Cars.com – Tips on buying a New Car

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Buying a new car is like adding another person to your family, isn’t it ?! Once you decide to buy a car, everybody will share their thoughts and some will also try convincing you to buy their choice, the struggle is real! But you need to be satisfied personally before purchasing your car, so below are the quick tips and links that should make your work easy:

  1. Set your budget
  2. Look for the reviews that you have shortlisted and for some trusted sites, I prefer cars.com
  3. Second-hand cars are a great option- because the price of the cars depreciates almost 50% when its sold within the first three years of purchase.Now you can take home a luxury car in your budget.
  4. Comfortness – Take test drives and make sure your family is also comfortable with the car.
  5. Mileage – Check for the best and worst mileage cars which are very important so that you don’t burn a hole in your pocket later.
  6. Plan your budget – If you are going for a loan check use an auto loan calculator 
  7. Insurance – Ensure your car is covered so that any unforeseen situation is handled.

What are your thoughts and tip on purchasing a new car? Share them in the comment section. 

 

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Grandparents are needed to grow securely in an unfamiliar world..

A Blessed child is one who grows up around their grandparents, wouldn’t you agree ?! Am truly blessed and so is my little one. Everyone has a good old memory with our grandparents the summer visits, the stories, the extra food, the evening walks, the playtime, late night talks, the fights with cousins and so on! I would always wait for my summer holidays so that I visit my grandparents.

Do the kids in this generation get to spend some quality time with their grandparents ?! It is a big NO, that’s maybe we have started to run behind what our society thinks and make adjustments to match up that level.

Summer holidays have shifted from grandparents home to summer classes. Do you really think our kids will learn something productive and life lessons in the summer classes than from grandparents ?! Who are we fooling here ?! Ourselves.

During our summer holidays, It used to be around 8 of us we used to play until we were exhausted and then when we run to our granny for food, we had to wait until we get our big ball of food with love and care. We were taught to eat the leftover food, stitch our torn clothes, sort out our silly fights and the main point there was no tv time because the play time was not enough at all. Give it a thought you will understand life lessons are more important than the summer classes.

This post is a part of a Blog train-initiated by Pooja Kawatra who blogs at Mums & Babies. Also have a look at the entire schedule of the blog train HERE.

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I would like to thank Sonam Jain from themagicplatter   , the mother of a toddler who plates stories. Her platters are creative whimsical and attractive ensuring kids especially picky eaters to get hooked on to home food without being fussy about anything, for introducing me. I would like to introduce Niharika a former HR professional but now WAHM and a blogger.Her endless love for her daughter is her daily source of motivation.

Everything you need to know about Jaundice and bilirubin for a Newborn baby

Right from the start when little D was inside me i was very clear not to take any medicines.Be it a very bad headache,cold or fever i stuck to this oath.When little D was born i was advised to put him on Vitamins.I could not skip this step because lil D was diagnosed with Jaundice his bilirubin count was round the border so i had to put him on the medication.Jaundice for a newborn baby is totally normal. Mostly 60% of the full term baby and 80% of the pre term babies are diagnosed with jaundice. What is Jaundice and bilirubin counts ?! It was greek and latin when i heard them for the first time and when i did my part of google research it just got a lot worse. Bilirubin is the orange yellow pigment formed in the liver by the breakdown of haemoglobin and excreted in bile.( this is the mere definition from google ). This cause the yellowish colour in the body. When the baby is inside the mothers womb the liver did not have to function and once the baby is out the liver will start functioning and the digestive system will start working.So now the the blood in the liver will have to get flushed, It is during this process babies develop Jaundice.So now does it seem normal for the babies to have jaundice ?!

How to handle Jaundice ?

  • The mother will have to keep feeding the baby this the immediate and important thing you will have to do.Its simple when you are down with fever and the doctor puts you on medication does he advises you to have gallons of water ?! Have you ever wondered why ? Or probably many of you know the secret. Its because when the medication is battling with the infection it is water that will flush your system.The same applies here you will have to keep feeding the baby so every time the baby pees and poops its been flushed. Tip: mother will have to drink lots of water while feeding so that your milk is diluted and it is easy for the baby to digest.
  • Look for the pee colour. Its usually red or orange when the bilirubin count is high and changes to yellow and white as the count goes down.
  • Sunlight is the natural solution for it.see to that the baby is under direct sunlight.The sunrise and sunset timings are the best for the baby.
  • Filtered light also does the magic.It means the area anywhere in your balcony or near your window where there is warmth.
  • Control on your food cut down on all the foods that cause heat.

Signs that needs medication

Dont assume the signs you may be wrong. Contact the doctor

  • If the babies nails and eyes are still yellowish and does not get better over time.
  • If the baby cries when they pee and look for the colour of the pee.
  • If the baby does not feed properly and keeps vomiting milk. If the vomit is like curd its normal you need not worry.

Have a constant check on the bilirubin count from the week the baby was diagnosed.Your baby is going to be totally fine start believing that.If there is anything that you would like to share more on this thoughts/comments/experience comment below.

The above post is purely based on my experience on how i dealt with little D.Please do not compare or stop any medications based on that.

Water ! – A simple Mantra

A simple mantra for a healthy living is just drinking water.All of you know that 70% of your body is made of water so for your body to function properly and to flush all the waste, your system needs water.Back then when I was working there were days I hardly had a sip of water for even 6 hours straight.We actually get into the habit of forgetting to drink fluids.When I was pregnant everyone around advised me to have at least 3 – 4ltrs of water and I had to have gallons of water during my scan.At one point in time, I started to look for other options so that water tastes better and Eureka! Infused water.

Infused water is a process in which the nutrient and chemical component from the fruits and vegetables can be infused into daily drinking of plain water.Basically plain water with a twist of your desired infusion of fruits. Doesn’t it sound healthy and easy?Below are quick and easy steps to prepare an infused water.

There are infusion bottles available online you can check instacuppa. All that you will have to do is get creative by adding your own favourite fruits/vegetables/herbs/edible flowers to the infuser and allow it to work for some time, overnight works the best. Below are my quick and favourite combinations :

  • Watermelon + mint
  • orange+lime
  • lemon+kiwi+strawberry
  • strawberry + lemon

 

Lose weight with water :

Yes! you heard me right, you can really reduce weight by just increasing the quantity of water you intake and also I can share you some of my hacks that will help.

  • Drink 2-4 glasses of warm water empty stomach prefered.
  • Make it a point to have 100ml of warm water before and after your meal it really helps in melting the fat.
  •  Try infused water, it is a great way to include some nutrition in your intake of fluids.
  • Measure your intake of water and make sure it is more than 2-3 litres daily.

Hope this article makes you take at least a little initiative towards the infused water and healthy living.

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This post is written as part of the SuperBloggerChallenge2018 conducted by Healthwealthbridge.comFashionablefoodz.com, and Allaboutthewoman.com and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by myself. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused.

Travel bag essentials for a road trip

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For most of the new moms, the biggest nightmare is to travel with an infant. There should be a zillion questions up in mind what to pack, what to expect in the travel?, I got you covered. We were in the same shoes when we decided to travel.

Parenting is all about trial and error, isn’t it? We decided to take our first trip to my inlaws place Chennai to Vellore one way trip of 137km / 3 hours by road when little D was only 40days old.Our recent travel was a 2 day round trip from Chennai to Kumbakonam which is roughly 700km by road and 13-14hours of travel. The point here is the need and behaviour of the baby changes with respect to age and distance.So I would like to share what i would pack for a road trip with an infant ( 0-6months) which I built after some trial and error.

How to pack?

  • Have two bags of baby needs one with all the immediate needs during the travel and another one which you can unpack when u reach the destination.
  • Am not sure about all the fancy diaper bags I use a big handbag or a backpack. Yes, you heard me right, Backpack is much more convenient than the diaper bags as you get extra divisions and organisers which makes the work less messy.
  • If you are a cloth diapering mother decide and plan on how the routine of wash is gonna be if it is more than two days. So that you don’t end up messing with poop :D. I would opt for disposable if the travel is more than 2 days.
  • By now most of the mothers would know all the medicines and the first aid kit your baby needs.Be it a one day trip don’t take your chances pack them.

Organise yourself and think of the things which will have to go inside the backpack, mommy knows the best!

Below is the list of things that would go into my travel bag.

  • Wetbag and 2 Diapers
  • Wet wipes
  • Burp cloth
  • Rattle – that would seek attention.
  • A towel – I use his swaddle cloth.
  • A small flask with hot water. You might need it in case your little munchkin is in the phase where he chews up his hand or anything and everything he sees.
  • Pacifier
  • Small cushion pillow – You will need for support when your baby sleeps in your arms. Sleep bag for the infants.
  • Food needs! Breastfeeding mothers can sit back and enjoy 😀
  • Baby cap, socks and mittens

What to expect ?!

Be prepared for the worst so that you can deal any situation. When the travel is long by road the baby can get irritated or fussy, so see that you take coffee breaks even for a 3hours ride.You know the best how to calm down? Pacifier, rattle, books it can be anything even a song by the dearest mother can help the baby calm.

Things to look for when you travel by car 

  • Have a constant check of the temperature in the car.
  • Look for air purifiers and throw them out, some babies are allergic.
  • Be in your comfortable clothes and nursing friendly.
  • Sunshades

Every baby is unique and the mothers are doing their best which cannot be judged.The above post is from my encounters with little D. Hope this post helps every mom looking for help.Any query or suggestions please do comment below.

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This post is written as part of the SuperBloggerChallenge2018 conducted by Healthwealthbridge.comFashionablefoodz.com, and Allaboutthewoman.com and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by myself. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused.

 

Letter to My Minion

img_6398A letter to my son ,
I want you to read this when you are hitting your teens and struggling to make life decisions.
Dhruv this is mom writing to you , I am 24 years old and you are now a 5 months old naughty little minion.You have your own life now and your pattern of lifestyle to follow with all the stress that is eating your head. May be you also hate yourself now for some mistakes and decisions you have/had made. I have no clue on what shit you are dealing but my boy believe me this shall pass. Be it either happiness or sorrow this phase will move on ! A butterfly will have to struggle breaking its shell to fly high.
Deal through the shit ! You have to face it, struggle and break your wall .
Hey you know how much you are being loved and pampered now ?!
You have no clue how special you are to mama ,papa and your grandparents ! Our life revolves around you man. Now get that you are so special to people around you I dont want you to get low at any point in life.I want to bang your head with some points to clear your head !
  • Be Happy ! Spread happiness 🐾
  • Set your priorities carefully because they decide who you are 🤷🏼‍♀️
  • Every time you get low or when you feel lost have this in mind there is family here who loves you for who you are.
  • Every person you meet are going through some problem ,breaking some wall so try respecting others.
Now shook yourself and get started to deal your life.
Remember my boy I am here writing to you when Dad Minion is trying to sing a song of his own with some random words and put you to sleep.The person I want you to be is like my father or your father, both have never failed to give me my space and support me in my decisions. I am who i am only because of this family a loving dad caring mom and ever supporting husband man. I wish and hope you grow up to be someone like them because you three are the only men in my life i count upon.
I have one request to you, when you come across any girl or women in your life , when you are attracted to her or when all the hormones in you wants to have some fun remember
this she is someone else’s daughter ,
this she is a sister to an elder brother like you ,
this she is going to become a mother like me and
this she is probably dealing and fighting her own battle
so respect her and do not take her for granted because that is how the men in our family have been and I want you to be My boy ❤
On International woman’s day I take this opportunity to salute every woman who runs for her family everyday with optimism. I am so happy to be a part of this Women’s day blog party.
This blog post is a part of  #Womensdayblogparty.
I’d like to thank Kirthika for introducing me – She is a full time mommy exploring the world around with her 3 year old boy.Read her post for this blog party here here 
Also do go to my friend Disha’s blog post on here to read her perspective on the topic.

Documenting life with baby D

Once upon a time a woman slept through the night and she got pregnant ❣️


How much i could relate to the statement 🙇🏻‍♀️ , being a young mom of 40days old baby D 👶🏼 ive understood parenting and mommying is purely on trial and error 🤦🏼‍♀️. Documenting this phase will not only create memories but will also help all the new moms out there on whatto expect 💁🏼