Thursday, February 23, 2017

Posted On 2/23/2017 by Team iCynosure.

Backyard pools are something every family strives for. In a way, they are seen as a sign of prosperity and wealth. At the same time, you cannot deny how fun they actually are. Unfortunately, there is one big drawback to having one – they are very dangerous. 

As an adult, you will likely manage these potential hazards and still be able to enjoy yourself. But, your child may not be so lucky. They only see fun when you mention a pool. Even if you warn them, they probably won’t take the pieces of advice to heart. Instead, they will continue running around slippery deck jumping in the pool in most absurd ways possible. 

Because of this, you are the one that has to take the necessary measures which will turn your pool into a safe environment. 

Fence It
You need to be extra cautious if you have preschool children. Infants are especially in danger as they can easily fall into the pool. No matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to supervise them all the time. This is why you should put up a temporary fence (at least until they grow up) around the pool. With this, you make sure there is no accidents of any sort and that a child can only access the pool with you immediate supervision. Even though you may not want to go with a fence, it is definitely necessary to create some sort of a barrier. Needless to say, pool covers are a must during the winter. 

Pool Hygiene
Although this may not seem as a big deal, it is necessary to keep your pool in a perfect shape. At least once weekly take a skimmer and remove leaves from the surface of the pool. Also, you should scrub the walls and the deck from time to time. If you do not, algae will start appearing. First of all, they are bad for health. Second, they will make your deck even more slippery which in terms will increase probability of an accident. Lastly, get a reliable pump. This item will do most of water filtering. It is imperative for good hygiene and clean pool. Do not skim on money when it comes to pumps. Click here to check some of the industry’s most reliable pumps. 

Water Slide
Families with small children usually get a water slide. On paper, it sounds as an amazing idea. But, the reality is much different. Water slides are second most common cause of pool injuries. If you think about it, even the regular slides which you can find in parks can cause cuts and bruises. Given that this kind of slide is in a pool environment, it makes it that much more hazardous. 

Diving board 
Unlike the pool slide, most homeowners are against diving board. Again, it is connected to our preconception of the item. Diving from something does seem rather dangerous. And truth be told, board can be problematic. But, here is the issue. Most kids love jumping in the pool. They will probably do this until they reach their 20s. Given that the decks can be slippery, it is rather easy to fall on hit your head on concrete. Same goes for diving board. However, if you fall off a diving board, you will end in water, not on concrete. So, if you teach your kid to use board exclusively, he can still do his silly jumps but now with less risk.

Pools require a lot of maintenance. Also, precautionary measures you need to take will change as your child grows up. All in all, there are a lot of things to be considered. But, if you have the will and resources, you will be able to pull it off and create a safe environment not only for your child but your family as a whole. 

Author Bio: Nick Stoyanov is a copywriter and content strategist at – Australia’s largest online pump store. 4 Pumps is an Australian company that focuses on the national distribution of its comprehensive range of quality pumping products.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Posted On 2/22/2017 by Team iCynosure.

Ask a woman what really makes her happy and you’ll receive a prompt reply from her - splurging on fashion and beauty. The luxury literally rolls the ‘R’s off the tongue just as the French would drawl at the sight of high heels and designer dresses. However, I am one of the very few women who belong to the 'live to eat' camp, and thus my splurges are simple indulges in food. 

Indulgence through food is one of the most vital parts of my existence; it soothes my soul and delights my eyes. However, I figured that that the key to make this work is to give in to little indulgences while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The best way to indulge with tempting food is to start our day on a healthy note with some amazing breakfast options. 

My mom had created a spectacular world of aromas, flavors and rainbow of colors over the years. However, I’m nowhere close to replicating the same and thus, I indulge in the next best option. 
I experiment from pillar to post, century old cafes to modern food joints to the classic sit down, and thereby, I bring you the five best breakfast places in the city of Mumbai. 

The perfect place to indulge into international flavors, in an Indian way. Candies has been serving awesomeness for the last two decades with their regularly updated menu items of eclectic food creations. Fill in on their vegetable curry rolls and chocolate milkshake to kick start your day. 

Don’t blame the British for the generation’s choice of the classic English breakfast of perfectly backed brownies, tea cakes and puddings munched with a smooth mocha. The breakfast served with baked beans, mashed potatoes and toast is the most optimum way to start your day with being rejuvenated. 

Fat Man’s Cafe
An ideal place for the health conscious person, Fat Man’s Cafe offers a list of healthy breakfast items. Try the staple on the healthy menu or indulge in some great waffles and pancakes that make a complete perfect breakfast. The cafe is a visual delight that offers great food with a great ambiance at a relatively decent price. 

Indigo Deli
The Deli has been on the list of must-visit places of numerous food enthusiasts. The breakfast spread is a delight with an ethereal combination of flavors, aromas and quality consistency. Pack in the waffles and pancakes, feast on the French toast and you will be making plans to come back soon. 

Cafe Basilico
Catch the flavors of the Mediterranean and European palette at Cafe Basilio. Enjoy their freshly brewed coffees and teas, and bite into the freshly baked breads. A perfect spot to enjoy great food, blend into the Victorian culture while gorging on cream and spinach topped bread rolls and crispy English muffins.

So what really makes these particular joints stand out? 
A very basic yet important factor - the exclusivity of the products offered. The type of filter coffee you will find at Madras Cafe is rare to be found elsewhere. Similarly,it will be impossible to savor at another eatery those very pancakes that were relished at Indigo Deli. 

That’s what great brands do… Get you to indulge into Exclusivity. 

Likewise, the limited edition Dzire Allure from Maruti Suzuki comes equipped with enhanced comfort features and promises an exclusive experience which welcomes you to a lovelier world. It’s premium dual tone seat covers, elegant interior styling kit, stylish body graphics and an all new metal will tantalize you and teleport you to a world of exclusivity. 

Don’t believe me? 

Check the Limited Edition Dzire Allure hereYou can find out more about the limited edition Dzire Allure on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Heena

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Posted On 2/15/2017 by Team iCynosure.

Atlantic City, New Jersey, has risen from its humble beginnings to become a world-class leisure destination. Today, this resort city is renowned for its casinos, its famous boardwalk, and its pristine beach. With its old-world charm and its big-city approach, Atlantic City is a must-visit destination for many travelers. Don't miss Atlantic City's fine dine experiences, entertainment options, shopping areas, first-class hotels and resorts, or nightlife. 

How to Plan Your Trip to Atlantic City
Your Travel Guide to Atlantic City, New Jersey with iCynosure
Image via Flickr by w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines)

Whether you're a first-time visitor or a frequent traveler, here are a few pointers that will help you plan your trip better. First, check the calendar before your trip. Most hotels and resorts offer discounts all year round to attract guests, but the best time to visit is between March and August.

Atlantic City experiences four distinct seasons. The weather throughout the year varies. so make sure that you pack weather-appropriate clothing. In the summer, the humidity warrants light clothing during the day. Pack a sweater for the evening, since the seaside breeze will cause the temperature to drop. Spring and fall bring mild weather, but winters are cold, so travelers should factor in winter wear.

As a top destination, Atlantic City offers numerous accommodation options, whether you're traveling for a relaxing weekend, a fun gambling getaway, or a leisurely spa holiday. Book a luxury resort right on the beach, an affordable hotel room along the boardwalk, or a motel to suit your travel needs and budget.

It's easy to travel within Atlantic City. Use the four-route public transportation system, which includes jitneys that cost as little as $2.25 per trip. You can also hire personal scooters or opt for taxi services that are easily available and capped at $13 within the city. Don't miss your chance to walk along the boardwalk, as it's the preferred mode of getting around the city.

Things to Do in Atlantic City
As you book your accommodations, start looking for some fun activities to do in Atlantic City. As an entertainment center, Atlantic City has an impressive lineup of events and festivals all year long, including Atlantic City Restaurant Week, the Atlantic City Airshow, the Atlantic City Boat Show, and the Atlantic City Marathon. Get to know the city's history by adding some of these top attractions to your itinerary, too.

One of the oldest and the tallest lighthouses in the United States, Abscond Lighthouse is open to the public. Climb the 228 steps to take in breathtaking views of the Atlantic City skyline or opt to become the Lighthouse Keeper during an overnight adventure.

Historic Boardwalk Hall was built in 1929 to cater to Atlantic City's growing community needs. Also known as Convention Hall and Rendezvous Park, Boardwalk Hall was planned as a self-sufficient, multipurpose event space with exquisite views of the Atlantic Ocean.

The "In the Line of Duty" sculpture serves as a tribute to all of the New Jersey law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. This sculpture features a police officer in the image of Jersey City Detective Melvin Santiago, a police dog, and a kneeling firefighter to honor all first responders who have tragically lost their lives.

Atlantic City is known as a gaming capital, and it's home to several casinos. Be sure to visit the Borgata and Caesars. The Borgata is known for its 85-table poker room that hosts daily tournaments, while slots are the most popular game at Caesars.

So are you game for Atlantic City?
- Heena

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Posted On 2/08/2017 by Team iCynosure.

Anaheim,  the Southern California city located between Los Angeles and San Diego, is a leading leisure and business destination. The mission of Anaheim is to develop the city as the most sought after, vibrant and progressive international destination for professional meetings and conventions benefiting the economic vitality.

Convenient Convention Center
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The city constructed the beautiful Anaheim Convention Center (previously known as Anaheim Arena) in 1967. The center, which spans over 1.6 million square-feet of flexible, multipurpose exhibit space, is the first choice for most organizations seeking a venue for their large-scale visibility events. ACC offers world-class facilities, a broad infrastructure and a range of accomodations to host a successful event. Apart from business visitors, the city of Anaheim also sees a lot of leisure travellers due to its close proximity to Los Angeles and San Diego.

Most business travellers extend their stay to explore the city, which has plenty to offer. However, to make the most of the trip, travellers must consider the following.

Weather Conditions
Anaheim experiences a Mediterranean climate of warm winters and hot summers, perfect for any outdoor activities year-round. To know exactly what travellers must pack for their holiday and plan their intended itinerary, the city weather forecast can be checked prior to the travel.   

Moving Around
Anaheim is one of the most well-connected cities both by air and road. The city also has immense provisions for local travel, where visitors have the option of renting mobility scooters or opt for local car rentalsThere is also a variety of services and transportation facilities for travellers with special accessibility needs.

Make Reservations
Anaheim is close to two major cities with an estimated 17 million visitors expected this year. Additionally with the city being in close proximity to four major airports, there is always a lot of accommodation requests. It is the wisest thing to make reservations in advance and pick from a spectrum of stay options the city offers, including luxury resorts, boutique hotels, homestays, farmhouses, and more. 

Plan Experiences
Tourists have plenty of experiences to choose from including beautiful beaches, lush green golf courts, trendy restaurants and eateries, sleepless nightlife and unlimited shopping. The city is dotted with contrasting historic landmarks, art houses and fast paced family attractions that should be planned in advance to be able to get the best deals and offers. Numerous sites offer guided tours with a host of services including the best experiences for each group at the lowest prices and fast and easy booking options. 

So whatever your reason to travel to the sun-splashed Southern California city is, enjoy your time exploring the world-renowned Disneyland Resort and the Anaheim Convention Center. Discover the city's revitalized downtown shops, food hotspots, and award-winning craft breweries while exploring cozy places to stay like the Staybridge Suites and many more, either close to Orange County's beaches, golf courses, luxury shopping, arts and culture. Never miss anything happening in and around Anaheim. 

So start planning that business trip that can be extended to a leisure one.  
- Heena

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Posted On 2/07/2017 by Team iCynosure.

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival needs no introduction, especially to a Mumbaikar. It is a cultural extravaganza showcasing a fabulous mix of visual, performing and culinary arts, all coming together right in the heart of Mumbai City. Since its first edition in 1999, the #KalaGhoda festival has gotten bigger and better every year, with more and more elements clubbed into the annual event. With over a week of activities and workshops around various themes including but not limited to Visual Art, Urban Design and Architecture, Heritage and Vintage, Dance and Music, Theatre and Cinema, etc the festival is awaited by all enthusiastically. 

The 2017 edition of the Kala Ghoda festival scheduled for the 4-12th February, promises to be a game changer for its line up of activities and workshops; especially the ones aimed for our little munchkins. The CSMVS Museum Garden has come alive as  the hub of all Children’s Workshops; making it a wondrous little world of amazing art, drama and puppetry, life and wildlife, stories and dreams, craft, colour and magic for ALL the little enthusiasts, with curious eyes and sponge - like minds.

The unveiling of the Kala Ghoda statue the year has translated into the Children’s Workshops; with the theme ‘If Wishes were Horses…’ 

Kala Ghoda 2017 Powered by Pepe Jeans Junior #PepeKidsHTKG17

The Doodles on Denims workshop with Jaideep Mehrotra saw some amazing creativity from kids were given a free hand to paint their hearts out. Children were provided raw material for the Art Workshop including a Denim Canvas by Pepe Jeans and the end result were a sight to behold... 

Kala Ghoda 2017 Powered by Pepe Jeans Junior #PepeKidsHTKG17
Kala Ghoda 2017 Powered by Pepe Jeans Junior #PepeKidsHTKG17

The #MakingFaces Denim installation workshop with Arzan Khambatta saw a huge turnaround of kids unleashing their creativity in carving faces off Pepe Denims. Children let their imagination run wild making human to dinosaur faces, owl faces to scare crows and much more. 

Kala Ghoda 2017 Powered by Pepe Jeans Junior #PepeKidsHTKG17
Kala Ghoda 2017 Powered by Pepe Jeans Junior #PepeKidsHTKG17
Kala Ghoda 2017 Powered by Pepe Jeans Junior #PepeKidsHTKG17
Kala Ghoda 2017 Powered by Pepe Jeans Junior #PepeKidsHTKG17
Kala Ghoda 2017 Powered by Pepe Jeans Junior #PepeKidsHTKG17
Kala Ghoda 2017 Powered by Pepe Jeans Junior #PepeKidsHTKG17

In a fitting finale the brand has also organised a Fun Bus ride  on the 11th. Answer the questions here and win a spot for you and your little munchkin in the Kalaghoda Kids Bus Ride of Mumbai's Heritage places with #PepeKidsHTKG17.

Kala Ghoda 2017 Powered by Pepe Jeans Junior #PepeKidsHTKG17

I'm going to hop onto that bus, will you? 
- Heena

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Posted On 1/25/2017 by Team iCynosure.

Osaka, Japan's commercial capital, is a large port city on the island of Honshu. Known for its business opportunities along with a heritage of history, culture, and sports, the city offers numerous scenarios for travellers to discover its true character and create their own list for exploring it.

Planning Your Trip
Image by Uphey via flikr

As a first-time traveller to the majestic city, here are a few pointers that will help make planning a trip easier and more convenient:
  • With four distinct seasons while planning a getaway to the city, travellers must consider the time of the year and weather appropriate clothing to ensure comfort. 
  • The most pleasant and suitable way to get to the city would either be by arriving at the Itami International Airport right into the city or by taking the Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo. 
  • The city offers a variety of accommodation types and styles to cater to all type of visitors and budgets. Travellers have an option to choose from five-star luxury hotels like the InterContinental Osaka that offer contemporary glamour and magnificent panoramas to business class hotels or traditional Japanese-style stay options.
  • Osaka is known as a city of "Kuidaore" which means "eat till you drop". It offers a truly magical culinary experience to tantalise the senses with its dashi offerings. 
Things to See
Image by MIKI Yoshihito via flikr

As travellers book their accommodations, they can then start planning their perfect days in Osaka. Some of the must-do things in the city include a trip to the Nakanoshima Park to admire the rose garden, the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, and the Osaka City Central Public Hall. 

Dining at the riverside cafes and taking a water bus to the iconic Osaka Castle is a given when one visits. A sunset ride on the on the HEP Five Ferris Wheel that travellers can conclude at the National Bunraku Theatre enjoying a traditional Japanese puppet show will make the journey an unforgettable one. 

Travellers should also reserve a day to visit the district of Dotonbori that is renowned for its entertainment and local delicacies followed by an evening at the Spa World to indulge in hot Japanese bath that will keep you entertained for hours. 

Quick, Imporant Tips for Travel
Travellers who visit this beautiful Japanese city must make note of these small yet important snippets of information especially if they are visiting for the first-time.
  • There is a regulation on smoking, and smoking in public areas is punishable by law. So it is vital to check the no-smoking zone map, prior to lighting up. 
  • Major credit cards are accepted in the city, barring a few small stores and shops that may only accept cash.
  • Prescription medicine may not be easily available in the city, and hence travellers must carry sufficient medicines for the duration of the trip.
  • Despite Japan's east-west demographical spread, it is in the same time zone and does not have daylight savings time.
The beautiful city of Osaka truly imbibes the spirit of welcoming visitors and ensuring all the help that's made available to them through a number of Tourist Information desks, wide range of maps and staff members fluent in foreign languages to assist; apart from a wealth of information available online

So put your fears aside and get packing.
- Heena

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Posted On 1/22/2017 by Team iCynosure.

Heels are what we girls love, but have you ever taken a moment to moment to understand the repercussions of towering above your height for extended lengths of time. No not really! Just like most heel-lovers, I too thought what will a few hours of pain really cost me? Nothing as much as the adulation my look brings. And that’s where I was so wrong. 

A few more casual overlooks and I would have faced the same feet-deformity as those who wear heels over extended hours, especially tight ones with a pointed toe. The feet-deformity ‘Bunions’ is primarily a swelling that develops over a period just below the big toe that causes the toe to bend inwards (the feet) causing the intersecting bone to jut out causing an acute angle that feels like a hard lump. The area usually looks swollen throughout and remains reddish pink often restricting movement and sometimes even causing severe pain. This deformity is mainly caused because of the excess pressure on the toes from the type of footwear regularly used. 

Bunions are typically either asymptomatic or symptomatic; where the former causes no pain or discomfort while the latter is very uncomfortable and immensely painful. Medically the weight of the body is systematically divided between the heel, big toe and the last toe; however when one wear a lot of tight closed shoes and heels, the big toe pushes into the feet causing the imbalance. If left untreated the onus of balance falls on the second toe and the entire chain continues until all the toes bend inward and cause permanent imbalance and the bunion deformity. The worst of all is the asymptomatic deformity which causes no pain and left untreated which results in the same condition over a period of time. 

It is very easy for someone to sit and explain these things, but how practical is it for some of us who are in the business of fashion which comes with certain pre-requisites? There are solutions to help us that help keeping the bunions at bay:

∞ Wear pointed end shoes and heel only when absolutely necessary. 
∞ Avoid them on a long day or for a long walk and definitely leave them off the dance floor. 
∞ Keep a keen check on the shape of the foot and if it seems to be altering shape, consult a physician.
∞ If there is ever any pain at the base of the big or the second toe, visit a foot specialist immediately. 
∞ In case of the occurrence of a bunion, either go in for a splint or a foot spacer to correct a mild bend.
∞ In case of an advanced bunion, opt for surgery which may be the only recourse. 

So flaunt those Jimmy Choos and Christian Louboutin with some love for your feet.
- Heena

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Posted On 1/14/2017 by Team iCynosure.

This post is originally from IHG's Guide to New York City.

New York City is the most popular destination in the world, and for good reason. With first-class entertainment options, world-famous landmarks, buzzing street activity and nightlife, it is an epicenter of culture, diversity and excitement. Your choices are seemingly endless when it comes to hotels, which means deciding which hotel to book can be a challenge, as options range from hostels to ultra-luxurious global chains. IHG® can help you find accommodations that cater to your wants and needs while you explore what makes NYC so unique.

Things to See
New York City is home to a multitude of world-renowned landmarks, so prioritizing your time during your visit is essential. For the ultimate sightseeing adventure, consider one of the hotels in Manhattan, home to the Empire State Building, Times Square, Wall Street and the 9/11 Memorial. Manhattan can easily fill your itinerary with must-dos, and a short boat ride across the harbor takes you to the Statue of Liberty. After a day of sightseeing, a stroll through Central Park is an excellent way to unwind.

Hotels in New York City
New York City hosts almost 55 million visitors each year and offers an incredible array of destinations and attractions to explore. Regardless of when you go, where you stay or what you do, there are plenty of hotels to fit your specific needs, and by booking through IHG, you are assured a great stay while you explore New York.

Where to Stay
When considering hotels in New York City, first choose your ideal borough, since each has its own character, advantages and charms. You may want to be closer to the multicultural cuisine of Queens or the tree-lined streets of Brooklyn. Midtown Manhattan is a prime location for visitors wanting to be within walking distance of Broadway plays or 5th Avenue shops, although they can be expensive. If you want to be in the middle of the action, look for a Times Square hotel location. Luckily, there are many reasonably priced hotels inside and outside of Manhattan, and getting around is easy.

How to Get to New York City
The New York City metropolitan area is served by three key airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport, La Guardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, which is only 15 miles from Manhattan. Those visiting the city by rail will enjoy the iconic Grand Central Terminal or Pennsylvania Station, the city's two main railway stations. Travelers with shorter stays may find New York City hotels near major transportation hubs more convenient and more budget-friendly.

The thought of getting around the city can be intimidating for first-time visitors, but traveling throughout the city and its five boroughs is surprisingly easy, thanks to the extensive Metro subway system. Along with its low cost and vast network of routes, the Metro is an efficient way to explore the city. In addition, you can easily hail a cab for a direct route to your destination.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Posted On 1/08/2017 by Team iCynosure.

I decided to bring in my 2017 clutter-free and that called for replacing stacks of cardboard boxes full of photos, video cassettes and documents that once crowded my study by a more space efficient and convenient substitute. External hard drives have today turned into this space efficient substitute, that are not only faster or technologically better, but also easily portable and absolutely value for money. 

I’ve used the Western Digital My Passport Ultra at work and swear by the sleek and powerful device for its innovation and reliability. Thus when I was looking for a home-solution for all the photos, videos, music I’ve saved, I opted for the Western Digital My Passport. My Passport is the redesigned version of the highly popular My Passport Ultra range, and priced slightly higher.

WD My Passport First Impressions
WD has launched My Passport in India in four of the six colours available internationally. The brand has stuck with the most popular colours white, black, red and blue for their India debut. The new look, designed by FuseProject, a design firm founded by the legendary Yves Behar, has an amazing visual appeal. The latest version of My Passport Portable Hard Drive comes with a WD Backup, WD Security and WD Drive Utilities software, an installation guide and USB 3.0 cable. The drive is segmented into two halves, with the upper half plain and the lower half featuring a diagonal scalloped pattern; a port and LED on one side with tiny rubber feet at the base. Though the design does nothing for the overall functionality, it does set it apart from all the competition. 

WD My Passport Performance
WD has made available the My Passport in 1-4TB variants, all of them pre-formatted for Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7 operating systems. Since I use a Mac, I reformatted the drive easily. The sequential read/write speeds clocked in at 114.3/114.1MB respectively, making it relatively good at the write speeds, especially for large files. 

The entire focus of this product is on the software with all three niche aspects of WD Backup, WD Security and WD Drive Utilities thrown in. WD Backup is the basic folder synchronisation tool offered, which lets users select folders on the PC or to/from a Dropbox/Baidu account to back up automatically as per the pre-defined scheduled. WD Security lets users set up the drive’s 256-bit hardware encryption feature to a password, to recognise and synchronise with registered machine, preventing unauthorised access. Finally WD Drive Utilities lets users do a quick SMART status check and run diagnostic tests to identify errors if any and prevent drive failures that otherwise would take several hours. 

WD My Passport Conclusions
WD has been known for its range of products, and My Passport offers oodles of storage, good performance, password protection and a two-year warranty. With a price tag of between 7 and 17k, it’s a product to recon with. Though the drive is a good choice for the portable storage needs, the only glitch is that the password encryption doesn’t prevent the drive from being reformatted. Yes users might lose the drive but they can be rest assured that the content will not fall into the wrong hands. 

WD My Passport Rating (Out of 5) 
Look and Feel - 4
Performance - 4.5
Price - 3.5

If you are looking for a portable hard drive, my suggestion would be to compare your selected product with WD My Passport before you seal the deal. 
- Heena

Friday, January 06, 2017

Posted On 1/06/2017 by Team iCynosure.

The air we breathe today is getting worst by the minute; and with each passing day the air quality is hitting a new low. All around the world people are falling victim to failing air quality; which directly or indirectly is affecting their health. No one can really escape the air pollution especially in the Indian metro cities that is deteriorating day after day.

As a home-maker, especially a mother I feel the immense need to make the environment healthy for my little one. Unfortunately there is very little I can do about the situation outside our home, but I can sure do some things that can improve the environment and air quality inside our home with much more than just air fresheners for home

Some of the easiest things I do to improve the air inside our home are: 

Purify Indoor Air

One of the most basic things that I do to clean the air and eliminate odours at home is to tackle the issue areas. The troublesome areas in my house include the kitchen and the bathrooms, so I make sure to give special attention to negate the direct odours with air fresheners for bathrooms and kitchens.

Ventilate The Environment

The main reason for the poor quality of indoor air is the hight moisture levels. To counter this problem the easiest and least expensive method I have adopted is to install trickle vents and exhaust fans that offer tiny ventilation spaces for natural air purification without much fuss. 

Grow Houseplants

Plants are natural purifiers that can rejuvenate the air, providing the much needed protection against the toxins in the air. I've planted indoor plants like Peace Lily, Lady Palm and English Ivy that are powerful filters that can purify air naturally, especially in enclosed spaces for a safer, cleaner atmosphere.

Light Scented Candles

Beeswax ionises and neutralises air while improving air quality by removing allergens like dust, pollen and told from the air. So I like to fill my home with beeswax scented candles not only for its therapeutic properties but also as pure beeswax candles burn slowly with practically no smoke.

Spray Air Freshener 

At times I like my home to have my signature scent that overrides all other smells and odours. Scents that I prefer are light and fresh which I either make from natural ingredients that are all available in my kitchen or I use air freshener sprays from an organic brand. 

Let me know in a comment below what you do to purify the air in your home? 
- Heena

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Posted On 1/04/2017 by Team iCynosure.

The fast approaching wedding season brings to the fore hustling brides-to-be looking for the perfect bridal ensemble. The yearning to stun all eyes overwhelms the need to switch pause. It is not incomprehensible either as weddings are events that create memories for life, memories that are passed down to future generation as inspiration.

Jewellery forms one of the three core components of the wedding ensemble; bridal attire and footwear being the other two, and therefore it is not surprising to see brides on a look out for the perfect jewellery to go with the rest of her attire. Amidst all consuming whirlwind of wedding preparation, we try to simplify the jewellery shopping experience by providing brides-to-be a dictionary of necklaces along with tips on who should pick what.

Chokers: Measuring between 14 to 15 inches, chokers settle high on the neck. Women with swan necks should totally go for these as they enhance their look considerably. Women with shorter or wider necks should go for necklaces with a length of 18 inches and longer. The shape of your face is also a factor in determining whether or not a choker would be a good idea. Women with round faces should avoid chokers as they make their faces look rounder. Instead, they should opt for something that forms a V around the neck. Those with oval or heart shapes faces, on the other hand, can carry these really well.

Mango Haram: This neckpiece style originally belongs to the South Indians, the biggest patrons of Gold. While traditionally, mango harams are made exclusively of gold, contemporary designs do have gems embedded into it. The length varies, so depending on your torso and face cut, you can pick the one that suits you the best. Besides, these look outright gorgeous with silks and so if you are wearing a gorgeous Kanjeevaram for your wedding, nothing can beat the charm of Mango Harams.

Meshwork Jewellery: This style departs from the traditional style in a major way, however the high chic quotient makes it a perfect pairing with rich and royal outfits. Depending on your taste and attire, you can choose from a touch of embellishments of valuable gemstones. Additionally Meshwork jewellery is complimentary with your western outfits; so you can team it up with your lehenga or your evening gown.

Rani Haar: As the name suggests, these necklaces impart a glorious touch to the overall look. Usually crafted in Kundan, it is embedded with emeralds and uncut diamonds. At Hazoorilal Polki Jewellers, you can find royalty imbued in every piece. The kind of Minakari and polishing required is often the domain of only the best craftsman.

Satlada: Woven with multiple sided filigree, the neckpiece is woven into seven layers of pearls or gems, the style is usually 30 to 35 inches long, beginning at the neck and working upto the navel. 

Styling for a wedding is a complex equation that combines personal choice with individuality. Since weddings are a lifetime affair, you must check out the latest Polki Jewellery designs, at jewellers in South Delhi. The area is known for its fine craftsmanship, often a product of legacies passed on to future generations, that never fails to stun in terms of design and durability. Since the right neckpiece can help you enhance your look considerably by highlighting your features and setting off against your skin tone choose your jewellery wisely with these tips. 

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Posted On 1/03/2017 by Team iCynosure.

Life is a journey with a definite destination.

However what's more important than reaching the destination, is the manner in which the journey is undertaken. And in today's chaotic world full of #IfsOfLife, everyone must be equipped with the best of life tools to make this journey comfortable and enriching even in the most unplanned and most unpleasant situations. Everyone has a long list of, varied things that would make the journey called life, sail through. No matter what you have on your list the two things that you should make it to your list are Health and Financial Security. 

The two things, that are as diverse as chalk and cheese are very difficult to bring together. But one brand has managed this major coup to bring us a term plan that combines the benefits of health with the security of wealth. Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance launched their progressive eTouchOnline Term and Health Cover plan, that is a regular premium payment, pure term and health cover plan.

The plan sure stands out from what the competition offers in a number of ways. The e-Touch Online Term and health cover plan intertwines both health and term insurance in a single product. With e-Touch Online Term and health cover plan you get the advantage of having a term plan coupled with benefits on accidental death, accidental total permanent disability and 34 critical illnesses till the age of 75. Additionally the plan offers varied options to receive policy proceeds and lower premium for leading healthy lifestyles. The brand not only tracks your health but also equips you with the tools to maintain it, using the recently launched B-Fit app. 

The B-Fit app is a pledge you will make to set your health goals, track your activities and earn rewards for achieving your set targets. The app tracks all your calorie intake with a monitor diary, acts as a food guide and recommends food items as per your lifestyle, creates a Health Profile on the basis of the information you update on it, keeps a count of your daily steps via the tracker and also curates content that help you achieve your set goals.    

A unique concept as such, sure needs to be explored; and I'm all set to chart my financial planning in a worry-free manner.

What about you?
- Heena

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Posted On 1/01/2017 by Team iCynosure.

It's 2017 now…. a brand new year that offers a brand new calendar and for a stationary freak like me a brand new diary too. But just as I bring in new things, I make it a mission to let go of things that I have no use of. It’s an extremely difficult project as I tend to think I will need ‘it’ sometime in the future, however that need never arrises and I end up with so much clutter. 

To counter this important issue I tried out the renowned KonMari method, that is pegged to be ‘Life Changing Magic of Tidying and Banishing Clutter Forever’. Well it didn’t work for me. What really worked was my husband saying… Keep it  versus Discard it. 

So, so, so many clothes, some that I havent worn in the last six months; so we decided to let them find new homes. Initially it is very difficult to put them aside to give away because of the old-age excuse of 'maybe I'll wear it more this year'. But giving away clothes to people who actually need them makes me feel wonderful.

Beauty Samples
2 of 4 drawers of my vanity table are full of product samples and these keep increasing every month. Some of these are from brands that I know I shall never use, but still I don't know why I've stashed them. It took me less than half an hour to sort them out to give away to family and friends. 

Being a blogger has its perks which include a zillion freebies, of which almost 30% are electronic items. When I cleared out my bed drawers last week, items that I had to get rid of amounted to over a hundred pen drives, 4 power banks, 7 bluetooth speakers and as many as 15 handsets. All of these have gone on Olx for some quick cash. 

One can never buy enough toys for their little ones and that has been the case with us. For the last 5 years, there has been an insane amount of tous we have brought for #PrincessHeer some of which she has not even cast a second glance at. These and many more toys are going to a charity that will surely bring a smile to little faces. 

Irrespective of the number I have, I have never parted with a single book until this New Year. Even before we began, my husband made me promise to give away atleast half the books I owned. Over 400 books went packing to a local NGO that works towards educating the girl child and sponsoring night schools. 

Doing this, there seems to be some weight lifted off my shoulders and a lot of free space in my house. Have you done your New Year cleaning as yet? 
- Heena