Goal, Determination & Consistency

your goal should be your primary focus.

set your mind to anything that you desire.

and know in your heart that if you believe in it, and you work hard enough,

for long enough,

it.will.happen.for.you

hard work and determination always pay off.

If you feel tired and hopeless.

Know, that the ones who succeeded were the ones who convinced themselves to take that ONE MORE step Forward.

set shorter goals, little baby steps

it keeps you motivated and gives you a sense of achievement on a daily basis.

 

Chicken Pox in spite of Vaccination

So I have been absent for some time. Sadly, my son got Chicken Pox.

I am the kind of mom that is always ON TOP of things. I make sure I have alarms set for any up coming doctor’s appointments, I have school events scheduled on my phone, I have a calculated method of when the powder milk will run out, and regardless of having a full time job, I ensure I get him ready for school in the morning.

So you can imagine my shock, when despite ensuring that all the vaccinations have been completed as per age requirements-calling the hospital a gazillionnnnn times to confirm the ones that are not- he got Chicken Pox.

Initially I thought it was just a regular allergic reaction. Yea, I thought that. AND APPARENTLY so do a lot of moms. But luckily just the next day I noticed that the blisters were starting to form.  I immediately took him to see a Dermatologist at one of the biggest hospitals available in our city.

What was shocking for me was the following:

a) Chicken Pox isn’t just triggered, it is usually caught from someone. My poor baby unfortunately got it from his PlayGroup. So when the Dr. said there is a 90% chance he got it from school IF no one at HOME as it, I called the Montessori.

b) When I contacted the school, they immediately checked the students in his class. Turns out a student HAD it and had been coming to school regardless. I was so surprised to know that. I was a little bit furious also. I mean the FIRST thing I did was isolate him. I guess a lot of 1st time mothers really have no clue about it.

So, in the light of that, here is a list of things you should DO and you should NOT do when you feel your child has weird itchy rashes/blisters/varicella:

  1. DO Not. I repeat, Do not send your kid to any public place i.e School, Playground, malls etc. where other kids might have a danger of catching it.
  2. See a Doctor immediately. So you know exactly what your child has and can medicate him accordingly.
  3. Do not give them a shower until you consult a doctor. It would just spread the germs and may even dry out the skin therefore making it itchier.
  4. Spread Neem Tree (Azadirachta indica) leaves all over the sleeping/chilling area of your kid and throw a sheet over it. Neem has antiseptic qualities …plus all the grandmas suggest it so there must be a method to it.
  5. Use Calamine lotion as per Dr’s instructions… do not over do it… again… it may over dry the skin and make it worse…
  6. and the famous.. DO NOT SCRATCH===> It will scar.
  7. Do isolate your kid, keep them in a separate room preferably… clean the room/bathroom regularly… change sheets daily until they Chicken pox is completely gone.

Other than that.. please consult and follow what your dr. has prescribed for your child. Keep him/her safe.. along with other kids. And read a little bit.. it will enhance your common sense!

xo

Decluttering: 2017 edition

WHAT is this talk of clutter and declutter all around town!

Everywhere I turn, there are home organizing gurus on YouTube… posting videos about it, bloggers are writing posts about it, and people are re-posting and discussing it on Facebook/Instagram.

So, after being subconsciously reinforced to re-think the clutter in my room, I finally thought during the last days of December 2016 “hey, maybe its high time I go through my drawers and wardrobe and figure it out”. No it did not happen over night. To be precise, I was thinking this since October 😛

Yes I know and understand exactly how lazy people get to “clean up” around the house. It is a daunting exercise and many people avoid it for as long as possible. I did the same procrastinating; I am human.

So I started off by firstly looking around my room. I wanted to analyze the room to figure out how I could make it better … How could I make the room more visually appealing. Then of course, I thought “I should Pinterest ! in order to figure out what I should/could change. So I Pinterest-ed for like weeks…then! finally I allotted a budget to my new found goal “Bedroom declutter/makeover”

I firstly got rid of (folded and stored in the basement) the super sentimentally beautiful piece of clutter in my room; The Crib. It had been lying there for years and  my son just doesn’t sleep in it. I tried, but some thing or the other would come up and he would be in our bed again.

Eventually I realized it was just sitting there; a storage unit for his toys and laundry that needs folding. Sometimes I’d dump clothes that are too small now and don’t fit…that I plan to either put away or give to charity soon (which hardly ever happens). Usually the bags just sit there in the basement until they catch enough dust to motivate me to finally forward them 😛

I was a woman with a mission. My plan initially was to put up some nice curtains that would give the room a more “together” look…and then move from there. After that, a few more days passed……………… >> to December 31.. I sat there thinking “What happened to my plan? it has been over a month since the curtains… and I sort of just forgot about the clutter!”

So I grabbed a trashcan and went at it. I started with the most easiest “dumping” area…the Bedside tables. It can be overwhelming to start but trust me…just start somewhere..small…or big.. just start. So I went through the 4 drawers ( 2 each side) asking my self:

“Do I really need this?”

“Will I really use it?”

And if the answer was no…in the trash it went.

You won’t believe … after about 20 minutes..i had 1 empty drawer…and another drawer that only has a couple important data cables and phone charger. 🙂 I feel so proud.

Then I moved over to my builtin wardrobe. I haven’t completely finished clearing up that yet. But I am well on my way 🙂 also, an empty shelf in there… how AWESOME is THAT? oooh secretly I can’t wait to fill it up again 😀 with something new…

Honestly. I do understand now ..a lil bit…what the hype is all about… although I must say a person’s sanity and peace of mind do not entirely depend on the cleanliness/junk around them….. but it does help to have a clear space that is visually appealing.

Wish me luck on my de-cluttering plan… and I wish you get the courage to start with your own!

xo

 

Happy New Year 2017

A very Happy New Year ! May your year be filled with love and laughter and peace.. Peace is so important. It is the best thing anyone can wish for the other.

We live in a world of war and bloodshed, social media validation, and unnecessary labels. If you can learn to be at peace with what has been provided to you and focus on working hard towards your goals… you will always be happy.

I do not exactly have new year’s resolutions cause let’s face it.. very few people actually follow through. What I have, instead, is a goal in my mind. That I want to be happier with everything I have. Feel BLESSED at ALL TIMES. I have running tap water, my favorite food on the table, and most of all my baby boy sleeps in a protected, secure home. What else could I ask for?

After seeing the horrible pictures all year of the things happening to the Syrian children…I just prayyyy to God that everything that has been taken from them, may God replace it with something better.

Amen.

 

 

Hummus and Pita

It was one of those days where you just do.not.want.to.cook.

So I said,”What is one thing that everyone loves and doesn’t require any slaving away at the stove?”

Hummus and (Ready made) Pita 😀

So here is a recipe I tried…and it turned out to be a HIT in the family!

You will need:

1 400g Can of Americana Chickpeas (or any brand easily available at your local store…or if you are up for it you could boil your own chickpeas)

Around 3-4 tblsp of Lemon juice

2 cloves of garlic

4 tblsp Sesame seeds

Olive oil

Salt to taste

How to:

So basically… drain the chickpeas in a bowl so you can save the water in the can.

Throw the chickpeas in a blender with garlic, lemon juice, sesame seeds and few tblsp of the water you saved from the can.

Start up the blender and slowly add 1 tblsp of olive oil at a time until the paste is smooth according to your liking.

You may add more water from the can if you feel it’s not blending right.. i actually ended up using like all of it.

add the salt and blend some more..

Dish out in a pretty bowl and garnish with chopped parsely/coriander and olive oil and 3-4 chickpeas 🙂

Ta-daa… That is all you have to do. I served it with ready made pita bread from the store that I heated up in the toaster oven.

Happy Easy Cooking 😀

Paramount Fine FOods

So my Birthday was last week, and the one tradition that I have for my family is to go for fine dining on special occasion like Birthdays & Anniversaries.

This time we chose  the much raved about restaurant; Paramount Find foods. When I first heard about it I was like “SAY NO MORE”…I didn’t need to hear any thing more than the fact that they specialize in authentic Lebanese/Middle East cuisine. Being brought up in Saudi Arabia, this is my way of being nostalgic about the childhood good times that I spent there.

So basicalllly for appetizer we ordered Flafel which was made to perfection! and a Yalla Special (which was such a large appetizer…there was a lot leftover so we eventually got it to-go).  It was basically shawarma chicken marinated in arabic goodness served on a bed of frenchfries! with tahini sauce topping.

For main course we ordered Mini Mixed Grill which included beef, shish twouk, kafta served with grilled tomatoes & onions, with a spicy bread. And really it was enough for 2 people like us who don’t eat a lot after the hefty appetizers. The menu allows you to add skewers to your platter so we chose to add bbq shrimps shewers as well which was a nice touch.

Also, the menu claims that it is served  with a side of hummus and garlic sauce, but the restaurant failed to do that for some reason. And I didn’t realize until much later that it was missing 😦  Next time I go i’m definitely pointing it out.

Oh I forgot to tell you guys! they serve unlimited Kuboos (Arabic pita bread) so that definitely earns them 5 ***** from me!

Wallet-wise it was a bit price-y. Although if you compare to other options of Cafes that are available, I think it was okay considering the food was of higher caliber. We were two adults (and my son doesn’t eat much at restaurants other than fries n chicken)…the bill came out to be about Rs.1500 per person.

After my lunch, I got to meet the Chef. He was super friendly; we had a nice chat. I told him how I liked the food a lot and it reminded me of authentic food I used to have as a kid. He was super humble about it.

All in all it was an amazing experience. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a change from the spicy Seekh Kababs. Go and experience the Kafta goodness.. You won’t regret it.

You can visit the website for further information regarding the menu or restaurant here.

Choosing the right school for your child

As a parent, I understand that no one school is ever perfect enough for you to leave your child alone in. There will always be that one little thing you don’t agree with regarding the school policy.

I personally feel I have been super obsessive about choosing schools. As all parents in Karachi (or anywhere else for that matter) know, there is a real struggle involved in selecting the right school for your child …and secondly, having the school accept your child. There are very few “good” schools that provide a balance of quality education and extra curricular activities. Little toddlers are burdened with interviews and tests that judge and analyze their ability to perform as a student. It is worst for the parents. Once you decide the school you want to send your child… you have to hope and pray your child performs well in the test/interview.

So, in search of the perfect school, I started my research. Interviewing parents and kids…going on websites, checking alumni of schools to get a gist of where they are in life post school era and in addition joined a couple Facebook pages/groups with equally stressed parents. Yesterday, on one of these groups, I came across this individual who had posted a list of 4-5 schools and made a plea for help regarding WHICH school is the best?

I was so content that I had finally figured out the answer to that question just a couple days ago. So in short this is what I told them…

In order to choose the “Best” school for your child, and to make the best decision, you first need to understand your requirements. All parents have different set of prerequisites and all children have different needs. Make a list of all the things you look for in a school. Go to different shortlisted schools and ask the management/principle/staff. As personally experienced, there may be some schools who won’t entertain you as much because they are rigid in their methodology and they believe in their own system. You as a parent need to be the same way.

Believe in your checklist and what you require from a school and what you think is beneficial for your child.

After you ask the schools the questions, tick off the checklist. The school that matches your list the most is the one most suitable for you and your child. Simple as that.

There is no need to rely on other parent’s opinions of a school. Every school offers different things and every parental unit has different checklists/goals for their child. Know what you want from the school and base it on your research; not just other’s opinions. I am not saying that you shouldn’t question the parents at ALL. It is Okay to ask regarding the school; to better understand the academic system and other such policies. But do not choose a school because a parent says “it is the BEST SCHOOL”. Because its all subjective. What is best for them, may not be best for you.

Wish me luck with my decision making! I really hope I make the right decision.

xox