Nature’s Handwash

Everywhere I’ve been in the last couple of days to get a handwash, I’ve had a negative response, which made me think of a natural option to the dilemma of maintaining our hygiene standards.

Nature has truly blessed us with a natural multipurpose handwash/detergent in the form of Soapnuts (Reetha) a 100% biodegradable berry but is called Soapnuts due to its saponin (soapy) properties.

To make this natural and non-toxic, handwash/ deterrent is very easy-to make and use. This is ideal, especially for sensitive skin and those prone to allergies.

Take 3 to 4 soapnuts, soak them in a litre of warm water and leave it for an hour. Strain the liquid, add 3 to 4 drops of lavender, tea tree or lemon cold pressed essential oil to it and your handwash/detergent is ready to use ๐Ÿ€ It’s also safe to use it as a body wash, shampoo, dishwash and cleaning floors as well.

I just love using it as a shampoo and handwash, keeps both smooth and soft. Be safe and be inspired from the natural environment always๐Ÿ€

Flaming Toes

Incidentally just painted my toes Red!!!!ย  The reasoning behind this, I was just starting to feel low and stressed about the Covid-19 disease and its implications for all of us and needed some cheer๐Ÿ˜Š

Flaming Toes

Since the time it’s been declared a pandemic I chose to stock enough of groceries, medicines and staples to last couple of weeks to sustain and maybe help someone with the stores. The whole situation across the world looks so fluid that some times I’m unable to grasp the gravity of the situation and information percolating everywhere.

Today when I was completing my errands, I noticed fewer people on the streets, though supermarkets were full, there was a certain quietness to the place. I felt alone yet part of something immense and it brought to my notice my reaction to this pandemic situation.

I realised that while I will be contributing to the collective wellbeing of the world by adhering to the guidelines prescribed, I also want to be a party to my own wellbeing. Painting my toes Red, just meant for me at that moment, to be joyful, powerful and to have the courage to stand in face of adversity which we are all facing. Red is one of my go to colours for wanting to feel great!!

I find that these small acts of wellness empower me to feel more in charge of myself which then makes me a better participant in this challenging situation with greater sanguinity๐Ÿ˜‡

For this moment, do what makes you, essentially You, reconnect and rejuvenate with yourself. Courage, Beauty, Grace, Compassion and many more such virtues are alwaysย  great standards to follow in good and challenging times.

Essentially this quote is for all of us,

No one knows what you have been through or what your pretty little eyes have seen, but I can reassure you ~ whatever you have conquered, it shines through your mind”

Nikki Rowe

Be Safe and Wear the Grace๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

Weighty Compliments!!

So, have you ever had weighty compliments like I have had?

Weighty compliments are the so called compliments which are blithely given to you on your weight ๐Ÿ™„

I feel a good compliment can really boost my self esteem whether we can all acknowledge this fact or not, it is true atleast as far as I’m concerned. I loooove compliments ๐Ÿ’ž

Women as a general rule are very weight sensitive and are always trying their best to maintain their fitness, health and weight.

I find women today are becoming much kinder and compassionate towards others in giving confidence, compliments and acknowledging their efforts, whereas men are now being blasรฉ about their opinions on women’s weight!

The surprising part of these weighty compliments I’ve been experiencing is that they have all been given to me by men. I’m reallyย  perplexed with this phenomena and thought to address the issue.

‘Toral you have put on weight’ was the first response couple of weeks ago, few of our male friends said at a recent party hosted by us. The same was comment was repeated by my handyman putting some photos on the wall. He looks at the wedding picture of ours and looks at the current picture and says, madam you have put on weight ๐Ÿ™„

I reacted to both and other similar situations saying, yes, I’m happy, having put on weight, it’s so good for me๐Ÿ˜Š

However my responses to these comments really disturbed me because I had explained myself when there is really no reason for me to do so! It also disturbed my mental equilibrium and made me feel uncomfortable and lacking. My self esteem went down south for sure!

When I was 21 my weight was 41kgs, no one then said that I was underweight, which I was, but today at 43 years I’m 56kgs and I’m considered to have put on weight ๐Ÿ˜”

41@21 56@43

First and foremost I really don’t understand why, with the exception of your immediate family, who also dare walk softly on this one, other men feel they have an authority to talk to you about your weight?

Why are men getting critical about a woman’s weight, when they have no idea about her health and well-being? The answer to this only men can respond to, though my opinion is, that they generally lack sensitivity and are obtuse๐Ÿ˜‘

Our world today is getting more linear, where we are everyday exposed to many stimulations and ideas, being kind and positive is a fundamental necessity. I totally understand appearances count, yet, isn’t there a single thing about her that you could positively comment on?

I love putting the guys on the spot with my question when they comment on my weight, so do I look better now? They no choice but to say, yes, you look wonderful ๐Ÿ˜mission compliment accomplished๐Ÿ’ช

What I really learnt with these compliments/comments was, to be neutral in each case because I’m absolutely thrilled with the way I look and feel๐Ÿ˜‡

I fully resonate with this quote by Anthony T. Hincks “The hottest chic, is normally the one sitting by the fire” because at the end of the day, it’s all about you!!

I’m enjoying my weighty compliments, ladies, enjoy yours, because if we have it, we flaunt it!!!


Recipes by T๐Ÿ€

Recipes by T๐Ÿ€
Almond Pista Coconut Laddoos

100gms plain almonds
100gms plain pista
1 full coconut grated
1 small can of condensed milk
1/2 tbsp cardamom powder
1 pinch kesar
1tbsp ghee
2tbsp organic brown sugar

Grind coarsely almonds n pista.

Heat ghee on slow flame, add coconut, almond Pista, sugar, cardamom powder n saute till light brown. Add Kesar and stir.

Cool n then add condensed milk…roll into Laddoos and they are ready!!๐Ÿ˜Š

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Enhance your business to a more robust level by sharing about your product/brand or idea to a larger audience.

Business blogging is a marketing tactic that uses blogging to get your business more online visibility. A business blog is a marketing channel (just like social media, direct mail, email marketing, etc.) that helps support business growth.

With over 15 years of entreprenual experience, I started blogging for my own company, Earthlings Live Naturally and have seen tremendous growth in my sales which inspired me to offer Business Blogging for brands which are keen on developing further business growth.

Check our blogs on: www.earthlingslife.wordpress.com

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Recipes by T๐Ÿ€

Winey Cheese

4 cubes of semi hard cheese (amul or other)
1 tbsp cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
1tbsp of flavoured salt (rock salt, garlic, rosemary)
4 tbsp Raspberry Liqueur (orange, peach works great as well)
5-6 fresh basil leaves

Grate the cheese, add salt and oil. Mix it well, lastly add the Liqueur. Mix it, cover and leave it the fridge till serve time.

Before serving, you can melt the cheese for 20 seconds in the microwave or double boiler if you like or serve as it is.

Garnish with coarsely chopped basil leaves and it’s ready!! Ideal combo is with crackers, vegetable sticks like carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers and radishes.

Enjoy with a glass of your favourite drink and company!!

5 Key Entrepreneurial Learnings

Being an entrepreneur in itself is a huge role to play. The idea of being employed by yourself and in turn employing others gives a added sense of responsibility and drive to succeed.

While I learnt a lot with Earthlings Live Naturally as an entrepreneur, I feel there are key traits or skills inherent, which I enhanced and utilised.

1. Supply Chain Management

Part of my Masters in Information Systems studies program was supply chain management which helped me to understand and adapt the same at the retail level of my business.

The logistics were the key to receiving fresh stock on time and delivering them to clients on time. We used multiple logistics agencies to manifest the timeliness of the service and consistency.

2. Licenses and Taxes

Absolutely one of the most critical aspects of owning an business are the taxes and licenses which are often overlooked.

I started the business with the essentials,  Shop and Establishment license, license to display hoardings, local municipality taxes and fire alarm certificate. Going forward I had to apply for GST ( Government Sales Tax) based on my expected income, FSSAI license, mandatory license to package/sell food products.

I learnt that the taxes and licenses had to be renewed periodically and were checked for expiry against which fines were levied if not paid on time.

Another critical factor was the insurance on the shop, products and white goods, which we maintained very strictly against any unforeseen events.

3. Stock Expiry

Any business to succeed especially in the space of retail products have to manage the expiry on the products.

We created a spreadsheet for managing inventory with details of the stock received/date of manufacture/expiry. This helped us to closely monitor the sale as well as the expiry dates.

Negotiations with suppliers/vendors was the key to succeed here. Our terms and conditions to buy with our vendors was largely dependent on getting the expired stock either exchanged or credited for the next order.

4. Discipline

A very important skill, discipline, brings in a consistent approach in building the business.

I created Whatsapp groups of our customers and a Facebook page which was updated everyday without fail with either a new product information, upcoming events and offers. This kept our customers totally engaged and excited with the new products and services. Our customers appreciated the strict rules of no forwards on the group and other irrelevant chats to maintain the ethos of the group.

Visual merchandise is a treat to the senses and we capitalised on it by changing our main display every day to showcase and enhance our products. This brought in freshness and grace to the store.

Another discipline which we followed was maintaining the cleanliness of the store and adherence to the opening and closing hours which helped retain customers loyalty.

5. Create A Need

The best learning as an entrepreneur I’ve had is that, if you create a need and then supply, the quality of your business improves and you are in charge of setting trends.

Gluten free, lactose free, chemical free, were some of the key needs which people needed to be made aware of and supplied consistently.

For example, before we started our store, customers were unaware of benefits and quality of natural Apple Cider Vinegar. I started promoting ACV with benefits, recipes and saw huge increase in the sale of ACV.

The group engagement everyday with the new products brought in customers to the store which in turn inspired me to launch new products, not available anywhere in Goa.

We got compliments on stocking products which were not easily unavailable in major metros of India as well and we saw brisk sales.

Finally an entrepreneur is one who always is a multitasker, yet will delegate responsibilities so that the inherent skills are not diluted.

Earthlings Live Naturally, as a business for me has always been about team effort, hard work and passion๐Ÿ€

I’m happy to be part of your entrepreneurial journey if you need a guide or mentor๐Ÿ‘

Gluten Free Morninga Muthiya

Recipe time: 30min
For 2 people

1cup of finely chopped fresh Morninga (Drumstick plant) leaves
3/4 cup organic sattu atta
1/4 cup organic jowar rawa
1tbsp grated ginger, garlic, green chilles
1tsp cold pressed coconut oil
2tsp garam masala
1 pinch turmeric powder
1 pinch red chilli powder
1tbsp roasted seeds (pumpkin, sunflower)
1tsp fruit salt (eno)
Himalayan pink salt and organic sugar to taste

Mix it up

* Mix together all the ingredients and roll them like rolls to bake.
* In a pressure cooker, add water and keep the steamer tray ready, greased with oil.
* Place the rolls on the them and steam them for 4 whistles.
* Once cooled down, cut the rolls neatly.

Steam

Seasoning
* Heat 1tsp cold pressed coconut oil
* Add 3 to 4 curry leaves
* Add 1tsp each of mustard, cumin and white sesame seeds
* Add the cut rolls and gently cook them around.
* Sprinkle 1tsp of fresh lime juice while cooking.

Seasoning

Cook until they turn brown and serve garnished with freshly grated coconut and green chutney with Indian masala tea ๐Ÿ˜‹