Refresh 2016

Now it’s time again to look back 2016, and refresh the memories of joy, and appreciate the accomplishments.

Family : The biggest achievement is the addition of new member… Myra .. our little bundle of joy. She is 2 months now. And now our family is complete.

Home : Does not look okay. This year was really difficult, with my difficult pregnancy and delivery. I have not been able to take care of our beautiful home. Only bought lots of stuff because of the baby and our home feels over-crowded already.

Travel : Ahh… no travel. Went to a local water park and a beach. That’s it.. Lots and lots of doctor visits.

Finances : Did loads of shopping online during Thanksgiving. And now I am an online shopping pro.

Eating out– Yepp.. this year we ate a lot outside. Went to iHop, Panera Bread, and couple of new Indian Restaurants for indo-chinese, biryani, samosa, vada pav etc..

Hobbies : I watched lots of YouTube videos of Kapil Sharma, Sandeep Maheshwari, Robin Sharma, Amit Tandon, Kumar Srivastava, Anamika Amber.

  • Home Decor – nope
  •  Photography – Bought my first prime lens f1.8. But didn’t do any manual photography.
  •  More Blogging.- Got so busy in my pregnancy.. Didn’t blog much.
  •  Pooja Thali-  Did not finish yet😦

Health : Well.. nothing to talk about except pregnancy and my upper back pain and wrist pain.

Books : I am reading these books:

  • Secrets of Baby Whisperer
  • Brain rules for baby

Pari : She has been  really really happy with the baby sister. Has been doing good at school. Currently at reading level ‘L’. How the kids grow so fast .. I still remember when she was reading the books on level ‘B’, ‘C’. And then started reading “Elephant & Piggie” , the most interesting books ever. I just wish that her love for books keep growing this year. Went for piano class during summer. We got piano for her and hoping she plays a nice song soon.

Mood : Well, lots of ups and downs especially during the pregnancy.

Diet and Fitness: Loved to follow the diet plan for gestational Diabetes. That helped me not to gain weight during pregnancy. I gained a total of 10 pounds. After delivery, my weight was 5 pounds less than my pre-pregnancy weight (140 lbs). And tummy was in. But now during bfing I gained 20 pounds already in 3 months.

As you turn 7

Dear Pari,

As you turn 7, here is your most favorite Annual Questionnaire, we did today. Your Birthday planning and execution are in full swing. Mommy and Daddy are awake everyday til 3 am, and doing shopping the whole day. Really crazy !!! :). Well, let’s begin:

1. Favorite TV Show – Powerpuff Girls

2. Favorite Color – Green

3. What do you want to be when you grow up? – Fashion Designer (same as last year)

4. Favorite Song – Manma emotion jaage re (from the movie Dilwale)

5. Favorite Movie– Disney Descendants

6. Favorite Fruit – Apple

7. Favorite Food – Vada

8. Favorite Drink– Lemonade

9.  Favorite Dessert– Ice cream

11. Favorite Lunch– Dal & Rice

12. Favorite Animal– Peacock

13. Favorite Season– Winter

14. Favorite Flower– Lily

15. Favorite Book– I am invited to a party

17. Favorite Teacher– Ms J (Kindergarten)

18. Favorite Word– shopkins

19. Favorite Dress– My birthday dress i am going to wear.

20. Favorite Game– Lego

21. Anything at home you like most- ipAd

22. Favorite Snack @ school– Cheesestick

23. Favorite Shop– Toys r Us

24. Best Friend– , Samriddhi, Nidhi, Riitka

25. Best Vacation ever– Disney

26. Always Carry– any Shopkins

27. Favorite Language– English

28. Favorite Craft– All the Canvas paintings

29. Mommy or Papa – most Favorite? – Papa

30. Mommy@office or Mommy@ home ? – Mommy @ home.

31. Favorite Toy – Shopkins

32. What do you love to draw?  – People

 

Refresh 2015 !!!

Now it’s time again to look back 2015, and refresh the memories of joy, and appreciate the accomplishments.

Family : We have been spending lovely time with our little princess and enjoying each & every bit of it. Weekdays morning & Evening routine are so much lovely. Every weekday evening, we have to watch ‘Tarak Mehta ka ulta chashmaa’ and some other Hindi Serials. Every Friday is a Movie Night. And every Thursday is Bollywood Gyaan :).

Home : Does not look okay. Not at all especially after watching all HGTV shows. Did lots of changes in my home. Got new sofa, new cushion covers, curtains, paintings, Wall Art. Still Loads to do. Incorporating Konmari techniques.

Travel : This year, we did not travel outside of New Jersey. Summers, we spent in Water Parks and beaches. We went to New York for Fall. Oh, that was a super special trip. A separate post soon.

Finances : Creating Monthly Budget, Tracking and Following the plan. Need to do the Financial Plan for future. Shopping a Lot. Need to control.

Eating out– That’s a good job we do. Not much eating out.

Hobbies :

  • Home Decor – Ongoing. Changed Sofa, cushion covers and curtains. Still thinking of color scheme for living room.
  •  Photography – I love my camera but haven’t done any manual photography.
  •  More Blogging.- It’s not like I don’t have content. I believe I have so much of content that I can write 3 blog posts in a day. But, my laziness drives me crazy. My mind keeps on drafting my blog, but my hands don’t support them 😦 .
  •  Pooja Thali-  Did not finish yet 😦
  •  Baking: I realized I am not good at baking from scratch. It’s better to bake cakes from Duncan Hines. 2015- No bake at all. Using Oven only for roasting sweet potatoes, asparagus, chicken nuggets and french fries.

Health : My Health has not been ok this year. Diagnosed of thyroid, Low Vitamin D, low Vitamin B12, High Cholesterol, High Blood Sugar Level. Having some medications and lost weight around 10 lbs.

Books : I read these books:

  • Don’t lose your mind lose your weight – by Rujuta Diwekar
  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up- by Marie Kondo  – (Got this book after 3 months of wait time in Library)
  • Love the Home You Have- by Melissa Michaels
  • The Power of Your Sub-conscious mind ( I got this from Library but could not read it and had to return it)
  • Half Girlfriend – by Chetan Bhagat (still not complete)

Pari : Pari completed her Kindergarten successfully. Her studies are so far so good.. Now, she is in 1st Grade, and she is exploring the world of reading. I want to write about her school experiences soon. She is doing good in school. Her art was selected for the 1st prize by NJ Agricultural Society.

Mood : The mood throughout this year has been full of ups and downs…I feel my Inter-personal relationship has been going on very bad. Few of my friends started keeping distance from me and I don’t know I did not even made an effort to revive the relationship. It has never happened to me but it was like it used to become a mess  when I am with that friend.

Diet and Fitness: On good track, need to continue this to the next year.

Now, here is the report card for 2015. ( Goal Vs Achievements)

Pari

  • Get her to eat Fruits, Vegetables & Curd.– She is still eating Apple, Banana & spinach, lauki, bhindi (forcefully), her favorite Paneer. 
  •  Pari’s social life – This year, very few play dates.
  •  My Dream came true- seeing her dancing on stage and that too, twice this year..

Personal Health & Beauty

  • Look Good to Feel Good-  2015 was good. Need to work more on eye makeup.
  •  Whenever leaving home, apply kajal & a lip gloss, perfume spray- Done 🙂
  •  Walk a lot …  October & November had been superb on my walking. Reduced weight. Tracking my steps on mobile. 
  •  Do one thing at a time, and keep kitchen clean while working- On the right track 🙂
  •  Get up early. I have alarm at 6:45 am. Try to get up at 6:30 am- hmm 😦
  •  Make more friends and nurture the ones I have – Still to improve
  •  Drink at least 8 glasses of water – 😦
  •  Stay Mindful-everyday – yes-yes offcourse. I have so many things.
  •  Be more money/Investment Savvy- MF, Life Insurance, Financial Planning, Budget Savvy- 🙂

 

Summer of 2014

Well, Summer of 2015 is here, and Pari is already done making plans for this summer.  When I look into my blog to find what I did last summer..oops… nothing .. no entry. .So, before I begin with Summer of 2015.. Will just recall..good times of Summer of 2014.

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Pari made this Summer Plan and stuck on bedroom walls. We were able to do all the things except a few. I loved how she was marking on these plans after we completed them.

Summer2014plan1. Go to Beach – This summer we visited Point Pleasant beach and Asbury Park Beach in New Jersey. In Point Pleasant Beach, kids loved the rides at Boardwalk. Parking was real difficult there. I loved Asbury Park more.

PointPleasantBeach

2. Strawberry Picking – We had been to Lee Turkey Farm for Strawberry picking. This was real fun. We went with Pari’s friend and had a gala time picking up the strawberries. We went on a Sunday, reached by 2:00 PM and by 3:30 PM we were done 🙂 . Mom & Dad also enjoyed.

StrawberryPicking

3. Swim Lessons – Finally, Pari got enrolled in swimming class. On her first day, she was crying for first 15 minutes, didn’t wanted to get into waters. But her instructor was too cool. By second class, she was enjoying the waters & swimming. At the end of her summer session, mom & dad were so proud of her swimming strokes.

4. Make Popsicle – Yes we did make popsicle with sweetened mango juice, strawberry milkshake, extra sweetened lemonade and  rose syrup.

5. Go to the fair –We visited our County fair with the friends and it was too too fun. The kids enjoyed the rides, so did we.

6. See the fireworks – Kids were so excited to watch July 4th fireworks. We managed to get to see them twice. One at Kennedy Park and the other at Milltown. It’s always great to see these fireworks.

7. Watch a movie at the park – Not done.

8. Zoo – We went to a small petting park in Johnson’s park. Kids loved it. Summer of 2015 will plan to goto a proper zoo 🙂

9. Art & Craft @ Home Not at all I believe.

10. Playdates – So many playdates.

11. Picnic – We did goto the park and arranged picnic and barbecue. Kids loved it.

Being Fabulous..

These days, I was reading “Freakin Fabulous” and “Freakin Fabulous on budget” written by the very renowned “Clinton Kelly” co-host of my favorite show “TLC;s “What Not To Wear” and I must say, I am enjoying these books a lot.

Clinton has just mentioned Being Fabulous has no relation to money. Kelly who has penned three other books, says, “I was flat broke for many years — I mean really broke — and I always felt fabulous because I would pay attention to trying my best to have nice things, dress well, eat well. It’s not about taking the easy way out. I really do believe fabulousness is a state of mind.”

Before this book, I never realized and appreciated the fabulousness of my husband… He has a certain aura of being fabulousness on every field. His selection of every piece of wardrobe, his electronic gadgets, his choice of food, drinks and eateries are extraordinary fabulous. He even doesn’t let me get any stuff which is in any way less than fabulous. Everything around him has to be fabulous, but on budget 🙂 and I love it.

 

Refresh 2014

Now it’s time again to look back 2014, and refresh the memories of joy, and appreciate the accomplishments.

Family : We three as a family faced ups & downs, and we have grown stronger this year. Could not visit India.

Home : Looks okay. Need to do regular cleanup 😦

Travel : My Dream Destination: Disney World, Florida. We also visited New York- Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Washington DC- Cherry Blossom Festival, Pennsylvania- Bushkill Falls.

Finances : Creating Monthly Budget, Tracking and Following the plan. Need to do the Financial Plan for future.

Eating out- Not much eating out. Only Dunkin donuts, or pizza at times. Good job 🙂

Hobbies : I realized I am not so good at baking from scratch. It’s better to bake cakes from Dunkin Hines.

Health : My Health has been ok this year. Need to workout more, and lose weight.

Books : Got the library subscription and read these books:

  • Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That’s Right for Your Body – by Clinton Kelly and Stacy London
  • The truth about Style- by Stacy London
  • Freakin Fabulous – by Clinton Kelly
  • Freakin Fabulous on Budget – by Clinton Kelly
  • Oh No, She didn’t: The Top 100 Style Mistakes Women Make and How to Avoid Them – by Clinton Kelly
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother – by Amy Chua
  • Half Girlfriend – by Chetan Bhagat (still reading)

Pari : Pari completed her PreK successfully. Her studies are so far so good.. Now, she is in Kindergarten, and she is trying to reach the milestone of reading, which is making me anxious everyday. I will write about her school experiences soon. She is doing good in school, Her art was selected to be displayed in the district’s Board Meeting Room.

Mood : The mood throughout this year has been full of ups and downs… There are so many wrong decisions, my inability to control my emotions let me down. But, overall, it was good, especially the travel.

Overall : A great year …..looking forward to the new year 2015..

Now, here is the report card for 2014. ( Goal Vs Achievements)

Pari

  • Get her to eat Fruits, Vegetables & Curd.– She is eating Fruits & vegetables and curd.
  •  Increase her social circle so that by Next B’day in Feb 2014, she has atleast 6 friend – As of now, she has couple of friends. & I am okay. 🙂
  •  Goes for Bollywood Dance, went for ballet classes for 3 months, and she loved it.
  • She attended Swimming Class for Summer & Fall. The instructors were real impressed with her progress.

Hobby

  • Home Decor – Need to improve more skills.
  •  Photography – Got my favorite Pentax K-50. Loving the lens and loved my photographs in Times Square.
  •  More Blogging.- This year my blog got so much neglected :(. Want to write everyday. But it would be too much. So, atleast 1 post a week would be great.
  •  Pooja Thali-  Did not finish.

Personal Health & Beauty

  • Look Good to Feel Good-  2014 was good. Need to work more on eye makeup.
  •  Whenever leaving home, apply kajal & a lip gloss, perfume spray- Done 🙂
  •  Walk a lot … 😦
  •  Do one thing at a time, and keep kitchen clean while working- On the right track 🙂
  •  Get up early. I have alarm at 7:00 am. Try to get up at 6:45 am- hmm 😦
  •  Make more friends and nurture the ones I have – Still to improve
  •  Drink at least 8 glasses of water – 😦
  •  Stay Mindful-everyday – yes-yes offcourse. I have so many things.
  •  Be more money/Investment Savvy- MF, Life Insurance, Financial Planning, Budget Savvy- 🙂

As you turn 5 !!!

Dear Pari,

It’s a very special moment for me as you turn 5. Having seen you growing for 5 years, I really believe you have grown up to be a very smart & intelligent girl. You do help me in all my kitchen experiments, whether it’s making dough, raita, jelly, omelette, or anything which requires mixing , Oh, yes, baking … I can’t dream of baking without your presence.You understand when I say no- you can’t do it. You know when it’s time for me to apply moisturizer on your face, and before that only you hide it in some place. I love when I am able to carry out conversation with you. I love shopping with you. I love when we both drool over the tablet by watching Stephanie George decorating cupcakes. I  love browsing you tube channels with you, be it vahchef, superprincessjo, cupcake addiction, laura in the kitchen,doonya dance, nail arts and other various channels. But, I don’t like your habit of decorating the entire room with stickers. I love the most your fashion sense, sense of style, your color combination, and also, the way you try to resolve our small disputes. Now, I can see you make friends  (but only with kids you kind of like). I am blessed..seeing you growing.. Love you lots !!!

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One day, in the morning, you get up & tell me “Mama, I had a dream. I have a small baby girl sister”

Me: 🙂 🙂

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Well, from last year, I started this questionnaire for the kiddo. But, right now I could not find those questions & answers from last year’s. So, I cooked up my own questions (30 Questionnaire) for Pari. & This is for the record, which I missed to do last year.

1. Favorite TV Show – Curious George ( Yes, she loves this program, and apart from these there is endless list of Peppa Pig, The Cat in the Hat, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Angelina Ballerina, Sesame Street, Chota Bheem, Peg+Cat, DInosaur Train, Peep)

2. Favorite Color – Pink & Green ( No change from last year)

3. What do you want to be when you grow up? – Mail man ( Yes, she wants to be a postman)

4. Favorite Song – Main rang sharbaton ka

5. Favorite Movie– Dhoom 3

6. Favorite Fruit – Apple ( without skin)

7. Favorite Food – Maggi

8. Favorite Drink– Apple Juice

9. Favorite Dinner– French fries wale aaloo & roti

10. Favorite Dessert– Jelly

11. Favorite Lunch– Dal & Rice

12. Favorite Animal– Rabbit

13. Favorite Season– Spring

14. Favorite Flower– Tulip

15. Favorite Dinner– French fries Aaloo with roti

16. Favorite Book– Dora

17. Favorite Teacher– Ms Falk

18. Favorite Word– I Love You

19. Favorite Dress– Green flower frock

20. Favorite Game– Hide & Seek with Papa

21. Anything at home you like most- Pom-pom tissue paper flowers

22. Favorite Snack @ school– Animal crackers

23. Favorite Shop– Dollar Tree

24. Best Friend– Nidhi, Samriddhi

25. Best Vacation ever– Atlantic City

26. Always Carry– Hello Kitty Toy

27. Favorite Language– Hindi

28. Favorite Craft– Made wooden boat with Papa

29. Mommy or Papa – most Favorite? – Papa

30. Mommy@office or Mommy@ home ? – Mommy @ home.