C for Cunning Mama and Carrot-Ajwain( Carom seeds) Paratha

As a Mother, We  want our children to eat a variety of foods for good reason as it will hopefully lead to nutritious eating habits for them and stress-free cooking for us. LOL!And there are variety of vegetables that our children just would  refuse to eat. Okay! forget about children, there are variety of vegetables that we ourselves don’t like to eat. For example: I may know how wonderful it  is to eat carrots but somehow I just don’t the like taste of it and so on….

What to do in that case? 

Adopt recipes that not only has all the desired vegetables you want them to have but also is delicious at the same time.
Remember to Remember, We are Mothers – no less than a Warrior ! We would never give up on anything that we think is good for our babies. No matter if we ourselves can’t eat some of those nutritous veggies BUT BUT we will make sure that our lil ones eat. 😄

So Here I am presenting my version of Carrot- Ajwain Paratha Recipe. 

 Trust me, not only my toddler enjoys these parathas but I too love eating them. Its also one of my favourites as it consumes less time to cook plus it makes a meal for me as well which means no extra cooking😄. All in all its a win win. You must try.

Carrot Ajwain( Carom Seeds) Paratha


Prep time-8 minutes
Cooking time -7 to 8 minutes 

Yields – 3 Parathas

Ingredients

•1 cup – Multigrain Atta (flour)

•3 tbspn – Grated Carrot

•1/4 tspn – Carom seeds ( Ajwain)

•1/2 tbsp – Curd

•Salt to taste

•Ghee for cooking ( Preferably Homemade)

Method
•Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl, mix well and knead into a soft dough using enough water.

•Divide the dough into 3 equal portions and roll each portion into a desired shape( I generally keep changing the shape like round, triangle or square) using a little whole wheat flour for rolling.
•Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and cook each paratha, using ½ tsp of ghee, till golden brown spots appear on both the sides.

•Serve with Fresh curd. 

Notes
• You can avoid adding salt if preparing these parathas for younger babies below 12 months.
•Consider steaming carrots until tender for babies below 12 months.

•I prefer using Multigrain flour. However, you can prepare it with whole wheat flour also.

•Suggest to cook the Parathas over medium heat for softer finish.

Food Fact

•Carrots- They are packed full of nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Calcium. Also are easy to digest.

•Carom Seeds – It helps to correct the digestive troubles. It also helps to relieve sinus, cold and congestion.It also helps to increase the appetite in kids.

  

🔴 Remember, always consult with your Paediatrician regarding introducing solid foods or any new food to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your little bunny.

You must try this recipe and drop in your comments. 

Until  then

Stay tuned

xo

Ankita V
 

And that’s how my son got his BFF!


“Friendship isn’t about whom you have known the longest, its who came and never left your side.”

     I had always heard about great stories of friendship between a dog and a human. Its all about unconditional love. But this all sounds great until you have a baby. 

   Today I am sharing a beautiful journey of friendship between Chukoo (our pet at my mom’s house) and my son- Shrihaan has grown through different stages i.e. Starting as an acquaintance to getting friendly to evolving friendship to best buddies now. 

     But it all dint start as lovely as its sounds.To explain the stage today… let me take you little backwards in time. How it all started? In 2015, august my family(parents side) welcomed their new member Chukoo( an adorable pug). In no time, he became the apple of everyones eye in the family .Everybody was showering their love to this youngest member of the clan. Months passed and We(I and my husband) (My husband and I) announced about the addition to our family too.Time went by and I was at my pad for the delivery of my baby and the after care. Everybody was excited to welcome the newest member but little did we know about the challenges that were coming . It almost always happens that with the arrival of a new baby, we often ignore our pet babies. 

     We too were so immersed in basking our love for Shrihaan that we cared less to learn about tricks of how to bridge a gap between a new baby and an old pet baby. 

    Nevertheless.. its better to be late then never. So, this time before coming to my mom’s place for a vacation…I had this agenda clear on my mind. I wanted my son who has just turned one year old to befriend Chukoo. For which I did my home work. And after an intense research, I framed few rules to begin with. Like,

🌺They should be properly introduced to each other. But how? 

  • By Acting Normal. With courage I allowed Chukoo to sniff the baby’s foot, perhaps with that scented sock.By allowing chukoo to actually look at, smell and touch him, he understood there’s nothing to fear.
  • By giving Ownership. Tried referring Shrihaan as belonging to Chukoo, like “Chukoo’s baby brother.” Yes, it sounds silly, but just saying the words changes the attitude which can be comforting and calming to our pets.
  • By rewarding Calm Confidence. Praising him when he behave well.
  • By associating Good and positive things. Dogs quickly learn to associate the baby with what’s important to them. If you ignore or yell at them when the infant is near, the baby will acquire negative associations. So I Figured out what Chukoo loves and link it to Shrihaan’s presence.

🌺Never allow him to interfere or go closure to Chukoo when he is eating, chewing a bone or holding a toy.

🌺 Actively participating in the daily care of Chukoo. We( I, Chukoo and Shrihaan) go along on daily walks or help refill the water bowl. The more our child participates in our dog’s care, the more they will grow to trust and love one another. 

🌺Teach babies how to properly touch a dog.Babies and toddlers are just learning about the world and their instinct is to grab everything that catches their interest. Dogs may see any of these gestures as a potential threat and snap at the child. Hence, I am training Shrihaan that dogs prefer to be touched on the side of their face or under their chin. Also they must never sneak up on him or touch him when he’s sleeping.

A tip for supervising adults

🌺Know the dog’s stress signals and body language like tucked tails, flattened ears and lowered eyes. These are the signs that your dog may be feeling overwhelmed. Once you get these signals, its better to divert both of them into different directions! 😄

So thats how, with little effort from my side, my son has got his BFF. I feel so good to be able to see the unspoken love song between these two. 

Signing off on that note.

Stay tuned ! 

Xo

Ankita V



Mamas…Please make little place for red lipstick in your diaper bags!

Hola Moms!

 Do any of you recall the last time you had admired yourself looking at the mirror? Okay! Leave the admiration part. Lets be little real… Did you plan or choose to wear clothes of your choice or try styling your hair differently? probably most of you would have no other answer but a NO, like me. Or some of you may just yell out about your long pending salon trips to get essentials done(threading..waxing) etc. 

But we would not stop by just saying a no.” No” comes along with the whole list of reasons,explanations,clarifications. At least thats how I used to answer a No, tagging along with a note of clarification. Have you wonder why do we do that?

Simply coz some part of us know that whatever we are doing is not right! We are taking ourselves for granted. Please dont get me wrong…. I do know! how motherhood shifts all our attention from ourselves to the tiny little bundle of joy. Thats very natural, nothing wrong about it. 

But lets make a conscious decision to take care of the mother as well, along with the lifelong journey of motherhood. 
Although one of the things about being a mother is figuring out how to manage to take care of yourself. With a new baby, our old beauty regime flies out of the window and we’re trotting to grab a quick shower, if we’re lucky. With young kids, that trend can continue… but we must keep taking small steps towards the goal of self care.

So here is my story on how I got back the spark of self care on as realising how vital it is.

 I always like to be presentable. But I also like to keep my style quotient understated yet classy. After attaining motherhood, I too had my share of struggle with clothes, hair fall etc. 
I may not go full force on getting myself put together like I use to, but knowing that I am still passionate about fashion and beauty trends inspires me.In other words, I’m different than I used to be.But I still enjoy retaining a sense of that fashion and beauty-conscious woman I was—and still am. I want to be able to raise my children wonderfully— and keep a little bit of my old self while doing so.

As we mamas are always on a run, there is this one quick fix that I have found out and it is working for me. Its the RED LIPSTICK. Currently I am crushing over it as its all about practical style which makes me feel beautiful & great without breaking the bank or making being a mother even harder.

Red is a classic lip color for a reason — it can be rocked with any ensemble, from simple top/shirt and jeans to an evening gown with heels or to add glamour to an ethnic wear! Paint your lips red and get going. 

  All you need to do is find the right shade of RED for yourself. Hold on! I know the struggle for that too as I myself had tried and tested and failed but never lost hope. I dabbled from article to blogs to make up experts but every time got confused with warm tone , blue hue, orange hue, cool tone etc. So one fine day, my prayers were answered and I came across a trick to find out the right shade of red. Let me share that trick with you as It helped me finding my shade of red.

So all you got to do is apply the testers of chosen red lipsticks on to your lips and smile. Ha ha ! Sounds silly know! Thats the trick but. The right shade of red for your lips will make your smile appear brighter and flashier. If in case, your teeth looks pale or yellowish, leave that shade right there and continue to try some other. 

This trick has worked for me. For an instance, when I wanted a classic red lipstick for myself, I spent almost a month to arrive on the conclusion that MAC Ruby Woo will be the best pick for myself( based on thorough research about warm tone, blue hue etc.). It was set on my mind. However when I finally went to pick up one for myself .Only after applying it ( tester) over the counter I realised how it had failed in the above test of mine. It couldn’t do any better for me . Luckily I got to try another hot selling from the same counter- Russian Red and to my good luck, it had passed my teeth- appearance test. Now we are friends forever! Well, thats the story of finding my favourite shade of red. 


Hope you too get your right shade of red lipstick and life! 
Stay tuned!

xo

Ankita V

How a quote on parenting helped me to find something I thought I had but I dint!

Have you ever been in a situation where you read about something or came across some incident that changes your whole outlook towards that subject? Well, if you have been on the same trip.. you will relate to my post!             
As parents, we do not leave any stone unturned to provide the best to our lil ones. Which better shampoo to use, what food to feed to meet their daily requirements, whether to use a disposable diaper or an earth -friendly cloth diapers and list of endless questions that demands an answer from the respected search engines.

I too have been throwing my share of questions to the most powerful search engine and will continue to do so. Coz again none of us would want our babies to settle for anything average. An average label means how not up to the mark parents we are or may be we are not attempting it well etc etc. And while sourcing for some great materialistic stuff, we often miss on some of the essentials for our precious ones.Something that will remain forever with them… in them unlike the fancy materials we shower upon them.

So… on one of the january day, I stole little time from my feed-play-put to sleep- repeat schedule and said “hi” to my very favourite social media world(any guesses?) On my way of stalking and exploring, I came across a lovely quote on parenting, which read ” Children learn more from What you are than, what you teach.” Wow… what a thought!

Before I could think any further…. the door bell rang and the most awaited parcel arrived. Of course it was for my baby. With all excitement l started unwrapping it, I checked upon the stuff I had ordered for and smiled with a pride( smiled with a sense of an achievement). All my time …tickling the search engine, about the whats and hows of the product had paid off.

Keeping my chin high and grin on… i got back to my feed-play-put to sleep – repeat schedule.

The day passed by but that thought had not. It demanded my attention. It got stuck in my mind. A plethora of questions were raised in my mind. Am I living up to this thought? There are long list of things that I would want my baby to have in him. To my short lived happiness…. I had successfully met with few of the things that I possess and would want my baby to learn from me but …. but I stumbled upon something… a quality that I would want my baby to have as I know the importance of it(from the source-my best friend internet). Self-love. Yes, self love! How simple it sounds and more simpler to expect everybody to have. I had my real moments, when I asked myself – do i genuinely love my self? Do I? To my surprise rather shock, i dint get satisfying answers. My mind started blabbering yes, I do definitely love myself.I do take out my “me time” from my hectic schedule, I do order stuff for myself that catches my fancy, and blah blah blah! I was unable to satisfy my heart who was looking upon my brains for the answers. Answers that my heart knew so well but was upset as I had failed to attend them. My heart knew what had I done wrong… what had I put myself through to question the  love for my self ?

I spent good two days on this thought( consciously running in my mind while meeting the day to day errands ). I managed to get answers. Answers, which I procrastinated multiple times.

With teary eyes, I realised self love is beyond just treating yourself with the things you would like to have.

Self love is about not putting yourself to meet somebody else’s judgement for you, Self love should set you free. Whereas I would continuously put myself through some or the other scanners. I would want to reach and touch the benchmark of ideal mother,wife,daughter, daughter in law, friend etc etc. In order to meet the benchmark of above roles, I had lost myself somewhere. But thank god. Its motherhood… my love for my baby boy, my passion to imbibe good qualities in him -has given me all my answers for life. Now I think I know what actually is true self love.

All I have learnt is letting go of everything that fights with my inner peace is Self Love. Giving myself the freedom of choosing what I genuinely want to pursue is Self love. Accepting myself for who I am, what I am, is self love for me . Giving a damn about… how my actions will be judged and settling for society’s verdict are a way of loving myself. Accepting all my flaws with a courageous heart is self love.

Self Love is the power that you gift it to yourself. A power, that will keep you going in this ever changing and forever judging world.
Period

Give it a thought!

Until then

xoxo

Ankita V