Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
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.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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:
Saturday, May 10, 2014
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
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.