Thursday, April 13, 2017

Happy Siblings Day

April 10th is celebrated as Siblings Day in the US. Being an only child I always craved to have a sibling. I would imagine what it would be like to have an older brother. Despite having many cousins who I grew up with and am very close to even today, having my own sibling was always a dream. So I hoped to have 2 children of my own. Luckily for me, my husband was more keen on having two kids. 

After my son R was born, we hoped to complete the family with a little girl. God was very kind and blessed me with a daughter S exactly 3 years later. Of course I went through all the insecurities that my little boy had once he found out that there was a baby in mamma's tummy. Soon after S was born, all his insecurities vanished and he started to play the role of the older brother.....at 3 years old.

Over the last 19 months I have experienced the care, love, fights, jealousy and everything that comes with having a sibling. I went from being a mother to being a referee literally.....and S is only 20 months old! But I wouldn't change a thing. They are the greatest blessings that God has showered upon me and I am eternally grateful. 

R and I have our most meaningful conversations at night while I'm putting him to bed. Thats when he usually opens up and talks about "stuff" as he likes to call it. He's been hearing the Rapunzel story at school this month and was narrating the story to me the other night. It starts off with a witch taking away the baby of a vegetable vendor. He told me the entire story and then was quiet for sometime. I thought he was falling asleep. But suddenly he asks me "Mamma no one will take away my baby will they?" So I said "Who is your baby R?" and he gave me the best reply ever..."S is my baby Mamma, please make sure no one takes her away from me or else we will have to go to the hospital to get another baby, but I like S the best." 

I slept with a smile that night!


Friday, September 12, 2014

The Gadgeteer in me

I've obsessed about gadgets for as long as I can remember. From the atari to the nintendo, from watching sci -fi movies to reliving them while playing with lego or playing make believe, I've spent better part of my life deciding on which gadget I absolutely "need" next.
Being an avid reader, I was skeptical when the ereader was first introduced as I could not imagine not reading a paper book, oh the smell of books! But curiosity got better of me and I called for my first ereader - the Sony from the US. The high of carrying all my favourite books got better of me and I was hooked. But I wanted something better and not touch screen and the Amazon Kindle had what I was looking for. Lo and behold, a new ereader was on its way from the US thanx to all the family and friends who are kind enough to carry all the goodies. I now have the kindle reading app on all my devices since I buy a lot of books from Amazon using the cloud, but I still love reading on my Kindle, while my husband is happy that our study now has place for other things!
Ask a new mother who her best friend is at night, and the prompt reply you will get is - mobile or tablet. Emails, social networking, blogging, watching movies or tv shows, reading books, playing games, and skimming through magazines, I do it all on my Ipad mini. We do not have a TV in our room and do not plan on getting one anytime soon as our respective Ipads or Macs do the needful for us. Hubby and I have stayed up many a nights watching back to back movies or TV shows. We watch reruns of Friends everyday on TV and have gone through Boston Legal, Frasier, Seinfeld, Grey's Anatomy, Lost, The Big Bang Theory, Bones, Everybody Loves Raymond, House MD to name a few. I am at the moment enjoying my Iphone 5S and looking forward to the Apple Watch launch!

One e-store that I love is Hitplay.in. They have a range of quirky gizmos that they keep updating regularly. Their tagline says it all "HitPlay - For those who've got everything else." This is one of my favourites amongst many more that I have bought. It took me many many months to find just the right clock for my kitchen.


The next product I'm eyeing is the Hydracoach. It calculates your personal hydration needs, tracks your real-time fluid consumption, paces you throughout the day, and motivates you to achieve and maintain optimal hydration. 


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Barnyard Theme 2nd Birthday

Our son turned 2 last month and we decided to throw a Barnyard theme birthday party for him. After the Dr. Seuss themed first birthday party last year, this year we chose a theme he could relate to and enjoy. He can now recognize all farm animals and the sounds they make and Old MacDonald is one of his favourite nursery rhymes. It took weeks and weeks of preparations and that meant burning the midnight oil once again for us working parents, and a sabbatical for me from my blog for over 3 months. Here is all that we did and more.

Invitations:
Were made on photoshop by my husband and were sent out via email and whats app. We used the same invitations as reminders a week before the party for last minute rsvps.


Birthday Boy:
Ronav was dressed in denim overalls and a checked shirt to resemble a farmer in the barn, Mom and dad played their part too, wearing checked shirts and denims.


Barn Entrance:
Our main door was decorated to look like a barn door.

Paper Rosettes, Streamers:
Were hand made and used as decorations around the house.


Happy Birthday Banner:
Was hand made using coloured paper and followed the Barnyard Theme.


EIEIO Banner, Paper Fan Banner:
Were hand made using coloured A4 size papers.


Paper fence and animal cutouts:
Using coloured chart paper we made ducks, pigs, horses, cows, sheeps, cats, donkeys and stuck them on the walls throughout the house. The brown fence also lined all the walls of the house.


Farmer / Old MacDonald:
We made a life size farmer out of chart paper, coloured it and stuck it on the wall.


Games:
One of the games was pin the nose on the puppy which was again made using coloured paper.

                                     

Party hats and masks:
We used coloured chart, felt and foam papers to make the party hats and masks at home.



Photo props:
Animal cutouts which were painted and laminated were used as photo props.

                                                 

Pig pen:
Our son's cot was converted into a pig pen in which we put pink balloons with pig faces drawn on them. The kids had a ball swatting the pigs.


Food display:
I made clay animals to use as stands for the food labels. Food labels were bought from the market. The menu included mud pies (5 star chocolates), corn cob, chicken feed (boiled peanuts), tractor wheels (Oreos), farm rolls (sandwiches), fresh vegetables and dips from Ronav's garden, cheeky chicks (boiled eggs), pasta, chilli potatoes, cocktail samosas, ice cream, pigs in mud (chocolate sauce), fresh fruits in waffle cones.


        



The fresh fruits in waffle cones looked like the picture on the left (from pinterest). Unfortunately we did not take any pictures before serving them. The pigs in mud were fondant pigs in chocolate sauce served with cake and vanilla ice cream.



Birthday Cake:
The birthday cake was made by Ananya and Chetna of Love Sugar Dough, Oshiwara. They did a wonderful job as always. After the yummy cake and cupcakes that they made for the first birthday last year, we decided to just go with their cake again this time. The cake was chocolate with all the fondant work and tasted delicious! We sent them pictures of the animals and how we wanted them to be placed and they created exact replicas!

                              
Party Favours:
In keeping with the Barnyard theme, the party favours were plants, watering cans made from milk bottles, chocolates in egg cartons and colouring pens for the kids.




Wishes for Ronav:
We printed a book called "Wishes for Ronav" and all the guests filled and signed it as a memory for Ronav.


The Centre Stage:
This is what the living room looked like. A huge cow balloon took centre seat with nursery rhymes were playing in the background.

                                    

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Love the doodling

My love for Zentangles continues. Completed my second one late last night and already onto the third!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Farewell Dr. Christina Yang

It was only this last weekend that I realised what the integral part of Grey's Anatomy was. To all Grey's fans this has been such an epic finale. The news was in months back that Sandra Oh was not going to return to Grey's for season 11. Once the news broke, there were speculations abound about how her character was going to be written off. Thankfully it wasn't the classic Shonda Rhimes style of killing the character, but in fact was a very nice way to let go of Dr. Christina Yang.

 
For someone who has followed every single episode for the last 10 years, I did not understand what the fuss was all about. Fine, one character less again the next season, but what did that have to do with the show. Well I found out.
It was the most difficult season finale for me. It made me realise what Christina was to Grey's and that the whole show revolved mainly around her friendship with Meredith. It made me realise just how much I liked her, and that she was infact my favourite character. Am I looking forward to the nest season premier like I always do? No. Will I watch the next season premier? Yes.
But, I am scared. Scared that I might not enjoy the show, scared that it may come to an end for me when I am not yet ready to let go. It makes me feel like i am losing my best friend, my person. Yes thats what Grey's Anatomy has been to so many of us for the last 10 years of our lives. 10 years of friendship, laughter, tears, love, broken hearts, medical drama, growing up, family, grit, dedication and so much more.
So I have my fingers crossed that Grey's Anatomy continues to enthral and entertain and remain a very important part of my life. And in the meanwhile, as an ode to my favourite character, I start watching the show again from season 1 because I am not willing to let you go just yet.
Dearest Sandra Oh, I wish you the very best in life! Thank you for being Christina and doing such wonderful justice to the character. There could be no other!

 

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Zentangles!

I was introduced to Zentangles a few weeks back. While surfing through pinterest one night, a beautiful black and white design caught my eye. I loved the fact that it was just beautiful patterns thrown together, something like the doodles that could be found in my notebooks at school. The picture was pinned as "zentangle" and on further research this is what I learned :A Zentangle is an abstract, patterned drawing created according to the tenets of the Zentangle Method. Using the standard format of a 3.5-inch square title, the artist creates a structured pattern according to his or her whim following a basic set of guidelines. No technology, special materials, or educational background are necessary to become a Zentangle artist. Here are a few characteristics of a Zentangle:
  • The tile should not have an "up" or a "down" - it is without orientation.
  • It should not be representative of any certain recognizable object; rather, it should be abstract.
  • The drawing should be completed in black ink on white paper.
  • A Zentangle is meant to be portable, so that it can be created at any time the mood strikes.
Zentangle creations adhere to the following philosophical tenets:

  • Its creation is unplanned. When you begin creating a Zentangle, you're encouraged not to have an end goal in mind. Rather, allow the pattern to reveal itself as you draw.
  • The creation of a Zentangle is deliberate, yet unexpected. Each stroke should be made deliberately, rather than hesitantly. Instead of erasing stray marks, the artist should use them as the foundation for an unexpected pattern.
  • Its creation is celebratory. Like meditation, the Zentangle Method is meant to feel freeing and healing. It's a way to celebrate the beauty of life.
  • A Zentangle is timeless. No technology or special tools are used. Zentangles should connect those who make them to the timeless human endeavor of putting pen to paper.
It took around 3-4 days for me to complete this Zentangle, my first of hopefully many more. This one has found its way on my mom's living room wall.


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Build, Colour and Play with your Fantasies

What is it that helps children express themselves? Apart from language and emotions, studies have proven that kids also need creativity to express themselves. Arts, crafts, pretend play, building models, help them to work out their emotions, experiences and help them find their own solutions. Besides they also practice their fine motor skills.

We at Angel in a Crib are constantly working towards getting world class juvenile products into the Indian market. Our latest collection being Calafant Cardboard toys which children can build, paint / decorate and then play with. 
Turn play time into green time with these earth-friendly models. Made from recycled, sturdy cardboard, covered with smooth white paper, these models come ready to assemble and personalize. Decorate it with paint, markers, crayons or find materials around the house or outside. 


A great activity for birthday parties, preschools and daycare centers or to carry along on your travels. A thoughtful gift for a child in your life. The durable construction will promote hours of creative fun and may be recycled when needed. All Calafant models are designed in Germany and made of high-quality, recyclable cardboard. All pieces are pre-cut and pre-punched. They can be put together without glue and scissors thanks to a clever fold-and-slot system.


Calafant models are available in 3 sizes -

Level 1 - Small sized models for younger children

  • Made from amazingly sturdy cardboard
  • Preprinted to painting and pasting
  • 6 non-toxic washable markers included
  • No glue or scissors needed to put together
  • An illustration model is included with each toy.

Level 2 - Medium sized models that tell a story

  • Made from amazingly sturdy cardboard
  • Preprinted to painting and pasting
  • 12 non-toxic washable markers included
  • No glue or scissors needed to put together
  • An illustration model is included with each toy.

Level 3 - Large sized models with a blank canvas
  • Made from amazingly sturdy cardboard
  • Blank canvas that can be painted or decorated with paper, glitter, aluminium foil or any material you like
  • No markers included
  • No glue or scissors needed to put together
  • An illustration model is included with each toy.


Here are some ideas to help you get started. These are some models made and decorated by children from different parts of the world. Order your model today from Angel in a Crib.


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