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DIY Handmade Toys Ideas For Kids

Kids love toys and it doesn’t matter how many of them they have, they still keep asking for more. Toys have a big role in their development. Each and every toy has a very special place in our children’s heart.

I remember how in school we were taught to make handmade toys, toys made out of rags, old socks, and old material lying around the house and knitted toys. I thought of making the same with my kids. The project would be interesting for sure, it will bring out their imagination and creativity plus we can have a good craft to do over the weekend.

When I suggested my kids that we can make our toys at home, they could not believe at first. For them toys can only bought from the market. So, we decided that we will make our own toys at home and have lots and lots of fun while making them and playing with them.

Old Socks Toys

Toys made out of old socks are very simple and easy to make. For this we used old socks, markers, rags, material to stuff inside like old foam, sponge pieces, cotton, rags etc.

 

For this doll, we took two pair of socks. One sock to make the body and one for the dress. Here is how we made it:

We took an old piece of cloth of skin colour, kept some foam in it and gave it the shape of a ball. I stitched it to make the face. My daughter made the features with a marker.

For the body, we took a sock, cut the part which covers the leg. I stitched it from below and let the kids fill it with foam pieces. After filling the sock piece, I stitched the head and body together. I cut the remaining piece of sock into half, filled it with foam and stitched it to form the arms. I joined the arms with the body. My daughters had a great time in dressing the doll with rags.

 

My daughters are crazy about Peppa Pig and George Pig. They asked me whether we can make them too.

We tried to make Mr Dinosaur with an old sock.

For this, we traced the drawing of Mr Dinosaur on a sheet of paper. I cut the socks in the shape of Mr Dinosaur and stitched it. We filled it up with cotton wool. We used old black cloth pieces to give the shape of arms and legs, filled it up with cotton and joined it. The teeth were made by using laces and eyes with a black button.

How about a mom and a baby doll? We used an old cardboard box and covered it with cloth to make our own doll house.

Hand knitted Toys and Finger Puppets

When my daughters showed their toys to their grandmother, she joined the fun too and made hand knitted finger puppets and toys for them.

These are the various knitted finger puppets for our finger family song. Can you see that there is George Pig too and Nariyal Anna from Art Attack? Not to forget Kung Foo Panda.

 

These hand knitted dolls can be used as finger puppets as well as any other dolls to play with.

 

We made Peppa Pig too. The knitting part can be done by an adult and stuffing part can be done by the kids.

Rag Toys

What to do when you have pieces of old cloth lying around? We made rag toys. Just cut the cloth piece in the shape of the toy you want and fill it up with cloth pieces. With a few stitches, it’s done.

 

 

Benefits of Home Made Toys

I must say we had hours of fun and learning too while making these toys. There are several benefits of this activity:

  1. Children can use them as puppets or like toys for make belief playing. We can also make our own toys for storytelling.
  2. These toys are very safe to use. There is no hazardous material used in it. These are not plastic. Even if the child puts it in his mouth, there is no harm.
  3. These are very cost friendly. Toys these days are very expensive and make a hole in our pockets. Home-made toys save money.
  4. These are also a good craft activity for kids. Kids not only enjoy making them but also learn a lot.
  5. Toy making saves plenty of screen time. Kids get involved in a constructive activity and get some time off from the screens.
  6. Kids lean to value and save money. They get to learn that they can save money and buying innumerable toys leads to a waste of money.
  7. These toys are very environment friendly. Plastic toys are extremely hazardous. We are extremely worried while using plastic toys as kids might put them in their mouth and also they are unsafe for the environment. These toys are biodegradable also based on the principles of the 4 R’s- Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

 

So, go ahead and enjoy this fun activity with your kid during the Christmas holidays. No more getting bored or being glued to the TV. This activity is sure to give you endless fun and learning too.

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वर वधु की तलाश – विज्ञापनों के साथ बदलता समाज(एक हास्य लेख)

पहले ज़माने मे जब भी किसी मां बाप को अपनी लड़की के लिए वर की तलाश होती थी तो वे रिश्तेदारों को बोलते थे या अखबार में मैट्रीमोनीयल पर विज्ञापन देते थे। हर सप्ताह अखबार के मैट्रीमोनीयल कालम मे खोज कर चार पाँच विज्ञापनों पर गोला लगाते थे और फिर उनके बारे मे जाँच पड़ताल करते थे।

तब वर के लिए नियम बहुत कम होते थे। 23 साल की कन्या के लिए वर ढूंढना हो तो 27-28 साल , सम्भ्रांत परिवार का डाक्टर या इंजीनियर ।

एक कालम होता था मांगलिक या नान मांगलिक जन्म कुंडली के अनुसार। पंजाबी के लिए पंजाबी, अग्रवाल के लिए अग्रवाल। धीरे धीरे समय बदलता गया और वर के लिए योग्यताओं मे एक और नियम जुड़ गया – caste no bar यानि कि इंटर कास्ट विवाह। और इस तरह इंटर कास्ट विवाह को समाज द्वारा मान्यता मिली। 

कई विज्ञापनों मे tee-totaller की योग्यता भी मांगी गई। अजी Tee-totaller लड़के क्या, आजकल तो tee-totaller लड़कियां भी नहीं मिलती। 

समय बदला और समाज ने थोड़ी और उन्नति की। पहले लव मैरिज को उचित नहीं समझते थे यह सोच कर कि लोग क्या कहेंगे किन्तु अब माता पिता के लिए आसान हो गया। लड़की को उच्च शिक्षा दी , अच्छे पद पर नौकरी के काबिल बनाया और निश्चिंत हो गए कि अब लड़की अपने लिए पसंद का वर ढूंढ ही लेगी। 

पर यह क्या , एक और नई समस्या आने लगी कि जी लड़की की आय लड़के से ज़्यादा नहीं होनी चाहिए नहीं तो स्वाभिमान की लड़ाई शुरू हो जाएगी। लो कर लो बात अब वर वधु के बीच आई लड़की की आय व स्वाभिमान की दीवार। 


कई बार पढाई के दौरान आपसी मित्रता विवाह के बंधन तक पहुंच गई। लड़की के ब्याह की चिंता जो उसके पैदा होने पर ही सताने लगती थी, “पराया धन” समझ कर , वह चिन्ता अब समाप्त हुई। 

इस तरह कुछ चिन्ताओ से मुक्ति मिली- 

दहेज की चिन्ता नहीं , 

वर या वधु ढूंढने की चिन्ता नहीं,

लड़की को ससुराल मे आने वाली समस्या की भी चिन्ता नहीं।

समाज कितना बदल गया है। अब लड़की या लड़के के लिए जीवन साथी ढूंढना हुआ और आसान। जो पहले अखबारों तक या marriage bureau तक व मन्दिरों के पंडितों तक सीमित था अब वो social media पर छा गया।

पहले के इश्तहार आज भी याद आते हैं- 

“वर ही वर – संपर्क करें शर्मा जी से”

“रिश्ते ही रिश्ते – 28 रैगड़ पुरा” 

और अब देखिए – 

कृपया log in करें – ‘www….com’ पर।

चलिए अब कम से कम ‘रिश्ते’ ढूंढने के लिए कहीं जाने या किसी से मिलने की ज़रूरत नहीं।

मुझे याद है कुछ साल पहले पड़ोसिन ने अपनी लड़की के लिए तलाक शुदा वर ढूंढा तो सबने उसे फटकार लगाई कि तुम्हें अपनी बेटी के लिए और कोई वर नहीं मिला जो एक तलाक शुदा से अपनी बेटी की शादी करना चाहते हो? मगर आज की मैट्रीमोनियल विज्ञापन तो देखिए – 

Caste no bar

Age no bar
Marital status no bar

Kids no bar !!!

भई वाह! अब तो सबके सब ‘bar’ ही हटा दिए। मेरी सहेली ने आकर बताया कि उसकी मित्र का पति उससे दो साल छोटा है तो सब आपस मे फुसफुसाने लगे , “देखो, क्या ज़माना आ गया है। हमारे ज़माने मे तो वर की उम्र वधु से कम से कम दस साल ज्यादा होती थी वहीं अब वधू की उम्र वर से ज्यादा होने लगी। सही कहा – “age no bar” ।

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अजी ज़माना तो आपके भले के लिए ही बदला है। न दहेज की चिन्ता, न रिश्तेदारों का डर । लड़की हुई तो उसके ब्याह की भी चिन्ता नहीं, लड़की शादी करे या न करें यह भी चिन्ता नहीं, अगर ज़रूरी है तो उसकी शिक्षा , उसका स्वावलंबी होना, उसका आत्मविश्वास, शादी किसी से हो या न हो कोई फर्क नहीं पड़ता।

हाँ बस अब एक ही प्रश्नचिन्ह रह गया है। पुरुष दो बच्चों के बाद भी विधुर  हो तो चाहता है कि उसे लड़की मिले जिसके बच्चे नहीं हो और वह उसके बच्चों को अपने बच्चों की तरह पाले परन्तु स्त्री के साथ ऐसा नहीं है। 

किन्तु यह अभी दूर की सोच है। फिर सोचती हूँ कि बाकी सब bar की तरह शायद यह bar भी जल्दी हट जाए और कहा जाए ‘शादी बार बार’। 

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Understanding Cyber Safety and Protecting Our Kids from Online Dangers

We live in a world where we are surrounded by technology. Internet has become an essential part of our lives. With an easy access to internet, we can enter a whole new world of knowledge, resources and social media. This is the digital world where we can enter with a simple swipe of screen. This lucrative and highly useful digital world is never free from its potential threats and dangers. The most vulnerable victims of this digital world are our kids.

Our innocent kids get easily lured by the videos, images and animations shown to them over the mobiles. They get easily attracted and addicted to the online content being shown to them. Therefore, it becomes highly important to protect them from the various cyber dangers and ensure their online safety.

What is cyber safety and why is it so important?

From the very beginning we become extremely careful with kids. We try to protect them in our best possible way from any danger. We even teach our kids about keeping themselves safe in and out of the house. Just like our world, the digital world is also full of threats, predators, thieves and other bad elements. People try to hack our accounts, steal our identities, and sneak into our private lives and of course, the exposure to inappropriate content.

Children learn to swipe the screens of the mobiles even before they learn to speak clearly. They recognise the icons and know how to play the content of their choice. That is where the problem starts. We think and ensure ourselves that our child is merely watching his favourite cartoon and leave our phones in their custody. But the child might accidentally misprint something or click on the content which he or she must not be exposed to.

Recently, we came to know about the infamous ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ and how teenagers have started committing suicide because of that. That is just one example of how dangerous the digital world can be and how vulnerable our kids are.

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What are the various Cyber Dangers?

There can be various kinds of cyber dangers. To name a few:

1.  Exposure to inappropriate or adult content

2.  Cyber bullying or cyber harassment from others online

3.  Eye strain or wrist strain

4.  Internet addiction

5.  Bad websites like chat room, computer games which might have adult content and other social networking sites.

 

Five Golden Rules for entering the digital world

Just like we teach our kids certain rules for their safety. There are certain rules which we need to teach our kids for ensuring cyber safety.

1)  Don’t give out personal information like address or phone number.

2)  Don’t send our pictures of yourself to anyone especially indecent pictures.

3) Don’t open emails or attachments from persons you don’t know.

4)  If there is anything that you see or read online, worries you, tell someone about it.

5)  Never arrange to meet someone in person whom you have met online.

 

Ten tips to ensure online safety of our kids

1. Use an internet security suite on all the computers you own.

2. Keep your home network secured with a good password and security settings.

3. Learn to avoid clicking links, ads and emails from people you don’t know.

4. Use a good password which is unique and complex on all your devices and accounts. It should have a good combination of alphabets, numbers and special characters.

5. Talk to your kids about avoiding cybercrime and tell them to be cautious.

6. Advise your kids never to share passwords, not even with close friends.

7. Teach your children to log out of computers after finishing their work.

8. Use the security and privacy settings on all your social networks and all accounts to limit who can access your posts.

9. Learn about parental control settings for all your devices.

10. Talk to your kids regularly about how to use technology.

With these measures in mind, try to keep your kids safe online. Be alert and be cautious before handing out any gadgets to your kids because you never know who might try to harm them and where.

I am writing this post for #MMM #MondayMommyMoments. This post is in link up with Deepa Gandhi and Dr Amrita Basu

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Pantene Pro V Oil Replacement Review: Today’s Solution to Today’s Problems

Every woman loves her tresses and follows a particular hair care regime. Like different skin types, hair are also different for every individual. These days, hair are exposed to lot of things which adversely affect their quality. Chemical treatments, heat treatments, salty water, dust and pollution, stress and illnesses, to name a few. All these impact our hair severely.  They make them brittle, dry, frizzy leading to hair fall.

On top of it all, our busy schedules give us very little time to take care of them and nourish them in a way they really need. Before motherhood embraced me, I used to apply a lot of hair packs and other home remedies to take care of my tresses but now, I am left with no time to take care of my hair. All I do is apply oil at night before going to bed and wash them in the morning. But we all know the hassles of oiling. The stickiness it leaves on the face, the stains it causes on the pillow covers and sticky hair make it an absolute no-no for going out of the house.

About Pantene Pro V Oil Replacement

Recently, I bought Pantene Pro V Oil Replacement for myself. It comes in a golden coloured tube with a flip cap. It is in the form of a cream having a nice fragrance and non-sticky texture.

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How to Apply

It is very simple to use. There are just three steps for its application:

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1.   Wash your hair and towel dry them. Take appropriate quantity (about the size of a walnut) and rub it in between your palms.

2.   Starting from the top of the hair apply it evenly on the entire length.

3.   It’s like a leave-in cream. So, no need to rinse it off. Dry them and style them the way you do.

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Benefits

Pantene Pro V Oil Replacement nourishes the hair and protects them from the damage caused by chemical, heat, sun, pollution and salty water exposure. It acts as a shield against the damage causing factors. It is non sticky in texture and there is no need to rinse it off. It prevents the hair from becoming brittle thus helps in preventing hair fall due to hair breakage. It makes the hair soft, smooth and silky. It does not weigh the hair down instead gives a good volume. It makes the hair frizz free even after a blow dry. Pantene Pro V Oil Replacement provides nourishment to the hair and prevents them from getting dry.

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When to Apply

It can be applied before blow drying, ironing or going out in the sun. It can even be applied before going for swimming as chlorinated water damages the hair a lot. It helps in detangling the hair, which makes it helpful in combing them.

My Personal Experience

 I apply it regularly now after every wash. It is absolutely hassle free and gives me the goodness of oil. It does not make my hair frizzy even after drying them with a hair dryer and the volume it gives is something I simply love.

It does not weigh them down but brings a bounce in my hair. It has made hair care simpler for me.

 

 

 

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Fun and Easy to Make Recipes Using Dr. Oetker FunFoods

With kids in the house the questions like, “what are you going to make? Can you make something different? We don’t want to eat this. Can you make something tasty?” become regularly heard of. Whatever we make, how many new recipes we try, kids easily get bored of them and want something “different”. I always keep trying new recipes with healthy ingredients and with kids, it is important that the food should look good and be tasty too. Dr. Oetker FunFoods comes to my rescue in situation like these when my kids suddenly refuse to eat what has already been prepared.

Here are a few recipes which can be prepared very quickly when kids like mine refuse to eat anything and run at the sight of vegetables:

1.   Grilled Sandwich

Grilled sandwich is very easy to make and the best part is that we can use a lot of vegetables in it and kids like it very much.

Ingredients:

Bread Slices            4 slices

Butter

Chaat masala

Onion                    1 (chopped)

Bell peppers (Red and Yellow)      1 each (chopped)

Dr. Oetker FunFoods Veg Mayonnaise Garlic

Oregano                   (to taste)

Salt                          (to taste)

 

Method

Take some mayonnaise in a bowl. Mix chopped onion, chopped bell peppers in it. Add salt, chaat masala and oregano in it. Spread this mixture on a slice of bread. Put another bread slice over it. Apply butter on top of the bread slice. Put the sandwich in the grilled sandwich maker for a few minutes. Cut it into halves and the sandwich is ready to serve.

2.   Bread Pizza

I find homemade bread pizza much better and healthy. They can be made very quickly any time and the finely chopped vegetables find a way in the little tummies very easily. My kids love it and eat all the vegetables that I put in it.

Ingredients:

Bread slices                            4

Onion                                       1 (chopped)

Bell Peppers (Red and Yellow)   1 each (chopped)

Paneer                                     250 gms cut in small cubes

Oregano                                        (to taste)

Salt                                                  (to taste)

Mozzarella cheese                           grated

Dr. Oetker FunFoods Pizza Topping

Method

Mix chopped onion, chopped bell peppers and paneer in a bowl. Put salt and oregano. Take bread slices. Spread Dr. Oetker  FunFoods Pizza topping evenly on the surface of the bread. Spread the vegetable mixture on the slice of bread. Sprinkle finely grated cheese over it. Pre heat the oven. Put the bread pizza in the oven in for ten minutes. Bread pizza is ready to eat.

Chocolate Vanilla Layered Cake

Kids love to eat desserts. Chocolate layered cake is extremely easy and fun to make with the help of Dr. Oetker FunFoods Vanilla Cake mix and Dr. Oetker FunFoods Chocolate Spread. My daughter loves to help me make. The best part is the fun that we have in the kitchen while making and baking our cake.

 Ingredients:

Dr. Oetker FunFoods 11 recipes cake mix

Dr. Oetker FunFoods Chocolate Spread

Cake sprinklers

Refined oil to grease

Method

Make the cake according to the method given on the pack of the cake mix. Dr. Oetker FunFoods cake turns out to be wonderfully spongy. Very carefully slice the cake horizontally from the middle. You will now have two equal slices of the cake. Spread chocolate spread evenly on top of one slice. Put the other slice over it. Spread the chocolate spread once again over the top of the cake. Put Cake sprinklers and keep it in the refrigerator.

I am sure you will have a lot of fun in cooking these fun recipes. Do share your views and other fun recipes that you love to cook for your little ones.

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​कुछ पाने की चाह मे

मैं भागती रही , दौड़ती रही,
कुछ पाने की चाह मे,

यह कर लूं, वह पा लूं, 

थमी नहीं रुकी नहीं,

लेकिन 

जीवन की शाम मे 

थोड़ा रुकी, थोड़ा थमी,

एक पल , एक क्षण के लिए,

क्या सोचा, क्या पाया, क्या खोया,

जो जैसा था , वो वैसा ही रहा।

मैं भाग रही थी, 

यूं ही कुछ पाने की चाह मे!

अब न कोई चाह है,

न कोई नई राह है।

शायद वह जीवन की कोई 

मृगतृष्णा थी।

जिसकी तलाश मे मैं,

भागती रही , दौड़ती रही,

कुछ पाने की चाह मे, 

जो पाया वो चाहा नहीं,

जो चाहा वो पाया नहीं, 

मैं दौड़ती रही,

कुछ पाने की चाह मे,

अब न तमन्ना हैं,

न ताकत है

फिर क्यों मैं भागी, 

कुछ पाने की चाह मे,

शायद यही जीवन का तथ्य है,

भागते रहो कुछ पाने की चाह मे।