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Gifting the Perfect Little Somethings for Eid

Eid is just around the corner – a time of festivity, celebration and gift giving! If you’re anything like me, you have a few people on your list that are hard to shop for. I’ve rounded up a list of my favorite handmade products, specialties of some extremely talented and creative friends of mine, in the hopes that you will find the perfect Eid gifts on any budget to make everyone smile. Links to each online shop are included, so browse away from the comfort of your home! Jewelry Accessorize your loved one’s hijab with unique and custom made hijab pins and sets by…

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An Inside Look at Moroccan Artisans at Work

In Morocco, things are still done the old way, by hand. Generations of men and women have learned the trades of their parents and grandparents and keep them alive. I never get tired of walking through the souks and fonduks to admire the work and I think anyone who comes to Morocco and wants to shop should do the same before purchasing items. Why? It’s amazing to see the work that goes into each piece and you will gain a new appreciation for the love and talent that goes into the work. It also might make anyone think twice before…

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Marrakech’s Jardin Majorelle

People ask me often what to do and see when they’re in Marrakech. Truthfully, I sometimes stumble over answering the question. Most people see the standard sights on a tour within the first few days they’re in the country. In reality there’s not a TON to see in Marrakech. When I hear other people answer the “what to see” question I tend to roll my eyes because I just don’t think the suggestions are all that worthy. So instead I’ll be doing a series of posts on the sites that I do think are really worth a visit. You can…

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Four Ways to Explore the Real Dubai

When most people think of Dubai, they think of shopping malls, luxury hotels, and trendy restaurants. Truth be told my first day in Dubai I was completely confused. It was NOTHING like Morocco but was the Middle East. English was everywhere but people were dressed in local attire. My first thought was, “this is what Manhattan would be like if it were in the Middle East!” But contrary to popular belief, Dubai DOES have its own unique culture. From the spice bazaar to bedouin camel adventures, there is plenty to do and see in Dubai. Of course, you may want…

Finding the Perfect Travel Pillow for Kids

I have a short list of items I like to pack when we travel with the kids. The older they have gotten the smaller the list has gotten. They’re more easily entertained and adept travelers. One thing that hasn’t changed – they want to be comfortable. We spent a lot of time in cars, planes and trains and I can almost always count on them taking a good, long nap. A soft blanket and travel pillow are two of the first things they add to their backpacks. If you’re searching for a travel pillow for your little globetrotters here are…

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Why Taking a Gap Year is a Great Idea

I truly believe education comes in many forms, not just structured schooling, which is why I love the concept of a “gap year”.  For many young men and women, once high school is in the rear view mirror, or close to it, it’s time to think about what’s next. In the past, going to college the following fall was always been declared “the right thing to do”. Things are changing as more students are taking a year off between high school and college, known as a “gap year”. Many parents might feel uncomfortable with this idea, and in this case, it’s understandable. It can…

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Birthday Cake Puppy Chow

In this house there’s never been a batch of puppy chow that hasn’t been loved. No, this isn’t puppy food it’s a type of snack made with chex mix. The original version is melted chocolate and peanut butter coated in powdered sugar but there are plenty of other variations. Some of my first kitchen experiences (and successes) were in my grandma’s kitchen making these. She had a huge glass bowl that we would scoop in the peanut butter and chocolate chips and then microwave until it could all be mixed. Grandma always let my sister and I do all the…

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How to Travel the World without Leaving Home

There is nothing more thrilling to me than having a plane ticket for a new destination in my hand. Some people have the same feeling when they get new clothes, or they’re in a new relationship but for me it’s travel. Unfortunately I can’t always be on the road (and I’m not sure if I’d really want that) but there are ways to get the world to come to me! If you aren’t able to travel as much as you’d like to there are ways to experience the world from home. The World to Your Door Subscription boxes started taking…