Tuesday, September 30, 2014

She is unique

She is unique
She is what she is
She is what she does
She is what she believes
She is what is within
She is what is without 

Her eyes
Her smile
Her tears
Her thoughts
Her words
Her life experiences
Her style
Her opinions
Her observations
Her language
Her communication
Her reasoning
Her comprehension
Her ability to learn
Her willingness to try
Her love
Her anger
Her strength - of body and mind
Her kindness
Her acceptance
Her stubbornness

They define her
They create her
They complete her
For all of this and more
She is UNIQUE
She is SPECIAL
She is PRECIOUS

This post is dedicated to Baby N

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

60+ Veggie Lunch-Box Menu Ideas for School kids

Once you have school going children, one of the question which gives mothers many a sleepless night is "What to pack for your child in that tiffin-box?" - especially if you have small kids (less than 10  years) who are slow / fussy eaters.

For most mothers (and the chef daddies) a few considerations top that list
1) Easy to eat
2) Quick to cook
3) Easy to pack (spill-proof)
4) Edible even when cold (like some food stuff get hard / do not taste good when cold / if eaten after a long time)
5) Nutritious and healthy to give energy to the kids, and keep them going through all that the school expects out of them!!!

The things which really help here
1) Some variation in what you cook
2) Planning so you know what to make before you start
3) Creativity in how you present / pack the box. (I know mom's who are awesome in this department, and hence no matter what the taste is the kids eat it :)
4) In addition to the main meal, it is also good to have accompaniments which your kid can nibble if he / she does not feel like eating what you've sent. This can include a fruit (pear, grapes, sliced cucumber, etc.), dry fruit (badam, cashew, etc.), a tetrapack juice (like Yakult), a dry snack (a pack of biscuits, etc.)

I've been doing this for over 2 years now and in this post sharing all the children lunch-box menu ideas. You can make a combination pack

1) Idli / Cocktail idli

2) Dosa (Can be make interesting with different shapes)

3) Bread with butter and jam

4) Bread with nutella

5) Macaroni -  (Many options based on type of macaroni and vegetables used)

6) Pasta (Many options based on type of macaroni and vegetables used)

7) Noodles

8) Boiled eggs

9) Egg paratha roll

10) Plain paratha with a dry vegetable

11) Aloo paratha

12) Gobi paratha

13) Puri

14) Aloo Puri

15) Palak Puri

16) Palak paratha

17) Methi paratha

18) Egg rice

19) Cutlet

20) Baby pizza

21) Bread pizza

22) Bread and cheese

23) Mixed vegetable paratha

23) Vegetable paniyaram / pullunta

24) Dhokla

25) Vegetable sandwich

26)  Sooji halwa

27) Wheat halwa

28) Semiya upma

29) Roti pizza (Dough of suji and wheat flour. Make rotis of it little thick as paratha and roast both sides on tawa for puree. Top with tomato and basil leaves puree and put on the base. Add veggies like capsicum, onions and olives , top it with cheese)

30)  Boiled veggies with seasoning

31) Pav Bhaji

32) Beetroot Paratha

33) Green Moong Pulav

34) Methi thepla and beet root vegetable

35) Beetroot rice with brocolli

36) Bread roll

37) Vegetable rice

38) Burger (Many options based on type of bread and variations of filling - Potato, Vegetable, Paneer)

39) Hot-dog (Many options based on type vegetables used)

40)  Fried rice

41) Carrot rice

42) Tomato rice

43) Idli upma

44) Upma

45) Corn Vegetable Pulav

46) Baby Corn Manchurain

47) Sweet potato cakes / cutlets

48) Carrot Spinach idlis

49) Buttermilk upma

50) Green moong spinach pesarettu

51) Buckwheat nutelle crepes

52) Vegetable idlis

53) Egg sandwich

54) Baby uthapams

55) Khichidi

56) Salted daliya

57) Bread pakora

58) Tri colored rice

59) Peas paratha

60) Akki roti

61) Millet idli

62) Lemon rice / Mango rice

63) Curd rice with fruits (like grapes) or cucumber

64) Vegetable 'fries'

65) Pita pocket pizza

Any more ideas to add to this list? Leave a comment to let me know

Recommended Readings
http://www0.health.nsw.gov.au/resources/publichealth/healthpromotion/nutrition/pdf/960060_easy_lunch.pdf

http://spicingyourlife.blogspot.in/2009/09/quick-and-simple-lunch-box-recipes-for.html

http://www.archanaskitchen.com/kids/kids-healthy-lunch-boxes/

https://www.facebook.com/SaffronTrail#!/media/set/?set=a.449200308458274.109054.107892849255690&type=3

Monday, September 15, 2014

Looking to buy kids "stuff" online? Here is a directory of stores..

Ever since I became a mother, sheer necessity and time have compelled me to buy a lot of "kids" stuff online.. In the recent past, I've attempted to find new sites / alternatives for different kid related shopping. In this post, I'm sharing a list of "online sites" to "children shopping"

But before the list, a few things that I realized
1) As a parent - Once you start using an online site and are happy with the services, you'll usually be a lifelong customer
2) Word of Mouth publicity is the powerful - So if a mother uses a product / service and is happy / not happy - She'll share the feedback generously (online / offline). Simply because most mothers value all the 'good stuff' especially where kids are involved
3) The 'online buying experience' is critical to have a fair chance at success. The site should be easy to use, easy to navigate, easy to explore options and easy to buy

List of sites below
Firstcry - I started using this site almost 4 years ago and continue to buy from them almost every month. No issues in their service quality so far

Babyoye

Flipkart

Amazon

KidsStopExpress

Little Muffet

Pixie Dust Tree

Hop Scotch

Needy Bee

Mothers Pride Store

Redlily


Rediff Shopping

KapKids

ShopAllDayKids

Yebhi

Yellow Giraffe

Shoppers Stop

Myntra

Home Shop 18

ShopAtDisney

Barbie Store

MyBabyCart

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Where to order online birthday Invitation Cards? (India)

Its birthday time in the family and birthdays are about celebration parties and fun.. (especially if you have kids)

As a working mother, I have invested time over the past few months to find sites which can help in much of birthday planning and activities.. Since a lot of time went into research, I thought I might as well share all that I gathered on my blog (for the benefit of other parents / mothers) embarking on this big annual project called 'Kiddie's Birthday Celebrations"..


So in this post, I'm sharing a list of online sites which print birthday invitation cards:

PrintKaro - I've used this site, and they are good

HappyMomentzz

Vistaprint - A lot of mothers claim this is a very good site too. Reasonable prices

TurtleKrafts

Parul Creations - Yet to order, but from what I've seen, her cards / work is gorgeous!

61c - I've used their cards and they are of good quality too

Have I missed any? If yes, leave a comment to let me know