I have been away from my little blog for a while and as clichéd as it may sound, I have thoroughly missed being around here. I have had a lot going on recently and whenever I have had the time, I have tried catching up on sleep instead of working. But all the sleeping in the world hasn’t been as relaxing as ideating and writing blogs posts (which will go up soon) is. If you are a blogger, you will know and vouch for this: blogging is cathartic.
Without further ado, let’s jump into today’s blog post which is a little peek into my life lately.
Gini Turned Two
(Thanks for the pictures, my dear nephew, Piyush!)
So that happened. My little child, who is still a milky, cooing newborn in my head, turned two years old last week. Two! And ever since her birthday, she is acting a lot more grown up as if she went to bed on the eve of her birthday and a little switch flicked inside her. She is a proper little lady now (quite the madam) with very clear likes and dislikes. She is stringing longer and longer sentences. What’s more, she isn’t just parroting what she hears us say. Nor is she repeating things on being prompted. Her sentences are a glimpse into her mind and her little world whigh is so fascinating, it gives me goosebumps! Just the other day, she casually strolled along, looked at her daddy’s guitar and said, “It’s not a ‘guitarrr’, it’s a ‘guitaah’. Wait a second, she is correcting my pronunciation? I mean, what? She counts till 26 (skips 25), recites the alphabet and sings most of the nursery songs she has heard. Whoa, slow down, little one!
Whenever I have not been sitting stumped at how quickly my child is growing, I have been worrying myself sick at the state of my skin and hair. Things have gone downhill pretty fast and I have begun to realise I can’t rely on my body to bounce back after abject neglect the way I could just a few years back. Old age is real! I had high hopes from my hefty Cult Beauty order that contained products YouTube gurus rave over. But while they make for good quick fixes, they did nothing for the overall health of my skin and hair. That’s when I decided to go back to my roots and rustle up some DIY recipes. I am having so much fun, I can’t even begin to tell you. I used to make DIY skincare as a child and experiment on poor, unsuspecting peeps that I would rather not name here (I would like to think I have come a long way since then 🙏). By making up my own recipes, I am reliving those good, old days. There is so much satisfaction to be had! If you haven’t tried making your skincare from scratch using only the good stuff and leaving out the nasties, please do. If you are in India, you can get your raw products from Blend it Raw Apothecary or buy products where all the hard work has already been done for you from Body Café, which has a very impressive line-up of products and is 100% natural and organic, or Auravedic. You can get hold of Blend it Raw and Body Café through Facebook and Instagram while Auravedic is available on Amazon.
Friends not Food
I am rejoicing because my friend circle has expanded to include chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, eggs etc. Yup, I have decided they are no longer food for me and I have been eating this way for over a month now. Unfortunately, the little fishies haven’t yet managed to find themselves in the esteemed group but hopefully, they will soon. I have also limited dairy and prefer soy or almond milk over cow’s milk and tofu over paneer. Till the time plant yogurts and vegan cheese become mainstream in India, I will continue to have my dahi and cheeses, though. I know this doesn’t sound impressive. Might even sound comical or worse to staunch vegans but it’s a win in my book. The more plant-based we all go, the better it is for the planet and for our own health.
So, this is what’s been happening in my life. How about yours?