Batools life in pictures 1

Another series where I make it interesting with less words and more pics! Here’s what Batools been upto…

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All ready for school. She vomited the first two she had to be left in class bawling for me. I thought it would be worse!, but she calmed down after day 3 and now says ‘bye’ while still in the corridor!

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Montessori activities at school

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This part is what caused the healing process of being without me, nobody compares the slides!

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Her first weekday family event, this frock is gift. I love the shoes got them from Hollywood at Abids.

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She told me she coloured the sun in class, but just couldn’t tell me how. I later figured it out when I saw the whole classes work on the bulletin board, it was sponge painting!

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And then there was the collage. It’s bouncy Bens (A letterland character) ball.

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Her first ever school homework! And boy did she test my patience.

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The end result as you can see is well….I am happy! I didn’t think she would sit through it all and finish it one go. That’s a positive change I have seen since school began, she didn’t need much assistance, I was sitting beside her for support and helping her pick colours.

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The obsession with books continues, I am running out of space, I have to get her a proper storage space for her many books. Batools totally loving reading,I thought maybe she would get over them once school starts and she’s exposed to various fun activities, but strangely enough it’s not so. I am glad! Will do a detailed post on her book collection so far, and her favourites with some tips.

That’s the round up mommies……..Many more interesting posts coming up..

Reading update, one down, one on it's way

So I had decided to read more, and I am being very selective about the books I read, because I tend to not have a lot of patience for books I don’t enjoy. That being said, I have finished the Gordon Ramsay Autobiography ‘Humble Pie’, and I loved it, it was entertaining, transforming and really opened up sides to his life no one would otherwise know.

What’s next? Another autobiography ‘Bossy Pants’ by Tina Fey. She’s insanely hilarious so I am already excited to read about her journey. I’ve ordered it online on Flipkart. Just awaiting delivery.

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I like the feeling of getting lost in my own little world, even though I don’t get more than ten minutes of continuous reading, it’s still worth it. Finishing a book is a great accomplishment for, so it’s a great confidence booster. Makes me feel not so detached from the world.

What have you been reading?

 

The Gordon Ramsay Obsession

One thing I do just before falling asleep is watch a great load of YouTube, or TV shows I’ve downloaded. I like really shallow entertainment at night, because my brain is exhausted and just doesn’t want to be strained. My latest obsession has been Hells Kitchen US.

I love Gordon Ramsay, he’s the bomb. I used to watch Hells Kitchen a long time ago when it used to air on TV. But then forgot about it, recently I had been seeing a lot of updates on the current season (12th) on Facebook and all around on the web. So I thought ‘hmm, lets go down that lane again’ and boy am I enjoying it!. Now the new episodes air every Friday, so you can get your torrents by Sat or Sun, however I like things fast paced. I like back to back madness. So I asked the husband to download the whole of season 10, and I finished that in two to three days, staying up till 3am, then it was time for season 11 finished that last night. And I have a new found love for Gordon Ramsay.

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I love the yelling, the screaming, the aggression because unlike other reality shows; this is legit. Gordon Ramsay is not the kind who can fall for overly choreographed crap. His passion for food is inspiring, it reminds you of how much you can love and dedicate yourself to something. Not only that, the contestants too are passionate, no one is hitting flukes. The moments I love the most about the show is when he gifts the challenge winners cookware, and knives. That’s amazing, the look on their faces for utensils, that’s what a true lover of cooking is. A true chef. And the cocky smile on his face when he’s making them do ridiculous punishments, hysterical challenges and pulls pranks on them.

Much respect for anyone who inspires you to have command over your career, you can demand respect, when you truly own expertise in a field. It’s about working hard, valuing the hard work of other, and moving forward with faith no matter how many failures you encounter. Gordon Ramsays energy is contagious, he makes me want to work harder and faster. It’s about being quick, and precise, maintaining standards, being yourself and not apologising for it.

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While I am exhausted after watching two seasons back to back, I am going to take the sane persons route and watch an episode a week as it airs, and on my next book buy list is the biography of the chef himself ‘Humble Pie’. I am excited about that, found it on flipkart too, my go-to online book hauling site. Here’s a fantastic review of the book.

I haven’t ever read a biography, I’ve only checked out information online, but never read cover to cover. So I am excited to read this one. I am looking to forming a regular reading habit and not the audio books, physically READING, books. It’s been long, and it’s one of my goals this year; to get into the swing of regular reading, especially exploring works I haven’t ever tried.

So mommies (or non-mommies), what do you think about Gordon Ramsay? What are your current favourite reads? Leave comments below, I’d love to know about you wonderful readers!

Judy Blume books recommended for adolescent girls

I remember being in 8th grade and reading these books up cover to cover, and then again. They were my girlie getaway, I grew up with two brothers and wasn’t exposed to enough girlie drama. My friends too are far away from girlie, and I am still working on that part of me.

 

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The books by Judy Blume that especially are written for the adolescent girls are a real fun way of exposing them to growing issues of puberty, siblings, friend problems, family problems, enjoying and understanding life etc. They are written beautifully, in a first person format which made reading the book very easy. My favourites were ‘Just as long and we’re together’ and it’s continued part  ‘Here’s to you Rachael Robinson’.

I must admit I haven’t read a tonne of books in my life, I have always liked books that were as close to reality as possible, without being boring. But I have found that reading books has given me a lot of new perspective on life, and I know for a fact that there’s plenty entertainment and lessons that can be gotten from a few pages of a good written book. I have raved about the importance of reading in a previous blog post and will always stand by the experience of reading a book.

I recommend these to all the girls at the school, it feels nice to be an enabler of exposure. Most of these books are available at flipkart, I have added all of them to my wishlist, and ordered one too. Can’t wait for it to arrive, reading these books after so many years is always a great experience. I highly recommend moms of girls to give these books a shot, read them first if you like, they shall amuse you too.

Will do more fun posts on books and recommendations.

Till then happy reading

Tip Tuesday: Buying books for your child

English is our second language, and I love a kid who can articulate his/her ideas in both the mother tongue and their second language. The best way to keep your childs English skills improving is to have them read. Reading increases vocabulary, keeps the child in touch with the language and is a a great creative escape.

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Here are some tips on buying the right books for your child:

Tip 1. When purchasing a book don’t restrict yourself to the age mentioned on the book. English is our second language, so your 3 year old may not ready for the books for that age. Buying books marked lower than your childs age doesn’t mean your child is dumb. Its best to get the books that they can actually read, or listen to you read and enjoy. The idea is to make the kid fall in love with reading, it shouldn’t be a difficult task.

Tip 2. If you like a series and it’s at an affordable price range never buy all four or all three in the series. Buy one or two and see if your child enjoys them, if he does then you can always buy more. Kids are very picky, that’s why there’s a large variety of books available for kids. Some may like colourful animals, other kids might like cartoons etc. I always pick one book and see if my daughter enjoys it. And then I purchase more.

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Tip 3. Always keep books at the childs level. They should reach out for books himself, and select the one he wants to read. A small shelf, or a drawer dedicated only to the childs books can build a sense of ownership and responsibility in the child. They will also learn to keep the books back in place after reading. This is very important.

Tip 4. Libraries are a great way to head when your child is older and able to read more or less independently. However I do suggest to have a mini library at home, so that your child no matter how old he is can always revisit his past books. This also builds a sense of responsibility, and builds organisation skills in the child. It’s also a very fulfilling feeling when they can pass on their favourite books to their siblings!

These are some of my daughters favourite books (I always get mine from Crosswords):

ImageI have yet to discover the books section at Himalaya and Walden. I love Himalaya for stationery shopping. I buy my books online at Flipkart. In fact I have ordered a Dr.Seuss book for the daughter which should arrive on the 19th, so excited. It was recommended by my very good friend and new mommy.

Did you find these tips helpful? Have any suggestions for tip tuesdays?, feel free to leave them in the comments box below.