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

Flowers for Dreams Review + Perk for AnUblog reader’s

Hi all!

Flowers for Dreams bouquetI love receiving fresh flowers, and the husband even knows it makes my day when he comes home carrying a bouquet. While he never told which local florist he would use, several weeks ago I was curious when I hadn’t received a “just because” bouquet of flowers so he told me that all the local florist close to us have closed. He told me that there used to be a florist a block from us that closed down, then he found another place and that closed down so he hasn’t been able to figure out where to get me fresh flowers from.

F4D bouquet promo codeAround the same time, I discovered Flowers for Dreams, a local Chicago floral company that offer’s quality floral arrangements and is philanthropic! They have bouquet’s starting at $35, and deliver around the Chicago area or to be exact delivery 25 miles from the loop is free, yes FREE. F4D has a farm-to-table concept of delivering organic flower’s without all the fees because they don’t have a brick-and-mortar, and each purchase benefits a local charity. More reason’s to love them! You can email or call them up (855.212.8420) if you have an idea for a custom arrangement and they will create something just for you.

Flowers for dreams Chicago promo codeFlowers for Dreams sent me a complimentary bouquet for Ramadan and Eid since I’ve been all about decorating my home with beautiful things around this special season. And because they are such an amazing company with great customer service, and know that flowers make the perfect finishing touch to any decor, they are offering AnUblog reader’s a special discount of 20% off any order or subscription. All you have to do is just put in the code “ANU312” while checking out at www.flowersfordreams.com for 20% off! How great is that? The code is valid up until Sept. 1, 2014 so place your order’s for an iftari/Eid party, hostess gift, anniversary, birthday or “just because” surprise for your significant other.

Thank you Flowers for Dreams!

Hope you all are having a great weekend! Reminder, there is a huge Ramadan/Eid Giveaway I’m hosting. Only a few day’s left so enter ASAP. If you live in the USA enter here, and everyone can enter this giveaway! Good luck!

Umair’s sweetheart
Ayesha

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

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.

Sale Alert | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale #Nsale

Hi all!

First, have you entered the huge Ramadan/Eid giveaway? If not, do so here.

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is here, and going on up until August 3. I was able to shop during the sale preview, and picked up a few items that had been on my list. This is one of the best sales of the year because all the merchandise is new Fall items that are on sale– it may be early to be thinking of Fall but you don’t want to miss out on the #Nsale. I think it’s a great time to shop for yourself, or family/friends for the upcoming holiday season, and get a great deal on designer items that normally wouldn’t be on sale.

My Picks:

I purchased a few thing’s such as a Jo Malone perfume set. I don’t think it’s available online anymore, however it would be best to check your local Nordstrom. In the “picks” above I mentioned the Jo Malone silk blossom because it’s a limited edition item, and smells divine.

I also purchased the Rebecca Minkoff quilted mini affair with studs, which I’m completely in love with. I’ve already worn it out and love the size, stud details, and the color.

My last splurge was a Movada watch (a gift from the husband, as well as everything else I purchased). There is a Movado that is included in the Anniversary sale, and I originally picked it up in the pre-sale because I didn’t want to miss the great deal, however once I brought it home I felt like it wasn’t the classic Movado watch I truly wanted, and my husband wasn’t a fan of it either. In my opinion the Anniversary sale Movado had too much going on, instead of the simple sleek look it’s known for, therefore the next day I returned it and purchased this one –which I’m in love with!! Thank you husband! This also goes to show that don’t splurge on an item just because it’s on sale sometimes it’s best to wait for the item you truly love.

Have a great time shopping & do share your purchases if you end up going!

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

Eid Card Set & Ramadan Planner by Organized Muslim

Hi all!

Eid Mubarak card setEid al-Fitr is right around the corner, and not far behind is Eid al-Adha. I feel each year both Eid’s come so fast that I don’t have time to prepare before hand, nor can I ever find nice cards that I can give to my family and friends.  These contemporary cards were sent to me by The Organized Muslim, and they perfectly fit the bill.

Eid card setFathima is the creative brains behind The Organized Muslim, and she is located in Sri Lanka! The Organized Muslim are creators of chic & beautifully designed planners and stationery goods with an Islamic theme.

contemporary eid cardsThis Eid card set, which I was sent for review, has eight single sided card’s measuring 4 x 6 inches, and they come with eight cream colored envelopes. Each of the eight cards are brightly colored with a different design, but with the same Eid Mubarak message (so will work for both Eid’s) in the front, and blank on the back so you can add a personal message. This is a great set to have on hand to mail out, or give to friend’s hosting Eid parties, or just to give along with Eid present’s/eidee.

Ramadan PlannerAside from contemporary stationery, The Organized Muslim has created a free Ramadan Planner available for download here. As soon as I was told it was “free” I downloaded it to review it, and tell all my reader’s about it. While Ramadan is more than half way complete, I feel that organization is needed during the last ten day’s when we are trying to take the most advantage of Ramadan by concentrating on doing extra prayers, and recitation of Quran. As I can easily lose track of what needs to be done I think this planner is really beneficial because you can plan out your meal’s for the week before hand, then write down your dua list, surah’s you want to recite and even a daily sadaqah tracker. If you like to stay organized by writing stuff down, then definitely download this free planner.

Contemporary Ramadan planner freeThe Organized Muslim will be participating in the International giveaway coming up later this week so stay tuned. Until then be sure to follow them on their Facebook fan page, Pinterest, and get updates on Twitter.

If you are living in the USA, then be sure to enter this Ramadan Eid giveaway currently underway. And here is an internationally open giveaway.

Good luck!

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

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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.

Eid Gift | Allah to Z: Activity Book Review

Happy Tuesday!

Allah to Z Activity BookThis Ramadan I have been in search of great decor and gift ideas that are Islamic, and worth sharing with my reader’s.  I  came across this Islamic children’s activity book from the author of Allah to Z alphabet book, Sam’n Iqbal.  If you haven’t heard of this book series then you are missing out, because you and your kids will appreciate these books especially during Ramadan and Eid.

Book Preview Allah to ZOn the Allah to Z website you will be able to find a book preview with their alphabet book, where you can see fun graphic’s and easy words for a child to follow along but still understand the meaning of the word. In addition, to book previews, you can even download activities that go along with the activity book that I was sent for review.

Arabic letter bingo for kidsAbove is a page from the activity book featuring Arabic letter bingo for kids. This bingo game would be great for kid’s who are learning their alphabet to start reciting the Qur’an, or even for kids who already know how to read.  This game can be played during Ramadan with siblings, during events like Ameen (Qur’an finishing ceremonies for kids), and even to give out in a Ramadan/Eid gift basket for kids.

Kaaba bank activity Aside for this book making a great gift item for kids, you can actually find useful activities for kids inside. One of my favorite activities in this book is the Kaaba bank. This Kaaba bank activity will first get kids involved in the making process, so they can have a hands on activity, then after the Kaaba is finished with all the trimmings you can teach your kids the importance of charity. This can be a year long activity where you can ask your kids to donate a portion of their allowance every Friday/Jummah, then during Ramadan teach them about zakat and sadaqah. and ask them to donate the money collected year around during a charity event in a masajid or other charity of your/or your child’s choice. Just this one activity can teach so many lesson’s to kids, not just about charity but also about learning how to count, learning to save money, and learning to give to those less fortunate than us.

Mosque yarn activity for kidsThe activity book features over 30 activities for your kids to use during Ramadan, especially great for those long Summer month’s when kids are off from school, the activities are engaging and great for Islamic lesson’s. In addition, if you visit the Allah to Z website you will find under “fun stuff” an Allah to Z – The Coloring Book app! How fun is that? So now even when you are not at home and your kid’s are glued to the ipad they can have an Islamic coloring book.App for Allah to Z Coloring bookThe author, Sam’n Iqbal, is a graduate of New York University with a Master’s in Bicultural School Counseling. She plan’s to develop a interfaith counseling program for Sunday school’s and Islamic school’s. Sam is graciously participating in the huge Ramadan and Eid giveaway coming up this week, and so one of you could win the activity book mentioned today. For more updates, please be sure to follow Allah to Z’s Facebook fan page, here.

Thank you for visiting & have a great day!

Umair’s Sweetheart,
Ayesha

*AnUblog was not compensated for this post. Only were provided the items for review, giveaway, and credit’s AllahtoZ.com for the preview pics. 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.

Modern Islamic Stationery Reveiw

Happy Friday everyone!

Abud-Darda (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “He who follows a path in quest of knowledge, Allah will make the path of Jannah easy to him. The angels lower their wings over the seeker of knowledge, being pleased with what he does. The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth and even the fish in the depth of the oceans seek forgiveness for him. The superiority of the learned man over the devout worshipper is like that of the full moon to the rest of the stars (i.e., in brightness). The learned are the heirs of the Prophets who bequeath neither dinar nor dirham but only that of knowledge; and he who acquires it, has in fact acquired an abundant portion.”[Abu Dawud and At- Tirmidhi] credit: Sunnah.com

Islamic stationery

Today I am featuring fun Islamic stationery, yes you heard right fun like Kate Spade fun! We all have seen those adorable pens, pencils, notepads, and sticky notes, etc. from popular brands that have fun designs, and we want to hoard just because of the cuteness. We’ll now I’m so excited because I can find such Islamic products that are fun to display and useful.

Islamic pencil set and sticky notes

Muslamb Stationers, is an Etsy shop specializing in letterpress & offset greeting cards, fill-in invitations & desk decor essentials such as notepads, sticky notes, bookends, stamps & pencils, the most popular of which are the “Hijabi Hard at Work” & “Study Dua” pencils. Since it’s founding, Muslamb Stationers products have appeared on various design blogs & magazines in the U.S., U.K, Canada, Malaysia and Turkey. They are located in Chicago, and offer a variety of product’s on their Etsy shop which you can check out here.

Eid Mubarak magnets and InshahAllah sticky notesThey were kind enough to send me some items for review, and also they will be participating in the huge Ramadan & Eid giveaway so some lucky person will win some of this fun Islamic stationery. Muslamb stationery comes in bright colors, and their pencil’s have “studying dua” on them–how great is that. The sticky notes are as great as any in the market but what makes them better is they have “InshahAllah” and other Islamic reminder’s written on them. I was also sent small magnet’s that say “Eid Mubarak” on them- how cute. I love magnet’s and will be sticking these on my refrigerator right away. All these items were packaged very nicely, are of quality and are made in the US.

20140714-155642.jpg6 #2 pencils in shades of purple and pink. Print reads: “Rabbi Zidni ‘Ilman War Zuqni Fahman” Meaning: “O Allah advance me in knowledge and true understanding.” And below are other cute product’s that I’m loving!

Hijabi hard at work pencilSalat door signThe stationery items will make great gift items for children (and children at heart like myself) for Ramadan, Eid, just because presents or even as small prizes for kids in Sunday school competitions. To order your own, check out Muslamb Stationers on Etsy. Also join their Facebook fanpage here, and twitter for updates.

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.

Handmade Ramadan & Eid Cards Review

Hi all,

Salena Lee Custom Cards

I hope all my Muslim readers are having a wonderful Ramadan thus far. I’m exciting for today’s post, because while I’m reviewing an item from Salena Lee, an Etsy seller, that makes beautiful handmade paper cards for special occasions, I’m also giving a sneak peek to a giveaway item. I will be hosting a huge giveaway this month with some great business’ that have amazing Ramadan and Eid decor, stationary, and gift items. I’m gonna sound like a broken record but this giveaway will be the biggest one I’ve ever hosted, and you will want to follow throughout the month to get a chance to win.

Ramadan Eid Custom cards

Ramadan and Eid are such special times, and while I’ve been living in the US for a very long time every  year around this time I feel like my home is missing something. When I was younger, and living with my parents my mom always made special food items during this time of year, she decorated the house, we wore new clothes during Eid, and received gifts. All of these these things my mom did made Eid so special to me, and now that I’m married I want to do the same for my family and future kids. Therefore, in search for great Ramadan and Eid decor to jazz up my space I will be sharing all my recommendations for this beautiful time of year.

Eid Mubarak handmade card

To start off this giveaway sneak peek is greeting cards made by Salena Lee.  Salena’s obsession with paper started at an early age when she would save money to buy construction paper and now as an adult that hobby took on a whole new meaning where she started creating custom cards for all occasion.

Ramdan Eid gift

The pictures on this post are just an example of some of the beautiful cards she makes. When I received these cards for review the first thought that went to my mind was that they would be perfect just as sending as a greeting card since they are all blank inside so you can personalize, or you can give them as thank you notes to host’s of iftar and Eid parties– wouldn’t a personalized handmade and handwritten card be a wonderful thing to receive? I definitely would cherish it since handwritten notes are becoming so rare these days.

Eid decor

Visit Salena on her Etsy page here, and see her beautiful handmade creations. If none of them strike your fancy, then I’m sure she will be more than happy to create something custom just for you.  Please also like her facebook fan page here.

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.

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