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Learn to make an interactive tiffin box with these mommy notes

Learn to make an interactive tiffin box with these mommy notes

A lot of you have been asking me since a while to make some foodart for the kids that go to school so that they finish their tiffin box. Honestly, I understand how difficult it is for you to see the tiffin box returning back […]

Tips to celebrate Halloween with kids in India

Tips to celebrate Halloween with kids in India

Let me be very honest, it is very little I know about Halloween. But from whatever I have read, the following is my understanding of the festival. Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is believed it was originated during the ancient celtic […]

My one year blog anniversary : The inspiration behind the blog

My one year blog anniversary : The inspiration behind the blog

A year ago, I never had an intention of becoming a blogger. Becoming a full time blogger was a chance I took when people started appreciating my content. I love being a creative artist wanting to share my work and passion for the work I do. I am not a writer, I dont have the the best grammar, I lack proof reading skills and so you can often catch a spelling error in a post of mine. And in spite of all this, I have a lovely audience who wants to view my content, seek solutions and communicate with me.

THE IDEA

The Idea of the blog came through when I randomly shared my art on social media platforms like facebook groups, instagram etc. I use to visit a lot of mom groups on facebook and seek knowledge on parenting because i was a mom an infant. I stumbled upon this lovely group on facebook called the First Moms Club wherein saw mommies sharing their creations,  talking about parenting, helping each other for smallest of queries etc. And seeing how well organized the group was i kept sharing my foodart creations which was very basic and naive.

Then one day, the founder of the group Ruchita Dar Shah saw one of my “Fidget Spinner Foodart” and she decided to feature my work on her First Moms Club platform and that day became the turning point of my life. I instantly created a page on facebook to begin with and went to explore on how to start a blog. This was the toughest part for me, since I had no clue on how blogging works. At the same time one of my cousins, started her blog and with her help I got to know the basics of buying a domain and host etc and self hosted the entire site on my own from designing the website, to purchasing the domain and host, to building content etc.

I won’t lie, the first 4 months all i did was just posted  the content rather images and did nothing else. I had no idea about seo, DA, PA etc nor i was showing any interest until people started approaching to feature my work.

HOW DID THE CHANGE HAPPEN ?

I actually do not know what triggered me, but I remember thinking should i join my work back or do something i love. And i got the answer, bcaz i wanted to do something for myself rather then run around on 9-6 job ( btw my job was never 9-6, i use to work on weekends too since i was in BTL/Event industry) and i guess the whole idea of leaving babykj and going to work was bothering me. So that time I decided to stick to blogging.

So the first steps I took was enrolled myself on two major blogging platforms – Indiblogger and Skill infinity. At that point of time Skill Infinity was featuring bloggers on their platform and I came across this humble man Tirthankar who runs the blog The Poor Nomad and is a seo specialist. He may not realise this but he is my mentor who taught me or rather still teaches me and guides on the entire drama that goes around SEO, blogging tips, information on guest posting etc. And i cant be more than thankful to him for being such a kind soul and guiding me throughout.

The added cherry on the cake is the constant motivation I received in being featured with parenting communities like Momspresso, The First Moms Club, OoWomaniya, Mama and peaches subscription box newsletter etc that helped me to be consistent with my content. Although I have my own highs and lows while managing a toddler I just enjoy this small bits of fame.

Also i took keen interest in participating in blog trains hosted by fellow bloggers, being a part of the myfriendalexa campaign organised by blog chatter and varied such small activities to showcase my presence in the blogging world.

I also took up a course on Pinterest organised by Neha from Sharing Our Experiences which has helped me to gain some organic views to my blog. However I am still very inconsistent with pinterest, I need to work on this area a little bit more.

ONE YEAR LATER

These stats may be small but hold a lot of meaning to me because I have really grown from 0 visitors to whatever i have till now

Page Views – 12000

Monthly views – 600

Number of Post – 100

Instagram Followers – 2600

WHATS NEXT ON THE BLOG

I have loads of plan on where to take my blog in the second year, but i am going  to ask you as an audience what would you like to see more . I am going to run a poll on instagram and share my future ideas and plz do give me genuine answers. You can even DM me or comment on the blog post.

You can participate in my insta polls and give your opinion here https://www.instagram.com/themagicplatter/

MY CURRENT CHALLENGE

It’s more of a personal challenge and i am figuring out a way on how to deal with it. My infant baby is now a toddler which means he is taking more of my time because he is super hyperactive, wants to play with me whole day. infact very clingy to me and will go to play school next year june.  Even if i make foodarts, he is more interested in eating it or playing with it and does not even give me that 2 mins to shoot. So if mommas, you are reading this pllzzzzz share some solutions so i can find time for something i am getting passionate about 

MOST IMPORTANT – DO I MAKE MONEY FROM THE BLOG

Many of moms specifically are curious whether one can earn from blogging. So let me get it straight. I earn but its not very consistent. And whatever i have earned till now is more of like a pocket money to myself.  Although I feel I can get more out of it, I want to be very authentic. I wont stand behind a product or brand that i dont use personally. I am thinking of using this platform for affiliate links etc but still not come to a conclusion.  But the day when money’s will keep rolling, I will definitely share the secret with you.

And before I end this post let me thank some wonderful people whom I could not cover in the post – My hubby Nikhil Jain who had to support me for my crazy ideas and feedbacks, Few blogger moms whose help I took on time to time basis whenever I was stuck at things Neha from Growing with Nemit, Priya from TheMommysphere, Henal from TheVeggiestan. And incase i missed on anyone, let me tell you I am deeply thankful to everyone of you including my audience for your constant belief in me.

5 home cooked indian foods to carry while travelling with kids

5 home cooked indian foods to carry while travelling with kids

Travelling with a toddler or a kid is not an easy task. You have to be up all the time to match with their energies no matter you are tired or not. And when it comes to food, kids can get really cranky and grumpy […]

Learn to make Fun Foodarts for your Kids

Learn to make Fun Foodarts for your Kids

Whenever I make Foodarts, the first thing i am judged and questioned about is – Are you a working mom or a homemaker ? And when I say I am a full time blogger…there is a smirk which means No Wonder I have time for […]

4 skills my toddler developed during ganpati festival

4 skills my toddler developed during ganpati festival

There is silence in my society today, as the 7th day ganpati has bid adieu to us. I personally feel the festival has ended today since i cant hear the melodious bhajans, cannot participate in the aarti/puja, enjoy connecting with faces i did not know once and moreover be happy and lost in the spiritual, positive, vibrancy around me. 

However, I am so happy and thankful to our society members who had organised to celebrate this festival. Because I never imagined my kid would come back home with so much of learning that i never planned or foresee it. Although BabyKJ took 1-2 days to adjust with the changes in the surrounding, he ultimately was just so happy and picked up skills during the ganpati festival

So without wasting much time, I am sharing 4 skills my toddler developed during ganpati festival

SOCIAL SKILLS 

Kiaan has always been a mom’s baby. He always clings around me or sticks to me like glue. But attending and being part of this celebration he started communicating with others, playing with kids elder or similar to his age, started going to people whenever he felt like and interacting with everyone. Since a long time I waited to see this side of him and I was super happy about it

EMOTIONAL SKILLS

Happy environment acts as brain boosters for kids. They tend to pick up certain  developmental skills and start to understand the true meaning of it . For example whenever Kiaan heard the aarti he use to clap and feel good about it.  He use to dance with others on bhajans/ songs and hold his head with pride on his behavior.

LEARNING SKILLS

Kids learning pace fastens when they dwell in such positive environment. He now knows we need to say ganpati bappa moriya, pray by folding the hands together, take aarti with his hands, decorate bappa with good clothes and jewelery etc. These are small things but for a toddler the learning process happened within 7 days.

INTELLECTUAL SKILLS 

The impact of this 7 days celebration has been so much running in his mind that whenever I cross a pandal or he sees an image of bappa on the streets he tells me “moriya” or “jai jai” etc.  I would rather say his memory power has been boosted and he remembers and tries to interpret things he see. 

This larger than life festival has improvised my toddlers behavior and enhanced his skills set.  For those who participated in this festive occasion, I am sure you would too have noticed some positive development in your kids. Plz feel free to elaborate this pointers ans share your experience with me and others by commenting on this post. I would love to hear from you.

This is an offbeat post from what I do, I just wanted  to share what I felt and hence have penned down my emotions here. Incase you interested in checking my foodart you can click here

This post is a part of #myfriendalexa campaign organized by blogchatter to take my alexa ranking to another level

7 great habits to make your children smart and healthy

7 great habits to make your children smart and healthy

I always keep talking about how important it is to feed healthy home cooked meals to our children. In the era of Internet, TV, Social media it is easier to google out various kinds of healthy recipes, the right diet for your children, types of […]

The important benefits of healthy breakfast for children

The important benefits of healthy breakfast for children

We all know, how important it is to consume breakfast in the morning  be it elders or kids. But with the early morning school schedules our kids find it hard to take out time to eat their breakfast properly, simply because everyone in the house […]

Learn to make fun food mask for kids

Learn to make fun food mask for kids

Do your kids enjoy wearing animal masks and enacting like them.  Well who doesn’t,  this is one form of role play for them which is fun, entertaining and thrilling experience for a child. But have you thought, If we could create food animal mask on the dinner table. I bet no !! So how about we Learn to make fun food mask for kids and take their learning curve to another level.

Before I share the steps, let me give you a little brief of actually how this idea popped up.  I had made boiled red Chana Chaat for myself. Babykj started showing some interest in it.  So I decided to make a mouse face and sing the rhyme – hickory dickory dock and serve him this chaat. With just 5 mins in hand, I managed to make the food mask which looked liked a crossbreed of mouse and a bear.  When I took a poll of what did the food mask look like on instagram 68%said mouse and rest 32% said bear ..Some saving grace of 12%.

But you learn from your mistakes, don’t you. So the second time when I made Dalia khichdi at home I ensured the food mask look true to the character and bang on, it did look like a baby lion as expected. So here I am sharing my experience and teaching you to Learn to make fun food mask for kids

1. The Mouse Face Mask

Learn to make fun food mask for the kids

Ingredients

  • Boiled red Channa chaat garnished with onions,  tomatoes,  red chilli,  salt,  chaat masala, lemon etc
  • Cucumber
  • Cabbage
  • Cadbury balls

Method

  • Give an outline of the character you choose with the red Chan’s chastity and fill it completely
  • Place eyes and nose using cucumbers and cadbury ball
  • Make the whiskers using cabbage
  • And the meal is ready to serve

2. The Lion Face Mask

Learn to make fun food mask for the kids

Ingredients

  • Dalia khichdi
  • Carrots
  • Cadbury balls

Method

  • Create the outline of the character selected using Dalia and fill it completely with the khichdi
  • To show the lion Harry,  use shredded carrots and pace it as shown in the picture
  • Place carrot in middle to make  the nose and whiskers
  • Add the cadbury balls to make the eyes
  • Use olives to make the mouth and the food mask is ready to serve served

I hope you enjoyed this form of foodart and have learned to make fun food mask for kids. In case you liked this foodart you can also check some more i made in past here

This post is a part of #myfriendalexa campaign by blogchatter to bring up my alexa ranking to another level

5 tips to raise happy and healthy kids

5 tips to raise happy and healthy kids

Which parent does not want their kids to lead a happy and a healthy life. We all do, isn’t it? and yet we fall to the trap of media who are bombarding us to use X products by brands and pharmaceutical companies, upgrade to fortified […]

Learn to handle your toddlers fussy eating phase

Learn to handle your toddlers fussy eating phase

How many of you go through a phase where your kid is disinterested in food.  Surprisingly half of the children go through the picky eating phase in the early years of growth and development. And before you start panicking as a mom. let me tell […]

10 mistakes parents make while feeding food to their kids

10 mistakes parents make while feeding food to their kids

A picky eater or a toddler who refuses to consume the food can be very frustrating for a parent.  Being a parent you might have googled out of town for solutions, seemed advice from fellow mom, taken suggestion from your peers and yet you could find the result being the same. And I understand this completely because there are days where I see my lo is on hunger strike and I wonder how to offer food to him. I do have thoughts of giving junk too as long as a morsel goes in his mouth. But I guess the answer lies in our attitude. Yes you read it right,  the way we behave has affects on a childs mind, body and soul and here are these 10 mistakes parents make while feeding food to their Kids that should be avoided.

MISTAKE 1. FORCE FEEDING

If you think forcing your kid to eat food will teach him to accept food then you are wrong. It is going to back fire really bad because he will start disliking meal time.  My lo once did not eat any grain for 3 days because I was upset he was not eating and I forced him to eat khichdi and it became worse.

Solution : Don’t make a fuss about it. Leave the food with him and let him explore.  If he is hungry he will have it or not take anything in his mouth.  One meal rejected does not mean your child will be starving throughout the day. 

MISTAKE 2 : NO MEAL PLANNING

Parents most of the time fall into the trap of short order cooking. This is basically out of fear that the child will reject the meal and ultimately they will have to offer something else.  However, cooking on demand sends a wrong message.

Solution : Plan a meal where the kid can see at least one of his favorite food in it.  He may not complete the entire plate but definitely will explore all the food you have served. Say for example your kid loves Dal rice.  Try and make Palak Dal rice and get him to love greens

MISTAKE 3 : FINISHING THE PLATE

We were taught since childhood how important it is to not waste and finish off every bite in the plate. And since it is reinforced in our mind we expect a toddler to do the same.

Solution : Keep targets that will help you to help your child love food.  Aim for 1 tbsp as per the age of the child for each dish that needs to be completed. Say for example a 2 year old should complete 2 tbsp of veggies, 2 tbsp of Dal, 2 tbsp of salad, 2 tbsp of rice etc and be satisfied with it.

10 mistakes parents make while feeding food to their kids

MISTAKE 4 : IGNORING YOUR KIDS TASTE PREFERENCE

It is a surprising fact that toddlers have more taste buds than we do.  So what may seem less spicy or less salty for us would be too spicy or too salty for them. I had not fed my lo salt till one year of age after I introduced our food he could not adjust to our salt consumption and hence rejected food.  It took me a lot of time to understand his behavior but that’s when I realized he has his own taste buds too

Solution  : Try and understand their taste preference.  And the weird part is they keep changing their taste pallet  depending on season,  teething times, growth etc.   Keep a check on their taste requirements and cook food matching their taste-buds

MISTAKE 5 : GIVING UP TOO SOON

Don’t assume that if a child rejected a food once, that he or she will never like it again. It takes about 20 times of exposing the child to one food to get them to like it. Do not remove the food from the child’s diet.

Solution : keep introducing the food time to time say every 20 days and allow him to explore.  He may spit it out or may choose to eat it and make us feel lucky.

Kiaan never liked mangoes when the season started but when we had the last stash of mangoes before the rain began he ate it in a jiffy and we felt lucky.

MISTAKE 6 : FEEDING INAPPROPRIATE SNACK

Snack time is in a way a fun playtime that helps to improve the growth of the child.  Instead of offering biscuits, candies or fried foods that are high in calories, give them to munch something nutritious

Solution : Plan out your snacks in advance on what interval you will offer fruits,  proteins,  dairy products etc and stick to it.

MISTAKE 7 : USING FOOD TO REWARD

It’s very much a parental attribute to reward a child for eating well.  And rewards are generally in form of sugar loaded sweets or junk food because let’s face it, who does not like junk!  Well it’s a big No No to reward a child to eat healthy. Eating healthy is not an accomplishment but a habit that we have to inculcate

Solution  : Don’t reward your child for completing veggies.  Always reward a child for good behavior and with non food products like a trip to park, bubble bath etc

MISTAKE 8 : BRIBING YOUR CHILD

Don’t you tell your kids, we will eat pizza on a Sunday only if you complete your veggies today or this week etc.  It’s  a wrong methodology to teach your child to eat. In fact the demands will keep increasing an there is never an end to it

Solution : follow the 80:20 rule in the house.  Everyday serve 80% healthy meal and give into your child’s demand once a day. The idea is he needs to understand between good and junk. He will eventually understand the difference and not create a fuss or demand unhealthy food. On the contrary, he will be satisfied and you never know,he may surprise you by saying NO he does not want to eat the sweet and opt for healthy food.

So for example, if he demands a sweet after completing his meal than give it to him and let him feel good about it. But dont make it an everyday thing. You need to balance out when to say a yes or a no.

10 mistakes parents make while feeding food to their kids

MISTAKE 9 : EATING INAPPROPRIATE IN FRONT OF YOUR CHILD

Most of the Parents tell kids not to eat junk but eat in front of them.  You are setting a wrong example and the kid is ultimately going to throw a tantrum.

SolutionIf you don’t want your kid to eat fatty food like chips, jams etc then you yourself say goodbye to it and stop getting it home. When you don’t have it in your kitchen shelf there is no question of tantrums taking place

MAKE 10 : EATING MEALS IN FRONT OF TV/MOBILE

I guess this one tops the list.  Every person, a kid or an adult browses the phone or watches TV while eating.  I won’t get into how harmful it is but we all are servants to digital media these days.

Solution : Meal time is a Gadget Detox time and all you have to do is laugh,  play and enjoy good food with each other. So talk to them, sing rhymes and have some conversations.

So these were some 10 mistakes parents make while feeding food to their kids. You can be a smart parent and start working on your mistakes and make meal time fun rather than stressful.  And also if you like this article you are to like my foodarts which i make for fussy eaters and i hope that can help you in plating food creatively for your child so he/she consumes the meal in a jiffy.

Blog Inspiration : Cookinglight