#FMSPHOTOADAY – WEEK 02

 Happy Sunday all you lovely people! Hope everyone is doing good ❤

Another week completed (May 8th -14th) of the #FMSPHOTOADAY challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim which I have been posting on my Instagram account.

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Here are my entries for #week02 of the challenge 😀

#FMS_SUNDAY : May 08th

Sundays are meant as cheat days for me where i can indulge myself into some waffles. I love them and have mentioned so many times – #mynewobsession . Thanks to #wafflestories

#FMS_SIGN : May 09th

Today’s word prompt is A Sign and this pic is taken while my third visit to Bangalore’s best water theme park Wonderla

#FMS_TRAVEL : May 10th

Today’s pic prompt is Travel and what better than a boarding pass and a book to keep you occupied

#FMS_TINY: May 11th

Today’s pic prompt was Tiny and i could think nothing else but my once upon a time pet guinea pig KoKo

#FMS_TEXT : May 12th

Pic Prompt – Text and i could think nothing else but letters from mom

#FMS_MIRROR : May 13th

Pic Prompt – Mirrors and this is my office lobby. I love this corner of the office 😀

#FMS_EYE : May 14th

Todays pic prompt is Eyes. And this is the expression of my maid's baby girl when she first saw herself in the camera while I tried clicking a selfie
Today’s pic prompt is Eyes. And this is the expression of my maid’s baby girl when she first saw herself in the camera while I tried clicking a selfie

And that’s it for this week’s update 🙂 😀 Have a great week ahead. Happy blogging and reading until then all of you ❤ ❤ ❤

#Reflections – my first ever #AtoZChallenge

I finally did it 🙂 In my wildest dreams I had not visualized me completing the #AtoZChallenge considering three major facts – 1. this was my first daily blogging challenge 2. April had been a roller coaster ride personally 3. I also decided to be a Minion this year for John’s Holton’s Heroes and being able to put up a #Reflection post but today as i pen down this post am feeling so overwhelmed and accomplished. I DID IT !!! 😀 😀 😀

Just sharing my achievements in terms of the Blogging Stats here it goes

Views and Stats in April

2021 Views || 866 Visitors || 607 Likes and 491 Comments ❤ ❤ ❤ To check out the complete list of my entries during the challenge click here

My #AtoZChallenge Blog Posts

I had picked up a theme which I thought would be an easy piece of cake but it’s only when I dived into the challenge I realized the depth of it. Here are my key takeaways from the challenge:

1. Preparation is a must :
Whether or not you have chosen a theme for your challenge, deciding it way before the challenge starts makes half the challenge easier. At least the 26 words that you would be using should be well jotted down from before.

2. Look and Feel of the Blog Posts:
If you have in mind to follow a particular style of font, images and other cosmetic customization to follow for your posts prepare that well in advance. Also if you could do with the draft of all your posts with these basic things like the framework all you would be left during the challenge is to post the content

3. Follow for a follow, comment for a comment:
The #AtoZChallenge is all about collaboration and networking. When so many people with so many topics have been registered for the challenge there is no point if you are just focussed on your blog alone. Try to reply to all the comments that have been posted on your blog(if not the same day but not too late either). Follow folks who have followed your blog, read their posts and leave them a comment as to what you liked about their posts. Mutual encouragement is very important during the challenge cause who doesn’t like appreciation of the hard work you put into

4. Stick to the deadline:
Ohh yeah, we are all so used to procrastinating things in life but having a deadline helps you not do it this one even more if you don’t have your posts scheduled for the challenge way before. There would be times when you’ll face the Writer’s block but don’t let is stop you from blogging. Just write even if it’s about how the writer’s block is not letting you come up with ideas but just do it.

5. Read Read and Read:
The knowledge base that is formed during each challenge is immense. One should spend more time in reading other blogs to gain knowledge in just 26 days and also do a lot of reading for your own topic if required.

Personally this challenge has helped me in lot many ways, it helped me organize and plan my posts, it made me force to think how new my next blog post could be and how better than the previous one, picking up a theme like #Emotions helped me understand each of these 26 emotions personally as I did research on them. The challenge helped me collaborate with so many old and new friends. ❤ 

I would also like to thank all the guest bloggers who took time from their blogging challenge to post on my blog and share their thought and views

Darshith for writing on Disappointment and how it’s related to over expectations. Darshith himself couldn’t finish the challenge due to some personnel emergency but he did manage to guest blog on mine. Check out his Vlogs which he had started as part of the challenge.

Ketan for taking time from his really really busy schedule and sharing his views on the emotion Empathy (more credits since he is not a blogger himself). Special thanks to Ketan who actually planted the seed of blogging and more specifically writing in me.

Vikas who gives his input on a daily basis for all the topics that i chose to write about and finally my biggest achievement to make him do a guest blog cause the blogging community needed to know an amazing writer like him. Do read his post on the emotion – Jealousy

Pratyusha is my singer blogger sister friend who sang beautifully for me on the emotion Love. Listen to her sing so amazingly and also check out her blog for more of her songs.

Jennifer is an amazing blogger and more importantly a friend now. The #AtoZChallenge brought us really close as friends. I would always wait for her comments as soon as i finish publishing my post. And during the last sprint of the challenge he accepted to do a guest blog for me on the emotion Vulnerable. We also love the same person – Brene Brown.

And finally a huge shout out to all the amazing new bloggers i met during this challenge and am sure to read more of their work during my time here in the blogging community. Thank you so much for all the comments, likes and encouragement which made me push myself to perform better with every new emotion i picked up. Congratulations on the survival ❤ 🙂

Cheryl Wright
Aura with Writing
Gail
Shalzzz
Dr Gulara Vincent
Aaliyah Zahra
Nuttie Natters
Lori Henriksen
Vinay
Vishal Bheeroo
Me in the Middle Writes

Thank you everyone once again! The challenge wouldn’t have been a pleasurable one if it wasn’t for you readers. And a huge round of applause for the people behind specially Arlee Bird this amazing blogging challenge, all the co-hosts and the minions who made such a challenging task seem so simple.

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
Heather M. Gardner
Jeremy @ Hollywood Nuts
AJ Lauer
Pam @ An Unconventional Librarian
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing

Looking forward to the next year already . 🙂 Live ❤ Love ❤ Laugh ❤

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#FMSPHOTOADAY – Week 01

Happy Sunday 😀 and HAPPY MOTHER’s DAY to all the lovely and beautiful mothers on the blog, the readers and to all your mothers too ❤

I have just finished the week #01 (from May 01st to May 07th) of the #FMSPHOTOADAY challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim which I have been posting on my Instagram account.

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Here are my entries for the week 01 of the challenge
#FMS_BLUE : May 01st

Blue always reminds me either of the sky or the sea...and I always believe our lives is just like the sky with many shades...and blue which is always there no matter what other shade comes and goes
Blue always reminds me either of the sky or the sea…and I always believe our lives is just like the sky with many shades…and blue which is always there no matter what other shade comes and goes

#FMS_ROUTINE : May 02nd

Apps that I use daily a hundred times...all tiled up on my windows phone for easy access...includes #twitter #WhatsApp #facebook #alarm #notes #messages #calls #Ola #YouTube.
Apps that I use daily a hundred times…all tiled up on my windows phone for easy access…includes #twitter #WhatsApp #facebook #alarm #notes #messages #calls #Ola #YouTube.

#FMS_N : May 03rd

#Nostalgia If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane I would walk right up to heaven and bring you back again.
#Nostalgia : If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane I would walk right up to heaven and bring you back again.

#FMS_BALL : May 04th

The lakme absolute is the only makeup I use besides the kohl and i love the packaging. It literally looks like a silver ball that is a girls best friend. So far the best I have used and would recommend everyone(specially a person like me who hates makeup this is a bliss)
The lakme absolute is the only makeup I use besides the kohl and i love the packaging. It literally looks like a silver ball that is a girls best friend. So far the best I have used and would recommend everyone(specially a person like me who hates makeup this is a bliss)

#FMS_BUTTON : May 05th

my buttons collection from my DIY hobby. Working on the art piece using buttons..on that later
my buttons collection from my DIY hobby. Working on the art piece using buttons..on that later

#FMS_AIR : May 06th

event at office balancing the balloon by tapping it with our head and not letting it touch the ground.
event at office balancing the balloon by tapping it with our head and not letting it touch the ground.

#FMS_MEANSALOT : May 07th

Todays pic prompt is "this means a lot to me" and that would definitely be my moms watch. That's gonna be with me forever. I wear it on every special occasion cause no occasion is complete without her presence ❤
Today’s pic prompt is “this means a lot to me” and that would definitely be my moms watch. That’s gonna be with me forever. I wear it on every special occasion cause no occasion is complete without her presence ❤

Week 02 begins today and would be giving my weekly update on my challenge next sunday. Loving this pic challenge cause it helps me think plus helps me learn clicking pictures which I suck at badly (Instagram filter helps 😛 love the different options and themes they have)

 

 

ECHOES – APRIL AWESOMENESS

Hello potpourriers ❤ !! How are you amazing people doing? Welcome to my Monthly Favourites post once again and am sure everyone who follows me can very well guess what was my April month like 😛 .. haha yup it was all about AWESOMENESS of #AtoZChallenge. I can’t believe I survived my first ever daily blogging challenge and now i feel as if i have nothing really to talk about .

#AtoZChallenge
First of all CONGRATULATIONS to all the people who have survived the ultimate blogging challenge. Am sure everyone must be thinking what next to do after a rigorous month of blogging, commenting, reading, brainstorming, ideas, time and management. Well rigorous would be for the ones like me who posted every single day and didn’t have any scheduled posts from before ( 😉 ) 26 days and 26 posts and a #theme like #EMOTIONS am so proud i did even more cause this was my first year into blogging and before the April month began i hardly had like 30 posts in total since i started blogging back in Aug 2015. More about the challenge to follow in the #REFLECTIONS post on May 9th, for details click here – Reflections Post Details

The #AtoZChallenge Survivor badge woohoo!!

Weekend Getaway – Yercaud
The pleasure you feel when you step out of the city borders and feel the extra amount of clean dust free oxygen to breathe in, the view of the green luscious trees and forests that soothe your eyes, the breeze that touches your face and runs through your hair while you put your head out of the car, the silence from the vehicles honking,the phone buzzing in word i would call it PEACE ❤ ❤ Once in  at least two months city folks need to head out and enjoy nature and rejuvenate themselves. Its mandatory for me cause i have been brought up in the Islands which is very peaceful and it’s all greenery all around. Infact my house looks more like a farmhouse in the middle of town. Already planning my next trip 😛

The view from my room
Thats my fav pose:P

My new obsession for Waffles
Yummmmmmm is the word!! Its awesomeness heavenly feeling when you take the first bite of the waffle. I have no idea how many waffles i have had in the month of April specially the Nutella one with brownie base and vanilla ice-cream. As i write this am already drooling about it. You can check out my review of Waffle Stories in ZomatoClick here

Nutella

 

My Balcony Garden -Spring is back
I love a small garden in my balcony, some time back when i was away for ten days all my plants had dried. In the beginning of April i had bought new set of flower plants and they are blooming every day amazingly. It also acts as a shelter for two pigeons who have made their nest and laid two eggs. I am waiting for the eggs to be hatched eagerly. 😀

There’s rose, hibiscus, aloevera

 

Back to doodling and zentangling.
Yes am back with my doodles and more of drawing and zentangles to follow in the month of May. A break from too much of writing 😛

Result of a lazy weekend when my wisdom tooth were removed and i was rest for couple of days with no scope to talk at all.

So that was pretty much my Awesome April and i am so relieved i finished the challenge finally and it’s done and dusted until April 2017 🙂 For the kind of person I am doing nothing is not me, hence for May am participating in the #FMSAPHOTOADAY challenge, for more details please check the below link and for my entries follow me on Instagram

Click here for more info on the challenge : A Photo a day challenge by Fat Mum Slim 

I have already finished day 3, follow me on Instagram to see my entries

Hoping to have an amazing May month – too many things pipelined like meeting few blogger friends (more of friends now), the upcoming Bloggers Meet in Bangalore by Indiblogger, meeting my relatives, few farewells and goodbyes which would be very hard.

P.S: It’s my mothers birthday today!!! And i miss her badly

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Live. Love. Laugh!!! Repeat!!!❤