Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Al Mubdiaat - The Creatives!!!

I posted it yesterday ... the beginnings of a new and exciting project: Creating change for women in Algeria! But things are moving faster than I'd expected! Zoomaal, a crowd-funding organisation, approved our project and went LIVE with it today!!! How exciting!!! Please have a look HERE and see if you can donate whatever is within your means. And you know what, if you can't donate, no problem, but please share the project with others. Pretty please!



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

still here ... but in algeria!

I've been away from this space for a while for various reasons. Life has kept me busy. We picked up and carted ourselves over to North Africa. I was hormonal. I was a stranger in a strange land (or so I thought). I watched my children take it all in and adapt to school here, language and new friends and family too. I was blessed with another little bundle of joy (ma sha Allah) and my parents came over to Algeria for the very first time. It's a very different place. But I think (and hope!) they left knowing that I'm ok here. My mojo had taken a flying leap somewhere and I think it's starting to make an appearance again! Alhamdulillah. I haven't completely found my feet here ... but every little step helps ... and it can be that "strange" if ...

I'm still crocheting for my baby ...

I'm still admiring intricate Algerian sweets (but now I get to help make them before a family wedding)


I'm still having fun with instagram @fruitfulfusion :)

while I discover more of the city I'm in

I'm still noticing different architectural styles ...


I'm still enjoying flowers


I'm still baking

I'm still by the sea 

but I'm not far from lakes


and mountains that have the last bits of snow on them

and I'm enjoying fresh, local produce

and I've found wonderful friends Allahumma baarik 

and I've been busy with something new and exciting!!! 



So STAY TUNED!!!

But in the meantime, do head over and check out THE CREATIVES! "Like" us! Go on, you know want to! And don't forget to follow @almubdiaatdz on instagram! We NEED you to cheer us on! 













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Friday, February 7, 2014

istanbul

I've been away from this place for quite some time. A lot has happened. We visited Istanbul, Turkey on our way to our new home in Algiers, Algeria. And then, two months ago, I was blessed with a baby girl ma sha Allah tabarak Allah. Here are some of the things I saw/noticed/enjoyed as I waddled around Istanbul, before the big move!

















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Thursday, July 25, 2013

ramadan journal - days 4 to 10

Day 4 - currently reading
In Ramadan the focus is on Qur'an.

Day 5 - something crafty
Something my kids got up to without my knowing!

Day 6 - workspace
It's boxes galore here!

Day 7 - white
a surprisingly cloudy sky for Jeddah

Day 8 - handwriting
It's funny finding old notes as I pack everything up!

Day 9 - this happened today
A delicious Egyptian iftar (after sunset) meal prepared by a dear friend

Day 10 - grateful for ...
... the roof over our heads, the clothes on our backs and the bread on our table!


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Friday, July 12, 2013

ramadan journal days 2 and 3

Day 2: prayer/forgiveness


I have 4 little people and a more-tired-than-usual self to take care of and since the summer holidays began all the cracks in sibling relationships have been magnified. There's something about a bored little person, heat and then some teen girl hormones in there too that can make things quite testing. It's very easy to make mistakes but I feel that forgiveness is learnt somewhere in there too. In amongst the mundane bickering and teasing and full-scale fights, they learn to to put things behind them and carry on being there for each other ... until the next fight!

Day 3: on my table


Every day, for the last three days, we've been making use of the mix of fruits available to us. It's just perfect for ending a hot day of fasting!

How is your Ramadan/summer going?



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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ramadan Journal Day 1

I've been away for a while. I think I needed it! There has been a lot going on here. Today is the first day of Ramadan, the month of fasting, spiritual reconnection and recharging the soul. I am sitting amongst boxes and scissors and brown tape as I try to manage some of our packing. We are booked to leave Saudi Arabia in just over a month in sha Allah! So, I thought I might try to join in with this Ramadan Journal over at Creating Memories. I think it will be a nice way of blogging my last month here and journaling a part of our Ramadan. Things are even more chaotic as I'm expecting baby number 5 in sha Allah! So do bear with me! 

Ramadan Journal Day 1: Suhoor/Dawn
It's surprisingly dark after the Fajr/Dawn prayer but behind those lights and buildings is where the sun creeps up from!



Ramadan mubarak!

I'll leave you with a few things we've been doing!


 getting together with friends



 enjoying smoothies

 eating clean!


getting together with more friends!


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