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I love gift-giving. You read that right, I am one of those people who likes to find the perfect gift for someone and often sends a gift just because.  We have all been in a situation where we needed a gift that would be nice, thoughtful, and affordable?

When I discovered Masala My Life, my heart smiled.  It’s the perfect gift box for a hostess, get well soon or those fun women in your life.  There are so many ways to share the magic that comes in these boxes that they truly are the perfect gift. 

Masala My Life

To me, the perfect gift is around $40-$50. These gift boxes are not imposing on someone’s style or aesthetic and are thoughtful and fun.  For example, I can see myself gifting the LUXE Mango Gift Set to my Mother in Law or an Aunt. I could also share it with someone whose house I may be going to for the first time.  It has a cute kitchen towel, candle, a bar of soap, and a cute pair of earrings.  It just feels unique and thoughtful and that is what I love about it.

Mango Luxe Box
Luxe Mango Box
Summer Box
Summer Box Set
Rose Luxe Box
Luxe Rose Gift Set

We know life is better with masala.

~Anu Mannar, Founder of Masala My Life

Founder Anu Mannar didn’t stop at putting together cute boxes, she thoughtfully put together each piece of these curated boxes that make you feel good about the purchase.  She uses recycled saris in her jewelry, creates everything in the USA, has environmentally friendly packaging, works with local artisans to create unique pieces, AND donates a portion of her proceeds to the South Asian American Digital Archive.  It is the whole concept of things coming together to help the community at large which makes is box truly special.

As a South Asian female entrepreneur, I commend Masala My Life for representing the best of our community.   

Next time you need a thoughtful gift that will make someone feel great while supporting local artisans, and giving back to the community, consider shopping from Masala My Life!

Your Chick,

Rina

** This post has been sponsored by Masala My Life, but the review and opinions are all my own.**

Best At Home Blowout Tool

A visit to the hairdresser for me is right behind a visit to the dentist.  I have no patience for anything really except exploring new places and spending time in nature.  The more I can do for myself and in my home, the better off I am! Getting a blowout in the comfort of my house is the best way I can save money and time each and every week.  Thankfully there are really good at home options now. 

For years (at least 8!) I have used the previous version of what is now the Conair Infiniti Pro.  It has a rotating brush that dries at the same time.  The idea was genius, but I had so much hair that it took a long to time to get through with it. 

Hot Tools recently launched the release of their 24K Gold One Step Blowout Styler and this is truly the bom diggity! It has a very strong blower, a 24k gold technology barrel to help with de-frizzing, and gets the job done…fast!

The Bristles
At Home Blow Dryer
The Brush

Scoop up this blowout styler for yourself or a loved one this holiday season!

Your Chick,

Rina

Anyone Else Addicted To Their Phone?

I’m guilty!  When I am in an airplane, waiting room or Lyft… I’m on my phone. I’m usually checking emails, social media or just surfing the net.  Sometimes it’s a need, but many times it’s just a time pass. So I put myself up to the test of going back to the days where we didn’t have our phones as a distraction.  It was amazing!

Not only did I realize that the emails and texts could wait, but I realized how much I had missed looking down at my phone. Missed eye contact, missed conversation, missed observation of my surroundings.  

Phone Woes
Shop Tops Like This One Here
Inspo

The Human Connection

On a recent flight to San Francisco where I usually relish in the time to recline my seat, open the United app, and watch a movie until I reach my destination. This time, I was determined to strike up a conversation with the person next to me. Fortunately, it was an older woman who I noticed didn’t pull out her phone once….it might have been more difficult with someone who looked like they had no interest in talking. She was enroute to Hawaii for a family reunion.  She had strong a Samoan linage and I loved learning about their culture, food and customs.  Knowledge comes in so many forms, but so much of our learning comes from what we allow ourselves to take in.

Parenting

Distraction with the phone has become a challenge in parenting, as well. I am personally challenged by the accessibility to my phone which creates a constant need to be connected.  Even when I try and walk away from my phone, I reach for it when I remember I need to send that email to the teacher or look up that number for the plumber.  I’ve recently been making an active effort to engage with my family in a more meaningful way and stop worrying about setting up the next play date or signing up for the next summer camp. I want to look at my kids in the eyes, make sure they know I am listening so they feel empowered and valued for their thoughts and ideas.  

Less Phone Time

While I think technology has tremendously improved our quality of life, it comes with some downfalls. Put the phone down…better yet, turn it off….walk away and be present.   Challenge yourself to connect with other people in the most human way possible….eye contact and conversation.  

Your Chick,

Sonia

What I Am Getting My Second And Third Grader for Christmas!

As moms we often exchange notes, and when it comes to gift giving we are always curious about what each other’s kids are into.  So here is what is on my kids list and what I am getting my nieces and nephews and also my friends kids.  Everything on this list excites the kids and I so I am counting down the days to Christmas morning.

We have so many gift guides for adults, so creating one with the kids in mind was fun!

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Dog Man Book Series

I have seen that boys and girls alike love the adventures of Dogman – its comic book layout makes it super kid friendly.  With age appropriate humor and a few life lesson sprinkled in there its a win for parents too.

Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera

My girls have not gotten this camera yet much to their dismay, but my anxiety about buying refills held me back in previous years.  Now the prices have come down on refills and Amazon now offers a value pack which makes me feel a little better about buying it this time around.

Moj Moj Claw Machine

This is my daughter, Maya’s, top pick this year.  My girls cannot resist a claw machine when we are out and about so the thought of having one at home is just so exciting for them, I can’t wait to see her face when she opens this.

3D Pen

This is the second year in a row I am getting these for family and friends, after getting this last year and using it for science and art projects, this gift proved to be useful AND fun!!

Snap Circuits Pro

A gift with education mixed in with fun is my kind of gift.  My daughters are in second and third grade and they are starting to explore circuits.  In an effort to explore engineering concepts for every things like alarm systems to radios, this advanced ‘toy’ is safe and has easy to follow project instructions.  Sonia introduced me to this one and I can’t say enough about how good this set is!

LOL Dolls

Literally EVERY SINGLE PARENT of girls ages 4-8 will be buying these this year.  Something about collectibles that gets us every time! This year it is LOL Dolls and not knowing which one is inside this box is what gets kids super excited – so scoop of one of these for your daughter or niece and win at life.

Jewelry Box

My girls have started ‘taking care’ of things which is weird (lol).  They also have taken an interest in their accessories.  So it seemed like a good idea to get them a ‘grown up’ jewelry box with a few new earrings too.

Slime

Ugh, the gift parents love to hate! I wrote about this set in particular in my family gift guide because it is different.  It comes with PRE MIXED / NON STICKY slime but with tons of mixers , kids don’t even miss making the slime themselves.  We absolutely loved this set– no glue means no ‘ick.’ You are welcome.

From My Family To Yours,

Happy Holidays,

Rina

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