Alia is a stay at home mom with one daughter, Hanna (2017) and a baby boy due in July (2019). She comes from a huge family on both sides, so loud dinners and get togethers are my thing! She is a native of Memphis and has a degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Memphis. Go Tigers! She loves to go out to the occasional dinner and a movie, but quite frankly, is more of a homebody. Her guilty pleasure is getting in an episode of Judge Judy while eating some junk food in peace during nap time.
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A Peak Inside My Middle Eastern Kitchen :: Maqluba

In light of the times we are living in, I thought it would be a great opportunity to bring us all together over some warm food to welcome the new year. A virtual breaking...
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Hijab :: What Is It and Why?

hijab hi·jab /hiˈjäb/ noun A head covering worn in public by some Muslim women. I started wearing the hijab when I was 11 years old. It was the middle of the week, the middle of the school year,...
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Living In a Joint Family Home

After my divorce, I found myself in a situation where I had to make a choice. At the time, I was a stay at home mom with a two-year-old daughter and I was very,...

Threenagers And Quarantine

Okay, let me be clear. I love my threenager. But I do not currently like her. It is 12pm and she has made me cry twice today already. I am not here for it. Quarantine...

Ramadan During Quarantine

Across the globe, roughly 1.8 billion Muslims are beginning to take part in the holy month of Ramadan. For those who may not be familiar, Ramadan is a month of purification when Muslims dedicate...
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I Don’t Love My Children Equally and Neither Do You

Before I ever became a wife or mother, I had always dreamed of having my own family. I wanted the husband, the house with the white picket fence, and a bunch of children running...
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Sometimes I Lie to My Pediatrician

Today my son had his 6 month check-up and I didn’t tell the pediatrician the truth. Without even thinking about it, the answer I knew he wanted shot out of my mouth.  Now, before we...
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Holidays After Losing My Mom Made Me Create Traditions

Traditions are so important. Not only are they rituals that can bring on the holiday spirit, but they also give your family a piece of you to hold on to when you are no...
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Losing my Mother and Best Friend

Mother daughter relationships are the rockiest kind of relationship you could ever be in. There is a .2 second rebound rate when going from getting cussed out in the passenger seat of the car...

A Letter to My First Born

To My Darling Daughter,  I always knew that I wanted to be a mom. If your dad had on board with it, I would have had you three years sooner, but you were totally worth...