How to survive a long distance relationship | Mrs Jibril

Long distance is one of the hardest things a relationship/ marriage can go through, as some of you may know that I’m now in Melbourne, Australia while my husband is still in Nairobi, Kenya. It’s been close to 5 months, which I know, might not seem like such a long time but it feels like 50 years if you ask me.
But our relationship is still strong and it’s surviving the test of distance. I know a lot of go through something similar so I wanted to share how we are making long distance work in our relationship.

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Trust
This is a no brainer you must trust each other, I personally never doubted my husband’s faithfulness call me old fashion. Even when people point out that “all men cheat” I honestly don’t believe it. We have a lot together that we won’t risk our relationship by being unfaithful. If you don’t trust him then marriage might not be the right step for you just yet and long distance is not going to work.

Communication
We talk/ video chat daily if we don’t I feel like my day isn’t complete. Baby E also chats with his dad daily because the last thing I want is to mess their strong bond by our move. Now that I’m working full time my husband will call my mom while I’m at work and he would talk to Baby E. it helps that my mum is also on Facebook.

Social Media
We’re so lucky to have all these little apps in our fingertips to communicate and chat without a large bill. could you imagine long distance relationship back in the 80’s?
Our favourite apps are Skype, Facebook messenger, we also use Whatsapp occasionally all these are free apps. I also tag him in posts and share funny videos he does the same as well.
Even though we live miles apart all our social media accounts make it very clear that we are in a committed relationship from posting photos of each other to our relationship status.
Some people might not feel comfortable posting photos of their partner or family on social media which is understandable but I honestly don’t have a problem with it.

Time difference
Time difference can be such a huge barrier in a long distance relationship because we’re not only living on different sides of the world but you’re also living in different time zones. My advice is adding your partner’s city on the world clock in your phone so you know the time instead of having to always calculate it in your head. Then be mindful of your other half’s schedule so that you don’t call in inappropriate times or in the middle of the night.
Sometimes it’s not about talking for hours on end but rather having a quick catch up daily when the time is suitable for both of you.

Talk about the future
Having a clear vision about your future together is important, it makes it a bit easier because you make plans about life together once long distance is no longer an issue.
we sometime talk about future holidays we would like to take and how our future will look like 5 or 10 years from now.

Remember it is worth waiting to be reunited with someone you love. Long distance is not a permanent situation.

Have you ever been in a long distance relationship?

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Exciting News | Simply a Mama is now MrsJibril.com (New Name, Same great content)

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook this wouldn’t be a new announcement to you but I know some of my reader might not be up to date with the recent change.

Big Exciting Announcement

Simplyamama.wordpress.com is now mrsjibril.com

Some of you may remember from My 2017 blogging goals That I wanted to have a domain name/self-host for a while now. I’m currently using a paid plan in WordPress. I’m not tech savvy and I didn’t want to risk loosing my old content.

Rebranding can be tricky and sometimes confusing but I want to assure everyone that the content of my blog will remain the same and Motherhood would be at the centre of it all. You should expect weekly posts as usual and I have a lot in store in these coming months so keep your eyes peeled.

Thank you to every single person who reads, likes and shares my posts. I really appreciate it.

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How To Stay Fit as a Busy Mummy with Aaptiv 📱🏃🏾‍♀️🤸🏾‍♀️

When I was pregnant one thing that I continuously thought about was my snapback body, it is no secret that I gained 25kilos during my pregnancy. I sometimes felt that I need to get back to my pre-baby weight fast seeing all the celebrities and public figures loose their baby weight in a blink of an eye. Almost 2 years later I still haven’t lost all the weight. I started going to the gym last year when I was at my heaviest but I haven’t joined another gym since our big move and now that I started working full time I feel like I don’t have that luxury of spending an hour or two at the gym. I was so excited when I came across a fitness app called Aaptiv.

The main focus of the app is that workouts should be fun and time efficient. What attracted me about this app that they don’t only offer the traditional workouts but it also has special workouts for mummies and mummies to be.

img_4006.jpgThere are a variety of exercises for mummies-to-be through out their pregnancy right from the first trimester. If you are anything like me when I was pregnant with baby E I was worried about working out while pregnant. Aaptiv’s maternity workouts is by Kira Kohrherr who is a pre/postnatal certified personal trainer with over 15 years experience and if this doesn’t put your heart at ease she is also a first time mummy.IMG_4005If you’re a mummy already and your little one still uses a pram there are stroller workout that will help you tone your body.img_4004.jpgAaptiv is user friendly and you have a number of personal trainers to choose from. you can simply click on each trainer to see a little intro about them.aaptiv1You can have the guidance of a personal trainer during your workout in the comfort of your own home. Next time you have a minute to spare download Aaptiv which is available for both iphone and Android.

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Gift ideas for the entire family ft. Uncommongoods 🎁🎁🎁

Hello lovelies and welcome back,

As a mother and a wife I often find myself looking for unique gift ideas all of the time for my loved ones because who doesn’t like to stand out by having the most thoughtful gift. I came across a little website called Uncommongoods that ticks all the boxes for me

  • Great range of gifts
  • Affordable – There is literally something to fit everyone’s budget
  • Hand made
  • Environmentally friendly and socially responsible company –None of their products contain leather, feather or fur.
  • Giving back- you’re not only buying a unique gift but also $1 donation is given to a non for profit organisation of your choice.

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Even Huffington Post thinks Uncommongoods are amazing. I picked a few of my favourite gifts from their website to share with you.

For Hubby

I know it is always a struggle finding a great gift for your better half; I usually plan a month in advance. I wish I came across this website last December (both hubby’s birthday and our wedding anniversary are in December). I found the perfect gift idea in less than 10minutes and it is extremely affordable.

Some of you may already know my husband wears glasses. The Eye Glasses Holder is such unique gift; I never came across something similar before.

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There are so many gifts to choose from for your partner, dad or even brother. Head over to uncommongoods to see all the different and original gifts for men here

For Baby E

This is by far my favourite section because it has so many little gifts for newborns and babies, makes me almost want to have baby number 2 lol.

I picked out two things because who can decide on only one thing for their baby. My first pick for Baby E is the Mustachifier because I haven’t weaned him off the pacifier yet. I’ve seen photos of babies with it online and they look adorable.

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My second pick is Milton the Mealtime Companion, if you are a mother of a fussy eater you will understand how picky little ones get when trying new foods. I love that this little toy helps babies during meal time but you can even use Milton to teach your babies about brushing their teeth.

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There is a large selection of gifts for babies and newborns that are perfect to give a mummy to be  here

For Us

As new parents you know it is always hard to think of date night ideas, incase you missed it I have a post about  inexpensive date night ideas. The Date Night Bucket List takes away the thinking part of a date night. It is a bucket list with a variety of date night ideas. It’s also extremely affordable. You can check out other great gifts for couples here

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Moving & Starting a New Chapter… From Kenya to Australia | Mrs Jibril

As you can tell by my pervious post I had a major change in my life recently, moving back to Australia with my son. This is the reason I wasn’t posting on my blog and barely posted on my other social media platforms. Moving can be very overwhelming! Moving houses can be stressful enough let alone moving to a different continent.

I wish I could share the reasons behind our decision to move but I want to keep my blog positive and move forward from whatever led to this. It wasn’t an easy decision because my husband isn’t able to join us straight away.

Luckily it wasn’t a huge change for me moving back, I have my family already here. They are a great support system for me, which I’m forever thankful for.

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If you are moving abroad with a baby here are some things I did. You can have in mind to make settling easier for you and bub.

  • Find the right nappy brand: if your toddler isn’t potty trained like baby E this is so important. Who thought it would be this hard finding the perfect nappy especially to wear overnight. I heard great reviews about Coles Comfy bots but they made changes to it and I was completely disappointed. Now we use Baby Love, which seems to be working for us so far.
  • Buy lots of weather appropriate clothes for baby E because the weather is constantly changing in Melbourne. I need to make sure he’s always nice and warm in the cold and not too hot during the heat. There are plenty of affordable places to buy baby clothes you will be spoilt with options.
  • Medicare: Unfortunately I misplaced our Medicare card (we share the same card) so I needed to get a replacement card; the process was quick and easy. All I had to do is call them and I had a new card within a few weeks.
  • Update Baby E’s immunisation records: my son received both his 6 months and 12 months vaccinations in Kenya. I had it all recorded correctly in his green book*.On his records in Australia it only showed the vaccinations he received when he was here as a newborn. I went to our local city council with his baby book and got his vaccination records updated.* The Green Book (My Health and Development Record) is given to all parents in Victoria after the birth of their baby; it has all the important information and records. This includes MCH nurse visits and vaccinations records.
  • Book an appointment with our local maternal and child health nurse (MCH) and take him for his 18 months check. Our GP doesn’t measure height or weight of the babies so I like taking him to these appointments to see where baby E is on the growth chart.
  • Take Baby E to activities in our local library: this is something I wasn’t able to do in Kenya and it is a great opportunity for him to socialise with kids around his age group. You can find play groups and kids activities near you on your local council’s website.
  • Adulting: I have been job hunting and trying to transition from a stay at home mum to working mum.

Everything seems to be falling into place and we settled well, the only thing missing is my husband who we terribly miss daily.

Have you moved with a baby before? What is your tip to mothers planning to make a big move soon?

You can read about our journey from Kenya to Australia and How I survived travelling with a toddler HERE

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Traveling solo with a toddler from Kenya to Australia 😵🇰🇪✈️🇦🇺

Hey lovelies, look who’s back! As most of you already know by now baby E and I moved back to Australia. I traveled solo with him and the trip was over 20 hours long. I was terrified; we traveled the same distance before but when he was a baby (he wasn’t even crawling back then). This time around he is a toddler running around and wants to be independent, so all you mums understand why I was so terrified about the long journey.

How to survive traveling solo with a toddler

As we settle in our new home I wanted to share my top tips and advice about traveling with a toddler to make it as easy and smooth as possible.

Don’t over pack: I know this is the hardest, I over packed and I wish I didn’t because we didn’t end up using most of the things I carried for him. I packed 3 outfits and we used all 3 by the end of the trip.

 What I packed

  • The essentials- passports, tickets, money, my son’s birth certificate (we don’t share the same family name and I heard that for some reason that can create an issue at airports so I carried it just incase but I wasn’t even questioned about our different surnames once) and all-important documents that I didn’t want to risk putting in the luggage.
  • Yellow fever cards- you will be asked upon arrival at the airport if you are arriving from Africa, my son got his yellow fever shot a month before we travelled if not more and I had mine from a few years back.
  • Nappies
  • Wipes
  • 3 different outfits – onesies and a sweater worked best for us
  • Dummies- we still use pacifiers so I carried more than enough incase he drops them I didn’t want to risk washing them so we ended up using all and losing a few.
  • Warm socks
  • Bibs
  • Empty baby bottles
  • Warm water
  • Toddler formula – Baby E has been drinking fresh milk since he turned one however, a few weeks before our big trip I transitioned him to toddler formula because fresh milk will spoil during the trip if left not refrigerated and we were at the airports for hours. Once we arrived and settled he went back to fresh milk.
  • Snacks – I packed a lot of snacks and he didn’t even eat it.
  • Laptop
  • Camera
  • Moisturizer for both of us
  • Lip balm
  • Toys
  • Phone
  • ipad with lots of cartoons to keep bub entertained.
  • Baby carrier – don’t take your buggy as a carry on luggage because it is usually heavy and being all alone it will be hectic trying to carry the buggy, baby and bag out of the plane because sometimes you will have to use stairs. There are strollers available at Dubai International airport that I used while in transit for a few hours.

Ask for extra blankets for your baby, I used two blankets for Baby E because it gets a little cold on the plane.

If your travelling alone with your baby best of luck, it looks scarier than it really is. Trust me I’m a living proof that a mummy can travel across the world with a toddler alone.

Have you ever traveled alone with you baby/ babies before?

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Family Day Out – National Museum Of Kenya (Nairobi) | Mrs Jibril

Hello lovelies

Baby E and I moved back to Australia last week, we shared the news with family and close friends. Living in Kenya has been unforgettable and magical. I will unquestionably miss it.

A week before we left, my husband and I decided to take our baby to the museum. We had a lovely time as a family and baby E enjoyed himself. I want to document baby E’s first visit to the museum in Nairobi and share it with all of you.

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*We didn’t take baby E’s mountain buggy with us which means a lot of walking for him. He’s becoming so independent now.museum 2

*These are all traditional furniture and homeware.museum 3museum 4

*There is a snake park at the other side of the museum which you pay an extra fee if you want to visit. We obviously wanted to have a look.museum 5

*There is also a little aquarium in the snake park which both me and hubby thought was odd. There wasn’t a huge range of fish in the aquarium and by that point Baby E was exhausted. museum 6

If you are ever in Nairobi and have time to spare I highly recommend visiting the National museum.

Have you been anywhere interesting lately with your family? Let me know in the comments

To my Australian readers “Happy labour day” I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend with your families.

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8 unique and inexpensive date ideas for new parents | Mrs Jibril

Hello lovelies, welcome back to my blog and if you are new here I hope you enjoy this post. Today is Valentine’s Day and lots of couples will be celebrating it. When I was younger a bouquet of red roses, a box of chocolate and dinner seemed to be the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Times have changes and I would rather do something new that I will remember than the usual cliché valentine date that most couples do.

I wanted to give those who are celebrating unique and inexpensive ways to celebrate this year. If you don’t celebrate these are still fun ideas that you can do with you husband.

8 unique and inexpensive date ideas for new parents

Prepare his favourite breakfast

This is the perfect way to start this special day, when you cook food with love it tastes so much better than just going out for breakfast.

Go to a museum

This can also be a family day out, if you have a little one like us. Most big cities have at least one museum and chances are you might have not gone there as a couple before.

Go for a walk

When leading an active life especially with kids, it hard to remember the last time you took a nice walk together as a couple. Get someone to watch the babies for an hour and go for a walk together holding hands. If you can’t get someone to watch the baby (it is Tuesday after all) the baby can also join you in your walk in his stroller.

 Make a bucket list together

This is what my husband and I are doing this year. We are writing down all things we want to do together as a couple before we die no matter how unattainable it is at this time. Years later we can look at this and maybe even tick a few things off our bucket list.

Movie marathon

You both pick a movie and watch both of them at the comfort of your home after your baby’s bedtime.

Go out for some dessert

If you have a sweet tooth like us then nothing says “I love you” like a good dessert. You can get a range of different desserts at the fraction of the price if you decide to go for a 4-course meal on Valentine day at any restaurant. let’s face it going out for just dessert also saves you time because even if you take the baby along chances are you will finish your dessert before the baby gets bored and throws a tantrum.

 Prepare dinner together

You don’t have to be a culinary expert to make a nice dinner. It can be something as simple as preparing pizza together and picking your favourite topping. If you don’t know how to make the pizza base there are numerous video on YouTube and if it all fails you can always buy the base from the supermarket. The good thing about dinner you can prepare it after the baby’s bedtime.

Pray together

I saved the best to last; this is by far my favourite idea. When we were newly weds we used to pray together all the time and this is a way to connect as a couple spiritually.

As I mentioned earlier even if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day you can still try these ideas with your partner.

Are you doing anything special on Valentine’s Day this year?

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Hey it’s okay…. New Mummy Edition

This was inspired by a fellow blogger from “Airing my laundry“; she got the idea from Glamour magazine. Being a mummy blogger it is only appropriate to make my list relating to motherhood, things that we should all be okay with and not feel guilty about.

Hey it's okay: new mummy edition

Hey, it’s okay …

… To formula feed your baby with all the pressures to breastfeed.

… To not remember the last time you went to get a mani-pedi or even the last time you applied nail polish.

… To have some of your pre-baby outfits in your closet that you know you might not wear again.

… To freak out & be worried when your baby has a bad fall or becomes sick.

… To still have a few extra pounds left of your baby weight, not everyone snaps back like celebrities.

… To use a pacifier or rock your baby to sleep… anything to calm your baby.

… To post photos of your baby all over social media.

… To be a working mother or a stay at home mum, there is nothing wrong with having your own dreams and aspirations

… To take a nap in the afternoon, motherhood can be exhausting at times and sometimes you need to refuel to keep up with your active toddler.

… To ask for help and advice when you need it; it’s okay to seeking professional help if you are struggling with motherhood.

Share with me one thing you’re okay with

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Blogging achievements & 2017 goals

I know it is almost February and some might think it is too late to set new years resolutions. To my defence this is not really a 2017 resolutions post! I want to remember all the tiny blogging milestones and set goals to reach in 2017.

There is something about writing your goals down that makes them seem attainable and realistic.

I’m a fairly new blogger; I started this blog in May 2016 (8 months ago). I went to the blogging world not knowing what to expect. Fortunately it gave me the chance to come across some lovely blogs and blogging communities from all over the world.

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 2017 blogging goals

  • Consistency- I usually aim to post once or twice a week, I mainly write and edit my blogpost whenever I have free time but in 2017 I want to be more organised.
  • Self-hosting- this has been on my mind for a while I hope sometime in 2017 that I will self-host my blog. I’m not very tech savvy, self-hosting comes with a lot of things I’m not familiar with such as DA and Yoast (so fingers crossed!).
  • Social media followers- I want to increase my followers in these main platforms Instagram, new Facebook page and twitter. I want about 1k- 2k by the end of 2017 (I hope that is not wishful thinking)
  • Simply a Mama followers- I want to hopefully double my blog followers.
  • Start a Youtube channel- I’m extremely shy but I want to enter the world of Youtube sometime in 2017.
  • Collaborations and guest posts- to be able to be featured in other blogs again in 2017 would be awesome.
  • Create a tag/ series- for other bloggers and my readers to be featured on my blog.

I hope that I will be able to achieve all or some of my blogging goals in 2017.

 What are some of your blogging goals in 2017?

Any tips and tricks of how I can achieve my 2017 blogging goals are welcome

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