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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 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.
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I created a poll on Instagram to find out, whether moms would be interested if I share and DIY Activities for kids that involve usage of Food. And I got lot of messages saying, moms wanted to make food fun and have a teaching and eating session together with some play or foodart I normally do. Till now my Lo enjoyed simple DIY activities considering he is 1.5 years and to be honest I have been quite lazy too. But I assure from now onwards, I plan to create some fun sensory activities for kids till the age group of 10 and I bet you too are going to enjoy with them. Without wasting much time, Learn to make some Fun DIY activity with Veggies for the Kids.
Learn to make some Fun DIY activity with Veggies for the Kids below three years of Age
This one is a simple DIY activity where you need just two material. A pack of Flash Cards and Real Vegetables. This is a DIY which focuses on introducing vegetables to the kids. It even works for me when my kid is fussy and refuses to eat something and I show him the flash card. It makes him happy for the fact he knows it, it is his card and may take 5-6 morsels instead of completely rejecting the food.
I have printed and laminated the pictures of fruits and vegetables as shown in the picture. All you have to do is lay down the cards in a row. The child has to select the fruit/vegetable that matches to the corresponding picture. This is also a fun language exercise as you can give the child the fruit/vegetable, name it, then the child will repeat it ant match it with the corresponding card. The good part is you can teach varied languages too so for example Kiaan has still not learnt POTATO but manages to say ALOO which is a learning in itself.
You can start with 2 flash cards to 20 depending upon your child curiosity and his age group. You can also create an advance level to the game. Where you can have a flash card of Alphabets and ask kids to match which fruits/ vegetables start with the letter A, B, C …
Learn to make some Fun DIY Activity with Veggies for the Kids above three years of Age
A child’s education stretches far beyond the four walls of the classroom. At this age kids are very much interested into the environment they live and play. This is more of creative development activity to entice the mind of the blooming buds. It’s a fun way to develop your chid’s artistic learning and encourage them to think in more challenging and creative manner .
In this activity I have planned to make a CACTI using a CUCUMBER. All you need is some tooth pics and any small bead shape red colour fruit like cherries or jelly sweet etc. In my case i have made use of dry raspberry which had little coating of sugar.
Cut the cucumber in two halves. Keep one half with you and give the other half to your kid. Take some toothpicks and cut the pointed ends with scissors so that it does not hurt your child (do this before you begin the activity). Take the toothpicks and pierce the same in the cucumber and remove it from the other end. Do it randomly with no perfect length and lining. Take the dryfruit berries and stick to the top or anywhere in the cacti which resonates flower. Once ready you can choose to eat the cucumber after you had a fun play with it or just smile on your creativity wits.
I already made one for Kiaan, and he was busy exploring it. He ate the dried berries in a jiffy. Then I taught him to remove the sticks which he did and managed to eat half of the cucumber with no salt needed. For those who don’t know my kid is 1.5 years and it was a fun bonding session with him and I enjoyed every bit of it.
So these were some of my Fun DIY activities with veggies for the kids. I hope you all loved it. Do give me your honest feedback in the comments below. You can also check another DIY activity I made in the past using apples here
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One of the most versatile foods of summer season is the Watermelon. There is so much to love about this fruit. You can plan to keep it simple or use it in making salad, juices, granitas etc and much more. Honestly i enjoy the fruit as it is but my lo does not. And so I came up with a fun way to eat watermelon this season.
This time, I have crafted a beautiful looking Flamingo made of Watermelon. The perfect pinkish colour matches with the Flamingo colour and hence this creation is one of my favourite. It’s not only a fun way to eat watermelon but also ensures kids get enough nutrition.
As difficult it make look this foodart was one of the simplest one I have done so far and i’ll share the steps with you.
STEP BY STEP – MAKING OF THE FOODART
- I googled out a cartoon clip art of flamingo on the web
- Once i selected the design, I just divided the flamingo into 4 parts
- I cut the watermelon in a two halves
- I took one of the half side and cut it parallel to the thickness i needed – like a disc shape
- With basic kitchen skills I made the desired shapes and ensured not a inch of the watermelon should get wasted
- All i had to do now was assemble the shapes and make a flamingo out of it
- To give a perfect look of the flamingo I added
- Apple and Prunes to make a realistic beak
- And made eyes with a watermelon seed
- Voila, The Flamingo Watermelon was ready to be eaten.
Well this was one of the fun way to eat watermelon. You can make a boat, mountains and other cartoon character with it. And if this does not suffice you can create some smoothies, granitas just like I made a lovely Watermelon Chia Cooler for the summers.
Hope you enjoyed this foodart made with just one ingredient i.e watermelons. In case you want to try your hands on foodart, you can too start with one ingredient only and fruits are the best way to begin. To gain some ideas you can check some of my foodarts which I have made using only one ingredient
Well mommas, hope you liked this flamingo watermelon and do share your feedback and suggestions.
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As a kid, i was always too excited about snack time purely because if two reasons
- I use to be extremely hungry since I use to come from school
- My mom use to always serve hot snacks like upma, toast sandwich, theplas, dry Gujarati snacks etc
Well, as you grow old this becomes a part of every day routine unless you have kids because now you have demands, arguments and favourites.
As a mom, my job is to get their interest in food. And I just tried to make snack time fun by playing tic tac toe with some cookies, breadstick and ghatiyas. Well the game was also for an extra pair of cookies / chocolate ao we had a deal the one who wins gets an extra cookie or some chocolates. Whoever wins, i don’t mind but it takes me back to my childhood memories and makes living more beautiful.