Traveling with your munchkins? – Winter tips to take care of

I did it!!

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I finally traveled with my 2-year-old Aarti to Banaras and came back a few days ago. I have traveled with her many times but haven’t been out of the station because of various reasons, but she deserved this trip with me and only me. I had to challenge myself to handle her all by myself and make her visit various tourist spots while interacting with her and making sure that she’s in good health. Most importantly the idea was to be there for her, spend time together and celebrate the festivities together.

I was too doubtful about my decision being our first trip with daddy left at home, I still managed to keep calm and make through this journey. And, it was a fabulous time with her. Winter has started to settle down with the evenings being cooler and so do the mornings. Though it is not very cold, it would be and if you are planning a winter vacation with your kids, you can always look up to this place. Hence, I made a few mistakes and learned from them & finally I am going to pen down the tips that you should be taking care of when you travel with your munchkins.

1. Plan ahead

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You must have made those spontaneous travel plans with family & friends in your time, but when you have a kid – think and plan ahead of the time. You obviously don’t want to land up at your destination and find no rooms available or the attractions aren’t available or more. Hence, look out for everything and plan things in advance accordingly.

2. Be flexible and have a backup plan

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What would you do if your weather turns nasty or you fall ill? Would you change your plans for that? Being flexible and having a backup plan would always come in handy for you. For example, I came across a couple who bought boys shirts and t-shirts for their twins and found that the size was bigger than they thought. I was carrying needle and thread and gave it to them so that she could alter the clothes in order to go out. They had come for a day and had no backup plan for the clothes. Likewise, I went to a temple on a day (without thinking) when there was a huge crowd and I had to come back without getting inside because it was difficult for me to handle Aarti and get in. So, be flexible.

3. Take suitable clothing

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The example of the couple actually fits here and this aspect certainly counts because you don’t want your child to fall ill. Have the lot of winter wear like jackets and sweaters, socks, gloves and more to go through the chilly weather. Apart from this, have girls tunic dresses, tutu dresses, boys party wear, and everything that you think can be of use. After all, you want to teach your kid to dress well and look good. Do this and their personality will shape up accordingly.

4. Carry a medicine box

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First aid boxes have always been a must-have for trips whether it is a family trip or with friends. However, when you are off on a trip with your little one, you never know what antibiotic you’ll need. The basic medicines like for fever, vomiting, band-aids and more should be there with you as a handy option. Your kid or probably anyone around can fall needy for the same.

And here you have it, the essentials and the tips that you need while traveling with your kid. Although it can be tough you will be making memories that will last you a lifetime!

Series that Defined our Childhood Beautifully

Do you remember the times when we would visit the local Navaratri fair and buy pencils that had the Shakalaka Boom Boom head on its end? If yes, then you must have had the best childhood days. I remember myself grabbing one of those pencils from the shops at the market. The next day I would take it to the school and flaunt it in front of my friends. Those golden days can never be brought back. Similar to Shakalaka Boom Boom, there were many other series that defined our childhood beautifully. This blog enlists seven such series that makes us nostalgic.

1. Karishma ka Karishma

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Inspired by the American comedy series called as the Small Wonder, the story revolves around a scientist, Vikram, who creates a lifelike robot called as Karishma. She saves the day by solving the family ‘s problems by her sharp mind and robotic powers. No one other than Vikram’s family knows that Karishma is a robot. The problems that arise because of the secrets and how they solve them with the comedy clashes is the rest of the story here.

2. Hatim

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The story is all about a handsome prince names as Hatim and a beautiful princess called as Jasmine. Hatim sets on an adventurous journey to solve the seven proverbs to save the good land, Sunena(The princess of Durgapur) and her brother. The Emperor gives him a magic sword that can save him from difficulties while Hobo, Jasmine’s assistant accompanies him on the adventurous journey.

The costumes, location and the sets add to the beauty of the series especially Jasmine’s attires. I searched for the same on the kid’s party wear section for my munchkin as she had to enact as a mermaid for a fancy dress competition. The outfit came out really well which made my princess look like an angel.

3. Son pari

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Bunty, a scientist’s assistant cages a dove to use for an experiment. Both of them intend to cage the dove after knowing that it’s the Son Pari. They plan to use it for their evil wishes. Fruity set the dove free without knowing that the bird is actually Son Pari (Golden Fairy), who visits the earth with the permission of Pari Ma. Soon, Fruity and Son Pari become friends after knowing the truth behind the dove episode. Later, Son Pari understands that Fruity’s life is in danger for which she makes Tooty, a fairy who is a look-alike of fruity.

4. Shaktimaan

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A mystical sect of saints known as “Suryanshis” chose a man to raise him up with super powers who can fight against the corruptions in the society. They chose a man and teach him the ways to energize the 7 chakras of the body through Kundalini Yoga. On process, he also gets mystical and supernatural powers that let five natural elements of life, fire, earth, water, wind, and sky stimulated in his body. He takes a pledge to finish corruption and injustice in society. Knowing the good deeds done by him, a reporter, Geeta Vishwas, who frequently publishes the news about the same names his Shaktiman to define his character. Pandit Gangadhar Vidyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Shastri works as a photographer in the same office to maintain his secret identity as Shaktimaan.

5. Khichdi

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Khichdi follows the story of a Gujarati family called Parekhs, who resides in an old mansion. The funny bunch of people take a decision to split as nuclear families so they decide to sell their ancestral property. In the due course, the head of their family(Baabuji) does not agree. He tells them to walk out on their own without the money. So, all of them stay together and wait for a magic to happen. The series also includes a lot of comedy clips where the family is left to solve the problem in the most illogical way. “Bade log, Bade log” is one of the most famous dialogues of the entire series.

6. Captain Vyom

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Captain Vyom (Milind Soman), a super soldier, is assigned by World Government and Vishwapramukh – the world President (Tom Alter) to capture the escapees. He is unaware of the fact that his parents are alive. Instead, he considers himself to be an orphan. He was raised in a monastery in Ladakh and has acquired superpowers by training in Yoga. The story revolves around Captain Vyom who takes it to the future – 2123, where humans conquer the entire solar system. Above are some of the series that I loved watching. If you have similar suggestions then, please leave them in the comments section below.

10 Rhymes that Makes us Nostalgic

Childhood is the most blessed period of the entire life. Short school uniforms, dangling pony tails, a little pink bag on shoulders, pencil boxes, drawing books, color pencils, rhymes period, assemblies, lunch boxes, water bottles are some of the sweet memories of the early years. I can never forget these things, especially the rhymes period was my favorite. The tunes still bring goosebumps when I see or hear them on social platforms. Lets have a short flashback of the poems that made our babyhood beautiful. Hop on to know more.

1. ABCD

“A B C D, E F G

H I J K, L M N O P

L M N O P Q R S T

U V W, X Y Z

Z-Z-Z-Z Sugar on your bread,

If you don’t like it, better go to bed

Every morning, come to me, I will teach you ABC

Happy Happy I shall be, when I know my A B C”

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This is the starting tune that would indicate that the rest of the rhymes would be carried after this one. The last ABC would end up in high chord which symbolizes that we are ready for the tune session today.

2. Twinkle Twinkle little star

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky

Twinkle,

twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are”

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This is one of the first poems that was taught to us. Not only as school lessons but, was used as a lullaby for a tight sleep. These rhymes have been now developed into attractive visuals that make them more adorable.

3. Johnny Johnny!

“Johnny, Johnny!

Yes, Papa

Eating sugar?

No, Papa

Telling lies?

No, Papa

Open your mouth!

Ha! Ha! Ha!”

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The “Ha Ha Ha” would be so loud that neighboring classes could hear the rhythm. The animation video developed by Chu Chu Tv ,one of the online YouTube channels that incorporates nursery rhymes with an inclusion of peppy music and a modern day aesthetic in them.

4. E-I-E-I-O

“Old MACDONALD had a farm

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And on his farm he had a cow

E-I-E-I-O

With a moo moo here

And a moo moo there

Here a moo, there a moo

Everywhere a moo moo

Old MacDonald had a farm

E-I-E-I-O”

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This is one of my faaaaavorites! I’m sorry for pressuring the word but, even today I sing the song when I’m too stressed out. The farm would continue with more animals like pig, duck, horse, lamb, and chicken. The pig was my favorite because oink word sounded to be funny then.

5. Humpty Dumpty

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

All the king’s horses and all the King’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again”

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The two munchkin characters taught me that how delicate eggs are. I cried for more than a week when an egg was broken by my mum for an omelette.

6. Rain Rain Go Away!

“Rain, rain go away

Come again another day.

Rain, rain go away

Little Johnny wants to play.

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Me and my classmates would sing the same song with a little modification. The song would include our names instead of Johnny. For example – Little Rhea wants to play.

7. Mary had a little lamb!

“Mary had a little lamb

Its fleece was white as snow, yeah

Everywhere the child went

The lamb, the lamb was sure to go, yeah”

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Long back in nursery, I once participated in a rhymes competition. I was dressed in the best party wear for girls, the frock was too wavy that I could hold ends with my hands. So, I started twirling on the stage while singing “Maaary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb” The auditorium was soon filled with a round of applause’s and laughter as the other kids just stood still while singing the poem. My parent’s eyes were filled with joy on hearing the roars.

8. Chubby Cheeks

“Chubby cheeks, dimple chin

Rosy lips, teeth within

Curly hair, very fair

Eyes are blue – lovely too.

Teachers pet, is that you?

Yes, Yes, Yes!”

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One of my second favorite in the list. The teacher’s pet “is that you” was modified to “is that me” later when I understood the meaning of the same.

9. Jack & Jill

“Jack and Jill went up the hill

To fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down and broke his crown,

And Jill came tumbling after.

Up Jack got, and home did trot,

As fast as he could caper,

He went to bed to mend his head,

With vinegar and brown paper.

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Though I forgot the poem after sometime but this is one tune that me and my brother would sing together. We would imagine ourselves to be Jack and Jill.

10. Hickory Dickory

“Dock Hickory dickory dock,

The mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck one,

The mouse ran down,

Hickory dickory dock.”

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Though this was a slow one but, the tune and the length of the rhyme would keep us engaged and diverted.

Above was a small flashback of our lovely childhood. If you have similar rhymes on your mind then, please post the comments on the section below.