Making More Time for Mama

Its been a while since I’ve posted. The main reason being mom life. Kids are getting bigger Ahamdulillah which means new phases, new routines and new goals. But that’s life. However many kids you have or don’t, things are always changing. We have the choice to remain stagnant and push against the current or go with the flow and aim to better at whatever we choose to focus on.

Motherhood is a beautiful gift Alhamdulillah with almost every occupation under one title MOM! But even MOM needs TLC. Giving yourself that Tender Love and Care starts with you. You’re kids will see it and in sha Allah carry that with them into their adult hood.

We love our kids so much, it hurts to see them run down whether it be they are tired, sick, cranky, etc. Imagine them doing that to themselves as adults after all the effort we give to them as kids?! How can we make every effort to help them and not put effort into ourselves?

I have been listening to so many podcasts and reading things that have inspired me to make little changes and you can too!

Eating better makes you feel better. Start with something small! For example, bake a healthier version of your favorite go to snack and freeze them so you can have them whenever you want! My go to are some amazing chocolate muffins with literally just 4 healthy ingrediants! It delicious, its nutrtious and its a healthier option! Choose more fruits and veggies through out your day . Since choosing more plant based foods, I can honestly say it does make a difference in how you feel.

Get active! This one is hard to find the time. But its about finding the pocket of time that works for you and being consistent with it. Start with a walk outhside early morning or afternoon. Put the little one in a stroller, take them with you. Your older kids can go too. Put them on a scooter or bike. Are they napping? Get in at least 10 minutes of any youtube work out you like! There’s tons of options and its free! You can stream it from your phone and do it right next to your napping baby. Anything you can fit in. Mama you got this.

Give yourself a bedtime. lol seriously though! As we know with cranky babies who get no sleep, its no different as an adult. The better rested you are, the better you can feel and the better you can be all around!

I recently attended a lecture by Imam Siraj Wahaj who beautifully reminded us the key to success in this life is the book.

We spend so much time on our phones, we can redirect at least 5 minutes to reading Qu’ran even if is on our phone. We want our babies to read, we can’t forget to do the reading too. In sha Allah. After all the first verse revealed in the Qu’ran was “IQRA (read) , in the name of your Lord…”

Just like we make the time to take care of our babies, we need the time to take care of ourselves too. You are just as important! So take that first baby step towards taking better care of you! It will pour out into everyone else you love. In sha Allah.

Help to Having a Healthy Ramadan and More!

As Salam Alakum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatu!

Are you a mom with little time for yourself? Yes our roles as mothers are act act of Ibadaah. But how can we fit in those extra things acts of worship we really want to partake in during Ramadan? Are your kids at the age where they are asking why do we have to do this and that? Did you just get married and are wondering what in the world do I cook for myself non the less my man? Even if you don’t have kids, do you have a hectic schedule with little time to cook, meal plan, etc ? Do you know what foods are mentioned in the quran and sunnah to provide the best health benefits during this time? Whatever stage you are at in your life…First off Alhamdulillah! And second off, Giiiiirl you are not alone! I mean, the questions can go on and on having you feel like my expression below lol

Ramadan is an exciting time of year where we strive to get closer to Allah (swt). But how do we prepare ourselves for this special month? There are so many ways! Sometimes it may be too overwhelming because we want to do so much we don’t even know where to start. Keeping it simple can be the best thing.

There are so many great scholars providing amazing lectures with Islamic knowledge online. Sub han Allah, all this amazing information at the tip of our fingers.

That is why I recommend the Ramadan E-Book by sisters Idil and Rahma. but honestly its more than just an Ebook. Think of it more like a comprehensive guide for Ramadan. They are providing us with real talk advice that’s easy, practical and factual. With their professional skill and real life experience, there is something there for all sisters no matter what stage of your life you are at. In sha Allah.

Idil is a registered nutritionist and Heath Educator with a BASc in food and nutrition with over 10 years experience! Rahma is a self published diverse author, a TedX speaker,

And a representation advocate while mothering 3! Together they have created this truly amazing resource to help us have a more productive Ramadan, in sha Allah.

In 93 pages of their ebook you can easily save to your phone they provide:

  • Several “Hows” and “whys” to be more productive with your time as a Muslim backed up with statistics and quoted hadith.
  • Worksheets, templates and mini- posters to help you be more mindful about your goals broken down into social, spiritual and self-care topics. {They even touch upon feeling lonely during Ramadan and how to beat that}.
  • An IN-DEPTH description of the several benefits of fasting, scientifically, quranically and several quoted hadith to remind us how to do it best. Sub han Allah, this part alone is truly motivating.
  • A long list of foods mentioned in the Quran.
  • 101 basics of meal planning: its benefits, how to shop for it, how to cook it!
  • A complete 1 week meal plan that includes a grocery list, healthy recipes that are step by step and include meal visuals. {I really feel like there is something there for everyone. From easy chicken fajitas, to vegetarian dishes, to vegan pancakes, to home made chocolate protein snacks and more filled with great nutrition! These are just some of my favorites}.

Side Note: If you have a special dietary need, you can absolutely subsitute an ingrediant in many of the recipes. And if you need help, Rahma and Idil are easily accessible through their instagram handles. Even if you just grab 1 recipe, it can be a game changer for your Ramadan, in sha Allah.

And to top off they give you even more goodies at the end of the book!

  • Coloring sheets for both adults & kids
  • An amazing Islamic book list with pics & descriptions, one for adults & one for kids!
  • A self love poster.
  • Goals checklists for the day & for the week.

Check out this sneak peaks:

If you don’t know where to start, need a boost, help, ideas or just want to do something different for Ramadan, this is the book you want to read! Its an easy to read all in one resource and easy to flip through the pages on your phone! You can find their site below by clicking on the link below if you’d like more information to purchase it. In sha Allah.

Rahma gifted me this ebook and asked me to give her my honest review of her work. I can honestly say it is an amazing all in one guide truly geared towards making your Ramadan feel more productive and intentional, even if you are unable to fast. Alhamdulillah.

Rahma & Idil’s Ramadan Program

A Good Cause-Mystic Land Creations

Buying fancy things can be quite the adventure! Especially if you have little ones around the house. In that case, purchasing your fancy item is just the start of your adventure. Keeping it in tact will be the journey. But what if your item of value has a story. A story that can teach valuable life lessons to your kids in more ways than one? What am I talking about? Well let me tell you!

Bashair Jabari, founder of OwnAdore, recently reached out to me to collaborate. She sells painted stemware and ceramic plates. The items are beautifully crafted with so much detail.

As first I wasn’t sure how I would incorporate these into my daily life. Much of my kitchen wear is kid proof and whatever isn’t is tucked up out of kid reach. But when I heard the story behind her brand, I simply could not resist.

With every purchase, she uses a big portion of her proceeds to give back in ways that many easily take for granted. Water. For many of us, it runs in the sink, the tub, the toilet, the washer. We turn it off when we’re done and we get fresh, clean water when we turn it back on. We have easy access to filtered water, but many do not. Bashair provides families with low maintenace water recycling systems giving families ongoing safe water for agricultural purposes.

Pictured below: From buckets collecting used water to actual water filters-far left.

Even more so amazing is that many of her pieces have been crafted by individuals from Palestine. Truly an ethical production where your support helps many families in this region.

So if you want to give back, be modestly fancy or know someone who loves art and craftmanship, support Bashair’s mission through your purchase(s). Share her instagram with your friends and family. TheMysticLand Instagram Page If its for you, share them with your littles in a safe, supervised environment. Using fancy wear has a way of making you feel special. So imagine your kids excitement when you bring out the fancy plate! Let’s teach them every day is a special day so why not use a fancy plate today and share the story behind the item(s) highlighting hard work, appreciation and giving.

This post was sponsored by The Mystic Land Creation but I am humbly honored to share such an important mission. Please spread the word. It takes little efforts to make a big difference. My affiliate link is below.

Http://www.ownadore.com/Daniela

Salam! 😊