Muslim Pro App

One of the hardest parts about Ramadan is trying to remember to fit everything in. Most of it is normal day to day life, like praying, but it’s nice to have a reminder. Since getting married and moving out of my parents house, I’ve been using an App that helps me remember everything.

I’ve only got the free version but it’s still pretty cool. It’s called Muslim Pro (easy to remember) and it’s quite simple.

I can see what time Sehri and Iftari is, plus the rest of prayer times. It also let’s me track how many fasts I have kept. One specific part that came in handy was pointing out which direction to pray in and also translation of the Quran.

There are only two things I don’t like. Number one, the ads. I know you can purchase the full version to remove ads, but still, there shouldn’t be inappropriate ads on an app for Muslims. (eg musical.ly…. seriously?)Secondly, the notifications. I had to turn them off because they are unpredictable. You either get too many or too little.

Overall, for a free app, I think it is really good and perfect for someone as forgetful as me!

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Advent Calendar for Ramadan?

I am a huge sucker for an advent calendar. During Christmas I research all the beauty ones and work out which one I want to spend my money on. Trust me, they are not as cheap as they used to be, even the chocolate ones!

I was shopping in Morrisons and came across the Ramadan aisle – okay, how great is it that a major supermarket has an aisle dedicated to Ramadan!!!- and I spotted advent calenders!

Upon closer inspection, there were 2 options. A chocolate calendar or one with dates. It just made me stop and think for a second about how much money I would have spent on a beauty calendar that would only make me happy for a short while.

Purchasing the chocolate one (of course) was always going to happen and I immediately thought I can use this to show my daughter what Ramadan is about and the countdown to Eid.

I guess my point is that part of this month is for a detox. Eat healthy, watch what you eat, sleep, pray and think. Most importantly, think. When you don’t have food and drink making you feel complacent, you start to really look at your life.

Day One.

I am so tired right now that for the first time in 4 years I could confidently say that if I close my eyes, I will be asleep within seconds (being a mother to a 3 year old makes sure that is not an option anymore)

Day One of Ramadan and the first fast. Honestly, I failed. I kept my fast, I didn’t get hungry or wish that I could drink something. Unfortunately it was the other side of things that let me down today. I made a promise to myself that I would try to stay positive and not get angry because that is the true test here – being a good person.

It took my 3 year old refusing to go to the toilet in a public place and screaming the place down and my husband saying it was all my fault, to make me lose my temper in a huge way.

I couldn’t control it and I couldn’t stop. It was like a volcano. It’s our children that really bring out the worst and best in us.

E forgot all about it within seconds but I feel guilty that I couldn’t be more patient, not even a full day into Ramadan!

Anyway, tomorrow is a new day and I am actively going to find a way to keep calm…. Maybe think of a happy memory or even just breathe šŸ˜†

I hope others had a better first day of Ramadan than I did, but there are more days to hopefully make a change.

Objectives for Ramadan 2018

My dear blog, how I have neglected thee!

Last year (wow, that sounds like a long time ago now) I vowed to keep updating this blog but so far I have not kept my promise in the slightest.

As Ramadan starts tomorrow, I thought it would be a good idea to do a Ramadan Blog series (hopefully this doesn’t turn out like the potty diaries series) I want to do something different everyday, maybe food related, charity related, day in the life of fasting etc.

Today, I wanted to note down my objectives for Ramadan.

  1. Praying – I went from praying five times a day since I was little, to barely praying at all. I need that to change and what better time to start than Ramadan.
  2. Don’t get angry – I get so angry, so quickly. Between my husband and my 3 year old, I literally want to tear my hair out sometimes. I want to control that anger this month and deal with situations in a more civilised manner.
  3. Drink more water – i don’t drink enough in the slightest so this is one objective I really would like to meet.

I am feeling a little nervous and a little excited. Ramadan is a time where I feel a lot closer to my religion and culture. Bring married to someone outside both of those things had changed me as a person and I want to make sure I am the best version of myself that I can be.

Wish me luck! Ramadan Mubarak to all those out there, participating.

What I Got For Christmas 2017

I cannot believe i failed Blogmas. I was doing so well up until the last 3 days where I ended up being sick and very poorly. I spent Christmas Day feeling very sorry for myself and even now, 7 days later, I still have a really bad sore throat. Anyway, better luck next year! I thought I would still show what I got for Christmas. I love these type of blog posts as its hard to remember a year later, what you received!

I absolutely love what I got and am very thankful. My husband got me these lovely Ugg slippers which were a complete surprise.. They are super warm amd comfy. I have also been LIVING in them since Christmas Day. I also asked for some puzzles and he got me Disney 1000 piece plus a 3D puzzle. I have almost completed the Disney one. I just find puzzles so relaxing and you can spend hours on them!

My mother-in-law kindly got me a few jewellery holders. I actually asked for these and they are beautiful. There is a necklace holder, trinket box and a ring stand. She also bought some lovely pyjamas!

My brother in law and his partner got me a board game, a lovely perfume and a Yankee Candle set. I also received a restaurant gift card from some friends and of course E was spoilt! (picture below)  

Blogmas 2017 #Day 22 Wrapping PresentsĀ 

It’s almost time! This is the part that I love. Watching other people open presents that I have thought about. It’s nice to buy someone something, but when you actually think about it and put some effort into each gift, it just becomes more thoughtful!

How does everyone start wrapping presents? From watching Vlogmas and reading Blogmas posts, everyone does it differently.

I don’t start wrapping gifts until they are all in front of me. I find that I get more excited. Obviously when you start buying gifts, you buy them over time or so many that you forget what you have purchased! If I wait till they all arrive before wrapping them, I get more excited about how everyone will react when they get them.

Once all gifts are in front of me, I make sure I have all the essentials!

  1. Wrapping paper (lot’s of it!)
  2. Sellotape
  3. Scissors
  4. Gift Tags
  5. Money Wallets
  6. Ribbon and Bows
  7. A pen!

With all the above, I pop on a Christmas movie and start wrapping! It can get boring or annoying very quickly, but watching a good movie at the same time makes it less tedious. This year I watched Arthur Christmas, which is one of my faves! I was still wrapping presents as it came to an end, so I decided to carry on watching Jane The Virgin (LOVE this show!!)

I didn’t have a theme with wrapping this year. (To be honest, I never have a theme!) so I went with the same Primark wrapping paper, which by the way, has really stepped up it’s game on quality! Normally their paper is so thin and tears easily, but this year you can tell that the quality is brilliant. Ā£1.50 for a 6 metre roll is pretty good I think!

Anyway, the presents are wrapped and we don’t have long to go now. Time to watch some more movies, eat more chocolate and eagerly wait till everything can be opened!

Blogmas 2017 #Day 21 Last Minute Gifts

I’ve done it again! I set myself a challenge to blog every single day in December. The end is almost near and I almost forgot! We are almost on Blogmas Day 22, however I am still going to keep up with the challenge!

I thought it would be fitting to include a Last Minute Gifts. We all do it. We all think we have enough time to shop for presents later on in December. We stick our noses up at those people who are early shoppers. I started late myself, but I did get everything sorted by the third week in December! For those that may have forgotten someone or just simply left it too late, maybe these last minute gift ideas will help!

  1. Something handmade! I think it is so cute to get something that someone made you. It doesn’t take too much time but a little thought goes a long way. You could knit something, make a card, do a bit of DIY and make something creative but if someone loves you, they will love anything you make!
  2.  Candles! Candles are my answer to everything. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love them. Fragrance free, scented, designer, colourful, there are so many to choose from. They are perfect last minute gifts, especially if you buy them from a supermarket. Don’t knock it until you have tried it! Some of my favourite candles have been purchased from my local Sainsburys!
  3. Gift Cards! OK this is the lazy way out really, but let’s face it. It is the lazy and BEST gift to get anyone. You don’t have to worry about anyone hating your present, getting the wrong size, or bargain hunting. Even more last minute, you can purchase them online for an E delivery, or buy those ones that cover the entire high street!
  4. Photo frames! You can really go crazy with this. It takes 5 minutes to get photos sorted and developed at Boots. Buy a frame or make an album but you can really get creative with gathering some festive photo frames together!
  5. Something for their pet! OK this is a bit weird but if you have forgotten someone, sometimes the easiest thing to do is get something for their pet! That way, they won’t mind so much. Pet’s are easy to purchase for. Again, all supermarkets sell pet Christmas goodies and pet owners love nothing better than when other people treat their pet like part of the family!

Blogmas 2017 #Day 20 Christmas Hamper Ideas

There are a lot of gift guides out there which are really good, but i love a hamper. I was thinking about doing a little gathering at my new house. Im not entirely sure if its pre Christmas, pre boxing day or for New Years yet šŸ˜‚

I had a thought to do a little hamper for everyone I am inviting. It got me thinking about table favours and ideas for them, which led me to nothing. So here are a few ideas of things to put into a hamper OR as a table favour during Christmas. 

1. Something monogrammed. Everyone loves things with their name or initials on it! I was thinking about a cup, a candle or even a little mirror (key ring for the boys)

2. Candles. Everyone loves candles! To make it more Chrismassy it could be festive smells or just a normal mini candle for each guest.

3. Snow Globe. This is probably a little weird but i love a good snow globe and want to start a collection for E. I thought it would look good to have a little festive snow globe as a table favour or a bigger one in the hamper.

4. Chocolate. I think this is a given. I watched Zoe’s YouTube video where she gave an idea of adding their favourite selection box chocolate into a stocking. If you wrapa little ribbin around a few instead, they would look quite cute as a table favour! Failing that, Terry’s Chocolate Orange is a must. 

5. Nail polish! Again this is probably a little weird but if there are more females, most people love nail polishes. A few of them with a pack of chocolates is a good littlr favor bag!

6. Cards! For a hamper, a few little cards is a cute idea. This coild be funny themed cards or an Xmas card.. Also, game cards would be quite nice like Uno or a deck of cards.

7. Cheese. I have recently become obsessed with cheese. Adding a small packet of crackers and a nice cheese is a thoughtful little hamper gift. 

Blogmas 2017 #Day 19 Work Party OOTD

I love making an effort when it comes to social gatherings. I am not a party person so I only hang around for a short while and then go home, but during Christmas, there are quite a lot of things happening. The work Christmas party is one of those things that I do look forward to. I have sisters who are AMAZING at applying make-up and regardless of buying the same products and same brushes, I NEVER get the same results *sigh*

Regardless, I still try. I wanted to go with a really subtle approach so this is the look that I went for in the end.

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Base : Luara Mercier Foundation Primer, Benefit The Pore Fessional, Nivea Tinted Moisturiser Day Cream, NYX Proof It Eyeshadow Primer, L’oreal Nude Magique BB Powder.

Brows: Benefit Ka-Brow

Eyes: Revlon Color Stay Concealer, Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette and The Magic by Juvia’s Eyeshadow Palette, Maybelline Master Ink eyeliner, Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara and Eyelure Accents lashes.

Lip: Dose of colours Truffle with a NYX Mauve Lip liner.

Finally the rest of my face was just a NYX contour/bronzer, The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer highlighter and a Soap and Glory Love At First Blush blusher.

After all that, it just about looks like I have SOME make up on!! It didn’t come out too clear in the picture and I realise that I don’t put enough on, to make it stay the whole day. I used to use the Urban Decay Primer Potion and my eye-shadow never budged and now it moves within a minute.

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Here is my outfit! Please excuse the really bad photo angle. I asked my husband to take the picture and he is significantly taller than me, so I now look a very odd proportion in the picture! Anyway, the dress is from French Connection. He purchased it for me (or from my daughter!) for my birthday and I LOVE it. It’s a love deep purple colour and it’s a jersey dress. To jazz it up a little, I added a necklace that I think I purchased from New Look, last year. I wore thick black tights because it is bloody cold out there! I am not one for fashion over comfort (and also I ALWAYS cover up so I was never going to go with bare legs) I had a bit of a nightmare over shoes but I managed to find some lovely little heels from Asda, believe it or not! They were perfect and comfortable to walk in. I curled my hair with the Lee Stafford Corkscrew Curler and I LOVE my hair this way. I am due for a cut/colour but in the meantime, this style just puffs my hair all up and makes it look half decent.

 

 

Accessories wise, I always wear the same things. My Olivia Burton watch that my mother-in-law purchased for me, for Christmas last year, my Pandora charm bracelet which my husband purchased for my birthday, 2 years ago, my wedding/engagement rings, my gold thumb ring my mum bought me 5 years ago and my new Pandora ring that my sister bought me this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogmas 2017 #Day 18 December FavouritesĀ 

I was just sitting in bed watching Zoella on YouTube and realised that I had completely forgotten to write a blog post for today! That means it’s time for a favourites blog post!

I’ve been having a good month with music so I have a few favourites. I am absolutely loving Zayn Malik – Dusk Til Dawn at the moment but also really into Khalid – Silence. Both are very different from the other but they move me and make me feel something. I love it when music does that. 

Its winter so it’s no surprise that my favourite piece of clothing is a coat! It’s brand new and purchased from Next for Ā£50. I love it because it’s a beautiful dark purple colour which fits me perfectly but it has a fleece material inside so I’m completely warm when I wear it! 

It is Vlogmas so ofcourse i am loving Zoella and Tanya Burr right now. I’m also really into Niki DeMar. I really do feel like I should branch out and watch new talent but I’m so comfortable with the YouTubers that i already watch! 

At the moment i am completely hooked on Jane The Virgin. If you haven’t watched it yet, please. Netflix it. It’s absolutely hilarious. A basic synopsis is that Jane is a virgin who accidentally gets inseminated with her bosses sperm šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚ i mean who comes up with this stuff! But it’s literally the best show I have seen in ages and I’m almost on Season 3.

Like most people i am guilty of not looking after my skin. In these last few months I have purchased the L’OrĆ©al hydrate moisturiser and it is amazing. My skin feels so much better and looks better aswell. You only need one small pump a day so it will last for ages. 

Make up favourites this month has to be my. Urban Decay Naked Heat pallette. I have been reaching for it every single morning. It had so many beautiful warm tone colours and i can make so many different looks with it. I’ve also loved the Eyelure three quarters accent lashes this month! I don’t do well with fake lashes anymore but I find that these are brilliant. You can layer them up and they don’t feel heavy, yet give you much fuller lashes. Also, they are so easy to apply. 

I have been constantly opening my Top Cashback app this month, which really does come in handy considering its Christmas! You simply shop through the website and get cashback for free. It’s brilliant and easy to use.