A Good Cause-Mystic Land Creations

Buying fancy things can be quite the adventure! Especially if you have little ones around the house. In that case, purchasing your fancy item is just the start of your adventure. Keeping it in tact will be the journey. But what if your item of value has a story. A story that can teach valuable life lessons to your kids in more ways than one? What am I talking about? Well let me tell you!

Bashair Jabari, founder of OwnAdore, recently reached out to me to collaborate. She sells painted stemware and ceramic plates. The items are beautifully crafted with so much detail.

As first I wasn’t sure how I would incorporate these into my daily life. Much of my kitchen wear is kid proof and whatever isn’t is tucked up out of kid reach. But when I heard the story behind her brand, I simply could not resist.

With every purchase, she uses a big portion of her proceeds to give back in ways that many easily take for granted. Water. For many of us, it runs in the sink, the tub, the toilet, the washer. We turn it off when we’re done and we get fresh, clean water when we turn it back on. We have easy access to filtered water, but many do not. Bashair provides families with low maintenace water recycling systems giving families ongoing safe water for agricultural purposes.

Pictured below: From buckets collecting used water to actual water filters-far left.

Even more so amazing is that many of her pieces have been crafted by individuals from Palestine. Truly an ethical production where your support helps many families in this region.

So if you want to give back, be modestly fancy or know someone who loves art and craftmanship, support Bashair’s mission through your purchase(s). Share her instagram with your friends and family. TheMysticLand Instagram Page If its for you, share them with your littles in a safe, supervised environment. Using fancy wear has a way of making you feel special. So imagine your kids excitement when you bring out the fancy plate! Let’s teach them every day is a special day so why not use a fancy plate today and share the story behind the item(s) highlighting hard work, appreciation and giving.

This post was sponsored by The Mystic Land Creation but I am humbly honored to share such an important mission. Please spread the word. It takes little efforts to make a big difference. My affiliate link is below.


Salam! 😊

Shopping Strollers!

I have a confession to make. I love strollers! Yep. I’m guilty! Its almost like car shopping for your lil’ ones. Like a dream car, there is such a thing as a dream stroller! There are so many out there depending on your wants and needs! From affordability to function, here’s a mini run down of all the strollers we’ve been through from day 1 of mommin’. Alhamdulillah.

1. Britax B-Agile

This was our first stroller ever! We received it as a gift before baby arrived. I was a big jogger enthusiast at the time and this was just right for giving my baby girl many smooth, comfortable rides during my sweat sessions! The back extends all the way down which makes for great naps! She slept like a boss baby in this one which made for easy naptimes out the house. It is so light to push, yet durable for them to grow in and still use as a preschooler. We gave it away when my daughter was four. Ummm, as a joke I may have even pushed my husband in it. Just goes to show you how strong it is! I still miss this stroller!! (P.S. The newer version of this one is now called the B-Lively. My particular stroller was recalled however, Britax sent me a kit to fix the issue and I never had a problem with it!)

2. Britax B-Ready

When my daughter was around 2, I was getting the stroller itch. My daughter was now a toddler and I really wanted to face her while strolling. I could do that with the carrier insert, but she outgrew it so fast. So around income tax time, I convinced the hubbs to buy us the Britax B-Ready. I considered this our luxury stroller! I loved it. I could flip the seat both directions and had a ton of storage space on the bottom. It was big, heavy to pick up and took up a lot of space. But I loved it haha. Truth be told, we sold it after year or two. As your kids get older, functionality needs change, right? lol

3. Baby Trend Sit N’ Stand

With baby no. 2 on the way, I was excited to find a new stroller. This time around, both strollers were gone. Starting from scratch! Double stroller? Uhhh no, my daughter was turning 4 at the time. Single stroller ehhhh, but what if she got tired? She’s still my baby [insert ugly cry face]! So I got the sit and stand! A good middle ground. Only thing was she wanted to be in it all the time just because. I can’t blame her. It was like a new toy with wheels! Only thing was.. it was like pushing a ton! I also felt like my baby was so far away being up in the front. Its the eighteen wheeler truck of strollers. One day at the zoo, we fit 3 kids in it along with the “sureee, place your extra bags here!” Basically, if you have a lot of cargo and don’t mind the weight, check this one out!

4. Kolcraft Cloud Umbrella Stroller

With my eldest now in school and my fair share of heavy strollers, I took the plunge. I finally caved in to an umbrella stroller. What a breeze! Light as a feather, suuuuuuper quick to open and close. Ummm wow! Its like when you discover a life hack and you have that “a-haaaa” moment. My only struggle is naptime. This is a basic, basic one with no lounging options so this is one for quick errands NOT during naptime. Otherwise, you’ll be pushing it tilted back on two wheels like me to avoid nap time droopy head probz.

5. Uppababy Cruz

My current stroller. Its no surprise that Uppababy is a pretty penny. Alhamdulillah I was able to score the older version from a parent whose child no longer uses strollers. Basically me with the Agile, back to no. 1. I can honestly say this stroller has everything I’ve wanted in a stroller. It faces both directions. Its easy to push, its lightweight. Its especially comfy for baby and me! And its not even that bulky. Its sleek, stylish and my son loves it. It has multiple recline positions. He will literally climb into it on his own and has even wanted to stay in it when its time to get out. The storage space is amazing! It really is a game changer! It has simplified many struggles for me. For example, I’ll walk around outside until he falls asleep in it. Park him safely indoors with family, and enjoy a nice date with my husband or quickly cook dinner. And that’s the older model, I can imagine what the newer model is like!

So Mamas tell me, which stroller is your fav?!

For more deets on each stroller such as price, ratings, more pics, etc., please check them out on amazon at the following link. I created one collective list including all these strollers along with my fav accessories!

Amazon Affiliate Page-Hey Mama Salam

[None of these brands sponsored this post. This is me just for the fun of it! But if you are thinking of buying any, please consider buying through my link as an amazon influencer affiliate. I earn a small percentage 💛 JazakAllah Khayran & Salam!]

Zaydo Potato-A Series to Inspire

Having a strong identity. How do we raise our children with one?

We want our children to be confident. And it all begins with us! Engaging with them. Encouraging them. Providing them with good content! All these possible opportunities, you will see in the Zaydo Potato Series! And that is only part of the reason we love them!

If you’re a revert like me, your kids are already the minority in your family. The school they attend, where you live adds to this as well! Whatever the case may be, knowledge and familiarity go a long way. And through books, you can do just that! In sha Allah.

Who is Zaydo anyway and how is he relevant to my child?

lol well this character was inspired by husband and wife author’s son, Zayd, nicknamed Zaydo Potato. A young muslim kid who finds adventure in his every day playful curiosity such as:

  • hide and seek in their book titled “Can Allah See Me Now?”
  • a big helper in their book titled “A Muslim Superhero”
  • and keeping ties with family members in their book titled “Allah Loves Me”

Each book starts with either a sahih hadith or ayah that relates to the content. While each story is playful, it provides simple Islamic knowledge that children can grasp and understand, in sha Allah, such as:

  • names of Allah in “Can Allah See Me Now”
  • Sadaqah in “A Muslim Superhero”
  • blessings of Allah in “Allah Loves Me”

Truly an all-in-one experience. But how?

This book gets the whole family involved. With two colors of “super-hero” gear to choose from, pretend play is encouraged for boys and girls! Disclosure: Husbands may get involved! I mean we’re talking muslim super hero capes here lol

For your inner teacher or just downright fun, the story is concluded with suggested activities that will promote counting, phonics, shapes, spatial relations, animals, critical thinking and/or matching that put you and your kiddo on a story hunt back through the pages.

Did I mention dawah? When its storytime, and they choose this book to be read by non-muslim family members. Its amazing the connection, the openness, the learning that so effortless takes place. Sub han Allah.

And last but not least, it teaches us muslim parents as well with its Islamic knowledge, be it a refresher or not! Remembrance of Allah is the outcome. In sha Allah.

Where can I get these books?

Rummana Publishing Website

Crescent Moon Book Store Website

Both ship worldwide! Alhamdulillah!

You can also follow them on instagram for updates, discounts and special giveaways!

Rummana Publishing Instagram

Crescent Moon Book Store Instagram