10 tips to survive the first year of motherhood + FREE Adult Colouring Sheets

100 days of darkness, sleeplessness, frustration, zombie trance – Common feelings in the first year of motherhood. How to survive through them all? Here are a few tips to tackle baby’s first year! 1. Accept help Immediately after delivery, I did not like anyone helping me. I stood awake all […]

7 books for Muslim moms-to-be and pregnant ladies, Islamic books for pregnancy

7 books for Muslim moms-to-be

As a new mother or a mother to be, we are often anxious and worried about this new and different phase of our life. Worrying about feeds and diapers is extremely common. From a religious aspect, we also start thinking about Aqeeqah, hair shaving etc – things we are not […]

Expat Childhood in the Middle East

Expat Childhood in the Middle East

For a few weeks now,  I have been helping my parents pack up from our home in Mesaieed. To be precise, bits and pieces of my childhood are either thrown away, given to charity, sent for recycling or in a cardboard box waiting to be flown back to our home […]

Facebook Parenring groups based in Qatar and India

Facebook Parenting Groups (Qatar & India based)

As a new mother, one of the wonderful things I discovered was the highly happening place called Facebook Groups. I learnt about attachment parenting and natural parenting there. I learnt kitchen hacks and Montessori activities for infants. Also I made friends with new mothers who had the same ideals as I […]

Book Review: Alhamdulilah For Series

Book review : Alhamdulilah For Series

For a few days now, I have been living  with the guilt and sadness of having taken a break from my career, for which I have worked since 2006. There are so many factors that made me take this decision. Some days , I feel guilty that all I do […]

5 emotional stages of a mother when her baby falls down

5 emotional stages of a mother when her baby falls down

As a first time mother, one of the most nerve wrecking situation is when your baby has an unfortunate fall or a bump on the head. How ever careful you are, it does happen often, especially when they have just started learning how to crawl or walk. Even if you […]

Minimalist guide to new born baby essentials shopping

Minimalist guide to new born baby essentials shopping + FREE printable

In the summer of 2015, when I was heavily pregnant and waddling through Gulf Mall, unsure and confused of what to buy for the newborn from all the checklist I had come across, I had decided I will make a minimalist guide for newborn baby shopping. (Yeah, this post have […]

Revised screen time guidelines for children, AAP 2016

Revised screen time guidelines for children – AAP, 2016

Raising a child today is different from raising a child 5 years ago.  Ipad was just a year old and had not reached every home. Smart phones had just entered the common man’s market. Google Glass and Samsung Gear VR were unheard of. In 5 years, the world of technology has […]

Chemical Pregnancy

Chemical pregnancy – A poem

Bloated feeling and nausea. I need no scans and blood test. In my mind, I knew.  I count the months and the days Mark the due date. In my mind, I knew. I share with him the feeling! Joyous and tensed – we were. In my mind, I knew. Wait […]

Cloth Diapering

25 facts cloth diapering taught me

I have been cloth diapering for almost a year now. When you hear ‘Cloth Diaper’ do not picturize plastic covers and flats with safety pins like what our mothers and grandmothers used. Instead, the modern cloth diapers are trendy  with beautiful prints and are trim diapers made of organic cotton/microfiber/hemp/bamboo […]

Book review - The one. A perfect book for little children for introduction to the attributes of Allah

Book Review – The One by Manaal Jafrey-Razaque

Author         – Manaal Jafrey-Razaque Illustrator   – Tanya Emelyanova Publisher    – Prolance Available     – Official page & Amazon Growing up in an average Muslim household, we are taught that Allah has 99 names right from a young age. This book is a perfect aid […]

Letters to daughter from mom

Letters to my daughter #6

Dear little girl, I have meant to write this for a little while now. Well, busy with an ever busy toddler 😀 You have blossomed into a lovely hyperactive one year old girl. Alhamdulilah. My heart swells in pride over your every milestone – every step and every word. ( […]

Book Review – When I grow up by Sundus Iraq

Growing up one of the most oft asked questions we hear from elders, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’. Our creativity works overtime and we give answers depending on our mood and situation – batman, astronaut, teacher so on and so forth. The book ‘When I […]