TWO!

5 Years ago I fell in love with the most wonderful boy in the world. We’ve been through the most amazing times together, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve watched him grow into the most amazing man, husband and now father. He’s my absolute best friend, and when there’s been bad times he’s been there to help me and support me every step of the way. Everything good, beautiful and pure in my life leads to my husband. He is my happiness. A lot of women now a days are quick to say they don’t need a man and they are their own woman. I am here to say that I have my own identity, but I need my husband. He fills the hole in my heart and treats me like a queen. He’s my therapist when I need to vent, and my conscience when i’m in a rut. He’s my golf partner, my shopping buddy and my meal tester. He’s my encourager, my human pillow, but also the reason for my temper tantrums(all the wives know what i’m talking about). He’s God fearing, God loving and my companion in worship. He has the patience and compassion of a saint. I sometimes don’t understand how he stays so calm in all situations, but I do appreciate it. I love my husband more than words can describe and with each day, each memory, each trial and each laugh my love grows stronger. I am more in love with him today than I was 5 years ago. Today we celebrate 2 years of marriage and a lifetime to look forward to.  Happy Anniversary to the most wonderful man in the world. I love you!

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Oh Canada!

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! We had a busy weekend in Lake Tahoe,NV! I will be posting about our amazing trip within the next couple of days. For now I wanted to share our trip to Toronto that we took a couple of weeks ago.

For those of you that don’t know, I was born and raised in Toronto,Canada. My family and I moved to the states when I was 14. I absolutely love going back to Toronto to visit all of my extended family and close friends. Our trip this time was extremely short! We were only there for about two days. There was also a huge rainstorm and power outage going on during our stay so it really put a damper on most of our plans. I was able to catch up with my best friend Sheraine, my cousin Nikki, my god mama and some other close  family. I wish we could have spent more time there, so another extended trip in the very near future is a must. Here are a couple of photos from our stay  as well as a very hilarious video of me and my “acting” skills from my child hood. Of course it was filmed in Toronto. Enjoy!

My best friend Sheraine and I
My best friend Sheraine and I
Delicious squid ink pasta! (Thanks Suresh and Nicole!)
Delicious squid ink pasta! (Thanks Suresh and Nicole!)
Restaurant Menu
Restaurant Menu
Baggage Claim
Baggage Claim
Mommy's Happy Baby!
Mommy’s Happy Baby!
Flowers in the Four Seasons lobby.
Flowers in the Four Seasons lobby.
Cool art in the lobby
Cool art in the lobby
Candid!
Candid!
The rain finally stopped!
The rain finally stopped!
Matching mommy/daughter/daddy jackets from ROOTS Canada!
Matching mommy/daughter/daddy jackets from ROOTS Canada!

Are you ready for this??? (skip to 1:00 to see me at age 12… hilarity)

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Riley is ONE!

I am holding back tears with every word that I type today. I simply cannot believe that my little baby girl is one. It just sounds insane. I truly do not know where the time has gone. I remember my delivery as clear as daylight. I remember seeing my baby girl for the first time. It was an amazing experience and the start of the best years of our lives. We’ve experienced so much with our beautiful baby girl this year. We’re getting to be kids all over again! Every single day has been an exciting one with our angel of a baby. For 365 days we’ve experienced something new with her. From opening her eyes to rolling over, crawling, wobbling, babbling, walking and now RUNNING! It has certainly been an adventure and my husband and I feel so blessed to have been given this beautiful gift. We plan to continue raising her in the direction of the lord and by his word. We only hope that the foundation we set for our daughter will be strong enough to keep her safe and grounded in this crazy world. By his grace I am more than confident that she will be just fine.

I am at a loss for words. There’s no place else in the world my husband and I would rather be than by our baby girls side every step she takes. I now as a mother realize how limited my one on one time is going to be with her! 20+ years is simply not long enough (depending on when she gets married). I couldn’t have asked for a better little girl, I feel so unbelievably blessed to be her mommy. Okay now back to the birthday girl! Quality time is of the essence!!!

Happy first birthday to most fearless, fun, loving, adventurous, cuddly, joyful, smart little girl I know!

This year with her is going to be amazing!

Here are some photos of Riley throughout her first year of life!

Rubber Ducky Pool Party

Riley’s first  birthday is not until the 19th. I simply cannot believe she is going to be one! It’s completely bittersweet. I have an unbelievable amount of mixed emotions. I am happy, proud and excited to see what the next year has in store,  but at the same time I’m sad that she has grown up so quickly. I literally don’t know where the time has gone. I now know how my parents have felt all of these years.

We decided to celebrate her first year early since we would be traveling on her big day. We threw her a rubber ducky pool party! It turned out amazing considering it had been raining all week. The sun made an appearance during her party and disappeared right after as the rain continued, it was amazing. God is so good, and he certainly does hear all of our prayers.

I purchased all of the items for her party at Target and ordered her invitations from Tiny prints. The party totaled about $400 including all food  and we had about 20 people at the party. I made Riley’s smash cake from scratch. It was completely organic and low in sugar (I have a video tutorial in my previous post). All of the food was also organic for that day. We don’t always eat the best and organic, but we do when we can.

Thank you to all of our family and friends that came out to Riley’s party. It was truly a special day and we appreciate each and every one of you!

Here are a few photos from the party! Enjoy!

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Baby’s 1st Smash Cake! (video tutorial!)

I decided to make Riley a healthy, low sugar and homemade birthday cake for her 1st birthday! This recipe is easy and yummy. I made a video tutorial for you guys just incase you want to know how to make it as well!

Please note *if making two small 9 inch pans instead of one big one, reduce the cooking time to 35-40mins at 350 degrees*

Be sure to pin, retweet  and follow!

Enjoy!

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Ask Ayesha!

Hi Everyone!

I am going to start a new video/vlog series called “Ask Ayesha”!

Simply submit your questions in the comments below! You can ask anything you’d like. I’ll select a couple of questions each week and do a video response to some of your questions.

I can’t wait to get started !!!

Miracle Clay

I am always on the hunt for fantastic, all natural face and body products. So when this wonderful new company called Miracle Clay approached me to try their products I was ecstatic.

Here is a little bit about Miracle Clay, what it is and their mission…

“Miracle Clay’s mission is to make the world healthier and happier by promoting high quality, paraben-free, animal-free, natural skin and health care products that truly do work and are known for their healing qualities.”

All of Miracle Clay’s products contain natural montmorillonite clay… What exactly is that you ask?

“Edible Montmorillonite Clay is very rare and only found in certain desert regions of the world. This unique healing clay has been used for a wide range of medicinal purposes for thousands of years by nearly 200 cultures, including the Egyptians, the Aztecs, and other native people of Mexico, South America, and North America.  More recently, even NASA astronauts have used Calcium Montmorillonite Clay for strengthening their bodies during space missions.”

“Montmorillonite Clay also works incredibly well in keeping skin feeling fresh, smooth, radiant and soft. Miracle Clay’s skin care and bath products will help remove toxins, metals, and impurities from the skin while also tightening pores, removing dead skin cells, and leaving the skin healthy and revitalized.  Miracle Clay also offers several marvelous products for improving skin ailments such as acne, rashes, psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea, while being gentle enough to use weekly, or even daily on problem areas.”

Basically, This stuff is amazing!

I want to focus this post on the product I loved the most from the line, and the product I found most effective and useful for me. It was their Miracle Clay clay mask.  I would cleanse my skin and apply the mask for a minimum of 10 mins. After washing it off my skin would feel smooth,tight and my pores were noticeably smaller. Over time (around 2-3 weeks) I noticed that some of my old acne scarring had faded! You can use the mask as often as you like, since it is natural. I however use it 2-3 times a week.

I would definitely recommend this product and will continue to use and purchase it on a regular.

Thanks to Miracle Clay for reaching out to me to try your products! I genuinely loved them.

check out their website!   www.miracleclay.net Enter this promo code at check out for a 15% discount!!!  code: LIGHTS15

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The Clay Mask!
The Clay Mask!
Waiting for the mask to set and dry!
Waiting for the mask to set and dry!
Makeup-less face post face mask!
Makeup-less face post face mask!
Happy Mommy! Happy hydrated skin!
Happy Mommy! Happy hydrated skin!

Saturday Night Date!

We spent our weekend in LA. We had an absolute blast. I picked up an awesome faux leather jacket for Riley for $40! The sun also decided to make an appearance while we had cocktails by the pool! We were able to have a solo date night on a saturday night! Can you believe it?! As a new mommy and daddy, it is quite rare for us to have date nights (let alone a saturday night date!).  We dined at The Lobster in Santa Monica. The food was absolutely delicious! The restaurant itself was a little humid but had a vibrant, hip atmosphere. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. My favorite part was the dessert, but that is ALWAYS my favorite part. If I could skip every meal altogether and just go straight to dessert… I would… Everytime. Here are a couple of photos from our date night and a little vine video of our lobster. Enjoy!

Delicious scallop entree with a sweet chili butter.
Delicious scallop entree with a sweet chili butter.
Crab salad with a lemon vinagrette and sliced apple.
Crab salad with a lemon vinagrette and sliced apple.
THE LOBSTER!  Grilled and buttered!
THE LOBSTER! Grilled and buttered!
Date night look.
Date night look.
CANDID!
CANDID!
The love of my life. :)
The love of my life. 🙂

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Easy Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

This is a super quick and easy appetizer! It’s delicious. You can eat them as is or serve them on a delicious arugula salad. I would pair these shrimp with candied walnuts, blue cheese, and fresh oranges (if in season FIGS would be beyond delicious). A little lemon vinaigrette over top of the salad and you are good to go. A meal in itself! 

Alright… here we go! 

Ingredients: 

BACON 

SHRIMP (peeled deviated, tail on) 

APRICOT PRESERVES 

SALT & BLACK PEPPER (to taste)

Directions: 

Take your shrimp, wrap each one with half a piece of your favorite breakfast bacon. Place them on a baking tray and coat each wrapped shrimp with a bit of the preserves. Sprinkle with black pepper and salt  and bake in a 425 degree oven for 10 mins or until the bacon has crisped. ENJOY! 

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