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Camping with Kids

I enjoy the outdoors a lot and try to find ways to connect with nature. Best way to do it – camping. I used to love camping before getting married and once my son turned a bit older, we resumed this wonderful activity once again. This year alone, we went camping twice. But each time I found that I was missing important items. I am putting together a checklist here that will help me and other parents such as me prepare for camping (especially with kids).

Camping gear

  • Tent (I have a 2 people tent since it is just me, my husband and my 5 year old)
  • Mallet (to get the pegs in the ground)
  • Lantern (super important if you want to see at night)
  • Flash lights
  • Sleeping bags (or any other alternatives)
  • Cooler
  • Coal (if you want to grill)
  • Wood (if you want to allowed to and want to start a camp fire)
  • Lighter fluid
  • Matchstick
  • Aluminium foil

Food Options

While for meat eaters there are many variations and varieties of grill options, it reduces drastically for vegetarians. While that is so, I still offer a few variations below that come out quite tasty.

  • Corn, of course!
  • Sweet peppers (you can get a colorful bag of these at Costco). Goes great with sandwich.
  • Onions, tomatoes, asparagus, squash, zucchini, and peppers. (free free to add any other veg that you want to roast)
  • Marinated tofu (or paneer tikka)
  • Veg burgers
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Naan pizzas

For breakfast, eggs are a great option. Or an easy option is pancakes. Add some berries or bananas to the dough and you will have a scrumptious breakfast. Don’t forget to take milk (that doesn’t need refrigeration).

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July 4th in Milpitas

Living in Milpitas, I try to get involved in as many community activities as possible. Having a full time job and a small child, the list is not too big. But every 4th of July, as a family, we go to see the fireworks. It is a tradition that we follow diligently. This year has been the 3rd year in a row that we have attended the 4th of July fireworks in Milpitas. The city does a nice show starting at 9:00pm and the fireworks are always spectacular. What I like in particular is that the show is accompanied with nice music.

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All the festivities happen in the Milpitas sport center.

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Curd rice or Bagalabath

The ultimate experience in comfort food is simple curd rice. I love eating this dish at any time of the day and week. While simple mixing of rice and curd is good enough, my preference is to make the Bagalabath IMG_4030with all the extra paraphernalia. This makes it more eye pleasing and tongue pleasing as well. The preparation itself is actually very easy and quick. Also you can add extra vegetables like cucumber or shredded carrots to make it extra healthy. Of course accompanying with a lemon pickle or mango pickle makes it irresistible. Continue reading

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Take care of your digestive – ginger detox shot

I am an huge proponent of natural way of cure. Even from my childhood, my family has introduced Ayurveda to me. I grew up eating chyavanaprash and drinking kashayams for health. And to add to my existing Ayurveda knowledge, my new sister after marriage turned out to be a Naturopath. She introduced me to the world of Homeopathy. So its but natural (pun intended) that when I had a child of my own, I relied on her heavily to provide me cures the natural way.

Disclaimer: Please use the detox shot provided below at your own volition.

IMG_4017While I don’t claim in any way or means that I am a healer, I wish to share the ginger detox shot that my mom used to make once a week. Since this is a pretty potent shot, one shouldn’t take this more than once a week (max). So here are the details. Continue reading

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Detox Bath- the best way to bathe

I am a big proponent of how our ancestors used to live. I think they had the secret to healthy way of life. Every single method they followed had some scientific meaning attached to it. We think we are closer to science but I think we have uprooted ourselves from our roots into a world of contrived and factitious living.

Anyway, getting back to the post! The best way to provide a healthy bath to our kids is the age old way of “oil bath“. This is the Ayurveda way and whenever I give this kind of bath to my son, his skin is soft like a fresh rose petal. And of course he smells like a fresh breeze from a beautiful summer garden.

An oil bath is when you apply oil to the body and the head and then take a shower with water. I use coconut oil, since that is the best conditioner for the skin and the hair.

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