~ Quick Fix: Pasta Salad!!

Hot summer evenings call for cool snacks and that’s what this Pasta Salad is all about… Cool and creamy thanks to the generous amount of Mayonnaise in it, but to make it healthy, use light Mayo and use less of it. Ta-da!! You make it guilt free!


– 1 cup Pasta, any shape!

– 1/2 cucumber diced into small cubes

– 1/2 onion cut into small pieces

– 5 black olives, cut into small pieces

– 1/4 cup corn kernels

– 1/2 green bell pepper (or red if you want to make it colorful) diced – this is optional. It will give it some extra crunch though

– Mayonnaise (generously) you’ll know how much is right for your taste buds

– 11/2 tablespoon of pepper, add more if desired.


– Cook pasta as per instructions on the box, be careful not to over cook. Once cooked, run it below cold water to bring to room temperature and also not make them stick.

– In a large bowl, mix all the cut veggies.

– Add Mayonnaise, pepper and the Pasta.

– Stir to mix!

– Keep in fridge for 15-20 minutes to chill and serve with your drink of choice!



~ 25 things you can accomplish in 10 minutes…

Being a stay at home busy mommy, often during the span of the day, there are many times I feel like if I accomplish a few easy tasks, I’ll feel so much better, especially when Little Miss K is napping.

More often than not, we, in the repetitive day to day routine, get carried away and forget smaller things that actually are or can be important and are easy to achieve.

So, just for fun, I thought of sharing a list of 25 things you can accomplish in 10 minutes, so here goes:

1. FaceTime with your loved ones.

2. Call family or friends you’ve been wanting to, but have been “too busy”.

3. Meditate – Alom Vilom is a good place to start.

4. Do a quick workout, check out my post on some quick workout challenges that worked wonders for me: Spell your Workout, Arm Challenge, Workout Motivation.

5. Make a Smoothie or infuse some Detox Water.

6. Reply back to emails / blog comments.

7. Pick up and arrange baby toys.

8. Put a load of laundry.

9. Fold that laundry load once done.

10. And finally put away said laundry.

11. Wipe down kitchen counters!!!

12. Load the dishwasher.

13. Empty the dishwasher.

14. Wash some baby bottles and put them to sterilize.

15. Take out the trash.

16. Make some purees for your little one.

17. Write your significant other a note and hide it somewhere they will find it later 🙂

18. Thin out your nail polishes – here’s how.

19. Clean makeup brushes – here’s how.

20. Organize your closet of stuff that should be put away.

21. Clean out your purse/backpack/workbag/diaper bag!!

22. Sort through your mail.

23. Make a grocery / shopping / to-do list!!

24. Stalk your favorite Instagram accounts. Mine’s nshrivas 😉

25. Sit on your patio and just relax!

Think how good you would feel if you did 3-4 of these things a day. That’s a lot of things you are getting done while you’re putting off the things you need a break from.

What are a few things you would add to this list?