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Mommy Unstyledย 

Messy bun and yoga pants, that is my style statement nowadays. And guess what, I like it. There is a reason why ‘moms’ adopt this style, coz it is smart, and easy. So to the younger me who was like ” I am never going to be the messy bun and leggings mama” “Girl !!! Weren’t you stupid ๐Ÿ˜‚” When you are a mom, you realize the beauty of this style. It lets you run around a toddler who is always high, without worrying about your dress getting creased, it lets you walk out and get groceries at a minute’s notice from the shop downstairs. It lets you run down to the park when the toddler has had his nap and needs his exercise. 

Of course, Elegant flowy gowns are a thing of beauty, but not so much when my toddly hangs on its neckline and pulls it till it gets stretched beyond recognition. 

Of course I like the satin night gowns with frills, but i cant be bothered to change in and out of it everytime I have to go pick up my kid, or drop him, or go get veggies for his soup and dinner. 

Of course, i love to style and braid my hair, but my toddly thinks that yanking the pins forcefully out of mommy’s hair is the greatest ๐Ÿ™ˆ. 

Of course I love my beautiful tops and blouses, but the tshirt can withstand many washes which are required thanks to the innumerable stains of mysterious origins that pop up on it. And frankly, I never iron these, just take it out and put it on 

And well in this hot weather having my hair high up is the only way i can survive. So shorts and tees and yoga pants and buns and ponytails are my staple styles. Dressing up is great but frankly it happens less frequently now. 

I mean face it, leggings and messy bun are there for a reason and that is because moms know how to do it right. ๐Ÿ˜†. Yay ! rocking my average mommying in my yoga pants. Do you mommas love the messy bun too? 

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Review of Carter’s Baby dresses : Baby boy fashionsย 

Here is a review and picture of my recent puchases from  @carters from @firstcryindia. Two  sets  of 2 piece Top & Shortalls with dungaree style straps, and 2 tshirts, perfect for the summers and a very bright and cute prints. These pieces are Cotton & Machine Washable, I always prefer machine washables as I really hate the hassle of hand wash or dry cleaning required clothes and baby A’s clothes need a wash every time he wears them. 

The one pictured below is the Dark blue & Yellow 2 piece Top & Shortall

The top is very bright and adorable and the metal buttons on the shortalls look very good. The print is adorable with small airplanes on it. Both the dungarees are very easy to use as there are romper style buttons for a quick diaper change and you don’t have to open the whole dress for a diaper change. One of the reasons I avoid dungarees during travel or while going out is the problem of diaper change. But these two are pretty easy to use. And dungarees look so cute.

It is very comfortable too for baby A. 

I loved boths  sets and it looks adorable on baby 

โบ Top 100% Cotton

โบ Shortalls 100% Terry Cotton

โบ Metal Buttons

โบ Pants have romper style buttons for easy diaper change

โบ Dungarees style straps

โบ Machine Washable


The model was not very willing to pose as he had other things to do; namely chewing on bad quality plastic water bottles. The ones I have a habit of collecting whenever I fly or visit a hotel. I have quite a collection of such bottles. And baby A knows where they are kept and takes them out to chew on regularly, as he has yanked off that drawer’s child latch already. Featured here are two such bottles; One is from Madarin Hotel Singapore another one is from the closed Kingfisher Airlines i think ๐Ÿค”. Well, from ensuring that I only use BPA free containers for him; when at all i have to use them, to not caring if he eats crap as long as it is not actual crap. I am rocking my average mom journey. Parenting fail ๐Ÿ˜‚

Along with these I also bought two t shirts for the tiny tyke. Both cotton and have very cute designs.

The material is very good on both and these two are machine washable too.


It is really hard for me to buy cute clothes for baby A, not many brands cater to this need, whereas it is pretty easy to buy clothes for girls. Carter’s is thus my highly favourite brand given that it has a lot of adorable designs and their quality is superb. 

Nothing but the best for the baby, right? Also keep a lookout for discounts, I bought these from Firstcry.com with a pretty decent discount. Carter’s is available on Firstcry site 

How to decorate a toddler’s play room without spending a ton; some DIY ideasย 

This is baby A’s play room. When we moved to this new place and I had a spare room, I was super happy as I knew I could turn it into a play room exclusively for baby A. But since he is very young yet, we don’t need any proper furniture really for him,( table chairs, beds etc) as we co-sleep. So, I had to come up with some DIY ideas to decorate his room. So here is what all went in decorating his room:

โบ on the walls : Danglers. I did danglers on baby A’s birthday with photos from each month of his first year. Photos from each month along with a little small write up about that month, are part of each dangler. And then i used ribbons to weave them together. Some glitter paper and number cutouts make them cuter and these are a permanent keepsake that now adorn the walls and make the memories easy to cherish


โบ Decals on the walls : I found some really cute decals on @amazonindia . I bought some Animal decals and train decals as both are baby A’s fav. He loves pointing out to all the animals and to the train pictures. He can now correctly point out all the animals when asked, including butterflies ๐Ÿ˜Š, thus these turned out to be a great way to teach him animals too ๐Ÿ˜ŠHere is a link to the decal I bought from Amazon : http://www.amazon.in/gp/aw/d/B00OPYNS88/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1491332020&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX118_SY170_QL70&keywords=animal+decal&dpPl=1&dpID=51zlncRMofL&ref=plSrch


โบ The shelf on the floor which has his toys, is made out of cardboard boxes, colourful wrapping paper and a hot glue gun. How I made these DIY Shelves are on my other blog post , you can chexk it out at this link; 

Once done, I used wicker baskets to store his toys on the shelves. I spent less than 100 Rs in total and had a great handmade shelf ready which is the perfect place to store his toys. And i did not need to invest in another piece of furniture / shelf for it. Win win. Point to note, I had to use a separate round cardboard cylindrical pipe in the middle of each shelf to reinforce the shelves else they would collapse in the middle. You can see it if you look closely. 

Tip: where to find such cylindrical cardboard pipes ๐Ÿ˜ณ? I used the hollow pipes that came with the decals I ordered and cut them according to my need. ๐Ÿ’ƒ. It was good they came packaged like that . 


โบ A floor bed makes the room complete for baby to sit on and play, ( he doesn’t sit though) as also a place for all his teddies to lounge on. 

โบI have also kept his play pen in the room, which he loves. He loves playing inside it and sometimes just takes his toys and sits inside the playpen. He also loves his rocker which I have kept in his room and sits on it with a book in hand when he feels like it. 

Here are a few ideas to deck up a toddler’s play room.

 1) Baby proof :  the area, cover up sockets, corners, edges, remove unstable furniture, it should be safe for baby. 

2) Decide on the type of decor you want, keep a lot of floor area free, just put a mattress / play mat for baby to play on. You can also put in a low bed or a baby cot.

3) Photos of baby: they are the best idea to deck up a baby’s room, frame them, hang them with a tape, hang them weaved on a string, whatever you want. These will brighten the room instantly and are a great way to cherish all those baby memories 

4) Fancy yet low cost deco : some low cost things you can use to brighten up the room are fairy lights, shimmer / net cloth/ dupatta / stole pieces, make sure that they are away from baby though and do not pose a hazard for her, hang these high and fix them properly.

 5) Wall Art : Get on the net and download some cute pics, depending on your theme, eg disney characters for a princess theme, animals for a safari theme, print these and paste on cardboard / foam, and paste these on the wall with a double sided tape. Cover them first with cling sheets,  if you want longevity, else you can also easily get decals online.

 6) Wicker baskets/ storage boxes : Get some baskets Or make a shelf like I did to store baby’s toys. You need to keep the toys organised and for that yoh will need boxes

7) Play Mat : get a play mat too, but it is not needed if you want to put in a mattress, with play mat the room will be easier to clean though. Be sure to leave as much of floor area as possible for baby to play around, no use cramming the place with too many furnitures. 

 8) Glitter Foam sheets : get it from a stationery shop. These are glittery sheets made of thin rubber foam. These are cheap and easily available in many colours and you can use these to cut out baby’s name, or to frame the pictures you want to hang, or just cut out few cute big hearts out of these and hang them around the room 

9) Pom Poms / Banners : buy some Crepe paper sheets and make big poms poms out of them, tie together a bunch of these and hang from the ceiling. Make two such bunches and that is enough to liven up the room. Cut out some banners and hang them across the room, these two things are fairly easy to make and are so low cost, yet these are a favourite decoration essential. You can find a pompom and banner making tutorial online easily.

10) Colours : I preferred using as many colours as possible for a baby’s room, as I don’t believe in the blue and pink divide, but please do keep the colour scheme as one if you like doing that.