Friday, 29 July 2016

Driving with Toddler

Tips to master driving skills:

1. Drive alone, when you make blunders you can convince yourself you are the only one who saw it.
2. Take toddler with you; you will have somebody to sing with you all the way and they have no clue about gear and clutch what so ever so you end up seeing only a smiling face each time you peep into the rear view mirror (confidence booster for sure!).

While my husband checks in for Kabali, here I am, stuffing my face with doughnut with my toddler. Motherhood is..errr...well...truly amazing...Sigh!


Fitness with Toddler

So I bribe my toddler with cookies to come with me to the gym.
Packed things: Sippy cup, 5 double chocolate chip cookies, his favorite green ball, stacking toy (all for half an hour at the gym).
Then I realised taking toddler with you to the gym gets you double the workout, 15 kg on one hand all the while :)

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Banana and Dates Muffin

Whole Wheat Banana and Dates Muffin:

Wheat: 1 cup
Oats: half cup
Banana mashed: 1 cup (I used ripe robusta)
Dates chopped: half cup
Butter (melted): half cup
Baking powder: 1 tsp
Jaggery powdered: 3/4 cup
Milk: half cup
Vanilla essence: 1tsp

How to cook:

1. Preheat oven at 180 degree for 10 mins.
2. In a bowl mix mashed banana, butter, jaggery.
3. Sieve in wheat and baking powder to this and mix well.
4. Add the chopped dates and fold gently so that it gets distributed throughout the batter.
5. Line muffin tray with cupcake paper base and pour in the batter in all the muffin wells.
6. Bake for 20-30 minutes until they are cooked and the top becomes slightly brown.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Dear Monday, Thanks for being there! :)

You post your post pregnancy weight loss story in your blog and motivate many of your friends, after a couple of months you get a text from your friend:

Friend: Hey..thanks a lot for the motivation, I lost 8 kgs!!!
Me (staring at the cupcake in my hand): Wow!! That's great!! Thanks for letting me know.

Damn, I'm quitting sugar from tomorrow (remembers the tub of Bavarian chocolate in the freezer), or rather from Monday! :D
Dear Monday, I am sure you have witnessed a lot of broken promises..to hit the gym, to wake up early, to start a diet, to quit sugar. Thanks for being there and keep coming up every week, we have a lot more promises to make over you!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Life with a Toddler :)

So Mr. Husband tries to motivate you showing the new Nike ad, you see Deepika Padukone and other ladies sweating out and thinks "what on earth am I doing with my life?!" and gets all geared up to hit the gym next morning.
You jump up to switch off the alarm so that you don't wake up your toddler, sneaks out of bed, tip toes to the bathroom and thinks "yaay finally I'm doing it today!".
While you brush your teeth you feel there's someone standing behind you, with a chill down your spine you turn around to see a smiling face calling out MAMA! And you are like "oh no, not again" ! :D Makes up my mind and ends up with another day that starts with my usual cup of coffee.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Stay at Home Mom Woes ;)

That moment in your life when you realise the only people you have met for the past 3 weeks are your maid, your cook, your husband and of course your toddler(who has in fact listened to all my confessions by now). Sometimes you might feel like questioning your sanity, your graduation certificates and work experience smirk at you, your patience is tested to its limit, you scroll through old photographs and wonder how life has changed and you feel like digging a hole and burying yourself in it, you feel like packing your bag and go on a solo vacation to a hill top may be, that moment when all you need is peace of mind and it might seem so hard to find it.

And then your toddler runs to you, holds you tight and lay on your chest, that moment you realise how much you love this life and how it is worth all the insanity!!

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Those Little Acts of Love!

We were the kind of couple who unintentionally had a frown on our faces when our co passenger had a baby, used to opt for a table far away from a family just because they had a baby, dreaded when there was a kid near us at the movie theatre, all because of the fact that we had always associated baby to "miniature humans who cry for no reason". Now that we are parents, we know exactly how it is, when your little one throws a tantrum and I know I owe a huge apology to a lot of mothers out there for those stares I have showered upon them at various instances, trust me I was completely oblivious at that time. So here are a few strangers who taught me the small acts of love.

Travelling alone with my baby:
The lady on the flight who played peekaboo with my 14 month old son when he was bored during our 45 min journey to our native. If not for her, I would have seen myself walking up and down the aisle.

At the mall:
The lady who sent her toddler to talk to my baby when he was throwing a tantrum just because he didnt want to sit on his pram.

At the supermarket:
The lady who let me go ahead her at the billing counter because I was trying to balance baby and vegetables with both hands.

At the park:
The gentleman who helped me fold and unfold the pram to pass through the entrance when I was struggling to do it with baby on one hand.

At the apartment:
The old man who stopped by just to hold the elevator door for me when I was trying acrobatics to keep the door open with my leg while pushing the pram in.

When I look back there are so many such small acts of kindness which has made that moment a little easier for me. Thanks for making me realise this is all it takes to bring a smile on people's face, to make that moment a little less difficult for them. So let's spread the joy of love to people around us! :)