I decorated for a 60th birthday party (Shashtipoorthi) of a client's father. The client wanted a welcome board and a way to showcase her parents' journey together for the last 30 years. 60th birthday (Shashtipoorthi) is a big milestone and as part of the celebrations the couple's children perform their parents' second wedding. I did a photo-wall by collecting the family photographs from last 30 years, labeling and decorating them.

My client later told me it was a big hit and everyone loved it and also sent photographs after the party. The client also bought a piece from my MDF collection (Product code: HDMDFR001) to place around the main lamp lightened by the birthday couple.

I have been asked number of times by my friends and even by strangers at the malls, tourist places, about what do I do to keep my baby's skin soft and healthy. I don't have any secrets to share; all I do is follow the pediatrician's advice and my instincts!

Pre and post bath massage

A coconut oil massage before bath helps to keep the baby's skin plump. A good 15 minute massage is not only good for skin but for their bones and muscles too. Mom's hands too become soft as oil penetrates in her hands too!

A light massage using a hydrating moisturizer within 2 minutes of leaving the bath or shower is very important too, as it allows better absorption. As my doctor had advised me, I apply moisturizer 2-3 times a day on his entire body which keeps him away from skin rashes of any kind.

Keeping sun safe

It is very crucial that baby is well protected in the sun. Baby's skin is very delicate. Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before heading outdoors, and reapply it every two hours. Make sure you cover all exposed areas of your baby's skin, including the tips of the ears, the back of the neck, and the tops of the feet.

Other things to keep in mind are dressing up your baby in light, cotton clothes, using baby stroller with sunshade, cooling the car before setting off for a ride and wearing sunglasses and hats to avoid sunrays.

Drinking Water

Our skin is made up of cells and skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. The insufficient amount of water results in dry and flaky skin.

It is important to keep your baby hydrated at all times. After my baby turned 6 months I started feeding him little spoons of plain water as per the pediatrician's advice. The amount of water required depends on your baby's weight. Water cools down babies' bodies, lubricates the joints and makes our muscles work smoothly and this reflects on the skin too.

Introducing good diet

It is very important for expecting mothers to eat good food as the foundation of a good baby skin lays there. Your babies are what you eat! After 6 months baby can be introduced to good eating habits starting fruits, vegetables and grains that are packed with essential nutrients.

Choosing the right diapers

It is essential that you choose good disposable diapers for your baby. The choices are endless but I made my choice after comparing on the aspects of absorbency, fit and comfort. I use Pampers brand for my baby, it’s the one I can completely trust in. And the plus point is that, Pampers diapers are available across the country in all general and medical stores, so even when I'm travelling, I don't have to settle for another brand, I am sure to find it wherever I go with my baby. I love to see my baby in sound sleep wearing Pampers!

Pampers brings you the softest ever Pampers Premium Care Pants. Its cotton-like softness is #SoftestForBabySkin and allows it to breathe, thus keeping baby’s skin soft and healthy, and your baby happy.

Believe me, it is very difficult to keep up with all these daily jobs. But I work hard to make the foundation strong. And I wish more power to all the mommies!

Whether you talk about science, engineering, commerce or Arts colleges, Pune ranks among the top cities to have it all and that too best institutes of the country. Dr. D Y Patil College of Engineering, College of Engineering, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Symbiosis Law School, etc. The list is endless.

Students aspire to take admission in these colleges and study in Pune as it is a hub of best and reputed educational institutions in the country like Symbiosis University, Pune. Well, this is not the only reason which attracts a large number of students to this place.

 The city also has beautiful and rich cultural heritage. There is something strange and peculiar about Pune- you can call it comparatively its slow pacing life, scenic beauty, or cheap food stalls without giving you diarrohea, typhoid etc., well whatever is the case, you will fall in love with the city.

It has so much to give you especially if you are a student as the colleges are quite good, hostels in Pune are available at reasonable prices with all the required facilities, amazing weather, many places to eat and delicious food at cheap prices.

Pune is ‘youth city of India’ in every possible term. City assumes an altogether different colour as day passes by as its night life, which is extremely good, many cafes in every nook and corner, parties and concerts every night.

Public transportation system is not as good as other places, but yes moving around the city is very easy. Not only this, all the necessary and utility items are easily and readily available. Here, one meets the people from all strata and cultures. It is one of the fastest developing city though life here is quite slow.

It is the best place to live in as it has perfect blend of modernity, cultural heritage, and scenic beauty.

We have disconnected from Mother Earth lately and become more dependent on technology. I started realising this often and more strongly only after I became Mom. When I take my toddler out I feel so much of happiness. I know it inside that this is the best way I can connect with my child by spending more time without any gadget around, by going for nature walks, taking my baby out to gardens, parks and fields. I feel immense joy when we together figure out the type of tree, the color of the bushes or when we do leaf art together.

Disconnect from nature can affect child much more intensely than we think. Studies show that the children closer to green spaces are active, face less stress and do well in social groups. Taking children out to play in parks also helps keeping them physically active as they run around. It is a great activity to improve their gross motor skills.

It is very important to bring nature in the lives of our children. Children need to experience it firsthand, only then can we expect them to take care of the nature! They have to be given freedom to explore local flora and fauna. I have decided that I will seek opportunities to give these little joys to my toddler.

In my next project I wish to use natural items to create stories and play. As I am currently working on sensorial activities for my child, I have realised that interacting with the natural world engages all his senses. Natural materials inspire child's thinking. It enriches their lives.

I also wish to create a nature wall soon in the balcony of my house, where my son can hang and attach his natural findings such as leaves, roots, seeds, etc. we collect during our nature walk. As a mother I feel it is my foremost duty to help my child connect with nature in as many ways as possible. It will help me develop a sense of curiosity in him. I am in the process of creating a small garden in my balcony. My son feels excited reading watching growing plant pictures in the book. I want him to experience that in reality, digging the mud, planting a seed, watering it and watching the little sapling grow can be much fun than in book. I have invited his friends to join over too and enjoy together watching signs of growth and life. I wish to see my son grow into an adult who cares for environment.

Here is the Kissan's new TVC about connecting with nature and finding joy!

And this link takes you to Kissanpur, please go ahead and discover real togetherness.
I have old box files which my Dad gave me, as he knows I don't like anything being thrown out which can be recycled or upcycled. One of my friend makes lot of quilling projects on single sheets. I always thought she could probably keep her projects in an album style file. So instead of just filing up those projects in the box file I though of making an attractive cover for it.

When I gifted it to her, she was sweetly surprised!

And here some of my friend's quilling creations:

1. I took an old box file and covered it with white sheets (white A4 papers) as the first layer.

2. I covered it with pink crepe paper as the second layer.

3. Pasted letters 'quilling dreams' and painted with my finger around the letters. I used acrylic colors. Further beautified with some paper designs or paper cutouts.

I made an Explosion Box Card for my husband- Shashank on his 10th work anniversary! Collected pictures of his 10 years journey at Honeywell and personalized messages from his Honeywell batch mates and teammates. Pasted the pictures on the layers and inserted message tags in a pocket on both the sides. And as a gift, I tucked a Smartwatch in a 'Well' of 'Honey' with a Honeybee (depicting him) hovering over!

Making small box cards is easy but while making a bigger sized one, all the layers need to be cut separately and put together. I added three layers one each side in shades of blue, green and yellow.

Let's start with step by step instructions:

1. Cut a piece of cardstock measuring 7x7 inches for the base.

2. For making the first level layers, cut 4 pieces of 7x8 inches each. Fold at 2 inches at the bottom. The main surface area should be 7x6 inches. I cut 2 pieces in green color and 2 pieces in blue color.

3. Apply glue over 2 inches area of the base cardstock. Paste a 7x8 inches folder paper on one side.

4. Paste all 4 layers on each side.

5. For the second layer cut 4 pieces of 6 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches and for the third layer cut 4 pieces of 6 x 7 1/2 inches. Fold 2 inches of each piece at the bottom which has to be used to paste the layers on the base.

6. Paste the layers on top of each other. Use colors that best complement each other.

7. Below is the picture of 3 layers pasted on top of each other.

8. To cover the middle area, cut a cardstock measuring 7x7 inches.

9. Paste it in the middle of the card over the base.

10. You can make the corners of the layers rounded as it looks neat.

11. Now for the lid of the box, cut cardstock measuring 10x10 inches, fold 1.5 inches on every side. The main surface area should be 7x7 inches. See below picture to get clear picture about the measurements.

12. Cut on 4 sides as shown in above picture and fold the ends inside.

13. Apply glue on the folded part.

14. Paste it and use a clip to secure it. You can remove the clip in couple of hours. It helps the glue strengthen.

15. Use stamps, washi tapes, or any other embellishments of your choice to make the lid look attractive.

16. For making pockets to insert tags, cut piece of cardstock measuring 7 x 3 1/2 inches. Fold 1/2 inch on 3 sides. The main surface area should be 6x3 inches.

17. Cut along the corners in a triangular shape.

18. Paste it on the top layer of the card, it makes a pocket to insert the tags.

19. Cut pieces from printed cardstock to further embellish the layers.

20. Cut tags and punch a hole in each of them, insert a ribbon or thread and knot it.

21. Paste the photographs on each of the layers.

22. Use themed embellishments to further beautify the card.

23. Since my husband works for an IT company called Honeywell, I made a well and pasted it on the base in the middle. The dripping honey from the well was cut using yellow colored paper. The honeybee too I cut using yellow paper and feathers in blue. I tucked in a smartwatch as a gift for him.

24. Also pasted some chocolates and confetti on the base and wrote the sentiment (message) on the base too.

Exploding box card is a good idea to pack a small gift inside rather than gifting in a simple box. It has a big surprise factor!