About Asbah Alaena

I am Asbah. A servent of Allah who is a muslim by birth and choice, Accountant by way of studies, an artist at heart, house wife by profession and a mom to two toddlers. This blog had been my major writing rendezvous while i was young but will feature more grown-up mommy type content, simply owing to the fact that i have become one. My struggles and comforts as a mommy, our cooking and crafting adventures and a rant or two in between ;).

DIY Homemade Playdough

Me and my kids love play doughs. I used to make porcelain flowers with air-dry clay and it was one of the most satisfying feelings! I just bought a store-bought dough once and it was great but I still wanted to try to make something myself.

Homemade Playdough

I had once made a fruit wreath using a flour & salt dough and I know a similar dough could be made and used as a play dough – which is kids safe and well Home made. So we tried one:

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Our Letter crafting Journey of 2017

Its been one year since I started the weekly letter crafting activity (we took many breaks in between though) with my two toddlers. In the beginning it was more of an hassle and since I was doing most of the work (cutting and arranging for my kids to glue the stuff together) I wondered if it is ever going to benefit us in anyway?Kept the kids involved

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But my kids were interested in crafting so we pushed and kept moving forward.

By the end of the year we had this hefty messy notebook filled with letter crafts oozing out of it. Also, when my kids would sit down to read it all the way till end, I found myself constantly worrying of it being torn. Because it was paper. and we had put so much effort to gather it. (since I hope we can benefit from it in a long run too). I wanted something sturdier and found a binder in Pakistan. So i Just shifted all the crafts to that binder, its so much more safe and organize now. I love it and so does my kids. Continue reading

ALIF Arabic letter crafts for Pre-schoolers

We are close to ending our journey of English letter crafts. During the process, I found crafting has helped my kids learn their letters and phonics so much faster. It turned out that my kids are so engrossed and engaged in crafting the letters that they are automatically learning them.

This discovery has made me wondered if I could do the same with Arabic letters too? and then maybe with Urdu letters – since I want to raise bilingual or maybe trilingual kids insha Allah – teaching them multiple languages would be much easier once they have a good grasp of their letters.

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Letters Crafting has also helped them gain their vocabulary. My kids are always asking for the urdu/arabic/english alternative word of things, and they are learning them very quickly too. Continue reading

Harbouring Hobbies.

My article for the Muslimah Bloggers.

Holiday

It’s not just your name; a lot of things, if not everything, change when you get married. Sometimes even as much as your whole outlook on life, your idea about yourself, your priorities, your dreams, your goals, your career aspirations in addition to the change in relationships and circumstances and homes and lifestyles! Allah o Akbar.

And in the pursuits of settling in a new home, learning to live life with a new human being, even giving birth and nurturing more human beings, and all the mayhem marrying and the consequences of marrying bring, us women, somehow forget that once upon a time, we used to be our own idiosyncratic individuals ourselves. We used to don our own colors with pride and carried a soul wild with our passions and desires.

In raising families, many women often neglect the most important thing – taking care of themselves and pursing their own interests. Even if they had hobbies before, they think that now that they are married, they don’t have the time, the energy, the desire or even the need to have a hobby. Continue reading