health and beauty
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health and beauty
life and laughs
April 29, 2017
Assalamu alaykum, jambo, hello and welcome to my site! I am Bint Saleh otherwise known as a Momba…
May 14, 2017
I was born and raised in Mombasa off the Kenyan coast. I am a mum of three; young at heart and wa…
Take a Break
July 5, 2017
Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu. Tired? Overwhelmed? Take a break! Make time for you…
What is your gift?
July 30, 2017
We all have something to add to this world. Something uniquely us, something only we can do. You …
Of Diets and Decisions
September 26, 2018
Anyone relate to this? I know you ladies have been through something close to this, you know you …
October 3, 2018
Sometimes we are afraid to start on a dream or a goal because the road ahead seems so daunting an…
Don’t Sweat It!
October 10, 2018
The tuktuk drivers were talking about it as was the salesgirl in the shop I went into. The mum ex…
A Time For Weakness
October 18, 2018
From the time they get the slap on their backside babies have known how to express their needs. …
Onwards and Upwards!
October 24, 2018
Don’t know who needs to hear this today 21st of August 2021. I wrote the post below when I was ju…
You Are Worthy.
October 30, 2018
You are worthy because Allah created you. Because you are one of His creatures. Because He know…
Warning. That Shampoo Could Make You Sick
November 15, 2018
Heads up, gentlemen, this concerns you as well as the ladies. I was attending a …
Take It From Me
November 21, 2018
Children are not here to make our lives easier. They are here to make them better. T…
6 Favours To Do Yourself.
December 5, 2018
If you are anything like me you have had moments in your life when you have felt stuck. Dependi…
Stop Running, Start Cleaning!
January 8, 2019
My first post of 2019, alhamdulillah! As I sat working on this blog which, I adm…
Stepping Into Your Pain
January 22, 2019
Recently, I have had a series of disappointments. Some were life changing while some, Allah willi…
Best Foot Forward- My 8 Non-Sciencey Reasons Why Walking is the Best!
January 22, 2019
To this Mombasa Mommy, there is something almost magical about walking. It is unbeatable for ge…
Words. How well do you use yours?
February 11, 2019
I have always prided myself on being thoughtful, careful with how I use words both …
Of School and Memory Lanes
March 5, 2019
Earlier this year, our youngest, Little Man, started high school – the same high school his Dad a…
What If You Had Been on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302?
March 13, 2019
It was Junior, on his usual phone call to us from across the Atlantic, who told us about th…
5 Signs You are a Lousy Listener and What To Do about it.
March 19, 2019
I admit it. There have been times I just have not cared enough to listen. I am not proud of it …
March 31, 2019
I was, one day, standing by my window looking out. The sky was grey and pregnant with rain. I c…
Breathe…. 8 Guideposts to Help You Navigate the Parenting Journey.
April 17, 2019
Photo Courtesy of Pixabay. Often on my journey as a parent, I have found myself exhauste…
Things You wish Your kids Won’t Say or Do! When You Have Company
April 30, 2019
April is coming to an end and today marks the first day of school. For us parents, it’s yey! F…
‘Just’ a stay at home Mum? There is no such thing!
September 9, 2019
I know. I know. It has been a while. But it is great to be back! I want to share somethi…
10 Things I would Tell My Twenty Year Old Self
October 4, 2019
When you are young, or younger depending on your perspective, you feel a sense of invincibility….
Our Planet, Our Responsibility.
October 15, 2019
Image courtesy of Pixabay Whether we wish to admit it or not, you and I, individuall…
Unless you walk in my shoes….
October 25, 2019
Do you judge? Yes, you. You might gasp in indignation and say : “who, me? I am very openminded,…
October 26, 2019
Sometimes it’s ok to crawl and hide somewhere when life gets overwhelming. Photo Court…
The Price of Change
November 11, 2019
Photo Courtesy of Unsplash.…
Every Day is the 1st of January
November 21, 2019
When will you change your life? You have all the planners, all the motivational quotes, all the a…
What Littering Says About Us.
November 26, 2019
I don’t know about you but whenever I see a place filled with litter, it evokes images of a world…
Friday Foray: Deliberation.
November 29, 2019
Before The .com
December 1, 2019
.JD came home from his self styled treasure hunts with a Rotary phone. He then decided the best p…
Friday Forays: Quiet.
December 6, 2019
Photo: Courtesy of my son, Junior.[…
Why New Habits Fail; Resolving To Do Better
December 11, 2019
We all would like to know why our new habits fail in spite of our resolve and determination. We…
Friday Forays: Gratitude
December 13, 2019
there is always something to be grate…
10 Simple Rules To Live Life By
December 18, 2019
When you think about it, life is not too complicated. It might just be that we humans have made i…
Looking Back-This Far We Have Come.
December 27, 2019
Four days, several hours and some minutes before 2019 sees itself out. The end of a decade …
Forgiveness: A Gift We Give Ourselves
January 6, 2020
We would be forgiven for not including forgiveness as a gift we give ourselves. That is because w…
Mobile Phone Ettiquette- Why It’s Necessary Today
January 10, 2020
Mobile phones are an integral part of our lives and they play a key role in our communication an…
Move Forward in Life- Give Up These 3 Cs!
January 17, 2020
I realised a long time ago- although still quite late in my opinion- that to move forward you nee…
Self Worth- How Not to Measure It
February 1, 2020
Our sense of self worth raises and drops depending on many factors on any given day. Factors that…
Money Beliefs That We Need to Rethink.
February 11, 2020
I had to rethink my money beliefs when, more often than not, there was more month left over than …
Mental Health Issues: There is No Shame In It.
February 25, 2020
For some reason, mental health is a subject people are generally not comfortable discussing. We …
Building Patience- 5 Unusual Ways To Do It!
March 1, 2020
We hardly think about building patience even though there is so little of it these days. I do…
Why The Quiet of the Countryside is So Appealing
March 13, 2020
I have always thought of myself a city girl. I love the conveniences, the bright lights (well, as…
More Rules To Change Your Life By
March 22, 2020
You are probably thinking: “what, is this school?! What’s with all the life rules?!” Well, life…
Lessons in Life- A Grandmother’s Perspective
March 23, 2020
My Hababa was past her 85th year when she died on Thursday the 9th of June 2016. It was like one …
Staying Home; How To Stay Sane.
April 17, 2020
So. Quarantine. Social Distancing. Physical Distancing. Whatever the proper term for staying indo…
Thoughts After Iftaar
May 17, 2020
Iftaar is over although Princess is still having hers. Little Man, always the first one to get ov…
What Scares Me The Most
May 26, 2020
We are almost accustomed to our strange circumstances now. Picking our car keys, wallets and purs…
A Life Without Regret – Quarantine Contemplations
July 18, 2020
I was twelve years old when I began to understand, after I witnessed a grown woman crying bitterl…
It Is With the First Step That The Journey Begins
August 6, 2020
You have to start somewhere. Usually at the bottom. Typically doing the hardest, least desirable …
What “Bad Days” Can Teach Us
August 19, 2020
I hesitate to call any day bad. A full twenty four hours does not deserve a label for what might …
Self-Care: Why It’s More Than Just A Day Off
September 20, 2020
Do you (self) care? Self-care is a trending term these days and apparently now, what with most o…
Finish Strong: 2020 doesn’t need to be a waste.
October 28, 2020
Through My Eyes: A Morning Walk.
November 24, 2020
” The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.” Rumi There is something ou…
Spare A Thought For Our City.
December 17, 2020
The day we take responsibility for our lives is the day our lives start to change. The day we st…
Death Is Enough Of A Sermon
January 14, 2021
I am standing by the road next to a motorbike struggling under the weight of three overesized mak…
School On Monday Morning.
February 8, 2021
I was at Princess’ old school earlier today. The one she had been a student at before we transfer…
Salute to My Readers-Thank You!
February 10, 2021
As much as I can honestly say I love writing I can equally, truthfully, say I hate it. You sit th…
What Do You See When You See Me?
February 26, 2021
A few Saturdays ago I had to attend a meeting at Princess’ school. I flagged …
Today I Choose To Be Unproductive
March 1, 2021
TODAY. I try the first book. Doesn’t work. I close it and try the second. No success there eithe…
Make Peace With The Life You Have
March 7, 2021
When I was much younger I wrote a list about all the things I wanted to do, have or accomplish fi…
Wellbeing: Stupid Things We Do That Threaten Ours
March 22, 2021
I like to believe that it is our bottomless supply of hope that makes us do things that we would-…
A dream I had inspired this wisdom for the Ages
March 26, 2021
Why Everyday Should Be Mothers’ Day.
May 28, 2021
This month many people around the world celebrated Mothers’ Day. I myself received Mothers’ Day m…
There Is Still Good In This World
June 8, 2021
With all that is going on in the world right now it can be difficult to find anything upbeat or …
Special People Have Human Needs
June 11, 2021
In the space of one week last month I was destined to attend both a funeral and a wedding. On bot…
Just A Random Day In My Part of The World.
July 9, 2021
In upper primary school we had a hawkeyed teacher who would notice your spelling mistake from acr…
The New School
July 27, 2021
Part One. Aisha looked at the clock and knew if she did not hurry she was going to be late…
How to make the world a better place for ourselves and our children
August 11, 2021
If you watch any sort of news you will be forgiven for thinking the world has gone mad and our hu…
Would It Kill You?
August 19, 2021
Would it kill you To apologise, to show remorse? Would it demean you to humble yourself, To show…
August 22, 2021
Tomorrow. Tomorrow I will go see her To myself I say Tomorrow I will start that task I have an…
Do What Works For You.
September 15, 2021
Once, while soul searching after feeling beaten and defeated by a rollercoaster of a day, I recal…
The Power In A Power Blackout.
October 5, 2021
We all go into metaphorical paralysis when there is a blackout. There isn’t much, it would seem…
I Saw A Man In The Street.
November 5, 2021
I saw a man in the street Bird nest hair, half clothed Dirty, bare of feet. Knelt upon a puddle G…
Of pet cats, goats, pigeons and parental dilemmas.
November 19, 2021
Princess has, for the longest time, been asking me if she could have a cat. My answer has always …
Blessings From The Sky
November 27, 2021
Rainy Days oh how I miss thee Little puddles, wet soil, dripping trees Raincoats, brollies, hot …
December 19, 2021
There is a lot of pain, hurt and confusion in the world right now. A lot of despair, defeat and d…
December 26, 2021
What would it be like, I wonder? to do over, start afresh, begin anew? Pack up, leave and land wh…
The Life Changing Magic Of Letting Go.
December 27, 2021
No one wants to relinquish control. Certainly, no one likes uncertainty. Letting go means you are…
A Message of Hope
December 30, 2021
It is never too late. It is never too late to do the right thing, to ask for forgiveness, to make…
Your Time Will Come.
January 6, 2022
Your time isn’t everybody else’s time. What they have accomplished, achieved or acquired shouldn’…
Here’s My Advice: Take It Or Leave It.
January 12, 2022
Often people will give you advice. Perhaps you asked them for it. Perhaps it came unsolicited. Or…
Do You Know?
January 23, 2022
Do you know What you have if you have it A place to call home Somewhere to feel safe To know you …
Bullying: Someone You Know Could Be A Victim.
February 23, 2022
Chances are you know someone who has been bullied. Perhaps you have been a victim of bullying you…
Sun, Sand and Serenity
November 15, 2022
I stand on tiptoe the sand under my feet warm and enveloping my toes in a soft hug. The only soun…
What Baggage Will You Be Leaving Behind in 2022?
December 18, 2022
Uuuughhh. Life can get messy when you have so much baggage. I mean turned upside down inside out …
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