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Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Colorless Post

Last night while casually singing the 'Happy Birthday' song (which I picked up from my 2-year old nephew, who sings it on a loop all the time), I was reminded of the statement that I made at the start of the month. Remember.. 'whatever I want to do, man'..  random posts... old topics on the blog. No? Click here for a memory refresh!

5 days left in the month. And I intend to do a-post-every-day for the remainder of the month. Do you think I'll be able to stick to it? I have my doubts but we'll see, as we go!! Starting with today.

A friend nominated me for the 'Black and White Challenge' on Instagram a few days back. 5 days of pictures on the gray scale. Not as simple as it sounds. No!

For someone like me, who loves everything about colors, to the extent that she takes care to add it to her food as well, it was definitely not easy to keep the monochromatic pictures over the colorful versions. Black and white is beautiful and it's charm and grace is worth every penny of appreciation but only as long as it is somebody else's work.

Doing it myself, did not come easy to me. Here is what I published. Posting the pictures along with their colorful counterparts because for me, colors are the essence.













To drain out the VIBGYOR (or ROYGBIV) and all the shades between them from these pictures was a challenge in true sense. Like I said, black and white is pretty & charming but colors add that extra pinch of magnificence and radiance that brings pictures to life.

I feel there is always something amiss in the black and white pictures. Am I alone in my thinking or you have a similar story to share? Black and white or colored, what's your pick?

Friday, November 28, 2014

5 Years of Marriage- What Changed

As a newly wed, my ears had got sore listening to the 'Everything's rosy in the first few years', 'Wait and watch!' and 'Oh! you guys have just got married. Things change after a few years.' comments, followed by a guffaw, which I never found hilarious. Seniors from all phases of wedlock, always looked eager to throw us into a dread. Honestly, it did get me thinking for a while but then, I knew I was not going to let the second-hand experiences manipulate my thoughts. I was eager to play the game my way. Fearlessly.

After 5 years of marriage, I have to admit that things change! But isn't it true for everything under the sun. We change as individuals every day and our thoughts vary every minute. Our bodies get older. The friend circle changes. For some of us 5 years might mean 5 different jobs. For others, it could be 5 kids. 

From The Evening 


Sanket and I are no longer that kiddo couple of the gang, who were just too occupied with themselves. We are no longer the ones who were told to 'just have fun'. We no longer enjoy going with the flow. We have changed! We work hard to carve our way. We have identified our responsibilities as a couple and are working on them. Serious discussions have carefully made way through the light chats, jokes and leg pulling. 

But does that mean that our relationship has turned sour? Does that mean we have stopped noticing each other's presence? Does that mean the suggestions and comments go unheard? Does that mean that we have reached a conclusion as to who would switch off the light before bed? NO! 

None of that has changed. Thankfully! 

But I still fail to interpret the sarcasm behind 'Things change after a few years of marriage' and the mocking smiles accompanying it.

5 years down the lane, when I write on our 10th wedding anniversary, our world would have changed. Again. Hopefully, ONLY for good.




Thank You, SMC

I am tired and sleepy after the 10-hour shopping haul but was determined to write this because Thanksgiving is not only about the doorbusters and whopping discounts. It's about acknowledging and appreciating all the good around.

I cannot be grateful enough to be a part of St. Mary's Convent Inter College, Allahabad. SMC is one of the bestEST things to happen to me. What I am today is because of what was seeded in me years back and I owe it to my school. 


Circa 2011


No matter how much we hated the disciplinary rules and 'the' announcement for uniform change back then, I know today, that it is those rules that have molded us into what we are and that the blue & white salwar-kurta-dupatta only made us look smarter.

Gone are the days when we waited for the school photographer (oh! that bald man with paan-stained teeth and a bulky camera around his neck) for the annual function pictures or the school magazine to glance through the year and share it with friends and family outside, to let them peek into our world behind that huge, blue gate. 

Thanks to technology, photos and videos of school events are now available on the school website and on Youtube for all to see. It's one of these videos that made me realize that the morals and values of my alma mater are deep-rooted and no generation gap or time lapse can scar it.





The SMCians proudly bear the school badge, be it the 2014 batch or the 2004 or anyone from the past. The humbleness, gratitude and sense of responsibility along with the confidence to voice our thoughts is a common virtue among all of us. And this did not happen just by chance. It has taken the teachers and staff of SMC years to shape us, our minds and our future. For which, we shall always be indebted. Thank you dear teachers for being the wonderful souls you all are. Thank you for the pats of appreciation and for the stern-looks of disapproval. They were our guiding light. Special thanks to Sr. Christina, whose wise words still resonate in my heart.

And thanks to my parents for gifting me the experience and the tag of being an SMCian. A proud SMCian!



Happy Thanksgiving to y'all and a note of appreciation 
for each one of you for your presence in my life. 




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party #44

       
Welcome to the 44th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 



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Thanksgiving-Style Brownies

I'm really excited about this Thanksgiving twist on brownies! Gooey chocolate, crunchy walnuts, and guess what? Dried cranberries! It makes a luscious treat for Thanksgiving or any time of the year!



Sweet & Simple Projects: 

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Ornament

Easy to make pipe cleaner Christmas tree ornament. So cute and a great kids activity!
You can make your own pipe cleaner tree ornament using a just a few simple materials, and the end result is a sweet little tree ready to hang on your real Christmas tree. This is a great craft to do with kids!



Hot & Cold Rice Bag Tutorial

                             Creative Pink Butterfly
                                          
    A rice bag is probably one of the smartest things one can have lying around  your house (in their designated area). It is also super-easy to make! You can even make any size or shape you want. You can make hand warmers, like A Bee In My Bonnet or a foot warmer like V and Co. Today I am going to show you how I create a shoulder bag. The great thing about this design is that it sits comfortably around your shoulders. You can of course use it for other body parts such as backs, stomaches, feet, etc. It is 40 x 15 cm and is divided into four sections. This prevents the rice from going to one side only


Green Beans with Cranberries and Walnuts

Whether you are looking for the perfect seasonal side dish, or just love green beans, this dish is for you. They are coated in delicious butter and garlic, and then topped with cranberries and walnuts for a dash of sweetness and a bit of crunch. The key to keeping these green beans vibrant and bright is making sure to plunge them in an ice bath (see directions), and completely cool them down before continuing the cooking process.



Cookie Dough Cupcakes | Tackling Life
I knew before even making these that the guys would love them! How can you not like raw cookie dough? And dough without egg makes it safe to eat. Which meant I snuck a little bit while making them


The Reality of Getting Ready With a Child

                                      Winks and Eyerolls

Oh the carefree mornings...back when I was able to walking around as I pleased, take my time to make sure my makeup looked nice and the perfect outfit was picked out. This all seems like a distant dream. Those mornings aren't around anymore and that's ok. As a working mom (who is not a morning person), I'm going to tell you about my realities of getting ready with a child.


Mama’s Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

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Since it has turned all fall-like and cozy-feeling I’ve been making this {raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, processed sugar-free} chia pudding concoction with pumpkin for breakfast and snacks…anything to add more pumpkin to the season! Our visit to the pumpkin patch was just perfect for that crisp autumnal day!



Cocktail: Texas Lemon Drop Martini

If you have an upcoming holiday party or bachelorette party, these Lemon Drop Sugar Cubes are the perfect on-the-go mixer to make this simple Texas Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail. What makes this a Texas Lemon Drop Martini?? The Dripping Springs Texas Vodka of course. This vodka is pure and smooth…making it the perfect pairing in this cocktail.



Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess

The Holiday season is almost upon us. To this day, side dishes play just as an important role as the entrée in our house. Here are twenty-five feast worthy side dishes. 



This is such an easy and inexpensive DIY project. You can make your own Chevron Tray on the cheap…or you can choose a different pattern if chevron is not your thing.I was able to use a 40% Off a Single Item coupon at my local craft store…so the tray cost me around $5. The scrapbook paper was under a $1. I had the Mod Podge (decoupage) on hand…but if you don’t you can grab a bottle for $5- $10 depending on the size. I also sealed the wood with poly (optional).



November Beauty Favorites

   Unfading Beauty

My Bare Minerals Ready foundation was running out and was on the search for a paraben free and natural foundation. I loved my Bare Minerals but i was looking for something with a more natural look and not too heavy.


In the beginning i had a love hate relationship with the Tarte airbrush foundation ,the coverage wasn't so good compared to Bare Minerals Ready  and it didn't cover much of the redness in my face.



BLUEBERRY CREAM CHEESE PIE

My husband loves blueberry cream cheese pie and every year at Christmas, it’s his one request.
Of course, the boys also have favorites for Christmas, but though their so-called favorites may vary a bit, my husband’s request is always the same.

DIY snowflake necklace - Perfect gift for your girl friend

Vikalpah

Today I am sharing my first post for Christmas this year. It is about making a beautiful snowflake necklace for your sister, friend or your wife /girl friend (If you are a guy reading this post ;)) to gift this holiday season or may be one for yourself. It is so easy to make and you will be surprised "How gorgeous" it looks. If you can't afford for real diamonds then this is something you should make to impress your girl. I am sure it has more value than the real diamonds if it is handmade jewelry by you.(Don't you agree ? :))Lets start making!!



Coffee Filter Trees

If you have been following my blog a little, I think you can tell that I like to recycle, up cycle and use materials in new ways.
One of my favorite materials to use is coffee filters.
They are inexpensive and very versatile. 
I have used them for many projects.
With Christmas around the corner, I wanted to share an easy project today.
Coffee Filter Trees!




The other day I decided to use some of the fun fabrics I have to make some Christmas throw pillows for the living room.  I have had this Christmas Tree pillow on my Christmas Pinterest board for a long time so I was ready to give it a go.   I got my inspiration from this Christmas Tree Pillow Tutorial I followed on Inspired Honey Bee.  She actually got her inspiration from a tree pillow on Style Me Pretty.  I didn't follow the tutorial exactly but I do love how they turned out! 




10 tips to make sending Christmas cards easy

Ritewhileucan

mail boxes, christmas, mail, packages, letters, post
Sending Christmas cards should not feel like a chore
Whether you are planning your USA Thanksgiving or not, Christmas comes faster than Rudolph can blink his nose, and if you send out Christmas cards (See one of my most popular posts on this very topic) there is no time to waste.
Last year I shared a few tips on how to make sending out Christmas cards easy instead of a chore that we dread, or worse, that we feel obligated to do. Here’s my updated list:
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" #43

               

Welcome to the 43rd week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 



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Make sure you enter.


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Girly Multitasking: Make the Most of Your Workout


I feel better about life when my nails are painted.  It’s such a silly “first-world” thing that I’m almost ashamed to admit it…almost.  But I say that because I know I’m not alone in that fact.  I realize all of my male readers are currently rolling their eyes at me or clicking off my blog, BUT before you do, hang with me a second.  


I Am Officially a Curler



To be honest, that title is a stretch.  In reality,  I am now a member of a Friday night mixed curling league.  So I am assuming it is official.
For those readers who are from the Southern US or other parts of the Globe, you may have no idea what I am talking about.  For starters, being a curler has absolutely nothing to do with HAIR!

Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies



Look no further for a kid-friendly treat this fall because this recipe for Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cookies is not only delicious, but these cookies are adorable! Get all the fall fun of pumpkin pie without grossing out your picky eater. These cookies are the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dinner, school party, or work party!





WHIMSICAL CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

All The V's



We’re not a family of serious people, for the most part. I mean, just look at the decor on my desk: a Minecraft “torch,” a Doctor Who thermos that started leaking and was repurposed as a pen holder, a desk calendar from Someecards that currently says “Congratulations on not being sterile,” and there are very tiny painted characters from the Half Life video game series lined up under my monitor that my husband painted for me, because he’s awesome at painting incredibly tiny things and is also silly and nerdy like me. We’re dang near sole mates, I tell ya. Silly, nerdy, dorky sole mates.




Make Your Own Princess Hair Tie Holder

Gym. Craft. Laundry.



I am still in the middle of my decluttering project but I had to share this next craft with you guys.  Pea has long, luxurious, snarly hair so I always put it up.  If you have a little girl with long hair or long hair yourself you probably have the same problem I have…





Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub

You Brew My Tea


Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub

Who doesn’t love the smell of baked goods? Sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and other spices being warmed up in the oven creating an irresistible smell. They make an amazing scent for homemade body products too- Like this delicious Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub.   This scrub exfoliates gently and leaves your skin soft, moisturized, and fragrant. I like to keep a jar of this on the shelf next to the shower and use it a couple times a week for a quick spa experience. It also makes a wonderful homemade gift in a pretty jar with a simple tag attached to identify the scent.  What is your favorite body product scent?



Baked Cinnamon & Sugar Pumpkin Donuts



An easy, baked recipe. And what is great about this recipe if you don’t have a donut pan, just use a mini-muffin/cupcake pan and make these into donut holes. YUM!

With the cinnamon and sugar coating and the pumpkin and spiced donut, you seriously won’t be able to get enough.

I have always thought that donuts were hard to make, that was until I made them.

This fall will be known in our family as the “Donut Year” well become recently I have only made a few.

Including:




Infused Water

Robyn's View



You know that you are supposed to drink those 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. But what are you to do when you can’t stand the taste of water? Maybe you think it lacks flavor at all and doesn’t interest you; maybe you think it has an off flavor that you can’t just get past because of the treatment to make it drinkable. Whatever the reason you are turned off by water, you can improve the taste and the nutrition of your water by infusing it with fruit.






Rustic Log Holiday Card Display

Anything & Everything



Pretty soon those beautiful family Holiday cards from your friends and family will start filling up your mailbox.  Will you have somewhere to display them when they do?  Well now you will.  I have always been the one that just places them all over the fridge, just crowding up space and leaving it looking even more cluttered than it already is.  So when I stumbled upon some branches from my neighbors tree that he had just trimmed, I jumped on the opportunity to take a few off his hands :)




The Importance of Daddy Time



In celebration of my husband's recent birthday, yup my sister and husband's birthdays are 4 days apart. November is a party month for us :) Anyway, I thought I would take a break from the typical mommy post to talk about the importance of daddy time. My little guy has always had such a great relationship with my husband and I am so thankful for that. I am extremely blessed that I have a husband who from day one has been very hands on. This is going to sounds bad to admit but here we go...I didn't even change one of little man's diapers until he was three weeks old and my husband went back to work. Daddy award is deserved right there! 



Mason Jar Gift Bags Tutorial

                                       

Do you like to give gifts in mason jars? There are so many ideas for what to put inside-candy, jams, cookie mixes, candles, even sewing kits. Here's how to wrap them up so the contents are a surprise: cute fabric drawstring bags! 



South­ern Grits & Germany

A Mothers Shadow

Grits

Can you for­give some­one who has wronged you or your family?
Can you love an enemy?  I have an expe­ri­ence to share that will encour­age grat­i­tude and extend­ing a help­ing hand.

Totally Rad 80’s Things Your Kids Need to Know



Before streaming, dvd’s, or cd’s.  There was the 80s.  Back when using your tape recorder to make a mix tape off the radio was cool.  A time when real people worked at the radio station, and you could call and dedicate a TOTALLY AWESOME song from White Snake.  Madonna was as scandalous as we got, and regular people still smoked cigarettes on TV.
Boy have times changed for the good and bad!  But you all know that as a child of the 80s you have a responsibility to share the neon pink, big-haired, blue-eyeliner days of the past.


Thanksgiving Decorations

thanksgiving collage

I love decorating for the holidays!  Each holiday is so different that it’s fun to come up with new things. I’m in love with my THANKS sign. It was so simple to do but makes a big statement. First, I sprayed my board with a texture spray paint. It is so cool, it looks completely different that regular spray paint





DIY: Super Easy Snowflake Pipe Cleaners

Living Frugal with Erika




I love to find simple crafts to do indoors during the colder months. If you are looking for something fun, try this out! Not only is it a simple and fun craft, you can use them to decorate the house! Our kiddos love to see their decorations on our house! You can pick up the supplies needed at most any store and will not break the bank for this fun craft!




Bee's Wax Christmas Ornaments



My cousin Amy brought a crock pot full of bee's wax on her visit last weekend.  We wanted to make a few projects with it.  When I went downstairs to find candle wick to make candles, I found a Christmas chocolate mold instead and I thought to make ornaments with it.




Yellow Coconut Cake with Cocoa Buttercream Frosting


yellowcoconutcakeflowers

Tender yellow cake is layered with fluffy cocoa buttercream, and all gently sweetened with the floral notes of raw honey.  Fresh milk, eggs with richly colored yolks, and dense coconut flour combine to make a cake of substance that won’t throw you into a sugar-spiral.  It is nice to enjoy your food without having to pay the price for it later!

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