Tuesday, May 19, 2015

gardening tip, can you see it?

I'm taking as many walks as I can in the beautiful french nature and getting inspired by the well kept gardens , collecting a few tips ;)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Konmari and moving!

Have you heard of it? Read the book? Used the Konmari method for your home?  In the middle of all the packing and preparing for the move I was so drawn to it after reading about it online that I bought a copy, of course I didn't receive it until after I had sent off the big mess therefore my timing is a bit off but InShaAllah I'm hoping to use it as inspiration when I set up my new home.

                                                         (overwhelming moving mess)

Monday, March 2, 2015


It was good going back home for a little while. Breath in the cold fresh air, see my family and what they are up to, eat all my favourite foods, go through my childhood photo albums. It was short and sweet and I'm back with a supply of chocolates and cod liver oil. Miss you all back home but Inshallah many more trips to come.

Friday, February 6, 2015

leftover photos.....

I'm preparing for a little trip, that means deleting photos from my phone so I will have space for new ones InShaAllah. I also organised my 2014 photos, saved them on a back up file and now everything is ready for 2015. Of course I meant to get this done last December (sis you know the diary) but hey we are only February. InShaAllah one day Ill be organised.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


I know Im a horrible blogger, I know that Im hardly keeping this blog alive, I know I always say I'm going to be better at it and then I disappear but here I am once again. It dawned on me that soon In Sha Allah I will be moving and I wanted to try to blog a few posts while still in France. We are busy and a bit chaotic trying to plan and prepare for the big change but maybe a few little moments will find their way here, we will see how I do.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

          "The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in            
                          all the details of daily life."
                                                                                                       (William Morris)

Friday, October 17, 2014

pinterest project

Finally finally we got something done from my DO list on pinterest...well sort of , the kids got it done I just showed them the idea. My daughter made her own design and my boy did the Algerian flag for his dad. And now that we have more pearls and more shapes there is no stopping them...next we are going to do some of these and these coasters for cups and candles and little plants and some magnets for the fridge as well.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The most precious thing

This is one of my most precious possession , my mothers handwritten cookbook. She passed away before I had any of my children but her mothering is my guidance with my children. I miss her everyday and with each of my pregnancy and breastfeeding months I miss her even more. I made a feeding pillow from her robe with my last baby and this time Im finding myself craving the cakes and foods she used to make. I made this rice pudding yesterday and eating it today felt like a little hug from my mum.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

She is here

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"

Friday, August 1, 2014


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.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

summer fun in Spain.

                      many memories made, many little moments enjoyed , oh its good to be by the sea!

Monday, April 28, 2014

this weeks thrifting!

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...

Saturday, April 26, 2014

3 links

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. ohdeardrea header

3. And finally I still love Pinterest and 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.
Vala Hansen


Friday, April 18, 2014

leftover photos!

                   (the messy house photos are the house we are building in DZ, almost ready In Sha Allah)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

love in the kitchen

                                                     sometimes peeling potatoes is rewarding :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

a little update

                                                     A little baby on the way Alhamdulillah


Sunday, November 10, 2013


                                                                (our first ever flat in Paris )

We went on a little mini holiday, there's just something about Paris!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

what I ate wednesday!

                           Breakfast 9:30 - wholewheat toast w/peanut butter, apple and Toucha tea

                          Lunch 12:00 - green juice (spinach, ginger, pomegranate, lemon, banana, apple)

                                            Snack 15:00 - Zucchini cake! recipe from here

                                     Dinner 20:00 - leftovers, chicken , beans and oven potato

(idea from Anna Saccone)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013


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 little printout for the laundry room, if you have any links to share please do )

Monday, August 26, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

what I ate wednesday

                                               Breakfast 10:00 - warm water with lemon

                                 Lunch 12:00 -  Ratatouille, salad and tortilla with Camembert

                                Snack 16:00 - organic muesli w/almond milk, half a pear, banana and a
                                spoon of peanut butter.

                               Dinner 20:00 - Moroccan meatballs with oven potatoes

(idea from Anna Saccone)

Friday, August 16, 2013

beautiful photo

                                  ( I saw this on pinterest but couldn't find the original source)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Eid Mubarak 2013

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)

                                                    Inshallah you all had a happy Eid!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

leftover photos!

 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 ;)