Saturday, August 4, 2012

day fifteen of Ramadan // in the news

Daily Ramadan Photo Prompt: in the news

capture a photo of what make the news today or anything related to news.
for a full list click here
During Ramadan and Eid Mubarak, we will see a lot news related to accident in the paper.

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Project Life // Week 13

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I just can't believe that my baby is three months old now. I am still obsess with taking every cute pose of him. Some people said you stop taking pictures after your first born. For me I took lots of pictures of all my kids when they were a baby. With iphone and digital camera I just can’t stop myself from taking pictures every chance I get. That is why I love Project Life. It’s a chance for me to document a little bit of everyday life of my baby from the moment he was born until now.
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Friday, August 3, 2012

day fourteen of Ramadan // gift / giving

Daily photo prompt: gift / giving
Ramadan is also a month of giving, take photo that represent gift or giving. It can be clothes you bought for your child or your love one.

For this Ramadan, herbalife nutritious shake is the best give I am giving myself.

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August is for…

  • accomplish my goals for Ramadan
  • last minute shopping for Eid Mubarak
  • family time during one week school break
  • planning and preparing for 30 days of lists project in September. Start thinking and making the list now.
  • continue making and printing Project Life for my baby
  • lose the last 3 kg
  • look for a good day care for my baby
  • travel back to my hometown to celebrate Eid Mubarak with my family
  • photo a day challenge for Project 366 for 2012

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

day thirteen of Ramadan // Something you bought

Daily Ramadan Photo Prompt: Something you boughttake a photo of anything you bought today
for a full list click here

I did not buy anything physical today. I bought 30 days of lists today via Campfire Chic.
I am so looking forward to begin this project next month. I have been doing this project since the beginning [well most of it just by myself and a little bit too late then the promoted time frame]. This time around I have managed to catch this project on time.
When it comes to starting a habit or learning new things, Ramadan is usually the month to start for me. There’s something about this month that makes me want to improve myself.
Note: we are almost reaching 15th day of Ramadan. Somehow this Ramadan is moving way too fast for me

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Tutorial: Text on Path

Last week I share with you how to use lovely polaroid frames. I hope you enjoy making and posting your photos using polaroid frames.
Learning a new technique is always fun. In the last few weeks I learned how to write text on path. After a few practice and understand how that works, it is not as scary as I though it would be. Once you understand the basic you can write on any path.
Today I would like to show you how to type text on a circle using Adobe Photoshop. For this tutorial I used Adobe Photoshop CS5. This is a layout I made last week


Here are the steps to make text path for your scrapbook or art work

Step 1: Open your art work in Photoshop


Step Two: Insert a new layer at the top. Choose elliptical marquee tool and draw a circle


Step 3: Right click on the selection and choose Make Work Path, tolerance 2 px


Step 4: Choose Type Tool and click on the outside of the work path to type on the circle around the photo. If you click inside the circle it will fill up the circle area.


That’s it. With this basic you can type in basically any shape that your like. Just convert the selection into a work path and you can type on any  shape.

Note: to adjust the work path you make, use path selection tool


I hope you enjoy this tutorial and have fun playing with text on path.

Thursday Favorite Things

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

day twelve of Ramadan // mosque

Daily Ramadan Photo Prompt: day twelve mosque
photo of your favourite mosque

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four tips to make breastfeeding possible during Ramadan

"Muslim women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may be exempt from fasting if they feel that their health or the baby's health would be negatively affected by the fasting. The mother may be expected to compensate for the missed fasting at a later time or pay some expiation for not fasting. Since health issues are unique for each woman's circumstances, do consult both your doctor and your religious advisor if you feel that you might have health issues that preclude fasting." source
As a Muslim mother to a three months old baby, I plan to continue breastfeed my baby during Ramadan. Since breastfeeding burns a lot of calories and make you hungry every two hours, there are a few tips you can do that can really help during fasting period.
# 1. Believe you can do it. If you are breastfeeding exclusively before Ramadan without any problem, there are no reason for you not to produce enough milk while fasting. Half of the battle is believing that you can do it.
# 2. Take nutritional food or supplement during iftar and suhur. Here are basically my menu during this month.
  • Suhur: one glass of Herbalife shake Formula 1 and Formula 3, three glasses of Herbalife Tea Mix Lemon and Hibiscus and three Maryami dates
  • Iftar: 3 Maryami dates, 1/4 of rice and colorful dishes, three glasses of Herbalife Tea Mix Lemon and Hibiscus
  • For hydration: I drink 2.5 liter of Herbalife Tea Mix Lemon and Hibiscus taken throughout the night till dawn
    {this is very essential to breastfeed mom because you don’t want to be dehydrate during the day}
# 3. Rest when you can. Anybody who breastfeed knows how tired breastfeeding can be. So don’t push yourself to do other things that will require a lot of energy. Your focus should be nursing your baby.
#4. Keep yourself and your baby healthy. This goes without saying. Breastfeeding when you are sick is no fun and it takes a lot on you and your baby. So staying healthy is also the key to successful breastfeeding and fasting.
Of course every situation is different. Consult your doctor if you feel something is not right.
Just to give you an overview of my current situation:
Mother’s age: 41
Baby’s age: 3 months (forth baby)
Birth type: Caesarean at 38 weeks
Breastfeeding exclusively since birth
Location: Malaysia – sunny and hot all year round
Fasting duration: 5:40 am until 7:30pm (approx 14 hours of fasting)
Both mother and son are healthy
Notes: If you breastfeeding and eat healthy you will loose weight at the end of Ramadan—just saying

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

day eleven of Ramadan // Dates

Daily Ramadan Photo Prompt: Dates
take a photo of your favourite dates, favourite dates shop or anything related to dates.

for a full list click herekurmamaryami-dayelevenkurmamaryami-dayeleven2

Love love love this date. It’s taste just nice. Not too sweet. I already bought one and a half kg. My kids also love it.

Hanif 3 months

It's Tuesday and it’s time to learn photo editing technique. This week is creating matte photo effect. I am not sure if I got this technique right.
This is my photo before the edit
Hanif-3months and this is after the edit. Learn how to make this look at Ashley Rambling and Photos.
Random things about him
  • on stomach he can lift head up to 45 degrees
  • laugh out loud
  • squeal in delight
  • smile spontaneously
  • did not have fever after his third immunization
  • sleep at least four to five hours straight at night
  • the frequency of his bowel movement has decreased in frequency per day
  • turn his head when he hears my voice
  • weigh at 6.2kg
  • no longer can fit into his new born clothes
  • still hates tummy time
  • still loves to swaddle when sleeping at night
  • calm immediately after hearing shushing sound
This is him at two months. One month do make a lot of different. He is a big baby now. Growing up fast and healthy.
Tutorial Tuesday

laugh // lesson nine

This is what I learn to make in Lesson Nine [in shabby and ornate category] laugh-web [credit: kits are provided from the class material]

I just love Jessica Sprague online class. I have learned so much.

Monday, July 30, 2012

day ten of Ramadan // green

Daily Ramadan photo prompt: Green
anything green that capture your attention
for a full list click here

(from yesterday shopping bag. Love the grren and white color)

(I usually bought a lot of brooches with assorted colors. This lime green attract mt attention)
My random Ramadan so far:
# I would like to think that I eat less during this month. It's my goal not to eat so much during iftar. I drink a lot of water instead
# I am itching to try my last year baju kurung just to see if I can fit into it. I am determine to get back into my original cloth.
# I cooked spagethi ala olio as per request of my eldest son for iftar
# somehow I just didn't get a chance to sleep more than I intended to. Suddenly I am having so much ideas that make me too excited to sleep

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day 206–day 212 // out and about

This last few days we spend a lot of time outside the house. Hanif seems very happy when he got a chance to go outside.

day 206 – I took Hanif outside and went to Bazar Ramadan, hunting for food


day 207 – Playing with Hipstamatic


day 208 – Went for his third immunisation at the clinic


day 209 He is three months alreadyday209

day 210 – Shopping


day 211 – Shopping again at Alamanda. Suddenly I have craving for canvas shoes


day 212 – Went to visit Baby Aisyah. She is 1 week old already


10 things // what you need to know about pregnancy at forty

When I found out I was pregnant in August 2011, I was excited and nervous at the same time. I really didn’t know what to expect even though this is my fourth pregnancy. Ten years gap between pregnancy made me more nervous than before. In a way it feels like I was experiencing it for the first time but with all the knowledge of having a baby. [I can still remember the pain of labour and delivery]

Through out nine months journey, here are ten things I think you need to know about pregnancy at forty [it sure was different when you were in your twenties or thirties]

#1. Changes in your body : You will feel every bit of it. The pain in your legs, the growing tummy, the backache, the fatigue, the dizziness and many more joy of pregnancy as early as 4 weeks.

#2. Eating healthy food is more essential than before: Eating for two is a myth and pregnancy is not a license to eat more. My doctor’s recommended diet –> breakfast :: 1 glass of milk and a bowl of cereal, lunch :: half or a quarter of rice, fish or chicken and vegetables and for dinner:: either one slice of whole meal bread or capati or noodles (no rice) and a glass of milk. No sweets and low carb

I tried to follow her recommendations but sometimes for dinner I switched to Herbalife Shakes. It was tough for me because I was hungry and I was craving for sweets.


#3. Diabetic and High Blood Pressure: These are the two most common threat to pregnancy above forty. I was glad that high blood pressure wasn’t an issue for me even though I work at high stress environment. On the other hand, diabetic was a slight issue for me. When I did the blood sugar test, the result were a bit high.

#4. Detail scan is a must: If you live in Malaysia, detail scan isn’t compulsory but my doctor highly recommend it to see the detail growth of the baby. They want to see early on if the baby has down syndrome.The detail scan can be done around 23 weeks till 27 weeks.

#5. Watch your weight gain: I never thought that I should monitor my weight. A rapid increase of weight per month wasn’t a good sign. Hence I have to watch what I eat and not eating like there’s no tomorrow. This wasn’t a problem when I was younger. I think it has to do with your decrease metabolism

#6. Find a great doctor a.k.a a specialist: Even though this might not be your first pregnancy, having a great doctor really help a lot. At least it helps ease my worries. She has a lot of experience delivering babies of forty and above mother. From her experience some forty eight years old mother still can deliver a healthy baby. [ at least I am not alone]

#7. Never skip supplements: Now more than ever, never to skip supplements. I took Obimin and Calsium throughout my pregnancy. On top of that I took Salindah (homeopathy supplement) and Herbalife Shake.

#8. Keep yourself up to date with the latest in child care and parenting: I am so glad I need. I found out about the Happiest Baby on the Block and this really a life saver for me.

#9. Keep a pregnancy journal: Since this might be my last pregnancy, I decided to keep a journal. I didn’t blog much about this experience but I do keep a private journal. I wrote every thoughts and every feelings I had without have to worry about editing. I just want to remember every bit of it. I really missed being pregnant and updating this journal.

#10. Dua and recite surahs: From the moment I found out I was pregnant, duas and Quran become my best friend. Here is what I did:
   First trimester: recite surah Yusof and surah Luqman alternate day
   Second trimester: recite surah Maryam and Surah Luqman alternate day
          [I focus more on surah Maryam during this trimester]
   Third trimester: recite surah Maryam and surah Noah
            [surah Yassin: once a week]

Last but not least (I know, I know, I said ten) but I do believe that planning and be mentally, psychologically and emotionally prepared really helps through out the pregnancy. Know your risk, know your option and pray a lot.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

day nine of Ramadan // Quran

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Project Life // Week 12

project life It has been a busy week for me. My baby is 3 months now. He is growing up way too fast for me. This coming will be week 13. I am so excited to document his progress daily. At the moment I might not see any different because I saw him everyday. I am sure when I look back at this project in one or two years to come I might see a huge different.
Date: 20 July –26 July

Week 12 Page 1
Week 12 Page 2
I am doing this Project Life, created by Becky Higgins which celebrate your everyday life. I really like the idea that I can watch my baby grow up on a daily basis.
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