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Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

10 things to do on a rainy day

In March, it is 5th Friday and I was wondering what should I write? I had made my game plan for the blog and considered four weeks in every month so it ends up with four Fridays. Hence I have decided to write spontaneously. Since spring has arrived I keep looking opportunities to accomplish my Spring Bucket List activities. It has been raining since last night so I thought to write about 10 things to do on a rainy day. Some people loves rain so much and some just don't. People like me love to play in rain. You can also enjoy the romantic long drive in the rain with soft music. In this article, I will be sharing things which you can do at home. Hence no need to worry about getting wet. Stay at home and still enjoy the rainy day.

10 things to do on a rainy day Indoor

I know few people who feel depressed if the weather is cloudy and rainy. This is the mother nature, so instead of feeling depressed learn to enjoy the season. If you don't like to go out then stay home and pick your favorite activity. You can check my list of activity and pick one or suggest your favorite ones. 






10 things to do on a rainy day Outdoor

Those who love rain don't worry I have a list of things for you as well. Going for a long drive is my most favorite thing to do in the rain. If it's not freezing rain then get out and enjoy the walk. This is a fun thing to do in spring. 



Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Product review of Fitbit Charge HR

*These post is not sponsored. It was my decision to share my experience with the product.

I hope you all are enjoying spring. As weather getting better I am ready to achieve my new year resolution and same time working towards my spring bucket list. The Fitbit has captured a good amount of market with step counts feature. It provides sleep analysis as well. The Fitbit offers many different models with added features. I have bought Fitbit Charge HR. It helps me to track my activities and calories burned every day. I really like the product and that's why I decided to write a Product review of Fitbit Charge HR.



Product review of Fitbit Charge HR


First of all, I will love to share features of Fitbit Charge HR
  1. Heart rate: - It shows real-time heart rate on your Fitbit, no need to synchronize with an app.
  2. Record All day activity: - It will track your steps, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, hourly activity.
  3. Caller ID: - Once you synchronize your Fitbit with the phone you will get call notification even during your workout.
  4. Date & time Display: - With Fitbit, you don't need your watch as it will display date & time both.
  5. Exercise mode: - You can record your workout stats in exercise mode to see post workout summaries.
  6. Record your Sleep: - It records your sleep automatically.
  7. Set a silent alarm: - You can set wake up alarm and it vibrates.
  8. Wireless synchronizing: - No need to attach wire just turn on the Bluetooth and synchronize.



Besides all this features the Fitbit app provides additional feature to focus on your fitness. Setting your goal is very important and this app gives all you required. You can set daily step goal, weight goal and active minutes. They also provide few exercise videos which you can use for your workout. You can keep track of your food and water intake through the app. It will automatically add and subtract your workout calories and calories you intake from food.



You can also add your Fitbit user friends and create a challenge to stay motivated and support each other.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring bucket List of 2017

This year it feels like winter and spring blended together. There was no accumulating snow in January and February. We also enjoyed few warm days with temperatures in the 50s which are a record breaking. I was so happy with the weather and thought spring will start early but a snowstorm hit the Midwest and East this week. Mother nature is unpredictable and you never know when the weather will change. Officially Spring starts from March 20th so I decided to make my "Spring bucket list of 2017". I hope I can get a chance to complete my bucket list because the weather was so unpredictable this year. Let's hope for the best.



Spring bucket List of 2017


The spring is the season for blooming flowers and those dry tree branches regrow the green leaves. As Autumn season approaches leafs dry out and fall from the trees. Even grass also turns brown. So Generally the flowers and leafs live spring to autumn. Get ready to enjoy blossom and grow your own garden.

I am so excited to enjoy spring but you know what my backyard is full of snow. Ultimately first thing will be to do spring cleaning. After spring cleaning only I can think of gardening, tea party, grilling etc. Last year I had planted mint, fenugreek, and green chilies. Except for green chilies, other two herbs came out good. Hence, this year I will work on my green chili plantation and I will also add coriander in my herb garden.

Besides cleaning and partying spring is the only season to see the flower blooming. Look around your neighborhood and you will find cherry blossoms. I know Washington DC is the best place to enjoy Cherry Blossoms but everyone cannot go there. Find a place near you where you can see cherry blossoms. Another type of flower who stole my heart is Tulips. I love the variety of colors they have to offer. The Tulip farms look so pretty with all the colorful flowers. Last year I had visited "Tulip Time" festival in Holland, Michigan




Whats in your bucket list?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Recipe of the week Couscous Fried Rice

This is the second week of March means time to share a recipe of the month. As we know healthy living and healthy eating is in the air. Everyone is trying to eat healthy food. Hence, I thought to start my recipes with some healthy ingredients. Hence, I choose Recipe of the week Couscous fried rice with full of protein and veggies.

The Couscous is African dish. The Couscous name is derived from the word "Seksu". It looks like small balls and texture is just like Tapioca Sago.

Recipe of the week Couscous Fried Rice

Before starting recipe let's understand what is couscous and why to use it? Since I started controlling on my carbs I was looking for the protein sources. I know eggs, yogurt, chicken and other meats are a good source of protein. But being a vegetarian I can not eat those stuff, I don't even eat eggs. Hence, I started searching protein sources for vegetarians. Lentils are the great source of protein, but you cannot eat lentils every day as you have to soak them ahead and then cook it. Finally, I found couscous which is easy to cook and a great source of protein for vegetarians.



Choosing couscous is a tricky task because it comes in three types. The most popular ones are Moroccan, Israeli and Lebanese. It divided with the size of couscous. The Moroccan once are smallest in size and semolina type of texture. Israeli couscous is also known as pearl couscous. The Israeli once are easy to cook and take less time. Lebanese couscouses are the largest one and almost small peas size. It takes more time to cook.

I have used Israeli couscous in my recipe. You can make it in a different style. I wanted to keep it simple and easy to make. You can add whatever veggies you like. It was my first trial, so I kept it easy with fewer spices in it.



Friday, March 03, 2017

Friday, March 03, 2017

Free Printable Daily Planner for Bloggers 2017

In my comeback post, I have briefly explained the steps for how to get back to blogging after a long break. If you have missed it, you can check the article at Tips for getting back to blogging after a long break. Hence, I decided to share key thing which I am following to get my blog up and running.

Why I have decided to create my own Planner?


I hope you guys remember that I talked about scheduling and stay consistent. Everyone has their own scheduling style. Some people maintain Diary and note everything in it. Nowadays, even blog planners are becoming more famous. As I am getting back to my blogging,  I was searching for a good planner. I had searched so many sites and realize that my requirements are different than what they offer. Hence, I decided to design my own planner.


How I have created my Own Planner?


Before I go to print my version, I bought college ruled 1-subject notebook. I decided to do trial and error method and find out which type of planner works for me and what things I want to add. Now blogging is not just about writing articles. We also have to concentrate on social media marketing and earn the followers. To achieve that I wanted had to record my social media stats and Social media engagement goals.

Blog Planner Format 


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  1. First of all, we need a calendar to schedule anything either it's blog related or something else. So, I started adding each month on an individual page, which helped me to line up the plan in advance.
  2. Secondly, set goals for each month to make it easy to measure your progress and you can divide the yearly goal into small parts. Those goals can be two types, one is blog related and other can be social media stats. Ultimately, both are for the blog, but social media stats will be measured in numbers.
  3. Third and last page, I have created for daily activities log. I generally prepare my to-do list the previous night before I go to bed. Hence, I can start my day right away nothing gets missed out. You can also do time allotment and save time.