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Mid-Week Fave!!

20180521_123323I am rocking in my backyard chair and having some sunlight to get my vitamin D that we get here after ages…after 8 months…. Yes, summer is in full swing and so am I…love this Me-time while my kids at school. We are fasting almost 17 hours this year and pretty good this time.No complaint at all…just some lack of sleep issues.

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May is always been busy for us to spend some time in our yard cleaning and gardening. My husband does all the major work, I only help him like a Chota ..lol..we went to local nursery on Victoria Monday and got some vegetables/fruit plants along with roses and other flowers for our back and front yards.

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These fragrance sachets are Dollar Tree find, You can use it around the house especially under your wardrobe and closets or hang them in your washroom. I am using them and just love the fragrance they have.

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This is one of the most missed Pakistani fruits after mangoes here. Falsay is tropical fruit and available for short period of time and you get once in awhile. Thanks to hubby, he bought a basket full of falsay from a local desi grocery shop. You may check your local grocery shop right now otherwise won’t get it after.

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Last but not least, I got these Islamic bookmarks and paper lanterns along with zakat calculator in the mail from Islamic Relief Fund a week ago. Currently, they are accepting Sadqa and zakat funds online for Muslims in Syria and Palestine.

So how you doing ? do share some of your happenings…till then,

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

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Some Updates!!

Ramadan Mubarak!

Life is the most unpredictable thing ever, it really gives you surprises and goosebumps. I had so many plans for this month and wanted to write some posts/DIY related to Mothers day and Ramadan.

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A few weeks ago I shared my post related to cancer here. Although I was requested to write more about it but had zero courage just because of my dear friend was fighting with it. A friend I always used to admire because of the positivity, hope and courage she had and like an elder sister to me. It’s always hard to see her in pain and go through all the medications and series of chemotherapy she had in past 3-4 years.

She passed away last week in this blessed month of Ramadan. May Allah rest her soul in peace (Ameen). I really don’t know what to write or share. Please remember her (and all other deceased) in your prayers.

Surely, time heals the wound but it always gives a scar that never filled. She has a special place and always will be missed. We all need to move on and so am I …that’s how life goes on!!

Thanks, everyone who missed my posts and asked. I will try to be more regular here on the blog and break the hiatus. I want to do some changes in blog layout and maybe start some new blog series.

Let me know what type of posts you want to see in coming weeks. How all you doing?

 

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Fine Motor Skills(Part 2)…!!

I shared some activities that help your kids to improve his fine motor skills, You can check here. Today, I am sharing some more activities you can do at home.

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If you don’t find a grip,(I know its a hassle to get it easily) there are some easy techniques you may try. Get a pom-pom and ask your child to hide it under his last two fingers.

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If you don’t find a pom-pom you can use any small item like a cotton ball or tissue paper. It helps your child to understand and make a  pencil hold easily.

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Playing with play dough/ putty is a great way to strengthen your child’s hand and finger muscles.

Putty is harder than play dough, it helps to strengthen the hand and finger muscles. Hide some small animals or his favourite sea creatures or dinosaurs inside the putty and ask him to find them. Putty is actually harder than play dough and needs a little bit force to stretch.

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You can use “play dough”, try different techniques and allow him to make different shapes. Play dough is easily available and cheap as compared to Putty.

Let me know how do you work with your kid’s Fine notor skills and share your concerns.

You can find all stuff at local book/craft stores, or online.

 

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Let’s Talk:Your Child’s Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skill (dexterity) is the coordination of muscles to perform the basic movement that helps a kid perform his everyday task. From holding a pencil to spoon or opening the lunch box, these muscles help the child to use and grasp the objects.

31206205_10156022484250791_2214706767528432107_nI am sharing some techniques that can help you to improve your child’s fine motor skills especially under age of 6 year.

My little one has some difficulties in holding a pencil, I am working on his grasp and writing skills(that’s prescribed by an Occupational specialist and his teachers ) nowadays and it works.I thought I should share some easy techniques that can be done easily at home.

Let’s discuss!!

Working with Scissors:

If I say this is the best purchase I have made so far, it’s so true.I know it’s quite expensive but If you have just a kid craft scissor, it really helps.

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Get some printouts or draw the shapes, like a square or round and ask your child to follow the line.I bought this revolving scissor caddy, I shared Here.Bilal loves using them so much and it helps him strengthening his muscles.

Pencil Grips:

I bought these pencil grips from ” wish.com”. My order came pretty early than expected.It comes in a set of three.You can also find some pencil grips at Scholar’s Choice or Chapters or even Daraz.pk.

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It is made of the rubber/silicon, these grips give support to hold a pencil.You need to put pencil and child’s index finger to the attached rings.It gives support to hold it firm and ease of writing or drawing.

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You can find a different type of grips but I like this one is the best.I will share some more techniques that help to improve child’s fine motor skills in a couple of days.

Let me know if you have any tips/concern to share,sooner we work on this it will helps the child to perform better.

 

 

 

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Get Motivated!

20180309_144024Like everyone, I do have some low-key days when I just don’t want to do anything.Sometimes there is a reason but most of the time its nothing.It’s perfectly normal to feel down but it’s YOU who has to lift your self up.It doesn’t matter how much busy you are, get at least 1 hour for yourself.

Here things I love to do for myself.

Start Your Day Positively: Try to wake up as early as possible, I don’t know about other people but if I wake up late like after 9 Am it would be one of my least productive day for sure.Start your day with prayers and be Thankful for the life.

Have a Positive Start: If you think positive it will surely move on you positively.As someone said you can not live a positive life with a negative mind, I totally agreed.

Plan Your Day: Do your chores done as soon as possible, It makes you stress-free  trust me.For example,Making my bed as soon I am off to bed, automatically makes my home clean.

Take a Bath and Dressed up: If I am feeling down, I try to get my basic chores done as soon as possible. I mostly  sprinkle my bath salt and have a long spa bath.Bath salt relaxes and takes my stress out.Dress up myself nicely and put some makeup on.By doing this, my day surely productive and better than being a couch potato in my PJs whole day.

Get Some ME Time: As home stayed mom I don’t have much social life.My life revolves around my kids.It’s very important for everyone including myself to get some ME time to get the sh*t out.I love to go for window shopping alone, mostly Home goods / Thrift stores and get inspired. If I don’t have time to go out ,I just put my favorite face mask on and relax.

Give Yourself a Gift: I live for flowers and I can die as well, it automatically lift your mood on at least mine.I get my flowers whenever I go for grocery, it’s cheaper than buying from a flower shop.I am not asking to buy brand named expensive stuff and break your bank. For me ,buying an ice cream is a treat to yourself to enjoy.

Be Creative: Do whatever you like, I normally motivate my self by doing a DIY or some crafting even making a new recipe lift my mood up.

Be Gentle: For yourself and for others, do not take things to your heart.Trust me I used to be a very sensitive person(still I am), I had been taken things to my heart without saying and being hurt for several days.It did nothing just hurting my own self, shattered and depressed. I have learned that Just Forget and Move on.Mistakes can happen and it’s you who has to learn, you can’t teach/force anyone.

If you don’t have something to say positive, it’s better to say nothing.Encourage people around you and motivate them as well.

Happy Friday guys..its last day of March break, hope you have a good one!!

 

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Mid-Week Fave!!

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Life is so precious yet unpredictable, you never know how it surprises you.I know people who are suffering from life-threatening disease and causes are still unknown.It’s really hard to see your loved ones in pain.Every single day I always thankful and feel blessed to have a happy and healthy family.(Allhumdillah)

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I got this Betty Crocker’s cookbook from Dollarama a few days ago, it is specifically written by cancer survivors for cancer patients. They shared their experiences throughout their recovery. They also shared tips to boost energy and spirit during illness and chemotherapy. How to recover and start routine along with some quick and healthy recipes with doctor’s Notes. There is some bonus section on Breast cancer. In short, it’s a complete book I have ever seen so far!

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I bought this book to get to know how I can start a healthy lifestyle and also how to help if someone is fighting this battle. There is always a hope and support to defeat cancer( or any illness) is possible. Great book, I am thinking to share some quick tip from this book as soon as I finish it(comment if you want me asap). Please Pray for my friend who is fighting with cancer nowadays…please pray for her and for everyone!!

(This is NOT a sponsored post).y for

 

 

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The Best Of 2017

Its been a year since I am writing this blog, literally had some Roller coaster days and other hand I was enjoying my Merry Go Rounds.Ups and Downs are part of life and it’s so good to have a Blessed life in my Nest. Allhumdillah for everything I have, I Cant be thankful enough.

This year is going to be over in few days and it would be fun to take a look back at top Five posts of the year 2017 together.

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My year started with the biggest Renovation so far, My kitchen renovation was one of the projects I still feel proud to share. It took almost 2 months to do my budget  Kitchen Make Over….Reveal!and got so many compliments and it definitely a turning point in my blog life.

received_10154705590515791An organized home is always been my dream home.I always want to have things organized, it means to de-clutter and makes a system to put things back where they belong in a fraction of the time.I made the Toys Organizer and I just love to have it because I don’t need a hand if I want to move around.

20171017_135309My blog is actually my DIY diary and I rarely post other than my DIY/ projects.I DIY Hairpin Legs Bench from scratch and I love, how it turns out.

20171019_135657If you have a passion to have indoor plants like me than this still one of easiest DIY Hanging Plant Shelf I have ever made so far.

20171005_191343I don’t post recipes much but trust me I love cooking.This Fruity Alaska Is one of my favorite and most popular post of 2017.

Just in case I missed any of Your favorites, feel free to leave a note in comments.Any suggestion, critics nice words/ bad words (huh…?)…I would love to hear all.Thanks for being here!

This year is going to end in few days, I wish you all A very Happy New Year.Hope You have a wonderful  Year ahead…..I have so many exciting projects and works are in for 2018…so Keep Reading!!

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Check out the best of 2017 from some of Muslimah Fellow Bloggers.