17 Aug 2017

From Kodaikanal

A stock photo from my brother's Kodaikanal Trip.

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3 Aug 2017

High Five - Happy Birthday, A Rat’s Nibble!

Wow. I am still here after five years. Alive and kicking.

This year no cake, as I am on diet. 
So join me for a Tea party!

Today, my blog celebrates its 5th birthday, but I am not sure what I felt when I first realized. Was I happy? Proud? Content? Accomplished? Or do I feel as if my life has changed? Well, I have gone through so much, learned a lot and applied what I have learnt in my journey.

I have changed for good. I am not like what I was 5 years ago. Personally and Bloggingly. I have learnt a great deal. The past 5 years marks a very important phase in my life history. Good, Bad, Beautiful, Ugly, Love, Betrayal - I have seen them all. Also, I believe I handled them in a balanced way. Alhamdulillah, for what I am today!

My blogging journey was quite accidental. Okay, umm, let me call it sort of a planned accident. But that's a happy one. When I look back at my initial days, I can see how naive I had been. But all the while, I am glad that my writings have entertained you, brought some smiles, spread some cheer. I can see my blog has changed over these years. However, I don't get to stay active as much I did in my earlier days, still I am loving it the same way.

Blog is where I let go of myself, my feelings, my happiness, my sorrow, and everything else. Here is where my loneliness turned into solitude. Here is where I regained my sanity. I have many hobbies but most of them are seasonal, but I understand my blog is not. It is much more than just a hobby. In this 5 year beautiful journey, blogging has evolved with me, allowed me to stretch my wings, and even helped me to establish my identity.

When I realized that I have written over 300 posts and shared some 200 plus photos in my Instagram handle, I am surprised as well as overwhelmed. From poetry to reviews, I have touched various topics.

To celebrate my five years of blogging, here are my five favorite posts, I would want you to read. They also happened to be the first post in its category. And they are close to my heart.

My first story - A Dreamer

My first photo post - The Minaret And The Moon

My first travel experience which was my 50th post as well. My Umrah Journal - Madinah

My first published story in an online magazine - Blessing Of Joy

Reading old posts and reminiscing the moments, that made me write them, make me relax. Five years. Phew! I feel like I have achieved something.

Give me a High 5 and join my tea party! Thank you so much for coming along and supporting me in my journey.

1 Aug 2017

Hijabs From Hidden Pearls

They say, a woman in Hijab is like a pearl in the shell. Women are precious and the modesty in her elevates her respect and value.

I am a Hijabi and scarves are my best companion. I have bought scarves from many stores both online and boutiques, and Hidden Pearls is the recent one.

Hidden Pearls is an UK based online store. They sell hijabs, under scarves, hijab pins, handbags and other Islamic gift accessories. They have a wide choice of colors and materials. They ship worldwide as well, for a nominal cost.

For me, it is important to choose scarves of good quality that suits my lifestyle. And naturally, I ensure that they are beautiful and comfortable. I also prefer the fabric breathable, because of the weather I live in.

Hidden Pearls sent me a couple of hijabs. I liked the way they wrapped the hijabs and especially, a handwritten note from one of the founders, which gave a personal connection instantly.

There were two Hijabs inside. An Everyday Chiffon Hijab and A Multi Toned Hijab.

They have different types of Hijabs, from Plain, Patterned to Embellished. I particularly loved their Crinkled Hijabs and Lace Hijabs. Their Multi Tone Hijab collection have good color choices too. There are different color shades from bright to pastel, earthy and dark. If you allow me choose an Ombre scarf, I would go for light and subtle colors that are harmonious to each other.

But this Peach, Burgundy and Chocolate Ombre Hijab, I received, has stronger gradient of shading. I did not know earlier that this strong ombre effect would suit me well too. The fabric is viscose and the scarf regular size. Did I say this hijab is accentuated with small stones all over? There was a small patches of color faded on one of the corners. However, it is a minute defect and goes inside when wrapped.

The Brown Chiffon Hijab is ideal for everyday use. This is a simple and stylish Hijab which matches with most outfits. Lightweight and airy, this Chiffon Hijab is elegant and sophisticated. When wearing this Hijab, ensure you wear an under scarf. Else the hijab will not stay proper on your head. The flow of the fabric creates nice folds and drapes. We can wear it for any occasion, when rightly accessorized. The Chiffon Hijabs are available in an array of colors.

Hidden Pearls have some nice collection of hijabs and accessories. Do drop in their online store and pick your favorites.

Website - Hidden Pearls
FaceBook page - Hidden Pearls

This is a sponsored post. However, the opinions are mine.

16 Jul 2017

Postcard From Seattle - Exploring Mount Rainier

Welcome to the third post of this Postcard From Seattle travel series. 

Needless to say, these pictures literally take us to the mountain. The view got better as we drive through the long roads. We get to see the wonders of the clear sky, the tall pine trees, the beautiful rainbow, the snowy pathways and at last the destination arrives.

If just seeing these pictures is a delight in itself, imagine how it will be like to experience it first hand. Exploring the Mount Rainier National Forest is a must on your to do list, if you are visiting Seattle.

As the title implies, let the pictures do the talking.

A Day Trip To Mount Rainier #2

The gorgeous white mountain welcomes us as we climb. With such beauty, no wonder this place attracts tourists from different parts of the world.

Finally, we set our feet, er, eyes on Mount Rainier. And the trip ends here. InshaAllah, I will bring in some more travel related posts with some nice photographs. 

Meanwhile, follow my Instagram for travel photos and more.

Pictures are copyrighted.

13 Jul 2017

I Will Not Clean My Room ~ Children's Book Review

I promised to read this Children’s book and share my opinion but I took a longer time than I wanted to. Better late than never, right?!

Good books are the best companions. And I Will Not Clean My Room is one such book that will make a great company to the little ones.

When I received the book, the first impression was that why would a children's book have a title saying No. But once I read the book, I found the content very nice and colorful. Well, well, which kid would like to clean their room, after all? So, this rhyme book is a perfect gift to those who say 'I will not do it!'

Author - Saharish Arshad
Illustrator - Elsa Estrada

In this adorable book, little Musa’s mom asks him to clean his room. But he was bit lazy to do it and decides to imagine all the wonderful things that he is going to do in Jannah, along with his sister Leila.

The book is all about Musa's musings over the room cleaning, toys and chocolates along with good deeds, Jannah and love for Allah.

Children dream and imagine a lot, but they also should know the value of effort they put in to achieve their dreams. And that is what this book talks about. While at it, it also instills the love for our Creator. The book also rhymes about the importance of helping each other and working together as a family. The moral is clearly stated but in a fun way.

This is the first book in the series called ‘My Journey to Jannah’. The author has achieved what she wanted to convey. A simple idea and a great moral expressed in captivating illustrations. The drawings add rich color to the book. The illustrations are so vivid and the rhymes, simple and lovable.

A charming and colorful book to introduce your children and as a parent, this is a must have in your collection. I personally love stories and poems that rhyme. So I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and of course, loved reading it to my nephew. And he wants me to read it over and over again.

This amazing rhyming book is perfect for children who love to daydream while letting them learn that good deeds are really worth the effort.

Join little Musa as he dreams away!

This book is available on Amazon India.

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