Mother’s Day

I hope everyone had a beautiful Mother’s Day weekend!

I know I’m super late, but better late than never.
Our mothers are some of the most beautiful women we know (inside and out).
Despite the constantly changing fashion and makeup trends.

My mom and I don’t have very many photos together from when I was young.
I have countless ones as an adult, but very few of my mother and me.

My mother was always there. She was just the one capturing the moments. I think that really sums up who my mother is…
She loves her children so much and is such a wonderful mother. Not only she created so many memories with me, she made sure that I would always remember them.

In the spirit of Mother’s Day though, I wanted to share something super dear and important to me! It was SO HARD to narrow it down, I could write a whole book about my mom!
But I think these things will encourage you too. So without further ado, here are Things I’ve learned From My Mother.

  1. Sleep
  2. Take good care of your skin
  3. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
  4. Make Time for Self-Care
  5. Be Body Positive
  6. Make Time for Self-Care

 

Love – Faduma

 

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Early 20’s

One of my favorite expressions is “If I only knew then what I know now”… so I thought I’d just write it down. I wanted to share 27 things I learned in my early 20’s. For anyone younger listening and for anyone older who might like to share with me their lessons so that my next years are just as bright… I hope you find it helpful, and I’d love to know some of the things you’ve learned in your lifetime.

 

  1. Have a dream. Follow your dreams.
  2. Don’t live in your feelings
  3. Failures are not mistakes, only the lessons that give us stories.
  4. GO WITH YOUR GUT. Always, always, always.
  5. Learn to LOVE!
  6. “The only thing to fear is fear itself.” That is what I think every time I get a “little nervous”. We don’t know what is about to happen so we can’t live our lives as if we do.
  7. You never know what someone is dealing with personally so be KIND.
  8. Knowledge is power and opportunity. Opportunity is everything. 
  9. You never stop learning.
  10. You may end up loving the things you once hated.
  11. Do what you love for a living so you can love what you do. It’s the only time we’ve got, might as well spend it as well as possible.
  12. It is the things that people make look easy that are the hardest to do.
  13. Never be afraid to try something new.
  14. Talk about what you love.
  15. Giving is better than receiving.
  16. Best friends are the keepers of your life’s memories. Make time for memories.
  17. I would rather be in a room full of kings, than be king of the room.
  18. There’s no free lunch in nature.
  19. Life is too short for bad: coffee, food, people.
  20. Your dreams can and should change.
  21. Women get more beautiful with age.
  22. The world is not as bad a place as the news can lead you to believe.
  23. DON’T HAVE A BACKUP PLAN.
  24. Don’t be in a hurry to graduate college, get a job, get married, have babies. Have the freedom to spend your 20s exploring yourself and the world around you.
  25. Perfection is boring.
  26. Like attracts like. Create the kind of work you want to keep creating. Work with the kinds of people you want to keep working with. Surround yourself with people you believe in.
  27. Only the best is good enough.

Love – Faduma

 

 

 

 

 

Dubai

I kicked off the New Year in the Middle East and it was everything I imagined. Dubai is a crazy metropolis city kind of like Vegas and Disney world minus the alcohol gambling and Mickey Mouse. There’re so many skyscrapers in Dubai with a surrounding desert and the biggest of everything in the world, including the tallest building, hotels, soon to be the biggest airport and mall.

I’ve always seen Dubai as an exotic destination and indeed it is. Everything in Dubai is massive if you can think it, they can build it. Dubai is famously known in the palm islands, which I didn’t get a chance to go see, but they’re men-made islands in the shape of a palm tree which houses multimillion dollar villas and islands shaped like countries around the world.

Dubai is pretty relaxing and it has one of the best shopping mecca I’ve ever experienced. The restaurants have a great view of the city so you can enjoy a nice meal with a lovely backdrop. At night it really comes to life. There’s lots of people walking around watching the water show or enjoying a nice dinner.

When you go to Dubai desert safari is a must. These tours are usually packaged together inclusive of an off road adventure, camel ride and an Arabic dinner underneath the stars while belly dancers entertain you. It’s an awesome experience and a great way to immerse yourself in the Middle Eastern culture.

 The highlight of Abu Dhabi and even Dubai for me has to be visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It’s a structure like no other. The mosque is so beautifully detailed and as grand as its name. The mosque has some very strict rules. Women must be covered from head to toe with only loose clothing nothing tight. The hair, especially, must be covered It’s considered pretty scared in Islamic belief

My trip to Dubai was so unique I got a glimpse of the future with all the construction projects and luxury landscapes. Yet the people, despite how quickly their home was growing still managed to maintain their culture and traditions. It was really cool to witness first hand what one of the richest nations had to offer. Dubai you did it best! Thanks for the memories.

Love,

Faduma

 

 

 

 

Dubai mall

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Spice shopping in the souk

   Dancing water show

 


 

Favorite Spices

Cooking without spices is like having a dance party without music The two just must go together. Aside from adding tons of flavor to any dish you’re whipping up, spices are a low-calorie (usually zero-calorie) way to add a little extra zest to your favorite food. Experimenting with different spices can help your taste buds decide which ones go well together and which ones are better on their own. And to boot, there are tons of health benefits that come with many commonly used spices. Even spices as simple as salt and pepper can do a body good.
Today I’ll be telling you a bit about those benefits, so take a peek below and get ready to get spicy…
 My favorite Spices to keep on Hand:
Turmeric –is one of my favorite ingredients to add to my fresh squeezed juices because it adds a little zing to the flavor. Nowadays the benefits of turmeric are everywhere, but I just love the range of dishes it can flavor. Rice dishes, to flavor meat and fish, or to transform veggies.
Ginger – Ginger itself has many health benefits, and since it plays an important role in the flavor. I love how ginger adds a sweet-but-spicy kick to my tea, green juices, and smoothies. It has a strong smell and taste, but it can work wonders on an upset stomach or indigestion.
Ground Cumin – Great on both veggies and meat, this spice is versatile but intense, and you’ll find that a small jar lasts forever.
Saffron – Saffron may be one of the most expensive spices out there, but it’s also one of my favorites.
 Curry Powder – is a little different in that it is a blend of spices (you can even make your own). Exactly why it’s essential to have on hand – this powder is doing the work of many, making it easy to flavor meals.
 Cayenne Pepper – It’s easy to fold this spice into a dish to give it a kick, and a little goes a long way. A pinch of cayenne was delish in my turkey chili. Cayenne pepper, also helps to stimulate circulation, neutralize acidity in your body’s pH levels, and can even help with migraines.
Paprika – This spice varies in taste because it can be made from many ground up peppers. It’s very common in spice blends and just about every region of the world uses it in its cuisine.
CardamomCardamom, has so many health benefits that it is seen in some cultures as a natural medicine for ulcers, digestive problems, and even depression. Eating this spice will help to detoxify your kidneys, fight a cold or flu, and even to cure hiccups. I love the flavor of cardamom in tea.
Black Pepper – Black pepper is so commonly used that you probably wouldn’t even think it has health benefits. Black pepper has also shown to have antioxidant and antibiotic benefits. So, don’t be afraid to add a little shake of black pepper at your next meal.
 What is your favorite spice to use when cooking?

 Love,

Faduma