little steps

Monday, 21 December 2015

I set a goal once to write a blog post every week having a specific day in the week for one of the topics I usually have lots to write about, but I couldn't make that happen, it's sometimes quite hard to come up with good content, while inspiration is not around at times, with little steps I still try to at least write about something that someone might find of interest or come across and could have informative words.  

Blogging is something I started years ago, it's writing my thoughts that had always been a calming and expressing feeling for me, I still get so excited whenever I'm writing a new post! I thought today of sharing some of my thoughts on having my own shop, if you didn't know, I have started my own small business and chose to start it with Etsy, as I quite often enjoy shopping there myself, I just love browsing through all the different shops, so much beautiful art is found there, I'm glad I chose it so far, I love the whole atmosphere there and the very friendly and helpful community there.

Owning a shop was a dream of mine for a very long time, it was quite a journey from the time I started thinking about it till the actual opening day, months passed very quickly and I had a period of lack of inspiration, I guess everyone goes through at some point, after some time off and thinking clearly I found it easier to get my thoughts together and get on turning sketches and simple lines into products. 
 I remember my first sale and how excited I was getting it posted! also working on my very first custom painting was such a great experience.  All I wanted to say is work on making your dreams real, don't stop no matter how hard it might be at times and just keep the good words in front of you at all times and never ever doubt yourself take steady little steps and you'll get there! Reading all the words of encouragement not only from my family and friends, but also people I don't personally know that just genuinely admire my work! I found that very uplifting and I am truly thankful for their time to tell me what they think and any opinions on improvement are always appreciated and welcomed. 

Our little shop offers a range of products that could make a cute gift for your loved ones, our illustrations are usually inspired by simple things we own, places we lived in, food especially clean eating, nature, motherhood and Libyan tradition. Our latest very exciting products are our custom watercolour paintings that can be found in custom watercolour art that makes a beautiful customised gift.

Another long time dream on my list was introducing greeting cards into the Libyan market, along my search I have noticed a major gap in products related to Libya, so I worked on showing the world one of many beautiful sides of my beloved country.  Currently living away from Libya made me miss the place I love dearly, so hopefully this will be a start for many ideas I have in store.

Don't forget to check out our offer, available for limited time only!

Avocado truffles

Friday, 13 November 2015

I kept on drafting this post for long now, I need to remind my self how easy & good these are, tempting myself to make them again haha!, I don't consider myself a sweet tooth, but I need to have a cake or biscuit with my evening tea, everyday that is! so lately I've been trying a lot of new clean recipes that I will be sharing here.  This truffles recipe is very easy just a bit messy but it really tastes good, so check the recipe below.   

ليا فترة مخليه الموضوع في الدرافتس لأني ماحصلتش وقت نكمله، اليوم خلاص هههه الحمدلله واتي، مانعتبرش في نفسي من الناس اللي تحب الحلو هلبه، بس مع ذلك لازم من شئ حلو مع شاهي العشية، الفترة اللي فاتت جربت وصفات صحية ونظيفة، حنشاركهم هنا ان شاء الله، الوصفة هذه للترفلز، حلوة وساهلة فيها شوية تبلبيز، بس يهون لأن طعمها حلو وصحية،المقادير والطريقة تحت. 

Autumn vibes & catching up

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Just a random post, with the little one crawling like a little worm "seriously" its so funny, she's not yet crawling like a proper crawl though, I was glad that I was able to catch a video with her first couple of moves last week, she was like what? I can do this? she was chuffed to be able to reach out and grab anything she wants now, but yet to master her new skill!

I've been working lately on a project, that I mentioned prematurely I think! its taking me so much time than I thought & tons of work, I sometimes rethink the whole idea of it, but deep down I just want to go for it, I guess I just need to remind myself that its worth it, I'm madly passionate about it and I can do it, hence the name of my blog sunzdid, I just realised it has a message within "thanks Zeina". Talking with my family & friends always makes me feel much better, I need to overcome my fears! 

15 bits of advice for first time mum’s نصيحة للأمهات لأول مرة 15

Thursday, 10 September 2015

In this post, I will go through some bits of advice that might help first time mum's out there, I don't carry any medical qualifications, I am just writing about my personal experience so here we go

في البوست هذا حنتكلم على شوية نصايح ممكن تفيد الأمهات لأول مرة (البوست بالعربي تحت).

1 Ask, whenever in doubt, ask whoever you are comfortable talking to, it could be your mother, sister, husband, friend or midwife etc. 

A special Eid

Monday, 20 July 2015

The little one just slept, giving me some time to put this post together, oh my how did Ramadan past so fast? subhanAllah we wait for this holly month for 11 months and when its time, the month literally flies away, I just pray all our fasting and prayers will be accepted, and we live to witness the next inshAllah.  

So, I got myself busy on the last day of Ramadan making some Libyan biscuits,  as we have nearly 20 hours of fasting, it was easy to get busy baking when the little one is settled.  Eid biscuits are a tradition back home, so usually we make and give a plate full to our family and friends when visiting, let me know if you need any biscuit recipe.

Thoughts and tips on labour

Saturday, 11 July 2015

The scary word for most mum’s, I had so many questions before that day came, so many answers were given to me by the midwives, family and friends, but it's always the fear of the unknown deep down that strangled my thoughts for a while. 

A beautiful bunny

Thursday, 2 July 2015

On the 12th of April, we welcomed our baby girl, beautiful as a bunny.  I don't really know how time passed so fast? I remember me and Mr talking to her, feeling her kicks and freaking out whenever she was quite.

What's in my hospital bag ? شن في شنطة المستشفى ابتاعي

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

So for the hospital bag, I'll be sharing what I've packed and some tips for packing also.  I think I packed way much than I did for the baby's bag, but I really do think I will be using most of these, as I mentioned before it is always better to over pack than under pack.  And you never know you might need to stay over more than one day.  

New born must haves ضروريات للمواليد

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

I have so many posts on my mind to write about, I’m trying to make it a habit and post regularly now, I also thought of blogging in both Libyan/Arabic along with English, still thinking about that, even though the blog isn’t followed much, but maybe one day someone will find my posts helpful. Being a first time mum is quite overwhelming so not everything will be suitable for every mum, but at least it's a starter to give an idea of what to look for your baby,

What's in the baby's hospital bag ?

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Whoop whoop! a few days now until baby's due date, I haven't blogged for ages now.  I promised to write about baby related topics, but quite failed as I had some health problems lately and lots of school work, I just had to take a break and take it easy in my last two weeks at school, and so that happened after having mobility issues I called it a rest for myself to get ready for our bunny's arrival.