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Yummy desserts that are perfect to eat in summer ♡

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. If you didn’t know already I am a serious foodie and I love everything food related and today I wanted to do a food related post because why not! Desserts are something I absolutely love eating and there are so much yummy desserts to eat. Since it’s summer and all I wanted to share some yummy desserts that are perfect to eat in Summer. Alright, let’s get started!

Ice cream is an amazing dessert to have in summer! Whenever I see ice cream in the summer, I just have to eat it because I can’t help myself. Ice cream contains lots of nutrients in it as well such as riboflavin, vitamin D and A and calcium. I love strawberry ice cream the most and it’s my go to flavour.

I absolutely love milkshakes! Milkshakes are my go to summer dessert especially after eating a burger. There are so much amazing milkshake flavours out there to try so go get out there and try them! What is your favourite milkshake flavour?

Ice cream sundaes are such an amazing dessert to eat in the summer. Banana split is my favourite sundae and it is absolutely amazing. Nothing beats an amazing yummy sundae in the heat! I don’t really have sundae’s a lot because I usually just get ice cream but I am planning to eat more ice cream this summer!

I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know if you want a part 2 of yummy desserts that are perfect to eat in summer! Let me know in the comments below your favourite dessert to eat in summer and why. Thanks for reading and signing off for today!

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The Vincent Ehendiro Blogger award #2♡

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Yesterday I was nominated for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award by Saumya from Draw Write Inspire. Saumya has an amazing blog so please feel free to check out her blog by clicking here. Alright, let’s get started!

  • Thank the person who nominated you with the link to their blog.
  • Make a post of the award (with photo).
  • Post the rules.
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.
  • Nominate 10-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.
  • Follow Vincent Ehindero to qualify for a free blog promotion, shoutout and more blogging opportunities.

What is one thing you want to get rid of?

I would like to get rid of Coronavirus because I am fed up with this pandemic and I just want the world to return back to normal, the way it should be.

What is your favourite Girl or Boy bands?

I actually do not have one to be honest because I listen to music from artists not bands.

What is your guilty pleasure?

This is going to sound so crazy but my guilty pleasure is opening the fridge early in the morning and finishing a huge packet of olives! Another guilty pleasure of mine is eating a whole packet of crisps in one sitting.

Whom do you talk to if you need career advice or advice regarding studies?

If I ever need advice I would go straight to my parents first.

What is the coolest nickname you’ve ever got?

It is kind of private so I really don’t want to share.

What time of the day is your favourite?

My favorite time of day is sunset because it is ever so beautiful and I absolutely love seeing the sunset every day.

Can you imitate voice notes?

No I can’t but I kind of wish I could for some weird reason.

What was the last time you cried?

I last cried today (when I am writing this post).

Have you ever slapped your best friend or someone you are really close to?

Well I haven’t slapped my best friend but I have slapped someone I am really close to.

How indecisive can you be?

I am very indecisive. Once we were in a mall in a food court and there were so many options and I couldn’t choose. I wanted a burger but I ended up getting Chinese and I regretted my decision.

  • What are some of your pet peeves?
  • What is your favourite family vacation?
  • What 10 songs would you bring with you to a desert island?
  • If you had to do one thing for the rest of your life what would you do?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

Thank you so much Saumya for nominating me, please do check out her blog! Thanks for reading and signing off for today!

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July monthly review ♡

Hi everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. I can’t believe it’s August already, time has flown by so fast! I hope the month of July served you all well. I don’t know where all those 8 months went, this year went by so fast! July was a really good month for me because it was a month were I could relax more since it’s still my summer holidays. I did lots of fun things in July and I can’t believe it just literally flew round the corner!

First off, I did some amazing posts last month and I was nominated for tons of awards so thank you for nominating me for them. I also started doing some more personal posts which is something I am going to do more often. In addition, I also shared some things I brought from an online shopping weekly haul. I also shared some of my highlights from Eid Al Adha which was on Tuesday 20th. Here are some of my favourite posts of July 2021:

I was nominating for even more awards in July and if you want to see the awards I was nominating for you can read more in these posts here and here. If you guys didn’t know already I created my own “Inspirational Blogger award” and this month I nominated some new blogs I found and enjoyed for the award. If you would like to see the blogs I nominated feel free to read more in this post here and make sure to follow the blogs because they are super amazing!

We also reached 200+ followers on the blog and I am currently working on the 200+ followers celebration post. I just want to see a huge thank you to all my readers and followers for showing so much support on my blog in the past 8 months since I created the blog, my blog wouldn’t be this far without you all. My blog statistics for last month were a bit more than they were in June. I got 951 views this month on the blog and 431 likes.

It was Eid Al Adha on the 20th of July and I shared some of my highlights of the day with you guys here. Here are some of the main highlights of the day:

My henna
Eid decoration I made
The kaftan I wore

I also did an Online shopping weekly haul this month and I shared some of the things I brought in this post here. Here are some of the things I brought:

Washi tapes
Desk mat
Stickers

I watched a fair share of movies last month and I shared some lessons we can learn from the Aladdin Live action which is my favourite Disney movie. You can read more in this post here.

If you didn’t know already, I am a huge music lover and I listen to music every day. I shared some of my favourite songs last month so feel free to check the songs out in this post here.

Bullet journalling was something I got into a lot more last month and it is something I dearly love doing. I shared some bullet journal inspiration from Pinterest in this post here. Since I started bullet journaling I have been watching loads of videos from bullet journal youtubers and I shared a monthly roundup of my favourite bullet journal youtubers yesterday so feel free to check it out here. Here is my bullet journal for 2021 if you wanted to see:

This was my playlist for July (which includes some of the songs I listened to in June). I tried to listen to some Old but Gold Arabic songs in July and it was really fun to listen to them.

The Brainstorms award♡

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Today I was nominated for the Brainstorms blogger award by Nabeeha from Brainstorms. Nabeeha has an amazing blog so please feel free to check out her blog by clicking here. Alright, let’s get started!   Thank the one who nominated you Tag your postContinue reading “The Brainstorms award♡”

I published 15 posts in total in June on Maya’s Life and Travels. Overall, I had an amazing July! I have lots of posts planned for this month and I hope everyone had a wonderful July and I hope you all have an amazing August ahead. Let me know in the comments your favourite posts of July on Maya’s Life and Travels, how your July was and some of your July plans. Also, drop me some If you want to hear more of me in August make sure to sign up to my blog mailing list by clicking the link here. Signing off for today ♡

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How to change iPhone app icons & add widgets ♡

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Changing my app icons is something I love because it makes my phone look super aesthetic. If you didn’t know already, you can change your iPhone app icons with the iOS 14 update for iPhones and you can also add widgets to your home screen. In this post i am going to show you how to add widgets and how to change your iPhone app icons. Alright, let’s get started.

  1. First off, open the Shortcuts app.
  2. Then, click the + sign in the top right hand corner and click add action.
  3. After that, then type in “Open app in the search bar.
  4. Choose the app that you want to create a shortcut for out of the selection of apps.
  5. Next, click the three dots in the top right and then click add to homescreen.
  6. Click the icon and then chose the app icon you want for your app from your photos.
  7. Finally, type in the name of the app and then hit add in the top right hand corner and your done!
  1. Screenkit
  2. Colour Widgets
  3. Aesthetic: App icons and widgets – I have this app on my phone and I definitely recommend it! Everything is free!
  4. Icon Chic
  5. Widgetsmith – I have WidgetSmith on my phone and it’s a really good app. You have lots of options to create Widgets from including Time, Battery life and weather. There are multiple design options and some content is free and some you have to pay for. I totally recommend the app!
  1. Tap the home screen until the apps start moving and then hit the + button in the top right hand corner.
  2. Select a Widget from the multiple options (if you want a Widget from a Widget app scroll down to the bottom and the app name should be there)
  3. Tap add Widget and then finally tap done. And, your done!

I hope this post was helpful for all of you! Let me know if you have changed your homescreen yet or if you haven’t. Thanks for reading and signing off for today!

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Nominating new blogs for the inspirational blogger award ♡

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Discovering new blogs is something I love on WordPress. I have been following and discovering lots of new blogs recently and I really just wanted to share them with you all. If you didn’t know, I recently created my own blogger award, the inspirational blogger award, and I nominate awards that I find inspirational. So, in this post I will nominating all the 7 blogs for the inspirational blogger award. (This post is inspired by BrainstormsBlog) Alright, let’s get started!

  1. Link back to original post and thank the person that nominated you
  2. Answer the seven questions that they asked on their blog post.
  3. Include the official logo of the Inspirational blogger award
  4. Make up seven new questions for your nominees
  5. Nominate seven more people for The Inspirational Blogger Award, who you find inspirational and who you think are worthy of the award.
  6. If you do all these things, you will be nominated for the award at the end of 2021. (The winner will be selected randomly and they will receive a certificate and a badge to place on their blog).

Here is the official logo for the award:

  1. Nabeeha from Brainstorms Blog – I stumbled upon Nabeeha’s blog recently and it is absolutely super amazing. Her blog is super organised in different categories and she posts amazing blog posts. What inspired me the most about her blog is her blogger up series where she brings beginner blogs into the spotlight. Her blog posts are really aesthetic and she posts consistently which I believe is very important.
  2. Miriam from Inside Miriam’s mind – I discovered Miriam via other blogs and I must say her posts are really good. She posts consistently and her featured images look absolutely great. I love her blogs sidebar, it’s really pretty and it does match the colour scheme of her blogs logo. What inspired me about her blog is her basic bullet journal journal essentials post, it’s a really good post. She posts a variety of content as well which is really important.
  3. Rayna from Ray’s Realm – Ah what can I say about Rayna’s blog it’s just tres magnifique. Her blog and featured images are ever so aesthetic. One super unique aspect about her blog is her blog’s magazine which is something I don’t see a lot. Her content is not rushed and I can tell she posts some time in her blog which is important to do. She also does a photography challenge on her blog as well and it’s a really good initiative.
  4. MJ from Original Teen Muslimah – I came across MJ’s blog months ago but what can I say her blog is truly inspirational and I can’t leave her from this list. She posts a lot about Islam, Modest Islamic Fashion, blogger interviews and some ask me posts. Her content is so inspiring and when I discovered her blog I hit the follow button straight away. Personally, her post “Debunking Muslim Myths’ is one of my favourite posts from her because she debunks the most popular myths that our absolutely 100% not true. And to put a huge cherry on top she even has an advice column on her blog!
  5. Habibata from The Modest Aristocrat – Habibata is a modest fashion hijabi blogger and her blog is ever so good. Her faison posts are amazing and really helpful. What inspires me the most about her blog is her Islamic Book Downloads.
  6. Maya from Pretty Little scribbles – Maya’s blog is so aesthetic and so pretty. Maya is a teen blogger and she really opens up about the pros and cons of being one on her blog. Her featured images are beautiful and the way she layouts her posts is amazing. Overall, I love her hello July & June recap post the most. Her Pinterest feed is immaculate!
  7. Nehal from Quirky Pages – Nehal’s stories on her blog are ever so inspirational and amazing. I really love her six word stories as well, they are really unique to the other rounds I read and that makes them stand out. Her poems are amazing and I love her “Sweet or Savoury” poem the most.

I would also would like to make this post an open nomination so if you want to do this award please feel free to do it!

  1. What made you decide to start your blog?
  2. If you had the chance to change your name, what would you change it to and why?
  3. What are some goals for your blog and have you achieved them yet?
  4. What language would you like to learn and why?
  5. Describe your blog in 10 words.
  6. What’s your dream job and why?
  7. Who or what inspired you to create your blog?

Congratulations to all these blogs who got nominated for the Inspirational Blogger award. Please feel free to check out these amazing blogs and do give them a follow. Again, this post is an open nomination. Every blog is amazing in it’s own way! Keep up the great work everyone and keep blogging to your heart’s content. Signing off for today! Thanks for reading!

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The Brainstorms award♡

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Today I was nominated for the Brainstorms blogger award by Nabeeha from Brainstorms. Nabeeha has an amazing blog so please feel free to check out her blog by clicking here. Alright, let’s get started!

 

  1. Thank the one who nominated you
  2. Tag your post with #BrainStormsAward and follow BrainStorms if you are willing!
  3. Display the BrainStorms Award logo.
  4. Display the rules on your blog post.
  5. Talk a bit about your blog, why you started it, what you write on and your goal for your blog.
  6. Answer the five questions you have been asked
  7. Nominate five other amazing bloggers
  8. Ask them five new questions

Maya’s Life and Travels is a lifestyle, beauty, fashion and travel blog founded in December 2020. I post travel posts about the UAE, study tips, weekly affirmations, beauty posts, lifestyle posts and some helpful life tips. I created Maya’s Life and Travels because I have always had a passion for beauty, fashion, travelling and writing and I really wanted to share it with the world. Some of my goals for this blog is to make it well known, reach 1k followers or more and to do some collaboration with brands.

What is the greatest risk you have ever taken?

Well to be honest I actually don’t know because I have taken so many risks in my life that I just can’t count!

What period would you travel to if you were given a time machine?

I would travel to the Islamic Golden age because that’s when the Islamic Empire grew as well as Islam. During the time, men and women of different cultures worked together to build inventions as well as discoveries that changed our world. One amazing invention of the Islamic Golden Age was when Fatima Al Fihri founded the world’s oldest university 1,150 years ago in Fez, Morocco. Another huge part of the Islamic Golden Age is when Algebra was founded by Al Khwarizmi. He also wrote a book about it called Al Jabr wal Muqabala which introduced Algebra which load and loads of us use today.

What is one thing that you absolutely hate about WordPress?

I just hate the updates because they take away lots of amazing things sometimes and replace them.

What makes your day better?

Listening to music makes my day better because it calms me down when I am sad and it just makes me feel better.

Describe your blog in 3 words

Aesthetic, classy, beautiful

  • What are some mistakes you made when you first started blogging and have you learnt from them?
  • Why did you create your blog?
  • What is your favourite singer or band?
  • If you had to do one thing for the rest of your life what would you do?

Thank you so much Nabeeha for nominating me, please do check out her blog! Thanks for reading and signing off for today!

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Eid Al Adha 2021 highlights ♡

Hi everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Yesterday was Eid Al Adha! If you do not know what Eid Al Adha is, Eid Al Adha is the second Eid and it marks the end of Hajj (pilgrimage). I had a really fun Eid and I wanted to share some Eid highlights with you guys so let’s get started!

One big highlight of the day for me was my henna! I got it done the day before Eid and it’s just absolutely (*chef’s kiss*) tres magnifique.

Before Eid, I made this hanging decoration to hang up in my room! I have not made any decorations before Eid so this was actually the first time I have made one. I kind of had to rush it because I had to go somewhere but overall I am really pleased with my results!

(Sorry for the bad picture quality, it was clearer on my phone)

For Eid, I wore this beautiful pink kaftan! I have the kaftan in multiple colours and I would say the pink one is one of my favourites out of all of them.

These were some of my highlights of Eid Al Adha! Thanks for reading and signing off for today!

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Lessons we can learn from the Aladdin live action♡

Hi everyone, welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Recently, I have been reading lots of posts about lessons we can learn from certain movies and today I wanted to do one about the Aladdin live action. I highly recommend you watch it if you haven’t watched it. The one thing that makes the movie stand out from other usual Disney movies is the way Disney hired actors to play main roles that fit the film and the culture behind the film instead of white actors for example Aladdin is played by Egyptian actor Mena Massoud instead of a usual white actor that is quite common in Disney movies. There are so much life lessons we can learn from Aladdin and in this post I share some of them. Alright, let’s get started.

Here is the Aladdin 2019 movie trailer linked below:

1. Everyone’s real character shines through in the end

When Aladdin encountered the Genie (played by Will Smith) in the cave of wonders he asked for him to be a Prince to fall in love with Jasmine. Prince Ali and Aladdin are two different characters from 2 different worlds. No one could see the real Aladdin, they could only see this Prince on the outside but they couldn’t see the real Aladdin on the inside.

“You look like a Prince on the outside but I didn’t change anything on the inside.”

THE GENIE (WILL SMITH) TO ALADDIN (MENA MASSOUD)

Jasmine was the only person to see Prince Ali for who he really was, Aladdin. The Genie may have changed Aladdin on the outside but nothing could change his character on the inside that would shine through in the end. Jasmine didn’t like him for the fact that he was a prince, she liked him for who he really was deep down.

Watch the 'Aladdin' Live-Action Remake Teaser Trailer

2. SOME OF THE RULES NEED TO BE CHANGED

Jasmine was forbidden to leave her palace and she also was only allowed to marry a prince. Since she is women, she can’t be Sultan. Jasmine ended up breaking the rules and changing them in the end she married Aladdin and became Sultan like her father.

 

“I THOUGHT A PRINCESS COULD GO ANYWHERE” – ALADDIN

“NOT THIS PRINCESS” – JASMINE

ALADDIN (MENA MASSOUD) TO PRINCESS JASMINE (NAOMI SCOTT)

Jasmine followed her own set of rules, created her own laws and she became her own ruler. This is what we call an amazing ruler.

3. BE YOURSELF

Jasmine didn’t love Prince Ali because of him being a Prince and rish, she loved Aladdin for who he really was. Aladdin changed who he was to impress Jasmine but in the end he could have just been himself, who he was on the inside. Jasmine liked him for who he was and that is the most important thing.

“BEE YOURSELF”

THE GENIE TO ALADDIN
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My favourite song from the movie:

I really hope you all enjoyed this post. If you have watched the movie make sure to let me know some of your key life lessons. Signing off for today!

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My favourite songs ♡

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. I am a serious music lover and I literally listen to music everyday of my life and I really wanted to do a music post today as I haven’t done one in months. In the past, I have shared some of my favourite songs and the posts I did can be found here and here if you want to see them. Alright let’s get started.

Thalath Daqat (Three heartbeats) by Abu ft Yousra

I really love this song so much and I literally listen to it everyday that is how good this is. The chorus is my favourite part of the song!

L3MALLEM BY SAAD LAMJARRED

Okay this song is literally AMAZING! The lyrics are (*chef’s kiss*) tres magnifique and this song is such a hit. I play this every single day and I just keep singing this song and I can’t get it out of my head. This song literally earned a Guinness World Record achievement for 856 million views after three months of release and it also the most viewed Arabic video on YouTube so you have to listen to the song and I am sure you will love it.

AH W NOSS BY NANCY AJRAM

I have been listening to this song for years and it’s amazing! Make sure to give it a listen.

SHTEBI MINNI BY HALA AL TURK

Hala’s songs are just amazing and I love Shetbi Minni the most!

MAMNOO ELLAMES BY HALA AL TURK

Oh what can say about this song it’s just so good! This is my favourite Hala Al Turk song and definitely give it a listen.

ENSAY BY MOHAMED RAMADAN AND SAAD LAMJARRED

This song is by 2 famous artists Saad Lamjarred and Mohamed Ramadan. I literally remember going on the Dubai Now radio when we were in the car once and this song was one and I kept singing the chorus. Very funny times!

SER AL HAYAH BY ASSEEL HAMIM

I really love this song because of the lyrics! Also, this song is number 1 of the most viewed Arabic song of all time by female singers according to an Arab Sounds video.

SALINA SALINA BY SAAD LAMJARRED

YA LILLI BY BALTI FT HAMOUDA

YETELAMO BY AMR DIAB

YA HABIBI BY MOHAMED RAMADAN FT GIMS

SHED HAILEK BY ADEL EBRAHIM

ENTAHA BY BALQEES

TAALA TCHOUF BY BALQEES

BEL BONT EL3AREEDH BY HUSSAIN AL JASSMI

YA TABTAB BY NANCY AJRAM

EKHTERAA BY TAMER HOSNY FT ESSEILY

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Monday Motivation – 12/07/21♡

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Monday is one of those days were some people lack motivation and in today’s post I really wanted to share some motivation for you all. I am going to be sharing some quotes from Pinterest and some other motivational things. (All images are from Pinterest). Alright, let’s get started.

Motivation Monday: Inspiring Quotes - Brenna Anastasia
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Bullet journal inspiration ♡

Hi everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Bullet journaling is something I started doing recently and I am proud to say that I enjoy journalling. When I started bullet journalling, I actually didn’t know what to start out with and I really needed some inspiration so I headed to Pinterest. Pinterest is such a great website for bullet journal inspiration and it really helped me get started by looking at other peoples bullet journals. I also went to YouTube and I watched some YouTube videos on Bullet Journalling and those really helped as well. In this post I am going to be sharing some bullet journaling inspiration and some helpful YouTube videos. Alright, let’s get started.

I n s p i r a t i o n 

Weekly spreads:

Pin on Travel Travel Travel
Pinterest | Bullet journal books, Bullet journal writing, Bullet journal  ideas pages
pinterest ✰ @/ eydeirrac | Bullet journal aesthetic, Bullet journal  inspiration, Bullet journal ideas pages
Pin by Junah Mae on b u l l e t - j o u r n e l | Bullet journal books, Bullet  journal art, Bullet journal inspiration
900+ Bullet Journal ideas | bullet journal, journal, bullet journal  inspiration
✰𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦//𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐮𝐬𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐲 | Bullet  journal writing, Bullet journal inspiration, Bullet journal aesthetic
Pin by marleigh a on + Bullet Journal | Bujo bullet journal, Bullet journal  week, Bullet journal
Bullet journal inspiration
Image about love in bullet journal 📖 by Sasha
aesthetic #pink #photo #pic #photoinspo #photography #journal #journaling  #bulletjournal #l… | Bullet journal inspiration, Bullet journal aesthetic,  Bullet journal

Cover pages:

9 Creative Ideas For Your Bullet Journal Cover Page | Masha Plans

 

October Bullet Journal Cover Ideas [2020 UPDATE] - AnjaHome

Bullet Journal Monthly Cover Ideas For February 2020 - Crazy Laura | Bullet  journal month, Bullet journal cover ideas, Bullet journal aesthetic
Bullet Journal Themes 2020 (200+ Bujo Monthly Covers & Theme Ideas)
45 Monthly Bullet Journal Cover Page Ideas - Beautiful Dawn Designs
Pin on July
30 Bullet Journal Cover Page Ideas for July 2021 - Beautiful Dawn Designs | Bullet  journal cover ideas, Bullet journal writing, Bullet journal cover page
Sheena of the Journal ⋆ Planning, Inspiration, & Parenting
My July cover page. Proud considering I'm new to bullet journaling!:  bulletjournal
Nästa månad påbörjad i min nya #bulletjournal Denna månadens tem | Bullet  journal inspiration, Bullet journal ideas pages, Bullet journal books

 

Helpful YouTube videos:

 

 

I really hope you found this blog post helpful if you have a bullet journal. If you don’t have a bullet journal, let me know if the comments if you want to start journaling. Make sure to let me know which YouTube video you found the most helpful. ! Also, I reached 200 followers on the blog so let me know what I should do for a 200 followers celebration. I just wanted to say thank you so much for 200 followers, I am extremely grateful. Signing off for today ♡

 

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Online Shopping Weekly haul♡

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Online shopping is something I got into a lot since lockdown and its super convenient because you can buy stuff online without leaving the comfort of your own home. So far this week I went online and I got some stuff and I wanted to share it with you guys. Alright, let’s get started.

First off, I got this desk mat from YSAGI on Amazon for my desk! A desk mat is something I really needed for my desk because I had no desk mat before I got this and I really needed one. My desk area looked much nicer with this and I highly getting a desk mat for your desk. You can get the YSAGI desk mat in any colour on Amazon in your own country by clicking the link here. I got the desk mat in pink.

When I first started journaling in June I started off with 2 washi tapes and I wanted more and I headed to amazon again to get some more and then I found these ones. Washi tapes are something that you can use for more than one thing and they really look beautiful when you use them in your journal. I started using some washi tapes in my schoolbooks and they make them look so much more aesthetic, so I recommend that you try it out! I don’t remember what washi tapes I got but if you want to purchase washi tapes I recommend heading to Amazon as there is a variety of washi tapes there.

I needed some aesthetic new stickers for my journal so I went on Amazon and I got these Pink VSCO Girl Waterproof stickers from El Nido Design on Amazon. The stickers came in an 100 pack and i am so happy with my purchase. This is the first time I shopped with El Nido via Amazon and I am definitely going to shop with them again. I needed new stickers because I wanted some new ones for my bullet journal. These stickers also come in blue and purple. If you would like to buy these stickers from El Nido Design, you can by them in your own country on Amazon by clicking the link here.

I loved all the products I bought and I would highly recommend them! Let me know your favorite one out of all of them and if you are going to buy them! Also, I reached 200 followers on the blog so let me know what I should do for a 200 followers celebration. I just wanted to say thank you so much for 200 followers, I am extremely grateful. Signing off for today ♡

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INTERVIEW WITH HREEM

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Today I had the lovely chance to interview Hreem from Chic Life Thru My Lens. Hreem is an amazing blogger so make sure to check out her blog by clicking the link here. If you would like to be interviewed for the blogger interview series please reach out to me via my blog’s contact page. Alright, let’s get started with this interview!

1. Hi Hreem, thank you so much for agreeing to be part of the blogger interview series. For anybody that doesn’t know you, why don’t you explain a bit about you and your blog?

Hey Maya! Thanks for having me on the series 🙂 So I’m Hreem (with a silent H lol), I’m 15 years old and I’ve been blogging for 3 years. My blog is really just based on my interests and things that happen in my life, like music, photography and baking. I don’t have a main topic I just love talking about things that I think other people might relate to!

2. When you created Chic Life Thru My Lens did you have any specific goals for the blog and have you achieved those goals yet?

 Honestly, when I first started my blog I feel like the community was a lot smaller than it is now and I was like 12 so my main goal was really just to have people read and comment on my blog why definitely happens now and I’m so happy about that ☺️. I also wanted to write posts that we more authentic and things that I am interested in because at first I was pretty clueless about how to be interesting and I know I would do things similar to other bloggers I followed. That’s another goal I’ve achieved because I feel like the posts I write now are things that I am genuinely passionate about.

3.What inspired you to name your blog “Chic Life Thru My Lens?”

Well, originally I was planning to make my blog centred around photography so my mom and I came up with the name to be like me showing the “chic life” through my camera “lens”. It’s really random but I’d never be able to change the name now because I’m so attached to it 😂.

4. Who or what inspired you to start blogging?

I started my blog because I had just recently read the whole ‘Girl Online’ series by Zoella and thought it would be so fun to have a blog just like that. Then I realised that Zoe actually had a blog in real life and I was just like yeah I have to make my own blog now.

5.On your blog you mention you are an introvert, have you got any tips for any introverts out there that are struggling?

My main tip for other introverts is don’t do things that would make you seem extroverted if they make you uncomfortable or you just don’t enjoy it because there’s really no point. Plus introverts are pretty awesome so just be yourself.

6. You also mentioned that you have taken up journaling what inspired you to start journaling and would you say that you have changed throughout your journals? 

Yess I love journaling haha. Okay, so I started journaling also because of a book series (Dork Diaries, so iconic) and because basically every girl in any movie or book at the time would have a journal and I wanted to be like that. Now I really love writing in my journal about random things I’ve been thinking about or things that I want to remember and yeah it’s just really fun. I don’t think I’ve really changed much except for the fact that I write a lot more now than I did when I first began. Oh and that I’ve stopped making rules about how I should write and what I should put in and I can just randomly stick in some poems or pictures that I love 💞

 

 

Thank you so much Hreem for agreeing to this interview, please make sure to check out her blog. If you would like to be interviewed please reach out to me via my blogs contact page. Let me know your favourite part of the interview in the comments and what blogger you want me to interview next! 

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INTERVIEW WITH POORWA

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Today I had the lovely chance to interview Poorwa from Poorwa’s blog. Poorwa is an amazing blogger so make sure to check out her blog by clicking the link here. If you would like to be interviewed for the blogger interview series please reach out to me via my blog’s contact page. Alright, let’s get started with this interview!

1. Hi Poorwa. Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview. Can you introduce yourself and tell the readers a bit about you and your blog?

Hi everyone! Thanks for having me! I’m Poorwa, the teenage girl behind Poorwa’s blog. My blog is mainly a lifestyle blog, where I talk about my interests and write about things I like and relate to me. I’m a huge music lover and you can see that in all of my posts. I also have a hobby of photography, so I sometimes share pictures of nature captured by me. I love making friends through blogging and I think my blogging friends are the ones who make me keep doing what I do. 

2. What inspired you to create Poorwa’s blog?

Blogging was a chapter of my 10th I.T. book. That’s when I got to know about it and I thought that I have to give it a try. My I.T. teacher motivated me to create a blog, as she got transferred to another state the same year, I had to do this for her. I remember how proud she was of me when I told her that I’ve started blogging. To know the complete story behind my blog, you can read this post of mine- My Blogging Journey: Why I Started Poorwa’s blog

3. You talk about your love for music a lot in your blog. Who is your favorite music artist and why?

Yes, music is my life and I really mean it. I’m an international music lover, I listen to songs in different languages as I believe that music has no language barrier. I listen to Western and Korean Pop the most. My favorite music artists are BTS, Selena Gomez, NCT, Little Mix, and Taylor Swift.

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4. When you created Poorwa’s blog what did you hope to achieve? And, have you achieved those things?

I didn’t hope for anything, to be honest. I just wanted to take a look into the online world and I thought maybe creating a blog would help. Now when I look back, I’m grateful that I started blogging. I have achieved the things I had never imagined about. I’m really very satisfied with what I’ve been getting through blogging.

5. You have mentioned you like photography on your blog. What tips would you have for any aspiring photographers?

For me, photography is all about interest. It is the most fun thing for the people who really like photography and at the same point, boring for those who don’t. Photography is in my top favorite hobbies, I’m not an expert but all I can say to any aspiring photographers reading this that you’ve got the talent. Have fun with what you’re doing and try to feel the moment you’re capturing. You should learn how to be satisfied with your work. It will get better and better.

6. How do you manage blogging and schoolwork?

Blogging has never affected my school life. I know it gets hard sometimes to manage our time but that’s not really the case for me. My trick to manage blogging and schoolwork is that I focus on what I’m doing at the current moment. Like, when I’m between my class, I focus on the class only and don’t wander around the blogosphere. And I don’t try to do my homework when I’m working on my blog. I think that’s really helpful- focusing on one thing at one time. That’s how I find enough time to do my school work and also to do blogging.

7. Finally, do you have anything else you want to say for the readers?

Thanks for having me here! I hope you had fun reading my answers because I really did enjoy answering Maya’s question. Have a great day everyone and show Maya’s Life and Travels lots of love, she’s amazing! Take care and stay safe!

Thank you so much Poorwa for agreeing to this interview, please make sure to check out her blog. If you would like to be interviewed please reach out to me via my blogs contact page. Let me know your favourite part of the interview in the comments and what blogger you want me to interview next! 

 

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June monthly review♡

Hi everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. I can’t believe it’s July already, time has flown by so fast! I hope the month of June served you all well. We are in the final stretch of 2021 and are in the middle of year now. I don’t know where all those 6 months went. For me, it feels like January was yesterday! June was a really good month for me, it was my birthday month and it was the month my blog grew a lot. I always look forward to the month of June every year because of my birthday and the summer holidays and I still can’t believe it just flew around the corner.

First off, I got to do some really fun posts this month and I also got to start my very own blogger interview series. I also started doing some ACNH (Animal Crossing New Horizons) gaming content which is something I am going to be doing more of on the blog. In addition, I also started doing more ‘How to” blogging posts as well. I started doing some more beauty posts since I am a beauty blogger as well. Here are some of my favourite posts I did last month:

I was nominated for some awards and if you want to see the awards I got nominated for you can read more in this post here. I created my own “Inspirational Blogger Award” which is my own blogger award and to start it off, I nominated 7 bloggers. If you want to learn more about the award, make sure to check out the post here. I always wanted to create my own award and I am really proud of myself because I finally did it.

On the blog, we also reached 200 followers yesterday which is a huge achievement! Let me know in the comments what you want me to do for a 200 followers celebration! I am grateful to all my readers for showing me so much support on this blog. My blog statistics this month were a bit low compared to other months which is something I am going to work on. The highest views we ever got were a whopping 2067 views in April. On the other hand, we also reached 5550+ views in total!

My blog stats for last month

It was my birthday on the 18th of June and I shared some of my highlights of the day with you guys in this post. This was my first ever birthday I had on the blog and I really enjoyed it. Here are some of the presents I got:

Jetson Jewel shoes from Kurt geiger
I got this new phone case

I also shared some Highlights from my Birthday in this short YouTube video I published on my blog’s YouTube channel. Feel free to check it out!

I published 3 ways to revise for your upcoming exam. I had exams last month and I was really stressed out for them and I am so glad they are finally over.

I shared some of my lipgloss monthly favourites and I also did reviews on some of my favourite lipgloss. I also did a Kiko Milano haul and I brought 2 3D hydra lip glosses and I also reviewed them in the post. Here are the colours I got:

Left: 04 Pearly Peach Rose and Right: 03 Pearly Apricot

Self care is something I got into a lot in June and is something I do practise regularly. I got really into face masks last month and I also shared some of my favourite face masks to put on.

Reading was something I also got into a lot in June and has become a regular habit for me. My favourite book of last month was Rumaysa: A fairytale. I also published a book review of the book so if you want to read the review click here. If you don’t know about the book, Rumaysa: A fairytale is a trio of famous fairy tales Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel rewritten all composed into one book. The characters and the story are rewritten in a more Muslim perspective and that is something I really love about the book because there are not a lot of books where girls have brown skin and wear a hijab.

Now let’s get onto some big, big news! I opened up guest posting on my blog in June so if you want to guest post on Maya’s Life and Travels please fill out this form by clicking the link here. Once you have filled in all the questions in the form, please email me your post at mayaslifeandtravels@outlook.com and I will get back to you shortly. 

I started journaling in June and I purchased a journaling kit and I will share it on the blog soon! Right now, I only have done my future log which I promise I will share soon!

I got into the habit of creating mood boards in June and it is something I really enjoy doing. Here are some of the moodboards I created so far:

This is my playlist for June! (Some of the song’s are in English). I discovered lots of new artists in June and I fell in love with even more songs. In June, I loved listening to Saad Lamjarred song Lm3allem the most as well as Ensay by Mohamed Ramadan and Mamnoo Ellames by Hala Al Turk.

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Today I am doing a super special post because it’s (drumroll please!)… my birthday! This is my first ever birthday on my blog so I really wanted to share it with you guys! Alright, let’s get started. Before I show you guys a fewContinue reading “IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!”

The best performing post of June was “It’s my birthday” with a total 46 views since it was published!

I published 20 posts in total in June on Maya’s Life and Travels.Overall, my June 2021 was an amazing month and I loved every part of it. My favourite part of June was my birthday (of course)! I started lots of new things in June and I believe I had a really productive month.

I have lots of posts planned for July including some interviews, guest posts, collabs and some more summer posts. I hope everyone had a wonderful June and I hope you all have an amazing July ahead. Let me know in the comments your favourite posts of June on Maya’s Life and Travels, how your June was and some of your July plans. Make sure to also let me know some ideas for a 200+ followers celebration! If you want to hear more of me in July make sure to sign up to my blog mailing list by clicking the link here. Signing off for today ♡

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AWARDS I GOT NOMINATED FOR IN THE LAST MONTH

Hey everyone, I have been nominated for a few awards in the past month and I haven’t done them yet so I thought it would be the right time to get onto them. First of all, I just want to say thank you to the bloggers who nominated me and to the bloggers that created these awards. Also, please make sure to follow their blogs! I am truly grateful to be nominated for these awards.

Thank you so much Saumya and Poorwa for nominating me for the Sunshine blogger award.

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog

If you had to change your name, what would your new name be, and why would you choose that name?

Well, if I had to change my name, I would change it to Latifa because I love that name so much! If you didn’t know, Latifa means gentle, kind, pleasant and friendly in Arabic.

What’s your favorite sport? Why do you like it?

I don’t really have a favourite sport but I have two which are, swimming and taekwondo. The reason why Taekwondo is one of my favourite sports is because I have been doing it for 8 years and it is become part of my life since then. I was the only girl in my whole class when I started taekwondo and to be honest the class was full of boys but over the years some girls have came along. There are more boys than girls in my Taekwondo. When I started Taekwondo I was also doing Karate as well but I gave up on Karate because I wanted to go on and pursue Taekwondo.

In addition, the reason why swimming is one of my favourite sports is because I love to swim and take a dip in the pool. I think everyone needs that in their life.

What do you do in your free time, when you’re bored?

I just go on social media, write blog posts, text my friends, surf the internet, watch Netflix or just relax.

How do you practice self care in your worst days?

I just put on a face mask and relax and listen to music. It really is that simple for me.

What is your version of – There are two kinds of people in this world…?

I couldn’t narrow it down to one so I have ✨ 3 reasons✨ and they are:

  1. There are two kinds of people in this world, the believers and the non believers.
  2. There are two kinds of people in this world, the classy and the fabulous.
  3. There are two kinds of people in this world, the rich and the poor.

What made you realize that you wanted to be a blogger?

Nothing made me realize that I wanted to be a blogger, I just wanted to be one!

What’s the one thing that you miss when you were little?

Having no care in the world and living life like I have nothing to worry about and the world being cupcakes and rainbows (but it’s not but when I was really little, I thought that!)

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

The Key to Organising and styling your wardrobe: Clothing, Bags and Jewelry edition – By Maryam from Infinitely a Day Dreamer

What is your most loved possession?

I don’t have one really but my most loved possessions are my shoes, bags, makeup, clothes, hair and my jewelry.

What songs speak to you the most?

No song speaks to me the most, but however my whole YouTube playlist does! Feel free to check it out and tell me what song is your favourite.

Some of Saumya’s questions I already answered in Poorwa questions as Poorwa said we could choose any 11 questions so I will just answer the questions I haven’t answered already from Saumya!

What are you currently worried about?

Not being able to finish this post!

What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of?

I actually really don’t know!


What celebrity would you rate as a perfect 10?

To be honest I don’t know!

If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?

Why are our dreams not reality?

What memory do you just keep going back to?

The day I decided to create this blog and when I wrote my first ever blog post. That was an amazing moment and something I will never forget, ever.

What’s the most useless talent you have?

Eating late at night!

What are you completely over and done with?

I am over and done with starting lots of blog posts all at once and leaving it in my drafts for months and completely forgetting about it and changing my mind about it. Now, I only focus on one blog post and when its published I focus and out my hard effort into another one.

I a going to ask the same questions I asked my nominees for the Inspirational Blogger Award. Feel free to check out the post below:

  1. What languages do you wish you could speak and what languages do you speak?
  2. If you had the power to change anything in the world what word it be? And, why?
  3. What are some goals for your blog and have you achieved them yet?
  4. If you could have an all-expenses paid trip to see any famous world landmark, which one would you visit and why?
  5. What is the one thing that scares you the most and why?
  6. If you had the chance to have one superpower what would it be? Why?
  7. What happens regularly in your country that people might find strange or weird?

Poorwa let any cookie loverdo this award and I love cookies so I am going to take part in it! So thanks poorwa for nominating everyone!

  • Thank the person/fellow cookie lover who nominated you! (or whose blog you found out about this award through)
  • Answer the cookie-related questions and add one of your own!
  • Share some pictures of cookies you adore! (can be pics you’ve taken or ones from Pixabay, Google, etc)
  • Nominate 5 or more bloggers who love cookies and leave an open nomination for every cookie lover around the world!

What are your favourite types of cookies?

My favourite types of cookies are Chocolate Chips, Jammie Dodgers and Oreos!

What’s a cookie you haven’t tried but you really want to try?

I haven’t tried Kiss Cookies and I really want to try them.

What’s the last cookie you ate?

Oreos.

If you were a cookie, which kind would you be?

It’s obvious, I would be a macaroon! How wouldn’t anyone want to be a macaroon!

Why do you love cookies?

They taste nice, it’s that simple.

Lauduree @ Dubai Mall
@ Dubai Mall

What’s your go to places for macaroons?

  1. Laduree at Dubai Mall, their macarons and desserts are amazing!
  2. Amorino Dubai and Marina Mall (you can also get Amorino in your home country!) because they have the best macaroons as well as rose shaped ice creams like this:
Amorino Rose Ice Cream @ Marina Mall

3. A supermarket that has macaroons

Since this post is getting ever too long, I am going to leave this award as an open nomination for any aspiring cookie lovers out there! Feel free to use the questions I used and create your own one as well.

Thank you so much Poorwa for letting anyone do this award!

  • Use the official logo/graphic of the award and display it on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Show some love to the one who nominated you!
  • Mention the creator (Ashmita@ the Fictional Journal) and link it back to the original post.
  • Tell me something about this world that you admire.
  • What is your favorite form of creativity?
  • Nominate 7 lovely people and notify them by commenting on their posts; spread some love!
  • Ask your nominees 4 questions.
  • Share something you created. (can be anything!)
  • And lastly, just so you know: I LOVE YOUR CREATIONS!

I admire..

every single blogger in the blogging community

My favourite form of creativity….

Art! I love creating art!

 

If you could do one thing without the fear of Covid, what would it be?

I would live life like how it was before without the fear of Covid.

Closest thing to magic?

Life because a sapling can grow into a magnificent tree.

Which movie really took you by surprise, and changed your view point forever?

The Karate Kid.

What is a weird food combination you enjoy?

So I haven’t mentioned this on my blog but I love hummus and I can eat it with anything even watermelons and apples etc.

My creation…

We were studying Shakespeare and Elizabethan Society in English and our task for homework was to create a moodboard with things we associate with fairies and what colours we associate with tem.  And, this is what I created. Isn’t it (*chef’s kiss*) tres magnifique!

 

  • How do you feel I am doing on my blog (Maya’s Life and Travels?)
  • If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
  • How would your friends describe you?

I really enjoyed doing all these awards! Thank you so much Poorwa and Saumya for nominating me! Answer one of these questions in the comments and let me know if you are going to do any of these awards. Signing off for today!

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ANSWERING YOUR Q & A QUESTIONS PART 1

Hi everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. I am sure all of you have been waiting for the Q & A post and it’s finally here! To be honest, I didn’t have time to do this long post and I wasn’t bothered too but I am finally motivated too now. For those of you that didn’t know, I reached 100 followers on the blog in April and in celebration I asked all my readers to send in any questions they have and in this post I will be answering them. I can’t believe how far my blog has grown since April, I am nearly at 200 followers as well! If you didn’t get to ask a question you can still ask one and I will be able to answer them. This is part 1 of answering your Q & A questions and I will share part 2 soon. Alright, let’s jump into this post and get started!

QUESTION 1: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SUBJECT?

My favourite subject at school is History!

QUESTION 2: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK?

Well, right now it would be Rumaysa A fairytale! I recently finished it and I couldn’t put it down, that’s how good it is. For those of you that do not know, Rumaysa a Fairytale is basically a trio of famous fairy tales, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel all composed into one book. The book is rewritten, along with the characters, in a more Arab/Muslim perspective. I also did a Book Review about the book on my blog recently so if you want to check it out click the link here

QUESTION 3: IF YOU HAD TO EAT ONE THING FOR YOUR ENTIRE LIFE, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

I would eat Ice Cream for my entire life! If that happened it would amazing!

QUESTION 4: IF YOU HAD TO GET RID OF ONE THING IN THE WORLD WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I actually really don’t know to be honest. If I had to get rid of something I would choose spiders because I don’t like them and whenever I hear there is a spider I just walk away, far away from it.

QUESTION 5: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE UAE

I don’t have a favourite thing about the UAE because I love every part of it so much! But if I had to choose one favourite thing it would be the malls because I love shopping!

QUESTION 6: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?

Chicken Shawarma! Whenever I hear a restuarant has I have to get it and if I don’t get and I get something else I regret it sometimes!

QUESTION 7: WHAT IS ONE DESSERT YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

I can’t live without Tiramisu!

QUESTION 7: WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLLYWOOD ACTOR/ACTRESS?

My favourite Hollywood actor is Will Smith because he did amazing at playing the Genie in the Aladdin Live action. 

QUESTION 8: WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS APART FROM BLOGGING?

Some of my key  interests are taekwondo, journaling, singing, makeup, fashion and beauty.

QUESTION 9: WHAT DO YOU RATHER HAVE NO WIFI FOREVER OR NO BOOKS FOREVER?

So now I am going to go into a personal story right now! One day ages ago, we had no WiFi at home and that day was just torture for me, I had nothing to do and I couldn’t use my phone because there was no WiFi and I tried to find Wifi but there was none and I had to wait hours until we went to the mall. I just had to do nothing until we went to the mall. Although books are an amazing source of education, I would rather have no books forever and have WiFi because you can still access books online on websites such as Goodreads. But, I do love books as well!

QUESTION 10: DO YOU WISH TO HAVE A PET?

I had a cat called Bubbly but we had to give her up a couple of weeks ago because we didn’t have time to look after anymore so we put her up for adoption. But, here are some pictures of her if anyone wants to see her!

QUESTION 11: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR GOALS FOR YOUR BLOG BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

Well, before the end of the year, some of my goals for my blog would be to work with brands, get more subscribers to my email list, get 500 followers on the blog, post regularly and make the blog well known over the internet! 

I just wanted to end this post with some of my favourite quotes so here they are:

 

 

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INTERVIEW WITH ZAINAB CHATS

Hi everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. I have some exciting news! I am starting a Blogger Interview Series on my blog. In today’s post, I had the lovely chance to interview Zainab from the blog Zainab Chats. If you would like to be interviewed for the blogger interview series please reach out to me via my blog’s contact page. Alright, let’s get started with this interview!

1.Hey Zainab, thank you so much for agreeing to be part of this blogger interview series. For anybody that doesn’t know you, why don’t you explain a bit about you and your blog?

 Hello everyone, my name is Zainab! I’m a Teen Positivity Blogger and Aspiring Blogger from: Zainab Chats! My blog’s aim is to increase positivity in mainly teenagers but in anybody’s life and to spread love. It’s also to fuel my passion for journalism!

2. You interview lots of people on your blog. Do you have any tips for beginners that want to start interviewing people?

I do – and I find it’s a great practice of journalism! I did a whole post on this which I can link here. However, my main tip is to start small, as obviously not everyone will respond. Maybe start with some bloggers or small youtubers and then you could move onto actors, entrepreneurs, authors etc! Whoever you want!

 3.When you created Zainab Chats, did you have any goals that you wanted to accomplish for it? And, did you achieve those goals?

 Honestly, I think 100 followers was a pretty big goal which I’m so thankful and grateful to everyone for achieving. Right now, my 2021 goal is 500 followers which hopefully I can surpass my December. But my biggest goal for the future is 1000 followers (that would be incredible!)

4. What is one of your struggles that you face as a teen blogger?

I think that at the beginning it was balancing my blog with school, but I’ve managed to overcome that now, by scheduling my posts on the weekends so it doesn’t interfere with school. My current one is finding people to interview, but it’s definitely getting better and I have some great interviews coming soon! 

5. In your blog you mentioned that you recently had some exams. Do you have any exam tips for anyone taking exams around the world right now?

Yep – they are over now which has been a huge weight off my shoulders! I’d say my biggest tip is to space out your revision effectively using a revision timetable so you can study multiple subjects well in one day (this is a method called The Pomodoro Method!) You can find more exam advice on my blog here!

6.You have been blogging for a long time now, what are some mistakes you made when you first started blogging and have you overcome them?

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made (which I still do now) is not engaging with others! It’s not only detrimental to your own engagement, but also you’re missing out on reading so many amazing posts. I’m trying to work on this, but setting aside time each day definitely helps!

7. Thanks again for agreeing to take part in the blogger interview series, Zainab. Is there anything you want to add for the readers?

Just thank you to Maya for interviewing me, this was a lot of fun! I’d love it if you could check out my Blog and Instagram (@zainabchats). I’d love to chat with you. Bye!

Thank you so much Zainab for agreeing to this interview, please make sure to check out her blog and her Instagram. If you would like to be interviewed please reach out to me via my blogs contact page. Let me know your favourite part of the interview in the comments and what blogger you want me to interview next! 

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INTRODUCING THE INSPIRATIONAL BLOGGER AWARD

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. I have always wanted to create my own blogger award and finally that day has come! I love being nominated for blogger awards and I just wanted to be the person nominating people this time! So, here is the Inspirational blogger award. The aim of this award is that I choose 7 bloggers that I find really inspirational. Please check out all of these bloggers and follow their blogs as well!

  1. Link back to original post and thank the person that nominated you
  2. Answer the seven questions that they asked on their blog post.
  3. Include the official logo of the Inspirational blogger award
  4. Make up seven new questions for your nominees
  5. Nominate seven more people for The Inspirational Blogger Award, who you find inspirational and who you think are worthy of the award.
  6. If you do all these things, you will be nominated for the award at the end of 2021. (The winner will be selected randomly and they will receive a certificate and a badge to place on their blog).

Here is the official logo for the award:

  1. What languages do you wish you could speak and what languages do you speak?
  2. If you had the power to change anything in the world what word it be? And, why?
  3. What are some goals for your blog and have you achieved them yet?
  4. If you could have an all-expenses paid trip to see any famous world landmark, which one would you visit and why?
  5. What is the one thing that scares you the most and why?
  6. If you had the chance to have one superpower what would it be? Why?
  7. What happens regularly in your country that people might find strange or weird?
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MY LIPGLOSS MONTHLY FAVOURITES

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. I recently bought some new lip gloss from one of my favourite beauty brands so because of that today’s post will be all about lipgloss! Lipgloss is one of my favourite beauty products and I just love it so much. I own tons of lip gloss from multiple brands and I really wanted to share some of my monthly lip gloss favourites as well as writing a review of them.

NYX is one of my favourite makeup brands and I just adore their lip glosses! I really love the colours in the Filler Instinct Plumping Lipgloss by NYX! There are about 6 colours in the set and I really love the sparkling base one the most. But, all of the colours are just simply beautiful! One benefit of buying the NYX Filler Instinct Plumping Lip Gloss is that it makes your pout look more fuller. When you open the lipgloss it is really sparkly as well as glossy and it really plumped my lips up when I put it on. There is also a slightly arched applicator as well. The lip glosses are also very affordable and they sell for $7 each on the NYX website.

Before you buy the product, I just wanted to let you know that NYX is a certified and is acknowledged by PETA as a cruelty free makeup brand that do not test their products on animals. Currently, the Filler Instinct’s are in my monthly lip gloss favourites so if you haven’t bought I recommend to buy it now by clicking here and you will definitely not regret your purchase.

The 3d hydra lip glosses from Kiko Milano are just (*chef’s kiss*) simply divine. There are about a whopping 40 shades to choose from which is a huge variety. There are some lip glosses that are shiny and there are some that are non shiny. I was really attracted to 04 Pearly Peach Rose because its in a really nice colour and on top of it it is just shinny. I also went and got 03 Pearly Apricot as well. I tend to look for shiny lip glosses so this does tick the boxes for me. When I first applied it after buying it I didn’t put lipstick underneath it but I personally believe it doesn’t need it and it’s kind of useless to put lipstick underneath because I was looking at some photos online with lipstick underneath and you don’t notice the shimmer a lot. This is definitely my go to lip gloss!

The texture of the lipgloss feels really wonderful and it really blends into your lips really well. What really drew me onto the lipgloss was the packaging because I have tons of lip gloss with just the normal lipgloss design but the packaging for the 3d Hydra Lip Gloss is really unique because it looks so contemporary. The lipgloss gives your lips a lot of shine and when I put it on my lips it made them look really metallic like. It feels really comfortable on my lips unlike when I tried previous lipsticks and lipglosses. Both of the colours plumps up my lips a lot. Also, there is a scent before you apply the lipstick and when you open the lip gloss but it does go when you apply it.

All the colours available!

Before you buy the product, I just wanted to let you know that Kiko Milano is a cruelty free makeup brand and they DO NOT test the products or ingredients on animals. If you haven’t bought the 3d Hydra Lipgloss I really recommend to buy it now by clicking here and you will definitely not regret your purchase.

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SUMMER HAIRSTYLES YOU CAN EASILY RECREATE YOUSELF

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. In celebration of Summer, in today’s post I wanted to share some summer hairstyles that you can easily recreate yourself. What is your go to summer hairstyle? Do you have one? Or, do you not have one? Personally, I don’t have one as I just style my hair how I want each day. Read on to find a few summer hairstyles you can easily recreate yourself!

MESSY BUN

A messy bun is one of those hairstyles for any occasion! I just love the chic look of this hairstyle its (*chef’s kiss*) tres, tres magnifique! 

HALF UP HALF DOWN 

I do this hairstyle a lot in my hair and I love it so so much! I have been doing this in my hair for years so I strongly recommend this hairstyle to anyone that hasn’t tried it before. As a person with long hair I do have some negatives about this hairstyle because if you leave it in for hours upon hours it can extremely hurt your hair so much when you take it out. My scalp hurts for hours when I take it out! So, I suggest getting scissors and cutting the hair band out of your hair so you don’t face that tremendous pain!

ROPE BRAID PONYTAIL

This is another hairstyle I do in my hair regularly and I really love the look it gives off. I love high ponytails so it really does tick all the boxes for me. Here are 6 steps to success in doing the perfect rope braid! (this image is sourced from Pinterest and is therefore not my own!)

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SUMMER AESTHETICS

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Summer is my favourite season of the whole year and I can’t believe it is finally here! I have so many things planned that I want to do this Summer. So, in celebration of Summer, I will be sharing some summer aesthetics that I have found on Pinterest.

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STUDY TIPS: 3 WAYS TO REVISE FOR YOUR UPCOMING EXAM

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Recently, I have been spending so much time revising for exams and I have been waking up earlier than usual to revise. I have my own personal revision methods to revise and I really wanted to share them with you guys.

Anyways, that’s enough of talking about my exams, I just wanted to say that I uploaded a new video on the Youtube Channel where I share some highlights from my birthday. It’s a super short video since I have been busy so check it out (video linked below).

METHOD 1 – REWRITING 10 – 20 TIMES AND REPEATING EACH TIME YOU WRITE SOMETHING

So, for me method one is the most time consuming but I believe it is the most effective one out of all of them. First off, find something really important relating to a certain topic in your upcoming exam. So for this example I want to revise the definition of a strong acid. Next, write the definition 10 – 20 times and each time you write it say the definition out loud until you remember it off by heart. I did this method for my exams and I am safe to say it actually works really well, I was able to remember things because of method 1. But, it’s all good doing method 1 once because it can be easy to forget  the thing you are revising so I suggest doing this every day until your exam. 

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METHOD 2 – MAKE REVISION CARDS

Now, I am sure all of you have heard of this way to revise. I know this one of the most simplest ones but I believes it is super effective. Revision cards are great to revise things that are really important in a certain topic. To do this method, write the question on one side and then write the answer on the other. Finally, keep revising and then get someone to test you. However, it is really to easy get confused so I suggest writing the subject at the top of the revision card to avoid confusion.

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METHOD 3 – RECORD YOUR VOICE AND KEEP REPLAYING IT

Listening to your voice again and again and again can be so annoying for some people but when it comes to revising it is super useful. I have done this multiple times in the past and I can proudly say it 100% works. Recording your voice and replaying it is a more efficient method compared to method 1. When I did this for my exams, I recorded myself reading something from my revision powerpoint and I kept replaying it over and over again. Some studies show that you can learn in your sleep so if you record your voice before you go to sleep and place Airpods or Headphones in your ears when your sleeping you can learn it while your sleeping!

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That’s some of the methods I use when I revise for exams! I am going to be doing more of these posts and I was thinking of doing a whole studying series where I post things relating to studying. What do you all think, do you want a studying series on the blog? I would love to hear from you all in the comments. See you in the next post. 

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IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Today I am doing a super special post because it’s (drumroll please!)… my birthday! This is my first ever birthday on my blog so I really wanted to share it with you guys! Alright, let’s get started.

Before I show you guys a few of the presents I got I just wanted to share a photo of the balloons. They are in my favourite colour rose gold! So here they are:

When I literally walked in I saw this and I saw balloons all over the floor and I was just like shocked because when I woke up this wasn’t there and it just literally appeared at 5pm on the wall! Also, I just love how the rose gold balloons are next to the Arabic Calligraphy because it looks (*chef’s kiss*) tres magnifique ✨

Here are some of the presents I got that I wanted to share with you guys:

This is literally one of my favourite pairs of trainers ever! When I saw these wrapped up in wrapping paper I was literally wondering what these were because it was like a big box. But, when I opened it I was shocked to see these trainers because the weird thing is I was looking on the Kurt Geiger website a few days/weeks back and these trainers just caught my eye! By the way, these are the Jetson Jewel trainers from Kurt Geiger.

I also got a new phone case! This is such a coincidence by the way because I have the same pattern as a cover for my nintendo switch and now I have it on my phone. I just love this so much it just so beautiful!

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WEEKLY AFFIRMATIONS #6

Hey everyone welcome or welcome to Maya’s Life and Travels. Today I am back with yet another weekly affirmations post! So, if you haven’t checked out the previous post of the series feel free to check it out here. I just can’t believe this is post 6 of the series because it literally feels like I started it yesterday! Alright, let’s get started.

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SEARCHING THROUGH PINTEREST EPISODE #3 | DESKTOP WALLPAPER

Hi everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. It’s been one month since the previous post. Today on the blog I am bringing you episode 3 of the searching through pinterest series so if you haven’t checked out the previous episode feel free to check it out here. I needed a new desktop wallpaper so I went straight to Pinterest and in this post I share some of my favourites. Alright, let’s get started!

When I searched up desktop wallpaper on Pinterest this one caught my eye! Love the message, it is so true! Whatever you do now, you will thank yourself later in life. 💞

This one portrays a strong message! I love this so much! 😍

You guys know how much I love everything leopard print. Leopard is tres magnifique ✨

This is simply divine! It’s just amazing for my desktop ❤️

This is the best one out of all of them! I just love the lashes they are so pretty! This is my new desktop photo by the way!

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HOW TO ADD A BLOG POST SIGNATURE TO THE END OF YOUR BLOG POSTS

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. In today’s post, I thought I’d show you all how to add a signature to your blog posts. Signatures are something I know add to the end of my blog posts and they are a great way to finish off the post. When I started adding blog post signatures, I got more engagement and views than before when I didn’t add them.

A signature can be literally anything! Instead of writing your name you could write something similar to these ideas:

If you want to add a stylish font signature like I do head to dafont.com and choose a font. Then, screenshot the font and upload the image to the end of your the blog posts. Personally I believe this is the easiest method because if your image is saved to the WordPress media library it will only take a few seconds to select it and add it at the bottom of the blog post. You can also do the same method in Blogger. On the other hand, if you are not on the free wordpress plan like I am there are some WordPress signature plugins for you to use but personally I would go with this method because plugins can slow down your blog or website.

I made another website on Wix for a school project a while back so I also tried this method on Wix. First, go to your post editor. Then, click on the image option add your signature image and hit the apply button. And there you go it’s done.

You can also experiment your signature with lots of different fonts like this:

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WHERE TO FIND THE BEST FREE STOCK IMAGES FOR YOU TO USE ON YOUR BLOG

Hey everyone. welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Free stock images have helped me so much since I started blogging in December 2020. When I don’t have time to go and take my own photos for blog posts, I use stock images. I have signed up yo a lot of stock image websites recently so I thought, why not do a post about free stock images.

For me, stock images are really helpful when I need a desktop mockup or just when I need one image to add to a blog post. There are lots of free stock image sites out there and in this post I share the best free stock images for your blog.

Free stock images are images that have been shared on the internet or social media for free use. This means that you can use the images for free. There are lots of ways that you can use free stock images such as blog posts and social media. There are some rules to follow when using free stock images being you can’t redistribute the images like they are your own images.

There are lots of websites where you can get free stock images for you to use on your social media, blog or your website. Here are some of the best sites for free stock images:

WordPress gives you the option to use free stock images from Pexels. I really love using this website because there are a plethora of photos for you to use. Lots of amazingly talented photographers contribute to this site and that’s one thing I really love about Pexels. If you want free stock images for your blog there are a variety of photos to choose from for blog posts. Here are my favourite photos from Pexels:

Unsplash was the first ever stock images site I used for my blog and I have fell in love with it ever since I used it for the first time. Whenever I ever need a stock image, I would head straight to unsplash. There are so many good photos on Unsplash for your website or blog so why not check it out! Here are some of my favourite photos from Unsplash:

I just signed up to Ivory Mix today and when you sign up to your mailing list they give your 350+ free stock images when you sign up to their mailing list. There are tons of pink girly photos for your blog! They have desktops, blog photos, coffee, flowers, sunsets and much more! Here are some of my favourite photos from Ivory Mix:

Haute stock is a photo membership site filled with amazing photos! There are so many beautiful photos for you to use! Here are some of my favourite photos from Haute stock:

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WEEKLY AFFIRMATIONS #5

Hey everyone welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Today I will be doing another weekly affirmation post. This is post 5 of the weekly affirmation series on my blog so if you haven’t checked out the previous post of the series check it out here. Alright, yallah let’s get started with this post!

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RUMAYSA A FAIRYTALE: BOOK REVIEW

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Today I will be reviewing Rumaysa: a fairytale! I just finished it recently and its an amazing book! I saw this book in a store and I had to buy it! I couldn’t even put down this book, that’s how good it was. Before we get started, I just wanted to say there are some spoiler ahead so spoiler alert!!. Alright, let’s get started!

AUTHOR:

Radiya Hafiza

ILLUSTRATOR:

 Rhaida El Touny

STAR RATING:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rumaysa had lots of amazing official reviews on the first page of the book. Here are some reviews:

‘I loved the heroines of this wonderful tale, loved how their stories intersected each other and that they were their own rescuers and pathfinders. Three classic fairytales, beautifully woven together, sparkling with magic and humour.’ Nirzana Farooq, author of The Girl who stole the Elephant

‘An enchanting and cleverly woven trio of tales, filled with humour charm and magic Aisha Bushby, author of A Pocketful of Stars and Moonchild Voyage of Lost and Found.

THE STORY AND MY OPINION ON THE BOOK:

Rumaysa: A fairytale is a trio of famous fairy tales Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel rewritten all composed into one book. The characters and the story are rewritten in a more Muslim perspective and that is something I really love about the book because there are not a lot of books where girls have brown skin and wear a hijab. Lots of fairytales are centered around white princesses that need rescuing by their ‘Prince Charming’  and this book is completely different and instead the book is centered around independent brown Muslim girls not being rescued but saving the day and being their own rescuers. The book also challenges lots of harmful stereotypes towards masculinity in fairytales. 

This book really caught my eye because the cover says “Rumaysa, Rumaysa let down your hijab”. This really spoke to me because the author Radiya Hafiza changed the line ‘Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair’ and to me it was a really powerful line because it changed the perspective of the story a lot. I couldn’t put this book down! I also really loved this book because the author (Radiya Hafiza) changed the names of the fairytale characters that lots of people love today to Rumaysa, Sleeping Sara and Cindereyla instead of Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.

The book is about a couple called Naina and her husband Samar and they are a bit less fortunate than others because Samar couldn’t find any work but Naina spent her days sewing clothes for wealthier ladies. Naina was pregnant and there wasn’t any food for her unborn daughter, Rumaysa so Samar went out searching for food. He then to the garden of the witch of Splintefell and took her vegetables but she didn’t turn up even on his way home so he believed that she existed so he returned to the garden for two months every day. Sadly, right after Rumaysa was born the witch Cordelia came and stole Rumaysa because Samar stole from her garden. Since Rumaysa could turn things into gold because she eat from the witches garden Cordelia forced her to spin straw and turn it into gold. Cordelia also gave Rumaysa books to read but one day Rumaysa fell asleep and didn’t spin any straw so the next day Cordelia ripped them up and took them away. Cordelia kept forcing Rumaysa to spin golden straw until one day she revealed that she would take Rumaysa into a golden palace made out of all the golden straw Rumaysa had spun. But, Rumaysa wanted to escape. So she made a super long hijab made out of the golden straw and it reached the ground. Rumaysa then meets Suleiman that is looking for a Princess that got captured by a dragon and they escape together with her talking owl friend. 

After that, Rumaysa enters Qamaroon, searching for her parents. In the book we then meet Cinderayla and Rumaysa fixes Alya’s dress that her stepmother Amelia ripped up with her golden straw (Rumaysa is like Alya’s fairy godmother) and they both head to the Eid ball. But, Alya’s stepmother did not let her go but she goes with Rumaysa in the end. Then at the ball, Prince Harun approaches her because of her beautiful golden dress but she doesn’t know he is the prince.   Her stepmother then approaches her.  Alya and Rumaysa leave the ball and they head to Alya’s house but Alya drops her golden slipper. The next day the Royal Guard comes to Alya’s house and tells her to try it on and then Prince Harun asked her to marry him but she turned her back on him and she walked off happily. 

Then Rumaysa heads to the land of Farisia in search for her parents. She then meets Sleeping Sara who was placed in a tower by a magical dragon and put to sleep for 5 months. but, Rumaysa wakes her up. Suleiman then appears right after Rumaysa found Sara by mistake. In the end  Sleeping Sara is returned to her parents but the palace is burnt down by the dragon.

I really like that the book challenges lots of harmful stereotypes and also challenges the ideology that thin girls can only be the heroes in stories. Sleeping Sara is a plus sized girl but she is still a hero of her own story. I really hate that ideology because even if people are plus sized they can still save the day because it doesn’t matter how thin or fat you are as you are the hero of your own story. This book also talks about themes relevant to today’s society and fairytales. In fairytales men and boys are there to save the day but Suleiman doesn’t want to save the day because he wants invent in his house but he is there as a friend instead of saving the day. In addition, the book also talks about complex families in the tale of Cinderyala and I believe it is really relevant to today’s society. 

My favourite character  would be Rumaysa because I love that even though she still hasn’t found her parents she is still persevering and not backing down. I also love that she is making the best out of her situation and helping people along her journey to find her parents. I believe characters like Cinderayla, Rumaysa and Sleeping Sara should be seen more in fairytales and books today because they are independent young girls that are saving themselves instead of waiting for a boy or a man to save them. It is those characters that we need today in our society.

I  can really relate to all the characters in this book because I have so much similarities with them and I look like them. Even the small things relate to me a lot like how Rumaysa reads books similar to the ones I read like 1001 Arabian Nights. Small things can really make a huge impact.

This book was a really amazing read and I recommend it to people who really want to read a retelling of classic fairytales or people who like books in the fantasy genre. If you happen to buy this book, there is a Q and A with the author at the end for you to read. I really did love reading it and I hope you do too!

SYNOPSIS:

For as long as she can remember Rumaysa has been locked away in her tower forced to spin straw into gold for the evil Witch, unable to leave. Until one day, after dropping a hijab out of her small window, Rumaysa realises how she might escape….

Thank you so much everyone for reading this book review. If you enjoyed it please tell me what you would like me to review next in the comments! I would love to read all of your suggestions! 

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MAYA’S LIFE AND TRAVELS IS OPEN FOR GUEST POSTING SUBMISSIONS!

Hi everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Maya’s Life and Travels is now open for guest posting submissions. Since its a new month I have decided to open up guest posting permanently on my blog so this is not a one off thing. I have seen lots of blogs allowing guest posting so I decided that I should open it up for myself. I have also wanted to improve my sites SEO and guest posting is an amazing way to do that! So if you are willing to guest post on my blog please fill in this form by clicking the link here. Once you have filled in all the questions in the form, please email me your post at mayaslifeandtravels@outlook.com and I will get back to you shortly. This post will just explain more about guest posting on the blog. Alright, let’s get started.

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Maya’s Life and Travels is a lifestyle travel, fashion and beauty blog by Maya which was founded in December 2020. Maya posts a variety of posts relating to blogging, life, travel posts about UAE, beauty, fashion and much more.

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#THISORTHAT: AN ORIGINAL ‘GET TO KNOW ME BETTER TAG’ BY POORWA’S BLOG

Hi everyone welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. When I found out that Poorwa from Poorwa’s blog has created her own ‘This or That Tag’ I decided that I should take part. Poorwa nominated anyone to take part in this tag so I suggest you should all take part too! Alright, let’s get onto the rules of this tag!

Pin for later!
  • Thank the person who nominated/tagged you.

  • Answer all the 50 ThisOrThat questions in your post. You can do less if you want.

  • Link back to the creator @Poorwa’s blog

  • Nominate at least 7 people or more for this tag.

  • Use #ThisOrThat for easy accessibility.

  • Have fun!

  1. Friends or internet? Well friends when I am in real life and at home and internet when I am on my blog
  2. Pop or Rock? Pop
  3. Phone call or text? Text! I just like texting more than phone calls. 
  4. Morning or Evening? Morning, anytime any day!
  5. Apartment or House? Apartment 
  6. Instagram or Twitter? Both! There are things I like about both platforms and I enjoy using them both. 
  7. Day or Night? Night
  8. Mobile Games or Console Games? Console Games. I don’t like mobile games, the screen is just too small to play on as well compared to a Nintendo Switch or a console etc.
  9. While doing something: Music or Podcasts? I love listening to music, so music it is.
  10. Book or Movie? Book
  11. Rain or Snow? Rain. I just don’t like the snow, it’s freezing cold and I can’t stand it. I would rather the whole country raining for a short while rather than being covered in snow with limited things to do because it’s freeezing cold!
  12. Cake or pie? Cake, I don’t like pies.
  13. Swimming or Sunbathing? Swimming because I love it so much!
  14. Comedy or Horror? It depends of my mood of the day I guess. 
  15. Aquarium or Zoo? Aquarium
  16. Big Party or Small Gathering? Big Party!!
  17. New Clothes or New Phone? Both!
  18. Rich Friend or Loyal Friend?  both!
  19. Flowers or Trees? Flowers
  20. Work Hard or Play Hard? Work Hard
  21. Nice Car or Nice Home interior? Both because everyone needs nice things in their life!
  22. Phone or Computer? Both! Phone for texting, social media and stuff for my day to day life and Computer for my blog and Homework. 
  23. Jogging or Hiking? Jogging
  24. Milk or Juice? Juice
  25. Blue or Grey? Blue, grey is just too dark for my liking. 
  26. Straight or Curly Hair? Both
  27. Fruits or Vegetables? Fruits
  28. Roses or Daises? Roses
  29. Money or Fame? There is no point of being famous without money and where there is fame there is money so my answer is both!
  30. Receive Email or Letter? Email! I hate letters!
  31. Passenger or Driver? Both! I want to be the driver but I also want to be the passenger because when you are the passenger you can go on your phone and eat but you can’t do that when you are driving.
  32. Watch or Play? Watch
  33. Someone intelligent or funny? Intelligent
  34. Mountains or Beaches? Beaches
  35. Cinderella or Elsa? Elsa, I want ice powers!
  36. Money or Free Time? Money
  37. Iron Man or Captain America? I don’t know with this one.
  38. Video Games or Board Games? I love video games so much and I don’t like board games so the answer is Video Games!
  39. Singing or Dancing? Dancing
  40. Long hair or Short Hair? I have so much to say about this! I have really long hair and I hate short hair (I can’t stand it) so of course for this one my answer is long hair
  41. Cats or Dogs? Cats
  42. Cleaning or Cooking? Cooking
  43. Winter or Summer? Summer because I was born in summer! I also choose Summer because I love the summer sun and everything about Summer and I just absolutely hate the Winter. 
  44. Mountain or Beach? Beach
  45. Ninjas or Pirates? Ninjas
  46. Sweater or Hoodie? Hoodie
  47. Working alone or working in a team? For me, it really depends on the type of project to be honest. 
  48. Save or Spend? Spend because I love spending.
  49. Meat or Vegetables? Meat because I LOVE eating meat!
  50. Honesty or Other’s feelings? Depends on the situation really

 

I also nominate all of you readers to do this tag if your interested! It will mean a lot to me and I am sure it will mean a lot to Poorwa if you do this tag!

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WEEKLY AFFIRMATIONS #4

Hi everyone, welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Before I start this post, I just wanted to say that since it’s a new month I have opened up guest posting on my blog so if you are willing to guest post on my blog please fill in this form by clicking the link here. Once you have filled in all the questions in the form, please email me your post at mayaslifeandtravels@outlook.com and I will get back to you shortly. Now let’s get onto the post!

I hope everyone had a lovely May and may the month of June be full of joy and happiness for you. Time has flown by so quickly and I can’t believe we are now in the month of June! This month is really special to me because my birthday is in this month, my birthday is the 18th of June. I haven’t done my weekly affirmation series last week so I am going to do one for this week. This is post #4 of the weekly affirmation series on my blog so if you haven’t checked out the previous post of the series feel free to check it out here. Alright, let’s get started!

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ANIMAL CROSSING NEW HORIZONS: WHAT VILLAGERS SHALL I INCLUDE ON MY FAIRYCORE ISLAND?

Hi everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. I haven’t done a blog post in ages because I completely lost motivation, but I am back with some new content planned. Before I start this post, I just wanted to say that I have opened up guest posting on my blog so if you are willing to guest post on my blog please fill in this form by clicking the link here. Once you have filled in all the questions in the form, please email me your post at mayaslifeandtravels@outlook.com and I will get back to you shortly. Please also email me or reach out to me via my blogs contact page if you have any questions regarding guest posting. Alright, now let’s get into the post!

I have been playing Animal Crossing New Horizons since its release on March 20th 2020 and it is my favourite game to play on the Nintendo Switch. There are lots of aesthetics such as Fairycore, Kidcore and Cottagecore and they have become really popular in the game. The fairycore aesthetic is my favourite aesthetic and my island is all decorated in it. If you don’t know about the fairycore aesthetic it is an aesthetic surrounding the theme of nature, magic, butterflies, flowers and springtime. Personally, I believe fairycore is super popular in the game as lots of players have decorated their island in the aesthetic and have obtained villagers in the aesthetic.

In my island, I have lots of villagers in the fairycore aesthetic. When looking for fairycore villagers I tend to look for squirrels, horses, mice and rhinos and villagers with pastel colours and tones of pink and white.

I have made a Fairycore help sheet and I have also included 12 villagers for your Fairycore island! Feel free to download it below!

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ME AND MY MULTIPLE PHONE CASES

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Today, I really wanted to introduce you to my fashion. Phone cases as fashion is a growing trend and I believe they are the most important fashion accessory. Think about it like this, your using your phone time and time again and when you put it down what is the thing you see? Your phone case. When you take a selfie in the mirror, what do you see in the mirror in your hand? Your phone case. What do people see when you are on the phone or taking a selfie? Your phone case. When you put you phone down on a table with the screen down, what do people see? Your phone case. Phone cases are a huge trend right now.

When you are on your phone and a person comes up to you, they are likely to see your case and back of your phone before your face. That has happened to me lots of times. People come up to me and say “Wow (my real name) that’s a nice case. It’s so pretty. Where did you get it from?.” Having a good phone case can also change your mood and your personality and the way other people see you. Say if you have a black plain phone case, people might think your dull, boring and plain or yout noy bothered with sending out your fashion statement really. Or if you have a patterned and fashionable phone case people might think that you care about fashion. I am a person really passionate about fashion and I always try to make a fashion statement in multiple ways. Phone cases are your little fashion statement to the world. Phone cases can coordinate with your outfit as well.

I have multiple phone cases and I change them every day depending on my outfit or my mood. I am one of those fashionable, sassy types of girls so I always choose a phone case that matches my personality and my fashion. In this blog post I share some of my phone cases. I always try to find a phone case with that “look at me everyone, I am in the room, all eyes on me,” look and all the phone cases I buy have that look where people notice your phone case. Alright, yallah let’s get started.

Phone case 1 – Leopard print

None of you reading this blog know this but I love everything leopard print. That is the reason why I brought this phone case. I brought this because it relates to my personality and because it stands out. If you didn’t know when leopard print is used in female clothing it signifies independence, power and confidence. I love leopard print because when you think of a leopard you think of power and that is exactly why I love this feline print. In addition, some people see girls wearing leopard print as wild just like the feline. Leopard print is used a lot in haute couture brands such as Christian Dior and how can I forget Channel. In conclusion, Leopard print is one of those things that will never go out of style.

Phone case 2: Butterfly

Even though I don’t have this phone case on my phone a lot, I absolutely love it. I was in Dubai Mall and I was walking in the mall and there was a phone case stand. I went up to the stand and this phone case caught my eye instantly. I had to buy this because I really wanted a phone case with glitter! The reason why it caught my eye is the butterfly and the beautiful glitter. When the phone case is in my hand the glitter falls down and it is so beautiful.

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WHAT BLOG POSTS DO YOU WANT MORE OF ON MAYA’S LIFE AND TRAVELS?

Hey everyone welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and travels. Today I thought of doing something different. I want to hear from my readers. I have never heard from any of my readers on what posts you like on the blog so I am really curious what posts do you want more of on Maya’s Life and Travels?

In the comment section please what posts you want more of and please explain why. I will listen to all of your answers and I do appreciate your suggestions. By answering this I get to know what posts you enjoy! Also, if you have any specific topic you want me to cover please say so in the comments and I will cover them on my blog. This is also a great way for me to come up with post ideas with your amazing suggestions!

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WEEKLY AFFIRMATIONS #3

Hey everyone welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. I have just realised that I haven’t done a weekly affirmations post for like 2 weeks now so I know it’s super late. But, I am going to do one for this week. This is post 3 of the weekly affirmation series on my blog so if you haven’t checked out post 2 check it out here and if you haven’t checked out the first post of the series check it out here. Alright, yallah let’s get started with this post!

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FREE ROSE GOLD IPHONE WALLPAPERS

I love everything Rose Gold so I thought it would be time to make free rose gold iPhone wallpapers. I loved making the Free Instagram Story templates so I thought it would also be time to make another freebie. My favourite out of all of these would be the 2 lashes ones and the moon one. To use these just screenshot the wallpapers and then set them as your home screen or lock screen, then your done!

Disclaimer: These designs are Copyright © 2021 Maya’s Life and Travels and are for personal use only. You must not re-distribute, re- sell or use these commercially. If you share one of the wallpapers on Instagram, please tag me in the photo @mayaslifeandtravels or do link back to www.mayaslifeandtravels.wordpress.com.

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10 BLOG POST IDEAS FOR FASHION, BEAUTY AND LIFESTYLE BLOGGERS

Hey everyone, welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Finding good content is hard sometimes so that’s why I am here today with 10 blog post ideas for fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers. I sometimes find it hard with what to write about on my blog and I am sure that the same thing happens with you. Also, I just wanted to say that if you like the content you see so far on the blog you can subscribe to the blog mailing list and you receive a free media kit and a free weekly blogging planner when you subscribe. To subscribe click the link here. If you use any of these ideas in this post please tag me or let me know that you used them because I would love to read the posts. Alright, y3ni yallah let’s get started.

1. 3 BEAUTY HACKS (THAT ACTUALLY WORK!)

2. MY ULTIMATE BEAUTY WISHLIST FOR (ENTER MONTH)

3. HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT FOUNDATION

4. HOW TO RECREATE (INSERT CELEBRITIES NAME) FAMOUS LOOK

5. WHAT’S INSIDE MY MAKEUP BAG

6. WHAT I BROUGHT THIS WEEK 

7. THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY MAKEUP LOOK

8. MY TOP FAVOURITE HAIRSTYLES

9. 5 OF MY FAVOURITE BEAUTY BRANDS AND WHY I LOVE THEM

10. PRODUCT REVIEW

1. 5 THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME

2. MY TRAVEL BUCKET LIST

3. FILM REVIEW

5. MY MORNING ROUTINE

6. MY FAVOURITE YOUTUBERS OF THE MONTH

7. THE ULTIMATE GIVEAWAY

8. WHAT’S IN MY HANDBAG

9. MY FAVOURITE BLOGS

10. MY GOALS FOR MY BLOG THIS YEAR

1. OUTFIT OF THE WEEK

2. 3 FASHION FAUX PAS

3. WARDROBE TOUR

4. BEST OF (BRAND NAME)

5. THE ULTIMATE CLOTHES SHOPPING HAUL

6. 10 OF THE BEST FASHION INSTAGRAMMERS

7. WHAT TO WEAR IN (INSERT COUNTRY NAME) 

8. WHAT’S ON MY WISHLIST

9. MY FAVOURITE BRANDS

10. MY FAVOURITE STATEMENT RINGS

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EID 2021: WHAT I’M WEARING TOMORROW AND WHAT I AM DOING

Hi everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. First off, I want to say an early Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim brothers and sisters! I am sure that you all know that tomorrow is Eid Al Fitr which is a religious holiday celebrated by all Muslims around the world that marks the end of the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar, Ramadan. I remember myself yesterday waiting for the hilal sighting (which sighting of the crescent moon to let Muslims know if Eid is the next day and it also determines the end of Ramadan) in Saudi Arabia but there was no sighting of the hilal which means Eid will be on Thursday. This post is not going to be a long one because I need to get ready for Eid! I also wanted to say to keep Palestine in your prayers because they haven’t had a proper Eid in 7 decades. Alright, yallah let’s get started with this post!

In the morning after I get ready usually I have to go to the mosque to perform Salat Al Eid (Eid prayer) which is a special salah (prayer) to celebrate the two eids, Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha which is traditionally done on a musallah in the mosque or on a field. But this year I am doing it at home so I won’t be able to do it at a mosque. This year the Eid prayer will be done differently due to coronavirus and all that stuff. After the Eid Prayer, the imam delivers a Khutbah (a sermon) just like the Imam does on Jummah. After the Eid Prayer, we can all go and celebrate Eid with our family! I am going to my Grandma’s house after to celebrate with my family this year and we are going to have a huge feast! My family gives me both presents and money for Eid.

I am wearing a kaftan this year which is basically a female version of a Kandura but in multiple colours and with decorations on it. My kaftan is a bit similar to this one. I am really proud to own a full set of colourful kaftans because they are so beautiful!

Kaftan,ARABIC KAFTANS, long dress, Arabic dress | Casual dresses for women,  Long sleeve casual dress, Dresses
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I am also going to wear my Kurt Geiger bag with my Kaftan.

DO YOU CELEBRATE EID? WHAT ARE YOU WEARING FOR EID AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING? I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ALL OF YOU IN THE COMMENTS AND IN THE FEEDBACK FORM

MAYA

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