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Mid Week Faves!!

Getting candles in the mail is a joy forever, for me yes it is. If you know me(or even not) send some flowers and candles and you know what…You dont need to ask me..I will love you more!!

Diana from ” Joyful Home” sent me some soy candles and I loved them all.20180707_211804

These soy candles are 100 % soy wax which is eco-friendly and free from harmful toxins. I never tried soy candles before and it is safe for everyone(Kids/Pets). I loved the smell and it works really well to absorb any strong cooking smell(desi cooking you know).

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If you have a big space these candles especially “Muskoka S’Mores” and “Maple Syrup” are strong enough to fill the space up quickly with an aroma.

20180707_211713.jpg“Water Melon Slushie” and “Bubblegum” are Mild and soft /fruity smell, that lift your mood up. She sent me some small samples of wax melt and can’t wait to try them all.20180708_221557

These hand-poured candles are something you can buy for yourself or for your friend or can buy as a gift for your co-worker or even stock them up for holiday or eid gifts. You can use the discount code “JOY25” for 25% off on any purchase at¬†joyfulhome¬†on her Esty shop.

p.s: A giveaway is on its wayūüíĖ!!

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Pottery Barn Inspired Mirror (DIY)

36929122_10156205303745791_3604749880980930560_nSome of you probably know I am a DIY addicted. I get inspired by taking window shopping(without kids obviously) around home decor stores like Pier 1 Imports, Home Sense and Pottery Barn, but their price tags sometimes give me a mini heart attack.

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I just love these “Eagan¬†Multipanel Mirrors “available at PB website but their price range is $400 -$ 1000+, depending on the size and style. I would never ever pay this much for a mirror(even won’t accept it as a gift) that only for decor purpose. I know people buy such things at this super expensive price-tag and I don’t have any issues (with other people) but when I can make a similar version(not exactly obviously)which make me happier then why would I¬† be breaking my bank?

(SO sorry for bad pictures just because I made this last year and captured all pictures from my Tablet).

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This is one of the projects that I loved more than original inspiration after it is done. I spent around $50 for this DIY.

BaseBoard: I got from Home Depot

Bevelled Mirror/Candle Plates: 25-30 (depending upon size) I bought from Dollar Store, You can find similar at Any craft store or Walmart.

Industrial Grade adhesive: I prefer E-6000 over Gorilla glue.

Cut the baseboard  the desired size i.e 20*25, I measure the size by putting mirrors on the base and trim the excess wood off. I put four mirrors on each horizontal row and set mirrors in five vertical rows.

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Use E-6000 on the back of each mirror and carefully glued it to the base. Leave it overnight put some weight ( but not very heavy that breaks the mirror), I used the mild weight like plant pots, some wooden light-weight items

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Isn’t it so easy? I put this beauty on my server which stores all my dinnerware and dishes. I will make another one soon for my basement (needs a makeover) but a different version for sure.

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You can either hang on the wall or even use it like me, it is beautiful, isn’t it? I got so many compliments from my guests. I even stained this second-hand MCM server/buffet (I love this piece of furniture) and painted these cool green lamps, both are garage sale/online auctions finds. Want to know the detail of this makeover??

36929122_10156205303745791_3604749880980930560_nIf I tell you that everything on this server is either I painted or my thrift/garage sale find. don’t ask me the price, it will give you a real shock..lol…want to know more just let me know…;-)

 

 

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DIY Eid Wreath

Eid is less than a week away, Hope the last days go well and we make the maximum benefits of this blessed month of Ramadan. I already start missing Ramadan but we are also excited for Eid, although we don’t have Eid¬†holidays as such(like back home) but will be going to get a day off that will proceed to the long weekend if it’s on Friday.

Preparing for Eid is so much fun, I already shopped for Eid dresses and jewellery. Along with that, I do some extra to make the day more special.

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I always decorate my home with fairy lights, banners and garland but this time I wanted to make a wreath for my front door and I am happy to share this DIY with you. I made it under $15 and mostly dollar store items.

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SUPPLIES:

Any basic Wreath I bought this from Wal-Mart for $5.(dollar store has some similar ones and also wire/foam)

Artificial Flowers (of your choice)

Ribbon.

Scissors.

Alphabet Stickers and poster board.

(I bought some stuff as shown in the picture that I didn’t use at all )

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I didn’t follow any rule, just start from the right side, I used the floral twines and then start inserting the orange and white flowers. I simply twisted the flower wire and make it secure at the back. I didn’t use any extra cord or wire, you may need if you use the wire ones.

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Fill up the empty space with more flowers and finish it with some branches of orchid and Snapdragon. Try different combination according to your taste and decor.

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I made an Eid greeting sign and hang with ribbon, I used my E-6000 to secure it with the wreath.  I had countless ideas in my mind but I love the simple Eid greeting. I Just cut the card and paste the alphabet stickers.

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I  use a suction hook to hang it with my front door. You can hang an Eid card or wooden sign, or even make any welcome note to greet your guest.

Isn’t it so pretty and affordable…I fall in love with this…I will add fairy lights a night before to make it more festive.

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Lots of things going on here, I am going to send Eid gifts/goodies to my kid’s school friends to share the joy and make our Eid occasion more special, will try to share ya…! More posts are hopefully on their way.

so, how you guys doing on your Eid ? have you bought your eid dress etc, do share if you make anything extra to make it more special….share some with me…Happy Eid everyone!!

 

 

 

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Five Things I Miss The Most About Ramadan When Fasting Abroad!

When I say I miss Pakistan so much, I really mean it. It’s not easy to live far away from your country and family when you are missing everything badly almost every other day. Ramadan and Eid are the days when we missed the most. My husband and I always talk about our childhood days and share our Ramadan and Eid stories with kids.

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Let’s share with you guys too…here are some most missed things!!

Azaan and Siren:

Yes, I can install all the apps and reminders on my phone but hearing an actual Azan on a loudspeaker five times is such a blessing. I used to live in a neighbourhood where the mosque was just a minute away, That Azaan sound still echoing me since then, it was the most beautiful voice I had ever heard.

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Do you remember, the warnings that issued right before the sehri end was something I simply missed. I remember they used to say”Hazrat sehri ka time khtam honye wala hay,khana peena FORAN bandh krdein warna apka roza nahi hoga”.

That Dhool Walas:

If you are a girl who really annoyed with that drum sound that used to wake up 1 hour before sehri and you really don’t have to make as such anything just because you’re the youngest and you have a super sweet mom than high-five(I used to help in Iftar).I am sure they probably un-aware our love-hate relationship and we only see them in person when they come to get their Eidi(money) again with drumming at the door. I didn’t know one day I would be missing that thing too, but I literally do.

That AfterNoon Nap:

Living in a non-muslim country is not easy, you don’t get half days off during Ramadan. My kids have same school timings so that my husband work hours too but in Pakistan, I remember we get half days and that nap I simply missed that was taken right after zuhar prayers for a couple of hours.

Exchange of Iftar on daily basis:

I used to live in a lovely neighbourhood and we often exchange dishes but during Ramadan, it was done on daily basis. My mom used to make extra Iftar and share with our neighbours and I just love to go and hand out those iftar trays full of yummy iftar to my friend’s house and getting back from them was even more fun.

Rush In markets and food street:

Oh God….this is the most missed memory I always have…the lineups to get samosa and other fried item and after iftar the rush in shopping malls and markets to get eid stuff is I missed the most.

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Traffic Jam:

Yes!! its funny but I do miss that traffic Jam when everyone was in rush to get home before iftar. I myself had broken my fast on the road a couple of time and I remember we used to keep ” dates ” with us to break the fast just in case.

I know it’s a long list that goes on…I can write a lot on this but… Hey..why don’t you guys add some if you are living in Pakistan or abroad like me which is the most favourite or missed thing of the blessed month of Ramadan?.

 

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Mid-Week Fave!!

20180521_123323I am rocking in my backyard chair and having some sunlight to get my vitamin D that we get here after ages…after 8 months…. Yes, summer is in full swing and so am I…love this Me-time while my kids at school. We are fasting almost 17 hours this year and pretty¬†good this time.No complaint at all…just some lack of sleep issues.

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May is always been busy for us to spend some time in our yard cleaning and gardening. My husband does all the major work, I only help him like a Chota ..lol..we went to local nursery on Victoria Monday and got some vegetables/fruit plants along with roses and other flowers for our back and front yards.

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These fragrance sachets are Dollar Tree find, You can use it around the house especially under your wardrobe and closets or hang them in your washroom. I am using them and just love the fragrance they have.

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This is one of the most missed Pakistani fruits after mangoes here. Falsay is tropical fruit and available for¬†short period of time and you get once in awhile. Thanks to hubby, he bought a basket full of falsay¬†from a local desi grocery shop. You¬†may check your¬†local grocery shop right now otherwise won’t get it after.

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Last but not least, I got these Islamic bookmarks and paper lanterns along with zakat calculator in the mail from Islamic Relief Fund a week ago. Currently, they are accepting Sadqa and zakat funds online for Muslims in Syria and Palestine.

So how you doing ? do share some of your happenings…till then,

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

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Some Updates!!

Ramadan Mubarak!

Life is the most unpredictable thing ever, it really gives you surprises and goosebumps. I had so many plans for this month and wanted to write some posts/DIY related to Mothers day and Ramadan.

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A few weeks ago I shared my post related to cancer¬†here.¬†Although I was requested to write more about¬†it but had zero courage just because of my dear friend was fighting with it. A¬†friend I always used to admire because of the positivity, hope and courage she had and like an elder sister to me. It’s always hard to see her in pain and go through all the medications and series of¬†chemotherapy she had in past 3-4 years.

She passed away last week in this blessed month of Ramadan. May¬†Allah rest her soul in peace (Ameen). I really don’t¬†know what to write or share. Please remember her (and all other deceased) in your prayers.

Surely, time heals the wound but it always gives a scar that never filled. She¬†has a special place and always will be missed. We all need to move on and so am I …that’s¬†how life goes on!!

Thanks, everyone who missed my posts and asked. I will try to be more regular here on the blog and break the hiatus. I want to do some changes in blog layout and maybe start some new blog series.

Let me know what type of posts you want to see in coming weeks. How all you doing?

 

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Fine Motor Skills(Part 2)…!!

I shared some activities that help your kids to improve his fine motor skills, You can check here. Today, I am sharing some more activities you can do at home.

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If you don’t¬†find a grip,(I know its a hassle to get it easily) there¬†are some easy techniques you may try. Get a pom-pom and ask your¬†child to hide it under his last two fingers.

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If you don’t¬†find a pom-pom¬†you can use any small item like a cotton ball or tissue paper. It¬†helps your child to understand and make a ¬†pencil hold easily.

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Playing with play dough/ putty is a great way to strengthen your child’s hand and finger muscles.

Putty is harder than play dough, it helps to strengthen the hand and finger muscles. Hide some small animals or his favourite sea creatures or dinosaurs inside the putty and ask him to find them. Putty is actually harder than play dough and needs a little bit force to stretch.

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You can use “play dough”, try different techniques and allow him to make different shapes. Play dough is easily available and cheap as compared to Putty.

Let me know how do you work with your kid’s Fine notor skills and share your concerns.

You can find all stuff at local book/craft stores, or online.