Good Morning Readers,

Too many times in life we look to live to impress others, we care more about other people’s opinions then actually caring about ourselves. This feeling is multiplied when you become a mum and it’s a great feeling when you get to a point in life when you look at your little mini and think regardless of if people think you did it wrong or right you did what worked for you! There is no right way but there’s your way! New friends come and old friends go because that’s life and we all have the right to evolve. Don’t try and understand it just be. So blessed to be a momma and feeling proud of my journey so far! It’s truly the greatest thank you for sharing it with me.

Peace and Love Always

Elisha

#thehappyplacejournal

@thehappyplacejournal

Advertisements

Our sustainable pledge…

Good Morning Readers!

The saying is true YOUR VIBE ATTRACTS YOUR TRIBE 💫

@purebornme and @lamaisondemasson are asking you to make a pledge for #sustainableliving! It’s important we do our bit and make small changes to our lifestyle to help our current climate 🌎 ♻️

The Udohs will be making the following changes to our lifestyle…

💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚

1. Switching our princess to @purebornme eco nappies not to also mention their designs are 👌🏼

2. Taking our own reusable coffee cups when you go get our coffee fix as well as having our own refillable water bottles. 💦

3. Nevaeh’s feeding bowls will no longer be plastic but will be bamboo with the help of @ecorascals 💜

4. Eating less meat – not turning vegan but reducing our meat intake for sure as well as planning our meals in advance to ensure less food waste. 🥦

5. Using reusable bags for our shopping, goodbye plastic bags! Thanks @julie_fischart for the inspiration of @seedandsproutco just need to find some in the UAE (suppliers holler at me) 🛒

6. Up cycling and recycling our clothes 👕

So there they are and I hope this list grows throughout 2019.

Special shout out to the awesome eco warriors that I follow that have inspired me to make this pledge and who’s message has made me want to change…

@ecorascals @purebornme @ecosoukme @lamaisondemasson @shamma_ssk @indira.kartallozi @my_wild_tribe_ @scoriaworld @jumeirahsir

Would love to hear your pledges to get some further inspiration! Comment below

Be apart of the change 🙏🏻

Peace and Love

Elisha, Faisal and Nevaeh

@thehappyplacwjournal

#thehappyplacejournal

Say yes to meditation..

Good Morning Readers,

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. I wanted to do a post to highlight the power of meditation. I have always tried to make time for meditation in my life as I feel it’s a really powerful tool to eliminate stress and just give you some overall calm. Through my pregnancy with Nevaeh I meditated every day and would make this time priority but nowadays time with my daughter takes priority so I have not been as consistent as I would usually. I think the beauty of meditation is you can do it anywhere anytime and also if you miss a day that’s ok too. We all have busy lives and the last thing you want is to feel like meditation is a pressure, that’s not what it’s about. I can tell you with meditation everything becomes more clearer, you have a clearer view of yourself, people and situations. What I also love is it really brings forward some creative ideas. So wether you have 1 minute or 15 minutes put on some music or even have silence, follow an app if a guided meditation suits you better and let all thoughts come and go and simply breathe!

Wishing you all a wonderful peaceful day ahead.

Peace and Love

Elisha, Faisal and Nevaeh

@thehappyplacejournal

#thehappyplacejournal

Positive Power…

Good Morning Readers,

I hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday so far. As the saying goes no one is you and that is your super powers that that being said it is important that we start to realise the power that is within us. We have the power to make a difference in the world from just offering a small gesture to someone you know or even better a stranger. You don’t need much to be apart of a change. So today switch your mindset and do something for someone expecting nothing in return. Watch the positive vibes radiate and see how infectious this act of kindness becomes. Be the change, be a role model and spread love amongst people.

Peace and Love

Elisha, Faisal and Nevaeh

#thehappyplacejournal

@thehappyplacejournal

Instead of New Year New You let’s focus on New Year DO YOU!

Happy New Year Readers!

I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday and feeling focused for the new year that’s upon us. If your anything like me I love a fresh year to refocus but hate the whole it’s a new year so I need to start changing myself ie. lose weight, stop doing certain things. This year my focus is to set some goals for me and my family and I encourage you to do the same. Put pen to paper and right a list of all the things you want to achieve this year. I think it’s important we start celebrating who we are and focusing on the positives that life has to offer and we have to offer. Focus on gratitude and right down all the things we are thankful for and then another list of things to be achieved in 2019.

You are a gift to this world so it’s time to start focusing on doing you and following your passions.

I hope this year brings you lots to smile about, seek adventure, spend time with those that matter and love everything you do.

Peace and Love

Elisha, Fasial and Nevaeh

@thehappyplacejournal

#thehappyplacejournal

You…

Good Morning,

HAPPY SUNDAY!!!

There is only one of you and that is your super power 💥

Today be proud of who you are, what you have achieved and the direction you are going. Celebrate yourself in all that you do while inspiring those around you. Be a better version of yourself and give thanks for all the lessons learnt along the way that got you to this point!

Wishing you all a blessed day doing YOU!

Peace and Love

Elisha, Faisal and Nevaeh

#thehappyplacejournal

@thehappyplacejournal

Be You!

Good Morning!!!

Hope you are all doing well and having a great weekend in England or if in the UAE saying hello to a brand new week filled with brand new goals. Reflecting on an amazing weekend spent with my gorgeous family and feeling completely blessed. Made me stop and think about how life is really simple it’s just us who like to complicate things. As a mum and a wife it’s so easy to slip into comparing yourself to others and especially with the social media pressures of today. A friend of mine posted today a quote saying ‘what will people say?’ Is a question that we ask ourselves which then results in us not following our dreams. I mean who cares what other people think? It’s your life and your rules and it’s time to start being YOU and following your dreams putting everyone else’s opinions aside. People will always think their way is the right way but let me tell you there is no right way. YOUR life is to be lived YOUR way!

If people are talking of you or have an opinion of you well you must be doing something right. Keep life simple, focus on what’s important to you and never quit the day dream!

Peace and Love

Elisha, Faisal and Nevaeh

#thehappyplacejournal

Thank you for my dear friend SS for inspiring this post xx

Breast Feeding Power Smoothie

Good Morning Readers,

I wanted to share with you a super smoothie that has been amazing helping me get a better milk supply. As breast feeding mothers will agree it’s not easy getting your milk to come through, it’s actually something that I thought would come easy boy was I wrong! You actually have to really work at this and plan your meals with some key foods to give you that you extra support. This smoothie actually came as a surprise and was made by Faisal one morning and something that I now have everyday. We love starting the day with a smoothie so this was something that fitted in to our lifestyle well. I know that your time can be pushed as mums and it’s always a little differcult doing things one handed but give this a try even making a batch to keep in the fridge.

It worked for me and I wanted to share it as it could work for you too.

1 banana

Half cup of oats

1 tablespoon of almond butter

Handful of blueberries

2 cups of almond milk

Let me know how you find it,

Peace and Love

Elisha, Faisal and Nevaeh

#thehappyplacejournal

@thehappyplacejournal

Weekend Vibes…

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

The weekend had landed and we are very excited for some family time. After a busy weekend last week we are very much looking forward to a chilled weekend. The summer is upon us in Abu Dhabi and it is scorching so it’s lots of indoor playtime with Nevaeh and possibly some sunset swims. Sometimes you just need some home time, no schedule and just to go with the flow. That’s what we will be up to this weekend!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend doing whatever makes you happy surrounded by those you love!

Peace and Love

Elisha, Faisal and Nevaeh

#thehappyplacejournal

@thehappyplacejournal

Weekend fun celebrating Daddy Dubai style…

Good Morning Readers!

We hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Eid Mubarak to all of our family and friends and Happy Fathers Day to all of them super daddy’s out there. This weekend we celebrated Faisal’s first Father’s Day with a family weekend in Dubai. This was our first family outing to Dubai as previously it’s always just been me and Faisal. We were so excited to explore Dubai as a family and decided to try some new attractions that we have never done before. Thinking of Nevaeh and the things that may stimulate her at this stage in her development we opted for Dubai Aquarium and The Glow Garden. We had heard such great things about both of these attractions and with it’s mainly being lights and colour we thought it would be the perfect pick. We were not disappointed!

The aquarium and under water zoo were just fantastic and great you know that they offer 25 per cent off for UAE residents. There was so many different animals and great to watch the feeding times and learn more about the different animals. Nevaeh loved all the different colours of the tanks and fish and not denying me and Faisal loved it too being the big kids that we are. Following the aquarium we then went over to Zeebel Park to see the glow garden. Arriving just after sunset the park was lit up with all different designs and light tunnels to walk through, it is so pretty! Nevaeh also loved looking at all the bright lights and taking in all the different patterns which was as parents which was great for us to see as we are always looking at new things to stimulate her, it a lovely place to take the family. We will look to return after the summer when the evenings become cooler and look to take a picnic. There are also lots of little stalls that sell light up toys so be sure to take some cash with you as your children will for sure be wanting one of those!

It really was a perfect weekend and a great way to celebrate Faisals first Father’s Day. Both attractions we consider a must for families living here in the UAE. Faisal and I are very excited to continue to create these type of memories with our princess and experience the UAE in a different way than we did before.

The question is where to next…

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

Peace and Love

Elisha, Faisal Nevaeh

#thehappyplacejournal

@thehappyplacejournal