#RockArt Fish Rocks Mermaid Party

My youngest turned 4 and we had a mermaid party to celebrate. The rocks were a pinterest idea and I absolutely love how they turned out! I put the fish out with flowers and a picture of my little mermaid on one of the tables.

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Very easy to make these…I like taking the girls to hunt for rocks at the beach, then we used acrylic paint and seashells we had collected. Paint, then let them dry and paint the eyes on after, letting each layer dry, it just works better. I used a hot glue gun to attach the shell tails. Use a big glob on the shell side and if you like stick in some little decorative gems. Voila!

 

 

Health Tip #AirPunches

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I have been meaning to write in my Health Catergory for quite some time now. I actually have a good number of things I like related to this whole being healthy and green stuff, so I wanted to share one of my favorite and easiest ways to shapen up those arms. And believe me I know….I had a baby last July and was over 200 lbs. I’m embarrassed to say. I actually felt really great the entire pregnancy and was only really uncomfortable those last couple weeks, like most moms, probably because I had already stacked on some weight before I got pregnant. I probably was 175 before I got pregnant with Baby T. And I am now…145 🙂 Woohoo…I will post a few of the things I did to get back into shape.

Tip #1 – Air Punches

Because women “my age” are concerned about their arms for sure…

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Question #3 #Chatpack What is your Symbol?

It has been quite a while since I have blogged lots of personal changes had me on a little hiatus. But…I am recently motivated to get back in the game, add some new interests and get blogging again. I only did two chatpack questions before but they’re pretty fun, gets you thinking about things you maybe haven’t thought of before. I really love blogging because writing and posting not only will give me something to look back at it also helps me to be thankful for what life has to offer and remember and appreciate the special times especially.

Question #3

If, instead of actually writing out your name, you now had to “sign” your name with a simple drawing of something, what would you draw to represent yourself?

I love this question, basically thinking of yourself without a name and instead a personality. It actually makes me think of the tattoo I covered up about 8 years ago that I got when I was 18. It was a sun with a silly face, sticking its tongue out. Kinda similar to my profile picture I actually just realized. I have a picture of it from ages ago but not sure I want to show it haha I mean I did cover it up…so basically a sun making a face like this, possibly the hang loose sign also even though it isn’t a thing I do, no scratch that, making the peace sign. I’ve always said I’m a hippy at heart and my initial thought was a peace symbol so I would love to incorporate that into my symbol. I’d pick a sun, sticking out its tongue, making a peace sign.

I love the sun, being happy, I’m a little crazy and like to have fun and ultimately hope to have a peaceful heart and a peaceful world.

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What would your symbol be? Extra credit for anyone who draws theirs and posts it 🙂 I’m going to see if I can recruit my oldest to draw mine for me. It’ll be my personal logo.

 

Chat Pack – Question #2

I love questions that get you dreaming about places you’d love to go, adventures you’d like to take…so of you course I found this question interesting, I mean who wouldn’t?

Question: If you had the time and money and could go on any month long SUMMER adventure of your choice, what would you choose to do?

This one for me is super easy. I have always dreamed of going to Bora Bora, ever since I saw those beautiful huts over the ocean there with the glass window through to the floor so you can see the fish swimming by and my own private pool also. I’d definitely go there and enjoy a month of relaxation and of course get out and about to as many local activities as possible.

Four Seasons Resort – Bora Bora

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Post your dream destination in the comments.

Friendship & Love Notes #thankful

I was cleaning up the side table next to my bed and came across some little notes and they made me smile. I am going to keep these little notes pinned up on my inspiration board. Sometimes expressing to our friends how much we love them can be a little, well…awkward. I love my buddies so much and think friendship is such a huge part of life, I can’t imagine life with out friends. This was a great way to let them know why I am thankful for them and their friendship.

At a BBQ with friends a while back, it was a Thanksgiving gathering, we took a minute to write a note to each of our friends about why we were thankful for them. Then we taped them to the wall for everyone to see. At the end of the party, we took our notes home with us 🙂 It was such a nice thing to do with friends, it was so nice hearing reasons why they loved me too. I can imagine it also being fun for the kids as they get a little older also.

Putting Love in writing is important. People learn and accept love in so many different ways and they may want to see it to believe it. And who doesn’t like getting a little love note from time to time. I am going to get some post-its and put them in that side table and write more notes, leaving little I love you’s all over for those that I love, especially the Hubster. Pick up your post-its and tell someone why you are thankful for them! 🙂

A Day of #Ramadan

I’ll start by explaining Ramadan for those that are unfamiliar with it, like I was prior to this day.

“Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar, Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in hadiths. The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramida or ar-ramad, which means scorching heat or dryness.

While fasting from dawn until sunset Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids and sexual relations. According to Islam, the sawab (rewards) of fasting are many, but in this month they are believed to be multiplied. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers) and recitation of the Quran.”   -Wikipedia

I think it is very important to understand other religions and cultures, so I was very excited and honored to be invited to an Iftar Party. The Iftar Meal is the meal you break your fast with. My friend Ayesha, Photography by Ayesha, invited me over for a lovely meal. I fasted for the day with her to have a better understanding of what her month may be like. You wake up between 4:00-4:50 in the morning to have your breakfast, then don’t eat or drink anything until sunset. I had to drink liquids though – since I was new to fasting Ayesha suggested I wake at my normal time and then fast during the day but stay hydrated because it was a really warm week. I had tea in the morning with steal cut oatmeal and drank smart water throughout the day. I have to say I don’t have the best eating habits and often leave myself starving for hours so it wasn’t too bad until around 3:00 in the afternoon and man was I dreaming about all the tasty things I would be enjoying that night. I was serving my daughter her lunch and was practically drooling over her mac n cheese.

Fortunately, I made it through the day. Keeping busy with the kids helped to keep my mind off the hunger and then off to Ayesha’s to take a few pictures before we ate. I loved the food!! Iftar normally starts with a date, as Prophet Muhammad used to do; it was the first food he ate when he broke his fast. She had chocolate covered ones and they were so good! Then she served a juice called Rooh Afza and we sat and ate traditional Pakistani dishes. Let me tell you about this juice…there’s no alcohol in it but after fasting all day and then drinking it pretty quickly along with my chocolate covered date, I was pretty giddy. I was having a sugar rush similar to what my 5 year old must experience when she’s all hopped up on sweets at a Birthday party. Ayesha will be sharing a few of her recipes with me and I can’t wait to make some of these dishes. One of the recipes was passed down from her husband’s grandmother!! 🙂 Coming soon…

“One of the reasons we fast is to feel the pain other feel when they don’t have anything to eat. To be thankful for the abundance of food we have available throughout the year. For example, we would never know what a person who struggles to find food is feeling if we never fasted, there are still millions of people in the world that don’t have food or clean water to drink. If you experience fasting you experience how it must feel first hand. Also this way the next time one sees a homeless or less fortunate person, one tends to help them out.” – Ayesha Bokhary

During the meal Ayesha, her mother, her son, and friend left to do to the evening prayer called Magrib. I wanted to follow along to take pictures but didn’t want to be rude. I mentioned that to Ayesha after the fact and she invited me to her Mosque to photograph and experience the last Friday Prayers of Ramadan with her and her family. I am so excited!!

Below are a few shots from the evening. Thank you so much Ayesha for a beautiful experience. I had so much fun learning about Ramadan and definitely have a lot of respect for someone that can be that disciplined for an entire month. Check out Ayesha’s FB Page, her photo from the evening was selected by the International Ramadan Photography Competition. Congratulations!!

I loved these lanterns each family had decorated one for Ramadan. I’ll be making these with the girls soon and will post it to my new Blog Kwistin’s Favorites.

One of my favorite dishes, the Vegetable Samoosas. I will be going to Ayesha’s and taking pictures of her making these and will blog the photos and recipe soon.

And for dessert Mithai (a baklava type pastry), I really liked it and a banana coconut cream pie.

Below is Ayesha’s Photo that was selected by the International Ramadan Photography Competition.