How to be grateful on Thanksgiving (Five ways Muslims can show gratitude)

Today is Thanksgiving. And like most families, mine will be seated around a large table with family later this afternoon. We’ll pass the stuffing and gravy. We’ll chit-chat while someone carves the turkey. Most of us will peek at dessert before it’s served. And as is tradition, we’ll go around the horn and everyone will say what they’re grateful for.… Read more →

Book update: Focus on the writing

My days have been flooded with rivers of self-doubt when I think about how I’m ever going to finish my book.   The Boss keeps reminding me to focus on writing the book – not talking about it, or worrying about it, because neither of those two things will help me write or finish this book. And he’s right.  … Read more →

How to manage a toddler and an infant

Now that I’ve got my hands full with Min and Gilli, I’ve been asking a lot of moms how they transitioned from one kiddo to two. I’ve gotten some really great advice (along with a few jarring reality checks!) over the last few weeks, and recently, my friend JoAnne of Sweet Ginger Mama shared with me some practical tips of… Read more →

Book cover ideas, Marie Kondo, and boys

So, I think we have the cover art for my book! There’s still some discussion happening between my publisher, editor and myself, but you know how sometimes you have an idea, and then you come across lots of other ideas, but you still keep going back to your first idea? I think that’s sort of where I am right now.… Read more →

No-bake peanut butter cup bars (vegan, gluten-free)

Last week Min and I were invited to a friend’s son’s first birthday, where among a lovely spread of fresh fruit, cheese and veggies, there was a delicious gluten-free dessert (in addition to birthday cake, of course!) The no-bake peanut butter cup bars my friend made were gluten-free and sweetened only with pure maple syrup. And I ate like, three… Read more →

Book update: Feeling the deadline pinch

My book editor has a trip planned to New York in August to go over our final edits before we submit my manuscript to my publisher. Once they get it, they’ll likely have at least a few questions/edits at which point I’m assuming we just sort of pass my ‘script back and forth like we’re in a game of book… Read more →

Min’s bum knee

On Sunday The Boss and I took Min to an indoor play arena. The weather outside was in the high 80s and BRUTAL. It was so hot, I wore a damp hijab because I needed something cold on my head, and I knew it would dry like, four minutes after I walked outside. Every winter, after weeks of being snowed… Read more →