Saturday, June 22, 2019

#HappyTummiesMeet by Enterogermina

I recently attended a blogger’s meet with my kiddo after a long time. And it was a fun and informative one at that! As a mother, you must have experienced diarrhea in your baby or toddler/kid at some point of time. Even as adults we get absolutely weak, the kids cannot even express themselves properly. Here are somethings I learnt at the event:

All the awesome mommy bloggers & their kids at the event.
1.     Types of Diarrhea
Did you know that there are two types of Diarrhea? Viral and Bacterial. Viral diarrhea is more commonly seen than bacterial. Common symptoms in kids for diarrhea are frequent passing of loose stools, dehydration and weakness. But signs to be alert and visit the doctor at the soonest are – If child is inactive and not playing, urine is dark in colour, less frequent and concentrated (signs of dehydration) and is complaining of a griping stomach pain. As long as child is active and playing, things will get fine.
There also is something known as seasonal diarrhea – generally occurring towards end of summers and start of rainy reason – hence now is the time to be extra cautious!

2.     Types of Bacteria
Most of us know that there is good bacteria and bad bacteria. It’s important to balance the bad bacteria with good. This was explained really well at the event via a skit where there was a red coloured bad bacteria character and a blue coloured good bacteria character telling the kids more about bacteria.

Kids really enjoyed meeting the good bacteria!
3.     How to manage diarrhea?
Lot of liquids. Curd is important. One new thing I learnt is a 14-day course of zinc as it helps manage diarrhea. Another very important thing is to avoid milk – grannies will ask to continue giving milk but it should be avoided. Breastfeeding can continue as it is. Doctor’s will not recommend antibiotics for viral, it may be required for bacterial only after doing a stool test. So avoid asking for a “fast solution” because some things take time! Enterogermina is Pediatricians’ No.1 Choice in managing diarrhea.

4.     How to prevent diarrhea?
Prevention is better than cure and just by following some basic hygiene rules we can help prevent diarrhea. Clean, safe drinking water (always carry your own water bottle at the park or mall or while out on a vacation), and washing hands with soap, specially before eating. Though the older kids will be able to follow this, teething babies will grab whatever they find and put it in their mouth – hence more prone to diarrhea. Hence look out for the symptoms.

Activity where they had to feed Popeye good food. My kid got pani puri.
5.     Experience at event –
All the kids and mommies had a fun time interacting with one another. Dr.Zinal gave an informative session on some myths and facts around diarrhea. It was insightful to learn about how zinc helps manage diarrhea and also that one should not let the kids get anemic, iron intake is very important to increase immunity again. So iron rich food is a must! I loved the activity where the kids had to decide which was good or bad food to feed Popeye and also the skit with the good and bad bacteria! Wonderful ways to teach kids good habits and important health related things in a not-boring way!

Giving our feedback to the team.

If you have any questions regarding managing diarrhea, do comment and I will try my best to get the answers to you from the experts.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Lego Avengers Endgame - War Machine Buster Set - Product Review

The Avengers Endgame craze has absolutely taken over my household. The last movie of the decade, the ending of an era, such nostalgia! I obviously saw the movie on the first day - and the kiddo, younger brother and me were in for a surprise just soon after - when we received a Lego Avengers Endgame Set - for the War machine buster. Mind you, that by itself is a spoiler, because it tells you that War Machine will be there in the movie!


If you've seen the trailer, you know that the Avengers assemble in an all new suit and avatar to take on Thanos. If you're a Marvel and Iron Man fan, then you know Iron Patriot or War Machine. The set comes with 300+ pieces to build the war machine along with characters for War Machine (Played by Don Cheadle in the movies), ant man and a couple of outriders.

Iron Patriot or War Machine was created as an alternate Iron Man suit by Tony Stark, and was first used in Avengers Age of Ultron to tame the Hulk. The sheer detailing in the Lego Avengers set received was brilliant - the fingers and thumb of the war machine, making sure the face inside the iron patriot armor is brown to resemble that of the actual character, the suit and everything else. Simply amazing.

Watch the unboxing and time-lapse video I have a created :

Product information:
  • Build the posable War Machine Buster mech toy, with an opening minifigure cockpit, 6-stud rapid shooter, 2 detachable stud-shooting cannons, 2 flick missiles and gripping hands, and battle the Outriders!
  • Includes 4 minifigures: a War Machine figure and Ant-Man, each featuring new Avengers team suit decoration, plus 2 Outriders
  • War Machine Buster mech model measures over 6” (17cm) high, 2” (6cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide
  • 362 pieces – Marvel superhero toy construction kit for boys and girls aged 7+ and for fans and kids of all ages; This LEGO Marvel Avengers War Machine Buster 76124 building set for kids can be built together with all other original LEGO playsets and LEGO bricks for imaginative play
  • Recreate exciting action from the Marvel Avengers movies with this fun-packed creative building toy

You can purchase it online from Amazon, makes a perfect gift for any die-hard Avengers fan!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Grandma's Recipe: Sweet Corn Bhel

My grandma makes this really nice Sweet Corn Bhel/Chaat, and I had not had it since years. She does not keep to well these days and hence seldom is in the kitchen. But after a few failed attempts of ordering corn chaat in various restaurants, I finally told her that it's been so long since I had it. And she made sure I had the good old corn bhel on my visit at mom's for summer vacations, and I made it a point to observe and focus on the recipe, and it is surprisingly easy!

Here's what you need -

Servings (6 to 8)

3 cups of boiled sweet corn
1 dry coconut (cut into small pieces and then grinded in the mixer)
3 medium sized potatoes boiled and chopped
2 medium sized tomatoes - finely chopped
2 medium sized onions - finely chopped
2 green chillies
Nylon sev
Juice of 3 lemons
4 teaspoon sugar
Salt to taste
Bread croutons (or small bread pieces fried till light brown)


1. Once you have prepared all the ingredients for the bhel, put a kadhai/pan for the gas burner and add 2-3 teaspoons ghee/oil.

2. Add the onion and sauté till a li'l cooked (we don't want it to be completely soft and brown). Add green chillies and chopped tomatoes. Cook till all the water from the chopped tomatoes evaporates.

3. Add the chopped boiled potatoes, sugar, salt and lemon juice. After cooking a little add the boiled corn and shredded coconut (leave some coconut for garnishing).

4. Finally add the bread croutons and nylon sev and mix well. Taste once and add salt and lemon juice till it matches your liking.

5. Garnish with the coconut and some more nylon sev and coriander leaves (if you want) and serve hot.

The final result is a yummy corn bhel with flavors of coconut and the veggies! It is not supposed to be a spicy dish at all, but if you are a fan of spicy, then you can add more green chillies.

Do let me know how did it turn out for you!

Monday, April 22, 2019

E for Extra, E for Vitamin E!

Are you someone who feels tired even when you’ve just gotten up after 6-8 hours of sleep? Feel lethargic all the time and a lack of energy? I was in that category too until a few years ago when I decided to make certain lifestyle changes.

By lifestyle changes, I mean eating right. I don’t believe in the concept of dieting, so when I say eating right I mean smaller but more frequent meals and keeping a balance of greens, fruits, pulses, proteins and carbs.

And having an active lifestyle also needs physical activity; as simple as walking, jogging, dancing, cycling, swimming or practicing Yoga. Being a woman who is entering her 30’s, I have also started caring about my bones, maintaining hormonal balance and handling PMS issues.

But being an eggetarian (no seafood or meat in my diet) I know me and my family lack certain nutrients – which have to then be consumed via supplements – very important!

Because we don’t get enough sunlight, we need supplements for Vitamin D, and Omega 3 if we don’t eat fish. There are plenty of food options for Vitamin C: the first thing that comes to your mind will be citrus fruits, but not many are aware of the 5th in the alphabet i.e. Vitamin E and its benefits and sources. As defined on Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is found in many foods including vegetable oils, cereals, meat, poultry, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and wheat germ oil. It is also available as a supplement.

Vitamin E is basically an antioxidant. This means it protects body tissue from damage caused by substances called free radicals, which can harm cells, tissues, and organs. They are believed to play a role in certain conditions related to aging (hence people say Vitamin E is good for the skin, hair, overall beauty etc.).
The body also needs vitamin E to help keep the immune system strong against viruses and bacteria.

So how does one get some Vitamin E in one’s diet? It’s time to go nuts because these yummy nuts are a rich source of vitamins! Almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and hazelnuts are Vitamin E rich. Greens like spinach and broccoli are rich in Vitamin E too, and I make sure to give that in soup form to my kid and the entire family (DM / Comment for a really tasty broccoli recipe).

It’s summers, and mango lovers should rejoice because mangoes are a rich source of Vitamin E too! Vegetable oils are a good source of Vitamin E too (we use sunflower or soyabean oil in our household).

So what are you waiting for? Plan your food chart, meals and exercise routines and get fit!


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Gautam Hari Singhania lends his support to Government for infra up-gradation of Mumbai!

At a time and day when Mumbai is competing with Singapore and Hong Kong to be the financial capital of the world, it is in dire need of infrastructure augmentation. 

The country’s financial capital i.e. Mumbai needs robust infrastructure is an understatement since the city face multiple challenges, which are unique and probably not been witnessed by any other city across the globe.

Take for instance, Greater Mumbai with a population of 16.4 million houses twice as many people as those in New York City. Suburban Mumbai has a density of 20,925 persons per sq. km which is twice as many people as that in New York (10,630 persons per sq km). That is absolutely shocking!


Mumbai Metropolitan Region with 1,700 times lesser area can be home to the entire population of Australia. Can you imagine that?

Sensing the need of the hour, the Maharashtra Government and BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are working in tandem to spruce up the city’s transportation network besides the up-gradation of the urban infrastructure.

Being born and brought up in Mumbai, I know how bad things are, with the state of bridges and all the recent collapses that are happening. The population is ever-growing and we need to upgrade accordingly.

And in support of the Government and the civic body is renowned industrialist, Mr. Gautam Hari Singhania, the Chairman and Managing Director of the Raymond Group.

Mr. Singhania recently organized a presentation by Mr. Abhin Alimchandani, Chairman STUP Consultants, which holistically covered the issues of infrastructure development in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, for prominent citizens of Mumbai.

Commending the work done by MCGM (Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai) and the State Government, Mr. Singhania remarked that the governments are criticized if they don’t do anything and also receive brick-bats if they do something. 

Admitting that there will be issues in implementing projects of these scale, Mr. Singhania said the presentation was an attempt to create more awareness about what the government was doing, He felt that the infrastructure projects such as Navi Mumbai International airport, Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link, metro rail, coastal road and mono rail will change the face of the metropolis in the days to come. A temporary inconvenience for the better future of the city!

While there will be short-term environment issues while undertaking these projects, the Raymond CMD said imagine the reduction in the carbon foot-print once the travel by road is reduced by one hour for each vehicle.

Besides, these projects will create more jobs and entail huge investment and we should thank the government for undertaking them, he concluded.

I too, believe that things will change for the better in my city, and am glad that initiatives are being taken.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Before You Go On Your Next Road Trip, Make Sure You Have Taken Care Of These 5 Things!

Gone are the days when our vacations meant boarding a bus/train/flight to reach from point A to point B. An increasing number of people are taking road trips, and not just to travel from one city or state to the other but also to another country; The India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway for instance, allows one to reach Thailand via a road trip! 

Personally, I have taken road trips in and around Maharashtra - to Panchgani, Lonavala, Pune, Mahabaleshwar, Goa and the sorts and aim to try longer routes soon. 

Here are some pointers to keep in mind before embarking on a road trip:

1. First Aid Kit 

It is very important to have the basic medicines for headaches, allergies, nausea caused due to motion sickness, etc. with you at all times.  It is also essential to carry bandaging and other supplies for minor injuries. Don’t forget to keep a scissor/swiss knife and torch handy as well. If there are any other medications you regularly take, keep those handy for the trip duration and extra too, you never know when you may extend your trip. And if there are kids traveling along, then their medications and snacks too.

2. Route, navigation, designated drivers

Make sure you know the route you’re taking, the road situation, tolls, and have a navigation system in your car or on your phone. It’s a good idea to download the map offline (Google maps has this option) as many a times you do not get network on the go or in remote locations. Also it is always good to have at least 2 people driving for long trips so that one can rest while the other drives.

3. Car check-up and spare parts

Make sure to have serviced the car just before the trip and have anything that requires repairs, addressed. Carry spare tyres, tools to change tyres, water and cloth etc. to clean car when required and anything else that you can think of to make your car ready for the adventure! It wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep some contact numbers handy for garages on the route, emergency services on national highways, and so on.

4. Car Insurance 

Better to be safe than sorry they say. Hence make sure your car insurance is renewed. If it has expired, you can renew it online easily in a matter of clicks. You just need a few details handy like the city, car and variant and registration year and month.

In fact another thing you could do if you are a frequent road trip traveler, which not many are aware of; is get a third party car insurance online. Wonder what’s that? If someone else’s car gets damaged by you during an accident, you will be covered for that as well and won’t have to shell a huge amount to reimburse the third party. In fact having a third party car insurance is a requirement under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

5. A good playlist and some fun people.

No road trip is complete without awesome music! Since we all use music streaming apps these days, make sure you have songs downloaded to play offline - or else again because of bad internet network, you might have to make do without music. Don’t forget to ensure  you have the aux cable or its alternative in place. Check out some playlists made specially for road trips! 

And last but the least, it is very important to embark with a positive attitude and fun people to have a trip that you can remember for life!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

LEGO The Movie 2 Rex’s Rex-treme Offroader Building Blocks - Product Review

We were recently invited for the special screening of Lego Movie 2 recently and it was such a fun movie! It was a cherry on the cake to receive the new Lego Movie 2 themed set so that we can recreate scenes from the movie!

The box contains 2 characters - Emmet & Rex, along with the dinosaur rex-o-saurus, the offloading truck and a plantimal alien figure. The movie is all about alien invasion and how Emmet and Rex help rescue Lucy, so since I have a son, he was keen to be all prepared to fight with the mean machines, dinosaur and gadgets that he built (with my assistance).


There are two instruction books that help you build the models, and the best part is there are more than one ways to build things. For instance you can build the rex-o-saurus quad or execu-rex-o-saurus (dino with guns or dino with wheels!) The set is suggested for age 7+, and if they have seen Lego movies and TV series, they'll be able to have so many story-telling game plays and endless amount of fun. Infact good idea to mix and match and build something new too!

Every little piece put together to make something awesome, it took us a good couple of hours to build the off-roader car, but oh man, the detailing! Stud shooters, pilot seats, sticker labelling, everything is just amazing. I personally absolutely loved Rex's mug and briefcase and Emmet's flashlight - they are so cute! Do check out our unboxing video as well:

You can purchase the set on this Amazon link and also explore other sets from the movie and many more they sell online (watch out for deals as well!) There is a Warrior Lucy & Ultrakatty themed set too, which is what I am going to buy next. Personally, lego sets are fun for our whole family, not just the kiddo.