February 27, 2013

Need Party Planning Help!

Alhamdulillah, I'm a lot more happy to entertain in my new place, so I'm having a bit of a get together. I'm really excited. It's going to be just women and meant to be a chance to relax and let our hair down, literally and figuratively!

I'm kind of drawing a blank as to plans though. I thought, who better to ask than my lovely readers?  Do you have any ideas or tips on how to plan a classy ladies' party?

Here's what I have in mind so far:

It's going to be light finger foods and sweets. Everyone will bring something.
I'll probably make cookies or cupcakes or both.
I'll have teas, coffee and juice too.

What else should I consider? Are decorations a kids party only type of thing? Any ideas or suggestions are very welcome!

February 18, 2013

Gym Woes Averted

So I decided to join the new gym. They have an offer going that was just too good to pass up, considering it's walking distance and nicer than the other gym.

I went for a trial class for yoga and lo and behold, I see 2 of the women from Zumba! They jokingly said "We caught you!" but seriously asked me not to tell our other instructor. I understood, I mean, I felt like I was cheating on my gym going to another gym! After deciding to switch, I told them we should just be upfront and tell our Zumba instructor that we switched because it's closer to us and more affordable. They have to know they are losing clients. I felt less guilty after I asked them if they'd consider doing a cheaper rate for a 6 month membership instead of month by month, but it was a no.

I've come to terms with not going to Zumba all the time. I can still go in for a class once a week or so if I feel like it. The new gym has a lot of great features and classes and even are trying to get a Zumba instructor next month. I really like Yoga so far. It's harder than it looks, plus I have very little balance and flexibility so I'm hoping to get better with that, as well as improve my posture.

Thanks for all your advice everyone :)

February 11, 2013

Gym Dilemma

Readers...I need your advice.

So my lovely gym that I used to walk to in 3 minutes from my old apt, well, it's not that close anymore. A 10 minute drive isn't that long but still, it's not a short walk. I just go 2 times a week for Zumba now instead of the 4-5 times a week I used to go.

Now there's another gym within walking distance from my new place and in terms of a facility, it's a better, nicer gym. BUT, they don't offer Zumba. I love Zumba! This gym even costs less but Zumba just makes me happy. BUT I don't feel just going to the gym 2 times a week is enough. If I join both, it will be too much money,and going across town all the time? I just don't know.

What would you do?

February 8, 2013

Recent Goings On

Things have been a little busy lately, haven't had time to post but I though an update was in order.  We've been on mid year break and school starts up again in a couple of days. It's been an eventful break, but all in all, Alhamdulillah.

Here the kids are out for dinner. Dawood is less than thrilled to be photographed, but you know I do it anyway.

Salwa fractured her foot. She's ok now and will get the cast off soon.
Here are the girls posing all nice at a Mexican restaurant we went to for Salwa's birthday.
Dawood complies :)
 We adopted a puppy! His name is Rocky. He was orphaned and rescued by a kind woman who kept all 6 in her home until someone adopted them. He's so great, really a little ball of love and fur. Isn't he handsome?

February 1, 2013

I Need A Break

Every mom knows the feeling. Sometimes you just need some time away from your kids. We all love our kids immensely, no doubt about it, but that doesn't mean we want, or should be around them 24/7.  

I firmly believe it's more healthy to any relationship, be it man/woman, parent/child, whatever, to have time apart.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?

All day long it's noisy bickering or whining. Heck, they're just loud even when getting along. I mean, I know kids are loud creatures but God,  could you just calm the heck down, please? I can't hear myself think!  Plus, being home all day makes them want to eat all day. Opening the fridge constantly like it's a cabinet. "Mommy, I have a sweet tooth"  Said as a statement like, I'm now supposed to do something about this very pressing dilemma.

The kids are on mid year break now and I just never get the chance to miss them. Nor them me. It's constant kids from the moment my feet hit the floor, (or shib shib), until I my lay my head to sleep. The only time away is Zumba 2 hours a week and I love it and really feel it helps me mentally as well as physically. I always feel better and less frazzled after a Zumba class but it's not relaxing, nor does it give me any real adult time. There's no time for conversation.

Even when I take the kids out with friends of ours, we can't even have a cup of tea in peace and have a grown up conversation. Our children are always interrupting or just hanging around when we'd like to talk privately.

There just needs to be a good healthy balance. Moms need time to themselves to recharge our batteries, so we can then give our families of ourselves. A stressed, unhappy mom is not one you want to be around. Like the old saying goes. "If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy"