Dec 31, 2012

Good Bye 2012!

A very complicated year is coming to an end. If this post turns into ramble, feel free to only take this away - Wishing you a very happy, safe and prosperous new year!

As we all know there have been a few tragedies in 2012 -More recently -  The school shooting in Newtown and the Delhi rape incident. I have been terribly saddened by both and my heart goes out to the families affected by these horrifying incidents. As much as I go about my day, putting my mind to other things, I still end up thinking about this when I go to bed at night.

I truly hope the coming year will see changes in the legal, political and more importantly, social mindset to prevent these things from happening.

On the personal front, an advice I frequently hear from happy people is to be thankful for the things I have as opposed to whining about goals I hope to achieve. So I'm going to try and do that.
I suggest you do the same and lets meet up here and discuss the results next year.

Again, I wish you all a very happy new year!

 - Vidhya

Dec 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!!!  :)



Dec 16, 2012

Introducing the P&G eStore!


Hello Y'all! As you all know, I am a dentist but I have never really spoken about teeth on this site. I'm going to remedy that today. As a part of BlogHer and P&G stocking stuffer promotion, I was asked to review a P&G product I have tried. I hunted around the house looking for the brand's offerings and almost everything that I use on a regular basis seems to be from P&G - Always, Charmin, Downy, Duracell, Tide, Olay, Old Spice, Prilosec, Vicks. And the best one of all - Oral B and Crest
As an Indian dentist - I was taught that whitening is totally unnecessary unless you are a heavy tea drinker. But since coming to the US, I do feel like having bright white teeth definitely freshens up your appearance. I wanted to try something at home so that I could recommend it to many many patients who wanted to maintain the professional whitening that they had done. After some trial and error with whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes, I finally found a product that works very very well - Crest 3D white strips. 

The product is very easy to use. There are two strips - an upper and lower. The lower is smaller in size. It looks a little like clear tape. You take it off the backing slip, place it on your teeth in the front and fold over to the inside of your teeth. It covers only the front six teeth but that is enough. After thirty minutes, you peel it off, discard and rinse your mouth. 
I used this once a day for ten days and my teeth have never been whiter. Crest contains the same hydrogen peroxide used in a clinical setting but in a lesser concentration. So over time, you may be able to get satisfactory results with the white strips. Alternatively if you have undergone whitening treatment and you want to maintain the effect, this is an easy way to do it.
A few tips based on personal experience - 
1. Don't imagine you can eat and drink during the procedure. There will be a bit of foam action going on.
2. Try to do this late at night after eating and drinking is done for the day. Eating a nice red cherry or berry or drinking coffee right after treatment dulls your teeth.
3. Do it everyday over the course of a week or 10 days for truly dazzling results. 

Now to the fun part - P&G's estore is a fantastic way to save some cash while stocking up on the usual detergents, soaps, shampoos etc. 
You get free shipping oveer orders of $25.
You get free samples in every order.
AND
The store is offering a 15% off for your first order with the code - A9Z-MN5-KY3-ISA

 I love that you can buy product bundles and get free gifts like the CoverGirl Mascara. I like being rewarded for my brand loyalty. Feel free to check out the estore and tell me what are your favourite P&G products. 

Dec 9, 2012

Holiday Shoes - Gold Edition

I'm totally loving the little peeks of gold that I see between all the red and green. I can never resist picking up something sparkly and I'm looking to buy a nice gold shoe that I can wear unabashedly everyday till Christmas and once in a while after! Check out some of my favourites!

Target's $19 and Forever 21 $16.80 ones are the cheap and fun option which you can always discard after getting good use out of them. I love the dressier pumps and sandals for the more daring ones who don't mind wearing something shiny on a regular day. The Sperry Top-Sider is my kind of shoe - a no-nonsense gold shoe (oxymoron).
What are you wearing specially for the holidays? Is it red,gold and green?

Dec 2, 2012

Fossil!

A quick post to update on some last minute shopping! I bought the Fossil Mini Stella watch. Atlast. I got the rhinestone studded one as opposed to the plain one because they ran out of it in the store. I bought it from Macy's. They have a 25% off sale on everything so I got the $125 watch for about $100. Still pricey but its very pretty and I heard the rose gold does not fade at all compared to the less expensive ones that I found. The watch is not available in the online store but you could get it from a Macy's store. If you want it online, buy the watch from Fossil here. Mine is the 30mm case for reference.


After hunting for comfortable underwear and trying on every style in the store, I am in love with the Body by Victoria bra wirefree version which is so soft and comfortable. A must try if you are on the hunt too. Any other suggestions are welcome as this one is pricey at $40. I got a $10 off with their reward card promo, so it cushioned it a bit.

Lastly, I bought a cute "LOVE" bracelet from a shop called Icing. Their website doesn't offer any shopping or a look at their products but if you come across the store, you should check it out. They have really inexpensive accessories that are very cute and trendy. I added a link to Amazon incase you wanted to buy it since my bracelet is very similar and the same price! Buy it here.



I will try to tweet a picture of my new "arm party" soon. In the meantime, keep the comments rolling in. I want to know which brand of underwear you think is the best. Also what did you purchase for Black Friday and for the holidays?
Oh and I am tweeting and pinning a lot more these days. So feel free to check out those pages. A lot more fun with more people around!

Dec 1, 2012

Good Bye SFO, Hello Seattle!

December is here and I'm loving the holiday spirit and the festive mood everybody seems to have. It is also time to bid good bye to my second favourite city in the world and head to hopefully a new favourite. I look forward to living in Seattle but I will tremendously miss this oddball city that was love at first sight. See you on the other side!






My hubby has the same expression as the kid nearby. That's what this place will do to you!


This is the place I loved the most in SF -  The California Academy of Sciences. Once a nerd, always a nerd!