3 Things Thursday {Week 38}

3thingsfinal-1Happy Thursday Darlings! Hope your week is going well and you’re all ready for the holiday week ahead! Sharing some old & new this week.

If you are new to 3 Things Thursday and would like to learn more check out my initial post about it. For directions on how to link up, follow the post!

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Grandparents

We’re visiting my parents for the holidays and Little Mirchi has become my Dad’s shadow. She follows him everywhere he goes and it’s simply adorable.image

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Hubby Surprised me with a quick anniversary trip this morning! Anxious because it’s Little Mirchi’s first night away from is but super excited about our getaway!

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TBT

Five years ago today we were celebrating our Mendhi Sangeet (pre wedding party) night! This weekend we celebrate 5 years!

Now it’s your turn! Share your blog post in the link up below. Just a few rules (well requests really). Please link back to one or all of the hostesses; Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, Raj from Pink Chai Living, or Salma from The Write Balance, and share a link to your post (not your blog’s home page). Feel free to use the 3 Things badge in your post. We’re looking forward to reading your posts!


3 Things Thursday {Week 37}

3thingsfinal-1TGIF lovelies! I’m posting late this week due to us traveling yesterday. Sharing a little ‘this and that’ this week.

If you are new to 3 Things Thursday and would like to learn more check out my initial post about it. For directions on how to link up, follow the post!

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Medical Mom Hacks

So by now you would have probably figured out I’m a sucker for hacks! Check out these genius Mom hacks for when your kiddo’s are sick. Because we all know we need all the help we can get when the bug hits our house.

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Experienced my first virus on my blog this week. Not fun, not cool. The part of blogging that none talks about. We’re all cleaned up and good to go now – and thank goodness because it was a  l o n g  few hours of down time.

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One size fits all? Check out the hilarity where 6 women varying in sizes try on one size fits all clothing items.

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Flying Home + Carry On Giveaway

British_Airways_CarryOn_Giveaway_1As I pack our bags for our annual winter trip to Florida I remember the excitement I would feel as a child when it was time for our holidays. My brother and I would start counting sleeps weeks before our trip, eagerly awaiting to board the plane and see our grandparents and cousins. Since my Dad’s side of the family is in London (while my mom’s is in India) we often flew British Airways when traveling abroad, especially to India as their flights route through London. We would get a break from the long journey, see family and feel recharged for the flight ahead. Flying as kids we couldn’t wait to get on the flight and get our Sky-flyer backpacks. The flight attendants would quickly come over, check on us and give us little backpacks filled with books, crayons and puzzles. I’m sure my mom was just as excited that British Airways was helping her keep us entertained and occupied. In fact, she has such a positive memory of flying internationally with two kids in tow that when I started planning a trip to Mumbai (one of the five major cities in India BA flies to) with my toddler, she quickly reminded me of all the ways they helped her when she traveled with them. Whether it was small knapsacks, pilot badges or meals served early to children – she appreciated any and all help while traveling. Those thoughtful efforts left a lasting grateful memory for my mom.

Now that I’m a mom, I too find myself basing our travels around our daughter and the airline that will make efforts to make traveling as easy as possible for us.

Traveling_With_a_ToddlerHere’s some of my favorite ways British Airways makes flying internationally more enjoyable and seamless with my toddler.

  • Child Fare: If your child is between 6-23 months and you want them to have their own seat you pay a child fare vs a full adult fare! For my taller than average exploring toddler this is a huge hit as she’s over sitting in Mumma and Papa’s lap.
  • Baggage: When you have a child, you realize how much stuff they need. BA gives your traveling child an extra carry on AND check in allowance – so helpful!
  • Entertainment: Dedicated TV channels, activity packs and friendly cabin crew help keep the little ones busy.
  • Movies for Mumma: Once she’s passed out I can put a blanket over her, put my feet up and enjoy a Bollywood flick – a rare novelty at home these days!

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To help me pack for my travels British Airways offered to send me and one of my readers a special carry-on filled with reminders of India, flight essentials and an item of my choice that reminds me of home! The item I chose for my readers: the traditional masala dabba, a place to store all my spices I bring back from India. It’s an essential in my kitchen and a reminder of my roots every time I cook.

British_Airways_CarryOn_Giveaway_2Giveaway Prize:
• Carry-on Luggage
• Kindle Paperwhite
• Indian Spices
• Mendhi Henna Kit
• Incense Wood Burner and Sticks
• India Calling Cards
• Masala Dabba

How to Enter:
Say in 5 words or less what the Welcome of Home means to you. You can tweet it by including @lovelaughmirch using the hashtag #WelcomeOfHome OR say it in the comments section below!

If you would like a second entry in the contest, just leave a comment on the Love Laugh Mirch Facebook Page in 5 words that say what the Welcome of Home means to you. Make sure you post directly on the page and use the hashtag ‪#‎WelcomeofHome‬ so I can find your entry! Can’t wait to see your responses.

The contest will close December 11, 2014 at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be contacted within 24 hours.

*No purchase necessary to enter. Prizes will only be shipped within the US and Canada. Winner will be selected at random. All entries received after the giveaway closing day and time will not be considered. Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered. Winners will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If the winners do not reply within 24 hours, another winner(s) will be selected. Giveaways will be mailed to the winners’ address. This giveaway and post was sponsored by British Airways. All opinions and experiences are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that have relationships with Love Laugh Mirch.

Good luck!

3 Things Thursday {Week 36}

3thingsfinal-1Happy Thursday! This past week has just flown by with Thanksgiving and family in town. Can you believe it’s already December? Apparently December 1st is the new January 1st as I’ve been seeing a lot more “resolution” type and big change posts around the blogisphere. Sharing this week’s favs below!

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Floral Scarves

I love being able to add a punch of color to my outfits during the dull winter months. Lately my go to outfit has been jeans, basic long sleeve tee and a gray cardi paired with a soft floral scarf.

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27 more days until 2015. Apparently someone hit the fast forward button in 2014. Shheeesh.

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3 Things Thursday {Week 35}

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Happy Thanksgiving!! Keeping it short, sweet & grateful this Thursday. Hoping your day is filled with love. Thankful for everything in life today and everyday, especially family. Sharing one of my favorite quotes on gratitude.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie

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If you are new to 3 Things Thursday and would like to learn more check out my initial post about it. For directions on how to link up, follow the post!

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3 Things Thursday {Week 34}

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Hi All! While thinking what to post for this week’s 3 Things Thursday I realized we only have a week left until Thanksgiving. Whoa yea, the year is almost over. That being said, I thought it was only fitting that I share some Thanksgiving inspiration on this weeks link up.

If you are new to 3 Things Thursday and would like to learn more check out my initial post about it. For directions on how to link up, follow the post!

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Potatoes

Vegan Mashed Potatoes

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Roasted Potato Casserole

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Helpful Portions

I thought this portion chart was super helpful when menu planning for a big group.

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Dine and Dish

Beautiful bowls

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Simple table decor

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Mirrored serving trays

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Visiting India | The Welcome of Home

Last night after being sick for a little over a week my mom suggested I drink Haldi Dhood (a mixture of warm milk, turmeric and honey). As I drank the milk I remembered my Nanima (maternal grandmother) and how she had lovingly made me Haldi Dhood the last time I was in India and fell ill. My Nanima is a huge advocate for natural cures and Ayurvedic remedies. Growing up, my Mom would call her up whenever we got sick to see which home remedy to use. While we never appreciated it much when we were younger, the moment I became pregnant I often found myself asking my Mom for “Nanima’s remedies”. In the past year and a half whenever my daughter has gotten ill or gotten hurt I’ve depended on my Nanima’s home remedies. These remedies not only provide relief and comfort, they make me feel as if my Nanima is close by. Her cures and love are a part of my daughter’s childhood.

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Recently British Airways launched their ‘Welcome of Home’ campaign with the video below and asked me to share it. I happily accepted as British Airways played a huge part in my childhood since we flew with them annually to visit my grandparents.

I can completely relate to Chitra’s emotions towards her grandmother in the video. My visits to India mean getting to spend time with my Nanima, hearing stories about my Mom’s childhood and learning more about our religion and culture. I cherish every moment spent with her. When I met my husband a few years ago and he told me his family was from Mumbai, the same city where my Nanima lives – I was relieved and thrilled. When you visit India your time is always limited, having both families in the same city meant I could visit them as much as I wanted without having to worry about internal flights or trains.

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The days leading up to the visit I’m anxious yet excited. I make lists of the things I need and a list of things that would be nice to have. I realized a few years ago if I don’t make a running list before I touch down in India, I get so excited about what’s in the marketplaces that I completely lose track of what items I need at home. As I make these lists, my husband pipes in about the foods he wants to eat followed by a childhood memory paired with each dish. For him it’s all about the food. Spices and saris are always at the top of my list. I love going to the spice markets in Mumbai and buying freshly ground masalas. The aroma and depth of the flavor profiles are completely different to what you find here in the states. After spice sourcing comes shopping! The variety of clothes and customization options you will find in Mumbai are endless. There’s a tailor on every road corner and a boutique on every street ready to make your “dream outfit”. It’s a colorful experience that’s simply magical. Selecting your own fabrics, laces, materials and watching your outfit come together has a charm all of its own. It’s something that can truly be done well and enjoyed in India.

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As the days approach we map out our time there and decide where we will stay and when. This is usually followed up by a giddy me messaging my cousins telling them the dates I’ll be staying with my Nanima. Arriving in Mumbai at my Nanima’s means there is an abundance of two things: lots of love and lots of food. After the exchange of hellos and hugs we’re greeted with a tall glass of ice cold Roohafza, a bright pink floral & fruity drink that was my favorite growing up. Dinner is served promptly and gajar ki saabzi, a carrot stir fry is usually included as my family knows how much I love the sweetness of Indian carrots. Dinner is followed by my Mama (maternal uncle) bringing out my favorite dessert Shrikhand, a sweet hung yogurt flavored with saffron and cardamom. He always spoils me by getting the original and a new flavor so I can have my pick. I always go for the original. This same welcome routine has been happening for years, each time we visit. Each time the love feels stronger, food seems tastier and dessert tastes sweeter. I wouldn’t change anything about our welcome to home.

Once I became a mother and saw my own Mom squeal with delight and dote on my daughter every time she visited, I realized why my Nanima use to make a big deal about our visits to India. I understood how she must have felt when we visited her in India, every trip growing taller and older. I wanted her to experience the same happiness and excitement with her great grandchild, my daughter. This past year my husband and I took our (then one year old) daughter to London and Mumbai. It was one of the most wonderful experiences we’ve had with her. Our first stop was London as my entire Dad’s side of the family lives there. My Dadima (paternal grandmother) was counting the days for our visit and it would be the first time she would see me after I became a mother. We were greeted with hugs, tears and plates full of Aloo Paranthas. After a week full of delicious food, my cousins wedding and family time we flew to Mumbai where our daughter got to spend time with my husband’s parents and meet her Bua (paternal aunt) for the first time. My husband wanted to take us to places he grew up and show us where he ate and played as a child. We fed her our favorite foods, gave her an entire coconut to drink out of and play with and even braved it enough to go out shopping in the local markets with her. Soon the time came for us to visit my side of the family. It was the first time they would be meeting her and I felt so lucky that my Nanima would be giving her blessings to my daughter. Our usual welcome routine commenced upon arrival and the days following were filled with my cousins surprising me with a sleepover, family dinners and lots of masti (fun). I left India feeling satisfied and blessed. Having your child experience a part of your childhood and roots is an indescribable feeling. I hope that over the years she grows to love and cherish visiting India as much as I do.

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British Airways knows how important these moments are and would like to see photos of your welcome of home. Tweet your photos to @British_Airways using #WelcomeOfHome and you could win a trip home. Direct link to the giveaway can be found here.

The contest will run from November 11 through November 25, 2014. British Airways will randomly select and reward a participant with a trip home; the winner will be notified by December 1, 2014 and must claim the prize by December 7, 2014.

For more information on booking flights to India via British Airways, please visit their Welcome of Home page.

This post was sponsored by British Airways. All opinions and experiences are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that have relationships with Love Laugh Mirch.

Stay tuned to the site for a special giveaway for Love Laugh Mirch readers!

3 Things Thursday {Week 33}

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It’s Thurssssddaaayy! The sick bug has been visiting us the past few days and we are all taking turns recovering. I had this week planned out with errands but, guess they will have to wait.

If you are new to 3 Things Thursday and would like to learn more check out my initial post about it. For directions on how to link up, follow the post!

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10 Things Your Mom Never Told You

There’s no rest for a Mom, even when you’re sick you are still needed. After an exhausting sniffling day I read this and it touched a cord. However tiring, being a Mom is a reward every second I look at our little one.

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Slim Dining Tables

Coveting these sleek and modern tables

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Gorgeous Alert! Aren’t these shoes perfect for the holidays?

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3 Things Thursday {Week 32}

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Hi guys! Hope you all have had a great week and are ready for the weekend. My week started out by being reunited with my friend Shweta who I haven’t seen in over two years! I was so happy to have her visit and meet Little Mirchi for the first time. Later this week my mom flew in so I’m getting some much needed dosage of home…. all in all a happy, love filled week!

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India Home Sick

Recently I’ve been bugging the Hubs about our next trip to India. When will we go, what foods I want, my pending shopping list, etc. And then I read this article which pretty much gave me 22 more reasons to bug him about!

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Toddler Scarves

I want, I need… I mean Little Mirchi needs this addition to her winter wardrobe. Been lusting over these adorable tot scarves that have been making their way around internet. How cute are the little bows?!

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Mug Cake

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Stumbled upon this little gem recently. Who doesn’t need a quick mug cake recipe on a chilly Autumn night?

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3 Things Thursday {Week 31}

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Hi All! Hope you are having a great week so far. We are ladoo’d out from the Diwali festivities and getting ready to get candied out this weekend :)

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Milestones

Our Little Mirchi turned 18 months this week. What…. almost 2?! I can’t. She keeps getting bigger day by day and naughtier by the second. She loves giving us kisses, helping me unload the dishwasher, carry around my purse, and running from me when I try and change her. She eats like a big girl now, by herself, after inspecting each and every bite.

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Oh darling, slow down!

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It’s almost December

Yeah… can you believe only a few more weeks left until the end of the year. Ugh… I can’t.

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Little Mermaid Wedding

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Have you guys seen this?

It’s a photo sesh of how Ariel and Eric’s wedding would be if they were real. Oh my gosh Little Mermaid was one of my favorite movies growing up and this just made me so happy!

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