Month: December 2016

I am not enough…and that’s ok

Practically everyday at some point, the thought will cross my mind that, “I am not enough…” that “I don’t know enough…” or that “I am not smart/knowledgable/wise/patient enough…” That I’m not doing enough outside of the children. That my ‘career’ is not progressing, that I’m not doing enough for the community, that I don’t maintain connections with my friends enough, that I’m not helpful enough for my parents, that I’m not showing my care and concern for my husband enough… ETCETERA. I worry that I don’t do enough for the children. That I don’t spend enough quality time with them, or that I don’t organise enough activities for them, or teach them enough (I want to homeschool them, but haven’t really started doing anything homeschool-y yet). I face up to the gaping holes in my knowledge and wonder how on earth I am even going to homeschool my kids. And with a third on the way, I wonder how I’ll find the time to organise a homeschooling curriculum for them, or even lessons to do …

Best on the Net

Good morning everyone! Can you believe that we are in December? That 2016 is almost at a close and that we will be welcoming 2017 soon? 2017 sounds so… fantastical. Like an author 50 years ago would have set his/her future dystopian text in 2017 or something… Also, and perhaps more importantly, it is currently the month of Rabi ul-Awwal, the month that our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) was born. So in today’s Best on the Net, I’ve included a few links on how to honour the Prophet Muhammad (saw) this month, how to share in the blessings of the month, and how to involve your children as well. Eight books to teach your kids about the Prophet Muhammad (saw) And here’s another beautiful book written/illustrated by Demi that my children love… I’m personally reading through this particular work by Tariq Ramadan this month. A comprehensive guide to the permissibility of Mawlid. A beautiful Salawat recitation by Al-Firdaus Ensemble to listen to with the children. We are also obsessed with these two versions of Tala’Al Badru …

What I’ve packed in my hospital bag

With two weeks to go till my due date, I finally put my hospital bag together, and guess what? It’s still missing some essentials. Here is what I’ve been able to throw in there for now… For me… Pretty bathrobe Cheap pyjamas because they will certainly go through a lot in the first few days Clothing that doesn’t look like pyjamas but feels as comfy as pyjamas so that when people visit I look somewhat presentable. Black stripe pants and top. Organic Maternity singlet Slippers Lush shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion A big fluffy towel Going home clothes Missing from bag… cheap underwear Tom Organic Maternity pads Weleda cream For baby…  Muslin wraps Dwell studio blanket, because the hospital gets cold Two body suits Beanie and mittens Bubba blue organic towel Bubba blue organic face washers Little Innoscents Wipes Tooshies by Tom Organic Nappies. I can’t believe how tiny they are! Missing from bag… Gaia skin care baby starter pack I am feeling that mix of emotions that is inevitable at this phase of pregnancy. …

How to style an entryway

Not only is your entryway a great place for necessary storage and organization, it’s also the first thing you see upon entering your home and therefore a great place to work on to make your home welcoming. Even if it is a really small space, there are many ways you can introduce storage and design elements, with trendy wall hooks, a brightly coloured door, statement art or a sleek bench. Here are some ideas on how to style an entryway… *click images for sources. Pink and feminine Monochrome and minimalist Modern ethnic touches Functional Statement art Featured image via Domino.