How many of us have picked up cutesy slogan T’s on our trips abroad or even as far as Goa for that matter? The choices are few and far between unless you chose from commercial brands that aren’t very original. It’s fun to be gimmicky with the kids and a lot of moms and daughters get to dress alike but where does that leave poor daddy?
Shilpi actually has the answers to all these queries and quandaries. She is the founder of
Lil’me Tees and they do something you don’t even have to travel for. They custom make and home deliver slogan Tees for dads and kids (babies too!). The choices are downright funny and pretty tongue in cheek, and Shilpi has promised that she will add to the options on a regular basis. I got us sizes M for daddy and 4-5 years for princess, our Tees read – Gimme Beer and Gimme Milk and we love them! The fabric is sporty and airy which has helped the T-shirt retain its shape after a couple of washes. Both daddy and daughter found them very comfortable. The latest fad that has followed the Lil’Me Tees dress up is cycling together – very, very cute! These tees make great gifts for dads to be and should be a staple on Father’s Day. Nice to see daddys dress up!
Choose from a variety of slogans on their website or you could mail them your own words. Lil’ me Tee’s one liners are sure to bring a smile to the daddy-baby duo wearing the Tees and everyone who walks past them
Summer is over, the kids are back in school, attacking homework, putting aside paintbrushes and shin guards. But that doesn’t mean that the creative pursuits they went after in the holidays should languish.
Here is a wonderful and highly unusual theatre workshop for kids called Sandbox (that whole idea of digging in and making something out of nothing), that takes place over
a month, three times a week. Run by the inventive and improv-happy Tadpole Repertory, your child will unleash imagination and physicality, and have a blast doing
it. In the words of the organisers, Sandbox is ‘a programme about digging into familiar ideas to build fascinating stories. ’ Theatre workshops have become a dime a dozen, but very few challenge children to expand their limits.
In this programme ‘children use theatre games and improvisation, arts and crafts, and movement, music and voice to explore fundamental ideas from science, history, geography, and current events. They experience these concepts not only intellectually, but physically, emotionally, imaginatively and personally.’
My friend Mala’s
son has been doing workshops with this group for a few years and he just loves them. To them, the process is as important as the performance at the end – and really- that’s what theatre is all about.
SANDBOX, for 6 – 12 year olds; 29 July – 23 August | every Wednesday, Friday & Sunday
At Ambience First Steps, Hauz Khas Enclave
Call +91 9818407906 or +91 9811392916; or email email@example.com
Costs Rs. 8000 per child
If like me, you’re the parent of a very young child, you will have undoubtedly discovered the ridiculous ease of online shopping. My debit cards and I are regular visitors on a large variety of shopping sites that range from organic vegetables to fashion, atta-daal monthly rations to kitchen appliances to, naturally, kidstuff.
When Mummy Knows Best started off, there were literally just a couple of websites for children’s products. Now, the ecommerce revolution has ensured that there is a huge choice, but that can be overwhelming! To help you navigate this space, we’re doing a small series of reviews of online shopping sites for kids.
Starting off, there is WWW.HOPSCOTCH.IN.
Daily sales on this very good site feature everything kid-related, much of it imported from the US and Europe. I have bought onesies, food bowls and silicon spoons, educational and fun toys, shoes, and a few funky kitchen tools from them. They even had a sale of very good strollers – Bugaboos and Mclarens galore, but the delivery time was too long for me. So the trick is to plan ahead and keep checking for the sales that are relevant to you.
Price wise it’s mid to high end, but I find the choice of products very diverse, aesthetically sound and the quality very good. When the sales are of Indian-made products, the pricing is actually very competitive. I especially like the clothing: one gets tired of buying from Mothercare, spending fair amount, and then having every other kid in town wearing the same outfits! The user interface is friendly and easy on the eye and the packaging when you receive your courier is not too plasticky or excessive- important things in my book.
Of course, like all online shopping, there are glitches. The good thing is that the Hopscotch team is very approachable and also very quick to sort out your issues should you have any. Also, the delivery time is a bit
long – 3-5 weeks if the products are from out of the country, which can be a bit painful especially if your child is under 1 and when even 3 weeks can mean a substantial change in size.
If you believe in sustainability in your own life, why not bring it into your children’s lives as well? Here’s a list of ways you can go green with your kids:
Naty: this brand asserts that its diapers (eco-nappies) and wipes are totally biodegradable- 100% eco.
Rustic Arts Laundry: their home made clothes detergent for kids is chemical free and made of a gentle blend of
lemon and neem.
Bumgenius: forget the guilt of environmentally toxic diapers and the old alternative of endless cloth nappies by using this clever system of cloth-based nappy covers with soft
washable inner pads. See our review of this and other brands here
Himalaya Baby products: no parabens or other chemicals, just natural ingredients that are really really good for baby and infant skin and hair (and yours too!)
First Bites: rice, daal, ragi and other baby-friendly first foods, fully organic and with very little sugar content.
These are just some of the things I use, but there are lots of other products you can find around you. Local is the best way to go. Google the nearest organic veggies store, research where you can get farm fresh, organic milk and eggs, and corn-fed chicken. Buy
organic rice, dals and poha. Live clean and let your kids have the benefit of healthy foods and a low carbon footprint too!
Naty- available at Mothercare stores
Rustic Arts Little Laundry- available online at naturalmantra.com
Bumgenius – available on Amazon.in
Himalaya Products- at any big chemist or department store
First Bites- online at Naturalmantra.com
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