Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Navratri Special Giveaway - Win Dresses

Need something to bring fervour to your Navratri / Durga Puja Celebration? Someone very dear of mine has come up with a brilliant contest for this festive season and I'm super excited for it. 
Let's congratulate E-Mega Mart India for the launch of their website and providing many categories of products including clothing, makeup, skincare, jewellery and much more.
For Navratri contest, here is your lucky chance to own some nice ETHNIC CLOTHING from their newest collection that will end your search for a lovely dress to flaunt this festive season.
What can you win
3 winners will be picked from pool of qualified entries based on active participation. Judges decision will be final and binding.
  • Winner 1 gets a Lehanga Choli worth MRP 1159/-
  • Winner 2 gets a Stitched Kurti worth MRP 1050/-
  • Winner 3 gets an Unstitched Dress Material worth MRP 599/- (presently on discount at the website
Compulsory Steps:
  1. Post the link of your favourite dress from emegamartindia.com in the comment under this contest post.
  2. Like E-Mega Mart India on  and FacebookTwitter and Instagram
  3. Like Alive n Kicking on FacebookTwitter and Instagram
  4. Don't forget to share the contest post on all the platforms and invite your friends.
  5. Comment on this post for extra entry. 
Please note:
– Contest closes on 28th September, 2017.
– It's a sponsored contest, so Alive n Kicking won't be held responsible for delay/loss of prizes. The prizes will only be sent in available size and no customization / preference will be entertained.
– Contest is open to residents of India only of age 18 years and above.
– Previous winners are eligible to win again, but the unfollowers/unsubscribers won't be allowed.
– The winners will be required to acknowledge receiving their prize and share the picture.


Monday, 18 September 2017

Smart Ways to Ensure Hygiene for School-going Children

Having belonged to the education industry for more than one and a half decades now, I strongly advocate the fact that children should be imparted with knowledge of 'health and hygiene' above and beyond tutoring them for essential subjects in schools. And by way of that, not just enhance the scholastic curriculum, but empower the children with good habits of maintaining high degree of personal hygiene since young age.

Ideally, the school authorities and parents should team up for a collaborative effort that ensures forming a defence system against diseases that pose serious risk to children's health. The checklist that can help battle poor hygiene in smarter ways includes:

Scrub Those Germs Away:
Guide your child to wash his hands at critical times like before eating food, after using the toilet, after coughing or sneezing, and after handling the garbage bin. Instilling this habit significantly eliminates the probability of various bugs that might make your child fall sick. I personally recommend packing dermatologist tested, alcohol-free hand sanitizing wipes in your child's school bag that can be used for routine cleaning, in case of non-accessibility of water.
Personal Hygiene:
Good hygiene habits should be introduced to children in primary schooling age even if they don't completely understand how staying clean can greatly impact the quality of life. Parents should help imbibe basic grooming habits in their children by behaving and acting in an ideal manner themselves. Simple everyday rituals like brushing your teeth, taking a shower, changing clothes, clipping fingernails etc. should be religiously practised. This will ensure that kids do not fall prey to communicable diseases or skip school/studies.

Besides, with so many diseases like dengue, chikungunya and malaria around, it is a must to use personal outdoor mosquito protection, as these diseases are spread by day biting mosquitoes. Make it a habit to apply mosquito repellents before stepping out.

While kids might not be comfortable with sticky creams, encourage them to use the Good knight Fabric Roll-On, an innovative mosquito repellent for all day long protection at school. Just need to apply 4 dots on their clothes and they are protected from mosquitoes for up to 8 hours.

It is 100% natural and paediatrician certified making it completely safe for use. The best part is that it needs to be applied on clothes, and not on your skin (it is non-staining).
Clean Toilets/Restrooms:
Children have a right to basic facilities such as clean school toilets. The school administration must ensure availability of water in the toilets on a regular basis. The areas like wash basins, soap dispensers, door knobs, handles etc. should be disinfected by the school crew members on a daily basis to avoid spread of germs. The issue of stinking odour within the vicinity of toilets/restrooms should be handled by spraying air fresheners after sweeping and mopping.
Garbage Disposal:
Within the school campus, a lot of waste material gets collected in bins by the end of the day that becomes one of the main reason for various bacterial diseases and respiratory allergies. These dumping grounds can also become a hotspot for disease-causing mosquitoes. The school may conduct an eco-awareness activity among students to dig garbage pits away from the classroom area where they can dump this waste and allow it to decompose into manure. Not only will this add up to the learning aspect, but will also prevent outbreak of infectious ailments among children.
Dealing with Illness:
Despite practising correct sanitation guidelines, if you suspect that your child might be exposed to unclean surroundings while off to school or if he/she has earlier demonstrated symptoms of weakened immune system, precautionary measures must be taken beforehand.

Parents should get their child vaccinated during the time of year when they tend to fall ill. Strictly avoid sending your child to school if he shows signs of being unwell because the shared spaces and supplies facilitate quick transmission of germs from one student to another.

Being major contributors of a child's well-being, parents and school authorities can greatly influence behavioural pattern of children and ensure that they exercise optimal hygiene habits to enhance the longevity of a healthy life.


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Oriflame The ONE 5-in-1 Colour Stylist Lipstick Intense Collection Review

I'm much of a lipstick devotee, if one has to pick the most adorable cosmetic item. That's one reason I keep on hunting newer shades and better formula every now and then. Today I have to show you my newest lipsticks from Oriflame.

About The ONE 5-in-1 Colour Stylist Lipstick Intense Collection:
Be brave and go bold with the intense colour lipstick trend, by experimenting with latest vibrant shades. Rich and nourishing lipsticks in intense shades, semi-matte finishes and lasting colours.
Ingredients:
Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Triisodecyl Trimellitate, Diisostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Polyethylene, Silica, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Cera Microcristallina, Isopropyl Lanolate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Cera, Paraffin, Pentaerythrityl Tetracaprylate/Tetracaprate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil, Parfum, Shorea Robusta Resin, and Rhus Verniciflua Peel.
The lipsticks have traditional bullet styled packaging that comes in a cardboard box. The outer box will quickly sum up all the info regarding shade number, shade name, mfg/expiry date, ingredient list etc.
 The lipstick bullet itself prints shade no. and shade name at its bottom. The bullet cap shuts with a click and doesn't open loose as you turn it upside down.
Shades Available: 
The ONE 5-in-1 Colour Stylist Lipstick Intense currently offers 6 shades, all bright and vibrant. I so love the catchy shade names (mentioned in the individual images).
Rose Ray is a shade that looks rich to create a polished look. 
Orange Pop is a gorgeously beautiful shade to brighten your face. There was a time I used to shy away from such shades and thought it would make me look darker, but I swear I love it so so much now. I somehow feel happier that just a swipe or two of this lipstick adds life to my overall look on any day
Flamingo Fuschia is a dazzling shade of pink that goes with outfit of any colour easily when its hard to decide what shade to apply. I actually get compliments everytime when it gives a intense glow to my face.
Vivid Violet is a shade of violet with a prominent hint of pink to it when applied to lips. I probably tried this shade for the first time and I'm yet to convince myselfwhether it actually suits my complexion. I would have loved it if it showed up with more darker tone of purple.
Sunset Red is my absolute favourite as an everyday wearable shade. I have a deep inclination towards such warm shades. This one is perfect for women of any age group and beautifully enhances charm of darker skin tones too. My mom liked it the best ;)
Coral Burst has to be a must-have for those who neither wear deep shades like maroons and browns nor flaunt blazing shades like fuschia. It looks striking on most Indian skin tones including fair, medium to dark.  
The ONE 5-in-1 Colour Stylist Lipstick Intense Collection has all rich shades which look cheerful and seductive ;) What I miss in the range is the shades like brown/copper/chocolate/berry. The lipsticks offer nice coverage in two swipes. It's a creamy and smooth formula that goes on lips absolutely easily and is comfortable to wear. My lips feel hydrated all the time it stays on lips and there is no need of moisturizing your lips before application of these lipsticks. But the downside is that it transfers easily, becuase it doesn't settle to matte finish. This also limits the staying time to around 4 hrs max. The lipsticks have mild scent that can be smelt from the product directly, but is not felt when worn on lips (which is a plus for me).  Each of the lipstick is 4g in qty and the shelf life is 3 yrs. Can be ordered here at Rs 550 each.
For me, this collection of lipsticks fares good enough in most criteria including shades, shine, price etc; I wish it could have stayed bit longer (but would find those two minutes to touch up to look stunning).



P.S. Posting my full face pics wearing these shades on my Instagram Handle


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Activelle Anti-perspirant 24h Deodorant Review

Staying sweat-free and stink-free is not only an issue in hot summer days, but can be a task for every single day of an year for many of us. 

About Activelle
Activelle is Oriflame's high performance deodorant/antiperspirant range with a unique formulation that inhibits odour while caring for your skin.

About Anti-perspirant 24h Deodorant
All day intense protection and freshness, containing cotton powder for a pleasantly smooth and non-sticky underarm feeling.
*Efficient 24h protection (clinically tested)
*Anti-white marks
*New delicate feminine fragrance
*Alcohol free
*Dermatologically tested
Key Ingredients:
Cotton powder: Made from the whole cotton fiber, cotton powder has high absorbency properties for effective protection.

Other Ingredients
Aqua, Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Steareth-2, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Steareth-21, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Parfum, C12-13 Alkyl Lactate, Allantoin, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Linalool, Coumarin, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Propylene Glycol, Quartz Powder, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Gossypium Herbaceum Powder, Methylparaben
Activelle anti-perspirant deodorant is a roll-on format of deoderants that comes in a chic curvy packaging. It's a white coloured plastic bottle with a skyblue colored screw cap. The curve in the middle of the bottle aids in better grip while you rub it. The tiny size of roll-on makes it ideal for hand luggage when travelling.
The bottle cap, when unscrewed, shows a crystal ball-like mechanism on the bottle head that rotates when you roll it over your skin.

The best way to apply the roll-on deoderants is to wash and pat dry the body part that is more prone to perspire (usually armpits are target area for a roll on, but do try it under your feet if you sweat excessively in your shoes and need a good product to fight foul smell), shake the bottle a few times and roll it on the skin with adequate pressure in circular motion. Make sure you neither apply it on wet skin and also let it air-dry to enhance the longevity. 
Activelle deoderant has lovely floral fragrance that instantly refreshes you without being over-powering. The fragrance doesn't lasts for 24 hours as claimed, but keeps you odour-free for good number of hours and then you need to reapply (depends on personal experience though). 

It didn't cause me any stickyness, irritation, rashes or allergic reactions. It gets completely invisible post application and doesn't leave any stains on dark coloured clothes that makes it a great plus for me. If you worry about darkeneing of armpit area after using a roll-on, it showed me no such signs of changing my skin tone at all.
Activelle has many reasons for it to own to reduce sweat and odour cuasing bacteria. It's a pocket-friendly product for every day use that is easily available in online stores and local shops for Rs 199 for 50 ml.

Are you a fan of roll-on type of anti-perspirants or prefer spray format? While this debate stands open, I'll come up soon with a dedicated post of Body Sprays :)

Pro Tip: Try using this product to curb sweat and smell behind your knees, bikini line or even under your breasts; you'll be amazed by the result ;)

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Fuschia Natural Soaps Review (Yogurt Delight and Orange Peel)

Fuschia soaps have been my most preferred ones among the exhaustive products that the brand has to offer. I must say they have a widest variety of handmade natural soaps to choose from and every single soap variant is made up of natural ingredients without any harmful chemicals. So, one can safely rely on the quality that these soaps offer without causing any harm to your skin.

I received and used two of the variants of Fuschia soaps last month that is in Yogurt Delight and Orange Peel. 
As I received these soaps, the first thing I noticed was the improved packaging. I had been using Fuschia soaps since years now and I can recall the packaging used to be of handmade colourful paper in older times. The newer version of packaging has got a nice brown cardboard box with a beautifully printed label on it to refer to its variant name and ingredients list. The soap bars inside in box are properly sealed in cellophane sheet to preserve its hygiene and fragrance.

Each of the soap bars is large enough to hold in your hand easily. I prefer rectangular shaped soap bars over round, oval, square ones for they tend not to slip easily due to fine grip (it may be my individual choice).
Both the soap variants have mild yet refreshing fragrance. The fragrance is short-lived and doesn’t last after you step out from shower. But I’m ok with it as I don’t sweat much and have no issues like body odour to fight with ;)

I found the soaps not-so-quick to melt as compared to natural soaps from other brands which easily melt and finish off quite soon. The texture of Fuschia soaps also aids that these do not lose their shape till the end. These soaps make your skin feel clean from the top and moisturized from deep inside. The finest ingredients gone into the formula include many nourishing oils, fruits n vegetable extracts and ofcourse the glycerine base. All this helps to retain skin’s natural oils intact without making the skin dry, itchy or scratchy. This is all I want in my soap bar.
The nutrients and anti-oxidants present in Orange Peel soap are very potent in healing many skin conditions. Using this soap regularly keeps the skin toned and free from acne.
On the other hand, Yogurt Delight soap is rich in antibacterial properties and provides instant glow to your skin by removing dirt, dead skin and all kinds of impurities from deep inside the skin.
Each of the soap bars is priced at Rs. 250 which is worth paying for a cruelty-free, chemical-free product that is must-have for everyday bath and body essential to keep the skin healthy and glowing.
 

Fuschia Sunscreen Matte Gel (SPF 30) Review

Is polluted environment making your skin dull and unappealing? Well no need to worry anymore because Fuschia presents you paraben and phthalate free Sunscreen Matte Gel . The blend of aloe vera, olive oil and licorice extract are perfect to harmonize your skin & protection against sun-induced skin damages. Aloevera and olive oil cure the damage caused by sun rays & can treat sunburns as easily as it can slow down the aging of the skin. SunCat DE acts as a sunscreen agent, anti-oxidant, anti-aging and protective agent. This attractive new sunscreen matte gel gets absorbed in your skin instantly and protects adequately from UVA & UVB rays.

This is what Fuschia Sunscreen Matte Gel claims to do. And here goes my review on this product...
Fuschia Sunscreen Matte Gel comes in a small plastic bottle in white colour. There is black screw cap on bottle with flip opening over the top. The spout enables easy dispense of product. The information like ingredient list, mfg date, shelf life, price etc. is printed on the bottle label.
The texture of the sunscreen is of a moderately thick cream. The term ’gel’ used in the product name sounds misleading to me as the product is not gel-like either in texture or appearance. Despite the consistency, the sunscreen spreads easily on skin and gets absorbed as you massage it into skin with gentle strokes.
The product stands to its claims of ‘matte’ effect. You will notice that the product leaves no shiny, greasy layer on the top surface of your skin after it sinks into skin. It may serve as a great choice for people who struggle picking a suitable product for their oily skin. For people like me whose skin is more on drier side, the product may be bit more drying so a layer of moisturizer underneath will make the feel of sunscreen much comfortable on skin.
The sunscreen smells really nice, that’s something sweet and floral which most people would like. The smell is not sharp or overpowering, but cannot be considered mild too. Only people who are extremely sensitive to fragrances may find it strong, else it’s an easy-to-go-with kinda fragrance for most people.

Fuschia Sunscreen Matte Gel is formulated with SPF 30 for UVA and UVB protection which could have been on higher content, but is reasonably enough for sun protection in warmer regions like ours.

Now coming to the affordability of the product, I feel Rs 450 for a 50ml packaging will certainly pinch pockets of many of us (though the brand keeps on offering certain percentage of discount on its products regularly).
To sum up, Fuschia Sunscreen Matte Gel SPF 30 is a decent choice for a quality product that is worth an addition in your beauty kit atleast once and can be repurchased if gels well with your skin type :)

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Festive Recipes from Dr. Oetker FunFoods Creative Kitchen

The month of August is packed with multiple festivals, and just as many long weekends. Why not utilize all that free time to whip up some exceptional recipes? Celebrate the festivals with special recipes curated by Chef Gaurav Chadha, In-house Chef, Dr. Oetker India Pvt. Ltd. Have a good time with recipes made of these yummilicious products that Dr. Oetker has to offer this festive season!
Chocolate and Paneer Burfi            

Servings: 4
Level: Beginner
Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 5-6 Minutes

Ingredients:
50 g Cashewnuts, crushed
100 g Paneer, grated
50 ml Full Cream Milk
200 ml Condensed Milk
¼ tsp Cardamom Powder
1 tsp Desi Ghee

3-4 nos. Almonds, chopped
60 g (4 tbsp) Dr. Oetker FunFoods Chocolate Spread Fudge

Directions:
1.  In a thick bottom pan (slow flame), add cashewnuts, paneer, milk, condensed milk and chocolate fudge. Stir and cook for 5-6 minutes or until mixture begins to thick and leaves the side of the pan.
2.  Grease the tray with ghee and spread the burfi mixture evenly. Sprinkle almonds on top of burfi and gently press with hands.
3.    Keep this burfi tray in fridge for 2 hours to set. Once cooled slice burfi into small squares and serve.

Oats and Peanut Ladoo          
                                                     
Servings: 4
Level: Beginner
Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients:
100 g Oats
50 g Cashewnuts, chopped
50 g Almonds, crushed
50 g Jaggery Powder
75 g (5 tbsp) Dr. Oetker FunFoods Peanut Butter Crunchy
50 ml Water
1 tsp Desiccated Coconut Powder
2 tbsp Desi Ghee
Directions:
1.       Heat non-stick pan (slow flame) and dry roast oats for 2-3 minutes. In a blender jar add oats and grind it coarsely. Keep it aside.
2.       In a non-stick pan (medium flame), add cashewnuts, almonds, jaggery powder, peanut butter and water. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes or till jaggery melts off.
3.     Add oats, coconut powder and 1 tbsp ghee to above mixture. Stir well and switch off the flame.
4.       Apply remaining ghee in your palms and make small ladoo using above mix. Serve

Note: While making Ladoo make sure that mixture is warm, if the mixture cools, it will be difficult to roll it up.


Kesar and Paneer Burfi            
                                           
Servings: 4
Level: Beginner
Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 5-6 Minutes

Ingredients:
50 g Cashewnuts, crushed
100 g Paneer, grated
50 ml Full Cream Milk
200 ml Condensed Milk
1 tsp Desi Ghee

3-4 nos. Almonds, chopped
60 g (4 tbsp) Dr. Oetker FunFoods Milk Shake Mix Kesar Pista

Directions:
1.     In a thick bottom pan (slow flame), add cashewnuts, paneer, milk, condensed milk and kesar pista milk shake mix. Stir and cook for 5-6 minutes or until mixture begins to thick and leaves the side of the pan.
2.      Grease the tray with ghee and spread the burfi mixture evenly. Sprinkle almonds on top of burfi and gently press with hands.
3.       Keep this burfi tray in fridge for 2 hours to set. Once cooled slice burfi into small squares and serve.
  

Tri-Colour Sandwich Bread Pakora 

Servings: 2
Level: Intermediate
Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 5 Minutes

Ingredients:
3 slices White Bread
60 g (3 tbsp) Gram Flour
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
½ tsp Turmeric Powder
Salt
50 ml Water

100 ml Vegetable Oil
½ tsp Caraway Seeds
30 g (2 tbsp) Dr. Oetker FunFoods Veg Mayonnaise Tandoori
30 g (2 tbsp) Dr. Oetker FunFoods Veg Mayonnaise Mint
30 g (2 tbsp) Dr. Oetker FunFoods Veg Mayonnaise Original

Directions:
1.       On a bread slice spread 2 tbsp Tandoori mayonnaise and club it with another bread slice.
2.       Spread Mint mayonnaise on top of second layer of bread slice and club with another bread slice. Keep it aside
3.       For Bread pakora batter- In a bowl add Veg mayonnaise, caraway seeds, gram flour, chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and water. Mix well forming a thick batter
4.       Apply batter on above sandwich from all sides.
5.       Heat oil in a kadhai and deep fry bread pakora until it is cooked and crispy from all sides. Cut sandwich into 2 pieces and serve hot.

  
Gulab Kheer                    

Servings: 4Level: Beginner
Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time:  25 Minutes

Ingredients:
1 Litre, Full Cream Milk
100 g Rice, washed and soaked for 30 minutes
100 g Sugar
1 tsp Green Cardamon Powder
8-10 nos. Cashewnuts, chopped
5 nos. Almonds, chopped
60 g (4 tbsp) Dr. Oetker FunFoods Milk Shake Mix Rose

Directions:
1         Bring milk to boil in a large saucepan.
2        Add rice, sugar, cardamom powder, cashewnuts and rose milk shake mix. Simmer over low heat until the mixture thickens and the rice is cooked completely.
3      Pour the mixture into serving bowls. Refrigerate it for 2 hours, garnish it with almonds and serve.

Disclaimer: The recipes are sourced from http://www.oetker.in

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Working Moms – Challenges and Solutions

Motherhood has always been the most celebrated feeling for all the women around the world. There is certainly a glory that this title brings along, but there are unfavourable challenges that are specific to 'working moms'. I still remember how dicey the situation had become when I had to decide whether to continue or sacrifice my job after my child was born. I knew if I had to resume my work, it would demands more on my effort, time, energy and resources to 'balance' work and family life. But I take pride to assert that I faced the situation and had been able to succeed.
So based my experience, I'm sharing helpful tips on how workng moms can deal with this dilemma and make their life easier without having to sacrifice their career or family-

1.) Raising Kids in Nuclear Family:
In good old times, when multigenerational or joint families were the norm of society, the elderly family members used to take care of children in the house in the absence of parents. But over the past years with increasing number of only two-parent families, the mothers are expected to take a career break and be around children to for their physical growth and mental development.
You can always enrol your school-going child to a certified day-care centre that ensures providing safe and healthy environment for him after school hours. For a younger baby, a trustworthy in-house babysitter may take care of baby while the mommy works.
2.) Tackling Sick Children
As an extension to nuclear family concerns, most working moms feel alarmed of the possibility of their children getting sick (I really do). Because the responsibility of taking care for sick children usually falls on the mother. The situation to settle on either an inflexible professional schedule or a parental obligation brings the victim to a meltdown mode.

The best game plan to pull through this tricky situation is to prevent child’s illness. It’s customary for many parents to ignore initial warning sign of an upcoming illness and hope it won’t last. But if you’re aware of usual symptoms or causes of your child’s sickness, make a prior arrangement to nip the problem in the bud. My child is a mosquito magnet – so I use repellents like liquid vaporiser inside my home but my biggest worry is when he is outdoors – be it school or evening playtime especially because dengue mosquitoes bite in the daytime. I’ve now resorted to the protection of Good knight Fabric Roll-On to avoid exposure to icky mosquitoes. Just following a simple regime of applying four dots of all-natural product on my child’s clothes whenever he steps out for school or play has rescued me from panicky time.
It also makes a difference to make minor lifestyle changes including diet, clothing, outing time etc when it’s the time of year when it’s more probable for your child to fall ill. On a motherly note, try co-ordinating with an understanding colleague and do tell yourself “this is just life in the moment, let me spend the day with apple of my eye”.
3.) Running Late of Schedule
Nothing adds to the stress of mommy if something doesn't go as planned in the beginning of the day. The uncertainty of the morning routine puts you in situation where unanticipated problems arise and leave you frustrated and dejected.
Preparing ahead of time is the key. Carefully look over the next day's to-do list a night prior and divide the schedule. It's better to decide priorities of the day and delegate few chores to your spouse. Marking important dates on calendar or setting a reminder on your smart device will let you start your day on calm note without missing any relevant event especially when it's related to your child's school.
4.) Professional Competence
Despite the claims of companies to offer compatible work conditions for females, many mothers are not given key roles and are looked down upon if they demend for flexible working hours for themselves. It induces a feeling of lower self-esteem and low confidence in most women.
Do not be hesitant to forward a written plan to your company's HR team requesting them to adjust your schedule in a way that you may complete the required weekly working hours in a flexible manner. It will reinforce faith of employer for you if you may present the company with a substitute/alternate to compensate your responsibilities in case of emergency.
5.) Mommy Guilt
Women have a right to have a career the way men do and they should be proud that they are capable of multitasking. But if you've chosen your career over your family or child, the creepy feeling of being away from your child may strike you any time. There can be infinite reasons for a mommy to feel guilty for not being a 'perfect' parent. At times, these feelings are subject to societal idealisation of motherhood.
Pause before you react. Give yourself a moment before you curse yourself of the worst guilt-inducing moments. Think of your contribution in fulfilling your child's needs by going to work. Find practical solution that may spare you some time to make good memories with family and children. Lastly, remind yourself that feeling guilty is actually a sign that you truly care for your child.
6.) Communication Gap with Partner/Family
Living your choices amidst everyday chaos severely affects relationship between the couple and the implications of the situation might be to different extent. Many a times, marital relationship is strained due to lack of time or excessive fatigue, especially when both partners have long working hours or when the male partner poses a hands-off approach in sharing household responsibilities.
To tackle this very important yet less-acknowledged issue, both the partners must agree to consciously make an effort to get closer to each other despite an exhaustive schedule. It takes only a few moments every day to focus on keeping your marriage happy.
There are many more obligations, work commitments and family matters than ever before that every working mom is juggling with. It might be hard to maintained sanity with life continually getting busier, but I'm sure these simple tips would help mighty mommy increase the harmony in her home..

Happy Parenting!!
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