1.25.2018 by Nancy Gaines

Pregnancy Journal Weeks 24-36

Well, I've let some time lapse since my last journal entry, but Insha'Allah I'll get you all caught up and stay up to date on my entries until it's birth story time! ❤

Well I've taken a bit of hiatus from the business side of Everyday Naseeha. Alhamdulilah, my mom and biz partner has definetely taken up the slack. 😍 I was working towards some personal and household projects that required my attention. Insha'Allah will share more about that later.
Just when I was ready to start back up with the biz, along came the flu. My 16 year old was first to come down with it, and then the rest of the family, one by one. I was a little bit worried after all the hype I've been hearing about this flu season being so severe and the fact that I was pregnant to boot. But Alhamdulilah, everybody is now on the road to recovery. 😊 Honey, lemon, and blackseed tea, supplements, rest, and lots of dua was our regimen. The hardest thing about it was having to look after myself but also having all my kiddies sick and still having to tend to them as well. Alhamdulilah though for my Ummy who lives in same apartment complex as me, stopped by often as she could to help me out. ❤

I had my 35 week appointment, my first since coming down with the Flu, and Alhamdulilah everything checked out well. Good heartbeat on the baby, my stats were good, and measuring right at 35 weeks. I had lost some weight since my last visit, but they were not concerned seeing as how I had the flu and had no real appetite at the time. I'm stil on track probably to gain 35-40lbs this pregnancy which is the usual for me durring my pregnancies.

They say being pregnant makes you off balance a bit and a little more clumsy than usual. I can attest to that! 😜 Every time I've taken a tumble since I've been an adult, it's been while I was pregnant. I've managed to fall down the stairs during two pregnancies, trip numerous times, and about 6 weeks ago walking back from the laundry room with my kids I fell flat on the pavement and took my 8 year old son with me. I was actually leaning on him for support since I was experiencing  really bad round ligament pain for the past week and it was super painful to walk. I ended up with a bloody scraped knee and hand. My 8 year old was left unharmed as was the baby, but I felt like I had been in a car accident when I woke up the next day. I can't remember taking a fall like that since I was a kid! The bright side of this tumble...my round ligament pain went away after this and has yet to come back since the fall, so Alhamdulilah for that! πŸ€—

The gender of this little one is still a mystery. πŸ€”  I'm glad I decided to be surprised and can't wait to find out. With my 7 other children I always knew ahead of time, which was pretty cool as well. But, I really wanted to be surprised with what will probably be my last one. After 6 boys in a row a girl would be awesome, but I'd be just as excited if it's another boy. I don't really have a "feeling" of it being a boy or a girl, but I've been craving fish these last several weeks, and I recall with my first child, which was a girl, I craved fish sandwiches from Mcdonalds. So maybe that means something? πŸ€”

So all and all, I'm feeling back to normal now and getting really excited about the baby coming. This has been a weird pregnancy for me. Usually I'm very carefree during my pregnancies, but having suffered my first miscarriage prior to this pregnancy, I've just been a little bit on edge. It's a mixture of really wanting to savor this pregnancy and enjoy every moment of it, since it will be probably  be my last and then the other part of me just wants to hurry and deliver a healthy baby so I can quit worrying about something potentially going wrong. I just have to remember Allah is in control and to turn to him with my worries and distress, when I do that I feel better immediately.

On the agenda for the upcoming week? I'm going to start up an exercise regimen. Nothing major, just some light cardio and stretching. I've been wanting to do that my whole pregnancy, but kept putting it off, so better late than never. Also, plan to jump back in to biz mode and back to homeschooling the kids which has taken a back seat for too long now. See ya next week, insha'Allah.

1.16.2018 by Nancy Gaines

Yummy, Easy & Healthy No Bake Energy Balls!

Here are those energy balls that I promised you before I got sick last week! I'm feeling better, but still taking it easy . . . I promise. ❤ Aisha and her whole family are on the mend as well! Alhamdulillah!!! Thanks to all of you who sent duaas, prayers, positive thoughts and well wishes. 😊

Now, on to the "RECIPE"!
Were you just now wondering why I put the word RECIPE in quotes? It's because this recipe is so easy, it doesn't require one. I've actually never made it the same way twice!

I don't measure a thing, because you just can't mess this "recipe" up, unless you're really trying to! And even then, it would probably still be yummy! So, girls, we are going to wing it! Nothing rocket science about this, just yummy and nutritional goodness. 

Hey, you can even have the kids or grandkids help you out!  So let me tell you what I put in these little amazeballs!

They've got quick oats, faux rice krispies, chopped dates, chia seeds, poppy seeds, peanut butter, honey and this fantastic salad topper mix I picked up at Costco.

The salad topper mix contains "A tart and savory mixture of cranberries and seeds". And let me tell you, it is delicious! It's organic and the seeds are tamari sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds! Perfect for a quick pick-me-up on it's own! It's also great on salads, of course, but has now met it's new best friend . . . The Energy Ball! 😊

Now get yourself a big bowl to mix all of your ingredients together. The spoon is mostly for show as you're going to get in, down and dirty like, combining all your ingredients like it was a mud pie when you were a kid! (Bonding moment with the kids, right?)

Gather all of your ingredients and start tossing them in the bowl. The oats and cereal are of course your main ingredient,  so you'll want the most amount of these. Go ahead, pour some in the bowl. Now add your chopped dates, peanut butter, honey, chia & poppy seeds and salad topper mix.

Now make sure you've got everything you need before you start mixing, 'cause you don't want to stop once you've started. And if the kids are helping, have them wash their hands, if you haven't already done so. πŸ˜‰  Keep mixing till it feels like you can form a ball. If the concoction feels too dry, add some more peanut butter and honey, too wet . . . add more oats & cereal, till you get a ball that holds it's shape. 

That's it! Start the assembly line!!! Roll them into whatever size appeals to you. Mine are about a 1" ball, give or take.

Roll a tray full of these little cuties. You can sprinkle a bit of icing sugar on top even, well just 'cause it's fun and looks pretty! πŸ’• Go ahead and pop them in the fridge now for about an hour. Remove and store in individual snack baggies the kids can just grab or you can pop in your purse for an energy boost! These freeze great too, so make as many as you like. They keep about a week in the fridge, if they last that long at your house! πŸ˜‰

That's it, ladies! I hope you L❤VE these delightful little bites of nourishing yumminess as much as we do! Feel free to add or subtract ingredients to suit you and your family. Enjoy!

❤ Nancy ❤ xoxoxo

12.26.2017 by Nancy Gaines

My 2018 Life and Business Planner

2017 has been such a year of new adventures and growth, both in my personal and biz life!  A little background if you are new here. I started a biz with my youngest daughter, Aisha.  One that we've talked about and planned for, on and off, for over a decade.

We made our splash onto the internet scene with social media back in late May and then started the website in October. So much has happened during this time up until now, that we've  taken a step back this month to plan the heck out of 2018!

This is one of the tools we'll be using to keep it all together! ❤ I belong to a Facebook group called The Sunday Society. The group is run by an entrepreneur named April and her website is called Blacksburg Belle.  I've been following April for around 8 years now and I've learned a boatload of good, solid biz advice!

So if you were a member of Sunday Society, you would be able to print out this very cool 2018 Life and Business Planner. April just came out with it earlier this month and it's perfect timing for us!

I printed out a copy for myself and Aisha at half size, so 2 copies per page. I didn't print on both sides though, because I like having the extra blank pages for doodles, brainstorms, recipes, etc.  I used my paper cutter to cut it in half and then 3 hole punched it and finally I washi taped the edges on both the front and back covers to give it a little more durability and of course, cuteness.

I could go on and on and on and on, because there really is so much more good stuff I could say about this planner, April's Facebook group and her website, Blacksburg Belle.

Aisha and I are nearly done with our vision and inspiration wall and you can see some sneak peeks on our IG feed here.  Everything is coming along and we're so excited to share our progress and behind the scenes with you. 😍 How are you plans coming along for 2018? Do you have any tips for us?  I hope you'll take a moment to check out April's site, you'll be like a kid in a candy store!

~Nancy ❤

11.13.2017 by Nancy Gaines

Easy Peasy Fall Decor with mini pumpkins & succulents!

This really is a super duper, easy peasy, home decor idea.  Fall is in "full bloom", if you can say that about Fall. Why not, right?

Here's what I did. I bought a bag of mini pumpkins at my supermarket for about $5.00.  Then I gutted my faux cactus plants. Yep, I took them right out of their ugly containers and I didn't look back!

The gutting continued with the mini pumpkins. I simply cut around the the top and scooped out the seeds with a spoon.  I suppose you can save and roast the seeds if you like, although I didn't remember in time.

Now, just fit your cactus into their new temporary homes.  And Ta-Da, you are done.   You can also do this with real cactus plants, if you  have some.  You would need to make the opening larger though, to fit it in.

There are so many ways you can display these little darlin's. They would look lovely on your fireplace mantle, of course, but that's too obvious. How about as place settings at your dinner table or zigzagging them down your dining table center, and scatter colorful fall leaves around them. Some candles would look charming too, don't you think?

How about in a grouping of 5 in the center of your coffee table? Have them circle a larger pumpkin that you gutted the same way. Then place an appropriate sized vase of vibrant colored Mums in the middle of the pumpkin.

I could go on and on, but I think you get my drift. Holler in the comments if you've got an idea for me too!  Now go "Fall" in love! Before you know it, winter will be here! ⛄🌨❄ Are you ready for that or has it hit you already? πŸ™„ In sha Allah, you are all enjoying the delight and wonder of the beautiful fall season.  Alhamdulillah. πŸπŸ‚

~Nancy ❤

10.06.2017 by Aisha Johnson

Ready or Not!!! Everyday Naseeha has officially launched!

We did it! Alhamdulilah! After a few setbacks and delays, Everyday Naseeha is officially LAUNCHED! While we don’t yet have all our content up on the site yet, we are getting there, and Insha’Allah, soon you will find intriguing articles and breathtaking pics on a wide variety of topics. It’s been a labor of love for us, and just like real labor, it was a lot of hard work…but we kept pushing.  And now our “baby” Everyday Naseeha is born. (I’m a Doula, so please excuse the corny analogy.) 😊

We invite you to be a part of Everyday Naseeha and join this journey with us. We welcome and encourage your active participation on our posts, as well as any feedback or questions you have for us personally. We want EN to be a place where Sisters can go for ideas, support, encouragement, learning, or just to find a new perspective on something.

As we share our lives with you, we ask that you please make dua for us. Our purpose in sharing our everyday lives with you is not to show off, but to hopefully inspire you to be the best Muslimah you can be. Our lives our not perfect, but our religion is, and we aspire to fully implement our beautiful Deen in our everyday lives. Our blog is just not about inspiring you though.  When I read other Sisters' blogs, I not only enjoy seeing the good stuff. I also like to know that they have kids that give them attitude sometimes, that every meal prepared is not necessarily healthy and organic,the constant battle to keep the house clean, etc. Because that is real life, that’s everyday life.  Sometimes it just helps to know that other Sisters are out there struggling with the same things as you. And at Everyday Naseeha we hope to bring you that balanced perspective, insha'Allah.

And remember, make EVERY DAY your BEST DAY!

~Nancy & Aisha

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