DIY- Easiest Baby Blankets EVER!!!

Hey all!

I usually don’t like to write DIY posts and this one definitely doesn’t count as a tutorial BUT I had to mention it, because its just so darn easy!!!

All you need is- A Baby, some sewing skills (just  the regular kind), two pieces of fabric (exactly the same size as each other) and you’re done! These can be used, as baby swaddle blankets or even receiving blankets 🙂

When I have absolutely no time and I still want to be able to gift someone, something meaningful, this is what I go for! Its easy, simple and so personal! Of course, the person you’re gifting this to, needs to have a baby 😛

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Now, I realize that what you see above is not two pieces of fabric, but a couple of pieces stitched together. That’s simply because I didn’t have large enough fabrics to reach a decent size, so I joined pieces of fabrics, and then completed the blankets.

Just put the fabrics, right side facing together and sew along the edges. Leave a little opening on side so you can turn it inside out to bring the good side of the fabric out.

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Like the color blocking effect!

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Confusing patterns will put the baby to sleep immediately 😛

I wanted to make it look a little neat, so I finished the edges with a straight stitch, to make the blanket lie flat and even.

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That’s it!!! Its so simple and I think, the different fabrics make it look even better! I have decided to keep some ready in my stash, just in case I need more  for immediate gifting 🙂 The best thing about this blanket, is that you need no measurements! Just eyeball the fabric and size it according to whoever you’re gifting it to *thumbs up*

This can be used as a summer blanket as well, for babies, toddlers or adults!! Isn’t it awesome??!!

Have fun making some you guys, the satisfaction of making something, that can be used regularly is immense!!

Horrible Kuwait Airport Experience!!#%*#

Hey Everybody!

Yesterday, I saw this post on 248am.com and I was not at all surprised. I had a similar experience, a little over a month ago and I was mortified! In his post, Mark has mentioned, how badly some of the expatriates, were treated, at the Kuwait Airport and how sad it is to see, that things like this happen, in this day and age.

I was travelling with my son and usually, the airport staff (no matter what country you go to) makes the travelling a little bit easier, for mothers or parents travelling with young kids. But that was not the case, at the Kuwait Airport.. I was waiting to clear immigration, when the officer who was checking our passports, started asking me unusual questions. If that was not enough, he involved the officer in the adjacent booth and both of them started talking ABOUT me.

Now, I am not very fluent in Arabic, but I could understand everything they were saying. Both of them kept discussing how I looked and guessing my age. They kept smiling at me and asking me where I lived. PLUS, many things that have nothing to do with national security! Not only that, they asked me questions, which were seriously none of their business. I was mortified even more, when they kept staring at me!!! NOT in a respectful manner, but in the disgusting and disrespectful way, no woman should have to face!! Its terrible to even say that, but that’s exactly what happened and since I was alone, I didn’t know who exactly to approach.

I kept my cool and left from there as soon as they let me go. I was alarmed that in a place like Kuwait, something like this could happen, but it did and its shameful! Its a point of deep decline, even for Kuwait.

I completely agree, that maybe the female officers should be brought back. I’m glad that 248am posted this incident. Hopefully, some one in charge will read it and do the needful.

 

Golden Wok- Chinese Restaurant!

Hey awesome people!

I’m pretty sure, most of us, have faced those days (cravings) for Chinese food, many times in our lives. It happens to the best of us. We follow a strict diet, but then, that moment happens, when you just- want- to- have -those delicious noodles and …..you get the drift 😉

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Well, when I have those sudden attacks, I turn to the trusty old, Golden Wok! First off, its close to where I live, so YEYYYY!!! Second, its one the few good and affordable Chinese restaurants, in Kuwait and thirdly, they’re good!

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Yummy Momos

The most important dish for me, has to be the chicken Dumplings or Momos! When I found out, that what I’d been looking for,ever since I moved to this country, was so close to where I lived…I immediately went ahead and tried them! *thumbs up*  I am an absolute fan, of Tibetan cuisine and these are delicious. Plus, I’ve had them so many times, at their restaurant, that they now see my face and start preparing them, before I place my order 😀

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Fish Steak 

My Son, has moved on from his chicken love, into the fish arena and loved their fish steak! I was pleasantly surprised because it was his first fish adventure! Needless to say, the fish was well cooked, not over done at all, beautifully seasoned and lip smacking delicious!! That platter, has loads of steamed veggies at the bottom.If you like fish, then this one is worth a try. Just make sure, the fish you order, is what is available, in that particular season.

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Vegetable Noodles

No Chinese dinner, for me, would be complete, without some noodles. I usually go for the veggie ones because we usually order many non-vegetarian items. Delicious!! Anyone hungry yet??

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Chili Chicken

Why not?? Its awesome because they can make it as spicy as you want and its quiet flavorful. However, this time it was a bit sweet for my liking. I’d probably make note of that and remind them, the next time I visit.

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Vegetable Manchurian

Oh MY GOD!! Why haven’t I ever ordered this thing before?? It was absolutely stunning!! I think its the Dry vegetable Manchurian dish and LOOK how gorgeous!! A must try *thumbs up*

You guys…I’m not a food critic and I’m not claiming that Whatever they serve, will be to your liking. BUT, the most important part, about any restaurant, is how consistent they are! These guys, know exactly what they’re doing! Its a small restaurant and has a well functioning kitchen. Inside that kitchen is a Chef, who knows what he’s doing and what it takes to keep this place going!!

I’m thoroughly impressed, with their food and customer service. Its a four table capacity restaurant, but they do home deliveries so… YEYYYY!! If, you’re ever in the area, please do give them a try. They’re a modest establishment, with a promising future 🙂

You can check their menu here.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Golden Wok, has not paid me, to write this review. Everything mentioned here, is based on my personal opinion.

 

 

 

Crazy Quilt Mania Begins!! ;)

Hey All!!

Its OCTOBER!! Yeyyy!! I have always loved this month!! Not just because its my birthday month (*silent clapping*), BUT also because its just soooo beautiful this time of the year! Its like, everything starts falling into place. The air changes and so does the feel …. you get the picture 🙂

For me, this is also a sign, that I need to get into my busy bee mode and finish all the projects, I’d hoped to complete this year! Not just sewing, but anything and everything, that I have been delaying- for no good reason 😛

Crazy quilting is something I absolutely adore!!!!! I’m a self taught quilter and crazy quilting was the way I started my quilting adventure. Infact, I didn’t even know I was “Crazy Quilting”, until much later.

This here, is one of the very first pieces I made.. Its nothing extravagant, but it sure took a lot of work 🙂

DSC_0772 It soothes me 🙂 Reminds me of a -very VERY long time ago- day, when I was playing with my toys and my grandmother sat nearby, sewing away… … The patterns remind me of my sweet mommy, who would come check my size, for a pretty frock she’d be making for me, while I sat oblivious to the joys of sewing.

When I tell my mom, that I made a quilt or I sewed a dress, she laughs it off, simply because its impossible, for her to believe, I can do that. “You don’t know how to sew!!”- is what she says. Thanks to whats app, she has seen, most of my creations and is still amazed, that I’m the one behind, some such babies 🙂 Including the one giant quilt, I gifted her this year, for her birthday!

Well…. I guess somethings don’t need any training…. you just pick them up… in the winds of October 😉

September Empties!!!

Hey all!

September has come to an end. I thought long and hard, about what I should post about next and came up with this post.

I love reading about and watching, people talk about regular (or high end products), that have worked for them. So, maybe some one would enjoy my September empty products too!

They are not very many, so this will be a quick round up 🙂

DSC_0770First up, is my all time favorite, Nivea Soft Cream! I have used this cream for many, Many years and find myself, going back to it, over and over again. I believe in the simple formula- If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! The best part about this, is that it is quiet affordable and not as expensive, as some of the other creams out there. It works wonders for my dry skin and I have used tons, of this stuff. Plus, now that winters are fast approaching, this baby, will always be with me.

Next up, is the Avene Thermal Spring Water.

DSC_0771I had mentioned this stuff in my Boots Haul post. It was the first time I made this purchase and that happened because I got two, for the price of one and also because I was intrigued 😛 Well that happens, to the best of us (don’t judge)! I wrote about, the multiple uses of this thing and even though, I feel like, its good value for money- I don’t think I will be adding it to my essentials list just yet. I mean, I use it on my face, some time in the day, to feel refreshed- especially after running many chores. Or sometimes, just before putting on makeup. That’s just because I have it, but its not a necessity just yet.

DSC_0767The Body Shop Vitamin E intense moisture cream, is also one of my favorites. I don’t use it regularly, but just when I feel, my skin needs some extra moisture, I pull this one out. You know, damage repair. Its costly no doubt, but its worth the purchase 🙂 I have used it, paired with the Vitamin E night cream and they do work really well!

DSC_0769The Body Shop Vitamin E, Overnight Serum in Oil….. this my dear people, is the boss, of all things moisturizing! I am in L.O.V.E. with this!!! I use it before bed, almost everyday and I can see the change the next morning. Whatever this thing does, is awesome and you should definitely try it! Can’t wait to go back and get a new one!!

The last product on this list is

DSC_0758Why NOT!?! My previous post, was all about this guy. Why?? Because this baby is awesome! I have already used this one up and the second one is almost half way through. If you want to learn more about it, check out my last post!

Lemme know guys…have any of you used these products? Do they work for you as well? They’re not very high end I know 🙂 But sometimes, simple things make ALL the difference!

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The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm-Review!

Hello there everyone!

How are you lovely people feeling today?? I am feeling pretty excited because I’m going to venture into product reviewing, for the first time! I have written a little bit about certain things/products in the past, but I’ve never dedicated an entire post to it.

Anywhoo, lets get right into it! Now…The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm, has won me over! I love using it and have used it many MANY times, in the past one month.

DSC_0758 If truth be told, I’ve wanted to get my hands on this baby, ever since I heard Lisa Eldridge mention it, in one of her videos. I don’t usually go for skincare products applauded by many you tubers, but she happens to be well known in this department and knows what she’s talking about. So I tried, many times, to buy this cleansing balm, but it was always either unavailable or out of stock.

After I found this, on the- Buy 2 Get 1 Free- offer aisle, at The Body Shop (Gate Mall), I absolutely had to pick it up! I have dry skin…and by dry skin, I do not mean the regular kind, where you apply moisturizers and its settled. NO!  By dry skin, I mean as dry as the Kuwaiti desert! So cleansing balms, are the things I usually go for, as opposed to cleansing mist, water, etc. you get the idea?

DSC_0760 The Balm, has a coconut oil type consistency. It looks, feels and melts exactly, like coconut oil would. The only difference is that this guy can be washed off with water, without leaving any greasiness behind!  The coolest part however, is that its a very good cleanser and takes off any makeup, right off! Gentle massage and its done! The good thing is that you can use it on a regular basis and give your skin some well deserved pampering 🙂

I hate applying weird smelling products on my face, so the relaxing scent is a plus for me *thumbs up* 😀

DSC_0762 However, if you’re allergic to any of the ingredients, please avoid using it. Also, I cannot tell if this would work for oily skin as well, but since it washes off easily, that shouldn’t be a problem.

I have not had any allergic reactions to it, in the past month and I am really happy with the product.

Final Verdict: I am Happy with this purchase and my skin feels refreshed and moisturized at the same time. I will definitely be repurchasing this Cleansing Balm 🙂

Have any of you used this product? Let me know how it worked for you 🙂

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The Body Shop, has not paid me, to write this review. Everything mentioned here, is based on my personal opinion.

The Body Shop Haul! Kuwait..

Hey everybody!

This post has been in the making (by which I mean, on hold) for a while now! I remember posting a picture on my Instagram feed and then completely forgetting that I had to write this one up!

PhotoGrid_1441214291136 Well, recently, after my 10 KD Make up experience, I have started looking at the Body Shop differently. I always used to go there for their range of body butters, shower gels and perfumes; but I have recently discovered some new products that I am planning on using again.

Anyway, these are the things I bought:

DSC_0744 Green Tea Exfoliating Soap, Camomile Cleansing Butter, Vitamin E Night Cream, Solid Oils Lip Balm and Argan Oil Massage Soap.

DSC_0746I have used the Vitamin E Day and Night Cream in the past and since I was getting them for free, after having made the rest of the purchase, I picked two! They had a Buy 2 Get 1 scheme going on and I got pretty good deals on some of the stuff.

DSC_0748 This Lip Balm was also among the freebie baskets, so yeyyy!!! I have never used this before. The only lip products that I have used from the Body Shop, are their Lipsticks and Lip Tint. I am really looking forward to using this lip balm, but since I am already in Love with my boots one (which I mentioned in my Boots Haul post), I see no reason to start with this just yet.

DSC_0750 Next up, is this Cleansing Balm which I had heard of, a couple times and had been looking for, for ages! But for some reason, every time I went to the store, they would tell me it was out of stock. I was very happy to have found this because there were only five left. I ended up picking 2 because….why not! I have had the opportunity to use this a LOT  recently and I’m satisfied with the product.

DSC_0752 The Exfoliating Soap and the Argan Oil Massage soap are both new to me and I have not used them yet. I will definitely post a review once I know how they are.

Have you used any of the products mentioned here? I would love to know how its worked out for you 🙂

 

Kids Craft Kuwait !

Hey everyone!

This past week, I decided, that I would get my son some play stuff, from Kids Craft Kuwait.

Now, before I even begin to tell you, why I’m SO GLAD that I did, I’d like to mention that they are worth the try and I highly recommend trying their stuff out.

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I am an absolute fan of home made play dough’s and playthings that are made with organic/edible items. So when I saw that, that’s exactly what Kids Craft Kuwait were offering, I immediately placed my order!

I was very excited to see their play dough, corn and cloud sand. Its something that I have been meaning to do for my son, for a long time, but time constraints always limit the amount of work I can manage sometimes. So when I decided to give myself a break and let Kids Craft Kuwait handle this, I made a good decision!

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Military Themed Cloud Dough Box

The lovely Emina, set up this cute little military themed cloud dough box for me and my son loved it! He spent an hour playing with this. I was a happy mom 😀

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Colored Corn Sensory Box

This colored corn sensory box was a HUGE hit! My son has enjoyed this the most out of these two boxes that I ordered. I customized both the boxes to my liking and I was very satisfied with how they turned out!

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Emina also added a complementary box of play dough to our order!

All in all, this shopping experience was amazing 🙂 If you have kids and you’re living in Kuwait, you have got to try these guys. I’m already planning on trying some of the other stuff they have.

Check out their instagram here – kidscraftkuwait

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I have not earned any benefit, monetary or otherwise from Kids Craft Kuwait. All opinions mentioned here are based on my personal experience.

 

The new Shades post!

Heylo there everyone!

Its been a while since I last posted, but all of us have those days when we feel we don’t even have time to breathe! Well the last few weeks, were super crazy for me and I couldn’t find time to sit and post a word!

Anywhoo, I’m back and am dedicating this post to the sustainabledaisy ! Simply because she’s SO gorgeous AND I went ahead and purchased these snazzy pair of shades, when I saw her rocking them in the aforementioned post!!

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They are not the usual kinds I’d go for, but they are beautiful! I think you can rock them with any kind of dress, that’s how versatile they are.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you probably know I’ve been shopping recently and this is just one of the treasures I picked up. I got lucky and found these shades at Aldo, for a good discounted price! Here’s the other one I picked up:

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Grab some cash and go pick these up from wherever you can find them 🙂 I’m in love!

 

 

 

MakeUp Challenge! 10 KD!!

Hey everybody!

I don’t know about you, but You Tube is my new google. So, a couple weeks ago, I came across a bunch of videos by the name “20 $ Makeup Challenge” and it caught my attention immediately!

As most of you may know by now, I live in Kuwait and the currency used here is Kuwaiti Dinars. On converting 20 US Dollars into Dinars, the amount I got was 6.05 KD. Now, 6 dinars will probably, not get me the same value for money [in terms of makeup] as $20 would, in the US. So, I decided, to give myself a little more room for bargain and increased the amount to 10 KD.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are some places in Kuwait, where you can buy makeup within 6 KD, but that is when you go for very cheap makeup, which may or may not be good for the skin. I wanted to make sure that I get to pick brands, which had some validity and background. Someone that I could sue, in case it gave me an irreparable skin disease 😛

So, the challenge was to find makeup that completes a basic makeup routine. Which means you should be able to cover – Eyes, Lips and Face. I tried to look into, as many brands as I could find in drugstores and the makeup aisles in malls but for some reason, I couldn’t buy everything in one brand. First I was aiming at the brands I’m familiar with- Bourjois, Maybelline, NYX, Mac, etc. but then I decided that I might as well, use this opportunity to try out something new.

The first stop was Body Shop. Now, I have used some of body shop lip products but I never really looked into their makeup until now. The first thing I picked up was this:

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I left the reduced tag on so you could see that it was on offer and cost me 3 dinars. I don’t know why, I’ve been bothering with all the other foundations and such, when I could’ve gone to body shop and picked one of these! Lemme tell you guys, this thing is fabulous! It has just the right amount of coverage and their ‘flawless’ claim, holds true! The first time I applied it, it reminded me of the subtle coverage that my MAC mineralize foundation gives me. Its light and gives a very natural finish. The Tea Tree oil smell is however, quiet prominent when you apply it, but it fades off.

The brand that I later, came across was Misslyn. Its a German brand and I had never used it. You can read about them here. The rest of the things I picked up were from this brand, simply because they fit my challenge criteria and if I did buy some other brand, I would’ve crossed the 10kd limit.

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EYES

Lets start with the eye shadow palette. I picked their Party palette because it had both matt and shimmer colors. So you can use it for day and for later in the evening.This cost me 3 kd.

 

 

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Blush

Next up is the blush. I picked their Pink Cloud blush and the color looks exactly like my Bourjois Rose! The Bourjois blush is much softer in texture, but the color output from both is the same. Its not very heavily pigmented, so it can be built up, depending on how intense you want it. This cost me 2 kd.

Moving on to the next item:

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Lips

This thing here cost me 1.250 kd. Its in the color 38 and its a beautiful red, which can be lightly patted on with the fingers to look pink or used to create a strong red lip! *thumbs up* score!

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Concealer

The last item is this, which cost me absolutely nothing! I caught the brand on a promotion, of buy 2 get 1 free. I think this was the best thing ever because I got something useful and without having to spend more than I had wanted to! If however, I were to pay for this, it would’ve cost me 1.500 Kd, which was still within my budget so yeyyyy! By the way, the texture of this similar to the Revlon color stay Concealer. The revlon is much thicker and this one is a little light.

So here you have it! A 10 KD challenge, that was well met I guess 🙂 Hope you guys enjoyed this post and I encourage anyone out there [who wishes to] to take up this challenge! Don’t forget to link me in your post, if you do! I’m really looking forward to what others might find in their 10dinars!

Tons of love!