Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi with Kids

Lord Ganesha, the Hindu god is characterized by numerous attributes, his elephant head being the most noticeable. Known as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences, he is also the deva of intellect and wisdom. Ganesha is also invoked as the advocate of learning. Traditionally, prior to school starting children pray to Lord Ganesh for any obstacles to be removed. As the god of beginnings, he is also honored at the start of every religious ritual and ceremony.

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Ganesh Chaturthi is the festival that honors Lord Ganesha. A ten day festival is held where clay sculptures of the god are installed in temples and homes. On the last day there are grand celebrations, street parties and feasts as the idols are taken to sea to be immersed in water.

Due to his elephant head many kids are attracted to the plump, sweet loving god. My husband tells me stories about when he was a child and how he would go sit at the clay makers shop next door to his house. The clay maker would let him help mold the ears and other simple parts. As evening struck my husband would plead and beg his mom to take home one of the Ganesh Idols. Even to this day my in laws always remember my husbands childhood antics surrounding the festival.

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Celebrating these festivals with young kids doesn’t always have to be an elaborate affair. You can do arts, crafts and other simple activities to involve them. Here are some fun ideas to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with your little ones.

Bake & Decorate Elephant Sugar Cookies

Adorable sugar cookies cut out in elephant shapes and decorated with royal icing.

Make a Ganesh Idol out of clay (or playdoh)

Print & color in Ganesh pictures

Choose from a library of black & white Ganesh images to color in

Make Lord Ganesh’s favorite dessert – modaks (sweet pastries)

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Wishing you & yours a Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

3 Things Thursday {Week 22}

3thingsfinal-1 Happy Thursday All! Last week I took a break as I was flying back from Florida and after airport delays and our flight I was too exhausted to post. Somebody please tell these airline people that ground delays are the worst for parents traveling with young kids. Trust me it’s no fun having your cranky toddler “sweep” the entire airport floor while rolling around out of boredom.

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Good job Pampers! This ad was pure emotion.

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Not Ready. There I said it. I’m not ready for fall. While everyone’s eagerly awaiting their pumpkin lattes and layering jackets I’m holding on to warm Summer days with a tight grip!

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This song:

Ganesh Chaturthi is tomorrow and I absolutely love this song. It gets me so excited for the festival!

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Krishna Janmashtami

Two years ago on Krishna Janmashtami while flipping through devotional songs on You Tube I stumbled upon this video. I remember a flow of emotions sweeping over me and leaving me yearning for something. I had never felt this feeling before, a hollow type feeling wanting almost needing ‘it’ to happen immediately. I placed my hand on my stomach and made a wish, “Please Babaji (god) make me a mother”. One month later Little Mirchi was conceived. I will never forget that day. It was almost as if my inner core was saying, “I’m ready for motherhood”.

Krishna Janmashtami is the annual festival celebrating the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. This year Krishna Janmashtami will be on Sunday, August 17th. There are thousands of colorful tales sharing the naughtiness and sweetness of Bal (Baby) Krishna. Storybooks are filled with tales of his love for butter and yogurt and how he & his friends would sneak into neighboring homes and devour all their dairy. Many have written of how his mother Yashoda would have to hear a long list of complaints of her naughty little one. One thing however that everyone agrees upon in anything penned or pictured is the love between mother and child.

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A popular depiction of Mother Yashoda and Baby Krishna

On the day of the celebration babies and toddlers are dressed up as Bal Krishna. Competitions are held where teams of young men form human towers to reach high-hanging pots of butter to break just as Krishna and his friends would do. Many stay up fasting until the wee hours of early morning when he was born.

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We have a tradition in our family of dressing up all the babies as Krishna at least once. My Nanima (maternal grandmother) would take out her pearls and saris to dress us cousins up as the naughty butter thief when we were young. Keeping with tradition, Little Mirchi’s Nanima (my mom ;)) dressed her up this year. We decided to do it a few days early as we would be busy in the Mandir (temple) the day of. My mom was so excited that just as her mom dressed up her baby she did the same for my baby. And as if life wasn’t full circle enough, that same song that had me yearning for a child is now my darling’s favorite song. Funny how life works huh?!

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My mom feeding our “Baby Krishna” homemade yogurt

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Wishing you and yours a blessed Krishna Janmashtami!

3 Things Thursday {Week 20}

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Happy Thursday All! Hope you are having a great summer so far. Can you believe it’s already mid August? I just don’t understand how fast the time is flying by. This week I’m sharing something very special to my heart, my parent’s home… my Florida home. Our formal living room is one of my favorite places at home. My mom has adorned it with special pieces from our travels to India and it’s a sweet reminder of the beauty in India. Whenever I sit there I feel like royalty. Here are three things in the room that I absolutely love!

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This Ganesh Idol that is adorned with jewels & gems

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This puja ki thali (prayer plate). She used it on our wedding day to welcome Hubby Darling.

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These detailed “treasure” boxes that my mom serves paan in

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3 Things Thursday {Week 19}

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Earlier this week Little Mirchi & I flew down to Orlando to visit my parents. We’ve been basking in the sunshine and enjoying pool time and home cooked favorites. After being away from home for sometime you start noticing how parents cherish small things of yours. This week I’m sharing things I made in the past that my mom has still kept on display around the house. Oh mothers, we will always be their baby’s no matter how old we get.

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Medium: Fired Clay & Ceramic glaze

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Medium: Stretched canvas & Acrylics

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Medium: Fired Clay & Acrylics

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Celebrating Raksha Bandhan

“Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring, quite often the hard way.” -Pamela Dugdale

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When I saw this quote all I could think about was how much “practicing” my brother and I did on each other growing up. He was the first to try my cooking, my first best friend, my first ‘kid’ in many ways. I remember the first year my brother and I didn’t get to celebrate Raksha Bandhan together, I was devastated! I’m thrilled that this year we’ll be celebrating the festival together. Raksha Bandhan (also known as Rakhi/Rakhri) is the Hindu festival that celebrates the love and loyalty between brother and sister. On this day sisters tie a rakhi (blessed thread) on their brother’s wrist. This thread symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s promise to protect her. After the rakhi is tied, sweets are exchanged and the brother gifts their sister a token, as a thank you for their prayers and blessings.

This year Raksha Bandhan falls on Sunday, August 10th.

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One of my favorite childhood pictures of my brother & I

There are stories in Indian history going back to the Rajput Queens and how they would send rakhis to neighboring kingdoms, as peace offerings & binding the kings in brotherhood. In India and Indian markets around the world, weeks leading up to the festival stores are filled with an assortment of rakhis, sweets and gifts.

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Last year I chose Little Mirchi’s rakhis for her cousin brothers (after all she was only 3 months old!) This year we took Little Mirchi to the local Indian market and let her choose the rakhis herself. (Mostly it was her trying to grab all the hanging rakhis out of excitement, but a fun experience none the less.)

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Although she’s not old enough to make any handmade ones as of yet, I thought these DIY Rakhi crafts were too cute not to share.

DIY: Baby Animal Rakhis

DIY: Twist & Turn Rakhis

DIY: Braided Rakhis

Wishing you & yours a Happy Raksha Bandhan!

Friday Favorites: 9th & Elm

Ever since 9th & Elm contacted me about an opportunity to review their products I’ve been eager to share them! 9th & Elm is a boutique website that specializes in handmade and independent designers. There is everything from apparel to jewelry and more!

There’s something so intimate about engraved jewelry pieces. I’ve always loved engraved and personalized pieces as they just feel a part of you and your collection right from the beginning. They take you to the time when that “date” was in the moment, or that feeling was fresh in your heart.

These are some of the personalized pieces that have made their way into my collection recently courtesy 9th & Elm.

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Little Mirchi admiring my new cuff

My hand stamped silver cuff  that houses one of my all time favorite quotes by poet Rumi… “Close your eyes. Fall in love. Stay there.” The simplicity of the slim silver silhouette and basic font is wonderful for everyday wear.

My math band ring is another sweet but simple addition that was too adorable to pass up. It’s etched with my husband and my initials with a dainty little heart to sum up the equation. See what I did there ;)

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Disclaimer: I was provided with these pieces free of charge for the purpose of this post. All opinions mentioned are my own.

3 Things Thursday {Week 18}

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Happy Thursday All! Some recent happenings in this weeks 3 Things Thursday.

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Long nights

This week has been super exhausting! Little Mirchi has been sick with a throat infection & fever. Usually peppy and happy our darling just wanted to cling to us every waking moment while shrieking with discomfort. As a parent you feel so helpless when your child is sick and will do anything to cheer them up.

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Chill Out

With sleepless nights and a sick tot I’ve been feeling extra exhausted this week. Yesterday after washing my hair I added a few drops of one of my favorite oils: Himani Navratna Oil to my scalp and I was instantly refreshed! I love this oil, especially in the Summers. The mint and hibiscus feels so fresh and calming. Do you have a special beauty regimen when you’re stressed?

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Milk Sugar Love

Milk Sugar Love is a local ice cream parlor that I fell in love with a few months back when I tried their signature Malt flavor at a local street fair. This sweet little shop uses organic creams and milks to produce their unique flavors such as: malt (my favorite… tastes like Malteasers candy!) sour cream blueberry, caramel corn and salted caramel. If you’re ever in the Jersey City area you must check them out!

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Caramel Corn deliciousness

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3 Things Thursday {Week 17}

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Happy Thursday! Just some current things going on in my life right now on this weeks 3 Things Thursday.

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Currently eating…

Tomatoes! I just love fresh & juicy Summer tomatoes. Lately after a hot summers day we want something light and fresh for dinner. Some of our go to dinners of late have been bruschetta, grilled chicken with tomato salad or French bread pizzas topped with fresh tomatoes followed by fruit for dessert

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Currently feeling…

Last night I found myself watching all of Little Mirchi’s videos from birth til date. When she became this rambunctious little toddler I have no idea, all I know is that I cherish every moment with her.

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Currently enrolled in…

Mommy & Me swim classes! Little Mirchi just loves the water so I’m excited for her to start swim classes this weekend. According to my parents I was a fish in the water when they first took me swimming and HD loves swimming too, hoping she takes after us!

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3 Things Thursday {Week 16}

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Some of my favorites on this weeks 3 Things Thursday.

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Jersey Maxi Skirts

OMG where have I been? I love these skirts and have been living in them this summer. They are soft, effortless, forgiving and OH SO comfy!

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How cultures around the world think about parenting

I found this article so interesting. It compares parental thinking in America to other ways of parenting around the world. It’s interesting to see how other cultures prioritize their values and teachings differently.

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Statement Headboards

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