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Eid – Highlights Of The Day

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! I don’t usually talk about my religion online but for anybody that doesn’t know, I’m Muslim and today I celebrated Eid (a religious festival for the end of Ramadan – the period where muslims fast) and I wanted to share some of the highlights of my day!


Henna:
First of all, yesterday I got my henna done and I thought it looked really pretty. I always love doing my Henna on Eid!

Taking Down The Ramadan Calendar:
This was a little bit bittersweet, I’m going to miss taking a chocolate out everyday to finish my fast, even if I didn’t remember to take one everyday!

Kripsy Kremes:
What better way to celebrate then Krispy Kremes, they definitely are my favourite dessert!


Thank you so much for reading this blog post, I hope you guys enjoyed, I know it was slightly different to my usual ones but I wanted to share this special day! Let me know how you guys have been in the comments, I’d love to catch up!

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Healing Affirmations – Guest Post

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to the blog! Today’s blog post is going to be a guest post written by Maya from Maya’s Life And Travels. She will be sharing her favourite healing affirmations, so let’s jump into her post!

Many of us in this world do not let go of the painful past and it does prevent us from enjoying that warm love within ourselves. Healing affirmations are an amazing way that can make you feel better. When affirmations are repeated over and over and over and over again they can

take charge of your thoughts in your brain and can change the way you think, the way you see the world and ultimately it could change your life. How good does that sound? There are so many healing affirmations that you can find over the internet and there is an amazing collection of healing affirmation pins on Pinterest. But sadly, they do not work for everyone. But they might work for you. I have created a healing affirmation board on Pinterest so check it out here:

DO YOU LIKE THESE HEALING AFFIRMATIONS? I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU ALL THOUGHT OF THIS GUEST POST IN THE COMMENTS. THANKS FOR READING

MAYA 

MAYAS LIFE AND TRAVELS


Thanks so much to Maya for sending in her guest post check out her Blog, Instagram, Youtube and Pinterest. Be sure to share your favourite healing affirmations in the comments!

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Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman Book Review

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Today, I’m going to be reviewing a book I recently read – and it’s actually now one of my favourites. The book is: Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman and it’s such a great story, so today I’m going to review it, let’s jump into it!

Official Reviews:
This book received some great reviews, such as 4.1/5 Stars on Goodreads as well as a full five star rating on Waterstones and the BookTrust!

My Opinion:
Boys Don’t Cry is such a heartwarming yet dramatic story about a young seventeen year old boy named Dante who has dreams of going to university and becoming a Journalist. However, one day when he is supposed to get his exam results he hears a knock on his door and it’s his ex girlfriend – with a baby called Emma which he was the father of! His ex girlfriend, Melanie, says she is too incompetent to raise a baby so she leaves his house to run away, but doesn’t take Emma with her.

The whole story is revolving around how Dante tries to live with his now daughter and unfortunately he does have to withdraw his place in university. Obviously, as things take time, he does learn to eventually love Emma, but with some bumps along the way.

This story is also told in multiple person narrative, with the main narrator being Dante, but also part of the story is told through his brother Adam’s perspective.

Adam is a very pompous person with dreams of becoming an actor, but life isn’t always easy for him. He is happy to be an Uncle now to Emma, but through the story, he discovers more about his identity, something that not everyone in his life accepts.

As the story goes on, Adam goes through a lot of trauma and hatred. It’s quite emotional and very vividly described so I won’t go into it so you’ll have to read to find out.

All in all, Boys Don’t Cry is such a wonderful story and really goes into some realistic themes and conflicts in the book. Malorie Blackman did such a wondeful job of telling the story and breaking down the stereotypes that men and boys need to be strong.

Synopsis:
You’ve got it all planned out. A summer of freedom, university, a career as a journalist – your future looks bright. But then the doorbell rings. It’s your ex-girlfriend, and she’s carrying a baby. Your baby. You agree to look after it, just an hour or two. Then she doesn’t come back – and your life changes forever.


Thank you so much for reading this you guys, I really hope you guys enjoyed this review. Let me know if you’ve read this before and what you thought of it! Just before I go, nominations are open for the 2021 Blogsophere Awards which are awards for categories such as Blogger, Vlogger etc, if you can I’d love it if you could vote for me here, thanks so much for the support!

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Interview With Lily D Moore

Hello everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! For today’s blog post, I’m very excited to announce I’m going to be interviewing Lily D Moore! She is an advocate for Down Syndrome Awareness as well as an actress who you may know from the Netflix show, Never Have I Ever. In todays interview, I’m talking to her all about her advocacy, her message of positivity and more. Let’s jump into it!


Hey there Lily, thanks so much for agreeing to be interviewed! For anybody that doesn’t know who you are, could you please explain a bit about yourself?
My name is Lily D Moore and I’m a seventeen year old American actress who is best known for her recurring role as Rebecca in “Never Have I Ever”. I’m also a model and You Tuber. I’m passionate about helping the homeless and started a ministry called “H.E.L.P.” four years ago. I also enjoy swimming, horseback riding, cooking, cheerleading, music, and playing games! Finally, I’m also an advocate and ambassador for not only the Down Syndrome community, but for all people with disabilities. I believe that everyone is Unique, Beautiful, and Brave!

On all your platforms, you talk very openly about how you have Down Syndrome, why do you think it’s important to spread awareness and why do you personally find that you’re happy to advocate about it as some people may not want to?
I think it is important because we live our lives just like everyone else! We have the same interests and desires, so why make sure everyone knows what all we can do!  I love being a voice for people with disabilities.

Photo From Lily’s Instagram (@lilydmooreofficial)

There are not a lot of young actors and actresses that have down syndrome on big streaming platforms such as Netflix, why do you think it’s important that there’s representation of this and how do you think the acting and media world could become more diverse and inclusive?
I think it’s important because it gives hope to young parents and families to see that everything is possible!  No matter what your dream is, you become what you want to be!

You’re also an ambassador for Special Olympics (a movement that promotes inclusion in Sports, Education and many other fields.) Why do you think Special Olympics is such an important organisation and do you have any upcoming campaigns with them?
The Special Olympics has such an awesome reputation and they help not only inspire people with disabilities, but inspire “typical people” to coach, cheer lead, and teach “typical” people about people with disabilities!  Nothing is impossible if you believe!

Photo From Lily’s Instagram (@lilydmooreofficial)

Now onto a bit more about your career, so you play Rebecca in Never Have I Ever! What was your favourite thing about being on a Netflix series and what is it like being on a film/tv set?
I loved it because I am alot like my character: fun, sassy, and confident!  I loved getting to know the other people in the cast and crew.  I also loved travelling to LA! 

I’ve seen from your social media that you’re also really into modelling, what’s your favourite thing about modelling and why do you enjoy it?
I love being able to transform into a different character. I also love having my hair and make up done.  And, I love trying on the fun clothes!

Photo From Lily’s Instagram (@lilydmooreofficial)

What are some of your other interests outside of modelling and acting and how were you drawn to them? 
I am  passionate about helping the homeless and started a ministry called “H.E.L.P.” four years ago I also enjoy swimming, horseback riding, cooking, cheerleading and make up, I also love  playing with my pets: Charlie (my dog), Lester (my cat), and Hazel (my other cat). 


Thanks so much to Lily for taking time out of her day to do this interview with me, I really appreciate it and I loved her answers! If you want to learn more about her check out her Website, Instagram and YouTube Channel and check her out in Never Have I Ever on Netflix (season 2 is coming this July!)

Thanks so much everyone for reading this, let me know in the comments who you would want to see me interview next and what your favourite part of this interview was!

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Zainab Chats Blogiversary – Reflecting On The Year

Hey everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! I know I don’t usually post on Fridays but one year ago today, I wrote my first blog post for this blog. It’s crazy to see how much this blog has developed and changed in just a year. Today, I’m going to reflecting on a year of this blog!

The First Blog Post

So, as you guys can see, my style of writing and the design has changed a lot! The first couple of blog posts I wrote were too short – so I’ve expanded on my writing since then. However, I still tend to keep my posts a short amount so it’s easier to read!

The First Logo and Design:

Back when I started blogging, I had no idea that you needed a blog design and a logo for your blog, so I just created a really simple logo and ‘Stay Positive’ graphic with the wix logo maker. I’ve come a long way since then!

Numbers:
103 blog posts – I honestly didn’t think there were this many, it’s honestly so crazy I’ve written this much!
328 followers – I’m so grateful that so many people clicked ‘subscribe’ for my blog. Thank you so much!

Goals For The Next Blogiversary:
Hopefully, by next year, I would’ve hit 500 followers!
Obviously, I still want to be blogging and I definitely want to be having more interviews on the blog next year to get some more journalism experience.



Thank you guys so much for reading, I really hope you enjoyed this post – thank you for all the lovely messages and comments congratulating me. In my next post, I’ll be back to my usual posting schedule of Thursdays and Sundays and the next post will be an exciting interview!

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WandaVision Series Review

Hey guys it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! So, I feel like whether you’re a Marvel fan or not, most people are familiar with the new Marvel show, WandaVision. The final episode came out last month and I wanted to give you guys some time to catch up to it. Today, I’ll be reviewing it, but warning, spoilers ahead!

Official Reviews:
WandaVision received 8.1/10 on iMDB as well as as 91% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer. Also, 93% of Google Users liked the show giving it an average rating of 4.4 Stars!

My Opinion:
The first couple of episodes of WandaVision were a black and white sitcom which honestly I was a bit confused about at first because if you know Marvel, then you’ll know this is far from regular Marvel genres. Honestly, I was doubting the show originally because of this… until Episode 4 hit.

Episode 4 was when the show became a proper Marvel show. It was explaining every single weird thing that happened in the original episodes, included some previous Marvel Characters such as Darcy Lewis, Monica Rambeau (she gets her powers in the show) and Jimmy Woo and they realised that Wanda is controlling her own sitcom.

People who were huge comic book fans already had theories on who the main antagonist of the whole show was (and they were right). Everyone guessed it- Agnes was Agatha Harkness, an evil witch! The one thing I loved about Agatha was when she was revealed as the main villain, she sang this hilarious song called, ‘Agatha All Along’ which is honestly still stuck in my head!

I will have to say though, my favourite episode of the entire show was definitely the season finale! It was a witch fight with Agatha vs Wanda and White Corpse Vision vs Wanda’s Vision! The end fight was definitely interesting, there were a lot of Marvel flashbacks, a lot of magic used, but of course, Wanda put an end to Agatha’s plan and turned her back into the nosy neigbour which was also so funny!

The show ended with two post credit scenes. The first was a scrawl (from Captain Marvel) coming to see Monica Rambeau saying someone was looking for her, and the second was Wanda using the Darkhold book – which is definitely linking to the upcoming Doctor Strange 2!

All in all, I loved this show! Even though I was confused at the start, I love how they were able to keep their Marvel flair or interconnecting movies and still add their sitcom comedy!

Synopsis:
Living idealised suburban lives, super-powered beings Wanda and Vision begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.


Thanks so much for reading this post – let me know in the comments if you’ve seen WandaVision!

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5 Tips For Beginner Bloggers To Get Started In The Blogging World

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Today, I really wanted to share some more tips for beginner bloggers. I then realised, I did a guest post about this on Brianna Marie’s Blog! Just in case you haven’t seen that post, today I’m sharing tips for beginner bloggers to get started in the blogging world – let’s jump into it!

Pick An Easy Platform
There are many blogging platforms but a lot of them can be complex! I would say if you’re just starting out, the best platform is Blogger! It’s really simple to use and all you need is a Google account to get started! If you find that using Blogger gets a bit too easy for you after a while, you can then switch to another platform like WordPress.

Pick Some Niches 
Niches are basically categories or hfor your blog. Some of the most popular ones are: Lifestyle, Fashion and Fitness! I would recommend you pick two or three as it’s hard to post so many blog posts if you have just picked one niche!

Find Some Blogs To Follow In Your Niche
There are so many great blogs out there so be sure to find a couple of blogs that are in your niche and interact with them! This will allow you to, make blogging friends, get some post inspiration (make sure you give credit!) and since you’re in the same niche they will probably be interested in your blog too!

Creating A Matching Social Media Account
Having a matching social media account is crucial for you to grow in the beginning. When I started and I only had around 10 followers, social media really allowed me to build up my audience and that’s where a majority of my traffic came from in the beginning! Another great thing about it, is that it allows you to interact with your followers more! 

Produce Some Content
So this one goes without saying, but once you have done all the above steps, produce some content! You can find some great inspiration from blogs you follow (again, make sure you give credit) and Pinterest is another great source! 


Thanks for reading this guys, I really hope you learned something from this post. Let me know your tips in the comments!

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3 Birthday Ideas While Staying At Home

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! I know celebrating birthdays at home can be difficult. So today, I’ll be sharing my favourite birthday ideas!

Have A Nice Dinner With Family
Since we are all staying at home, having a nice dinner will allow you to still feel a little bit of normality while making a big deal on your special day! My mum did this for me last year and I was so grateful for that so you definitely should try this.

Do A Big Zoom Call With Friends
If you’re staying at home, then doing a big zoom call is a great alternative to a party! The only thing is that it may not be as interactive. In the UK, people can meet up with up to 6 people but there’s no way I could pick 6 friends – so if you’re in the same situation, Zoom or FaceTime are great alternatives.

Spend The Day Doing What You Want!
Just remember, this year has been challenging for everyone, so on your special day make sure you do what you want to do what you want. Remember you deserve it!


Thanks so much for reading this post, I really appreciate all the lovely comments on this blog and on my Instagram!

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Have a lovely week everyone!

300 Followers Special – Answering Your Anonymous Assumptions

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! At the end of March, I hit 300 followers on the blog, thank you so much! So today, I’m answering your anonymous assumptions that you sent in through Tellonym – so I have no idea who has asked these. Let’s jump into it!

You are Arabic, or at least your name is Arabic
I personally am not Arabic, however you’re correct my name is! In Arabic, ‘Zainab’ means a fragrant flower.

You have never done a face reveal before on your blog
This is also true – I don’t know if I’m ever planning to do a face reveal, but maybe one day considering I have done a voice reveal!

You are not very athletic
This is hard whether to say it’s true or false because I don’t like Sports except Karate, however I love working out! So, I guess this is kind of true!

You don’t have any siblings – if you do how many?
I actually do have a sibling – I have one brother!

You would say you’re an independent person
I would say I am! I do love my independence but I’m extremely lucky for people such as my family willing to help me with what I need.

You support Manchester United
This is very true – I’m an avid supporter! I think people could tell after I did my Inspirational Role Model Post and I included one of the players ‘Marcus Rashford.’

You sometimes struggle with confidence about posting things
Right now, this isn’t true. I feel like I would struggle if I showed my face on social media and my blog.

You think finding/choosing/creating content can be difficult
Sometimes I do – for example, sometimes I can’t think of photos for a specific blog post so photography is difficult. However, in terms of blog posts, writing them is okay but coming up with ideas can be hard.

You have been to the UAE
This is true – I think people knew as I posted a picture of a landmark from the UAE when I last went in 2019. It was a super fun holiday and hopefully I can go back there one day!

You enjoy meeting new people
Yes, this is true! I find meeting new people so fun as you can talk more and you have the chance to make new friends!

You plan your days
This one is half true, half false – on days where I have school I do, just so I can be efficent after school! In school holidays, I don’t as I try to relax more!


Thank you so much for reading this post guys, again thank you so much for 300 followers, I appreciate all the support so much, hopefully we can reach 400 and then my 2021 goal of 500!

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3 Activities You Can Do To Increase Your Positivity

Hello everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Today, I’m going to share with you guys 3 easy activities you can do to increase your positivity. Let’s get into the list!

Quilling
I’ve spoken about quilling before, it’s essentially the art of rolling paper. You can roll them into different shapes and make cute patterns. It’s a great stress reliever that really does make you more positive.

Reading
If you’re feeling really upset or aggravated then reading can transport you into a brand new reality and really boost your positivity.

Journalling
When you journal, you let our your inner thoughts and have almost a sense of peace. You could either bullet journal where you right down your mood of have a proper journal where you write your thoughts every day. Either way, it definitely helps embrace your positivity


Thank you so much for reading everyone, if you know of any activities to increase your positivity, write them below in the comments!

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