Thursday, April 27, 2017

Paperless Post Review

My brother got married a few months ago in Dubai, and we had invited guests from all over the world to the event. Sending out invites is a really time-consuming process with over 200 guests, and it can get expensive! The option that made sense the most was sending out electronic invites. Not only is it hassle free and affordable, but RSVPs are immediate with the click of one button, and it is environmentally friendly. Apart from the RSVP, guests can send the hosts comments and share pictures with all of the other guests as well! 

We had chosen Paperless Post to decide on the wedding card. The designs are beautiful and the options are many. When the email is opened, there is lovely animation which looks like you are opening the envelope as well! 

Birthdays, weddings, baby showers and holidays are the obvious events for sending out cards. Paperless Post also has multiple options for different circumstances as well! I will be moving homes in 2 weeks and they have an entire section on Change of Address cards, something that I found unique and very useful!


It can be cumbersome to find e-cards for Muslim holidays. I have seen a few for Eid, but Paperless Post also has many choices for Iftaar invitations! The designs are very pretty and very Ramadan-like. Check out an example below:


Finally, I wanted to share an example of a birthday card. I thought the design was absolutely gorgeous! There were numerous colors to choose from, and you can edit the text to whatever you would like, making each card very personalized. 


Hope you found this post helpful! How would you use evites?

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Living Room Spring Refresh

The amazing luxury furniture company Arhaus encouraged me to share my plans on decorating for Spring! This is by far my favorite season after the dreary winter. It's when flowers bloom and the sun feels warm on the skin with a gentle breeze in the air. It's also a great time to decorate! 


Just to give you an idea, here's a look at what my living room looked like during the Fall and Winter months: 


In order to get into the Spring feel, I love adding pastels, florals and paisley designs! Fresh flowers are also a great way to make the room look more cheerful!


My style of decorating a room is to always keep all furniture neutral and then change up the accessories to alter the mood. Different pops of color can make such a huge difference, all while having the same base. I like to change throw pillows on the sofa, blankets, wall art and flowers according to the seasons.


I love how everything turned out, but I am really looking into changing the lighting of my living room! There are some GORGEOUS Arhaus lighting options that I fell in love with. I feel like changing the lighting would really make the living room look complete. Here are some of my favorite options:


Hope you found this post helpful! How do you decorate for Spring?

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Baby Nursery Must Haves from Happy Mango


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The moment you hold your newborn, it feels like the world stands still. Their cries instantly fill the empty air in the room and their snuggles warm your heart. Their miniature nose and chipmunk cheeks allow you to finally put a face on the human you have dreamt about for months. The life from inside of you has come forth into the world, and they need your love and protection to guide them through all the trials and tribulations it will throw at them. You are their first line of defense, and they need you to mitigate dangers and tackle adversities. Welcome to parenthood.

As a parent the added responsibility of protecting a tiny new life can be daunting, there is just so much to think about and consider. The last thing you want to stress about while pregnant is if you are providing your unborn baby with a safe nursery environment once they are born. Preparing for baby’s arrival will give you the best possible start for when you bring your dumpling home. Happy Mango can help alleviate some of the anxiety. Happy Mango is an Atlanta-based, eco-friendly store specializing in products for mommas, babies, and children. They offer a wide variety of organic products including cribs, diapers, organic nursing products, and much more.

Phnewfula Frederiksen is the owner of Happy Mango, and as a mother of two, she knows just how important it is to ensure parents have natural, healthy, and organic products available for their children. Phnewfula started Happy Mango as an online store, and the demand and popularity grew so much she was able to open a pop-up shop and then later her flagship store opened in March of 2016. Located in the Kirkwood area of Atlanta, Happy Mango carries a collection of premium organic products from lines such as Ergo Baby, Nuna, Babyletto, and Earth Mama Angel Baby, all personally curated by Phnewfula. Phnewfula has done all the legwork for parents who want to embrace natural, environmentally friendly parenting. Now you can fill your registry with the best in eco-friendly baby items without all the guesswork and worry.

Speaking of baby registries, here are six items every new parent needs on their baby registry - and of course, they are all natural and eco-friendly:  

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A Crib or Bassinet
Make sure baby has a place to lay its precious little head during all those afternoon naps and each night after bath time. A convertible crib or bassinet is a practical option if you are interested in having the furniture grow with your little one. Convertible pieces like the Babyletto Hulu Mini Crib and Bassinet (shown above) transform over time and they accommodate your growing baby at different stages. Change from a bassinet to a full-size crib and then to a toddler bed. Plus, the stylish oval shape makes a statement in any nursery.

Bottles
Even if you plan on exclusively breastfeeding baby, it is a good idea to have a couple of bottles handy. Glass bottles, like the Hevea Glass Bottles, are environmentally friendly and heat and thermal shock resistant. They maintain the taste and integrity of the liquid inside of it, and they are BPA, Phthalates, and PVC free.

Bathtime Fun
Almost every mother cherishes the sweet moment when they lift their clean little one from the bath, all wet and full of sweet smelling baby shampoo and soap. Protect your precious one’s head and body by using gentle, natural soaps and shampoos from lines like Babytime! By Episencial or Hip Peas.    

Diaper Bag
Taking baby out of the house means you have to haul all the necessary items with you as well, like bottles and diapers. Having a functional and stylish diaper bag ready to grab and go is essential as a new parent. Happy Mango has a wide variety of colorful, organic diaper bags suitable for moms and dads of all types.

Go Hands Free
Strap on a Moby Bamboo Wrap (shown below) to help you keep baby close to you without tying up your hands. It is comfortable for parent and baby, it is machine washable, and the wrap adjusts to hold babies 8 to 30 pounds.

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Sit In Safety
The drive from the hospital to your home is the scariest when you have a new baby, so you want to ensure you are strapping baby into a safe and comfortable car seat. The Nuna PIPA infant car seat will give you the peace of mind you need when you are traveling with your bundle of joy, plus it fits together with over 20 different stroller options for a complete travel system.  

No matter what is on your registry, The Happy Mango is there to help you take the guesswork out of providing an environmentally-friendly lifestyle for your bundle of joy.
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Organize Jewelry Using Ferrero Rocher Box!

One of the best ways to organize your things is to upcycle products that you would normally dispose of. Here's a 5 minute project I did using a box of Ferrero Rocher! 


These boxes are awesome for holding earrings, statement rings and brooches. After lining the drawer with wrapping paper I bought at Paper Source, I placed the box with my jewelry in it and a ring holder I had from before. Have a look at the little horror I used to have before in my drawers!

  

What a difference 5 minutes can make! Eating up the chocolates was a fun process too :) What projects can you do in 5 minutes? 

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

About Diapers.com!

Before having kids, I had absolutely no idea how long it actually takes to get them ready to leave the house for simple tasks. Need to buy baby food? Take the toddler to the bathroom. Get him to wear somewhat matching clothes and shoes. Make sure baby is fed, change diaper, put on fresh pair of clothes, get diaper bag ready with formula and refill diapers and wipes....then the baby spits up so you put everything down and change his clothes again! Getting into the car and buckling the kids into their car seats is considered a huge achievement in this household!



Thank God for technology though. Online shopping makes life much easier! There are numerous websites where you can shop from, but one stands out because it makes things easier for mothers like me, and that is Diapers.com . This website is a one stop shop for all things children and motherhood related, and it has some great deals too. To top it off, shipping is free on orders over $49! 



I have to say, my favorite category on this website is called Gifts for Moms. The options really make me think that maybe I should be getting gifts for myself for being an awesome mom lol :) The brands are all high end such as Kate Spade, Prada, Ray Ban, Nespresso, and so much more! Perfect for pampering the mothers or mothers to be in your life.


Mothers can also get other useful information from Diapers.com in areas such as finding the best pregnancy tests and how to select the best prenatal vitamins for yourself.

In terms of baby related products, you can find absolutely everything under the sun. Of course, the first section I had to check out was organization for baby's room. They have a massive assortment of goods that can help you get your baby's nursery organized! I also love how they have various visuals for current trends for nurseries. Really is inspirational for decor.


I hope you find this post helpful! Make sure you check out diapers.com for more products. They have 20% off coupons for new customers, which is an amazing deal! 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Passport Organizer

Back home from an amazing trip to Dubai! One of the things that helped to organize the chaos at the airport was this passport organizer that I purchased from Amazon. SO many slots and everything kept in its own place.



Here's what I kept in the organizer:

4 passports
Boarding passes
Luggage tags
Credit cards
Insurance card
US Customs form
Cash (2 currencies)
Letter from baby's Dr.
Referral info on lost stroller

Plus there's a pen holder! Can't get better than this. You can purchase it using this image link:


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Car Organization: Kids Version

I did a trunk organization blog post a few years back, which focused on keeping things in the car in case of emergency. Today's blog post is about keeping the car organized with kids. I have a preschooler and an infant, so have everything in the car according to their needs. 

Here is our car, a Mitsubishi Outlander:


Quick review - this car is working out well for us as a family of four. The car claims to be a 7 seater, but don't count on it. It's super uncomfortable in the back 2 rows, but the driver and front passenger seats are fine. I purchased very cushioned car seats for my sons so that they can feel comfortable in the back. The second row is supposed to be a 3 seater but is completely full with 2 car seats, so I can't squeeze in between them. 

Here's a view of the front row. A phone charger and phone mount for directions are two of my must haves in the front row!

And of course, a car with kids always needs tissues: 



These are my absolute favorite tissue boxes. They are made for cup holders so they are perfect for cars! I got them at Target. Also, I've seen many trash box solutions online for cars but none of them worked for us so I came up with this idea! By using an empty tissue box, I don't use up any of the floor space for a trash box and the car is constantly clean. 

A tip for the Muslim readers, keep a tasbeeh (prayer beads) in the door handle of the front passenger side of the car: 


While you sit and wait to be taken from Point A to Point B, be productive if you aren't talking to the person who is driving! Seeing the tasbeeh in the door handle will be a constant reminder to do your dhikr.

Below is a view of the second row. As you can see, completely full with 2 car seats. It's a very compact car, but functions well enough for us. 


This is the infant's side. I attached a car organizer on the driver's seat headrest in which I keep extra toys and books for both of the kids. The diaper bag stays underneath that, and I have a colorful mirror in front of the baby so that the driver can see him from the rear-view mirror. The mirror also lights up and plays music, which is great for night time drives when baby gets scared in the dark. 



If it is too sunny outside, I tie this breathable muslin cloth from 3 sides to protect the baby's eyes. I have tried many of the sun screens which are attachable to the window but they are not good enough since my eyes and my children's eyes are extra sensitive to sunlight. The preschooler wears sunglasses when we go out and I have this set up for the infant temporarily until he can wear sunglasses. I have to make sure that all 3 sides are tied properly and that the material is breathable! 

Here is the view from my preschooler's side. He uses a convertible car seat, to which we have attached a double cup holder.


For his entertainment, I kept a DVD Player and a CD organizer filled with his favorite movies. I recycled all of the individual CD cases because they took up too much space and cluttered up the car. 


In the storage area on the side of the door pictured below, I keep some of his snacks

 I keep things such as chips, fruit bars and crackers. Anything that wouldn't melt in the heat.

Finally, moving on to the trunk. We do not need the 3rd row of seats to make the car a 7 seater, so we converted it to a larger trunk instead. Here is the set up:


1. Infant stroller and umbrella stroller
2. A large umbrella for the family
3. A large tote hanging from the headrest. It contains extra clothes for the kids, diapers, wipes, and a portable toilet training seat attachment for the preschooler. 
4. Extra water for emergencies. I usually use it to wash hands or make wudhu if I need to pray somewhere.
5. A water resistant picnic blanket
6. Rolling cart to haul the large car seat at airports.
7. A tool that helps to carry multiple grocery bags in one hand.

A list of the products mentioned that can be found on Amazon:

  

   

Hope you found this post helpful! Share your ideas of how you keep your car organized, I would love to hear them!

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