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

Salam!

Review-Omar and Hana Islamic Songs for Kids

Before converting to Islam, music was a big part of my life. As a latina, music is such a big part of the hispanic culture. From cleaning at home by yourself to social gatherings..salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton and more is usually blasting on the music player. Your dancing, your singing to lyrics that are not so modest. But the rhythmn and catchy hook phrases pull you in! For me, it pulled me into a professional dance team. Since being little, that was a dream of mine. Before I knew it, I was performing & teaching professional latin dance well into my early adulthood.

Fastforward to today, I try my best to filter out the songs that I listen to especially for my kids. I realize that the type of music you listen to DOES have an impact on you. So while I clean the house or drive the car and want to listen to music, nasheeds and songs with Islamic content are what I default to first. In todays world, music is everywhere. Though it may be difficult to avoid “main-stream” music, in sha Allah your efforts will have a positive impact on your iman and your family.

That is why I am excited to share with you Omar & Hana: Islamic Songs for Children. My children really enjoy listening to these cute tunes about salah, sharing, salam, and more! As a muslim mom in the US, it is so refreshing to see them enjoying such relatable lyrics and vivid cartoons as little muslims. In an environment where muslims are the minority and various holidays are among us, it’s comforting to share these videos with my kids. You can find a list of their most popular English videos at their website.

https://www.omarhana.com/

Save them to your playlist for the car!

One thing I like to do is save my favorite nasheeds/Islamic songs to a playlist on youtube.

Omar & Hana Islamic Songs for Kids YouTube Channel

You can create more than one. One for you, your kids, or both. You can link it to your bluetooth in the car or play it straight from your device. It “halal-ifies our “radio” experience in the car and you don’t have to worry about your kids listening to inappropriate music.

[Sorry Keke, I ain’t down for ya always!]

[Off topic] My daughter learned this drake song in her kindergarten class from her classmate…Kindergarten! As cute as it is to hear her sing it, Keke ain’t for kindergarten. You feel me? So Alhamdulillah for these resources that help us muslim mamas entertain our children while teaching them Islam. Whether you come from a large muslim family or you are a revert raising little muslims like me, in sha Allah, these songs allow our children to feel comfortable and confident!

Take for example, Omar and Hana’s song about Playtime ! [you can click that link for a listen] This song is so relatable to my five year old as it sings about sharing. With her brother at home, I have used this video/song as a reminder to take turns and encourage playing together nicely. As the song says, everyone is happier when you share and play together. I love how each song ends with Alhamdulillah and an Islamic reminder we can teach our kids about, in sha Allah.

Alhamdulillah, I came across this amazing children’s Islamic resource through their instagram page OmarandHanaEnglish. Their content I feel is captivating for children as young as toddlers to early elementary! My 5 year old and 1 year old both really enjoy them. Our personal favorites are Assalamu Alaikum and The Virtues of Salah. [click those links for a listen!] These adorable videos double as little cartoons for our kids. Are you like me? I get totally excited when I find hijab in cartoons or anything positively Islamic on tv! Maybe its because I’m a revert. Maybe it’s because I live in a country where Islam is the minority. But with Omar & Hana’s recently released vidoes in English, I’m happy to include them in our household as an exciting new Islamic resource. In sha Allah, you will too!

[Disclaimer: This blog post was sponsored by Omar & Hana, however all opinions are my own, real and honest. I only recommend things that I use and genuinely think are awesome! Alhamdulillah]