Monday, November 10, 2014

Kids Meal 9

School Lunch & Snack: Strawberries cut into flowers (technique here, 3rd flower from the video. I also cut them in hearts like this), Steamed Rice & lentil Cakes (Dhokla) cut into bunnies & flowers (Used cumin and mustard seed to decorate. Recipe here), Homemade Mango PannaCotta made with Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream, String Cheese, Boiled Egg (cut a heart on the white and used a piece of beetroot to color).

Monday, November 3, 2014

Kids Meal 8

School Lunch & Snack: Whole Wheat Tortilla/ Indian Chapathi & Chocolate-nut butter rollups (technique here, you can cut them into pinwheels. I make homemade Choc-nut butter with Almond butter, cocoa powder and powdered sugar. This way I can control the sugar and eliminate unhealthy fats), Sliced apple, boiled egg, chick peas (didn't eat them), baby food pouch (these are sweet and tasty and mostly healthy. If your kid likes them, its better than a sugary treat)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Glow in the Dark gifts - Treat for Halloween

It's almost Halloween! I barely got the school gifts ready for Trick or Treat tomorrow.But I am really happy about how they turned out, and there is no candy involved.

Glow in the dark bracelets! They are everywhere, cheap, can be very useful for safety on Halloween night when the little ones are trick or treating on the streets AND its not candy. I hate the amount of candy kids get on this day and lets not even talk about those eyeballs and stuff. So this was a nice variation.

I used these adorable printable tags for this gift. After printing and cutting them by hand (35 of them! Seriously, I should have just bought a circle punch), I started assembling.

Here is what I used:

CardStock - Michaels
Glow in the Dark 12 pack bracelets - Michaels
2 different Washi tapes in black (dots & chevron) - Michaels
Free printable - LadybugTeacherFiles
clear tape to stick the tag to glow sticks

Be Safe & Have Fun Trick or Treating with your little ones. Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Kids Meal 7

School Lunch & Snack: Savory Pancake poppers (I make these with a batter made of indian lentils and rice and add in finely chopped veggies. Here is a sample recipe and the batter made for this could be used to make savory crepe, also known as Dosa. This or this pan should work for these), Pita Chips, Almond cookies and Rice Krispies cut in hear shape using cookie cutter, Pear slices.

Here is how I used to pack my child's lunch last year when she just started preschool. It was a reusable gift bag I found at Walmart.

She is older now so I pack a little extra lunch and more snacks. So this bag didn't work anymore. I switched to a lunch bag and a snack bag now and pack 2 thermos water bottles. I also include a milk box or juice in smaller thermos for lunch.

I will post pictures of her current lunch & snack bags soon.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Living Room

I have never posted pictures of our living room. It is the brightest room in our house with windows all around so it was very hard to take pictures. I tried my best with my minimal photographic skills and a basic DSLR.

I love this sofa and love seat. They are not too soft, not rock hard and the shape is lovely.

Those little pillows with flowers fabric were a quick diy to add some color and pattern.

This picture below gives you the view from Front door/ Foyer. The TV stand is out of scale for that huge room. It is from our apartment days. We didn't want to invest in a new one since we hardly use that TV and we like to have open space for the kid to run around. May be I should do something interesting on the wall to take the eye out of the miniature TV stand.

The oval shaped frame on that wall showcases a handmade doily by my husband's grandmother. She is not with us anymore but I am so glad my daughter could meet her.

 You might have seen my Arts of Hearts here. They are still hanging on this wall.

We use two leather storage ottomans as side tables. When we have young kids we could use as much concealed storage as possible, right?

This little triangle shaped table was from previous owner of this house. It fits perfectly in the little corner. It was Cherry colored wood, but we spray painted it black to match with rest of our furniture and I decorated it with a drawer knob from Anthropology. By the way, it is a fake drawer. Did you ever see such thing? First time for me!

That little orange chair was from The Container Store.

That rounds it up. It is not awesomely decorated room, but very open, airy and simple. Just the way we like it around here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Kids Meal 6

School Lunch & Snack: Whole Wheat Bread and chocolate-nut butter rollups (technique here), Homemade Jello with Naked Juice & Gelatin, string cheese, cantaloupe, cheese cookies.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Kids Meal 5

School Lunch & Snack: Steamed Rice Cakes (Idlis) in small and large sizes, Strawberries, chocolate cream cookies (Bourbon cookies, indian brand), sliced string cheese, cucumber (didn't eat these though)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Kids Meal 4

Breakfast: Frozen Whole Wheat waffles, Homemade Jello with Naked Fruit Juice & Gelatin, cut in tulip shape, honey for dipping, 5 oz reduced fat milk

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Baby Shower Gift Idea - Handmade Burp Cloths

My post on Pregnancy Journal has been a huge hit on my blog. Thanks to Jen @ Iheart organizing for her feature and all of you that liked it. As mentioned in that post, I also made some burp clothes for the baby shower gift.

I bought some colorful cotton fabric and a few yards of white flannel.

I washed and ironed all fabric, cut each cotton fabric to a rectangle, size approximately long enough to be a burp cloth. Cut the flannel to same size for backing each burp cloth, layered on colorful fabric with wrong side out, cut corners and sewed all around, leaving a 2 inch opening to turn the right side out. Once turned all the way out, I sewed around the edge, concealing the opening. You could do a couple of straight stitches in the middle so it stays flat when washed. I skipped it, since the patterns on the fabrics are so cute, I didn't want to mess with it.

It is not my own idea. Sewing is not my skill, so I followed tutorials available on the blogland, like this and this.

One big tip I learned from a seamstress is, while turning the fabric inside out, you can get perfect sharp corners by using a needle or safety pin to pull the corners out. Be gentle though or you pull the fabric threads out. Ignore my nails screaming NEED-A-MANICURE!

Look at these beauties. My absolute favorite is the top one, so colorful and pretty.

I tried to sew a band to bundle them up, didn't come out very good, but it served the purpose. I stamped 'handmade just for you' on it, but again, didn't come out as nice as I would have liked, but served the purpose.

The gift was given, loved by the then-mom-to-be, baby is born, probably used and disposed these already and close to celebrating his first birthday. But everytime I see these pictures, I get all giddy that I could sew something that looked so pretty. Truth is, its the fabric that's pretty, not my sewing. Oh, well.

Seriously, if you own a sewing machine, consider this for a baby shower gift. It will be an easy & pretty gift as well as something they can use daily for quite some time.

There is another version of burp cloths with cloth diapers that I want to give a try next time.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

High/Low wall art

I had been planning to update our family room wall art. I had this DIY painting that I did for about 4 years. 

I am bored of it. 

Since this was a long wall, I needed something long. I debated on having a gallery wall, but I thought that will be too many photo frames it the room plus I already have a couple of galleries going in the house. So I looked for some paintings online. 

I loved Kristy Gammill's paintings, but let alone the originals, even the prints were out of my reach. 

But browsing those, I realized I liked to have an abstract art in this space, in the greens and blues. So I searched some more and landed on these.

Exactly what I had in mind, but not the price. I respect the work that has been put into these paintings, but I can't spend that much on a painting that I may change in few years. I can't have a room looking the same for long time. So I attempted to DIY again. I bought few acrylic paints from Michaels and with my little paint brushes and on hand 18X36 canvas, here is what I created.

Definitely not comparable to the inspirations, but close enough to what I wanted.

Total cost was less than $6 as I had the paint brushes and canvas on hand. Even if I had to buy them, with coupons at Micheals/ JoAnn it won't be more than $30.

If I can add a stained wood frame to it I am thinking it will look great. I also have something in mind that will make it look even better. Lets see how long this stays like this before I do those. I am guessing pretty long!