Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Marriage after 6 years



I was looking through my old photos in Facebook and this photo captured my attention.

It sent me 6 years back to the day that we officially tied the knot. 17 April 2009.

I smiled to myself, and deep inside I felt a tingle of nostalgia. I let it linger, enjoying the warm feeling that it brought to me, while wondering deeper inside whether we are still the same naive, innocent couple.

I tried to recall how I felt. How he must have felt. The anxiety, the excitement, the uncertainty of marriage that we chose to ignore in good faith.

It was full of bliss.

Six years later, here we are. Alhamdulillah, still going strong.

2 offsprings later we have learned a lot about each other. The good side, the bad side, the hidden side, the new side. In six years it was amazing how there is always something new to discover, and I have a feeling that there would be more.

Being in a marriage, we have made a commitment to adapt. Of course living with someone else 24/7 brings a lot on to the plate - good and bad. The difference with marriage is that you have no choice but to live with it, while remembering close at heart that you too, are nothing near perfect.

That thought helped me a lot. It kept me grounded and reminded me that a marriage is a lifelong work-in-progress.

You can't expect your spouse to turn into someone that you want them to be. You can't mould them into another man/woman that will satisfy all your requirements and live the way you want them to live. 

But you can work with each other, and I guess successful marriages lies in this noble commitment, sealed by the sweet, innocent love that you both sowed since the day you tied the knot.

6 years is a very young age in marriage. But I am looking forward to the years ahead, just as anxious and excited as I was when I put on my wedding dress six years ago. 

I pray to God for His guidance, His helping hand. I pray the He continues to grant us the strength and wisdom in building a blessed home and family. Most of all, I pray that this happiness and contentment continues long after this short, worldly life.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Recipe : Baked eggs with spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes

I am now back to treasuring my weekends, despite the fact that I have more things to do, like preparing Khaleeli's food for the next week and extra more clothes for the laundry.

Hubby has also started to work closer to home now, so we pretty much are a complete family most of the time :) I thank God for this change.

Amid the business I do try to remind myself that I should be focusing more on the kids, y'know, sit down and spend time cuddling, kissing, making silly jokes and having fun with them. I admit that I forgot about it sometimes (I can be too bothered with housework...ughh) but I am really working hard on it.

Weekends also mean that I get to make decent breakfast, compared to the usual eggs and salad that I take to work every morning (it's getting old and boring actually..huhuh).

So here is an easy recipe of baked eggs, made with whatever ingredients that I found in my pantry yesterday morning:

Baked eggs with spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes


Ingredients:

3 Eggs
A handful of mushrooms (I used those in-season Korean mushrooms)
7 pieces chopped baby tomatoes
A handful of baby spinach
A pinch of paprika
1 teaspoon butter (or margarine)
1 teaspoon chicken stock powder (for flavour)
Onions - chopped
Garlic - chopped
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
Parmesan cheese

Method
*before you start, pre-heat the oven to 180-200 degree Celcius

1) Heat olive oil in a frying pan or iron skillet
2) Saute the onions until fragrant
3) Toss in the mushrooms
4) Add butter and fry with the mushrooms until they become soft
5) Add paprika, chicken stock and salt and pepper
6) Add in baby tomatoes
7) Add in baby spinach
8) Cook until all are evenly mixed together
9) Make a well in between the mixture, and crack all the eggs inside
10) Sprinkle parmesan cheese
11) If you are using an iron skillet, transfer everything into the oven and bake until the eggs are set (usually 5-10 minutes).
12) If you are using a baking dish, then do everything from step (9) onwards in the baking dish 

Serve warm with toast or baguette. And of course, a cup of your favourite coffee/tea :)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Bath Apron by Made4Ayden shop

It has been 2 weeks since I started working again. Yes, I have completed my 6 months leave. Passed me by like a breeze......

Things have changed in the office too, particularly my job. New tasks, new responsibilities, and it is overwhelming me with a lot more numbers…..gahh.

So I started brand new, like reporting duty for a new job, except that I had to live with my old laptop, workstation and whatnots.

I am fine with it though, well at least so far. Maybe because I am the type who appreciates new things to do. Or maybe just because my old job was too boring and I was kind of underutilized. Haha.

Anyway..not meaning to bore you with my work, just wanted to share about this brilliant invention that I have discovered:

BATH APRON by MADE4AYDEN


I have never really thought about this thing really, even when I complaint about how messy and wet I get every time I had to handle the kids during bath time (especially when I am somewhat ready in my outing clothes…ughhh).

So when I found out that my friend, Kak Melisa is selling this at her shop Made4Ayden, I thought to myself - I MUST HAVE IT!

Front view
Ok so basically this thing is like a towel that is nicely wrapped around your body, like an apron, and protects your clothes from the splish-splashes of water. It is made from an absorbent towel material, except for the fancy chevron part (that one is the normal cottony fabric used to make clothes or crafts).

Back view
It is actually long enough to fit even my taller husband, which is good because we can use the drapes to cover Khaleeli when we are done with his bath time. You know, no more kelam kabut to reach for the towel while handling a wiggly baby. Me likey.

Obviously Khaleeli loves it too. Hehe.


I can also wear this when I have to entertain Bella while she is playing the shower. Sometimes she wanted me to join the fun but I am too lazy to change my clothes and all.

Made4Ayden actually accepts a custom order for this lovely thingy – you can choose your own fabric design from her fabric selections.

Besides this bath apron, Made4Ayden also sews soft toys and baby shows which are just as adorable.

Need to know more? Feast your eyes and maybe buy a little thing or two here at Made4Ayden Facebook page. Or, if you have Instagram you can also follow her at @made4ayden and #made4ayden.

Trust me, you’ll love them ☺

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hand hygiene with Lifebuoy

My little baby Khaleeli is currently down with cold. I kind of expected them to come once we startedsending him to daycare. And sure enough, it came by in just a few days after he started :(

I remember having to deal with such a long episode of cold with Bella, when she was a baby. I am very grateful that the worst case only involved the use of a nebuliser. I hope it won't get so bad with Khaleeli.... :(

Things like this are the strongest reason why I'd rather stay home with the children. Sigh...

Speaking of cold, it is kind of a season isn't it? I am sure many people are contracting it, it does not matter young or old.

We all know that one of the way to prevent the spread of germs is through good sanitation. Especially with our hands.

Have you ever thought how much germs have we touched throughout the day? And worst, have you ever thought that small things like bank notes actually contains the most germs? Imagine how far have that bank note travelled, and how many hands have touched them?

Kannnn....? Euw..

I have read somewhere that the most unhygienic things are ones that is being touched by many people in a short time. Kind of makes sense eh?

Anyway, I don't mean to be such a clean freak, but seriously, it does help to minimise the risk of getting infected.

I do try my best to teach Bella to wash her hands every time we come back from an outing. With that, I always make sure that we have a bottle of antibacterial hand soap at the kitchen counter for everyone to make use of.

We are currently using Lifebuoy as our cleansing regime. Personally, we love the rich lather and the fresh smell. Rich lather means more bubbles, one easy way to get Bella to clean up. Hehe.



Lifebuoy total 10 Hand Wash
Lifebuoy Total 10 Hand Wash contains active thymol, commonly used by the ancient Greeks to ward off infectious diseases. Thymol has been used in medicine for many years due to its anti-infectious properties and its pure oil format is good for warding off colds. The special formula is proven to kill 99.9% of harmful germs in just 10 seconds while advanced ingredients care for skin.

Rich lather!
This girl can keep on playing if I don't stop her. Hehe.
So remember to wash your hands up everyone! :) It may be a small step, but it works!

I'll leave you with an interesting infographic for your reference and reading pleasure.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Free Printable : Iqra' Wall Art


I think I probably have a mental block that everything that goes on to a wall has to be in a frame.

Hence, we have loads of frames at home.

It gets boring when the only thing being framed are family photos (we already have enough of them).

So one day, I thought that I should design some words or sayings worthy of remembrance. It struck me that we actually have a lot of inspiring quotes from the holy Quran.

We love reading and always believed in the power of knowledge, so here is a line from the first revelation - surah Al-'Alaq.

We have put it up on our bookcase in the living room for a reminder.

Perfect.


I have decided to share this wall art with you, so feel free to click on the link below to download and print it for yourself :)


FYI, I have designed it to fit in a 29 cmx 29 cm frame, so it is quite big.

Let me know if you like it, maybe I can design more in the future, insya Allah.
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