Embracing Parenthood Chaos: Surviving the Fails

Becoming a parent is an exhilarating journey filled with happiness, challenges, and unexpected twists. None of us are immune from the occasional parenting fail, but as we navigate the unpredictable world of raising children, it’s the funny moments that often become highlights of our parenthood story. Cyrus and His Wild Imagination In our household, Little Cyrus is the chief architect of fun. His wild imagination ensures that no day is…

Why Self-Care Really Matters: Fabulous at 40 and Beyond

Salaam fabulous Persian mamas! So, here I am facing sleepless nights, forties wisdom, and the unexpected task of raising a tiny human when I thought I was just going to be raising eyebrows at my latest wrinkles. Here are some of my top tips to infuse laughter and love into your midlife motherhood journey. No Accident At 40, when I expected hot flashes, life handed me a positive pregnancy test.…

Sizdah Bedar Magic: Sprouting Joy with Lentils

Confession time: I’m kind of superstitious and celebrating Nowruz and Sizdah Bedar (Nature Day) is my spiritual jam. Last year was a bit of a dud due to the pandemic, so this year, we were on a mission to turn things around with a mini picnic – our own spin on the grand Persian festivities H is used to. Trying to explain our annual rituals to my Western pals often…

Nowruz Unveiled: A Sofreh Haft Sin Adventure

It’s been a real journey over the years as I have tried to craft the perfect Sofreh Haft Sin. From goldfish to unexpected BioOrb expenses, this rollercoaster of Nowruz is anything but ordinary. Here’s my unique experience that shapes our festive traditions. Goldfish Siesta Living in the North East of England means our quest for the seven symbolic ‘S’ items comes with a splash of absurdity. Imagine being turned away…

Chaharshanbe Suri: Flames, Drums, and Toddler Tunes

As the Persian New Year vibes started swirling in our lockdown home, we geared up for Chaharshanbe Suri! Now, if you’re wondering, “What in the world is Chaharshanbe Suri?” It’s a fiery, family celebration – think Bonfire Night without Guy Fawkes. Chaharshanbe Suri is the prelude to Nowruz, the ‘new day’ celebration. So, last night, it was all about the sparks, the flames, and a splash of toddler drumming. For…

My Top 5: Navigating Perimenopause sleep tips

With World Sleep Day just around the corner on March 19th, I feel compelled to share my personal struggle with sleep during the perimenopausal phase and offer some tried-and-true tips that have helped me achieve a good night’s rest. As we all know, the importance of sleep extends far beyond fatigue; it profoundly affects our overall health and well-being. Losing a night’s sleep often leaves me in a fog the…

Pandemic Parenting: Navigating Persian Family Values

As our little scholar, Cyrus, straps on his backpack for the big return to school, it’s triggered my reflections on the wisdom gained during the pandemic and our Persian parenting adventure. Recent findings from Busy Bees, the maestros of early years, uncovered fascinating insights into the epiphanies parents have unearthed. The resounding lesson? Family, or as we say, Khanevadeh, stands as our resilient fortress, despite being miles apart from each…

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