Make room for ‘My Little Ruhm’ – this Ramadan and Eid❤️

We are almost a week away from Ramadan- the most beautiful and holy month for Muslims. As a mother I see Ramadan a little differently, through mine and Nayel’s eyes 🙂 – Although he’s just 2 years old now, I want to make him realize how special this month is by celebrating it the way he would feel it special- like how we do birthdays and see Halloween, Christmas, Easter all in such huge vibes, why not Ramadan and Eid for our kids! Let’s do this mamas!

Talking of celebration, the first thing that comes in our mind is decorations! Hence I’m introducing you to a very special mama led online shop – ‘My Little Ruhm’

I received a super cute package from them today which included their Eid advent calender, Ramadan and Eid banners, balloons, stickers, cookie cutters , Eid Mubarik bag and a cute Ramadan activity book for kids!

Check out their beautiful website here :

https://mylittleruhm.com

And find them on instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/mylittleruhm

The prices are not too high and they are currently running some really cool offers too. The products are super cute and creative. Definitely will add on glitter and gleam in your home this Ramadan and Eid 🙂

Some of the things that you can find on their online shop:

  • Decorations
  • Tableware
  • Muslim story and activity books
  • Posters and Prints outs
  • Clothings
  • Milestone cards
  • Stationery
  • Toys

Anything and everything!

Also, a little surprise – head over to my instagram as I’m collaborating with My Little Ruhm for a cute giveaway- win something special!

https://instagram.com/p/BihpdyjjAwr/

@frommummytonayel on instagram ❤️

Happy shopping! Stay tuned as I will show my Ramadan decorations soon 🙂

What about you?

Mummies- read my blog on starting Ramadan with kids here :

https://frommummytonayel.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/welcoming-ramadan-with-toddlers/

‘’Cake ‘’The movie- through my eyes! ( *Review*)

I went to watch ‘Cake’ today with my sister- finally after days and days of planning. I cooked the dinner and handed over Nayel to his daddy as soon as he came back from work and left! ( ‘me’- time yes yes yes!).

I thought of writing my review as of today itself as I cannot wait for tomorrow- ( please note Nayel’s asleep and my ”me” time continues. So here it goes.

Let’s begin with one word – ok two words- ‘Real and Brilliant’ – absolutely a treat to watch and certainly not to be missed. Being an expat here in Dubai, we especially go and watch Pakistani movies and if the movie is this good, you feel proud!

The movie Cake stars Amina Sheikh, Sanam Saeed and Adnan Malik- written beautifully and directed by Asim Abassi. Job well done! It’s a movie that depicts the family and their mixed emotions . It takes you back to Pakistan right sitting on the cinema seat- from the streets of Karachi to the dhool mitti and heryali of pind. From typical bachpan fights and gher gher ka khel to a strong bond between siblings. From farting to baking a cake and secretly smoking cigarettes to throwing eggs at nosy neighbors place. It has all!!

It’s a story about a family of 2 sisters and a brother. The older one Zareen trying hard to make both ends meet responsibly and keeping her anger in her which sometimes comes out in rough taunts. Zara the youngest- mostly taken care of and has got all what she wanted in life. Story folds and unfolds into drama between majorly these two. ( I don’t want to spill all beans by giving the gist). Go Watch yourself!!

If you’re a Pakistani, you will definitely relate to it somewhere or the other. The direction and cinematography of the movie is simply beautiful. It almost felt as if I’m in Pakistan! The lizard in the house, the khoka shop , house garden and pind k log. The khait , the chippa ambulance, beautiful kurtay, shawals and chapals and barish ka scene.

Other than that, absolutely no fancy and unnecessary dance numbers! In fact the music of the movie is simply mesmerizing. Especially the folk song ” Sajan Mo Khay”.

I would also like to mention what many people are thinking – that if ‘Cake’ is a copy of ‘Kapoor and Sons’. For me Yes and No both. But certainly not very similar. The only similarity is that both films are about a family, relationships, and misunderstandings . Other than that, the story and theme, both entirely different.

Overall , the movie keeps you hooked right till the end. A movie that is full of emotions and some tear jerking scenes! ( so take some tissue with you). I could happily watch it again! And I highly recommend you to go and watch it too!

P.s – you will see a lot of smoking in there-so leave you critical judgmental cap at home and a light heart to the cinema!

Acting – On point!

Direction: Amazing

Music : Mesmerizing

Overall : 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Total Paisa Vasol ! ( I sneaked in 19 aed McDonald’s spicy Mc chicken meal too😛🤣)

Have you watched it yet? What are your thoughts?

Gymtastic Time at My Gym

What an experience Nayel and Mummy had last week at My Gym! It’s a children fitness centre that has programs to facilitate kids from 3 month old to about 13 years old.

I wanted to have a structured physical activity for Nayel and Kidzapp helped me choose ‘My Gym’ for him. We booked a day session and walked in about 10 am. A clean place with different rooms for activities. Currently they’re running their Spring and Easter camps offering Arts n crafts, My Gym fitness, dance classes, Zumba, yoga , cooking and many more.

I wanted to experience their classic- Gyming Time – hence we headed into their gym studio.

A huge indoor room with different sections- a coloured ball pit, soft flooring, slides, swings, trampoline and different bars around along with an extra empty space where they host classes.

As a parent, you must be thinking – why My Gym?

That because children have loads of fun as they gain strength, balance, coordination, agility and flexibility while developing social skills, confidence and self-esteem in their everyday activities.

Nayel went crazy in their balls pit- jumping and playing with other kids. Next he spotted the slide- where at-least 10 times in a go- he went up and down! 😂- I just stood there watching him.

Soon the session began and I was so happy to see parents involved with their little ones! My Gym runs different activities each week and in one session around 4-5 new activities to keep kids involved and enthusiastic!

Our carefully constructed programs are constantly analyzed and adjusted according to up-to-the-minute advances in medical and psychological research. My Gym’s main objectives are to ensure that program ingredients are safe, age-appropriate and optimal for building self-esteem- My Gym

These are their different classes- My Gym offers Parent Participation classes and Independent classes too:

You can find all about it on:

www.mygymuae.com

We experienced their Gymster class where it was all about working on fine and gross motor ability and coordination via jumping , running, swinging, balancing and focusing !

Nayel enjoyed their swings the most! They had a plank to help kids balance and cross it! What a fun one!

After all the physical focusing activities- to calm kids down, they had a red circle play time where kids got toys and puzzles to play with and interact with other kids while parents stood outside the circle. This was to develop their social skills and independence.

The last part of the session had a puppet reading time.

What a rollercoaster experience for Nayel! He came home and slept for hours- tired and happy! ❤️

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Please check their website on the list of prices and class schedules.

www.mygymuae.com

My verdict- super fun and challenging for kids ! It’s good to take out their underutilized energy in a fun way! I’d recommend parents to experience this with their kids!

Also download Kidzapp to keep you updated with upcoming camps and activities with MyGym!

Sneak Peak into Xpark Junior!

Slides, swings, pets and water fun- you name it and you’ll find it all at a super cute new place in Dubai called Xpark Junior . It’s located just off the Kite Beach Dubai and is a lovely new place for little ones.

Making the most of the last few cool days here in Dubai before it gets terribly hot, I wanted to take Nayel for outdoor play, so I grabbed my phone and instantly opened kidzapp. That’s how I found Xpark Jr and got super excited! Come let me take you through Xpark Junior via a quick tour!

•What is Xpark Jr?

It’s the latest adventure spot for children aged 1-12 along with their parents / guardians. A natural playscape park with activities.

How is X park Jr different from any other park?

It’s a unique one. From running to climbing, from jumping to swinging, from petting to splashing- and much much more. It’s a park having thick green trees that envelop the entire area, water channels flowing on the sides, wooden bridges and ropes to get adventurous with slides and swings to add more to it! Rocks, sandpits , tree houses and wooden dens making it all look like a jungle theme or safari kind perhaps! ❤️

Some of the main highlights

1. A cute small petting zoo with bunnies, parrots, tortoise and chickens! ( a pony and some more birds to arrive soon!)

2. Splash pads– these were Nayel’s favorite of all , ofcourse after those rabbits! Running water and a small water fall along with lots of toys scattered around for kids to get wet in and play. Perfect for hot summer days!

How much does the ticket cost?

XPark Junior is open every day from 8am to 6pm, and admission costs Dh45 for a child and one adult for two hours of free play. Opening hours will change during summer months; visit ww.xparkjr.com

The way the park has been designed allows children to let their imaginations run riot, to gradually build their confidence levels and take what its owners describe as “healthy risks”. kevin Hackett

Other than all the play and adventure, X park offers art and crafts in a lovely indoor place with high ceilings and fans giving it a natural look. Nayel was so busy in running and enjoying the water fun that he couldn’t get time for that!

There is also a nice cafe kind of area where you can grab a snack or a juice to relax while kids enjoy outside.

Moreover- Nice and clean toilets for boys and girls separately to change and freshen up!

Things I’d recommend:

1- Pack an extra pair of clothes/ swimwear , towel and a sunscreen as hot days stand strong ahead!

2- Carry your flip flops and dress light to be able to enjoy with your kiddos.

3- Charge your phone for lovely pictures around!

4- Go around 4 pm or after when it’s not very sunny to make the most of it.

5. Be with your child ‘ALL’ the time- the park requires adult supervision as places have sharp ends, water area with slippery rocks and climbing around alone by kids is hard. It’s a lovely adventurous park to be explored together !

Nayel and I had a lovely time at X park Junior. It’s definitely the new kind of ‘safe play’ for little ones. It’s a special place- all and all about messy carefree fun! What are you waiting for , head to X park junior before it gets way too hot! And don’t forget to give our big ‘Hi’ to Mr bunny!

Kidzapproved! – Here comes Caboodle!

I’m a very picky parent when it comes to indoor play areas. As an educationist, I love outdoor play grounds way more than indoor amusements for kids. But as an expat in Dubai, keeping extreme hot and humid weather conditions in mind, we’re super blessed to have huge indoor malls and loads of activities for kids- away from heat!

Last week, I was very confused about where to take Nayel for some interactive play- that’s when I downloaded and explored ‘Kidzapp’ and found ‘ Caboodle’!

My first reaction : ‘ A play area for the whole family! ‘

It’s a beautiful mini world of imagination, creativity and fun ! From soft play area to reading books, from pretend play to lego, from art n crafts to singing and dancing, from a cafe to a small toy shop , you name it and they have it!

Nayel had a time of his life! He doesn’t really easily leave me in play places but at Caboodle, he didn’t even care if I was around him.

With so many options and such a happy staff around , it was hard for him to choose what to play with first. He ran , jumped and danced from one end to the other with kids around. ‘Baby shark’ and ‘head shoulders knees and toes’ kept him grooving all the time! It was such a treat to see him exploring and playing independently.

Caboodle has many branches across in Dubai, we visited the one in Dubai mall. They have many offers for parents to either take kids for play inside or drop them off and have a shopping experience.

For all details on pricing please visit

www.caboodle.ae

Caboodle is not just a play place , they also have a super cute and kids friendly saloon inside ! Nayel desperately needed a haircut hence we grabbed the opportunity at Caboodle for his long due hair grooming! I was so happy to see kids enjoying on ‘seats with steering wheels’ and toys around them to keep them hooked! Not only this, but Tv screens with their favorite cartoons to entertain them while they get a nice haircut! How kids-luxurious!! What else do you need?

In addition to all of this, they even have a small cafe inside ! Can you believe- I was so tired hence I left Nayel inside and sat comfortably ordering some carrot cake bites , a sandwich and a cup of hot tea. Perfect mummy relaxation 😍. Later, Nayel had his fresh orange juice and popcorns too from there. We didn’t needed nor wanted to step out !

If you’re looking for a happy play place, which is super duper clean and full of activities, I highly recommend Caboodle! You will love it!!

Thank you Kidzapp for introducing Caboodle to us! If you haven’t got kidzapp, please download the app and enter the world of adventures for each day!

Caboodle, you stole our heart! Can’t wait to come back again!