Crafty Mumz


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I have created a new page for crafty mums. If you are creative and run a small business of your crafty products from home, then you are welcome to post details about your craft/homemade product and business on the new page. Kindly keep your post/comment short. Irrelevant posts and comments shall be deleted. Please make sure you make posts/comments on the correct page, not on this post. Click here.

Back to School

imagesBack to school is here! Books, uniforms, bags, shoes and so much more… Mumz how are the preparations going?

It takes a lot of preparation at the beginning of the school year. For parents whose children will be joining school for the first time; it is going to be a real challenging period. Begin to talk to your child about school and how much fun it would be. Show pictures and videos of children engaged in activities at school. Take your child to the new premises so that he/she may get acquainted with the environment. But most of all prepare yourself to tackle the morning drop off time and the new routine.

I hope it would be a great start for all Mumz and kiddos.

MBC SHOW 2011, Dubai

The Mother, Baby and Child Show, not your average expo!

Everything for your family under one roof!

Following the hugely successful event last year, Pampers will be the proud Headline Sponsor of the Mother Baby and Child show for the second consecutive year. The three day event will kick off at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre (DIEC) on December 8th-10th.

As a brand that is committed to babies’ healthy development Pampers will set out to introduce the new Pampers Premium Care diaper.

The Mother, Baby and Child Show is not your average expo, this is the essential event where you will find everything for your family under one roof! Over three action packed days we invite you to the Dubai International Exhibition Centre to shop from over 100 of the latest brands from cool Crocs at up to 80% off! To the latest brands and innovations, the Mother, Baby and Child Show has it all.

Your little ones will delight in singing, dancing and laughing along with some of the best-loved characters from children’s TV. Or perhaps they prefer to romp in the play areas.

There is more! The Show brings together a whole host of experts and organisations ready to answer your pregnancy questions and parenting concerns. Of course, the companies exhibiting are themselves experts in their field so you can walk away with informed decisions. Nestle brands will be on hand to talk about nutrition, while Gaviscon & Nurofen are just two of the many health related brands who will be offering sound advice on deal with pregnancy symptoms to pain and fever management.

Crowds enjoying the entertainment at previous MBC show

During a fun day out you can work up quite an appetite!

The Feeding Area brought to you by Milupa/Aptajunior Is a private breastfeeding and toddler feeding area with comfortable facilities to help make your day at The Show as easy as possible. When you fancy break or just the opportunity to put your feet up, then pop along to Motherbabychild.com Mums Meeting Area, where you can hook up with friends or meet other new and expectant mums for a chat. Imagine being part of a club that makes life easier, supports you during pregnancy and introduces you to new friends. This is exactly what motherbabyandchild.com is all about the new website soon to launch in English and Arabic provides a complete online guide to pregnancy and beyond there for you whenever you need advice or information.

Forgot the changing bag?

You don’t have to worry about baby changing facilities at The Mother, Baby and Child Show – help is at hand from Sudocrem! They have been running the official Changing Room since The Show launched in 2004, and it always proves to be one of our most popular and useful facilities for mums and dads with free samples for all visitors. Pampers® will also be providing a range of nappies and wipes free of charge As well as sampling their latest ranges, you can talk to their specialists about the Pampers® product range, which includes not only nappies but also wipes and changing mats that meet your baby’s needs at every stage of their development – from newborn to toddlers.

 

The Mother, Baby and Child show is the place to experience the magical world of parenting this December. With everything under one roof, the Middle East’s largest baby and parenting exhibition. Offers, expert speakers, international entertainment and competitions worth thousands of Dirham’s this is not to be missed opportunity.

Mark it in your diary & tell you friends! It’s an event not to be missed!

 

 

For more information on the show, exhibitors, activity schedules and competitions, log on to www.motherbabyandchild.com.

Mother Baby & Child Show, Dubai

Mother Baby and Child Show

Music, Fun and Games, TV Characters, Prizes Galore on Offer MBC Show 2010

The Mother Baby and Child Show 2010 will take place at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre (DIEC) on December 2nd – 4th. Event organizers TME promise three days full of fun and games for the whole family. This year there will be an all-new and exciting schedule and we will play host a comprehensive show with traditional Emirati performances to mark National Day for people from different backgrounds, cultures, and religions to come together to experience the traditions and culture of the people of the UAE , along with popular international children’s characters.

TME, the organisers of the show are delighted to announce Pampers, as the headline sponsor.

As well providing free seminars and workshops for new and expectant parents, with an opportunity for mothers to ‘ask an expert’ on a number of important subjects, such as baby’s health and nutrition. They will be introducing some new wonderful technological enhancements to their nappy range.

Pampers are committed to improving the experience babies get from wearing their nappies. They are continually learning from mums and babies. More than 20,000 babies from around the world involving more than 300,000 diaper changes were part of the development of Dry Max. This is one of Pampers’ most thoroughly researched and tested news products ever.

“It is highly reassuring that the new Pampers nappies with Dry Max technology has undergone tests by the manufacturers which were very thorough, and establish that they provide the absorbency and dryness performance people expect from a Pampers nappy. They definitely represent a step forward in terms of lightness and thinness, both of which are likely to improve babies’ comfort and freedom of movement.”
Dr David J. Atherton, Paediatric Dermatologist

“This year we have packed in as many activities as possible for both children and parents. With 25,000 visitors expected over three days, we have also made attending the event more convenient, by providing a full range of support services, such as a fully equipped baby changing and feeding area with free Sudocrem and nappies. Many high street brands will also be on display, many of them with exciting promotions exclusive to the show, including Crocs who will be retailing at up to 80% off RRP” said Shannon Norris, Events Director for TME.

There will also be competitions with thousands of Dirhams’ worth of fabulous prizes up for grabs. The star prize however remains a luxury holiday with Marriott Vacation Club.

For more information on the show, exhibitors, activity schedules and competitions, log on to www.motherbabyandchild.com.

Spread Some Inspiration with Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Story selected and published by Philadephia, here is the link.

http://spreadphiladelphia.com/story.php?id=92

Be Inspired by Faryal Amir
Creative Mumz Founder


“I had a lot of free time and did not know how to use it. I felt there were more women of my ilk who cannot find venues to interact creatively. We organise workshops, coffee evenings, story telling sessions for children, post our queries and seek counsel from other members,” Faryal Amir

When Faryal Amir had her second child, she had to give up her job. Feeling cut off from her usual social circle, she instituted Creative Mumz, a platform for women who would share a skill, information, personal experiences with fellow members who are a mix of single women, mothers, aunties and grandmothers.

The group emerged dynamically online with interesting monthly newsletters and other online competitions. Faryal Amir, with little help from close members organises events, develops the newsletter and updates the website which has more than 500 daily visits.

Her efforts have been recognised by some leading newspapers and television channels. A notable number of women in the UAE are associated with the group and lots from all across the world through the web portal; http://www.creativemumz.com

Exclusive Launch & Book Signing Event of the novel, I Know Who You Are! at Karachi International Book Fair 2009

Liberty Books presents the

Exclusive Launch & Book Signing Event of the novel,

I Know Who You Are! by Pakistani twin authors, Mariam and Fatima Masood,

during the Karachi International Book Fair 2009.

Be at the Karachi Expo Center, Activity Area, Hall 1

on Sunday, 13th December 2009 between 1:00 -1:45 pm in the afternoon.

http://www.iknowwhoyouare-thebook.com/

Find Creative Mumz on Facebook

Creative Mumz now has an interactive Facebook® Fan page. Facebook users who become a Fan of Creative Mumz can now stay up to date on the latest info and news, along with post photos and videos of themselves that would help others to bring out their creativity.

To become a Fan of Creative Mumz on Facebook, go to Creative Mumz and click on the “Find us on Facebook” icon. (Located in the upper right corner of the Creative Mumz homepage.)

Happy Facebooking!

Toilet Training Resistance

Found this information on the web, very useful.

What is toilet training resistance?

Children who refuse to be toilet trained either wet themselves, soil themselves, or try to hold back their bowel movements (thus becoming constipated). Many of these children also refuse to sit on the toilet or will use the toilet only if a parent brings up the subject and marches them into the bathroom.

Any child who is over 3 years old, healthy, and not toilet trained after several months of trying can be assumed to be resistant to the process rather than undertrained. Consider how capable your child is at delaying a bowel movement (BM) until he or she is off the toilet and has a chance to hide. More practice runs (such as you used in toilet training) will not help. Instead, your child needs full responsibility and some incentives to spark her motivation.

The most common cause of resistance to toilet training is that a child has been reminded or lectured too much. Some children have been forced to sit on the toilet against their will, occasionally for long periods of time. A few have been spanked or punished in other ways for not cooperating. Many parents make these mistakes, especially if they have a strong-willed child. How can I help my child with daytime wetting or soiling? Most children younger than 5 or 6 years of age with soiling (encopresis) or daytime wetting without any other symptoms are simply engaged with you in a power struggle.

These children can be helped with the following suggestions. If your child holds back BMs and becomes constipated, medicines will also be needed.

1. Transfer all responsibility to your child. Your child will decide to use the toilet only after he realizes that he has nothing left to resist. Have one last talk with him about the subject. Tell your child that his body makes “pee” and “poop” every day and it belongs to him. Tell him that his “poop” wants to be in the toilet and his job is to help the “poop” come out. Tell your child you’re sorry you punished him, forced him to sit on the toilet, or reminded him so much. Tell him from now on he doesn’t need any help. Then stop all talk about this subject (“potty talk”). Pretend you’re not worried about this subject. When your child stops hearing conversation about not going, she will eventually decide to go to the bathroom for attention.

2. Stop all reminders about using the toilet. Let your child decide when she needs to go to the bathroom. Don’t remind her to go to the bathroom or ask her if she needs to go. She knows what it feels like when she has to “poop” or “pee” and where the bathroom is. Reminders are a form of pressure, and pressure keeps the power struggle going. Stop all practice runs and never make her sit on the toilet against her will because this always increase resistance. Don’t accompany your child into the bathroom or stand with her by the potty chair unless she asks you to. She needs to gain the feeling of success that comes from doing it her way.

3. Give incentives for using the toilet. Your main job is to find the right incentive. Special incentives, such as favorite sweets or video time, can be invaluable. For using the toilet for BMs, initially err on the side of giving her too much (for example, several food treats each time). Remember that incentives work even better if it is a special treat that your child doesn’t get everyday. If you want a breakthrough, make your child an offer she can’t refuse (such as going somewhere special). In addition, give positive feedback, such as praise and hugs every time your child uses the toilet. On successful days consider taking 20 extra minutes to play a special game with your child or take her to her favorite playground.

4. Give stars for using the toilet. Get a calendar for your child and post it in a conspicuous location. Have her place a star on it every time she uses the toilet. Keep this record of progress until your child has gone 1 month without any accidents.

5. Make the potty chair convenient. Be sure to keep the potty chair in the room your child usually plays in. This gives her a convenient visual reminder about her options whenever she feels the need to go to the bathroom. For urinating, the presence of the chair and the promise of treats will usually bring about a change in behavior. Don’t remind her even if she’s squirming and dancing to hold back the urine.

6. Diapers, Pull-ups, or underwear. Whenever possible, replace pull-ups or diapers with underwear. Help your child pick out some underwear with favorite characters on them. Then remind her “they don’t like poop or pee on them.” This usually precipitates the correct decision on the part of the child. Even if your child wets the underwear, persist with this plan. If your child holds back BMs, allow selective access to diapers or pull-ups for BMs only. Preventing stool-holding is very important.

7. Remind your child to change his clothes if he wets or soils himself. As soon as you notice that your child has wet or messy pants, tell her to clean herself up. The main role you have in this program is to enforce the rule: “people can’t walk around with messy pants.” If your child is wet, she can probably change into dry clothes by herself. If your child is soiled, she will probably need your help with cleanup. If your child refuses to let you change her, ground her in her bedroom until she is ready.

8. Don’t punish or criticize your child for accidents. Respond gently to accidents, and do not allow siblings to tease the child. Pressure will only delay successful training, and it could cause secondary emotional problems. Your child needs you to be her ally.

9. Ask the preschool or day care staff to use the same strategy. Ask your child’s teacher or day care provider to let your child go to the bathroom any time he wants to. Keep an extra set of clean underwear at the school or with the day care provider. When should I call my child’s health care provider? Call during office hours if: • Your child holds back his or her bowel movements or becomes constipated. • Pain or burning occurs when your child urinates. • Your child is afraid to sit on the potty chair. – Your child’s resistance has not improved after 1 month on this program. • The resistance has not stopped completely after 3 months.

http://en.allexperts.com/q/Pediatrics-1429/potty-training-five-year.htm

Events.Offers.Promotions

In this section I shall be adding information about events, offers and promotions that are on around town. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

  • BOOK SIGNING, I KNOW WHO YOU ARE! AT JASHANMAL BOOK STORE AT MALL OF THE EMIRATES FROM 4PM-7PM ON 30TH MAY, 2009
  • The 7th UAE – UNLEASH YOUR DNA SEMINAR, supported by EMIRATES ON 23RD MAY
  • OFFERS AT DUBAI OUTLET MALL
  • MORE…

All Mums say…

Found these mummy sayings interesting…all mums say these!

  • Money does not grow on trees.
  • Don’t make that face or it’ll freeze in that position.
  • Don’t put that in your mouth; you don’t know where it’s been!
  • If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
  • When you have your own house then you can make the rules!
  • What if everyone jumped off a cliff? Would you do it, too?

Authors of I KNOW WHO YOU ARE! featured in Gulf News today…

http://www.iknowwhoyouare-thebook.com/

I Know Who You Are! is available online @ Amazon

Article in Gulf News today…

Mariam and Fatima Masood

Mariam and Fatima Masood Authors of the book I Know Who You Are!

 

Twins Fatima and Mariam Masood with their book “I Know Who You Are!”
 

Twins explore personality types in co-authored work

By Nasheet Jaffer Khan, Community Solutions Editor
Published: April 02, 2009, 22:46

 

Dubai: Dubai-based twin sisters Mariam and Fatima Masood attempt to help break personality codes through their work of fiction I Know Who You Are.

The novel spins its tale around the nights and days of a 12-year-old boy, Sultan, who stumbles upon magical powers while cleaning a closet, as his family prepares to move house.

What follows is Sultan’s journey to understanding the varied personalities of people, aided by his grandfather.

Being human we have problems with humans,” 25-year-old Fatima said. “Actually, it should be the contrary. Every person has a character skin [type], which affects their manner of interaction and relationship with others.

The book surmises that if you are able to identify the personality type, you can understand people better.

 

Mariam said that sensitivity and a keen observation of people helped provide the fodder for the story.

She said: “Just because people have physical similarities, they expect each other to think alike, believe or have similar opinions, too. The book broadly categorises the basic personalities.” She is quick to add that they “don’t claim that all personalities can be categorised“.

Employed as kindergarten teachers, it took the twins a year, endless cups of tea and countless “rain cheques” for family gatherings to finalise the book and its prime characters.

When it comes to creating something from nothing there are quite a few things that have to be considered. The development of the character ‘skins’ was a challenging task as we had to make each character as powerful as the other and yet unique,” Mariam said. She added that no character had a negative side to it as “everyone has a good reason for doing what they do“.

Squint-eyed nights of research and belief in their story gave the twins the courage to push the envelope and mail it to the publishers.

Fatima said: “There were times when we used to feel stressed and disappointed, waiting for publishers and literary agents to respond. However, from the time of sending the queries to signing the publishing contract, it only took us three months.”

Thinking of the time we started writing and to see the book published has been a rewarding experience. I feel like going to the bookstore just to see the book there!” Mariam said. Fatima added: “It was similar to seeing the harvest of a crop which has been planted, nurtured, protected and prayed for day in, day out. It is still unbelievable sometimes.”

The twins said they could not have written the book without each other – it was “a joint thought”. They said: “Though we are identical, little is common between us. We still understand each other the best.”

How has the book changed their lives?

They said: “It has simplified it. We know how to deal with people more effectively.

The book is published by Olympia Publishers and is available at Jashanmal Bookstores.

 

 

HANDY HINTS

Cooking Smell

Get rid of unwanted cooking smells by boiling one teaspoon of ground cinnamon in 1/4 litre of water for fifteen minutes.

Lipstick

When testing lipstick for colour, the best place to try is on the cushion of your finger, where the skin in pinkish like that of lips.

Scissors 

To sharpen your scissors, cut a sheet of emery paper into small pieces.

Plasters

If you find removing sticking plasters difficult to remove from your skin, try rubbing baby oil over the plaster.

Plasticine

A quick alternative  for plasticine for children is a dough made with salt, water and flour. To give it colour add food colour, paprika or mustard powder. To keep it soft, store in a sealed plastic bag.

Rubber Gloves

As hands sweat  a lot in rubber gloves, they may become damp and smell unpleasant. Avoid this by dusting the inside of gloves with talc when you use them. Wash gloves from inside and dry inside out after use.

Shoes

Remove odour from smelly shoes by sprinkling a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda inside each shoe and leave overnight.

Zips

A zip can be helped to run smoothly by rubbing it with a little soap, pencil lead or candle wax.

Garlic

Get rid of garlic smell from your breadth by chewing fresh mint, a coffee bean, a stalk of parsley or celery.

“I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!”…THE BOOK RELEASING IN SPRING 2009

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” I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!” is written by Dubai based twin authors, Mariam Masood and Fatima Masood. It is being published in the United Kingdom by Olympia Publishers and shall be out in Spring 2009 with the grace of Almighty Allah.

If you are a book lover, this ones for you.

I am among one of the few first readers of the book and I must say its a very gripping piece of modern literature. The concepts put forward in the book are very unique and capture the mind of the reader. You tend to read and re-read the core lines and concepts as you unfold the mystery woven around the characters.

It would be a good handbook to keep as a guide to understand people we live with. I believe the character skins portrayed in the book are very real. As you read the book you tend to say, “Oh! yes, I know this one; it is so and so in my life..oh so now I know!!”

By Faryal

Here is what the authors have to say about it:

I Know Who You Are! is a unique novel which has a blend of fascinating fiction and hard-core reality. It not only tells the readers the story about Sultan and his family but it also reveals the secret of dealing with people successfully.

 The book presents the concept that every person has a Character Skin which guides his behaviour and inspires his conversations. If you know a person’s Character Skin, you can understand, respond and deal with him effectively.

 “Truth is only valued by the ones who are righteous, for the ones who are possessed by their own beliefs are indifferent to it.” (Mariam & Fatima Masood)

 I Know Who You Are! diversifies a person’s perspective through positive thinking. It invites its reads to explore, enjoy, reflect  and analyze the concepts the Character Skins, people, possess.   

I Know Who You Are! will be in bookstores in Spring 2009.

To Read the preview, click here…

MORNING TIME, RUSH TIME!!

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Mornings are always busy with everyone rushing to take a shower, get dressed, grab a bite and leave for school/work. We can reduce some morning rush time stress by doing as much as can be done the night before. Have the clothes ironed and laid in a quick pick up spot. Lay out shoes and socks. Bags packed at night and kept near door, just pick up and leave!

 
For breakfast and lunch boxes, decide what can be done the night before and what can be left for the morning. Get sandwiches for kids’ lunch boxes ready at dinner time, packed and kept in the fridge. Set the moring breakfast table the night before with plates, glasses, spoons, bowls and cornflakes packs on the table. Some planning and organizing the night before will surley lessen your morning time stress.

You will surely enjoy your first cup of tea!

The Mother Baby and Child Show, Dubai

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The MBC Show has relaunched with a fresh look, new dates, new features, backed up by a new website.

There are almost 75,000 births each year in the UAE. The Mother Baby and Child Show is the UAE’s biggest live event for parents-to-be and new parents, starting on Thursday 18th running till Saturday 20th December.

Creative Mumz is an e-media partner for the MBC Show.

THE FRIDAY CLASS by Mariam and Fatima Masood

The Friday Class was a result of many isolated moments we spent as teachers… in school, at home, in malls, parks, waiting lobbies and at the Dubai Creek.
 
As teachers we always feel there is very less time, in class, to tell the children about the many little things they need to remember in order to enjoy life. Since the classes are curriculum driven it becomes difficult to address the day to day challenges, problems and tasks children come across. Not only as teachers, even at home, with our nephews and niece, we realize there are so many things that need adult attention and address.
 
In order to kill the guilt we thought of the concept of a Friday Class which would have all the little but important things we want to tell children aged 7 onwards.
 
It is important to say that Fridays and Saturdays are weekly holidays here in Dubai, no school. That’s why the article was named The Friday Class. At home, when children are missing their teachers, they get an opportunity of absorbing some more knowledge of the world… a short message from very concerned caring teachers…
 
So, for young girls and boys here are some nice things to read and follow in life. Of course also for older people who missed on good teachers and teachings in life!

Minutes invested in goodness help a lifetime.

THE FRIDAY CLASS IS PUBLISHED IN YOUNG TIMES MAGAZINE FORTNIGHTLY.

Mom – Child’s Best Friend!

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There was a time when parents were revered and respected out of fear. Even now parents are respected but more out of love than fear! If fed and nurtured with good values, kids do imbibe the best from you.

 

Today, the generation is different. They need a ‘mother’ until they are dependent and a ‘friend’ after that. Once their dependence period is over they need someone to talk to, someone whom they can trust, someone who does not get offended with little issues, someone they know will stand by them whatever the case. That does not give them the license to demonstrate their ill behaviour and rule the matter though. With a firm hand of help when in distress and as barrier when moving towards danger, Moms can surely be a great support system for children especially girls.

 

Kids from a very early age should be encouraged to talk to parents, atleast mothers. They should be initiated to talk about everyday matters – What happened in the school today? Did you play with your friends? Whom did you play with? Did you enjoy? What did the teacher teach you today? Was it fun? How was the trip to school in the bus? Did you enjoy your breakfast? – Little talks that would get them talking to you. Once this becomes a routine they themselves would talk to you about their matters. Many-a-times have I heard parents complain that their child does not talk what is happening. “He/She does not say anything.” One can not make them speak all of a sudden. It’s a process that takes time and initiation. So get started early. If you have not, better get started now as they say it’s “Better late than never”.

 

Always encourage them whenever they do something good and creative. Be it a class work or homework they did neatly. Be it coloring or something they tried to paint. It can be some rhyme they tried to sing or an effort to help you by bringing a dish from the table. Any good effort from a child is praise-worthy. It’s a reinforcement that even adults like us need. Encouragement really nourishes everyone! This way they will build self-confidence and would make an attempt to get something done. But from the very first do not make them feel that ‘Prize’ is the most important issue than participation when they take part in an event. Teach them to focus and get things done right. The best will win so let them learn to be the best. A healthy competition is what we need not rivalry.

 

Allow them to make mistakes and realize it. It would be a difficult stage to go through but sure enough it would pass. Remember that every mistake is a lesson towards a positive life. Mothers should be by their side so that they don’t get astray.

 

It’s truly something super to be a MOM, lot of responsibilities and commitments attached! All the mothers here would agree that it’s wonderful and worth everything!

 

By Deepa Gopal Sunil

 

Earth Day is here… Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

Its time to reduce some burden we put on our planet. Earth day is here, so lets take this opportunity to remind us to practice the three R’s.

Reduce:

Try to reduce wastage of resources and the amount of garbage we produce daily. Bring your own bags to the supermarket. Use reusable containers for leftovers and in your lunch bag.

Reuse:

Consider buying used CDs, books, games, it will help you save money. Sell your old stuff, you will get money back. Donate your old toys and appliances and give someone a gift!

Recycle:

Create a recycling centre in your kitchen. Involve your kids in the activity. label corner for cans, paper, plastic bottles, glass jars and cartons. There are special recycling bins at the Buhaira Corniche in Sharjah where you can dispose off all your material for recycling.

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

Happy new year to all you mumz out there. Its great to jot down new year resolutions but the tough job is to stick to them. Have you made any new resolutions? I think we all do and I suppose we mums are real good list makers!

Here are some resolutions I think all mothers would like to stick to,

  • I will plan and organize my kitchen better, with all food stuff labelled.
  • I will plan my week’s menu in advance so I don’t have to bother to do that thinking everyday.
  • I will give more quality time to my kids, play puzzles, paint with them, play board games, hangman, draw, fly kites, read story books, hop, skip, run and make faces with them! Oh! I love being mom!
  • I will de-clutter corners of my house.
  • I will try some money saving tips my friend told me about!
  • I will work really hard this year to lose those extra kilos. (This one is on everyone’s list 😉 )
  • I will try to give some quality time to myself daily, that I always keep skipping because of my tight schedule. I will not miss my morning walk, or my morning coffee with a friend, I will not ignore my nails, hair or skin just because I could not find that 10 minutes I need to uplift my unkempt look. I will find those 10 minutes daily this year.
  • I will read good books, relax and enjoy life making an effort to forget the pain and sorrow I went through in my continuning journey – life!
  • I will organize things better by keeping a handy planner, listing important dates, my kid’s school events and most important, keep track of “things to do” by making my “TO DO LIST”.

I am sure you all will have much more to add to this list, do send in your resolutions in the comments section and share them with us.

Study Fashion Design Online with the Studio Art School

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Studio Art School, UK

Study Fashion Design Online  with the Studio Art School 

Introduction to Fashion Design and Illustration

Course summary
This is a practical project based course for those who have creative flair and an interest in Fashion, as well as a desire to produce original work. Students work to given briefs, and are encouraged to develop conceptual, analytical and problem solving skills.

Activities include:
 
Designing for fashion on the figure using figure templates
Creating ‘specification’ drawings
Illustrating fabrics and garments in a range of media
Exploring fashion trends and predictions
Undertaking market research
Learning about fabrics
Researching fashion history
Creating mood boards

Certification  
This course leads to the award of the Level 1 Certificate in Design and Crafts from the City & Guilds of London Institute, the UK’s leading provider of vocational qualifications.
On completion of this course, students may wish to progress to City & Guilds level 2,      
” Fashion Design and Illustration”.

Entry requirements
No formal entry requirements.
 

What it costs
Course fee: £290.00
 
What’s included in the fee
The course fee includes unlimited online tuition and support, together with access to course materials and to a secure personal online studio, where you can upload and store images of your work and communicate with your tutor.
 
Our courses are supported by comprehensive learning materials which provide step by step instructions, together with suggestions for further study and information on artists, techniques and materials.
What our students say.
“My experience of studying with Studio Art School has been very positive. I have found the website very easy to manage and the activities are well structured and paced. I have been very impressed with the speed and quality of the  tutors’ feedback.”. Helen, Barcelona.

When you apply please mention about CREATIVE MUMZ.

How to apply
Comprehensive details about our courses and our online application form can be found at; http://www.studioartschool.co.uk/index.aspx

STOCK THAT FIRST AID KIT

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Little children always get into scrapes and no one knows this better than their mother.

Most scrapes are minor and only need home treatment and lots of kisses on the bad ‘boo-boo’. Its important to attend to such incidents fast without the hassle of rummaging through drawers and rooms for a bandage here or an ointment there. An updated first aid kit that has all the essentials is a must-have for any efficient mom. Some pharmaceutical stores will sell pre-packaged first aid kits but you can put together your own with these simple tips. Store these in an unused lunch box out of reach of children. Keeping an accessible, portable first aid kit also makes it easier to carry along on picnics and outdoor trips when bruises and cuts are most likely to happen.

You’ll need:


* Acetaminophen and/or
* Ibuprofen (with a chart for weight-appropriate doses
  and a dosage spoon)
* Band-aids (assorted shapes and sizes for knuckles,
   knees and fingertips)
* Antiseptic wipes
* Antibiotic ointment
* Burn ointment
* Sterile roll gauze (in 3 and 4 inch sizes)
* First aid tape
* Bandage scissors
* Thermometer
* Tweezers and a magnifying glass
* A first aid guidebook

Other standard medicine-chest supplies include sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and an anti-itch cream for rashes during summer.
Its also a good idea to keep telephone numbers of the closest children’s hospital’s emergency services in the first aid kit, along your child’s pediatrician’s name and number, and prescriptions for any medication your child is taking.

Like charity and hygiene, safety also begins at home, and now you can rest assured that you’re all set to banish that boo-boo.

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Interesting Sayings!

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.”
William Feather

“Have you got a problem? Do what you can, where you are, with what you’ve got.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
Carl Bard

“Don’t ignore the small things—the kite flies because of its tail.”
Hawaiian Proverb

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
E. E. Cummings

Playscapes Wall Murals- Decorate your Kids Rooms, Ideal for Nursery

 Playscapes Wall Murals are such an exciting concept in kids rooms decorating and nursery decor! We handcraft and hand paint all the childrens’ wall art and kids’ room accessories, add Velcro pads to the back and then package our wall mural kits and freight them worldwide direct to your door!

 The Jungle theme was the first design created by Playscapes and remains the favorite to this day! Brightly coloured Jungle animals with friendly faces will adorn your childs playroom or bedroom. The gorgeous little African Rondarvel will make decorating your childs bedroom your greatest thrill.  

All you do is paint the wall in your chosen colour, plan your design then simply peel away the backing tape on the murals and adhere. In a couple of hours you will have the most gorgeous room that you did yourself! Another bonus is it is also interactive. Children are encouraged to pick the apples off the tree, fly the bees around and place them back. This improves their hand-eye coordination and fine dexterity. Another bonus is of course if you find you have to relocate, simply take your Playscapes kids’ murals ( or wall art) with you and remove the Velcro without marking the walls!

When ordering at Playscapes, please mention that you heard about Playscapes from Creative Mumz.

Website: http://www.playscapes.com.au/

Email: office@playscapes.com.au       

           Seaside Teddies theme is a warm favorite with old-fashioned Teddies and sailing boats. It is perfect decorating for the nursery and we have adorable nursery furniture to match. Childrens stools, garden seats and other hand-painted furniture are available for nursery decorating. The Seaside theme is perfect for Nursery design as it is designed for boys and girls. This childrens wall mural will be loved for years to come.   

Life..cherish it!

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Life is a precious gift, be it your own or that of a loved one. At times we are so engrossed in our daily routine and regular chores that we forget to cherish, preserve and nurture this precious gift. Hard times in our life make us realise that perhaps we are not cherishing enough what we are gifted with, how valuable we are to others and what people around us really mean to us. So I believe we should thank God more often, for each breath we take in peace, for he time we spend with our loved ones, for the strength He gives us to go through difficult situations and then for blessing us with happiness, family, love and health. So smile more often, enjoy the happy times cause we never know what is there for us in the future!

Happy Living!

Creative Mumz Kitchen – Send in your recipes..

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Welcome to the Creative Mumz Kitchen!

This is it Mumz, your very own kitchen!

Creative Mumz Kitchen aims to be a one stop ‘what to cook’ guide. You can check out interesting mouth watering dishes and also post your favourite recipes at Creative Mumz Kitchen.

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You can send in your recipes in the following categories:

  • Non Veg
  • Vegetarian
  • Salads
  • Soups
  • Baby Food
  • Desserts
  • So moms pen down all those yummy recipes and send them in…for the love of sharing!!

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    Creative Mumz at the Book Festival- Update

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    We truly enjoyed participating at the Used Book Festival at Qanat Al Qasba, Sharjah from 29th – 31st March , organized by Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services. Qanat Al Qasba is a great place for family outings There was a huge collection of Arabic and English books for kids as well as grown ups at the book festival. We had around 200 books at our tent and sold nearly ¾ of our collection. We sold many titles, the response was great.

    We began with setting up our tent on the 28th. Hashma and I shopped for decorations; made the flyers and the front banner, put up everything. I had scores of preparations to be completed, a tough job with the little ones around! But we really enjoyed the enriching experience. And most of all I loved shopping for books at the festival. Even my family shopped for many and we all ended up with a huge collection of interesting reads.

    Thanks to everyone who donated books to Creative Mumz for the event and volunteered at the tent.

    Special thanks to Hashma who helped with the preparations, Mena for coming on the first day and volunteering for the whole morning, special thanks to Sana, Mariam, Fatima, Amir and Yasser for their support and for taking shifts to man our stall. Thanks to my parents who came along on Friday to encourage and support.

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    Jokes

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    Kids Really Think Quickly!!  

    TEACHER : Maria, go to the map and find
    North America .

    MARIA : Here it is!

    TEACHER : Correct. Now class, who discovered
    America ?

    CLASS : Maria!

    ____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ __

    TEACHER : Why are you late, Frank?

    FRANK : Because of the sign.

    TEACHER : What sign?

    FRANK : The one that says, “School Ahead, Go Slow.”

    ____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ __

    TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?

    JOHN : You told me to do it without using tables!

    ____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ __

    TEACHER : Glenn, how do you spell “crocodile?”

    GLENN : K-R-O-K-O-D- A-I-L”

    TEACHER : No, that’s wrong

    GLENN : Maybe it s wrong, but you asked me how I spell it!

    ____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ __

    TEACHER : Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?

    DONALD : H I J K L M N O!!

    TEACHER : What are you talking about?

    DONALD : Yesterday you said it’s H to O!

    ____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ __

    TEACHER : Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have ten years ago.

    WINNIE : Me!

    ____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ __

    TEACHER : Goss, why do you always get so dirty?

    GOSS : Well, I’m a lot closer to the ground than you are.

    ____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ __

    TEACHER : Millie, give me a sentence starting with “I.”

    MILLIE : I is…

    TEACHER : No, Millie….. Always say, “I am.”

    MILLIE : All right… “I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.”

    ____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ __

    TEACHER : Can anybody give an example of COINCIDENCE?

    TINO : Sir, my Mother and Father got married on the same day, same time.”

    ____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ __

    TEACHER : George Washington not only chopped down his father’s cherry tree, but also admitted doing it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn’t punish him?”

    LOUIS : Because George still had the axe in his hand.

    ____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ __

    TEACHER : Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?

    SIMON : No sir, I don’t have to, my Mom is a good cook.

    ____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ __

    TEACHER :
    Clyde , your composition on “My Dog” is exactly the same as your brother’s. Did you copy his?

    CLYDE : No, teacher, it’s the same dog!!

    ____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _

    TEACHER : Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?

    HAROLD : A teacher

    WHAT TEACHERS MAKE?

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    WHAT TEACHERS MAKE…….

    The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.

    One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued,
    “What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in
    life was to become a teacher?” He reminded the other dinner guests what
    they say about teachers: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”

    To stress his point he said to another guest; “You’re a teacher, Bonnie.
    Be honest. What do you make?”

    Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, “You
    want to know what I make? (She paused for a second, and then began…)

    “Well lets see, for starters, I make kids work harder than they ever thought
    they could. I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honour.

    I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents
    can’t make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental…

    (She paused again then went on)

    I make kids wonder.

    I make them question.

    I make them criticize.

    I make them apologize and mean it.

    I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.

    I teach them to write and then I make them write.

    I make them read, read, read.

    I make them show all their work in math.

    I make my students from other countries learn everything they need to know
    in English while preserving their unique cultural identity.

    I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.

    Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were
    given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life.

    (Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.)
    “Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, I can hold my head up
    high and pay no attention because they are ignorant… Do you want to
    know what I make?

    I MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
    What do you make?”

    THIS IS WORTH SENDING TO EVERY TEACHER YOU KNOW.
    THERE IS MUCH TRUTH IN THIS STATEMENT:

    “Teachers make every other profession”.

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    SAYINGS ABOUT LIFE

    Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

    – Dr. Seuss

    Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching.

    – Randall G Leighton

    When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.

    – Unknown

    Feelings change – memories don’t.

    – Joel Alexander

    Forgive your enemies, but never, never forget their names.

    – John F. Kennedy

    Being sad with the right people is better than being happy with the wrong ones.

    – Philippos

    Never allow someone to be your priority while you’re just their option

    – Unknown

    My best dreams and worst nightmares have the same people in them.

    – Philippos

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    CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE

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    If a child lives with Criticism, He learns to Condemn.
    If a child lives with Hostility, He learns to Fight.
    If a child lives with Ridicule, He learns to be Shy.
    If a child lives with Encouragement, He learns Confidence.
    If a child lives with Shame, He learns to feel Guilty.
    If a child lives with Tolerance, He learns to be Patient.
    If a child lives with Praise, He learns to Appreciate.
    If a child lives with Security, He learns to have Faith.
    If a child lives with Approval, He learns to Like Himself.
    If a child lives with Acceptance and Friendship, He learns to Find Love in the World.

     

    Very true! Found these words,wanted to share with you all.

    Nutrition For Toddlers/Children

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    Mums, its best that we give our kids snacks that are high in nutrition. Here are some ideas for snacks for your little ones. Even older kids can be given nutritious foods between meals to promote health and cut down on extra calories gained by consuming sugary high fat snacks. 

    Snacks for Toddlers

    The best snacks are mini meals, not meal wreckers, so start small and give your child just enough to hold him until the next meal. Of course, this does not always work out perfectly with one- and two-year-olds, since their appetites are erratic. It’s OK if your child ends up eating a bigger snack as long as it’s healthy.

    • Fruit juice
    • Natural cheese such as cheddar.
    • Milk (full-fat for up to two years old)
    • Yogurt (full-fat for up to two years old)
    • Hard-cooked eggs
    • Cottage cheese (full-fat for up to two years old)
    • Tuna
    • Whole grain breads and crackers
    • Fruit (with the exception of whole grapes)
    • Weetabix with milk 
    • Fresh fruit blended with milk
    • Pudding made with full-fat milk
    • Dry cereal or a small bowl of cereal with milk
    • Vegetable juices
    • Well-cooked vegetables such as a sliced, peeled sweet potato
    • Tortillas

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    20 Ideas for Kids Birthday Party Favors

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    If you are planning your kid’s birthday party, here are fun ideas for party favors… The children will love these return gifts!

    1.Stuffed animals

    2.Finger puppets

    3.Puzzles

    4.Pencil toppers according to birthday theme

    5.Stickers according to birthday theme

    6.Masks

    7.Glow in the dark jewelery

    8.Glow in the dark stars for decoration

    9.Bookmarks

    10.Key chains

    11.Mini photo frames

    12.Candy

    13.Yoyo

    14.Craft kits

    15.Themed hats

    16.Themed T-shirts

    17.Mini water guns

    18.Flutes and whistles

    19.Fridge magnets

    20.Balloons

     

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    20 Ideas for Kids Birthday Party Favors

    If you are planning your kid’s birthday party, here are fun ideas for party favors… The children will love these return gifts!

    1.Stuffed animals

    2.Finger puppets

    3.Puzzles

    4.Pencil toppers according to birthday theme

    5.Stickers according to birthday theme

    6.Masks

    7.Glow in the dark jewelery

    8.Glow in the dark stars for decoration

    9.Bookmarks

    10.Key chains

    11.Mini photo frames

    12.Candy

    13.Yoyo

    14.Craft kits

    15.Themed hats

    16.Themed T-shirts

    17.Mini water guns

    18.Flutes and whistles

    19.Fridge magnets

    20.Balloons

     

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    Mums in Dubai and Sharjah-Shopping, Kids Play Areas and Coffee..

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    Life for mums in the United Arab Emirates is great. I have been here since 1995 and have seen it grow into a stronger economy and a society that provides opportunities to all, provided we seek to work hard and hunt for new doors to success. And its a shopper’s paradise. Mothers have many stores to choose from to buy stuff for their babies and kids. Baby items, toys, clothes, accessories, excellent stuff and innovative mommy help gadgets are also available. You can check out The Baby Shop, Early Learning Centre, Monalisa, Toys’r’Us, Good Baby, Mothercare, Baby Land and many more.

    There are many play areas where the kids have fun and at the same time develop their gross motor skills, coordination and balancing skills. Mums can relax with a cup of coffee, chat and watch their little ones having a blast!

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    Sayings-Mums, Dads and Children

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    • All mothers hope that their daughters will find a better husband than she did, and are convinced that their sons will never find as good a wife as their fathers did. 
    • We spent the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk, and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up. 
    • Children are incredibly good imitators.No matter how hard you try to teach them good manners, they always behave exactly like their parents.
    • Children fill the home with peace when they sleep.
    • Precocious children can be a pain. childish adults are worse.
    • Only after seeing how your grandchildren turn out can you see if you brought up your own children well.
    • Before I got married, I had six theories about bring up children. Now I have six children and no theories.
    • Children seldom misquote you. Infact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.
    • How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid. It must be education that does it?

    I found these interesting sayings and thought of sharing them with you all.

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