4 Tips to Maintain a Good-Looking Beard

4 tips to maintain a good looking beard

It’s ‘No Shave November’, also known as ‘Movember’. It’s a hair-raising [literally] month where you take up the challenge to grow a beard all in the name of a good cause. Just as an added bonus, you also get to laugh at your friends for looking scruffy and growing a scraggly beard.
Anyway, for those of you who don’t know the significance of Movember, it was created as an annual event to raise awareness of men’s health issues. Like we said, it’s all for a good cause so start growing ‘em beards.

If you’re growing your beard from scratch then you need to remember these points. The beginning is always a challenge, like everything else in life, you have to fight the itch. Also, grow your beard to an inch or more before you try shaping it.

Having said that, growing a beard is not the tricky part, it’s maintaining it that’s the test.
We’ve got some handy tips for you to follow so you can build some serious facial hair creds.

Diet

You’ve heard this time and again, maintaining a balanced and healthy diet does wonders for your skin and hair. So, pack up on proteins and drink lots of water to get luscious facial hair.

Sleep

A good’s night sleep can increase your hair growth (you heard that right!). Studies have proven that sleeping more could make your beard grow faster as sleep regenerates your body cells. This shouldn’t be too hard given the nippy November weather.

Shampoo

Like the hair on your scalp, you need to use shampoo and conditioner on your beard to keep it clean and healthy. Use a moisturizing shampoo and a heavy-duty conditioner to prevent the hair from getting too wiry and brittle. To control the frizz and keep it looking shiny, you could use a lightweight oil like jojoba.

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Eat with care

This is the most important tip of all, no one likes to see your lunch on your beard. To prevent this from happening, take small bites, wipe your face often when you eat and always keep a napkin or two handy.

Beards definitely need some upkeep so if you’re up to the challenge, follow our tips. Trust us when we say, grooming is worth the effort because beards might just make the first impression.

Angry Customers

On a busy Monday afternoon, Kii had just returned from school. She was walking towards her house when she noticed something that made her stop. Just a few steps from her house, an angry customer was in the middle of a heated argument with the shopkeeper of a little tea shop. She watched them argue from a distance.

Curious little Kii was tempted to find out what happened so she decided to take a detour and go to her favourite grocery shop for some answers.

 

kii and rana

 

Uncle Rana went on to tell Kii about a theory he had once developed. Interspersed with tales of handling angry customers, Uncle Rana told Kii that one happy customer results in three potential customers. The ever-curious Kii did not let Uncle Rana stop there and enquired into the logic of his theory. Uncle Rana patiently explained to her that the word of mouth can make or break a business.

Just as Kii was about to ask another question, she noticed her mother angrily walking towards the shop. She picked up her bag, bid farewell to Uncle Rana, ran to her mother and began explaining what she had learnt today.

 

 

6 Secrets You Must Know About Lemons   

The humble lemon, found in almost every refrigerator, has many a hidden talent that can do more than just make your nimboo paani. Lemons are ideal for their Vitamin C content and that is what makes the tiny lemon a powerful fruit (yes, it is a fruit!). Vitamin C, as you all know, is an essential nutrient in the human body that helps prevent heart diseases and kidney problems. In addition to various health-related benefits, lemons have also become a popular ingredient in beauty and weight loss treatments as well.

However, there is more to the lemon, here are 6 secret ways you could use the fruit:  

Lemons for a DIY Manicure

 manicure

Girls, making your nails stronger and brighter is a struggle no more, all you need to do is buy lemons! If you’ve fought with patchy yellowish nails after applying a dark shade of nail polish, we have just the treatment for you. Squeeze ½ a lemon in a cup of warm water and dip your fingernails in the mixture for 5 minutes to rejuvenate your nails.

You won’t have to think twice before going bold with dark shades of nail paint again!

Your Cleaning Agent

No matter how much you scrub faucets and taps, the water stains just don’t seem to go away. No cleaning agent can do the job, EXCEPT the humble lemon. Cut a lemon in half and scrub the faucet with the lemon. Wash it out with water and dry with a soft cloth.

Might be handy to keep some lemons not just in the refrigerator, but in the bathroom as well 😉

Wash Out the Pesticides

Fruits and vegetables are sprayed with a number of toxic chemicals and pesticides before they reach your kitchen. Consumption of contaminated fruits and vegetables has been linked with certain medical conditions that affect the nervous system. Washing the vegetables and fruits with water might not be enough. Prepare a mixture with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons baking soda and one cup water. Put this in a spray bottle and spritz some on the veggies and then scrub out the mixture well.

Make Lemon your Personal Bodyguard

If you hate the sight of ants, spiders, bugs and the likes, the lemon can be your saviour. These insects are highly sensitive to smell, especially the smell of lemon. Spray some lemon on window sills or other nooks and corners where you might find these little insects.  

Make it your Laundryman

Don’t cry over spilt wine, oil, coffee or ketchup. Lemon, a popular ingredient in detergents, is a powerful little fruit that can help you get rid of these stains. Make a mixture of salt and lemon and apply it on fabrics that are more durable. If you’ve got a stain on a delicate fabric, gently rub some lemon juice on the stain.

Bottoms Up

When suffering from a hangover, as you vow to never drink again, help yourself to some warm water and lemon. Lemons will help re-energize your body and hydrate it, curing that torturous headache.

Well, don’t wait for life to give you lemons, just buy some! 

4 pumpkin tricks to treat yourself this Halloween

Add an extra pumpkin or two in your grocery list today because we are about to tell you 4 tricks to treat yourself this Halloween.

1. Pumpkin Face Mask

halloween face mask
You know what’s a fang-tastic home remedy for your skin? Pumpkins! Pumpkins contain natural enzymes that enhance new cell generation. They are also loaded with Vitamin E and T that help fight acne breakouts and blemishes. All you need to do is cut up a kaddu and whip up a puree for an instantly glowing skin. Here’s how you do it; boil small pieces of a pumpkin and make a thick puree. Add one tablespoon of cinnamon powder, some honey and milk to two tablespoons of this puree. Make a paste and apply it on your face before washing with lukewarm water. It will leave your skin looking boo-tiful.

2. Pumpkin-Spiced Candles


This Halloween, give your candles an outfit too. Cut open the top of a pumpkin and clean out the insides. Rub some cinnamon on the inside of a pumpkin and add few drops of an essential oil of your choice. Place a tea light inside the pumpkin and you’re all set. It’s a pretty simple trick for an aromatic treat.

3. DIY LED Pumpkin

LED pumpkin
Nothing gets more Halloween-ey than eerie pumpkin faces placed around the house.
Find yourself a large pumpkin and a carving knife to go with it. Cut open the top of the pumpkin and clean out the flesh. Unearth your spooky side and carve out the most blood-curdling monster face on the pumpkin. Give the pumpkin monster a supernatural touch by placing a string of fairy lights inside it. Light ‘em up and gear up for the goosebumps.

4. Pumpkin Soup


Here’s something that will warm your tummies and keep the nippy November air at bay. Pumpkin soup made completely from scratch, three simple steps to make your Halloween spook-takular:
Step 1: All you need to do is heat some stock or vegetable broth [2 cups], 1 onion, a sprig of thyme, a garlic clove, a few peppercorns and of course, pumpkins, two will do. Quantity of ingredients and seasoning can be to your liking depending on the number of people you want to feed. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer for half an hour. Keep the pan uncovered.
Step 2: Take the mixture off the stove and puree the soup in small batches using a blender.
Step 3: Return the mixture to the pan and bring to boil again. Voila! Your soup is ready.

Go on, cozy up to this delicious soup, you can thank us later!

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4 mouth-watering Diwali delicacies you can make at home

The festivities have begun, the city has become a tad more colourful, houses are decorated with shimmering ornamentations and the darkness of dusk is brightened by diyas. Like any other festival in India, Diwali is also incomplete without lavish preparations of food and sweets. Tables are always laid out with a selection of dry fruits and mithaai, for the next unexpected guest!

This year, add a personal touch and try your hand at preparing your favourite Diwali delicacies. You can thank us later for helping you with the first step and simplifying these 4 mouth-watering recipes:

Motichoor Laddoo

motichoor laddoo

 

Ingredients

·      2 ½ cups gram flour ·      1 tbsp cardamom seeds
·      1 ½ cups sugar ·      10 blanched and silvered almonds
·      ¼ cups milk ·      10 blanched and silvered pistachio
·      Ghee to fry ·      Orange colour as required

Recipe

Step 1 – Cook sugar with 3 cups of water to make a syrup of single thread consistency (http://www.sanjeevkapoor.com/Articles/A-guide-to-check-thread-of-sugar-syrups.html). Add milk and remove the top layer when it rises. Add colour as desired and keep the syrup aside.

Step 2 – Make a batter of gram flour with three cups of water (of pouring consistency). Add few drops of orange colour, as desired.

Step 3 – Heat sufficient ghee in a kadai. Hold a perforated spoon over the hot ghee, pour a little batter over it and pass it into the kadai to make boondis. Fry them for about 2 minutes.

Step 4 – Remove and drain the boondis thoroughly and put them into the syrup. When the boondis have absorbed all the syrup, add cardamom seeds and mix gently.

Step 5 – Divide into 25 equal portions and shape each into a laddoo.

Step 6 – Garnish with slivers of pistachios or almonds. Cool and store.

Malpua

malpua

200 gm all purpose flour 250 ml water 500 ml milk
1 tsp fennel seeds 50 gm khoya 150 gm sugar
1 tsp powdered cardamom 100 gm semolina 1 pinch saffron
1 cup ghee ½ tsp baking powder 2 tbsp chopped pistachio

Step 1 – To make the sugar syrup, place water in a pan over a medium flame. Add sugar to it and stir until it is fully dissolved. Then add two teaspoons of milk and stir again, after a few minutes remove the top layer as it rises to the top. Once the sugar syrup is thick, remove the pan from the flame and keep aside.

Step 2 – Mix flour, semolina, khoya, baking powder, fennel seeds, cardamom powder and milk. Ensure the mixture is of pouring consistency. Once the batter is ready, keep it aside for few minutes so that the flavour is evenly distributed.

Step 3 – Now heat ghee in a pan over a low flame. Pour a ladleful of the mixture and spread evenly. Cook till it is light brown on both sides. Remove the malpua and drain the excess ghee.

Step 4 – Drop the malpua in sugar syrup and allow it to soak for 10 minutes. Repeat the same with the remaining batter. Drain the malpuas from the syrup, garnish with pistachios and serve hot.

Kalakand

kalakand

 

1 tsp cardamom powder 500 gm paneer
2 heaped tbsp dairy whitener 400 gm Nestle milkmaid

Step 1 – Mash paneer coarsely and mix in the dairy whitener and Nestle Milkmaid Condensed Milk.

Step 2 – Heat the mixture in a thick bottom pan. Cook on a medium flame while stirring constantly till the mixture becomes thick and starts leaving the sides of the pan.

Step 3 – Remove from the fire and spread onto a greased plate. Sprinkle cardamom powder. Let it cool and then cut it into squares.

Gulab Jamun

gulab jamun

1 cup milk powder 1 tbsp yoghurt 1 ½ cup water
¼ cup + 2 tbsp maida 1 pinch baking soda ¼ cardamom powder
1 tsp ghee 1 tsp chopped pistachio Few drops rose water
1 tbsp milk 1 ½ cups sugar Ghee for frying

Step 1 – Mix water, sugar and crushed cardamom. Boil the mixture until it turns slightly sticky. Ensure that the consistency of the syrup is more than one thread. Add rose water and mix.

Step 2 – Mix together flour, milk powder and soda. Add 1 tbsp ghee to this mixture.

Step 3 – Make a mixture of yoghurt and milk. Add 1 ½ tbsp. of this mixture to the flour mixture. Bring the flour together to make the dough. Mould the dough into 12 to 14 balls using your hands.

Step 4 – Fry the balls in ghee until they are brown and cooked evenly. Then add them to the syrup and keep aside for three hours. Garnish with pistachio.

Is your sweet tooth tingling already? Tell us which recipe you’re going to try!

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4 Nuts to Include in Your Weight Loss Regime

best nuts

We all wish to trim those extra pounds be it around our waists or thighs, but it can be extremely different given our busy schedules and never-ending deadlines. Going to the gym or being dedicated to a workout regime can sometimes be only an aspiration. However, what most of us tend to ignore is that our food intake is equally important. Becoming fit isn’t just the result of sweating it out at the gym, but it is a combination of various factors, one of which is the food we eat.  

Coming to the food that will aid you in keeping fit, we have nuts on the top of our list.  Nuts are often an ignored food group that can be of tremendous help in your endeavour of weight loss. Nuts contain several types of nutrients that help with healthy metabolism, preventing hunger pangs resulting in weight loss.

Keep your notepads ready, here are the 4 best nuts to go lean and stay in shape:

Almondsalmonds

Ever heard of healthy fats? Almonds got them!

Almonds are loaded with unsaturated fats that help prevent weight gain and fat accumulation. A little-known fact about almonds is that it is a slow digesting nut, which curbs food cravings, making it the ideal, low-fat snack to have between the meals.

Tip – If you’re low on energy, skip those energy drinks and pop some almonds because almonds also contain minerals that help in activating energy production in our bodies.

Walnutswalnut

Walnuts AKA “brain food” are rich in unsaturated fats that help prevent fat accumulation in the abdomen region. Walnuts also contain polyunsaturated fats which help activate genes that reduce fat storage.

Tip – This weight-loss superfood also contains Vitamin B and Vitamin E that delay skin ageing and keep your skin healthy and glowing.

Pistachios pistachio

Another ‘fat’ you need in your weight-loss regime is monounsaturated fats (MUFA). If belly fat is your problem and no amount of exercise seems to do the job, try pistachios. Pistachios are loaded with MUFAs that can help you reduce belly fat in a jiffy.

Tip – Not only can pistachios help you achieve your weight loss goals but can also help manage cholesterol levels.

 Cashewscashew

The list of nutrients present in cashews is quite lengthy. Cashews are high in magnesium content which is an energy-producing nutrient. Consumption of cashews improves energy levels, thereby stopping you from binge eating on comfort food when you feel fatigued.

Tip – If insomnia is often your nightmare, eat cashews.

 

The benefits of nuts are plenty, safe to say – it’s time to go nuts.

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Time for Celebration

The school exam season had just ended and the city was preparing for Dussehra festivities. The mood of the city at this time of the year was contagious. Children played till late in the evenings without a worry in the world about homework or assignments, people had begun their annual household cleaning, shopping bags were full of new clothes and the air had in it an aroma of delicious festive food. Amidst the festive fervor, Uncle Rana noticed Kii frolicking towards him with her school bag with a sheet of paper in her hand.

 

kii and rana

 

As Kii walked home, she took note of all the festivities she was surrounded by. She was amazed by the excitement in the air and preparation for the next few festive months. What excited her more? Her vacations had just begun!  

A Cuppa a Day – 4 Reasons to Love Tea

Your morning (or evening) cup of tea is about to get a lot more refreshing. Those tiny tea leaves that uplift your mood and clear your blues are loaded with numerous health benefits.

Detoxify with Chai

A cup of green tea won’t just help you with weight loss but is also helpful in detoxifying your body. Green tea and black tea contain nutrients that prevent cell damage that can cause stroke, heart attack and memory loss. Tea is a staple in the Chinese and Japanese diet, and the occurrence of heart disease is much lower when compared to their western counterparts.

Say Tea!

Save a visit to the dentist because tea can help you get rid of plaque build-up and yellowing. Tea contains fluoride, which is found in most toothpaste to prevent tooth decay. Tea should now not only be a part of your diet, but also your dental routine.

green tea

Tea for Immunity

Tea is packed with polyphenols and flavonoids, which are anti-oxidants that help our body fight problems like the common illnesses like flu food poisoning, infections, nasal congestion etc. Now you know what to do when the common cold is in the air! These anti-oxidants also slow down the progression of cancer, diabetes, and neurological disorders.

Beauty and the Tea

Tea has anti-inflammatory properties that can clear acne and leave you with a healthy skin. It also keeps blood sugar and insulin levels in our body under control, both of which are directly related to acne outbreaks. What are you waiting for? Put on the kettle!

 

Having discussed all the benefits tea has to offer, it is important to note that chai as most people like it, with milk, does not provide the same benefits. Milk negates all the benefits of tea, blocking the functions of the anti-oxidants, leaving your cup of tea with no real health benefits.

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Make lemon iced green tea with basil seeds:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e7-bNxY2_4 

 

Raining Cats and Dogs

One cloudy evening, Uncle Rana and Kii sat at his shop watching the events of a thunderstorm unfold. As dark clouds overshadowed the blue skies of Bangalore and the monsoon winds made the weather chilly, Uncle Rana transcended into a mood of reminiscence. He was not devoid of a keen audience as Kii eagerly listened to Uncle Rana’s tales from the good old days.

 

 

As they both had a hearty laugh about it raining cats and dogs, Uncle Rana began to tell Kii stories about the monsoons back in his village, how the children raced their paper boats and how they sometimes spotted peacocks dance on terraces.