Saturday, June 22, 2019

HOW TO MAKE A READING NOOK

A home without a reading nook is incomplete. Everyone deserves a cozy private and quiet corner in the house to de-stress after a hectic day.

For the book readers, there is no better place in the whole universe than a private corner in the home where they can sit and enjoy their me time. A reading nook is not only for reading, it is a place to unwind and relax and feel the happiness with small things. Sit and breathe and feel the joy. You don't require lot of space to create one, even small space can be a perfect spot. Make it as cozy as possible, think what makes you happy and bring them in your private space.

There are different ways in which nook can be created. Make it near to your bed or a window or in your living area. I have made my corner in the bedroom. Now the important question what all is required to set up the best corner. The essentials are:



1. Books- with no explanation, books are must.



2. The perfect seat- keep a bean bag or a comfortable chair with a wrap up. You may also set up a floor sitting as per your taste.



3. The perfect light- keep a lamp which gives the best light and vibe.



4. Small table- a table to keep your writing and reading stuff.



5. Plants- plants can be kept anywhere and are the best way to decorate the boring area.

how to set up a reading corner


6. Good Motivating Quotes



7. DIY stuff- I am a DIY person and have kept lot of it in my private space.

how to set up a reading nook


8. Funky stuff- keep it to make you feel happy. Some emojis cushion, funky watch and you are good to go.

Check out my reading nook, take some ideas and make your own private corner.

Friday, June 21, 2019

FIND YOUR WHY

I am free from the hustle bustle of life. A couple of months ago, I was into full time corporate setup. A dream life, which every professional dreams of. But this life wasn't making me happy within. I was not able to identify my WHY. WHY I am not liking my career. The career,which I used to enjoy and relish and which gave me everything I wanted and dreamt of in my childhood days. The big dream of becoming a professional, having a chauffer driven car, travelling the world, sitting and advising in the Board Room. I will be honest, I lived that dream to the fullest. God was kind and shower me with whatever I wanted. So was it only this which I want from my life? From some time I was not feeling fulfilled living my dream life. So on a whim, I decided to quit my work life to concentrate on my feelings, what they want from me and why are they not letting me to be focused. I know, some of my readers may think that it was stupid of me to leave the job. This is how I am, I don't know if this trait is good or bad but yes I believe in taking quick decisions.

HOW TO FEEL HAPPY


This decision was taken few months back. I want to focus on what makes me happy. Is staying at home will make me happy or I am overthinking. And yes I found my WHY. Many of the readers who have read the book FIND YOUR WHY would connect with this.  

Yes I love saying at home, taking care of my family though my husband always say I am more fussy being at home (his thought process works that way, typical Virgo man who needs perfection in everything and me being a taurean women can be hard stubborn on quick decisions). I have started travelling, socializing, doing gardening, blogging. I did what makes me happy. I dint gave a second thought to my decision but I also understand its not easy for everyone. For me, present is all I have, I am not a firm believer of future. I am living my life to make my present happy. I cannot wait for my retirement age to live my life. Who knows how much I will live. So its all about how I am making my present beautiful and accomplished.



This is a phase which I am enjoying to the fullest. I don't want to regret for not living it if I get a feeling to go back to my corporate life again, But at the moment, its not what I want for my present.

"MAKE EFFORTS TO KNOW YOUR WHY"


HOW TO FEEL HAPPY
HOW TO FEEL HAPPY


HOW TO FEEL HAPPY

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

DECOR OF LIVING ROOM - THE HEART OF THE HOUSE WHERE THE CONVERSATION BEGINS

Living Room is the heart of the house. It's a get together space for family and friends to make memories, so it should be taken care with utmost love and care. It should give the warmth and reflect the true personality of the people staying in the house. Bring in your unique personality to reflect in your room. After all it is the space for you to spend most of the time relaxing, meeting friends, family, tea talks. Two things which every living room should have are Comfort and Coziness. Incorporating décor items can bring life to a boring room. There are no hard and fast décor rules while doing a living room, so get creative and bring your inner designer out and play the game.


Check out the essentials which cannot be missed while adding life to your living room.   


1. RUGS- The basic elements to make the living room lively and cozy are the Rugs. Rugs can never go wrong, even a plain basic style can do justice. They can be a game changer in making the difference before and after work. So pick up a rug which suits your living area and taste.
living room design


2. PLANTS- Plants not only make the space inviting, they also make the air of your house healthy. Plants purify air for us and relaxes the soul and mind. So put some indoor plants and make your space more inviting and healthier.

3. ROCKING CHAIRS- I personally like keeping rocking chairs in my living area. its a thinking space for me. Just sit and relax and watch the beauty of your room.

4. ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS- Bring some and add more colors in your space

5. COUCH AND CUSHIONS- Cushions can never be enough. Put plenty of cushions to give the warm feeling.

6. DRAWER/CHEST- This is essential to display different things like décor, souvenirs, frames with family pictures.

 
7. MIRRORS- Place mirrors on wall and see the difference how the room stand out. Mirrors bring life to a boring place.



8. DIY WALL- For me its a must. I love doing DIYs, so this reflects my personality. Hang your handmade stuff on wall and cherish in your relaxing time. I have put two frames, if you will notice that's a first craft activity done by my daughter. The second thing is blackboard which was lying unused, so I used it as a memory hanger- daughter's pic with her tiny feet.
Add some wallpapers to cover the wall, paint some glass bottles and put plants.


 9. KEY HOLDER & CANDLE STAND- Get some funky keyholders and candle holder on the wall.
Living Room Set Up



Doing a living room needs lot of time, research and efforts. So take some ideas and get started and make this space lively and inviting for people you love.



Sunday, June 16, 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR KIDS IN GURGAON- JUNE

It's vacation time for kids and handling little monsters full day can be a struggling task for moms 😛. I am a mom and completely understand the pain of running on toes full day behind the kids. But we love them right😀😀, they are our life and it's our duty to engage them productivily in some activities.

While surfing the internet, I came to know about some events happening in Gurgaon. Do check out the list and enjoy with your kids.

1. Summer Fun Carnival 2019
    21st June to 23rd June
    Time- 6pm to 11pm
    Venue- Huda Ground, Sector 47 Gurgaon

2. All About Kids Exhibition
    29th June
    Time- 10:30am to 8:00pm
    Venue- Epicenter Gurgaon Apparel
                  House Sector 44 Gurgaon

3. Flea Market At Kids Carnival
    22nd June- 23rd June
    Time- 6:00am to 9:30pm
    Venue- Obstacle Park behind Omax Mall
                 Sohna Road Gurgaon

4. Summer Shuttle 2019
    17th June- 28th June
    Time: 10:00am to 01:00pm
     Venue- Bellas and Bambinos
                  J10/24A DLF Phase 2 Gurgaon


Saturday, June 15, 2019

HOW TO FEEL POSITIVE DAILY

Apparently in today's life it seems impossible to feel positive daily. So much stress and no work life balance. But if you start finding happiness in small things, it is possible to feel positive. Your mind has the power to control thoughts, so why not make efforts to think positively. Positive thoughts create positive emotions and positive emotions leads to a positive mindset. If you feel happy, your surroundings will be happy and thought process will also work that way. Its not always big monetary things that can make you fulfilled even small gestures can create happiness. You always try to control life and cry for things which you do not have. This doesn't help in anyway to come out of sorrow/grief/loneliness, instead you are more filled with negativity in life. Life is too short to live with regrets and bad memories. it is unpredictable and never goes the planned way. So stop planning and start living. Do the things which makes you happy. Forgive and Forget and always smile. You never know if you are blessed to see the next second of your life or not. Try to find happiness in whatever you do and definitely you will feel the difference in quality of your life.

Try these few things which can make you happy and can give your daily dose of happiness.

1) Playing with your child

2) Morning Walk

3) Taking care of potted plants

4) Writing

5) Reading good book

6) Keeping a Pet

7) DIYs

8) Baking

9) Watching your favorite show

10) Decluttering your house

11) Driving

12) Drop and pick up of your child from school

13) Shopping

14) Staying awake whole night for your me time

Last but not the least SMILE a Big SMILE should always be on your pretty face.

 

HOW TO KILL TIME IN LONG FLIGHTS

" Who says you always need internet to kill time"? I know I know long flights can be frustrating and the experience can become more terrible if you are travelling solo. So what can be done? How you can pass your time to beat the boredom mid flight. Do check out how I  make my flight time pleasant . Consider trying these few to have a good relaxing flight time.

1. Sleep - follow the golden rule "if you have no work, sleep sleep sleep and give your body and mind rest for some good time".


2. Read Book- carry a book with you which for the long time was in your book shelf and you were not able to take time out to read. Flight time can be the best time to read.


3. Screen time- long flights have screens with good TV shows/series and movies. Entertain yourself with some good screen time.


4. Complete Official Assignment- You may finish your assignment, PPTs or other official pending work.


5. Eat Drink, Eat Drink and repeat and unwind yourself from stress.


6. Write a detailed journal about your previous vacation.


7. Get engaged in some creative writing.


8. Strike up conversation with your neighbor.


9. Take some color books and let the inner painter come out.


10. Think about your vacation :) :)  


11. Play Games and get yourself distracted from tedious flights


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Handbag essentials for Air Travel



Planned Packing requires lot of time and efforts. You cannot miss anything important at your travel time which can be a spoiler for your trip. Since its holidays time and most of you must be planning for a trip, so check out the important essentials which are required to be in your handbag:


1. Passport & Visa- You CANNOT forget these two important   documents. Keep them in a zip of your bag separately.


2. Warm Cover Up-  Air travel can be very cold, so carry a good warm shawl for comfort.


3. Pair of Socks- To keep your feet's warm during long flights.


4. Good Book- Finish your read at airport during layover and in flight.


5. Neck Pillow


6. Wallet


7. Pouch of beauty basics


8. Tissue Papers & Wet Wipes


9. Sun Glasses


10. Portable Chargers


11. Munching Snacks


12. Pen & NoteBook


13. Medicines


14. Sanitizer


And always have at least one pair of clothes just in case check in baggage gets lost or delayed.


Take proper time in planning and packing, and you will never go wrong.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Handbag essentials when travelling with kids

"TRAVELLING MAKES EVERYONE HAPPY", but the experience of travelling may differ when you have kids. It needs lot of planning and if not planned carefully it can be stressful and can become a "why we came out of home" moment.


The biggest challenge is Air Travel and question pop up what to pack in handbag and how to keep the kids occupied at Airport and in flight. I have maintained a detailed list on travel essentials which are required to be in the handbag when travelling with my daughter. This helps me to make her travel and most importantly my travel fun. I hope this will help you also in planning your next trip.


1) Few Favorite Toys- Few means few. I am not in favor of keeping large sack of toys in   handbag. Kids don't play much with old toys and they get bored easily. So keep only few. Always remember less is more when travelling with kids.


2) Sipper Cup/ Water Bottle- Required with no discussion.


3) Socks- Long flights can be cold, so to keep feet warm socks are must.


4) Extra Pair of Clothing- Kids can get stains anywhere anytime, so do not take risk.


5) Snacks- I carry home made muffins/raisins/Fruits. Always keep dry items.


6) Small Blanket- to make kid sleep and feel cosy.


7)Medicines- basic medicine for fever, band aid. Full first aid kit is not required.


8) Tissue Paper and Wipes.


9) Books/ Crayons/ Coloring Books/ Writing Practice Books- they keeps kids engage.


10) Diapers- if not toilet trained.


11) Bibs


And most importantly one cute and light backpack for the child to carry sunglasses, hat, favorite soft toy. Me and my daughter are the best travel buddies.



Saturday, June 8, 2019

Book Review- Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

I am a kind of person who needs good books to get motivation and feel happiness. Reading is the best exercise to destress the mind and soul and it brings unknown friends in our life." A book is a gift you can open again and again. The more we read, the more we learn.

So coming on the book. This book is  about finding happiness again after life plans something really miserable and unfortunate for you. It teaches us how to move on and show the world that nothing can stop you by finding your OPTION-B. It gives advice on how to handle grief, how to be with a person who is in deep grief and what role people around can play to bring a person out of the grief. This book is about building "Resilience".

The dictionary meaning of "Resilience" is the ability to be happy and successful again after something bad or difficult has happened. A major focus is also given on how corporates can help employees to restart their life after some unfortunate incident, which is the utmost need in today's time.  

Gist of the Book- The book is on the story of Sheryl Sandberg's grief, the heartbreaking grief of suddenly loosing her husband while on a vacation and how she followed Option B to bring her life and her children's life back to normal. She shares on how to build resilience and find joy.

One strong push from the book is as follows:

" Weeks after loosing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for father child activity and she cried I WANT DAVE (Dave, her husband) to which her friend replied OPTION A is not available so lets just kick the shit out of OPTION -B.

Find your OPTION-B, life is never perfect and never stop for anyone. It moves on. Loneliness can be overcome if handled in sensitive way. Few snippets from the book. Excuse me for the art on the cover page, that's the modern art by my daughter :p. Thanks




Thursday, June 6, 2019

Unwind Yourself at The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort Goa

Goa is the most popular tourist attraction in India. It offers rich heritage, tropical climate, lovely locations and some mind blowing beaches. When in Goa, personally for me it feels like I am in some other part of the world. I don't know why but I really feel so stress free and happy there. The beaches, the street shopping, good food make me so elated.


There are two major parts of Goa- North Goa and South Goa. North Goa is a happening place with lot of night life, water sports, street market shopping and its like full party vibe.  On the other hand South Goa is more calm, relaxing and quiet. Every time I visited Goa, it was North but this time my family (husband and daughter) was in mood for a quiet vacation. So we chose "The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort Goa". This resort is located on the RajBag Beach in Canacona Goa. It is one of the most beautiful beach resort in Goa. The resort in itself is a complete vacation spot. It has private beach, swimming pool, kids playing area, spa, fine dining restaurants, pool side bar and what not. The nearest beach to the resort is palolem beach.


From airport the resort is around 50-60Km and the taxi drive was quite tiring. We booked morning flight from Delhi, that was the best decision as the road to the resort was less crowdy so travelling in night is not suggested. It was like a drive on isolated road. So after a tiring drive we reached the resort. The first glimpse was a treat for the eyes huge property with so much greenery. At the reception, we were welcomed with a drink and beads string. Our luggage was taken to the room. The amenities in room include TV, bed, sitting area, spacious washroom with bath tub, a locker, a small fridge. We did not step out of the resort and spend our days mostly at the pool side and the beach side. The resort has 4 restaurants which serve different cuisines, the staff of the restaurants is very humble and cooperative. My daughter was taken good care by the chefs with all food whatever she wanted (fussy eater). What makes the dining experience more enjoyable are the singers who comes to each table and sing songs of your choice. We really enjoyed our stay , 4 days passed in a blink of an eye.  The best part for us was the kids activity/playing area which kept our daughter occupied So, if you are looking for a relaxed vacation with or without kids free from hustle bustle then this is the place for you.

 

 



 


 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Bugis Street - Singapore




Bugis street is a famous shopping district in Singapore. It is near Bugis MRT Station. It's a best place for finding souvenirs,trendy clothes,funky knick knacks. Most of the items are available in $1. This street has plenty of eating joints, exotic fresh fruits and juice stalls.
I ate some good ice creams too😀😀😀
You get plenty of combo deals in very reasonable price. I bought three tshirts, 3 souvenirs and 10 pair of earrings as combo and any many other fashion asseccories. I dint found the cloth stuff very interesting though. You can try bargaining but most of the shops have fixed price policy. Everything is cheap here, you name it and they have it.
I got so busy in exploring that completely forgot to take pictures of the street😛😜. Well check my other pics of the Singapore Visit.









Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Experience Bergen, Norway

Bergen is a beautiful city in Norway. It is surrounded with mountains,fjord and colorful wooden houses. So appealing for the eyes. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and is as beautiful as some fairy scenery. "A scenic beauty" in few words.

I went Bergen in month of May, the perfect summer time. The summers there are very chilly and breezy for us unlike the summers in India and rain can be anytime of the year. I stayed in hotel Terminus located in the city center. It's a very cosy hotel with humble staff, good food and a very good location.It was my 3 night stay in this hotel and it went quite well. I reached Bergen on 15th May and that day I was too tired to go outside and explore, so only took a walk near the hotel. I had a  long connecting flight of 11 hours including the haul at Amsterdam Airport. So on 16th I explored the city center,and it's so cool. Small restaurants, colorful wooden houses and shops to shop till you drop. I bought so many souvenirs and same day attended a meeting at softeland. Softeland is a 40 minutes drive from the city center and is another scenic beauty. Then on 17th May I got to see the glimpse of National Day of Bergen, a treat to watch. Everyone get dressed in their traditional outfit and marching on roads.

When I was planning my trip, many people told me that it will be tough for me to get Indian/veg food since I am a pure vegetarian, but trust me I survived on good veg food and no hustle in getting it. I ate big burger meals, falafal meals sitting at Bryggen near the river side restaurants.

If you are nature lover, you cannot miss being at this beautiful city. So start planning your trip.

My next destination is London, will share my experience soon.