Happy Eid-ul-Fitr!! Eid Mubarak! 🎉 🌙

I’m going to keep it short here. Cov-EID Mubarak! Ramadan is now Rama-DONE! (I’m so sorry you had to read that lol) 😂😂

A whole month of fasting later, and it’s now Eid! EID MUBARAK!!

May the blessings of Allah SWT fill your life with happiness and open all the doors of success now and always. May this special day bring peace, happiness and prosperity to everyone. May Allah blessings be with you today, tomorrow and always. 🤲

I hope you all have a blessed Eid! Even to those who don’t celebrate, go out there and seize the day!

As always, keep me in your prayers! 🤲 🙂


your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha ❤️

 

What Generation Do You Belong To?

what generation do you belong toMy family got into a very interesting discussion regarding the so called “generations” we each belonged to the other day!

My siblings and I are all Gen Z (whoop whoop!!🥳)and my parents are both Generation X!

It got me thinking, what the age demographic of my readers was. In order to collect this raw data (I’m so scientific hehe) it would be boring and maybe even rude to ask everyone their ages. 😂So to make it more fun, tell me what generation you belong to!

Not only that, share some of your earliest memories, something unique to the generation you belong to! Let’s turn the comments section into a full on history lesson! You with me?💃😜

Which Generation are You?

Generation Name Births Start Births End
The Lost Generation

The Generation of 1914

1890 1915
The Interbellum Generation 1901 1913
The Greatest Generation 1910 1924
The Silent Generation 1925 1945
Baby Boomer Generation 1946 1964
Generation X (Baby Bust) 1965 1979
Xennials 1975 1985
Millennials

Generation Y, Gen Next

1980 1994
iGen / Gen Z 1995 2012
Gen Alpha 2013 2025

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha ❤️

5 Easy + Healthy Dessert Ideas ft Bayance and Ceres| Ramablog #2

Asalamualykum! HEYYY! What’s up everyone? Anyone hungry? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️

This post is in collaboration with Bayance and Ceres! These two have included recipes for Iftar and Suhoor, so our Ramadan is basically set! The three of us have essentially made sure ya’ll are well fed for the rest of the month! What more could you possible need?!?! SO CHECK THEM OUT. LIKE…NOW! 😱They are amazing amaze amazing fellow (Muslim) bloggers who are so much more composed and professional than I am hehe.😜

I’ve got some super easy (GLUTEN FREE💃) recipes that we can all try out this Ramadan! I’ve tried my best to incorporate foods that are associated with Ramadan, like dates, yogurt, and fruits! As a plus, I have also tried making them as simple as possible, because I know you all might not have these ingredients lying around, and with this global pandemic, I don’t encourage you to go out right now!☹️

  1. Yogurt with Honey, Nuts, and Fruit!

This has been my go-to, EVERYDAY snack this 😍Ramadan! I can’t believe I have tried it sooner! This recipe is COMPLETELY adaptable! Add as much as you need and want, but be sure to taste it along the way! Don’t add too much honey or too much yogurt.

Ingredients

  • cup of greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Any fruit of your choice (I love bananas and strawberries!)
  • As many nuts or granola your heart desires!

 

     2.  Date Energy Balls

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From DetoxInsta

I’ve seen these everywhere and lemme just say, these taste heavenly. I finish all these balls in literally, one day. I know, its a problem. There are so many variations of this!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of soft dates, with the seed removed
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of coconut
  • 2 cups of any nut of your choice! (walnuts work great, if you love peanut butter, add peanuts!)

Instructions

  1. Blend up the nuts and coconut in a food processor until they are completely crumbled.
  2. Add in the dates, salt, and vanilla extract.
  3. Once the mixture becomes sticky and doughy, you can scoop it out and roll it into balls! (if the mixture isn’t forming, you can add very little amounts of water or coconut oil)
  4. Place it on a sheet and place in the fridge or freezer!

3.  Chocolate Ice cream Using Bananas!?!

Close up of chocolate banana ice cream, served in a bowl together with fresh banana slices

Yes! You heard that right! Something people may not know is that I’m actually gluten free, so finding ice cream was a pain. I LOVE ice cream, but I LOVE fruit too. This is MY FAVE, low calorie, sweet, quick dessert idea!♥️

Ingredients

  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 2tablespoons milk
  • 1teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3tablespoons cacao/cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Just add everything to a blender and blend away! You can eat it as soon as its done, or put it in the freezer for a few hours for a thicker consistency!

4. Date Smoothie

Two date shakes in tall glasses

Ingredients

  • 1/2cup  milk
  • 4pitted dates
  • 1banana (preferably frozen)
  • 1/8teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2cup ice cubes
  • 1/8teaspoon vanilla extract

– If I’m being honest, lazy folk like me are real straightforward, and would just add the dates, milk, and some ice! Tastes DIVINE even then!

 

5. Watermelon Sorbet!

A small bowl of a homemade, easy watermelon sorbet on a plate with a slice of watermelon and half a lime

This year, watermelon has been the hit item on our menu! Everyday, I’m cubing at least 1-2 watermelons and chilling them in the fridge to eat for Iftar. 😓Anyone else loving watermelons this Ramadan?🙇‍♀️

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of frozen, cubed watermelon
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon or lime or even ORANGE juice
  • some honey  if you feel like it’s not sweet enough

Instructions

  1. Blend up the frozen watermelon in a food processor and add the lime juice
  2. Blend it until you get the texture you want!

And that’s all folks! I wrote this entire post 🤤while FASTING and my mouth is watering! Probably not a good idea, whoopsie doos! But do let me know if you tried any of these, or if any of them look appetizing!😌

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha ❤️

9 Things Muslims In Ramadan Understand All Too Well|Ramablog #1

untitled designAsalamualykum, my fellow Muslims and non-Muslims!! Ramadan Kareem! 

Hey there! So this is the first Ramadan I have a blog and I’m going to kick off my Ramablogs (hehe) with a post I hope fellow Muslims find relatable! And even if you aren’t Muslim, I hope I have in some way, educated you about Ramadan struggles!💁‍♀️


1. Binge Eating At Suhoor (Meal Before Dawn)

Now I can’t personally relate, but my family and friends can! Especially when they wake up with only 10 minutes left!😱

2. Wobbling During Taraweeh (Taraweeh: AKA Leg Day Workout)

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Actual footage of me after Taraweeh prayers

I felt this every year when we used to pray at the mosque, when the imam leading the prayer made Taraweeh last SO LONG! I would shift my weight from my left foot to my right foot to ease the pain. And the WORST was when my foot would fall asleep! 

Now with this whole global pandemic, Taraweeh have become somewhat easier with my family praying at home together. But I still feel like I’m doing my leg day workout! 🦵

3. Using The Bathroom CONSTANTLY After Suhoor (all that water you speed drank!) 

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This is my reality now, especially since I’m consciously making sure I’m hydrated this Ramadan! Every Suhoor, I end up drinking SO much water, to the point that I can hear it swoosh in my stomach! And I’m waking up at LEAST three times just to relieve my bladder. Anyone else?😳

4. Eating Too Much At Iftar (even when you say you won’t)

No explanation necessary! But I must add, I come out of Iftar looking pregnant!🤰

5. Staying Up All Night And Ruining Your Circadian Rhythm

Every year, I say I’m going to sleep early and wake up early during Ramadan. Well, um, that’s going great!😌

6. Vowing To Not Eat Fried Things

Trying to be all healthy shmealthy huh? Those pakoras, falafel, samosas, chicken nuggets,  fries, and rolls won’t disappear on their own! And why are these so tempting?? I eat one, and I just gotta eat them all!

Why are the best foods SO BAD FOR YOU?!?!? Explain! 

7. Freezing Masjids

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Not too relatable now (I hope!!), but why is this so true? I’m nearly shivering during Taraweehs! 🥶

8. When You’re Thirsty All Day Long (but suddenly not at Iftar)

Same goes for hunger! It vanishes by Iftar time! 

9. Ramadan. In. Summer.

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I’m counting down the days that Ramadan is in the winter!! 🥵This summer weather is too harsh! But gosh, I can’t just give up my mangoes!! 🥭


AND there you have it! I hope you found some solace in knowing that we are all going through the same pesky things during Ramadan. But isn’t this what makes Ramadan so special?

I’m over here complaining about this, but deep down, I’m loving it! 🥰🥰

Soooo, how many of you all are fasting this year? How is it going so far? And if you aren’t, just drop by and say hello down in the comments!! (If anyone is up for a deep conversation about why mangoes are the ultimate fruit, you know who to go to!)

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha ❤️ 

Eat. Sleep. Repeat. (anyone else?)

untitled design-3We’ve reached Day Number: I Have No Idea in this whole lockdown mess. And let me just say, staying at home and doing nothing but YouTube and watching movies sounds amazing theoretically, but in actuality it really, really sucks. ☹️

I’m not sure what it is, but I haven’t lived up to a SINGLE goal of mine. Every night I make the intention to wake up bright and early, but I end up snoozing past 1 PM easily. That isn’t to say I haven’t woken up early at all, but it varies extremely. To highlight this, I have a graph which perfectly illustrates my circadian rhythm. Be warned, it involves A Level Chemistry. 😱

Here’s a little sneak peak of A Level Chemistry, should any of you to choose to study it. 

Then I spend my days washing the dishes, or cleaning up the rooms, maybe some cooking, and eating of course! Any other spare time I use on WordPress or doing something on my phone that doesn’t require Wifi. Did I mention? Our Wifi has been acting up these days. My siblings and I successfully used up 150 GB of data in a mere two weeks.

(Spoiler alert: Mom and Abbu were not happy campers about this) 😳

Depressing, right?

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I’m not entirely sure how to get myself to do something to be honest. While my siblings are taking their online classes, I have none. I’m waiting for my final results to come out in August, so that I can start applying for university. Not to mention I can’t meet up with friends, get out of the house, take an internship, or even get a job. I tried to volunteer at a hospital, but they said you had to be 18 years and older. Bummer.

Until then, it’s a waiting game for me.

That’s not to say I’m not grateful! I’m immensely grateful I even HAVE the luxury to stay home. All I’m saying is that it’s getting a bit repetitive and tedious.

So why this blog post? I’m hoping that by telling over 300 people (did we reach 300 already?!! <3) that I’ve become somewhat of a lazy bum, it will motivate me to stop being the said lazy bum. You getting me so far? I know it’s okay to be feeling like this, especially during a worldwide pandemic, but it seems to be taking a toll on me.

I’ve always been an outdoorsy, extrovert, workaholic type personality. Suddenly being hit with nothing significant to do is a complete 180! I feel almost guilty for staying at home, when I could be out somewhere volunteering. Or inventing the Covid-19 vaccine. Or developing a rapid test, that’s 100% efficient. 

But maybe that’s just me? The whole gist of this post was to kinda ramble up my thoughts here. And to make sure anyone else who hasn’t been exactly productive during this lockdown knows they aren’t alone.💕  img_7597

In short, I’m feeling useless staying at home, but I also know it’s necessary. Oh, and I also need to fix my daily routine up significantly. I’m hoping that this post will be able to do just that. 

Enough about me though. I’m sure you’re tired anyways! How have you been coping? Is anyone else feeling like I am? 

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha ❤️ 

 

Liebster Award! Liebster Award! 🥳 (i was nominated twice woohoo!!)

MY SECOND AND THIRD AWARD!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!?!? 😭😭😱😱😱🎉🎉🎉

WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN HOW AND WHY?!?!💃💃❤️

I was nominated for this award by Mohamad Toutounji AND Racheal’s Novels! Thanks you two!! Both of them have accomplished so much with their own blogs that I can only aspire to achieve. Check ’em out! 🙃

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
  2. Share 11 facts about yourself
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy!
  5. Make up to 11 questions and ask your nominees
  6. Notify your 11 nominees

11 Facts About Me

  1. I’m 17 years old!
  2. I’m currently living in Pakistan, but I’ve also lived in the USA and Saudi Arabia
  3. I’ve got three younger (kinda irritating hehe) siblings😌
  4. I have attended a total of 8 different schools!
  5. I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth! Seriously though, it’s a problem at this point!
  6. A bit odd, but I don’t like watching TV series and much rather prefer movies!
  7. Speaking of movies, I only find movies based on true stories to be intriguing. I know I’M PICKY!😓
  8. Not about me per se, but my mom is a twin
  9. I’ve travelled to a grand total of 14 countries! 😱
  10. I’ve been blogging for less than a year
  11. Despite living in Pakistan, I can’t read or write Urdu, but I can speak A TINY BIT and understand conversational Urdu! 😜

Mohamed and Racheal’s Questions

What is your favorite food? There. is. not. a. single. food. i. won’t. eat.

What country are you from? Born and raised in the US, but I’m from Pakistan. Make sense? I never know what to say for this.

What kind of music do you like? I’ve said this in my last award post, but I don’t listen to music! ☺️

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish I stayed more committed to something, like, cough cough, blogging regularly. I’m working on it! 😳

Biggest regret in life? Deep. I wouldn’t say I have regrets, because it would consume my mind all day and make me feel guilty. It’s not a regret, but I wish I was old enough to remember my grandfather before he passed.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? Extrovert for sure! I’m always needing to go out and socialize.

What’s your passion? Where do I start?? I love baking, cooking, reading, writing, blogging, studying, exercising, walking, eating, sleeping, volunteering, helping others, bothering others, joking around and SO MUCH MORE! 🤷‍♀️

Why do you follow my blog? I follow Mohamed’s blog because he’s been a great friend and his Bruce Lee posts are intriguing. Racheal’s posts have such a great sense of humor and I enjoy her writing style! It sometimes reminds me of mine lol.

If you were a drink ( alcoholic or non-alcoholic) what would you be? Ooh this is creative! I really only ever drink water, but I guess I’d a highly caffeinated energy drink, because I’m super wild and I put myself out there!

Do you believe in the after-life? Yes.

Do you believe in karma? Not necessarily karma, but I believe in “reaping what one sows” and that everyone will be judged accordingly by God.

My Nominees!!

Vincent Ehindero,  Chloe Luna, Undressed Thoughts, haroonsblog, Simply Chronically Ill,  Saba Niaz siddique, Perspective girl, saania2806.wordpress.com, Life’s Fine Whine, Megha’s World, Tilly’s blog, pennygirlonline2002, The Ju Photography, 

My Questions! (I tried to make them as creative and fun as possible!)😱

Which holiday would you erase altogether from our calendars if given the opportunity?

How old is the most expired item in your fridge?

What animal most closely resembles your eating style?

Would you rather go to space or to the bottom of the ocean?

What kid’s movie did you think was too scary when you were a child?

Is cereal a kind of soup? Why or why not?

Would you rather win an Olympic medal, an Academy Award or the Nobel Peace prize?

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?

What do you like as toppings on your ice cream?

What is the first thing people notice about you?

If a millionaire decides to fund your all expenses paid one week trip to anywhere, where would you go and what would you do?


 And there you have it! I’m so beyond grateful for the recognition I’m getting! I’m too lucky!! 😭😭

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha ❤️ 

7 Reasons Why Braces Suck 😫 (i speak from experience)

1Alright, I trust you. And I’ve never told this to anybody. But I trust you with this secret. 

Ready for it? *deep breaths in and out*

I, Ayesha, had braces once upon a long, long, time ago.

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT FOLKS. It’s something only a handful of people know about me. And I’ talking only seven to eight people.

You may be asking yourselves, “How did Ayesha manage to keep this a secret for so many years?” Well let’s just say, you don’t really get to socialize a lot when you’re homeschooling in Saudi Arabia. 

AND NOW OVER TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE KNOW!! 😱😱 WHAT HAVE I DONE?!?!?!?!

Anyways, here are some of the worst parts about having braces.

1. No More Biting Apples For This Princess (or anything hard for that matter)

That’s right. Biting into apples was a HUGE no-no for me. In fact, anything too hard risked breaking the glue off of my teeth. So apart from, apples, there were no nuts of any kind, no popcorn kernels, and no hard candy!

I once was munching on a healthy snack of nuts when I felt my braces snap off the back of my teeth! It was so embarrassing when my dentist say it, even after SHE WARNED me not to eat hard things.

2. Cutting the Inside of Your Mouth

This was awful. Every month when you got your braces re-adjusted, they metal wire would cut the inside of my mouth. Even though the cutting only happened during the first few days of every month, the pain and cuts take time to heal! You’re given some wax to cover the metal parts of the braces, but sadly, it doesn’t make your sores heal quicker! 😭

3. Getting Food Stuck In Your Braces

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YUCK! This just makes me nauseated. I would find food from hours after a meal stuck in my braces. 🤢 

The worst culprit? Peanut butter sandwiches! These things were so sticky and mushy and just ew ew ew! In fact, stay away from all sorts of bread in general! Believe my girl, finding chewed up food from hours ago, covered in saliva, is not cute. 🤮🤮🤮

4. Tightening Your Braces 😫😫

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This was hands down, THE MOST PAINFUL THING I HAVE, AND EVER WILL EXPERIENCE. I would rather co through childbirth and labor 100 different times than feel the pain I felt when I got my braces tightened. 

I would literally need to take painkillers because my mouth would be throbbing in pain. Sometimes, the pain from my mouth would magically diffuse into my head, resulting in the worst headaches imaginable. I couldn’t eat solid foods for days after either. The pain I felt afterwards was so intense, that words cannot even describe it. No word exists that could describe the intensity of the pain I felt. Even Leonardo DiCaprio can’t reenact it.

5. Wearing Rubber Bands

So apparently, not everyone has to do this…? Basically, they are these minuscule rubber bands that you hook onto your braces in order to align your teeth. These hurt too.

When I first was told I had to wear them, I had to spend an hour trying to stretch them onto my braces. These bands are SMALL. As small as the the ‘O’ key on your keyboard. And I stretched this over my top and bottom teeth to form one huge rectangle. 

After you put these in, say hasta la vista to talking, smiling, and movement involving your mouth! 

6. Smiling 😁

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Kanye West is just perfect when describing this. You’d smile because you were genuinely having a great time, then suddenly remember you have braces and hide those teeth away! Don’t worry though, life is too short not to smile, so don’t be insecure about your braces! 😁

Just know we all still feel you. 

7. Retainers

When was the last time I wore my retainers? I decline to comment. 😶😶😶😶

It’s been well over a year and I haven’t put this gross “armor for you teeth” in my mouth. They’re clear, make it hard to pronounce some letters, and just overall suck.

The worst is when you’re waking up and you take them out, only for a huge trail of saliva to fall into your hands as well. TMI, I’m sorry, but it’s absolutely necessary!


And there you have it my folks! Why braces permanently scarred me hehe. In all seriousness however, if you’ve been one of the unlucky ones to have braces, or have ever had them, just know that at the end of it all, you’ll have a beautiful smile and pearly white teeth! And even if you don’t want them, you’re smile is just as gorgeous!!

You are never fully dressed without a smile! 

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha❤️

Exams Cancelled, School Closed! Self-Isolation Update!

IMG_7307And so we are here. All of us awaiting the fate of the world as we sit at home in self-isolation. It’s definitely a scary time and I want everyone to stay safe! Stay indoors and don’t go out unless absolutely necessary! Wash your hands too!! And if you’re feeling alone, scared, or anxious, know that I’m always here for anyone who needs me! ♥️🙂

As for me, it’s been a hot minute since I came onto this blog and actually wrote something, although I assure you I’ve been lingering around here.

Anyways, my update! My school officially closed on the 13th of this month, with plans to open up back on April 5th. Well, here I am writing this indicating that my school is now closed indefinitely. Not to mention that my CIE A level Examinations have been cancelled and the exam board is in collaboration with the school to award us grades! I wonder on what basis the grades will be on. Maybe tests? Attendance rate? Assignments? I’m not complaining one bit. With the situation right now, I don’t even think my parents would have let me give my exams in an examination hall, full of hundreds of other students.😬

When news came our exams were canceled and we would be receiving grades from the school, I video called some of my friends and we all threw a mini virtual graduation party! It’s not a lot, but it’s what we are making do with.

So naturally, since I’ve unofficially “graduated” high school, and with no graduation party or diploma (yet), I’ve been pretty bored at home lately. (Disclaimer: I am fully aware that I am blessed to be able to have the luxury to stay at home :))

Are you done?

 

So now, I’ve officially decided that I am now a blogger! An official official blogger, considering I really have nothing planned! Besides, the Pakistani Medical University session doesn’t begin until January, so I’M FREE FOR 10 MONTHS! 😱

I COULD GET MARRIED AND HAVE A KID BY THEN!!😱😱 

WeeBae Ohhh

Anyways, what have you all been up to these past few weeks? Schools closed too? Has your city shut down? Most importantly, how are you holding up? I know you may think no one cares but I do!

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha❤️

 

The Only Frozen 2 Recap You Need! [SPOILERS] ❄️ ❄️

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Into the unknown indeed!

One of the added benefits to living in Pakistan means that I essentially live one day ahead of the United States. Which means I get to see movies one day earlier than most of my readers. MWAHAHAHAHA! 

Jokes aside, I’ve just come back from the midnight screening of Frozen 2, and let me just say, I have no idea what to think right now. I hated it. But I loved it. I’m so so so confused. 

So the movie starts out with Elsa and Anna being told the story of an Enchanted Forest, where Northuldra people reside, and its ill-fated alliance formed with Arendelle. The people of Arendelle gift the Northuldra with a water dam as a peace offering. But something goes terribly wrong. Suddenly there is fighting, but it is unknown who started it, and a battle ensues. Their father, who was present at the battle between the two, recounts how he was saved. It’s pretty heavily implied that he was saved by his now wife, Elsa and Anna’s mother. But we’ll get into that later! The Enchanted Forest now hangs in a fog like mist, and no one can get in or out. 

This flashback doesn’t end until their mother sings a sweet (sorta creepy tho) lullaby about a far northern land known as Ahtohallan. (Don’t ask me how to pronounce that, I hardly remember)

Oh, and did I mention that their father talks about four elements/spirits which reside within the Enchanted Forest, which include Air, Water, Earth, and Fire? Gave me Avatar The Last Airbender vibes! I was just waiting for the Fire Nation to attack! 

Flash forward into the present-day, Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven seem to be living the life. But that would be a boring Disney movie, so of course, Elsa starts hearing a strange singing voice. No lyrics or anything, more like this voice is going “Ooooohhhhaaaaaaaahhhhohhhhhhhhh”. Creepy I know. Kristoff also has some issues, because he wants to propose to Anna but doesn’t know just how to go about it. 

In one of her out of the blue singing-a-song moments, Elsa accidentally awakens the Enchanted Forest or something like that. Regardless, the spirits of Air, Water, Earth, and Fire are angered and bring chaos to Arendelle. Realizing the only thing left to do is to make peace with these spirits and visit the Enchanted Forest. So the gang heads off!

Eventually, they reach the forest, and Elsa is able to use her powers to get into the forest. There, they meet the Northuldra and their leader, as well as a handful of Arendelle soldiers who never made it out of the forest and were trapped once the fog set in. 

Elsa and Anna have their own conflicts too. On one hand, Anna can’t seem to let go of Elsa. Anna doesn’t want Elsa to face things alone. She’s kinda clingy actually. On the other hand, Elsa knows that this is her own journey, and doesn’t want to drag Anna into unnecessary danger. To comfort her younger sister, Elsa wraps her with their mother’s scarf. NOW BRACE YOURSELVES. The entire crowd goes into shock when they see that this scarf is none other than a Northuldra scarf. It’s revealed that Elsa and Anna’s mother was never from Arendelle, but from the Enchanted Forest!

Kristoff makes a new friend in the forest, named Ryder, who helps in plan his proposal to Anna. Anna chats with Lieutenant Destin Mattias, the leader of a group of Arendellian soldiers who were trapped in the enchanted forest for years. Elsa sits with Honeymaren, a member of the Northuldra, Ryder’s sister who wants to bring peace to the enchanted forest. She provides a crucial piece of information. We know that there are four elements/spirits, but Honeymaren states that a legend has it that there is a fifth spirit, acting as a bridge between the spirits and people. HMMM I WONDER WHO. 

Elsa and Anna venture off together, where they stumble upon the wreckage of an Arendellian ship. Turns out in true Disney fashion, it is none other than their late parents’. The two are puzzled, because this ship was never supposed to reach the Dark Sea, where the ship ruins are found. It is revealed that the parents ventured off to Ahtohallan in an attempt to discover the origin of Elsa’s powers. 

Overcome with guilt, Elsa blames herself for the death of their parents. Realizing now that Anna is in danger if Elsa is to travel to Ahtohallan, she forcibly sends her younger sister away using her ice powers. 

I’ve got to say, the scene where Elsa attempts to cross the sea to reach Ahtohallan is breathtaking. The visuals are stunning and vibrant, despite the fact it takes place at night in dark water. I would highly recommend seeing this scene. The trailer did touch upon it, but the determination Elsa has to cross this barrier is admirable. 

Once she reaches Ahtohallan, it’s pretty much revealed that the voice she heard was her mother’s. Elsa is the fifth spirit, and it is also revealed that her grandfather, who made the pact with the people of Northuldra, was the one who started the fight. Her grandfather built the dam to damage the lands of the Enchanted Forest, and made the first move of bloodshed, resulting in the fight. He couldn’t trust the Northuldra, believing they used magic which made them dangerous, something Elsa is disgusted by. As the lullaby warned, venturing too deep into Ahtohallan will result you drowning. So Elsa dies. SHE DIES. But I mean this is Disney dying, so she pretty much takes a hiatus from the film. Identical to how Anna froze to death in the first film. Before she’s gone however, she uses her powers to warn Anna one last time about the dam.

Anna realizes that she has to destroy the dam. But get this! Since Elsa died, Olaf dies too! So Anna destroys the dam despite the fact she knows it will flood and destroy Arendelle, a sacrifice she’s willing to make. Don’t worry, all the people were safely evacuated and placed in the care of Grand Pabbie, leader of the Trolls. 

Once the dam is destroyed, the fog is gone from the forest and Elsa is resurrected from the dead. She manages to save Arendelle by creating a huge ice wall preventing the water from crashing down onto Arendelle. Elsa reveals that she is the fifth spirit, and Anna remarks how Elsa is the bridge between the two worlds. Elsa points out that a bridge has two ends, so while Elsa is that for the spirits, Anna must be that for the people. Or something like that. Don’t quote me.

I guess it’s quite obvious that Anna becomes the new Queen of Arendelle and Elsa decides to reside in the Enchanted Forest. They still see each other often, but not that often. 

I guess this was one of the bittersweet points of the movie. I mean I’m glad that the two have clearly found their calling, but this whole “close people must grow apart” vibe Disney has going isn’t settling with me. They did the same thing with Ralph Breaks the Internet. I was also upset that Elsa wasn’t there for Queen Anna’s coronation. Like come on, sis! And can we just appreciate the people of Arendelle for putting up with this lack of stability for the last couple of years. Dang! 

About midway through the film I realized that I had become emotionally invested into the story of their parents. I mean, you can’t give us all these clues and cliffhangers and expect us to deal with their deaths. THERE MUST BE MORE! Is their mother a spirit? Did she have powers? Why did Elsa hear her voice only? They can’t be dead. I refuse to believe it! Maybe they landed on an island in Africa and had a son named Tarzan! Who knows? I need another film dedicated entirely to their lives please!

The soundtrack for this film was pretty…bland. I’m embarrassed to say that I couldn’t recall A SINGLE SONG on the car ride home. I was so clueless. It wasn’t Let It Go memorable. They weren’t catchy. In fact, the songs were way deeper and made me feel almost nostalgic. Especially the one song called Some Things Never Change. Made my sixteen year old self feel so old!! Still, here I am listening to the soundtrack while writing this!

I loved the character development that Elsa showed. It was heartwarming to see her do her own thing. I wish we had gotten a bit more from Kristoff since he had such little screen time. Olaf appeared more than him! I need more Kristoff! Lol. 

But wait, Elsa is a spirit now?!?!?! Sooo, she isn’t a physical being anymore? I’m so confused right now. So once she’s dead, she lingers around like a ghost? WITHOUT ANNA?? How could she?? I need answers!

But yeah, I guess I’m a bit disappointed with how the two sisters parted ways. I need a separate movie about their parents. And someone please explain to me how Elsa is going to be a spirit. 

Overall, I loved the film. Maybe not the story line I would have liked, but it’s definitely a great addition to the franchise. It’s been six years in the making and I’m pleasantly surprised. 

Final Verdict: The first one was better, but this was great too. 

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha❤️

 

 

September Review: In Numbers

 

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My first full month of blogging is complete! Hooray!

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I was initially planning on posting an “October Goals” type post, but opted for this instead! Sometimes, the best way to understand information is through numbers and facts! I’ve decided to give a review of the month of September, but in terms of terminology my readers are more familiar with. I also think it would be super cute to reflect back on this one day! 

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On a side note, October is low-key one of my favorite months. It’s the beginning of fall, the leaves change color, the weather is cooler. It sets off a domino effect of happiness up until January for me. I prefer the cool, cold weather over warm weather so I cannot wait for winter to roll around. I get to snuggle up in my bed surrounded by my big, comfy comforter blankets and finally get to wear the new sweatshirt I bought for myself. 

Birthdays are another big thing! All of my siblings have birthdays during October, November, or December. That’s a lot of cards to write!

Let me reiterate it for the 100th time on my blog; I AM BEYOND GRATEFUL. Thank you for giving me a platform and for staying with me as I try to sort my life out.

One month down, here’s to many more in the future!

To my readers, I want to know how your first month of blogging went. How long ago was it? Did it take time for you to familiarize yourself with blogging? To my new bloggers, have you even completed a month yet? Tell me all about it! Please!!

your fave (you just don’t know it yet),

ayesha❤️