The magic book that tames toddlers and their tantrums

You must have heard this statement, “Oh just wait till your child enters his terrible twos. Your life will be upside down. Oh, and their tantrums are the worst. Good luck surviving those too.” When you hear such pleasant words of encouragement from fellow moms, your heart just lights up, right? Wrong! You kinda wanna strangle them for breaking your blissfully ignorant bubble. Sure, it would have burst on its own in a couple months time but seriously, you can let a mama enjoy few good months of peace before the Hurricane T2 hits.

My hurricane came a bit early. He started showing his first signs of toddlerdom at 16 months and I literally lost my mind first week in. He would throw a tantrum every 5 minutes and I, being 5 months pregnant with my second child, would want to curl up in a ball and cry in a corner. That’s when I told my husband we need to get help! So, we went to our favorite book store and started looking for some miracle book that would help us deal with this godawful stage of our little kid.

Enter New Toddler Taming – A parents’ guide to the first four years by Dr. Christopher Green. This book caught my eye among hundreds of others in the parenting section because of its sheer name. Tell me, won’t your eyes sparkle if you read two words, ‘Toddler’ and ‘Taming together in one line? So, the book came home and I went at it right away. The first problem it helped me handle was Rayan’s frequent tantrum cries. The one thing I was struggling to deal with for weeks and all I had to do was follow Dr. Green’s advise for only 5 minutes. Lo and behold, I had learned the art of handling my boy’s boredom tantrums just like that.

I can tell you this is the one book, and perhaps the only book you need to read if you want to learn the tricks (that actually work) of managing toddlers. This book works because it’s written by a Peadritician who has worked with children for over 30 years and has helped thousands of parents deal with a plethora of typical and atypical toddler concerns. It covers every single parenting woe under the sun and tells you exactly what to do, and how to act in some of the most common, typical yet extremely testing parenting situations.

Just to give you an idea about the depth of this book. It covers topics like Toddler Triggers and Tantrums, Discipling, Sleep Problems, Toilet Training, Feeding Problems, Habits and Fears, Daycare and School time, Early Learning, Sibling Rivalry, Tips for Single Parents, Working Parents, Grand Parents, and dealing with Special Needs children. Moreso, this book is so easy to read that even those who detest reading (God knows why) won’t be able to put it down until they finish it.

I am not going to say anything more about this miracle book than to really ask you to go and read this book. You will not regret it and I can promise you will feel super in control and confident about your parenting skills after reading this book. In case you already have a favorite then do share the details with me in comments. I would love to see if any other parenting book comes close to this level of easy perfection.

Yes, I just openly challenged ya’ll folks! 😀


Easiest way to keep winter skin dryness at bay

Hey there, wonderful people!

How’s the week going for everyone? I have been trying to write this post for last 3 days and really hoping today, i.e. day 4, I somehow manage to publish this post. With two unwell babies, guests at home and the usual daily grind of ‘wifedom’ and motherhood, finding time to write is a supremely daunting task. Let’s leave ranting on this touchy mommy topic for another day. Today, I want to talk about this little tub of minty goo which has been a blessing for my skin dryness this winter.

You see, I am one of those people who manage to take a shower every day come what may, but spending another 5 minutes slathering a moisturizing body lotion on my entire body just doesn’t happen for me. Come on, I am a mom of two utterly cute yet astonishingly demanding boys. I don’t have the luxury of performing a daily cleaning ritual that lasts longer than 10 minutes.

As I don’t use a body lotion regularly, I have been suffering from dry and itchy skin since the onset of the winter season. Skin dryness becomes worse with hot showers yet sadly, standing under running hot water, contemplating my life is the one thing I am not ready to forego.

Anyways, on one of my trips to LUSH store at Citywalk, I saw this jar of in-shower body conditioner that looked quite interesting. I am already a huge fan of LUSH products. I find them charmingly creative and beautifully crafted. Moreso, they are made with fresh natural ingredients and Oh My God, they smell divine. Like the whole store and every single product in it tingles your senses with all kinds of heavenly fragrances. Don’t you agree?

I bought this Mintingle body conditioner only because I thought it was worth giving a try if it can help me take care of skin dryness. Fast forward three weeks, I am in love with this body conditioner. It has worked wonders for my skin and it smells so damn good. Made with Murumuru Butter, Shea Butter, Peppermint Oil and Grapefruit oil, this body conditioner is super good for your skin as well as your senses. I thought a product this good must be recommended to more people so here I am talking about it and sincerely encourage you to go give it a try.

Don’t worry if Peppermint is not your fragrance of choice. They have some other very interesting options as well. For now, I take my leave as Baby no.1 is awake from his nap and is requesting for a snack and Baby no. 2 is soon to cry for his umpteenth bottle of milk.

You guys enjoy your day. Stay happy and be thankful for all these blessings in your life. Until next time.



New Year. New Resolutions. New Me.

Happy New Year, Folks!

The year 2017 was fun. It became extra special with Zayer’s birth. One thing was sure. I wasn’t going back to the corporate world anytime soon. With two kids under two, and no family around to help with kids, I decided to stay home and captain my babyship. However, a person like me cannot stay at home, raise kids and do nothing else.

A person like me has a brain that is multi-tasking and strategizing on multiple fronts, at all times. A person like me constantly needs a creative outlet. A person like me cannot be defined by just one role in life. I enjoy motherhood and I am very proud of myself for doing a fairly decent job raising my two boys. BUT. I want to do more in my life, with my life.

Last year, I decided to take up my blogging seriously. I have had a blog for more than 4 years but I neglected it, severely. I started working on it again last August and this time, I wanted to do it right. For last 4 months, I actively started posting on my blog and even took up Instagram to make it all the more fun. I made amazing new friends and met with some super awesome bloggers. All in all, last year ended on a very good note.

Now this year, I have some new plans and I want to list them down. I want to do that so I can go back to this list every few months, and see how I am doing. More so, I am making this list public so I can hold myself accountable. The last time I did something like this was a 30 day fitness challenge. I made it public and then I stuck to it for full 30 days.

Going from 30 days to 365 days of sticking to something or a couple of things is huge. It will be a daunting task but there is no knowing how we fare until we try. So, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, in the most cliched manner possible, my New Year’s Resolutions.

Things to Accomplish in the Year 2018

  1. Exercise 5 times a week
  2. Lose 8 kgs (17 pounds)
  3. Write something meaningful everyday
  4. Pray at least once a day
  5. Be less Angry and more Patient
  6. Stay more Happy and less Anxious
  7. Praise more and Judge less
  8. Help more and Envy less
  9. Love more and Grudge less
  10. Give more and Expect less
  11. Focus on important things in life
  12. Manage relationships (discard unhealthy ones, nurture new ones, and maintain old ones)

These are some of the things I want to work on in 2018. These are some of the things that will hopefully make me a better person than I am today. I think it is safe to say, these are the things that anyone can choose to work on to become a better human being. So in short, my new year’s new resolution is to become a better me.

What are your resolutions for this year? Can you relate with mine?

Love & Peace.




My Online Shopping Experience with Mumzworld

I recently attended a mommy morning hosted by @mumzworldcom at Tub of Butter and while I met with some old and new fellow mommies, enjoyed my perfect coffee and had tons of interesting conversations with Mumzworld Brand Ambassadors, I realized I had never used this site before to purchase anything for my kids.

Interestingly, we were given a 50 AED voucher to spend online and that kind of tempted me to check out the website. That, coupled with the fact that I have been trying to find @sophielagirafe_arabia for my little one and mumzworld just happened to have them in stock. I started browsing the website for all the baby stuff I needed for my babies.

I ended up ordering Sophie which is literally the best teether I have ever come across for babies. I also ordered some diapers and toys for my boys. My online experience with mumzworld was super smooth all the way from searching the products to placing my order and making payment online. Now, I am anxiously waiting for the delivery of my baby goodies.

Have you bought anything from mumzworld yet? If you haven’t, do check them out. Oh and if you order stuff worth 400 and above this month, then you can even have Santa delivering your gifts at your doorstep as well. Now, surely that will make Christmas for your kids a very merry one, right?!

Update: My order was delivered 3 days later and everything was perfect. I can’t wait to order more stuff from mumzworld soon. 🙂


Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask is… Awesome!

In my last month’s Glambox, I received a mask that really got my attention. Actually, it was the name of the mask that intrigued me. Imagine your reaction when you see a Self Heating One Minute Mask for the first time. I had never heard of a mask like that before so I really wanted to experience how it felt like trying on a mask that would self heat and do its magic in just a minute.

Well, here’s how my experience went with it. I ripped open the cute bottle shaped packing of the Biore Self Heating One Minute mask and followed the instructions mentioned at the back of the packing. The mask is very easy to apply. You simply wet your face, apply the mask, gently massage for one minute and then rinse it off with water. 
As soon as I applied the mask, I felt an instant heating effect on my skin. By the time, I finished applying it, the heating effect had disappeared. However, every time I used a bit of water to massage the layer of mask on my face, it would heat up again. A minute later, I rinsed off the mask and I could see an instant glow and a very refreshing feeling right away.  
This thermal mask is infused with natural charcoal. It opens up your pores and draws out dirt and excess oil from your skin. I think it worked brilliantly well considering it has to be applied for only a minute. This is one mask which you should keep with you for those quick spa moments on a busy day. 
I thought this mask would be pretty expensive but it is actually quite affordable. This one mask sachet retails for only 29 AED or 7.9 USD which is not bad a price for what it does. Biore products are available at hypermarkets, supermarkets and pharmacies all over UAE. I would say if you haven’t tried this mask before, please try it. This will become one of your go-to masks, I promise! 🙂

HydroPeptide – A Luxury Brand with Results-Driven Skincare Treatments

A few days ago I attended the SimplyDubai Fashion & Beauty Conference that was held at Kempinski Hotel, Mall of Emirates. The keynote sessions were quite insightful and I got to meet with some of the top beauty and fashion influencers in the industry. However, what caught my eye was this luxury skincare brand that I hadn’t come across before. The ladies at the stand were very sweet and explained to me a bit about their brand, HydroPeptide. This luxury skincare brand has been revolutionizing the skincare industry since 2004 with the power of peptides.

These peptides work on cellular level to increase hydration, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and enhance skin’s natural glow. HydroPeptide’s daily care and even their professional collection uses over 60 peptides, antioxidant rich botanical stem cells, growth factors and hyaluronic acid to offer targeted and customizable regimens for all skin types.

They offers a range of anti-aging products, facials and body treatments that can be found in prestigious spas in over 24 countries including Dubai. I got lucky and received a couple of samples from them that I cannot wait to try. In my collection of HydroPeptide product samples, I received;

1. Facelift – Advanced Ultra-Light Moisturizer
2. Eye Authority – Dark Circles, Puffiness, Fine Lines Treatment
3. Cleasing Gel – Cleanse, Tone, Makeup Remover
4. Hydrostem +6 – Stem Cell Antioxidant Serum
5. Solar Defense Tinted – Broad Spectrum SPF 30
6 .Power Serum – Line Lifting Transformation

I think since my mom is visiting me these days anyways, I am going to use her as a test subject as well and compare results. 🙂 I’ll keep you guys posted about our experience with HydroPeptide. In the meanwhile, if you have used this brand, I would love to know about your experience.