Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Funda: Love YOURSELF!

Today's funda for YOU that I swear by...
Esp as there are moments in my life (yes I am not that positive a girl all the time)
there are moments of self doubt...
whether in work, or with self esteem or in personal relationships with people...
But you must always remember:

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday Moods.... a pop of yellow!!

The days are just flying by in a whizz and before I know it...
Monday's over!!
And because of the monsoons and slushy weather and the gloomy atmosphere...
I want a bright pop of color in my day.
The monsoon was very welcome at first, but after days of clothes staying moist... seepage on the walls slowly turning grey/green, and muddy shoe prints everywhere, much to my despair....
I really need a bit of cheer.
And what better color than YELLOW to brighten up the mood and get some sunshine into my gloomy day!

So here's a mood board for all you people who love yellow...
in all its forms and all its shades and all combinations!

In this post I will take you through some surprise elements in yellow that you can use all through your decor and make your home brighter... livelier...

Starting from a bright yellow DOOR!

An old bicycle painted the bright hue and converted into a planter for yellow flowers...

Brightly colored lanterns to brighten up a gloomy corner!

How about adding some razmatazz to your stair-case?

A pretty yellow console.. 

A beautiful BIG yellow painting above your bed. 

How about combining the bright yellow with a sombre grey?

Or with playful Turquoise Blue?

A fabulous chair for your living room upholstered in yellow?

Or a divine settee or couch?

Vibrant curtains to brighten up the room?

 Sunshine accent cushions?

Or a lovely, bathed in shades of buttercup-yellow Bathroom.... its gorgeous!

A lovely sunny painting for your dining/kitchen area?

Or paint the whole kitchen backdrop and cabinets yellow?

Bright yellow pretty pottery....

Lemons to add color to your Dining table?

A quirky, distressed yellow box with bright flowers....

I am absolutely salivating after this bedspread and pillows.... aren't they just beautiful!?

I think I have been brightened up nice and proper...
How about you?
Now to have some yummy, sweet, yellow american corn to round off the mood....
Just right for the season, eh?

Please remember that NONE of these images have been taken by me...
They have all been downloaded from the internet.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tasty Tuesday: Only 3 Ingr Creamy Mango Icecream

'Tis the Mango season...
and unfortunately its coming to an end...
So for those people who want to savour the mangoes some more, but as the fruits are going soft waaaaay to quickly..... I have a trick up my sleeve.
Have all the firm mangoes, sliced and eaten the way you like, but with the mangoes that have gone soft, scoop out the pulp, puree and freeze them in ice-cubes trays.
Then you can keep taking them out cube by cube and make either mango Kulfi, or mango Icecream, or mango Lassi, or mango Souffle, or mango Cheesecake.
The list is endless.
Even when the season is over!
But today's recipe is of the first ever home-made mango ice-cream that I have ever tried...
I was always told that for good ice-creams you need a churner or a special machine, and that its a tedious affair...
So I just wasn't interested in going to such great lengths.
I like to do and make things that are uncomplicated and quick...
But when I saw this recipe of 3 ingredient mango ice cream on the internet, I got curious, coz I had way too many mangoes lying in my fridge and they were not firm enough for the kids to enjoy!
Try this ice-cream with pistachios or with fresh chopped mangoes or with pretty sprinklers...
yummy and creamy and absolutely lick-your-fingers variety.
And with no preservatives, completely home-made!
Only thing that I would like to change is that its way too sweet.... obviously- sweet dussehri mangoes with reeeeaaally sweet condensed milk and sweet whipped cream.... its got to be sweet!
But I will look around for a way to make it slightly less sweet.
Will keep you posted!

You can serve them with sliced pistachios or without!


The 3 Ingr:
Mango pulp-1 cup
1 firm mango, cubed into small pieces
Milkmaid or any other brand of condensed milk-1 can of 400 ml (14 oz)
Heavy cream or whipping cream
some sliced pistachios for garnishing (optional)

1-First puree the 1 cup mango pulp and keep it aside.
2-Now in a different bowl, beat the heavy cream with a beater to make it light and fluffy and with soft peaks.
3- Combine the mango puree with the whipped cream, and then add in the condensed milk.
dont beat too much, just mix it till combined.
4- Add the chopped mango pieces and mix.
5- Pour into a loaf pan and then cover it with a cling film.
Lightly press the cling film onto the entire ice-cream surface so that there are no air bubbles.
This is to prevent ice crystals.
6- Freeze overnight and serve the next day, garnished with slivers of pistachios.

Lick your fingers, and the spoon, and go for a second serving!

For your Pinning pleasure!!!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday Fun-Time: A Super Hero/Spiderman Birthday!!

My little one's countdown for his next birthday begins as soon as the guests have left, the gifts have been opened and the euphoria has come down...
Its usually that very night... when he is half asleep that he starts to dream and mumble about the theme for his next birthday....
So though I had been told or warned rather, a year before, that he wants a super hero birthday the coming year, I still wasn't able to do a lot of preparation from before.
As usual it was all last minute and with anything and nothing that was available in the back-of-beyonds where I live!
But with the little resources that I had, I think I pulled off a decent enough Superhero/ Spiderman Birthday Party!
And just a  few months later, my sister too celebrated her son's birthday with the Super Hero theme...
and I sent her a lot of printables that she could use in the decor.
Attaching those pictures here as well, so you can get more ideas!

My son's birthday, because he was wanting to wear his Spidy costume, was more Spiderman based than any other superhero, but there were enough of the hulk and the batman etc in the decor and games to make it an all encompassing Super Hero Birthday!

So to begin with here are a couple of cards that I designed for my nephew turning 5.
I super-imposed Yaseen's face on the superhero on Photoshop and voila!!

Once the cards had been distributed, I got around to getting some heavy duty felt cloth to make the eye masks and some shiny bright cloth pieces to make the capes...
Because how can the kiddos be super heroes without the eye masks and capes? and the more colourful, the better!

sorry about the crudely cut super hero masks but the kids loved them... they were prancing and flying all over the place with thier colorful capes.
Caught hold of just a few of them to quickly take a photograph!!

And here are the two Spidys and thier best friend!!

The decor was all done with lots of blue and red balloons (spidy color theme), colorful printouts and the lots of speech bubbles with the kryptonite cupcakes et all...

(part of my nephew's birthday bash)

(part of my nephew's birthday bash)
All these printables will be at the end of the blogpost, for you to print-out and use.

blue and red (or rather pink) colorful snacks!!

or have the colorful jello shots named after Hulk and Ironman...

Or these wonderfully creative Spidy strawberries?
Then of course you get loads of ideas off the internet for the superhero/spiderman cake...
My son wanted a Spiderman Cake, so Spiderman he had!

I also had a few easy to assemble games ready for the little super heroes to play!!
One was a Hulk face made out of an old carton covered with green florescent paper, and his huge mouth cut-out to throw the ball into!!
This game was a whole lotta fun!

Now isnt he looking angry enough??

The other game that was played was pinning the bat onto the Batman blindfolded!!
Each bat-logo had the kids' names at the back.

You can also have a relay race or passing the parcel of Kryptonite.. 

Maybe a game of catching the villain, where the child has to wrap his parents up in streamers?

Or toppling a stack of cans that have some villain logos or faces on them?

After that the only thing left for the super-kids is thier goody-bags.
And you can either have a Spidy goody bag like me-

Or have a simple goody bag with a Super-hero initial pasted on them, with a "Thank You for being a sooper friend" note attached... the printable of which is available at the end of the blog-post, of course!

So the party ideas hopefully were enough to help you in throwing a SOOOOPER Party?

and now for some FREE printables that you can download and print them out to use in your decor and gifts!
Please DO NOT use them for commercial purposes... just for your own home use.
(just cut along the circle given)

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