Things you would understand if your parents are STRICT

Things you would understand if your parents are STRICT

Things you would understand if your parents are strict

**Disclaimer : This post is written with the consent of my awesomely supportive parents. They have been my strength always and have always stood by me and helped me live my dreams. But yes there was a time when they were strict,  and it’s completely because of that,  I’m what I am today…

I totally love my parents!!
Like most of us do..
I have really attentive, supportive, hard-working and extremely strict parents.
I’m talking about come-back-home-by-6-or-you-would-be-dead kind of strict.
I often wonder, how I managed to have a boyfriend, and that too a long distant one, and ended up marrying him.
Before I met my husband, I never went on a date, went to parties, or tried anything that was illegal due to a very close supervision.
If your parents have been similarly strict, you would definitely relate to the experiences here.

You became a great liar:


Lying is not what you wanted. However you developed this skill out of an extreme necessity.
Frankly you weren’t actually lying, just leaving out certain major details that might trigger the parenting police.
The major trick that you must have used was, to use female names when hanging out with the opposite gender. And yes, not to forget, saving all the names of the opposite gender on your mobile by female names.

All your friends stopped calling you over to things because they knew you wouldn’t be allowed:

Come on guys!! Have a heart.
You liked being invited, even though you knew your parents would beat the crap out of you if you even opened your mouth to request them.
What was even worse was watching all your friends have fun without you on Orkut (yes that ancient Facebook-kind-of-website ).

You had mastered the art of safe and silent return:

Strict parents have some kind of crazy satellite skills. They might miss noticing you when you sneak out. But trust me, they would have their ultra powerful antennas on , while you return.
Moreover, all possible things would  fall on the way back to your room, your shoes start creaking, the key to the house door jams and to top it all, you fall flat on your face when you would see your parents watching you.

Curfew was always a high stake negotiation:
I had two major tricks to take care of this.
One Never to underestimate my goals, and second aiming high.
However my mom was always stuck to my deadline to be 6pm.
Come on!!! Who had that kind of a deadline.

Your parent’s strange catchphrases drove you mad:
A couple of phrases my parents used to use to freak me out were : “God is watching you always” , ” If you think you would drink and hide the smell by pouring a bottle full of perfume, I would still know“.
My favourite of all was when I wanted to go for a college trip and my mom said ” The boy you are dating would push you off the cliff, as a revenge for you opposing the ragging his friends and he did when you were a fresher“. Like really mom???
Well that boy never pushed me off any cliff, I’m married to him and we have lovely kids.

Your parents getting disappointed was way worse than the actual punishment:
Earning your parents love by trying to be good was a tough task. And failing to do so, led to abandonment.
Once when I cut my Rapunzel hair, my parents didn’t speak to me for a month. Until I begged and pleaded to grow my hair back.
What’s ironical is that, the same parents totally love my rocking-short-crazy-haircut.

The worse is, your friends were scared of them too:
Everytime you planned a pyjama party at your house, your friends came up with wierd excuses. And when they were around your parents, they began to shake inexplicably.
Your friends would address your parents with the reverence that is usually reserved for kings and queens.
Well, your friends couldn’t be blamed for that through.
Your parents have  a mastered art of intimidation.

Do you relate to the points above?
Please share your crazy experiences. Would love to know.
P.S. I love my parents, and they really ROCK!!

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10 Things that you should Never say to a work at home mom | A hilarious take on the serious questions

10 Things that you should Never say to a work at home mom | A hilarious take on the serious questions

A Work at home mom is often known by an acronym WAHM, the term that I find quite repulsive.

The truth behind this term is that, the work at home moms have actually two jobs at hand: the one that pays their bills and the other one where they have to spend hours convincing a few people around, that working at home isn’t a work that lets you relax and have leisure.

Next time you come across a work at home mom, it would be lovely if you could refrain from saying any of the comments penned below. Well!!! more because instead of explaining or giving an answer to your question, a work at home mom would wish to spend her precious time working, which she totally loves doing.

1. I wish I could wear those shorts all day and work at the same time.

So the fact is that we aren’t in our shorts or pyjamas the whole day, specially not when we have to go to our child’s school, or take the little one for vaccination, or do some grocery shopping or when we hang out with our friends and family.
We work at home mom’s love our shorts and pyjamas, however we too love changing into beautiful clean clothes at the start of the day, just like every other soul on our planet.
The fact that our work desk is a comfy couch or our bed, doesn’t mean that we sit there whole day looking like a woman who is sick and is munching on some pop corns and watching her favourite show on YouTube simultaneously.

2. Wow! I so wish my job was as easy as yours.

So here’s the interesting story behind my easy job. After my husband and kids dose off and are happy in their dream world, I stay awake for upto 4 hours, finish my work and struggle to sleep for another one hour. And in the morning I wake up the kids, get my elder muffin ready for school, get her snack box ready, bathe my younger muffin, bathe myself, get the breakfast ready for everyone at home ( for which my mother in law helps me sometimes), and then drop my girl to school while carrying the little one in my precious baby carrier. After coming back home I steal some time during the day from all the big and small things happening at home, to finish my work. And like everyone says: It’s easy like hell?.

3. I wonder how it feels to be at home all day, and being able to get a pedicure whenever you feel like.

Bubble burst time: Come home and look at my toes, which look as if I have ignored them ever since I took birth on my beautiful planet. Working at home takes more time and energy of mine, than any of my jobs I ever did. I don’t have any coffee machine like real work places, which could help me when I’m on a break. The only break I have is when I sneak and run into the washroom, while my girls start banging at the door.

4. I wonder what you do all day?

This is a killer question, that might make you trigger the killer instinct of a work at home mom. She might be busy sharpening her knife behind her while you are waiting for an answer.
So, I’m sure you know how dangerous it can get for you.

5. How do you manage not meeting real humans all day?

Fact time: Internet is a great thing. I wish you knew how wonderfully it connects you to other humans. It can actually help you have a face to face conversation any time of the day. A lot of moms who work from home have loads of video meetings, Skype video calls and travels related to work happening all the time.
So yes!! we do have real humans around, we also do have friends whom we meet when we aren’t working.

6. How do you manage doing your work, with no domestic help to help you with your kids?

Yes, the answer is pretty simple!
Meditation… True that! meditation keeps me sane and gives me super powers to manage everything.

7. Would it be fine if I could drop my kids over, since you work from home itself. I’m sure you can manage.

I love you my dear friend, but please answer my one extremely important question.
Would you stop by and drop your kids with me, if my work place was a cubicle? I’m sure you wouldn’t.
So please remember this next time you wish to ask me this, Coz I’m really bad at saying NO, since I really love real human beings.

8. I feel you shouldn’t work at all, I’m sure you don’t make much money to pay your bills and you end up stressing yourself.

Another bubble burst time: I know my work schedule is not traditional and my bedroom is my office, this makes an easy assumption that I don’t make enough money or I don’t enjoy my work. I don’t feel the need to wear a business suit and with in an office to make big money. My fellow work at home moms, this question certainly doesn’t require an answer. That smile on your face and the bucks in your wallet is the best reply.??

9. Oh my god! Do you really work so late?

Yes I work exactly as per the schedule I told you. I write articles while breastfeeding. I plead my husband to take care of the girls, so I could manage to meet a deadline. I reach an hour early at my girls school, and take my tablet too, and write while I’m waiting for the school to get over. And then at night while everyone sleeps at home, I work under my bedside lamp while I sip on a black coffee.

10. Do you miss having a career like how you had before?

Well!! Don’t you see the word ‘work’ in ‘work at home’ term. Most mom’s choose to work from home. A few do it for their convenience, to save some bucks, for necessity, to be closer to their little muffins or may be just because it’s the only place that keeps them sane after becoming a mother. All these mom’s actively take charge of their work lives.
Isn’t that exactly how work is defined.

So all you work at home moms, I have to give you a salute. A salute for keeping your sanity while facing all these questions.
And much love and strength to keep you going strong.
Keep doing what you love mommas.
Break the stereotypes.

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Anmol Infinity Scarf Review | A perfect nursing cover+ style accessory

Anmol Infinity Scarf Review | A perfect nursing cover+ style accessory

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***Disclaimer: This product was bought by me, and I was in no way paid or compensated for my honest and unbiased review***

I have breastfed my elder daughter till she was two, and wish to do the same for #mylittlemuffin too. I certainty do not believe that mothers need to cover themselves up at all while breastfeeding.
However, I typically cover myself up while breastfeeding. Specially because my baby is a distracted nurser and I’m not very comfortable to breastfeed without a cover.
I was not even aware that nursing scarves existed when I was a first time mommy. All I had to my rescue was the typical old style feeding cover, which was usually a broad stole or my baby’s light weight blanket. When I was expecting my second baby, I made a DIY scarf which became my life for the first 6 months ( I shall soon share the tutorial post for that)

When I came across the new infinity nursing scarf that Anmol had launched, I was super excited to buy this beauty, that would not only look good but also have multiple functions.

The best thing about Anmol infinity scarf is that it’s a great accessory for having a Bohemian style statement and also helps you have one less item to carry in your mommy bag since you wear this beautiful accessory.

My first reaction:
I totally fell in love with the colours. It looked simple, yet stylish.

Price: Rs 780
Fabric: 100% cotton.
Availability: www.anmolbabycarriers.com

The high fives of this product:
1. Anmol infinity scarf is a simple infinity design which has no extra snaps to work with.
2. It simply wraps around your neck neatly and can be expanded to use the same as a nursing cover.
3. It comes in some amazing colours.
4. These are made of child friendly dyes.
5.The fabric isn’t sheer and provides full coverage, which makes it a perfect cover for moms who aren’t comfortable in breastfeeding without a cover.
6. Its made of a lightweight and soft material.
7. This scarf is breathable, so you won’t have to worry about getting your baby all sweaty.
8. It’s a great option to cosy yourself up during winters too.
9. It’s useable in many ways, which makes it versatile.
10. It can even be used as a blanket to cover your baby while you are out.
11. To use it as a nursing cover, you simply have to unwrap and nurse.
12. You can peep in while you nurse.
13. It’s machine washable.

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Not so high fives:
Well for me this product has no low fives, just that I wish Anmol offered an infinity scarf matching with all their carriers. I was lucky to be able to get my hands on a scarf which matches my baby carrier.

Mylittlemuffin conclusion:
This Anmol infinity scarf far exceeded my expectations. It is a great option if you wish to use a cover while breastfeeding. If you don’t wish to use it as a cover, it still is a must have to give you that no effort stylish look.
It’s by far my favourite accessory for fashion statement on- the- go.
It can be a perfect baby shower gift.
The best part about this scarf if that my nosy, wiggly and investigative little girl loves it too. She usually pushes the nursing covers away, showcasing me to the world (which makes me highly uncomfortable), and smiles at the world around. My girl still manages to wiggle out of this cover, but has a hard time uncovering me to the wonderful world around.

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Mama Earth -gentle cleansing shampoo review | Toxin free choice for your little muffins

Mama Earth -gentle cleansing shampoo review | Toxin free choice for your little muffins

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If you are searching for a safe and efficient shampoo for your little one your search ends with Mama Earth’s Gentle Cleansing Shampoo.

Mama earth is Asia’s first Made safe certified toxin free brand. This brand is by a parent, for the parent. The founders Ghazal and Varun’s world flipped upside down when they were expecting their first child. The once daring and carefree couple became safety wardens like most of us parents. Like any other new parent, they were worried about which products to use for their new little muffin. They researched a lot and found that most baby products contained toxins that were harmful for the little ones.

What they did next, is what makes them different.

They didn’t just worry about their own baby, but were concerned about all the little ones they knew. Hence, they decided to create products that would be completely safe for the babies and would be toxin free.
Hence Mama earth was born, which offers products that are mommy and baby friendly, toxin free and meet stringent international standards.

All their products are free of:

  • Sulphates
  • Parabens
  • Mineral oil petroleum
  • Dyes
  • Synthetic fragrances

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me by mama earth for my honest and unbiased opinion.

My first reaction to the product:
I came across this brand for baby products a while back. The fact that they claimed to be 100 percent toxin free got attention of many mothers around.
They have the most cutest packaging I must say. My daughters immediately fell in love with the bottle which had cute animal picture on.

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The bottle looked sturdy with the cap shut tight.
I had a tough time hiding the bottle from my younger one, since she would totally refuse to leave it.
A beautifully cute note on the bottle is something that you just cannot miss.

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Ingredients and product description on the packaging:

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Price: Rs 299 for a 200 ml bottle.
Availability: Amazon, Firstcry and BabyChakra ( OK ! So if you are a BabyChakra momstar , you can avail a 10 % discount on their range of products).

The high fives of Mama Earth Gentle Cleansing Shampoo:

  • The shampoo is in the form of a clear gel which has a medium running consistency ( shown in the video below)
  • You would just need a tiny bit of its quantity to clean your baby’s little head.
  • It gives a good lather when mixed with water.
  • It’s a coconut based shampoo which cleanses and conditions the hair at the same time, leaving the hair smooth and clean.
  • The lavender oil present in the shampoo leaves your baby’s head smelling tempting the entire day. ( I personally love lavender oil and have been crazily sniffing my girls head?).
  • It being tear free gives it extra brownie points.

Not so high fives of Mama Earth Gentle Cleansing:
The only thing missing by far with this product, is that it’s available only online, which I personally don’t feel is a low point actually, because don’t we all shop online all the time.

Mylittlemuffin conclusion:
I have used Mama earth ‘s Gentle Cleansing Shampoo for both my daughters, and I feel the search for a perfect shampoo for my little muffins ends here. Since they both have curly hair, their hair were most of the times dry. Mama earth cleansing shampoo leaves their hair smooth and refreshing throughout the day.
I would highly recommend this product.
Don’t we all want to try something that is absolutely safe to use for our little ones?

Check the below links to check out other products offered by mama earth ( reviews for the rest of the products coming soon):

P.s. Always try any new product on yourself before trying them on your baby.

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Crazy talking apples | Cool idea for sending fruits to your child’s school for his/her birthday

Crazy talking apples | Cool idea for sending fruits to your child’s school for his/her birthday

birthday-idea Let me show you an interesting way you can send fruits to your child’s school for/her birthday.

My girl’s school has some strict guidelines for birthday celebrations. There are no chocolates or other goodies allowed. They only allow books and fruits which your child can distribute on her birthday.
I couldn’t find some good books for her birthday this year, so thought of going ahead with sending fruits.
Well!! But I didn’t want to go the boring way.
Thought of doing something crazy with the little apples for my little muffin.
The boring apple were going to be crazy talking apples.

Items required to make the crazy talking apples :

  1. ‌‌Apples
  2. Kite paper or any thin paper (different colours)
  3. Narrow ribbon
  4. Some coloured sketch pens
  5. A pair of scissors
  6. Cellotape
  7. Lots of patience, because you might have to handle your little ones excitement to help you while you try to make some cute crazy talking apples ready for her school ( But trust me it can be real fun to let your child help you in this task).

Here is the procedure :

1. Get all the required items ready .

picsart_12-15-10-37-232. Place the fruits on the coloured sheet to analyse the size of the paper required to make the crazy talking apples .

picsart_12-15-10-39-083. Cut all the coloured sheets in equal sizes. Make sure the paper is big enough to cover the entire fruit .

picsart_12-15-10-41-124. Place the apple on the paper , like shown in the picture below .

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5. Roll the apple in the paper , like shown in the pic below , and secure it with a tape .

picsart_12-15-10-59-356. Take the loose ends towards the bottom of the apple and secure it with a tape as shown in the pic below.

picsart_12-15-11-01-037. Collect the paper on the other end and carefully twist it and secure with a tape.

picsart_12-15-11-03-118. Cut equal sizes of a ribbon and tie it around the twisted end.  You can make a cute bow with it  (I couldn’t do it since I had cut the ribbons too short for it . My bad ?) . 

picsart_12-15-11-02-139. Take the sketch pens and get ready to make some cool , crazy faces . Let your child use his /her imagination and help you make faces on the apples.

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Voila! !

Here is your cute brigade of healthy crazy talking apples .

Hope your child likes this new idea and you enjoy doing this together .

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A crazy letter to Santa from a crazy mother | a letter that all mothers wish they could write

A crazy letter to Santa from a crazy mother | a letter that all mothers wish they could write

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Here’s a crazy letter to Santa from a crazy mother | a letter that all mothers wish they could write

Hi Santa,
I write this letter to you hiding in my secret hideout place (my awesome W.C. in the washroom), the lights are shut (so my girls wouldn’t know I’m in her), and my phone’s torch is being used along with my daughter’s crayon that I just smuggled out of her precious crayon box.
My heartbeat is high as I really want to finish this letter before #mylittlemuffins find me hiding in here.
I have tried to be a sane mother during this past year. It’s been a crazy year for me, handing two kids.
But I nearly managed to keep my girls happy and be a good mommy to them.
I have fed them well, kept them clean and taken them for fun drives, crazy Park rides and tons of other children’s events.
I haven’t seen my doctor even once, even when I was just not able to get up from my bed. However when my daughters fell sick I  ran to the doctor like a headless chicken. 
I am not usually the kind,  who would request for something.  I don’t really believe in materialistic pleasure. 
My daughter’s letter to Santa inspired be to make an exception this year. 
OK!  So my list is kind of long… So please hold yourself and grab a seat Dear Santa.
Kindly find below the list of my requests:
1. A new brain: Yes!  You heard it right,  I badly need a new brain.  I’m totally done with being a forgetful woman.  I do manage to multitask,  but I feel this is draining me out.
I open the refrigerator and forget why I opened it.
I enter a room and forget why I did so.
I go to the kitchen and forget why I did so.
I pick up my phone and forget why I did so.
Trust me Santa,  my list of forgetful moments is long enough to fill each and every page of an encyclopaedia. 
I would be grateful if you could grant this wish.
2. A new pair of strong legs: I wouldn’t mind any colour,  but would be happy if I could get a pink one,  knowing my daughter’s obsession with pink. Maybe then she would stop pulling my leg, which she does all the time.
3. An extra pair of stronger arms: My arms have lost its strength,  exactly why babywearing comes to my rescue.  I can’t hold my baby more than a minute,  if incase I forget to step out of my house without it.
I’m not sure if my addiction to babywearing is the reason for this or incidences like these are: when I step out of the car after returning from a party,  I wear my little one in the carrier,  pick up my huge travelers bag kind of mommy bag on my shoulder.  Pick up the back gifts with the other hand,  and manage to pick a few balloons that my girl gets from almost all the parties. And then my elder one makes a puppy face and tells me how tired she is,  and asks me to pick her up too.  Dear Santa,  I still manage to pick All of them together,  but by the time I reach my house on the first floor,  I fall on my bed like a dead log. 
A new extra pair of hands which could act as an extention to my body,  would work wonders for me.
4. An extra pair of ears: It’s been long since I have heard my favourite music. I loved listening to music  with my headphones,  with the volume super high.  Now I can’t even think of doing it,  because if I do it I would miss my elder daughters infinite number of questions or miss my little ones crying.
If you grant my request for an extra pair of ears, I could manage to listen to my girls and my favourite music,  all at the same time.
I know I’m a bit late to request for so many things from my wishlist,  and you might be busy with similar requests from many moms around.  If you wouldn’t be able to grant all,  I would quite well understand.
I got late because I couldn’t find lone time to write to you.
Incase you can’t fulfill my wishlist,  please please consider giving me just one thing: and that is Time. 
Time to be able to poop without the fear of the door breaking down due to the banging…
Time to have a shower without the need to rush out,  because of the girls want to use the washroom at the same time…
Time to watch my favourite shows on the television without the girls wanting to poop,  pee or feeling hungry at the same time…
Time to go on a date with my husband without  the fear of the glass being broken, or cutlery poking someone’s eye…
So,  you take a call dear Santa. 
I give you two options,  either the entire wishlist or just the TIME..
I would be glad if you could get back to me at the earliest, so I could work on my next year’s wishlist for you.
Love
Mom of two crazy girls
P. S.  Incase you can’t give me anything from the above you may choose to pay for the cruise trip I was planning to go for with my husband and kids. 
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