Butterfly, Butterfly. Flutterby, Flutterby.

In many cultures around the world the Butterfly symbolises old souls. Some say they are lucky, others think they signify impending doom. Whose to say anything! But, the day we brought my new born son home from the hospital  – a butterfly casually strolled into my house with an agenda to welcome him into this world.

Old Friends they were.

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Our weekends at Narnia are usually blessed with lots of animals, insects and sometimes punctuated by the dreaded reptile.

But last weekend we got the Butterflies.

Hundreds of cocoons were hiding behind leafy greens and then they arrived. I have never seen so many of them. The kids had a field day running behind them, playing with them, giving them cute names ( though, I couldn’t tell any of them apart)

Then came this moment. This cheeky little butterfly flew right past my son as if to give him a scare, then, on second thought turned around, flew back to him and gave him a peck on his cheek.

These two definitely knew each other from a time long, long, ago.

Hair Nets: The new hair accessory you knew nothing about.

Over the weekend we visited our dear friend Shahruk’s bakery Puffs & Rolls in a small city near Bombay.

My kids are an enthusiastic bunch. Anything and everything gets them over-excited and it hardly takes any effort for them to fall into giggles. But this love affair was instant, the children could not help but fall in love with the smell and exhilarating feeling of being around things oh so delectable and utterly delicious.

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It takes a very different kind of person not to love the smell of freshly baked bread and newly rolled out dougnuts.

Thankfully we ain’t that kind of people.

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So we wore these über cool hair accessories, went for a Tour-De- Puffs & Rolls and ate and ate till we could eat no more.

…and then we ate some

more.

 

 

Top Children Books.

Nothing is as fashionable as a…

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…BOOK.

I love to read. I can read almost anything and everything and this is a habit I most definitely want to inculcate in my children. As of now they love to hear me read aloud to them.

I hope that love affair continues for ever.

Here are a few of our most favourite children books. This age group caters to a younger audience but if anyone would like a list of books for an older audience please feel free to write on the comments section below or email.

LITTLE PEOPLE BY FISHER-PRICE

These super-mega-awesome flap books are so -so perfect for little curious minds. My son never really took to them but my 2 year old daughter loves them. She sits with them for a long while just opening all the different flaps and asking all kinds of questions. A great interactive book as well.

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MR. MEN

We have a whole collection of these fun, happy and amazingly cute books. These are my sons absolute favourite and he has proudly proclaimed that ” I will never get tired of my Mr. Men books”

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CAT IN THE HAT

The quintessential go-to books that all mothers love that teach important topics to the child. I am no different. These books are educational, interesting  and because they rhyme the children love to sit down and hear the whole book.

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THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOK COLLECTION

Right now we have only 2 of these amazing books but I do plan on getting more of them.  Both my children ask a zillion questions a day ( I am not exaggerating) and these books help provide some of the answers I have absolutely no idea about.

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THE WIZARD OF OZ

This one can be changed with another all time household favourite –  absolute favourite, Alice In Wonderland.  This book really needs no introduction. I have the pop-up version and it’s fantastic.

 

A weekend of great weather, good friends, a haunted flamingo and a very hungry dog.

Jager is my friend’s very stylish, handsome and well groomed dog. A little mutt who relishes his super fancy treats with a lot less enthusiasm than what the dustbin has on offer.

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He secretly steals food from the children’s plates, eats small coconuts and grass and if left unsupervised will happpily slurp on the abundant insects we have at Narnia.

His master can invest in an exclusive doggie chef for him but he will still prefer the eclectic buffet services of the waste bin or when you are not looking take a bite off your food and pretend it was the Ant. ( Yes, this has happened)

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This weekend he took it upon himself to roll in mud till he changed colour to brown, jump in the pool at any given opportunity and burst ALL the balloons that we blew for the kids. It did not matter if we hid them in the tent, he would find his way in and then proceed to burst them while my daughter yelled bloody murder.

Suffices to say she was not happy. 

T’was that kindoff a weekend where we got haunted by a scary stalkerish blow-up flamingo ( picture included for reference), bitten by loads of insects that crawl out of holes once monsoon arrives, spent time with a very hungry dog and had some very fashionable old school laughs.

In short…

…Life is good.

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Style at the Little Flea

Most children love to be outside the house. My children are no different. They love music, games and a carnival type atmosphere. Add to that some fun shops selling interesting eclectic items and hoards of yummy food stalls, you have at your disposal the keys to a magic kingdom far, far away.

I always try and take the kids to different children friendly festivals, flee markets and farmers markets because they really do enjoy the atmosphere, and for them it’s party time as they get to eat ice-cream and play all those fun old-school carnival games.

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This homemade mango ice cream was so delicious we took an entire tub back home to eat again the next day.

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Little Miss Peggy P was loving the look of her unfinished fish tattoo. ( she did not let me wash it off for 3 days!!!!!!)

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Both my babies love to be in a crowd. They enjoy  the hustle bustle that comes with living in a city like Bombay. Add to that a trip to the little Flea and balloon animals that look almost as cute them – you know you have the recipe for the most perfect family day.

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Top Children Toys: The Twister – Our Fashion Tornado.

I got this children’s toy for the kids birthday. It was just such a hit with my children that after a few months of procrastinating I had to go and buy another one.

Now I will tell you why I absolutely love this toy and any fence-sitting mothers can be rest assured that it is a good investment.

1) My Children Love it.

All mothers will tell you how hard it is to find a toy that is loved by all children. This toy is easily one of those ” loved by all” kind of toys. It’s easy to manoeuvre, and it’s fairly safe.

2) It’s not Electronic so the kids get loads of exercise.

The thing I love most about the Twister is that the children have to move the scooter with their legs and use their hands to steer the wheel. Both my children have become super fast and I love seeing them get all the exercise for their little legs and hands.

3) Future Race-car drivers.

So, while my son is uber fast on his Twister my daughter is the real Schumacher. She can turn corners, cut him, zip past him so fast that she leaves a trail of imaginary dust behind. She can also do lots of little stunts on her pretty pink one. It’s very, very satisfying to see your little girl have skills attuned to a race car driver.

 

So see the videos and decide for yourself if you should include this very fashionable scooter to your toy cabinet.

…and yes we have names.

Meet Froggy-Bop and Bedazzle.

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Shiny Sunny Sunglasses

Okay!

So fact.

Bombay is not blessed with good weather. We have exactly 2 seasons!

Summer and Monsoon.

So sunglasses out here are not really a fashion statement but a necessity.

Of course they don’t always stay where they are supposed to, and I have lost many a pair trying to keep the eyes protected, but it has also taught them to be a little responsible as they hate to lose things now.

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They know and understand that incase they loose the sunglasses I definitely ain’t gonna buy them another pair

…and that is a good lesson to learn.

It is a great idea to start investing and buying a few sunnies and children’s accessories for the kids once they learn how to walk and get a little independent with their movements.

It also helps develop personality and many times they tell me what they like and what they absolutely HATE!

Little people with Big personalities.

That is what they are.