Ariani Lebaran 2016

Oh wow, I haven’t blogged in agessss. And oh myyy, I cannot believe Ramadhan is almost over and that Raya is next week! Kenapa cepat sangat? Where did the time go?

Honestly, I’m not really looking forward to Raya this time around because, well, I’m still in confinement and because I’m still humongous and nothing looks good on me now (I look like 6-month pregnant, I kid you not).

But I did buy some Raya clothes for me and the kids, just in case I wanna go beraya. Oh, and some shawls! Pretty printed shawl and scarves from Ariani. I really love Ariani’s new range of satin printed scarves. So Pucci-esque!

IMG_9062Some of the scarves and shawl that I managed to grab (they were on sale), plus one shawl I received at Ariani’s fashion show last month. Loveee!

Speaking of which, this post is about Ariani Lebaran Fashion Show, as the title says (oh yes, will blog about my birth story soon InsyaAllah; if I can find some quiet me time and not spend it to qada’ my sleep hehe #sleeplessmom #zombiemom. Took me more than a month just to draft this one!).

So anyway, the event was held at The Grand Ballroom, St. Regis Hotel in KL, just a couple of weeks before Ramadhan. I was heavily pregnant at that time! Was praying hard that my water didn’t break that day. Hehe.

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Ariani’s lebaran collection this year featured a combination of beautiful colours, materials and prints that are more unique, modern and elegant, with over 100 designs to choose from. Ranging from shawls to instant hijabs, Ariani 2016 Lebaran Collection includes hijabs in pastel and vibrant colours which are available in both plain and printed options, with price starting from just RM69.

 

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In conjunction with Ramadhan this year, Ariani also featured a beautiful collection of telekung, known as Tarawikh Telekung Ariani X Siti Nurhaliza. This telekung collection is made from soft and comfortable materials, and they come in various designs and colours.

 

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The last part of the fashion show is Ariani’s ready-to-wear collection. This year’s theme is Glam Lebaran and there are several special collections including The Maya Series, The Blooming Series as well as The Chantilly Series, which are priced affordably, starting from only RM179!

There’s also The Premium Series RTW collection, which is specially designed for those who loves a bit of luxury and exclusivity. I love the minimal and elegant designs in this collection.

 

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Ariani ready-to-wear collection is also available in plus sizes! I love how everyone just cheered and clapped loudly when the curvy models strutted down the runway. Yes, we curvy women also want to look fabulous! :P

 

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In case you haven’t done your Raya shopping yet, Ariani RTW boutique is located at Wisma Jakel Shah Alam. Some of the Lebaran collections are also available online at www.arianionline.my. Go check it out!

 

 *Official photos taken from Galeri Ariani Instagram.



Animate Your Child’s Imagination!

I love watching my girls pretend-play and create stories using their imagination. It’s darn cute and most of the time, hilarious!

Sometimes they pretend to be mommies, teachers, chefs, singers, doctors, talking animals, and of course princesses.

 

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One time, I overheard them playing pretend princesses who went shopping at a shoe boutique. I couldn’t remember the exact details, but there were cockroaches and vampires involved (I swear my girls never watched TVD!). But I remembered it was ridiculously funny!

Besides creating stories through pretend-play, my girls also love to draw whatever imagination they have in mind. They just loveee to draw. Every day there’ll be at least 1 drawing and then they’ll show it to me and explain what their drawings are all about. Apparently your child’s drawing is not just a drawing; there’s a lot more stories behind it.

 

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This is Ayra’s drawing of Elsa and Anna. She explained that Anna was sad because the weather was too hot so she asked her Ice Queen sister, Elsa, to make snow. But Elsa didn’t have much “snow power” left (the sun was probably too hot, LOL) that the snow melted and turned into rain and it began to flood. Anna was happy anyways because the flood looks like swimming pool. Hehe.

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And this is Raina’s drawing of Rapunzel, who was walking in the woods when some magical lanterns just flew up from the grass because it was almost midnight. She calls them the magic grass lanterns. Hehe

 

Does your little one have a big imagination with a story to tell? If they love creating stories featuring pirates on high seas, spacemen who have aliens as best friends or even brave princesses like Sofia The First, then your child needs to enter this Animate Your Imagination contest.

 

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Disney Junior wants to hear your child’s creative and magical stories, and they want to bring them to live and show them on Disney Junior. How awesome is that? Your child gets to be a “screenwriter” for a TV show! Hehe.

You can either share a photo of your child’s drawing, or a video of him/her narrating the story. The story must use either one of the following 3 themes: Pirates, Princesses or Space Adventures. You can then tune in to Disney Junior to see if your child’s imaginative story has been selected.

For more info, log on to DisneyJunior.Asia/AnimateYourImagination.



Role play taken to a whole new level

Do you remember your ambitions when you were little?

I do. One of my ambitions back then was to be a stewardess. I loved flying on airplanes, and serving meals to people while pushing food trolley in flight seemed like a lot of fun and so I thought, ok I want to be an air stewardess when I grow up! I remember playing pretend stewardess with my sisters using my mom’s tea trolley. I even took her table cloth and turned it into my uniform (kain belah depan LOL). I was around 6-7 years old la ok. Hehe.

I asked Ayra what she wanted to be when she grow up and here’s what she wrote (yes, she actually typed this herself. Mind her spelling and grammar tho. She’s only 7! :D).

When i grow up i want to be a chef and i want to open ballerina caffe becos i love to bake cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pancakes, waffels. I also want to be artist and teach people how to draw in art class. They can draw and painting anyting and colour nicely. I love to draw and bake becos drawing is the best thing and baking is fun becos i can make any treats i like and eat it. Maybe first I will be a chef and then I will be an artist. I am so excited to open my ballerina caffe and art class.

Hahaha how cute and innocent!

I think her ambitions are great and as parents, it’s our job to encourage our children to dream big whether, it’s unrealistic or not. Parents should believe in their child because they believe in themselves. Your motivation and encouragement means a lot to them because in their eyes, we are their superheroes. As parents, we need to instil the belief that no dream is too big, be supportive and provide them the tools to pave a path towards the success of their dreams. One way to do it is through role play, which not only helps develop a child’s cognitive, gross and fine motor skils, but also allows them to exercise their imagination and lets them to go through the motions to explore what they might like to try out in the future.

Speaking of role-playing, we brought our girls to Kidzania a few weeks ago, as soon as the school holiday started. My girls love Kidzania! That was actually their third time – first time was in Kidzania Jakarta a few years ago, second time was in KL earlier in 2015. They can’t seem to get enough of it. And as a parent, I can’t either. When we first went to Kidzania, I was excited and impressed. It’s an indoor real functioning kid-sized city, complete with buildings, paved streets, vehicles and recognizable destinations in the form of “establishments” sponsored and branded by leading multi-national and local brands – which makes it even more realistic because it mirrors real life even more!

It allows kids to do “jobs” just like in the real world – complete with uniforms, and they even get paid for their work! There are over 100 “jobs” in Kidzania – surgeons, nurses, police officer, judge, TV crew, postman, fireman, supermarket cashier, pilot, artist, beautician and lots more.

Role play is a serious business in KidZania. It is experiential learning at work and really drives home benefits that are not limited to only physical development of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, but also instills and ignites what may possibly be a kid’s real interest or potential in a certain undiscovered area (as I’ve mentioned earlier on). Apart from that, our kids also learn socialization skills, independence and creativity – all skills that they will need to succeed as adults and prepare for the world out there. Plus, it’s super duper fun!

It’s really an incredible place for kids to play, learn and experience new things. If only we had this kind of thing back then. Kids nowadays are so lucky!

 

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IMG_7065When kids come to KidZania, they are each given a starting capital cheque worth 50 KidZos (the official KidZania currency) that can be cashed in a bank.

 

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The last time we went to KidZania, my girls had already experienced working as milk processing operators at Vitagen factory, surgeons at KPJ Hospital, burger maker at Marrybrown, AirAsia pilot, TV crew, firefighter and they even do batik painting.

This time around, they wanted to do other jobs… which is fine. The more job experience, the better.

 

IMG_7114But it’s not ALL work, all the time. Kids also go around as customers and consumers. Here, the girls are spending some KidZos at the Z-Mart supermarket.

 

IMG_7079It’s fun to watch the kids learn to navigate the store looking for the items on their grocery list. It doesn’t seem like much but they’re learning to organize themselves as well as their financials.

IMG_7095Check out time! Maybe next time, I’ll let them do the real groceries.

IMG_7096After shopping, they decided to go to the beauty salon…

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IMG_7139After the mani session, money is running a bit low – so the kids need to earn more KidZos. Here they’re trying out life as Lifebuoy Health Researchers.

IMG_7151This was one of their favourite jobs that day as they get to “mix some potions to make soap” and choose their own color for the soap.

IMG_7194Another job that they enjoyed was being nurses and taking care of newborns at the nursery.

IMG_7220Unfortunately, parents are not allowed inside the hospital so we just peeked from outside the windows. The girls learned how to bathe, put lotion, swaddle and bottle-feed baby (they use dolls, don’t worry). Bagus, dah practice nak dapat adik! Hehe.

IMG_7180Researchers at Pharmaniaga Citrex Vitamin Research Institute.

IMG_7232And they also learned how to sew bookmarks using sewing machine!

IMG_7252Actual roads, ambulance, light posts… truly a city build for kids!

I had a great time seeing my kids engrossing themselves with the activities so I got curious as to how they felt. they told me, in their exact words, this:

“I learned how to get money from the bank. And then I learned how to buy grocery using the list and also how to pay using the money. I also learned how to make soap and how to properly stir the soap potion. And lastly I learned how to take care of the baby. It’s my favourite because now I know how to bathe and put lotion and give milk to baby.”

I was surprised actually because instead of the fun that they had, they told me that they enjoyed the learning part and the new knowledge and skills that they learned by the end of the day. I guess it wasn’t a bad idea at all to bring them to KidZania!

It really is a life-learning centre that inspires kids to pursue their dreams as they get to explore what it’s like to live and work in a real functioning city. If your kids haven’t been to KidZania yet, you really have to bring them!

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Checkout KidZania’s website at www.kidzania.com.my to learn more about the activities.



Kids’ Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

My girls are big fans of anything chocolatey. I guess they got it from their *ehem* parents.

Yes, too much chocolatey stuff ain’t good, but I found a great way to make it healthy for my girls. It’s actually my favourite way to get my girls to eat their greens!

Behold, my girls’ favourite healthy chocolate smoothie!


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This smoothie is packed with protein, vitamins and fiber which is great for growing kids. Best part is, they don’t even know there’s veggie inside! Baby spinach is totally flavourless and all they can taste is the yummy chocolate smoothie.

Here’s what you need to make this Healthy Chocolate Smoothie:

 

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1 cup MARIGOLD UHT Full Cream Milk
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1-2 tbsp pure honey or pure maple syrup
1/4 cup oats
1 medium ripe banana (frozen banana is even better)
1/2 cup baby spinach
Ice cubes

Place everything into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve!

 

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This smoothie is really delicious and nutritious. The MARIGOLD UHT milk really adds creaminess to it. It’s also rich in calcium, protein and their unique formulation which contains Vitamin D, helps with your child’s growth and health. My girls don’t like to drink plain milk on its own, so making smoothie is one of the ways to add milk in their diet, besides with cereal.

 

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MARIGOLD UHT milk comes in 4 milk choices – full cream, low fat, chocolate and strawberry. Of course my girls love the chocolate ones!

 

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Somebody is on the way…

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…and he/she will arrive some time in June next year, insyaAllah! :) #babynumber3

(p/s: I’m in my final week of first trimester, Alhamdulillah, and I cannot wait to enter second trimester. Nausea, please be gone)