Thursday, September 20, 2012

Making Pizza with Love ♥

Sometimes baking with love, doesn't have to consist of just desserts, in fact we do alot of fun baking with practical foods. My wonderful pizza bakers had fun creating all different kinds of shaped pizza.

National Aquarium

The Maryland Aquarium in Baltimore has a wonderful homeschool program that we participated in today. It surpassed my expectations and it made my Beloveds very happy. The program we participated in was about Marine Animals. It started out with a video lecture, then two age groups were split up, my younger two went to learn about dolphins and made a dolphin hat. While my older two, did different science experiments. One experiment had to do with how much blubber is needed to protect an animal from ice water.

Monday, September 17, 2012

30 Day Fruit & Vegetable Challenge

My Bell Pepper all vegi "pizza" versus my kids homemade pizza,
you can read more at Making Pizza with Love ♥ 
Mothers and especially Homeschool mother's need to take care of their health because their is so much strain on the physical body. Not to mention the emotional and spiritual body in which all of these are connected. And since we do so much for our children, it is often we will play the matyr and neglect ourselves. Well I have done alot of neglecting myself. It had become so bad that I would never buy myself clothes, so my husband started buying me clothes. That actually worked out kinda of well because I am not a fan of malls, I have not been in one in years (except an outside outlet mall to buy shoes for my beloveds). I am not a fan of shopping in general, he buys me what he likes to see me in, there is no feelings getting hurt because your old man doesn't notice or doesn't like your outfit, it's a total win-win situation, ladies, really!

When you are young, you may get away with the neglecting but as you get older your body won't lie. I already had health issues and I was just on a very long antibiotic regimen. So coupled with the neglect, the disease, and the antibiotics, I was feeling awful. I have pain in my stomach & pelvic, pain in my legs, tingling in fingers and toes, dry eyes and mouth 24 hours a day. I started to cut back meat to once a week as a respected Scholar advised in. I was motivated by the movie, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead to begin drinking Kale smoothies. Although, it felt good to eat this way, I am still in alot of pain. So, I decided to do this challenge of only feeding my body whole natural foods that are plant based only. Starting with 30 days of fruits & vegetables, because of the antibiotics my cheat is yoghurt, I need the yoghurt for the acidophilus and the stomach coating.

People have been asking why I am doing this and although I have explained many times, this is one explanation I gave on facebook:

I am trying to get rid of some of the pain that I am feeling in my stomach for being on antibiotics for a long time. I am trying to get rid of yeast and I am trying to stifle some of my lower desires when it comes to food. It's not purely for Allah, that is why I don't call it a fast. However, some of the benefits of fasting like disciplining my body is also apparent. And unlike Ramadan, I am drinking alot of water, smoothies, & lemon stuff and staying away from sugars (that don't come from fruit) & starches. Just trying to get healthy and increase vitamin intake and decrease junk intake. 

Another group is doing a great Challenge for the month on October, I think it is a great way to get on the road of healthy eating. You can sign up for it here.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Book Log- Introducing Noor & Janan

I am not a graphic designer, however I wanted some Muslim characters for my Beloved's worksheet. There are graphic designers out there who make Muslim characters, but none of them are free or low cost. No way do my characters show the talent and design of the ones you can purchase on a budget from Etsy.

No less the thrill is still there and my children are pleased with them, Lil A has named them many different beautiful names. I, however, have kept their names simple- the girls are all Noor and the boys are all Janan.
Their debut is on NoorJanan's book log. Noor and Janan are free to download, however, please use as the reference. Always link others back to this page. Thank you!

Download Free on The 3 R's Page
4 Free Bookmarks are included in the download.
In this download, I have shared a Fiction Book Log without Noor & Janan.  A special added bonus are bookmarks with Noor & Janan. I also shared a Nonfiction Book Log. The graphics are by Maggie Appleton. I am encouraging my children to read more non-fiction books by recording their books on the book log, once they have read a book from each 100 call number group, they will get rewarded. I want to see diversity in reading and I want them to learn how to use the Call numbers in the library.
Download Free on 3 R's Page
I made fun learning cards from each of Maggie Appleton's graphics that you can find here. You can use them to play memory or matching with your child. I put them all in a basket and played a scavenger hunt with the older children. At the library, they were let loose with 3 cards, whoever came back first with 3 books for their 3 cards wins.

Small Fox blog has great Dewey Decimal Learning activities. Mr. B also has a great page on the Dewey Decimal System. We also used this download from abcTeach below.

Have you checked out our Reading List for this year? You can find it here. We have also brought our side bar back, we missed our old format, however if you like the Dynamic view better leave us a comment. With our side bar, we were able to put Our Good Reads list there.
Our full Curriculum 2012-13 available for download, Free
We have a nice library in Maryland with many great activities. We have had some really nice libraries in most of the cities we lived. The best library has been in Nashville, TN, the downtown library has a children's section that no library can compare to with an awesome theater. Their book selection is also one of the best, from what I've seen it is second to Alameda County Library system in Northern California. And the whole library is an architecture masterpiece complete with chandeliers.
Nashville Library
Another great library is the Pleasanton, Ca library, although small, it has a great feeling. Like, the Nashville Library it is a place you want to pick up a book and snuggle down and read right there in the library. There are plenty of comfy places to sit and it is not over run by computers or electrical devices like our Maryland libraries. At least it wasn't when I lived there 7 years ago. 
Entrance to the Pleasanton Library
I guess we have become library connoisseurs, but I believe a good library encourages good reading. We are definitely book connoisseurs, you can read more about our modest bookshelves here. I am a little disappointed with the selections of books in Maryland. I have to order more books on Amazon than I care to, but overall we are having fun with their great programs!
Our Modest Bookshelves

S Man's twin at the library, everytime I walk in the library I have to do a double take, it is just too weird!
Living Montessori Now just wrote a post on Montessori Ideas for Enjoying Books and on her post I found out that September is Library Card Sign up month. On her link, I saw a picture of a player from Humble Dad's favorite football team. So I am sharing this pic just for you, babe!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Islamic Education

These three videos on Islamic Education and what our goals should and shouldn't be are excellent.

Abdal Hakim Murad or Timothy Winters is on the faculty of Cambridge University in Britain and has been named one of the most influential Muslims. I just love him and have loved him for awhile now. Some of my favorite speeches by him can be found on Cambridge Khutbas. All recordings from this Great Scholar are free to listen to and to learn from. May Allah preserve him.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Baltimore Sun

Big A had a breakfast party, named after a Breakfast at Tiffany's. Big A and her friends went out to breakfast and then went to the Catonsville Arts Festival that was on the same street as the restaurant. As they went to get ice cream a photographer for the Baltimore Sun approached them and wanted their picture.

Here they are on the Baltimore Sun's website:

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Camping Cape Henlopen

Framing your life may not necessarily mean that you are paying attention to your life… 
That moment of my Mama tubing down the river? That moment of our four sons side by side eating pancakes in early light? That Farmer-led breakfast and the way he sprinkled berries into mountains in all the bowls? It’s unashamedly true, I am glad it’s framed, I am glad the shutter memorized it for amnesia of the soul. 
Yet the thing is: Lenses can help you look — but it’s stillness that helps you see.
~Ann Voskamp from her blog: A Holy Experience
Ann wrote a great post on her camping trip, but she wrote a greater piece on the importance of living in the now.  And that is the wonderful part of returning to nature without electronic gadgets around, you can live in every moment without any distractions, but wait. . . 

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