Dear readers, welcome to MommyLabs – the new offshoot blog from Gorgeous Karma! My vision for MommyLabs – is to make it an inspiring platform for creative, artful and experimentative parenting ideas and a thriving community of mommies sharing views on these topics. The objective of Mommy Labs is to inspire a love for creativity, art and craft, music and exploration in our kids. Ahhh….I think I must pause here! Before I get deeper into the "what", let me give some context on the "why". For, I can see you all wearing a surprised look; may be a frown on your forehead and a tilt of head suggesting you are trying to figure it out! I can understand friends, I can totally understand… :) I can at times get carried away by my flow of passion and emotion! You may be wondering what happened to the original Gorgeous Karma blog; why all those Pari's art and craft related old posts are on a new address; are these posts there too; am I going to abandon that original blog; am I not going to blog any more about other topics besides creative parenting; and so on and so forth. I will answer all these questions going on on your mind…. :) Firstly, I want to share with you all that the original blog – Gorgeous Karma – will very much remain – live and kicking – and I will continue to write there about the subjects that I am very passionate about and something that YOU have shown so much liking and support for – natural health, travel, and ideas for a gorgeous living. But, my writings on creative parenting will now have an exclusive blog – and it will be this – MommyLabs! And, you have every right to ask – "why separate the content when it was easier to read everything in one place?" I had the same question going on round and round in my head for months now. The idea to separate the content and have two different blogs focusing on specific content, arised from the fact that the readership on the Gorgeous Karma blog was very diverse due to the nature of the articles. Among the readers on the Gorgeous Karma blog, there were mothers of preschool kids like you and me who liked reading the craft and learning ideas for their kids. And then, there were male readers who came to the blog to read travel stories or enjoy photography; and the third category of readers were those who found value in the natural health articles. The male readers were not exactly interested in the kid-specific content. The females who did not have kids of preschool age were not interested either. Considering this, I felt that it would be inappropriate that these readers would have to put up with the kids-related content when that was not the reason they subscribed to my blog. And on the other hand, the mommy readers like you all who have kids aged 1-6 years; you would prefer reading the parenting ideas more over other articles. Then, would you not feel happy if you could read on this subject exclusively and more frequently, rather than once in a while. Until now, once-in-a-while was how I was posting the art and craft posts because in between I would write about health and travel and musical weekends and other things. Besides, there was another dilemma I was facing – in terms of striking balance in the blog content. I always had ample ideas and articles about kids' art and craft that I could have published almost every single day. But, refrained from it thinking that would totally overshadow other content on the Gorgeous Karma blog. So, from every perspective – from the readers' as well as mine – having a blog exclusively for creative parenting, made complete sense to me. Through Mommy Labs, I plan to frequently share innovative ideas from my everyday learning and experience of striving to be an innovative mother to a 5-year old girl. As a mother, one of my prime objectives is to foster an environment filled with art, craft, music, nature, exploration and playful learning – at home or through conscious traveling. And I commit to share these ideas from my roller coaster, fun, creative and quirky journey of motherhood – more frequently and regularly than ever before! At Mommy Labs, you will get to read all-new creative, innovative and original ideas on:
- Do-able art and craft ideas for preschool or older kids
- New and unique ways to inspire a love for art in our kids
- Easy ways to foster a creative environment at home
- Ideas for working moms to spend quality artful time with their kids
- Making academics fun for kids by incorporating playful learning methods
- Fun ways to encourage love for music, books and reading
- Unique ways for kids to celebrate festivals and special days
- Ideas to develop a DIY (do-it-yourself) attitude among kids
- Making kids independent, active and confident
- Out-of-the-box healthy foods ideas that kids can't say "no" to
- Unwinding ideas for multi-tasking moms
- Fun ideas to develop family bonding time
- Creative projects just for mommies
- Innovative career options for mothers
- Unique Kid-friendly Travel Destinations and tips on traveling with kids
So, that was a peek into my editorial calendar for Mommy Labs – for the next 6 months. Now, come on, hop on along with me on this fun-filled journey and enjoy the thrills of seeing your kid paint, scribble, embellish, splash, sing and dance. Make yourself profusely rich soaking in the expressions of pue joy on your child's face when he/she is engrossed in artful activities. Last but not least, thank you alll for being such supportive and discerning readers on the Gorgeous Karma blog. I truly value your comments and constant motivation. Without your readership, comments and participation, my blog will be like a beautiful but marooned island. And, it's scary to be lonely! I hope to get the same support and participation from you all at Mommy Labs. I recommend you to subscribe to MommyLabs to get regular blog updates. I plan to write posts frequently every week. Once a routine is laid down, I can schedule to publish on fixed days of the week so you know when to expect new articles. I will keep you updated on this. You can subscribe to MommyLabs here: Now, over to you. I would like to hear what you'd like to read about here – related to artful parenting. Please do not hesitate to share your ideas and views. Thanks in advance. ——————————————————————————————————- PS: I would like to share with you all today that my hubby – Avie – has really been (and continues to be) my 'knight in shining armour' when it comes to setting up my blogs and keeping them in ship-shape form. It's he who handled all the technical nitty gritties of moving the kids post (with the reader comments intact) from the original blog to this one. He had set up the Gorgeous Karma blog almost 1.5 years back and now – MommyLabs has seen the light of the day due to his exclusive help. Without his expert skills, I would have been either lost, or would have had to make do with ordinary looking and un-polished layout. So, today, as we celebrate 'thanksgiving', my heartfelt thanks goes out to my dearest hubby – Avie – for being my constant support in life and for anything and everything technical related to blogs.
I need help sustaining this blog…
Dear blog readers – It’s been exactly eight years now that I’ve been writing on this blog! Yes, eight long years and hundreds of articles. From art, creativity and learning; to food, health, gardening, travel, sustainable and mindful living, natural birth. In our un-schooling life, as we go on introspecting, questioning and evolving, I’ve strived to share our stories and experiences with as much honesty, care and sincerity as possible.
I spend hours writing an article – and often write and rewrite many times before it rings true to me and sounds worthy of your time to read.
The most important thing for me is to keep this blogging endeavour authentic and true to my values. This blog has been my sacred space to express, share, feel empowered and contribute. Hence, I do not like to support businesses that don’t align with my values. So far, I’ve rarely taken sponsorship from brands and companies. I haven’t placed any ads on my blog, though there have been multiple offers.
Infact, I’d like to keep this blog ad free unless something truly meaningful comes across.
Yet, there’s a cost to running this blog. The basic cost of keeping the domain alive, and hosting all this content on. I spend roughly INR 10,000 (USD 173) just to keep this blog up and running. So, I need to cover this cost. Plus, it’d be nice to bring in some income for our family of four. And, this is where I request your support.
If you find my articles and stories useful or inspiring at some level, please help me sustain. Starting from 1 dollar or 100 rupees to whatever you can, do consider donating for the content I share; for my intention and the time and effort I put. Your support will go a long way in keeping this blog (of 8+ years) sparkling with stories for many more years to come. Thank you, dear ones. I’ll value what you’ll gift with love and kindness. :-)
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