~ Tips on how to stay refreshed this summer!!

Tuesday, June 20th 2017 is the 1st day of summer this year, even though Houston’s temperatures have been soaring high already! In all honesty, it’s still not that bad and often there is a nice cool breeze cooling things down. We’ve also been having way more rain than usual!

So with summer just around the corner, I thought of sharing some tips that help me keep refreshed during the brutal summer months here in Houston, for these tips, read on:

Drink up!!

Chilled water is my go-to choice during the summer, but it doesn’t have to be boring!! Spice it up with lemon wedges and mint leaves or for something different, here’s my ~ Detox Water… post that shares some yummy recipes to make your regular water interesting. I always carry a bottle of water with me when I am out and about to stay hydrated at all times, and I suggest you do too!!

My recent find at the grocery store (maybe I am late to this party) is Sparkling Flavored Water!! I’ve tried the Strawberry flavor as well as the Key Lime and they are both very refreshing especially for someone like me who does not drink alcohol and also tries to stay clear of soda.

Choose the right fabric to wear!!

Read cutesy dresses, flowy tops, shorts, skirts! Light flowy fabrics in cute prints and pastel shades is what my summer wardrobe is made of as comfort is key! The more breathable the fabric, the better.

I am loving the latest collection at Old Navy, Gap and even Ann Taylor / Loft has been a wonderful surprise since their clothes aren’t only constrained to work attire now! I’ll be doing another post soon on where I shop, so stay tuned!

Don’t forget your workout:

Being an outdoorsy person, preferring to work outdoors over the gym, this heat can challenge my dedication but I don’t give in. I take either early morning or late evening walks, sometimes both, because it’s the best time of the day to be outdoors during the summer. The fresh air is a welcome change!

On the weekends and usually once over the weekday, the hubby and I make our way to the pool for a refreshing dip. The water is still a tad bit cold for my liking, but it’s surely refreshing!! We are water babies and the swimming pool, a lake, the ocean are always calling our name. We often make our swim trips into BBQ dinners as well, and here are my recipes on what we BBQ: ~ Paneer Tikka! and ~ Chicken Tikka / Tandoori Chicken!!.

Eating the right fruits:

Tropical fruits are my go-tos during the summer! Even though now days all fruits are always available all year round, my summer favorites are Mangos, Watermelons, Strawberries, Bananas, Oranges and Apples.

Smoothies is also a good way to go, and here’s some recipes that you could try: ~ Smoothies!!

Get the right haircut / hairstyle:

Before the start of summer 2016, I colored my hair and also got a new hairstyle. This summer, I am due for a haircut, but I am definitely not chopping my hair off or coloring it! Instead just going for a trim and maybe some bangs.

If you are into coloring your hair, you’ll find these posts helpful: ~ Hair Coloring 101… and ~ Hair Conditioning 101….

Being a comfort chic, I usually throw my hair up in a bun and it’s not so sexy! LOL!! Currently pinteresting cute ways to throw my hair up in a bun, for more on what I find, follow me on Pinterest: Niti Shrivastava Shukla.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and are all set to be refreshed and enjoy this summer!!

~ My 1st. Blogiversary!! What a year of blogging has taught me…

Yesterday, April 12 2017 was the 1st anniversary of my blog and so today I wanted to share what this journey has taught me, so for more, read on…

So how did I start??

I had been following blogs for years and had always wanted to have my little space on the World Wide Web, which I would use as a creative outlet for me! A few weeks before my 30th birthday, I decided to finally take the plunge and check off this item from my 30 before 30 list and just like that raindropstosunshine was born!! 

Over the past year, I feel like I have learned so much, yet still have a lot to learn in the future. As today is my blogiversary, it’s the perfect timing for a little reflection!! 

This isn’t a post about blogging tips and tricks or what worked for me (if you’d like to see like that in the future, let me know) but more about what I’ve learned about life in general through my blogging journey.

So without further ado-

1. Be Authentic / Be Yourself!!

This one might seem redundant, but it’s oh so true!! When I first started, I “tried” to follow the footsteps of many of my favorite bloggers, but very soon learned that that was not me. I am me, and I have my own thoughts, style, attitude and zeal towards life and copying someone wasn’t my piece of cake. Finding my style definitely took some time, it was a self-discover journey that I honestly loved and enjoyed. In order to be authentic you need to not only know who you are, but accept yourself too and this blog has taught me to do just that!

2. Know what works for you and do not compare!!

Comparison is the thief of joy. It really is! It never leaves anyone happy and trust me, you’ll always come across someone who is better that you in certain aspects of life, but don’t let that dim your sparkle. Know what works for you and stick to that. Ofcourse there is nothing wrong in trying new things but definitely know when to stop. Also knowing and understanding your audience and catering to their likes and dislikes helps build the blog vieweship, but definitely don’t let that keep you from trying new things!

3. Be selective…

Initially I was overwhelmed with the entire blogger community and it’s expectations. I don’t mean this in an offensive way, but it definitely wasn’t for me. I love my family and my me time and dedicating weekends after weekends to blog events was not my cup of tea. I attended some very cool events and met some wonderful ladies, but still didn’t feel like I belonged there, so now I pick and choose events I am interested in and do not let the “peer-pressure” get to me.

4. Be prepared for people to dislike you. And be okay with it. 

When you put yourself out there in the public eye, be ready for some negative energy, coz trust me, pleasing everyone just isn’t ever possible! While I do respect some constructive criticism, negative energy is the one thing I don’t have time for. I surround myself with people who are positive, who love me and who are rooting for me, so there’s no time for haters!

5. Share how much you are comfortable with.

I am pretty much an open book, but in some aspects of my life, I like keeping things personal and sharing it with just family and close friends. This however, doesn’t ever harm my blog as I am very happy with how much I choose to share and hence every post is straight from the heart and so I am lucky that I am always able to connect with my viewers.

This year has been full of learning and I promise to keep on bringing more fun content your way! So thank you all, for the love and support, and yup! Keep reading!! Cheers 🤓🙃😘🍾