Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Joyful Wife

Funny how in your home the simplest thing can remind you of something so meaningful and special.

My household blessings began a little earlier than usual, at about 3 a.m. and even then I was telling myself how we should sacrifice for our families, sleep included.

Loving them and taking care of them has it's rewards and whether we see them now or later, we must know they do exist alhamdulilah

I went to wash my dishes this morning and sometimes I might be super tired, or ready to sit down but this morning was pretty different. I never paid attention to the dish detergent until this morning and saw it was called Joy...  I wonder why they named it Joy.. is it because they want people to be happy to wash dishes, feel a sense of gratitude to have dishes to wash, or could it be taking Joy in taking care of your family. How about all those things!

That's what I got out of my bottle of Joy, and some clean dishes to match alhamdulilah. I decided to keep the bottle, it's nearly empty but I am keeping it as a reminder and inshaAlah I will fill it with some homemade detergent.
InshaAllah I will show more joy in washing my dishes, grateful that minutes before, we were blessed to have a meal..made by my hands that Allah provided for us...and be joyful that they ate happily and were fed another day.

There are others in the world that would trade places with us and would gladly have dishes to wash as a "consequence" of eating a meal.

Are we taking joy in our household blessings? 




"Abundance of worldly wealth is not richness of happiness, the real richness of happiness lies in contentment" (Hadith Muslim)


Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Rahmah of Raha Soaps!

Alhamdulilah my family was blessed the past week to receive our package of hand made soaps from Raha Soaps!

Okay I must admit that even the box (before I opened it) smelled so good mashaAllah.

What fits my homemaking heart and living is that Raha Soaps are homemade, and hand made. Each soap takes a lot of time (about 3-6 weeks) to make, but each bar is made with patience and love. Love of making soaps and love of giving their customers natural, great quality, and wonderful soaps. How can you not love that?

I opened the package on the train and there were quite a few wonderful smells:

Lavender
Ginger Lime Coconut
Palmroasa
Turkish Coffee
and Sweet Orange Patchouli which is My husband's favorite one.

I enjoyed their soaps so much that I have decided to buy them on a regular bases inshaAllah. I used the chamomile soap on the children at night, for their night time bath. They loved the smell, so much so that I had to hide the bar from them, because they constantly wanted to smell and use it!

Alhamdulilah I ordered some soap for my over night bag in May. Since I am due with my fifth child then, I would love to have some nice items in my bag to relax me and make me feel good.

I really think it is important to feel good and smell good. Smelling good has a lot to do with my mood. You must admit that certain scents can change how you feel. Even with my pregnancy my nose has become more sensitive and so having pleasant smells around me helped a lot.

Raha Soaps surely lives up to its name (serenity) in every bar!
Please check out their website and support their wonderful business, you won't be disappointed mashaAllah.

Thanks to Raha Soaps Website for allowing Traditional Muslimah Homemaker to review their great soaps.

Facebook: Raha Soaps



Bread Making...Thoughts

This is a special task...one that I am so glad I started, in almost 6 years of marriage I am just learning over the winter that making bread calms my heart, gives me peace of mind, brings me closer to Allah, and is a good memory my children will have. People use shopping and other things as a means to rid of stress and feel good...for me it is baking bread..kneading the dough is something I enjoy...I also feel more motherly, watching my children eat their bread ..bread that "Ummi made"


Over the past couple months we have not bought store bread.. another plus for making my own bread alhamdulilah. 


Sisters, this makes for a great after fajr treat... such a wonderful feeling to rise early.. pray ..and put a lot of love and dhikr into each kneading of the bread..each mixture of the ingredients. What a wonderful way to reflect and get closer to Allah


Who knew bread making had so many benefits?


Good for your health, good for your heart and good for your iman


Also it helps to do this when the house is calm and quiet.. it's already near 10 a.m. and I am smiling to myself thinking of making bread after fajr tomorrow inshaAllah.. I already have a warm feeling inside <3