DECIDING ON A BABYMOON?

If there was just one advice I had to give to an expecting couple, it would be to catch up on as much sleep as possible before the baby hijacks your days and nights for the rest of your lives. There’s no turning point in your life after you decide to become a parent and this is the time when you need to set your plans and priorities for the future. With the planning comes a lot of anxiety and anticipation as well. Hence, a vacation at this time helps you relax and transition smoothly to the next phase of your life. This is also a great opportunity to enjoy some ‘US’ time, hence it is important to not plan a power packed holiday but a lazy, relaxed and laid back one where you can catch up with as much rest as possible. We chose Udaipur, India as the babymoon destination and would like to share more about how and why this turned out to be an ideal location.

1.Togetherness  :  Travelling to serene locations can not just help cleanse your mind and soul but also  keep your spirits up and reduce negative emotions that you may be feeling during your pregnancy.In any case, once the baby becomes a part of your lives, it is difficult to think about anything other than him/her. So, this is the perfect time to cement the relationship with your partner and create happy memories that you can cherish for a very long time. Our first stop was at The Taj Lake Palace, a luxury heritage property which was earlier know as Jag Niwas built by Maharana Jagat Singh 2.The gorgeous views of Lake Pichola served as perfect evenings for spending some quality time with the better half.

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View of the courtyard in the middle of the Taj Lake Palace

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View of The City Palace and the Lake Pichola as we spent the whole evening admiring the beauty of the palace.

2.Fresh Air: One of the primary reasons I wanted to step out for a baby moon was to get some fresh air, away from the hustle bustle of the city and the stressful work life. So, our next planned stay at Udaipur was at the one and only majestic Udaivilas. The moment we entered The UdaiVilas, we were welcomed with a shower of petals and an absolutely grand royal welcome. The entrance had marble stones with fountains and I was at peace just inhaling the fresh air and looking at the vast green lawns with peacocks strolling in the gardens. I had heard a lot about this property and it truly defined luxury in the true sense. While, it is a fairly new property , it has left no stone unturned to bring in the royal feel to every nook and corner of the hotel

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Spotted the exact location where ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ was shot 🙂

3.Pampering yourself :After all, this is the main reason why you are going for a babymoon.The spa is an indulgence all on its own. Getting a massage and warm bath really helps with the sore muscles , after all pregnancy is a tiring journey. While, there are a lot of massages which are not allowed during pregnancy and most spas with trained therapists would be well aware of this, you still must look up on what’s allowed and what’s not. A comfortable massage bed and soothing music could really calm your senses.

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The Taj Lake Palace staff got my bath ready back in my room after my Spa Session.

4.Comfortable spacious rooms: Rolled back armchairs , deep seated sofas, grand mirrors and huge ceilings at UdaiVilas were such refreshers for people like us who live in cramped spaces. A sunny courtyard that looked over the pool and green lawns was just perfect for us to have the evening tea together. The rooms were light and airy, and the king size bed was heaving with pillows and that is such a heavenly sight for a pregnant woman!The room was done up so well that we actually borrowed few ideas and implemented it in our new room after we came back home.

5.Food : We all have heard of the weird food cravings women get during pregnancy right? While I am not one of those who has experienced a lot of this but I definitely believe that this is a great opportunity to eat anything and everything to your heart’s content because any weight gain during this period is always welcome. Just be cautious of anything that you might be allergic to and now is definitely not the time to experiment with food.

6.Less travel and sight seeing : Since rest was the primary agenda, we made an extremely leisurely plan with tons of boat rides at Lake Pichola, long chit chat sessions at the royal verandahs and short trips to the forts, City Palace and gardens.Thankfully, the weather was pretty nice with light showers and cool breeze in the evenings.

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7.Unique Experience : We were always sure that we wanted to experience something we haven’t before.No wonder we chose to spend our honey moon in the Wild at Kruger’s South Africa and here we were again thinking of a location which would provide a unique experience. Hence, the royal choice was made and it lived up to every bit of our expectation. The staff of both the properties made the stay extremely memorable extending the best of hospitality and bidding us goodbye with few gifts for our soon – to arrive baby.

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This trip has been etched in my memory forever and I am just so glad I chose to make this slow and laidback trip before I entered the phase of my life where time traveled faster than the speed of light.

A FIT MOMMY

Did the subject offend you? I really hope not – this is not a fat shaming, judgmental article that is going to make you feel sick about your existing body. All I want to share is how and why I look forward to being a fit Mommy and when I say “fit” I mean maintaining a healthy lifestyle and not having a body that would grace the cover of a magazine(Anyway I am far from being anything like a model):D

Here are 7 reasons which motivate me to work harder towards a healthy lifestyle –

 

  1. Leading by example: I had never spent a minute working out before my pregnancy neither did I ever pay any attention to the calorie intake of my body. Today, when I look back I wonder what was I thinking all these years. I know making a healthy choice has created an impact on my friends and family members as well. I sincerely hope my little munchkin follows suit too.
  2. Physical and Mental Development: Raising a child is not an easy task and for a working woman, it is even more difficult. Your hormones go haywire and disrupts the balance between body and mind. Becoming a healthy, fit, and happy person first involves a mindset shift to see yourself as someone who lives that type of lifestyle which means looking hot is not what you should aim at – getting fitter physically and mentally is what you should aim for.
  3. Creating a new passion: Sometimes, in such times all you need is a change. A change that can be embedded in your present. And what better than being passionate about being fitter? Everything in your life would just automatically integrate as habits which shall help you evolve into a better person.
  4. Building stamina: As your child grows, you need to do more running around and you will always need higher energy levels. A good workout also helps sleep better (which most moms find very hard to do).
  5. Me” Time: Finally you get some time to release your stress and just be with yourself. Be it a workout session or Yoga/meditation, it will act as a tremendous booster for your inner senses.
  6. Bringing out a “Happy” You – A good workout helps you release endomorphins and that makes you “HAPPY”. A healthy lifestyle translates into a happy lifestyle in no time.
  7. Back in Shape: Get back in that little black dresses you hid away in the cupboard thinking you would never fit into them. Bring them out and work harder till you get there. Any form of motivation can work, I use my LBD as a milestone J

 

Posting few looks from my journey of getting fitter (or trying to get fitter)  – Timeline of months post pregnancy:

6 months    >>        8 months   >>          10 months    >>        12 months

Champagne Themed Baby Shower:White and Gold

Hello everyone! Now that you have read all about the exhaustive efforts that goes into planning a baby shower, I thought I must show you a few themes and the elements around it which I have done so far. So, the first one that goes up one my blog is the Champagne themed baby shower – popping and fizzing!

The Entrance : The party details written on a Champagne bottle cut out.

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The Photo Booth : You can’t miss taking a picture right after you enter the party!

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Gold painted Champagne bottles : On the table top with glasses and white/gold balloons. Do not miss the white and gold danglers all around!

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The Cake table : White and Gold Back drop and filled with white, gold and clear balloons sprayed in gold. On the table is a Cake stand with crystals, a theme cake, Champagne glasses filled with mousse and cupcakes with mini champagne bottles on the top.

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A closer view of the Cake table!

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My absolute favorite – The Champagne cupcakes!

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The White and Gold Spread!!!

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Sleeping baby on the Cake!

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Salad Bar : Bringing in the element in the food spread!That’s a cute baby, isn’t it?

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Orange, yellow or golden??

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Don’t miss the Wish zone! Dropping in loads of love for the Mom to be!

 

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More themes coming your way!!

 

20 THINGS YOU CAN’T MISS IF YOU ARE PLANNING A BABY SHOWER!

What is your first thought when your best friend shares her pregnancy announcement?

Oh yes, time to be a good hostess! When my friend shared the good news, I had already started imagining what the baby shower is going to look like if I were to plan it. I will share an exhaustive list of what you must jot down the moment you decide to host a baby shower. Here you go –

  1. Will you be the only host? Always better to arrange for a co-host who can help you with all the planning and execution.
  2. Venue – Home or outside? If outside, which hotel/hall/lawn?
  3. Budget – Depending on the venue, set a budget for the whole event.
  4. Date and Time – Mostly, baby showers are done around the 7th month of pregnancy so that the mom is comfortable yet can flaunt the cute baby bump. Decide on the date accordingly, consult the Mom to be. If it’s a weekend and you got a sunny afternoon, nothing like throwing a baby shower outside in the lawn. If it is in the evening, look for a nice place where you can play with lights in the décor.
  5. Theme – Choose a theme and then pick the colors for décor. The time of the event is definitely going to be a deciding factor.
  6. Décor – Do you want to do it up yourself or hire an event manager?
  7. Choose your guests – Is it a young friends only party (you can get wild with the décor and the games) or a more formal family and friends shower? Is it an all girls or co ed shower? Consult the mom for the list, there will always be few you might not know well.
  8. Invitation – Make a quirky video or design a picture which can be sent over Whatsapp to all concerned. Do you plan to do it yourself or hire a designer? A teaser or precursor makes it more fun to reveal the theme.
  9. The menu – Giving miniature food items is always a good idea as the guests can play the games while munching on the starters. The food items should also reflect the theme – Like a “ready to pop” theme can have a popcorn bar.
  10. The cake – Please order well in advance!
  11. How to set up the cake table? – Do you want to put additional cupcakes/dessert jars?
  12. Baby Registry – The Mom to be is supposed to put together a list of all the items she expects to have but you must have all the details of the same well in advance.
  13. Baby Shower Favors – A personalized thank you gift always creates an impact. Something with a message when the baby is born will be even more thoughtful e.g. a candle with the message “Light the candle and spread the warmth, when little Joe takes birth”.
  14. Games and prizes– Decide on fun games depending on whether it’s an all ladies or a co ed shower. Keep extra prizes to be given in case there are multiple winners for each game.
  15. Photo booth – Depending on the theme, design a funky photo booth and place it somewhere near the entrance so that the guests do not miss clicking fun pictures with the Mom to be.
  16. Stationery for the games – If you are hosting the shower at home, you must procure the stationery well in advance. If you are hosting it at a destination, the event manager must be instructed to procure the same.
  17. Photographer – Hire one to capture the fun moments!
  18. The ‘Mommy to be’ sash – This is a must! Of course, the Mom to be must feel like a princess.
  19. Don’t miss coordinating with the “Daddy to be”!
  20. Don’t forget your gift !!!:D

 

Ten super cute ways to tell your husband – “WE ARE PREGNANT!”

Six months back while I and my best friend sat down to our weekly ritual of playing “Scrabble”, I found the phrase “YOU ARE GOING TO BE AN AUNT” on the board. While, I was gushing over joy, I realized there can be so many fun ways to announce your pregnancy. So, I thought I will compile a list of 10 ways to make the announcement to your partner!

So, here you go – Take your partner by surprise in the most creative way 🙂

1.Text Message Beep Beep Send a clue “1+1=3?” No matter how cheesy it sounds, it is sure to bring a smile on his face.

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2. Bake a cake and write “ Baby on its way”. The appreciation goes beyond just baking skills for the day!

3. Fortune Cookie – Use a tweezer to pull out the fortune and write in your message – “Ten little toes, one little nose, boy or girl, nobody knows”.

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4. Post it! – Post a note on the Microwave/Fridge(The first thing your husband checks in the  morning) – “ The only thing better than having you as my husband is our baby having you as his/her dad”. You can thank me later for his reaction, yeah!

5.Coffee shop Menace – Your next stop at the Starbucks – Order for 3 and ask the guy to write “ Mom”, “Dad” and “Coming soon”. That will be some entertainment for the spectators too when your husband starts jumping with joy.

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6. Get a jigsaw puzzle of white cards and paint “You are going to be a dad” – Shuffle it and leave it for him to fix. Watch his jaw drop when he gets it finally!

7.Good Morning – Take a permanent marker and write “We’re pregnant” at the bottom of his coffee mug . Give him his morning coffee and talk away till he finishes the coffee, don’t miss taking a picture when he hits the bottom.

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8. Baby on board – Get a “baby on board” sign and fix it on his car.

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9. Grocery Time – Drop a pacifier in the grocery bag or add a baby rattle in the grocery list that you share with him.

10. Gift a book “ Dude , you are gonna be a Dad!”

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Another post with list of creative ways to make the announcement to your friends and family coming soon!