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Mooi Naturals Baby Care products: A Review

Mooi Naturals Baby Care products: A Review

I have a confession to make.

I’ve never really spent too much time taking care of myself or my skin. For one thing, I’m fairly lazy about it. Honestly, the time it takes to moisturise and exfoliate is not something I do well. Plus, given my issues with urticaria and general dryness in the often cold and wintry climes of Bangalore, I’ve never found the urge to follow a routine religiously.

This isn’t new, by the way. I’ve been like this for as long as I can remember. Ask anyone who knew me from back in college or school and they’d nod and tell you that they’ve rarely seen me investing in a skin care regimen.

On the other hand, I’ve been a tad more concerned when it comes to Gy pretty much from Day 1. Given the maternal instinct and perhaps a bit of worry that she may inherit my urticaria/dryness, I’ve tried to get her to follow a routine of sorts. But kids only follow what they observe, not what you instruct. So after a bit of a struggle, I gave up and told her to do what she could when she remembered to do it.

So when Mooi Naturals reached out to ask me if I could review their Baby Care products, I hesitated for two reasons:

  1. We’ve already established that I’m not very committed to the skin care routine.
  2. I don’t have a baby at home. Well, Gy will always be my baby but you know what I mean.

Brushing aside both concerns, they assured me that the products could be used by older kids and adults as well. So I hopped over to their website and read up on what this meant exactly and here’s what I discovered.

What Mooi Naturals promises:

  1. 100% natural products
  2. Completely vegan ingredients
  3. Scent free, keeping baby’s tender skin in mind
  4. No artificial colours
  5. Not tested on animals

My Experience

Impressed, I agreed to check out the baby care line, because you can never be too safe with kids. Promptly, they sent across this adorably packaged set of items which contained the following:

  1. Lavender Chamomile Baby Soap
  2. Rosemary baby hair treat oil
  3. Talc-free lavender rose baby powder
  4. Baby almond lotion
  5. Baby diaper rash cream with tea tree essential oil

When Gy walked in the door from school, she was drawn by the colours on the box and then meticulously she checked each item to see what they were. I didn’t pay much heed because she does this with everything new anyway.

To my surprise though, she insisted on trying out the products (except for the diaper rash cream) from the very next day! The pleasant, natural aroma of each item was tempting enough for me to try them out too.

Lavender Chamomile Baby Soap:

BabySoap

This feels very soft on the skin and doesn’t leave it feeling dry after use. I’m guessing the chamomile and lavender have a role to play in this aspect. The aroma is very soothing and quite unlike any of the chemical ones you get in store-brought soaps. Read another user’s review here.

Rosemary baby hair treat oil:

BabyHairOil

We recently got Gy a crop cut, thanks to the influence of the movie ‘Dangal’ (a story for another day) and in a way it’s been a relief! I don’t find myself rushing about in the mornings worrying about tying/combing her hair. It’s made her very self reliant too since she brushes her hair herself now. The hair oil came to her aid since it gently nudges the stiff ends into place and gives her a groomed look. Plus, she loves the way it feels on her head.

 

Talc-free lavender rose baby powder

NonTalc

This was honestly one thing I never thought would be used because I’ve never used much powder on Gy. To my surprise though, she gently pats it out onto her palms and dabs it on her neck each day. I swear she’s not got it from me!  This item has some interesting ingredients such as arrow root powder, kaolin clay, rose clay and lavender buds. The lavender smell is very soothing and pleasant to the olfactory senses.

Mooi Naturals affirms that the talcum is chemical free and has the goodness of Mother Nature. The presence of kaolin clay helps to absorb excess moisture and relieves excess sweating.

Baby almond lotion

AlmondLotion

Unlike other lotions in the market, this item has a very interesting consistency. If you are familiar with cocoa butter which is generally used for managing stretch marks among pregnant woman, then you’d understand. Interestingly, though, this has no cocoa butter but a combination of natural oils which gives you the texture.

The lotion is thick and spreads comfortably across the skin, leaving it feeling smooth and soft to touch. The presence of Vitamin E, sweet almond and lavender essential oils make for a soothing effect on the skin.

Baby diaper rash cream with tea tree essential oil

DiaperCream

Mooi Naturals affirms that this is their best-selling product in their entire baby care range and with good reason too! Moms looking for a natual, chemical-free solution for their baby’s diaper rashes will be thrilled with this item. Here’s what another user had to say about the cream.

With each application,the goodness of natural ingredients did help heal my baby’s nappy rashes and made the skin incredibly soft. I always prefer to go with natural products than with chemical laden products.

~Lakshmi Deepthi, Mom

As mentioned, this is the one item which we haven’t used personally. I’ve kept it aside to give to my sister who has a 7-month-old baby at home. She’s pretty particular about using natural products too on the kids so I’m sure she’d like this range of items.

Where you can order: Buy from their website at Mooi Naturals to either gift your friends or to buy for yourself.

What else do they have? They have an entire range of natural products that cater to men, women and kids. These include face care, body care, eye care, lip care, hair care and aromatherapy kits.

Where can you find out more about them?

Follow them on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

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MyPedia Review – A complete learning solution

MyPedia Review – A complete learning solution

Pearson has been a global leader in the books space and they are slowly expanding into various other areas of academic interest. The MyPedia programme is a comprehensive one that covers everything that will cater to students, academicians, teachers and parents.

Earlier this month, the MyPedia team invited me to a presentation on the core concepts that make up their vision to make learning both fun and interactive. Mr. Ujjwal Singh, head of MyPedia, engaged with us and patiently answered every query we had on the various aspects of this programme.

MyPedia Featured Image, Shailaja V, Doting Mom

What MyPedia involves:

MyPedia is a complete learning solution. From providing textbooks that include concepts to a home-based app that allows parents to review their children’s performance, it’s got everything you’d need.

Students benefit by learning at a pace that is comfortable for them. Teachers are trained in the material as well as understanding the assessment rubric and learn to work with the students and the parents in a collaborative manner. Parents are directly in touch with the student’s rate of learning.

MyPedia, Properties, Doting Mom

MyPedia works with schools within the curriculum framework (currently CBSE) and figure out a universal learning programme that will help their students aspire to the best of their potential. Their aim is five-fold:

  1. To provide integrated learning tools within a classroom
  2. To help build stronger concepts and skills instead of rote learning
  3. To loop parents actively into the learning process
  4. To address remedial learning challenges a student might face
  5. To enable love for learning that goes beyond classrooms

How it’s different:

Whereas other learning tools  take care of one issue, MyPedia attempts to harness them all under one umbrella. So, instead of getting the textbooks from a vendor, a training programme from another, an assessment rubric from a third person, MyPedia combines it all in a single package.
MyPedia, Advantages, Doting Mom
These kids, parents and teachers seem to enjoy the MyPedia programme a good deal, as the video testifies:

What I liked about it:

  • Active parental involvement: The home app on the parent’s phone is the best way to track exactly what your kid is learning at school. Real-time feedback from the teacher gives the parent an individualised report and tailored remarks on the child’s performance.
MyPedia, App, Doting Mom, Shailaja
 
  • Helps all kinds of learners: Gy is a visual learner, as I have mentioned before on this blog. Mr.Ujjwal Singh very neatly pointed out the way classroom assessment typically works. A child who is good at writing may score very well in a written assessment. However, a child who is better at speaking or play acting may score low on the writing scale. MyPedia helps to balance out the scoring and awards children based on their individual strengths. Teachers then work with the specific concepts in the grading rubric and assess how to help each child develop their complete potential.
MyPedia, Assessment, Rubric, Doting Mom, Shailaja
 

Questions I had:

  • Screen time for kids: I’ve always been very conscious about keeping gadget time at home to an absolute minimum, especially for kids below the age of 12. The MyPedia app’s videos are all short and play for a limited time, say, about 5 minutes overall.
 
  • How many schools have adopted it? Pearson says that over 250 schools across India currently implement the MyPedia programme and are very happy with the way it is shaping the way kids learn.
  • How do they manage teacher training? Pearson has specific teacher-training programmes for every school that adopts the MyPedia module. The interesting thing is that they do follow-up sessions once in 3 or 6 months as the learning curves vary across schools. This helps them assess any loopholes in the material or the pedagogy and address them efficiently.
 

If you think you or your school would be interested in the MyPedia programme, contact them here.

DISCLAIMER: I was privileged to be among four bloggers invited to attend a closed conference on the MyPedia learning management tool developed by Pearson. The views expressed in this post are my own. 

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Book review- Draupadi: The Fire-Born Princess

Book review- Draupadi: The Fire-Born Princess

Today, I will be showcasing a current household favourite by writer and blogger, Saraswati.

V and I were voracious readers, growing up and I am glad to see that Gy seems to be picking up the reading habit too. Currently, she is captivated by stories of Indian mythology and keeping this in mind, V took her to a bookstore to pick out books for her last birthday.

It was then that they chanced upon Draupadi: The Fire-Born Princess, a graphic novel  written by Saraswati Nagpal and illustrated by Manu.

Although the story of the Mahabharata is a familiar one, what makes this book different is the perspective. It is narrated in the first person and through the eyes of the protagonist, Draupadi.

In a very unique manner, the writer uses the non-linear narrative approach. She begins the story at the end of the tale, with Draupadi walking towards her mortal end. As she looks up and sees her husbands ahead of her, her mind flashes back to the time that she was a princess, her courtship, her life as a queen, the humiliation at the hands of a monster, the agony of exile, the poignant strength she exhibited in the war and the way she dealt with each and every one of those roles.

How does she react to all of the above? With revenge? With compassion? With subdued defiance?

That is what the book covers with fluidity and ease.

Draupadi is depicted as a dark, peerless beauty and that is one of my favourite things about the book. There is, sadly, an obsession with fairness of skin and its equation to beauty in the current, media-controlled scenario. To see a woman be glorified for her strength of character and her humanity is far more beautiful, in my opinion, than the transient physical beauty we can view.

What makes the book stand out:

  • The first page has a simple, yet attractive family tree which traces the lineage of the Kuru clan from Manu, the progenitor till Pareekshit. My daughter knows the relationships between the characters exceedingly well, thanks to this feature.
  • The book has an appeal that cuts across age barriers. If my seven-year-old daughter is drawn to the book, I wouldn’t say that holds much credence. But, when my husband and my mother-in-law also picked up the book and couldn’t put it down, I knew this one was a winner.
  • Its  comic-book format is a huge plus when it comes to introducing your child to reading Mythology. My daughter started out with the Amar Chitra Katha series and progressed to this one seamlessly.
  • The illustration is bewitchingly beautiful and does complete justice to the gripping narration. Nuanced strokes and bold, sharp lines bring out the fire and passion that embody Draupadi’s nature. Manu is an illustrator to look out for, in the coming years.
This is Saraswati’s second book in the graphic novel genre, the first being Sita: Daughter of the Earth.

You can read more about the author here and check out other books in the Campfire series here.

A more detailed review of Draupadi can be found at this link.

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