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It may seem that I’m always saying how I’m going to do a video, and then it inevitably gets postponed… well no more of that.

The video is below!

Aug 112014
 

That’s something most people agree on.

Well, I guess unless you’re really stingy and never want to let your money go.

But, what I’ve noticed is that, sometimes I’m a little too carefree with our finances.

It’s easy to get comfortable and go out to eat several times a week, or order delivery because my husband or myself didn’t have time to make dinner.

But, it all adds up over time.

There is nothing wrong with having fun and going out, and I’m all for that. Lately though, I’ve thought I better buckle down and make sure I’m not only saving, but putting money away for my girls to go to college someday.

Here is how I’ve decided to get a start on being more diligent.

First and foremost, I’m giving myself a goal of about 3 weeks beginning today, to only eat food that I’ve brought from home.

No running to the vending machine, no quick snack from the food court down below my workplace.

For example today… I brought my own instant decaf coffee, added some water and ice to it.

And presto!

I saved myself $5 off of an iced coffee from the local Starbucks.

icedcoffee2014

This discipline is also something I want to use to incorporate myself back into a healthier lifestyle.

Too often I get stuck in the eating and sitting all day routine and it becomes a vicious cycle.

Now, the benefit of trying to save money by not eating out as much, is going to be that I don’t pile on all those extra calories!

Are you up for the challenge? Just dedicate a 3 week time period and give it a whirl!

I’ll give you an update halfway through and let you know how I’m doing and if I survived!

Aug 042014
 

This past Saturday I attended an all girls party and it was fabulous!

I realized too late that I didn’t take any pictures, but that’s probably because we weren’t wearing our hijab and I didn’t want to put anyone into a panic.

But, if I had remembered I would have taken pictures of the setup and the items for the silent auction.

The evening was put together by Dr. Sua’d Abdul Khabeer.

The way it was organized, was that attendees paid $10 at the door.

There was food, music, dancing and just an all together wonderful evening of sisterhood.

During the event people could go and bid on items including a piece of artwork from Nadia J and a cake by famed pastry chef Malika who runs Desserts by M.

Below is the piece of art I won in the auction. It’s called “She found herself inside a whisper” by Nadia J.

Nadia J art

I love the idea of having an event that also benefits others.

The full proceeds from the evening went to Sisters Nurturing Sisters.

An organization that helps women who are homeless or at the risk of becoming homeless.

It was a great evening, I met lots of new girls, and I have to admit it was nice to get my hair done and let loose.

Let me just say I got quite a workout!

Did you have any all girls Eid parties? 

NOTE: Once I can figure out what the heck is going on with my hyperlinks, I’ll link to all these folks and their websites so you can learn more about them!

 

Here are the latest articles on hijab fashion that I came across… and looks like I fixed the links hehe.

hijab fashion on rise in Jakarta 2014

 The quest to make modest hijab fashion a staple

and

Hijab fashion turning heads in Malaysia

What are your thoughts? Can hijab fashion rise even more or is the market finally saturated?

 

 

If you’ve never heard of this retail company… well now I’m going to tell you all about it!

It’s a Japanese company, and the first time I laid eyes on it, was when I was in New York a few years ago.

One of my brothers lives in NYC with this wife, and they told me all about Uniqlo and made me feel quite jealous.

Finally, I had the chance to see it for myself.

My personal thoughts are that it’s kind of a mix between Zara and H&M.

However, what I love about it? They have tailoring… on site!

So, for example if you’re short like me, you can get your pants hemmed in the same day.

That, my friends is an amazing thing.

I don’t like waiting a week to get pants hemmed, so I end up with long pants that look awkward and bunched up, or I have to purchase 4 inch heels to balance it out and my bunions hate me for it.

In any case, The Chicago Tribune has announced that it is headed our way, and I’m  intrigued and excited.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-uniqlo-first-chicago-store-20140729,0,6592743.story

Not sure if all the features will be there like the store I visited in NYC, but I guess once it opens I’ll find out!

Here are some past postings where I wore my favorite Uniqlo pants (I literally wore them all the time!)

I’ve since plumped up a tad bit, so they are sitting in my drawers until I can get back on track hehe.

Uniqlo obsession

For more pics:

http://www.hijabtrendz.com/2012/06/12/long-loose-hijab-fashion-summer/

http://www.hijabtrendz.com/2012/06/06/hijab-outfit-day-burgundy-denim/

http://www.hijabtrendz.com/2013/07/13/kokun-sweaters-light-summer/

http://www.hijabtrendz.com/2012/05/15/mothers-day-weekend-fun/

 

Have you ever tried Uniqlo? What’s your favorite item?

 

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