Monday, July 2, 2018

Bathroom Organization and Tips

I've entered a lot of bathrooms over the last 30 years (lol!) and I've noticed one thing at a lot of people's homes: it's a neglected space. Things just pile up around the counters over time, even if they are not being used regularly. The bathroom is a space which is entered multiple times a day for getting ready, brushing teeth, doing makeup and fixing hair. Why not make it a space that's more welcoming?

Here's a look at when you enter the master bedroom washroom. I like going for a calming vibe in this space, much like my actual bedroom.

I recently added preserved eucalyptus branches in the shower and love the aroma it gives off when the water turns on. Apart from the spa-like look and tranquil feel it gives, eucalyptus is also a great decongestant so it works perfectly with hot showers.

Moving on to the bathtub, I've seen a lot of people use their large tubs as storage areas. What! Clothes, comforters, large toys, all kinds of crazy stuff. I myself don't get a chance to use this tub because #motherhood, but just decorating this area gives such a serene feel every time I enter. I love how a single bath tray can change the entire atmosphere of the bathroom as it's the first thing you see when you enter.

This bathroom has his and her sinks. I use one side for everyone's toothbrushes. The kids use a bamboo stool for when they brush because I didn't want to bring in any bright colors to the master bathroom.

The other side is for getting ready. I keep my makeup and perfume in this section. For those wondering, my husband uses another bathroom to get ready in because #beardhair (oh the horror lol).

I got this stationery organizer from Michaels and it works perfectly for makeup! It spins and has drawers, and you can get it for 40% off by using their coupons. Have been using this system for the past 7 years.

A simple mirrored tray works great for perfume, jewelry and watches.

I always need plastic bags upstairs for trash and found the perfect plastic bag organizer on Amazon. It just hangs on the cabinet door so there's no drilling involved!

It's important to corral like items together in cabinets. Over here I have all hair tools and sprays in a basket and travel organizers to the side. In the other cabinet I keep medicine, which you can read more about here.

That's all I have for bathroom organizing! Hope you found the tips useful. I'd love to hear any ideas you may have for keeping this area neat!

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Our DIY Ramadan: Ramadan Basket for Kids

It's that time of year again! Alhumdulillah, the blessed month of Ramadan is near, and it's a time of spreading joy and kindness to those around us. I have collaborated with 5 amazing bloggers as we all share how we DIY Ramadan in our homes. If you're going through the blog hop and visiting from the talented Amna B Interiors' blog then welcome! I hope you enjoy the post :)

My focus will be on Ramadan for kids!

One thing about starting your own family after marriage is that you can start new traditions. These go on to become cherished memories in your own and your children's lives. When my eldest son turned 2, I starting introducing Islamic concepts to him during the month of Ramadan. It's never too early to start teaching! We focused on doing one good deed a day such as learning about Allah or walking together to hand out flowers and chocolates to neighbors. He was also given a treat everyday, and this created excitement for him for the duration of the entire month. For more ideas on good deeds and treats for 30 days, check out my blog post here

I continued this tradition for the next couple of years, and now that I have two children Alhumdulillah, I wanted to increase the number of activities for them that they could do together in Ramadan. This year I came up with a Ramadan Basket that they could share.

My plan is to present them with this basket as soon as the moon for Ramadan is sighted inshaAllah. They can then open the basket and help me decorate the house for Ramadan. I can't wait to see the excitement on their faces inshaAllah!

Here are a few details about what's in the basket. I absolutely love this gorgeous cake topper:

This is from Simply Impressions, and you can buy this specific cake topper from here. It looks great on wreaths, gift baskets, bouquets and other things apart from cakes and this is my second year of using it. The quality is great, and it makes such a great impression on my gift basket for the kids!

Here's a look inside the basket:

It consists of Islamic books that I display in our living room during all of Ramadan, along with the good deed a day calendar, and activities or a treat for each day of the month. 

These are the books that I  have for my 5 and 2 year old boys. Most of the books are available on Amazon. Click on these books below for affiliate links from Amazon if you're interested:

As for activities, I bought them over the last few months wherever I found a good deal. Here are a few of the things I have planned:

1) Finger puppets from IKEA. They will be given one each over 5 days throughout the month.
2) Chalk Spray from Target (Dollar Spot)
3) Crayon Art Set from Target (Dollar Spot)
4) Wooden Painting Kit from Jo Ann Fabrics (Clearance section)
5) Stickers from Jo Ann Fabrics (Clearance Section)
6) Bubbles ($1). We will do this a few days of Ramadan for the fun activity
7) Play Doh to make Islamic shapes
8) Finger Ink Pad to paint a mosque
9) Create Eid cards for family or friends
10) If we are not doing an activity in the day then they will get a small toy or chocolate instead.

Apart from this they will of course be focusing on one good deed a day inshaAllah!

It is so important for me to teach my kids the beauty of Ramadan through doing good deeds and remembering Allah, while at the same time creating an atmosphere of excitement and joy. I want them to know that THIS is the time we as Muslims celebrate along with the two Eids, and want to create a meaningful experience for them, year after year inshaAllah.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Make sure to check out Areeba's post at Mint Candy Designs next as she shares her DIY Living Room Ramadan Decor.

Also check out everyone else who worked on their DIY Ramadan in the following links:

Hira | Zair Zabr Play : Intro to Our DIY Ramadan
Summar | The Cozy Home Chronicles : DIY Ramadan Banner + Iftar Tablescape
Nida | NiMi Style : D.I.Y Doily Table Runner + Gratitude Wall
Amna B | Amna B Interiors : Modern Ramadan Frame
Seher | Simply in Control : Ramadan Basket for Kids
Areeba | Mint Candy Designs : Living Room Ramadan Decor

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Closet Clean Out Challenge

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I recently did a 3 week Closet Clean Out Challenge with quite a lot of my followers! It was so fun to go through all of our before and after pictures, and it really motivated even more people to do the same. 

My closet door

I made the challenge over the span of three weeks so that everyone can join in and it's not overwhelming. The goal was to completely organize the entire closet from top to bottom. 

For the first week, I had assigned the task of cleaning out the floors. Yes, even under all of the hanging clothes where we love to tuck away random stuff that we never see again until we move out of our homes. We did floors first so that we have plenty of space to walk in the closet and do the remaining tasks.

Here's a look at how much stuff was found under my hanging clothes in my walk in closet: 

Yikes! Let it be known that if I'm not respecting those items enough to put them away properly then I PROBABLY don't need to keep most of them. Majority of this stuff was donated or tossed. 

Here's a look at how the upper part of the closet looked like. There's no system here so everything gets tossed on the shelf. We worked on shelves second week and all hanging clothes third week.

I also wanted to upgrade from my plastic hangers to wooden ones to give the rental a more sophisticated feel. Found a great deal on Amazon for them! Ready for the after?

 An overview of the closet when you enter

Pakistani clothes take up one side of the closet

I cleared out the floors completely in the first week and got rid of all of the clutter and contained everything in the shelves second week. The white boxes are from The Container Store. I especially liked them because they are made of recycled material. Any chance to make better choices!

I labeled the boxes using a gold gel pen. The boxes contain travel items (such as packing cubes), shawls, cards, keepsakes and miscellaneous items in the last one. 

And finally, I donated any clothes that I no longer wear in the third week and changed out the hangers. In the end I had donated a total of 4 bags of clothes! 

Let's take a look at a few more before and afters:

Before: clothes are too close together making it unclear about what I actually own! 

After: gave away clothes that I no longer wear and spaced out the clothes that spark joy so that they don't get wrinkled. The bins on this shelf contains small items like socks, gloves, hijab caps etc.

Here's a look at my remaining shelves: 

The top 3 shelves are used to display my handbags and some shoes. I love giving closets a boutique feel. The last shelf I emptied out and use it for storing clean laundry that needs to be put away. I also added a mirror to the narrow wall on the side.

I also had a massive scarf collection on my door. I donated what I didn't use and kept the majority of the rest with their matching abayas, cardigans or shirts in their hangers. 

Scarf collection before 

Putting scarves with their matching pieces

After, a more manageable scarf collection

And that's about it for my Closet Clean Out Challenge in 3 weeks! It feels so much better now that I only have items that I love and I was able to give the rest to others who will hopefully enjoy them! Thank you SO much to those of you who joined me in the challenge. It was wonderful to see you all work towards a space that you'll love. The next challenge will be for a Kitchen Clean Out, so stay tuned for that! Follow me on Instagram to watch my entire Closet Clean Out Challenge on my highlights and to get more info about the next challenge!

What challenge would you like to work on in your home? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Friday, January 12, 2018

My Top 5 Gadgets for Parents

Happy 2018! I thought I'd start off the New Year by doing something a little different. I've rounded up our top 5 gadgets that my husband and I have agreed upon that have made parenting a little easier! Let's get started!

5: Dual DVD Players for Road Trips
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With flight prices getting more ridiculous and comfort levels getting less than satisfactory, our family goes on road trips a lot more compared to before. We have two little boys so a dual screen DVD player has been a lifesaver in our 12 hour roadtrips to meet family! We got ours from Target. We have one front facing child and one rear facing and it still works for both of them so that really helps!

4. Video Monitor

I purchased this video monitor from Amazon and it has been an essential tool in helping to sleep train our son in his own room. The image is very clear in both day and night and we are able to hear all of his little movements throughout the night via audio. This helps to keep parents feel at ease during sleep training to make sure the baby is alright. I love the different options in this gadget such as talking to the baby from your screen, adding more cameras to different rooms, checking the temperature of each room, and starting lullaby songs if your baby starts crying without having to enter their room. I also use the video monitor when I take quick showers, which is very useful! Before I had to wait for my husband to come home at night and take the kids just so that I could shower.

3) Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is a 9 in 1 programmable pressure cooker. There's so much this one gadget can do apart from pressure cooking, including cooking rice, making yogurt, sauteing, steaming, and a lot more. I love the one pot cooking method where you don't need to use separate pots to saute meats before cooking them, it can all be done in the Instant Pot, meaning less washing dishes! On certain dishes it saves a lot of time to use this. Also simple things like peeling hard boiled eggs after you pressurize them is so much easier - they just slip right out. The main reason I love the Instant Pot though is that you don't need to stand over it while it's cooking. You don't even need to be on the same floor! I can start the food, put on the lid and then take the baby upstairs for a nap while the food cooks on its own and the machine turns off for however long you put the timer on for. This has been a vital tool in the kitchen for me as a mother.

2) Google Home Mini

The Google Home Mini also made it to the list. I was really surprised at how much this Google Assistant could do, especially compared to Amazon's Echo (Alexa). It really is a time-saving tool, and there was so much to share about it that I decided to make a video so that you can see it in the works. 

1) Robot Vacuum

The Ecovacs Deebot robot vacuum is my new best friend. I waited all year for the Black Friday sales to purchase this, and it was definitely worth the wait! It was for $149, and has 4.5/5 stars. It works just as well as the higher end brands, for a much better price. I've been using it almost every day since receiving it and it does a great job at picking up all of the crumbs and dust on the floor. My toddler likes to think he's Hansel from Hansel and Gretel and leaves a trail of crumbs in every nook and cranny of the downstairs floor. I used to spend so much time sweeping or vacuuming the floors every single day, but now I can cross one chore off my list as my new bestie does it for me :)

I purchased the Deebot n79, which is for hardwood, tiles, and low area rugs only. If you're looking to purchase a robot vacuum make sure you buy the correct model according to your floors. If it's fully carpeted then the n79 won't pick up everything as it was made for hardwood floors.  

So that's my list of top 5 gadgets for parents! What would be on your list? I would love to hear about it! 

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