A Poem for my other Son

13 Sep 19

One has to be fair when one has two sons, no? Alhamdulillah Mu’een, you are now two!But subhanAllah, it feels like time just flew,I remember saying to Abi once,it doesn’t feel like we have two sons. Do you want to know why?Because even though you can really cry,I imagined that you’re a pet with spiky […]

Staying at Home

29 Aug 19

It’s taken me four years to appreciate not having to go to work! – Me, 2019 I don’t find it easy to write about life as a “stay-at-home mother” (first off— can we get rid of that phrase already?) because I’m still conflicted about many things. Yes, I’m extremely grateful! No, I didn’t choose to […]

The Beautiful Names of Allah

14 Mar 19

Most of us would probably have memorised the Asma’ul Husna (Beautiful Names of Allah) via classic nasheeds as a child. But for years I’d wanted to go through them properly and learn the meanings and background, especially in order to include His Names when making du’a. There are already various online resources for this, eg: […]

Houseplants bring Happiness

12 Mar 19

I attribute my brand-new interest in houseplants to the following factors: Current trends on social media, especially on Pinterest. I’m mostly attracted to houseplants as functional decor items, because I’m not quite the minimalist (I love having things around the house to look at and be inspired by) but I don’t like buying knickknacks just […]

Zipper Neckline T-shirt Hack

11 Mar 19

Introduction / Rant If there’s one piece of practical advice I can give to any female person who intends to have children one day — stock up on breastfeeding-friendly clothes. Even if you’re not pregnant yet! I swear people make such a business out of nursing-friendly clothes nowadays. My problem with the ones on the […]

Parenting books

Mummy Must-Reads

29 Dec 18

One thing I don’t think is ever discussed enough is that parenthood is difficult — even more so for my generation and the unique challenges of today. 2018 has been full of trials for me personally, as a mother of two young boys who are at home full-time. I had previously mentioned how my reading […]

Life without TV

28 Jul 18

I thought I would write this so that my future self can remember what life was like ‘back then’ — because who knows what else will change in 10, 20 years? Background story The husband and I grew up with TV like most of our generation, but the habit stopped when we went to university […]

Photobook Tips

22 Jul 18

If you are not aware of the delightful novelty that is printing your digital photos, oh boy are you missing out. Over the years, I’ve made a total of six photobooks through various online services. Most are actually landscape / travel photos, and then there’s my architecture portfolio, and two baby books of the kids. […]

My Favourite Daily Apps (2018)

22 May 18

So here’s the thing about apps — one can make so many excuses for not needing them! For me they went something like this… I can just use manual pen & paper/notebook: ha. You think? Only to be misplaced, or have papers flying everywhere, or inevitably have the baby chew on them? Apps keep me […]

Motherhood Myths

21 Apr 18

I thought I’d do this for fun. And maybe so I can look back one day and re-think my perceptions… or just laugh at my younger self! 1. Labour is painful / excruciating / traumatic InshaAllah, with some effort and luck , giving birth can be much less than traumatic. I’ve written about both of […]