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Go Stylish This Summers with Divatress

Disclaimer : This is a sponsored post. The views and opinions expressed are entirely mine

I had become very tired of my looks and was looking for some change. Having worked as a hairstylist myself and been in the beauty industry for more than a decade, I am extremely conscious about the health of my hair and avoid getting chemical treatments done on my hair.

Hair are a very important part of beauty and a good hairstyle goes a long way in making your style statement. Also, at the same time, we easily become tired of carrying the same hairstyle for a long time. Especially during the wedding season, when one has to attend a number of functions, we need a new hair style for every function. While surfing the net and looking for some new hairstyling options, I came across Divatress.com. Divatress, is a company that sells thousands of wigs and hair care products.

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The idea of hair braiding and trying different braids and curls really struck with me. I always find curls and braids more fascinating since I have straight hair. They make the hair look thicker, voluminous and more glamorous. But braiding or curling your own hair is really time consuming. Divatress offer crochet braids hair which can be easily installed in your own hair. They merge in the hair beautifully and look absolutely natural. 

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Why Crochet Braids

1.  Easy to use-

        Crochet braids can be easily installed in your own  hair with the help of a crochet needle.

2.  Less time consuming-

It takes less time than braiding your own natural hair.

3.   Variety of hairstyles-

There is a huge variety of crochet braids ranging from pre-braided and twisted-style to wavy and curly styles along with different colour options too.

4.   Hassle free hairstyles-

Crochet braid is completely hassle free way of changing your hairstyles.

5.   Safe for hair-

There is no chemical treatment or heat treatment involved in the process. So, you can have any colour or any kinds of curls in your hair without having to worry about the hair getting damaged.

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So, whether you are a stay at home mom and looking for some change in your hairstyle or are a professional who needs to change her looks every now and then, go ahead for crochet braids hair and look glamorous this summer.  Crochet braids hair is for everybody who wants to experiment with their looks and is looking for a change in hairstyle.

 

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Fun Filled Family Getaway: KidZania Delhi NCR

As soon as exams got over, my kids started insisting us to take them to their favourite place which is KidZania Delhi NCR. We happily obliged as it was a much deserved break and also it’s a place where they can have unlimited fun along with some learning too. KidZania is an entire city full of fun for kids.

It’s a place which offers various role play activities for kids ranging from doctors, engineers, lawyers, judges, dancers, radio jockeys and many more. There is a hospital, a dental clinic, petrol pump, driving school, airport, Pepper fry furniture store, services like DHL, Bajaj energy conservation hub to name a few. All these are child driven activities which provide children real hands on experience of the working of these places.

The best part of KidZania is their security system. They provide a device to every member of the family which helps parents to keep a track of the kids and locate where they are. So, while the kids are engaged in all the activities, parents can easily sit back and enjoy themselves at the parents lounge. There are a number of food joints which offer a variety of food and coffee shops. To keep the memories of KidZania, there is a photo shop and a souvenir shop as well.

KidZania has also come up with some activities for adults too. So, parents who want to participate can opt for activities like Amity University, Archaeological site, Bollywood, courthouse, Disco lounge, Furtado’s school of music and Shiamak Dance academy and many more.

KidZania is the best place to celebrate your kid’s birthday and let their friends have an experience they will cherish forever. This place has so much to do for everyone that it makes it impossible to complete all the activities in one visit. Kids also get to open an account in Yes Bank and manage their own Kidzos, debit card and Pazzport.


For performing the role activities the kids have to either earn or spend their kidzos which enables them to learn the concept of earning, spending and saving money. At the end of their visit, they can also shop for themselves at the departmental store.


The activities which became a hit for my kids were rock climbing for my elder one and nursing the baby for my younger one. Apart from that my kids also enjoyed performing surgeries at the hospital and the dental treatment at the clinic.
For us, the most joyful sight was watching the kids running around as cops catching a thief and extinguishing fire as fire men. The experience of sitting at a fire engine was simply unforgettable.

So, what are you waiting for, take your kids to the most exciting place in the city and just sit back and enjoy.
For more details visit: http://india.kidzania.com/en-in

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Best for Baby, Best for Mama: Mama Earth Product Review  

A mother’s body under goes many changes during pregnancy and after delivery. All these changes adversely affect our skin. The stretch marks and uneven skin tone due to lack of sleep and other reasons are two major visible signs of all these changes. For this mama earth has brought some very useful products which help to deal with them in a most natural way.


Mama Earth Essential Body Oil
During pregnancy our skin becomes very itchy and stretchy which leaves stretch marks after delivery. To reduce stretchiness and itchiness of the skin during pregnancy, mama earth essential body oil proves to be very helpful.
Its key ingredients like Sea buckthorn oil, passion fruit, almond oil, olive oil, mulberry extract, jojoba oil, argan oil, green tea oil, lavender oil, geranium oil and vitamin E oil are extremely beneficial for the skin. It does not have mineral oils and is paraben free.
It can be used from the second trimester onwards to prevent stretch marks after delivery.


Bye Bye Blemishes
Worried about dark spots and uneven skin tone? Mama earth brings to you, Bye Bye Blemishes Cream for correcting uneven skin tone and dark spots. It helps in reducing pigmentation by restricting the melanin deposits which appears as dark spots on the face. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
Its key ingredients are: mulberry extract, shea butter, lavender oil, olea europaea fruit oil, daisy flower extract and hydrogenated olive oil.
Use liberally on freshly cleaned skin twice a day and a visible difference can be noticed within a few days.


Mama Earth Milky Soft Face Cream for Babies
Mama Earth’s milky soft face cream for babies helps in keeping dryness at bay. It takes care of the baby’s delicate skin in a most natural way. It moisturises the skin deeply and prevents dryness by forming a skin barrier. It is also helpful in dealing with skin eczema, chapped and dry skin.
Its key ingredients are almond oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, glycerine, shea butter, sesame oil, cocoa butter, murumuru butter, lavender oil and milk protein.
All these ingredients are extremely beneficial in keeping the skin soft and supple. Also, it is dermatologically tested and does not contain any harmful chemicals.
Where can you buy these?
Mama Earth products can be bought from their official site: https://mamaearth.in/

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Mama Earth Easy Tummy Roll On and After Bite Roll on : Product Review

I must say, every time, my kiddo sees a new mama earth product, she runs after it and becomes excited to use it. She loves to see the cute baby animals on its bottles and knows it is something for her. She adores the fragrance of mama earth products and loves to use them. For me, it is my trusted brand now.

This time mama earth has come up with the solution of two very common problems of babies that makes every mother easily worried:

1. Colic

2. Insect bite

Mama Earth Easy Tummy Roll On

Every mother knows how painful it is to see her baby crying and unable to sleep at night due to colic. Colic is very common in babies. I used to keep asafoetida handy and apply it around the navel of my baby by mixing it in water and making a paste. It’s a common home remedy that works well most of the time.

Mama Earth Easy Tummy Roll On has Olive Oil, Hing oil, Dill seed oil, fennel oil, peppermint oil and ginger oil as its key ingredients. When babies get colic, all one has to do it to gently rub the roll on around the navel. It provides relief in no time to the baby.

The roll on bottle is very easy to carry and can be easily kept in the diaper bags. It is very handy and easy to use.

It is 100% natural and does not contain any chemicals or alcohol.

Mama Earth after Bite Roll On

No mother likes to see the swelling on the apple cheeks of their little ones after insect bites. The swelling and itchiness can become very painful at times. Mama Earth after bite roll on works very effectively against mosquito and other insect bite. Its key ingredients are coconut oil, calendula oil, peppermint oil and Roman Chamomile Oil.

The anti- bacterial and anti- fungal properties of coconut oil are very helpful in soothing rashes, disinfecting cuts and promoting healing of wounds. Calendula oil helps soothe sore, inflamed and itchy skin. Peppermint oil gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the skin. Roman Chamomile oil acts as a skin healer and relieves skin irritations.

With the goodness of all these natural oils and a perfectly easy to carry roll on bottle makes Mama Earth after Bite Roll on the perfect solution to insect bites for kids.

Where to Buy

Mama Earth products are available on all the leading online portals and also from their official site : https://mamaearth.in/

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The Inheritors: Stories of Entrepreneurship and Success by Sonu Bhasin – Book Review

Wondering how to grow your business and looking for some inspiration? Thinking as to how some businesses grow so big and while some are still struggling to make the ends meet?

The Inheritors by Sonu Bhasin is just what you are looking for.

About the Author

Sonu Bhasin is one of the early and senior women professionals in the industry and has led businesses in senior leadership positions during her role as director, ING Barings; president, Axis Bank; and group President, Yes Bank. Currently, Sonu is an independent director of boards of well-known companies.

She is the founder of Families and Business (FAB), a platform for family-owned businesses, and the editor of Families & Business magazine.

Blurb of the book

Why did Harsh Mariwala leave his family business? Why did the Burman family quit the day-to-day operations of Dabur? How did the Dhingras turn a collapsing business into India’s second largest paint company?

The Inheritors offers a fascinating behind- the- scenes look at what goes on in Marico, Dabur, Keventers, Berger Paints, Select Group, Motilal Oswal and many more. The book focuses on culture, family politics, ego battles, business rivalries and a lot more. And then, of course, there are the inheritors themselves- some take the businesses to greater heights while others lead them to doom.

Review

Sonu Bhasin has chosen storytelling method while writing about the inheritors of the so-called big business houses and brands as we know them today. The story telling method makes the book very interesting and highly relatable. It is very interesting to know that the inheritors, who are believed to be born with a silver spoon, also need to work hard and face a lot of challenges to reach where they are. Success doesn’t come easily to anyone. Even the big companies who have reached the skies of success today have to start from a scratch and had to go through several hardships from various fronts to be where they are today.

I found the book very inspiring and gripping from beginning to the end. Even while talking about the details of financial aspects of the family businesses, the book doesn’t lose the interest of the reader. Reading about the personal lives and interests of the inheritors of the family businesses, their ambitions, passions and dreams while dealing with the various obstacles that they had to confront, like Amit Burman’s dream of establishing food related business and how he had to work his way through in converting Real Fruit Juices and Lite Bite Foods into big profitable brands has highly inspiring and motivating.

The book also brings into light some aspects of feminism though in extremely subtle ways when the author talks about how the females of the families of the family businesses were not given any role in the council and even the profit sharing of some companies.

At the same time, there is the story of Pooja Jain from Luxor group, who questions the term “inheritors” itself and brings in to light how each day she has to work hard and has dedicated herself in the service of the company.

To conclude, the tight grip on the narrative and the story telling medium combined with some of the most fascinating stories of the people who took the reins of their family businesses in their hands and have not only been running it successfully but have also led them to greater heights, makes “The Inheritors” a worth read.

I was given a copy of the book by Writer’s Melon for an honest review.

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Wondr Box Review

Every parent strives to bring out the best in their children. We try our best to engage our little ones in creative and constructive play. However, there are times when we become busy in our own work and allow children to do what they like. Children become so easily bored with the innumerable toys and eventually end up watching TV or mobiles. They become so glued to the screens that it becomes difficult to take them off the screens. In situation like these, WondrBox comes to our rescue.

What is a WondrBox?

WondrBox is a thoughtfully designed monthly subscription box for kids. Each box contains 4 activities based on the concepts of Maths, English, Science and Art and Craft.  Each box is based on a different theme. Along with the activities, there is a story book based on that theme.

The subscription boxes are designed according to different age groups of children:

1.   World of Toddlers (Age 3-4)

2.   The Curious Minds (Age 5-7)

3.   The Little Explorers (Age 8-10)

4.   Upcoming Conquerors ( Age 11+)

Why WondrBox?

1)   Children get bored of their toys and books too soon, with a monthly subscription of WondrBox, they can get new activities and books every month.

2)   Toys and books are too expensive and gets easily dumped by kids. The WondrBox subscription is pocket friendly. Instead of buying numerous toys and books and dumping them, there is one box which contains everything.


3)   The WondrBox subscription saves our time of going to various toy shops and searching for appropriate toys and books for our kids. It provides the activities and story books right at out door steps.

4)   It takes care of the interest and learning level of the child. The boxes are designed according to different age groups. There are different activities in each box. The child can discover his or her interests through different activities.

5)   It maintains the curiosity of the child. The monthly subscription means that the child will be waiting for the next box to see what is there inside. It is based on creative and fun learning which is sure to engage the kids in a constructive play. The science based activities are designed to raise a curious child.


 

My Views on WondrBox:

I received the world of toddlers WondrBox for my little cherub this month. The theme for this month is emotions. Kids of this age group are very small and cannot explain how they are feeling and what makes them feel that way. The activities are all based around that theme. There are flash cards to play with a game, art and craft activity, language building and reasoning based games. All these help a child in understanding the various emotions and identify with them.

My cherub was extremely happy to receive the box and got engaged in it for hours.


 

Where is it available from?

 

The subscription for the WondrBox can be taken from their official site: www.wondrbox.com

 

 

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Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion Review

Winters are here and those who have witnessed Delhi’s harsh and dry winters would surely know the impact of the dry air on our skin. The dryness and itchiness due to the dry and cold air makes us grab our moisturiser bottles every now and then. Even after applying moisturising lotion daily, our skin remains dry and itchy.

The worst impact of this dry, cold and harsh winters is on the delicate skin of our babies. We love our babies’ soft and delicate skin and hate to find it losing its moisture as they grow older and especially in winters. As they reach toddlerhood, their skin needs extra care because this is the time they start their preschools and go for outdoor playtime. Their skin has to bear the wrath of dry and extremely polluted air that we have in Delhi which begins to take a toll on their soft skin. The impact is almost immediately visible. The chapped lips, the patchy skin and severe itchiness becomes a great cause of concern for the mothers.


Almost every mother must be familiar with Aveeno. It’s a skincare product range by Johnson and Johnson. It’s a brand based in the U.S. but has been recently launched in India. Aveeno Baby’s Active Naturals Oat contains 5 vital elements, which are also found in healthy baby skin, proteins, enzymes, vitamins, lipids and antioxidants. It helps in naturally nourishing and protecting the baby’s skin from itchiness.


 I tried Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion for my kids. It contains oatmeal blended with rich emollients which soothes baby’s skin and protects it from becoming dry. It is non greasy and gets absorbed quickly. It is hypoallergenic and fragrance free which does not irritate a baby’s skin. It is paraben free, phthalate-free and also steroid free. It gives 24 hour protection and keeps the skin well nourished.


My younger daughter’s skin is a little dry and I was worried as it will get drier and cause itchiness to her. So, I have to be a little more particular for her skin care in winters. I have tried Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion with her for over a week. I apply it every day before sending her to school and even after coming back from school, her skin remains nourished. She is not complaining of any itchiness on her skin even in this cold and dry weather which has made Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion my go-to product for her.

 

 

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Super Gummy Product Review

One of the major concerns for a mother is the health of her children. Children in the age group of 3-10 years tend to become fussy and start developing their own choices and preferences for food. Most of the times, children develop a liking for packaged and unhealthy food and run away at the sight of fruits and vegetables. Also, at this age they are involved in several activities and go through growth spurts which means they need a balanced and healthy diet to fulfil the needs of their body. It becomes a challenge for a mother to make them eat healthy food which contains all the micro and macro nutrients.

We consult doctors and take their advice on whether to give them nutritional supplements or not but the mere sight of a medicine bottle is enough for the kids to turn it away. So, the question is how can we meet these nutritional gaps and ensure that our kids take their daily dose of vitamins and minerals.
Recently, I came across a brand which seems to have understood our concerns. Super Gummy has brought to us yummy chewable supplements for kids. These come in the form of chewable jelly bears in four different flavours and are power packed with all the vitamins and minerals. They have the right balance of nutrients with yummy flavours like guava, mango, strawberry and orange.

The colour, shape and taste of these gummies is such that kids cannot refuse them. I showed it to my elder one and she loved it. After trying it once, she takes it every day herself. She takes it every day to school and her friends also love it. They now ask her to bring the gummy for them as well.
During the long hours of school and with an active involvement in the co-curricular activities of my daughter, I am no longer worried about her health and nutritional needs. She prefers gummies over other sweets and chocolates since she knows that these jelly bears are not only tasty but healthy too. This little pixie dust magic is all we need to make our kids smarter, stronger and happier.

 

 

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MamaEarth Organic Wet Wipes Review

 

About MamaEarth

MamaEarth has become the most favoured brand for me now. This is one brand which is keeping all its promises and ensures that the products that they get for mums and babies are 100% toxin free and safe. There are no chemicals or parabens in any of their products and they are extremely gentle and mild in nature.

Mamaearth has got a new product this time which is once again like the other products completely natural and safe to use: Organic Bamboo Based Wipes. With small kids around it is completely impossible to have a day without using wet wipes.  Especially with new born babies, wet wipes are our constant companions.

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 About MamaEarth Bamboo Based Organic Wet Wipes

Mamaearth Bamboo Based Organic Wet Wipes are made from Bamboo Cloth. Its key ingredients are almond oil, shea butter, lavender essential oil, glycerine and aloe vera. These wipes are extremely soft and ideal for a baby’s delicate skin. The best part of these wipes is that they are organic and biodegradable. The size of the wipes is big enough for the cleaning purposes. These are much thicker than the ones that we get in the market. Being 100% chemical free, they do not cause any allergies or rashes. The packaging is extremely good. It has a box lid which keeps the moisture of the wet wipes intact. Generally, once we peel the sticker of the wet wipes packets, the other wipes start losing their moisture. The box lid of MamaEarth Wet Wipes prevents the other wipes from getting dry.

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What I like About Mamaearth Wet Wipes

I liked the fact that these wet wipes are biodegradable in nature. The other wet wipes are made from polyester which means that they are not environmental friendly. The fragrance of these wipes is very gentle, mild and long lasting in nature. These are hypo allergenic and soft.  

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Price

A packet of 72 wipes is priced at Rs. 249 which means one wipe costs around Rs. 3.45 each. The wipes are thicker and stretchable. With the amazing key ingredients and other features, it makes it the best one and worth its price.

Where to Buy

Mamaearth wet wipes are available on leading online portals and their official website: mamaearth.in

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Second Chance by Dr Sandeep Jatwa: A Book Review

Can we really buy everything with money? Who is richer: a person having billions in his bank or a person having someone to love and receive love from? These are the questions which the book Second Chance brings to us.

“Second Chance…if you were given a second chance, how would you change things?” The book poses a question on the reader through the cover page itself. From the beginning itself it feels that there is an element of some kind of surprise in store. It is sufficient to arise the curiosity of the readers. The cover page of the book is very intriguing. It shows a wealthy man walking on a road amidst the clouds and his head is held by a huge hand. It signifies the role of a super power in our lives whom we keep ignoring and fail to recognise.

About the Author

The book is written by Dr. Sandeep Jatwa. Born in the holy city of Ujjain and grew up in Dewas, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. He attained his MBBS from MGM Medical College, Indore. He works at the Government Hospital Sarangpur District Rajgarh. He has been writing since 2006 and has completed two novels. The first is yet to be published and the second one with the title of Second Chance has been published. His most urgent wish is to be able to educate children working on the streets and believes that childhood should be awesome and not a struggle.

 

Blurb of the book     

Second Chance is about a billionaire called Shekhar who believes that he can buy anything with money. Words like love, kindness, pity, sympathy and respect have no value for him. Through the course of his entire life, he has conducted so many evil deeds that he himself cannot recollect. A thorough ruthless and reckless person, he starts getting warnings from the City of Justice to mend his ways but he keeps ignoring them and continues his ways. One day he meets a terrible accident and is taken to the City of Justice. He is surprised and does not believe himself. Considering it to be a joke, he talks rudely with the God of Justice, “you have no rights to punish me,’Shekhar yelled”. When he is shown all his evil deeds by the Bookkeeper in front of God, he feels ashamed. He gets sentenced to go to the hell. His mother’s last wish comes to his rescue and he is given a second chance to improve his wrong doings. What were the deeds for which he was taken to the hell? Will he be able to improve himself? Will an arrogant and egoist person like Shekhar Kapoor acknowledge his mistakes and correct them?

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Theme

The book revolves around the theme of the cycle of Karmas. If we do good deeds, we go to heaven and if we do bad deeds then we have to face punishments in hell. We have to pay for our sins and no riches, money or wealth of the world can save us from that. Love and kindness go a long way in providing happiness in life rather than money. The moral of the story is very well stated by Manohar Kaka in the book, “a small cottage wherein laughter lives is worth more than a castle full of tears”.

Review

The book is very well written with a very interesting plot. The narrative is able to hook the reader and keep them engaged throughout its course. The language is simple and comprehensible. The story unfolds gradually seemingly predictable at the beginning it brings in some surprises. The characters are portrayed very vividly and realistically. The protagonist, Shekhar is not a hero or someone you would fall in love with immediately but on the contrary is someone the reader as well the other characters in the book hate from the beginning. The character, Shekhar, evolves gradually. He is made to see his folly and is directed towards improving it. The narrative becomes too descriptive while presenting the scenes of the City Of Justice and the punishment he has to go through in the hell, “he stood on a red hot land, whimpering for mercy with smarting and impotency on his face. The remains of his shoes were hanging from his ankles and his suit – a rag now – was totally drenched in his perspiration.”

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The narrative becomes dull and slow paced during the descriptive scenes of the City of Justice and Hell but picks up pace after that. The second part of the book which deals with Shekhar trying to correct his wrong doings is very interesting. There are elements of surprise and suspense which are unfolded in the end. The love story of Shekhar and Unnati is very sweet and subtle, “the most beautiful and golden hearted girl was his and now he was feeling himself to be the luckiest person in the world”.

The book provides its reader with a much needed lesson and thought to ponder over in its closing lines, “life changes when you open the door of your heart for love…no money can give you contentment and happiness”. Overall the book is surely worth reading and keep you engaged with some good morals and learnings too.

Note: I received a review copy from Vinfluencers in exchange of an honest review.