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In Atlanta We too had Snow in 2017 !! A rare thing in the history itseems!!

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I usually don’t follow the weather forecast but i had to follow when i got a notification stating it will snow in our area and we are facing a snow storm. The whole of Atlanta was excited as its a place where we don’t get snow and it was predicted that we would get approximately 1-2 inches of snow but still all my friends were excited. If you know me in person you would know how much i get worried for each and everything so i started bugging my husband z head to work from home as i felt our roads won’t be safe for the snow and i don’t want to risk. But he had to go for work. As it didn’t snow still 10 a.m. i kept quite. But still i was excited as its my first snow in Atlanta and were ready with layering stuffs for both Alizeh and I to get drenched in snow. Around 10.30 a.m. saw the snow slit cum rain but by the moment we got ready it stopped and both alizeh and I were waiting in the sunroom to know when it would start. Then around 11.00 we got snow and just called my husband to start from work and he acknowledged that we will start. So i was relaxed. He reached home before it started heavy with almighty z grace.
When it was heavy i felt BabyA wouldn’t enjoy much but to my surprise she enjoyed to the core where our nap was shifted to the evening slot and she was excited to play and run in thw snow. She saw her bootmarks and made snowballs, tried to catch the snow what not. Maa shaa allah nature teaches us a lot. We had a continuous snow and we went for a walk in the snow. Who would do that? We did it as we enjoyed. Husbandman wasn’t keeping well but still he joined us and we had a blast. The Georgia state isn’t ready for this kind and there are many people who suffered a lot due to power outage. And due to this power outage we had a guest from  his office. BabyA welcomed them and played with them and made them feel comfortable. We had wonderful time for sure.
Im pretty sure there would have been accidents happening as they wouldn’t know how to control their vehicles as they aren’t used to drive in snow. So there would be road closures for sure. Luckily we all stayed at home safe and enjoyed the snow al hamdulilah!!

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Did you guys had a privilege to enjoy snow in this snow storm? Or do you guys get snow often? Please do share with us how do enjoy your snow life??

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Gross Motor- & How do I build that in my Child?

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We have entered the toddler stage now and lately I can notice she becomes little aggressive and at times gets irritated when she is unable to reach a goal she has set. This happens in a child when they aren’t able to engage with the gross motor skill of theirs. When we reach this irritation stage, we move out and speak with the nature and explore the nature as she loves to explore the Nature. The main goal is to deviate our mind from the situation so that they calm down and don’t think about the loss. Now, being the season Fall, it’s actually easy to walk in the community and do lot of stuffs with the dry leaves around. We love to catch the leaves that are falling down as its not that easy to catch the leaves. What best can be an activity which a baby and mommy can love other than this?
With this we run and loose all the energy we have and its really best way to build our gross motor skill.
It might be latin and greek  for few mommies; so let’s skeleton what’s gross motor skill?
Gross motor movements  are nothing but the kids use  large muscle load or movements and these are the movements that use the whole body to complete the task. TASKS such as walking, crawling, jumping, sitting, standing,balancing etc.,  concentrate on daily activities.
Gross motor skills involves the coordination of eyes, hand movements,legs etc. When baby is in the infant stage gross motor skill was important and necessary to hold hands, hold their head upright, crawl and then sit and then walk. When they grow into toddlers and as we say they grow big they just refine their skills. Al hamdulilah. Almighty’s beauty is really great. He created the Adam [A.S] and Hawa [A.S] but with the help of studies we are understanding the behind the scenes of Almighty we can say.
Gross motor activities can help your baby/toddler to sweat as they keep on moving and get tired.
Lets see which are the areas gain limelight with the help of Gross motor skills:
1. Muscle tone
2. Muscle strength
3.motor planning like when to start what to do and when to stop.
4.sensory processing
5. Balance
6. Eye hand coordination
7.knowing their body parts
These are the few activities which we have done to improve or work with the gross motor skills:
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Walking on a pillow
Walking around a hoopla
Catching the leaves falling down from the tree
Crossing the obstacle
Trying to crawl using a tunnel
Playing with a ball
Moving the ball with a leg
Jumping on a sofa/couch
Trying to walk on the clothes
Hopping In and OUT of a hoopla
If you feel you need to shed some sweat join in with your kiddos and work on this!! I guarantee you will enjoy them for sure.
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Growing up as A MOM- Reasons to climb a Slide.

We went to a mall nearby where they have a small playarea. They had a small slide over there and babyA being small i didn’t think she could climb the slide. When she did everyone gave me a strange look but i loved her spirit and started to film it and enjoyed the spirit in her with pride. Later when I came back home and sat back and analyzed why did I enjoy it, i came up with a list. So now I am going to share why a child should be allowed to climb the slide.
1. A child can climb the slide only when they put in their complete strength and energy. Its a form of being active and a form of exercise. And a person cannot climb to the top just like that. It needs complete determination and energy and self motivation ofcourse.
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2. As i said climbing the top cannot happen without will power and self motivation. To reach the top the child will analyse and find out a way to reach the top. Hence creativity is kindled in the child. The gross motor skills also play a keyrole.
3. A child cannot reach the top in the first attempt so here the kid is able to learn the concepts of failure and success. The kid is able to learn how to accept failures positively and pile up the confidence within to transfer the failures as stepping stones to grab success finally.
4. The child is able to learn how to achieve the goal and what are ways necessary to achieve the goal.
5. The child is able to trust him/her. And also learns how to solve a problem.
These are the ways which i figured out. If you agree with me please do share with us why do you feel its necessary for a child to climb a slide or any other sport or game that looks apparently large for the age!! Do share if you like this article.
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Let’s Plan and work for a productive Living- December Month Goal

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I really don’t like to be organised. In fact you can hear from my family that I am a lazy b(m)um! I don’t really plan things well but being a new mother I really can’t say I don’t plan ahead and work with the flow. Even when I was a lecturer I hated the lesson plan but to survive in the field I had to. And in fact my mom was proud then that I took that much effort. Then planning wasn’t my thing but the moment babyA came into our life I started planning everything as I didn’t want to miss anything to be done in her life which the Almighty had blessed me with. Starting from the breast-crawling till now everything goes as per my research and my plans. Only then I realized how a planned life gives a less chaotic life. Even now my home is messy but we do some productive work as planned the previous night al hamdulilah. From this month i have planned to write up my monthly goals so that i will be able to be a more productive mom for my sweet kiddo in shaa Allah

Being a first time mommy in a nuclear setup handling things all alone though with the support from my husband i felt planning would help me to reduce my stress. So when i plan my day the previous night i feel relaxed and our journey is smooth al hamdulilah. Even alizeh gets a structured input of what she is doing. You might ask whats there of being structured and unstructured at the age of 17 months? People do things based on their capacity and available resources and my motive is to reduce her screentime infact no screentime at all as much as possible. This can happen only when i plan and organize my tasks and complete them as per schedule so that i can concentrate more on her. Planning the schedule previous day helps me accomplish stuffs.

Take steps to be healthy and fit both physically and mentally. Being away from my family back in India and concentrating on babyA all alone myself, I really forget to concentrate on my health and my husband’s health. We both are growing sideways and we have realised we should stop the growth sideways. In shaa allah  will spend atleast 45 minutes for our fitness. In fact babyA and I go for a walk but its a jolly kind rather than an actual fitness walk where i can shed some of my pounds.

Build a strong relationship with the Almighty

I really want to build a strong relationship with the Almighty. In shaa allah my goal is to pray on time as per the ruling and pray with full concentration and be a role model for my daughter in being pure and pious. In shaa allah have plans to read Quran with meaning and read atleast one juz a day. This practice will give my family peace and happiness.

    Now your question will be how you will check if this is done regularly. I have placed a board in my kitchen and i do write my plan on the right hand side and follow if i am working based on my plan. Once the tasks are completed for the day I write them in my diary. In shaa allah will be getting a journal in a short span and will record on them regularly so i can work on it in the near future. This will help me when I am going to homeschool for my daughter in shaa Allah.

Have plans to write my monthly goals on my blog so that it will be productive and can look back to compare if i am going forward or not.

Please do encourage me and if you really wish you can join our journey too by sharing your plan for the month December ! Come let’s begin a well planned fun filled festive December package!

Welcome to the Monthly Goals Blog Hop! Do you plan your month ahead? Have you anything in particular that your looking forward to this month? Is there anything in your life that needs focus? Kids, family, self… what is your motivation?

This blog hop and link up is to help you make new friends and find a partner to stay accountable to. Every month, a group of us get together to write our monthly goals. This helps us stay connected, accountable as well as inspire other moms to know how we do it all.

This month the participating blogs are:

Jeddah Mom – Confident Parenting | Deliberate Motherhood 
Multicultural Motherhood
Alizeh My Soul

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Colour Themed Sensory Basket

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When babyA was around 5 months she had an urge to pull the stuffs around her. That is the phase where I felt to collect the stuffs she will be interested in and put it in one place like basket or a tub or box so that she can explore and I can get some ME time when she does that. So I started searching and found the treasure basket series from the imaginationtree and I really enjoyed collecting stuffs for her and even I do play at times; being a mommy I behave like a kiddo part 2.
So now I’m in the phase of introducing colours so I took up the Colour pink now.

The baskets can be done quick and it’s very simple to create with the stuffs we have around home. Not only with colours we can create the treasure basket to teach the shapes, texture, sizes, rhymes, stories, etc. Now let’s see what all We have collected in the Pink Basket

Pink Saturn ribbon
Hot box cover
Pink spoon
Plates
Baby high chair support
Teddy

Baby shoe

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Blue Basket

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Foam Letter 2

Cylinder shaped

Her playset cups

Saucepans

You can also use the coloured rice filled in a bottle.

It’s really fun to sit back and see how the kids explore depending on the age. They touch, feel and explore each and every stuff in the basket.  Their imagination grows based on how to work on this. They can take it out and put it back into the bin. They may even use the property without teaching them. They may even discover a new method to use them. They will chew too as that’s their routine. So with the basic basket the baby/toddler is getting an opportunity to learn the colour, explore the stuffs and knows about the methodology to use a particular product.

Did you like this? Please do let me know about your experience with the sensory bin if you had made earlier and if not make it and share your experience

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ALIHUDA REVIEW- NETFLIX FOR MUSLIM MUNCHKINS- I MEAN IT

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PEACE OF MIND FOR BOTH PARENTS AND KIDS

When babyA was born I was sure that she should have NO SCREEN TIME and with almighty’s grace I was able to stick to that rule till she reached 15 months but she wasn’t able to be free from screen time as she started looking at kids of her age watching videos – smiling, laughing and giggling around. Her curiosity and exploration behaviour in her wanted to know what’s going around. So she asked her papa to show his mobile and then she was stuck to Chuchu TV. I didn’t have issues as ChuchuTV shows rhymes and she is happy with it. But then I felt what if my kid happens to see age inappropriate content where the YOUTUBE shows at times. She can even see stuffs in the AD breaks and seriously I can’t be behind her during her screen time what she sees? I can do check her history though which I don’t think I’l have time and patience to see all the contents so to be free from these tensions I wanted to find out a space for being happy as well as enjoy our screen time too. So when I heard about ALI HUDA, Netflix for Muslim Kids I was sure I can give her screen time without me worrying about the content.

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HOW TO WATCH THEM:

            The first few days I spent thinking on how am I going to have babyA watch as I don’t like to handover my phone or Tablet to her as she throws them at times to know how far does it go when she drops them from top or slides them down #Mommylife. After reading FAQs on their website I found out watching in TV with ROKU is possible and it made me happy, YAY!!. Now we are glued to it when we think about the screen time. So we are happy that we can watch it through an app, or online with their website, or TV. The best part is we can save it for later use too.

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Learning with a Fun mode ON:

            Netflix is a space where all the age group starting from kids to adult to enjoy watch and have fun. Similar to  Netflix, ALI HUDA is a place where kids of all age can enjoy watching stuffs starting from learning shahada to memorising QURAN everything in a playful way. Everything happens in the form of stories, songs, nasheeds, cartoons, rhymes, crafts, etc. BabyA is 16 months old and she loves to watch ALIF & SOFIA’s TWINKLE TWINKLE SHAHADAH. Maa shaa allah her ears are sharp, when her dad or her mumma switches on the TV , if she gets to hear SOFIA, SOFIA- babyA runs from any part of the home to the living area. This is to say how the basic pillar of Islam, Shahadah for any ummah can be taught in a playful way. Quran 4 Kids is another show which both her mumma and babyA loves to watch. Brainy bunch, Misri bunch and Scrapbook Island are the other shows which we love to watch.

EASY TO NAVIGATE and Content Safe:

            The approximate time of an episode is around 1.5 to 3 minutes which is better is few ways. No ads and safe content for age appropriate so I don’t have to babysit the T.V in future too. After a few episodes it asks the viewer if we would like to continue watching them. So it gives us an alarm if we need to watch them or switch it off as we have crossed the time limit which is good for the parents to work on  limiting the screen time. This is how it works in TV, Iphone, android phone and Android Tab. Hope so it’s same in IPAD too.

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It’s easy to navigate as they have grouped them into age-wise and also categorizes them into TV, ARABIC, QURAN, NASHEED, TRAVEL, CRAFTS etc. Even the elders are able to learn from this ALI HUDA. Many parents would like to learn Arabic as a language and they would like to concentrate on the Phonics part which can be learnt through this.

Does it Only Concentrate on Islam?

            They mainly concentrate on ISLAM and its core principles but basic stuffs needed for a child to know is also available like the ABC song and how to greet, how to speak, etc. The content is growing and it keeps evolving and they mainly concentrate on 4 conditions which parents requested during their pilot study -Quantity, Quality, No ads and affordable price.

Irrespective of ethnicity and practices, they have framed the teachings based on the core values of ISLAM which is accepted by all. Each family can speak up based on their experiences to their kids and this can be a conversation too. Even at this age I speak to my mom who is in India regarding the ALI HUDA.

How to sign up to Netflix:

            Users can sign up for a free trial for a week/7 days and then you will have to pay $7.95/Rs.514.40 for a month. You can even cancel it anytime you want but I don’t think a need will arise for sure.

You will get 50% off your 1st month if you use “alizeh” i.e. $3.98/Rs.257.52/- for the first month.

So it works like this get the trial of 7 days and then use my code “alizeh” for the first month to be $3.98 and then $7.95 per month thereafter.

To sign up click here and scroll to the bottom to sign up for the trial and enter my code “ALIZEH”

Would you recommend this?

   I am really happy and I will recommend this for all for sure. This will work worldwide the same way. So even my Desimoms can go for it.

ALI HUDA can also be found on Social media

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alihudatv/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/alihudatv/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/alihudatv/

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Discalimer: I was given a free trial of 1 month for purposes of writing this review. All opinions in this review is honest and we (babyA and I) really love this product. I wouldn’t recommend anything which we don’t like/love and don’t use. I may get a commission if you use my code to sign up for trial but it doesn’t cost you anything but only enables me to bring many contents which are useful for the society.