Subscription Boxes

Soo I’ve been kinda obsessed with subscription boxes. For those of you who don’t know what it is, they are monthly boxes that are mailed to you and every month you get random stuff.

I signed up for Boxycharm, which is a makeup subscription box. Each box comes with 4-5 full size products for $21 dollars a month. I think that’s a pretty good deal considering how much makeup is! I will be receiving that box tomorrow, so I’ll share what’s in the box and if I think it’s worth it.

It you’re interested in subscribing here is the link.

https://www.boxycharm.com/refer/Rania-VDRDEFPU

I also signed up for GlobeIn, which I am very excited for. It’s $40 dollars a month, and you receive home goods that are handmade from artisans all around the world. Once I receive that, I’ll also give my review and see if I going to continue. You can get you first box for $10 with this link below. I think it’s worth a shot. Check it out and let me know what you think!

https://globein.com/abox?refcode=RELA7EB3

Do you guys know of any other boxes that sound interesting? I’m willing to try!!

The Last Month

As my baby lays next to me asleep, I can’t help but to think about when I have to go back to work. These past 3 months waking up to him everyday have been amazing. Bonding with him, watching him smile at me and watching him grow right in front of my eyes!

Since he’s been born, I have not left his side, and now I have 4 short weeks left in my maternity leave and I’m just an emotional mess. I still haven’t figured out what’s going to happen when I go back to work, and I don’t want to right now. I’m just enjoying the last month I have with him.

I feel like he still needs me, and I’m not ready to leave him. How did you guys handle going back to work? I feel like I’m going to be miserable at work 😭😭

We have arrived!

We just arrived in Egypt yesterday. The flight itself wasn’t too bad and Roen was sleeping the whole time (thank god)The flight had a lot of kids and all were screaming and crying, it was hectic. After a long day of traveling we finally landed in Cairo… With a few issues. I lost one luggage and his stroller wheel is broken😫😫

2 Month Checkup

My little man just turned 2 months and today was his checkup. It went pretty well, he got a couple shots and cried a lot. But he’s doing great! The doctor was a little iffy when I told her he sleeps next to me tho. She was like ohh really, you know the risks right? (I’m not a fan of his pediatrician!)

So let me start by saying, I have tried the crib and the bassinet and both have not worked out. As soon as I get him to fall asleep I put him in the crib and he’ll wake himself up and be up for HOURS! It just becomes a restless night for all of us because now he’s fussy that he can’t fall asleep, and we can’t keep our eyes open. I also found that when he eventually fell asleep in the crib he woke up 30 minutes later crying! I fed him, and he was up for hours again. It was just a very rough night.

So after that, we tried the bassinet, which turned out the same. After being exhausted multiple nights in a row, I decided to let him sleep next to me one night. It went very well for both of us. He stayed asleep throughout most of the night. He woke up a couple times to eat but went right back to sleep after. I was finally able to sleep. It just worked. I do know the risks, and I am very cautious. (But this is only temporary)

We do want to get him to sleep in his crib eventually, hopefully before I go back to work. I am going to keep trying!

What are your thoughts on co-sleeping??

Weekends Are For Family

“Having somewhere to go is home. Having someone to love is family. And having both is a blessing.”🙏🏽

I am a huge believer in being close to your family. I grew up first generation Egyptian. My parents brought us to America when we were young (my 2 sisters and brother) but always made sure we knew where we came from. Since my parents felt pretty alone in this country, our family was extremely close.

Now that my siblings and I are older, with kids of our own, we still live fairly close to each other and see each other once a week sometimes more. We text in a group chat daily and are very much in each others lives. Honestly, I believe being so close to family helps with a lot of things mentally, especially depression. You just have your sisters or brother always to talk to if needed and it’s nice to always have someone check up on you.

When I married my husband he loved the fact that my family is so close knit. He grew up a navy brat, so he was always moving around and once he grew older he wasn’t close to either of his parents or siblings. That really bothered me because I told him I wanted our kids to know their grandparents and be close to all of them.

Now that we have our son, we visit his dad (who lives 10 minutes away) every week! We see my sister and her family every Sunday, and I’ll go during the week too. My younger sister and brother live down the street and come over for dinner every other night, and my parents live with us.

This is my niece and nephew and my son. My nephew is old enough to know that is this is cousin and video calls me everyday to say hi to baby cousin! He’s so cute🥰🥰

Travelling With A Newborn

I have a trip planned for my son and I that’s coming up quick. I only have a couple months left in my maternity leave😭 so I decided to go stay with my mom for a month in Egypt. I’m pretty excited, I feel like I haven’t had any real help with the baby and I have been struggling. At least I know my mom will make sure I’m well fed! Also, this will be the first time she’s meeting her grandson!

Since the date is getting closer (beginning of July) I’ve been getting his suitcase ready. I read a lot online on what to bring and not to bring.

I’m bringing diapers, wipes, clothes, a to go bassinet, his stroller and car seat, lotions, a first aid kit. I’m trying not to over do it, ahaha but also don’t want to forget anything.

Any ideas on what else to bring??