Kitchen is my favorite place; not that I am a great cook or love trying different dishes…. but for the simple fact – I am a FOODIE! To satiate this status of mine, I have to fulfill some basic requirements; like cooking. I picked up the interest in cooking during college days, when the food at mess was really messing up my head & taste-buds. That was the time when I started missing even the inconsequential ‘ghiaa sabji’ (curry of bottle-gourd)….
Soon the necessity of making palatable food turned into inquisitive urge to learn more and I garnered a whole ‘spinster’ kitchen for myself.
Cooking was not THE DAILY AFFAIR when I was all on my own, but after taking the marital plunge it came as a full time activity; which includes – planning the meals, taste preferences, cuisine, etc. A well equipped Kitchen is must when you have dual roles to play – working & home making. My culinary arsenal covers a good range of work (which was meant to be done manually) Thanks to the technology & all the amazing gadgets which made life in the kitchen much easier & stress-free.
**I sometimes wonder ‘hats off to our mother’s who have managed everything on their own, without the help from technology‘…
Though for a family of 3 members, this was not needed but I loved the sparkling color combination and the Glass Cook-top. Welcoming guests for lunch-on is never a headache or home delivery affair as this gas stove gives you ample space of making 4 dishes at a time (without colliding) The glass cook top is toughened designed, with stainless steel body casting.. I have been using this since 4 year…. not a scratch till date 😉
2. Philips 600- Watt % Jar Simple Silent Mixer Grinder
When it comes to mixer grinder brand, I am biased!! I have seen Philips at my mom’s kitchen always and my first grinding machine was also from Philips. I recently got this cute looking Vertical Mixer Grinder with 5 Jar sets and 600 -watt speed.. which is quite good for everyday needs. It’s easy to store in minuscule kitchen’s Mumbai realty allows you with. Maintenance is quite handy too… plus you get additional blades as per your choice of utility.
I bought this microwave oven with the sheer FAD of having one at home, by consistently pushing my man to the verge of craziness 😉 we got this gigantic microwave oven 30 lts with some ‘fuzzy’ smart InstaCook technology. Slowly I picked up cooking the ‘unconventional’ way, using mw energy… healthy recipes slowly followed the course, today I prefer making all meat dishes in convection mode with minimum oil and having pizzas, garlic breads from home kitchen. Cupcakes are my daughter’s special Sunday treats without any hassle.
4. Smart Plastic Multi purpose Juicer
Homemade juice!! heaven…. having a glass of freshly squeezed juice in the morning is a blessing. I prefer juicing fruits the traditional way, Electric Juicer’s produce does not quench my taste-buds. I picked up this local market juicer, it is very easy on pockets and brings out the best results easily. The vacuum lock at the bottom of juicer does not let it move and stainless steel allows quick functions. Each part is detachable for easy and better cleaning. BPA free plastic body makes it harmless & lightweight.
5. Wonderchef Hand Mixer 400 -Watt
This is LOVE, whipping, whisking, making dough, churning butter everything is sooooooo easy now, thanks to 400 Watt magical Hand Mixer by Wonderchef. I got this from Amazon.in home delived, easy on pockets a MUST have every kitchen. Latte, Smoothies and MilkShakes are just a swirl away.
This is my handy list of favorite 5 Kitchen products that I love and have made life in Kitchen easier happier & memorable. Do share your favorites too …
Linking up my post with Amrita & Deepa for my favorite #Mondaymommymoments
Disclaimer: the story and product mentioned are true to writer’s intentions. Product’s results may wary from person to person. User discretion is recommended.
Before I began with the official work of reviewing the Product of the Day, let me mention an incident occurred around 1.5 years back. One fine day my daughter who was hardly 3 yrs then, came back from school and was scratching her inner elbows, inner knees and on chest wildly. My first reaction was, ‘must be due to heat‘ I washed her, pat dry and gave her soft cotton loose clothes to wear. Itching is dead now… phew!! Next day morning I saw an huge ugly red patch on those scratchy areas, I immediately applied some ice to settle down the redness & urge to scratch more. Took her to pediatrician, who diagnosed it as a bad skin allergy which occur only to kids of this age group, he further gave some weirdly expensive tests to conduct and told if we do not control it NOW, it can turn into severe respiratory allergy in future. BINGO!!! HOW on Earth… can parents refrain now from spending or taking their only child high & low for this ‘alien-allergy’.
My friend recommended a popular homeopath doctor around the city, who in turn mentioned this as ‘genetic condition‘ as my better half has mild bronchitis and gave us a course of 6 months of sweet medicines. Her itching goes away with medicine but if by any reason missed medicine for a day, it comes back with vengeance. Tired of all this, I took appointment with city’s renowned & highly experienced Dermatologist (waiting time 28 days) with just a look in my daughter’s skin he said; QUOTE [this is nothing, just dry skin; Dove lagaao theek ho jaayega] UNQUOTE (this is nothing; just dry skin; apply DOVE she will be alright) I was startled by his ‘taking it so lightly‘, but my better half said…let’s try that out too! TOO my astonishment… what homeopathic medicines & all those funny fuzzy tests could not achieve, DOVE did in just 2 days. Hilarious!!!
So this blog post is DEDICATED to DOVE which has brought peace, calmness, happy & healthy skin in my life.
The product I am reviewing today is babyDOVE Nourishing baby lotion, rich moisture – which deeply moisturizes skin for 24 hours.
Well, this is a household name for happy healthy skin – a brand which has been taking care of all our needs since 1993. Dove has a huge everyday care range under it’s umbrella – Skin Cleansing, Hair Care, Anti-perspirant Deodorants, Skin Care… Dove has changed the psychic from outer to inner beauty.
About the Product
For the delicate Baby skin we need a product which not only moisturizes the skin but also maintain the balance of healthy & rich skin. Dove helps you achieve that with its rich moisturizer which is hypoallergenic & pH neutral. It keeps the skin hydrated and moisturized for 24 hours. With a delicate smell developed for babies, DOVE baby lotion is Dermatologist & Pediatrician tested. It soothes the dry skin from the very first use.
Mom Tip: message gently DOVE Baby Lotion immediately after bath on the baby’s skin, it seals the lotion in the body & leaves a happy beautiful trail of fragrance with moisturized skin.
Ingredients correct at the time of writing & publishing this blog post, always check product packaging.
Benefits & Care
Dove Baby Lotion instantly soothes the dry skin and protect the baby’s skin barrier with it’s rich baby lotion. Keeping skin moisturized for up to 24 hours, it leaves the baby skin happy, healthy and supple. The fragrance is delicate and specially designed keeping in mind the baby care. Baby lotion ceases the dryness from the very best application.
The DOVE Baby Lotion is moderately priced at Rs. 180 for 200 ml bottle.
DOVE Baby Lotion bottle is designed beautifully, short stout and pretty to look at. Packaging colors of baby blueand goldeninscriptions stick to aesthetics of DOVE as a brand – being yourself: Simple, sober and yet attractive. The detailed list of ingredients, manufacturing details, batch number, MRP, place of origin and mark of Unilever* the Parent Company of Dove is clearly printed on the back of the bottle.
Dove Baby Sensitive Moisturizer Bar is highly recommended for extra care and moisturizer. Baby lotion is capable enough to provide visible healthy skin, and maximum benefit.
A brand making rounds in the circles of organic & natural beauty products without harming the environment. Soultree gives it’s customers a wide range of certified natural beauty products, aesthetically organic, vegetarian products and lead free.
The product I am reviewing here today is Soultree’s Toning Mist with Pure Rose for Dry to Normal Skin.
Does it happen with you that post face wash you feel your skin is dry or tightening around the lips, cheeks or chin? If the answer is YES then you have a combination to dry skin. With the combination skin it becomes really tough to use moisturizers as after a while your skin gets really patchy with oil surfacing from pores.
I have combination to oily skin type, on top of it a little sensitive too. So for me applying anything beyond water based products gives a real headache. Then Soultree sent me this magical product – Toning Mist.
About the Product Ingredients:
It is very crucial you know what product you are purchasing and using on your skin. Always check the ingredients before applying anything on your body/face.
So what makes this product that special? Answer is: It’s basic ingredients – Rose Water & Witch Hazel Water. Both have therapeutic & soothing qualities. Other ingredients are: Aqua, Glycerine, Aloe vera juice, Sodium levulinate, Sodium gluconate, Potassium sorbate, L-lactic acid, Parfum, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Citral.
The alcohol-free toner helps the skin to detoxify and sooth the drying effects while tightening the pores gently. At the same time Aloe Vera soothes and repairs the skin by maintaining its natural moisture balance. This product is certified by BDIS Germany* and DOES NOT contain paraben or any other harmful chemicals.
The product comes in a beautiful sleek easy to hold bottle with a well operating nozzle. What makes it all the more attractive is the choice of earthy colors in packaging Browns – Dark brown (teak) and muddy brown with golden inscriptions. It’s sleek design make it easier to carry in travel pouch or even in the handbags for that matter.
How to Use:
The Application is simple easy: just clean your face with water or mild face wash and towel dry by gentle pats. Use organic cotton balls, take generous amount of the Toning Mist and dab on face and neck. You can also spray directly on the application area, be careful with the eyes and mouth.
For best results; use it before hitting the bed in night post cleaning your face with any mild soap or face wash. Regular application is required for visible results. I have been using this since 1 month and my skin feels healthy, more supple and happier. I do not get oily deposits on my facial T zone in the mornings.
Why Soultree’s Toning Mist?
As I mentioned above this product is 100% natural, ayurvedic & organic so rest assured you are using best care of nature. Environmental friendly enriched with hydrating and soothing properties of Aloe vera, Witch hazel and Rose water. It works three way: cleanses, moisturizes and refreshers. Skin feels fresh and alive after the very first use, regular application will help your skin supple and hydrated.
Toning Mist is priced at 395 INR with the Net Voulme of 75 ml.
You can get your Soultree pruducts online by shopping at www.soultree.in or call the Customer Care number +91-11-4175-3316. You can also write them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Soultree products are manufactured and markted by Vedicare Ayurveda Pvt. Ltd. The manufacturing facility at Soultree is certified by Department of Ayurveda.
*BDIH is the non-profit Association of Industries and Trading Firms for pharmaceuticals, health care products, food supplements and personal hygiene products (www.bdih.de).
My origin is still a topic of dispute; many believe it is me who shaped Earth for you, however some think I was always there hanging on, waiting silently for the right spark. Whatever the claim is, I do not deny my age…. it’s around couple of billion years old!!!
Nah please, don’t think I am that aged…. I still have the same pliability and agility to mold into any form. In fact I am the only one which can be present in all the three forms…. I love the essence of life nurturer is my second name. If the Supreme Power has created you as human, I have nurtured you to take the correct shape and prosper. I have seen you grow, witnessed your evolution from the life of a nomad to a social dweller. I was always there to support you, and will be in future too; ONLY if….
My omnipresence is the focal point of your well being, as my dear Earth shares with me her 71 % of total area, even your complex body is 80% of me… so let me ask you one simple question: when you know my vitality in your life, from providing you oxygen to breath to quenching your thirst; from generating major source of energy to making your planet a habitable place… but what are you doing about my survival???
When I started my journey on this planet I was pure, unadulterated and free. Then came life; many species some simple & some smarter but when humans (you) originated, you were intimidated by my sheer force, however slowly you accepted me as an almighty natural force. Soon your race realized I could give much more and you changed my course from personal to commercial. With my abundance & giving nature I did not mind being used for benefits, but soon I witnessed this give-n-take is just the one-way process. You divided me over regions, separated me into smaller streams, filled me with your discard, tried to strangulate me. I was still calm waiting for some sense to prevail, but when humanity felt at loss in mankind; I had to show my real face!!!
Destruction, calamities I never like; as close to your Mother Earth I retrospect…. filled with new hope and love to shower I again accepted you with open arms. But your ways are still the same; hardly you have learnt from the mistakes you earlier made. My abundance is drying in pain, sweetness is going insane…. all I can give you now is salt and silt. When the damage is out of hand, today you are trying to push the blame away; still fighting over my claim. Rest assured I will always be there with you, as my presence is directly proportionate to yours.
However, my utility will be in question unless you learn and change your ways…. Oh!! I hope you know me by now…. ??? I am your very own WATER, and this is my journey.
I truly believe in this statement, when you feel the “JOY” you know up there someone has played their cards well and be thankful (feel the gratitude) that you have been blessed by this feeling of happiness/joy.
Running behind unseen goals and continuous urge to accomplish often leave us with no time to enjoy the smaller joys of life…. those humble/homely joys which have comforted us when we were in dire need of!!! Those must have’s, we cannot imagine our life without?? We underestimate these things, calling them habits or treat them as most granted because they are always there for us….
I am not lazy or laid back when it comes to work (either home or professional) even today I clean my kitchen mess & dirty dishes post supper before hitting the bed….but I just cannot imagine my life without TECHNOLOGY& all these super gadgets; starting from mobile phones to computers, from laptop to i-pods, from Kindle to Microwave, from Washing my dirty linen to storing food in refrigerator. All this has made life so easy and stress free, today if any of these super gadgets or tech fails functioning my brain just stops functioning. Thank You all you super gizmo gadgets, please keep on doing your work… you are my true BFFs.
2. Plastic Money
Oh!!! I am an avid crusader of #DigitalIndia movement kick started by our Honorable PM, Shree Narendra Modi Ji. I am too clumsy when it comes to paying by cash bills….it takes me ages to keep the bills back in my wallet without any folds, card payments & digital money has made life so easy. I am so ever Thankful to e-wallets and e-commerce, groceries, fashion, entertainment, utility bills, funds transfer for me everything is just swipe or click or punch…punch.
I LOVE music, my day starts with listening to work-out playlist during morning walks and ends with late 80‘s or early 90‘s Hindi/English chart-busters. Life is much more romantic with music, I enjoy my evening coffee with music…it’s soulful. I thank to all those technicians and writers who do such awesome work to make our lives happier/merrier. By the way I love the lethal combination of Pancham da & Gulzaar, what about you?? please leave your choice in comment box.
4. Evergreen Indian Cuisine
Food; when it comes to food I am a true ‘desh-bhakt‘ (patriot) Indian food gives such gargantuan variety of choices. North, South, East, West different zones with different tastes, cuisine and heavenly food. I am Thankful to my humble plate of Rajma-Chawal, Chicken Curry- Steamed rice, Chapati-Veggie or simple Curd-Rice for that matter, to make my life tastier, healthier & happier.
I started writing as for the sake of my love towards writing, but soon it became passion and now a habit. I love the little joys my Blog writing gives me… from tweety pings from the blog notifications to reading out the comments. I am ever so Thankful to my blog for giving me a chance to connect with amazing co-bloggers who share the same passion and love.
This is my little list of 5 small joys that I am Thankful to, I would love to read yours too… kindly leave your feedback in the comments.
As the summer vacation is hovering over our heads, the route to make little ones busy is the ‘TOP MOST‘ priority in Mommy Land. Summer camps, vacations, outdoors is something kids wait for the whole year after been bribed by parents endless times, one cannot deny the “Fun of being in Sun“, however thinking of harmful rays and tanning multiply my worries manifolds.
As a mother I want something that could allow my kid to be free from all worries and play endlessly in the Sun or Water. Skin allergies, rashes and sun burns are my focal concerns during outdoor games, we cannot deny kids from going outside as this is their age to enjoy, observe and learn. Usually the sun lotions I have seen or bought for my daughter, they promise to protect her from harmful UVA/UVB rays and tanning but they are fully loaded with chemicals.
All my worries regarding the same are put to rest by a brand which does not need any introduction in child care…
Yes, I am talking about Sebamed it is world’s leading skin care expert from Germany with more than 50 years of rich experience. Sebamed is the brand of choice in more than 85 countries worldwide. It’s range of products provides the unique advantage of pH 5.5 which preserves your skin the way it’s meant to be, preserving all the natural senses within.
The products are not tested on animals and all Sebamed range of products are dermatologically tested.
Sebamed products are 100% free from soap /alkali /harsh chemicals /alcohol.
The products are hypo-allergic as compared to other conventional products.
They are ideal for all skin types including sensitive and problematic skin.
Only Sebamedproducts have a pH value of 5.5 which decides on the parameters of your health skin combinations.
Product Launch & Event
I am one of those fortunate #MomBloggers who witnessed the launch of Sebamed‘s Sun Lotion pH 5.5 ideal for healthy skin under baby care category on 19th March 2017, at the Bombay Presidency Radio Club Ltd., Colaba. Mumbai, India. When you have mothers along with their tiny tots, fun is never outreached.
The marketing team from Sebamed thoroughly explained about the basic ingredients of the Baby Sun Lotion with live demonstrations and power-point presentation along with fun-at-work for kids.
Their way with the kids, talk large about brand’s Ethos with the child care and their passion to make child friendly environment. As the product is FORkids, hence it was unveiled by the kids themselves…. Oh! What Fun 😉
With this stupendous gathering of mommy bloggers and media team, Sebamed set a record in the prestigious India Book of Records by bringing in children below the age of 6 years and their talented mothers to perform YOGAunder the scorching heat of mid noon, with skin well equipped by the child friendly arsenal of Sun Lotion SPF 50+
Isn’t this worth celebrating…. how well they managed the babies, intellectual mommies and the record setting all in one go!! Commendable Job.
Head held high and hopes soaring to touch the sky, team Sebamedstill has stars in their treasure trove to brighten the show…. Dermatologist, Cosmetologist, Trichologist.. all-in-one the multi talented and (most beautiful doctor I have ever seen) Dr. Simple Aher. She explained in details the need of applying Sun Lotion and why it is a MUSTfor all children as well as adults. Her projections spoke a lot about her trust in Sebamedbrand and the entire product range.
As childrenwere the special guests of the event hence, they not only had astounding time off from daily routine but also had a truck load of activities like dancing, playing, quizzing, Yoga, along with gifts and prizesto won.
“These are my cool dance moves mother; how about your flaunt some too“…
With Lots of stylish selfies and Certificate of Participation for history in making by creating the record in Indian Book of Records, the event turns out to be a big boon for me as a mother. I learned about the benefits of Sebamed Baby Sun Lotion with pH5.5 SPF 50+, and also get to meet some amazing Mother Bloggers from the city.
With this amazing Baby Sun Lotion I am rest assured of my kid’s skin care… what about you?
I am #WelcomingSummer with #Sebamed in style, are you??
When it comes to picking up the Beauty Products aka cosmetics….. I get real greedy! Just can’t stop myself with one, specially if that one product is “the mighty LIPSTICK“!!! Being a true Leo to my traits, I love BOLD; My man calls me that’s your second name…. however, when it comes to make-up I am a subtle person (except lipsticks)
A daily dose of Kajaland a lite dab of colored lip balm and I am good to go, but when the occasion calls for getting ready…. I mean really ready, vibrant stock of all lovey-dovey things are not far. So, here is my list of 5 beauty products I am totally in LOVE with.
1. Call of Healthy Skin – Moisturizer:
More than the call of beauty, this one is a necessity, daily wear n tear of skin requires a generous amount of caressing. I trust Neutrogena Oil-Free daily moisturizer with SPF 15, this work wonders if you have sensitive & oily skin. This is my daily regime partner since many years now.
2. Eyes Love some Drama:
I love expressive eyes, the kind of drama you can create by just applying Kajal, winged or illustrative, smokey or bold so many different ways of flaunting your beautiful eyes. At times I double up my Kajalpencil as an Eye-Liner, by drawing a line (thin or thick) along with the upper eye-lid. Liquid Liners are just not my cup of tea 😉 Faces, MAC, Maybelline, L’Oreal, Oriflame you get a huge variety of Kajal from any of these trusted brands but my pick has always been LAKME.
3. Nail Paints:
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue Don’t Forget There is Purple too….Rainbow colors on my Nails Too…
Nail Paints are a my weakness, I love tiny sparkly bottles of vibrant colors…. and confess of having a huge collection of nail paints too. Before my daughter was born, I followed a strict regime of changing my nail paints every weekend…but then they say once you have a baby, life changes drastically. I am no exception to it, today applying nail paints means having a full time debate on “WHY I CAN NOT APPLY NAIL PAINT ON YOUR NAILS” and again repeating it every time she sees my painted nails. My favorite nail enamel brand is Revlon & Maybelline.
Who doesn’t love fragrances? I am a huge fan of floral, summery, springy – breezy kind of fragrances which are not ‘on the face‘ hard but leaves a beautiful trail of romance behind. My all time favorite Perfume brand is, ‘Elizabeth Arden‘ have been using it since my college days. Names changed with time but brand remains the same. Sunflower, Green Tea, 5th Avenue, Provocative Women, you name it and I love it. My life partner says, “it’s very easy to bring you a gift; just ask which is latest in Elizabeth Arden’s and you are set” 😉 I really don’t mind..
5. I kept LAST for the BEST – Lipsticks:
My First LOVE – L.O.V.E in capital letters! I am a hoarder of lipsticks; not guilty Mi Lord!! I love collecting lipsticks but still feel I don’t have any NICE shade to wear. Have them in almost all possible color (related to me) Pinks, Nudes, Browns, REDssss, Coral, Plum…. but I pick up only those lipsticks which are good and healthy plus have a valid shelf life of one year. Once, lipstick starts smelling foul throw them away. Many brands have come up with vegetarian lipsticks and 100% natural ingredients. SoulTree has a good variety in natural & organic lipsticks. I have lipstick vanity in the range of:
Maybelline Lip Gradation where in you can apply the color and then smudge within your lip skin, it lasts long and looks just perfect. Maybelline Baby Lips Candy lip balms for everyday usage, healthy moisturizer with light pinch of color. Revlon super lustrous lipsticks, Maybelline color show lipsticks, L’Oreal Paris pure reds, Oriflame Gold Jewel Creamy Lipstick… these all brands pamper you to not only make you beautiful but also to make you feel confident & wonderful.
Hope you like my list of best 5’s… Linking this post with four beautiful ladies Amrita, Tina, Deepa and Mayuri for the prompt #ThankfulThursdays