HeartHijab.com Review

So a few months back I had purchased some hijabs from Heart Hijab. I will say this, this is the worst company EVER! I will never EVER do business with them again. I have a friend that placed her order before I did and she still hasn't gotten her items. Then after she struggled with communicating with them, they tell her they refunded the money.




Well, I placed my order and everything and waited. I never got an email saying if my items were shipped or not and so I went to the website and in my account it said that they were shipped. They don't provide tracking numbers either and that right there ticked me off. I live in an apt and so I'd like to know when my items are being shipped, where it's at and when it will be delivered.

When I finally received my package, I was really excited. Once I opened it and started looking them over I was very disappointed. Some of the scarves I never ordered, some didn't look nothing like what it was on the site and they shorted me two. I tried to contact the company but they never got back to me. I've sent numerous emails, tried on twitter and even facebook. Still they never got back to me.



I ordered a few jersey scarves because those are my favorite and some thinner ones since summer is just a round the corner.  All the scarves are thin and some thinner than others. A few of them look and feel like cheese cloth, some have holes in them in the exact place one might put them when wearing a hijab, and there's one that has shoe print stains on it. I am not a happy camper what so ever and I definitely will be recommending them to anyone.


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Recently worn Polishes

These are some of the polishes that I have been wearing lately. Sorry for the botched job on the cleanup around the edges but I have bad nerves and didn't wanna risk messing up the nail itself.  I'm always changing the polish on my nails as well as mixing and coming up with even more lovely colors. Will be posting some of those pix at another time.



 I know that I could of posted the pictures after I cleaned up around the edges but I didn't want to wait. I wanted to go ahead and post them.
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Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser

I have to say that his stuff is amazing. I didn't want to go out and get a large size because I didn't want to wait my money if I didn't like it. So I ended up getting a sample size 0.5 fl. oz. I got it back in January and have been using it ever since. A little goes a long way. It works as a makeup remover and face cleaners in one. I love it so much that I got a bigger bottle of it.

I wet my face with warm water and then apply just a little bit to my finger tips. I massage it on to my face all over and it feels so good. You can feel the foam tingle while your massaging your face.  Then I just rinse and pat my face dry with a towel. My face never felt so smooth after washing it with a cleanser before.

After using the product I used one of my MAC makeup remover sheets and there was nothing on it. So surprised that the NFFC took it all off. Normally when I wash my face I have to wash it, then go over it with a make up remover cloth to get the left overs. I'm very satisfied with this product and will definitely keep it in my daily use.
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Cauliflower Hot "Wings"


Apparently I’ve been living under a rock because until recently I never knew how amazing and versatile cauliflower is! A while back I was searching for a vegan substitute for hot wings and kept running into recipes using cauliflower. I kept thinking to myself “wait, what…cauliflower?” I was pretty skeptical to say the least, but after trying it out I became a believer. This definitely satisfies my hot wing cravings!
Now you’re probably not going to fool anyone into thinking these are actual chicken wings, but they still have that spicy, tangy goodness we all know and love, are super fulfilling and are a lot healthier than the real deal. They’re crispy on the outside, chewy and tender on the inside, and are just plain delicious. So if you’re craving a guilt-free version of a classic, or if you’re like me and opt not to eat meat then try these. Your taste buds will thank you.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 head of cauliflower
  • 1 cup chick pea flour (I prefer chick pea for this, but any flour you like is fine)
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup of your favorite hot wing sauce (I use Louisiana Original Wing Sauce)
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Lightly coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
3. Separate the cauliflower into florets.
4. Combine the flour, water and spices in a bowl and stir until a thick batter is formed.
5. Pour the cauliflower pieces into the bowl and toss until well coated with the batter. Place on the baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until crispy, turning halfway through.
6. While the cauliflower is in the oven, prepare the wing sauce by mixing the hot sauce and melted butter together in a large bowl.
7. Toss cooked cauliflower pieces with sauce and put it back in the oven for another 5-7 minutes or until just browned. Enjoy!
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Losing my faith

**PLEASE NOT THAT IS JUST HOW I'M FEELING AT THIS MOMENT. IT MAY CHANGE AND IT MAY NOT. HOWEVER THIS IS MY BLOG, MY THOUGHTS, AND MY CHOICES. I DON'T WANT ANY NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT RELIGION IN GENERAL. IF YOU  BELIEVE IN GOD OR DON'T, THAT'S PERFECTLY FINE BUT DON'T KNOCK ME BECAUSE I DO.**

I have always been a believer of God. That is one thing that I will never deny. Growing up I have tried my best to be a good Christian. After a while I didn't think it was for me, Christianity that is. My mom use to take me to church all the time and I really loved it. The older that I got, the more reservations I had. One thing I can say for sure is that religion was not forced on me. Yes my mom took me when she could when I was younger, but once I reached a certain age, if I didn't want to go I wouldn't have too. There were plenty of times that my mom and brother stayed home and the children's church bus would come and pick me up.

On the 26th of May I will have been Muslim for three years. No I wasn't forced, no I didn't get married to one. It was all me. Now that I've cleared that one up. So anyway, I've had my ups and downs with my faith. Not because of society. Not because of other people, but because of myself. I educated myself, I love every aspect of Islam, but for some reason I can't seem to dedicate myself to it. Ramadan is just around the corner and for some reason, I'm no longer looking forward to it anymore. I guess it's because as always like the past few years since taking my shahadah, I have spend Ramadan and Eid alone. I mean I break my fast with dry cereal and Netflix. If I'm even able to do that.

I'm not in any position to invite anyone over for iftar because well for one, I don't know anyone, and two I don't always have food to prepare. There are some sisters here in town and all, but they are with their families and what not. I've tried inviting them over for tea and a visit before and kept getting turned down. So I just said forget it and stopped asking. I mean what's the point right?

I'm at a point in my life to where I just want to walk away from it all. Yes Islam will always be in my heart but I'm talking about walking away from practicing it. The prayers, lifestyle, all of it. It really hurts me to even think such a thing much less to say it.

I don't know, I'm sure that I will figure out something. I keep trying to pray on it but I don't feel like He's listening. Well all I know is that I need to decide on what I want to do before Ramadan because I don't want to go into it with an ugly heart.

Again please, all comments are welcome no matter your faith or spirituality or lack there of. I love and respect everyone.


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Going Vegan

The initial thought and practice of going vegan can be insanely overwhelming. I've been considering going vegan for over five years now. I remember when I was about 14 years old and out of nowhere decided to become a vegetarian. It lasted close to a year and then my mom said, “Okay, enough is enough. I’m tired of all this foolishness. You will be clearing your plate.” Yup, I had one of “those” mom’s. The only reason I lasted that long was because she worked a lot and never really knew what exactly it was that I was eating.
After careful consideration, I made the decision to change my diet. I’m tired of the way I look, and I’m tired of all the meds I’m on. I did some research and read that changing your diet could help get me off some of the meds that I’m on. I know there are a few that I will have to continue taking for the rest of my life, but for the most part, I’m so ready to be done with the others.
I took baby steps to get where I am at this moment. I’ve had to stretch my weekly groceries, I kept a journal to remind myself, and I kept taking baby steps until everything started falling into place.
Now, all of this is not to say that maintaining a vegan lifestyle - is a breeze 100% of the time. I would be lying to you if I said that. But don't all the best, most fulfilling experiences and goals in life take effort? The cool part about accepting this notion is that once you start allowing yourself, the benefits outweigh any possible stress you may experience in living this way. And as overwhelming as it can seem to go vegan at first, it does get easier. It also gets yummier, more and more promising, and even joyful. It's all about allowing yourself to make room for this lifestyle. A little bit of wiggle room will go a long way, I promise.
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