Book Review: Sh*tty Mum

This is a must read for any mother. Gift it, share it, keep it in your collection. This book is an ultimate mood lifter for mother all over the world, goes belong culture boundaries, all you need is a sense of humor!

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Adding humor to life not only brightens your day but makes life simpler, as moms it’s always comforting to know that your struggle isn’t yours own, and that there are many other moms out there who’re facing the same challenges in parenthood. This book covers them all, with classy humor, abusive language, sarcasm, and touches on all forms of parenting a mother can take up!

I think it’s a great gift for a mommy friend you have. It’s written well, is a light read, and is sure to crack you up. I had tears in my eyes reading several pages, and I shall warn you, if in public places be ready to let out a louder than expected laugh, you just can’t see it coming. The humor is spread throughout the book, and is just refreshing.

A big thumps up for Sh”tty Mum!. Have you read it?

Scholastic book fair haul

Batool school is having the scholastic book fair on at the moment. And to me that’s just an opportunity to buy more books (9 to be precise). I think it’s almost like a disease. I haven’t received the scholastic book order I placed via school yet, but that didn’t stop me. Naah! Never!

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In fact right now all our stuff is in cartons and suitcases, we will be moving once the house construction is over. It’s only when I was packing up her and my books that I realised we hCAM03020ave quite a collection. A variety, mine are mostly text books and the few books I’ve mentioned already in the blog. But hers are truly a variety, from behaviour books, to story books, picture books, activity books, educational etc. I gave a few of her books that she has outgrown to cousins. I think that’s a good way of letting go of books, Batools attached to some of her books, those are the ones she wants to re-read, and always enjoys. Those usually are succumbed to so much love they look rather shabby. I won’t part with those. Will keep them for her to cherish and revisit when she’s older.

Moving on;  I will post a detailed review on first  impressions and review, as and when we explore them. The first book I picked up was ‘who wears glasses?’ by Ana Galan. I am also looking forward to introducing Clifford and Dora to Batool. She’s has recently started showing interest in stickers, (I was waiting for that phase) so I made sure I pick up books that will satisfy that craving.

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What books have you enjoyed reading with your kids? Any recommendations?

Early Learning centre and Kinokuniya haul (Dubai Mall)

I have a very tiny list of haulage for this trip to Dubai. And on the top of the list for my daughter was ‘my alphabet writing cards’, I first saw it on a fellow mommy blogger and friend’s blog. And while I was there I picked up two other things.

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1. Rainbow my alphabet writing cards- These cards may not seem very exciting to most mommies out there. There are plenty resources for developing writing skills, but the reason why I wanted this so badly was because Batool can’t visualise the small little alphabets in the books. She can’t clearly see the arrows as well. These cards have a larger font as you can see in the pic below. The starting point, and the arrows are big and clear too. The box comes with 26 double-sided cards, and a small black marker. The writing can be wiped and the card can be used multiple times. They’re for ages 3-8years. Focus on fine motor development, writing skills, and learning to read. The child can use the cards to form two or three letter words. This helps enhance reading, and the corresponding images at the back of the cards helps improve phonetic vocabulary too. It was AED 34 which isn’t that bad for a product that’s going to be so useful and has multiple purposes.

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2. Chunky washable pens- I had purchased these 2 years ago when I had come to Dubai. And since the writing cards only had one pen, I thought it’s better to get a pack just in case it runs out of ink. These are washable, so need to worry about them staining clothes or the childs skin. Batool loved them then and I’m sure she will enjoy now as well. Plus having the variety in colour will help her get even more interested in the writing cards. The pens were for AED19 but there was a discount on them.

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3. Flashcards- These have sight words!!! I was so excited when I found these. I have been practicing the sight words with Batool, to speed up her reading. She’s showing more interest now, and I thought it’s the best time to pick these up. 70 double sided cards, and the font is simple and easy to read. There are few plain cards too, for using with the washable markers. The beauty of this product is you can use the cards to help the child make sentences too. It’s for 3yrs and above, and was priced at AED 29, this product was on discount as well. The box looks hideous but it was the only one left, and I didn’t want to pass.

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I went into Kinokuniya to pick up books on ‘good touch bad touch’ but there were NONE! Very disappointing. I did find ‘Hands are not for hitting’ that I wanted though, and Batool made me read it there and then in the store itself before I even purchased it! The book was for AED 34. Batool already has one of the books from the series; ‘words are not for hurting’. I think I’ll pick one more up before I leave.

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I did a bit of shopping myself which was not on my list..the things that happen when you’re in Dubai! Shall update on that soon…

Dubai vacation.. Update and Highlights 1

Happy New Year mommies!

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I have been off the internet for quite some time due to internet issues with my lap top. But now it’s fixed and it’s time for an update.

My flight got delayed royally, it was not fun to be stuck at the airport with a kid who desperately wanted to just land in Dubai. This made the plane journey even more exhausting for me.

Dubai is great, the weather is awesome, for me it’s an experience of mixed emotions. I get slightly depressed just absorbing the goodness of a developed country, a country I was born and raised in. And i definitely can’t help comparing it to the rape nation.

The highlights thus far have been:

1. Being able to get out whenever, and walk without having to think 100 times about safety. I have taken the Dubai metro, I have ridden the public transport. Got a Nol card too, makes me feel so empowered. Ive gotten home back after 3 AM, with my brother/s. Nothing I can do in Hyderabad ever!

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2. Batools loving the exposure to outside, we haven’t done anything specific for her yet, but she’s enjoying spontaneous outings with the family

3. 31st was great day, I got my much wanted casual outerwear from HnM. We went for a dinner and drive. Batool was taken care of by my mom. Also I have ruled out that I do not enjoy steak.

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4. Dubai makes me think about moving here. But life isn’t up to me.

5. Watched Horrible Bosses 2 at VOX in the MOE  Highly recommend it. The movie is insane, and its the kind of comedy movies you can watch multiple times, cos the jokes and acting is all too good.

6.  I finally wore my new studded flats, I was too scared to wear them in Hyd.

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6. My bros cam is great for selfies. Took this one at the union station

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I shall be posting highlights all throughout my trip apart from my regular posts. Have a positive year everyone!

Scholastic haul

The school had distributed a hand out by Scholastic for books to order. It’s their initiative to promote reading at schools. Batool has always loved books, and enjoys it. And I thought this is a great way to just purchase selected books for age levels. So I got all excited and ordered few, it was my first experience, and even though I was tempted to buy almost all of them, I tried to keep in mind that they’re for Batool and not for me to explore!. So I decided to go for books that she didn’t have, variety to expose her to.

The great thing was all these books arrived in separate parcels, which made it easier for the teachers also to distribute them at school. Let’s get some picture in shall we?

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1. Trees to paper- This is a science based book, and since the daughter knows what paper is and trees are, it would e of interest to her. The concept to learn is how things come into being.

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2. Trash crafts- I mainly got this to have fun activities to do with her. This should be interesting

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3. Fly Guy Dinosaurs- She loves dinosaurs, there was no other reason to this order

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4.Night Sky Glow- Batool hasn’t shown much interest in space, and I had once almost picked up this ginormous book at Crosswords on the planets and space and all that beautiful stuff. But then I thought she needs something simpler, I should expose her to the idea first and then pursue it if she enjoys it. Because these space books for kids are a litle on the expensive side, they have many pictures, and textures too, some even have stickers. They make it super interesting. Anyway, when I spotted this on the list I thought this will be a great way to introduce Space into her little head. It has radium content also, that should make it grasping.

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5. Enjoy Phonics level 1- I wanted to explore this frankly, the book is nice and colourful with a CD too. There are writing activities as well, she’s just been introduced to the various lines (standing, sleeping, slanting) at school, so good timing.

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All of these books and others can be found on the website. Reading is the best and safest habit that can be inculcated in children. And the sooner it happens the better.

If you want a detailed review of any of the above books do let me know in the comments below. Happy reading.

Max haul

Here’s a tiny haul. I will be visiting Dubai for a month later this month and spend my new years there and well enjoy the DSF. Picked up some clothes for the little one, getting into the spirit.CAM02362

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I haven’t been buying her clothes for outside, because she’s mostly in her school uniform, and I avoid even family gatherings during the week days. So I just don’t feel the need to shop, but since the Dubai trip is round the corner I thought it’s a good time to get her some pieces for the cold there.

1. A frock, full sleeved and cool. It would look great with white or navy stockkings

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2. A girlie r-shirt. It’s A-line and v comfy. Love the little flower detail on the shoulder

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3. Pink hoodie!, the most essential for winters, layering is key with kids especially

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4. The sweater in this pic. It says ‘super cute’. Again great for layering.

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5. Skirt

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I have to still pick up a few tees and a pant or two. Will try to find something there if I need. I know I won’t get to shop much early on because of my brothers wedding reception. Also Max has been launched on Flipkart, but they don’t have the whole collection, and sizes at max are a little tricky sometimes, so I didn’t order anything even though I was tempted, they’re having some offers too on the kids clothing.

Where do you like to haul for the kids?

Huge Haul. City center and GVK. Makeup, school supplies, shoes, books

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First stop Fooba Wooba

We’re having some weddings lined up from the coming week. Batool desperately needed some part footwear. This one is golden, the camera isn’t doing justice to the glamorous look of the shoe. But I love it.

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Second stop SivaShakti Garments (that’s what it says on the bill) I’m sure the names catchier than that!

Got these posters, they had a great collection, good quality. You can hang or stick them. Rs.80 a piece, not bad at all for the quality and content. There is print on both sides, which is fabulous it’s like getting two posters in one. And it’s super thick glazed quality, which means it won’t rip off!

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Water bottle (2 months into school and she already broke hers) and milk bottle

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This one has a twist opening and a straw. As you can see, the daughter was already too eager to start using it. So I poured her some milk.

last at this shop was a towel for her school snack bag. Got Yellow as it matches her lunch bad.

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Third stop, Max. I was looking for a silver shoe for Batool (again for them weddings). Didn’t find one but got myself a top/Kurti (sneaky me). And also a pack of socks for the hubby (nothing interesting so no images!)

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I loved the colour mainly, and that it has buttons going down all the way, it’s bright but not crazy. Max had a lot of florescent colours in their Indian wear-too loud for my taste. Plan to wear this to school soon.

Fourth stop Crosswords. How can a trip to city center be complete without a browse through at crosswords. I was mainly looking for a water bottle for myself. This one is simple, and big enough to keep me hydrated through the school day.

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I picked up two books for my friends son, as a gift for Eid. But then I can’t help myself so I went ahead and got Batool two books as well . This Dictionary is amazing, I’ve been wanting something like this for a while now. It was only for Rs.300. It is hardcover with thick good quality pages and lovely images and descriptions. Beyond satisfied!

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Also picked up a book from the Bruno series, this purchase leaves Batool with only one unowned. I think I’ll buy it on Flipkart.

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 I also got myself this reading light which i desperately need. I am unable to read at night because of the absence of light. Batool is fast asleep by 10 it’s the best time for to read. It clips to your book or e-reader and illuminates without causing trouble to people around. It was available in blue and white I think, but I got girlie in this purchase hehe. This baby was for Rs.700. I have to admit, I’ve never noticed these type of things anywhere else. Crosswords stocks good products.

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Fifth stop Health and Glow. Here is where I went a little too crazy I was only looking for three nail polishes from the Maybelline ‘Glitter Mania’ Collection, an eyelash curler, nail polish remover, and the Lame Absolute bronzer. I got only one of the three nail polishes but also picked up three other random ones, an eye liner and a concealer. The Lakme Absolute bronzer is history apparently, and they didn’t have any other bronzer in the whole of Health and Glow. What a shame.

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The red one in the center is the one I wanted and got at Health and Glow. Other two I picked up from GVK. Didn’t really have a concealer on my list but got one. I don’t own one currently, and my dark circles are crying for one.

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I will review this in the coming week. Will also do swatches of the Maybelline nail polishes in detail.

Sixth stop Me n Moms, now I was about to leave, was getting tired from the cold and running around, also the excitement of shopping so much was making me crazy. But my gut was saying ‘Syeda just check out Me n Moms’ and so I did and the result; unreasonably expensive shoes for the daughter. Was I relieved that I had that under control? Hell Yes!

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I then headed out, called my mom to get a status on my daughter and after getting the soothing news of her safe and happy state I thought let’s head to GVK and strike off all that’s on my shopping list (believe me there was more).

GVK I entered like a mother on a mission, up the stairs and took the right directly into Shoppers Stop. Headed to the Maybelline counter to get my other two nail polishes, got them!, went over to Lakme and again heard that the bronzer has been discontinued. Asked at Bourjois for bronzer, all they had weren’t matte. Moved on to The Body Shop, their honey bronzer was too light. I am glad I didn’t get sucked into buying that. The sales girl however took me to the Givenchy counter, to which I said no! I am not going to buy make-up for hobby from Givenchy! I eventually arrived at the Shiseido counter, and when she said the bronzer costed 2k I told her that’s too much for someone like me. Sicilia the lovely lady who at the counter insisted on a light application and I fell in love. I thought heck! It’s going to last me a life time. She too said that it was like an investment, good quality, won’t expire for another 3 years. So I bought it. And I don’t regret it.

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Shall do a review with swatches on this later. I tried it at home too, it’s lovely, super easy to apply, especially for me- My first time playing with a bronzer you see. Note worthy point here is that Sicilia had applied the BB cream on my whole face prior to the bronzer application. And my skin felt amazing. I’ve noticed a difference in my skin, even though she cleaned it all off. I am making a mental note to explore more from the brand. I’ve only owned their matte lipstick till date.

Ending the ramble and moving on I got my face cleaned, picked up a pair of sandals from Haute Curry and ran out to come back home. Mind you they were on sale, got them for Rs.800. Note! they were cheaper than Batools! I was actually looking for shoes in gold, but by the time I got to the shoe section I thought ‘chuck it’ it’s only going to be used for weddings and I don’t attend many, so no point being picky and choosy and paying too much. Plus I was already exhausted with the pricing on Batools shoes, I just thought the cheapest would do!.

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This day has ended with me feeling extremely worldly. I went over board no doubt. The online shopping thing is also being a buzz for me. I have to stop shopping period. I believe it’s a phase, a phase in which I haven’t been in for a very long time (In Dubai I went crazy which was almost 2 years ago). And I guess it’s fine to just let go once in a while. Excuses Excuses!

Have you been hauling lately? Any recommendations from Shiseido?