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5 spring trends that are easy to emulate

It may be hard to believe that spring is around the corner seeing all the snow that has mount up on our streets, but it is only nine days away and the fashion trends for spring are everywhere.

Now, while I’m definitely not a Fashionista, I enjoy dressing up when I get a chance and like to be in the know of what’s hot and what’s not…especially, if I can follow the styles without forking out much for it.

Here are some trends we’re seeing everywhere and some of them we can easily strut with pieces we already have in our closets: View full post »

Whose party is it anyways?

What is it about kids’ birthday parties that get people all worked up?  My husband and I knew we wanted to celebrate our daughter’s first birthday but we did not want to go through the hoopla of throwing an extravagant bash at a party hall or restaurant.  Culturally this is expected of us.  It was difficult for us to defy the odds and not invite relatives who kept asking about the birthday party from the time our daughter was 6 months..but we still kept it relatively small.

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March 10, 2013 - 11:34 pm

Priya - You can always save the decorations for future use with another child down the road or share it with other friends if they are interested in similar theme – saves the environment as well 🙂
Bingo on dollar store finds and enlisting friends and family for help. Even though our little ones won’t remember much about their early years birthdays – as they grow up they tend to look back at pictures and videos and enjoy all the fuss we made to make their special day extra special. My boys go thru their birthday albums all the time and talk about their baby birthdays and how this or that was done for them. Now that you’ve started the tradition of themed birthdays for the oldest, you’ll have to carry the tradition thru for the next ones …else you’ll be in trouble with the second or third (speaking from experience)

March 13, 2013 - 4:45 pm

Anushiya - Hi Priya,
Yes, definitely reuse the decorations…I usually save the table covers, balloon weights, plastic flowers and things alike, but recently learnt that one of my girl friends actually reused balloons…from first girl to the second. Tie them tight enough to hold the air in, but loose enough to untie to empty and save after the party. Not just thrifty, but environmentally-concious too. ;0) Also, completely agree with kids enjoying going through their albums…our albums are in need of some TLC b/c the kids go through the pics all the time. It’s worth the trouble (and expense) of developing the pics and creating hardcover albums.

March 13, 2013 - 7:47 pm

Saumea - Great idea about sharing Priya…and ofcourse THANK YOU for your help as well..really appreciated it!

Is Your Milk Enough?

Is your milk enough in the first few days after delivering?

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March 8, 2013 - 11:36 pm

Anujaah - This is definitely something I could relate to this as well. I found that trying to hand express the milk gives you some peace of mind that the baby is getting some nutrition.

March 20, 2013 - 6:18 pm

Usha - Great topic. Most new mothers are overwhelmed with this issue. When I had my first son, I had every intention of breastfeeding him. like you mentioned, I was not producing much milk (colostrum) and i was at first disappointed. Since I also had a c-section, my body was very weak, and I was only given liquid food at the hospital.

I would breastfeed my baby but he would still be hungry, so the nurse suggested that he be supplemented with formula. I agreed to it as i was told that if the baby doesnt drink milk (breastmilk or formula) then he would get jaundice. The main thing is to first give your milk and then supplement it with formula ….

Once i came home and ate proper food, I had no problem producing milk … Infact, I breastfed him for 1 year 🙂 Also having family support really helps to encourage new moms to continue to breastfeed as much as possible, my mom and my husband were very supportive of this. My son’s pediatrician was also very supportive and he encouraged me to continue breastfeeding.

Breast milk is the best milk a baby can get. Studies have shown that babies who are breastfed are sick less than babies who aren’t. Breastfed babies are shielded from bronchitis, pneumonia, influenza, ear infections and German measles, just to name a few illnesses. Studies also show that females who were breastfed as infants grow up with a 25% less chance of developing breast cancer when they become adults. So, besides fortifying your baby’s health now, you can help protect your daughter’s health in the future as well, if you feed her breast milk instead of cow’s milk or store-bought formula.

March 23, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Mommy Culture - Thank you for sharing your experience with us : )

March 23, 2013 - 6:57 pm

Mommy Culture - Thank you for the tip.

My decision to be a stay-at-home-mom

As my maternity leave for my third child was coming to a close, I was going through many scenarios for the way I could balance my three children, home and full time work.  No matter what the scenario was, I found myself wishing I could cut back on the ‘fulltime’ part of my work.  As working part-time couldn’t play out well for my line of work (due to consistency in client service), I decided to resign.

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March 5, 2013 - 7:57 am

Nanthiny Ganeshalingam - Excellent article as usual. I would suggest getting a life insurance on yourself, not to be dark or anything but often the services that a wife and mother perform when put in terms of economies are insubstantial. Being a single women and being in a career that is 24/7, I fully can understand and appreciate what a full-time mother with three kids faces. I think it is fallacy to believe that somehow someone who stays at home is lucky, personally I think a full-time mother of 3 kids has way too much work to do, on top of juggling a career would be crazy. One of my professor knowing this got two life insurance on his wife…anyhow God bless you always. Many employers are now recognizing that being a full-time mother is no jokes, and that the skills that you learn doing it ( especially, with three kids are now recongized). Thank you again for sharing your thoughts.

March 5, 2013 - 7:59 am

Nanthiny Ganeshalingam - It is wonderful article that you wrote and on top of that I like the illustration that you provided. Very colourful and nice. Please keep writing.

March 7, 2013 - 10:08 pm

Anushiya - Thanks for your encouraging words, Nanthiny.

March 20, 2013 - 6:39 pm

Usha - A great site for parents … Keep up the excellent work, guys !!!

I could also relate to this article as I am on maternity leave for my 3rd child and not sure if I will be going back to work on a full-time basis. I think I would prefer to work part-time basis such that I remain sane 🙂 Atleast a full-time job is 7-8 hrs a day but a mothers job is 24 hours long. Taking care of the kids, doing all the house chores like cooking, cleaning, laundry, bathing the kids, teaching the kids, playing with the kids, spending time with your partner, grocery shopping, a long list that continues, well we are good at one thing for sure, ‘multi-tasking’.

Looking back, I find that having 1 child is a ‘piece of cake’. Having 3 kids, you have to make sure you spend your time equally with all the kids …

Since I’ve just started my mat leave, I have more time to make up my mind, whether to go back full time, whether to work part-time or stay home … Another consideration would be to return to work once the kids are in school in a full-time basis… Too much to think about 🙂

March 22, 2013 - 8:24 pm

Anushiya - Hi Usha,
Yeah…lots to think about gettting out our sheet of pros and cons. :0)
Really appreciate your support…we love feedback and any suggestions our blog-followers may have.

April 22, 2013 - 2:30 am

Suhaliya Ragunathan - This is a hard decision to make and you have provided great insight for those who are moms and others…thanks for posting!

April 24, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Anushiya - Hi Suhaliya,
Thanks for your encouraging words.

Keeping mittens on little hands

The past few days were a reminder to us that winter is not over yet.  I’m going to show you a very simple method to keep those little hands warm.  I came up with this idea after getting tired of fighting with my daughter to keep her mittens on every day.  She’s about 15 months old now but has been fighting mittens and socks since she was just a few months old.  They go flying the minute I put them on.  The traditional method of attaching a long string to the mittens and running it through the sleeves was hopeless because it helped the mittens stay on the jacket, but not on her hand.

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March 4, 2013 - 6:39 pm

Kavitha Baskar - Mitten clips works for me since my little one has two different gloves. I can detach it from one and put it on the other.

March 5, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Saumea - Sounds good Kavi. If your little one doesn’t try to pull them off then mitten clips are great!