Ramadan 2016

Are you ready for the holy month of Ramadan?

In less than a week, the holy month of Ramadan will start. Muslims will bring daily sacrifices by fasting and will be rehearsing the Koran. It’s a time where friends and family come together. Regardless of their religions, Iftar meals are enjoyed throughout the country. The holy month is also a time for reflection which we so often neglect. This special month can also be a very busy one.

How can you prepare for Ramadan 2016?

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Nature, interior design and productivity

Highlights from this year’s INDEX exhibition

This was a busy week for me. INDEX, the largest exhibition for interior design, took place in the DWTC. I couldn’t wait for its doors to open and being amazed by the beautiful designs, patterns and colours. This year, I also made it part of my own learning to attend a number of design talks.

I’m so happy to bring you the highlights of the most powerful presentations to you. Let they bring creativity, inspiration and peace of mind right to your home!

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Stay within your budget

How to avoid overspending

You may say setting up a budget and tracking your actual expenses was challenging. Today, I’m going to ask you to go one step further and to take a step towards staying within your budget and avoiding overspending.

We are approaching Ramadan. Muslims will be celebrating this holy month with their friends and families. Special meals will be cooked or Muslims and non-Muslims enjoy delicious Iftar meals in restaurants. It’s a time when it’s so easy to spend just a little bit more on food and eating out, new clothes, presents for Eid and so on.

Let’s have a look at how you can stay within your budget and avoid overspending. Here are 10 great tips to help you succeed:

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Track your expenses

How to identify your spending habits

Last time, I shared my tricks on creating a budget with you. Are you using this weekend to set up your own budget? Fantastic! It’s a great first step to get control over your expenses and to gain financial peace of mind. In this blog, I’ll show you how to track your expenses and how to identify your spending habits.

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Create a budget

How to set up a budget

Have you ever noticed how many people shriek when they hear the word budget? Yesterday, as I tackled my paper binders, I also reviewed some documents in more details. The ones which can have an impact on my budget.

My mom taught me how to set up a budget and while I don’t always stick to it (yes, I am human too), it’s been such a great gift. It allows me to plan my financial resources and take corrective actions as needed. Sounds very business like, doesn’t it? Well, it helps and makes your life easier.

If you aren’t budgeting already, try it for the summer and have more peace of mind!

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Declutter and feel liberated

Liberate yourself from stuff

Over the last few weeks, I tackled a number of smaller projects. Going through my paper folders and shredding those no longer needed.  Sorting my electronic pictures. Clearing the fancy dress outfits. Decluttering and organising my things created such a liberated feeling!

Do you want to get on a natural high? Declutter and you’ll get this feeling of being liberated! Just follow these simple steps:

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