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Retro Bridal Shower

Hi all & happy Monday!!
housewife red teal love cake

Last month I was in Miami, and attended a dear friend’s bridal shower.  The theme was retro housewife with main colors being red and teal, which are also the bride’s wedding colors.  I loved everything about the shower, from the decor that was all done by various family and friends, to the fun games, dessert bar and food!  I became the unofficial “official” photographer of the shower, and it was perfect because I wanted to capture all the lovely moments of the shower and be able to give all the great snaps to my friend who I know will appreciate the snaps after the wedding.

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red teal dessert stationred teal dessert bar showerI love lucy tv diy showerred teal bridal shower retro bridal showerretro bridal shower photo propsI had a great time at the shower, and I hope these snaps give some inspiration to someone planning a bridal shower.  I truly thought the theme was so unique and so creatively put together to fit the bride’s aesthetics.  We were asked to bring an apron to wear during the party to go along with the housewife theme– my apron said “true love is a big deal.”

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Scarf/Hijab – gifted (similar here) | Apron – H&M (similar here, and here) | Top – TJ Maxx (similar here, and here) | Pants – Target (similar here, and here) | Pearl necklace – H&M (similar here, and here)| Bow necklace – Forever 21 (similar here) | Bracelets – Alex & Ani, Swarovski

Have a wonderful Monday, and do let me know some creative themes for showers you have attended/hosted.

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

Hajj/Eid Mubarak Party + Little Wings Gallery Review

Happy Wednesday!
Eid dessert topper

Eid was a few weeks ago, and the husband and I decided to host a hajj mubarak party for some relatives who were able to make the blessed journey this year. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and is recommended to perform at least once in a lifetime (those who are able to financially and physically). Hajji’s (pilgrims who have performed hajj) return home several day’s after the celebration of Eid, thus the reason for my late post.
Eid Mubarak banner

For the party decor I used several items sent to me by Cherie of Little Wings Gallery.  She has a background in Design that has helped her to create beautiful contemporary Islamic decor.  The Eid decor set I was sent had a banner, a 8″x10″ print, several cupcake toppers, cupcake/dessert flags, little gift box, name tags for gifts and also buffet table labels.

Eid Mubarak print little wings gallery

I was emailed all the items to print, and after I did I just loved the pattern and colors as it is the theme I’ve been loving lately.  I was then able to set aside some time (aka commercial breaks) to cut everything out, and assembled the banner with twine.  It does take a little bit of time to complete if you are doing it alone so I would definitely make this a project with the little ones.  All the items come with easy instructions on what materials you need and  how to put it together so there is no guessing.

Cake topper, desserts and kabaa Because this was a Hajj/Eid Mubarak party, I decided to create a cake banner with the cupcake flag toppers. I took two bamboo skewers that I usually use for chicken skewers, and some twine to make this banner.  Another fun and easy idea is to make  a kabaa out of construction paper and a square tissue paper box.  I didn’t have construction paper so  I used gift wrapping tissue paper in gold and black.  It took a few minutes to make and was a big hit. If you want to take it one step further for kids you can turn this kabaa box into a sadaqah (charity) box.

Arabesque Eid Set

Photo credit: Little Wings Gallery

I loved hosting this party and putting together my black and gold decor, and it definitely became more festive with the little decor touches from Little Wings Gallery.  Do check out their Etsy shop for more fun Islamic prints, children’s room decor, stationary and more.  If you would like something personalized you can have that done too.  And the best part? 10% of proceeds from all sales go to a Muslim’s Aid charity.

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*Not a sponsored post.  AnUblog.com were provided the Eid decorations from Little Wings Gallery for review and for giveaway during Ramadan.  All opinions are of AnUblog.com.

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.

blue yellow Allah is sufficient print

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.

Ramadan/Eid Gift’s & Decor Company Round Up + Huge Giveaway (Part 2)

Happy Friday all!

Today is part two of the Ramadan/Eid gift’s and decor company round up.  This giveaway is open internationally (that mean’s everyone is able to enter from planet Earth…as long as you have a valid address), and there will be 15 winner’s–lot’s of chances to win! This giveaway will run for a week, and winner’s will be emailed soon after the giveaway closes. If you missed part 1 of the company round up, then click here, especially if you live in the USA so that you can enter both giveaways. Now let’s get to the wonderful companies sponsoring this giveaway, then scroll down to enter.

Pret a Papier

Contemporary stationery

Photo credit: Pret a Papier

Reesha is the designer, artist, crafter, collector, baker, mother, shopper, and blogger behind the luxury stationery company Pret a Papier, based in Dubai. I will be reviewing her product’s coming up in a few day’s to give a more in-depth idea of her work. Her motto is to make luxury stationery accessible for everyone. Therefore, if you are looking to add that personal touch to your event then Reesha is your girl!

Eid decor contemporary printable

Photo credit: Pret a Papier

Pret a Papier is participating in this giveaway by offering one lucky person an instant download to her Eid design package which comes in two different colors, and a personalized set. The Eid package is so new that it is in the process of being printed and the above pic is a sneak peek!

The Organized Muslim

Eid Mubarak card setI recently reviewed this Eid card set sent to me by The Organized Muslim, you can read here if you missed it. And I also talked about the free Ramadan planner they offer. The Eid card set is great because it comes in eight different colors with the same message, but blank back so that you can personalize. The Organized Muslim is participating in this giveaway by offering one lucky person this Eid card set, yay!

Titli Designs by Sadaf

Titli design Eid Moroccan set

Photo credit: Titli designs

Titli Designs is created by the extraordinary Sadaf. She is a mommy to three kids, works in the medical field, loves making paper art/stationery, and designs kids clothing. I will be reviewing her products more thoroughly in a few days, but before that she is participating in this giveaway by offering a beautiful Moroccan theme Eid Mubarak decor set to one lucky winner. The set is all hand-made with natural eco-friendly materials.

Moroccan Theme Eid Mubarak Decor Set Includes:

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.

Moroccan theme Eid decor

Photo credit: Titli Designs by Sadaf

Avenida Enekuri Greetings

Ramdan Eid giftSalena Lee of Avenida Enekuri Greetings designed these beautiful handmade Eid and Ramadan cards. I recently reviewed her lovely cards, and raved about the detail that has gone into making them, you can read the review here and see more pics. Enekuri is participating in this giveaway by offering one lucky winner a $20 gift voucher to her Etsy shop. This way you can choose a custom item from her wedding, aqiqah, anniversary/wedding collection or get something custom made.

Little Wings Gallery

Eid decor printable Little Wings GalleryLittle Wings Gallery is a contemporary Islamic art prints and designs shop, that offers a wide selection for kids and general home decor. I will also be reviewing the items sent to me by this company to thoroughly to let you know why they are great. But the gist of it is that Little Wings Gallery donates 10% of every sale to Muslim Aid’s Orphan Aid Programme. How great is that? A shop with a cause always makes me love them more.

Little Wings Gallery is participating in this giveaway by offering one luck person a $30 gift voucher, this way you can check out their Etsy shop and get some fun items of your choice.

Got Eidee

got eidee cotton shirt islamicAnika Shah, started creating this awesome Eid tee for her son since he looked forward to the holiday but more so for getting “eidee.” Her shirt’s have become quite popular among her family and friends, and she has ventured into creating more designs for her shop. I was sent a “got eidee” shirt for review and to style with one of my ootd post’s so look out for that once getting closer to Eid.

As for the giveaway, I saved the best for last, as Anika Shah of Got Eidee is participating in this giveaway by giving 10 lucky winners her signature “got eidee?” shirt. How amazing is that? It definitely isn’t Eid until someone say’s “got eidee?”

Giveaway Info:

  1. 15 winner’s will be selected randomly to win one of the prizes mentioned above. If you have a preference for one of the items do leave a blog post comment below telling us which one and we will try to accommodate.

  2. You can enter daily on the rafflecopter widget by twitting about the giveaway daily, and then remembering to mark that option on the widget once done each time.

  3. All entries will be verified. Do read the giveaway “terms and conditions” on the widget as well.

  4. Everyone get’s one easy entry–so remember to choose that one!

  5. This giveaway is open Internationally.
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 Good luck to all the participant’s of the giveaway. If you live in the US, then also enter this concurrent giveaway for more chances of winning.

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*AnUblog was not compensated for this post. Only were provided the items for review and giveaway. All opinion’s are of AnUblog’s author’s. Anublog.com does not share opinion’s of brands/companies mentioned.

Ramadan/Eid Decor & Gift’s Company Round Up + Huge Giveaway (Part 1)

Happy Wednesday all!

Today I’m super excited to bring to you part 1 of the huge Ramadan/Eid Giveaway with amazing companies here in the US, and on Friday I will be doing one for all the international reader’s (click here to enter).  This USA open giveaway will have four, yes FOUR winner’s so scroll down to enter. This giveaway could not have been possible without the amazing sponsor’s who have amazing product’s that are worth sharing and raving about, so here it goes.

Wafa Islamic Arts

Mohammad canvas art contemporary

Photo credit Wafa Islamic Arts

Ouafae Taame, is the amazing artist behind Wafa Islamic Arts. Ouafae specializes in digital art, Islamic art and calligraphy, and was the former Senior Artist/Art director in Ubisoft. Looking at all the art Ouafae has created I feel like it’s such a breath of fresh air seeing such beautiful contemporary Islamic art that we want to display right away because it fit’s in with the modern aesthetic of most of our homes.

il_570xN.612222485_6nbi Wafa Islamic art Mohammad canvasWafa Islamic Art is giving one lucky winner this 20″ x 30″ Mohammad art print that will be perfect for any living room. Value for this print painting is $115. See more of Wafa Islamic Art’s painting on their Etsy page, and remember to follow them on their Facebook Fan page, here. FYI- the winner of this painting will be responsible for shipping (about $15).

The Dream Wreather

Eid wreath contemporaryI reviewed The Dream Wreather a few day’s ago, if you missed the review or would like to see more pictures click here.  Andrea of The Dream Wreather is participating in this giveaway by offering one lucky winner a $50 gift voucher to her shop! This way you can work with her to create  your own custom wreath with all the trimming’s and colors of your choice. You can also check out Andrea’s shop on Etsy here.

Allah to Z

Allah to Z Activity BookI recently also reviewed Allah to Z: Activity book and other products in this series. If you missed the blog post or would like to see what I’m loving about this series, then just click here to read.  Sam’n Iqbal, the author of this book is participating in this giveaway by offering one lucky winner their Allah to Z: Activity Book. As I stated in my review, this book is great and gives lot’s of fun activities to do with kids.

Muslamb StationersStudying dua eid mubarak magnets inshahAllah sticky notes

 I fell in love with Muslamb Stationer’s pencil set and sticky notes, and reviewed them here. They have cheeky fun stationery, and not only that how great is a reminder with this studying dua pencil set in bright colors? Muslamb Stationer’s are participating is this giveaway by offering one lucky winner a pencil set and sticky notes. You can check out more fun item’s in their Etsy shop, here.

Giveaway Info:

1. Four winner’s will be selected randomly to win one of the prizes mentioned above. If you have a preference for one of the items do leave a blog post comment below telling us which one and we will try to accommodate.

2. You can enter daily on the rafflecopter widget by twitting about the giveaway daily, and then remembering to mark that option on the widget once done each time.

3. All entries will be verified. Do read the giveaway “terms and conditions” on the widget as well.

4. Everyone get’s one easy entry–so remember to choose that one!

5. This giveaway is open only to resident’s with a USA mailing address.

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Good luck to everyone, and remember part 2 of this giveaway is open internationally–so enter here!

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*AnUblog was not compensated for this post. Only were provided the items for review and giveaway. All opinion’s are of AnUblog’s author’s. Anublog.com does not share opinion’s of brands/companies mentioned.

Ramadan & Eid Wreath by The Dream Wreather

Happy Monday everyone!
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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend with your family and friends. This past weekend was our Anniversary, and it was a lovely time spent with my husband. He surprised me with a dinner date out at a fancy restaurant overlooking Chicago, and during dinner we even saw fireworks from above since Navy Pier was very close and they have a show every weekend. I will share more about our Anniversary later on in the week, but let’s get to reviewing The Dream Wreather and the beautiful Ramadan/Eid wreath I was sent.

TheDreamWreatherAndrea Hammad is the creative genius behind these amazing wreaths. I know we all have seen wreaths, but how many of us have seen beautiful custom wreaths for Ramadan and Eid? I for one was pleasantly pleased when I discovered Anderea’s shop on Etsy. She is one of the very few people making handmade decorative items for Islamic holiday’s.

Eid wreath packageAndrea is a physical therapist turned stay-at-home mom. She loves creating new wreaths and finding inspiration in unique ways. Custom orders are her favorite because it challenges her to be creative and at times her best products are produced from customer recommendations.

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Wreaths she creates are either 12 or 18 inches in diameter. Andrea uses wire frames and decorates with burlap, mesh ribbon and accessories with satin, velour, and embroidered ribbons. She use’s wood for the plaques, and monograms that are hand painted.

Wire frame wreathThe wreath I was sent for review was 12 inches in diameter, it was packaged securely, and a personal handwritten note was the first thing I noticed once opening the package. My first reaction to the wreath was just of amazement, because I could see the detailing that went into it. When I turned it around and saw the wire frame I was even more impressed because most wreath’s I have seen are made from foam or the pre-made round’s sold in craft supply stores. I highly recommend Andrea’s shop on Etsy, because she does custom work, and now when looking for Ramadan/Eid decor you don’t have to resort to non-Islamic holiday decor because you can find contemporary Islamic decor.

contemporary ramdan eid decorYou can see more of Andrea’s custom wreaths on her Etsy page, here. Or you can follow her on her Facebook fan page for updates. Andrea will also be participating in the Ramadan Eid giveaway coming up soon, and she is offering a generous prize to the winner–so keep your eye’s peeled. In addition, The Dream Wreather offer’s 20% off to returning customers, therefore take advantage and get one for yourself and a family or friend–it will be something you can have for year’s to come.

Ramadan Eid contemporary decor

Thank you for visiting and have a great week!

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*AnUblog was not compensated for this post. Only were provided the items for review and giveaway. All opinion’s are of AnUblog’s author’s. Anublog.com does not share opinion’s of brands/companies mentioned.

Macy’s Secret Garden Event

Happy Monday everyone,

A few weeks ago Macy’s was having their Spring time Secret Garden event, where they had a special garden beautifully set on one of the floors, and floral decor throughout the store. To celebrate the secret garden event they had several events planned, from cooking demos to art classes to fashion shows. I attended one of these events with my friend, Fatima, and it was hosted by local blogger Graham from Glossed and Found.
alt=It was a garden tea party themed event that was beautifully planned. They severed hot lavender tea, tea sandwiches, had a candy cart, models showing off Spring looks, make-up booths giving tips, a flower crown DIY station, and a beautiful backdrop made entirely of flowers where a professional photographer was snapping photos of the guests (I’m still waiting on receiving those snaps, as they were gorgeous and I didn’t take any personal ones). After the fun event we headed up to the actual garden to check out the amazing botanical display. Here are some snaps from the day.

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How gorgeous is this?! Let's all take a moment to imagine us throwing a beautiful garden party with this decor!

How gorgeous is this?! Let’s all take a moment to imagine us throwing a beautiful garden party with this decor!

The detail and thought that went in to creating this table --simple breathtaking!

The detail and thought that went in to creating this table –simply breathtaking!

Garden pics

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Scarf/Hijab – random old | Yellow top – Joe Fresh x JCPenny | Pants – Loft | Shoes – H&M | Bag – Rebecca Minkoff MAB | Necklace – Charming Charlie | Chain link bracelet – Forever 21

Enter the latest jewelry giveaway here. Only one day left!

Spring is finally springin’ so go out and enjoy your day!

March on Women | Spring Home Decor + Giveaway

Hello everyone!

Today I’m featuring some of my picks for updating your home for Spring with beautiful pieces from talented female Etsy sellers, and a giveaway from one of them for an original painting.

Now that it’s finally Spring (or at least I’m pretending it is here in Chicago), I’ve been on the hunt for unique items for my home that can quickly brighten up my space without much hassle. Changing up artwork, throw pillows, small decorative items can easily accomplish this without major renovations, so here are some of my unique finds from Etsy, you can click on each item to find out more information.

Top row || Agate coasters | Pastel rose topiary (enter code springwhimsy15 for 15% off -ends 4/30) | Burlap monogram wreath

Middle row || Colorful tulip bowls | Spring printable art | Original bird drawing

Last row || Inspirational painting | Spring shower curtain | Flower throw pillow

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Win this original 5 x 7 painting by Rachel Bingaman

Win this original 5″ x 7″ painting by Rachel Bingaman

Today’s giveaway is hosted by Rachel Bingaman, a full-time professional artist. Her paintings focus on abstract realism and contemporary landscapes. Her original oil paintings are award-winning and internationally collected and can be found in private collections all over the world.

You can find more on Rachel and her art on her Etsy page, her Facebook page, and her blog.

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Title: Fields of Lilac
Size: 5″ x 7″ (12.7cm x 17.78cm)
Materials: Professional Grade Oil Paints, Impasto Medium, Canvas Panel
Certificate of Authenticity Included

Rachel is giving away {1} original painting from her Etsy shop, Fields of Lilac, to upgrade your wall or home decor for Spring. Just follow the directions on the rafflecopter widget below (everyone gets one easy entry). Giveaway starts 3.25.14 and ends on 4.7.14 (read terms on widget). Additionally, you can tweet about the giveaway everyday for additional entries until the giveaway ends.

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Have a great day, stay empowered, & good luck on the giveaway!

Umair’s Sweetheart,

Ayesha

*Giveaway painting is being sponsored by Rachel Bingaman. All opinions are my own.

Ramadan | AnU Host an Iftar Party

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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This past weekend the husband and I hosted our first iftar (breaking the fast) party at our house. We cooked traditional Pakistani iftari food and the quintessential Pakistani dinner.

I even got festive and found this free printable DIY banner online from an website called Sakina Design, they feature other cute printable for stars and beautiful Islamic art frames that I’m dying to get. The banner was a hit and gave me ideas to get more creative with the decor for future iftaries/parties.

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The menu for iftari consisted of fruit chaat, cholay, spinach pakoray, aloo pakoray, and per my husbands request finger pepper pakoray which weren’t spicy to our surprise.

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We also had dahi baray, chicken samosas (bought frozen from Tahoora), ordered some pizza for the kids, coriander chutney and homemade tamarind chutney.

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Of course we had some fresh watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, apple juice, and rooh afza, the summer drink of the east which every iftari has to have otherwise your thirst doesn’t feel quenched.

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Everyone was stuffed from the iftari but we still had dinner, spicy biryani made by the husband (the man can cook some yummy food Alhmd), and chicken tikka made by me. The main dinner was accompanied by salad and yogurt raita.

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And last but not least, the iftari party had a sweet ending with some light summer mango & pineapple dessert.

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We enjoyed hosting our 1st ever iftari party. While it was a lot of work, insha’Allah (God willing) we will host future parties with more family and friends. Until then I hope all my Muslim family and friends are having a blessed Ramadan and insha’Allah we can all make the most of the last ten days, and may our fasts & ibadah (supplications) be accepted ameen.

Have you hosted any parties? What are some traditional items you cook?

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