"Amma, tell me" Book Series

Bhakti Mathur, That's what mommies do

If you know me well, you know how much I love Indian mythological stories. It feels like some other world; full of mighty kings, courageous queens, brave warriors and cruel demons. And the tales have so much depth to it. I always wished my kids would enjoy our Indian mythological stories and characters as much as they enjoy princess fairytales, superhero characters and Santa. So when I heard about the ‘Amma, tell me” book series, I was really looking forward to them.
“Amma, tell me” series is written by Bhakti Mathur and has a total of 10 picture books on Indian Mythology. Bhakti is a perfect example of That's what mommies do! After failing to find perfect books on Indian mythology and festivals that catered to young kids, Bhakti decided to write the books herself that would be fun for kids. There are 2 books on the Indian festivals - Holi, which is the first book in her series and the other one is about Diwali. There is a book on epic Ramayana.Then there are books about mythological figures Krishna, Hanuman and Ganesha. Hanuman and Krishna both have trilogies written about them.

Amma tell me about Diwali
amma tell me about Ramayana
That's what mommies do
That's what mommies do

Let me start by saying that I was not at all disappointed. The stories are written in such rhyming couplets that are fun to read; and simple language that is easy for the kids to understand. Every story starts with a modern day boy named Klaka and his brother Kiki; and how their Amma (mother) tells them tales about our mythological figures, festivals and why we celebrate them. I feel this is a great resource for Indian parents living abroad. The author beautifully tells the stories to the point without dragging and in no way preaches Hinduism. All the stories have meaningful moral to them.
The illustrations by Maulshree Somani are out of the world and just perfect to enrich child’s imagination. They bring the stories to life in a very modern way without taking away from the reality. 
The books are paperback but don’t mistake them to be flimsy. They are very well made from thick paper and are sure to last.
These books are targeted towards the kids ages 3-9 years but I don’t think I am going to ever part from them. I am going to add ‘reading these books during festivals’ to my list of family traditions.
You can buy the books on Amazon here. Check out more about the author Bhakti Mathur here.

Bhakti Mathur That's what mommies do

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Princess Sophia Dress Cupcakes Cake

Princess Dress cake

Yes! You read it right. This yummy delicacy that looks like a giant cake is actually the cluster of cupcakes. The placement of the cupcakes make it look like a Princess Dress cake.
I love making the such cakes that are super easy to assemble but look like you worked on them very hard. 

You can pretty much prep the board ahead of time like I did here. I took a foam board and decorated the border with glitter ribbon and glued the cupcake liners on the board in the shape of a princess dress.

Now on the day of the party, I had to make the cupcakes, ice them and trim the dress. Using the Wilton 2D piping nozzle, create the roses on the cupcakes. It is not very difficult, trust me.
Now using the edible sugar balls and other bling, decorate the dress the way you want. 

And when you are ready to serve, just pull apart, no cutting needed. Your princess is sure to love this pretty dress.

Princess Dress Cupcake Cake