ReeBaby Diaper Bag Winner

Hello readers!

Today I’m super super excited to share the winner of the ReeBaby Diaper Bag Giveaway. So with out any delay, let’s do it. Together.

And here we have our winner…*drum roll* Leena. P  ..Yay!! :)

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Congratulations Leena! I hope you will love carrying this ultra chic and glamorous baby bag for years to come! Please send your mailing information to me at hfareen@gmail.com and I will pass it on to the folks at ReeBaby. Congratulations once again!!

Our family time by the waters #reblogging

If you have already read this post earlier, then don’t panic. I was inspired to re-blog this holiday post of mine by Patience Brewster,  an artist and designer of Christmas ornaments and greeting cards.”

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The Big Thing could have managed to spend the entire vacation splashing water and jumping in the sand. We spent the last week at a place every close to some beautiful water bodies. It was the Little Thing’s first vacation and our very first as a family of four.

Both the girls thoroughly enjoyed the trip. In fact they enjoyed every little moment of it. Our vacation to a beautiful countryside was a blissful one.

The girls got a chance to play in a splash pond, a river, and at a beach. The Little Thing was afraid most of the time, may be because she was very very new to it. While the Big Thing had a whale of time. We literally had to force her out of the water every time, by bribing her of other trip soon in a next couple of days.

There was not much of sight-seeing or long excursions. We just took them to the places I have been to many times, when I was a kid. And with two kid, all that excursion thing is out of question. So we just wanted a simple and an easy vacation. Thanks for our amazing family, they made it even more special for us.

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To reach the bank of the river we passed by the beautiful banana plantations, tall standing coconut trees and everything green. As the serene air brushed our hair, I realized my relation with the place. Hyderabad offers everything for malls to clubs to walkways to garden to stadiums to museums but there’s nothing like that salty sea air or that soft and warm sand on the shores.

I loved watching my daughter sit in the sand and enjoy the sun, watching her big sister make her own ‘first-trip-to-sea memories’. She watched her make castles in the sand, that water would just wash off.

I think there’s something about sea, that calls us to it. I never lived by a sea. I grew up in Hyderabad and would only visit it in my summer vacations just to have a fun-filled afternoon with my cousins. But this time it was different. I now realize this trip to the sea had changed my equation with my very own city.

Now that I’m home I terribly miss those walks on the hard sand with the waves washing over my feet and that salty air touching my face. This trip to the waters was just idyllic. We just sat on the shore and watching the waves kiss the sun and the wind whipping over the water. It was so blissful. We will definitely go back next year because there’s nothing as lovely as spending a beautiful evening by the waters.

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My Wash Routine #Updated

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I have been cloth diapering our girls for many many months now and I have always followed a simple cloth diaper wash routine that I thought was working good for us. I have been hand-washing all of their clothes on Sundays. But a month back I decided to quit hand-washing because it was eating up all of my time and energy. And that’s when I decided to tweak my wash routine so that I could do but cloth diapers and clothes at a time, which would directly save me a hell lot of time and water!

I thought many mommies might be struggling with this just the way I did, so here’s my updated wash routine for all your lovely moms! :)

This is how I do:

  1.  Start with rinsing the diapers with cold water to avoid staining them.
  2. Then I do a second rinse also with cold water. Each rinse take 19 minutes approximately.
  3. Then I throw in all of their clothes and wash them on 40 C for about 45 minutes.
  4. Once that’s done, I give two extra rinses to the whole load so there’s no residue left behind.
  5. Then I line dry all the clothes and diapers in Sun.

I bleach all of my inserts once in four-five months. Also I use a very little amount of detergent for every wash.

What’s your wash routine?? Am I doing mine right??? Tell me in the comments below. :D

haajra

 

POTATO DESSERT RECIPE

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Hello everyone!!

This week was smooth-going for me until the potatoes poped-in. Yes, you heard it right ” the potatoes“,My husband unexpectedly bought a large bag of potatoes from the grocery store and I was so puzzled!! “what on earth, would I do with so many potatoes?” I am not a fan of potatoes!. And from then on I have been thinking only about those potatoes. And on a fine afternoon the light bulb glowed! In my head! As I was in no mood to do a savory I decided to keep it sweet.

The potato dessert  is what I made. It’s pretty much like the  famous “gajar halwa” that a sweet dish made out of grated carrots. I just replaced carrots with potatoes and with some changes here and there we had this beautiful yet extremely tempting dessert to emjoy. I tried my best to make this dessert appealing by adding a little artificial edible colour and coated it with dry grated coconut. My husband and I both love sweets and I just wish that my “little A” also gets his sweet tooth real soon. So here is the recipe for you to enjoy!

What you will need:

sugar – 3 table spoons
potato – 3 medium
coconut(dry) – 2 table spoons ( finely grated)
cinnamon – 2 crushed
butter – 2 tea-spoon and 1-2 spoon for lining the tray
water – 1/2 cup
food colour(pink) – a pinch mixed in few drops of water

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Method:

  1.  Peel off the potato skin and grate them finely on a grater.(refer the pic)
  2. Heat butter in a non-stick pan till it melts.
  3. Add the grated potato to the butter and fry for 5 mins.
  4. After frying the potatoes add water, stir and cover it with a lid for 2 minutes.
  5. Open the lid of the pan, drop in the food colour and stir well to evenly spread the colour. (You can use any food colour that is available to you).
  6. And add the crushed cinnamon.
  7. Then add sugar and allow to cook on a low flame till the potato mixture in the pan is really thick in consistency.
  8. Grab a tray and coat it with butter.
  9. Put off the flame and allow the mixture to cool down.
  10. Pour the mixture in the tray and freeze for about an hour or till the mixture sets
  11. Take the tray out of the freezer and leave it at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes(this will loosen up the mixture from the tray).
  12. Cut the mixture into cubes.
  13. Take the grated coconut in a plate and coat the cubes with coconut on all the sides.
  14. Refrigerate the dessert once done.

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Serve it chilled with milkshakes or coffee. This lovely potato dessert will go well with both.

Enjoy this mouth-watering sweet with your family and friends.

What’s your favourite potatoes recipes? Let us know in the comments below! :)

ReeBaby Diaper Bag Giveaway

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Happy Thursday!

Today I’m super super excited to be hosting a wonderful giveaway powered by ReeBaby. They are giving away the exact bag pictured above to one of The Mommy Blog readers! Lovely isn’t it??

And if you mistook the above bag to a regular bag then correct yourself ‘happily’ because this lovely bag up there is actually a “baby bag”, where you can store and organize everything in your diaper bag. It’s super chic and cool..like a bag I would have wanted pre-baby.

I have one of these bags and the reason I love it so much is because it’s so casual yet stylish and it does not scream “diaper bag” which is just amazing. And if you want to know a little more about this bag then be sure to read my review for it.

Please enter the giveaway using the underlined Rafflecopter link below. Also read the instructions carefully before entering.

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Rules of the diaper bag giveaway are listed below:

  1. To enter, follow the steps listed in the above underlined rafflecopter form.
  2. And leave a comment on the post below telling us your number one diaper bag essential!  Also, please note:  THE MOMMY BLOG COMMENTS ONLY. FACEBOOK COMMENTS WILL NOT BE COUNTED.
  3. The approximate retail value (INR) of the prize is Rs.1800/-
  4. Only 1 entry per person is allowed.  Must include valid email address. Open to Indian residents only, ages 18 and up.
  5. This Giveaway entry period starts on Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 3:00:01 AM IST and ends on Thursday, November 27th , 2014 at 11:59:59 PM IST.
  6. We will choose one potential winner in a random drawing on or about Friday, November 28th, 2014 and send notice to that person via email.  If you are a potential winner but fail to claim your prize within 48 hours of us sending you notice or are otherwise in non-compliance with the Giveaway rules, then we will choose an alternate winner.
  7. We will announce the winner here on or about Saturday, November 29th at 5:00 PM iST.
  8. No purchase necessary.  Odds will depend on the number of eligible entries.

Good luck!

haajra

 

Celebrating 500+ Likes on Facebook with Mealtime Giveaway

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I’m so so happy to announce it to you that The Mommy Blog now have over 500 Likes on Facebook! I know this may not mean a great deal to you but for me it’s indeed one good accomplishment! And since you are the one who made this possible, I have decided to give the same love back to you with this little gift set so we can celebrate this together!

After thinking over many times, I thought a mealtime giveaway would be the best, given that we have at least one picky/messy toddler. This is my  attempt to make your little one’s mealtime fun and a happy one! So here’s for you our Amazing Mealtime Giveaway. Read the steps below to ENTER!

  1. Follow the blog.
  2. Share the link of this giveaway on your Facebook wall and tag one of your mommy friends along with this hash tag–> #themommyblog
  3.  Like us on Facebook and follow me on Instagram.
  4. Leave a comment below and tell me why you like The Mommy Blog. { This steps will confirm your entry}

That’s it folks! This giveaway will end on 22nd of November 2014. I will chose one winner on 23rd!

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*This giveaway is open to Indian residents aged over 18 years!*

Good luck to you! X

haajra

 

Tips to keep your cloth diapers white & bright

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Are your cloth diapers looking dull and not-so-bright? Just not the way they looked when you bought them?? Then you surely must follow these super simple tips to keep them white and bright. Let me share with you what I do to keep ours beautifully bright and white.

Sun drying:

Sun is probably the best and the most natural way of bleaching cloth diapers. I always make it a point to line dry all of our cloth diapers in the sun. It removes stains pretty easily. Plus sunlight is ‘free’ of cost!

Oxy Bleach:

Oxygen bleaching is an artificial method of whitening your diapers. I use regular clorox bleach every four or five months and bleach all our inserts. I generally avoid bleaching our pocket diapers and covers to avoid ruining them. Bleached diapers may require a number of rinses before going on your baby’s bottom.

Lemon:

If you are not interested in spending on a store-bought bleach then reach for lemon. Simply apply little amount of lemon juice over the stains and hang them in the sun. Keep on repeating, if the stains don’t go away. I have used lemon a couple of times and I’m happy with the way it’s worked for us. Be sure to apply just a ‘little’ amount every time or you will be rinsing your diapers for eternity! :)

Be quick with your laundry:

I know it’s not easy, but it’s true that the more you make the diapers sit, the more worse the stains become. I try to do your laundry every other day and make sure I spray of the solids from the diapers, before I just dump them into the pail. So the quicker the better!

What do you do to keep your diapers bright and white?? Let us know in the comments down below :)

Happy Cloth Diapering Mommies!

haajra