Review – Jumble Tumble, Mulund

If you have been following my posts, then you know this summer vacation I resolved not to enroll Nabeel for any fancy “summer classes”, this year he was left totally on his own, indulging in unsupervised, unguided indoor and outdoor activities with his new found group of friends. This time I just let him be, like how kids should be.
But, once in a while, when some or the other member of his gang was away on a holiday or at a class he did get bored and sluggish doing nothing. That’s when I resorted to indoor play areas to uplift him and break the monotony of home bound play. If you have been following (again) my reviews of indoor play areas, you know Nabeel and I have explored almost all of them in Mumbai city. The latest one on the list is Jumble Tumble, which is situated in R-Mall, Mulund.

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Jumble Tumble (JT) opened its doors less than a month ago and has already gained lot of popularity amongst the local crowd, mainly because there is no such activity and entertainment place within decent travel limits (read, with kids)

Jumble Tumble has the usual play sections like ball pool, roller slides, trampoline, rock climbing wall, foam pit, rope baskets and zip line, all of which are decently spaced out, erected on a strong structure and built with smooth finish ensuring safe and secure play for kids. The place is average sized but because of its smart layout it gives you an illusion of huge space that is inviting and colourful just like any kids entertainment zone should be. It definitely exudes those happy, cheerful vibes that kids need to feel in-order to get comfortable with a new place.

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Trampoline, Foam Pit & Rock Climbing Wall

 

Nabeel enjoying the zip line at Jumble Tumble

What is unique to Jumble Tumble is the collection of various sit down games and toys like the supermarket setup life sized building blocks, few board games and superb assortment of toys on the attractive toy rack. This is more for kids who are tired jumping around and need to cool down without discontinuing their play.

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Nabeel & his friend enjoying the sit down games after a wild session of jumping and bouncing in the play zone

It has an in-house café serving the regular kids favourites and a big seating area; for moms while kids play and for birthday or any celebration gatherings. I like the fact that every corner of the play zone is visible from the seating area making it easier for moms to keep a watchful eye on the kids. Plus, the fact that it is situated in a shopping mall makes it good place to drop kids and indulge in some peaceful shopping time.

The price for an hour’s play is 350 (weekdays) & 400 (weekends). JT offers attractive membership rates for regulars and themed birthday party packages.
Kids between 8 months to 10 years are allowed in the play zone.

For more details look up here : Jumble Tumble

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Deep Fried Oreos

I have been guilty of posting many back to back non- recipe posts lately. So, let me make it up with this utterly indulgent and hassle free recipe of Deep Fried Oreos.

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I first learnt about them in one of the episodes of “Carnival Eats”. I am a big fan of the show, every episode makes me go “ooh and aah”, if nothing else entices me to visit America, the drool worthy treats at its many state fairs surely will 😉
Deep Fried Oreos were whipped yesterday to celebrate Nabeel’s 5th birthday; he baked himself a brownie (yes, he did…so proud 🙂 ) and I made him something using his favourite biscuits.

I love how everyday kitchen ingredients can easily be transformed into something so delicious within no time.

It was a last minute decision to make them. I quickly whisked the batter while the Oreos chilled in the freezer, heated the oil and, voila! the deep fried goodness was ready in flat 15 minutes. I love how everyday kitchen ingredients can easily be transformed into something so delicious within no time.
I tried both variants of Oreo; original and chocolate but the original was the best for its sweet icing perfectly complimented the mildly sweet batter. I prepared the batter from scratch using eggs but for a much quicker process you can directly use pancake mix. Also, omit eggs and add 1 tsp baking powder to the batter, if you wish.

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The batter fried Oreos added to the celebrations and were thoroughly enjoyed by Nabeel. He fondly called them “Oreo Pakoras” 🙂 

 

Deep Fried Oreos Recipe

Oreo biscuits, about 15 to 20
Oil for deep frying

For the batter
1 cup refined wheat flour / maida
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 egg
½ cup to ¾ cup milk (this depends on the consistency)
½ teaspoon baking powder
A pinch of salt

Step 1 – Place the Oreo biscuit packs in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 2 – Whisk egg, till frothy and thick, in a big bowl.
Step 3 – Fold in the sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.
Step 4 – Pour in the milk and lightly mix using a whisk.
Step 5 – Let the batter rest for 10 minutes, meanwhile heat good amount of oil to deep fry Oreos.
Step 6 – Dip 4 to 5 Oreo biscuits in the batter , ensure its coated well from all sides and place in heated oil.
Step 7 – Fry them till golden brown and remove on an absorbent paper.
Step 8 – Let it cool a bit before serving. Dust with powdered sugar and serve a dipping chocolate sauce along, if desired.

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Celebrating Mothers Everyday

We recently celebrated Mother’s Day but the truth is, a day, a year, a lifetime is not enough to thank and honour this very reason of our being. Mothers are an epitome of selfless love, and the world is blessed with extraordinary mothers who show us through their many ways what it is like to sacrifice with a smile and never expect anything in return.
Each mother has a story and every story is inspiring and worth sharing with the world. I have compiled a series of articles that document firsthand journeys of mothers in different situations and are a delight to read.

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1. A Working Mom
In a world where mothers are often burdened with guilt at managing both work and family, this mom talks about how she has prioritized her goals and come out a winner.
2. An Adoptive Mom
After having a son, Linnet always yearned for a daughter, something even nature couldn’t guarantee so she adopted a girl. Read to know why she opted to adopt when she could have conceived a child on her own.
3. An ‘80s Mom
Veda Adur is an out-and-out 80s mom with the heart and soul of a millennial. A mother of two sons and a grandmother of one darling little girl, she talks about bringing up her boys, imparting Indian-ness in them on the opposite end of the world, and how she would change her approach to parenting if she could go back in time.
4. A Single Mom
Supermom Fatima shares her struggles, joys and uncertainties while raising 2 kids, and the unparalleled gratification she has received as a single parent.
5. A Grandmother
This mother discusses her role as a grandmother, how it has been different from motherhood and how the role of a grandmother has changed over generations.

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6. A Mom of Twins
Dr. Nandini is a mom of teen aged twin boys. She talks about juggling work and home, how her twins share a special bond, and how she wouldn’t have wanted her life to play out in any other way.
7. A Millennium Mom
“My children are eight-and-a-half years apart, a gap I sometimes feel is too large. We should have probably planned a second child sooner. With a smaller age gap, siblings grow through the same phases of life together, become each other’s confidants and can relate to each other” Bhavani Nayel, a mother of 2 kids, shares her experience of what it is like to have kids with a huge age gap.
8. A New Mom
An outgoing mum raising an outgoing Munchkin. Read Powermom Shreya’s journey as a new mother.

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9. A Mom of a Singleton
What’s it like to raise a single child? Meeta shares her experience in raising her only child, Pooja.
10. A 60’s Mom
A mother , who lost her own mom at a very young age, on bringing up her kids. Uma recounts her childhood, how she became motherless at the age of 3, and how different her daughters’ childhood was from her own.

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This Mother’s Day gift yourself a JAMM’s membership

I am so glad to be in this era where being a mom is of one the most enjoyable experiences and doesn’t only limit to cooking, feeding and cleaning up after the kids. Being a mom is also partying, attending fun meets, learning through experts and fellow moms, ranting about kids and indulging in ample of “me” time.
Do you as a mom identify with all these activities? If not, then probably you are not part of JAMM’s yet. What is JAMM’s you ask? Well, it is Mumbai based support group of moms which is based on one principle…no nonsense & only momsense.

JAMMS which stands for Journey about Mast Moms, is a Mumbai based support group for mothers by mothers. Initiated by Ritu Gorai in 2014, as a casual Whatsapp group with 24 members, the network now boasts of 5000 mothers smartly divided into 20 groups.

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Me with Ritu Gorai

Jammies are divided as per their child’s age (first born) amongst the groups and then further divided as per their interests (movies, pets, books) & profession (doctors, bloggers, mompreneurs, advocates). Groups for expecting moms, grandmoms, mothers of special needs kids and single moms also exist. The show runs entirely on Whatsapp with the help of many volunteer mums helping Ritu manage and organize the groups.

Jammies not only connect on a daily basis virtually but also meet up for complimentary workshops, seminars, exhibitions, movie dates, power lunches, networking meets, playdates, etc.

 

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Jammie’s having a blast at a lunch meet

JAMM’s also makes use of its mommy power and undertakes many social causes. Happy New Hair, Drape a Smile, i-Light, Step –up, Mast Santa, Meal mate, etc are some social initiatives that JAMMS was involved with. It’s latest, ongoing social campaign Meal Mate is about sponsoring a nutritious meal to a Cancer affected child. If you wish to contribute then do so by logging in here

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JAMM’s ongoing social campaign

I have been a jammie for more than 2 years and it has been a very enriching journey till now. Attended almost 10 plus complimentary workshops, networked with fellow bloggers, have been referred to vendors and services by fellow jammies, received many blog assignments, volunteered for their social cause and above all interacted with many mothers who are diverse yet so alike when it comes to having a good time.
Along with me Nabeel has also enjoyed being a part of JAMM’s and attended many children oriented workshops on topics like lego building, DIY science experiments, cooking and art and class.

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Jammies with their children at a Child-Parent workshop organised by JAMM’s

It is indeed a journey of mast moms coming together to help, work, guide and above all have a great time. To become a part of JAMMS all you need to do is drop in a message to Ritu @ +91-9930203454 or jammsnetwork@gmail.com . That’s it! Come aboard with a positive approach and ample energy to experience this fun ride called motherhood with fellow jammies.

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The eternal problem of kids outgrowing clothes

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Kids grow at a lightning speed, mentally as well as physically and one of the bad things about this is having piles of clothes that are seldom used or never been used. It’s really disheartening to see how children outgrow the clothes that were picked with so much love and care, in no time.

Clothes for kids these days are available in plenty with an outfit dedicated to every occasion or event of their growing years. No doubt that is a good thing and gives you ample of choice to maintain that trendy and cool image of the child but all this comes with a price, a heavy one to be precise. The first birthday outfit or the designer traditional dress for baby’s first family wedding definitely made the child look dapper and earn lot of praises but it also made you lose out on some big bucks. To see the outfit hang in the wardrobe with no takers makes you think if it was all worth it in the end.

I remember when Nabeel was about 3 months old I bought him a cute little romper with a cow patch on it. Back then he was fond of animals and thought this was the apt clothing for him. It was purchased from a high –end brand for a hefty price; you know when everything is new; the baby, the parenting, the cute clothes, etc the budget takes a back seat for sometime 😉 So there was no such occasion I had in mind for the dress to be used but it turned out I precisely made him wear the dress for a 2 hour odd outing and even before I knew he had outgrown it. My heart sank!

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Spending too much on kids clothing which don’t even last that long is an eternal problem. Even if you try to keep it minimal or within the set limit, kids clothing budget always seem to go overboard.  I know most moms are helpless in such a situation. We definitely want the best for our child but the guilt of overspending always lingers.

On an average, until the age of 13, kids grow 3 to 4 inches a year. This means you will for sure land up with an above the ankle pants or a short tee, something beyond your control.

I enjoy shopping for Nabeel and like to keep his wardrobe up to date but at the same time hate spending on clothes that will outgrow in few months. As much as I try to shop wisely, I am often guilty of giving into temptation and pick up expensive or more pieces of clothing for Nabeel. And, when he outgrows them even before the seams open up, it really hurts. Also at times the fashion changes too quickly and in order to keep up with it, the “old fashioned” clothes need to be discarded. It’s rare to find a good balance of stylish kids wear and affordability.

To overcome the remorse, many moms find a way of retaining the clothing in some way or the other or try and hand it down to people who will appreciate the clothes. I usually sort out Nabeel’s outgrown clothes once a year and pass them to lesser privileged kids back in our village. At least this satisfies my soul.  How do you deal with this dilemma of kids outgrowing clothes? Are you a heavy spender when it comes to buying clothes for your child? Are there any experiences with this regard you might want to share?

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Are you a Power Mom?

That moment when the home pregnancy test comes positive and you are elated and anxious, both at the same time. The thought of having a baby puts you on cloud nine and from the moment you find out you are pregnant you can’t stop thinking, planning and gushing about it. I have been through this and know that most my generation moms have also experienced the same.

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It is a long journey between conceiving and delivery, at every step one needs proper guidance and support to carry on with this most amazing phase of life. While your partner and family members are the best emotional support and confidants you can bank on, but one also needs to seek professional assistance from experts for this delicate stage of life. The very first person whom we connect with outside our kin, is a doctor, so it is only wise to choose one whom we can trust and rely on completely. Besides the doctor, the clinics, medical labs, the hospital are also to be chosen after much research and reccos by fellow moms. After all its only these decision, if taken wisely, will ensure a smooth pregnancy and joyous motherhood.

Keeping all these facts in mind Cloudnine, a leading chain of hospitals that specializes in maternity, fertility and top-class childcare services has developed a special concept called Cloudnine PowerMoms or #C9PowerMoms.
It is an all in one programme where a woman is equipped with best of knowledge to become a mother even before she has given birth!

Cloudnine Powermoms are mothers-to-be who are supported with a host of innovative workshops such as prenatal classes on how to enjoy their pregnancy as well as how to handle their labour and delivery. They receive the best support from their partners as well, through the first-of-its-kind Cloudnine’s Management of Baby Affairs (MBA) Program, in which both parents-to-be learn about taking care of their new baby, making it a one stop place between conceiving and delivery.

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Why should you become a Cloudnine PowerMom?
The team at Cloudnine believes in Healthy Mothers make Happy Babies. Mothers-to-be are given the best care, advice and support that they need to be a confident mother when their baby comes along. The entire process starts by empowering the mother with lots of information about her pregnancy, delivery, and baby care. Experienced doctors, OB/GYN specialists and nursing staff focus on ensuring PowerMoms cherish their pregnancy and experience the joy of parenthood.

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Cloudnine PowerMoms attending a fun workshop

They have also launched a Facebook group where mothers from all walks of life, mothers who have given birth at Cloudnine and mothers who want to be Cloudnine PowerMoms can network and support each other by sharing their personal experiences and general tips & advice related to motherhood. You can join the group here and watch the video here.

So, if you are planning a baby or are an expectant mother or know someone who is going to have a baby then Cloudnine Hospitals is where one should enroll and begin the much awaited journey towards motherhood. They have branches in 6 major cities Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune and an upcoming branch in Chandigarh.

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My Mamma Mia time

This week began on an exciting note for me. For, I was thrilled to attend a Monday morning event on parenting by a corporate giant as a Mom Influencer. After I quit my full time job to become a SAHM (Stay at Home Mom, for the uninitiated), the opportunities to attend official events almost vanished. In fact, I really missed experiencing the “Monday Morning Blues” (yes, I said that). But this Monday was going to be different and fun, I knew. After long, it was my day to “dress up and show up” for a formal event.

The event in question was an open dialogue with Johnson & Johnson Baby Products division to discuss what is  #BestforBaby. I was extended an invitation to attend the event by BabyChakra – India’s finest parenting app & website, for which I write too 🙂 Besides the above stated reason, I also saw this as an opportunity to know the truth behind all the controversy surrounding Johnson’s Baby Products and so confirmed my spot immediately. The icing on the cake was an invitation to bring the child along. With limited (almost nil) babysitting options for Nabeel I usually tend to miss out on such events and the fact that I could take Nabeel along really made me jump with joy. So, it was decided mommy will attend an official event with baby in tow to know what’s Best for Baby.

*Video source – Johnsons Baby India

 

The venue was Hyatt Regency, Mumbai where we received a warm welcome by Team BabyChakra. The place was bustling with 30 odd mothers, some influencers, some new moms, and some expectant mothers all eager to know more about how Johnsons is trying to facilitate the best way to care for a child, for Indian moms, through their Best for Baby initiative. A special play zone was set up to occupy the kids so that mommies could sit peacefully through the event. After the initial networking with fellow mothers, many whom I knew virtually and met face to face for the first time, the event began with Deepali, Johnson’s spokesperson, taking stage and explaining the Best for Baby idea to assist Indian moms navigate through motherhood with the right information and knowledge. She shared some good insights about baby products. Who knew the oil used for massaging a baby needs to be Vit E rich irrespective of it being natural or mineral or the pH of a substance can only be measured if it is in an aqueous state. Did you?

Afterword, the session took a fun turn when mothers were divided into teams to test out the quality and goodness of Johnson’s baby products by conducting some DIY science experiments. I never imagined washing a heavily stained piece of cloth on a dining table (psst..yes we were the first to test their newly launched laundry detergent), guess motherhood brings in all the much needed surprises of life.

What followed was a fun contest organised by BabyChakra team to test our rhyme quotient. As a fellow mom called it, “a refresher course in rhymes” for us mommies ;-). Then came the part everyone was waiting for, a QnA round where we could ask them anything and everything about their products. The most sought after question was undoubtedly about the suitability and safety of products for babies, which was answered with full honesty and confidence by Deepali, backed by figures and facts, making us restore our trust in the brand. Watch the video below to see how Johnsons clarified their stand.

 

The event concluded with lot of selfies, group pictures, Insta Boomerangs and of course delicious food. A lovely buffet was laid down with a dedicated menu for kids. Johnson’s gifted all participants a product hamper and Babychakra extended their online store vouchers. All in all a fun filled event with great learning and networking.

*Header group pic courtesy – Johnsons Baby India

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