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Path to Sainthood 

#Saint Teresa of Calcutta

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DIY green tea blackheads remover scrub 

​Hello beautiful ladies 

Blackheads as we all know can be very irritating as it makes the area of the skin look and feel very rough. Steaming, blackhead removing scrubs, parlour clean ups etc. Can be very time consuming and expensive and after doing all this the blackheads keep appearing again and again.

Using harsh scrubs every day could be very damaging to skin. So this is a very easy-pezee DIY that you can try to get rid of blackheads effectively and in the comfort of you own home. All you need are some dried  green tea leaves. 

Directions: 

Wet the area of the face having blackheads(mostly it is the nose) with warm water.

Use your favourite face wash to clean the area so as to remove all the dirt and oil.

Use a hot water compress (take a small hand towel and dip it in hot water for 2-3 mins) on the area for a few minutes.

Take a pinch of freshly brewed green tea leaves and start rubbing it slowly on the area with small circular movements.

Keep doing this for about 4-5 mins. Once done wash the area with cold water and rub the area with a small ice cube.

Moisturize the area with your favourite moisturizer.

And your done.

This scrub is all natural and does not contain any chemicals, also this scrub is gentle and can be used everyday for better results. Though gentle it works like magic when dealing with stubborn blackheads.

So if you’re suffering from blackheads please give this remedy a try and let me know if this has worked for you or not.

Thanks for reading 

Have a nice day……

Posted in Beauty

DIY green tea face cleanser for smooth and glowing skin.

​Hello lovely ladies..

Today I will be sharing with you all a very simple DIY or you can say a small trick to have smooth and glowing skin every morning. So please keep  reading…


All you need for this DIY is you favourite morning cleanser, preferably any cleanser which is creamy and some dried green tea leaves. 

(Tip : brew up some green tea to have it in the morning as soon as you wake up as this boost metabolism and use the same leaves in the cleanser)
I have dried up some green tea leaves and I’m  using my favourite face wash.

Directions:

All you got to do now is take a pinch of the green tea leaves and mix in a drop of your favourite cleanser in it. 

Wash your face first with some warm water, take a small portion of this cleanser and wash your face like you would normally do using circular movements for 2-4 mins.

Add in more of the prepared cleanser as an when required.

Focus on areas of the skin which have pimples, blemishes, acne scars or any other pigmentation.

Wash your face with cold water and pat dry.

My experience:

My skin is normal with just an oily T-zone. However I have many blemishes and acne marks from my previous acne break out. The first time I used this, I  noticed that my T-Zone area remained dry for really long time, my face got a very natural glow also instantly my blemishes and the old-red acne marks appeared to be less visible.

I do this every morning and I found that besides making my skin glow it also makes my skin super smooth every morning. 



So that’s it. If you too want a smooth and glowing skin every morning than do try out this simple trick and you want be disappointed with it.


Thank you for reading.

Posted in Food

Recipe of the day

​Chicken fusion

Hello everyone 

Today I’m going to share with you all yet another recipe I tried today. This recipe however is not my own creation but, it is adapted from the very famous chilli chicken. I tried to make this recipe more tasty and healthy including a lot of veggies and less use of oil where ever required. So if you would like to try out this recipe please keep on reading.

Ingredients:           servings: 8-10

For marination: 

750 gms full chicken with bones (can also opt for boneless)

4 tbsp. ginger garlic paste 

2 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper 

2 tbsp. finely chopped green chillies

2 tsp red food colouring 

1.5 cup corn flour

2 tbsp. soya sauce

2 tsp white vinegar

2 tsp red chilli powder

1 tbsp. freshly chopped curry leaves 

Salt to taste

Vegetable oil for deep frying 

For the dish:

2 tbsp. chopped ginger & garlic 

2 tbsp. vegetable oil 

1 tbsp. finely chopped green chill 

1 tbsp. curry leaves

½ cup tomato sauce 

¼ cup soya sauce

3 tbsp. Green chilli sauce 

2 large onions cut into cubes

2 large capsicum cut into cubes

2 large carrots cut into juliennes.

2 cups cabbage cut into cubes

Salt to taste 

1 tbsp. Freshly ground black pepper 

1 tsp. red chilli powder

3 tbsp. Corn flour

½ cup water


Directions:

Clean and cut the meat into small pieces of 2”. Mix in all the ingredients for marination with the chicken and set it aside for 45 mins.

Heat oil in a wok (once the oil is hot enough throw in a few curry leaves this will add flavour)

Fry the marinated chicken pieces in small batches till they are slightly brown in colour yet crispy and place them on a tissue paper.

Now in a separate wok heat up 2 tbsp. Of oil, add the chopped ginger and garlic fry it for 30 secs.

Next add the curry leaves and thee green chillies and stir fry for 1 min 

Add in the onions and stir fry it till the onions turn slightly transparent.

Once the onions have turned transparent add in all the veggies and give a good stir.

Cover the wok with a lid and turn the flame to medium and let the veggies cook for 3-4 mins.(do check the veggies as you don’t want them to turn too soft)

Next add in the soya sauce, green chillie sauce, tomato sauce, ground black pepper, red chillie powder and salt. Give a good stir.

Mix in the water and corn and make a slurry. Pour this into the wok, keep the flame on high  and stir continuously till everything is well combined  and the water-corn flour slurry has thickened.

And your done. You can serve it with rice, roti, chapatti, fried rice, naan or anything that you would like to, its such a versatile side dish.

Thanks for reading…

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Assumption of mother Mary 

The Assumption of Mary into Heaven, often shortened to the Assumption was the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. The Assumption is celebrated every year worldwide on 15th of August.  

India is very lucky to celebrate the Assumption of Mary along with the Independence day celebration every year.

However, Goa has a very cultural side for celebrating this day. Today on these duel celebration day, I  bring to you a small glimpse as to how Goa celebrates the Assumption of Mary like no other.

Happy reading….

As 15th August is annually declared as a government holiday on the occasion of India’s independence day, it is very much as an obligation for every Indian citizen to attend the flag hoisting ceremony. Also it is mandatory for a catholic to attend mass and celebrate the Assumption of Mary. This feast is often referred to as ‘konnsachem fest’ or ‘Novidade’. This celebration is also marked with the blessing and offering of the first sheaves of corn in various churches in Goa.

The preparation for this day in terms of making the yummy sweets probably starts a few days before, where the mummies and the grannies of the house buy the local Goan toddy and jaggery, pluck the tender coconuts, soak the brown rice and later make a fine paste out it. All that seems to be a task right? But its a tradition which is past down from generations to generation.

The sweets that are prepared  on this day are made of rice which is the staple food of Goa,  grated coconut and jaggery being the sweeteners. The three most famous and favourites sweets are pattoleo, holle and shirvodeo. 

Everyone young and old enjoy these lovely sweets as its only on the occasion of Novidade that Goans get a chance to enjoy these sweet dishes.

However preparation and enjoying sweet dishes ain’t the only way of celebrating Novidade. Different parishes across Goa organises various programmes for the young and the old. Various competitions like tie breaker, running race, rope skipping, coconut breaking (which is the most famous among rural villages), patriotic singing competition  etc. are organised.  Its a day of get together for everyone.

Well this was all about how this beautiful and a miraculous day is celebrated in Goa.

Thanks for reading…

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India celebrates its 70th Independence day 

On 15th August 1947, India  attained independence following an Independence Movement, which compromised mostly of civil disobedience and non-violence. Prominent revolutionaries such as Mahatma Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Lala Lajpat Rai, Chandrasekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel etc. took part in the uprising against the British which ultimately led to India’s freedom.
On 15 August 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru, became the first Prime Minister of India and raised the Indian national flag above the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. It was on this day Nehru delivered his very famous speech “Tryst with destiny”.

On the occasion of India’s independence day every year the President of India delivers the “Address to the Nation”, the prime minister hoists the Indian flag on the ramparts of the historical site of Red Fort in Delhi. Twenty-one gun shots are fired in honour of the occasion. This day is declared as a holiday and is observed throughout India with flag-hoisting ceremonies, parades and cultural events, schools and government offices distribute sweets but no official work is done.

On 15th August 2016 India  is celebrating its 70th independence day. As a mark of respect all school’s, colleges, offices etc. will be organising flag hoisting ceremony to  pay tribute and remember all the freedom fighters who had contributed a lot and fought for the Independence of India.


On this wonderful occasion I call all my fellow Indian brothers and sisters to come and celebrate the free spirit of India. May this Independence Day Fill your life with happiness and prosperity.


Happy Independence day.


Jai Hind….


Love cutieblogger.

Posted in Health

Nature’s Basket……pick of week

Water:

Nature has blessed the living and the non living community with an amazing commodity in the form of water. All of us know the general properties of water like it is odourless, tasteless, colourless etc etc etc. Also we know that consuming adequate amounts of water aids in overall improvements in our health.

Here are a few essential benefits of drinking adequate amounts of water:

Helps in digestion and prevents constipation: 

Water improves the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract aiding in digestion and preventing  constipation. Drinking sufficient water, boosts metabolism and helps the body properly break down food. Warm water, in particular, is good for digestive health.

Weight loss: 

Drinking water prior to meals can help suppress appetite, as it fills the stomach and reduces the tendency to eat more, hence water support weight loss efforts. It also helps increase the rate at which the body burns fat cells.

Flushing out toxins: 

Water is an excellent detoxifier, it helps flush out toxins from the body and get rid of waste through sweat and urine. It also increases kidney function and reduces kidney stones by diluting the salts and minerals in urine that cause kidney stones.

Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good: 

Dehydration makes skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration. Water helps in maintaining the optimum skin moisture and essential nutrients to the cells. It also helps in replenishing skin elasticity.

Reduces water retention:

Drinking sufficient amounts of water helps in reducing water retention.


So basically water is necessary for our entire human system to function and maintain itself properly. And we should  drink sufficient water needed by our body everyday. 


Now the question that arises is how much water is needed for our body to carry out its functions properly.

Many health authorities and experts recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 liters of water per day. However a person can drink as much water he/she wants as and when he/she feels thirsty.


Tips to incorporate more water in your diet.

Start you day with a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon squeezed in it.

Keeping a personal water bottle nearby, may be while at work or out at shopping can help in keeping a track of the amount of water consumed.

Incorporating fruits and vegetables which are rich in water like watermelon, cucumber etc. 

Replacing flavoured and soda beverages with water every time you feel thirsty.

Keeping a reminder: I know it sounds really stupid but keeping a reminder on your cell phone can help in reminding and remembering to drink water at regular intervals.

So drink lots of water to keep yourself healthy and happy, As we all know health is happiness.

Thanks for reading…







Posted in Beauty

Red and Gold glitter nail art

This is a very easy to do nail art design.

All you need is:

Base coat 

red nail polish

gold nail polish 

Gold glitter

However this nail art can also be done with any colours of your choice.
 Steps:

Start with applying a base coat,  as this will prevent the natural nail from staining. 

Next apply a single layer of the red nail polish as shown in the picture 

Next apply the gold nail polish to the remaining parts of the nails as shown in the picture 

Draw crisscross lines with the red nail polish on the area painted with the gold nail polish and complete the design by applying  the gold glitter as shown

Finish by applying a transparent top coat. And your done.

Posted in Travel

Monsoon Trekking 

​Hello everyone

My today’s post is all about monsoon trekking with reference to Goa. 

Happy reading…… 

Goa is the smallest state of India, and it is popularly known for its beaches and rich Portuguese Heritage. Each year thousands of foreign as well as local tourist flock to Goa. Its not just the beaches that attract tourist, but a wide range of adventurers activities that are getting popular day by day.

Monsoon trekking is one of them. Goa unlike most of us know, is gifted with beautiful waterfalls. Dudhsagar, kuskem, Netravalli, Savri, Harvalem are a few to name. 

In recent times, trekking has gained immense attention in higher secondary schools and college academic adventure activities, where treks are been organised by schools and colleges. This is not just done for fun and enjoyment but to make students aware of the scenic beauty of Goa. Also there are many tourist travel Services which arrange treks to various locations in Goa.

I must say that I’m very fortunate and lucky that I got such opportunities to attend treks during my college days.

Waterfalls visited by me: 

Kuskem waterfall:         

This was the first ever waterfall visited by me. It was nearly 6 years back and I still very much remember about it. Kuskem waterfall is located in south Goa in the Canacona taluka. It is situated about 20Km from Cotigaon wildlife sanctuary. It is best visited during rainy season as it runs dry during summer’s. The trekking distance from the entrance of the sanctuary to the waterfall is quite long, however its not rocky or a difficult terrain to trek on.
Mainapi falls:

Mainapi falls is one of the two waterfalls located in Netravalli wildlife sanctuary. It is also one of the most difficult waterfall treks of Goa, with very uneven and steep terrains. One needs to be extremely careful while walking these terrains. However no  major accidents have been recorded.
Paikdev waterfall:

The Paikdev waterfalls is located at Dudhal-Kalay in Sanguem. This waterfall is not well known as it is kept as a  well guarded secret by the local residents nearby, as this is their only water source. However, this waterfall is easily accessible and one does have to trek for long hours. 
Bamanbudo waterfall:

Located in Cancona taluka of Goa this waterfall is easily accessible and is very famous among the locals during summers as well as rainy season. No trekking required and hence risk factor is low. 
Savri falls:

Savri falls is located in the Netravalli wildlife sanctuary. The distance required to be covered in order to reach the falls is also much less than that of the Mainapi falls.
However I’m yet to explore other famous waterfalls of Goa like Dudhsagar, Harvalem etc and I’m looking forward towards it.

Requirements during a Monsoon trek:
Well since it is in the monsoon season a raincoat is a must, you can’t be trekking with an umbrella can you ?

A bag which is light and waterproof will certainly take care of all your belongings.

A water bottle is a must, though in the rains you hardly do feel that thirsty after miles of trekking but still you don’t want to take any chance.

You need to carry some light lunch, like may a few sandwiches or biscuits of your choice.

A good pair of trekking shoes will never let you down, avoid slippers or any other fancy footwear.

Comfortable clothing: wearing something which is trek friendly is advisable, avoid wearing tight jeans pants, short pants etc.

First aid kit 


So this was a small post on a few waterfalls which I have visited, along with the necessary requirements needed for a fun filled trekking experience.


Thank you for reading.



Posted in Health

Nature’s Basket…pick of the week 

Chickpeas: 

Chickpeas are known for their high protein and fibre content. They also contain several key vitamins like K & C as well as  minerals like iron, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc which are known to benefit human health. 

Chickpeas have been associated with a number of possible health benefits for medical conditions like diabetics, blood pressure, constipation, digestion and bowel regulation, bone health, weight management and many more.

Since chickpeas are rich in fibre and dietary fibres are considered as an important factor in weight management. These compounds increase satiety and reduce appetite, making you feel fuller for longer and thereby lowering your overall calorie intake.

Here’s a simple recipe to incorporate chickpeas in your diet

Chickpea chaat:

Ingredients required:

1 cup chickpeas

¼ cup finely chopped onion

¼ cup finely chopped tomatoes 

1 tbsp. finely chopped green chillies

¼ tsp red chillie powder

3 tbsp. finely chopped coriander.

Freshly ground black pepper 

Salt to taste

1-2 tsp vinegar or lime juice.

1 tsp vegetable or olive oil 

Directions:

Soak the chickpeas over night. Next morning drain the water and cook the peas in a pressure cooker with water and little salt, till they are cooked but not very soft.

Mix in cooked chickpeas along with all the above ingredients and give it a good stir till everything is well combined.

Serve as a salad, snack or if your looking towards weight loss than the chickpea chaat can entirely be you meal for lunch or dinner.

CHAAT: is a term describing savory snacks, typically served at road-side tracks from stalls or food carts in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. With its origins in Uttar Pradesh, chaat has become immensely popular in the rest of South Asia.