Friday, June 29, 2012

Bead Necklace for Kids

Hey All... hows it going??.. Before I go into today's post.. don't forget to enter my Copy-Kids DVD giveaway. I wrote a article on squidoo yesterday.. documenting the funny experience of trying to promote the giveaway. Anyone interested in reading??...

Okay.. now to today's post.. I made this kid's beaded necklace almost a year ago... for a relative. Wasn't keen on clicking pics then.. so please excuse the blurriness.. Tried to make it look okay with picsArt..

Its a fish pendant with white shell like beads... you likey??

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Crackle it!! - on my nails

Another picsArt experiment...

On my nails - Sally Hansen Insta-Dri (snappy sorbet)
                      Sally Hansen Antiqued Gold Crackle

Easy Spicy Gobi fry

Its a given fact that everyone will love anything fried.. from kids to adults. This is one of those dishes that you simply cannot resist.. even if it is seeing the picture for a long time... *Sighhhhhh....*

Does it seem odd... that I'm writing like this about the dish I blog about??... Reason... its from my friend :) 

Ingredients :
Cauliflower                : 1 (small).
red chili powder         : 3tbsp.
ginger garlic paste    : 1 tbsp.
red food color           : apinch(not necessary).
curd                          : 2 tbsp.
salt,oil                       : as required.

Procedure  :
1. Marinate the cauliflower with all the ingredients and set aside for 1 hr.
2. Heat the oil in a pan.
3. Add the cauliflower and stir well until it cooked.

Note : It goes well with lemon rice,curd rice, bread, dosa etc
you can make sandwich with this masala.
And you can make cauliflower masala dosa too.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Maybelline colorsensational lipstick - coral carnation swatch

Curry Leaves Mini Idly

Mini idly is one of my kid's favorite dish... mine too! But I don't get to make it often. This recipe is from my friend.

This could make the perfect dish for your kid, plus one dish in a party or as I do, just gobble one anytime :)

Ingredients :
Mini Idlies                 
Curry powder - 3 sp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal -1 tsp
Asafoetida - pinch
salt, oil  - as needed

Curry  powder
Roast and grind - curry leaves,red chillies and little bit urad dal
Procedure :
1. Heat oil in a pan.
2. Add mustard seeds,urad dal.let them crackle.
3. then add asafoetida,Salt & curry powder.
4. Add idlies and mix well.

Don't forget to enter my Copy-Kids DVD Giveaway here

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Giveaway Update...

Hey All... I would like to update you all on the rafflecopter widget and the mandatory rules for the giveaway. I wrote this on the GIVEAWAY POST too. But wanted to write is separately... just in case you miss it.

DVD Value $19.95
Image source: Copy Kids

  • Please comment on the GIVEAWAY POST HERE to complete the mandatory rule 1 and 
  • Be a follower to my blog on Google friend connect and leave your GFC name in the box shown when you click enter to complete rule number 2.
After completing these tasks go to the widget and click ENTER on the rules to unlock other entries. Even if you do not leave a comment or not follow me on GFC , the widget will enter you when you click. I'll do the verification finally before announcing the winner.

My bad on not writing these instructions in the first place before placing the widget :( 

Good luck friends!!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Review and Giveaway : COPY KIDS DVD

I would like to start by thanking CAI for selecting me to review their amazing children's DVD and for being kind to giveaway a DVD to one of my readers :)

DVD Value $19.95
(Image source: copy kids)

About COPY KIDS (from their PR):
COPY-KIDS MEDIA, an independent media company, presents its debut DVD. Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables is the first DVD in a series designed to encourage healthy habits in young children. This series is for children aged six months to 5 years.

My Perspective:
The concept behind the DVD is to get the children eat fruits and vegetables by watching other kids do so. We all know that any kid would and will imitate other kids while playing, eating... well... almost all the time. I've found my kid (20 months old) do that. I've seen him eat certain food/ do certain activity just by watching other kids. That is why I got interested in this particular DVD. Don't we all want our kids to eat the fruits and vegetables ? :)

My Take on the DVD:
One word - it WORKS like a miracle. The first time I played the DVD there was a big ear-to-ear smile from the kid :) He enjoyed watching the kids eat in the video. I said it works because, for the first time after watching the DVD he not only asked for a banana, he ate it himself. Before this, he'd never held a banana or fed himself.

Apart from the kids eating, the DVD also features Dr. Jay Gordon, famous pediatrician  answering questions on children nutrition and eating habits... the kind questions we all would like to hear answered from our pediatrician.

Watch the DVD preview here Don't miss the the comments section from the mommies.. real life experiences.

Awards and Accolades for the DVD:
One from Dr. Toy:

One from MACT

They were approved by the USDA and added to their Education and Training Materials Database for pre-school nutrition:

Now to the giveaway part. Fill out the rafflecopter for any number of entries you could complete. This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE. The first 2 entries are mandatory. Complete the 2 to unlock other optional entries.

(To follow through GFC: If you are new to dynamic layout, you'll find a black slide bar to the right side of the blog, move the cursor over it and click to find the GFC)

Updated: For the entries so far and future ones.. please make sure you write a comment on this post on my blog to complete the first entry and follow me through google friend connect for the second entry. The way it works is... you have to complete the task first and then click "ENTER" to complete each entry. 

The thing is, even if you don't comment and click enter, it will enter you... I'll verify the comments and GFC. If you have any questions please email me - 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, June 24, 2012

RiNgS - picsArt edited

This post is really not about the rings :) its about the pic edited on PicsArt. Do you like it ?

Anyways, I'll tell you all about the rings too. The blue bow is already blogged here. The fuschia one is from Charming Charlie.
The pink flower is from forever 21. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Spicy potato curry

This is a super easy, spicy potato curry.. for your quick fix lunch with curd rice.

Number of servings: 3 - 4
Red Potatoes - 5
Garlic (shredded) - 2 big pods
Red chilli powder - 1 spoon
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Amchur powder - a pinch
Lemon - just a bit to add the tangy taste

To temper:
Mustard seeds
Urad dal


  • Cut the potatoes and microwave for 3 minutes (to cook faster)
  • Heat oil in a kadai and splutter items to temper. Add the garlic and potatoes and saute
  • Add the powders and salt and sprinkle water and cook until done
  • Squeeze a bit of lemon to add the tangy taste and switch off

Friday, June 22, 2012

Charming Charlie finds :)

Aren't we all super excited to shop for jewelry :)? Even window shopping (without buying anything) is like a therapy don't you think :) To refresh minds!

Anyway its real nice to write about it.. not so practical with a kid! I always make an online research on my little available time on what to buy and where to buy and hit only 1 or 2 stores when we visit the mall.

Charming Charlie is one such stop. Its a fashion jewelry shop. This time luckily I visited the shop during a good sale on the SALE items. These were Buy 1 get 2 free! Each piece was on sale for $3. Soooo.. good find don't you think? :)

The black metal hoop like earrings were Originally $6.97
The retro blue ones were $5.97 and
The anklet - I don't remember..

But all three were $3 on sale. Apart from sale, the whole store is a real treat to the eyes (If you have time :) ) I've never seen around the whole shop as such.. just a part of it. Its color you can find greens together, yellows together... etc. If you have one in your place sure pay a visit!

DISCLAIMER: I'm not sponsored by the shop or reviewing the shop/products. All the products mentioned here were bought by me and is purely my own view of it.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dynamic layout update N twitter account

Do you guys like the dynamic layout for the blog?? I wanted to try out something fresh and.. well... dynamic for this summer :) There is a drop down list to the top left corner of this blog where you can choose different styles to view the posts.. Its quite interesting! See the different looks in my blog if you are interested in changing yours... and want to have a idea of how it looks...

And there is a sliding list to the right side of the blog where you can find the archives, friends, labels, etc.. I wish I could stop the slide.. Will check out about that.. So how is summer for you??

I finished my last post here... I just wanted to update in the same post instead of writing a new one. The dynamic layout is very interesting! Although there are some compromises like placing a side bar pic or link that can be found easily..! I think certain gadgets cannot be placed as we do in the normal layout like pageviews, maps, etc... But I'm okay with that..

You may notice that I added a pic now... (This was grill @ a friend's place) I put this pic up, because the particular style/view of dynamic blog that I had - "snapshot" din't show the post with out a pic.. but other views did.. even without a pic.. so you see.. LEARNING :)
 The coolest part is....  It is interactive and gives a sophisticated look :)

P.S. I added a twitter account and email account to the top tabs. Check it out!

Have a beautiful day! :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Father's day kids activity

This was an activity planned by my friend on father's day for the kids. She ordered customized aprons for all the dad's and had the kids print their hands and write, draw to their dad's. As well prepared and planned as S is.. she had got all the paint, fabric pens, sheets, etc.. The kids enjoyed doing this!

Isn't it a nice way to engage kids? :)) 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Quick Channa Masala (non-gravy)

This is a quick recipe with some left over boiled channa. This is good for rice dishes.... or chapati if you don't mind the non gravy consistency :)

P.S. do you guys know how to water mark pics in Instagram??

Number of servings: 2
Boiled white channa - 1 cup
Onion - 1 big
Tomato - 1 big
Ginger garlic paste - 1 spoon
Red chilli powder - 1 spoon
Coriander powder - 1/2 spoon

To temper:
Mustard seeds
Urad dal

  • Heat oil in a kadai and splutter the items to temper. Add chopped onions, ginger garlic paste and saute
  • Add the tomatoes and saute well. Add the red chilli powder and coriander powder and saute
  • Add the boiled channa and salt and let it cook until done

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Yellow Watermelon

Came across this yellow watermelon today. This is the first time I'm seeing a yellow watermelon.  Have you?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Recyle - Tissue box to carry bag box

This is an idea that I picked up from few friends place. Have been trying to follow it for a year now. Very simple tip that you all may know, but it never occurred to me until I saw it. So thought of sharing for like minds like me :)

Recyling a tissue box to carry bag or plastic bag holder. To keep it neat and manageable. What is your secret to manage things like these ?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Quick Cauliflower Fry - kids friendly

Instagrammed pic :) its real handy !

Don't we all love fried snacks :) let alone kids.. You can be assured that your kid will definitely gobble this in no time!

Number of servings: 1
Cauliflower florets - 4 - 5 big (cut into small pieces)
Oil to fry

For the batter:
Besan flour - 4 tbsp
Rice flour - 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 spoon


  • Microwave the cauliflower florets for 2 - 3 minutes
  • Mix the batter ingredients with little water - not watery not too thick
  • Heat the oil in kadai and deep fry the florets in medium flame.. yummy cauliflower fry is ready!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mango pickle and Giveaway @ GeeBeeBeauty - Day 30

Today is the big day for my blog! DAY 30. It was real fun to blog for 30 days. I have to confess that it wasn't very easy (having a toddler). But I really hope to continue posting regularly here on.

Today's post is a very common recipe with Mango. I learnt the first version from my MIL and have heard a lot of variations from friends. This recipe is from my MIL.

Green Mango - 1
Red chilli powder - 1/2 spoon

To temper:
Gingely oil
Mustard seeds


  • Cut the mango into small pieces and mix it with red chili powder and salt
  • Heat the oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds and hing and add it to the mango
I like to have this with yoghurt rice.

I would also like to let you all know about a giveaway going on @ GeeBeeBeauty for a week.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mobile blogging - INSTAGRAM - day 29

Hi all... I've been trying instagram. Not much though... Have you?

This part is computer edited :) - To let you all know about the ring. Cocktail ring can make a good statement piece. It can never go unnoticed. You can pair it up with any type of outfit. Can you guess its price?..... It cost $2 . 50 or so.. definitely less than $3 from Forever 21. Isn't it nice??.. You can find ethnic kind of rings too for Indian attire.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Crochet baby boots and link to pattern- Day 28

Okay I really pounced into my photo stash and found my fav crochet baby boots that I did during my last trimester I guess.. do you like it??

My guru in crochet in Teresa - Virtual guru. I learnt every single stitch from her videos. Trust me, you do not need to know anything about crochet to start learning from her. Just watch her videos and it will all come to you. You just need TIME. Here is the link to Baby Boots . She has a great blog with written instructions in addition to video instructions on youtube.