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Tales from the Treasure Chest

Tales from the Treasure Chest

TALES FROM THE TREASURE CHEST

Tales for the Treasure Chest written by Ayesha Marfani

Many of you might not know this by I am a book lover and love reading books (I don’t get much time now though due to my mommy duties) but I encourage Princess Z to do so and not a day goes by when I don’t read her,her favorite story book or narrate her a children’s story book through which she can learn something new.

Recently I took some time out and got the opportunity to read ‘Tales from the Treasure Chest’ and I loved it.This book is written and illustrated in a such beautiful way that I wanna tell you guys about it.

The book ‘Tales from the Treasure Chest’ is a collection of 3 short stories written by Ayesha Marfani (her first published children book) published by Crimson Cloak publishing.

About the Author 👩🏻
with multiple degrees in psychology, commerce, and education, Ayesha Marfani has always had an avid passion for learning. Her love of reading led her to take her writing hobby and turn it into a career.Her inspiration stems from her 9 siblings and her own family that support her passion for writing. A homeschooling educator, Ayesha understands woes that arise when one does not have a voice. Her work with counseling produces a unique perspective that allows her to take everyday triggers and weave stories that inspire and educate.

About the Book 📖

The book ‘Tales from the Treasure Chest’ is a collection of 3 short witty stories with moral lessons:

The first story tilted ‘Exhortation Valley’ is a story about two twins Sara and Saira who are not satisfied with themselves.
Saira-a beautiful girl but still ungrateful with the way she looks and wishing for more while her twin sister Sara-with beautiful pastel skin:still ungrateful for not being as beautiful as her sister.

One day they learn a lesson to appreciate the blessings of Allah and be content.Allah has created us with highest perfection and the story revolves around these facts,teaching the child to be satisfied with their looks.

The second story titled ‘Small Feet,Big Shoes’. evolves around the bitter relationship of Zainab and Ahmad and their parents.How the two kids exchange roles with their parents thinking that being a parent is an easy job and the parents accept the challenge as they want them to know that being a parent is not as easy as they think.I won’t tell you who wins the battle!.Read the book yourself to find out 🙂

The third and the final story ‘Being Human is Being Everything’ is a story about a boy Abdul Jalil whose fathers thinks he can’t do anything in life.Everyone around him thinks he’s a loser and can’t achieve anything.Struck by those words he decides to go on a journey to find a job, and prove his worth but becomes corrupt, a cheat,fraud and a cruel vicious person.Later on realizing that being a good human is a bigger challenge than having everything else.

Why Read This Book?

This 40 page book is an interesting and a wonderful read for children 6-10 years old/(also very interesting to narrate it to younger kids).A book which teach the kids as well as the parents moral lessons like

1.One should always be grateful with what they have rather than complain about what they don’t. (An important lesson every one should be thought)

2.Parent should be lenient with their children…avoiding too much strictness as this can lead their children to hate them.Similarly, children should be aware that being a parent is not an easy task and an ultimate responsibility.

3.Money is not everything in the world.

Tales From The Treasure Chest is an excellent read that will make your child know the importance of and make them learn and understand the little things in life

I loved everything about this book and think it’s an extraordinary read for both parents and children.

If you love reading than I highly recommend you get your hands on this book. 👍🏻

Check out 👇🏻 to know more about the author on

http://www.wordscatcher.com

and the book is available at Amazon

Buy it here https://www.amazon.com

Do let me know in the comments below 👇🏻 about any other books that you guys think is a must read for both parents and children.

Oli Oli Edutainment Center

Oli Oli Edutainment Center

OLi OLI EDUTAINMENT CENTER

It was a pleasure to be invited to the sneak peak preview of Oli Oli before it opened its doors to the public 2 weeks ago.There are only a few places in Dubai that the whole family can enjoy indoors during Summer and Oli Oli (meaning Joy in Hawaii), has become one of them.Dubai’s first interactive museum and located in Al Quoz (beside Oasis Center) is hours of fun.Me,my sister and my 4 year old princess had a great time exploring and experiencing the activities through the 8 galleries of Oli Oli museum

Read through and you will know why spending three and an half hour there was the best time investment of our day.

When we entered the museum our first stop was the Air Gallery,where we learned about the power of Air.The main attraction of this gallery was the wall of tubes which was all about putting in pieces of orange and pink pieces of fabric,through one side of the tube and seeing them being blown away through and out of the tubes.Not only this there were many more interesting things to do like flying away paper planes,getting a ball through a circle with the power of air,the hurricane stimulater and much more.

Making Her Way To The Air Fan

 

The Main Attraction of The Air Gallery
Princess Z and I Trying The Hurricane Stimulater

Our next stop was the Toshi Net.Built by the Japanese artist Toshiko MacAdam.This structure took almost an year to built and is made out of brightly colored crocheted and knitted nylon weighting almost a 1000 kilos in total. I wasn’t allowed to go inside (no adults are allowed inside the structure due to weight and height restrictions) but it was great to msee Princess Z enjoying her time jumping,climbing and swinging around it.

The Handmade Toshi’s Net
Princess Z Making Her Way Through

Next came the Creative Lab where princess Z and I built a robot 🤖 to draw on the page for us while my sister made one for herself on the other side of the table.How we built one was the interesting part..Firstly we chose a base (a plastic jar or a little box),them taped around markers (as many colors as we like) then came in the machine which made the robot move around.Once we were done we moved on to the other section of the lab the Construction Section where we built a star together using sticks and rubber bands.

The Robot We Created
The Beautiful Creations
The Star We Created With Sticks & Rubber Bands
All The Different Creations

Before moving on we grabbed a bit at the La Petite Tree House Cafe.

The Tree House Cafe
Loved The Interiors Specially The Hanging Plant Crates

Then we made our way to the upper floor of the museum…moving in towards the room with black curtains called Future Park.This room was all about spending time coloring pictures of sea animals or cars scanning them on a scanner and seeing them appear on the digital wall.Princess Z had a lot of fun spotting her creation and following their journey from one end to another swirling,twirling and moving along with them .Not only this we also played with the glow in the dark balls on the other side of the room.

Princess Z Coloring Her Page
Getting Her Picture Scanned For The Digital Wall
Following Along

The room where we spent the most time was Cars&Ramps, where we build Cars from Lego to slide them down the ramps and hoops.Unfortunately we didn’t succeed in getting our cars through the hoop but it was great to see the effort my daughter and the other kids around were putting in to modeling  their cars.

Princess z and My Creation 🇦🇪
Ready To Be Tested

Next on the other side was the Toddler Room.Even though my daughter is not a toddler anymore she enjoyed her time playing around with wooden toys and building a house with the material provided (like pieces of textiles,hooks and ropes).Not to forget the Quiet Room where the little ones can take a nap whenever necessary.

Toddler Play Area
Building A house With the Extra Friendly Staff

The last space we visited was the Water Space where Princess Z had a blast playing around with water.This place was all about washing cars,shooting canon balls with the force of water,watching whirlpools and getting soaked in the rain 🌧.

Car Washing 💦
Experimenting With Water

IMP Note: its always great to carry extra pair of clothing as there are high chances of getting wet while having fun.

Here are some more pictures of us from the day

Every Corner Is Full Of Fun
Enjoying Playing Her Xylophone

Oli Oli is surely an entertaining place with lots of edutainment things in every corner for the whole family.The prices might be a bit high but worth all the fun.

Every Corner Is Full Of Art -Bird Houses
Jelly Fish Umbrellas ☂

Recommended ages for children : 2-11 years old

Ticket Prices:
AED 120 for 2 hours or 150 for 3 hours
Toddlers pay half and children 1-2 years enter free..
Accompanying adults pay AED 40

Opening Hours:
Sat-Wed 9:00am-7:00pm
Thurs-Friday 9:00am-9:00pm

Visit website to know more http://www.olioli.ae

Alondra Baby Collection

Alondra Baby Collection

ALONDRA BABY COLLECTION

I had the opportunity to visit the O concept store and have a look at the amazing Alondra Baby collection just launched for the first time in the UAE. For those of you who don’t know…Alondra is a Spanish brand, which started in the middle of the 80’s by manufacturing baby accessories. but after a successful decade, the company shifted its focus to the production of baby furniture and bedding.

The brand ALONDRA in other parts of the world have become an internationally recognized leader in the field of nursery equipment over the last few years.The success is definitely based on several factors: innovation, striking designs, high quality and impeccable finishes.

Present in more than 50 countries, and offering a vast variety of products Alondra has managed to earn the trust of more than 800 partners worldwide.With keeping the comfort in mind, Alondra Baby collection surely strives with amazing looking products and the latest design trends into the baby rooms.

Here’s a little glimpse of the Alondra collection.

ALONDRA CRIBS COLLECTION

Alondra Baby Collection
Easy To Move Around With Four Wheels Installed With Brake Locks
Available In A Vast Variety Of Colors

ALONDRA KIDS TEPEE TENT

The Extra Cosy Teepee

ALONDRA COT COLLECTION

Each Alondra cot collection is designed elegantly  and beautifully,transforming and serving a different purpose according to a child’s age.

Alondra Kurve Cot

Such an elegant design

The Kurve turns from a cot to a handy toddler bed, to a desk.With contemporary cool style, this design adds a simple yet an elegant style to the nursery with its stunning good looks in bold white and warm oak tones, rounded corners and polished chrome steel feet.

That’s some serious transformation from a single piece of nursery furniture!

Alondra Maths Cot

It’s All About Adding Colors To The Nursery

These cots are ideal for limited spaces. You can combine them with a bath – changing unit, which will provide you with additional storage options.

This stylish baby cot converts into a toddler bed with by simply replacing one of the side panels with the safety guard included. Its contemporary and iconic design comprises a high gloss finish, premium quality materials and available is in various colours.

Alondra Joy Cot

From Baby to Kid to Junior Bed

This cot is ideal for trendy parents who look for design, safety and quality in the same product. Once the baby outgrows the cot, it can be assembled as a small bed, which lengthens its useful life before the child sleeps in a junior bed. Mattress, textiles and decoration items not included though but this is one ideal piece of furniture that parents would seek for.

Not only this Alondra Baby collection has a variety of other good-looking products to offer like bath changers, accessories, decor and bags textiles and Mattresses as well.

This brand has surely become my favorite with its stylish and simple yet elegant designs too sad that my daughter has already passed her toddler stage and I have no plans for any more kids

But nevertheless,to check out the whole wonderful collection and know more about it do visit the website https://www.alondra.ae

or just Pop In the O concept in Jumeirah.

for overseas visit http://www.alondrababy.com

Balloonee-Make your own balloons

Balloonee-Make your own balloons

BALLOONEE-MAKE YOUR OWN BALLONS 

Special occasions play a huge part in ours life’s whether they are birthdays,anniversaries,graduations etc. I believe they are the best way to impress and express your love to someone.

I always make sure no matter what occasion it is it should be celebrated in a special way and the decoration should be A one (the best).

There are no parties without decorations and no decorations without balloons.Balloons 🎈 are a must in every occasion and they play a huge part in each celebration 🎉.

Many of you,like me might have struggled to leave home and reach the party shop before closing time to get a bunch of inflated balloons 🎈 at midnight. Haven’t you?(Most of the shop I know close at 10:00pm).But What if I told you now there is an easier way to celebrate occasions anytime anywhere. 😄😁😆

Recently I got introduced to Balloonee-Make your own balloons on my parents anniversary and what can I say,it indeed made their day special and my life easier.Before I tell you what exactly it is ?Here’s a peek of the decorations I did on my parents anniversary with Balloonee 👇🏻.

There’s Never To Much Balloons 🎈
Adding A Bit More 🎈
The Over All View

*All the balloon decorations are done with the help of Balloonee.Pretty isn’t it!.Doesn’t the room look fabulous 😄.

Here’s everything you need to know about Balloonee 👇🏻

What is Balloonee-Make you own balloons?

Well this is a new convenient way of celebrating occasions.Balloonee introduced by Brother Gas is basically a Helium (Portable Cylinder) Disposable Party Kit thats all about filling up your own balloons (according to your decoration needs),with an easy to use helium tank and customizing your occasions anytime anywhere.

The Standard Balloonee-Make your own balloons Kit Consists Of All The Items In The Picture
Totally Easy & Simple To Use

Balloonee-Make your own balloons comes in 2 sizes

1.Helium Disposable Standard Party Kit Box –This kit box consists of a yellow portable light weighted helium filled tank(8.9 ft), 30 assorted color latex balloons and a spool of white ribbon.This easy to use tank fills up to 30, 9″ latex balloons ; 16, 18″ foil/Mylar balloons or 16, 11″ latex balloons.This kit is surely perfect for all occasions or celebrations 🎉.

Standard Party Kit Box

and  2.Helium Disposable Jumbo Party Kit Box- This kit box also consists of a yellow portable light weighted helium tank (14.9ft) and a spool of white ribbon but with 50 assorted colored latex balloons.(that’s why it’s called Jumbo 😊)This easy to use tank fills up to 50′, 9″ latex balloons; 27′, 11″ latex balloons; or 27, 18″ foil/Mylar balloons.This kit is perfect for massive birthday parties or celebrations.

Jumbo Party Kit Box

*Both these kits also include a guide to help you follow the instructions on how to use? and tank disposal after use.

What I love about Balloonee is that it’s  easy to use (totally a piece of cake 😊) and you have no limitations,(well on the number of balloons you do)but still you can mix and match your favorite balloon colors and shapes, for your decorations and party preparations anytime and anywhere.(you can even carry these kit around 🚗 and surprise someone last minute).The only thing is that these tanks are not refillable and must be disposed after usage (when your done just buy another one 😊).Also it does say that you can fill up 30 latex but it does only fills up 22-23. (2 got busted and the rest (x5) were left out)Nevertheless Balloonee- Make your own balloon is a great idea and concept.This simple to use kit is definitely a requirement for all your party needs.Whether it’s at midday or midnight Balloonee-Make your own balloons 🎈have surely got you covered.

The prices are affordable as well
Standard size kit will cost you 129 AED
Jumbo size kit will cost you 199 AED

Orders yours now👇🏻

https://www.gasntools.com/product-category/helium-kit/

Balloonee is also on WhatsApp +971 55 290 3495

Read With Me Violet

Read With Me Violet

READ WITH ME VIOLET

Leap Frog introduces another educational toy, a cuddly plush companion Read with me Violet 🐶that every toddler/child would love to have.Its a great companion to keep the little ones busy on a plane ✈️/ car 🚗(anywhere while traveling). I bought this for Princess Z a few months back and seriously speaking I haven’t seen her spend so much time with any other toy than Violet.She loves spending time with her,listening to stories and lullabies.

Violet (the name of the plushy toy) is an interactive dog that features;

-5 interactive touch points
-70+ comprehension questions and
-5 illustrated books 📚

The cuddly plushy dog 🐶

Violet responds to every hug,pet and kiss (by touching/pressing her touch points) which are on her head,back,cheek and paws.Who doesn’t like to be loved 😘.
The number button on her collar are the books numbering ,select the story number and she starts reading once you switch on the story time mode also, by just patting her head she will move on to the story ahead.

The buttons on her collar indicates the book numbers

This plushy puppy 🐶makes reading fun with 5 interactive read-aloud books narrated by Violet herself in a soft clear voice.The 5 different book genres offer ways to build up early reading skills as the kids are exposed to different storytelling concepts.Books to help children learn to ❤️ reading).

Down below are the 5 different book genres that come with Violet;

The 5 book genres

1.Let’s Go Camping (Pattern Book)-uses rhyme, repetitions and refrains that invite children to make predictions.

2.Lets Find Violets Toy (Narrative Book)- helps children learn how stories are put together.A story with characters,settings and sequence of events

3.Lets Have A Party (Concept Book)- explores colors,shapes,or letter,all about learning new labels and classifying new information.

4.Lets Cheer Up El! -Helps learn about the sounds that make up language,encouraging them to explore the building blocks of speech.

and lastly

5.Lets Learn About The Weather (Learn-About)- Helps reveal the information about the
things around us.

The best part it sings too…just switch on the sleepy mode when it’s time to snuggle and listen to stories/ 8 mins of lullabies

The lullabies are a part of Princess Z’s life (every bedtime routine).They help her fall asleep every night.This will come very much in handy…u know 😉.

Note: the music paw button needs to be pressed after every 8 minutes too repeat.

If your child loves reading/listening to stories/lullabies then this is the perfect plushy for them

A reading experience to inspire and entertain young ones everywhere

*Note this plush toy comes in 2 varieties Violet (purple)perfect for girls and Scout (green) perfect for boys.

Appropriate for children ages 2 to 5 years

Available in @elc for 275 AED or get your from souq.com for 220 👇🏻

Click here to buy Read With Me Violet

Click here to buy Read With Me Scout