Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Homemade Eggless Cooker Cake

So this is the last day of this year. My daughter was after me to make a cake at home. And I had promised myself to try my hand at making cake during this year.

Finally I did it! Before the end of this year....
It is an achievement for me, plz dont laugh while reading this...
Though it looks very ordinary still I want to share it with you.




Pillsbury Eggless Cooker Cake made it possible for me.

As recommended on the packet, I stirred 3/4th cup of milk, two spoon oil and the mix provided thoroughly for 2 minutes. Then poured it in a greased vessel. The same vessel was placed in the cooker as instructed and was cooked on low flame for 35 minutes without whistle. I used timer in my mobile so that I do not get occupied anywhere else. As my mobile buzzed, I opened the lid of cooker and checked through knife test.

Voila!
The cake was ready (to my surprise:))
My daughter was delighted. Then both of us decorated this cake with chocolate sauce and gems. This cake is small part of our New Year celebrations with kids. It is sometimes very pleasurable and sweet as well to act kiddish. 

Till now I was good at homemade sweet dishes such as Gajar Ka Halwa. Now I hope I will continue the effort and make some great cakes as well in future ( actually this one is part of my new year resolutions for 2015 which I will share soon with you.)

If you also have similar story then please share here with us. We will be glad to know your experiences!

Wishing you HAPPY NEW YEAR EVE
and 
Prosperous 2015.

Monday, December 29, 2014

New Year Celebrations with Kids

Again time has come to enter the New Year with celebrations, hope and happiness. It is time to bid adieu to the year gone by and keep only pleasant moments with us leaving behind the setbacks.
In this new voyage, participation of kids is equally important coz they are crucial part of our family.
Celebrating the transition from this year to next year with kids can be fun, entertaining, inspiring and unforgettable too!                                  
Here are some ideas to involve kids in New Year Celebrations:

Revisit the memory lane
Go through the videos and pictures of happy moments you shared with your family. Ask your kids to describe their best moments and may be put them on paper. Else you can ask them to make a collage of photos of best moments of the year. It is truly a happy way to end the year.

Playing games of own childhood
You can share your ways of enjoyment with kids. Tell kids about the indoor/ outdoor games you used to play and have a good time playing the forgotten games. Kids do love to know more about the childhood of their parents and that is surely going to be fun for all of you!

Decorating the house for celebrations
Entrust your kids with decorations of the house or a part of room. That ways they will feel important and enthusiastic whole day! Provide them decorative things and fresh flowers along with some ideas depending upon their age and let them show off their creativity in safe zone.

New Year resolutions with kids
You can discuss the new year resolutions of the kids. The resolutions may depend upon the hits and misses the kids had in the year gone by. You may help them to choose their goals depending upon the phase they are going through in their lives.

Having a blast with friends and family
Invite close friends and family members to join you in new year celebrations. That would be a wonderful way to kick start the new year. Take clues and ideas from your kids on what to eat, play, gift and how to celebrate on the New Year eve or on the first day of the new year.

It would be ideal to let kids try their hands in kitchen to help you. Meanwhile you may also order some delicacies from online food stores to save the time.
You may either keep an afternoon party in your backyard if the kids are too young. On the other hand, older kids will definitely enjoy the late night blast on new year.

Hope these ideas would help you to celebrate New Year with kids. Have a great start and stay healthy!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Heartiest Wishes on Christmas

Hey friends,

Time to soak ourselves in celebrations and merriment. Christmas is here encouraging us to sing and dance, greet and meet, enjoy and eat and be happy from core of our hearts.

Have a very happy, safe and secure Christmas celebration!

My heartiest wishes to all of you on this occasion. May all your dreams come true!










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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Celebrate with awesome cakes

Celebrations whether big or small are incomplete without sweets. You may spend time in preparing homemade sweet dishes for your loved ones and may also order some exotic delicacies to satiate the taste buds of young and old.

Everybody craves for cakes. The more you get more you want. For kids and elders, for friends and unexpected guests, cakes find corner in every heart. Therefore, it is wise to keep such delicacy ready at your home especially during holiday season. You may order some of the best cakes through internet. Here are some of the options:


Cream Fruit Cake 8 inches


Sweet memories of this delicious cake will last till next celebrations. Order this fruity cake for your family. You may also send the cake to your relatives living in different city or country. It would indeed be a tasty surprise for them!

Another option that you can bring home via internet services is:
                                         VANILLA PLUM CAKE 1 kg
The Vanilla Plum Cake is irresistibly delicious and must have during celebrations. Available at your doorstep at very reasonable price, your kids would ask for more definitely!

You can also order truffle cake, chocolate cakes or something different such as Raspberry cake for your family. See how tempting it is....it will surely melt in your mouth and of course one bite is not enough!!

Wild Raspberry Cake 500gms

from: Flora2000.com

Therefore, wait no further and place your order now!!

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Carrot Halwa

Monday, December 15, 2014

Yummy Carrot Halwa to sweeten the relations

Holiday season is indeed incomplete without sweet delicacies. Since the festive mood is already on and holidays are not distant either, get ready to prepare some sweets at home.

Carrots halwa or gajar ka halwa is the most awaited Indian sweet dish in winters. I prepare this dish often in colder months to satiate the sweet teeth of my family and mine too! Here I have shared my
recipe with you.

Recipe of Gajar ka halwa

Ingredients:

Carrots (gajar) 3 kg  ( This much of quantity lasts for 4-5 days, you may take lesser quantity)
Khoya or milk solids 250 grams
Sugar  400 grams approx, ( depends on your liking)
Cardamom powder 2 spoons
1 small bowl of sliced almonds
1 small bowl of sliced cashew nuts

Procedure:

Peel and grate all the carrots and put them in a heavy bottom wok on medium flame. Let the moisture dries. Stir at regular intervals and switch the flame between high and low.

Now add sugar and stir continuously at high flame.

When the mixture is almost dried up, add khoya or milk solids and mix well. Now add cardamom powder, and nuts and mix thoroughly.

Your gajar ka halwa or carrot halwa is ready to serve.

Garnish with almonds and nuts and serve hot!

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 Homemade soups


Monday, December 1, 2014

Delicious Veg Pasta Soup

Hello Friends,

Hope you are enjoying the season. Here I am ready with another recipe of vegetable soup. This one is Veg Pasta soup. I liked it very much and kids loved it too as they are fond of anything related to pasta!
 So great way to tempt kids to eat veggies when you include pasta in your soup, right?
Here are the ingredients:

Grated ginger, garlic, spring onions, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, french beans, capsicum, one tomato and any other seasonal vegetable. One bowl of boiled pasta Oil, vinegar, soy sauce, salt and pepper                                      

Recipe:
1. Heat a spoon of oil in a wok and put some ginger and garlic. Both of these have medicinal properties that relieve you from various health issues.
2. Now saute chopped spring onion and tomato in the wo
3. After 2-3 minutes, add all the finely chopped vegetables and cover the same with lid.
4. When the vegetables are half cooked, add the boiled pasta and stir fry.
5. Add adequate water, salt to taste, black pepper, soy sauce and vinegar and bring the soup to a boil.
6. The soup is ready to serve. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve it hot!


           

Hope you would try this soup as well. Remember to share your views with me.








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Friday, November 21, 2014

My Mixed Vegetable Soup Recipe

Soups are making winters warmer. Isn't it? Besides, providing plenty of nutrients, these healthy soups are great way to warm up and have pleasant time with your family.

So here I am ready with another recipe of nutritious soup which I make at home:

Mixed Vegetable Soup

Ingredients of the soup are:

 4 Spring onions, 2 red tomatoes, 5-6 florets of cauliflower, cabbage, 2 capsicum, 5-6 beans, 2 carrots, salt, black pepper powder, soy sauce, vinegar, oil,

Recipe:

1. Finely chop all the vegetables.
2. Heat two spoons of oil of your choice in the wok.                    
3. Add spring onions and saute for a while.
4. Now add tomatoes followed by other vegetables.
5. Saute all the vegetables at low flame till they are half cooked.
6. Add four cups of water, some salt as per taste and stir. Cook for 10 minutes at medium flame.
7.When the vegetables are cooked, add black pepper powder, two spoons soy sauce and a spoon of vinegar. Bring the soup to a boil and then turn off the heat.


Your Mixed Vegetable Soup is ready to serve. Garnish it with coriander leaves, butter/ cheese and serve it with soup sticks for more flavor.

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Veg Pasta Soup

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tomato soup recipe

Hello everyone,

Vegetable Soups are my favorite especially the tomato soup. My family is also a big fan of this one.  Its filled with goodness of tomatoes and other ingredients which I always include.

Here is my recipe of tomato soup which you can also relish:

Ingredients: 7-8 red and ripe tomatoes, 3-4 carrots, some french beans, few leaves of cabbage and ginger (optional).
Salt, black pepper powder, butter, sugar, coriander leaves for garnishing.


Kids would never come to know that you have added so many veggies to the tomato soup! Add these along with tomato and provide your family maximum advantage of vegetables.

 Method:

Wash all the vegetables. Peel off the carrots and cut them roughly. Now cut all the vegetables into large pieces and place them in a cooker. Put half cup of water, one small spoon of salt and place the lid. Boil them for some time. After 3-4 minutes of one whistle of cooker, switch off the flame.

store soup in glass jar and freeze



Now let the vegetables cool down. Make a puree of the boiled vegetables in a mixer/ food processor and strain them. Now you get a thick paste which you can either use to prepare soup or store in a glass jar and freeze for future use.      

                                 
In a pan, put some thick paste of soup and some water. Add some sugar and black pepper powder according to your taste. ( Note: I prefer sweet-salty taste so I have added some sugar. In case you like the tangy flavor, then do not use sugar.) Bring it to a boil and then serve in a soup bowl. Do not forget to add some cubes of butter ( avoid butter if you wish to lose weight) and leaves of coriander.

Serve the yummy tomato soup quickly and enjoy with your family in winter evenings.



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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Easy to prepare Vegetable soups

Vegetable based soups are filled with goodness of nature. No preservatives, chemicals or artificial colours. When you have them on regular basis, you get plenty of nutrients and energy. Unlike packed soups, homemade vegetable soups are fresh and fulfilling. Furthermore, you can experiment and make changes as per your liking and creativity.

Here are some easy to prepare homemade soups that do not take lots of time and efforts.

Tomato soup                                                     


Tomato soup is one of the most favorite soups among kids and adults alike. This one is very easy to prepare. You can also show some creativity by adding some more ingredients of your choice and garnishing with different things such as cream, coriander, etc. Some like the tangy flavour of tomato soup and some prefer to have sweet-salty taste. Make your own recipe and share it with your family today!




Hot and sour soup
This Chinese soup finds place at every dinner table. Loaded with lots of seasonal veggies and Chinese sauces, the hot and sour soup is perfect for winter evenings when you need some extra energy and enthusiasm to go on.

You may prepare it without using oil and butter to cut down the calories. Though this recipe is originally high on spices, you may alter according to your taste and restrict chillies or chilli sauce to suit your taste buds.


Veg, Talumein Soup
Another Chinese soup which is filled with lots of vegetables, spices and sauces! What sets it apart from other soups is use of noodles. Kids love to eat and drink the soup because of noodles.
If your kids are fussy eaters then make this soup and they would start asking for more. It i a great way to make kids eat vegetables.

The biggest advantage of making Talumein soup at home is that you may delete certain ingredients such as chilli sauce and chilli oil which make the extra spicy. This is not possible with pre-packed soups wherein the spices and flavour are innate.


Lentil soup with vegetables               

To get enough of proteins along with other nutrients, try the lentil soup. Use one lentil or combination of two lentils to make this soup and add vegetables to it. You can add herbs such as parsley and mint to enhance the flavour and nutritional value. The result is healthy and satisfying meal for dinner.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Health benefits of homemade soups for kids

A wholesome diet is a prerequisite for complete development of children. One of the essential ingredients of complete diet of a kid is homemade soup. There is nothing to be amazed about it. Soups indeed have plenty of visible as well as hidden benefits that your kids deserve. If you are still not aware or not sure then read on to find out more about soups.

Nutritional benefits of homemade soups
Homemade soups, especially, constitute of fresh vegetables and ingredients that are full with nutrients. So when your child consume a bowl of soup on daily basis, you can be assured that he/ she gets daily supply of vitamins, proteins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. In addition, these homemade soups have no preservatives and are low in sodium, fats and carbohydrates.

With increasing activity levels and hectic schedules of growing kids, it is important to incorporate healthy eating habits in their lifestyle so that they remain prepared and active at all times. Soups thus fit into their routine very well without taking much time and rendering health benefits in abundance.

Superior option over junk foods
Soups are healthy snacks that contain only health benefits of veggies, legumes, grains and good meat. They are best option for lunches and early evening snacks. These are great appetizers which ensure goodness of nature while side-lining junk foods and foods rich in Trans fats.

When you are ready with your bowl of tasty soup, kids are unlikely to rush to chocolates, chips, aerated drinks, burgers and other high calorie foods. Therefore, you introduce them to healthy eating while taking them far from unhealthy foods without knowing them.

Protection from obesity and other health problems

Vegetable based soups provide ample of benefits to the mind and body of kids. Soups are ideal and delicious meals for obese kids who need to lose weight as these meals are low in carbohydrates and fats. Moreover, many of the gastric issues such as constipation and indigestion can be tackled among kids when they consume healthy homemade soups.             

In case, your child has fallen ill or suffering from cold/cough/ fever then soups are best way to provide quick nutrition as they are easy on stomach and digest really fast.


With so much to gain and nothing to lose, prepare your child’s favorite soup today at home and experience the healthy benefits!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Capture Festive Moments with Family

This festive season, let the happiness last longer with amazing gift products. Capture your precious moments with kids and other family members and showcase them in unique way.  there is no need to display your beautiful pictures in old boring way. Here we present more ideas that will excite you and adorn your beautiful rooms.

Hold your breath, this one is going to capture your attention for long. In addition, the day-to-day life of your little ones will sparkle with this sweet gift item



Wallet Snapshots - $11.99

Wallet Snapshots - Paper Notebooks , Our 5” x 8” wire-bound notebooks feature stylish designs and 80 lined pages that are great for the home, school or office.


Making your darling finish his/ her drink quickly is easier now with this photo mug. Try this one and remember to share your experience with us!

Clearly Joyful: 11 oz White - Personalized Mugs , clear, sheer, transparent, Joy, letters, see-through, see thru, overlay, photos, contemporary, clean, photo effect, mug, photo mugs.





Captured Bliss: 5x7 Glossy Easel Art - Glossy Easel Art

A pretty picture frame displaying multiple photos or moments of your life is surely a must-have in your room. Grab this one now and relive your special moments of life with family once again!


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Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera

Wishing you happy festive season:))

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

5 Personalized Festive Gifts for kids this Season

Festive preparations are in full swing. And for sure your list of things to do must be quite long. During this hectic schedule, have you forgotten to buy unique gifts for your kids? Or are you out of ideas what to choose for children? No need to worry at all as here is an interesting list of personalized gifts for this festive season for you nieces, nephews and your own kids.

Personalized kids truly express your feelings for your closed ones. Usually these gifts have names of oo9the recipients engraved on the items that instantly evoke excitement and love. Check out such personalized gifts for kids here and choose your favorite quickly:

                                                    Personalized Quilted Backpack

Personalized Quilted Backpack
These cute backpacks are well constructed of brightly quilted 100% cotton fabric with whimsical appliqué decorations. Then, they are beautifully monogrammed in a coordinating color with the first name of your choice. These are highly suitable for toddlers, preschoolers and school aged kids.

Personalized Snack Tote
Personalized Snack Tote

These colorful personalized snack keepers are made of clear plastic and best suited for sliced veggies,fruits, chips, cheese, crackers and cereals. Take them along for your kids wherever you go for some happy snacking!

                                                       Personalized Photo Watch

Personalized Photo Watch

Choose interesting photo wrist watch for your little darling or for adults as well that displays your favorite photo. These watches are attractive,long lasting and water resistant containing Japanese Quartz movement. You may go for silver frame watch with 2 toned metal band or  a silver frame watch with a brown leather band and a 2 toned bezel.                               
                                                           
                                                             Personalized Carrying case

Personalized Carrying Case
These colorful carry casess meant for kids are ideal for toting around a child's essentials from school supplies, jewelry, books, snack box and juice box. With names imprinted on these cases, these will surely become pride possession of your child instantly and all time companions wherever they go.



                                                           Personalized Photo Playing Cards
Personalized Photo Playing Cards
The game of playing cards will reach the next level of excitement and fun when you will gift a pack of personalized cards to your kids. Select your favorite photo and get it imprinted on the whole deck of cards. No wonder your kids will jump with joy to have this unique gift from you.


Hope you have decided your gift for your child by now. Keep checking this site for more innovative ideas and have happy festive season!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Vital Facts related to Chikungunya

Medical advancement has been able to conquer all types of diseases in today's scenario. There are different types of cures and vaccines available in the medicinal world for almost every fatal disease that human beings are vulnerable too. However, there is a long list of diseases still irk human race, some diseases remain feral, and no cure has been developed for them until now. Chikungunya is one such disease.

What is Chikungunya Virus, after all?
The Chikungunya Virus, also popularly known as Chikungunya fever, is a human viral disease that is not transmitted from one person to another. An infected Culex or Aedes mosquito of different types of species causes it. If anyone in your family is infected with the Chikungunya virus, you will notice symptoms like,
  • Joint Pain
  • Swelling in joints
  • Rashes
  • Pain in the lower back of the body
  • Severe Nausea
  • Chill (feeling cold)
  • Severe Fever
  • Severe Headache
Important Facts related to Chikungunya Virus

  • Chikungunya fever is very similar to Dengue fever. However, being a viral disease, it cannot be transmitted from one person to another, like Dengue fever.
  • Chikungunya fever is relatively non-fatal as compared to Dengue.
  • There are no preventive vaccinations for Chikungunya virus; therefore, one must take prior precautions in order to reduce the risk of being contaminated due to this virus.
  • The outbreak of the Chikungunya fever starts showing its symptoms within three to seven days after the mosquito bite.
  • Patients suffering from Chikungunya are recovered fully, unlike in most of the Dengue cases.
  • Due to same symptoms, there are times when doctors misguide Chikungunya as Dengue fever.
  • There is only one best way to protect yourself against Chikungunya, i.e. protecting yourself from mosquito bites.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Do and Don’ts during Dengue

For doctors, it is not at all an easy catch to treat dengue patients, but the nonprofessional would think of every possible way through which dengue can be treated. Most commonly, people think that antibiotics can treat dengue, as they do most infections. Many people also feel that dengue is a contagious disease that can be easily transmitted from one person to another. Moreover, some think that they can be vaccinated against dengue.
Therefore, here is a list for you to know what to do and what not to do in Dengue Fever,
                                     
                
What to Do in Dengue Fever
ü  The first thing you need to do is visit a doctor immediately, if dengue is suspected.
ü  Cases related to Dengue fever/Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever should be observed separately, as they need extra attention of doctor.
ü  If you think the high fever can be the result of dengue, try to keep the body temperature lower than 39 C.
ü  Give paracetamol to the patient suffering from high fever, but not more than four times in a day.
ü  Determine the blood platelet count and haemtocrits count in the patient's body through regular tests, as drop in platelets and rise in haematocrits are important for an early diagnosis of Dengue Fever.
ü  Platelet transfusion is advised, if platelets fall consecutively, but as per doctor's advice and your medicinal history. Continuous monitoring of health of the patient is of utmost importance.
ü  It is essential to give large amount of fluids like juice, milk, water, and soup to dengue patients along with their normal diet.
ü  Keep your surroundings clean and hygienic.

What not to do in Dengue Fever
ü  Never give antibiotics to dengue patients.
ü  Never give Brufen or Aspirin to patient suffering from high fever.

ü  Avoid use of steroids. They do not provide any type of benefit in the treatment of dengue fever.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Important information about dengue

Dengue Fever is one of the scariest diseases, which is on everyone's list of things that they are afraid of. The reason is that dengue has already cost the lives of many and not even the wealthy are spared of its horror attacks. Dengue Fever is renowned as one of the acute illnesses that happen quite often and among people living in dengue prone or tropical areas. The onset of dengue is treated very normally and many people usually mistake it for an ordinary ailment.

Symptoms of Dengue

The beginning of this disease shows the following symptoms in the body of the patient after four to ten days of the fever,
  • Severe Headache - The severe headache is the cause of excessive burden on the brain due to dengue fever.
  • Skin Rash - Skin rash appears on whole body of the patient after three to four days on the onset of fever.
  • Vomiting – The body of the patient does not respond to any food item given to him/her in the fever, which eventually leads to vomiting. In dengue fever, digestion becomes very slow.
  • Severe Nausea – Nausea can be defined as severe cold and cough, which are some of the symptoms of dengue fever and swollen lymph nodes.
  • Unbearable Pain Behind the Eyes – The whole body of the dengue patients pains a lot after the onset of fever, especially eyes.
  • Sudden, very high Fever – The ranging of the fever in dengue keeps on fluctuating up and down. The fever can go up to 106 F.
  • Sometimes, the fever goes down after three days but would resurface again. Therefore, it is indispensable to keep a track of blood platelet count from the first day of dengue fever. 
Other important facts

  • Mosquitoes, that carry the dengue virus, bites only during the daytime, peak hours are before sunrise and sunset.     
  • To avoid the attack of virus on your kids, you can use electric vapor mats and mosquito coils.
  • For kids, it is essential to use mosquito nets during bedtime to avoid bites.
  • The more severe form of dengue is also known as dengue hemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome, which gradually becomes the reason of the death of the patient. Everyone should be vigilant when it comes to dengue cases, as the only way to save lives of kids is the right medication and attention.
  • Kids suffering from early stages of dengue yet can be treated at home; they just need plenty of fluids, bed rest, and nutritious foods.
  • Actually, no vaccine can treat dengue fever as a virus causes it.
  • It is important to destroy the every possible breeding place of the mosquitoes.
  •  The best precaution is to  remove stagnant water from tires, plastic bags, bottles, and cans.
Precaution is the best way to stay away from dengue

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

How to protect Kids from Dengue

Dengue is also popularly known as "break-bone fever.” This viral disease spreads through severe mosquito bites. A mosquito known as Aedes Aegypti is the principal transmitter of this disease. Every year anywhere from 50 to 390, million people fall ill with dengue, resulting in more than half a million being hospitalized. The main symptom of Dengue is high fever with rashes everywhere on the body. Most kids suffering from Dengue remain ill for about 10 days. Therefore, one can recover from Dengue, if given right kind of treatment within prescribed time.

 For keeping your kids protected from Dengue, follow these steps:

  • Citronella Oil-Based Creams - Always ensure that you use citronella oil-based cream, spray, and herbal mosquito repellents to protect your kids from Dengue. Use a repellent that contains 30-50% DEET in it for children over 3 months of age.
  • Mosquito Nets - Mosquito nets are essential for kids while they sleep in afternoon. If you do not already have them, install these on their beds. In addition, fix mosquito meshes on windows to avoid mosquitoes enter your house.
  • Long-Sleeve Clothes - Protect your kids by making them wear loose, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when they go out for playing.
  • Staying in safe places - If you are travelling to a dengue-infected area, try to stay in clean hotels and resorts to avoid contact with mosquitoes. In addition, ensure that your room is air-conditioned and proper measures have been taken to reduce the mosquito population.
  • EPA-Registered Repellent - Spray the clothes of your kids with EPA-registered repellent for greater protection. This repellent contains permethrin that helps in keeping mosquitoes away from your kids. Remember, not use permethrin on the skin.
Hope these tips will help you to safeguard yourself and your family from dengue.



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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Home remedies to cure Malaria in Kids

Malaria can easily affect everyone, including young infants too. It generally happens with kids who are living in or travelling to malaria prone areas. The kids staying in such areas are advised to take anti-malarial drugs such as chloroquine or mefloquine. The dosage of this drug depends upon the age and weight of the kid.

There are a number of home remedies as well to cure malaria in kids at home. Some of them are:


  • Basil Leaves - It is a good remedy to cure malaria. You need to take out extract of 12-15 leaves of basil and add a tablespoon of black pepper in it then give it to kids. The kids who are in their initial stage of malaria get great relief from this remedy. You may also add honey to the basil extract and consume to reduce effects of malaria.
    Basil: Herbal remedy for malaria
  • Grapefruit - Grapefruit in raw condition or in the form of liquid juice is very helpful in controlling the intensity of infection. It is very useful and effective herbal remedy for curing malaria.
  • Lemon Juice - Extract some fresh lemon juice from half-cut lemon, and add it to one-cup lukewarm water. Consuming this water by low sipping will help in controlling the rise in temperature in the first stage of fever.
  • Alum - Alum acts as a great recovery agent in curing malaria. It needs to dry roasted and powdered. A teaspoon of this alum powder needs to be consumed four hours before expected fever attack and half a teaspoon after two hours of the malaria attack.
  • Cinnamon - Cinnamon is a valuable remedy in healing malaria. One tablespoon of powdered cinnamon needs to be boiled with water. After that, you need to add a pinch of pepper powder and a tablespoon of honey to the water and drink it.

Chances of getting malaria are quite high in monsoon season. It is advisable to take preventive measures for malaria beforehand to keep the disease at bay. In case this disease strikes you, hope these remedies will be helpful to fight malaria and to keep your family healthy.


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Precautions to Safeguard Kids from Malaria

Malaria is a very serious disease common during rains. It is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Common symptoms of the disease are drowsiness, low appetite, lack of sleep and irritability followed by high fever, body ache and shivering and sweating as well. If not taken care on time, the disease can be fatal. However, malaria is absolutely preventable.

The best way to prevent Malaria is to take necessary steps to ensure that the mosquito does not bite you. Some of the precautions to safeguard your kids from getting Malaria are,

  • Wearing Loose-Fitting Clothes - It is essential step if you are travelling with your kids to a new place or village. Ensure that your kids wear loose-fitting clothes with long sleeves, long trousers. In addition, keep socks handy for your kids if you are out at dusk or night.
  • Mosquito Repellent Cream - Apply an insect repellent cream that contains diethyltoluamide (DEET) on the skin and clothes of your kids. Stronger preparation against Malaria will keep your kids safe.
  • Mosquito Net - Always ensure that you use mosquito net over the bed of your kids. Always check that it is not impregnated with an insecticide and contain any holes in it.
  • Insecticide Spray - Spray your kid’s room with an insecticide before they go to bed to sleep at night.
  • Air Conditioning - Ensure that air conditioner of your kids room is working perfectly. Using an air conditioning means lesser mosquitoes as they are less active in cooler temperatures.

Along with these, you need to ensure that your surroundings are clean as mosquitoes thrive in dirty places and in stagnant water. Ensure there is no unused water or stagnant water in coolers, water tanks and other places as these serve as ideal place for breeding of mosquitoes.


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Dengue precautions

Monday, July 7, 2014

Protection of Kids during Rains

Rainy season is always associated with cool and breezy atmosphere. Everyone welcomes the rain with smile and cheer. Especially kids like to make paper boats and sail them in rainwater. However, there is another aspect of all this enjoyment.

Children hardly bother about their hygiene. They splash dirty rainwater on each other. They like to spend hours in the rain that is a major cause of concern for parents. Prolonged wetness is not at all good for the health of kids. They may invite cold and other serious infections.

Lack of hygiene can lead to stomach infection and gastroenteritis. It can cause severe setback to the health of the affected child. Sometimes, children forget to wash their dirty hands and this helps in catching the infection faster. In rainy season, carelessness can prove to be fatal and therefore, parents need to take extra precaution in this regard. A simple practice like washing hands after using washroom and before eating is mandatory to keep stomach problems and other infections at bay.

Eye infection is yet another outcome of careless approach in rainy season. Most of the people face rain with their open eyes. This may result in serious infection of eyes. It is extremely crucial to safeguard the eyes and to keep them shut while taking a bath in rains. Moreover, washing the eyes frequently is an easy way to avoid any problem.

During rains, viruses are in the air. Water-borne and air-borne diseases can strike young kids and adults as well. The parents should follow some necessary guidelines to protect the whole family from serious diseases:

  • Always use medicinal soap to fight germs and infections. Ask children to wash their hands when they return home.
  • To keep the body clean and germ free, bath in dirty rainwater must be followed by shower at home.
  • Try to keep kids as clean as possible.
  •  Make them wear breathable and dry clothing.
  •  Encourage kids to wear gum boots and rain coats to avoid long hours of wetness.
  • Always carry umbrella to deal with surprise showers.
  •  Use filtered or boiled water for drinking.
  •  Go for bottled water in place of tap water when outside.
  •  Always prefer freshly cut foods and homemade foods. 
  • Include natural herbs and spices such as basil leaves, asafetida and ginger in the meals.
  •  Avoid spicy and fried foods as this may cause stomach problems.
  •  Stop kids from biting their nails.

The combination of low temperature and heavy rains is suitable atmosphere for breeding of various mosquitoes and germs.Therefore, use of mosquito repellents and hand disinfectant lotion is highly recommended.
These simple guidelines are must to protect the kids from adverse effects of rainy season.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Summer Activities for Father and Kids

Why should mothers have all the fun?  Moms do take out kids for play and enjoyment. Fathers are not behind either. Even if they have limited time to spend with their kids, Dads can spend quality time with kids and have a blast! Here are some interesting Summer Activities for Fathers out there that will keep kids asking for more, sure:

Dip in the pool
Take kids for a swim in the nearby pool. If that is not possible, make a splash pool in your own backyard, fill it with water and water toys and start splashing water on each other. There can be no other way to beat the sun in style and have unlimited fun too.

Sports activities
Playing ball with Papa is so much fun. Kids get to learn more while being safe under the wings of their Father. If kids are quite older then a trip to nearby gym, tennis court, sports stadium or jogging on the track can be fun. Moreover, take a membership of a sports club and visit as often as possible with adults-to-be kids.                                        
                                         

Chef in the kitchen
Challenge the lady of the house with some delicious dishes made by Daddy dear. Let Papa do all the chopping and cooking while kids help him in deciding the menu, finding ingredients and setting the table.

Shopping spree with Papa
For a change, Fathers can take the kids for shopping and eating out too! Let the kids prepare their list and Daddy will fulfill their command. (Mothers, meanwhile can head to saloon for overdue beauty treatments!)

Indoor games
On Sundays or other holidays, it will be fun to play board games such as snakes and ladders, chess, Monopoly, Uno etc.,with Dad. Printable games are other options that will keep Father-kids occupied whole day while mothers can take a nap.

Outdoor fun
Long drive, visit to museum, historical building or garden, or camping out with father are outdoor activities that kids will remember for long. Not only this will provide bonding time with kids, it will also give father relief from daily routine.

Visit down the memory lane
Photo albums bring back the memories of childhood. Instead of going through your child's album, let the kids watch the pictures of their father of younger times. In addition, uncover the old school certificates/ awards/ mementos to your kids to let them discover the hidden aspects/ talent of their father. Tell them about your dreams, passions, achievements and even embarrassments- in short let kids explore the more fragile/ innocent side of their father.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Benefits of Playing Chess for Kids

Chess is not just any other indoor game. Besides, a good time-pass for kids and adults, the game has plenty of advantages that makes it a compulsory activity for kids. One can safely term chess as  "brain stimulating game" because of following reasons:

Choose chess to improve concentration
The game of chess requires full focus and any distraction can cause a valuable piece on the board. To win the game a player needs to pay complete attention to the moves of the game and act accordingly. Thus chess sharpens the concentration of the players.

Chess develops critical thinking and logic
The kid learns cause and effect relation. He or she gets to know the effect of the move or action taken in the game. In order to win, thus, the child has to foresee the probable future moves after he/ she makes the move which can lead to win or loss. Chess, therefore, develops logical ability as well as critical thinking.
                                                             

Playing chess fosters originality
 Chess players develop original thinking and creativity to invent new variations and patterns in the game.

Chess improves memory
Besides, enhancing concentration, chess also improves memory of the players. The former reinforces the latter as one player plays the game more and more.

Playing chess inculcates independence
Players of chess have to take decisions about the game independently by using own ideas, thoughts and experiences. Hence to develop independence in children, chess is a valuable learning tool.

Chess teaches relation between dedication and outcome
Kids learn to relate between the hard work and outcome. The more they practice, the more they learn the game. The direct relation between dedication and results gets established in their minds.

Chess, being an indoor game, can be played anywhere and anytime among all age groups. It is easy to carry while on travel. So there is no dull moment when your favorite chess game is with you!



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Exciting Brain stimulating games for toddlers

Keeping the toddlers creatively occupied has never been an easy job for parents. At this stage, kids like to explore, discover and experiment with whatever comes in their way. All this is important for their development.
Besides, allowing kids a free hand in a safe zone, parents need to provide the defined tools that will enhance the their brain development in all possible ways. Toddler oriented  brain stimulating games are the right learning tools that help to improve

  • eye guided hand movement of the toddler
  • fine motor skills
  • logical thinking skills
  • cognitive skills
  • language skills
  • listening skills
  • emotional development 
  • ability to make choices
With brain stimulating game, you can feel the difference in the overall development of the child. One such brain boosting game is given below for your toddler.



Cotton Reels - Lacing Toy - $19.87

Cotton Reels - Lacing Toy is a great, parents tested educational toy!
  • Simple, yet wonderful educational lacing toy develops essential skills.
  • Eye/hand coordination and fine motors skills by threading reels with lace.
  • Counting and color recognition by stacking same color reels together.
  • Chunky reels are just perfect for children ages 2 and up.
The Cotton Reels Set includes: 20 colorful reels and long, strong lace.

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Completely safe, colorful, exciting, great learning tool for your toddler and available at low rates.
It would be lot easy to engage your child in this fun game without any hassle.
Invest in this educational toy and help in all round development of your child while playing.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fun filled Easter Activities

Have you planned for Easter entertainment and celebrations? Not yet then think about it now.
Here are a couple of things we have compiled for you that you can do to make the Easter celebrations more exciting and memorable.
1.When family and little ones are around, you can think of innovative games to make the day extra special for everyone. Don't worry if you do not have time to think of funny games. Here are printable Easter Games for you that you need to download within few minutes and get started immediately for unlimited fun.

You can get access to these games over a period of 90 days. Choose the ones you like or download all of these as per your convenience at economical price. The games you can enjoy on Easter and even after with your complete family.

2. Celebrations are incomplete without some music. Buy an interesting Easter music CD that you can get personalized for your child. the superior quality of music and the name of your child embedded in the same will make your child feel loved.









3. Can you think of any festival without good food and sweets? Here are beautiful mouth watering cookies for your kids. You can have them too as these are really tempting.



Good food, nice music and interesting games will definitely make your Easter more special this year.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Send Easter Wishes

Nice way for parents to make kids participate in Easter celebrations is to send Easter Greeting Cards. Let your kids select beautiful cards for their friends and cousins. Of course they can do it through internet. There is absolutely no need to move out of the house. Here is one beautiful card available at inexpensive rates.
With few clicks the card can be personalized and sent to the desired recipient in short time.


                                   
S
o don't keep them waiting. These wonderful Easter cards are a great way to develop a beautiful world of relations around your kids which they can cherish throughout their life.

Happy Easter to all of you!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cool Easter gifts

Easter is approaching fast. If you are still not sure about what to gift your closed ones then consider this wonderful gift pack. The gift is going to attract both kids and adults. Check out here:



Easter Bunny Brought Me - $69.99

This Easter gifts basket including a stuffed Gund Carlyle Easter Bunny, M&M 2pack/100g, Fruity Jell & Snack 160g, Troli Easter Egg, M MAS marshmallow 100g, Murray Butter Shortbread cookies, Chocolate Fudge Brownies. Easter Bunny color & design may vary.
                                   

Whether you require gift for your cousins or for your niece living in different city, this pack is ideal and would certainly touch their hearts.
Stop staring at it and just click to get this beautiful pack delivered at the desired doorstep!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Fun way to Learn for toddlers

Educating toddlers about new skills is a tough task. When you have right learning tools then thinks become pretty easy. Recently, I discovered a learning system that combines play, learning and lots of fun. So, while you intend to inculcate new skills in your toddler, he will all the while consider it as a new toy gifted to him for unlimited play.

Check out what the creators of this unique learning tool has to say about it:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Magic of a hug

Hugging has magical powers. You don't believe this. If you don't then for once go ahead and give a tight hug to your kid and feel the difference. You cannot express that in words but you will feel what a HUG can do to you and to your child.
Many of us do not give value to hugging. In fact, in some cultures, hugging kids often is considered as a way to pamper him/ her and spoiling the child in long run. However, it is not so. On the contrary, hugging has several health benefits. It has magical benefits on both the parties.
 
Hugging is important for child development.
 Babies feel emotionally secure and loved  when they are close to the body of their  parents. Complete child development includes mental growth too. Kids who are deprived of  touch and affection are likely to be emotionally weak in comparison to kids who are loved and hugged often.

Hug generates positive vibes.
 When you hug your child, he is filled with love, laughter, affection, confidence and positivism. It applies to you too! Hug generates positive emotions in the related brain cells and creates an optimistic atmosphere around the people.
                                                 

Hug means acceptance.
When you hug someone you mean that you are embracing him/ her despite of his flaws, mistakes or weaknesses. Kids need such assurance that though they fail to match your high expectations, they are still loved. When you  give a hug to your disobedient son/ daughter, you mean that you may not like his/ her behavior but you still love him/ her like before. Forgive and forget your child's mistake with a hug.

Hug a day keeps stress away.
Hug is the gateway to happiness and optimism. It instantly reduces stress of children as well as yours. Go ahead and give a nice hug to your children.

Hug has medicinal properties.
 Yes, of course. Give a hug when your child is ill, in pain or sad, and see the positive change in his health. When you connect to him via hug, he gets charged up, energized and relaxed.

Strengthen your bond with your kids through hugging.
If you want to fill the gap between your kids then take a step and embrace them now. Hugging strengthens the bond and makes a relationship more beautiful and worthy.

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