My 2016 Audibooks

Earlier this year, my friend Annie inspired me to sign up for Audible and listen to one audiobook (or more!) per month. I am really glad I invested in this service because I love reading but have found it increasingly difficult to sit down with a good book. Over the past few years, I have…

Role Models for My Daughter: Anoushka Shankar

I try to play classical music for my daughter at least once a week (when I am home and while she’s awake anyway). I am not sure if this truly improves her brain wiring or not, but at the very least it’s relaxing and enjoyable for me too. Most of the classical music I play for…

Mom’s Recipes: Coconut Curry Chicken

Well that was a hiatus and a half. Sorry about that…life duties, you know? I finally had a week in which I could breathe a bit…so I decided to start overhauling and organizing and minimizing my entire house and possessions lol. That’s still a work in progress, but I’m so glad I finally got around…

The Lampe Berger

I never – I mean never – talk about products I love on this blog. Well, not as far as I can remember, anyway. However, there’s one product I came across about a year ago that I absolutely LOVE in my home, and I wanted to share! And no I’m definitely not sponsored by the…

The Book That Is Changing My Life

…is The Dirt Cure. Before I delve into that, I want to mention the other book I recently finished (on Audible): Grain Brain. I cannot even remember now where I first heard about Grain Brain, but I listened to it in full and was intrigued by its assertions. After reading more about the book and the…

Mom’s Recipes: Tuna Thoran

In keeping with the theme of my mom’s Malayali cooking and our heavy reliance on coconut, my next dish is a great option for fish eaters. As I mentioned before, Malayalis eat alot of fish and seafood. My mom always purchased fresh fish from the local Indian or Asian grocery store, bones included. We enjoyed…

Mom’s Recipes: Avial

As part of a new series, I’m excited to share the glories of some of my favorite Indian recipes, namely what my momma taught me. My family is from the southern Indian state of Kerala, and the food I grew up eating is not typically found in the Indian restaurants we all frequent. Some restaurants may…

Sweet Gestures

After a very long and difficult string of weeks at work, often caring for patients who have endured terrible accidents (physically and biologically speaking), this evening I went to see a patient whose loved one’s gesture brought a smile to my face. This patient, a fairly young man who recently suffered a rare type of stroke…

San Francisco Trip

As mentioned in my previous post on traveling with an infant, our little family took our first major trip earlier this month. We chose San Francisco, a city I have visited before but that my husband had not been to yet. We were entertaining a few options (Hawaii, the Turks and Caicos — where we…

Stand Still

How can a country be simultaneously the greatest country in the world and also need to be made great again? Our parents immigrated to this land of opportunity With dreams of success and happier lives Hopes of futures for their children That otherwise would not have existed Upon arrival, they quickly learned To work their fingers to the bone…

Traveling With an Infant

This past week we took our first cross-country trip with our baby who will be 8 months old tomorrow! It was her first plane ride. Prior to this trip, the longest she had travelled was about 3-4 hours by car. Overall it was a good experience, and we made some great memories. A lot of the smoothness…

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….