Breakfast Cookies

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So I’ve decided, I will only post a recipe if I’m truly obsessing over it. With that being said, here is my new obsession. I. Can’t. Stop. Eating. These. Cookies. They are perfectly soft and chewy—how every cookie should be. I’m considering them a breakfast cookie since they are packed with oats and can be very filling with your morning coffee, tea, or lemon water. Plus, who doesn’t love eating cookies for breakfast!? They are definitely more healthy than grabbing a granola bar since they are typically filled with additives or have sugar. This is a dairy free, egg free, and sugar-free recipe. The use of honey can even be optional!

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Kale Tabbouleh

As most of you know, I am Lebanese—and what do we Lebanese people love? Food. A staple to every gathering has to be some sort of food, whether it is savory or sweet. One can not simply “drop by” and not eat or drink something. Even if you are in a rush, you must at least take something to go! I could rant about this subject for hours ( I actually centered an entire final project on this subject alone in college). However, what you are really here for is my Kale Tabbouleh Recipe.

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DIY:Grocery Store Cake Makeover

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Let’s be honest, I go to birthday’s for the cake. Let me clarify that sentence, If I go to a birthday party and the cake is mediocre, I leave saying that was an “alright” birthday. On the other hand, if the cake is amazing but the party is boring, I still think of it as a fun party! Basically, the dessert is the most important part of a gathering. Here is another moment of truth: grocery store cakes can seriously be insanely yummy and better than homemade! In order to keep my love for grocery store cakes, but attempt to make something on my own I redesigned an already made cake. I decided to go with the rustic “naked” cake and added fresh flowers to top it off, for a stylish cake with a classy twist. Continue reading “DIY:Grocery Store Cake Makeover”

Eliana Turned Six Months Old

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Six characteristics I have learned about myself in these past six months of having a baby:

  • Selflessness

Everything that was important to me can be put on the back burner. Sometimes basic needs like eating, sleeping, or even using the restroom have been forgotten about–just to keep her happy and entertained. I don’t resent this fact and that itself truly amazes me.

  • Happiness

I have discovered the truest form of happiness in life through her eyes. Happiness to me is found in her smiles and laughter. She has made me live life so much more positively. Continue reading “Eliana Turned Six Months Old”

The Gift of Time

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To my husband,
You have been beyond amazing on this journey of becoming a parent. We both knew how much we loved kids and wanted a big family, but we didn’t fully know what life with a newborn encompasses. These past five months have been a learning experience to say the least, where we also learned about each other. Your patience and strength through those sleepless nights of listening to our crying and gassy baby have kept me grounded. Even when I could no longer keep my emotions in tact and end up crying with her, you have parented me and kept me strong. I more than ever needed you to be my rock, and there you were ready to handle every situation when I no longer could. I want to thank you, because frankly I just don’t say it enough! We tend to forget to thank those that deserve it the most simply because we see them on a day to day basis. Thank you for being the husband I always dreamed of. Thank you for putting up with me when I can’t even stand myself. Thank you for being a great father and support system for our family.

We love you more than words,

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Eliana’s First Feeding & Nurture Life

Although there is a lot of speculation on when solid’s should be introduced to a baby, we decided four months was the perfect time for Eliana. I knew that there are a few basic cues on whether a baby is ready for solid foods. One of which, is whether they are showing interest in food. In my case, Eliana was literally following the utensil from my plate to my mouth every time I was eating in front of her! I guess you could say that was a big check! Another major aspect to make sure of, is if a baby can sit up on their own with little to no help. Once I noticed that Eliana was definitely showing interest and seemed ready I of course then consulted with her Pediatrician. At her four month checkup we were given the green light, and went straight to Whole Food’s to get organic everything! (this could be considered excessive—first time parents am I right? We can buy normal veggies for our second child).

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We started off with three days of rice cereal since this was recommended by our Pediatrician. After that, the fun began! We tried carrots next, and let me tell you Eliana LOVES carrots. I was actually a little sad since she seemed to love them more than me. After carrots we tried zucchini which was a hit, but not as amazing as carrots of course. The one thing I strived for was to make sure I pureed Eliana’s fruits and vegetables at home and to not use store bought baby food (at least for now). This seems very simple, except for when you are a working mama you tend to not have time to even cook your own dinner! That is when I found Nurture Life. Continue reading “Eliana’s First Feeding & Nurture Life”

Four Tips for Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

I can truly say that having Eliana has been the most amazing, and life changing event I have experienced. From the moment I saw her, I knew that there was no way in hell I was going back to work. Leaving her even for a minute to use the restroom felt like an eternity, imagine going back to my 8-5 work schedule. Fast forward 4 months in; I am working my 8-5 and it actually doesn’t feel like an eternity.

I started my maternity leave a few days before my due date, thinking “oh, she will for sure come any minute!”. Little did I know, Eliana was already showing off her stubborn personality and only wanted to come out on her terms. I do have to say that starting my maternity leave a week before her arrival was actually a great idea. That week was filled with date nights, relaxation, and binge watching Netflix (something that is hard to do these days). Continue reading “Four Tips for Returning to Work After Maternity Leave”

About

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Hello! My name is Reem, wife to Bilal, and mama to our newest addition Eliana. I was born and raised in North Carolina, however i deeply associate with my Lebanese roots. This space is made for my ramblings on joining these two distinct cultures and following the path of motherhood.