Category Archives: Holidays

Easter, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Eid al-Adha, Ramadan, Holi, Diwali, Epiphany, New Year, Purim, Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, Navratri, etc. Any holiday I know about or celebrate, I’ll write about it here!

Eid-Al-Adha Mubarak

Eid-Al-Adha Mubarak. May you remain steadfast in your Deen, continue your act of worship and obedience to Allah. May Allah swt accept your hajj, duas, fasts, sacrifices and prayers. Alhamdulillah for seeing another Eid.

Enjoy your day with your family and loved ones. 🙏🏼

~Tamana

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Eid Mubarak

Eid ul Fitr Mubarak to everyone that is celebrating today.

May Allah accept your fasting, qiyaam, and good deeds and may you be blessed all throughout the year. May the blessings of Allah fill your life with joy, happiness and success. Ameen.

~Tamana

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Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s are one of those people that can never be replaced. No matter what definition you use to describe a mother, it is never enough because there are not enough words in the English dictionary to define her. She is our friend, our companion, our saviour, our guide, our understanding, our knowledge; she is everything and there is no one before her and no one after her, except the Almighty.

Growing up, I knew she would always be there for me in my time of need. But as I aged, especially when I turned 30, I realized that she was everything. She became my best friend and me, hers. The bond I have with my mother is one that I only pray I have with my own daughter when she’s older and wiser.

Happy Mother’s Day, mom! I love you with all my heart and only pray I can be even half the type of mother you are.

Wishing all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters a beautiful Mother’s Day!

~Tamana

Happy New Year!

From my family to yours, Happy 2019!

We wish you an amazing 2019. We hope the New Year brings lots of love, joy, happiness and good health.

We hope your year is filled with tons of family, great adventures and beautiful memories.

~ Tamana & family

Merry Christmas

Merry & Bright.

Here’s wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas. Hope you’re all surrounded by the ones you love and cherish.

Eat. Pray. Love.

Happy Holidays everyone.

~ Tamana & family

Not So Festive This Year

I don’t know what it is this year, but I just can’t get myself into the holiday spirit. I’m not the least bit excited about it being Christmas and for all of you that have followed my blog over the years would know, that’s extremely shocking, because I am the Martha Stewart of Christmas, normally.

Not this year, though. This year, I could give a rats ass about the holidays or Christmas coming or going and quite frankly, every time I have to open my wallet to buy another gift or item for Christmas, I am left even more annoyed.

Hey, I’m not cheap! I just can’t believe how commercialized this holiday has become and how we’ve all completely fallen for the retail industry’s gimmick of what Christmas is.

Plus, the cost of living has become so expensive, that you’re literally counting every penny to make sure you don’t over spend and blow your budget and then resent it later on, especially after this holiday is over.

Honestly, I’m sick of it all! I want a Christmas where no one gives or gets a present, everyone shares the responsibility of preparing dinner or lunch, what have you, and everyone cleans up after it’s all said and done. Then we all sit together, laugh and talk about stupid, silly things and all the adventures we experienced over the past year and drink ourselves silly.

That’s what the holidays should be about, isn’t it? If so, then how did we all get so wrapped up in gift exchanging and spending/blowing so much money? I mean, if you want to give a loved one something to show them how much they mean to you, can’t you do that all year long? Why must we wait for a stupid “hallmark” holiday to pop up before we can show them?

Well, I told everyone close and dear, this is the last Christmas I am buying and exchanging gifts. There will be no more gift giving allowed during the holidays in my home, moving forward. We’ll all still celebrate the accomplishments we had throughout the year and celebrate the love we have for each other, but not by exchanging gifts.

So, my lovelies, I’m sorry for not posting a more festive post today or for sharing all the amazing recipes of baked goods this year because there are none. Quite frankly, I might just order Chinese food for Christmas dinner and call it a night.

Happy Festivities to all of you, though and do share your perspectives on my thoughts above. Do you think I’m right that the holidays shouldn’t be so complicated and we’ve all lost the true essence of what it means to celebrate Christmas and all the other holidays? Let me know what you think!

Xoxo ~ Tamana

‘Tis The Season

Happy December, my lovelies (sorry, I know I’m a few days late)!

It’s been a hectic few weeks and I haven’t been able to write because every other day I either have a quiz, a test, an exam or a group assignment. Also, I decided to be super-woman last week and picked up an extra shift at work, so, I had no days off between work and school; which of course resulted in exhaustion, leading to me getting sick.

This weekend, I didn’t go to work at all. My body decided to breakdown and allow a nasty little bug to takeover my immune system. Ugh! Like I have time to be sick.

The good thing that came out of all of this is that my little chicklet aka Ms. Nid, got me into the holiday spirit and we put up our tree and even made some gingerbread houses and decorated some yummy gingerbread men. Leave it to kids to get your butt moving and enthusiastic when you barely even feel alive.

However, her persistence served me well and I feel so much better, both spiritually and physically. I was feeling overwhelmed with work and school and life in general and had decided to avoid Christmas altogether. But this little girl put so many smiles on my face over the past few days talking about the holidays that my holiday spirit came back and I am back to being excited for the holidays and Christmas, just the way I used to be all the years before.

Here are some pictures of our tree and gingerbread men and houses.

Have you set up your tree yet? Share some pictures of your Christmas or holiday decorations and traditions for a chance to be featured on my blog.

I’ll write again soon, I promise! I just need to get through a major exam on Monday and then I’ll have more time to myself. Until then, stay blessed and have an amazing weekend. Xoxo

~ Tamana