A Mom On A Mission – Reframing the “Mom Guilt” conversation

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Three weeks ago, I had my first outing as a new mom. With the baby at home with Nani (grandma), I attended an event with Inc. Magazine celebrating fashion disruptors in Southeast Asia. Even though I planned well in advance to be away from home and made sure Baby Aadhav was well taken care of, I still felt pangs of guilt that I was leaving my little one. Since then, I’ve been out a few other times and still get the same feelings. Chatting with other moms, I realized that “Mom Guilt” is a very normal thing. While I understand that I have to start leaving the house (more than just to get my eyebrows done), it’s still hard for me to not feel guilty when I do. Over the weekend, I took my mom to Singapore’s Little India for sightseeing and yummy chaats (Indian appetizers). We all agreed it was best to leave the baby at home since Little India, right before the Diwali festivities, is extremely crowded. Over chole batura and chai, I shared with my mom how it’s been so emotionally tough to leave the baby. My mom assured me that my feelings are normal but then said something I didn’t expect. She told me I needed to reframe how I was thinking. Having raised my sister and me on her own, my Mom had to balance raising us while supporting our family. She said that she too felt guilty working long hours and being away from home – but she was on a “mission” to give us the best life possible. That mission drove her to raise her two daughters, excel in her career, and be a pillar in our community with all her energy and heart. Now when I do have to leave Baby Aadhav, I tell myself I am on a mission – to give my baby the best life possible. Whether I am leaving for a meeting, workout, even a quick grocery trip – I tell myself I am on a mission! Now I feel more energy when I am out, get things done quicker, and feel stronger both emotionally and physically. I do still give Baby Aahdav tons of hugs and kisses when I get home but from the smiles and giggles – I don’t think he minds. I put together a list of things have helped me reframe my feelings of “mom guilt”. I  would love to hear your experience dealing with “mom guilt” in the comments section below!

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Social and Style Featured in The Business Times!

// Social and Style Featured in The Business Times! //

So excited to share my full-page feature in The Business Times! It’s such an amazing feeling to be recognized as one of Singapore’s top “mom” influencers. When the idea first came to me to start a blog, all sorts of negative thoughts followed. You are too old, not cool enough, and far from the picture perfect influencers I saw on social media. In the beginning, I was hesitant to share photos of myself and didn’t even tell anyone I had a blog for almost a month. Scrolling through my social media feeds, most of the influencers I saw were in their teens and 20s. I couldn’t really relate to them and wanted to see more women like me – in their 30s doing everyday things. I knew there was a gap and I wanted to help change that. Deciding to start blogging in my 30s was not easy. Taking photos, writing content, and sharing on social media takes a lot of time, effort, and dedication. There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes.  When The Business Times approached me to be a part of their feature , I was excited to share my experience! For me, blogging isn’t about the glitz and glam – it’s about sharing everyday stories that readers can relate to. It’s been such an amazing journey and I have you to thank! “My followers make me feel like they are on this ride with me, and I feel their excitement when I share these moments with them,” – Check out the rest of the article here!

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Celebrating One Month with Baby Aadhav!

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On Saturday, we celebrated Baby Aadhav’s One Month Birthday. I can’t believe it’s been a month since I held my beautiful baby for the first time. The days really do go by so fast with a little one. These last four weeks have been the most beautiful, amazing, intense time of my life. Thankfully Aadhav makes it easy for us. As we get the hang of parenting, I’ll be sharing all the ups, downs, burps, and laughter with you. As a new mom, I’m learning so much, making mistakes, and trying to be the best mom I can be. Some days are better than others, but each day fills me with joy when I see Aadhav smile, grow, and experience the world for the first time. Everyday is different and everyday I feel more confident as a mom. I’ve also learned how important it is to have a support system. Having my Mom here in Singapore is truly a blessing. I could not do it without her. While my focus and energy is with Aadhav, my mom makes sure I am eating (all my favorite foods), resting (when I can), and helping with all the chores (there’s A LOT of laundry for such a tiny baby!). Each month, I plan to share an update on Mommyhood – stay tuned!

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Personalized Baby Gifts with Soufeel

Name Necklace c/o Soufeel

Anything personalized with Aadhav’s name melts my new mamma heart. I have always loved personalized gifts, but there’s something about seeing your child’s name that truly makes your heart sing. When Soufeel connected with me to collaborate, I was excited to try their selection of personalized jewelry ranging from necklaces to bracelet charms. There are so many designs to choose from and best of all the jewelry is so affordable! My experience from order to delivery was so smooth and  I’m in love with how the jewelry turned out. Wearing my necklaces, bangle, and ring, I feel so close to Aadhav. In the last two weeks, I’ve only left the house a few times without the baby to run quick errands, When I do, I always sneak a peek at Aadhav’s name jewelry and send him a warm hug and prayer – letting him know his mama is coming home soon! Just for you, I am excited to share a 10% discount code ‘Kamana10’ for all Soufeel jewelry till October 1st. I hope you enjoy the personalized details as much as I do!

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Pregnancy Myths Decoded

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I can’t believe I’m already 34 weeks pregnant! It feels like yesterday when I was in my first trimester, nervous about everything. Since then, I’ve learned to relax and enjoy my pregnancy. Now that I am in my last weeks, I’m reflecting on all that I’ve learned during these last 8 months. It’s amazing how much your body goes through and how you learn to trust and listen to your body (and growing baby!). It’s both mentally and physically exhausting, but truly a beautiful time. As I get closer to 40 weeks, I can feel the Baby’s movements more vividly every day. I wonder what it’s going to going to be like after pregnancy and that sets off a whole new feeling of nervousness! For now, I am trying to stay healthy and active as I finish the home stretch. Through out my pregnancy, I’ve received a lot of questions from what I am craving to where to find fashionable maternity wear. I’m sharing the realities of pregnancy in my Pregnancy Myths Decoded today!

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