4 Things You Should Know About Homeschool Testing

Does your state require standardized testing for your child? And if so, what are the requirements? If your state doesn’t require testing, what reason is there to still use a standardized tests? Standardized testing doesn’t have to be a big ordeal for homeschool families, and once you understand the various options, it can become part of your regular yearly routine. 1. Testing requirements by state Not all states require standardized testing for homeschoolers, others require that you take (Read more…)

Steps For Your Middle Homeschooler To Become More Independent

So many homeschooling families worry about teaching older kids, and how their kids will keep up with the workload, but the truth is, most older kids can work independently. Removing this burden to teach all the material to your child, can give you more time to focus on teaching a few more important subjects to them, in sha Allah. However, moving from complete parent involvement to independent work, is not something that happens overnight, but with a little patience over the course of a few (Read more…)

Homeschool Middle School Subjects

By middle school, it starts to feel like time is ticking down until your child is no longer in your direct care, so many parents will take their student’s education plan to the next level. The truth is, that you still have a little time to forgive yourself for a tough year, but you definitely should be revving up for the high school years (trust me, they aren’t as scary as you may think). So, what should be covered during these important middle school years? I use our state’s requirements (Read more…)

A Week of Tasty Recipes For Busy Moms

Assalamualaikum dear readers, I am sharing some of my favorite recipes that are tasty, quick and easy to prepare, especially for Muslimommy subscribers! I love cooking, but the thought of spending hours in the kitchen does not appeal to me. I would rather spend that time with my kids and browse Pinterest! Most of my dishes are prepared in under an hour, and is aimed at intermediate cooks who need ideas, and want to make delicious and fast meals with a healthy twist. Enjoy my free ebook with (Read more…)

Homeschooling Middle School

Most introductions to homeschooling start at elementary level, preschool or kindergarten. But what if your child started at a traditional school and you’re starting your homeschool journey only after 5th grade? A favorite resource of mine, Mary Pride’s Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling, is extremely helpful in setting goals and prioritizing. She writes from a Christian perspective, but as a whole it is a fantastic resource for the homeschooling community. In sha Allah these (Read more…)

How To Cook Tasty Meals In Under an Hour

As a mom of three, I’m always trying to find shortcuts in the kitchen and try to put a healthy meal on the table. So when sister Zakkiya invited me to write and share my secrets, I put together my most important tips, to cook tasty meals in a short time. I hope you benefit Insha- Allah! I love cooking, but the thought of spending hours in the kitchen does not appeal to me. I would rather spend that time with my kids, and browse Pinterest ;-). Most of my dishes are prepared in under an hour. So keep (Read more…)

Keeping Your Fitness Routine In Ramadan

Asalaamualaikum dear sisters, the beautiful and joyous month of Ramadan is upon us and oh how it has been missed! I love everything about Ramadan, the holy month brings so much spiritual upliftment, wonderful atmosphere and I can assure you there is no better detox plan than fasting for the pleasure of Almighty Allah (SWT). Yes I know it’s probably the last thing on your mind, due to it being a month of reflection and plenty of ibadah, however you can try to fit in a tiny bit of time if you would (Read more…)

The Moms Guide To Fitness Using Weights

I’d like to touch on the myths of weight training for women. When I first started training, the very thought of using any type of weight would scare me! I was always under the impression that weight training was better suited for body builders or men who wanted to bulk-up, and by no means did I want to end up that way. I was pleasantly surprised when I started training and found out otherwise. I learned from numerous trainers, as well as my dear husband who weight trains, that it does not make (Read more…)

Interview With A Working Muslim Mom

I interviewed a mom in the community who had some wise words to share about juggling being a mom and running a business at the same time. a mix that can be challenging and straining. But here today, I have sister Joemyma, who has found the key to achieving this with great success. A dynamic mother of two daughters and a young grandmother of four, she runs a home and has her own business…making time to put her faith first. ME: Asalamualiakum Sister Joemyma. Jazakallah khair for taking time out (Read more…)

Salaah is Your Spiritual Journey

BEGINNING YOUR JOURNEY OF SALAAH… From the moment you say “Allahu Akbar,”” it is as if you have knocked at the door of the Creator. You leave behind the world, and you are now facing your Lord. Clouds of Allah’s mercy form, good deeds fall on you like rain, and angels gather around you crying out, “O worshipper if you could see who is in front of you and who you are talking to then I swear by Allah you would not finish your Salaah until the day of Judgement. You would stay in Salaah (Read more…)

Health and Fitness Tips For Dads

I was recently given the wonderful opportunity to compose a health and fitness article for Dads and sisters who want to help their husbands get healthy. As this is my first article, I will share a short introduction of myself and then explain how I started eating, training and living healthier. In my younger years, I was always a skinny guy, eating whatever I wished and not gaining a single pound. My fast metabolism led me to become a chocoholic pushing down a slab a day without thinking twice! (Read more…)

How To Be Organized as a Mom Interview

Meet a mother who is forever multitasking (but then again which mommy doesn’t?). Sister Saajida has agreed to share her wisdom on everything neat and orderly. I’m sitting with her as she unpacks a holiday bag that her toddler has planted herself comfortably in. This little distraction doesn’t stop the mom’s busy hands from folding and sorting. Saajida is a mother of 3 kids (aged 5, 2 and 1) and gets a thrill out of organizing the contents of her home. She is what we like to call the “clean (Read more…)

Overcoming Pride as a Mother

A Story of Pride One day water said to oil, “I am the source of all life forms in this world. Without me, humans, plants, and animals will perish. A little rain in the desert is all that is needed for life to emerge in the form of beautiful plants and greenery. This is the important role that I play in creation. Why is it that Allah (SWT) has placed you, oil, above me? (Oil lies above water) Oil replied, “True you are essential for the survival in this world but look at yourself… a slight (Read more…)

7 Reasons To Greet Your Fellow Muslim

A woman, whom I’ve never met before, smiled at me and said, Assalamu’alaikum. I replied accordingly, Wa’Alaikumusalam. I walked away with a puzzled look on my face wondering how she knew me. Hmm… did she have me mixed up with someone else? Or perhaps she knows someone in my family? I was scratching my head asking myself why a complete stranger had greeted me, and I was not even considering the fact that she was following the example of Prophet Muhammad (saw). I don’t know if this has ever (Read more…)

A Mother’s Touch

You wouldn’t know her by her gentle, firm hands or the scars on her tummy. Not even by the tiny smudge of mashed veggies wedged inside her hair. It’s her selflessness, her patience and her unconditional love that gives it away. She is… a mother. The caring voice you hear, warning of danger. The soothing voice you hear, consoling a tantrum. That squishy hug you received, took no effort on her part. She is the gooey-glue that holds her family together, ensuring that all things are running (Read more…)