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FREEbie Friday – Coloring Page 16 – Eid al Adha Inspired

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Shalimar Gardens – Lahore, Pakistan

One of my favorite historic spots in Lahore is the Shalimar Baagh (garden).  The construction of this mughal garden began in 1637 C.E. and completed in 1641. It was designed in the lifetime of Shah Jehan and it mimiced the one built in Kashmir by his father, Jahangir. These gardens were laid out as a ‘charbagh’ meaning quadrilateral garden based on the four gardens of Paradise mentioned in the Quran. More on its History: http://www.orientalarchitecture.com/sid/572/pakistan/lahore/shalamar-gardens Location: Lahore, Pakistan Architecture: Mughal Era

GIVEAWAY from my Etsy Shop!!

Okay guys, I’m doing my first giveaway from my Etsy shop on Instagram, woo! Someone (chosen at random) will win a FREE printable from my shop. Simply follow these rules: Follow @taydesigns_ & @tayothemove (on Instagram) Tag a friend on the “Giveaway” post Like the “Giveaway” photo Contest ends on August 22 and I will announce a winner on Instagram by August 24!!

FREEbie Friday – Coloring Page 15

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24 Hours in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Okay, so I decided to take a break from my Pakistan posts and share with you what I’ve been up to this summer so far. For me, summer started after the month of fasting ended! As soon as it did, I wasted no time in planning a short trip out of Chicago to a place I had been researching about ever since I moved here, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. My nieces were visiting also so it ended up being the perfect little 24 hour family vacation! Strawberry Picking at Apple Barn Orchard & Winery I have also been wanting to go fruit picking for ages and when I looked up things to do near Lake Geneva, this barn kept coming up for apple and strawberry picking. Since we were just in time for the strawberry season, that is what I planned to do first. My nieces love, LOVE strawberries so it…

The Ultimate Nachos

Today is the day that I post a recipe that all my friends go crazy over and my mom gets cravings for! It’s super easy and once again very versatile. I make it a lot, especially when we do parties. Ingredients: -1lb ground beef -1tbs oil -1 onion, chopped -2 garlic cloves minced -1 1oz. taco seasoning package -queso cheese dip (I get this one) -1 1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese -tortilla chips (these are my all time FAVORITE tortilla chips!!) -1 avocado chopped -2 tomatoes -handful sprigs of cilantro, chopped -1-2 tbs lime juice -salt & pepper to taste Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees then lightly brown half the onion and 2 cloves garlic in oil, until translucent. 2. Add the beef and brown it. Once brown, drain the fat. 3. Add taco seasoning and 3/4 cup water, bring to a boil then put the…

FREEbie Friday – Coloring Page 14

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Lahore Fort (Shahi Qila) – Lahore, Pakistan

The next stop on my historic architectural tour in Pakistan was Lahore Fort (also known as Shahi Qila) which is situated right across Badshahi Mosque.  This fort has been inhabited from a thousand years and was reconstructed many times over the years by various empires and rulers. What we see today is the design that was built during Emperor Akbar’s time in 1575. It was built to guard the northwest frontier of the empire. Overtime, however, with different reigns came different additions and modifications to the palaces, lush gardens, meeting places etc. The fort is a mix of different styles that each emperor of the time preferred. There are European, Hindu and Persian influences throughout the designs. One famous structure, Sheesh Mahal was Emperor Shah Jehan’s contribution. This along with the Diwan-e-Khas are my favorite pieces here.  The Diwan-e-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) is a marble pavilion. Basically, this place…

DIY Eid Coloring Page Favors

I love it when I come across people who share amazing ideas! After posting my latest freebie (Eid Mubarak Coloring Page), I was contacted by @hafsacreates to ask if I could scale it down to fit 4 on a page so she could cut them out and distribute them to kids at the mosque after Eid prayers (as coloring “postcards”). Of course I thought it was an excellent idea! So I immediately went to work on resizing the design and sent her the file. Before I knew it, she had them printed, cut and displayed on her social media! And since I have the file already, I decided to share it with you all as well. Just subscribe to my newsletter below to access it along with other free coloring pages.  When you download and print the page, just cut along the 4 rectangles, attach a couple of crayons and…

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