A Day In The Life Of Raaga

I always loved watching those videos where they show a day in the life of a celebrity. Our toddlers aren’t any less busy! Just like stars have managers, our tots have us moms! Kinda got me thinking, how the day to day might look mundane from a distance but if we look close at our kids’ lives, their days are filled with the most fascinating stories of new experiences and explorations. I’m sure you know what I mean if you have a toddler.πŸ™†β€β™€οΈ.

So I wanted to let you in on little snippets of a day in Raaga’s life and what we do together on a typical week day. It defintely keeps changing from time to time. I try to keep the routine going for the most basic things like lunch/dinner time and nap time. But play and activities are always flexible.

So our day typically starts like this –

Raaga wakes up at 9/9:30 and we say our bye byes to daddy as he goes to work. Then she drinks her milk and she chooses a book to read. We love reading books as we munch on a fruit. Sometimes she wants to read more than one book. Meanwhile my masala chai is in on the stove top simmering.

So while I have my tea , I give Raaga a fun activity to do. Usually at this point I’m definitely more inclined towards some quiet play so I can have my tea and not engage with her for several minutes. This includes activties like Stickers sticking on a sheet, playing with an open ended toy (which for now lasts only for 5 minutes) like the wooden rainbow stacker or the color block puzzle. Pompoms are great too.

If the weather I good, we love to go outside and enjoy the warm sunny day. So I boil an egg for Raaga and cut it into pieces and a little bit of salt, we take it with us. I buckle her up and she eats her snack as we watch ducks in the pond, and the water fountain and trees and flowers. Some days we just walk together without the stroller.

The spring time is here and with Summer coming up , I prefer to let her enjoy the breeze and the outside more.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I share a lot of the snippets of my everyday life and my #momentswithraaga . Do follow me there if you don’t yet!

Then we come back home and start prepping for lunch. It takes around 45 minutes for me to make lunch (sometimes less) . If there’s anything I’ve put in the cooker or on the stove top for simmering, I take Raaga for a bath at this time. After her bath, I switch on the TV or give her the ipad for sometime until I wrap up my work in the kitchen. So when I’m in the kitchen, I constantly don’t need to keep an eye on her during screen time. This is when she is walking around in the kitchen behind me ,trying to take spoons and dishes to pretend play with🀣 somtimes I find these spoons in her toy trunk πŸ˜….

Raghu comes home for lunch everyday and so we all have lunch together. Around 2pm or so, our nap time starts.

Raaga usually sleeps for 2 and Β½ hours to 3 hours. This is the time for me to catch up on house chores. Also somedays, I let those things be and go ahead and spend some time writing a blog post or just scrolling through instagram.

After her nap, Raaga wakes up around 4:30 or 5 and its snack time again. Avocado toast is one of her favorite evening snacks. Or I give her some puffed rice/murmura. And she also likes to munch on biscuits as we have our coffee/tea.

After this Raghu takes over because on all weekdays, I take music classes for kids and this is the time for Raaga and her dad to bond. Now that spring’s here, they are off on a long walk again together while I teach my classes at home. My dinner prep starts during Raaga’s nap time and once my classes are done, I make dinner. After having our dinner, this is the time we practically leave Raaga alone. She just kind of wanders around the house, plays with her noisy toys and stuffed toys. Her sleep time is around 10pm. Sometimes even later. This is because we want her to wake up late in the morning. We live in a one bed + one bath apartment and its just convenient this way. This works well for us and it might not for someone else . We like our routine and sort of fell into a rythm for now. The routine changes as Raaga moves into another phase of growing up but like I said, the basic things don’t change!

So thats our typical weekday routine. Somedays are different when we have more work on our plate or have somewhere to go but otherwise this is pretty much how we roll every day. Its fascinating to see a child grow slowly into this person you are meeting for the first time. I love every moment I spend with Raaga. Yes its hard and it takes a lot of patience but its the littlest of the little things I’m counting on and I know I’ll cherish these moments forever.

Tell me about what is your favorite part of YOUR typical day. The time of the day that you enjoy the most. Tell me in the comments below.

3 Things In My Life I Am Eternally Grateful For

As a child and a teenager, my younger brother and I were always encouraged to count our blessings. We grew up listening to stories about our parents’ journey towards success and financial growth. I come from a hindu family with strong devotion towards our culture, customs and traditions. Its because of this devotion , we were first taught to thank god for everything we have in our life. And to this day its going strong.

Gratitude plays a great role in my life. I believe that we receive more when we are more thankful for what we have. When we can make something out of what we already have, a way is paved for abundance.

Today I want to share with you all, the 5 most important things in my life that I am eternally thankful for.

MY ATTENTION TO DETAIL

This one is big for me. I say I’m thankful for this because the littlest of little things catch my eye and most of the times these little things are reasons for our happiness. When I meet someone for the first time, these little details are what I observe and take away.

My attention to detail has so much to do with my senses. I always remember the smell of rain on a summer afternoon, the feeling of cool breeze on my skin, the taste of the first cup of chai on a chilly morning. And I think this attention to little things makes me live life fully. Take things in and really experience them. It helps me remember traits of people, patterns of behaviour, and expressions too. I am always thankful for having this quality in me. It makes me a sensitive and compassionate human being.

MY FAMILY

Belonging to someone is so fulfilling. For as long as I can remember, while growing up, I always dreamt of having a family of my own. My family is everything to me. I’ve grown up with my mom and dad shaping us into people we are now and family was always their first priority. Doing things as a family, enjoying quality time and travelling together always brought us close to each other. And havingcthese memories of childhood and teenage made me believe in marriage and raising kids. It inspired me to have priorities in life and focus my energy on a few things. This made me always look back and collect memories from my childhood and try to recreate them again with my kid. I’m thankful that my husband and I share similar thoughts and dreams when it comes to family. Its so important to spend quality time with our kids and travel with them and expose them to more life experiences over material things so that they know what truly brings satisfaction in life.

THE TIMES WE LIVE IN

I am thankful to technology and the information that is put out there and wasn’t readily available to our previous generations. Apart from recommendations and suggestions from family, ancestral methods and old traditions, the information we have all around us is simply amazing because if used appropriately and in moderation, it acts as a powerful tool in helping us lead better lives. Using the resources available online, and just even the thought that its now possible to ” look up” everything, just gives us the freedom to unlimited guidance and in many ways, brings the world closer.

I am so thankful for that and for the generations that follow, when our kids will have even more to look forward to.

I’m always grateful for the life we built and for everything around us. Its this gratitude that gives me more.

Now tell me in the comments, what are you grateful for? And go follow my on Instagram. There are so many little snippets of my life that I share there!

Thank you so much for reading!

Two Easy And Simple Lunch Favorites

Who does not like a hot home cooked meal ?

Growing up , I had a book full of recipes I collected from the net, some I cut out from magazines and newspapers. I’d pin them all in the book. Truth be told, I wanted to grow up and be a mommy. Cook for family, spread tables scapes, bake with my kids and cook some more! Monica much? Well , the dust wears off one day is all I can say about the other things. But cooking always stuck with me. Too close to my heart to not spend a ton of time in the kitchen. I somehow love the idea of meals made from scratch. Although store brought condiment are my second favorite πŸ˜‰.

And with Raaga , 16 months old now, I kind of want to spend more quality time with her during the day (when she is the most active). So nowadays I cut my cooking time to a minimum. As simple as that. I still am a stay at home mom and as long as I am , I intend on soaking in these moments I have with her.

So I kept my lunches pretty short and simple the past few months. Most of them take less than 15 min to make and the prep is really very easy.

Two of those lunch favorites that I want to share with you can be made for dinner as well. They are warm and satisfying. Most of all, they get me some extra time with my baby Raaga.🀩

Teriyaki Vegetable Friedrice

What you need :

  • Cooked rice (brown/white)
  • Beans
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Green onion
  • Ginger garlic paste
  • Asian Teriyaki sauce
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Red chilli flakes
  • Salt to taste

Since my husband doesn’t eat egg, I added hardboiled eggs to the side for me.

How to make :

First, add 2 tablespoons of oil to a pan or a wok. When it heats up , add the ginger garlic paste and the chilli flakes. As the raw smell begins to go away, add the chopped carrots, beans, peas and green onion. The veggies don’t need to be cooked fully, its better keep them crunchy as in any friedrice.

After 2 minutes of stirring the veggies, pour in the sauces , and add salt

Stir for a a minute on high flame and add in the cooked rice. Mix it all together. Now add some chopped green onion on top for extra flavor. Its that simple! You can make this with leftover rice from the previous nights dinner as well. I love how easy yet flavorful this recipe is. I boiled 2 eggs to have on the side and added some salt and pepper to them. You could even break an egg into the pan before you add the sauces if you’d like.

So this is one of my favorites and makes lunch easy. This way I avoid being tempted to order or pick up!

Next is,

Tomato-Basil Soup And Avocado Toast :

This is by far the most easiest lunches/ dinners I’ve ever made. There are multiple variations I add into this recipe every time I make it. Its filling and light too!

There are so many versions of this dish!

And don’t forget the croutons , they make all the difference. If you like a nice crunchy salad on the side, a crabberry lettuce cucumber salad tastes absolutely delicious.

What you need :

  • 7 to 8 Fresh chopped tomatoes
  • Tomato paste
  • 3 garlic pods finely chopped
  • 1 tablesspoon ghee or butter
  • Whole wheat bread
  • 1 large avocado mashed
  • Dried basil leaves/Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Sugar

Hard boiled eggs on the side for me.

How to make :

Add 1 tablespoon butter or ghee. I love ghee in mostly anything. Once the ghee heats up, add in the garlic and fry until its golden brown on medium heat. Then add in the tomatoes and the salt and sugar(1 teaspoon) and let them with the cook until they’re soft and mushy.

After a 3 to 4 minutes close the lid and cook again for 5 more minutes. Once the tomatoes turn soft, add a tablespoon of tomato paste (I use the one by Kirkland from Costco and I’m a fan!)

Stir in with a cup of water and let it simmer for a good 15 minutes. It will reduce to atleast 1cm less in the pan. At this stage you can add more butter if you’d like.

Once the raw smell goes away and the soup reduces a little bit, you can taste and adjust the salt.

Pour into a bowl and add some milk cream if you like.

Now I’l tell you why I said 10 minutes and less about this recipe. I make a huge batch and keep it in the refrigerator. It stays good for 4 days. We love it so much we even have it as a snack on a wintery evening around the chai time.

Toast 2 slices of bread a d spread the mashed avocado, sprinkle some salt, pepper and red chilli flakes if you’d like , squeeze some lemon juice and you’re good to go. If you love egg like I do, you can slice 1 hardboiled egg on the top of the mashed avacado. I added some chopped tomatoes too just for a lovely dash of color. 😍 Now plate this like I did and you’re good to go.

If you’re really, really short of time, then you can use the store brought Ragu or Prego tomato garlic sauce to make this soup too… you’ll find great recipes on pinterest for the same.

Thats all for today folks. I’d love to know what you’re favorite lunches are. Please like if you like my blog posts and I’l be back with another one soon. CIAO! ❀

How I Plan My Week In Advance : My Planner

I always find myself being more organised when I plan ahead of time. When I prep for the next day , it gives me more space and free time. I’m definitely not the poster child for being organized or for planning but I did learn from other blogs about how to make a schedule for everyday household chores , weekly meal plans and more.

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Habits For A Better 2018

For a little over 3 years, I have been a stay at home wife and I had a ton of time for everything I have to do around the house and then some. I made new discoveries and learnt new ways to take care of myself and my home. From food habits to home decor , you name it I’ve read about it. Also I follow quite a few YouTubers and try to take as much inspiration as I can.

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