By the time a woman realises her mother was right, she has a daughter who thinks she’s wrong

first year of parenting

Last Sunday (on June 7th) we celebrated our little lady’s first birthday. It was a bit of a shock to realise that we have successfully completed one year as parents. As a mum, I have a new found respect for my own mum (as well as my grandma and my loving aunt), who not only raised two daughters but managed it with a successful career. I honestly don’t how she managed it. But what really hit home was how my parents did it all while bringing up two kids.

Most of us often take our parents for granted but only when you become parents you realise the enormous challenge of parenthood. You realise the little adjustments they made and the not-so-little sacrifices they made to make you the person you are. I also wonder how they did it as a team, without letting their egos come in the way as a family and without tearing each other down. This is a lesson we as new parents are still learning.

I have also learnt one thing about motherhood: the days might be long but the years are definitely short.

Now for the fashion part, to celebrate this special event, I wore a beautiful black and cream saree with hints of gold because let’s face it you need a special attire for a special day like this while hubby decided to opt for smart casuals with his Levis Jeans and Pepe London t-shirt. The star of the show, our daughter, was dressed in a pretty little red frock with gold headband and accessories. Yes, she certainly is our little fashionista.

Hopefully, you have noticed the changes in my blog. After a lot of pondering, I have changed my blog’s domain name to style with substance from voices in my head. I honestly liked the previous name but I needed something short and memorable. Since, my blog is a mix of fun and serious stuff I wanted a name that reflects its philosophy hence style with substance. Stay tuned as I would be making more changes to this site–which is my sweat, blood and baby. Enough said.

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As a first time mum, juggling a plethora of things from work to studies and of course my baby, one of the things that I miss the most is having my parents nearby. I often wish how things would have been easier if babies came with a manual.

While I don’t consider myself to be an extremely technologically advanced person, I thank the heavens every day for one invention—mobile phone and cheaper international calling plans. Truth be told, being a “dummy” mummy means to be on a call a lot of times asking my mum or MIL for tips and suggestions.

Image Credit: Google Images

Image Credit: Google Images

I’ve been looking for a mobile connection for international calls which makes life easier and yet does not put a hole in my pocket. Enter Lebara. Lebara Mobile provides SIM cards and Pay As You Go connections. The telecommunications group is especially targeted towards the needs of international communities and migrant workers.

The company operates in countries like Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. With plans starting from as less as 2p, it means I can speak to my family as often as I want without much guilt. I personally prefer their UK Plus plans which has a variety of options for every budget. 

For many like me, who has made another country their new home, we are constantly looking for ways to stay connected with our family and friends without much hassle. Needless to say, you also need an option that will keep your bank account happy. In that regard, Lebara ticks the box rather well and I am pretty chuffed with a service that makes my life a tad bit easier.

This is a sponsored post but the opinions are my own.

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Image via: google

Can you see that person buried inside the books? Well, that would be me. (not exactly, the image is via Google) I am going to take the next two weeks off blogging and social media as I’ve to prepare for an impending exam. This is a really important thing for my career and I no longer can study with half a brain after a tired day. Blogging has been my therapy but right now I do not have any other choice but to keep it aside and concentrate on what really matters. Trying to do everything and be a super woman was driving me insane.


The good thing is I’ve so many interesting posts and things to share here. Travel posts, style posts and of course parenting things. But right now it has to wait. I will also be posting and commenting on all my favourite blogs as soon as I am back. 🙂

Please do wish me luck though and have me in your prayers as I really, really need it.

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“Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.”–Tina Fey

I have stated in this blog that Motherhood is a tough business and how lonely it can get.  I will tell you another thing—having and raising a baby is an absolute joy and here are my reasons.

Image Via Google Images

Image Via Google Images

  • There are days when I genuinely feel like I will have the mother of all meltdowns. I feel like nothing is going my way and it drives me mad; on such days all I have to do is spend 15 minutes with my little girl and play with her. Something amazing happens, all the anxiety, doubts and insecurities leaves me and I feel renewed with positive energy.
  • Before her I had no idea that it was even possible to love someone so much and love makes all of us better as a person.
  • When she holds my hand or grabs my top with her little fingers peace envelops me.
  • When she giggles and sings happily it makes me laugh even if I am exhausted to the core.
  • William Wordsworth had said, “Child is the father of man,” it is perhaps true. It is amazing how this little person teaches me every day to live in the moment.
  • I feel like the most important person on earth when she cries and brings the house down just because I am not there.
  • Yes, it can be overwhelming and mad but it is worth it.

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I was recently featured in Huffington Post, UK and needless to say I was damn chuffed. It feels nice to be part of their amazing parent bloggers’ community. You can read my post here.

I started motherhood and parenting section on this blog to share my heartfelt thoughts, experiences, doubts, anxieties and achievements as a first time mum. Parenting is a tough task; a life-altering experience that completely changes your relationship with your partner, your friends, your extended family and even yourself.

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Image Via Google Images

During the initial days as a first time mum, I felt a range of emotions: anxiety, euphoria, inexplicable fear and even anger. Writing about those emotions and challenges here on this blog was a great way to let go, introspect and move on.

I just hope my readers are able to connect and even guide me through this roller coaster ride as a first time mum.

Thank you for reading J

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