Waterfalls -Nature’s Wonder

 

Water, I want to be like water: strong enough to hold up a ship, but able to slip through your fingers.

                                                                             MICHELLE WILLIAMS

 

I consider waterfall is the nature’s finest art, it is serene, romantic and full of life. From far, it can be a beautiful canvas to capture a perfect scenery, but once you go near to her you will hear her roar, you will feel her force, the spontaneity. To me, waterfalls are the symbols of the celebration of life.

Here are some of our family favorites, captured by us.

The gigantic NIAGARA FALLS, USA.

Horseshoe Falls Niagara

Arial shot of Niagara and American Falls from chopper rideimg_7302

Niagara at night, illuminated from Canada 

Looking Glass Falls, NC, USA

Bridal Veil Fall, Yosemite, CA, USA

Sikkim, India

Yellowstone, WY, USAimg_7287

share your favorite waterfalls on the comments below.

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Summer Activities For Kids Under $10

Summer is here and so does the long summer vacation, no school, and lots of fun for my kiddos. I and my daughter have planned to do so many things for this vacation, though I doubt about the executions of those plans. Still, its fun to plan, especially if you have active kids like mine. As the summer vacation starts, the daily routine gets messed up pretty quickly, but that’s okay with me. As long as they are busy with some kind of activities and not engaging their time only on the internet and not watching Netflix for the whole day, I am good. So, like every summer, this year also I have chosen some in-home and some fun water activities for my 7 years old.

Summer Homeworks- 

Every morning I would like to give my elder one some sort of homework, it can be math, reading, comprehension or science. She likes to rotate her subjects through the seven days of the week. Usually, it takes about 30-40 minutes to finish. It is a good exercise to practice all the things she has learned in her class so she can be ready for her next grade.  As I was searching on Amazon, I found some interesting summer study activity books. Here are some links to those books-



Summer Art & Craft-

The more kids will be busy with their activities, the better, and art & crafts are wonderful options to keep the young artists creative and busy during the vacations. Well, definitely it will be messy and can be very stressful to clean the room afterward, but it’s fun and always good to engage the kids in some sort of creativities. My daughter likes to draw and color, she also loves to build Legos, and she recently develops her interest in paper crafting. So, thankfully, making slimes is no longer the only option for her, and fortunately, I have found some great deals on art and crafts products. Here are the links-


 

 

 

 

Reading Story Books-

I always encourage my kids to read storybooks, it is a great way to develop their imaginations and their language skills. Storybook is very beneficial for the active kids also, reading is always good to calm those restless minds and I can also indulge some quiet time around my home. Here are the links to some great kids books-

Summer Toys-

Finally, the toys, which is never enough for my kids. When to choose their toys, I make sure that I stay under my budget because toys are always in demand and kids get easily bored with one toy very quickly, then another toy comes in the demand lists. Here I found some interesting and fun toys-

So, we are all set for the summer days, hope you like our summer activity ideas. Happy summer everybody.

HAVE A FUN SUMMER WITH YOUR LOVED ONES.

HAPPY BLOGGING.

Hope

BUT… WHAT IF I STOP HOPING

I do not hope for my future anymore

I do not hope to see how my kids will grow up

I do not hope to become more successful

I do not hope to hold the hand of my loved one when I will be old

I do not hope to travel the world

I do not hope to wait and see what the life has planned for me

I do not hope to see tomorrow’s sun

I do not hope to live my life anymore

What will be the world becomes if there will be no HOPE? In this chaotic world around us, it is possible that we lost our faith in life, that maybe we stop hoping, we stop wanting to live anymore.

But if we think the other way, if we come out from the negative zone and enter a different zone with a positive mind and say…

I hope to be loved

I hope that all my dreams will come true

I hope good health and happiness of my family

I hope that my future will be bright and full of joy

I hope to overcome my fears

I hope the world will be peaceful one day

I hope to see what life has stored for me.

No matter what will be the crisis I will face, I will overcome every hurdle. I will keep my hope alive. With a positive mind and with joy in my heart I will celebrate my life and I promise to myself that I will live and enjoy it until life leaves me.

Natural Homemade Skin Exfoliation by Priyanka Chopra

A few months back the famous Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra shared her skin home remedies on Vogue. I watched it on YouTube, the video got viral since it has been published. In this video, Priyanka shared her traditional homemade DIY body exfoliate pack, lip scrub, and scalp treatment remedies. The ingredients she used are all natural and quite staple in the Indian households and the body pack is also very popular across generations. If you have the time and the right ingredients at hand, then once a week of this pack will definitely take care of your skin in this hot summer days. I tried to follow Priyanka’s instructions and made this pack at home and then applied it to my skin. ( But before you use it on your skin, just make sure to do the allergy test by putting it on back of your palm, don’t use it if your skin got irritated). It can use as a great anti-tan mask for your face. This mask has all the natural ingredients which are very safe for any type of skin, it can use as a hydrating mask also. I will demonstrate the difference before and after using this pack in my hand. But first, the steps, how to make this amazing pack:

(All the ingredients are easily available in any Indian grocery store.) Here I took little less than 1/3 rd cup of chickpea flour(Besan), 1/4th cup of plain yogurt, 2 tablespoon milk, 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder(exotic ingredient from India), a little bit of lemon juice and 1/4th teaspoon turmeric powder. Then I mixed all the ingredients until it looked like a smooth mask. I apply it on my skin and let it dry for 10-12 minutes, then I rubbed it nicely and you can see it works as a great exploitation while massaging with your fingers and then use a wet cotton cloth to clean it and voila you can see the instant difference.

The skin will look smoother and more hydrated and because of the turmeric, your skin will look fresher than before. But excessive use of turmeric can make your skin a bit yellowish, so be careful about the quantity. Hope you will try it and let me know how you feel about this mask.

Be Gorgeous and Happy Blogging.

My Saturday Breakfast Dilemma​

Every Friday night is a night of making plans for the weekends, we plan that we will wake up early, will try to make a nice sumptuous breakfast, then get ready and we will do lunch outside, then we can go shopping or movie or something equally interesting. Well, like I said, we plan that on Friday night, and then we go to sleep. In my dream also I am making the sumptuous meal like Egg Benedict with Hollandaise sauce or chicken noodle or something decadent with egg etc. Where is in the reality, as the alarm is in silent mode and our precious children are in deep sleep, we got a chance to enjoy the sweet morning sleep a little bit longer than it should be. Results, we woke up a little after 10 o’clock and started to think what will we prepare for a lunch or a brunch? This is a kind of paradoxical situation for us, we want to get up and get started for the weekend but after a long tiring week, sleep is the only indulgence we want to have. So be it, just when I realized we have lost our nice morning breakfast time and started to give up hope for my continental or any kind of exotic breakfast, the husband came to rescue. Sometimes only the simple food is enough to start the day. So, on this Saturday morning, he managed the kitchen while I was helping him with the ingredients.

 It was a simple breakfast, Pancake. But that’s all I need to clear my head and to get ready for my Saturday outing.

Down to the Aisle

Today is a special day,

Today we will make our new way

With you by my side, I will drift myself away

As the morning start

I can sense that I don’t want to be anymore apart

Friends are here, with good wishes in their heart

I am preparing myself for the new start

I have worn the gown now

It’s as white as the snow

I know it will look perfect when I stand beside you

I wonder how are you?

I am nervous, I am pale, but my thoughts are ready to flow

I have started my walk, while everybody else is welcoming me as they stand

I can see your eyes, twinkling from behind,

Those promising eyes, warming me from my fright.

My hands are sweating, heels are shaking,

But I am walking, walking to you,

Down to the aisle, you are,

Reaching out, eager.

Here, now I am here,

Feeling like a princess without any doubt

Hold me, hold me tight

As I am here to say my vows right.

Prism Eyeshadow Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills- Product Review

I recently bought this wonderful eyeshadow palette from Sephora, Prism by Anastasia Beverly Hills. This is my second palette from ABH, the first one is Renaissance. I am really impressed by ABH’s shadow quality, they are highly pigmented, longlasting(with the eye primer) and lots of color variety. When I saw Prism’s nice mix of vibrant colors, I couldn’t resist myself. This palette contains 14 colors, there are 7 matte eyeshadow and 7 glittery pigments. What I really like about this palette is the selection of colors, there are some bold colors and there are some soft colors also. This palette can help you to create a glamorous party look, you can create a soft daytime look, or you can achieve a fiery summer party look also.

Let’s go through the colors, on the top line, there are 4 matte shadows, Eden is the soft matte orangy shadow, it’s a good transition color, though I have to reapply it a couple of time to get the desired color intensity. Unity is another nice transition color for the overall lid or to highlight your browbone. Now, my most favorite color in this pallet is Sphere, it’s a perfect color for this time of year, even if it looks bright neon yellow in the picture, its actually a very soothing color once applied on the lid. Obsidian is a dark shade, perfect for the smoky eye look or you can use it on the waterline also. Lucid, Sphinx and Osiris are the highly glittery pigments, a little fall down will be noticed, but great shades, especially Sphinx, a beautiful bronze shadow, perfect for evening.

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On the bottom line of this palette, we have 4 glittery pigments and 3 matte shadows.  Dimension is a beautiful color, it will give you a metallic look, very trendy yet graceful. The parallel is a warm brown shadow, I always like to have a nice brown shadow in my palette, brown is a versatile eyeshadow, can be used with any makeup look. Another fabulous color from this pallet is Saturn, it is a beautiful salmon red color, it’s bold but not too harsh, you can create a beautiful sunset look with this one, perfect for daytime. The pyramid is gold glittery pigment. The Throne is another metallic color from this palette, it is a dark greenish glitter, little different and fun to use. The Lure is a matte soft pink shade, perfect for everyday look. And then we have Eternal, it is a beige glittery one, perfect for a glamorous look.

To create this sunset look, I used Eden as my transition color, then I used Saturn on top of  Eden. I used Parallel to cut the crease and then blend the shades nicely. Then I used Sphere for the entire lid and top with Sphinx for the center of the lid. And I used Unity for my browbone and Lucid for the eye corners. Hope you like my Sunset look. Share your ideas and thoughts with me.

Be gorgeous and happy blogging.

Henna, A Natural Way to Hair Color

What Is Henna?

Henna is one of the most popular beauty herbs in India and tropical countries that is known for its cooling effects. Since ages, it has been used to make hair shiny, healthy and gorgeous. Henna is one kind of herbal leaves, once dried then it can be finely grounded and uses as a powder. The power of this green herb is not only used to decorate hands or cover greys but is also applied to hair to bring back the health of your precious lashes.

Is Henna safe for hair?

Yes, Henna is much safer for the hair unlike the other permanent chemically induced hair colors available in the market. Henna restores the acid-alkaline balance of the scalp without affecting the natural balance of your hair. Henna is a very good conditioner for your hair. It covers each hair shaft and builds a protective layer that safeguards the strands from damage. Regular use of henna makes your hair thick and strong by locking the essential moisture in the hair. Henna is also known to cure dandruff quite effectively.

Is Henna permanent?

Yes, henna does not wash out although it will gradually fade over time. Because of this, and because the dye works like a varnish over your natural hair color rather than chemically changing it, emerging roots are far subtler than after using the chemical dyes. Originally, henna gives a reddish tone to the hair, it can vary, the lighter colored hair will look more reddish than the darker hair. Nowadays, a lot of varieties of different colored henna are available in the market.

How do you use Henna?

Applying henna can get a little messy. Choose an area where you are going to apply henna and lay down some newspaper to catch any stray spills. Cover your shoulder with a towel. It’s said that overnight soaking the henna in warm water can create a very rich color. Then the steps are as follows:

  1. Smooth a protective balm like vaseline around the hairline – to ensure your skin is not accidentally tinted.
  2. Wear gloves, apply the henna evenly to clean, dry hair; dry hair allows the color to saturate each strand. For best results, work from the roots to the tips, starting from the back of the head and moving towards the front.
  3. Then mix approximately 2 cups henna with 4 teaspoons of lemon juice and  2 tablespoons coffee and half cup yogurt, into a paste of toothpaste consistency. Apply over scalp and hair leave on for about one hour. Wash off. If color is desired, avoid yogurt. If hair is dry, add 2 teaspoons herbal or natural hair oil to the paste. Leave for at least one hour; up to two hours is recommended. Wrapping your hair in cling film or a shower cap will result in redder shades, whereas leaving it unwrapped (and therefore cooler) will create a darker color. Rinse off your henna with warm water. The color will continue to develop for up to 24 hours. I usually wait for one day to do shampoo.

How often do I need Henna reapplication?

Like any other hair dye, Henna is also recommended for retouching on grays at least twice a month to maintain the color and vibrancy, though it varies from person to person.

Some of my favorite Henna-

SHEHNAZ HUSSAIN HENNA

PERSIAN HENNA

ORGANIC HENNA

Be gorgeous and happy blogging.

Mother’s Day

Lara is very upset today, she was planning to go to a movie with her friends. She was so excited in the morning, she was waiting to have some fun with her friends. She is on the break from college just for this week, so wanted to make this time worth while. As the weekend started, she started making plans – shopping, dining and then the movie. She was busy on the Friday and Saturday, at last, on Sunday, she became free. So, today, since the morning, she was looking for the showtimes and when she got the perfect timing with all five seats for her and for her friends, she was so happy. She started texting on WhatsApp with the movie timings and all. But, everybody replied that they had other plans, isn’t that weird? All of a sudden, everybody got busy on the Sunday afternoon? Lara got restless, she started calling her friends, shockingly all of them had the same reason, they were all busy because today is Mother’s Day and everybody wanted to spend time with their moms, well not everybody, since Kiara’s mom was working today, so, Kiara went to her mom’s hospital to give her a surprise visit. And Lara’s rest of the friends also had plans with their moms, some of them were going for Mother’s Day special brunch, even one of them was going to the movie with her mother. Lara is very disappointed with her friends, what is the reason to celebrate Mother’s Day? Mother’s Day should be celebrated every day, she felt irritated. Lara refused to celebrate these special name tagged days, like Valentine’s Day, Friendship day, Women’s Day or Mother’s Day. She believes that these days are only to promote the consumerism, this is a very clever way of making marketing strategies. She is utterly against to celebrate these kind of days. She got angry with her friends to behave so stupidly like the others. After the lunch, she was feeling little bored, no video calling, no chatting, all she can see is her friends’ selfies with their moms on Facebook and Instagram. She lost her patience, she has nothing to do now, what kind of stupidity is this? As she is determined to go the movie alone, she started to get ready.

As she is almost ready to leave, suddenly she overheard her mother’s voice. Lara’s mom was talking to someone over the phone. Her mom was giggling and sounded excited, she was telling the other person, “yes, my daughter also made me silly cute cards when she was in school. Even one year, I remember, she woke up early in the morning and made breakfast with her dad. It felt so nice. And you know one Mother’s Day..”, Lara could hear her mom’s voice was rising in excitement as she was sharing her Mother’s Day memories with her friend, ” ..I think 5 years back, she was in high school then, she gave me one amazing in-home facial and pedicure. I was so pampered that day, it felt so special. My little girl was taking care of me as I used to take care of her when she was a baby.” Lara got little confused, does her mom misses those days? Is her mom expecting something from her for today? Her mom is so busy all the time, does she even know that today is Mother’s Day? Yes, Lara used to celebrate Mother’s Day, but that was a long time back. For last five-six years, she got so busy with her life that she almost forgot about Mother’s Day. She only realized this year, because of all of her friends, of course. Lara was feeling hesitated, should she wish her mom? or she can give a nice Mother’s Day card? she has time. It’s still Sunday, 13th May, it’s not over yet. She felt little embarrassed too, suddenly Lara got the feeling that maybe her mom was waiting for the last 5-6 years to hear Happy Mother’s Day from her, or expected a nice treat or just a hug. She felt guilty, she wanted to go to the Hallmark store to get a perfect Mother’s Day card. Then it would be little late, she wanted to wish her mom now. She started thinking, and quickly draw a rough portrait of her mother. It was not perfect but she could manage to draw her mom’s beautiful eyes, and then she wrote,”Today and always, I love you. Happy Mother’s Day”. Her mom was still talking over the phone, Lara softly patted her mom’s shoulder. Her mom surprisedly looked back to her. She handed over the portrait to her mom. The other lady was still talking on the phone, while her mom’s eyes were fixed onto the portrait only. Lara could see her mom’s eyes were getting wet, she looked at Lara and then she hugged Lara like never before. She kissed on her forehead, kissed on her cheeks and then hugged her one more time. Then mom said, “thank you, darling, I thought you will never give me any of your handmade Mother’s Day card to me. Thank you so much, it’s so precious”. Lara was relieved, she felt happy now, since the morning she was feeling very grumpy, she got nothing to do, her friends got busy, her planning for a perfect day out with friends got failed. Lara was so upset, but to see her mother’s proud face, Lara got so emotional. Lara decided to spend the rest of the day with her mom. It was a day well spent, in the house, Lara, and her mom only, remembering all those sweet childish acts of her.

Often we think that we are being stupid to celebrate these so-called days. Yes, agreed that there shouldn’t be only one specific day to celebrate love or only a day in the year to celebrate womanhood is not justified or no special day is required to show love and respect to our mother, every day can be Mother’s Day or every day can be Hearts day. But, in reality, is it true? Do we really have the time to celebrate every day as Valentine’s Day or do we hug our mom every day and tell them how much we love them and how much we are grateful to them for all their care and support? Do we really try to make everyday special for our mom’s? Well, let’s have this debate at some other time.

As of now, let’s celebrate this Mother’s Day with gratitude, respect, and love, let’s show our moms that how privileged and lucky we are that we have them in our life.

Happy Mother’s Day to all beautiful moms around the world.


Product review:​ $7 Target Beauty Box

Yes, I got 8 items and $9 in coupons from Target Beauty Box, Be you(tiful) for only $7. I am little skeptical about beauty boxes, I have read some good reviews on some of the very popular monthly beauty subscriptions, but never really tried one. When I saw these Target beauty box at our local Target store, I could not resist myself. Target has my favorite drugstore brands and some of the popular high-end products, they have some brands from UK and Korea also. It’s a good mix of brands and I get a nice wide variety to choose from. In this beauty box, I got the products which I never tried before, these products can be quite useful for my daily skincare routine. I got two full-size products, one sample of beauty vitamin, one shampoo, and one conditioner in travel size, makeup remover eye pads, one cleanser and one moisturizer in sample sizes, and I got total $9 coupons on the full sizes of these products.

Olly beauty Gummy’s with biotin, borage oil, and antioxidants. I haven’t tried it yet, don’t know if I can notice any difference by one capsule though. But I like the Simple Miscellar makeup remover eye pads, the packet contains 30 pads, it is very soothing for the sensitive eye area.

This cream by Honest Beauty contains Daikon Radish Seed oil and other herbal extracts. I have combination to dry skin, and I am always looking for products which can take care of dryness. It is a nice, smooth cream, a good enough light summer moisturizer for me.

This is a clay-to-mousse charcoal cleanser by Loreal. It is a good one, gives me a clean look after cleansing.

Keraphix shampoo and conditioner by Nexxus, it contains collagen and amino acids which can treat damaged hair. I can see the difference, this combination definitely smoothed my hair after just one washing.

It’s a nice minty spring- summer color by Sinful Nail Colour

This e.l.f. Lip Tint in the Perfect Pink shade and it is also a full size. It gives my lip a very natural pink tint. It moisture my lips so nicely that I am replacing it with my lip balm.

So overall an exceptional value for money. Go try!

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