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The Art of Simple & Slow Living

I think I will never run out of lessons that I learnt during our stay in Sweden. I could say, during those couple of years, I got born again in many aspects of thinking, beliefs and perspective ✨

One of the fundamental lessons I learnt is what the Swedes are known for globally – SIMPLICITY & MINIMALISM ✨

Their ‘Lagom’ nature is something that catches one completely off guard. Once it does, it miraculously simplifies life, slowing us down and makes it so much more enjoyable ✨

Today, I not only find myself being drawn to monochrome’s and simpler clothing,

– I don’t bite more than I can chew, like even literally 😅

– I commit to few but important things and give my 100%

– I set expectations right at the very beginning (Ex: if I invite guests, I keep them informed that I will only be serving a simple meal and not to expect a banquet). I would rather have friends over for a simple meal, than not invite anyone out of the fear of cooking a three course meal 😅

– In cases when I would like to spend time with a person but I feel I don’t have the time and energy to host them at my home, I suggest ‘Fika’ (Coffee & Conversation in at a cafe or restaurant) ☕️🍰

– Be it a birthday party or my daughters’ weddings… No more themes or fancy, complicated, elaborate agenda, inviting strangers and people we hardly know in order to impress or please people. I am learning to keep things simple, practical, little to no stress and make it fun and memorable!

– I have stopped abiding to protocols that in my opinion are completely unnecessary!

– If I shower love or respect, I ensure it’s from my heart! No more pretending!

– I have started to invest in relationships & habits that matter for life.

– Mindful purchases, whether toys/clothing/gadgets 🧸

– Quality Family and Me-time now take high precedence. Everything else revolves around it. Anything/anyone that I feel would affect this balance shall not be entertained!

Most importantly, be it my kids education or my career, I am no longer in a fight for survival or in a rat race. We have begun to LIVE LIFE at our pace and on our terms ☺️

Tack Sverige för att göra mig till en bättre, gladare människa 🇸🇪 Thank you, Sweden, for making me a better, happier person 💕

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K&K at Sim and Sam’s Party & Playtown, Hyderabad

Ever since we arrived in Hyderabad, I have often wondered where to take the kids for play. Kid-friendly, kid-centered places and amusements are still so scarce even in large cities like Hyderabad. The choices we have in hand are so less that we often resort to movies and malls. Due to the lack of proper parks, some of us who would like our kids to be engaged in fun physical activities, end up taking our kids to Decathlon store for them to play!

I was super excited when Namrata Bhagtani-Sadhvani, Chief Editor of Momspresso invited me and my kids, along with a few mommy bloggers to check out the new branch of Sim and Sam’s Party & Playtown at Uppal.

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Toddler Play Area, Sim and Sams, Uppal
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Toddler Play Area, Sim and Sams, Uppal
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Toddler Play Area, Sim and Sams, Uppal
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Toddler Play Area, Sim and Sams, Uppal

The facility has been set up in a large area. Each activity is well spaced from each other in way you do not feel cramped.

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The entire surface is well cushioned. The kids are free to jump, swing, slide and run with absolutely no fear of hurting themselves.

The Ball Pit was one of the places my girls spent most of their time. They simply loved sliding into the heap of balls!

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I have been to a couple of other indoor play areas previously. I was super disappointed because parents were strictly not allowed into the play area and there was no one to supervise the kids. My girls were much younger back then and they got lost and scared when they got into the maze of slides and obstacles!

Sim and Sam’s have done an excellent job by giving parents access to all parts of the play area. They have also placed very friendly and caring staff across the play area to help and supervise kids! I was totally impressed!

My girls were over the moon when they saw all the climbing activities! How they love to climb!

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If you are looking for places to take your kids where they can not only be engaged, but also entertained with loads of fun physical activities, Sim and Sams is the place!

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Rotating Octopus, Sim & Sams, Uppal
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Kaity inside the Bubble Roll, Sim & Sams, Uppal

Sim and Sams have two branches in Hyderabad – Kompally and Uppal! You can check out the one closest to you! It’s also an ideal place to plan children’s birthday parties. There is a party room where kids are catered with food and drinks! The Party Package offers all of the following,

1. Maximum 2 Hours of Play
2. 1 Hour Use of the Party Room
3. Sim and Sam’s Birthday Gift Hamper for the Birthday Girl or Boy !

* Food, Party Decorations, Cartoon Characters , Photographer, Tattoo Artists , Game Planners , DJ, Etc can be organised as per request.

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Things to Remember When you Plan your Visit to Sim and Sams:

  1. Socks should be worn at all times. So socks should be taken for both parents and kids.
  2. Ideal for kids between 1 to 10 ages.
  3. Army families and kids accompanied by grandparents can avail a special discount.
  4. Be sure to grab the Sim and Sam’s Passport that is filled with exciting offers that you can avail on your subsequent visits.

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Thank you Sim and Sam’s and Namrata, for hosting a fun evening! My kids had a blast. It was an absolute delight meeting fellow Instagram mommy bloggers in person! We will definitely be paying regular visits to Sim and Sams!

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Instagram Mommies and their babies at Sim and Sams, Uppal

 

K&K’s Visit to Mariefred, Sweden

Travelling to new countries and continents is exciting. But let’s not discount the hidden gems that are tucked right where we are! After a day of treating ourselves with Swedish treats and an afternoon by the beach at the Taxinge Slott/Castle, we headed to the little town of Mariefred, one such gem, which is situated on the outskirts of Stockholm. Continue reading K&K’s Visit to Mariefred, Sweden