Monday, January 22, 2018

My First Ever Dance Performance!

One of the items on my list of things to do at least once is to get on stage and perform a dance. And I finally did it!

On Saturday, there was a Tamil cultural festival for Pongal, a festival in South India. A lot of performances were there and we (about 14 moms including me) performed a dance to the song "Jimmiki Kammal". We practiced for a few months once a week and it was a great feeling to do it on stage.

The best part of the dance was the camaraderie between all the women and the laughing and fun. I'm going to miss it now that it's over. I feel a sense of great accomplishment that I faced my fears of going on stage and doing the dance without any major missteps.

This was the song to which we danced:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Review: 69 Million Things I Hate About You

Rating: 😀😀😀😀 (4/5)

I saw the book on sale somewhere,  it was only $.99 and it had been a while since I had read a romance novel. So I bought the book and was reading it today afternoon and couldn't put it down. I read the entire book in one go and it's been a while since I did that.

The concept was the same old packaged in a new way - so don't expect anything great there. But it was engaging and amusing. It was an easy read and an escape for a couple of hours.

It's worth the money I paid for it and if you're a romance novel fan like I am, go for it. You won't regret it.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Goals for January 2018

I have a lot of goals and habits for this year that I want to work on but I'm going to try to focus on the most important ones. I realized that goals and habits are two separate things and have their own place. Though I have a master goal and habit list I'm working with, I'm going to start with mini goals for each month and one habit for each month.

Mini-Goals for January:
  1. Setup the new house to a livable state. The house should be functional at a basic level of being able to cook, get ready, do homework for the kids, etc. 
  2. Participate in a cultural event locally (dancing to a song on stage in front of people)
  3. Walk a total of 40 miles 
  4. One post a week on the blog. 
  5. Create a facebook page for my blog
  6. Read one age-appropriate book for AGirl that we already have
  7. Read 10 books to A2Girl
  8. Create budget for January and stick to it
  9. Read 2 books I already own
Habits for January:
  1. Drink 8 glasses of water every day
  2.  Brush my teeth every day at night
While these mini-goals and habits may seem silly or basic to other people, I believe that by putting it out there, I'm going to try to achieve these. 

Here's to hoping for a great 2018!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


In my childhood, we used to have magazines called Chandamama aimed at kids. I used to love reading them when I was a kid and was delighted to find out that they have made Chandamama magazines which I used to read online in pdf format in many different languages. you want a nostalgic

Read them for a nostalgic blast from the past!


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year to all of you!

We've been very busy here! We bought a new house and are still moving in and settling in. See you all in the new year with lots of new posts!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Review: Love You Forever

Mama's Rating - 5/5
Kid's Rating - 5/5
I read this book to my daughter every night this week at bedtime. She loves this book. It's a simple story but touches my heart every single time. The first time I read it, tears came to my eyes.

The story is so simple but it is a reminder of a parent's love for their children and that no matter how old you are, you're always their child. It talks about life and death in a simple way that I can explain to my daughter.

One of the best books I've read to my daughter.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Home PBIS Chart

My daughter's school focuses a lot of PBIS - Positive Behavior and Intervention and Supports. The school asked that we support that at home as well and I hadn't really done much at home so far. AGirl's behavior hasn't been the greatest at home for the last several months and I gave some leeway in the first few months because of all the changes in our lives,. But now it has gotten to a point where I need to impose some rules and discipline.

Last year, I used sticker charts and while that worked for a while, I noticed it stopped working effectively and I figured let me try the PBIS chart at home like she does at school.

I checkout out Pinterest for inspiration and finally settled on one option. I printed out a paper with one table for each color and what it means. I colored it myself with markers (I would not do this again but was out of color printer ink at the time) and laminated it. Found a chip bag clip and use it for clipping up and down to different colors.

She starts at green every day and clips up or down for good or bad behavior. I have noticed some improvement but need to work on it more and set down which rules are expected and which deserve a clip-up.

My First Ever Dance Performance!

One of the items on my list of things to do at least once is to get on stage and perform a dance. And I finally did it! On Saturday, there...