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Best Posts Of 2017

Alhamdulillaah, we've reached the end of 2017. We'll soon see the year 2018, insha Allah. Many great things happened this year and so are my blog posts. Although this blog hasn't gained enough readers nor PV, but I believe it will be better next year. One of the ways to make it come true is by joining some blog collaborations.This collaboration is about telling you my best posts of 2017. There should be 5 posts and I chose the posts I like so much because of the deep of experience I had through these posts. Okay, here they are:
Another Boy in My LifeThis year's great things is started by the coming of my 3rd child. In February I was told that the baby to be was a boy. I have two sons already, so this baby completes the boy-series of my life. I was expecting a baby girl. I did. But when it turned out to be a boy, it is great. I know what Allah has given must be always something good, including the presence of this baby boy who looks like me. Finally, I have two sons who …

Nocturnal Boy

One of my neighbour, a one year old boy, is a nocturnal boy. He stays awake up to almost midnight very often. I often wake up at night and hearing his voice playing with his mom or grandparents. 'The best' record was he stayed awake until 1 a.m. How come? Doesn't he take a rest during the day?Yes, he does. This boy sleeps once in the morning and once in the afternoon. He's been taken care by his nanny as his mom is a working mother who works until at least 7 p.m everyday except on Sundays.In the morning this boy wakes up at 'normal' time. He takes a shower, has breakfast and waves his mom goodbye before playing with his nanny. At 9 or 10 a.m he sleeps again. I can hear his nanny cleaning the house while he's sleeping. At around noon he usually wakes up and stays awake for hours until he sleeps again and wakes up again at 4 or 5 p.m. After that he will be playing with his big sister and grannies, having dinner and stays awake until his mom comes home. I some…

The Imperfect Life

I was chatting with a friend a few days ago when she began to tell me that her husband is a quite man. I started to tell her about my husband as well. "I talk more often with my sons than to my husband," I said.Then she said, "Well, that's life. Real marriage is not like the one on TV series nor novel."I couldn't agree more.Throw back to some years ago. One day I was told a beautiful story about how life is shown to us in different ways. In that story, the hero is a man who ran in the rain, got wet just to buy a snack for his wife. He seemed in a hurry he didn't even bring his rain coat. The heavy rain difficults his steps.He ran in the rain to reach to a small snack stall. He bought something and then ran again in the rain. People who might had seen him might saw in in pity. They might think how unlucky that man being caught in the rain. But, the man was smiling happily. He, in fact, was buying his wife some snacks she liked so much. She was pregnant a…

Talking About Energy Generator

“If only we could build a noise energy generator, it would be very wonderful,” I said to my 7 years old son. “A what energy generator, Mom?” he asked me.“A noise energy generator. You know, sound is a kind of energy.”“Do you remember everytime we hear something loud we feel uncomfortable?” I continued.It’s like I was talking to a college student or someone, but I did talk to my 2nd grader son. He, our little astrophysiscs professor, listened to my explanation very carefully. Long before this conversation I have already taught my sons that energy can’t be demolished. It changes form only. From light to heat, from movement to sound, etc. In short, my sons have already learnt physics.I understand my sons capability so I pursue them to study science and I provide discussions at any time about anything they’d like to know. I found myself had a really hard time in understanding physics and chemistry while I was in school. I felt that those subjects were far from being earthed. I mean, those…

Why Moms of Today Are More Fragile Compared To Their Seniors

I read a nice blog post yesterday about moms of today who seem more fragile than moms in the past. I agree a lot with the article and I try to write something about it, too.
As a mom of three who live in a modern life, I experience growing kids in different situations.
My first son was born 8 years ago at the time when facebook was just about to gain its popularity. I remember my brother told me to try facebook and he said, "people of our ages are there too." What he actually meant was he tried to convince me that this kind of social media was not too young for me unlike the previous social media which was fully loaded by youngsters: friendsters.
I, at first, was not sure to join facebook but then I read an article in a magazine and then I decided to try it out. And here I am now, a facebooker. Not long after that I had another baby, my second son who was born only 14 months after his big brother. I raised these two kids as if I had twins. They looked alike and they swal…

A Wooden Bridge In My Instagram

This picture was taken some weeks ago. Actually it was taken last year or the year before. I like this instagram post due to the picture itself and to the story behind it.I used to take a ride with my husband and kids with motorbike. We loved to explore our neighbouring villages. One of them is Seprahu Village where my husband spent some of his time when he was younger there to plant and crop melon. The moment I took the photo was when the village had just relieved from a pain called landslide and flood. That wooden bridge was there for a purpose actually: to take over the function of the ruined bridge that was hit by the flood. So, the wooden bridge was a semi-permanent one. When the ruined bridge is fixed, the wooden bridge will be meet its end.The day we went there, I took several photos and videos. And I chose this photo to be displayed in my instagram. What do you think of the photo? Does it look beautiful? Or perhaps you can see the sadness behind it?By the way, are we friends y…

Kids Activity: Word Scramble

Dear parents and teachers,

Learning word spelling is important for kids as they will have to learn many things in their life in the future. Playing with word scramble is a great way to do!

After the first guest post from Education.com: Three Legged Compound Word, here is another one which includes great activity you can play with your kids or students.

If you are interested in guest posting, please feel free to contact me via email: diah.d.arti@gmail.com.

Happy reading!

Word Scramble

Do you want to find a great way to help your kids get on board with the a new school year? Try out this new word scramble and find more spelling resources from Education.com.






English Is Not My Mother Tongue, Why Bother Learning It?

Yes, English is not my mother tongue. English actually is not a language I master. But, why I insist writing in English? It's simple. I want to be a good example for my children.
I understand and speak two languages, both of them are my mother tongue. They are Javanese and Indonesian. I learnt Javanese first then Indonesian. English? It's an alien in my language world, but, I fell in love with it ever since I knew it although I keep making mistakes in using it.
English Is Not My Mother Tongue, So Making Mistakes Is Understandable Please, laugh at me. I write this article with a strong feeling that I may be making mistakes. English was not my major at college. I don't understand about preposition, grammar and many more things. All I know is I feel that what I write sounds English. Haha... Who can guarantee that anyway? No one. And if I made mistakes than it will be alright. Why?
Related article: My Favorite Subjects at School and Why I Loved Them
I read a good article ab…

Parenting Made Simple, Is There Any?

I was a little bit late to post this article. This should be published by this morning or afternoon, but here I am, still doing it up to this night.

I didn't mean to be late. It happened just because it should be. God's plan, I guess.
You might have known that I blog mostly with my cell phone. I enjoy this 3,5 inches flat thing. I have done this for 4 years with the same phone. I write, take and store pictures and do social media with it. In short, my virtual world is this small handy gadget.
I have written a draft for today's article using Memo, an app that's originally installed in this android phone. I looove this phone so much and so does my eldest son. Yesterday morning he cleaned the phone from anything that could be trashes. My son didn't know that by doing that he erased all files and apps.

I was shocked to realize that the browser and WhatsApp had disappeared. I was like, "What???" and I got more shocked when I accessed the Memo app and found…

Our Little Astrophysics Professor

That evening I watched the round full orange moon in the East. I always love to see the sky and its celestial bodies. I was an astronaut wannabe anyway.Earlier, my husband told the boys that the moon had already rising.
"Look at the moon. There will be a partial moon eclipse tonight," said him. Yes, at that night there would be a moon eclipse on August 7-8.
My second son, our little astrophysics professor (that's how I call him) ran out and headed to the East. His view was blocked by some tree branches so he walked to other side. His big brother followed him, bringing my cell phone.
"Try to shoot the moon, please," I asked him. But all he shot were blur. LOL.

The moon and the lamp. LOL.Our little professor was anxious. He couldn't go to sleep.
"I will be wake up all night until the eclipse comes," that 2nd grader said.
"No, you can't. You have to sleep now. I will wake you up when the eclipse comes inshaa Allah," my husband said.Unfortuna…

Kids Activity: Three Legged Compound Word Race

Hi, Moms and Dads. Learning by playing is kid's stuff. What about building vocabulary? There is a fun activity to do with your kids explained in this guest post by Education.com, it's three legged compound word race.

If you are interested in guest posting, please feel free to contact me.

Happy reading!

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In second grade, kids work hard to "sound out" new words as they build up their reading vocabulary. Sometimes, it’s easy; other times, more challenging…and if you’re new reader, having a few patterns up your sleeve can really help things along. One very useful tool is understanding “compound words”—long words that are really made from two shorter, familiar ones, combined.

Here’s a goofy party or park game for a bunch of second grade kids who are learning to read long words. Play it once, play it many times—it should still be good for learning and laughs.

What You Need:

•    16 yellow 5" x 8" index cards
•    16 blue 5" x 8" index cards
•    Hole p…

Things Moms Should Do To Have Better Breast Milk

Hi, there! As a new mom again for the third times, I couldn't help myself from not talking about babies and babies. After my third son got jaundice on his first days of life, I realize that better breast milk is very important. Yes, every mom knows but not every mom succeed in breast feeding, including myself. Learning from my mistakes, I found some ways to make my breast milk abundant. Well, not that abundant, but better in quantity and, I hope and pray, in quality.If only every baby were born with a manual book, I would follow the rule. But, unfortunately there isn't such a book. So, I follow the traditions and what the experts say. Here are some ways to get better breast milk based on my experience.Get Enough SleepIt is really true. When you have a baby, get enough sleep. Not only during the night but also during the day. The words 'Baby sleeps, mom sleeps' is 100% correct. When I didn't have enough sleep, I found my breasts were weak and produced less milk. An…

Pigeon Manual Breast Pump

Disclosure: This is not a paid post. All opinions are based on my experience only. In my previous post I talked about my 3rd baby's jaundice. Along with that horrible story there left another experience: breast pumping. Since I have my first baby I never thought I would do breast pumping as I am a SAHM and I thought that any SAHM would never need any tool like this.The truth is I was wrong. Any mom in this world may need this kind of thing: breast pump.As my baby had to stay at the hospital underwent several phototherapy, the nurse told me to pump my breasts and brought the milk every morning.
"The baby needs at least 100 cc once every hour," she said.
I was shocked. It seemed so impossible for me. It meant that I needed to produce 2,4 litre of milk a day. Kind of too much for me. Could I do that? I was confused. I couldn't hand-pump my breasts. I tried but there was only a little amount of milk. I started to panic.I knew I could produce some breast milk while my bab…

Jaundice, After 7 Years

"He's so adorable," said my husband. I smiled and looked at that sleeping little guy. "I bet you enjoy raising a baby this time," I said to my husband. Yes, after 7 years we have a baby again. And unlike the first and the second baby, our third baby was born in a different condition. This time we have settled and have a better living. I see that my husband really can enjoy raising his third son. It's shown on how he holds the baby with his hands. He is more confidence now! LOL. This third baby, we named him Digdaya, looks like our second son. Digdaya means 'strong' and this baby is strong indeed. What's so special having a baby again after 7 years? Both my husband and I look younger by having this baby. How come? People who don't really know us thought that Digdaya is our first baby. Even the doctor. LOL again. However, that 7 years also gives us something to learn: how to raise a baby. Both of us agree to confess that we have forg…

I Missed My Wedding Anniversary And This Is What Happened

This night, minutes after midnight, my second son woke me up. He felt not so well from the evening and this night he vomitted. I looked after him for some time. I rubbed his back and belly with cajuputi oil to make him warm.

I touched his forehead, alhamdulillah, he was better, his body temperature was lower than before. Earlier, he was 37.8°C and his body was hot so I gave him paracetamol.
He said he felt okay and I asked him to go back to sleep.

After my son fell asleep, I checked my cell phone and realizing one thing: it is already 7th July. Oh, I missed my 6th July for the first time. I almost can't believe it. I forgot to remember my wedding anniversary!

Related article: Ten Years of Togetherness

At the beginning of July I proclaimed myself to remember that special day. I don't have any specific plan to commemorate the day. I just want to throw back to the sweet memory of my wedding on my own. Just a pray for my husband and me. But, I really forgot the day! Is it real…

My Siblings And I

It's the three of us. Yes, we are siblings. I'm the middle child. I have an elder sister and a younger brother. Both of them live close to our mom in Jogja. My Sister
It's so funny to remember our childhood. We were, actually, not good siblings. I seemed to always had arguments and fights with my sister. I didn't like her and I think that she didn't like me either. It's understandable as she's only 2 years older than me. My sister and I shared the same room for years. We had a big table in our room for us to study. It was the only thing, I guess, that we agreed to share. The rest were things that we called 'mine' and 'yours'. The next funny thing is I missed my sister once after she left home for college. She had to stay in Solo for her bachelor degree. She returned home once a month or so and that made me felt lonely. Then I started to miss her. And the feeling got bigger when she got married. My sister is a tough person. She lives with…

My Second Eid El-Fitr Away From Home

This is my second Eid El-Fitr away from home. How do I feel? Sad. Yes, ofcourse. I won't get the chance to see my big family in Jogja. All I can do is just call them or chat with them via WhatsApp Group. Alhamdulillah, technology has helped us a lot. I just can't imagine what it would be like when people had to have Eid El-Fitr away from home in the past when communivation technology hasn't gone this advanced. The reason why I can't go home on this Eid El-Fitr is because I have just had a baby this Ramadan. My baby boy is too young to travel and I won't take any risk of bringing a baby on a hard traffic. No, no. He's too weak and fragile. It's better for us to stay here in Madiun and wait for a better chance to visit my home town. Moreover, Madiun, eventhough it's a small town , is where my in-law big family's hometown. So, there will be great celebration here as well.
My first Eid El-Fitr away from home had the similar reason with the second one.…

My Sons Ramadan Fasting After Day One

Here is Ramadan, the month of fasting. We, muslims, embrace it happily. And so are my sons. They start to fast for a whole day this Ramadan. They are 7 and 8 now, so I think it's the best time to encourage them to fast more seriously.
First of Ramadan 1438 H was a success. Eventhough my elder son broke his fasting one hour after Zuhur salah, but it was ok for me because he decided to continue fasting after that. All of those struggles and drama can be read here: My Sons and Their First Day of Ramadan
Second Day of Ramadan
My husband and I didn't expect something better than the day before. We just continued encouraging our sons, woke them up for suhoor and supported their fasting.
On the second day, it was Sunday actually, we stayed for the whole day at my husband's office which is actually his family's house. My sons love to stay there due to its wifi connection. Yes, we let them entertaining themselves by playing games, watching videos and things like that. As they …

What School Reunion Means To Me

School reunion? What a very interesting phrase to say. What comes in my imagination when heard about this is my old school, my old friends and teachers. The sweet memories come together with it. School reunion is indeed powerful to make me looking back to my younger years.

I have left my college life for 16 years. Yes, I graduated from college in 2001. You can count my age now, haha... Yes, I'm 40 now, not young anymore, but not too old to enjoy life either. Forty is good. And having old good friends is good.

So, what school reunion means to me? The first thing I felt is a blessing. I feel I'm blessed that God is still giving me the chance to live. I have some friends, whether my high school or college friends who had already passed away. I also have friends whom husband/wife had passed away. At the same age as mine, I think it's hard. I have a friend whose husband passed away when she was 33. Oh, My God. Faith is always something man can't predict about. So, I'm …

My Sons And Their First Day Of Ramadan

This is the start of 5th of Ramadan 1438 H this year. And my two sons have been fasting from the beginning of Ramadan. So far so good for those 7 & 8 years old boys, but that doesn't mean there were no dramas. My husband and I have sounded the coming of Ramadan from one or two months before. We talked about the fasting month with our sons, told them what they should do during the month and so on. This is not their first time fasting, they experienced fasting last year but not seriously enough and we didn't encourage them too much to fast as we thought that they were too young to start fasting. But this year is different. They are already studying in elementary school now, so we think that it is the right time to start.First Day of Ramadan It went smoothly. Alhamdulillah, although my first son broke his fasting by drinking two glass of water one hour after Zuhur salah. He continued his fasting after that. Alright, that's okay for me. My second son fast for a whole day.…

Ginger, My Best Friend During Ramadan's Suhoor

Ramadan is approaching. Muslims all over the world will have to fast during the day for the whole month. Here in Indonesia, Ramadan is predicted to come in 26th May 2016 according to astronomical hisab method. But that date is not a fixed date yet until the government establish an itsbat meeting which combine the hisab and rukyah method. Hisab is based on a calculated theory of seeing hilal. Hilal itself is the first crescent right at the time when the sun comes down. While rukyah is a method to see hilal by naked eye or by specific tool from the surface of the Earth.

It’s been a long argument between the hisab and the rukyah method followers which one is the most valid. But, Rasulullaah Muhammad (PBUH) himself used the rukyah method.

Okay, let’s not talk about the argumentation. I’m going to tell you about ginger, my best friend during Ramadan’s suhoor.


As you know, ginger is abundance here in Indonesia. It’s a kind of perennial root. It's aromatic and tastes hot, good to make …

My Favorite Traditional Snacks

This is the 6th theme of my blogging collaboration with Annisa Nurjannah. She had an idea to talk about traditional snacks! Yeay!!

I feel I'm blessed when I look back and see that my childhood times is full of traditional snacks. My mom isn't a good cook, she can't cook snacks very well, but she always tries to cook them or  at least serve them for our breakfast and early dinner. From her I know many varieties of Indonesian traditional snacks. And...here are my favorite traditional snacks:

PASTEL

I call this pastel, but people may call it curry puff. Yes, Indonesian curry puff. During this 4th pregnancy I always crave for it. Unfortunately it's a little bit too hard to find. I need to go to local market to buy it which means I have to ride my motorbike to get there.It's getting uneasy to ride with this big belly, so I just hold my saliva.

Indonesian curry puff is savory and crisp because it's a fried snack.What I like from Indonesian curry puff is its form, i…