Monthly Archives: November 2011

My baby’s shower party!

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I don’t even know how to start this post, but I guess that I should by saying a huge “THANK YOU” for all my friends, that are as happy and anxious as we are to see our little baby : BUBU– until now…yes yes we know we should decide for a name soon coz there is so little time left but….my husband and I and all the “team” (to be read all our friends, family etc) can’t agree on one name.

Anyway Bubu‘s aunties and uncles planned in a very big secret his first party ever…..the baby’s shower party….For me it was a huge surprise ….guys you always succeed in surprising me, but your time will come sooner or later :))….and very emotional moment…oh yeah! I started crying. All my close friends were there and worked in organising the event along of course with my mom that kept the secret with the “price of her life”.REBECCA was the one responsible in “kidnapping” me and driving me safely to the party…..coz she made me cover my eyes so that I won’t have any clue until I get there. Unfortunately for all Bubu‘s aunties and his first admirers, little Bubu slept and didn’t kick until I reached home to sleep….huge dissapointment for the girls.

Everything was so sweet organised with handmade decorations made by my friends, they wrote messages on little clothes, even the oranges were perfectly shaped (thanks ROX) …..  a little BUBU doll was waiting on the chair for his mommy to practice changing diapers :)). DAN and ADE were responsible for making me cry with the sweetest baby song ever – “Hush little baby“. Mommy and little Bubu received also presents to remember forever this unique moment. Unfortunately aunty OLY couldn’t come, but uncle TAVI came along with her message for her favorite  Bubu.

In the end we finished with drinking “Robby Bubble“- champagne for kids-, breaking a huge “piñata” made by them also and eating candies and lollipops. To resume everything in some words it was such a great surprise for me, another moment that I will surely remember through the years and tell Bubu about it.

 Huge THANK YOU to all of you guys : REBECCA, ROX, DAN, ADE, ELENA, ANDREI, TAVI, OLY, AMINE, CRISTI, MADALINA, USTA, ROXANEL, DIANA, DANA……your time will come one day.

 

 

       Special thanks to cute aunty OLY – pisi honey- and uncle TAVI with his coded game language.

Negrutza ….DAN‘s old cat…so many memories together now Bubu will know it also.

 

Mommy’s and Bubu‘s gifts

The piñata full with candies……still in one piece.

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Honey and cinnamon natural remedies

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1. Heart diseases – Every day at breakfast eat some pieces of bread with honey and some cinnamon powder on top.Because this combination improves blood circulation and strengthens the heartbeat, people with cardiovascular problems are able to prevent any problems by using this combination.

  2. Arthritis Apply a paste of the two ingredients (one part honey in two parts warm water plus 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder) on the affected area and rub gently.

   3. Hair loss Mix warm olive oil with 1 tablespoon of  honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and apply it on the hair before  bath. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then remove.

   4. Urinary tract infections –  To protect your bladder, mixed in a glass of warm water 1 teaspoon honey and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon powder, then drink.

   5. Toothache – Apply as often as need a paste made of honey (5 teaspoons) and cinnamon powder (1 teaspoon) on the affected tooth.

   6. Cholesterol – Add Cinnamon (3 teaspoons) and honey (2 tablespoons) in boiling water or green tea and then drink. Experts say that the “bad” cholesterol is reduced by up to 10% in a short period of only 2 hours after drinking. Furthermore, studies show that natural honey if consumed in small amounts regularly, we can get rid of cholesterol problems. But that does not mean you have to forget the diet you should follow it strictly.

   7.  Colds – Drink a cup of warm water, honey (1 tablespoon) and cinnamon (1 / 4 teaspoon) ; is good for cough and clear the sinuses.

   8. Indigestion – Take a tablespoon of honey sprinkled with cinnamon before eating to get rid of acid and speed up digestion.

  9. Longevity – Regularly consume tea with honey and cinnamon. Boil 3 cups of water plus 4 tablespoons honey and 1 tablespoon cinnamon.

 10. Acne – Apply a paste made of honey (3 teaspoons) and cinnamon (1 teaspoon) on pimples before bed. Remove with warm water the next day.

 11. Obesity – To lose weight, boil in water some honey (1 tablespoon) and cinnamon (1 / 2 teaspoon) and then drink this mixture every morning on an empty stomach, half an hour before breakfast.

 12. Bad breath – Gargle with honey and cinnamon mixed with hot water.

 13. Stomach problems – Honey with cinnamon and reduces the feeling of bloated stomach and pain intensity.

 14. Immune system – Because honey mixed with cinnamon contains vitamins and iron the immune system is defended from harmful action of free radicals.

 15. Cancer – Several recent studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of this combination in treating stomach and bone cancer. In addition to the Oncologist’s treatment is recommended to take 3 times per day one tablespoon of honey sprinkled with cinnamon.

16. Fatigue – To avoid feelings of fatigue and sleepiness that you feel during the day you can use this excellent remedy. Mix in a glass of water one tablespoon honey and sprinkle a little cinnamon powder, drink a cup in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Palestinian culture: The THOB

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Nowadays what Palestinian women wear is determined by their religious believes, though it wasn’t always like this.Women in Palestine used to wear a Thob; a full length flare dress, that is loosely-fitted to allow a lot of movement.

Until the 1940s, traditional Palestinian costumes reflected a woman’s economic status, whether married or single, and the town or district of origin as well. A knowledgeable observer could collect such information from the fabric, colors, cut, and embroidery motives in a given woman’s apparel.

Approximately 100 years ago, Palestinian women from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jaffa, El Khalil (Hebron), Ramallah, Majdal and Gaza as well as the nomadic Bedouin of the southern desert region developed their own embroidery designs borrowing from architectural motifs, local plants, and spiritual symbols. The style of embroidered panels, types of fabrics, set them apart from one another to such a degree that their region of origin could be identified from a distance.

Thob from Bethlehem

Thob from Hebron

Thob from Ramallah

Embroidery was used on everyday dresses as well as wedding and special occasions dresses. Women were as distinctive working in the fields as they were visiting their husband’s family. These dresses were part of their identity. Work done by their own hands demonstrated their skill and imagination

Headdresses indicated whether women were married or unmarried. An unmarried woman would have very few coins, if any, on her headdress, whereas a married woman would display and carry her wealth on her head.

War in the Middle East has destroyed the unity of many cultures, especially the Palestinians. Palestinian women refugees have formed embroidery cooperatives in other countries as a mean of supporting themselves and their families. Using traditional patterns, these modern embroiderers produce contemporary items carrying ancient symbols of identity and pride to Palestinians expats.

Dare to be a red hijabi

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Red highlights the sensitivities of the observer. Therefore, it is a very strong color that can quickly capture the attention. So it is recommended that people who choose to wear this color clothing to be master himself and not too shy. Also, red is the color of passion, but it should not be used in excess.

This color symbolizes heat, fire, passion, enthusiasm and aggression and has the effect of stimulating people to make decisions quickly and increasing hope. It should also be noted that objects which contain red in their design are immediately noticed so they are often used in interior decoration. Red clothes can give the feeling of power, but also the conflict, aggression.

Therefore, dare to have a strong personality and identity, dare to be a red hijabi!

Autumn colors

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   Autumn here in Romania is always impressive due to its amazing colors. To see how nature follows its normal course, how all the trees give up their beautiful leaves that once settled on the ground form a carpet that seems to come from a tale makes one start to dream and become melancholic.Everything seems to be numbed and ready to begin hibernating.

  The tones of red, yellow and brown seem to merge perfectly with the dramatic gray of the clouds and the cold wind that is leaving the impression of wanting to destroy that perfect picture.

  But is better if I show you what I am talking about.

  Enjoy!

 

Moroccan caftan

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The caftan, or kaftan, is the traditional dress of Moroccan women. In the era of the Sultans, the caftan was worn by both men and women.When the caftan came to Morocco from Turkey, it became primarily an article of women’s clothing.

                                                      Old Turkish Caftan

Caftan is  loose-fitting, but is usually more elaborate than other Moroccan traditional garments like the jalabia, because it is worn more often for special occasions.It is a long dress in the style of a robe. Caftans are made of either cotton or silk. They are ankle-length and can be fastened up the front with buttons. A sash around the waist completes the outfit. Some caftans are designed with elaborate colors and patterns, and other styles are much simpler.

The traditional wedding dress in Morocco is caftan,although some women prefer Western wedding dresses to be more modern.Caftans designed for weddings can be very elaborate, with brightly embroidered floral patterns in a variety of colors, including green, red, dark brown and white. The sleeves are full and very wide.
 
                     
                                     

Shea butter

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   It’s possible that you may have only recently heard of Shea Butter, that is extracted from the nuts of a tree (Shea-Karite tree) only found on the continent of Africa.  But, its use is far from a modern use.The traditional use of the butter is to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and stretch marks, and to ease a variety of skin irritations, such as psoriasis, eczema and sunburn. Makers of cosmetics also mix this natural substance with other botanical ingredients.

   Pure Shea Butter differs in the methods of extraction used to get it from the nut, also Shea Butter is often graded.
  • Raw or unrefined– This Shea Butter will be extracted using only water.  The color will vary based on the nuts used.  The color will range from a cream color  or slightly off-white to an actual yellow or yellowish gray.  This is the original form of Shea Butter.  It will also usually have a distinct nutty aroma.
  • Refined– is more highly processed. It may be filtered and deodorized.  Many of its natural components are still in there.  But, some of the natural coloring and aroma will have been removed. 
  • Highly refined or processed– In this case something other than water is used to increase the amount of butter that can be taken from a bath.  A solvent like hexane will be used.  The color of this product will be pure white.

  Unrefined Shea butter is naturally rich in a number of vitamins like vitamin A and E that balances and normalizes the skin.

   Some of the benefits of Shea butter are:

– helps to restore skin elasticity;

– helps to heal cuts and burns without scarring;

– helps to minimize stretch marks;

– has natural sun protection qualities for skin and hair;

– it is an intensive general moisturizer, ideal for dry,cracking skin such as: elbows, heels, knees.

   You don’t have to keep Shea Butter refrigerated.  In fact doing so would make it very difficult to use.  It will keep under normal conditions for about two to three years.  Over time it will be less effective in terms of its healing properties. But, it will remain a good moisturizer.  Keep it in a cool place and keep the container closed to keep out contamination.