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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Product Review: AM Greens Hair Mask

Hey guys..I know I have been missing in action on the blog front. But offline, I have been trying out some amazing products. So, stay tuned for a number of product review posts.
Today's post is about a Hair product I recently tried.
My last post on how I controlled my post partum hair loss turned out to be quite popular, as I saw many a readers sharing it on their social media platforms.

Today's post is a continuation of the hair care routine post pregnancy.
Yes, I was able to control my postpartum hair loss quite well. But what after that?

Well, my hair is not the same as it used to be. It has turned dry, frizzy and I do experience the regular hairfall issue as well.

A few weeks ago, I got to use a product I had heard a lot about. Its the AM Greens Hair Mask which is available at Euphorbia Box.

What I like about this product is that it is 100% natural and the long list of its awesome ingredients which include Organic Moroccan Argan Oil, Jojoba oil, Bitter Almond oil, aloe vera and other good stuff. The product claims to help repair the damage and combat hairfall.

This product looks like a conditioner. It has to be applied to the roots of well combed hair and then comb the hair from root to tip post application.

This mask has to be left in the hair overnight and then has to be washed off with a gentle shampoo.

I have medium length hair, and this 100 gm mask last me for 2 applications.
After the application, I thought I would have to wear a shower cap while sleeping. But the product did not leave the hair wet or sticky and absorbed really well.
The next day, I washed my hair with regular shampoo.
Surprisingly, my hair fall during the wash was minimal, but I thought it could just be a co-incidence.
After I air dried my hair, my hair felt smooth. But they were still the regular dry and frizzy self.
The following week, I experienced lesser hairfall, but it wasn't drastic.
A week later I repeated the application. And when I washed my hair, my hairfall had size-ably reduced. And post drying my hair felt better.

My Verdict:
Since this is a natural product, I don't think you will see instant results. But I am slowly seeing results after each application. Hair loss is minimal and my hair texture seems to be getting better with every application.

I think its a must try if you are looking for a good long term hair care routine.
For a price tag of Rs. 99, I think its a complete steal and worth a try.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

How I controlled my Postpartum Hair Loss

The postpartum phase is a very sensitive one.
If you are fortunate enough you don't get/or get little affected by PPD.
Your body is sore from birthing and breast feeding, you are sleep deprived and clueless about how you will actually figure out the parenting thing.
Amidst all this (as if this was not enough) you encounter one more postpartum phenomenon. It's real and no one can escape it.

Post Partum Hair Loss!

For some it may begin immediately after they come home from the hospital, or in a month or in most cases between 2.5 - 4 months post delivery.
Mine started at 2.5 months, and until then, I sincerely thought I won't be affected by it.
But the inevitable happened and it freaked me out.
The hair fall was so bad, that I genuinely thought that I would go bald.

Desperate Times call for Desperate Measures.
I asked all my friends, relatives and colleagues and they gave me tips that were too ambitious for a new mom. I couldn't sit for an hour wearing a yogurt hair mask or make a hair mask with aloe vera and fenugreek seeds.
I needed something easy and quick and so I did the following.
3 products that I used to control my postpartum hair loss:


1) Aswini Hair Oil
Richfeel Anatea
3) Cipla Tugain 5

I oiled my hair twice a week with Aswini hair oil, left it in my hair overnight and washed it with my regular shampoo and conditioner the next day.
I gulped down a cup every day of the RichFeel AnaTea.I applied Tugain 5 every night on my receding hair line and massaged it gently for a minute.

I started seeing results in 2 months.
Not only was my hair loss down to normal, but I also started seeing new hair growth on my receding hair line.

I am not sure if a single product worked these wonders, as I would like to believe that it was the power of these 3 that made the difference.

I am glad, my postpartum hair loss was short lived.

Tell me what did you do to control your postpartum hair loss?

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Travel Post: Things To Do in Ganpati Phule

A few years ago, somewhere in June, me and husband planned a short trip to Ganpati Phule. For those who aren't aware, Ganpatipule is a small town located in the Ratnagiri district on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra in the sub-continent of India and is about 375 km away from Mumbai.
The purpose of this trip was relaxation and not sight seeing.
But when we reached here, we had too much fun. So I decided to pen this post in order to give you a  gist of things you should do if you ever visit Ganpati Phule.

Ganpati Phule Temple and Beach:

Ganpati Phule is famous for the beautiful Ganpati Temple which stands facing the ocean.

The Ganpati idol in the temple is 400 years old and is Swayambhu meaning self originated. Unlike most deities in Indian temples, this idol faces the west instead of the east, and is believed to safeguard the western gates.
When my parents had visited this place a decade ago, they were mesmerized by its beauty. But when I visited it last year, I was a little disappointed.

The temple was beautiful and very well maintained, but the beach was in a sorry state thanks to thousands of irresponsible tourists.

Aare Ware Beach:

Around 2-3 kms away from Ganpati Phule Beach is the Aarey Warey Beach. And I am so glad, we explored it. It reminded us of the beaches in California. Isolated, clean and beautiful. Husband and I spent 3 hours just walking on the sand, splashing water and watching the sunset on the horizon. It was the most surreal experience ever.

Jaigad Fort:
Around 35 kms away from Ganpati Phule is the Jaigad Fort, which was built around 14th Century and has a very interesting history. Though it is mostly ruins, this fort still has some stairs that take you over elevated platforms and give you breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea and Shastri river. Since we had visited it around monsoon, everything around was lush and green. And I also convinced husband to take some outfit pics for my blog. Win-Win I say!

Also, the drive from Ganpati Phule to Jaigad Fort is very scenic, so keep your cameras ready.

Prachin Konkan Museum:

This is a national museum and if you are interested in studying the history and culture of Konkan, this is a must visit.
The entry fee is Rs. 30 per person, and Rs. 20 if you want to take pictures inside.
We went here with zero expectation but had too much fun. Right from the story of how Konkan came into existence, to the lifestyle of people leaving in Konkan, the wild life in Konkan and the sealife of Konkan; this museum had it all covered. The guides in this museum are school students who work here part time. I was impressed by their knowledge and zest for life.

The place also has a Shell museum where you get to see some really rare and beautiful varieties of shells. At the end of the tour, they have a souvenir shop, where you can buy jewellery, accessories and toys made from wood and shells.

Birla Ganesh Temple:

This spot wasn't recommended on any travel site, but we stumbled upon it on our way to Jaigad fort. It looked so beautiful, that on our way back we stopped here. This is a beautiful Ganesh temple built by the Birla Group of Industries who have factories and staff quarters near Ganpati Phule.

Tarang Restaurant:

This restaurant is very close to the Ganpati Phule Beach. It is an MTDC restaurant and is a part of the MTDC resort of Ganpati Phule. I am not a fan of MTDC restaurants, but I think this one is the best one I have visited. Their Punjabi cuisine as well as Malvani cuisine were perfect and reasonably priced. I recommend that you try their Paneer Kadhai and Kaju Malvani. Both the dishes were so flavorful and good, that we went to this place for at least one meal a day during our stay in Ganpati Phule.

Have you guys been to Ganpati Phule? What did you like more?
Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Restaurant Review: Sammy Sosa, Mumbai

Hi Guys! I am back with a restaurant review and this time its a Mexican restaurant situated in the heart of Mumbai. I hadn't really sampled authentic Mexican food until a few years ago when I traveled to California for the first time.
And from then, whenever I ate Mexican food back home, it was never up to the mark.

So, a few weeks ago when I received an invite to review Sammy Sosa, I was tempted to try it. Because I really need to find a place in Mumbai that serves good Mexican food. And guess what I finally found an answer to my Mexican food cravings. 

Sammy Sosa is a decade old Mexican Restaurant located in Andheri, Mumbai that has reinvented itself and launched a fresh new menu, a new vibe and 45 types of international beer.
The menu consists of vegan and gluten free options and majority of the ingredients are sourced from fresh organic farms making it a delight for every healthy and conscious food eater. You have the option to customize your meal to make it healthy by replacing regular rice with low carb brown rice, and alternatively vegan/gluten free.
Did you know? Sammy Sosa's kitchen has no place for unhealthy ingredients like MSG, preservatives, artificial colors and frozen food products.

Their new beer menu features international imports like Spitfire (A Kentish Ale that was first brewed in 1990 to commemorate the battle of Britain which was fought 50 years ago), Schneider Weisse Original (A Bavarian original wheat beer, which has been brewed since 1872), and Tsingtao (A Chinese beer, that was founded by beer savvy settlers from Europe in 1903).

Now lets quickly move over to what we ordered and what we liked.

We started with the vegetarian Chacho Nachos , Mixed vegetables Mexi Skin, Sweet Fries of Mine (sweet potato fries) and Chicken Enchiladas along with a few fun mocktails like the Lemongrass cooler, Pink Paradise, Virgin Guava-chi and Morning Breeze.
The Chacho Nachos has to be the best dish dish of the evening. Crispy nachos, black pinto beans, fresh tomatoes, jalapenos, olives, salsa and just the perfect amount of cheese makes it a straight winner.
The chicken Quesadilla was good, but I will rate it 3.5/5 maybe because the Chacho Nachos had set the bar really high.

The mixed vegetable Jacket Potatoes/Mexi Skin was interesting and I think the next time, I am definitely trying their spinach and mushroom version. What I loved about the jacket potatoes was that they were baked crisp; without overdoing the cheese. The Sweet Potato Fries is a good side dish to order.

The mocktails were all made from fresh ingredients and you just know it when you taste it.

We quickly moved on to the main course and started with the cilantro rice with peri peri sauce.

Garden green vegetables engulfed with the cheesy goodness of the spicy peri peri sauce served with cilantro rice is what dreams are made of. If there was one dish that could give the Chacho Nachos serious competition, it was this. The cilantro rice was flavorful, and the peri peri sauce hit the taste buds at the right spots. It was a marriage made in heaven.

Then it was turn for the Chicken Enchiladas and everything in this dish was perfect. The chicken was cooked right, the sauce creamy and delicious and the presentation was pure excellence.
By this time, we were more than full, but when Virat, the owner, himself described the dish he wanted to serve us next, we couldn't say no. It was Grandma's Lasagna. Lasagna in a Mexican restaurant?? Yup...Sammy Sosa also offers a select Italian dishes on their menu that are so delish that you wont complain.

Creamy, saucy, cheesy with a healthy dose of garden fresh vegetables.

We really didn't have space for desserts, but like every greedy foodie, we went ahead and ordered the mud pie with ice cream, New York style cheesecake and KitKat shake.
The cheese cake reminded me of my New York holiday when I had a cheesecake for almost every meal. It was perfect, just the way I like it.

KitKat shake was better than most
KitKat shakes I have tasted recently.

But the winner definitely was the choco mud pie with ice cream. This is a classic which is so easy to mess up. But Sammy Sosa just aces it and offers you what I call the nutty, chocolatey, lush and most comforting crumbled brownie topped with ice cream. This was just the perfect end to our foodgasmic journey.
This place is perfect to visit with friends as well as family and it has such a feel good vibe to it. The Staff is courteous and the Owner very generous and polite. Do ask for his recommendations if he stops by your table and thank me later. Sammy Sosa has such cool decor that it's perfect for taking selfies. Do not forget to ask for sombreros while taking pics.

I really want to rate this place a 5/5, but being honest and highly critical for the sake of my readers, I give it a 4.5/5.
This is a place I am going back to. So what are you waiting for?


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