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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Ramadan 2018 calendar

Salam alykum all,

I have made a Ramadan 2018 calendar.

You can print this off on a colored paper you like. I use mine to meal plan and track the days I have fasted.

May Allah make this Ramadan most beneficial to you and may he accept the entire Ummah's fasts and duaa, in shaa'Allah. ameen

If you would like a pdf or word version, please message me via Facebook.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Ramadan 2018 and EID

Salam alykum all,
 If you are looking for more ideas for Ramadan and EID, please see my pinterest board. You can also follow me on pinterest or just my Ramadan/ EID board on pinterest, as I am always pinning things! :)

Have a wonderful day! Let's get excited for the Holy month of Ramadan! If you have kids and live in the west, even more reason to do activities, decorate and get them excited as well!


Monday, March 26, 2018

Ramadan and Ramadan 2018

Salam alykum and hello to all!

Ramadan is around the corner! Are you looking for inspiration? Pinterest has been a big help for me, along with finding things in stores that will make it feel more like a holiday and exciting for my small children!

If you have a dollar tree around you, I found some really small plastic fanous/laterns to use as decor. they have LED tealight candles in them and are nice. They would make great gifts for iftar guests or EID gifts even!

Cost plus world market also has some table top laterns/fanous and hanging laters/fanous. I love their variety of things from around the world, and currently their dining is on sale. Look at this awesome set with a beautiful Moroccan theme, along with this set if you are looking for a beautiful set, but not as colorful.

I will post my Ramadan calendar for you to use to meal plan or to track your fasting, or both. I plan out my meals on one that is printed on regular printer paper, then put the final meal plan on a Ramadan calendar that is printed with card stock so that it is sturdy. As I fast, I mark the day with an F. If I miss a fast, for whatever reason, I leave it blank so that I know how many days I have to make up.  I won't forget this way and it gives me a chance to mentally prepare to fast outside of Ramadan. 

As far as meals go, I stick with pretty basic foods. I try not to make anything that is too complicated during the work week, and plan one meal that may take more time for the weekend. I was given an instant pot for my birthday (thank you mom and dad!) and I use it for rice, bamia (beef stew, okra and tomato paste stew), which can be made many different ways, as well as a variety or soups and stews. I also use it for sweet potato and other veggies.

I hope this post gives you some fun ideas and gets you excited for Ramadan!

Love and peace,


Salam alykum and hi!!
I hope you are doing well!
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Getting Ramadan ready!

Salam alykum y'all!
 I can't believe that Ramadan is a few short weeks away, in shaa'Allah! subhan'Allah!
 I have been prepping all week and decided to make a new, easy to print Ramadan 2017 Calendar!
 Pinterest is also full of wonderful ideas!
 Please let me know what you do to get Ramadan ready?!

Monday, August 15, 2016

5 years a Muslim

Salam alykum ladies and gents, I've been Muslim 5 years, via the hijri calendar as of the second day or Ramadan. Subhan'Allah, it's been a trip. Traipsing through the heavily cultural influenced "Islam", "hislam", and just plain Islam. My inability to memorize the last section of prayer, but trying to finish it this year and focusing on it a lot during this Ramadan (2016). Having two kids in the span of 19 months, with an icu stay for me and a Nicu stay for my youngest sons birth. No family to help during recovery and really trying to say alhamdullilah. I know there are women who cannot have children (my adopted mom comes to mind), women who suffer miscarriages and many others who suffer. Helping my oldest with his speech delays, and now he's speaking in two languages. It's been a ride, a complicated, painful, and beautiful one so far. May Allah forgive me for my shortcomings and sins that I know about and those unknown to me. May he make me a better person, wife, mom. May he give me more sabr and happiness. Ameen May Allah bless the ummah, get rid of isis/isil/al qadea and any others who claim to be Muslim but are completely going against the Quran and teaching from Prophet Mohamed. Ameen I wish everyone a beautiful and peace filled day, month, year and lifetime. Stay blessed, in shaa'Allah! ✌ Salam, K

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Family hiking!

Salam alykum ladies and gents!

I hope this post finds you well and in a good mood! in shaa'Allah! (God willing) :)

 So I am going to make this a general post, nothing too Islamic about it, but more family friendly for the general public.

Hubby, baby T and I went on a hike. Baby T is now 7 months, masha'Allah (May Allah bless him and protect him from harm) and I really realllllllly needed to go out. You know, get some fresh air, see some green and feel the dirt beneath my feet.

I planned the hike, got us organized and hubby wore the baby bjorn carrier ( not paid for ad by them!!).
We did a little over two miles, on an easy family hike. Literally, if you have kids and want to go on a hike in lower upstate New York this is one of the few gems and after you hike you can picnic near the lake!

So lets get into the nitty gritty.

This hike is fairly easy, but some parts will take some patience with kids and maybe some adults. We went slower than our usual because we had precious cargo with us (baby T), the hike took us about 2 hours with occasional stops for water.

Please make sure, when facing Lake Skannatati, you look to your right for the trails. Of the two trails, take the left green/teal marker. It starts off a little rocky, but smooths out for the most part. If you go during the summer, make sure to take mosquito repellent, and/or wear light long sleeved clothes.

As you can see from the map above, it starts to get higher in elevation, but I really couldn't feel it.  If we had known that this did not circle the lake (like I thought I had seen on the map, ha!), we would have stopped shorter, as the part we go too start to narrow and you do not want to go past that point, especially with kids!!

This is what the stopping point looks like:

Please, when you start to see this (if you have kids) do not go past the top, where there is a nice resting area on top of a few large rocks. You will see a bunch of bushes start, as you climb up to the rocks, after that it gets narrow as you see to the left and it's not pleasant.

After this point, we found a break in the bushes and looked at the map, realizing it does not circle around the lake, sadly! :( I hope that the awesome trail group, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference ladies and guys can make one! As I think that would have been a really great hike, and about the same distance.

If you need maps, they offer them on their website (click her for maps) or check out their Amazon store  (this will take you to the map for this specific hike!).

Let me know if you do this with your family! Would love feedback! Dogs are allowed on a leash on this trail, please take bags to pick up after your dog if they go near the trail, as you do not want any fellow hikers to step in something! *hint hint* :)

Here are some pics from the trail, enjoy!

So pretty! This one above and to the left were taken at around 1/4 way into the hike in the same area!
Love the big boulders! So amazing!! 

Aaah, smell the fresh air, feel the dirt beneath your feet. Life is good!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Stay tuned for another hike in the next couple of months, this time we are heading to Deleware Water Gap, in shaa'Allah (God willing)  for another easy family hike, but with a TON of history behind it! :D :D

Salam for now! :D 
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