Arabic name recognition: cute ideas for kids

Do you know how nurseries and children’s rooms are filled with a ton of monogrammed items or labels with the child’s name? Or customized digital prints or paintings with their name? Many of these names are “popular” English names and it’s so easy to find someone to make them (etsy) or print them. 

I love that nowadays there are tons of artists who make Arabic related items for children. Being a bilingual mother, I want my daughter to eventually learn to recognize her name in English and Arabic. Here are my favorite items and shops that have made items for my daughter. I highly recommend them all. Getting your child to reconsider her name in both languages is so important. That way she will learn to love both languages! 

Any other shop recommendations? 
  

These iron on patches are very affordable and easy to use! These are by ACraftyArab. You can choose the Arabic font and design. Check her out Here  

    
This cute mini canvas is by Creation Z Art. He has beautiful calligraphy! Check his shop out  Here

This beautiful wall decal is by Simply Impressions. She made this super fast and was delivered within 2-3 days. She made sure the name was correct and went over what color and design I wanted. She has the cutest designs and decor for children! Check out her shop Here    

  
   

 
 

An overview of her book shelf/toy storage:

 

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Toddler Travels: healthy-ish snacks on long flights

Let’s face it. Toddlers can be picky eaters. Now when you’re on a plane thousands of miles away from home, your toddler might not like the gourmet food served on the airplane. Packing snacks for flights is essential-especially long flights. My tips are for toddler-friendly snacks on the plane: 

  • They should be small and don’t take up much space 
  • Don’t make a lot of noise 
  • Keeps them happy 
  • Possibly keeps them entertained 
  • Yummy 
  • Be aware of how many ounces it is (if it’s liquid) for when you go through security 
  • Somewhat heathy-ish so the toddler isn’t high on too much sugar and running up and down the tiny aisles at 2 am while getting death stares from jet lagged parent-less humans. 

Here are some of my toddler’s favorites when we travel on the plane. 

 

Annie’s makes some great fruit snack (no gelatin). Great for treats   


We love Justin’s snack packs. They’re basically pretzel sticks and some kind of nut butter (they have almond and hazelnut). This will keep the toddler entertained for some time too since they love dipping. Make sure wipes are on hand. 

   

  

Other favorites include raisins, crackers (put them on the top of your carry on so they don’t get squished which will lead to a toddler tantrum), fig bars (we love this kind from Costco), dried fruit (again we love these kinds from Costco because of the handy pouches they come in). I always hide something unhealthy and loved by toddlers (i.e. Chocolate, lollipop) just in case you really need to reward your toddler (or bribing her to sit down and fasten her seatbelt during takeoff and landing). 
What are you favorite snacks for toddlers while traveling? 
   

Toddler Travels: Thanks lady on airplane for your kindness 

Traveling on an airplane is stressful. Add two airplanes, three airports, jet lag, three countries, and two kids under 3. Major stress. Add being an Arab. You get stares, extra security checks, and people shifting uncomfortably in their seats hoping you (Muslim/Arab) won’t sit next to them.

We were out of the country for two weeks and on the 8 hour flight back home was chaotic and stressful. 

But I want to share a gesture one of the passengers sitting next to us did.  My toddler fell asleep on her seat and we were tried to shift her so she can sleep comfortably. The lady sitting next to her insisted that my toddler rest her dangling  feet on the lady’s lap so that she’s more comfortable. And she did for a good couple of hours. It was such a sweet gesture that made the long trip a tad bit less stressful so did didn’t have to worry about her waking up or shifting uncomfortably. 

So thank you stranger lady for letting our toddler rest her little feet on your lap so she can sleep comfortably on an international flight. 
  
Photo of the nice lady. 

Toddler travels: quiet & fun activities for the airplane. 

My toddler has traveled to four different countries and has been on numerous domestic flights as well. With the holidays approaching, many families will be traveling with toddlers and we know how fun that is! 

Here are some of my favorite toys/activities to pack for toddlers on plane rides. I got for items that are pretty inexpensive in case they get lost, quiet, practical, light and that entertain for a while. 

Here at some overview photos: 

    
   

Lacing activities. Great for fine motor skills and it’s so fun watching toddlers concentrate so hard. I got this from target and it comes with several different animals.  
 
I love these washable stamps by Melissa & dough. Have your toddler stamp away on napkins, paper, or even your face. Hey it’s washable! 

  

I like these mini clothes pins because they can do so much. They can practice fine motor skills and try to pin them on paper or their own clothes. Make an impromptu clothespin puppet, too! 

 
 
I found these adorable airplanes from target. They’re soft and you can explain to your toddler how they’re inside an airplane just like that!

  

Scented gel pens so they can sniff away! Or crayons or washable markers of course. I also like washi tape because they’re inexpensive and toddlers love to stick things on paper (and on people). 

 
 A book is a must. And these adorable little pegs that toddlers can match the upper and bottom parts,  practice their colors, and pretend play. I got it from an etsy shop called offspringkidsboutique. 

  

Love this matching colors game from an etsy shop also. Very affordable and fun! 

 
 
My toddler loves this matching activity from pen&thimble (yes from etsy too). They’re soft and come in a cute little pouch. 

 
Stickers! Stickers will entertain a child for some time. The ballet stickers are Melissa & dough and the princess-hijab stickers are by MuslimMe by Emma apple!   

What are some of your other favorite activities for toddlers on airplane rides?

Super breakfast for nursing moms

I love seeing what other breastfeeding mothers have for breakfast. I’m always on the search for products that increase milk production, keep you full, nutritious, and taste good. This has been my go to breakfast lately. Oatmeal increases milk production and this oatmeal has flax and chia so they are healthy fats! I like to top them off with fruit and Mrs. Patel’s munch crunch. 

Mrs. Patel’s is a company that a discovered that makes products for breastfeeding moms that increase milk supply. 

They make fenugreek bars, tea, and the munch crunch (which consists of seeds like fennel and flax.

 You can also get 20% off your first purchase by using the code firstorder

I love the bars they had chocolate and peanut butter. It’s very flavorful so some might not like the taste but I enjoy it! 

Tea tastes great with milk and honey. The much crunch can be added to smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal or just eat a spoonful!
What are you favorite foods to eat while breastfeeding that helps milk production?  

    
    
  

 

Bata and batuta

I recently stumbled upon the cutest stuffed animal online from a shop called Bata and Batuta. We read more about them and found out they are handmade plush stuffed animals! Not only that, when you purchase stuffed animal, another one is donated to a child in need. How sweet is that? We got the elephant one. Check them out on Facebook

    
 

Children books by Muslim authors 

Who else wishes they had a ton of books written by Muslims when they were young? So happy for this new generation who will have a the chance to read such great books!I honestly don’t remember reading or owning any children books written by Muslim authors or who had Muslim characters. 

I recently put this photo on my Facebook account and got tons of interest so I want to do a giveaway! So easy to enter:

1- like my new Facebook page. Click here

2-comment on the giveaway post which book you would like to win 

3- tag a friend who would also be interested in winning a book!
Anyone can enter but must reside in the US. I’ll choose a winner at the end of the week

Here are the titles of the books:

 

  • Ilyas and Duck: fantastic festival by Omar Khawaja 
  • Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi
  • The Magic Words by Lisha Azad
  • The Apple Tree by Mariam Alkalby
  • Jariya Jar by Aisha Mohammed
  • Bismillah Soup by Asma Hussein
  • Yasmine’s Belly Button by Asma Hussein
  • Adventures with Yousef by Dana SK 
  • Noor Kids discover their blessings 
  • Princess Sayana’s Pen by Zainab Merchant
  • How Big is Allah (in Arabic) by Emma Apple

I pan on doing indiviual reviews for some of  these books as well! 
   
 

Eid “goody” boxes for preschool

My daughter attends a preschool (not Islamic) and I wanted her to feel excited about celebrating Eid. I also wanted her to understand the value of giving and sharing, especially during Eid. I asked her teacher if we can share some goodies with the classroom. She even asked me to come in and talk about Eid Al-Adha. So here is what I came up with:

  • The boxes are from YAHsss. They are very easy to assemble and I got white and gold. The items fit perfectly inside!
  • I put in a lollipop by Yumearth
  • Playdoh
  • Thestickystation was kind enough to customize stickers! I was most excited about this item. I love the diversity shown, the globe, and the Eid Mubarak. She was great to work with. Check out her Etsy shop here. 
  • Cute cupcake toppers by Noahscraps 
  • Eid Mubarak Balloon by MuslimToysandDollsCo

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The finished look:

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I wanted to give something small and simple for the teachers too.

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I also added a little poem inside the boxes so the parents understand why their kids are bringing home. Here’s what I came up with:

Hello! My name is Aminah

and I celebrated Eid Al-Adha

this past weekend with friends and the fam.

It’s a reminder of prophet Abraham.

It is a holiday I celebrated

and I played and prayed

It’s about sharing and charity

so here’s a treat for you and me!

I read Noor Kids Discover Their Blessings (just the Eid part) to the class. The kids loved the book and we talked about different types of holidays they celebrated.

How did you celebrate Eid with your children’s classroom?