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Monday, July 27, 2015

The Good News, The Bad News, And All The News In Between

Salam alaikum sisters!

Almost a year has passed since my last post, and I do not even know where to start. Some of you who follow me on instagram may know a little about what is going on in my life at the moment, but those of you who do not, I will share what has been going on these last 11 months. 

First off, the reason I hadn't posted in so long, I didn't have a computer to my disposal. Alhamdulilah, I do now, so inshallah, maybe I will begin blogging once again. 

Between the months of September and March, I had went to visit my family in Missouri, a friend in San Diego, celebrated Ahmad's 3rd birthday, Hamida's first Birthday, and we moved to a house finally! Alhmadulilah! It is a humble little home, but it is so nice to be out of the apartments and not having to climb 3 flights of stairs anytime we wanted to go anywhere. 

June 3rd, 2015. Wow, what a life changer this day was. Ahmad was diagnosed with diabetes type 1. It was very overwhelming and heartbreaking. It has been a major change in our lives. Alhamdulilah, the Dr's say we caught it early, that most parents don't come for help until their children are throwing up uncontrollably or in a coma. I honestly don't even know where to start about Ahmad. 

We had gotten him potty trained, and all of a sudden, he started wetting the bed. His thirst became unquenchable, I at first thought it was because it was so hot here this summer. Since he was wetting the bed, I started cutting off his water at 6pm, then he was sneaking into the bathroom, drinking water! This is when I knew something was wrong. So I googled his symptoms and diabetes popped up. It was 1am in the morning, but thankfully, we have a pediatrician who is opened 24/7. I called right then to make an appointment that morning. I was hoping I was just being dramatic and that my suspicions were wrong, please let them be wrong! 

That morning, I took Ahmad to his pediatrician, they did a urine sample, and yes, they found ketones in his urine. When telling me this, I broke down, I was hoping I had been wrong, hoping that my worries were just a worried mothers thoughts. But my fears became true. His blood sugars was so high they wanted me to either take him right away, or they would call an ambulance. So I quickly dropped Hamida off with a friend a headed straight to the hospital, calling my husband telling him the bad news and that he needed to come as soon as possible. We spent 4 days at the hospital trying to regulate his sugars and get rid of the ketones in his urine. only 4 days to learn what I needed to keep him alive. Ya Allah, why did this happen to us? I would cry and ask. 

Alhamdulilah, Ramadan came a few weeks later and healed my heart that was beginning to become bitter. This ramadan, was a needed ramadan for me. Alhamdulilah, this ramadan truly healed me when I needed it the most. 

So this is our most important news. We are still adjusting, learning and trying new things. Inshallah there will be a cure for diabetes type 1 soon, until then, we will continue to manage Ahmads sugars. 

Inshallah, all of you have had a lovely year <3

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Zayra Clothing Review

Salam alaikum sisters.

So today I am here to give you a review on Zayra Clothing found on facebook. This is not a sponsored post.

Intially I fell in love with the simple cut of their Sanaa dress but when contacting the owner they had sold out without any intention of bringing it back. So the dresses I got were not my first choice, but I am pleased with what I have ordered.

The company is from Europe, like most Abaya companies, and I was told that most likely I would receive the parcel before my trip date, August 22. As my departure date neared I began to worry maybe it wouldn't arrive in time. My fears were confirmed when I left Florida to Missouri without my new abayas. I am a laid back person in that area, and honestly didn't care, my husband could easily forward the package to me. Though I was impressed with the owner because she offered to refund us our shipping and handling costs, which I declined because I didn't feel like it was her fault. She still has extended the offer of free shipping and handling for me on my next order, inshallah. She was very pleasant to work with and very quick in reply to her messages.

Another fear I had was that the chiffon would be the really thin, cheapy, easy to rip, chiffon. But the chiffon is very thick and very durable for a mother of 2. The dresses are also lined with satin, so no worries of having to wear slip dresses underneath. I will admit, I do prefer the dusty pink Huriya dress over the other Asma I got. The navy blue Asma dress is a little itchy where the elastic is on the waist, so I have decided that this dress will be worn when I am not intending to be staying in it for long.  

Because these dresses are a little pricey for me and our humble income, I am really scared to iron it. Fearing I will melt the fabric and waste our money, so I have yet to brave pressing the dresses on a higher heat, therefore I haven't been able to get the wrinkles out. I am sure though, someone braver than I could. Haha.

The Huriya dress. I really love this because of the A-line skirt part. Everything is perfection on this dress and I am really sad they have discontinued it. I do have to wear a belt with it, since size medium was all they had left and I am a small. So it swallows me a bit, but I actually really like it with a belt.

The Asma dress. I kind of like it, but I am not in love with it. I can't really put my finger on it, maybe it is the placement of the lace and the pleated skirt, and I feel like it is a bit busy for me. I love really simple clean styles and maybe that is why I am not in love with this dress. Sometimes I tease with the idea of ironing out the pleats, but I haven't had the guts to do it. Haha.

So, over all, I am very pleased with my purchase from this company and will be buying from them again, inshallah, when ever that time should come.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Eid Alfitr 2014

I am not able to caption the photos since I am posting this through my phone. But the family picture of Ahmad crying, poor child, he had a long day with no nap and was completely worn out.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Keeping Busy

Salam alaikum sisters!

Where should I start?

My mother came to visit at the end of May. It was so nice to see her again, and it was the first time for her to meet my daughter, her granddaughter, Hamida. The first day of her visit we stayed home since it was memorial day and everywhere would be crowded and busy. Tuesday we had a girls day out and went to a private salon to get our hair done. After that we picked up the slaughtered sheep for the aqeeqah, dropped it off to the folks who we hired to cook for the aqeeqah. Wednesday the aqeeqah was a success, alhamdulilah, and we had a lovely time  visiting with our friends and having mommy met everyone. Thursday, we all went to the zoo and when we returned home later that evening, went to the mosque. It was so cute seeing my mom in hijab (yes she came with us). Friday we just shopped the sales. I forgot what we did saturday. Sunday we went to the beach, then that night went to the mosque. Monday we went to St Augustine. Tuesday mommy left, and I miss her so much. :-(

Then, before I knew it Ramadan came. Before Ramadan I started attending the mosque more regularly,  I try to go two days every week. Anyhoo, back to Ramadan, I was able to fast every other day, alhamdulilah.  For those of you who may not know, I have never been able to fast since I converted because my pregnancies have always been during ramadan, subhanallah. Alhamdulilah,  ramadan was wonderful. I had iftar at my home, went to my friends for iftar, went to the mosque for iftar. It was lovely. It was very nice to get more involved in the community. Since I converted I had never been able to find my spot, but alhamdulilah,  I am making a place here, for the sake of the children.

I have also been making clothing alterations for some sisters in the community here. Sometimes I tease myself with the idea to open an online shop with some items but in the end, I shy away from the idea.

Eid has been lovely this year, even though my husband had to work all 3 days. I tagged along with a friend of mine who has a family of her own. The first day of eid we went to a ladies only brunch then spent the rest of the day visiting families and dragging our exhausted children around the city. The 2nd day we prepared for an engagement. My husband and I played match maker and the couple are now engaged, alhamdulilah! The 3rd day, today, I took the children to a breakfast that was being at a park. Tonight we will be visiting another family, inshallah. Alhamdulilah I am so glad Ahmad was able to enjoy the eid to its fullest this year!

I will probably be absent for a while again. I am taking a trip to my family in August and September for a whole month. Keep me in your duas as I am traveling alone with the children.

I will end thus post with a few pictures of my Eid clothes.

Eid mubarak by the way! 


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:


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.

Ahmad's Second Birthday!

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