Grey Nails

I had left all of my nail polish stash in Dubai, and as it happens with time, you forget what all you owned. So I tried a couple of swatches and decided to go the grey direction. I also experimented with a matte top coat. LOVED the outcome. Here are pics


After the matte top coat:

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The nail polish :Flormar shade 417 Steel Gray

Matte top coat: Konad

FYI: In Dubai you can find Flormar in their stand alone store at Madina Mall or at Hyperpanda at DFC.

This is a cool grey has more of a bluish tint to it, which I really enjoyed, it gave the nails a happy look as apposed to a darker depressing feel that grey would generally give.

What’s been your colour choice lately?


If there’s one thing that scares the human soul it’s uncertainty. Regardless of how much knowledge we have of the inevitable, no matter how many plans we make and how much we try to work on them, there’s always that doubt. There’s always going to be that uncertainty of how things will go, where our lives are headed etc.

Today was a good day, went out with the siblings, chilled, played bowling, Batool enjoyed it too. There are a couple of things running in my mind at the time, I am loving this break from life I am getting in Dubai. And as much as I am ready to face the challenges of a single mother, there’s always that doubt, that need to want to know the future, to know that all is going to be fine. At these times I remind myself to strengthen my faith in God.

Well, I was scrolling on my Facebook page, for some inspiration and came across this image


I couldn’t help but share it, looked for the whole chapter and read the translation. And wow! am I relieved! There’s nothing like an open conversation with your Creator. And this just lifted up my spirits. It is always good to know that your God has not and never will forsake you. As human beings we are constantly reminded of our dependency on others, and it can take a toll on the strongest of us.  And as a mother I feel the need to always be strong for Batool, and constantly give out positive energy, be the best role model of faith, determination, hard-work and clarity.

Life isn’t easy, but it’s good to know that there’s someone always watching you, and that verily the future will have better in store so long as the intentions are clean.

Blogging for World of Moms

Long time!! I know, I have been super busy getting life on track. Multi-tasking away.

I will be heading for vacation to Dubai on 27th and boy am I excited!.

One of the many things I have been doing is actively blogging on a great website. The World of Moms team approached me to join their portal and also contribute regularly as a blogger. This website is a must join for all smart moms out there who want to mingle with other like minded mothers out there. I would describe World of moms as the Facebook of mothers. It is easy to signup for, browse and explore the lives of many moms out there.

Here’s my first post for them on routine building. I will be blogging on a weekly basis, so stay tuned to this blog, my facebook page or simply follow me on the website!

What summer plans do you have?

A little bit of fantasy (Maybe WE can stop time)

Music isn’t my thing but there’s a particular song that’s making me smile a lot these days. I am in that phase in life where I guess many moms get into where you want to be stupid, and think about things that are impossible. But it’s that element of broadening your thoughts, that makes you smile. Anyway, I’m sure I’m being rather weird….Here’s the song, it’s by a youtuber. I like his other song ‘once in a lifetime’ it’s well written and light.

This is ‘Stop time’ by Landon Austin

The lyrics are fun, well written, young, refreshing, flirty and have an empowering fantasy element to them.

Apart from the chorus above, my favourite lines from the song include ‘Let’s be fearless baby, lets be free’. So liberating! I am full on into making my happiness a priority at this point in my life.

Let me know if you enjoy the above song in the comments below…

Scholastic Haul book review 1

I had blogged just few days ago about the 9 book purchases I made. And it’s time for some reviewing!

1. Who wears Glasses? by Ana Galan, Illustrated by Seb Burnett

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Batool simply loved this book, being a spectacles wearer herself she was happy to see animals wearing them just like her. The book itself is well written, the content rhymes, and is funny too. Batool understood the humor in the book, and one would think that it’s going to be a book that won’t provide any substance to the reader beyond the satisfaction of others wearing specks, but it has depth. The specks are animal appropriate, relating to their physical features, interests, environment, activities etc. Each animal has it’s own personality, which can be understood by their specks.

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CAM03053 This is a great book for children who like animals, have siblings or friends who wear specks, they can learn to respect them instead of bully. And obviously for the child who wears specks this is going to be confidence build up.

2. Clifford goes to the Doctor by Norman Bridwall

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As mentioned, I was looking forward to introducing Clifford to Batool. She enjoyed reading this, found it incredibly funny how the whole check-up with grown up Clifford went. This was a good first book for her, she’s already asking me to start reading the other two! so that’s a great response.This book is about not rejecting, and solving a problem. In the beginning Clifford is a tiny puppy, and has his first appointment, and by the next one he’s a giant healthy dog, but the Dr. doesn’t ask him to leave because he can’t fit through the door, she instead transports him on a truck, weighs him on an industrial weighing machine and does the whole check-up. This is a lesson for kids to not give up, and try to find creative solutions to problems.

She could relate her doctor appointments with Cliffords, one of the reasons why I picked up this particular doctor visit book is because she’s having vaccinations lined up this year. And it’s been quite a while since she’s experienced one of those. Will be reading this book again, before her vaccinations next month, just to ease her into it. I liked also that the Clifford book didn’t have any inappropriate illustrations, the doctor was not wearing unreasonably weird clothes, and the colours in the book are vibrant and illustrations easy to visualise for her.

Observations and tips:

1. Batools picking up books and trying to reach phonically on her own now.

2. Introduce sight words to your child, and initially let them read a word or two on their own while reading with them. Praise them when they try also, this will make them feel proud, and motivate them

3. Make reading an enjoyable experience, books are not to make yourself feel lonely, they’re to make sure you can enjoy your own company. Take pics, make memories.

4. Batool laughed heartily while reading the Clifford book, the Dr. having to climb on his tummy, and entering his whole mouth to check it. She laughed out even later remembering it all.

5. Reading a tiny book with children is a great way to bond with them, they won”t judge you so make it fun for yourself, change your voice when delivering dialogues of different characters, re-read funny names, spend time exploring the illustrations, ask the child ‘imagine if your dr. entered your mouth’, they would relate everything.

6. Answer questions when the child asks while reading, they are visual and so will have questions about the illustrations more. And while that may seem to us like they’re distracted, they’re actually trying to relate the image to the story. The illustrators of childrens books are no ordinary people, they spend endless hours trying to make it the most stimulating experience for the child. Let them absorb the vibrant colours, shapes and scenes. Let the child visit the vet, the doctor, the market etc. through the illustration.

7. As parents we should read the book alone first, try to derive hidden lessons in them, and then give a full experience to the child. Childrens books are meant for educational entertainment. Because they’re at the peak of learning and absorbing, it’s a great way to give them exposure to long term wisdom through tiny books, with funny stories and endless illustrations.

Have you read any of these books? What are your tips on reading to your child?

Scholastic book fair haul

Batool school is having the scholastic book fair on at the moment. And to me that’s just an opportunity to buy more books (9 to be precise). I think it’s almost like a disease. I haven’t received the scholastic book order I placed via school yet, but that didn’t stop me. Naah! Never!

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In fact right now all our stuff is in cartons and suitcases, we will be moving once the house construction is over. It’s only when I was packing up her and my books that I realised we hCAM03020ave quite a collection. A variety, mine are mostly text books and the few books I’ve mentioned already in the blog. But hers are truly a variety, from behaviour books, to story books, picture books, activity books, educational etc. I gave a few of her books that she has outgrown to cousins. I think that’s a good way of letting go of books, Batools attached to some of her books, those are the ones she wants to re-read, and always enjoys. Those usually are succumbed to so much love they look rather shabby. I won’t part with those. Will keep them for her to cherish and revisit when she’s older.

Moving on;  I will post a detailed review on first  impressions and review, as and when we explore them. The first book I picked up was ‘who wears glasses?’ by Ana Galan. I am also looking forward to introducing Clifford and Dora to Batool. She’s has recently started showing interest in stickers, (I was waiting for that phase) so I made sure I pick up books that will satisfy that craving.

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What books have you enjoyed reading with your kids? Any recommendations?

Would you kill the queen to crush the hive?

I work at a school. And one of the best experiences being around young human beings is, you kinda don’t grow up. You are constantly reminded of your adolescence, your childhood, your teenage issues. You are almost forced to be in that phase of your life, reminiscing constantly, some conversations get you nostalgic about your own uniform clad school days.

CAM01338And as a counselor for me it’s all about solving problems, providing clarity, support, unconditional love, a safe environment for children to just let go and express themselves. I think it’s crucial for children to know that there is always going to be someone there for them, through thick and thin. And this someone isn’t always going to be an adult, a good friend can go a long way. When I was in school, there were times of loss of clarity, a feeling of struggle to own your life, take control, choose your own path etc. And this particular song used to describe that feeling. That realisation of not just the struggle, and important of taking control, but the significance support plays in the whole drill.

I listened to music in those days not for the actual music, but lyrics. And this song has powerful lyrics. My personal favourite lines from the song are not in every version of the song.

‘Would you kill the queen to crush the hive?

And would you choose water over wine, hold the wheel and drive?’

The song is written beautifully, and the chorus signifies the importance of being there for your friend (or family, or lover), no matter what decision they make:


Have there been any songs that have had a special relevance to your life growing up?

Spreading Smile Collection by Sarfaraz Banatwala

This post is about spreading the love. Yes, sharing good things so that everyone can enjoy them. My Oh so talented friend Sarfaraz (who is also a Doctor BTW), has been putting his creative side IMG-20141206-WA0005to work. And wow! the custom made products he has to offer.

Spreading Smile Collection is a one stop center for customised gifts.  He described the aesthetic of his business as; “adding a personalised touch of human emotions to your gifts”.

You should note that all these items are hand made and bespoke. And they’re made based on your budget, so there’s no need to hesitate to share a special gift with anyone. These gifts are made on prior orders only, they’re made for each client separately, so ordering is a must.

There are a variety of products in his collection:

1. Handmade scrapbooks- these scrap books are available in two sizes a mini size anIMG-20141204-WA0005d an A4. You just have to work up your budget and explain what you’re envisioning as the end result and Sarfaraz will do all the magic. This is especially great if you’re trying to celebrate a relationship, or a phase in your life. I can’t wait to get one made for Batool for her upcoming 5th birthday.

2. Hanging wall signs- Fun and quirky wall hanging signs for a friend or yourself


3. Message boxes- This is great for the festive season coming up, share with your friends and loved ones for valentines day. Let them know how much you love them

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4. Photo Collage- Customised photo collage, this is the favourite amongst most of his clients. Family photos, favourite instagram pics, any theme you want, it will be decorated tastefully and customised to your liking.


5. Messages on playing cards- This is a cute way to express your feelings or have random quotes of jokes all on a deck of cards, share them with friends, or go through them for inspiration


6. Customised chocolate box- An assortment of chocolates in a one of a kind customised box is a great gift. Who doesn’t like chocolates?


7. Photo Bouquet- This is the most unique idea, we’re obsessed with pics and a photo bouquet is such a fun way to display your pics and gift them to a special someone.IMG-20141205-WA0050

If you’re interested, contact:+918297545752 and share the love…

Hello and introduction

Hello all you hardworking, tired, frustrated, exhausted, multitasking moms out there! I am here to remove the lonely feeling that comes being part of the madness called motherhood.DSC01998

There are good days and bad days, and well, we have a task to keep our heads above the water and not lose our own identity in the process of attaining perfection. Welcome to my blog, let’s have a conversation, share our experiences and spread the love of motherhood, Hyderabadi style.

This blog is all about being a mom in India; specifically in Hyderabad. We have our own issues, our own fun times and our own little world. I will be sharing motherhood advice, education tips and tricks, fashion information etc. and all in all keep you updated and in tune with the you, that has maybe got lost.

Have fun and happy reading moms! you deserve the best!