Review of activity book by Melissa and Doug| Water wow painting book review

When there’s a toddler at home who needs to be kept engaged all day, this painting book is a boon. It comes with 4 pages of different scenes and a thick pen like brush with a tube to fill in some water. It is a mess-free way to keep toddlers busy

What the description says: Use the “Magic” pen to color in the picture, and see vibrant colors, details, and patterns appear. Each page of the kids’ activity book features a lively princess-themed artwork to complete and a seek-and-find activity, too. Makes a great travel toy.

Features & details

  • Toys and Games
  • NO-MESS ACTIVITY BOOK: The Melissa & Doug On the Go Water Wow! Safari Reusable Water-Reveal Activity Pad features reusable pages that come to life when wet.
  • 4 REUSABLE WHITE PAGES: Use the pen to fill in each activity and see hidden colors and pictures appear with every stroke! Then simply let the page dry to erase the pictures and fill it in again and again.
  • REFILLABLE CHUNKY SIZED WATER PEN: This Melissa & Doug alphabet activity book comes with a chunky-sized water pen that allows easy filling and is designed for smaller hands to easily grasp. The compact, spiral-bound format is great for travel.
  • GREAT GIFT FOR AGES 3 TO 7:This toy is a delightful and educational gift for kids . Add a Melissa & Doug toys to round out the hands-on and screen-free play experience.
  • “THE GOLD STANDARD IN CHILDHOOD PLAY”: For more than 30 years, Melissa & Doug has created beautifully designed imagination- and creativity-sparking products that NBC News called “the gold standard in early childhood play.”
  • 100% HAPPINESS GUARANTEE: We design every toy to the highest quality standards, and to nurture minds and hearts. If your child is not inspired, give us a call and we’ll make it right. Our phone number is on every product!

As soon as the baby finishes coloring all the 4 pages, the first page becomes dry and is ready to color again, Zo loves this activity book.

I got 2 different books, one is animal themed and one has fairies.

Sometimes she will just take a wet wipe and rub it on the page and the colours come alive. The pages have find-the-objects kind of games too.

Very nice to gift also.

Price: starts from 350

Available on amazon and flipkart.

Pros:

Very good for engaging kids during traveling

Mess free activity

So many options of scenes and themes to choose

Very good book to gift

Cons:

Younger toddlers like zo don’t have a proper grip or technique so they put a lot of pressure which makes the brush tip flat after sometime making it difficult to colour.

Can’t put the brush with water filled in it in the storage space provided as on getting wet the adhesive of the storage compartment comes out.

The brush tip has become bad after sometime.

Links for Amazon and Flipkart

Amazon: https://www.amazon.in/Melissa-Doug-Water-Coloring-Animals/dp/B009B7F6DO

Flipkart:

Disclaimer : The opinions expressed about the products I review are from my personal experience only.  I also do not get any monetary compensation to review any product. Also, kindly check the time stamp of the post. My experiences may have changed with time.

Stuffed Aubergine| Bharwan baigan/brinjal

Bharwan baingan

This is a quick side dish, can be served with dal rice or parathas. The stuffing is mainly coriander and tomato based.

Baigan or aubergine is a total love-it or hate-it vegetable. Either you are a fan or you completely avoid it. I love it and hubby hates it so i make this dish just for myself.

Aubergines are an excellent source of dietary fibre. They are also a good source of vitamins B1 and B6 and potassium. In addition it is high in the minerals copper, magnesium and manganese. Aubergines are rich in antioxidants, specifically nasunin found in aubergine skin – which gives it its purple colour.

Ingredients:

Baingan/Aubergine: 4-5 small ones

Coriander leaves/hara dhania: 1 cup chopped

Tomato: 1 big red or 2-3 small ones, chopped finely

Spices: 1tsp red chili powder, 2tsp dhaniya powder, 1/4th tsp turmeric powder

Garlic cloves: 7-8 chopped finely

Oil: 1tsp to add in the stuffing, 2tbsp to cook the stuffed baingan.

Directions:

Add chopped tomatoes, Garlic and coriander leaves together with salt, red chili powder, dhania powder and a tsp oil and make a stuffing.

Clean the aubergine and remove the thorns and end part of stem if present.

Make 2 cross slits. Stuff the aubergines.

Take a wok, heat some oil, put cumin seeds and let crackle, put some hing.

Add the aubergines, first place vertically, and cover with a lid on sim ie minimum flame. Let it cook for 5 minutes, add a tbsp of water so that masala does not burn. Put the remaining stuffing masala on the aubergines. Mix the masala and aubergines and let it cook horizontally now. Cover with a lid, keep checking for doneness after 10 minutes. Mix, flip the aubergines. Let cook properly.

Serve and enjoy.

How to make roasted salted cashews|Crispy salted cashews

We all love salted cashews and i made it sure to buy those tiny beautiful tins in the plane whenever we traveled. I tried making it in the microwave with some butter and salt but the result was not that satisfying and then one day my friend Kanchan told me how she makes it.

I am so so thankful to her for this procedure. I make one batch almost every week now and the best thing!!, my toddler loves it too. I halve the cashews and give it to her, else it can be a choking hazard.

What do we need??

Salt: 500gms (yes, you read that right !!!)

Cashews: 200gms

Sea salt (according to taste, optional)

Method:

Heat the half kg salt in a wok / kadai and add cashews to it. Put the flame on low and Keep stirring very carefully as the heated up salt can be very dangerous. After 5-8 minutes, the cashews will start turning slight pink. At this point you can take a big strainer and separate the cashews from the salt. Sprinkle ground sea salt while still hot. Let it cool down and munch on it. Tastes heavenly.

Note: The salt used here can be used multiple times and later can be used for baking cooker cakes.

Enjoy!! Do let me know if you tried this method.

Smytten App review |Online beauty products and cosmetics platform

This is a non paid, non promotional review of an app for cosmetics shopping online. My two most favourite apps Nykaa and Purplle have a new competition, Smytten🤩🤩

This new online shopping portal gives us trials of 6 beauty products like creams, fragrances, soaps and on every purchase order, we get 6 trials more. We have to bear the shipping cost. Also, shipping does not get cancelled even if you are ordering trials with a product purchased. I searched a lot for the coupon codes and didn’t find any.

Anyways, gave a shot to a trial of 6 sample products and spent 169/- rs, out of 169/-, 128/- rs got credited back to my wallet which could be used for my next order. I ordered 3 ital veloce body mist, 1 escape perfume and 2 soaps.

Delivery and Packaging: I am based in Pune and i ordered on 31/1/2020 and i got the delivery on 4th feb. Packaging was good, all products were wrapped in bubble wrap placed in a standard cardboard box.

I liked the products and browsed for my favourite face serum, St Botanica’s Argan and rosehip oil serum. Ordered on 2/02/2020 and received on 6th, this time the packaging was not from Smytten but directly from St. Botanica it seems.

My favorite brands available on smytten are ital veloce body mists/ perfumes, st botanica, bvlgari, Calvin Klein, biotique, and so many.

Loved a trial perfume sample and looked for it to order, surprise, i got buy -one-get-one free offer on the perfume.

The Perfume is good but i wonder why, not as good as the sample perfume 😉

Will i buy again?? Maybe, if i get better deals😃

Pros: 1) Good pricing and deals.

2) 6 sample trials, i would love to try out a sample, It makes absolute sense to get a sample of an unreturnable product and then invest your hard earned money in it. Especially true for perfumes.

Cons: Not a lot of variety like nykaa or purplle, but it is quite new so let’s give it some more time. Not many coupon codes available.

I liked their try.buy.try line too.

Have you used or are planning to order from Smytten too??? Let me know. Meanwhile, you can use the referral code below.

Use my referral code: Use the code at the time of sign-up “naNN0tX

“rJ1kEc6”

Disclaimer : The opinions expressed about the products I review are from my personal experience only.  I also do not get any monetary compensation to review any product. Also, kindly check the time stamp of the post. My experiences may have changed with time.

Flavored Salt- take a pinch before and after meals| Tibb-e-Nabawi |Hazoom


“Why Taste Salt before Meals?

Our dear Prophet (saw) said that eating salt before and after eating protects you from 70 diseases.

Imam Baqir (a.s.) has said: “Salt is a cure for 70 diseases and if people will come to know the advantages of salt they will not use any other cure except salt.”

I read about a flavored salt in Tibb-e-nabawi and decided to try this salt.

It is so flavorsome that you will feel like taking a pinch before and after food. Even my toddler loves it.

Kalonji
Kalonji or Nigella seeds
ajwain

We need:

Ingredients:

Sea salt : 1/2 cup

Kalonji: 1 tbsp

Thyme: dried 1 tbsp

Ajwain or caraway seeds: 1 tbsp

Directions: Grind together all the above ingredients and store in a glass bottle. Enjoy.

Easiest pickled Jalapeno Recipe|Homemade pickled Jalapenos

Some 6-7 years back, i took out some seeds of pickled jalapenos from a market bought jar and washed, dried it and sowed it. I wasn’t expecting much, it was just an experiment and today it’s been over 5 years that we never bought pickled jalapenos again because we have so much yield that we have to pickle all of it. Pickling is really simple. You just slice the jalapenos, take some water, vinegar, sugar, salt and a few cloves of garlic and you are good to go.

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Lauki Muthia | Healthy low calorie Snack | Bottlegourd Pattice

Lauki Muthia

I keep searching ways to incorporate healthy vegetables in my food and Lauki or Bottlegourd is one such vegetable. Bottlegourd is a versatile vegetable, it can be made into a sabji/curry, koftas, pakodas, parathas, raita, or Muthia/snacks.

This recipe is a famous Gujrati recipe and i love the slight sweet, slight spicy and slight tangy taste. Bonus point….it is steamed and tempered, so very low on calories.

We will need

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How to remove Custard Apple pulp for Milkshake

Custard Apple milkshake

I love custard apples, but sometimes many custard apples will ripe together at the same time and it is difficult to consume. What do i do in this case?? Make Milkshake!! Or Rabadi 😋😋😋

How?? Just scoop out the pulp and seeds with a spoon and put in a big metal strainer or chhalnee. Put in a big vessel. Take a metal whisk and whisk strongly, you will see seeds coming out of the pulp. Remove the seeds with a spoon and you have got your yummy pulp.

Look at the pulp and seeds separating

Just add some milk and blend. Milkshake is ready. I also prefer to strain it before serving. Healthy and no-added sugar milkshake is ready. Enjoy!!

Control Your Destiny: A beautiful poem by my Niece Aaliya

What a beautiful thought 🤩🤩

Reviews and literature by Aaliya

Your destiny is in your hands, control it by the reins. Don’t make it your weakness or feel you can’t change it . Be strong and show the world; take some pains.

It’s your choice, either to follow it or make your dreams come true. Don’t let destiny pull you down, instead use it as wings and soar high.

Faith and destiny is within us, if you dare… then take it in your hands and make your dreams come true.

The magic is within us; the choice is ours we are free. So let’s change our fate and live our own destiny.

This poem is dedicated to Disney Princess Merida.

She is my inspiration.

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SheerKhurma |Sevaiyya / Vermicelli Pudding |Fast and Easy dessert| Milk based dessert|Kheer

Look at the beautiful silver leaf, rose petals and pistachios
Sevaiya
Served in a beautiful bowl

Vermicelli kheer or as we call it Sevaiyya or Sheerkhurma is a very simple and fast to make dessert.

I use the thin and already roasted vermicelli but the thick and non-roasted one will also work. I prefer the thin one.

No pudding recipe can be easier or simple to make than this beautiful recipe of Vermicelli.

SheerKhurma means Sheer ie Milk and Khurma means dates so a pudding made of Milk and dates is actually technically SheerKhurma, we add vermicelli and dryfruits to make it richer. The more we cook the milk with the vermicelli, the thicker the pudding will be as vermicelli will release starch. A very basic recipe will have just 4 ingredients ie Milk, Vermicelli, Sugar and dryfruits, So even if you have just these 4 ingredients, try making this dessert and you will love it. There can be many add ons, watch for the extras/optional items in the ingredient list.

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