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Lack of diversity in books and movies

I came across this article and it got me to thinking. The Indian American population is about 1% in the US and more concentrated in certain areas like New Jersey, New York, Silicon Valley, etc. We don't have any books or media that Indian American children will be exposed to as they grow up.

While most Indian American children are exposed to their culture when they visit their roots or at home or through their community, not everybody is able to do that. Whenever I visit India, I try to stock up on books about indian history or mythology or moral stories around indian culture so that when my daughter grows up to an age when she can understand these stories, she still gets the indian influence and indian culture and doesn't feel alone.

The Indian American population is one of the fastest-growing population groups in the US and at some point in the next few years, I hope to see some books and media around this cultural group.



Free Printable Baby Shower Planning Checklist

This would have been really helpful when I was planning my friend's baby shower and even when I was planning my own baby shower.

Check out this FREE printable Baby Shower planning checklist from Unoriginal Mom

Free Printable Baby Shower Planning Checklist - unOriginal Mom

Saving money on groceries

Recently, we had some family visiting for a few months and as a result, our grocery bills shot through the roof. It's back to being just us again and I'm trying to reduce our grocery expenses.

One of the reasons our grocery bill gets so high is we buy a lot of groceries at the local indian grocery store and it tends to be the biggest part of our grocery budget.

Use a discount grocer or warehouse club - options for me are Trader Joe's, Market Basket, Costco, ALDI's and Sam's ClubChoose your primary store and learn its layoutWatch the store flyer each weekMake a meal plan and grocery listStock up big on sale-priced non perishablesListen to uptempo music while you shopFigure out the price per unit when buying a specific non perishable itemShop your pantry - meal plan around the items in stock in your pantry So I'm going to start meal planning soon and use the rest of these tips to reduce our grocery costs every month. I will keep updating on how that's going.


Corn and Capsicum Tikki

I made this Corn and Capsicum Tikki yesterday and it was really yummy. I forgot to take pictures but it was fairly simple to make and pretty fast. It is pretty healthy and a good evening snack.

Corn and Capsicum Tikki recipe