10 MUST HAVE THINGS IN YOUR BAG

Like millions of other working women in the world, my day also starts with a ruckus. Negotiating time with my alarm clock, and finally loosing to it, then struggling with the couple of cosmetics in the shower and makeup room, parallelly trying to match the shoe with the dress for the day inside my head, skipping the breakfast and grabbing quick fruit then rushing for the train to reach office on time, Oh my.. my… I forgot my phone charger.., go back!!…aaarrrghhh. Our day is not just about being best at work, but at the same time look my best at work, eat right to stay fit, wear the right shoe because you might have to run, check your nails, the paint shouldn’t be chipping off, sanitary pad???? Am I PMSing, etc etc etc and it goes on. Agreed?

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If you are a woman and you are working, you are doing a double shift ie HOME + JOB and most of the time the things are managed on the go. Also, if you are a mother then the ruckus goes 10x. So, to deal with the situation and with perfection, I have listed down 10 things that I always keep handy with me, and trust me, it sorts my day, most of the time.

A NUDE SHADE LIPSTICK:

Nude shades often go with most of your dresses. Keeping a Nude shade lipstick with you would help you in most cases. Even if you are short of time to do an extensive makeup session, just wipe your face and wear a lipstick. It works wonderfully, especially when you are in a rush.

SANITARY PAD:

I have this habit of not remembering when my last period was. Also, sometimes you get surprised treats, so this is always advisable to keep a sanitary pad in your bag always. You never know you might end up donating it, helping a needy one and become her savior. And hence you also contribute to Humanity. Lol!

NAIL POLISH REMOVER:

Landing up to a meeting with chipped off nail paint is one of my most hated moments. They chip off, due to distinct reasons and most of the time you might miss cleaning your nail and fixing it up. Hence keeping a tissue-based nail polish remover, saves your day.

POCKET NAIL CUTTER:

Carrying bigger nails with other tons of family responsibilities in your pocket is not easy. Sometimes I face broken, chipped nails or peed skin issues. A pocket nail cutter helps to keep my nails well in shape while I am traveling.
DOCTOR TAPE: Doctor tape is not only a medical essential to keep but it also is a great hack to shoe bites. Often when I have to run across the city wearing my closed office shoes, I happen to get blisters. But next day again I have to run, so using a doctored tape before wearing your shoe, helps prevent skin rashes and blisters.

FACIAL WIPES:

Facial wipes give your skin instant freshness. Not only they clean your skin but also rejuvenate it. Keeping a facial wipe while traveling helps you survive the situation, where there is no availability of water.

SUNSCREEN:

Exposure to sun harms the skin and may cause pigmentation problems, rashes, and pimples. Hence it is always advisable to properly apply sunscreen lotion before stepping out in sun.

ROASTED GRAMS:

Somedays I do not have time to eat proper meals o time, but the work life should not affect the body. Body metabolism works according to our food habits and timings. It is important to avoid fasting for long, small packs of roasted grams, Almonds or digestive cookies, helps you kill hunger and also prevents you from craving for junk food.

SANITIZER:

But again, it is not advisable to eat with unclean hands. As a hygiene one must always use sanitizers to clean the hands before eating on the go.

DEO SPRAY:

Hmmm, we all are sweat blood in daily routine, but I hate smelling bad. Hence DEO sprays is an essential part of my daily bag.

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Product Review: HIMALAYA FACIAL WIPES

I am a last-minute person, always on my toes hence I keep a lot of thing handy for me which I might need in the middle of a situation. Being a marketer, I am mostly traveling for business, either struggling in the daily office routine or a surprise client meeting pops up towards the end of the day. Apart from this I also love to explore the isolated places, so my holidays happen to be in some ‘not go far’ camping sites or a trek with fewer resources. In such cases, one of the essentials is to carry facial wipes along with you.

Facial wipes are one of the 10 Things You Should Always Heep In Your Bag, a must-have thing in your makeup kit. Facial wipes are very useful for cleaning excess dirt and oil from face and neck. They instantly hydrate the skin and helps to reduce oil, hence you feel fresh, all the more.

Today I am talking about a very interesting product I happen to test and found it worth recommending. A soothing herbal cleanup and refreshing glow to your skin, this product is a must try. Himalaya has recently launched facial wipes which it claims to be non-alcoholic. Himalaya is known well for its range of herbal healthcare products with ayurvedic ingredients. I liked some of their products and this new product was worth a try, as expected.

So jumping directly on the subject, there are two variants available in the market:

Moisturizing Aloe Vera Facial Wipes
This has the magical Aloe Vera and Fig as the key ingredient. Aloe Vera is rich in polysaccharides that help hydrate and soften skin and Fig is known for its antioxidant and skin conditioning properties and helps make the skin feel soft and supple.

Purifying Neem Facial Wipes
This has the strong cleansing effect and is a better choice for acne-prone skin type. Key ingredients include Neem and Turmeric which are best recommended for their antibacterial properties. Neem tackles bacteria from the root and prevents pimples and blemishes and Turmeric is a natural healer for skin, known since ages.

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Best Recommended For :

  • Work days: For a last-minute person like me, it’s very easy to clean up my ‘tired face of the day’ easily while sitting in the cab, using these wipes. It just not cleans up my face but re-energizes the entire system. So if you have to rush to a meeting, or an informal gathering, without notice, these wipes can be the savior for the moment. Instantly clean up your face and touch up with a lip shade, and there you go.
  • Travel: if you have a love for traveling, you must have struggled with water issues, especially when you are on a camping site. Wipes work wonder for you in such ‘not go far’ places.
  • Gym: your gym is the place where you sore, which is very good, but not to forget you sore with many others. In simple words, we share machines and instruments and hence skin is vulnerable to getting infections. The Neem and Turmeric base of Himalaya wipes helps in a way they have antibacterial properties, and you feel fresh. Also, the wipes can easily fit in your gym kit.

Directions for Use:
Pull out a wipe and use it to gently cleanse the face, neck, and eye area. Please make sure you reseal the bag after use with the self-adhesive label to prevent the wipes from drying out.
These wipes are dermatologically tested, suitable for all skin types and free of parabens, artificial colors, and alcohol.

Pack size:
10 wipes and 25 wipes for Rs 100.

Available at your nearby store or you can order online from https://www.himalayastore.com/

I hope the information was helpful for you, still, I insist go and try one of these and test for yourself. My personal favorite is Neem and turmeric. I am sure you would like it as much as I did. Do share your feedback in the comments. would love to hear from you!

Mushroom Mix Veggies Receipe

I am a veggies fan, seeing those colorful veggies on my plate, I assume all the nutrients that I am going to have, which will further make me healthy, Gosh! this fills me with gratification.

Mushroom, as they look, like an umbrella, absolutely justify their shape. They are full of proteins, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, antibiotics and antioxidants and guard us against diseases and infections.

We all know that mushrooms are healthy in a way that they:

  • Prevent Cancer
  • Help weight loss
  • Prevent Diabetes
  • Lower Cholesterol
  • Improve bone health and
  • Boost immune system

But the most interesting fact about the mushrooms is that they are the only source of Vitamin D in the produce aisle and its level can be increased if exposed to light. So, if you do not want to burn yourself up in the sun this summer, get your potion of Vitamin D with mushrooms. Cooked one is preferred over raw mushrooms for health benefits.

Okay so here’s a simple light mushroom recipe to entice your taste buds at the same time rich in nutrients.

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Mushroom is the only source of Vitamin D. Read Full recipe for Mix Mushroom Veggie

You Will Need:

  • Fresh Raw Mushrooms (chopped) (250gms)
  • Onion (1) (chopped)
  • Garlic (3-4) (chopped)
  • Tomato (1) (chopped)
  • Bell Pepper (1) (chopped)
  • Peas (1/2 bowl)
  • Carrot (1/2) (chopped)
  • Green Chilies as you like (chopped)
  • Grated ginger (1 Tablespoon)
  • Cumin Seeds (1 Tablespoon)
  • Sunflower seeds (1 Tablespoon)
  • Turmeric powder
  • Coriander powder
  • Pinch of Asafetida
  • Lemon/lime

Now Follow These Easy Steps:

  • Wash the veggies and chop them into small pieces.
  • Heat a pan with, put 2 tablespoon olive oil.
  • Add Cumin seeds, mustard seeds and a pinch of asafetida, wait for 2 mins
  • Add onion, and fry little
  • Add grated ginger and garlic, with chopped chilies. You can also split chilies into two, I like the big pieces!
  • Do not over fry the veggies, I prefer a little rawness, and it keeps the nutrients intact.
  • Add peas and put a lid. Peas are generally hard, so it cooks well under steam when covered with a lid. Make sure your stove flame is at the lowest level.
  • Peas would take 5 mins to cook, now you can add bell pepper and mushrooms.
  • Add salt and other spices as per your taste preference.
  • Garnish with cilantro and add a pinch of Lemon juice
  • Your light healthy Mushroom Veggie Delight is ready to be served. You can have it with rice, soup or bread.

So try this out and let me know how did it taste! I will wait for your comments!

5 Easy Ways to Happiness

Ladies! Yes, I know we face a lot, in our day to day routine. Every time we are going through some or the other challenge and trust me its okay to be annoyed sometime. Its okay and normal. It is important that we take life as it comes to us and celebrate it. Yes, you could be going through a severe mental trauma, but never forget that this is not the first time, you have faced it before and survived very well. So, celebrate, you are on the next level, and this time it might hit you harder but now you know the trick so it’s easy. Say Cheers to life and live it.Here I am sharing a few hacks that help you to be a better person, not for anyone to yourself. Tried and tested, trust me it works

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APPRECIATE YOURSELF

Swamped with responsibilities, cultural ethics, work pressure, love and family issues, there is a lot of things that keep floating inside you at a time. It is normal. The brain of a woman is structure to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. But in the mess somewhere we forget something which is most important, which you in yourself. Never demean your value, you are a power-packed superwoman and you don’t wait for appreciations. Appreciate yourself, YOU don’t need anyone.

GET A HOBBY

Each one of us is blessed with something that gives us that divine peace. Think about it, what is that one thing that unlinks you from this plasticity of the world and you log into your own blissful world. It could be writing, traveling, cooking, gardening, even talking. Find it and make sure you always take time for your hobby.

EXERCISE

Not because you have to fit into that slim fit dress and walk on the ramp but because you are supposed to take care of yourself. Exercising not only keeps you fit and healthy but it also helps as an anti-depressant for you. You are more confident and hence things around you automatically turn bright and flamboyant. And not to forget that slim fit dress, yes you can make it happen!

HANGOUT

meet people, talk to them, know whats going on outside your ecosystem. It could be frequent or once in a while but it helps. It helps you to discover those points where you are doing better than others at the same time where you can help others to improve. It is important, talking does half of the work when it comes to solving a problem. Others opinion matters, though the decision is all yours

GET UP EARLY

I know this sounds really like your MOM but trust me it works. Getting up early helps you sort your day. You have time to exercise, meditate, sort out the things and then start the day. I know it is difficult especially to those who run through a hectic daily routine and battle with the road traffic, but once you put in a habit, it will automatically make you realize how positivity boosts when you get up early in mornings. Try to start with 15 mins and gradually you will move backward and be able to make it at six in the morning.

Why Is It Important To Groom Your Hobbies

I booked a bike taxi last evening, it was cheaper and faster compared to other modes, zipped me through the traffic and I could save money and have my favorite ice-cream. But I am not here to promote a bike taxi, but what I found interesting, something that left me totally astonished was to see a lady biker at my doorstep. I was obviously more comfortable with her, and the trip was perfect. She was an absolutely professional lady and responsible driver. The wrinkles on her face and rage in her eyes said it all. She is not just carrying me but she was carrying multiple responsibilities in life. I talked with us for a while when she tells me that she lost her husband as he was alcoholic, she has a 10-year-old son and mother in law to take care of at home. She used to stealthily ride her dad’s bike back when she wasn’t married, and her love for bikes is helping her to choose a career for the living. I felt elated to see this tough role chosen by her, overriding the cliché that ‘woman’s place is in the home’ and ‘woman is a bad driver’.

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We have seen female workers in almost every profession, and now seeing this lady on roads with her bike fills me with gratification.

We’ve been watching campaigns around lady Bikers Exploring The Himalayas or doing Some Crazy Road Trips, and we’ve admired them but what makes me proud is lady bikers now helping commuters to struggle the traffic, and earning for their living.

The bottom line is every woman should be educated and trained as per her skills and interests. She should not be depending on anyone for her living. Ganga wasn’t educated but because she knew how to drive she was able to handle the tough phase of her life.

It is not necessary to sit in a multistory building with a laptop by your side, there are multiple options in the world that a woman can opt for. Especially the housemakers, who are often demeaned as non-working, I suggest you can pick any hobbies from your childhood, take some training and start taking small assignments. Financial independent matters a lot, it makes you independent and powerful.

Never forget, he choose you to be a woman, a woman is not just a gender but a very special character. Office, kitchen, groceries, toiletries, homework of your son, the wardrobe of your husband, medicines of your father in law, and that saree you wanted to get for your mother. Siblings, relatives, friends, kids, colleagues, you manage everything simultaneously. you were chosen for this tough role, so choose a better life for yourself, never demean yourself and keep yourself motivated. Pick a hobby and gradually make it your profession. Little steps matter.

Be A Happy Vibe

Today I got a text from one of my good friends, that she wants to end up everything and run. I called her, but she couldn’t talk. I texted her back and asked her to calm down and speak to me whenever she could. As a short-term relaxation therapy, I asked her to go for a brisk walk, often n release of energy helps us to get rid the of negativity that surrounds us. Later when we talked over the phone, she frowned. She had issues with work life, a non-supportive/non-earning husband, a little daughter to take care and no support from parents. To give you a slight background let me tell you that she is highly placed in her job and does wonderful work, she earns decent. But the bottom line is she isn’t happy. I talked to her for an hour, I wanted her to vent out everything that she was carrying inside her. She is better, I am going to see her soon and talk more.

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Often while we are well off in life in terms of money, job, relationship, one thing that we often miss out is, happiness and peace of mind. I am sure to survive it is necessary to run after your work, take care of our kids and family, but often we get a little less in return which curses us. Today I want all of us to take a pledge that whatever be the situation, we must take care of one person always in life and that is you yourself. Yes! don’t expect anyone to pamper you.

Let me put it in easy words:

  • No one loves you more than your parents, but they will not be with your whole life. This is a harsh reality.
  • Your siblings will get busy with their families.
  • Your husband will be always focused more on your children’s future so he will not love you as he did in the very first days of your relationship.
  • Your kids will grow up and get busy in their own circles.
  • Your job will not support you if you aren’t well physically and mentally.

Hence, It is important that we should focus on our self-more than anything else, because if you are not well how do you expect to be there for others, which you need to. Most important, ever demean yourself, love yourself, people normally get more inspired with positive happy vibes. Be a happy vibe for someone.

STAY HEALTHY AND EXERCISE

Eat healthy food, it helps immunity and makes you stronger to fight the battle you are on to. Take little steps, dance while you are cooking, do simple exercises while you are on your work desk, walk more, use stairs and drink lots of water.

YOU ARE SPECIAL

Keep yourself in priority, admire yourself. Remember people will automatically love you if you love yourself. Be a happy Vibe.

DRESS UP AND CHIN UP

Dress up and look good. It will keep you motivated and happy

through the day. You cant avoid the fact that one compliment automatically boosts you onside, so why not attract more. Dress up good always.

NO STRESS

Don’t stress more about work. It is just a part of your life, it is not your entire life. The mess at work happens, but don’t bring it home. Leave it on your office desk. It is inevitable, and it will come back again, so you need not ruin your life after it. Always remember if you get any kind of physical/mental disability, your office won’t entertain you more. So, stay healthy mentally.

MEDITATE

Take 5 minutes from your busy calendar every day and make a practice to meditate. Trust me it is important. Do you ever miss to take a bath? No right, similarly it is important to take a mind bath, clean unwanted thoughts and only keep the required material. Make it practice.

VENT IT OUT

Whenever you are in a problem, talk it out. Don’t carry grumpy baggage inside your brain. It will only ruin your positive vibes and make people hate you more. Talk to some trustworthy person, or else write it down, it is easy and remains secret. I am sure days after when you will read it back you will realize how did you fought with the situation and managed to survive, and to be honest it only ads to motivation.

I am sure these things will help you in daily life. Share more and more with your friends and I would be pleased to have your feedback and experiences with regard to this. I am sure together we can help each other.

that Birthday Cake..

Some frequent discussion among a group of friends, all sloshed by wine and women. She was constantly looking at the phone. While she was present among the crowd, but all her attention was on her phone and the door. It was 11:55. In 5 mins she was turning 27. Her fourth birthday with him, but without him. He will surprise her with a cake in hand, he will come to meet her, thoughts floating in twisted nerves. He was her best friend, her love, he will plan something great to surprise her.

Friends were still in their own stories, some listening, some laughing and some drooled in their own company. She was four drinks down, but she cannot sleep. What if she misses his call? Suddenly there were voices from the crowd, happy birthday lady. Cheers!. The doorbell did not ring, there was no surprise cake. Wait, he could be late, her heart was still consoling. There were so many around, that she was alone. She could not collect herself, she was broke inside. PHONE… He will call her. She waited for him to call, he did not. He will call me, she knew. He never does that. 15 mins passed.

The moment did not let her rest, but she was straining to hold her tears which wanted to roll down to her dimpled chin. 20 mins passed. That was a sudden gathering, nobody actually arranged for a cake. There was no cake. She had to celebrate it like that, she felt bad. She wanted to cry. She felt down, depressed. “He forgot my birthday” she sulked. 25 mins passed away.

Everyone back in the mode, suddenly the phone rang: “Happy Birthday Honey! and she contended. This is what she wanted to hear. This is what makes this birthday grand for her. No cakes, no bouquet, no gifts, but she was so happy.

“I know you will call, but this late..?”

“ just slipped of my mind, i placed an alarm but it did not ring” he replied.

“When it’s your birthday, I know, since a week. And you need an alarm to remember mine.” she frowned. She felt bad again.

“I have to take my flight. Goodbye”

They disconnected.
Six Months Gone….
She feels like a substance, mortal yet dead. and Now they say that she is sick, she should get well soon. Irony!