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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That Shawlette

Salam alaikum! 

So for the ladies who follow me on pinterest, you will know that I've been pinning shawl patterns like a crazy woman. I think they are so very beautiful, timeless, and elegant looking.

I finally found the pattern  that I thought would be perfect for hot Florida summers but would also accommodate during our mild winters, if need be. I didn't follow the pattern exactly. I stopped at the scallops because I thought they were a much prettier edging then the original patterns edging. I also single crocheted two rows around the "neckline".

I only used 3 1/2 balls of the peaches and cream cotton yarn. The yarn is 1.50$ a ball, so all in all, I paid 5.25$ for this shawl!

I had to stretch the shawl as well. All you have to do is pin down the shawl really tight, spritz it with water, iron it, and let it sit for however long you want it to. I let it sit for a few hours.

You can find the pattern here:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-little-of-this-a-little-of-that-shawlette

My results:



Saturday, May 10, 2014

Inexpensive Way To Keep Your Milk Supply Up

Salam alaikum sisters.

Around 2 months postpartum,  I noticed my milk supply was running low. No longer was I firm and Hamida was very fussy at the breast. I will admit I wasn't being very intentional with my water intake, I mean, sometimes its difficult to remember to take care of yourself. All you mothers know what I mean.

The mothers milk tea alone was not cutting it. So I went to the arabic store, purchased some whole fenugreek seeds in hopes it would boost my supply. This is how I found preparing them has helped me the most.

I take about 1-2 tablespoons of seeds and slightly crush them. I put them in a quart jar with a tablespoon of fennel seeds, two mothers milk tea bags, two chamomile tea bags, and a tablespoon of honey. I then fill the jar up with boiling water and let it sit on the counter over night. In the morning I squeeze any excess liquid from the tea bags and I put the jar of tea in the refrigerator to keep it from spoiling. I then drink a cup of tea in the morning and the evening.

Alhamdulilah this tea has worked wonders and has gotten my supply back up beautifully.

Now, I know people like to use brewers yeast, but it is quite expensive, so I was very pleased to have found an inexpensive way to keep my milk supply up.

Friday, May 9, 2014

My Natural Facial Cleansing Method

Salam alaikum sisters.

So I am sure most of you have heard about the oil cleansing method. Where you use olive oil and castor oil. Massage into skin then wipe off with a hot wash cloth. I first heard about it from the delusion mom. I thought to try it, but it just didn't work for me and I gave up on it.

One day while I was reorganizing my pantry I saw a bottle of almond oil and thought to try to combine it with the castor oil. It worked wonders for me mashallah! I then went to further my experiments and add some drops of tea tree oil to my mixture. Tea tree oil is a natural cleanser and antibacterial oil. Then I spray rose water on my face as a tiner and moisturize with coconut oil. This is my evening routine.

I found doing the oil cleansing method in morning and evening was too much on my skin. So I just wash my face with water in the morning and once again tone with rose water. I have been doing this for almost a year now. Even during my time of the month I do not have any break outs. Now I did have a few break outs during postpartum,  but that was because my schedule was all wacky with getting the appendectomy and having a newborn so there were times I wasn't able to keep up with my routine.

Alhamdulilah I am so pleased with my cleansing routine now and I see better results then I have seen with anything else. Mind you, I was big advocate for aveeno, but no more! The plus side is not only have I been able to save lots of money, I have eliminated the use of chemicals and overly processed products.

I Am Getting The Hang Of It...

Salam alaikum, so despite my last post, I think I am starting to get the hang of this, more then one kid thing. I have learned I can't be the perfectionist that I have always been, because doing so, I am unable to just enjoy the moment. So this past week I've been letting things slide and just been enjoying the children.

After my appendectomy I'd take the kids grocery shopping or to the park on my own, but never had the courage to go anywhere else. So yesterday, I woke up in a very cheerful and over the top positive mood, and you can ask my friends I am normally cheerful to begin with. Already I had planned to go to the mosque Thursday night, but then very spontaneously decided the kids and I would go on a beach trip, just me, Ahmad,  and Hamida.  So I packed up some snacks, blankets, beach toys, etc and headed off.

The beach I love is only 30 minutes away from our home and you have to pay to enter, which I do not mind. It keeps the riff raff out, the beach is clean, and drinking is prohibited. So when we arrived I first put my wrap on and tucked Hamida inside and Ahmad walked down the beach with me. We played for about an hour in the water then headed back up to eat lunch.

Needless to say Ahmad shed tears cause he thought we were leaving, I had to reassure him over and over that'd we'd be going back. I set the food out, nursed Hamida, took out our double stroller (it has a fold down chair that converts to a bed) and pushed it through the sand. THAT was a work out for sure. Haha.

The tide was coming in, so there were some nice waves. I would take Ahmad by his underarms and let him float the waves. We played for at least 2 more hours, Hamida was so content in her "bed" listening to the waves wash in and out.

Finally I decided it was time to go, of course more tears were shed by Ahmad. But what child doesn't cry when having to leave the beach?

I share this story with you, because it is a big step for me to take the kids on such a big excursion by myself. Alhamdulilah all went well and because of the smoothness of this trip, it encourages me to do it again.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Sorry for my absence ♡

I have total respect of mothers with more then one child and is able to do everything in a day.

How do you do it?

Maybe it is because my husband is working 12 hours a day 6 days a week? Or maybe it is because I do not have family in the state of Florida? Perhaps it is because I only have a handful of friends? But it seems like I am running circles, constant repetition,  but no state of change. I vacuum, turn around, dirty again, I wash dishes, turn around, there are more dishes in the sink once again, I seriously need to put them on birth control or something.

Hamida is also a much different baby then Ahmad was. Such a drastic difference, subhanallah. With Ahmad I could just lay him down with a clean diaper and full tummy and he'd sleep, but with Hamida I have to rock her to sleep. Alhamdulilah for my Moby wrap I don't know what I'd do without it. Ahmad loved bath time, Hamida acts as if she's dying. But then there are up sides for Hamida,  she is such a healthy baby mashallah. No heart monitor or wires. No weekly pedi appointments. She has also been sleeping through the night for nearly a month, mashallah! Ahmad didn't do this until he was 3 months old. Hamida and Ahmad were/are very smiley and happy babies too.

Concerning Ahmad now, alhamdulilah, for a toddler and supposedly being in the terrible twos he is very well behaved, mashallah. He knows the alphabet (he can't say them in order, but if you ask him where is "a" or where is "q" he can find them) and his numbers 1-10. He is also speaking in Arabic and English, mashallah! Alhamdulilah, alhamdulilah, alhamdulilah, he loves to make salah with me as well. When he hears the athan go off, he comes running with the prayer rug. He is so very good with Hamida too, alhamdulilah. If she cries he tries to comfort her and he gives her unexpected kisses. ♡ Mashallah,  Ahmad is a good listener, when I'm out running errands he listens to me and obeys. ♡ He also loves to help as much as he can. Now that his vocabulary is expanding though, he has his own opinion on things and will let me know what he does or doesn't want.

Concerning me and my postpartum? Alhamdulilah all is well. I am currently 130lbs, which I am happy about. I was 115lbs and always felt I was too skinny, now I am very happy with my weight and do not intend to loose it inshallah. My milk supply is still doing great as well alhamdulilah, I have been drinking lots of methi/fenugreek tea.

I am posting this from my phone so inshallah the formatting is correct.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Allah Loves the One's He Tests

Salam alaikum sisters.

Alhamdulilah this past week has been full of tests. A week ago I had started getting a sharp pain in my lower right abdomen, it for sure wasn't afterbirth pains, especially with being 2 weeks postpartum by that time. So when my husband returned home from work, we packed the children up and went to the ER. We waited 4 hours to be seen! Finally they concluded, after various test, that I had appendicitis and in a few hours I would be operated on. Before operation they gave me an antibiotic which caused a severe allergic reaction, my mouth and tongue had begun to swell and I felt like one huge hive. Alhamdulilah, the surgery went well, and we found a friend of mine to watch the children while I was in the hospital that day. Alhamdulilah again that I had quite a bit of milk pumped and stored in the freezer as I could not breastfeed for 24 hours after the surgery due to the medications they gave me. They wanted me to stay night, but I insisted that they had to discharge me. 

Alhamdulilah, Allah has blessed me with only a few friends, but wonderful friends that are always there for me when I need them. The sister who watched the children for me insisted I come back with them the next day to her house so she could help me tend to them and so I could rest. Then for the next 3 days another sister came to help me with Ahmad. Alhamdulilah, by the 5th day I was feeling much better and much like myself. 

Now Hamoodi has caught a cold, inshallah Hamida will not catch it, she is still so young, only 3 weeks old.

Our washer machine also broke a few days after we came home with Hamida (2 1/2 weeks ago) inshallah it will finally be fixed by this Monday.

Inshallah all of you are well, I hope that one day I can be better at posting, but we are still adjusting to a new addition. With all the things that have been going on, hasn't made the adjustment any easier. Alhamdulilah for everything. :)

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