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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Gadgets That Made Motherhood Easy For Me

I think I have mentioned it on social media before, that all my life I feared motherhood because, I thought delivering the baby would be the most difficult part. But I was so wrong. Turned out that was the easiest. What I didn't know or expect was that what follows was even more difficult.
Sore body, sleepless nights, chipped/bruised and leaking nipples, a colicky baby and my Post Partum hormones...everything just made it look like hell.
I really thought, I would never be able to come out of it, my life was over and I couldn't run away from all this.


Time heals everything, and of course you have friends to knock some sense into you. A little bit of rest and loads of TLC from your immediate family, goes a long way in making a new mom confident and independent. But along this journey, there were a few things or should I say gadgets that made my life easier and hence I wanted to write about them.
These gadgets aren't path breaking or new, but they are not very popular in India and I wanted to create awareness about them for the sake of my Indian readers. This is not a sponsored post.
So, here goes. A list of gadgets that made motherhood easy for me.

Fisher Price Swing and Cradle:

This is completely 'God Sent'. In the initial weeks, my baby hardly slept longer than 30 mins. I tried a number of traditional swings for my baby and she hated them all. And then finally we bought the Fisher Price Swing and Cradle, and it was like the best investment we made. Now, our baby was taking naps as long as 3-4 hours and this new mom couldn't have been happier. We used the swing until our baby was 13 months old, everyday for her day naps and it never disappointed us.

Chico Sterilizer:


My daughter wasn't a boob sucker, she was a boob chewer. Breast feeding her was too much pain. I don't think I have cried so much in my entire life. So, I had resorted to bottle feeding her, either with my expressed milk or formula early on. The thing with bottles is that they are really easy to use, but it's so important to keep them clean and sterilized. For the first week or two, we would sterilize the bottles in a pot of boiling water. And it was just too much work. But after my sister gifted me the Chicco Sterilizer, life became so much easier. We still use it, to sterilize my daughter's bottles, and sometimes even her teethers and utensils.

Baby Monitor:
 
If you live in India or like in my case Mumbai, buying a baby monitor doesn't make much sense.
Why? Because you are probably surrounded by a dozen people who help you take care of the baby, or because you live in a tiny one or two bedroom apartments and spend most of the time close to the baby. So why need a monitor?
I would have never bought one myself. But the baby monitor that I use was a hand me down from my Sister in law who lives in the USA.

We did not use it until my baby was two months old even though we had it. I spend majority of the time with the baby, either feeding her, putting her to sleep and even doing other stuff in the baby's room while the baby was sleeping. All this, actually overwhelmed me.
Like I have mentioned before, the post partum blues or whatever you may like to call it, made me more and more anxious. I seriously wanted to run away to catch on some me-time. But after we installed the baby monitor, I couldn't believe how good I felt. Just being able to escape the baby room and read a book in my living room watching the baby on the monitor helped me tonnes in getting my sanity back. I was watching TV while keeping a close eye on the baby without disturbing her. I was drinking my coffee, in the favorite corner of my house watching the baby on the monitor. This may sound silly, but it felt liberating. We still use it to when our baby takes her naps.


Google Home:


I always thought that when I have a kid of my own, I wouldn't want to expose them to too much screen time. But little did I know that it would be so tough. However, let me tell you that it is possible. We exhausted all our creativity and energies, but have successfully been able to keep our daughter off screen time. But one gadget that really helped us in the process is Google Home. It not only plays her favorite nursery rhymes on our request, but also plays sounds of animals, birds and musical instruments. My daughter lovingly calls it GuGu. And we couldn't be more happy and proud.


MyBaby SoundSpa:

This was a gift from my colleagues at work, and it came in really handy to put my baby to sleep.
It plays soothing music and projects fun images on your ceiling/wall; wherever you project it. The fact that my baby is a music lover really helped. My daughter still falls asleep with the SoundSpa. And the projector has helped stop her tantrums so may times. She waves to all the animals/moon/stars that it projects before she goes to sleep and then we turn the projection off and just play the music until she falls asleep.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Let me know, if you have any gadget that made motherhood easy for you. I would love to know about it.

P.S. I do not own the product images used in this post.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Ethnic Style with Brijraj Fashion

I am not sure if this was a conscious decision or a lazy co-incidence, that I haven't shot for a single outfit post after my baby was born.
Like every average woman I put on tonnes of weight and in the past 1.5 years I manged to lose some. But there's still so much more that needs to go.
All the weight that I put on, made me really uncomfortable shooting for an outfit post, because I genuinely believed my readers would hate it. Post Partum blues can be nasty.
But now that I am over all of it, I am ready to flaunt my bulges and curves in all its glory.
Today's post was long due. Not only because I am dying to flaunt a gorgeous outfit from Brijraj Fashion but also because, I want to document how I look 18 months post delivery.

Having worked with Brijraj before, I wasn't surprised when this unstitched suit reached home. The fabric is really gorgeous and the finishing impeccable. Very few sites deliver what they promise, and Brijraj is definitely one of them.

I paired this gorgeous green dress with Earrings from PreciousYou ; another brand that I recently discovered, and I was ready to shoot my first outfit post post baby Ishanvi.




















































Don't forget to check out for their gorgeous ethnic wear from
Brijraj Fashion

Photography: Abhijeet Kank

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Product Review: Oriflame Love Nature Face Mask Cucumber

Being a parent comes with its wins and loses. While you win a truck load of cuddles and kisses you lose out on your sleep and me time. Being a hands on mom can not only rob you of your sanity but also take a toll on your skin, hair and overall health. It becomes all the more necessary that you take care of yourself once you become a mom, because let's not forget this ever. A happy mom = A happy baby.
And babies follow by example, so if you take care of yourself, so will your little ones. I was never a person who followed a beauty regime even before I had a kid. But one easy fix that I really vouch by are face masks. Hence, I am always on a lookout for face masks which not only work wonders on my skin but are affordable also.

One face mask that I recently used was the Oriflame Love Nature Face Mask Cucumber.


The mask comes in a tube and is green in colour with clay like consistency. It is easy to apply and spreads evenly on the face. I prefer to air dry face masks rather than sitting under the fan. After the mask dried off, I washed it off with water. It washes off pretty easily with little effort.


I love the packaging of the mask. It's easy to use and store. This cucumber mask feels soothing when applied and after washing off, the skin feels smooth and supple. It did not dry my skin like most face masks do. I really liked the after effects of the mask and wouldn't mind using it again. The 30 ml tube costs Rs. 199, which is quite affordable and a total steal.

Do you have any favourite face masks? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

6 Years of Blogging

So-Saree completed 6 years of existence on the 16th of this month.
We celebrated it with a beach vacation.

Last year was quite laid back, but I really wouldn't do it any other way. Because Baby Ishanvi will and always be a priority.
But the truth also remains, that So-Saree will always be my first baby and something I am really passionate about. And so, So-Saree will continue on its journey. It might be slow, laid back and might have a few hiccups too. But, yes we will do it. Because it's so worth it.

Like every year, I want to thank all my readers, followers and fellow blogger friends who have encouraged and inspired me always. I Am because You Are!

To celebrate our 6th Blogoversary, we are announcing a giveaway.
One lucky winner will win these 4 amazing products from Oriflame worth approximately Rs. 3000.
It is open to Indian Residents only.


Rules:
Follow So-Saree on Facebook and Instagram
Like the post and share it on FB and Instagram
Tag 3 friends
Mention the city you live in

One lucky winner will be picked from a pool of eligible entries by a lucky draw. Giveaway ends on the 12th of February 2019 and the winner will be announced shortly after that.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Website Review: PreciousYou.in

I have said this time and before.
One of the best things about blogging is being able to discover and connect with innovative brands/products/people from across the globe. My six years of blogging journey introduced me to an amazing gamut of creative brands who believe in providing unique products backed with premium quality.

One such brand that I recently came across was PreciousYou.in
One look at their website and I wanted to own their entire collection.
But hoarding is not a good thing. ;)
In a world full of greed, we really need to differentiate between our needs and wants.
And so, I patiently went through their entire website and picked 3 products for myself, which was a very tough decision; I must say.
Suave Statement Hasli


Lalmoski Earrings


Neenaski Earrings


PreciousYou is a start up online jewellery brand who believes that beautiful things shouldn’t necessarily be pricey. Hence they continually strive to source and curate the most exclusive fashion accessories from across the globe at a price that is affordable for most. They have jewellery pieces sourced from Afghanistan, Nepal and even Kazakhstan.

The website is user friendly and very easy to navigate. After placing my order, I waited for my package to arrive; while I received regular updates about my package being dispatched and when it will be delivered to my place.
I received the products within a week, and I was really happy to see that the products justified everything that their website claimed. The pieces were intricately crafted to precision with superior finishing.
I absolutely loved my shopping experience with PreciousYou.in
The products were love at first sight and I cant wait to style them on my blog in the coming weeks.

So stay tuned for more.

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
2)
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?

 

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