February 10, 2022

Published Thursday, February 10, 2022 with 0 comment

16 Bizarre Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day

While chocolates and roses can be very flattering, especially on Valentine's Day, some people choose to stay away. If you are the apostate or rebel kinds, and abhor the cliché traditions around Valentine's Day, you don’t really have to give up on the Holiday altogether. Here are some eccentric ways to make it a Holiday of fun, laughter and yes, in a non-cliché way – togetherness. Even if you are single, these things will be fun to do.

1. Go camping – have a bonfire, roast marshmallows and some quiet time in the lap of nature. Bonus – stargazing.

2. PSP marathon – if you and your partner enjoy video games, this can be serious fun. Spend the day snacking and playing.

3. Haunted movie binging – usually people do the romantic movie binging, but what the heck, we are talking ‘different ’ here. Plus, if you have the nerve for it, horror movies can be way more fun than the rhetorical romcoms.

4. Go bar hopping – instead of making reservations in a fancy restaurant, go to all the happening places in the vicinity. Have a plan though, you wouldn’t want to end up spending the night in traffic.

5. Game night – call in your friends and play fun games like taquilla bingo, poker, charades or strip twister. Even the thought of it can be whole lot fun.

6. Go shopping online - If you choose to go to the mall or store, there is a chance the whole Valentine's Day theme décor, hearts and roses everywhere, might be too overwhelming. Take advantage of the last minute Valentine's Day discounts and shop online. Use coupons for added savings.

7. Impromptu road trip – neighbouring town, mountain, lake, or other end of the world, just put some clothes in a bag, throw in some food and go!

8. A concert, musical or play – anything that live.

9. Amusement park – take the ride you always feared, eat food you loved as a kid, play silly games and win teddy bears; it’ll be awesome, not even kidding!

10. Visit a psychic or astrologer - Gets your stars read, find what the future holds. Do it, especially if you haven’t yet. Just for the fun of it.

11. Rage room – it actually a great way to bust all that stress. Break things, lots of them, let the rage calm you down. You’ll come out all zen.

12. Thrift shopping – if you are all that brand conscious, do it for someone else. Buy clothes at bargain basement prices and give them to the homeless.

13. Train ride – when was the last time you sat in a train? Not subway, the good old train. Book your tickets for a town you’ve never been to, go around being all touristy, and come back.

14. Hospitals – play the guitar for cancer kids, bring in some gifts for people in a retirement home, play games, make paintings, spend some quality time with people who really need it.

15. Go carting – the thrill, the speed and the works. It can be a very rejuvenating experience.

16. A day in the snow – make snowman, snow angels, play in the snow, sip hot chocolate and enjoy a good snow day.


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February 08, 2022

Published Tuesday, February 08, 2022 with 1 comment

Did You Know This About Valentine's Day?

Whether you are obsessing over Valentine's Day or just curious about interesting facts you don’t really need to know but still would love to, here’s some fascinating information that won’t let you down.

Teachers ace the V-Day race

Couldn’t believe it too! But it’s true – teachers score the highest when it comes to the number of V-Day cards received. Another surprise entry into the high-receivers’ club is pets. Post COVID, doctors and medicine practitioners have garnered a lot of attention too, but they still haven’t made it to top five.

Valentine's Day chocolate tradition was started by Cadbury

Know how corporates and retailers have sabotaged Holidays and introduced consumerist traditions; resulting in purely materialistic customs? Well, it’s true for Valentine's Day too. But this time around, the de rigueur tradition is actually sweet, both literally and metaphorically. Boy giving the girl chocolates for Valentine's Day is a Cadbury construct, not that we mind it, but chocolates have almost become synonymous with V-Day like the De Beers campaign of proposing with a diamond ring.

Letters to Juliet

How can one talk of the day of romance and not touch on the iconic play Romeo and Juliet. People from all across the world send letters to Juliet on Valentine’s Day. These letters are officially addressed to Juliet in Verona, Italy, the hometown of ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

XOXO

Signing off as XOXO for ‘hugs and kisses’ has become so common that no one really knows where did it originate. There are several theories though.
During the middle ages literacy was not exactly a commonplace. People would sign important documents as “X”, which was easy and also resembled the Christian cross, and kiss it to show their sincerity towards all that was in the document (the same way they kissed the Holy Bible). Since then “X” is believed to be the sign for kiss. Regarding “O”, the theory is a little more obscure. Similar to illiterate Christians, illiterate Jews signed their names with “O” when they entered America. Why they chose “O” still remains a matter of speculation.
Another theory suggests that the symbol “X” represents two mouths kissing, and “O” looks like an embrace.

Some also believe, these symbols are relatively modern, started with telegraphic messaging as the shortcuts for ‘hugs and kisses’. If this were true though, there would have been some proof of when and who started it.

Whatever be the origin, ‘XOXO’ is as popular as it gets and has become the global representation of ‘hugs and kisses’.

Red Roses

Thankfully V-Day’s red roses do not owe their origin to a commercialized device, this one actually dates back to ancient Rome, where in red roses were believed to be the most treasured flowers of Venus – the Goddess of love.

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February 04, 2022

Published Friday, February 04, 2022 with 0 comment

Fun Ways To Celebrate Valentine's Day With Family and Friends

If you are overwhelmed with customary Valentine's Day celebrations – champagne, roses, chocolates and gifts, and are bogged down by the pressure of perfect dress, perfect date, perfect evening and so on, try something different. Remind yourself what this Holiday is about – sharing warmth and laughter with loved one/s, celebrating your relationships and creating beautiful memories that last a lifetime. So why be dragged into social compulsion of celebrating it with a romantic-partner, when you can very well have a fun-filled, casual yet meaningful celebration your family and friends – people you love, people who love you back; no pressure, no strings, just pure fun!

If you are game, here are a few awesome ideas to have a fun-filled, spectacular Valentine's Day with your loved ones.


Karaoke

Happiness is all about letting yourself loose and singing on top of your voice. Metaphorically also, but literally do just that. All you need is a karaoke set and a bunch of crazy friends or family. Tell the world that you are happy and you know it!


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Game Night

Whatever be your game – twister , charades , ‘never have I ever’ , ‘incohearent family’ , bingo , ‘5second rule’, ‘escape room’, taboo or something else, having a game night can be ultimate fun.



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Cook-Off

Organize a fun filled cook-off. Rather than making it into a serious cooking challenge, make it a fun-filled event. Have competitions like – ‘Worst Dish You Have Had’ or ‘Quickest Mess’ or ‘Food that Even My Dog Won’t Eat’ or get creative and think up of something weirder, and wackier.


Picnic

Beach, park, forest or even in your backyard, a picnic sure sounds fun. Best part – you are not obliged to play the host, just have fun with all your favorite people around you. Some light snacks , fruits, salads and beverages , along with a frisbee , ball or some other outdoor game, and your picnic will be a great hit.

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Wine Tasting Night

Get some lesser known brands of wine or the ones you’ve not tasted earlier, some gourmet cheese, make a charcuterie and you’ll have a super fun wine tasting session, nothing like you would have ever attended.

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Movie Night

While this may not sound like a very creative idea, but it sure is fun. Just have Valentine's Day snacks , wine , soda  and you’re good to go. Jazz it up with a screen , projector and fairy lights .



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January 26, 2022

Published Wednesday, January 26, 2022 with 3 comments

Essential Hacks Every Homemaker Should Know

What if we told you your home could be beautiful, clean and organized at all times without you spending the whole day scrubbing floors, wiping surfaces and keeping things in order? Here are some home hacks that will help you get a highly functional, pristine home with spending your life doing it.


Shoes bring dirt, muck and debris into the house. You may not notice it instantly, but after a while, the floor starts looking dirty and other surfaces also get a layer of dust on them. Moreover, outside shoes worn into the house can be a major source of germs. Various studies have concluded that a variety of germs and bacteria get carried into our living spaces along with shoes.

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No matter how nerdy this may sound, it always works. You don’t need to do everything on a daily basis – just when it’s required. Make a list of daily tasks, bi-weekly, weekly, fortnightly, monthly tasks and so on. For instance, you need to do dishes daily, kitchen daily but you can change bedsheets once a week. Similarly, in the bathroom, you need to do the pot daily but you can afford to do glasses maybe once a week or bi-weekly and showerheads – once a month.

Taking one room at a time, carefully put together your list categorizing cleaning tasks as per their frequency. Once this list is ready, your life will be so sorted. All you’ll need to do is feed the schedule on your digital calendar and keep ‘reminder’ settings to your convenience.


Keep things in order

Remember your momma always telling you to keep things where they belong, well looks like it’s about time. This is a simple habit but pays big in return. Your house looks neat and welcoming, things can be easily found when you need them and most importantly, your life stays uncluttered (well, most of it!).

Declutter

This is the secret to a happy home and a happy life. Many people go by the six-month rule, extend it to one year if you like – if you haven’t used something in one year, chances are you’ll never use it. Get rid of all things redundant, all things broken and all things unwanted. If things of sentimental value are taking up too much room, you know what to get rid of – the sentiment maybe??

Use baking & vinegar for cleaning

Baking soda and vinegar are magic ingredients when it comes to cleaning around the house. To keep drains clean and unclogged, every fortnight pour 2 tablespoons full baking soda into the drain and pour 4 tablespoons of vinegar on top. Your drains will be free of all grime and greasiness that, if untreated, would block the drain pipe.

Similarly use baking soda to clean gunk off utensils. Even utensils that have old and stubborn grime become clean with this hack. Take water in the utensil you want to clean. Add baking soda and leave it on low heat. Let the mixture heat up for a few minutes. Turn the heat off, let the water cool then scrub it off.

Baking soda is also an excellent cleaning agent for inside of the oven. Take 2-3 tablespoons baking soda and add enough water to make a paste. Apply this paste inside the oven and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Spray white vinegar and leave for another 10 minutes. Wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

Baking soda and water paste can also be used to clean mattresses. Take baking soda, 4-5 drops of dish-wash liquid, water and a few drops of essential oil. Apply the paste over the stained areas of the mattress. Take rest of the paste, add water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray this mixture all over the mattress and sprinkle baking soda on top. Let it sit for an hour or two. Vacuum clean the mattress.

Cleaning wooden chopping boards


Sprinkle some kosher salt on your chopping board and rub a lemon on it. Wash and dry it, then apply coconut over the surface. This will not only clean your chopping board but also condition the wood.

Removing tough stains from carpet

Hydrogen peroxide is really good at removing stains off the carpet. Before you use it on the stain, pour a few drops on the corner for testing. If the color does get spoiled, you are good to go. Pour the hydrogen peroxide over the stain, rinse and repeat till the stain is gone.


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January 20, 2022

Published Thursday, January 20, 2022 with 1 comment

Valentine's Day 2022 – Go Boho

Love the quirky, artistic pulse of Bohemian style? Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing and give you inspiration for a Boho themed Valentine's Day celebration.

When thinking Bohemian style, think colors – neutral, earthy colors in adorable combinations. Start with a color palette. Having your colors in place will be a good starting point. You’ll know what accessories and accents to buy, main theme of your food and décor. To get a fair idea of palettes, visit https://www.colorsforwedding.com/chic-boho-wedding-color-ideas/, they have done some pretty amazing work with color-palette themed weddings.

If you have a backyard or open place around your house, you can plan a picnic with a tent, outdoor sitting and some fairy lights.


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Depending on whether you are planning for the dinner in the backyard or indoors, pick your dress to suit the weather. The best part about Boho fashion is, that it is so versatile that you can pull it off with any dress that feels fun to you. Here are a few casual, chic dresses and accessories to add to the Boho feel.

                 

                               



   

              

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A Valentine’s dinner is about love and warmth. Even if you plan a non-elaborate simple dinner, go ahead. It is the thoughtfulness is that will actually count. Hope your dinner’s a huge success.

And yes, happy Valentine's Day in advance!



      


                                      





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January 16, 2022

Published Sunday, January 16, 2022 with 1 comment

Cute Winter Styles For Kids

We’re in the thick of winter. The good news – winter sales!

Here’s the super-cute winter collection from Gymboree, styles and designs you’d love to see your little one wrapped up in.

        

Fun and friendly, the soft hues of teal in medley with pretty pastels, this outfit is a great choice for your little girl’s day out.

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This oh-so-Scottish attire with its perfect red-and-blue plaids along with the newsboy hat and suspenders, your little prince will surely look the part.

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Very versatile and stylish. Add this faux fur cardigan or cape along with the bow beret to add warmth and flair to any outfit.

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This stylish black reindeer-cheer dress combination is perfect for the Holidays and beyond. Will keep the kids warm and cozy while they play around having indoors or outdoors.

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Let your little miss sunshine spread cheer in this pretty yellow outfit. The stylish beret paired with matching sunflower outfit, your pretty girl will sure be the light of where she goes.

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Is your lil’ champ a fan of dinosaurs? This Dino Dude outfit will be perfect for him. Fun and playful, just like your lil’ champion is!

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