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Best Friends Forever

Best Friends

I am spending the day with my best friend Rizi. We haven’t met in over four months and we don’t talk over the phone much either but right now we are talking non-stop and it feels like no time has passed between the last time I met her and today. You need friends like that in your life. People who don’t make you feel like friendship is an obligation. Though I do get annoyed because four months without seeing her face is an awful lot of time. I am lecturing her about it currently. I will go off before she starts taking it lightly. 😛

PS. Major food consuming session happening. #TeamFoodie

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Happy New Year!!

HAPPY 2016, GUYS!! 😀

I hope everyone had a great start to the new year. I was in bed from 9 PM completing Maktub by Paulo Coelho so I could complete my Goodreads challenge in time. So glad I did or I would have gone bonkers.

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This was me at 12 AM and I regret nothing. 😛

I spent today with my family. We had Nehari (Pakistani dish) for lunch. My mum is an awesome cook. I have not inherited any of her cooking skills sadly. After lunch we all watched Dilwale. It’s a Bollywood movie starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. It was alright. I thought I was over SRK but he looked really cute throughout the movie. Kajol looked pretty. Also, one can never go wrong with their pairing.

After the movie, I came to my room and started sorting, organizing and filing my paperwork. It was long overdue. I have got no further plans for the evening so I am sat here writing this post. I will probably go do more routine things now and maybe bake a cake to have after dinner with family. I hope you all have far more exciting plans for the evening and are having tremendous fun. :)I am really looking forward to how this year is going to be blogging wise. I want it to be awesome.

I am really looking forward to how this year is going to be especially blogging wise. I haven’t made a to-achieve list yet and I will probably make it along the year. I want  2016 to be awesome – for you lot as well. Let’s give it all we have to offer and nail it.

See you guys soon in my next post. 🙂

Lots of love,

~F x

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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My 2-Steps Destress Routine

The blog was very quiet a few weeks back. If you’re following me on Twitter (username: @famtaqblog) you might have an idea why. And if you’re not then let me just tell you myself. I had actually exhausted myself beyond repair. This is nothing uncommon for me. I do that often.

I have a fascination span of a three year old which means anything new and exciting attracts me instantly, and that’s how I end up getting into doing way many things that humanly possible. The problem is my attention span is that of a gold fish. I get bored very easily with a task and once I am bored with something I cannot complete it unless my interest in it sparks again. This is how I start losing focus and get behind my deadlines and my stress levels shoot up. Let me just add here that I SUCK at handling stress. I would have a complete melt down or in some rare cases I would become superwoman somehow and rescue myself.

I had a dozen of deadlines to complete in November. I did finish them all – in the nick of time – and such superb time management left me burnt out. I couldn’t do anything after that and I knew it was time to take a break from everything and just relax for a while.

I was looking for some stress free options to rejuvenate my system but trust me with me nothing is stress free, not even reading a book, which I came to realize is the only hobby I have, and so I didn’t know where to turn to. I tried to look for a thing that interested me in the past and that’s when two things happened.

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Clear Out

I am one of the most cluttered people I know in every category. Be it my room, my bookshelf, my computer or phone, you will always find a multitude of items. From a few years I have got into the habit of letting go of things that serve me no purpose and I must confess – I love a good ol’ clear out.

I am doing pretty well at it right now but I am also doing a good job at accumulating more stuff. It’s all under control for now but somehow I am still not satisfied. I feel like clearing out is something that needs to happen on a regular basis and for someone who collects a lot, I don’t do it that often. Anyhow, the one in November gave me some peace of mind so thumbs up to the process. It always helps.

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Headspace

While I was doing my earlier mentioned clear out on the phone I came across an app I download a while back that I liked a lot. I don’t know how many of you know about Headspace but if you don’t, give me the pleasure of introducing it to you.

Headspace is a guided meditating app. It’s available on Play Store and App Store for free but once you’re done with the first ten sessions, you have to pay for the rest. The free sessions are of 10 minutes each where the voiceover ‘Andy’ guides you throughout. I find his voice very calming and hypnotic too lol.

Once done with the free 10 sessions, you are introduced to their subscription which are quite inexpensive and give you access to a variety of categories; Foundation, Health, Relationships, Performance and Headspace Pro. I am linking the website for you to check out. I personally will suggest you to download the app on your mobile and give it a go. Even if you don’t want to subscribe to them you can always make use of those free sessions anytime you want so that’s a plus.

This app has been a superb help in calming my stress levels. It has also made me aware of my breathing in a whole different light. Highly recommending!

Link: Headspace Website

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That’s my 2 cents in dealing with stress when you burn yourself out. Tell me in the comments below how do you work your way through stress and let’s get some ideas rollin’ in here. 😀

Much love xx

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Last Night~ <3

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It rained here last night, the first of the season. I was and still am beyond happy about it. The weather was amazing since morning yesterday. It was windy all day and the sky was filled with heavy clouds. I wasn’t really expecting it to rain and I guess that surprise factor added more to my joy. I don’t remember the last time we had such amazing weather.

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For me, rain is my weakness. When I heard it raining I grabbed a long scarf because pajama party all day all night #LivingTheJoblessLife and made a dash for the garage. It felt so good, aah! ❤ I love rain; I love being in it, I love the sound of it, I love the smell of wet earth afterwards, I love everything about rain. Some people might say what’s the big deal but seriously when you live in the desert, rain is your miracle.

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You know what; such weather always reminds me of Twilight, the movie and the book. To be honest, I was watching Twilight when it started raining. I had, okay who am I kidding, still have this tiny little dream of living in Forks one day, ha, because rain lol. I was in fact checking out their Twilight related festival info after last night. Maybe one day I’ll go there for it and experience Forks for myself. It would be like a dream come true. I hope the Cullen house is real and is there only as I loved that house.

I don’t really know if this amazing weather is going to stay or we will have more rain in the coming weeks but I so hope we do. Our summer comes very early and stays for forever. Nice weather and rain doesn’t come our way much often so I am really keeping my fingers crossed for it to stay a while.

It is cloudy today as well and a little windy and I am working facing the window, ha. Hope you guys are having amazing weather wherever you are. It’s the small things that make this life so beautiful. ❤

Much love,

Fam x

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All Hallows’ Eve~ (Being Fancy Really!)

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Happy Halloween, Guyss!! 😀

This is my most favorite day ever. A few things I love about All Hallows Eve:

1- Carved Pumpkins

2- Spooky Decors

3- Halloween themed Movies

4- Dressing up as whatever you want

5- The makeup 😉

6- Getting ready with a friend or a band of friends

7- Trick or Treat

8- Candies & Chocolates

9- All the excitement and fun!! 😀

Hope you all have a wonderful time tonight and have something fun planned. I watched Hocus Pocus last night for the first time and it was superb. I might end the day with another Halloween movie. See ya’ll later!

Have a Spooky time!! 😀

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I ❤ Autumn

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The downside of living in a desert country is that you will only get two seasons: very hot summer and mild summer. For some people this might be ideal but for me not really. I like all the four seasons and there is nothing more I like than to daydream about them when most of the world is enjoying them and I am not.

Autumn is my favorite among the four and the amount of autumnal vibes coming my way through social media this month made me want to write a huge post on all the things I love about this gorgeous season. ❤

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Changing Colors

This is my most favorite part of autumn. I love how the trees change colors from green to yellow and orange. I love how the roads and parks are filled with dried up leaves and the crunchy sound they make when a person walks on them. Sunsets become even more beautiful than usual with the sky displaying shades of deep blue, pink, purple and violet and a trip to the beach is always an amazing idea.

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Outdoors

Outdoors

I love it when summer turns to autumn and instead of harsh heat we are welcomed by a cool breeze in the afternoon and evening. For someone who works out this is such a great time to leave the gym or indoors for a while and do their cardio outside. I love walking in huge parks that are not stripped off most of their nature. I love it when we can walk to places that are not very far to get some errands done. I just generally like the whole idea of spending more time out in the nature when the weather is being such a babe.

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Hot Beverages

After summer and all the cold beverages encircling that season, I love how the choices go from cold coffee/tea and frappuccino to latte, mocha, macchiato, black and green tea. I love drinks so I am always happy when there is a change in that section. I also love how Starbucks comes out autumn inspired drinks like ‘Pumpkin Spice Latte’ and if you’re lucky enough you get autumn themed cups to go with them.

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Trends

Trends

I love how the lip colors get berry colored bolder and eye lashes become intense than usual. The copper eyelids are another of my favorite thing about this season. Fashion wise I love how everything starts getting darker. Maroon and navy blue colors are such hits. I love those stunning slouchy sweaters and blanket-y yet stylish scarves people start wrapping around them. I also like how everyone starts wearing super cool boots and sneakers.

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Halloween

I love it how with the start of autumn everyone gets excited for Halloween for real and planning their getups. I like it how YouTube gets filled up with videos and tutorials of new ideas every day. I love the mad obsession with pumpkins too and lovely shots people post on their Instagram.

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Lights

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All the Other Things

These are things that I haven’t experienced yet but love them still. I love how everyone starts talking about and buying new fall inspired candles and fairy lights and lanterns become a part of home décor. I love it when people talk about Lush Bath bombs or put up picture of the lovely effect of them in their tubs.

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This was my mini love post for autumn. I hope you guys liked it. Now, why don’t you guys tell me what’s your three most favorite things about this lovely season? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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Eid Mubarak =D

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Eid Mubarak, guys!!!! 😀

I hope whoever is celebrating it has a wonderful time and get the best meat dishes!! 😀

Yesterday was the first day of Eid here in Muscat. I did pretty much nothing. I was home and stayed in bed, had some delicious Pulao (Pakistani rice dish), and ended the day by watching a little Friends and getting some McDonald’s Classic Chicken Burger + Mcflurry Oreo because no festivity is complete without it. I don’t plan to do anything today as well so I will just repeat whatever I did yesterday lol.

Hope you guys have far more exciting Eid plans than I did, hehe!

Have fun ya’ll!!

PS. Regular posts starts from Monday so do make sure to come back! 🙂

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Five Must-Do Things in Summer

Even though the weather here in Muscat is going horribly hot – 45 to 50 degrees – I just wanted to send some good vibes out there and do a little summer related / weekend inspiration kind of a post.

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1- Pull Those Curtains Back

The first thing I do after waking up is pulling the curtains back and letting the sunshine in. I love natural light. It has such a cheerful effect on the human mind and helps brighten up all the nooks and corner of the house.

2- Be In the Sea

For someone who didn’t get a chance to go to the beach yet, my only advice to you is – grab a set of spare clothes, splatter that sun-block on, get your flip flops out and go to the beach. Get inside the water and stay there till you see the sun setting in and the sky turning shades of orange, red and blue. Yes, that’s all you should do right now. If the weather is good, take out that grill and have a BBQ party with friends. These summer nights were meant for it. ❤

3- Drinks

You must, and I cannot emphasize enough but you MUST try all those amazing cold beverages they offer at every restaurant/coffee bar you go to. My favorites include watermelon juice, orange juice, Lemon & Lime Soda/Juice, a nice frappuccino from Starbucks and Dilato from Second Cup.

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4- Go For That Cut

If your haircut is long pending this is the right time to get it. I would say the shorter the better. Get that chin length hair or that pixie cut you have been eyeing from forever or go for that shoulder length with steps and layers that would compliment your face. Just go for it. You will be thankful. Side note: you have some really cold weather coming up in next few months and seriously nobody feels awesome in the morning when they have to fix long wet hair.

5- Sweat It Out

I personally believe it’s much easier to lose weight in the summer than winter because you break a sweat real quick. Even a brisk walk can get you sweating like a sinner in no time. So sweat those extra pounds right now and be a smexy burrito in the winter.

Hope you guys liked this post. Have a lovely weekend and whatever is left of your summer.

Byeee!

~F x

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Eid Mubarak~

Hello people!

A very Happy Eid to everyone celebrating it. I hope you guys had a lovely Ramadan and a fun Eid. Let’s hope we try to continue the good behavior (tolerance, patience, praying) all year round. We just got done with the second day of Eid here in Oman. These two days went busy with guests coming over and tonight we went to D’Arcy’s Kitchen for dinner but they were closing down so we had to go to Hardees instead. *boo boo*

Anyway, I just thought I would do a quick Eid post. I will be blogging again from tomorrow and will try to be as regular as I can.

See you guys around!

Love,

~F x

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