Charlie Banana Cloth Diaper Review

After having introduced you to a couple of cloth diaper brands here on The Mommy Blog, it’s time I introduce you to one of the very famous brands named ‘Charlie Banana‘. Isn’t the name just too cute?? Charlie Banana is based out in Hong Kong. All of their products are made out of a love to quality, eco-friendliness and design. They manufacture and distribute their own items so they can control everything from start to finish.

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I’ve been cloth diapering for over an year now and have absolutely loved them from the first-time I came across them on the internet. And this time we tried the cutest and the softest cloth diapers ever. Alhamdulillah!

Last month I was so so delighted to receive this fluffy package of the Charlie Banana cloth diapers that came home all the way from Hong Kong. My first reaction on seeing the diapers was “Oh my gosh!! They are sooo adorable”. And I have to confess that everyone who saw it reacted almost the same way. The Husband, Mum and Grandmum included ;)

The very next thing I noticed about these daipers was their super soft and plush material. Both inner and outer layers. And after one month of intense use, the softness and colours are still pretty much the same.

So this is what we were sent, a set of three one-size cloth diapers from their Wonderland Collection.

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These diaper are Hybrid Cloth diapers. I know you just said..What the heck is a Hybrid diaper?? Well, hang in there because I will get into that. A hybrid diaper is basically a diaper that can be used either with a disposable or reusable/washable insert. And my pack came with six microfiber inserts. You may want to use disposable inserts when your travelling or on a vacation, when you just don’t want to do any extra laundry.

The outer layer is made of soft and colourful PUL. With super soft microfleece on the inside which is made of 100% polyester. Each Charlie Banana cloth diaper comes with two microfiber inserts.

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These inserts are thick enough to soak up good amount of pee. You can either use one or both together depending upon how heavy a wetter your baby/toddler is.

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This diaper is a pocket diaper with a flip opening in the front with adjustable no-slip, bra straps on either side of the diaper so it came accommodate our a baby and a preschooler. And I’m happy the way it’s do for our 11 months old and 2.8 years old so easily.

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The no-slip, bra strap are the adjustable elastics on the side so you can change the size from S to M to L. And honestly I have never used any diapers with such adjustable straps or something but this one is lovely and super easy to put on your baby.

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We have been using both the inserts together as they are both super heavy wetter. I haven’t noticed any leakage, changing the diaper every two hours or if it is soiled.

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I have tried to snap a few pictures of our girls in the Charlie Banana diapers, but I will not call it a success. Because the Big Thing is growing super super conscious about me photographing her in her ‘diapers’ ( with no clothes on. of course!). So most of the time she was running around the house, escaping and playing tantrums.

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While I madly tried for more than half an hour to get a few decent pictures of the Little Thing. And I swear, at the end of the ‘session’ I was drenched in my own sweat. You know when you have a racing toddler and camera in hand. Plus your little preschooler?

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Not just the diapers we were also sent a pair of these Charlie Banana legwarmer which I completely adore.

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Overall, we are in love with our Charlie Banana pocket diapers. They are of high quality, fits amazing, and super functional. Plus the adorable prints and bright colours are to-die-for. And I plan to grab some more stuff from this brand.

Oh did I tell you about their Operation Smile?? Well. it’s an international medical charity that provides free reconstruction surgeries to children suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. By purchasing Charlie Banana products, you can help change a child’s life.

Charlie Banana also proudly supports Project Save Child. It’s a non-profit organization dedicated to helping prevent child abductions and kidnapping through education and public awareness campaigns

For all you mommies, who want to start cloth diapering or for those who are already into it, then you seriously need to go check their website out to learn about their latest releases Extraordinary Best Reusable Training Pants and the Extraordinary Best Reusable Swim Diapers and don’t forget to follow Charlie Banana on Facebook.

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** We were sent the Charlie Banana diapers in exchange of an honest and fair review. All the images and opinions are my own.haajra

 

 

 

 

Soul Baby Ring Sling Review

Hello Mommies! Remember the other day I introduced you to Chinmayie of the Soul Slings?? So here’s my review after having used her sling for almost over three weeks. This was the box in which  my sling came home, neatly folded and beautifully arranged.

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OK before I just into the review. Let me first tell you what a Ring Sling is. A ring sling is basically a long piece of fabric worn over one shoulder that is threaded through a set of rings used to adjust the sling. They come in both padded and unpadded forms and I  recommend the unpadded ones because they are easier to adjust and are safer compared to the padded ones.

If you have been following The Mommy Blog for sometime now then you very well know that I have always been a huge huge fan of baby-wearing but I will have to confess that I haven’t tried any of the ring slings as they are not quite easily available here in India. And the ones that are, are way too pricey. And so I was more than over-whelmed when I received my little package which had my beautiful ring sling nicely arranged in the recyclable box.

The moment I saw it, I was a bit hesitant to wear on such a dark colour. But with kids dark colours actually work. The lighter, the messier it can get in less time. So I was happy and well-convinced to get started with it.

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I quickly grabbed the manual it came along and stood up right there with my sling in the other hand. I just had to wear it, that very moment, the right way or wrong. I just wanted to start wearing it the moment it arrived, corrections can of course be made, isn’t it?

So there I was wearing my first ever ring sling, I made a quick adjustments and the Little Thing nicely settled in it. She is such a momma’s girl. And I genuinely feel that this sling was especially made for us. For such ‘gluey’ babies who want to be around their mommas. A.L.W.A.Y.S!

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The sling is made of 100% Lenin and becomes softer with each wash. It’s easy to wear and super simple to put the baby in. Even if you have a bunch of doubts, the instruction booklet will help you a great deal. It includes instructions on how to thread your sling, and how to do multiple kind of carries. I love this especially for moms who have just started baby-wearing.

The sling fits all body types since it’s fully adjustable. It folds up small, making it easy to take along. Plus the bonus is that made keeping in mind the Indian climate so your little one remains comfortable and happy, all times.

I feel so so happy to see my little girl happily snuggling in the sling and I manage to catch up with my chores. I wear her when I’m busy working, feeding her some evening snacks, go out on a walk, roam around in the house and do absolutely nothing but cuddling. And it has definitely become our best friend.

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Meanwhile as we both have a whale of time, the Big Thing often envies the baby and insists on being carried in the sling. Though this sling can be used right from birth to toddlerhood, I’m a little reluctant about using it with the Big Thing who will be three in a couple of months. May be I should try it sometime.

Anyways, coming to washing and carrying, believe me it’s so darn simple. You will just need to throw it in to the washer. But prior to that you may want to wash it separately a couple of times so the colour doesn’t bleed on to other clothes.

This sling is nursing-friendly too. But since we have weaned our little one about a month ago, it won’t be fair enough if I go on and write another paragraph telling how it’s going to work for you. Sorry!

Did I mention that I was surprised to find this little Krya mini detergent pack inside the box. You know how obsessed I’m with Eco-friendly products!

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Overall, I just love this comfortable ring sling, that tries every bit to keep my baby as close to me as possible. And I would definitely recommend this to all the mommies who are already babywearing or if you want to adopt the amazing concept of wearing your bundle of joy.

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So Mommies don’t forget to go check out their website Soul Slings and grab your sling. You can also their beautiful collections of sling on their Facebook page. And let me know how much you are loving your Soul sling in the comments below. If you like what you are reading then don’t forget to subscribe to The Mommy Blog.


** We were sent the Soul Baby Ring Sling for the purpose of a fair and honest review. All the opinions and images are my own.

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Masaledar (spicy) Chicken Curry Recipe

Here we are with yet another lip-smacking recipe for all you foodie readers. If you are a huge fan of the hot and spicy Mughlai cuisine and of course if you are not a vegan then this chicken curry is for you. Go ahead and treat yourself with this super spicy dish.chicken curry

Ingredients:

  • Chicken – 1/2 kg with bones
  • Cashew – 8-9
  • Almonds – 9-10
  • Chironji – fist full
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Chopped Onion – 1 (thin sliced and deep fried until golden)
  • Mint leaves – chopped
  • Coriander – chopped
  • Garam masala (spices) – one half teaspoon
  • Cardamom – 2 whole
  • Cloves – 1-2 whole
  • Black Cumin – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon – 1 small (whole)
  • Vinegar – 4 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice- 2-3 teaspoon
  • Tomato sauce – 4 tablespoon
  • Sesame seeds- 3 teaspoon (roasted)
  • Dry coconut – 2 tablespoon ( grated and roasted)
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Red chilli powder – 1-2 teaspoon
  • Ginger garlic paste – two and half teaspoon
  • Yoghurt – 300 grams (beaten)
  • Oil – 5 tablespoon

What you need to do:

  1. Wash the chicken thoroughly.
  2. Marinate the chicken with salt, red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, garam masala, lemon for half an hour.
  3. Then add yogurt and fried onion to the chicken and mix well.
  4. Now keep the chicken aside for another half an hour.
  5. Make a paste of cashew, almonds, chironji, sesame seeds and dry coconut (add a little water if required) and keep aside.
  6. In a pan heat oil and put the chicken and add vinegar, whole spices to it and stir.
  7. Cook with lid for about 20-25 minutes and stir occasionally.
  8. Add the prepared paste to the pan. Let it cook for 20 mins or until the mixture in the pan starts to thicken.
  9. Stir in between so it doesn’t stick to the pan.
  10. Add tomato sauce when the mixture thick enough.
  11. Simmer for 5-10 mins or until the oil separates.

Serve with rice or chapati.

Which spicy dish have you heard this week?? Let me know in the comments below.

Cheers X

Mixed Lentil Patties Recipe

Here is a quick recipe for all the food junkies. I had one of my lovely friends send this down to me so I can put it up here on The Mommy Blog. I’m happy to see little addition to the list of the recipes I have written earlier. I completely acknowledge the fact that I haven’t done many posts on ‘food’ in the past couple of months. So here it is.

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 Ingredients:

  • Green gram – 1/2 cup
  • Bengal gram – 1/2 cup
  • Black gram- 3/4th cup
  • Green chillies – 2-3 chopped
  • Onion – 1 finely chopped
  • Coriander – chopped
  • Mint leaves – chopped
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Curry leaves – chopped
  • Ginger garlic paste -hint of it
  • Turmeric powder – 2 pinch Oil ( for deep frying)

Method:

  1. Soak the three lentils in water for about 2-3 hours and drain the water.
  2. Grind it to a thick consistency without adding any water (it should have dough-like consistency).
  3. Then take this mixture in a bowl and chopped onion, coriander leaves, mint leaves, curry leaves, green chillies along with salt, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste and mix it with a spoon.
  4. Apply some oil on to your palm and give the dough flat and round shape of patties.
  5. Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the patties till they are golden brown.

The writer is a stay-at-home momma of a handsome little boy. She is passionate about cooking, photography and finding ways to make her family happy.

 

 

Meet Chinmayie | 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.

Today, I’d like to introduce you Chinmayie Bhat from Love Food Eat. I found Chinmayie through Facebook. She is a mompreneur to an amazing Indian venture named ‘Soul’ which specializes in making beautiful and functional ring slings for baby-wearing. Not just that she was so humble to send me over one of her ring slings so I could use and review it here on The Mommy Blog.

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Meet my mompreneur friend Chinamyie:

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am Chinmayie from Bangalore, India. I am a former graphic designer, a mother of two and a food blogger/food photographer.  I have been blogging at www.lovefoodeat.com for over 4 years now. I am passionate about healthy eating, sustainability and ecofriendly living.  I started Soul Slings only after having my Son 8 months ago which officially makes me mompreneur.

What is your business, Soul, all about?

‘Soul’ – high quality, luxurious and beautiful ring slings which you will be proud to flaunt as your best parenting accessory!

Soul ring slings combine fashion with functionality and lets you conveniently work, browse through a mall, go for a walk and nurse or put your baby to sleep at the same time.

Soul slings are designed and made in India, keeping Indian parents in mind and hence makes it the perfect baby carrier for all Indians.Soulringsling_1

What/who convinced you to become a mompreneur?

It all started 5 years ago when my daughter was born. She was a high needs baby who wanted to be carried constantly. I bought a ‘baby carrier’ by a well-known international brand and It just never worked for us. I looked up the Internet and read articles on baby wearing and realized that a Ring sling was the ideal choice considering my lifestyle and Indian weather. Unfortunately they were not available in India at all. 

After 4 years when I found out I was expecting again I knew that I wanted to babywear extensively. I researched about all the different kinds of baby carriers and decided to buy myself a ring sling from the US, as it wasn’t locally available.

The first time I wore my son was when he was barely a few days old and I fell in love with my sling instantly. I couldn’t imagine my life without my ring sling. I never stepped out of the house without it. I felt that every parent should have a ring sling.

That’s when I decided to start ‘Soul’. I knew I could make a difference in every parent’s life with ‘Soul’. It was time India had a Ring Sling brand, which has locally made, well constructed and elegant.

What is the biggest challenge you face being a mom and an entrepreneur?

I think the combination of being a mom and an entrepreneur is not an easy one. There are challenges in every step. Both are very very demanding jobs and funnily we need to work 24/7 for both! The balancing act takes a lot of planning, determination, patience and will power. Time management is the biggest challenge for sure.

You work, run a business, have a life, have kids…that’s a lot. How do you manage everything without losing your mind?

 I work out of home and my children are with me all day long so even with a lot of help, I need to attend to them through the day. When one of my kids need me, my work has to wait but that’s not something I can tell my costumers. I couldn’t have done this without my mom, my husband, my house helps and cook. It’s because of them that I am able to even run Soul. But in spite of all this I lose my mind often!! It’s not easy to do it all.

If/when you do lose your mind, what do you do to relieve the stress?

Fortunately I love what I do so I rarely need stress busters! I love cooking, baking, photography and blogging. When I need a break from my work, I do exactly that. I also enjoy reading and learning new things about food, sustainability, education, and parenting.

Tell us a little about your better half and kids.

My husband, Ravindra, and I know each other for over a decade now. Professionally he is a designer but he is also the person who is helping me with everything that Soul requires. We have similar interests, ideology and aspirations in life, which keeps us happy together. I have 2 kids. My daughter, Alaru, is 5 years old and is being homeschooled. My son Aadhya is 8 months. My kids have changed me as a person forever and I am sure I couldn’t have been this productive if not for them. They keep me happy, full of love and hope.chinmayie

Your favourite on-the-go recipe for kids?

I am a passionate cook so I am always cooking stuff for my daughter. My son doesn’t eat much yet but I am sure he will grow up to be a foodie like the rest of the family.

Something you want your readers to know about you?

I LOVE coffee and chocolates.

What is the one piece of advice that you would give aspiring mompreneurs?

Do what you love. It’s important to feel satisfied and content after a long day of being a mother and an entrepreneur.

Your current favourite beauty product?

I don’t use any!

The most common colour in your closet?

Black

Finish the sentence: Happiness to me is….Life.

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Thank you Chinmayie. Alright people go check her out at Love Food Eat and her versatile collection of Soul Ring slings.

Cheers!

The Mommy Blog

 

A change…and an announcement

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No I’m not talking about the sudden change in weather here in Hyderabad. I’m not talking about the escalation in the grocery prices. Neither am I talking about the winds that have become super chilly and breezy all of a sudden. I’m talking about the little change I decided to give to my blog. I have been blogging for over two years now and consistently for aa year. My blog Hfareen’s Space that started as my own little place where I shared my thoughts and feelings is now different person. It’s here I speak to people, hear from them, make friends, and everything in between. 

Off late I have noticed that, the mother in me does more talking than I do. And almost everything here is centered around her babies and herself, which I think is the reason I decided to change the name of my blog. I decided to give it a perspective that it always deserved. 

And a big thank you, to my family and friends for showing so much love and support. And accepting my crap, the way it is. 

So let thy name be changed *Drumroll*

We hereby name you The Mommy Blog’

Congratulations to you and to mee wee!!