Cleaning with Sunshine

  

Laundry! We do laundry every single day! Everyday is laundry day to us especially with two teens in the house. 

We all know how hot is in Kuwait and how strong the sun is! During the summer, there are alternative ways of doing your laundry other than the usual washing machine. The purifying power of the sun will help you save money and the environment! 

Let’s talk mattresses, bed bugs and mites love the dark and moist environment of your mattress. However, these pests can’t stand sunlight, brightness and low humidity. Is it barbecue weather outside? Perfect! Stick your mattress directly in the sunlight!

 Push those mites over the edge; strip off the sheets, brush off the mattress and vacuum it well. Afterwards, put the mattress directly under the sun, typically on a balcony or terrace. After leaving your mattress to roast in the sun for 3 hours, most of the mites along with their eggs won’t feel so much at home there. This procedure should leave the mattress mite free for a good while.
Caution: Latex mattresses should not be exposed to the sun – as the UV rays can damage the material and overheating may cause warping.
Sunshine isn’t all good!!

You’ll probably want your laundry dried by sundown but take care! You might be tempted to stick your best shirt in intense sunlight, however, if your laundry dries too quickly in the sunlight, it can damage and discolour certain fabrics.
Remember not to leave your wet laundry under the glaring sun forever; just 2 hours may be enough. Once the washing is dry you should bring it in, otherwise your beloved clothes can get annoying white stripes from the washing line. Since some detergents contain optical brighteners, clothes can get yellow or green spots, simply because of too much sun!

Tip: Turn your clothes inside out to reduce the risk of any stripes.

Gotta go do laundry now haha! 

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Curfew

Do you have curfew for your kids? Are you with or against it? Does it really matter to you? How important is it? Why is important?

Well Adam has been going out with his friends a lot lately and since it’s spring break I don’t really mind it.
What I do mind is when he comes back home late! Usually I drop him off and pick him up but these days his friends are dropping him off with the driver but everyday he’s late!!! I have warned him before and gave him a few chances after he has given me silly excuses and when that didn’t work I have grounded him and after that he was always home at the right time! But now the problem is back! Always late! And not as if he loses track of time cuz I make sure I call him and remained him to be home before 11 pm and still! Always late! I’m sure this will get worse year by year cuz the older they get the harder it gets right!!! but I will try to control this! We gotta find away! Us parents are in control! I think what I can do now is always free myself around the time he has to get back home and just simply pick him up! With time his friends will get used to the timing and will always finish their activities within the right time that Adam has to go home, and really it’s all about setting a routine. I did feel guilty sometimes that I had to let him come back home before his friends but I think that 5 and sometimes 6 hours are more then fair to be out with his friends! And sometimes I am understanding if the excuse was fair enough cuz sometimes things happen!
So let’s see how this is gonna work this time!
Don’t forget to always explain why you are putting a curfew and why you set the time you do and it’s always good to get to an agreement on the time that both parent and teen agree on, to me that would make it fair.

The importance of curfew:

– Curfews teach the importance of keeping track of time.

– Curfews help teens get enough sleep every night.

– Helps parents worry less.

– Helps your teen understand limits and boundaries.

– Curfews are an important part of developing a teenager’s responsibility.

You don’t love me anymore

It’s been a very stressful time for me these past two weeks! A lot is going on and it’s been a big mess!! Our house burned down and had to deal with the damages and cleaning and all and me being kinda homeless not getting enough sleep and all!! And kids final exams and doctors appointments it’s been seriously crazy!!
I have been snapping about everything!
Adam wasn’t ok with what was going on! He stayed quite for a few days and just gave me hurt looks every time I snapped! I could tell that he was in shock! Not use to me being this way at all! But I didn’t really think about it till yesterday when I snapped and told him he was grounded! He opened up and said I don’t know what’s with you these days! It’s like you hate me! You stopped loving me! You snap on the smallest things I do! And he started crying!!! It broke my heart! I felt so bad! I knew that I was stressed and all but I never wanted the kids to feel that I hate them or I’m mad at them!
I took a deep breath and apologized to my actions the past few days and explained why I was acting the way I did and it had nothing to do with them! I will always love them to the moon and back and even more .
After we all calmed down and the kids forgot about the subject I was thinking to my self! How did it get this bad! How dare I snap at my kids even if I was stressed out and in a bad place! My job as a mom is to take control! To protect my kids no matter what! To not involve my problems with how I act around them! I felt bad! I felt guilty! But we’re not perfect and we learn everyday especially as parents. Never let your problems come in the way you behave in front on your kids always take a deep breath and take control of your stress! Never let your stress take control of you!
I’m truly sorry Adam and Jenna
Love you more then life xoxo

Friends With Your Ex-Husband

It’s been forever since me and my kids dad got our divorce and we have come along way since Humdillah!!
It took hard work from me to Seattle things down between me and my Ex at first it was crazy but with time everything started to go smoothly 😉 I had people all around me telling me Amani stop! Give up! And I always said NEVER!!
It was very important to me to have a good relationship with my kids father for the kids sake!! Maybe it’s hard in Kuwait to do so because of traditions and stuff but I didn’t really care and everybody found it really strange that I build that nice relationship with him but it was the right thing to do and healthy for my kids and that’s all what really matters right!! Kids always come first!
We have family days that we all go out together for dinner or lunch and sometimes we all set together and talk and I’m at a point where I can call him to ask anything even if it’s not about the kids 😉
My kids love that me and their dad are cool together and they are happy with no expectations that one day we might get back together! They know that each one of us has a different life style and we still respect one an other and love them very very much 😉