“Operation: In-laws in India” Meal Plan – Week 2

I meant to complete these posts in real-time, week by week, oops! Truly, by the end of the day I just love to sleep rather than sit down with a computer screen for another second. Better late than never, though, right!? While my in-laws were in India, we made it through week 2 on our…

“Operation: In-laws in India” Meal Plan – Week 1

I am no stranger to meal planning, but i haven’t really had to think much about it for the last two years since my mother-in-law has been living with us and helping immensely around the house. She did most of the cooking, too, so not having to deal with the mental load of planning meals…

Achieving My Goals with Commit30

I never was one to make New Year’s resolutions. Let’s face it – they have a bad rap because they are destined to fail! Making a resolution for the sake of making one and having little actual faith in its success is my idea of wasting time. Instead, I love the much more achievable and…

My Health & Fitness Journey: Part 3

Since I wrote my first and second posts on my Health & Fitness Journey, a lot has changed! I have learned so much about fitness, nutrition, and overall health over the last six-ish years. I certainly do not claim to have all of the answers because in all honesty, no fitness “guru” out there truly…

January 2022 Books

Amazingly, the longest month of the year is coming to an end! I don’t know what it was about this month, but my energy has been absolutely dragging. It may be a combination of social isolation (again) during Omicron, the winter blues, and it being too cold to get outside and be in the fresh…

Happy New Year!

Happy 2022! I decided to start the New Year off with one of my favorite breakfasts, palappam. Palappam is a Kerala delight! It’s like a pancake, but it’s made from ground rice, coconut, and coconut milk which is then fermented overnight before cooking. The whole process of making the batter takes about 24 hours. Then…

Podcast Episode 2: Mood & Meds

I know it’s been nearly two months since my first podcast episode! I finally got my act together to record another episode. Baby steps! In today’s episode, I discuss mental health and the stigma around it and its treatments. I offer some personal experiences here, and I hope you find this helpful! As always, I…

Role Models for My Daughters: Leena Nair

This week, luxury brand Chanel announced that Leena Nair would become its new global CEO. This is huge news, since Nair is only the second woman of Indian origin to become a corporation’s global CEO (the first being Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo). Nair was born in the Indian state of Maharashtra where she studied Engineering…

My 2021 Audiobooks (and Actual Books!)

It’s already that time when I review the books I have listened to this year! Last year’s list was much shorter than I would like, but between having a new baby and dealing with a pandemic, free time was not in abundance ;) I haven’t read a ton of books in previous years as I…

5 Diverse Children’s Books

Growing up, none of the books I read featured Indian or South Asian characters. Nowadays, I am thrilled that there are so many options for children’s picture books and chapter books that cater to diverse readers. As I mentioned in a previous post about my favorite South Asian authors and books, introducing diversity at an…

Vegan(ish) Pasta Bake

We are not vegan, but I often enjoy trying new vegan recipes simply because they look delicious and are (usually) full of wholesome, nutritious ingredients. When I want to find a vegan (or vegan-ish with modifications) recipe, I usually look to Nisha at Rainbow Plant Life or Sadia at Pick Up Limes. Their websites have…

Teaching Kids About Thanksgiving

November is National Native American Heritage Month! I wish I could say I knew this before last Thursday, but a recent incident led me to this realization which I want to discuss further here. I thought hard about whether I would address this topic on my blog, but ultimately I felt a duty to address…