Saturday, April 14, 2012

Giveaway hosted by Indian Vanity Case

One of my Fav beauty blogger, Cynthia Z from Indian Vanity Case is hosting a give away on her blog. 

Just click the link to enter the giveaway and win an amazing Too Faced Smokey Eye Palette!

Its so amazing! i have also participated in this giveaway..
i have never won anything before and so much looking forward to this .. i am not a cosmetics person but i love the shades and def want to try one..

This giveaway ends on 05/05  and that's my b'day.....That would be the best gift i can have...keeping my finger crossed till then...
so guys hurry up and follow the instructions to be fulfilled for this giveaway..who knows, u can be the lucky one...

if u win, share the prize with me bcoz i said u abt it , right? he he ..just kidding..

also do not forget to chk out her site..its amazing ..i happened to get know by chance but iam already hooked on to it..very simple and sweet here to go to the blog..

keep coming back for more..

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Beauty Tip_How to revive your dried Gel Liner

Hello back to blogging again after a short break..i enjoy blogging and have so many things to blog but i find it very difficult to take time out for after i get back from work. even week offs are busy for a mom..

so here i have sneaked in a teeny weeny time and sharing with you one awesome tip i came across while reading though few blogs..(I love READING blogs!)

How to revive a dried up gel eyeliner..i know gel eyeliners are amazing but expensive..also they have the tendency to get dried up easily and you dont even feel like throwing it away after paying so much for it..i myself use a L'oreal Gel eyeliner and no doubt its good but definitely over priced so i cant even think what would i do if it ever dries up..Thank God, i chanced upon this very inexpensive idea or may be we can call it a home remedy..

You need:

Dried up gel eyeliner
Vaseline (yep! that why i called a hom remedy..almost all Indian homes have a vaseline small bottle /lip balm throughout the year)

Sharing the pics and u can easily get the idea... (courtesy blogger sunaa:

Fantabulous! isn't it..Now i really don't have to worry if ever it happens! Thanks sunaa..

A detailed step by step guide.. 

Luv..i will share more keep visiting.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Weight loss goal planning..

I will be blogging today about my weight loss journey till date since i started 4 months back and further plans...This blog is going to be a bit longer as i would brief you about the past journey and I hope u find it useful and something to take away if you are also looking to achieve your weight loss goals and stay fit..i had been writing a separate blog about my weight loss a few months back and you can find it here.

To begin with, I am a 5 feet tall full time (9 a.m to 6 p.m) working woman in my early thirtees, a mom to 4 yo son. My job is completely sedentary and may be i get up only to go to canteen or to the loo..

Before i was married,  i weighed 47.0 kgs (Normal BMI) sometimes going max up to 50 kgs (still normal BMI). The weight stated rising after i had a baby (common post pregnancy problem u may say!) but i do not blame my pregnancy for this at all..the culprit lifestyle..It’s a purely lifestyle problem…..

I tried many fad diets but nothing worked for me..i even went to the extreme of starving myself only to feel lethargic and grumpy and cud not afford that when I am working ..i need the energy to work in office ..

My weight details / journey month wise :

September 2011:  59.0 kgs

October 2011 (mid): 56.3 kgs

October 2011 (end): 53.0 kgs

November 2011: 52.0 kgs (achieved 1st weight loss target. But slow progress…irregular jogging habits)

December 2011: 51.0 kgs (slow progress, completely left my morning  and evening jog. Weight loss was due to high metabolism)

January  2012: 51.7 kgs (Completely no jogging and exercise. Back to irregular and unhealthy eating habits)

February 2012 (second week): 52.0 kgs (Now determined to lower this weight and get going to achieve my 2nd weight loss target)

My weight loss Target:

1st target: 52.0 kgs (from 59.0 kgs) – achieved on November 2011 in 2 months

2nd target: 47.0 kgs (my BMI target is 20.0, still in normal range) further 5 kgs down

3rd Target: Weight maintenance to 47.0 kgs throughout 2012.

Goal setting for weight loss: (since we are already in second week)

7th Feb 2012: 114.4 lbs

14th Feb 2012: 113.0 lbs

21st Feb 2012: 111.5 lbs

28th Feb 2012: 110.0 lbs

6th March: 108.5 lbs

13th March: 107.5 lbs

20th March: 106.0 lbs

27th March: 104.5 lbs

3rd April: 103.0 lbs

(If I stick to these small targets, I can achieve my goal within two month’s time from now…sounds good…but I sincerely hope...It’s equally good to follow...and i know only exercise cannot achieve this alone..i have to keep my calorie intake strictly under control and supervision..

Earlier I used to follow my calories intake religiously along with exercise. I used the programme available here to monitor my daily calorie intake. This site had list of thousands of foods and their calories, most surprisingly, it has many Indian foods listed too which is very rarely available in other sites.

My current weight is 52 kgs or 114.4 lbs. I have calculated my daily calorie maintenance level from here which is 1587 calories per day if I have to maintain my current weight.

I have also calculated how much calories I need to consume to lose 1.5 lbs per week from here and here which comes to 837 calories per day. I have checked the box as sedentary. So if I start exercising too, I can eat much over 837 calories and still lose weight as calories burned during exercise are unaccounted for.

For this whole plan to work, I need to strictly stick to the schedule and religiously follow things which will not throw me off track...I will also be including weight training in the exercise routine…I had been easily able to shed off excess pounds earlier and still feel ca do it.. I need God’s and everyone’s support.. Whatever be the end results, i will be honestly updating every week on Wednesday my weight loss regimen I followed and my weight of the week  for you to read on..

Some of the few changes I did to get myself 15 lbs lighter earlier:

1) Getting up early in the morning at 6.00 am and going for a jog (there is a joggers park near vicinity where i go..) for an hour..and come back by 7-7.30 as i have to get my kid ready for school and i have to rush to office

2) Tea substituted with green tea
3) Lunch box is now one box of salads, one box for greens like cooked spinach or methi/fenugreek  or any lentils and chapati (occasionally). Sometimes i skip chapati. A glass of buttermilk as morning snack so i dont fill myself during lunch. evening snack is orange or apple..

4) I come back at 6.00 from office post that at 6.30 i leave for a walk at the nearby park for about an hour..

5) Comeback by 7-7.15 pm and work on getting dinner ready.. i do not have any special diet meals but whatever i cook for other i have the same but the only difference is half the portion i used to have earlier..i do sometimes overindulge during particular occasions and feel guilty later so I am working on my will power..

6) i have started counting my calories and am maintaining a calorie tracker in my mobile appln provided by this website and jot down everything i eat and try to not exceed the weight loss goal calorie..

SO guys, ALL THE BEST TO ME! I may go for a walk today evening after I am back from office…

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Menu Plan of the week

SO, finally its the Menu Plan day of the week..(i had to post this blog on Saturday as per my blog activity for the day, but due to some issues and unavoidable reasons, i was not able to do apologies..)

I am having a veg menu week today.. as me and both my hubby have a lil stomach upset so cant have the heavy non veg food..

Sunday: Egg Pulav

Monday: Red Lentils

Tuesday: White peas curry  + Potato cutlets combo

Wednesday: Noodles -veg

Thursday: steaming idlis with sambhar (yummy!)

Friday: Rajma curry

Saturday: Spinach-Red lentil rice with soya cutlets 

Feeling depressed? steps to overcome it...

had been feeling depressed lately...on professional front.. had few petty issues going on in the work front which really made me depressed and also had to postpone my blog writing..(i am a very sensitive person and react to things very easily..)

During this, i read some articles on how to get over your depression and really found some few simple but amazing tricks which has worked wonders for me and was able to relieve my negative if you are feeling depressed lately over any issues my be, read on , this article is just right for you.  i had read this in one of the stress management articles and am sharing it with can try any or multiples of this..and see for yourself how wonderful it is..

·         Get a pet! 
·         Take a friend’s dog for a walk
·         Try gardening - very relaxing
·         Write a weekly timetable (daily list rest/activity/work etc…)
·         Get outside and walk daily (great way to get an endorphin boost)
·         Do a daily crossword
·         Paint (by numbers or freestyle)
·         See friends weekly (gets you out of your own shell)
·         Stick post-it notes with positive quotes on your bathroom mirror
·         Blitz old clothes/clutter and head to a charity shop & have a potter round
·         Be open to medication (5 antidepressants failed and the 6th worked!)
·         Find a relaxation/exercise class (easier to be motivated in company)
·         Visit an elderly/ill relative (it can help a great deal to focus on others)
·         Browse the self-help section at your local library or book shop
·         Arrange to meet a friend for coffee/walk
·         Avoid recreational drugs & alcohol (masks and exasperates depression)
·         Eat ‘good mood’ foods e.g. bananas, fish, broccoli, seeds
·         Write poetry (very cathartic!)
·         Wear clothes that boost your self-confidence (even when all you feel like wearing  trackers)
·         Give yourself permission to say ‘No’ to people (exhaustion is not helpful)
·         Rent some comedy dvds/buy online
·         Go out to the cinema
·         Sell your old books/dvds on amazon (use the money to spoil yourself)
·         Try a multivitamin/omega 3 supplement
·         Use a Lightbox on winter days (a real help-makes winter bearable)
·         Find a CBT therapist or learn CBT skills (recommend CBT for dummies)
·         Read ‘Depressive Illness: The curse of the strong’ by Dr. Tim Cantopher - useful for dispelling myths about the illness…
·         List activities you enjoyed before becoming ill and reintroduce them
·         Buy aromatherapy oils and enjoy a soothing bath
·         If your depression is mild, ask your GP about St. John’s Wort
·         Write a letter/card to an old friend
·         Head to a garden centre and wander round; stop for a coffee
·         Subscribe to online daily motivational quotes (get sent to your email)
·         Join an internet support group (or see if you have a local mind group)
·         Enrol on an adult learning course or perhaps an online course
·         Snap an elastic band around your wrist when your mind starts ruminating
·         รพ      When you feel overwhelmed write in big letters every emotion you’re experiencing
·         Play loud, upbeat music and sing along at home/in your car
·         Avoid large social events (especially in the early stages)
·         Try to postpone making any major, life-changing decisions until you are stronger again
·         Learn to listen to the messsages your body is giving you (if you feel tired, don’t be ashamed to rest)
·         Try to get into doing jigsaws (they use both sides of the brain - a great means of distraction)
·         Find a voluntary job (if you feel up to it)
·         Keep a memo card with uplifting quotes/poems with you
·         Write a letter to someone who has hurt you, then burn it
·         Go outside and listen to the birds (sounds corny but very relaxing!)
·         Go with a friend to get a manicure or massage (pamper yourself!)
·         Chat with old friends or make new friends online
·         Create your own website or start an online blog
·         Call a crisis/helpline and talk to someone anonymously
·         Write a letter to God (or perhaps to yourself in the future)
·         Phone a relative or old friend that you haven’t heard from in a while
·         Go to the park and feed the ducks (or find a nice place to just sit and people watch)
·         Make a scrapbook for photos and places you’ve visited
·         Write about what you’ve done in a diary (useful to look back on& see how far you’ve come)
·         Dig out your favourite book and have a good read
·         Write 10 things you have achieved (eg school, college, uni, jobs) and read it often
·         Make a list of 10 things you would like to do before you die (also research how to do them)
·         Go and see a play or musical with a friend
·         Memorise the words to a song you like (or poem)
·         Plan a holiday, go to the travel agents and get some brochures to look at
·         Find an activity you really enjoy (swimming? Aerobics? Tennis?)
·         Go to a craft shop and choose something fun to try (e.g. glass painting)
·         Buy a simple cake-mix and bake some cakes/muffins for a snack
·         Get a punch-bag and let your anger, frustration and pain out (hitting duvet/pillows also helps)
·         Make a ‘crisis’ list of people you can call when you’re in a bad space (keep it to hand e.g. by the phone/on a notice board)
·         Look at houses for sale in your area (living in Guernsey, looking at all the million+ houses is quite fun!)
·         Go on facebook and look at your friends’ photo albums.
·         Play computer games (e.g. spider solitaire, minesweeper) 

do keep coming back for like me if you like my blog..

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Top 15 Ways to Save

As a pert of blogging, i do read other blogs and then there are few blogs which have such beautiful articles that you just want to read over and share it..infact this inspired me to start my own blog so i could get to read and share and connect as well to all the beautiful blogs..and then i can have all these blogs collective together in one place to read over them again..

i recently came across one such good blogger mrsascouponorganizer. you can find the blog here . One fine artcle, i came acrooss about saving and iam reproducing the same here to read on and enjoy!

Top 15 Ways to Save

1. Don’t pay interest. Most of us must for a house. But even this can be minimized. Debt service is money down the drain.
2. Live in a house that meets your needs but don’t get carried away. Keep it neat and attractive and you’ll be satisfied.
3. Drive a car that is economical, reliable, and safe, but affordable. After a house, this is one of our major expenses. Don’t get lured in to a big payment.
4. Develop a budget whichs keeps you living within your means and helps you achieve your financial and lifestyle goals.
5. Don’t spend on a credit card unless you can pay it off monthly. No debt service.
6. Plan shopping trips based on your budget. Follow your shopping list to avoid impulse buying.
7. Obtain coupons for anticipated purchases.
8. Organize your coupons in a true organizer where you can see all coupons at once. This way, you don’t miss using a coupon, and they don’t expire. (I really love coupon organizers. They are one of the purchases that return far more than their cost)
9. Invest money wisely and in diverse ways. Interest coming to you is a good thing. Have a year’s supply of savings, if possible. Otherwise, crisis could force you in to debt.
10. Stay healthy. Those who don’t pay a small price daily for health will one day pay a great price.
11. Don’t buy something just because it is on sale. Determine if you will use it and if it fits your lifestyle, health, and happiness goals.
12. Buy generic when feasible.
13. Buy in bulk.
14. Buy and eat bulk, whole grains and legumes.
15. Plant a garden and eat from your harvest. Preserve that which you can.
Don’t buy what you don’t need. Take a deep look at yourself. Do you buy to mood alter? Living within one’s means provides a peace greater than the excitement of a purchase if it leaves you with the stress of debt. This list could be much longer. It was an exercise for me to see what I could think of off the top of my head.
Hope you find this interesting and something to think over...