Best of Little Tikes Play Houses for Kids

Play houses are a great choice for outdoor as well as indoor games for kids. What kind of play house are you looking for ? Simple ones? Sturdy play houses? Super fun filled exploration ones? You will find the best of Little Tikes Play Houses here. Just take your time to browse through until you choose that perfect one for you.

Little Tikes Go Green! Playhouse
Little Tikes $269.99
Little Tikes garden play house is a sure shot of never ending fun for kids. Kids grow up watching their parents. They love to do what their mommy and daddy does. Play houses are an excellent way to encourage role play in kids.
This garden play house got recycling bins, roof and a planting box too. It comes with 3 accessories - shovel, rake and a watering can. 
Little Tikes Picnic on the Patio Playhouse
Step2 $282.93 (5% off)
This picinic play house will be fascinating for kids. It has got a kitchenette with pretend burners, oven, cupboards, and fireplace. The play house have an electronic bell with 6 funny sounds and two seats for kids to sit and play. Its built with weather-resistant, durable poly construction and is sure to last for a really long time.
Little Tikes Cape Cottage, Tan
Little Tikes $129.99 $124.47 (4% off)
Its a lightweight playhouse for toddlers which comes with an extra dash of entertainment. It has working doors, windows & shutters, mail slots and flag holders that's absolutely amazing. Its so easy to relocate and is recommended for kids upto 5 years.

Little Tikes Endless Adventures Tikes Town Playhouse
Little Tikes $379.46 (7% off)
This playhouse has four different play features and I think it can be a great place for kids to have snacks, parties and games. The backside of this playhouse has sports wall for soccer, basketball and more. It also has features that will allows kids for pretend play like gas stations, grocery shop, bank, school and much more.
Little Tikes Deluxe Home and Garden Playhouse
American Plastic Toys $187.99 (6% off)
Its a multiple features play house with innovative designs ideal for toddlers who have just started exploring their world. Parents can watch their toddlers as they step in and out of their first play house. Its built in open design and easy to open doors. It has Kitchenette features, Workbench station, sand and water table, mailbox and more!

10 Things You Need to Get a Baby to Sleep

10 things you need to get a baby to sleep

Here are the 10 things you probably need to help your baby get a good sleep.

#1 Comfort Clothing    -  Sometimes, babies tend to have sensitivity towards synthetic clothing. If your baby is one among them, then it may affect their sleep habits. Try cotton or just any comfortable wear to make sure your baby is feeling okay in it.

#2 Clean and Dry Diapers  - Its a no-brainer. Make her feel clean and dry by using a high quality night-time diaper. If your baby makes a fuss while diaper changing then it would be better to change her once you start the bed time routine.

#3 Baby Wipes or Other Diapering Essentials - In case if you need to change the diaper during night time in-between sleep, use baby wipes that have been warmed already.

#4 Swaddling Blanket - Babies like being cuddled and wrapped. That's because it creates an in-womb effect where they were kept warm and clingy. A swaddling blanket can do the trick and may help your baby sleep better.

#5 Familiar Background Noise - Similar lines  with the in-womb is used to constant sounds that comes from your stomach and your heartbeat. Many parents found the white noise helpful in making their baby sleep better. Try getting a white noise machine so that your baby get a little more uninterrupted sleep.

#6 Relaxing and Safe Place to Sleep - Whether you are in for co-sleeping or isolated one, always make sure that your baby has a relaxing and a safe baby mattress with fitted sheets. Loose fabrics and unwanted stuff are not recommended for a baby bed.

#7 Dim Night Light - Darkness promotes sleepiness. Rather than making your baby's room pitch black, allow a soothing dim light that will also help you during changing-times as well as in keeping an eye on your baby.

#8 Baby Monitor - If your baby is sleeping in another room, you can easily keep a tab on him/her with these baby  monitors. Some babies are so sensitive to sounds like opening/closing of a door or even a click of a switch.

#9 Soothing Pacifier - A Soothing pacifier can help your baby go back to sleep all on its own. Once the baby is in deep sleep, you can remove it from her mouth.

#10 Feeding Bottle - Feeding bottles are handy when you need a quick dreamfeed or if your baby is having the habit of night time feeding.

Adjustable Mandoline Slicer with 4 Blades $19.99 Save 75%

Save 75% on this Adjustable Mandoline Slicer with 4 Blades Vegetable Cutter, Peeler, Slicer, Grater & Julienne Slicer.  You need to pay only $19.99, normally which was at $79.99. 

BUY TODAY AND RECEIVE ALL 3 BONUSES IN YOUR FOLLOW UP EMAIL: Mandoline Recipe Ebook, "The Best You" Ebook AND Video Tutorial - Absolutely FREE! Please Note this will be Emailed to You After You Purchase so Please Check Your Amazon Email Inbox for Bonus Material. So What are You Waiting For? Pick Up the Perfect Spiral Slicer, Vegetable cutter, Vegetable Grater All In One - Today! One of the Best Father's Day Kitchen Gadgets Gifts from Son, Daughter or Wife Even!

Made with extra features for allowing its customers to create that perfect cut, Every Time!  Cutting. cleaning and storing is super easy with this 4-in-one slicer.

• Food container helps to keep all cuts together
• 3 thickness settings to get the perfect cut - 1mm, 3mm & 5mm  
• Non-skid base keeps mandoline in place whilst cutting on flat surface 
• Rotator lock helps to keep blades secure 
• Easy to use and top shelf dishwasher safe 

6 Ways Cloud Apps Rock My Online Writing World

Do you believe that cloud computing technology has the capability to transform our business and personal lives? The impact of cloud technology is so immense that many are not aware how many cloud applications they are using each moment.

People are increasingly using cloud based solutions such as web-based email services, media services, content distribution apps, healthcare services and many more.  Thanks to cloud, we are witnessing an information overload with unlimited choices of service providers and solutions in all industries. From financial services to voice transcription solutions and from in-car cloud apps (e.g. Caravan Track) to interactive applications (e.g. Kinect) that respond to peoples’ gestures & voice commands, cloud has opened up new realms of possibilities. 

Here, I have compiled a list of 6 ways cloud based apps are rocking my online writing world. You too are probably using them in your daily life to access, analyze, store and share information.

#1 Backup Services – Saving and maintaining your data as a backup and storing it in some off-site location for security is essential. For instance, Dropbox, Syncplicity and Mozy allow you to back up all your data and share them wisely. Dropbox is certainly one of the most used cloud service solutions today. I store all my personal files and documents on dropbox and even share my photos with family.

#2 Social Networking – Perhaps social networking is the most famous way of utilizing cloud computing technology even though many people may not realize it at first. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and others help people to get connected to each other and share information with them. Facebook seems to be the biggest and the most popular social network site present today. 

#3 Email Communications – Who doesn’t use Gmail or Yahoo mail these days? Emails are one of the biggest cloud computing solutions available. Accessibility from anywhere and ease of maintenance makes it very convenient and cost effective. 

#4 Video Call Solutions – People are increasingly using the video call services such as skype to get connected to each other. Today skype has turned to be the one stop solution for communicating with colleagues or clients or friends. Whether you need to make a phone call or chat or video call, you will be able to do that in a smarter and cost effective way. Which app do you use for making a video call?

#5 Document Sharing – You must be already familiar with Google Docs and its features that let you edit and keep your documents accessible from anywhere securely. Another biggie in the field of file sharing is YouTube which has revolutionized entertainment industry.

#6 Productivity Tools – Certain apps like Toggl allows its users to track time and create tasks & projects to make billing and reporting easy and accurate. Zoho invoice, Quickbooks and DoneDone are few popular productivity tools based on cloud. I have personally not used them, but have plans to make use of them sooner than later...

There are many other notable services and applications where cloud computing technology has made life easier. Which one would you add to my list?

Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

Alphabet Coloring Pages and Toys for Kids

Alphabet coloring pages are helpful for toddlers when they begin to learn to read and write. When my son was in kindergarten he was very much into coloring and playing with alphabets in all forms. I made a collection of all of them and thought why not and share it here with y'all, so that you too can make use of it.

So let the kids take out their coloring pencils & crayons and get ready for some coloring fun with these educational coloring pages! 

You can find a collection of alphabet coloring pages that are simple yet amazing and can be printed. Browse through the page and click on the links to enter to that coloring page resource. Have fun! Also check out some great deals on coloring books and coloring supplies at the bottom of this page...

  • Here is a collection of alphabet coloring pages from the popular About series with letters in upper and lower cases, a collection of objects which starts with each alphabet and phonics-learning aids for kids to identify and learn. You can just navigate to the desired letter you want and get them printed...
  • BigLetters has got a complete educational set of alphabet coloring sheets with many simple learning activities which will help kids to identify, write and understand. The files are downloadable as word documents and have tracing, coloring and circling the correct letter all in a single page which comes in handy.
  • TwistyNoodle offers free coloring pages for a whole lot of topics and you can find A-Z coloring pages which can be customized according to your choice of font and text.
  • has got an amazing collection of alphabet coloring pages in various formats. 3-D, abstract, dot-to-dot, whimsical and a whole lot of other varieties. They also have a lot of games and other educational resources in their website.
  • Here is a decorative coloring pages for alphabets from coloring castle. They have got plenty of coloring pages which can be downloaded for free from their homepage.
  • If you are looking for some online coloring fun without the need for paper, then this is for you. TheColor offers online alphabet coloring pages  which can be colored online and can be sent via emails. 

Alphabet toys and games plays an outstanding role in helping out kids in figuring out letters in the beginning.  As a mom I know exactly what types of alphabet toys kids would love to play with - wooden, plastics, foam materials and what not. If you are anything like me, then quality and safety comes first. Price - the next big thing. Here are some great alphabet toys which are perfect for kids.

Have you found any other exciting collection of coloring page resources? How did you find them? Do let me know!  

Freezer Cooking for My Indian Kitchen

Are you a fan of freezer cooking? If you are skeptical about it, then let me just tell you that its as healthy and assuring as any home-made meal. Recently, 'freezer cooking' caught my fancy for various obvious reasons... managing home, preparing for my exams, freelance projects…and so many things in between! I don’t know about you, but in my home, life can get a bit crazy unexpectedly. (Go figure!)

I’m not a meal planning pro or an organizing junkie. Apparently, I have noticed that as soon as the sun bids good bye for the day, I’m almost completely drained. I’ll hardly have the energy to pull a decent dinner together. That’s when I decided to try out freezer cooking.  

I don’t intend to whack off complete meals for a month. Yes, there are many folks out there who do that as in Once a Month Cooking. But, all I want is the luxury of a healthy home-made dinner with minimal effort! I did my research and came up with a plan to makechapatti dough for a week and freeze them, for starters.

Then I made some basic masala curry base for freezing.  I got the inspiration from fancy pantry curry, but I adapted it to suit our South Indian taste buds. It comes in handy when you don’t want to start cooking from scratch and need the comfort of your home-made meal. Just plop in the gravy base into a pan and add some water and veggies or anything of your choice (I tried making egg masala with boiled eggs and it was awesome!), sprinkle salt, some spice mix or fresh herbs and that’s it. Cool huh?

Last night I made vegetable pulao with that curry base. I had my frozen base as a thick paste, so was easy to mix it up with chopped vegetables.

My experiments with freezer cooking were a huge success and never had to take out dinner until now at least!

Update: This post was written a couple of years back... I do practice freezer cooking but we are enjoying the fair share of take-away food whenever necessary...especially after the arrival of my second baby. :)  

So if you are highly pressed on time and want to simplify cooking, then you should try out some basic freezer cooking. It’ll be worth the effort.

Here are some of the online resources that I found useful while doing my Indian freezer cooking research:

As you know, I am no expert and have only started to experiment with all these above mentioned tips. Hope this helps!

Are there any other tips you would like to share? How is freezer cooking working for you? Do share here in comments. Would love to hear from you! :)

photo credit - Serene Vannoy

Three Awesome Blogs that Boosts Me Up!

I love reading blogs! It helps me get focused, inspired and stay motivated, through the hustle-bustle of life. There is a great comfort in knowing that there are other similar souls who've been there, done that... if you know what I mean!
Of all the great blogs that I read, there are a few ones which stands out in the crowd. 

My favorite blogs to turn to when it comes to writing, blogging, managing or simplifying the clutter of our lives are:

Money Saving

Who doesn't know Crystal Paine, the writer, blogger, speaker and homemaker? I'm over at her blog almost everyday to fill myself with awesome-yet-practical nuggets of advice to embrace positivity in everything I do, bet it blogging, or mothering or homemaking. You name it, she's got it!

After reading her blog for a little over two years, I almost feel like I know her personally. I've learnt about how she does it all, what failed, what worked and what could have been better. She narrates her experiences and wisdom in simple language, as simple as her. I'm looking forward to her South African trip to know about how they built a community center, and much more for the Maubane community.  

The Mom 

Prerna Malik! She is such an inspiring person. I've been lurking around her blogger blog since its infancy. No, seriously! I still remember her post about Mom Writes moving to its self-hosting as a wordpress blog. Through her blog she shows how the girl next door can really rock the world... Her home management and productivity e-books are great assets for anyone planning to simplify their life. The other resources that she shares in her blog plus the Mom Writes community is something which I never wanna miss.

Smart Passive

Pat Flynn, the guru or "crash test dummy of online business" as he puts it, is one helluva guy that blows my mind with his every single post or podcast. Recently, I read about his miracle morning funda and was so carried away that I literally started following it sooner than later...
His in-depth posts about each and single aspect of his successful career as well as life hacks are worth listening. 

These blogs are so popular that you probably have heard all about them, or follow them closely. They have in their own way helped me grow as a blogger as well as a person. All these names are so common in my household that hardly a day passes without them being extolled!  :)

Which one is your favorite blog? I'd love to hear about it!

Find the links here:
Money Saving
The Mom 
Smart Passive
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5 Nativity Printable Sets Which You Can Download for Free

With Christmas right around the corner, I have been scouring the internet for ideas to set up a simple nativity set that would perfectly suit my small living space. I wanted to find a decent one that wouldn't cost me a fortune. 

I also wanted to come up with something which excites my 6 year old, something which inspires him and teaches him about the advent season.

Since we are living out of our homeland, in a country where we don't get these amazing Christmas Nativity Sets, we just resorted to the Christmas tree decorations all these years. But now, luckily I stumbled upon some wonderful blogs/sites that offer free printable Nativity Scene that's super cute, simple and quick to set up. 

Here are 5 Free Nativity Scene Printable Crafts for kids and families.

Note: I have just randomly ordered these blogs as I found them. You may end up with more options and creative ideas that works best.

1. Nativity Set from Noella Designs  -  Noella Designs have their 3-D printable Nativity with simple and easy to follow instructions and steps. Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus, the three wise men, stable, angels, animals and what not! You can find all of them right here.

2. 3-D Nativity Craft from Bible Kids Fun Zone - This one features a lot more than just the Nativity puppet crafts and activities. Bible Kids Fun Zone is loaded with complete resources for kids Bible study and Sunday class lesson plans. From illustrated story pictures to stickers and play sets, you will find a wide range of activities for kids.

3. Paper City Nativity Scene from Made by Joel  - Its an online space completely dedicated for art and craft projects for children. As Joel puts it, this is a travel paper city set which you can take it even in a mini box. You just have to click on the template or the image and print it. 

4. Printable Nativity Scene from Activity  - This one features printable sets of Nativity scene where you can print and cut out as you like. The kids can color these cut outs to add more charm to it.  How cool is that?

5. DIY Printable Nativity - from Catholic Icing. It has the step by step instruction for downloading and assembling the Nativity set using card stock or paper and toilet paper tubes. The instructions are simple to follow and will definitely make the kids happy and excited.

How about your plans for Christmas and decorations? Do share with me in the comments. 

Update 28/12/2014 : This was how we made our Christmas Crib with Nativity Set downloaded and crafted from Noella Designs. Since my son wanted a real-looking stable, we tried making one out of cardboard! :)

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