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Ummi's House Review & Giveaway

Alhamdulilah there are so many talented sisters out there, that are blessing our community! It is so important we support halal, family, and beneficial businesses. We were recently blessed to receive some wonderful products from Ummi's House.

When I say talented sisters, Umm Ayana Of Ummi's House and her mother are right at the top! Eco-friendly, homemade, handmade, and done with love and care is what you will receive from their products. Ummi's House is a mother daughter team, supplying products and services that can be used in any mothers house, hence the name Ummi's House. They greatly enjoy their homemaking hobbies, and it's that joy that is shown in their products

So this happy homemaker was beyond thrilled to use Ummi's house products.

Alhamdulilah our bread baking was extra blessed as we wore aprons from Ummi's House.

Allah is Merciful, we were baking garlic knots a few days before getting our package and I said the children needed aprons, well subha…

Learning To Co- Pilot

We made a commitment...

When I married him I agreed that he would be the head of our home, that he is the imam of our home and I am under his leadership.

When entering marriage we are saying these things, not verbally (an sometimes verbally), but we know that with such a commitment there are things to be expected.

 Every job has a boss, someone that makes the decisions and in our home our husband has the final say he is in charge.

That does not mean we do not have a say, we can politely express our concerns and questions but the final say belongs to our husband. May Allah help us to respect that and be peaceful about it.

So we have to learn to be better co- pilots alhamdulilah, because sometimes we have the tendency to speak in a way that can insult our husbands leadership and not trust that he is making good decisions for our family.

Once we have expressed our concerns, questions etc and our husband still goes in the direction he chooses for the family then just pray Allah is guidin…

Motivational Homemaking: Homemaking Binder Part 2

Okay well remember months ago I introduced my homemaking binder to everyone? MashaAllah see: Homemaking Binder

I updated it last night and wanted to share some new additions I added to it. I have been writing all my bread baking recipes in the book, homemade laundry detergent, and other new ideas. This will be great to pass on to the children, mashaAllah I am looking forward to seeing what the year will look like. All the menus and journal writing.

How do you benefit from starting a homemaking binder?

After menu planning for a good few months, I look back and can easily say, next week I'm making some or all the meals from the week of such and such date mashaAllah it makes menu planning much easier! It gives me inspiration to pick something we enjoyed before and helps to give me ideas for the other weeks.

Record keeping- mashaAllah it's pretty cool to see how many new DIY projects we made. Homemade toothpaste recipes and homemade cloth diaper detergent. I think down the road ou…

A Wise Woman Does Well With Little

Dear God, please make me wise ameen.

My friend posted this as her status "A wise woman does well with little"

Sometimes it can be difficult when you are not rich in money, but because we have family.. a husband who loves us, children who love us... then we are rich in love and happiness.

At times we have to remember that we can do so much with what we have. And a little goes a long way.. especially in the hearts of the ones we love.

We are tested in this area a lot,  for my family some of our happiest days come from the simplest joys. We tend to forget the blessings and fun one can have with what seems to be very little to some.

I remember one day feeling so sad and crying that I could not give my children some expensive gadget thing for them to have fun with.  It took me some time to learn that my children talk more about time baking together, growing food together, and learning together --more than they ever talked about some toy that was bought or latest anything.

I lear…

Yeast Substitutes- Kitchen Chemistry

Alhamdulilah after a year of bread making I am learning so much mashaAllah!!

Thanks to the awesome sisters on facebook I learned about soaking my flour, but that's for another post.

A lot of people have asked us about why we make no yeast breads. This is our taste preference, we think it makes a great tasting sandwich bread. It's not as fluffy and big like yeast breads but we enjoy them. Yes sometimes we make yeast breads too, we tend to switch it up every now and then. Our favorite will always be a yeast free bread.

If you are not using yeast then there are several substitutes that I have learned and tried personally.. when using a yeast free substitute there is no need for rise time, as you would have for a yeast bread.

Are you ready for some kitchen chemistry? Take out your apron and recipe book... yes you should have one of those :) inshaAllah and let's run down a few ways you can make a yeast free bread:

1.) Baking powder- Baking powder is ready to go, there are alum…

Where are my positive sisters?

SubhanAllah we had a great week here at home. Very lovely time homeschooling, we have gotten much done mashaAllah. I spent a little time this early morning to do some blogging. I pray it is of benefit.

Is it just me or are we on what seems to be a shortage of positive sisters?

Lately, i have seen more complaints instead of compliments. Sometimes we have to learn to control our emotions better. remember to wish others well and not the opposite.

Not everything someone does will work in your home. we have to find what works for us. And on this journey it is not for us to tell someone else what they are doing is a waste of time, or stupid. We can say alhamdulilah this works for you and your family and leave the negativity behind!

One of the things that concerned me when doing Traditional Muslimah Homemaker was the concern of sisters putting me down. Alhamdulilah i have had  a very good year on TMH and had very awesome feedback mashaAllah alhamdulilah!! I had an occasional bump or two, …

Cleaning With Children

You clean up, they may mess it up.

I do not expect my home to be spotless all day. I'm a homeschooling mom of our four boys. Need I say more? :)
alhamdulilah but through the day I do teach the children lessens in keeping order. I am not the most organized person. I would love to be inshaAllah. I am on the road to doing that, and the children are learning along the way.

There are a few things that work for us when cleaning with children:

1.) Everything has a place- The children know everything in the house has a home. The toys have a home, their books have a home... and if its in the middle of the floor, it's lost and needs to go home. Yes this works with the children mashaAllah. My four year old said the other day after I asked him what he was doing "putting the toy in its home" I was so happy he understood that his toy did not belong on the floor (if he was not playing with it) and knew where it went! if the items in your home do not have a specific place, inshaAllah …

The Homemaking Husband

Alhamdulilah this blog post is written in response to a sister who asked on the Traditional Muslimah Homemaking page about how can we get our husbands to do a fair share at home.

MashaAllah I'm a mom of four boys- four boys whom I pray will be good husbands, and while they are young: 5,4,2 and 8 months, they are absorbing a lot at their young age. They are picking up habits, they are impressionable mashaAllah and we have to make good impressions. Their father is their example . ...of how to be as a man- a father, a husband, a Muslim.

It is important their father show them how to be helpful around the home. Our beloved Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa salaam was helpful at home:

"He was very human: he would clean his clothes, milk his ewe and serve himself." (Reported by Imam Ahmad in al-Musnad, 6/256; al-Silsilat al-Saheehah, 671) 
Aisha radiAlahu anha was also asked about what the Messenger of Allah salAllahu alayhi wa salaam used to do in his house, and she said, "He us…

Alhamdulilah! We grew wheatgrass!

If you did not catch our how to sprout wheat berries post inshaAllah please check it out: How to Sprout Wheat Berries after sprouting the wheat berries we planted them in the soil :) and put them back into the dark until they grew about 4 inches or so long. Keeping the soil not overly wet, and covering them back up, for a couple days. after about two days they started to look like this:
Then maybe four days later they were long thin and brown! The children and I were excited. Since it was in the dark for a good few days, the wheat was brown. Time to move to the next phase alhamdulilah we learned something important about Allah's creation in this process, and it became a whole homeschool lesson  mashaAllah this picture was taken yesterday. The first day out of the dark.
This morning walked in the room to this beautiful sight mashaAllah!!! How awesome and wonderful Allah's creation is. Not only did we have a nice two weeks exploring and learning about wheat berries, Allah blesse…

A Moment With God

Alhamdulilah it was one of those mornings where the children slept a little longer.
I was able to sip my tea quietly and watch the baby play with his sock... yes a sock ;) lol alhamdulilah it's the simple things, at that young age.

 I really enjoy the peace and quiet.... it is a good time to reflect and gather my thoughts before the morning picks up pace.

If you have one child or more, you learn to appreciate the 5 or 10 mins of calm and quiet moments.  You also learn, your thoughts are clearer and it is  good time to mend and renew your relationship with Allah.

I truly believe every parent needs that time. Whether you are up extra early, or in the middle of the day when children take a nap... there is nothing like those reflecting moments when you can connect with your Lord. No loud noise, no screaming, no movement... complete reflection.

A moment to open the Quran and read His words, and read just what we need  to help increase our iman, our gratitude, and renew our hope.

A mo…

How To Sprout Wheat Berries

Alhamdulilah here is how to sprout your wheat berries:

1.) Put wheat berries in a jar and add water to cover it, then cover with cheesecloth
2.) Store in a dark place for 12 hours
3.) Drain water, rinse, and keep tilted so water can drain, put it back in the dark area
4.) After 12 hours rinse again, shake it gently and put it back
5.) Continue step 4 until they sprout, and it took us three days alhamdulilah

Consider the following:
Adding sprouted wheat berries in your breads, salads etc
Once sprouted, grow into wheat grass