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Review | Got Eidee? Shirt

Happy Sunday!

I love quirky fashion statements- so I was happy review this got eidee? shirt by Anika Shah on Etsy.  I ended up wearing this shirt on Eid, since it was just the husband and I this year celebrating in the middle of the week with my fractured arm.  As you can tell these snaps are several weeks old since I am wearing my arm sling.  I couldn’t make any special Eid food thus we decided to go out for brunch at Southport Cafe.

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My motivation for creating these fun, Eid shirts was my five year old son. He looks forward to the holiday Eid but he definitely looks more forward to receiving Eidee(s) more. We had an Eid party years ago, and these shirts were created as an Eidee (gift) along with a $5 bill to each kid. Since then, so many parents have been raving about the “got eidee?” shirts. I’ve sold them and given them away and people love the cute, catchy phrase! It’s hard living in the US and being raised Muslim especially when other holidays are greatly publicized. Eight years later, my then five year old son who is now thirteen solely created the “99 Problems but Fasting Ain’t One” Ramadan shirt. In addition to the collection, the beard shirt was born simultaneous to the hipster beard trend that is apparent nowadays. I have fun creating these shirts but enjoy seeing a fellow Muslim have fun wearing a “got eidee?” shirt. After all, you know it’s Eid until someone asks, “got eidee?” – Anika Shah

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At Southport cafe we tried their bread pudding pancakes, and they were quite good but I think I prefer the ones at Meli cafe better. After brunch we walked around Wrigley Field Stadium, then Michigan ave for some window shopping– it was a relaxing day with the husband.

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The shirt is great for kid’s of all ages, especially school aged. The shirt is handmade with 100% cotton, and quite soft when on. I did wash it after wearing it, and it held up to the wash with all the lettering still in place. This shirt is great to give as a gift or just to wear around after Eid namaz lounging with the family.

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Scarf/Hijab – Old Navy (similar here) | Shirt – Got Eidee? | Cardigan – Kohl’s (similar here) | Skirt – Ann Taylor factory (similar here) | Bag – C Wonder (cute option here and here) | Necklace – Jane.com (love this one and this one)

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*This is not a sponsored post.  AnUblog was sent the shirt for review, and for giveaway.  All opinions are our own. Some links may be affiliate links.

Sale Alert | Bloomingdale’s F&F Sale

Hi all!

A quick post featuring some of my picks from the Bloomingdale’s friends & family sale.  A lot of designer’s are excluded from the sale but if you are into home decor or designer’s such as Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff and Tori Burch than you are in luck.  Use code “FRIENDS” during check out for 20% off, and currently online you can get free shipping or just pick it up in store.

A few more of my picks:

Jonathan Adler Metallic Zebra Dish

Jonathan Adler Letter Pillow

Michael Aram Gold Feather

Annieglass Roman Antique Heat Bowl

Kate Spade Be Dazzling Candle

I would love to know if you check out the sale and items you pick out or are looking forward to getting.

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

 

Moroccan Theme Eid Decor by Titli Designs

Happy Fall Friends!

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I’ve been away from blogging for most of Summer, and I missed it.  As I had mentioned in my last post, I was sick throughout Summer and then fractured my arm.  Alhamdulillah I am recovering and my arm has gotten back most of its range of motion.  Now on to sharing a wonderful Etsy Muslim shop owner, Sadaf of Titli Designs, who is completely talented especially in  creating beautiful graphic home decor prints and stationary.  Sadaf, had graciously participated in my Eid al-Fitr giveaway, but because I broke my arm I couldn’t do a full review of her products.

titli designs blue yellow eid printSadaf is a Canadian based designer, who not only specializes in these beautiful prints but also creates children’s clothing and works professionally in the medical field.  She was kind enough to send me a few items from her Morroccan Theme Eid decor line for me to review.  This set included 1. A set of six Eid greeting notecards in six lovely colours. Colours include, “Sunshine”, “Tangerine”, “True Coral”, “Peach”, “Blush”, and “Aqua”. 2. An Eid Mubarak Banner in the “Sunshine” colour. 3. An 8”x10” print “Allah is sufficient for us.” ~ Quraan 3:173 in the “Sunshine” Colour. 4. Six Cupcake Wrappers in the “Sunshine” Colour. 5. Six Cupcake Toppers in the “Sunshine” Colour.

All the items came beautifully packed and printed on quality card stock, thus there was no worry about them getting creased easily.  I was able to add these items to my existing decor, and they fit right in by adding a touch of fancy to my house.  I love to decorate for the season especially for Eid, and one of my favorite things to do is shop around my house and use things I already have.  I don’t live in a huge house, thus I don’t want to add to the clutter, therefore I used a frame I already had to place the 8 x 10″ Allah is Sufficient for us print.  Next to those I placed some of the greeting cards I was sent along with the set, however I do plan to use these to send out to family and friends.  The greeting cards are blank inside so you can add a personalized message, and they are made in quality card stock.

titli designs eid banner blue yellowThe Eid Mubarak banner is cut in scalloped shape and while it’s small in size it is perfect to add a special touch to an area without overwhelming.  I was easily able to put this up with push pins as it came assembled with a thick string.

Moroccan theme eid cupcake wrapperAren’t these scalloped cupcake wrapper and toppers just adorable?! I had made these chocolate banana muffin’s over the weekend (recipe coming soon), and thought they would look beautiful lined with the Moroccan themed wrappers.  They were quite easy to put together as all I needed was some clear tape and toothpicks.  I think they make the cupcakes all that much more festive and fancy.  For an actual Eid party you would only need a few around you dessert table to make it a little extra special.

Moroccan theme eid home decorSince Eid al-Adha is right around the corner, I will be doing a few more Eid related decor posts and also give a few of my tips on how to change up your decor easily without buying a whole lot of new items.  One of the easiest things I do is replace my throw pillows, however I mostly shop around for pillow covers rather than pillow with insert because that will just add to the clutter, and I switch up my coffee table decor.

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Thank you for visiting and drop back soon. Until then stay cozy in sweater weather (or at least those who have already experienced some drop in temps).

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

 

This was not a sponsored post.  AnUblog was only provided the items for review, thus all opinions are our own.

20 Facts About Me Tag

Hi all and happy Wednesday!

I apologize for the lack of posts these past several weeks. It really was not intentional, but God-willing things happen in life that we have no control over and they remind us to take a seat back and just be grateful for the situation we are in.  Instead of questioning why we are going through trials and tribulations, I feel that in my life I have always learned that there is always a blessing in every situation regardless of how tough it may be.

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I was tagged by a sweet friend, Shifa on Instagram, to do the 20 facts about me tag, and while I am a bit late in posting this I thought it would still be fun to share.  If you go through all 20 facts you will learn why I was on a hiatus from blogging.

20 Facts About Me & Things I’m Grateful For

  1. I am the third of four kids, and that in itself is a blessing. As the third child, I learned to be more independent and stand out in my own ways. Allah is the best of planners.

  2. I was born in Pakistan, and came to the USA at the age of 6. My parents, especially my mom, wanted us to grow up in the land of opportunities.

  3. My parents did not come with a lot but always worked hard to provide us with all we needed to live comfortably. My mom used to babysit in the beginning for a few years, and my dad worked at an aviation company. They used to give us weekly allowance, a few $ from each, to spend on anything we wanted. My dad actually had a bank aka envelope in his briefcase for each of us where he would write down what we asked him to save for us, what we asked to take out to buy something, and bonus was we never lost money. It was a great learning tool in many ways because it taught my siblings and me basic financial skills/lessons.

  4. I began kindergarten in the US without knowing a word of English. Now unfortunately, I speak English > Urdu but would like to make it more equal.

  5. My mom passed away from breast cancer when I was a teen. It made my siblings and I grow up nature > nurture, made us self-sufficient, stronger, and taught us to persevere through any trial and tribulations.

  6. I enjoy making desserts > other foods, as it was one the things my mom taught me, my first dessert with her was caramel pudding. I don’t enjoy eating other people’s caramel pudding—it just doesn’t taste as good as my momma’s.  My mom’s cooking > Others

  7. I have a bachelor degree in communications with a major in advertising and a minor in religious studies. To some respect, I feel I am still using my degree through my blogging, and religious studies helped me to appreciate all the religions of the world and see what binds us.

  8. I worked at an advertising/marketing firm for a few years professionally. I learned a lot about working in the “real-world.”

  9. I am quite creative, artistic and meticulously detail-oriented when I want to be. I have dabbled in drawing and painting, photography (even learned how to develop my own photographs), I completely planned my own wedding (helped my siblings with theirs), and have been a stylist to my family members.

  10. I met my husband through mutual friends, we did not like each other at first nor did we care to talk to each other, however as we started talking we instantly felt like we knew each other.  Lesson: give everyone a chance because you never know who you will meet.

  11. My husband is my soul mate and I have never met someone more kind-hearted, harder working, and more genuine than him. Alhamdulillah My husband > Your husband … hehe… May we all be blessed with wonderful spouses, ameen.

  12. I love Chicago more than I ever expected to love it. I loved it from the moment I stepped off the plane and began my newlywed life with my husband. It will always have a special place in my heart even if I move.

  13. Through blogging I have met some really fun people, designers such as Rebecca Minkoff and Manolo Blahnik, and have gotten to explore the city more by attending fashion events.  Blogging has helped me to step out of my comfort zone.

  14. I am currently in graduate school, with my husband being my biggest cheerleader – he pushes me when I’m being lazy about school, and supports me in all things that I love to do.

  15. I do visit Florida often, but I go to visit family not to be a beach bum or check out tourist spots since I lived in Miami for 20+ years. Miami is a beautiful city with truly one of the best beaches I’ve seen.

  16. I now find romantic movies quite cheesy and almost unbearable to watch. My reality > Fantasy …Alhmdulillah

  17. I highly enjoy home décor and change up seasonally few things around the apartment. I dislike cookie cutter home décor. I feel a home should exude your personality, and have personal touches not a “model home” that any family will fit.

  18. At the end of Ramadan/July, I fractured my arm by falling while on the way to school. I’m still recovering from the injury, and thus was on a hiatus from blogging. Through this injury I have become quite ambidextrous.

  19. I have TY beanie babies and several other stuff animals that I’ve been collecting since I was younger, including those I’ve gotten from the husband and plan to keep them to decorate my future kid’s rooms with (inshahAllah).

  20. I am currently very much enjoying this blessed chapter of my life with my husband and grateful for it every day. Alhamdulillah.

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Bonus fact | I have always appreciated 4 quarters > 100 pennies when it comes to friendship, and last month a true friend whom I met in the fourth grade found me through this blog! We hadn’t spoken for maybe five+ years and recently when we caught up it was like we never lost touch. Lesson: True friends are hard to find so treasure them and hold them tight.

Alhamdulillah, because there is always something to be thankful/grateful for.

Thank you to all my reader’s, family and friends who have wished me well, and requested I start blogging again because they were missing my posts. Especially, the husband, who never misses any of my posts.

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

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