Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Our choice for Back to School Shoes: Clarks Kids

The last couple of years, I have been recommending Clarks shoes for Back to School season. I believe in the traditional shoemaking skill along innovation. With a proper shoe fitting with iPad technology and a good quality shoe, Luella kept her school shoes for a whole year! I guess 170 years of experience will go just that! 

Currently the Back to School offer is on, buy any 2 pairs of kids shoes and get 1 free. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Postcard from our Summer Holidays in South of France

Saying Goodbye to Nice and the Côte d'Azur this morning. 
After a really lovely time with friends and family and an emotional time after the tragic 14th of July. The last part of our summer travel take us back to Sweden. We are looking forward to see the family, settle in our new house, celebrate Josefin's baptism and W birthday. 
Let's do it! Hej Sverige. 

Happy summer everyone!
Emily, Luella and Jo

Monday, July 18, 2016

Postcards from our Summer Holidays

First part of our summer was in South Sweden with family celebrating the traditional Midsommar festivities. Read more about the beautiful festivity in a previous blog post - here.
We enjoyed some lovely walks on the wild beaches and gorgeous forest.
The highlight of our stay was moving into our summer house, a beautiful home in Viken. 
A cosy spot on the beach to start making new memories with friends and family. 
Exciting time!

Second part of our travel took us to Kronberg Germany to visit the cousins. We had a wonderful time visiting Lochmuhleropal zoo park, Opel Zoo and watching the Euro 2016 Football games on TV. We got to celebrate  France against Germany in semi final and got all worked up and dressed up to watch the final, where unfortunately France lost against Portugal. It was all good fun!
Wonderful family memories.

Next South of France!

Happy summer to you all.
Love from Emily, Luella and Josefin

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Off we go... Happy Summer everyone

Tomorrow our  Summer travels will begin!
From the wild beaches of South Sweden, to country side Germany to Provence and 
the French Riviera we will be busy with friends and family.

We love you Dubai, but really right now we are too excited to miss you!
Wishing you all a beautiful summer.

Keep in touch and follow our adventures 
on Instagram and Snapchat.


Emily, Luella and Josefin

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Merino Go Go Bag, the Superstar of the sleeping bags

Do you have well established sleeping routine for your baby or toddler? Did you set up some daily habits or sleeping cues to make bed time easier? Children just like adults like the comfort of routine and habits. I believe sleeping cues are very useful to put the little angels to bed, making sure to choose some 'good' habits. A good sleep cue from a bad one? Bad sleep cues are inconvenient, demanding on you, and hard to wean, while good cues are easy to use and easy to wean.

What worked for our girls? Creating a familiar and comforting sleep cues. In the early months, we used a snug swaddle, white noise then we moved on the sleeping bag, pacifier and a favourite comfort toy 'doggy'. Wherever we go I will need those three things for a peaceful night. Those three sleeping cues are only available to my daughter Josefin at bed time, so they became a strong sleep association. 

Next step getting the pacifier to go! Any suggestions? 

At about 22 months Josefin is still happy in a sleeping bag... Unfortunately most of sleeping bags available on the market stop at size 18 months. It's been difficult to find a bag for children age +2. came to the rescue! They offer a good selection of bedding, swaddles sleeping bags, and linens... We love the The Merino Kids™ Go Go Bag™ is a 100% natural sleep bag, made from the finest natural Merino wool and 100% certified organic cotton. Known for its natural ability to regulate body temperature by capturing and circulating air to insulate child when the room temperature falls, and releasing excess body heat and moisture as the room temperature rises. Child stays warm and dry without overheating.

Top of the range, sleeping bag. Go Go Bag is not cheap but with its clever merino wool technology, you can use it all year round, making it more cost effective. The merino is very soft and warm yet breathable. It doesn't make the children sweaty. The beautiful quality is long lasting  and the size from 0 to 2 years old and 2 to 4 years is also great value in the long run. We also love the special vent in it to put the car seat strap through. It’s particularly great for journeys without disturbing her sleep as the bag has a special vent in it to put the car seat strap through.

The international award winning Go Go Bag available at
Retail from AED400

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Play with Ludi Cottage

Luella and Josefin are loving their new play house from Ludi. The french brand has a great selection of children toys and child care products. I love the unique playful and colourful design. It offers lots of creative solutions for children imagination and fun stimulation. Ludi is now available in children super store Just Kidding.

The Ludi Cottage is a pop up tent, super easy to set up, thanks to its easy convenient design and assembly. It took about 5 minutes, no manual needed. The best part, it's was easy to put away, folding it back into its convenient bag. Take little storage place, can be store away at home or ready to be taken on travel and play date.

Kids will love the large and bright inner space , the wide opening, mesh door, roll up windows and soft colors. It's a fun shelter with durable quality from flooring, to waterproof roof and sun UV protection. Recommended from age 2, but both of my girls (7 years old and 22 months) seems to really enjoy it. They both happily played, sharing afternoon snack and lounging around...
Available at Just kidding store across UAE, the Ludi tent retail for AED395 - details her.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Casual Chic Iftar at Vida Downtown

Last week, we finished the weekend on a high note with friends at Vida Downtown for casual chic  Iftar experience. I love Vida for its urban elegant vibe, this authentic Ramadan experience was a perfect way to end the weekend with friends.

Dubai has been part of my life for 20 years, it's a home away from home where we are guests and get the chance to experience Middle Eastern festivities and traditions. Iftar is one of those celebrations and its a real treat.

Vida Downtown Dubai offers a delightful menu to break daily fast and chat till the wee hours at 3in1 restaurant. A tantalizing modern Arabic selection of gourmet favourites is offered on the menu sprinkled with a dash of what's called ‘Vida', the chic modern twist.

Choose between Iftar or Suhour under the stars. We arrived at 7pm for Iftar, and enjoyed a lovely diner indoor. A nice choice of Arabic cuisine includes a wide variety of salads, appetizers, desserts, dry fruits and hand crafted beverages created for Ramadan season, on display for guests to choose.  Followed by the main dishes served from a set menu on the table, including traditional cuisine favourites such as ouzi Lamb, hammour, vegetable saloona stew and mixed meat hot off the grill.

After diner, we moved outdoor and relaxed, chating to friends by the pool in a cabana to enjoy Shisha and drinks under the stars. The arabesque set up with the beautiful  Downtown Dubai views, lounge middle eastern music and the lovely food, made the evening special.

Tasteful Iftar at 3in1
Available throughout Ramadan
From sunset until 10pm
AED 160 per person for adults
AED 80 (children between 6 and 12 years old, complimentary for children below 5)

Suhoor under the stars at 3in1
A La Carte menu will be on offer serving modern Arabic and International cuisine both indoors and outdoors.
Available throughout Ramadan
From 10pm till 3am
A La Carte menu pricing

For reservations
04 888 3444

VIDA Downtown Dubai
Located Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
The Old Town, Downtown Dubai

Sunday, June 12, 2016

'Finding Dory' , we watched it!

Last week, we got to watch in exclusivity before the official release, Finding Dory, at Vox Cinema Max, at Deira City Centre, the largest screen in Middle East and north Africa. 

The all-new big-screen adventure took us back to the extraordinary underwater world from Finding Nemo. This time around, Dory is looking for her family.  Now with help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find her mom and dad.

Great to see the original characters and the meet the new ones, particularly Hank the octopus' chameleonic. The animation is still top-notch and I would recommend watching just because, it's Pixar, Nemo, Ellen DeGeneres but somehow it did not have the same sensibility and wonder then original Nemo.

Out June 16 across cinemas in the UAE.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Top 10 tips for travelling with kids by Super Granny

Travelling season is upon us and many parents stress over the idea of flying with infant and toddlers at every age and stage - from newborn to preschooler and every phase in between. The internet has many resourceful posts on how to deal with it, from packing list, to activities, to tips and travelling guides. Too much information can get overwhelming, so here's a good recap - top 10 tips!

Today, I had the opportunity to meet with Big On Children’s Super Granny - speaker and parenting coach, Andalene Salvesen. The talk was a reassuring conversation for parents on how to handle children during summer holiday. We discussed some basic principals and parenting technics like using incentive jars, charts, choice of chores, chill time, screen time, using a timer and understanding consequences. Andalene has great answers to parenting concerns and dilemma. 

Dubai our Sandbox asked Andalene to share her TOP TEN TIPS on travelling with children.

1. Be prepared! Gather fresh ideas/activities (read here) from Pinterest and other mothers. Variety of age appropriate activities in zip lock bags/wipes/healthy snacks and water

2. Be strict i.e. be assertive, decide on the rules and consequences

3. Be consistent - stick to the rules while traveling - otherwise they will keep testing the boundaries. Predictability makes them feel safe and secure

4. Be flexible - when things don't work out as planned, be ready with a plan B

5. Be calm - BREATH - regularly!

6. Be present - enjoy each moment, with limited technology to distract you.

7. Be an example - make sure that if they copy your body language, tone of voice and mannerisms, that it would not embarrass you.

8. Be well rested and eat healthy - 80/20 rule applies with treats and junk food otherwise their behaviour (and yours) will be affected. Everybody still needs their sleep - even on holiday

9. Be respectful - to your spouse, your kids, family members and the people you meet

10. Be FUN to be with. Lighten up and laugh ALOT

Good reminder! Now let's enjoy the holidays...

Big On Children’s Super Granny is in town until June 24th giving series of talks and private appointments during this time. As an international parenting coach, speaker and co-author, Andalene Salvesen, is known for achieving great results, thanks to her practical and direct manner when helping parents out.

Read more about Big On Children, Super Granny, Andalene Salvesen here: granny

A list of upcoming talks, dates and locations can be found on her website:

To book please visit:
050 559 0664 /

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Chic family breakfast at Bistro La Serre - we love!

I love to start the day with a family breakfast on the weekend. It can be an early one by the beach in the most casual way or a late morning treat in one of Dubai many good family eatery. And sometime you need Bistro La Serre ! We love the French bistro for it's elegance and simplicity, it's modern classics french favourites and the intimate but buzzing atmosphere.

Back by popular demand, the Bistro breakfast launches for its second season, offering a lovely selection of breakfast favourites, from waffles with maple syrup to scrambled eggs with lashings of smoked salmon, poached eggs with summer truffles or Bistro’s famous Eggs Benedict accompanied by baskets of freshly baked viennoisserie. What not to love!?

It offers the perfect balance of chic setting _ upstairs from the Boulangerie _ in a friendly atmosphere, with a Parisian band playing happy and jazzy French tunes (Saturdays only). It's a great weekend spot to indulge in delicious food and a glass of champagne or some morning cocktails.

La Serre in its very French way and non Dubai way, offers no kids corner, face painting, jumping castle... Just like a Parisian bistro, children will sit at the table enjoying the most delicious 'Crepes au chocolat' and being part of the family conversation. And when it's gets all too long for the little ones to stay in place, the lovely set of colouring book and pencils come out for entertainment... And that's how we had a lovely family yet luxurious breakfast at La Serre Bistro!

The Bistro Breakfast will be available from the 6th May until the 30th September 2016 on both Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 1pm in the elegant, air-conditioned Bistro of La Serre.

La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie
VIDA Hotel
Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
Downtown DubaiBookings
04 428 6969

Friday, June 3, 2016

Level Kids - Dubai most stylish shopping children destination

Yesterday, I took little Jo on a morning outing... Not to the park, not to the pool, not to another indoor playroom but to the most stylish Dubai destination for children. Level Kids is located in the newly opened CityWalk phase 2. It's a must see visit for it's beautiful and whimsical design and luxurious retail experience.

The journey is based on three universes with different themes and designed for a specific age group, children from 0 to 12, contributing to the enchanting experience.

On the ground floor the underwater world with beautiful colour them, sea creatures and dreamlike water illusions set the background for premium brands like Chloe, Burberry, Fendi, Stella Mccartney and many more.

On the first floor, walk through the blossoming desert with soft shades, texture and hidden spots of colours and creatures, like those gorgeous gold mirrored giraffe. You will find great contemporary brands and even some Dubai homegrown design like Poupette à la Plage.

The top floor, is the sky where clouds and balloons take you to the perfect environment to shop for newborn layettes, toys or gifts.

On top of the retails experience, Level Kids offers (or will soon) new services: a spa, a photo studio, a room for birthdays and events, a concierge, a Palace Garden where kids can dress up as their favorite prince or princess and a play area. Already open for coffee and treats , La Pâtisserie des Rêves will be joined by another restaurant: Aubaine. 

Level Kids is not about shopping on a budget obviously, its a playful and luxurious Dubai experience for the family. A reference for the children’s luxury retail space with impressive selection of children’s wear, shoes, accessories, toys, furniture and services. We loved it!

Level Kids
800 LEVEL KIDS (53835 5437)

Monday, May 30, 2016

Top Chef Cooking Studio - things we LOVE

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to experience TOP CHEF Cooking Studio, and it was such a great afternoon! On the occasion of French Mother's Day, Luella and I took part in a cooking class with the lovely Chef Christina and three other families. We had a fantastic time and would recommend you to check out Top Chef.

The cooking studio is located on Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite Mercato in a stylish villa, well decorated with warm and friendly interior. Nadir Benaissa founder of the studio has a wonderful eye for details and home decor. It's bright, happy, inviting from the dining room to the kitchens.

After a quick introductions to the other mamas and children, we met Christina, our Chef for the afternoon. We loved her food knowledge, inspiring energy and little tips in the kitchen. We discussed the menu, put on our aprons, washed our hands and began the fun... Children got engaged quickly, showing interest in the ingredients and the cooking techniques. It was wonderful to watch. Mums had the option to stay and help or enjoy a coffee and chat in the dining room. We all decided to stay and contribute, making the afternoon a bonding experience.

What did the kids prepare? A delicious diner for their "mamans" on this special day, served beautifully in the dining room.

Peach Ice Tea 
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Jasmine rice
Banana Chocolate Cake.

Eating all together, talking about food, travel and sharing stories. I love how food get people together. It's an opening to many new experiences and friendship. It's also very important for children to understand food quality & techniques, health benefits, culture and social power.

If you are looking to get into cooking or develop some new kitchen skills, you should try Top Chef Cooking Studio. The team is passionate about gourmet food, quality ingredients and seemed to genuinely love to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the good stuff. They offer a nice range of tailor-made adult classes like " Culinary Art", "Vegetarian Cuisine", "An escape to Thailand", "Mexican Class". On top of that, birthday parties, corporate event and private diner are all fantastic options from Top Chef.

Just for kids...
"Mini Chef" and "Budding Chef" classes, where the kids will prepare and enjoy their diner together. Great opportunity to make new friends, learn and get creative!

Birthday Parties are tailored for children aged 7-12 and for groups of 10 to 20. One hour of fun in the kitchen, baking a large birthday cake and mouth-watering chocolate chip cookies, learning about the ingredients, preparing seasonal fruits to blend their smoothie and even making their own candy floss or mini-pizzas! In a lovely set up... Sounds perfect to me!

Kids Camp running from Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 1pm, these half day classes will cover basic cooking skills under the guidance of Top Chef’s professional team such as how to use age-appropriate kitchen equipment through to ensuring your kitchen’s always clean. Aside from cooking, there will be some fun activities so they’ll be able to work off that energy with an extra 1h activity that will be different everyday. More details soon to be announced. 

Thank you Top Chef Cooking Studio, for your hospitality! We loved your convivial space, friendly team, beautiful and well equipped facilities and delicious food. See you again soon!

More booking and all the infos visit:
Top Chef Cooking Studio
Villa 196, Jumeirah Beach Road
Jumeira 1

Friday, May 27, 2016

'Summer Must have' from So Chic girls and how to update your wardrobe

If like us, your wardrobe need a little revamp for the summer holidays, we might have some suggestions. Dubai our Sandbox asked the So Chic girls what's their favourite trends and must have items for your summer wardrobe. Emma and Alex share their french stylish effortless fashion top suggestions for the season. Here's the lowdown...

This summer is all about bohemian chic, with lots of flowy dresses, lace, appliqué, layers, frills in breathable fabrics and billowy silhouettes that will keep you looking very cool in the heat.


Blouse Bel Air, Short sweetie, sandales Petite Mendigote chez So Chic

Blouse Lynn Adler, short Gat Rimon et sac Petite Mendigote chez So Chic

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Photoshoot turned into a dress up party with friends - love

What were we up to last week? A fun photoshoot styled by super talented and fellow blogger friend Heidi Raeside from for Just Kidding and beautifully shot by

It was a hot but lovely afternoon with friends, playing dress up, munching on candy and ice cream in gorgeous dresses from Dutch clothing line Jottum. What not to like?!

Here's some of our favourite shots of Amelia and India Bruce, Sofia Viel, Luella and Josefin wearing the soon to launch in Dubai Jottum collection. A timeless yet contemporary line for children that mamas will love.

Love the beautiful clothing from Jottum, as much as we do? Mark your calendar and don't miss the FASHION SHOW AT THE JUST KIDDING GOLD AND DIAMOND PARK LAUNCH ON SATURDAY 4TH JUNE.

The gang at work... Good time with Edwina Viel, Lucy Bruce, Heidi Reside, the Just Kidding team and our wonderful girls.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Guest post from Travel Junkie Diary - travelling with children

Today's post is from my favourite travel blogger in Dubai, Michelle Karam. Travel Junkie Diary is a beautiful journey of inspiring experiences, amazing destinations, enlightening adventures and getaways and a valuable travel resource for families looking to explore the world.

With the summer holidays fast approaching and parents around the world planning their vacations, I wanted to share this insightful and inspiring article from Travel Junkie Diary: "How Traveling with Children Helps You Grow". Travelling with kids can be stressful but really it should not! Here's why and how!

How Traveling with Children Helps You Grow

There are numerous of articles out there helping you cope with ‘traveling with children’. Somehow all the articles you read are almost always the same. The truth of the matter is, that practice makes perfect. Even if your first time was a disaster. 

There is something we tend to forget, which is not the manual on ‘how to switch off kids potential bad behavior when traveling’, but, to remind ourselves how we, as parents, grow from each experience, every take off and landing with our children. 

It’s not just them that needs to adapt to change, It’s also us. The Parent… And if we have a little faith in them, we stop and realize on how traveling with children can actually help you grow. Both emotionally and mentally. 

Have we forgotten than it’s also us, the parent, that needs some adapting? 



Travel Junkie Diary 

In Collaboration with Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts
"How Traveling with Children Helps You Grow" by Michelle Karam 

1. You loosen up
If you are the type of parent that is anything like me, then you would understand the importance of your child being asleep by 7pm. Until one evening, while away, she was in bed at 8pm, broke the rule for the 1st time and gave us a whole hour to be out of the hotel a little longer. It made a drastic change to our itinerary and to the better. Traveling with children can help you start to loosen up a little on feeding schedules, sleeping routines and even on yourself, which affects a lot during a trip.
Learning to let go makes it all part of the growing process.

2. You bond in new and different ways
Not more of a different way but just new ways every trip. Sometimes while hiking or swimming or even stuck on a train. You bring in new experiences to yourself as much as your child and you learn to cuddle, talk or even listen more in new ways.

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts for example has local discovery guides to help explore your destination in new and exciting, family-friendly ways. During those guides, you learn to discover new things together.

3. You learn how to take on red eye flights
If there were no morning flights, then I wouldn’t fly. Morning flights always ruin most of the traveling plan because it would take a full day to travel to and another full day back and had NO clue how to take red eye flights with a 3 year old, until one summer evening, I risked it all. I booked a 2am flight to Barcelona and arrived at 6am. How did I do it? I knew it was a learning curve for me, I told myself (Back to point 1) Loosen up and let it go. I tried not to wake her while taking her to the airport (of-course it didn’t work) but I kept it very calm, quiet and replicate the same as if we were in bed. On the plane, I learned to quickly set up her sleeping area, no TV, no snacks, no entertainment, just sleep. 4 hours later, I couldn’t believe I did it, and I learned now, it’s me who needed to adapt. Not her.

4. Your Packing skills multiply
From a solo traveler to one that travels now with a 4 year old from time to time, alone… you learn to pack the bare necessities, phone the hotel to find the amenities and just learn to share a suitcase if you are traveling alone together.

You will need all your hands free!

What truly helps is to also pick a hotel that is family friendly, for example , Le Méridien now gives out LEGOS amenities upon check in anywhere around the globe which is the first hotel brand to partner up with this innovative company.

5. Family First
You learn to grow as a family together more. Much more when you are away. You learn to pause and see that nothing else matters except for this moment now. This helps you accept the long nights, the messy kitchen and the chores as a parent.

6. Story-telling consists of history & culture rather than fairy-tales & make believe
It’s a fact! Your IQ in story telling grows in a surprising and very impressive kind of way! Watch their eyes glow as you talk about the Pharaohs in Egypt or why people climb mountain peaks and most importantly, why languages and cultures are different from one another.

7. Your patience level increases
You have no one else but each other. So you tend to (go back to point 1 again) Loosen up and start to accept few things that once back home, was never accepted because of the pressure of work or your daily routine life. When traveling with kids, you let go of work, routine and you are fully aware of your surroundings and feelings. Have a little faith in them.

8. You adapt to your own rhythm
There is no specific time to wake up, no specific time to sleep. No specific time to eat. No specific time for any routine and every day is different. You learn to listen to your heart and your mind what it wants to do and when. It’s all up to you.

(I would still keep a somewhat schedule to maintain stability)

9. Your self-confidence grows
Yes, sure, with time, you will be traveling with your children / child alone. You will learn and feel confident to do it all on your own, with practice. It only takes that one time!

10. You find out what you need more than what you want
Traveling with children can go both ways. But either way, you will find out exactly what you need out of a vacation and then decide whether to take them or not. If you need time out by yourself or whether you need to explore new destinations with the help of the hotel that has great kids activities. Your choices will become more rational than second guessing.

Le Méridien’s new family program (curating unique family-friendly offerings, etc.) is available at their 100+ hotels worldwide, curating family- friendly museums and cultural centers to landmarks, parks, and family-friendly restaurants. Traveling with children will educate you on picking exactly the right kind of travel holiday you need.

Le Méridien’s goal is to make family travel more inspiring, educational, engaging, and simply fun, no matter the destination.

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Family favourite : NY Style Cheesecake

On the occasion of my birthday... we are baking one of our favourite cake, a New York style Cheesecake. The smooth and creamy filing, crispy biscuit crust makes it a fantastic recipe, a must try if you are looking for a traditional New York City staple. I tasted some amazing cheesecakes while living in NY, this one is just about as good... And definitely brings back good memories of those years in America.

New York style Cheesecake
Serve about 12
Takes about 1.30

375g Hob-Nobs or Digestives biscuits
175g butter, melted
500g cream cheese, softened
220g caster sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon corn flour
2 teaspoons vanilla paste
480g sour cream
60ml lemon juice
icing sugar
mix berries

Preheat the oven to 150C (130C with fan)

Process the biscuits until fine.
Mix biscuits with butter until combined.
Press the biscuit mixture evenly over the base and side of a greased springform pan
Refrigerate while preparing the filing

Cream cheese, sour cream and eggs close to room temperature.
Beat cream cheese, 3/4 of sugar , egg yolks and cornflour with an electric mixer until smooth
Add vanilla, sour cream and lemon juice until well combined

Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
Gradually add remaining sugar.
Fold carefully the egg whites into the cream cheese mixture

Spread the filing into the biscuits crust
Bake for about 1 hour, until just set
Switch off the oven, let it cool in the oven with door slightly open (prevent cracking)

I like to serve with mix berries sauce and icing sugar
Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A morning with HSS about First Aid Paediatric

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to host a coffee morning with HSS- Health and Safety Solutions. The intimate event took place at RIVA Beach Club with a group of lovely Dubai mamas. I am really happy to get the chance to bring mothers togethers to socialise with the purpose. This time it was about bringing awareness on the importance of First Aid knowledge for parents and nannies. To show how a First Aid Paediatric course can give people the confidence and skills to save lives.

The event was a great opportunity to introduce Annie Browne Founder of Health & Safety Solutions Middle East. HSS is a high quality health and safety training and consultancy company based in Dubai that offer businesses, employers and individuals the incredible opportunity, knowledge, skills and confidence to do help save a life and know how to act in everyday medical emergencies. 

First Aid for Parents, Maids and Nannies is a course that Annie and the team are dedicated to raising awareness of this year and have made a pledge to train 500 parents and nannies throughout the Middle East by the end of August 2016. This course is a Paediatric First Aid course developed specifically for parents, maids and nannies and leads the way in providing the most up-to-date and essential first aid information. Meeting all of the specific guidelines set out for nannies in a simple six hour course, makes it an essential for anyone working with or around young children on a regular basis.

Annie is very passionated and dedicated about her work. She's a great speaker, her enthusiast is communicative. It was eye opening listening to her. “Tragically every week in the newspapers there are distressing stories of children who have died because of accidents in the home. These involve choking, falling from heights, drowning and poisoning. Only last week a 3 year old boy died of strangulation from blind cords. Ask yourself: If my child stopped breathing would I know what to do? Would my maid know what to do? They only have 3 minutes. Children are the most precious thing in our lives. Why would we put them at risk by leaving them with untrained people? The course is only 6 hours long – how long would you regret it if something really serious happened?”

Each of the variety of health and safety training courses are conducted by a talented team of qualified trainers and consultants originating from the UK, Middle East, and the Philippines. All courses are interactive and hands-on presenting real-life scenarios that are individually tailored to peoples or businesses specific needs.

The morning was well spent discussing the reality of home safety with children. Annie took us ladies on a theoretical and practical tour, showing us the basics of choking and CPR techniques that are specific to infants who are aged 0 to 1, and children aged from 1 year old to the onset of puberty. It was a good demonstration of what the First Aid for Parents, Maids and Nannies is about.

Thank you to the lovely moms who joined me - hope you will all take the time to consider HSS for your family safety and that your newly acquire knowledge will not be put in use.

Further information about HSS, the courses on offer and to make bookings, is available on
First Aid for Parents, Maids and Nannies : AED350
Follow HSS on Facebook and on Instagram @HSS_ME.

Monday, May 2, 2016


Happy to announce the arrival of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH in the UAE this month! Art For All is a huge fan of the works of Roald Dahl, and they are bringing this children’s classic tale,  to life on stage by award-winning theatre company, Sell A Door, and has been adapted by renowned theatre director, David Woods.

The hero of the story is James; a little orphan boy who, after his parents are killed in a tragic rhinoceros accident, is sent to live near the White Cliffs of Dover in England, with his evil aunts Spiker and Sponge. Resigned to a life of misery, James’ fortunes change when he meets an old man who gives him a bag containing the ingredients for a potion. After stumbling accidentally in the garden, his magic potion spills onto the soil underneath the old peach tree, and the very next day a giant peach begins to grow. Initially Spiker and Sponge decide to capitalize on the fantastical fruit, forcing James to sell tickets to spectators, but then one night he hears someone calling from inside the peach and it’s time for the real fun to begin. From there it’s a cross-world adventure that takes James all the way to Central Park, New York, with hilarious results. 

Starring Ewan Goddard as James, Max Gallagher as Spike and Grace Bishop as Sponge, and with a musical score by Harry Sever this captivating show, which stays true to Dahl’s legendary story, is a must-see for the entire family. *Suitable for children aged 3+. Running time: 1:45 (including a 15-minute intermission)

When: 12th to 13th May
Location: DUCTAC

Abu Dhabi
When: 7th May
Location: Abu Dhabi Theatre

Public rate: Dhs140 to Dhs195
Special offers available for schools
Tickets are available from Ductac, Virgin Tickets and Ticketline
For general enquiries: Call 050 880 5074

Dubai our Sandbox and Art for All has teamed up to bring you the chance to WIN 2 TICKETS to the smash-hit show all you need to do is visit Dubai our Sandbox Facebook page.

All you need to do is:
1/ in the comment box answer to "Who's the author of James and the Giant Peach?"
2/ follow Dubai our Sandbox and Art For All on Facebook.
3/ share the link on Facebook and tag some friends

The winner will be announced on Thursday May 5th via Facebook.
Good luck.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Kure Beauty & Spa

There is a little sanctuary of organic and holistic approach to beauty in our favorite sandbox: Kure Beauty and Spa. I absolutely love this little Dubai gems. And here's why I can not wait to go back.

Walking into Kure is delight to the eyes. A well designed and inviting space, bright but soft, inventive but comforting and most of all very welcoming. I loved the combination of earthy tones, wood elements, stone and metal details. There is a Scandinavian influences mixed with a Mediterranean inspiration - what not to love? Kure Beauty and Spa offers the same standards of Dubai top luxury spas with a simple down to earth approach to design.

The shelf display a great selection of beauty products with an all-natural ingredient list. You are sure to find 100% organic formulas for all your face, body and hair requirements. The Kure own line of beauty care is a great option for affordable but high standard of beauty solutions. In my late 30's, I am definitely looking into switching to beauty products free of parabens, preservatives, and artificial dyes. Never too late for good resolutions…

I had the opportunity to try out a facial. After a skin consultation, the therapist selected the best procedure for my needs. It was a perfect combination of raw ingredients (yogurt, fresh papaya and sugar) and John Masters Organics formulas, customized to best suits my skin. The treatment was to target my t-zone, deep cleaning, dry patches, sun pigmentation and to boost the natural glow of the skin with vitamin C. The procedure was perfectly conducted and the lymphatic massage around the visage, neck, shoulders and arms with pressure points was the little extra that makes it just perfect.
Facial prices, from AED250 for a 30min raw or detox facial to AED550 for a 60min Vitamin C.

I am now using John Masters Organics Vitamin C anti-acing serum , it's a great natural moisturizer with a powerful, age-fighting formula. Recommended by the therapist, it brings out a healthy glow, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pre-mature aging. Extracts of sea algae and rosebud provide intense moisture and antioxidants to help procollagen production. Superoxide dismutase and acerola help fight cellular aging and helps replenish tired and stressed skin. A new must in my skin care routine.

Thank you to the lovely Myriam Sarfati, mind, heart and soul behind Kure Beauty and Spa. Organic beauty retail and spa outlet providing women in the UAE brands with next generation technology combined with ethically sourced 100% BioOrganic botanical formulations. It's defiantly a new address added to my little black book of Dubai best.

Kure Beauty & Spa
Beach Park Plaza Center
Jumeirah 2

Saturday / Thursday - 10am to 8pm
Friday - 11am to 9pm
04 348 93 35 / 0554392944
Freeland Parking at the back of Beach Park Plaza Center

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Koita and Dubai our Sandbox kind of breakfast event

This morning Koita Organic Milk and Dubai our Sandbox teamed up to host an intimate breakfast to showcase the goodness of a product that I truly respect and happily buy for my family.

It was a lovely informal but informative coffee morning with some lovely Dubai ladies. I was really happy to introduce Koita Organic Milk to other mothers who had concerns and questions about the best dairy options in the regions. As mums we look for the best products for our families and we are tough consumers to please.

Mustafa Koita, Founder & CEO, was ready to take on the challenge and answers our thoughts and inquiries. It turned out to be a really nice happy chat over good coffee and pastries with great company. Thank you to organic café Pret To Go for hosting us, we all enjoyed the treats.

Koita Organic Milk available at supermarkets in the UAE (Spinneys, Waitress, Choithrams, Tamini, Panda) Read more about Koita here!