Garbage truck Day!

Toddler’s obsession with garbage truck is REAL! LOL I can’t believe I’m even considering to write a blogpost about it. But I’m sure ten years from now when I read this, it will bring all these silly sweet memories back. Sammy’s obsession started somewhere around when she was 14 months old. I used to show her mail vans and garbage trucks now and then ever since she was born but she became curious only around 14 months.

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5 activities to do with animal figurines.

During my last visit to India I got Sammy a lot of toys, books, puzzles, flashcards and this animal figurine set. She’s so fascinated by them and always picks them over other toys. Sammy is currently 18 months  and these are some of the activities I have tried with her using the animal figurines. The list of activities can be endless, let your (or your kid’s) imagination run wild and have fun playing with the animals. This helps with your toddler’s fine motor skills and also learn animal names and their characteristics but mostly it is just another fun activity to entertain your clingy toddler.

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Of dreams and smiles- Part II

I have been sleeping well lately *knocks on wood* that I have started to get dreams!! I started losing sleep when I was in my third trimester of pregnancy due to pupps. Dang those rashes were so itchy and painful that I had to wake my husband or my mom up and cry to them to slather hydrocortisone or sandalwood paste all over my bump, legs and hands. I couldn’t sleep well for more than 2 hours at a stretch. As if this wasn’t enough I had to get up for peeing. Pupps went away after I delivered but I had to feed baby every 2 hours and she used to drink for an hour or so and then sometimes she wanted me to comfort feed her to make her sleep after that one hour of feeding. So basically no sleep so no dreams.
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Floral Nursery Tour

This time last year I was obsessively creating mood boards on Pinterest for baby’s nursery room. Eventually the room came together and I’m very happy how my Pinterest dream came true. We painted the room, we assembled the crib, I stuck pompoms to curtains because pompoms are SO cute, we arranged the closet (she has her own closet with tiny hangers!).  What was not on my ‘floral’ themed mood board was ‘jungle’ themed wall decal, it was baby’s dad’s idea and I was ok with it as it had some pastel colors. Here’s the tour of Sammy’s nursery room, I shot it long back and even uploaded on youtube but it took me more than a month to write a wee blogpost about it.
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Backyard Visitors 2017

If you have read this post from last year you know how obsessed I am about these birds and the obsession has only grown infinitely. Cooking and gardening has taken a backseat these days, looks like birding and photography is my favorite hobby these days. These are few of my favorite pictures that I have clicked. Hope you enjoy them.

Bath time by aishwaryaisonline on

Sitting Pretty! by aishwaryaisonline on

How's my head-tilt? by aishwaryaisonline on

24/7 Hungry. by aishwaryaisonline on

The Angry Bird by aishwaryaisonline on

Pout on fleek. by aishwaryaisonline on

Common Grackle by aishwaryaisonline on

Nom nom nom by aishwaryaisonline on

Bonding over breakfast. by aishwaryaisonline on

House finch by the feeder. by aishwaryaisonline on

Robin by aishwaryaisonline on

The Tree Whisperer by aishwaryaisonline on

Berry Merry by aishwaryaisonline on

Hawaii Haul

I hope you’re all doing great! We are back from the Aloha state, Hawaii with lots of memories, pictures, tan and a bag full of goodies. We had no plans of shopping anything major except a souvenir or two but we did end up getting quite a lot of stuff. Mostly food stuff, not a surprise if you know me well. 😀 Here are few things that we got from Hawaii!

1. Our Airbnb hosts gave us a box of milk chocolate covered mac nuts which we loved and got this ‘cookies & creme’ macadamias with us to mainland. These are our post-dinner treats and they are so yum. 
2. I was nauseous at the airport while leaving to Chicago and picked this tamarind candy at a random store at airport. It tastes like our Indian khatta-meeta golis which was exactly what I wanted at that time. So yayyy! 
I can’t wait to try these, in fact I might open this packet right after I finish this post. ugh. Can’t wait! I wish I bought these in many other flavors but I wasn’t sure then. But I see them on Amazon so no worries! Yay!

These are the bomb!! I don’t know what I was thinking, I should have bought at least a 10 more of these considering anything that has chocolate plus coconut cannot go wrong. These are available on Amazon but at double the price but it’s worth it!! 
I’m a sucker for anything passion fruit so I *had* to get these yummies. I’m planning to make passion fruit mousse with the syrup or just pour over french toast. And the jelly, I want to try with toasted bread or I might lick it all in one sitting.
 We saw this ador(bobble)head which goes on the car dashboard and we *had* to adopt him right away. We fondly call him ‘Thenga’ and he cracks us up every.single.time we see him. 
   I may or may not have bought couple of Hawaiian key chains for my friends here. 😀 
8. We stopped at a random fair in Kauai and though I’m not a accessory person, I really liked this necklace and the sweet shopkeeper lady said she would love to gift it to me. :’) Hawaiians are as sweet as their pineapples!
9. We got this name plate for our ‘Kauai’ inspired garden in our backyard which is our little Summer’17 garden project. Let’s see how that goes. 🙂   
10. We also got a refrigerator magnet that I can’t seem to find at the moment. :O
11. We also got our moms a pearl necklace each and we hope they like it.
That’s all folks! I hope I post often now that I’m back from Hawaiian beaches with spackled soul and aloha spirit.
Take care, youguys! <3

Thank you, Universe!

Few months back, to be precise, in November when the election results were out there were so many broken hearts including me who wanted some kind of positivity around. I came up with one simple yet excellent idea which had something to do with post-its. I went to my office room to check for them but couldn’t find it. I have this good/bad habit of trying to find stuff that I can’t find. So the idea was put on pause for four long months until yesterday evening.

Yesterday evening while I was busy judging celebrities on the red carpet, Hari came and gave me a small package and said.
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10 Things You Should NOT Say to a Grieving Person.

It’s been an year since my dad passed away, we have been blessed with so much support, care and love from the family and friends. I wouldn’t have survived without you all to be very honest! Some of you literally dragged me out of my house to get me some fresh air, lighten up my mood. Some lifted me up when I was low and made sure I’m ok. Some cheered me up and did everything to make me happy. Some minded their own business and din’t bother me because they know I don’t need them especially at this point of time. It was a tough one year dealing with the loss, trauma, heartaches, anxiety and what not. I’m sure everyone goes through it when they lose someone they love. If you would wanna help them and have no clue how to, don’t stay away because that’s the worst you can do to them. Here are few things you should say and shouldn’t say to a grieving person.
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Favorite pictures.

I have been meaning to write this post for a while and I finally got to write this. I wanted to share few of my favorite pictures that my husband has clicked. He is a photography enthusiast, more of a nature/wildlife/landscape photographer and sometimes he does portraits too. I’m his muse sometimes but for the most part I’m his assistant who carries tripod and spots birds/animals for him. Fun stuff! Here are my favorite pictures.




I am coming for ya! by Hari on


Really bro? by Hari on

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