Very few people willingly want to move out of their comfort zone. There is always a driving force that compels a person to take such a huge step. People have been migrating from their homelands for centuries. Some are forced to flee because of unfavorable circumstances, some are drawn to the charm of a new […]
Author: Sidrah Qayyum
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When I tell people around me that I am going to emigrate to Canada next month, the first thing they ask is why. This is followed by dozens of more questions. What am I planning to do there? How will I survive the harsh winters? What about your house here? Will you sell off everything? […]
Isn’t the weather simply beautiful these days? The sultry days of summer are finally over and the cold, biting wind is yet to arrive. It is all about the pleasant breeze, cloudy skies, and mysterious, foggy mornings. The blooming greens metamorphose to gorgeous shades of bright orange, warm yellow, tender pink, magenta, and purple.
Whether you are a kid or a grown-up, no one can resist the yummy Halloween candy and sugary treats. The festive season of carved pumpkins, awesome costumes and scrumptious sweets is just around the corner, and you may have already begun to stock up on assorted Halloween candies.
Last night we were out having dinner. While we waited for our order to arrive, I noted that everyone at the table, including me, was glued to their phones. Smiling, frowning, smirking, puzzled, astonished – each face showed a vast array of expressions.
It is a hot sticky day and you have been busy meeting deadlines, making important phone calls and running personal errands. You managed to grab a quick bite here and there. You return home, sweaty and bone-tired, and now you simply want to stand under a shower and cool off.
One fine morning, you enter the garage to look for something you cleverly stored at a safe place ages ago. As you step inside, the damp, musty smell almost makes you faint. How it reeks!
Brimming with beauty and edible bounty, kitchen gardens are a blessing. You sow the seeds, nourish the soil, watch the leafy vegetables grow and reap the fruit of your labor. It is easy to enjoy fresh and seasonal produce when the weather is pleasant.
Throwing a summer party can be a lot of hard work. We all want to be that perfect host who leaves a grand impression on their guests. From greeting them with a jolly smile and warm hug to preparing a delicious feast from scratch – everything needs to be immaculate and picture-perfect. Unfortunately, reality can’t […]
Whenever I take out the trash, I notice that almost half of the garbage is composed of food – there are leftovers no one wants to eat anymore, stale bread and dinner rolls now engulfed in mould, and wasted fruit that went rotten from being in the refrigerator for too long. It is enough to […]
Love your garden but hate getting burned? Protect yourself from harmful UV rays! The long-anticipated summer season is here, and you are fully prepared for it. You have brought new swimwear for the innumerable beach trips, your favorite flip-flops are back in the shoe-rack, and your garden is impeccably clean with freshly-cut grass and blossoming […]
Are you on a hunt for an exciting landscaping project for your garden? Are you gathering ideas to spice up things in your plain old backyard? Does your roof garden need a little dose of color and excitement? If so, then you’ve definitely arrived at the right place.
Disasters and accidents can strike anywhere leaving you terrified and unprepared to combat. It has been two decades, but I still clearly remember the day when a kettle filled with piping hot tea spilled on my toddler brother’s legs. Where is the medical kit when I needed one.
Does the color red make you feel anxious? Do you feel calm in a blue room? Does orange stimulate your energy levels? It is a no-brainer that looking at certain colors can relax you.
Summers are the best – the long days of warmth and sunshine, sunbathing on the beach, swimming in the pool, and ice-cream cones! What’s not to love about it? However, there is one thing though, that we can all agree on that we don’t like about summer. The heat it brings with itself!
When I was a child, my room was several shades of dusty pink which I abhorred. It was my grandma who chose the color pallet when she was still around. The rose-colored wall, the tinted windows, the stuffy polka-dot bedding, the mauve curtains… It should have been pretty cute, but it reeked of niminy-piminy ladylike […]
Who doesn’t love an impeccably furnished and polished garden? On one hand, you have your freshly cut grass and new blooms swaying in the wind, and on the other, there is a snug-looking sofa by the tree where you can sit down, read a book, and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Coming up with unique gifts for Father’s Day is not easy. Every year when Father’s Day arrive, we rack our brains trying to figure out the best present. Materialistic things don’t have an impact and cupcakes don’t go easy on the sugar level. Of course, you can always give him a pair of cuff links […]
Remember the good old days when we used to play draughts, tic tac toe, snakes and ladders, and hangman games? Oh, what fun they were! The awesome feeling when you would finally win the game and boasted about it for days! And let’s not forget the constant rivalry and the rush of adrenaline.
When the clock strikes 5, and my work is almost done, I itch to go back to my home. As soon as I enter my house, I look around and take a deep breath. I am back; in my kingdom and my comfort zone – home is where I can be my real self. Thanks […]