Uncategorized · wordpress

THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD!

Hey fellow bloggers! I am so excited to share that one of my wonderful fellow bloggers, a great writer, and a wonderful poet nominated me for a “The Sunshine Blogger Award”!!! It’s all her love and I am so fortunate to meet great people like her at the beginning of my blogging journey.

Muneeta for Innervoices is a great writer and a great poet. I love her poetry she puts her heart into it. Previously I read her life story and I am very inspired by that brave girl who turned out to be so positive and inspiring for others.

Go check out her blog here! Thank you so much Muneeta!

the rules

Questions for me.

1- Top three books on your list?

The Holy Quran, The Tempest by Shakespeare & Bal-e-Jibril 

2- Choose any one (Fire & Water) and state the reason behind choosing it.

Fire would be my answer, It keeps my life straight and on a right path. I always think of “Hell Fire” so of course, nobody wants to experience that fire. Just keeping that in mind gives you more sense to be closer to God and keep your path straight by becoming a better human. 

3-Define emotions?

Beautiful and strong feelings full of love for people you love or hold dear in your life! 

4- Mention your three favorite bloggers on wordpress!

Well, this is the hardest one, I like all of you bloggers, I would say Muneeta (Your yourself is one of my favorites bloggers, Maya from my thoughts and Sarah Garden

5- What do you prefer, fine, dine or street food?

For me, Street food is the best! Once in a blue moon, I like to go to a very nice and expensive restaurant but mostly I like street food. 

6- How did you come with your blog name?

It’s pretty easy as I want to put all my life and personal experience together in a place where in life I can go and look back, I thought since it ‘s going to be about my life and style so, why not just call it ” Bushra’s Lifestyle Blog”. Nothing Fancy here!

7- Favorite music genre?

Classical

8- What is the impact of social media in today’s world

I was completely away from social media for a while, just got back on facebook again a month ago when I started my blog. I would say, in this era, you have to be connected with others, and social media plays an important role in order to connect us as a global family! 

9- Any experience of your life, that changed you in a positive way?

I am always a positive person but my daughter’s birth with down syndrome has changed me a lot and made me much softer and emphatic.

10- Share a “Quote of the day”

Life is tough but I am tougher (I live my life by this quote) 

My Nominations; 

(You all by any means not obliged to write the post on your blog/site. It’s not mandatory but, if you feel spreading the love go for it!) 

1- In my own style

2- Sammy and Suffi

3- Michelle

4- Sheema Zaman

5- Drifftyness

6- Charli B

List of  Questions for my nominations:

1. Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
2. Describe how did you first get into blogging?
3. Can you tell us some of your strengths that really helped you in blogging?
4. How would you describe your blogging style?
5. What type of networking do you think is better to enhance your traffic to the blog?
6. What do you think is the best service a blogger can provide to his readers?
7. What would be your ideal working environment?
8. How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?
9. How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
10. What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
11. Who has impacted you most in blogging and how?

sunshine.JPG

DIY · Uncategorized

BEFORE AND AFTER KITCHEN MAKEOVER

Hey friends, how is everybody? It’s had been such a hectic week with two kids sick under the age of six. Today is my one-month blogiversary!!. Honestly, I am so addicted to this blog now I want to come and check on all of you, my little bloggy family.

Oh well, finally I managed to share this post with you all, so let’s start!

Our kitchen was such an ugly kitchen when we purchased our house. We really didn’t like the kitchen much, but the overall house was in great shape and it was our first starter home. I love to decorate though. My husband always tells me, I am in a wrong business, he says “You should have been an interior decorating”.

kitchen1
You can see the dining area, it does look like an exact 1970’s kitchen. Wallpapers, those shelves, and corner tv. This picture was in the “Real Estate Listings”

I started to think about where to start? Removing the wallpapers was the first thing that came to my mind. I removed all the wallpapers using vinegar and water and took me quite a few hours to finish this.

Then I worked on paint. Selecting a paint color was a pain in the neck, and I brought so many paint chips and then paint samples.

duringnew
The days when I was crazy for yellow (red I still love). Silly me!
after
Here is the dining area “after” with a beautiful soothing gray paint. (forgot to take the painters tape off around the chandelier). I absolutely love that look!! It was a lot of work but worth it.
cabinets before
This was how it looked like.. old laminate cabinets and old appliances.

Honestly, the house overall was really beautiful but this kitchen was something else. I would say a lot of work, but I knew it could be done. I was a super young energetic girl in 2010 (yes, I am talking about before the kids took away all my energy, even though these darn kids are worth it. )

during2
When I was still painting in Banana Whip color. It was the first time I ever painted cabinets. Not that I am a pro now but I do a much better job now
during 3
All done here. I lived with those cabinets for a few years.
yellow kitchen2
Here is how it turned out. I was happy overall but couldn’t live with yellow for a long time.
cabs2
Here is when I finally changed the color and gray is one of my most favorite colors.
stoveside
Here is the other side. We changed all the appliances. Changed the cabinets hardware to a modern chrome color.
after full shot
Here is the final look of it. With updated faucet. Painted cabinets with new hardware and new appliances. I was pretty proud of myself.
beforeafterdining
Hmm, a very noticeable difference!
cabs before after2
A happy ending!
beforeduringafter1
Here are the three phases this kitchen went through. Before, during and after. My Collage is a little out of order, but you got the idea here, right?

 

Now, which one did you like, the before, during the yellow kitchen, or my most favorite in gray? It took me a while to transform, this but it’s worth the time!

 

 

 

1970s homes · amazon · Budget friendly design update · Budget friendly shopping · Decorating · DIY · Furniture · Uncategorized

Dark office to bright guest room

before
This was our third bedroom in our house which was used as a home office. It was pretty boring and dark. I had my desk in our bedroom and my husband had his office downstairs in the basement so it was a useless room in the house as an office. I decided to turn this room into a guest room.
after
Here is how it turned out to be. I painted it in Quiet rain color by Glidden paint. It’s the most beautiful colors I have ever seen! So calming! My Husband did the window cornice on the window. We replaced the flooring in the whole house and it made a whole lot of difference.
after 2
We removed those old sliding closet doors as they were just pain in the neck. The caged light is also a DIYs by my husband.
After & Before
Here is the before and after for you guys! I think I love the “after”, which is so much brighter and lighter as compared to what we had before the “darker” and neglected room. I can’t believe what a huge difference new flooring and paint made in this room!

Here are the sources for you! Paint Color, Cage light 

 

 

amazon · Branded clothing · Budget friendly shopping · Children outerwears · Children's Clothing · Craigslist · encouraging · Garage sale · How to save money · Kids Clothing · Kohls · Shopping · Thrifty shopping · Uncategorized

10 Tips To Save On Children’s Clothing

This post is just to share with you all how I save money on my children’s clothing. So let’s jump right on to it.

1- Kohls Charge Card: Half of the time I buy my kid’s clothes from Kohls. Especially their shoes, as shoes are very expensive. If you have a Kohls charge card, you can save up to 80% on clothing. You can use your coupon in addition to their regular sale items. E.g., if there is a pair of shoes for $60 you probably would end up paying only 15 to 17 bucks for that, and it’s a heck of a deal. Because kids grow so fast out their clothing and shoes, I am always looking for deals.

2- Zulily – the best website: This is the second website I found and it’s very inexpensive for kids clothing, and you can get nice branded clothing on this one.

3- Columbia Sportswear: If you have this store in your town, find out if your employer has coupons for the Employee Discount Stores. Prices are 60 to 70% lower than their retail stores. I purchased spring Jackets for my kids and the quality is great.

4- Amazon: You know, You can find anything on Amazon. It’s a great place to shop for your kiddos clothes, shoes, and backpacks. With Amazon Prime, shipping is always free and there are tons of deals for the whole year.

5- Ali Express: This is another great site from China, but you have to order way before time as it takes forever for the shipping. But you can definitely find good clothing at reasonable prices. I have ordered lots of items from them, and all have them have somehow eventually made it to my mailbox without issue. I used to use that site a lot more but now my most favorite is Zulily.

6- Garage Sailing: This is also a good way of finding nice clothing. Especially for your toddlers, it’s super good. Just look for nicer areas of town and if there are weekends for community garage sales, that’s even better. I love garage sailing. I never had set up one of my own as I always donate stuff, but it’s not a bad idea. It’s a lot of work though to set up one for yourself.

7- Thrift Stores: Thrift stores such as Once Upon A Child, Goodwill, Salvation Army, St Vincent or any local thrift stores are great places to shop. You just need a bit more time to shop in those places. Did you guys know that Goodwill just started their GW Boutique and everything is branded?

8- Sewing: If you are a good seamstress then you can sew anything at home for kids. My mother makes mostly all of my kids’ clothing. She loves to sew. She is a retired sewing teacher but sewing is her hobby as well. Whenever I go to kids school, teachers always made sure to tell me that how pretty clothing my kids wear and that grandma does a great job. Indeed, she does!

9- Hand Me Down: If your older child has grown up, use those for the youngest one or pass along in the family if you don’t need them. We always give our kids clothing to friends or family when my kids grow out of them. It feels nice to help others, anyway.

10- Keep it to a minimum: The best thing is to not buy too many. Keep it to 15 to 20 outfits. Although, I am trying hard to keep it to 20. But my mother always adds more to my kiddos collection.

kiddos
Those green Jackets are from Columbia Sportswear, and The Sweater that little handsome man has on is one of the goodwill or garage sales finds.

I hope some of these points would help you. Now, I would love to hear what you guys have to share with me, and how do you save money specifically on kids clothing?