Tumkeen is a stay at home mom. She loves living in a multicultural suburb of Detroit. She relies on her faith to guide her through parenthood and life but also uses humor and sarcasm to make it more flavorful. She likes writing, baking, and reading the news. She and her husband believe in raising their large family in partnership and open dialogue. And when that gets too much, they hide in their closet and laugh together at the silly things the kids' say, while eating some candy!

8 Hard Lessons I Learned That Strengthened My Marriage

I’ve been married to my husband for over half of my life. In those 20 years, there are 8 hard lessons I've learned that have strengthened my marriage. These hard lessons have proven to...

5 Summer Fruit Desserts You Need to Make This August

Summer in Michigan brings to harvest some of the most delicious fruits. From red sweet cherries to juicy mouth-watering plums, August is abundant with the best summer produce. Try these amazing Five Summer Fruit...

How I’m Dating My Teenage Daughter Before Her Senior Year

The family is all gathered on the couch on a weekend evening in the summer. I glance over at my 17-year-old staring at the television and suddenly I realize that my little girl is...

The Journey of a Lifetime: My Teenage Hajj Story

This week has been a sacred one for Muslims. The first 10 days of the month of Zul-Hijjah in the Islamic Calendar are considered to be the 10 most important days of the year....

What My Daughter Would Tell Friends About Ramadan

My daughter is your child’s Muslim friend. She comes to school everyday in a brightly hued hijab (headscarf) with a contrasting headband. She has been counting down the days at home for something very...

Dear Confidence, a Letter to My Long Lost Love

Dear Confidence, You are and always have been the love of my life! A love like ours doesn’t get forgotten, nor does it lessen with time. For 30 years I have pined for you and...

Who Are You? A Lesson in Finding Your Definition

OK Mamas, it’s test time. You won’t need your No. 2 pencils or your college-ruled paper. But you’ll need to focus on the most important woman you know. Ready? Let’s go. Please answer the following...

Craving Daylight: Shining a Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

It’s that time of the year again. The time that creeps up from behind and overpowers me. In my world, fall is not about pumpkin-spiced beverages, hayrides, apple orchards, and changing colors. It’s about longer...

The Secret Life of a Fat Mom

It’s the elephant in the room that no one likes to talk about. No, not the mom who has to lose a few pounds. Nope, not even the big-boned mamas out there. This is...

Introducing Tumkeen A…a Troy Mom

Hello, My name is Tumkeen, and I am a stay-at-home mom. I have six kids ranging in age from one to 16 years old. Yes, I’m dealing with diapers and drama, rolling eyes and rolling...