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…

Thai Wonderlust

When I was 22, I had the privilege of spending a month in Thailand. It was an experience that I thought I’d remember forever, and I will, just not as vividly as I would like. I remember some of the big things I did- went to Phuket Phantasea, saw elephants, went kayaking in caves, was…

The Black Seed

Being that I now live in Middle East, I have access to a whole world of spices and cuisines I may not have been able to find back home. The great thing about Saudi Arabia is that it is a giant melting pot for so many different cultures, so tons of foods and spices are…

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,…

Jeddah Aquarium

Having a toddler that is obsessed with “Baby Shark,”we never pass up a chance to visit an aquarium. So naturally we had to visit the Fakieh Aquarium in Jeddah when we visited. If you have ever been to Jeddah, you know the weather can be a bit miserable. Yes, it is as hot as Riyadh,…

Nothing New

So we are currently on what feels like day 93034 of quarantine, although I know I am being a bit dramatic. To be fair though, I haven’t been to work since December as I was heavily pregnant, so it feels a lot longer than it has been. It’s Ramadan, which I’m sure is no surprise….

Outside Learning

If you know me or read my blog often, you probably know that I am an educator… therefore it is only natural that I really stress learning and education with my own children. Dahlia is only 2 and already we have her enrolled in a daycare school. The only problem is she hasn’t been in almost…

Wedding Dress

The worst thing happened to me. My phone gave me the black screen of death. Usually this wouldn’t be a big deal thanks to the cloud, but for some reason they weren’t backed up there. It’s the thing nightmares are made of. Guys, I lost EVERYTHING. All my contacts. All my notes. But worst of…

Best hummus in Saudi Arabia

One of the best ways to find out about good restaurants in Riyadh is by word of mouth. It seems like when you eat somewhere that’s delicious, you tell your friends about it. When my husband’s friends told him about a restaurant called Al Kofeia, a Palenstenian restaurant, he really wanted to go. I wasn’t…

Lugaimat

Hey everyone! Hope you are enjoying your Ramadan so far. If there is one food most people in Saudi eat in Ramadan, it is lugaimat. It seems like every dinner I attend in Ramadan is accompanied by a dessert of lugaimat. Sure, you can find it here and there all year long, but it seems…

Food Lust

It’s Ramadan, which means there is one major thing  on everyone’s mind these days… FOOD!   I know most of us, including myself, have been cooking at home a lot more since the COVID outbreak. And, while I am pretty good at cooking, sometimes I really just want to go out and eat something different….

Ramadan Fashion

One of the things I love about Ramadan in the Middle East is how everything become so traditional seemingly overnight. Shops adorn their walls with lanterns and stars, red streamers hanging from the rafters… But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that the one thing I love more than the decorations and lugamait is…