I hope you’re all having an amazing summer. I’ve been busy readjusting to life here in the United States while we’re visiting. The weather is much cooler and my boys are loving lots of open green space to run and play. We’ve had plenty of bike accidents already and K even got to visit a friends house and help out with their chickens! He came home full of stories about how he got the eggs and the families Amish neighbors and their horses. I keep thinking how wonderful it is that my kids will know so many different ways that people live from a young age. Really I am so happy I’m able to give them this life.
As we’re away from Morocco, Ramadan has gotten away from us. I’ve had a coming to terms with my feelings about the holiday. I wrote about them on Multicultural Kid Blogs today. It took me a long time and a lot of courage to share my feelings, but I’ve also learned I’m not alone.
To celebrate the end of Ramadan and upcoming Eid I’ve decided to do a big Eid giveaway. I haven’t done any in a while and since we’re having such a good time I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things. There’s something in this giveaway for the family, something for the kids, and something for mom!
Let’s start with the kids
I don’t know about you but I always struggled to find great books for my kids about Islam, Morocco, and Islamic holidays. Our libraries were lacking and what I found online was just poorly done. Thankfully this is changing. I had the opportunity to review the book Ilyas and Duck Search for Allah a few weeks ago. The book is really well illustrated and written in clear, easy to relate to English. Yes, this sounds like it should be obvious but I’ve been disappointed in plenty of books for this reason.
My kids were a little old for this book, though my youngest was interested. It’s a great read for kids in the 2-6 year old range. Really one of the best picture books I’ve seen when it comes to Islamic topics. So one lucky winner of this giveaway will get their own copy of the book! If you want to follow as new books are released be sure to like Ilyas and Duck on Facebook and Twitter.
For the Family
If you’ve been here for awhile you’ll know about my continuing partnership with Saffron Road Foods. They’re one of my favorite food companies and I’ve been a fan since their line launched. I always have dry things like their simmer sauces and chickpeas in my suitcase to restock my kitchen. I was thrilled to find a box of their newest frozen entrees on the porch shortly after I arrived in the US.
The first thing I tried were the Korean Style Tacos. Don’t you love the food truck packaging? I loved the detail of the founder Adnan as the bus driver! I usually think anything heated in the microwave is subpar but was really happy with how good these were. You know it’s good when your 10 year old is asking for his own!
Even though these products are convenience food they’re made without chemicals and “food” items that can’t be pronounced. Just to show you an example I snapped a picture of the ingredient list (it’s the top image) and then dug through my mom’s freezer to find something else with a label to compare. Now you’re wondering what’s that other label for? Bread. It’s for flatbreads. Crazy isn’t it?
So to share my love of Saffron Road I’m giving you a basket to make dinner time with your family more enjoyable!
What’s in the basket?
- coupons to pick out your own entrees at stores around the country that carry Saffron Road
- Lamb Broth
- a package of Falafel Crunchy Chickpeas and Chipotle Crunchy Chickpeas
- 6 assorted Simmer Sauces
- an apron and;
- wooden cooking utensils
This is a gift from me to you. Over the last year I’ve heard a lot about Stitch Fix. If you haven’t it’s basically a mail order personal shopper. As frequently as you’d like (as much as every 3 weeks) a personal stylist selects 5 pieces of clothing or accessories based off a profile you fill out. You get the box, try everything on, and choose what you’d like to keep. What you don’t want you mail back in a prepaid envelope. What you do want you simply pay for. If you don’t want anything, no problem – mail it all back. Each shipment has a $20 styling fee that is automatically applied to any purchase you make. If you decide you want to keep everything in the box, you get the $20 credit plus 25% off your total.
I was hesitant to try this for a few reasons. First, I wear modest clothing. Surely to be fashionable they’d have no idea what I could or couldn’t wear. After filling out my profile and leaving detailed feedback (including a link to my Pinterest style board) I was absolutely thrilled to discover everything that was sent to me met my needs. So yes, if you wear hijab, they can send you cute, fashionable clothes. Second, how expensive was this going to be? I’ll be honest, I hate shopping. I tend to stick to the same things and since I’ve lost about 100 pounds I’m just unsure about what does or doesn’t work for me. I automatically gravitate to larger sizes that aren’t flattering because they’re just too big! So yes these clothes are more expensive than the Old Navy or Target clearance rack but they’re very well made and high quality. At this time in my life I’m more interested in investing in several pieces that are better quality than lots of cheap things.
So if you’re on the edge, here’s your chance. The winner of the giveaway will get a $20 Stitch Fix gift card to schedule your first fix!
One optional entry (that actually gets you 5 entries!) in the giveaway is to sign up and schedule your first fix – if you win you can use the gift card to cover your first purchase. If you already get Stitch Fix you can use the gift card for your styling fee or to purchase a piece.
There you have it. One lucky winner takes all!
Follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter entry form below to put your name in the drawing. Wishing you lots of luck and a blessed final days of Ramadan!
Disclaimer: This giveaway is open to those with a US address. Signing up for Stitch Fix is done through an affiliate link. I’ll earn a small credit if you decide to sign up.