Struggles in Life

Have you ever wondered you have so many struggles in your life? You are stuck in a job? You want something but don’t get it? You are always unhappy about something?

Well.. I have questioned myself several times.

Life will never be full of happiness. Everyone has struggles in their life. They are struggling one way or the other. But it all depends on how you face those struggles and how you turn those struggles into something which gives you hope or improves your life.

You may think that the other person always has a smile and that their life is perfect but trust me when they are alone, they are not the same. Its just that some people are good at hiding their problems and show only their positive side. You will desire for one thing today and another tomorrow. Life is like climbing stairs, you have to take each step to reach to the top.

Life has happiness, sadness, joy and pain. That’s the beauty of Life! Its up to you to choose what you do with your struggles. You can learn to accept those pain. You can try to do something each day that will improve your life. It can be painful and difficult but don’t let it stop you.

Today might not be your day and life is never going to be perfect. Be strong, because you have the power to make your tomorrow better!

Aveeno soothing and calming moisturizing lotion review

Aveeno has different types of moisturizer- Soothing & Calming Moisturizer, Daily Moisturizing Lotion for dry skin, Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion for Sensitive skin.

I have tried Soothing & Calming Moisturizer and Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion. Both are almost the same except for the perfume.

About the product:

  • Aveeno soothing & calming moisturizing lotion comes in a white plastic container with a press pump dispenser.
  • It is designed to calm your skin with relaxing scents-lavender, chamomile and ylang-ylang
  • Gives healthier-looking skin with 24-hour moisturization
  • Its for normal to dry skin
  • Non comedogenic
  • No added dye alcohol free
  • Non Greasy formula
  • Prebiotic oats formula

My experience:

I am using Aveeno for the past few years. Started using it after going through multiple reviews for soothing moisturizers. It is a bit expensive but lasts for long so its worth it.

Aveeno Soothing & Calming Moisturizer has a thick creamy consistency. It has a soothing scent when you apply it and fades away after 3-4 hours. Maybe some of you will not like the scent. Provides good moisturization and you can see a glow in your skin.

This moisturizer has oats formula which is good for skin and recommended by dermatologists. It did not give me any breakouts but I get a sticky feeling on my hands mostly due to my skin being oily type. I don’t blame the moisturizer for the sticky feeling as its mentioned to be for normal to dry.

I still use Aveeno just that I apply a very small amount and it keeps my skin moisturized plus no breakouts. Its a good moisturizer if you are looking for a lotion that has natural ingredients and if you have sensitive skin.

She is ‘wonderful’

She is a daughter, woman, wife and a mother.

She is a daughter. She gets married and leaves behind her home. Away from her parents she goes to a strangers house.

She is a wife. She is working and also a homemaker to support her family. Within few years or months.. she is pregnant. Her life changes completely. She accepts the pain and stress that comes with it. She goes through sleepless nights and emotional days. Baby arrives, she is so happy and filled with love.

She is a mother. Taking care of her baby, she undergoes sleepless nights and days. Even when she is sick and has a painful body, she ignores her needs and looks after her baby and family. She struggles between her work and family. She sacrifices her needs for her family.

She is a woman. All through her life she goes through changes- menstruation, pregnancy and lactation. The hormones that comes along with this changes her behaviour. This affects her emotional state but yet she keeps trying to be stronger and independent.

All she needs is love and support.

Respect her, help her, appreciate her, surprise her, care for her , make her feel special, listen to her needs and be there for her.. cause she is a blessing!

Simple hydrating light moisturiser review

I am using simple light hydrating moisturiser for more than a year now. I have oily skin type and used to get breakouts. I tried to switch between creams but all those made my skin look very oily or showed white patches . Whatever I try gave me at least few bonus pimples! Oily skin type can relate to me.. I stopped using any moisturizer or creams on my face for few days but its not good to leave skin without hydration as it leads to more oil production.

About the product:

  • Simple moisturiser has a squeezable bottle so its easy to use without wasting much product. Its travel friendly.
  • Its designed for sensitive skin and claims to provide 12H moisturisation.
  • Non-comedogenic and light on skin.
  • No artificial perfume or colour, no harsh chemicals , no alcohol, non-animal-derived.
  • Cost 385Rs

My experience:

It does provide 12H moisturisation.

It says light on skin but my face looked greasy initially and it would be alright after a while. It maybe because of my skin being oily type. I feel this moisturiser will be more suitable for normal to combination skin and also for some of the dry skin people.

It does not have any perfume so no smell. Good for people like me with sensitive nose!

You will need only a little amount, so one bottle lasts for me for months.

Overall it is a good moisturiser. For me even though it makes me bit greasy( I do bit of adjustments), I still use it as it does not cause my skin to breakout.

Papaya in Pregnancy

Unripe papaya is not good to consume during pregnancy as it contains papain and latex. Latex in papaya can cause uterine contractions which can lead to miscarriage or early labor.

However, Ripe papaya is rich in iron and is considered safe but still consult your doctor before you plan to include it in your diet.

I personally avoided papaya all together in my pregnancy to be on safer side.

Is it safe to eat raw or half cooked egg during pregnancy?

Eggs are a rich source of Protein and is a healthy option for breakfast. But Its not safe to eat half boiled or raw egg during pregnancy, as it may contain salmonella bacteria. Pregnant women are more at risk as the infection or poisoning might pass to the baby or they themselves can feel sick(Vomiting, diarrhea) which is caused by Salmonella.

Hence extra care need to be taken while eating egg. Eggs have its benefits as well so don’t avoid it completely. During Pregnancy you need to have a balanced diet so as always anything in excess is bad. You can eat a Hard boiled egg, Egg Fried on both sides. As long as its completely cooked you can safely eat it.

I personally don’t like eggs much but my Doctor suggested me to include boiled egg in my diet. As you know Listen to your Doctor always!

This is what i used to do for cooking egg:

  • Boil the egg in water with a pinch of salt for 15 minutes.
  • By around 12 minutes egg will be cooked mostly. You can check with a spoon or knife if the shell is hard.
  • Peel the egg and cut in in two halves to make sure there is no runny yolk.
  • Sprinkle some pepper and salt if needed and its ready to eat.

You can also eat fully cooked scrambled egg once in a while to satisfy your cravings, as long as it is fried well.

Well.. I can guess what you are thinking right now. Why did she post a recipe for boiled egg? You are right, it’s simple!

Pregnancy Diet

A healthy diet during pregnancy is very important to maintain your health and also help your growing baby. Following a healthy nutritious diet helps you to avoid complications hence reducing the risk.

What should you eat and What you should avoid?

Here are few important foods that you should include in your daily food intake:

  • Protein: Include protein rich food such as eggs, Milk, Almonds, Cheese, Yogurt, Lean Meat and Fish.
  • Fiber: Stay away from constipation by consuming fiber Rich foods such as Oatmeal, Beans, Raspberries, Pears and Apple.
  • Folic Acid: Folate prevents any abnormalities related to brain and spinal cord. If you are planning for a baby, you can start taking folic supplements or your doctor will prescribe for you. Foods such as Beans, Spinach, Oranges, Kiwi are a good source.
  • Calcium: Helps both you and baby for strong bones and teeth. Good calcium sources are diary products-Milk, Yogurt, Cheese and in vegetable it includes Broccoli and Kale. Fruits such as Apricots, Kiwi, Oranges, Berries.
  • Carbohydrate: Healthy carbohydrates prevents constipation. It helps to manage the blood sugar levels and decreases the chances of getting gestational diabetes. Some of the healthy carbs are Brown Rice, Whole Grain Bread, Bananas, Legumes, Beans.
  • Iron: Iron is required to produce red blood cells for both you and baby. Some of the foods that give Iron are Oily Fish, Eggs, Green Leafy Vegetables, Beans.
  • Supplements: Your Doctor will provide you with supplements such as Calcium, Vitamin D, Folic Acid and Iron supplements. Taking these will help to fill the deficiency and keep you on safe side. Do not take any supplements without Doctor consultation.

What you should avoid?

  • Processed Food: Minimize the intake of processed food as it contains preservatives and you don’t know how it is prepared. I know with all the cravings.. avoiding it completely is difficult but trust me it makes lot of difference to your health.
  • Caffeine: It is best to limit the intake of caffeine as it is said to create complications in pregnancy. If you are a coffee lover like me then you can have up to 1 or 2 cups a day. Soft drinks also contain caffeine and its best to avoid them.
  • Alcohol: Stay away from alcohol or stop it completely as it may lead to abnormalities in the baby and is harmful.
  • Smoking: It causes low birth weight and it causes birth defects for the baby.
  • Other Foods to avoid: Raw or half cooked egg, High Mercury Fish, Raw Meat, Unpasteurized diary products. In Fruits avoid Papaya, Pineapple and Grapes.