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Ramadan and a Newborn

Ramadan with 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

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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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Our Newest Blessing

Amani Birth Announcement

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

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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

Carter's Spring Style Jenin

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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Welcome Baby in Style With Minted

Adventurer Baby Shower Invitation

No, no, Baby isn’t here just yet. Nine more weeks! Even though this is my fourth (and like I tell my husband, my last) pregnancy, I’m just as excited about all things baby. It never gets old!  There isn’t anything more special or sweet than the newness of a new little one joining a family. Minted has some of the most gorgeous baby shower invitations and birth announcements I’ve seen to help you welcome your sweet new bundle in style. Good-bye cutesy and cheesy, hello modern and fresh! I had the hardest time picking my favorites to share with you. There are dozens and dozens of chic designed invitations and announcements with even more customizations, making it nearly impossible to … Continue reading

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Maternity Leave

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I need maternity leave from motherhood. I’m tired. I don’t know how much more I can take. Three kids, a husband, a home (which I feel like I have to maintain according to unrealistic Arab standards), homeschooling, two blogs, pregnancy… Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to God. I’m so, so grateful as each thing is a remarkable blessing. But I’m tired. I’m only one person. I know thousands of women have similar responsibilities, if not more. But I’m me living my life, and I just can’t seem to figure out how to do this correctly. Perhaps it’s pregnancy emotions talking. Perhaps I’m sharing too much. I hear “you’re supermom” way more than I deserve to. I do not have it … Continue reading

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A New Chapter

Chalkboard Pregnancy Announcement

Life has been good lately. Far, far from perfect, but it’s been good. What more can a mama ask for? The kids still fight, I “forget” to fold my laundry on a regular basis, and nine years later, my husband and I still argue over silly things like fixing the throw pillows on the couch every night.  But my girls are healthy, my house is receiving tons of beautiful makeovers, and the hubs is doing really well at work. Like I said, life is good. Alhamdulilah, all praise is due to God. As for me, well, I’ve had a little project in the works for a few months now. It’s been an exciting one that I’m ready to share with … Continue reading

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No Longer a Baby

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Tonight after J’s bath, we came out of the bathroom and announced to Rami, “guess what?!? We have big, big news!” Being a father of 3 daughters, he had an idea of the series of events that would eventually take place, but he seemed slightly horrified by our “early” announcement. Jenin has her first loose tooth!! (The look of relief in Rami’s face was priceless.) She had been hoping and begging and questioning when her first tooth would fall out. She was so excited that she finally had a loose tooth she actually cried tears of joy! All night she wiggled and wiggled. I told her it would take a few days before it fell out. As her mom, I … Continue reading

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