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Collecting Smiles, Inspiring Happiness
Collecting Smiles, Inspiring Happiness

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New! Mission Collecting Smiles #AtoZChallenge: The A to Z Challenge is just around the corner I’d so love to do it I swear upon my honor This is my fifth year Laughing from A to Z How could I not be here And set my words free? I have no computer Nor is my internet stable My work is all but gone Morose, I sit at the table I couldn’t access my blog I sought my friend’s help To keep up with my editorial log Or else I’d only yelp I felt so listless I thought, is this the end I cried, I agonized Almost went around the bend Then came a ray of hope In the form of my son Mom, don’t you mope He said, you’re the original cool ‘un I’d love to believe him And his words that heal But no matter how hard I try I can’t help how I feel Loss of this magnitude is so hard to take All my data’s fried And joy is hard to fake Hey Mom, said my son I think you need a break Forget what’s lost It is time to awake Look here, Mom, he said, It is time to walk the talk […] The post Mission Collecting Smiles #AtoZChallenge appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #positivethinking #AtoZChallenge #collectingsmiles

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New! I Wish These People Had Not ‘Helped’ Me With Advice Related to My Baby: If there is one thing a new mom dreads, it is the constant truckload of advice that starts arriving like an avalanche. It all begins when she announces her pregnancy. Don’t do this, do that. Oh, no, no, no–never do this! And so on. As the D-day approaches, and the mom-to-be is anxiously waiting to hold her precious bundle of joy in her hands, the flow of advice gets stronger. As it is, she’s already nervous about handling her newborn and doing the right thing, and on top of that, with the advice overload, she becomes even more anxious! Now, she’s just not sure what to follow and what to ignore. I experienced the same thing as soon as I announced that I was pregnant. Let me give you some examples: “Add saffron to your glass of milk every day so that your baby’s complexion is fair”. “Do not eat papaya as that might cause an abortion”. “Eat whatever you like! Now is the time to enjoy all your favorite foods and indulge in your cravings!” Of course, I didn’t follow any of that because there’s no logic behind such advice. But close to my due date, things got even […] The post I Wish These People Had Not ‘Helped’ Me With Advice Related to My Baby appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #parenting #babydove #Mom

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New! When travel brings rewards: As a frequent flyer, I am excited about “The Billion Miles Festival” from Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline. This festival is perhaps the biggest frequent flyer reward promotion till date, and will reward both loyal program members and first time flyers with millions of bonus JPMiles when they book and travel during the offer period. And one lucky jackpot winner will win one million JPMiles! I think the timing is perfect, since summer holidays are just around the corner, and all one has to do to participate is—you guessed it—travel! Nice way to show gratitude to customers, I say! Also, travel can be anywhere in the airline’s network! You can earn JPMiles via partners when you fly, swipe, convert, stay, shop, dine, talk, live it up, read, rent-a-car, and much more. You may want to check out their ongoing offers and deals. I prefer to use mine for travel, because I can continue to earn JPMiles and points. Win-win! So how would I use my One Million JetPrivilege points? That’s 1000,000 JPMiles To begin, I am heading over to the mile conversion for Jet and code-shared flights to see the expansive network of flight routes and the respective miles required to redeem a free flight! It allows […] The post When travel brings rewards appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #travel #dontstopcollecting #jetairways

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New! Why metabolic health is critical for your overall health: I am actually going to talk about what is metabolic health, why is it important for your overall health, and how you can improve it with olive oil. I started using Leonardo olive oil a few months back and am experiencing the benefits. Over the last decade or so, there has been a sharp rise in non-communicable diseases or NCDs, globally, and statistics clearly indicate that this will only get worse. In the Indian context, there are four NCDs that are true killers, triggered by changes in the way we eat—our diet. These are: cardio vascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancer. So what is the connection between these four NCDs and metabolic health? First, let me explain what is metabolic health. We keep talking about “slow metabolism” and “metabolic rates” all the time. Every cell in our body needs energy to do its job—whether it is delivering timely nutrients to the brain, or pumping oxygen from the lungs to the muscles as you walk briskly, or generating white blood cells in your bone marrow to fight infection. Metabolism is that system which converts calories in our food into energy (blood sugar) to fuel various functions. Our […] The post Why metabolic health is critical for your overall health appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #healthandwellnesstips #benefits #health

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New! Mom, are you ready for your child’s LAST growth spurt?: “Hey, Shorty!” Nothing wrong with being short, but when you’re 12 and your friends tower over you, calling you “shorty,” and rest their elbows on your head, at some point it grates. I remember hanging on to the may pole at school, hoping it would stretch me and magically make me grow taller. Then somehow, the height Gods listened and I grew a few inches. It definitely made me feel several feet taller! And relieved. What I didn’t know was I had just experienced my final growth spurt. Fast forward to decades later, my husband and I, who are both 5’3”, wondered whether our son would also follow in our footsteps. To our surprise, he was the tallest in his class at school, and at the age of 12, he was just a bit taller than us. In the meantime, his classmate’s mom worried over her son apparently not growing at all. He was thin and shorter than average. While we know that good nutrition is critical for growing children, worrying about a child’s healthy growth is part of the parenting job description. From the moment the child is born, her growth and nutrition is the number one priority, and […] The post Mom, are you ready for your child’s LAST growth spurt? appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #parenting #adolescence #growth

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New! Change Your Perspective Change Your Life: These days, I am all about health, what with the heat and the feeling of lethargy! I know I must buck up! Being healthy and in shape feels great. Ok, a little bit more work to get to the ideal point, but we’re talking logistics here. Doing the work to get there, often feels a bit tedious and painful and, let’s be honest here: a last resort. So many of us only take steps to improve our health when something starts to go wrong in our lives. I am guilty of this. While I generally live healthy, there have been ups and downs and my moment of truth was when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Was a solid jolt! But what if getting healthy didn’t have to be such a tremendous chore? What if it was a matter of changing your perspective on getting healthy? Wouldn’t it take you closer to achieving this goal and make it a lot more enjoyable? If you are wondering what I mean when I say “changing your perspective” here is my take: rather than look at maintaining health and fitness as a chore and something that has to be done, why not […] The post Change Your Perspective Change Your Life appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #HealthyLiving #healthyliving #selfcare

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New! A Few Good Men #aBeautifulLife: See this sweet video. Quite like my relationship with my husband! Supportive, encouraging, flexible, and a life filled with laughter and love. When I think about it, I feel blessed to think of the few good men who have supported me all the way. Even though I’ve grown up in a matriarchal family, what with my grandmother ruling the roost with her magic wand of love and my Mother being a single parent, I am truly fortunate to be influenced and shaped by some stellar men in my life. A few good men I did not know my grandfather, but grew up with tales of his generosity, kindness, and compassion. I’ve learnt that kindness is a language that always appeals to people. It is probably why I get along with most people and this has helped me tremendously in my career. My maternal uncles showered me with love, never letting me feel the absence of a father in my life, encouraging me, making me believe I could achieve anything I set my mind to. I am still amused to think I believed them and this has shaped me into a confident person, who actually believes she can accomplish anything. Yes, […] The post A Few Good Men #aBeautifulLife appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #relationships #agoodlife #Happiness

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New! There’s Always Time for Love #InspiringWomen: Women are amazing. Especially mothers. No matter how busy, how exhausted, they always find time for love. Don’t you agree? I see it all the time. I saw it in my Mom, my friends. And it is charming to see no matter what their status, women always find the time for their loved ones. A few weeks ago, I went to the Karnataka Chitra Santhe, which is basically an open-air art gallery where artists display their work along the streets surrounding the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, one of my favorite haunts in my city. I make it a point to visit every exhibition there, because it is eye-candy, and I also get to see fabulous stuff. I even end up buying something. So, the Chitra Santhe is a one-day event and sees millions of visitors from all over India. Artists register to be able to display their work and also see some amazing sales. Along with these artists, we have the usual support system of vendors selling snacks, tea and beverages and knick-knacks like beads, junk jewelry, and other interesting ware. There are artists sketching portraits for Rs.100.00, tattoo artists, balloon vendors, and just about any street stuff you can imagine. Some […] The post There’s Always Time for Love #InspiringWomen appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #Inspiringstories #businesswomen #inspiration

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New! Her Secret Husband @sundarivenkat: This is my book review of “Her Secret Husband” by Sundari Venkataraman, Book #3 in her delightful Marriages Made in Heaven series. Format: Kindle Edition Genre: Romance File Size: 1551 KB Print Length: 158 pages Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1520437129 Publisher: Flaming Sun (20 September 2016) Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited Language: English ASIN: B01LXLH317 Book blurb The Maheshwaris are back, a little secretly this time! What do you do if you find a man who looks like chocolate, speaks like warm syrup, looks at you like you were the most precious cake ever created, and he can bake too? You marry him, even if in secret. Ruma Malhotra falls head over heels and a little more in love with Lakshman Maheshwari, but her parents insist that she marry a rich businessman of their choice. When Ruma’s only option is to marry Lakshman in secret, she is left torn between her love for her parents and her passion for Lakshman. Is a secret marriage the solution or will it lead the way to a public disappointment? Lakshman Maheshwari falls in love with Ruma Malhotra the first time he sets his eyes on her in Ranveer’s office. Will he […] The post Her Secret Husband @sundarivenkat appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #BookReview #Bookreview #drama

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New! From Nature, With Love #MeAndNature: If you take care of Nature, Nature will take care of you. We enjoy watching this video on TV, mainly because Banjara’s is a brand whose products our whole family loves and enjoys using. My most recent addition to my personal list of Banjara’s products is their Samvridhi hair oil—read my post about this wonderful oil. I am not a big user of cosmetics or beauty products, unless you count moisturizer, which I really cannot live without; I’ve never used makeup. I used to think, in my 20s, that it might not suit me because I wear glasses, and moreover, my eyes tend to water when I apply anything—smudging it and making the whole effort futile. So I’ve stuck to taking good care of my hair and skin with homemade concoctions, usually from my kitchen shelf. In fact, we used to laboriously get various ingredients together to make our own special hair oil, impromptu facewash and face pack and cleansers. During my childhood, I used to find it fascinating to watch my aunts grind sandalwood at night and apply it on their faces. They would listen to the radio for 20 minutes, and wash it off. Then they would massage […] The post From Nature, With Love #MeAndNature appeared first on Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. #HealthyLiving #Banjaras #healthyliving
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