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.
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.
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.