Friday, 31 August 2012

10 Simple Ways to Find Happiness

1) Be with others who make you smile.

2)  Hold on to your values.

3) Accept the good.  

4) Imagine the best.

5) Do things you love.

6) Find purpose.

7) Listen to your heart.

8) Push yourself, not others.

9) Be open to change.

10) Bask in the simple pleasures.

Published on April 27, 2012 by Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D. in Emotional Fitness

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Regents Park Mosque Post Eid Family Fun Day

Salaam! Hope you all had a magnificent Eid.

Just got back from RPM's Fun Day and it was packed! (Not surprising, the weather was good).

Entrance was free and there were many stalls, mainly catering for us ladies and some for children too. You could pick up hijabs, abayas, long skirts, maxi dresses, kaftans, shalwar kameez, hijab accessories, perfume, rings etc. There were toys, activities and cakes/sweetsfor kids (and adults!) too. They had stalls in the courtyard as well as inside. The event lasted from 11am-8pm. They were supposed to have calligraphy learning sessions according to the poster, but I never saw that :(

I ended up purchasing one hijaab, and homemade chocolate cake and mango/cream milkshake from Moreish drinks (don't have a website). I also got a henna design done on my hand for £5!

Henna from Regents Park Mosque Fun Day 2012 (By Fiza Mehndi)

The lady who did the henna had a banner which said Fiza Mendhi and this is the website I found when I googled it. It says she is "currently the world's fastest henna artist", don't know if that is still valid, but it took just over 5 mins for her to do this design - it would take me like 1 hour + haha!

All in all it was a good family day out.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Eid Mubarak + request!

Eid Mubarak readers! I can NOT believe how fast Ramadhan came and went.
I  wish you and your families a joyous Eid.

REQUEST: If you are reading this message, please follow my blog!!!

Saturday, 11 August 2012

QOTD: Laylat-ul Qadr

“Lailatul Qadr is better than a thousand months” [97:3]

Aisha (Ra) said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah: 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?' He said: 'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.''

"Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee" 
 (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi).

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Chicken Biyrani

Just a few pics of biryani I made a few days ago. It had boneless chicken pieces, potatoes and crisp golden-brown fried onions.


Sunday, 5 August 2012

OOTD: Nautical Inspired

Salaam, thought I'd show you an outfit of the day as I have not posted any for a long time!

Dress: Primark

Scarf: From a funday event

Bag (featured on a haul post) and Bracelets: Primark, Ring: Market
Anyone know how to write captions in a list form, please let me know, above format with the big white block around the pic looks horrid!

Friday, 3 August 2012

What Your Dark Circles and Acne Are Trying To Tell You!

That pimple on your forehead - what does it mean? According to dermatologists who specialize in the ancient art of face mapping, it could tell you more about your health than you know.

Where is your "pimple zone" :p

Zone 1 & 3: Bladder & Digestive System — Improve your diet and drink more water.

Zone 2: Liver — Try cutting back on alcohol, heavy food or dairy. This area can also indicate a food allergy.

Zone 4 & 10: Kidneys — Make sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated with water and cut back on liquids that dehydrate you. This means nix the soda, coffee and/or alcohol.

Zone 5 & 9: Respiratory system — Those who smoke or have allergies tend to have acne here.

Zone 6 & 8: Kidneys — Dark circles are usually a result of dehydration. Drink up!

Zone 7: Heart — Check your blood pressure and make sure you’re not using makeup that irritates your skin.

Zone 12: Stomach — Consider a detox or adding more fibre to your diet to help with digestion.

Zone 11 & 13: Hormones — Stress and hormonal changes can sometimes be alleviated with more water and a few extra servings of dark, leafy greens but if breakouts in this area persistent, make an appointment with your doctor to look into a possible hormonal imbalance. Additionally, breakouts in this area also indicate when you are ovulating (and which side).

Zone 14: Illness — Can be a sign of your body fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Take a breather and drink plenty of fluids.

Article by  Sarah Jio

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Spinach & Feta Cannelloni

Filling recipe:
500g frozen spinach
300g feta
1 onion
2 clove garlic
chilli flakes - half a teaspoon or more if desired
paprika - half to 3 quarters of a teaspoon
small pinch of salt and pepper
half teaspoon chili powder
cannelloni tubes - 250g pack (it's easier if you use lasagne sheets, cook them, place filling and wrap around)

Sauce recipe:
Can of tinned plum tomatoes
spices - whichever you prefer. I used paprika, chilli flakes and a bit of salt
OR, you could pour a tub of dolmio stir in sauce.
1 ball of mozzarella grated over the top

Cook the onion and garlic, add spices then spinach, put in a bowl and cut up the feta and chuck that in too
Fill the tubes with the filling. I used a plastic syringe from the bakery section of wilkinsons! It does take patience filling each tube which is why I'd recommend using lasagna sheets, just fill and wrap!
Then make the tomato sauce - cook onion, garlic, then add spices and then add the tinned plummed tomatoes until reduced (around 15 mins)

Pour sauce over the top, sprinkle grated mozzarella ontop and place in oven for around 25 mins on a medium setting until cheese has melted. Enjoy :)