Luka by the month – 7 months

It’s a bit embarrassing that pretty much all I blog about these days are my children and food.  But let’s be honest.  With three small kids and a jam packed schedule at work, if my kids are fed and still alive by the end of the day, I count it all success.  Laundry may pile … Continue reading

Truthful advertising

Inshallah.  God willing.  A phrase that should be one that speaks of dependence and trust is probably the most frustrating thing you can hear. Ask the electrician when he will come.  When he says “tomorrow, inshallah,” be prepared to wait at least three days. When a friend says she’ll pass by for a visit, inshallah, … Continue reading

Luka by the month – 6 months

Part of me kind of expected to wake up on Luka’s six month bday and be done with spit up forever.  That has not been the case. But spit up and all, Luka is a joy.  He loves playing peek-a-boo, chasing his sisters and jumping in that swingy thing that hangs from the doorway.  No … Continue reading

Babywearing Beirut

Baby wearing has always been on my radar. But it’s not something that I knew would be a big part of my parenting journey. When Isla was born, I wore her in a sling and then later in an SSC because it was convenient. Beirut is not stroller friendly at all.  This is the sidewalk … Continue reading

DIY Linen spray

If you are on facebook, there is no way you’ve missed how popular the use of essential oils has become.  My newsfeed is full of moms sharing miracle cures for everything from teething to fevers to cranky children with the use of oils. I was intrigued.  While traditional modern medicine can be lifesaving, we tend … Continue reading

Dreamsicle ice cream: an almost summer’s treat

Winter is officially over, and I’m pretty sure we skipped over spring.  But the seasonal fruits and veggies didn’t get the message.  Strawberry season is just ending, so we’re stuck eating unripened almonds and plums (which for some odd reason, Lebanese love) while we wait for the bounty of summer fruits… peaches, cherries, watermelon… I’m … Continue reading

General Security vs…. a three year old.

We have to renew our residency permits every year.  The list of requirements is always changing – letter from our church here, paper with official stamps saying we will take financial responsibility for our children, signed paper saying we will not marry a Lebanese, and on and on.  But one thing we’ve needed consistently is … Continue reading

Follow me, Mama

As I start this post Luka is sleeping in his bed.  I say start because I have no illusions that I’ll actually finish it in one sitting, but it’s significant that he’s in his bed.  Significant because he hasn’t slept in his bed in nearly a week.  His daytime naps he’s been wrapped close to … Continue reading

Luka by the month – 5 months

Luka took his four month sleep regression very seriously.  The combination of being super distracted during the day and needing to make up for it by eating all night long and his new trick of rolling onto his belly while sleeping (“I’m on my belly!  WHHYYYY am I on my belly!?!?!”) made for not a … Continue reading

Beirut’s best burger

There are dozens of different burger places in Beirut, but hands down my favorite burgers are at Shake Shack.  The ten year old chain started in Manhattan and now has two branches in Beirut – one in City Centre Mall, the other at ABC Ashrafieh. I’m no meat connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination, … Continue reading