EcoEgg Review: An Alternative to Laundry Detergent

Since meeting Bea Johnson last year, our family has revisited many of our lifestyle choices to reduce our plastic waste.  One of the many changes has been to stop buying liquid detergent and opt for powdered detergent in a cardboard box.  The box packaging was great, but the powdered detergent wasn’t dissolving well in our … Continue reading EcoEgg Review: An Alternative to Laundry Detergent

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What to Do When Your Best Friend Visits Oman

I retired the term “best friend” many years ago.  It seemed like after a certain age, the people I gave the title to couldn’t handle it with care.  My elementary school best friend was great; but thereafter, the best friends I chose didn't treat me so well.  And the fact that my expectations were so high, … Continue reading What to Do When Your Best Friend Visits Oman

My Five Favorite Services in Muscat

More than a month ago, I was contacted to freelance as a researcher for a sustainable tourism project.  I have since completed the project and in doing so had a chance to really reflect on Oman’s continual growth and evolution and fall in love with her all over again.  I’ve been enchanted by Oman for … Continue reading My Five Favorite Services in Muscat

Muscat’s First Vegan Iftar (Fast-Breaking Meal)

I might be going on a limb saying this, but I’m pretty sure we just made history.  On Thursday evening at Lokanta Restaurant, a table of 17 (including Z and Moulay) sat for an entirely vegan iftar meal.  Omani and expat, female and male, young and not-so-young had a totally plant-based, four-course, Turkish dinner.  Our … Continue reading Muscat’s First Vegan Iftar (Fast-Breaking Meal)

If Only School Were Like Camp…

  Winter is already here. No snow in these parts, but there is lovely outdoor weather, plenty of sunshine, and winter camp. Recreational centers are promoting their programs during the school break, and I personally think camp is a great experience for homeschooled and unschooled children to tap into. Z had her first camp experience … Continue reading If Only School Were Like Camp…

Unschooling with the 4 R’s

While I love the philosophy of self-directed education, there’s a part of me that can’t totally comply. I categorize our family as unschooling because we have no interest in recreating school at home or complying with a standard curriculum. However, now that Z is seven, we’re ready to introduce more structure and order to her … Continue reading Unschooling with the 4 R’s

Children’s Public Library: Muscat’s Homeschool Hub

After three years of waiting, the Children's Public Library is finally open here in Muscat.  It's located in Qurm, just across the street from the Children's Museum, another great family resource.  Some moms have been complaining about the soft opening hours of weekdays from 10am to 3pm but guess what? The hours are perfect for us homeschoolers.  So … Continue reading Children’s Public Library: Muscat’s Homeschool Hub