If you have been following me on social media you will know that I’ve become a mum to a beautiful little girl. Naturally my life is now geared towards a mummy life so I feel its only normal my blog does too.
Isabella is almost 6 months old, and even though it has been the best journey of my life, it hasn’t been an easy one to adjust to, having these 5 items has definitely made it easier!
1- Medela Freestyle Pump
Being a full time working mum and having an exclusively breastfed baby, this was an essential buy. I wanted something that was light weight, easy to carry around and worked efficiently at getting the milk out and the Medela ticked all of these boxes. Even if you are a stay at home mum, having a pump is essential if you want to leave your baby for a few hours without worrying that you will have to rush back to feed, giving you a few hours of much needed freedom!
This is a throwback to one of my favorite snacks at my baby shower, the watermelon filled with fruits! I was so lucky to have my friends help me out, as I couldn’t have gotten much done at that stage haha!
I was busy mingling with friends and playing baby shower games so I did not manage to capture the best picture, but you get the idea🙂
This is great dessert to serve at baby showers/house parties, actually my friend who made this is now pregnant herself! So Joumana, shall we do this for your baby shower and make this a tradition:)?
- 1 watermelon, cut in half and emptied inside
- Mix of blueberries, grapes, pomegranate seeds. Really any fruits work here.
TIP: You can make a juice with the leftover watermelon. Serve chilled.
For those of you who have missed it, I recently have become a mother. To put it simply and beautifully “Making a decision to have a child- it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body” (Quote stolen as I’m too sleep deprived to come up with my own!)
When it comes to my diet, I quickly realised I need nutrient dense food more than ever as my body is now feeding 2 people. Without further ado here are my top go to foods (as time is of the essence before my baby needs to eat again😀 )
1- Oats: Oats are my go to breakfast, oats are also known to keep milk supply up for mothers (nursing mamas, take notes!). For an extra boost I also add in some flaxseed and chia seeds. Here is my banana oat recipe : https://zaatarandquinoa.com/2015/05/22/banana-bread-oatmeal/
Did you know that we absorb about 60-70% of everything we put onto our skin into our blood stream? So if any of your makeup contains chemicals then you have have these chemicals pumping around your body! Especially with being pregnant, I really care what I am putting in and ON my body!
When I started this lifestyle I knew I wanted it to extend to more than just the food on my table. I stopped using as many conventional products and tried to develop a more natural make up routine. Not only is my skin so much better before, but I’ve also saved so much money on fancy products, leaving me more money to spend on more good food🙂
1 – Mineral Foundation- Neals Yard
After I wash my face in the morning and put on my moisturizer (that always contains SPF) I start with my mineral foundation. Made with organic ingredients this is heaps better than any other chemical filled foundation I’ve used before. Plus with my oily prone skin, this helps keeps the oiliness at bay.
Can be found in: Neals Yard Shop (Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina Mall and Wafi)
The baby shower is such an exciting time during pregnancy to look forward to, I was super excited to host it in my house and have all my friends and family over to celebrate. I know that generally the mom to be does not get involved with the planning but knowing me there was no way I wouldn’t be!
A baby shower is to celebrate the transformation of a woman into a mother
In terms of a theme, I kept the baby’s gender a secret until the baby shower so I had a gender reveal themed baby shower.
Does anything smell more Chrismassy than gingerbread men? I have made loads of these batches over the last couple of weeks and I just cannot get enough of them!
Its Christmas time again❤ this year feels as though it as flown by, does anyone else feel that way too? I put up our first Christmas tree in the house, scroll down to see it! We got a real one from Ikea and the moment you enter the house it smells amazing, plus I got loads of Christmasy candles to add on to that scent.
On another note, homemade chocolate has been on my to do list forever and I am so bummed I didn’t get to it sooner as it so SO easy and yummy!
After a gym session I usually don’t want to spend loads of time preparing dinner, I want something in under 20 mins to get in ma belly!
If you have some left over quinoa (or rice) from another meal in your fridge, then this is a super healthy dinner you could put together in under 20 minutes!
Craving chocolate for breakfast? This is the perfect way to satisfy your chocolate cravings without the guilt!
I have been away on holidays for the last 3 weeks around Europe and even though you walk around a lot, finding healthy vegan food is not always easy, so its really good to be home and back on track!
After all the Eid feasts, I feel salads are much needed to detox. I was away in Beirut for Eid and the food was amazing, not counting all the sweets and all the nights spent dancing and drinking!
Now back to work and Dubai, it is time to get back into the kitchen to create healthier feasts! I’ve always liked a cooked grain or vegetable with my salad, so this and my lentil salad are my two faves🙂