June, 2009

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When my older son was two, we got a ‘o-your-son-is-so-cute’ from the next table. But the lady, with long, curly, untamed dirty golden tresses and a long skirt followed it up by ‘Do you know what he was in his... (Continue reading)

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The Daily Tip-off – Wipes Forever

Taking care of my first boy introduced me to baby wipes. Soon I started carrying a packet in my purse (just take some out of the bulk packet and put it in a ziploc to save space). It became a... (Continue reading)

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Amazing Link Ups: The World through the Toddler’s eyes II

Mom and I love to read about animals, their shelters and their young ones. But isn’t it boring to say what everyone else also says. So I have my developed my very own version of animals, their shelter and their... (Continue reading)

Cruising on the Road of Life


Exactly three years ago, in late June 2006, my childhood best friend Amrita came to visit me in Seattle from New Delhi. It was her first visit to the United States, and we had talked about it for years and... (Continue reading)

Picture perfect……for a moment

I have been enjoying lying down and nursing the baby even during the day. This has started after my computer has collapsed again, and I can no longer use the ‘My Brest Friend’ nursing pillow which hitherto held baby like... (Continue reading)

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Posto Chichinga (Long Gourd with Poppy seed)

posto chichinga ( long gourd with poppy seeds)   peel the skin of chichinga, cut the chichinga into small pieces, then in a wok, put oil , add dry red chillie, 1 onion cut into little pieces, stir, after that... (Continue reading)

Daddy’s girl

Every evening I make tea and we seat around the table. While I & hubby are enjoying tea Aarohi my daughter enjoys her sippy with glucose biscuit. On last Sunday hubby went for groceries while Aarohi and I were enjoying... (Continue reading)

Home Inspection

Ahem. So I am having a thorough home inspection. The baby is crawling, which means that I spent a significant portion of my day crawling after him picking up tufts of dirt, dead bugs and all kinds of choking and... (Continue reading)

The Daily Tipoff – Storing Leftover Birthday Cake

My friend Naveena taught me this last year and it worked very well. Take the cake or ice cream cake, frosting included, slice it and wrap each slice in clingwrap. Or you can put each slice on a paper plate... (Continue reading)

Nutritious Indian Meal for toddler

Mixed Veggie Thepla with Daal Mixed Veggies Thepla:- Use any veggies combination like methi/spinach/carrots with mint/potato. Grate this vegetable along with ginger and garlic. Mix turmeric,salt to the grated vegetable. Mix in whole wheat flour (alternatively you can make with... (Continue reading)

“Good” Monday Morning!

It’s the typical Monday morning and the alarm rings at 5.00 a.m. for me. Yesterday night as well my baby couldn’t sleep through out the night. But yesterday she had the valid excuse- teething (i’m hoping so…) Whenever she doesn’t... (Continue reading)

The Daily Tipoff – Microwave Quick Clean

To quickly clean and freshen your microwave, take about 2 tbs if lemon juice in water a bowl or even a slice of lemon and run the microwave for 45 s to a min (you will know the right time by experimentation). The... (Continue reading)

Vikram aur Betaal


 Before the days of the cable and internet came, entertainment was more or less limited to T.V.  In my childhood days, one of the serials I loved watching, (it used to be aired on Sunday evenings) was Vikram aur Betaal.... (Continue reading)

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What is abuse / domestic violence?

After 4 years of performing (music, theater) in various productions for the cause of Chaya, a Seattle-based community organization working with South Asian women and their families to provide culture-specific assistance in cases of domestic violence, I attended their annual fundraiser this May. I... (Continue reading)

The Daily Tipoff – Small Treats

As a stay at home mom juggling kids and finances, I dont get very much time to treat myself to something which takes a long time or more money. So I decided to go in for ‘small treats’ and its... (Continue reading)

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A delicious sweet,, easy to make! Ingredients: 3 cups plain flour (maida) 3/4 cup ghee, melted & cool Curds 1/2 cup 1/4 tsp. soda bicarb 1/4 tsp. fine cardamom powder ghee to deep fry Syrup: 1-1/2 cups sugar 3/4 cup... (Continue reading)

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The Daily Tip Off – Re-using baby food jars

One way – Give your spice rack a cool lift by using the transparent, air tight and pretty once you take off the label jars for colorful spices. Another – Store colorful sewing supplies like buttons, needles etc. Love to... (Continue reading)

Table (Eaves) Dropping

Have you done Table (Eaves) dropping? That is, listen to the conversation at the next table at a restaurant? So we finally went out to eat at a really nice restaurant yesterday. My husband has been working really hard, night... (Continue reading)

The Daily Tip off – Eye makeup touchups

Carry a couple of Qtips in your bag, and use them to gently remove any eye makeup messes that indavertently happen by you rubbing your sleepy eyes or other such mishaps. You can wet one side of the Qtip to... (Continue reading)

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Exercising – Its the thought that counts

Sunday: 11 pm: Mom sees a pre-mom picture of herself and decides her stretched tummy muscles demand regular exercise. Sets alarm for 5: 00 am Monday: 5:00 am: Alarm rings, mom awakens, almost feeling her stomach muscles shrink as she... (Continue reading)

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