Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Monday, 18 January 2010
Alhamdulillah, life has been all round pretty pleasant round here lately. Ive been keeping up with my January mission to
But that doesn't stop me from remembering those people affected by the Haiti earthquake, i know that i am extremely blessed right now (well, always actually) and although all i can do is donate money and pray, i feel hopeful that i can at least help ease the pain of just someone out there. Lets not forget how blessed we are.
If you fancy treating yourself to something original and handmade, but would also like to donate some money to those in Haiti, then why not pop over to the 'Craft Hope for Haiti' etsy shop? There are many different items over there which have been donated by various craftsters, and all proceeds will be contributing to the relief effort over in Haiti.
If you don't want anything on the site then just think about donating some money anyway, even £1 would help. Here is the DEC (Disasters emergency committee) site where you can donate if you want to. There are many other sites to donate through but the DEC site is the central hub for this kind of thing. I always send my donations through islamic relief.
And if you simply just cannot afford anything, then please just pray sincerely for God to guide and help those affected.
Don't do it later, do it now!
PS: I just found out that if you visit the hunger site and click here and there a few times, then sponsors of the site will donate cups of food to those who need them the most. So far 23,198 cups of food have been given to those in Haiti through their site - you could help give more! (You do not need to register with them or give them your email addy)
Also, ive been receiving the money saving expert weekly email regularly for a couple of years now, its invaluable! If you sign up to receive it then 50p is automatically donated to Haiti relief efforts on your behalf, at no cost to you! This offer is for UK based email addresses only. Sign up here.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Bouncy chairs are good while the baby is still small and needs extra security & comfort.
But now that he can sit unsupported and weighs a lot more, its about ready to be stored away in the attic ready for another baby insha'Allah.
The Bumbo seat (below) is too low down for me to feed him comfortably, and he tends to arch his back to try and wriggle free.
A booster seat is a little seat that you strap to your normal dining room chair so that the baby can sit at the table.
They save on space (and money) but the one i have is recommended for age 12 months plus so Dave always looks a little unsupported and uncomfortable in there. What it is great for though is travelling. It folds away into a little bag and is fantastic for when we eat over at other people's houses.
So it was time to buy a highchair. We didn't want to order one online as we wanted to test it out before hand and check its suitability. So the only two options for us (time and distance were limited due to all the snow we've had over here) were Toys r us and Mothercare (next door to each other).
In total there were around 15 different chairs to choose from. I always had hopes of getting a nice traditional wooden highchair, as aesthetics are quite important to me when it comes to things for my home. But all the wooden ones looked either too uncomfortable or had pretty useless trays on them with extremely shallow rims, just perfect for pushing a bowl of food onto the floor. So on to the plastics. There were either typical looking chairs, very plasticy & bulky, you know, just 0% style, and then there were slimmer ones with designery fabrics and extra features. The latter also cost a lot more money. As much as i wanted a nice sleek highchair, this time i had to be firm and decline as they were charging triple figure amounts and we just couldn't justify it right now. So 0% style it was then.
The highchair we bought in the end is the Chicco happy Snack Highchair in 'blue scribble'. (Also available in pink)
A member of staff in Mothercare recommended it to us and we sat Dave in and fiddled around with the fasteners, reclining seat back, and adjustable tray and decided that despite its bulk it seems to do the job. And it does, its really good actually. And Dave likes it too. It seems to have brought a whole new dimension to meal times, they are a lot more enjoyable for both of us and the chair helps to free me up to do the odd job if i need to while he
Like many new parents, i find these milestones really exciting and feel so blessed at every one. We are progressing and things are getting easier with each and every new thing which comes along. And he's getting so big now marsh'Allah, i cant believe that he will be one in just a few more months insha'Allah. I know its a huge cliche but time really does fly.
If you need to buy a highchair any time soon then there are more stylish ones out there.
Some which i particularly like are;(And a similar version is available from Mothercare, see here)
Now this is stunning - The Zoobie Jigsaw Highchair.
- A highchair with a tray so that the baby's food area stays (relatively) confined to his highchair rather than all over your table. A removable tray is essential so that you can easily get your baby in and out of the chair. (It may be easy with your 6 month old, but what about a big 2 year old?)
- A highchair with reasonable height so that you don't have to stoop or slump to feed the baby.
- A washable (or even better, removable) seat cover for easy cleaning.
- Adjustable straps.
- Although my highchair (and a lot of them actually) have baskets underneath for storage, its not that great an idea as food tends to fall down into the basket, and also, when your baby is toddling everything will get pulled out of the basket anyway. I guess that's ok if its just for toys, but will you need toys in the area where you feed the baby? For now though, my basket is handy for all Dave's bibs and cloths for wiping his hands, face and tray.
So that's it! I hope this helps someone out there!
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Saturday, 2 January 2010
As well as the usual (or should i say cliche?) challenges (or resolutions as most would say at this time of year) such as spending more time in reflection and worship of our creator, dedicating more time to gaining religious knowledge and studying the Quran, and becoming an all round better person with better behaviour, manners, and personal qualities, i have a much more worldly challenge for this year.
For me, 2010 is the year to waken myself from the slumber that is my life, regain consciousness and compassion, and steer myself back towards the me of yesteryear. I'm talking about that 'me' who used to rigidly seek out the organic, fair trade, British, natural, handmade and second hand. Morals, morale, and principle took somewhat of a back burner during 2009 (i put it down to the whirlwind and tiredness of pregnancy and motherhood) and i admit it - i slacked. I slacked hard. 2009 was good in terms of money, i had the freedom to spend and not to worry, and that's where Mr D.E.V.I.L slipped in quietly and secretly slipped chains around my ankles to lead me to his way. Now that my maternity leave has ended and the bank balance is beginning to dwindle i must punch that Mr D in the face and come back to my way. "Its my way or the highway" il tell him.
So the challenge is this....
Much more of what i purchase (including groceries) has to hold one or more of these attributes:
- It must be pre-loved (Ive always been a lover of visiting the charity shops, second hand market stalls, and eBay, so this ones pretty easy and definitely fun)
- It must have been produced within the UK (Hmmm, this one will be hard, and possibly more expensive too, but i will try)
- It must be natural, organic or partially organic (again, this may be a more expensive option but definitely worth it in our opinion. To be honest, a lot of what we eat is already organic, but i haven't really delved into the world of organic clothes, toys, etc etc yet)
- It must be fair trade (the fair trade movement is very important to me, but i certainly don't do enough to make sure that what i buy has been produced in a fair environment. I do ALWAYS buy fair trade tea and bananas though so that's a teeny start right?)
- It must be handmade (I'm looking forward to this one. 'Handmade' is important to me because it generally tends to mean that the product is original, carefully made, and produced fairly. So Etsy here i come!)
- It must support a small business ( i would prefer my money to go to those who have worked hard to set up their own business as they are passionate about the product, rather than my money be pocketed by those who already have a few million in their bank account. And i love to support my local grocery shops too, we must support these people or in 10 years time we'll be left with just big, ugly supermarkets)
I think that about covers it right? A huge challenge, i think most of you will agree. But it matters to me that i make some effort to realise my 2010 dream. Of course im not super woman, i will fail somewhere along the way, but i trust that i will repent and change my ways within good time!! I am a moderate woman and sometimes ease and money will come before ethics.
So, do any of you have similar aspirations for this new year? Come on, lets do this together!!