~ 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?

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~ At Home Date Night Ideas!!

This post is a Valentine’s Special post especially dedicated to parents!!

Life with a baby is drastically different they said… It’s totally true, I say!!

After having a baby almost 6 months back, I would definitely agree that life with a baby is a complete 180 degree turn from life before kids.

Today’s post isn’t about comparing life before and after baby, even though that would make for a fun post (takes mental note, then writes it down also, coz who am I kidding, a new mother has a billion mental notes and she’s likely to forget them all. LOL!) anyways, I digress again… Gosh! Ok ok. Let’s continue. So today’s post is about date nights and how you can have a date night at home and keep the spark alive with your partner, even after having kids and being super busy!!

So without further ado, let’s jump in:

– Dinner and a Movie

This is a fool proof date night idea – a classic combo you really can’t go wrong with! For a couple who loves to cook, trying your hand at a new recipe is a great way to spend time together, else just order in. Pick a movie you both have been wanting to see but haven’t been able to, or choose a classic you both enjoy and grab some popcorn, cuddle and enjoy!

– Candle-Light Dinner

Turn that dinner into a candle light dinner and skip the movie for a more intimate one on one time together. For those couples who loves the outdoors and star gazing, take your candle light dinner outside to the backyard or the patio!

– Wine or Beer Tasting at Home

This one can be fun if you both are into alcohol. Pick up a variety of wines or beers from your local grocery store and have a tasting night. Pair it with your favorite food for an even better experience!

– Plan Your Next Trip

This one is a kind of a tease but useful too. Turning the night into trip planning session can get you both excited and organized for an upcoming trip, all while spending time together and my friends this is a win-win situation you ask me!!

– Go Down The Memory Lane

Dig out your old favorite photos and take a trip down memory lane, you could also relive your wedding day/festivities by watching the wedding DVDs. We do this not as often as I would like to, thanks to the fact that indian weddings have a billion functions and each are a million hours long! I know there is a pause or a fast forward button, but what’s the fun in that! When we do sit down to watch these though, it surely is be fun to look back at all of the wedding photos and videos from our big day!

– Games Night

This is one of my favorites!! We often play games over the week, once Little Miss K has been settled for the night, so in my household this isn’t a typical one time affair, rather it’s on repeat whenever we get time. Believe it or not, we always have Catan laid our on dining table because we were play a game almost everyday!! #theaddictionisreal

– Have a Fondue Dessert

For this, you can call me fancy, but I do own a fondue set and use it quite often. Not always do we have time to go to our favorite Melting Pot, so a little dessert fondue at home is just the thing to do! If you’re a chocolate loving couple, like we are (no surprise there), you can’t go wrong with fondue!

These are some of the ideas that came to my mind for this post, but trust me there are endless opportunities when it comes to spending time / making time for your partner.

After writing this post, I am soooooooo looking forward to planning our next at-home date night and I hope you are too!! So go ahead and chill, relax and enjoy each other’s company and I shall see you in my next post. Ciao!