Oh Martha!

So it really is no secret that I obsess over Martha Stewart and the Barefoot Contessa.

Rachel Ray…eh! not my kinda thang!

I try their recipies, and crafts and read their blogs. I love Martha Stewarts blogs because I live in the same community and love discovering new places that she uncovers!

Today i tried the Skin Brightening Mask

Ok so I did it all. I had papaya from my recent visit to Jackson Heights. (scroll down to previous blog…”roots”)

I’ll make this brief. It was gross, time consuming and only something Martha and her many assistants could concoct.

So no thanks, I’ll stick to my philosophy products for now! (see blog below…”so fresh and so clean clean”)

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Leave it in.

Fer Pete’s sake leave in your conditioner!!!  

I have mad curly hair and have been long  aware of the benefits of “leave in” conditioners. So finally I gave in. 

I bought some Garnier Fructis Leave In conditioner. It’s been a week since I have used this product and I like it…kinda.

I  need all the “chill out” hair help that i can get. I have tried sooooooo many products’ I can’t name them all. I even tried Olive Oil to tame my mane…but nada.

This product certainly made my hair manageable and easy to starighten…with a straightening iron.

So try it, and give me your opinion. I’m not sold!

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Roots

I headed out to Jackson Heights, Queens this past weekend in search of great fresh produce and heritage.

Jackson Heights is a neighbourhood in Queens, NY that is predominately OSuth Asian. Which what i check off in scantron tests. I am from India so I refer to the neighbourhood as “India-town”. 

India-Town is one of my fav places to go. Lily loves the color and food of the neighbourhood. I am fortunate to have a kiddie who loves spicy food. 

Jackson Heights, Queens, NY Jackson Heights has it all for you South Asian, the food, the jewlery, the saris, the Political adgenda, the toys. 

I remember taking my Grandma there approx 6 yrs ago and she said, ” this is just like India”. So that was it! Seal of approval. I occasionaly get a call from my mom and Grandma, who live is Florida, who ask for a certain spice or vegetable that’s ONLY found in “India_Town” I have to admit, I love going there. It’s the Land of Plenty!

Produce: Fresh

Jewelry: 28K

Food: Fa realz

Authenticity: 100%

 

Produce

 

Jewelry

 

Jewels

 

We ate at Jackson diner. Definetly one of the BEST place in the neighbourhood. there are some small establishments that claim to be the BEST but all the times that  i have been there and eaten at many a place, I always and I mean ALWAYS take my mom and grandma to Jackson Diner. So I gots ta give it some props!

Masala Dosa, Idli and Samosa’s were our little snack for the day. ( We had other dinner plans).Sauces @ Jackson Diner

Of course a little Jilebi at a local sweet shop was essential.

 

Who can guess what this is!!!!

Who can Guess???

Overall, we had a great time in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY. You should go. Find a piece of India!

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Closet cleansing

Cleansing starts from the inside out. Whether you are cleansing your soul or your house, it’s always best to start from within.

Clean Closet

I figured, what better place for me to start than my linen closet.  Sooooo i buckled down today and did it. It took me all day, well in between playtime and meals and a haircut and playdate, …but it’s finally done and it makes me feel great! 

I threw a few things out… not much. I’ve been married for 7 yrs so although we have a lot of “stuff” linens, aren’t one of them. I found an old suitcase and stored extra sheet sets and comforters, table cloths, shower curtains in there. During holidays when family is in town, I’ll  just drag it down from the attic. Just happy that it’s not cluttering up my daily space. The shelves are neatly labeled and cedar squares are places in between the stacks to keep the fabric fresh and bug free.

I even created a space for guest toiletries like extra soap and toothbrushes. 

 

Overstuffed
Overstuffed

 

Cleansed.
Cleansed.

Cleaning a closet is like wearing nice underwear. No one can really see it, but you know it’s there and it makes you feel great! 

I hope to tackle one project each day …so by the end of August, I should be nice and cleansed.

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Mother’s helper

Every Mother need help…especially this one!

So, today I got a “mother’s helper”. What is mother’s helper? Well, the “helper’ is  like a babysitter but you can’t leave them home alone with your kid because the “helper” is a kid themself. The “helper” would be between the age of 8-11. Too young to be left solo, but too old to need a sitter themselves.

My mother’s helper is Petunia(made up name) and she is 10 yrs. young. As i sit here I can hear Lily and Petunia squeal with excitement as they play on the slip’n’ slide outside. Faces stained with popsicles they just enjoyed sitting under the big tree. It’s quite ideal. 

Because of Petunia, I have been able to put away laundry, finshing unpacking from our recent vacation, clean the whole downstairs, organize my desk, make phone calls and send emails and breathe!

Petunia stays for about 2 hrs. although she ends up having such a fun time she always sticks around longer. the pay is $2 – $5 per hour. I usually book her for 2 hours. 

The thing to remember is that the ‘mother’s helper’ is a kid herself and so I always have activities planned that are then run by and enjoyed by her.

Great summer job for kids, and great summer break for me!

I myself highly recommend Petunia. So if you live in Northern Westchester, get in touch with me and I’ll send you the deets.

newyork.mom1@gmail.com

Has anyone else tried a mother’s helper? Any stories to share?

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So fresh and so clean clean.

I have these memories of when I was young, growing up in India, and my mom would boil pure cow’s milk and then scoop the top layer of cream and slather it on my face. The smell was repulsive, and it felt bad going on, but she would massage it on and tell us of it’s goodness and long term effects. Today, I thank her. My mom is of a certain age and she look 20 years younger than that certain age. Her skin is gorgeous!

I feel like this past year I have been especially concerned with my aging skin. I am right at the cusp when you start to notice strange things going on with your skin. Spots, a wrinkle or two, drying…etc

I have been a true Oil of Olay user for many many years now. all their products, eye stuff, wash cloths…you name it, i got it and have used it. I use it because my mom uses Oil of Olay and speaks of its benefits and long term goodness.

A few months back i decided to branch out and use other products. I have been hearing the buzz about Philosophy and have tried their hair care in the past. I used to work as a concierge at this fab boutique hotel in soho and we used all philosophy bath products, so I was hooked.

I tried one of the Philosophy starter kits. It comes with Purity (cleanser), Hope in a jar (moisturizer and eye and lip cream), and my fav Hope and  a prayer (a topical vitamin c powder that you mix with your moisturizer). I have notice a difference in my skin, I have had many a day sans makeup. I have some unevenness in the tone of my skin and I have noticed a big ole difference , for the better, since using Philosophy.

Now I do think I was blessed with great skin, and the cow milk cream helped but Philosophy might be a keeper.

Clean face

The only con to this product…it’s a big con, is it’s price. It’s is PRICEY! A single product can cost you up to $50. I bought my kit at Target for $35. Four products in a kit for $35. It’s great! Keep it coming Target.

What is your skin care routine?

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Second post

Fresh Fram food!

Matt, Lily and I went to the farmer’s market in Coldspring, NY today. It was great! everyone should go to farmer’s market simply for the smell of fresh produce and the cool folks you meet along the way.

we made a great dinner with the loot we got and enjoy some good apple cider from a vineyard/winery in western NY.

I love Coldspring. The place makes me feel as though I am on vacation. the Foundry Cafe has the great new food with a punchy waitress to add to it’s charm. Antique shops ( not my thing), book stores, childrens stores, outdoor stores, a bead shop, local artist galleries all make this town an amazing visit. Even the mean shop guy at a particular home store is charming. We have been going to ColdSpring for 5 yrs now. it’s only 40ish mins way. And every time we go…this shop guy is snotty. But the town is so great that he’s part of the charm.

Lily loved the farmer’s market. Her 4 yr old self liked that nearly every vendor gave her free samples of something sweet. I take comfort that the sweet stuff was organic and made from nature…so how bad can it be right?

We alse stopped in Tarrytown, NY on the way home. 

Matt loves Mint the fine food store. the beer selection in particular is great… i don’t drink beer but the shopkeeper gave lily some organic ginger sweet thing and some other candy. what’s with four year olds getting candy!

I just got back from a vaca and my garden has gone rogue, my plants in a coma and my house full of bugs that just randomly fall on me while i type this!! Summer in NY! i love it.

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First!

Hey all

Welcome to my first blog. here I will share my everyday experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly…there’s a lot of ugly!

I do alot in a day, in a week and sometimes it all comes crashing down!

My husband and I adopted a 4 year old baby girl in 2008. The experience  has been the biggest change of my life, it has also been the greatest happiness of my life.

I’m just trying to make it through each day without losing my mind. So far…not very successful. I am a choreographer/dancer and am the chick-in-charge of a successful modern dance company in NYC. I love going out to eat, parks, and wasting endless amounts of time online..eeks! I am a total reality TV addict the ” so bad you love em” kind. Housewives, Top Chef, Runway, Daisy of love..all that mess.

Since this mommy stuff is fairly new to me…14 months. I am struggling to define the many roles I have to juggle. Wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, enemy, bosslady, domestic diva and most of all, the “old” me.

I just got back from a fab vacation across the eastern part of the country. VA, NC, GA,FL, MS, AR, IL and back to NY. During my trip many times I heard the phrase…”my how you have changed since becoming a mom”. It almost makes me feel like the becoming a Mom is a weird thing. Well it kinda was…when i was sans kid. Being a mom was Streotypically the talk show watching, coffee sippin, perfectly clean homemaker , soft spoken nurturer. Oh, and throw in a floral dress for good measure…with pumps…and flawless lipstick…and an apron with a plate of cookies.

Now that I am a “MOM”, i chug my coffee in the morning often time in the shower…if i can squeeze in a shower. talk show?? does watching Oprah at 2am count. (it’s when the house is quiet and i can get work done) and the perfectly clean part…you must be joking, i burn everything i try to bake, i don’t own anything floral, and my apron is stained with everything i spill!

So who are these women who sip coffee and watch TV in their floral pumpin dresses? where are they? Can you come out and give me the magic potion for that life.

Our family is very active and we do a lot. My daughter Lily and I spend all day doing art projects. gluing things and painting things and going on adventures in our neighbourhood. We also go to the zoo, aquarium, museums and farms. I love where I live, Westchester County. There is never a dull moment in these parts.

Ok so i think that covers it. My first “mom” blog.

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