10 lessons that I’ve learnt from moving 5 homes in 5 years.

1. Be adaptable and flexible. Change can be overwhelming- both financially and emotionally.

2. Moving to new place makes you humble. It’s similar to traveling. You get to explore a new neighborhood- meet new people and experience different adventures.

3. Organizing before hand is helpful. Rather than now sorting things in the new home and decluttering later, I do that before hand so I only take what I need.

4. Home is where I make it. Getting attached emotionally is human nature- Few awwws and tears will always be a part of it. Accept it and take it now as a new happy and exciting challenge.

5. Always start with Allah’s name and blessings. Surah Baqarah before moving into a new home is must. Duas are shields just like that ting lock on your door? 😁

6. Your friends are out there. You just have to find them:)

7. Don’t rush on settling in. Give yourself time to get adjusted. Similarly take time in re-doing your space. Look into sales and second hands too- themes and what suits your comfort rather than just looking nice like catalogs:).

8. I’m now more independent than I ever thought I would be. Moving so much has made me step out of my comfort zone to find things that I enjoy- it’s a reliving kind of experience.

9. Random acts of kindness go a long way. Helping someone lift a bag, smiling at new neighbors, offering a frnd chai in your new place or guiding a stranger at a metro station- tiny beautiful moments- embrace them.🙂

10. It’s okay to not have everything that you see in an ikea show room. It’s okay not to have a perfect set up home- esp with kids! Adapt to happy mess, long chats, game nights and lots of laughter- wherever whenever❤️

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How many homes have you changed so far? Also send across a dua for our new home❤️

5 things I couldn’t resist shopping today!

Uff seems like forever! After such a long time, watering my blog plant with a new write up- I really hope I continue writing here more!!

Daddy didn’t take the car today which means I got to do quiet some awara gerdi and fazool kherchi 😛

Here are some things I bought! Let me know what you think of these. Totally random han!

1. A happiness Candle:

I love candles! And this one especially had ‘Happiness’ on it. A great price of 10 aed and so beautiful- right for my working table. Khushbo bhe hai btw!

Shop: Max

Price : 10 aed on sale

2. Mini Note clip board:

This one was just soo cute that I couldn’t resist! It says ‘Dream Big Little Star!’ And perfect for my working table to attach mini chits and notes! Boht he pyara yarr!

Shop : Max

Price: 7 aed!

3. Magnetic Planner:

I’m such an old school kind of bandi! I love writing stuff done- especially when planning my groceries or meals or generally anything.

This one is amazing- its magnetic so best for the kitchen fridge. Has a pen holder too- and very funky! You knw I’m a teacher yea- all cool kind of stuff!

Shop: Max

Price: 12 aed

4. Nayel’s shoe shopping-

Not just for myself , but even for Nayel- I love collecting different coloured shoes that I can match with his outfits. So Max had awesome sale and just for 10 aed each , I got 3 pairs for him! Scene on matlab!

5. Table Runner:

Blue is my favorite colour- so I grabbed a cotton table runner matching it with my blue and white decor for my dinning table. Since my table is getting very karab from the centre, I keep finding ways to hide that! This looks equally beautiful too!

Shop: Max

Price : 15 aed

Hope you enjoyed reading this chota sa blog! Do you enjoy shopping in sales?

Airport Stories

I once read somewhere and I always witness it too- ‘’Airports see the most sincer kisses and tears and hospitals hear the deepest prayers..’’

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At the airport today while coming back from Pakistan, there was a young man – aged 30-35 maybe. He was standing right infront of us in the que in plain off while shalwar kameez, a brown polished sandal- an old click wala suitcase with white tape on it with all his details- he also had a brown used cardboard box – with a yellow rope tightly wrapped around. As we approached the gate into the airport, a young boy and another man came running to him- I can’t recall his name but looked like his family- the young boy was definitely his son. He hugged his dad for a last goodbye, both of them had watery eyes, red , blinking and rubbing wet eyelashes, and those sighs were hard. ‘Beta, Mai jaldi ajaonga, ami ka aur behna ka khayal rekhna- phone kronga jaker- ‘’ with that he quickly took out his wallet and handed 500 ruppe note to his son. Hugged him again and without seeing , rushed into the terminal . It just moved me- the struggle of leaving your family behind to earn some extra money in a foreign land is hard. Next I saw him at the immigration where the officer had cut opened his chota box for inspection. And that man stood there explaining how each box had food his wife especially cooked for him, some mitahye for colleagues and a bag of apples from his village.

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I don’t know if the officer allowed him to take all that or not- I prayed he did. It was a sad sight. While many of us take our familes and luxury for granted, for some out there- it’s a struggle everyday. That man probably would be a Taxi driver here in Dubai- driving cabs on busy street of gold land – far far away from his family.

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So many of our South Asian brothers struggle and go out of their homelands to earn some extra bits – so the next time you use a cab in Dubai, greet them, be polite, tip some extra and if nothing- leave with a small prayers for life to treat them a little easily. With that- say Allhamdullilah for your blessings- we are living a grand life- which many dream of, count your tiniest comfort and be grateful💕

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I once read somewhere and I always witness it too- ‘’Airports see the most sincer kisses and tears and hospitals hear the deepest prayers..’’ . At the airport today while coming back from Pakistan, there was a young man – aged 30-35 maybe. He was standing right infront of us in the que in plain off while shalwar kameez, a brown polished sandal- an old click wala suitcase with white tape on it with all his details- he also had a brown used cardboard box – with a yellow rope tightly wrapped around. As we approached the gate into the airport, a young boy and another man came running to him- I can’t recall his name but looked like his family- the young boy was definitely his son. He hugged his dad for a last goodbye, both of them had watery eyes, red , blinking and rubbing wet eyelashes, and those sighs were hard. ‘Beta, Mai jaldi ajaonga, ami ka aur behna ka khayal rekhna- phone kronga jaker- ‘’ with that he quickly took out his wallet and handed 500 ruppe note to his son. Hugged him again and without seeing , rushed into the terminal . It just moved me- the struggle of leaving your family behind to earn some extra money in a foreign land is hard. Next I saw him at the immigration where the officer had cut opened his chota box for inspection. And that man stood there explaining how each box had food his wife especially cooked for him, some mitahye for colleagues and a bag of apples from his village. . I don’t know if the officer allowed him to take all that or not- I prayed he did. It was a sad sight. While many of us take our familes and luxury for granted, for some out there- it’s a struggle everyday. That man probably would be a Taxi driver here in Dubai- driving cabs on busy street of gold land – far far away from his family. . So many of our South Asian brothers struggle and go out of their homelands to earn some extra bits – so the next time you use a cab in Dubai, greet them, be polite, tip some extra and if nothing- leave with a small prayers for life to treat them a little easily. With that- say Allhamdullilah for your blessings- we are living a grand life- which many dream of, count your tiniest comfort and be grateful💕

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Palmer’s Coco- wonders for skin.

I have always been a huge coconut fan ! Be it for its coconut water, coconut milk, the yummy and fresh coconut meat inside or for beauty purposes.

I love applying coconut hair on my hair and whenever I go for a body massage, it’s my favorite choice.

Hence-sharing with you all two coco-ful products from Palmers that I’m absolutely loving!

1. The first one is the new Palmer’s Coconut Face Oil– which is an infusion of organic coconut oil, Tahitian Monoi oil and Tiare flower petals.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil combines Fair Trade Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and 9 other pure precious oils to deeply boost hydration, replenishing and revitalizing skin to its most naturally dewy, radiant and healthy-looking state.

The best part is- it’s non- greasy and helps maintain the skin mositure level. I have been using it for a week now and haven’t had any clogged pores. I apply it at night and really find my skin smooth the next morning. Also smelling awesomely coconuty!

I highly recommend you to try this product from Palmers which is easily available in all leading hypermarkets.

Packaging – a medium sized glass bottle with a dropper for easy use.

And the 2nd product is the Palmers Chocolate Mint lip balm- it’s a coco- butter formula balm with added dark chocolate and peppermint! Sounds yummy yeah!! It’s sheer goodness on lips! This balm is -Vit E enriched with added benefits of SPF 15 which helps prevent cracked lips- making them buttery soft. Vit E is such a powerful ingredient that helps improve scars and dark coloured lips- giving it a well toned an smooth appearance.

The packing is super friendly- small sized, light in weight. I have been carrying it in my small wallet – been so handy!

Head over to your nearest stores to look for these good products! Also- on the other side Palmers Coconut shampoo and conditioner is now available in Boots pharmacy across UAE. And if you’re in shopping at Carrefour, you can enjoy the buy one body lotion and get a free suncare lotion!

Thank me later 😁

Till my next Palmers recommendation- enjoy these! And do share your experience with me 🙂

8 Types Of Desi Mango Eaters

With the mango season on full boom, I thought of writing this blog for every single mango fan!

Read and place yourself in the category ! Also tag your friends and family

1. The clean slate:

These people make sure not even a single atom of mango pulp is left. Pora safaya. They respect mangoes and know how important it is to eat every single bit in there. Many a times they are found with chilkay in the mouth with the sadness of mango kahtam hogye. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner- anytime a mango meal is sufficient.

2. The Wasters in BhukaPana:

These people are always looking for the next slice. They waste and disrespect mangoe pieces. Motay motay chunks kha lete hain and baki chor ker dosra ka haq marne wali bat😂– please guys, pora khatam kia krein. Allah bhe zaya krne se naraz hotay hain.

3. The ghutli lover:

In logon ki zindagi ka ik he maqsad hota hai– to get that Aam ki ghutli. Whenever mangoes are served at family gatherings, they eye on the ghutli and can do anything to get their hands on it. Many a times they openly and loudly declare- ”Ghutli meri hai! ”. Be-ware of them and give them what they want- even hours later also – they will be seen sucking on the khali ghutli. Suck it- lick it- repeat!

4. Mango cup maker:

These poeple enjoy cutting the mango from the centre and making cups out of it- and then scooping peacefully with a spoon. Mostly these kind are ocd walay– who want safaye around – hence they eat with nazakat and tameez. On the other hand, kids also enjoy this version of mango. If your haven’t ever tried- are you even a Pakistani?

5. The Mango-ologist:

These people are the real mango lovers. They can identify door se he what variety of mangoes they’re eating. Family members trust them and often ask for their insights before buying. I mean seriously – hats off! It’s an art- they cannot eat a mango without detailing the full bio data of mango generation. Kaise kr lete ho yar- mujhe to sirf aam khane ka shoq hai- Pakistani Aam ho bus 😬

6. Mango here -Mango there- Mango everywhere:

These people eat mangoes with all the zeal and zest. From hands to clothes to mouth, everything shows how dedicated they are in their mango eating mission. These people are afraid of eating mangoes in public- they just can’t. These people are a perfect example of kaise bhe dhag- surf excel/ ariel /bonus / tide./ gaye soap- sab hai!

7. Desi cooler walay mango eaters:

These people do not believe in the magic of modern refrigerators- so they get a big balti, fill it with ice and water and place their mangoes straight from the paiti in them. Then gather around and eat from there- and later wash hands in the same thanda pani 😍😍😍hayeee(reminds me of my bachapan k din!)

8. Mangoes- NO NO!

Okay – these people also exist- I know it’s shocking but yes- non- mango lovers. They prefer watermelon and bananas over mangones- There’s nothing much to be said about them- instead being super sad on their choice- kya miss kr rhe ho yarrrrrr!! Jahan bhe milein yeh- thori batein suna dia kroo 😛

Which category are you in? Did I miss a kind? Please let me know in comments! Do share 🙂 – virtual mango k paiti inam mai meri tirf se 😎😛

P.S This blog is not intended to hurt anyone’s feeling- purely for fun ❤️

Happy Mango season! Dil mango mango krlo!♥️