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All About Princess Z’s 5th Birthday Party

All About Princess Z’s 5th Birthday Party

ALL ABOUT PRINCESS Z’S ‘FROZEN’ THEMED 5TH BIRTHDAY PARTY  

As you all know Princess Z celebrated her birthday a few weeks back.We planned to organize a surprise ‘Frozen’ theme birthday party for her in our backyard.This was to be her very first party in our new home and we wanted to make it very special.The preparations started a few weeks before… starting off with the Birthday Invitation Cards first. The cards we’re designed by us,(ourselves) but got them printed out urgently by http://ajooba.ae

The Inside Of The Invitation Cards
Sealed With A Hand Tied Blue Bow

The next most important thing we had to do was to look for a party event company who could arrange kids entertainment for us.

Finding a good party organizer was a challenge.We contacted many but got a negative response from them all. Some were fully booked and some didn’t have the items we wanted.After wasting a week on phone calls and visits , our hard work paid off and we finally managed to get things arranged/prepared for the event.

THE EVENT PLANNER

Twinkle party events : We got it organized by them.This event company was very affordable.Offering many party packages to chose from (according to ones requirements).The package we went with cost us approx 3300 AED inclusive of (all the items below) 👇🏻
-Large Frozen bouncing castle (suitable for 20 kids)
-Popcorn machine
-Cotton candy machine
-Table setup for 18 kids
-Face painter
-Magician
-Large Birthday Banner
-Assorted 50 Purple,Blue & White balloons
-6 ‘Frozen’ foil balloons (according to the theme)
-Cutlery (themed)
-Music System
-Bubble Machine
-2 Tables + 8 adult chair

The Main Attraction Of The Party

Not only this inclusive of 3 staff members who were very friendly,energetic and helpful as well

For more party packages and details visit their website http://twinklepartycenter.com

*The trampoline was our own 🙂

Down below is the list of everything else you need to know about Princess Z’s ‘Frozen theme birthday party 👇🏻

LIGHTING 

This was the biggest hassle for our evening party and huge space. We needed enough light to lighten up each and every corner so we made our way to Bur Dubai to a shop called Tarun Lights.Tarun lights located in the heart of Meena Bazaar is a place for all your electric needs.They sell all kinds of festive lights at reasonable rates. The lights we bought were 50m long and costed us 70 AED only.They fitted in perfectly (we got them fixed from one end to the other) but were not as bright as we wanted so our next stop was Dragon Mart 1. We picked up more heavier and brighter ones from here at a very reasonable rate as well.

BALLOON ARRANGEMENTS was done with the help of Balloonee https://www.gasntools.com

ASSORTED DECORATION
were collected/ bought from various shops Carrefour,Daiso,Shimmer Shine shop (beside Mister Baker in Karama) and the twinkle party shop in karama as well

THE SNACKS 

Most of the items like French Fries ,nuggets,veg.samosas very homemade but the other evening snacks were provided by MisterBaker http://www.misterbaker.com and included chicken patty’s,mini pizzas and chicken sandwiches

THE CAKE TABLE SETUP

The Table Setup

The three tier Cake 🎂 was done by MisterBaker http://www.misterbaker.com as well and the candy and sweets were all arranged by us which included

Cake pops made by Betty Crocker brownie mix covered in melted white chocolate and sprinkled with hundreds & thousands

Purple Jelly  a bit of blue food coloring was added to the red( strawberry) jelly to get purple color

Blue Drink was just Kool Aid blue drink available at chiotrams

Hershey kisses & Marshmallows

Last but not the least assorted Sweet Goodie Bags for kids arranged by us

Marshmallows Filled In A Regular Base:We Tied A Big Bow To Add A Little Sparkle
Marshmallows,Kool Aid Blue Drink & Homemade Cake Pops
Homemade Cake Pops
A Thank You Gift For All The Kids

Princess Z’s beautiful DRESS was from an online boutique http://ummbaby.com

Other than all this the biggest surprise for Princess Z and the other kids was Mr. Santa 🎅🏻 who popped in to deliver the birthday gift delivery from @mumworld http://www.mumzworld.com/

The Birthday Girl With Santa 🎅🏻

Getting the ‘perfect’ birthday party arranged for Princess Z was a hassle but everything fell into place beautifully and the party was a huge success.

The Klassik 5+ Matador Wooden Construction Kit

The Klassik 5+ Matador Wooden Construction Kit

THE KLASSIK 5+ MATADOR WOODEN CONSTRUCTION  KIT FROM EcoToys.ae TOY REVIEW 

About Eco Toys

EcoToys.ae is an UAE’s online store for Eco-friendly & safety certified wooden toys.All toys at EcoToys.ae are made from 100% natural hardwood and no plastic or toxic paints/colorants, nor any other harmful substances have been used in manufacturing them.

The EcoToys.ae. site offers a wide variety of toys which develops imagination and creativity through wooden blocks or construction kits and so much more! Impressed by the range of their wooden toys.I recently ordered The Klassik 5+ MATADOR wooden construction kit from them.

The Klassik 5+ Matador wooden construction kit

Princess Z Loving Her New Construction Kit

Princess Z was super excited to see her new construction toy and started building with it right away.Though in the beginning she needed a bit of guidance to hammer and twist but she loved it.It took time for Princess Z to learn but by the end of the week she could build things on her own and expand her imagination….At first we started off with a simple structure and then practiced and moved on building more complicated ones together.We even added our own mechanism in a few).You can say we ditched everything else and constructed something new every other week 🙈.

The Simple Structure We Started Off With
Hammering The Parts In Place 🔨
TaaDaa!! It’s Done
Tricycle In The Making
Building And Adding Some Upgrades
The Beautiful Structure We Built Together

This wooden construction kits consist of 222 parts including the building instruction and tools.It is a lot of fun and a great way of keeping the kids busy in something useful.Also it encourages the development of children’s imagination and helps them bring their ideas to life.

Princess Z loves her wooden construction kit and it’s suitable for kids age 5 and up.

EcoToys.ae. is a super easy site to navigate and you can choose toys according to the age of your child or a function (educational, activity, or outdoor). Placing an order was super easy and we received our toy in a few days time.

So if you’re looking for educational and creative toys for your children, EcoToys.ae is a great place to order and I guarantee you the quality of their products, and their safety standards are up to the mark. *the festive season is on and these toys are great for gifting as well

So shop now  via the link below 👇🏻 and order something unique for your child

https://www.ecotoys.ae

or check out their Facebook link and Instagram page to know more

https://m.facebook.com/ecotoys.ae

https://www.instagram.com/ecotoysuae/

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.

School stuff for this year

School stuff for this year

SCHOOL STUFF FOR THIS YEAR FS2

This year as Princess Z starts her FS2 stage at her new big school.There were many more school items added on my list than last year.Down below are the things I bought for her this term:

UPixel Bag
This year we didn’t had to run around looking for a backpack.This pixel bag was given as a gift to Princess Z and she already had made up her mind to use it when she starts school.Everything is great about this bag from the colors to the space inside,the side pockets and specially how you can change the designs and get creative with the pixels on the front.

I went with the winged heart design👇🏻

Designs You Can Go For

The backpack comes with a packet of pixels and a guide on how to create the designs.But the pixels provided are not enough so you need to buy extra colored pixels packet available.

The Pixel Chips

The UPixel bag is available at Hamleys or you can order it online through Mumzworld👇🏻

http://www.mumzworld.com/en/upixel/

YumBox
Princess Z will be taking the same lunch box this year as it’s her favorite and we couldn’t find a new one just like this (glowing ✨)in stores.One of the most convenient ones I came across and available in the market.This Bento lunch box is something I highly recommend.It comes build in with 4 compartments to give your child balanced and proportional meals.Something I have always wished for, not worrying about food getting mixed up together. Its totally leak proof ,very light weighted and easy to clean.Its also easy to open for those tiny hands 🙂 .The one main feature kids would love are the glow in the dark stars on the lid

The 4 Compartments Yumbox Lunch Box
The Glow In The Dark Stars ✨ Feature

I bought this one from DB babies store but there are many other designs available online at mumzworld or virgin megastore.

http://www.mumzworld.com/lunch-boxes

https://www.virginmegastore.ae/en/stationery/lunch-bento-boxes/

Happy Jackson Snack Boxes

These funky, bright containers boxes comes in a set of 4 and are are perfect for left overs and taking nibbles to work or school. Each box set comes in  diffferent bright colours with a little message on the lid.These are great for keeping extra snacks.

Happy Jackson Colorful Snack Boxes

Available at mumzworld👇🏻

http://www.mumzworld.com/happy-jackson-snack-box-set-of-4/

Eco-Vessel Bottle
Again like last year I thought of going with an insulated feature bottle .It was hard to find many designs in it but I am glad I visited Virgin Megastore and found it.This 30z (400ml) Eco-vessel water bottle fits in perfectly.They are easy to use.Keeping the water cool for max 8-10 hours is perfect.It has an easy drinking system. This bottle is just the right size and easy to carry.

The Insulated EcoVessel Water Bottle
With Convenient Carry And Drinking System

Bought from Virgin Megastore👇🏻

https://www.virginmegastore.ae/water-bottles/

School Shoes
I think this is one of the hardest things to buy in the school season.Running around shops trying on again and again to get the perfect comfort level,fitting and size.Alhamdulillah this year we didn’t had to run around much as we got what we wanted at Shoe Mart.We were looking out for shoes that Princess Z could wear/take off easily by herself at school.Something with no laces.We checked shops like Adidas and Nike but the shoes there were not satisfying.The best thing about the shoes we bought from Shoe Mart is that they are very light in weight and easy to wear,just like the way we wanted. 👍🏻
*Shoe Mart has the widest range of school shoes than any other shop at affordable prices if your still looking out for shoes.

White Sports Shoes AED 69/-
Minnie Mouse Black Shoes AED 139/-

*check out Shoe Mart at MOE (Mall of the Emirates) for more variety.

Labels from Ajooba (online)
These were bought last term and are still going on.Love how useful they have been since Princess Z started school.To know more about them and how to order check out one of my previous posts Ajooba Labels.👇🏻

Water Proof,Stick On Book Labels

Ajooba stationary and gifts shop is located in Business Bay,Shop no.10,The Citadel.For more information visit their website 👇🏻

http://ajooba.ae

more call 04 3603555

These are a few of the main school items I purchased this year.I will be adding a few more extra things on the list so stay tuned.

5 Indoor Games

5 Indoor Games

5 INDOOR GAMES THAT KIDS CAN ENJOY DURING SUMMER 

Dubai summer is intolerable and so we tend to spend more time indoors.

Below are 5 extraordinary games that I have enjoyed playing with Princess Z and am pretty sure you will enjoy and will definitely keep your kids entertained this summer

Guess Who?
Many of you might have heard about this game and the many forms it comes into.We went with the detachable board game.👇🏻

5 Indoor Games
Guess Who?

How to Play?
A guessing game.Where each player choosing a character or an animal.Then each opponent player has to guess the character while asking yes or no questions to eliminate.For example does your character have brown hair? or does your animal have whiskers?.The player will then eliminate the character/animals by closing the doors of those images until ones left.The first one to discover the mystery person/animal wins .

With detachable boards this is a fun game to enjoy at home or during traveling.

Suitable for kids 6+
2 players

Buy Here

Looping Louie
This game is all about protecting your chicken from a dizzy driver Louie👇🏻

Loopin’ Louie!

How to Play?
Switch on the game and see the airplane drop down and spin.When the airplane comes near to your chickens tokens,save them by pressing the paddle to flip him out of the way.He will fly in circles and loop the loop.Try aiming him towards other players chicken.The last player to have any chicken tokens left wins.

Note: This game needs assembling as well as batteries to work.

Suitable for kids 4+
2-4 players

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Pop! Pop! Piñata
Who doesn’t love piñatas.This game is just like popping a real piñata open.

Pop Pop! Pinata

How to Play?
There are two ways of playing this game (we play the second option mostly).
But firstly put the prizes in and spin the piñata to mix the prizes inside

First way of playing is hitting the piñata gently by pressing the party disc hit button on the bottom.The piñata will stay closed and only a few prizes will come out.Put the prizes in the cup and then it’s the next players turn.If the other player splits open the piñata you win!.

The second way of playing is by hitting the piñata harder and popping the prizes out.Like just a real piñata…everyone races to put the prizes in their cups.The player with the most prizes wins.

This game requires assemble and will be loved by all.
Note: contains small parts so definitely not suitable for children under 4
2-4players

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Memory Game
Ohh how Princess Z loves this game.Shes a big fan of Dora the Explorer so we bought her a Dora and Friends memory cards game from a local shop

Dora The Explorer Memory Game

How to Play?
Everyone knows how to play this game but will still tell you 😉.Flip the cards over two at a time to uncover,match the most pairs and the player with the most cards wins.

This game includes 72 cards in total…( 3 sets in purple,yellow & pink color)

This is a picture memory game so no reading. required.
Ages 3+
1 or more players

Bingo
Even though Princess Z is just 4 she plays this game really well and enjoys it.Everybody loves this number game specially when you get the first row of numbers and are the first one to say ‘Bingo’ 😉

How to Play?
Includes a number chart, x36 number cards and bingo chips.Its simple just pronounce one number at a time and place a bingo chip if you have it on your number card.If you complete a row shout out ‘bingo’.Even though this is a bit though for children below 6 it’s a great way for improving their number recognition skills.

Tip: When saying the number break it down to make it easy for the child (if they are playing along) like for example: instead of saying forty two (42), say four two forty-two (42).This will help the kids recognize the numbers without any help 😊.

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There are many other games that can be enjoyed indoors,So take some time out and keep yourself and your kids busy with these fun games during summer.