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.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

day eight of Ramadan // favorite food

Daily Ramadan photo prompt: Favorite food
a must have food during iftar
for a full list click here
I usually don't really pay much attention to the kind of food that I would want to eat during iftar but for the dessert I have a few favorite that usually I get to eat during Ramadan -- kuih gula melaka dan kuih putu piring.

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Project Life // Week 11

project life

I am making a journal about Hanif first 12 months using Project Life method. So far I am loving the process. I start the week from Friday until next Thursday. If your are doing project life by documenting your daily life you might want to read Amy’s Project Life process.

If you focus just on one theme or one subject like me, maybe you can do what I do.
These are basically my project life process – Hanif’s daily life from the day he was born until now.

Date: 13 July – 19 July
Photos: mostly using iphone
Upload Photos to my computer: every Thursday and Sunday
Method: Hybrid – I made the layouts digitally and print them out and paste them into a journal. I made a digital template so the proses becomes easier each time. It’s a freebie if you want to download it.
Time : 1-2 hours to finished two layouts
Kits and Journaling Cards: All of them are from my current collections that I bought from various digishop
Journaling: I just kept it to a minimum. So far I didn’t plan anything, I just look at the photo and write what I feel or what I was thinking when I look at it 
Timetable: I usually will do my Project life on Thursday until Saturday

I really like the idea of a color scheme mention in Amy’s post. I might tried one in the future.

Week 11 Page 1



 Week 11 page 2


I really enjoy taking photos of my baby boy. It would be ashamed to let all the photos stay inside my hard disk. This project really gives me a reason to capture his development, document it and print it out.

Do you have lots of photos in your hard disk? What do you do with them? Do you print them out? Hang them up?

About Me

After running this blog for almost three years, I think it's about time I update my About Me page. It was long over due because a lot have changed since the last time I wrote that page. This is the new and updated version of that page.


Hi there! My name is Hanizah and I am the blogger behind hanizeyecandy. I am from Malaysia , the place where it is sunny all year round. I am a Muslim, a forty-something mother of four kids, a daughter, a sister, a fan of anything cute and creative, a family photographer, a photoshop addict, a web designer, a manager and a friend.




  • I don’t sell anything here
  • This blog is a place where I share my love for digital scrapbook, photography, (and lately iphoneography), projects, life in general and other things that inspire me
  • I choose not to have shoutmix or any other form of chatting here because I can't control the content.
  • This is my happy place. I will like to keep this place clean, simple and beautiful
  • To leave a comment here you must be a Registered User - includes OpenID. Your comment will be moderated before it is published
  • Contact me at hanizeyecandy@gmail.com 
  • Have fun and enjoy your stay here



Friday, July 27, 2012

day seven // on instagram

Daily Ramadan photo prompt: On Instagram
any photo you take today on Instagram
for a full list click here

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baby shusher // the sleep miracle

I just can’t believe that my baby boy is already 3 months. Time does fly when you have a baby. When I was 30 weeks pregnant I read the happiest baby on the block book and was very excited to try the technique suggested by Dr Harvey Karp—the 5S.

When I delivered my baby boy at the end of April, I am so anxious to put 5S to the test. It was a bit challenging than I imagine. Perfecting the technique and using the right tool is really essential to turn on the calming reflex. When you hit the right spot, my baby stop crying instantaneously . 

One of the tool that I find really helpful is the Baby Shusher app. It’s a little bit pricy but the things that it can do make it worth every penny.


what I like about this app?

  • it helps to sooth my crying baby
  • it helps my baby sleep longer at night. I usually turn on the app for three hours at night. It helps me sleep too
  • I can record my voice and it will loop the recorded voice over and over again
  • since my baby is almost graduating from the fourth trimester, this white noise will be the trigger to tell him that it is time for bed
  • since I carry my iphone everywhere, I have access to this apps anytime
  • the shushing equalizer can listen to baby and adjust the volume automatically

So if you have a baby in the house especially between the age of 0-3 months, I highly recommend this app. It is really a life saver for a new mom.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

day six of Ramadan // 4:30am

Photo Prompt Day Six: 4:30 am
what are you doing at 4:30am during Ramadan?

Only during Ramadan, I wake up early in the morning to prepare for food. I usually can't eat heavy food that early but my kids can.
for a full list click here

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10 things // lovely polaroid frames

I might not be a fan of the real polaroid photo or camera but I am definitely a fan of a fake one. I just love the flexibility of it. Now you can have the same polaroid effect either with mobile apps or photoshop action.
I was so excited to share these ten beautiful polaroid frames that you can use with your photos. Polaroid doesn’t have to be in white anymore. polaroidframe-hanif
#1) the white frame – download psd version
#2) the blue frame – download psd version
#3) the brown frame - download psd version
#4) the dots - download psd version
#5) the greenish frame - download psd version
#6) the lime green frame - download psd version
#7) the newspaper frame - download psd version
#8) the orange frame - download psd version
#9) the paper bag frame - download psd version
#10) the denim frame - download psd version
How to insert your photo into this frame
[for psd version]
1. Open the polaroidframe.psd in Adobe Photoshop. You will see these two layers –polaroid frame layer and a photo mask layer.
2. Open your image.
3. Click and drag your image to the polaroidframe file. Place the image below polaroid frame layer.
4. Resize your image to your liking.
5. Clip your image to the photo layer using clipping mask. (hold alt key between your image layer and photo mask layer and click or you can right click on your photo layer and choose create clipping mask)
6. Add text to your polaroid. Save it and print it if you like.
Note: You can also click on the polaroid frame image to download the png file.
Hope you enjoy this and let me know what you think.
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