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PoohsDen http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden Words * Family * Travel * Food * Fitness Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:53:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 121981781 Ways to cope with other parents http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/ways-cope-parents/ http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/ways-cope-parents/#respond Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:53:23 +0000 http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/?p=9996 A new school year kicks off pretty soon and it means new classrooms, new backpack, new teachers new friends and their parents. As a rather anti-social parent, I dread this time of the year. I hate socializing and making small talk with other parents. Parent relationships are laced with undercurrents and are no fun. Here are some strategies I use to deal with other parents, Selective socializing Easiest tip ever. There is no need to socialize with every parent in your child’s class and no need to try to be active on WhatsApp groups. In fact, I rarely socialize with other parents. I see them at school events and share small talk. Do not compare Easier said than done. Many of us tend to compare our child’s performance and achievements with other kids. It becomes a habit and inevitably leads to falling out often. Accept that there will be other children who are better than yours and work on improving your child’s skills without comparisons. Your child, your rules What works for your family, may not work for others. Accept it and educate your child on that. You can also dictate rules only to your children. Expecting other kids (and their parents) […]

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Book Review | Keep Calm and Mommy On http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/book-review-keep-calm-mommy/ http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/book-review-keep-calm-mommy/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:03:38 +0000 http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/?p=9988 Motherhood doesn’t come with a manual. But there are helping guides. Keep Calm and Mommy On by Tanu Shree Singh published by Duckbill Books is the perfect guide for moms (and dads) to help them with parenting challenges. About Keep Calm and Mommy On Keep Calm and Mommy On deals on topics all parents worry about. Topics including sibling rivalry, teenage romance, religion, diversity, gender roles, death, body shaming and more. While, the market is flooded with books on parenting newborns, it is highly essential that parents have some guidance on how to deal with issues plaguing pre-teens and teens. The author, doesn’t shy away from topics and starts the book with confessions of a not-so-super mom which resonated with me perfectly. There are days when I wonder if the “supermom” title was actually directed at me. Between the pages The book as I mentioned earlier deals with topics that stump parents. Indo-Pak tensions, adoptions, death – ugly topics that many of us often don’t want our children to know about. But our children unfortunately live in reality and need to know how to handle when they hear and see unpleasantness around them. The author stresses the need for parents to be […]

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Hurricane Preparedness – Kids Edition http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/hurricane-preparedness-kids-edition/ http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/hurricane-preparedness-kids-edition/#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:51:15 +0000 http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/?p=9974 June heralds in hurricane season in this part of the world and being prepared for a hurricane is an essential part of our routines. Being hurricane aware is the duty of every resident. Having a plan for emergencies and involving children in them is also crucial. Kuttyma is almost 8 and this year we involved her in our hurricane preparation plans. I felt she was old enough to be an active participant. It was also a great time to talk to her about meteorology and the power of nature. Here are some topics you can discuss with your children, Hurricane Aware This is probably the step that kids can easily be involved in. If you live in a hurricane-prone area, be aware of the season. Watch the news and keep yourself updated. Teach your children to do the same. Also check if the emergency SMS is turned on for our phones. We also check with our insurance to see what is covered and how protected our home will be during such events. Where to Go Discuss evacuation routes and destinations (if you are asked to evacuate) with the family. We have planned our evacuation routes and destination even though the probability of […]

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#Read2017 April and May Update http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/read2017-april-and-may-update/ http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/read2017-april-and-may-update/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:04:40 +0000 http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/?p=9971 I am back with another #Read2017 update. Half the year is almost over and I am kind of glad about the books I have been picking and reading. I have also been abandoning books more easily. And in the past 2 months I have been reading but not as much as I did previously and have also not been documenting my reads the way I have previously been doing. Goodreads is the place where I keep track of what I read but I haven’t really thought about a book after I read it. I don’t write down quotes and words that intrigue me. It is high time I start accepting that I cannot read at the same pace I did before. One of the highlights of May was visiting the Friends of HPL book sale. I ended up picking great books at dirt cheap rates. August and September will probably be my “read your bookshelf” months and I hope to get my hands on my newly purchased books then. #Read2017 April and May Reads All links lead to Goodreads. The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler (#Read2017 planned read) Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (Random Pick inspired by Instagrammers) Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra (Random […]

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Lessons Learned – Transitioning from WFH mom to WAO mom http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/lessons-learned-transitioning-wfh-mom-wao-mom/ http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/lessons-learned-transitioning-wfh-mom-wao-mom/#respond Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:59:15 +0000 http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/?p=9968 As I mentioned in my last post, I have now started working full-time at an office. After 5 years of remote working, freelancing and being a stay-at-home mom, this is a big transition – for me, kuttyma and my husband. We are still figuring out how to balance routines and schedules and still remain sane. Transitioning To be honest, the transition isn’t complete. We are still bobbing in sea trying and hoping for a smooth sailing. There are moments of weakness, when I feel as if I am missing out major chunks of kuttyma’s life. But here are some lessons I learned while transitioning from a work from home mom to a work at an office mom. Prepare I have never kept my job search away from kuttyma. Prior to the interview for my current job, I did tell her and she helped me select my interview outfits. She was my cheerleader. She wished me luck and constantly kept reassuring me that I would be the right fit for the job. As she was part of the process, she was extremely excited when the job offer came. I was apprehensive but she was joyful. This made transitioning easier. Bribe I admit […]

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Snippets from Kuttyma’s Life http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/snippets-kuttymas-life/ http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/snippets-kuttymas-life/#respond Sun, 04 Jun 2017 18:39:11 +0000 http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/?p=9683 I came across this old post in my drafts. Thought I should document it.    The life of the resident 7 year old seems to be rather interesting. She sounds grownup one minute and just when I can’t handle her being grownup she snuggles into my lap and becomes my baby again. Her world has expanded and I tag along just for the ride. Kuttyma: Amma, are there classes to be a parent? Me: Hmm no.. Kuttyma: That must be hard for you. (Now I wonder what she intends to convey) She comes back jubilant after a field trip to the zoo. Me: How was the trip? Kuttyma: I had a wonderful and interesting conversation with X’s mom. Me: Hmm Kuttyma: That was the best part of the trip. She was the chaperone for my group. Me: What did you talk about? Kuttyma: Well, this and that.  

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Winds in the East http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/winds-in-the-east/ http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/winds-in-the-east/#respond Mon, 08 May 2017 11:06:13 +0000 http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/?p=9961 Remember the song from Mary Poppins? Winds in the east, mist coming in, / Like somethin’ is brewin’ and bout to begin. / Can’t put me finger on what lies in store, / But I fear what’s to happen all happened before. Winds did come in from the east since my last post (which was more than a month back). In case, you are wondering what has been happening over at Poohsden, here is a quick catch-up post. The Transition Mid-April, after nearly 4-years as a work-from-home freelancer, I went back to being a work-at-office mom. The transition has been easier than I expected but along with it comes a bunch of stuff that I want to do but barely find the time. I miss having the time, to read, to write about my readings, my blog and such. Now that things seem to be settling down, I hope to write more often. A post on lessons learned while transitioning into a commuting, work-from-office mom is coming up soon. It also means that my dream of working in Downtown Houston has finally come true! Yay! The Death This was least expected – my laptop refused to wakeup one fine day. […]

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#Read2017 March Update http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/read2017-march-update/ http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/read2017-march-update/#respond Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:07:34 +0000 http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/?p=9955 Marching on I seem to be writing only about books on my blog. I have been meaning to change it but never got around it. Well here is another update on my #Read2017 plans. January and February were good reading months. March didn’t disappoint. I read huge books. Now I am hoping to sustain the reading mojo through summer. I always fall behind in summer. It is the combination of school holidays and lethargy. Let us see how 2017 summer shapes up. #Read2017 March in Numbers Total Books Read: 16 Currently Open: 2 New Books Read: 11 New Authors Attempted: 10 Books Re-Read: 3 Books Abandoned: 3 Non-fiction Read: 2 #Read2017 March Reads All links lead to Goodreads The Private Lives of Trees by Alejandro Zambra (From TBR) Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (Re-read) The Nest by Sweeney (Random pick) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (Re-read) The Boy in Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (From the TBR) The Voyages of Dr.Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (Recommended by kuttyma) The Hound of Baskervilles by Doyle (Re-read) (#Read2017 planned read) Why not Me? by Mindy Kaling (From the TBR) Adulthood is a myth by Sarah Andersen (Random pick) A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord (Borrowed from kuttyma) Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel  (From the TBR) A […]

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Book Review| Peanut has a plan http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/book-review-peanut-plan/ http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/book-review-peanut-plan/#respond Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:39:27 +0000 http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/?p=9950 A version of this post first appeared on Indian Moms Connect About Peanut Has a Plan Peanut has a plan is a Duckbill Hole Book written by Yashodhara Lal. The book is 65 pages long and is illustrated by Shreya Sen. It is ideal for young readers aged 5-8. The Plot Siblings, Peanut, Papad and Pickle, are on summer break. Peanut starts getting bored at home during the holidays while her parents are away at work. She tries to entertain herself and earn some money. She makes “plans” which ends up making her mother annoyed. Peanut ends up being banned from making new plans. But, Peanut is put on a spot and needs to make a big plan and implement it to help the dogs in the neighbourhood move to a shelter. What will Peanut do? Can she help the dogs and win over her parents? The Favourites Peanut’s determination and entrepreneurship touched me. She is a role model and full of great ideas. I also liked how the siblings are not perfect. They are real kids with real boredom. They play pranks and get into tight spots like the one I have at home. The book uses simple language strewn […]

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Vaya Tyffyn 600 Lunch Box | Product Review http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/vaya-tyffyn-600-lunch-box-product-review/ http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/vaya-tyffyn-600-lunch-box-product-review/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 03:08:10 +0000 http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/?p=9944 Oh Memories I have a very selective memory. I don’t remember much of my school days. Most of my schoolmates seem to have wonderful memories of crushes, teachers, lunches and more. It is one of the reasons why I hate my WhatsApp school group. I don’t have any nostalgic moments to share. But one of the memories that stays with me is the story of leaky lunch boxes. No matter what lunch box I carried, I seemed to have disaster after disaster every year. That is one reason why I try to stick to packing dry, finger foods for lunch. I am also constantly seeking quality, environmentally-concious and stylish lunch boxes. Vaya Tyffyn 600 When I had the opportunity to try Vaya Tyffyn 600, I was quite excited about the style and design of the product. I selected the Graphite variant as it screamed sleek and professional to me. The other two variants – Maple and Wool are equally exciting and that is definitely a plus. Sleek lunch boxes are always in. The design of the lunch box as seen in the picture below includes copper finished stainless steel containers with compartments, leakproof lids and a stainless steel oval body. […]

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How to make the most of staycations + Spring Plans http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/make-staycations-spring-plans/ http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/make-staycations-spring-plans/#respond Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:49:36 +0000 http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/?p=9941 Spring and Me It is that time of the year! Spring is here. It is probably my favorite time of the year. There is the faint scent of flowers in the air, the sun is bright out and hope hops around. I love watching the azaleas put up a show around town and then the bluebonnets peak out. It is the perfect time to gape and marvel and be thankful for. Spring Break Many schools in the US, have a week off around this time of the year. Spring Break somehow has become synonymous with sand, sunscreens and water. To be honest, it is absolutely the worst time to head to the beach (or any other destinations or that matter). The beaches are crowded and dirty. It isn’t as relaxing as I would like it to be. I prefer to spend spring break at home, discovering things in my own backyard. 2017 Spring One of my travel resolutions for 2017 is to enjoy my own backyard – to have more staycations. This Spring, I plan to spend a few days enjoying things around town with my 7-year old. We are also thinking about taking a small road trip. Many parents balk at […]

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Book Review | Open-Eyed Meditations http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/book-review-open-eyed-meditations/ http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/book-review-open-eyed-meditations/#respond Sat, 04 Mar 2017 00:27:42 +0000 http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/?p=9937 About Open-Eyed Meditations Author: Shubha Vilas Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing Format: Paperback Pages: 280 Genre: Self-Help Self-Help Books and Me I will be the first to admit I am not a fan of the self-help genre. I know a lot of people love self-help books but I run away from them. In my opinion, most books in this genre tend to either exaggerate or simplify life. Given this I was quite skeptical about reviewing Shubha Vilas’s new book. I have read a few books by the Vilas before and I enjoy his writing style. It is simple and to the point. (You can read my reviews of the author’s other works here and here). I agreed to review the book because I like the author’s previous works. What is the book about? As one would expect from the author, the book draws heavily from Ramayana and Mahabharata. It links these historic texts to present day living. With numerous examples from ancients texts, the author tries to make modern day living a little easier. We are always seeking happiness and Open-Eyed Meditations tells us how to get there. The book talks about the things I crib about in 2017 – communication, relationships, money, leadership, positivity, […]

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#Read2017 February in Numbers http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/read2017-february-numbers/ http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/read2017-february-numbers/#comments Wed, 01 Mar 2017 01:38:59 +0000 http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/?p=9931 My Reading in February Gosh another month has flown up! February being a short month is a nice excuse not to read much. But then I don’t need an excuse I have been reading a lot. I have been raiding the library and clinging to books as I try to escape reality. Books transport me to another world and don’t let me think much about reality. I made trips to the library every time I needed to get out of home and came back with more books than I intended. My Read 2017 plans were fluid enough to let me deviate from them quite a bit. I seem to have learned towards classics quite a bit. I went back to books I have read before and a lot of childhood classics too. Falling back on trusty old favourites like Agatha Christie and Arthur Doyle was the kind of therapy I needed. I wasn’t ready to explore too many new authors this month. #Read2017 February in Numbers Total Books Read: 12 Currently Open: 2 New Books Read: 5 New Authors Attempted: 3 Books Re-Read: 7 Books Abandoned: 0 (I am on the verge of abandoning one) Non-fiction Read: 1 #Read2017 February Reads All links lead […]

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Motivating Yourself – Ways to push yourself http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/motivating-yourself/ http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/motivating-yourself/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:27:07 +0000 http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/?p=9912 February and Me It is past mid-February. February is a month that cloaked in grey and black. It seems to drag on and on which is strange because it is a short month. I lose the mojo that powered me in January. Like most people, I tend to abandon my plans and dreams around this time of the year. I fall back to comfortable inaction and forget the promises I made to myself. At around the 6-week mark, I need a boost of motivation to keep up those rather ambitious resolutions taken. I need to find ways to keep motivating myself and finding that push. Here are some ways keep motivating yourself as you continue the journey of change. Cleanup Cleaning up my desk and the house pumps me up. Clean sheets on the bed, books in piles and a bunch of discarded paper clippings make me energised. There is something therapeutic about cleaning and sitting at a well-organised desk with a brand new to-do list. So cleanup, print a new motivational quote for your desk, swap those pictures on your inspiration board and make a brand new to-do list. It will fill you up with positive energy. Reflect An introspective reflection time is a must for everyone. Learn […]

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Quotes from Books http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/quotes-from-books/ http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/quotes-from-books/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:03:47 +0000 http://www.ourowncorner.com/poohsden/?p=9917 Writing Quotes from Books I have been reading and noting down words that catch up eye. It has been a habit for a couple of years now. I have filled notebooks full of sentences that touch me. Of course, what impresses me on my first read may not remain the same. Some of the quotes I read fill me with awe and then there are few that leave feeling rather lost. I go back to these words every now and then to seek comfort. Cruel Time I need the comforting today. It has been 13 years and I am angry with myself more than ever. Time seems to gloss over things. Time leaves a fine layer of rose on top of raw memories. No matter how hard I try to see beneath the layers, I see only the rose tinted version. All the days and minutes of the past seem to have merged into one single event. I find myself categorising life as before my grandfather and after him. I try to seek specific memories, I can carry around. They are there but now I start doubting my own version of memories. Did it really happen? Especially in the way I think […]

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