Noor Kids – Review

We received a box of Noor Kids Comic Books and we love it. Alhamdulillah. From the packaging to the content for both parents and children, its nothing short of wonderful! Check out the cute little box it came in below, bottom right.

I am really impressed by their structure.

  • A series of books that revolve around 4 main characters that are totally cute and muslim! Already sounds like your very own kids, right?! 😉 ma sha Allah.
  • Each book starts with a letter to the parents explaining with detail the focus behind the moral of the stories. I love this part because it totally preps you for questions your child(ren) may have. It revolves around good character and islamic knowledge…win win!
  • It has 2 stories related to the title and in between them is an activity section which vary from book to book! Some examples include drawing your house in Jannah in sha Allah, coloring in a prayer mat and even uploading your very own talent of choice to the Noor Kids website.
  • You know how sometimes you read a book to you kid and you wonder, hmmm were you paying attention? Well, Noor Kids got you covered. Each mini story has a couple questions at the end to recap the story and get your child(ren) exercising their thinking skills! In sha Allah. Honestly, the content is so vivid my daughter actually enjoyed this part. If there was a question she didn’t know the answer to, it was because the topic was new to her. This is a great convo starter and learning opportunity for both parents and the kids. Teach them something new and learn something new about them. In sha Allah.
  • And the Noor Kids Passport! My daughter was especially excited about this. Well done with this reward system! Each book comes with a badge that reflects the topic of the book. She just couldn’t wait to add the sticker badge to her passport! Talk about incentive to get through the book first. In sha Allah. She was so ready to just peel it off and place it in her book. Alhamdulillah for the little things that make them happy 😊

I am very happy to be a part of the Noor Kids Family and I think you would be too!

You can subscribe monthly or buy books in different bundles. Check out their website to see the deets. You can even try it for just 99 cents! If you think that’s you, please sign up through my affiliate link below. I would appreciate it soooo much 🤗

Click here to try Noor Kids for 99 cents!

Salaam! Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from ya! 💕

Miraj Stories App-Review

Whether you have an iphone or an android, sisters, this app is one I believe you will truly enjoy for your kids! When we received a membership to this app to review, I was very excited. Currently with 27 audio books, 6 picture books, 5 video stories and 11 interactive books (all Islamic) this is screen time you probably won’t feel guilty over letting your kids have! Mamas you know what I mean!

What I love about this app is that there are so many ways it can be used. You can stream stories in the car while driving, use them as bedtime stories or even while cooking dinner to keep your kids entertained…and the best part is that the stories aim to build your child(ren)’s faith as a teeny tiny muslim. Alhamdulillah! Stories about Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Stories inspired by Quran and hadith. Stories about history and heroes. Stories about animals. There’s such a wide range of topics! It is almost sure to captivate your child’s interest! Just take a look at how they further simplify your options in the screen shot below. Its so easy to navigate.

Miraj Stories are known for their just that, audio books on their website…but now they elevated their story telling through this app. And in more ways than one by including picture books, video stories and interactive ones!

I like the picture books because they encourage word recognition along with visual stimuli in a split screen style just like an actual book. For kids who already know how to read, there is an option to mute the audio. Check out an excerpt from “A Story of Creation”.

The video stories play just as a cartoon would. Fact (at least in my house): When it comes to cartoons, kids get so excited. Soooooo, let’s just swap out a lil’ netflix cartoon for a miraj audio cartoon and everyone’s happy! In sha Allah. My daughter especially loves these! Screen shot below is from “The Selfish Monkey” who learns how to share after seeing Prophet Muhammad, peace by upon him (not pictured or portrayed by any character) show his generosity.

Let me just say the interactive books are very cool. Learning the arabic alphabet, salah, wudu are just some of the topics covered here. They are like very simple video games where your child must problem solve through the characters provided or just complete the task mentioned (depending on the topic). You can see some examples in the screen shots below.

What an amazing way to utilize today’s technology. Having this one app, your child can obtain some Islamic knowledge through stories, videos and games that are entertaining, fun and age appropriate. In sha Allah. Please go to your app store and check it out.

You can subscribe 1 of 2 ways shown below.

They even have a section for latest releases! So be on the look out for new stories, games, etc. Miraj is keepin’ us on our toes! You never know when something new will pop up! In sha Allah.

And kuddos for this! Saving my battery life?! Keepin’ it real! Miraj you truly care!! 😆

For latest updates, you can follow them on their social media platforms:

www.twitter.com/mirajstories

www.instagram.com/miraj_stories

www.facebook.com/mirajstories

www.mirajstories.com

www.mirajaudio.com

Please drop a comment below! Salaam!

Feeding Baby-3 Quick and Easy Ideas

Salam/Peace Mamas 💕

When baby is old enough to eat, or shall I say ready to eat..it is such an exciting time. I thought for weeks, okay..okay..months before about what that first food would be! Any mamas with me? Going for that organic, home made option! Not that anything is wrong with store bought. I just love making things from scratch! From my first baby to my second! You always go all out for the first child. We had an expensive high chair. We had fancy little baby blender that comes with a food storage set and a cookbook..The Baby Bullet Like I said, 1st baby! (It is really cute though!) Fast forward to baby number 2, and I have a $20 high chair from Ikea, pictured above. I’m using my regular blender and some tubberware! I still prefer organic food although I will buy a typical watermelon or pineapple. For some reason, organic watermelon and pineapple isn’t that popular. Anyhowwww..I spent so much time making special baby blends and Ahamdulillah baby would rather eat a piece of bread! So I learned to keep it simple! And Baby food can be simple!

How we keep it simple:

  • Sub han Allah/Glory to God he’s given us foods like bananas, avocados, dates. Three amazing foods you just pop open, scoop it with a spoon or squish it between your fingers and bam! You got some baby food! And the best part is.. it literally took a couple of seconds! So if baby doesn’t like it, no time wasted! Sweet potatoes/squash/yams are another fav! Made once, made for the whole family baby included..because once cooked, its spoon scoop-able! And I’m talking boil it in some water or just roast it plain! It’s sweet enough to roll solo.
  • Also frozen fruit is ah-mazing! Chop it up, store it and freeze it. Your whole family can enjoy it too, in sha Allah/if God wills. Win-win! And a major plus, it can sooth teething babies adorable lil’ gummies! We use Munchkin’s Mesh Baby Feeder for this and it’s a fav! Our go to is frozen watermelon and frozen pineapple!
  • Ice pops! There’s so many ways you can make them. But for us, simplicity wins! So for baby, I grab some chopped up fruit and mix with water. Mix it up a bit and naturally the water turns to fruit juice! If baby isn’t quite ready for small fruit pieces yet, blend it for some ice pop smoothness! I started with regular size pops that I held to feed, but then I came across baby size molds! Nubys Baby Pops Alhamdulillah because baby can hold it with those cute little fingers..and mama has some free hands while baby nom nom noms away! In sha Allah.

I’d love to hear any other ideas you have about keeping baby feeds quick and easy!

Covered Goods Nursing Cover 4-in-1 Review

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I am so excited to have received this nursing cover from Covered Goods. They are 100% accurate in its description. Its stretchy, lightweight, provides all around coverage, super cute, stylish and multifunctional! What more could you ask for in a nursing cover!? Oh I know, and its folds up nice and small so it won’t take up a ton of room in your bag! Even if you bottle feed your baby, you seriously want to check this out.  You can use it as a car seat cover, a shopping cart cover, an infinity scarf or even as a simple way to cuddle baby as a blanket. It’s a mulifunctional cover for a multitasking mama!

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Second time around I am so stoked to be have this cover. Alhamdulillah/Thank God. My old cover was easily yanked around by baby or pulled off resulting in “Oh No’s! and quick reflexes. (Need I say more..) Sometimes I would even hold it with my teeth while trying to adjust it with one hand before putting it on to have to re-adjust it again.  So in choosing a print, I wanted to make sure it was just right. They have so many different colors, prints and patterns to choose from. I was on there site for a hot minute trying to narrow it down to just one. So I decided to go with grey and ivory stripes. The classic original that is truly hastle free.  You just slip it right on.

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These make for an amazing gift for yourself, your baby and other mamas. If you are totally excited about these covers like me and plan to get one, please shop through me at the link below! I would so appreciate it!

http://covered-goods.myshopify.com?rfsn=1143888.0017e

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Review-Children’s Book “What Is A Muslim?”

Review of the children’s book “What Is A Muslim?”


This adorable book teaches our children how to be a good muslim. It highlights the pillars of Islam through easy text and large, colorful pictures. The illustrator, being the author’s 10 year old daughter, makes the images so relatable to our children. Ma sha Allah, a father-daughter collaboration!

The majority of the story is told in a rhyming fashion, a clever way to grab any one’s attention especially our kids! You even can sing along to this story by streaming the nursery-style nasheed mentioned in the back of the book. Vocals also performed by the author, Alhamdulillah.

I really like the simplicity, yet effectiveness of this book in positively teaching our kids, and anyone else, what it truly means to be muslim. Thanks for reading! 💕


You can check them out on instagram at Itsybitsymuslims and the paperback is available on Amazon Prime 😬😬😬 for under $10!


Salaam!

Review-My Deen Magazine

Review: My Deen Magazine-February’s Issue/2018-Safety First! (2-4 yrs old)


An Islamic Children’s Magazine that combines fun with learning about basic skills and positivity in Islam for kids 2-11yrs old (same monthly theme, different content per age group)!


We finally got our 1st issue of My Deen Magazine and it’s awesome! When you’re 4 and there’s a large envelope in the mail with your name on it, the excitement is real. She couldn’t wait to rip it open and share the other issues with her mini peeps in her homeschool posse. If you meet with other muslim, homeschooling families like us, My Deen Magazine is a great tool to encourage learning, socializing and unity amongst the kiddies! In sha Allah.

The content is great! All 23 pages are so colorful with these adorb, entertaining cartoons & activities. This month’s theme was all about safety which tied in so perfectly with her learning to ride a bike, navigate the park, food safety, the proper clothes to wear, and more! Ma sha Allah. They even threw in a “traffic-light” themed snack recipe to get your child “a-cookin”in the kitchen. Yes, please and thank you!

It’s refreshing to see how this magazine combines basic skills with a little bit of arabic and Islamic knowledge. Several subjects can be covered in just one activity. As a muslimah homeschooling mama, busy mama, any type of mama, that’s a win! I like that they tie all the subjects into a short story at the end! We used it as a bedtime story. Aaaand hyped up our bedtime routine by allowing her to choose 1 activity from the magazine to do, cozied up in bed after pajama time.

Excited to see what’s in store for next month’s issue and the issues to come. March’s theme is going to be about Prophet Isa/Jesus (AS)! As a convert to Islam, with other religions in my family, I look forward to sharing this knowledge with my daughter while having fun! In sha Allah.


If you’re interested, go to My Deen Magazine and receive 15% off your subscription with the following coupon code: minideen

As Salam Alakum! 💕

Favorite Dairy Free/Egg Free Foodies

As a dairy free/egg free mama, I’m always excited to find new snacks, meals, etc! I feel like this is becoming more common now a days. Restaurants have dairy free options, grocery stores are offering more, vegan bakeries are popping up! I’m looking out for vegan Ice cream spots! I’ve been to one in NY (check out Van Leeuwan Artisan Ice Cream) and can I just say, it’d be nice to have more places like this! In she Allah. It’s been about four years I have been dairy free and Alhamdulillah I notice a lot more options today.  Whether you are just getting started, looking for a one time alternative or down right vegan, I want to share with you my favs!

Side Note: If you see husband approved, you know its good (like for real for real) because mine still enjoys dairy products!

  1. Just Mayo-Vegan mayo-Husband approved (let’s just go with H.A.)
  2. Earth Balance-Vegan Butter & on top of that, they have a soy free one-H.A.
  3. Almond Milk-any store brand really. We try to do unsweetened/original. Alhamdulillah there are so many different types of milk you can buy now like coconut milk, cashew milk, etc. H.A.
  4. Aldi’s version of Cookie Crisp!- I’m not much of a cereal person, but its dairy free cookie crisp! H.A.
  5. So Delicious Yogurt-coconut based. The vanilla and raspberry are our favorite flavors. They even have a chocolate one, yum!
  6. Follow your heart vegan cheese. We have tried other brands, but this one is our favorite tasting one. It melts really well too, sliced and shredded!
  7. So Delicious Ice Cream! They have Almond based, Cashew based and coconut milk based. We like them all whether its scoop-able, on a stick or in a sandwich!
  8. So Delicious Vegan Cheesecake! Soo good! And to top it off, it comes in two other flavors including chocolate. Yes! It reminds me of a light chocolate mouse cake!
  9. So Delicious Coconut Cool whip. Seriously good!! H.A.
  10. Gold Emblem (CVS Brand) Fruit Cubes & Gummy Bears. No Gelatin, no food coloring and no high fructose corn syrup! They also make really good organic graham crackers! H.A.
  11. Enjoy Life Chocolate! From chocolate chips to chocolate bars to other snacks in general. They are free from your top 8 common allergens!
  12. Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars-come in different flavors, definitely a favorite in our house.

Bonus! These items are also egg-free b/c we don’t eat egg products either. This brings me to egg substitutes. There are so many options depending on what you are making. You can google it, click on images and see various charts with your different options. I usually stick with bananas , apple sauce or egg substitute which is a powder you buy and mix with water.

We do the majority of our grocery shopping at Aldi’s! They offer so many dairy free snacks including an amazing corn bread mix that we love! Tip: Make it with chocolate Almond Milk for an amazing taste. Plus, their prices are pretty reasonable. Thank you Aldis!

…and Oh my Gosh, have you heard of Yummly?? It is our go to App when we are looking for a new recipe. Under settings, you can customize your dietary preferences through disliked ingredients, specific diets, allergies and favorite cuisines. Once that is set, you can search for recipes that will automatically avoid specific foods based on your preference! Plus you can save your favorite recipes. We have used it so many times. It makes looking for recipes so easy!

Please let me know if you have tried any of these and how you like them oooooor if you have found any other amazing vegan goodies. I am all ears in sha Allah.

Salaam (Peace!)

C-Section Recovery

What is it like after having a C-Section? Plus Tips and Advice for your C-Section Recovery!

Having a C-Section can be nerve wrecking. I totally get that. If you don’t need it, Alhamdulillah! (Praise and thanks to God) But if you do, Alhamdulillah! It’s a blessing that we have such technology and medicine today to be able do such a procedure. In my case, I wasn’t prepared for it. It wasn’t planned. (Wanna’ know the reason why, check out my c-section story) The recovery can be tough, but knowing about some of its struggles ahead of time may help you overcome them! In sha Allah (God willing)/iA.

  1. Numb Legs. It will take about 24 hours for you to feel your legs again. Ladies, this means you will be stuck to the bed with with a catheter! But once that spinal tap or epidural wears off, you’ll wiggle that toe and it will work its way up! iA
  2. Sore incision site. Your incision site will hurt obviously. Depending on where your incision is, they may have you cover it with maxi pads until it heals to keep it clean and prevent infection (i.e. if its under your bikini line) Also, your mid section will be sore for weeks, I’m not going to lie. No heavy lifting mama, just that adorable little baby of yours.
  3. Slow your role. You will be moving extremely slow for a couple weeks. Don’t let the paid meds fool you. Those things are strong. Your body needs this time to heal or your recovery will take even longer. For instance, I laid on my side on the floor because I really wanted to join my husband playing with our baby on the playmat. Only a couple days into being at home from the hospital and my incision opened up a tiny bit. My shirt was soaked in blood. I freaked out. Alhamdulillah, they fixed it right up the following day at my doctors appointment. It was very painful!
  4. Extra long bathroom breaks. Going potty will be a challenge for a bit. They just cut through you and pushed some stuff around to get that or those beautiful baby or babies out. So use that stool softener in the beginning. Standing up also helps as funny as that sounds.
  5. Pump or nurse frequently. I struggled with breastfeeding in the beginning. My daughter didn’t latch right away and my milk production was delayed! Once it came in, I was already supplementing with formula. However you choose to feed your baby, make sure you empty those breasts mama! Mastitis can occur when the breasts become engorged which may lead to clogged milk ducts. I had never even heard of mastitis until it happened to me in which case they prescribed me antibiotics. And yes, your boobs hurt!
  6. Good Nutrition. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables! You won’t be able to exercise for a few weeks so eating the right foods will help you feel good, both mentally and physically!
  7. Gentle C-Section. Ask your doctor if they can accommodate this for you. It allows you mama to bond more with your new born baby during the actual cesarian. Check out these two articles to learn more about it, one from The Bump and the other from CNN.
  8. C-Section Doula! This was news to me, but did you know you can still have a doula in this scenario!? If you know you are having a c-section, check to see if theres one in your area. The more support you have, the better iA especially during the recovery! I found a great example of one who explains the services provided in such a scenario. Check out their website Birthing Hands.

So yes recovering from a C-Section can be tough. I didn’t know much about the procedure or recovery process during my experience. I wanted to share with you so iA you can have a smoother recovery 🙂 Please drop a note and let me know your thoughts and/or experiences!

Salaam (Peace)!

My C-Section

When I had my section back in 2013, I was ignorant to how serious a surgery it is considered. I thought to myself, its just a c-section. They do it every day. To be honest with you, I had done no in depth research about it prior to signing the consent forms in the hospital bed. The most I’ve done was binge watching “A Baby Story” on TLC (anyone else love that show?), connecting with other moms through “The Bump” App and a day by day pregnancy book (more like a large picture book that totally freaked me out towards the back of the book so I really just skimmed through it) my lovely sister gifted me, by request haha. I still have it to this day. Ahhhh, I love a good run on sentence!

Alhamdulillah I had a pretty easy pregnancy. First trimester, I had the usual nasea and sleepiness. There were no crazy cravings although I remember loving cheese. (This is pre-dairy-free me) I worked out a lot before getting pregnant so I tried to keep up with it throughout. So much so that one of the doctors literally put it on my paper work in my third trimester, no more zumba. Like what? Isn’t exercise good during pregnancy? Unless there was something they weren’t telling me, I don’t really remember the underlying reason for that order.

I was about 39 weeks pregnant when my doctor told me she wanted me to go to the hospital. My initial reaction was why, I feel fine! ..to which her response was, do you want to be pregnant forever?! No, I wasn’t offended. She was a cool doctor, always smiling, joking around and I felt comfortable around her. I had the mentality, doctors know best so I went. Long story short, they monitored me and gave me the option to stay if I chose to be induced to which I said no. That was Tuesday.

I had another doctors appointment the following Friday. They sent me back to the hospital. Same scenario. I went home. I was hungry and really wanted some fro-yo! Ha. You don’t really know what to expect or feel during your first pregnancy but that night after our fro-yo date, I felt so much pressure. Whaaaat? Walking? No. Waddle? Yes! I wanted to go back to the hospital. My water hadn’t broke yet and I don’t remember any real contractions but like I said, 1st pregnancy you don’t know what to expect. To me, it felt like her head was right there!

I was admitted Friday night. We were so excited! I got an epidural. I thought the less pain, the better. Going all natural to me was foreign. Maybe it was all the episodes from TLC I watched, but I just envisioned the whole bath tub at home scene. Now I am all about that natural, holistic-first approach, but then not so much. I was in labor all night until the next morning. My doctor was on call, but did not arrive until 8am Saturday. I was exhausted. She greeted me and told me that I had been dilated for so long, but there was no progress to my daughter coming down. She gave me the option to try pushing which I had no idea how to do. No one really coached me through it. After what felt like 10 minutes, they offered me a c-section which I agreed to. Sub han Allah. On top of the epidurals, I received a spinal tap. I remember shaking a bit and feeling nasea through the procedure, but no pain just some pressure. Alhamdulillah. My daughter was born around 8:30 weighing 8lbs 5 ounces and 21 inches long! They immediately cleaned her up, wrapped her and gave her to me for a bit. No skin to skin, or immediate nursing. Shortly after, they took her to the nursery. I told my husband to go with her. I didn’t want her to be alone with a bunch of strangers! Shoo. Though she was new to us too, I’d like to think our voices were familiar. After they stitched me back up, they took me to a recovery room where I waited to be reunited with my lil’ family. Ma sha Allah.

Arrest of descent was the reason for my c-section. Whether it could have been avoided or not, only Allah knows. Allah is the best of all planners and I am truly grateful for it all. Alhamdulillah! With today’s medicine and technology, c-sections are amazing procedures when necessary. It was a smooth pregnancy and delivery I would say. The C-Section recovery is a whole other story that I hope to share soon, in sha Allah!

Reflections

Salaam (Peace)! As a new mom, people always told me, “Enjoy them while they are little, it goes so fast”, but I never really understood that until recently. My daughter is why I decided to be a stay at home mom, and now she is 4 going on 5 in sha Allah (God willing). Tear, tear! Having a baby in the house just makes her seem so much bigger to me! Like she’s fourteen, okay not that much bigger (ha), but sometimes she can act like a teenager! So independent, determined and strong willed. Its definitely a challenge for mama when I can be the same way, ma Sha Allah (as God has willed) and “woo-sah” (term used to let off some steam, from the movie Bad Boys II). She makes her own plans, cleverly uses the phrases I say to her on me and negotiates her reasons pretty darn well. If she doesn’t agree with your reasoning, she will ask you for another reason (insert laugh). Here I thought I was the boss at home. Ha! Such a little grown up already Alhamdulillah (Praise and thanks to God) #bossgirl

This brings me back to my son. I slowly see how fast he is moving from one phase to another, if that makes any sense. It simply amazes me. Guess the first time around, the new mom phase had me preoccupied! Alhamdulillah for round two. I pray that Allah (God) protects all our babies, even the big ones! Ameen.

My little Reflection for my little boy.

Six months have gone and come so fast

Alhamdulillah for such a blast.

Sleepless nights and cuddles galore

Alhamdulillah for this and more.

Nursing sessions, spit up and drool

Alhamdulillah you make it cool.

Now you’re standing, eating and sitting.

Alhamdulillah you’re so befitting.

Baby rolls from head to toe

Alhamdulillah to watch you grow.

Grunts and Giggles, kisses and hugs

Alhamdulillah your sweetness, it tugs.

A mama of 2, a brother, a son.

Alhamdulillah we love you a ton!