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Sunday, May 27, 2012


Very soon, insha'allah, we will be moving to a 2 bedroom apartment! Can't hardly wait! The area is so much better then the one we are at now- a few weeks ago we had a shooting just 20 feet from our bedroom window at 2 in the morning! The area we are moving to is a very family oriented and the people who own the apartments are VERY, VERY picky with who the apartments are leased to. Like we filled out our application almost 1 year ago, we have had to submit several background check-ups, check stubs, have had to do several interviews, but I know that in the end it will be worth it. We will be in a safer area and that is all I care about now that we have our little munchkin to think of.

By the way, Ahmad is growing so quickly. he rolls and scoots everywhere! Our couches have legs and sometimes when I come in the living room from the kitchen his head is under the couch- of course he is screaming since he can't get out! I love my little man! <3

Friday, May 25, 2012

Sugar and Olive Oil Equals???

I don't know about you ladies, but at times I am pron to have dry lips. I always buy different kinds of chap stick, hoping that they will help but none have made me satisfied. Then I was reading online that you can mix sugar and olive oil to exfoliate your lips. So I tried it! You just take your mixture, put it on a new toothbrush and brush in circular motion for a minute or so. Rinse off and your lips are so very soft. Of course put some chap stick of some sort on it afterwards. I am very pleased, and plan on continuing to use it!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Natural Facial Cleanser that Actually Worked for Me!

So as the economy is going farther down we are all trying to find ways to cut our household expenses. If you are married, keeping yourself up is a big importance- at least it is for me. I already have a daily skin routine with the Aveeno Naturals. I love this brand because you can use a little drop of it to do the job. A bottle of cleanser lasts me 6-8 months, including the daily scrub- which I really use only 2-3 times a week- and the daily moisturizer- which I use every day and sometimes I use before I go to bed. But we all know that these commercial things just don't do the job when it comes to the deep cleaning and who really has the time or money to go to a spa or salon? So after a lot of trial and error of different natural things, I found that milk and nutmeg is the best! I use about 1 teaspoon of nutmeg and a 1 teaspoon of milk. You mix it well and apply to a clean face (mostly where there are clogged pores like you nose). You scrub in circular motions for a few minutes and wash off with warm water. Always end your routine with cold water to close your pores! Then I finish with my moisturizer. Always remember when trying something new, do a spot test first. Never use something without first seeing how your skin reacts to it! 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

How I Serve My Company

When I was younger, I use to be nervous having company over. I lived with my father and we had a select few of friends so I was never really around crowds. When I went to college in Georgia, every Saturday evening after church we would have a youth gathering, I think I went maybe 2-3 times the whole year I was there. After I came to Islam I moved to the city and little by little got use to crowds. Now I LOVE having company over. I like it when a stomach is full and the taste buds are satisfied.

Normally we have company over in the evening for just some chia (tea). While I wait for the water to boil, I set out fruit- strawberries, cut up melon, grapes, sometimes pomegranate, and something sweet such as basbousa, qataif bil qishta, or mahalibi, whatever I have handy. Sometimes company comes over for supper, but that is a completely different topic. The Iraqi Qataif bil qishta looks like this, this picture is of some I just made yesterday:

Many of our friends are Iraqi's so I try to cater to their tastes and liking's. Most of the time I make the chai plain- with tea leaves only- but sometimes I like to change it. I have put cardamon pods in the water as it boils. Another option is making "bootni", Jasim and his Iraqi friends really like this kind of tea. You put a little sprig of sage in the hot water when you put the tea leaves in. This is the kind of tea leaves I use, once I found this kind I have NEVER went back to any other kind (this is not my picture):

 Most Arabic people like their tea or their coffee really strong with lots of sugar. Though there are some exceptions, as I know one man who drinks his black black coffee without any sugar or milk. Eww.

What I really like about the Iraqi people are their simplicity. I don't have to worry about not having enough chairs or a big enough table, they are content with sitting around a table cloth that has been put on the floor. A lot of them also eat from the same dish with their hands- which I find a bit odd but to each their own- at least it saves me on the dishes!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Baby Smiles and an Update!

Every day something new pops out from my son, every day I see more of his personality. Subhanallah, it is absolutely amazing to watch someone develop into their own person. Ahmad is growing fast and is such a little fatty, I have a friend who's baby was born 1 month after Ahmad, this boy was over 9 pounds but now he looks so fragile compared to Ahmad. Ahmad now rolls from his stomach to his back and from his back to his stomach. He also sleep from 11 at night to 8 in the morning! We have introduced rice cereal and applesauce to him. I first gave him the Gerber rice cereal but he didn't like it, so when I visited an organic grocery store I brought their rice cereal. Lo behold, Ahmad loves it! I wanted to share some pictures of my babies smile, he is such a happy baby, very peaceful and serene. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mother In-law Soon to Come

Jasim's mother is planning to come to America soon. Before Ahmad was born she had applied for a visa and was accepted but then decided that she didn't want to leave her youngest son Salam, who is 16. Now her son has a job and is going to school, so she has reconsidered coming. She has reapplied and perhaps from a few months to a year I will be meeting her for the first time.  My husband has not seen any of his family for almost 10 years! He said eventually he would like to bring all of them over to America as things in Iraq are not getting any better. Insha'allah, what ever is in the plans of Allah, may it be done.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Getting to be a Big Boy!

Just a quick post update to tell you all that Ahmad rolled over today 2 times. From his stomach to his back while we were doing tummy time. He hates being on his tummy and I think that is what got him to figure out how to roll over. Sadly, he hasn't rolled from his back to his stomach yet!

Update on Our Family in Iraq

My husbands brother, Kathem, who is my age went to the gas station not far from his house last night to buy a pepsi. When he started to leave some people began to fight. Guns were shot and a bullet happened to hit the gas tank. It exploded.  7 people were killed, including a 6 year old child. The child wasn't burnt, but something came flying and hit the child in the stomach. Kathem was burnt on the face, but is now home with his family. Alhamduililah that Kathem is okay, insha'allah one day all the fighting will end. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

My Sweet Husband!

Last night I was very exhausted. All day Ahmad wanted attention, if I put him down he would cry as if something was trying to hurt him. It broke my heart, so I would pick him back up. I also tried to manage to get all my necessary house work done at the same time and towards the end of the day, cook supper. Even though Ahmad sleeps all night now, that night I hadn't slept well. So last night, when my husband came home, we ate supper and I collapsed on the couch while Jasim played with the baby. I just laid there watching then and didn't even realize that I had fell asleep until Jasim woke me up to go to bed at 1 in the morning. I said I would go as soon as I tidy the house up- wash the dishes, put away the extra food, etc. But when I walked in the kitchen it was clean. I was kind of confused at first because I was still half asleep. I then realized that Jasim cleaned the kitchen! I then went to put the babies heart monitor on him when I saw Jasim had done that and put the baby to bed! Really, I have the best husband in the world! 

Starting Solids?

So Tuesday, May 1st, we had a doctors visit for the baby. Ahmad is doing great! He weighs 14 pounds 10 ounces and is 24 inches long, so in 4 months he has gained 10 pounds and grew 6 inches! For the past couple of months our pediatrician has had us give him this iron supplement called polyvisol. I must admit, the first few weeks were a terrible struggle to get it down him but now he doesn't put up a too big of a fight. The doctor basically said, "If you don't give him this supplement, he may look healthy on the outside but will be hollow inside." Quite honestly, it makes me wonder what people did in the day before supplements were even thought of? So is it really that important? I don't know, I give it to him because taking it won't hurt anything. 

The Doctor also said to start introducing solids. I was very surprised because he told me at our last visit that he wanted me to breastfeed up to one year. I am kind of iffy about starting him on solids at only 4 months of age! I mean, I had thought of doing this at 6 months, but 4? He said that at first just take some rice cereal, take one tablespoon of that and mix with 5 tablespoons of warm breastmilk. Which makes a really runny consistency and feed him by spoon. First off, we have to buy a baby spoon, but I did try to give it to him with our small silver spoons but he hated it and was screaming so I gave in and fed him by the breast. I just have a feeling he isn't quite ready for the solids yet. Any advice?

Ahmad's Second Birthday!

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