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My Favourite Form of Exercise & Why?

Benefits of Walking Daily Backed by Science

Health Benefits of Walking/Jogging Daily
Your Daily Mantra for a Happy and Healthy Life

Walking. You have heard its healthy but what does it do for you?

Does it help you loose weight or reduce lower blood pressure?

Will you live longer?

Some questions we all battle everyday. I will dive into the benefits of the Walking Daily and what it does for you.

  1. Lowers Blood Pressure and Cholesterol – walking daily helps reduction of blood pressure, cholesterol, body fat and body mass index.
  2. Better Memory and Brain Function – For men reduced dementia and for women better memory and cognitive function. Sedentary Individuals who started aerobics or walking scored higher on cognitive tests meant to measure dementia.
  3. Relieves Pain – exercise relieves chronic pain and joint pain, reduced knee arthritis
  4. Prevents illness and helps boost Immunity – Walking and regular exercise helps reduces catching a cold and other illness
  5. Creativity – Walking boosts creativity while walking and after walking as well.
  6. Energy Boost – Stair walking gives you more energy that caffeine
  7. Reduce Risk of heart Disease – Faster Paced walking lowers risk of heart disease and related issues versus slow paced walking.
  8. Live longer – Walking or Biking 11 hours a week reduced risk of death by 11% for all causes.
  9. Improves Mood – Regular exercise reduces anxiety, depression and helps elevate mood. Walking beats eating energy bars or candy bars for increasing energy and lowers tension.
  10. Lowers risk of Breast Cancer – 7 hours of walking per week lowered breast cancer risk by 14% in women post menopause
  11. Better Sleep and Lower Stress – Exercise increased total sleep time and amount of deep sleep

Setting Goals

A woman writing goals for upcoming year in notepad
Keep a Track is Important
Setting Goals

The First and most simple rule here is to walk daily. Even if only to walk around the house for 2 minutes.

So why such a weak goal? Well its first to get started into the habit.

You have probably heard of walking 10,000 steps each day. Well initially it may seem hard to get the step count each day, but slowly over weeks and months this becomes easily attainable. Try to use apps that will help you meet your exercise goals. I use the Google FIT App available on my phone. This keeps track of my steps count for the day as well as Heart Points.

Heart Points are fast paced walking based on your age, weight etc that you fill in the app. It prompts you for the ideal heart point score as well as steps each day to meet your goal. It really great as it shows you your weekly, monthly target achieved. In a Snapshot you can also view the calories burnt , along with Kilometres covered and Moves per minute from the app. So Google FIT is like your FITBIT. If you dance, move around etc it picks and calculates the total steps etc.

Best part of the app is when you meet your set milestone, the app lets you know. The Milestones are recommended by AHA (American Heart Association). So Simply getting these small moves done are basically habits getting set for you.

Walking Technique

man and woman jogging
Walking Technique

Warm Up and Stretching

Usually recommended to warm up before you do some fast paced walking. Walk slowly for a few minutes first, this works well for me. Warm up the body is important to prevent any ligament tear etc.

Also try to play some music to keep yourself motivated. I use the app Spotify. I earlier used to use You Tube Music but now switched to Spotify. This works wonders for me as I Listen to Workout beats, Top 50 Global Hits, Go by Artist or some good old Bollywood to get the pace going. Also keep a watch on the Google fit app to see if you have covered your daily step count.

Walking Intensity

photo of woman jogging down stairs
Walking Intensity

How Intense should you walk? Won’t you get a better burn if you walk faster?

What about power walking or fast paced walking?

Well start with what ever is easy for you (10 minutes warm up and 20 minutes walk and run combination). Then slowly build it with time. I try to walk atleast 5 days a week and give it a break on the weekend. You can choose what ever works for you. Even a 3 or 4 day exercise is a good habit to stay fit.

Some days you may achieve your target and some days you may not, but lets not be hard on ourselves. Reward yourself for days you have achieved or look at overall monthly snapshot of your entire performance. If you need to slow it down do so or if you need to dedicate time and days of the week to increase work out, you can do that.

Walking is the best form of exercise and very flexible as you can choose the best time to walk, in between in you work day if you find 30 minutes away from office work or that meeting , just get up and walk. Its as easy as walking in your home space, use any space close by nearby community parks, basements, roads or lanes close to your home or apartment or inside the house if you have some space to do some warm up and fast paced walking.

Also the best part is you don’t need to enrol yourself for any program like a training program or gym etc. You need not worry about the subscription for that gym or pilates or yoga session, which I know a lot of my friends do worry about when they need to miss out a particular session or sessions due to family commitments or emergencies or simply delayed due to work.

All you need to ensure is that you are disciplined with yourself and focussed on what you want to achieve for a healthier YOU.

Yes a healthy and well balanced diet will definitely help but I will not focus on diet and tips for a well balanced meal in this blog.

Tips

Tips and Tricks
Tips and Tricks

Another tick to get you to go exercise is to purchase a pair of exercise clothes. Since my recent purchase of exercise clothes I have noticed that I have more motivation to get walking. This need not be so for everyone.

So like I said, reward yourself when you achieve your Health Goal , like for me small rewards help motivate me, a new water bottle, new exercise clothes, revised and new installed apps, hand sweat band, Sneakers, follow on You Tube your favourite Icon for health and read up articles which kept them motivated will help. Am sure you are getting the drift.. you can definitely do whatever helps motivate you to achieve your Health Goal.

Also paring up with a like minded friend, spouse, family member to stay motivated will be added bonus. So for me I keep checking with my husband and a good friend on whats are their step count and heart points for the day, which kinda give me a sense of where I stand on my step count for the day. I won’t say be competitive but sort of keeping a buddy will definitely help you stay focussed in the long run.

There is a downside to this also, incase you have chosen someone who is not consistent with their goals it can add to you giving up easily. So choose wisely.

Join a group on Social Media who are into fitness and exercise. Share and read what challenges each one face and what motivates them as that can help you in your path to achieve you fitness goal.

Make sure have appropriate running shoes and change your shoes often or keep them in a good condition.

In case you start getting bored of the routine, you can mix up running with cross training such as swimming or cycling.

Don’t let the weather get you down, incase it is raining walk indoors such as apartment exercise facilities or inside your home.

Plan several different routes and make walking/jogging a social event. Having several different routes will add variety to your walking so you won’t get bored like local parks like Cubbon park, lakes – Ulsoor lake or Sanki tank, sports arenas like Kanteerva or Hockey Stadium or nearby clubs located in your area Koramangala club, Bangalore club etc.

Challenge your self to get better at the routine of exercise. Here self discipline plays an important role. You can read and implement books on self discipline.

Another great way to go about your exercise routine is to Visualise your healthy lifestyle daily for 30 minutes in the morning. Never underestimate the power of visualisation. It definitely helps you achieve your goal.

You can also use a Habit Tracker or physical Goal Sheets to track and Tick of the days in the week when done. The feeling when something gets ticked is also a great motivator to continue on the path to achieve your target.

I hope you have found this information useful. Will leave you with one thought ” If you can find a form of exercise that you truly enjoy, there will never be a fitness goal that you can’t achieve!”

Source : https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jgs.13481

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So till we meet again.

Stay healthy and happy

XOXO

Resourceful Rach .

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The Pretty City Girl: Monsoon Essentials

Hello Divas, I know we are all staying safe and looking pretty at home. However I wanted to write on monsoon products and other essentials and I am glad I got this opportunity to write one. Style up your monsoon wardrobe with “Rain Check Clothing” Collection! Now is the time to own this stylish collection and look and feel great during the monsoon.

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Here is a list of Monsoon Must haves that I have curated for you to look amazing on a rainy day.

Accessories : Hair accessories are any girls must have essential items , we keep reaching for those hair clips, scrunchies, headbands be it in handbags or the dressing table or bedpost etc sharing one great pair you can own in red and navy stripped colour headbands. Vogue Hair Accessories Solid Fabric Knot with Stripes Plastic Hairband Headband for Girl and Woman.https://amzn.to/3zjc847 . What are you waiting for, just click on the link and you are ready.

Scrunchies : Scrunchies are my fav during the season, I usually end up reaching for one before I go for a shower or have to work on the laptop or when preparing something quick in the kitchen. I found this really cute Unicorn colours satin scrunchies (Pack of 5) which is the ultimate in satin scrunchies. As you know, satin is very soft and gentle on the hair and will keep you looking good and feeling great. https://amzn.to/3xWz20T. Try this one and let me know.

Pearl Hair Accessories: I am totally crushing on anything pearl this season, it makes a woman look very chic and adds an aesthetic touch to the entire ensemble. One is never too old or young to try a pair for any occasion. I love this one for it will make you look and feel great Be at home or stepping outside this adds a dash of elegance and sophistication. https://amzn.to/2TnFbUS. Let me know what’s your favourite hair accessories this season.

Statement Jacket: This one is my next favourite wardrobe essential piece you must have for the monsoons, if you are someone like me who likes to carry a jacket around when running errands, or just a quick visit to the neighbour, this one is a must try item you can own. P. S, I get chilly very easily, hence this item is a must in my wardrobe. I am sure we all own some great jackets that we love and treasure , but one can never have too many of these. https://amzn.to/3znkYhd . Go for this look and oomph your monsoon game.

Casual Shoes: Women Casual Fashion Slip-on Rainy wear Mules Monsoon Footwear for Girls is a must try for the monsoon weather. You don’t have to worry about them getting drenched in the rain or getting worn out. I have linked a very durable pair from the brand Tresmode which I totally love and don’t feel guilty when stepping out in the rain. Do check them out they are worth the purchase. If you love flip flops, I will link a great pair of jelly flip flop shoes for women, easy to slip on and go about your day. Look amazing in any of these casual shoes. https://amzn.to/3kDtc0C. https://amzn.to/3Bp6Ciq Also available in various colours that you can choose from. I have added the nude colours as they are easy to team up with any outfit.

Umbrella: The ultimate protection guide during monsoon, Windproof with cute Capsule Case Stylish & Compact Size. The Foldable Umbrella is waterproof and can be used by both Women & Men. Really love this rainbow colour umbrella and pink one. I have linked 2 products that I really love and you can also purchase in case you don’t have one or are in need for some more umbrellas. They are so convenient to store at home or carry them in you car or handbag. https://amzn.to/3eLYQW9 and https://amzn.to/3iuB81L

Beauty & Skin Care:

Hair Fall control: I know this is a big cause of concern for many of us, the hair tends to go wild basically. Kama Ayurveda Bringadi Intensive Hair is a great Treatment for the hair during monsoon and all year. An intensive hair treatment to prevent hair loss, dandruff and premature greying and is all natural ingredients so is not harmful to the scalp and hair. https://amzn.to/3ix6EMr

Face Pack : Kama Ayurveda Suvarna Haldi Chandan Brightening Face Pack. A non-abrasive, fine powder, that purifies, nourishes & smoothens skin, lending it a healthy, wholesome glow. I really like this product and seen tremendous changes to my skin. Something you too must try. https://amzn.to/3zpOVgV

Face Cleanser: The Kama Mridul Soap Free Face Cleanser 40 Gm is an amazing face cleanser. Non-drying, Exfoliates facial skin, Soap €“ Free face cleanser contains sandalwood and turmeric , all natural ingredients to cleanse and sooth the face. This is a fantastic product and is a must try. https://amzn.to/3rnpWYN

Grocery Bag: The grocery shopping bag is a winner and must have during any season. This one from Ikea is foldable carrier bag is made of recycled polyester, mostly PET bottles, to reduce waste of resources and give new life to the plastic. Lets help reduce the plastic imprint on mother earth. https://amzn.to/36Ujm2v. Also adding cute panda printed bag that you can choose from, it is a TOTE WITH ZIPPER & INNER POCKET. This bag comes in cute prints & is super spacious with chain closure & has a zip pocket on the inside. https://amzn.to/3BGWWA7

So this sums up my list of essentials for the season. Do let me know which products you have tried out and purchased. I would love to hear from you. Stay happy and Glam till the next article.

XOXO

Resourceful Rach

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Must Have Wardrobe Essential Pieces

Wardrobe Basics and Essentials

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Must have Wardrobe Essential Pieces

If you are someone who is looking for wardrobe basics, then this article is definitely for you. I am sure many of us think we have enough basics in our closet and we do not need any new clothes. But here I am going to specify some pieces that are a great investment for you and will take you a long way.

As you kick off a new month, why not kick off a new wardrobe too. There are not many pieces you need on a daily basis unless you are a working individual or a stay at home mom. Otherwise, life at home is pretty simple… well in terms of wardrobe needs. You must do a regular check and clean out your closet on a ongoing basis, this way you can declutter your wardrobe and well as your decision making. Try to donate pieces you don’t wear anymore or give away to charity.

The feeling is great, believe me and helps you gain space in the wardrobe and give away to society as well. Then, see if you have some pieces that I mention in your existing collection. For the pieces you need, why not take advantage of all the sales and discounts that are available during the month to fill in the gaps. This way you can be prudent with your finances as well.

Another important point is when looking for new pieces, you can look at brands that help you to be conscious of sustainable fashion or recyclable material. This will take us a long way towards greater ecological integrity and social justice. There are some great Indian Brands that follow ethics of sustainable fashion like B Label, Liva , Maati etc.

Now coming to your jewellery, it can either be gold toned or silver depending on your skin tone but should contain some statement jewellery that is versatile and can be worn with different outfits. A pair of studs and hoops is a must and a pair of diamond studs would be a bonus. Try not to over do this also. “Keep it Simple” is a great Moto to follow when it comes to accessorising. Now remember these are the basics, from here, you can build and add a scarf, a watch, some eyeshades, some ballerina pumps or a bright pink or neon top as you go along. You can also refer my previous article 5 Summer Styling Tips – Channel Your Inner Goddess to get more wardrobe ideas Link: https://wp.me/pcVzWH-1C

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Must have Wardrobe Essentials for Every Woman

Must have Wardrobe Essentials:

Bottoms:

  1. Black Leggings
  2. Dark or light blue Denim Skinny Jeans
  3. Black Pencil Skirt (Pencil, A- Line, one or short depending on your preference)

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Blue Skinny Jeans by ONLY- Must Try- Must Buy

Amazon India Link: https://amzn.to/2S1sRIN

I am sure everyone has a nice fitted pair of blue jeans or black leggings and can swear by it. If you do not have one, click on the link above to help you purchase a great looking pair of blue fitted jeans in what ever size you need. I have linked a great product by ” ONLY” regular rise not high waist, fitted pair and its super comfortable. I recently put on some weight and ended up purchasing this new pair of blue fitted jeans and now I feel great. Remember, don’t put you body through uncomfortable clothing in the name of Fashion. Its not worth it.

Tops:

  1. Black Blazer
  2. Denim Jacket
  3. Denim Tunic Shirt (make sure lighter than your Jeans above)
  4. White Tunic Shirt (so can wear on leggings)
  5. Black Tunic Shirt (same as above)
  6. Optional : Colourful Tunic or Kurti)
Woman in Black Blazer
Black Blazer

Link: https://amzn.to/2Qmcwhs

Black Blazer and a Denim Jacket are definite pieces to own. They are very handy and can elevate your look to a great extent. If you are looking for a great Blazer, I have linked a great one by “Vera Moda” which is really a great investment piece. I love the cut and finish of the product and gives me great confidence when worn. I am sure you will agree to the same once you have purchased this and worn it. Do let me know in the comments below on this one.

Accessories:

  1. Pearl Studs
  2. Hoops
  3. Knot Earrings
  4. Long Necklace
  5. Printed Scarf
  6. Optional Choker
woman in sunglasses & Pearl Necklace
Woman in Pearl Necklace

Link: https://amzn.to/3hwDZYU

I love to accessorise my look by adding some earrings, a neck piece or a bracelet. In case you are confused on what you would like to oomph your look, I have linked above a pearl necklace choker which looks really great, creative, fashionable and eye-catching. Perfect for daily wear, gatherings, party’s, valentines day, festivals etc.

Shoes:

  1. Black Flats
  2. Printed Flats or Leopard Printed Flats
  3. White Sneakers (Simply my favourite and a must have in your wardrobe)
trendy ethnic female smiling and hunkering while looking at camera in white Sneakers
A WOMAN WEARING WHITE SNEAKERS

Link for White Sneakers : https://amzn.to/2RZ8SKW

Who does not like a great pair of sneakers? Well in case you still do not have a pair, I have linked a great pair your can purchase, a White pair of sneakers with a bit of Golden colour, lace up pair which looks great and is super comfortable. This is a definite basic that is here to stay and you can wear it with be a pair of track pants, with jeans, leggings , a dress or shorts. They are super girly and you can walk in them all day. You can wear them when you are running errands or simply going for a walk.

Handbags:

  1. Black Clutch
  2. Tan Bag
  3. Optional : Red Purse
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Trendy Red Handbag

Link: https://amzn.to/3eTwWb8

Woman’s handbags are considered a fashion statement that can break or create a style. Handbags are very versatile and are available in distinct designs and styles. Lot of women buy handbags as an investment and for long term use. I have linked a great piece above by Nico Louise Genuine Suede Leather Tassel Handbag, shoulder bag or can be used as a back pack. It can be used while travelling, suitable for formal, informal occasions etc.

Shirts:

  1. White Shirt
  2. Black Shirt
  3. Mixed Black and White or Printed Shirt
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Stylish White Shirt

Link: https://amzn.to/3bwo354

Go trendy or stick to classic designs when choosing a white shirt. Nothing feels as good a White shirt, clean, bright and crisp. White sends out the signal that we are comfortable in our own skin and is a bit uncomplicated. In case you would like to purchase a great white shirt, I have linked above a Woman’s Casual Shirt that you can purchase. It is a regular fit, buttoned, long sleeve, collar style shirt that is a great piece to own. Can be worn with blue jeans or black formal pants .

Dress

  1. LDB
  2. Formal White Dress (optional)
  3. Printed Dress
  4. Baby Pink Dress
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Little Black Dress

Link: https://amzn.to/3tTLCew

The LBD is a perfect classic piece and should be in all wardrobe. I love that you can wear it for a Monday meeting and to dinner after work and look completely stylish and comfortable all day. If you are looking for effortless work wear that is affordable and versatile, then I have linked above a Black Midi Woman Bodycon Dress that you will love. This dress can also be worn for other gatherings, festivals, zoom parties, etc.

So these were my “Must have Wardrobe Essential Pieces” for every woman. Let me know in the comments below, if you liked the article and what have you purchased for your wardrobe.

I have only given you links to products that I feel you need, you can definitely purchase other items as well listed above. Since I am featuring only wardrobe basics, my advice is go with easy, simple and minimalist looks in the beginning and slowly build up. So Happy Shopping my style Divas !! Until we meet again “Au Revoir”.

XOXO

Resourceful Rach

Create Your Own Vegetable Garden – Ideas & Tips

Backyard Gardening can Inspire you to take interest in the origin of your food and make better choices about what you put on your plate

When you Grow your own food, you savour it more because of the effort it took to get to the table

says Dr Helen Delichatsios – an Internist Harvard affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital

Homegrown food provides us with organic produce which is better and healthier as compared to what we get in the market. When it comes to gardening, I am all thumbs and not all that green kind but I try. Also at a time like this, with managing work and home, you should try your hand at gardening. A report in the Mental Health Journal* cited gardening helps reduce stress and improve mood, with reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety.

The amazing book on White House Kitchen Garden by the Former First Lady Michelle Obama, is very inspiring to try backyard gardening and shows us the importance of homegrown fruits and vegetables. The book contains helpful hints of starting your own vegetable garden. It also provides insights on seed spacing, irrigation, soil types and the right time to plant various vegetables and fruits. In addition to getting more physical activity, eating more food harvested from the ground, can help both adults and kids become healthy and stay healthy.

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Will share some easy tips on how to grow some fruits and vegetables , along with where to find seeds to cultivate a home grown breakfast/meal . Some of fruits and vegetables that I will focus on are mentioned below:

  1. Pineapple
  2. Chikoo/Sapota
  3. Banana
  4. Red Chilli
  5. Coriander
  6. Green Mint
  7. Cucumber
  8. Figs

1. Pineapple

Pineapple grown in the ground
King of Fruits “The Pineapple

Pineapple is a popular fruit packed with nutrients, antioxidants and other helpful compounds such as enzymes that can fight inflammation and disease. Pineapple and its compounds have been been linked to many health benefits including adding digestion, boosting immunity and speeding up recovery from surgery among others. It helps fight against heart disease and joint pain. Pineapple contains Vitamin C and mangnanese and is a good way to get the dietary fiber, keeping your intestines healthy.

How to grow pineapple plant at home:

  • Buy Fresh Pineapple, slice off pineapple crown with a sharp knife, remove the leaves from the stalk exposing an inch of bare stalk
  • Next you allow the pineapple to dry for a few days, now you can plant the pineapple stalk by filling a 6 – 8 inch flower pot with clay, mixture with peat and perlite.
  • Now you need to plant the pineapple crown about an inch deep firming the soil around it.
  • Make sure to water the pineapple very lightly, enough to moisten the soil, keep the pot next to a bright window and water when it is dry.
  • Wait for the pineapple root it will take you 1 – 3 months for the pineapple root. After this you can report the pineapple in 10 – 12 inches pot using rich and fast draining potting mix.
  • After about a year of growing, you can move it to its final home in a large 5 gallon planter.

I will Link a good rare hybrid Kerala Pineapple rhizome for planting, in case you want to plant it in your backyard or terrace, it is easily available on Amazon India, its called “Royal Land Rare Hybrid Kerala Red Pineapple Ananas” for planting: *Disclosure Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a compensation if you click through and make a purchase: Link: https://amzn.to/3gFMX5Y.

You can also get the pineapple rhizome from your local plant nursery.

2. Chikoo or Sapota

Chikoo Tree
Chikoo Tree

Chikoo can be your one stop shop if you are looking for dietary fiber and vitiman A, B and C. The fruit is also packed with antioxidants and experts believe it has the power to prevent cancer. Also the antioxidants reduce wrinkles and soften the hair and make the skin glow. This energy booster aids in digestion and improves blood circulation.

How to Grow Chikoo:

  • Chikoo or Sapota is a tree and can take 6 to 7 years to grow if you use seeds planting method. Another method is to purchase a grafted Sapodilla (Sapota) from your nursery.
  • Grafted Sapota can easily bear fruit in 2 – 3 years.

Easily available on Amazon India. I will share a special rare hybrid fruit, live plant Grafted Sweet Sapota fruit available on amazon. Link:https://amzn.to/3vmem0S. You can also purchase the chiknoo/sapota fruit graft from your local plant nursery.

3. Banana

Banana
Banana or Plantin s- Edible fruit

Bananas are great source of potassium. One medium sized banana contains 9% of RDI required. A potassium rich diet can help you lower blood pressure people who eat banana s regularly have up to 27% lower risk of heart disease according to research. They are one of the best source of Vitamin B6 and have a respectable amount of Vitamin C which can protect you against cell and tissue damage. Manganese in bananas are good for your skin as it makes collagen and protects your skin against free radicals. Bananas can aid in digestion and help beat gastrointestinal issues. They give you energy minus the fat and cholesterol. Bananas contain natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose giving you fat and cholesterol free source of energy. Ideal to be eaten for breakfast or as a mid day meal or before playing any sport.

How to Grow Banana:

  • Bananas can take upto 9 months to grow and can be planted indoors as well.
  • The right time to plant is in the summer.
  • You will need a large planting container, use a pot with a drainage hole in a location where it can drain well.
  • Banana plants may begin as seeds or from plantlets taken from the mother plant
  • Use half the amount of fertiliser when growing it indoors.
  • I will leave a step by step guide as it is very lengthy and exhaustive process which includes stages wise growth steps (Link: https://www.tropicalpermaculture.com)

The Rhizome is available in 2 types regular bananas and dwarf bananas that can be planted in terrace space. I will share the link for both.

  1. Link for regular Kerala Banana for planting 1 rhizome plant – https://amzn.to/3aZziDd
  2. Link for dwarf Banana 1 rhizome for planting in terrace : https://amzn.to/3vedlrA

4. Red/Green Chilli

Red Chilli
The Great Powerful Indian Red Chilli

The Quintessential red chilli is most popular ingredient used in most indian cuisine and extremely easy to grow. This one is my most favourite and is used in almost all recipes.

How to Grow Red Chilli:

  • You can procure the seeds for the same from dried red chilli in your kitchen.
  • You can mix equal amounts of cocopeat, compost and perlite.
  • Put the potting mix in a small pot and soak in ample water overnight.
  • Next day press the chilli seeds gently into the soil and cover with mulch/hay.
  • Water daily till seeds germinate into tiny saplings.
  • As soon as leaves appear, transfer each sapling into bigger pot with height of 20 inches. Water daily till plant flowers.
  • Reduce the frequency of watering after flowering happens. Harvest fresh chillies when fruited.

5. Coriander

Coriander food leaf cooking health
Coriander Leaves

Who doesn’t love fresh and fragrant coriander on a steaming bowl of gravy or on a salad? These tiny leaves are guaranteed to add a beautiful aroma to every dish.

How to Grow Coriander Leaves:

  • Take a handful of coriander seeds and press them gently to break them into two.
  • Soak the broken seeds in water overnight. Mix sand ,red soil, cocopeat, neem cake and compost in equal quantities to make a potting mix.
  • Drain the potting mix well and scrape lines through it to sow the seeds.
  • Spread the seeds evenly along the scraped lines.
  • Cover seeds lightly with soil and dry leaves and sprinkle with water. After seeds have sprouted spray diluted buttermilk every 15 days.
  • Do not over water plants.
  • Harvest Coriander once ready.

6. Green Mint:

Green Mint Leaves
Green Mint leaves
Green Mint in a pot
Mint leaves grown in a small pot

Green mint leaves perhaps the easiest plant in the list to nurture at home since you do not even need soil.

How to Grow Green Mint:

  • Keep aside few springs of mint from a fresh bunch you got home from the market.
  • Choose a healthy thick stem and make a cut around 15cm along the length below the node. Remove a few leaves gently from the cutting.
  • Put a few such cuttings in a clean glass of water. Keep indoors, away from sunlight. In a few days the cuttings will sprout new leaves and grow roots.
  • You can use the leaves directly or transplant the saplings into fresh potting soil.

7. Cucumber

Harvest Cucumber
Cucumber Harvest
photo of sliced vegetables along with cucumber on ceramic plate . A healthy salad choice
Healthy Salad

High in potassium and Vitamin K, cucumber is another indispensable element in almost all world cuisine. Consumed raw this crunchy goodness is better when homegrown.

How to Grow Cucumber:

  • Soak cucumber seeds overnight before sowing them.
  • Use good quality potting mix with one part soil, compost, perlite and cocopeat.
  • Using the thumb, make a 5mm depression in the soil to sow the cucumber seeds.
  • Cover with loose soil and water gently so as to not expose the seeds.
  • The soil must be kept moist at all times.
  • After the seed germinate at least 4 true leaves appear, transfer the sapling into bigger pots. Expose the plant to direct sunlight at least 6 – 8 hours a day.
  • Manual pollination by hand might be required to ensure fruiting. Harvest when ready.

8. Fig

A Fig Tree
FIG Tree
Figs cut in half  in a beautiful white ceramic plate and wood spoon
Figs in Plate

Fig Tree is easy to propagate, they are excellent source of Vitamin A and provide a lot of calcium and fiber. They are naturally fat and cholesterol free food. High in iron which is important to maintain healthy hair. Figs contain antioxidants and are cell protective. Due to its laxative properties , people usually use the fig syrup to treat constipation.

How to Grow Figs:

  • Take a 8 – 10 inch cutting of wood, stick in a pot of good dirt with several inches below the surface and one or two buds above the dirt line.
  • Let the cutting grow in a container for the season before transplanting.
  • Plant the figs when they are dormant.
  • Set the container plants three inches deeper than the depth container.
  • The trees do fine without fertlizer
  • I will leave below a link for Creative Farmer Fig seeds – 50 seeds Eco garden pack in case you are interested to try your hand at this one.
  • Amazon India Link available : https://amzn.to/331JG8W or you may avail the fig seeds from your local nursery.

So what are you waiting for? Get started with your own vegetable garden. You can start off with the easier ones like mint, coriander, red or green chilli and slowly move to cucumber and fruits. Share your garden story with me I will definitely be looking forward to hear from you.

XOXO

Resourceful Rach

Make SPF Your BFF – 5 Simple Ways

“SPF a Day will keep those wrinkles away”. Misinformation about sunscreen is common. Don’t Let Myths deter you from using it to protect your skin.

Using Sunscreen on your face everyday helps to keep your complexion even and prevents skin damage and skin cancer. Sun damage is one of the many causes of uneven skin tones and daily sunscreen helps to prevent those effects.

One of the most obvious and notable benefits of sunscreen is that it protects your skin against the sun’s broad spectrum of Harmful UV rays and keeps the damage to our skin limited due to sun exposure. In addition to slowing the ageing of skin, sunscreen prevents facial brown spots and skin discolouration. Most people I know and interact with, do not know that sunscreen lotion is the need of all hour and should be worn in every weather – be it sunny, rainy or chilly winter afternoon. I recommend to were it all year round not only during summers.

Sharing some benefits of Sunscreen lotion

  1. Sunscreen Shields you from harmful UV rays: Due to ozone depletion, harmful UV rays infiltrate into our environment. While Suns rays are the source of Vitamin D needed for the body, overexposure without sunscreen lotion can put your health at risk. If you use sunscreen lotion, you can block the damage done by the harmful UV rays that may also trigger skin disorders.
  2. It Prevents Premature Ageing: Younger looking radiant and healthy skin is every woman’s dream. However, studies show that women under the age of 55 years who regularly used sunscreen lotion showed 24% lesser chances of premature ageing.
  3. Lowers Skin Cancer Risks: If exposed to UV rays, your skin can start losing its protective layer, which leaves your skin vulnerable to skin disorders like cancer, especially Melonama. Wearing sunscreen regularly can help your skin retain its sheen and safeguard it from cancer.
  4. Lowers Blotchiness on Face: If you apply a generous amount of sunscreen lotion , there are chances of keeping skin irritation and eruptions of red veins at bay. These skin disorders often occur due to harmful sun rays.
  5. Prevent Sunburn: Being out in the sun, without sunscreen, may cause sunburn and can lead to skin peeling, redness, itching, blotches, even hives in case of sensitive skin.
  6. Prevents Tanning: Majority of us end up getting a tan when exposed to the sun for long hours. I Am sure a lot of you will agree with me here. To Avoid the situation, use sunscreen which is rich in Sun protection formula of SPF 30 or above.

How to Use Sunscreen ? Sunscreen lotion is an essential skin care product that you must not give a miss, if you have sensitive skin like me, I Strongly suggest to re-coat 2 -3 hours for better results.

A few things to keep in mind when picking a suitable sunscreen:

  • Never buy a product without checking its expiration date
  • If you have acne skin or oily skin, use sunscreen that are gel based or water based or non comedogenic or hypoallergenic
  • To ensure sunscreen stays longer on skin, use a waterproof one which has rich SPF of 30 and above.
  • It is advised to use sunscreen at least half hour in advance before stepping outside

So here is my List of Top 5 Sunscreen Lotions that you can use to protect your skin

Lotus Organics Ultra Mate Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen
  1. Lotus Organics Ultra Matte Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen: My Top Most recommended product for you is the “Lotus Organics Ultra Matte Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen”. Its Unique SPF 40 and PA+++ formula is made with 100% certified organic Cranberries that provide protection from all forms of sun induced damage. This sunscreen reveals your natural radiance while adding a flattering tint to minimise imperfections. Key Ingredients include Organic Cranberries which has good antioxidant properties, Natural Zinc Oxide protects your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, Natural Titanium Dioxide has unique absorbent properties which absorbs 98% of the harmful UVA and UVB sun rays. It suitable for all skin types. This sweat and water resistant formula, promises to shield and protect the skin on those sweaty days. Those with an active lifestyle can also use this product for some outdoor fun. I Love the packaging of the product and easy to carry around with you at all times. A Good Investment product not too hard on the pocket. Easily Available on Amazon, I have linked this product to Amazon India, by directly clicking on the link, you can purchase the product. *Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a compensation if you click through and make a purchase. Link : https://amzn.to/3v3EoFZ
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry Touch Sunscreen

2. Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry Touch Sunscreen with SPF 50 (For sensitive Skin) White: My Second Recommendation for a good sunscreen is Neutragena Sheer Dry Zinc Touch Sunscreen. This fragrance free, oil free, paba free sunscreen, helps prevents sunburns. Formulated with pure screen technology, it uses Zinc Oxide only to provide a superior screen barrier to skin. Hypoallergenic and non comedogenic sunscreen is sweat and water resistant (80 minutes). Specially formulated for sensitive skin , dermatologist tested. Love the packaging of the product, slightly expensive purchase but definitely worth the try if you have sensitive skin. This is easily Available on Amazon India, link: https://amzn.to/3dBAYV3 Available on Nykaa as well link: https://nykaa.com. Click and start using this amazing product right away.

Lakme Sun Expert SPF 50 Ultra Matte Lotion

3. Lakme Sun Expert SPF 50 Ultra Matte Lotion: My 3rd best recommendation for Sunscreen is the Lakme Sun Expert , hey who does not like the good old Lakme product. With broad spectrum of protection SPF 50 and PA+++, Lakme Sun Expert is a high performance sunscreen that blocks up to 97% harmful UVB sun rays. Its Ultra Matte Texture glides on effortlessly and seeps into your skin fast. It feels like you are barely wearing anything. It is perfect for those sunny on the go days and you can wear this under everyday make up. The product shields skin against UVA and UVB rays. It prevents sunburns, dark spots and premature ageing. It also prevents Tan Lines and lightens the skin tone on a regular basis. Has a nice Cooling effect. This is a favourite and a must try product not heavy on the pocket and love the size of the product can be easily placed in your handbag or a draw. The light and non sticky formula is dermatologically tested and suitable for all skin types. Available on Amazon India , Link : https://amzn.to/3enDrRY. Also available on Nykaa:https://nykaa.com

La Shield Sunscreen Gel

4. La Shield Sunscreen Gel: In 4th place, we have a great product ” La Shield Sunscreen Gel” . I know many of you out there have not heard about this product but its really good and delivers amazing results. I love the fact that it is gel based and will definitely work for oily or acne prone skin type.The product is packed with goodness of a host of beneficial ingredients. This sunscreen will not only deliver desired results but also care for your skin. You will definitely get youthful radiance after using this regularly. It has SPF 50+ and PA+++. It is a Good Sun Screen gel and is dermatologically tested, has broad spectrum of UVA and UVB. This Anti Acne sun screen gel is unscented and glides well on the skin. The product packaging is very average , not too heavy on the pocket but I like the gel based product. Available on Amazon India, Link : https://amzn.to/32FnRvv and nykaa Link: https://nykaa.com

Innisfree Daily Mild Sunscreen

5. Innisfree Daily Mild Sunscreen: I Always Save the best for the Last and this is my Top most rated product the ” Innisfree Daily Mild Sunscreen” Definitely a must try product. A refreshing sunscreen with Aloe Barbadensis leaf extract. Innisfree is a natural beauty brand from Korea, is dedicated to share the clean and pure energy of nature to give your premium beauty and skin care products. It shares the benefits of nature from the pristine island of Jeju. It is good for daily sun protection with SPF 50 and PA+++. I Love the packaging it looks great and not very heavy on the pocket if you are looking for a long term product that works wonder for you. Can be easily carried in your hand bag or laptop bag.

How to use this after the last stage of your skin care routine, evenly apply onto exposed areas of the face. It has a Light fragrance and best can be used under everyday make up. Easily Available on Amazon India: Link: https://amzn.to/32xdGZU and Nykaa https://nykaa.com

In case you require further information, I will leave below recommend articles to read at your leisure, available on the on the website Link here : https://www.stylecraze.com

  • Top 11 reasons why you should use a sunscreen.
  • Best Sunscreen Lotions for Oily Skin.
  • 6 Side effects of using sunscreen you should be aware of.

So here are ways to prevent skin cancer and skin ageing. Start applying SPF everyday irrespective of the weather. Take care of your face now and you can thank me later.

Share your story with me in the comments below on which product works best. I will be excited and happy to hear from you.

XOXO

Resourceful Rach

My Top 8 Simple Tips for Hands and Feet

“Your hands and feet never take a Day off, so take care of them”. A little Love goes a Long way for healthy hands and feet.

As we are mostly home bound these days, we tend to ignore our hands, nails and feet. Most of us are also constantly engaged with household chores, cooking, cleaning, washing dishes, dusting, taking care of kids and family members etc. Where is the time to pamper ourself? We tend to ignore our hands and feet which is used everyday in almost in all household as well as other activities. With proper hand and foot care regime, you can boost your moisture levels and skin elasticity , while combating pigmentation and premature wrinkles. Keep them looking young for longer.

The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body, so its important to learn about proper foot care. Research has shown that overall health of the body is affected, when the feet are taken for granted.

So to make things a bit easier for those who suffer from dry, cracked and hard working hands and feet, I have compiled some absolute best hand and foot care essentials to use at home when ever you get the time. So here are few things you can try for soft and supple skin. I am also sharing affiliate Links to purchase the product in case you are interested.

  1. Innisfree Jeju Life Perfumed Hand Cream Sunshine Wildberry : This Daily Hand moisturiser has a moist formula that covers the entire hand, moisturising them and is quickly absorbed without leaving any stickiness or residue. The fragrance is a reminiscent of sweet ripe strawberries. Innisfree is a 100% natural beauty brand from Korea and is dedicated to clean and pure energy of nature. It shares the benefits of nature from the pristine island of Jeju. This one is a must try hand cream as it works well on all types of skin. Definitely crushing on the packaging as it has the perfect combination of white and pink with a lace ribbon. Easily available online on Nykaa app or Amazon. Can be easily carried in your handbag, tote or can be placed where you work mostly during the day. The product is not very hard on the pocket either.
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2. Organic Harvest Hand Cream : Nourish and protect your hands like never before with sweet and fruity plum fragrance , certified organic hand cream with moisturization as well as sanitisation properties. It contains the goodness of Cranberry, antioxidants and multifunctional Cupauca butter which improves and moisturises the skin. This light weight , non greasy formula leaves your hands silky and soft. It has active ingredients like Cupauca butter, Aloe Vera, Organic Glycerin and Coconut alkane etc.

For all those Divas who love all things healthy and Organic, this is a must try. This hand cream can be easily placed in your handbag or next to you bedpost drawers or carried in your gym pouch or with yoga gear. Available online on Amazon India. Link Below, once you login to amazon India please type the correct name of the product to buy. No Item code available for this one.

Organic Harvest Hand Cream Cranberry Link : http://amazon.in

3. Bath and Body Works Assorted Hand Cream: Is my next most favourite brand Bath and Body Works. This new collection is designed for a fan like you and me, with rich Shea Butter, along with soothing Aloe Butter, Coco Butter and more Shea than ever before. It’s non greasy formula is quick absorbing to provide long lasting fragrance all day and night. I love this assorted pack of 3 as you can get 3 times the Joy from this one Brand. It’s always handy to place one hand cream in the car or place in a table draw in the living room, keep one in the kitchen draw etc get creative. I keep one hidden in every room of the house so this way you can have easy access to hand cream when you get those 5 to 10 minutes to lounge away. I love the vibrant packaging of this assorted pack of 3. The product is slightly high on the pocket but totally worth the purchase. Available on Nykaa app, link below. Please type the name of the product to buy. If you prefer Amazon, will share the link to a similar product.

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Amazon India Link: http://amazon.in

Amazon Item Code No : B08YJD79CC

4. St Botinica Vitamin C Hand and Nail Cream: Is a another favourite choice I have been meaning to buy, it deeply nourishes dry hand and nail with Oilve and Jojoba oils, Coco and Shea Butter. With these high nutrient content , it will nourish dry skin and prevent wrinkles. Vitamin C helps brighten the skin tone and improves skin texture and glow. This Hand cream will definitely leave your hands feeling beautiful with strong shiny nails, preventing moisture loss. This can be easily found online on Amazon app. The packaging is very average, yet bright and cheerful. Not very expensive, so easily attainable by all. Available on Amazon India, link below

Amazon India link: http://amazon.in

Amazon Item Code no : B07WFPK9FW

5. The Body Shop Shea Butter Hand Cream: This product will leave your hands feeling fresh and moisturised . It is made from Shea Butter, Organic Almond milk, Oil rich in Vitamin E which has all the properties to make sure hands are pampered and well taken care off. This great formula , soothes dry hands on the go and is suitable for dry and sensitive skin. Enriched with Organic almond milk from Spain and honey from Ethiopia. Those who suffer from dry or cracked skin will definitely benefit from this. Though this hand cream has a very simple look, it is for those who like all things minimal. This one is a Must try product along with a similar product the Body shop strawberry hand cream. The product is slightly expensive but will definitely show you results. Available on the Nykaa app, link below. Please type the product name to purchase.

Nykaa Link : http://nykaa.com

6. English Rose Hand and Nail Cream By WOW: This 100% Vegan Paraben free hand and nail cream contains Rose Water & Hyaluronic Acid, Coco Butter, Shea Butter, Mineral oil and color . The light weight non greasy product is suitable for all skin types. It is natural in fatty acid that strengthen the skin moisture barrier to minimise moisture loss. Apply on your parched skin and feel it melt into the skin Leaving it smooth and supple. For all my Vegan fans out there, definitely give it a go. Easily Available on Nyakka and Myntra. Though the packaging is average, the product definitely delivers what it promises. Nykaa Link below

Nykaa Link: http://nykaa.com

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7. The Body Shop Peppermint Foot Scrub, Body Shop Peppermint Foot Cream, Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray: This entire foot care kit will take care of your ignored dry feet. The peppermint foot scrub is excellent and intensely exfoliating volcanic rock granules help to restore rough patches of hardened skin to leave feet femininely soft, smooth and freshly fragrant. Perfectly prepared for those Strappy summer sandals. The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Sustainable Foot Spray revives and refreshes tired and achy feet with cooling spray. Enriched with english peppermint essential oil has a good minty freshness. The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Cooling sustainable Foot Rescue Cream contains Coco Butter, Soybean Oil which helps in moisture and Peppermint Essential Oil. It Provides great nourishment to the sole of the foot, gives dry feet a helping hand and leaving your feet feeling soothed from heel to toe. This is just the product for active feet like all of us. These are available online on Nykaa App or purchase directly at the Body Shop Store close to you. You can use this kit one a month or once in 3 weeks for best results.

How to Apply : Simply Massage into the feet at bedtime and for enhanced hydration use with moisture cotton socks.

Nykaa Link : http://nykaa.com

In case you want to learn a DIY Lavender scrub at home which is easy, I am leaving an instagram link as a reference. Link:https://www.instagram.com/katrinaosity

8. The Body Shop Moringa Gentle Scrub: Beautiful Floral and totally indulgent, the Body Shop Moringa scrub contains Moringa fruit powder , Walnut shell powder and ground Rice over a creamy base containing moisturising Shea Butter to gently remove dead cells and make your skin smooth. The Exfoliating scrub contains Moringa seed oil that gently nourishes you skin and makes it feel heavenly. The natural exfoliators gently do a good job of buffing away dead cells to reveal you naturally glowing smooth skin. The rich body scrub is perfect for pampering yourself to a massage, they improve microcirculation and leave your skin glowing. The rich Moringa Scrub leaves a light and lingering scent of white flowers on your skin after wash. The scrub can be used once a fortnight for best results. The Moringa scrub is available on Nykaa India, link below, currently out of stock online, you can purchase directly from the store.

Nykaa Link: http://nykaa.com

So here are My Top 8 Simple Tips to transform your hands and feet. So what are you waiting for ? Start pampering yourself today.

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My Top 6 Favourite Skin Care Products

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Invest in your skin, its going to represent you for a long time

I Love a wide range of beauty brands, but when it comes to skin care I am loyal to handful of brands. You don’t need to spend too much money on expensive products, but do invest in a few good ones. Beauty is in the skin, take care of it, clean it, scrub it, oil it, perfume it and put on your best clothes, even if there is no special occasion, you will feel like a QUEEN. Even more so now during the pandemic, everyone has started paying attention to ones skin and diet.

Skin care is like dieting. You have to invest time and effort. There is no instant miracle.

I came across this nice quote “Nature gives you the face at twenty, it is up to you to merit that face you have at Fifty” – COCO Chanel.

Link : on skin care routine I follow, do check it out : http://bit.ly/36AIXvB

Here are my Top 6 Favourite Products you can invest for your skin.

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  1. Aloe Vera Gel :

Aloe vera , the modest houseplant is a “miracle” wonder plant. It nourishes the body from inside out. The moisturising effect of Aloe can help alleviate dry, itchy skin associated with eczema. It is one of the natural remedies for for sunburn or burnt skin. Applying the gel helps with a protective layer for the skin and also retains moisture. It is rich in antioxidants and minerals that boost the healing process. Aloe Vera has Vitamin C and E, beta carotene in abundance. It has anti ageing properties and helps diminish age lines. Those who suffer from acne , it helps treat pimples without damaging the skin. It works as a astringent that reduces size of pores. I use the Indus Valley Bio Organic Non Toxic Aloe Vera Gel for acne and scars, glowing and radiant skin treatment – 175 ml . This one is made with natural product aloe vera leaf, wheat germ and rose water , this product is suitable for all skin types and is easily available in the market and online. Download the Nykaa App.

2. Exfoliating Walnut Face Scrub:

Who Says Smooth Skin is hard to achieve. Discover naturally beautiful skin with the The Everyuth Naturals Exfoliating Walnut Scrub, infused with natural walnut shell particles. This gentle exfoliate will help remove dead skin and skin impurities and keep those blackheads and whiteheads at bay. I uses this twice in a week and see good results. Really love this product it works wonders on my skin.

Simple 3 steps to follow:

  • Wet the face and apply the scrub,
  • Gently massage the skin with circular movements for about 2 minutes, concentrating on nose and chin area
  • Rinse with water and pat dry.

3. Moisturiser:

The Face Shop Rice ceramide Moisture Emulsion relieves dry skin and reduce flakes with the use of ceramide which helps to maintain skin barrier. Rice extracts corrects skin texture by reducing the appearance of dark spots and hyper pigmentation. The light weight formula makes it perfect for daytime and provides radiant brightened skin. The face Shop is a South Korean skincare line that provides daily skin care and beauty rituals which I absolutely Love and crushing at the moment. The Brand believes in the concept of “Science Meets Beauty”. The product is easily available on the app Nykaa and is easily affordable.

4. La Roche Posay Sunscreen :

This La Roche Posay Tinted sunscreen is 100% mineral sunscreen for the face and body with broad spectrum SPF 50. This product is fragrance free, paraben free, water resistant. Very high photo stable UVA/UVB protection. Its light texture and non greasy liquid provides a great finish to the skin. It helps prevents sun induced pigment spots. The skin is protected from sunburns and skin reactions and cell damage from harsh UV rays. I Love this product and use it daily after I moisturize in the morning and my skin is protected from the sun. Earlier I never used a sunscreen, now I see great results from using this and I am a big Fan of the product. This is not so easily available on Amazon, however you can also request you local pharmacy to provide this. In case anyone is travelling to the US, do request them to get you this one. You may find it on Pharmeasy App , Boxofcolor app, belenik.com etc.

5. Deep Pore Cleansing Milk

I strongly recommend using the VAADI Herbals Deep Pore Cleansing milk with Lemon extracts. Vaadi herbals Aloe vera Deep pore cleansing milk with lemon extract is a dual purpose lotion to cleanse and moisturise the face. It effectively cleanses your face , getting rid of dirt and makeup. The best way to get rid of eye make up or lips and face is to have a great and easy cleansing milk that removes makeup easily without damaging your skin. Best way to pamper your face and skin remains smoother and softer. This is available on Amazon and Nykaa.

Steps to use Milk Cleanser

  1. Take a portion of product into your hands

2. Start to apply the product in circular motion on eyes, cheeks etc, so as to penetrate deep into skin pores and massage it a bit for a minute

3. Wipe off with a tissue or cotton for best effect

6. Face Wash

The Himalayan Herbals Fresh Start Oil Clear Face Wash Lemon is a must try product. This is my go to product first thing in the morning. It contains Lemon and Gooseberry as active ingredients which is good for skin. Lemon has refreshing stringent properties which helps reduce excess facial oil and Indian Gooseberry helps reduce excess skin oiliness. The tannins act as free radical scavengers.

Step on How to use

  • Apply Himalayan Fresh Start Oil Clear Lemon Face wash on Moist face and Massage
  • Gently work up a lather in circular motion
  • Wash off and pat dry
  • Use Twice daily

So here you go, my top 6 favourite skin care products for the season. Whats your skin care routine like and whats your favourite product? Tell me more, I am excited to hear from you.

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5 Summer Styling Tips – Channel Your Inner Goddess

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There is nothing like stepping out in an outfit that you feel incredibly stylish, especially if people notice your look. Lets face it, we all would like to receive a compliment, which is validating. Nothing beats some styling tricks that make bold pieces stand out and accentuate your look. There are so many creative ways to look good this summer. I have curated a few “Go To” looks the you can try. You can shop simple or even use existing wardrobe to rotate your clothes to give a new fresh new look.

  1. Statement White Dress
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Looking for a playful outfit this summer? My favourite colour palette for the season, white, cream or off white. Here is a simple white cotton day dress, loose outfit to provide comfort on those hot days. This casual outfit has a playful look and can be worn to the beach, get together for a friends brunch or birthday or any casual summer event. Pair it with a handcrafted straw handbag, tote or wicker basket which will compliment the dress. Accessorise your neck with 3 layer gold toned neck piece and a bracelet and you are good to go.

2. Printed Ruffle Skirt

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Redefine your style with the trendy Printed Ruffles A line Skirt with drawstring above the knee, is a great option to wear daily when going out, at the beach or on a date. You can team it with a white sleeveless top or white T- shirt to complete the look. Pair it with nude flat sandals and carry a cute tote or draw string bag to carry all your essentials like sunscreen, lipgloss, mobile, plastic cards etc. With this style, you will look like a goddess of beauty and love. I am sure ” People will stare, make it worth it”.

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3. Romantic Yellow

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Beat the summer heat with radiant yellow casual tee or regular sleeveless top, team it with a skirt, shorts or even jeans and you are ready to step out for a lunch date with the girls or a coffee date with that romantic someone. Go Crazy with some accessories like a pair of aviator sunglasses, choose an oval, square or round shape pair to highlight the shape of your face and cheekbones. This casual outfit will also look great when you take a selfie or pic with the girls.

4. Accordian Pleat Dress

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We all to celebrate life and everyday moments , be it a birthday, an anniversary, a brunch or a date . The best way to celebrate the occasion is with this Accordion Pleat Silver a-line dress which is very hot and trendy this summer. Silver looks great on any skin tone and the accordion dress is very flattering for any body type. The dress gives you a lot of room to eat and drink well without worrying about your waistline. Team it with wedges, sandals or heels to increase the oomph effect, finish the look with right dewy make up and your good to go. Cheers!!

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5. Edgy Dress

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Wear a printed dress with a Blazer (optional) and carry a formal sling handbag with 3 inch heels. Add a pair of cool blue sunglasses to give it that fresh clean look. Choose this style for a business meeting, office team get together, an interview, seminar or conference. The print is bold, will definitely give you an sharp edge in the office. People say Dress for success and this look will definitely do the job.

So what are you waiting for, get started with these incredible style transformations and become the show stopper this summer. If you liked these summer styling tips, do like, share, subscribe and follow my blog for more.

10 Essential Tips for a Home Desk – Work From Home

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Since the lockdown most of us have been working from home be it a HR Professional, Business Developer, Marketing or Media Specialist or a Content Writer. Lets face it there are many Pro’s and Con’s to work from home. I Spend a lot of time working from home in front of my laptop and I Love to work from home but definitely did not know how to manage this at first. Most of us by now have gotten used to the idea of working from home but nothing compares to a great Office Environment, where everything is set and available to you.

I initially started by working from a separate room last year 2020, but since I did not have a dedicated desk, I used to sit on the bed to work. This was obviously a horrible choice as I started to get a lot of leg pain, neck problem, back and shoulder pain and eye strains etc. I Needed a separate office space to train my brain to identify that it was workspace and work time. This way I could recognise how to organise my office time and when I could relax on the couch. So I identified another workplace in a different room with a desk and placed a chair. Was definitely better than the first choice. I decided to slowly modify my desk as time passed and definitely helped hit enhanced productivity levels.

Let me share with you 10 Essentials for a Home Desk to ensure you use your time wisely.

  1. STANDING DESK

This one is definitely your choice but sitting at at desk for all most more than 8 to 10 hours I used to skip out or miss out on exercise on all week days. I used to have long working hours starting from 8 :30 AM in the morning and it would go all the way up to 8.30 PM in the evenings most days. Though was working from home, the long work hours used to leave me no option but to exercise on the weekends. Workout during the weekend usually used to get missed out either due to exhaustion from the entire work week or home needs or just sheer want of going out to meet family.

Once , during a Training Program I attended, I noticed the Master Facilitator was standing throughout her Programs and thats how I became a fan of the standing desk. Quiet Marvellous I Thought! So I did a bit of research and found these amazing Standing Desks available on online which can be a one time investment If you are a health conscious person. These standing desk has a various benefits as compared to sitting at the desk. Standing desk engages your muscles and gets your blood flowing. You can choose to stand as long as you want and when you get tired of standing, place the chair and continue to work. These standing desk are not very expensive and range anywhere from between Rs 3500 to Rs 7500.

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2. ANTI FATIGUE MAT

If you have invested in the standing desk, you may want to pair it with an Anti fatigue Mat. Standing is a good alternative to sitting and these mats will help reduce fatigue and improve productivity at your home desk. The mat is multi purpose and can also be used at the kitchen when cleaning dishes or while folding clothes etc.

3. ERGONOMIC CHAIR

I know a lot of us have just grabbed whatever chair was lying around at home. These house chairs are usually uncomfortable after few hours and do not have proper back support, placing a wrong pillow etc which I did many times. But believe me, you need to invest in a proper Ergonomic Chair. So when you are not standing at the desk, this chair will ensure proper body posture and healthy long and comfortable sitting. Some offices also encourage their colleagues to buy the same. Since they are a one time investment I found them to be reasonably priced online and it ranges anywhere between Rs 5000 to Rs 8000. Expensive maybe but since it is a one time spend , totally worth the money.

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4. PLANNER 2020

To ensure you are on track every day and hitting optimum productivity levels, one should purchase a strong planner that helps focus on many things like – Task to be done on Priority, Daily Goals to be achieved, Commitments, Follow -Up, Call or Emails and a day Schedule with Time slot to track hourly activities. I use a very effective Day/Week/Month planner/note book which is available online. In addition to this you can also get these Magnetic monthly Planner sheets with pens to your track activities. I also suggest a small White Board with Dry wipe magnetic pen tray which is a easy to find online. I fine these useful to scribble down daily schedules, appointments, reminders etc, if you are someone like me who likes to scribble all important tasks and call details. This white board can be used to brainstorm with co-workers, team or self. You can also invest in a physical calendar to place at your home desk.

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5.WATERBOTTLE/MUG/TEA

Staying hydrated is the key to being healthy. Getting enough water every day is important. Drinking water, can prevent dehydration and maintain normal body temperature . You can be creative and try some of the Infused water ideas like with a slice of lemon, cucumber, mint, strawberry etc. Heck go crazy go healthy. Don’t forget to consume 2 to 4 litres of water a day to stay hydrated. You can also keep tea/coffee sachet’s at you home desk and quickly make a cup before the next conference call and team meeting.

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6. PLANTS/FLOWERS

Studies show that people who spend time with plants have less stress in their lives. A Plant can liven up any decor and are armed with extraordinary air purifying qualities. You can add some low maintenance indoor plants at your home desk like a money plant, snake plant, aloe vera, lucky bamboo plant , ferns etc in a bottle, jar or pot. You are spoilt for choice here, just go to the closest plant nursery and pick your favourite. In case you are not the plant type, you can add some fresh flowers to a vase from the local market or your garden to liven up your home desk.

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7. Medicine Kit

Since most of us are engaged with video conferencing or conference calls with teams and managers, one can end up getting a headache many times during the day or the week. Since you are working from home, it will come handy to prep a medicine pouch or kit and place at your home work desk. Keep a few basic medicines for those emergency headaches like for a migraine, or an aspirin, bandages, lozenges for the throat , relief from indigestion etc. Make your own medicine kit available before hand and am sure you will thank me for it later.

8 SNACKS

Although snacking has been developed as a bad image, snacks can be important part of your diet. They can provide you energy in the middle of the day. Sometimes, we may skip breakfast as we needed to attend an immediate team call which can go on for hours or some of us are in the habit of snacking in-between meals through the day. Keeping a mini box of biscuits or fruit cake slices, peanut energy bars, kurkure, haldirams namkeems or dry fruits like almonds, walnuts or simply healthy delicious fruits like an apple, banana or some strawberries will definitely do the trick.

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9. POWER STRIP EXTENSION CORD WITH USB

This is probably most crucial and critical to having a productive home desk. Invest in a power extension usb cord or 3 socket Surge protector. The Power extension board with spike/surge protection, limits the voltage supplied to the device. Its sockets are designed to be compatible with Indian plugs and devices. It charges 3 devices at a time and does not take up much space. In case, you are someone like me who charges many devices at a time, this will be useful.

10. OFFICE STATIONARY

Having the right office supplies is important for the day to day running of your work or business. Some office supplies are available online and you can buy them in bulk at a low price . I personally love spending small funds on new stationary items like pens, note pads etc and hate it when my stock runs dry . You can stock up new stationary items like pens ,highlighters, note pad, paper, post it sticky notes, folders, staplers, binder clips, scissors , glue stick, paper clips , document holders etc. This way you are fully stocked up and equipped to complete any work from home.

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A few add ons to this article – You can also look into getting a high speed quality internet to aid in video calls, proper desk lamp to avoid eye strain or headaches, a quiet room to ensure you project yourself as a professional and away from any home distractions, noise cancelling ear phones to attend the calls better, blue light glasses to avoid eye strain.

So hope you found the above 10 essential tips useful and functional. Here’s wishing you a successful productive day. Do let me know in the comments below which ones have worked for you in your day to day routine.

Happy Work From Home!

XOXO

Resourceful Rach.

What’s on my desk

I spend more and more time at my desk these days, doing everything from preparing the family taxes to working on this blog. Because of this, my workspace is constantly changing. Holding the clutter at bay is challenging, so I prefer to keep nearby only a few quality items that serve multiple purposes over a stockpile of things I might never need.

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