Eid Celebrations

29 June 2018

It’s never too late to write up an informative post to enhance your knowledge is there? I got a great response for my Ramadan post so that only encouraged me to share the festivities of Eid with you all too, albeit two weeks late.

Eid ul-Fitr is the festival that marks the end of Ramadan and this year took place on Friday 15th June 2018 in the U.K.

The day begins with special Eid prayers at the Mosque which are not compulsory for women. When I was younger I use to wonder why and my Dad use to say that for the entire month of Ramadan women have worked so hard so they should be given the choice.

Whilst the husband went for the prayers, I got myself and Little A ready so we could leave home as soon as he got back. We make sure we dress our finest and one tradition for women is to apply henna on their hands - however, having already had my hands full with Little A, I didn't this year.

Little A's outfit
My outfit (not me in the picture), what I loved the most about my outfit that it was a 2 in 1, I actually spent the most of the day without the gown on as it was just too hot.
My matching shoes and purse!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember where I had put m matching bangles and jewellery a few days before and was absolutely gutted as it turned out to be my first Eid without accessories but I guess they say first time for everything for a reason eh?

For us, we begin our day by visiting our son at the cemetery, to wish him a happy Eid - if this isn’t the first thing that I do on the day then I feel as if though something’s missing.

We then make our way to my Mum’s home where all the family have gathered. We greet each other by hugging and laugh saying ‘Eid Mubarak’ which basically means Happy Eid.

We all then sit down to have a big sweet breakfast together, once this is over with it’s time for the little ones to make mischief and by little I don’t generally mean kids!

This Eid has a tradition that anyone older than you has to give you money and you can outright bluntly demand it, the money given is called an ‘Eidhi’. So it doesn’t really matter how old you are as long as you have older siblings, parents , uncle, aunties and older cousins around then you’re in for a treat!

Credit: In My Studio

Here are the money envelopes I prepared for those younger than myself and the husband - including his sister who isn't younger but actually older. It's also a part of Eid for brothers to give their sisters Eidhi too no matter what their age.

The day consists of spending quality time together, whether that's at home or if the weather permits to go out. Eating scrumptious food as well as playing party games which can be anything from charades to whatever your mind comes up with. What was so special about this Eid was that even Little A joined in with the games!

In my family, I have created a game for the children called the 'Eidhi Hunt' it is pretty much the same as an Egg Hunt during Easter but instead of going on a hunt for eggs, I make each child a treasure map (adults can join in too!) and we go on a Eidhi Hunt which is actually chocolate money. I honestly cannot wait for Little A to be old enough to participate in this!

Some Eid decorations - what I really love about this is that there are no set colours to coordinate with - you can choose whichever colours to suit your style.


So there you have it, a little informative post to show you what Eid ul-Fitr is all about! But this isn't just the only Eid celebrated in the year, we have another one coming up very soon and I'm already excited to share its history and traditions with you all. 

The Childhood Tag

25 June 2018

A long time ago in March the lovely Jess wrote her post The Childhood Tag and suggested to me that I should give this a go too. So here it finally is!

1. What were you not expecting/not prepared for before becoming a parent?

There is absolutely nothing that prepares you for parenthood so there have been quite a few things of which a few things are the lack of sleep which I have extensively blogged about already. The amount of pain your baby goes through during the teething stages - this has been shocking for me, really. But on a positive note, before becoming a parent you do expect to love your child but the amount of limitless love and the passion to do anything for your child, that’s unexpected.

2. What is your main piece of advice for new parents? 
Take each day as it comes and see it as something new. There will be hard days but there will also be good so don’t compare yourself to other parents, your child with another child as we’re all different and that’s what makes us human.

3. How do you encourage family time at home? 

In the evenings, playing together and as Sunday is the only day that we’re able to properly spend as a family together so we make sure to shut the outside world and focus on each other - however that may be, perhaps sitting on the floor playing pass the ball, reading a book together, or going to a park to name a few. Both the husband and I abide by one rule on Sundays which our near and dear are aware, we don't make plans with anyone else - Sundays is family only, to have fun and make lovely memories to cherish and remember.

4. How do you balance being a blogger with parental duties? 
I try to leave everything related to blogging just to times when Little A is asleep. Sometimes that works out sometimes it doesn’t but that’s what I aim for.

5. What was your favourite toy growing up? 
I had so many it’s hard to choose but if I really had to choose then it will have to be my talking Teletubby Poh!

6. Have you kept any of your toys from childhood? 
Yes! Every one of them and as Little A grows she’s gifted them when age appropriate. For her birthday I gifted her my 24 year old talking teletubby, looks and works good as new and she loves it!

7. What are your children's favourite toys? 
Other than her beloved bunny, everything that isn’t actually a toy, be it nappies out of the pack, baby wipes, paper and anything she shouldn’t have. But I do have to give her some credit though, she is absolutely obsessed with books! Definitely, my child.

8. Do you actively limit the amount of screen time your kids have? 

I’ve written a lot about this here - even though I do not encourage screen time for young children, you have to be honest with yourself. To get a household chore completed, to make sure you and your family don’t go to sleep hungry etc you do have to resort to TV, as much as many would hate to admit it, it’s true. But it’s not all the time but just for those moments where you’re unable to do anything to keep the little one happy.

9. How do you reduce plastic waste in your home? - Reusable bottles, buying wooden toys, avoiding excessive food packaging, etc.? 
Recycle everything that can be recycled. Our recycle bin is as big as our rubbish bin and using reusable water bottles and trying to buy food that’s packaging can be recycled. I have to admit though, I have to encourage the husband everyday to put the correct items in the correct bin. Someone please tell him you cannot recycle egg shells!

10. What advice would you give to parents who want to start blogging? 

Don't take it as a pinch of salt, it can be difficult to blog around children so don't put pressure on yourself. See blogging as fun and shape it around your children's routines, that way you are happy as well as your children are.


It's time to tag.... everyone!

What's the one piece of advice you can give to parent bloggers?

April/May Favourites

23 June 2018

I know it’s a bit late as we’re already nearing the end of June but I’m still trying to find my feet in the new world I’ve stepped in (I won’t go into detail here, another post for another day). But FINALLY I present to you my April/May Favourites!

I remember seeing Bexa’s tweet about this and I was instantly attracted towards the title. I was most definitely impressed because some things are so easily done that we don’t give any thought to at all - you might actually be doing it and not realising it. This post was a brilliant lift up for me.

All the Mums out there, I make it compulsory for you to go and read this now! Since becoming a Mum, most if not all of us hear all the time about how we’ve lost ourselves, how we need to find ourselves again etc but do we really? Elle explores this topic and goes against the most common advice on the block. Have a read yourself and decide where you stand and to be honest it’s not just for Mums but for everyone as we in our day to day lives we all go through changes that impact us.

I am absolutely in awe of this woman - she is A M A Z I N G! She talks about what she has learnt as a Mum but as that Mum who has the additional responsibility of a child with autism. But what is so great about this post is that tips are given on how to conquer the struggles and take things forward rather than focus on what others may think as holding you back. I don’t think this is just a read for parents with children with additional needs but for everyone who wants to find the positives.

This was such an important topic addressed. In the world of smartphones and social media, everything is documented on the internet, if something happens, people whip out there phones to record and we’re always hearing how we should keep an eye on children using the internet because of things such as cyber bullying but what we don’t focus on is adults acting the same. Adults bullying other adults - ever thought about that?

This post, it’s every single word was as if though I was the one behind the keyboard. At first, I couldn’t believe what I was reading - someone else felt like this too? For the past 2.5 years I have felt like this alone and in some way it was unfortunately comforting to know that I wasn’t alone in this. I do get jealous, I still do so go and read this post to try and understand why.

As a Mum of a 16 month old that still breastfeeds and intends to for as long as nature allows us I found this post quite useful. It’s shocking to see the opinions of people, especially in the UK, in 2018 towards breastfeeding toddlers. Crummy Mummy rightfully points out 5 great reasons that put those opinions to rest and actually motivates you if you wish to continue.

Lauren has talked about a topic that most probably goes through every bloggers mind when it comes to blogging whether or not to feature products on your blog that don’t really go with the blog. Sometimes this is frowned upon and sometimes it is just the be all because perhaps that product may bring in some very much needed income? Lauren has written an incredibly honest post sharing her personal experience of featuring products.

Toddlers are most famous for one thing only and that is tantrums! Although Little A will always be my baby she is no longer classified as one but in fact is a toddler now and it’s very obvious because we have already had our fair share of tantrums. So, I have found this post very useful and a post that will always be bookmarked for the times I have to deal with what is called a full on tantrum when there is nothing you can do to distract them!

This post really touched my heart and inspired me so much that I forced the husband to read it as well! In this day and age, how many couples stay together for 10+ years? Marriages are hard work, there's no doubt about that. Sometimes you have good days and sometimes the bad but what is important is coming out the other end stronger and united than before. This post reflects on I guess every individual dreams of what they see in the future with their partner and truly what is meant 'I want to grow old with you,' this isn't just a phrase it is something that you have to work hard for and thrive.

Breastfeeding; even though can be the most beautiful thing in the world it is, without a second doubt, the most emotional as well. Especially when it comes to an end, you may think why would that be emotional? For however many months, a special bond is created between the mother and baby, the mother has that magic power to easily calm the crying baby or breastfeeding is that time you're able to spend with each other in peace - to name a few. So when it comes to an end, it becomes a very emotional time for the mother and baby too. Amy has written a wonderful letter to her handsome little boy Freddie about their journey coming to an end. I think that this one letter can change many people's outlook on breastfeeding.

I most certainly am of the belief that when you have a baby it is then you only come to know who your real friends are. With this new chapter in your life, it can be difficult to maintain relationships but those who stick around you know they're worth it. Having a child can become quite isolating as well as being the best thing ever but it really depends on how you take charge of your own situation. Tilly explores on what really happens and how you can help yourself. 


So there you have it! I know, I know there weren't that many but I honestly haven't done as much reading in the past two months at all. Hopefully, I'll be back to normal routine very soon!
What have been your favourite posts to read? Do share them below with me!

Celebrate Life's Achievements with *Bakerdays!

8 June 2018

Whenever there’s a happy occasion, whatever it is marking it is always incomplete without cake. The past month, although has been quite hectic at the same time I have had a lot to celebrate, a family wedding, moving into our new home as well as getting a new job.

So when I was offered free cake right through my letterbox, I couldn’t say no! Bakerdays are an online cake company, they have a rich selection of personalised cakes available ranging in a variety of flavours.

At first, when you think about cake being thrown through your letterbox - alarm bells do begin to ring and you do think whether or not the cake has survived the journey but there was nothing to worry about - there was not even a crack in the icing.

I went through 74 pages of designs as I just couldn’t make up my mind - they were all so beautiful! I finally made up my mind and chose the following design.

This was not actually a congratulations cake but thanks to the personalisation I could have whatever the design from whichever category that would be personalised the way I want - I was quite happily surprised how it turned out to be.

One of the best things on offer is the letterbox cakes that can be delivered right through your letterbox for £14.99. We all know how incredibly annoying it is to stay at home and wait for your parcels to arrive so this is the perfect option to make someone happy or to treat yourself without that added stress of waiting for it.  The cake can serve 4 people but to be honest it really depends on how you cut your slices as I made decent 8 slices out of this. 

The husband did pass a comment on the price and size of the cake but I disagreed. If it puts a smile on your face and makes you feel special then so what? Moreover, I really did think it reflects the time and effort put into it, especially because it has that personal touch. And you not only get a cake but a ‘Just for you’ card that would come in handy if you want to send this to someone.

I chose chocolate cake and I was impressed with the taste especially with the sweetness of the icing - certainly a great way to spoil yourself, really. It was everything and more that you imagine a chocolate cake to be.

So, if you have an occasion coming up or perhaps want to treat a loved one who lives faraway, why not treat them to a cake right through their letterbox?

Bakerdays do not only specialise in letterbox cakes, they also have small, medium and large personalised party cakes on offer as well all cuddled with delicious flavours; choclolate chip, traditional sponge, lovely lemon drizzle, fabulous fruit, half chocolate half sponge (for the bigger cakes) as well as catering to your needs if you want your cake to be gluten free or dairy free too!  

My readers receive 15% OFF orders from Bakerdays, just use the code MUMAFFAIRS15 hurry has this code ends 7th July! 

*I was sent this product for free in exchange for this review. However, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Little A's 15th Month Update

4 June 2018

I never wrote monthly updates as I wasn’t blogging but decided to dive into this trend when Little A turned 12 months old. You may remember that I decided I would do these updates quarterly rather than monthly so here we are!

How has it already been 3 months since the birthday?!

Well, as usual I have a lot to say but I’ll try not to keep you here forever.

I said I will try, I’m not promising anything!

Little A turned 15 months on 24th May and a lot has happened since February!


If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram then you most likely are already aware that teething is the bane of our lives. Well, we’ve had the appearance of teeth 5 and 6.. hurrah! And now have number 7 on the way too. I must admit it hasn’t been as bad as previous months but it’s been ‘bearable’ to say the least.


I should bite my tongue really for gloating in the previous update that we have never had any issues with food.

Well, I do a little dance whenever she happily eats. Sometimes she just wants to eat herself and doesn’t want me interfering, fair enough, only meaning that I have more mess to clear. She never has issues with breakfast, it’s nearly always lunch.

She’s obsessed with chapatti, it’s her most favourite thing to have with Greek yoghurt. I try and give her more finger foods now as she is all Miss Independent - it does make me rather emotional though that she doesn’t need me to feed her.


We’re still going strong! Morning, bed time and once at night. I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. This routine works out well even though I am at work now.

S P E E C H 
We have a speaker! Little A is being raised bilingual so we speak both English and Urdu around her and she amazingly picks up both languages and with meaning too so not just copying. Previously we had 'Mama. dada, nana, ok and yesh' and now we have no, maamu (maternal uncle) and bye with the hand gesture whenever someone gets up, wears a coat or whenever she is put in her pram.

I have to thank the Teletubbies though for teaching her how to wave and say bye! She also loves shutting the door and then says ‘band!’ which means shut in Urdu.

The Teletubbies have also taught her numbers I sometimes hear her say ‘Two...’ when they say ‘one’.

M O B I L I T Y 

She has come leaps and bounds since the last update. She started crawling at 11 months so I wasn’t expecting anything else anytime soon.

Whenever we used to try to help her walk by holding her hands she used to slump herself on the floor but since two weeks she managed to do it and then all of a suddenly stood up and started walking with the aid of her push along walker.

She can now also stand up herself unaided so I have no doubt she’ll take her first steps independently very soon!


Sleep is still hit and miss, last week we had one good night in many months and I got my hopes up unnecessarily. In terms of naps, she has dropped her morning nap and only just has the one nap in the afternoon.

P E R S O N A L I T Y / F A V O U R I T E S

I have always referred her to as a little lady with a big personality and that is still true today. If she wants your attention she knows how to get it, she is the life and soul of any get together. If she doesn't like you then she'll make sure you know. She is very protective of her close loved ones and she absolutely loves to party - put on any kind of music and she'll start dancing right on the spot.

I am back at full time work now and am away from her for around 11 hours or so a day during the weekdays. She is happy at her Grandparents but it has become obvious that she understands what is going on. I am not allowed to leave in front of her or even wear my coat because she gets upset if she sees me leave. If she doesn't see me go then she has no issues.

She still very much prefers her books over toys.


Next update that will come your way will be the 18th month one!
I still cannot believe how quickly she is growing!
Thank you for reading and please don't forget to leave your thoughts below!

A Date, Please

1 June 2018

It's that time of the year again (I'm posting this two week late) it only feels like yesterday that we had observed the month of Ramadan and as cliche as it sounds, I can't believe it's here again and before we know it - it will be gone and we'll be celebrating Eid!

For those of my lovely readers who don't know what Ramadan is; I will try and explain as much as I can.

Dates that are eaten to break the fast

W H A T  I S  R A M A D A N?

Ramadan, is a month in the Islamic Calendar year. It is a month of fasting, Muslims fast from an hour or so before sunrise until sunset. During the day, you are not allowed to eat nor drink or I'd like to add chew gum (I remember asking my Dad as a child that we don't swallow gum so can we still have that?).

This month lasts for around 29 or 30 days dependant on the sighting of the crescent moon. Therefore, it becomes a lovely coincidence if Ramadan begins on the same day for everyone across the world and this rarely happens.

W H A T  D O  Y O U  D O?

Ramadan is a month of cleansing, it is not just about not eating or drinking anything but it is also for the mind, body and soul of a person. A simple example is trying not to use foul language, trying to see the good in everything and everyone by attempting to not argue with someone no matter how much you want too and omitting ill thoughts that may be crawling in your mind for another.

It is about family and friends.

Sometimes, in our everyday lives, we are so busy that we might end up ignoring our loved ones around us and Ramadan helps to bring us all back together. You would normally find a lot of gatherings occurring at the time of Iftaar (the breaking of the fast), it becomes an excuse to get together.

However, more importantly, Ramadan is not also about remembering God as much as you can but also remembering those less fortunate than us. The whole purpose of fasting and keeping ourselves hungry is to remember those who have no choice but to remain hungry. In this month, Muslims tend to give to charity a lot as compared to other months.

Personally, I am always shocked to actually see how much time we spend during the day thinking about food!


This is the fourth year in a row that I am not observing any fasts because of pregnancies and breastfeeding. The elderly, the sick, the pregnant woman and the breastfeeding mother are all exempt from fasting.

Some women do go onto fast and well done to them but it is not obligatory - you have to take many things into consideration of which one is your health which takes precedence.

Instead, you have to give to charity the amount of money that would help feed a person at Suhoor (food before beginning the fasting day) and at Iftaar. You don’t necessarily have to choose a charity but if you know someone who genuinely is less fortunate and cannot afford food then you can help them by either providing them with meals or with the means for it.

The first year I didn’t fast, in the beginning I felt guilty but then reminded myself that I am doing something good as because of me someone will not be going to sleep hungry.


Eid is the festival that marks the end of Ramadan but that will be another post for another day!


Wouldn’t it be lovely if we tried to carry on with the good habits that we adopted during the month?

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