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We don't want this to be too long a post and luckily it doesn't have to be! Overall we were both extremely pleased with the results.

After quickly showing the (female) LUSH store worker the length of hair to be dyed (approx 21" at the time) she recommended buying/using 3 bars. In all honesty, 3 bars was a lot, so my sister and I both decided to share, using 1 and 1/2 bars each! Perfect (any more and the weight would've definitely had our heads rolling on the floor). Preparing and applying is a little bit tricky and it's definitely worth having someone around to help. We remember reading that you have to apply newspaper all over the house and wear old clothes, etc. It's not that much of a clat. A chair with some newspaper underneath (to catch anything that falls), a bit of vaseline for the ears, a towel around your neck covering your clothes and clingfilm for the end is enough. We left it on our hair for about 3-4 hours. Washing it out in a sink is good and thorough and you'll probably notice that a second wash is needed. Our natural hair colour is the colour of milk chocolate (google that actually) so the colour pay-off was a lovely subtle red and was very natural looking, especially in the sun (colour develops as time goes on). If you want a more noticable colour, then caca rouge is what you're after. We continued to notice the red after 2 months so it's definitely worth the money.

Easy? Easy enough. Would we do it again? Yes!
Narrated by Abu Rimthah:
"I went with my father to the Prophet (ﷺ). He had his hair hanging down as far as the lobes of the ears stained with henna, and he was wearing two green garments." [Abu Dawud 4194]

Who doesn't love coleslaw? Crunchy, flavoursome & a healthy touch to any meal.
Although this one uses slightly different ingredients to the 'original', it tastes just as good (maybe even better) Trust us.

Carrot, Cucumber & Fennel Coleslaw 
Total time: 5 minutes 
Serves: 6 to 8 good portions 
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 medium-large cucumber
  • 3 fennel bulbs
  • 2 heaped tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 juice lemon
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard (we used biona)
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper
In a bowl grate the cucumber, grab it all in your hand and give it a squeeze removing as much liquid as possible. Once drained, place back in the bowl.
Grate the carrot and fennel and place in the bowl (squeezing beforehand if necessary)
Add the mayo, lemon juice, seasoning, hot sauce and mustard. 
Give it a good mix et voila! you have a delicious quick coleslaw.
Make sure to give it a taste as you go along adding more or less of what you're after.

Crunchy, sweet and refreshing alongside the creamy, flavoursome dressing (with that spicy touch), make this a winner.
Great served with anything that's for dinner or just on it's own with some yummy fresh bread.
When the word bouquet is mentioned, the first thing that probably pops into mind is an image of one of those boxed bouquets full of hundreds of pink or red roses, that costs a fortune.

But it doesn't have to be like that. Anyone can make a bouquet, simple as. It can consist of anything you have in your garden, growing on your balcony or even outside your front door. All you need are a pair of scissors, a little jar/vase and a good eye for what looks right (which blessedly, we all have).

Here at the Hereafter Homemaker's household, wild flowers grow abundantly, so what better way to use them up, before they die, then to make a pretty bouquet for the house or in this case, to give as a gift. We like the dainty sort of bouquet therefore only went with 3 large flowers and filled the rest with some smaller ones.
An 'only rose' one can be done beautifully with at least 5 fully blossomed heads.

Here are a few pictures of the flowers that were used to make the bouquet:

Give it a go and let us know what flowers you used xx

Hereafter Homemaker Sisters

This takes about 5 minutes and lasts up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
Simply remove the stalks from the spinach (or swiss chard) and pop into as many freezer bags as will fit, remove all air before closing, close and pop into the fridge!
It's that simple. Also, don't worry about pre-washing it if you don't have a dryer, you can store it unwashed and wash just before using.

What with all those stalks though?!
Easy, simply cut them a little smaller, pop them into an airtight container or zip lock bag then into the fridge (or freezer) and use them in all sorts of dishes, especially soups.

We hope this helped!

Hereafter Homemaker Sisters xx

'Tis the season of dates~ And what better way to acknowledge such a fact, than to make date bars! There was a time in our life when we used to live on date bars (not literally) ; healthy, natural, absolutely delicious, perfect with a cup of tea, always at hand & even filling, the list could go on.
Sadly, things happened, times changed and we were unfortunately unable to purchase them (specifically the Nakd Bar kind) *sad face*. So, we decided we should just have a go at making them ourselves. That didn't happen until only very recently when 3 kilos of dates were brought home. 

We want to incorporate dates into our life as much as possible as they're super nutritious, good for you and something the Prophet loved, so as well as being healthy, we'd be following one of the Sunnah-ways of the Prophet - Yay!

Dates on their own are amazing but sometimes you want a little extra, right? 
These bars are perfect and probably just what you're after and can be made with any sort of dates which is great. Fast, easy and ready to eat within minutes... Perfect!

This recipe makes 7 (or 6 if you decide to 'taste test' ;)) 3" x 1.5" bars

Here we go:
Cinnamon Date Bars
Delicious, simple and amazingly nutritious!
Total time: 10 minutes
Yield: 6 bars

  • 1/2 cup dates (any kind)
  • 1/2 cup raw nuts of your choice (we used almond)
  • 1 level tsp cinnamon
*optional: 2 tbsp tepid water and teeny tiny pinch salt
    Simply blitz everything in a food processor (blitz the nuts first for a minute if you want finer pieces of nuts) if it's not to the consistency of your liking and seems to be clumping then add a little bit of water being careful not to over water it leaving you with more of a paste and less of a... 'dough' shall we say.
    Scrape out onto cling film and shape as desired :)
    Pop into the fridge for at least 15 minutes if you prefer them a little firmer/colder. 

    Enjoy these as a quick snack on the go or as we like to do, with a nice herbal tea and book.

    Let us know in the comments what you think and what other variations you've perhaps tried xx

    “And in the earth are neighboring tracts, and gardens of vines and fields sown with corn, 
    and date-palms - growing out of single roots or otherwise: watered with the same water, yet some of them We make more excellent than others to eat. 
    Verily, in these things, there are signs for those who understand.” 
    (Qur'an 13:4)
    This is a tried, tested and loved method that we've been using for the past 2 years.
    Here in our household, a tin of Tomato Purée is essential.
    Problem? The pot is huge and our recipes only call for small amounts.

    Cling film? Never worked for us.
    Covering in oil? Hassle.
    Foil? Better than the above but there still a lot of mould / mold.
    So what now? Simply place a spoon into the jar and pop it back into the fridge.

    That really is all you have to do. This works with anything that is in a tin and needs to go back into the fridge such as harissa, jam, etc.
    I came across this by experience. I (the younger sister) accidentally left a spoon in a tin, put the tin at the back of the fridge, forgot about it (oops) and about two weeks later got it out and noticed it was perfect to use.
    This method makes the product last ages, we do of course get the occasional teeny tiny speck of mould if we've not used the tin in ages, but the maximum you'd have to throw away is less than a 1/4 of a teaspoon.

    Harissa with spoon inside

    Little to no wastage? Check (yay!)
    Save money? Check (no need to buy a new tin every week)
    Save on washing up? Check (no need to use a different spoon)