Monday, July 9, 2018

#POTTERIFICJULY

⚡️ #PotterificJuly - a photo a day, following daily prompts, was a photography challenge hosted by my sister @saraallie on Instagram ••• It was a call to all Potterheads and they responded! The hashtag went up like fireworks! ✨ The month transformed to a grand celebration of The Harry Potter Fandom✨Everybody posted HP themed photos daily (following the prompt of the day) and tagged it #PotterificJuly

๐Ÿ“ธ⚡️⚯͛ △⃒⃘๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ ๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ๐Ÿ†POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก “I’m A Potterhead” ••• Butterbeer Cheers ๐Ÿป ••• Wand Raises ✨ ••• All Heads Potterheads! No Head ๐Ÿง  Better Than A Potterhead❗️••• The Potterific July Photo Challenge takes off today! H00T ๐Ÿฆ‰ ••• Super proud of the hostess of the challenge, The Sara, @saraallie — we share the same magical DNA! Yes, we’re the Fred & George of the show! ••• We’ve been on the Potterhead Express since the very beginning when the first books hit the shelves in the UK ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Our Dad brought us all 3 first installments and said casually “They were the most highly advertised bestsellers” ••• We took a dive and never reappeared back on the surface of the Muggle world.
In the photo today I’m sporting a Harry Potter Chibi t-cap that I got from Walmart! It’s a must have for everyone who adores the Chibis! It’s a $6 no biggie and it’s Chambray fabric that’ll keep cool in the summers.

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Everyone loves a good milk chocolate ๐Ÿซ ••• add rice crisps, make it the shape of a frog ๐Ÿธ and include a Wizard Card ๐Ÿง™‍♂️ inside and you have a Potterhead’s attention! The Sara and I inaugurated the #PotterificJuly last night past midnight by munching our Chocolate Frog bought from Lolli & Pops ••• and of course we have the weekend custom of wearing our Harry Potter merch.
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๐Ÿ“ธ⚡️⚯͛ △⃒⃘๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ ๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ๐Ÿ†POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก “House Pride” ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
••• I never pulled Godric Gryffindor’s sword out of the hat, but unlike the Sorting Hat I never doubted which house I belonged to for one bit! ••• ⚡️๐Ÿฆ⚡️๐Ÿ›ก⚡️๐Ÿฆ⚡️๐Ÿ†⚡️๐Ÿงฃ⚡️๐Ÿฆ⚡️
•••When Pottermore began its crazy quizzes and sorting people like Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) into houses different from theirs, I decided to INSIST I was Gryffindor and nothing else ••• It took a lot of research on YouTube to select all the right answers on the quiz ••• The obvious ones like ‘owl’ for ‘what pet would you bring?’ were simple but some are intentionally random so you get sorted non-Gryffindor! ••• so I worked my way through and made it as an official Gryffindor on Pottermore!••• And my sister Sara (hostess of Potterific) had already bagged so much Gryffindor merch! No way we were settling for anything else! •••
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••• I connect best with the qualities of a Gryffindor! ••• I’m infamous as the brave, strong hearted, daring girl who knows how to suppress her inner fears and FIGHT! ••• Loyalty, courage and staying clear of all things evil is the mantra of my life ••• I connect with Hermione for her know it all nature but sound, cautious advice, I connect with Ron for the acknowledgement of fear ๐Ÿ•ท, and I connect with Harry for sheer courage and nerve in the face of life!•••
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FEATURED MERCH IN TODAY’S PHOTO
๐Ÿฆ Gryffindor crest cushion (eBay)
๐ŸงฃGryffindor wool scarf (eBay)
๐Ÿ›กGryffindor appliquรฉ patch on Denim bag (Etsy)
๐Ÿ†Gryffindor hoodie from the Wizarding World
๐ŸŽ’Gryffindor tote bag from Hot Topic
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๐Ÿ“ธ⚡️⚯͛ △⃒⃘๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ ๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ๐Ÿ†POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก “Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s Stone)” “Favorite Character" 
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••• Combo entry for Day 3 & Day 4 ( @saraallie ‘s idea for my lazy self) ••• ๐Ÿ’Ž⚡️๐Ÿ’Ž⚡️๐Ÿ’Ž⚡️๐Ÿ’Ž⚡️๐Ÿ’Ž⚡️๐Ÿ’Ž⚡️๐Ÿ’Ž••• The Philosopher’s Stone is a Potterhead’s first love. ••• these words started it all, the fandom, the addiction, the obsession. It pulled me into a parallel universe where I exist now in due respect, love, and acceptance- uncommon in my real world. And, Harry (of course) is my favorite character because he conveys strong tolerance to being the unacceptable, then the evil jealousy and enmity he invites when he enters a world where he is most loved. 
➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖FEATURED MERCH IN TODAY’S PHOTO๐Ÿ’Ž Philosopher’s Stone necklace (eBay)๐Ÿ‘“ Harry Potter Funko ๐Ÿง™‍♂️ Albus Dumbledore Funko✨ The Mirror of Erised mini (Hot Topic)๐Ÿ“š Special edition of The Philosopher’s Stone (20 year’s anniversary edition gifted by a dear friend Asma)➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖

๐Ÿ“ธ⚡️⚯͛ △⃒⃘๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ ๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ๐Ÿ†POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก “Favorite Professor” - Day 05➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖⚡️๐Ÿง™‍♂️⚡️๐Ÿ—⚡️๐Ÿ‰⚡️๐Ÿง™‍♂️⚡️๐Ÿฐ⚡️๐Ÿ“š❝Yer a wizard Harry!❞ These very words made Hagrid my friend. He’s one of my favorite professors at Hogwarts. Although his teaching was always questionable and he couldn’t handle the load but the honesty won him brownie points from me. The way he was always asking Harry, Ron, and Hermione for their honest opinions, and how he just tried SO hard to pull it all together.➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖FEATURED MERCH IN TODAY’S PHOTO๐Ÿพ Monster Book Of Monsters from the Wizarding World๐Ÿง™‍♂️ Hagrid’s hut model DIY✨ Lantern from the craft store๐Ÿ“š Harry Potter Calendar➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖

๐Ÿ“ธ⚡️⚯͛ △⃒⃘๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ ๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ๐Ÿ†POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก “Wands At The Ready” - Day 06➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖⚡️๐Ÿฅข⚡️๐Ÿ’ฅ⚡️๐Ÿฅข⚡️๐ŸŒช⚡️๐Ÿ’ซ⚡️➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖FEATURED MERCH IN TODAY’S PHOTO✨๐Ÿฅข Elder Wand from the Pensieve Memory Journal set, Elder Wand necklace charm (eBay), & Narcissa Malfoy’s Wand from the Wizarding World๐Ÿ“š Hogwarts Cinematic Yearbook➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
๐Ÿ“ธ⚡️⚯͛ △⃒⃘๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ ๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ๐Ÿ†POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก “Chamber Of Secrets” - Day 07
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⚡️๐Ÿ⚡️๐Ÿ•ท⚡️๐Ÿ—ก⚡️๐Ÿ–Œ๐Ÿ“”⚡️
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FEATURED MERCH IN TODAY’S PHOTO
✨Chamber Of Secrets cushion (eBay)
๐Ÿ“”Hogwarts Journal (Dervish and Banges at the Wizarding World)
๐Ÿ–Œ DIY feather quill ๐Ÿฆ… Fawkes (Filch’s Emporium at the Wizarding World)
๐Ÿฐ Hogwarts fleece blanket (Hot Topic) 
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๐Ÿ“ธ⚡️⚯͛ △⃒⃘๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ ๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ๐Ÿ†POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก “Mischief Managed” - Day 08➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖⚡️๐Ÿพ✨⚡️๐Ÿพ✨⚡️๐Ÿพ✨⚡️๐Ÿพ✨⚡️Dedicating today’s entry to my sister @saraallie (the magical hostess of #PotterificJuly ••• she’s the Fred to my George ••• together, we pass of as our own cosmetic twins version of the Weasley twins! she’s my partner in mischief and we manage it perfectly!➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖FEATURED MERCH IN TODAY’S PHOTO✨Marauders Map Bed Set (Hot Topic)๐Ÿพ Mischief Managed Satchel (Hot Topic)⚡️ Applique patches (Etsy)๐Ÿพ Marauders Map cardigan (Hot Topic)✨ Storage bin (Hot Topic)๐Ÿพ Pillows (Hot Topic)➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖

๐Ÿ“ธ⚡️⚯͛ △⃒⃘๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ ๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ๐Ÿ†POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก “The Boy Who Lived” - Day 09 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖⚡️✨⚡️✨⚡️✨⚡️✨⚡️✨⚡️✨⚡️The very first chapter was the most random of things I’d come across ••• the cartoonish graphic on the cover gave me a very normal Roald Dahl kind of fantasy fiction novel ••• little did I know I was going to be pulled into a magical world unlike any other and the fandom would become a lifestyle!➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖FEATURED MERCH IN TODAY’S PHOTO ⚡️ Mini Funko keychain✨ DIY card by my sister @saraallie ⚡️ 20th anniversary Gryffindor colored HP book
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๐Ÿ“ธ⚡️⚯͛ △⃒⃘๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ ๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ๐Ÿ†POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก “Platform Nine and Three Quarters” - Day 10➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖⚡️๐Ÿš‚⚡️๐Ÿฐ⚡️๐Ÿ›ค⚡️๐ŸŽŸ⚡️๐Ÿš‚⚡️๐Ÿฐ⚡️ ❝the barrier was coming nearer and nearer. He wouldn't be able to stop - the trolley was out of control - he was a foot away - he closed his eyes ready for the crash -It didn't come ... he kept on running ... he opened his eyes.A scarlet steam engine was waiting next to a platform packed with people. A sign overhead said Hogwarts Express, 11 o'clock. Harry looked behind him and saw a wrought-iron archway where the ticket box had been, with the words Platform Nine and Three-Quarters on it. He had done it. ❞
Not only had Harry done it ••• I had done it too ••• I’d dived into a magical world forever! I’m so glad I get to live that experience at the Wizarding World each time ••• I get to run into the barrier wall and see myself disappear and reappear at the other end! The scarlet steam engine greets me each time and I get teary eyed! ••• ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖FEATURED MERCH IN TODAY’S PHOTOS⚡️ Hogwarts Express/ Platform 9 3/4 Umbrella (Hot Topic)๐Ÿš‚ Platform 9 3/4 Makeup bag set with ticket and Chocolate Frog mini kits (Hot Topic)⚡️ Applique patch on denim bag (Etsy)๐Ÿฐ Hogwarts Express Funko Pop with Harry (Hot Topic)⚡️ Hogwarts Express luggage trunk photo frame (Wizarding World)๐Ÿš‚ Luggage trunk storage box (Home Goods)⚡️Platform 9 3/4 ticket keychain (Wizarding World)➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
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๐Ÿ“ธ⚡️⚯͛ △⃒⃘๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ ๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ๐Ÿ†POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก “Platform Nine and Three Quarters” - Day 10➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖⚡️๐Ÿš‚⚡️๐Ÿฐ⚡️๐Ÿ›ค⚡️๐ŸŽŸ⚡️๐Ÿš‚⚡️๐Ÿฐ⚡️ Forgot to make a mention of this gorgeous teacup I have! I mixed and matched - it came as a set with a Marauders Map cup and saucer and a Platform Nine and Three Quarters - and filled it with candy! The Platform and candy go together ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
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๐Ÿ“ธ⚡️⚯͛ △⃒⃘๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ ๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ๐Ÿ†POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก “The Mirror Of Erised” - Day 11➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ ⚡️๐ŸŽญ✨⚡️๐ŸŽญ✨⚡️๐ŸŽญ✨⚡️๐ŸŽญ✨⚡️ I wonder what the mirror would show me? Perhaps I’d see myself standing at The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter with a lifetime pass! ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ FEATURED MERCH IN TODAY’S PHOTOS ⚡️ Mirror of Erised photo frame from Filch’s Emporium at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter ๐ŸŽญ Mirror of Erised mini replica from Hot Topic ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
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๐Ÿ“ธ⚡️⚯͛ △⃒⃘๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ ๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ๐Ÿ†POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก“Prisoner Of Azkaban” - Day 12➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖⚡️๐Ÿพ⚡️๐Ÿพ⚡️๐Ÿพ⚡️๐Ÿพ⚡️๐Ÿพ⚡️๐Ÿพ⚡️The 3rd book took a serious turn. Things began to get more serious and sober, yet the hilarity of the Weasleys quadrupled! Quidditch became more challenging, and bigger dangers lurked! Sirius, Lupin, the Riddikulus and the Expecto Patronum, Buckbeak, Professor Hagrid, Time Turner, Marauders Map!, Hogsmeade! Trelawney! There was a LOT to treasure!➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖FEATURED MERCH IN TODAY’S PHOTOSMarauders Map Bow Clip (Hot Topic)Time Turner keychain (Wizarding World)Marauders Map bagPrisoner of Azkaban
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๐Ÿ“ธ⚡️๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ ๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ๐Ÿ†POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก “Hogwarts” - Day 13 ⚡️๐Ÿฐ⚡️๐Ÿš‚⚡️๐Ÿฐ⚡️๐Ÿš‚⚡️๐Ÿฐ⚡️๐Ÿš‚⚡️ Hogwarts is my home. And that line actualized when I finally started going to the Wizarding World. It’s the best escape I can get from the madness of real life. I’ve loved Hogwarts since as far back as the HP books. Each time Harry boarded the train back to the Dursleys, I was tear-struck! The castle at the WWOHP has to be the best thing ever! I mean I’m a Disney buff too but Hogwarts is a much bigger emotional connection than Cinderella’s castle. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
FEATURED MERCH IN TODAY’S PHOTOS Hogwarts iPhone case (eBay) Hogwarts Cinematic Yearbook (Target) Pajamas (JCPenney)
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⚡️๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก๐Ÿ†๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ❝ Marauders ❞ - Day 14 ๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ Sirius Black undoubtedly is my favorite marauder! I wish I had a godfather like him that I could send an owl to!
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FEATURED MERCH IN TODAY’S PHOTOS Door knob hanger from Primark gifted by a darling friend
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⚡️๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก๐Ÿ†๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ❝ Deatheater ❞ - Day 15 ๐Ÿ’€☠️๐Ÿ’€☠️๐Ÿ’€☠️๐Ÿ’€☠️๐Ÿ’€☠️๐Ÿ’€☠️๐Ÿ’€ Today’s a tribute to the most classic villainous of the Wizarding World. Potterheads! Raise your wands (to curse of course!) for Bellatrix Lestrange! For the most part I love her because her screen role was played by my favorite actress Helena Bonham Carter. I believe everyone she plays is my alter ego ๐Ÿ˜† Mrs Lovett, Queen Of Hearts! The chemistry between her and Lord Voldy is absolutely fantastic!
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FEATURED MERCH IN TODAY’S PHOTOS Bellatrix Lestrange Funko Pop (Hot Topic)
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⚡️๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก๐Ÿ†๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ❝ Goblet Of Fire ❞ - Day 17 Has to be my favorite book in the series! — Quidditch World Cup! Mad Eye Moody! The crazy teacher who, despite being Crouch Jr, was my favorite! Cedric Diggory — developed a book crush on the guy! The dragons of course my favorite! •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• FEATURED MERCH IN TODAY’S PHOTOS Dragon, Hungarian Horntail (Wizarding World) Triwizard Cup (Wizarding World) Broomstick (Wizarding World) ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
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⚡️๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ POTTERIFIC JULY๐Ÿ›ก๐Ÿ†๐Ÿง™‍♀️ ❝ Quidditch ❞ - Day 18 I’d be a Seeker for sure! Give me only ONE job! No Keeping, no Beating! I get my big moment and I turn the game around! How about you? •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• FEATURED MERCH IN TODAY’S PHOTOS Firebolt (Dervish and Banges) Cinematic Yearbook (Target) Harry Potter mini keychain (Hot Topic) Chibi cap (Walmart) Marauders Map Journal (Hot Topic) ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Voice Of Abbie: July - Ramadan Hiatus Bids Farewell, Potterific July Takes Off, Summer of 2018 Begins


HELLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOO! SALAM & GREETINGS! ••• YOU'RE LISTENING TO •••
THE VOICE OF ABBIE!

They've cranked up the heat!!! ••• (the weather maintenance crew UP there! - inspired by Supernatural's way of referring to angels!) ••• Summer's here! Trust me ••• putting watermelons and popsicles on magazine covers and social media feeds will NOT cool me down! I wish the world an adventurous, cool summer! ••• and I'd like a fast forward to Fall please *knock knock upstairs*

I was chasing Samosas through May and June ••• courtesy Ramadan! Ramadan Adventure Films on my 2nd blog, Sisterly Yours was a major hit! Brushing imaginary dirt off my collar, I pulled of a Ramadan Iftar dinner myself. ••• Thank you ALL who Liked the vids on Instagram and Facebook and for the wonderful comments! ••• I was on a Ramadan hiatus (as a blogger friend described perfectly!) from all other platforms! ••• And then my good peeps ••• Eid arrived with another truckload of food, meetups, and festivities! ••• The stars of the show of my EID ENSEMBLE were the 3D Laser Paper Star Lanterns got off of eBay ••• Don't forget to catch the entry HERE •••

POTTERIFIC JULY is a bloody brilliant photo challenge is happening in July and is hosted by none other than my partner in crime ••• The Sara •••  It is being hosted on her Instagram @saraallie  ••• Read the deets in POTTERHEAD CHRONICLES.
Grab your wands, pull up your sleeves, get ready! ⚡️Calling all Potterheads to join me in taking the Potterific July Photo Challenge! ✨ Today I officially welcome The Potterific July which is my grand celebration of The Harry Potter Fandom throughout the month! ✨ All you have to do is follow the prompts listed above for each day of the challenge. Each day we’ll use the prompt to post a HP themed picture and tag it using #PotterificJuly ✨ If you miss a prompt, no biggie, just catch up or keep going! Let’s have some fun Potter style! Make sure you use the hashtag or none of us will be able to find your posts! ⚡️Will you be taking up the Potterific July Photo Challenge? ⚡️✨
#PotterificJuly #harrypotter #harrypotterfan#harrypotterfandom #potterheads#photochallenge #picoftheday #hogwarts#hogsmeade #magic#wizardingworldofharrypotter#wizardingworld #photography #wands#theboywholived #quidditch #diagonalley#owlpost
••• Ramadan hiatus bids farewell ••• I am working full speed on Abbie's Adventure Diaries. Chapter XXXI is halfway over ••• need to get all the talking done, all adventures shared, all channels going ••• Doing the Radio'TV is SO not happening because let's face it ••• I am not spared a lot of Me Time ••• I recorded those sitting in my car inside the garage, and summers mean I'd be roasted Abbie if I re-attempt. So The Voice Of Abbie shall reverberate here and of course through the Abbie's Adventure Films popping up on Instagram ••• Stay glued for monthly Food Journals, Words Of The Month, Babbling Abbie comics, and ⚡Potterhead Chronicles!

I am not a Summer person so I am clearly TRYING here. There's no bucket list but I'd be going with the flow with this one. Perhaps I'd eat a watermelon and a frozen yogurt treat? Maybe I'd make some lemonade or popsicles? Stay close! 
 HAPPY SUMMER!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Lolli and Pops Chocolate Frog (Review)

DISCLAIMER: This is NO WAY a replacement of the original king size Chocolate Frog sold at The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter ••• This is a less expensive version though that you can get conveniently (online or at retailers) and has a different collection of Wizard Cards too! So, here are the fast facts!

  • The Chocolate Frog is milk chocolate with rice crisps.
  • Kosher!
  • Wizard Cards are 3D ••• yes, they move! You can't expect them to hang around all day!
  • The cost is $4
  • The size is 2 inches by 1.5 inches
  • Wizard Cards collected so far: Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Gilderoy Lockhart, and Rubeus Hagrid.
BUYING AND UNBOXING

⚡️POTTERHEAD CHRONICLES⚡️ ๐Ÿ“ธ⚡️⚯͛ △⃒⃘๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ ๐Ÿง™‍♀️ Buying Chocolate Frogs ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿซ from Lolli and Pops ••• They’re a mini experience as compared to the real big deal that sells at The Wizarding World. Previously The Sara and I got Hagrid & Professor Lockhart. We treated ourselves to another set and got Godric Gryffindor and Salazar Slytherin! Seriously good luck with these! #harrypotter #harrypotterfan #harrypotterfandom #potterheads #photochallenge #picoftheday #hogwarts #hogsmeade #magic #wizardingworldofharrypotter #wizardingworld #photography #wands #theboywholived #quidditch #diagonalley #owlpost #PotterificJuly #harrypotter #harrypotterfan #harrypotterfandom #potterheads #photochallenge #hogwarts #hogsmeade #magic #wizardingworldofharrypotter #wizardingworld #photography #wands #theboywholived #quidditch #diagonalley #owlpost #magic #gryffindor #mischiefmanaged #muggle #chocolatefrog @lolliandpops #lolliandpops
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THROWBACK: MAGICAL MOMENT! GILDEROY LOCKHART!

HAVE YOU HAD A MAGICAL MOMENT YOURSELF?

Eid Ensemble


Silver and gold theme this year •••
3D Laser Paper Star Lanterns (Gold - bigger & Silver small, from eBay)
Golden lantern (real) with LED candle inside (Five Below)
Silver bells garland (Christmas decor from Dollar Tree)
Silver lattice LED lights (eBay)
Golden pearls necklace (Dollar Tree)
Silver candies platter (plastic) (Party City)




Saturday, June 30, 2018

Potterhead Chronicles: #PotterificJuly, Re-reading Goblet of Fire, Mischief Managed Satchel Sneak Peak, Lolli & Pops Chocolate Frogs


POTTERIFIC JULY: INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE BY THE SARA
This bloody brilliant photo challenge is happening in July and is hosted by none other than my partner in crime ••• The Sara •••  It is being hosted on her Instagram @saraallie  ••• Read the deets in in the words of the boss lady herself •••
Grab your wands, pull up your sleeves, get ready! ⚡️Calling all Potterheads to join me in taking the Potterific July Photo Challenge! ✨ Today I officially welcome The Potterific July which is my grand celebration of The Harry Potter Fandom throughout the month! ✨ All you have to do is follow the prompts listed above for each day of the challenge. Each day we’ll use the prompt to post a HP themed picture and tag it using #PotterificJuly ✨ If you miss a prompt, no biggie, just catch up or keep going! Let’s have some fun Potter style! Make sure you use the hashtag or none of us will be able to find your posts! ⚡️Will you be taking up the Potterific July Photo Challenge? ⚡️✨
Hang on to these hashtags Potterheads!
#PotterificJuly #harrypotter #harrypotterfan#harrypotterfandom #potterheads#photochallenge #picoftheday #hogwarts#hogsmeade #magic#wizardingworldofharrypotter#wizardingworld #photography #wands#theboywholived #quidditch #diagonalley#owlpost




READING THE GOBLET OF FIRE: HERE WE GO AGAIN
I am re-reading Harry Potter YAY! ••• And I decided to begin from the Goblet Of Fire because the previous three are practically imprinted at the back of my mind. The 4th book; however, is very critical because some very important elements are established in it. Voldemort, the Dark Lord, returns at the end of the book in a murderous way, and that's when it all hits off for Harry ••• the seriousness that his existence is. 
MISCHIEF MANAGED SATCHEL SNEAK PEAK : REVIEW COMING SOON!
The most fantastic deal hit Hot Topic and we bagged 2 Mischief Managed satchels! We used the online deal and a $10 reward I believe to get each of these for about $33 each. Considering they were priced at $50 or $56 it was hitting a goldmine! At the moment it is $40 at Hot Topic and a second piece will be 50% off. Soon, I'd review the satchel with deets and vids. Keep following the Potterhead Chronicles. 

LOLLI & POPS CHOCOLATE FROGS UNBOXING: GRYFFINDOR & SLYTHERIN!

⚡️POTTERHEAD CHRONICLES⚡️ ๐Ÿ“ธ⚡️⚯͛ △⃒⃘๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚9¾ ๐Ÿง™‍♀️ Buying Chocolate Frogs ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿซ from Lolli and Pops ••• They’re a mini experience as compared to the real big deal that sells at The Wizarding World. Previously The Sara and I got Hagrid & Professor Lockhart. We treated ourselves to another set and got Godric Gryffindor and Salazar Slytherin! Seriously good luck with these! #harrypotter #harrypotterfan #harrypotterfandom #potterheads #photochallenge #picoftheday #hogwarts #hogsmeade #magic #wizardingworldofharrypotter #wizardingworld #photography #wands #theboywholived #quidditch #diagonalley #owlpost #PotterificJuly #harrypotter #harrypotterfan #harrypotterfandom #potterheads #photochallenge #hogwarts #hogsmeade #magic #wizardingworldofharrypotter #wizardingworld #photography #wands #theboywholived #quidditch #diagonalley #owlpost #magic #gryffindor #mischiefmanaged #muggle #chocolatefrog @lolliandpops #lolliandpops
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LOLLI AND POPS CHOCOLATE FROG REVIEW. Read HERE.

Words Of The Month: June "Mess Is Always Perfect"

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••• Popular propaganda goes that I’m a major cluttered mess ••• I take comfort in disarray and I feel it is art in itself ••• Besides, my rebel side says this is great because a mess is perfect by definition ••• there are no standards of how competitively less or more a disaster is ••• if it’s there, that’s what it’ll be called ••• I exist in disorganization.



--- My brother's little WhatsApp treat for me --- his prized sister! --- we keep telling him the ordeal of being single bachelorettes in a very 'disturbed' Desi community where Aunties suffer the malignancy of unleashing the 'Poke in others business' demon! ๐Ÿ˜

SHARED BY SARA --- AN ODE TO OUR FREQUENTLY SUFFERED SITUATION


THIS QUOTE HIT HOME FOR ME.


SOMETHING SARA SHARED AS A TRIBUTE TO MY DESK!


DON'T FORGET TO CATCH 
THE VOICE OF ABBIE
Click below!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Food Journals March, April: Kitchen Rollercoaster Months

March? What's a March? I seriously don't recall a March. It was directly April upon me. When a baby is born in the family --- it brings with it some serious celebration! And celebrations mean copious demands of foods! There was a lunch affair to celebrate my niece, Hafsa (Chunky Huffington Hufflepuffs’) birth! I cooked Chicken Biryani ๐Ÿ—, Baisan Karhi, and Koftay ๐Ÿ˜ and you can check out the grand luncheon in video below.
It's a small world after all. I found the Arabic Mamoul cookies (date filled goodness!) at the ICNA MAS Convention! And the $5 packs were in 2 varieties ... whole wheat and regular ... The whole wheat has a bitter wheatish tinge to it but we can live with that! I also got a stash of assorted Turkish Delight flavors via my father who came to visit. I'm a Turkish Delight maniac! I'd add these treats to my Ramadan display as well because they're such flavorful parts of the Muslim culture! 
Behold! These are some of the wonders I created in the past two months. I say some because the mundane recipes don't get the camera spotlight. Fancy some no bake, sugar free strawberry cheesecake? Grab the recipe HERE!

March and April have been the kitchen rollercoaster duo months. Dish after dish I stirred up recipes to provide a different menu for my father for lunches and dinners. The Stone Hot whole wheat pizza was our guilty pleasure. Sara and I found ourselves stranded in the kitchen with very little time between meals and tea times. So we ate there --- at the countertop --- The Bosco Pizza and brownies are the hospital party we had in the maternity wing after my niece was born and we went over to visit. Bosco Pizza was served to my SIL! Fancy! A hospital that serves pizza to newbie moms! Fancy! 
That's a wrap for March and April. May is Ramadan Preparation month and the first 2 weeks of Ramadan fall there as well. See you on the other side!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Sugar Free No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

This is an Allrecipes.com recipe, ladies. But I have tweaked it to simplify and also to add volume to the cake. The graham cracker crumbs and butter quantities have been doubled. I've excluded the spices (cinnamon and nutmeg because I wasn't sure how they'd react with artificial sweetener of the pudding, sometimes they take a bitter tinge). I've also substituted regular cream cheese with low fat. You can do the same with milk. I used regular though, I was afraid it would become too runny so I kept some fat.
YOU NEED 
1.5 cup graham cracker crumbs (from sugar free Digestive biscuits)
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (8 ounce) package low fat cream cheese, softened
1.5 cups milk
1 ounce package cheesecake or vanilla flavor sugar-free instant pudding mix (Jell-O)
Fresh strawberries, sliced, as many as you like
8" pie dish or springform pan 
LET'S MAKE SOME CAKE! 
1. Mix together graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in a bowl.
2. Press the mixture into an 8-inch pie dish. Refrigerate while making filling.
3. Beat low fat cream cheese in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until softened. reduce the speed to low, and gradually beat in milk, a little at a time (mixture will be watery). Use a rubber spatula to scrape cream cheese from the sides of the bowl, if necessary.
4. Beat in pudding mix until the filling is thick and smooth.

5. Spoon half of the cream cheese filling into the bottom of the graham cracker crust.
6. Spread half the strawberries over the filling.
7. Repeat cheesecake layer and strawberry layer.
8. Chill pie in refrigerator until set and cold, at least 1 hour.
Be hard when cutting out a slice because the crust hardens. Use a sharp, heavy duty knife and cut a wide piece. The narrower the piece, the wobblier it is and more chances of collapse! Enjoy the recipe! 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

X - X-Factor: Tips For A Power Personality

DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a power personality a 100% - it's a work in progress. 

EXPLORE THE SHADES OF YOUR PERSONALITY --- I have learned greatly to accept some hardcore weaknesses of my personality. There are some things I cannot do, some paths I do not wish to walk on, some things I am not capable of. These are the paths I avoid treading on to avoid acute failure. Also, I have recognized some incredible strengths. I take to them to build the bridges worth building. Marks should be made --- even if small, insignificant ones --- 

CREATIVE EXPRESSION --- is the beacon of success for anyone who wishes to develop an x-factor personality. I have observed that people with the gift of artistic expression are rare personality types and I identify with them. I have been a strange person since time immemorial and have been labeled the same. I beg to differ and I have an alternative eye for things and I continue to be this way. My creative expression is via poetry, microblogging, creative arts and crafts, and even cooking ...

LET PEOPLE KNOW --- earlier ... in the dinosaur age ... when I was called a 'freak' a lot because of my abilities, I refused to come out of my shell. I didn't have enough guts in the face of bullies to say out loud I was good at so many things different from them. I have learned that that was the biggest mistake --- staying in the shell! It is fair to tell the world what you do even if it is a tiny little speck of something! 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Z - Zooming In On The Year Gone

2017's been an unnerving year --- emotional challenges have been abundant! I have learned so much --- hard truths of life --- reality behind relationships --- my own weaknesses --- impossibilities of certain pathways I have been persistently pursuing --- alternative pathways that are rare to the world but destined for me perhaps --- unnecessary toxic emotions and stress that I have piled on --- remedies to battle these and keep my brain de-stressed --- the value of long hours of undisturbed sleep --- the uselessness of everything, everyone --- the afterworld being the only permanent goal to strive for --- 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Y - You Are Your Only Curse

If it rains on my parade, I am responsible somehow or the other. I know this sounds like I'm being hard on myself but that's the hardcore truth beneath the workings of life. If you invite trouble, trouble finds you. That make you your own curse!
You let in fishy people, get ready to face the stink!
You sign up for less than perfect, get ready for a Greek tragedy!
You get on board funny business, get ready to sink like the Titanic!
You let too many cooks in, get ready for a spoiled broth!
You lose focus, get ready for spilled milk!
You don't respect yourself, get ready for mass ridicule!
You do unnecessary favors, get taken for granted!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

W - Will To Survive


April has been a battle with time *SLIDING SWORD BACK INTO ITS SHEATH* and I still cannot be at ease because every day, every week, every month is a time battle. The thirties is a rocky road and I have realized I need the will to survive to go through it. 
SILENCE is needed to tolerate the negative hyberbole!
PATIENCE is needed to combat failures!
COURAGE is needed to battle my worst fears!
FOCUS is needed to do away with distractions!
CONFIDENCE is needed to push back elements that don't believe in me!
HUMOR is needed to be able to swallow it all in!

Monday, April 23, 2018

T - Tips From A Savvy Landlady

I was a nervous train wreck when I got into the property management biz. Gradually, as I learned through trial and error, things changed. I cannot say I am any less bonkers than I ever was but I am not the Greek tragedy that I used to be. The tips I am about to deliver to your doorstep right now are good for home management!

  • Only hire licensed, bonded/insured people for your works such as handymen, plumbers, and contractors. 
  • Don't call servicemen after 5pm. Happy hour puts them in a mood and they can always send you a "kissing cat" emoji, or try talking with you in an unprofessional way.
  • Get used to packing to-go lunches for days when servicemen are coming over at rental properties.
  • Always pay using your checkbook so you can stop payment or have the record.
  • Don't let any work start before finalizing a price and getting a work invoice.
  • Always read Google Reviews of companies you find online.
  • Avoid using handymen who charge by the hour. They end up charging a lot more than what a simple job costs.