Summer is here and I thought I would come up with an essential list of clothes for your toddler boy. You don't have to spend a lot on summer clothes. Most of the time your little boy will be running around in tees and shorts. Now that my baby has grown up, I love to shop Mom-to-Mom Sales for stocking up on clothes. I am also grateful to family and friends who have gifted us with beautiful outfits. Essentials or Basic Clothing Body Suits/Onesies – 5 Nos. I love these while my toddler … [Read More...]
I love adorning my house with fresh flowers. If you love gardening, make sure you get seeds for a few pretty flower varieties when spring is around the corner. We had beautiful dark and light pink Peonies bloom in our outdoor garden this Spring. It smelled like a Rose garden. There were so many flowers on a single plant that I decided to bring a few inside to add a beautiful touch to our home.
I didn’t have glass flower vases. So I decided to use empty beer bottles. They add such a vintage touch to the flowers. If you cut Peonies when they are starting to unfurl, it will last for 2 weeks. The more later you cut the blossoms, the more quickly the petals will fall off. Peonies have a short bloom period. So enjoy these flowers inside your house while they last. Fill a glass bottle with clean water. Remove leaves from the stem that will be submerged in water and then place it in the vase. Keep the flowers out of direct sunlight and heat.
If you need to use Peonies for a special event or for later use, you will need to cut them during the bud stage and store it properly in the refrigerator for later use.
We have grown other beautiful flowers on our Patio like Sunflowers, Zinnias, Lazy Eyed Susan and so on which are all excellent as cut-flowers.
Long before I had a baby, I quit my job and moved to a new country with my husband. I became a Stay-at-home-Wife. Of course, I kept looking for new opportunities at the work field but somehow God had other plans for our family. My husband had a decent job and I continued being the Homemaker. In the eyes of the world, somehow it seemed like I was failing by staying at home and not contributing to the workplace. It seemed I was wasting my time and talent specially when I had a professional degree and had experience working at multinational firms.
However, I knew that was what God was asking me to do at that time in my life. Being a wife to my wonderful husband and finding joy in small things! Yes, I found joy in my ordinary life. We were blessed with friends during each phase of our life. My husband and I traveled and visited lot of beautiful places. I blogged during my free time. Cooking became my passion and I loved inviting people over to our house. Our lives were joyful even amidst the cross of Infertility and Pregnancy Losses.
God surprised us with our miracle baby and I became a Stay-at-home-Mom. God was preparing me all those previous years to take care of my little one. Even before my baby was conceived, I knew that I wanted to stay home and be a Mom. Simply ‘being present’ as a Mother to my children. The transition from being a wife to Mom was not an easy one. Every day brought its own joys and sorrows. The sleepless nights, the fatigue, the desire to be the perfect Homemaker all made it challenging.
God has blessed our family with a stable job and I am grateful that I get to stay home. The struggles are real as I take care of my toddler who keeps me on my toes. There are days when I cry out of exhaustion, days when I wish time would fly and that my husband would be home to give me a break. I get very less ‘Me’ time but I know I am raising my child to be a Saint when the worldly wisdom says otherwise. There will be messy kitchens, sinks filled with dishes, food on the floor but in the end it won’t matter as I am not perfect and I need to rely on God for grace to handle my daily tasks. I am praying for God to fill my heart with joy and peace as I take care of my family. Let my daily chores and inconveniences become my joyful cross. Lord, help me trust in you and transform me into a joyful, kind, compassionate, loving daughter of God.
“You are rewarded not according to your work or your time but according to the measure of your love.” ~ St. Catherine of Siena
Whole Grains are more nutrient rich compared to Refined Grains. It is a good idea to reduce the Refined Grains in your diet or even better if you can stay away from all Refined Grains. All Purpose Flour, White Rice, Maida, Semolina (Rava), Farina are all examples of refined grains.
Here are list of Whole Grain Foods which can be incorporated in your diet.
- Whole Wheat Bread
- Whole Wheat Tortilla
- Whole Wheat Rotis
- Whole Wheat Pita Breads
- Whole Grain Pancakes and Waffles
- Bulgar Wheat
- Oats Puttu (Steamed Oats Cake)
- Whole Grain Granola Bars
- Cereal made from Whole grains
- Brown Rice Pulav
- Fried Brown Rice
- Quinoa Soup
- Quinoa Patties
- Rye Bread
- Cracked Wheat Pulav
I have been intrigued by American Breakfast. For a long time, I thought American Breakfast meant Coffee, Cereals and Bread/Pastries. On a few occasions we dined out for Breakfast, I was surprised that a Full American Breakfast included many more items. Indeed, it would fill your tummy and you needn’t worry about having Lunch!
These are some of the Breakfast items which have aroused my interest. I tried most of these at Breakfast Buffets and began making a few of these at home.
- Fried/Scrambled/Poached Eggs
- Eggs in a basket
- Eggs Benedict
- Baked Beans
- Stewed Tomatoes
- Grilled or Sauteed Mushrooms
- Home/House Fries
- Hash browns
- Tater tots
- Mashed Potatoes
- Fried Apple
- Bacon and Ham
- Sausage or Sausage Patties
- Corned Beef Hash
- Country Fried Steak
- Pork Chops
- Toasted Bread with Butter & Jam
- French Toast
- Bagel and Cream Cheese
- English Muffin
- Cinnamon Roll
- Banana Bread
- Biscuits and Gravy
- Breakfast Casserole
- Breakfast Wraps or Sandwiches
- Tea, Coffee, Juice