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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

Mommy Ramadan Iftar

Mommy Ramadan Iftar

MOMMY RAMADAN IFTAR @ALKHORTENT @JUMEIRAHCREEKSIDE HOTEL

Just another Ramadan day was going to get excited as I was invited to a Mommy Iftar Event at Al Khor Tent in Jumeirah CreekSide Hotel hosted by the lovely Noah (the mama behind Crafty Station) last Sunday (11th of June).

I was really excited to be a part of this event not only because I was taking Princess Z along but also because I was going to use the Careem car service for the very first time.(Getting a free…pick and drop service and back 🙂).I have had heard a lot about Careem and was excited to try it out myself.I had booked the service a day before the event (setting my time, date and location (pick-up and drop off).On the day of the event I was happy to see the driver outside my place 10mins before my scheduled time. Princess Z and I were welcomed with a chocolate date box and had a comfortable ride to the hotel.

Once we arrived we were off…following the sign boards to the crafty kids area.When we went in the room Princess Z was really happy to see all of her favorite things from a balls pit, to crafty stations,face painting ,henna application, my gym training area,slides ,sea-saws, and much more.I was a bit afraid to leave her alone at first (u know the protectiveness as a single mom) but she got so busy (all thanks to the Elite Babies & Tots care takers) that she didn’t even bother to see me off.While Princess Z was busy playing around and making friends in the crafty kids area.I got to chat with a lot of lovely ladies and make new friends 😘,making our way to the Al Khor Ramadan Tent for Iftar.

The Beautiful Hotel Interiors
The Crafty Kids Area
The Fun Room (Crafty Kids Area)
The fun activities for the kiddos (The Crafty Kids Area)

The Al Khor tent was of decent size ,covered in white drapes all around.Serving international buffet… on either sides of the entrance.There were tables arrangements in the center as well as sofa set arrangements on the side…with purple and pink colored light effects lightened up the hall.We (myself and a few other mommies) were a bit early so we were asked to be seated while we waiting for a few more people to arrive before we could start with the Iftar.During that time the waiters served us drinks.(Jallab,Orange juice or Tamarind).I went for the Jallab as it’s my favorite.

Even though there were still a few mins left for Iftar ,things started to get a bit over crowded by the buffet but anyhow I managed to get my hands on a few dishes.(mostly vegetarian)

The Table Setup
On my plate
The Amazing Partners 👍🏻

After an hour of eating i went back to the crafty kids area to check on Princess Z and to my amazement she was still having fun,participating and getting along with all the other kids (she is on of those shy types ☺️).Anyway I went in and feed her some snacks available outside.The kids snack bar was filled with marshmallows,popcorn,juices,pastries as well as other food items such as nuggets,biryani, and french fries.Princess Z gobbled on some food and went back to play.In the meantime I chatted with some mommies and clicked pictures.

Some Crafty Items Princess Z made for me in the Crafty Kids Area

When it was time to go home, Princess Z was in no mood to go and wanted to stay a bit longer but unfortunately we couldn’t as our Uber had arrived 🙂.On my way out I kissed and waved all the mommies goodbye and Noah handed all the mommies including me some heavily loaded goodie bags👇🏻☺️.

The Items in the Goodie Bag ☺️

It was surely an amazing day and a well enjoyed evening 👍🏻.Thank you Noah and the lovely partners  (Johnson’s baby,Elite Baby & Tots, Empress beauty Salon, My Gym, Careem 🚗, and Honey Bee Nursery)  for such a wonderful event.

How to make a Nurse Cap

How to make a Nurse Cap

HOW TO MAKE A NURSE CAP

As Princess Z will be celebrating The International Nurse day at her school on Thursday.I didn’t wanted to buy her the full suit available in the market.Firstly they are quite pricey and secondly, they are of one time use only so instead i decided to dress her up in full white clothes with a Nurse Cap made at home.I wasn’t very sure about it at first but then was happy with the result🙂.Below 👇🏻are the step by step instructions on how to make a Nurse Cap:

All you will need is :

-A4 size Chart Paper (I used chart paper to make it a bit stiff,any other kind of paper can be used).

-A Red/Pink Cross (Cut out from colored paper or either painted) (I got my done on the chart paper and painted it pink).

-Scotch Tape/Glue/Stapler

-Scissors

Here are the Step by Step Instructions-

Step 1: I know how we usually get an A1 size chart paper in the market.So to begin with place I placed a regular A4 printer paper on the chart paper and cut it out to get the exact size.

Nurse Cap
The tools needed to make a Nurse Cap

Step 2Once you have your A4 size chart paper, fold it less than half way through. (From up to downwards).

Note: The fold should be on top (like shown in the picture)👇🏻

Step 3 : Place and glue the cross in the middle of the folded line.(should be more towards the line fold)👇🏻

Step 2 and 3

Step 4 : Turn the paper over

Note: The line fold should come below

Step 4: Turn the Paper over as guided

Step 5 : Fold the corners and tape/staple them as shown 👇🏻

Step 5 : This is how it should look after the fold

Step 6 : Fold the instructed lines in the picture below 👇🏻and tape/staple it

Step 6: Fold the point ☝🏻

Step 7 : Turn over and Voila it’s ready! 😊

The Final Result 😁

TIP: To keep it steady on the head..tie a bun and pin it in.

The Great Indoor Picnic Brunch @ Bazxar

The Great Indoor Picnic Brunch @ Bazxar

THE GREAT INDOOR PICNIC BRUNCH

It was an honor to be invited and spend my Saturday at the launch of The Great Indoor Picnic Brunch @ Bazxar with Princess Z.Located in the heart of DIFC this was one place I was looking forward too.

The Indoor Family Picnic

Ambience

As being a mother the most important aspect I look out for in a restaurant is kids- friendliness.A place where the kids can enjoy and keep them selves busy while we eat and chat.This new picnic brunch by bazxar (which takes place every Saturday)fits in perfectly.Casually dressed in our attire as we walked in Princess Z and I were fascinated with the setup around.Excellently decorated from grassy and greenery effect to the wooden benches and tables covered with red checked cloth to balloons tied up to the table,was very cute (definitely giving you a feeling of an outdoor picnic party).Not only this the buffet table was very well represented with non-veg and veg dishes and snacks.

The Cute Set-Up
The Buffet

Food

I know how choosy kids become If they don’t get their favorite thing to eat,refusing to try anything new.The good thing about the buffet here was that there is something for everyone.From kids favorite items like pizza,fish and chips,pasta, macaroni salad to cheese and crackers,sandwiches, sweet treats ( banana loaf,cookies,biscuits) and much more.For burger lovers there is a ‘make your own burger’ station,where beef patties are placed on a bun and topped with dressings as desired.For the drinks the regular hot and cold beverages are served,including alcohol.Not only this if your in a mood for a milkshake then ‘the Milkshake station’ is just the place for you where you can build your own and enjoy.

The Food
Build Your Own Burger Station
Beverages and Milkshake Corner
Some Sweet Treats
On My Plate + Lemonade

Activities

Princess Z was super duper excited to try out all the activities here.The first activity Princess Z started off with was Cupcake Decorating. Here she was provided with a vanilla cupcake with pink frosting and all the toppings she could ever think off from gummy bears to m&ms, rainbow sprinkles,peanut butter and many more to decorate.It didn’t take her much time to finish and gobble it 😉.Next was the Milkshake Making stop.Princess Z was full (didn’t have much space in her tummy after the heavy cupcake) so she skipped and jumped to Face Painting.As we had other plans for the evening she decided to get a painting design on her hand instead.With a henna design on one hand and a balloon in the other Princess Z was happy and satisfied enough to go home. 😁.Not only this there is also a small area where the kids can enjoy a movie 🎥 on beanbags with a bucket of popcorn 🍿.These activities are surely great enough to keep a child busy and entertained.

Face/Hand Painting Area
Movie Mania With Popcorn
Coloring Activities
Cupcake Decorating

Overall

Loved the concept and everything related to it.From food to ambience everything was to the point.I was really happy to see Princess Z enjoying herself and really digging in the food plus participating in the activities provided.We had a great time!!! 🙂 and will surely visit it again

The Great Indoor Picnic @Bazxar is held every Saturday from 12-4pm.

For more information and reservations call : 043551111

Easter Fun Crafts

Easter Fun Crafts

EASTER FUN CRAFTS

As Easter just round the corner.Here are some of my favorite and super easy crafts that can be done at home or at school.

Paper Bunny
This is a super duper easy craft paper bunny craft that can be made not only on Easter but any time of the year.

You will need:

-Blue/Pink construction paper
-white paper
-Scissors
-wiggly eyes
-glue
-black marker

Step 1 : Cut 4 long strips of paper (length wise of the A4 sized paper) and 4 shorter strips of paper (width wise of the A4 sized paper).

Step 2 : Take the 2 long strips and glue them together making a cross.Glue the other 2 long strips, making a snowflake. (Do the same with the short strips)

Step 3 : Take the “snowflake” with long strips and start forming a paper ball.By gluing
the strips together, forming loops, until all strips are glued together and you get a nice looking ball.
(Do the same with the short strips “snowflake”.)

Now you got two sized paper balls.

Step 4 : Glue the paper balls together.

Step 5 : Cut the ears out of blue paper.
(Also cut a smaller set out of pastel pink and glue it inside the blue ears)

Step 6 : Cut a snout and draw a nose.
Also cut teeth out of white paper and draw a line in the middle with a black marker. Glue the teeth on the snout.

Step 7 : Glue the ears and the snout on the head (smaller ball) part of the bunny.

Add two wiggle eye stickers.

and your super easy Paper bunny is ready to be displayed

Pictures To Guide

Note: Follow the same process to make the pink paper bunny. 🐰

Easter Egg Decorating
All you need here are a few Easter eggs cutouts and let your kids paint ,color or stick stickers on it free hand.Creating colorful Easter eggs of their own.

All You Need For Creating Easter Eggs
Egg Decorating Can Be Done With Any Kind Of Medium.

P.S – These eggs can be strung together creating a garland or can be glued on a Easter card.

Craft Stick Puppets
These is a super cute craft.Great! to decorate cupcakes or easter baskets.

All you will need:

-craft sticks (either colored or plain)
-white or yellow pipe cleaners
-white or yellow paint
-google eyes
-markers
-scissors
-glue

Step 1: Start by coloring the craft stick. Let them dry. (If you are using colored sticks then skip this step)

Step 2 : Cut out the head shapes, round one from yellow construction paper for chick 🐥 and white circle with ears for the bunny 🐰.

Step 3 : Draw (or glue) the beak, nose and ears. Stick on a pair of googly eyes (or draw them).

Step 4 : Place the craft sticks at the centre of the pipe cleaner. Start wrapping the pipe cleaners around them, twisting them on the back side of the craft stick.
When you’re half way through, make the wings by making the loop, as shown on the image above, twisting it a few times at the bottom of the loop (near the craft stick). Continue wrapping the pipe cleaner until you are done (cut it if it’s too long). Tuck the loose end under the wrapped pipe cleaner.

Follow Each Step Carefully!

Step 5: Stick on the face and you have your Easter craft stick puppets 🙂

Craft Stick Bunny 🐰 and Chick 🐥

Wishing you all a very HAPPY EASTER 🐣🐇🐰.