A letter to my son

23 May 17

I wanted to write this so I wouldn’t forget, like after he’s no longer my only child, or my mum-brain gets progressively worse over the years… Dearest Nu’man, Even though you are in your Terrible Twos, life with you is not all terrible. It is an honour and a joy to witness and take part […]

And He plans

29 Dec 16

Assalamu’alaikum! 2016 came with surprises and is leaving with some very welcomed closure. It is so cliché but true: that we plan, we have expectations and wishes, but God’s plan is the best and ultimately the one we submit to. What I would remember from this year is the time that I was this close […]

List of Thoughts

4 Dec 16

My toddler’s tantrums remind me that I am raising a human being, not an angel. Developing, struggling, changing… they happen to kids at such an amazing rate! It’s on us to help them, forgive them, for they are feeling all sorts of — literally — new things: and even their response to the new feelings […]

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Downloadable Mutaba’ah Amal

17 Nov 16

Excuse the Arabic and Malay jargon — I made this Excel spreadsheet that can be used as a monthly habit tracker or reward chart, and thought I’d put it up online for others to use. (Confession: I greatly enjoy formatting documents in MS Office. I’m one of those people who can spend hours changing fonts […]

Empowered

30 Aug 16

So life plans have drastically changed — again! — but this time the feeling of hearing the news was of immediate relief. It’s ironic and crazy, but you’d probably understand if you went through it too. This site needs an overhaul! Visually and content-ly. See you later alligator (inshaAllah)!

Ramadan thoughts

12 Jul 16

Those who have the desire and who work at it can definitely increase their emotional intelligence […] Take an example: Many children have not experienced loss and its accompanying grief, so they may not fully understand these concepts. However, as we age and experience loss in our lives, we develop a greater capacity to understand […]

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The Best Summer

19 Apr 16

Tonight I just felt like writing about my last summer in the UK, which was also my first summer as a wife and my first summer spent in Cambridge (as opposed to Canterbury, Kent). I was actually reminiscing (I hate this word because unlike my husband, I’m not at all a nostalgic person) the time […]

Life right now

22 Mar 16

But first! Beaches. A tiny video montage of places in Terengganu. Because I missed making a habit of capturing videos — it’s so easy to overlook the beauty around you otherwise — and compiling them for my future perusal. I wish there were more shots but hey, maybe next time.

Cream Cheese Fruit Salad

19 Jan 16

Now, when I said I was going to write more, I didn’t quite envision recipe posts, but hey — why in the world not? These photos are old, but the recipe is tried and tested and evergreen. And a hit with potluck gatherings! Original recipe is from Cooks.com but altered significantly.

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Where did time go?

22 Dec 15

Assalamu’alaikum. Today was a particularly “good” day — as defined by me. The kid is having his second very long nap of the day, mashaAllah, my routine just seemed to fit things in, and I managed to work on (and completed) multiple design tasks — I work with ProductiveMuslim — with, let’s say minimal screaming […]