This Diwali hop on The Krazy Kids Karnival Bandwagon for some Family Fun Time

While Diwali is all about traditional fun, one can always take a break from the monotony and do something unconventional. If you are looking for fun family time doing something crazy, this Diwali, then head to The Krazy Kids Karnival which is coming to town on the 4th & 5th November 2017 (new date of event )

 

Spread over 2 acres of fun space, the event will have interactive fun & learning workshops, amazing live shows, dramatic amusements & adventure camps. Aimed at attracting children aged 0 to 15 along with their parents, with wide range of fun activities for the children, tasty treats for the family and great shopping experience for the parents.

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Your favorite characters like Chota Bheem, Doraemon, Gajju Bhai, Chacha Bhatija along with Guru Aur Bhole will be awaiting your presence with loads of goodies for your children, come join their gang !

What? The Krazy Kids Karnival – Family Fun Time

When? 4th & 5th November – from  11.00 Am – 11.00 Pm

Where? 12 hours of non -stop entertainment at City Park , Bandra, BKC, Mumbai. 

Tickets? Entry Rs 200/- Per Kid / Adult.  Can be booked on BookMyShow. Free Entry for Kids below 3 Yrs.

 

I am going with the super mommies and kiddos of JAMM’s network. Will you be joining me? 

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Guilt Free Chicken Hot Wings

Chicken Hot Wings are the perfect snack to indulge when its pouring outside and all you want to do is snuggle up with some comforting food while watching a movie or reading a favourite book.

However, it is given that scrumptious food that satisfies you today, usually takes you on a guilt trip later on. So, here’s a quick snack hack of making Chicken Hot Wings in the most guilt free way.

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Guilt Free Chicken Hot Wings Recipe

Ingredients

For the wings
20 chicken wings
2 teaspoons garlic powder
¼ cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons oil
Salt as per taste

For the sauce
¼th cup melted butter
1/4th cup any hot sauce (shezwan or red chilli sauce)

For serving
Cheesy dip or Mayonnaise

Method
Step 1 – Clean and wash the Chicken wings.
Step 2 – Toss them with garlic powder, flour, salt and oil. Keep aside for 1 hour.
Step 3 – When ready to cook the chicken wings, pre-heat Bajaj Air fryer to 400ºF for 3 minutes. Next Air-fry the marinated chicken wings for 12 minutes and do remember to shake half way through cooking.
Step 4 – To prepare the sauce, mix both the ingredients well in a bowl and throw in the hot wings. Give a quick toss coating the wings well with the sauce.
Step 5 – Dish out the wings in a serving platter and serve the delicious wings with cool blue cheesy dip or mayonnaise.

Hope you liked the recipe, do try it out and treat yourself to a delicious delight.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and the recipe is suggested (not tried) by me for the given product.

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Why it is important to take your child for a hearing test?

An enchanting Bharatnatyam performance, live “last-over” cricket skit and a 10-minute feat by a linguist, this is how I enjoyed one of the weekends of May.
These special performances were executed by special kids all of which had one thing in common – they all suffered from hearing loss. This was at the Cochlear™ Celebration event, where not only did I witness the performances but also learnt a great deal about hearing loss and it’s occurrence.

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Hearing Loss in children
Deafness is as serious a problem as blindness. It is very common to get one’s eyes tested but seldom do we think of getting our ears checked for its proper functioning. Likewise, we never suspect our child/children would suffer from a hearing problem or be deaf because hearing problem can easily go unnoticed or is usually given less importance compared to blindness or other health issues.
The fact is, in India scores of kids are born deaf or suffer from some level of hearing loss, it is only wise to intervene early and get them tested by gauging the symptoms.
Babies begin to hear from their mother’s womb, starting from mother’s heartbeat gradually taking in other sounds. It is nearly impossible to know if your newborn is born deaf or suffers from partial hearing loss by just general observation. The young child is equally clueless about sounds and what it is to hear them. A child suffering from hearing loss resorts to lip reading giving an impression that everything is fine until one day the truth surfaces. Here is some reading you can do to find out the early symptoms of deafness or partial hearing in your child.

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Cochlear™ celebrates the joy of hearing
It was a fine Sunday morning when I entered the huge Shamukhnanda hall, which was packed to the brim with a crowd that comprised of recipients, prospective implantees, clinicians and well-wishers of Cochlear Implants. The event in question – Cochlear Celebrations was organised by Cochlear India and ihear foundation to reach out to masses and educate them about how hearing loss and how implants are an ultimate solution to the problem. A lot of young recipients of Cochlear implants shared their experiences, while clinicians busted myths and shared great knowledge. Watch one such successful story of Jehan Daboo, an Olympian, here.

What are Cochlear™ Implants?
Cochlear implants are long term and effective hearing solution for people with severe to profound deafness. Their scope is beyond the reach of the most advanced hearing aids.
Unlike traditional hearing aids that amplify, or make sounds louder, a cochlear implant system can be a more effective hearing solution for certain people. A Cochlear implant is capable of directly stimulating the cochlea hearing nerve, bypassing the damaged area of the hearing pathway. Watch this video to understand the implant functioning better.
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Parental Duty – Testing & Early Intervention. Why is it important?
At the event, an expert panel of doctors, audiologists and pediatricians discussed the vital role of parents in testing and then taking early decisions to bring back sound to a child’s life and help them lead a normal life.
Sharing below few videos where experts talk about importance of early intervention and why parents need to act fast for their own child’s benefit.

Video 1 – Dr. Milind Kirtane, ENT & Padma Shri (2014) and pioneer of Cochlear Implants in India urging parents to get their babies tested even if they appear normal.

Video 2 – How soon can hearing be tested reliably in babies? Paediatric Audiologist – Geeti Char explains.

Video 3 – Dr Samir Dalwai, developmental paediatrician, explaining why testing is important for all babies.

 

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As parents, I believe we are responsible for our child. It’s not only enough to take wise decisions for them, but more important to take them on time. Like we would get worried over minor illness and wounds it is important we get the child tested even if there is an iota of doubt when it comes to hearing. Hearing testing, as explained in above videos, is vital and needs to be done as part of general well-being check-up of the child.

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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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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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