A Few Favorite Things

  A few amazing creations for the little ones in your life. The true gems of Instagram are the amazing makers I am introduced to through a collection of shared images. I love the attention to detail behind these brands and the quality is so worth it.  A few of these we have and love and the others are on our wish list or to gift list! What are you coveting lately? Clockwise from top middle: handmade bear by Polka Dot Club, toy camera by Twig Creative, Stripe Tee by... Read The Rest →

MONTESSORI AT HOME, WATER TRANSFER WORK

Anything involving water never gets old and tiresome, according to a toddler. This simple Montessori exercise increases coordination, motor skills and concentration. A simple practical life skill that can be altered in a few ways with different supplies. I typically choose one of the following: eye dropper, baster, sponge or  small pitcher for the transferring of the water from one bowl to another. The sponge is also there to clean up any drops of water on the work table. I like to follow the Montessori method by demonstrating the lesson... Read The Rest →

THE BEST AUTHENTIC INDIAN CHAI

Tea Time I have so many memories of sipping chai with my family over the years. It is fitting that I would get this delicious recipe to share with all of you,  from my wonderful cousin Sharmita. Just one sip of this tea, and I am whisked away to a gated garden in Delhi- with my aunties, grandmother and parents- listening to the sounds of cars buzzing by and horns beeping. Or maybe I am sitting in the living room of Rajo Villa while family chatters in a Hindi/Bengali mix... Read The Rest →

MY GRANDPARENTS, HOBBY PAINTERS

My maternal grandfather and my paternal grandmother were both hobby painters, actually they were both really talented. One in Ohio, the other in Northern India and two generations later I am appreciating the artistic bloodline. In India While at my father’s house this past spring, I was admiring the artwork of my paternal grandmother (pictured above with me in Delhi and Calcutta) that my father had brought back from India to display in his home. He said she took a painting class and these were two (pictured above of the... Read The Rest →

ALLERGY FREE BANANA BREAD

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   ALLERGY FREE BANANA BREAD     Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free,  Nut-Free Ingredients: 2 cups Gluten Free flour (I used King Arthur’s GF flour ), 1/2 cup raw cane sugar, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 3/4 tsp baking soda, 3/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup coconut milk (or your non-dairy milk choice), 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar (I used Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar), 3 mashed ripe bananas, 1/4 cup canola oil, 2 TBSP apple sauce, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract and a little Earth Balance Soy-Free... Read The Rest →

EVERYDAY PHOTOGRAPHS OF MY FAMILY

My favorite things to photograph are the simple, everyday moments that take place. I know I have talked about this in a previous post here and here. With instagram and an iphone everything is so user friendly for capturing those fleeting moments on the go and sharing them. I do plenty of both. My goal this year is to try and take so many more photos of all FIVE of us with my Nikon. A few things need to be done to tidy up some hard drive space for the... Read The Rest →

TRINKETS FROM DELHI

My sister was visiting this past weekend and brought the boys and I a few gifts from her recent trip to Italy & India. Aunt Amita (and cousins) brought the boys journals with embroidery stitched covers and handmade paper inside, elephant figures and a cute finger puppet/magnet trinket. She was sweet enough to bring her sister (me) a few things like this beautiful kantha embroidered pillow form and pretty bangle. Kantha embroidery originates in West Bengal, where my father’s family originates (Kolkata).

HANDMADE BABY GIFT

Lindsay and I met several years ago online through a mutual friend, while she was living in Brooklyn and I was living in Chicago. I immediately was drawn to her eco style, her interest in children’s fashion and her love of Montessori (she is a Montessori teacher)! We would chat back and forth and at one point, she mentioned she was from Cincinnati, where we lived for 10 years prior to our move to Chicago. A small world indeed, as we both moved back to Cincinnati at different times in... Read The Rest →

COZY KNIT SWEATER AND A CUP OF TEA

counting buttons an idea mama! It is no secret that I drink a lot of coffee. I always have a mug in hand and if you want to know my FAVORITE coffee, this is it. I also love tea. I come from a family of tea drinkers, naturally, and my husband has joined in- loving the British/Indian style with a splash of milk. I started noticing my 2 year old, mimicking us by sipping out of his cup, blowing to cool it off and stirring it with a small spoon.... Read The Rest →

A PHOTOGRAPH

When my father visited India last fall, I asked him to take photographs of the inside of his family home, Rajo Villa. I forgot all about this request until I was visiting him over Christmas and we were looking through photos. Many of the images of rooms inside have reminded me of some of the forgotten details. I am excited to use these as inspiration for future creative projects and paintings. I only got a sampling from him in low resolution, so I am anxious to get the high resolution... Read The Rest →

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