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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.

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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.

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  • 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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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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This post requires a great amount of honesty from me hence I have been delaying it till now. But I have finally mustered the courage to speak about this.  There is no denial that motherhood (most of the time) ruins your body in some way or the other; it takes your vanity and crushes it with all its might.

I was fortunate to not gain too much weight during pregnancy as I was really active throughout it. I also did not get any stretch marks until the very end that is. The scraggly reddish lines that I now have are a permanent reminder of the journey my body and I went through.

Honestly, I loathe them. Although my mummy tummy has almost gone, I still have softness, a squidgy texture there that refuses to go. Each day, when I see myself in the mirror I wonder if I will ever get back my pre baby flat, rock hard abs. Maybe. Maybe not.

As a breastfeeding mom, my breasts are huge. No amount of chest press seems to be working. It makes me extremely self-conscious even though I try not to care.

And don’t even get me started on bladder control.

I am a young mom (29 is still young, right?) but these signs that motherhood has given me makes me feel old. I wonder almost every day why women have to bear the burden of perpetuating life on earth?

Recently, supermodel Cindy Crawford’s untouched photos have melted the internet; if not broken it entirely. Now, there are claims that the images are fake. If those images are indeed real; then kudos to her for blowing the lid off this “perfect mommy myth.” The fact is most of us do not have the luxury of nannies, tailor made diet plans, cosmetic surgeons and personal trainers to lose the baby weight. We just have plain old willingness to toil and work hard to get fitter while taking care of a tiny person and managing thousand different things.

Also, who is to decide that only “perfect” bodies are beautiful bodies? The silver lining is that I am also in awe of my body. I have new-found respect for it.

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Each day when I do my work, the little one perched on my side, I don’t see the ugly love handles but a safe and secure spot for the little one to sit on. When she lovingly tries to climb up on me I don’t see a less than perfect body but a safe haven that holds her tightly and nurtures her steadily.

When I feed her, listening to her happy tune I don’t see my huge boobs but my ability to nourish her each day. When I walk holding, comforting and patting her, I don’t see my big thighs but legs that continue to do its work each day without giving in.

This body with all its imperfections really has served us well.

In taking care of her, I see my body for its strength, its amazing ability to adapt to the challenge of motherhood and I see love—unadulterated and pure.

To use the cliché, I am now a tigress who has earned her stripes and yes you will hear me roar.

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I love Italian cuisine and spaghetti Bolognese is a yummy pasta dish that I heart. However, I actually don’t eat red meat (I usually substitute it with Quorn mince) and since I am trying to get fitter post baby, eating this decadent dish is actually out of question. Hence, I was chuffed to find that there is a healthier way to enjoy my favourite spaghetti pasta.  This recipe uses courgette as noodles instead of spaghetti.

For homemade pesto, blend in a mixer a handful of fresh basil along with 20g of walnuts and 20g of pine nuts, half clove of garlic and about two tablespoon of olive oil. Stir in salt, pepper and finely grated Parmesan. Keep it aside.

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For the courgette noodles, thinly cut two courgettes in julienne style. Keep it aside.

Heat some oil in a pan. Add 400g of raw or peeled prawns and cook it in low heat. Add two cloves of chopped garlic and some chili flakes. I didn’t have any so I crushed Indian whole dried red chili with a mortar and pestle. Add half teaspoon of butter, salt, pepper and some lemon juice.  The whole thing should take about five minutes as prawns take less time to quick. Watch out for it to become pink which means prawns are cooked.

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Take it out and heat about half teaspoon of oil. Cook the courgettes over medium heat for about two minutes. Stir in the pesto and mix it well. Add the cooked prawns and serve with some grated parmesan.

I served it with oven baked tomatoes you can use sun dried tomatoes too.

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Prawns are high in proteins and also contain some important vitamins and minerals. They are quiet low in calories too hence perfect for postpartum women.

This recipe serves two. This recipe was originally showed in ITV’s Lorraine; I have personalised it wee bit. The original recipe can be found here.

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