Monday, 30 April 2018

Himalaya Neem & Aloevera Facial Wipes

Himalaya Facial Wipes 

We received a pouch with #HimalayaFacialWipes products containing Himalaya Moisturising Aloe Vera Facial Wipes and Neem Facial Wipes. These facial wipes are like tissue paper and are helpful in keeping our face clean.

The wipes are easy to use and can be used anywhere. They are effective in reducing the dust that accumulates on our face and neck once expose ourselves to the polluted outdoors.

This product helps reduce the oily feel on our skin, makes our face look and feel fresh, and is also useful to control pimples.

When we use it for the first time it gives a cool feel. May be the liquid cleanses our face instantly and then when we use it repeatedly it removes the dust and keeps our face fresh.

Washing face repeatedly will also help avoid pollution but it is difficult to do this all the time. Access to soap, water, etc. at all places is also an issue. It is difficult to carry these things with us all the time.

In these situations these wipes are more useful when compared to normal tissue papers which are thin and will hurt when we rub harshly.

These wipes can fit in our handbags or pockets easily and it is easy to keep the skin free from dust and pollution, especially during summers.

Himalaya purifying neem facial wipes gently removes impurities and prevent pimples. Neem and Turmeric, as you might know, are well-known for their antibacterial properties and help control problem causing bacteria.

Neem wipes Removes impurities, Controls pimples, Purifies and tones skin, Removes Make-up.

Himalaya moisturizing Aloe Vera Facial wipes refresh skin and restore moisture balance. It enriched with Aloe Vera and Fig, known for their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe and protect your skin from damage.

On a related note, I have tried many soaps to prevent pimples and oily feel, even though my face is dry. I finally found Himalaya Neem soap which helps to reduce oily feel, pimples and blackmarks. Now I feel better with this soap and my hubby too started using the same soap. Thanks to Himalaya which keeps coming with such nice products.















Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Rediscovering the Lost Art of Family Picnics

Rediscovering the Lost Art of Family Picnics


Travelling and exploring the world together is increasingly becoming an important part of family bonding and creating lasting memories between parents and children. Be it a trip to the ancient hidden temples or a visit to rustic-chic cafes, the outdoor adventures and exhilarating are gaining popularity and making their place in planning a great trip or vacation.

Regarding this Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts is reviving the "Lost art of Family Picnics" where families reconnect over a beautiful outdoor picnic in parks that are on every child's bucket list to see and explore. This initiative not only creates an environment for families to experience the joy of travel and exploration, but above all - togetherness. 

Spending quality time together helps strengthen the bond between family members and contributes a well-rounded development for children. Activities such as family picnics help foster conversations outside the regular family routine and bring children and parents close together. In addition to emotional well-being, the outdoor group activities help hone children's interpersonal skills and motivate them to actively participate in the world around them. 

A perfect outdoor picnic involves choosing a good location that could be in a luscious green park, on a beach or even a mountain top. Putting together a nutritious and delicious picnic basket with a few naughty treats is also essential to creating a memorable outdoor picnic experience. 

There are over 1200 Holiday Inn hotels worldwide and 12 operating Holiday Hotels in India across cities such as Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Amongst others, with a further 14 due to open in the next 3-5 years. 

"Kids eat and stay free" programme is available at every Holiday Inn property, and Kidsuites rooms are available at every Holiday Inn Resort hotel. This demonstrates the long-standing commitment of the Holiday Inn brand to serving family travellers in a comfortable atmosphere where everyone can sit back and relax.


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Review: Beans and Gravy Rice @ McDonald's

Beans and Gravy Rice @ McDonald's Chennai


I had an opportunity to taste the Newly launched Rice varieties at McDonald's Chennai - Spencer Plaza restaurant. 

Frankly, I am not a regular customer of McDonald's but on hearing that they have launched the Rice Fiesta, that too exclusively for Namma Chennai, I got inspired and decided to try it.

I love rice - who in South India isn't? But I have not eaten rice in MNC restaurant chains, So that made me all the more curious. I already knew that McDonald's has great quality and hygiene standards across their outlets anywhere in the world. It seems they even allow customers to visit their kitchen to see how neatly and carefully food is prepared. 

I tasted Beans and Gravy Rice with Lemon Juice, I should admit that I like spicy food and this dish has the right amount of spicyness that I long for. Besides, I accidentally discovered that this rice dish goes very well with lemon juice. The alternate taste of spice & sweet soda tickled my taste buds in a good way.

The Beans and Gravy Rice comes with a blend of Peas, Carrot, Chick Peas and Kidney Beans mixed with piping hot tomato gravy with basil, garlic and pepper. Its quite hot and spicy. Before eating I suggest you mix it well. That makes the taste to be consistent until the last spoon. 

As the food is hot and spicy I feel like eating more even after emptying my cup. It was yummy and I loved it much. It also gave me an opportunity to go out and spend time with my family while at the same time having great food. What more can I ask? :)










McDonald's launches Rice varieties at Chennai stores

McDonald's introduces Rice dishes in Chennai, Plans to expand it across India soon.

McDonald's has introduced two new rice varieties in addition to a wide variety of Burgers, Wraps, Nuggets and fries. The company says they have started serving Rice Meals that are uniquely Indian in Taste and International in Format

The two delicious Rice Fiesta are Veggies and Cheese Rice, Beans and Gravy Rice. 

Veggies and Cheese Rice has toppings of assorted veggies such as Peas, Carrot, American Corn and Zucchini tossed in cheese cream, layered with herbs. 

Beans and Gravy Rice has a blend of Peas, Carrot, Chick Peas and Kidney Beans mixed with piping hot tomato with basil, Garlic and Pepper.



The vegetables and toppings form the top layer and the rice can be found below them. We suggest you mix both thoroughly before starting to eat.

The two Rice dishes are available in both Veg and Non-Veg Varieties, priced at Rs. 119 and Rs. 139 respectively.

These Meal boxes are designed specially for customers to eat conveniently in restaurants and it is also packed well enough for us to take it where ever we go. This is a great option for people working in the non-peak hours as there are very few restaurants that serve rice beyond afternoon and night.

If you haven't tasted McD rice yet go and place your order now. It's fresh, it's hot and it's delicious :)


Saturday, 3 February 2018

P.Pandy Movie Review

P.Pandy Movie Review


P.Pandy (Power Pandy) movie starring Rajkiran, Revathi, Prasanna, Chaya singh and so on. It is a chance to have a look at Rajkiran and Revathi after a long time. Although we saw the action of Rajkiran in Kanchana recently, In this movie his action is different. 

 The first half of the movie is quiet normal like other movies.Rajkiran feels disappointed with his post retirement life style and once again he tries to start his career as a stunt master. 

The acting of Prasanna and chaya Singh is apt to the theme of the movie. The conflict between  different generation is shown well in the movie. 

The way the second half starts feel that something different is bound to happen.

Rajkiran leaves his home to find some purpose in life. He joins with a group of senior citizens who rekindle the memories of his first love.

what he decides to do next is not apt for the society in my view.
I think it is different movie but it is deviating from our family values.











Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Budget Craftz - Promo Video

Budget CraftZ


I made a video Promo for the BUDGET CRAFTZ face book page own by me. I share the crafts which I made within a budget using the materials like Paper, Water bottle, Pop sickle, wollen, Paper cups, Paper Plates and so on. Above you can have a look at sample Promo video of my handmade Craft and share your comments.



I share the images in my Facebook Page Budget Craftz.









Friday, 15 December 2017

Mahabalipuram Review

Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram also known as Mammalapuram, and ancient port city of the Pallavas, Who ruled from 600 to 750 A.D. Kancheepuram as its capital. It is located at the seashores of the Bay of Bengal which is 55 kms from Chennai. Mahabalipuram has temple architecture, Cave temples, Monoliths, Open-air-bas-reliefs and structural temples all within walking distance.

Mahabalipuram gives the thrill and enthusiasm when you visit it for the first time. It inspires to have a look at this again and again. 

Shore Temple

Shore Temple is one of the oldest temples in South India. It is located at the edge of the Mahabalipuram Beach. It is said to have built by King Rajasimha in the second half of the 7th Century A.D., It is the best example of the first place of structural temples constructed in the Dravidian style. 

Arjuna's Penance

Arjuna's Penance is the world's Largest Bas-Relief measuring 27m-9m is the great pride for the Mahabalipuram. The rock has figures of gods, demigods, men, beasts, birds and infants. The rock-cut cave traditionalrepresented more than thirteen caves, It was initiated by Mahendravarma I. They ar for simplicity in decoration and plan. Important in the cave temples are konerimadapa, Mahishashramardhini cave, Varahamandapa, Adi-Varahamandapa, tirumurthi Cave and Krishnamandapa.

Mahishasuramardhini Cave

Mahishasuramadhini cave is depiciting the goddess fighting a demon on one side and Lord Vishnu's Cosmic sleep on the other is particulalarly remarkable scooped cave, Sure to keep spell-bounded.

Five Rathas

Five Monolithic temples created in a different style. It is also called as Pancha Pandava Rathas. Four of the rocks on our belief scopped out from a single rock,which is carved richly with art motifs and wall panels despite of many hindu divinities and royal portraits.

Krishna Mandapam

Sculpture in the rock face of one wall-lord krishna as the protector of all living beings,presenting man, birds and beast.

Krishna's Butter ball

Krishna's ball is at Ganesha Ratna is popularly known as Hrishna's Butter Ball. Several pallava kings tried to move the rock with the kings and the elephant, but can't able to move it even a inch too.

Varaha cave

Varaha Cave is a small rock-cut mandapam featuring four panels of fine looking doorkeepers and four interesting bas-reliefs.

Light House Heritage and Marine Museum

The museum is maintain by the Director general of lighthouses and lightships houses miniatures of different kinds of ships,fishing boats, defence vesels, specimens of ships and a deep-sea channel markingmarking among the other things.

Tiger cave

Tiger cave is located at the monument complex. It is an open-air theater, where cultural programmes held during Pallava Period. Eventhough it is near to the sea, the palce is very serene and calm. After Tsunami a new site has been excvated which is a Murugan temple dating back to 50 A.D.

Terrecota dancing images, brass lamp, clay lamp, brass peacock. Stone spear had been excaved within the big remnants of the temple complex.

Chronicle India's 7DX Theatre

7Dx theatre located near Mahabalipuram bus stand screens India's first and only historical 7DX movie, Pallava Dynasty-A time travel. 30 minutes show not only revolves around Mahabalipurambut also trace the path of the Pallavas from Mamandur to Kancheepuram covering the early scriptures, marvellous temples and astounding time defying sculptures. All age group will love it and understand this film because the stories behind the sculptures and presented using 7DX technology which makes the spectators to believe that they are watching the historical events as if they are happening in real time.

It has not just downloaded with the tons of visual effects but also uses traditional forms such as "Thol Paavai Koothu". For the first time in India to convey the Indian Myths. It elucidates how mythology relates to the sculptures of Mahabalipuram in an educative yet entertaining way.

Sculpture Park

Sculpture Park, Mahabalipuram has been installedwith sculptures of architectural splendor. These artistic sculptures in stone are vitally showing the ancient history events.
















Thursday, 14 December 2017

Custom Birthday Slideshows from Photos & Videos

Organizing a birthday party at home or even at a restaurant is cool. But sharing those special moments with the world on social networks or just storing those memories on hard-drive/pen-drive requires some diligence.

Of course you can store or share your special moments as hundreds of raw photos and videos like everyone else. Or better, you can choose the best photos/videos, make a small movie using them and share it everywhere with pride. Which would you choose?

One of the best ways to make your photos and videos more appealing is to create a slideshow video using them. Now slideshows are not just presentations with one slide shown after the other, but they have evolved to include animations, 3D effects, reflection effects, cool transitions, video backgrounds, stylish text, mesmerizing music and much more.

In one sentence, it is now possible to make a short movie using your photos and videos that not only makes them look attractive and holds the viewer's attention, but also make you stand apart from the crowd.

But who has all that time, patience and money?

What if I tell you that you can now make mini-movies out of the photos and videos that you have taken during special occasions like birthdays and other events without spending much time? All you need to do is select your best photos and send them to us - we'll take care of the rest. And don't worry, a customized slideshow video will just cost a fraction of hiring your own graphic designer or even outsourcing the work to a nearby studio.

Have a look at the birthday portfolio video made by us recently -



This is just a sample video as we can add many more effects and transitions to make your video look extra special and uniquely attractive. Besides, we are open to customize your video according to your needs and preferences.

To have a look at a few more videos created by us and to order your own mini-movie, visit our website WOWSUPER.NET

This is a guest post by Rajesh K who is a professional slideshow creator and motion graphics artist at wowsuper.net

Skola Toys: Discovery & Learning for Kids via Play

SKOLA TOYS

Recently, we went to an event on educational toys organized by Skola Toys at The Park, Chennai. There we had a discussion on Discovery vs Dictation methodologies of imparting knowledge to children. In that discussion many of them shared their views about both the approaches. They also spoke about parenting in general and their personal experiences of bringing up kids as mothers. The discussion was a wonderful one as I was able to grasp a lot of things from them.

We also discussed the merits and demerits about technology and how it helps in the growth of the kids. Many parents spoke vehemently about the demerits of technology and how kids get affected by it. 

We noticed that even little kids now-a-days have the habit of using cellphones continuously but it may not be the right age to use, While kids spend a lot of time with phones, apart from their eyes no other part is working at that time. Now-a-days kids don't prefer to play outdoor games due to which their hands and legs may not move with the dexterity expected at that age. 

Even if we offer toys to play they tend to play with it for some time and then they throw it off when they feel bored with it. They don't show interest in playing with the toys after a few times and always want something new because toys do not challenge their intellectual capacity. With regular toys, they may not have a chance to learn anything new - mostly. There are very few toys which create interest in learning and increase their creativity.

Skola then showed us some toys and asked us to play with them. Initially we thought it should be easy and fun, especially for us adults, but were surprised to notice that it took sometime for us to grasp the concept. It did challenge us intellectually. I feel these kind of toys will be helpful to the kids to learn something by their own.

Skola has divided the toys age-wise and subject-wise to make it easy for parents to determine which toy might be the best for their kids and for what purpose. It will also enable kids to learn via play without any pressure or rules. 

Here are a few toys that I found interesting during the meet. To get details on the complete portfolio of toys available with them, please visit skola.toys website










Friday, 1 December 2017

Indira Agrotech's Organic Farm

Indira Agrotech's Organic Farm

Indira agrotech has launched its new project near Dindivanam. They plan to cultivate organic rice in a land located in a village near Dindivanam. For this venture, they are inviting people to take up ownership of small pieces of land and lease it back to the company in exchange for a part of the produce every year. 

We went to a meet organized by Indira Agrotech at the site recently. They have installed solar panels to generate electircity with the help of sunlight. They plan to use natural manure and insect repellents. We saw a ploughing machine which will probably help to sow and cultivate grains. It seems they have also employed a few people from the village. 

We saw a big well there with plenty of water which should be sufficient for cultivating land. And apart from the land they have also laid pathways and facilities to do vermi compost.

We can buy a land and build a house. Many people in cities do only that. In fact, the parent company of Indira Agrotech is also into building houses. But there are many people in cities who want to do farming but don't have the time or land for the same. This scheme might be useful to them as it makes them land owners and grow organic rice without the hassles involved in managing the labour.

The company is also planning to plant nearly 6000 trees like Vilvam, etc. all around the fields which will help to protect the crops from pesticides. Since they are planning to grow organic grains without pesticides these should be useful. In fact, many of us who went there planted a sapling. 

We felt good being at the farm, amidst nature. It was a great feeling. Do have a look at the scheme details from here to learn more about this project.

Disclaimer: We are not associated with the project, hence we suggest that readers do their research and get all their questions clarified from the company before deciding to buy.  

Few Images which we took at the organic farm