Politics and Us

Hello! I feel like we are meeting for the first time. So, in the interest of getting to know you I’d love to hear all about you. I’ll start. Me: Kristina From Ohio. Midwest thru and through. Age: 40s Relationship: Married 18 years Children: Mr. Fox, Pea and Kate. If you want to know more, look at the Cast of Characters. Religion: Christian-ish, its complicated. Work: I’m a jeweler and entrepreneur. I’m passionate about making life prettier and easier. Politics:… Read more

What Do You Give?

Do you volunteer? Do you send in snacks? Do you buy from the school fundraiser? Do you offer help? I’m not talking about giving money to panhandlers, but truly giving of yourself. Your time. Sometimes your money. I’ve noticed that the concept of giving is different for people of different economic status, different religions, and different cultural backgrounds. When I joined the Muslim community, I noticed that people didn’t volunteer much. I would hear people say that if they weren’t… Read more

You, Be Safe

These days, my mind and heart are conflicted. I’m learning and growing as a white woman, who has been raised in a small-ish midwestern town, in a predominantly white environment. I never considered myself racist, but to be honest, I wasn’t cognizant of my privilege until I married Khaled. Even though he is fair, white people see him as ‘other.’ I struggle with this category. We joke about it, but it is always there. People ask him constantly where he… Read more

Compromise is the Key

As Ramadan approached this year, I was asked back to be a contributor to Interfaith Ramadan.  I was given several topics to address, but this was the question that I chose: Raising children in an interfaith household – compromises, difficulties, advantages etc I sat down to write my submission, but this was the piece that came out. It didn’t seem very Ramadan, so I set it aside and forged ahead with something that was more topic appropriate. You can find… Read more

Ramadan Kids Club

This year, The Little Mosque Down the Street™ organized an event that took place four days a week for the smallest Muslims, called Ramadan Kids Club. They worked in cooperation with another Mosque, and for two hours each day, the kids listened to a story, sang some songs and did an activity. I was invited to provide the activity one day.  Here are the pictures. Enjoy! I was invited to provide the activity one day.  Here are the pictures. Enjoy!… Read more

Islamic Life Hack – The Wudu Cling

When I agreed to marry Khaled and raise our future children Muslim, I didn’t understand all of the minute, tiny details of difference that would surface between my upbringing and  his. Aside from the big glaring differences, his – being brought up in a different country, his parents married from a young age and staying together, the apartment in which he grew up, the extended family unit of support he always knew would be there, and his strong religious identity…. Read more

What About Jell-o Salad?

A few weeks ago, we had an abundance of fruit that needed to be used, and I was all smoothie’d out. Kate and I searched through our trusty Blue Book* trying to find out what we could make with the bananas and mangos we had on hand. She came upon a recipe I had printed out for Jell-o Jigglers. I know they are probably second nature to some of you, but I don’t have a great memory for recipes. The… Read more

Suhoor Today

Today was the first day of fasting. Like many others, I thought that fasting was supposed to begin on Tuesday. I didn’t find out until Sunday and we had plans to be away from home all day. This morning for suhoor, we had bacon waffles, scrambled eggs, strawberries, blueberries, big glasses of milk and water. The bacon waffles were inspired by an episode of Trisha Yearwood’s cooking show I overheard on Saturday.  Click here if you want to follow Trisha’s… Read more

Planning the Next Month

It seems like everything I read these days online is about the election candidates, Ramadan or college. Seriously! I’m done with the election already. Whatever democrat is the nominee, that’s who I’m voting for. Boom. Done Deal. Next! Ramadan? Well, honestly I’ve been thinking about and planning for Ramadan for 3 months now. Searching for new breakfast ideas, shopping for Eid abayas, thinking about celebrating the Eid, hosting an iftar or two. Inviting non-Muslims to participate in some small way…. Read more

Getting Excited

These days my life is a lot more mundane than over the top Islamic. I work. My husband works. My people go to school. They have friends. We grocery shop, we do yard work, we clean the house. Rinse, repeat. I’ve been living this Islamic Life for going on almost 20 years now. Sometimes I forget what parts of my life are Islamic and what isn’t anymore. Then I talk to my friend and mention something and she tells me… Read more

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