10 Alternatives to Halloween and Trick-or-Treating for Muslim families

Min is a toddler and Gilli is a baby. Neither of the boys are aware of Halloween (yet,) but this year The Boss and I spoke a little more in depth about Halloween as it pertains to our kids. As in, will we or won’t we allow the boys to partake in the holiday in any fashion ....more

Book update: Focus on the writing

My days have been flooded with rivers of self-doubt these days when I think about how I’m ever going to finish my book. ...more

How to manage a toddler and an infant

Now that I’ve got my hands full with Min and Gilli, I’ve been asking a lot of moms how they transitioned from one kiddo to two. I’ve gotten some really great advice (along with a few jarring reality checks!) over the last few weeks, and recently, my friend JoAnne of Sweet Ginger Mama shared with me some practical tips of her own. Here’s what she had to say on how to manage a toddler and an infant in the early days… *** I wish I had some magic potion I could sprinkle over your head, but alas, motherhood in the early years is quite demanding and challenging, much more so when you double the headcount and everyone is under 3! ...more

Book cover ideas, Marie Kondo, and boys

So, I think we have the cover art for my book! There’s still some discussion happening between my publisher, editor and myself, but you know how sometimes you have an idea, and then you come across lots of other ideas, but you still keep going back to your first idea? I think that’s sort of where I am right now ....more

And the winner of the print from ‘Life of My Heart’ is…

Congratulations Victoria U.! Email prizes@sliceoflemon.com to claim your prize! a Rafflecopter giveaway Tweet ...more

Sponsored: Win a print from ‘Life of My Heart’ (Islamic brush lettering, calligraphy)

Artist Marryam Lum, owner of Life of My Heart, is giving away one A4 print to a lucky reader, and all Slice of Lemon readers will receive a 30% discount off total purchase (use code: LEMON) through July 21 just in time for Eid! This giveaway and promotion is open to readers worldwide. *** Marryam Lum isn’t even 30 yet, and she’s already a successful lifestyle photographer, artist and business woman who’s been married for eleven years and has three kids to boot ....more

No-bake peanut butter cup bars (vegan, gluten-free)

Last week Min and I were invited to a friend’s son’s first birthday, where among a lovely spread of fresh fruit, cheese and veggies, there was a delicious gluten-free dessert (in addition to birthday cake, of course!) The no-bake peanut butter cup bars my friend made were gluten-free and sweetened only with pure maple syrup. And I ate like, three on my drive home. Yes, that was in addition to what I ate at the party ....more

Book update: Feeling the deadline pinch

My book editor has a trip planned to New York in August to go over our final edits before we submit my manuscript to my publisher. Once they get it, they’ll likely have at least a few questions/edits at which point I’m assuming we just sort of pass my ‘script back and forth like we’re in a game of book badminton until it’s ready for publish. I am so excited and so nervous and sometimes I wish I could press PAUSE on the Life Remote I don’t have so I could just write for like, five weeks without any interruptions ....more

Min’s bum knee

On Sunday The Boss and I took Min to an indoor play arena. The weather outside was in the high 80s and BRUTAL. It was so hot, I wore a damp hijab because I needed something cold on my head, and I knew it would dry like, four minutes after I walked outside ....more

Strawberry picking

Over the weekend, The Boss and I drove up to Connecticut to visit The Boss’s family and went strawberry picking at a small farm just a few minutes from my in-laws’ house with my MIL, sister-in-law and Little Lamb. The last time I went berry picking was with MIL a few years ago. This time it was Min’s turn to join the fun ....more