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It’s Ramadan again!

I’ve enjoyed reading people’s Ramadan Facebook statuses of how they’re going to do the best this month and give it their all! With little ones, there’s a lot of online activities for Ramadan such as here: 49 Ways to get Kids Involved in Ramadan, and lots of little things I’ve seen people do online such as decorate their houses, a good deeds chart, string lights, put up a calendar, etc.

Here, we haven’t done much of that all – no lights strung up, no fancy decor here! I wanted to make a calendar like last year, so Z and I stuck some cupcake wrappers up (that’s all I could find in the Pantry) and I let her write from 1 to 30, which means a lot of numbers are crooked, small, and the wrong way. The wrappers are stuck up a little crooked, the papers are folded in the wrong place, but I just don’t feel like going out in the heat to buy proper materials to make arts and crafts that look ‘pretty.’  As long as whatever we make is functionable, we’re good to go.

I wrote ‘good deeds’ on the wrappers and took the girls’ input in so there are funny ones like, “Tell your Mom please when you want pancakes!” and “Help Your Mom Bake Cookies.” “Help Your Mom Bake Cookies” should seriously be “Make Your Mom Cookies and More Importantly Clean the Kitchen After!”

A note about cleaning, this book is worth the hype and I feel like my items in my cabinets and clothes in my closet are breathing a little better and my house is a bit more at peace this Ramadan!

For Ramadan, I wanted a less cluttered home so I feel like I am closer to that goal. I also replaced my sponge, something so small, but makes me feel a little happier.

Enjoying…

lazy Summer mornings in which I get a little extra sleep, courtesy of Steve Jobs and his iPad.

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‘homemade samosas’ that are store bought from the Halal Meat Grocer on 14th Street!

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almost Zinnia buds

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1 of my favorites because they naturally did this!

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And my book up in Little Shop of Stories. I’ve seen my book in Ramadan book displays and will share those photos later, but it doesn’t get old to see my book up on someone’s book shelf! [I’ll be at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur at 3 pm tomorrow for Story time of Lailah’s Lunchbox!]

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The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. God intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify God for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.

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I doodle. All the time. Doodling helps me make sense of the world around me. When I doodle, whether it be swirls or figurines, I am transformed to a world in which my doodles live, and my thoughts become clear. My mind breathes. Through my art medium of pencils, paint, potting soil, and pixels, I thrive. I am a teacher and have taught 2nd grade in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia for 4 years. I am currently a Stay-At-Home-Mommy to a ___ daughter (she was born in June 2010—you can do the math !) and a ___ preschooler (she was born November 2012) who is exploring my creative outlet via the aforementioned 4 P’s! So far, I’m an author whose book Lailah’s Lunchbox was published in 2015 via Tilbury House Publishing. I have 2 new picture books projected for 2019: Amira's Picture Day (Holiday House, 2019) and Let Me Show You The Way (Eerdmans, 2019)! I’m an Atlanta based children-family-lifestyle photographer on weekends. Thank you for stopping by!

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