Crafty Love

Here are some greeting cards that I have not yet added messages to- I intend to personalize them as needed. I had a lot of fun with these.

Here are a few Eid/Ramadan cards; the letter decals are very obvious in the photo due to strong flash, but to the naked eye, you cant see that they are decals unless you look very closely.

Here are a few baby cards Ive done; sorry for the poor focus.

Here are some more blanks that I will personalize as needed!

This weekend I intend to sit down and start using all the goodies from my friend UmmSalihah across the pond. I cant wait!

Oh No, She Didn't!

She most certainly did- UmmSalihah that is!

Of course, and most notable, was the thoughtful and sincere UmmSalihah original enclosed:

Imagine my excitement when I dug deeper to find all this bling! And sticker art!

And then my creative monkeys began stirring when I found these:

You see, I have recently been inspired to craft my own greeting cards after reading UmmSalihah's blog. I absolutely love the craft, and find it to be very relaxing.

Sister, thank you from the bottom of my heart and may Allah bless you for such a thoughtful and lovely gift!


Sand Munching

Assalamu alaykum,
Baby had his first beach experience and boy was it a brand new and exciting experience for him! His mouth was wide open, squealing with delight the entire time! We visited our favorite ocean beach close to sunset, after all the beach goers were gone. It was SO peaceful and clean. The water was quite rough and we did not go in. I wouldn't swim in the ocean without a lifeguard, and lifeguards are only there during prime hours when everyone else is there, scantily clad in thongs and bi kins, so obviously, its not something we will partake in.
Of course, every two seconds iBaby was stuffing his face with sand, pebbles, sea weed and other unpleasant things. He seems to be in a phase where he must sample and interpret all new experiences with his mouth!

Did I mention my son is walking and climbing? He never stops moving. All day I feel that I am constantly watching every move he makes. Since he has learned to climb, I cannot turn my back to him for even TWO seconds. Before I realized he could climb, I was in the next room preparing a meal, periodically checking on him, and I found him standing on the couch, throwing objects over the safety gate at the top of our stairs! Mischievous I tell you!

What A Day!!!

Assalamu alaykum,

Sorry for the absence folks. Ive been too busy as usual, and finding nothing interesting about my daily grind to write about.

Well, my little luv bug is almost 15 months old! Can you believe that? I cannot. He is suddenly starting to use little words (so cute!), and my favorite is OK. It's just hilarious when he uses it.

My sister has a private home with a HUGE private yard and a pool :) Her husband is out of town for a few weeks, so i saw prime opportunity to go SWIMMING! Mashaallah what a terrific day we had. It was just my two sisters, mother and our little kids. Oh how wonderful it felt to be submerged in a giant pool of cool refreshing water. I felt like a kid. I have not been swimming in 4 years because we could never come up with a halal scenario. I took my little guy in with me, and he LOVED it. He was just splashing, and laughing, smiling and blinking the entire time. It felt wonderful to feel so fresh and weightless, not to mention carefree. Afterwards, my son and I just ran around the yard kicking a ball and investigating nature. He loved watching the older kids play volleyball. We BBQ'd and had ice cream too.

Today was the perfect, relaxed, fun and carefree summer day. Alhamdulillah it was truly a gift to spend this fun time with the people I love, and for it to be halal and worry free. I hope we can do it again inshaallah. I think my son had a wonderful time. He passed out shortly after dinner and a bath, and is sprawled out in his crib looking so peaceful in his body hugging jammies. mashaallah. Love the belly and chubby legs.

Maybe next time, us ladies can vacate the premises, and my husband can go for a dip with the fellas. I would love for him to have a relaxing day too.