Pari & Myra

Pari’s wish came true. She really wanted a baby sister. And I must say, she welcomed her with a big heart. The day when she came to the hospital to meet her and when she held her baby sister Myra, I can’t tell you the excitement and happiness she had twinkling in her eyes. And she was a proud big sister. Sissy, as she loves to call her has always loved Pari. She loves when she sees Big Sis around.

Myra smiles when Pari talks.

Myra laughs when Pari makes faces and sing songs.

Myra enjoys when Pari plays with her.

Myra loves when Pari reads books to her.

Pari loves to call her by different names: Motichur laddoo, sissy-wissy, Myrie etc. And Myra loves when her big sis plays with her.

Love to see the sisters bonding 🙂





As you turn 8 !!!

Dear Pari,

As you turn 8, here is your most favorite Annual Questionnaire, we did today. Well, let’s begin:

1. Favorite TV Show – My Little Pony

2. Favorite Color – Green & Black

3. What do you want to be when you grow up? – Fashion Designer, Artist, Singer, Games & Robot Engineer (same as last year)

4. Favorite Song – I’m on the Wildside, Ever After High- Shining Bright, Party in the USA.

5. Favorite Movie– Ever After High- Epic Winter, Dishoom

6. Favorite Fruit – Apple & Banana

7. Favorite Food – Pasta

8. Favorite Drink– Cranberry  Juice

9.  Favorite Dessert– cookies & cream ice  cream

11. Favorite Lunch– Puri aloo

12. Favorite Animal– Peacock, Raccoon, and Flamingo.

13. Favorite Season– Winter

14. Favorite Flower– Lily

15. Favorite Book– Ever After High- The Unfairest of them all, Diary of a wimpy kid- old school

17. Favorite Teacher– Miss Patel

18. Favorite Word– Sissy (my sister’s nickname)

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

20. Favorite Game– Dragon City (in iPad)

21. Anything at home you like most- my sister

22. Favorite Snack @ school– Graham crackers

23. Favorite Shop– Toys r Us, Dunkin Donuts

24. Best Friend– Samriddhi, Nidhi, Ritika, Harsha, Olivia and Jessica

25. Best Vacation ever– Florida

26. Always Carry– Gel pens

27. Favorite Language– English

28. Favorite Craft– All the Canvas paintings

29. Mommy or Papa – most Favorite? – Mommy

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

31. Favorite Toy – Lego

32. What do you love to draw?  – Snowman

33. Favorite US President – Barack Obama

34. Favorite Board Game – Chess

35. Favorite song in piano – Old McDonald had a farm

36. Goals– Be better at Math and Reading.

37. Favorite painting I made – The Tree of Life

38. Favorite Subject in School – Writing and Math

DIY Easy Dollhouse with Foam board

This was on my draft from so long. So, posting it now..

On Diwali, Pari’s Dad always make Diwali Gharonda for Pari. And we have been doing this every year. Last year 2015, too, he made very easy Diwali Gharonda or Dollhouse by using foam board or thermocol sheet can also be used. It was done in 2-3 hours. We used 2 sheets of Foam Board from Walmart, Hot Glue Gun (Pari’s Dad loved the glue gun).

  • First cut the foam board in the desired size for the floor.
  • Then cut the two parts for the side wall cum window. Create the window structure as shown in the below pic.
  • And attach them to the floor as shown in the pic (Hope you understand)1-DIY Dollhouse - 1
  • Then measure and cut the foam board sheet and stick to the existing structure as shown in the pic.

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  • As it was very much blank, Pari decided on some drama on 2 walls. We had this floral Contact Paper, and doesn’t it look so pretty.
  • Next, we will make the roof. Cut another foam board of the same size as the floor, and place it on top.

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  • .Like this, and also added a pillar in the down for extra support.

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  • And this is how it looked, after we created curtains for windows using streamers and a liitle bathtub and small paper lanterns decorating the terrace.

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And  Pari  loves to play with her dollhouse.

Pari and Bollywood !!!

Even after 3 years in US, my love for Bollywood hasn’t faded a bit. Every Friday, I make them watch trailers of all the upcoming Bollywood movies. And any newly released song, if dad & Pari like it, we play it all the time.

It all happened, when she heard the song from the movie ‘Roy’. A 6 year old little girl loved the song “Sooraj Dooba hai”. And really loved it and made me play in the car all the time.

This Summer Vacation, we saw the old classic movies “Hum hain rahi pyaar ke”, “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander”, “Dulhe Raja” and today we watched “Kal Ho Na Ho”. And she cried at the end. And her Dad scolded me, why did you make her watch this movie. I was like …. 🙂 . My love for Shahrukh :).

Nowadays, she is a biggest fan of Varun Dhawan. Will not miss any moment to watch Varun Dhawan’s appearance on TV. Watched the movie “Dilwale” only because of Varun Dhawan. And also a big fan of Jacqueline Fernandez and Kriti Sanon. She watched the movie “Dishoom” on the first day of its release. And was telling her Dad “You’re so lucky you have your birthday on the day of ‘Dishoom’ release.

Yesterday I was telling her how to behave with elders, and you did something wrong. I told her around 3-4 times and finally she was fed up of listening. And this is what Pari said.

Pari: “Mere andar ka Salman Khan cheekh cheekh ke chilla ke kah raha hai – Bade bade shahron mein chhoti-chhoti baatein hoti rahti hai”

Me: Hello, madam, ye Shahrukh Khan ne kaha  hai. and ye kaisa dialog hai.

Pari: Ye Dishoom mein bola tha Varun Dhawan ne.

Me: Badtameez ho tum.

Pari: Badtameez dil badtameez dil janoo na .

Me: 😦 🙂 Can’t do anything with this girl.


My Weight Loss Journey of 2015

April 2015

After a long 6 months of winter, we got out on a nice Sunday evening to view Cherry Blossom in Newark, I was deciding on what to wear. Whatever I am trying to wear, either not fitting me or my belly fat becoming very prominent. I got on the weighing scale, and whooop: 160 lbs. OMG, In 6 months I gained 15 pounds 😦 . Even 145 lbs for 5’2″ is too much. Still, I was like okay. But now, it’s too much. I need to do something about this. Need to reduce my weight and reduce my current belly waist from 40 inches to 34 inches. i know it’s demanding too much.. But I need to get into my pre-pregnancy figure. 160 lbs to 120 lbs. So, the thing with which I was keeping myself away these days…. now I am all into it. Women and weight loss Tamasha.

Now, the next question is: How? Offcourse with diet and exercise. I heard a lot about Rujuta Diwekar so  I read the book: “Don’t Lose your mind, lose your weight”. I loved the book. It’s really good to read a book which gives a good knowledge on topic, rather than some graphic tips shared in social media, Eat this.. Don’t eat this. A very comprehensive book of the richness of our great Indian Diet. You just need to know what, when and how much to eat.

After reading the book, I implemented the first thing at my home: Eating with all your senses. Now, no more watching TV, iPad, mobile while breakfast, dinner and lunch. And, I am loving it. So, with all the Rujuta’s gyan and other readings “Wheat Belly”, our Ayurveda and other information available, this is what I am planning for my diet following these principles:

1. Low-carb, high protein diet, Less Wheat ( I know Rujuta doesn’t believe in these no carb diet). But I believe I eat a lot of carbohydrates which I need to reduce.

2. Eating with all senses and at regular intervals.

3. Avoid processed foods including Bread, Store made cakes, cookies, Breakfast Cereals, Frozen Naans, any other frozen food, no snacking on Haldiram packets of samosa, kachori.

4. No  Less Sugar, No Less home made fried.

5. Lots of fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables, More Greens.

Morning Intake: 1 cup of luke warm glass water with lemon, honey and cayenne pepper. Banana or any seasonal fruit. 5 soaked almonds

Breakfast: Poha, Idli, Dosa, Upma, Rava Idli, Roti-Omelette

Snack: yoghurt with fruits.

Lunch: Rice, Dal- Veg, Lemon rice, raita, Kadi with pakodi, Dahi-aloo, Dahi-Lauki,

Evening Snack: Dhokla, Baked Sweet Potato, Roasted peanuts, Roasted chura, Sev Murmura, Chhole- Aloo Chat, Mango Lassi,

Dinner: Green Salad with apple cider vinegar as dressing.

August 2015

Even after all the plans were ready, made Whatsapp schedule with my friends for reducing weight. Nothing concrete was happening in terms of weight loss. My weight was still in the range 155-160 lbs. Then in Aug 1st week, I visited doctor and got my tests done. And Whoop my test results:

  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Sugar
  • High Thyroid
  • Low Vitamin D
  • Low Vitamin B12

Felt really sad. We decided to tackle the last two by medications and top 3 required weight loss. Decided to go on a 21 day diet of Khichdi ( Brown Rice + Moong + Roasted sesame seeds, ajwain, coriander leaves and ginger). After 3 days, could not continue 🙂 mostly because of husband’s continuous saying “Don’t starve yourself, eat everything.”

Sept-Oct 2015

In the month of September & October, started walking for an hour a day, as Pari started her school. Was walking for on an average, 4 days a week. My goal was to walk for 8500 steps but usually I was walking for around 10000 steps. After a month I observed fat accumulated on my waist started shrinking. And at the end of October, my weight was 150 lbs. Yaay- yaay- yaay ..In the month of November, was not very regular on walking, Diwali special sweets. Pari felt sick and a week of school holidays… still by the end of November, I was 145 lbs. Days became colder in December and could not go out for walking. Started JM 30 day shred, every evening. Within 5 days, I noticed my tops and blouses started getting loose. I can feel the difference. On 28th December 2015, I am 140 lbs. All this, with no special diet restriction, no high protein-less carb diet, just knowing when to stop my food and eating at regular intervals, mostly home made food.

Here is the summary

  • May 2015: 160 lbs
  • Aug 2015: 155 lbs
  • October 2015: 150 lbs
  • December 2015: 140 lbs.

Plan for next year

  • Eat healthy, no sugar, no processed food, drink more water.
  • To reduce to 130 lbs and reduce from size 8 to size 6.
  • Follow a yoga routine for 30 minutes in morning and JM shred, piyo, T25 in evening.
  • Just remember, walk is not an exercise, but very effective in keeping one healthy.

DIY Nail Paint Stand

DIY Nail paint Stand

Over the Summer of 2015, me & Pari made this beautiful Nail Paint Stand to organize her ever increasing collection of nail paints. This was a 2 hour project, costed almost nothing, as we had everything already. For this, we needed:

  • A box – Recently, I received a big, sturdy UPS box in the courier. A perfect size for our project.
  • Glue Gun
  • Duck Tape Contact Paper.
  • Foam Board
  • Cardboard Cutting Tool

Here is the box.

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To begin with, I removed one face of the box facing me.

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Covered the face with Duck Tape Contact paper. I had zebra print.

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Now, to make levels in this box, I measured and cut 2 foam boards, so that it fits in this box. Along with this, I also cut small strips which can be attached in the front.

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It should look like this. NailPaint Stand-5

Now, cover the foam board cut-outs with the contact paper. Glue it to the box with the help of glue gun. And this is the finished project:

DIY Nail paint Stand

This project was actually inspired from Pinterest. Pari loved making this Nail Paint Stand especially sticking the contact paper, and using the hot glue gun, ya ya she was extremely careful. This nail paint stand is proudly sitting on my dresser :).