Hop, Skip And Jump!

Hello There!! Lovely people of the internet world!

I’m so glad to be back! I took a short break from my virtual life, to spend some quality time in the actual, real life that I live in :p I’m glad I did! There’s nothing more gratifying, than spending time, in the company of loved ones and doing , whatever gives you pleasure and peace of mind 🙂

However, I had been working on Hop, Skip and Jump, before I took my break. So, now that I’m back, I’ll quickly jump into it!

As most of you may know, apart from being a writer and an avid crafter, I’m also a mom to an amazing toddler, who keeps my life full and extremely interesting! For that reason, I’ve been asked tons of times, by my working and non working friends (new mommies) what I do to fill up my time, staying at home and “not working”.

First of all, being a Mother= working unlimited hours of time + overtime + after hours + whatever else is left in between.

Now that we have that cleared, lets move on. 😉

I became a mother at a young age and I cannot stress enough, how important it is, (if you want to maintain your sanity) to stop telling yourself that your life will be over, after you have a child! In this day and age, we’re brought up to be independent, in order to survive the rush, we call life and work our hearts out, in order to fill up our bank accounts. It may seem like your life has come to a standstill, just because you don’t have an office going job. BUT, unfortunately that is just because we’re conditioned to believe, that is what will happen. NO, its not a propaganda or a plan against our generation. It comes naturally, when you’re used to being on your feet and earning a livelihood.

Obviously, I have to mention, that its only the women who face this dilemma. Since, we all know, that men are rather unfortunate, for they will never know the joys of being a mother! Yeyyyyy!! *self high five*

As far as wondering, if you’re doing enough, to help your child grow to his/her potential, don’t worry about it! It happens to the best of us. Just make sure to take a breather, every now and then and you’ll be just fine 🙂

Hop, Skip and Jump, is going to be, a new series of posts, which will include tips and ideas on holistic child development, learning and interaction, along with spending quality time with your munchkins.

I hope that these will help you gain confidence as a mom and that it will make spending time with your precious loves, that much more gratifying!

 

 

 

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 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.

 

Kuwait Books!

Hello there everybody!

Has anyone seen my baton? The one that reads – Kuwait has no good bookstores AND that I dislike the place because I never find the books I’m looking for and I am tired of ordering them online?? Well, I think I lost it, somewhere in the book laden shelves of Kuwait Books, last night!

If you’re like me and books are your oxygen, I suggest you get up off your chairs, stop reading this blog and find your way to them. It doesn’t look like much, when you reach the spot the GPS takes you to, you will be faced with a dilemma:

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The entryway to the bookstore

We almost didn’t enter the premises. Firstly, because it was very dark. There are no signs on the road, that lead you in this direction and you might get suspicious, of the GPS lady for a bit, at this point. Secondly, I was certain that Zombies were waiting for us in there! But you guys be brave and walk in because once you do, this is what you will get to:       DSC_0306 The reading angels will welcome you and you will get lost in here…

DSC_0297 Trust me guys, these people have it all. They had most of what I had been looking for, for a long time! I was so impressed with their collection and they even had these:

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john Grisham

I had been looking for these for ages and I found them here!! I have the novel sized ones, but these are the real deal for me. You see, I have a whole library situation going on in the house and I have as many books as I have clothes. I am not ashamed to admit that I have a LOT of books. Technology is great and everything but I find solace in reading. I was especially intrigued when I saw this shelf:

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The guitar

That guitar right there, is the long lost brother of my guitar! I wanted to get my guitar and place it right next to that guy sitting on top of the shelf. But then I got carried away and found this:

DSC_0310 And this:

DSC_0299The bookstore has its own charm you guys. There’s so much to explore, these pictures can never do justice to the collection they have there. As if it weren’t enough, that they had some of the very rare books I have seen, they’ve made the place very cozy and inviting for those who wish to sit and read. PLUS, if you return the books you purchased from them, they give you store credit! Wooohoo!!

DSC_0315It was only two days ago, that my ignorance about the bookstore, came to a sudden end, when a friend told me they had reopened in a new place. We were in the area and my husband suggested we check it out. I was more than happy and it was a good decision! You wont be returning empty handed from here, I guarantee you.

We’ve been going around Kuwait, looking for children’s books and let me tell you, it has been a struggle. You do get books in Kuwait, don’t get me wrong, but they are either WAYY overpriced or are in Arabic. We found a good collection of books for children here [at Q8 Books] and I let my son pick what he wanted. They have a good variety and they even had some books by local authors! I was happy to see those because I had not seen, some of them, elsewhere.

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Books for children

DSC_0301Our trip to the bookstore wasn’t planned and we drove there on instinct. Nevertheless, it was a satisfying experience and we will definitely be returning, very soon!  Honestly, I almost didn’t want to write this post because I wanted to keep the bookstore a secret 😛

So any John Grisham fans reading this, please don’t go pick those books. I ran out of cash last night, but I intend to go back and get them!

For more information on the bookstore you can visit their website: q8books.com

You can  also follow them on Instagram: @q8bookstore

Kuwait Makeup Haul !!!!!

Hello there everyone!!

If you remember my post about Organizing makeup with IKEA, you would recall that I ended up clearing out, a LOT of my makeup. Mostly, because it was either too old or stuff I never really used.

So any way, that led to me buying a whole lot of new stuff! And I am sooo excited to share everything with you because I’ve been purchasing makeup, over the past couple of weeks. That’s because I didn’t want to spend too much on expensive products and also because I really wanted to limit myself into a budget, so I could research the market thoroughly. I did however, replenish the products that I have used previously and wish to continue using.

I have used makeup, long enough to know, that you shouldn’t use cheap products on your face, unless you’re okay with skin problems [some of us learnt that the hard way]. I’m pretty sure none of us are fans of that! So I researched a LOT before I could get myself to buying the following products. Since Kuwait makeup market is considerably newer for me, Some of the products are new to me too. I do wish to review them, sometime in the near future. The others I have been using for the past few weeks and reviews are all on their way.

BUT for now, I just wanted to give you some eye candy, so you may sleep better tonight. 😀

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Keep checking back for the reviews on these and to learn where I bought some of this stuff.

Is it just me, or does it really look delicious enough to eat?

The Caribou Coffee experience.

Hey everyone!

If you’re looking for a place to hang out this week or weekend, go say HI to Kris, at Caribou Coffee, on the coastal road, in Mahboula! She is is this lovely lady at the counter, who took my order last night and made the outing a lot better, by her cheerful banter and gracefulness!

I had, earlier in the evening, had a disappointing experience with a cashier lady at Bairaq Mall and had lost hope in “niceness” in -‘people behind the counter’. So its needless to say that my caribou coffee experience was made better by Kris.

My husband had been insisting on this visit for a while and I must say, it was totally worth it! We had a good time and my son enjoyed the cake. Here are some pics to get you planning your next trip there:

The Fudgy Wudgy

This is what we ordered, though my husband had initially asked for their Honey Latte, which was on promotion a couple months ago, but it seems they don’t have that, on the menu, anymore. Its a shame because it was pretty good…

MOcha, Fudgy Wudgy snowdrifter

We also picked up some magazines there:

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But what caught my eye the most was the awesome Reindeer image on the chairs..

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That’s it for the this post you guys.

Don’t forget to meet Kris if you got there and Kris if you’re reading this- It was a pleasure meeting you! Thanks a ton love!

See ya at Carabou Cafe guys!

 

Boots Haul!

Hey there people!

As you may have figured already, this post is about my shopping experience at boots. I have been shopping at boots regularly, ever since I settled here and I am satisfied with the range of products that they offer. I almost always find what I am looking for, for the exception of good information about the products, since the staff is not always aware of what they are selling.

Last week I visited boots and picked up a bunch of stuff, including make up! Can’t wait to show you all what I bought..

DSC_0467Boots Botanics Fast Absorbing Hand Cream is one of my favorites hands down. Its very moisturizing and not at all greasy, like some of the other hand creams I have used. I also bought Avene Thermal Spring Water, which I am a fan of. It was my first time using it and it seems to be a multi purpose spray. It has multiple uses some of which include: Makeup removal, Diaper Rash, Facial Redness, Itching, Damaged skin, Sunburn, etc. I cannot say anything in terms of the effectiveness of the product as of now, but it seems like a good product. Also I got one free on the purchase of the other one, so it was a steal.

Most of the stuff was buy one get one free and I mostly find that offer on some or the other product, every time I go there. DSC_0470Moving on to Boots Shea Butter Lipcare..Lemme just say I have been living under a rock all this while! I didn’t know this thing existed or I was simply blind. Whatever the case may have been, I have now discovered one of the best Lip care products on the market. The Boots Simply Sensitive Hydrating Eye Cream is another product, true to its name. My – living under the rock days – are over! yey!

I also picked up some hair ties and mentos, because one can never have enough of those 😀

I don’t know about any of you out there, but I am always misplacing hair ties. Its always good to have some extra ones handy.

IKEA Kuwait- Organizing Makeup with IKEA

Hey all !

Although I’m not a heavy makeup user, every girl, through the fate that she is born with, acquires by default, some kind of makeup. That was the case with me until last year, when I decided to delve further into the mysteries of this art form…and buy more makeup than I would ever need 😛

Until recently, all of my makeup was packed into a box or two and I rarely EVER used most of the products. I ended up using whatever was within reach and didn’t bother with choosing from the modest variety I had lying around. So while cleaning a few weeks ago, I had to throw away a LOT of my makeup because it had been lying with me, unused, way past its expiration date. I was sad and weirdly motivated, to use more makeup than before.

This gave me another excuse to visit IKEA..yeyyy! This is what I bought.

DSC_0437 This is what it turned into

DSC_0441I also bought some of these fillers for planters and such along with two vases..

DSC_0442DSC_0443DSC_0445 I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but it looks beautiful!

DSC_0446I placed my foundations on the bottom and my lipsticks and liners on the top. After setting this up I realized I had a bunch of blushes and face powders as well..so i had to change the set up and put my lipsticks, in a random glass bowl, I had lying around the house.

DSC_0449 As you can tell, that’s all the space I have for my stuff. But I think I made good use of a dead corner in the room and now my desk looks like this!

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Empty Nutella jar put to use

Obviously, I couldn’t stop myself from buying these gorgeous flowers because- look how prettyyy! They’ve added so much life to my corner and I’m totally loving, spending time on this desk.

Now all my makeup is in one place and my desk, has never looked better. Its pretty and feminine and I’m really looking forward, to enjoying the vanity of it all..!

What do you guys think?