Toddler Resisting Toothbrush

If your toddler resists brushing his/her teeth, or he hates brushing his teeth, well all I can say is ‘welcome to the club’. My son didn’t get his teeth until he was 10 months old. And all of a sudden, 2 teeth pop out. I remember it was immediately after our Iraq trip, he had caught viral cold and cough and his body temperature was up to 40 degree celsius. There’s an old saying that babies who are teething tend to fall ill before their teeth pop out. To what extent it is true, I can’t assure but to be honest, my son fell ill whenever he was had his teeth popping out.

However, now that he is 18 months old, I make sure to brush his teeth twice in a day. But those two times, I have to play so many games and tricks to make him brush. I used to think that may be he has some kind of pain in his gums due to the teething that he hates anything touching it. And may be it’s true. But I read an article online saying that most toddlers hate brushing.

I’m gonna share some tricks with you to help you clean your child’s teeth. It’s very important to clean those pearly whites as a lot of junk can get stuck in just two teeth.

WHY IT HAPPENS

The reason why this happens might be because your child doesn’t like anyone taking control over his mouth. At this stage, your child decides when he wants to sleep, what he wants to eat or wear. Similarly, your child wants to decide if he wants to brush or not.

WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

1. At your next visit with your pediatrician, ask the doctor to explain why brushing is so important. Let your toddler know it from an expert, so that next time when your toddler zips his mouth, remind him of what the ‘expert’ said.

2. Involve your child. Let him choose his favorite brush or toothpaste with his favorite cartoon character and that may excite him to brush his teeth.

3. Instead of trying to force your way into his mouth, let him hold the brush and let him brush his teeth. I know it’ll be quite messy but a little practice and praise goes a long way. You can even let your child brush your teeth and then you can do his.

4. Make brushing lot of fun by singing songs together and diverting his mind from brushing.

I hope these tips help and in case you have any ideas that you implement with your child, please share 🙂

Drugstore Makeup Products Review

Hey guys!

To be honest, I hardly have any high-end brand makeup. I’m more of a drugstore makeup person because in Kuwait (where I’m residing currently), makeup is really expensive. The price of drugstore products is THREE times of what it is in US or UK. Or may be even more at times. For eg : any foundation which is for $6 in US is for almost $18 in Kuwait. I definitely love to have a lot of makeup but I don’t find it worth spending on makeup. I believe that drugstore brand products happen to provide us with equally good results, just like high-end brand products. Everything has a dupe, isn’t it? And if it doesn’t have a dupe, then BUY IT. However, if that’s the scene with drugstore brands, I cannot even discuss the prices of high-end makeup products.

My favourite drugstore brands are Maybelline, NYX, Milani, Essence, Loreal, LA Girl, E.L.F and many more brands from which I like few products. These brands have almost all the products which any high-end brand has and they are efficient. If they are not same as high-end brands, a little bit difference is acceptable. For the price, they are fabulous. I recently shopped some makeup in the Black Friday sale which I didn’t require but I needed, haha! I kept myself pretty controlled during that time, as I had a long list of what I wanted. Hence, narrowed it down to just these few products. And let me tell you, these brands are the best drugstore brands. Here are the reviews :

* THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS.

Maybelline Facestudio Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder, Translucent, 0.21 oz.“>1. MAYBELLINE MASTERFIX SETTING + LOOSE POWDER – Face baking has got so hyped up in the past few years. From a famous makeup artist to a beginner wants all their makeup set in place. I wanted to get a loose powder as I have a lot of creasing under my eyes after applying concealer. So I wanted a loose powder and I got my hands on this beauty. The packaging is so pretty and classy. This powder did a really good job to control the creasing. After around 4-5 hours a little creasing appeared but I guess it was not so noticeable. And it is pretty easy to blend with the makeup and gives a bright look. You can buy it Maybelline Facestudio Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder, Translucent, 0.21 oz.“>here.

2. E.L.F. LIP EXFOLIATION IN BROWN SUGAR – The winter was just killing my lips and I badly needed a lip scrub. So I gave this one a try and it is really good. The exfoliation beads are very mild for the lips and not harsh. Although little bigger beads would have been fine. It leaves the lips really soft and moisturised and tastes good. Haha ! You guys should give it a try.

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick, Touch of Spice, 0.15 oz.“>3. MAYBELLINE COLOR SENSATIONAL CREAMY MATTE LIPSTICK (TOUCH OF SPICE) – I love Maybelline products. And I heard a lot about these lipsticks and really wanted to get one. And I love the rosy pinks. So touch of spice seemed perfect to me. I yet have to try it out and see how it is. Buy it from Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick, Touch of Spice, 0.15 oz.“>here.

4. E.L.F BLUSH PALETTE (LIGHT) – I am not a blush kinda person. Somehow blush seems a little odd for me. I own only one blush and that is Milani Luminoso Blush. This one had some good reviews therefore, I thought to grab it. And well, it’s really nice. It has some amazing shades that can work with any skin tone. It is pigmented and can be applied as eyeshadow too.

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush 1 ea“>5. REAL TECHNIQUES SCULPTING BRUSH – I love the Real Techniques brushes. They are so soft. And I think the trick behind flawless makeup is brushes. I wanted a brush for contouring. This brush is pretty good for giving that defined sculpted look. Its soft, blends the well and leaves no lines. You can buy it Real Techniques Sculpting Brush 1 ea“>here.

EcoTools Eye Enhancing Duo Brush Set, Made with Recycled and Sustainable Materials, Cruelty Free Synthetic Taklon Bristles, Aluminum Ferrule, Recycled Packaging“>6. ECO TOOLS ENHANCING EYE SET – If you don’t know yet, let me tell you again, I LOVE EYE MAKEUP AND EYE BRUSHES. These brushes were too cute to not buy. And EcoTools has amazing quality brushes. And these were no exception. They blended my eyeshadow like a dream. Flawless is the word! Buy these brushes EcoTools Eye Enhancing Duo Brush Set, Made with Recycled and Sustainable Materials, Cruelty Free Synthetic Taklon Bristles, Aluminum Ferrule, Recycled Packaging“>here.

Do let me know if you try any of these products and how do you find them. Or if you like any product from these brands, please do suggest. Leave them in the comments below.

Enjoy!

7 Hacks to Make Fragrance Last Longer

•I have always had this issue where in, any kind of fragrance like mist, lotions, perfumes wouldn’t last that long on my body. You all know how it feels when you buy or are gifted an expensive perfume and the smell barely lasts. You start doubting the product. In spite of spraying continuously and may be finishing a good amount of perfume, the smell would fade away in an hour. So in order to make any kind of liquid fragrance last longer, try these tips. I have tried them all and believe me, they are wonderful. I am so loving these ideas and they have helped me a lot.

P.S – I have dry skin.

1. Do not store your fragrances in the bathroom. 

Certain factors like heat, light and humidity will lessen the quality and it will break down the perfume. Store them in a cool, dry place like your wardrobe.

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2. Apply Vaseline on your pulse points before spraying the perfume. (LOVE THIS ONE)

This tip is my favourite one. The ointment, which is occlusive will hold the fragrance to your skin than if it were to be sprayed on dry skin. And I have extremely dry skin. So this tip works wonders for me. Makes my skin smell amazing for so long.

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3. Apply an unscented lotion before applying any fragrance. 

Oily complexions retain fragrances longer, so if you have dry skin, use a moisturizer first to help lock in the scent.

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4. Apply perfume/deodorant immediately after taking shower.

The moisture on your skin will help lock in the scent. This will also prevent the fragrance from staining delicate clothes or jewelry.

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5. Do not rub your wrists after spraying perfume.

The top notes will disappear faster than intended if you rub your wrists and as a result the smell will not last for long.

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6. Target pulse points and warm areas on your body when spraying perfume.

Certain warm areas on your body will help the scent to last longer. These are your – wrists, ears, collarbone, elbow and knees.

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7. For a lighter scent, spray the fragrance in the air and slowly walk into the mist.

The spray will distribute evenly across your body and leave you with a hint of fragrance for occasions when you don’t want to smell as strong.

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I hope these tips are as helpful to you as they were to me. Kindly share your tips or ideas if you have any. Would love to know them.

Enjoy!!

The Sad Truth About Lipsticks

I remember when I was just 10-12 years old, I had almost a dozen of lipsticks. My dad used to and still dislikes me applying any kind of makeup. I’m not really sure why, but I think he likes simplicity. Dark lipsticks, eyeshadows, full coverage foundations are a big NO-NO in front of him. He would always taunt me when I used to apply lipstick that “you’re eventually going to eat all of that lipstick”. I kind of ignored it and kept using lipsticks and he kept telling me.

Whenever I used to visit India, my cousins would go mad seeing my makeup. As I had come from abroad and had too much knowledge about makeup (as per them). They would always wander around me to see and use my makeup. They would ask me tons of questions about all the products and I felt proud to have some knowledge and be able to share it with them.

A few days back, I was just discussing about makeup with my sister in law and she read a post online claiming that ‘if a lipstick contains lead, it’ll change color when rubbed with gold’. I had heard about it when I was small and I remember trying it but forgot about the result. So she tried it out with her lipstick and we were shocked. I don’t know how true this statement is, but dude, can anyone explain me the change of color in some and no change in others. How would anyone explain that?

MAC – TAUPE

Left is original shade and right after rubbing with gold

MAYBELLINE COLOR SENSATIONAL – BARELY BROWN

MILANI – NUDE CREME

WET N WILD – BARE IT ALL

NYX LINGERIE – EXOTIC

LA SPLASH – BUTTERSCOTCH BRITTLE

MAC, NYX, WET N WILD changed colors but MILANI, LA SPLASH and MAYBELLINE were same.

I have many more lipsticks but I tried just these many to give an idea to the world. I’m not claiming that these lipsticks actually contain lead but all I’m guessing is, there might be something wrong with them.

I would like you all to try it with your lipsticks, especially the high end brands. And let me know the results.

Thanks for reading! 🤗

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello

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I started this blog just because as I’m a mother, I hardly get time to get my feelings out. And I really wanted to be occupied with something other than my child. So I thought to write out my feelings & experiences to the world with the hope that you all will enjoy reading it. I don’t have many followers but yet, whoever is reading my blog, I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I want to thank Annie Sull (@AnnieSull1) for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I cannot tell you how unexpected it was. Thanks again. You all should really check out her blog – anniesmind1.wordpress.com

Now the rules for accepting your nomination are :-

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and put the link of their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and show the sunshine blogger award logo in your post.

 

Here are my answers to Annie’s questions!

1. What’s the favorite age you’ve been so far?

My favorite age has been 21 when I finished my studies and life was all about chilling with friends and husband. Had my best times.

2. Do you have a secret talent?

I would call photography my secret talent. I am good at it, but I just never went deep into it. Though I don’t know why.

3. What’s your biggest fear?

I fear losing my close ones. It has been there since ages.

4. If you could ask your future self one question, what would it be?

How much more time will I take to achieve my goals?

5. Do you ever doubt the existence of others than you?

No. Never.

6. Favourite movie?

Movie, Many. Many. It’s impossible to name one. But the movies I have watched like a dozen times are Jab We Met, Hum apke hain kon, Hera Pheri and many more. (All hindi movies).

7. What makes you smile?

When I go home and my son welcomes me. It’s the best feeling in the world.

8. Do you regret anything in your life?

Yes. I regret not working hard behind my goals when I had the time to. But it’s better late than never.

9. When was the last time you cried?

I don’t remember. Honestly, the last time I remember was due to happiness and pain, when my son was born.

10. Cats or dogs?

None. I’m not a pet lover kind of person. Though cats are more cute.

11. Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?

I was an Introvert. Have become an extrovert to a great extent.

 

Here are my 11 nominations:

  1. Kerri – Everydaylifegirl.wordpress.com / @love_kerri
  2. Chloe – being-chloe.com / @Being_Chloe96
  3. Huda – beauty762.wordpress.com / @makeup_maniacc
  4. Lisi – balancedfitmamabird.wordpress.com / @lisipixiemay
  5. Jade – missjadew.co.uk / @MissJadeW
  6. Holly – thimblesandspoons.com / @Thimbles_Spoons
  7. Lauren – bournemouthgirl.wordpress.com / @blogwithlauren
  8. BlonDee – blondeesbeauty.com / @Deefordiane1
  9.  Maud – mypassionprojects.com / @blog_mpp
  10. Holly – hollysergeant.com / @HollyMarieUK
  11. Alice – beauty-with-alice.com / @alicemayxo

 

Now, here are my questions for the nominees :

  1. What is your greatest strength?
  2. What was your ambition as a child?
  3. What is your favourite place to be when you are sad?
  4. One place you would want to visit before you die?
  5. Favourite food?
  6. What are you afraid of?
  7. Which house would you belong to in Game of Thrones?
  8. Jeans or Leggings?
  9. What would you do on your first day of ruling the world?
  10. Favourite TV show?
  11. Most annoying thing someone said to you?

 

I am grateful to Annie once again for letting me be a part of this. I can’t wait to read your answers. Hope you will enjoy this.

Thanks.

 

Chicken Manchurian

One thing I miss about the pre-marriage life is, having 3am snacks with my brother. My brother and I have always loved food. Though we are very particular about what we like, we kind of have the same preferences. And mom always fulfilled our demands. She would always come up with something for evening snacks. Or anytime we told her we were hungry, some idea would surely pop up. That’s why they’re called SUPERMOMS.

Mom has always had this habit of cooking where she will measure each and every ingredient before adding. For every dish, she knows exactly how much of an ingredient is to be added. I guess that’s amazing. I’m trying to inherit that habit of hers. One fine day, she was trying out a new recipe. Flour, spices, chicken, marination process going on. She marinated the chicken and deep fried it. I LOVE CHICKEN. Boiled, grilled, barbecued, fried, baked, whatever kind it is. Just has to be tasty. I remember standing right there when she was removing the chicken from the pan, and I grabbed a few bites. She would never stop me. I asked casually, “what are you making”? She said, “Chicken Chow Chow”. I have no clue how she came up with that name, but it sounded like Chinese and so was her dish.

CHICKEN CHOW CHOW OR CHICKEN MANCHURIAN 😜

1 chicken breast cut into cubes

For marination:

4 tsp refined flour

1 tsp corn flour

3/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1 egg

1 tsp soy sauce

Salt

Green chillies (as per taste)

For gravy/sauce:

2 tsp Ginger-garlic paste/chopped finely

1 large onion – cut into cubes

1 green capsicum – cut into cubes

3 tbsp ketchup

5 tbsp soy sauce

2 tsp cashew nut powder

1 tsp red chilly powder

Marinate the chicken in flour, corn flour, black pepper, cumin powder, egg, soy sauce and salt (taste and add salt because of the soy sauce).

Mix the chicken well, keep it marinated for an hour if you can, or you can fry it immediately. Add a thin layer of oil for shallow frying. I didn’t want to deep fry it, but you can do so. Fry the chicken till it’s cooked and no longer pink. Remove and drain the oil.

In another pan, take 2 tbsp oil, add cashew nut powder and red chilly powder. Let it cook for a few seconds and add the capsicum and onion. Close the lid and let it cook till it’s soft. Now add ginger garlic paste / chopped finely and cook for a few minutes. Add green chillies. Now add the fried chicken and mix well. Add ketchup and soy sauce. Check the taste, if you like more ketchup or soy sauce. Depends on everyone’s taste. If you prefer dry, do not add water. If you like gravy, add water.

Let me know if you try the recipe.

Dr. Rashel Black Mask Review

Hello guys!

I’m very choosy and particular about what I apply on my face. As I have very sensitive skin, anything that doesn’t suit my skin makes my skin red and itchy. And that is why, I use very mild products. Even when it comes to makeup, I make sure nothing is very harsh on my skin and I do not rub it too much to remove the makeup. Honestly, I hate removing makeup as it makes me all red and dry. But well, you have to do it.

I usually go for home remedies because I know what works best on my skin. Oils, scrubs, masks, all HOMEMADE. And believe me, they work way more efficiently than ready made products. I have really dry, flaky skin on and around my nose. I usually use the Nivea nose and forehead, chin strips to remove any white heads. But sadly, they are very limited and running out of them when you need them badly is the worst thing ever. Since I was already hunting for a peel-off mask to remove the whiteheads and dead skin, I came across the Dr. Rashel Black Mask. After reading and watching some good reviews, I finally ordered it and tried it. After using it a few times, I can now give my review on it.

The packaging is really nice as you can remove the product as per requirement. I applied the product only on my nose and chin as I have more product build up there and dry skin. So I left it for a good 15 minutes and peeled it off. Upon peeling you feel as if it removes all the deeply buried junk. When I finally had the peeled product in front me, I wasn’t very satisfied. It did an ok job in clearing my skin. It did make my skin a little smooth but not as per the expectations. It removed the dead skin and some white heads but I had really high hopes because of the Nivea strips. So I wouldn’t mind using the mask if I’m running out of the strips or if I feel my skin doesn’t need a lot of clean up.

Are there any products that you guys would recommend me? Have you tried this mask? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments below. 💖

CLOSET ORGANIZING TIP

If you are anything like me, who finds it very difficult to clean their closet and get rid of unnecessary items, please see the image below. I love to have lots of new clothes and obviously for that I need lots of space. I often need to get rid of old clothes, bags, and many more things. And it definitely is a difficult task to know what to throw and what to keep. So this image saves all my time and energy. It makes everything super fast and easy. You guys should definitely try it out and see how much it helps.

TIP : If you want this to work for you, make sure you remove all the items from your wardrobe.

How often do you sort your closet? What’s your way? Let me know in the comments below. Would love to know about any other ideas and tips. 💖

8 HAIR MASKS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR HAIR GAME

There are many people out there who aren’t happy with the way their hair is. The one with curly hair wants straight hair and vice versa. But with all the straighteners and curlers, I think there’s nothing we cannot get. I probably cannot live without my straightener. But have we ever wondered how much damage do these appliances cause to our hair? I don’t know how much the heat protectant spray helps, as I never take the pain to use it. And now that I am a mother, I barely have time to even oil my hair. Back in those days when I was in high school, I would have a hair mask in my hair every alternate day or at least once in 2-3 days. I always kept trying new hair masks and believe me, my hair would turn out so smooth and soft. There’s absolutely no such ingredient that I haven’t applied in my hair. Hair masks are a blessing. They actually work wonders if applied regularly and dedicatedly. And rather than buying the expensive readymade hair masks, you can make your own. You can add whatever you like and at least you will know what you are applying. I will list down the hair masks that I have personally tried and have no side effects at all.

1. HONEY, OLIVE OIL & BANANA FOR DRY HAIR

1 banana

2 tbsp almond or olive oil

1 tbsp honey

NOTE – Make sure the banana has got mashed really well otherwise it’ll take hours to remove the chunks.

2. HONEY, EGG, MAYONNAISE & OLIVE OIL FOR CURLY HAIR

1 egg

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp oil

2 tbsp mayonnaise

3. AVOCADO, HONEY, COCONUT OIL & MAYONNAISE FOR NATURAL HAIR

1/2 avocado

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp honey

1/4 cup mayonnaise

4. EGG YOLK, HONEY & COCONUT OIL FOR DAMAGED HAIR

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 egg yolk

1 tbsp honey

5. BAKING SODA FOR EXCESSIVE CLEANUP

2 tbsp baking soda

little water for paste

6. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, HONEY & LEMON FOR OILY HAIR

1 lemon

1 tbsp honey

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

7. BANANA, YOGURT & HONEY FOR FRIZZY HAIR

1 banana

1 tbsp honey

2 tbsp yogurt

8. ALMOND OIL, HONEY & APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FOR SPLIT ENDS

1 tbsp almond oil

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

All these hair masks are to be applied once a week and for 30 minutes. I’m sure you’ll be absolutely amazed by the results and would want to keep trying them over and over again.

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MEMORIES OF INDIA

Happy 2018 everyone!

We, Indians, love street food. You will find all kinds of food on the street stalls, from burgers to pizzas, chaats to bhel, ice creams to faloodas, masala dosa to idli sambar. Masala aloo (potatoes cooked in fresh spices topped with lemon & coriander) was one of my favorite. It is absolutely delicious. After shifting to Kuwait, I always craved the typical INDIAN masala aloo. You will find this dish almost in every state of India. And everyone has a different way of making them. However you plan to make them, I’m sure it’ll turn out amazing.

INGREDIENTS

  • 500 grams Baby Potatoes (boiled and peeled)
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tsp Chili powder (Red) (I add green chillies for extra spice)
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder (dhaniya)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 tsp Mango powder (Raw amchur)
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • to taste Salt
  • Coriander Leaves (Chopped for topping)

Heat oil in a pan or kadhai, and add cumin seeds.

Once they start spluttering, reduce the heat and add all the spice powders.

Sauté for a few seconds and add 2 tablespoons water along with potatoes and salt.

Mix well so that the spices coat the potatoes. Cover and cook on low flame for 5 minutes.

By this time the water should have evaporated. Sauté the potatoes till they are nicely coated with the spices.

Turn off the heat and top Bombay Potatoes with chopped coriander.

And serve hot.

(All pictures in this post are owned by me unless stated otherwise)