I Am, Still, Muhammad!

i am still muhammadWhile most of my Muslim friends and family were sleeping, praying, reading Quran or beginning their fasts in the midst of the 7th day of Ramadan, me and my dad’s eyes were glued to CNN International, morning time in Jerusalem.

Headlines blared, “Shooting in Orlando Nightclub” and “Worst Mass Shooting in America”. As we watched the news anchor report, the words “terrorism” seemed to sound more pronounced, spoken with a “we have an idea- but can’t suspect” tone, while we were waiting on the edge of our seats, selfishly praying it was not a foreign name.

A few minutes later, I carried on my day, caring for the kids and what not, when my dad storms out of the room, with a glare in his eyes and a flare in his nose. Continue reading

A Charlie Brown Themed First Birthday Party!

charlie brown birthdayGood grief, Fares is one!

When I began telling friends that I was planning Fares’ first birthday party, many of them hoped it was a Charlie Brown theme. Growls and extreme disappointment followed when I told them it wouldn’t be, but have no fear, ROAR! A dinosaur theme, it will be.

During Pinterest research, borderline psychotic binge pinning, I stumbled upon a Peanuts birthday party theme. One pin lead to another, and I found myself creating a new board, home of 74 pins. Results of successful research, if you ask me. 😉 Lo and behold, the theme was changed.

Fun fact! Friends and family call Fares, Charlie Brown, because they think he resembles him. I don’t really see it, but do you? Continue reading

My Toddler’s First Encounter with Prejudice

It seems as if these days, Muslims are being brought up more and more in the news, not for only what is happening over seas but for the underlying racism that has been brought up in recent events. Since the tragic 9-11 attacks on US soil, there has been a fire burning deep within many American hearts. A fire, a hatred, for Muslims has been burning. This is not arguable. It’s a fact. Something I grew up learning first-hand, and now, unfortunately, so will my children. Continue reading

A DIY Thoughtful Eid Gift

diy eid giftRamadan was a blessed month indeed. 30 days came and have gone and Eid celebrations were the most festive since I could remember. In attempt to find inspiration for Eid gifts, I walked through Michael’s only to find these perfectly colored plates, as if Michael’s purposely put them there just for me to find. I grabbed a few other items and went to work. Continue reading

Celebrating Ramadan with a Toddler

ramadan with a toddler 2It is entirely way too early to teach a two year old about Islam. Continue reading

My Ramadan Decor 2015

ramadan decorWe’re almost half way through Ramadan, and here I am, posting my latest projects for Ramadan.

It seems as if I’ve taken procrastination to a whole new level.

Last year, in my Ramadan post, I had made a Ramadan tassle garland and a countdown entryway chalk board. This year I just added a few more things, without getting too crazy. Continue reading

My Mother’s Ramadan Menu 2015

Ramadan iftar ideasMy mom is the best cook I know. And probably, you could say the same about your mom, or grand-mother.

I got together with my indecisive, lovely mother and brain-stormed a Ramadan inspired menu.  Continue reading

60 Things To Do with Your Toddler this Summer {in Saint Louis}

things to do with your toddler this summer in saint louisAs far as my 2 year old is concerned, Summer has already begun. Since the days have become warmer and gradually longer, we’ve been out and about on this town. Continue reading

Words of Encouragement from One Nursing Mother to Another

words of encouragement from one nursing mom to anotherMy daughter was a cluster feeder.

My son had a sensitive stomach and cried for hours at a time.

With my cluster feeder, I gave up nursing her when she was … actually, I can’t quite put a number on it because it was a gradual weening off 8 month process.

It didn’t go as planned. Nursing that is, but what in parenthood ever does? It was hard, really, really hard. She was a “snacker”, as the breastfeeding professionals called it. Continue reading

10 Incredibly Clever Gifts for Him

10 incredibly clever gifts for himBuying a present for my husband is the hardest decision I have ever made. I named my own children quicker than deciding what I’m gifting him for his birthday/our anniversary.

All year I’ve been taking [mental] notes of things he’s looked  at in stores, when watching the show, Shark Tank, I quickly noted when he would say out loud, “I’d buy that”. When he picked something up at a store, only to put it down before we got to the register. I made all these notes in my head, but it all failed me when it came time to remember them.

This month crept up on me. It wasn’t ’till a few days ago that I realized it was indeed the month of April. Usually, I resort to Google for ideas but this year, Google needed back up.

So with Google and Pinterest working tab-by-tab, my quest for the perfect gift began.

Here were some ideas that stuck out for me, and for reasons that will explain itself.

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