Back to School 2014

This year, we’re not home schooling. It has been bittersweet, this past year and my decision. There are so many factors that have gone into this choice that I couldn’t possibly give you the full explanation. In the end, at this stage of my life, it was not something I could continue with. I definitely endorse home school with all the potential it offers. I hope one day to revisit the opportunity. I initially wrote out a detailed blog post going into my reasons, but ultimately decided that it was my personal choice that did not need explaining. “You can do anything, but not everything.”

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With that being said, we’ve been pretty excited about starting at a new school much closer to home than our last.  The girls and I have been looking forward to different aspects of starting. J was excited to meet new friends and have a new teacher. I learned that Maysoon really loved a classroom environment after experiencing it in preschool, so she was excited to give it another go in Kindergarten.

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Needless to say, I’m happy to have a couple of hours of quiet again. Of course with two little ones at home, that “quiet” isn’t silent, but it’s far more manageable and easy going. I love that this will be a year to create new connections and friendships. I’ve always loved school growing up and still do to this day. I love participating at school and believe that a parent’s involvement can lead to the success of a school. As a little back to school gift for the girls’ teachers, secretary, and principal, I simply provided a sweet little note attached to a scented candle. The tag reads “Light the way to an amazing year!”

Back to School Teacher's Gift

Head over to DisneyBaby to see how I prepared for back to school while having a newborn.

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Recently On Disney Baby – July

Here’s a round-up of my posts over at Disney Baby for July. Finally got around to announcing her arrival. My month-by-month pregnancy pictures. Musing on the magic of newborns. Reflecting on how Baby Z is no longer my baby. A fun summer themed toddler gift. The significance and meaning behind the name “Amani“. Another take on Ramadan with a newborn. Sharing this special milestone, rolling over!    

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Trendy and Ready For Fall with #CartersFallStyle + Giveaway!

Fall is my absolute favorite season! I love everything about it from the crisp weather to the bright colored foliage. I was thrilled to review Carter’s new fall line, available now in stores! Everything in the store is 40% off too! They have the best sales! Hurry, sale ends August 5. It was easy to scoop up an armful of great pieces including the cutest pajamas ever. We can all agree that Carter’s has the cutest pajamas, right? Right! This fall, Carter’s is all about mixing patterns. Camo, vintage florals, tomboy chic, and plaids are all hot right now. During my trip to my local Carter’s, I picked up a little of each! My oldest is crazy about camo ever … Continue reading

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Why I Write

I don’t consider myself a writer. At first, I couldn’t understand why Saira of Confessions of a Muslim Mommaholic even asked me to take part of a “writers chain letter”.  However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I’ve always loved writing. Recently while browsing through the things I’ve saved since I was a young girl, I’ve found that most of the items I’ve held onto are things I’ve written; Essays, letters to cousins, stories written as a child. In school, I never viewed writing as something to do for the sake of completing an assignment. It was a chance for me to express myself and release some creativity. Over time on this blog, I’ve come … Continue reading

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Ramadan and a Newborn

I’ve been waiting eagerly all year for two very exciting events to take place: Ramadan and the birth of Amani. Little did I know that when both coincided, they would compete for my attention and energy in ways I never imagined. Majority of the Ramadans during my married life, I’ve been either pregnant or nursing. I can count on a single hand the number of times I fasted along with everyone else during the past nine and a half years. Jenin was only a few months, perhaps 2 or 3, when I missed my first ever Eid prayer. I was weary from the uncelebrated effects of new motherhood, sleepless nights and postpartum hormone induced mood swings. I was in no … Continue reading

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Uncommon Good Gifts You’ll Love to Give

I like to consider myself a great gift-giver.  Do people even say that about themselves? I just did, but give me a chance to explain.  I think I give great gifts because, when I have the time, I put a lot of thought and care into selecting and crafting a gift for the recipient.  It doesn’t require fancy or expensive items.  A great gift should simply be unique and truly speak to the recipient. I was all in when Uncommon Goods asked me check out their awesome personalized selection, gifts for women, and personalized jewelery. Uncommon Goods is one of those great companies that you can feel good about purchasing from and supporting.  They feature handcrafted and unique designs that … Continue reading

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Amani Birth Announcement

Our Newest Blessing

Announcing our newest blessing: Amani. On May 7, 2014, our family welcomed our fourth daughter. Born 7:51 pm weighing in at 7 pounds, measuring 19 inches. 10 fingers, 10 toes, and a good strong cry.  Born at home into a family eagerly awaiting her arrival, she has captured our hearts from her first breath.

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Jumping On The Freezer Meal Bandwagon

If you’ve been on Pinterest, you’ve heard about freezer cooking. It’s all the rage amongst busy mamas across the country. The pins make it look ridiculously easy and you can’t help but be captivated by the idea of only cooking one day but eating for two weeks! Now this certainly isn’t a new concept and people have been doing this for years. But all the pins and posts about it make it seem like the latest sanity saving phenomenon. Considering I’ve been nesting like a madwoman, expecting my 4th any day now, and can’t possibly see myself cooking every single day postpartum, I decided to dive into the freezer cooking world. Don’t get me wrong, I could totally go for … Continue reading

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Celebrate the Season With Carter’s Spring Style

Ever since Jenin was a baby, I’ve always loved the Carter’s brand. From the onesie sets to the PJs, and everything in between, I’ve always been a fan of their line. I’ve turned to Carter’s for great clothes for all of my girls and have even picked up some gender neutral items for Baby #4. When I was offered the chance to check out Carter’s spring line, I was all in. I knew I would be getting great quality, adorable pieces, and affordable prices. With the Carter’s Baby and Kid sale going on now until March 4, I saved up to 50% on most pieces. Add their awesome 20% off coupon and I scored big time! The Spring sale is … Continue reading

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