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Is Your Child Getting All The Vital Nutrition?

Right from the birth of a child, every parent is always on the lookout for the best. Healthy growth and proper nutrition are what they always have on their mind. Parents love to track the growth as it is an important indicator of how their overall health is shaping. There are many factors in nutrition that help in development. Your child might sometimes meet all the growth factors while sometimes slow down on them.

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There are several key indicators of healthy growth in kids like their weight, height, etc. and to keep them growing steadily the right nutrition from day one is very necessary. When a child’s growth is slow, a parent might feel disappointed but those measures need not always be the numbers of optimal growth. Some kids grow steadily right from the start while others reach their growth milestones slowly. Even a pediatrician is not looking for a major growth spurt but just a steady growth. If there is a sudden drop in health then that seems to be a red flag which needs to be considered and taken care of.

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Childhood is also a very important time for brain growth. Without the right nutrition a child may fall behind in cognitive development and this has its effects in later life too. Food is also a very important part of mental health. These are some of the reasons why monitoring growth in children’s peak years of development in India is crucial.
The slow growth in a child if taken very lightly can have some long-term effects. Sleep is another factor which gets hampered. It can also affect a child’s mental development and performance abilities.

Nutrition and growth go hand in hand
Good nutrition definitely helps in proper growth and development of a child. There are some nutrients that kids’ need to thrive on like carbohydrates, proteins, limited intake of fats, calcium, iron, essential vitamins and minerals, etc. All these are important for their bodies to function properly and for them to excel in their daily activities.

Healthy eating habits happen with time.
A parent can be concerned about their child not getting the right nutrition due to being a fussy eater or disliking some of the foods that are nutritious. Being worried is most certain but being consistent is important.

✓Train their taste buds right from the start. ✓Introduce them to all the varieties of flavors and you will be surprised how wide their choices can grow.
✓If your child doesn’t like a certain food then make sure a favourite of theirs is also served. A good mix served together which is not only appealing to the eye but also to their taste will help.
✓Try to plate their foods in an interesting way. You need not go all exotic for it. Khichdi and roti can also make good food art.

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✓Sit at the table or the floor to eat.

✓Children show more interest when they know how to cook. Little kids can be involved in no flame cooking and plating. This makes them feel involved. Making pancake and cake batter together, rolling puris and parathas and making ladoos turn into activities and promote healthy eating as well.

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✓Keep kids active by helping them practice yoga, exercises and active play. This promotes a healthy body and mind while keeping them fit. It also increases their appetite and helps in digestion.

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✓Healthy yet tasty snacks should be offered between the major meal times to keep them satisfied. Whole wheat pancakes, dry fruit ladoos, various varieties of Chikki, flavored makanas or a glass of PediaSure in their favourite flavour make great snack options.
✓By being a role model ourselves, we can make them learn faster how to consume healthier meals. Have meals with your child.

I make sure that I give well rounded nutritious diet which includes fruits, veggies, grains and meat on a daily basis to my kids. Milk is another most important thing that should be included, as well. Even with all that we do, we cannot be sure that the intake of nutrients required for their bodies is completely acquired through the amount of food they eat. So, a health drink like PediaSure can help. It helps support immunity and brain development, along with healthy weight and height gain with its 37 nutrients. PediaSure is certainly a nutritious supplement for children.

With so many measures taken for the growth of children, we can still miss out on understanding their growth and if it is in the right direction. That is why it is important to monitor their growth.

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The Grow Right Tracker by PediaSure has made it super easy to do that. Just click on the link that will take you to the tracker and enter your child’s age, height and weight. You get a downloadable report that you can use to discuss with your paediatrician, or simply keep a tab. I have started using this and it has been quite a relief. As I said, growth and nutrition go hand in hand, hence monitoring it is essential and in fact the #FirstStepToGrowRight.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this post are the personal views of the author. They do not reflect the views of any brand. Any omissions or errors at the author’s end does not assume any liability or responsibility on any party mentioned in the blog.

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VLCC Gold Radiance Peel Off Mask – Review

Self care is a must for every woman but being a Mom of two I can hardly find time to visit a salon. With the pandemic, even the home salon services were not available and even I got busy with the hustle at home. I decided to get my game for skin care back on but having sensitive skin, I was very reluctant when it came to doing kitchen hacks or trying new products on my skin.

I have tried some of the products from VLCC their gold facial kit and scrubs and have ways loved them. When I was going through their newly launched products, VLCC Gold Radiance Peel Off Mask caught my eye and I thought of giving it a try!

About VLCC Gold Radiance Peel Off Mask

Get Glowing Skin with VLCC Gold Radiance Peel Off Mask that lightens skin tone with a golden glow.
Enriched with Gold, Swiss Garden Cress Sprout & Aloe Vera Extracts, this Peel off Mask stimulates blood circulation and oxygen supply and helps in the production of collagen.
It also provides a protective layer to the skin which helps retain moisture.
The MRP of this product is just Rs. 495/- (90gm).

How to Use VLCC Gold Radiance Peel Off Mask

Wash face properly and pat dry with a soft towel. Apply Peel off mask evenly over your face avoiding eyebrows, eyes & lips. Do not apply a very thin layer. Let it dry for 20-25 minutes. Peel off from the forehead in a downward direction towards chin & wash off. For best results use it atleast once a week.

** Always consider doing a patch test.

My Views on VLCC Gold Radiance Peel Off Mask

The ingredients of this product got me interested in it.

Colloidal Gold: It improves skin tone, boosts blood circulation, increases skin elasticity and also treats sun damage. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while making skin youthful and glowing.
Swiss Garden Cress Sprout Extract: It is a powerful antioxidant which targets pigmentation on skin and evens out the skin tone by reducing blemishes.
Aloe Vera Extract: It moisturizes skin while fighting skin aging. It also fights infections and acne while lightening blemishes. Aloe vera also helps to soothe sunburn.

Peel Off masks work wonders by giving you a facial effect and removing the outermost layer of your skin while taking away dirt and dead cells with it and that’s exactly what this product is doing. It gave my skin a smooth texture by cleaning out pores and fading fine lines. It also helps to balance out pigmentation.

I’ve tried other peel off masks earlier but was never happy with the effects or the mess I had to go through while taking it off. It was mostly hurtful while taking off and didn’t come out easily whereas VLCC peel off mask when pulled from top towards the bottom came off in no time. Since this is a gold radiance mask, the shimmering effect is so lovely and the mask effect stays on my face for days. It had become a part of my skin care routine and I make sure to pamper my skin on weekly basis with it.

I always prefer getting gold facials done for my skin as I love the glow it gives to my skin while also making it younger and fresh. I’m happy that VLCC Gold Radiance Peel Off Mask is giving me the same satisfaction while leaving me nourished and pampered.

Disclaimer: The views shared about the product are from personal experience after usage for more than a month. Beauty products should be considered depending on one’s skin type and skin related issues.

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5 TV Shows To Binge Watch This Valentine’s Day

The month of love is here and with Valentine’s Day so close to us I’m sure we all have started making plans of gifts to give and dates to plan. But with many of us who want to settle down at home and order in, enjoy a glass of wine with our beloved, some screen time full of love is what you might enjoy. With two little ones, atleast that seems to be my plan so far.

Let’s take a look at some romantic TV shows that you can enjoy on Valentine’s Day

Bridgerton

This show is the current talk of every town. Taking place in England’s early 1800s regency period, inspired by Julia Quinn’s bestselling novel, Bridgerton is full of courtship, romance and marriage proposals of the elite class with an anonymous writer Lady Whistledown sharing every little detail of love affairs in her gossip column.

Little Things

Kavya and Dhruv are a modern day couple in love and in a live-in relationship in Mumbai. They face hardships in their career, families and also in the their so called modern relationship. Set to find their own way through it all.

Crash Landing On You

How can we forget K-Drama when we talk about binge watching?? A paragliding accident takes a South Korean heiress to North Korean borders where she meets the North Korean high ranked officer who helps her through. This South Korean rom-com is about the secret love thay they have for each other.

The Vampire Diaries

Vampires don’t exactly sound romantic but this show is worth a watch if you haven’t yet. Two vpire brother Stefan and Damon fall in love with a human mortal Elena. The plot revolves between the history of how they all are connected and with multiple threats to her life, Stefan and Damon rise to every occasion saving her and her town from every vampire that comes their way.

Friends

This show needs no introduction. Six best friends go on with their lives, falling in love and heartbreaks. I’m sure we all have watched it not once but many times and it’s never enough. It’s fun to watch their take on love and life.

Which show would you like to watch?? is there any other show that you plan to watch with your Valentine?

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10 Children’s Books That Celebrate Love – Valentine’s Day

It’s the season of love and we all want to gift our little cupids a little something, firstly as a gift to let them know we love them so much and secondly to make them understand what love is all about.

According to me, books on love, friendship, acceptance, generosity are great to read anytime around the year and Valentine’s make the perfect occasion to stock up on these reads. They are not only extraordinary but also make affordable yet wonderful gifts.

Let’s take a look at some of our favourites.

1. No Matter What by Debi Gliori

It’s a simple, short yet deeply touching story by Debi Gliori. Little Fox throws a tantrum and compalins about being unloved while Parent Fox consoles saying that’s not true. I love you no matter what!

2. Love Is by Diane Adams

A girl and a duckling grow to love each other. They learn how to care for each other. Discovering what love is! Its a story loves by little ones as well as parents.

3. In My Heart: A Book Of Feelings

There are so many things that our hearts can feel. Love, happiness, sadness, anger, bravery, silliness, etc. A cutout book whivh explains all these feelings and more to kids in a simple way.

4. One Love based on the song by Bob Marley

A book that every child will fall in love into. Bob Marley’s child, Cedella Marley adapted her father’s super hit song into this book. A heartfelt story of a girl bringing the community together.

5. Love Monster and The Last Chocolate by Rachael Bright

When Love Monster finds a mystery box of chocolates at his door, he can’t believe his luck. But he’s soon thrown into a whirlwind of turmoil. Should he keep the chocolates for himself or share with his friends?

6. Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

A little boy is set out to give hugs. Whether you are big or small, or tall or short or spikey or soft, he is just set to give his unimaginably wonderful hug. Here comes the Hug Machine!

7. Dragon Loves Penguin by Debi Gliori

A Mama dragon adopts an egg and later when the egg hatches, out comes a penguin who doesn’t look like a dragon at all. But Mama dragon loves him no matter what!

8. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Little NutBrown Hare and his Daddy are having a conversation of how much they love each other. If Little Hare loves Daddy as wide as he can reach, Daddy loves a little more as he can reach wider and so on… Another of our favourite.

9. The Love Letter by Anika Aldamuy Denise

Hedgehog, Bunny and Squirrel are best friends. One day they happen to find a love letter. It’s an adorable story of how one’s attitude changes wiht love. How special it feels to know that you have someone you loves you very much.

10. The Wonderful Things You Will be by Emily Winfield Martin

An adorable book that shows parents’ love and acceptance no matter what the kids want to be or will turn out to be. A must have!

I always make sure to keep adding books to my kids’ library on every occasion and why not celebrate love with reading too.

Happy Reading Mamas and Papas and Happy Valentine’s Day little cupids 😊

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Charlie And Her Spot

A while ago, Eira had a project from school to write her own story with a little help from parents. At the end of the day, at bedtime, we got into talking about it and a little story was framed.

Then came along the StoryTeller’s Blog Hop and with a little hesitation, I participated in it to do something that I’ve never done before. Write something in fiction. So here I am, sharing that story with some tweaks to go along with the prompts but not losing the innocence that my 6-yr old has added to it.

It was just another day. Charlie was sleeping while her Dad came along to wake her up for school. With a kiss, he carried her to the bathroom. Charlie was a sweet girl. No fuss, no whining, she used to wake up every morning with a big smile for her Dad.

Dad had made her favourite sandwiches for breakfast. After all, it was Mom’s birthday. Charlie got ready, picked up her favourite picture of Mom from her dresser and took it downstairs at the breakfast table. She placed some lilies near the frame which she had bought last night just for Mom and sung happy birthday. Dad smiled and asked her to hurry up for school. Charlie enjoyed the sandwich and left for the school bus.

Charlie lost her Mom a year ago. Then being just a 5 year old it was difficult for her to understand what had gone wrong but her Dad made sure that he played the role of a mother and a father in the best way.

On the school bus, Lola had saved a seat for Charlie. She had some big news to share. “Charlie, come along, I can’t wait anymore!” Lola said. Then she whispered into Charlie’s ear, “I’m going to be a big sister soon.” Charlie was very happy for Lola but it reminded her of the conversations that she used to have with her Mom.

Charlie was a very loving girl. She loved little babies and unlike other kids, she had started to ask for a sibling at a very young age. A companion who will always be with her unlike Lola who goes home after school and comes on playdates only once in a week. But with Mom gone, she knew nobody else could bring her a baby. Her companion!

Dad stayed home from work that day. He wanted to make sure Charlie was not upset and also wanted to celebrate Mom’s birthday with her. After Charlie came back from school, they both had lunch together and discussed what they were going to do in the evening.

“How about a movie and dinner at your favourite pizza place Charlie?” he asked.
“Maybe we can order in and stay home Dad”.
“You never like to order in. What’s wrong darling?”
“Today Lola told me that she is going to have a baby sister or brother. I remember asking the same from Mom before she went away forever.”
Dad welled up!
” Don’t you and I have a deal of not to be upset over Mom, especially on her birthday? How about we go to city park today and I’ll ask Lola’s Dad to bring her too and you both can play. Then we can go for our pizza”.
Charlie smiled.

That evening Charlie and Lola played together and while heading towards home, they heard a sound. Dad made out that it was coming from behind a tree in the park. Walking closer, Charlie found a little pup wailing. She carried the pup in her arms and they waited around for the Mommy dog but she was nowhere to be found. The pup seemed very hungry so Charlie and her Dad brought it back home.

The little pup was very cute. It was white and furry like snow and had a big black patch on his eye.
“Dad can I call it Spot? It sure lookes like one”
Dad smiled. He liked the name too. Charlie bathed and fed milk to Spot. She took good care of it. Spot even went to bed with Charlie that night and she read it a bedtime story too.

Next morning, Charlie had forgotten all about school and Lola. She also forgot about city park and Mommy dog. All she wanted to do was play with Spot. Dad reminded her that Spot needs Mommy dog and that they had to go and look for her.

So they carried Spot back to the park hoping to find Mommy Dog. After long hours of waiting, they had no luck and with Spot being hungry again, Charlie’s Dad thought it was wise to bring it home again for some milk.

They visited the park in the evening again, and a dog came running towards them. Spot jumped out of Charlie’s hands to go to that dog. It was surely Spot’s Mom.

Mommy Dog looked very sick and pale. It seemed like she’d not had food for days. Looking at them, Charlie felt sad. How could she leave Spot behind knowing that he won’t be alright. She couldn’t resist and asked her Dad if they could take Spot and his Mommy home for food. Dad agreed.

They took them both home. Dad also made sure to take Mommy dog and Spot to a vet. Charlie’s world had turned around. She had someone who would eagerly wait for her after ahe came from school who would play with her and stay with her no matter what. A few days later, Mommy dog’s health also improved.

Dad wanted to make some permanent arrangements for both the dogs but Charlie didn’t want to lose them. Dad knew about her feelings and decided to adopt Spot and his Mommy.

It was the happiest day for Charlie and also for Spot and that was just the beginning…

This post is written for StorytellersBlogHop FEB 2021 by Ujjwal & MeenalSonal.