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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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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A Day In My Life

Hey everyone it’s Zainab! Welcome or welcome back to my blog! Today, I’m going to be doing a day in my life as it’s something I’ve never done before, I’ll be picking Tuesday as it’s quite an interesting day in terms of school but it’s also a very chill day in lockdown! Also, this Tuesday is specifically is quite exciting for me as I actually get to leave my house! This is inspired by Meg’s post from The Blog Girl which you should check out here. Let’s jump into this post!

7:20am – Wake Up And Breakfast
This is not my usual wake up time, but considering it’s lockdown and school is online it’s okay! When I wake up, I go to the bathroom, and go straight downstairs for breakfast!

8:00am – Workout And Meditation
This is something I’ve only recently been adding to my morning routine, but now every day after breakfast I’m trying to schedule in a workout. This will not only help me physically, but mentally too! Meditation, is one of my new years resolution so I do it straight after my workout to bring me into a positive mental state!

8:45am – School (Usually)
Now, usually from 8:45 onwards I’m doing school, but for this Tuesday I had to take a little bit of a detour! So at 8:45 I logged into school just to get registered and then I had to go!

9:15am – Going To The Dentist
This doesn’t usually happen but I went to the dentist during school as I had to get an X-Ray as I’m getting braces soon! My appointment wasn’t till 10:00am but I like to be super early!

10:15am – Continuing With School
After I got back from my appointment, I continued with my online school. Luckily, we weren’t having proper subject lessons on this day anyway so I didn’t miss any actual school content!

2:00pm – Call With Friends
Since there were no subject lessons, school finished early so I hopped onto a Google Meet and Zoom with my friends. On the Google Meet, we all played a very eventful game of among us, and on the Zoom, we were doing Kahoot quizzes!

4:00pm – Relaxing
One of my other new years resolutions is to not be as hard on myself this year and to practice more self care! So, I just put on some Netflix and did some knitting and it was really calming!

7:00pm – My Voice Reveal
So, at the time of you guys seeing this, you would’ve already heard my podcast episode (the link is here) but for me, it has just come out and I’m so excited!!

8:15pm – Watching A Football Match
I have recently started getting into football so I ended the day by watching a football match with my Dad and my brother – it was definitely a fun evening!-

10:30pm – Going To Sleep
After the match, I was quite tired so I quickly just checked to see if there was anything else I needed to do in my bullet journal (there wasn’t!) So I went to bed!


Okay guys, that was quite an eventful day in the life (not really that eventful but that’s lockdown for you!) I hope you enjoyed and if you did be sure to comment what you’ve done today!

Also, before I go, I just wanted to say that you’ve probably noticed I haven’t been engaging in WP Reader – which really makes me upset as you’re all so talented! I recently got braces which have given me a lot of pain and stress so I haven’t really been able to check it. I promise once the pain has decreased a bit I will be checking out all your posts!

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My 2021 Goals

Hi everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Happy New Year Everyone! It feels crazy that we’re in 2021 already; time really flies! Today, I’m going to share with you my 2021 goals.

Honestly, with everything that has happened last year, I honestly believe 2021 will be my year so I actually enjoyed setting myself these goals! Let’s jump into it!

  1. Not Being Hard On Myself
    This is definitely something I have to try and improve on this year, if I get a bad grade or anything along those lines; I will feel so guilty and honestly just cry! This is something that I have to try and stop doing, I want to learn to work hard and know that there’s always room for improvement!
  2. Working Out More
    When the lockdown started this year, I started exercising a lot more. Honestly, I loved when my adrenaline was pumping! Therefore, I want to keep this up for 2021 and keep exercising to improve my fitness!
  3. Making More ‘Me’ Time
    I managed to give myself a lot more time to work on myself due to the 2020 lockdown and I really enjoyed it! So, this year I’m going to try and schedule at least 1 day a week as a day to focus on myself, meditation is definitely what I’m going to try and do!
  4. Being More Grateful
    I think the one positive thing about 2020 is that it taught everyone to be a lot more grateful; so I want to bring that into this year! I am going to achieve this goal by making a gratitude tracker in my bullet journal and write down something I’m grateful for every day!
  5. Get To 500 Blog Followers
    This is SO ambitious, but honestly this blog has been growing so much therefore I would be beyond excited if we hit 500!

So everyone, here are all my goals for 2021! What are your new year goals? Share them below in the comments!

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2020 Roundup

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Today is the last day of 2020 so I hope you’re all having an amazing day; to end off the year I thought I’d do a roundup of everything that happened in 2020! These are public events as well as personal events in my life and positive as well as negative ones, so let’s jump into it!

Coronavirus Outbreak
This was probably the main thing that happened this year and it changed everything in history! Nobody had ever seen a pandemic in our generation; so it was a learning curve for everyone.

WE DAY 2020
In March, I was privileged enough to travel to Wembely Arena to go to WE Day 2020 which was incredible! I got to see people such as Leona Lewis and Lewis Hamilton and got to see how to make a change!

National Lockdown:
Another significant event in March was the UK National Lockdown. I was honestly extremely sceptical about this – as we just didn’t know when we were coming out – but thankfully I was able to get through it!

Losses:
I wasn’t sure whether I should include this in the roundup but this has been a year full of numerous losses. We’ve lost time, some of us have even lost some hope. However, one of the biggest things we’ve lost is people. Whether it’s family, friends or celebrities we have lost so many people and we all need to remember them.

Thank you so much for reading everyone, what do you think about 2020 coming to an end? Share thoughts in the comments!

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My Productive After School Routine – Collab With Catherine

Hi everyone, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Today, I’m super excited for this post as it’s a collaboration with one of my best blogging friends: Catherine from Cath Jane Blog! We will both be doing productivity themed posts; she will be doing ‘ How To Be Productive On A Dark Rainy Day!’ Check it out here! Let’s jump into this post!

3:00 till 3:15 – Bullet Journalling:
When I get home, I tend to write my to do list in my bullet journal; I usually do this the night before but obviously plans can change so I like to just update the list with things I need to get done in the afternoon!

3:30 till 4:30 – Homework / Revision:
The first proper thing I do after I get home from school is homework and revision sessions. I just find it easier to get it done straight away!

Extracurricular Activities:
So the reason I haven’t included a time stamp is that I try to do an extra curricular activity every day; it varies from Guides to Karate or even Tuition! All the timings for them are different so it really just depends on the day!

5:00 – Promoting Blog Posts ( Only Thursdays And Sundays):
When I have a new blog post going out on that day I usually spend some time promoting it; I really want my readers’ thoughts!

6:30 – Dinner:
I don’t have dinner at this exact time every day but this is the rough time; again it really depends on what extracurricular activity I have!

9:45 – Bed:
So, I really don’t do anything productive in between dinner and my time to go to bed but having an early night is always the best thing to do!

Thanks so much for reading guys; let me know how you are productive in the comments! make sure you check out Catherine’s post! And her Instagram and Goodreads!

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Answering Your Anonymous Questions

Hey guys, today I’m going to be answering your anonymous questions that you guys asked on Tellonym! Let’s get into it!

How Do Your Friends Describe You?
My friends will probably describe me as extremely loud, normally very energetic and crazy at times!

Who Can You Count On?
Honestly, I’m so lucky to be able to count on so many people, such as my family and friends! Even in something like the blogging world I have so many friends who have given me so much advice!

What Was The Last Thing You Ate?
As I’m writing this, the last thing I ate was my breakfast – which is usually Coco Pops cereal!

Do You Think It’s Important How People Present Themselves On Social Media?
I totally think it is, these days there are so many people on Social Media and quite a few of them are haters therefore it’s really important to present yourself well on Social Media, especially since there is more and more adversity on there every day.

Would You Like To Have Pets?
I actually did used to have two pet rabbits; but they were a huge responsibility and because of things happening at home, the timing just wasn’t right to have pets so unfortunately we had to give them away, but at least they both have more attention now! I actually used to be sad about giving them away so I said they passed away to remove the guilt, but know I know it’s best for them! Proving that everything happens for a reason!

Are You Scared Of The Dentist?
Yes! I’m so scared of the dentist, it just scares me how someone is poking around in my mouth!

What’s Your Favourite Word?
My favourite word would probably be ‘nifty!’ It kind of means interesting, I’m not actually sure if it’s a real word but I use it a lot!

What Word Do You Say The Most?
The word is say the most is probably ‘basically!’ I use that word a lot to explain things to people!

Do You Usually Eat Breakfast Every Morning?
Yeah I do! I love eating breakfast, it’s definitely one of the things that gives me energy in the morning! Like they say, ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day!’

So guys that’s some of the anonymous questions, if you want me to do a part 2 let me know in the comments!

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Life Upate

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, today I thought it’s been a while since I’ve done a Life Update and a lot has been happening lately so I thought I’d just sum it up in one post!

2nd Covid Lockdown:
Okay, so the main thing I have to talk about in this post is the 2nd UK National Lockdown! Honestly, I don’t know how I feel, it hasn’t changed much for me as they have kept schools open. To be honest, I really wished schools closed – I love school however in my school we have already had some cases which I’m kind of nervous about but hopefully everything will be fine.

Starting Back At School:
So I’ve been back at school for around 2 months now and I’ve already had my half term! I’m currently in Year 9 which means I’ve started learning my GCSE Content. I definitely think this year will be my year at school! At the end of the holidays, I set myself goals for this school year and for the first half term I have managed to achieve them! The only one I didn’t manage to do is extra curricular activities as they have unfortunately been cancelled.

Exercise:
I have no idea why but lately I’ve seemed to want to work out more and more, I think it’s probably as I’ve been eating a lot of unhealthy stuff recently! The workouts are definitely helpful, however some days I’m motivated some I’m not, so if you have any tips let me know below!

Starting A Bullet Journal:
So, I’ve recently started a bullet journal and I’ve really been enjoying it! I love how you are free to choose whatever spreads you want or how you want to decorate it!

So guys that’s everything I’ve needed to update you guys on, let me know below how all of your lives are going!

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How To Create iOS 14 App Covers + Download Mine

Hey everyone welcome or welcome back to the blog! Today, I want to share with you guys how you can make your own iOS 14 app covers – and stay tuned to the end so you can get mine if you don’t want to make them! Let’s get started.

Apps Needed:

  • Canva – To make the app covers
  • Shortcuts – To put the app covers onto the apps

Method To Make The Covers:

  1. Open up Canva and select the template entitled ‘Instagram Post’ this is because it’s a square size!
  2. Click on background and set it to the colour you want your app icon to be
  3. Go to the sidebar, and click on elements (on a phone it’s called illustrations) and in the search bar, search for the app icon).
  4. Click on the icon and adjust the colour and size on the template.
  5. Then click download to download it onto your device!

Method To Set The Covers:

  1. Open the ‘Shortcuts’ app and click on the plus sign to create the new shortcut.
  2. Then, search ‘Open App’ and select the app you want to open.
  3. In the top right, click on the three dots and then click add to home screen.
  4. You can then name the shortcut what you want and click on the image to set it to your app cover!

My App Covers:
If you guys don’t want to make your own, I have made some which are available on the Pinterest board embedded below!

That’s all guys, I hope this blog post helped you create your own custom backgrounds!

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Taking You Through My Dream Life Pinterest Board

Hey everyone! Today, I’m going to share with you my dream life Pinterest board and the different pins on it! Let’s jump into it!

Passing Exams
This tick is to signify that one of my dreams is to pass all my exams, I’m the type of person who doesn’t like failing (which isn’t necessarily a good thing) but I know I want to work hard to pass all my exams!

Karate Black Belt
Not many people actually know this but I’m actually training in karate! I’m currently a purple belt but one of my all time favourite dreams is to be a black belt, I hope I can reach it!

Good Family
I feel like most people want this in life but I cannot wait to have my own family when I’m older!

Talk Show
Some people know this but my dream is to have my own talk show, the Pinterest Pin of the set is a rough idea of what I would want my set to look like.

Dream House
That house that I’ve pinned is the exact one I would want to have when I’m older, I love the view and how it looks!

Well guys that’s my dream life Pinterest board! Hope you guys liked this post!

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