PUMPED UP KICKS | Foster the People | COVER by Ashmi & Avanti Kshirsagar

Watch as our twins Ashmi and Avanti Kshirsagar (Age 7) play their unique and energetic cover of the popular song ‘Pumped up Kicks’.

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DIY Activity 22: Pretend shop front made out of cardboard box

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

The Twins had a “Market”- themed month in school, wherein one of them got this idea of making a pretend shop-front for school. And not just any shop she specifically wanted to make a ‘Perfume shop’. She was ready with a plan all meticulously noted down on paper – exotic named perfumes, their price, colour of the shop, name of the shop….and so on. She had her eyes on an amazon cardboard box which she declared was perfect for her and got us all on board. Me doing all the cutting and decorating of the box, their dad getting a stack of small perfumes bottles and the twins coming up with different perfumes names and making a price list.

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Super Powering girls: Why more Female Superheroes are Important and a need of the hour

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

Girls’ empowerment, to be fair, has been part of the Disney princess marketing message. Ever since The Little Mermaid came out in 1989, Disney has been customising fairy tales to make them palatable to modern sensibilities — injecting some level of spunk or work ethic into one-dimensional characters, tweaking story lines so princesses could play at least some role in their own saving. But I have felt these efforts to be faulty given how the tie-in consumer products have turned out. Segregated toy aisles — Cars vs. Dolls, Lego Star Wars vs. Lego Friends, pink vs. blue, delicate toys vs. masculine toys — and the messages they send to both boys and girls about ambition, interests, and career possibilities. Their purpose is to primp, pose, and drum up a global appetite for bling.

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DIY Activity 21: Make your own Puppet Theatre

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

If you grew up watching the Muppets or Punch and Judy, you probably understand just how magical puppets can be for children. Through these larger-than-life characters, young audiences learn important lessons and form long-lasting bonds. But it’s not just watching puppets that can make a difference in young children’s lives; playing puppets can have a profound effect on childhood development, too. Handing over a hand puppet or two to your child opens up a world of imaginative and open-ended play.

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Hair Loss after Pregnancy

Hair loss after pregnancy is quiet common and distressing. This kind of hair loss generally begins about 1-2 months after delivery. Severity is much more in twin/triplet (multiple pregnancies). Onset is a lot of times sudden and a bunch of hairs are lost before even treatment is started.

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Product review: Lego Classic Brick 10696, 484 pcs

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

This was my first Lego classic set purchase, after my 5-year old twins transitioned from Duplo. The 10696 Lego brick is the medium sized one, which I feel is quite adequate for a beginner with 484 pcs. It has wide range of creativity from house, flowers, cars, trains, alligator etc. Continue reading “Product review: Lego Classic Brick 10696, 484 pcs”

A beautiful poem on Parenting by Kahlil Gibran

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Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

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Precautions before posting baby pictures on social media

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In today’s world of instant social connectivity, it has become very easy to share special moments of our lives with our dear ones instantly. Who doesn’t like to share baby pictures and love to read the lovely responses from friends and family? Even though your intention of posting them on social media may be to just share them, but always remember it is very important to share them only under proper privacy settings so that they aren’t misused or fall into wrong hands. There have been a number of cases wherein the photos posted, have been illegally used for unethical practices like advertising, child trafficking etc. Continue reading “Precautions before posting baby pictures on social media”