Adventures In Farland -Moshank Relia | Review | Children’s Book

As a child, I was always fascinated by magical worlds of fairies, gnomes, giants, and mermaids. It was a place where everything was possible! Magic is also about opening doors of imagination for children and the book “Adventures in Farland” by Moshank Relia is exactly that little ray of hope for a child.

Adventures in Farland

The Story

The story “Adventures in Farland” is about a beautiful 7-year-old little girl named Mira and her two naughty and quarreling potbellied twin friends Bira and Vira. Mira has always heard about the magical land of faraway where the princess Harmonica organizes the fun New Moon parties as her bedtime story from her mother.

As luck would have it Mira meets Bushy a character from the stories of Farland her mother recites to her. He comes to invite her for the New moon party and turns her twin friends into rats so that they don’t disturb others guests with their fights.

A special plane with the best pilot of Farland is sent across to pick them up and drop them back before daybreak. It’s all too exciting for little Mira who has only heard about Farland and cannot wait to experience the magic herself. She gives in the temptation and is soon on her way to a magical discovery full of adventures.

As soon as little Mira begins her journey her plane breaks down and lands in the lost forest. Very soon Mira learns that the queen of witches has decided to unleash the dragon of Underhill on Farland and destroy it.  Little does she know that she will play a big role in saving Farland and encounter strange things happening. Will she be successful? Which all mystical creatures will little Mira meet in her journey.  Children will love to read this fun and adventurous story.

As the story unfolds interesting new mystical creatures come into play. Each with a unique personality for easy recall. Like the starhead pilot, Mira meets who has a head shaped like a star and shines brightly. Then Bushy is a character whose head has a bush instead of hair and

My Review

The character of Mira is portrayed as a sweet and kind-hearted girl. At the time of adversity, she shows her braveness. She stands up to all challenges in a new place and goes out of her way to help others. She loves her friends and always helps them even if it puts her life in danger. Her bravery sees her through her journey. A wonderful way to teach young children about courage and relationships.

The book is well written with short sentences. I also find it a great way to introduce some new words to children and help build vocabulary. Love the author’s imagination and wonderfully weaved creatures of Farland. They are amusing and children would enjoy them. the plot is very ineresting and gripping till the end. The only thing the book left me wanting more was some pictures and especially colored ones depicting the mystical creatures of Farland. On the whole, I absolutely think its a perfect read for little ones!

About the Author

Moshank Relia is a graduate in English literature. His love for adventure, his deep affection for kids and his wide-ranging creative experiences drove him to write children’s fiction.

Am truly grateful to the author for the privilege of reviewing his book “Adventures in Farland”. It will be available from 19th October. *Purchase Link will be updated

Kids Festival Clothing – 5 brands you must check out this season

The festive season is around the corner. It’s all about celebrations, happiness, family and friends and of course dressing up for the occasion!

Parents, like you and me, have to make an effort to look for trendy, exciting and some fun new collection of kids festival clothing. Like every year we want to try something new without compromising on quality and comfort for our little ones.

To make it easy I have done the hard work to shortlist some brands that have worked really hard to launch a wonderful festive collection of kids festival clothing to ensure our little ones look the best.

But you might ask what’s different?

What makes most of these brands unique is the fact that they were launched by moms, so we know that there are some real insights going into the product design and collection – comfortable yet stylish without burning a hole in your pocket. Each brand has fresh new unique designs and ideas about fashion. We are talking about cool fabrics, vibrant colours, beautiful patterns and trendy cuts of the season for boys and girls! Above all awesome discounts too!!

Dont forget to follow them on Instagram and Facebook to stay updated with their latest collection!

BAANA

With 20 years of experience in the garment business,  Swati has a keen eye for quality. She immediately noticed that kids ethnic clothing was paid the least attention. Hence, Baana was born from the need to find cute, quality, comfortable ethnic clothing for her little one. Baana has a strong focus on comfortable, wearable design teamed with the highest quality fabric and finishes.

You will find a wide range of cute comfy cotton, semi formals, and dressy occasion wear for your little girls aged 1-9 years.

NPAT Loves – Vibrant colours, floral patterns. The peplum choli is a heart stealer!

Shop atInstagram | Facebook

Contact – babybaana@gmail.com/9818888424

Frangipani Kids

Setup in 2012 by two young moms who believe in the ethos that comfort comes first. They started off with sleepwear and Indian clothes for kids and now have expanded over the years to introduce kids ethnic wear, kids sleepwear, loungewear, blankets, quilts, travel pouches and adult sleepwear. They pride in their finest materials and highest quality fabrics that are procured from trusted sources and crafted with love and finesse.

Whether it is dressing up for a wedding, going to bed, or getting ready for that special play date, you will find classy and elegant wear for boys and girls aged 1-12 years.

NPAT Loves -Delicate prints and unique flower designs for boys and girls.

Shop at –  Website |  Instagram | Facebook 

Contact – info@frangipanikids.co.in/022-22165518

Label Clay

Absolutely gorgeous new ethnic line, a range of vibrant, happy, fun clothing for the festive season with the comfort and magic of childhood. Label CLAY believes that if it’s for kids, it should be comfortable enough to play in and their festive comfort collection is just that. Each piece is handcrafted with attention to detail to make affordable but premium clothing for boys and girls alike, aged 2-10 years.

NPAT Says – We love the fun clothing with a punch of colours! The scalloped choli for girls is a heart stealer!

Enjoy a special 10% off when you use the coupon EARLY10 during checkout online until Oct 5th

Shop at – Website | InstagramFacebook 

Contact – labelclay@gmail.com /(Ketaki +91 9823080893)

COO COO

A Mom of 2, having lived and worked in Switzerland and New York struggled to find high quality, comfortable, Cotton clothes in India, and decided to launch her own children’s line Coo Coo in 2012. Her designs have a gorgeous international touch and are driven and inspired by the belief that children should be comfortable in what they wear.

Catering to newborn to 10 years old boys and girls Coo Coo lays a strong emphasis on fabric and fit. The results are styles that perfectly reflect the brand’s luxe aesthetic

NPAT loves – COO COO is offering matching Father Son Shirts & Kurtas and Mommy and Me Chanderi Kurtas for Diwali. Twinning the festive way!

Customisation Alert! – Must check out their bespoke service DRESSED UP BY COO COO. you will find exquisite heirloom-inspired looks for weddings, celebrations and special occasions. Featuring hand details, luxurious fabrics and finely crafted designer touches!

Special Discount of  10% when you mention Coupon code – CooCooKids10

Shop at – Website (Launching on 15th October 2017) | Instagram  | Facebook 

Contact –  pswadi@coocoo.in/+91 9819659125

Indie Project Store

Indie Project Store offers hand-picked & carefully curated essentials for free-spirited tiny humans, promising a timeless, playful, classic childhood. Their festive collection is a unique take on traditional Indian wear for kids, that guarantees maximum utility from garments without compromising on the much needed festive theme. The designs speak Banarasi, Bandhej, Ikkat, Silk and peter pan collars, box pleats skirts, swing dresses, bow ties and jumpsuits in one breath and that’s a clear reflection of our distinctive approach to kids wear.

Though their standard sizes start from 6 months and go up to 5 years, they have limited infants and babies products in sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-12 months as well!

NPAT Loves – simple elegant clothing that speaks comfort for any occasion! 

 Shop at – Website |  Instagram | Facebook 

 ContactEmail Id /contact number – reachus@indieprojectstore.com

Hope you enjoyed checking out these beautiful Kids Clothing Brands! which one was your absolute favourite? did you pick a new outfit? share with us and tag us! (All links mentioned below)

Wishing you a fabulous festive month ahead!

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How motherhood has changed me? or has it evolved me?

When Pooja from themumandbabies.com invited me to join the blog train comprising of 41 moms across the globe who will share their stories about how motherhood has changed them, I felt this post will be a cakewalk for me. Afterall, I have been a mom for 27 months now!

For the past few days, I have gone back and forth wondering how I have changed or in fact if I have changed at all. I concluded – I haven’t, but I feel I have evolved.

I think my journey began even before I had Kenisha – in June 2013 when we got a Moose home. Back then, we were a newly married carefree couple busy with our work over weekdays and recklessly lazing around or exploring places over the weekend.

Moose was just 35 days old when he arrived home, but I guess he might have been separated from his mom and siblings much earlier. It sank in rather quick that little guy looked up to me to take care of him from this moment onwards. So began the role of a mother – feed, sleep, clean his litter, repeat.

Siddhant and I are dog lovers but Moose became the first dog that we actually got home. Clearly, with no real experience, we were on a roller coaster ride. Sid was busy at work while I managed my business from home.

Suddenly I had a lot more to do than I wanted to. Feeding a pup 5 times, clearing up afterward, constant petting and reassuring, running down from 11th floor for potty training after each meal, discipline training sessions, vaccination follow-ups and what not! Motherhood sure kicked in early.

But in return, I found a companion for those long hours of work alone at home. I had someone to cuddle with and enjoy long runs and walks every evening. I loved this feeling and it reassured me of my capability to take care of a little human in future. Our family had begun!

moose and cherry

Cherry joins the gang

Then in September 2014, we came across a post in one of the groups calling for volunteers to foster an abandoned female Labrador. We named her Cherry.

It took us two months to get her health back on track. And by then we realized how well she got along with Moose.So we finally took a call for adopting her. Now I had 2 babies.

 

June 2015, I was blessed with a baby girl. Life took a 360-degree turn like it does for every mom. Nonetheless, I felt at ease. I knew this. I was expecting this. I was ready.

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My little angel

My daughter is my biggest strength today. She has helped me face my biggest demons with a smile, pushed me out of my comfort zone, made me a responsible and a mature woman, helped me prioritize and be less stressed when I mess up, seek joy in the smallest things and above all made me a much happier person!

The C-sec scars heal and the post-pregnancy weight also bids farewell. But this precious tiny human helps a woman realize her true potential.

Motherhood

Our beautiful family

I am more patient, more loving. Not just to my own child but towards all children I meet. I respect my mom a million times over and all the other beautiful moms who are doing the best in their ability to raise a beautiful and responsible human. I judge less and I accept more.

My traveling partner

Motherhood has helped me let go of perfection and accept the fact that I cannot control it all. It has made me real and accepting of my flaws. But it has given me the strength to also stand up to new challenges. Today, I want to be fit and healthy. I want to prove to my daughter that women can do a lot more than what’s set for them traditionally. Even though in the past I have been a marketing professional as well as a businesswoman woman, today if I chose to give it up to enjoy these extra days with her I also got the opportunity to blog and share my experience with all you wonderful moms. So yes motherhood has evolved me into my new Avatar and I absolutely love it!

I am part of this blog train started by Pooja Kawatra of Mums & Babies and she has networked to bring together 41 moms across the GLOBE. (Meet the 41 moms here.) Pooja has also shared her own perspective on this here.

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Mums and Babies Blog Train

 

Next on this blog train is a beautiful mama Misha, mom of twins. 

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Misha freestyle blogger is a fashion postgraduate and has worked as a designer in her initial career years.

Post marriage and kids she entered the blogging world with her 2 different blogs.

Fashion Narssicist that was a fashion and beauty Blog and resulted in her all organic hair n skincare brand – Ang-Tatva 

Freshly Baked Head where she freely expresses and talk about the life, experiences, and product reviews

 

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Ironman Triathlon – An IronWife’s perspective

Dedicated to my IronMan and all the IronSpouses around the world

Ironman Triathlon

Sid at Ironman Nice

Exactly 2 months ago my husband earned the title of his first Ironman at Nice, France. Meet my husband Siddhant – a wonderful man of few words with a crazy sense of humor and works as a corporate communications professional.

If you are wondering, aIronman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order.

Yes, it’s extreme and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I could have never imagined Sid to ever consider something like this. Though he used to play basketball for his state during school days, pursuing triathlons was not something on his radar. But now this is his way of life, his passion, his dream and my household is mixed with new fitness goals, crazy diet, and endless training hours week after week!

Having zero idea about what a Triathlon is, let alone the devastating effect the training part will bring about in our relationship, I was up for a big surprise.

So if you are a Ironman’s Spouse, Hi-five! I feel you and I understand that keeping our house together was never such a big question, until now. Today I have a love hate relationship with a Triathlon for taking our spouses away from us for hours, but let’s face it – we are proud Ironwives!

Ironman - an Ironwife's perpective

Specially printed to support the Ironman!

 

While everyone focuses on the pride, sense of accomplishment and joy triathlons bring, there is another side that rarely gets the due attention

The husband is Tri but wife Tries harder!!

Triathlons, like other endurance races, have a structured training regime and it eats up a lot of time an athlete that he could otherwise spend with his family. Especially training for an Ironman event can take up 12-20 hours in a week, where you can be spending 4-6 hours on a bike and 3-4 hours long run and and hour or two in the pool. Pre-race peak weeks are the worst!

To be honest there was a point when I almost felt abandoned in a funny way. I hardly saw Sid or had a chance to talk to him, as he would be just too exhausted. I would often joke – Looks like this isn’t your house but a PG for you. We never had so many arguments and I would often feel like a single parent managing a baby, 2 dogs, and a house alone! And then I read this.

Triathlon has been called the “divorce sport” because the commitment it takes to complete one of these run-bike-swim events can leave the non-competitive partner feeling neglected, and perhaps even abandoned

The unexpected shock

Sid’s journey began in 2013 with an outdoor fitness group, where with some practice he decided to participate in a half marathon in 2014. One thing led to another. Soon he bought a MTB (Mountain Training Bike) and was training on this new cycle, participating in races, events and what not. Meanwhile, we were blessed with a baby girl in June, 2015.

He had an interest in triathlon but didn’t have the confidence to do one as running was his weak spot. But post his second half marathon in 2015, he finally made up his mind that he should stat training for one. He would talk endlessly about triathlons and show me videos and honestly, it looked very inspiring to me. It’s funny that I actually thought he was joking then. Nope. Sid – who didn’t step into the pool for 20 years since his school days, now got his swimming pass made to practice in the society pool! Face Palm!

Ironman Triathlon

IronBaby supporting her dad!

Triathlon training and relationships

His regime only got stronger and difficult. Little did I know that our weekends would mean a missing husband at 4-5 am, only to return too tired to enjoy the leftover hours of the day with family. I was too busy with a little baby, so somehow I made peace with it. We hardly got any time together over the days, weeks and months. Slowly I broke apart. I stopped talking or trying to talk. But it made it worse for me. I had never felt this lonely for the longest time in my married life.

Initially, I had loved his new found craze for fitness but now somewhere I was resenting this whole new concept of how it was taking more of his “family “time. Don’t get me wrong, I was very proud of him always. I think he didn’t realize it for the longest time that I was just trying to work around his schedule waiting for a window when he was available – and – was not ‘tired with training’ or stressed with his ‘full-time corporate job’. Nonetheless, I continued to support him, like he always supported me to pursue my dreams. Maybe I thought it will get better? But I had no clue how to make it better.

Finally, in 2016 August Sid completed his first Ironman 70.3 at Bintan and went on to finish his full Ironman at Nice this year! I am super proud of him and I can brag about it for years to come. And as I write this I can’t wait for him to better his timing in his next attempt!

Let’s make this work!

Lets face it. Marriage is hard work. It more than just love. It means sacrifice, selflessness and takes a lot more effort to trudge two individuals with different life goals along, trying to do a lifetime together. Being side by side in the good and bad is harder than just talks. There are difficult talks and times and some outbursts and cries. But in the end, it’s all worth it!

I wish we had talked about this whole concept of training and how it would affect our family life. I have learned and accepted this new life with him. The training. The fatigue. The time away from us. It will continue as he signs up for his next event to get closer to his goals, which he had very clearly chalked out before getting into it. All we have done is, changed our perspectives to help each other to handle it maturely and look forward to a new Ironman adventure!

My expectations are now practical. If he has long workouts, I plan play dates with my friends or we go out. We try and spare an hour to watch our favorite series once miss K is asleep or chat up at dinner about what’s new. Our social life is limited but the first chance we get to go out, we grab it! We have come a long way.

But then there are cookie points. We have been able to enjoy 2 international trips where we clubbed the event with a small vacation. This was a fabulous way to celebrate the Ironman event as a family and also enjoy some much-needed family time! Time to check the map to see where we can go next!

Ironman Triathlon

Triathlon training can make marriage as tough as an Ironman event

What is new? A new healthy lifestyle, that Sid has inspired me to take up. I did my first 3 km run at Pinkathon (more on that later) and trust me I hate running! but I did it! I love that I am already on a weight loss journey and quite close to a pre-pregnancy weight 😀

So to all the spouses out there. Let you’re your husband’s pursue their dreams and hobbies.  It’s their outlet – to release all the stress and workload. Being a mom is tough but so is being a husband and daddy. It’s hard, it’s never-ending, it’s tough! So encourage your man if he finds his dream or a hobby and push him over the edge. As long as we keep the sensitivity to the timing and family it will all end well. Nothing like having role models for your kids right at home!

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Temper Tantrums – A parents guide to keep peace

Temper tantrums are not a result of poor parenting or of a spoiled child. Tantrums are a way for toddlers to express themselves

Understanding Temper Tantrums

We all feel angry and frustrated as humans but children have primitive vocal skills and high emotional went ups at this stage and hence they might express with hitting, pushing or even biting when they need that extra cookie, a diaper change or that toy lying there. We call this a temper Tantrum or a meltdown.

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