Homemade protein bars

In recent months, I have been on a major healthy food/lifestyle kick and have really enjoyed eating wholesome and mostly homemade foods. It has helped me start shedding my pregnancy weight, and I feel overall more energetic and healthier. A huge part of this has been eliminating sugar as much as possible from my diet….

Jane the Virgin

When I started maternity leave, I began watching “Jane the Virgin” while waiting for my baby to make her debut. Since the first season was on Netflix, it was a glorious first week of eating home cooking, relaxing on the sofa, and wondering if every little twinge or pain might be a contraction (it wasn’t!)…

Readjusting Expectations

Lately I’ve been pondering expectations and how they have changed (or not changed) over the past decade or so of my life. Expectations, specifically from the people in our lives, can be a sticky area to navigate. We all have different ideas of how people should treat us and how we would treat others, and…

Priya’s Shakti: Gender Crimes Awareness Through a Comic Book

I’ve written numerous times about India’s rape problem (here, here, here). Ever since the brutal rape and murder of Jyoti Singh Pandey in December 2012, numerous stories of rape and mistreatment of women have made it into the global media. The spotlight has been turned on India and it is still shining, slowly burning through the…

Holiday Treats

A few weeks ago I came across a ridiculously simple recipe for a cute holiday treat and gave it a try. I am not much of a baker/sweets maker, but I thought this recipe was easy enough. It called for a double boiling technique which I have never attempted before, but it was super straight forward….

A Rose From a Rose

Yesterday I had a few minutes before my haircut and was wandering around the nearby Earth Fare. I was intently looking at some moisturizers and asking the department’s employee some questions when a cute little girl in the most Christmas-y red dress came up to us declaring, “Christmas is coming!” Her dad was nearby and…

Our First Holiday Season

Since moving into our new home just a few months ago, we have really been enjoying the holiday spirit and starting new traditions for years to come. We decorated a Christmas tree last week (my husband’s first Christmas tree, and my first real one!) just before Thanksgiving. Because my in-laws were only able to come…

Rough Hands

As a child, she noticed the roughness of her mother’s hands. They were not rough with callouses or dry skin. They were in fact soft to the touch, with the thin blue veins and delicate tendons visible through her skin, which was fairer than her daughter’s. She noted the roughness in their motions, and mistook…

Summer Snapshots

As August is nearly halfway over and summertime comes to an end, I wanted to share some fun photographs of things we saw, tasted, heard, and enjoyed this season. Overall the weather this year was what I consider perfect (even for someone who loves rain, last summer’s daily showers and downpours made the season almost…

The Occasional DIY: Baby Shower Gift

I love reading blogs, but I have to admit that DIY blogs are not among my favorites. I think it is amazing what people create and even more amazing that they share their methods online for others to try. I personally find some projects far too time consuming and frankly expensive, making it risky for…

Charlotte’s Tour de Food

This past weekend, we had my husband’s cousins visiting and were lucky to stumble across a food tour that is hosted every few weeks in Charlotte. Perusing the website, it seemed to offer something for every kind of taste, and there are several different options for various neighborhoods in the city. I was initially leaning…

Our First 5K: Color Me Rad!

I have never been much of a runner. I prefer elliptical workouts at the gym, but I have opted for running outdoors whenever I lack a treadmill. Several years ago, I injured my ankle while running (a twist injury in a break in the sidewalk) and after the melon-sized swelling went down, my ankle was…