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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.

Where you can purchase:

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.

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. :)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Hamida's Induced Labor and Delivery Story~ 02.25.2014

Salam alaikum sisters.

I am here to share the story of Hamida's birth. Mashallah, alhamdulilah, Allah was very beneficent and merciful to me.

I was very scared to be induced. I have always been very natural minded but my OBGYN felt it was for the best since it seemed Hamida was not thriving in the womb. 

February 25th, 2014 our induction was scheduled. It was so strange to wake up, walk into the hospital and not be in labor. We were told to be there at 6am, so we had dropped Ahmad off at a friends house around 5am. It was so strange to think the next time I saw my little boy he'd be a big brother. My heart was breaking when I handed him to my friend. His little eyes brimming with tears. THE.HARDEST.THING.TO.DO.

We arrived at the hospital a little early, around 5:30am. We were checked in and walked up to the Labor and Delivery ward. The nurses got me settled, put my IV in, and we signed all the consent forms. At 6am the nurses shifts changed and my actual nurse who would be attending to me that day came in. Alhamdulilah, Allah is all knowing and provided me with a nurse who was so lovely and amazing. She is very natural minded herself and loved the birth plan I had written up. She even said she would remind my OBGYN to give me a chance to have Hamida naturally before any pitocin would be given.

Alhamdulilah, once again, Allah provided and instead of my OBGYN inducing me (breaking my water) the midwife who works with my OB came to induce me. I have a close relationship with the midwife and was so happy she was able to do it instead. They figured since I was being induced my labor wouldn't go as quickly as it had with Ahmad (my labor with him, from start to finish, was 2 hours and 15 minutes). The nurse told the midwife to be very rough while breaking my water so it would encourage a quicker labor. Ya Allah, it was quite uncomfortable! The midwife mentioned my water coming out like a river!

So at 8:20am the midwife broke my water, and said I was already dilated to 3cm and she said was able to stretch me to 4cm. She said she would pop back in around 12 to check how I was doing and if nothing had progressed they would give me pitocin.

After 15 minutes of my water breaking the contractions came. They became more and more intense and were becoming more focused in my back. I did not have back labor with Ahmad, and I will admit, the contractions with this birth were more painful then they were with Ahmad. I was pacing the room and preparing my mind for a potentially long labor. At one point I keeled beside my husband,  who was on the couch and rocked back and forth, I think at one point I even shook him during a contraction.

My husband hadn't eaten breakfast yet so I told him between a contraction to go ahead and eat something down in the cafeteria, and while he was headed that way to tell the nurse I would like for her to come to the room. The nurse came and I asked if I could take a warm shower since the contractions were getting more intense. She said she wanted to take my vitals real quick and I could shower. My contractions were now 2 minutes apart and very focused in the back, the only way to really deal with it was to sway back and forth. I asked her to check how far dilated I was before preparing my shower. She checked and I was 8cm!

She said, "You can not shower, we may not be able to get you back out of it!"

She called the midwife to come (who had already drove back to the clinic).

Before I knew it, there where nurses in the room. My nurse was amazing and would alleviate the back labor by pressing on my hips with every contraction. She checked me again and I was 9cms. I then wanted to start pushing. Because of the back labor, the only position comfortable for me was on my knees, and alhamdulilah, my nurse said I could position myself in any way I wanted.

I pushed for about 5 minutes (with no coaching, but letting my body do what it wanted, again, my nurse was amazing and respected all my wishes in my birth plan). I dont know how many times I pushed because I started having the urge to push at 9cms. With Ahmad I never screamed but this back labor was excruciating and I screamed while pushing. I felt her head almost come out, but the contraction finished and her head slid right back.

I muttered, "We're almost finished!"

I had the urge to push once again, I screamed, "Ya Allah!"

Her head was out, one more push and little Hamida was born at 10:12am. Only 1 hour 52 minutes of labor, delivered by my amazing nurse. Directly after Hamida was born she was passed through my legs and went straight to my chest.

I was awe struck as if she was my first. She was perfect, all slimy and sticky, but perfect. So much hair, bright red lips. As she lay on my chest, I felt complete contentment. 

Alhamdulilah. We were able to delay clamping the cord until the midwife came to deliver the placenta. We were able to do skin to skin for a whole hour after birth, getting a great latch only 30 minutes after!

After an hour of skin to skin the nurses weighed Hamida, she was 6lbs 1oz and 19 inches long.

Hamida at 2 days old.

Despite having to be induced, alhamdulilah, I am so happy and satisfied with my labor and delivery. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

38 Week Pregnancy Update~ Baby #2

Salam alaikum sisters!

Alhamdulilah, I went to my OBGYN today. Did I ever mention my OB also has a midwife who works with them? So I was able to see her today, I love her dearly, I really relate to her more than the nurses who work with my OB. She checked me for dilation and alhamdulilah, I am measuring at 2cms! She knows how much I want to go into labor naturally before my scheduled induction. So she advised me to try primrose oil and start drinking red raspberry tea. Which I have started now, inshallah, we will see where it gets me. 

After going to the OB, we picked up the primrose oil and raspberry leaf tea, then we took a long walk in the park. It was very nice to take a walk with my husband and son. Normally my husband is working and on his day off we are so busy with appointments, so I decided to be bad today and skipped my ultrasound and NST. I just really wanted some time with the family, imagine, this is myhusbands last day off that we will be only a family of 3! If I do not have Hamida before next Tuesday, I will then be induced! Subhanallah!

Now concerning rather or not we are ready for little Hamida? Alhamdulilah, we have everything ready and prepared. If she comes tonight or if she comes in a week we will be ready for her. We ordered some cloth diapers and they came in a few days ago, I got them all washed up and snapped to newborn size. I finished sewing a few things that were not necessities, but more of conveniences. I sewed up a maxi skirt, which I am wearing in my maternity picture, a little house robe, nursing pads, and a nursing cover. I have cleaned the house topped to bottom, literally. I even moved furniture around to clean under them and in hopes it would onset labor, sadly it didn't. I even scrubbed- with a scrub brush- the hard floors in hopes that it too would onset labor, but it seems Hamida is very content where she is. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Pregnancy Update~ 37 1/2 Weeks

Alhamdulilah! The progesterone shots have done their job and kept little Hamida inside until full term, and of course I am sure all the dua's you ladies made for me helped too. Jazakalkhair. 

As you all know, or perhaps I didn't write about it on here? I have been seeing specialists besides my regular OBGYN. At my 36 week check up, they found Hamida has not been growing the way she should. Initially, she was staying in the 30th percentile, and this is absolutely fine. For some reason though, she has dropped BELOW the 10th percentile. I am now having to go into the clinic to have NST's and ultrasounds two times a week. 

Due to Hamida being so small and not being able to properly thrive in the womb, my OBGYN wants to induce me on the 25th of February if I have not gone into labor by then. So now it is just the waiting game. 

It is so hard to imagine I will for sure have my little Hamida in my arms by the 25th!

Make dua for me that the induction goes smoothly and quickly. My biggest fear is ending up with a c-section which I want to avoid at all costs!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Finished Projects

Salam alaikum!

I have finished quite a few projects so I thought I would post pictures of them to share with you all! I really enjoyed working on these, and as much as I love having my little boy Ahmad, girls are so fun to prepare for! Alhamdulilah, Allah is blessing me with the best of both!

So I will start off with my most favourite project. It has been 5 years since I sewed up a quilt, and yes, there are mistakes in this one I made for Hamida. Mostly in the binding as I wasn't about to go tacking it down by hand! A mother of a toddler has no time for that. No, no, no. 

Basically what I did, I pieced together the center block, called the "exploding pineapple", appliqued it on a square piece of fabric, and covered the applique seams with lace.

I then went about crocheting a back part. I really wanted this quilt to be unique and different, so I combined lots of colors and patterns hoping it would turn out, and alhamdulilah, I *think* I pulled it off. LOL Did I manage it?

Considering how quickly babies grow, I honestly didn't want to invest a ton of time sewing particular fancy dresses. So I stuck with a really easy, throw it together, pattern. The peasant dress pattern. 

This maroony/burgandy dress with black and white sleeves were all re-purposed from old clothes of mine. :) The maroon part is this really slinky slippery jersey material that I felt would be so cool during the summer, so I didn't put elastic in the sleeves, just for the purpose of keeping it breathable for our hot Florida summer days. I think this dress will last for quite a while as it can be easily used as a shirt once Hamida is older.

Last but not least, here is a little vest I knitted. I didn't make it long sleeved as it doesn't get too cold here in Florida, so if it happens to get a little chilly in Hamida's first months of life, I will just put a long sleeved shirt underneath. 

So these are the projects I have finished, and in all honesty I can't say I have anymore sewing that needs to be done. Well, I take that back, I do have a few burps clothes which need to be serged and such but nothing too exciting. 

Inshallah all of you are well!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Baby Shower

Two of my friends decided to surprise me with a baby shower. I never had one with Ahmad since my husband and I were both new to Florida and we really didn't know anybody.

It was very lovely and the decorations were very cute. There were several fun and entertaining games, great company, and good food. Alhamdulilah.

Alhamdulilah, I was gifted a lot of clothes, which was something we really needed. If we would have been expecting a boy, clothes wouldn't be an issue obviously. :) One of my friends that helped throw the shower, gifted me a moby wrap! Ya Allah, I was so happy about it. I know I will be putting it to good use, inshallah. She also gave us a store bought cloth diaper, my husband is so impressed by them he said he wants me to buy only store bought clothe diapers. I am not going to argue with that, haha, it just means less sewing and another item off of my list of to-do's. 

It is really hard to imagine I will soon be 34 weeks pregnant! This pregnancy has gone by much faster then it did with Ahmad. I think it is because Ahmad keeps me so busy I don't have time to dwell on the pregnancy.

Did you find your other pregnancies to go faster then your first? 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Salam alaikum sisters.

As my due date draws closer and closer (mind you I don't really do due dates, especially being surprised with a preemie, I have learned that babies come when babies want to) I have been getting ready for the new addition. 

We co-slept with Ahmad, but we had a little bassinet beside the bed and once he out grew that, he started sleeping in our bed. Now we have a 2 year old and soon to be little one again and I was quite worried that somehow Ahmad would be able to tip over the bassinet if he were to try to peek over the rim to see his sister. So I started looking around online for ideas since I found out I was pregnant and I found this really smart idea on pinterest and this is what I came up with:

We have a queen size bed which is already plenty of room for the 3 of us, so the crib/daybed/co-sleeper is for the baby. Of course, I will be the one sleeping closest to her. I really love co-sleeping, you can quickly sooth you children and with a newborn/breastfeeding baby, it is so convenient during the night.

Do any of you co-sleep, if so, have you co-slept with more then one child at a time? What were your experiences?

Ahmad's Second Birthday!

Our Anniversary!