🌙How is everyone doing❓ First I want to wish a very happy & blessed Ramadan to everyone ✨💕 and second getting on with today’s blog post how to stay fit and healthy during this month. Now to those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept of Ramadan let me explain briefly here: Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims all over the world in which they abstain from eating and drinking from dawn⛅️ till dusk🌜. That’s sunrise and sunset in layman terms 😋. Depending upon where you reside in the world that could mean anywhere from 15-19 hours of not eating and drinking 😳. So it’s very important that you focus on your diet and lifestyle during this month to ensure you stay healthy. Most of us tend to look at fasting either as a way to diet or an excuse to over eat and neither approach is correct.
🌙Instead a balanced approach to diet and exercise ( yes you read it correct the first time exercise during fasting) will make the period of fasting easier on your body. So let’s start with the tips you need to know to make fasting a better and healthier experience for you:
🌙1- Eat a balanced 🍎🍞🍳diet- Fasting is not a free pass to eat like a glutton. Instead of loading your system with greasy🍔, fried🍟, sugary 🍩foods just because you abstained from eating all day will only make you a) take in excessive amounts of fat and calories. b) make you feel tired and inadvertently gain weight instead of loosing.
🌙Here is what you can do instead :
- At suhoor ( beginning of the fast ⛅️) Eat foods are that are high in energy and low in saturated fats. Start off your fast with fresh juices or fruit, dates, complex carbs like oats, whole meal bread, proteins -eggs so that you have lasting energy to get you through the day. At iftaar ( breaking your fast) try to eat less of the fried foods ( I know eliminating them completely might be a death ☠️ sentence for most people ). A pakora ( fried batter dumpling) or two and a samosa ( fried dough dumpling) or two should be enough, try not to make a meal out of it though. Instead eat a well rounded meal consisting of whole grain carbs, veggies and lean proteins (your digestive system will thank ✨you)❗️
- Stay hydrated 💧. Between the hours of suhoor and iftaar try and get between 4-6 glasses of water. I know some people say 3 liters of water but those people are crazy 😵. You know what happens after you force yourself to try and drink that much water after fasting for 15+ hours and then eating ❓ 🤮 that’s what happens either that or your stomach balloons up to resemble that of a pregnant lady completely with water sloshing around 🙄. So be sensible ✨Don’t let yourself get dehydrated but don’t go crazy overboard either.
- Lastly try incorporating a workout routine. I know it sounds nuts but trust me fasting is a great time to burn some fat. Since you are not eating your body had to rely on it’s stored fat for energy. You have to be very careful though that you don’t over exhaust yourself or get dehydrated. Workout in a well ventilated cool place, wear loose comfortable clothing, keep cardio limited and focus more on strength and toning🏋🏼♂️ workouts. Pace yourself during the workout and take breaks as needed. Pick a time that suits you for some people it’s right before iftaar, for me it’s somewhere during the morning around 9-10 is when I have energy to spare.
🌙 Well guys those were my tips for staying healthy and fit during Ramadan ✨. I hope you guys find them useful and do let me know in the comments what are some tips and tricks you use❓
Until next time loves 💕❣️
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Every year come February , consumers are subjected to a barrage of Valentine’s Day 💖 related paraphernalia, courtesy of corporate America and their clever marketing schemes. Each one of them trying to outdo the other in a haste to seduce the unsuspecting , besotted consumer into the fabricated world of materialistic romance.
Love suddenly becomes the most sought after and easily available commodity . Ranging anywhere from $5 for cheap, easy love , to over the top, made to order, and priced at six figures.Love❤️ladies and gentlemen is in the air , packaged ,priced and ready to sell.
But how exactly did we get here, what makes Valentine’s Day one of the sought after holidays post xmas?
Even though most historical records credit Saint Valentine as being the brain child of Valentine’s Day . It was good old Chaucer who in the 14th century, officially associated romance with Valentine’s Day upon realizing that :
A)-365 days of reciting love sonnets was too much strain on his limited, medieval vocabulary,
B)-non stop courting by the moonlight was turning him into an insomniac and
C)-he was running out of items to barter in exchange for herbal viagra.
However up to the 18th century the most fervor displayed during Valentine’s Day was the exchange of handmade cards by a besotted few.
It wasn’t until the 21st century that corporations and the mass media realized the potential of commercial exploitation of old Chaucer’s decision . And Valentine’s Day evolved into the commercialized, laced with reciprocal intent, somewhat obligated transaction that we know and love today💘.
The typical Valentine’s Day consumer usually falls into one of the three categories :
1- The Celebrators,🎉
these starry eyed propagators of everlasting romance( usually comprising of newly weds still in the honeymoon phase, and those in the initial, heady throes of romance , oblivious to impending future disasters ) are ready and willing to scoop up all things pink and red and throbbing with passion 😳 in an attempt to woe their beloved.
From overpriced flowers , gourmet chocolates , edible undies and cheesy cards, to Kim Kardashian’s Valentine’s Day special butt and boob venom 😳. These smitten, swooning, over the nauseatingly cheery duo’s are ready to hop onto the love train with aplomb💘.
2- The obligated spenders,💸
This griping ,eye rolling, profoundly sighing group usually comprises of members of the heterogametic sex , who participate in the love fest out of :
A) sheer obligation to prove their undying love and loyalty for the umpteenth time,
B) An opportunity to score bonus points to be redeemed later on in the year – read forgotten birthdays , obscure anniversaries, wet towels on the bed etc..
C)mainly to avoid being in the dog house with their significant other- Read sleeping on the couch and no home runs.
3-The lonely haters club,👤
This group includes all the self deprecating, cynical, sulky, vindictive( read freshly dumped), self piteous single people.
These purveyors of anti romantic sentiments while harshly criticizing their happily cooing counterparts, are desperately seeking soul mates ( read -tinder, okcupid, zoosk).
Ready to shed their masks of emphatic hatred towards all things mushy and pink and join the ranks of the happily ever afters💞.
So that’s it for this Valentine’s Day roundup, let me know which category you happen to fall into this year✨
Until next time xoxo💋!
Ok here’s some news you haven’t heard before : Facebook is the epicenter of almost everyone’s lives today. At any given time 1.038 billion of us are using Facebook ! Let’s face of it majority of us won’t consider our day as officially underway unless we have logged onto Facebook and gone over our news feed with a magnifying glass 🔎.
There’s no denying it Facebook has a plethora of advantages for its users . It’s a way to connect with loved 💞ones, to share fun ✨memories , get interesting information🤓, have a laugh😅 , learn something 🤔new , get your daily news , catch up on gossip🤐 , stalk👀 your ex, stalk👁 a friend/ enemy you secretly admire 💙 but outwardly hate 💚and the list goes on…
But as with all things good. People tend abuse and overuse Facebook to the point that it becomes quiet frankly an annoying pain in the a** to everyone on their friends list.
Disclaimer: – This article is meant to amuse 😆, so if you are someone who is easily offended, instantly incensed, are looking for a reason to vent , or have no sense of humor😠 . Move on. 🏃🏾
Otherwise keep on reading because you are about to find out just what not to do on Facebook.😉
1- Dont be an obnoxious relationship flaunter,
I swear if I have to read yet another “#Best hubby ever ! So blessed to have you in my life! Xoxo!” status update I will end up in jail on account of attempted man slaughter.
For the last time ! No one wants to hear your sappy, over the top proclamations of undying love for your husband/boyfriend/ partner.
Instead of logging onto Facebook every time your heart starts overflowing with undeclared love. Do us all a favor, jolt your snoring love machine from his stupor, and enlighten him. I assure you, the 500+ people on your friends list will thank you for this small favor. 😒
2- Keep your food fetish in the kitchen where it belongs,
Unless you intend to send everyone one your list a food package this instant , or invite them all over for dinner, or you happen to be a food blogger . No one gives a shit about what you cooked today. So put down the camera and let us eat in peace you pyscho.
Still not convinced you have a compulsive obsessive food disorder? Mental health experts have linked taking/ sharing too many pictures of food to mental illness. Time to check into the looney bin pal.
3- The birthday, anniversary , childbirth ranter,
So it’s your spouse’s , boyfriend’s, children’s birthday, anniversary or their kindergarten graduation. That’s just fabulous, so unless your husband is a soldier deployed in Africa, or your first born is in boarding school in Alaska you can very well wish them in person.
And unless you intend to auction off that birthday cake and all of their/ your gifts, the used gift wrap and all the candles you own and lit just for taking those pictures. There is no need to broadcast them along with an over the top nauseating status update on Facebook , we really don’t care!
4- The accidental supermodel/ selfie queen👑
Ok here’s are the facts: You are no Kate moss or Gigi Hadid and the paparazzi won’t chase you if you paid them💰. So quit posting pics of yourself casually strolling along fully kitted up and act like someone just happened to snap a few hundred shots of you in monochrome no less and put them up as your profile pic .
Same goes for looking over the shoulder or staring out in the distance accidental on purpose selfies . We are sick of them, spare us, stop fishing for likes and get a life . Or hire a photographer and get over your self obsession once and for all.
5- The over zealous parent ,👶🏽
Yes we know your children are the center of your lives as they are for most parents . Let’s just keep it that way. No one but your family and closest, loyal and obligated friends will want to see and comment on endless pics of your little ones in their rompers, dresses, awake , asleep, on their own , being forced to pose next to stuffed toys, holiday props ,your sleeping husband … You get the idea.
6- The compliment inventor ,😳
So the supermarket, grocery store, gas station clerk couldn’t believe you hadn’t even graduated from first grade and you were the mother of two? Maybe you should stop shopping at stores that:
(A) don’t offer vision insurance to the staff- the guy has cataracts.
(B) don’t mind their staff coming in drunk to work or
(C) encourage the staff to lie through their teeth in order to get tips .
7- Thy mother is thy life,💖
We have no doubt that your mother is your backbone, your rock , your entire world. We are also 100% sure she would love it if you were to tell her all this in person or over the phone instead of posting it on Facebook along with grainy pics from your unrecognizable past .
Happy Mother’s Day indeed 🎉.
8- The desperado,
yes you know who you are. The attention craving poster of statuses that range from “I’m so alone” , “my life is over”, “I’m pissed”, “feeling so sick🤒” , ” the best day ever!” and “Las Vegas here I come!”.
The fact is. Your cunningly crafted, narcissistic, sympathy seeking, envy invoking attempt is not only glaringly transparent. It is profoundly annoying to the vast majority of people on your list who have zero interest but will nevertheless be subjected to the rants of a raving lunatic.
9- The overly devoted, husband,💞
Re read no-1 on the list then come back here. This guy won’t be able to digest his meal unless he brags about it first on Facebook. “My darling wife made me a smashing meal today!” followed by several pictures of the aforementioned meal probably taken under duress.
Thanks a lot dude! As if the half a dozen pictures your wife posted minutes before, to convince us that your home is an underground 5 Michelin star 🌟Zagat rated restaurant we would never have known . Now why don’t you go wash the dishes and belch out Justin Bieber’s “baby” 🎼to your Martha Stewart while you are at it.
10- The rambling ranter 🗣,
This person has ranting down to a science, politics, sports , religion , social causes. Whatever the hot topic of the moment you can expect an endless stream of opinionated, obnoxious and awkward witticisms.
With an invitation to engage in a ferocious,often venomous discourse in an attempt to shove their righteous beliefs down everyone’s throats.
Hate to break it to you pal , but no one is going to experience an epiphany✨ just by reading your one of your posts.
There you have it people the top 10 things not to do 🚫on Facebook. What are some of your Facebook peeves😡 Let me know !
Until next time xoxo💋!
Finishing schools might have gone out of fashion but guess what people? Good manners are still very much in demand.
Which brings us to today’s mad rant , the severe and widespread lack of shopping etiquette . Yes ladies it doesn’t matter how many deals 💰 you scored on your latest shopping expedition. If you were guilty of even one of these you aren’t a true shopaholic diva 👑.
Following are the major shopping etiquette fails that a true diva or any decent, self respecting human being should avoid indulging in 😳
1-Incessant honking 📢
If by chance you have spotted someone about to exit their parking spot, honking your horn at them to rush their departure is not only downright rude it’s not going to make them move any faster. This is especially true if the person has tons of bag to offload or they have children with them.
It’s a mall🛍 people not a hundred yard 🏁dash to your car. Give people time! ⏱I assure you they are not intending to pitch a tent in the parking space and have a picnic . Most people are desperate to head home after a long day of shopping. So keep your hair on or if you are that impatient then pay for valet parking you cheap skate.💰
While we are on the subject of parking here’s another parking lot peeve I ought to mention.
2-The makeup💄/cell phone 📱maven,
This is the person who considers their car as a combination telephone booth and makeup room. This person lulls their parking lot stalker into a false sense of scoring a parking space 🚗 victory✌🏼 by swinging their shopping bags in the trunk, entering the car and never leaving!
They will either engage in a lengthy phone conversation or attempt to do a complicated , cut crease, smoky eye,makeup look or both 😳.
Ladies if you must paint your faces 💅🏼💄,there is a reason malls bathrooms are equipped with mirrors . And if you must reconcile with your 💔 ex on the phone, wait till you go home . He’s highly unlikely to score 👫 in the 10-20 minutes it takes you to drive home from the mall 😡.
3-The impatient, audible sigher,
Here’s the thing if I’m going to spend the time and energy to get to the mall , fight crowds and finally make it to the checkout utterly disheveled, than 9 out of 10 times I will have an overflowing cart or basket. Now usually if I see someone behind me who has just a couple of items I let them go ahead of me out of common courtesy.
Sometimes however the clerk has already starting scanning my merchandise when this person pops up out of nowhere right behind me and starts audibly sighing and pulling faces.
Which I can clearly see 👁owing to my excellent peripheral vision. So here’s the deal, if you’re going to shop at the mall or the grocery store and pick up a pair of socks or a pack of ramen than by all means use the 10 items or less line . If you are going to stand behind me, then wait your turn patiently or haul your tailgating , ass home and shop online .
4-The howling hyenas,
Ok ladies I get it , you and your bffs love shopping💞 so do i. That’s still no reason to create a racket and annoy the hell out of others around you. Malls are public places and everyone, single or in a group has a right to enjoy themselves without being subjected to loud, raucous laughter and high pitched shrieks ( read nails on a board ).🗣So ladies have fun 🎉on your day out but keep those 📣decibels down this ain’t a night club💃🏻.
5-Loitering teens ,
Now I know malls are a popular hang out/ date spot for teenagers. And on regular days I couldn’t care less if they set up camp all day in the food court.
But on important shopping holidays like 4th of July, Black Friday and Boxing Day. When malls are already bursting at the seams and parking and floor space is scarce. The last thing serious shoppers need is droves of rowdy teens making goggly eyes at each other and hoarding tables in the food court.
If you intend to actually shop then you are more than welcome otherwise please stay home and work on your YouTube Chanels I assure you will not be missed .
6-Rude hand gestures & swearing,
Yes we know the “finger” was the your first and last attempt at sign language . And the only spelling bee you ever participated in was the one with swear words. Well guess what you are rude and offensive . So why don’t you go home and wash out that mouth with pine sol and shove that hand gesture up your a** .
7-Venting in the mall/store –
Ok so maybe you’ve had a shit day at work/school or maybe your life just generally sucks .
Whatever the reason, the store clerks and other customers aren’t there to act as your personal punching bags. There is no reason for you to vent 🗣your frustrations out on them.
You have a short fuse💡 here’s an idea : book yourself a few sessions of an anger management course or go see a shrink .
8-The queue owner–
The unsaid rule about queuing is that once you forfeit your place in line consider it gone. Unless you happen to ask the person either in front or behind to hold your spot for you. That being said don’t expect to sashay off for a latte☕️ and expect the line to part for you like the Red Sea . 🌊You ain’t Moses honey ✨
There you have it ladies the handbook of shopping etiquette 🚫fails. Share some of your own etiquette fail 🚫stories and remember ladies it’s curiosity that killed the cat 😿not courtesy. 💖
Until next time ladies xoxo💋!
As I sit here posting this I am wracked by guilt having just witnessed a spectacle and acting as nothing more than a silent spectator.
I had stopped by the local grocery store to pick some staples and was waiting to pay when my attention and that of every other person there was diverted to a woman shouting obscenities at the one of the store’s staff members.
Apparently there had been a mixup with ringing up her order and the woman resorted to name calling, using incredibly abusive language at the poor guy who eventually stared shaking as he attempted to remedy the situation .
A fact that she seemed to relish and kept pointing out “why are you shaking ?” In addition to ” are you gay”? ” call your lesbian manager and let me deal with her.”
I was torn between wanting to go and confront her and wanting to keep out of it.
I kept looking around hoping that a few of the tall apparently strong male customers would intervene on behalf of the petrified staff member but to my disappointment everyone of them averted their gaze made their purchases and left.
As I left the store I was so angry I was shaking both the at ill treatment of the staff member and my own indecisiveness to intervene and speak up .
Why did i hesitate ? for that matter why did everyone else? What if we were in that position would we want someone to step in and come to our aid? What gives people the right to treat other human beings with so little respect? Does having money 💰dehumanize them? Take away their sense of morality? empathy?
If a person is unfortunate enough to be working for you does that mean they have no dignity , self respect?
I feel ashamed 😔 both at myself and at humanity if these are the values we intend to pass on to our children of oppressing those weaker than us and not being able to stand up when we witness injustice 😢😔