Chicco India Meet

Hello guys,hope you all are doing great, as you may (or may not) have noticed I’ve been very quiet here recently.

A while ago,I was contacted by the brand chiccofor a soft meet with the CEO Mr Rajesh Vohra.I’m sure you all saw my latest update regarding the meet,I hope you all didn’t miss the live videos on Instagram,Instagram stories and few snapshots.So,without any further ado,this meet was illuminating and its a platform that brings people together and share our views and thoughts, it was is entrusted with a lot of information.

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Whether you’re a fan of different brands like mother care,sebamed,mama earth etc,we all have our own choice or best loved,and honestly it was only after the meet I realised everything I used for my daughter was Chicco except the product.
Since entering  motherhood we all know how difficult it is to decide when it comes to product, food etc and I’m no less.
Why do people go for meet ups or meeting?
By coming together,we can share our thoughts,views and overall we all come up with different ideas/proposal and work together as a team.
The exciting part was we got the opportunity to visit the store and we got introduced and came across a wide range of products for 0-36 months of babies except food and medicine.
 I’m sure we all have come across this brand and it is one the  largest baby brand in all of Europe, Chicco is part of the global Artsana Group, a holistic, innovative lifestyle company that encompasses everything you need to care for all generations of a family, from baby feeding systems to cosmetics to medical supplies.

The Artsana Group, which not only produces baby products, but also high-quality hypodermic needles, thermometers, and syringes. Pietro Catelli’s passion for personal wellness drove him to expand his company to offer a breadth of baby care products that enhance and support the pleasure of raising children from pregnancy to preschool. Chicco is now in more than 120 countries over six continents.

Chicco offers entire range of baby products for 0-36 months of babies except food and medicine.

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  • Nursing: Chicco offers a wide range of nursing products related to Breast feeding, Boppy nursing pillow, Sterilisation, Soothing, Weaning, Protection (Insect, Sun, and Accessories) and Humidification. All the feeding bottles, soothing and weaning products are BPA free.
  • Baby Cosmetics:  Chicco has ‘Baby Moments’ and ‘Natural Sensation’ range of baby cosmetics that are parabens free, hypoallergenic and clinically tested. They are free from alcohol, SLS and SLES.

Baby Moments‘  is already a well reckoned name by new-age mothers for baby cosmetics in India; ‘Natural Sensation’ is a new launch, the composition of which is inspired by ‘vernix caseosa’ (a layer that protects baby’s skin in the last trimester inside mother’s womb). The range is free from phenoxyethanol, mineral oils and colouring agents.

  • Juvenile: Chicco is one of the leading and preferred brands in this category and offers a wide range of First strollers, Second strollers and Duo systems (combination of stroller and car safety seat).

In addition to strollers, the range includes baby carriers, Highchairs, Bouncers and car safety seats. All the products are homologated to international standard of quality and safety.

Toys: Chicco offers specific, fun and safe products in infant, preschool and ride-on categories. We design and develop our toys to support parents in the growth of their children, meeting their needs and stimulating their aptitudes. Chicco is committed to make this special time unique by offering products that let parents and children know each other in every single moment, while playing and discovering new things around them in complete serenity.

  • Fashion: Designed in Italy, Chicco fashion is one of the most distinguished lines in 0-4 years of age group. Baby apparels are designed for intuitive playfulness and comfort of the baby. The materials used to produce our products are tested according to stringent quality standards.

Chicco shoes, light weight and flexible, with the exclusive insole “Chicco Natural Footprint” that aids the natural development of the arch of the foot.

 

One thing I didn’t know about the products was that the brand offers especially ‘Natural Sensation.’So ‘Natural Sensation’ is a new launch, the composition of which is inspired by ‘vernix caseosa’ (a layer that protects baby’s skin in the last trimester inside mother’s womb). The range is free from phenoxyethanol, mineral oils and colouring agents. I’ve just started using these products and I will be sharing a review on my next post.

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Thank you @chicco team for this lovely gift!

 

 

 

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Budget tips redecorating toddler’s room!

Redecorating your toddler’s room can be a daunting task.

When considering makeovers for kids’ bedrooms, keep these quick and easy room updates in mind so you and your child can transform that bedroom into a creative space that represents a very individual personality.

Here are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to transform a room;

Wall art-For inexpensive wall art/decor,online purchase is one thing we can rely on and we never fail to get find something that interest us,EVERYTHING is available these days you name it and its there,I did my research wall papers with very minimal design and soft colors are available BUT expensive,so i skipped the idea and tried something inexpensive.

Can you spot these wrapping paper with few golden dots on it and few stars designs,you can cut these in any shape/design(your choice)and paste it on the walls,you can always brighten the walls with few photo frames /artwork to help create elements of fun too. If budget is tight.

I’ve also added these butterflies wall stickers,you can find them online at @amazonindia.

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Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise– Accessories are another element of fun and colour,displaying those old toys that your child has ignored and dumped  is a no-cost way of adding instant colour.I like to reuse stuffs,so i got few of these dry-cleaned,and I’m gonna make use of those valuable space.

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Storage-Honestly I’ve been hunting for toy storage since  my lil one was very young,young i mean still learning how to take those first few steps and the collecting/buying still continues,since i have an OCD i like to keep things neat and organised.

Bought these from the local stores and they are reasonable,few of them are old and I’m reusing it again,always keep your kids’ bedrooms or playroom organized with toy boxes/storage box,playroom storage and toy organizers are a great way to keep your home tidy and your kids’ toys in their proper place.

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Valuable space-Those long blank wall in the room really needed a big piece of artwork,fun is important to help them learn, grow and cherish those younger years that vanish way too quickly.

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So,here’s what l’ll  be doing with the space,i bought this chalkboard vinyl some months back and now that lil Myra is all grown up,I’m confident that she can spend hours and hours scribbling,drawing,writing on it.

Banners/Tissue pompom decoration-There is no simpler way to add these little seasonal colour to your home and i think it is perfect for decorating kids room/playroom.I bought these banners online from@amazon and the ones in yellow/greyish are self made I’m reusing them(made these for my baby shower) these pompom decoration are from @wishingchair it was on discount i guess,i bought them for Rs 150 or 200 each.

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Window Dressing-Summer is already here why not floral with little soft tone on it,I’m yet to buy,and i have to get them stitched too,phew!so much is left!

Details;

  • Chart paper(any stationery store Rs 15-20)
  • Butterfly stickers  from @amozonindia Rs 179(warning this product is not a toy and may present a choking hazard for small children)
  • Storage box(local store 5 pieces Rs 1500)
  • Banners@amazonindia Rs350
  • Pompom decoration from @wishingchair
  • Chalkboard vinyl(stationery store its not mentioned and i can’t recall)These are the ideas that I think would look gorgeous and at a very minimal price.

These are the ideas that I think would look gorgeous and at a very minimal price.

I can’t wait to show y’all the final touch of the room makeover.

Stay tuned!

Happy Crafting!

Xx,

Abba!

 

Breaking up with breastfeeding!

It’s been well more than a year since I’ve been a breastfeeding mom, breastfeeding is known to be best for your baby, its one of the best thing I’ve ever..experienced

Browsing on all those nice pictures related to breastfeeding and its easy sometimes to see everyone’s lives through the rose coloured lens of IG and think everyone’s lives are perfect isn’t it?

Well,we all have struggle through,we all have bad days but that does not stop us from doing our responsibility and accepting things the way it is and just go with the flow.

Good’ol fashioned nursing,nothing seems to comfort or soothe a teething baby/unwell/cranky baby.

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I have to admit that I will always hold a soft spot in my heart for those special times with my baby.At the same time, breastfeeding is often a most challenging and depleting time,

There were tears!
As much as i adore my nursing relationship with my daughter,there are days where i can feel myself getting anxious and frustrated,days where i wish she would move on.
I’m happy I nursed her as long as I did, but I was ready to wean!
I thought that’s what I was “supposed” to do. It was terrible! Neither one of us was ready to wean. The night I stopped nursing I was so engorged, and she was a screaming mess.
When breastfeeding, inevitably the topic of weaning comes up. “How long will you go for?” “What’s your goal?” “Are you going to nurse until baby is ready to stop?”
We read so much before giving birth about the challenges of breastfeeding, but no one mentions the challenges of weaning..
So,here i am, the reality is lil miss is turning 2 in no time and i just can’t imagine..
I’ve made a routine recently and i wasn’t sure it’ll really worked,but it did.
I’ve stopped breastfeeding her during the day i know its difficult coz they keep on clinging and there’s no way we can push them away,call me a mean mother really does not matter,seriously!
Here’s the trick all i did was i always have small/tiny lemon in the house,here’s why?Whenever lil miss would come looking for booboo all I did was rub the lemon on my nipples and the expression OMG!(too cute too handle) it worked and you know how that guilt will always take over you,there are times when i cry, not that i totally weaned her off,i feed her twice in a day when she sleeps during the day and at night and guess what does she say-Mama magic:)and rub the nipple and smile through out(I’m sobbing right now)its difficult to get it off especially when they’re sleepy,the only thing that soothe them,but I’m giving it sometime to let go during these hours too  and I’m pretty sure we can do it.
A full-time mom is all about managing/running errands in the house,to be very honest,not like any other toddler,my kid is a foodie so feeding her and introducing solid food to her was the easiest,i aint bragging,she eats almost everything,she even eats maggi with raw onions:)lol!
We all have our own views,after all no two moms are the same, different ways of parenting when it comes to our decision be it weaning/when is the right time to feed them/keeping them at the daycare/playschool/getting back to work etc..the list goes on…
Im happy now that my daughter is also adjusting and il cherish these moments, that i was able to nourish her ,these moments are precious and our bond is strong!
So,all you mamas out there it takes time and what really worked for me is PATIENCE its the key,the more you push them away the worse the situation becomes.
Breastfeeding relationship changes so much in the course of a year.
Would love to hear from the changes in the breastfeeding relationship!
Thank you for stepping by!

An afternoon well-spent at the zoo!

I’ve been patiently waiting for a sunny weather where I can take little miss out comfortably during the day,it is four months since i last posted:)

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Last week we took our very own little monkey to the zoo to see some fellow monkeys with her very own eyes,i wasn’t sure if she was old enough at 20 months to get much out of it,but she surprised us:)and I’m sure your animal -lover will enjoy his/her zoo visit even more if he knows a bit about it.

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Here’s a random click while we were also busy making sounds,we didn’t really worry about looking silly;) see if you can imitate how the animals move and sound! you’ll be surprised by the excellent elephant noises and hand movements a toddler can make all on their own.
There’s a reason that “Old MacDonald”is the most beloved song of the toddler year,little kids love animals,kids love to imitate, so a trip to the zoo is the perfect time to practice their mimicry skills.

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Was i prepared?hmmm nope,not at all every parent knows that being prepared can be the difference between success and a day out disaster,like i always mentioned I’m not a pro myself but here are few things i’d like to share with you all,things i kept in mind and what i pack for a trip to the zoo with a toddler;

A stroller and a baby carrier,caps,jackets during the winters.

Snacks and drinks,make sure you have lots of water, fruit and healthy snacks

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Oh! ignore my shabby look;)

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So this was what we did, it was a perfect get-out-of-the-house,our two hour visit was fun we sang,we dance while the husband was buzy clicking.

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Thank you for stepping by!!

Overcoming mommy guilt

“Mommy Guilt” and I am no exception,moms from all walks of life have mommy guilt, which blows the ‘grass is greener’ thing right out of the water.

Well,I’ve been wanting to share my thoughts and how I feel whenever I have these guilt,the list goes on- good playground for your kid,clothing-footwear-toys-a deluxe model stroller loaded with bells and whistles than a plain stroller,an apartment which has all the facilities for your kid to enjoy,a playroom with loads of dreamy stuffs around,but many of the things that we think of as “necessary” aren’t. What kids really need is love not the next expensive activity.

We all need a break from our daily routine, spoil yourself with spa treatment during the weekends and never cancelled trips to the salon:)its fun but damn you still miss your baby and still feel guilty leaving her and  all you wanna do is  rush home,its easy to feel bad isn’t it?Am I a bad mom? serving healthy food for my family,keeping a clean house,buying good stuffs for my daughter,reading books,clicking nice pictures these are all secondary,I’m a good mom because I do things wholeheartedly and with whatever I can,mistakes what makes me one and agonize over whether I’m doing it right.

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How did I overcome it? motherhood is a blessing,we make mistakes and we learn as we go, i wasn’t born a mom:)yes I’m a mother but nothing is my hand everything is in Gods hands  my role as a mother is to take good care of my daughter,make sure she eats nourished food,protect her,be her cheerleader till my last breath and will fight against the world if anybody tries to harm her,but if your child is sick  don’t blame yourself for not being a good /better mom,the blame you create for yourself will keep growing in your mind and I’m speaking from experience.

A good mom doesn’t do it all,a good mom does what she does best and enjoys most based on the needs and priorities of her family and herself and thats not something to feel guilty about.

Self appreciation is organic,always encourage yourself and be with people who have positive energy ,whether its small accomplishment or just life in general, you have to believe in yourself.

To document this wonderful life i’m living and share what i learn along the way with you all..

Thank you so much for stepping by!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Craziness travelling with a baby!

Last year was our babymoon our last vacation of true relaxation😊this year was a little different we had a baby.
There was no time spent reading on the beach,sipping fruity drinks,we didn’t spend anytime clicking pretty beach pictures,it was quick ,random pictures!

Oh!Thank God we didnt take our DSLR with us🙏🏻🙏🏻

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The Lawn!
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This place is amazing!

So,this trip was not planned at all,we just decided to take a break to escape all those things you normally do at home:) first thing first hmm it was a bad time to visit this place since it was off season and it was raining mess,but the best part was we’ve been craving for this weather,delhi was stinking hot,surviving her for last 7years we still can’t bear the heat its horrible,so the vacation was still highlight of the year so far:)

We stayed for 3nights and we had an awesome time but we had to stick to the routine especially her sleep;)I loved traveling with my husband  just after we were married. But I love it more now that I have kid, It takes it to another level.

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Cuteness overlaod!
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Morning family selfie!
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On our way to the famous Martin’s corner!
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Seeing things through children’s eye is magical!
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The lonely beach!

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There’s something unique travelling with a baby you can’t sleepwalk through it or fake it,travelling with a kid should be an ongoing one and I’m speaking from my experience start thinking-planning !Its fun!

Thank you for stepping by!

Xoxo

Abba!

 

 

Letter to my daughter on her 1st birthday!

Dear Mia,

I still cannot believe how far this journey has gone by it feels like just yesterday,i have no idea where the past year has gone,you are the most amazing person in my life,it has been the greatest joy watching you grow and I’m thankful dear Lord and we feel blessed.

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I felt you were pea,lemon and an eggplant,i held you,fed you, i realised i would spend the rest of my life making things that would make you happy and that would make me happy,i still remember your first smile,how you hold my hands with those tiny little fingers,you have taken the best of me and the best of your dad and perfected the combination,i made you and you made me a mother,i held you tight and breathe you in,you were all mine and didn’t want to share you with anyone.

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As days go by,i grew along with you,there were times when i get hardened/jaded a little bit but when i see that smile on your face my heart just melt,there were days when i skip shower and fed you like an open bar you were so attached to me,your love is so pure and i just can’t get enough of you my love,you made me a mama today blessed doesn’t even begin to describe what i am.

You have an incredible sense of humour,you love to copy what we do,whatever word,sound you hear,your funny faces,shrieks,pouts,laugh,throwing things on the floor,throwing yourself down on the floor,you are my DRAMA QUEEN!

You are an extrovert-overfriendly -outgoing, you love to wave,blow kisses and say Hi  to everyone even complete strangers LOL:) this you take after your father ,who easily makes friends where he goes,this first year of your smile was full of new milestones first laugh,first smile ,first step,tooth is still pending 🙂 and every achievement was a personal triumph for me,mommy promise to continue being your biggest cheeleader as we enter your second year of life and look forward to many more memories.

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I hope you always know just how much you are loved and how proud we are of you

You are my sunshine,my life,my world you are the greatest blessing one could ever receive!

Happiest of happy 1st birthday my lovely girl!

Love,

Mama

PS-To my dear husband,we survived by the the grace of God we made it through,there is no one else i would rather share this adventure of parenthood with-I love you too!

 

 

 

 

Cakesmash!

Hey guys hope you all are doing great,i finally managed to find time and update my blog I’ve been busy with the cakesmash prep/photoshoot and finally its done and I’m glad it turn out the way i wanted it and it wouldn’t have been possible without my husband he’s been helping me,running around for small little things and before i forget to mention these photos were clicked by him.

Well the birthday prep is on full swing and I’m really putting my brain in it since il be arranging/decorating the candy buffet myself:)

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These tiny fingers!

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This cake was about to vanish,it was so much fun.

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This is it I’m done mama i need a shower:)

Xx,

Abba!

Birthday prep!

A quick sneak peek behind the scene-birthday prep

Hey guys,I’m finally so excited to share birthday prep decor:)for the past few months i’ve been trying to decide what to do for my little lady’s birthday,so i finally picked a theme and have been working on it for last few months.
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A little touch of princess glam.
These cupcake stand-popcorn holder are so pretty so i am imagining the cupcakes will look lovely on  these.
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My daughter is May born so its super hot, her dress- return gifts-what mommy is wearing are still at the parking.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Whats your favourite theme?
Thank you for reading!
Xx,
Abba!