Propelled To Write With Matrika’s Creative Woman Journal- Review

In the times when digital books and technology has replaced pen and paper, people find it easier ‘to type’ than ‘to write’. I too fall in that category of people. While in college, a pen and a diary were my best friends and a witness to all my thoughts and ideas, they gradually lost value with the advent of technology. I always found typing convenient with its auto correct features and built-in spell checks, but it never gave me that personal feel which I get from a glistening pen and paper. A few days back Matrika’s Creative Woman’s Journal arrived at my doorsteps. The writer in me couldn’t wait to unpack the parcel. The minute I opened it, I was mesmerized by the beauty of its outer cover and the smell of its freshly bound paper. The scarlet-coloured journal with a white feather design propelled me enough to go back to scribbling my heart out on a paper.

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I happened to receive this journal as I participated in ‘Scribble your heart away campaign-2’ on Facebook. The Woman’s Journal was available in four different variants; namely –glide, write, dream and fly. Since I had an option to choose one, I went with “To Write’ which is represented by a feather.

About Matrika

Matrikas’ Paper Products provide a premium space to stimulate mind and unleash creativity. Their range includes exquisitely designed journals, diaries, notebooks and office stationary.  You can check their entire range at Matrika’s Website. 

 

Special Features of the Woman’s Journal

What makes Matrika’s journal unique is its special features-
1. It has a special cover material with a printed screen.

2. It is hard bound with round back and corner. 

3. It contains natural shade paper with satin page marker.

4. It includes adult coloring pages and stickers for creative writing.

5. It has a pouch on back cover, an elastic for safe locking and an additional pen holder.

Price and Availability

It is priced at approximately Rs.450 and is available in four colors- red, pink, blue and brown, each representing a different theme. You can buy it from Matrika’s website or from Amazon 

What I Liked

The mere look and feel of the journal got me excited to start writing. Its pages are thick and of good quality. As I started scribbling with a fountain ink pen, the ink didn’t bleed on the paper neither did it reflect through the next page.

The journal caters to the interests of all kinds of writers. So while I could write on normal ruled pages I could scribble freely on blank sheets as well.

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And when I did not want to write, I resorted to the coloring pages with doodles that worked as a stress-buster for me.

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The sticker sheets at the end of the journal excited the child in me and I  could use them creatively or just to document my current mood.

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I am an otherwise very forgetful person and barely manage to keep a record of things that I have to complete. The journal proves to make my life easy with its special pages for To-Do list where I can simply record my plan for the entire day. It also has a special page dedicated to personal details. So right from my blood type to emergency contact numbers, I can save all the information at one place.

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With the additional feature of the elastic band that keeps the journal safe and well packed, I can even carry that journal in my handbag wherever I go. And guess, I don’t even have to look for a pen every time I wish to write as there is a small pen holder at the side of the journal to keep things organized for me. 

With so many interesting features, this allpurpose journal can also make a great gifting option. While I can use it as a travel diary, a daily planner or a record book, I plan to use it as a personal diary to record my daily musings and experiences. The journal comes along as an amazing companion for my creative vent out.

Thank you team Matrika for sending such an amazing piece my way!

Let me now welcome Shalu Sharma Rathod in the chain of blogs who would also share her views about the journal. Read what this mother of 2.5 year old twin daughters and a mom blogger has to say at her blog- the dreamer mum

You can also follow her on Instagram & Twitter

 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I had received this journal as a part of ‘Scribble your heart away campaign’ and was asked to share my honest opinions. The review holds my personal views and observations about using this  journal.

 

Also read: Globetrotters Country Box Review

Mamaearth’s Under Eye Cream and Body Cream for Mama- Review

Mamaearth is one of the upcoming brands for baby care products. It has gained immense popularity in little time simply because it proves to be a brand ‘by a parent, for the parent’.  It’s  products are toxin-free, made of natural elements which makes it an absolutely child-friendly brand.

I had already tried mamaearth’s baby care range, and was super impressed with some of their products, especially the baby oil and lotion. So now when I got a chance to try their products made exclusively for moms and moms-to-be, I was super excited.

Special Features of the Products

All Mamaearth’s products claim to be-

  1. Phthalates Free
  2. Paraben Free
  3. Mineral Oil Free
  4. SLS Free
  5. Toxin Free
  6. Hypoallergenic
  7. Dermatologist Tested
  8. Skin friendly and easy to use.

The First Look

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The products came in well packed boxes. The packaging was up to the mark ensuring proper safety. Each box had a small quote written on it which did not fail to make me smile. This shows the effort and thoughtfulness, that the brand has put in mere packaging itself.

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Both the cream containers are sturdy and have double lids to prevent any kind of leakage. What’s unique is that each product describes itself and talks about its purpose. The directions of use along with the key ingredients are mentioned quite clearly on the container.

Under Eye Cream

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Key Constituents: Glycerin, Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Calendula Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Rockweed Extract, Papaya Extract, Green Tea Extract, Allantoin, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate.

Price and Availability: It costs Rs. 500 for 50 ml container. The product is available online on Amazon.com, Nykaa.com, Flipkart . com,  Babychakra.com and Mamaearth.com

Purpose:

The Under Eye Cream made of coffee, cucumber and White Lily extract is meant for solving the problem of dark circles and puffy eyes. It’s regular use helps to reduce the dark circles and nourishes the under eye skin.

My experience:

I had never faced the problem of dark circles ever in my life till I became a mother. As soon as pregnancy happened, my face started to look pale. I started to have black patches on my face and neck. Thanks to the wonderful pregnancy hormones, that played their game well! I was told by the doctor that once I deliver and the hormones settle the patches would go. And they did seem to reduce but due to lack of sleep and rest, I was never fully relieved by them. Infact, to worsen it further, dark circles under my eye became all the more prominent.

I tried many home remedies but none brought a quick solution to this. So when I laid my hands upon Mamaearth’s Under Eye Cream, I wasn’t expecting much from it. But to give it a try I used the cream as per the directions mentioned on the container.

The first time I applied, it left a feel-good impact and I was impressed with its fragrance. I applied the cream twice a day and did not find the need to apply anything else the rest of the day. The result was visible in a few days. Using this cream continuously for two weeks showed positive results and I plan to use this further till all my dark circles fade away.

Hits:

1.The cream isn’t too thick in consistency and spreads around well.

2. One doesn’t need to apply a lot in one go. A small amount taken on finger tip works well.

3.It stays on for long and leaves the skin smooth and hydrated.

4. Although it is an under eye cream it can be used all over the face as well.

Lows :

1.I personally found the cream to be a bit expensive. (500 INR for a 50 ml bottle)

Body Cream

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Key Constituents: Glycerin, Shea Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Avacado Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Aloevera Extract, Cucumber Extract, Papaya Extract, Turmeric Extract, Calendula Oil, Basil Oil, Geranium Oil, Potassium Sorbate.

Price and Availability: It costs Rs 500 for a 100 ml bottle. The product is available online on Amazon.com, Nykaa . com, Flipkart.com, Babychakra.com and Mamaearth.com.

Purpose:

The Body Cream made of Shea butter, peptides and milk protein is meant for tackling the problem of stretch marks and scars. It helps to reduce the risk of stretch marks and provides skin nourishment.

My Experience

What’s a tigress without her stripes! That’s how I used to console myself every time I used to see my ‘striped’ belly. The problem of stretch marks is quite common and inevitable during pregnancy. While these marks do take some time to fade away, a good cream helps to quicken the process.

My belly is not just adorned with stretch marks but also scars, thanks to the problem of keloid. So when I got a chance to try Mamaearth’s Body Cream I didn’t hesitate a bit as it claims to treat both. I used the cream as per the directions mentioned on the container.

The cream has a sweet fragrance. I applied it on my entire belly and it did not give me a sticky feeling. In fact, it left my skin feel soft and fresh. I applied it everyday after bath and with consistent use for over two weeks I could feel the difference on my skin.

Hits:

1.The cream can be used both during the pregnancy and after.

2. It can be applied on belly, breasts, and other parts where the skin is stretched.

3. It leaves the skin fresh and supple.

4. It’s non-sticky and itch-free.

Lows:

1. I personally found the consistency of the cream a little thick and so its application requires extra rubbing around the area.

My overall experience with Mamaearth has been good- both with their Baby Care products and Mama Care range. I would surely recommend this brand to my family, friends and followers.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post. I received the samples of these products to try and share my honest review. The post holds my personal observations after using the products for over two weeks.

Book Review: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Healthy Twin Pregnancy by Gila Leiter

My pregnancy with twins wasn’t easy. With bed rest recommended for the entire nine months period, I used to find it difficult to kill time. One of the ways that I could keep the boredom away was reading various books.

I stumbled upon this book by Gila Leiter while searching various books on multiple pregnancy. This book certainly helped me in ways more than one.

Read my  entire review of the book here:

Babychakra- Book Review: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Healthy Twin Pregnancy by Gila Leiter

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5 Ways to Keep Your Kid Away From Gadgets

Technology has become so synonymous to all our lives today that we have even crossed that stage when we discussed whether it is a boon or bane.  However, when it comes to our children, it is probably worth thinking a bit deeper and seeing if it’s affecting development and behavior (which we certainly care for).

While technology can be informative, it is equally addictive. Here is a piece that I wrote for Babychakra.com to share tips on how to save our kids from being enslaved to technology.

Read the full article here-

5 Ways to Keep Your Kid Away From Gadgets

 

 

 

Do Not Sacrifice For Your Kids: Simply Live and Let Live

I recently met an old friend who was working in an MNC since past 5 years. She suddenly had to quit her job given to her new role as a mother. While she was happily flipping the pages of this new chapter of her life, she was equally unhappy for ending a previous one that involved a well-meaning job, earning her a six-digit salary. With utmost sympathy and concern, I was all ears to her super-heroic story of the nine hour long labour and the sleepless nights thereafter, until she mentioned one last line. She ended by looking at her two months old daughter and saying “I hope when she grows up, she realizes what all changes we made in our life just to raise her up. All my sacrifices would be worth it, then.”

This one nomenclature got me thinking. Not only did I realize how big the terminology is but also how it tends to impact both the mother and the child.

As a parent myself, I want to implore all mothers to think on a few lines before ever ‘sacrificing’ for your kids.

Read the full article here:

Do Not Sacrifice For Your Kids: Simply Live and Let Live

 

7 Reasons To Use Menstrual Cup Apart From It Being Eco-friendly

There are a number of options in the ‘sanitary product world’ to tame the monthly mess that a woman faces, menstrual cups being one such invention. Designed to provide comfort, these bell-shaped, flexible silicone-cups are a great alternative to the more popular sanitary napkins and tampons. Apart from being healthy and environment friendly they offer a heap of awesome benefits.

For those who are finding it difficult to make a switch from the traditional pads and tampons, here are a few reasons that would convince you that menstrual cups are a far better choice. And of course they are eco-friendly too!

Click here to read the entire article. 

 

A Visual Lens That Breaks Various Gender Stereotypes

Pink for girls and blue for boys- How many times did you end up dressing your kid this way?

Gender stereotype is a reality that’s ingrained in many cultures. While they shape the beliefs and attitudes through which kids are raised, they also limit them into specific roles. Well, not all girls love dolls and not all boys play sports.

Shattering some of these gender stereotypes, Kirsten McGoey of Trinity Design in Whitby, Ontario shows multiple ways in which ‘boys can be boys’ through her powerful photo series #aboycantoo. Letting young men to choose what they want to be and follow their heart, the series includes candid pictures of boys who wear hair accessories, or love dolls, or enjoy figure skating, etc.

 

Have a look at some of the pictures that present ‘boyhood’ through a refreshingly different lens.

Check for the entire article here