Sunshine Blogger Award

Bismillah,

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Thank you sis at Bipolarchasosblog.wordpress.com for nominating for this award. I’m honored and I accept.

The rules:

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The Questions I was asked are :

  1. Have you ever suffered from depression? Yes, when I was in college. Alhamdullilah I decided to quit cold Turkey a year in because I didn’t want to become a zombie and an object of experiment because I knew they were testing some new ones on me. My boss and friend at the time used to joke, “How is a med with such a copay help you become less depressed?” Mind you she was the Pharmacist and I was the Tech. It still makes me laugh.
  2. What annoys you most? Why? People who are always sniffing and hunting smells. It’s like they make you self-conscious.
  3. Have you ever soaked in a hot springs? No, I would love to do that though. It’s on the bucket list insha’Allah.
  4. What is one place you wanted to travel to but never have been and why? Bora Bora is a dream location for me. The Maldives islands too. Insha’Allah one day.
  5. Is Grey a color? For me, yes.
  6. Can you ride a horse? No. That’s a bucket list item too. I really want to. There are many here and I need to make time for horseback riding insha’Allah. It’s not like it’s not affordable.
  7. One weird thing about yourself? I talk to myself a lot, even in silence my mind just prattles on. Lol!
  8. If you could be a animal what would you be? A turtle or a cat. If not, a hooter or dove.
  9. Last book You read? What was it? I’m currently reading several books and manuscripts. I know I do unheard of multitasking… But to answer your  question, the last book I completed was a children’s book titled ‘A Gift From Jannah’ by Prolance Publishing.
  10. Last movie you watched ? Was it any good? A United Kingdom is the last movie we saw. It was very emotional.
  11. Do you go to the library regularly? Yup! Like clockwork. There is one facing my apartment complex alhamdullilah. Everyday, after I clock out of work from home. My son and I take a stroll around the neighborhood to check the mail. Then we cross the road to go to the library. He plays on the computer while I read a book or check out materials. My first job in the USA was at a library actually. I shelved books, CDs, etc. and I made tons of friends alhamdullilah.

The questions I ask are :

  1. How many women are they in your field of your work at your job?
  2. How do you deal with mean girlfriends?
  3. What is your routine for self-love and pampering?
  4. What is your favorite fruit?
  5. What is favorite your drink?

Nominees : You don’t have to participate if you don’t want to :). Life gets hectic.

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A Gift From Jannah – A Review

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AuthorHira Khan is the creator and founder of BirthKeeper, providing Doula Services in the Toronto area and Prenatal Education to the global Muslim community since 2009.

Illustrator :  Jenny Reynish lives and works near Colchester in Essex, in the UK. She works as a freelance illustrator, having produced illustrations for various publishers of books and magazines in the UK and USA, as well as card designs.

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Thoughts: A Gift From Jannah is a 34 page children’s book  with wonderful illustrations that helps satisfy the curiosity of children about their birth. It uses an easy to follow theist approach to explain the origin of babies without having to recourse to birds and bees talk yet. It’s ingenious and creative. I recommend it to parents who seek an easy answer to give to their younger children who have many questions. We can all agree that it’s really not easy sometimes to explain things to children they might not grasp at a young age.

Please get your copy on the author’s website here.

Rating: 4/5

~I received a free copy for the purpose of this review.~

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

 

My Coloring Book of Dua’a – A Review

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Compiler & Illustrator: Meenu Bharadwaj

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Summary: Dua’as for kids! What to say when you wake up until when you sleep! Plus each page is a coloring sheet!

Thoughts: The duas listed in My Coloring Book of Dua’a are very powerful to those who know. I know because my step father is an hafiz who studied at my grandfather’s merdrassa and he taught me several of those duas for my protection. Everyone should know these duas. The coloring pages are a plus to make the learning fun. Coloring is very relaxing to me by the way.

To continue, like the sneak page shows below, first we have the instruction that tell us what the dua is for. Then, we have the Arabic texts which is followed by the English phonetic pronunciation. The transliteration and the source come in fourth and fifth place respectively.

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The good thing about this book is that it comes with a free audio to help with the correct pronunciation. The audio file is listed on the publisher’s site here. Just scroll to the bottom of the page to access it. I highly recommend this book for every day tasks.

Get your copy on Amazon here or on the publisher website here.

Our Rating: 5/5

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

I Will Not Clean My Room – A Review

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Author: Saharish Arshad is a freelance children’s writer. She has published numerous short articles and poetry for children in Little Explorers Magazine, a quarterly U.K. based publication for Muslim children. She is currently experimenting with worldschooling her own four munchkins and dreaming up new poems and stories with them.

Illustrator : Elsa Estrada has a Degree in Fine Arts from La Laguna University, Spain, specializing in illustration. She is a London-based graphic designer and illustrator, actively working for over twelve years. Her illustrations represent hours of meticulous work, and the fine detail created is an expression of her dedication and passion.

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Summary: Musa’s mom asks him to clean his room. Instead, he decides to imagine all the wonderful things he’s going to do in Jannah. Join him as he dreams away and learns that good deeds are really worth the effort. Part of the My Journey to Jannah Series.

Front Cover

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Thoughts: I found I Will Not Clean My Room very creative and lovely. Musa is an adorable red head Muslim boy who is a bit on a challenging side. However, he is very aware of the deen for his young age. Masha’Allah that’s good. As I read the things he rather do than clean his room, I thought I better keep this review copy in a secure place to give to my son when he grows up insha’Allah. When do boys willingly go clean their room? *Laughs* Every mother will relate to Musa’s tale and this is why this book is a must have. When our sons or children tell us they will not do their chores or clean their rooms for instance, we can hand them this copy and stop talking. Books have a powerful effect on people especially when they are well designed with colorful and inviting illustrations like this one. And children tend to listen to third parties like their surrounding rather than their parents. If we give them good books as companions, they will learn a lot more insha’Allah without thinking we’re pressuring them. No one likes that. To end, the book is a symbol of a happy family that strives to help all the members of the family. I really loved the poetic texts. It’s rhythmic in my opinion too. Masha’Allah.

Sneak Peak Page

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Get your copy on Amazon here or on the publisher website here.

Rating: 5/5

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~