Year of Firsts: Here it is

It’s hard to believe that this year is almost over. It feels like it just started. I feel like my New Year’s resolution has been so… shortlived? I’m not sure if that’s the word I’m looking for, but I do know that time flies way too fast. So here is what I’ve been up to lately

September 21st


I haven’t had Mentos in ages. Apparently, these Mentos are limited edition. I don’t think I’ve ever had candy with uplifting messages printed on them.



I really wanted to like these. They were hard and so so so dry. I could hardly finish the first bite I took. Oh well.



I love Butterfinger but this crispy wafer version can’t compare to the original.



This is the first time I’ve tried Ulker tea biscuits. I’ve tried their other products and have been satisfied but these were weak. The second I dipped it into the tea, it broke off. My tea ended up being more biscuit than tea.



This was the only soft and not stale bread the local supermarket was selling. I’m satisfied.



I tried to write a treatment. I’m still not too sure how I feel about the experience.



Tried a new recipe in the breadmaker. It was pretty doughy in the middle. Still tasty though.



I’ve heard good things about this butter. I actually liked it which says a lot because I’m not typically a butter fan.



Got an omelette at Wawa. I’m not sure what I was expecting. It tasted alright, but I’d hardly call it an omelette.



I actually wanted a smoothie but the sugar content was insane. So I got the drink with the least sugar. I love watermelon.

October 1st


I really tried to like this but I just can’t accept sweet coffee into my life. I’m all about the bitter.



Speaking of sweet drinks… This is the first time I’ve had commercially prepared tarmhindi and I swear it tastes just like my grandmother would make it. It took me back to my childhood.



I finally found something that keeps my glasses clean. Thank God.



I gave Mister Roger a chance in black and white. I’m all about that soothing programming.



No matter how you make them, ginger snaps are amazing.



I’ve never seen this bread sold in stores. It really does taste like the kind they give you in the restaurant. Yay!


Well, that’s that for now. Until next time…

Peace and Pistachios,




Year of Firsts: So behind

I’ve been completely absent minded about keeping up with my Year of Firsts posts, but I’m still trucking. So here goes nothing…

August 11th


Giving this new Bevespi inhaler a try.



Never been able to buy this in NJ until now.



Not quite like our family recipe, but still a good deal.



Sobiyet plus baclava. Enlightening.



Halal Chinese food from China Pagoda in Paterson, NJ. Good stuff.



It was a legendary experience.



Turkish pastry shop with the essential group of elderly men sitting out front socializing.



A hair salon named after Palestine.



Not usually a fan of croissants but these weren’t bad.



It’s not easy being green but it was tasty.



I never win, but only play to see if I can beat my previous time.



Rainbow bagels are strange. The green dough just takes over and gets all stuck in your smile.



People want to talk to me about work and I have no idea what to say.



Just trying to get money for spending money.



Gave it a try. It’s not a bad collection.



I will try anything to help with this asthma. However, this was a failure and did nothing.



Trader Joe’s has these labelled as “teeny tiny potatoes.” Teeny tiny potatoes with lots of flavors.



This is the day I realized that all cards should be pop-up cards.



This is a really good book. I’m glad I picked it up.



I don’t make a habit of reading food labels, but this made me laugh. First I’ve seen of this Good Stuff.



Monstress is an interesting book, to say the least.

September 1st


Now I know what my eyes would look like on a thumb.



First time paying my phone bill with change.



This lemon zinger cake was disgustingly sweet. I’ll pass.



Got a free jade roller. Can’t really see what the big deal is.



Trying to sniff the stress away. Why not?



Adding this to my list of favs.



This is probably the only time I’ve ever been able to read a graphic novel in its entirety in one sitting. I’d highly suggest this to anyone and everyone.



Sahara in Manville, NJ makes their own bread. It’s perfect.



Give a new hairstyle a try.



Poke bowl for the win! Okie Pokie is an amazing restaurant.



This is the day I learned that rabbits can be litter trained. Who knew?



Now I know why I never buy sandwiches at Wawa. So disappointing.



The freshest berry cake ever.



First time I’ve ever seen anyone pray for a hurricane. I think you’re supposed to pray to be safe from the hurricane or something but you don’t usually pray for one. Nice try.



Trying to keep track of my asthma symptoms. It’s like a full-time job.



First time seeing a pulmonologist. Let’s hope this leads somewhere.



I’ve never felt like a job description was meant for me until now. I can sweep and mope, easily.



Usually, I can coax these hairs to chill out with product, but not this time. They were too excited to sit down.



A blended pumpkin spice latte. How have I never had it blended before?



Gave the perky pigtails a go and now I wish I had a gold beard.

Well, that was a fun catch up. Can’t believe the year is almost over. Where did the time go?

Anyways, until next time…

Peace and Pistachios,



Rose Geranium Essential Oil 10 ml – 100% Pure, Undiluted, Natural & Therapeutic Grade


I bought and received this Rose Geranium Essential Oil from Amazon. It’s made and sold by Gya Labs.


This product appeals to me mostly because I get a lot of nerve pain in my shoulders and back. WebMD suggested that this oil can be applied and used to help with nerve pain. The bottle also says it can help with anxiety. Seeing as nerve pain can lead to anxiety and anxiety can lead to nerve pain, it seemed like a good fit.

According to the product information on Amazon:

About the product
Botanical Name: Pelargonium roseum
Our Guarantee: If you are not TOTALLY satisified with our product, receive a FULL REFUND from us, no questions asked.
Quality: 100% PURE & THERAPEUTIC – undiluted, no fillers, bases or additives. Distillation facility is GMP, ISO9001 & FDA registered.
Benefits & Uses: TICK REPELLENT Rose Geranium masks your human scent! It can also be used to repel fleas for dogs. SCALP use with shampoo for a fragrant, fresh and radiant looking hair. BODY massage onto the abdomen area as a natural herbal treatment to promote wellbeing and comfort during times of menstrual cycle or menopause changes.
Gya Labs is SUPERIOR as it only offers the finest grade of essential oils for blending and pairing: Bay Leaf, Bergamot, Cinnamon Cassia, Cedarwood, Cinnamon Bark, Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Lavandin, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, May Chang, Mandarin, Melissa, Myrrh, Neroli, Patchouli, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Pine Needle, Roman Chamomile, Rose Geranium, Rose Otto, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, Tea Tree, Thyme, Ylang Ylang.

I can’t really speak for its other uses, but I can say that I applied the oil to my should last night and I slept like a baby. I’ll keep using it in the next week to keep you updated on its relaxing effects.

Until next time…

Peace and Pistachios,




My Successful Experience with Food Allergy and Weight Loss

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تجربتي الناجحة مع حساسية الطعام وخسارة الوزن

في هذا الفيديو أتكلم عن تجربتي مع حساسية الطعام وعدم تقبل الجسم لبعض أنواع الطعام. وكيف ساعدني التوقف عن اكل كل هذه الأنواع من الاطعمة وتناول بروبيوتيك من نوع جيد يوميا، على خسارة الوزن الذي لم يكن ليحصل قبل أن اعالج مشكلة حساسية الطعام أو عدم تقبل الجسم لها.ب

My Successful Experience with Food Allergy and Weight Loss

In this video, I will talk about my experience with food allergies and food intolerance. And how stopping to eat the food I am allergic to, and taking a good type of probiotics daily, helped me lose the weight that would not budge before.

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All I want for my birthday is a job… That is all!

Pick a CV any CV…


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Year of Firsts: Lazy

Hello Friends. I  haven’t forgotten about you and I hope you haven’t forgotten about me. This is a long post and mostly because I have been lazy. Shame on me. Here it goes…

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5/5 Stars. Would drink again.

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I love mochi and admittedly picked these up bc they’re cute, but I have to say I was a little disappointed. They weren’t very pink and the strawberry flavour was lacking.

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First time taking a Snapchat selfie.

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Went into Wawa for an iced coffee and this is the first time I have been left confused by a coffee machine. How does this thing work? There were no buttons or tabs or anything. There were nozzles for the coffee to come out but no way of getting the coffee out. Help!

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First time trying watermelon flavoured frozen yoghurt. It had a very Italian ices texture to it. Totally worth it.

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Didn’t even know lavender melon was an option.

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I’m not too sure how to feel about these. The first few taste kind of funny. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but then my tastebuds got used to it.

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It’s the season for watermelon flavoured everything and I’m not complaining.

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Who knew you could buy banana bread without walnuts? I like it more with walnuts but this was still pretty tasty.

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I love kombucha and love this new green flavour I found at Trader Joe’s.

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This was a massive disappointment. I followed the directions exactly. The cookie part didn’t spread out so well. The brownie part was super thin. The flavour was lacking. It didn’t taste good and it smelled weird while baking. Strong pass.

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I didn’t realize how much I loved peanut butter filled pretzels until now.

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I know that juices and smoothies are packed with sugar and while this is nice to have as a treat, this sugar content is insane!

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This is one of those things that end up in your house but no one is quite sure how it got there. Not my cup of tea, let’s say.

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Eurotart is officially my favourite frozen yoghurt flavour ever.

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This is the first time that I’ve been in a public restroom that has an enforced time limit. The world is crazy.

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This is the first time I’ve knowingly committed a fashion crime. Socks and sandals! I know, I know, it goes against everything I believe in. I have an excuse, but it’s not a good one. I was on a train and their compression socks and it was a long ride and my toes were cold and… I’m sorry.

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I’ve officially watched all the Leprechaun films. They’re quite special.

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This is the first time I’ve gotten words of encouragement from money. Thanks, I think.

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Whole Foods really missed the mark on this. First, the burrito was mostly rice and second, whoever cooked this batch of rice has clearly never made rice before. The rice was not cooked and was rock solid.

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First time having Easter chocolate this late in the year. It’s still ok, right?

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First time visiting the Bridgewater Mall. They have this Lolli & Pops store. It’s candy heaven.

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This is the first time tracking my cell phone screen time. Interesting findings.


Well, that’s all for now. Until next time…

Peace and Pistachios,


فوائد واستخدامات ورق الغار – الجزء الثاني

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كما اسبقت في الجزء الأول من فوائد الغار، فإن أوراق الغار غنية بالفيتامينات والمعادن  والمواد الكيميائية النباتية الأساسية والزيوت الطيارة ومضادات الأكسدة الطبيعية. عدى عن ذلك، فإن طعمه لذيذ وينكه الطعام وممكن استخدامه كأوراق أو كمسحوق أو كزيت عطري. فلا عجب بأن الأوراق لها ايضا فوائد للجلد والشعر وفوائد تجميلية اخرى.  في الجزء الثالث من فوائد ورق الغار سوف يتم تغطية فوائده التجميلية.ب

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As I mentioned in part one of the benefits of bay laurel leaves, they are rich in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, essential oils and natural antioxidants. Furthermore, they tastes delicious and can be used to flavor food. They could be used as whole leaves, as a powder or as an essential oil. It is no wonder that the leaves also have benefits for skin and hair and other beauty uses. In part three, I will cover the…

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باقة من المعلومات الصحية الطريفة – جزء 5 Fun Health Fact pt. 5

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في هذا الفيديو نعرض لكم 23 حقيقة مذهلة قد لا تعرفها عن الطعام. الطعام الصحي مفيد لصحتنا وكذلك الضحكة والفرحة والابتسامة. فهذه الباقة  تحتوي أيضا على نوادر وطرائف شعبية مضحكة متعلقة بالطعام. لعلها تكون خفيفة عليكم وتجلب الابتسامة والبهجة إلى قلوبكم.

In this video we present 23 amazing facts about food. Healthy food is good for our health just as laughter, joy, and smiling are. This collection also contains funny food-related anecdotes and jokes.  I hope it will bring you a smile and joy to your heart.

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Year of Firsts: Changing it up…

Hello friends! As you may know, I’m still fulfilling my New Year’s Eve resolution of trying one new thing a day. The last few posts have been primarily food based but I’m trying to branch out. And here it goes:


I love peanut butter cookies but I just can’t love this. I should have been alarmed by the “peanut butter flavored” part. So they’re not peanut butter cookies, they’re peanut butter flavored. And I don’t know why I expected anything else from Quest products. I always see rave reviews online for Quest products and I have to question y’alls tastebuds. It’s a no from me.


After my surgery I was hooked on ready-made protein shakes because I couldn’t eat and I loved the SlimFast shakes, but I can’t quite say the same for their cookies. Totally tasteless. It’s hard for a food to have zero taste at all, but they’ve somehow managed it this time.


Found this watch with a pedometer and calorie burn counter at the bargain bins in Target. I’ve always wanted one but could never justify the expenditure. So when I saw this for $8, I knew I had to try it. I will say this, it really is a reality check that makes it very clear how many calories you are burning or not burning for that matter.


And what did I find next to the watch? I found a power bank for $5. At that price, I don’t expect a whole lot out of it. More to come on how it holds up.


Cayenne kombucha was a serious burn. I thought and worried that it would irritate my sensitive tummy, but it did not. I am not unsatisfied.


I was a sceptic and read some eh reviews about the taste. Whether it does anything, I doubt it, but it was sweet and tasted alright.


I’ve had Annie’s mac and cheese before but never the microwave variety. Let me tell you, I wouldn’t choose to eat this, ever. It was bland. It was a big cup of no thank you.


This is the first time I’ve ordered a calzone and gotten an entree sized container of sauce. Too much sauce.


Got this sample in the mail and I’ve been using it at night. Only time will tell if it makes a difference.


Well, that’s all for now folks. Until next time…


Peace and Pistachios,