October 31, 2008

Party Time

A few pictures from last night, we went to a friend's house for her son's birthday.

Safiyah with a chocolate cake mustache.
Zayneb
Salwa
Dawood
Zayneb and Salwa

October 30, 2008

Cut and Paste

While organizing recently, going through stuff, I came across this book of collages I did over 5 years ago. We had just moved to Egypt, living in Alex, didn't know anyone and didn't have internet so I entertained myself this way. I had a few magazines I brought for the plane and cut and pasted all day. It was fun looking through it again now, here are some pages.

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I "laminated" the cover with the better part of a roll of tape. The inside cover was decorated with none other than my girl Hello Kitty. On the make up page, I wrote 1/03, seems like it's been longer.


I was polyvoring before it was cool! Pink stuff and cool home accessories caught my eye.


Bling and stilettos! That mug says "Women! Half the population, all the brains." I love tigers, Paris and Audrey Hepburn.

So what do you think? Childish? Corny? Cool? There are still some empty pages in that book and I intend to fill them.

October 29, 2008

Retro Cute



Not so much.

Maybe it could be a little more glamorous in cute aprons like these.




I love them all. Click on the images to visit the shops that sell them. Knowing me I'd get them all dirty and it wouldn't be cute for long. Still they're so pretty.

October 28, 2008

Ambooba




















If you live in Egypt, you know what an "Ambooba" is. A lot of places don't have gas lines so we use these tanks of propane for cooking. It's a fugly eyesore and kinda scary. I've heard of people having it blow up, but I guess that could happen with a gas line, but I think it's less likely. The ambooba lasts our family of six an average of a month depending on how much cooking & baking I do, but you never really know when it will run out. I've had it run out on days of a dinner party, in Ramadan no less, and getting a new one quickly isn't a guarantee. Thankfully crisis was averted and I was able to finish dinner in time. I have learned to change it and I have to check for leaks each time really carefully. The frequent changing is what I think makes it more likely to be a danger. There are covers that you can buy for them cause... ew. This isn't really a rant, they're just a fact of life here but I hope they put in gas lines here and soon.

Mama's Got A Brand New Bag

Well, sorta new. I saw this post on A Hijabee in DC's blog and thought it was cool. I did this back in Feb07, but I thought it would be fun to do it again with a better picture. Purses are such an important thing for most women, I really feel like it's one place that's my territory. Mine and only mine. Especially after your kids are out of diapers! I seem to have thing with lipbalms, but mostly my bag is pretty organized.
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What's in your bag?

October 26, 2008

My 8 Houses

I was tagged by the lovely SabiWabi of Oy, Habibti for this 8 Homes Meme. A girl can dream! I'll tag 5 of you at the end of the post.

Where Would Your 8 Homes Be?

List them. You don’t have to list your reasons, but if you do at least for a few of them, it would be more fun. And remember that the only rule is: the homes must be within the borders of the United States of America or else, within the borders of the country you live in, so as to utterly emulate the McCains. When you’re done, tag 8 people, so that they may join in the self-indulgence, forgetting about the crappy property market and the equivalent of The End of Pompeii on Wall-Street. You could spend your time hammering your doors and windows shut in preparation for the apocalypse instead, but it would be much less fun.


I'm going to go with the US. There aren't enough places here that I know enough about or could choose from. The United States is a beautiful country with everything from big cities to mountains, deserts to forests. This is not a countdown, except that #1 is #1 on my list, Otherwise,here it is in random order.

1. New York, New York- I think it's the most diverse, exiting city in the world, filled with culture, every kind of food imaginable, Central Park, and a million things to do.


2. Kauaii, Hawaii- Then I'd have to have a place to get away, so I'd get a cute little place on the beach. Kauaii is supposed to be the most scenic island with the least volcanoes. I hear the weather's perfect there too.


3. Somewhere in NJ, Probably central Jersey. It's where I spent most of my years growing up, and we love what we know. There's also a good Islamic community there.


4. Cooke City, Montana-I'll also require a cabin in the woods just for those times I need extra seclusion. Near the Rocky's and Yellowstone National Park is perfect. A horse to ride and a few dogs on the property will do.

5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania- Another great east coast city. Historic, more culture and CHEESE STEAKS!


6. Orlando, Florida- As a mother of 4 and a kid at heart myself I need to have a place near the big mouse. Not to mention Sea World, Epcot & Universal Studios.


7. Savannah, Georgia- Just cause I want one of those big old southern plantation houses, like in Gone with the Wind. Minus the slavery.


8. Portland, Oregon- says FindYourSpot.com. They have a fun quiz that tells you what cities suit you best. Portland was #1 on the list of 24 cities they gave me.

All this fantasy was fun, I tag- M.J./A Muslim Wife, Molly/Expat Confessions of a Multicultural Muslimah, Muslimahh/The life of a Hijabista, UmmLayla/The Egyptian's Wife, and The Cairo Wife

If I didn't tag you it's just because the tag may not fit into you're type of blog or I'm not sure you'd like to do it, but anyway, If you think it might be fun, please go ahead and consider yourself tagged. I'd particularly love to see one written on 8 homes in Egypt. Now, have at it!

October 24, 2008

Global Pink Hijab Day



Pink Hijab day is Wednesday, October 29, inshaAllah so get out your favorite pink scarf and rock it. Please get the word out so every hijabi you see that day is donning pink! It's a great way to show unity and solidarity. October is Breast Cancer awareness month and Pink Hijab Day supports that. To make a donation visit www.pinkhijabday.org. You can join the facebook event here.
"Muslim women across America and abroad will be observing "Global Pink Hijab Day" on Friday. This is a day intended to initiate dialogue and shatter stereotypes of Muslim women and their Islamic headscarves or Hijab, as well as raise breast cancer awareness."
I was curious about it and did a quick Google search and it turned out that the movement was started by a friend of my sister's in Columbia Mo. USA. I'm not sure if anyone here in Egypt knows about it but I have told a few people of the idea and they like it.

Cool thing

I thought this was so cool and cute, I've never seen anything like this plastic bottle/can.


Sparky "fresh mood" Hee!

October 23, 2008

Kids Pics



Safiyah and Salwa matchy matchy.



Dawood and Zayneb