Restless (guest post)

I don’t know if it’s all the chocolate I ate today (it’s Easter Sunday), or it’s the myriad thoughts that run around ceaselessly in my brain. My mom is visiting. She’s a lovely woman, quiet, dignified, appeasing. She has a very peculiar way of showing her disapproval. Those of us who know her well always take it with a grain of salt, because we know … Continue reading Restless (guest post)

Eid Wreath

This year we made another Eid wreath, just because I’ve been thinking of making this for months, and was waiting for Ramadan to get going. The kids rolled up their sleeves and did their own version, which I think came out quite nice. So here you’ll find two different wreaths made simultaneously, with a slightly different emphasis. What you’ll need: a few empty egg cartons … Continue reading Eid Wreath

Tirol Cookies for Ramadan/Eid

I love to bake, and Eid ul Fitr is my favorite time to do so. Baking has been one of my most ardent expressions of joy for Eid. I normally bake and prepare a combination of Libyan, North American, Middle Eastern, and at times European sweets. Because I do a lot of baking, I tend to steer clear of too many individual pieces, and prefer … Continue reading Tirol Cookies for Ramadan/Eid

Why I Don’t Give Parenting Advice

Are you quick to try out every new parenting system, are you sick and tired of people telling you how to parent, are you just trying to get away from old parenting tropes, or are you trying to find your own zone? Continue reading Why I Don’t Give Parenting Advice

A Lesson in Mindfulness From my Infant

One of my little treasured blessings was born at the cusp of the Arab Spring. We were living in Libya, and I was just finishing up an online course with Kim West (The Sleeplady, author of the revolutionary book on baby sleep). I had my hands full with a busy home, a very large extended family, an online condensed course, an infant, two adventurous toddlers, … Continue reading A Lesson in Mindfulness From my Infant

2018 Roundup

Well here we are, the end of 2018. Another eventful year gone by! I’ve posted an average of about a blogpost every third day, and considering that I’ve slowed down a bit during my move a few months ago, I must say I’m delighted with this statistic. Hence the horn tooting. Since this is a roundup of the year’s happenings, I’ll start off with the … Continue reading 2018 Roundup

My little buddy

My little buddy walks in the kitchen and gets me smiling even before I get my morning coffee! I throw him a compliment and he catches it on his swing out the door with a flare only a confident loving preschooler can muster. He points his index fingers at me like he’s about to shoot a compliment back at me, he winks and declares: “Goody-goood!”. … Continue reading My little buddy

Playing with my son

He is making noise with the kapla, I love the sound of wooden blocks, so I go and check what he’s building. I lie down next to his construction area (cuz what I really want to do is sleep, but this is too compelling to miss). What are you making? A door, you take these… so I start positioning them according to what I think … Continue reading Playing with my son

Minimalism: the look vs the lifestyle

As you know I’ve been debating whether or not I’m a minimalist , in the broadest sense of the word. As a concept I fully agree with it, and I’m completely on board, but I wondered if I can truly call myself a minimalist simply because despite this frame of mind, I’m still surrounded by so much stuff, and my home looks nothing like the … Continue reading Minimalism: the look vs the lifestyle