She is here and she is already 5 weeks old alhamdulillah (yes it took me that long to switch on the computer :) Everything is going well and we are slowly getting back to a routine. Thank you to all of you who sent me messages and mails , Im slowly catching up Inshallah. I saw this quote the other day on the pearl-daisy Facebook page and it sums up my life and how I feel .
"If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart"
Sorry I haven't been around much, the laptop doesn't fit on my pregnant belly anymore so I have finally set up a little computer corner in my sitting room to hopefully pop in a little bit more often. I had a nice peaceful Ramadan alhamdulillah , saddened by the news from Palestine and therefor didn't really feel like blogging about my life but Ive been cheered up with a visit from my family in Iceland who came to stay for a little holiday, showering me with love and help and gifts. It was nice spending a quiet Eid with them and watching my children trying to improve their Icelandic. Now Im preparing for the birth , washing baby clothes and blankets and waiting for any day now. Inshallah I will have some news soon, hope you are all enjoying your summer and thanks for still stopping by.
Some Sundays when hubby is not working we drive out to one of the little villages around that is holding a brocante or vide grenier as its called in french and search for little treasures, this time it was all for the kids...
1 . A group of women I know in Algeria are creating a new support system for creative women and they need help to spread the word! Please visit Al Mubdiaat to find out more.
2. I just came across this colorful blog and I'm happily browsing through the photos thinking I should be more brave with color and mismatching as well.
3. And finally I still lovePinterestand would love if any of you are on there to leave me your link in the comment so I can browse through what you like as well, I'm going for my 3 hour long pregnancy glucose test so I have plenty time to waste In Sha Allah.
cleaning cleaning cleaning it never ends, sometimes I need some extra motivation and this month I decided to print out this schedule I found over here to change things up a bit, I like to follow different routines and try different things. My all time favourite cleaning products are Ecover but this month I'm going to try out some new "green" products. I've tried to make my own everyday solution and I like to sometimes add essential oils to washes or in the hoover etc to spice up the cleaning a bit...still have to force myself to get it done though most days. How do you all do it ? Follow routines or not? Have any favourite products or tools? ( If any of you are as motivated as this one your welcome to come over and help me.)
(oh and here is another littleprintout for the laundry room, if you have any links to share please do )
I did 4 sorts this year just to keep it simple, the hearts I did last year as well but the other 3 were my first time try. Both the chocolate and the balls are gluten free which is always a bonus. I'm trying new ones every year to slowly find delicious ones that last well. I'm not to bothered about how they look, rather what they taste like ;) These all turned out really delicious, the chocolate ones are a recipe I got from a friend in Iceland and you store them in the freezer which is great for Eid preparation , the almond and the jam one I got from a french cake book Ive got and they are both very soft and rich in flavour and the little balls I got from this video. I did them last minute mainly just for the kids but they turned out much softer and better than I expected. I'm now testing how long they last and how they last in a freezer. So far so good, I'm slowly getting my collection together I would love some recommendations if you know of nice recipes. I know there are tons of recipes online but I like to have tried and tested hints. We don't have a big family around were we live so this was more than enough for us but Inshallah Id like to do more. How many sorts do you do for Eid if that is a tradition in your home?
and these are the Eid outfits for my kids (my 4 year old girl, 6 years old boy and 7 year old girl)
1. Boureks , hubby requested these every day in Ramadan. (what are your favourite fillings?) 2. Iftar , Haricots Poulet with some oven potatoes and salad. 3. Iftar again, chorba , bourek, chicken salad, pepper salad. 4. A sweet surprise from hubby 5. Playing on Instagram while waiting in a hot car. 6. Ironing ( I seem to do more of that in Ramadan) 7. Another Iftar bourek salad and Indian chicken with basmati rice and yogurt sauce. 8. Started making Eid cakes, first 2 done. 9. Another Iftar Chorba , bourek , chicken salad, pepper salad and yes Kisra (sort of)
Not sure if to do these leftover photos with explanaitions or not? ( I tried Ines ;)
I decided to copy Anna Saccone and do a "what I ate Wednesday post." We are still I Ramadan so it's a bit different from usually but I thought it would be fun.
1. Suhoor at 4:30 in the morning 2. Iftar at 21:15 breaking my fast with some dates and water 3. Dinner around 21:30 4. Some late night treats
If you have photos of your suhoor or iftar or just regular what I ate post feel free to leave the link in the comments. (and for those of you who follow me on Instagram sorry you've seen all theese before)
The great thing about blogging is that you can go back and see little details of what doesn't show on the family photos. These are the photos from last year (you can see the posts here and here) and Ive started to be on the lookout for some interesting recipes and ideas of how to celebrate Eid this year. I'm collecting ideas and inspiration on my pinterest board and Khadijah from Ramadan Joy started Global Iftar and Global Sweets and invited me along with lots of other women from all over the world to contribute. I tend to keep it simple and easy so probably not many posts from me but I'm curious to see how different families from different places celebrate Ramadan and Eid and I would love to hear what you plan to do Inshallah or have done in the past. Any links to ideas , blog posts, pins etc are welcome.
did you used to play this game? I remember how complicated and never ending it seemed and now I can see that in my 4 year old daughter as she has been playing with it non stop for days. So far we made one for foods, animals, Islamic one and little funny tasks to do...any more ideas?
(and here is a little video that I had to google for as I couldn't remember how to fold them)
I mixed a little face oil for myself to apply after wudu (the washing before prayer).
50 ml Jojoba oil (I just added all the other oils to this bottle)
13 drops Geranium essential oil
13 drops Lavender essential oil
4 drops Camomile essential oil
I wanted to add Rose essential oil but didn't have any. I only use a tiny tiny amount each time. This might be a bit strong for some so if you are sensitive add less drops also if you are pregnant or feeding its better to wait before using some essential oils so read about it first.
I would love to hear about how you use your essential oils or if you have any blends to share.