MINISO mini-haul

Salaam everyone!   As you probably already know, the VAT has increased in Saudi Arabia from 5% to 15%.This will be a financial burden to some families here. A lot of people took this as an opportunity to go on shopping sprees before the increase happened, myself included. (Although I wasn’t as extreme as my…

Exciting news

Asalaamalaikum everyone!   Hope your summer is going well. I know this hasn’t been the best summer we’ve ever experienced with the Coronavirus and whatnot. I personally have been trying to keep myself busy with a side project, studying for my classes, and, of course, parenting. Even  so, it has been a very boring and…

That one time I was almost kicked out of a mosque

Okay guys, I got a story for you. Now, y’all probably know by this point that I LOVE Bahrain. I like that it’s just small and comfortable. You’re never far from the sea. It’s just comfortable, honestly. The malls are nice, the food is delicious, the people are pleasant… I could go on and on….

Newest vlogs

During this pandemic, I have been staying home literally all the time. I haven’t been to work since December since I had maternity leave. After my maternity leave, I didn’t return to work because of the COVID outbreak. I’m basically a stay at home mom these days.  With that being said, I have more time…

100 Days in Appalachia plus Eid

Salaam everyone! I hope you had a fantastic Eid.  My husband had to work on the first day of Eid, so we delayed our family Eid dinner. One thing we weren’t able to delay, however, was opening gifts. The girls woke up when daddy came home from work and were so excited that we opened…

Ramadan Traditions

  Every year for Ramadan, I prepare a food for my family called pepperoni rolls. This is important to me, as I am Appalachian. Pepperoni rolls are the WV state food, and they are found in some states throughout Appalachia. Since I am living outside of my country and outside of my culture, it is…

Ramadan Activity Kit

  If you read my blog regularly, you probably already know about some of the books I bought for my daughter this Ramadan. Those books, however, pale in comparison to the Ramadan activity kit I ordered, which is pretty much the holy grail of Ramadan entertainment for children. I ordered an activity kit from the company…

Ramadan Reads

Asalaamalaikum everyone!   I hope you are having a great Ramadan thus far. I wanted to drop a quick line to share some of my favorite Ramadan related books for children. The  first one is called Ramadan (Celebrate the World). It has some of the most gorgeous illustrations I have seen! It also does a…

Emptiness

Today I don’t have much to say honestly.  There isn’t a lot going on due to COVID. I recently went to an secret funeral for a friends sister, so that’s that. We all live in the same housing complex so it was easy to sneak over and give my condolences. She’s shattered, even more so…

Ramadan Ready

I’m one of those really cheesy and annoying people that gets super hyped up over holiday stuff, including Ramadan. Especially Ramadan. Like, as soon as it’s Ramadan I break out all my best Ramadan decor, wear traditional dresses, light up my lanterns, etc. Since I have had children, my excitement has tripled. This year, however,…

What’s really under the abaya?

If you ask anyone to describe what a Saudi woman wears, most likely they will say a long, black garment. Technically, that answer is correct. Saudi women are required to wear an abaya, or robe-like garment when they are in public. With that being said, just because women wear abayas in public, doesn’t mean that they aren’t…

Everything is temporary

While I am waiting on my visa to arrive, I feel like everything is so temporary. I can’t make any solid, long term plans because I don’t know how long I have until I return back to KSA. The other day there was a really great sale on chicken at the grocery store and I…