Wednesday, 30 November 2011

welcoming winter.....with a smile


Snow, hot chocolate, wooly blankets, knitting, coughs and colds, short days and long nights, these are just some words that remind us of winter. Winter, for most of us, is not our favorite season because of the cold weather and early sunset. But while many of us are shivering and complaining of this weather and darkness, our past predecessors rejoiced at the coming of winter.

Imam al-Hasan al-Basri (rahimahullah) said, “The best season to a believer is the winter, its nights are long for those who wish to pray, and its days are short for those who wish to fast.”

Winter is the season of the believer because it is so easy to do good deeds. Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has made this a great mercy for us; we can fast these short days without any decrease in the reward and we have a huge gap between Isha and Fajr to pray some night prayers.

Umar (radi Allahu anhu) said, “Winter is booty for the devout worshipers.”

So take advantage of these short days and long nights!

Also now that we are in winter, we may need an extra push to keep renewing our wudu because of the cold weather. Here are some benefits of wudu to motivate yourself to keep up this sunnah, even though you’re freezing cold:

1) Expiation of sins

:: “He who performs the Wudu perfectly (i.e., according to Sunnah), his sins will depart from his body, even from under his nails.” [Muslim]

:: He who performs Wudu like this, his previous sins will be forgiven and his Salat and walking to the mosque will be considered as supererogatory act of worship.” [Muslim].

:: “When a Muslim, or a believer, washes his face (in the course of Wudu), every sin which he committed with his eyes, will be washed away from his face with water, or with the last drop of water; when he washes his hands, every sin which is committed by his hands will be effaced from his hands with the water, or with the last drop of water; and when he washes his feet, every sin his feet committed will be washed away with the water, or with the last drop of water; until he finally emerges cleansed of all his sins.” [Muslim]

this information has been taken from here:


our first pottery class (organised by our home-ed group) was a total success. the kids really enjoyed getting their hands stuck in, touching, feeling, moulding the clay. they made pots, which can be used for a number of purposes, pencil holder, flower pot, utensils in the kitchen are just a few ways that it can be used (as if my kids are going to let me put my kitchen utensils in it). we will collect them in two weeks, when the pots will have dried out.
glitter, paint, glue, sequins are all the the ready. watch this space.

Monday, 28 November 2011

patience and perseverance

'change your clothes, brush your hair and tidy your room' (or something like that), were my words before i left the house one day, so when i came home to find her looking even more scruffy than before and the room exactly the same as i had left it, you can imagine my reaction. but before i could say anything, she told me to wait, she pulled out my camera and showed me this

i sighed with relief, i wasn't angry anymore, although she hadn't done as i had told her, she had been very busy, busy practising a lot of patience and perseverance.
what could i do except congratulate her at achieving something that she has been trying for days!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

snuggle up.....

turns out that were not the only ones trying to snuggle up
and get cosy in this little old house of mine!

Saturday, 19 November 2011


Then to eat of all the produce (of the earth), and find with skill the spacious paths of its Lord: there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colours, wherein is healing for men: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought.

Surat An-Naĥl (The Bee) – سورة النحل 16:69

'Honey is a remedy for every illness and the Qur'an is a remedy for all illness of the mind, therefore I recommend to you both remedies, the Qur'an and honey.' (Bukhari)

"Honey consumption (as compared to refined sugar or HFCS) leads directly to the formation of liver glycogen, thus stabilising blood sugar levels. Honey thereby reduces metabolic stress and improves fat metabolism and disposal, thus combating two of the key parameters of the metabolic syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes and obesity."

~Dr Ron Fessenden, The Honey Revolution

Friday, 18 November 2011

friday :: baking

my daughter has been baking on Fridays, as she said she would! it's just that her mother hasn't been very good at blogging about it.

these are chocolate chip and hazelnut cookies.
(there's really nothing else to say except that they were  gone almost before entering the cookie jar).

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

art attack

there's nothing like a session of art to blow the morning cobwebs away.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

slime time

we made slime. no your ears are not deceiving you, we made slime! well the story is, my son picked up Richard Hammond's book on wacky experiments from the library, and guess which experiment he wanted to do first, of course, something that involves getting gooey and messy.

ingredients needed to make slime are cornflower and water, oh and food colouring (to make it look like professional slime).

cornflower amazed me, yep it amazed me. i couldn't believe how something could become hard and then become slime again just by mixing and touching it.  i know i'm not making any sense, you have to try it to know what i'm talking about.

i would definitely recommend this little experiment for any children who love getting their hands dirty. 

Sunday, 6 November 2011


shopping done, cards made, cakes baked, decorations hung, all thats left is to PARTY!!!

HAPPY EID everyone!!!!