Easy Hummus Recipe for Kids

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Off late, the girls have been enjoying their raw or steam vegetables a lot. And as a mom I have to confess that I have been spending more time searching for some easy-to-make, delicious recipes out of those veggies. Also I generally try to keep the recipes very basic yet high in their nutritional value. Saves me good amount of time and effort!
Here’s my recipe for you.

Things you will need:

  • 250 gms Chickpeas
  • 4-5 tbsp virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • chopped cilantro (optional)

What you need to do:

  1. Soaked chick peas overtime. And mix them in a food processor with garlic cloves and cumin seeds to make a smooth paste.
  2. Add salt, lemon juice and olive oil and mix evenly. And that’s it!

P.S: I didn’t have Tahini at home, so I decided to add some peanut butter instead. And there wasn’t much difference in the taste. So if it’s available for you, you may just want to replace peanut butter with it.

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And my girls love it with fresh baby carrots and cucumbers. It also makes a delicious yet healthy bread spread. You can make it and store in an air-tight container for over a month. It’s super simple to make and highly nutritious. So just go and soak those chickpeas right away. And let me know if you have a better recipe for making it. I would love to learn it from you. :)

Thank you so much for stopping by! :D

 

Easy Homemade Play Dough {No Cook}

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I have two super active little girls at home and keeping them entertained through out the day, does sometime get tricky.

And as a mom, I’m constantly searching for super simple activities, also keeping in mind our tight schedule and budget. We can’t hop into the market every week to grab those harmful colorful dough!? And also since I let the girls occasionally help me in the kitchen. We started making this easy homemade play dough (Play Doh) more often now. It’s super easy to make and fun to play with.

I haven’t used cream of tartar in this recipe which is why the dough may not last for over 4-5 months. But then I wanted to make something that’s simple and I wanted to be able to find all the ingredients off my cupboard!

So here’s what you will need:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (you can use any)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Food colouring
  • Water

What you need to do:

  1. In a large bowl mix flour, salt and oil.
  2. Add desired account of food coloring, depending on the shade of dough you want to make.
  3. Knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness is gone. You may add a few drops of oil if it’s still sticky.
  4. You will need to make a perfect dough that has just the right consistency. And that’s it! You are done!

And believe me both my girls thoroughly enjoy making it. And every morning they are out of the bed, they run to their play-area to grab their play dough.

I currently store our dough in zip-lock bags but I will fetch some air-tight containers on our next trip to the supermarket. This dough can last for over a month. And I can only think of those at least 30 no-fuss hours a month?!? Which for me I think is totally worth those 10 minutes of hardwork! ;)

Tell me how you like your play dough in the comments. And if you like this post don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, The Mommy blog via email and give us a thumbs up on Facebook!

 

 

Cookie Ring Sling Review 

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I think everyone is aware of my baby wearing fixation/ obsession. I will let you call it what you want. But if you have read any of my previous posts or know me at all you are aware of my love of babywearing. Yes my name is Haajra and I love baby-wearing. I wear the Little Thing almost every day and occasionally wear the Big Thing too. And guess what, they love it too. You can ask anyone who knows me, my daughter is a baby with very high needs. She has to be around/attached to her momma, time and place just don’t matter to her. And baby-wearing has always been a blessing for me.

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 If you don’t wear your baby already, you should honestly think about trying it. I am so happy that I did and so are my children. With my ongoing pursuit of the perfect baby-wearing paraphernalia I came across the Cookie Pie Ring Sling.

When this sling came home, we were at our in-laws enjoying a long vacation. So I got to lay my hands on it only after a good week or so (I can’t remember exactly). Like they say the first impression is the best impression! I was super impressed by the packaging. My ring sling came packed in a white box with the brand logo printed over it.

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I flipped the box open and almost died seeing that gorgeous black and white chevron pattern. I have always dreamt of a chevron baby wearing gear! And there it was! I got a very subtle yet sassy looking booklet to guide me through.

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This ring sling is absolutely amazing. I love it, it is so soft yet breathable the material used is incredible. And the ease of use is indeed remarkable. I couldn’t wait any longer so I decided to try this out for a day.

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And since I have already used a ring sling before, I didn’t have any trouble in wearing it. In fact this one is way too simple and easy to handle because of the fabric at the shoulder is already pleated. So there was absolutely no need for me to work on neatly gathering the fabric. Just take it and put it on your shoulder. And your sorted! So there’s no problem of fabric bunching up and causing you discomfort.

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And honestly this ring sling was the easiest of all of my baby carriers when it comes to getting the baby in and out. Another thing that stands out is the cross cut fabric, the tail part. Since it’s cut cross it looks just the way it’s supposed to be. This end can always be used to cover up while breastfeeding or to protect the baby from sun. It can otherwise be rolled up neatly around the rings. That’s I do it most of the time. As I don’t like the tail hanging loose. And if you have a baby, who has not learnt to hold her head up, then you can neatly roll it up and use as neck  support.

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So all in all this is such a quick and easy way of baby-wearing. It has made almost everything faster, from going into the store for shopping, or doing household chores, or when the baby needs loads of cuddles on a sick day. I put the Little Thing in, her face in (which she loves) and I’m always able to get everything done so much faster because I don’t have to deal with snaps, buckles, or anything else. While I truly do love my other baby-wearing gears, I have to vote for this one definitely when it comes to ease of use and getting the baby in and out super quickly.

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Also it’s easy to get the M position for the baby, which makes her very happy and comfortable because that’s how we spent major portion of our day!

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Cookie Pie Co. is famous for their versatile range of ring slings and other accessories, so if you haven’t already started baby-wearing or if you looking for a sling that easy yet elegant then don’t forget to check out Cookie Slings on Facebook. And if you like this review, then do give The Mommy Blog a thumbs on Facebook!

**We were sent the Cookie Pie ring sling for the purpose of a fair and honest review. All the opinions and images are my own.

ReeBaby ‘Love is..’ Diaper Bag Review

If you have been following me on Facebook or Instagram you know that we have moved out of India a couple of weeks ago and I have to admit that it was definitely not a cakewalk, nor for me neither for the girls. And before this move, we did a lot of travelling with kids back in India, to see off our people staying outside our hometown. And I would have never had those ‘we-are-all-sorted’ mommy and baby moments without this beautiful and functional ReeBaby diaper bag.

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A diaper bag is definitely every mom’s essential but what if you have a super super adorable one to flaunt?? Would you not just love it to the moon and back? Well, out of all the diaper bags I have come across (Of course, the ones available in India) this one is my favourite and will remain that way for pretty long tim.

Ok let talk ReeBaby now ;) This diaper bag is named ‘Love is…” And what better name can you think of?? Well, love is..actually a beautiful black bag with pink hearts and polka dots. Isn’t it? I reviewed a diaper bag by ReeBaby earlier here on my blog. You can check it out {here…} And I have to admit that this ones pretty different from the Beige one.

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This one up here is a large spacious bag, very generously sized to accommodate almost everything you might need when you are out and about with your baby. And in my case, it very well serves for two girls.

I’m a person who when stepping out of the house will pack the ‘whole’ house thinking they may just need something I leave back at home. So generally my diaper bag is like ‘overloaded’ with pretty much everything. And with this bag, there’s always enough room for everything from toys to sippers to snacks to change of clothes to ipad to my phone and so much more.

These large front pockets can be snapped open for you to stuff some ready to grab stuff like tissue papers, baby wipes, burp cloth etc. I stuffed some candies and chocolate bars for the girls to munch on, at the airport.

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Then there are again two ultra spacious zippered pockets along the length of the bag of about 6-7″ in height. Here’s where I stored my tickets and boarding passes. And believe me it made accessing them so easy. Just slide one zip and pop you have all the necessary documents required for boarding. And yeah I had my wallet in the other zippered pocket.

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And not just those, there was also two side pouches to throw in your keys and other stuff. Though I’m yet to figure out what goes in there, for us. :)

And there this one little issue with these side pockets, and that’s – too often when my bag is overloaded and fully-packed, I can’t slide my hand inside and out of these pockets, which is one reason I generally don’t use them. I wish they were a little wider or had a mesh fabric, so I could see, right through it, which would save me the trouble of digging in it for tiny belongings.

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I also got a sassy pink changing pad along with the bag, which I hardly use, now that I change their diapers almost ‘everywhere’, on bed, on floor, on couch. So yeah I have saved it for our next baby! ;) Or may be just give it away to someone with a newborn.

The best part is that, this lovely bag comes with the stroller straps, of course it’s a must for every diaper bag but then most of the manufacturers are not really bother about it. And I’m glad ReeBaby cares for all those moms who always take along their overloaded baby bags and can very happily hang them on to their baby’s stroller. And trust me there’s no great joy then not having to carry that extra luggage.

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So yeah all in all I just love this diaper bag. Just remember, mamas and mamas-to-be, you do not have to sacrifice style after having a baby!

Also you may want to check out the ReeBaby products on their very own Facebook page. And don’t forget to give us a thumbs up on Facebook if you liked this review!

**We were sent the ReeBaby Diaper Bag for the purpose of a fair and honest review. All the opinions and images are my own.

My First Liebster Award

This couldn’t have got any better. Yayy! I’m super excited for being nominated for the Liebster Award. Thank you Marlene of First-Time Mom at 42 for making this happen.

You can find her at here. http://1sttimemomat42.wordpress.com/

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What does this mean?

The Liebster Award is basically an award that is by bloggers, for bloggers. It’s passed from person to person to encourage connection and support within our writing community, and to aid in the discovery of new and upcoming bloggers.

When nominated, you are asked to answer 11 questions and to share the answers in blog post.

The Liebster Award Rules require that I answer several questions about myself and nominate one or more other blogs that I enjoy, so here goes.

1) Why did you decide to start a blog?

The day I became a mum, I knew I had to tell the world how incredibly awesome it feels to be one. And the pure intentions of sharing the ups and downs of my life with other beautiful people out there, who might just need that little boast to kick start their journey of being a parent. ;) 

2) What is my favorite thing about blogging?

Every night I sit down to check my mailbox and I’m overwhelmed to see those lovely messages from my readers coming in from different parts of the world. So yeah the favourite thing about blogging for me has to be my audience. Thank you readers for accepting and appreciating my crap and still loving me so much! 

3) What is your biggest challenge as a blogger?

I can only talk about being a mom and a blogger, that’s how it’s always been for me. I was never a blogger alone! And coming to the ‘challenge’ part, almost every day is a like a challenge. But the most challenging part of them all, is tucking our little humans in their beds and then sit down ‘hitting’ the keyboard!  But then at the end of the day, I thoroughly love it. 

4) What is your favorite thing to cook?

I’m not a great cook! Definitely not. But I occasionally do bake cookies and muffins for our girls. And yeah my favourite thing to cook is the Hyderabadi Dum Biryani.

5) If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I have always dreamt of a long peaceful holiday in Venice. So yeah Venice it is. 

6) When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Ok the answer is going to sound stupid to you. Because it always kept changing ‘the-what-I-want-to-be’?!?. At one point I wanted to be a doctor, then an engineer, then an air-hostess , a chef but eventually I got trained to be a teacher. And here I’m a happy WAHM blogger! :) 

7) What would be your dream job now?

This is a trick question. Well I’m still ‘dreaming’ of it for now! :)

8) What is your favorite meal to order at a restaurant?

A full-fledged Mughlai or Chinese! Or may be a little from both?

9) What is your favorite dessert?

I’ve a sweet-tooth so mostly anything will do! But in particular old fashioned Chococolate Fudge with a scoop of vanilla icecream is to die for. :) 

10) What is your favorite Holiday?

Definitely Eid holiday with family! Delicious food, happy reunions, gifts, night out with cousins, ..aahh that sheer feel of joy and happiness!

11) What would your dream date night include?

Dinner, Dessert and a long drive.

Eleven Random Facts About Me:

  1. I was born in 1990.
  2. I just can’t start any day without my energy drink—coffee ;)
  3. I LOOOVE Bollywood music to the moon and back.
  4. When I was in college I had a lot of interest in painting.
  5. I love House M.D
  6. I say more “Nos” than “Yes”.
  7. I rarely watch TV shows and new movies now.
  8. I have no idea what alcohol tastes like. Seriously.
  9. I don’t wear makeup too often.
  10. I do what I love to do and I do it obsessively.
  11. And yeah, I love being me.

I nominate Kaley of ‘So, I have two babies’, which can be found at http://nickknockedmeup.com/

Hilarie of ‘Postively Paniked’, which can be found at https://positivelypanicked.wordpress.com/

Sandy of ‘Crooked Housewife’, which can be found at https://crookedhousewife.wordpress.com/

Love,

haajra

 

 

Grand Cloth Diaper Giveaway #winners

It’s been a very long time since I last wrote. I have been extremely tied up with other chores. I have loads and loads of stories to share but time is what I’m running short on at the moment.

And this particular post has been pending for over a week now. Apologies for the delay! Without any further ado let’s just get into it…Here we have our 5 winner for the Grand Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

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Many many congratulations to the winners. Please email me your postal info in the next 3 days.

*If any of the winners fails to get in touch with me in the given time, a new winner will be selected without any notification.

And for those of you who entered the giveaway and didn’t win, don’t be disheartened because we have loads of fun giveaways coming up here on the blog.

So until then happy parenting!

haajra