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Baba Got an Exciting Gift + Special JORD Watch Giveaway!

September 27, 2017

This is a sponsored post via Jord Watch in which we received a free watch in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

JORD Watch

I had been seeing this watch floating around social media for many months and always loved the wood natural look to it, especially with the blue face. Although I think it would look gorgeous on a woman’s hand I felt that this was much more suited for men. I have a very tiny wrist so large watches tend to not suit me. So when JORD reached out to me last month asking if I was interested in collaborating I thought it would be the perfect time to gift my husband this watch for Eid Al Adha (our celebration after the Pilgrimage) and also our anniversary this month!

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Ali Huda: The Netflix for Muslim Kids

September 19, 2017
Ali Huda Review, Muslim Netflix

This post contains affiliate code. Please see my disclosure at the end of the post.

As a Muslim Mother, it’s very important to find media like Ali Huda, that is relatable and can teach the kids different aspects of their religion in a kid fun way. This market is growing larger and we are seeing more and more Islamic Media for children which is great. I was pleasantly surprised to find out about Ali Huda TV. This product is basically the Netflix for Muslim children. Their goal is to entertain and education Muslim children about Islam in a fun way with 1000’s of shows exclusively for Muslim Kids.

Our Experience with Ali Huda:

I didn’t think much of it or have high expectations until I was given a chance to review it by participating in a 1-month trial. The first few days all I could think about was how am I going to have the kids watch it under my supervision. I really didn’t want them on the iPad because they are going through a phase of sibling rivalry at its worst since they are so young (almost 4 years and 2 years). After reading up the FAQ’s on the website I then found out they were accessible through Roku and this made me REALLY happy! After following the instructions which were super easy and I had it up and going on Roku in a few mins. And that was the start to my kids falling in love with Ibo & Adam from the Brainy Bunch!

Ali Huda Content:

The episodes average about 1.5-3 mins long which is different to what they are used to with normal series on Netflix or Amazon Prime that last an average of 24 mins. So this was something I had to get used to. The great thing about Ali Huda is that on the Roku, it will work exactly like Netflix and go onto the next episode so I don’t have to baby sit the TV. After a certain number of episodes, it will pause automatic playing and ask if we still want to continue watching which I also found to be a great feature. It works the same way on the iPad & iPhone. Since I don’t own an Android I can’t say how it works on there.

The content is divided by age group and also categories like TV, Arabic, Quran, Nasheeds, Travel, etc. This makes it easy to search you are able to review what each program/series is about before starting to watch it. Most if not all for my kids’ age group are pretty short videos. There are some series that are still being updated slowly, but many others have at least 5 or up to 50 episodes. I got a notification today by email when a new episode/series was uploaded which was useful to know!

 

 

Bim Learns Primary Colors, Brainy Bunch, Ali Huda, Muslim Netflix

Bim Learns Primary Colors from Brainy Bunch

 

 

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Ali Huda, Muslim Netflix

Ali Huda, Muslim Netflix, Age Group, Series, TV, Kids TV Shows, Muslim Kids

Ali Huda Shows Grouped by Age

Features of Ali Huda:

I have not had any issues with the program so far, nor has it been slow for me or gotten stuck as Netflix tends to do. I love how it has been designed and how user-friendly it is.

  • It can be used on an iPhone, Android, iPad, Tablet, Laptop, Apple TV and Chromecast.
  • You can get HD streaming access to all the content and all future releases instantly.
  • It funds producers to make more awesome content for Muslim kids worldwide.
  • The shows are curated exclusively for Muslim kids to entertain & educate on Islamic values.
  • It is free of ads. This was another plus as with Youtube, for example, I am always having to hear whining when the video doesn’t start immediately or just stops for an AD.

How to Sign Up to Ali Huda:

Users can sign up for a FREE 7 Day trial and once that trial is over they only have to pay $7.95/month or $79.50/year.

Upon signing up for your trial if you use the special code “MAMASEYES”, you can get 50% off your 1st month! That’s only $3.98 for your first month!

After your free 7-day trial, your card will be charged $3.98 per month for the first 1 months (a 50% discount). It will be charged $7.95 per month thereafter.

To sign up click http://tv.alihuda.com and scroll to the bottom to sign up for the trial and enter my code.

Here is a little trailer to get some more information.

 

You can find Ali Huda on social media on:

  • Facebook – @alihudatv -https://web.facebook.com/alihudatv/
  • Twitter – @alihudatv -https://twitter.com/alihudatv
  • Instagram – @alihudatv -https://www.instagram.com/alihudatv/

Enjoy your trial and comment below your kid’s favorite show!

 

 

Whilst we were provided with the product for free to review, all the opinions within this review are honest. I would never recommend anything that I/ my children don’t already use and love.  I may get a commission if you use my code to sign up for a Trial. However, it costs you nothing and enables me to keep bringing you great content. I only ever recommend products I use and love myself.

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Using a Personal Planner to Organize Your Everyday!

July 13, 2017

There’s something about becoming a mother that sort of disrupts any skills you had being structured or organized. Well, that’s the case for me at least and some other moms I know. There are mothers who are pros at continuing to stay on top of things and schedules like my super mom sister from And Then She Said. Especially since we just moved apartments and our life is changing in so many ways from the environment, facilities in our complex and most importantly my son starting pre-school this week.

For me, on the other hand, I found that over the last 4 years I became more and more disorganized as time went by and as my kids grew. I still find myself just going through my unplanned or sometimes even planned days not knowing what to do next or just winging it based on my kid’s moods. After having 2 children and starting this blog late last year I decided enough was enough. I knew I needed something to keep my day grounded and so I came across the Happy Planner in Costco and purchased it. It was colorful, had loads of pens and stickers and sayings and I was mesmerized. It felt like this was what was going to change my life in 2017 so I quickly grabbed it! Come 2017, I procrastinated using it as it was just so intimidating. The washi tape, the way the days were structured on the daily planner and just how bulky the planner was in general. Don’t get me wrong it’s GORGEOUS! And there are thousands out there who love it but I quickly came to realize it wasn’t for me. I started to research, I wanted something that would change everything for me, I looked at personal growth planners and mom planners. Many of which are pretty pricey starting at $50-$60. I really didn’t want to spend that much and come May 2017 I was still using my notebook to create my to-do lists.

My sister then again suggested the Personal Planner. She had actually told me about it in December last year but the way she described the “customization” put me off and I never looked into it. So I started looking into it and watching some Youtube Videos/Reviews and it looked super simple. It might take a day to set up but that’s what I was going to have to do with my Happy Planner on a weekly basis! So this was really appealing considering most of the customization could be done prior to the diary being printed (specially for me!).

I quickly created my own planner and below I will show you how easy it was to set up and how I have used it so far.

Planner Size & Cover

To Start, you will need to pick your preferred size and start a month. I picked the A5 size and its perfect to carry around and also fit into a pouch or smaller purse and into my Fawn Design diaper bag. You can see a video of how it fits in my bag here.  Next thing you will need is a nice cover page that you can design yourself (or on Canva) or buy off Etsy. I chose to purchase one on Etsy so I can keep it for continued use. I purchased mine from

Next thing you will need is a nice cover page that you can design yourself (or on Canva) or buy off Etsy. I chose to purchase one on Etsy so I can keep it for continued use. I purchased mine from Printable Beauty Art which is an Etsy shop based out of Greece!

Personal Planner Cover Image Personal Planner Size

Planner Layout & Design

The planner is so awesome you can pick the language you prefer! I chose English of Course.

Next is the writing space. The first thing to pick is a layout. You can choose from blank columns, blank rows with the weekdays having more space, blank rows with an equal distribution of rows across all days or lastly cubes for each day. I chose the first option and picked it to be ruled across the whole page to organize my lines/size of my writing. It is a little small to write in if you have a thick pen so I would suggest using a thin pen tip and it works great.

You can also choose to have your lines striped with a choice of 5 colors. I quite liked this because it helped kind of seperate each line rather than having each look the same.

Next you can choose a ruler which I found can be really useful especially if you don’t have a ruled page. My favorite part of the writing space is the choice to have a “timetable” in each day column/row. I chose to have this so I can schedule my day more effectively. I chose to have the timetable on half the column so that I can use the remaining blank part of the column to add random notes/lists. It works quite well for me as I don’t use the time tables regularly so I have the choice to use the blank lines.

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Personal Planner Layout

Daily Details

Here you are able to customize your daily columns/rows with the weather, work, and workout info. I chose to have work in there so I can set a time for work since I am a work-from-home mother. It baffles me why anyone would need the weather in there, but who knows, maybe it helps plan days or people involved in weather type work?

For the other Options I picked this weeks dinners so I can meal plan and it’s super helpful when you need to create a grocery list. I also picked list of the week with 10 to items to add to the list. I am currently using this to add items to gett for our new apartment that we just moved to. On the right page of the daily layout I add “to do” and I can mark complete or not to track my progress.

Personal Planner Back Daily Details

 

Personal Planner Customization

 

Personal Planner Customization

Personal Dates

This is one of my favorite features on the planner. This section allows you to enter any number of birthdays, anniversaries, special days, etc on the calendar. This is what really really makes it personal to you. This is probably the only time consuming part in the setting up of the planner but it’s worth it in the end.

Theme for Spread

This part allows you to pick a theme for your header and accordingly changes the colors of your lines dividing the days.

Lastly we have 3 more customization options for 3 sections at the bottom of the page which is another one of my favorite features. For each you can pick from things like to do list, meal planning, Preschool Scheduling, etc. I chose to have a meal planning section, list, and a to-do list.

All pages in the planner will have a tiny monthly preview in the right corner.

Back Pages

You are almost done now and you can customize your back pages too! Here you can pick from having a monthly overview before each month, yearly overviews at the back, a coloring book!!!, maps, Sudoku and a bunch of different options for writing pages.  Teachers can even pick their very own teach pages which shows class list, test results, absences, telephone numbers and schedule of classes! I picked a Month Overview, 2018 Year Overview, some ruled pages and coloring pages which my kids have already started to draw on!

Personal Planner Back Customization

 

 

 

Personal Planner Coloring Pages

 

Personal Planner Yearly Overview

 

The last customization is to add your personal information to the back. I was inspired by And Then She Said and added a Dua’a (Prayer) along with my phone and email.

Personal Planner Owner Info

 

The planner takes about 3-4 weeks to print, and ship from Sweden so it’s always best to order ahead of the time you need to start using it. It normally comes with about 5-7 days prior to the month you choose.

The pens I have pictured were useful for this planner because you can erase anything you right. Yes, you can erase just like a pencil eraser! This was the coolest thing I found 🙂

 

The team from Personal Planner has been kind enough to offer 1 FREE Planner to our following! In order to enter please comment below your favorite feature from the planner and how you would use this planner as a mother.

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Disclaimer: I received a free A5 Planner from Personal Planner in exchange for writing for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by the developing company or affiliates in any way.

 

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Fawn Design Diaper Bag Giveaway

June 20, 2017

I recently reviewed my Fawn Design Bag and wanted to share the love with you on this beautiful month of Giving called Ramadan. Enter for a chance to win the latest Black Fawn Design Diaper Bag, with a Free Pouch and Tassel!

The giveaway will run from 12 PM PST June 20th, to 12 AM PST  30th June and is only open to US Residents.

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This giveaway is sponsored by Through Mama’s Eyes; it’s all because I love this bag & Fawn Design so much.

To see how I pack my Fawn Design check out the below video:

 

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The Best 18 Card Wallet – Borgasets Malta RFID Zipper Wallet

April 26, 2017

This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure at the end of the post.

Let’s talk Wallets. I am one of those women who switches wallets like she switches handbags/purses. It was hard to find the right wallet for myself especially once I moved to the US 5 years and had my first baby in 2013. Many of my cards are for loyalty programs I am a part of like Costco, Ikea Family, Babies R Us, Body Shop, Walgreens, Grocery Stores Programs, Credit Card Point Programs, etc.

I found it really hard to store my cards in my previous wallets, I was constantly doubling up the cards and even if I had 10 card slots it wasn’t enough. This made my wallets tear up and I ended up with holes in the card slots and they looked really ugly. So I decided to one day run a google search for wallets.

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Learning Arabic through the Alif Baa App

April 2, 2017

If your child’s primary language is English and you are trying to teach them Arabic, you will love the Alif Baa App. This iPhone/iPad based app is a great way to get your child to learn Arabic in a fun way.

Our Ethnic BackGround

Having our children grow up learning Arabic is very important to my husband since it is not our primary spoken language. My ethnicity is Yemeni Kenyan so my native language is Arabic and Swahili. My husband’s ethnicity is Eritrean and his native language is Tigrinya. For both of us, however, we grew up with English as our primary language (growing up in Dubai & America) and caught a little of our native languages but not enough to say we are proficient.

Being Muslims, the language of our Holy Book (the Quran) is Arabic so it was our natural choice to want to do our best to learn this language and also make sure it was the main language our children could speak (aside from our other native languages).

 

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Amazing Britax Car Seat Sale 40% Off!

February 28, 2017

This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure at the end of the post.

It’s Christmas all over again! Britax has a 40% off Sale today only for Britax Car Seats. If you own a Britax you will know that they are one of the safest car seats on the market. This why the first car seat we purchased was a Britax Pavillion Convertible Car Seat.

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How I Potty Trained My Toddler in 5 Days – Part 2

December 9, 2016

I hope you found the first post on potty training useful. Now let’s get into how days 2 to 5 went for us…

Potty Training Day 2:

We started the same way and took off the pull off first thing in the morning. Again I mentally prepared him to use the potty. This time I used the Daniel the Tiger card. A little bit of background in case you don’t know, Daniel the Tiger is one of the best kids cartoons ever and Ayyoub’s favorite at the moment. There is a famous potty episode with a song that seems to have helped many moms when training.

He resisted but eventually got better through the day as I rewarded him for every time he went potty. You will notice this resistance will constantly happen unless they are entirely willing. I used candy, snacks, stickers, and marked a chalkboard saying well done every time he went. One of the rewards on this day was allowing him to wear pants to see if he would be able to hold himself till the potty. Continue Reading

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Why I Love these Nursing Covers (Covered Goods Vs MilkMaid Goods)

November 23, 2016

I am sure you have been there; the long nursing sessions with an infant who barely moves but it kills your back. Then about a year later, you have a toddler nursing which kills your back in a completely different way. It’s almost like acrobat moves or like you have a little superhero who wants to feed how they want to feed whether it be sitting, standing, pulling, and the list goes on…..

When I discovered Fawn Design (which is my absolute favorite diaper bag, check out why here) I noticed different nursing ponchos that looked interesting. I shook my head in denial thinking how will this be comfortable? Especially for me as a Muslim woman who covers up. I found 2 companies called Covered Goods (the original multi-use nursing covers) and MilkMaid Goods which is similar but designed slightly differently.

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