to some office wearing yellow pants! oh pretty please; even the thought is funny.

While at my previous workplaces, I have had a chance to interview many young enthusiasts during their RJ walk-in auditions and even groomed more than 500 students for interviews, it isn’t a difficult task to find the right pair to impress your interviewer.

Here are a few tips to polish the right look:

– wear a light scent
– pick a darker shade of shirt if you are going to sweat on your way to the place of interview
– get rid of your facial hair or keep it to bare minimum for men, trimmed to shape for women and completely smooth waxed limbs would look perfect
– add a dash of red if your outfit is of lighter shade
– do not offer to pay if you are meeting at a cafe or over meals
– chapped lips are not acceptable at all
– do not be brand conscious but make sure the fabrics are breathable, no sheer fabrics and no collarless shirts
– you do not need big logos screaming from your outfit
– a stubble is good but trim it well
– keep a pair or two of well ironed outfits separate for an interview that can be scheduled anytime
– if you aren’t well acquainted with what colors to match… simply go to any store and ask the trained sales staff to help you match. they have been trained to give the best opinion

– some brands i personally like are Louis Philippe , allen solly , W for woman , Aks by Nidhi , Arrow , fable street , some really nice make up by nykaa, iba halal and lakme 9 to 5 are available on nykaa website and app

Hope this pretty longish post helps you, do comment and leave any queries you have or wish to share an experience of yours for others who stop by,

Love n Happiness
Kunj πŸ™‚

Travelling with the Toddler Part 1

Recently a lot of moms messaged me, a few I am now close to have even Whatsapp-ed me at odd hours asking what to carry and what not while travelling with a toddler.
Firstly, I am so happy and indebted to those who trust my motherly instincts and ask for suggestions.
Secondly, I understand why they ask. My husband and I are very fond of travelling. There are destinations which we visit again and again because we love being there. I have traveled for holidays in my first , second and last trimester as well… as far as 300-400kms without having any issues. Thank you Lord for that… and My first short trip with the kiddo was when he was about 45days old while first big holiday trip was when he turned 6 months old… in between I was either attending weddings or too tired and sleeping on weekends .. lol !
And lastly, I socialize a lot and love to receive or pass on suggestions (not advises) to moms who believe I mean good for her and the little one. I take in suggestions as well, in a healthy way and it has always helped me except weight losing tips.. they never work and I don’t understand why !!

Little D

Little D

So lets make a list of major things required by moms:

1. Diapers
Continue reading

cooking with the kid

well, cooking with the kid hasn’t been an easy task.
It takes about a zillion years to take clean-perfect light-angle pics and more than that it takes about a million light years more to click at the right moment. The TODDLER is never stable, he has about a 100 more bones that all function together specifically when I am supposed to only assist him do what he loves doing the best- Get In The Kitchen With Momma And Cook.
I have been dreaming of getting in a vlogging mode since about 2 years but have never been able to do it.
Two reasons for the same- never felt beautiful enough to be in front of the camera. Secondly, never have found time to do any editing… i have atleast 10 videos I wanted to put on youtube last year.
This year in 2018 I have told myself to listen to my heart and just do it… there are more stupid-er and not so perfect looking people out there making videos that make no sense… may be I can be one more of that crowd and count on my lucky stars to be the brightest that day!

Here are we again, cooking yet another pretty looking boxed cake. Trust me, its not that I don’t know how to bake from the scratch but its just so easier to do a box mix cake with a toddler around who wants to be the head chef!
We love the pillsbury box mix- check this reference post . But this time around we tried another box mix that we found at 50% off during the Christmas week.

Weikfield cooker cake mix

Weikfield cooker cake mix

Planned to make this in a rice cooker… well, only because it means not using a stove. my bub would just have to put a double boiler and lid on top and switch it on.

The mixing and churning then began…

mixing the milk first

mixing the milk first

And the rest of the ingredients as mentioned:

oil, cocoa, milk and some of mumma's love <3

oil, cocoa, milk and some of mumma’s love <3 It is really satisfying to do an activity with the kid once a week... I began working full time last March, and that's why less number of blogs; work is just so super cool but I miss spending a lot of time with him so I make sure we do something together once a week... we go to the park or catch an animated movie together or cook something that he can do all by himself while I only help him around... He loves being photographed while he cooks. He loves being photographed while he cooks.

Well, doing any activity with the kid is fun. For instance, picking up a coloring book and just splashing all imagination with a box of crayons on it! But for D and me, cooking is more fun than watching a movie. We get to be with each other to talk and taste in between and clean together and laugh for no reasons, gasp for any spoils and awe at the final product and even go around making everyone taste it and pose pictures together and and and and…. there are way too many ‘ANDs’ when we are in the kitchen together.
He is very interactive at his best when he becomes our head chef!!

the batter is almost ready!

the batter is almost ready!

I helped him dissolve all lumps and put the mixture inside a double boiler rice cooker… And here we are 40 mins later-

oops!! was is this Weikfield???

oops!! was is this Weikfield???

OH MY GOD! what just happened here??? I have buried a few craters with the left over cocoa powder and anardana aka Pomegranate seeds. I was too embarrassed to even share the pic on our family wats app group…
At this moment of disaster lemme apologize to Pillsbury for I ditched them for Weikfield

Promising my 2018’s new soul to stick to tried and loved products.
But it was fun…

For one day my son will grow up
For one day he will love his life with freedom
For one day I shall be cooking his favorite meal all alone
For one day he shall look back at the blogs and pics and hug me tight
For one day WE shall re-connect and bake a cake all again
And that day… I shall churn the box mix with my fragile trembling hands and he will help me set the right temp.
Temperature of being and feeling loved again!

to my lovely son and all the mothers who love cooking with their kids

in other news... this also happened in the same week!

in other news… this also happened in the same week!

Love,
Kunj

AWS reviews: sea animal capsules

So here we are on a really hot summer evening and where i live, there are no breezy evenings to feel better. my son is almost always dressed in boxers and a vest all day long.
He gets super bored in afternoons when we curfew his movements outside the house to play around, so to being in some joy in his already joyous life i bought this packet of 12 sea animals capsules that i found on a rack at a gift store. am not really a fan of magical toys but what the heck! anything to make my baby happy. YO!
and i thought of doing a review for my readers.

i bought it for 80rs. and it has 12 capsules paper minted pack in various colors.

sorry for the impatience my son has

sorry for the impatience my son has

my impatient baby tore it open before i could take a picture but it looked good whatsoever.
these capsules need to be placed in water where the upper plastic like layer dissolves and a foam like material in a sea animal shape pops up, and floats on water like a normal sponge does.
next:
we got a bowl of water excitedly and removed the capsules from the minted packs… put them in water.. saw it floating…
saw it floating…
saw it floating… … …

they wont magically blow up into sea animals!! huhhh//////

while waiting we even played a guessing game on what we shall find in each one of them:

high expectations

high expectations

D had high hopes they WILL open up but by that time i lost my patience and opened them up myself! the plastic covering had to be manually removed.
and I recorded the entire thing and put it right here….

awomansays review: sea animals capsules

TADA!!
well, i am not youtuber mommy, bare me with the quality. i am still learning and i shall be better next time.
p.s reminding myself to record horizontal next time.

reviews:
it costed me 80 bucks, definitely not a buy if it takes so long for the magic to happen.
also, the packaging was not really high graded , per se the amount i paid for it. could have been better.
12 capsules but most of them were repetitive. kids dont touch things that repeat!
they also come in other styles such as animals etc. will try them for a lesser price.

worth a buy? well, maybe once if such things excite our baby and he/she is patient enough.

what else: makes a good birthday return gift considering the value and idea.

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bake a cake in 10 easy steps

my son has been very fond of helping his mommy out in the kitchen ever since he turned 1 ! some days he would help me wipe the wet dishes or stack the utensils in a neat pile or even help me with ingredients from the fridge. too much to expect from a toddler to cook one day he expressed his wishes of baking a cake ! we baked a 3 step cake in 10 easy steps. yea… with a toddler making it the 3 steps turned into 10 at the end but the results were really yummy! and i thought of sharing my experience with you all.

his favorite teacher at school showed them how to bake a biscuit cake with out cooking using simple ingredients. which he could not recollect them all but he wished to bake one on his own. giving an ‘ awww, i love you sweetie’ hug to him we went to the supermarket next door. yes, i live next to a supermarket thats open from 9 am to 10pm… i know you are jealous now ! hahaha… every mommy friend i know thinks i live next to luxury and i have no idea what a pain it is to them to go grocery or vegetable shopping with a kid. yes sweetheart i know how it is. and i thank my husband for buying such a property even before we got married… i gotta thank him everyday. hehehe

so we bought this pillsbury cooker cake box at a really good price. it came with a dry powder batter, a sachet of icing sugar and a sachet of rainbow sprinkles. i dunked into my freezer and found some dark chocolate and white chocolate chips from super foods and thought of using them for the cake to add some drama.
while i was reading the steps my son found the opportunity and perched himself on the kitchen platform and i just lost a chance of filming it all on the camera… this was his first time when he was allowed to sit on the kitchen platform ( i am one those super scared mommy who thinks all the wrong things will happen to my son! uff… no more negative thinking mom! just concentrate on the cake baking!). next time we will dress up right and put on some make up and take a good video. and at least avoid wearing a green ben10 vest over plum colored thermal! oh creep, this is not so cute πŸ™‚

so here is the easiest ever cake recipe. thanks to pillsbury!

step. 1 :

open up the package and put the dry ingredients in a non stick microwave friendly bowl. add warm milk according to the package shown. we added 2 cups warm milk. it just says milk but my experience of baking told me it should be warm.

step 2: we added just a spoon of fresh cream to add the softness to the batter. the package didn’t specify.

the pillsbury box we loved.

the pillsbury box we loved.

step 3:

i asked my son to mix the batter well until he sees a creamy texture. my little one tasted the batter about 10 times before we put it in the cooker! i find it dirty to put fingers in the batter but this podgy little fingers and the ‘ yummy… mumma its so nice mumma. really yummy..’ melted all my senses.

perched on the kitchen, my little cook.

perched on the kitchen, my little cook.

step 4: put it in a double boiler cooker and close the lid without the whistle. don’t panic. nothing will happen. i strolled in and out of the kitchen worrying the cooker will blast but nothing happened! my khichdi once got spoiled but this cake won’t ! great invention or whatever the secret ingredient! (i wanted to add more sarcasm but my son was really excited for the cake).

step 5:

keep the bear out of the kitchen for 30 mins. its difficult I know but gotta do it momma!

we bought a new box to play with, and a washing machine came free with it.

we bought a new box to play with, and a washing machine came free with it.

step 6:

pull the container out. no wait. turn on the camera first and then pull the container out. take a fatafat quickest ever picture before the kid turns it upside down without you helping him to scrap out the sides and give a perfect tomb.

the cake was so super fluffy and perfectly brown.

the cake was so super fluffy and perfectly brown.

step 7: let the minion first taste all the icing sugar and sprinkle and chocolate chips. wait, wait so more… until the tasting is done with. *brat*

his first try and looks near to perfect! tasted just perfect.

his first try and looks near to perfect! tasted just perfect.

step 8:

rainbow sprinkles and chocolate chips and all things sweet!

rainbow sprinkles and chocolate chips and all things sweet!

let him decorate as per his wish. don’t guide him. let the creativity flow. and mommy can just feel the aroma of the cake fill the kitchen and smell sweet.

step 9: congratulate him and take a lot of pictures. send it to his grand parents and uncles and aunts. and oh yes, the father of the kid who knows the kid is not potty trained but hell, the mommy can teach him to bake !

proud mommy moment

proud mommy moment

step 10 :

hog ! let him tell his experience over a video and pictures and feel the happiness and proud moment of being able to teach a kid how to bake a cake! put the pictures on social media and soak in all the sweet so cute omg wow lovely comments that follow the entire week !
and don’t tell anyone you bought a ready mix box from the shelf. tell them how he dirtied the kitchen and you smilingly cleaned it all while he ate the cake. drama woman ! drama!

my little cake loving chimpanzee

my little cake loving chimpanzee

happy baking mommies πŸ™‚

4th anniversary issue

its been long since i last logged in to this website… i have been either busy or lazy to pen down some stuff that rotates in my mind.and at times either of us are down with a never ending cold and runny nose, although i am quite regular in updating my instagram feed and facebook profile… just in case you want to follow what happens to me everyday do like my page.

facebook page
instagram page

so its my anniversary week and we have been together sharing a life since 4 years now. 4th anniversary… seems like such a long time for us two because we are a very boring couple. 4th anniversary means 4 + 1 years together. the ‘1 year’ was all mushy and sweet like a bollywood movie and the other four seems so boring. we watch a movie every weekend like, yes, every weekend. so boring! and we dine-out together every sunday night, so boring. we have different taste buds all together so we never share food at any restaurants but he orders for me and i order for him. because we exactly know what kinda food the other person would enjoy. yet, we do not share meals… so boring! whenever we have a fight we shout at each other and either of us walks away from the location. two hours later we hug and patch up because being angry for two hours has drained us and left only specks of tears and aroma of love leaving behind a trail to find each other… we never do the roothna-manana stuff! how boring ! there are no patch up dates or gifts or roses or blings. yuck!

we never buy each other gifts because we … again .. have different choices!! i go to a mall and send him pics from the fittings room. he gets a cue and buys me that !!! so simple for him na?!
but i have a real difficult time buying him one. he is such a perfectionist… he has the best of shirts in all his favorite colors. he has atleast 4 dozen ties in his wardrobe, and about a few handful watches all from the world of titan, his favorite.
he has a really nice mobile phone and even an ipad and a laptop. he has accessories for both his cars all updated and his favorite songs are always in his pendrive. he never uses any fancy ‘all for men’ creams and he often gets gifted scents of the finest quality from friends who travel overseas or clients who are stinking rich! such an issue – a gift!
he had recently ordered a pen and he also bought himself a blazer while he was at the mall fetching my gift! uff… crazy guy. why is he such a perfectionist ?

i thought of gifting him a life long stock of pudin hara … hahaha then he said he is on diet and the need won’t arise.
i thought of gifting him an arm candy but he said he likes to pick one on his own, and his colleague recently gifted him a citizen.
i thought of gifting him a 50 things we can do in the dark wish chits in a fancy fish bowl but we have a two year old toddler! oh f**k! there is nothing i can gift him.

at the last moment i decided to gift him a dessert goodie basket and take him out for a dinner. i arranged this really cute invitation inviting him on a dinner date…
i dressed my best and called a cousin who makes desserts to swing by with her best desserts. i send her some pictures of us together and she made this for us.

dessert hamper by Femi Vasant

dessert hamper by Femi Vasant

it was the best ever anniversary gift i gave him (us actually, i could not resist tasting it again n again numerous times). loved the rose almond pudding the best…

it was only after the date and dinner and movie was done that i found the best ‘for him’ gift ideas. well, maybe on valentines now but here is a gift list for all you peeps who can plan in advance.

1. these two women make amazing night lounge wear of the utmost luxurious kinds. if your guy is into cottons to bed at night maybe you should buy a few from

bhanumati ka pitara by ridhie
and
wink india
the fabrics and designs they use are so so pretty and you can customize it as you like it! how perfect. i love how ridhie uses the cutsie buttons on all #bhanumatikapitara night wear she designs. they along with the fabric is a winner. if your man likes it he is gonna ask you to take care of his wardrobe refills everytime! check mate.

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one more screenshot

one more screenshot

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2. PG used to own a royal enfield and we often took those late night vroooommm rides to places with nature surrounding us from the eyes to the horizon. expansion and work load had him lose the love with no time left to look after the mean black babe but in case your guy loves a lady like this one; amazon.in has some really cool gadgets for him and you can gift him that.

app wala screenshot

app wala screenshot

3. one more instagram page i like is fadjuice for men
they also have a website and one more shirt in his wardrobe with the perfect ink blue shade for a night out with his buddies is always going to be appreciated. i remember when i married PG , all his shirts were blue!! yes. i am not joking. light blue dark blue ink blue indigo blue blue-white stripes black-blue stripes faded blue royal blue! my man will appreciate a blue any day! now he has all colors in his wardrobe and he can always thank me for it!

limited options though

limited options though

4. the goodie hamper. when i told my husband how much it costed he smiled and said you would have got it at a cheaper rate at any cake shop. i then handed him a pudding bowl and asked him to taste… he was bowled over!!! he loved every bit of it and asked for more once over. no bakery would make me this for sure. a customized flavor in 24 hours!

contents: pudding jars, coffee-chocolate shots, truffles, cocktail chocolates.

contents: pudding jars, coffee-chocolate shots, truffles, cocktail chocolates.

he simply loved it… u can contact Femi by searching pretty little delights on facebook. she is a fab baker.

my handsome young man was quite impressed with the packaging as well as the contents: the puddings were yummy, i had never tasted a mocha chocolate brownie shot ever! the truffles were right sized too. the winner for me was the almond rose pudding in white chocolate. i am craving for more of it!!

the detailing was perfect

the detailing was perfect

if you have any gifting ideas for christmas or anniversaries/birthdays do pop a mail to us info@awomansays.com and we can feature you here.

cheers!
kunj

BerryTree : Noah’s ark

FOOD STRIKE ALERT!

remember those childhood stories about Noah and how he build his big wooden ark to save all the animals?
well, the ark was build to save planet earth and mankind and the flora and the fauna and happiness and sanity and love and warmth and everything that is important to mother earth!

image: pinterest

image: pinterest

something similar happened to us a few days back when my son was teething and it became impossible for me to handle his tantrums. scientifically i don’t know what tooth is that called, i didn’t even search it on google.. once he starts going to school he shall teach me more than i remember from my school days and i want to keep the excitement and surprise element intact until then.
coming back to the difficult times, he had fever , the temp went up and down every few hours. he kept me up all night long, embracing me like a little kangaroo.
my little moppet refused to eat anything. all he had was strawberry flavored cold milk and oranges. no grains, no pulses.
just like Noah , i was worried. mother me didn’t know what would make his situation less painful.
i sell these Heinz and gerber products. i have my own small little baby food business. and usually gerber graduates puffs are his favorite. but the tooth ache made him refuse all food solid.
and these came in the courier right on time. oh yea… u knew i was calling u subconsciously BerryTree? 1/10

berrytree in two flavors

berrytree in two flavors

i know i should be cooking some stuff for him, mashing up those fruits and veggies, and strain them and make fresh stuff for him and then run behind him to feed that. and even run around supermarkets and find new stuff i can come home with, boil it, and again mash it…
whatever!! i am not one of those mothers who has all that time in the world to do all this when even better tastes are available in these mason jars i can trust the quality for! made in Germany , if you have followed me on Instagram ,
you know i posted a pic of these berry tree jars when they arrived. good looks- 2/10

i opened the apple-strawberry-banana flavor with a clink sound! wow! air tight sealed ehh!! so good. 3/10

www.berrytree.in

www.berrytree.in

and i was really not sure he would eat anything apart from oranges and milk, so we picked up our favorite hippo book! the hippo has friends like tiger, elephant, giraffe and many more. friend’s from the Noah’s ark times huh!?

read and eat!

read and eat!

this is a tip all moms either follow or would love to follow after this post, let the child look at those gigantic pictures while you feed him. it may take him hundred years to finish off the meal.. no, just kidding, maybe like 20 minutes more than usual but it is super fun, and its a great time to bond with the child if you are a working mom and don’t usually get time to spend with your kitten. story telling and feeding work like milk with cornflakes. perfect combo!
the first spoon went in without being noticed since D was busy recognizing all of hippo’s friends at the birthday party! and he paused.. .. .. ..
yay! he signaled for one more spoon of the stuff! 4/10

mumma.. aa aapo ne

mumma.. aa aapo ne

haash! what a sigh of relief. i don’t know who thought of berry tree at the first place in Germany but whoever did must receive my thanks and a big bear hug. they may not know what a pain it is to mommies whose kids have difficult times to complete a meal at one go! 5/10

oh! by the way, this is what happened after two minutes. 6/10

yay!

yay!

thank you berrytree. 7/10

we had a birthday party to attend in the next two days… his own!
i knew the meal at the party was good enough for all the kids there but my son himself was not in a mood to chew anything at all! so there comes in use one more jar out of the motherbag at the dinner that followed the party. 8/10
he was in a good mood and even had some cake and fries at the party! i have been concerned about his food and health from the very beginning and hence, i only try foods that are healthy, nutritious, and hygienic. we take a dozen measures to keep things clean and safe for him everywhere, don’t we? then why not choose a pre-made meal that also takes utmost care like mommies do!
need some proof?

healthy n wise

healthy n wise

9/10
ignore the sketch pen mark and the undone nails… i am not a fashion blogger, just a mother! (worried for the kid at the moment of the pic taken)

for me this product was a savior, like the ark. came in handy when i needed it the most, when he refused all food, semi solid and juices too. as a mom for the first time i keep a regular check on his weight gain. i use a lot of ready made food for my kid and make it a point that it does not create digestion problems or allergies and side effects like no weight gain etc.
berrytree is a product i recommend to all mothers and nanny’s ! saves time, appeals the kid’s taste buds, sealed pack, nutritious, colorful, perfect one meal quantity, carry anywhere jar size, reusable mason jar packs 10/10 …

err… yes. i did this!

mango-milk pulp

mango-milk pulp

i thought it looked similar to the original one in the jar
i thought he loves the mango taste
i thought the semi solid texture matched too
i thought it would work…
it would work.
it didn’t work!
πŸ™
it didn’t work!

sorry berry tree, i was just trying to use the same trick your jars did on the first instance.
sadly i had only two jars, {plz send more πŸ™‚ mode activated}

on the whole berrytree works for all, if your kid is 4 months plus, try buying a few jars from or on firstcry, amazon and ecomartindia

cheers and love to your little one,
kunj πŸ™‚

A FRIEND INDEED

getting on the desk to work with a 6 hour sleep and 18 hour home chores/school going, birthday parties to attend, grocery shopping and playing peekaboo with the kid is difficult! as of today and this very minute i have only two people to thank to… my maid, and my maid !!! i have two maids who do the basic work at home while i look after my kid, cook, and manage the home affairs! i may not be doing all that hard work they do but i certainly get the feel of all those joint pains and aches and puffed eye bags when its 1am , thats exactly when my little one sleeps,

i put him to bed when its 10 30, but he has his own clock to follow and he shit never listens to mumma dearest!
at that time in the night, when even my husband has turned his side and snoring an IPL tune in his sleep i stretch my hands into the bedside drawer. comes to help, a friend indeed.

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oriflame and mustang are two friends who help me in my mid night crisis! the feet are aching, there are blisters from the sandpit and water fun-fight! the feet smell, look lifeless, turn black under the toe and heels!
this cream is smooth, smells beautiful and has very non-greasy easy to apply texture. the mustang black n pink toe socks are a perfect match! that 1am or 4am friend, is THIS ONE!
THANK YOU DEAR TEAM MUSTANG for sending them right on time.

i have used a few other brands when it comes to keeping my feet smooth n pretty, who has the time for pedicures with a two year old monster running around? i love mustang the most. fyi, i am sad i dont have pretty prints that can be worn to a comic con! love my son’s pin stripe and avengers mustang babies.

but they come in fab colors πŸ™‚ high five~

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my little cherub in his avengers mustang and fat mommy legs/thighs/feet in pop green mustang women’s range.
please avoid the footwear, they are tacky and old fashioned but the most comfiest ones when you have a 3 kg mother bag on one arm and a 12 kg kid on the other arm asking questions that you have answered like 10 times in the past 2 minutes!
we went on a play date where his highness of the handsome colony rocked his attire,

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while i the queen of hopelessly freaked out mothers wore the green ones, again turning into a good friend and helping out to avoid slipping on watermelon juice he spilled, and wet grass patch he was jumping on and i picked him up from there thrice! thank you green the kind! no more the color of lier as jim parsons HOME, no more the color of envy. the color of a good friend it is now! A FRIEND INDEED

and now to talk about my
FAVE ONE OF ALL,
THE bright neon pink and sparkling white with the best comfort layer

pic after two hours of workout

pic after two hours of workout

the double layering of the cotton threads is not just in the packing, they stay the same and shock resistant even after workouts, this is my fave one to go to gym with. comfort, doesnt let the heel of the shoes to hurt you and beautifully stylish to wear and flaunt!
yes, i flaunt! when i have no abs , arms or legs to show off, i have these to help me do some flaunting!!

mustang at rescue for the blob mom!
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they gel perfectly with my white and pink addidas workout shoes! match point!! A FRIEND INDEED

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my gym has this rude… like REALLY rude machine where you keep your feet up 60 degrees and do abs! front- side- side
the tyres at the tummy dont like it, but the pretty pink mustang keeps company! thank you love!

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love,
kunj

HOW TO : put your kids to bed

Whenever the weekend is here all I demand is some more sleep, alas! i am a mom and asking for such a luxury is asking thy lover to fetch some stars from the sky in a Shakespeare way!
my son turned 23 months old on Monday, he runs like he is some Tarzan on his way to save the jungle animals from beasts, always running around and jumping! he has learned to talk a lot, a lottttttt !! that makes my ears tired and he is never tired of running around, jumping around, getting curious, talking, asking questions, learning new stuff… no matter what.
so i opened some sites and did a little research, tried to read what scientists and experienced mothers do to put their kids to either sleep early or at least sleep a little more than usual. and here i was trying all of them one by one. after lots of experiments, here are my fool-proof or as you say, tried-tested-successful tips on putting your kids to sleep. no need to rug-mug through various sites yourself! all these seriously work my dear lady!

1. going bananas:

some kids may be fussy eaters but a banana before going to sleep or as a last meal may help the kids feel full and sleep comes easy with the stomach full. eat a little more at a wedding party and you will feel like dozing off at the sofa yourself. bananas are filled with carbs and potassium and often helps kids with energy during the day and with sleep at night. if your kids are allergic to bananas or allergic to idea of having fruits as a meal in itself you may want to skip this idea and move to tip no. 2

we made this banana strawberry choco chip snowman at school

we made this banana strawberry choco chip snowman at school

2. doodh doodh doodh … piyo glass full doodh!

warm milk before going to sleep.

contact on info@awomansays.com to purchase these

contact on info@awomansays.com to purchase these

its no secret, milk helps the kid sleep better. be it mother’s feed or a bottle of warm milk. make milk time more fun with a story-telling or just letting the child sit on your lap. many mothers have a dedicated song for milk time and many kids have a favorite cartoon they watch while having milk. I certainly am against kids watching tv before going to bed but some parents have no choice. the images of their last activity stays with the kid all night and i have a sit on my lap and let me call you sweet names kind of strategy. i always encourage my child with words like ‘i am so proud of you D, i love you my dearest, mumma’s so happy she has you with her blah blah blah…’ of course i mean all of this. say what’s true, say what you mean, say something that makes your kid feel how honest you are for your feelings for them. it always work keeping the kids happy and calm. a calm mind means dozing off on time.

3. Fire on the mountain, run run RUN

let the kid get involved in lots of physical activity in the evening. younger kids may want to crawl or turn around, toddlers may like to run and play.

give them a playground and let them get tired

give them a playground and let them get tired

search for playgrounds or gardens around your residence. if you are a working mom and find little time to take the kid to play in the evenings, ask someone to help you get his little feet moving. take the kid to play dates and malls at nights after you come home on fridays where there are special kids zone areas to play.

D loves his 'riding the cycle' time

D loves his ‘riding the cycle’ time

remember, a/any fruit before their play-time always helps keep the kid’s metabolism intact. a healthy diet will make them tired and not weak. weakness ain’t a good aunt to visit to.

4. get them to think

yes, make the kids think a lot. ask them to guess things under some boxes, give them a puzzle or even a book to read if your kid loves to read before sleeping. let them use up the juice in the brains and they will want to ditch everything and hug the pillow.
apparently, lots of kid docs say that the child has lots of activities going on in his brains which make them mentally active all the time. they tend to think more then adults do. and getting them involved in something where they have to think and apply logic may make them feel tired.

shape and color activity at PEEK-A-BOO

shape and color activity at PEEK-A-BOO

adults too like to solve some crosswords and sudoku at night, read something thats heavy on the brains or just watch a film. extracting so much from the surrounding and only letting her/his brain do all the work will create the ‘lets hit the bed now’ feeling. my curious little kitten always blabbers the most just before his bedtime and this mumma lets him drain all that energy and curiousness, it has helped me a dozen times already!

5. cranberry and grapes

nope, i am not suggesting alcohol but cranberries and grapes have juices that helps calm the mind. a glass of cranberry tart juice or a string of grapes for a mid night snack always helps relax the mind. having it in the morning is very healthy but certainly not for adults who want to rush to work rather than feel relaxed early morning.
cranberry has melatonin, which is a hormone that regulates sleep or sleep patterns. cranberry flavored juices are often famous to be taken along with alcohol for adults. it releases all your stress and creates a calmness.
giving some harmless cranberries and fresh grapes from the market will help your kids too. also its a good substitute for sugar just in case you are not giving any other form of raw or processed sugar in your kid’s meals.
you know how sugar works! ask all those bars of chocolates and those desserts you had during pregnancy to feel better.

these are a few of his favorite things

these are a few of his favorite things

6. press it warm

its a super tried and tested and recommended tip from my MIL; she says keeping some cloth, a soft toy or anything that’s bulky but not heavy against the child’s chest always help them sleep 60 to 90 minutes longer! wow! this sounds super hai na ? i tried inculcating a plush toy habit for my son, he preferred keeping a soft Dohar. this is his favorite blue one.

D in his cradle

D in his cradle

this works for a lot of kids, it did for my husband and a neighbor’s kid and my kid any maybe your kid too. i tried to look around for those cutsie elephant soft toy pillow but didn’t find it here. contact me on info@awomansays.com in case you have those and would like to share/sale it to me please. so the theory says, anything that presses against the kid’s chest that’s not heavy in weight but feels warm and soft will replace the mother’s womb or her bosom and keep the kid emotionally happy and secured. this directly affects the sleep pattern and the kid shall sleep 90 mins longer. have tried this myself. the short cap nap in the noon turned into a nice 3 hour long sleep time. i am very happy with him waking up fresh and happy in the evening.

7. you and I

take a short walk with your kid in the morning , or just spend some lovely cuddle time at night,

marching and giggling, D and mommy

marching and giggling, D and mommy

let the kid feel happy before going to bed. the child when happy has a calm mind. a mind with no heartbreaks or sadness has the power to feel more relaxed compared to that which isn’t. let the kid feel loved and pampered. play on the bed and kiss him goodnight, make the kid feel specially taken care of and loved. you will see the magic happening when the kid sleeps peacefully and for a longer time. you will see the kid smile at you when you see him first thing in the morning. [ no kidding with all the kids i just mentioned] :p

love has no substitute

love has no substitute

the day my kid sleeps happy and loved he sleeps for an hour more than usual. yelling at your kids to sleep or getting angry because the child wants to jump a little more on the bed will not only sleep a little less but even his sleeping patterns and his dreams are not weighing on a healthier side of the happiness scale. you don’t like to be yelled at, and nor do they!

8. bathe and clean

a tried tested recommended and favored by all mothers across the world. now that summer is approaching, a warm bath before bed and a lotion massage will do the trick. let the kid feel fresh and light and clean and happy and tidy and relaxed! the pretty smell of the lotion will also make you want to cuddle next to the kid.

D

D

a few kisses and a fresh nightsuit, a bed time story or a hymn, do whatever favors you both and the kid will sleep with a smile without creating any fuss.

β€œThe only love that I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.”
― Karl Lagerfeld

let me know if you have any interesting and experienced ways to putting your kids to bed early or sleep till late.
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lots of wishes and good luck on these.
love,
Kunj

A date with : Mustang Captain America

O yes, you read it right, its #CaptainAmerica who visited us some days back and we planned to keep them with us.

Here is what happened… since Summer is approaching and for true amdavadis its already here. there is no autumn here… how I wish there was and with the autumn season comes those picnic-y days. anyways, I approached Mustang socks to help us with some new fresh summer collection i kept on drooling on their instagram account. if you are following me on instagram, u shall see me following them too. they have this whole cotton avengers range in kids and bright neon colored ones for women I so wanted to try. The mustang team was kind enough to send me lots of them to try and experience the feel myself.

#captainamerica watches nani teri morni

#captainamerica watches nani teri morni

Here we are, D and me on a school date with #captainamerica from Mustang.

early morning I readied him with a pair of shorts and tee. He seemed happy to be finally out of that stuffy packaging and onto some feet.

little kangaroos shorts + avengers from mustang

little kangaroos shorts + avengers from mustang

sad to say our car broke down that morning and even though avengers the team could fly, he was all alone that day and in Ahmedabad where he could not find the way to our school… so we took him on an auto ride too…
did you check the auto ride pic on our instagram feed on the right of this site? its also on our instagram page. check awomansays page.

when we reached school D took him at this wooden board and brushed some brains… did #captainamerica learn anything here?? well, we tried to :

all play and no work :)

all play and no work πŸ™‚

the date had just began, we thought it would be nice for him for learn some songs and do some craft too-

D makes a monkey hat

D makes a monkey hat

after some snack time, D took some real advantage of #captainamerica being with us that day, he asked the man with mask to find some brushes and tools form beneath the art-work fame wall at school. the big guy helped my small guy.
these socks are so soft and pure cotton, neither they slip off nor feel itchy. a lot of mix cotton socks found in the market these days make the kid’s feet perspire and itchy if the kid is allergic to un-pure fabrics.
I found Mustang to be of excellent quality and so soft that no matter how much the kid runs around in them (trust me, my tarzan runs like no other kid all day long in them) they don’t let perspiration stay on the feet. this eventually makes them no-slip socks and all day protection.

we can ask him to help ... hai na?

we can ask him to help … hai na?

by the end of class he still wasn’t dirty enough, and my kid made sure not to spare him of some school dust and dirt at the sand pit. i love this area the most in his school… its of the perfect height and D loves to play in it.

at the site

at the site

the entire range of avengers is available at all leading kid’s store and a few websites too… we have loved the stripes and spongebob theme all winter. the avengers in summer would be perfect. i simply love the colors and print. they do not shed colors upon washing and the fit is so perfect. right on the packaging is also a small table of what size socks would fit kids at which age. quite a smart thing if I am confused for the length which happened once while I was shopping at Mahindra’s mom and me… after seeing each size for 10 minutes there i still could not decide which size to buy. Mustang packs solves the case right at the spot. D is 22 months old. I use the 2 year size for him since he has bigggg feet.

mustang socks- #captainamerica

mustang socks- #captainamerica

the date didn’t end here, #captainamerica slept at the feet and woke up to hear some rhymes and songs on mumma’s mobile; yes, sad and true my phone has become a wreck… need a new cam just for clicking pics for posts. anyone interested in sponsoring one ??

still looking good at end of day !

still looking good at end of day !

surprise.. surprise!!!
we took some of our fave Mustang socks even to the zoo. Mumma planned a red and white outfit for the pre valentines day date to the zoo with all classmates. well, the trip to the zoo was on 13th. and we wanted to dress up just perfect!

 OOTD

OOTD

Thank you the entire team of Mustang socks for the wonderful treat. we still have more socks to try on and go to dates on with Mumma. looking forward to trying some spiderman socks now. spiderman is also mumma’s favorite no!!

also mummas in the city, we have one pair of ben-10 socks we would like to giveaway to a reader. contest to happen on our fb page- facebook.com/awomansays
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love,
Kunj