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DIY 17: Disney Frozen Elsa & Anna Yarn Wig Hair

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When the animated film “Frozen” was released last year, no one expected it to become a worldwide juggernaut. “Frozen,” which earned more than $1.2 billion at the box office, is not only the first “princess” movie to make the list of top 10 grossing animated films, even more astonishingly, it is also the No. 1 animated film of all time. Little girls have long been drawn to princesses. My twins were born, the same year the movie was released (2013) and have literally grown up watching the movie. My twins now almost 5, enjoy re-enacting the scene when it comes on and that they never change characters; one twin always plays Elsa, and the other plays Anna. From their dramatic positions on the floor to their giggling while they run around, the twins are spot-on. Hence this summer I wanted to give them a little surprise by making these Elsa-Anna crochet wigs made of beautiful yarn.

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There are variety of ways by which you can make the wigs, like partial beanie hat with the fringe having the yarn hair or whole set of yarn hair. In any case you will need a simple knit beanie hat which you can knit on your own or buy from a store. I made my own beanie hat using double stitch crochet, which is very easy sticth to hook up the hair. Make sure the hat is a bit loose and the knots are not too tight.

Things you will need:

  • Yarn: I have used 100% 8 ply acrylic yarn for the whole project. You will require about 250-350 yards for each wig. The colours can vary according to your taste. My daughter wanted an off-white colour for her Elsa wig instead of white. I have used a dark brown colour for the Anna wig.
  • 6 mm crochet hooks
  • Hot glue gun

The following is pattern for a simple Beanie for sizes 3 years to pre-teens: (courtesy: http://www.happyberry.co.uk)

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  • Round 1: Ch5, sl st in ch1 to form a loop, crochet 12dc into loop – (12)
  • Round 2: Ch2 (count as st here and throughout), 1dc in same st as chs, 2dc in next st and in ea st around, sl st in top of 2ch to join – (24)
  • Round 3: Ch2, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next st, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in top of 2ch to join – (36)
  • Round 4: Ch2, 1dc in next st, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in top of 2ch to join – (48)
  • Round 5: Ch2, 1dc in next 6 sts, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 7 sts, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in top of 2ch to join – (54)
  • Rounds 6 – 18: Ch2, 1dc in next st and in ea st around, sl st in top of 2ch to join – (54) Fasten off and tie in all tails.

The weaving for Elsa Wig: (courtesy: http://www.naztazia.com)

  • Cut the yarn in 150 strands each of 75 inches long
  • Take 4 strands for each weave.
  • Weave along the fringe/brim of the beanie hat.
  • Take all the hair behind to make a braid or a French plait
  • Use hot glue gun to keep all the stand in place
  • You can make some wispy fringe of bangs in the front to frame the face.
  • Decorate with blue sparkles.Slide12

The weaving for Anna Wig: (courtesy: http://www.naztazia.com)

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  • Cut the yarn in 150 strands each of 75 inches long
  • Take 4 strands for each weave.
  • Weave along the centre of the beanie hat as shown in the picture.Slide10
  • Divide the strands (two on each side) to make 2 braids
  • Use hot glue gun to keep all the stand in place
  • Add a white/off white strand on the right side.
  • Add some wispy fringe of bangs in the front to frame the face.Slide11

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Detailed cost of vaccination/ Immunization in India (Birth to 10 years of age) – with 2018 updated pdf file download

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*DISCLAIMER:  Please do check the ingredients and cost of the vaccine on the manufacturer’s website. Do discuss the vaccine in detail with your paediatrician before making a decision. We DO NOT promote any brands. This article is only for information and discussion. It is NOT an advice column.


In India, there are number of vaccines given to a child since birth right upto the age of five years and each vaccine has a different schedule and dosage. To complicate further every vaccine has multiple brand names which determines its market cost. There isn’t a proper site which lists out the cost according to the Immunization schedule.

Hence to ease out this nerve wracking job of calculating the cost of vaccination each time you visit a doctor, I have compiled a list of various vaccines with their brand names, cost given at each week. So do download the file and relax!!!

FOR A COLOUR CODED AND SIMPLIFIED VERSION  DOWNLOAD THE 2018 updated PDF FILE HERE:  Detailed cost of vaccination in India 2018

PLEASE NOTE:

  1. Prices are as that of on February 2018, Variations may occur in the upcoming months. Local taxes apply.
  2. Prices differ from one company to another, unlike in the West.
  3. Prices are only indicative, and subject to variation.
  4. The charges at a peadiatrian’s clinic may also include OPD/consultation charges, hence total cost may vary
  5. The cost also varies depending on the amount vaccine in a vial bought. Single vaccine vial will cost more, hence cost of some of the vaccines hasbeen mentioned as single dose or multiple dose.
  6. The choice of DPT combination vaccine may change the immunization schedule. To know how, first read my post: Painful versus painless vaccines – Article on different DPT combination vaccines
  7. Please also download the Recent immunization schedule by IAP -2014, which I have simplified and colour coded from this link: IMPORTANT: Indian Immunization schedule recommended by Indian Academy of Pediatrics (with 2014 modifications)
  8. The Immunization schedule of Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) and Government recommended Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) are two different schedules.
  9. Do consult your doctor thoroughly before every vaccination.
  10. Cost of booster may cost less (200 -500 Rupees) than the main vaccine

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Review: ‘Funky Monkeys’ Play centre at Koregaon Park, Pune

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An indoor play center is a fantastic way to give your children 60 minutes of physical activity and best of all it is “Exercise in Disguise” as the kids are just having great fun…Running, Jumping, Climbing, Crawling and Sliding… Play is what kids do best!! ‘Funkey Monkeys’ is an indoor play area at Nitesh Hub in Koregaon Park, is a very good option for parents who want to have a fun and relaxing time with their kids in Pune.

Ratings: ★★★★ ½ (4.5 out of 5)

Location: Nitesh Hub Mall, 2nd Floor, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001

Parking: Has ample parking space in the basement of the mall and charges Rs 30/- for a four wheeler

Charges: Charges per hour / per child for the play area include:
Weekday Rate: (Mon –Thurs): Rs. 350/- per hour (for 1 child + 1 adult)
Weekend Rate: (Fri – Sun):Rs. 450/- per hour (for 1 child + 1 adult)
Funky Monkeys offers 1 month, 3 month, 6 month & 12-month memberships.

Entry of two adults with each child. Socks are mandatory.

Attractions: They have two play zones – a Toddler Zone for 6 months- 4 years of age and and a Junior Zone for 5 to 12 years of age. The area is huge spreading over 4000 sq feet. They have lots of attractions like Ball Pool, bridges/Tunnels, Climbing nets, Soft Pay Area Swings/Slides, Trampolin Zip-line etc. The whole store has a modern evaporative cooling system keeps the environment just perfect for the kids and parents sitting in the cafe area. It is also a good option for having a birthday party, since they have a separate section for a mini celebration or you can book the whole area.

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Attraction for grown-ups: Café shop and free Wi-Fi. Grown-ups can also accompany the children in the play area.

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Safety: The play areas are baby proofed and most of the other games are safe. Whole area is under CCTV surveillance.  Clean kid-safe washroom is available inside the store.

Hygiene: The play area is very well maintained and clean.

Staff: The only downside of the store is its staff. They are not attentive and seem lost at times. If you have small children, do take care of them on your own and do not rely on the staff especially in the play areas.

Snacks: There is a café in the store, which has a minimal menu, but the charges are very high.

Other attractions in the mall: The mall has a variety of branded stores which give a good shopping experience. The mall also has a toy train on the second floor. Crossword is also right across, on the same floor.

Overall a must visit!!!!


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DIY 16: Easy-to-make kid’s Christmas pin/brooch

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Since Victorian times, people have worn decorative jewellery to show their excitement and affection for the Christmas season. Some wear brooches with trumpeting angels, while others favour pins sporting silver bells, red-nosed reindeer, or a Christmas tree. This year I decided to make a funky and  Christmas brooch for their school Christmas party. It is very easy to make using regular Christmas tree ornaments.

  1. You will need some Christmas tree ornaments of your choice and some pins.Slide1
  2. Cut out a circular shaped cardboard pieces in the size of the badge Slide2
  3. Stick one ornament at a time to the cardboard cut outs making layers as shown in the picture. Use hot glue
  4. After drying of the hot glue, stick the cutouts to the pinSlide3
  5. Your pins are readySlide4

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School Admissions (Part 1): Types of school boards in India

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela

Education plays an important role in the progress of an individual’s mind and country. Education being one of the most important factors responsible to shape the personality of an individual.

Quality is the most cherished goal in human endeavour and especially in the field of education, hence choosing the right board and school for your child becomes a very important factor. Education in India is very highly dependent on the syllabus offered and most parents choose schools based on the syllabus it offers rather than on the kind of education imparted by the school. There are lot of factors which determine school admissions, so in this post I have discussed  basic points about the types of school boards in India.

India Schools offer both Indian and International Syllabi namely:

  1. CBSE: Central Board of Secondary Education
  2. ICSC/CISCE: Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)
  3. IB: International Baccalaureate
  4. IGCSE: International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Cambridge University
  5. State Board: State Government Recognised Board

I have made a chart comparing these above boards for clearer understanding of what they constitute. You can download the pdf version by clicking on the link below:

School Boards in India

The first step in starting with school admissions is to establish the type of board perfect for your child. In the upcoming posts I have discussed the other components of  the admission process. Hope the above chart was helpful to you.


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School Admissions: Introduction

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If you are reading this article, that means you have come to the stage where your child is ready to go to school, and you are gearing up for school admissions. I know, it’s quite a competition out there, but relax if you have your sorted out your priorities regarding school selection, then it gets quite easy from there.

The process of School admissions for an academic year usually starts in the month of October of the previous year and closes approximately by March. For example for the academic year 2018-19 forms will be available in different schools from October 2017 till the end of March 2018. Some of the forms available are online and some of them will be available at the school office, for which no doubt you will have to stand in a queue. The most important thing here is keeping a track of the date of availability of forms, last date of submission of forms, keeping in order important documents like birth certificates, parent’s degree certificates, proof of residence etc. Some of the school have made Aadhar card mandatory for admission, so you will have it make sure you child has it beforehand to avoid last minute hassle.

Regarding the school board, my main focus was on selection between CBSE and ICSE. The other two i.e. IB and Cambridge, though better, I found (at least in Pune) to be very costly, deficient in staff and situated on the outskirts of the city. But there may be changes every year, hence I suggest you do check them out.

There are many other factors for a school selection like age of the child, the distance from school, transport, ratings of the school, teaching staff, safety, fees, donations etc. All these will play a role in the school selection of your child and I have discussed these one by one.

I have divided the topic into a series of articles, broadly divided into:

  1. Types of school boards in India.
  2. Comprehensive comparison between CBSE and ICSE, including the pros and cons.
  3. List of Top schools in Pune.
  4. Points to be noted and how to make a selection chart.
  5. List of documents needed in filling forms.
  6. Real time personal experience with school admissions in Pune
  7. How to prepare for school interviews.

*Please note I will be writing all the articles in the perspective of school admissions in Pune, which can or cannot be applied to other places, so reader’s discretion is advised.


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