Soul Ring-Sling Giveaway

sfaceYayy! I’m so so happy to be hosting yet another awesome giveaway by a wonderful brand I completely adore and trust. Remember I reviewed the Soul Ring Sling a couple of months ago here on The Mommy Blog?? And I also told you how much I’m loving it.

As you know, I have always been a huge fan of baby-wearing. I have always encouraged other mommas and daddas to babywear as much as they can. Because wearing your baby close to you directly multiplies the bond of love between your little one and you

So here’s something for you, the lovely folks at Soul have chosen to giveaway one of their beautiful Soul Dragon fruit Classic Cotton Ring Sling to one of my readers, a prize valued at up to Rs. 1500/-.

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This giveaway ends at  on 20th September , 2014.

You may use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

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The more entries you submit, the better odds you have of winning!!

This giveaway is open to Indian residents aged above 18.

GoodLuck!

Ireeya Baby Blanket Giveaway Winners!

So, here I’m to announce the winners to one of my giveaways. The Ireeya Baby Blanket Giveaway.

Ready to find out the lucky winners of Ireeya Baby Blanket Giveaway? Me too!

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Congrats ladies!!! To claim your prizes just email me (hfareen@gmail.com) your mailing address and I’ll get those prizes to you ASAP

Cheers!

P.S. BIG thank you to Ireeya for being such an awesome and generous company!

Bella Baby Happy Disposable Diapers Review

In a couple of month the Big Thing will InshaAllah turn 3, which is certainly a milestone for me as a mother of two. And I proudly accept that I have been diapering our girls for years now. And gladly the Big Thing is out of her diapers, expect for the night-time. But the little one is still diapered 24 X 7, cloth or disposable, ‘diapers’ is the word of the millennium for us and that’s same for almost every mom out there.

I spend my days either doing cloth diaper laundry or fetching for ‘magic’ diapers so we can peacefully survive a whole night without a diaper change. And one fine day, I received a nice fluffy package (You know how obsessed I’m with packages, don’t you? And fortunately or unfortunately, that very evening I had to go out somewhere and couldn’t do the laundry and we ran out of our regular stash of disposables, so that’s when these lovely diapers came to my rescue, actually our rescue!

I was so thankful to God for sending them our way, on the very fortunate/unfortunate eve. You know how mad your husbands can get, if you ask them to get something for outside, just after getting home after a long and tiresome day!!?

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Frankly speaking, until a couple of months back I never heard of Bella Baby Happy diapers, which is extremely saddening, given that these work wonderfully well.

Moving on, we were sent, diapers for both the girls in their own sizes. And when I first opened the courier package and saw the diaper packaging, I just loved it. The colours were lovely. But it was just too ‘fluffy’ and so I thought the diapers might also look way too bulky on the baby.  But luckily I was happy that I was wrong. I used them for night-time and loved it when both the girls got up dry and happy, unlike most of the nights with other disposables.

Bella Baby Happy diapers are modern disposable diapers with super soft inner layer that distributes wetness all over the surface of the diaper core. It’s wonderfully comfortable and extra absorbent. These are available from newborn to toddler sizes. Also the newborn’s diapers have been made with special care to protect the newborn’s umbilical cord from any sort of infection, which I think is extremely caring of the company. Because I personally had to face a lot of problem, in the initial days with both the girls’ umbilical cord touching the diaper.

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And since the baby’s bottoms are covered most of the time, it’s very important to select a diaper that’s not harsh to you baby’s skin. And these are by-far the best ones I have ever used with our girls. The sizing is also amazing and has snug fit. The soft elastics does not harm your little one’s delicate skin.

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And this is how it looked on the inside. Just look at those blue gussets around the legs, which can catch almost all the poop, without any leakage.

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I also liked the wide flaps of the diaper, which again eases the comfort and fit of the diaper, on the baby.  Plus the velcro fasteners keeps the diaper in the right place without pressing the belly.

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And did I forget to mention the adorable prints of the diapers? Oh yes! Every diapers comes with a different fun printed and colorful collection of animals which only makes the diapers a bit more appealling to the mommas like MEE WEE!!

All in all, I completely adore these diapers and will definitely recommend it to all the mommas out there. And if you are heading to a party or a road-trip or to see your family, then don’t forget to tuck a few of these diapers into your diaper bag because I assure you these won’t tell you down in anyway!

You can buy these diapers from Firstcry website. And don’t forget to give them a thumbs-up on Facebook so that you receive all the latest updates from them.

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** We were sent the Bella Baby Happy Diapers in exchange of a fair and honest review. All the images and opinions are my own.

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Meet Swapna | Mompreneur Of the Month

I have started a new series called M.O.M, Mompreneur Of the Month. I know a bunch of people/bloggers/entrepreneurs/moms who are doing great jobs and I completely admire their effort of balancing work and family life. I love these ladies so much that I have decided to introduce them to you. So every month, I will be asking one of my mompreneur friends to write a special post for The Mommy Blog. That way you can take a look into their life, and may be find a new friend of your own.

And today, I’m so so happy to introduce you to Swapna Thomas of The Mom Views. I first came across her beautiful blog a couple of months ago through a random search. And instantly fell in love with it. Not just a mommy blogger, she is a Certified Business Coach as well, and is happy to help other mompreneurs. And you know how much I love mothers who are entrepreneurs, don’t you??  So that’s when I decided I was going to get her featured here on my blog, The Mommy Blog, whenever I start an appropriate series. And here she is, to share with us, her story.

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Meet my mompreneur friend Swapna

 Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! My name is Swapna. I am a Work-At -Home Mom to an angel called Samaira who is surprisingly devilish in her ways, keeps our household on toes and inadvertently teaches me the true meaning of life every single day. I am a true introvert who likes nothing more than staying at home and snuggle with a good book (nowadays on kindle). I belong to god’s own country Kerala but I was born and brought up in Delhi and now stay in the bustling metropolis of Gurgaon. I am a Science graduate, an MBA in Marketing and I have worked for 6 years in a research position in the corporate world. 
 What is your blog, The Mom Views, all about?
 The Mom Views is for every woman who is striving to be the best mother she can be for her little ones and rediscovering her own identity in the process.

The blog chronicles parenting tips, product reviews, fun activities for kids, birthday party, decor ideas and interesting tidbits for parents. From a fledgling blog it has now become a work-from-home career for me. I have been given opportunities to work with some great brands and picked up a few awards on the way ( including India’s best Parenting blog award by Indiblogger). Even better has been the experience of connecting with thousands of mothers to form a like minded community.

What/who convinced you to become a mompreneur?
I became mom to Sam in 2009 and quit my job to savor motherhood. When Sam turned two, I was getting itchy to create a new identity. Since writing has always been a passion and I loved the US mom blogs I had been reading for a while, I decided to start my own blog. Slowly but steadily the blog gained thousands of readers and I started being approached for working with brands.
 
As a mom blogger I worked with a lot of mom entrepreneurs and other mom bloggers as well. Sometimes they would ask my advice about the issues they were facing and I really enjoyed helping them out. Last year I started training as a business coach and today I am a Certified Business Coach who helps Mom Entrepreneurs and Bloggers achieve their dreams through my other website MomBizCafe
What is the biggest challenge you face being a mom and an entrepreneur?
 
One would be the attitude that brands usually have towards bloggers. We are almost always expected to work for free and everytime I turn down an unpaid assignment they behave as if I have committed a sin. :) 
 
Another is the constant demand of being online. As an introvert and a very private person, I don’t like to be online all the time but being in digital media you have to constantly be on the go. 
You work, run a blog, have a life, have kids…that’s a lot. How do you manage everything without losing your mind?
 
Who says I don’t! :p There are days when I do absolutely nothing and then there are days when I work like a mad woman. My trick is to never feel guilty about anything. When I am working I don’t feel guilty about not being with my family or daughter and when I am with my family, I never feel guilty about shirking work. So I enjoy the best of both worlds. I don’t want to be a supermom, I just want to be a good enough mom. 
 
 If/when you do lose your mind, what do you do to relieve the stress?
 
I dance with my daughter. Honestly we put on the cheesiest bollywood numbers and we dance! If any of my favorite romcoms are on television then I watch that to get de-stressed. 
Tell us a little about your better­-half and kids.
I married my high school sweetheart and we have been together for 16 years now ( 9 years of dating and 7 years of married bliss). Ours is an interstate and inter-religious marriage as I am a Keralite catholic and he is a hindu punjabi. He is a doctor by profession. My daughter Samaira is now 5 and a half years old and is the light of my life.
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 Your favourite on-­the-­go recipe for kids?
I am not a very kitchen friendly person but I make the yummiest oreo milkshake ever (atleast according to my daughter)
 
Something you want your readers to know about you?
Because I feel that mom bloggers come across as a judgemental lot, I want the readers to know that I have used television as a babysitter sometimes and I am not ashamed of it. 
 
 Your current favourite beauty product?
I don’t use makeup but I wear Kajal all the time so it has to be my Inglot eye pencil.
The most common colour in your closet?
Even though I love the color purple the most common color in my closet has to be various shades of green.
 
 Finish the sentence: Happiness to me is….not a destination. It’s a way of life. 
Thank you so much Swapna. Okay lovelies you may now go and check her out on The Mom Views and don’t forget to see how she helps others bloggers achieve their dreams through Mom Biz Cafe.
Cheers X
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Ireeya Muslin Blankets Giveaway

If you have been following The Mommy Blog for quite some time now then you might have already read my review for the Ireeya Muslin Receiving Blanket that I did a couple of months ago. And I’m extremely overwhelmed to announce it to you that Ireeya is offering two of their amazing muslin receiving blankets to two of  The Mommy Blog readers.

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One of the two blankets will come in the embroidered theme Baby’s First Gift Box, in 40 x 40 inches, pictured below.

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And the other will come in the embroidered them Baby’s First Rattle Toy, also in 40 x 40 inches, pictured here.

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Remember, these blankets are made of 100% cotton muslin fabric. They are extra soft, breathable, plush and light weight, especially created to protect the tender skin of a newborn. These is very ideal for swaddling the newborns. can be used as  receiving blanket, tummy time blanket, burp cloth, nursing cover and a mini crib sheet.

So what are you waiting for?? Go ahead and click on the the underlined Rafflecopter link below to enter.

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Remember you don’t need to be a wordpress user to enter this giveaway.

*This giveaway is open to Indian readers only.

I will randomly select two winners on Monday, September 1st and will send the winner’s mailing information to Ireeya. And they will have these adorable blankets directly shipped to your door!

A huge thank you to Ireeya for offering such an amazing giveaway!

RunBugz Anti Mosquito Patches Review

Motherhood can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to your kids health. No mom would ever want to leave her kids with those dreadful mosquitoes that would just ruin the child’s sleep and health which in turn will ruin yours, both sleep and health. And what about those late-evening outings??  When mosquitoes are having their own gala time out there??

For me, seriously mosquitoes are on the top in my list of problems. Yes. You read it just right. Here in Hyderabad, it’s probably the same story of every mom, The Mosquitoes. Especially since it’s the rainy season. I guess it’s the same with all the Indian moms, not that India is a filthy place to move in to. I guess it’s just that mosquitoes just love that taste of the Indian blood. LOL.

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And very recently we were sent this little package by Runbugz, which had these cute looking patches of sorts in it. And I instantly knew these were God-sent. I just loved  the outer packaging. These patches come in a thin card-stock packaging, with a wonderful zip-lock bag that carries the neatly arranged patches in it.

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So these patches are basically small stickers that you can stick on to anything like on your child’s clothes or furniture around or on to the pillow nearby and if you are travelling you can just put it on the seat your child is on or on one corner of the tent near to her when you go camping. Remember never to put it directly on to the skin.

I really love the quality of the patches and the packaging. I have used these with both the girls and the Big Thing calls them ‘Smiley Stickers’. Well those are stickers with lovely smileys printed on them.  So I guess that probably justifies the name she gave it.

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OK moving on, if you are like me, who have never thought mosquito repellent patches existed then don’t worry I’m coming to that. The RunBugz anti-mosquito patches help in repelling mosquitoes for up to 24 hours, which is amazing! Also they are made using 100% natural ingredients and are chemical free, deet-free and completely non-toxic. Thanks Runbugz for understanding my priorities.

These repellent patched are suitable for babies, children and adults. Plus these water-proof. You can find them in beautiful deigns. Each pack comprises of 12 patches which lasts for over a week.

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I have really loved using these super simple on-the-go patches than those heavy repellent creams. And I would definitely recommend these to all the mammas out there. This is an amazing product to save your children from those deadliest diseases.

You can buy these patches from Firstcry or Babyoye websites. You may want to like Runbugz on Facebook so you remain updated with all of their amazing environment friendly products.

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** We were sent the Runbugz Anti Mosquito patches in exchange of a fair and honest review. All the images and opinions are my own.

Frozen Chocolate Coated Bananas Pops for Kids

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If you have been following me on Instagram then you know about a picture I posted there a couple of days back. I have been dying to make these for months now. It’s a super simple recipe for kids who are fussy eaters, like mine. This little recipe will not eat up all of the time you have on hand. May be just ten minutes or so?? And here’s the recipe for making frozen chocolate coated bananas for kids.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon Light Olive Oil (Remember it has to be flavorless)
  • wooden dowels or ice-cream sticks

Method:

  1. Cut banana into half, put the dowels/ice-cream stick through the pieces and let them sit in the freezer for like an hour or so.
  2. In a double boiler, melt your chocolate chips and oil. Remember never over-heat chocolate. So keep stirring it every now and then until it’s of a smooth consistency.
  3. Bring out your frozen bananas and dip the in to the smoothly warm chocolate chip mix. Coat them evenly.
  4. Freeze them again for half an hour.
  5. Enjoy.

You can also roll them in sprinkles or chopped almonds or walnut, as per your child wish. And I like to keep them plain. If covered these can be stored upto a week. And if the bananas are too frozen to eat then place them in refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving. This makes a wonderful snack for those hot summer evenings.

P.S: The photo doesn’t look professional by any chance. But I’m definitely making these again and I will then try to get some nice pictures. ;)

So go ahead and let your little ones indulge in this mouth-watering on-the-go recipe. Let me know in the comments below, how you liked it.

Cheers X